We’re delighted to welcome ahab back to Ely Folk Festival for a return visit. As the fresh face of alternative folk and since their debut in 2009, ahab has been setting festivals on fire with their rich harmonies and self-penned material. Bob Harris has said of ahab – ‘They are blistering live – alt-country edge and sheer class’. Ahab will close our Friday night concert.

“They are blistering live – alt-country edge and sheer class.” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

“ahab is the real deal – top-notch” Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2

Following the release of their self-recorded 2009 CD a.h.a.b., Callum Adamson (Guitar & Vocals) and Dave Burn (Guitar & Vocals) were invited to play a residency at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge – Nashville Tn. They asked Seebs Llewellyn (Bass & Vocals) and Luke Price (Mandolin & Vocals) to join them and create a larger, richer sound. After playing together for two weeks, the band as we now know it, formed.

ahab returned to London and spent two months busking, which is where their sound took shape – Four part harmonies over great songs. The band created a stir and in August 2010 ahab played Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival on the strength of a YouTube video of them busking. ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris watched them storm the 15,000 strong crowd from the side of the stage and invited them there and then to record a session for his show.

Throughout the summer 2011, ahab were building a name for themselves performing at over 25 festivals both at home and abroad and then in November 2011, ahab joined navigator stable-mates Bellowhead as guests on their sell-out UK tour playing to 20k people. ahab have spent 2012 on the road in the UK, Europe and Australia.

Because of their extensive touring schedule the current band have yet to release a debut studio album (planned for 2013) and thanks to overwhelming demand from their fan base they released in October the Live album – “Live in London” – featuring 14 tracks (5 previously unreleased) which is now available on general release. The initial pressing sold out during the pre-release tour!