Trowbridge Festival will be returning… with a full event in 2023.
The decision not to run the Festival in 2022 has been an extremely hard one to make. But off the back of Covid-19, it has been very difficult to arrange key infrastructure needed. With everyone’s safety as paramount – we feel it is the correct thing to do.
We are however planning a weekend of music in Trowbridge, on the same dates the Festival was due, July 23-24. This will be a small get together of music supporters, fans, crew and organisers of the Festival.
We look forward to seeing you at some of the fund-raising events we will be holding throughout the year.
More information will be announced on the weekend event mid-May.
Keep looking at our Website, Facebook & Twitter for more updates.
The Trowbridge Festival Team
Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2022 from Trowbridge Festival
We hope that each and every one of you has a safe and joyful time during the festive season.
We are working hard to create an exciting festival for July 2022
Preparations for the next Trowbridge Festival are underway and we expect to have some more news for you as we move into the New Year.
We’re looking forward to a warm summer of live music and fun.
The whole team is excited to share plans with you so if you wish to hear more, please click the button at the bottom to sign up for our newsletter (if you haven’t already done so).
- The Trowbridge Festival Team
Hello Trowbridge Festival friends and followers.
We have news and a date for your diaries!!
We are so excited that the gradual easing of restrictions has allowed the organisers of Trowbridge Festival to start planning for the future.
To kick off our return to hosting great music, we have been able to re-schedule the long awaited and previously postponed concert with the Gigspanner Big Band. It is now booked to take place in Holy Trinity Church, Trowbridge on Thursday 26th August. This will form part of the Gigspanner Big Band’s 2021 summer tour.
Those who still have valid tickets for the postponed concert in April last year will be able to use those tickets for the re-arranged show in August. If you haven’t got your tickets yet a small number will be soon be available via Trowbridge Town Hall.
More details to follow. Keep your eyes on our Facebook page and our website.
We would like to inform you that due to the uncertainty about restrictions our summer Festival will not be running this year. However, we are pleased to announce, planning has already started with hope for a return in July 2022.
It is with regret that, due to the current circumstances, we have to postpone the Gigspanner Big Band concert due to take place on April 17th 2020 at the Holy Trinity Church in Trowbridge.
Tickets that have already been sold, will be valid for a future date, which we will organise as soon as possible.
Obviously with the current situation with COVID-19, we are unable to yet reschedule, but the band, as are we are, are keen to still go ahead with the event.
All ticket holders’ tickets will be valid for the rescheduled concert date.
If people are unable to attend the new date, or want to cancel their tickets, then we will refund the face value of your ticket (i.e. excluding booking fee).
We will all be able to enjoy this fund raising concert at a later date, but at this moment in time, our main concern is with everyone’s health.
We thank you for your understanding and hope you all stay safe.
Loyal festival supporters, we cannot express how grateful we are for your continued patience.
We have been exploring all avenues in an attempt to bring you an event this summer. However, creating an event worthy of the title ‘Trowbridge Festival’ has proved to be challenging in this current climate. If we were to proceed for this summer, we don’t feel it would be at the standard you would expect to see from such a much loved event.
Therefore, we have decided to take all of the work and resources since the last festival and defer the event until 2021. With more time on our side and in collaboration with the Trowbridge Festival backed events in the coming months. We will be bringing a festival in 2021 of which, both you and ourselves can be proud.
We know that some of you may have postponed other plans in anticipation of an event this summer and for this we apologise.
In the meantime don’t forget that the first of our aforementioned events is the Gigspanner Big Band happening at the Holy Trinity Church on Friday 17th April. You can get tickets and more information on our website https://www.trowbridgefestival.co.uk/
Gigspanner Big Band tickets are also available in person by visiting Trowbridge Town Hall box office.
We’re very pleased to announce that Gigspanner Big Band is coming to the spectacular Holy Trinity Church Trowbridge on Friday the 17th April 2020.
To quote R2 magazine’s 5 star review: “They don’t play together very often, but when they do it’s spectacular”
Gigspanner Big Band are a unique force in British folk music. So we are super excited that they have arranged to come and play for us.
Their high-energy, mesmerising performances appeal equally to traditionalists and to those looking for something more experimental. They regularly acquire praise from publications as varied as fRoots, The Telegraph and The Wire. Where they were described as ‘melodically folk-rooted yet open and innovative beyond the constraints of genre’
Beginning life as a trio. Fiddle player Peter Knight joined with percussionist Sacha Trochet and guitarist Roger Flack. The line-up has been expanded to form the Gigspanner Big Band. The three additions are acclaimed multi-instrumental duo Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin – BBC Folk Awards ‘Best Duo’) and Bellowhead co-founder and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers. Joining to form the almighty Gigspanner Big Band.
They take self-penned material along with songs and tunes rooted in the British Isles…
…then with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat. Produce richly atmospheric arrangements “with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator” Spiral Earth.
As far as collaborations go. The Gigspanner Big Band is one of the most amazing coming togethers you can ever see.
“One of the best live bands you are likely to see this year. Or any year for that matter” – Folk Radio UK
“True creativity speaks to the heart and entertains the mind with fresh ideas and images. What brilliant entertainment this is. Knight has a knack for identifying the essence of a tune or song. Pulling it apart and presenting it back to you in a way that surprises and refreshes. Hannah Martin and Phillip Henry simply make sublime music that has an otherworld of undercurrents and motifs woven through it. Put them all together and some alchemical magic occurs” – 5***** Spiral Earth
“Totally blown away by the spellbinding Gigspanner Big Band set at Cropredy. Lost for words… – “ Folking. com
“What a fabulous team they make. Together producing a startlingly new musical form form with few, if any, antecedents. Even within the hallowed world of prog and folk-rock. The flights of musical fancy are staggering in their natural invention” – Fatea Magazine
Tickets are available from Trowbridge Festival website.
It’ll be an amazing night and a great way to start off the coming year’s musical extravaganza!
It’s been a glorious weekend, yet sadly here at festival HQ we’ve been indoors revelling in the glow of our laptops! Not to worry however, it just means we’ve been working hard confirming new acts for the line-up so prepare for three new scorchers coming your way!
The unique LightGarden instrumental complement provides an unusually varied and mesmerising sound, balancing David’s singing, overtone chanting, fiddle, bouzouki and mandolin with Masha’s harmonium, singing and overtones, Dave’s clarinets, sax, whistles and pipes, and Rob’s acoustic guitars.
Superb performance quality, stage presence, and highly engaging original material resonating through the cracks between genres.
“An enticing kaleidoscope of delights. LightGarden be pure magic” – fRoots 2019
“…the versatility of LightGarden’s unique sound is nothing short of astounding. And we haven’t even mentioned the heavenly harmonies yet!” – Musicport Festival 2017
“Pan-European folk and acoustic…inner space and outer. Fiercely original but very friendly.” – The Bell, Bath 2017
“A mega-freaky trip.” – Johnny Black, HiFi News 2018
“My festival discovery of the year” – Audience
We’re getting closer! With just under three months to go, we’re getting really excited for this year’s festival. Tickets are still available but they’re selling out fast. Don’t miss out!
The weather may still be a little bleak but fear not, we’ve got an April shower of bands to drench you with until the good weather arrives.
Kicking back and dreaming of the heady summer days of last year, it gets us in the zone and makes working hard to cherry pick the finest of fine bands for this years festival a breeze. Ok, maybe that’s enough of the weather analogies.
Either way, whatever the climate. We don’t rest on our laurels, we’ve picked the finest of the finest bands for this years festival. Last week we brought you Emily Barker, Coco and the Butterfields and the Rob Lear Band. This week we’ve got some more great acts to present:
The Leylines are a West-country collective established in 2013. With a genre-defying, eclectic sound that ranges from traditional folk to full blown festival rock. The Leylines are: Steve Mitchell (Vocals/Guitar), Hannah Johns (Violin), Dan Thompson (Electric Guitar), Sean Booth (Bass) and Dave Burbidge (Drums).
The band was founded by a group of musicians in Weston-super-Mare (via Bristol). Wishing to combine their individual musical styles into something that isn’t quite folk, sort of punk, 100% heart-pounding revelry.
The Leylines released their debut album, ‘Along The Old Straight Track’ in June 2016. Produced by Sean Lakeman, recorded at The Metway studios in Brighton and mixed by Al Scott. With this team on board, inevitably the record has drawn strong comparison to the likes of The Levellers, Mad Dog Mcrea and Ferocious Dog, whilst remaining an album by a band which have forged their own sound and identity.
…is the second studio album from The Leylines. The band released their debut album, Along The Old Straight Track, in 2016, and started work on ‘Recover Reveal’ almost immediately after this was released. The new record is the result of nearly three years of honing and crafting. With a number of tracks crowd-tested at numerous venues and festivals across the UK. The band have a reputation for wild, energetic performances and wanted to encapsulate as much of that as possible within the new album. The result is a collection of sincere, straight-from-the-heart performances, constructed with care, and played with passion.
In the following years. The Leylines went on their first of many national tours, and were booked for Glastonbury Festival. There they performed six sets in as many days. They also played stages at Beautiful Days, Goldcoast and many other music festivals across the UK.
With a fiercely loyal and ever-growing fan base. The Leylines guarantee to have their audiences up on their feet – and they will be having as much fun as their audience while they’re doing it!
Hailed by critics and fans alike as a one of the finest songwriters of his generation. Dean Friedman has achieved legendary, pop-icon status for chart-topping hits, Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia, McDonald’s Girl and more.
Following last year’s sold-out, 40th Anniversary Tour. Friedman returns to the stage armed with a stunning collection of his insightful and compelling, true-to-life ‘story songs’. Songs of pathos and humor that deal with family, friends, neighbors, work and the seemingly trivial, yet ultimately essential stuff of everyday life.
“Soundtrack of our lives!” – NYTimes; “Songsmith extraordinaire!” – MusicWeek; “Dean Friedman is entirely unique and utterly brilliant” – ThreeWeeks; “Stunning Musicianship!” – Hot Press
In addition to his familiar radio hits, album releases and touring. Friedman composes and produces music soundtracks for TV and film, including the music to the hit Central TV series BOON, NBC’s Eerie Indiana, Nickelodeon’s Nick Arcade and the indie horror classic, ‘I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle’. He’s also published a respected tome on the art and craft of songwriting titled, ‘The Songwriter’s Handbook’. Based on songwriting workshops and songwriting masterclasses he’s conducted at universities and music conservatories around the world, including L.I.P.A. (the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts).
A consummate entertainer, Friedman will be performing solo, on guitar and keyboard, featuring songs from throughout his four-decade career, including familiar, radio hits and fan favorites, drawn from his eight studio albums. Invite family and friends and join Friedman for an evening of powerful, poignant and hilarious songs about the ordinary and extraordinary lives we share.
Xylaroo are a duo born out of the late 2000’s and formed by sisters Holly, 28 and Coco Chant, 26. They released their debut album “Sweetooth” in 2016 after signing to the independent label Sunday Best, with their music garnering airtime and attention from the likes of Steve Lamacq, John Kennedy, Edith Bowman and Zoe Ball. They have been fortunate enough to have toured across Europe and the UK with such legends as Mika, Pup, Matt Berry and the Maypoles and Will Varley, with 2018 culminating in a 26-date tour supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls across Europe.
Holly and Coco grew up in Maidstone, England via Papua New Guinea, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and the Philippines. Along their travels picked up and honed a uniquely “beachy” West Coast Pop-Folk sound. Their lyrics drive their songs, while bittersweet harmonies fill out often sombre, sometimes serious yet always hopeful melodies. At times of performance the band might swell into a full and vibrant 5-piece ensemble (Dan Johnson on bass, Keir Adamson on Drums). Or a three-piece accompanied by the swirling guitar sounds of Electric guitarist Joe Singleton. However, they are most notably and usually found, around their current home city of London as an acoustic duo; raw and honest.
Xylaroo are currently working on their second album due for release in 2019.
There’s still more…
In the meantime, book your tickets for this years festival today, they’re selling out fast so there’s no time to lose.
It may still be brisk outside but summer is coming, we can feel it! As the weather gets warmer, we work harder to start bringing the festival together. We’re delighted today to announce three new acts for this years festival.
Coco and the Butterfields
If anyone ever doubted the ability of music to re-route people’s lives. A page from the formative days of CoCo and the Butterfields will soon turn that around.
It’s 2012 in the historic city of Canterbury. Where Songwriter Tom Twyman has a plane ticket in his hand. For the journey to a new life he’s mapped out for himself in Australia. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Dulcima Showan, meanwhile, has just left sixth form and is all set for art school in Dublin. Neither of them ever makes it though. As by now they’re in the early stages of a band that has very different plans for them.
The decision to stay was difficult at the time and yet so simple in hindsight, it saw the pair lead CoCo and the Butterfields on a steady and unmistakable upward incline. Developing an enviable reputation for their exhilarating live shows as their inclusive, acoustic-based sound has ripened to maturity. During the ride, they’ve played to enthusiastic audiences all over the UK and Europe. Selling out thousand capacity venues, touring the island’s o2 Academy’s and appearing at some of the world’s most prestigious music festivals such as Glastonbury, Isle of Wight and Bestival! On top of this, the band have played numerous support shows for the likes of Bastille, King Charles, Scouting for Girls and Wheatus to name a few.
In recent years…
…CoCo have literally lived in their recording studio. Taking the time to create a collection of songs that offer an honest and intriguing insight into their lives both together and personally. Starting with an exclusive premiere on Clash Music for their brand new single Monsters, within that description lies a tangible sense of triumph over adversity, and how a negative can be deftly orchestrated into a positive, in the story of Twyman’s tumultuous upbringing.
Constantly touring, constantly writing and never quitting, CoCo and the Butterfields will be making music for a long, long time.
Rob Lear Band
From his base in the Welsh valleys. Rob’s first solo recording, ‘A Million Stars’ was a six track E.P. The success of which resulted in the title track becoming a BBC Single of the Week. Rob’s second single ‘Little Acorns’, produced by the Manic Street Preachers’ celebrated producer Greg Haver also gained Single of the Week status.
Rob’s full debut album titled ‘Let it go’, mixed and co-produced by Richard Thomson’s Grammy-nominated producer Simon Tassano. Saw release in 2013. The success of that debut album led to major festival appearances and touring in both the UK and Europe.
Recent times have seen the release of follow-up album, ‘Motorcycle Heart’, once again co-produced in Texas by Tassano. With a full band line-up of an eclectic gathering of instrumentalists including Van Morrison bassist Pete Hurley and African rhythm tutor Liz Mullins, the album blends all the skills and influences of Rob’s band to deliver 12 tracks that bridge Americana, Folk, Country and even a dash of radio-friendly pop.
As a dedicated song-smith Rob has also been sought after to write for X-Factor finalists and signed artists with genres from EDM through to EMO and also including film score credits.
‘Rockin’ Rob’ – Frank Hennsay BBC Radio Wales
‘Elegance with acoustic aplomb’ – Country Music People Magazine
‘funky and full of cleaver melodic hooks’ – David Innes R2 Magazine
‘Great songs with such a sad voice’ – Justin Hayward, Moody Blues
Hopefully these new acts…
…will be getting you as excited as we are right now, don’t forget we announced some great acts last week, plus there’s many more to come!
Tickets are moving fast, but there’s still time for you to get yours today. Visit our tickets page for more information and booking.
This summers’ Trowbridge Festival is once again returning the beautiful setting that is Stowford Manor Farm. On the weekend of the 19th to the 21st of July the fun will begin once again. The line-up is building quickly and we have lots of great artists ready to reveal but for now we’ll share with you a special few:
The Spooky Men’s Chorale is a vast, rumbling, steam powered and black clad vocal behemoth, seemingly accidentally capable of rendering audiences moist eyed with mute appreciation or haplessly gurgling with merriment. Based on the twin pillars of grand foolishness and the quest for the perfect subwoofer-rattling boofchord, the Spooky Men seek to commentate on the absurdity and grandeur of the modern male armed only with their voices, a sly collection of hats and facial hair, and a twinkle in the eye.
Formed in the Blue Mountains of NSW in 2001 by Christchurch-born ‘spookmeister’ Stephen Taberner, the Spooky Men soon attracted attention with a judicious combination of Georgian table songs, pindrop beautiful ballads, highly inappropriate covers, and immaculate man anthems like ‘Don’t stand between a man and his tool’, all of which amounted to a manifesto for the new breed of man: happily suspended between thug and wimp.
Since his departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of 2013. Legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner. In the process he has firmly established their burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene.
A glance at the band’s Guestbook page offers an insight into the emotional impact their performances exert…”spellbinding” “sublime” “blown away” “inspired” and “magical” are familiar themes.
Hailed by Songlines as “another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool”. There is however, far more to Gigspanner than meets the eye. To categorise these virtuoso performers purely as folk musicians would be to significantly undersell them, and to deny audiences the full scope of their musical embrace.
Gaz remains the only unsigned solo artist to sell out The Fleece, Bristol. A feat he has now achieved five times, the last three selling out over six months in advance.
This has made Gaz’s annual Christmas shindig gig an unmissable tradition for his fans. In December 2017 Gaz took the decision to move up a venue size, to The Bierkeller, Bristol (750 cap.) and even this gig sold out 2 months in advance.
There are still plenty more great artists to be revealed in the line-up the next few weeks.
Tickets for the festival are on sale right now and you can book yours right away.