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A rip roaring tale for the festival

Hereward 2   Hereward The Wake’s daring commando raids against the Norman Conquest, gloriously crowned by his will o’ the wisp escapes along secret fen paths are the stuff of legend. Poet Gareth Calway’s racy new narrative “A Very English Resistance; The Story of Hereward The Wake” celebrates Hereward’s  underdogged routing of the Normans, from the Siege of Ely and the Sack of Peterborough Abbey to his later real-life Robin Hood resistance in the greenwoods of Northamptonshire. Based on contemporary Latin sources later compiled by 12C monks this hero- tale contains very much more actual history than other national legends as well as the added thrill of romance and magic. Gareth is joined by Andy Wall and Vanessa Wood-Davies to form The Penland Phezants for the glorious retelling of this tale at Ely Folk Festival.

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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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