ST NEOTS FOLK FESTIVAL: Finally, a live gig after 19 months of pandemic! Great to be back at the Priory Centre, and thanks to Patti and Roger for booking us to support the evergreen Richard Digance on the 25th September. Also our first gig with Brian, who got off a plane at Gatwick at 3.45 and made it to St Neots by 8.15 in time for our second number.
We opened the set with our Northumbrian tunes on pipes and fiddle: Air Moving, by Kathryn Tickell, followed by traditional tunes Because He Was a Bonny Lad and Holmes’ Fancy. Standard fare for a Northumbrian session – but feels quite exotic down here in East Anglia! And – our harmonies make it a bit special …
BBC RADIO CAMBS FOLK SHOW: Mark Walsh played our track The Deserter from Kent on the 12th September, and did a nice plug for our set at the St Neots Folk Festival. Thanks Mark!
READIFOLK: Ian Freedman kindly included one of our tracks, Felton Lonnin, in his folk show on the 31st August, 2021. You can hear the show on Mixcloud – we’re third track in (but of course listen to the whole show, which has some fabulous work, including Tom Paxton!). Felton Lonnin features Andrew on vocals, Brian on guitar, David on whistle, and a rare outing for Greg on Northumbrian pipes!
NEW GIGS: We are over the moon to announce that we’re booked for the Saturday night of the 2021 St Neots Folk Festival, supporting Richard Digance. See you there – 25th September!
Ely Folk Club: We’re also booked to play the Ely Folk Club on October 13th, supporting the brilliant Gilmore and Roberts. Looking forward to hearing them, and to playing our second gig in a physical venue since before the pandemic.
Cambridge Folk Club: we were offered a full evening for the club’s first concert after lockdown, in September 2021, but unfortunately couldn’t do it due to quarantine rules in Italy (long story), so we’re awaiting a new date. We last played there supporting Kathryn Tickell and her dad a few years back.
Brian Cleary rejoins!: We played with Brian in a former line-up of Camus, back in the day, and are really pleased to have him back. Brian is a fine guitarist and bouzouki (now gazouki) player across a range of genres, with a particular love for Irish music, since that’s where he hails from.
BAND PRACTICES GO LIVE!
Since meeting indoors was allowed we’ve managed four practices, working on our set for the St Neots Festival. Great to be back together!
The North Cambridge Song Project: Andrew has written a new song as part of the North Cambridge Song project, run by Emily Peasgood, celebrating the life and history of the communities of that part of the city. Andrew’s song is The Ghost of the Snowcat, about the pub on Arbury road which used to be his local, and is now a Sikh gurdwara, or temple. Details of the project and demos of the songs are on the project site. A performance, part of an online Zoom concert, can be seen below. Andrew is joined by former member of Camus Brian Cleary, on guitar, who, we’re delighted to announce, has just rejoined us.
NPS duet class first prize, 2020: David and Andrew also entered the duet class of the Northumbrian Pipers Society Annual Competitions, and won the trophy. Here’s the trophy!
And here’s the video!
New tune book: Our tune-writing group, Fine-Tuning, started by our friend Jon Shurlock, and mentored by the amazing piper Chris Evans, has produced a book of 98 new tunes for the Northumbrian pipes – you can get a copy by donating to the NHS via our Just Giving page.
Here’s a video of a selection of the tunes, played by their composers.
New EP, Time and Again: We launched our new EP on Cambridge 105 Radio’s Strummers & Dreamers show on Easter Monday, April 13th, 2020 – the live studio session was replaced by recorded talk and tracks. And we’re participating in online sessions and events: Northumbrian piping sessions and tune-writing sessions via Zoom and Facebook, and practising hard for a new set of recordings.