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. Our current three-piece line-up is quite recent: we’ve gone through several line-ups dating back to the early 1980’s, during which time we’ve played folk clubs and other venues across East Anglia, and 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.
Camus was founded by Greg in the early 1980s. and named after a small village in County Galway, Ireland. We’ve played together for 40 years, with the current three-piece line-up the latest of several. 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.
Greg Smith 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 Somerville is a musician of long experience, having played bass, whistle, flute, keyboards and pipes in a succession of bands, from Cobblers Last 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 Burn 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.
A set of Shetland tunes from the Cold Fen album
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