The annual celebration of all things folk (plus plenty more besides) kicks off tonight with yet another impressive line-up to look forward to
The big-name crowd-pullers are undoubtedly the two Joans – that’s Joan Baez (on Saturday) and Joan Armatrading (on Sunday), plus Frank Turner (on Friday). But there are plenty of other acts to get excited about – some well-known on the folk circuit, others less so. Here’s my pick of ones worth checking out.
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino – Friday
The group from Salento have been delighting audiences for over 40 years with their infectious pizzica music from southern Italy.
De Temps Antan – Friday, Saturday & Sunday
French-Canadian folk music always goes down a storm at Cambridge and this year it’s the turn of the Québécois trio who will be bringing their joie de vivre to Cherry Hinton Hall.
Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker – Thursday & Friday
The winning combination of Ben’s exquisite guitar playing together with Josienne’s beautifully melancholic vocals is bound to attract a crowd.
Sorren Maclean – Sunday (pictured top)
The young singer-songwriter and guitarist from the island of Mull has been touring with Roddy Woomble and was a big hit at this year’s Celtic Connections festival. He’ll be showcasing tracks from his new album, Winter Stay Autumn.
Jaron Freeman-Fox – Sunday
This fantastic Canadian violinist has performed and collaborated with an intriguing mixture of musicians, ranging from British song collector Sam Lee, Rajasthani Gypsy musicians and Inuk throat singer (and recent Songlines cover star) Tanya Tagaq. Jaron’s band are appropriately called The Opposite of Everything – expect the unexpected!
The festival is now sold out. However if you didn’t manage to get a ticket, fear not, BBC Radio 2 will be broadcasting live from the Festival from 3-6pm on Saturday. Sky Arts will also be broadcasting highlights for a future transmission.