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.
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.
An accomplished guitarist with roots in English folk and, by his own admission, influenced by well known artists such as Martin Carthy, Bert Jansch, Martin Simpson and Nic Jones. True and mellifluous guitar is exemplified by a careful choice of contemporary songs and tunes. Described in reviews as 'a velvety and melodic performance typical of the English tradition’ and ‘serene music for the mind and heart'.
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.
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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