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Warwick Folk Festival Choir

Warwick Folk Festival Choir

Would you like to perform at this year’s Warwick Folk Festival?

* NO auditions, NO Military Wives, NO Gareth Malone, NO revolving chairs, NO Simon Cowell !!!!
* No need to be able to read music – all songs taught by ear.
* Be part of an open-access 6-week choir, singing all manner of great songs from around the World
* Perform to your friends and a wonderfully supportive audience at the internationally-renowned Warwick Folk Festival
* Free entry to the Festival Site on the Sunday
* Receive mp3 (music files) of the harmony parts (so you can catch up if you have to miss a week)

Come and join over 50 enthusiastic singers on Monday evenings in Warwick
for a series of sessions leading to a couple of short, informal performances at the Festival on the Sunday in July. Over 6 weeks we will be singing a cracking selection of a cappella harmony folk songs from around the world. The sessions, run by popular local choir leader Bruce Knight, will be fun and lively and satisfy both the beginner and the seasoned a cappella singer.

Peeping Tom

Peeping Tom

PEEPING TOM were described recently as a “veteran folk-rock band with all the riffs and reels, National Treasures all of them”! They have been performing continuously over the last forty-five years, playing all the major festivals and dance clubs. Considered by many to be the UK’s favourite dance band they always produce a cracking dance. Peeping Tom have performed at many Warwick Folk Festivals since the very beginning.

Formed in 1972 by Ben Woodward, Peeping Tom have spent the last 40 years perfecting the art of performing high-energy music for English ceilidhs. They travel extensively, playing all of the major festivals and specialist dance clubs. They are noted for their ability to pick the right tune for the right dance, which makes them exceptionally easy to dance to. As you can imagine, their back catalogue of dance tunes is simply immense. Much of their material is written by Ben Woodward and Ian Wilson – both as a collaborative pair and individual composers. They only perform for dancing, although there have been several forays into the theatre, providing the music for Larkrise, Candleford and the Coventry Mystery Plays. Very highly regarded, they are considered by many to be the United Kingdom’s favourite dance band.

Ben Woodward – melodeon;
Ian Wilson – keyboards and cittern;
Pete Smale -guitar;
John McIntosh – bass guitar and tambourine;
Barry Malin – drums and percussion.

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne

A musician since the age of 6, Cohen took to squeezeboxes in his teens and has since developed into a fine player of both the melodeon and anglo concertina.

As an instrumentalist Cohen is experienced in playing for dancing, playing as part of groups, both as an accompanying and as a lead instrument, and playing as a soloist.

Cohen is also a well-regarded singer and in 2014 won Bromyard Folk Festival’s Future of Young Folk Award for singing.

Cohen’s main passion is for songs and tunes from the English tradition.

Panic Circus

Panic Circus is the life work of Chris Panic and his family .Bringing his lifelong experience of work with children to a Circus outfit that brings the best workshops and performances to the festival scene. A full children’s festival in itself, the red & yellow striped tent is a familiar and much loved sight at the festival.

Enjoy storytelling, circus skills, puppet shows, bubble fun, parachute games and much much MORE

Thu – Sun

Keith Donnelly

Keith Donnelly

Keith can make you laugh, cry or do anything you may or may not want to do. He is an accomplished singer guitarist and writer of national fame. An incomparable funny man, as Jasper Carrot once said ‘Keith could make sheep laugh’.

There really is no-one else like Keith Donnelly.
He tells the most fantastic stories!
Some of them happen to have tunes and guitar accompaniment [songs!]
Most of them are true [at least that’s what he says!]
Some of them he makes up [at least that’s what he says!]
Most of them are very funny [at least…]
Some are very short [jokes!]
Some are a bit longer [anecdotes/routines!]
Some of them are mainly for youngsters [from 2 to 102!]
Some for older audiences [3 and a half to 103 (and a half!)

Granny's Attic

Granny’s Attic

Granny’s Attic – Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals) – are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians, fine singers and play a range of English, Irish and Scottish traditional music as well as their own compositions. Formed in 2009, they have since played at clubs and festivals up and down the country, and have been heralded for their lively performances and maturity beyond their years in their delivery and selection of traditional songs.

Hand to Mouth Theatre

Equally loved by adults and children, Hand To Mouth Theatre is Martin Bridle and Su Eaton have been intriguing and entertaining children and adults in schools, theatres, and at festivals and celebrations around the UK and abroad since 1980, and are guaranteed to deliver a thoughtful, witty and enchanting performance.

This year they are will be performing Piggery Jokery and the Box of Mechanical Delights!:

The Box of Mechanical Delights: Steampunk and clockwork in style, this is a portable coin-operated box which opens to reveal small “mechanical” characters who go through a series of witty and surreal sequences.

“Piggery Jokery” is a whimsical perambulation through the seasons, touching on the circular nature of time, as told by the Green Man and his hurdy-gurdy playing Droning Crone and their troupe of rag-bag characters. There is plenty of laughter along the way as the old farmer tends his land and fattens his pig for the winter. It is both moving and entertaining with resonances of ancient pagan ritual and dark humour.

Sat & Sun


Baby Bops and Toddle Bops

Baby Bops – Crafted for babies under 1! Feed your babies expression and creativity through songs, rhymes, shakers, bubbles, parachutes, puppets and sensory surprises!

Toddle Bops – Music mayhem for kids under 5! Singing, dancing, rhyme and silliness will have everyone up and grooving with rainbow ribbons, sensory shakers, parachutes, bubbles and much more!

The Selfie Fairies – Add a sprinkle and sparkle of magic to the festival… our friendly fairies will work the crowd from young to old and frame the perfect selfie with their handmade Warwick Folk Festival Frame!


Warwick Castle

Explore Warwick Castle, where you’ll be surrounded by jaw-dropping history, magic, myth and adventure!

8 reasons to choose Warwick Castle:

Horrible Histories
for the May bank holiday
Epic attractions, inside and out
Daily shows & activities
Our new attraction, Time Tower

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