Workshops and Competitions

2019 Competitions

In conjunction with opening the box office for our 2019 festival, we are launching two competitions – the festival Band Competition and our Youth Folk Challenge. Read on for details on how to enter both competitions. Closing dates for both competitions is 30 April 2019.

Youth Folk Challenge 2019
This is for solo or duo acts or groups all aged under 21 years as at 12th July 2019. Entries from those residents in East Cambridgeshire district are especially welcome, but young folk music acts from anywhere within Cambridgeshire are welcome to apply. We will select up to four acts to play a 15 minute set on Friday night at Ely Folk Festival 2018. Winning entries will be provided with weekend tickets for themselves (and 2 adults in the case of winners aged under 18 if appropriate) and also automatically subscribed to our Saturday Club Tent competition where they can perform for a chance to open our Main stage on Sunday.
To enter, please submit the following to artists@elyfolkfestival.co.uk including YOUTH FOLK CHALLENGE in the subject line:
• A sample of your work either as an mp3 (or if video mp4) or a link to a website such as Youtube where you are featured
• A 100 word biography
• Details of the entrants’ names, dates of birth, & place of residence in Cambridgeshire
• A contact email address
Entries must be received by midnight on 30 April 2019 to be considered. Winning entries will be informed by end of May 2019.

Festival Band Competition 2019
The festival Band Competition has gone from strength to strength over the years and is now noted as a key opportunity for up and coming amateur folk & roots acts to gain recognition on the festival circuit and perform on stage with some of the top acts around. The winning entry from the Band Competition will be awarded the opening performance of the 2019 festival on the main concert stage on Friday 12th July.
Amateur solo, duo and group folk and roots acts are welcome to enter our Band Competition. To enter the Band Competition, please submit the following to artists@elyfolkfestival.co.uk including BAND COMPETITION in the subject line:
• A sample of your work either as an mp3 (or if video mp4) or a link to a website such as Youtube where you are featured (or email us at artists@elyfolkfestival.co.uk if you prefer to send a CD instead)
• A 100 word biography
• A contact email address
Entries must be received by midnight on 30th April 2019 to be considered. The winning entry will be informed by end of May 2019.

2019 Festival Workshops, sessions & meets

Ely Folk Festival prides itself on enabling our visitors to participate in the music and dance taking place over the weekend by taking part in the  many workshops that operate; join in with one of our sessions; or get up close and personal with our guest musicians by way of informal meets. Workshops, sessions and meets organised for the 2019 festival include:

SATURDAY

  • 09.00 – 10.15 – Yoga with Sarah Moss
  • 10.00 – 12.00 – Singaround with Simon Kelso
  • 10.30 – 11.30 – East Anglian Step Dance workshop with Fiona Davies
  • 10.30 – 11.20 – Songwriting workshop with Adrian Nation
  • 11.30 – 12.20 – Bodhran for beginners workshop with John Blackwell
  • 12.30 – 13.20 – Chorus songs workshop 1 with the Rogue Shanty Buoys
  • 13.30 – 14.30 – Meet Julie Felix
  • 14.30 – 15.20 – Easy ‘n Slow Tunes workshop 1 with David Savage – download the tunebook Easy n Slow Tunebook 2019
  • 15.30 – 16.30 – Fiddles in harmony workshop with Nancy and Jess from Melrose Quartet
  • 20.40 – 22.40 – Saturday night session

SUNDAY

  • 09.00 – 10.15 – Yoga with Sarah Moss
  • 10.00 – 12.00 – Singaround with Simon Kelso
  • 10.30 – 11.20 – Dance Like a Witchman – workshop with the Witchmen
  • 10.30 – 11.20 – Five string banjo workshop: claw hammer & frailling with Robin Gillan
  • 11.30 – 12.20 – Medup* morris workshop with Sheffield City Morris (*medup = made-up!)
  • 11.30 – 12.20 – Meet Les Barker
  • 12.30 – 14.00 Chorus songs workshop 2 followed by mini concert with the Rogue Shanty Buoys
  • 14.30 – 15.20 Easy ‘n Slow Tunes workshop 2 with David Savage – download the tunebook Easy n Slow Tunebook 2019

 

 

 

 

Booked for 2019

Oysterband
Nancy Kerr
Martin Carthy
Ferocious Dog
Cara Dillon
Martin Harley
Julie Felix
Melrose Quartet
Rogue Shanty Buoys
Gerry Colvin Band
Two Coats Colder
Tide Lines
Rory McLeod
Stick in the Wheel
Jackie Oates
False Lights
Adrian Nation
Threepenny Bit
Les Barker
Joshua Burnell Band
Cary Otis
Lunch Special
Melody Causton
Saul Bailey
Lucy Grubb Band
Megan Wisden
Andy Wall
Opaque
Robin Gillan
The Melrose Ceilidh Band
Friday Night Showcase

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