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:

 

Americana Music Association showcase events at AmericanaFest UK

AmericanaFest

As part of this year’s Americana Music Association UK Awards, there will also be an evening of curated showcases from twenty new and established artists in the trans-Atlantic Americana Music scene, to be known as ‘AmericanaFest UK 2017’.

The Americana music genre has enjoyed steady growth in the UK and worldwide over the past few years, with music sales, tours, airplay all on the increase.

This year’s full AMA-UK Festival runs from 1st to 2nd February 2017 and consists of three strands; the second UK Americana Awards, the fourth AMA-UK Conference and, of course, AmericanaFest UK 2017.

Artists performing at AmericanaFest UK 2017 include: Angaleena Presley (US), Robert Vincent, Glen Phillips (US), Wild Ponies (US) and Jess Morgan. See below for full line-up.

Separate showcase only tickets are available at the early bird price of just £10 (rising to £15) and allow entry to all 3 venues. Buy tickets here

For more information on the Conference, Awards Show and AmericanaFest UK 2017 see www.theamauk.org

Events website: http://theamauk.org/

VENUE LINE-UPS WITH TIMINGS:

OSLO, 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL

The Grande 7.00pm-7.35pm
Murder, Murder (CA) 8.00pm-8.35pm
Jo Harman 9.00pm-9.35pm
Angaleena Presley (US) 10.00pm-10.35pm
Robert Vincent 11.00pm-11.35pm

PAPER DRESS VINTAGE, 352a Mare Street, E8 1HR

Carter Sampson (US) 6.30pm-7.05pm
The Black Feathers 7.30pm-8.05pm
Amanda Rheaume (CA) 8.30pm-9.05pm
Walton Hesse 9.30pm-10.05pm
Emma Swift (AUS) 10.30pm-11.05pm
Glen Phillips (US) 11.30pm-12.05am

MOTH CLUB Main Stage, Old Trades Hall, Valette Street, E9 6NU

The Honey Ants 6.30pm-7.00pm
Worry Dolls 7.30pm-8.00pm
Henry Senior Jr 8.30pm-9.00pm
Flats and Sharps 9.30pm-10.00pm
Wild Ponies (US) 10.30pm-11.00pm

MOTH CLUB Acoustic Room

Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer 7.05pm-7.30pm
Amythyst Kiah (US) 8.05pm-8.30pm
Hope in High Water 9.05pm-9.30pm

Robert Vincent announces his second album

Robert Vincent

Robert Vincent is an award winning singer songwriter from Liverpool and I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins is the follow up to his acclaimed debut, Life in Easy Steps.

I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins, was produced by Robert Vincent, Michael Gay, Etienne Girard, recorded and engineered by Tom Roach at Elevator Studio’s between August 2015 and March 2016, except one track ‘Time Won’t Wait’ recorded in Nashville’s Room & Board studio, where the whole album was mixed with the legendary Ray Kennedy. (Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Ray Davies, to name a few).

I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins questions sin within us all, every song a situation where Sin is either a help or a hindrance -one persons Sin can be another persons way of life at times.’So In Love’a Pink Floyd style opener, sets the tone with betrayal in love. ‘All for You’ is a song about changing your ways for the sake of another whilst ‘You Wouldn’t Let It’ asks us to question our own actions and morals. ‘November’ with it’s cinematic sound is a murder ballad of deceit and jealousy, then you have ‘Dancing with Devils’, a song that addresses those personal battles with the vices in life, the sanctuary of better the devil you know, the familiar surrounding of the bar life.

The albums title track ’I’ll Make the Most of My Sins’ is about transcending ourselves from God-fearing human beings in a world were faith is losing the battle to fundamentalism and extremism. Politics, TV, media, war, can still allow the waters to be muddied by laws that were created by people in times when life was less complicated. “Shine a light in the darkness, one I can see, shine a light make it one I believe, shine a light in the darkness, until you do, I’ll make the most of my sins“.

The final track, ’Hand to Hold’, is, at its core, a song for Robert’s children.

Robert recently won the ‘Emerging Artist’ UK Americana Music Award after being personally selected by Bob Harris:

“I am so impressed with Robert’s music. Strong songs laced with blues and country. He is the real deal”

Robert has recently finished his third Paul Carrack support tour and has also played alongside the likes of Peter Bruntnell, Squeeze, James Blunt, Justin Currie, Madeleine Peryoux and Cherry Ghost.

If you would like to order a copy of the one of the albums (in CD or Vinyl), download them or just listen to snippets of selected tracks (track previews are usually on the download page) then click on the Robert Vincent link to be taken to our associated partner Amazon’s website. Buying through Amazon on folking.com helps us to recover a small part of our running costs, so please order anything you need as every little purchase helps us.

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ROBERT VINCENT – Life In Easy Steps – DB Industries DBICD5

ROBERT VINCENT Life In Easy StepsRobert Vincent’s debut album comes lavishly packed in a hardback booklet with a bonus disc if you get in quick. The Merseyside-born singer-songwriter has a mighty voice with hints of Iain Matthews and Roy Orbison in his upper range and a tight, powerful band to support him.

It opens with ‘In The Light Of The Stars’, quietly, acoustically and the first impression is that this is sort of thing you’ve heard a thousand times before. But then it moves up through the gears so when he repeats the pattern later on ‘Demons’ it sounds very different. I’m going to make my major criticism here, because it’s an important one. The lyrics are included but in handwriting that’s even worse than mine and decorated with artistic crossings-out – I’d like to study and think about them but I won’t do that while peering through a magnifying glass. Continue reading ROBERT VINCENT – Life In Easy Steps – DB Industries DBICD5