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Preview: Cambridge Folk Festival 2015 – First Acts Announced

Lisa Ward

Triangle

For more than 50 years Cambridge Folk Festival has been a jewel in the crown of the folk world, and this year proves no different. Boasting an eclectic line up of both rising stars and some of the finest names in folk music the first additions give a flavour of what to expect for 2015.

Most notably (and unlike some other festivals) the mix of female and male stars is balanced, with the likes of Joan Armatrading, Joan Baez and Gretchen Peters nestling up against Frank Turner, Nick Mulvey and the John Butler Trio. Representing the emerging talent the likes of Keston Cobblers Club return for a higher billing, whilst Passenger move up from their Den Stage slot, and Folk Award nominees Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker get a double slot on both Thursday and Friday. With the likes of Peggy Seeger, Stornoway and the Amsterdam Klezmer Band XL also making the list, it’s this mix of artists which really marks Cambridge apart, highlighting its ability to bring talent from around the world which appeals to both younger and older audience alike.

Acts announced so far are:
Joan Baez (Sat), Passenger (Sun), Frank Turner (Fri), Joan Armatrading (Sun), The Proclaimers (Fri), Punch Brothers (Sun), John Butler Trio (Sat), Nick Mulvey (Fri), Wilko Johnson (Fri) The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain (Sun), The Unthanks (Sat), Show of Hands (Sat & Sun), Katzenjammer (Thurs) Altan (Fri), Treacherous Orchestra (Sat), Gretchen Peters (Sat), The Skatalites (Sat), Danú (Sun) Stornoway (Sat), Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr (Sun), Rhiannon Giddens (Sat), Shooglenifty (Sat & Sun), Peggy Seeger (Fri), Bella Hardy (Sun), Alvin Youngblood Hart (Sat) Amsterdam Klezmer Band XL (Fri), The Lone Bellow (Sat & Sun), Chris Smither (Fri), Angaleena Presley (Fri), Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker (Thur & Fri), Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Fri), The Demon Barbers XL (Sun) Jim Moray’s Silent Ceilidh (Sat), Keston Cobblers Club (Sun), The Stray Birds (Sat & Sun), Rura (Fri & Sat), Olivia Chaney (Sat), Goitse (Sat & Sun), De Temps Antan (Fri, Sat, Sun), Lynched (Thurs), Ben Miller Band (Sun), Blackbeard’s Tea Party (Fri), Brian McNeill (Fri & Sat), The Willows (Sun), CoCo & The Butterfields (Sun), Fara (Thur & Sun), Mawkin (Thurs), The Elephant Sessions (Thurs), Hannah Sanders (Thurs), 3Sticks (Fri), David Gibb (Fri)

The festival runs from the 30th July to the 2nd August 2015 with weekend tickets on sale for £150 (including fees). Saturday tickets are already sold out so act quickly!

Tickets can be purchased from: www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk 

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