20200403: Friday 3rd April: Open Stage with Maisie Blades. CANCELLED
Maisie Blades, despite diverse backgrounds, is made up of four musicians who share a love for music that perhaps can best be described as Transatlantic - a rich mix of ingredients, including American traditional and bluegrass tunes, country, folk, blues, Celtic fiddle pieces, a touch of Joni Mitchell, Townes Van Zandt, Gillian Welch, Emmylou Harris and Richard Thompson. Karen Macwhinnie, a Scot, comes from a background of singing jazz, blues and Americana. An accomplished artist, she loves songs that tell a story and she brings passion and authenticity to all her performances. Philip Rundall, also an artist, played guitar in several Cambridge based bands before taking up playing bluegrass guitar and mandolin fiddle tunes. In 2018 he and Mike Thompson, a guitarist originally from North Carolina and a fellow academic, formed the duo Free Agents, reviving the name of an earlier band Philip was in, making regular appearances at Black Fen Folk Club and elsewhere. Denise Neapolitan, originally from Chicago, plays fiddle and sings. She is classically trained but she loves traditional and Celtic fiddle tunes and folk music. Maisie Blades, after only a handful of performances, was invited to take part in the Black Fen Folk Club Concert in the Club Tent at the 2019 Cambridge Folk Festival and this led to being guests on Les Ray's Strummers & Dreamers show on Cambridge 105 Radio. The band is taking off!
8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)
Entry: £5(door), £4(advance), £3(members), £3(performers).