Childrens Stories

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Storytelling has been an important tool to communities through the ages, as both an entertainment and a way of sharing important messages and lessons. On this page, you can sit down and relax with some of our festival storytellers. Some use song, some props, but all the power of spoken word to tell their tales.

If you have enjoyed listening to our storytellers could you write or tell your own story? Maybe you could tell a story to your family or friends? If you would like to share your stories with us, send them into We would love to share our favourites on the festival's social media pages.


Ian and Gako

"Rolling strolling showmen of the road" 

Gacko and Ian are regular visitors to Chippenham Folk Festival's family area known as the family castle,  for shows stacked full of songs and stories of their travels.  When we told them we couldn't open the castle this year they borrowed a real castle! None other than the home of the original Tom Fool, Muncaster Castle in north Cumbria.  
Thank you for allowing them to record their shows with you. 

Show 1 (30  minutes)  
Gacko and Ian explore the grounds of Muncaster Castle with Gacko's trolly 'Dolly' packed full of a cargo of tall tales.   

Show 2 (25 minutes) 
Things get spooky as Gacko and Ian explore inside Muncaster Castle. Sorry, Gacko we can't arrange a Grand Piano for when we are back in our field! 

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Ursula Holden Gill

"Ursula Holden Gill is a Professional Storyteller, Writer and Educator who is currently based between West Yorkshire & The West Midlands. She frequently travels internationally and throughout the UK, using music, movement and real-life observation to inform her own original and traditionally inspired work, to nurture other artists and to connect people of all ages with their creativity. She is particularly passionate about her work with children and young people, in animal welfare and in the therapeutic value of Storytelling. Here she is telling Little man Jack


Jon Row

John Row, Curator of and director of the 2022 Marrakech International Storytelling Festival'.
There are stories for children every Friday at 6.00 p.m. BST and by International Young Tellers every Tuesday 5.00 p.m.BST


The Love Music Trust Youth Ensemble

The Love Music Trust has been keeping Cheshire kids involved with ensemble rehearsals, mostly via zoom, since the pandemic hit. The LMT Folk Ensemble (directed by Fluff Smith) embarked on a composition project in Summer 2020. Storyteller Tom Hughes joined the group for a session on Zoom and told a Cheshire Folk Tale which was used to seed the creativity of the young musicians. The resulting tunes were compiled in a booklet with the text and artwork. For this special performance for February Folk Day the young musicians have learned and recorded each others compositions which illustrate the tale as told by Tom. Many thanks to Mike Westhead for his time compiling this complicated project! Enjoy.

Families will enjoy joining in with our zoom ceilidhs and the Keith Donnelly Family Show is not to be missed. Why not buy a ticket for all or part of the weekend? 

Tickets available HERE.