That’s all folk – Cambridge to host City Roots Festival

Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys

Folk music fans are in for a treat next week when stars from across the globe descend on Cambridge for the City Roots Festival. iSing reports on this fortnight-long celebration of folk and roots music.

Cambridge is continuing its long tradition as a mecca for folk music lovers with the City Roots Festival, which features an eclectic and exciting line-up of international performers.

Ten venues across the university city will open their doors over two weeks for a series of gigs, talks and workshops curated by the team behind the world famous Cambridge Folk Festival.

City Roots opens on 22 February with Cameroon blues and jazz artist Muntu Valdo and Gambian Kora virtuoso Sona Jobarteh performing at the Corn Exchange.

Other top acts on the bill include the award-winning duo Ward Thomas; Americana trio Wildwood Kin; and music veteran and BBC Radio 6 presenter Tom Robinson with his 2-4-6-8 Motorway 4th Anniversary show.

The programme also features Haitian drummer, poet and singer Chouk Bwa Li; BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winners Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys and BBC 2 Radio 2 Folk Award nominees Megson.

There’s also a special event for those who don’t just want to listen to folk music but make it themselves. Creative Roots, a professional development day, will be held at The Portland Arms. Music industry professionals will hold workshops, talks and sessions, offering gems of advice and a wealth of experience.


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