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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 June, 2003, 08:49 GMT 09:49 UK
Roots music festival hits 39
The Saw Doctors
The Saw Doctors play 'punko-Nashville-folk-rock'
The line-up for the 39th year of the Cambridge Folk Festival promises an eclectic mix of music from around the world.

The festival, which started in 1964, will run from 31 July to 3 August.

This year's event is headlined by US country singer/songwriter Steve Earle.

He found himself at the centre of controversy with his 2002 Grammy-nominated album Jerusalem.

One song John Walker's Blues, which told the story of an American teenager turned Taliban fighter, led to Earle being branded unpatriotic by some for "glorifying a traitor".

Eliza Carthy
The Eliza Carthy Band features the dazzling young folk star

Earle responded by saying: "In a way this is the most pro-American record I've ever made. I feel urgently American."

Also in the line-up are The Saw Doctors which have been described as "County Galway's finest punko-Nashville-folk-rock foursome".

They have played the festival twice before and always manage to get the crowd to their feet and dancing.

The festival also has something for fans of cult television who will love a concert featuring Sandra Kerr and The Music From Bagpuss, the classic 1970s children's show.

Other highlights include:

  • Global beat pioneers, the Afro Celts, in a rare festival appearance

  • An exclusive UK festival performance from country icon, Rosanne Cash

    Linda Thompson
    Linda Thompson recently returned to recording after 17 years

  • Hugely popular African dance band and recent double BBC Radio 3 World Music Winners, Orchestra Baobab

  • A rare festival appearance from unique singer, songwriter and author, Julian Cope, playing solo acoustic and electric

  • An exclusive UK festival appearance and only her second live British appearance in 20 years from Linda Thompson, who recently made a triumphant return to recording after a 17 year hiatus.

  • A rare full band show from the Eliza Carthy Band, featuring the dazzling young folk star and multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner.

    For further information on the Cambridge Folk Festival telephone (01223) 457245.


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