Festival Programme


– With Coronavirus,  the International Pipe and Tabor Festival – Lincoln will be  moved from 18th – 20th September 2020 to a similar weekend in September 2021 to be determined.


Rendezvous at Symposium venue Bishop Grosseteste University

2 – 5 pm            Symposium

‘Taboring techniques and taboring rhythms, particularly as applied to dance music and dancers’

Suggested topics might include the following:

  • Steve Rowley on music for morris – “What did the old guys ever do for us”
  • Gillian Guest – Overview of Lincolnshire medieval images of pipe and tabor (15 min)
  • Gillian Guest – Some straightforward taboring rhythms
  • Bill Tuck – The misurae of 15thC Italian dance and accompanying tabor rhythms
  • Something on morris taboring to be determined

5 – 6 pm              Break for meal

6 – 8:10 pm         Film about George Butterworth

8:15 – 11.00 pm  Social and informal session (round the room, “play” or “pass”), venue to be determined


Registration at workshop venue, Bishop Grosseteste University

9:30 – 10:30 am   Workshop  – André Gabriel

10:30 – 11:00 am Coffee & chance to look at and discuss instruments

11:00 – 12:00 am  Workshop  – topic TBD, playing for Bucknell Morris is a possibility – we need info from Ollie Simons on what morris tunes we will play

12:00 – 1:15 pm  Break for meal

1:15 pm Taborers & morris perform at Lincoln cathedral

travel to Brant Broughton   13 miles,  30 minutes

2:15 pm Taborers & morris at Brant Broughton

travel to Ancaster   9 miles  15 minutes

3:30 pm Taborers & morris at Ancaster

travel to Heckington   14 miles   20 minutes

4:30 pm Taborers & morris at Heckington

travel back to Lincoln   23 miles  40 minutes

6:20 pm Taborers & morris jigsters (Ollie, Matt, Billy, Mossy, & Grace) assemble to process to concert venue (to be confirmed)

6.40 pm assemble at concert venue for pre-concert technical rehearsal (entrances, exits etc).

7.30 pm – 10 pm  Evening concert “Wonders of Pipe and Tabor- The Taborers Society with International Guest André Gabriel”  in concert venue Bishop Grosseteste University

Outline concert programme:

  • 35 min Taborers
  • 10 min 3 morris jigs
  • 15 min Lincoln Waites featuring pipe and tabor
  • 40 min André Gabriel
  • 10 min Massed taborers


Bishop Grosseteste University

9:30 am – 11:00 am Workshop – André Gabriel

11:00 – 11:20 am coffee

11:20 – 12:40 AGM of  The Taborers Society

12:40 pm Eat at a fine hostelry to be determined.

Festival Tickets:

Weekend taborer TBD

Day taborer TBD

Taborer’s family member weekend  TBD

Tickets are bought from Rob Guest at the festival. There’s no formal booking of festival tickets in advance, but Rob Guest or Andy Richards would love to know your plans to attend. We look forward to seeing you!