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 15th January: Virtual Showcase with Gerry Colvin

8pm (Meeting opens at 7:45pm)

 

Appearing this evening:

8.00pm Plumhall

8.30pm Shanna in a dress

9.00pm Daniel Nestlerode

9.30pm Gerry Colvin

 

Gerry Colvin
The career of former pop legend Gerry began in the 1970s when ‘The Man Upstairs’, the pop band he was in at the time, toured with The Smiths. He co-founded the band Terry and Gerry, with its distinctive indie/skiffle sound, in the 1980s; the folk-pop band The Atlantics in 1993, and the 5-piece band ColvinQuarmby in 1995. Terry and Gerry re-formed in 2015, and in 2017, Gerry’s new band, The Gerry Colvin Band, wowed the Cropredy crowd.

His self-penned solo album, Jazz Tales of Country Folk (2013), shows how at home Gerry is with jazz idioms, while his latest CD, Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other, featuring members of The Gerry Colvin Band, mixes a cocktail of styles in self-penned songs which are by turns comic, poignant, personal and political.

“One of the finest writers and performers this country’s produced” - Mike Davies, Roots-and-Branches.com.

https://www.gerrycolvin.co.uk



Daniel Nestlerode
Singer/songwriter Daniel, who plays guitar and mandolin, was born and raised in central Pennsylvania, seasoned in California, transplanted to Cambridgeshire and has now put down roots in Northern France. His varied influences include John Hiatt and Tim O’Brien.

Daniel’s first two CDs combined Bluegrass with contemporary and traditional American folk music to produce pure Americana. His third CD, Windrush (2020), explores new sounds and themes, and its title track, Windrush, is a paen to the fortitude of the Windrush generation.

“A warm and pleasant listen – a demonstration of marvellous mandolin playing and a collection of easily accessible and classic songs” - Jim McCourt, Living Tradition.

https://www.nestlerode.eu



Shanna in a Dress
Enjoy witty wordsmith Shanna’s set of quirky pop music which will come to us from Boulder, Colorado, USA, where she hosts the monthly show Women in Song. Her self-penned songs, with their smart yet accessible lyrics, clever wordplay and complex subject matter, will take your emotions on a roller-coaster ride. With her debut album about to be released, she has just been chosen as one of the 6 winners in the 2020 Kerville (Texas) New Folk Songwriting Competition.

“Shanna is breaking the mold of what a singer-songwriter is, and is doing it in a way that is easy to love” - Taste Culture music blog.

https://www.shannainadress.com



Plumhall
The award-winning duo Plumhall (Michelle Plum and Nick B Hall) pack a real punch, combining powerful acoustic guitar with the luscious harmony-driven textures of original contemporary folk rock. Their debut album Thundercloud was voted one of The Guardian/Observer's Hidden Gems. “Learning How To Talk”, the debut single from that album, was written especially for them by Boff Whalley (Chumbawamba). Plumhall’s second studio album, The Ghost Of Noise, was released in May 2020.

Winners of the Yorkshire Gig Guide Outstanding Songwriters Award, Michelle and Nick have shared the stage with many celebrated musicians, including Bob Dylan's legendary guitarist Larry Campbell, Phil Beer and Chris Leslie.

“Their chemistry as a duo makes them special [with] sumptuous vocal harmonies and telepathic guitar interactions” - Dave Scott, Blues in Britain Magazine.

www.plumhallmusic.com


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 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 Concert 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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 Special Event on Friday 29th January

Friday 29th January: Songs and Verses from North Cambridge

8pm (Meeting opens at 7:45pm)

 

During 2020, Emily Peasgood has been leading Cambridge North Folk Song Project. Emily and songwriters Anna Hester and Bob Hines have worked online with local people, musicians and poets to create and compile a body of 35 songs and verses that capture the character of north Cambridge today. The project concludes with Songs and Verses from north Cambridge, a printed and online book that will be available to all at no cost in 2021. The book covers a wide range of themes and musical genres, from local histories to urban myths.


On 29th January, we will hear an acoustic selection of songs and verses that feature in the book, with performances from: Andrew Burn, Anna Hester, Anna Shelton, Bob Hines, Emily Peasgood, George Breakfast, Guy Dinwiddy, Jessica Law, Lucy Rococoa [Sin Cru], Neil Banks and Stefan Kaye. This event is a unique opportunity to hear a new body of contemporary songs and verses created and situated in the north Cambridge community, which we hope will live on for future generations to enjoy.

 

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 Concert will also be streamed live on the Cambridge Folk Club Facebook page from 8pm as an alternative to Zoom.

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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.