27 - 29th May 2022 - The 49th Chippenham Folk Festival

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 Kirkpatrick

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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 

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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

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.


Belshazzar's Feast 

Belshazzar's Feast

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

Will Pound & Jen 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

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

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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


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


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 

Matt 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 

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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 

Andy Fawthrop

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

Rosie Upton

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


A Leeds based duo performing folk, flamenco and theatre style songs, with driving rhythms, intense harmonies and inspiring lyrics. 

Skinner is an experienced songwriter, including comedy and satire, T’witch has an excellent ear for sound production and harmonies, which contributes to the distinctive Skinner & T’witch sound.

"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

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 

Bob Kenward

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

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

 Mossy Christian 

Mossy Christian

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

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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. .

 Bill Crawford

Bill Crawford

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 .

Baldricks Plan

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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 . .



“There is something about this wonderful trio - songs with a beautiful self-deprecating sense of humour which puts me in mind of Fascinating Aida and simply gorgeous playing of such a wonderful range of instruments. It's like being in a rainbow made of jasmine blossoms while drinking a deceptively strong margherita... Many many thanks ladies” Thanks Cat Fereday..Concert Promotor

 The latest CD has yet to be reviewed but Linda Thompson said "I love this record. These women are committed consummate musicians. Great songs, great harmonies and leads. What more could you ask for". 

 Gary Hazelhurst of Nova FM says the new Cd is:" a healthy mix of the traditional with new songs and tunes. Each track takes you somewhere new and 'Here and Now' will be a welcome addition to any folk fans collection”. 

 These are three women who manage to create an orchestra and a choir of sounds and yet there are still only three of them. Throw away your preconceptions about what constitutes folk music and open your minds to a colourful pallet of sounds and song. They will take you on a roller-coaster ride through beautiful traditional tunes, haunting and buoyant compositions and songs that will pluck at your heartstrings as well as have you holding your sides to prevent bursting with laughter. 

 Many bands can do beautiful music, many bands can do comedy, many focus on instrumentals others on their vocals, here you get it all in one tight but fluid package. Between them you get Accordion, flute, fiddle, viola, guitar, traditional whistles, soprano and tenor sax, clarinet and bass clarinet and three voices. Many colours in a small prism. Jo Freya Sarah Matthews Mel Biggs 

 Moirai means 'Spinners of Destiny' and performances weave the trio's instrumental talents with haunting vocals. The result: enchanting musical arrangements delivered with skill and a healthy dollop of humour. .



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 Bridgens


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?


Ian Douglas

Ian Douglas

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.


Let’s Dance

LEts Dance

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

Claire's Circus


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

Taffy Thomas

Taffy Thomas

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.

John Row

john row

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

Singing Hats

Singing Hats

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") 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 in the castle and performances around the festival. 

If you are interested in finding out more about NYFTE, including how to join, please visit www.nyfte.org.uk

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

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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.

Victoria Yeomans


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 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.

Stuart Marsden

Stuart Marsden

Stuart Marsden is a professional dancer and musician and is passionate about dances from the 18th & 19th centuries. He has choreographed and performed for film, T.V and theatre. Stuart loves teaching and seeing dancers grow and blossom. He has shared his love of dance with people from all over the world and now can add Chippenham to the list (thank you Chippenham Folk Festival). During the workshops, he will work on the figures, style and steps of the period. The dances chosen will be fun, elegant and evocative of the period. Please wear soft dancing shoes if you can.

The Linda Game Band

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

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

Alan Brunier and Band

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!

Will Allen


Image by Ben Potton

Will Allen is a young 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 his musical friend, pianist Will Chamberlain. Expect a lot of fun..

Ali Messer & Mollie Koenigsberger


Image by Andrew Findlay 

Ali Messer - photo credit Timmy Pillinger

Image by Timmy Pillinger

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

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

Charlotte Rich-Griffin

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


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.

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. .

Appleyard Dancers


We are a group of female dancers who perform a range of Traditional dances to live music. We have male and female musicians who play a variety of instruments including accordion, fiddle, guitar, clarinet, flute and double bass. .

Association tiwizi d'arts


Haya is a folklore troupe for music and folk dance with more than 80 members that presents national and international workshops and has participated in many national and international festivals such as China, Macedonia, Korea and Japan Egypt, Jordan, Hungary, and others, and won several awards .

Bow Brook

Bow Brook

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. .

Boxhill Bedlam

Boxhill Bedlam

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


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! .

Chippenham Morris

Chippenham Morris

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. .

Ely and Littleport Riot

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. .

Galliard Folk Dancers

Galliard Folk Dancers

Galliard Folk Dancers meet to learn English and Welsh country dances from Tudor times to the present day. .