Cambridge Folk Festival – Sunday Preview

Previews New Orleans jazz, The Nest Collective, Mercury Nominees and one of the best albums of the year - Our take on the final day of CFF 2016

The line up for the final day of this year’s festival hosts some of the best acts of the weekend, here are our must see recommendations…

Hot 8 Brass band – Stage 2, 10pm
On another plane of the jazz spectrum sit legendary New Orleans outfit The Hot 8 Brass Band who have been blowing for over 20 years. They are among the very best exponents of big brass jazz, blending classic covers with new and funk-fuelled original tunes, and are one massive hoot! Their set is not to be missed.

Sam Lee & Friends – Stage 2, 5.10pm
Sam Lee is very much a 21st-century artist. He travels throughout the United Kingdom and beyond recording new versions of old songs on his iPhone and laptop. Impassioned and hugely ambitious in scope, Lee’s music is a major statement from an artist who extends the borders of traditional English/Scottish/European music beyond national boundaries to encompass Bollywood beats, Polynesian textures and contemporary classical music.

Awarded the 2011 Arts Foundation prize and nominated for the 2012 Mercury Award for his debut album, ‘Ground Of Its Own’, Sam Lee has taken his music worldwide to more than 20 countries. The driving force behind the eclectic, BBC Folk Award winning club (and label), The Nest Collective, which has brought traditional music to all kinds of new stages and venues, Sam is also a song collector who has inspired a new generation of performers to draw material from a living source, rather than just books and records.

Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band – Stage 1, 4.10pm
Eliza Carthy is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation. Twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades, over a twenty-six year career, Eliza has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists including, Paul Weller, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Patrick Wolf and Joan Baez. In 2014, Eliza recorded an acclaimed duo album with her father, the legendary guitarist, Martin Carthy – and at the 2015 BBC 6Music Festival, she performed live with rap/poet Kate Tempest. Eliza was recently awarded an MBE, is an Artistic Associate of The Sage in Gateshead and vice president of the English Folk Dance & Song Society.

Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys – Stage 2, 2.50pm
Sam Kelly is a twenty-three year old singer, song-writer and multi-instrumentalist hailing from the depths of Norfolk. Sam’s only link to folk music as a young child lay in the gaelic folk songs that his Irish grandfather would teach him to sing. Although many individual songs and tunes have been lost in the blur of childhood memory, Sam has never lost the love and child-like awe for the beautiful sounds of traditional music, and this passion pours out of him in every note he sings. 

This Is The Kit – Stage 2, 8.50pm
The beloved musical project of one Kate Stables, This Is The Kit released her third album Bashed Out earlier this year and it is one of our favourite releases this year. Produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner, it was acclaimed critically and quickly seen as her breakthrough record, her Stage 2 appearance is one not to miss.

This Is The Kit have been in existence since the 00s, moving to Bristol to continue her musical education, before upping sticks and moving to Paris. It was here where her debut album Krulle Bol took shape, recorded and produced by PJ Harvey’s long-standing musical collaborator John Parish. Her second album, 2010’s Wriggle Out The Restless was made in France alongside members of Francois and the Atlas Mountains before final touches from TITK’s extended musical family were added in Bristol, Belgium and several points in between.

Previously hand-picked to support the likes The National, Sharon Van Etten, Iron & Wine and Jose Gonzales, This Is The Kit have confirmed a headline tour for November including London’s Scala.

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