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 25th September: Virtual Showcase with Jon Betmead and Tom Ling

8pm (Meeting opens at 7:45pm)

Running order:

8:00 – 8:30 Lizzy Hardingham
8:30 – 9:00 Ruby Muse
9:00 – 9:30 Amy Goddard
9:30 – 10:15 Jon Betmead and Tom Ling

 

 

Jon Betmead and Tom Ling
Jon and Tom will be playing their usual blend of Scottish traditional tunes and self-penned material, plus the odd dose of jazz and contemporary folk.  

 

 

Amy Goddard
Award winning folk singer-songwriter, luthier, artist and music teacher, Amy has played for us on the Club Stage at Cambridge Folk Festival more than once. Her vocals have been likened to Sandy Denny and Joni Mitchell for their clear, pure and almost fragile sound. Amy’s songs cover personal matters, history and legend, as well as current social comment.

The rarest of singer/songwriters” – Folk Radio.

https://www.amygoddardmusic.co.uk/

 

 

Ruby Muse
Cambridge-based singer/songwriter Jools, and ambient guitarist Malcolm, make up this duo. Their style is warm and eclectic, mixing folk with blues and jazz influences – plus a sprinkle of 70s flower-power and prog-dust. Jools’ lyrics combine a realist’s take on the ice and fire of life’s experiences, with a mystical edge, while Mal’s sensitive guitar work adds intensity and atmosphere.

Silver-laced songs, filled with the edge of Americana and the gentle repose of love” – Liverpool Sound & Vision.

https://www.rubymuse.co.uk/

 

 

Lizzy Hardingham
South-East based folk musician and songstress Lizzy is paving her way as a “rising star on the UK folk scene” with songs that "sing straight to the heart”. Her powerful yet pure voice, twinned with her impressive songwriting skills, meld together to create “beautifully delivered folk music.” Her acoustic and folk music soothes the soul.

“A profoundly powerful singer to watch out for”.

https://www.lizzyhardingham.com/

 

 


Please support the performers taking part in this Virtual Showcase 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 Showcase 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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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.