Cambridge Folk Festival

Festival guide

Following 2014’s 50th anniversary celebrations, the Cambridge Folk Festival is set to return on 30th July for another four days of fantastic live music. This year's event boasts another eclectic line-up, encompassing everything from klezmer and ceilidhs, to bluesgrass and ska. See our pick of the bill below, and listen to interviews and performances live from the festival. For further line-up information head to the official Cambridge Folk Festival website.

Top picks

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    Passenger

    Though probably still best known for his breakthrough hit ‘Let Her Go’, Michael Rosenberg’s released two studio albums since 2012’s platinum-selling All The Little Lights. Following last year’s follow-up, Whispers, the Brighton-based singer-songwriter has just shared Whispers II, the proceeds of which he’s donating directly to UNICEF. Live, you can expect his intimate folk-pop to be turned up a notch or two, as he despatches a set that’s sure to be one of the festival's highlights.

    Passenger - Whispers II
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    The Unthanks

    Mixing traditional English folk songs with original compositions informed by prog-rock and jazz, The Unthanks possess a more fluid approach to genre than many of their peers. Indeed, latest LP Mount The Air is probably the trio’s most diverse to date, and it’s also their most acclaimed. Hear selected highlights during their set on Saturday, and get set to swoon along to Rachel and Becky’s delicate vocal harmonies, which are delivered in a beautiful Northumbrian burr.

    The Unthanks - Mount the Air
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    Frank Turner

    Formerly the frontman of post-hardcore outfit Million Dead, Frank Turner has retained much of that indignant energy in his solo work. Pitched somewhere between punk and folk-rock, his five studio albums to date have won him a devoted fan base, plus support slots with bands as diverse as The Offspring, Dropkick Murphys and Modest Mouse. Get a sneak preview of material from his forthcoming sixth album, Positive Songs for Negative People, during his set on Friday.

Listen to live highlights

Big names

Joan Baez - 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of Joan Baez
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Wilko Johnson - The Best of Wilko Johnson
The Proclaimers - Sunshine On Leith (2011 Remastered Version)
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Don't miss

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker - Nothing Can Bring Back The Hour
Peggy Seeger - Everything Changes
The Skatalites - Walk With Me