Cambridge Folk Festival has revealed the first 15 names for 2019’s line-up. The long-running event returns to Cherry Hinton Hall from August 1-4.
Ralph McTell and Lucinda Williams are the first pair of headliners to be announced, with two further acts at the top of the bill yet to be confirmed for Friday and Sunday. McTell is returning to the festival after 15 years.
Williams, a multi Grammy Award winner, will perform on the main stage on Saturday. Chrysalis recently secured the rights to the Louisiana folk, country and blues artist’s classic 1992 album, Sweet Old World.
Swedish-Argentinian singer songwriter Jose Gonzalez has also been confirmed for the 2019 festival. Local boy Nick Mulvey is this year’s guest curator, following Rhiannon Giddens’ stint in the role in 2018.
Richard Thompson is returning to the festival as a solo acoustic performer. Other artists for 2019 include Irish singer-songwriter Lisa O’Neill, Fisherman’s Friends, experimental band Tunng and Scottish singer-songwriter Karine Polwart, the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Folk Singer of the Year winner. Fellow Scottish acts Talisk and Rura are also on the bill.
US artists Jarrod Dickenson and Lil’ Jimmy Reed will be heading to Cambridge next year, alongside international folk circuit veterans Nancy Kerr, James Fagan & Friends. Sam Sweeney, a former member of folk favourites Bellowhead, will also make an appearance.
BBC Radio 2 aired live music from this year’s edition of the Cambridge Folk Festival.