The 23rd Ely Folk Festival takes place over the weekend of Friday 11th July – Sunday 13th July.
This will be my 8th visit to the Festival and, I’m ashamed to say, it should be my 23rd. It wasn’t until I was invited along to pen some words (from a non-folkie viewpoint) by Ely Online that I took off the blinkers and saw beyond the stereotype of beards, rainbow-coloured waistcoats and men waving hankies around. Of course, all that is on offer at the festival but there’s also a lot, lot more. The Ely festival features a wide variety of styles, all which fit into the broad church of folk.
This year’s line up is no exception with an impressive guest list and programme of workshops, concerts, displays, ceilidhs and children’s entertainment. I’m looking forward to watching guitar maestro Gareth Pearson (a big hit at last years festival), The Mighty ‘Show of Hands’, local bands Lightening Jack and the Wide Glide Band, Last Night’s Fun, Boo Hewerdine, Spiers and Boden and the extremely noisy percussion band Saor Patrol.
The amply stocked beer-tent and food stalls will keep me fuelled for the weekend and Jan’s Blackboard Van will keep me occupied if I fancy drawing a picture on the side of a lorry. Music, beer, food and men waving hankies – what more could you possibly want? See you there.