Europe’s most acclaimed folk festival has revealed some of the first artists confirmed for 2012’s eclectic bill. Performances include a rare Festival appearance by the original line-up of Irish folk royalty and multi-million album sellers Clannad; leading singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading, who has enjoyed success in pop, folk, blues, reggae and jazz genres; ever-popular Scottish icons; The Proclaimers, guaranteed to bring the Festival to its feet; a rare Festival appearance by June Tabor & Oysterband, following their acclaimed 2011 collaboration ‘Ragged Kingdom’ and recent multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk Award wins; internationally acclaimed Canadian singer and composer Loreena McKennitt, playing an intoxicating blend of Celtic and Middle Eastern sounds; renowned singer-songwriter and activist Billy Bragg celebrates Woody Guthrie’s 100th Birthday, which falls in mid July; and the first full public performance in 30 years by English folk legend Nic Jones, whose career was cut short by a car accident in 1982. ‘Penguin Eggs’ by Nic Jones is widely recognised as one of the finest folk albums of all time.
More headline names including emerging and contemporary stars will be announced very soon
Nic Jones performing at QEH with his son Joe and Belinda O’Hooley. He covers Radioheads ‘Fake Plastic Trees’. The accoustics aren’t great on this recording but I’m sure Nic Jones fans will enjoy it, there are many!
Ten Thousand Miles
26, 27, 28, 29 JULY 2012
CHERRY HINTON HALL GROUNDS
Clannad (Sat) Joan Armatrading (Sun) The Proclaimers (Sat)
June Tabor & Oysterband (Fri) Loreena McKennitt (Sun)
Billy Bragg celebrates Woody Guthrie’s 100th Birthday (Thurs)
Nic Jones (Sun)
Online booking and information: www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk
Phone booking: 01223 357851
Tickets: Full Festival £120; Thursday £19; Friday £41; Saturday £52; Sunday £52. Camping: (Full Festival tickets only, per 2-3 berth tent) Cherry Hinton £52, Coldhams Common £36 (second site).