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They sing, they pick, they eat

They sing, they pick, they eat

Treat yourself to some food for the soul and join Lunch Special at Ely Folk Festival. Lunch Special is a London-based Country and Bluegrass band. Members Neala Hickey, Vivian Li, and Luca Serino have roots spreading across three continents. In 2016, the three met at a...

A taste of country

A taste of country

Lucy Grubb is a singer/songwriter from Norwich who will bring her own special blend of country music to Ely Folk Festival. With heartfelt lyrics and Country undertones, Lucy focuses on telling you the unadulterated truth about a girl who was born and raised in a town...

Enter our competitions

Enter our competitions

We have now launched our Band Competition and Youth Challenge Competition for 2019. We are keen to encourage to promote and give a festival performance platform to great new acts and talented young people in the area of folk and roots act. The prize is a performance...

Festival box office opens 1 February

Festival box office opens 1 February

Hurrah! After months of planning the 2019 festival, the box office is ready to open. The sunny days of July may seem a long way off, but what better antidote to the current cold spell than treating yourself to a ticket for Ely Folk Festival. Tickets are available for...

A taste of the salty sea

A taste of the salty sea

The Rogue Shanty Buoys are an energetic sea shanties group based in rural Suffolk with an unmistakably bold and original sound and an emphasis on tight harmonies, strong vocals and unfussy arrangements. They perform authentic Sea shanties and sea songs, whaling arias,...

Blue start to the new year

Blue start to the new year

Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. Recently Martin has headlined Music City Roots in Nashville, performed on the Cayamo Cruise with Chris Stapleton, toured coast to coast...

Festival wishes

Festival wishes

We wish all friends, volunteers & supporters of Ely Folk Festival a very happy, peaceful & musical Christmas & New Year. We look forward to seeing you at our 2019 festival in the company of Oysterband, Cara Dillon, Ferocious Dog, Martin Carthy, Nancy Kerr,...

Ferocious Dog to finish Saturday night concert

Ferocious Dog to finish Saturday night concert

Ferocious Dog is an English folk punk band from Nottinghamshire. The band provides a full-on six-piece sound that encompasses folk infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations. Ferocious Dog are well known and popular for their high octane live performances. Their...

Oysterband booked for Sunday night

Oysterband booked for Sunday night

Oysterband make a modern, folk-based British music, acoustic at heart, sometimes intense, sometimes rocking. Since 1978 they've toured in 35 countries - festivals, concerts, bars, rallies, jails, bring 'em on! - won 5 BBC Folk Awards and made 13 studio albums and one...

Winners of 2018 Photo Competition

Winners of 2018 Photo Competition

As autumn wends its way forward into darker evenings, the 2018 festival seems a long time ago. So, a perfect moment to announce the winners of the 2018 Festival Photo Comp and remind ourselves what a fabulous, hot, chilled out festival it was. Thanks to all who...

Booked for 2019

Oysterband
Nancy Kerr
Martin Carthy
Ferocious Dog
Cara Dillon
Melrose Quartet
Gerry Colvin Band
Two Coats Colder
Tide Lines
Rory McLeod
Les Barker
Melody Causton
Saul Bailey
Andy Wall
Opaque
The Melrose Ceilidh Band

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