MUSIC Ely Folk Festival 2024 – booked so far 

Breabach

Breabach

One of Scotland’s most dynamic contemporary folk bands, Breabach unite Highland and Island tradition with the innovative scottish music scene. Their 18 year adventure has included live performances from Sydney Opera House to Central Park New York. Their latest release...

Thomas Bradley Project

Thomas Bradley Project

Winners of our 2024 Band Competition, Thomas Bradley Project is a folk-rock act based in Liverpool, whose songs tackle the social issues of the day while also delving into the lives of ordinary people - their labours, challenges and victories. Band members are Thomas...

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...

Peatbog Faeries

Peatbog Faeries

“Nothing prepares you for the high octane music of the Peatbog Faeries. Powerful melodies are dextrously pumped out with a smart degree of techno attitude, while cross-rhythms ricochet over a heavy bass that hits you forcefully like a massive heart beat.” The...

O’Hooley & Tidow

O’Hooley & Tidow

Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow are singer-songwriters from Yorkshire who specialise in harmony vocals, and whose talent invites comparison with that other famous folk duo Kate & Anna McGarrigle. Original and distinctive performers of their own material, and fine...

Patrons Concert

Patrons Concert

We're delighted that acclaimed musicians Boo Hewerdine & Brooks Williams are patrons of Ely Folk Festival. We're even more delighted that they will curate and host a special Patrons Concert on Sunday afternoon, sharing the stage with some specially invited guests....

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...

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...

Morganway

Morganway

Striking melodies, energetic rhythms, catchy songs, and a fiercely formidable live act – Morganway have made quite the impression on the UK’s rising Americana scene. The band is known for layering rich, six-part vocal harmonies over driving guitar, fiddle and keyboard...

Barefoot Doctors

Barefoot Doctors

Prescribing soulful remedies are just one of the many abilities that blues / rock / groove band The Barefoot Doctors share as they travel Europe dispensing their wholesome brand of Rhythm and Blues music to all who seek therapeutic healing. The Cambridge-based band...

Frog on a Bike

Frog on a Bike

One of the Cambridgeshire flatlands’ finest folk-rock ceilidh bands, Frog on a Bike is a hugely popular name on the professional East Anglian ceilidh scene. Composers and creative interpreters of traditional tunes, Frog on a Bike’s frenetic energy, distinctive sound...

Kitewing

Kitewing

Kitewing unites two critically acclaimed UK groups -The Shackleton Trio and Christina Alden & Alex Patterson – in a crescendo of driving tune sets and compelling instrumentals. Soaring harmonies and roaring fiddles combine with guitar, mandolin and banjo to play...

Rome

Rome

Romy Gensale's new band - Rome - hits all the right notes with its rock fusion sound. Rome includes a great blend of musicians driven by hard hitting original songs and powerful vocal with hints of PJ Harvey, Alanis Morissette &  Chrissie Hynde. Provocative &...

Faradena Afifi

Faradena Afifi

Founder of The Noisy Women Present, and The Noisy People’s Improvising Orchestra, Fara is also an Initiator, Connector and Performer. Faradena is a person with neurodiversity who has mixed Afghan/British heritage. She is a T’ai Chi Chuan practitioner/instructor, folk...

The Larks

The Larks

The Larks, Liz Miller and Chris Wilbraham, use guitar and mandolin to compliment their voices as they call on a wide range of influences and experiences to entertain their audiences. Their festival sets include traditional, contemporary and original songs which can be...

Lost Hobos

Lost Hobos

The Lost Hobos are a trio that play original acoustic-based music that they describe as ‘Fen Grass’. The band’s versatile line-up features three distinct vocalists that play acoustic guitars, percussion, mandolin and banjo. Some songs are sung in Australian but...

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

Since emerging in 2016, Hannah & Ben have been defying all conventions of style, genre and compartmentalisation. A touch of ‘Americana’, yet quintessentially English. Traditional, yet contemporary, with their individual writing style. Playful and instinctive, they...

John Kirkpatrick

John Kirkpatrick

John Kirkpatrick has been dancing, singing, and playing his way around the English folk scene since he joined Hammersmith Morris Men in 1959 at the age of twelve. Displaying a rare skill on a variety of push-pull squeezeboxes - the melodeon, the button accordion, and...

David Gibb

David Gibb

David Gibb is an award winning song writer and storyteller making music for little people, big people and everyone else in between. He enjoys woolly jumpers, collecting old toys, anything with stripes on, and walking his cat. In 2011 he received the highly commended...

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...

Lizzie J Taylor & Friends

Lizzie J Taylor & Friends

Well known in Cambridge on the folk, rock  and jazz scene are Lizzie Taylor, Nick Barraclough, Phil Meyler and Malek Hyde-smith.  They  join forces at Ely to sing a very special set of folk and Americana classics, using 4 part harmonies, guitars and percussion. "...

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....

Liz Simmons & Flynn Cohen

Liz Simmons & Flynn Cohen

Liz Simmons and Flynn Cohen (of Vermont, USA) are the founding couple of the award-winning American Roots & Folk band Low Lily. Between them they sing and play guitars and mandolin, creating a close duo vocal harmony and warm, cohesive instrumental blend...

Andy Wall

Andy Wall

No stranger to the stage at Ely Folk Festival, Andy Wall is a well-respected singer, guitarist and performer active on the UK folk scene for more than four decades.  Alongside his solo work, in 2016 he teamed up with wordsmith Gareth Calway to create a show with...

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...

Stumpy Oak

Stumpy Oak

Natives of East Anglia, the ever-popular Stumpy Oak present a rhythmic, frenetic performance of tunes from across the British Isles featuring​ an unusually large sound from fiery dual fiddles, accordion, flute, guitar with sub-octaves and stomp box. The band is joined...

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,...

Wilswood Buoys

Wilswood Buoys

Hailing from Mersea Island in Essex, exciting young newcomers Wilswood Buoys are currently carving a name for themselves in the UK music scene. Mixing trad folk with modern alternative acoustic pop, Josh and Joe create a unique sound that is raw and fresh, yet...

Simon George Kelso

Simon George Kelso

Cambridge-based musician Simon George-Kelso will open the Friday evening concert on the Nightingale stage, sharing his passion for traditional song and music. Simon draws his songs mainly from the English tradition. He prefers the informality of singarounds and...

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...

The Shackleton Trio

The Shackleton Trio

The Shackleton Trio features Georgia Shackleton (fiddle, vocals), Aaren Bennett (guitar) and Nic Zuppardi (mandolin and banjo). Collectively the band draw influence from British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, whilst Georgia's flair for sourcing largely...

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...

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...

KEGS

KEGS

Celebrating their thirtieth anniversary in 2024 KEGS is a dynamic & energic folk band with an extensive & eclectic repertoire, as much at home on the concert stage as playing for a ceilidh.  They draw upon the international folk tradition and pop culture as...

Kelly & Woolley

Kelly & Woolley

We are delighted to welcome back to Ely Folk Festival, our 2023 Band Competition winners - Kelly and Woolley. Matt and Gary are an accomplished acoustic duo who hail from Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds. They sing and play tunes from a wide variety of styles...

Christina Alden & Alex Patterson

Christina Alden & Alex Patterson

Christina Alden & Alex Patterson are multi-instrumentalists and songwriters from Norwich. Their music is rich with intertwining harmony, sensitive accomplished musicianship and a creative song-writing style that is both delicate and moving. “A milestone for...

Guise

Guise

GUISE is the heart and soul of pop-folk singer-songwriter Jess Guise. Possessed of a remarkable folk lilt, she sings with delicacy whilst landing some vicious asides - by turns sweet, funny, and haunting. Whilst locked down with her husband, Frank Turner, Jess won the...

Nick Parker

Nick Parker

Glastonbury based Nick Parker started gigging in his early teens playing mandolin and singing in folk/rock/skiffle band ‘Why?’, and spent the next 10 years bouncing around on stages at hundreds of venues and festivals around the UK and Europe. In 2010 Nick embarked on...