Ely Folk Club takes place at the Arkenstall Village Centre, 7 Station Road, Haddenham, Ely, Cambs CB6 3XD.
There is no bar, but you are welcome to bring your own drinks with you. There is a large car park at the Arkenstall Centre.
Events at Ely Folk Club start at 7.30pm (doors open at 7:00pm) unless otherwise stated.
Concerts take place most months, on Wednesday evenings. We also hold occasional extra events.
Tickets may be paid for online using the link shown in each individual event.
Alternatively, they may be reserved in advance by telephoning 01353 740999 or 01353 664706.
Doug (voice, melodeon) and Sarah (voice, fiddle, viola) use their natural, expressive musicality to craft their arrangements with style and
intuitive elegance. As well as drawing on some of the finest English folk song repertoire to sing in breathtaking harmony, they play English and
European dance music in outstanding instrumentals and beautifully flowing tune sets.
Andy lives in Cambridgeshire where, with other committee members, he runs the Ely Folk Club and is a member of the organising committee of the
highly rated Ely Folk Festival. A stalwart of the folk scene for more than 50 years, Andy has performed at clubs and festivals across the UK and
worldwide, both solo and as part of folk/story-telling band, The Penland Phezants. As an added bonus for the evening, there will be
something in the way of seasonal entertainment...
For over 30 years Boo Hewerdine has been considered one of the UK's finest singer-songwriters. As lead singer of seminal band The Bible through to
his subsequent solo work and long-time collaboration with the incredible Eddi Reader he has become something of a national treasure.
He is in demand as a writer, producer and performer. Over a hundred of his songs have been covered by the likes of KD Lang,
Kris Drever, Chris Difford, Heidi Talbot and Hannah Rarity. His last album ‘Before’ was recorded with supreme Danish multi- instrumentalist Gustaf
Ljunggren. It garnered multiple five-star reviews. Since then he has released a lockdown EP, Singularities and a new album on Reveal Records. On this
tour he will be singing songs from his new album and his extraordinary back catalogue. A naturally gifted raconteur his gigs are always a total joy.
The Browns are singer-songwriters who started singing together in 2018 after reconnecting in 2015. They met as teenagers at a school dance and lost touch
after arrangements for their first date went awry, but the intervening years has given them plenty of material for their songs. Known for their rich and
expressive blend of voices in harmony they have performed at festivals and folk club venues across East Anglia and beyond. As well
as their own songs, The Browns bring their unique touch to popular songs from the second half of the 20th century. With just two voices and
one guitar, which Vernon plays upside down, they have developed an exceptional sound allowing their distinctive vocals to take centre stage and shine.
Wednesday 14th February 2024
** SOLD OUT ** Show of Hands ** SOLD OUT **
Full Circle Part II: Show of Hands Return to Their Roots
In the spring of 2024, music enthusiasts and folk fans across the nation are in for a treat as Steve Knightley and Phil Beer prepare to embark on a
journey back to where it all began. With a rich history spanning three decades the duo are renowned for their unique ‘hands-on' cottage industry
approach to touring, and this upcoming tour promises to be a celebration of their enduring legacy. Village halls, folk clubs, small arts centres,
and community venues are the very places where they honed their craft, building their following from the grassroots up.
This will be an opportunity to reconnect with their loyal supporters, and a chance to inspire a new generation of folk musicians. One of the defining
aspects of Show of Hands' career has been their unwavering commitment to supporting grassroots promoters. This ethos has not only enriched the folk
music scene but also strengthened the bonds between artists and their audiences. Following this tour, Steve and Phil will be taking a well-deserved
break from the limelight. They plan to pursue solo projects, explore new creative horizons, and recharge their artistic batteries. This indefinite
hiatus marks the end of an era, but it also heralds exciting new beginnings for two of the folk world’s best loved musicians. Show of Hands'
dedication to their roots, their music, and the communities that have supported them is a testament to their enduring legacy. The spring of 2024
promises to be a time of reflection and celebration as we bid farewell to an era while eagerly anticipating the next chapter in the incredible
journey of Steve Knightley and Phil Beer.
Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the
folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as
‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and
rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Emerging Artist
and most recently picking up Best Duo in the Folking.com awards 2019, their latest album, ‘A Pocket Full of Acorns’ (released in March 2021) was
released to wide-spread critical acclaim including coverage on BBC1’s Countryfile and BBC Radio 4’s ‘Front Row’. Photo credit: Greg Funnell
The Boxwood Chessmen are a semi-acoustic, four-piece band from East Anglia and Middlesex, raiding a fabulous musical pantry stocked with the finest
roots ingredients - Folk, Americana, Angliana, hokum, a light dusting of swing all delivered with panache and fun …
Pretty much anything goes into the pot. The Boxwood Chessmen are: Penni McLaren Walker, Hector Ringtone AKA Steve Collins, John Campbell Armer and
Folk-pop legend Gerry Colvin must be one of the most endearing and energetic musicians on the planet,
just as much at home playing small clubs as he is supporting Status Quo on their Aquostic Live Tour.
This multi-talented singer-songwriter performs all his own material, combining catchy melodies with
thoughtful lyrics on love, society, angst and Johnny Cash! His be-suited on stage
performance combines Frank Sinatra, Lee Evans, and the aforementioned Man in Black. Genius? Madcap?
Maverick? Yes, all of these things … and a lot, lot more. A stellar musical CV includes co-writing
with Alison Moyet, being a John Peel favourite with his 80s band Terry and Gerry (recently reformed),
winning best band (with his band ColvinQuarmby) at Fairport's Cropredy Festival as well as the Hancock
Award for best live folk act. A Glastonbury stalwart, he has played several times and also acted as
compere on more than one occasion. Gerry will be playing songs from his ninth album 'Back and Forth'
as well as favourites from his extensive back catalogue – just expect a great night's entertainment
from this extraordinary performer.
Born and raised in a rural backwater in the East of England, Eric found early success as songwriter and multi-instumentalist in folk duo “The
Broadside Boys” performing on TV and radio, and at folk clubs and festivals including Cambridge folk festival, Ely folk festival and FolkEast.
2017 saw The Broadside Boys embark on a 100 date UK tour with the legendary performer Richard Digance. Fellow Broadside Boy Mat Bayfield was
forced to retire from the tour due to ill health, forcing Eric to embark upon the new challenge of being a solo performer.
The rest of the tour proved to be such a success that he was invited to tour again in 2018 and 2019. More recently Eric has performed at folk clubs,
theatres, venues and festivals across the land.
Nancy Kerr and James Fagan are one of the best-known and most experienced folk duos on the British circuit today. Outstanding musicianship, a
lifelong grounding in traditional singing and instrumental playing, acclaimed original compositions but most noticeably a visceral chemistry
between these two make Kerr and Fagan a perennial favourite at festivals, venues and clubs across the country. They met in
December 1995, and formed the duo and life partnership that has become the backbone of their professional career in music ever since. They won the
inaugural Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2000, and were also the first ever recipients of the 'Best Duo' Award, which they won in
2003, and again in 2011. As a duo, Nancy and James have toured internationally, most notably in the British Isles, Canada, Australia, New Zealand
and Japan. They have thousands of fans and despite now having two children, they continue to work and tour constantly from their home base in
Sheffield. Their duo shows are now special and sought-after events. Photograph by Elly Lucas.
Camus is a traditional folk band based in Cambridge, UK. They have played around East Anglia for many years, at clubs, festivals, ceilidhs and
concerts. Recently re-formed as a four-piece, they have national championships in Northumbrian piping (solo and duet) and
tune composition among their recent successes. Camus play an exciting mix of traditions, with influences from Northumbria, Ireland and Shetland,
a dash of bluegrass, Galician and Irish, and their own tunes and songs.
London-based Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke are an exciting and compelling duo with a strong following on the acoustic roots music scene who
have spent many years writing songs, touring and recording together. They have developed an amazing empathy on stage and have performed at major
festivals in Europe and the UK. They are regulars on the club and concert circuit, and on BBC and local music radio. Fran and
Mike’s own compositions are complemented by soulful, dynamic and powerful interpretations of songs from a broad range of genres from American Folk
through to Country, Blues and Jazz. They have recorded five albums, and the latest, “Rain” was released in February 2022 and was named in the top ten
Blues Americana albums of the year.
Christina Alden & Alex Patterson are multi-instrumentalists and songwriters from Norwich. Their music is rich with intertwining harmony,
sensitive accomplished musicianship and a creative song-writing style that is both delicate and moving. Deeply inspired by the
world around them, they have a keen environmental eye to craft stories with the natural world at its heart, reflecting on the relationship between
humans and the wild. They have enjoyed touring extensively in the UK and Europe; including a twentythree-date concert hall tour with Show of Hands
(including Union Chapel and St David’s Hall Cardiff), a show at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for Celtic Connections, headline and main stage
performances at some of the UK’s most prestigious folk festivals and performances in Norway, Belgium, France and Ireland. They have written and
self-released four albums, composed music for a BBC Radio 4 documentary series and have had over a million streams on Spotify.
For almost 50 years Bob Fox has been regarded as one of “the iconic voices” of British folk song. Deeply influenced by the working class culture and
industrial history of his native County Durham he has become a first rate exponent of storytelling through song. BOB has long been a favourite on the
live circuit both as a solo artist and in his many highly successful collaborations which include a duo with Billy Mitchell (Lindisfarne),
The Pitmen Poets (with Jez Lowe, Billy Mitchell and Benny Graham) and the BBC New Radio Ballads series. Bob was invited by
John Tams to play the role of the folksinger/storyteller Songman in The English National Theatre’s multi-award winning production of Warhorse
in London’s West End 2011-2013, and subsequently in the highly acclaimed and record breaking UK, Ireland and South Africa touring version 2013-2015
and the 10th Anniversary UK tour 2017-2019. In 2023 Bob teamed up with Jez Lowe and Julie Matthews to present a live concert of New Radio Ballads
songs and stories and most recently has joined Home Service as lead singer.
Great music and laughter, with the LPSO. Foot-tapping high energy acoustic music, comic songs, silly costumes and ridiculous props – they play
over 15 instruments, from the more conventional to the outright bizarre. They have performed in Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway and Belgium,
as well as throughout Britain, from Jersey to the Isle of Man. With vast experience individually, including Barnum’s Circus (USA), and TV
appearances on The Benny Hill Show, Alas Smith & Jones and the Little & Large Show - the emphasis is definitely on FUN!