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🎸 Buskers welcome!

🎸 Buskers welcome!

Mitcheldean Festival welcomes buskers. This year, in addition to our usual “Busk Stops” around the village we are providing a “Buskers’ Base” in the Brewery Tap where buskers can both perform and store their belongings.

Busk Stops are located in the following places (just look for the Busk Stop signs):

  • On the field with the fete
  • Outside Townsend House
  • Between the White Horse and the town hall
  • Outside the doctors’ surgery
  • Outside the church
  • In the Brewery tap itself

A small PA will be provided in the Brewery tap and buskers are encouraged to perform into the evening. Please respect your fellow buskers and take it in turns to perform.

🍫 Tracey’s Chocolate Drop In

🍫 Tracey’s Chocolate Drop In

Have you ever wanted to (or tried to) sing a song, read a poem or show a party piece to an audience, but found that fear got in the way or it went horribly wrong? Maybe you lost your nerve, or had stage fright? Maybe you felt you would be judged and  heard those negative voices in your head screaming failure, or that you simply aren’t good enough; somebody may have even told you this!

You are definitely not alone.

The Chocolate Drop-in seeks to provide a safe, friendly and non-judgemental environment for sharing your experiences, a place to perform (if you wish) and of course chocolate!

Tracey will tell you a little about her own nerve-racking experiences and if shes feeling brave, will happily share a song and a wee bit of guitar playing. She is still terribly frightened but has been told it “adds to her performances” in the local Folk Clubs, open mics and beyond. She believes there is no such thing as “bad” singing, poetry or prose; it is an expression from within, like painting.

Bring your voice, instrument and/or experiences for some fun and see what unfolds.

Find her in the cosy, and private area of the Lady Chapel in the Church between 11 o’clock and mid-day on Saturday 21st july.

All ages and abilities welcome; children to be accompanied with an adult.

🎼 Saturday Showcase Concert

🎼 Saturday Showcase Concert

Our annual showcase concert will take place in the parish church on Saturday July 21st from midday until 9pm. The following artists will be performing (times are approximate):

  • 12:00-1:00 Children’s choirs and dance — our annual performance of music and dance by local school groups
  • 1:00-1:45 The Name Thief — Jules De Barra, Tom Swannack and Richard Robbins present their own take on classic covers
  • 1:45-2:30 Emi McDade — Local singer songwriter and ‘Best of British’ nominee
  • 2:30-3:15 Jan Vaisey and Ian Harvey — Gloucester based folk duo
  • 3:15-4:00 The Six Foot Way — Foot stomping classic Irish and English folk music
  • 4:00-5:15 Songwriters’ circle featuring Lucy Jarrett, Nick Asserati and Clint Mann
  • 5:15-6:00 Lila J — Indie gypsy folk rockers
  • 6:00-6:45 Jane Pearl — the Wye valley’s favourite Kentuckian
  • 6:45-7:30 Luke Philbrick — Raw delta blues with an almost tribal foot stomping beat
  • 7:30-8:15 Bewelian — Traditional British songs and tunes updated for the 21st century
  • 8:15-9:00 Dick Brice — Legendary Forest of Dean songwriter, poet and raconteur


🎶 Acoustic Evening on 20th July

🎶 Acoustic Evening on 20th July

Our 2018 festival starts with an evening of acoustic music in the parish church hosted by Tracey Dixon. The event starts at 7:30pm and features music from the following artists:

  • Ellen May Coombe
  • Barry Scouse
  • ReBil
  • Alex Davies
  • Tim the Wind
  • Rob Swannack
  • Eden Tanner
  • John Hodgson
  • Terry Gibson and Tony Morris
  • Greenwich Village
📅 Taster Concert on 16th June

📅 Taster Concert on 16th June

We are pleased to announce that our festival taster concert, featuring acts who will be performing in and around the main Festival, will take place at The Brewery Tap on Saturday 16th June at 7:30pm. Appearing at this year’s concert are:

  • Clint Mann
  • Lucy Jarrett
  • Paul Farrar
  • Nick Assirati
  • Alison Hustwitt
  • Alaric Sheer Hardwicke
  • Greenwich Village

Here is a selection of photographs featuring artists who will be performing at this year’s event.