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Workshops, competitions etc

Festival Workshops: With help from the talented musicians and dancers who take part in the festival, a wide range of workshops & informal ‘meets’ will take place over the festival weekend including – Voice workshop with The Spooky Men’s Chorale; East Anglian step dancing with Fiona Davies; Ukelele with Brooks Williams; Tin whistle with Georgia Lewis; Meet Flossie Malavialle; bodhran with John Blackwell; fiddle workshop with Rowan Piggot; blues workshop with Bophouse Blue; Meet O’Hooley & Tidow; guitar with Hans Theessink; songwriting with Reg Meuross.

Enter the 2017 Band Competition: Ely Folk Festival 2017 has a fabulous line-up of some of the best national and internal folk & roots music acts around. We offering the opportunity to share the billing with them and perform on the festival’s main stage as the prize in our Band Competition. The festival Band Competition which enjoys the support of the Ely Standard has gone from strength to strength and is now noted as a key opportunity for up and coming amateur folk & roots acts to gain recognition on the festival circuit. Last year’s competition winners Georgia Lewis & Friends have since been working hard on the folk and roots circuit and we have invited them back this year to perform at the festival again.

Amateur solo, duo and group folk and roots acts are welcome to enter the competition. To enter the Band Competition, please send a CD demo marked ‘EFF Band Competition’ with your contact details to arrive by 21 April 2017 to:
Ely Folk Festival Band Competition
Ely Standard
Audmoor House,
93 High Street,
PE15 9LH

Closing date for receipt of entries is 21 April 2017. Please note that CDs will not be returned. The winning entry will be announced by the end of May and will be awarded the opening performance of the 2017 festival on the main concert stage on Friday 7th July.

2016 Festival Photo Competition

Our theme for 2016 was ‘A riot of colour and sound’. The winners (who will receive complimentary tickets to the 2017 festival) were Jon Dean for his superb study of a young festival goer concentrating hard on combining colour and sound at the same time; and to Glenys Dawkins for capturing both the floral headresses and noise-making ability of Earlsdon Morris Men with their bells and rattles. Both winning entries are below.

jon-dean-2       glenys-dawkins-1

2017 Band Competition

Details coming soon….








A selection of the great acts booked for the 2017 festival

Seth Lakeman
The Spooky Men's Chorale
Sam Kelly Trio
The Elephant Sessions
Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson
O'Hooley & Tidow
Reg Meuross
Jennifer Crook
Elvis Fontenot
Brooks Williams
Flossie Malavialle
Hot Rock Pilgrims
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
Georgia Lewis Band
Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies
Bophouse Blue
Urban Folk Theory
Causeway Ceili Band

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