Workshops and Competitions

Festival competitions 2022

We are delighted to launch two competitions for 2022 – our Band Competition and our Youth Folk Challenge. See below for details.

Festival Band Competition 2022

The festival Band Competition has gone from strength to strength over the years and is now noted as a key opportunity for up and coming amateur folk & roots acts to gain recognition on the festival circuit and perform on stage with some of the top acts around. The winning entry from the Band Competition will be awarded the opening performance on the main concert stage of the Friday night of Ely Folk Festival. 

Amateur solo, duo and group folk and roots acts are welcome to enter our Band Competition. To enter the Band Competition, please submit the following to artists@elyfolkfestival.co.uk including BAND COMPETITION in the subject line:

  • A sample of your work either as an mp3 (or if video mp4) or a link to a website such as utube where you are featured (or email us at marketing@elyfolkfestival.co.uk  if you prefer to send a CD instead)
  • A 100 word biography
  • Confirmation that you are not a professional performer
  • A contact email address

Entries must be received by midnight on 30 April 2022 to be considered. The winning entry will be informed by end of May.

Youth Folk Challenge 2022

This is for solo or duo acts or groups all aged under 21 years as at 1 July 2022 who are resident in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk, Suffolk or Essex. We will select up to four acts to play a 15 minute set at Ely Folk Festival. Winning entries will be provided with weekend tickets for themselves (and 2 adults in the case of winners aged under 18 if appropriate) and also automatically subscribed to our Saturday Club Tent competition where they can perform for a chance to play on our main stage.

To enter, please submit the following to artists@elyfolkfestival.co.uk including YOUTH FOLK CHALLENGE in the subject line:

  • A sample of your work either as an mp3 (or if video mp4) or a link to a website such as utube where you are featured
  • A 100 word biography
  • Details of the entrants’ names, dates of birth, & place of residence  
  • A contact email address

Entries must be received by midnight on 30 May 2022 to be considered. Winning entries will be informed by end of June.

2022 Festival Workshops

EASY ‘N SLOW Tunes
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):

 Saturday

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.

Sunday

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. 

         

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2022 acts include:

The Sharon Shannon Trio

Lindisfarne
De Temps Antan
Steamchicken
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