Winners of our 2022 Festival Band Competition, Edinburgh-based Paper Sparrows will open the 2022 Ely Folk Festival. Paper Sparrows are a contemporary folk/Americana trio with arrangements drawing upon 60s folk-revivalists like Jansch, Dylan and Donovan up-to acts like Rawlings, Drever and the Milk Carton Kids. The release of their debut EP saw the band invited to play the prodigious Celtic Connections and national radio exposure. During the pandemic, they ran a series of online programmes which included collaborations with Kris Drever, Katherine Priddy and folk legend Rod Clements.