Feedback from festival goers is that Ely Folk Festival 2009 was the best yet!
With all festival tickets sold out a week in advance, the sun shone all weekend on 1500 happy festival goers. A strong line-up, great music and a friendly atmosphere all combined to make the festival one to remember. Top bands Edward II and Baka Beyond had the main marquee on its feet dancing on Friday and Saturday nights, while singing legend Eric Bogle sang his best known song â€˜The Band Played Waltzing Matildaâ€™ to a hushed audience on Sunday evening. Up-and-coming bands Something Nasty in the Woodshed and Dog Roses added verve and attitude to an impressive musician line-up.
Complimenting the concerts, a programme of workshops, informal artists â€˜unpluggedâ€™ sessions, dance displays, ceilidhs and childrenâ€™s entertainment over the weekend was enjoyed by festival goers. The Saturday morning dance procession was watched by crowds of local people and visitors as fifteen morris teams brought colour, music and spectacle to the streets of Ely.
Chair of the festival committee, Trish Reed, said â€œEly 2009 was a fantastic event and weâ€™ve had lots of positive feedback from festival goers. It was hard work but weâ€™re so pleased that everyone had a great time and weâ€™re really grateful for the help we received from our volunteer stewards over the weekend. Weâ€™re already planning Ely Folk Festival 2010â€.
Ely Folk Festival 2010 will be the 25th festival and will take place 9-11 July 2010.
Be sure to read Ely Online’s full review here.