First names announced for 2022 Cambridge Folk Festival
The first names set to perform at the 2022 Cambridge Folk Festival have been announced.
Returning to headline the festival - back after a two-year hiatus - is international chart-topper Passenger, who progressed from his 2011 debut on emerging talent stage The Den to headlining Stage One 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 is Seasick Steve, who became an overnight success in his sixties for his unique take on blues, roots and country music, while making a second appearance at the event is St Paul and the Broken Bones, an American eight-piece soul band from Birmingham, Alabama, whose joyous sound is set to take Cambridge by storm.
Multi-award-winning Clannad who, in an exceptional 50-year career have taken Irish music and language to a worldwide audience, make a much-anticipated return to play the festival’s first ever Folk Legends slot during their farewell tour.
One of the finest and most prolific singer-songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega celebrates her catalogue of hits with her current live album, 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.
Also playing in 2022 is highly rated alternative folk band This Is The Kit, aka Kate Stables and her band (Rozi Plain, Jamie Whitby-Coles, Neil Smith), and leading forces in British folk, Show of Hands. There will be a welcome return for festival favourites Spiers and Boden, who are back with a brand new album.
South America’s hugely popular Chico Trujillo, purveyors of a barnstorming mixture of nueva cumbia chilena (new Chilean rock) and hints of rock, punk and ska, will be appearing, as will rising blues prodigy, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram from Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Essex-born folk songwriter, well-known for his honest and self-depreciating writing, Beans on Toast is something of a cult hero for singing simple songs that tackle big issues, while rising star of the contemporary roots music scene, Katherine Priddy - whose 2021 album The Eternal Rocks Beneath topped the UK Folk Chart - should be a hit with the crowd.
To see the full line-up, go to cambridgelive.org.uk/folk-festival/line-up. Cllr Anna Smith, leader of the council and executive councillor for communities, said: “After a two-year break, I'm so excited to see the Cambridge Folk Festival return to Cherry Hinton Hall. For many, including me, the festival is a highlight of the summer. I'll be booking my ticket straight away.”
The festival takes place from July 28 to 31, 2022. A full festival ticket is priced at £187. Tickets for the Thursday are £31 and £78.28 per day for the Friday, the Saturday and the Sunday. To purchase tickets, visit cambridgelive.org.uk/folk-festival/tickets.