Cambridge Folk Festival – first names announced

Cambridge Folk Festival

Cambridge Folk Festival is thrilled to announce the first artists for its 2020 line-up:

Making his Cambridge debut in an exclusive English festival appearance, iconic singer-songwriter and humanitarian Yusuf / Cat Stevens. From his early career in the 1960s when his timeless blend of pop, folk and blues propelled him to the top of the charts, to his extensive humanitarian work and full return to music in the 2000s, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Yusuf / Cat Stevens is a hugely influential figure whose appearance will be one of the most eagerly awaited in the Festival’s history.

Returning to headline in 2020, international chart-topper Passenger, who progressed from his 2011 debut on emerging talent stage The Den to headlining Stage 1 in 2015 – when he also drew record crowds with an impromptu busking session!  His number one single ‘Let Her Go’ scooped an Ivor Novello Award and a Brit Award nomination for single of the year.

Appearing for the first time since 2010, Seasick Steve, who became an overnight success in his sixties for his unique take on blues, roots and country music. Renowned for his personalised instruments and explosive, rocking live performances, his headline set is guaranteed to bring the house down.

One of the finest and most prolific singer-songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega celebrates her catalogue of hits with a new live album this Spring, An Evening of New York Songs and Stories. Perfect timing then to take to the stage at Cherry Hinton Hall to perform ground-breaking songs such as ‘Tom’s Diner’, ‘Luka’, ‘Marlene On The Wall’, and many other gems from across her 35 year career.

Regarded as one of the leading forces in British folk, Show of Hands remain at the top of their game after more than two decades on the road. For the Festival, kings of the folk, roots and acoustic scene Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are joined by long-time collaborator Miranda Sykes and master percussionist Cormac Byrne, who together create a sound nothing short of magical.

Dublin four-piece Lankum have an alchemical ability to combine traditional folk roots with contemporary undercurrents to forge music that is dark, mysterious and transcendental. They have gained worldwide acclaim for their captivating, often euphoric live performances, showcasing their close vocal harmonies, instrumental interplay and dramatic storytelling.

With an undeniable voice and an arsenal of powerful songs Martha Wainwright, who will be joining the Festival for the weekend, is a beguiling performer and a refreshingly different force in music. Part of the famous Wainwright dynasty, Martha is the daughter of folk legends Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and sister to Rufus Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche with whom she has collaborated live and on record.

Malian singer-songwriter, actor and multiple Grammy Award nominee Fatoumata Diawara is hailed as one of the most vital standard-bearers of modern African music. Her sound is boldly experimental yet respectful of her roots and she carries its universal message to stages across the world.

Cambridge Folk Festival takes place 30 July – 2 August 2020 in the picturesque grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge. Early booking advisable. Purchase tickets from: https://www.cambridgelive.org.uk/folk-festival/tickets

 

The Roundhouse announces its 2020 In The Round season

Roundhouse

Celebrating its fifth year, the Roundhouse presents In The Round, a series of shows devoted to intimate performances set in the venue’s iconic main space, staged in a rarely seen, fully-seated concert set up around an almost circular stage.  Since its inception in 2016, In the Round has become known for its bold and adventurous programming.  An eclectic mix of genre-spanning artists present a series of special shows that include unique one-offs, exclusive premieres, solo sets and storytelling, making it a key fixture of the musical calendar and an exciting start to the year.

Today, the Roundhouse announces its first wave of acts for In The Round 2020 and amongst an array of eclectic performers is Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell

In 2010, Mitchell released the album Hadestown, a folk opera based on the Greek myth of Orpheus. The response was extraordinary.  Five star reviews across the board marked it an unmitigated triumph heralding the arrival of a vital new voice and a formidable songwriting talent. Originally conceived as a community theatre project in rural Vermont, Mitchell continued developing it as a musical. Today, Hadestown is a Broadway hit and winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical.  Yet Hadestown is just one release from Mitchell’s six-album catalogue. Each, including the highly acclaimed Young Man in America, and Child Ballads for which she won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, draws from the tradition of folk, yet with thoroughly modern execution.  Mitchell comes from the world of narrative folksong, poetry and balladry; her distinctive, fragile voice is beguiling, her melodies seductive and songcraft immaculate, tackling universal themes with emotional intimacy.

Anaïs Mitchell is a compelling live performer most usually seen in the UK, solo or duo.  Her In The Round appearance offers UK audiences a rare chance to see her music that spans the breadth of her catalogue, including some new material, together with a band.

Mitchell also appears in her latest project, Bonny Light Horseman, who will open the show. Dubbed a ‘folk supergroup’ by Rolling Stone Magazine, she appears with multi-instrumentalist Josh Kaufman (The National, Hiss Golden Messenger) and Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats).

Doors 7pm / Ticket Prices from £22.50

Full In The Round Listing:

Friday 24 January                              Jorge Drexler
Saturday 25 January                          Badly Drawn Boy
Tuesday 28 January                           KOKOROKO
Thursday 30 January                         Fatoumata Diawara
Friday 31 January                              Anaïs Mitchell
Friday 01 February                            Beverley Knight

More acts to be announced soon

As part of the Roundhouse’s commitment to developing emerging talent, young artists who use the Paul Hamlyn Roundhouse Studios will perform as support acts for each headline artist.

Tickets on sale Friday 27 September: www.roundhouse.org.uk

Anaïs Mitchell – ‘All I’ve Ever Known’ – live: