MUSIC Ely Folk Festival 2024 – booked so far 

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Friday Night Showcase

Friday Night Showcase

Our ever popular Friday Night Showcase returns to Nightingale stage with a cornucopia of acts showcasing the diversity of musical talent from East Anglia including fengrass, mandolins, rock fusion & found objects. The Larks use guitar and mandolin to compliment...

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...