A sneak preview of the front cover of the album (photo by Ellie Cambridge and artwork by Tim Cambridge). The album is currently in production and I am looking forward to the final delivery of the CDs. Checkout the “Songtales” page on this website for details of its formal launch.
An email from Roger at St. Neots Folk Club saw us playing there in support of Bram Taylor. An opportunity to air two new songs- our new version of “Horn Fair” with sansula and rainstick (Jenna had to give a small introduction to our new musical toy- the sansula- related to the ubirra ) and “Home lads home “ with piano-accordion backing. The audience at St. Neots do seem to have a very comprehensive knowledge of folk songs and were singing along with us and with Bram.
Very good to be returning to Cambridge Folk Club at the Golden Hind for our double-header along with Hunter Musket. Its always a great pleasure to play here and Chris, the soundman, was on top form with the sound through the clubs new PA. First up on the stage was someone new to us, Anna Hesta, who played the support slot. Very much enjoyed her self-penned songs. We then arranged ourselves on stage for a long set incorporating some new material in amongst our established songs- very enjoyable and some excellent joining in. Hunter Musket followed us after the break and raffle (our raffle tickets came up trumps, which is always good). We met and heard Terry Hiscox playing solo at Hadleigh Folk Club in December, and he, plus other 3 members of the band, did not disappoint. All in all, a very good night and we look forward to playing at Cambridge Folk Club agin some time.
Another first visit for us to Four Rivers Folk Club, located in a fine old building in the centre of Hertford, and run by Pat Crilly. Excellent floor spots before our sets from Pat, Craig Joiner and Mike Excell. After an awkward “frog in throat” moment for Jenna in our first song, we managed to pack 12 songs/tunes into our two half-hour sets, including some new material. It was a very good evening, with a very appreciative audience and some very complimentary remarks at the end of the evening- always very pleasing to receive the latter.
A first visit to St. Neots Folk Club playing a short set at one of their Open Stage nights. Its not a huge room but it was packed out, with a good number of the audience standing at the back. We were second up, after an opening song from Roger, the clubs organiser and MC, then it was straight into our set, carefully chosen to fit the time slot, and included a first outing for a new set of tunes (Roslyn Castle and An Dros). We were followed by one of the biggest “bands” that we have encountered at our various gigs- the 11-strong Millstone Grit from Stamford who sing mass A’capella. And very good they were too!
Thanks to Solomon Smith for the photo below.
Our first full session at CB2 Acoustic Night by invitation from John Meed and Rhys Wilson was a really good evening for us. Our set went down very well with the audience and judging by the after-gig conversations with various members of the audience, it would be fair to say that we have some new fans (and some new visits to the website in the following days).
I (DC) entered this Robbie Callas Cup competition again this year but on this occasion was flying solo . Always a fun evening and again a hugely varied selection of songs from the entrants. Megan Wisdom was the eventual winner, but very pleased to record that I shared the runners-up spot with Simon Kelso. My song- ‘Ware out Mother’, a song learnt from the Melrose Quartet.
A splendid piece of news indeed for 50 % of Cambridge and Walker. After much hard work Jenna added to her BA (Music) with an MA in Traditional Music from The University of Sheffield. It was, in the words of Wallace (of Wallace and Grommit fame), “a grand day out” at the Graduation Ceremony.
Our first visit to Hadleigh Folk Club for a gig that was rescheduled from the beginning of the year due to snow, but this time no snow, just a very cold night. Simon and Val Haines were our kindly hosts at the Ansell Centre. The evening commenced with a bunch of very seasonal songs from the Hadleigh Community Choir, followed by some great bluesy/ragtime guitar playing and songs from Terry Hiscox (of Hunter Musket fame). Tim Win (not known to us before this gig) followed with a fine set of largely self-penned songs, complete with join-in choruses. After the traditional folk club raffle, and despite an abundance of prizes, Cambridge and Walker were not blessed with a winning ticket so with “heavy hearts” we commenced our set. Very pleased with both our output (hardly a glitch in sight) and the very enthusiastic and warm-hearted responses from the audience and we hope it isn’t too long before we can return to Hadleigh.
What an excellent evening at Blackfen FC! We went a little mad with wintery foliage and little lights on the NCI stage (Jennas’ idea!) but it did look very good. A short round of floor singers and then Tim Mellor (plus guitar, melodeon and Northumbrian pipes) took the first half with a real mix of traditional songs and tunes. Jenna and I joined him on stage for our three part harmony versions of “The Wren” and “Lloyd George”- great fun. The second half of the evening began with a couple more floor singers then it was our turn to launch into our long set which included a couple of new songs and tunes. Our set finished with Tim joining us on stage for a pipes + guzouki + Jenna vocals version of “On yonder hill” and finally finishing with a big sing-a-long on John Ball.