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A Songbook for Cambridge North

Artist Emily Peasgood will be attending the Cambridge Folk Club at the Golden Hind pub on Milton Road in Cambridge on Friday, 6th March to present details her new project for Cambridge North.

Cambridge North Folk Song Project will create a community songbook of contemporary folk songs with residents in Cambridge North (CB4), with the aim of preserving stories in an area that is evolving and changing. It is led by Dr Emily Peasgood, an Ivor Novello Composer’s award winner who specialises in creating music with communities. Peasgood and her team of acclaimed singer-songwriters and Cambridge-based musicians will collaborate with residents in a series of song-writing workshops to create lyrical and musical ideas for the songbook. The content of the songs will be led by residents, and will include stories that capture the character of Chesterton, its history, people and places.

This project references the first folk song revival, and the way folk song collection has historically preserved local stories and created musical resources for local people. The project culminates with the creation of the songbook, which will be distributed to libraries, folk clubs, community groups, educational and cultural institutions in and around Cambridge, and available online, at no cost. The songbook will contain lyrics, chords and illustrations sourced from local artists and local people to accompany each song.

The songbook will be released in October 2020, accompanied by live performances by residents and local musicians. A folk song club will be formed to learn and perform the songbook, and to record some of the songs to release as an EP. Cambridge North Folk Song Project is part of the Public Art Programme for Cambridge North (CB4). It has been commissioned by Brookgate and Network Rail with the assistance of Commission Projects and Chesterton Community College.

The evening starts at 8pm. For further details about the Cambridge Folk Club and ticket sales, visit:

For further details about Emily Peasgood, visit

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