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.
Pilgrims' Way - Off the wall, colourful, energetic. With influences starting in early music, passing through Playford and the Morris traditions, picking up prog, soul, and pop, it's impossible to categorise the sound they make as folk music is fed through their unique steam driven sound-mincing engine. Formed by default under a Stockport pub table in early 2010 by Ed, Tom, and past member, Lucy Wright, Pilgrims' Way has grown to incorporate a dazzling array of instrumentation and millinery. With the extraordinarily omni-skilled musician Jon Loomes (22 instruments played on Red Diesel!), and champion Renaissance woodwind parper and oboe wrangler Jude Rees joining along the way, the prospect of an early night is slim. No cow is too sacred, no juxtaposition too ambitious. Pigeonhole at your peril. Wear a yellow carnation in your buttonhole. Password; 'How's your father?' Off the back of acclaimed albums 'Wayside Courtesies' (2011) and 'Red Diesel' (2016), the band are out on the road again. Prime the mild pump, waterproof the revolving mirror ball, and strap on your dancing trousers!
East Anglian-based John Ward has released seven critically acclaimed albums and played extensively across England and overseas. John is a highly talented songwriter and a fine guitarist as well as playing several other instruments, most notably the bodhran, on which his show-stopping solos have become a trademark. For this concert he will be playing with Les Woodley and Lynne Ward for a full harmony sound, playing songs about the east coast from his 'East of the Sunrise' album as well as songs from his brand new album 'Sargasso'.
Ollie King is a melodeon player and singer whose music is steeped in the customs and traditions of England. Based in Sheffield, he is starting to make a name for himself as one of the most exciting and interesting up-and-coming melodeon players in the country, and has already developed into a mature, well-rounded musician with a unique style and approach to traditional music. A defining feature of his sound is his sole use of vintage Hohner instruments (maintained and modified by Mike Rowbotham), setting him apart from other players of his age. After being a finalist in the 2011 New Roots competition, Ollie has gone from strength to strength, releasing his critically acclaimed debut album Gambit in autumn 2014. The album, released on RootBeat Records, was recorded with Andy Bell and features guest performances from Sam Sweeney, Fay Hield, Rosie Hood, and James Findlay. In summer 2015, Ollie was asked to be a musician in the National Theatre's production of Timberlake Wertenbaker's landmark play 'Our Country's Good', working alongside BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker. The production, which ran between August and October in the Olivier Theatre, featured music curated and composed by Cerys Matthews MBE.
Live and direct from Ireland, Belfast's finest are regarded around the globe as true ambassadors of Celtic music. No strangers to these shores, Craobh Rua play Irish Traditional Music and Song from the heart. Impeccable musicians, they are driven by the exciting banjo and mandolin playing of Brian Connolly, weaving together guitar, uillean pipes, fiddle, whistles and tenor banjo with passionate vocals from Jim Rainey. Together they mix jigs, reels and polkas with tender and rousing ballads and airs. It promises to be a compelling St Patrick's Night from this exciting acoustic four-piece who take a refreshing and uncommonly skilled run at some of the greatest music in the world.
Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as 'sounding damn fine', by Seth Lakeman as 'a fantastic duo' and by Kate Rusby as 'absolutely amazing', Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breathtaking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. In 2015, Ninebarrow were announced winners of Fatea Magazine's Debut Album of the Year 2014; their latest album 'Releasing the Leaves' was awarded five stars in both Maverick Magazine and the English Folk Dance and Song Society Magazine, who described it as Immaculate. It has also been listed in The Telegraph's Top Folk Albums of 2016.
North Devon singer-songwriter Jenna Witts is a free spirit who writes wonderfully melodic songs and is an accomplished keyboard player and acoustic guitarist. She has been on five nationwide tours with Steve Knightley and has recorded three solo albums. Her first album, 'Barefoot and Eager', was named one of the Financial Times Top 10 world albums of 2007. Her second album, 'Brother', has had airplay on Radio 2 and her latest album 'Hitchhiker' reached number 1 in the 'Radio Caroline Countdown of Albums' chart. Jenna has also toured with Seth Lakeman and supported Fisherman's Friends, Elkie Brooks and Reef, to name but a few. You can find all of Jenna's tour dates, music and news on her website. Jenna is no stranger to Ely Folk Club, having first performed here back in 2007. We are delighted to welcome her back.
Martin Kaszak and Faradena Afifi are a new duo performing a rich variety of acoustic music and original material from Folk to Country Blues and more modern songs. Martin is known for his warm vocals and finger-picking guitar and Faradena is a talented singer and musician providing beautiful close harmonies and playing viola and cello. Their first official performance was supporting John Renbourn and Wizz Jones in 2015 and Martin and Fara's performance attracted much praise and attention from these Folk/Blues legends. This will be their first performance as a duo at Ely Folk Club.
Gerry Colvin was born in Barrow-in-Furness. In the 1970s, Gerry joined pop band 'The Man Upstairs'. They released three singles and toured with 'The Smiths'. In the early 1980s he co-founded and fronted the legendary John Peel favourite skiffle-cowpunk indie outfit 'Terry and Gerry'. This seminal band toured Europe and the USA and appeared on countless Radio and TV shows including 'The Tube' and 'The Old Grey Whistle Test'. Their five singles and album all reached No.1 in the indie charts. In 2010 Cherry Red released 'Let's Get the Hell Back to Lubbock', the definitive 'Terry and Gerry' compilation. In the early 1990s Gerry worked in Nashville as a professional songwriter and back in the UK collaborated with Alison Moyet, co-writing on an album project. He also penned TV themes, musicals, film scores and wrote and presented for BBC Radio 2. His band 'Gerry Colvin's Inexperience', a fusion of Soul, R and B and Folk-Country, became a firm favourite on the College circuit. In 1993 Gerry formed the folk-pop band 'The Atlantics': they toured extensively including a slot at Glastonbury Festival where Gerry was compere, and appeared on BBC's prestigious 'Pebble Mill at One'. Colvin's other major project at this time was film music as vocalist with 'The National Screen Orchestra'; he also performed as a comedy double act with Hollywood superstar Mackenzie Crook. In 1995 Gerry co-founded the five piece folk band Colvinquarmby. They released six critically acclaimed albums and were voted best band at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropredy Festival in 2009. In 2010 they won the Hancock Award for 'Best Live Folk Act'. In May 2013 Gerry was invited by New York producer and Robert Plant song collaborator Dave Barratt to record 'Revolution' for the 'Beatles complete on ukulele' album and website. In 2015 the original line-up of Terry and Gerry reformed and toured nationally with rock heroes Status Quo culminating with a concert at The Albert Hall!! Terry and Gerry also appeared at Glastonbury that year and released the 'Dear John' EP: a self penned tribute to the late John Peel. Cherry Red re-issued the greatest hits album too!! In 2013 Gerry released a self-penned solo album 'Jazz Tales of Country Folk' . His new CD 'Six of One half a Dozen of the Other', a collection of ten brand new songs, is available now. And his novel 'The Rabbits of Zakynthos' will be published next year.
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, Johnny Dickinson, Pete Atkin, June Tabor and the Oysterband, Dougie MacLean, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, Megson, Gigspanner, Henry Priestman, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar, Carrivick Sisters, O'Hooley and Todow, Lucy Ward and the Amy Wadge Band. He has produced eleven CDs and was descrioed by Beverley Folk Club as 'an incredible singer-songwriter who has supported many famous names, past and present, whilst simultaneously establishing himself as one of the finest male solo artists working in the contemporary folk music field today.'
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