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16th March 2017

Olivia Newton John added to Cambridge Folk Festival

Line up announcement also includes Shirley Collins, Admiral Fallow and many more

The latest names have been announced for Cambridge Folk Festival 2017, including legendary folk singer a Shirley Collins, who recently returned to recording and performing after 38 years, a Festival exclusive from Indigo Girls, whose career spans almost four decades and chart-topping, English country twin-sister duo Ward Thomas, all part of a completely female line-up on Main Stages 1 and 2 on the Friday. 

International superstar and multiple Grammy Award-winner Olivia Newton-John, originally from Cambridge, Grammy nominee Beth Nielsen Chapman and SOCAN Award-winner Amy Sky bring their unique collaboration ‘Liv On’ exclusively to the Festival on Saturday evening. US singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III will also bring a Festival performance on the Sunday.  

Olivia Newton John
Olivia Newton John

The line-up sees a welcome return for Festival favourites plus debuts and will feature Sharon Shannon, Cara Dillon, Fay Hield and The Hurricane Party, Admiral Fallow, Coven, featuring three of folk’s most formidable female acts O’Hooley & Tidow, Lady Maisery and Grace Petrie, Skerryvore, CC Smugglers, Ewan McGregor Blue Rose Code, Wildwood Kin, Jamie Smith’s Mabon, Fara, Beoga and William The Conqueror. 

Adding to the bill bringing together the best in folk and roots music are: The Furrow Collective, featuring Rachel Newton, Lucy Farrell, Emily Portman and Alasdair Roberts, Rachel Newton, Niteworks, Belshazzar’s Feast, The Rheingans Sisters, Orphan Colours, Amythyst Kiah, Talisk, The Eskies, Brian McNeill, She Drew The Gun, Worry Dolls, Mawkin, Roxanne De Bastion, Amelia Coburn, She Shanties, The Urban Folk Theory Ceilidh, Chris T.T. Sings A.A. Milne and Alluri. 

This year’s Club Tent Showcases, awarded to artists the Festival sees as stars of the future go to Liverpudlian singer-songwriter Robert Vincent, contemporary Scottish folk band Tannara, Australian singer-songwriter Juanita Stein and Canadian troubadour Michael Bernard Fitzgerald.  

These new names join previously announced Jake Bugg, headlining Sunday night with an acoustic set, Oysterband (Sunday), Lau, featuring Kris Drever, Martin Green and Aidan O’Rourke (Saturday) and Hayseed Dixie (Sunday).  

Guest Curator Jon Boden will perform over the Festival weekend with The Remnant Kings to preview his autumn 2017 album as well as guest curating elements of the line-up. 

Tickets are now on sale:  Full Festival ticket: £167 Day tickets: £27.50 (Thu), £59.50 (Fri), £70 (Sun). Saturday Day Tickets Sold Out. 
Camping at Cherry Hinton Hall and Coldham’s Common is available. Concession tickets (disabled access and carer, Under 21, Cambridge City Resident) are available. See the Festival Website for the full range of tickets 

Cambridge Folk Festival will take place from the 27th to the 30th July 2017 at Cherry Hinton Hall.

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