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LPtRiots  2016 marks the 200th anniversary of the 1816 Ely & Littleport Riots. The riots were caused by high unemployment and rising grain costs, much like the general unrest which spread throughout England following the Napoleonic Wars. One upshot of the Riots was that 23 local men and one woman were condemned, of which five were subsequently hanged. The Riots are an important local historic event, and Ely Folk Festival (with support from City of Ely Council) is pleased to commission Gareth Calway to write and perform a show for the 2016 festival involving narrative and music (performed by Andy Wall) to mark this anniversary. The show will be performed in marquee 3 on Sunday evening.


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Booked so far for the 2018 festival (subject to contract)

Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening
Steve Knightley
Jamie Smith's Mabon
Johnny Dickinson
Anthony John Clarke
The Willows
The Black Feathers
John Kirkpatrick
Flossie Malavialle
Broom Bezzums
Chris Fox
Alden Patterson and Dashwood
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