Fair Music and Entertainments
The Entertainments on offer in 2017. Note that we'll keep updating this, and there can be changes on the day!
Acts on video from previous Fairs can be found at bottom of page here.
Most of the musicians will be performing in the music tent, this year situated at the bottom of Castle Street. Other entertainments you will find around the Fair!
DAVE the Dragon
Dave is a four metre long walk-about Dragon who interacts with the audience while his keeper (Paul Batten of Theatrix Arts) explains the anatomy of Dragons and why they breathe fire! Except Dave is a water-breathing Dragon! (I will leave what happens next to your imagination).
Exeter Authors’ Association are delighted to be invited to attend the 2017 Bampton Charter Fair where they will be providing readings, brief author talks, children’s short stories and short horror stories (well it’s nearly Halloween!). Come along and meet the authors, have a chance to buy signed copies of their books and be entertained. They will be based in the Community Hall - more details here.
Stripey Howling Hancock is a regular visitor to the Fair. He is based in Exeter and is an accomplished guitarist and blues player. He will be returning to Bampton by popular demand. As well as his own perfomances he will no doubt be teaming up with Chucklefoot for impromtu music!
Jan’s Van will once again be operating in the town providing activities and fun things to do for the younger visitors. Face painting, balloon modeling, dragon dancing and drawing graffiti on her van are all very popular. A real Bampton Fair character. See the front of this year's Fair Programme!
Well-established local thespians, they are back with the MUMMERS' PLAY this year.
Catch them performing after the Procession at 10 am, at 11.45pm outside the Toucan, and at 1pm outside the Swan - times are approximate!
A BIT OF ROUGH
The Rough Music Folk Orchestra of East Devon was established in 2001.
Their repertoire ranges from Devon step-dances, through Breton airs, to Swedish polkas, with much more in between.
This is their first visit to the Fair.
CHUCKLEFOOT One Man Band is back, having not been able to come last year! He is an international enterytainer show has worked all around the world, and has featured on TV and radio many times. It is great when he teams up with other musicians and a jam session ensues. He is very popular on YouTube, playing at Bampton Charter Fair. We were very sorry to hear that Chucklefoot will not be able to visit the Fair this year due to a family illness.
Bottle Top Boogie BAND
They are new to the Fair this year and they feature our very own Rev Kev on guitar! 1950’s Skiffle that sounds like Snooks Eaglin, Bo Diddley The Musician, Leadbelly, Jed Davenport and his Beale Street Jug band (they say!). Cool.
The Original Punch & Judy Show, taught by the late Prof Guy Higgins, who performed on Weymouth beach for 30 years. Now in the seventh year of performing, this year we have performed shows as far north as Manchester and south into Cornwall. We have been to Covent Garden, Sturminster Newton Cheese Festival and the National Arboretum at Westonbirt as well as many others. More here.
Ian Idris is a Dulverton traditional singer / songwriter with a wide and varied repertoire of past and present day songs as illustrated on his ‘ The Rose of England’ CD. His Influences, Cyril Tawney, Steeleye Span and the Watersons fire his passion for traditional songs and customs. He has a powerful wide ranging voice that will leave a memorable impression on all who hear him.
Stampita describe themselves as Uncommon Folk making uncommonly good music – four musicians performing original and traditional songs and tunes on a wide variety of instruments. They are based in Taunton, and this is their second time at our Fair. They perform a unique blend of original, traditional and contemporary material with a line up which includes bouzouki, mandolin, bass guitar, flute, rock steady percussion, a blend of vocals and a dash of keyboards.
Louella Jade Eke is an accomplished singer songwriter with a folk / country twist. She has appeared at Guil Fest, Wessex Folk Festival, played at Croissant Neuf, Alice In Wonderland Fest, Morvah Fest, Off The Tracks Festival, Newton Abbot Race Course, and many more. She accompanies herself on guitar and delivers an unmistakable, marvellous modern folk sound that is enjoyed & appreciated by all. This will be her fifth time at Bampton fair, back by audience demand.
Brett is a professional musician of 25 years from Truro and has been described as the 'Folk voice of Cornwall'. Also known as Ramblin' Minor, Brett plays a gritty blend of acoustic folk and blues with a touch of Celtic flair.
This is his first time at the Fair.
Sample some previous Fair entertainments on video:
Chucklefoot and Friends - VIDEO
RED HOT STEEL - VIDEO
Morris Dancers - 'After the Fair' - VIDEO
Stampita - VIDEO
Dave the Dragon - VIDEO
Brett Damarell/Spittin' Feathers - VIDEO
Flute Cake - VIDEO
Louella Jade Eke (2014) - VIDEO
Louella Jade Eke (2017) - VIDEO
Bottletop Boogie Band - VIDEO
Bampton Mummers - VIDEO