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 are now hosting Virtual Concerts. See the details below.



Events around Cambridge Folk Club:





Friday 7th May: Virtual Open Stage with special guest Tom Conway

Appearing this evening:

8:00pm David and Barbara

8:10pm The Larks

8:20pm Pat Kilbey

8:30pm Jay Monk

8:40pm Michelle Abadia

8:50pm Phil Lyons

9:00pm Lulu Hensley

9:10pm Rich Krueger

9:20pm Phat Hen (Oliver Adams)

9:30pm Tom Conway



David and Barbara
David and Barbara have both been involved with the local folk scene since the late 1960s. About 6 years ago, they began singing together at the Black Fen Folk Club, which they help to run. They also sing and help out here at the Cambridge Folk Club.

The Larks
Accomplished duo Liz Miller and Chris Wilbraham, familiar faces at the Folk Club, draw on a wide range of influences and themes, and sing thoughtful arrangements of covers and original songs to mandolin and guitar accompaniment, often enhanced by great harmonies. Tonight, because of Covid restrictions, they will be joining us on film.


Pat Kilbey
Pat is a singer-songwriter based just outside Cambridge in the village of Burwell.  A keen member and co-ordinator of Burwell Folk Club and a member of Soham Folk Club, she has been involved in the organising of Burwell Festival and many live music events and open mics around the local area. Pat is part of the local band, Causeway, and more recently has been recording with the Burwell Folk Collective and as part of the Duo Two Steps Away. 

Jay Monk
Singer songwriter Jay is one half of the young folk duo Mythopoeic, whose first ever gig led to them playing the main stage at Ely Folk Festival the next day when they were just 12 years old. Jay started performing on their own as an outlet for songs that were not quite the right fit for Mythopoeic and from there has rapidly developed as a solo artist. Expect to hear songs that are well-crafted and beautifully sung, some witty, some traditional, and many with
deep emotional resonance.


Michelle Abadia
Michelle is a soprano vocalist and acoustic guitarist. Originally from Puerto Rico, USA, Boston has been her home for many years now. Though classically trained, she specialises in musical theatre, in American composers such as Gershwin and Porter, and in covers of such greats as Barbara Streisand, Stevie Wonder and The Beatles, among others. Before the pandemic, she performed often on the concert stage, mostly as a soloist with guest musicians, and hopes to get back to that very soon. However, open mikes have given her wonderful opportunities to perform and to forge a sense of community. Sight impaired since the age of 5, she now works as both a professional musician and an instructor of Spanish and French. She has 3 albums available on ITunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Cd Baby and Spotify.


Phil Lyons
Phil is an experienced traditional singer and guitarist based in East Anglia. He has sung at many folk clubs and festivals in this country and France. His solo CD, 'Time and Tide', was well received on release. It’s the first time that Phil has taken part in one of our virtual Open Stage nights.


Lulu Hensley
Lulu Rose is a young singer/songwriter with the voice of an angel. Her songs are gentle, melodic and touch the heart strings. It’s the first time that she has taken part in one of our virtual Open Stage nights.

Rich Krueger
Rich is another newcomer to our Open Stage nights. A Chicago neonatologist, he first started writing songs in 1985-98, while he was in med school, and took up songwriting again almost 20 years later, which explains why his second album (2018) is entitled 'NowThen'. He cites Jacques Brel as his strongest influence. His songs might make you think, or laugh, or even trouble you, but they are never ordinary.


Phat Hen
Hailing from the Waveney Valley in Norfolk, Phat Hen, led by Oliver Adams, bring a new, brash and original sound, created and honed in the Lockdowns of 2020. Inspired by elements of British folk, classic rock, 90s pop, Americana and even electronic dance music, their sound includes hypnotic and haunting flute, whistle and keys, plus a rhythm section.


Tom Conway
Tom is a Scottish-born singer-songwriter based in Cambridge. Over the years he has released 3 critically-acclaimed albums and opened for acts as diverse as Tom Paley, Jeffrey Lewis, Norman Blake and Joe Pernice, Hank Wangford, Clive Gregson and many others.

“A singer-songwriter of class, if ever I saw one” - R2.
“A master at work” - Maverick.
“Thoughtful, stimulating, provocative- inspired original material by this much-respected Cambridge-based Scotsman” - Ely Folk Festival.


Please support the performers taking part in this Virtual Concert by buying merchandise or giving donations using their links above. Thank you.

If you would like to make a donation to a performer 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 in this concert.

Thank you to all who have made donations to the performers in our previous virtual concerts.

Anyone who would like to be in the audience is welcome. Joining  instructions will be emailed to performers and those on the Cambridge Folk Club mailing list. If you would like to be in the Zoom audience and are not on our mailing list, please email enquiries@cambridgefolkclub.co.uk

This event will also be streamed live on the Cambridge Folk Club Facebook page from 8pm as an alternative to Zoom.
If you would like to perform at a future Virtual Open Stage, please contact us via our Facebook page or at enquiries@cambridgefolkclub.co.uk



Tip Jar

If you would like to make a donation to a performer 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.



Cambridge Folk Club returning to live music

Thank you to all of you who have supported the Club through the last difficult year. The Cambridge Folk Club will be returning to live music. We will do this as soon as it is safe enough for our performers and audience to do so. This won’t be until the Autumn at the earliest. We hope to return to The Golden Hind, but if social distancing is still in place, this will restrict the size of our audience. So, for bigger names only, we may use the NCI Club, as has happened in the past. We are also considering keeping some of our gigs on line – perhaps one a month - so that we can maintain contact with all those audience members and musicians who have joined us from the States, Germany and France, as well as from further afield in the UK, during the last year of restrictions.

We anticipate that, to keep our venue Covid-safe, there will be additional tasks to be done, such as cleaning all the equipment, including the chairs, which we use each week. We may also have to keep Track and Trace informed. Therefore, we would be very grateful to hear from anyone who feels that they could help us out, either setting up beforehand and/or packing away after the event.

Please contact us on enquiries@cambridgefolkclub.co.uk


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.