20200320: Friday 20th March: Clare Hayes Trio; The John Ward Trio. CANCELLED


Support: Karl Hunter 

Clare Hayes is a Cambridge based singer, guitarist and Irish flat-back bouzouki player. Born in London to a musical family, her style draws on her strong Irish and Scottish roots, performing a mixture of traditional songs and eclectic covers.

She uses different tunings and a finger picking style to interpret songs she loves - whether written by friends, discovered during her time living on the west coast of Ireland, or absorbed from a childhood spent listening to folk and country from both sides of the Atlantic.

The trio with Johnny Wright (guitar, vocals) and Lucinda Fudge (viola/ violin, vocals) produce a rich sound – with beautifully interwoven instruments and three part harmonies - that sits somewhere between folk, acoustic and Americana.

‘In the intimate space of the Club Tent, on a sunny afternoon, The Clare Hayes Trio sang a moving song about the Falklands War. It could have been any war. This was followed by Woodie Guthrie's Poor Wayfaring Stranger. With voice, guitar and violin, theirs was a gently pleasing set leaving you wanting more.’ Angela Singer (Saffron Walden Reporter, Ely Standard, Dunmow Broadcast, Royston Crow) Cambridge Folk Festival 2019




John Ward has achieved an excellent reputation as a writer of powerful, thought-provoking and witty folk songs that often draw upon his life in a gritty port town and his wider travels in the world.

After a life travelling on the road and making music, in 2014, Les Woodley, joined forces with John and Lynne to bring a fuller sound to these excellent songs that often capture the spirit of the times, and to perform them at folk clubs and festivals across the UK. The Trio also draws on its wider repertoire of traditional and contemporary songs and tunes, particularly songs suited to chorus singing. The Trio majors on powerful 3-part harmonies, accompanied by acoustic guitar, bodhran, harmonica, double bass, mandolin, accordion and whistles. All self-taught musicians who are no strangers to busking, the Trio’s performances are authentic and from the heart. Their choice of material, variety of instruments, versatility and engaging humour, not to mention John’s blistering bodhran solos, blend to delight and entertain folk audiences in intimate venues and bigger stages alike.

“The best folk music set I have ever seen ... literally" -- Attila the Stockbroker



Karl Hunter is a life-long folk fan who started songwriting and performing in earnest after moving to Bedford at the end of the last century.  His songs and stories affectionately make fun of some of the stranger aspects of 'the tradition' and often reflect on dreamers; the gentle souls who couldn't quite make it.  It has been said that Karl's inspiration come less from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs and more from the Goon Show!


8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)

Entry: £10(door), £9(advance), £8(members).