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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...

Looking ahead to the 2019 festival

Looking ahead to the 2019 festival

Thank you to all who have entered our photo competitions. We're going to enjoy judging them and will announce the winners in due course. We'll be taking the rest of the summer off from festival stuff and will resume service in the autumn. In the meantime, a quick...

Enter our 2018 festival photo competitions by 31 July

Enter our 2018 festival photo competitions by 31 July

The theme is Fun in the Sun. To enter, simply upload a maximum of two photos you have taken at Ely Folk Festival 2018 that you think best illustrates the above theme to the Ely Folk Festival Facebook page by Tuesday 31st July marked with the tag ‘Ely Folk Fest 2018...

A swarm of festival visitors

A swarm of festival visitors

Ely Folk Festival 2018; Friday evening; visitors settling in for a weekend of great music; ... but on Campsite 3, things were really buzzing! A swarm of bees had decided to make heir home in one of the traffic cones used as a marker on the campsite. While the cone was...

That’s all for the 2018 festival folks…

That’s all for the 2018 festival folks…

Wow! What a weekend - bookended perfectly by our band competition winner Melody Causton and the fabulous Kathryn Tickell and The Lightening. The sun shone down on an amazing collection of musicians, entertainers and artists who played their hearts out. Thank you to...

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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