Preview: Cambridge Folk Festival 2015 – Top Picks

Lisa Ward

The Main Stages:

Peggy Seeger – Singer-songwriter and activist, Seeger promises to offer catchy songs with important messages

Stornoway – with their 3rd album recently released Stornoway offer a modern twist on folk with contemporary harmonies and heartfelt lyrics

Joan Armatrading – with a  40 year recording history spanning a variety of genres, expect classic such as Love and Affection and bluesy numbers alike

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker – winner of the Best Folk Duo category at this year’s folk awards they combine expressive guitar harmonies with nuanced vocals in equal measures

The Unthanks – fresh from their Glastonbury Pyramid Stage slot the band celebrate their 10th Anniversary marking a career built on the exploration of genres

The Den:

Flo Morrissey – at a mere 20 years old, Flo combines a voice filled with wisdom with a youthful vibe. Feeling a bit like a modern day Kate Bush this may well be a ‘I saw her first’ moment

Dan Walsh – clawhammer banjo numbers with an up-tempo vibe, Dan brings an air of country to The Den

Hattie Briggs – 2014 Young Folk Award nominee Hattie brings a more contemporary sound to the folk genre

Callaghan – fusing pop with Americana Callaghan returns to home soil for a few rare performance before returning to travel around the states where she’s been met with massive acclaim

Ward Thomas – twin sisters Catherine and Lizzie’s debut album From Where We Stand won the UK Album Of The Year category at the British Country Music Awards and the pair are fast making a name as UK Country Stars

Club Tent Showcases:

Ange Hardy – Nominated for the Horizon Award at the Folk Awards in 2015 and winner of FATEA magazines album of the year (2014) and female vocalist of the year (2013), Ange’s Club Tent slot is almost certain to be packed to the rafters

Kim Churchill – Australian born songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kim delivers a mix of folk, rock, and blues to dazzling effect