20220401: Friday 1st April 2022: The Cambridge Crofters


Support: The String Section


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

8pm (Doors open 7:30pm)

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


The Cambridge Crofters

Dave Benford and Andrew Kendon, founders of the Crofters Folk Club in 1964, were joined by brothers Tim and Dick Brading in the late 60s. By the early 70s the Folk Club had met at the Portland Arms, the Union Cellars and what is now the Boathouse, Mitcham’s Corner [where Russ McPherson made his debut]. The Crofters song group morphed into a ceilidh band and became well-known locally and beyond, gracing the Cambridge Folk Festival Stage 2 eight times in its first 30 years and running the club tent for many years.

Over the years the band has been blessed with many fine musicians from various walks of life and we have become a family. Sadly, more recently members of the band have died, and some 5 years ago we made the decision to cease public performances, still meeting monthly at a pub sing-around. In mid 2021, the Crofters were approached to reform to play at the Mayor of Cambridge, Coun. Russ McPherson’s Reception, planned for November 2021.
Covid has forced this to be re-scheduled for April 2022.

The much-reduced line-up now comprises Dick and Tim Brading, Keith Day [with 40 years’ experience!] and the dancing accordionist, Ellen [over 20 years with the band] - at least 160 years in all! We are looking forward to audience participation again and playing a few foot-tapping tunes.

Keith Day was interviewed by Mark Walsh of BBC Radio Cambridgeshire: 



Support, The String Section

The String Section - Denise Neapolitan (fiddle), Mike Thompson (guitar and vocals) and Philip Rundall (mandolin, guitar and vocals) - play a mix of fiddle tunes, folk, country and Americana, with the odd blues thrown in. The trio met through playing together at Cambridge’s Black Fen Folk Club, and have since appeared at the Cambridge Folk Festival. Within four weeks they took part, accompanying singer Karen Macwhinnie under the name Maisie Blades, in the Black Fen Club Tent concert at the Cambridge Folk Festival and Ely Folk Festival. Philip was a founder member of two popular Cambridge bands, the Backyard Band and Free Agents, when he played electric and acoustic blues guitar. He has since taken up the mandolin.