About the Black Fen Folk Club
Since its creation a few years ago, the Black Fen Folk Club (formerly the Portland Folk Club) has built a reputation as a hub for excellent folk music. Known for our warm and friendly atmosphere, we welcome performers from all musical traditions and backgrounds. We meet at the NCI club , 1 Holland St, Cambridge, CB4 3DL every Sunday at 7.30pm. We put on Open Stage nights and gigs. We have a particular enthusiasm for traditional folk, and our past guests include internationally recognised artists such as Peggy Seeger and Tom Paley (founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers & former singing partner of Woody Guthrie), as well as up-and-coming performers like Thomas McCarthy, the Squirrel Hunters and Ben Paley & Tab Hunter. We also run events at the Cambridge Folk Festival and put on a Folk Day every summer. Admission is £4 on Open Stage nights, and is usually £5 - 7 on gig nights. Kids are welcome, and admission for under-16s is free. We do however ask parents to supervise their kids' behaviour, particularly during quiet songs. The club was founded by folk musician Robin Gillan with Julie Watson, Pete Barrett, Sylvie Snowdon and Tim Mellor. Many others (including David Savage, Barbara Oxley and David Wilson) have kindly contributed their time over the years to helping organise gigs at the club, MCing, monitoring the door and publicity. We are supported by a fantastic crowd of regulars.
Peggy Seeger plays the club, May 2012
The Folk Club on the hoof at the Withersfield village fete (from left to right - Sam, Pete Barrett & Naomi Randall), summer 2011
Founders Robin Gillan & Julie Watson at the folk club's singaround at the Cambridge Folk Festival, July 2012