Acoustic Routes


Concerts start at 8.30pm and end at approximately 11pm
CB2 Basement, 5-7 Norfolk Street, Cambridge, CB1 2LD


June 11 The Jigantics
Sept 3 Polly Paulusma, My Girl The River
Oct 22 Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
Nov 19 Gerry Colvin
Dec 3 The Floozies, All Things Considered


(pay on the door, performers free)

We run Open Stage nights together with Cambridge Acoustic Nights. These unplugged nights give you the chance to perform on the CB2 stage in a very supportive atmosphere. Regular performers include Acoustic Routes organiser Bernard Hoskin plus Dave Streatfield, John Meed and Rhys Wilson. The CAN House Band usually finish off the evening with a set of well known covers that will have you singing along. Slots are in big demand so you need to book in advance by email to John Meed

June 4th Open stage with Mia and the Moon
July 2nd Open stage with Emily Mae Winters
July 16th Open stage
Summer break
September 10th Open stage
September 24th Open stage with Ruby Muse
October 8th Open stage
October 29th Open stage with Neil Cousin

CAN House Band


The Jigantics are a five piece band from the West of England who the British press described as one of Roots music's "super groups".

Their debut album, "Daisy Roots", has been critically acclaimed by music journalists around the world and featured on radio playlists in well over thirty six countries. Like many bands they served a tough musical apprenticeship before breaking into the folk festival and club scene, where their upbeat musical style was found to be refreshing and joyous, crossing musical boundaries at will and taking audiences by surprise and delight.

The band continue to explore all the options open to their multi instrumental, multi-talented personnel. Marion Fleetwood couples exquisite vocals with soaring fiddle while every member, including drummer/percussionist Martin Fitzgibbon, contributes harmonies and occasionally lead vocals to the mix. The instruments get passed around with Mark Cole swopping squeeze boxes for mandolin and Lyndon Webb stand up base for acoustic guitar. Whilst another gem is the virtuoso slide guitar playing of Rick Edwards.

The whole effect is one of wondering what may come next and then being surprised when the unexpected happens. Never afraid to mix musical styles but always with a touch of class The Jigantics foot-tapping feel good and totally convincing tearjerkers makes for a remarkable and spellbinding evenings’ entertainment.

"Fantastic music... The Jigantics were a highlight act" - The Daily Telegraph
"A fabulous fusion of blues, rock, folk and Americana that blew the socks off our audience. Absolute class." - Steve Sheldon

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The Jigantics


Polly Paulusma released her first album "Scissors In My Pocket" in 2004 to international critical acclaim. Nic Harcourt from LA’s prestigious KCRW radio show The Morning Becomes Eclectic called it “the best album from the UK this year”. Veteran DJ Howard Mandshein in Canada dubbed her “the best British female singer-songwriter in a decade”.

Bjork’s label One Little Indian and Sony/ATV in the USA signed her. Uncut Magazine gave ‘Scissors In My Pocket’ **** and The Independent heralded Paulusma “the most literate songwriter of her generation”. As a result she toured the UK, the US and Europe continuously through 2004-5 supporting Bob Dylan, Coldplay, Jamie Cullum, Marianne Faithfull, The Divine Comedy and Joseph Arthur, playing Glastonbury, Glasgow’s Tea in the Park and Cambridge Folk festivals, amongst many others. Her third album "Leaves from the Family Tree" was released in 2012.

"complete, pure and personal" **** - Mojo
"outstanding...and passionate" - Daily Telegraph
"An enchanting debut of understated, intelligent folk pop" - Rolling Stone Magazine (USA)
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Polly Paulusma

Created by Kris Wilkinson Hughes, My Girl The River was born out of a song. 'The Last Song' was the first song written for this americana, alt country, folk and roots project. Kris, hailing from Louisiana (and having lived in Jackson, MS and Nashville, TN) and English bassist Joe Hughes, have created a gorgeous collection of songs. As one fan responded 'it's like a delicately passionate love letter to the American South, soulfully crafted into something really special. Kris  has a voice like sugared espresso, low and evocative with a sweet aftertaste and her eloquently confessional lyrics hit you right in the heart.'

It is mainly inspired by Kris' upbringing in the American Deep South, bringing to life anecdotes, half-truths, white lies and fables. Ranging from alt-country and folk to Americana and roots, it ticks every box.
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My Girl The River

Crooked Tree is a new trio but the individual members have been regular performers at CB2 gigs. Bronwyn Ormsby is best known as the lead singer with London group Rambling Valentines, Rhys Wilson (vocals, guitar, keyboards) has played in numerous local bands over the years and Bernard Hoskin (vocals, guitar, bass) has released 9 cds of mostly original songs. In this new line up they perform songs by some of the great singer/songwriters such as Paul Simon, Jim Croce, Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell.
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Crooked Tree