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Folk music in Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge, England.

Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the premier music events in Europe and one of the longest running and most famous folk festivals in the world. It has become hugely popular attracting ten thousand people, many of whom return year after year.
The Festival is renowned for its eclectic mix of music and a wide definition of what might be considered folk. The best traditional folk artists from the UK and Ireland rub shoulders with more contemporary acts, the finest American country, blues and roots artists, acclaimed singer songwriters and even the odd pop star. Bluegrass, gospel, cajun, zydeco, jazz, world, klezmer and a ceilidh are also regular features. The line up has reflected the many changes in the music scene from the 60s to the present and is always a hotbed mix of the old and the new. The list of performers who have appeared reads like a who’s who and the Festival has been a launching pad for many now well known artists.

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Festival news Festival news Written 2015-02-22 11:57:54
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An eclectic range of performances will include: legendary folk singer and activist Joan Baez, in her only UK appearance for 2015; international chart-topper Passenger, progressing from his 2011 debut on emerging talent stage The Den in its inaugural year to headlining Stage 1; a special solo appearance from hugely popular folk/punk singer songwriter Frank Turner, to coincide with the release of his book; the incomparable Joan Armatrading, accompanying herself on guitar and piano as part of her first ever worldwide solo tour; a welcome return for acclaimed Australian roots band John Butler Trio; Mercury Prize nominated Nick Mulvey, originally from Cambridge, garnering rave reviews and sell-out audiences worldwide for his fresh, hypnotic take on the acoustic singer-songwriter genre; a return to the city that gave him life-saving treatment for renowned rock and R&B guitarist Wilko Johnson, with crack touring band of Blockheads’ bassist Norman Watt-Roy and drummer Dylan Howe; irresistible entertainment juggernaut The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, celebrating 30 plucking years; Northumberland’s The Unthanks, breaking new ground with their complex combination of traditional stories and modern sonic arrangements; leading lights of the folk scene for over two decades, Show of Hands, featuring Miranda Sykes; Norwegian alt-folk-country-rock mavericks Katzenjammer, famed for their genre-mixing, riotous shows; venerable Irish traditional band Altan, re-energised by their new Appalachian-influenced CD; thrilling folk big band Treacherous Orchestra, with a rousing blend of rock and traditional Celtic sounds; one of Ireland’s leading traditional bands Danú, celebrating their 20th anniversary; Scots acid croft pioneers Shooglenifty, fusing exquisite traditional sounding tunes to devilishly dirty rhythms in their silver anniversary year; three of Britain’s finest folk musicians and interpreters, each vituosos in their own right, Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr; doyenne of American folkPeggy Seeger, who played first ever Festival; BBC Folk Singer of the Year 2014 Bella Hardy, showcasing an innovative new sound from her ‘With The Dawn’ album; seven-pieceAmsterdam Klezmer Band, mixing klezmer, balkan, ska, jazz, gypsy and hiphop; fast-rising US alt-country band with a dazzling live reputation The Lone Bellow; highly respected American folk/blues singer songwriter and guitarist Chris Smither; Kentucky’sAngaleena Presley (also a member of Pistol Annies), impressing with her modern and powerful country songs about contemporary American rural life; BBC Folk Award nomineesJosienne Clarke & Ben Walker, ingeniously combining original and traditional songs with stunning musicality and skill; back by popular demand Jim Moray’s Silent Ceilidh; joyous five-piece Keston Cobblers Club with their foot-stamping mod-folk music; sensational close harmony American folk and bluegrass trio The Stray Birds; one of the hottest young bands on the Scottish traditional music scene Rura; contagiously energetic Irish quintetGoitse, winners of Live Ireland’s Trad Group of the Year 2015 Award; French Canadian trioDe Temps Antan, multi-instrumentalists exploring the magnificent traditional music of Quebec; Dublin four-piece Lynched, with their anarchic, punk-influenced take on traditional Irish ballads. More names to be announced

Having started life in 1965, the 14,000 capacity Festival draws acclaim for its combination of internationally renowned headline artists and support for up and coming young performers and continues to enjoy sell-out crowds year on year.

Popular for its unique parkland setting, great facilities and family friendliness, the Festival offers something for everyone with four covered stages, street theatre, music workshops and sessions, raucous ceilidhs, open stages, a youth area, internet café, kids’ ceilidh, storytelling, free creche, paddling pool and playground, real ale bars.

In 2014 Cambridge Folk Festival won the highest possible environmental honour at the Greener Festival Awards, becoming one of only nine festivals worldwide and one of only two in the UK to achieve the Outstanding category.

Tickets: Full Festival £150; Thursday £25.50; Friday £55.50; Saturday £65.50; Sunday £65.50. Camping: (Full Festival tickets only, per 2-3 berth tent) Cherry Hinton £61.50, Coldham’s Common (second site) £42.50. All ticket prices include booking fees.

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Cambridge Folk Festival is promoted by Cambridge Live with support from Cambridge City Council
Festival news Festival news Written 2014-04-12 03:08:35
50th Cambridge Folk Festival Sells Out Weekend Tickets

More names have been revealed for this year’s 50th anniversary celebrations: double chart topping, multi-platinum selling, Brit Award nominated, acoustic guitar virtuoso and singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner, heading the line-up for Thursday night; Scottish singer songwriter Eddi Reader, who has enjoyed a long and successful career both as a solo artist, including acclaimed project ‘The Songs of Robert Burns’ and with hit pop band Fairground Attraction; Scotland’s traditional fiddle supremo and leading instrumentalist and composer Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham; godfathers of folk rock, the ever-popular Oysterband; pure-voiced Gaelic singer and multi-instrumentalist, Julie Fowlis; Port Isaac shanty singers The Fisherman’s Friends, following their moving, show-stopping return to the stage at this year’s BBC Folk Awards; master of flutes, whistles and Uilleann pipes, uniquely gifted fiddle player and foremost Irish traditional guitarist Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle; experimental Celtic dance band Peatbog Faeries from the Isle of Skye; American, blues-infused rock and roll band North Mississippi Allstars; feel good street music with a social message from New Orleans’ Grammy nominated Hot 8 Brass Band; dynamic, Quebecois folk music pioneers Yves Lambert Trio; Yorkshire folk duo O’Hooley & Tidow, whose music has been described as ‘defiant, robust, political, Northern and poetical’; folk-punk band Skinny Lister, gaining a growing reputation for their rousing, high energy live shows; Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, recent winners of Best Duo at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards; back by popular demand Jim Moray’s Silent Ceilidh; Brian McNeill, leading the Festival session; critically acclaimed British country band My Darling Clementine, including Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish; award winning English dance band Whapweasel, hosting Friday’s ceilidh; a children’s concert featuring a skillful blend of musical recital and circus from New Rope String Band; new folk rock duo The Rails, featuring Kami Thompson and James Walbourne; long established and influential country dance group Old Swan Band, hosting a kids’ ceilidh; both a regular set and a children’s show from highly original folk duo Megson, mixing heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving, rhythmic guitars and mandolas; Teeside trio The Young’uns, beguiling audiences with irrepressible humour, bold vocals, gripping storylines and innate musicality; raw, old-timey blues from Australian-Irish husband and wife duo Hat Fitz & Cara; BBC Young Folk Award winners 2014 The Mischa Macpherson Trio.

As previously announced, the legendary Van Morrison will make his debut at Cambridge Folk Festival this year, as headliner for its 50th anniversary. With one of the most revered catalogues in music history and unparalleled talents as a composer, singer and performer, his Sunday set is sure to be a fitting finale to the celebrations. In another Festival first, internationally renowned singer-songwriter and activist Sinéad O’Connor, famed for her captivating stage presence and stunning vocal range, will be headlining Friday night.

Plus Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Sun), celebrating over fifty years of their uplifting South African gospel influenced a cappella music; folk-rock royalty Richard Thompson (Fri), one of the world’s most critically acclaimed guitarists and songwriters; US singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash (Sat), following the release of career defining album ‘The River & The Thread’; global beat pioneers Afro Celt Sound System (Fri), fusing West African rhythms, Irish traditional music, cutting-edge dance grooves, Indian bhangra, Arabic influences, dub reggae, and more; US singer-songwriter and Festival favourite Loudon Wainwright III (Sat); a rare festival appearance from The Full English (Sat), featuring Fay Hield, Seth Lakeman, Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron and Ben Nicholls performing seminal early 20th century folksong; Multi-award winning Irish folk singer Cara Dillon (Fri); Pokey LaFarge (Thurs/Fri), playing a creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing; influential American folk singer Peggy Seeger (Fri), who played the very first Festival; critically acclaimed US singer-songwriter and former member of Drive By Truckers, Jason Isbell (Sun); leading traditional Irish music group Lúnasa (Sat/Sun); Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita (Thurs), a unique collaboration of classical harpist Finch and kora player Keita, exploring the traditions of Wales and Senegal; young American singer-songwriter and instrumental virtuoso Sarah Jarosz (Sat/Sun).

See the Festival website www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk for more information and tickets. More artists to be announced, including Club Tent showcases and The Den line-up.

Held annually in a beautiful tree lined park in Cambridge, the four-day outdoor Festival is considered one of the world’s most prestigious.

Having started life in 1965, the 14,000 capacity Festival showcases both international headline artists and young, emerging talent across four different stages and continues to enjoy sell-out success year on year. Renowned for its unique parkland setting, great facilities and family friendliness, the Festival offers something for everyone with street theatre, music workshops and sessions, raucous ceilidhs, open stages, a youth area, internet café, kids’ ceilidh, storytelling, free creche, paddling pool and playground, real ale bars.

Tickets: Full Festival £138; Thursday £21; Friday £50; Saturday £60; Sunday £60. Camping: (Full Festival tickets only, per 2-3 berth tent) Cherry Hinton £56, Coldham’s Common (second site) £38. Tickets subject to booking fee.

www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk

Cambridge Folk Festival is promoted by Cambridge City Council.

Festival news Festival news Written 2014-03-12 05:02:37
More names have been revealed for this year’s 50th anniversary celebrations: double chart topping, multi-platinum selling, Brit Award nominated, acoustic guitar virtuoso and singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner, heading the line-up for Thursday night; Scottish singer songwriter Eddi Reader, who has enjoyed a long and successful career both as a solo artist, including acclaimed project ‘The Songs of Robert Burns’ and with hit pop band Fairground Attraction; Scotland’s traditional fiddle supremo and leading instrumentalist and composer Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham; godfathers of folk rock, the ever-popular Oysterband; pure-voiced Gaelic singer and multi-instrumentalist, Julie Fowlis; Port Isaac shanty singers The Fisherman’s Friends, following their moving, show-stopping return to the stage at this year’s BBC Folk Awards; master of flutes, whistles and Uilleann pipes, uniquely gifted fiddle player and foremost Irish traditional guitarist Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle; experimental Celtic dance band Peatbog Faeries from the Isle of Skye; American, blues-infused rock and roll band North Mississippi Allstars; feel good street music with a social message from New Orleans’ Grammy nominated Hot 8 Brass Band; dynamic, Quebecois folk music pioneers Yves Lambert Trio; Yorkshire folk duo O’Hooley & Tidow, whose music has been described as ‘defiant, robust, political, Northern and poetical’; folk-punk band Skinny Lister, gaining a growing reputation for their rousing, high energy live shows; Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, recent winners of Best Duo at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards; back by popular demand Jim Moray’s Silent Ceilidh; Brian McNeill, leading the Festival session; critically acclaimed British country band My Darling Clementine, including Michael Weston King and Lou Dalgleish; award winning English dance band Whapweasel, hosting Friday’s ceilidh; a children’s concert featuring a skillful blend of musical recital and circus from New Rope String Band; new folk rock duo The Rails, featuring Kami Thompson and James Walbourne; long established and influential country dance group Old Swan Band, hosting a kids’ ceilidh; both a regular set and a children’s show from highly original folk duo Megson, mixing heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving, rhythmic guitars and mandolas; Teeside trio The Young’uns, beguiling audiences with irrepressible humour, bold vocals, gripping storylines and innate musicality; raw, old-timey blues from Australian-Irish husband and wife duo Hat Fitz & Cara; BBC Young Folk Award winners 2014 The Mischa Macpherson Trio.

As previously announced, the legendary Van Morrison will make his debut at Cambridge Folk Festival this year, as headliner for its 50th anniversary. With one of the most revered catalogues in music history and unparalleled talents as a composer, singer and performer, his Sunday set is sure to be a fitting finale to the celebrations. In another Festival first, internationally renowned singer-songwriter and activist Sinéad O’Connor, famed for her captivating stage presence and stunning vocal range, will be headlining Friday night.

Plus Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Sun), celebrating over fifty years of their uplifting South African gospel influenced a cappella music; folk-rock royalty Richard Thompson (Fri), one of the world’s most critically acclaimed guitarists and songwriters; US singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash (Sat), following the release of career defining album ‘The River & The Thread’; global beat pioneers Afro Celt Sound System (Fri), fusing West African rhythms, Irish traditional music, cutting-edge dance grooves, Indian bhangra, Arabic influences, dub reggae, and more; US singer-songwriter and Festival favourite Loudon Wainwright III (Sat); a rare festival appearance from The Full English (Sat), featuring Fay Hield, Seth Lakeman, Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron and Ben Nicholls performing seminal early 20th century folksong; Multi-award winning Irish folk singer Cara Dillon (Fri); Pokey LaFarge (Thurs/Fri), playing a creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing; influential American folk singer Peggy Seeger (Fri), who played the very first Festival; critically acclaimed US singer-songwriter and former member of Drive By Truckers, Jason Isbell (Sun); leading traditional Irish music group Lúnasa (Sat/Sun); Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita (Thurs), a unique collaboration of classical harpist Finch and kora player Keita, exploring the traditions of Wales and Senegal; young American singer-songwriter and instrumental virtuoso Sarah Jarosz (Sat/Sun).

See the Festival website www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk for more information and tickets. More artists to be announced, including Club Tent showcases and The Den line-up.

Held annually in a beautiful tree lined park in Cambridge, the four-day outdoor Festival is considered one of the world’s most prestigious.

Having started life in 1965, the 14,000 capacity Festival showcases both international headline artists and young, emerging talent across four different stages and continues to enjoy sell-out success year on year. Renowned for its unique parkland setting, great facilities and family friendliness, the Festival offers something for everyone with street theatre, music workshops and sessions, raucous ceilidhs, open stages, a youth area, internet café, kids’ ceilidh, storytelling, free creche, paddling pool and playground, real ale bars.

Tickets: Full Festival £138; Thursday £21; Friday £50; Saturday £60; Sunday £60. Camping: (Full Festival tickets only, per 2-3 berth tent) Cherry Hinton £56, Coldham’s Common (second site) £38. Tickets subject to booking fee.

www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk

Cambridge Folk Festival is promoted by Cambridge City Council.

Van Morrison (Sun), Sinéad O’Connor (Fri), Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Sun) Richard Thompson (Fri), Rosanne Cash (Sat), Newton Faulkner (Thur) Afro Celt Sound System (Fri), Loudon Wainwright III (Sat), Eddi Reader (Sat) The Full English (Sat), Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham (Sat/Sun), Oysterband (Sun) Julie Fowlis (Sun), The Fisherman’s Friends (Fri), Cara Dillon (Fri) Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle (Fri/Sat), Pokey LaFarge (Thur/Fri) Peatbog Faeries (Sat/Sun), Peggy Seeger (Fri), Jason Isbell (Sun) Lúnasa (Sat/Sun), Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita (Thur) North Mississippi Allstars (Sat), Hot 8 Brass Band (Sat), Sarah Jarosz (Sat/Sun) Yves Lambert Trio (Sat/Sun), O’Hooley & Tidow (Sat/Sun) Skinny Lister (Thur) Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin (Thur), Jim Moray’s Silent Ceilidh (sat) Brian McNeill (Fri/Sat), My Darling Clementine (Fri), Whapweasel (Fri) New Rope String Band (Sun), The Rails (Sun), Old Swan Band (Fri) Megson (Fri/Sat), The Young’uns (day tbc), Hat Fitz & Cara (Thur) The Mischa Macpherson Trio (Sat/Sun)
Festival news Festival news Written 2014-03-12 05:01:23
Double chart topping, multi-platinum selling, Brit nominated, acoustic guitar virtuoso and singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner will head the line-up for Thursday night at the 50th anniversary Cambridge Folk Festival.

Other names just announced for Thursday are: Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, recent winners of Best Duo at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards; folk-punk band Skinny Lister, gaining an increasing reputation for their rousing, high energy live shows; and raw, old-timey blues, Australian-Irish husband and wife duo Hat Fitz & Cara.

Also appearing on Thursday will be: Pokey LaFarge, playing a creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing; Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, a unique collaboration of classical harpist Finch and kora player Keita, exploring the traditions of Wales and Senegal.

More names for Thursday and the rest of the weekend to be announced.

See the Festival website www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk for more information and tickets.

Held annually in a beautiful tree lined park in Cambridge, the four-day outdoor Festival is considered one of the world’s most prestigious.

Having started life in 1965, the 14,000 capacity Festival showcases both international headline artists and young, emerging talent across four different stages and continues to enjoy sell-out success year on year. Renowned for its unique parkland setting, great facilities and family friendliness, the Festival offers something for everyone with street theatre, music workshops and sessions, raucous ceilidhs, open stages, a youth area, internet café, kids’ ceilidh, storytelling, free creche, paddling pool and playground, real ale bars.

Tickets: Full Festival £121; Thursday £24.50; Friday £43.50; Saturday £63.50; Sunday

£63.50. Camping: (Full Festival tickets only, per 2-3 berth tent) Cherry Hinton £59.50, Coldham’s Common (second site) £41.50. Prices include a booking fee.

www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk

Cambridge Folk Festival is promoted by Cambridge City Council.

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Festival news Festival news Written 2014-03-12 05:00:51
The legendary Van Morrison will make his debut at Cambridge Folk Festival this year, as headliner for its 50th anniversary. With one of the most revered catalogues in music history and unparalleled talents as a composer, singer and performer, his Sunday set is sure to be a fitting finale to the celebrations. In another Festival first, internationally renowned singer-songwriter and activist Sinéad O’Connor, famed for her captivating stage presence and stunning vocal range, will be headlining Friday night.

Other initial names announced to give a flavour of 2014’s line-up are: Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Sun), celebrating over fifty years of their uplifting South African gospel influenced a cappella music; folk-rock royalty Richard Thompson (Fri), one of the world’s most critically acclaimed guitarists and songwriters; US singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash (Sat), following the release of career defining album ‘The River & The Thread’; global beat pioneers Afro Celt Sound System (Fri), fusing West African rhythms, Irish traditional music, cutting-edge dance grooves, Indian bhangra, Arabic influences, dub reggae, and more; US singer-songwriter and Festival favourite Loudon Wainwright III (Sat); a rare festival appearance from The Full English (Sat), featuring Fay Hield, Seth Lakeman, Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron and Ben Nicholls performing seminal early 20th century folksong; Multi-award winning Irish folk singer Cara Dillon (Fri); Pokey LaFarge (Thurs/Fri), playing a creative mix of early jazz, string ragtime, country blues and western swing; influential American folk singer Peggy Seeger (Fri), who played the very first Festival; critically acclaimed US singer-songwriter and former member of Drive By Truckers, Jason Isbell (Sun); leading traditional Irish music group Lúnasa (Sat/Sun); Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita (Thurs), a unique collaboration of classical harpist Finch and kora player Keita, exploring the traditions of Wales and Senegal; young American singer-songwriter and instrumental virtuoso Sarah Jarosz (Sat/Sun).

See the Festival website www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk for more information and tickets. More artists to be announced.
BBC Radio 2 has announced that the Cambridge Folk Festival is the recipient of the Good Tradition Award at this year’s Folk Awards. This award is given to a person, group or organisation for their contribution to the preservation, dissemination and continuance/progression of traditional music over a number of years.

Held annually in a beautiful tree lined park in Cambridge, the four-day outdoor Festival is considered one of the world’s most prestigious.

Having started life in 1965, the 14,000 capacity Festival showcases both international headline artists and young, emerging talent across four different stages and continues to enjoy sell-out success year on year. Renowned for its unique parkland setting, great facilities and family friendliness, the Festival offers something for everyone with street theatre, music workshops and sessions, raucous ceilidhs, open stages, a youth area, internet café, kids’ ceilidh, storytelling, free creche, paddling pool and playground, real ale bars.

Festival Manager Eddie Barcan said ‘We intend to celebrate 50 years of amazing music and great times in style this coming summer and look forward to welcoming everyone to Cambridge in July’.

Tickets: Full Festival £138; Thursday £21; Friday £50; Saturday £60; Sunday £60. Camping: (Full Festival tickets only, per 2-3 berth tent) Cherry Hinton £56, Coldham’s Common (second site) £38. Tickets subject to booking fee.

www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk
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