Concert Information

All concerts are held at The Bigg Theatre, 36 High Street, Biggleswade, SG18 0JL. Doors open at 7.30pm and the performance starts at 8.00pm.

There is a twenty minute interval and the evenings usually end around 10.30pm.

Scroll down for details of our concerts. 

Concert Schedule At A Glance

14th June - Emily Slade and Chris Fox

9th August - Odette Michelle

13th September - Thomas Benjamin Wild Esqand The Fancy Chaps

11th October - Edwina Hayes

15th November - Jack In A Barrel

9th December - A Winter Union

14th June - Double Header - Emily Slade and Chris Fox

Emily Slade is one of Britain's foremost female fingerstyle guitartists. Emily took up the acoustic guitar at the age of nine, making her stage debut that same year. At eighteen, Emily studied English and Education at Cambridge University. During her final year she launched her record label 'Rustuc Thorn Records' to release a limited edition EP called 'Small Talk.' Her debut album 'Shire Boy' followed, gaining a BBC radio 2 Horizon Award nomination for best newcomer. Emily took to the road, promoting the album by travelling internationally, carving out a staggering reputation amongst fellow musicians and support at grass roots level from the audiences at her concerts.

The Partnership between her intricate guitar playing and enchanting vocals are rarely found in one person, making Emily and enthralling performer. She is a woman quite clearly at ease with her audience. Her winning personality and presence have endeared her to audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.

Award winning 21st Century contemporary singer-songwriter Chris Fox is an independent musician spanning the roots lexicon of Folk, Americana, Country and Blues. A genre defying troubadour, audiences are enthralled by his rich vocals, complex guitar playing, and loop pedal alchemy finding
Chris to be humorous & thought provoking in equal measures. His naturally laid back, unostentatious style creates the perfect ambience for an intimate and inclusive live experience drawing listeners in with tales of the everyday and the unexpected.


Chris Fox released his first album ‘From the Shadows’ in 2019. Then in September ’22 Chris released his second album ‘In Plain Sight’ to critical acclaim. His music over the years has been aired widely both
internationally and on radio stations across the UK including BBC Radio and has seen press support from titles such as Folk Radio UK, RnR magazine, Irish Music Magazine and AmericanaUK, while gaining a nomination for Best Male Artist of the Year from FATEA, 2023.


Born and raised in Cambridgeshire, Chris Fox cut his teeth playing for pints in local drinking establishments along the river Great Ouse in 2014. Fast forward to an award-winning singer songwriter, Chris has performed at Folk Festivals, Clubs and Theatres in the UK and Europe as Headliner, in Double Bills and support for major acts on the UK Folk Scene.


9th August - Odette Michelle

Odette Michell is an award-winning British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with a rich foothold in the folk tradition.

In April 2019, Odette released her debut album ‘The Wildest Rose’. The album gained widespread positive acclaim followed by a string of live interviews, and featured notable musical contributions from Phil Beer (one-half of multi-award-winning acoustic folk band Show of Hands), and Toby Shaer (Cara Dillon, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys).

The result is a compelling, highly impressive debut that both soars and impresses. fRoots Magazine described it as "one of the stand-out debuts of 2019" and by the end of the same year, 'The Wildest Rose' had been chosen as one of the '10 Best Albums of 2019' by Johnny Coppin on BBC Sounds, and became one of the 'Recommended Albums Of 2019' on Blues and Roots Radio, as well as making it onto the 'Album Of The Year' list on the Readifolk Radio Show.

The album also became featured Album Of The Week on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire (Sue Marchant, The Folk Show, April 2019), and BBC Radio Wales (Frank Hennessy, Celtic Heartbeat, April 2019), as well as Album Of The Month on the Folk, Blues & Beyond Show on Radio Leicestershire, and In February 2020 RNR Magazine touted Odette as one of their 'Top Picks For 2020',

In January 2020 Odette won Female Artist Of The Year at the FATEA Awards, following in the footsteps of previous winners Kitty Macfarlane and Cara Dillon, respectively; and in May 2020 Odette was nominated for a Rising Star Award at the 2020 Folking Awards. In January 2021 Odette was invited to perform at Celtic Connections as part of the legendary Danny Kyle Open Stage.​

A dynamic live performer, Odette plays the guitar, bouzouki and accordion, and has performed alongside the likes of Show of Hands and Seth Lakeman, and has opened for folk legends Martin Carthy, Phil Beer, Boo Hewerdine, Nancy Kerr, Reg Meuross and BBC R2 Folk Award nominees Ninebarrow amongst others. 

13th September - Thomas Bejamin Wild EsqAnd the Fancy Chaps

Thomas Benjamin Wild Esq. has been delivering his own brand of singalong, musical humour since 2016, and the video for his sweary anthem ‘I’ve No More F***s To Give’ has been viewed over 16 million times on YouTube alone, sending his debut album ‘Awkward Encounters While Walking My Dog’ to number 3 in the Billboard
Comedy Album Chart in 2019.


In 2023, he decided he needed a band of well groomed folk to accompany him on his travels around the country and join in with the mirth and merriment, so the Fancy Chaps were formed. 


Thomas takes inspiration from the wit and wisdom of the songwriters of the early-mid 20th century and combines them with punk rock sensibilities to create pithy songs full of catchy tunes and social and political commentary that speak volumes about the times we live in.

11th October - Edwina Hayes

One of the finest female singer/songwriters this country has produced in years. Edwina brings together English folk, Americana and the rich Northern singer/songwriter tradition to create a sound that’s truly her own.

Highly accomplished she’s toured with such notable performers as Jools Holland, Van Morrison, Nanci Griffith and Loudon Wainwright III to name just a few.

Edwina numbers Michael Parkinson and Mike Harding among her fans and the title track of her album Pour Me A Drink was covered by Nanci Griffith who calls her 'the sweetest voice in England'.

Her cover of the Randy Newman song Feels Like Home was featured in the Cameron Diaz film My Sister's Keeper and has since had over twenty million plays on Spotify and over fifty million plays on You Tube.

Edwina's 4th album Ruby Rose was released in 2022.

'The sweetest voice in England. A wonderful young woman, so gifted and full of song.' Nanci Griffith

'Haunting, honeyed, solo songwriter.' The Guardian

15th November - Jack In A Barrel

Jack in a Barrel are a seven-piece acapella group based in Bedfordshire. They have been performing regularly at folk clubs and festivals since forming in 2018, and recorded their debut album, “I Know Not Where I Live” in 2019. JiaB sing a range of traditional and “sounds traditional” songs from standards like John Ball to more reflective numbers like John Tams’ Devonshire Carol, taking in the odd shanty and music hall number along the way. 

They make the most of the seven voices in their arrangements, whether it's to create a Wall of Sound or to produce close, squishy harmonies.

There are always plenty of opportunities to join in, so come ready to sing. And watch out for their Spotty Dick!

9th December - A Winter Union

Following some early personnel changes, the band’s current line-up has been settled since 2017 and their friendship and mutual admiration gives the band a comfort and confidence that shines throughout their live shows. “We’ve long looked upon our December tour as a kind of month-long Christmas party” says Ben Savage, “There’s always such a brilliant feeling in the room at gigs around that time of year and we just feed on it... "

The band give nods to both British and American folk traditions, playing a jubilant mix of carols, wassails and winter songs both old and new to entertain and entrance audiences across the UK. Whilst there is no shortage of Christmas party here, there are plenty of moments for reflection and poignancy. Bring the whole family, or come for the work bash!

 

16th December - Carols At The Hare

An evening of Christmas theme music and songs. This event is held on the night of  our usual traditional music session and follows exactly the same format.

This is a free event and it takes place in the March Hare Brew Pub. It is an informal session where singing of festive (or not so festive) songs is interspersed with traditional tunes.


As with the Dunton Wassail we hope that with your support we can make the Carols at the Hare event a fun evening for all comers to enjoy. We need you to join in or to simply listen and to share the warmth of the festive spirit in Dunton.

4th January 2025 - Dunton Wassail

An evening of fun and silliness involving morris dancers, a mummers play, singing and wassailing trees in the orchard, the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance (If you've not witnessed this you've really missed something).

Supported by Letchworth Morris Men, Bedford Morris Men, Brafront Guizers, The Dunton Community Garden and Jack In A Barrel.

There is mulled cider and real ale supplied by the March Hare Outside Bar, soup and hot dogs supplied by the Dunton Community Garden and more fun than you can shake a stick at. Get well wrapped up and bring a torch, and a saucepan lid and wooden spoon to scare off malevolent spirits from the orchard.

This is a free event.

Venue - Church Farm, Church Street, Dunton (behind the Church).

Also a free music session/singaround in the March Hare pub afterwards.




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