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City Roots: Opening concert with Sona Jobarteh & Muntu Valdo

City Roots: Opening concert with Sona Jobarteh & Muntu Valdo

Feb 22, 7:30pm - Feb 22, 11:00pm

Cambridge Corn Exchange
Wheeler Street
Cambridge,  CB2 3QE Map

The City Roots 2018 opening concert!

The spirit of the world-famous Cambridge Folk Festival will inject the city with winter cheer in February and March, when Cambridge’s second city-wide winter folk and roots festival opens for two weeks of exceptional music and events.

Sona Jobarteh stepped in as a last minute replacement at the 2017 closing concert and stole the hearts of the audience. The stunning Gambian sun-drenched chords of Kora virtuoso Sona Jobarteh will return to open the City Roots Festival at the Corn Exchange on Thur 22 Feb 2018

Support: Muntu Valdo
Muntu Valdo plays what has been dubbed "Sawa blues", so named because he hails from the Sawa community of Cameroon's coastal region.

www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/cornex/events/sona-jobarteh-munto-valdo
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The Den Presents: Ferris & Sylvester, August & After and LOZT

The Den Presents: Ferris & Sylvester, August & After and LOZT

Feb 23, 8:30pm - Feb 23, 10:40pm

The Boathouse
14 Chesterton Road
Cambridge,  CB4 3AX Map

Part of City Roots 2018

After the resounding success of last year’s first ever City Roots Festival, the event is set to return once more. Injecting the city with winter cheer and the spirit of Cambridge Folk Festival this February and March, Cambridge’s second city-wide winter folk and roots festival opens for an extended two weeks of exceptional music and events.

The Folk Festival’s legendary talent spotting stage, The Den has put together two gigs each featuring three acts.

On the bill at The Boathouse on Friday 23 Feb:

Ferris & Sylvester - with clear references in their catchy folk setup to the mid-60s sounds of such musicians as Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel, the duo also sit firmly amongst contemporaries like Laura Marling and Ray Lamontagne.

August & After - an indie-folk trio weave rich three-part harmonies upon classically-inspired layers of instrumentation. Songwriters Ned and Vedantha were inspired by the likes of Bon Iver and Kings of Convenience and after countless nights honing their vocal harmonies and intricate guitar playing, the trio was formed when they came upon Jordan, a classical violist, on London's South Bank.

LOZT - pronounced 'lost', is a soulful Americana duo with a country edge drawn from both sides of the Atlantic. Lauren Scudder (USA) and Tom Ryder (UK) came together to create songs influenced by acapella, soul, folk and pop to tell stories with sharp-witted lyrics and soaring harmonies.
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City Roots: Wilko Johnson - Live Interview

City Roots: Wilko Johnson - Live Interview

Feb 24, 7:00pm - Feb 24, 10:00pm

The Cambridge Union Society Event Venue
9A Bridge Street
Cambridge,  cb2 1 Map

Wilko Johnson will discuss his extraordinary life both on and off the stage in this very special interview.

www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/tickets/events/wilko-johnson-live-interview

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City Roots: Chouk Bwa Libète

City Roots: Chouk Bwa Libète

Feb 24, 8:00pm - Feb 24, 11:00pm

Cambridge Junction
Cambridge Leisure park, Clifton Way
Cambridge,  CB1 7GX Map

Drums, poetry and trance from Haiti's vodou heartlands.

Chouk Bwa Libète are a traditional Haitian Mizik Rasin (‘roots music’) ensemble bringing together the essence of Haitian Vodou without unnecessary frills. Their music rises in waves of percussion, vocals and dance, authentically inspired in the moment and communicating nothing but the unique joy of this shared spontaneity. With deep roots in the religious rites of West African Vodún, their repertoire blends traditional songs with compositions by lead vocalist and poet Jean-Claude 'Sambaton' Dorvil. The celebratory power of their sound has already ignited audiences at major festivals around the world, including Roskilde, WOMAD and Amsterdam Roots.

“Enthralling… Sublime.” -fRoots

This event is part of City Roots - A city-wide festival celebrating Folk and Roots music

www.junction.co.uk/chouk-bwa-libete
www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/folk-festival/city-roots
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City Roots: CC Smugglers Masterclass

City Roots: CC Smugglers Masterclass

Feb 26, 6:00pm - Feb 26, 7:30pm

Millers Music Shop, Cambridge

A masterclass with Folk Festival favourites, CC Smugglers.

Doors: 6pm with the class 6.30-7.30pm

The band from Beds started out as “guerrilla buskers”, hijacking queues waiting to see other artists, or commandeering underground trains and escalators.

They got their big break by playing outside every UK tour date of the two-time Grammy Award-winning Old Crow Medicine Show. Not even a severed artery on his finger could stop frontman Richie Prynne – he delayed surgery to lead the six-piece on the audacious escapade.
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City Roots: Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle

City Roots: Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle

Feb 27, 8:00pm - Feb 27, 11:00pm

Cambridge Junction
Cambridge Leisure park, Clifton Way
Cambridge,  CB1 7GX Map

Folk music’s legendary triumvirate of musical magpies Mike McGoldrick, John Doyle and John McCusker are out on the road again in 2018. As winter turns to spring Mike, John & John will wrap up their stint on Transatlantic Sessions for another year and bring you their own blend of top class folk songs, tunes and charming bonhomie.

With their recently released album, ‘The Wishing Tree’ this will be an evening to remember. Described as the masters of flute, fiddle, song and guitar they have worked with the biggest and brightest and bring you a night of beautifully crafted music. Having shared stages and recording studios with everyone from Bob Dylan to Mark Knopfler to Paul Weller, Joan Baez and Linda Thompson Mike, John & John are a rare musical treat you’ll savour for a very long time.

This event is part of City Roots - A city-wide festival celebrating Folk and Roots music

www.junction.co.uk/mcgoldrick-mccusker-doyle
www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/folk-festival/city-roots
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City Roots: Rich Halls Hoedown

City Roots: Rich Hall's Hoedown

Feb 27, 8:00pm - Feb 27, 11:00pm

Cambridge Corn Exchange
Wheeler Street
Cambridge,  CB2 3QE Map

The much loved comedian brings his Hoedown to Cambridge!

Rich Hall’s Hoedown begins as a withering dissection of Trump’s America, but end up being a celebration of Americana. A mixture of stand-up, improvised ballads and cracking musicianship.

www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/cornex/events/rich-halls-hoedown

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City Roots: Tom Robinson

City Roots: Tom Robinson

Mar 1, 7:30pm - Mar 1, 10:30pm

Cambridge Corn Exchange
Wheeler Street
Cambridge,  CB2 3QE Map

Born in Cambridge in 1950, Tom Robinson first became known in the late 1970s as a musician and LGBT activist with the Tom Robinson Band. The band's best known hits were 2-4-6-8 Motorway, Don’t Take No For An Answer, Glad To Be Gay and Up Against The Wall. The band were also early supporters of Rock Against Racism and Amnesty International, and their debut album Power In The Darkness went gold in the UK and Japan.

As a solo artist Tom had further solo hits in 1983 with War Baby and Atmospherics: Listen To The Radio, and co-wrote songs with Peter Gabriel, Elton John and Dan Hartman. In 2015 he released Only The Now – made with award winning producer Gerry Diver – with many guests including Billy Bragg, John Grant, Martin Carthy and Ian McKellen.

A champion of new and emerging artists via BBC Introducing Tom is also one of the founding team behind BBC Radio 6 where he hosts three shows a week.

www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/folk-festival/city-roots
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City Roots: Megson

City Roots: Megson

Mar 1, 8:00pm - Mar 1, 11:00pm

St Barnabas Church
St Barnabas Church, Mill Road
Cambridge,  CB1 2BD, Map

Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music.

The husband & wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Comprising Debs Hanna (Vocals, Whistle, Piano Accordion) and Stu Hanna (Guitar, Mandola, Banjo) Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. As fRoots Magazine puts it ‘if you don’t like the music here then you have a problem’.

The most original duo on the British folk scene.’
Robin Denslow – The Guardian

‘A force in the folk revival’
Neil Spencer – The Observer
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NMG presents at City Roots

NMG presents at City Roots

Mar 1, 8:00pm - Mar 1, 10:30pm

Part of City Roots 2018

Cambridge’s NMG Awards is a music awards initiative, celebrating the achievements and potential of artists based in East Anglia and plays a key role in developing and encouraging young talent on their initial steps towards a career in music.

A special gig will take place at The Portland Arms on Thu 1 March, featuring: Cavetown, Matt Hammond, Luna Falls and Fred’s House, winners of 2017’s Special Achievement Award – The Syd Barrett Pride of Cambridge Award.
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The Den Presents:Ben Smith,Jimmy Brewer,Ethan Ash & Sarah Munro

The Den Presents:Ben Smith,Jimmy Brewer,Ethan Ash & Sarah Munro

Mar 1, 8:20pm - Mar 1, 10:30pm

Storeys Field Centre, CB3 0DJ Map

Part of City Roots 2018

After the resounding success of last year’s first ever City Roots Festival, the event is set to return once more. Injecting the city with winter cheer and the spirit of Cambridge Folk Festival this February and March, Cambridge’s second city-wide winter folk and roots festival opens for an extended two weeks of exceptional music and events.

The Folk Festival’s legendary talent spotting stage, The Den has put together two gigs each featuring three acts.

At Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington on Thur 1 March:

Ben Smith & Jimmy Brewer - a close harmony singing, guitar playing duo fast gaining a reputation not only as great songwriters but also superb musicians.

Ethan Ash – with his ‘soul-infused folk pop (with a dash of country)’ he’s supported many artists including Ed Sheeran on one of his sell-out UK tours; has written with Grammy award winning songwriter Amy Wadge, and has played many high profile festivals and gigs.

Sarah Munro - a singer-songwriter and guitarist whose music combines elements of folk, jazz and easy-listening with a strong emphasis on lyrics and storytelling.
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City Roots:Darren Eedens&The Slim Pickins + SJ&The Flying Pigs

City Roots:Darren Eedens&The Slim Pickin's + SJ&The Flying Pigs

Mar 2, 8:00pm - Mar 2, 11:00pm

The Portland Arms
Chesterton Road 129
Cambridge,  CB43 Map

Support: SJ & The Flying Pigs

Darren Eeedens plays at City Roots following his huge success at the Cambridge Folk Festival Club Tent in 2017. Whether they’re held spellbound by a poignant ballad or jumping up and down as one to a stomping groove, Darren’s command of an audience is absolute.

'It was fast and furious and no one could keep their feet still' - The Hunts Post

www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/folk-festival/city-roots
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New Routes - Alden, Patterson and Dashwood | LOZT

New Routes - Alden, Patterson and Dashwood | LOZT

Mar 3, 7:00pm - Mar 3, 10:30pm

Cambridge Junction
Cambridge Leisure park, Clifton Way
Cambridge,  CB1 7GX Map

Another installment in the New Routes series, an evening of acoustic, folk and roots artists.

Set out cabaret style with candles on tables, it’s a comfortable and intimate space to listen to the best emerging and established artists from the area.

Early booking advised to avoid disappointment: www.junction.co.uk/new-routes-march

Featuring:

Alden, Patterson and Dashwood

Norwich based folk / Americana trio Alden, Patterson and Dashwood weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully written original songs and melodies. The independently-released debut album ‘Call Me Home’ was written and produced at home in Norwich and is lovingly presented in attractive handmade covers, designed and hand-printed by the band. Their music takes influence from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic with uplifting instrumentals and self-penned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home.

LOZT

LOZT is a Soulful Americana duo hailing from Orange County, California and Cambridge, UK. Lauren Scudder and Tom Ryder come together to draw on folk, acapella and R&B, creating songs with witty lyrics and soaring harmonies.

Plus floor spots.

Part of Cambridge Folk Festival's City Roots
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City Roots: Ward Thomas & Wildwood Kin

City Roots: Ward Thomas & Wildwood Kin

Mar 4, 7:30pm - Mar 4, 10:30pm

Cambridge Corn Exchange
Wheeler Street
Cambridge,  CB2 3QE Map

2017 Folk Festival Favourites return to Cambridge...
Ward Thomas are a British modern country music duo, composed of 23 year old twin sisters Catherine and Lizzy Ward Thomas from Hampshire. The band has been called "Britain's first country stars". Along with The Shires, they are producing modern country music with a British twist in a genre dominated by American singers and bands.

Ward Thomas will be ably supported by the Americana tinged sounds of Wildwood Kin, who were crowned as legendary broadcaster Bob Harris’s Emerging Artist of the year in 2017.

www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/folk-festival/city-roots
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City Roots: Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys

City Roots: Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys

Mar 5, 8:00pm - Mar 5, 11:00pm

Cambridge Junction
Cambridge Leisure park, Clifton Way
Cambridge,  CB1 7GX Map

Sam Kelly is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning Cornwall-based singer, song-writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. As a young child Sam spent many a night enraptured, listening to his Irish grandfather tell folk tales, sing folk songs, and play folk tunes on his melodeon. Having caught the bug, Sam has dedicated his life to rediscovering and renewing the sounds of his gaelic heritage, and creating exciting new music that transcends the boundaries of traditional and popular music.

www.junction.co.uk/sam-kelly-and-the-lost-boys
www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/folk-festival/city-roots
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City Roots: Knight & Spiers

City Roots: Knight & Spiers

Mar 6, 8:00pm - Mar 6, 11:00pm

Cambridge Junction
Cambridge Leisure park, Clifton Way
Cambridge,  CB1 7GX Map

In the summer of 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival had the grand idea of pairing legendary fiddle layer Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span) and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers (ex-Bellowhead) for a special 'one off' concert at that year's festival.

In the event, it ended up being a genuine festival highlight, with no space to be found in the Marquee and people standing five deep in pouring rain. For a few minutes at the close of their performance, with a standing ovation and roars for more, it didn't seem as though the audience was going to let them go. As the MC commented, it was one of those occasions when people could say "I was there". It was also clear that leaving matters there was not an option.

This then is the debut tour of two of the finest musicians in their respective fields.

“Peter is a skilled practitioner who conjures and crafts aural images as well as contrasting soundscapes. His years of experience crossing boundaries and genres mean that his music falls beyond categorisation and narrow thinking” Simon Jones, fRoots

"Elegant, rhythmic and virtuoso playing and easygoing folk club banter …a quiet triumph!” The Guardian

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Beth plays the Cambridge Folk Festival!

Beth plays the Cambridge Folk Festival!

Aug 2, 3:00pm - Aug 3, 5:00am+3Aug 3, 3:00pm - Aug 4, 5:00amAug 4, 3:00pm - Aug 5, 5:00amAug 5, 3:00pm - Aug 6, 5:00am

Cherry Clinton Hall, Cambridge, UK

I’m really pleased to announce that I’m playing the Cambridge Folk Festival in 2018! Dates are 2nd – 5th August and you can get tickets here: www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/folk-festival/tickets see you in August! #CambridgeFolkFestival2018

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