Kristofferson to headline Cambridge Folk Festival
The lineup for the Cambridge Folk Festival has been announced, headed by veteran star Kris Kristofferson.
Kristofferson, 73, is best known for songs such as “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Help Me Make It Through the Night” but he has many decades of high-class music behind him, not to mention a fine acting career. He was a member of supergroup The Highwaymen with Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004.
He will play the main stage on the final night of the festival, which runs from Thursday, July 29, to Sunday, August 1, as part of a short tour of the UK and Ireland. Other headliners in Cambridge include Natalie Merchant, Seth Lakeman, Sharon Shannon and Imelda May and folk supergroup The Imagined Village.
Among the other acts at this year’s festival are Gretchen Peters, returning to the UK following her all-request tour that’s set for May; Kathy Mattea, the former Nashville star who last year released a rootsy album of coal-mining songs; and traditional black music exponents Carolina Chocolate Drops.
Harper Simon, son of the legendary Paul Simon, will be performing following the release of his debut album. Chicago-based singer-songwriter Joe Pug adds Cambridge to the collection of festivals he’s appearing at this summer across the UK and Ireland. Also on the roster are New York trio The Holmes Brothers, who have been playing their brand of soul and gospel for more than 30 years; and Texas-based western swing group The Quebe Sisters.
Tickets for the Cambridge Folk Festival go on sale at 9 a.m. on May 16 – and sell out shortly thereafter!
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Kris Kristofferson on Backroads
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