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May 30, 2023

Cambridge Folk Festival has a long-standing reputation for providing a platform for up-and-coming new artists and nurturing promising young talent. This commitment continues in 2023 with a fascinating programme for Emerging Talent Stage The Den.

Once again displaying an unerring knack for spotting tomorrow’s stars today, Cambridge will host the hottest new artists from the folk and roots world in The Den, a smaller stage specially established to support musicians at the beginning of their careers. Future hitmakers Jake Bugg and Passenger first played The Den before headlining Stage 1 and 2023’s impressive names are sure to become new favourites. Sign-up slots will be available each day too.

Acts announced are: (in alphabetical order)

29th Funktion – Abhainn – Amy Papiransky – Anna Ling – Before Breakfast Broadside Hacks

Chris Cleverley – Dominie Hooper – Eddy Smith & the 507

Elkyn – Ellie Gowers – Elsi – Emily Simmons – Etaoin – Frankie Archer

ghostgirl – Good Habits – Hector Shaw – Imlac – Isabella Coulstock

Jenny Colquitt – Marie White – me + deboe – Milly Upton – MT Jones

Mythopoeic – Naala – Niall McNamee – Owen Spafford & Louis Campbell

Paige Temperley – ROB.GREEN – Rossa Murray & The Blowin’ Winds – Sam Wilkinson

Now in its 5th year, the Christian Raphael Prize seeks to award a talented musician or group of musicians the tools they need to take the next step towards becoming a successful professional. 18 of the artists performing in The Den will be considered for this prize and last year’s winner Angeline Morrison is performing on Stages 1 and 2 this year.

“Welcome return as Cambridge Folk Festival becomes one big highlight” Cambridge Independent

These exciting new artists for The Den join the stellar names already announced for Stages 1, 2 and 3 (in alphabetical order):

Akram Abdulfattah – Amy Laurenson – Angeline Morrison & The Sorrow Songs Band – Angélique Kidjo The Armagh Rhymers

Arrested Development – The Ayoub Sisters – Baskery – Beth Malcolm

Blood Harmony – Blue Rose Code – Breabach – Brian McNeill – Catrin Finch and Cimarrón

Cerys Hafana – The Chair – Chloe Matharu – Clare Sands – Daoirí Farrell Trio – Doug Levitt

Elephant Sessions – Eliza Carthy & The Restitution – Emily Fraser – Faith I Branko – Ferris & Sylvester

Fisherman’s Friends – Flyte – Gangstagrass – Gentleman’s Dub Club – George Boomsma

Georgie Buchanan Trio – Gnoss – Grace Petrie – Gráinne Hunt – Granny’s Attic – Gwilym Bowen Rhys Hannah Scott – Heather Ferrier  

The Henry Girls – Hollie Cook – Honey & The Bear  – Ibibio Sound Machine – Imelda May – James Yorkston & Nina Persson – Jesca Hoop – Jinda Biant

Judy Collins and The Unity String Quartet celebrating Wildflowers – Julian Taylor Band – Kate Rusby Kiefer Sutherland  

Lady Blackbird – Le Vent du Nord – Lleuwen – The Longest Johns

Maddie Morris – Max Bianco – Maya Delilah – Michael McGovern – Mikey Kenney – Nick Cope

Nigel Wearne – Niteworks – Núria Graham – Oi Va Voi – Pavey Ark – Pedair – The Proclaimers

Rufus Wainwright – The Sharon Shannon Trio – Simeon Hammond Dallas – Siobhan Miller Band

Síomha – The Smith & Brewer Band – Sons of Town Hall – St. Lundi – Stornoway – Symbio

The Vanguards – William Prince

 As well as the world-class music, there is so much more to enjoy over the Festival weekend, including dedicated children’s activities; workshops on instrument making and song writing; a silent disco, storytelling, clog dancing, tai-chi, and an incredible selection of mouth-watering food trucks and bars from some of Cambridge’s finest food merchants. The Festival is also proud to have been deemed “Outstanding” at the Greener Festival Awards.

“For sheer class and integrity, it can’t be beaten.” The Independent

Taking place from July 27-30 in the beautiful grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall, Weekend and Day tickets are now on sale at:

Ticket information: 

Full festival ticket: £205, Thursday: £31, Friday: £83, Saturday: £83, Sunday: £83

Prices include booking fees. Please see website for concessions, camping and parking information.

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📷Martin Bond

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