We are delighted to introduce you to the line-up for the 49th Chippenham Folk Festival, we look forward to filling Chippenham venues with live folk music and dance once more! We hope you enjoy our festival line up which has been put together to show all aspects of folk artists and enhancing traditional music. We hope there is something for everyone and you all enjoy the concerts!
Lots of love
Chippenham Folk Festival Team
John has been patron of the Chippenham Folk Festival since 2019 and is a distinguished folk musician and morris dancer. Apart from being a brilliant Musician and a great teacher he is a thoroughly nice bloke. John has contributed music, song, and dance to a great number of plays in the theatre, and to a lesser extent radio, television, and film.
As a virtuoso session player his squeezeboxes can be heard on hundreds of recordings and as a creator of new work in all these fields he has established an enviable reputation. But on his own live gigs you’re more likely to see him in his natural habitat pursuing his first love - traditional English music and song. No stranger to success he has quite a few accolades to his name. In 2002 John was made an honorary lifetime member of the International Concertina Association.
A year later he was awarded the @EFDSS Gold Badge for his outstanding contribution to English Folk Music. In 2010 he was named Musician of the Year at the @BBCR2 Folk Awards. Most recently John was appointed an MBE in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List.
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene rewardingly enduring partnerships. Having never been trapped in a groove always bold and innovative mixing traditional song arrangements with their self-penned material which reels from the bitter to the sweet, the wry to the sad , the political to the passive. The Dartmoor couples intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation.
3 Daft Monkeys
With a fiery helter-skelter blend of influences from East and West, 3 Daft Monkeys inject a unique wildness into their music, producing a symphonious cacophony of styles, Silvery vocal melodies soar above percussive global beats and rhythms, while passionate fiddle-driven tunes weave around animated guitar and bass, all presented with outstanding musicianship in their famously theatrical live performances.
Celebrating over 25 years together with a final album released in November 2021, acclaimed musicians Paul Sartin (oboe, violin, swanee whistle and vocals) and Paul Hutchinson (accordion) are notorious for their superlative ability, wit, rapport and depth of experience, creating a concert to remember. Together they have entertained audiences across the UK, Australia and beyond with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes, songs and humour that sends audiences home with a smile.
Will Pound & Jenn Butterworth
Two of the finest instrumentalists in traditional music combine to bring a tour de force of breathtaking performances, which first started in lockdown with a video that was an international internet sensation.
An outstanding talent in his generation, harmonica and melodeon player Will Pound has pushed the boundaries of both instruments, sharing awe inspiring performances across the world. Jenn Butterworth is one of the most notable folk guitarists in the UK, previously awarded ‘Musician of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards, and nominated for the same title at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
An excellent collaborator, she can regularly be seen performing with folk powerhouses such as Kinnaris Quintet, Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton and Treacherous Orchestra. Together, they’ll share an eclectic mix of high energy tunes and uplifting songs.
Janice Burns & Jon Doran
Janice Burns & Jon Doran are an Anglo-Scottish duo who formed in 2017, after discovering a shared love of traditional music. They find their songs in archives that span the depths of our history; songs that, regardless of age, tell vivid stories about the nature of life, from the ethereal landscapes of ancient ballads to the urban rhythms of work songs.
Their compelling storytelling comes alive through tight vocal harmonies and sensitive interplay between mandolin and bouzouki, with arrangements that balance intricacy with energy.
Their dynamic performances are a celebration of their own musical and geographic backgrounds, embracing the differences that connect them.
Tom Mcconville & Dave Newy
Tom was born on Tyneside and brought up in a pub on the famous Scotswood Road with clientele drawn from the Irish and Scottish communities. This is where he first experienced traditional singing and fiddle music; the Hornpipes of James Hill amongst his first influences. 50 years on Tom McConville is widely acknowledged as THE authority on the music of James Hill and produced the first CD devoted entirely to Hill’s compositions.
Artist David Newey is a singer songwriter, and one of the most sought after accompanists in the business. He has toured with bands Rubus, Nandobinyan, Arlen and with Christi Andropolis. David’s driving rhythm and unique style, incorporating both fingerstyle and flatpicking, has taken him to all the major festivals and concerts throughout the UK, Europe and the USA.
Si Barron is a folk singer and songwriter based in Devon. He has a deep
relationship with English traditional music and a gift for turning
time-honoured melodies into foot tapping anthems.
With his rich voice and intense driving guitar sound, which can switch from fast and boisterous to measured and moving, Si communicates an infectious love of English music through his exciting renditions of the tradition.
‘I think he’s a really, really fine guitarist and an even finer interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk songs’ Mike Harding .
Keith Donnelly, well where do you start? Keith's website describes him as a "Ruthless Surrealist Guitar-Slinging Abstract Songer Sing-Weaving, Teller of Short Tall Tales and Long Short Stories." That’s a lot to cram into one show but somehow Keith manages it!
Whether he is performing for an adult audience or children, you know Keith's show is going to be a laugh a minute.
Keith may be known for his stand up comedy and participative action songs but Keith is also a serious singer-songwriter and accomplished guitarist. Keith performs both solo gigs and alongside others including French vocalist Flossie Malavialle as ‘Folk Superduo’ - Dark Horses; and the wonderful singer and storyteller Ursula Holden Gill. Keith also works in tandem with the inimitable Les Barker, who Keith describes as ‘The funniest poet in the history of funny poetry’, as ‘Idiot & Friend’.
As well as writing all his own material, Keith enjoys writing for other people. Over the years he has had the opportunity of writing for and working with some of his own favourite funny people. Perhaps the most notable of these is the ever hilarious Jasper Carrott.
Mat Green & Andy Turner
Mat and Andy are both founder members of Magpie Lane providing the instrumental drive at the heart of the band's dance music repertoire.
Mat was born and bred in Bampton in Oxfordshire, and has been dancing and playing for the morris for over 40 years. He has developed a unique, utterly danceable, quintessentially English fiddle style. As well as playing in Magpie Lane, he was a member of the justly popular ceilidh band, the Woodpecker Band.
Andy also has many years' experience playing dance music, with Polkabilly, Geckoes and most recently The Oxford NAGS. He has a punchy, rhythmic concertina style, but is also able to play in a slower, smoother style to accompany his own fine singing.
Together, Mat and Andy play mainly traditional English dance tunes. They specialise in little-known tunes from eighteenth and nineteenth century village musicians' tunebooks, but essentially will play any good dance tune from almost anywhere! The tunes are interspersed with songs - again, mainly from English traditional sources.
Sound Tradition is an a cappella folk foursome (David, Linda, Catherine and Moose) singing in glorious harmony. Their varied repertoire ranges from lively chorus songs to lilting ballads, and from medieval times to the modern day, but always with an ear for the English folk tradition. They have proudly supported such luminaries as Martin Carthy, Dave Swarbrick, Chris Wood and Roy Bailey but also enjoy the main stage in their own right. Hailing from East Anglia, Sound Tradition can be found at clubs and festivals across the country – come and join in!
Andy Fawthrop is a writer of novels, short stories and comic poems. He tries to see the humour in life wherever possible, and has been a frequent performer at local folk clubs, festivals and other similar events, including The Village Pump, Bradford Roots, Corsham and, of course, for several years at Chippenham. He encourages others to have a go at comic poetry, and his sessions are always good for a laugh. He is currently spending much of his time walking around the Wiltshire coastline.
Bob & Gill Berry
Bob and Gill Berry former organisers of Chippenham folk festival are now in the performers spotlight this loving husband and wife duo have been performing for over 30 years Thier music is primarily traditional and contemporary folk but thier love of performing brings all sorts of music to the fore.
Their performances have massive variety anddisplay a great deal of of love and passion for their music and a deep connection between them as two people.
Rosie Upton, who has been based in the West Country for more than 45 years, began singing in Derbyshire whilst still at school and has developed an individual style based on English, Scots and Irish traditional songs and ballads.
Her rich voice is particularly well suited to the occasional blues as well as hard-hitting songs of social and political comment. She combines passion and integrity with an entertaining presentation. Rosie is also an experienced MC and workshop leader.
Skinner & T'witch
Folk, Flamenco, and Theatre-Style Songs Drawing on music-hall and vaudeville traditions, Skinner & T’witch's show combines comedy and satire with folk, flamenco and theatre-style songs. Skinner & T'witch have released five albums; performed widely around the UK; and recently toured in both Australia and the US. 'If you get the chance to see them - take it.' Ulverston Live Music ‘Skinner & T’witch are unique: there is nobody to compare them with. A pair of comic geniuses'. The Living Tradition 'Some things just work. Skinner & T’witch are one of those things. An absolute must see.' Lakefest .
"Folk, flamenco, and theatre-style songs"
"A pair of comic geniuses. They are unique'. The Living Tradition Magazine."
Dave Webber & Anni Fentiman
Dave and Anni joined forces in 1985, after spending many years around the folk club scene, in which time they featured on several albums made by other performers.
Although Dave and Anni perform substantially at home in the UK they also make at least one trip each year to the United States, where they have an established following and have also performed in Holland, Denmark and Finland.
Anni has developed a specialist repertoire of songs originating from her native North East, and Dave has been writing songs in traditional vein since 1982 many of these are widely sung and have become part of the general song repertoire of singers all over the world. 2018 has seen publication of Dave's first novel, A Secret Harvest, see albums page and news for details.
Suthering meaning "the sound of the wind through the trees or wind under a bird’s wing" combines the musical talents of Julu Irvine and Heg Brignall. A couple in life and in music, Julu and Heg are true storytellers who champion female characters, creating new narratives for women and unearthing the female heroines of folk.
What sets them apart is their wonderful chemistry and charisma on stage, natural humour and two beautifully matched voices. With an unusual mix of cascading, dramatic piano; intricate, fingerstyle guitar; flute, whistles, and harmonium, Julu and Heg bring an exciting take on folk storytelling with their evocative and distinctive sound.
Bob Kenward’s Songs of Kent & Kentish Songs have been entertaining the South East for many years. He has written and produced four shows combining traditional and fresh material with Kent Song Collective.
Bob's subjects include Dockyards, Winchmen, Lookers and The Rolling Downs, whilst recent songs like Strange Cargo and We Come, We Go address news as it happens. A regular barn dance musician, Bob enjoys sessions and the wonderful harmony of chorus. A popular folk club guest wherever he goes...
The Harbour Light Trio
Three Suffolk musicians (Alvar Smith, Derek Simpson & Rob Neal) perform mainly East Anglian songs and tunes on concertinas, melodeon, banjo, guitar, harmonica and ‘cello. Alvar is a retired Gamekeeper from Blaxhall who sings songs gathered from his grandfather and other local characters. Rob and Derek have performed in many bands over the years
The trio’s emphasis is on entertainment and audience participation. Their CD ‘Good Company’ describes them well and is available to sample on Amazon, Spotify & Youtube. Don’t miss them!
Have a Listen: www.youtube.com/channel/UCFX171cyGYlW8rF_idJWmTQ
Award winning professional musician, singer, and dancer, Mossy Christian specialises in the musical traditions of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. Drawing on a rich and diverse repertoire of traditional dance tunes and folk songs, charting the lives of everyday people, in their work and recreation, from the 1700s to the present day.
Delighting audiences across the UK, with performances at festivals and folk clubs from Whitby to Sidmouth, Morpeth to Nottingham, his shows are a treat not to be missed. As a respected researcher, Mossy has presented and published multiple papers, on subjects including:
The Midwinter Traditions of Lincolnshire
The Musical Pennock Family of Goathland
The folk-song collectors Frank & Ethel Kidson
Kitty Vernon & Derek Burgess
Kitty and Derek had each been performers and hosts at song sessions and concerts at different folk clubs and festivals in southern England and the Midlands, including Chippenham folk festival, before getting together in 2004 to sing a cappella in harmony. They are very pleased to be returning to Chippenham in 2022 and look forward to welcoming friends old and new. .
Born and raised in Exeter, Bill has been involved in the folk scene since the early sixties and has been singing unaccompanied, MCing and organising folk clubs and events for over 50 years. For many years he was a member of Exeter based acapella group ‘The Claque’, until they retired in 2017. His CD ‘Biding Time’ received a 4 star review in English, Dance and Song.
“A great singer and one of the best m/c’s ...” - Chippenham Folk Festival.
“Bill has an excellent repertoire of Westcountry songs” - Sidmouth Folk Week .
Baldrick's Plan are Peter Wray, Steve Lavington and Jinks Jenkin, a trio specialising in strong harmony singing, largely rooted within English traditional music, but also including songs, ancient and modern, from other backgrounds and traditions. They have an extensive and growing repertoire of fishing and maritime-related songs, which they deliver with skill and gusto (who the hell is Gusto, I hear you say!), delighting audiences nationwide.
Based in deepest West Cornwall, they are all seasoned performers on the folk music scene and, while their material tends to be delivered 'acapella' style, there are always songs that the band would like to do which demand accompaniment. So, where appropriate, they have developed, alongside their unaccompanied material, a body of songs which are enhanced by Peter’s accomplished work on guitar.
"I saw this trio at the Penzance Singing Cellar Session and was reminded just how good they are - magical harmonies, thoroughly professional and worth a gig anywhere!"........ Geoff Lakeman: Folk singer, musician, songwriter . .
Multi-instrumentalists and singers Moirai will join us for concerts where they will demonstrate their beautiful interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk music and song but also they will be performing their highly acclaimed show, 'Framed - The Alice Wheeldon story' Alice, well known & respected in Derby, was a feisty, principled working woman. As free thinkers, Alice & her family supported women’s suffrage & emancipation, rational dress & mixed bathing, social justice & were opposed to war. In 1916 as terrible news of the disastrous First World War emerged, MI5 became concerned about the growing anti-war movement & opposition to conscription. Undercover agents invented the story that Alice Wheeldon & her family plotted to poison Prime Minister David Lloyd George. The Wheeldon & Mason families were convicted of conspiracy to murder. They were tried at the Old Bailey in London in a blaze of publicity. They were found guilty & sentenced to prison. "Framed: The Alice Wheeldon Story" is a new folk music and song show written and performed by local Derby trio Moirai (Jo Freya, Sarah Matthews and Mel Biggs). Join us and discover this 100 year old tale of fake news, family values and activism which is oh so relevant in today's turbulent modern world. This show will only be performed once at the festival. .
Banter are: Simon Care on melodeon, Nina Zella on keyboards and vocals and Tim Walker on drums, percussion, brass, vocals and dance calling. Three fine musicians who’s roots are firmly in the traditional English genre, but who enjoy stretching the limits. .
Folk Camps Party Band
Putting Folk Camps firmly on the folk festival map, the Folk Camps Party Band is an exciting multi-ability multi-age ceilidh band drawn from all parts of the Folk Camps spectrum that attends several festivals a year to show off the essence of Folk Camps.
The first festival performance was at Chippenham May 2018 and they went down a storm! people danced, listened happily, and talked to us about Folk Camps, and now they are back as headliners! .
Whapweasel are one of the Country’s leading Ceilidh bands. They have been delighting and exhausting folk dance enthusiasts for the past 20 years with their unique, exhilarating and fantastic music style... and they aren't stopping any time soon... .
The Chippenham Folk Festival Family Castle may be made of plywood, but we have everything from a blacksmiths workshop to stables.
Open from 10 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 lunchtime shows.
Gary Gacko' Bridgions, A freelance artist with over 30 years of professional experience. Based in Barrow-in-Furness and specialising in entertaining and educative cabaret projects, When not on the festival circuit, including summer highlights such as Glastonbury; Gary manages a spooktacular Halloween event at Moncaster Castle in collaboration as a guest lecturer with the university of Cumbria, and treads the boards of the Panto stage as Madam Twankie.
Through lockdown Gary has been continuing to reach out to audiences with online performances such as via the World Story Telling Cafe , and charity fund raisers for food bank in his home community as well as returning to his beloved Muncaster Castle for outdoor performances when restrictions allowed. You may have even glimpsed him on the national news as an anarchist panto dame marching to raise awareness of the need to protect the arts.
Gary's Showman persona Gacko has audiences of all ages captivated, laughing and participating whether it be Storytime in the Family area ; or entertaining the 'big kids', aka adult audiences for late-night stories, Gary is a Story Teller, Songwriter and Workshop Sessions in puppetry, storytelling and ukulele. He will never cease to surprise.
In 2019 Gary was honoured with the tittle of Fool of Muncaster Castle, a title he explains has origins in the original fool, Tom Skelton (Tom Fool), who was said to have inspired Shakespeare’s joker in King Lear and affected changes to modern English.” We have no tittle steeped in such history but as a regular family favourite at Chippenham's Family area, affectionately known as the castle, Maybe we should be inventing the tittle of Chippenham’s Castle Jester?
With over 20 years of experience delivering storytelling, performance and theatre activities for schools, arts organisations, communities and festivals across Britain, Ian has developed a practise approach which mixes sensitivity, Comedic energy and wit leading to a style all of his own. Through Lockdown , as well as continuing with online story telling performances such as tvia the World Story telling Cafe, Ian has been preparing to publish his first picture book Story and Truth .
The origins of Ian's work are steeped in the traditions of street theatre which has helped him develop his unique storytelling style. His work has been described as 'truly inspirational' and draws upon a rich vein of British folk tales and world myths.
Ian has become a regular visiting friend to the Chippenham Family Castle; If we are giving honorary castle titles he must be our traveling bard! Arriving on the Sunday of the festival, Ian joins Gacko in leading the castle in tales of travel and adventure, myth and legend captivating and enthralling audiences of all ages he can be found raising the roof in late night stories for the adult audiences of the festival before leading the family castle participants in the Monday Parade in his pedal powered gypsy caravan.
Taffy Thomas MBE has been telling stories since the 1970s. Many years of collecting tales has given him a professional and wide repertoire for all events. He has a repertoire of more than 300 stories, collected mainly from traditional oral sources, which he is happy to tell in almost any situation. This repertoire was built by meeting and working with virtually all the great traditional storytellers who were alive in Britain.
Taffy is kind, patient and interesting and is just full to the top with stories and riddles. He was the first Storyteller Laureate and he’s met the Queen and been given an award (MBE) for his storytelling. He is now the most experienced English storyteller, having performed in many countries on four continents.
Jo Douglas and The Magic Lantern
Our regular storytellers, Gary and Ian are joined by Ian's wife Jo and her new project The Magic Lantern. A curious contraption that travels the land with its crew of storytellers, musicians and puppeteers. This beautiful trailer housing a shadow puppet theatre will be the place to come listen to a story, watch the magic as the story is performed through shadow, make your own puppet, and create and perform your own show.
Jane and Jeremy from Let's Dance, run a range of dance workshops for schools and folk festivals. Introducing us to Garland, Morris, and Maypole dancing and much more.
During the pandemic, they experimented with friends in their bubble to find ways to still have fun with dance safely. We enjoyed their virtual contribution to our online festival last year where they recorded demos of some dances for us to follow along and have a go at home. We can’t wait to get those hankies waving and ribbons flying in person!
You can find out more about Let's dance at www.letusdance.org
Clare's Circus are an independent local business based in nearby Calne. First performing in the family castle in 2018, they come with the expertise to teach all the circus equipment you can imagine! Anything you can juggle, twirl or balance.....even on their own tightrope!
Clare’s Circus is usually found at events, from carnivals and rallys,
or offering workshops to schools, businesses and parties. Clare found
innovative ways to bring cheer throughout lockdown by offering online
workshops in juggling, balloon modelling and face painting as well as
joining our virtual collaboration with Chester.
We are excited to welcome her back in person so come and have a go with all things circus at the Buttercross stage.
To find out more visit: Circus visit www.clarescircus.co.uk
Come and join Karen for a chance to sing your favourite action songs for pre-schoolers.
With an array of character hats to get the little ones joining in as those speckled frogs or swimming ducklings
NYFTE (pronounced "nifty" stands for the National Youth Folk Troupe of England) are a team of 10-18 year olds from all over the country, who perform traditional dance, music and song and view Chippenham as their "home" festival - they've been to the festival every year for decades!
Unable to meet in person during 2020 due to covid, they put together a number of online performances and collaborative projects instead. we are looking forward to having them back in person. watch out for them running workshops for families on the Community stage as well as performances around the festival.
If you are interested in finding out more about NYFTE, including how to join, please visit
Curator of the worldstorytellingcafe.com and director of 2022 Marrakech
International Storytelling Festival .. John is a favourite at Chippenham
he always tailors his set for any age group and fit into any venue.
He encourages participation when telling and works towards getting the
listeners to repeat the stories to other people.
His repertoire includes wonder tales like ‘Grandfather All Know’,
‘Mossycoat’, ‘Kate Crackernuts’ and ‘The Golden Ram’ as well as humorous
children’s stories like ‘Lazy Jack’ and ‘The Old Woman and the Pig’.
A veteran performer at village and community days he collects his own audiences and holds them spellbound with his stories.
To find out more visit: www.johnrow.com
The Wiltshire Scrapstore is a charity based in near by Lacock. Scrapstore repurpose resources that would otherwise go to landfill and redistribute them for creative activities and projects of all kinds, from arts and crafts to DIY.
Wiltshire Scrapstore headquarters can be found at Bowden Hill, Lacock, and also have a quirky, social enterprise shop, Barty’s Little Eco Shop, in Lacock village itself. Registered with the Department of the Environment as a Low Tier Waste Carrier. All of our materials are collected by our van from businesses providing a free recycling opportunity for unwanted surplus avoiding landfill and giving it a second greatly appreciated life.
The Scrapstore warehouse in Lacock is open six days a week for members of the public, families, community groups and schools to access the materials and services which we provide. The warehouse is bursting with inspiration. We offer free membership and simply ask members to make a donation each time they collect resources from the Scrapstore.
Wiltshire Scrapstore are a regular feature of our family Castle and this year will be found in the Castle Marquee each morning for craft workshops. Come make yourself your own magic lantern on saturday ready for the sunset stories sessions at the Magic Lantern or to hang outside your tent! Come back on sunday, We have seen lots of sunflowers showing support to Ukraine! We are making weather resistant sunflowers as garden decorations to show our support, you can also upcycle your flower pot to plant your own sunflower seed to take home with you.
Refashion My Town is a social enterprise based in Chippenham. Their mission is to help and encourage young people to make a positive social and environmental impact through fashion. Their goal is to highlight the impact that fast fashion has on the environment and while doing so, we aim to help young people reduce, reuse, refashion and mend more.
Refashion Chippenham will be running a workshop in the Castle Marquee showing how unwanted old clothing can be upcycled into fabric key rings.
You can find out more at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cause Chorus are a local choir singing a variety of world, roots and folk music mixed in with African, Aboriginal and South American rhythms. Focusing on a mix of beautiful harmonies and having fun using different instruments and percussion. The choir , based at the Cause Chippenham, welcome new singers and say just turn up on a Sunday night. The Cause Chorus is run by Alex Moran. Sessions are £8 weekly. Alex is contactable on 07460775321 or email@example.com.
A community Choir based at the Cause, singing fantastic gospel, blues and soul songs with great tunes and beautiful harmonies. The emphasis is on bringing the music to life. We move, dance, clap; we infuse the music with fun and laughter. Open to all ages and all singing ability – the choir welcomes new members to discover the satisfaction of singing in a group! Come along on a Thursday evening from 7:30-9pm to learn some . Come Each session is £8. Contact Alex on 07460 775 321 or simply turn up on the night.
Lingmara World Music Choir
Lingmara are a community choir based at the Cause. Meeting on a Tuesday evenings 7.15-9.30pm in the Main Hall £8 per session If you’ve ever wanted to sing lovely songs from all over the world, then this is the perfect place to start! The repertoire is varied Lingmara is a community choir led by musical director Alex Walker.
Meg is a young solo artist who has been singing and playing since she could talk and has been performing live at local venues for the last 8months. She's a finalist in the Chippenham battle of the bands 'Take the Stage' , an event organised by local youth project River Bank Studios. Meg's main influences are Alt Folk artists such as Aurora and Dodie. She's currently developing her own material and is playing tributes to the artists she admires.
Riverbank Studios is a dedicated music community for young people, providing affordable rehearsal rooms and recording, as well as performance opportunities, tuition, industry workshops, events and youth nights from our new space in Borough Parade in Chippenham.
Yoga with Kyla
Kyla has been a yoga instructor since 2019 but was practicing yoga both in the UK and abroad since 1997.
Kyla runs a series of online and face to face free sessions and asks for a donation to cover her expenses, she is kindly giving up her free time to run a peaceful afternoon session. If you are local she also runs yoga on a Sunday morning in Trowbridge.
You can see more infomation at her website
A celebration of folk dance in Chippenham, including English Country Dance, Playford and Contemporary Social. American contra dance and squares. Irish Set Dance, and workshops on Style and Elegance. .
Louise Siddons is a contra and English country dance caller most recently based in Brighton UK. She has been calling since 2008, and calls dances regularly across the United States and in the UK, where she is part of the Friends of English Dance committee.
Louise is an active member of the English Folk Dance and Song Society and the Country Dance and Song Society (USA), from which she received the Mary Judson/Brad Foster Award for English Dance Leaders in 2016. She believes that we should invest in the evolution and sustainability of folk dance traditions and their ongoing relevance to contemporary culture.
As a caller and dance teacher, Louise strives to create a fun and welcoming atmosphere with her low-key and light-hearted stage presence. She calls a mixture of modern and historic dances in a variety of formations, and enjoys helping dancers discover the musicality of choreography, from the familiar to the unexpected.
Well respected all round dance caller Victoria has been a regular at Chippenham for many years. As a dancer, musician, and caller she has contributed much to the history of the event. We are very pleased that she is a key part of the Folk Dance programme for 2022. Her skill of making even the very trickiest English dance available to her dancers, in a friendly and supportive way, is a wonder to behold.
Kevin and Carol Monaghan
Kevin and Carol have been dancing together for over 20 years, having had their first meeting on the dance floor.
Kevin is a native of County Galway in the west of Ireland, and he likes to bring the regional differences in style to the set dance floor, along with stories concerning their origins and tales of past happenings making for a relaxed yet informed approach.
Prior to COVID interruptions, Kevin and Carol taught a regular class in Basingstoke, Hampshire and they have been fortunate to have taught in Belgium, Czech Republic, Austria, Canada, Nova Scotia and USA, at the request of dancers in those places as well as attending as "punters" in many more countries where there is a love of Irish culture. They look forward to welcoming you to the dance floor.
We are pleased to announce that Georgia Delve will lead the morning workshops on Saturday and Sunday. The music is provided by The Warleggan Village Band.
Georgia Delve is a professionally trained dancer, ballet teacher, and historical dance caller; specialising in the social country dances of the early Georgian and Regency periods. She is passionate about keeping historical dance alive. Georgia aims to make her workshops enjoyable, informative, and tailored to the abilities of the dancers present.
A detailed description of the workshops will be found on the festival programme soon. (Georgia replaces Stuart Marsden who is sadly now unable to come to the festival this year. The Friday evening Ball will be led by Victoria Yeomans.)
The Linda Game Band
The Linda Game Band are here to play for Contra dance and Squares. Linda is well known for her virtuoso fiddling in English Contra Dance Band. She is also a member of Token Women. For Chippenham she is joined by Chris and Patrice Aggs who hail from the Bluegrass and American Old Time String Band scene. (Guitar and double bass.) With surprise appearances from the wonderful Ali Messer expect to hear a riot of French Canadian and Old Time tunes.
The Warleggan Village band
The Warleggan Village Band was first convened in 2014 to play for the dance sequences in BBC TV’s Poldark and has since had great success in playing for dances on and off screen. They play English country-dance music from the 17th and 18th centuries with a decidedly 21st sensibility. Comprised of Richard Heacock and Matthew Coatsworth on violins (both formerly of Boldwood) and Chris Green (GreenMatthews) on guitar, they specialise in combining instrumental virtuosity with exceptional danceability.
Alan Brunier, Vic Smith and Joshua Rowe
Vic Smith (piano), Alan Brunier (accordion), and Joshua Rowe (fiddle) are time-travelling musicians who are eminently sensible, occasionally quite good fun, and will be playing high-quality music for Playford-style English dance workshops and dances this year!
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Will Allen is an exciting melodeon and fiddle player who is lighting up the dance scene in the UK. Although his background is firmly in the English tradition he has become an outstanding interpreter of Irish Set dance music over the last couple of years.
Working with Kevin and Carol Monaghan he has brought a fresh take to the music that is very danceable. Will is often seen performing with Martin Clarke (fiddle) as the Brown Boots duo, playing a great mix of old and contemporary folk music.
Will will be joined for the evening dances by superb pianist Will Chamberlain. Expect a lot of fun..
Ali Messer & Mollie Koenigsberger
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Ali and Mollie are well known as folk dance musicians, having performed at Chippenham Folk Festival many times, and in the same or different bands all over the country.
Ali plays great piano accordion as well as stylish piano accompaniment when required. Mollie plays the violin for a variety of dance styles.
For the festival in 2022 we have asked them to work with several different bands, adding their spice and verve as they wish. A musical challenge for all but one that we know Ali and Mollie will rise to and enjoy, bringing the dancers along for the fun..
Dave Yeomans and Matt Norman
In an exciting pairing especially for the Chippenham Festival 2022, Dave Yeomans (accordion) and Matt Norman (fiddle and mandolin) will be playing for the calling of Victoria Yeomans. Dave's clever playing and awareness of the dance that Victoria (his wife) is calling, makes the accordion much more than an accompanying instrument. Combined with the subtle fiddle and mandolin playing of Matt Norman, they make a beautiful backdrop to the dance. Matt is also known as a choir master, and musician with other bands in the dance scene...
Charlotte Rich-Griffin is an enthusiastic folk dance caller based in Oxfordshire, with experience in calling for ceilidhs, American style contra dances, and Playford dances. She loves sharing dances with everyone from absolute beginners right through to die-hard fans. She has called at festivals including Sidmouth, Whitby and the Intervarsity Folk Dance Festival (IVFDF). During the pandemic, Charlotte worked hard adapting dances for online events, most innovatively hosting ceilidhs in the virtual world of Minecraft!
Geoff Cubitt is one of the UK's favourite most popular folk dance callers. For Chippenham Folk Festival 2022 he will be specialising in one of his favourite dance styles; American. You can expect challenging and interesting contra dances, and some square dances as well. Geoff learnt square dance calling from the best in the USA and is rightly known as one of the best proponents of square dance calling in the UK. Don't be fooled by his calm and relaxed delivery, Geoff is happy to push dancers in a constructive way, and always has an eye on the dance floor.
After Dinner Clog
‘After Dinner Clog’ formed to show how lyrical and joyful traditional English step clog can be. The team was founded by Vikki Lewis; Claire Wright and Alley Bridge-York complete the core trio, with occasional guest appearances from more far-flung members, and together they form a wonderful unit who have great step synchronisation and cheeky audience interaction. The team thrives on freedom of expression and this is best shown through music choices which often shy away from more traditional tunes to allow for a playful vibe. Musical talent is provided by Manny Grimsley (Fiddle and Melodeon). ADC are a small close knit group of friends and derive their name from eating together after weekly practice. They look forward to showing their dancing and spirit at festivals this year.
First Class Stamp
First Class Stamp was formed some years ago in response to a growing national interest in Appalachian dancing. We dance in the Buck & Wing style and choreograph our own dances using mostly traditional steps. The team is based in Nuneaton, and we practise regularly on Monday evenings through the winter, dancing out during the Summer..
Five Rivers Morris is a Cotswold morris team based in Sheffield. We dance the traditions from a number of Cotswold villages, including Fieldtown, Sherbourne, Bampton, Oddington and Adderbury, but are also writing a series of Sheffield dances named, aptly, after the city’s five rivers. We’ve been dancing around Sheffield and at festivals and events across the country since 2010, developing a reputation for dancing with energy, enthusiasm and precision.
Moulton Morris, from Northamptonshire are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, 2022. They are looking forward to returning to Chippenham as it was the first festival they ever danced at in 1973. They perform dances from Moulton, Badby, Brackley and Bampton.
The Outside Capering Crew
The Outside Capering Crew presents morris dance for the 21st century: sometimes flashy, sometimes comic, and always with exhilarating music.
Our eclectic repertoire includes broom dances (tricky spins, throws and kick-ups) and brain-bending “bacca pipes” jigs – England’s answer to the Scottish sword dance, but more edgy. It’s all served up with a dash of showmanship (and a very silly horse. Or maybe a cow)..
Winchester Morris Men
The Winchester Morris Men perform traditional English morris dances. Formed on 11th March 1953 in the Eclipse Inn, Winchester; our dances and style of costume reflect those seen in the Cotswolds during the nineteenth century. Currently, most of our dances are in the traditions of Bledington, Bampton-in-the-Bush, Ilmington, and Field Town.
Aldbrickham Clog & Step Dancers
Aldbrickham Clog & Step Dancers are based in Reading, we dance in both clogs and shoes, our dances come from all over the British Isles from Shetland to Cornwall.
Bampton Traditional Morris
Bampton Traditional Morris have the longest unbroken tradition in England (650 years). We are from Bampton (Oxfordshire) and perform our own traditional dances. We are a very social team and when not dancing will be found in a pub or bar having a chat, singing, or playing some music.
Bell's Angels, who are based in Holt, showcased traditional Cotswold-style dancing. They are a Ladies Morris side who dance mostly Cotswold with some Border.
Billy No Mates
Billy No Mates is a very small side .... there are just two of us! We perform Cotswold jigs for entertaining our audiences, to have fun and to enjoy the Morris experience.
Bow Brook are an impish female Border side with a mixed Band of long suffering, but talented, musicians, based in the Worcestershire village of Upton Snodsbury. We dance and sing for fun with energy and enthusiasm, dressed in earthy coloured tatters and greenery adorned hats, wielding carved hazel sticks, our faces painted with beautiful green trees.
We're an eclectic group who dance on the dark side of the Morris tradition. Although you might recognise variations of traditional dances we also have a large repertoire of our own making; look out for three way stick throwing in 'The Big Cock Roundabout' and 'dish rags' in 'Black Rat'! .
Cardiff Morris have been dancing in South Wales for over fifty years, for the last 18 as a mixed side, welcoming anyone who wants to give Morris dancing a try. Our dances are mainly in the Cotswold tradition with some Welsh dances, but we wear the Welsh dragon and Cardiff Coat of Arms on our Welsh-weave baldricks. Look out for Idris, our own dancing dragon!
Chalice Morris Men
A team of nearly 50 years in the making, the Chalice Morris Men are made up of some of Somerset's finest Morris dancers.
The local morris team have been around since 1978. They dance Cotswold style morris from a variety of different traditions - plus the occasional Catalan bastoners dance. They love doing out of the ordinary stuff and have appeared on film, TV and video plus visits to several European countries.
Clog step and step dance team from Bristol. Performing clog dances from England & Wales and step dances from Scotland and Canada.
Cry Havoc Morris
Cry Havoc is a mixed Cotswold Morris side from Botley, Oxfordshire. The colours we dance in are mainly white and black. A white buzzard can be seen on the back of black waistcoats, purple ribbons on baldrics and bells.
DANCE SIX-0 create surprising and compelling performances, made with renowned choreographers and performed by dancers aged 60+. Their newest work Burn & Rave offers a new context for Dylan Thomas’ poem, which ruminates on stages of life, legacy and what we leave behind. Using text, sound and movement, Burn & Rave is a call to arms. The dance will not go gently into the crowd, it will burn and rave its way into the audience's senses.
Dawnswyr Tipyn o Bopeth
Tipyn o Bopeth is a Welsh Folk Dance Group formed in the 1980's to enjoy and promote the culture of Wales through the costume, dance, music and language, and to enjoy meeting other like minded groups. We have taken our dancing to countries far and wide, e.g.Romania, Finland, Norway, Russia.
Devizes Jubilee Morris
We were once described as dancing Cotswold Morris in a Border style. Frankly, we don't care about that, but we do care about a good show for the audience. Based in Devizes, we're celebrating 10 glorious years in 2022., following our first dance out at the town's Golden Jubilee celebrations.
Ely and Littleport Riot
In black and white with colourful waistcoats, Ely & Littleport Riot are a border morris side from East Cambridgeshire named after the bread riots of 1816. Expect swirling red hankies and clashing sticks in our own dance tradition named after our Fenland landscape, as well as more widely known dances.
Folk Friendzy are a dance group for young people based in Derbyshire that perform traditional dance in their own unique way and style, ensuring that traditions continue for all audiences. They have been performing for over 15 years across the country at Festivals, fetes, various events, and perform two full stage shows a year. Performing various styles of dance from their large repertoire of self developed routines to entertain all and keep traditions alive. if anyone would like them to perform at an event don't hesitate to get in-touch with them on social media.
Forest of Dean
The Forest of Dean Morris Men was originally formed, as a men only side, in 1968. They dance out on summer Wednesday evenings at pubs in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley areas. The FODM dance mostly traditional Cotswold dances, and some unique dances from the Forest. The Forest of Dean dancers have traditionally worn “rag jackets”. The current Forest of Dean Morris’ costume is based on the Ruardean kit of the 1880’s. One theory for the wearing of Rag Jackets is that it represents the leaves of the Forest.
Galliard Folk Dancers
Galliard Folk Dancers meet to learn English and Welsh country dances from Tudor times to the present day.
Hankies Gone Awry
Hankies Gone Awry is an American Touring side comprising Morris dancers of several West Coast teams. We have performed in New Zealand on 6 tours. We appeared at Chippenham FF in 2019 and were invited to dance in Bampton BH Monday 2019.
We are Hereburgh Morris - a mixed bunch of men and women who like to learn and perform morris dances that come primarily from the villages of the Cotswolds in England. We are always keen to welcome new members - no previous experience necessary. Likewise, we welcome opportunities to perform in public.
Hips and Haws
Hips and Haws are a female North West Clog morris dance side who perform dances in the North West and step dancing traditions, as well as a selection choreographed by our own members. During the year we may be seen at local fetes and national festivals and local pubs!
Holly Copse Morris
Holly Copse Molly based in Bournemouth, a colourful Molly group doing traditional molly messing around.
Knights of King Ina
A mixed team dancing from South Somerset traditional Cotswold jigs.
Our Maypole Team is made up of children from Year 3 to Year 5 from Langley Fitzurse Primary School.
Malmesbury Morris are a mixed side with their very own Cotswold style tradition developed by Torquil McInnes when the side formed in 2004. The side's repertoire now includes mainly Cotswold and Border style dances both traditional and modern and more recently a jig or two.
Mary Rose and Royal George
Mary Rose and Royal George are a Portsmouth based team with a unique dancing style inspired by a number of different Morris traditions. Re-established in 2015 ,by a fantastic group of people, they are a team full of fun, flair and colour and a must watch on your tour around the Morris teams.
Mish Mash Morris
In our multi-coloured tatterjackets, individually coloured shirts and hankies, we'd love to entertain you! We have fun performing different styles of Morris. Border, Cotswold and Molly feature strongly, along with North West and a Flag dance. We write and develop some dances for ourselves, often resulting in great mirth during the development phase. Come and see!
Northgate Rapper are Bath's finest (and only) male sword team. They continue to ignore the magistrate's rulings and perform high energy dances in any pubs that will let them in, leaving behind a trail of broken hearts and lights. Now in their 31st year, most members are significantly younger than the team itself. They’ve appeared at festivals up and down the land, from Sidmouth and Chippenham to Whitby and Glastonbury. Expect mild peril, fast feet, intense concentration and dynamic performances. And perhaps just a little bit of broken glass...
OBJ Morris is a mixed morris side, based in the Bracknell and Wokingham area We follow the Border Morris Dancing tradition
Old Meg Morris
Old Meg is a mixed side from Malvern, Worcestershire, dancing traditional Northwest Morris.
Old Palace Clog
Old Palace Clog is a North West Clog Side based in Croydon. We often dance out on Thursday evenings as at the weekend at local pubs and events and also at various folk festivals. We are always happy to receive invites, or potential new members who would like to come along one evening to try dancing or playing with us..
A mixed Cotswold side formed in Bristol 40 years ago. We dance mainly Fieldtown, Bampton, Adderbury & Bucknell a mix of traditional dances and some we've composed ourselves in the above styles. We are always on the look out for new dancers in the Bristol area, practice Friday nights.
Plymouth Morris started in 1970 and are members of The Morris Ring. The dances performed are mainly from the Cotswold area. We also perform 4 man dances, which use 19th Century naval pattern cutlasses, which are unique to Plymouth Morris. Our costume is inspired by Plymouth’s links to the sea and its maritime history. Our first recorded foreign trip was in 1583 when Sir Humphrey Gilbert left Plymouth to found a colony in Newfoundland taking Morris men with him.
The Quayside Cloggies are a mixed Clog-Morris side who's dances mainly originate from the North-West tradition but also include some garland dances and some they have composed themselves. They are associated with Poole Quay in Dorset but are currently based in Bournemouth.
Regency Rejigged are based in the North West and perform dances popular from the 17th to early 19th centuries in Regency style costume. We are accompanied by our musicians, the Regency Players, playing acoustic instruments appropriate to the period. Our dances are described by Jane Austen as "the good old English country dances" and can be seen in films such as "Pride and Prejudice".
Rockhopper Morris formed around 25 years ago and is a mixed Cotswold side performing hankie dances from the Raglan tradition, typified by it's unique triple step. Additionally we have developed further hankie and some stick dances in our own 'Rockhopper' tradition. Our kit is white shirts and trousers, armbands of yellow, black and orange ribbons, and bright orange hankies. Our logo is a rather handsome (and cheeky) Rockhopper penguin.
Rose Hips are a folk bellydance troupe from South Oxfordshire.
Sarum Morris from Salisbury are a mixed Cotswold side performing dances primarily from the villages of Illmington, Oddington and Bampton. We dance in white, with blue and yellow sashes to reflect the colours of the city of Salisbury.
2022 sees the 40th Anniversary of the start of Sarum Morris and we aim to dance 40 different dances in 40 different locations throughout the year to celebrate this milestone. Follow us on facebook or twitter as we go on this journey..
A women's Cotswold Morris dancing side based in the Bristol and Bath area.
Sussex Junction Morris
Sussex Junction Morris are an energetic mixed cotswold Morris team drawn from across Sussex. We perform the very different Lewes tradition along with the Bucknall and Sherborne traditions with our own twist.
Sutton Masque - A mixed border side hailing from Sutton-in-the-Isle in the southern reaches of the Cambridgeshire fens. We are an explosive and vibrant side recognisable by our green man inspired kit. We pride ourselves on being an all inclusive side with a passion for dancing, fun and friendship. We are a sociable bunch so do come and say hello !
Sweyn’s Ey Morris
We're a Cotswold Morris and Rapper Sword Dance side from Swansea. We were formed in in 1966, and have continued unbroken since then.
Tappalachian is a vibrant Appalachian side based in St Albans, Hertfordshire.
Tatters and tails
We are a mixed Border Morris team with big sticks, big boots and a big attitude. Full of energy, we love nothing more than to have a good laugh, fill our tankards and of course, dance lots! Based in Bath; our first dance out was at Chippenham folk festival 6 years ago and we’ve been back every year since! We create many of our own dances as well as dancing traditional ones. Our costume is tattered tail coats with our individual colours showing through, top hats and black boots.
The Tattered Court
We're very much at the modern end of the spectrum, and like to write our own dances that are fun to dance and hopefully awesome to watch!
Theale Tattoo are an exciting new Step Clog team based in Theale in Berkshire. Our dances are a range of traditional and original clog step routines including Welsh steps, Westmorland routines, Pat Tracey routines, Sam Sherry routines, Marley routines and waltzes, and we’re always learning, innovating and choreographing new material.
Tiger Feet Appalachian Dancers
Tiger Feet is Cardiff's Appalachian dance group - remember Tiger Bay? Established in 1997, we have danced at Wales' National Eisteddfods, Theatres and many Folk Festivals. We dance as a group using traditional Appalachian steps in precision dances – ie we all do the same thing! Instructions for all of our dances are available. Any group is welcome to use them. Hope you enjoy our performances.
Tinners Morris are from North Dartmoor where there has been always been an active folk and folklore tradition. The fellows dance mainly Cotswold style with great humour, sharing many dance sets with the lasses of Cogs and Wheels, and other Devon Sides.
Wild Thyme Border Morris teaches members of the public straightforward Morris dances in the High Street.
Owner David Harlow
Winterbourne Morris are a young Team from Southover School. We dance in a variety of styles including, Molly, Border, and Cotswold.