Acoustic Routes


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


Sept 3 Polly Paulusma, My Girl The River, Crooked Tree
Oct 22 Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
Nov 19 Gerry Colvin
Dec 3 The Floozies, All Things Considered
Jan 21 The Jigantics (rearranged date)


(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

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

On Saturday, June 18th, we are hosting another open stage evening downstairs at CB2, with local musicians including:
Javier Marcos, Liam Jarry, Trev Bryant, Louise, Gees Boland, Eva’s Dream, Harry Fenn, David Wilson, Thorn C, Rhys WIlson, Dave Streatfield, John Meed
Doors will open at 8pm and the music starts at 8.30; tickets are 3.


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


When it comes to a distinctive sound, exceptional duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin have shown they are in a league of their own.

Widely regarded as one of the best slide guitarists in the UK, Lancashire-born multi instrumentalist Phillip Henry has been described as "one of the most extraordinary musicians around". Henry, who studied in Calcutta with India's premier slide guitarist Debashish Bhattacharya, is also a virtuoso on the harmonica and brilliant on beatbox harmonica whilst Brixham-born singer-songwriter Hannah, is a skilled fiddler, viola and banjo player with a real lightness of touch, a distinctive voice and a gift for tapping traditional music veins to create contemporary songs.

Winners of Best Folk Act in the 2012 South West Music Awards and Best Duo in the 2013 Spiral Awards, this class act played the biggest venue of their career when they supported Show of Hands at the Royal Albert Hall and have played Glastonbury, Cambridge and Broadstairs festivals. They won Best Duo in the 2014 BBC Folk Awards and were nominated again in 2016.

"Subtle,atmospheric, bravely original" - The Guardian
"This duo has a combination of virtuosity, intensity and charisma that merits a slot on much bigger stages" - The Guardian

"An imaginative and innovative album - songs that linger in the memory held together by the fine musicianship of Henry and Martin. Strong and original - an unusual treat" - Daily Telegraph
"A thoughtful and moving album with great arrangements" - Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 "Eloquent performers - a musical success story"- Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3
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Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin