Cambridge Folk Festival announces more top names

Shirley Collins at Cambridge Folk Festival

The latest names have been announced for Cambridge Folk Festival 2017, including legendary folk singer and respected song collector Shirley Collins, who recently returned to recording and performing after 38 years; a Festival exclusive from multi-platinum selling Indigo Girls, whose celebrated and influential career spans almost four decades and chart-topping, English country twin-sister duo Ward Thomas, all part of a completely female line-up on Main Stages 1 and 2 on the Friday.

International superstar and multiple Grammy Award-winner Olivia Newton-John, originally from Cambridge, Grammy nominee Beth Nielsen Chapman and SOCAN Award-winner Amy Sky bring their unique collaboration ‘Liv On’ exclusively to the Festival on Saturday evening. Acclaimed US singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III, promises another awe-inspiring Festival performance on the Sunday.

LW3 at Cambridge Folk Festival

A line-up that sees a welcome return for Festival favourites plus innovative debuts will feature Irish accordion virtuoso Sharon Shannon; enchanting chanteuse Cara Dillon; Fay Hield and The Hurricane Party, described by Mojo as “One of folk music’s most pre-eminent modern voices”; sonically audacious and lyrically bewitching Admiral Fallow; Coven, featuring three of folk’s most formidable female acts O’Hooley & Tidow, Lady Maisery and Grace Petrie; the Isle of Tiree’s Skerryvore; exhilarating live performers CC Smugglers; folk-jazz pioneer and favourite of Ewan McGregor Blue Rose Code; UK Americana Emerging Artist winners 2017 Wildwood Kin; Jamie Smith’s Mabon, blending world music and Celtic roots; BBC Radio 2 Folk Horizon Award nominees Fara; the aptlynamed Beoga (Gaelic for ‘lively’) and bluesy, indie Americana from William The Conqueror.

Adding to an eclectic bill bringing together the best in folk and roots music are: The Furrow Collective, featuring Rachel Newton, Lucy Farrell, Emily Portman and Alasdair Roberts; singer and harpist Rachel Newton; electronic Celtic fusion from Niteworks; Belshazzar’s Feast merging folk, classical, jazz, pop and music hall; fiddle singers The Rheingans Sisters; hotly tipped Americana band Orphan Colours; Southern gothic singer-songwriter Amythyst Kiah; 2015 BBC Young Folk award winners Talisk; folk noir and gypsy jazz from The Eskies; Brian McNeill, leading the Festival Session; one of Liverpool’s most exciting new groups She Drew The Gun; up and coming folk-country duo Worry Dolls; Mawkin, described as a modern-day Fairport Convention; Roxanne De Bastion, at the forefront of the new singer-songwriter generation; ukulele-playing singer Amelia Coburn, famous for her remarkable cover versions; 12 strong female shanty band She Shanties; The Urban Folk Theory Ceilidh, where superb musicianship meets technology; the only UK performance this year of Chris T.T. Sings A.A. Milne and Anglo-Indian singer-songwriter Alluri.

This year’s prestigious Club Tent Showcases, awarded to artists the Festival sees as stars of the future like previous picks Newton Faulkner, Seth Lakeman and The Staves, go to: Liverpudlian singer-songwriter Robert Vincent; contemporary Scottish folk band Tannara; Australian singer-songwriter Juanita Stein and Canadian troubadour Michael Bernard Fitzgerald.

These new names join previously announced Jake Bugg, headlining Sunday night with an acoustic set, Oysterband (Sunday), Lau, featuring Kris Drever, Martin Green and Aidan O’Rourke (Saturday) and Hayseed Dixie (Sunday).

Guest Curator Jon Boden will perform over the Festival weekend with The Remnant Kings to preview his autumn 2017 album as well as guest curating elements of the line-up. More to be announced.

For further artist information and daily line-ups, please see www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk

Tickets are now on sale:  Full Festival ticket: £167 Day tickets: £27.50 (Thu), £59.50 (Fri), £70 (Sun). Saturday Day Tickets Sold Out.

Camping at Cherry Hinton Hall and Coldham’s Common is available. Concession tickets (disabled access and carer, Under 21, Cambridge City Resident) are available. Please see the website for more information and full ticket prices:

 

Folking introduces Coyote Grace and the Now Take Flight album…

What blossomed as a sweet relationship between two young people busking on the streets of Seattle has become a powerful trio of roots musicians renowned for their totally engaging live performances and beautiful studio albums. At once both radically progressive and unashamedly nostalgic, Coyote Grace is at the forefront of a growing movement to redefine the meanings of “roots” and “tradition.” Sure they’ve played in bluegrass bands and country revues, but their music and their lives are a process of continual re-invention. They’re not afraid to slip Left Coast politics into a Midwest groove, because the honesty of their message shines through. Whether singing about the complexities of long-term relationships, or the head-spinning fun of Continue reading Folking introduces Coyote Grace and the Now Take Flight album…

GIRLYMAN SUPERNOVA and UK Tour · May-June 2012

A short while ago, I was added to the facebook.com/groups/girlyman.uk/ group and over the past weeks I’ve seen excitement building for both the new album release and the forthcoming tour. I recently got my hands on Supernova and instantly, it got under my skin. You know the type,  one that you need to keep coming back to time and time again for another fix. With its emotional pull, clear as a bell lyrical harmonies and clever instrumental arrangements, it will take you at least a couple of years in rehab, to get it out of your system.

Darren Beech folking.com

The album was mixed by Grammy Award winner Ben Wisch (Marc Cohn) and featuring guest appearances by the Indigo Girls’ Emily Saliers and others, Supernova is Girlyman’s fifth studio release and the first to include the kinetic percussion of newest member and former Po’ Girl drummer JJ Jones. Lush, Beatles-esque arrangements, the group’s signature three-part harmonies, and songs that “capture, in a story or a surprising metaphor, a feeling you’ve had but never heard so well- expressed” (Slate Magazine) all come together to create Girlyman’s most masterful work to date. “It’s the music of my heart and soul,” says comedian Margaret Cho. “Girlyman is the past and the present and the future.”

“Heartbreakingly beautiful three-part harmonies…theirs is a sound you could happily drown in…miss them at your peril!” ***** Maverick

Ironically, the past year was one of the most challenging in the Atlanta-based quartet’s history. “A supernova is a dying star,” explains Girlyman member Doris Muramatsu, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in late 2010. The three founding members of Girlyman (Muramatsu, Nate Borofsky, and Tylan Greenstein) had spent ten years playing and singing harmony together, from early days in tiny coffeehouses, through long opening runs with the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams, all the way to festival main stages and the country’s premier folk venues. Now the band suddenly feared for its future. “I was in the hospital getting blood transfusions and chemotherapy. We cancelled a month of tours and thought that was it. We didn’t know if we’d ever tour again.”

“Soaring harmonies, social consciousness, and impressive musical prowess…Girlyman’s bittersweet approach to the human condition will strike a chord regardless of the listener.” San Francisco Chronicle

“Tired of discordant progressive and oh-so-experimental indie rock? Girlyman makes folk-pop music that is defined by stunning three part harmonies and beautiful melodies. This music makes you want to sit back, close your eyes and listen.” The Washington Post

“a festival of Simon & Garfunkel-styled harmony that strokes and soothes. Irresistible.” R2 Magazine

Supernova is an autobiography of this unique time for the folk-rock quartet, and its thirteen songs resonate with themes of uncertainty and transformation. But the album is not a dirge; instead, the band reaches, as always, for hope. “A supernova may be a dying star,” continues Doris. “But as it turns out, it also gives birth to new stars.” Indeed, nine months later, Muramatsu’s cancer went into remission and the band was reborn.

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