Cambridge Folk Festival have released the line-up for this year’s Den Stage which is aimed at highlighting new and emerging talent, there are some good choices in there and it goes without saying that those artists will benefit from the wider exposure. There are also some well known artists…if you are a regular listener to Folk Radio UK…and it’s great to see the likes of Woodpecker Wooliams / Cocos Lovers / Rachael Dadd & Ichi finally getting some wider credit from the such an exposed large folk music festival.
Maybe it’s wishful thinking on my part but there does appear to be a creeping tide of change this year amongst some of the larger folk festivals who in the past have tended to opt for the more popular artists to secure ticket sales, some of those line-ups were beginning to look moth-eaten from over-exposure…
The Den Stage line-up is like this:
Thursday 25 July
Marika Hackman, Ellie Rusbridge, Matt Tighe & Tad Sargent, Cara Winter
Friday 26th July
Boho Dancer, Common Tongues, Rachael Dadd & Ichi, Dead Rat Orchestra, Janet Devlin, Luke Jackson, Jarlath Henderson, Hot Feet, Hudson Taylor, Robyn Sherwell
FRUK Hot Feet Session:
Saturday 27th July
A Band Of Buriers, Ballina Whalers, Blue Rose Code, CC Smugglers, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, JP Cooper, Hladowski & Joynes, Freya Roy, Luke Sital-Singh, We Were Evergreen,
Sunday 28th July
Fiona Bevan, The Black Feathers, Sam Brookes & Magic Lantern, The Cadbury Sisters, Cocos Lovers, Joe Innes & The Cavalcade, Liz Lawrence, Jess Morgan, Woodpecker Wooliams, The Young Folk.
FRUK Sam Brookes Session:
FRUK Jess Morgan Session
In other Cambridge Folk Festival News:
Folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span have been added to this year’s line-up and will appear on Saturday 27th July. One of the most influential names in British roots music, this will be their first appearance at Cambridge since 1994. They replace Shelby Lynne who has cancelled.
The Mavericks (Sat) The Waterboys (Sun) Bellowhead (Fri)
KT Tunstall (Sat) Levellers (Fri) Amadou & Mariam (Fri)
Liam O’Flynn, Andy Irvine, Paddy Glackin & Dónal Lunny aka LAPD (Fri) Steeleye Span (Sat) Capercaillie (Sun) BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet (Sat/Sun) Heritage Blues Orchestra (Sat) The Staves (Sun) Patty Griffin (Fri) Tommy Emmanuel (Sat) Lucy Rose (Thurs) Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick (Sun) Thea Gilmore (Sat) Mud Morganfield Band (Sun) Martin Simpson (Sat/Sun) Le Vent du Nord (Sat/Sun) Sam Lee & Friends (Fri) Breabach (Sat/Sun) Heidi Talbot (Sat/Sun) The Chair (Sat/Sun) Mokoomba (Sat) The Rambling Boys of Pleasure (Sat/Sun) Willy Mason (Thurs) Darrell Scott (Fri) The Bombay Royale (Fri) Bella Hardy & The Midnight Watch (Sat)Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman (Thurs) Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo (Fri) John Hegley (Sun) Jamie Smith’s Mabon (Thurs) Frigg (Fri/Sat) The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band (Sun) Valerie June (Sun) Larkin Poe (Thurs/Fri) Jim Moray’s Silent Ceilidh (Sat) Brian McNeill (Fri/Sat) We Banjo 3 (Sat/Sun) Korrontzi (Fri/Sat) Sketch (Sun) Monster Ceilidh Band (Fri) State Of The Union (Sat) English String Band (Fri) The Willows (Thurs) Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar (Sat/Sun) Rusty Shackle (Thurs) The Brass Funkeys (Thurs) Peter Buckley Hill (Sun)
CLUB TENT SHOWCASES
Ross Couper & Tom Oakes (Fri) Blair Dunlop (Sat) Ewan McLennan (Sat) Nick Mulvey (Sun) Emma Sweeney (Sun)
We’ll be bringing you news of some of the more smaller and alternative festival pickings out there that catch our eye so keep an eye on our festival news.