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Festival Artists Line Up (A-Z)

Here are the artists booked so fa for the 2019 festival.
They are all in sections for you to find easily. Use one of the links below to go directly to that section i.e. Social Dance or just scroll down and view all the acts that are with us this year. If you click on their individual links you will find most of the things you need to know about that band or performer. There are videos, sound samples and info on their web pages and photos.

Performing on Friday

Song & Music

"Welcome to the Concert and Song section."
What a line up this year!. This will be Bob & Gill's last line up that they have planned, something they started to do way back in 1989! We are using their retirement to have a fabulous line up and one heck of a week-end long party.
We would also like to welcome the wonderful mr John Kirkpatrick who has accepted our request for him to be the festival’s patron
have a look at some of the guests we have below and check in regularly for updates and further updates.
Bob Kenward [ FRI | SAT | SUN | MON ]

Ceilidh

Once more we've trawled the depths of English Ceilidh and invited a bunch of bands that are second to none. As we write this introduction we've not finalised all the details, but we have got the names in the slots and are looking forward to a great weekend.

What did folks used to say 'be there or be square'

Folk Dance

"Welcome to the Social Dance section."

Story Telling

"Welcome to the Story Telling section."

Family Events

A Tour of the Castle Grounds and Highlights of castle life!!

Every castle in history is a busy jumble of guilds, towers and halls. The Chippenham Folk Festival Family Castle is no different. Our castle walls may be ply wood and our towers and hall marquees, but we have everything from a blacksmiths workshop to stables.

Open from 9:30 to 5 the fun doesn’t even stop for lunch!! Don’t forget to bring a picnic, or check out the stalls around Island Park to enjoy with our lunch time shows.

Schools

An integral part of Chippenham Folk Festival, particularly for those who live in the town. Primary school children from local schools are invited to attend the festival on the Friday, to experience a range of different aspects of traditional music and dance. Each attending child takes part in two separate workshops in the morning, then displays the work of the second of these in the afternoon in front of the other schools at a mass ceilidh or "barn dance".
Although the event is not attendable by the general public, it is a vital and exciting part of the festival, and the attending children gain a great deal from the experience.

Big Top Concerts

"Welcome to the Specials section."

Displays

Chippenham Folk Festival is renowned for the atmosphere from the huge variety of display teams that can be found showcasing up and down the high street. Throughout the town, dancers from all traditions can be found for your delight and entertainment! Browse this section to see which wonderful teams will be joining us this year.