Rain-proof music is tropical treat at WOMAD

This Is Wiltshire:

2:53pm Monday 27th July 2015

“THIS is one of our tropical songs,” grins singer-accordionist Natalia Tena from beneath a fetching floral tiara as she surveys several hundred hoodies, umbrellas and plastic macs gathered in front of the Open Air Stage.

Folk Concert, Keevil Manor: July 4.

10:01am Sunday 26th July 2015

FOLK NIGHT AT KEEVIL MANOR

Big hitters set for WOMAD festival

This Is Wiltshire:

2:00pm Thursday 23rd July 2015

A COLOURFUL conclave of new artists from around the world will lure 30,000 people to the Wiltshire countryside for the much-awaited 33rd WOMAD festival, which starts today.

Fieldview Festival, near Seagry

This Is Wiltshire: Fieldview Festival, near Seagry

8:02am Monday 20th July 2015

After a break, Wiltshire’s biggest little festival is back in 2015. Fieldview

Spandau Ballet, Westonbirt Arboretum

This Is Wiltshire: Spandau Ballet Press Shots. (28501215)

4:01pm Friday 17th July 2015

MY old friend Wikipedia says Tony Hadley is 55 years old. Yep, that’s right... 55. Plenty old enough to be a grandad and rapidly heading towards pensioner territory.

Preview: Liz Lawrence Award Concert, Devizes Town Hall

This Is Wiltshire: Paddy Benedict

12:04pm Thursday 16th July 2015

The 2014 winners of the Wiltshire Rural Music School's prestigious Liz Lawrence award will be sharing their talents in an exciting and varied concert in the Devizes Town Hall’s beautiful Assembly Room on Friday, July 17 at 7.30pm.

REVIEW: Something for all ages as McBusted rock Westonbirt

This Is Wiltshire:

2:47pm Monday 13th July 2015

WHEN two bands collide it is either mayhem or magic and the merger of McFly and Busted has won them a place in an elite circle.

REVIEW: The voice remains the same - Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters

This Is Wiltshire:

8:26am Monday 13th July 2015

“I’VE passed this place so many times” says Robert Plant, admiring the giant, subtly lit broadleaf trees that encompass the grassy arena at Westonbirt Arboretum.

REVIEW: Thank you so much, grandad - Spandau Ballet

This Is Wiltshire:

8:36am Monday 13th July 2015

MY old friend Wikipedia says Tony Hadley is 55 years old. Yep, that’s right... 55. Plenty old enough to be a grandad and rapidly heading towards pensioner territory.

WOMAD Festival, Charlton Park, Malmesbury

This Is Wiltshire: WOMAD Festival, Charlton Park, Malmesbury

11:06am Sunday 12th July 2015

AFTER a hugely successful debut last year, Bowers & Wilkins, in association with Real World, will again be programming its own stage at this year's WOMAD Festival, which runs from July 24-26.

Accident forces Strawbs to pull out of Village Pump Folk Festival

This Is Wiltshire: Dave Cousins from The Strawbs

3:11pm Thursday 9th July 2015

THE Strawbs have pulled out of Village Pump Folk Festival after singer Dave Cousins suffered an accident.

Village Pump Folk Festival 2015

This Is Wiltshire: (30203891)

4:02pm Sunday 5th July 2015

THE FINAL COUNTDOWN has begin for the 2015 Village Pump Folk Festival, which opens on July 24 at the White Horse Country Park, Westbury.

Festival debut for Frome piano trio Opus 1

This Is Wiltshire:

7:00pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

THE Frome Festival début of home-grown piano trio Opus 1 is on Friday, July 10, at Christ Church.

Gemma Hayes, Pound Arts Centre, Pound Pill, Corsham: July 10.

This Is Wiltshire: Gemma Hayes by Pip in Dungeness (29407750)

10:02am Sunday 28th June 2015

Where: Pound Arts Centre, Pound Pill, Corsham

Modern take on country wins the crowds

This Is Wiltshire: Modern take on country wins the crowds

3:31pm Thursday 11th June 2015

THE good folk of Devizes were treated to a genuine cornucopia of bluegrass when The Railsplitters, a five-piece group from Boulder, Colorado, gave an evening to remember. at Devizes Festival.

Twinning band tops Festival Fringe line-up

This Is Wiltshire: Twinning band tops Festival Fringe line-up

11:16am Tuesday 9th June 2015

When: Friday and Saturday

Computers set Devizes Festival rocking

This Is Wiltshire: Computers set Devizes Festival rocking

11:28am Monday 8th June 2015

If you’re unfamiliar with The Computers, there isn’t much I can do to help you understand them. Around this time last year I interviewed front man Al Kershaw, and he described his band as “the answer to and cause of all of life’s problems. The perfect topping on your favourite pizza, and that stabbing pain of heartburn. We will make you smile and cry, make you feel so alive you want to die. Throw you into thought, or push you to insanity. But most importantly you will dance yourself back to reality.”

The Computers, Devizes Corn Exchange, Friday, 8pm

This Is Wiltshire: The Computers, Devizes Corn Exchange, Friday, 8pm

6:03pm Thursday 4th June 2015

THE genre-defining kings of traditional rock'n'roll sensibilities put through a modern punk rock filter, The Computers will be headlining the Devizes Corn Exchange on Friday, as part of Devizes Festival.

Bridge Music, The Bell (back bar), Walcot Street, Bath, 8pm

2:02pm Saturday 30th May 2015

A GROUP of Bradford on Avon musicians performing folk, blues and jazz will be appearing in the back bar of that well known music venue The Bell on Walcot Street, Bath, on Tuesday evening 2 June as part of Bath Fringe Festival.

Preview: Manon Quartet, Pound Arts, Corsham

10:01am Saturday 30th May 2015

Nicholas Peters, a local music teacher and former Bath Spa University student, will have his music performed by the Manon Quartet on Saturday 6 June at The Pound arts centre in Corsham. The concert is curated by Nicholas and Alex Nikiporenko, who together in late 2014 formed an experimental music concert series called 840.

The South, Marlborough, June 6

This Is Wiltshire: The South, Marlborough, June 6

10:02am Sunday 24th May 2015

After a marathon 64 gigs in 2014 that saw the band play at all points of the compass in the UK, 2015 sees them taking things a little easier.

Chippenham Folk Festival

This Is Wiltshire: Some of the entertainers at last year’s Chippenham Folk Festival

5:00pm Thursday 21st May 2015

As the gates open at Chippenham Folk Festival tomorrow, performers at over 200 events are preparing to entertain the crowds.

Urban Folk Quartet, Saturday May 30, Kington Langley Village Hall

6:32pm Friday 15th May 2015

Saturday, May 30, 7.30pm

Lonely Tourist with Chris Webb: Friday 8pm, The Lamb, New Park Street, Devizes

8:02am Friday 15th May 2015

LONELY TOURIST WITH CHRIS WEBB: one of our favourite Scott’s in the shape of Lonely Tourist. His glum Scottish accent peppering up some lovely acoustic ditties, which include a song about never-famous Man Utd defender, with whom he shares a name. Main billed support is Chris Webb, a Bristolian, who now has quite a measure within the scene. Supporting some of the best national and international acts coming through Bristol has developed Chris into one of the finest singer/songwriters current on the local circuit. Come and be impressed! Doors 8pm, Chris Webb 9.30-10pm, Lonely Tourist, 10.15-11pm. 16+. http://www.sheermusic.co.uk/ The Lamb, Devizes, New Park Street, Devizes, 8pm.

Chippenham Folk Festival

11:02am Sunday 10th May 2015

AS Chippenham's 44th Folk Festival approaches, organiser Bob Berry is quietly congratulating himself on his programming skills: who could have known that by the time this year's Festival opens on May 22 two of his headline acts would have won BBC2 Folk awards?

Fieldview Festival, Seagry, near Chippenham. August 6-9. Tickets £50 from www.fieldviewfestival.co.uk

6:02pm Sunday 3rd May 2015

Fieldview Festival

Kerfusion, The Southgate Inn, Devizes. Saturday, 9pm. Free entry.

10:23am Thursday 30th April 2015

One of the most talked about new folk fusion acts in the South West is set to appear at The Southgate Inn, Devizes on Saturday 2nd May.

Sam Lee, Salisbury Arts Centre, Friday, May 1, 8pm.

6:02pm Friday 24th April 2015

Where: Salisbury Arts Centre

Nikki Mascall and Griff Daniels, Cellar Bar, The Bear Hotel, Devizes, Friday, 9pm.

6:01pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

Nikki Mascall and Griff Daniels, with special guest saxophonist Vicki Burke, will be making a welcome return to Devizes on Friday (april 24) at The Bear Hotel's Cellar Bar.

Trio return to Bear Hotel for cellar gig

This Is Wiltshire:

2:36pm Thursday 23rd April 2015

NIKKI Mascall and Griff Daniels with special guest saxophonist Vicki Burke return to Devizes on Friday night, perfoming at The Bear Hotel Cellar Bar.

Buffalo Gals, Seend Community Centre, Seend, Saturday, 7.30pm.

11:19am Thursday 16th April 2015

Vibrant American string sextet arrives in Wiltshire

Flash Harry ready for Easter weekend show in Devizes

This Is Wiltshire:

6:21pm Saturday 4th April 2015

FLASH Harry return to Devizes for a special gig at the Southgate Inn, Devizes, tonight - Easter Saturday.

Michael Messer and Manish Pingle, Pound Arts, Corsham

9:23am Thursday 26th March 2015

Michael Messer and Manish Pingle

Southgate Inn gig for West favourites

This Is Wiltshire:

7:00pm Thursday 19th March 2015

Three of the best-known West Country-based musicians are playing on Saturday at The Southgate Inn, Devizes.

Guitarist Jon Gomm postpones Devizes gig

This Is Wiltshire:

1:02pm Tuesday 17th March 2015

A DEVIZES date by virtuoso guitar player Jon Gomm has been postponed.

Izzy's star is shining out

1:33pm Friday 13th March 2015

RISING star Izzy F is through to the next stage of the new songwriting competition organised and run by Future Music, the team behind TeenStar and Live&Unsigned, and acts such as Lucy Spraggen, Birdy and Luke Friend.

Jon Gomm, St Mary’s Church, Devizes. Saturday, March 21.

This Is Wiltshire:

10:00am Sunday 1st March 2015

Appearing in Devizes’ most exciting new arts space, St Mary’s Church, the UK’s finest virtuoso guitarist is on a huge UK tour which will see the town rubbing shoulders with some of the UK’s biggest cities, best venues and hottest music scenes – straight after a 12-date German tour.

Whole lottta Led, Corn Exchange, Devizes. Friday, March 6.

This Is Wiltshire: MP David Morris with his Guitar collection. (12727950)

10:00pm Friday 27th February 2015

This is the longest running, full-time professional tribute to Led Zeppelin.

Phil Beer, Friday Folk @ The Village Pump, The Lamb, Mortimer Street, Trowbridge. Friday, March 6, 8pm. Tickets: £12 from 01225 707346

This Is Wiltshire:

7:00pm Friday 27th February 2015

Phil Beer, who is playing a one-man show here just a month after his Show of Hands bandmate Steve Knightley packed the venue, is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music.

The Prestbury Sportsbar, The Close, Warminster. Saturdays and Sundays. Details: www.prestburysportsbar.com

This Is Wiltshire:

7:00pm Friday 27th February 2015

Booking some of the best tribute acts in the country adds a new strand to the musical offering at the Prestbury Sportsbar in The Close, Warminster, which has been quietly building up its reputation as a music venue.

Ancient and modern musical mix in band of folk rock legends Steeleye Span

This Is Wiltshire:

10:09am Tuesday 24th February 2015

Maddy Prior the voice of Steeleye Span leads a line-up featuring faces old and new at Swindon’s Wyvern Theatre on Tuesday, March 10, at 7.30pm.

Jinski, Wyvern Theatre, Swindon. Saturday, February 28. Tickets: 01793 524481/ www.swindontheatres.co.uk

This Is Wiltshire:

2:00pm Saturday 21st February 2015

Acoustic roots duo Jinski is made up of songwriter Stephen Wegrzynski and musician Dave Kennedy, a partnership forged from acoustic roots and the love of a strong melody.

Singing workshops

This Is Wiltshire: Sheet music

10:00am Saturday 21st February 2015

Fancy trying your hand at singing but think you’re tone deaf? Singer songwriter Helena Softley is organising a series of no-pressure workshops to help you find your voice.

After Aura. New release: Falling My Friend available now to hear and download at www.afteraura. co.uk and on ITunes

This Is Wiltshire: Sheet music

7:00pm Friday 20th February 2015

New Trowbridge-based band After Aura have released their first single, a wistful musing on the ending of a relationship.

After Aura. Falling My Friend available now to hear and download at www.afteraura. co.uk and on ITunes

This Is Wiltshire:

6:00pm Friday 20th February 2015

New Trowbridge-based band After Aura, who played the Bradford Roots Festival last month, have released their first single, a wistful musing on the ending of a relationship described as ‘being about feeling hopeless and not wanting to bring someone else down’.

VIDEO: Devizes date for virtuoso guitar player Jon Gomm

This Is Wiltshire:

4:00pm Friday 20th February 2015

Virtuoso guitar player Jon Gomm will be playing at St Mary's Church, Devizes, as part of a UK tour on Saturday, March 21.

Bluesman's Friday night cellar date in Devizes

This Is Wiltshire:

9:04am Thursday 19th February 2015

Bluesman Mike Francis launches his new touring and festival set for the year at the Cellar Bar Blues Club, Bear Hotel, Devizes, tomorrow.

Gnarwolves, The Victoria, Swindon. February 25.

This Is Wiltshire: Narnian Gnarwolves play blistering punk

6:00am Sunday 15th February 2015

Missed the UK’s most exciting and successful underground punk band when they played in the county last year? Don’t make the same mistake when they play The Victoria in Swindon on Wednesday, February 25.

Party acts wanted for Melksham

This Is Wiltshire: An acoustic guitar (13980253)

6:00am Sunday 15th February 2015

Organisers of Melksham’s 2015 Party in the Park are keen to hear from musicians wanting to showcase their talents this year.

Twisted State of Mind, The Pilot, Bowerhill, Melksham. February 18. Entry free. Open Mic from 8pm, headline band on from 9.30pm

This Is Wiltshire: Ben Comley, left, Luke Ashby and Damon Marshall are Twisted State of Mind

4:00pm Saturday 14th February 2015

This heavy rock/metal trio from Witney in Oxfordshire formed in 2011 after meeting up at a Saturday morning ‘rock school’.








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