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Welcome to The Goose Is Out!

We are Nyge and Sue, and we  run regular folk music concerts, club nights and singarounds, all  in Nunhead, London SE15.

We are proud that all these nights are  now held  at The Ivy House, which is London’s first community-owned pub (the Goose has community shares!)

We are also  involved in various other community events, and for the last few years have run the music stage at the Dulwich Festival Fair on Goose Green in SE22, right opposite the pub where we first started out!

If you’d like to receive our newsletter and be amongst the first to hear the latest Goose news and bookings, just subscribe via the link on the right!

Thank You!




Christmas Goose

What a great Seasonal Singaround on Sunday! That must be the most people we have ever had in the eight years of running them.  A great mix of songs, too – thanks singers. And not too many PowerPoint glitches for the unison carols and songs (Sue’s excuse is that since retiring she only has to use PowerPoint once a year, and this is the one time, lol).

So a great end to 2017 for the Goose. We would like to thank everybody who has come to any Goose event in 2017 – if it wasn’t for all you lovely people there would be no Goose.

We hope to see you all again in 2018. We can’t believe that in March it will be ten years since our first Goose gig (with Dave Swarbrick as our headliner, so our first 2018 concert is very appropriate!)

We wish you all a very happy Christmas, Solstice, or whatever you celebrate (or don’t) at this time of year, and an equally happy New Year.

Lots of love, Nyge and Sue xxx

Coming Up at the Goose!




Our next club night is on Thursday 11 January with Hector Gilchrist and Carol Anderson.

It will have a Scottish/Burns theme (well, guess the kilt is a bit of a giveaway) so if you want to do a floorspot, it would be great if you could fit in with the theme (not necessarily dress-wise, obviously!)

Graham, The Ivy House manager, has threatened to wear his kilt. He has also threatened to sing. Be very afraid 😀

Click here to find out more about the night!

Goose honking

Our next singaround is on Sunday 14 January.

Click here to find out more about our Singarounds!


After our fantastic sold out  November concert with Alasdair Roberts,  we are looking forward to our next concert on Friday 26 January, which is It Suits Him Well, a Swarb Tribute Night with Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, The Jason Wilson Band and Simon Swarbrick.

Click here for more details about the night!

Please note that this concert will be a different format from our usual concerts, with music just from the headliners,  and no support artists. We will post the timings up when we know them. We expect that the live music will start at 8pm as usual, but the interval and end times may be different.

This concert is now SOLD OUT.

If you were not quick enough to buy a ticket (and they were  on sale between August and December, when they sold out) you may want to subscribe to our newsletter (link on the right of this page) to receive early news of all our forthcoming events.

For full info about what else is coming up next year, please click here!

But please bear with us while we get all the 2018 information up onto the website ……. thanks for your patience!

Some Important Goosey Things To Note!




Goose honking


All our nights are  held at The Ivy House.


  For all our nights, the door  opens at 7pm. For concerts and  club nights, the live music starts at 8pm. Singaround singing starts  at 7.15pm.


Online concert tickets for Friday  concerts are available from WeGotTickets.

Tickets are also available  from The Ivy House bar, but please be aware that to avoid overselling (and exceeding the venue’s legal capacity) we take tickets off sale at the bar when a concert is near to selling out.

Click here to buy advance tickets for concerts!

We do not sell advance tickets for our Thursday club nights and Sunday singarounds.

For more information about tickets, please click here.

Please contact us if you have a query which is not answered in the link above.


Please note that during our concerts and club nights, you will not be able to access the ballroom (where our nights are held) from the refectory, EVEN IF YOU HAVE BOUGHT AN ADVANCE TICKET . If you are already in the refectory, please use the garden door and go round the side of the pub to access the ballroom and the ticket/handstamp  table from the front bar.

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused, but unfortunately we have had problems in the past with people using this door to avoid payment, and we can no longer have somebody there  every night checking handstamps.


We experimented for a while with allowing people to eat in the ballroom prior to the live music starting, but for various reasons this did not work, so we no longer allow food in the ballroom  AT ANY TIME  after the door opens at 7pm.

If you want to eat the Ivy House’s yummy food, please try to arrive in time to eat in one of the other rooms. You are welcome to save a seat in the ballroom once the door opens at 7pm and eat elsewhere, and you can also phone The Ivy House in advance to reserve a table to eat in  one of the other rooms.

You may have to wait a while for your food at busy times, so please allow plenty of time to ensure you catch all the live music!

Please note that the Ivy House stops taking orders for food at 6pm on Sundays.


Our concerts and club nights are often very crowded. We never exceed the room’s legal capacity, but in order to allow as many people as possible to enjoy the music, we do keep space at the back for standing room only.

Therefore, please do not bring additional seats into the ballroom, as you will be asked to take them out again.

If you must have a seat for health reasons, please either come when the door opens at 7pm to be sure of a seat, or if this is not possible, please contact us before the night so that we can make appropriate arrangements for you.

We hope you understand!


We now charge £2 entry to the Singaround, for both singers and listeners. We hope that this is sufficiently low that nobody will be deterred from coming due to the cost.

To soften the blow, we include in the price a  raffle ticket. In the interval we will draw two tickets for the lucky winners to have a dip in our famous (or infamous) Goose raffle bags …..

The Singaround finishes no later than 10.30pm, when the bar closes, to give us and the bar staff time to clear up before The Ivy House closes at 11pm (as it is a Sunday).


Concert Tickets on Sale!




Concert at The Ivy HouseWell, we have lots of other things on apart from concerts, but  our concerts are the only things we sell advance  tickets for.

You  can either buy tickets online (see below) or at  The Ivy House bar. However if we are close to selling out, we stop selling tickets at The Ivy House to prevent overselling.

Subscribers to our newsletter will receive updates on the ticket situation, which we will also post on our home page here if selling out looks likely. You can subscribe via the link on the right of this page!

Click here to buy advance online tickets for our concerts!

Please note that  there may sometimes be more than one page of our concerts  on WeGotTickets!

Click here to find out more about what our concerts are like!

Click here for more information about what’s on, including our club nights and Singarounds!

Local Folk Tunes Session




Local Session

The Goose does not run sessions but if you are looking for one locally, South London Tunes Collective meets on the last Monday of the month for a friendly and informal session at The Castle pub, 280 Crystal Place Road, East Dulwich, SE22 9JJ.  All acoustic melody instrument players are welcome.

Each session  a new folk tune is learned by ear, phrase by phrase, and  tunes learned  in previous sessions are revisited.  More details can be found at