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The Acoustic Routes concerts were started by singer/songwriter Bernard Hoskin in 2001. This year’s guests will include some of the finest performers on the folk scene: 5-piece band Glymjack, rising stars Jacob and Drinkwater, new duo Elizabeth & Jameson plus folk singer and songwriter Odette Michell.
11:40am - 2:40pm
Line Up
Bernard Hoskin - 11.40 - 11.55

Singer-songwriter Bernard Hoskin launched the Acoustic Routes series of concerts in Cambridge in September 2001. He now performs at clubs, arts centres and festivals all over the country. He has opened for many of the big names on the folk scene and this year released his 13th CD “Snow In Central Park”. He has been involved in the Cambridge Folk Festival for many years and as well as performing and running sessions in the Club Tent he was also a compere on the main stages for 10 years.

Pavlov's Cat - 12.15 - 12.30

Pavlov’s Cat is a project of London singer-songwriter James Hibbins and occupies the musical territory fast becoming recognised under the genre label “Acoustic”. fRoots magazine described the music as “determinedly acoustic” with “an eye on life’s shadowy side”. Although the band have been described as sounding "melodic, powerful and very English”, the words “eclectic” & “intelligent” also keep cropping up. Formed in 1999, Pavlov's Cat has varied from solo performance to a 4 piece band.

Odette Michelle - 12.30 - 12.50

Odette Michell is a British folk singer and songwriter with a dynamic new take on the acoustic tradition and a voice capable of demonstrating the finer points of both folk and traditional song with genuine craftsmanship. Her vocal style has been described as "warm, intelligent and sitting comfortably amidst folk guitar in a timeless songwriting style" - and has been compared in similarity to the likes of Sandy Denny and Joni Mitchell. Things have been moving at something of a pace for Odette ever since she released her 2018 debut EP 'By Way of Night'. The release garnered high praise and gained Odette her first national and international radio plays on both mainstream BBC Radio and Folk Radio stations.


Elizabeth & Jameson - 12.50 - 13.10

Elizabeth & Jameson is a stunning new collaboration comprising two rising stars of the UK acoustic music scene. Hannah Elizabeth of traditional folk trio Said The Maiden and Griff Jameson from folk-rock band Fred's House have joined forces to create an indie-folk sound which encompasses their individual musical backgrounds. Hannah’s influences are very much planted within traditional folk roots. This is in stark contrast to Griff's recent musical history, having penned a string of quirky rock/pop anthems for Fred's House. Together, Elizabeth & Jameson offers the best of both backgrounds; this is simplistic, classic song writing at its best - a stripped back, harmony-driven sound with guitar, violin and exquisite vocals.

Jacob & Drinkwater - 13.10 - 13.50

Devon based duo Jacob & Drinkwater have been called “stand out new folk” by BBC6 music with their live show described as “intense and spellbinding” by Folk Radio UK. The duo formed in 2014 playing their first gig together at the iconic Glastonbury festival. Throughout 2018 the duo performed at festivals in the UK and Europe and London’s historic Union Chapel. The February 2019 “This Old River” tour was their biggest to date and coincided with the release of their first full studio album.

Glymjack - 14.00 - 14.40

Glymjack is an English folk act Acoustic magazine called "as good as contemporary folk comes". Led by singer-songwriter Greg McDonald, Glymjack generally play live as an acoustic trio with Greg joined by fiddle virtuoso Gemma Gayner and bassist Dickon Collinson, delivering a high energy, harmony-rich set of hard-hitting originals, English folk songs and fiddle tunes. For bigger gigs Glymjack expands to a six piece festival band line-up. Featuring Show of Hands legends Phil Beer, Steve Knightley and Miranda Sykes, Glymjack’s debut album Light the Evening Fire has been a critical hit: "spectacular" - Maverick, "Wow!" - Tom Robinson, BBC 6music, "folk-roots with attitude" - Froots.



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