Cambridge Folk Festival is delighted to announce the names picked by this year’s Guest Curator, Rhiannon Giddens. The highly acclaimed Americana pioneer has chosen an eclectic collection of talent from both sides of the Atlantic to perform at the Festival this year.
Peggy Seeger, Kaia Kater, Birds of Chicago, Amythyst Kiah and Yola Carter will be introduced by Rhiannon before each takes to the stage throughout the weekend to wow the Cambridge crowds.’
Rhiannon Giddens commented:
“When I was asked ‘Do you want to curate the Cambridge Folk Festival?’, I remember being immediately interested. I didn’t really know what curating was at the time, but I loved the Festival so much I thought anything that would have me coming back is a really good thing. Then I found out I’d get to be there the whole time, I never get to do that! Usually I perform my set and am out the next day, so to have an opportunity to actually be somewhere for four days. I wanted to experience the whole thing, it’s irresistible.”
American folk singer Peggy Seeger needs no introduction. The legendary artist will be showcasing a long and varied career with her appearance at Cambridge Folk Festival. From her solo albums, recording and touring with her family including her late half-brother Pete Seeger, to song writing with her late husband Ewan MacColl, Peggy is arguably the most powerful woman in folk.
Homegrown Americana singer-songwriter and force of nature, Yola Carter brings together her diverse influences of 60’s country, Stax-era soul and gospel. After 15 years as a writer, producer and featured vocalist with dance and pop artists such as Massive Attack, Duke Dumont, Katy Perry and Chase & Status, she embarked on the latest chapter of her career as a solo Americana artist at the start of 2016, rapidly attracting critical acclaim. She was awarded ‘UK Artist of the Year’ at the AMA UK Awards last year.
One of the youngest performers in the Canadian old-time and folk communities, 22 year-old Kaia Kater proves that banjos aren’t just for hillbillies as she takes the instrument to new heights. She plays the banjo, dances, sings and has her own unique take on Appalachian and Canadian folk music. Kaia is a diverse traditionalist, having quickly gained attention as one of the most promising young performers in the North American folk world.
Since teaming up as Birds of Chicago in 2012, Allison Russell and JT Nero have developed a fervent following thanks to their dedicated touring schedule. Performing around 200 nights a year with their “near-perfect Americana”, they tap into a world of Americana, Roots and Rock n’ Roll Poetry sure to be a hit with the Cambridge audience this summer.
Amythyst Kiah is described as a ‘Southern Gothic’ alt-country blues singer/songwriter from Tennessee, whose stage presence and powerful vocals echo her eclectic influences spanning decades. Drawing heavily on old time music (Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, Jimmie Rodgers, Ola Belle Reed, Carter Family), inspired by strong R&B and country music vocalists from the ’50s-’70s (Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn) and influenced by contemporary artists with powerful vocal integrity (Adele, Florence and the Machine), Amythyst Kiah is not to be missed.
Beautifully talented First Aid Kit are Friday’s headliner, Saturday’s headliner is the iconic Patti Smith and her band and Sunday night’s headliner is the legendary John Prine who wraps up what is set to be an unforgettable weekend.
Artists announced for this years festival are:
AMYTHYST KIAH, BETH NIELSEN CHAPMAN, BIRDS OF CHICAGO, DAMIEN O’KANE & RON BLOCK, DARLINGSIDE, DARREN EEDENS & THE SLIM PICKINS’, THE EAST POINTERS, ELEPHANT SESSIONS, ELIZA CARTHY & THE WAYWARD BAND, ERIC BIBB, FIRST AID KIT, GORDIE MACKEEMAN AND HIS RHYTHM BOYS, IRISH MYTHEN, JANIS IAN, JOHN MORELAND, JOHN PRINE, JOHN SMITH, KAIA KATER, KATE RUSBY & FRIENDS, MARLON WILLIAMS, NATIONAL YOUTH FOLK ENSEMBLE, PATTI SMITH, PEATBOG FAERIES, PEGGY SEEGER, PIERCE BROTHERS, RHIANNON GIDDENS, ROSANNE CASH, THE SHEE, SONGHOY BLUES, ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES, TAMIKREST, YOLA CARTER
Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the longest running and prestigious folk festivals in the world. Held each year since 1965, the Festival is renowned for its unique atmosphere and eclectic mix of music. It attracts legendary traditional folk artists along with cutting edge contemporary acts, the finest American country, blues and roots artists and acclaimed singer songwriters.
Cambridge Folk Festival is promoted by Cambridge Live. Cambridge Live is a charity set up to act as a catalyst for inspiring cultural experiences that everyone can be part of. Cambridge Live currently reaches over 300,000 people each year who engage in their activities which include: Cambridge Corn Exchange, The Guildhall, Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge City Events, City Roots and e-Luminate Cambridge Festival.
Full Festival ticket: £175.50; Day tickets: £29 (Thu), £62 (Fri), £72.50 (Sat), £72.50(Sun).
Booking: www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk / Cambridge Live Box Office 01223 357851
Camping at Cherry Hinton Hall and Coldham’s Common is available. Glamping at Coldham’s Common is also 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:www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk
Now all we need is for the sun to shine ……….