Acoustic Routes


Concerts start at 8pm at Thrive Cafe, 5 Norfolk St, Cambridge, CB1 2LD

Thrive serves excellent vegan food so we recommend having a meal before the concert.
To reserve a table phone 01223 464899 or email:


Saturday 2 Oct, 8pm, £9
20th Anniversary Special:



Elizabeth & Jameson is an award-winning collaboration comprising two rising stars of the UK acoustic music scene. Hannah Elizabeth and Griff Jameson have joined forces to create an indie-folk sound which encompasses both their individual musical backgrounds. Hannah’s influences are firmly planted in traditional folk-roots, whilst in contrast Griff has formed his musical reputation within folk pop/rock genres. Together as a duo Elizabeth & Jameson offer the best of both backgrounds; classic song writing at its best - a stripped back harmony-driven sound with acoustic guitar, violin and exquisite harmony vocals.

Recent festival highlights include greatly coveted invites to perform at Cambridge Folk Festival and the Great British Folk Festival.  Elizabeth & Jameson were awarded the NMG Award for best Acoustic, Folk & Roots Act of 2019, and were proud to open four shows for Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra as part of their 2019 Autumn/Winter tour. web site

The Floozies offer acoustic scrumptiousness - melting sensitive lyrics with hot jazzy riffs and ethnic percussion. Fronted by singer/songwriter Daisy Windsor, The Floozies blend acoustic guitar with saxophones, flute and exquisite harmonies from Paula Appleton, and bodhrán / percussion from Sue Szymanski to create their unique mesmerising jazzy folk songs.They were formed in 2004 and play mainly original material, as well as some traditional and contemporary folk songs. web site

Polly Paulusma
recorded her debut album ‘Scissors In My Pocket’ in 2003, tucked away in her garden shed. Record label One Little Indian signed her up and ‘Scissors…’ received immediate and widespread critical acclaim upon its international release in 2004. Paulusma was catapulted round the world, supporting Bob Dylan, Jamie Cullum, Coldplay, The Divine Comedy, Marianne Faithfull, and played Glastonbury, T in the Park and Cambridge Folk Festival.

Since then she has released seven albums and this year’s ‘Invisible Music: folk songs that influenced Angela Carter’ is her eighth. It presents in musical terms the PhD she’s recently completed on the novelist’s previously unknown folk singing activities, and lays songs and prose passages side by side to show the relationships. A ninth album of her own original songs, ‘The Pivot on the Which The World Turns’, is slated for release in 2022. web site

Saturday 16 Oct
Cambridge Acoustic Nights

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Saturday 6 Nov, 8pm


One of the UK's most exciting bands, The Jigantics are part of a growing group of contemporary artists appealing to a wide range of music followers who are increasingly looking beyond conventional musical stereotypes, and just enjoying a fusion of great songs, stunning harmonies and fine musicianship. In this case its a genre defying mix of Roots, Blues, Traditional Country and then some.

One of The Jigantics great strengths is their ability to combine the power and energy of a four piece band and the vulnerable sound of a solo performance all in one show and make it work so well. Its a pretty neat trick and in live performance they carry the audience with them on a journey of foot stomping joy tempered with only the occasional heartbreak. Seeing them live it’s clear that this band believe having a good time is an essential ingredient to any gig, ensuring that the road travelled overwhelmingly ends in a smile.

"Fantastic music... The Jigantics were a highlight act" - The Daily Telegraph

"What a fantastic night at The Milkmaid with the Jigantics .... quite an amazing group of musicians" - Terry Walden, The Milkmaid Folk Club
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Saturday 4 Dec, 8pm

tickets will go on sale nearer the time

Pete Atkin is a singer-songwriter and radio producer notable for his 1970s musical collaborations with Clive James. He was born in Cambridge in 1945 and in 1966 he joined Cambridge Footlights, for whom he became musical director of the revues. It was there that he met Clive and they began writing together. Pete Atkin and Clive James recorded six albums in the 1970s, as well as writing an album for Julie Covington, best known for her number one hit Don't Cry For Me Argentina in 1976.

The songwriting partnership of Atkin and James was held in high esteem by the British music press, yet commercial success proved much more elusive. Their unique attempt to fuse the discipline and craftsmanship of Tin Pan Alley with the self-expression of rock, while refusing to accept any limitation on what constituted appropriate subject matter for lyrics, inevitably set them on a collision course with their record companies' marketing departments. In the early 1980s Atkin became a radio producer while James went on to become a well-known television personality.

In 2001, 2003 and 2005 Atkin and James undertook national tours of the UK talking about, reading and singing their songs, poetry and prose. In 2003 the duo also toured Australia and a cd of new songs was released. Atkin has performed occasional concerts in folk clubs in recent years but this is a rare chance to see him live.
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