Festival News

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Festival box office opens 1 February

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,...

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