This page shows upcoming and recent gigs, including videos of selected numbers performed over the last few years. Though the pandemic prevented any live gigs for 18 months, we’ve now got our first ones coming through, beginning with the St Neots Folk Festival 2021, and are excited to be meeting with audiences again.
Black Fen Folk Club: 20th February 2022
Weston Colville Reading Room: 23rd April
Cambridge Folk Club: TBA
Ely Folk Festival: 8th July
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Foyer Folk, Saffron Hall, 21st January 2022
Our first gig of 2022 was amazing. We were praying it wouldn’t be cancelled with the rise in Covid Omicron infections over the winter, but it was more than we could have hoped for: over 100 tickets sold, and street food in the form of fish’n’chips! (and we sold a fair few albums – thanks to our lovely, very appreciative audience). Thanks too to Jon Hart, whose warm hospitality and brilliant sound engineering made us very comfortable. Here’s one of the sets we played: Cold Fen, featuring Greg’s lovely slow air. It’s the title track of the album we made under the name of our ceilidh band, The Great Eastern Ceilidh Company.
Here’s another set: two Northumbrian tunes, Bonny Tweedside and Cuckold Come out of the Amrey.
Ely Folk Club, 13th October 2021
Our second live gig after the pandemic lockdowns, and Ely Folk Club’s first experiment at a physical event. It was a great evening: thanks to Andy and Ruth for inviting us. As usual, we began the set with Northumbrian tunes: Air Moving, by Kathryn Tickell; Because he was a Bonny Lad; Holmes’ Fancy. The first time we’ve performed them with Brian!
It was a great pleasure too to meet Andrew’s old friend Steve Roud, of the Roud folk song index, who happened to be in the audience with his family. As it happened, we were playing The Keeper, a version taken from the New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs, edited by Steve with Julia Bishop. Here it is.
Our set also contained our first performance of Brian’s song The Roaring Boys, a quirky narrative of a group of eccentric characters in a 19th century New England tavern. Here’s the video.
We also played Andrew’s song about the closing of the Hartlepool steelworks, inspired by the life of his grandad who was a foreman there. Good chorus singing by the audience! Well done Ely!
St Neots Folk Festival, Saturday night, 25th September 2021.
This was our first live gig since we played the St Neots Folk Club in February 2020 (see below for videos of that full set). It was great to be back at the Priory Centre, and we had fun, and congratulate the audience on their chorus-singing! It was our first gig with Brian, who made a dramatic entrance in time for our second number having raced from Gatwick after a holiday in Italy.
Here’s a video of the second number in the set, Andrew’s two tunes The Cherrytree March and the Mayday Rant.
And here’s our set of three Old Timey tunes: Grasshopper sitting on a Sweet Potato Vine; Julianne Johnson; and Needlecase.
St Neots Folk Club, February 2020
Our last gig before 18 months of pandemic and lockdowns was at the St Neots Folk Club, a favourite of ours, as we’ve played there under several guises: with Cobblers Last in the 1970s, with Camus in the 80s, with the Great Eastern Ceilidh Company a few years ago, and in our three-piece line-up in 2020. We also played at the St Neots Folk Festival 2018. We filmed this gig, so here’s a selection from the set, to give a flavour of our former three-piece lineup.
A beautiful tune by Greg, Cold Fen, followed by Shove the Pig’s Foot a Little Closer to the Fire, and Tom Cronin’s Homework. This is the title track of the Cold Fen CD.
Three Shetland tunes, also in the Cold Fen CD: Da Day Dawn (trad); Christmas Day i Da Morning (Fredamann Stickle); Da Alamoutie (Tom Anderson). The Alamoutie is the Shetland name for the stormy petrel.
An Irish hornpipe, followed by a traditional Northumbrian tune, which first appeared in Skillern’s “Twenty-four new Country Dances for the Year 1799”, and then in Peacock’s “A Favourite Collection of Tunes with Variations Adapted for the Northumberland Small Pipes, Violin or Flute” (1805).
The beautiful Josefina’s Waltz, by Roger Tallroth.
A variation set played on the pipes by David: Ma Dearie sits Ower Late up, which won the Open competition at the Northumbrian Pipers’ Society 2019.
Two 48-bar jigs by Andrew: The Three-Day Week, and Alan Burn’s Memorial Jig, written in memory of his dad.
Two Northumbrian tunes: Swindon, by Archie Dagg, and the traditional hornpipe, Proudlocks. These are popular tunes in Northumbrian sessions, where Greg’s lovely harmonies, featured here, are often used.
Weston Colville Reading Room, December 2019
In December we played at the Weston Colville Reading Room. It was a fantastic gig: around 40 people, who seemed to love our music. Here’s a review:
We invited Camus to play and they filled our Reading Room – we were happy we had to put out more seats. Andrew, Greg and David gave us a fantastic evening’s entertainment and we saw the passion for their music. It was so obvious they enjoy playing together – doing what they know and love. Their range made the set great entertainment, interlacing folk standards with their own songs. Lots of people have asked if they’re coming back, and they’ll definitely be asked to play for us again! Jacqueline and Alastair Douglas, Weston Colville Reading Room
The Mayflower, November 2019
In November 2019, we played The Mayflower Club in Cambridge, supporting Alistair Anderson: a great Northumbrian evening. Here’s Alistair in full flight.