Still time to see folk festival stars

PUBLISHED: 10:50 16 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:04 11 May 2010

TICKETS are still available for the upcoming Cambridge Folk Festival. With just four weeks to go before the start of the popular event, weekend passes are still on sale, together with a number of Thursday night residents tickets, which are reserved excl

TICKETS are still available for the upcoming Cambridge Folk Festival.

With just four weeks to go before the start of the popular event, weekend passes are still on sale, together with a number of Thursday night "residents" tickets, which are reserved exclusively for inhabitants of Cambridge.

The popular festival usually sells out within days of tickets going on sale, but the advent of the credit crunch means there is still time to book your place at Cherry Hinton Hall to witness performances from some of the top names in the world of folk music.

As ever, the festival organisers have come up trumps and provided a line up which should suit a wide variety of tastes.

Top of the bill is American siren Lucinda Williams. Since the release of her 1978 debut album, Ramblin', she has established a reputation as of one of country music's most uncompromising and fascinating writers.

The Louisiana born Americana pioneer has three Grammys and a further seven nominations to her name, including Best Contemporary Folk Album for 1998's rough-hewn masterpiece Car Wheels On A Gravel Road. Last year saw the release of her ninth studio album, Little Honey.

Loveable scousers The Zutons will bring a contemporary edge to proceedings. The quintet burst into the public eye in 2004 with their Mercury Prize nominated debut album Who Killed The Zutons? Two years later they upped the anti with Tired of Hanging Around, home to the phenomenally successful single Valerie. The band's third album, You Can Do Anything, was released last year, and featured an increased folk influence which perhaps endeared them to the festivals organisers.

While The Zutons will be playing the festival for the first time, The Saw Doctors are veritable veterans, having appeared numerous times on the Cherry Hinton stage. Since being discovered in a Galway pub in 1988 by The Waterboys frontman Mike Scott, they have scored two English top 20 hits, while singles N17, Hay Wrap and I Useta Lover all went to number one in the Irish charts, with the latter being the best selling single in Irish pop history. In 2008, the band's achievements were recognised with a coveted Lifetime Achievement Award at the Meteor Ireland Music Awards.

Thursday nights headline act are Ade Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds. Former Young One Edmondson cut his musical teeth with the Bonzo Dog Doo-dah Band, before setting up his own band to play punk songs on folk instruments. Expect raucous versions of The Sex Pistols, The Stranglers and The Jam, Talking Heads and even Kraftwerk, expertly played by some outstanding traditional musicians.

Weekend tickets are available for £104, with concessions available. Camping and caravan spaces are also on offer. Thursday tickets cost £17.

To book, call 01223 357851, or visit www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk.

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