21st January 2018 - Alden Patterson and Dashwood, £6 or £5.00 from
'Norwich based folk / Americana trio Alden, Patterson and Dashwood weave
rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully
written original songs and melodies. Their music takes influence from folk
traditions from both sides of the Atlantic with uplifting instrumentals and self-
penned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their
affection for home.'
18th February 2018 - Robin Fairey, Carl Turner and Alice McDowell, £6
25th February 2018 - Cambridge Live City Roots event (Details to follow)
Brian Peters is one of the English folk scene’s great all-rounders: a compelling singer, a
first-rate squeezebox player and a skilled guitarist. Brian is one of the country’s best
anglo-concertina players and is just as good on melodeon, while he’s also internationally
renowned as a powerful singer of the great old ballads. Although best known for traditional
folk songs and lively English dance music, Brian’s act is full of variety and also includes
newer songs and tunes, plus wild squeezebox excursions into ragtime or blues. Add his
energy and dry humour onstage, and you have a truly entertaining performer.
15th April 2018 - Bophouseblue, £6
Bophouseblue consists of three seasoned musicians: Myke Clifford, saxs, flutes, vocals; Chris
Newman, guitars, vocals; and Sue Szymanski, percussion. Myke has played in several bands
in addition to Bophouseblue, including the Pink Floyd Dimension, and has been main stage
compere at the Cambridge Folk Festival since 1985. Blues, rock, slide and ragtime guitarist
Chris Newman has performed with many other trios and duos including The Barefoot Doctors
with Stella Hensley, while Sue Szymanski plays a range of percussion in the all female trio
The Floozies. Expect a mix of blues and jazz with a few surprises thrown in.
20th May 2018 - Robin Gillan, £6
Founder of the Black Fen Folk Club Robin Gillan has been active on the folk
scene for over two decades. His music reflects timeless old field recordings of the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s and early country recordings from the 1920’s. Robin delivers songs with power and sensitivity. His fiddle playing conjures backwoods mountain scenes and soft rainy pastures. Equally adept at 5 string banjo, fiddle,harmonica, guitar and melodeon, Robin draws from the music of the British Isles and the USA. His playing has rawness, balanced by technical ability, producing an archaic sound rarely achieved in the 21st century. Robin has recorded with numerous bands and artists, including folk legend, Tom Paley. This will be Robin’s first gig at the Black Fen Folk Club.