More names for Cambridge Folk Festival

The Cambridge Folk Festival, set to take place from the 26th until the 29th of July, have announced a massive slew of new names to play this year’s edition. On the main stage they include Irish singer–songwriter James Vincent McMorrow, renowned Texan storyteller and Grammy Award winner Nanci Griffith, soul, blues, R&B and more from leading U.S. exponents Keb Mo Band, English folk singer-songwriter Steve Tilston, 15-piece megafolk band from Birmingham The Destroyers, country/R&B crossover Phantom Limb, haunting vocalist Naomi Bedford, jazz, folk and American hoe-down from Steamchicken, and last but not least, Cambridge-based singer-songwriter Polly Paulusma.

Each year the Festival selects five up and coming artists it identifies as future stars of folk to play prestigious showcases in the Club Tent. Previous examples include Seth Lakeman, Newton Faulkner, Karine Polwart, Rachel Unthank, Julie Fowlis, Bella Hardy, Jackie Oates and Jim Moray. This year’s selections are: 2012 BBC Folk Awards Horizon winner Lucy Ward, gifted young Scottish singer and songwriter Rachel Sermanni, pioneers of ‘chamber folk’ O’Hooley & Tidow, Pilgrims’ Way who describe themselves as “refreshingly different, reassuringly traditional”, and close harmony 3-piece The Young’uns.

Acclaimed new, fourth stage The Den, introduced last year, will host emerging talent over the Festival weekend including: hotly tipped folk punk five-piece Skinny Lister, sensational one-off talent, blues-inspired Liz Green, alt-folk pop singer-songwriter King Charles and idiosyncratic, UK quintet Moulettes, blending folk, jazz, rock and classical music.

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