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.

Dance index
Folk Club
Reel club






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


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



These come and go, so this is probably out of date, but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.
  • On alternate Mondays in the Black Horse, Melbourn the Greenshoots Music Group play traditional dance music.
  • The Boot in Histon has a singaround at 8.30 on the first Tuesday of the month.
  • The Six Bells (in Covent Garden, off Mill Road) has a Bluegrass and Old Time session on the second Wednesdays at 8:30. Contact Jim on 07803 158084
  • Cambridge Comhaltas run Irish fiddle/accordion/bodhran lessons on Wednesday evenings at the Rathmore club on Cherry Hinton Road.
  • Swaffham Prior Folk Club has a session in the Red Lion on the second Wednesday of the month. (8-11: contact Phil on 01638 741743)
  • Old Ferryboat Inn, on the river at Holywell near St Ives. Tune session on the first Thursday each month from 7.30-10. A friendly and not too fast a session, with inexperienced players encouraged. Play by ear and/or from music. Contact Clive Quick 07801 027141
  • The Plough and Fleece in Horningsea (CB25 9JG) has a session at 8.30 on Thursdays
  • Burwell Folk Club at the Ex Service & Social Club has a session on the fourth Thursday of the month from 8-11pm
  • 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

Annual folk music course at Burwell

Further afield