20180323: Friday 23rd March: A Concert for Joan Woollard


Joan Woollard, widow of Ken Woollard, who organised the Folk Festival for many years, was President of Cambridge Folk Club until her death in 2017. She would have celebrated her 90th birthday this month, so, to mark the occasion, some of her favourite local performers will be taking to the stage to celebrate her love of music.

The performers, in order of appearance, are:

Mythopoeic: the youngest ever act to perform on the main stage at Ely Folk Festival, talented musicians Holly and Katherine write and arrange their own material.

David Savage: David sings and plays mainly traditional English songs and tunes using the concertina as his accompaniment of choice.

Brian Cleary and Hugh Boyde: With Brian on acoustic guitar and Hugh on mandolin, this duo’s fine repertoire encompasses just about anything from old jazz to American folk to originals.

Martin Baxter: As well as playing Americana, Oldtime and Bluegrass songs accompanying himself on guitar, Martin also crafts his own songs which wistfully reflect these traditions.

Martin Kaszak and Fara Afifi:  Martin’s warm vocals and finger-picking guitar are perfectly complemented by Fara’s beautiful close harmonies and viola and cello playing. http://www.martinkaszak.com/kaszak-and-afifi

Lynette Levitt: An a capella singer with a rich and resonant voice, Lynette's love of song and music prevents her from being categorised. 

Dave Jenkins: Dave’s traditional background and gentle lyricism mix happily with his modern, self-penned compositions which reflect thoughtfully on life and love. 

Tom Ling, Ian Turner and Wendy Hardeman: Tom, Ian and Wendy are 3 members of 4TunesFriends, whose songs, with their rich vocal harmonies and finely crafted instrumentals, are hand-picked to delight and charm.

Keith Day: Guitar and bass player, Keith was a member of the Cambridge Crofters, a folk and ceilidh band active on the Cambridge folk scene for more than 40 years.

Nick Barraclough’s Brokedown Palace: Nick will be joined in mainly American songs and lots of singing by old mucker Steve Reynolds and newer muckers LizTaylor and Phil Meyler.


8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)

Entry: £6(door), £5(advance), £4(members).

The proceeds of this concert will be donated to Alzheimer's Research UK.