Workshops and Competitions

Festival competitions 2022

2022 Festival Photo Competition

The theme is Celebrating New Beginnings.  To enter, simply upload a maximum of two photos you have taken at Ely Folk Festival 2022 that you think best illustrates the above theme to the Ely Folk Festival Facebook page by Sunday 31st July 2022 marked with the tag ‘Ely Folk Fest Photo Comp’. A maximum of two photos per person can be entered for the competition. The competition is open to amateur photographers only. Two winning entries will be selected and winners will be notified by end September 2018. The judges’ decision is binding. Winners will each receive a pair of adult tickets to the 2019 Ely Folk Festival – the prize is non-exchangeable. Ely Folk Festival reserves the right to use the photos entered in the competition for festival publicity purposes. 

We are delighted to announce the winner of our 2022 festival band competition…..Paper Sparrows. This  Edinburgh-based contemporary folk/Americana trio draw 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. Paper Sparrows will open the 2022 festival on Stage 1 on Friday evening.

Thank you to all those who entered the competition this year. The standard was high and breadth of talent significant.

2022 Festival Workshops

Sitting around with a beer or a glass of wine and playing some well known folk tunes – mostly English but with a smattering of Irish, Scottish and American melodies. All in the key of G…and we’ll take them nice ‘n easy! What’s not to like? Download the tunebook Easy n slow 2022[16707] and MP3 demo tracks Easy N Slow 2022 – Google Drive (Click on ‘Separate Demo Tracks’. These are approximations of the versions that we’ll play; folk tunes ‘evolve’ !)

Workshops and informal ‘meets’ with some of the musicians performing over the weekend are set out below (more to be added):


Yoga for all levels (bring your own mat); East Anglian step dance workshop with Fiona Davies;   Whistle workshop with Paddy McEvoy;  Song-writing workshop with Chris Fox; Easy ‘n Slow Tunes workshop with David Savage; Yoga for children; Meet Polly Paulusma.


Yoga for all levels (bring your own mat); Morris dance workshops; Yoga for children; Shanty singing workshop with The Sheringham Shantymen; Easy ‘n Slow Tunes workshop with David Savage.

2021 Festival Photo Competition

Congratulations to Philip Smith and Kevin Winks on taking the winning shots in our 2021 festival photo competition. The theme was Celebration! and we thought that Philip’s photo of dancing revellers and Kevin’s photo of two audience members enjoying our Sunday night concert despite the rain really encapsulated the sense of celebrating live music and togetherness at festivals again. Congratulations to both – and thank you to all who entered the competition – a real gallery of memories of our socially distanced festival.




2022 acts include:

The Sharon Shannon Trio

De Temps Antan
Daoiri Farrell
Boo Hewerdine & Heidi Talbot
Sheringham Shantymen
Big Joe Bone
Holy Moly & The Crackers

Frog on a Bike

Polly Paulusma

Sherburn, Bartley, Sanders

The Vagaband