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