NANCY KERR & JAMES FAGAN      Sub Rooms page

Nancy Kerr & James Fagan are one of the best-known and most experienced folk duos on the
British circuit today. Outstanding musicianship, a lifelong grounding in traditional singing and
instrumental playing, acclaimed original compositions but most noticeably a visceral chemistry
between these two make Kerr and Fagan a perennial favourite at festivals, venues and clubs
across the country. They met in December 1995, and formed the duo and life partnership that has
become the backbone of their professional career in music ever since. They won the inaugural
Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2000, and were also the first ever recipients of
the “Best Duo” Award, which they won in 2003, and again in 2011.
Sept 22, Doors 7.30 Phil King 8pm Nancy and James 9pm to 11.30pm
Ticket prices £12+£1.50 booking fee adv £14+£1.50 Booking Fee doors
01453 760900

 PHIL KING  Sub Rooms page
  As a singer-songwriter Phil King has the whole trinity: a beautiful, soulful singing voice; deft skills at playing the guitar and the capacity to write elegantly worded and powerful songs. His new album The Wreckage has already caught excellent media attention with Radio 2’s Bob Harris describing him as “Absolutely Brilliant” and a “Song Weaver”. Phil has been touring to promote his latest release, a live solo album, recorded at Bristol’s beautiful and intimate Wardrobe Theatre.
Sept 22, Doors 7.30 Phil King 8pm Nancy and James 9pm Curfew 11.30pm
Ticket prices £12+£1.50 booking fee adv £14+£1.50 Booking Fee doors
01453 760900

  A Derry / N Irish-man Niall Kelly has thorough immersion on the UK roots scene and the release of two highly regarded albums established a valued reputation in the industry. Enough to secure the support slot with Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott on their autumn tour in 2017 and secure the involvement of world class musicians such as lap-steel legend BJ Cole and brass section Matt Holland & Martin Winning (Van Morrison/Roger Daltrey/Ray Charles).
It is Folk to some, Celtic/Country/Americana/Blue s fusion to others, either way Niall Kelly’s cross-over appeal has brought about numerous festival appearances this year ranging from the Colne Great British R&B Festival to Cogges Farm Folk Festival.
Saturday September 22 at the Ale House 8pm Admission Free

CELTIC CONSPIRACY fakebook.com/pg/celticconspiracy/ 01453 883565  Contact:  James Milroy
  Celtic Conspiracy are a band based in Gloucestershire specialising in traditional celtic tunes fused with other musical genres such as jazz and reggae. The line- up includes flute, alto sax, accordion, bouzouki, guitar and bass.”
In the courtyard at Star Anise Sunday 11am -12.30 Admission Free


The STROUD WASSAILERS        www.stroudwassail.com     robin@robinburton.co.uk

The Stroud Wassailers were formed in 2016 with the aim of taking the Stroud Wassail on tour. They have performed songs and plays in more than 20 venues around the county including Johnny Coppin’s “All on a Winter’s Night” show at the Subscription Rooms.
The emphasis is on audience participation. You are invited to sing along, to cheer and to heckle. Just bear in mind that the Wassailers may also heckle back. The traditional greeting for the Wassailers is “Waes Hael” (Be of good health) and the traditional reply is Drinc Hael” (drink healthily)…

CHRIS BEAUMONT huppees@gmail.com
Well known area singer and musician, Chris has been a longtime organizer of the Cheltenham Folk Club., held Sundays in the Sandford Ale House in Cheltenham. Saturday Little Vic


Finnegan’s Wok    fakebook.com/finneganswokceilidhband

 Finnegans Wok is a five piece Ceilidh band playing a mixture of music from Great Britain & Ireland to which we add the occasional American set. The instrumentation comprises fiddle, melodeon, whistles, guitar, tenor banjo & percussion, occasionally adding flute & various members of the mandolin family. Over the years the band has performed at Ceilidhs & barn dances for wedding receptions, anniversaries, fund-raising events & parties of all sorts; anywhere, in fact where a good time is wanted. If the beer is good we’ll be there. Sunday Ale House Richard Cox 07890 985381 coxrac@aol.com


BLONDES WITH BEARDS fakebook.com/BlondesWithBeards/

   Ask Blondes With Beards to describe what they do and the first thing they’ll tell you is “We’re not a drag act.”  They are, in fact, a four piece harmony group singing a mix of accompanied and a capella material.  The lead vocals come mainly from the girls, Jan and Jo (The Blondes,) with additional vocals, guitar and string bass accompaniment from Richard and Paul, (the Beards).  Their differing musical backgrounds are reflected in a varied repertoire encompassing folk, light country and blues with acoustic arrangements of some classic pop numbers, a bit of humour and some self-penned material.  The group is still developing and feel they have only scratched the surface of what they want to do. Sunday Imperial Hotel

MISCHIEFAFOOT   fakebook.com/mischiefafoot/

Mischief Afoot are Becky Dellow on fiddle, John Davis on recorder and bodhran, and Jeff Gillett on guitar, mandola, mandolin, English concertina and vocals. They play a mixture of English, Irish and American folk songs and tunes, as well as self-penned compositions. Mischief Afoot set out to entertain an audience with music for the heart, mind and feet and with songs to make them laugh, cry and sing along. The instrumental work can be dazzling, inventive, sensitive, playful or downright mischievous! 8 pm Sunday at the Prince Albert

GWILYM DAVIES      fakebook.com/gwilymd1
   Gwilym Davies is one of the most active folk song collectors in England, and of the 1,200 plus songs that he has collected, the majority have been found in Gloucestershire. He has recently been one of the leading figures in the creation of the online database Gloucestershire Traditions. Today he will talk about the songs of Gloucestershire and the collectors who have collected them over the last 100 years. Sunday Imperial Hotel

DISCOVERY     fakebook.com/discoveryfolk/


Jeff Gillett is an experienced folk guitarist and singer. As well as performing solo, he worked for many years as an accompanist for nationally renowned folk singer Ron Taylor. Elaine has been a enthusiast of traditional folk song for many years and performs regularly in local folk clubs.Together their voices combine to create beautiful harmonies and sensitive interpretations of traditional and modern folk songs, enhanced by Jeff’s supremely tasteful, restrained yet inventive accompaniments. Their repertoire includes traditional music, new interpretations of familiar songs and William Blake’s poems sung to Jeff’s original tunes. Sunday Imperial Hotel

THE DURSLEY SESSION   fakebook.com/groups/325195494263277/

   Dursley Music Session has become a well established event in the Severn Vale. The session, set up by Anne & John Roberts, takes place on alternate Tuesday nights, 8pm onwards at Ye Olde DursleyHotel, Long St, Dursley. The session regularly attracts about 10-15 musicians offering a good mix of traditional, more modern folk tunes, and a few songs thrown in. Musicians and listeners always welcome.  For further details contact Anne & John on 01453 548860, or message FB. Friday Ale House

FRAN WADE & KEVIN BOWN   c/o Pheonix Ceilidh Band

   As well as being members of Commonground, Grand Union and Flying Clouds they have played on the ceilidh stages of all the major folk festivals in the country, including regular appearances at Sidmouth and Whitby. They have been part of Phoenix for five years, working with Rod Stradling and Martin Brinsford at major folk events and recording with them. Their work with the Scottish Band Dalriada has taken them further afield to festivals in France, Poland ,Sardinia and New Zealand. They have taught harmony singing through their involvement with the Prince Albert Consort in their home town of Stroud.


THE GLOUCESTER DIAMONDS     fakebook.com/TheGloucesterDiamonds/?fref=ts  robin@robinburton.co.uk

    The Diamonds formed in 1988. Over the years the line-up changed but always included Andrew Taylor and Rod Penlington, until Andrew’s death. Last year Paul Carter and Robin Burton joined Rod, and Debra Hannis became the fourth member. The shanty group are all fine singers with a wide repertoire. Saturday Little Vic & Sunday Imperial Hotel


Ken Langsbury & Kate Dean

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Ken Langsbury grew up surrounded by the songs and stories of the ordinary (and sometimes extraordinary!) people of Gloucestershire. Though rejected by the school choir, his love of singing led him to entertain his comrades during national service in Malaya and to join the renowned Cheltenham-based group, The Songwainers. As well as singing, Ken enjoys telling stories, many of which are so familiar to his fans that they will join in with key phrases. Kens says: “I’m eighty I only do gigs I know I’m going to enjoy and I did enjoy it very much last year”
Sunday Imperial Hotel


Brad McEwen   citternbard.yolasite.com (artistic director of the Mill Race Folk Festival, Cambridge, Ontario)

      a third generation Canadian, descended from Irish and Scottish immigrants. Accompanying himself on cittern, his solo repertoire consists of Canadian variants of British ballads as well as songs from Canadian traditional historical sources. The rich tradition of Canada is often overlooked and Brad hopes to raise awareness of his country’s history and contributions to the world in songs and stories. Supported on Double Bass by well known local musician Kevin Bown. Sunday Imperial Hotel

DOUG WATT   (FB page)

   Double graduate musician, local folky, border morris box player, retired cricketer, not retired businessman and sometime singer of silly songs. Sunday Imperial Hotel


CHALFORD STICK CO.     chalfordstickcompany.blogspot.co.uk/


Named after the industry of walking stick and umbrella handle manufacturing in the Chalford  Valley in the 19th and 20th century. We are a Morris side who specialise in dancing jigs in the Cotswold tradition and are based in the Stroud Valleys.

ENGLAND’S GLORY MORRIS      www.englandsglory.org.uk/


England’s Glory were formed in 1972, first dancing out in 1973 and are therefore one of the longest established ladies morris sides in the world! We are named after the historic brand of matches manufactured in Gloucester for about 100 years by the Morland family. We practise on Monday evenings at 8pm from September to the middle of April and from May to September, we dance outside pubs in Gloucestershire on Monday evenings as well as visiting folk festivals and appearing at village fetes and other local events.

FULL MOON MORRIS         www.fullmoonmorris.co.uk/


Mixed Cotswold morris side, loosely based in South Wales. Formed in 1997 from dancers who belonged to other Morris sides in South Wales but wanted to ‘get out more’. The name comes from a small hamlet near Cross Keys. Though there is little to see now, the name lives on in a roundabout on the A367!

HAPPENSTANCE MORRIS     happenstancemorris.org.uk/wp/


Happenstance is a mixed Border Morris side dancing to live music. We are based in Winchcombe, nestling in the shadow of Cleeve Hill. We meet on Thursday evenings in the winter and at various events in the summer months. Happenstance welcomes both men and women of all ages as dancers and musicianship.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE MORRIS MEN      www.glosmorrismen.org/


  The Gloucestershire Morris Men have been performing traditional Cotswold Morris dances for the last 80 and more years. Today they dance throughout the spring and summer months, each Tuesday night (see this year’s programme) at some of the wonderful countryside pubs we have scattered about the county.

Gloucestershire Mixed Morris      gloucestershiremixedmorris.com

      established in October 2016 by a few members of the Gloucestershire Morris Men and some enthusiastic new recruits! This side is a mixed side, meaning that we have male and female dancers. We dance in the Cotswold tradition with dances from Gloucestershire, we do stick dances, hanky dances and corner dances!


RAGGED & OLD MORRIS       http://www.raggedandold.com


Ragged and Old Morris is a mixed  dance side located near Stroud in Gloucestershire, performing newly created dances in the Cotswold style. Our Facebook and Twitter pages contain further information on recent activities.

Rag Morris        www.ragmorris.com
      are the Morris dance team attached to the University of Bristol and we have one of the longest continuous University connections in the country. Rag Morris are an officially recognised society of the University of Bristol Students’ Union, formed in 1981.
Rag Morris has acquired its own inimitable style over the last thirty years – energetic, colourful, comic, a bit ‘off-the-wall’ and certainly never boring. We wear brilliantly coloured ‘rag shirts’ and ribboned bells. Our repertoire comes from the dances of the Cotswolds and the Welsh Borders.

SABOTAGE CLOG     https://www.facebook.com/sabotageclog


We are a group of clog dancers who meet in Cirencester and perform dances from England and further afield accompanied by live folk music. We are available to dance at events such as village fetes, folk festivals, weddings etc. New members are welcome.

STROUD MORRIS      http://www.stroudmorris.org.uk


We usually dance on a Monday evening from May until September outside local pubs, but are in great demand to perform at events and festivals both in England and abroad. We’ve featured on Ashley Hutchings’ (Fairport Convention / Albion Band / Steeleye Span) “Grandson of Morris On” album and in the “Morris On” show.

STYX OF STROUD       styxofstroud.com

IMG_0279     Styx of Stroud is a mixed Border Morris side founded in 2013 to perform traditional and contemporary dances in the Border style. We wear traditional tattercoats, predominantly black, but with flashes of red and green to reflect the felt-making heritage of our home town of Stroud in Gloucestershire. Our faces are blackened to honour the original Border dancers who would blacken their faces with soot as a disguise to avoid prosecution for begging.

Clocs Canton     www.clocscanton.co.uk

     are a North West Morris dance group based in Cardiff, South Wales. We were formed in 1986 and dance North West Morris which is a distinctive type of morris using clogs. We perform at a variety of events – fetes, festivals and in pubs both around Cardiff and further afield.

Winterbourn Down Border Morris        www.winterbourndownbordermorris.co.uk
       is a dance side for men and women based just north-east of Bristol, performing mainly self-penned dances in the Border style. Summer evenings see us out and about, dancing at local pubs.

The Knights of King Ina       www.koki.org.uk
     are a Morris dance team specialising in the Solo and Duet dances known as Jigs in the Morris genre. The dances are drawn from many of the morris traditions and include dances choreographed by us using the styles and steps collected in the early 20th century. These dances were typically seen as competition or show off dances and only danced by those considered to be the best dancers in a team or side.

Malmesbury Morris     www.malmesburymorris.org.uk
      formed in the summer of 2004 to provide a local Morris Dancing group for the Malmesbury area. Despite the fact that morris dancing in Malmesbury can be traced back to at least 1641, the tradition did not survive the Industrial Revolution. Previously called called Malmesbury Mixed Morris we decided to change our name to Malmesbury Morris in September 2005 We perform mainly Cotswold and Border style dances both traditional and modern.

Fox’s Morris www.foxsmorris.org.uk

     a mixed Border Morris Dance side, formed in 1999 and based in the Worcestershire village of Cookley. They dance both traditional dances from the Welsh Borders and contemporary dances in the Border-style



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