Last night, May 24th, the band and I played the closing set at the Cambridge Folk Club, as part of one of their showcase evenings It was a fantastic evening and I’m most grateful to the band for their fine musicianship and support. I hope to post a recording or video soon.
Cambridge Folk Club is a wonderful venue. It began in 1959, and became known as the Cambridge Folk Club in November 1964. By 1965 Ken Woolard, the originator of the Cambridge Folk Festival, was a committee member and his influence was to steer the Club into a broad eclectic approach to folk music, an influence still promoted today. Early guests included Paul Simon and Stefan Grossman and the club has made its mark on the local live music scene ever since. Each Friday night sees music that can incude jazz, blues, folk, singer-songwriters, traditional English and Irish music, instrumental guitar, story telling, poetry and open stage. Audiences have commented on the friendly, intimate atmosphere of the club, still a mainstay for live roots music in Cambridge after all these years. It is this, along with a varied music programme which has changed with the times that is seen as the main reasons for the club’s survival and for audiences coming back again and again.
There were also great sets from Rosie Eade and the Sheri Kershaw band. Rosie played with Steve Matthews on mandolin and tenor guitar, and Jim Gair on bass. Rosie plays lively and evocative life-inspired songs of her own, interspersed with carefully chosen traditional songs, all arranged around her love of folk rock, and thrashing her old nylon strung guitar. Rosie’s “sprightly and pleasing blend of contemporary singer-songwriter and folk stylings.” has been praised by Rock-n-Reel (2013).
Sheri’s recent work showcases her song writing and vocal skills and a typical set includes soulful ballads written straight from the heart, laced with numbers with almost a West Coast American feel, right through to more hard edged blues numbers, all delivered by three incredibly talented musicians, being Sheri herself (vocals and guitar), Martyn Hewitt (guitar) and Chris Brimley (guitar and bass). ‘For such a slight lady, Sheri’s vocals pack a real punch and she undoubtedly possesses one of the most natural and expressive singing voices on the current circuit.