Ely Folk Festival Line Up 2020

The Festival line up for 2020 is taking shape…

Artists confirmed so far include Show of Hands (Sun), Daoiri Farrell (Sat), Midnight Skyracer (Sat), The Young’uns (Sat), Daphne’s Flight (Sun), Noble Jacks (Sat), Martyn Joseph (Sun), Megson (Sun), Thomas Ford (Sat&Sun), Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage (Fri&Sat), Blackbeard’s Tea Party (Fri), Joshua Burnell Band (Sat&Sun), Carravick Sisters (Sat), Tell Tale Tusk (Sun), Thomas McCarthy (Sun), Steamchicken ceilidh band (Fri)

Steamchicken ceilidh band booked

Steamchicken ceilidh band booked

One of the most shamelessly exuberant dance bands on the English folk scene, Steamchicken has roared from its humble beginings to fame and popularity over a career spanning nearly 3 decades. Regularly delighting Dance tents, Folk clubs and Village halls across the...

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Festival box office opens 9th December

Festival box office opens 9th December

We are so excited about the wonderful line up we have booked for the 2020 Ely Folk Festival, that we have decided to open the box office early - on 9th December. Details of ticket prices and how to book tickets are posted on our Tickets page. Give yourself, a friend...

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Noble Jacks to finish Saturday night

Noble Jacks to finish Saturday night

With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks take no prisoners with their high-energy footstompin’ rhythms, which have taken crowds by storm across the UK. The band blending of the time- honoured with the contemporary, harking back to American storytelling...

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The Young’uns booked for 2020 festival

The Young’uns booked for 2020 festival

We've been working hard to book the best acts to appear at the 2020 festival and are delighted to announce that The Young'uns will be performing at the festival. Teesside trio The Young’uns have always had the human touch. With their strong songs, spellbinding...

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Winners of 2019 festival photo competition

Winners of 2019 festival photo competition

After much deliberation, we can announce the Ely Folk Festival 2019 photo competition winners. Congratulations to Rita Jennings and Andy Taylor for their winning entries. The energy, colour and composition of Andy's picture and the fun and exuberance captured in...

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Festival dog gets a name

Festival dog gets a name

Congratulations to Niamh aged 10 who suggested Banjo as a name for the dog who features on our logo. Banjo is the winning entry in our Name the Festival Dog Competition for younger festival visitors this year. We had 54 great suggestions showing lots of imagination...

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Images of Ely 2019

Images of Ely 2019

Some images of the different aspects of Ely Folk Festival 2019 courtesy of Andrew Moore, Dave Streatfield & Tom Smith...more to foll              

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What a festival!

What a festival!

Goodness - the 2019 festival weekend seemed to pass by in a blur of music, colour & excitement. It was a fabulous festival with a great blend of music; great morris and ceilidh dancing; wonderful kids activities, and great all-round fun. On behalf of the festival...

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Saturday sell-out for festival

Saturday sell-out for festival

From a melodic opening by festival band competition winner Tell Tale Tusk, via the energetic Gerry Colvin Band and storming Scottish band TIde Lines, the first day of Ely Folk Festival 2019 ended with an energising ceilidh with Melrose Ceilidh Band. Today, Les Barker...

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All set for a great festival

All set for a great festival

Ferocious Dog; Cara Dillon; Oysterband; Martin Carthy; Nancy Kerr; Martin Harley; Gerry Colvin Band; Joshua Burnell Band; Jackie Oates; Tide Lines … just some of the evening acts appearing over this coming weekend. Tickets prices from £27 and selling fast.

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Morris dancing over the festival

Morris dancing over the festival

Morris dancing has been an important element of Ely Folk Festival right from its earliest days - reflecting the diverse range of English traditional dance and how it has evolved as a living tradition. This year we have a great section of morris teams from all around...

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FREE family friendly festival workshop on 7 July

FREE family friendly festival workshop on 7 July

Things are hotting up with only two weeks to go until Ely Folk Festival. On Sunday 7 July, come along and take part in a FREE family friendly drop-in workshop between 1-3pm at Babylon Gallery along Ely riverside, delivered by Ruth Marley from Re-imagine, courtesy of...

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Kids…kids…kids

Kids…kids…kids

Wood printing, storytelling, percussion workshop, crafting, kids parade, free play, family concert, whistle workshop …. some if the fantastic activities we have organised for the 2019 festival. Check out our kids page & download the simple tunebook to accompany...

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Tell Tale Tusk win 2019 Band Comp

Tell Tale Tusk win 2019 Band Comp

We're delighted to announce that Tell Tale Tusk are the winners of the 2019 Band Competition. This female group based in North London weave spellbinding three-part vocal harmonies around melodious instrumentals to create a take on folk that is bold and original, as...

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Flavoured with soul, jazz, funk….

Flavoured with soul, jazz, funk….

Cambridgeshire singer song writer Soloman Smith writes and performs folk songs flavoured with soul, jazz, funk, country and more! He has been involved with music for some 30 plus years in one guise or another and has been lucky enough to share stages/bills with some...

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Youth challenge winners 2019

Youth challenge winners 2019

Congratulations to the winners of our Youth Challenge competition 2019 - Jasmine Canham; Abhainn & Oliver Cross.  At sixteen years old, Jasmine is a young and upcoming singer from Suffolk who is starting to make her mark on the local music industry. As a writer,...

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Kids play

Kids play

Kids love Ely Folk Festival as there’s so much to do… crafts…music…story-telling…yoga…family concert…kids procession…games…fun…play…and lots more. Parents love Ely Folk Festival as the festival arena is compact and it’s easy to keep an eye on your little ones while...

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Festival donation to Centre 33

Festival donation to Centre 33

At the festival AGM earlier this week, Andy Wall chair of the festival committee presented a cheque for £1105.25 to Gavin Chappell Bates from Centre 33. Centre 33 was our chosen local charity to support at the 2018 festival. The festival was delighted to support this...

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Festival charity for 2019

Festival charity for 2019

Our chosen local charity to support this year is Care Network Cambridgeshire. CNC aims to help people to stay healthy, independent and in touch with their communities. Its volunteers provide ‘Help at Home’ a free service supporting people in their own homes after a...

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Enter our competitions

Enter our competitions

We have now launched our Band Competition and Youth Challenge Competition for 2019. We are keen to encourage to promote and give a festival performance platform to great new acts and talented young people in the area of folk and roots act. The prize is a performance...

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Festival box office opens 1 February

Festival box office opens 1 February

Hurrah! After months of planning the 2019 festival, the box office is ready to open. The sunny days of July may seem a long way off, but what better antidote to the current cold spell than treating yourself to a ticket for Ely Folk Festival. Tickets are available for...

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A taste of the salty sea

A taste of the salty sea

The Rogue Shanty Buoys are an energetic sea shanties group based in rural Suffolk with an unmistakably bold and original sound and an emphasis on tight harmonies, strong vocals and unfussy arrangements. They perform authentic Sea shanties and sea songs, whaling arias,...

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Blue start to the new year

Blue start to the new year

Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. Recently Martin has headlined Music City Roots in Nashville, performed on the Cayamo Cruise with Chris Stapleton, toured coast to coast...

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Festival wishes

Festival wishes

We wish all friends, volunteers & supporters of Ely Folk Festival a very happy, peaceful & musical Christmas & New Year. We look forward to seeing you at our 2019 festival in the company of Oysterband, Cara Dillon, Ferocious Dog, Martin Carthy, Nancy Kerr,...

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Ferocious Dog to finish Saturday night concert

Ferocious Dog to finish Saturday night concert

Ferocious Dog is an English folk punk band from Nottinghamshire. The band provides a full-on six-piece sound that encompasses folk infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations. Ferocious Dog are well known and popular for their high octane live performances. Their...

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Oysterband booked for Sunday night

Oysterband booked for Sunday night

Oysterband make a modern, folk-based British music, acoustic at heart, sometimes intense, sometimes rocking. Since 1978 they've toured in 35 countries - festivals, concerts, bars, rallies, jails, bring 'em on! - won 5 BBC Folk Awards and made 13 studio albums and one...

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Winners of 2018 Photo Competition

Winners of 2018 Photo Competition

As autumn wends its way forward into darker evenings, the 2018 festival seems a long time ago. So, a perfect moment to announce the winners of the 2018 Festival Photo Comp and remind ourselves what a fabulous, hot, chilled out festival it was. Thanks to all who...

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Looking ahead to the 2019 festival

Looking ahead to the 2019 festival

Thank you to all who have entered our photo competitions. We're going to enjoy judging them and will announce the winners in due course. We'll be taking the rest of the summer off from festival stuff and will resume service in the autumn. In the meantime, a quick...

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Enter our 2018 festival photo competitions by 31 July

Enter our 2018 festival photo competitions by 31 July

The theme is Fun in the Sun. To enter, simply upload a maximum of two photos you have taken at Ely Folk Festival 2018 that you think best illustrates the above theme to the Ely Folk Festival Facebook page by Tuesday 31st July marked with the tag ‘Ely Folk Fest 2018...

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A swarm of festival visitors

A swarm of festival visitors

Ely Folk Festival 2018; Friday evening; visitors settling in for a weekend of great music; ... but on Campsite 3, things were really buzzing! A swarm of bees had decided to make heir home in one of the traffic cones used as a marker on the campsite. While the cone was...

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That’s all for the 2018 festival folks…

That’s all for the 2018 festival folks…

Wow! What a weekend - bookended perfectly by our band competition winner Melody Causton and the fabulous Kathryn Tickell and The Lightening. The sun shone down on an amazing collection of musicians, entertainers and artists who played their hearts out. Thank you to...

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Buying festival tickets

Buying festival tickets

The box office on the festival site is open on Saturday until 12.30am and on Sunday from midday until 11.30pm. Tickets for Saturday and Sunday still available. Saturday adult tickets are £43, kids aged 12-17 are £17; Sunday adult tickets are £42; kids aged 12-17 are...

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Folk v. Football

Folk v. Football

A big weekend ahead - not only is it Ely Folk Festival 2018, but there are some significant football games taking place in Russia. But no need to choose between folk & footie. If England are in the final, we will have a TV in the festival bar in case you want to...

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The stuff of nightmares!

The stuff of nightmares!

And dreams too hopefully! You can now download our kids activities programme KIds Programme[3825]. Make your littles ones happy and bring them to Ely Folk Festival. Kids under the age of 12 get in free if accompanied by a ticket=buying adult.

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Vardy up front for England v France?

Vardy up front for England v France?

Fenland storytelling combo the Penland Phezants will be conjuring up the spirit of '66 as their Hereward the Wake tour comes to Ely Folk Festival on July 14th. That's 1066 and the English defeat at Hastings, folks, not the 1966 victory at Wembley, but there are...

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Kids…Kids…Kids

Kids…Kids…Kids

We’re working up a bumper list of kids activities for the 2018 festival under the theme of Dreams & Nightmares; and for starters, how about Climb That Tree, the brand new musical show from award-winning songwriter and musician David Gibb. Join David on a musical...

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Doing our bit about single use plastic

Doing our bit about single use plastic

I'm sure we've all seen the publicity in recent times about the drive to reduce single use plastics which is having a harmful effect on sealife. We try and do our bit to be more sustainable at the festival. Some years ago we introduced reusable bar 'glasses' which are...

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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...

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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...

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