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Chris Sherburn & Findlay Napier

A new unholy alliance!...Chris Sherburn is one of the best anglo-concertina players in the UK. Well known for his longstanding musical partnership with Denny Bartley as Last Night's Fun (and regular visitor to Ely Folk Festival), Chris has now embarked on a new alliance with Findlay Napier. Findlay is a Scottish singer, guitarist and songwriter based in Glasgow and hi... more

02/02/2015


Steve Lockwood and Brooks Williams

Although they started performing together just very recently, on stage it's as if they have played together for years. An inter-twining of Brooks' immense and soulful guitar mastery and Steve's melodic, boundary pushing harmonica makes for an energising journey through folk, roots & blues. Williams and Lockwood have worked stages worldwide for over 25 years - in their... more

02/02/2015


Karen Johnson & Tony Clark

Karen & Tony entered our Band Competition. Although they didn't win, their sound impressed us so much, we booked them for our local bands showcase on Friday night. They each have a myriad of musical influences and together bring fun, vocal tenacity & great talent to the regional folk scene delivering original material & innovative arrangements of songs. Karen's luscio... more

02/02/2015


The Rambling

Winners of the 2013 Ely Folk Festival Band competition, The Rambling is a fresh young band from Newcastle-upon-Tyne. These four young musicians breathe a freshness and vitality into traditional music. Definitely a band to watch for the future. They will open the festival on the main stage in marquee 1 on Friday evening. ... more

02/02/2015


Ray Langton

Ray Langton is a virtuoso player of the melodeon along with being an extremely fine singer. We're delighted to have him start off the music in Marquee 3 on Friday. You'll also see him around the festival as Professor Squeezyjig and don't miss his mini melodeon workshop on Sunday. Ray Langton is a virtuoso player of the melodeon along with being an extremely fine si... more

02/02/2015


Grace Sarah

Grace will be the youngest performer at the festival this year. At just 14 years old, her songwriting and haunting vocals portray a maturity well beyond her tender years. Grace will be performing in marquee 3 on Sunday. http://www.gracesarah.com... more

02/02/2015


Phil the Bass

After achieving almost national annonymity with a bass guitar in pub rock bands Phil Utting-Brown revisits the scene of where it all began nearly forty years ago : a six string acoustic and a clutch of songs featuring wry observations of love, life, death and pubs – frequently in the same verse. Phil will be performing in marquee 3 on Sunday. ... more

02/02/2015


Batanai

This year Ely Folk Festival will be welcoming some fantastic African musicians and storytellers produced by the Peterborough-based African Heritage Centre. Batanai will celebrate the music and tradition of this amazing continent mixing up the buzzing and rippling music of ancient and township African music. They will perform in marquee 3 on Sunday evening plus enterta... more

02/02/2015


Triptych

Triptych is a new ceilidh band who draw their material from a variety of sources; largely English and English-style tunes (including some self-penned), but their search for awesome tunes has also taken them further in to Europe - their set list currently includes a waltz from Belgium and a Swedish schottis! The band will be playing for the Sunday evening ceilidh so sa... more

02/02/2015


Akmed’s Camel

Akmed's Camel is one of the most experienced ceilidh bands in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire. It accommodates dancers of all ages, from absolute beginners to ceilidh competitions. Although originating in Lincolnshire, this ceilidh band has a true Scottish sound. The band will be playing for the Saturday afternoon family ceilidh. The dance caller teaches and then l... more

02/02/2015


Cromwell’s Talking Head

Something different for Ely Folk Festival this year - a terrified grave robber comes across the severed mummified head of England's greatest revolutionary (and part-time Ely resident) - Oliver Cromwell. Cromwell's head proceeds to tell him his life story - a tale of tyrannical kings, civil war and violent revenge which Gareth Calway will recount in chilling detail. ... more

02/02/2015


Just William and the Outlaws

Local guy Will (all the way from Littleport near Ely) is an up-and-coming acoustic folk-country singer/songwriter whose music is heavily influenced by the 1950s & 60s. Will's songs are about current issues but are set in the Old West & all revolve around a band of outlaws. Will will be making his first appearance at Ely Folk Festival at the Local Bands Showcase in mar... more

02/02/2015


Tom Conway

Originally from Scotland and now based in Cambridge, Tom writes and performs songs to provoke, stimulate and entertain. His songs are about people, their emotions, attitudes & episodes in their lives - their not about 'my soul is in torment'. Tom will be performing as part of the Local Bands Showcase in marquee on Friday night. I'm originally from Musselburgh, just... more

02/02/2015


Blackjack Blues Band

This local band plays traditional and original, self-penned blues with deep, heartfelt emotion. The Blackjack Blues Band will play the Saturday evening concert in marquee 2. Martin, Richard and Phil met in early 2011 on an old bus full of individuals in full Molly Dancing regalia (a typical fen pastime in winter!). On that bus and in a pub they did discover a sha... more

02/02/2015


Fred’s House

Fred's House is a quirky acoustic indie-folk four piece band based in Cambridge. They combine soulful pop with catchy acoustic gems on a background of guitars, occasional banjo & electric guitar, bass & percussion. This is Fred's House first appearance at Ely Folk Festival and they'll be performing at our Local Bands Showcase on Friday night in marquee 2. Fred’... more

02/02/2015


Gregg Cave

Gregg's interpretation of English folk songs and his own material has a refreshingly honest feel to it complemented by his very engaging stage presence. He will be performing at the Saturday afternoon concert in marquee 1. At the age of 18 Gregg formed folk-rock band CAVE. The band toured extensively around England and enjoyed main stage billing at some of the best... more

02/02/2015


James Morgan

Vocalist, guitarist & occasional kazoo player, James cites influences including Seth Lakeman, Ed Sheeran, The Pogues & Newton Faulkner. He picked up his first guitar when he was 12 and has been playing ever since. In recent years James has been writing his own material & will be performing some of this on Sunday afternoon of the festival - looking windswept on stage! ... more

02/02/2015


Other Roads

Highly acclaimed folk band Other Roads will be making their first visit to Ely Folk Festival. This trio play fiddle, bazouki, mandolin, a variety of guitars and incorporate some fine harmony singing performing an eclectic mix of music from soft ballads to foot stomping celtic fiddle tunes. They will perform at the Sunday afternoon and evening concerts. Pete Abbott,... more

02/02/2015


Jacqui & Geoff

Ely-based Jacqui and Geoff play clever, folk-inspired songs about life, love and snakes, alternating between delicately tugging at your heart-strings and ripping them out with ditties about stalkers, drinking and ageing Casanovas. They will be performing on Sunday evening of the festival. They met when they were both starting out as solo artists in Cambridge and El... more

02/02/2015


Flossie Malavialle

“Flossie has a voice as clear and tuneful as a lark, with a pureness of quality to stop you in your tracks in the forest of a song” - Colum Sands. It's a pleasure to welcome back French born singer Flossie with her extensive repertoire of soulful songs in English and French. She will be gracing the stage on Sunday afternoon and with Keith Donnelly on Sunday evenin... more

02/02/2015


Andy Wall

Local Ely troubadour Andy is a well-respected singer, guitarist and performer active on the UK folk scene for more than four decades now. He has a large and varied repertoire which is continually growing with influences which range from the likes of Nic Jones, Richard Thompson and Joni Mitchell through to Fats Waller and Hoagey Carmichael and many musicians and singer... more

02/02/2015


State of the Union

State Of The Union combines the talents of America (Brookes Williams) and England (Boo Hewerdine), producing an end result that is sure to delight fans of hook-laden songs, fiery and emotional guitar playing and soulful vocals. Tapping into a multitude of influences, from Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash to Blind Lemon Jefferson, State Of The Union is a masterclass in so... more

02/02/2015


Lucy Ward

Lucy plays guitar and concertina but considers her voice to be her first instrument. Her sets are an eclectic mix of traditional and modern folk interpretations, interspersed with her own songs. There is a natural and easy sound to her music that is brought to life by expressive performance, breath-taking delivery and Lucy's own brand of banter and crowd participation... more

02/02/2015


Seth Lakeman

It's been a long-held ambition of the Ely Folk Festival committee to have Seth Lakeman perform at the festival, and we're thrilled to host him this year. Celebrated folk singer-songwriter and virtuoso fiddler Seth has an innate knack for writing both foot-stomping, sing-along songs and more tender, thoughtful ballads. His playing is often breathtaking; his soaring voc... more

02/02/2015


Ceilidhography

Super funked-up ceilidh band Ceilidhography hails from the West Midlands. Based in the English tradition, Ceilidhography provides great musicianship and very danceable tunes - perfect for finishing off the Friday night of the festival at the late night ceilidh. Ceilidhography's current line-up of melodeon, fiddle, lead and rhythm guitars, bass guitar and drums has ... more

02/02/2015


Keith Donnelly

In no particular order, Keith has been described as ‘a superbly original stand-up’, ‘a great singer-songwriter’, ‘a fine guitarist’, ‘a stunning storyteller’, ‘the cleanest comic I’ve ever seen’. Whatever guise he appears in, Keith guarantees great music, compelling stories and laugh-out loud humour. Keith will be performing solo on Saturday nigh... more

02/02/2015


The Woodberrys

We're delighted to welcome back the winners of the 2012 Ely Folk Festival Band Competition to perform on Saturday night in Marquee 2. This fantastic bluegrass band vowed with their freshness and musical virtuosity, creating gorgeous harmonies with bluegrass and original material backed by wonderful guitar and mandolin playing. The Woodberrys were the highlight of t... more

02/02/2015


Ezio

Ezio Lenedei and Mark ‘Booga’ Fowell are Cambridge institutions. Since they first came together as Ezio in 1990, they are frequently described as one of Britain’s best live bands. Ezio is about deep, honest, emotional that hit a raw nerve. Make sure you catch Ezio in Marquee 2 on Saturday night and in Marquee 1 on Sunday afternoon. Acoustic guitars? No sample... more

02/02/2015


Elbow Jane

Hailing from Merseyside, Elbow Jane is now established as one of the finest acoustic acts in the UK. Their unique blend of bouzouki, mandolin, guitar, keyboards & percussion is complemented by expressive vocals and stunning harmonies. Elbow Jane will perform at the Saturday afternoon & evening concerts. Now established as one of the finest acoustic acts in the UK, ... more

02/02/2015


Home Service

25 years after they last played together, Home Service has reformed to tend to unfinished business and delight their legions of fans. With its innovative brass sound and the vocal power of John Tams, it is clear that the band hasn’t lost any of its magic, and sounds as potent now as it did back then – illustrated by winning the Best Live Act category in the Folk A... more

02/02/2015


Jaywalkers

Creating a sound based on their individual musical backgrounds, this 3-piece band takes its influence from folk, bluegrass, country and western swing music in the form of virtuosic instrumentals, three piece harmony and occasional slap bass. Add good humour, tasteful arrangements and exceptional musicianship to the mix and they are guaranteed to put a smile on your fa... more

02/02/2015


Hans Theessink

After more than 40 years on the road and with 25 albums, a songbook and a DVD to his name, Hans Theessink is a roots and blues institution. His extensive roots repertoire takes the audience on a trip through blues, roots, folk and gospel This master of the blues guitar will perform at our Saturday night concert in Marquee 1. After more than 40 years “on th... more

02/02/2015


Adrian Nation

Adrian has a unique view of the world and a rare ability to distill that view into the songs he writes and performs. He combines his magic on the acoustic guitar with equally adept vocal skills to produce songs that you can’t get out of your head. Adrian will be performing at the Friday evening and Saturday afternoon concerts. A talented, committed musician in hi... more

02/02/2015


The Bonny Men

Unfortunately The Bonny Men have pulled out of playing at Ely Folk Festival 2013. They have been replaced on the programme by two fantastic acts: Steve Lockwood & Brooks Williams in Marquee 1 on Friday night; and Chris Sherburn & Findlay Napier in Marquee 2 on Saturday night. ... more

02/02/2015


ahab

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 nig... more

02/02/2015


Karine Polwart

Nominated under Best Album of the Year category for ‘Traces’ in the 2013 Folk Awards, Karine’s pure and utterly approachable singing voice perfectly showcases her unique enduring melodies and songs that deal with humanity in all its various guises.Perhaps most frequently she deals in spare, unsentimental empathy, often with those who have been dealt the least pl... more

22/01/2015


Treacherous Orchestra

We like to round off the Saturday night concert in Marquee 1 with some foot-tapping music. So who better to fill this slot at the 2013 festival than Treacherous Orchestra! This 11 piece Scottish super group was unleashed at Celtic Connections 2009 and has been storming festivals since then. The band has been nominated in the Best Group category of the BBC Radio 2 Folk... more

20/01/2015


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