Fair Music and Entertainments
The Entertainments on offer in 2016. Note that we'll keep updating this, and there can be changes on the day!
Sample previous Fair entertainments on video:
Chucklefoot and Friends - VIDEO
RED HOT STEEL - VIDEO
Morris Dancers - 'After the Fair' - VIDEO
Stampita - VIDEO
Flute Cake - VIDEO
Louella Jade Eke - VIDEO
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!
Robin Fox is a versatile magician, with over 20 years’ experience, entertaining with close up magic or stage magic shows. Robin combines mind boggling magic and exceptional sleight of hand with a unique comedy style and extensive wardrobe. He performs close up, personal magic with everyday objects such as coins, cards and jewellery. He will amaze and entertain, ensuring his audiences are left with magical memories wherever he performs. He is a member of the Magic Circle.
Wiveliscombe Town Band are coming to the Fair this year for this first time. We are really looking forward to hearing from our neighbours from over the border in Somerset!
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 msemand.
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!
Bampton Players are back with the MUMMERS' PLAY this year. Catch them in the procession at 10am and performing afterwards, or at other times on the streets throughout the day.
Ilfracombe Red Petticoats
This team of clog dancers are new to the Fair this year. They perform traditional North West Morris clog dances along with dances from other parts of the country. They are supported by musicians on melodeon, accordian, trombone, and drum.
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.
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.
West Country Concertina Players have played at the Fair several times before. Their group has been going for over 30 years and they aim to share their enjoyment of concertina playing with others. They will be performing in the Riverside Hall.