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.
Winter Wilson's latest tour showcases their exceptionally well received latest album 'Ashes and Dust', the follow up to 'Cutting Free' which made the Daily Telegraph's ten recommended folk albums for Summer 2014. Having honed their craft during many years as semi-professional musicians, the duo went full time in 2012 and haven't looked back since. They have a fine repertoire of self-penned songs, telling stories of everyday life which often reflect the bigger picture of this life we lead. ('Songs for local heroes', as one punter said.) Kip Winter (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) is one of the finest singers on the circuit, expressing power and emotion in equal measure 'from melting to belting'. Dave Wilson (vocals, guitar and banjo) is amongst the top tier of British songwriters, with his songs covered by some of folk's 'greats'. But it's in live performance that Winter Wilson really excel, bringing a sense of intimacy to every stage, welcoming audiences into their world, mixing songs with stories of life on the road. 'This isn’t a performance – it's a domestic!' Tight harmonies, killer songs and a lot of fun – that's Winter Wilson.
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?
Marion Fleetwood and Gregg Cave met through new folk supergroup TRADarrr. They share a love of performing live and for honest, expressive and original interpretations of traditional music from around the UK, combined with their own original material. They have between them played festivals and clubs across the country and overseas solo and with bands including TRADarrr, the Jigantics, Cave, ColvinQuarmby, Little Johnny England and Feast of Fiddles. Marion has been a well known figure on the folk scene since joining Meet on the Ledge in 1999, having performed at many of the major folk festivals in the UK, including Cropredy, Ely, Broadstairs, Sidmouth, Warwick and Shrewsbury Festivals. She is probably best known as a multi-instrumentalist member of The Jigantics and new folk supergroup TRADarrr. She was a member of the award winning ColvinQuarmby now known as The Gerry Colvin Band, which she still performs with and she has recently released her first solo album, Holding Space. She has also appeared live with, amongst many others, Feast of Fiddles, Gigspanner and Little Johnny England. Since forming folkrock band CAVE when he was 18 years old, Gregg has been performing in concerts and at festivals in the UK and mainland Europe. In recent years Gregg has collaborated with musicians and storytellers and has been commissioned by the Arts Council and National Trust to produce two separate pieces of performance.
BBC Young Folk Awards finalist Rosie Hodgson is joined by the outstanding young Irish fiddle player Rowan Piggott on a variety of traditional ballads and original songs. Praised in the Daily Telegraph and once described as, 'a powerful partnership at the forefront of the modern folk scene' this is a duo bound for the top. Those of you who came to Ely Folk Festival this year may well have seen Rosie and Rowan when they played on the Sunday afternoon.
Andy Wall, Ruth Bramley and Ann Biggs will, between them, open 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 is a much more frequent performer, playing at many festivals, clubs and other events. In 2009 he finally released a much anticipated CD. As an added bonus for the evening, there will be something in the way of seasonal entertainment...oh, and mince pies, of course.
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