Workshops and Competitions

Festival competitions, workshops, sessions & meets

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. 


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