Cambridge Folk Festival - Presents City Roots

February 3rd - 11th 2017
Cambridge, UK

The wait is over. 2017 line-up revealed

The headliners of the first ever City Roots Folk festival, an expansion of Cambridge Folk festival taking place in venues across the city, have just been announced. Internationally renowned Malian singer songwriter Salif Keita has been confirmed as the closing headliner for the new event, joining previously announced Transatlantic Sessions as part of a varied line-up of gigs and events at venues across the city.

Salif Keita (Pictured Above)

Salif Keita known as the 'Golden Voice of Africa', has carved out a distinctive musical sound, combining West African Griot traditions with Rock, Funk and Jazz and will bring the week long City Roots festival to a triumphant close at Cambridge Corn Exchange.

Aly Bain (Pictured Above)

Transatlantic Sessions also at the Corn Exchange, brings together musicians from the Celtic and Americana traditions for a unique evening of musical camaraderie. Shetland fiddle legend Aly Bain and Dobro star Jerry Douglas again share the musical direction, and are joined by John Paul White, Tift Merritt, Eddi Reader, Dirk Powell and Jim Lauderdale. The house band featuring, among others: John Doyle, Danny Thompson, Michael McGoldrick and John McCusker is stellar enough to be the main attraction at most other Folk concerts.

Eddi Reader (Pictured Above)

The Portland Arms, Green Mind gigs will showcase the home grown talent of Cambridge-based singer songwriter Steven James Adams, performing with his new band. Other events will be taking place in CB2, Cambridge Guildhalls, Anglia Ruskin University and the Cambridge Union, and the city centre will be taken over by specially commissioned Folk and roots buskers, with more details being announced soon. The full line-up can be found online at:

Check Out! the Salif Keita and Cesaria Evora Video for 'Yamore' Below...