It is always a pleasure to play the Cambridge Folk Club. The club has been supportive of our music from the very start and many of the club’s organisers have become good friends over time.
So, after a blisteringly hot day, it was great to get in the car and travel over to The Golden Hind PH in Cambridge where the club meets. The journey was remarkably easy for a Friday night on the A1 and we arrived in plenty of time to the sight of a pleasingly crowded pub, with scores of early evening revellers outside enjoying the unusually warm April evening.
Upstairs, inside the pub, the club room was a hive of activity. We were sharing the evening with Americana band, Paul McClure and the Local Heroes and, as we arrived we were treated to a first listen to our support slot for the evening, John Parker and Cliff Ward, as they were doing their sound check.
John and Cliff will be very familiar to many folk aficionados as individual members of The Willows and Nizlopi respectively. They are very fine musicians indeed and they kicked the evening off in style with a powerful set of their own compositions. We wish them all the very best for the future and feel sure that their new venture together will prove highly popular and successful.
After a 15 minute break for a stage swap over, Paul McClure and the Local Heroes then came on. Paul told uthe audience that, depending on where and when he is playing, he can call on a sizeable number of fellow musicians to act as his Local Heroes. This night he was performing in a trio alongside a pianist and a backing singer. Paul is a very fine songwriter and provided those present with a number of finely written songs, punctuated with his very own brand of dry humour.
No-one knows our repertoire better than the Cambridge Folk Club and it was nice to be able to perform a number of our new set additions for their members. From the lovely feedback we had at the end of the show, they seemed to go down well. All very encouraging.
Many thanks to Marion, Robin, Andy, Jim and all our pals at Cambridge Folk Club for their invitation to perform once again at the club and also for their continuing support for our music.