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The Cambridge Folk Festival - A Showcase Of Fantastic Talent



For over 40 years the Cambridge folk festival has hosted some of the most incredible artists in folk music, and this year we were joined by the likes of Joan Beaz, Frank Turner, Passenger and many more big names. The festival has a variety of attractions, stalls and stages, such as the “peoples front room” where anyone can sign up and show case their talent and The Den; for up and coming acts said to be where passenger made his debut at the festival before going to number one with his hit single “Let Her Go”.


Wilko Johnson was among the many that drew a huge crowed to the main stage, playing a highly energised set that got the crowd going for Frank Turner who played unaccompanied for the most part of his set and even embellished a traditional folk song in honour of the festival.


The Den, a popular mini tent stage, show cases up and coming artists where we discovered “The Half Earth”, a solo project by sheffield based Conor Stephenson who's music can be related too the likes of London Grammar and Daughter. Showcasing his beautiful vocal talent and blend of electronic sounds, to give a ethereal atmosphere we expect to be seeing him back at the festival on some of the bigger stages in years to come.


The John Butler Trio was another favourite with the crowed on the Saturday night, leaving everyone wanting more and completely breath taken with the performance of “Ocean” which has been described as one of his best instrumental pieces.


On the Sunday night Passenger took to the main stage and captured the hearts of everybody with his humour and stage presence, telling us stories about his time busking in cities and meeting the people that have inspired some of his songs.


Besides being small there were many attractions, from drawing classes to music workshops with a great selection of stalls selling usual festival type things, with a large variety of food from all over the world, and plenty of choice for vegans. It goes to show that you don't anyways need to go to the biggest festivals to enjoy great music and atmosphere. This beautiful festival has many hidden treasures and for the people of Cambridge it’s right on their door step.


To find out more about the Cambridge Folk Festival click here.


Words & pictures by Freya Hilton


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