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New names announced for this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival

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Further details of the line-up for the Cambridge Folk Festival 2020 have been revealed in what promises to be an exciting weekend of music.

Singer-songwriter Patty Griffin. Picture: Michael Wilson
Singer-songwriter Patty Griffin. Picture: Michael Wilson

One of the most consequential singer-songwriters in the modern folk and Americana genre, Texas-based Patty Griffin makes only her second appearance at the Festival, following her Best Folk Album Grammy Award for her current self-titled album.

Also joining the bill will be multi-award-winning folk singer Seth Lakeman, appearing with his full festival band. His recent work, A Pilgrim’s Tale, marks the 400th anniversary of The Mayflower ship setting sail for the Americas.

One of the world’s foremost Gaelic singers and Scotland’s inaugural ‘Tosgaire na Gàidhlig’ (National Gaelic Ambassador), Julie Fowlis has enchanted audiences on her solo albums, high profile collaborations and her film and TV work, while also appearing will be

South America’s hugely popular Chico Trujillo, aka ‘The Latin Gogol Bordello’, who offers a barnstorming mixture of nueva cumbia chilena (new Chilean cumbia) and hints of rock, punk and ska.

Americana chart toppers The Delines from Portland Oregon, whose second album The Imperial was released to rave reviews and sold-out tour dates in 2019, while from the Highlands of Scotland, award-winning Elephant Sessions - who exploded onto the indie folk scene, transcending boundaries worldwide - should generate some real excitement.

Also appearing will be Sam Lee, a highly inventive and original singer, folk song interpreter, rising blues prodigy, Christone ‘Kingfish’ Ingram from Clarksdale, Mississippi with a sound that encompasses BB King, Jimi Hendrix and Prince, and Davina & the Vagabonds, whose shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger and tender gospel passages.

Artists already announced include Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Passenger, Seasick Steve, Suzanne Vega, Show of Hands, Lankum, Martha Wainwright and Fatoumata Diawara.

The Cambridge Folk Festival takes place from July 30 to August 2 in the picturesque grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge. Early booking is advisable.

Purchase tickets from cambridgelive.org.uk/folk-festival/tickets.

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