Media Release: Scotland at Cambridge – 11 Scottish acts receive showcase at Cambridge Folk Festival


ELEVEN Scottish folk music acts will perform at Cambridge Folk Festival, taking place from 28th-31st July 2016, as part of the Scotland at Cambridge showcase.

The Scotland at Cambridge showcase features Ímar, Brian McNeill, Gaorsach Rapper and Step, Songs of Separation, John McCusker Band, Breabach, Brighde Chaimbeul, Blazin’ Fiddles, Duncan Chisholm and Funbox.

Young musicians from Dingwall-based Fèis Rois will also be performing at the festival with further workshops and performances planned in Scotland later in the year.

Scotland at Cambridge aims to raise the profile of Scottish artists both nationally and internationally, and features some of Scotland’s most established performers as well as providing a significant platform for emerging Scottish talent.

Adam Rhodes from Glasgow-based five piece, Ímar, said: “We’ve recently been writing and recording new material for our debut album, so we’re really looking forward to being able to take our new music down to one of the UK’s biggest platforms for trad music. It’ll be a great opportunity for us to hopefully make some new fans south of the border.”

Jenny Hill, producer/double bassist, Songs of Separation, said: “We are delighted to be part of the Creative Scotland showcase at Cambridge Folk Festival.  Along with Celtic Connections, Cambridge is deemed by audiences and musicians alike to be one of the most exciting festivals the UK has to offer – it’s one that everyone wants to play!”

Scotland at Cambridge is supported by the UK National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund.

Alan Morrison, head of music at Creative Scotland, said: “Creative Scotland is delighted to support the roster of Scottish artists who will perform at the 2016 Cambridge Folk Festival.

“We have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship with this event and it is unique in being part of the City of Cambridge’s commitment to music and the arts, exactly as we see at Celtic Connections and Showcase Scotland with our host city of Glasgow.

“We will once again see the young musicians from Fèis Rois performing in their own dedicated slot at the Club Tent. This relationship has embraced young musicians from Cambridge, especially from the vibrant folk-club scene who work with our emerging musicians both at Cambridge and in Ullapool on the celebrated Cèilidh Trail programme.”

Artists who have appeared at previous Scottish Showcases at Cambridge Folk Festival include KT Tunstall, Salsa Celtica, Capercaillie, Julie Fowlis, Orkestra del Sol, Admiral Fallow, Mànran, The Waterboys and Rachel Sermanni.

Steve Bagnall, managing director of Cambridge Live, said: “Scottish folk music is admired and adored by our festivalgoers, and has been an important part of the event for more than 50 years. Presenting this special programme of showcase performances is a fantastic way to raise the profile of important and emerging Scottish musicians and strengthens the kinship between the folk scenes of Cambridge and Scotland.”

Other headliners at the festival include, Imelda May, KT Tunstall, Solas and Afro Celt Sound System.

Showcase details

Thursday 28th July


Friday 29th July

Brian McNeill

Gaorsach Rapper & Step

Saturday 30th July

Songs of Separation

John McCusker Band


Brian McNeill

Brighde Chaimbeul

Gaorsach Rapper & Step

Sunday 31st July

Blazin’ Fiddles

Duncan Chisholm


Brighde Chaimbeul

Gaorsach Rapper & Step

Notes to editors:

Details of the Scotland at Cambridge acts can be found on the Creative Scotland website:

Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the premiere music events in Europe and one of the longest running and most famous folk festivals in the world. Follow @CamFolkFest

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