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Festival Highlights 2011

3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 03 August 2011

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.

Music Played

31 items
  • Mike Harding and Mark Radcliffe at Cambridge

    Mike Harding and Mark Radcliffe at Cambridge

  • Highlights from previous years

    Highlights from previous years

    Visit Radio 2's Cambridge Folk Festival site to see photos and videos from the event in previous years.

    Radio 2 Cambridge Folk Festival site


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