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Coming Soon: Cambridge Folk Festival

Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge
Thursday 27 - Sunday 30 July 2017

Cambridge Folk Festival announces huge additions to 2017 line-up

"This three-day folk classic shows no signs of ageing." - Sunday Times 

The latest names have been announced for Cambridge Folk Festival 2017, including legendary folk singer and respected song collector Shirley Collins, who recently returned to recording and performing after 38 years; a Festival exclusive from multi-platinum selling Indigo Girls, whose celebrated and influential career spans almost four decades and chart-topping, English country twin-sister duo Ward Thomas, all part of a completely female line-up on Main Stages 1 and 2 on the Friday. 

International superstar and multiple Grammy Award-winner Olivia Newton-John, originally from Cambridge, Grammy nominee Beth Nielsen Chapman and SOCAN Award-winner Amy Sky bring their unique collaboration ‘Liv On’ exclusively to the Festival on Saturday evening. Acclaimed US singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III, promises another awe-inspiring Festival performance on the Sunday.  

A line-up that sees a welcome return for Festival favourites plus innovative debuts will feature Irish accordion virtuoso Sharon Shannon; enchanting chanteuse Cara Dillon; Fay Hield and The Hurricane Party, described by Mojo as "One of folk music's most pre-eminent modern voices"; sonically audacious and lyrically bewitching Admiral Fallow; Coven, featuring three of folk’s most formidable female acts O'Hooley & Tidow, Lady Maisery and Grace Petrie; the Isle of Tiree's Skerryvore; exhilarating live performers CC Smugglers; folk-jazz pioneer and favourite of Ewan McGregor Blue Rose Code; UK Americana Emerging Artist winners 2017 Wildwood Kin; Jamie Smith's Mabon, blending world music and Celtic roots; BBC Radio 2 Folk Horizon Award nominees Fara; the aptlynamed Beoga (Gaelic for 'lively') and bluesy, indie Americana from William The Conqueror

Adding to an eclectic bill bringing together the best in folk and roots music are: The Furrow Collective, featuring Rachel Newton, Lucy Farrell, Emily Portman and Alasdair Roberts; singer and harpist Rachel Newton; electronic Celtic fusion from Niteworks; Belshazzar's Feast merging folk, classical, jazz, pop and music hall; fiddle singers The Rheingans Sisters; hotly tipped Americana band Orphan Colours; Southern gothic singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah; 2015 BBC Young Folk award winners Talisk; folk noir and gypsy jazz from The Eskies; Brian McNeill, leading the Festival Session; one of Liverpool's most exciting new groups She Drew The Gun; up and coming folk-country duo Worry Dolls; Mawkin, described as a modern-day Fairport Convention; Roxanne De Bastion, at the forefront of the new singer-songwriter generation; ukulele-playing singer Amelia Coburn, famous for her remarkable cover versions; 12 strong female shanty band She Shanties; The Urban Folk Theory Ceilidh, where superb musicianship meets technology; the only UK performance this year of Chris T.T. Sings A.A. Milne and Anglo-Indian singer-songwriter Alluri

This year's prestigious Club Tent Showcases, awarded to artists the Festival sees as stars of the future like previous picks Newton Faulkner, Seth Lakeman and The Staves, go to: Liverpudlian singer-songwriter Robert Vincent; contemporary Scottish folk band Tannara; Australian singer-songwriter Juanita Stein and Canadian troubadour Michael Bernard Fitzgerald.  
These new names join previously announced Jake Bugg, headlining Sunday night with an acoustic set, Oysterband (Sunday), Lau, featuring Kris Drever, Martin Green and Aidan O'Rourke (Saturday) and Hayseed Dixie (Sunday).  

Guest Curator Jon Boden 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. More to be announced. 

Jake Bugg
Oysterband
Lau
Hayseed Dixie
Jon Boden
Shirley Collins
Indigo Girls
Ward Thomas
Olivia Newton-John, Beth Nielsen Chapman and Amy Sky
Loudon Wainwright III
Sharon Shannon
Cara Dillon
Fay Hield and The Hurricane Party
Admiral Fallow
Coven
Skerryvore
CC Smugglers
Blue Rose Code
Wildwood Kin
Jamie Smith’s Mabon
Fara
Beoga
William The Conqueror
The Furrow Collective
Rachel Newton
Niteworks
Belshazzar's Feast
The Rheingans Sisters
Orphan Colours
Amythyst Kiah
Talisk
The Eskies
Brian McNeill
She Drew The Gun
Worry Dolls
Mawkin
Roxanne De Bastion
Amelia Coburn
She Shanties
The Urban Folk Theory Ceilidh
Chris T.T.
Alluri
Robert Vincent
Tannara
Juanita Stein
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald

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.

For further artist information and daily line-ups, please see www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk 

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