Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Wednesday, 22 June 2016


We are promoting this concert as a joint venture with Wiltshire Folk Arts.
Proceeds will be shared between the organisations.
The band is absolutely fab and you would be supporting two great organisations in Wiltshire too.
Tickets can be purchased on the door, reserved by phone or by Paypal (call first)

Please contact Bob on 07714 550990 or the Cause Music & Arts centre on 01249 658719
email is info@wiltshirefolkarts.org.uk

We urge you to come to this event
It'll be a great night!.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Festival News June 2016

What a festival!
Firstly we would like to thank all those who participated in the festival, the atmosphere and the weather was just brilliant.
After a shaky set up with lots of additional extra items to put into place and some difficulties in a few areas in the actuation we think that we managed to pull off a pretty good festival.
The Big Top Concerts were a success with us being shown just where Folk is going into the future with the Newcastle Students from the Folk Degree Course and thank you to Newcastle University for supporting this event!
Scotland was, for many of you, an opportunity to link back to home with a fabulous array of music, song and dance from the Scottish Highlands. Isla St Clair, Mrs Bruce's Boys and all that dancing? What more could you want ... other than a plate of Haggis and a whiskey to top it off, (Next time perhaps)
Finally a great, great performance by the Pitmen Poets. Stirring stuff and some great images along with the music and poetry. Nice to see Benny Graham back on one of our stages! Other concerts and song session were also well attended especially the SongShops which were reported as "just brilliant".
The Social Dance attendees revelled in our new floor in St Andrews Church and this worked a real treat. Thanks to St Andrews Church for the opportunity and thanks to the flooring crew that made it happen. All other dances were packed.
The Ceilidh scene was as good as ever and some exhilarating dance were had each night of the weekend.
Although the turnout for teams on the Monday were, as always, low the Morris excelled themselves with dancing going on just about everywhere in the town.
All the other elements of the weekend were good too including the Children's area with record numbers. Not forgetting the sessions and ad hoc happenings around the town. All in all a great festival.
It was great to see the new Mayor of Chippenham, Terry Gibson, getting so involved in so many events at the festival. His attempt at the Children's maze was quite hilarious. Good on ya sir!
Sadly, however, the enjoyment and revelry was brought to a sad halt as one of the popular members of the team, Neil Roberts, suffered a fatal heart attack whilst driving on his way home and sadly passed away at the scene of the accident. His wife Tracey and friend Mark were in the vehicle at the time. They survived the crash but are devastated at the loss of such a good man. More info can be found about this and funeral arrangements via the web site, blog and social media. We will miss him. 
RIP Neil 
Neil is on the far left on this pic from a few years ago

Finally thanks must go to the management team and all their workers and regular staff. Their contribution to the festival is immeasurable and is quite humbling. Thanks to you all.
Please go to the Festival website regularly for updates on the next festival and lots of pictures and videos from this one.
Thanks again for your company and let's do it all again next May
Cheers for Now
The Festival Team

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Both sides of the Tweed

"BOTH SIDES OF THE TWEED" is a brand new album beinhg officially launched at the Festival.
It will have already had an airing at a special concert in aid of the Sarah Morgan Foundation.
The albim is featiring the wonderful duo Moira Craig and Carolyn Robson, singing partners of the much lamented  Sarah Morgan who passed away in recent times.
This is a fabulous album and contains two tracks with Sarah singing .
Albums will be on sale and some of the proceeds will go toward to Foundation that Sarah set up and inspired others to join.
Do get along to the concert featuring Moira and Carolyn singing songs from the album and more.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

updated google map of Chippfolk festival

Hi All

Here is a link to put into your smart phone or tablet so you can find it easier to get to the various venues at the festival
Just put this link into your phone and it should (!) also give you some info of the venue.
Give it a try and let us know if t works for you. If you know of a better way of showing this please let us know as we are always looking for ways to make it easier for you to get around town.


Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Newsletter April 2016

Latest news about the festival

Tickets | Big Top Concerts | Crafts & Traders | New People | Help | The Survey! | Album Launch


Good news! - We have noticed at the last minute that there is a mistake in the printed booking forms that we sent out stating full price tickets start on the 1st April. This, of course, is not correct, as mid price tickets are still available until the 1st May.
Sorry about that. However, we still think it's the best value festival in the country.
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Big Top Concerts

We now have all our Big Top concerts in place and we think they are the best yet. Saturday sees a turn towards the youngsters in our folk world. A combination of support from The Folk Degree at Newcastle University, Chippenham Town Council, The Chippenham BID and the festival is supporting this brilliant opportunity to put on a concert by recent and current graduates of the course.
Pons Aelius, 2015 Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award Winners, and The Rachel Hamer band plus another 5 performers from the current course are heading our way to show us how they see folk and it's going to be exciting! The concert will be presented by none other than Catriona MacDonald and Sandra Kerr!
If that's not enough for you, we have a Scottish Extravaganza on the Sunday with Isla St Clair, The Pipes and Drums of the Scots Guards association and accompanying dancers. The concert will also include Mrs Bruce's Boys, (Ian and Fraser Bruce), Hector Gilchrist and Moira Craig and Chippenham's own Scottish dance troupe Hopscotch.
If you like a wee dram of Scottish then this will be for you!
Monday sees a move down the coast from Scotland to Durham and Northumberland where THE PITMEN POETS will take you on a musical and visual journey through the hard times of coal mining in those communities. Bob Fox (War Horse), Jez Lowe, Billy Mitchell and Benny Graham star in this wonderful journey through the world of coal.
Tickets for these shows are just £10 which is almost 25% cheaper than last year. (Season tickets free-space allowing).
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Crafts & Traders

The layout of the craft and music tent was a great success last year and we are adding to that second village green effect by a couple more food outlets. The Italian Job coffee trailer will be in this area alongside Spilt-screen Ice cream, Flaming Pizzas and others.
We are also introducing another Coffee supplier near the ticket offices with The Little Coffee Box looking after your drink requirements.
Don't forget also that the festival runs it's own bar in the Olympiad with a great range of traditional local beers and cider and much more besides. Drop in and say hello to Ginny and her all girl team and get a drop of decent beer at just £3 a pint!
There is much more on the site that can be mentioned her so drop by the website and follow links to Traders, Crafts and Street Fair.
View all the Traders details

New People

We always seem to have either new people on the team or people with new jobs and this year is no exception.
Our Box office team is now headed up by Sasha Berry, the Big Top is being overseen by Ron Hawkins and the Island Park team is under the leadership of Iain Spence. Welcome all and thanks for your assistance. It's really appreciated.


We are still looking for more assistance in the week running up to the festival, particularly task force helping to build the festival and people to manage the traffic onto the River Island Park. If you can help call Bob on 07714 550990 and we'll see where you can help us. Thank you.

Survey coming soon

Every now and again we like to find out what you think and so we have devised a simple email survey to help us to plan for the future. Its called 'Future Festivals' and will; appear in your email inbox shortly.
If you decide that you don't want to take part just simply let us know or even just delete the email.

Album Launch

At least one album is launched at the festival each year and this year it's an album called "Both Sides of the Tweed" with Moira Craig and Carolyn Robson. A celebration of some wonderful songs from these North Country lassies includes a couple of tracks with the late much lamented Sarah Morgan.
Some profits of the album will be donated to the Sarah Morgan Foundation. See Moira and Carolyn's artist info and the Souvenir programme for all the details.
That's it for now, another update at the beginning of May.
See you at the festival!
The news team

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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Updated artsts list

Here is the latest lists of artists appearing at the festival.
We think it's pretty impressive. What do you reckon?

To see all the details about artists booked please go to ARTISTS LIST

Song and Concert
Bob Fox,  Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar, Jez Lowe, Jeff Warner, Isla StClair, The Teacups,  Keith Donnelly,  Moirai,  Mrs Bruces Boys (Fraser & Ian Bruce), RPR (Ritchie, Parrish, Ritchie) Canada,  Andy Fawthrop, Barry Goodman, Buckingham-Phillips, Cox-Smith and Chant, Carolyn Robson, Crossing the Rockies,Dave Field, Flash Jack,  Flossie Malavialle, Hector Gilchrist, Hither side of the hedge, Kitty Vernon& Derek Burgess, LightGarden,  Louise Jordan, Marilla Homes, Mike Danver Scott,  Moira Craig, Nick Dow, Peter & Barbara Snape, Rosie Upton, Si Barron,  The Cleverley Brothers, The Pitmen Poets,  The Yirdbards,   Tony O'Neill, Ursula Holden-Gill,  Winter Wilson,
All Blacked Up, Ceilidh Band, Jigfoot, Threepenny Bit, Whapweasel, Fee Lock, Nick Walden, Out of Hand, Tautas Roks, Urban Folk Theory
Social Dance
 3D, BarrieBullimore, Brooke Friendly, Carol Hewson, Chris Turner, Colin Hume, Double Dichotomy, Fat Harry, Geoff Cubitt, Ivan Aitken, Kathy Anderson (USA), Pendragon, Pete Hendy, Robert Moir, Roguery (USA), The Night Before, The Perfect Cure Band (Irish), Val Knight, Vertical Expression, Victoria Yeomans,
Ursula Holden-Gill,  John Row, Becky Syson,
Children's Festival
Gary Bridgens, Keith Donnelly,  Let's Dance, N.Y.F.T.E. (National Youth Folklore Troupe of England),  Nick Magic,  The Wiltshire Scrap Store, Ursula Holden-Gill,   Barbara Guthrie, Hulala Hoopers!, MOSAIC
Big Top Concerts
SCOTLAND! with Hector Gilchrist, Isla StClair, Mrs Bruces Boys (Fraser & Ian Bruce), Scots Guards RegimentalAssociation (South) Pipes & Drums, Acushla Professional Dancers and HopscotchTHE PITMEN POETS with Jez Lowe, Bob Fox, Benny Graham andBilly Mitchell
Goathland Plough Stots, Marlings Morris, Moulton Morris, The Outside Capering Crew, 1st Class Stamp, Bell'sAngels, Chalford Stick Compan,y Chippenham Town Morris Men, Cry Havoc, Devizes Jubilee Morris, Ditchling Morris, Dorset Buttons Rapper, England'sGlory Ladies' Morris, Full Moon Morris,  Hips & Haws, Malmesbury Morris, N.Y.F.T.E. (National Youth Folklore Troupe of England), No Mean Feet,  Quayside Cloggies,  Regency Re-jigged,  Ridgeway Stepclog,  Spank the Planks, Tiger Fee
And that's not all - More to come

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Festival artist wins top award

jeffwarner 72dpi(PHOTO BY RALPH MORANG)The Country Dance and Song Society is pleased to announce that Jeff Warner of Portsmouth, NH, will be the 2016 recipient of the CDSS Lifetime Contribution Award. Jeff is one of the nation's foremost performers and interpreters of traditional music and an advocate for bringing folk music to people of all ages, through his deep knowledge and love of American and English folk songs. His warmth and encouragement of singers, both experienced and new, young and old, has enriched many lives.
Jeff grew up in New York City, listening to the songs and stories of his father, Frank Warner, and the traditional singers his parents met during folksong collecting trips through rural America. When traveling with his parents, he listened while they recorded the locals who remembered the old songs of their region and community. (These recordings are preserved in the Library of Congress.)
In the 1960s, after receiving a BA in English at Duke University, and after a two-year stint in the Navy, Jeff was editor-in-training at Doubleday Bookclubs, heading, it seemed, toward a literary career until a friend asked if he would help run a nonprofit music school, the Guitar Workshop, in Roslyn, Long Island. He stayed with the school for nine years, working as administrator, guitar teacher, grant writer, and community program coordinator, and learning music theory and arrangement by teaching. His position also helped put him in touch with the significant people involved in the post-WW II folk revival movement that was embraced by both the commercial and academic worlds. In the '70s, he left to carve out a career for himself in historical music. Because of the US Bicentennial there was an increased demand for American songs in schools and Jeff filled that need with outreach programs into the schools.
He says that he is not a traditional singer in the academic sense-someone who has acquired the traditions either through ethnicity or family ties-but refers to himself as a singer of traditional songs taking an historical approach to the music.
"I teach American history and culture through traditional song and" (borrowing a phrase from historian David McCullough) "making history as interesting as it really was." For Jeff, old songs are like archaeological objects which teach about history — "they're living historical artifacts that serve as evidence about the people who used them and the times they lived in."
In 1997, he moved to Portsmouth and began performing in New Hampshire schools as a Roster Artist through the State Arts Council. He has recorded for Flying Fish/Rounder, WildGoose (UK), and other labels. His first solo compact disc, recorded in 2005, is Jolly Tinker on Gumstump Records. His 1995 recording (with Jeff Davis), Two Little Boys, received a Parents' Choice Award. He is the editor of his mother's book, Traditional American Folksongs from the Frank and Anne Warner Collection (Syracuse University Press, 1984), and producer of the CD set Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still: The Warner Collection (Appleseed Recordings, 2000), which is comprised of his parents' field recordings. He appears on the NH State Arts Council's 2003 compact disc Songs of the Seasons, for which he also co-wrote the liner notes.
From 1979 to 1993, Jeff toured nationally for the Smithsonian Institution. He continues to travel extensively in the US, Canada, and the UK, performing at museums and historical societies, folk clubs and folk festivals. In addition to singing and storytelling, he plays concertina, banjo, guitar, and several "pocket" instruments, including bones, spoons, and the jig doll/limberjack.
He is past president of the Country Dance and Song Society, and a past officer and founding member of the North American Folk Alliance (now Folk Alliance International). He has been an artist for Virginia and Ohio Arts Councils, is a speaker for New Hampshire Humanities, and is a producer of the Portsmouth Maritime Folk Festival. In 2007, he was named a NH State Arts Council Fellow.
We're thrilled to honor the many accomplishments of Jeff Warner. Location and date of the award presentation will be announced later. In the meanwhile you can listen to him sing Baldheaded End of the Broom from Jolly Tinker.

Friday, 19 February 2016

Parking in Chippenham

Need to find somewhere to park in Chippenham
Try this link http://en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/near/chippenham-folk-festival/
Up to date pricing for your parking.

N.B we are not responsible for difficulties in parking using this site as it is out of our control

Wednesday, 20 January 2016


We would like to wish you all a very happy new year and hope it is safe, fun-filled and musical!

Here is our latest Newsletter

We are back in the saddle firmly working towards yet another great festival

Last years festival was great from our point of view and although it was a break-even year the artistic side of the festival was a pure joy.  We have a few items of news for you in this update and we will endeavour to bring you a new update each month until the festival with all that is new and exciting.

C.I.C.  This is the acronym for Community Interest Company. This is a model for community organisations to be limited company with many the benefits of charitable status. What it does for you is to ensure that the future of the organisation stays exactly the same as it is now with no profits being made by anyone and all surplus and assets being locked into the organisation.

The committee worked really hard to secure this position and a great vote of thanks go to them. The new company name is Chippenham Folk Festival CIC …. but you can just call it Chippfolk like you always have!


We already have a splendid line up of artists that cover just about every thing you would want to do over the weekend.head over to the artists section of the web site for the latest.

There are also many workshops planned and we will be putting these up onto this blog site as and when they are finalised.

The Big Top Concerts. 
The first of these is ‘Scotland! This is my Country’. This show will include performances from Isla St Clair, The Pipes and Drums of the Scots Guards Association, Mrs Bruce’s Boys, The Caledonia Achushla Dancers, Hector Gilchrist & Moira Craig and locals The Hopscotch Scottish Dancers. 200 Individual tickets are also available for this and other Big Top concerts priced at £14. Season Ticket holders are free - space allowing.

Other Big Top concerts will be announced soon.


The Neeld Hall, as it was called, has now been radically transformed into a multi purpose venue which looks really great and with a great new name - The Neeld!

Town update

There has also been a few innovative advances in the town in just one year.

You can now log on to the internet via the new, free, wifi throughout the centre of the town, there are more venues being developed and some of the town’s other organisations are being drawn it to share in the wonderful world that is Chippfolk.

The prices go up on the 1st Feb this year so make sure you get your early bird tickets soon

Tickets are now available via 3 ways

1. Brochure.

2. Print off and send

3. Online with Eventbrite

You may have already received of our new brochure for 2016. Just fill in the form in the leaflet and send us a cheque. This is the best option for the festival as we don't have to pay the online charges this way.

However, if it’s easier for you please go to option 3

Print off and post. This is the same as the brochure really but you can print this one off anytime

Online with Eventbrite.  This is our current online system for buying tickets. Click on the link and follow the instructions. Please ensure you do all the boxes that have a small red satr next to it as this ensures your speedy ticket purchase.

Whichever you use we look forward to sorting your tickets out with as little hassle as possible.

Facebook & Twitter

This is the quickest way of finding out whats new as these are being updated regularly. We welcome pictures and comment too as the more people that share and like our pages, the more we get to enjoy our fabulous festival.
 Thats it for now. Dont forget to drop by the web siteto get all the latest on artsis and ticket deals

Friday, 22 May 2015

Meet the team: Mike Courthold

Time for you all to meet our Social Dance organiser at the Chippenham Folk Festival, Mike Courthold.

Name: Mike Courthold

Where are you from?: Hungerford, Berkshire

What is your festival role?: I am the Social Dance Director

What is your folk festival experience?: I have extensive folk festival experience having been calling a wide spectrum of dances and events for 34 years. Through energetic English Ceilidhs and American Contras, to barn dances you are sure to have come across me at some point. I have entertained at Sidmouth, Chippenham, Lichfield, Eastbourne, IVDVF and Broadstairs to name but a few.  In 2004 I became the Dance Director at Chippenham Folk Festival.

Is there any other folk trivia you'd like to share with the readers?: I'm a freelance caller and have worked with many different bands. I was responsible for resurrecting the Callers' Workshop & Showcase Dance for Sidmouth '98 and '99 and have introduced similar workshops here at Chippenham. I began folk dancing whilst at University in 1970. Folk is very much in the family. I met my wife Rita through dancing and both sons, Chris and Adam dance too. In fact Adam also helps with the Chippenham Folk Festival as our webmaster.

Finally can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?: I once called a barn dance for work colleagues in Hawaii! During the day I work as cryogenic and control systems engineer, currently producing very large toys for particle physicists.

Social Dance: What to look forward to!

As usual we have plenty of social dance events happening this weekend. These are some of the highlights to look forward to.

Callers Workshop

There will be a practical Caller's Workshop on Sunday at 17:00 - 18:00 led by Mike Courthold, with music provided by The Falconers. If any callers would like the chance to practice calling to a live band, with mentoring from Mike, bring something to call (but please not that it will not be possible to use special music). We'll get trough as many dances as we can in the time available.

Mike will be running another Callers Workshop on Saturday at 11:45 - 13:00, focusing on working with recorded music, with practical advice on how to make it slick and professional.

Zesty Contras and Zesty Playford Dances

Chippenham Folk Festival is the place where Zesty Contras and then Zesty Playford Dances were hatched, which are now all the rage throughout the UK. Not to be outdone by rivals, Chippenham this year will feature TWO of each! The Zesty Contras will be on Sunday and Monday. These will be held in the Sports Hall, the home of the dances with energy.

Celebratory Dances

Its the 50/40th Anniversary American Dance on Sunday evening with Joe Hodgson and The Falconers. The Falconers band are celebrating their 40th year and Joe Hodgson is celebrating his 50th year as a caller (he started young!) and they invite you to celebrate with them on Sunday evening.

On Saturday evening its the 50th Anniversary Dance with Lisa Greenleaf and Weston Country Dance Band. Weston Country Dance Band are celebrating their 50th year and they are going to celebrate the occasion in style with their very own celebratory dance, with Lisa Greenleaf calling.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Meet the team: Sarah Foxley

I suppose its about time you met the person whose been blogging of late and responsible for Facebook and Twitter!

Name: Sarah Foxley

Where are you from?: Born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne (no accent though!) but have lived quite a few places since. Currently in Chippenham.

What is your festival role?: I am the Social Media Manager. Its the first year this specific 'role' as a separate thing has existed and I only took it on in December! I'm basically responsible for Facebook and Twitter and as of a few weeks ago the blog too. I'm hoping to finally meet some of you I've been chatting to on Twitter an Facebook as I'm out and about at the festival so do stop me and have a chat :)

What is your folk festival experience?: I really am the new kid on the block! I stumbled on Chippenham Folk Festival by accident when taking my sister to Chippenham to see where I would be working when I got a new job about 6 years ago. I just happened to pick festival weekend! I've not been to any other festivals yet though so apart from watching a few Chippenham Folk Festivals, that's my entire experience!

What do you enjoy about Chippenham Folk Festival?: I love the atmosphere, the people, the fact the town comes alive. Its introduced me to so much like rapper dancing (I just love watching that!). I really enjoy being able to walk into most pubs over the weekend and there will be people just playing and enjoying the music.

Is there any other folk trivia you'd like to share with the readers?: I took up morris dancing about a year ago. In fact I'll be dancing busking spots with my team, Malmesbury Morris, on Sunday - a break from running around with my phone this entire weekend! I did once get mistaken for a morris dancer some years ago when I used to do Civil War reenactments! As I was firing cannons (with real gunpowder) I couldn't quite figure out where that had come from - maybe it was the bright yellow hose I had to wear?!

Finally can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?: When I'm not working, travelling for work, morris dancing or studying I spend the rest of my time knitting. I particularly enjoy knitting socks and have recently designed several pairs of socks influenced by my background in archaeology! I will no doubt be wearing hand knitted socks this weekend :)

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Meet the team: Adam Courthold

Up next in our fabulous meet the team series is Adam Courthold!

Name: Adam Courthold

Where are you from?: Originally from Hungerford and now living in Melksham, just down the road from Chippenham

What is your festival role?: For over the last 10 years, I've been maintaining & designing the website for the festival, as well as problem shooting any issues in relation to the website and e-mails.

What is your folk festival experience?: Chippenham has been a festival that my family has been going to since I was 2 years old. Growing up through all the aspects of the festival that its puts on - the kids and youth events (making long term friends in the process), performing at the festival with NYFTE in my teens, plus ceilidh bands since then too.

What do you enjoy about Chippenham Folk Festival?: Chippenham is one of the main key festivals in the year for me on a personal note, as I get to meet up with all my folkie friends from all over the country for the bank holiday & enjoy watching teams perform, listen to bands & also dancing the night away, followed by the last night sessions & socialising until the early hours of the morning!

Is there any other folk trivia you'd like to share with the readers?: Have I said I am a drummer in a few ceilidh bands?!... Well I started playing percussion at the age of 7 years, playing on the side of the stage with some of the bands that my Dad was calling for at the time. After sometime my parents bought me a small electric drum kit for my 10th birthday & I haven't looked back since. Did play in a few rock & heavy metal bands through school & college, but nowadays I just mainly play on the folk scene.

Finally can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?: Last year, in connection with my work, I did a charity skydive for Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Great experience and I'm planning on doing it again sometime this year, which I never thought I'd be doing since I hate heights!

Meet the Team: Andy Stafford

Time to meet Andy Stafford our Ceilidh Manager

Name: Andy Stafford

Where are you from?: Newbury

What is your festival role?: Ceilidh Manager

What is your folk festival experience?: Been around theatre and festivals most of my adult life having done various jobs through Opera to Rock, though folk is my abiding passion. I have played in song and Ceilidh bands in the past.

I joined the Chippenham Folk Festival team in 2011 (I think) having done a number of jobs with and for the festival before then.

I can usually be found backstage at Warwick, Towersey, Folk on the Pier, Bromyard, sometimes at the Blue Mountains Music Festival, Katoomba; The National Folk Festival, Canberra and St Albans, NSW (rather than Hertfordshire!).

What were your first experiences of folk music and ceilidhs?: I have been around folk music since I was 15 when I started attending Stockton Folk Club.

The first folk musician I liked big time - Martin Carthy - still do! The first Ceilidh Band I saw - Teeside Fettlers - I have both their LPs. Now a defunct band but in the 60's and 70's they were tops.

Do you have a favourite ceilidh band?: I'm not going to confess my favourite ceilidh bands, that would be bad Karma. But I will say I'm a big promoter of new & young talent and this years lunchtime programme reflects that. If we stay embedded in the secure old stalwarts for too long there will be nothing left at the end, though again as can be seem from my programmes of the years the stalwarts feature as anchors.

Is there any other folk trivia you'd like to share with the readers?: I also judge the New Roots competition for under 25yr old folk musicians on a regular basis. The only years I've missed are those when I'm in Australia.

Finally tell us a fun fact about yourself:  Fortunately for Morris Dancing I rarely dance bow but it has been known and I still have bells and kit in my wardrobe.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Meet the team: Chris Riley

Up next in our lineup is Chris Riley, our Stewards Manager

Name: Chris Riley

Where are you from?: Until last June, Corsham. Now live in Barnoldswick, Lancashire

What is your festival role?: I am the Stewards Manager (Chief Steward)

What is your folk festival experience?: Prior to becoming involved with Chippfolk about 7 years ago, none. I now steward at Whitby and venue manage at Warwick.

What do you enjoy about Chippenham Folk Festival?: The variety of the performances, the people who organise and run it, the atmosphere at the festival.

Is there any other folk trivia you'd like to share with the readers?: I play the guitar, and occasionally play in local folk clubs.

Finally can you tell us a fun fact about yourself?: I live on a narrowboat!

2015 Ceilidhs

For those of you who have been to the festival before you'll know we put on some great ceilidhs. This year is definitely not going to be an exception!

In the evenings you can look forward to:-

But lunchtimes are different! Yes you don't have to wait til the evening you can dance the lunch break away too :-)  The venue has moved from last year though and you'll find the lunchtime ceilidh's in the Olympiad. The great thing about this is that there will be a bar and somewhere to eat your lunch. You can look forward to:-
This is a stunning line up with great bands and callers. Not got your ticket yet? What on earth are you waiting for?!