Festival News

Festival workshops & sessions

Festival workshops & sessions

Fancy trying your feet at East Anglian step dancing, building your confidence playing along in a session, or listening to some of our fantastic musicians such as Martyn Joseph talking about what inspires them? We lined up a great selection of workshop, sessions and...

Festival going ahead

Festival going ahead

You may have heard the government's announcement yesterday about the delay to end of lockdown. Notwithstanding this, Ely Folk Festival is going ahead. We have planned the festival to take account of government guidance on numbers and social distancing, and are...

Trials of Cato to perform on Saturday night

Trials of Cato to perform on Saturday night

The remarkable rise of BBC Radio 2 award winning trio The Trials of Cato on the UK folk-scene has been the subject of massive critical attention. Dubbed "the Sex Pistols of folk,” (J Davis) they pay clear homage to the tradition whilst twisting old bones into...

Robin Gillan added to Saturday line-up

Robin Gillan added to Saturday line-up

Cambridge-based Robin is no stranger to Ely folk festival. He is is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and singer, known for his emotive and authentic playing of old-time American and British traditional music and has been active on the folk scene for over two...

Festival going ahead

Ticket prices held at early bird rates

We are working hard to finalise details for a safe and fun 2021 Ely Folk Festival over weekend of 9-11 July. We have a great line-up in place - a wonderful medley of roots and folk music; food and craft stalls; children's entertainment; a real ale bar; sessions and...

Festival going ahead

Band competition winner announced

Congratulations to This Circus Life, winners of our band competition. We rolled over entries to the competition from last year given cancellation of the the 2020 festival; and loved This Circus Life's brand of folk rock. The band will open Ely Folk Festival 2021 on...

Fred’s House to appear in Friday Night Showcase

Fred’s House to appear in Friday Night Showcase

Cambridge based band Fred's House will appear as part of the local bands showcase on the opening night of Ely Folk Festival, joining The Gravy Train, Kelvin Davis, Paul Goodwin and The Finn Collinson Band. Fred's House make summery, 70’s West Coast inspired folk/rock...

New bookings for Friday Night Showcase

New bookings for Friday Night Showcase

We're delighted to book The Finn Collinson Band, Kelvin Davies and The Gravy Train as part of our Local Bands Showcase bringing folk rock, blues & ragtime, and some funky organ sounds to the festival's Friday night line-up. Great music on our doorstep.

Chris While & Julie Matthews join 2021 line-up

Chris While & Julie Matthews join 2021 line-up

Alas, covid restrictions on travel mean that Daphne's Flight will be unable to perform at Ely Folk Festival 2021. However, we're absolutely delighted that Chris While & Julie Matthews, two of the members of the band - and two of the most respected names in British...

Celebrating great music

Celebrating great music

All sound systems are go for a great weekend of music at Ely Folk Festival 2021. The majority of great music acts we had booked for 2020 festival have reconfirmed that they will perform at the 2021 festival. These include Show of Hands, The Young‘uns, Daoiri Farrell,...

2021 acts include:

Show of Hands
Midnight Skyracer
The Young’uns
Blackbeard’s Tea Party
Brookes Williams
Chris While & Julie Matthews
Noble Jacks
Martyn Joseph
Megson
Thomas McCarthy
Merry Hell
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage