Camus was founded by Greg in the early 1980s, and named after a small village in County Galway, Ireland. We play an exciting mix of traditional folk music, with particular influences from England, Shetland, Northumbria and Ireland. We also write our own songs and tunes. We’re noted for beautiful harmonies, inventive arrangements, moving songs and unusual compositions, and have entertained audiences in clubs, concerts, ceilidhs and festivals. We like to think we’re an established feature of the Cambridge folk scene and its history. We’ve gone through several line-ups dating back to the early 1980’s, during which time we’ve recorded the CD, Then and Now, and the new EP Time and Again. We’ve also operated as a ceilidh band under the name of The Great Eastern Ceilidh Company, which has played every conceivable ceilidh venue, and recorded the CD, Cold Fen.
Greg is a talented fiddler, having lent his skills to a number of bands, including the Cambridge Crofters, Cobblers Last, Camus, The Great Eastern Ceilidh Company, the Radio Cowboys, and the New Essex Bluegrass Band. He spent some time learning Shetland music with the great Tom Anderson, and started a music workshop in Cambridgeshire with Hazel Smith, now running as Burwell Bash, with Andy Cutting, Brian Finnegan and others. Greg has also taught violin at the Duxford Saturday Workshop since its inception in 1972.
David is a musician of long experience, having played bass, whistle, flute, keyboards and pipes in a succession of bands, from Cobblers Last and the Great Eastern Ceilidh Company to the current line-up of Camus. He is an accomplished Northumbrian piper, having won the prestigious Open championship at the Northumbrian Pipers’ Society competitions in 2018 and 2019, as well as the Open at the Rothbury Traditional Music Festival, and the duet class at both competitions, with Andrew Burn. Most recently we won the piping duet class at the (online) Northumbrian Pipers’ Society competitions 2020, judged by Andy May.
Andrew is an experienced musician, singer, and composer of songs and tunes. He has played with David and Greg for over 40 years, in Cobblers Last, Camus, and The Great Eastern Ceilidh Company. He plays melodeons and Northumbrian small pipes in Camus, and has written songs and tunes in their repertoire. These include prizewinning tunes at the Rothbury Traditional Music Festival and the Northumbrian Pipers’ Society competitions. He has led a workshop in Northumbrian piping at the Cambridge Folk Festival for the last ten years, with David and a group of fellow pipers from Northumberland, London and Cambridge.
Brian is a gifted exponent of guitar and bouzouki across a range of genres, especially the traditional music of his native Ireland, which he plays with passion and drive. He has played with David, Andrew and Greg in an earlier lineup of Camus, and in the Great Eastern Ceilidh Company. Other acts he has featured in over the years include the gypsy jazz combo The Usual Suspects and a duo with the mandolinist and tenor banjo player Hugh Boyde.
A set of Shetland tunes from the Cold Fen album
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