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.
10th June - Mythopoeic and Alternative Arrangements (Two-act showcase), £6
Mythopoeic. Katherine and Holly have been playing together for about a year; it that time they
have opened the Sunday night main stage at Ely Folk festival (headline Seth Lakeman) and
played the Guildhall in Cambridge. Their rapidly increasing repertoire includes British
traditional songs and their own compositions with delightful harmonies accompanied on
accordion with fiddle/ukulele or occasionally unaccompanied.
Alternative Arrangements are Martin Baxter (Guitar), Edwin Russell (mandolin) and Pete
Swarski (Guitar) with a very laid back mix of old time blues, American folk songs and a few of
their own songs in a similar genre. They very ably represented the club at the Cambridge Roots
family event at the Guildhall.
16th September - Danny Pedlar and Rosie Butler-Hall, £7 or £6 from
A young folk duo, with roots based in both English and French tradition.
Danny plays Hurdy Gurdy and Accordion and Rosie plays five-string
fiddle and sings. They play mostly English and French songs and tunes
and enjoy a close relationship with the audience at live gigs. The music
is characterised by flowing melodies, intricate harmonies and strong
rhythms while keeping the flavour of the traditional style.
Born out of the UK's cult bluegrass scene, Hot Rock Pilgrims have quickly
become one of the most sought after bluegrass acts since their formation
in 2014. Featuring the powerful vocal harmonies of co-lead singers Hubert
Murray (guitar) and Dan Edwards (banjo), augmented by the slick musical
stylings of Bruno Pichler (dobro) and Kieran Towers (fiddle), locked
together by Sam Rose (bass) whose slap solos never cease to raise a
BBC Young Folk Awards finalist Rosie Hodgson is joined by the outstanding Irish
fiddle player Rowan Piggott on a variety of traditional ballads and original songs.
Praised in the Daily Telegraph and described as, 'a powerful partnership at the
forefront of the modern folk scene' this is a duo bound for the top.
The duo that is Cambridge Walker was the result of a mutual interest in traditional songs, especially harmony singing, arising from individual performances at Black Fen Folk Club. David (Cambridge) sings and plays guitar/guzouki ; Jenna (Walker) sings and plays melodeon/piano. During the festival season of 2016, David and Jenna decided to actually try singing as a duo and have appeared at Ely, Cambridge & Bury Folk Festivals .
Tim Mellor is one of the founders of Black Fen Folk Club is equally at home with Northumbrian smallpipes, guitar, melodeon or singing ‘acapella’. Most of his songs and tunes are based on Traditional Folk songs from the British Isles but include a few of his own compositions reflecting contemporary issues and themes.