Saturday Festival
2nd July

The Festival’s  the Saturday afternoon and evening in the Park – full of activity and entertainment including the Gala Concert and the Saturday Folk Festival!

A procession of Keynsham owned vintage and classic cars – through the High Street and into the Park for a mini rally

Displays of traditional and folk dancing on Market Walk and in the Park – including Morris, Clog and a guest side from Berlin

Folk and Acoustic performers playing all afternoon and late into the evening  in the Performance Tent which will have a modest all-day entry fee – look out for some big local names and quality music, and later on, dancing.

And a Festival bar and hot food on site

Longwell Records

Just Music | Saturday 2nd July 2016 Starts 10.00 am | Temple Street

Longwell RecordsNow that Keynsham has its own real record shop it had to be involved in The Festival.

Longwell Records celebrates its Temple Street success with Live Music Saturday morning – probably Ramblin Time, and, extended open hours all day on Festival Sunday – 10am – 5pm.

Longwell Records has been awarded Independant Record Shop of the Month for August, by MoJo Magazine

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Art | Saturday 2nd July 2016 Starts 11.45 am | The Park

After two highly successful pop-up shops in the town since November local artists now have a gallery in The Park for the Festival Saturday and Sunday.

Work will be on display and on sale. Your last chance to see and buy local until next autumn. Next to the Performance Stage marquee.

Art at the Festival

ArtSpace sponsored by:

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Street Art

Art | Saturday 2nd July 2016 Starts 12.00 noon | The Park

An exciting new addition this year – two days of street art creation for everybody who wants a go …… Learn how to do it …

Two Bristol street artists will be on site to create a wall of art which you can take part in. They will show you how it’s done and you can then put it into practice on the wall itself.
You can also create something to take away to show your friends. Join in the Instagram competition – there will be a public vote and you may win!

Look for the “wall” somewhere near the skateboard park

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Keynsham’s Classic and Vintage Cars

Not music but very cool! | Saturday 2nd July 2016 Starts 12.05 pm | The Park

A second run out for some of Keynsham’s often hidden four wheeled gems -by popular demand: it was so much fun last year.

austin 10Be in the High Street area at around midday to see them all go by – hopefully under their own power this year – and then view close up in The Park during the afternoon: up in front of the Top Stage marquee.


And watch this space to see if we put up details of the line-up closer to the time.


MustangNot all vintage of course ….

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Pop-up theatre in the Park – Mary Ann

Theatre | Saturday 2nd July 2016 Starts 12.10 pm | The Park

Pop – Up theatre in The Park – and Grounded:  Told through song and speech, Mary Ann is a glimpse into the life of a female circus performer of the early 19th century, her adoring niece Hetty and her disapproving sister who thinks Mary Ann should stop being so scandalous and just settle down.
 maryann KMF 2016Based on true events, Mary-Ann steals a glance into the life behind the circus lights, the sacrifices made and the freedoms gained.
Written by Rachael Moon
Performed by Brave Bold Drama:  Rachael Moon, Paul Lawless and Gill Bicknell
Original music by Gill Bicknell
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Folk Dance at The Festival

Folk Dance | Saturday 2nd July 2016 Starts 12.15 | Market Walk and The Park

Starting soon after lunch, or while you have your lunch in the Market Walk area and proceeding to The Park – very popular last year so we welcome back, for even bigger audiences …….

Somerset Morris:  Are a women’s Cotswold Morris dancing side based in the Bristol and Bath area.

Somerset Morris perform Cotswold Morris dances which come from the villages of Ducklington (Oxon), Kirtlington Somerset morris 2(Oxon) and Ilmington (Worcs). These dances are characterized by the use of sticks or handkerchiefs and require considerable physical dexterity. Women did dance the Morris in the past but there were fewer female sides than today.

We also perform a set of unusual dances which originate from the Friendly Societies. These self-help societies were based in the villages and were at their most active during the 19th century. The information on the dances they performed was discovered in society minute books.

Somerset Morris will perform on Market Walk at 2pm, and then in The Park

BEETLECRUSHERS is a clog and step dance group, established in 1982, to perform at folk festivals in the UK and abroad.  You will also find us with other dance sides outside pubs, on village greens or in village halls all over the bveetlecrusherscountry.

The Crushers  perform clog routines from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, with stepping or step dances from the Isle of Man, Quebec and Cape Breton.

Regular members of the side particularly value the easy and sociable atmosphere that is present when we meet, at practice or at Dance

Beetlecrushers will perform on Market Walk at


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The Grounded Garden Stage – Saturday

| Saturday 2nd July 2016 Starts 1.00 pm |

New this year: A Saturday and Sunday chance to see some different performers: some from the other stages,  close-up and unplugged, and some who just wanted to play and some who we just couldn’t say no to – especially the BIG names!  Music from 2pm – till 9.30ish



All this thanks to Grounded who both supplied this Festival extra and sponsored it!



Booked so far for Saturday:  Scroll down for individual details links etc

Emma Hutchinson and (some) of her band   2pm
They Old Boots  6pm
Cenris  3pm
Ellie Makes Music 4.20pm
Neck of the woods 7pm
Susie Dobson  3.45pm
Steve Mercy  8pm

Mary Ann (pop-up theatre)

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Saturday Folk and Acoustic Performance Stage

Folk | Saturday 2nd July 2016 Starts 1.15pm | The Park: Sat Performance tent

In the Performance marquee – entry £5.00 all day – come and go as you please: extraordinary good value: Tickets (special wristbands – not normal Festival wristbands) at the entrance counter – Or in advance from Town Council office.

1.30 pm – 10.15 pm

Performers booked so far – scroll on down for individual times,  details and links – or just click the names below.

Susie Dobson
Bath Youth Folk Band
Sharon Lazibyrd
Back in The Day
Helen James and Paul Barclay
Declan Millar
Will Lawton
Strange Folk

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Folk | Saturday 2nd July 2016 Starts 1.30 pm | The Park: Sat Performance tent

A real spectacle to kick-off this year’s folk performance tent:   Cenris is a solo folk/rock/goth project where all of the instruments are played and recorded by Cenris. It looks really exciting!

It is a mix of Celtic, Traditional and Contemporary Folk Rock with haunting sounds from whistles, drums and vocals, as well as bouncing tunes spun from the violin and guitar. Inspiration for the music comes from nature as well as exploring human experiences. Live, Cenris utilizes backing tracks to create the full sound, switching between instruments for each song. Cenris as an act is now over a year old and has performed in numerous cities including Bristol, Bath, Trowbridge and many places in between.

Have a listen:

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Emma Hutchinson

soul-jazz | Saturday 2nd July 2016 Starts 2.00 pm | Grounded garden Festival stage

Well known around these parts for running Keynsham’s pop choir, ChoirJam, today’s performance sees Emma and her band performing a summery soul-jazz set featuring her well-crafted original songs – from her most recent album.  Emma’s bittersweet songs always tell a story as she breathes life into characters both real and invented.

A festival treat for Saturday afternoon – and a great way to kick off the new Grounded garden stage – enjoy before you wander into the Park for all the other attractions

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Billy No Mates

Folk Dance | Saturday 2nd July 2016 Starts 2.05 pm | Market Walk and The Park

Unlike the information on the front page of your Festival programme, Billy, the one-man morris dance troupe is performing with the folk dance on the Saturday this year. As the Festival Saturday moves on he certainly moves with it.

And he wont be entirely solo either, this year, as he introduces us to the Knights of King Ina …….

We dont actually know what this means, but you’ve got to hand it to this bloke …..

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Susie Dobson

Folk | Saturday 2nd July 2016 Starts 2.15 pm | The Park: Sat Performance tent

Susie Dobson is a young contemporary folk musician living in Bristol. She draws her inspiration from popular folk artists such as Passenger and The Staves, and has been making an impact locally with her videos and performances, including a recent appearance at Bristol Folk Festival. Her vocals have also been gaining wider attention, and later this summer she’ll be taking her music to the Midlands with a slot at Folk on the Water.

Susie will be performing with Joe Futak on guitar and backing vocals:

See and hear here:

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Broadlands Academy

All sorts | Saturday 2nd July 2016 Starts 2.30 pm | The Park: Top Stage Marquee

A late addition to this year’s roster … we welcome a troupe of musicians from Broadlands Academy who have been putting together a collection of their favourite songs, from Elvis Presley to Crosby Stills and Nash …..

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Bath Youth Folk Band

Folk | Saturday 2nd July 2016 Starts 3.00 pm | The Park: Sat Performance tent

The audience who watched the Bath Folk Youth Band at last year’s festival were stunned with the talent and musicianship on show.  We hope there will be more this year, to enjoy a performance well on a par with everything else on stage today.

The Band is a  project that aims to establish a top-class youth folk ensemble in Bath, drawing on the enthusiasm and talents of students from Bath folk club’s annual Traditional Music Summer School.



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Sharon Lazibyrd

Folk | Saturday 2nd July 2016 Starts 4.00 pm | The Park: Sat Performance tent

Somerset based Sharon Lazibyrd is a talented, original and award winning singer- songwriter who writes striking and melodic songs. Her songs are influenced by musicals, music hall and everything from Julian Cope to English folk. She is a multi-instrumentalist who has performed across the UK and in Ireland and as half of the duo Lazibyrd winning the South West Music Awards Best Folk Act of 2013. Her songs have been shortlisted in competitions, she has recorded a session for Bob Harris, been championed by Tom Robinson, and she was invited to take part in a BBC Introducing folk residential in 2014. She has shared a stage with a talented range of artists including Hattie Briggs, Dave Swarbrick and Ange Hardy. She has played a variety of venues and festivals including Glastonbury and Tolpuddle in 2014. In 2015 she performed at 15 festivals and venues as a solo artist and with her Occasional Band including South Petherton folk festival, Home Farm festival, Priston Festival, The Harrison in London and We Shall Overcome.  

She will be performing on the festival circuit again in 2016 including Kingsbury May Festival, Home Farm Festival and Keynsham Folk Festival.  She performed as part of the 6 Music Festival in Bristol in February 2016. She is an experienced live performer and has played many live solo radio sessions. She is currently recording her eagerly anticipated debut solo album of original contemporary folk songs. Her show is original, quirky and includes great melodies, humour and songs of social justice and social commentary.

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Ellie Makes Music

Acoustic | Saturday 2nd July 2016 Starts 4.20 pm | Grounded garden Festival stage

Ellie’s music has a sincere, organic sound that combines folk, alternative and pop. Since the release of her debut EP ‘City Lights’, she has performed at the House of Commons for Mark Radcliffe and Cerys Matthews, playing at festivals including Swn Festival, How The Light Gets In Festival and Wakestock Festival, and signed to Charlotte Church’s publishing company Bounce Publishing. She has also had music featured in two films – ‘High Tide’ and ‘Black Mountain Poets’ – and in the Christmas campaign for the high street shop Peacock’s.


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Back In The Day

Folk | Saturday 2nd July 2016 Starts 4.45 pm | The Park: Sat Performance tent

Four old guys, with certain links to Keynsham,  who play to entertain in a traditional folky way …… ukulele, banjo, accordion etc

Whether it’s a bit of Culture Club, or The Killers, even Barry White, they hope everybody joins in and sings their hearts out!

Great sing along fun

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Helen James and Paul Barclay

Folk | Saturday 2nd July 2016 Starts 5.25 pm | The Park: Sat Performance tent

Keynsham’s Helen James is back with her performing partner Paul Barclay – beautiful
guitar playing and exquisite singing – with tracks from their recently released CD of folk
songs, “In the Moment”
Helen is a consummate guitarist having worked for many years with John Hooper and Ali
Nourse in the jazz/folk trio Three Piece Suite and also with Brejeiro, Brazilian Jazz Choro
band. Paul is a versatile and talented singer most recently performing with Maddy Prior’s
Carnival Band and the highly acclaimed “16 singers” baby opera at The Egg Theatre in
Helen of course is a very busy local guitar tutor and has been a key figure in many
Keynsham music projects over the years.

All CD sales donated to RUH Cancer Care Unit and more info is on

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Declan Millar

Folk | Saturday 2nd July 2016 Starts 6.05 pm | The Park: Sat Performance tent

We first met Somerset’s folk songwriter Declan playing as a teenager at the Jelli Acoustic Festival in the Colston Hall some years ago. He performed at Keynsham three years ago in an ill-fated folk session. Since he has gone from strength to strength winning the Bath Folk Festival’s New Shoots award last summer.

We are delighted to have him back!

You may remember his great song about the Judge Jeffries’ west-country genocide, often played on KTCR :  we hope he’ll play it this evening in memory of the 6 Keynsham men who fell victim.  Anyway, come and see him now, 5 years down the line.

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Will Lawton

Acoustic | Saturday 2nd July 2016 Starts 7.00pm | The Park: Sat Performance tent

Will Lawton is a singer-songwriter, pianist and hang player from Wiltshire: a “hang” being a bit like a dustbin lid that makes a beautiful sound.

His music has been described as “beautifully chilled” and he writes and performs personal songs on the piano with an honest rawness and charm.  His last album was recorded with ‘The Home Fires’ and he is currently recording his first album as a solo artist, featuring musicians who will be performing in The Park today in other guises – so might join him on stage we wonder ….

For further information and online links please visit his website at


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The Festival Gala Concert – The Bristol Fantasy Orchestra

Orchestral | Saturday 2nd July 2016 Starts 7.00 pm | The Park: Top Stage Marquee

And now for something completely different: with Keynsham Orchestra taking a well-deserved year off we decided that contrast would be a better bet than comparison ……

The Fantasy Orchestra is a community project led by Jesse D Vernon, based in Bristol and also in Paris. The Orchestra (motto: ‘more is more’) brings together 40+ musicians, professional and amateur, to create a kaleidoscopic symphonic brigade.

The Orchestra comes with all the usual bits plus more, and its own choir – Expect an extraordinary selection of pieces some extraordinary costumes and lots and lots of fun.

Back in January they were scheduled to play a David Bowie tribute evening in Paris, just two days after he died as it happened. Needless-to-say that was a very special evening – just as we expect this to be         

Free event – donations – Tickets to ensure a seat within the covered stage area




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World Music | Saturday 2nd July 2016 Starts 8.00 pm | The Park: Sat Performance tent

Nasrudin, named after the the Wise fool and great trickster from the Stories of Turkey, the Balkan’s, the middle East, India, and  beyond, draw their music from the lands that these stories come from. It was said that a spell was cast on Nasrudin as a young boy that people who hear his stories would be compelled to listen and take inspiration from them. This spirit lives on in the band and every tune is a story of a far away land.

Comprised of talented musicians from the vibrant Bath and Bristol music scene & drawing upon their vast wealth of musical experience combined with these deep traditions to create a unique musical experience that is a compelling magic carpet ride across the world.

The Band are:  Bethany Porter (cello & recorder) Tim Petherick (Guitar) Pete Gibbs (double bass) & Marick Baxter (flute).

These are very special!


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Rock at The Trout

Rock | Saturday 2nd July 2016 Starts 8.45 pm | The Trout

The Saturday dose with Vipers Are Back

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Strange Folk

Folk Rock | Saturday 2nd July 2016 Starts 9.15 pm | The Park: Sat Performance tent

Something lively to finish the evening: Strange Folk evolved in Hertfordshire during 2002, and are currently based in Herts & Somerset. But there’s nothing strange about this band of three guys and one girl, or their music – a vibrant fusion of retro rock, folk, and neo-gothic elements.

A bit of a hippy haven then, perhaps, in The Park?

The band’s roots are in folk, and distinct rock aspirations are tempered by a recognisable folk vein running through their songs to varying degrees. Dark impressive vocals ride the crest of a truly great sound that transports the listener to another time – a time when long hair, beads and flares roamed the lands; while elements of gothic/ acid/ grunge/indie rock and folk generate a cauldron of flavours to excite.

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