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Nick Mulvey announces his Cambridge Folk Festival line up


By Alex Spencer


The guest curator of the Cambridge Folk Festival, singer Nick Mulvey, has announced his chosen acts for the weekend.

Nick Mulvey, photo by Jenna Foxton, sourced by Chuff Media. (10887135)
Nick Mulvey, photo by Jenna Foxton, sourced by Chuff Media. (10887135)

Making their debut at the festival will be Imarhan, an Algerian rock quartet; Chartwell Dutiro, a singer-songwriter from Zimbabwe; and Fofoulah, who have roots in West African sabra drumming fused with a mix of hip-hop, pop, jazz, electro and dub.

Imarhan (10887018)
Imarhan (10887018)

The rest of the acts announced are returning to the festival, including Bristol-based English Rachael Dadd, Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita.

Nick was asked to take over the role from last year’s guest curator, Rhiannon Giddens. He said: “I haven’t approached this in a conceptual way, with an overarching idea, I have just booked acts and artists I love. I have known about the festival my whole life, having grown up in Cambridge, but the first time I’d actually been along was 2012 when I really was in the beginning of my solo career a musician. It was 2012

Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita (10887008)
Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita (10887008)

Nick was asked to take over the role from last year’s guest curator, Rhiannon Giddens. He said: “I haven’t approached this in a conceptual way, with an overarching idea, I have just booked acts and artists I love. I have known about the festival my whole life, having grown up in Cambridge, but the first time I’d actually been along was 2012 when I really was in the beginning of my solo career a musician. It was 2012 when I played The Den, and would have been one of those times when I was given a platform to play my songs, in the early days before I had a record deal and things had started going, so I could start building my audience on the festival circuit.”

As part of a long-standing commitment to nurture new talent, Cambridge Folk Festival features up-and-coming Showcase Artists in the Club Tent. Every year, one of these outstanding talents is picked to return the following year for a slot on Stage 2. This year’s showcase artists are Maz O’Connor, Lieutenant Leek, Bryony Griffith, PicaPica and Becky Langan. Chosen from last year’s line-up to return is AK Patterson on Stage 2.

Rachael Dadd (10887023)
Rachael Dadd (10887023)

Also added to the main bill this week is the Devonian folk group Mad Dog Mcrea who blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ass-shakin’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking and love, to traditional tunes about gypsies, fairies, legless

Chartwell Dutiro (10887011)
Chartwell Dutiro (10887011)

Also added to the main bill this week is the Devonian folk group Mad Dog Mcrea who blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ass-shakin’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking and love, to traditional tunes about gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog Mcrea never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs.

The festival takes place on August 1-4. For tickets, visit cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk. Cambridge Live Box Office 01223 357851

New Names Added

Imarhan

Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita

Rachael Dadd

Chartwell Dutiro

Fofoulah

Mad Dog Mcrea

Maz O’Connor

Lieutenant Leek

Bryony Griffith

PicaPica

Becky Langan

AK Patterson

Already Announced

Lucinda Williams

José González

Nick Mulvey

Richard Thompson

Ralph McTell

Tunng

Fisherman’s Friends

Lisa O’Neill

Lil’ Jimmy Reed & the A Team

Talisk

Nancy Kerr, James Fagan & Friends

Sam Sweeney

Rura

Jarrod Dickenson

Karine Polwart

Calexico and Iron & Wine

Amadou & Mariam and Blind Boys of Alabama

Graham Nash

The Unthanks

Gruff Rhys

Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening

The Rails

McGoldrick, McCusker and Doyle

Siobhan Miller

Holy Moly & the Crackers

The Tweed Project

Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra

Sarah Darling

Daoiri Farrell’s All-Star Celtic Session feat. Michael McGoldrick, Donal Lunny, Niamh Dunne, Sean Og Graham, Donald Shaw and Robbie Walsh

Roo Panes

Jack Broadbent

The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican

Ryan Young and Jenn Butterworth

Katie Doherty & the Navigators

Kerri Watt

Amy Montgomery

Lucy Ward

SING4SANE

The Sisters of Elva Hill



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