Folky fun with Joan Baez

FOLK’S first lady will appear in Cambridge later this month as part of a nation-wide tour.

Joan Baez has been at the vanguard of contemporary folk for over 50 years inspiring countless budding musicians with her bold song writing, earnest protest songs and unique cover versions.

The 71-year-old first found fame in the 1960s with her stunning soprano voice and solid fretwork, introducing songs that would later be covered by artists such as Led Zeppelin, The Animals and The Band.

She soon became an icon of the decade on the folk revival scene, even shining the limelight on a then unknown singer songwriter touring as Bob Dylan.

Not content to be known only as a musician Baez has spent more than her fair share of time on the picket line.

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The political activist first used her voice and fame as a vehicle to fight for civil rights and protest against The Vietnam War in the 1960s.

Even joining Martin Luther King on a march and travelling to Hanoi - getting caught up in the Christmas bombing of the city by the US military.

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Baez’s activism did not die with the 60s dream at Altamont and she has continued to fight for people around the world - recently playing at an Occupy Wall Street rally

Amnesty International have even created a special Joan Baez award to honour outstanding activist around the world.

The chanteuse’s beliefs have not however eclipsed her musical ambitions.

Recording over 20 studio albums and releasing nine live records there is a wealth of a material to choose from, with her modern efforts being as well received as her ageless classics.

She comes to the Cambridge Corn Exchange on Thursday, February 24. Tickets are �39.50 and are available from or on 01223 357851.

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