Welcome to the Cambridge folk home page

These pages are intended to tell you about the folky things you can do in and around Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.

If you wanted Cambridge, MA, USA then try here.

If you wanted the Cambridge Folk Festival then try here.

links:
Dance index
CMM
Contra
Folk Club
Mayflower
Molly
Reel club
Round

Dance

English/American

The Cambridge and District Branch of the English Folk Dance Society was formed in 1914. The Harston bit of the Harston and Haslingfield club started in 1994. Come and celebrate these anniverseries with a dance at Harston Village Hall on June 7th. 7.30-11, £7, please bring a plate of food to share.

Morris

Scottish

French

  • French dancing happens from time to time (mostly Wednesdays, I think), see here

Irish

International

  • The Cambridge International Club do all sorts of things, but in particular they dance on Monday evenings 8:30-10:30 at St Columba's Hall (entrance from Downing Place - off Downing Street)

Early Dance

  • The Capriol Society dance dances from the European Courts from the 14th to 17th centuries. They meet at 7:45-9:45 on Tuesdays, at St Mark's Church hall, Barton Road.

Line Dance, Square Dance

Ceilidh Bands

Music and Song

Clubs

Sessions

These come and go, so this is probably out of date, but
  • On Monday evenings there is an Irish session in the White Swan, Mill Road, Cambridge.
  • Hazel Fairburn runs a Fiddle Group on Mondays at the St Paul's Centre, Hills Road (given she's moved to Canada I don't believe this, but the fiddle group might continue. Anybody know the answer?)
  • The Boot in Histon has a singaround at 8.30 on the first Tuesday of the month.
  • Cambridge Comhaltus run Irish fiddle/accordion/bodhran lessons on Wednesday evenings at the Rathmore club on Cherry Hinton Road.
  • Swaffam Prior Folk Club has a session in the Red Lion on the second Wednesday of the month. (8-11: contact Phil on 01638 741743)
  • The Plough and Fleece in Horningsea (CB25 9JG) has a session at 8.30 on Thursdays
  • Fulbourn Hospital Sports and Social Club a session on the third Thursday of the month (8.30-11: contact Barry on 01223 722927)
  • Burwell Folk Club at the Ex Service & Social Club has a session on the fourth Thursday of the month from 8-11pm
  • The Old Bull Inn in Royston has a session on the fourth Thursday of the month (run by hilary.w AT mypostoffice.co.uk)
  • The Labour club (Mill Rd/Coleridge Rd) has an Irish session on Sunday evenings
  • The Hardwicke Arms in Arrington has a session on alternate Sunday afternoons (run by Nigel Pennick -- keepinguptheday AT gmail DOT com)
  • Join the Yahoo Cambridge-folk-sessions mailing list
  • Cambridge Cafe Band Co-op not sure it counts as a session, but it's a chance to play folk music
  • Guilden Morden has a church that runs Folk Nights on the first Saturday of the month
  • In Ramsey, Jingles Music Club play folk/Blues/etc on the second Thursday of the month at the George Hotel

Annual folk music course at Burwell

Further afield

Links

Newsgroups (mostly defunct these days!)


Hugh.Stewart@acm.org