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The Legendary Judy Collins Joins Cambridge Folk Festival Line-up as More Names are Revealed

Mar 16, 2023

Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the longest running and most prestigious folk festivals in the world. Established by Cambridge City Council and 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 Americana, blues and roots artists, world music and acclaimed singer songwriters.

They have just announced more incredible artists for this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival, including folk icon, US singer-songwriter Judy Collins in a very special performance with the Unity String Quartet, celebrating her landmark 1967 album Wildflowers.

Judy Collins
And the Unity String Quartet celebrating ‘Wildflowers’

 Akram Abdulfattah – Baskery – Clare Sands – Ferris & Sylvester

Flyte – Gentleman’s Dub Club – Gnoss – Hollie Cook

Julian Taylor – Maya Delilah – St. Lundi

During a career spanning more than six decades and 55 albums, Judy Collins has graced stages worldwide, released definitive interpretations of folk standards, and enjoyed global hits with Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in The Clowns” and Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now”. She has influenced fellow artists across the generations including Joan Baez, Dolly Parton and Rufus Wainwright, who have all recorded versions of her songs, and brought Leonard Cohen’s music to a wider audience. Her many awards include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the UK Americana Association earlier this year.

Adding to 2023’s rich and diverse programme are: young Palestinian-American violin master who combines jazz with middle eastern and Indian music, Akram Abdulfattah.

Trio of Swedish sisters, Baskery, rooted in traditional Americana but with a startling ability to turn the music on its head, fusing the directness of punk with the subtlety of singer-songwriting.

Channeling the music of her Irish ancestors, 6th generation fiddler & bilingual singer Clare Sands weaves traditional roots with contemporary sounds to produce electrifying live performances.

Songwriting duo Ferris & Sylvester, whose distinct combination of Americana, Blues and Rock’n’Roll has been called “Alt. Simon & Garfunkel” by The Guardian.

London-based Flyte comprising Will Taylor (vocals, guitar) and Nick Hill (bass, vocals) whose literary, confessional songs have drawn acclaim from critics and fans alike.

One of the most respected names in dub music Gentleman’s Dub Club, consistently selling out shows across the UK and Europe since their formation in 2006.

Scottish quartet Gnoss, renowned for their forward-thinking take on traditional music, centred on a rich tapestry of acoustic layers and uniquely warm live shows.

British singer-songwriter and keyboardist Hollie Cook, with a lush, harmony, reggae sound which has seen her called “the queen of modern-day lovers rock”.

Toronto-based singer-songwriter Julian Taylor, a musical chameleon who has thrilled audiences for over 25 years with a blend of folk, rhythm and blues, soulful Americana and country.

Soul-pop singer-songwriter Maya Delilah, a BRIT school graduate who learned to play guitar from an early age and is passionate about inspiring young girls to follow in her path.

From Hayling Island, St. Lundi’s songs about love, family and life experiences quickly struck a chord with fans and prompted Record of the Day to compare his music to Coldplay and Ben Howard.

Alongside 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.

These new names join those previously announced. Previously announced names here:

The Proclaimers – Rufus Wainwright – Imelda May
Arrested Development – 
Angélique Kidjo – Kiefer Sutherland – Lady Blackbird
Kate Rusby – Fisherman’s Friends – The Sharon Shannon Trio – Stornoway
Ibibio Sound Machine – Elephant Sessions – Eliza Carthy & The Restitution
James Yorkston & Nina Persson – Niteworks – Breabach – Oi Va Voi

Grace Petrie – Daoirí Farrell Trio – The Longest Johns – Siobhan Miller Band

William Prince – The Ayoub Sisters – Blue Rose Code

Catrin Finch and Cimarrón – The Chair – Le Vent du Nord – Symbio
Angeline Morrison – Jinda Biant

Taking place from July 27-30 in the beautiful grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall, tickets are now on sale at: https://www.cambridgelive.org.uk/folk-festival/tickets

Ticket information:

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

Day tickets on sale  March 16th

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

Purchase from: https://www.cambridgelive.org.uk/folk-festival/tickets

For all other information please visit https://www.cambridgelive.org.uk/folk-festival

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