Eddi Reader

Eddi Reader

Eddi Reader grew up in Glasgow and Irvine, Scotland and it was in those towns that she learned to use music as a vehicle for communicating with others through busking and performing at the local folk clubs. She famously harmonized with Annie Lennox touring with the...

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Rusty Shackle

Rusty Shackle

Rusty Shackle is a vibrant six-piece folk rock band based in Wales. Band members are Liam Collins, Mathew Barwick, George Barrell, Ryan Williams and brothers Scott McKeon and James McKeon.  Combining guitars, fiddle, banjo, mandola, trumpet & percussion, Rusty...

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Jez Lowe

Jez Lowe

Over the past four decades, Jez Lowe has been one of the UK’s busiest singer-songwriters, playing for audiences the world over, either solo, (with guitar, cittern, mandolin and harmonica accompaniment), or with his long-time band The Bad Pennies. Jez’s self-penned...

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Ian A. Anderson

Ian A. Anderson

Ian A. Anderson began his music career in the 1960s, influenced by old country blues players, before taking a swerve in the ’70s into so- called ‘psych folk’. He eventually settled into a personal style that draws from traditional folk, blues, old-time and world roots...

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Matthew Dames & Anna Talbot

Matthew Dames & Anna Talbot

Based in the beautiful Australian state of Tasmania, Matthew Dames and Anna Talbot perform a variety of Celtic and contemporary folk songs. A delicate blend of vocal harmonies, intricate guitar work and dynamic bodhrán creates a sonic fusion not to be missed....

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Cambridge and Walker

Cambridge and Walker

Their mutual interest in traditional songs and harmonies brought Cambridge and Walker together; both firmly entrenched in the traditions of folk music, the community and in keeping folk music alive. A vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, David Cambridge’s love of the...

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Rory McLeod

Rory McLeod

Rory McLeod, an ex-circus clown and fire eater, is a one-man-soul-band, and poet. He has a natural troubadour’s talent for weaving magical, musical, storytelling spells accompanied by his own bizarre solo orchestra of distinctive instruments. The spoons,...

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The Fugitives

The Fugitives

Hailing from Vancouver, Canada, The Fugitives is an acoustic folk-roots collective headed by songwriters Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod. They’re joined by banjo player Chris Suen (Viper Central) and violinist Carly Frey (The Coal Porters).  Their live shows brim with...

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Orphean Sprig

Orphean Sprig

As a nod to their beginnings, Orphean Sprig like to include an element of spontaneity in performances, a characteristic of the sessions in which they met in the Cambridge session scene. They are an instrumental folk band with a shared passion for the traditional music...

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Lightning Jack

Lightning Jack

We're delighted to welcome Lightning Jack back to Ely Folk Festival. One of Cambridge's favourite bands, they have reformed after several years to bring a mix of old favourites and brand new songs, all delivered with the cool stage craft and engaging fun that is a...

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