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Cambridge Folk Festival

The Cambridge Folk Festival is an annual music festival held on the site of Cherry Hinton Hall in Cherry Hinton, one of the villages subsumed by the city of Cambridge, England. The festival is renowned for its eclectic mix of music and a wide definition of what might be considered folk. It occurs over a long weekend (3½ days) in summer at Cherry Hinton Hall. Until 2008 it was sponsored by BBC Radio 2, who broadcast it live and highlights were recorded and shown later and occasionally live on digital television channel BBC Four from 2002-2009 and from 2010-2012 on Sky Arts.


  • History 1
  • Current structure 2
  • Artists 3
  • Notes 4
  • External links 5


In autumn 1964 Van Morrison and Sinead O'Connor.[2] It is now run by Cambridge City Council Arts & Recreation's Eddie Barcan, together with over two hundred event staff.[1]

Current structure

Most artists perform more than once over the weekend on the different stages: Stage 1, within a large marquee in front of the main Festival arena, the Stage 2, a smaller marquee, a Floor Singers stage at the Coldham's Common camp site and the Club Tent, hosted on the Festival’s behalf by five local folk clubs. There, in addition to invited artists, members of the audience including some well known names get up and perform. There is a small tent called The Hub targeted where young people can practise together or attend workshop sessions.[3]


As well as the more obvious folk singers, recent festivals have seen performances from Chumbawamba, Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros and The Levellers. 2006's line up included Emmylou Harris, Cara Dillon and Seth Lakeman. In 2007 a double album was released "Cool As Folk: Cambridge Folk Festival", with live recordings by Altan, Kate Rusby, Beth Orton, Martin Simpson, Eliza Carthy, Joan Baez and many others. Artists such as Frank Turner, Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Idlewild, Jake Bugg have also all played at Cambridge in recent years. In celebration of the 50th festival Delphonic Music released a digital audio album featuring tracks from 50 different artists, including Joan Baez, The Proclaimers, Fairport Convention and Loudon Wainwright III.[4]


  1. ^ a b c History, Cambridge Folk Festival official site. Accessed 24 March 2009.
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External links

  • Official website
  • History of Cambridge Folk Festival
  • 2010 Cambridge Folk Festival on Sky Arts
  • BBC Radio 2's coverage of 2009 Cambridge Folk Festival
  • The Line Of Best Fit In-depth coverage from the 2007 festival.
  • In depth coverage of past and current festivals, Fatea Records

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