Portland Arms, The
This gig is a fundraiser for the work of VSO's projects in Ethiopia.

Super-heavy hooks from the heart of the Fens. Somewhere between bad milk and good sex - 3 long riffs played through an amp on its edge being pounded by drums and splendid chimes. Formerly known as Righteous Bastards, Blaklava are Tony Martin's favourite band.

Blaklava's last gig for the forseeable future - Luther 'Rim shot' Stephens is off to volunteer in Ethiopia, and to teach celery trenching techniques.

Sexy cacophony and ultrasonic welding vibrations from Luton.

Crusader jams, Gravitational waves, Plasma, Lamé and the focused rays of Sol our infallible sun. Last Canaveral jam withbenevolent leader FreshHell before his invvvvvvasion of other continents.

A Crushing Death & Grief Gig -

Sounds vocal Anne L Ryan Moving Tone Sessions Michaelhouse Cambridge

Sounds vocal Anne L Ryan Moving Tone Sessions Michaelhouse Cambridge
Michaelhouse - Trinity Street, Cambridge
Anne L Ryan - vocal theatre

Anne L Ryan is a charismatic singer whose influences draw on various contemporary and world musical styles, composed and improvisatory, producing performances of profound intensity that can be deeply meditative as well as highly celebratory. Her captivating singing is a celebration of the power and versatility of the human voice. Inspired by the sean-nós of her Celtic roots, with neatly tempered world music influences, she sings both a cappella works and with accompaniments - electro-acoustic soundscapes, quartz crystal sound bowl, electronic sound diffusion and acoustic instruments.

£8 £7 concessions £6 advance - call 01223 300085 or free online

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Battle Of the Bands for Papworth Trust

Battle Of the Bands for Papworth Trust
We are trying to raise money for Papworth Trust, a charity for disabled people. As our school is celebrating it's 50th anniversary there is a grand challenge where 8 teams compete to raise the most amount of money for Papworth Trust and each team gets given £500 for their event. Our team is organizing a Battle of the Bands competition for the 20th December 2008 and need many bands to compete, if you are able to compete please e-mail me with your myspace page or some demo songs.

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Ciarafest 12

Ciarafest 12
Portland Arms, The
When Ciara was born back in 2001, things could have worked out so differently. In addition to many complications during a traumatic birth, her mum's pre-eclampsia did not subside after the baby was induced, leaving both mother and daughter in serious danger. Baby Ciara suffered complete respiratory failure, and doctors did not think she would make it through the night, preparing the parents for the worst.

The family were taken care of at the Rosie at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, and her dad is convinced that if it were not for the skill and commitment of its staff, and the equipment provided by the Premrose Neonatal Support Group, things could have gone tragically wrong. But now Ciara's at school, a happy and healthy child.

Since then a series of benefit shows, under the name Ciarafest have been held at The Portland Arms to help raise much-needed funds for the Premrose charity, so that other families can benefit form the expertise of The Rosie's staff. The shows have raised thousands of pounds, and would not be possible without the free services of door staff, soundmen and the bands, plus the generous free hosting of the shows at the pub, and of course the paying punters.

The line-ups have always been a showcase of Cambridge's finest musical talent alongside some of the best underground artists from across the country.

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A Winter Warmer with Seize the Day

A Winter Warmer with Seize the Day
Romsey Labour Club
Cambridge & District Trades Council present a Winter Warmer with live music from:
Seize the Day,
Chav Town Band,

All monies raised going to Love Music Hate Racism.

Food will be available.

Led Zep Too

Led Zep Too
The Arkenstall Centre
You could have seen them at the Apollo...
or Saturday mornings "sunrise surprise" at the Cambridge Rock Festival 07.
Read the reviews of Led Zep Too - 'Best Led Zep Tribute by a MILE' was not our comment - listen to the band and read the reviews via the festival website.

Put simply if you love Zeppelin as much as I do, you love this band. Extended double set - don't bank on them finishing early or even on time!

Ticket price includes a curry supper!

Booking Info:
Tickets for the Haddenham gigs are available from the CRF Box Office 01353-749749 or from :-
Haddenham Post Office.
Fenland Music, Ely.
The Card Gallery, Huntingdon.
Simply Music, Huntingdon.
Junction Box Office 01223 511 511



Mill Road Winter Fair

Mill Road Winter Fair
Multiple Venues
The Winter Fair will be opened by the Mayor and Michelle Spring at 10.30 at Ditchburn Gardens. This year the Fair is bigger and better than ever. A programme will be handed out to the public listing the many activities being organised for the day at the different venues and shops.

Activities include: Chinese Lion Dance, live music, guided walks, circus and street performers, art and photography exhibitions, food fair and much much more. Indeed, with most of the shops along Mill Road also hosting an event or special offer, there are far too many events to be listed here. Please check the website - for the full programme.

This is an important event in the seasonal business calendar, bringing many thousands of people to the area, raising the profile of Mill Road, increasing awareness of the many and diverse businesses and community groups on and around Mill Road, and generally establishing the area's identity in Cambridge.

Ely Consort - Music for Advent by Candlelight

Ely Consort - Music for Advent by Candlelight
Ely Cathedral Cambridge
The Lady Chapel of Ely Cathedral, enhanced by the beauty of candlelight, provides the perfect surroundings for Ely Consort's concert exploring some of the finest choral music written for advent.

At the heart of the concert lie two great settings of the Magnificat for eight-part choir: the first written by the Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria at the turn of the seventeenth century, and the second Sir Charles Villiers Stanford's monumental setting composed more than three hundred years later.

The contrast of old and new can be heard elsewhere in the programme: Rachmaninov's glorious setting of Bogoroditsye Dyevo (Ave Maria) is juxtaposed with Arvo Pärt's modern setting of the same words.

Familiar favourites in the programme include the traditional carol The Angel Gabriel, Mendelssohn's How Lovely are the Messengers and Vaughan Williams' arrangement of This is the truth sent from above.

Advent organ music played by Cathedral Assistant Organist Jonathan Lilley complete this inspiring programme to start the advent season.

Booking Info:
Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on the day (under 16's free), available from Ely Cathedral Box Office 01353 660349 (Mon - Fri 11am - 3pm) and

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army
West Road Concert Hall Cambridge
Christmas Begins Here...
A full programme of carols, music and comedy
details TBC.
Doors open at 17:30

Supported by the Cambridge News

Booking information
Box Office: 01223 357 851
Also available at the Salvation Army charity shop on Mill Road.

Michaelhouse - Trinity Street, Cambridge

St Michael's Church is a Ministry of the Parish of St Mary the Great with St M. . . more>>

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