Festival News

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...

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              

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Booked for 2020

Show of Hands
Midnight Skyracer
The Young’uns
Blackbeard’s Tea Party
Daoiri Farrell
Steamchicken ceilidh band
Daphne’s Flight
Noble Jacks
Martyn Joseph
Megson
Thomas McCarthy
Thomas Ford
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage