Welcome to our Big Top Concert series.
This year there are 3 concerts. One each night with a different theme for each.
The concept of these concerts is to bring you more than just a few artists up on stage doing their stuff, great though that might be - these concerts are different!
We want you to experience the widest range of artists and performances all wrapped up in a theme. You can expect songs, music, dance and everything in between.
"In The Fold of the Land"
Aspects of the Land brought to life in story, dance and song
Island Park, the parkland on which the festival sits, has huge significance for the town’s history. What is now one island was once three – the Ham, the Rack and the Rea – stretching across the River Avon and playing important roles, particularly during the town’s thriving cloth industry. This treasured area, cradled in the fold of the land that surrounds Chippenham is very different today to how it was just a hundred years ago. Yet despite the now heavy footfall of a recreational park, it is still home to a variety of trees and birdlife
This show, hosted by local Wiltshire folk group The Yirdbards, pays tribute to this natural oasis in the heart of the town with a musical celebration of landscape. Joined by festival artists including Bob Kirkpartrick, Freshly Ground and Chippenham Morris, this will be an enriching evening of music, song, spoken word and dance that will shine a light on intriguing aspects of Island Park’s history. With narrator Colin Heber-Percy, storyteller John Row and host Verity Sharp, this is a show not to be missed. "
SUNDAY is "Irish Night"
We have pulled together some of the very best in local musicians and singers plus a great cast from the booked festival artists to bring us a great night of music, song and dance. With the O'Donoghue dancers from London and master of ceremonies Donal Maguire, you are all invited to " the bar" to enjoy some of the Emerald Isles best.
MONDAY with the Demon Barbers!
We have a right mix up going on here with the Denmon Barbers bringing mayhem and brilliance to the Big Top Stage
The Demon Barber XL Show is a mix of Traditional Dance styles like Morris, Clog and Rapper with some of the extraordinary moves by their Hip Hop and street dancers. A really great stream of music that is guaranteed to shake the pigeons out of the trees. This really has to be seen to be believed.
All Concerts are accessible with a valid season Ticket (space permiting) or by purchasing one of the ticket options below.
Tickets are also available vie the Chippenham Visitor Information Centre next to the Town Hall, In Chippenham High Street.
Chippenham Folk Festival is a unique and distinctive event that is run entirely by volunteers, The organisers and staff are all folk enthusiasts, many are local to the town or from surrounding areas. However the stewards and some of the regular staff come from all corners of the country to help pull together one of the best festival in the Folk year.
If you would like to join us please call us or email one of the organisers. We'd love to talk to you!
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