The 2016 Festival Week
Mon 27th June - Fri 1st July

The 2016 Festival week will be fuller and more fun than ever before – every night of the week guaranteed!

Classical, Opera, Jazz, folk, rock, film …. we Have it all …


A whole range of acoustic music events will be hosted by The Ship, Grounded, The Old Bank, The Space, St John’s Church and The Old Manor House Hotel.

And most of this is free!  We will ask for donations and our organisers need them.
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Previously some poor souls managed to get to every event. We’ve tried to make that impossible! But if you do – and can prove it beyond doubt … we’ll find a star prize for you!

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Chris Docherty

Classical | Monday 27th June 2016 Starts 7.30 pm | The Space

A welcome return to the Festival for Saltford’s flautist Chris Docherty, with a summer programme including pieces from Bach, Grieg, Paggi, Rimsky-Korsokov and Mozart

Chris is a busy freelance flute player and teacher, with upcoming events including: performing with the Amadeus Orchestra; and performing solo and chamber music recitals across the South West & West Midlands.
Whilst studying at the Birmingham Conservatoire, Chris studied flute and piccolo under renowned players including: Marie-Christine Zupancic; Jonathan Rimmer; Judith Hall; Diane Clark; and Andrew Lane. He performed regularly as part of the main conservatoire ensembles including the: Symphony Orchestra; Opera Orchestra; and Jazz Orchestra; as well as playing as principal flute of the CBSO Youth Orchestra, South Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra and South Gloucestershire Youth Wind Orchestra.

Chris will be accompanied on this occasion by John Talbot, organist and Director of Music at Holy Trinity Church, Abbots Leigh and St. Mary the Virgin Church, Leigh Woods.  John Lambert studied at the Royal College of Music and Oxford University and has had a varied career In music education.  He is now a freelance teacher and accompanist and is also involved in the local jazz scene.

Tickets: £7.00 and £6.00: click here
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Acoustic at The Ship

| Monday 27th June 2016 Starts 8.30 pm |

A week of music at The Ship kicks off with complete newcomers to Keynsham:

Neck of the Woods are a Bristol duo who have been playing around Bristol for a number of years and amongst their weaponry are the vocal acrobatics of Ben Fernihough; the bristled singer capable of the soulful serenade one minute and summoning the demons from the bowels of hell the next.  Also Jason Selby a versatile guitarist works in seamless tandem with the enigmatic frontman adding sweet harmonies where necessary…  Neck of the Woods will also be appearing on the Grounded Garden Stage next Saturday

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And MoJo Junction – with a set of some very originally chosen and unexpected covers       Mojo Junction will also be at Grounded Garden Stage   6.00pm next Sunday

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The Great Keynsham Music Festival Pub Quiz

Not music but very cool! | Monday 27th June 2016 Starts 9.30 pm | The Old Bank

What ever you did earlier this evening – come and enjoy this. Great Fun Great Prizes …… and of course you can’t have a quiz about music without music!

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The Cantabile Consort

Classical | Tuesday 28th June 2016 Starts 7.30 pm | St John's Church

Another welcome return to The Festival, but this time The Cantabile Consort is larger and requires a bigger venue – St. John’s being ideal.

The Consort will be made up of music students and professional musicians from Cardiff and Cardiff University. Making an ensemble of musicians and choir for a very special performance.

The central part of this concert will be Pergolesi’s ‘Stabat Mater’. Written for two female voices and strings this piece has one of the most famous openings in classical music. The other pieces making up this performance will most likely be from the same period – Bach, Handel, Monteverdi etc.

Tickets:  £8.50 and £6.50 (incl booking fee) – available from:

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Tuesday At The Ship

Rock | Tuesday 28th June 2016 Starts 8.45 pm | The Ship

It’s gotta be … Steve Mercy holding the fort once again


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Ros Cuthbert Band

Jazz | Wednesday 29th June 2016 Starts 7.30 | The Old Manor House

Artist and singer Ros Cuthbert  has been performing with her band since 2000. She works mainly in Bristol and the South West, and also in London. She is also a lyricist and songwriter.

Early in 2015 Ros formed a new jazz trio/quartet and is collaborating on writing a suite of new songs with jazz pianist and film composer Daan Temmink and ace double bassist Ashley John Long.

Three or four times a year for the past eight years Ros has organised highly popular jazz nights in her home town, Winscombe North Somerset. She has sung alongside some outstanding musicians at her club, including saxophonists Pee Wee Ellis, Andy Sheppard and Iain Ballamy, accordionist Karen Street and pianist David Newton.

We welcome Ros and her band to the ballroom of The Old Manor for one of those unparalleled musical treats (in Keynsham!). Regulars at Festival events at The Old Manor on beautiful summer evenings will know exactly what we mean!

For quality cabaret jazz and performance this will be a highlight of the week.

Tickets: £9 and £8 to include first drink: web button

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A Night of Acoustic Treatment

Acoustic | Wednesday 29th June 2016 Starts 8:45pm | The Ship

Once again we take over The Ship for a night of amazing acoustic music performed by brilliant local artists.

Confirmed for this year is Bath’s Tea & Biscuits, They Old Boots and Keynsham’s Joe Carreyett.

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Opera in The Hawthorns

Opera | Thursday 30th June 2016 Starts 2.00 pm |

A special performance for the residents of the Hawthorns sheltered housing complex – performed by Simply Opera who will in The Park later on this evening: see below

This event Sponsored by Curo and Sirona
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Opera in The Park

Opera | Thursday 30th June 2016 Starts 7.00 pm | Park Café

For this ever popular event we welcome back Simply Opera who have their own local connections of course.

We hope, at the time of writing that this year’s opera will take place at the normal spot, but this year locals will know there are complications about this. So watch this space – as they say.

Some cover will be provided but audience will need to bring picnic chairs and the such like ….
We will amend these details as soon as things are confirmed

Free – donations

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An evening of eastern Mediterranean music and food

World Music | Thursday 30th June 2016 Starts 7.15 pm | Pomegranate

A repeat of last year’s rapidly sold out Pomegranate Festival event, but this time in the right building, in Market Walk with increased capacity.

A superb open buffet of eastern Mediterranean food, and the equally accomplished music of Nasrudin … based of themes and tunes of same region. Nasrudin is the word for a travelling eastern mystic story teller – but tonight jazz  and folk influenced, both traditional and original, with some of Bath’s most talented musicians.


This event will also feature speakers from the HSK (Kurdish Red Crescent), dealing with children in the Syrian crisis, to whom all proceeds will be donated.


Doors open 7pm – till late:   Tickets £15    web button

Nasrudin will also be appearing on Saturday on the folk/acoustic stage in The Park – see Saturday

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Jelli Records at The Ship

Acoustic | Thursday 30th June 2016 Starts 8.30 pm | The Ship

Jelli Records performers, some who will on the big stages stages next Saturday or Sunday, perform in more intimate surroundings, but knowing The Ship no less rowdy or appreciated …..  We’ll tell you just who later.

And its going to be the amazing Ria Timkin, from Moscow, and the equally amazing, but unplugged, Funkinsteins

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Rock at The Old Bank

Rock | Thursday 30th June 2016 Starts 8.45 pm | The Old Bank

At the Old Bank tonight

We are The Accused
The Accused have been playing together for over 3 years and have built a solid reputation as a hard gigging punk and new wave covers band.    Building a set from those hits for the late 70’s and early 80’s The Accused create a live and buzzing sound that brings the songs you love to life.  A must see for all lovers of punk and new wave and will keep a good pub crowd entertained all evening with songs from the era!

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What Lies Beneath: Live Simply – Keynsham Action Network – key note speeches

Live Simply Event | Friday 1st July 2016 Starts 7.00 pm | The Park: Top Stage Marquee

An evening hosted Live Simply and compered by Dr. Phil Hammond of Radio Bristol ……

Root Causes – Bold Solutions:           KAN

Once again Keynsham’s Live Simply group bring startling and profound thought to Keynsham Music Festival – on the them of living in  and making a healthy community. This year brings two internationally known experts

Dr Eve Poeve pooleole teaches leadership and ethics, and writes about theology and capitalism. Her first career was working for the Church of England, her second, Deloitte Consulting, and her third, Ashridge Business School. Much of her energy has been focused on bringing these worlds together, so that leaders feel confident to lead well, within systems that serve the common good.

She says:  I reckon my key message will be: Capitalism as we know it was built around 7 core design assumptions. Over time, the world has changed, but economists stick doggedly to rules that are now well past their sell-by date. Their intransigence means that public policy is stuck with a system that is slowly poisoning itself. Every time we try to tell the emperor he has no clothes, we’re told we’re not qualified to judge. So here is an opportunity to tool yourself up on what these 7 assumptions are, why they don’t work any more, and how we might start fighting back, through everyday things like ethical shopping, and scrutinising our bank statements.

Kate Rawles

Dr Kate Rawles studied philosophy at Aberdeen University, and environmental philosophy at Glasgow and Colorado State Universities. She was an indoor philosophy lecturer at Lancaster University for nearly a decade before leaving to work freelance in 2000. From 2004-2014 she worked half-time as a lecturer in Outdoor Studies at the University of Cumbria – teaching ‘big picture’ environmental issues, sustainability, environmental education and a bit of sea kayaking

I am passionate about the need for urgent, effective and suitably radical responses to our multiple environmental challenges, including a thorough overhaul of our values and worldviews.

Tickets: £6.50: from   web button

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Keynsham Choir Festival 2016

Choir | Friday 1st July 2016 Starts 7.30 pm | St John's Church

Becoming a biennial event?

ChoirJam, pictured above – Keynsham’s well established pop choir, and its leader Emma Hutchinson needs no introduction …..

Keynsham Light Opera Group (KLOGs) have been regular Festival performers since the very beginning in 1997 …..

This will also be the first concert of the Keynsham Good Afternoon Choir, led by Bath’s Mr Music Grenville Jones. The choir started singing a few weeks ago and meet on Wednesday afternoons from 2-4pm at the Methodist Church. There are no auditions and everyone is welcome, there is no charge for attending the first rehearsal and membership details are then available.

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Tickets: online:  £6 and £5:    web button

Two years ago this event sold out rapidly: proceeds will be divided between The Festival, the participating choirs and their causes. All of these choirs do a tremendous amount in making contributions to the charity work they support.



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Rock at The Trout

Rock | Friday 1st July 2016 Starts 8.45 pm | The Trout

Rock covers with Angel Upfront

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Rock at The Winebar

Rock | Friday 1st July 2016 Starts 9.00 pm | The Wine Bar

The Wine Bar always makes a thing of Festival week: and usually with some up-front entertainment on the Friday night:



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Cinema Under the Stars

Film | Friday 1st July 2016 Starts 10.20 pm | The Park

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when shadows run to dark

it will happen

Free event – donations plate

Dress Up or Down

Keep Warm!

Under cover if spirits dictate

Please recall – no glass in The Park

Kindly Sponsored for KMF byBath Film Festival  

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