The Hub Band


Are you aged between 14 and 18 and into folk music? Want to be part of the Cambridge Folk Festival? You could win the chance to perform with The Hub Band Project live in the Club Tent on Sunday 31 July 2022.

Afternoon workshops are for young people who are aged between 14-18 led by the artists who are performing at the festival. In recent years we have been lucky to have masterclasses by some brilliant musicians including Sam Sweeney, Darlingside, Rhiannon Giddens and Le Vent Du Nord.

For instrumental workshops please bring your own instruments unless otherwise stated.

The Hub Band

The Hub Band Project is a series of workshops at The Hub youth music area, where, led by 4 fantastic tutors from the world of folk and roots music, you will collaborate with other young musicians, forming The Hub Band. This will culminate in a performance by The Hub Band on stage in the Club Tent on Sunday 31 July 2022.  It is aimed at those into traditional music (either individuals or bands) who have already bought tickets for the Festival, plus we have a limited number of free tickets to offer.

We particularly want to hear from instrumentalists, those who love playing in sessions and have a passion for traditional songs and tunes, to take part in The Hub Band Project.

Don’t forget to include your contact details including address, phone number and email. You can make the Soundcloud private for our ears only if you wish. Applications close at 5pm on Monday 2 May 2022.

Ticket winners will be selected according to the strength and suitability of their music by a panel of music industry professionals. You will be notified by Friday 29th May 2020 if your submission has been successful.

Under 18’s will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Weekend passes for ticket winners (including camping at Coldham’s Common) will be sent out by the first week in July.

Click HERE to apply. 

Hub Band Project Co-Ordinator: Folk singer and songwriter Rosie Hood has been co-ordinating The Hub Band project since 2015 having taken over the reigns from Bella Hardy. Rosie is known for her strong, pure voice and enchanting solo performances as well as being one third of The Dovetail Trio. A BBC Performing Arts Fellow in 2015 and a 2016 Horizon Award nominee, Rosie has taught at folk festivals around the country along with delivering music workshops in care homes and SEN schools. 2017 saw Rosie release her first full-length solo album The Beautiful & The Actual, a collection of old and new folk songs, described by The Guardian as “a classy arrival” ****.
Hub Area Co-Ordinator: Nicola is one half of an award winning Fiddle and Accordion duo Alex Cumming & Nicola Beazley. The transatlantic duo have performed at clubs and festivals up and down the country, with tours in America and Canada. Their latest album 'Across The Water' is on release now. Nicola is also an experienced instrumental teacher and workshop leader, running instrumental workshops and community folk bands in Sheffield and across the country at many of the top festivals. Nicola is studying for a PhD researching English contemporary folk music traditions and creativity and change.

Archie Churchill-Moss

Widely regarded as one of the best players of English traditional folk, Archie has worked as a session musician for some of the UK’s top folk acts (Cara Dillon, Eliza Carthy, Blair Dunlop), as well as performing with the trio, ‘Moore, Moss, Rutter’ – The outfit which saw him receive the coveted BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2011.The past two years have seen Archie tour extensively across Western Europe and perform at some of Europe’s top music festivals, including headline slots at ‘Colours of Ostrava (Czech Republic), Tønder festival (Denmark), Cropredy Convention (UK) and Cambridge folk festival (UK). With a contemporary approach to composition and arrangement Archie has developed a style of playing that draws as much influence from the tradition as it does modern popular music. He is currently seen to perform with: ‘Tom Moore & Archie Moss’, ‘Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys’ and ‘False Lights’. His engaging teaching style comes from a wealth of experience in his position as senior lecturer in ‘Folk Music’ at Leeds College of Music and teaching on the National Youth Folk Ensemble.

Dave Malkin 

Dave Malkin is a guitarist, singer, producer and writer based in South East London. He studied the classical guitar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. He is one half of Dipper Malkin, alongside John Dipper and his 14-string viola d’amore. The duos debut album, Tricks Of The Trade was included in The Times' 'Top 100 Albums of 2017'. He leads Black Hours, a seven-piece ensemble exploring dark indie-rock, electronic and contemporary jazz worlds, featuring, amongst others, Mercury nominated drummer Corrie Dick. More recently he has collaborated with Mercury, Grammy and MOBO nominated Sonny Johns to produce Dick’s upcoming, second album. He has worked as an orchestrator, arranger and copyist on productions for London Contemporary Orchestra, The Royal Court Theatre, the BBC, and ITV, amongst others. Credits include Fleabag, The ABC Murders and Vanity Fair. He has taught for Aldeburgh Young Musicians at Snape Maltings and been a guest speaker on the traditional music of England at Christchurch College, Oxford. He is currently studying for an MA in Creative Practice at Goldsmiths, University of London.

IMPORTANT:  These tickets are extremely limited. If you wish to attend the Festival and take part in The Hub Band project regardless of whether you win free tickets or not, you should buy them in the normal manner when they go on sale, before they sell out. For more info, contact

The number of young people participating in The Hub Band will be limited to 20 to ensure everyone can make the most of the experience. Limited sign up spaces are available at the Festival. However, if you miss the sign up you will not be able to attend. In order to avoid disappointment please make sure you arrive in plenty of time, sign ups are from 6pm on the Thursday at The Hub area and spaces fill up very quickly! This is a weekend long project and you must commit to all sessions in order to be eligible for the performance in the Club Tent on the Sunday.



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