GALLERY: Phew what a scorcher as Ely Folk Festival melts under the sun and the uplifting, storming music

Ely Folk Festival. Picture: Steve Williams.

Ely Folk Festival. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

THERE'S Something Nasty in the Woodshed planned for next year- but far from being disappointed thousands of fans will be delighted.

Ely Folk Festival. Keith Donnelly. Picture: Steve Williams.

Ely Folk Festival. Keith Donnelly. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

For as the 2013 Ely Folk Festival drew to a close, organisers had already lined up the Celtic folk/rock band from Grantham Something Nasty in the Woodshed and three other acts for the 2014 Ely Folk Festival.

Ely Folk Festival. Picture: Steve Williams.

Ely Folk Festival. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

'Four very good reasons to slot the date for the 2014 festival into your diary,' said festival marketing officer Fionnuala Lennon.

Ely Folk Festival. Picture: Steve Williams.

Ely Folk Festival. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

She was delighted with the success of this year's festival and particular the second day, Saturday, which she described as 'what a scorcher - weather-wise and music-wise.

Ely Folk Festival. Picture: Steve Williams.

Ely Folk Festival. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

'Keith Donnelly had the audience in stitches, Jaywalkers delighted with their uplifting set, Elbow Jane created a kind of magic and Black Jack Blues & Ezio thrilled the audience in marquee two resulting in demands for encores.

Ely Folk Festival. Jaywalkers, Picture: Steve Williams.

Ely Folk Festival. Jaywalkers, Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant


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'Then there was Home Service who was just wonderful and Treacherous Orchestra had the entire audience on marquee one on their feet with a storming set.'

Ely Folk Festival. Picture: Steve Williams.

Ely Folk Festival. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Fionnuala said in the City itself crowds lined the streets to watch the Morris procession 'and kids just had a great time with all the activities laid on for them on site.'

Ely Folk Festival. Picture: Steve Williams.

Ely Folk Festival. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

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Earlier she reflected how the months of planning, the weeks of getting the site festival-ready, and the days of last minute preparation and panic were over.

Ely Folk Festival. Picture: Steve Williams.

Ely Folk Festival. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

'Our wonderful band of stewards is ready to greet and help visitors who will start arriving on site shortly,' she had announced. 'It's a fine and hot day in Ely so pack your sun cream if coming.'

Of the opening night she praised Karine Polwart who 'entranced the audience with her 'musical poems' about life while ahab got revellers on their feet'.

Winners of the Ely Standard festival band competition - The Rambling from Newcastle - charmed with their largely self-penned offerings.

She said Adrian Nation, Brooks Williams and Steve Lockwood had festival goers sitting on the grass outside the marquee clamouring for the marquee ides to be rolled up 'so they could get the full effect of these consummate performers. The late night ceilidh went long into the night with those with any energy left, dancing their feet off to the great sound of Ceilidhography.'

She said the festival drew to a close on Sunday night with a fantastic set from Seth Lakeman and his band.

'Playing to a packed marquee, Seth in turn entranced with his stunning vocals and fiddle playing and whipped the audience into a dancing frenzy with his driving tunes,' she said.

'Seth finished off a glorious festival of music and dance.

' Many thanks to all our supporters, volunteer stewards, performers, Morris teams, traders and everyone who participated and visited in the festival - we couldn't do it without you'

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