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:

 

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Friday 23rd October: Virtual Showcase with Terence Blacker

8pm (Meeting opens at 7:45pm)

Appearing this evening are:

8:00pm Mike Weaver
8:30pm Cobalt Tales
9:00pm Luke James Williams
9:30pm Terence Blacker

 

Terence Blacker
The songs of Terence Blacker are unmistakable. Telling stories from modern life that are hilarious, satirical and tender, they cover all of the Seven Deadly Sins - with a few 21st century ones thrown in for good measure. 'Classic folk blues in the making,' said Fatea Magazine of his 2020 album Playing For Time, while the Sunday Times critic wrote, 'We need cheering up right now and this singer-songwriter, sometimes tender, sometimes sardonic, is just the ticket.'

Terence has performed at festivals, folk clubs and theatres in the UK and abroad. He has written and presented a BBC Radio 4 series on the history of politically incorrect music, and has taken his one-man show to the Edinburgh Fringe.
He has released four CDs of his songs, most recently Playing For Time which was recorded in southern Italy with Italian and German musicians.

He is also widely known as an award-winning author of books for adults and children, a broadcaster and newspaper columnist.

https://www.terenceblacker.com/

 




Luke James Williams
Releasing his debut EP ‘Drove’ in November 2018, Luke gained huge support from BBC6 Music DJ Tom Robinson who made ‘Still In Bed’ his 6Music Recommends Track Of The Week in April 2019, later naming it his Track Of The Year So Far in July. The song was also played across the station by Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq and Tom Ravenscroft. Elsewhere, Luke has received airplay from Amazing Radio and BBC Introducing and has been playlisted by the likes of Folk Radio UK and Hype Machine.
Luke has received glowing reviews for his engaging and emotive live performances and has supported artists such as Megson, Mark Chadwick (The Levellers) and The Little Unsaid. In 2020, Luke has put out two new singles; the recently released 'Blood Jump' and 'This Says' which features the Sing For Joy! Choir of Cambridgeshire. A full album is due for release in 2021. Drawing on a wide range of musical influences, Luke has crafted a unique sound painting pictures with words and singing them in his own distinctly English voice.

https://www.lukejameswilliams.co.uk/

 

 

Cobalt Tales 
Pat and Nuala are based in South Yorkshire and formed their duo 'Cobalt Tales' in 2016. They have played all over the U.K. performing at many festivals and concert venues from up in the remote areas of the Scottish Highlands right down to Brighton. They have an eclectic range of song styles, so expect everything from folk, rock, country, and even the odd sea shanty!
The current situation means that most of their performances are at the moment on-line and they hold a regular Weekly Wednesday Gig on their music page every Weds at 7.30pm. Pat and Nuala are looking forward to bringing you "music from the heart that stirs the soul" once again to the Cambridge Folk Club.

https://www.facebook.com/CobaltTales16/  

 

Mike Weaver
Mike Weaver is a singer-songwriter originally from Cheltenham, but now living in Worcestershire. He is a writer and illustrator by day and an acoustic performer by night, presenting his own melodic songs which draw upon both contemporary and traditional influences.
After a break of over twenty years, Mike returned to songwriting and performing in 2013 . Since his 'come back' he has played at a variety of events across southern England and the Midlands, performing his own solo shows and sharing stages with many artists from the contemporary scene, including Daria Kulesh and Kim Lowings.
Mike's CD 'The Others' was launched in early 2016, and tracks from it received radio play on folk music stations in Britain, the USA, Canada and Australia. A single from the album, 'Pembrokeshire Fair', was included on Acoustic Magazine's cover CD in May 2016.
In January 2019 Mike topped the Reverbnation UK Folk Charts, and has been ranked as high as nineteenth in the global listings. 
Mike's 2019 release 'A Moment In Time'  is a collection of tunes and songs which reflect upon childhood, the ageing process and indelible memories of life and love.
His first studio album, 'To Soon It's Time To Fly,' was recorded at Polyphonic in Stroud by Lukas Drinkwater, who also features on the record. It was released in September 2020, and features two brand new tracks as well as new arrangements of four songs from Mike's back catalogue.

www.mikeweavermusic.com


 

 



Please support the performers taking part in this Virtual Showcase 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 this evening.

 

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 

The Virtual Showcase 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

 

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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. 

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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.

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Read about how the Cambridge Folk Club Virtual Concerts have been organised during lockdown

Marion, Robin and Calvin from the Cambridge Folk Club Team have written in the latest issue of the Unicorn Magazine about organising our series of virtual concerts.   

Unicorn Magazine Issue 151 (July, August & September 2020) is out now!!

 

Issue 151 of Unicorn Magazine is now available. Because of the coronavirus, this special bumper edition is ‘online-only’ (there’s no way to distribute the paper copies). To read the magazine online, or you can download it and print it out for yourself, please go to the website www.unicornmagazine.org and access the magazine from the Home page. Look for the magazine cover with the red banner saying 'Keep Safe and Carry On Supporting'.

The magazine is packed full of articles and information about music, dance and festivals – we hope you enjoy reading it and sharing the link with friends. And why not sign up to the Unicorn 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.

 

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Cambridge Folk Club evenings at the Golden Hind closed due to Coronavirus lockdown. 

The Cambridge Folk Club evenings at the Golden Hind are closed until further notice because of the coronavirus COVID-19 restrictions. 

Some of you may have read that there will be a return to indoor concerts. The Government document https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/performing-arts mentions a Five Stage plan, and we are now at Stage Three. Stage Five says some indoor concerts may be possible in October, after pilot concerts have taken place. The Government document applies to professional musicians. It stipulates social distancing, marked out areas, a one way system, monitoring of 'pinch points', use of sanitiser and deep cleaning of the premises and equipment after each concert. 

Unfortunately, with social distancing, we cannot accommodate enough people in our function room to make concerts with professional musicians financially viable at the moment.    

In addition, the Government guidance for non-professional musicians playing indoors asks that they and their audience should keep to the guidelines on "meeting people outside your household". These say that people should "socially distance from those they do not live with, and interactions should be limited to no more than two households". Sadly, this also makes it impossible to arrange Open Stage/Showcase nights with our local non-professional musicians.

We are all looking forward to resuming face to face live music, but with this guidance in mind, this doesn't look possible for a while yet.  So, for the moment, we will be continuing with our Zoom sessions. We will, of course, keep monitoring the Government guidance and keep you updated about when the live concerts will reopen via our website and our mail out.

We are hoping to re-book the artists who were scheduled to appear at the Club at a later date.

Some of the artists who were going to perform at the Golden Hind are now appearing on our Virtual Concerts.

In these difficult times, we at Cambridge Folk Club are asking you to support the musicians who won’t be able to play for us while the Club is closed, by buying their CDs and other merchandise. This would go some way towards replacing their lost income, and would also show that we’re thinking of them. 


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.