Black Fen Folk Club

NCI Club, Holland Street, Cambridge
A vibrant hub for folk & roots music in Cambridge with an event every Sunday. The club provides the opportunity for anyone to play acoustic music to an attentive audience... Singers, instrumentalists & dancers from all musical traditions and at all levels are welcome... and so are non-performing listeners.

Guest nights bring unique, inspirational, varied, roots music to the city. Advance booking from the website is recommended. Limited floor spots are available on these nights too. 

       30th May     The Often Herd                                13th June   Polly Paulusma

The NCI Club is a COVID-secure venue with limited capacity so advance booking is essential. On the night, please bring a mask for moving around the venue (as you would in a restaurant) and follow the guidance within the venue.... Every effort has been made to ensure that you have a safe, and really enjoyable evening.
THE OFTEN HERD........Bluegrass music from the Northeast of England with the flavour of sunny California!
Whilst LOCKDOWN  continues we will be meeting via ZOOM at 7.30pm every Sunday evening - the Zoom session will also be live  on our Facebook page.

Each evening begins with a hour of 'floor spots' and then we welcome a guest artist for a 30 minute spot, followed by another round of floorspots, aiming to finish at 10.00pm with a final song or tune from our guest.

03 January   Ruaridh Greig
10 January   July Cook
17 January   Polly Paulusma
24 January   Gemma Khawaja
31 January   David Jones
07 February Gary Woolley
14 FebruaryVALENTINES 
21 FebruaryDavid Griffiths
28 February John Roberts
07 March     Cambridge and Walker  ALBUM LAUNCH
14 March     Pete Grassby
21 March     Tom Meldrin
28 March     Chris Koldewey & Joy Bennett
04 April        EASTER SUNDAY
11 April        Peter and Audi Souza
18 April        Open Stage
25 April        Bass and Taylor
02 May        Open Stage
09 May        Pat Smith and Ned Clamp
16 May        Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage

23 May        OPEN STAGE at the NCI  - check the Open Stage Concerts page for details
30 May        THE OFTEN HERD -  Bluegrass from the North-East  - see the Gig schedule

We are delighted to be able to hold formal concerts with a socially distanced seated audience. This means that seats are limited and must be reserved in advance here.

Concerts will commence at 7.30pm and end not later than 10.00pm, as the premises must be vacated completely by 10.30pm.

Our guidelines on attending one of our concerts follow below. The NCI Club have done a fantastic job at making our venue COVID-secure so please help them continue to put on live music in the city by following the guidelines here and on the night. We know there is a lot here but don't be put off - it still feels very much like a 'normal' gig and we've all had a great time at the live nights since the restart. 

Please be reassured that the seats, tables and all surfaces are misted with a virucide between every event and hand sanitiser is available throughout the building.

Entering the NCI


• Have tested positive for COVID-19
• Had close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19
• Had any symptoms of COVID-19 (such as fever, cough, shortness of breath)
• Had close contact with someone who has shown symptoms of COVID-19
• Are feeling unwell
• Are self isolating
• Recently returned to the country
• Had close contact with someone who has recently returned to the country

Facemasks must be worn when entering the building or when moving around the building. You do not need to wear a facemask when seated.

Give way to anyone leaving the building. A 2m safe zone is marked at the entrance.

Use the hand sanitiser when entering the NCI premises.

Please follow all floor markings, arrows, etc., and generally KEEP LEFT!

Go straight to the hall. There is more hand sanitiser inside the door.

Record your name and contact details (mobile phone number) for contact tracing purposes. For simple covid security, please bring your own pen with you.
 If you have a suitable mobile phone and the NHS app, you can scan the QR code in the entrance hall.
If you need to pay, please bring the correct money and leave it in the tin at the door. 

Drinks will be ordered in the hall and will be brought to the rear of the hall. A price list is available. Choose the drink you require and write the number, your name and the price on the sheet. Please leave the correct payment in the cash tin and take your own change – we trust you! Every little while we’ll take the sheet to the bar and they’ll bring the drinks through to the table at the back

Empty glasses should be returned to the tray at the back of the hall.

Seating is socially distanced If you are part of a ‘bubble’ then you may use the side bench seats; otherwise please use the single seats in the main body of the hall.  

The Toilets
Use the door in the side of the hall to enter the toilet corridor (Keep Left, give way to anyone leaving the toilets and return to the hall via the main lobby and the hall main doors.
Make sure that you use the hand sanitiser provided.

Performers must use the stage – performance positions are marked on the stage. 
Performers should wait at the side of the stage until the previous artist(s) has left the stage
When going on stage, please adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Do not encourage the audience to sing along – humming is permitted!

 POLLY PAULUSMA  .... Traditional and self penned songs exquisitely accompanied with guitar or dulcimert.