Gabriel Moreno & The Quivering Poets

Gabriel Moreno & The Quivering Poets

Gabriel Moreno is a Gibraltarian folk poet and singer songwriter who has been performing for the past twenty years in Gibraltar, Peru, Italy, Spain, USA and the UK. He has released four solo records with Amber Records and has ten poetry books published by Omicron and Orion in both Spanish and English. His folk songs are both poetic and political, mining the same rich seams as Leonard Cohen, Fabrizio D’Andre and Georges Brassens. He performs with an ensemble of acclaimed folk musicians called The Quivering Poets which includes bassist Adam Beattie (Pica Pica, Band of Burns) maestro pianist (Ned Cartwright) and Grammy nominated songwriter and instrumentalist Fiona Bevan.  

https://www.gabrielmoreno.co.uk/

Thomas Ford

Thomas Ford

Electrifying blues talent in the form of this harp-playing, hard blues singing solo performer. Born in a field 30-something years ago, Thomas Ford is a blues shouter, a guitar picker and a harmonica fire-breather. His energetic live shows have taken him from Bodmin to Berlin, his records have sold from the Eastern Block to the East Indies and he has been played on radio shows from Luton to Laos. Mixing delta blues traditions with nu-blues songwriting, this one man trio has been hailed as “the rising star of British blues”.

https://www.facebook.com/thomasfordblues

 

Lizzy Hardingham

Lizzy Hardingham

Lizzy grew up in Hertfordshire surrounded by music of every kind; dipping her toe into musical theatre, classical, folk and much more from an early age. After many years of classical training and a degree in music, she has honed her songwriting talents and performed in countless ensembles. Lizzy Hardingham is paving her way as a “rising star on the UK folk scene” with songs that sing straight to the heart”. Her powerful yet pure voice twinned with her impressive songwriting skills meld together to create “beautifully delivered folk music”! After storming the UK club and festival scene, including Cambridge Folk Festival, in 2019 she is proving herself as “a profoundly legitimate and natural performer.”

https://www.lizzyhardingham.com/

John Ward Trio

John Ward Trio

John was has a reputation as a writer of powerful, thought-provoking and witty folk songs that often draw upon his life in a gritty port town and his wider travels in the world. In the John Ward Trio, John is joined by Lynne Ward & Les Woodley, and together they draw on a wide repertoire of traditional and contemporary songs and tunes, particularly songs suited to chorus singing. The Trio majors on powerful 3-part harmonies, accompanied by acoustic guitar, bodhran, harmonica, double bass, mandolin, accordion and whistles. All self-taught musicians who are no strangers to busking, the Trio’s performances are authentic and from the heart. Their choice of material, variety of instruments, versatility and engaging humour, not to mention John’s blistering bodhran solos, blend to delight and entertain folk audiences in intimate venues and bigger stages alike.

http://www.johnward.org.uk/jwtrio.html

Cohen Braithwaite Kilcoyne

Cohen Braithwaite Kilcoyne

Described in The Living Tradition as ‘captivating, bold and striking’, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne is at the forefront of his generation of English folk musicians as both a powerful and commanding singer and a masterful player of the Anglo concertina and melodeon. Cohen burst onto the folk scene in his teens with the energetic and much-loved trio Granny’s Attic, along with schoolmates George Sansome and Lewis Wood, and in recent years has embarked on a solo career alongside this. Cohen’s solo repertoire is rooted in the English folk tradition, celebrating the age-old musical heritage of this broad and diverse land, with a particular interest in the music of the West Midlands, where Cohen spent many of his formative years. Traditional ballads, songs and tunes form the basis of Cohen’s material, but with a smattering of baroque, renaissance, ragtime, and music hall thrown in for good measure. Cohen has released two critically acclaimed solo albums, Outway Songster (2017) and Rakes & Misfits (2021), with the former leading to a nomination for the Horizon Award for best newcomer at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2018.

https://cohenbk.com/

Sherburn, Bartley, Sanders

Sherburn, Bartley, Sanders

Following a chance meeting at Whitby Folk Festival in 1993, Chris Sherburn (concertina) and Denny Bartley (vocals and guitar) have been bringing their unique sound to audiences across Europe and America, creating one of folk music’s most enduring partnerships. Their obvious rapport made them one of the busiest acts on the folk scene, both as a duo and with their well-loved trio/quartet Last Night’s Fun. Their soul-stirring songs, exhilarating tunes and quick-witted banter ensures that no two concerts are ever the same. In 2016 Chris and Denny joined forces with Emily Sanders (fiddle/viola and vocals) and have since become a well-established trio, for the first time blending vocal harmonies and strings to underpin Chris and Denny’s unique sound, as well as providing a female lead vocal for some songs, and bringing a repertoire of English folk songs to complement the band’s more Celtic and traditional roots. No strangers to Ely Folk Festival, we’re absolutely delighted to welcome back Chris, Denny & Emily to perform at our 2022 festival.

http://www.chrisanddenny.co.uk/index.htm

Buffalo Bill comes to Town

Buffalo Bill comes to Town

In the 1800s and early 1900s, Buffalo Bill brought his spectacular Wild West Show to many towns across the UK, including Ely! Supported by the Arts Council England, renowned songwriter, John Ward, has written Congress, a new piece inspired by this forgotten piece of local and international history. The John Ward Trio will retell the fascinating life and times of Buffalo Bill through songs, poetic narrative and discussion in an invigorating performance on Saturday afternoon.

Chris Fox

Chris Fox

Born and raised in Cambridgeshire, Chris Fox cut his teeth playing for pints in local drinking establishments along the river Great Ouse in 2014. Fast forward to an award-winning singer songwriter who has played a variety of stages from Dorset to The Western Isles, and from intimate 10-seater venues to a packed out set in the Den at Cambridge Folk Festival 2019. Marking rapid progress through the UK folk and roots scene with his songwriting, vocals and mastery of the loop pedal, he won the Lichfield Folk Festival song writing competition in 2019. Genre-defying and hard to pigeonhole, his perceptive lyrics reflect overlooked stories in everyday life. He underpins his lyrics with a variety of musical styles ranging the roots lexicon of folk, blues, country and Americana. A modern-day troubadour, he’s released three EPs and one studio album to wide acclaim.

https://www.chrisfoxmusic.org/

Big Joe Bone

Big Joe Bone

“Big Joe Bone” (A.K.A. Danny Wilson) plays what he calls “Blues-Grass” music…..a mix of Delta Blues, Bluegrass, Oldtime, Gospel and Hillbilly music utilizing his raspy vocals, hard driving harmonica rhythms, sublime bottleneck slide guitar playing (on steel bodied resonator guitars) and lightning finger-picking skills on 5 string banjos…..all held together by a very heavy stomping boot! Originally from London and now living on the Mid-Wales coast, Danny started playing guitar as a schoolboy and has now been travelling all around the UK playing his fast, furious Roots music to eager audiences since 2012.
As well as playing songs from great Roots musicians like Son House, Dock Boggs, Bukka White, Flatt and Scruggs, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Charlie Parr, Blind Willie Johnson, Skip James, Robert Johnson …..the list goes on and on!, Danny also plays his own songs. Although “Big Joe Bone” is a relatively young act compared to some, Danny has a lifetime of music behind him and has thrown himself into what has become a very busy schedule of gigs since he hit the road in 2012.
“Big Joe Bone” is an act not to be missed!

https://www.bigjoebone.com/

 

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