Welcome to Cambridge Folk Club
Intimate roots and acoustic music
Cambridge Folk Club presents Open Stage, Showcase and Guest Nights. Buy your tickets on-line from this website or phone 01638 603986
We are a live music club offering all styles of acoustic and folk music. We support local and national artists in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Before the coronavirus lockdown, we used to meet every Friday night at 8.00pm in the upstairs function room at The Golden Hind, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 1SP. This easily accessible pub offers a wide selection of draught lagers, beers and ciders, and a great range of pub food, and there's parking too. When the lockdown finishes, come along to enjoy creative, talented and original performances.
During the lockdown, we were hosting Virtual Concerts. As lockdown eases we will reduce the number of Virtual Concerts and increase the number of live concerts. See the details below and on the Programme at a glance page .
For the safety of artists, audiences, and volunteers we are introducing some extra requirements to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Happy Christmas to you all from Cambridge Folk Club
With 2021 drawing to a close, we have just two more live events at The Golden Hind, Milton Road, Cambridge. On 10th December we have a showcase with Phil Hare, duo Carter-Dolby and Charlie Slater, and on 17th December we are hosting a very special Christmas event, Pete Morton’s Christmas Gathering, with Chris Parkinson, Pete Morton and Emily Sanders, when support will be from Andy Wall.
The music starts at 8:00 pm, with doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased from our website. You can also reserve tickets in advance by phoning 01638 603986, and can pay by card on entry.
See our updated Covid-19 safety page for details of the measures currently in place to keep you as safe as possible during our gigs.
Friday 10th December 2021:
Showcase with Phil Hare
Cambridgeshire fingerstyle acoustic guitarist and contemporary singer-songwriter Phil Hare performs in a modern folk/blues tradition with passion and humour. His song-writing often reflects his own social/political views, not in a ‘tub-thumping’ way but in a more thoughtful, often humorous and chorus-based style, reminiscent of his folk roots. On stage Phil is an accomplished performer mixing his virtuosity on the guitar with songs highlighting his rich, husky voice. He is a hugely entertaining performer and uses his humorous stage banter to foster good audience participation.
Contemporary acoustic folk duo Carter-Dolby perform a variety of original songs and covers. Their enchanting vocal harmonies have captured the hearts of their audiences.
With his powerful performances of Glen Campbell’s standards and more, singer-songwriter-guitarist Charlie Slater takes us on a journey from East Anglia to West Virginia.
Friday 17th December 2021:
When We Sing Together - A Christmas Gathering
Chris Parkinson, Pete Morton and Emily Sanders come together again this December to celebrate Christmas with a big sing of choruses and carols! The magical Christmas Tree has gone into retirement (somewhere in Chris Parkinson's attic, we believe!) but the musicians and singers are back on the road to celebrate the festive season with songs that bring us all together. "When we sing together" is a folk club concert full of festive songs, popular favourites and the unexpected. Not to be missed!
Support: Celebrated local musician Andy Wall, a superb guitarist and singer, who plays a wide range of material, both traditional and contemporary, often in his trademark mellow style.
Please do come along and support us!
Now we have resumed live gigs at the Golden Hind in Cambridge, all of us at Cambridge Folk Club would like to thank all the fantastic performers who have played in our virtual evenings since April 2020, making them so enjoyable and special. Thanks too, go to all the audience members who have joined us from near and far to support the evenings. Not forgetting our sound engineer, Calvin Monk, without whose expertise the gigs could not have gone ahead!
If you would like to make a donation to a performer at our virtual concerts who doesn't have a suitable link on their website, you can now make a donation to the Cambridge Folk Club Tip Jar at https://paypal.me/cambridgefolkclub
When you make a donation, please add a note to let us know which performer or performers the donation is for. Any donations received without a note will be shared between all the performers that evening.
Become a Member of the Cambridge Folk Club
You are welcome to show your support for the Cambridge Folk Club by becoming a member for just £15 per year. If you choose to become a member, your year's membership will run from when we return to the Golden Hind.
You can buy a year's membership here.
Unicorn Magazine's Blog
Production of the paper Unicorn Magazine is currently suspended due to the hammer blow dealt to the folk world by the Covid-19 pandemic. So why not sign up to the Unicorn Magazine's Blog here – it’s a great way to keep up to date with what’s happening in the folk world, and you can unsubscribe at any time.
We have revised our Covid 19 measures to reflect the current situation, and are looking forward to seeing you at our venue.
Covid-safe precautions for audience members
Welcome back to live gigs! For your safety and ours, we have the following measures in place:
1. Hand sanitiser on entry.
2. Socially distanced gigs, with seating at tables. Please keep a suitable distance from others who are not in your 'party'.
3. We are ensuring that our room is well-ventilated, so please come prepared!
4. We recommend that, if possible, you buy your ticket in advance from our website, or reserve a ticket by telephoning 01638 603996.
5. We can't insist that you take a lateral flow test before you come along, but, unless you are double or even triple vaccinated, we would appreciate it if you do so.
6. We cannot insist on this, but we respectfully ask you to wear a mask when moving around inside our room.
7. Please do not come along if you have a temperature or Covid symptoms, or if you have been asked to isolate by NHS test and trace.
Please note that if you develop a temperature or Covid symptoms, or if you are asked to isolate after you have bought a ticket, we will refund you the cost of the ticket in full.
Stay safe and healthy, and enjoy listening to the music we all love so much.
With best wishes from all of us at Cambridge Folk Club.