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Cambridge Folk Festival

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Renowned for its eclectic mix of music and a wide definition of what might be considered folk, the Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the longest running and most famous folk festivals in the world.

The best traditional folk artists from the UK and Ireland are set to 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.

As well as the music, Cambridge Folk Festival offers site facilities that are amongst the best to be found. Clean toilets, marquees to keep the audience covered in the event of rain, extensive provision for disabled people, award winning stage production, food from around the world, the Folknet Cafe with free internet access, craft, music and instrument stalls, friendly staff, campsite entertainment, a dedicated youth area called The Hub, a creche, a children's concert and a variety of workshops are all part of the picture.

See www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk for further information and tickets.

Headliners

Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg appearing at this event

Described by The Times as a 'National Treasure', Billy Bragg's brand of socially and politically aware punk-folk has made a remarkable dent in the British conscience and made his name as one of Britain's most popular and out-spoken singer/songwriters. Drawing on the folk tradition of protest song, and the punk sensibilities of direct action, Billy Bragg has made a name for himself as an accomplished and inspirational musician, and as a charged and pro-active activist. At their best, Billy’s songs present ‘the perfect Venn diagram between the political and the personal’ (the Guardian)

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John Prine

John Prine appearing at this event

A two-time Grammy-winner, John Prine is among the English language’s premier phrase-turners. Almost 50 years into a remarkable career that has drawn effusive praise from Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Waters, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and others who would know, Prine is a smiling, shuffling force for good. He is a 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Songwriter’s Hall of Fame nominee, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member and a PEN New England Lyrics Award recipient whose classic debut album, simply titled John Prine, is recognized as part of the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame and whose songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Band and many others.

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Clannad

Clannad appearing at this event

The multi-award winning Clannad have without doubt done more than any other group to take Irish music and the Irish language to a worldwide audience. Fusing elements of traditional Irish music with more contemporary folk, new age, and rock they have created a beautifully unique and ethereal sound which combines haunting melodies and mesmerising vocals to transcend the sands of time whilst appealing to a worldwide audience of all ages.

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Joan Armatrading

Joan Armatrading appearing at this event

Joan Armatrading's rich, distinctive voice and passionate yet tender blend of Pop Jazz, Folk and Blues music has earned her a place in British music history. As a pioneering and hugely influential songwriter and singer, along with Grammy and Brit nominations Joan has received an Ivor Novello award for her outstanding collection of contemporary songs. In 2007 Joan became the first UK female artist to debut at number 1 in the Billboard Blues chart with her CD Into The Blues. Joan Armatrading has earned herself a reputation as one of Britain's most unusual and gifted talents whose live performances are not to be missed.

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