Gloucester Folk Trail | 17th – 19th February 2023

2023 Line up

3 Fiddles | Alex Davies | Bewelian | Blackthorn Buskers | Blind River Scare | Brimstone | Broadmill Stream | Bygonz | Clint Mann | Cobblers Child | Crazy Goat | Dampiers Round | Danny Hammond and Friends | Dave Hackney | Dave Norton | Debra Hannis with Chris and Mark | Dick Brice | Discovery | Dog Poo Faeries | Faddlebag | Filkins Drift | Gloucester Diamonds | Gruig | Hyett and Hill | Jim Rowley | Karen Swan | Keith Hyett | Kings Shilling Shanty | Lightly Twned | Lonesome Pines | LOR | Luke Philbrick | Luke Philbrick and the Solid Gone Skiffle Invasion | Mark Harmer | Mark Illingworth | Mice in a Matchbox | Mike Parker | No Option | Ominous Folk of Hopeless, Maine | Pictureframers | Ragtime Jug Orchestra | ReBil | Reivers Gallows | Reuben Lovett | Rivers and Roads | Rob Swannack | Shepherds Crook | Songwriters Circle | Stray Threads | Susie and the Banjo’s | That Shallot | The Elgar School of Music Folk Ensemble | The Invisible Tom Stanley | The Twiddlers | The Vogwells | Thomas Owen | Tumblin Down | Veronica Lowe | Western Stars |

Friday | 17th February

4pm – Danny Hammond – The Folk of Gloucester
5pm – Dave Norton – Angie’s
5pm – Music and Song Session – The Folk of Gloucester
5pm – Jim Rowley – Mister’s Café
5pm – Reuben Lovett – Warehouse 4
6pm – Susie and the Banjo’s – Angie’s
6pm – Western Stars – Mister’s Café
6.30pm – Faddlebag – The New Inn
7pm – ReBil – The Folk of Gloucester
7.30pm – Discovery – Soundhouse
8pm – Blackthorn Buskers – The Folk of Gloucester
8pm – Debra Hannis with Chris and Mark – The Turk’s Head
8.30pm – Mark Illingworth – Dean’s Walk Inn
9pm – Randall T Carpenter – The New Inn
9pm – Bewelian – The Tall Ship
9pm – Mice in a Matchbox – The Turk’s Head
9.30pm – Luke Philbrick and the Solid Gone Skiffle Invasion – Deans Walk Inn

Saturday | 18th February

Various Performances – Rob Swannack
12pm – Dampiers Round – The Folk of Gloucester
12pm – Blind River Scare – The Turk’s Head
1pm – The Invisible Tom Stanley – Angie’s
1pm – Keith Hyett – The Folk of Gloucester
1pm – Getting Started in Songwriting Workshop – The Folk of Gloucester
1pm – Broom Dance Workshop – Gloucester Guildhall
1pm – Mark Illingworth – Busking at The Cross
1pm – Dog Poo Faeries – The Turk’s Head
1pm – Kings Shilling Shanty – Warehouse 4
2pm – Karen Swan – Angie’s
2pm – Pictureframers – The Folk of Gloucester
2pm – Brimstone – The Pelican Inn
2pm – Reuben Lovett – Busking at The Cross
2pm – Veronica Lowe – Warehouse 4
3pm – Songwriter’s Circle – Angie’s
3pm – Mark Harmer – The Folk of Gloucester
3pm – Blind River Scare – The New Inn
3pm – 3 Fiddles – The Pelican Inn
3pm – Danny Hammond and Friends – Busking at The Cross
3pm – Shepherds Crook– Warehouse 4
4pm – Discovery – The Folk of Gloucester
4pm – Rivers and Roads – The New Inn
4pm – Filkins Drift – TBC
4pm – Ominous Folk of Hopeless, Maine – Warehouse 4
4.30pm – Alex Davies – Mister’s Café
4.30pm – Session TBC – The Tall Ship
5pm – Brimstone – The Folk of Gloucester
5pm – Luke Philbrick and the Solid Gone Skiffle Invasion – TBC
5pm – Clint Mann – The Turk’s Head
5pm – Gloucester Diamonds – Warehouse 4
6pm – Broadmill Stream – The Folk of Gloucester
6pm – Lonesome Pines – Mister’s Café
6pm – Tumblin Down – The Turk’s Head
6.30pm – Thomas Owen – The Pelican Inn
7pm – Mike Parker – Angie’s
7pm – Ragtime Jug Orchestra – Soundhouse
7pm – The Ten Bags – The Tall Ship
7.30pm – The Twiddlers – The Pelican Inn
8pm – LOR – Deans Walk Inn
8pm – Rich, Guitar & Vocal Ivor Keates, Singer +TBC
Steve Andisaw, multi-instrumental, with the emphasis on the mental – The Folk of Gloucester
9pm – Reivers’ Gallows – Deans Walk Inn
9pm – Crazy Goat – The Folk of Gloucester

Sunday | 19th February

12pm – Playing for Jigs Workshop – The Folk of Gloucester
12pm – Tune Instruments Workshop – The Folk of Gloucester
12pm – Bygonz – The Folk of Gloucester
12pm – Lightly Twned – The Turk’s Head
1pm – Danny Hammond – Angie’s
1pm – Dave Blick Slow Session with Polly – The Folk of Gloucester
1pm – The Elgar School of Music Folk Ensemble – The Folk of Gloucester
1pm – LOR – The Turk’s Head
2pm – Hyett and Hill – Angie’s
2pm – Dave Hackney – The Common Room
2pm – Appalachian Tap Workshop – The Folk of Gloucester
2pm – Luke Philbrick – The Folk of Gloucester
2pm – Spinning with Bridget Tibbs of Cotswold Alpacas – The Folk of Gloucester
2pm – ReBil – The Pelican Inn
3pm – Session Irish Beginners – The Common Room
3pm – Stray Threads – The Folk of Gloucester
3pm – The Vogwells – The Pelican Inn
4pm – That Shallot – The Folk of Gloucester
5pm – No Option – The Folk of Gloucester
7pm – Cobblers Child – The Pelican Inn
8.45pm – Festival Farewell Session – The Pelican Inn


Music Venues

Angie's Bar

Friday 17th
5pm – Dave Norton
6pm – Susie and the Banjo’s

Saturday 18th
1pm – The Invisible Tom Stanley
2pm – Karen Swan
3pm – Songwriter’s Circle
7pm – Mike Parker

Sunday 19th
1pm – Danny Hammond
2pm – Hyett and Hill

The Common Room

Sunday 19th
2pm – Dave Hackney
3pm – Beginners Session with PJ Wall – Irish Music Session – SESSION “Come and join an Irish music session. Learn to play your first jigs and reels. All instruments and abilities welcome.”

Deans Walk

Friday 17th
8.30pm – Mark Illingworth
9.30pm – Luke Philbrick and the Solid Gone Skiffle Invasion

Saturday 18th
8pm – LOR
9pm – Reivers’ Gallows

The Folk of Gloucester

Friday 17th
4pm – Danny Hammond
5pm – Music and Song Session – SESSION
7pm – ReBil
8pm – Blackthorn Buskers

Saturday 18th
Various Performances – Rob Swannack
12pm – Dampiers Round
1pm – Keith Hyett
2pm – Pictureframers
3pm – Mark Harmer
4pm – Discovery
5pm – Brimstone
6pm – Broadmill Stream
8pm – Rich, Guitar & Vocal
Ivor Keates, Singer
Steve Andisaw, multi-instrumental, with the emphasis on the mental.
9pm – Crazy Goat

Sunday 19th
12pm – Bygonz
1pm – Dave Blick Slow Session with Polly – SESSION
1pm – The Elgar School of Music Folk Ensemble
2pm – Luke Philbrick
3pm – Stray Threads
4pm – That Shallot
5pm – No Option


Gloucester Guildhall



Friday 17th
5pm – Jim Rowley
6pm – Western Stars

Saturday 18th
4.30pm – Alex Davies
6pm – Lonesome Pines

The New Inn

Friday 17th
6.30pm – Faddlebag
9pm – Randall T Carpenter

Saturday 18th
3pm – Blind River Scare
4pm – Rivers and Roads

The Pelican Inn

Saturday 18th
2pm – Brimstone
3pm – 3 Fiddles
6.30pm – Thomas Owen
7.30pm – The Twiddlers

Sunday 19th
2pm – ReBil
3pm – The Vogwells
7pm – Cobblers Child
8.15pm – Festival Farewell Session – The Pelican Inn

Pilgrims Yard

Do to unforeseen circumstances at Pilgrims Yard – these acts are TBC at a different venue
1pm – Mark Illingworth – Busking at The Cross
2pm – Reuben Lovett – Busking at The Cross
3pm – Danny Hammond and Friends – Busking at The Cross
4pm – Filkins Drift – TBC
5pm – Luke Philbrick and the Solid Gone Skiffle Invasion – TBC


Friday 17th
7.30pm – Discovery

Saturday 18th
7pm – Ragtime Jug Orchestra

The Tall Ship

Friday 17th
9pm – Bewelian

Saturday 18th
4.30pm – Post Morris Music Session
7pm – The Ten Bags

The Turk's Head

Friday 17th
8pm – Debra Hannis with Chris and Mark
9pm – Mice in a Matchbox

Saturday 18th
12pm – Blind River Scare
1pm – Dog Poo Faeries
5pm – Clint Mann
6pm – Tumblin Down

Sunday 18th
12pm – Lightly Twned
1pm – LOR

Warehouse 4 at Gloucester Brewery

Friday 17th
5pm – Reuben Lovett

Saturday 18th
1pm – Kings Shilling Shanty
2pm – Veronica Lowe
3pm – Shepherds Crook
4pm – Ominous Folk of Hopeless, Maine
5pm – Gloucester Diamonds

Workshops, Perfomances and Happenings Venues

The Folk of Gloucester

Saturday 18th
1pm – Getting Started in Songwriting Workshop with Jim Rowley
Fancy yourself as the next Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell…?

Gloucester Songwriters’ Circle are delighted to be hosting an introduction to songwriting workshop at the Folk of Gloucester Museum at 1.00pm on Saturday February 18th 2023. Led by Jim Rowley and other members of the group, the session will look at: lyric writing; melody; chord progressions, and more – all the tools to get you started!

Though being run as part of the Gloucester Folk Trail the workshop will not be genre-specific: everyone welcome!

This will be a practical session with the aim of giving everyone something to go away with that they can continue to work on. Please bring pen and paper. If you have an instrument, this would also be useful (but by no means essential).

FREE book a space

Sunday 19th
12pm – Playing for Jigs Workshop with Martin Vogwell
A workshop in accompanying traditional jig melodies on guitar including tuning options and rhythm techniques.

Book here

12pm – Tune Instruments Workshop with Christine Reynolds
This workshop is aimed at those who have some knowledge of their instrument and can play a couple of folk tunes – Salmon Tails is a good example. You might not be very fluent yet or very fast but you might like the idea of being able to play along with others in a session. ” You can ask me what the difference between a violin and a fiddle is and I promise I will answer!” Christine plays for a Morris side, a ceilidh band at weekly folk tune sessions in the county and would like to spread the fun to others.
Come along and have a go!
(Bring your own instrument)

Book here

2pm – Appalachian Tap Workshop
Fast and furious dances in the Appalachian stepping style choreographed by team, dancing to tunes by own band No Option with percussive foot rhythms.
Bluegrass, Old time meets Ceilidh tunes and colourful dancing.

Book here

2pm – Spinning with Bridget Tibbs of Cotswold Alpacas
All spinners, knitters and crochet lovers welcome, bring you WIP!
Bridget has for the last 30 years worked with Alpaca Fleece felting and weaving it but her passion for
spinning has meant she has given many workshops and taught many people this ancient art. As well
as spinning and dyeing, she has organised peg looming and felting workshops and is part of a group
of likeminded ladies “The Wild Woolly Women” who meet fortnightly in the local village hall, to
share their creative interests and skills.
Free demonstration

Gloucester Guildhall

Saturday 18th
1pm – Broom Dance Workshop in the Bluecoat Room
This workshop will teach you an exciting new skill within an hour. It’s great fun and simple to do, please bring your own broom!

Book here

Morris Sides

Performing Saturday 18th

11am-3pm at various spots in the city

Lassington Oak

Lassington Oak Morris were formed in 1977 by a group of dancers from the Gloucester & Stroud area. They were renowned not only for their dancing, but as fine musicians and singers. In many ways this start was reminiscent of the village and family traditions of early Morris Sides.

The side owes its name to an old oak tree to be found near the centre of Lassington Wood at Highnam, Gloucestershire. Unfortunately the old oak has been lying on its side for many a year. When standing it was considered one of the great trees of England.

We dance in the Cotswold Tradition, performing dances from a variety of villages including Bampton, Bledington, Adderbury and Fieldtown. Morris Dancing should be an energetic & dynamic. We are keen to show anyone who is watching that what we do is not only a living part of the traditional heritage of the country, but also, a good fun tradition to be involved in.

Lassington Oak Morris are members of the Morris Ring, an organisation which works to promote, preserve, and maintain the tradition of Morris Dancing.


We dance out on Wednesday nights in the summer and practise in the winter at Highnam Community Centre every Wednesday from 8pm

Give Martyn a call on 07766490735 if you would like some encouragement to have a go

Or email us:

We are available to perform at select gatherings at extortionate rates by negotiation.

Stroud Morris

Stroud Morris bring you dances hewn from the Cotswold limestone of the Five Valleys. We dance in a kaleidoscope of colour representing our white sheep, green hills and the red cloth made in Stroud for the soldiers of King George. A ladies’ side based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, we have danced all
over the UK in the last 30 years but can’t wait to dance for you in at the Gloucester Folk Trail.

Winterbourn Down Border

Winterbourn Down Border Morris is a dance side for men and women based just north-east of Bristol, UK. We practise in All Saints Church Hall, Winterbourne Down on Monday nights starting at 8.15. Summer evenings see us out and about, dancing at local pubs. Every Boxing Day the Mummers and Morris dancers perform around the village and collect money in aid of charity.

Winterbourn Down Border Morris dancers use music which is suited to their step-hop style, namely traditional hornpipes, jigs and polkas, although there are times when these are adapted to match a particular dance. The dances themselves are put together using 3 or 4 different ‘verses’ separated by a common ‘chorus’. All of the dancers are involved in their creation and refinement. In most dances the dancers carry long sticks which are used in the ‘choruses’ to emphasise the rhythm of the music by being clashed against one another or by hitting the ground. Bells are worn on legs, arms and clothing to help define the rhythm and pace of the proceedings, and they give off a cheery jingling sound. Contact

England's Glory

England’s Glory were formed in 1972, first dancing out in 1973 and are therefore one of the longest established ladies morris sides in the world.

Highlights of our 45+ years of continuous dancing have included being the very first ladies side ever to appear at Sidmouth International Folk Festival, and also the first ladies side to be officially invited to perform in the arena (1978). We were also the first ladies morris side to appear on television (Pebble Mill at One) and we have toured overseas – Sweden, Guernsey, and Finland, as well as becoming a permanent fixture at many of the major UK Folk Festivals.

We are named after the historic brand of matches manufactured in Gloucester for about 100 years by the Moreland family.

We are able to resume our practise sessions on Monday 10th January at 8pm prompt. We meet at Innsworth Infant School Luke Lane, Innsworth GL3 1HJ. New dancers are most welcome – however we do ask that you do a lateral flow test before attending. Wear comfortable clothes, bring some water to drink and come and have some fun! If you need any more information please email us at

Gloucestershire Morris

Gloucestershire Morris (formerly Gloucestershire Morris Men) moved from Miserden in January 2021 and at the same time welcomed ladies to join the side. We are a Cotswold Morris side which first started in the1930s as Cheltenham Morris.

Our dances are from the Gloucestershire traditions Oddington, Bledington, Sherborne as well as Adderbury, Fieldtown, Bampton.
We practice at St Mary’s church next to the Pelican Inn in Gloucester on Tuesday nights from 7.45pm till 9.45pm before retiring to the Pelican for music and song.
We also perform tge Gloucestershire Mumming play and City of Gloucester play at the Cathedral on st Stephens day.
Contact Bagman Mike Boag on 01242 244701 or Squire Mike Thomas 07948529394. New dancers will receive a warm welcome.

Forest of Dean Morris

The Forest of Dean Morris Men was originally formed, as a men only side, in 1968. They dance out on summer Wednesday evenings at pubs in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley areas. The FODM dance mostly traditional Cotswold dances, and some unique dances from the Forest. On the second weekend in June the Forest side hosts other Morris sides from across the country.  This family friendly event has been held for over 40 years. A number of coaches take the colourful and varied sides to dance, and drink, at several pubs throughout the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. They have performed at many different locations in England and Wales, also in Germany and France.

In September 2017 the side took a forward looking decision to welcome women dancers and become a mixed side, re-naming as Forest of Dean Morris.  They welcomed 2018, their 50th anniversary year, re-invigorated with the influx of over 10 new dancers and musicians.

Usually Morris sides wear white shirts crossed with coloured baldricks (sashes) and white trousers or black breeches.  In the Forest of Dean, however, the dancers have traditionally worn “rag jackets”.  The current Forest of Dean Morris’ costume is based on the Ruardean kit of the 1880’s. One theory for the wearing of Rag Jackets is that it represents the leaves of the Forest.

In August 2021, after an 18 month lay-off, due to Covid pandemic restrictions, Forest of Dean Morris resumed their Wednesday evening dance-outs. With the winter practice season now in full swing old dances are being re-learnt and new ones developed. Practice takes place on Wednesday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Soudley Village Hall. If you are interested in joining look at our Facebook page for latest information or email


Appleyard Dancers

Appleyard Dancers are a group of female dancers who perform a range of traditional folk and morris style dances to live music.
The group formed over 30 years ago, and are based in Worcestershire near Upton upon Severn.
We are keen to welcome new members at all times.
Check out the website www.appleyardfolk.co.uk


We are a mixed Border Morris side based in Winchcombe, celebrating local and folk calendar events and customs with traditional and evolving dances and music. We welcome new dancers and musicians.

The Tattered Court

A Cheltenham-based mixed Border Morris side, founded in January 2016.

But just what is Border Morris? There’s no hankies (that’s Cotswold), but rather we dance with big sticks, rag jackets, and lots of gusto! The tradition originally comes from the Welsh Borders, but had mostly died out until it was revived at the end of the 20th century. Now, there are many Border sides around the country, some of whom re-enact traditional dances, some who perform modern dances, and many who do a bit of both. We’re very much at the modern end of the spectrum, and like to write our own dances that are fun to dance and awesome to watch!

We’re always looking for new members, dancers or musicians (or both). Normally we require members to be over eighteen, but younger dancers may well be possible by arrangement. Previous dancing experience doesn’t matter, just willingness to have a go!


About | Gloucester Folk Trail

The Gloucester Folk Trail first arrived in the city in 2018.

Folk musicians, artists and poets from around the county congregate in venues around the city, paying homage to traditional forms of Folk music, performance, entertainment, and arts & crafts.

It is funded and supported by the businesses and venues involved and Gloucester BID

More information to come.

Danny Hammond

Danny Hammond

Festival Programmer and artist

Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor

Glos Folk rep, Morris herder and artist

A lifelong Folkie, Singer, Musician, Dancer, Organiser, member of ReBil singing duo with Rebecca Kay, That Shallot Ceilidh Band and Lassington Oak Morris. Can usually be found with a pint of Ale and a Guitar in a music session or singaround somewhere local or at a festival. ReBil are available for select gatherings when we are freed from lockdown. Find us on Facebook and checkout the concert recordings from our bubble.

I am involved in the Gloucester Folk Trail helping with Artists, Workshops, Sessions, Folk Club and Morris Dancing, as well as performing. I love the folk trail for the opportunities it offers for local Folkies to perform in small venues across the city and for the music and dancing in the streets. I feel it is a showcase for our traditional music in the City.


Pat Roberts

Pat Roberts

Community Engagement and artist

The Pat Roberts has been hanging around the Gloucester roots music scene for far too long. She used to work at the Guildhall, where she co-created the Cajun Festival and Musiclab open mic. As well as singing backing vocals for blues legends The Suspects she has played accordion in didgeridoo-led ceilidh band Wasp Factor Five, Stroud Street band and pop covers trio Way Out West. Now she bashes a bass uke and sings with roots country duo Lonesome Pines and oldtimey badtimey string band Susie and the Banjos. ‘I love the magic that happens when people get together to play music, dance, tell stories. My mission is to get more young people to explore the enchanted landscapes of all folk traditions and experience the joy of noisemaking’. 

Gareth Jayne

Gareth Jayne

Tech Wizard and Gloucester Civic Trust rep

Gloucester born and Gloucester bred, Gareth comes from a long line of Glawster families. A trustee of Gloucester Civic Trust and part of the team responsible for bringing the Folk museum back to life. In his spare time he runs a software company, looks after all things IT for the Civic Trust, dances salsa and spends as much time as possible on his boat. He will be streaming the Folk Trail from his budget TV studio in his bedroom.

Jo-jo Roche

Jo-jo Roche

Project Manager

Magic weaver. Alpaca lover. Gloucester believer.

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