Ely Folk Festival 2019: Nancy Kerr, The Melrose Quartet, Les Barker, Gerry Colvin, Martin Carthy, Two Coats Colder
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.
TIckets go on sale February 2019.
Visit elyfolkfestival.co.uk/ for more information.
Already a respected interpreter of traditional material, Nancy has emerged as a writer of rare style with a cornucopia of contemporary narratives about love and conflict, motherhood, migration, hardship and jubilation, and the tensions between rural and urban life.
One of the most celebrated folk musicians of her generation, her BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards include the coveted 2015 Folk Singer of the Year, the 2000 Horizon Award and Best Duo in both 2011 and 2013 with husband James Fagan. Nancy also appears in the trio Simpson, Cutting and Kerr.
Nancy Kerr tour dates
Glorious four-part harmony singing combines with crunchy twin fiddles, majestic melodeon and powerful bouzouki in a set that will leave your heart singing and your feet tapping. The quartet are made up from two duos; Nancy Kerr & James Fagan and Richard & Jess Arrowsmith.
The Melrose Quartet tour dates
Les Barker is an English poet best known for his comedic poetry and parodies of popular songs, however he has also produced some very serious thought-provoking written work. Originally from Manchester he trained in accountancy before his talent for the written word was discovered. As well as touring Britain he has also performed in Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, the United States of America and Canada. He has published 75 books to date and has released 20 albums.
Les Barker tour dates
In the early 1980s Gerry Colvin co-founded and fronted the legendary John Peel favourite skiffle-cowpunk indie outfit Terry & Gerry. This seminal band toured Europe and the USA and appeared on countless TV shows including The Tube and The Old Grey Whistle Test. Their five singles and album all reached No.1 on the indie charts. In the nineties Gerry spent time in Nashville - working as a professional songwriter and later collaborated with Alison Moyet, co-writing on an album project. He also wrote TV themes, musicals, film scores and wrote and presented for BBC radio 2.
Since 1995 Gerry worked with Nick Quarmby in the five piece folk band Colvin Quarmby. They released six critically acclaimed albums and were voted best band at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropredy Festival in 2009. Colvin's new band features Trish Power on accordion, Jerome Davies on double bass, and Lyndon Webb on guitar with more of his brilliantly eccentric, hilarious and absurd observations, and witty and catchy singalong songs.
Gerry Colvin tour dates
Former member of Steeleye Span, The Albion Band and folk super group Band Of Hope, Martin Carthy was awarded the MBE in 1998 for services to folk music. Further credits include nurturing Bob Dylan and giving his arrangement of Scarborough Fair to Paul Simon. He's a ballad singer, a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed
material. Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife Norma Waterson and daughter Eliza Carthy has resulted in more than 40 albums.
Martin Carthy tour dates
Two Coats Colder are a quirkily progressive 4 piece folk band from the North Essex area. The band consists of Ray Taylor (Guitar and Vocal), Anna Bass (12-string Guitar, Harmonium and Vocal), Chris Bullen (Bass), David Baird (Mandolin and Vocal) ..... "Two Coats Colder - just what the folk scene needs - something a little different!" Brian Kew, Milkmaid Folk Club
Two Coats Colder tour dates