Festival Program

IMPORTANT NOTICE:    We have endeavoured to create a Festival to accommodate those with restricted mobility and or sensory impairments wherever practicable. All areas including Workshop and stage performances are wheelchair accessible. Stewards are on site to assist those visually or Audio impaired and will be briefed on how to render that assistance in order to make the Festival more inclusive and enjoyable for all.




‘Dagger’ stage will host live performances by a host of acts

from 10am til 6pm;   ‘Bucky Doo’, Sth Street.

Friday Evening Festival Launch  CONCERT

features the Fabulous Polly Morris Band in concert at the Bridport Electric Palace. 

Polly Morris Band ‘One of lifes’ most personable and talented performers fronts this dynamic act with warmth and humour”


with Dorsets ‘KADIA‘ Folk Band , plus support

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8.00pm  Tickets £8 Advance ( incl .50p Bkg fee ) from  Electric Palace Box Office
Tuesday – Friday 11am – 5pm  Saturday 10am – 2pm  or from Bridport TIC
£10 on the door.  Doors 7pm. 

NB. Concessions on showing Performers Wristband .


Ropemakers Pub West Street.  9.00pm    

‘Arnie Cottrell’ and ‘Matt Tarling’     

“Arnie Cottrell has been around for a very long time. He plays acoustic guitars, National Tricone  guitar, mandolin, mandola, octave mandolin, bouzouki and he sings. He has opened for Robert Cray (twice), Keb Mo (once), Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson, Dick Gaughan, Tim O’Brien and Arty McGlynn, Arty McGlynn and Nollaig Casey, Jackie Leven, The Levellers (the Great Important People’s Chairs Controversy!) and has played at a few festivals and recorded on both sides of the Atlantic but he has only been on TV in Louisiana. He loves music and eggy bread and his favourite colour is Dark Blue.


Social Barn Dance @ Church Hse, Sth St.  8pm til 10.30 

with ‘Abacus’   caller Richard Mason.  Begin your Festival fitness and get your toes and every other part of you jumping at this vibrant and fun Barn dance.
(Opposite the Woodman. )

  Concessions on showing performers wristband.




Pub Sessions and Singarounds   12 noon til 6pm at;

Ropemakers West St ( Palmers ales ),   

Woodman Inn Sth Street  ( Free House )



Saturday Workshops ;

Town Hall

9.45 – 11.15         Creative Dance

11.30 – 12.30     Beginners Ukelele

12.45 – 13.30     Slide Guitar

13.45 – 15.00    Open

15.30 – 16.45   Beginners Fiddle

NB   Workshops range from a minimal £3 to £5



Dance Workshops

Church House Sth St

9.45 -11 am    Introduction to Contra Dance

11.30 -12,45   Morris dance

13.45 – 1500   Dances with a Difference

15.30 – 16.45    Appalachian dance Workshop


British Legion hall Victoria Grove

9.45 – 11.am   All squared up’ Folk dance emphasis on squares

11.30 – 12.45  Irish Set dancing for beginners

13.45 – 15.00   Clog dancing for beginners

15.30 – 16.45   More Contra dance

   Concessions on showing performers wristband.


Five stages  hosting live performances from 10 am til 7pm;

1) ‘Colmers’ Stage,   Borough Gardens  2 ) ‘Dagger’ Stage Bucky Doo,  Sth Street.

3 ) ‘Trevett’ Stages x 2 ,   Millennium Green   10.30 am til 12 noon.   1pm til 3pm then 4pm til 7pm

5,  Market House Fringe,   from 12.30 til 6pm



Bridport Electric Palace Festival Headliner Event 

Double headline bill Concert at Bridport Electric Palace.

 with international artist and Festival Patron REG MEUROSS

and  BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award Nominees  ‘NINEBARROW’ .         

Nothing more to add other than Wow!

8.00pm  Tickets £12Advance ( incl .50p Bkg fee ) from  Electric Palace Box Office
Tuesday – Friday 11am – 5pm  Saturday 10am – 2pm  or from Bridport TIC  £14 on the door.   Doors 7pm.

Concessions on showing performers wristband.



Ropemakers Pub West Street.  

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9.00pm   Sixteen String Jack. This multi talented band are a great example of high energy Instrumentalists. 

As the name suggests, many strings make great sounds.



CHURCH HOUSE, South St,  ( Opposite the Woodman )

17.00 til 18.45 .. Social Family dance  

A chance to involve the whole family in the delights of traditional dance with ‘Abacus’  and caller Jeremy Child


followed by…..

19.45 til 22.45   Ceilidh

Definitely one for the more adept dancer.   Fill your boots to the great Festival Band ‘No Strings Attached’  Caller Richard Gracie.


  Concessions on showing performers wristband.



Live performances on four stages;

Borough Gardens    10.30 til 6pm

Millennium Green   10.30 til 6pm  ( Two stages )

Market House Fringe 12.30 til 5.00



Bridport Arts Ctre

♥11.30  Open

12.45  Longsword Southern Star1.30  Open

14.30 Bouzouki

15.30 Live Shanty The Old Gaffers

16.15  Guitar & Violin in harmony   


Town Hall

11.30   Vocal harmonies

13.15   Meet Reg Meuross Q and A session    

14.45   WCCP  Concertina

 ♥ 16.00   Polly Morris Workshop

NB   Workshops range from a minimal £3 to £5   


Dance Workshops

Church House Sth St

10 -11.15 am    Pat Shaw Dances

11.45 -13.00   Basic Jive and Walk Jive

14.30-16.00   Scottish Country Dances


British Legion hall Victoria Grove

10.00 – 11.15 am   Playford dance from Shakespear’s time

11.45 – 13.00  American Square dance

14.30 – 15.45    Playford dances from the 1700’s

    NB   16.30 to 17.30   Mass Morris display dance and Street Ceilidh

  Concessions on showing performers wristband.


Pub Sessions and Singarounds   

Ropemakers West St  ( Palmers Ales )  Irish Music & Song Session     12 noon til 4pm   ( 4pm Performance by

Woodman South Street  ( Free House )    English music session           12 noon til 5pm


Small Stage Bucky Doo for incidental music performance.


South Street Road Closure 9am til 6pm for Dance.  

A small selection of the 26 Dance sides attending


South Street 5pm Guinness World Record attempt of 160 Morris and related sides dancing the ‘Bonny Green Garter’

This attempt will be followed by an on Street Festival Ceilidh finale all welcome. To be televised





                                       6.30 pm ‘Ropemakers’   ‘Stragglers’ Session all welcome.


     Roped In List of music performers please click below

Roped Website 2 pdf

       Have a Great Festival and Thank you…..