Welcome to the Chippenham Folk festival news pages. Here you can see some of the latest information about the festival in specific pages, make comments, and have a valuable input to your favourite folk festival. To access these pages scroll down to the section on the right.
Please remember that this blog is family based site run by volunteers in their spare time and therefore you may occasionally see some errors and omissions.
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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.
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).
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.
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.
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.