Enjoy live music from throughout the ages at our Outdoor Stage and by the bar. From traditional folk to the sounds of the 70s, our acts will take you on a journey through musical history.
Our Saturday night party returns for 2024, so get your glad rags on and shake your tail feather at the D-Day Dance. Dressing up highly encouraged!
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Confirmed for 2024
On Friday night, we will be taking you back to the 70s with Abba’s Angels, one of the UK’s premier Abba Tribute groups. Abba’s Angels have appeared on national TV on multiple occasions including the BBC One Show, Sky 1 and Sky News, as well as supporting the original Bay City Rollers, Rose Royce, and The Troggs. Why not take a chance, get your dancing shoes on and say thank you to the music!
Back on Tuesday night are the ever popular Ribble – two Northern men, a fiddle, a guitar, and a large beard. Add in a 90s drum synth, some mighty arrangements of meaty fiddle tunes, some songs, some wrong turns, battle scars earned busking the streets of Salisbury, a barrowload of inane banter and the feeling that your mad rum-soaked uncle is roaring at you to dance on the tables, then you’re getting close to what Ribble offer.
THE SWING NINJAS
Get ready for the raucous sounds of the swing age at our D-Day Dance on Saturday night, where we will be joined by The Swing Ninjas. Blending vocal harmonies and a mix of New Orleans’ swing and vintage UK jazz (with a modern musical flair), The Swing Ninjas bring an authentic, up-to-date approach to the sound of a 1930s band. 100 year-old music is given a breath of fresh air by the highly skilled energetic performance, group vocal harmonies, immaculate dress and tongue-in-cheek charm of the band. This is not stagnant swing and jazz as you know it – the sweat and passion is real.
THE WESSEX FOLK ORCHESTRA
The Wessex Folk Orchestra, formed by William Shering, is a group of around 15 musicians playing violins, mandolins, guitars, ukuleles, cellos, viols, recorders, flute and chalumeau, who specialise in England’s rich folk heritage. They will be performing tunes from the John Playford collection of dance tunes, first published in 1651, and the Thomas Hardy family tunebook. The music is full of life and energy, and is sure to get your toes tapping.
Lili Redman is a diva of old school vintage glamour, celebrated cabaret singer and award-winning MC. After training as an opera singer, she tumbled into the glittering world of cabaret. With a love of vintage songs – and the comedy songs of the 30s and 40s in particular – her repertoire spans the first half of the 20th century. Lili has held London residences at The Rosewood Hotel, The Café Royal Hotel, The Café de Paris and Proud Cabaret to name but a few. She has also appeared at many festivals at home and further afield including Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Wilderness Festival, Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival, The Stockholm Burlesque Festival (SWE) and The World Buskers Festival.
THE POLKA DOTS
The Polka Dots will be bringing the swinging sounds of the 30s, 40s and 50s to our D-Day Dance on Saturday night. With beautifully blended voices, high-energy dance routines and stunning designer costumes, they are sure to get everyone on their feet.
TRIP FOR BISCUITS
Are you ready to be transported back to the 1920s, an era of speakeasies, prohibition, and feather boas? Festival favourites Trip For Biscuits are guaranteed to have you shaking your tassels with their ragtime take on some of today’s chart hits. At the core of the band is a deep knowledge of the music of the 1920s, garnered from many years on the Bristol traditional jazz scene, and a love of contemporary chart music – plus the imagination to put the two together.
The Branflakes will be returning to Chalke with their irreverent take on trad and Dixie tunes, bringing high energy bounce and cheesy swing to your Friday and Saturday. With big, bold brass and the sound of the banjo, they will be sure to put a smile on your face.