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Natalie Merchant, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rokia Traoré Cambridge Folk Festival Sets on BBC Radio 2

Natalie Merchant, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rokia Traoré: Cambridge Folk Festival 2010

Natalie Merchant, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Rokia Traoré performed recently at the 45th annual Cambridge Folk Festival in Cambridge, England. BBC Radio 2's festival highlights program features interviews and live performances by all three both artists. Natalie Merchant performs "If No One Ever Marries Me" and "Isabel" from her recent album, Leave Your Sleep (1 hour, 36 minutes into the program). Carolina Chocolate Drops play "Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine" (from this year's Genuine Negro Jig) and "Sourwood Mountain" (40 minutes, and 2 hours, 33 minutes in, respectively). Rokia Traoré performs "Dianguina" (1 hour, 47 minutes into the show).

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Press coverage of the festival included praise for the performances. The Guardian calls Merchant's set "in turn thoughtful, soulful and sensual, Merchant was on classic form." The Daily Telegraph says of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, "Cambridge naturals, playing their banjo and jug-band music with such irrepressible joy you can well imagine they’ve arrived on the main stage direct from last night’s camp fire."

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