Ely Folk Club takes place in The Old Dispensary, 13 St Mary's Street, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4ER. There is no bar, but you are welcome to bring your own drinks or buy drinks from the pub across the road and bring them with you.
New start time: From September 2013 events at Ely Folk Club will start at 8.00pm, unless otherwise stated.
Concerts take place most months, usually on Wednesday evenings. We also hold occasional extra events.
Tickets may be booked in advance by telephoning 01353 740999 or 01353 664706.
Doug Eunson, Sarah Matthews and Oli Matthews playing English and European dance music and English songs
in three part harmony. Incorporating melodeons, hurdy-gurdy, saxophones, clarinet, fiddle and viola.
Together, these three highly talented musicians and singers weave intricate harmonies and beautiful
melodies. 2015 sees the release of their second album ROAM.
"Cupola are always a fantastic group to hear play and have as part of any event, and their set at the 2012 Derby Folk Festival was no exception. The playing of all three members is superb, but certainly not in a clinical way – it is full of warmth, energy and what comes across as a genuine love of what they do – meaning you feel instantly drawn in to the music, and the musicians themselves. They leave audiences talking about them, and fellow musicians singing their praises – exactly what you need as a concert and festival booker!" - Bob Rushton, Derby Folk Festival
Winner of the Wath Festival Young Performers Award and nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. You could be forgiven for thinking at first listen that singer/guitarist Sunjay is older than his 22 years. With a relaxed and confident manner, vocal style and mastery of his instrument he walks onto a stage and addresses the audience as though he is sitting down to play music with a group of close friends; a completely natural approach for a young man who picked up the guitar when he was just four years old and hasn't put it down since. Drawing from a rich, musical and cultural background it is hardly surprising that Sunjay has quickly become recognised as one of the UK's rising stars on the folk and acoustic circuit.
Keith started playing guitar in his teens, on a 'beaten up old monster' that his dad had traded with a Norwegian Sailor. He had Classical Lessons (with Vincent Carrahagh) for a couple of years in South Shields, the perfect grounding for the finger-picking style he went on to develop for accompanying his original songs. Whilst studying (Psychology and Education) at Warwick University he met and teamed up with the multi-instrumental singer-songwriter Martyn Oram, and the two worked for a couple of happy (and poor!) years as 'Waterfall'. Keith has written substantial live Stand-Up routines and TV material for the likes of Phil Cool and Jasper Carrott, as well as having written for TV companies such as Celador (the 'Who wants to be a Millionaire' people) and Ragdoll (the 'Tellytubbies' people). In the last ten years Keith has played at hundreds of festivals, colleges and universities, arts centres and theatres, comedy clubs, etc. in the UK and worldwide, as well as being widely in demand for after-dinner speaking and corporate events. We are delighted to welcome him back to Ely Folk Club.
You think you know folk music and then someone like Jim Moray comes along. Fact is, folk music as it was constituted by the English revivalists of the 1950s and early 1960s was an historical blip. A sort of digression. Folk was never intended for ideological scrutiny, never conceived to be the subject of research, never sung as a corrective to the vanities of modernity. Folk has always belonged to the modern world – the modern world of the 18th century, the modern world of the 19th century. And it certainly did not remain lively in the world of the late 20th century merely to oppose the coming of rock 'n' roll, any more than it suffused the early part of the 20th century to lend a hand, and a little grain, to the evolution of modern English classical music. Jim Moray sees pop, rock and folk all as parts of the same musical world – because they are. He has known no other way to think about music. This promises to be an excellent evening.
Lucy Ward is an award winning singer-songwriter from Derby. She plays guitar, ukulele and concertina but considers her voice to be her first instrument. After getting her first guitar at the age of 14, Lucy ventured into acoustic clubs, it was there that she first heard the traditional music that she now loves. Captured by the lyrics and stories of traditional song Lucy delved further into the world of folk music, visiting clubs and sessions up and down the country before getting booked to play gigs in her own right. In 2009 Lucy reached the final of the BBC Young Folk Award and she hasn't looked back since! After winning the Horizon Award for best newcomer at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Lucy's career has gone from strength to strength establishing her as one of the hottest performers on the UK Folk scene, pulling a full capacity audience for her Cambridge Folk Festival debut.
Nominated for the Horizon Award for best emerging talent at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Ange Hardy is a folk singer, songwriter and recording artist from West Somerset, England. Ange performs original contemporary songs written in a traditional style with an emphasis on vocal harmony. Ange is currently touring with three different guitars, a bag of low whistles, a bodhrán drum, a tambourine, a 27-string Salvi Harp and a shruti box. Combined with her innovative use of live looping for vocal harmonies she's one of the most diverse solo-artists you're likely to encounter. Whether she’s performing in a sold out theatre or an intimate village hall Ange brings a level of honesty and openness to the stage that is a refreshing as it is disarming. Her focus on vocal harmony and her pitch-perfect vocal talent has led her toward adopting a live-looping pedal; a digital tape-recorder at her feet that allows her to record and play back layers of vocal harmony live from the stage. In doing so she brings her talent as a recording artist to a live performance, adding an extra dimension to an already captivating stage presence.
With the recent announcement of a double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards (Folksinger of the Year and Best Song), Jez Lowe strides through his third decade as a song-writing troubadour, on the back of a new and much acclaimed album – his nineteenth – entitled THE BALLAD BEYOND. Jez Lowe's contributions to the on-going BBC series The Radio Ballads has cemented this reputation, with a Sony Radio Award among the many accolades coming its way. Half of the fifteen songs on the new album THE BALLAD BEYOND are Radio Ballads songs recorded by their composer for the first time, revealing not only the breadth of the radio series itself, but also that of the writing and subject matter that Jez has striven to reach. But the bulk of Jez's time is spent "on the road". He's long been one of the UK’s busiest folk performers, playing for audiences the world over, either solo, (with guitar, cittern and harmonica accompaniment), or with his band The Bad Pennies. It's great to welcome him back to Ely Folk Club.
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