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.
In the space of two short years, Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston have emerged to become one of the most sought after duos on the English folk and roots scene. The striking combination of the flame headed double bass player and virtuoso mandolin player create music that Folk Roots say is: "A musical partnership made in heaven. Scintillating, sensitive and brilliant!" Well known for the last eight years as a central component of Show of Hands, Miranda has an exquisite and spine-tingling voice, whilst Rex, with his exuberant and flamboyant playing style, has built a reputation as one of the finest mandolin players in the UK.
Described as "elegant and skilled musicians" (Folk London), na-mara have broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and performed at clubs and festivals in the UK, France and Spain. They perform traditional songs and music from across the British Isles alongside their own songs and tunes, traditional songs from France and Quebec which they translate into English, and a wide variety of tunes from Asturias, Galicia, Brittany and northern France. Paul has been described as "an ingenious songwriter in the traditional vein" (Folk World), and their album 'The Bite', released in November 2010, received critical acclaim from a host of local and national folk magazines and has been played on folk music radio programmes across the UK. Spiral Earth said of na-mara that "they turn an austere sound into an elegant one with their voices displaying the required authority for such subjects. Punctuated with more epic dramas, this album is an education and a delight..." As close friends of the International Brigade Memorial Trust, they have performed their own songs about the Spanish Civil War at numerous events commemorating the commitment of Britons who went to fight fascism in Spain in the 1930s. A quote from Rock and Reel Magazine best summarises their performances "… continuity comes in the form of the quality of storytelling; and that's what na-mara do best: tell stories to which you can't but listen..."
In 1975, after spending five years as a floor singer around the many folk clubs in the North East of England as well as being a resident singer at the famous Davylamp Folk Club in Washington, Bob Fox met fellow North Easterner Tom McConville and his career as a professional folk singer/musician began. In the year 2000 Bob celebrated 25 years of singing folk songs professionally with a number of tours both in the UK and abroad, starting with an appearance as 'special guest' on the Fairport Convention tour and continuing with folk club tours in Britain, Holland and Canada.
Wider skies are a newly formed band with a long and rich history. They all have a Molly connection and came together through this medium. With voice, melodeon, fiddle, mandola, whistle, guitar, percussion they bring a full sound to their self-penned and traditional material. With an East Anglian background they feature a local bias, but are happy to bring in memorable music from further afield.
Kirsty is a Sheffield based singer, dancing and teacher of folk music within the English tradition. She has recently taken to writing her own material and is excited to be releasing her debut album in May 2015. After recording a demo with Nicholas and Judith Hooper (Oxfordshire) in the summer, performing with them at the open mic and Moonbeams Tent at Towersey Village Festival 2014, Kirsty has decided to form a trio with the couple. Ely Folk Club is their first official booking as a trio. Judith comes from a background in music therapy and was introduced to folk music after an epiphanic moment during an improvisation class with particular interest in the English traditional and modern tunes as well as Eastern European tunes. Nick is an internationally known guitarist and composer. He has played classical and acoustic guitar since the age of 12 and has recently taken up the banjo (oh no!). Nick and Judith run a monthly club in Stonesfield and are part of the 'DellyWellyBoot Band'. The trio will perform a mixture of traditional and self-penned songs/tunes with beautiful harmonies, fiddle, guitar, banjo and trumpet.
EdwardAlice are an exciting folk/pop acoustic quartet based in Cambridge. Initially a trio of Brighton musicians, the band formed early in 2013 with a strong desire to create fun, original music that can be played unplugged. After writing and gigging their first batch of catchy songs, they decided that they could augment and add richness to their sound with the addition of another female voice. Tom, Olivia, Christian and Katherine draw musical influences ranging from The Beatles to Toots and the Maytals and this forms the base of their unique sound. EdwardAlice have recently released their second EP, 'Lovers and Poets' and have a fantastic new video to accompany the title track coming soon. Be sure to check the list of upcoming shows – this is a live band you don't want to miss!
Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer have developed a strong reputation for a delivering great performances time and time again. Once known mainly for for their instrumental skills with Scottish smallpipes, accordion and Swedish nyckelharpa, they are now being accepted as impressive song arrangers and writers. Vicki and Jonny effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary interpretations whilst equally creating original self penned tunes and songs that are entirely at home in the tradition. Out of this combination they have developed a sound that is both familiar and fresh. Smörgåsballad is an evening of music and tales from the Sweden. Find out about the tradition of the Easter Witches, what happens if you pick seven different wild flowers and put them under your pillow at Midsummer, the real meaning of the midsummer majstång and participate in some traditional drinking songs in celebration of the crayfish. A visual treat for the eyes and the ears be transported to the land of the midnight sun and enjoy some "nordic noir tales" and fall in love with the heroes and heroines.
Hannah's exquisite debut album 'Charms Against Sorrow', produced by Ben Savage (The Willows), was released in February 2015 to critical acclaim. Mike Harding hailed it "Absolutely fantastic – one of the best albums of the last 12 months", and the Sunday Express pronounced it "outstanding", praising her "...peerlessly pure voice". Featuring talented guests, Jon Thorne on double bass (Lamb, John Smith, Martha Tilston), Evan Carson on percussion (The Willows, Stark, Sam Kelly) Anna Scott on cello and cameo vocal appearances by Jade Rhiannon (The Willows) and Hannah's sister Ruth Sanders alongside Ben Savage who plays dobro/guitar on the album, 'Charms Against Sorrow' demonstrates Hannah's skills as a guitarist, mountain dulcimer player and singer, and confirms her love of traditional song. An English singer who grew up travelling and singing folk songs with her family The Dunns, Hannah spent much of her life in America and influence from either side of the ocean is clear from her arrangements. Her voice, with a range and elasticity so rarely encountered in the modern folk landscape, and intimate performance make her an absolute must-see for those who love traditional folk.
Stunning harmonies, intricate string arrangements and fabulous melody all underpin Gren Bartley's new songs, already described as 'spine tinglingly beautiful'. Gren is a prolific and exceptional songwriter. He is constantly touring and forever writing. Winter Fires (Spring 2013) built further upon the success of 2012's critically acclaimed 'Songs To Scythe Back The Overgrown'. Continuing his relentless progress, a new album recorded with his band is set to be delivered in early 2015. Following a showcase appearance at the 2013 AFO Conference, Gren has performed with his band at dozens of summer festivals and venues across the UK. Featuring his 'phenomenal' guitar playing and poetry driven lyrics, this new line-up also features Julia Disney (Keys/fiddle/vocal), Sarah Smout (cello/ vocal).
Martin is a London born singer-songwriter who lives in Cambridgeshire and has played at major Folk, Blues and acoustic clubs and festivals as well as playing on national radio. Martin gently dips between traditional folk, ragtime blues and modern song influences to create an atmospheric and always easy on the ear sound. He is a fine singer and guitarist specialising in country blues ragtime finger-picking guitar. As well as his own songs, his wide musical influences range from Blind Blake, Jim Croce to Rory Gallagher and Ralph McTell. Martin has supported major folk performers including Ralph McTell, Martin Carthy, Phil Beer, John Renbourn and Steve Tilston.
Pete Morton is a folk singer and songwriter with a wealth of great songs and stage presence. His live shows are dynamic and thought provoking, while remaining approachable and fun loving. With his well known songs such as 'Another Train', 'The Shepherds Song', and 'When we sing together', he constantly tours. His latest CD, 'The frappin' and ramblin’ Pete Morton', with its innovative adventures of marrying talking blues style rap with traditional chorus, has received terrific reviews. Starting out as a busker on the streets of Europe, he has entertained all over the globe with his unique and involving style of song-writing and passionate vocal delivery. He sings from the heart, with songs that tell compelling stories and speak of the human condition from a very unique perspective. The folk tradition plays a big part in Pete's style.
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
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