Festivals: TFFT’s Cambridge Folk Festival Recommendations

In 1964, a young buck called Ken Wollard,  a local firefighter and socialist political activist, was called upon by Cambridge Council to help organise a new music event in the outskirts of the city. The event attracted one and a half thousand people, including our editor’s father, and a certain singer-songwriter named Paul Simon.

48 years later and the festival is still thriving, bringing in ten thousand punters and a lineup of pure excellence. Below is Thank Folk For That’s recommendations, for this year’s Folk Festival…

Billy Bragg

At this year’s festival, Billy Bragg is set to put on a wonderful performance, celebrating the great Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday. Playing songs from the legend’s vast collection of folk hits, this is one set not to be missed

June Tabor & The Oysterband

June and The Oysterband return to Cambridge with what will undoubtedly be a highlight of the festival. Performing songs from their latest collaborative effort Ragged Kingdom, the longtime BBC folk award winners will entertain all on the Friday evening

John Prine

And headlining the Friday night is another legend, John Prine. One of his generation’s finest and most influential songwriters, Prine is set to perform tracks from his huge catalogue of hits, and bring the night to an almighty end

Karima Francis

One of TFFT’s favourites, Karima Francis takes to The Emerging Talent Stage on Sunday, to deliver tracks from her highly-anticipated new album The Remedy, released next month

The Unthanks with Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band

The Unthanks return, to perform songs from the brand new (and rather wonderful!) new collaborative album Diversions Vol. 2. The sisters are joined by the brilliant Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band, to give some extra umph to songs from the Unthanks’ past 4 records

Karine Polwart

Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart will take to the stage on both the Saturday and Sunday this year. And with new album Traces on its way, she is set to give two beautiful performances to the Cambridge crowd

Raghu Dixit

Combining traditional Indian and Bhangra music with modern British folk, Raghu Dixit and his band are an unbelievable act to watch. Perfectly bringing to light the diversity and range of CFF’s lineup, Raghu Dixit will both thrill and calm you in equal measure, whilst always bringing a great smile to festival-goers faces

Anaïs Mitchell

To be honest, we can’t really express how much we adore Anaïs Mitchell! So instead, just take our word her it…she will be utterly brilliant

The Staves

The Staves take to the stage once more to perform tracks from their collection of EP’s and highly-anticipated debut album. Expect stunning harmonies, clever lyrics and heart-warming banter with the three sisters

Rachel Sermanni

Another female artist on the folk scene you say? Yes, but this one is bloody brilliant! Rachel Sermanni has a stunning voice and we cannot wait for her debut album Under Mountains, released this September. She plays the Club Tent Showcase on Sunday

 Roy Harper

 And finally, the wonderful Roy Harper. TFFT’s first ever interview and all-round gentleman, Roy takes to the stage on Saturday evening to perform tracks from his extensive and fantastic discography

Cambridge Folk Festival kicks off today, but there are still tickets up for grabs for the full weekend and Friday only. Head to www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.ukor call 01223 357851 to book


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