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.



Folk Orchestra Workshop at Stroud Folk Weekend. Leader: Fran Wade
Last year’s Folk Weekend ‘playing duets’ workshop evolved into a folk orchestra which now meets once per month at Rodborough Village Hall and did its first gig in June. Music for this year’s workshop is for a full orchestra and includes a tune line, a counter melody line, another harmony line – the continuo, lines for viola and cello / bass, chord notation and parts for Bb clarinets and Eb saxophones. The workshop will appeal to players who are inspired by our rich musical heritage and who would like to play together in a more structured way than would be found in a traditional pub session. The style will be ‘chamber orchestra meets folk’ where the rhythm comes from the tune and accompaniment players rather than a hefty set of timps and percussion. The workshop is likely to include fiddles, mandolins, flutes, concertinas, recorders, violas, cellos, double bass, guitars, keyboard, clarinets, alto sax, accordions – really anything that squeezes, blows, plinks or scrapes apart from percussion. Players will need to be able to follow a line of music, but not be expert sight readers.

We will do 4 – 5 traditional tunes drawn from the music of the British Isles. The 2 hour workshop will include a brief break for refreshment and will be followed by a performance of our endeavours at the start of the afternoon concert at 1pm. It will be a glorious noise!
Sunday 23rd September 2018 10.15am – 12:30 pm Imperial Hotel, & a performance slot 1.00 – 1.30pm in the afternoon concert.
Cost: £5 (not including refreshments). Bring a pencil, highlighter pen and music stand. Arrive 10.15am for a prompt 10.30 start. Workshop finish: 12.30. Lunch after the concert slot!

Fran Wade has been playing folk music for decades in various bands and has led orchestras and choirs both locally and at festivals further afield (eg Whitby, Broadstairs, Prince Albert Carol Consort, Stroud).