Wednesday, 2 January 2013


We would like to wish all our good friends and visitors to the Wiltshire Folk Arts pages a very Happy New Year for 2013 and hope that we meet up with you all at some stage through the year. Bob & Gill

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Wiltshire Folk Songs under scrutiny

On December 1st 2012,  The Traditional Folk Song Forum visits Wiltshire for the first time. This small body of folk song scrutineers are made up of some of the best in the folk song world. Headed up by people like Steve Roud, Doc Rowe and Martim Graebe, they set up camp in a venue in each county and draw in local and national experts to discuss, digest and study some of the local songs, singers and sources of material.
Here is the programme:
These timings may,of course, change
09:30  Tea/Coffee available
10:00  Welcome Steve Roud
10:05  TSF Business Steve Roud
10:15  Networking session TSF Members and local guests share progress on personal projects, share ideas, seek help, etc. Steve Roud
12:00  Lunch
13:30 – 17:30 Forum Focus - Traditional Song in Wiltshire (see descriptions below) Chair: Steve Roud 13:30
Wiltshire Folk Songs –or so we have heard Bob Berry
14:00 Songs from the Isle of Wight – the work of William Long The Dollymops
15:00 Break
15:20  50years of folk song in Swindon – Interview with Ted and Ivy Poole by Martin Graebe
15:50 There be dragons – or Wiltshire as a source of traditional songs Chris Wildridge
16:50 Come Forth and Sing For the Season -­‐ Exmoor Carols Paul Wilson
17:30  Meeting closes

There is more information available by contacting us and we will send you the TSF leaflet for the event

The evening will be concluded with a concert at The Cause Music and Arts Centre with performances from Wiltshire related artists Mick Ryan, Tinkers Bag Ted & Ivy Poole and others. Tickets are available for this event in advance or on the door.
Again contact us for more information

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Here at last is the new listing for Devizes Folk Club. Check out the website
See folk clubs listing on this blog page.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Devizes Folk Club June update

Just confirmed the next guest, on the 23rd July, as the amazing wordsmith and comedy folk singer that is Mike Scott. Mike is a well known and popular performer who almost guarantees to have the audience in stitches with his excellent view on life and everything else. Looking forward to it already.
£5 entry for the evening. (performers £4)
other info coming up on

Monday, 11 June 2012

Devizes Folk Club update

Devizes Folk Club is on tonight. Session with some songs and more. Most of Tinklers Bag will be there with some great tunes and songs. See you later - bring an instrument, song, poem, friend whatever. for info coming up.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

A Little bit of Scotland coming to Devizes

Alison McMorland and Geordie MacIntyre are performing at the Devizes Folk Club on Monday 23rd. get along to The Lamb Inn for a 8pm start to what promises to be a wonderful evenings entertainment. Tickets are available on the door at £7. See the folk club pages for more details

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Potterne Christmas Boys

Here is a photo stream of picture of the Potterne Christymas boys from last years Mumming Unconvention
See our mumming pages for details or click here
They also collected over £800 over the christmas performances to go to Wiltshire Air Ambulance and other charities.
A decision about to whom and how much gets given away is due to be made soon. More soon on this
More information about the Christmas boys can be found here

Thursday, 22 March 2012

The Trowbridge festival is Dead - Long live the Village Pump festival!

Hi all just heard this from our trusty person on the Village Pump committee.
Village Pump Folk Festival - yes, it is going ahead and you have only 10 days left to purchase tickets at the early bird price of £95

Some of you may have been aware that there were going to be 2 roots music based festivals in the Trowbridge Area this summer which has caused some confusion - The Village Pump Folk Festival 20, 21 and 22 July and Trowbridge Festival 2 - 5 August.  It became clear to many that the area would not be able to support two summer festivals with a similar target audience and the Trowbridge Festival has now announced that it will not go ahead this summer.

So lets be clear The VILLAGE PUMP FOLK FESTIVAL IS STILL GOING AHEAD AS ADVERTISED: Some of you may be confused by an announcement made yesterday by The Trowbridge Festival.  Please allow us to put your mind at rest. We are NOT the same festival, and we are DEFINITELY NOT cancelling.  Arrangements for The Village Pump Folk Festival are extremely well advanced and the festival will be taking place as advertised. Tickets which are selling very well are still available at the early bird price until 31st March (inclusive) at £95 and a thereafter at £110 to include camping and car parking.

THE festival in West Wiltshire this summer will be The Village Pump Folk Festival 20, 21 and 22 July and we would be grateful if you could make your friends and colleagues aware of the event and that we are NOT cancelling. After all Festival Patron Steve Knightley of Show of Hands who visited the site back in October said "I think this will become an essential part of the summer festival circuit".

The festival as previously advertised will take place just a few miles south of Trowbridge in a beautiful country park beneath the Westbury White Horse.
We think it will be one of the biggest events in the summer music calendar because we have secured the top names in folk and roots music and are certain that it will attract a wide audience of all ages to enjoy an eclectic range of different musical forms under the overall umbrella of roots based music.
The guest list is too long to reproduce here but includes Oysterband, Seth Lakeman, Show Of Hands, Cara Dillon, Karine Polwart, Fay Hield and the Hurricane Party, 3 Daft Monkeys, Ben Waters, Allan Taylor, Peter Knight's Gigspanner, Michael Chapman, O'Hooley and Tidow, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, Jenna Witts, Allan Yn Y Fan, My Darling Clementine, Keith Christmas, Reg Meuross Band, Elbow Jane, Roving Crows, Johnny Coppin & Mike Silver, Luke Jackson, Moscow Drug Club and Bristol’s Mike Scott……and many, many more.
There is everything you would expect from a festival of this quality - two main stages and a club tent, plenty of parking and camping space, included in the ticket price, with space set aside for disabled access camping, an eclectic range of stalls and food outlets, excellent transport links and above all the cream of folk and roots musicians as well as family entertainment to keep the children occupied. We think the line-up and location will make this the perfect summer festival and we think you will agree. www.​ ​  This information is correct at the time of sending this e-mail but I hope you will visit our website if you haven't already done so and please be aware that any changes to the line or festival information will be posted on the website or on Facebook.

I'll keep you informed of what is happening at the Village Pump Folk Club in another e-mail to follow.

Looking forward to seeing you soon, Rosie

Rosie Upton
Press and PR  Village Pump

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Licensing law amendment

new amendments on licensing laws. Allowing small venues to have up to 200 people without additions and amendments to license. Brilliant news for most Folk Clubs. More soon as we get it. click for details of amendment.