20190208: Friday 8th February: Two Coats Colder; Kelly & Woolley; I Claudia


Two Coats Colder
This four-piece, acoustic folk band, formed in 2011, has an extensive repertoire of traditional and original songs, performed in a melodic, laid-back style, and often including a quirky take on traditional and contemporary songs. Since coming together at the music venue High Barn in Essex, David Baird (mandolin), Anna Bass (vocals, Indian harmonium), Ray Taylor (guitar) and Chris Bullen (bass) have played at many folk clubs and music venues including Shrewsbury, Banbury and Wimborne Festivals, and have supported an impressive array of renowned performers. 

As Two Coats Colder have decided to take things a bit easier during 2019, we’re delighted that they’re playing one of their few selected gigs for us!

"Two Coats Colder deliver the warmth of every story within their songs and performance,” Sue Marchant, BBC Radio.


Kelly and Woolley
Acoustic duo Kelly and Woolley specialise in playing and singing in cajun, folk, bluegrass and country styles. Multi-instrumentalist Matt (fiddle, viola, mandolin) has played in postpunk and Cajun and blues bands, and is currently a member of Thursday’s Band with Mark Gamon, Lucinda Fudge and Nick Blishen. Gary (guitar) has also fronted rhythm and blues bands. Initially influenced by Nick Drake, John Martyn and Tir Na Nog, he has since been influenced by the playing of Nic Jones, Pete Morton and Roger Wilson.

Kelly and Wooley now have two CDs to their credit. The first, “Papers in my Shoe” (2015) predominantly contains their own versions of traditional songs and tunes in a cajun and bluegrass style. However, their recently released second CD, “Miner’s Eyes,” showcases their own compositions and pared-back arrangements. Gary has penned 8 of the 11 tracks, mostly on the theme of industrial decline.

“Fine songwriting, excellent musicianship, delightful harmonies,” Les Ray, Cambridge 105 Radio.


Claudia plays a colourful mixture of musical styles - mellow yet uplifting acoustic sweetness with hints of soul, jazz, folk and a good sense of fun!!

She has been one of Cambridge's busiest bass players for well over 15 years, playing with a variety of local bands, including the all-girl supergroup Gig-L. Four years ago, she decided to focus on her own song writing and has been playing solo acoustic gigs as well as fronting her own band, Claudia and the Braidy Bunch. ​Claudia has not only played the Cambridge Rock Festival and Secret Garden Party, but also likes appearing at sessions and open mics around Cambridge, including, as, she describes it, “the lovely Cambridge Folk Club”.

She is currently working on her debut album "Storms and Silver Linings", which she hopes to release this year.

“If there is a more upbeat and positive person in Cambridge than Claudia McKenzie then I’d like to meet that person,” (Phyll, Cambridge Fund Raiser & Gig Organiser).



8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)

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