Mitcheldean Fete & Folk Festival 15 – 17 July

This is an invitation to all at Bromyard Sessions to our free festival on 15th – 17th July, where you can sing, play and dance whatever you like.

2016 MFFF flierThis is the third year of the only folk festival in the Forest of Dean.  See programme attached, but it runs like this:

Friday night music and singing session in the Brewery Tap (yes, we have our own brewery)

Saturday 16th July:

  • Bespoke Brewery open to visitors from 10 am – 12 noon
  • Morris dancing tours from 10.30 to 4 pm
  • Free concert  in the parish church from 12 – 9 pm
  • Poetry festival in the library from 1 – 4.15 pm
  • Village fete on the playing field from 12 – 4 pm
  • Ceilidh dancing from 5-7pm (family ceilidh) and 7.30 – 11pm in the community centre
  • Singing session in the White Horse from 8 pm
  • Acoustic session in the Brewery Tap ditto

Folk walk singing at local pubs from 12 pm on the Sunday

And if you would like to stay over to join more of the fun, we have bunkhouse, camping and camper van space at the Oakraven Centre – call them on 01594 369343 to book your spot.

More info here.

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Folk In The Foyer June to September 2016


Friday June 10th:
ANTHONY JOHN CLARKE – world class singer/ songwriter/ guitarist with a charismatic stage presence.
Support: Hennesea

Anthony John Clarke playing at Folk in the Foyer 10th June 2016.

Anthony John Clarke playing at Folk in the Foyer 10th June 2016.

Friday July 8th:
LITTLE RUMBA – superb musicianship original material, with an eastern European/klezmer flavour together with the odd dollop of latin and rock’n’roll thrown in for good measure.
Support: The Speedgums

Saturday August 16th:
GRACE PETRIE – Very powerful singer/ songwriter/ guitarist,whose songs are about what goes on in the world around her. Regularly heard on Radio 4, particularly, ‘The Now Show’. Past bookings include Latitude and Glastonbury Festivals and a tour supporting Billy Bragg.
Support : Too Easy To Please, featuring Francis Budden.

Friday September 2nd:
Double bill. Local Derby, featuring
MICE IN A MATCHBOX who are Sally Stamford, a very fine singer, accompanied on guitar by Jim Rolt. and …
VAGINAPOCALYPSE who are Lu Mason, another wonderful singer, accompanied on guitar by Robin Scott Wilson.


For more information contact Roger 01885-483425/07779-694615 or
For tickets: 01885-488575 or,uk


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Upton Folk Festival 2016

upton folk festivalThis year, Upton Festival is making Rover tickets available in advance for Saturday evening events and for Sunday evening events.

Attached is a poster showing some of the highlights of this year’s festival. These are available from Upton Tourist Information Centre or from .

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Granny’s Attic in Worcester

grannys atticGRANNY’S ATTIC

BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominees, Granny’s Attic are a folk trio from Worcester who are rapidly making a name for themselves across the UK.

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals) make up this talented trio. They play a variety of traditional folk music from the British Isles and further afield, complemented by original compositions.

It is the first time in two years that this group have played in Worcester and will be an evening not to be missed.

Great tunes, great arrangements, great energy, great stuff!’ Jon Boden (Bellowhead, Spiers & Boden)

Price: £10/£7 (U-16, Student, 60+)

To book please visit: or call 01905 25053
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Concert at Crudwell Village Hall

crudwell concert

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Hereford Sessions : Black Lion Closes, Vaga Takes Over

The “First Monday Session” at the Black Lion in Hereford has become the “Second Monday Session” at the Vaga, Vaga Street, Hereford HR2 7AT.

The Black Lion’s new owners decided to discontinue live music sessions.

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Wild Tales by Alan Kilburn & Richard Aird 26th March 2016

A traditional and contemporary folk concert performed by Alan Kilburn & Richard Aird

wild talesWild Tales is a multi-instrumental concert of traditional and contemporary folk, interwoven with spoken word to reflect the rich tapestry of Herefordshire flora, fauna and tradition performed by Alan Kilburn and Richard Aird.

Alan’s dramatic presentation style will bring to life extracts from the writing of John Masefield, Elizabeth Browning, Rupert Brooke, Samuel Coleridge and others whilst Richard threads in a selection of songs and dance tunes played on an amazingly diverse range of instruments.

This unique concert will be performed in the Hereford Sixth Form college’s Performing Arts Centre theatre and incorporate the first public performance of two winning poems selected from the 2015 Herefordshire Wildlife Trust poetry competition.

With a licensed bar and all proceeds going to the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust’s Birches Farm Restoration Project, Wild Tales will appeal to folkies, poets and naturalists alike, not to mention those who appreciate real ale, cider and tall stories!

Venue: Hereford Sixth Form College, Folly Lane, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR1 1LU.

Doors and a licensed bar, serving wine and Orchard Origins’ local cider and apple juice, will be open from 7pm. The concert starts at 7.30pm.

Booking for this event is essential.  Book online at  or call 01432 356872.

Tickets cost £8.00.  Unsold tickets will be available on the door.

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Flatworld at Conquest Theatre


Flatworld : Folk in the Foyer 5th February 2016

Roots ‘n’ grooves from Eastern Europe and beyond lively five-piece band with magnificent tunes and kicking rhythm, played on fiddle, sax, guitar, bass and djembe.

Rich compelling melodies and tight driving rhythm, Flatworld play an eclectic mix of music from Eastern Europe and beyond. Distinctive tunes classically rooted in violin harmonies and underpinned by an energetic rhythm section.

Website.  Youtube.

Book online or call the Conquest Theatre on 01885 488575.

Doors open 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm. Tickets £8

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Ludlow Session : The Song House

ludlow session at the song houseThe Song House is a monthly acoustic song night coming soon to Ludlow’s cosiest venue, The Sitting Room at The Blue Boar.

Come along on the third Friday of the month at 8 pm to sing, join in or just listen to folk songs and new songs in an intimate venue. As it says on the tin, the evening is mostly about singing songs but the odd poem, story or tune will be welcome too!

The Song House launches on Friday 19th February 2016 with a
variety of local singers getting the show on the road. There’s no need to book or buy tickets in advance, but there will be a modest entry charge of £2 on the door. See you there!

More info.

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Colwall Wassailing


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