In February of 2017 the Cambridge Folk Festival will expand throughout the city with a new initiative that will see 'City Roots' bring folk and roots artists to a range of venues in the city. As is usual with Cambridge Folk Festival the artists listed to appear are an eclectic bunch that includes Salif Keita and Transatlantic Sessions featuring Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas and a host of impressive players. More details about 'City Roots' and the artists booked to appear follows:
The headliners of the first ever City Roots festival, an expansion of Cambridge Folk Festival taking place in venues across the city, have just been announced.
Internationally-renowned Malian singer songwriter Salif Keita has been confirmed as the closing headliner for the new event, joining previously announced Transatlantic Sessions as part of a varied line-up of gigs and events at venues across the city.
Salif Keita, known as the Golden Voice of Africa, has carved out a distinctive musical sound, combining West African griot traditions with rock, funk and jazz and will bring the week-long City Roots festival to a triumphant close at Cambridge Corn Exchange.
Transatlantic Sessions, also at the Corn Exchange, brings together musicians from the Celtic and Americana traditions for a unique evening of musical camaraderie. Shetland fiddle legend Aly Bain and dobro star Jerry Douglas again share the musical direction, and are joined by John Paul White, Tift Merritt, Eddi Reader, Dirk Powell and Jim Lauderdale. The house band featuring, among others, John Doyle, Danny Thompson, Michael McGoldrick and John McCusker is stellar enough to be the main attraction at most other folk concerts.
Cambridge Junction will be presenting four gigs as part of City Roots. In J2 will be Jim Moray, the English folk singer known for pushing the boundaries of traditional music, Paolo Angelli and Derek Gripper in a daring double bill of genre-defying solo guitar, and Amy Wadge and Luke Jackson, a pairing of two generations of captivating performers. Meanwhile in J1, Mad Dog McRea will entertain with a unique mix of folk rock, gypsy jazz and bluegrass.
At the Portland Arms, Green Mind Gigs will showcase the home-grown talent of Cambridge-based singer songwriter Steven James Adams, performing with his new band. Other events will be taking place in CB2, Cambridge Guildhalls, Anglia Ruskin University and the Cambridge Union, and the city centre will be taken over by specially commissioned folk and roots buskers, with more details being announced soon.
Cambridge Live aims to create a culture of collaboration within the arts in Cambridge, partnering with venues and supporting artists and groups of all sizes and levels of experience. City Roots is a key part of this collaboration, building on the success and popularity of Cambridge Folk Festival to strengthen the relationship between folk and roots music and the city of Cambridge.