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Band Competition Winner

Band Competition Winner

We're delighted to announce that the winner of the Ely Folk Festival Band Competition 2018 is Melody Causton.  The distinctive sound of Melody's voice gives great spirit to her soulful songs of love and life.  Side stage, sleeping in guitar cases whilst her parents...

Workshops galore

Workshops galore

Dance like a Witchman; learn some easy 'n slow tunes; pick up slide guitar tips from a blues master; hit a bodhran; sing with a Scots woman; step dance with an East Anglian....where can you do this and lots more? Ely Folk Festival ofcourse. Lots of opportunities to...

A riotous festival

A riotous festival

Morris dance has been an important aspect of Ely Folk Festival right from the early days. This year 19 morris teams from all over the country will perform at the festival. There are close parallels between the history of the Ely Folk Festival and Ely and Littleport...

Youth Folk Challenge winners

Youth Folk Challenge winners

This year we launched a search for talented young musicians in the Cambridgeshire area to preform at Ely Folk Festival. We were not disappointed at the talent that came forward and are pleased to announce the following four acts who will perform at Ely Folk Festival...

Reduced price ticket period ends 31 May

Reduced price ticket period ends 31 May

Ely Folk Festival loves dogs and welcomes them along with their well-behaved owners. Treat your dog this July and bring them to Ely Folk Festival (and buy them one of our new festival dog bandanas so they look extra smart). Save money on a weekend ticket by buying it...

Great new acts added to Sunday line-up

Great new acts added to Sunday line-up

The Barefoot Doctors; Glymjack; & Ward & Parker have been added to the line-up for Sunday afternoon and evening. Bring rhythm & blues, high energy folk & acoustic jazz/pop sounds...perfect for a lazy Sunday at Ely Folk Festival! Prescribing soulful remedies are just...

Catch some festival flavour at Eel Day

Catch some festival flavour at Eel Day

Cool festival music on a sunny spring afternoon...for free! What's not to like? Three of the 2018 festival acts will perform at Ely Eel Day on Saturday 5th May. The action takes place at Jubilee Gardens near the river. Acts appearing on the festival stage are Lovehats...

MAGPAS presented with festival donation 2017

MAGPAS presented with festival donation 2017

At the recent festival AGM, Emma Sanders from MAGPAS Air Ambulance service described the wonderful and necessary work undertaken by MAGPAS our chosen festival charity for 2017.  Festival chairman Andy Wall presented Emma with a cheque for £1600 on behalf of the...

Time running out to enter competitions

Time running out to enter competitions

We've had some great entries so far for both our Band Competition and Youth Challenge Competition. Previous winners of the Band Competition such as Georgia Lewis; Alden, Paterson & Dashwood; and Rusty Shackle have gone on to make their mark on the roots & folk circuit...

Tune sessions…taking it Easy & Slow

Tune sessions…taking it Easy & Slow

Part of the pleasure of going to a festival is joining in with some of the music sessions and workshops. Sometimes it can feel a little daunting – so this year, we’re launching two afternoon Easy ‘n Slow music sessions where experienced musician David Savage will lead...

Booked for 2018

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

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