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Preview: Cambridge Folk Festival 2016 – Top Picks

Lisa Ward


The Main Stages:

Imelda May: After something of a long hiatus Imelda May returns certain to bring more her rockabilly uptempo sound and party atmosphere.

Kate Rusby: Festival favourite the Yorkshire born songstress is likely to deliver a combination of wit and heartfelt ballads.

Mary Chapin Carpenter:  With her 14th album just released, expect old classics and new favourites in equal measures.

Della Mae:  Della Mae manage to bridge the divide between contemporary country music and bluegrass with equal measures of passion and fun.

Applewood Road:  Emily Barker, Amber Rubarth and Amy Speace combine to create beautiful harmonies and heartfelt lyrics.

The Den:

Rachel Sermanni  the Scottish born singer is another who’s been off on something of a hiatus, with her faultless vocals and intricate arrangements she’s one not to miss.

Kate in the Kettle: Carthy, Hardy, Farrell and Young and Moulettes member, Kate Young combines her stunning fiddle playing with rousing vocals.

Nessi Gomes: Portuguese-British singer/songwriter Nessi Gomes combines the essence of traditional Portuguese folk music (Fado) with modern British inspiration.

Club Tent Showcases:

Patch & the Giant:  With hints of Skinny Lister and Keston Cobbler’s Club, Patch & The Giant are sure to bring the party atmosphere to the club tent.

Hatti Briggs: BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominee in 2014Hatti is sure to confirm she made the right choice giving up her Russian degree in favour of a career in music.

Kelly Oliver: Winner of Folkwords’ Best Album By A Female Artist in 2014, Kelly has been given the seal of approval by the like of Dave Swarbrick.