Cambridge Folk Festival, the sun is out
It's a great line up for the imminent Cambridge Folk Festival 2012 - All Saturday and Sunday tickets are now sold out, but you can still get Friday tickets and there are a few weekend tickets left. You won't miss the Olympics as they have a big screen in the main bar for the opening ceremony - however if you want to escape the Olympics, where better to do that than the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall with four days of great music? go on, you know it makes sense.
Friday is just £41 and features some exceptional music including highly anticipated veteran American country folk singer-songwriter John Prine; Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow; English folk legends June Tabor & Oysterband; acclaimed US singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters; incredible Irish rhythms and tunes from storming Festival favourites Four Men & A Dog; Treacherous Orchestra, the thrilling folk big band, taking Scottish dance music to a new dimension; Raghu Dixit, whose unique blend of Indian and Western music coupled with a stunning voice have made him such a hit in this country; Louisiana’s finest contemporary Cajun dance band Pine Leaf Boys; English folk singer-songwriter Steve Tilston, recipient of this year’s BBC Folk Award for Best Original Song; a kids’ ceilidh with Steamchicken and an array of stars in the making, including Jake Bugg, all appearing in the gorgeous setting of The Den – last year’s brand new emerging talent stage which proved a huge Festival hit. Plus the opening ceremony of the Olympics on a screen in the main Festival bar!
Full line-up below. Online booking and information, including details of who’s on which day: www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk. Phone booking: 01223 357851
Tickets: Full Festival £120; Friday £41
Camping: (Full Festival tickets only, per 2-3 berth tent) Cherry Hinton £52, Coldhams Common £36 (second site).
Online bookings subject to booking fee.
Clannad ♦ Joan Armatrading ♦The Proclaimers ♦ John Prine
Loreena McKennitt ♦ James Vincent McMorrow ♦ Nanci Griffith
June Tabor & Oysterband ♦ Roy Harper ♦ Angelique Kidjo ♦ Keb Mo Band
Billy Bragg celebrates Woody Guthrie’s 100th Birthday
The Unthanks with Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band
Seth Lakeman ♦ Nic Jones ♦ Lau ♦ Gretchen Peters ♦ Ruthie Foster
Karine Polwart ♦ Four Men & A Dog ♦ Dry the River
Benjamin Francis Leftwich ♦ Treacherous Orchestra ♦ Raghu Dixit ♦
Pine Leaf Boys ♦ The Unwanted ♦ Jim Moray’s Silent Ceilidh ♦
Tim Edey & Brendan Power ♦ Anaïs Mitchell ♦ Kan ♦ JuJu
Lazy Lester & Friends ♦ Steve Tilston ♦ The Mighty Doonans ♦ The Destroyers
Spiro ♦ Brian McNeill ♦ Megson ♦ Phantom Limb
Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party ♦ The Staves
Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson Band ♦ ahab ♦ Naomi Bedford
Habadekuk ♦ Blackbeard’s Tea Party ♦ Steamchicken ♦ Lera Lynn
Ioscaid ♦ Paul Cookson ♦ Polly Paulusma
CLUB TENT SHOWCASES:
Lucy Ward ♦ O’Hooley & Tidow ♦ The Young’uns
Rachel Sermanni (acoustic) ♦ Pilgrims’ Way
THE DEN (EMERGING TALENT STAGE):
Adam Beattie & Brooke Sharkey ♦ Annie Dressner ♦ Cath & Phil Tyler Charlene Soraia ♦ Chasing Owls ♦ Dan Wilde ♦ David Gibb & Elly Lucas Dear Winesburg ♦ Eska ♦ Gerard & the Watchmen ♦ Fred’s House
House of Hats ♦ Jake Bugg ♦ Jay Leighton ♦ Karima Francis
Keston Cobblers’ Club ♦ King Charles (acoustic) ♦ Klak Tik ♦ Lee Mitchell Liz Green ♦ Lucy Kitt ♦ Magic Lantern ♦ Max Baillie & Sura Susso
Moulettes ♦ Nick Mulvey ♦ Robin Gillan ♦ Seamus Cater & Viljam Nybacka Solarference ♦ The Beguilers ♦ The Half Sisters ♦ The Miserable Rich ♦ Three Cane Whale ♦ Tom Copson