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.
Song Session at the Little Vic Saturday 1-2:45pm

Rod Penlington & Robin Burton +44 7843 241371
Rod Penlington is very well known on the folk scene for powerful sea shanties, traditional and contemporary ballads and humorous songs. He has run shanty sessions at festivals across the country. He is a regular compere at festivals, has played with Bees Knees Ceilidh Band for many years and is always ready to provide a lively tune on the English Concertina or chromatic accordion.

Robin Burton joined Rod in the summer of 2015 to reform the Gloucester Diamonds (along with Debra Hannis and Paul Carter).   As well as being a well known local singer, Robin is a Trustee of Gloucestershire Traditions and Chair of the Stroud Wassail
Song Session at the Little Vic Saturday 3-4:45pm.
Concert at the Imperial Hotel Sunday 2-2:30pm

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.
Song session at the Little Vic Sunday 1-2:45 pm, Sunday.
Concert at the Imperial Hotel Sunday 4-4:30pm

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.
singers Session at the Little Vic: 3-4:45pm.
Concert on Sunday at the Imperial Hotel 1:30-2pm.



Song Accompaniment: Letting the Song Breathe with Jeff Gillett
How to fit the accompaniment to the song, rather than making the song fit the accompaniment: an approach that puts the singer first, and that can be used to improve and enhance the performance whatever your ability. Flashiness and technical brilliance are welcome, as long as they are prepared to know their place! This approach that works at every level of instrumental ability.
10am-11am Saturday Old Town Hall. Admission by donation (£5 recommended).

Playing Duets for tune players with Fran Wade:
for fiddles flutes and concertinas, etc. Ability to read music needed.  In essence the workshop will enable tune players to learn 4 or 5 new tunes from various countries and learn a harmony for each one, just for the simple pleasure of playing in harmony.
11am-12:30 pm   Saturday Old Town Hall. Admission by donation (£5 recommended).


West Country Songs
From the end of the Nineteenth Century up until the present day folk song collectors, including many of the best known, such as Cecil Sharp, Percy Grainger and Sabine Baring-Gould, have covered the West of England thoroughly. In this talk Martin looks at what they have found, particularly in Gloucestershire. An illustrated talk, with examples sung by Martin and Shan Graebe.
1-2pm Old Town Hall,  Saturday. Admission by donation (£5 recommended).


Looking After Your Voice
Your voice is a musical instrument that needs care and maintenance – particularly as we get older. Shan Graebe is a qualified speech and language therapist who has helped many amateur and professional singers to get the best out of their voices and to look after them.
2-3pm  Old Town Hall, Saturday. Admission by donation (£5 recommended).


Morris Workshop
Beginners Cotswold-style morris dancing workshop led by Mike Davis of Ragged & Old Morris, assisted by other members of the side. Suitable for complete novices or anyone interested in learning another tradition. Musician Bob Watkinson.
Sunday 10:30 am-11:30 The Little Vic. Free Admission.  Donations Welcome.

Step Clog Workshop
Introduction to step clog workshop led by Lesley Thackeray of Sabotage Clog, assisted by members of the side.  Suitable for anyone interested in learning step clog. No previous experience necessary.  Musician: Ben Thackeray
Sunday 11:45 am-12:45 The Little Vic. Free Admission.  Donations Welcome.