The Hub is a music-making area exclusively for young people attending the festival. There are workshops throughout the day, run by experienced musicians and tutors, and it’s also the home of The Hub Band Project. Sessions in the morning are aimed at primary school aged children with the fun wake-up workshops run by The Hub team also appropriate for little ones who haven’t started school yet (and their parents). Children can take part in music, dance and song over the course of the weekend as well as making new friends.
Afternoon workshops are for young people who are aged between 11-18 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, around 20 young musicians (14-18 years) collaborate with one another, forming The Hub Band. This culminates in a performance by The Hub Band on stage in the Club Tent on the Sunday evening. It is aimed at those into traditional music from around the world (either individuals or bands) who have already bought tickets for the Festival, plus each year we have a limited number of free tickets to offer to young people in order to take part.
THE HUB BAND TEAM
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.
Will Allen is a melodeon and fiddle player from Kent. Being one half of the London based duo 'Brown Boots,' and a member of the exciting ceilidh band 'Urban Folk Theory' means that Will has an extraordinary repertoire of traditional tunes and really knows how to bring them to life. When not gigging around the UK he teaches regularly at the Lewisham Irish Centre as well as teaching privately.
Patsy hails from Perthshire, Patsy Reid is a Scottish musician, composer and educator. Since stepping back from Breabach in 2011, Patsy has been in constant demand as a session player and arranger, animating others’ projects with her unique blend of fiddle and violin playing. She is a one-woman string quartet, contributing violin, viola and cello to albums by the likes of Flook, Kathryn Tickell, Duncan Chisholm, Zakir Hussain & Donald Shaw.
She is also a popular fiddle tutor, appearing year-round at camps and courses such as Blazin’ in Beauly, Boston Harbour Fiddle School, Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Ceòlas and The Scots Fiddle Festival. Known for getting down to the technical nitty gritty, Patsy combines her experience as a busy fiddle/viola player with her classical training to provide in depth and practical tuition, aimed at those who really want to improve their sound, style and confidence. Patsy’s qualifications include a 1st Class Honours Degree in Applied Music from Strathclyde University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Violin Performance and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education with Specialist Strings, both from the Royal Northern College of Music.
Maz O'Connor is an English folk singer and songwriter described by The Guardian as 'one of folk's brightest young talents'. She has been performing since reaching the final of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2008, and her third album will be released in Autumn 2019. Alongside her performing and writing, Maz has been working as a music educator, with a particular interest in young people and elderly care. She has been a tutor with The EFDSS on several projects, a member of the Live Music Now scheme since 2014, and a Hub Band tutor twice before. As well as teaching at The Hub, Maz has performance at the festival this year, in the Club Tent on the Saturday evening.
Originally from Spain but brought up in Scotland Pablo Lafuente is an award winning guitarist now based Glasgow. Pablo is a 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner alongside duo partner 'Josie Duncan'. Since completing his studies of Guitar and Fiddle at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional music Pablo has been in high demand, playing, recording and touring internationally with artists including: Josie Duncan, The Outside Track, Project Smok, Ross Ainslie, Jarlath Henderson and Spanish Gaita extraordinary Anxo Lorenzo.
IMPORTANT: Ticket winners will be selected according to the strength and suitability of their music by a panel of music industry professionals. Under 18’s will need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. 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 Hazel.Beale@cambridgelive.org.uk
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 start at 11am on Friday 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.