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The Virtual Showcase this evening, 18th December, has been cancelled December 18, 2020 18:33

18th December 2020: Due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to cancel this evening's Virtual Showcase. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused. 


We will feature the performers who would have played tonight, in our future programming.

Our next concert will be a Virtual Open Stage with special guest Dom Abrams on 8th January 2021.

Happy Christmas from everyone at the Cambridge Folk Club.


Late night Virtual Open Mics three times a week! July 10, 2020 01:13

The North Reading Community Coffeehouse are running Zoom Virtual Open Mics on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6pm in Massachusetts which is 11pm in the UK . These events are also being streamed live on the North Reading Community Coffeehouse Facebook page. If you are interested please contact Art Grossman at NRCoffeehouse@gmail.com for more information and the Zoom ID and Password.

Save Radio Cambridgeshire’s Folk Show June 25, 2020 22:07

Save Radio Cambridgeshire’s Folk Show, which is about to be axed!


Since Lockdown, the 3 hour folk show, which went out from 7.00 - 10.00 on Radio Cambridgeshire on Monday evenings, has been reduced to a small slot in the middle of the evening’s music. This slot is long enough for 5 tracks and a short interview if you are lucky. We understand that, from the end of July, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire intends to cut the folk content entirely, except for a snippet of Cambridge Folk Festival news in August.


To save the show, please write personally to the head of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, David Harvey, expressing disappointment at the cut back of the Monday folk show to a brief slot in the Monday evening music schedule, and request that the full 3 hour local folk show will soon be reinstated.


Postal address David Harvey, BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Cambridge Business Park, Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WZ
email: david.harvey@bbc.co.uk or cambs@bbc.co.uk FAO of David Harvey

Or complain via the on-line BBC complaints system.

The only way we'll stop the show being axed is by shouting very loudly NOW!

Thanks from all of us on the Cambridge Folk Club team.


Friday 24th April: Virtual Open Stage April 22, 2020 23:26

Friday 24th April: Virtual Open Stage

8pm (Meeting opens at 7:45pm)

Our first Virtual Open Stage evening using Zoom on Friday 17th April was so successful that we are going to have another Virtual Open Stage on Friday 24th April.

Our special guests for this Virtual Open Stage are Alan and Lynne Hempton.


The performance slots for this Virtual Open Stage are now full. We plan to have more Virtual Open Stages so please contact enquiries@cambridgefolkclub.co.uk if you would like to perform in the future.

Given the nature of the medium (there is half a second between you doing something and everyone else hearing it), performers for each slot will need to be at the same physical location, so slots will be limited to solo artists or people already isolating together. We cannot stress strongly enough that no-one should put themselves or others at risk just for the sake of performing. We'd much rather you stayed safe and came and played at the club when we are back up and running in the real world again.

Anyone who would like to be in the audience is also welcome. Joining instructions for both performers and audience will be emailed before the Virtual Open Stage to everybody on our mailing list. If you want to be in the audience and are not on our mailing list, please email enquiries@cambridgefolkclub.co.uk 


For more details see the Virtual Open Stage page.


Friday 17th April: Virtual Open Stage April 14, 2020 22:56

Friday 17th April: Virtual Open Stage
8pm (Meeting opens at 7:30pm)

Since we are unable to meet physically these days, we are going to experiment with a Virtual Open Stage evening using Zoom on Friday 17th April.

We have offered performance slots at this Virtual Open Stage to the performers who were going to perform at the cancelled Open Stage on 3rd April. There will also be a few performance slots available for other performers.

To make running the evening easier, we would ask people to pre-register for a performance slot and we will let you know your allocated time in advance. To register for a performance slot please email enquiries@cambridgefolkclub.co.uk or phone 01638 603986 or contact the Cambridge Folk Club on Facebook. If there are no more performance slots available for 17th April, we will offer you a slot at a future Virtual Open Stage instead.

Given the nature of the medium (there is half a second between you doing something and everyone else hearing it), performers for each slot will need to be at the same physical location, so slots will be limited to solo artists or people already isolating together. We cannot stress strongly enough that no-one should put themselves or others at risk just for the sake of performing. We'd much rather you stayed safe and came and played at the club when we are back up and running in the real world again.

Anyone who would like to be in the audience is also welcome. Joining instructions for both performers and audience will be emailed before the Virtual Open Stage to everybody on our mailing list. If you want to be in the audience and are not on our mailing list, please email enquiries@cambridgefolkclub.co.uk

Please bear with us and remember this is an experiment, so there may be some delays between performers.

For more details see the Virtual Open Stage page.


Goodbye Julie Felix, Britain’s “First Lady of Folk” March 27, 2020 22:28

It is with great sadness we learnt that folk legend Julie Felix died in her sleep on Sunday 22nd March, after a short illness. We were very fortunate to welcome Julie as our guest to Cambridge Folk Club three times in recent years, in 2007, 2012 and 2014. If anyone deserved the description “Forever Young”, she did… Her enthusiasm, love of folk song and commitment to her audience remained as strong as ever – and she could still do the famous high leg kick…

Support the musicians March 19, 2020 11:13

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.

Cambridge Folk Club closing due to threat from Coronavirus March 16, 2020 22:10

It is with great regret that we have decided to close the Cambridge Folk Club from today until further notice, in the light of the increasing threat from coronavirus COVID-19. We have a responsibility to protect the artists who perform for us, our audience members and our volunteers, and, taking into account the Club's general demographic, we are sure you will understand that our decision is in everyone's best interests.

At present, we are anticipating that we may have to remain closed until September. We are hoping to re-book the artists who were scheduled to appear at the Club at a later date.

We will, of course, keep you up to date about when the Club will reopen via our website and our mail out.

Don't forget about us, we will be back! In the meantime, stay safe and healthy, and enjoy listening to the music we all love so much.

Free CD if you book in advance for concert on 14th February February 4, 2020 15:06

Kevin Hunt is offering a free copy of his debut album, "Devils Daughter", to those who book a ticket in advance for the concert on Valentines Day 2020 which includes his album launch.

In the second half of this concert which also features Lester Lloyd-Reason, Kevin will sing many of the songs from this album. Kevin is delighted to launch "Devils Daughter" at the Cambridge Folk Club and as a way of thanks to those who have listened, inspired and requested songs since he first played at Cambridge folk club over 10 years ago, Kevin is offering a free copy of the album to those who book a ticket in advance for this gig.


Change of programme on 22nd November 2019 November 16, 2019 17:29

Kerry Devine is unable to appear on 22nd November. On 22nd November the Folk Club now presents Eric Sedge; Na-Mara with support from Sam Inglis & Abby Wollston.

We thank Na-Mara for appearing at short notice.


Cambridge Folk Club closed on 1st November 2019 October 28, 2019 23:56

There will be no Open Stage this coming Friday 1st November as we would like to attend the service to celebrate the life of the much loved musician Mat Bayfield.

We apologise to all of those who had planned to come along to play. Karl Hunter who was going to be the special guest on 1st November, will now appear in early 2020.

We look forward to welcoming all musicians to our next Open Stage which is on Friday 6th December.

 


Mat Bayfield 13th May 1971 - 2nd October 2019

Mat Bayfield October 3, 2019 11:16

It was with great sadness and regret that we heard of the passing yesterday of our dear friend, the wonderful Broadside Boy, Mat Bayfield.

Rest in Peace Mat.

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