Ely Folk Club

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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.

Wednesday, 17th February 2016

£10 in advance or £11 on the door.

Keith Donnelly

Keith Donnelly Photograph

Keith started playing guitar in his teens, on a 'beaten up old monster' that his dad had traded with a Norwegian Sailor. He had Classical Lessons (with Vincent Carrahagh) for a couple of years in South Shields, the perfect grounding for the finger-picking style he went on to develop for accompanying his original songs. Whilst studying (Psychology and Education) at Warwick University he met and teamed up with the multi-instrumental singer-songwriter Martyn Oram, and the two worked for a couple of happy (and poor!) years as 'Waterfall'. Keith has written substantial live Stand-Up routines and TV material for the likes of Phil Cool and Jasper Carrott, as well as having written for TV companies such as Celador (the 'Who wants to be a Millionaire' people) and Ragdoll (the 'Tellytubbies' people). In the last ten years Keith has played at hundreds of festivals, colleges and universities, arts centres and theatres, comedy clubs, etc. in the UK and worldwide, as well as being widely in demand for after-dinner speaking and corporate events. We are delighted to welcome him back to Ely Folk Club.

Kelly and Woolley

Kelly and Woolley photograph

Kelly and Woolley are an acoustic duo who hail from Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds. They sing songs and play tunes from a wide variety of styles, but particularly cajun, folk, bluegrass and country. They have been playing together as a duo for five years and perform regularly in venues across the region. Matt is a multi-instrumentalist and plays in a number of orchestras as well as Thursday's Band with Mark Gamon, Lucinda Fudge and Nick Blishen. Matt played in post-punk group Strumpet City in Brighton in the mid-80s, and with The Lizards, a cajun and blues band in South London. He played in Ti-fer cajun band in the '90s with Phil Underwood and Will Sneyd. He also had a brief stint as alto sax player in Raj and the Magitones. Gary started playing the guitar and singing songs at the age of 14. His early influences were Nick Drake, John Martyn and Tir Na Nog as well as the singer songwriters from the States and Canada. After playing at school in a duo with life-long friend John Rainer there were stints fronting rhythm and blues bands and a brush with prog rock. Gary returned to his first love after seeing Dick Gaughan play in the late 80s and discovering the playing of Nic Jones, Pete Morton and Roger Wilson. Gary co-ran Salisbury Folk Club in the 90s and since moving to Cambridge to work at The Junction in 1994 he played regularly at the Mayflower and Cambridge folk clubs, in the later years with good friend Stephen Greenwood playing fiddle, and occasionally Cath Coombs on cello.

Wednesday, 16th March 2016

£10 in advance or £11 on the door.

Jim Moray

Jim Moray Photograph

You think you know folk music and then someone like Jim Moray comes along. Fact is, folk music as it was constituted by the English revivalists of the 1950s and early 1960s was an historical blip. A sort of digression. Folk was never intended for ideological scrutiny, never conceived to be the subject of research, never sung as a corrective to the vanities of modernity. Folk has always belonged to the modern world – the modern world of the 18th century, the modern world of the 19th century. And it certainly did not remain lively in the world of the late 20th century merely to oppose the coming of rock 'n' roll, any more than it suffused the early part of the 20th century to lend a hand, and a little grain, to the evolution of modern English classical music. Jim Moray sees pop, rock and folk all as parts of the same musical world – because they are. He has known no other way to think about music. This promises to be an excellent evening.

Support act to be confirmed

Wednesday, 13th April 2016

£10 in advance or £11 on the door.

Lucy Ward

Lucy Ward Photograph

Lucy Ward is an award winning singer-songwriter from Derby. She plays guitar, ukulele and concertina but considers her voice to be her first instrument. After getting her first guitar at the age of 14, Lucy ventured into acoustic clubs, it was there that she first heard the traditional music that she now loves. Captured by the lyrics and stories of traditional song Lucy delved further into the world of folk music, visiting clubs and sessions up and down the country before getting booked to play gigs in her own right. In 2009 Lucy reached the final of the BBC Young Folk Award and she hasn't looked back since! After winning the Horizon Award for best newcomer at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Lucy's career has gone from strength to strength establishing her as one of the hottest performers on the UK Folk scene, pulling a full capacity audience for her Cambridge Folk Festival debut.

Bernard Hoskin

Bernard Hoskin photograph

Bernard Hoskin is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist from Cambridge whose distinctive and original sound is based upon English songwriting and world music rhythms as well as the more common folk, country and blues styles. An experienced performer, he accompanies himself on 6 and 12 string guitars and mandolin playing a mixture of original and traditional songs and covers. He has opened up for many of the big names of the folk scene including Bert Jansch, Martin Carthy, Harvey Andrews, John Renbourn and Jacqui McShee, Clive Gregson, Isaac Guillory, Andy Irvine, Phil Beer, Colvin Quarmby and Johnny Dickinson.

Wednesday, 18th May 2016

£10 in advance or £11 on the door.

Ange Hardy and Lukas Drinkwater

Ange Hardy Photograph

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.

Support act to be confirmed

Wednesday, 15th June 2016

£10 in advance or £11 on the door.

Jez Lowe

Jez Lowe Photograph

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.

Matt Cudby and Erin Brown

Matt Cudby and Erin Brown photograph

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.

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