Festivals: Cambridge Folk Festival Announce 2019 Acts

Cambridge Folk Festival have announced the first 15 names confirmed for 2019’s line-up, with legendary artists joining relative newcomers to take to the stages of Cherry Hinton Hall, from 1st-4th August 2019

Kicking off proceedings and headlining Thursday night on Stage 2 will be Ralph McTell and cranking up the excitement levels as Saturday’s headliner will be Lucinda Williams. The Festival’s headlining slots for Friday and Sunday are still to be announced

In addition, Swedish-Argentinian singer songwriter José González will bring his beautiful, classically-inspired indie-folk to Cambridge Folk Festival. A deep, artful thinker whose singular approach to song writing sets him worlds apart, José González is set to be a crowd favourite at Cambridge this summer

Nick Mulvey is 2019’s Guest Curator. Taking over the reins from Rhiannon Giddens, he will be selecting his favourite artists to join him at the Festival as well as taking to his hometown stage throughout the weekend

Another legend of the folk scene returning to Cambridge as a solo acoustic act is Richard Thompson. From his debut as a member of Fairport Convention to being awarded the OBE for services to music, Thompson has always personified folk music

Irish singer-songwriter Lisa O’Neill is well known for marrying beautiful traditional Irish folk music with historical and contemporary storytelling, and she will also be taking to the Cambridge stage, alongside Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends, London-based collective Tunng, Scottish acts Karine Polwart, Talisk and Rura, and one of the last surviving performers of classic Louisiana down-home blues, Lil’ Jimmy Reed

Additional acts include Sam Sweeney, Nancy Kerr, James Fagan & Friends, and Texan artist Jarrod Dickenson

Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the longest running and prestigious folk festivals in the world. Held each year since 1965, the Festival is renowned for its unique atmosphere and eclectic mix of music. It attracts legendary traditional folk artists along with cutting edge contemporary acts, the finest American country, blues and roots artists and acclaimed singer songwriters

Cambridge Folk Festival tickets are on sale now at www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk