Folk trio Georgia Lewis and Friends are the winners of Ely Folk Festival's 2016 band competition

PUBLISHED: 11:11 26 May 2016 | UPDATED: 11:11 26 May 2016

Georgia Lewis and Friends

Georgia Lewis and Friends

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The winner of Ely Folk Festival's 2016 band competition in partnership with the Ely Standard has been announced.

Georgia Lewis and FriendsGeorgia Lewis and Friends

Georgia Lewis, a folk singer and accordionist from Wiltshire, will kick off the opening concert on July 8 with Irish fiddler Rowan Piggott and guitarist Felix Miller who make up the band.

Fionnuala Lennon, of the festival committee, said: “What made this band stand out were the sweet, clear vocals of Georgia, the alluring and accomplished instrumental accompaniment, an engaging mix of traditional and self-penned numbers and the sheer joy of performing that shines through with this talented trio.

“The band competition has gone from strength to strength over the years and has provided a great springboard for some of the best unsigned folk and roots acts around.

“I suspect we’ll be hearing a lot more from Georgia Lewis in the future.”

Georgia Lewis will share the stage with Tom Figgins, The Young’Uns and Blackbeard’s Tea Party.

Ely Folk Festival 2016 runs from July 8 to 10.

The festival line-up features Edward II, the English roots band that blends Caribbean rhythms with traditional songs; internationally-renowned Irish trad group, Altan; and singer/songwriter Dougie MacLean whose anthem Caledonia is one of Scotland’s most popular contemporary songs; Martin Simpson; Heidi Talbot Band; Monster Ceilidh Band; Gigspanner; Wizz Jones; RURA and many more.

As well as music, there will be children’s entertainment (under 10s get in free), food and craft stalls, a real ale bar, workshops and ceilidhs.

Weekend tickets at early bird prices end on May 31. To book visit www.elyfolkfestival.co.uk

For more information about Georgia Lewis visit www.georgialewis.co.uk

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