The Cambridge Folk Festival

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20120801

Mike Harding presents musical highlights and interviews from the Cambridge Folk Festival.

20120801

Mike Harding presents two hours of musical highlights and backstage interviews from the 2012 Cambridge Folk Festival.

This year's coverage will include backstage interviews with popular Scottish duo The Proclaimers, singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading, folk rock legend Roy Harper and Billy Bragg, who is celebrating Woody Guthrie's centenary with a set dedicated to the folk icon.

Other live performances will come from headline act Clannad, multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winners June Tabor & Oysterband, Texan folkabilly star Nanci Griffith, Irish favourites Four Men and a Dog, and Dublin songwriter James Vincent McMorrow.

Mike will also catch up with the influential English folk guitarist and singer Nic Jones, who spent many years off the scene after an accident made it impossible for him to perform. Nic is playing a handful of festivals this year, of which Cambridge is one.

Over more than 40 years, Cambridge has earned its place as one of Europe's major folk festivals, hosting the world's biggest and best names from celtic, country, roots, reggae, zydeco, rock music and beyond.

The festival, run by Cambridge City Council in the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall, places great importance on being family- friendly and its inclusive atmosphere and array of events have helped it to sell out year after year.

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Mike Harding and Mark Radcliffe present three hours of musical highlights and exclusive backstage interviews from the 2011 Cambridge Folk Festival.

Richard Thompson, Laura Marling, Kate Rusby, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Raul Malo will be amongst those talking to Mike and Mark, and there will be live performances from them and many more artists appearing at the festival over the weekend (28-31 July).

Robert Cray, Rumer, Newton Faulkner, Pentangle, live favourites Bellowhead and BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer Of The Year Chris Wood are also on the bill.

Richard Thompson has been responsible for some of the most memorable sets in the festival's history and he returns to Cambridge this year.

Thompson, a founder member of folk-rock legends Fairport Convention, has been ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time.

His many and varied contributions to British music - both as a musician and as a songwriter - earned him an OBE earlier this year.

Hampshire singer-songwriter Laura Marling was named Best Female Artist at the 2011 Brit Awards, and both of her two albums have received Mercury Prize nominations.

She made her Cambridge Folk Festival debut on Stage 2 in 2008; just three years later, she headlines the event.

Five-time Grammy Award-winning country star Mary Chapin Carpenter released her twelth studio album, The Age of Miracles, in 2011.

Over more than 25 years, the New Jersey born singer-songwriter has sold more than 13 million records.

South Yorkshire singer Kate Rusby has been one of the brightest lights in English folk music for nearly fifteen years.

Steeped in the tradition but with a gift for making the old songs sound fresh and contemporary, her albums have earned her a Mercury Prize nomination and a legion of loyal fans.

Raul Malo is best known as the former lead singer of Miami country band The Mavericks, whose 1998 radio hit Dance the Night Away is well-known to UK audiences.

He plays Stage 1 on the Saturday.

Over more than 40 years the Cambridge Folk Festival has earned its place as one of Europe's major folk festivals, hosting the world's biggest and best names from celtic, country, roots, reggae, zydeco, rock music and beyond.

The festival, run by Cambridge City Council in the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall, places great importance on being family friendly and its inclusive atmosphere and array of events have helped it to sell out year after year.

Three hours of musical highlights and interviews from the 2011 Cambridge Folk Festival.

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Mark Radcliffe completes Radio 2's weekend of coverage from the prestigious summer festival, with two more hours of live music, highlights and backstage interviews.

Broadcasting live from the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall, Mark will introduce performances from some of folk and roots music's biggest and best-loved acts, including The Waterboys, Bellowhead, Steeleye Span, Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick, The Staves and LAPD (Liam O'Flynn, Andy Irvine, Paddy Glackin and Donal Lunny). Mark will also shine a light on some of the lesser-known artists performing at the 49th Cambridge Folk Festival.

The festival was founded by Cambridge City Council in 1964 and it's very first bill featured a relatively unknown Paul Simon. Since then the event has become widely celebrated for its relaxed atmosphere and diverse, high quality acts.

Radio 2 has been broadcasting live music and highlights from Cambridge for many years. This year's coverage includes a three-hour programme hosted by Dermot O'Leary on Saturday 27 July and this two-hour special presented by Radio 2's Folk Show host, Mark Radcliffe.

The headline acts in 2013 are The Mavericks, The Waterboys and Bellowhead. Mighty, many-headed folk phenomenon Bellowhead were formed nearly 10 years ago by acclaimed duo Spiers & Boden. Following in the footsteps of acts like Brass Monkey, Bellowhead combined folk music with a bombastic brass section, inspired arrangements and a theatrical live show that makes the most of the drama inherent in traditional songs.

The Waterboys were formed in by Mike Scott in 1983, and despite working in a number of musical fields, have consistently had a celtic vein running through their enduring brand of acoustic rock. During the 1980s and 90s they released a number of top-ten singles and albums including The Whole of The Moon and Fisherman's Blues. They split in 1993 but reformed in 2000, and their latest album, An Appointment With Mr Yeats, focuses successfully on arranging the poetry of WB Yeats.

Cambridge Folk Festival 201520150801

Mark Radcliffe presents live music and interviews from Europe's top folk festival.

Cambridge Folk Festival, now in it's 51st year, attracts a wide range of top quality acts from around the world. This year, Mark's guests will include The Proclaimers and Olivia Chaney, and live music comes from Nick Mulvey, Altan and more.

Cambridge Folk Festival 201520150801

Mark Radcliffe presents live music and interviews from Europe's top folk festival.

Cambridge Folk Festival, now in it's 51st year, attracts a wide range of top quality acts from around the world. This year, Mark's guests will include The Proclaimers and Olivia Chaney, and live music comes from Nick Mulvey, Altan and more.

Cambridge Folk Festival 201520150801

Mark Radcliffe presents live music and interviews from Europe's top folk festival.

Cambridge Folk Festival, now in it's 51st year, attracts a wide range of top quality acts from around the world. This year, Mark's guests will include Joan Baez, and performances will come from artists including The Proclaimers, Frank Turner, Altan and Olivia Chaney.

Cambridge Folk Festival 201520150801

with Mark Radcliffe live from Cherry Hinton Hall20140802

With Mark Radcliffe Live From Cherry Hinton Hall20140802

Mark Radcliffe presents three hours of live music and chat from the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall in Cambridge, where one of Europe's top folk and roots festivals is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

This year's line-up features Sinead O'Connor, Richard Thompson, Pokey LaFarge, Eddi Reader, Fisherman's Friends and many more.

with Mark Radcliffe live from Cherry Hinton Hall20140802

Mark Radcliffe presents three hours of live music and chat from the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall in Cambridge, where one of Europe's top folk and roots festivals is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

This year's line-up features Sinead O'Connor, Richard Thompson, Pokey LaFarge, Eddi Reader, Fisherman's Friends and many more.