We’re delighted to welcome Anthony John Clarke back to Ely Folk Festival. His Northern Irish brand of humour and thought-provoking songs were a winning combination last time he visited. He is indeed ‘one of the music scene’s real gentlemen’. Anthony John will be performing at concerts on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

Anthony John Clarke was born in Belfast on 18th October 1956. He started songwriting at the age of nine inspired by the sixties but it was only when he left Ireland and came to England that he pursued his passion for writing with any vigour. Lacking belief in his work he languished in the shadow of others for too long but the creator of “Irish Eyes” and the beautiful “Seven In Ireland” was destined to make a mark on the British contemporary music scene.

There are very few places in the UK and Ireland that Anthony John has not played. His supporters are loyal and many, and the tributes he receives from his peers bear witness to the talent and hard work of one of the folk scene’s nicest guys. He retains his reputation as one of the top songwriters on the scene and his hard work and dedication to his craft are a credit to him. For him, songwriting is indeed a craft.
His songs include the legendary: “Broken Years”, “Darling”, “The Only Life Gloria Knows”, “Tuesday Night Is Always Karaoke”, “Walking On Sunday”, “Irish Eyes”, “Between Midnight And Blue” and the sensational “Two People”. His shows are funny, challenging and extremely popular. Anthony John Clarke is one of the music scene’s real gentlemen.