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February 2018

City Roots: Wilko Johnson – Live Interview

February 24 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Cambridge Union Society Event Venue, 9A Bridge Street
Cambridge, cb2 1 GB
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Wilko Johnson will discuss his extraordinary life both on and off the stage in this very special interview. https://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/tickets/events/wilko-johnson-live-interview

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City Roots: Chouk Bwa Libète

February 24 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cambridge Junction, Cambridge Leisure park, Clifton Way
Cambridge, CB1 7GX GB
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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…

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City Roots: Rich Hall’s Hoedown

February 27 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street
Cambridge, CB2 3QE GB
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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. https://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/cornex/events/rich-halls-hoedown

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City Roots: Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle

February 27 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cambridge Junction, Cambridge Leisure park, Clifton Way
Cambridge, CB1 7GX GB
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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…

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March 2018

City Roots: Tom Robinson

March 1 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street
Cambridge, CB2 3QE GB
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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…

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City Roots: Megson

March 1 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
St Barnabas Church, St Barnabas Church, Mill Road
Cambridge, CB1 2BD, GB
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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 &…

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City Roots: Darren Eedens & The Slim Pickin’s

March 2 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
The Portland Arms, Chesterton Road 129
Cambridge, CB43 GB
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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 https://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/folk-festival/city-roots

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City Roots: Ward Thomas & Wildwood Kin

March 4 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street
Cambridge, CB2 3QE GB
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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…

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City Roots: Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys

March 5 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cambridge Junction, Cambridge Leisure park, Clifton Way
Cambridge, CB1 7GX GB
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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. https://www.junction.co.uk/sam-kelly-and-the-lost-boys https://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/folk-festival/city-roots

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City Roots: Knight & Spiers

March 6 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cambridge Junction, Cambridge Leisure park, Clifton Way
Cambridge, CB1 7GX GB
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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…

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