Strummers Music is Cambridge's new Music Club
We launched on 30 January 2016 with a line-up including Tom Conway, Penni McLaren-Walker, Naomi Randall and Richard Wildman.
Prior our launch, Strummers existed as a community venture putting on occasional gigs and supporting up-and-coming young music acts.
Strummers Music builds on the underground music scene in Cambridge, including Cluzion Music, the Plough and Fleece music session and the "Strummers and Dreamers" radio show on Cambridge 105.
At Strummers, we believe that live music enriches the community. We aim to support local talent, as well as exciting performers from these isles and beyond and running Open Stages.
We aim to foster close links with other folk and acoustic clubs in Cambridge - no man is an island. We believe that music belongs to everyone and that the more local music venues can work together to deliver exciting gigs, the more vibrant the Cambridge music scene will be.
We decided on the tag-line "music with a social conscience", because our team, our gang of six, are all left-leaning music lovers who want to use music, the thing we love, to make a difference to our community. This includes tapping into the protest movement.
Music from the folk and roots tradition is more relevant than ever. We need only think of the situation in Syria and the song "Deportees" to know that music matters and changes how people think and feel and see the world.
Please feel free to contact us if you would like to us to consider you or your band for inclusion in our programming - we can't promise you a gig but we can promise to give any submissions a listening ear and an open mind.
Deirdre Murphy and Les Ray are best known as founder members of the band "Red Velvet" where they perform songs of love and protest, telling the stories of outlaws and outsiders. Deirdre and Les also spearhead Cambridge's annual Music Marathon, bringing together local musicians to raise money for cancer charities - £20,000 raised so far. Les is also behind anything in Cambridge with Strummers in the title. Deirdre is a powerhouse in anything related to music, education, union work and left wing campaigning.
Tony Phillips has a track record in supporting community music including Cluzion Music and Greenstage, offering spaces at outdoor events for muscians to play. You can find him every Thursday evening running the music session at the Plough and Fleece pub in Horningsea.
Our compere Nicky Vere-Compton is known for adding comedy and a sense of fun to Open Stage nights at Cambridge Folk Club where she compered for ten years, also delivering a legendary raffle. Nicky advocates use of music and protest and comedy and laughter to defeat oppression. In her guise as the Party Leader of the UK Pie Party, she takes Pies in the Face, to raise money for the Cambridge Cancer Help Centre.
Dave Clark is our man of mystery. No-one knows what he does, but nothing seems to happen without him.
Jeremy Harmer is immersed in Cambridge music both as a singer-songwriter - where his songs frequently address contemporary social issues - but also as a viola player in Cambridge and Ely orchestras. He is also a spoken-word performer and has taken music and narration to many different countries around the world. He is a well-known writer and trainer in the field of English as a foreign language.
Andy Benson is an old-tyme activist and political miscreant of the Left. Exhausted by the lotta continua he’s currently taking time out and the opportunity to have a little lie down. Closer to home he was better known as the bass player in local combo Redhouse Radio, where he cheerily plonked along on the back line until the band folded in 2014. Currently dep-ing bass in a London-based rock pop band and accompanying his vocalist partner on six string, he’s still up for new musical collaborations, so get the offers in while you can....