Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Tell us your fantasy Festival line-up!

Hi there,

We've started work on programming for next year's Festival and thought it might be fun to ask for your fantasy Cambridge line up, as well as for more practical suggestions.

So, who do you think, in an ideal world, should play the Festival? Do let us know!

57 comments:

justpassinthru said...

In no particular order :-
Frank Turner
Mumford & Sons
Johnny Flynn
Laura Marling
Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun
Martha Wainwright

Paul said...

Knopfler, Show of Hands, David Gray, Ralph mcTell, Mike Harding

alison said...

Gus Glynn,timeless acoustic bliss!! myspace.com/gusglynn

airshod said...

the falloons

Fi said...

Probably a bit too heavy on female US acoustic, but my line up would be:

John Tams
Karine Polwart
Dougie MacLean
Jez Lowe
Megson
Eliza Gilkyson
Mary Gauthier
Sam Baker
Kris Drever
Eve Selis
The Unthanks
Ukulele Orchestra of GB
Tom Russell
Uncle Earl
Tim O'Brien
Chris Wood
Kathy Mattea
Jeanne Leslie & Siobhan Miller
Michael Marra
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Eddi Reader
Alison Krauss & Union Station
Del McCoury Band
Gaberlunzie
Heidi Talbot
Kate Rusby
Tift Merritt

Now fit that into a schedule that allows me to see them all !!!!!!!!!!!!

shooglit said...

"A Fine Frenzy"
Karine Polwart
Laura Marling Mumford & Sons
Shooglenifty
The Unthanks
Steeleye Span
Eric Bogle

shooglit said...

Oh almost forgot - Wallis Bird.

suffolkfolkie said...

Personally, and I know that this might not be a popular view, I would avoid all the non folk/roots "headliners" like the Zutons and Booker T, and spend the money on up and coming folk/world acts who really want to perform.

eddie said...

Think big. Bob Dylan and Van Morrison.

Then John Prime Iris de Ment and Mary Gauthier

Cherry Hinton Blue said...

1. Half Man Half Biscuit
2. Half Man Half Biscuit
3. Er...
4. ...that's it.

ip368 said...

Half Man Half Biscuit
Duke Special

Albert Cress said...

Half Man Half Biscuit
Mumford and Sons

mr.tubbs said...

Half Man Half Biscuit
Big Guns of Iraq
Evil Gazebo

justpassinthru said...

Did I mention Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun?
(In a parallel universe not that far removed from our own they are already famous;-)

www.myspace.com/jimlockey

pete.1433 said...

Gomez
Leisure Society
Les Barker
John Otway (acoustic)
Angel Brothers
Dhol Foundation
Bluegrass

n.kirwan said...

Half man half biscuit (obviously)
and as a long shot....
the "house band" from Transatlantic Sessions" with a few guest vocalists thrown in

Ellie said...

Kila! =]
They really make any festival ten times better.

Angus & Julia Stone
Crooked Still
Richard Thompson

Maybe..

sarahlovesbobdylan said...

well,ill cheekily ask for mr dylan...but seriously,top of my wish list would be david rawlings and gillian welch.please make it happen

Amethyst Willow said...

Peatbog Faeries
Mauvais Sort
Colid Reid
Rusted Root
Kate Rusby

I know some are regulars but I didn't get to go this year and wasn't able to see many of these bands. I haven't see Colin Reid at the festival since...ohhh a few years back. And Rusted Root are just amazing. Generally speaking though you guys pick well!

Jessica said...

ofcource Bob Dylan would be amazing

and now for the (slightly) more realistic...

Frank Turner
Laura Marling
Jeffery Lewis
Monsters Of Folk
Bright Eyes
Conor Orberst and The Mystic Valley Band
Emmy The Great
Johnny Flynn
Show Of Hands
Rufus Wainwright
Loudon Wainwright III
Sugarland
The Waifs
First Aid Kit
Idlewild

Russell said...

Russ Said ,,, More like,

Spirogyra -
Nanci Griffiths
Barbara Haskins - Dave Stewart
Lisa Hannigan
Scott Matthews
Monsters of Folk
Teddy Thompson
Rennaisance
Cerys Matthews
Martha Wainwright
Laura Marling

Paul said...

Just forgot to mention that it would be nice to have screens outside the main marquee, ah, but thats probably in the land of fantasy as well. Chris Wood would be nice as would Bruce Hornsby

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folkeve said...

my ultamate fantasy has to be Bob Dylan and Joan Baez on stage together, now tell me reading that didn't give you goose pimples

Jodi B said...

I've recently moved to the UK from Canada and am a HUGE fan of the Winnipeg Folk Festival (in my hometown - it's amazing) and am seriously heartbroken that I will miss it this summer. I am looking for something with a similar atmosphere. Some of my favourite artists from the WFF (and others I'd love to see) include:

King Sunny Adé & His African Beats
CR Avery
Bright Eyes
Bellowhead
Apostle of Hustle
Michael Franti
Tegan and Sara
Elvis Costello
Xavier Rudd
Hayes Carll
Iron & Wine
Neko Case
Serena Ryder
Arlo Guthrie

Just to name a few...

http://www.winnipegfolkfestival.ca/wp/about-us/past-performers/#G

Mark French said...

Martha Tilston
Martha Tilston and the Woods
Rizwan-Muazzam Qawwali
Emmylou Harris
Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings
Patty Griffin
Neko Case
Dhol Foundation
Imagined Village
Chris Wood
Mawkin-Causley
Karine Polwart
Laura Marling
The Unthanks

Nathan Hesketh said...

Seasick Steve
Steve Earle
Emmylou Harris
Karine Polwart
Imagined Village
Billy Bragg
Gillian Welch
Alison Krauss

Sarah Jane said...

Old Crow Medicine Show
Avett Brothers
Josh Ritter
Alison Krauss

Eric said...

Hi,

Here the favourite 10 of a Belgian CFF fan:
-Shooglenifty
-Steve Earl
-Monsters of folk
-Alan Stivell
-Mumford & Sons
-Richard Thompson
-Goran Bregovic Orchester
-Follia! (a superb Belgian Folkband)
-Shantalla
- and please....The Low Anthem!

Eric Maes. Turnhout Belgium

wimps said...

Horslips
Great Big Sea
Eddie From Ohio
9Bach
Nancy Elizabeth
The Unthanks

Of course these are artists I want to photograph too....

matthewlord1 said...

I totally agree with the earlier post which says....Personally, and I know that this might not be a popular view, I would avoid all the non folk/roots "headliners" like the Zutons and Booker T, and spend the money on up and coming folk/world acts who really want to perform.

My line up would include:


Peatbog Faeries

Kila

Imagined Village

Edward II (if they are still around)

David Gray

Jim Moray

futhark said...

I have never managed to get to the folk festival when these guys have played so they would be at the top of my list....

The Levellers
Jack Johnson
James Morrison
Sara Watkins
The Fray
Joan Baez
The Chieftains
Marianne Faithful

Denise said...

Martha Wainright
Noah and the whale
Kate Rusby
Seth Lakeman

or thinking big:
Joni Mitchell
Leaonard Cohen

Lee said...

Ooh - what an opportunity!

Well,
Bob Dylan
Wilco & Billy Bragg performing their Woody Guthrie set (Amazing stuff!)
Martha and Louden Wainwright III
Mumford & Sons
Iron & Wine
Bon Iver
Grizzly Bear
Cara Dillon - Yes, i know but she is so good!
Tuung
Rachel Unthank
Show of Hands
Ricky Skaggs
Monsters of Folk
Bright Eyes
Richmond Fontaine
Band of Horses

Good luck!

ian clayton said...

yes, i'd like to see,iris dement, eric bibb, john prine, richard hawley,tinariwen,norma waterson, chumbawamba,the unthanks, taj mahal and no, wait a minute, i've seen all of them at cambridge, so i'll settle for anne briggs, if ever you could persuade her, my mate jess gardham and our eddie wants paolo nutini. thank you.

johnscott01 said...

Tift Merritt
Sugarland
Old Crow Medicine Show
Railroad Earth
Salsa Celtica
Rodney Crowell
Mumford & Sons
Ukulele Orchestra of GB
Elizabeth Cook
Wallis Bird
Amy McDonald
Imelda May
Eliza Carthy
Newton Faulkner
Acoustic Strawbs

Barrie Bluebird said...

Happy New Year!
How about.....
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings
The Unthanks
Kate Rusby
Half Man Half Biscuit
Show Of Hands
John Cooper Clarke
Stephen Adams
The Decemberists
Billy Bragg
Wallis Bird
Phantom Limb

Thank you...........

Tom said...

Liz Carroll
Richard Thompson
Boys of the Lough
Session A9
Tommy Peoples
Cara Dillon
Mike McGoldrick
Planxty :P

wilf said...

mumford and sons
laura marling
billy bragg

Twig said...

Bruce Springsteen
Steve Earle
Billy Bragg
Men They Couldn't Hang
Richard Thompson
Mumford & Sons
Eric Bogle
Frank Turner
Drag The River
Chuck Ragan
Austin Lucas
(anyone from the US Revival Tour)

danners2412 said...

lancashire hotpots
mumford and sons
half man half biscuit
Peatbog Faeries

Diana said...

Farnicle Huggy (Rebecca King, Jon Berger & Jim Oakden), Richard and Teddy Thompson, any/all the Wainwrights, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan & Joan Baez (together), Unthanks and Laura Marling.

Simonwho said...

Hi.
1. Stackridge.
2. Mutter Slater Band.
3. Three Caballeros.
4. Suzanne Vega.
5. Loudon Wainwright.
6. Any / all of Wainwright / Roche clan bar the awful, over-hyped, hysterical Rufus
7. The Leisure Society
8. Keston Cobblers Club
9. Beth Jeans Houghton
10. Be Good Tanyas (if they're on speaking terms)
11. Tunng
12. Acoustic set from Goldfrapp
13. Half Man Half Biscuit
14. Susan Enan
15. Rachael Wright
16. Laura Marling
17. The Imagined Village
18. Thea Gilmore
19. Po' Girl
20. Did I mention Stackridge?

Marzo said...

Yes- Stackridge are a great live band
Also The Leisure Society
Mumford and Sons
Sophie Madeleine

Fatty Fudge said...

Stackridge
Mumford & Sons
Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Imagined Village
Bellowhead
Edward II

ralph23 said...

I'm on the HMHB bandwagon too.
Wilco & BB would be good but there's no way on Earth that's going to happen.
Woodpigeon
The Jayhawks
Josh Ritter
The Decemberists
Noah & The Whale
Frightened Rabbit
Robin Allender
Gavin Clark
Will Oldham
Bon Iver
Emmy The Great

Thinking Big - The Dixie Chicks or Dolly Parton.

As for the person that doesn't want to see any 'non folk/roots' artists headlining - Off to Cropredy with you.Cambridge is about so much more than 'folk'.Some of my favourite performance in recent years have been by Jimmy Cliff, Toumani Diabate, Nick Cave, Divine Comedy (Ooh, you can get them back), Toots & The Maytals etc etc.

theadamfour said...

clive Gregson
Jethro Tull
Eric Bibb
Richard Thompson
Martha Tilston
John Tams With Barry Coope
Tony Benn
Drever, Woomble, Mcclusker

theadamfour said...

clive Gregson
Jethro Tull
Eric Bibb
Richard Thompson
Martha Tilston
John Tams With Barry Coope
Tony Benn
Drever, Woomble, Mcclusker

oh and Peter Gabriel

Peter Groves said...

Stackridge would be great!
Keith Donnelly
Martyn Oram

Bethany said...

Nanci Griffith
Dwight Yoakam
Tift Merrit
Sugarland
Emmylou Harris
Rusted Root
Steve Earle
Alison Krauss
Hayseed Dixie
Iris Dement
Paul Simon
Booker T

Flea said...

Mumford & Sons
Bright Eyes
Keston Cobblers Club
Bellowhead
Noah and the Whale
Bon Iver
Fleet Foxes
Stackridge
Mates of State

hannah.hayward1 said...

Fleetwood Mac

The Eagles

Dwight Yoakam

Crowded House

Bruce Springsteen

Bryan Adams

Sugarland

Nanci Griffith

theadamfour said...

natalie merchant would be great

BethBigbury said...

also
Van Morrison
Fleetwood Mac
Counting Crows

annie.paterson said...

The Pogues
Eli "Paperboy" Reed
Irma Thomas
Dr John
Any or all of the Neville Brothers
Gerry Refferty
Paolo Nutini
The Proclaimers
The Chieftans with Ry Cooder
Van Morrison
The Waterboys
Willie Nelson

This is some of my dream line up. We can all dream can't we?

Owlwings said...

Well, we are now well on the run down to the Golden Cambridge Folk Festival. We need to catch some of the oldies before they peg it (sorry, but that's just the facts). People, for example, who were up and coming in '64 like Paul Simon; people who were already in the limelight then like Joan Baez, Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton (and many, many others!) Sets that would look back over 50 years (or nearly) would be very much loved and appreciated. Then there are all the ones who have gone - those who have contributed so much to folk music and must not be forgotten: tributes to Bert Lloyd, Ewan MaColl, Gavin Henderson ... all those who were iconic in the folk revival of the 60's and 70's (which is where the Cambridge Folk Festival came from).

Nor should the clubs be forgotten. The Cambridge Folk Festival arose directly out of Ken Woolard's association with the Cambridge Folk Club. It simply would not have happened if Ken had not found the 'scene' (as an entrepreneur) and had not become fascinated and entangled with it.

Of course, there are many who are avid Folk Festival followers and remember nothing of this. Ask them who the Clancys are and they will shake their heads. Even the mention of Shirley Collins, Davy Graham the Bonzo Dog Doodah Band and the Strawberry Hill Boys would draw a blank! They might have heard of Fairport Convention and even Tim Hart and Maddy Prior (if their parents had inflicted Bagpuss on them) but they probably would not have a clue where their favourites actually cut their eye teeth and drew their inspiration from!

Folk Music is about 'tradition' and influences. It moves on to accommodate the 'flavour of the month' but it also draws for its strength on honour and respect for the people who went before, however out of fashion they may be.

I would like top see the next four years celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of THE foremost and most celebrated Folk Festival in the world (though perhaps not the biggest). Many of the 'originals' are already gone and, sadly, some will not see the day when they can celebrate 'fifty years on'.

Let us 'catch the moment' while we can and, at the same time, let other, newer, performers give credit where credit is due!

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