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Ely Folk Festival 2018: Skipinnish, Kathryn Tickell, Steve Knightley, Lindisfarne, Sam Kelly, Jamie Smith's MABON, 3 Daft Monkeys, Ezio, Johnny Dickinson, Iona Fyfe & more
Ely Folk Festival is a bijou weekend folk and roots music festival that takes place in the wonderful cathedral city of Ely. The festival provides an opportunity to listen to some of the best folk acts around in an intimate and friendly environment. With on-site camping facilities, a real ale bar, lots of kids activities, morris dancing displays, ceilidhs, workshops and music sessions, whether you visit for a day or the whole weekend, the festival is a sure winner for music and festival lovers of all ages.
Visit elyfolkfestival.co.uk/ for more information.
Skipinnish are Angus MacPhail (accordion & mini bass) and Andrew Stevenson (highland pipes & Scottish small pipes), who hail from Tiree and Achnacarry. They draw on a talented group of musicians to increase their number to four or five as and when required.
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The Telegraph describes her as, 'one of the best living advertisements for English folk music'. That she is in a class of her own cannot be doubted. By thirteen she could play the smallpipes and fiddle exceptionally well. She has released several albums, toured the globe several times and recorded with artists such as Sting, The Chieftains and Penguin Cafe Orchestra.
'To say that Kathryn Tickell plays pipes is like saying Shakespeare was a bit of a writer' (Living Tradition)..
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Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic roots duo Show of Hands as well as a fine singer and musician. From a rock background, Knightley is known for his strong narrative songs (many inspired by people and places in his native West Country) and cogent, inventive lyrics. His rock style rant Country Life and anthemic rally call Roots were both nominated for Best Original Song in the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards, whilst Show of Hands have won the categories Best Live Act and Best Duo. At the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Steve won the coveted Best Original Song category with his topical and widely acclaimed song aimed at bankers and MPs – Arrogance Ignorance and Greed. Steve's 2010 solo appearances include Glastonbury and Larmer Tree festivals.
'Bleak, witty and finely observed' (The Guardian).
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Lindisfarne first appeared out of Tyneside in the early '70s with an instantly recognisable style - their hit records: Meet Me On The Corner, Lady Eleanor, Fog On The Tyne and Run For Home have achieved classic status. Whilst this mainstream chart success did not stay with them, Lindisfarne remained as popular as ever on the live circuit.
The '90s saw a resurgence of interest in their music and albums Here Comes The Neighbourhood 1998 and Promenade 2002 have been received as enthusiastically as anything from the band's past.
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Sam Kelly is a Cornwall-based singer, song-writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. As a young child Sam spent many a night enraptured, listening to his Irish grandfather tell folk tales, sing folk songs, and play folk tunes on his melodeon.
Having caught the bug, Sam has dedicated his life to rediscovering and renewing the sounds of his gaelic heritage, and creating exciting new music that transcends the boundaries of traditional and popular music.
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Jamie Smith's MABON are Wales' finest exponents of original InterCeltic music. Accordion, fiddle, bouzouki, bass and drums dance through the songs and melodies of Jamie Smith, treading the borders between Celtic heritage and a contemporary sound – experience the energy of jigs and reels; hear a graceful mazurka, an ecstatic muiñera; feel the power of a rousing sing-along tale or a haunting Welsh-language love-song.
“If music could fuel engines, Mabon could solve the energy crisis” - Songlines
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Festival favourites from Cornwall bring their quirky and original approach to music back to venues across the UK with a new 4-piece line-up.
With Celtic and eastern influences, the 3 Daft Monkeys' dynamic style of world-influenced folk music and infectious dancing rhythms, will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated.
The desire to dance is irresistible.
"Highlight of Glastonbury Festival 2014" Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2.
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Italian-born Ezio and Mark 'Booga' Fowell, hailing from Cambridge, have developed their own sensitive style, a mixture of rock and folk full of gorgeous acoustic melodies and intelligent lyrics. They have been forerunners in the acoustic music scene for nearly two decades.
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Johnny is an outstanding blues and folk slide guitarist and founder member of blues legends Paul Lamb and The Kingsnakes. Now performing as a solo artist, he is proving himself to be a worthy songwriter and magical live performer.
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Aberdeenshire folk singer Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. A finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017, Iona embraces the repertoire of her native North East throughout the UK and Europe.
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Anthony John Clarke has been working as a professional musician since 1991. He has since given up a full time teaching career to focus on writing and performing his own brand of songs. His material is played on radio throughout Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Europe and North America. His best known songs have received airplay as faraway as Australia, Chile, Canada and China.
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The Willows are a folk roots band from Cambridge, UK. Regularly compared to the likes of Alison Krauss & Union Station and Laura Marling, their musical style pulls influence from both Americana and UK Folk traditions. Fronted by the stunningly distinctive voice of Jade Ward (formerly Jade Rhiannon), supported by rich vocal harmonies and sensitive acoustic musicianship, The Willows have a distinctively refreshing sound that continues to captivate and inspire audiences everywhere they go.
'They sort of straddle the worlds between Americana and English roots music and do it in a very very deft way’ (Mike Harding Folk Show).
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A Contemporary Folk Duo based in Gloucestershire, The Black Feathers is the result of a combination of English folk influences, some Irish heritage, and large splash of Americana inspiration, all held together with close Bluegrass harmonies.
Having performed their debut show in May 2012, The Black Feathers have been touring the country, captivating audiences everywhere with songs of love, life, and death.
They have shared a stage with the likes of Ben Ottewell (Gomez), Luke Concannon (Nizlopi), Jazz Morley, and Isambard Folk Award winners Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker.
They are currently working on their debut 5 track EP, which will be released in early 2013.
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An outstanding folk singer/songwriter who has some magnificent songs to his name and who is also probably this country's finest squeezebox player.
'One of the finest squeezebox players in Christendom. An outstanding singer, a notable songwriter... He's in a class of his own for the life he instils into whatever issues from his squeezeboxes' (Folk Roots).
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French singer Flossie Malavialle performs a repertoire that ranges from Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel, to energetic songs full of va-va-voom and lovely ballads.
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Broom Bezzums - Mark Bloomer and Andrew Cadie - have been tearing up and down German autobahns since 2007, spreading their infectious music and wooing new fans with their congenial storytelling.
Firmly established in Germany, their music is play-listed on several national radio stations, has been heavily featured in the music press and lauded in the broadsheets.
Mark and Andrew are occasionally joined by guest singer Katie Doherty. Her spellbinding voice melds effortlessly with their harmonies.
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Winning both categories in which he was nominated at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, 'Best Musician' and 'Best Duo' (with Brendan Power), Tim Edey is one of the finest multi-instrumental players of his generation in the worldwide Celtic music scene. A virtuoso on both acoustic guitar and button accordion, Tim's incredible musical ear and total technical command allows him to play the most demanding instrumentals and improvise freely in any style you throw at him. His great gifts have led to touring/recording with Sharon Shannon, Lunasa, Michael McGoldrick, Seamus Begley, Mary Black, Altan and Capercaillie - to name a few, and has also appeared on the Jools Holland show. Tim has released four solo albums and had his compositions recorded by Sharon Shannon and other respected Celtic artists.
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Sid and Jimmy are an emerging duo who play traditional folk music predominantly from the British Isles. They tell stories of hardship, joy, murder and celebration held together with driving banjo and guitar arrangements and close vocal harmonies.
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'Norwich based folk / Americana trio Alden, Patterson and Dashwood weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully written original songs and melodies.
The independently-released debut album ‘Call Me Home’ was written and produced at home in Norwich and is lovingly presented in attractive handmade covers, designed and hand-printed by the band. 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.'
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