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.


Dursley Music Session, set up by Anne & John Roberts, takes place on alternate Tuesday nights, 8.00pm onwards  Ye Olde Dursley Hotel, 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.
Friday evening at the Ale House 7-9pm 

As well as being members of Phoenix, 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. 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.
English Music Session Friday at the Ale House 9-11pm.

The Five Valleys Session meet at various locations in the district on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month until they find a permanent home. The music is mainly a mix of Celtic and English tunes, with a peppering of French, Scandinavian, Americana and a bit of blues. Alternatively, on the 1st Thursday of each month there is often an offshoot of this group playing mainly Balkan & Klezmer tunes.
Music Session at the Ale House Saturday 1-2:45pm. 

HOST of the AIR     (Mick Toher & Friends)
‘Mick hails from county Cork and therefore especially loves the music of Sliabh Luachra and loves accompanying people on guitar with these tunes. Nothing beats a good slide or polka in his mind. Songs in Gaelic are also a reference point in his repertoire. with a special fondness for the Cork ballads of Jimmy Crowley.’
Irish session Saturday at the Ale House 3-4:45pm

Double graduate musician, local folky, border morris box player, retired cricketer, not retired businessman and sometime singer of silly songs. Expect some Tchaikovsky, but not much.
English Song & Tune Session Sunday at the Ale House 1-2:45pm

Norma Mills (Bees Knees, Ukestroud) will host this session. All styles welcome and there will be some music for part playing. Bring a tune to share.
Sunday at the Ale House 3-4:45pm.

If you are interested in being involved – contact the sessions co-ordinator.  Brad McEwen

E-mail: Sessions Co-ordinator