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 have welcomed many internationally renowned and and 'up and coming artists.
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 £8 on gig nights. Children are welcome, and admission for under-16s is free. We do however ask parents to supervise their children's 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, David Wilson, Jenna Walker & Lizzie J Taylor) have kindly contributed their time over the years to organise the club, MCing, monitoring the door and produce publicity. Ben Savage is responsible for our guest bookings and we are supported by a fantastic crowd of regular listeners and performers.
Peggy Seeger plays the club, May 2012
Founders Robin Gillan & Julie Watson at the folk club's singaround at the Cambridge Folk Festival, July 2012
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