Workshops and Competitions

Festival competitions, workshops, sessions & meets

Enter the 2021 Photo Competition

Our The theme for 2021 is Celebration. To enter, simply upload a maximum of two photos you have taken at Ely Folk Festival 2021 that you think best illustrates the celebratory feel that comes with being able to attend an outdoor music event again to the Ely Folk Festival Facebook page by 31st July 2021 marked with the tag ‘Ely Folk Fest 2021 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 of September 2021. The judge’s decision is binding. Winners will each receive a pair of adult tickets to the 2022 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.

Workshops, Sessions & Meets at the 2021 festival

Friday 9th July

  • Acoustic Open Stage 20.30-22.30

Saturday 10th July

  • Yoga 9.00-10.15 (bring your own yoga mat)
  • Song writing workshop with John Ward 10.15-11.05
  • East Anglian Step Dancing workshop with Fiona Davies 10.30-11.30
  • Open Tune Guitar workshop with Ben Savage 11.15-12.05
  • Easy ‘n Slow Tunes with David Savage 13.15-14.05 (download the tunebook 2021 Easy n Slow Tunebook)
  • Meet Joshua Burnell 14.15-15.05
  • Meet Rodney Branigan 16.00-16.50
  • Club Tent 17.15-20.15
  • Saturday Night Session 20.40-22.40

Sunday 11th July

  • Yoga 9.00-10.16 (bring your own yoga mat)
  • Bodhran workshop with Cormac Byrne 11.00-11.50
  • Meet Martyn Joseph 13.00-13.50
  • Meet Thomas McCarthy 12.00-12.30
  • Easy ‘n Slow Tunes with David Savage 14.00-14.50 (download the tunebook 2021 Easy n Slow Tunebook)

Band Competition

We rolled over all the entries submitted for the 2020 festival, and have selected This Circus Life as winners. Energetic with a distinctive sound, this wonderful band will open the festival on our main stage on 9th July.

Fun with festival flags competition 2020

We decided to mark the non-Ely Folk Festival of 2020 by creating a festival flag. The winning entry was submitted by Megan Wisdom who captured the sense of freedom & music we associate with the festival.

2019 Festival Photo Competition & Name the Festival Dog Competition

10 year old Niamh won our ‘Name the Festival Dog’ competition with her suggestion of Banjo; Andy Taylor and Rita Jennings who submitted the winning entries below in our 2019 Festival Photo Competition. 






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
Thomas McCarthy
Merry Hell
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage