Acclaimed English indie-folk singer songwriter, Frank Turner joins the bill to headline Saturday night with his band The Sleeping Souls. He made his Cambridge debut in 2008, with a
completely new take on English folk, fuelled by the intense energy that marked him out as frontman of his post-punk band Million Dead. The creative force of his ever-evolving material has made
Frank Turner a hugely popular name at Cambridge, as he makes a timely return following his last appearance in 2015 where he performed a solo set.
Jake Bugg and twin sisters, Ward Thomas were only 18 and 21 respectively when they first played Cambridge’s now famed emerging talent stage, The Den. Still only 23, both acts subsequently enjoyed meteoric career success as they return this summer to perform as Festival headliners on the Main Stage; two artists proving once again how Cambridge leads the way, divining new talent and ensuring the right exposure to audiences and industry figures needed to help artists stand out and make it.
As a development stage specifically for emerging artists under 30, Cambridge has now been investing in The Den for several years. Set within a beautiful Indian marquee and decorated to create a
quirky, welcoming and intimate space, 15-minute slots are also set aside each day for younger artists attending the Festival to perform alongside those booked. To help cement further Cambridge’s
reputation as a hot bed for new and developing talent the Festival has launched The 1965 Club which enables Festival attendees to actively contribute to artist development projects like The
Den and directly help create the next generation of headliners.
Steve Bagnall, Managing Director of Cambridge Live comments: ‘Cambridge Folk Festival aims to lead the way with artist development, an ambition perfectly illustrated by Jake Bugg and Ward Thomas moving from The Den to the Main Stage within a couple of years. One of the most exciting parts of the Festival really is seeing who playing The Den this year will be a headliner of the future.’
Festival artist booker, Bev Burton shares her ‘one to watch’ playing The Den this year: ‘The Wandering Hearts, a fantastic Americana band hot on the heels of the pack, getting great reviews and I keep getting recommended to check them out, but I’m already a big fan!’
This year’s programme of exciting new talent for The Den is:
Wooden Arms - Sleepy Folk - Noble Jacks - Old Sea Brigade - Honey and the Bear - Lucy Farrel - The Lake Poets - Hattie Whitehead - Kerrie Devine - Ailbhe Reddy - Phil King The Buffalo Skinners – Laucan - Ceilidh Liberation Front - Laura Oakes - Emma McGrath Sam Gleaves - Nina Harries - Young Waters - Kizzi Crawford - Thom Ashworth - Danni Nicolls - The Wandering Hearts – Samana
Full main stage line-up below, including other new additions: Daphne’s Flight, recently reunited and returning to the Festival after forming in the Club Tent in 1995, double BBC Folk Award winner Daoiri Farrell, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Josie & Pablo, Charlie Grey & Joseph Peach, Darren Eedens & The Slim Pickin’s, Kate in the Kettle, Jon Cleary and Threepenny Bit.
*BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH - *DAOIRI FARRELL - THE FURROW COLLECTIVE - TALISK - MAWKIN -*DARREN EEDENS & THE SLIM PICKIN’S - MIDNIGHT SKYRACER - RIVER MATTHEWS - NIKHIL D’SOUZA
INDIGO GIRLS - SHIRLEY COLLINS - LISA HANNIGAN - WARD THOMAS - BOKANTE - CARA DILLON - COVEN - WILDWOOD KIN - RACHEL NEWTON - THE RHEINGANS SISTERS - AMYTHYST KIAH - TALISK - WORRY DOLLS - ROBERT VINCENT - TANNARA - AMELIA COBURN - SHE SHANTIES - THE URBAN FOLK THEORY CEILIDH - *THREEPENNY BIT
*FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS - JON BODEN & THE REMNANT KINGS - SHARON SHANNON - FANTASTIC NEGRITO - LAU - TAMIKREST - CC SMUGGLERS - MOXIE - JAMIE SMITH’S MABON - FARA - BEOGA -*DAPHNE’S FLIGHT - NITEWORKS - BELSHAZZARS FEAST - MAWKIN - ROXANNE DE BASTION - BRIAN McNEILL - JUANITA STEIN - MICHAEL BERNARD FITZGERALD - FEIS ROIS -*CHARLIE GREY & JOSEPH PEACH - ALLURI
JAKE BUGG (acoustic) - LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III - OYSTERBAND - MARTIN SIMPSON - HAYSEED DIXIE -*JON CLEARY - FAY HIELD AND THE HURRICANE PARTY - ADMIRAL FALLOW - SKERRYVORE - BLUE ROSE CODE - JAKE ISAAC - WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR - *KATE IN THE KETTLE - ORPHAN COLOURS - LEWIS & LEIGH - THE ESKIES - SHE DREW THE GUN - THE FURROW COLLECTIVE - HO-RO - ROSIE HOOD - *JOSIE & PABLO - CHRIS T-T SINGS A.A. MILNE
Cambridge Folk Festival is delighted to reveal exciting new additions to this year’s bill, including Lisa Hannigan and Martin Simpson. They join a line-up that brings together up
and coming artists and established folk legends in the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall.
First capturing attention through her work with Damien Rice, Mercury Award nominated Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan’s subsequent solo albums have attracted much critical praise. She has continued to collaborate with a diverse range of artists as well as contributing to soundtracks for the TV series ‘Fargo’ and the Oscar-winning score for ‘Gravity’.
Universally acclaimed as one of the world’s finest guitarists, singer-songwriter Martin Simpson is equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions. Forty years of acclaimed solo releases, a linchpin in seminal collaborations like the Full English and The Elizabethan Sessions and the most nominated musician in the history of the BBC Folk Awards, Martin is a true master of his art. Martin is one of the artists that Jon Boden has programmed as part of his Guest Curation.
Also joining the diverse line-up are: Grammy Award winning African-American singer-songwriter Fantastic Negrito; newly-formed international music ensemble Bokante; Mali’s Tamikrest, mixing the Tuareg musical tradition with indie rock; stunning, double UK Americana Award-winning duo Lewis & Leigh; vibrant Irish traditional band Moxie; hotly-tipped South London singer-songwriter Jake Isaac; traditional band Ho-ro, hailing from the Scottish Highlands and Islands; folk-soul singer songwriter River Matthews; Anglo-Irish girl power bluegrass band, Midnight Skyracer; young folk singer from Wiltshire, Rosie Hood; Indian playback singer, songwriter and guitarist Nikhil D’Souza and ceilidh band Feis Rois.
These new names join previously announced Jake Bugg (acoustic), Liv On: Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen-Chapman and Amy Sky, Indigo Girls, Shirley Collins, Loudon Wainwright III, Ward Thomas, Oysterband, Lau, featuring Kris Drever, Martin Green and Aidan O’Rourke (Saturday) and Guest Curator Jon Boden. More details, including the full programme of Jon Boden’s Guest Curatorship and Den Artists to be announced soon.
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Cambridge Folk Festival is delighted to reveal the first artists for next year’s bill including one of Britain’s most exciting talents Jake Bugg, who the Festival have invited to return to
headline Sunday night with an acoustic set.
Jake’s progress from performing in 2012 at the Festival’s smallest stage, The Den, to headlining Stage 1 is a feat matched only by one other artist, Passenger.
Also confirmed are: folk and roots pioneers Oysterband (Sunday), celebrating their 40th anniversary; multi-award winning, visionary folk trio Lau (Saturday), featuring Kris Drever, Martin Green and Aidan O’Rourke and US ‘rockgrass’ favourites Hayseed Dixie (Sunday).
They join previously announced Guest Curator Jon Boden, who will perform over the Festival weekend with The Remnant Kings to preview his autumn 2017 album as well as guest curating elements of the line-up.
Tickets are now on sale:
Full Festival ticket: £167
Day tickets: £27.50 (Thu), £59.50 (Fri), £70 (Sat), £70 (Sun)
Camping at Cherry Hinton Hall and Coldham’s Common is available. Concession tickets (disabled access and carer, Under 21, Cambridge City Resident) are available. Please see the website for more information and full ticket prices: www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk
Cambridge Folk Festival is held over four days in the picturesque grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall. Celebrated for its relaxed atmosphere, excellent facilities and diverse programme, the Festival brings together the best of folk in its broadest sense, from international stars to breakthrough new artists and special one-off performances, talks and workshops across several stages. Previous headliners have included: Joan Baez, Nick Cave, Ray Davies, Buddy Guy, Christy Moore, Van Morrison, James Taylor and The Waterboys amongst many others.
Cambridge Folk Festival is promoted by Cambridge Live with support from Cambridge City Council.