20231117: Friday 17th November 2023: Showcase with Paul Goodwin; Orphean Sprig; Gemma Khawaja


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

8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)

Entry: £11(door), £10(advance), £9(members).


Paul Goodwin

Paul has been playing his finely written songs of everyday sadness since the late 90s, mostly in and around Cambridge but occasionally across the UK and as far afield as France, Canada and America. He's played alongside acts ranging from Waterson:Carthy to Wayne Hussey. His painstakingly produced first album, "Scars" came out in 2009 and the follow up mini-album "Trinkets and Offcuts" in 2011, with another well received full album, "The Northern Lights In The Neon Tube" following in 2016. Real life has been taking over a bit in recent years, but he has found time to play on a few other people's projects here and there and produce Annie Dressner's third album "Coffee at the Corner Bar" as well as releasing occasional singles including a Christmas duet with Polly Paulusma called "Christmas, Single". 



Gemma Khawaja

Gemma is a singer/guitarist from the Midlands (now based in Norfolk), who performs traditional songs of the British Isles and creates songs inspired by folkloric customs, folk poesy and poetry. She enjoys the stories and themes found in traditional songs and ballads, and the richness and beauty of the melodies and the journey each song takes you on. She is also the 2013 winner of Islington Folk Club’s Trad2Mad competition.





Orphean Sprig

Originally crossing paths in the session scene of Cambridge, Orphean Sprig are an instrumental folk band with a shared passion for the traditional music of Scotland. Comprising Songyuan Zhao, from North East China, (guitar); Isobel Barber from Derbyshire (fiddle); Liam Cooke, from the Scottish Borders (fiddle), and Isaac Uden, from South East England, who occasionally plays viola as well as fiddle, they explore arrangements of traditional, contemporary, and self-penned tunes, creating a rich texture and original sound. As a nod to their beginnings, they like to include an element of spontaneity in performances, a characteristic of the sessions in which they met.