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.
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.
Something special for the last event at Ely Folk Club before we take a break for the summer... Andy Wall, Ruth Bramley and Ann Biggs will, between them, provide the evening's music. Ruth has been running the club since 1993, joined by Andy in 1999. Ruth and Ann first sung together over twenty five years ago. Under the name Big Apple Pie they performed in many local schools, at children's parties and for 'grown-up' events too including a number of folk clubs and festivals. Although they don't do many gigs these days, they both still thoroughly enjoy singing together. Andy Wall is a well-respected singer, guitarist and seasoned performer active on the UK folk scene for more than four decades now. Over the years, he's played all over the UK and also played in France, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Australia and South Africa. For the last fifteen years and more Andy has been based in Cambridgeshire, where he is closely involved in running the Ely Folk Club and the Ely Folk Festival as well as playing gigs and floorspots at many folk clubs and festivals including Cambridge and Shrewsbury. Andy's extensive repertoire includes songs from many genres including traditional and contemporary folk, blues, swing, etc., all with sensitive and intricate guitar accompaniment in various styles and tunings. A representative sample of his work and performances can be found on his website and his 2009 CD "Wall To Wall". We haven't yet decided who will play first, or whether we'll alternate a few songs each, so it'll be a surprise!
Twice time BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar met in 2011. Soon after the joining of the pair, the duo were signed to Fellside Records and in July 2012 released their debut album, The Queen’s Lover. Numerous tours followed as the duo developed and honed their stage craft, becoming one of the most sought after young acts on the English folk scene. The duo come from musical households and both began to develop their musical skills long before joining forces. Algar, originally a member of TRI became All Ireland Champion, and All Britain Champion on numerous occasions before the age of 16 and Russell had begun a career as a solo musician supporting acts such as Karine Polwart and Lau, amongst others.
Sara grew up in New Hampshire but has lived in Arkansas, North Carolina, Ohio, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Scotland and England. As a youngster in North Carolina she first heard a lot of mountain music and her love for the old time banjo music and songs developed from this experience. She has carried this interest into her adult life studying folklore and collecting and performing music from the various areas in which she has lived. Now Sara mostly plays and tours with her son, Kieron Means, who is a remarkable singer and guitar player and is passionate in his desire to carry on the presentation of old songs and tunes. Kieron was born in the United States and grew up in Britain gaining a great love of the music of both traditions as well as the contemporary scene. He has become a performer of traditional songs from the US and from the UK and many of the contemporary songs he sings he has written himself.
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