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.


Events around Cambridge Folk Club:





Friday 22nd October 2021:
Heidi Talbot and Boo Hewerdine

Support: Anna Hester

8pm (Doors open 7.30pm)

at the NCI Club, Holland Street, Cambridge CB4 3DL


To ensure social distancing, the number of seats will be limited.

Heidi Talbot & Boo Hewerdine
Heidi Talbot will be celebrating 21 years as a professional singer in 2021 with 20 concerts across the United Kingdom and Europe and a September 2020 release of a compilation album featuring tracks from Heidi’s 5 solo albums. She has shared the stage and recorded with Mark Knopfler, Graham Coxon (Blur), Idlewild, King Creosote, Tim O’ Brien and Jerry Douglas. Heidi has been nominated for folk singer of the year at the BBC radio 2 folk awards and Irish Music Awards.

Joining Heidi on her Autumn tour will be long-time collaborator, Ivor Novello award nominated singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine. Boo has performed with and written songs for major artists such as Chris Difford, kd Lang, Kris Drever, Duke Special and Eddi Reader. He is in constant demand as a musician, songwriter, producer, teacher and live concert performer.
Boo and Heidi have recorded and toured together extensively going back to Heidi’s first solo tour of the UK in 2005.

A concert not to be missed.




Anna Hester
Anna Hester has a ‘powerful and confident voice’ (Fatea 2014), and moves ‘effortlessly between genres, but always with an emotional core’ (Cambridge Music Reviews 2018). Her songs have been played on BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire and the BBC Radio Cambridgeshire Folk Show. Anna has performed widely in the South East and East of England, including at The Stables in Milton Keynes, Cambridge Junction, and several times at Milton Keynes International Festival. She has also performed in Berlin. Anna has released two EPs. Her debut album Postcard Songs, on which every song is inspired by a postcard, came out in August 2021.




Virtual Open Stage

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 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.



Cambridge Folk Club Autumn Programme and Return to Live Gigs

Here at Cambridge Folk Club, we are just as keen as many of you to return to live gigs. However, given the current rise in Covid cases, the number of people who are being asked to self-isolate, and the possibility of another lockdown in the Autumn, we know we must keep our musicians, audience and volunteers as safe as possible. So, rather than return to a weekly programme of live events at the Golden Hind, we're planning to put on one live concert in September, and keep our remaining events on line.

The live event will be socially distanced, and therefore, rather than using the upstairs room of the Golden Hind, we will be using the NCI Club which is a larger venue .

In October we will return to the Golden Hind for our live concerts. More information will be available about this nearer the time.

We will be using the following Covid-safe measures:

  • The live concert will be ticketed only, with tickets available in advance from the website.
  • A NHS QR code poster will be displayed so that you can check in.
  • We will ask you to use hand sanitiser on entry.
  • Seating will be at tables, and in groups of not more than two households.
  • Unless you are exempt, we will be advising you to wear masks when moving around inside the venue.
  • We will also be asking you to keep a suitable distance from others who are not in your 'party'.
  • We would recommend that you take a lateral flow test in the 48 hours before the event.
  • 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. 
    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.

We're hoping that this first face-to-face concert goes well, and that it will be the start of a safe return to more live music.


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.