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Festival Artists Line Up (A-Z)

Social Dance

"Welcome to the Social Dance section."
Frances Richardson
Joe Hodgson
Keeping Thyme
Lisa Greenleaf (USA)
Stick Shift
The Falconers
Anne Daye
Bristol Players
David & Kathryn Wright
Folkus Pocus
John & Karen Sweeney
Les Barclay
Lynne Render
Maggie Daniel
Marj Hendy
Perfect Cure (Irish)
Pete Hendy
Ros Batchelor
Weston Country Dance Band

Story Telling

"Welcome to the Story Telling section."


Children at Chippenham have their very own festival area on Island Park. The Castle is Open each day, from 9:30 till 5:30 for under 12's. With a friendly team of stewards and full programme of professional artists on hand to make sure everyone has a great time.


Primary school children from local schools are invited to attend the festival on the Friday. Each child takes part in 2 workshops in the morning, then displays in the afternoon in front of the other schools.

Big Top Concerts

Welcome to the "Specials" section.
Here you will find details of some of the extra special events that we would like to you try out. The Big Top Concerts are usually based around a theme and this year we have THE TALE OF ALE, A comedy special and Mick Ryan's A DAYS WORK.

Other special events include Brian Peters and Jeff Davis in "Sharps Harvest" a show exploring songs collected by Cecil Sharp
Sharp's Appalachian Harvest
In 1916, English songhunter Cecil Sharp ventured into the heart of the Southern
Appalachians and noted down sixteen hundred old ballads, ditties and fiddle tunes,many surviving from the 18th folk music collections ever made. Brian Peters and Jeff Davis tell the story of the hardships and triumphs of this heroic quest in music, song and words, illustrated with Sharp's superb photographs of the mountain characters who kept the tradition alive.