Two of the oldest and most prestigious Folk Festivals in the world will form a partnership that will herald the start of a unique new transatlantic artistic relationship.
Cambridge Folk Festival Managing Director Steve Bagnall commented: "Cambridge Folk Festival has always tested the boundaries of Folk with its programme and we are excited to be working with and learning from a Festival that has the artistic heritage and ambition of Newport. Twinning with Newport will allow both Festivals to explore unique and extraordinary artistic opportunities that will excite audiences on both sides of the Atlantic."
Since 1959, the Newport Folk Festival® has held a unique place in America’s musical and cultural history. A hub for the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s and the site of Bob Dylan’s famous switch to electric guitar in 1965, the Festival also hosted the first major appearances of Joan Baez, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and Arlo Guthrie, and sparked the revival of gospel, Cajun and blues. Today the Festival’s unique alchemy between past and present still serves fans who crave innovation but appreciate tradition. Newport has also played an essential role in the forming of the Cambridge Folk Festival. Inspired by the seminal documentary, Jazz On A Summer’s Day, about the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival, Ken Woollard went on to set up Cambridge Folk Festival in 1965.
Jay Sweet, Newport Folk Festival Executive Producer commented: "We are excited that from next year Newport Folk Festival will be twinning with Cambridge Folk Festival. This move will allow us to share ideas, experiences and some artists from two festivals that have grown up together and in their own way played a role in shaping the folk music landscape on both sides of the Atlantic. This partnership will allow us to bring a little bit of Newport to Cambridge and vice versa."
Since 1965 Cambridge has become renowned for pushing the boundaries and definition of what might be considered folk by combining the best traditional folk artists from the UK and Ireland with cutting edge contemporary acts, the finest American country, blues and roots artists, and acclaimed singer songwriters. The line-up has reflected the many changes in the music scene from the 60's to the present and is always a hotbed mix of the old and new. The Festival has hosted legends such as Paul Simon, Shirley Collins and Christy Moore early in their careers and this year sees Jake Bugg headlining six years after making his debut on the Festival’s famed development stage The Den.
Full details of the twinning will be confirmed after the 2017 festivals.
With their EP, ‘New Trick’ out now on El Camino Media, Tacoma, Washington-based Skating Polly have announced extensive European tour dates for this summer. The shows take in slots opening for Kate Nash, as well as their own headline dates – details below.
Following the 2016 release of their highly acclaimed album The Big Fit, the step-sister duo of Peyton Bighorse and Kelli Mayo found themselves on the receiving end of glowing admiration from Veruca Salt’s co-frontwomen Louise Post and Nina Gordon, who had reached out looking to collaborate. A dream come true, the band soon joined Post and Gordon in Los Angeles for a writing session, where the four musicians hit it off instantly and soon entered the studio with Brad Wood (Liz Phair, Sunny Day Real Estate, Smashing Pumpkins) to record the three new tracks that make up New Trick. The EP’s artwork is appropriately provided by famous 1970’s punk-era photographer and co-founder of Slash magazine Melanie Nissen, with the vinyl including a B-side etching hand-drawn by the band.
Originally from Oklahoma, Mayo and Bighorse are self-taught multi-instrumentalists and the new EP and tour sees them welcome their brother Kurtis Mayo to the band. Playing mostly on drums, the new expanded line up frees the band to fully realise their live potential, whilst continuing to trade instruments.
Skating Polly live dates:
25 Dublin (IRL) @ The Academy *
26 Belfast (N-IRE) @ The Limelight 2 *
27 Cardiff (UK) @ The Moon Club #
28 Exeter (UK) @ Cavern Club #
29 Leicester (UK) @ Cookie
31 Glasgow (UK) @ Broadcast #
01 Edinburgh (UK) @ Queen's Hall *
02 Bristol (UK) @ Thunderbolt #
03 Leeds (UK) @ Church *
04 Manchester (UK) @ O2 Ritz *
05 Nottingham (UK) @ Rock City *
06 Bristol (UK) @ O2 Academy *
08 Brighton (UK) @ Concorde 2 * SOLD OUT
09 London (UK) @ O2 Sheperd's Bush Empire *
10 London (UK) @ O2 Sheperd's Bush Empire * SOLD OUT
11 London (UK) @ Sebright Arms
12 Stroud (UK) @ The Prince Albert
Europe - August
14 Mannheim (DE) @ Der Mannheim Kult
15 Nurnberg (DE) @ K4
16 Frankfurt (DE) @ Zoom *
17 Düsseldorf (DE) @ Zakk )*
18 Hamburg (DE) @ Uebel & Gefaehrlich *
19 Berlin (DE) @ Festsaal *
20 Hamburg (DE) @ Monkeys Music Club
21 Amsterdam (NL) @ Melkweg *
* with Kate Nash
# with Hands off Gretel
Juanita Stein has unveiled a new song and music video from her upcoming solo album, 'America', out on 28th July (Nude Records).
Director Rob Loud, tells us, "My goal is to create a feeling, and let the artist’s lyrics and music tell the story. For this video, the visuals are meant to evoke a sense of strength from moving on, and the trepidations of starting over again." The video follows Juanita freely flowing across Western America, in a cinematic exploration of striking landscapes and evocative vocals. The recognizably romantic setting fits well with an album pertaining primarily to the inevitable disparity between expectations and reality that so many encounter in pursuit of an "American dream."
Already well known as singer and songwriter for the Australian rock band, Howling Bells, Juanita is ready to release her first solo full-length. She worked with renowned producer Gus Seyffert (Beck, Ryan Adams) to complete the album and recently, road tested the songs to an appreciative audience in Hyde Park at the Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers gig.
UK Tour Dates - July 2017
Sun 23rd July - Deer Shed Festival
Sat 29th July - Cambridge Folk Festival
Headline Shows - August 2017
Tue 1st August - The Prince Albert, Brighton
Wed 2nd August - Thousand Island, London
September / October Headline Tour
Sun 24th Sept - Actress & Bishop - Birmingham
Mon 25th Sept - King Tut’s - Glasgow
Tue 26th Sept - Tunnels - Aberdeen
Wed 27th Sept - Cluny - Newcastle
Fri 29th Sept - Headrow House - Leeds
Sat 30th Sept - Buyers Club - Liverpool
Sun 1st Oct - Gulliver’s - Manchester
Mon 2nd Oct - Portland Arms - Cambridge
Weds 4th Oct - Fred Zeppelin’s - Cork
Thurs 5th Oct - Strange Brew @ Roisin Dubh - Galway (Free Show)
Fri 6th Oct - Grand Social - Dublin
Sat 7th Oct - Kasbah Social Club - Limerick
Mon 9th Oct - Crofters - Bristol
Watch Someone else's Dime
Hyde Park London 9th July 2017
Jess & The Bandits released their debut album, Here We Go Again in 2015 and now the quintet have returned with Smoke and Mirrors the follow-up. which is due for release on 15th September.
The band are playing festivals this summer and will also be heading out on a headline tour in September to coincide with the release of their new album.
Of Smoke & Mirrors, Jess says; “I am so excited about this album. I wanted to make sure that the sound grew and developed, Experimenting a little even. Gospel music is so close to my heart that I knew I needed to bring those elements into this new record. Smoke & Mirrors is a labour of love. A collection of songs that will take the listener on a journey.”
28 July - FSA Festival
19 August - Nashville Nights
27 August - Cottingham Folk Festival
Tue 12 Sep – Glasgow, King Tuts
Wed 13 Sep – Gateshead, Sage 2
Thu 14 Sep – Cambridge, The Junction
Fri 15 Sep – London, The Borderline
Wed 20 Sep - Norwich, Waterfront Studio,
Thu 21 Sep – Bristol, The Tunnels
Fri 22 Sep – Manchester, Gullivers
Sat 24 Sep – Southampton, Talking Heads