Tab Meets: Brave Illusion

JULIE HUTCHINSON meets Brave Illusion, a four-piece blues band from Cambridge.


TabTV starts the new year with a beautiful song from the much talented Nick Mulvey.

Review: Maz O’Connor and Matthew Jones

JAMES MCNAMARA finds the best of old and new at a night of Folk in the Portland Arms.

Review: Benjamin Francis Leftwich

LEORA TARATULA-LYONS was ambivalent, but found herself captivated by Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s engaging performance at the Junction.

Interview: Alt-J

KATIE FORSTER talks to Mercury Prize nominees ALT-J about festivals, illegal downloads and surprise encounters with Cambridge drinking societies.

The Staves

COSMO GODFREE: The Staves are the best live band I’ve seen in Cambridge.


PETE SKIDMORE gives the highest possible praise to a group of folk singers who would look at home in a 16th century tavern.

Kate McGill

Senior Music Critic DAVID HOLLAND goes to Cafe Nero in his lunch break and enjoys the best concert he’s seen all year.

Tab Tries: Being a Street Entertainer

LUCY BUTTERFIELD is cynical about buskers, but The Tab encouraged her to grab a guitar and her best singing voice and become one of them by wooing the passers by of Cambridge with a ditty or two.

Teddy Thompson

Review: HOLLY STEVENSON reviews Teddy Thompson: ‘Teddy is like Michael Buble with a dark side’.

Love Music Hate Racism

EMERALD PASTON: ‘What began as a quiet fund-raising event developed into a night of original and diverse music.’

Justin Currie

JENNA CORDEROY: feared that the performance would be more like listening to Magic FM, but was proved wrong by Justin Currie.

Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Folk Band

JENNA CORDEROY: “Thoroughly entertaining, energetic, and ridiculously funny; you should try to catch Jeffrey Lewis and Peter Stampfel on their UK tour this year.”

The Saw Doctors

DAVID HOLLAND: “Guess what all of the bedders in Cambridge do when they’re not picking your pants up and emptying your bin? They watch Irish folk-rock bands and drink pints.”

Tab Interview: I Am Kloot

‘The guy who wrote that sounds like… a bloody c**t who’s never had sex before.’ I AM KLOOT bassist PETER JOBSON sorts out his critics. STEPHEN YANG asks the questions.

The Living Room Live’s 6th Birthday Party

KATIE FORSTER joins Hope Street Music for cake, candles and chilled out raga rock…