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.
Gerry Colvin was born in Barrow-in-Furness. In the 1970s Gerry joined pop band 'The Man Upstairs'. They released three singles and toured with 'The Smiths'. In the early 1980s he co-founded and fronted the legendary John Peel favourite skiffle-cowpunk indie outfit 'Terry and Gerry'. This seminal band toured Europe and the USA and appeared on countless Radio and TV shows including 'The Tube' and 'The Old Grey Whistle Test'. Their five singles and album all reached No.1 in the indie charts. In 2010 Cherry Red released 'Let's Get the Hell Back to Lubbock', the definitive 'Terry and Gerry' compilation. In the early 1990s Gerry worked in Nashville as a professional songwriter and back in the UK collaborated with Alison Moyet, co-writing on an album project. He also penned TV themes, musicals, film scores and wrote and presented for BBC Radio 2. His band 'Gerry Colvin's Inexperience', a fusion of Soul, R and B and Folk-Country, became a firm favourite on the College circuit. In 1993 Gerry formed the folk-pop band 'The Atlantics': they toured extensively including a slot at Glastonbury Festival where Gerry was compere, and appeared on BBC's prestigious 'Pebble Mill at One'. Colvin's other major project at this time was film music as vocalist with 'The National Screen Orchestra'; he also performed as a comedy double act with Hollywood superstar Mackenzie Crook. In 1995 Gerry co-founded the five piece folk band Colvinquarmby. They released six critically acclaimed albums and were voted best band at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropredy Festival in 2009. In 2010 they won the Hancock Award for 'Best Live Folk Act'. In May 2013 Gerry was invited by New York producer and Robert Plant song collaborator Dave Barratt to record 'Revolution' for the 'Beatles complete on ukulele' album and website. In 2013 Gerry released a self-penned solo album 'Jazz Tales of Country Folk' and is now working on his next CD 'Six of One half a Dozen of the Other'.
COVE HITHE IN THREE EASY PIECES
1. Diving out of the son of a previous incantation, Cove Hithe fly out of the far East (Suffolk County) and come hither to redefine the close-formation sighing in mere seconds, if not thirds and fifths.
2. Barely an instrument touches their sides, they are young, free and singled out; three people hitting, plucking, bowing and sighing, often at the same time.
3. They are the last gasps of a dying battery, the lost TV remote control, the unidentified item in the bagging area, the exact change.
That is exactly what they sound like. The distant call of of “Cashier number 5 please” - you can inspect the expected, being Nun The Wiser.
Andy has been consistent musical force since he came swiftly to prominence with the innovative Blowzabella. As well as a thorough grounding in the English tradition, Andy's influences extend way beyond these isles, particularly to the music of Central France and to the storming Quebecois tradition. These influences will be well-known to all those familiar with Andy's duo with English fiddle player, guitarist and singer, Chris Wood. Wood and Cutting became one of the most influential, and enduring duos on the scene; paving the way for the explosion of many of today's thrusting young newcomers. Andy's commitment to, and sense of pride in traditional music, as well as his sensitivity and understanding of the form, has made him one of the folk scene's most wanted, playing with Kate Rusby, John McCusker and Under One Sky to name but a few. There is also a growing demand for him to play outside this genre. He has recorded with Sting, John Illsley (Dire Straits), and was recently asked to join The Who for an acoustic concert in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. As well as his ongoing work with Chris, Andy is currently working with Martin Simpson, June Tabor and Blowzabella.
Expect anything from this genre hopping and finger twisting duo. Hugh and Brian weave their way through ragtime, jazz, celtic, bluegrass and blues melodies on mandolin, tenor banjo and guitar. Is nothing sacred?
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.
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).
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