Festivals: Cambridge Folk Festival Guest Curator Nick Mulvey Announces His Chosen Acts

Cambridge Folk Festival can today reveal who this year’s Guest Curator Nick Mulvey has chosen as his artists to join the bill at Cherry Hinton Hall from 1st – 4th August

Local lad Mulvey is honoured to have been asked to take over the role from last year’s guest curator, Rhiannon Giddens: “Growing up as I did in Cambridge, I was very flattered to be asked to do this. It seemed like a fun thing to do and something I have never done before. I’ve chosen bands and musicians that I love, rather than approaching the curating in any particularly conceptual way or with an overarching idea. My first Folk Festival was 2012 when I was at the beginning of my solo career as a musician. I played The Den and was able to play my songs and build my audience from a festival stage, before I had a record deal or any such thing. I’m grateful for stages like the Den”

Nick Mulvey has assembled a diverse group of artists to perform, many showcasing his love of world music. First up, hailing from the Algerian Tuareg desert, the rock quartet of Imarhan will bring some terrific North African party vibes

The sublime, critically acclaimed and multi award-winning collaboration between two adventurous virtuoso musicians – Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita – delivers a stunning exhibition of world-class musicianship. Drawing deep on their own diverse traditions and transforming them with remarkable synergy, Catrin and Seckou have built a formidable reputation for their extraordinary performances

Bristol-based English folk and lo-fi multi-instrumentalist Rachael Dadd has performed at the biggest festivals in the UK and has recently headlined throughout the UK, Europe and Japan. Rachael is an art graduate who exhibits her own work in the form of her album sleeves whilst expanding on themes within her beautiful, intelligent and thoughtful songs

Chartwell Dutiro is a musician, singer, songwriter, composer, author and teacher hailing from rural Zimbabwe. Playing his signature instrument, the mbira (an ancient African instrument consisting of 22 metal keys mounted on a wooden board), Chartwell is a superb instrumentalist and soulful singer, full of storytelling and humour

Fofoulah have their roots in West African sabra drumming fused with an eclectic mix of hip-hop, pop, jazz, electro, dub and even elements of prog! This group of musicians will be ones not to miss

Making their debuts at Cambridge Folk Festival are Imarhan, Chartwell Dutiro and Fofoulah with the remainder making triumphant returns to the site

As part of a long-standing commitment to nurture new talent, Cambridge Folk Festival features up-and-coming Showcase Artists in the Club Tent. Every year, one of these outstanding talents is picked to return the following year for a slot on Stage 2. This year’s showcase artists are Maz O’Connor, Lieutenant Leek, Bryony Griffith, PicaPica and Becky Langan. Chosen from last year’s line-up to return is AK Patterson on Stage

Also added to the main bill today is the Devonian folk group Mad Dog Mcrea who blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ass-shakin’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking and love, to traditional tunes about gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog Mcrea never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs

Cambridge Folk Festival tickets are on sale now via www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk

Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the longest running and most prestigious folk festivals in the world. Established by Cambridge City Council and 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

Acts already announced…

Lucinda Williams
José González
Nick Mulvey
Richard Thompson
Ralph McTell
Tunng
Fisherman’s Friends
Lisa O’Neill
Lil’ Jimmy Reed & the A Team
Talisk
Nancy Kerr, James Fagan & Friends
Sam Sweeney
Rura
Jarrod Dickenson
Karine Polwart
Calexico and Iron & Wine
Amadou & Mariam and Blind Boys of Alabama
Graham Nash
The Unthanks
Gruff Rhys
Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening
The Rails
McGoldrick, McCusker and Doyle
Siobhan Miller
Holy Moly & the Crackers
The Tweed Project
Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra
Sarah Darling
Roo Panes
Jack Broadbent
The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican
Ryan Young and Jenn Butterworth
Katie Doherty & the Navigators
Kerri Watt
Amy Montgomery
Lucy Ward
SING4SANE
The Sisters of Elva Hill
Daoiri Farrell’s All-Star Celtic Session feat. Michael McGoldrick, Donal Lunny, Niamh Dunne, Sean Og Graham, Donald Shaw and Robbie Walsh