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Tune sessions…taking it Easy & Slow

Fiona Dodman photo 3   Part of the pleasure of going to a festival is joining in with some of... more


Jimmy & Sid

Jimmy & Sid  "To be a great folk singer, you have to be a great storyteller, as Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Gol... more


Showcasing East Anglian talent

Opaque   Over the last 8 years our Friday Night Local Bands Showcase has gone from strength to strength. It's an opportun... more


Young Scottish talent to grace festival

iona-high-res   Aberdeenshire folksinger Iona Fyfe has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad si... more


Dance, Dance, Dance…

Frog on a Bike   We pride ourselves on hosting some great ceilidhs over the festival weekend and for the ... more


A rip roaring tale for the festival

Hereward 2   Hereward The Wake's daring commando raids against the Norman Conquest, gloriously c... more


The face of young roots music talent

Sam Kelly   Sam Kelly is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning singer, song-writer,... more


3 Daft Monkeys

3Daft Monkeys    After experiencing the 3 Daft Monkeys' notoriously energetic live performance at Glastonb... more


2018 festival competitions launched

]comp winner   In conjunction with the opening of the box office for the 2018 festival, we are launching two co... more


Opaque booked for Showcase

Opaque https://youtu.be/WOXk3_RpDMk Don't miss this band! Booked for our Friday Night Local Bands Showcase, the six-... more


Box office opens 2 February

EFF_2018_A5_portrait   Only a week to go until the box office opens for the hotly anticipated... more


Climb That Tree!

David+Gibb-1_smallest  No - not an instruction to take more exercise, but the title of the ... more


Black Feathers add to diverse music line-up

es5  What better way to start the new year musically than announcing the latest addition to our 2018 line-up - The Black Feat... more


Piping hot news for the festive season

KAthryn Tickell[1828]  We're absolutely delighted to announce that Kathryn Tickell's new band <... more


Flossie returns

Flossie  Flossie Malavialle is a French born singer who has been based in the North East of England since 2002. As a re... more


2017 band competition winners return

]comp winner  This very talented trio were the winners of our 2017 Band Competition and we were so impressed, w... more


Lindisfarne to play Saturday night of festival

Lindisfarne  Legendary 70s folk-rock pioneers Lindisfarne will bring their



Return of Broom Bezzums

Broom Bezzums  We first came across this critically acclaimed duo a couple of years ago and invited them to... more


Morris men on their way!

Wrigleys    Very pleased to announce a long overdue return from one of the best.....Wrigley Head are just about the ... more


Squeeze box virtuoso to perform at Ely

John Kirkpatrick   We're delighted to announce that after an absence of many years, the wonderful Joh... more


Blues supremo lined up for Ely

J Dickinson 2   The first blues musician we booked for the 2018 festival is the redoubtable and very talent... more


More acts booked for 2018

The Willows 5  Wow! The 2018 festival is shaping up to be an exhilarating & diverse musical weekend. Ca... more


Review of 2017 festival

Stephen Beaver 1   Extract from a recent review of the 2017 festival published in RnR music magazine ... more


Winners of 2017 Photo Competition announced

Clare Collins 2    Congratulations to Stephen Beaver and Clare Collins who submitted the winning entri... more


Planning starts for 2018 festival

EFF_2018_logo_square   After a well-deserved break over the summer, we will shortly start pla... more


Festival over for another year

Spookies 2017  Wow! What a festival. We can't believe it's over for another year. It was a truly wonderfu... more


A Sunday of great music ahead

seth lakeman  After a truly wonderful Saturday of music, Sunday at Ely Folk Festival promises even more. From t... more


And now for some more great music…

The Spooky Mens Chorale - Tool photo (1.3MB)  After a... more


Festival off to a sunny start

causeway-ceili  The sun is shining on the festival site as it gears up to receive the first festival visi... more


Countdown to 2017 festival starts

len-ingles-1  With three days to go to the opening of Ely Folk Festival 2017, the excitement is mounting and ... more


Preview of 2017 festival

Thanks to Rychard Carrington for a preview of the 2017 festival. The full text is available here Ely Folk Fest preview 2017[1295]. The review includes '...Ely is definitely one of the best of England's... more


Another fine year for great ales

Susan Fancourt Green photo 1    Ely Folk Festival has a great bar tent. Eve... more


Workshops galore!

Fiona Dodman photo 3  Try your hand at something new this Ely Folk Festival and come along to ... more


Kids at Ely Folk Festival

ely-slides5  Kids love Ely Folk Festival as it has a great range of activities & fun things to do. Parents ... more


Pardon our appearance!

20170507_162225 (2)   As a result of the development of a new cinema & restaurant complex, t... more


Line-up for Sunday evening M3 concert finalised

Honey & the bear  We have just finalised the line-up for the Sunday evening concert in marquee 3 by b... more


Charity cheque handed over at Festival AGM

2017 AGM  At the Ely Folk Festival AGM last night, Andy Wall the festival committee chair person handed over a cheque... more


Have bells & sticks…will travel

index_image775[1]  When is an English Cotswold morris team not an English Cotswold morris team? When it comes from Mi... more


2017 Band Competition closes 21 April

EFF_band_poster-2low (1)  If you're a budding folk/roots musician and would like to compe... more


23 magnificent morris teams booked

ely-slides2  With their brightly coloured garb, clogs, bells, sticks, ribbons,  musical instruments and fast c... more


Festival supporting Eel Day 2017

eel2  Ely - the isle of eels - has celebrated Eel Day in recent years. This year it will be on Saturday 29th April and in ... more


2017 festival charity chosen

magpas44   We're delighted to announce that our chosen charity to support as part of the 2017 festival is Magpas Air... more


Antipodeans on tour!



Festival welcomes harpist

Jennifer Crook  Singer songwriter, harpist,... more


Stalls, stalls, stalls

Susan Fancourt Green photo 1  We've lined up a great range of food & craf... more


Enter our Band Competition

EFF_band_poster-2low (1)  Calling all up-and-coming amateur roots & folk acts. Would ... more


Showcasing East Anglian talent

Lady Hamilton  Our Friday Night Showcase has become an important part of the festival over the past number ... more


Festival acts nominated for Radio 2 Folk Awards

ohooley-tidow  We pride ourselves on booking great acts for Ely Folk Festival and we're delighted to say th... more


River life & lots more for kids

eel2  Kids of all ages love Ely Folk Festival...and so do their mums and dads. With its family friendly vibe, lots of oppo... more


Box office opens 1st February

ely-slides5  The waiting is over! The festival box office opens today. Festival tickets offer great value with ... more


Get your fix of bluegrass / Appalachian sounds

HotRockPilgrims  Hot Rock Pilgrims is an old-time/bluegrass super-group featuring some of the most ex... more


French – Geordie at festival

Flossie  Notwithstanding what happens with Brexit, we're delighted to celebrate a perfect marriage of French & Engl... more


Urban Folk Theory to get Friday night ceilidh going

Urban-Folk-Theory-  With a youthful exuberant energetic vibe, Urban Folk Theory has emerged into ... more


Countdown to box office opening starts…

ely-slides4  The box office for the 2017 festival will open on Wednesday 1st February.  An more


Georgia Lewis rocks!

georgia-lewis-band  We're delighted to welcome back to Ely Folk Festival, the very wonderful and ... more


Ross & Jarlath…Pipers, Tunesmiths, Entertainers

ross-jarlath   Not just one, but two pipers and highly talented musicians in the form of Ross Ainslie & ... more


Very best wishes for 2017…

logo_hat_2 1  We would like to thank all friends and followers of Ely Folk Festival for your support in 2016; ... more


TRADarrr…an early xmas gift for Ely festival

logo_hat_2 1  TRADarrr is a conglomeration of British folk rock musicians and intertwined personalities. Form... more


Cajun, Zydeco, Swamp ‘n’ Roll!

elvisfontenot-2017-smaller  Cajun, Zydeco, Swamp 'n' Roll from the bayous of Staf... more


Celebrated harmony duo to grace Ely festival

ohooley-tidow  With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2... more


Fantastic harpist lined up for festival

jennifer-crook-trio   In a career that has led her from the BBC Young Tradition Award to touring with Snow ... more


The Elephant Sessions to close Saturday night

elephant-sessions   Winners of Scots Trad Awards 'Up and Coming Act of the Year 2014', and nominee... more


2017 festival keenly priced

CHIDRENSPARADE-9  The box office for the 2017 festival won't open until February but we're pleased to ... more


Reg Meuross booked for festival

reg-meuross  If you haven’t already experienced the warmth, humour and depth of Reg’s performances then y... more


A fusion of blues, country & Americana

brooks_therootsgeldrop_medres  We're delighted to add the wonderful Brooks Williams to t... more


2017 festival to have a French flavour

whg8fthl   Anglo-French acoustic dance band Topette! will bring a gallic flavour to the 2017 festival. The band wi... more


Work on 2017 line-up underway

seth lakeman  Work is well underway on pulling together an exciting and rather wonderful musical line-up for th... more


2016 festival photo competition winners

jon-dean-2  We had some great entries this year for our festival photograph competition. The theme was 'A riot o... more


Record charity collection by festival morris sides

FB_IMG_1469547031350  Despite torrential rain during their procession around Ely over the fol... more


Reuniting lost property with its owners

Did you leave something behind at Ely Folk Festival 2016? If so, check out the photos of the lost property we found and get in touch with us by emailing queries@elyfolkfestival.co.uk. We'd like to ensure happy endings to our lost property stories.... more


Enter our 2016 Festival Photo Competition

Les Ingles photo 2    Our theme this year is ‘A riot of colour an... more


2016 festival bows out with Wild Mountain Thyme

Nic Lewis photo  The last performance of the 2016 festival was by Irish super group Altan who were join... more


What’s happening on Sunday

Wizz Jones  Our afternoon concert starts at midday and will get off to a great start with the wonderfully talented... more


Lots happening on festival site today

EII-with-Candles-1038x576  After a fantastic opening night at Ely Folk Festival, t... more


Festival to open with a flourish

steamchicken  Bring sunscreen & hats for a scorching festival weekend music-wise.  Festival site opens at 1pm with first conc... more


Festival set-up underway

Ely Folk Festival 2016 is taking shape on site as marquees are erected, camping spaces marked out, signs erected, dance floors laid and stages built. The ground is firm and green - ideal conditions thanks to the recent spell of dry, windy weather. Any changes to site conditions likely to affect festival visitors will be posted here and on our facebook page. The festiv... more


Festival box office arrangements

Rose Laidler photo 2    Sales of advance festival tickets from the apex will finish at 5pm o... more


Friday night preview

tom-figgins-introducing-300x300  With a week to go until Ely Folk Festi... more


Fun for younger guests at Ely Folk Festival

Rose Laidler photo 2   Bug safaris, story-telling, craft & story workshops, kids parade, ... more


More Caravan/Campervan Pitches Added

Due to unprecedented demand for caravan/campervan pitches this year we had sold all the planned pitches on Campsites 1, 3 and 4. The good news is that we've managed to move things around slightly and made 10 more pitches available. These can be booked along with your weekend tickets by going to the Tickets page. Pl... more


Stock lined up for real ale bar

Susan Fancourt Green photo 1  Fil the festival bar manager has been working h... more


Celtic flavour to Sunday evening line-up

s2  There's a definite celtic flavour to the Sunday evening concert line-up at Ely Folk Festival this year. Scotsman more


Friday Night Local Bands Showcase

  Honey  This year, we have sourced a wonderful electric line-up for the Friday Night concert in Marquee 2 - showca... more


Clogs, sticks, hankies and bells…

MorrisParade riot ... will be stamped, waved and shook along Ely High Street on Saturday 9th July as ... more


Dance the festival away

Andrew Goodbody photo 1     This year we've got three great ceilidhs lined up. The lat... more


Winner of the 2016 festival band competition is …

JL2    Georgia Lewis and Friends. This exciting young band is led by folk singer and avid accordionist Georgia Lewis who hai... more


Creepy crawlies, story walks & quizes

CHIDRENSPARADE-9   Kids of all ages love Ely Folk Festival because there's lots of different activiti... more


Dog steals show at festival AGM

AGM 2016  Cassie the dog stole the show - and our hearts - at the folk festival's recent AGM. Cassie along with her h... more


Join us on Eel Day for a festival taster

Lodi Pickins  Ely Folk Festival will be hosting a stall and concert at Ely Eel Day on Saturday 30th April. Th... more


Lots of ways to participate in the 2016 festival

Fiona Dodman photo 3  Details of workshops and informal meets planned for the 2016 festival ar... more


Bread or Blood takes shape

St Mary's Plaque  "I might as well be hanged as starved" (Richard Rutter, a rioter at Ely 1816)... more


Bugs, bugs, bugs at 2016 festival

Rose Laidler photo 2   Kids love Ely Folk Festival as there's so much to do. This year, we'... more


Box office opens

A good start to the week as the box office for the 2016 festival opens. Still one of the best value and most enjoyable folk music festivals around, ticket prices start at £24 for a Friday evening ticket and £69 for an early bird weekend ticket. With a fantastic line-up in place, what better way to while away these cold February days than treating yourself to a tick... more


2016 festival band competition launches

Rusty Shackle   Rusty Shackle were worthy winners of our 2015 band competition and are making a return visi... more


The joys of festival stewarding

stewards_20_2170930534  Volunteer stewards are the backbone of our festival as they help ... more


2016 ticket prices announced

Ticket prices for the 2016 festival have now been posted on our Tickets page http://elyfolkfestival.co.uk/tickets/. We've kept prices increases to a minimum. An early bird adult weekend ticket is still available for less than £70 - fantastic value for three days of great music and dance entertainment. Ely Folk Fest... more


Line-up for Friday Night Showcase

Dickon McCarthy  Our Friday Night Showcase has become an increasingly popular part of the festival, given the range ... more


Bread or Blood

LPtRiots  2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the 1816 Ely & Littleport Riots. The riots were caused by high une... more


Christmas comes early to The K9 Project

lifeskills2   Ely Folk Festival committee is delighted to donate £1600 from the 2015 festiv... more


Winners of 2015 festival photo competition

Congratulations to Rose Laidler and Len Ingles, worthy winners of our 2015 Ely Folk Festival Photo Competition. We felt their entries really nailed the theme of '30 years of the greatest little festival' capturing aspects such as colour, movement, regular visitors and spectacle. Both winners will receive complimentary tickets to Ely Folk Festival 2016. Thank you to al... more


Website Updates

You'll notice that our website is in a state of flux! We're working on improving it at the moment so please bear with us. In the meantime, on the righthand side of this page is a list of the fantastic acts we've lined up for the 2016 festival to date. Those denoted with an asterisk will perform on both Saturday and Sunday. Further details about the line-up plus how to... more


Acts booked so far for the 2018 festival

Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening
Steve Knightley
Sam Kelly & Friends
Jamie Smith's Mabon
3 Daft Monkeys
Johnny Dickinson
Iona Fyfe
Anthony John Clarke
The Willows
The Black Feathers
John Kirkpatrick
The Relentless Ceilidh Band
Flossie Malavialle
Broom Bezzums
Tim Edey
Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith
Chris Fox
Blackjack Blues Band
Alden Patterson and Dashwood
Frog on a Bike
The Penland Phezants
The Barefoot Doctors
Cary Outis
Brother Pit
Lee Gillett
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