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.
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.
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.
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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