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.
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.
Bernard Hoskin is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist from Cambridge whose distinctive and original sound is based upon English songwriting and world music rhythms as well as the more common folk, country and blues styles. An experienced performer, he accompanies himself on 6 and 12 string guitars and mandolin playing a mixture of original and traditional songs and covers. He has opened up for many of the big names of the folk scene including Bert Jansch, Martin Carthy, Harvey Andrews, John Renbourn and Jacqui McShee, Clive Gregson, Isaac Guillory, Andy Irvine, Phil Beer, Colvin Quarmby and Johnny Dickinson.
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.
Dan Wilde has been performing his own brand of richly observant folk both in the UK and around the world for the past five years. And in that time, he's developed a growing fan-base and a reputation amongst those who know as "a fantastic songwriting talent who without a doubt will deserve and demand your attention" (Eclectically Challenged). Two albums in, the evidence is clear he's an extraordinary songsmith, while his 'stunning' guitar playing (Maverick Magazine) has led to an endorsement from Fylde guitars. Previous releases, 'This Is The Place' (2010) and 'With Fire in Mind' (2013), have cemented his reputation and he is currently putting the finishing touches to a third album, 'Rhythm on the City Wall', which has been scheduled for release on Wild Sound in April 2016. It is his profound lyrics, melded with a unique melodic sensibility, which has captured the attention of Wild Sound, a label growing in stature itself as an indie-folk songwriters' hub. Dan's words have been described as "deeply personal and introspective but engrossing and charismatic" (Folkwords) and they reflect his peripatetic restlessness. Originally from Blackpool, Dan now lives in Cambridge - but his wanderlust has taken him touring through the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Holland and the Czech Republic. He has recently returned from a six-month stint in Russia, where he recorded large chunks of his forthcoming release.
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.
With a combined total of over 25 years of playing in a variety of bands, Erin and Matt have recently started playing as a duo, performing in sessions all over East Anglia. Coming from a family background of mixed traditional and contemporary Irish fiddle playing and singing, Erin first performed in the trail-blazing young group No I.D in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards Competition back in 2002. The group went on to make two CDs and played at the Cambridge Folk festival four times sharing the stage with the likes of Show of Hands, Sharon Shannon and Martin Simpson in the Saturday Big Session on Stage Two. Matt played lead guitar and sang in the young rock band Leftback who reached the finals of the Bury Sound competition in 2006. He has since been playing guitar, cittern and bouzouki with The Brown Family Band at various gigs and more recently singing and playing in the eclectic new Cudby-Calder Trio who recently opened the evening at the Cambridge Folk Club. Together, Erin and Matt like to work on songs and tunes from around the British Isles and Ireland and blend their voices and instruments into a harmonious union.
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