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.
Events at Ely Folk Club 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
Best known for work with BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominees Granny’s Attic, Cohen is a singer and
instrumentalist with a love of English music. Cohen plays melodeons and anglo concertina
as well as being a well-respected singer; in 2014 he won the Bromyard Folk Festival future of young folk
award for singing. Expect traditional English folk songs and tunes along with a few original numbers.
Lizzy plays a vibrant mix of traditional, original and contemporary music. Her delicate and interesting guitar
parts mingle with her powerful yet pure voice to tell a story. Lizzy has won the Herts Songwriting,
Milkmaid Folk Club Songwriting and Watford Folk Song competitions and been a finalist in New Roots.
She is fast proving herself to be a talented songwriter, giving significance to stories
old and new. Having supported acts such as Lady Maisery, Dovetail Trio and Bob Fox she is "a rising star
on the folk scene not to be missed" (Kimpton Folk Events).
A transatlantic duo inspired by the traditions of America and Britain. Hickman’s emotive, soaring vocals and
driving guitar is complemented by Cassidy’s ingenious and virtuosic fiddling. Their sound flows from the
connection between British and American folk and is bursting with all the humour, heartbreak and excitement
of these genres. The lively English wit of Hickman is set against Cassidy’s bone-dry irony and American drawl
as they take audiences on a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey.
Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour, Miranda Sykes is back with a completely new project:
Behind The Wall. Where Borrowed Places opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been,
physically and spiritually, Behind The Wall is a Roller Coaster Ride exploring where we are going; Miranda,
you, me, all of us. What does it mean to be human today, living in our communities and societies, and where
will our actions lead us? Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant and beautiful, this show gives us all
a chance to reflect and maybe even empower us.
False Colours are an electro-acoustic folk duo consisting of David on the lesser-seen electric tenor guitar
and Polly on the bass (both on vocals with harmonies galore!). Hailing from Sudbury in
Suffolk, their music is an original mix of traditional folk style, rough and ready punk/indie and catchy pop.
They've only been playing together since April 2018, but are proud to say that they have already succeeded in
achieving some of their longer term goals – highlights include being played on BBC Radio, being invited
to perform at FolkEast festival (where they also sold out of their pre-release EPs!), achieving a number one
in the Cambridge 105 Radio Unsigned Chart and, of course, recording their first EP.
Glymjack is an English folk act led by singer-song-writer Greg McDonald and described as 'Frank Turner meets
Show of Hands' and 'as good as contemporary folk comes' by Acoustic. Produced with Show of Hands’
Phil Beer and Steve Knightley, debut album Light the Evening Fire was released to acclaim in 2018, with Froots
calling Glymjack 'folk-roots with attitude' and Maverick opining 'virtually every song is a tour de force'.
Live, Greg is often joined by fiddle virtuoso Gemma Gayner and bassist Dickon Collinson, delivering a high
energy, harmony-rich set of hard-hitting originals, English folk songs and fiddle tunes.
Bruce Watson is an icon and longtime favourite of the Australian folk scene. His performances are joyful and
thoroughly engaging, with witty lyrics and energetic presentation. He is a masterful
craftsman of songs, be they evocative and heart wrenching, or side-splittingly funny. Bruce has appeared at
over 150 folk festivals as well as innumerable folk clubs and other venues across Australia and New Zealand.
He has received a stack of prestigious songwriting awards and had his songs covered by Eric Bogle, Joe
(Shaddap You Face) Dolce, and a host of other Australian and international performers. Bruce has produced
seven albums of original songs and is often heard on the radio waves across Australia. He appears on more
than 20 compilation albums, alongside artists such as Eric Bogle, Roy Bailey, Danny Spooner, Keith Potger
(ex-Seekers) and Yothu Yindi. He has been a support act for Vin Garbutt, Jez Lowe, Les Barker, Martyn
Wyndham-Read, John McCutcheon (US), and Dan McKinnon (Canada) and shared the stage with Tom Paxton. Eric
Bogle has described him as 'the best songwriter I have seen in a long time.' Melbourne folk institution The
Boite says he is 'an Australian folk hero!'
Norwich based folk trio Alden Patterson and Dashwood weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro and
guitar around beautifully written original songs and melodies. Their music takes influence
from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic with uplifting instrumentals and self-penned songs
depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home.
As a teenager Taplin started by playing washboard on the Folk and Blues circuit where he found himself
supporting luminaries such as Sandy Denny, Dave Cousins, Jo Anne Kelly, etc., describing the experience as
an excellent grounding for life. At a gig with Liverpool poets Roger McGough and Adrian Henri, they allowed
him to put a couple of their poems to music and Taplin was inspired to start writing for himself. He won an
Arvon Bursary on the strength of his song lyrics but performed only rarely until he teamed up with Steve
‘Bluesboy’ Bennett, forming the electro-acoustic band FRONT PORCH who play mainly Taplin’s material based
around their joint influences of Folk Blues and Americana. Taplin has had two poetry booklets published and
had songs taken to Nashville, and requested for the Bomber Command National Archive. He now also gigs as a
solo singer-songwriter and has supported artists such as Edwina Hayes, the poet John Hegley, Brooks Williams,
etc., and has performed twice for the Poet Laureate. Taplin can be seen regularly at venues and festivals
around the East Anglian region.
The Trials Of Cato, a band that arrived fully formed and functioning from Beirut in the winter of 2016, have
since torn a shape very much their own into the canvas of the UK folk scene. Originally
from North Wales and Yorkshire, whilst living in Lebanon they spent a year boiling down the roots of their
sound into a hybrid of traditional influences that intrigued Lebanese audiences in the country's biggest
venues. They moved back to the UK and spent a tireless year performing up and down the country, leading to
BBC Radio 2's Mark Radcliffe hailing them as 'one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times'.
Praised for the diversity of their material and influences, The Trials of Cato live show 'invariably stuns
audience wherever they play'. Whether plying their trade busking, performing in front of thousands at festivals
across Europe, or frequently selling out their own club shows, The Trials of Cato have the wind behind them.