This year’s Festival is going to be a real treat. We’ve got something for everybody, there will be something for all the family. We’ve got music, dance, comedy and family entertainment like Cricklade has never seen before. As usual it won’t cost you a penny so please come on down and enjoy yourself for the day.
Here are some of the great acts that you can expect to see this year…
Lords of Strut
Lords of Strut are an Irish comedy double act combining character comedy, dance, and acrobatics. They mostly play the characters of Famous Seamus and Sean-tastic, two brothers who delusionally believe they were made for fame. Charm, sharp wit, and good humour with flashes of surprising acrobatic skill and just enough naughtiness to keep the audience guessing. Part dance party, part soap opera! Satire, surrealism, and silly comedy, packed with laughs and audience participation.
They have been touring globally since 2011 performing at festivals across Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, they are a favourite at Glastonbury festival and got recommended must see act in 2015.
“silly and bonkers – absolutely bonkers!” ★★★★ (Adelaide Advertiser)
“An hour of belly laugh’s” ★★★★ (The Irish Times)
“if Michael Flatley and Jim Carey had a sado-masochistic love child they would be it”
★★★★★ (Elle Magazine)
Sixteen strings, eight dancing feet and four voices with one aim – to make classical music wickedly funny and fantastically exhilarating for everyone, young and old.
This is a string quartet with hilarious all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy.
It’s a classical concert, a gypsy-folk romp, an opera, a stand-up comedy set and a brilliant dance show all rolled into one! You will enjoy a broad spectrum of music from Beethoven to Bluegrass, Bach to Brahms, Strauss to Saturday Night Fever, Offenbach to Elvis as well as many well-loved folk tunes – all played with the Graffiti Classics virtuosity.
There really is something for everyone and they never fail to get audiences laughing, clapping and singing along. Kids and adults alike love the uplifting variety of musical styles, all tied together with cheeky audience interaction. Graffiti Classics believe that classical music should be made fun and inclusive for everyone through interaction and comedy and have created a unique and world-class jaw-dropping comedy show.
The group have performed all over the world, including the Royal Festival Hall, the New Orleans Mardis Gras and on national TV.
‘A simply wonderful show! ‘ – The Times
‘They had the audience falling off their seats with laughter.’ – Western Gazette
The Big Brunch Band
The Big Brunch Band was formed for the first Ashton Keynes Music Festival in 2005. Initially playing big band swing, their range has developed over recent years to include latin, jazz, rhythm and blues, soul, reggae and film themes.
The group has now grown to over 20 members performing in proper big band set-up and they regularly perform in public at festivals, fetes, bandstands as well as for private functions.
They are a community band dedicated to promoting music making amongst people of all ages and abilities and practice on Tuesday evenings 7.30pm – 9.00pm in Ashton Keynes. For further information please visit www.bigbrunchband.co.uk. The Big Brunch Band will be performing in the music marquee on the Festival Field.
Chloe is Cricklade’s very own talented singer-songwriter – so we really had to make sure she was performing at this year’s Festival. Having recently graduated from the Swindon Academy of Music and Sound (with Triple Distinction!) she is now furthering her musical education as well as establishing herself as a performer of some note. Chloe has a gorgeous voice and sings beautiful versions of some classic songs as well as performing her own material. Chloe will be performing two sessions in the Music Marquee.
Fretless and Friends
What better way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon than to sit back and listen to some fantastic traditional jazz – and you won’t get better than Fretless & Friends.
They have been entertaining audiences since the early 1990s, performing at venues throughout the UK, including many festivals such as the brilliant Cricklade Festival (on numerous occasions)!
Ray Butt, the leader of the band, is one of the area’s most renowned jazz musicians and has been performing with dance, show and jazz bands for many years.
Fretless & Friends will be providing happy, foot-tapping and infectious sounds in the Music Marquee which can be found on the Festival Field
Each year our very own brass band starts the festival with a medley of tunes that sets the tone for the day. This is one of Cricklade’s oldest and busiest organisations, formed in 1887 with 30+ musicians delivering a highly professional and hugely successful sound.
The band plays for ceremonial events, festivals, religious services, air shows and processions, not to mention their own dance parties throughout the year. We are proud to have them open the festival each year – it wouldn’t be the same without them.
What do lions, starfish, cats, frogs, and ninjas all have in common? They all go to Ninja Tots of course!
Their classes start from the age of two and take children right through to eleven, when most of the other martial arts clubs are only just getting going. They take an imaginative and animated approach to teaching martial arts, making their classes UNIQUE AND FUN.
Come and join Ninja Tots for a fun martial arts workshop for young children.
They will be on the School field twice during the day demonstrating their skills and encouraging children to join in and see for themselves just how much fun this can be!
For more details see their website www.ninjatots.co.uk
A Dragon’s Tale Puppet Show
It wouldn’t be a Cricklade Festival without a puppet show for all the family.
This year prepare yourselves for something completely different – an enchanting tale of dragons, fish and magic.
Foolishly, John Lambton has thrown the strange googly eyed fish back into the river. The Fish grew and grew and grew until… Well why not come and watch the performance of this magical story based on the legend of the Lambton Worm. Afterwards, come and meet the characters and create you very own Dragon Puppet.
The performance and workshop will take place in the marquee on the Festival Field.
Chippenham Morris Men
Chippenham Morris Men are a relatively new group, founded in 1977. They dance Cotswold style morris and number about two dozen men aged from 24 to 82. They gave their first public performance in 1978 and their first international performance in Brest in 1981.
They demonstrate and teach morris dancing to school children and youth groups in the local area, appearing regularly at village fetes and folk festivals. They have danced in several European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Finland, Ireland, Hungary and Belgium).
They have appeared in film and television and on a rock music video for “The Safety Dance” by the band Men Without Hats. Most recently they were filmed for the Agatha Raisin mystery series for Sky TV.
If you are interested in traditional dance or just keeping fit, just ask them!
Music Alive is a wonderful, hard working charity based in Highworth. Its aim is to improve access to music for disabled people, to initiate and develop creative music making with disabled and non-disabled people and to support disabled people to achieve more independent, fulfilled and integrated lives.
We’re so pleased to be able to showcase what they do and hope that you will get a chance to visit them in the Music Marquee and find out for yourselves what they are about.
The Alternative Drum School
In order to mark the 10th Birthday of the Alternative Drum School, they will be giving you the opportunity to come and see what it is they do. The Festival will be a chance for you to watch pupils demonstrate what they’ve learned to accompany their favourite songs and also give you the chance to have a go! They teach children and adults starting from ages 6+, from beginner to advanced – they have something to offer to all. Come check it out- you’ll find them in the function room in The Club throughout the day. See www.thealternativedrumschool.com for more details.