Cambridge Folk Festival has announced American singer-songwriter Rhiannon Giddens as its guest curator for 2018. Giddens is best known as the founding member and lead singer of the Grammy-winning country and blues band Carolina Chocolate Drops.
Speaking about her appointment, Giddens said: “I am honoured to be the next guest curator for Cambridge Folk Festival following on from the amazing Jon Boden who has done a wonderful job this year. Having played the Festival before I know how special Cambridge is and I am really excited to be contributing to the line-up next year as well as performing.”
Cambridge Live managing director, Steve Bagnall added: “‘In the same year as the Festival’s historic twinning with America’s legendary Newport Festival, we are truly delighted that such an exciting talent as Rhiannon has accepted the role of guest curator for 2018. It has been a huge success in the hands of Jon Boden and fascinating to see the artists he has chosen to programme. We continue to find innovative new ways of developing the potential of the Festival through initiatives like our 1965 Club, the artist guest curator role and placing diversity, emerging talent and young artists at the heart of what we do.”