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Welcome to The Goose Is Out!

We are Nyge and Sue, and we  run regular folk music concerts 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!)

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Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, The Sparrow Down and Ian Kennedy & Sarah Lloyd – Friday 28 February!




Nancy Kerr and James Fagan

We are delighted to be welcoming Nancy Kerr & James Fagan to the  Goose for the first time!

Nancy Kerr and James Fagan are one of the best-known and most experienced folk duos on the British circuit today, with outstanding musicianship and  a lifelong grounding in traditional singing and instrumental playing.

The Sparrow Down

The Sparrow Down are a London-based folk duo, drawing influences from old-time Americana and contemporary folk musicians such as Richard Thompson and Lau. Through the interplay between banjo, guitar and vocal harmony, they create a sweet, full chorus of emotion.

Ian Kennedy and Sarah Lloyd

Local (to us!) singers Ian Kennedy and Sarah Lloyd   will be known to many of you from their lovely singing at Goose and other folk events, and also at local community events such as the Nunhead Art Trail. And you may also recognise them as friendly faces at the door and ticket table of many of our concerts (thanks, guys!)

Click here for  more information about the evening!

Click here to buy advance tickets for Nancy Kerr & James Fagan!

Advance tickets will also be available from The  Ivy House bar until midday on Friday (personal callers only).

All our 2020 bookings are now completed!




We have now finished booking for 2020.

Our headliners are Leon Rosselson, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, Wizz Jones , an Americana night with joint headliners Fran McGillivray & Mike Burke, James Riley and Jackdaw (with Rob Anderson),  another joint headliner night with Elliott Morris,Stew Simpson and Thom Ashworth,Jackie Oates & John Spiers, Alasdair Roberts (solo), Faustus and Ewan McLennan.

Please bear with us whilst we get all the information up onto the website, and in some cases update very out of date information!

Meantime, advance tickets for all these concerts  are available from WeGotTickets.  If you don’t want to pay the online booking fee, advance tickets will also be available from The Ivy House bar in late December/early January (for personal callers only).





Following a change in management at The Ivy House,  we have just found out that we  are no longer allowed to have people  under eighteen at any of our nights (except the Singaround up to 8pm). We are very very sorry about this.

We have asked WeGotTickets to contact everybody who has bought concessionary tickets for our forthcoming concerts. If any of these are for under eighteens, we will arrange a refund via WeGotTickets.

If you bought concessionary tickets at The Ivy House bar and you are under eighteen, or you bought them for an under eighteen year old, please contact The Ivy House and they will refund you.

Our apologies again for any inconvenience caused.  Unfortunately and confusingly, the policy has changed a few times since we started running our events there.





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We do not use your email address for any purpose except to contact you about our forthcoming gigs and other Goose matters (very occasionally we may additionally include in the newsletter information about other folk-related events).

If at any point you wish to unsubscribe from our emailing list,  there is an “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of every newsletter.

We would never pass your email address to any third party without your express written permission.

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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 and finishes at 11pm. Singaround singing starts  at 7.15pm and finishes no later than 10.30pm.


Online concert tickets for Friday  concerts are available from WeGotTickets.

Tickets are also available  from The Ivy House bar (in person only), 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 £3 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!