Ganderflankers (it’s an old Wiltshire word meaning aimlessly messing about see here) is the musical troupe that accompanies Bradford on Avon’s giant Jack in the Green at the BoA Green Man Festival every May (Saturday 13th May for 2023).
Accompanied by a Black Dog and other fantastical beasts we also organise other events during the year including a procession around the town on the night of 31st October better known as Halloween or Samhain.
We have a unique, theatrical style weaving dance, music, song, beasts and narrative into a mini saga. We use Wiltshire traditions of giants, black dogs and white horses to tell the eternal story of Summer’s fight to overcome Winter, or, for the more bloodthirsty, of Alfred’s battle against the Danes at Edington. Our influences draw on Border Morris and Mummer’s Plays.
If you would like to become a musician or one of our beasts please contact us here.