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AUTUMN PROGRAMME – Richard Digance

2017 marks 50 years of performing by Richard Digance. With a BAFTA Nomination as TV Entertainer Of The Year and Gold Award recipient from The British Academy of Composers, he turned his back on show biz for his first love of music and live performance. 4,000 live shows, 62 British tours, 14 books, 3 stage plays, 32 albums and nearly 4 million YouTube visits says it all.

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The BIG FREE iShine Performing Arts

iShine Performing Arts - songs from musical theatre & contemporary pop. If you are aged 3 or over, iShine Performing Arts might be just what you are looking for. We put together at least one main show a year but also love to get involved with various community events. Our main aim is to provide a fun and safe environment for our young cast members to work on their confidence by getting involved in not only performing but also by giving them the opportunity to teach, write and design.

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The BIG FREE Ian Luther

Ian Luther - Acoustic guitarist, singer, songwriter. His music is extremely diverse from lamenting songs of love, plucking Flamenco styled instrumentals or just letting his hair down and rocking out.

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The BIG FREE Livvyanarchy

Livvyanarchy is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and singer with a varied musical orientation. Many of her songs have political and social themes, are highly contemporary and delivered with energy and humour. Last time she performed at Caerleon Festival she played a heavy metal banjo composition followed by a Simon and Garfunkle cover.

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The BIG FREE Ruby & the Valentines

Ruby & the Valentines, an up and coming band who play an electric mixture from old rock and roll classics to famous groovy soul tracks to new pop tracks from the charts - something for everyone. Lead singer is Ruby with a band named on Valentine’s Day 2016

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The BIG FREE Violent Hearts

Violent Hearts is a four piece based in Cardiff. There is Tariq on vocals, guitar and harmonica, Rachel on keys and vocals, Andrew on vocals and lead guitar and Norbert on cajon. Haunting melodies, perfect harmonies and with raw emotion they play a combination of Americana, blues, and folk rock taking influences from Nick Cave and the Bad seeds, Tim Hardin, The Gun Club, Gram Parsons and Neil Young to name a few.

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The BIG FREE Peel Your Own Spuds

Peel Your Own Spuds are the new faces on the Folk/Irish scene in the UK. Original songs are delivered by a very talented set of musicians, Rosie, Dave, Sean, Mick, Keith and Tom. The instruments played in the band include accordion, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, tin whistle, bass, drums and bodhran. Their original material spans many subjects, including emigration, social problems and the "demon drink"!

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The BIG FREE Samba Drumming with Isca Bataria and Velha Bataria

Check out the bands - come and dance to some irresistible Afro-Brazilian grooves. Chepstow's samba band, Velha Bataria joins forces with Caerleon’s very own samba group, Isca Bataria to play some Batucada and Maracatu. Led by Noel Watson of ‘Only Drums Aloud’, get your groove on !

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The BIG FREE Pyramid

Pyramid - a 3-piece Caerleon based band who cover songs from the 60's to the present day including The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, Queen and Fleetwood Mac to name but a few. Pyramid is returning to the Caerleon Festival again this year and if the last time they performed is anything to go by, then the atmosphere will be electric!

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The BIG FREE Two Trick Pony

Two Trick Pony is a band consisting of Caerleon-based twin brothers, Sam and Joe who have been writing songs for over 30 years. They have been performing on the local open mic music scene for the past 2 years and recently recorded their debut album, Reflections. Two Trick Pony have performed on Newport City Radio with their first single "You and me against the World" which has been well received on such music sites as Spotify and ITunes.

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The BIG FREE TaffyWasAThief

TaffyWasAThief is a quirky, inventive trio playing a rootsy style of country folk rock infused with hints of soul and reggae all underpinned by a bluesy groove. All the world's blues wrapped in the dirt of the valleys.

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The BIG FREE Blind River Scare

Tim Manning aka Blind River Scare is a South Wales based singer/songwriter playing original Americana, Alt-Country, Folk, Roots & in genre covers . He writes heartfelt tales of love, loss and life coupled with proper song-craft that sounds both timeless and contemporary. Promoting releases such as 'Killing Time' 'The Straight and True' 'The Point Of No Return' and his latest CD 'Pastures New' in the good old fashioned way has seen Tim travel the length and breadth of the country both headlining and supporting touring acts, in doing so creating a distinct niche for himself on the UK music scene.

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The BIG FREE Jack Perrett

With the Gallagher brothers still at loggerheads on their ‘will they, won’t they’ reunion shows, it’s thrilling when a new act channels the spirit of Britpop’s golden era yet isn’t afraid to include references to the more contemporary singer songwriters such as Jake Bugg/Jack Garrett/Kate Tempest et al within his music. Jack Perrett is one such new voice, youthful, bold, confident and unashamedly populist in his outlook and his songwriting.

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The BIG FREE – Ragsy

Come and hear RAGSY a Welsh based singer-songwriter and independent artist who appeared on BBC's The Voice in 2013 and was mentored by Sir Tom Jones. Appeared at Glastonbury 2014 and has just recorded his début album ‘Ouch!!!’ released on the 1st March 2015. Appeared earlier this year at the Bell Inn.

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The BIG FREE Newport Folk Club Members

Bryn Millichip and friends, Roy Zeal, Phil Millichip, Malcolm & Cynthia Charnley aka Tanglewood. Tanglewood is an acoustic-combo based in Pentyrch, near Cardiff, Over the last three years they have made over 250 live performances and have developed a very wide and eclectic repertoire consisting of traditional folk music, more contemporary acoustic songs as well as original songs. Malc and Cyn will be joined by their son Jamie on guitar at this year's Caerleon Festival

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The BIG FREE Synergy A-Cappella

Synergy is a close-harmony male voice choir – the only such choir in South Wales. They differ from a traditional male voice choir in their approach, their choice of songs and sound. Sing “a-cappella” (unaccompanied), producing truly beautiful music. Synergy’s ability to charm & delight an audience with their singing is due to a number of factors…………

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The BIG FREE Synergy A-Cappella

If you missed Synergy on the Festival Field earlier this is your second chance to hear this close-harmony male voice choir – the only such choir in South Wales. They differ from a traditional male voice choir in their approach, their choice of songs and sound. Sing “a-cappella” (unaccompanied), producing truly beautiful music. Synergy’s ability to charm & delight an audience with their singing is due to a number of factors…………

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The BIG FREE Jawahir Dancers

If you missed this event the day before, on the Saturday, here is another chance to see them - Jawahir Middle Eastern Dancers perform all styles of Middle Eastern Dance – fusing North African, Egyptian, Turkish and even European rhythms using traditional and modern movement, in bright, colourful costumes which vary from full tribal to light and airy.

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The BIG FREE Jawahir Dancers

Missed them earlier? Here is your great chance to finally catch them. Jawahir Middle Eastern dancers perform all styles of Middle Eastern Dance – fusing North African, Egyptian, Turkish and even European rhythms using traditional and modern movement, in bright, colourful costumes which vary from full tribal to light and airy.

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The BIG FREE Amairgin The Gael

Instruments played will include whistle, fiddle, button accordion, banjo, flute, guitar, mandolin and bodhran by young people of all ages.

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The BIG FREE Drumazepam

Drumazepam is a small African drumming group, formed in 2014 to initially help people with mental issues after one of the founding members realised that the drumming helped her to focus thoughts and relieve anxiety. The original drummers found being part of the group and playing the drums improved their mental health, gaining confidence, self-esteem and learning new skills. It has now been agreed to open up the group to everyone.

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The BIG FREE Richard Robling

Richard’s songs come from the great balladeers of the forties and fifties - Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra, the skiffling fifties -Tommy Steele and Guy Mitchell, the swinging sixties - the Beatles and The Kinks etc; also there will be a nod to the folk scene of the likes of Bob Dylan, blues and modern pop songs - even a hymn-like Welsh tune or two and maybe a few original compositions. Something for everyone!!! Vocals are accompanied by acoustic guitar.

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The BIG FREE Affinity

Affinity is about modern songs done in an acoustic style – if that’s your scene then you’re in for a treat. Colin, Mike and Richard are three guys who have played in bands for most of their lives and who have now come together to perform pop, folk, modern country and some oldies with the emphasis on acoustic guitar and great harmonies. Expect to hear John Legend, John Denver and even Buddy Holly.

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The BIG FREE Crwth

Crwth is a contemporary Celtic band from South Wales, which started in 2013 when founding members Rosie and Rhodri decided to collaborate on creating a guitar-violin duo. Within a year’s time, the band would see the introduction of mandolin player Joel and cajon player Joseph.

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The BIG FREE Crwth

Crwth is a contemporary Celtic band from South Wales, which started in 2013 when founding members Rosie and Rhodri decided to collaborate on creating a guitar-violin duo. Within a year’s time, the band would see the introduction of mandolin player Joel and cajon player Joseph. Over the past three years since, they have been performing together as a four-piece band all over South Wales on stages at various festivals and club venues right the way across from Llanymddyffri and Pembrey to Newport and Cardiff.

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The BIG FREE Lloyd Warren

Lloyd Warren an acoustic guitarist/singer living in Caerleon and studying at the University of Reading. He's already a veteran of the live music scene having started gigging at the age of 12. Lloyd is familiar face in South Wales music venues and festivals, performing on radio and in the theatre as well as writing, recording and promoting live music events.

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The BIG FREE Nick Thomas-Lynch

Welsh Nick Thomas-Lynch with his four-member band plays alternative country rock with loud guitars, big drums and heart. Influenced by Bruce Springsteen & Ryan Adams.

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The BIG FREE Brandywine Cloggers – Appalachian Bluegrass Dance Team

Brandywine performs Appalachian clogging - a traditional, high energy, percussive step dance that developed in the Appalachian Mountains of the USA through many different influences. It is a lively, improvisatory dance style encompassing elements of English, Irish, African-American, and Native American foot-work and rhythms and is accompanied by Bluegrass or Old-Time banjo and fiddle tunes.

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BIG FREE – Tiny Toes Ballet Newport and Abergavenny

Tiny Toes Ballet, Wales' leading pre-school dance programme, is a captivating world of educational movement & music for babies and toddlers from 6 months- 7 years old, packed with dance, songs, friendship and laughter. Our highly experienced and specially trained teachers all have ballet or dance qualifications and the majority are also experienced Primary School teachers. They are also qualified in First Aid and DBS checked. Our classes are proven to help children develop self-expression, body awareness and confidence within a creative, nurturing and fun-filled environment.

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The BIG FREE Canada Road

Canada Road play an eclectic mix of original songs with blues, country, jazz and pop influences. The line up is mainly acoustic using vocals, guitars, accordion, cajon and bass. The band is based in Cardiff.

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The BIG FREE Newport Orchestra Ensemble

NEWPORT ORCHESTRA ENSEMBLE is an enthusiastic amateur orchestra with members of a variety of ages of 16years and upwards. They strive to provide a balance between fun and informality whilst embracing the desire to improve skills and be able to perform as a coherent and confident group

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The BIG FREE The Moreton Roadshow

Chris has been playing guitar and banjo and other acoustic instruments, for 50+ years. He is an award winning Bluegrass musician on both sides of the Atlantic and is "A bit of an entertainer!" His wife, Wendy provides rock solid rhythm on double bass.

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The BIG FREE The Moreton Roadshow

If you missed The Moretons at the Hanbury Quay earlier then take a further chance to hear this award-winning guitarist with more than 50 years of guitar-playing experience. A multi-instrumentalist rated as the UK’s “best bluegrass guitarist” and as playing “truly world class lead guitar

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The BIG FREE Tres Hombres

Tres Hombres are a 4-man guitar band that love playing live and are looking forward to returning to the Caerleon Festival and The Bell Inn! Songs from ZZ Top, Clapton, Joe Cocker, Springsteen, the Eagles, Eddie Floyd, Otis Redding, Tom Petty, Roxy Music, Steely Dan and lots more!

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The BIG FREE Rob Connolly

Rob Connolly are an acoustic guitar duo with Andy on voice and rhythm and Mike on lead, playing their own brand of original songs with influences from folk, pop, country, blues, rock'n'roll - all that and heaps of energy!

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The BIG FREE Côr Afon Lwyd Welsh Folk Choir

A community choir, based in Pontypool, that sings in Welsh. Everyone welcome! They sing at local events and help to spread the word – in Welsh! Côr cymunedol ym Mhontypwl sy'n canu yn y Gymraeg. Croeso cynnes i bawb! Dyn ni’n canu ar ddigwyddiadau leol a helpu ymestyn y gair - yn y Gymraeg!

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The BIG FREE Kings of Caerleon

The Kings of Caerleon are a five-piece covers band, playing a wide variety of music, mostly rock, spanning the past four decades. From Jimi Hendrix to Oasis, the group are sure to offer something that gets you rocking. The band is made up of John Thythacott on drums; Jeff Cook on bass guitar & vocals; Andrew Cook on guitar & vocals; Louis Grogan and David Parish, both on guitar.

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The BIG FREE Free Beer

Free Beer, the "Top Party Band", is a South Wales-based rock & pop covers band that is sure to get you up and dancing! Have played all over the country for more than 10 years playing hits from the 60's to the modern classics such as The Stereophonics and The Killers. You are guaranteed to dance & sing along!

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The BIG FREE City of Newport Male Choir

City of Newport Male Choir was established in 1943 as a means of relieving the tensions of the latter war years, starting with a membership of 25. They are a registered charity that uses the art of music to help other charitable organisations, while giving Choir members a means of self expression with no financial benefit to themselves. They are proud to be a part and to continue the traditions of Welsh Male Voice Choirs and the musical sound that is renowned the whole world over.

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The BIG FREE Shimai

Shimai are in the process of recording their first EP at Faster studios and are very excited to have James Dean Bradfield of The Manic Street Preachers playing bass on three of their tracks. The mesmerising sound of their unique sibling harmonies evokes a sense of emotion and nostalgia. Shimai try not to be limited to a specific genre when writing, but you can expect an indie folk influence in a lot of their material. Between them they have 12 years experience of live performance and enjoy gigging festivals and venues in Wales and the West country.

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The BIG FREE Healey, Rowlands & Haywood

Healey, Rowlands & Haywood play a range of rhythmic blues songs which will get your feet tapping. They comprise two contrasting guitar styles plus some gutsy harmonica playing - not to be missed!

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The BIG FREE Jawahir Dancers

Jawahir Middle Eastern Dancers Jawahir perform all styles of Middle Eastern Dance – fusing North African, Egyptian, Turkish and even European rhythms using traditional and modern movement, in bright, colourful costumes which vary from full tribal to light and airy.

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The BIG FREE Jawahir Dancers

If you missed them at the Bell Inn see them here - Jawahir Middle Eastern Dancers Jawahir perform all styles of Middle Eastern Dance – fusing North African, Egyptian, Turkish and even European rhythms using traditional and modern movement, in bright, colourful costumes which vary from full tribal to light and airy.

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The BIG FREE Morfa

Meg Eliza Cox, Osian Gruffydd and Rhys Morris are three of Wales' most exciting and talented young musicians. They play traditional tunes and songs from Wales and beyond and also showcase Welsh step dancing.

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The BIG FREE Omega Two

Omega Two is an eclectic duo playing music that has influences ranging from the Great American Songbook singing the standards to Bonnie Raitt, to Joni Mitchel, blues and contemporary pop and soul. The duo is very much in demand playing extensively around Wales and the South West.

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The BIG FREE Stoney Broke

A Stoney Broke gig promises and delivers high energy mixed with a passionate and individual interpretation of established and rediscovers tunes from over the last 50 years. Come along and be part of what so many people have enjoyed for the last quarter of a century, that is, live music as it’s meant to be played and enjoyed by all!

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The BIG FREE Lounging About

Lounging About is a five-piece band fronted by singer Angharad, covering a range of popular songs from different genres past and present included in the repertoire are some original tunes also. So be reacquainted with Van Morrison, Etta James, The Kinks, Paoulo Nutini, Jerry Rafferty, Amy Winehouse, Eliza Dolittle, Fairground Attraction - to mention a few.

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The BIG FREE Oxbowlake

Oxbowlake is an acoustic folk band from South Wales that have been playing together for about six years. Their first album is out and they managing to gig several times a week. Oxbowlake like to think they give a little comedy, some acoustic poetry and a couple of foot stompers. Its all original and its all for the joy of it!!

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The BIG FREE Richard Dinning, Acoustic & i

An indie/folk singer songwriter who uses a selection of acoustic 6 and 12 string guitars, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica and vocal versatility. A Northumbrian son or a South Wales shine?

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The BIG FREE Plucking Fourstrings

When the Plucking Fourstrings (careful how you say it) are not drinking or falling over they tear through a repertoire of old classics and current chart material often to the wildly gyrating and hysterically screaming audiences from various care and retirement homes. They are a fixture at various charity events and support many a good cause. The rumour is not true that most of the money they raise is as a result of being paid off by promoters to stop after performing only one or two chaotic numbers..........

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The BIG FREE Keith Christmas

A British folk/blues/guitarist/singer/songwriter who has a unique style of highly complex fingerpicking acoustic guitar work, framing songs with a mix of retrospective & state of the moment themes sung in a gritty soul-drenched voice. Between 1969 and 1974 Keith Christmas recorded 5 vinyl albums, played 3 tracks on David Bowie’s first album and was booked for the first ever Glastonbury Festival.

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The BIG FREE 3MPH

3MPH is an acoustic trio playing original music that has influences covering a wide genre of styles from folk to rock to blues to country and, as such, offer an eclectic mix of songs. Have twice before played at Caerleon Festival and have always been very well received.

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The BIG FREE Scott Alexander – Vocalist

Scott Alexander sings classical, musical theatre, pop & rock. He was part of the 'Only Boys Aloud' choir who finished 3rd in the finale of Britain's Got Talent. Since then he has notched up some incredible credits including performing on shows such as Blue Peter, Songs of Praise, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, BBC Breakfast and The X Factor Final 2012

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The BIG FREE Saint City Jazz Band

Pembrokeshire’s very own Trad’ Jazz outfit. All the way from St. Davids, Pembrokeshire. A blast from the past, playing music that refuses to lay down. New Orleans style Trad' Jazz, good time stomps, slow blues; and a bit of silliness thrown in! The Band has a “vintage” jazz sound that is enthusiastic and fun, covering great tunes and songs from the early days of Dixieland Jazz.

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The BIG FREE The Gatecrashers

The Gate Crashers is a four piece Acoustic covers band. They play light rock, blues and country music. The band has a unique and engaging sound created by two guitars and a mandolin – augmented with occasional harmonica, tambourine and of course cowbell! With two outstanding vocalists in the band, the Gate Crashers always deliver a memorable set.

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The BIG FREE The City of Newport Male Choir

City of Newport Male Choir was established in 1943 as a means of relieving the tensions of the latter war years, starting with a membership of 25. They are a registered charity that uses the art of music to help other charitable organisations, while giving Choir members a means of self-expression with no financial benefit to themselves. They are proud to be a part and to continue the traditions of Welsh Male Voice Choirs and the musical sound that is renowned the whole world over.

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The Collective

The Collective is a dynamic 17-piece big band which has has an eclectic repertoire that includes not only standard big band charts but also many modern arrangements and compositions from musicians such as Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, Steely Dan, Prince and many others.

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Morriston Orpheus Choir

Prepare to have your soul stirred in the beautiful surroundings of Saint Cadoc’s Church in Caerleon as the Orpheus perform a mixed repertoire of traditional and contemporary numbers under the baton of their talented Musical Director, Joy Amman Davies. Guest soloist Robert :Lewis, Tenor

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Acoustic Lounge hosted by Lloyd Warren

Smooth towards the Caerleon Festival free music weekend at the Tuesday LIVE LOUNGE featuring upbeat live sets from some of the best local musicians and up-and-coming performers playing popular covers and original music in a chilled setting. Hosted by local guitarist/singer Lloyd Warren, the LIVE LOUNGE is free entry to all so pencil that date in your diary.

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NA-MARA concert – to commemorate the Basque Children of Caerleon 1937

Concert Performance by NA-MARA. In recent years this folk duo have built an enviable reputation for fine story telling and musicianship around the folk clubs and festivals of Britain. Their music includes self-penned songs in traditional style on contemporary and historical topics; traditional songs from the British Isles; their own translations of songs from the Breton, French and Quebecois traditions; and tunes from Brittany, France and the Spanish Celtic regions of Asturias and Galicia.

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The 80th Anniversary of the Basque Refugee Children’s arrival in Caerleon

A FREE day to commemorate the arrival in Caerleon of the Basque refugee children fleeing the Spanish Civil War in 1937. An exhibition of photographs and press cuttings together with A three-way conversation about the reasons for the children coming to Wales and to Caerleon; the children’s experience of life in Caerleon and how the children were supported by the wider community

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Spellbound

Spellbound offer the listener a wide variety of music from different genres, from sweet and tender ballads to hard hitting rock’n’roll via some disco/funk numbers, current chart hits, and some Latin-style thrown in for good measure! Fronted by female vocals backed up by talented, time served musicians, including 2 guitarists, bass, keyboards and drums, this engaging band is certainly one to add to your “must see” list.

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Lit on the Lawn

Now embarking on its sixth year Literature Caerleon once again brings together the cream of contemporary Welsh writing suitably augmented by a unique debunker of the status quo from across the bridge. Recently returned from the campaign trail, bibliophile and ITV Wales’ Political Editor, Adrian Masters will be on hand to help guide proceedings.

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Attila the Stockbroker with Patrick Jones

The world is going nuts, Attila the Stockbroker is writing about it – and he is more fired up than he has ever been in 36 years as a performance poet. He’ll be performing pieces from his newly published collection Undaunted – the title says it all.

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The Merry Wives of Windsor

As the Festival programme takes shape, good news! William Shakespeare returns to the Amphitheatre on this time "as luck would have it" with a comedy presented by The Festival Players Theatre Company. They are a professional theatre company who deliver the best in open-air Shakespeare and committed to presenting the very best in touring...

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The Monmouthshire and Newport Community Choir

The Monmouthshire and Newport Community Choir will perform a concert of well-known songs from pop to classical to traditional melodies prior to the performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor in Caerleon Amphitheatre

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MARI LWYD [Hen Galan]

The Mari Lwyd [Hen Galan] will be moving between the White Hart and the Bell. The Mari Lwyd (pronounced /mæri'lɔɪd/) is a wassailing folk custom found in South Wales. The tradition entails the use of an eponymous hobby horse which is made from a horse's skull mounted on a pole and carried by an individual hidden under a sackcloth. It represents a regional variation of a "hooded animal" tradition that appears in various forms throughout Britain.

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CHRISTMAS MARKET

The excitement mounts, pulses race, against all the odds the Christmas tree is in place, "It's beginning to look like Christmas, everywhere you go........"Caerleon Festival’s Christmas Market, this year, will have not only delicious food and gastronomic treats from near and afar, but also local quality crafts - the solution to some Xmas shopping problems. There will be Carols on the Common, Merrymaking in the Museum, and festivities everywhere in a Christmas enthused Caerleon and there will be Lorraine & Henry as usual to give a warm welcome. So come on in...........

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BELSHAZZAR’S FEAST Caerleon Festival’s Christmas Event

BELSHAZZAR'S FEAST start with traditional folk music, add a touch of classical and jazz, throw in a bit of pop and music hall, then top it off with wry humour for a unique live experience. Belshazzar’s Feast received a coveted nomination for the Best Duo Award at the 2010 BBC Folk Awards. The two Pauls make a welcome return to perform Festive music and song spiced with humour to celebrate the run up to Christmas

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The TREORCHY MALE CHOIR with soloist Iona Jones

For 130 years the Treorchy Male Choir has been recognised as one of the greatest choral ensembles of all time. Early competition victories were followed by regular radio and television broadcasts, feature films and an unequalled number of commercial recordings. The Choir has given several Royal Command Performances, appeared alongside very many international entertainers and undertaken an enviable number of tours abroad.

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RICHARD DIGANCE

Richard is a BAFTA Nominated entertainer and a Gold Award recipient from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. He is also listed in the Virgin Anthology of Music as an influential writer of comedic songs. Not many guitarists have played a duet with Queen's Brian May, worked with Steve Martin, played an acoustic set with Status Quo or performed at The London Palladium with the late Robin Williams, Richard has 3 million YouTube hits, 27 albums and a Golden Anniversary Tour, 50 years of songs and stories, coming in 2017

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ELINOR BENNETT harpist

Starting in the Baroque period with the Concerto for harp by Handel, ELINOR BENNETT will play some of the most popular music of the harp repertoire from the classical and romantic periods, as well as more recent works from the 20th century. She will introduce the music in her warm, inimitable style sharing her passion for the harp and its music.

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FAKE THACKRAY

FAKE THACKRAY, aka JOHN WATTERSON, is an adopted Yorkshireman with a huge appreciation and love of Jake Thackray's music. His performance is a celebration of the man that was Jake Thackray – his life, his work and his genius – a genius which the new age of music lovers are in danger of missing out on. John is a talented guitarist and vocalist and has that engaging quality that makes you want to listen to his performance. When you wrap these ingredients up in the songs of Jake Thackray the result is a highly entertaining, heartfelt tribute to one of the finest songwriters of the 20th century.

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EAST POINTERS

The EAST POINTERS, a Canadian band heading for the WOMAD FESTIVAL are stopping off at the BELL INN on Wednesday 27th July to give us an opportunity to hear some astounding sounds. EAST POINTERS from St Edward Island are breathing some new life into traditional music – they are hoping to introduce a whole new generation of listeners to a musical style that dates back centuries yet is still relevant today – making trad. music again hip – music to dance and raise a glass to!

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BIG FREE – FolkLaw

FolkLaw - Folk Rock Band - acrobatic fiddling & earthly vocals from the heart of the Cotswold

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BIG FREE – Jawahir Middle Eastern Dance Group

Jawahir Middle Eastern Dancers Jawahir perform all styles of Middle Eastern Dance – fusing North African, Egyptian, Turkish and even European rhythms using traditional and modern movement, in bright, colourful costumes which vary from full tribal to light and airy.

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BIG FREE – Georgia Monaghan

Georgia Monaghan is an exciting new teenage singer from Newport, Wales. She is now aged only sixteen and has been performing on the live music scene since she was fourteen! Included in her repertoire are many genres of music including, Pop, Country, R & B and Soul.

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BIG FREE – Delta Breaks, Blues, Rock & Soul Band

DELTA BREAKS is a covers band based in Cardiff, and play classic songs from artists such as The Black Crowes; Cream; BB King; Stevie Wonder; Jimi Hendrix; Fleetwood Mac; The Doors; Eric Clapton; The Beatles; Wilson Pickett and many more.

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BIG FREE – Peel Your Own Spuds

Peel Your Own Spuds, Celtic/Irish Folk Band that "rattle out" Irish music, which has an uplifting, influence on an audience. This genre of music gets hands clapping and feet tapping, which is a unique style of music and performance found in Wales.

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BIG FREE – Society Rock

Society Rock - A local Chepstow based band that plays rock music from the Beatles, Guns ‘n Roses, Green Day, Bryan Adams, Killers, & Stereophonics.

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BIG FREE – Morfa

MORFA with Meg Eliza Cox, Osian Gruffydd and Rhys Morris This group is an exciting new young Welsh trio, soon to be hitting the UK festival circuit. Playing traditional tunes, songs and clog!

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BIG FREE – Keith Christmas

Keith Christmas, British Folk Blues, guitarist, singer/songwriter is a widely experienced musician who has played and been associated with magical names such as David Bowie, working with him on his first album

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BIG FREE – Jawahir Middle Eastern Dance Group

Jawahir Middle Eastern Dancers Jawahir perform all styles of Middle Eastern Dance – fusing North African, Egyptian, Turkish and even European rhythms using traditional and modern movement, in bright, colourful costumes which vary from full tribal to light and airy.

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BIG FREE – Bewelian 21st Century Folk Rock Mix Up

‘21st Century Folk Rock Mix Up’ Bewelian are best described as being from rock to jazz to ska. They are a foot-stomping, arm waving, ‘dancing like you just don't care’ celebration of life and folk in the 21st Century

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BIG FREE – ‘Shimai’ Duo

Shimai are sisters Angharad and Rhiannon based in Newport, South Wales. Shimai offer a wealth of self penned songs and beautifully reconstructed covers. Haunting harmonies backed by subtle guitar playing.

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BIG Free – Tres Hombres Classic Rock, Soul & Blues Band

Tres Hombres is a guitar band with live experience going back a long way and an ability to involve their audience! Their set is a trawl through the best Classic Rock, Soul and Blues from Clapton and Bowie to ZZ Top, Joe Cocker to Joe Jackson, Joe Walsh, Dr. Feelgood, Free to Springsteen!

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BIG FREE – Brandywine Cloggers with the Grey River Boys

Appalachian Clogging is a traditional percussive step dance which developed in the Appalachian Mountains of the USA through many different influences. It is a lively, improvisatory dance that encompasses elements of English, Irish, African-American, and Native American foot-work and rhythms and is accompanied by Bluegrass or Old-Time banjo and fiddle tunes.

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Pub Rock – Mike and the Mechanic

Mike and the Mechanic aka Colin Ganderton and Mike Williams This will be an eclectic acoustic set with songs mainly taken from the sixties and seventies by John Denver, The Beatles, John Legend, Creedence Clearwater Revival and others.

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BIG FREE – Shoostring – Appalachian Dancing

Shoostring are sure to amaze you with their synchronised and unique approach to Appalachian dancing, bringing to life the toe tapping rhythms of American Bluegrass music performed by the fantastic

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BIG FREE – Gwent Accordion Club

The young musical director, Dan Bailey’s much favoured style of music is ‘SWING’. So the sounds of ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business’, ‘Give My Regards to Broadway’, ‘Pasadena’, ‘Jealousy’ ‘Delilah’ & many more will drift across the Festival Field

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BIG FREE – Jack Perrett & Indie Rock & Roll

Jack Perrett pens indestructible youth tunes that will leave you feeling ten foot tall with your chest out and your chin up. Combining the best of Oasis’s unapologetic confidence with the timeless style of acts like The Jam and The Stone Roses. The singer songwriter from Newport wears his influences on his sleeve. Jack does something that no other artist in Britain has done in a long time. He makes your blood pump just a little bit faster. Not short on ambition Jack’s flagship song says everything you need to know. He’s got it all but he wants more.

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BIG FREE – Ragsy

Ragsy, Acoustic Singer/Songwriter performed last year at the Ship, Aberdare’s RAGSY from BBC's The Voice in 2013, mentored by Tom J is making a return to the Festival.

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BIG FREE – Jawahir Middle Eastern Dancers

Jawahir perform all styles of Middle Eastern Dance – fusing North African, Egyptian, Turkish and even European rhythms using traditional and modern movement, in bright, colourful costumes which vary from full tribal to light and airy.

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BIG FREE – Scuffed up Boots

Scuffed Up Boots, Acoustic Jazz, Funk & Swing Trio who bring you a mixture of jazzy, funky & bluesy groove based melodies that makes you ‘wanna’ get up & dance. The band consists of a vocalist /double bass, acoustic guitar & percussion

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BIG FREE – Thomas Rhys Music

Thomas Rhys Acoustic guitar & vocals A versatile performer RHYS sings in a variety of differing styles, modern pop classics, Motown and old school roc

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BIG FREE – Keith Christmas

Keith Christmas, British Folk Blues, guitarist, singer/songwriter is a widely experienced musician who has played and been associated with magical names such as David Bowie, working with him on his first album. Was booked to appear at the first ever Glastonbury Festival in 1978 and been a support act to The Who, King Crimson, Ten Years After, Argent, Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, The Kinks and Roxy Music.

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BIG FREE – Rogora Khart

Rogora Khart brings Black Sea Punk to Newportograd they are a fantastic, crazy, deeply amusing Eastern European-influenced punky, folky rock'n'roll with a beautiful bonkers dancer who makes Bez look like Nick Clegg - and delivered with an off the scale energy that makes the Sex Pistols look like Kraftwerk. Imagine the Pogues fronted by Dracula. Rogora Khart are UKIP's worst nightmare. For no other reason than that, see this wonderful band NOW!

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BIG FREE – Susan Warren

Sue Warren has been entertaining people for over 20 years and is very proud that this will be the first time she will be performing as a solo artist, playing the ukulele and performing her own compositions, in a style that has been called "Acoustic Pop".

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BIG FREE – TaffyWasAThief

TaffyWasAThief is a quirky trio who play the blues of the world - wrapped in the dirt of the valleys. It's a random blend of country-blues, reggae and Afro-Latino rhythms & grooves.

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BIG FREE – Scott Alexander Howells

Scott Alexander a classically trained singer who sings many styles of music. He has a number of current songs that feature in the top UK charts and plans to perform at the Big Sing the music of Pop, R&B, Soul, Musical Theatre and Rock.

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BIG FREE – Kings of Caerleon

Kings of Caerleon - Rock & Roll Cover Band that give you the music of Jimi Hendrix to Oasis. The group is sure to offer something that gets you rocking...

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BIG FREE – Jawahir Middle Eastern Dance Group

Jawahir perform all styles of Middle Eastern Dance – fusing North African, Egyptian, Turkish and even European rhythms using traditional and modern movement, in bright, colourful costumes which vary from full tribal to light and airy.

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BIG FREE – 3MPH

3MPH - Original Acoustic Folk & Blues Band. Their songs have been described as an eclectic mix of styles and genre covering anything from Blues to Rock, Country to Folk and anything in between.

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BIG FREE – Silurian, Country Rock & Blues Duo

Silurian - An Usk-based dynamic acoustic duo who play a wide range of country, rock and blues covers together with original songs. Fronted by Jez Bosanquet they bring a unique, gritty, vocal style with a punchy rhythm guitar

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BIG FREE – Rob Barratt Comic Poet & Singer

Rob Barratt, Comic Poet & Singer is a Dudley-born and Cornwall-based comic poet and singer who combines clever word play, verse and song with satire, parody and audience participation. Rob deals with such important topics as squid, the weather in Scotland, distressed furniture and tuk-tuks.

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BIG FREE – Healey, Rowlands & Haywood

Healey, Rowlands & Haywood play a range of rhythmic blues songs which will get your feet tapping. They comprise two contrasting guitar styles plus some gutsy harmonica playing - not to be missed!'

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BIG FREE – Loungin’ About

Based out of Monmouthshire, South Wales, Lounging About are a Jazz and Blues sextet focused upon performing popular jazz and blues numbers in their own highly original and indomitable style.

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BIG FREE – Oxbowlake

Oxbowlake is a two piece folk band who really like to put on a show, their music is beautifully put together with wonderful harmonies mixed in with just the right amount of humour.

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Shakespeare’s Hamlet – The Festival Players

In celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, The Festival Players Theatre Company is proud to present the Bard’s most famous play, Hamlet. All in the setting of Caerleon’s Roman Amphitheatre. A performance given by the Côr y Dreigiau Newport Gwent Dragon’s Choir under the musical directorship of Helen Robbins with Colin Beynon as accompanist will precede the play at 6.30pm.

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Pub Rock – How to Build a Rocket

‘How to Build a Rocket’: One of the hardest working bands on the circuit at this time, with Phil (guitar/ vocals) and Gary Ed (drums), Kath (keyboards/ vocals); Steve (guitar) and Steve (bass/backing vocals), They play Pub Rock and Roll…… Loud!

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Pub Rock – Free Beer

Free Beer bring fresh energy to an eclectic mix of classic rock and pop covers including Queen, Bon Jovi, Killers, Fleetwood Mac, Stereophonics and many more. Hugh (lead vocals/bass), Andy (guitar/vocals), Steve (drums/vocals) and Dave (keyboards).

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The Morriston Orpheus Choir

The Morriston Orpheus Choir returns after last year’s great success when they performed to a sell out audience. They are joined this year by guest soloist Huw Euron

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Pop Rock – TaffyWasAThief

TaffyWasAThief is a quirky trio who play the blues of the world - wrapped in the dirt of the valleys. It's a random blend of country-blues, reggae and Afro-Latino rhythms & grooves.

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Pub Rock – Free Acoustic Lounge

Acoustic Lounge. Host: Lloyd Warren with Julia Abbott, guitarist and singer; Rhys Hone guitarist and singer/songwriter; Izzi Lewis-Jarvis singer and ukelele/guitar player and Jack Perrett guitarist and singer/songwriter who play rock music that flows through classic covers with a chilled and funky twist.

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The All Wales Comic Verse Finals

Now entering its fifth year the 2016 All Wales Comic Verse Competition continues to offer some of the largest cash prizes for any poetry competition in Wales, comic or otherwise.

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Pub Rock – Spellbound

Spellbound is a versatile South Wales band, whose range of cover songs is truly eclectic covering a wide range of genres but slightly off the beaten track of many of set lists... there's something for everyone here!

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Lit On The Lawn

To those who enjoy a 'good book' and want to hear from the authors themselves, come along to our marquee in the glorious garden of the Priory Hotel. Spend an informal, informative and engaging day in the company of some of the best writers in Wales today.

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Pop Rock – The Gate Crashers

A four piece acoustic band based in Llanfrechfa who can be found gigging throughout the Cardiff & Newport area with a repertoire of light rock, blues & country music. The band comprises of Ian Kendrick (guitar & vocals); Mark Payne (lead vocals, harmonica & tambourine); Nicky Dominy (guitar & backing vocals); James Dawson (mandolin, guitar and definitely no vocals!).

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Pub Rock – Albino Frogs

Simply known as “The Frogs” to their ever growing number of followers supporting their smiling upbeat music, this five piece band from the South Wales Valleys appeals to all ages, as they deal out plenty of funky Latin rocky grooves, which get your foot tapping and the body swaying. It doesn’t end there, there's also a smattering of jazz and country thrown into the mix for good measure. Solid yet funky bass, drums, and percussion serving to underpin the slap and tickle guitar style.

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Poetry in the Pews – Owen Sheers

Poetry In The Pews - Owen Sheers supported by The Allegra Ladies Choir, Mike Jenkins. Owen Sheers is an international acclaimed and award winning Welsh poet, author and playwright. His first novel, Resistance, was translated into ten languages and adapted into a film. The Dust Diaries, his Zimbabwean non-fiction narrative, won the Welsh Book of the Year. He has received many other awards including the Hay Festival Poetry Medal and the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award..

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The Summer Farmers’ Market

Caerleon’s own Farmers’ Market once again There will be produce grown, prepared, baked, preserved or handmade locally and some exotic extras too. How can you resist not coming……?

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Robin and Bina Williamson’s folk music

Robin is legendary worldwide as musician, storyteller and writer. He has fore fronted many genres over his 50 year career .He plays harp and guitar. Bina is an inspired and gifted singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist in her own right. She has a hauntingly sweet melodious voice .She plays bowed psaltery, plucked psaltery, auto harp and long neck dulcimer. Their soulful performances as a duo feature their East West vocal harmonies and their own unique interweave of songs stories and music.

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Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream

Suitable for family audiences from 6 to 96. Open air performance - Please bring your own low backed seating. Ticket price includes a Hog Roast after the performance.

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Daoiri Farrell

Powerful Irish traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell from Dublin, is the new voice of Irish traditional music.

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RACE NIGHT – Place Your Bets

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