Big Top Shows update
Here are all the Shows for this year
"Folk by Degrees".
Chippenham Folk Festival is seen by many as one of the old traditional style festivals that primarily books great long time-served performers in the Folk scene and is mainly about preserving the past.
This is, of course a bit of a myth; as is the one about being just a dance Festival.
The festival does have some great performers like Bob Fox, Jeff Warner, Jez Lowe and the like but the festival also books bands like the Teacups, The Young Un's, Devils Interval, and NYFTE.
This year is also an opportunity to see some of the very best of what has recently emerged and is still attending the Newcastle University Folk Degree course.
We are sure of one thing - they produce some amazing performers.
In this special concert we present PONS AELIUS, THE RACHEL HAMER BAND and a host of other performers currently on the course. They are here to show us what they are doing with folk music and also to work with some appreciative stalwarts of the folk scene which hopefully will broaden everyone's mind to where Folk is going.
The concert will be hosted by no less than the current Director of the Folk Degree courses, Catriona MacDonald and superb singer, voice coach and lecturer Sandra Kerr.
SCOTLAND ! This is my country
Celebrating all that is traditional about "Scotland" with lots of music, songs,Bagpipes & Drums and dancing starring Isla St Clair, The Pipes and Drums of The Scots Guards Association, Mrs Bruce's Boys, Moira Craig and Hector Gilchrist, Caledonia Acushla Dancers and Chippenham's very own Hopscotch Dance team.
If you like a bit of Old Scotland then this is definitely for you.
"The Pitmen Poets"
This is a critically acclaimed show about the mining communities of Northumberland and Durham. Presented by Bob Fox, Jez Lowe, Billy Mitchell and Benny Graham, it tells of the history, trials and tribulations of how the mining industry shaped the lives of the families and working men of the area. These hugely popular artists provide a fascinating insight into a way of life that is gone, but certainly not forgotten.