20220513: Friday 13th May 2022: Open Stage with special guest Barbara Koenig


At the Golden Hind, 355 Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 1SP

8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)

Entry: £5(door), £4(advance), £3(members).


We have pre-booked slots because of the Covid situation, and they are all taken, but audience members are always welcome. Appearing are Nicholas Thys, Martin Baxter, Lara Gisborne, Bob Hines, David Savage, Alex Seel, Philip Lyons, and Barbara Koenig & Chris Brimley


Nicholas Thys:

Nicholas aspires to be a singer/songwriter but, unlike Bob Dylan or Leonard Cohen, the artists who have had the biggest influence on him, he was not born with the gift of a golden voice. So he endeavours to make up for this with his lyrics. They don’t have one collective theme or message, but he writes when inspired.


Martin Baxter

Martin’s mid-Atlantic DNA may be the root of what has made him especially interested in exploring musical styles and traditions from different times and places. He often adapts them creatively or feeds them as inspiration into his own original compositions. Martin brings a theatrical sensibility to his musical performances, bringing out sometimes unexpected subtleties of wit, emotion and commentary. 


Lara Gisborne

Lara has been writing songs since the age of 14 and began singing at folk clubs at 16. Moving between Surrey, Sussex, Somerset, Yorkshire, and Cambridge, Lara has soaked up inspiration for her music from art, buildings, and relationships. She also draws on her English and Serbian heritage and love of nature. The seeds of Lara’s latest EP, The Bees, were sown in the Cambridge Botanical Gardens and the memory of a walk with her Dad, when he nabbed the beekeeper for a good old chat about these wonderful insects.



Bob Hines

Bob has been playing and performing music all his life – he recently contributed to the North Cambridge Folk Song Project and is currently recording his latest solo album. He has a particular interest in songs that are 'local' in their subject matter so expect to hear songs that he has written about Cambridge, Caxton, St Neots and Luton. Bob also helps to run the St Neots Folk Club.



David Savage

David has been singing and playing in pubs for more than 60 years; his grandad took a concertina to the trenches in 1914, came back, and earned a precarious living singing and playing  on the street.  David sings stories; some are true but most are made up for entertainment in the home or the alehouse!


Alex Seel

Making his first appearance at Cambridge Folk Club, contemporary singer-songwriter and guitarist Alex has influences from blues, pop and the British Folk Revival guitarists, but his sound is all his own. 

One of the best composers, guitarists and singers in the UK today” - Twickfolk.



Philip Lyons

Philip is an experienced traditional singer and guitarist based in East Anglia. He has sung at many folk clubs and festivals in this country and France. His solo CD, Time and Tide, was well received on release.



Barbara Koenig & Chris Brimley

To listen to Barbara Koenig’s pure voice and nicely played guitar, performing her favourite trad and contemporary folk songs from the UK, Eire and the US, you would have no idea that she’s actually a German-speaking Swiss from Zurich. Her CD, “Little Happiness” is a compelling collection, all immaculately performed. She is joined for part of her set by long-standing North Essex folkie Chris Brimley on fingerstyle guitar – a musical collaboration emerging from the internationally-attended “Lockdown Folk” sessions.