Somerset and Dorset Folk Diary

Local Artistes

Some local bands, dance callers and other artistes.

If you'd like to have your details listed here, please get in touch.


Solo accordionist with a big duet sound for lively music for dancing. Venues large and small will be filled with music that'll make you want to get up and dance. Ideal for weddings, ceilidhs, celebrations of all kinds. Will travel, and entertain with any caller, making your event fun and successful.

Amycrofters Folk Dance Band

We aim to support the Caller and the Participants, actively joining in and being a part of the event.We play for the dancers, not just for ourselves, and it shows. An integral part of this support is the lively foot tapping music which produces smiles and impromptu dance steps.
We normally go out as a duo, but can provide one or two extra musicians if required. Then we call ourselves the Amycrofters Plus
We also run the Honiton Folk Dance Club in Offwell every Monday evening.


The Antler Ceilidh Band

Professional ceilidh band covering Somerset, Dorset and further afield. As well as traditional ceilidhs, we offer a 50/50 ceilidh + covers package which has proven very popular for weddings. The full band is usually Double Bass, Guitar, Uilleann Pipes/Whistles, Fiddle and Drums, though the line-up varies between two and six members depending on the event. In addition to ceilidhs, we provide music for Scottish reeling dances and RSCDS events. Phone Andrew North on: 07397 974388


Carol Arblaster

Carol Arblaster is a singer, composer, and Celtic Harp player who lives in Wells, Somerset though most of her life was spent on the West Coast U.S.A. where in Southern California in the late 60's she began performing with the help of a friend- songwriter, rocker, Jackson Browne. Her songs today, mostly original, are often themed on local places and histories of Somerset. Carol sometimes shares inspirational songs based on the spirituality of the Celts, such as Brendan and Columba. The music may be enhanced by powerpoint visuals accompaniment. Celtic Harp Offering is her recently released 2010 CD of harp instrumentals recorded in the Bishops Palace, Wells. Brendan Soul (a Celtic companion) was released in 2005 and Holy Thorn, 2003. Her music is sensitive and soul-touching.

Arish Mel

The Isle of Purbeck's very own English Ceilidh Band. We play mainly in Dorset, but could be tempted to travel! Line up: The four members of the band play between them Melodeons, Clarinets, Recorders, Euphonium, Guitar, Percussion (djembe, granite blocks, washboard) Working with local Dorset callers we provide a real foot-tapping evening blending the traditional music of Southern England with bucketloads of fun and excitement! Hosts of the regular monthly Kimmeridge Keilidhs. Contact: 01929 480 737


Rob Barratt

Rob Barratt is a Dudley-born and Cornwall-based comic poet, humourist and singer. His brain-tickling, word-mangling performance combines clever word play, verse and song with satire, parody and audience participation. Rob deals with such important topics as squid, data-driven education, Neanderthal politics, the weather in Scotland, distressed furniture and his relationship with potatoes but beneath the humour lurk serious issues. In recent years Rob has appeared at folk, literature and arts festivals all over the UK and in Ireland and Australia. Rob is also an improv comedy actor in Cornwall and can offer a workshop in improv comedy for beginners. He is a long-standing member of Bodmin Folk Club where he frequently performs and MCs.


Rob Barratt

Rob Barratt is a Dudley-born and Cornwall-based comic poet, humourist and singer. His brain-tickling, word-mangling performance combines clever word play, verse and song with satire, parody and audience participation. Rob deals with such important topics as squid, data-driven education, Neanderthal politics, the weather in Scotland, distressed furniture and his relationship with potatoes but beneath the humour lurk serious issues. In recent years Rob has appeared at folk, literature and arts festivals all over the UK and in Ireland and Australia. Rob is also an improv comedy actor in Cornwall and can offer a workshop in improv comedy for beginners. He is a long-standing member of Bodmin Folk Club where he frequently performs and MCs.


The Bere Essentials

The Bere Essentials are a band playing mostly old Americana tunes, Western Swing, country and the odd pop cover with a smile. We feature vocals, guitars, banjo, fiddle and double bass. Based in Bere (pronounced beer) Regis Dorset.


Betty and the Billies / The Padleigh Hillbillies

Bath-based and amateur, the Padleigh Hillbillies play American, Irish (and some British thrown-in) fiddle tunes on the mandolin backed by guitar and bass. When Betty joins on the recorder, we are called 'Betty and the Billies' - more gentle largely British traditional tunes with Recorder, guitar, bouzouki, and bass.


Black Sheep

Cask Conditioned Celtic Rock.
The artists formerly know as Strong Country have now blasted through the eighties, nineties and into the naughties entertaining at dances and pubs all over Dorset and occasionally beyond.
Titch - Fiddle
Bilbo - Melodeon & Concertina
Johno - Bass
Plim - Drums
Big Al - Caller
Check out our website for local public gigs, sound samples, and fantastic double CD offer :-)


The Brewery Band

An experienced Somerset based barn dance/ceilidh band equally at home playing for folk dance clubs. The line-up is based on Dave Byett, melodeons; Nigel Hall, mandolin/mandola; Helen Brock, fiddle; Andy Brewer, bass and Glynn Hoosen, drums. The band is happy to play as a duo, trio, quartet or quintet depending on event, venue and budget. Contact Dave Byett, 01934 835435 or Nigel Hall, 01761 221012.



Dynamic ceilidh/barn-dance band with caller based where Somerset, Dorset and Wiltshire meet. Lively, accessible dances for your community event or private party. Dances tailored to dancers’ experience. Smaller or larger band to match your event and budget. Phone Chas on 01749 850629

John Bullock

Amongst other things John is a singer of traditional English songs, in particular songs collected in Dorset by the Hammond Brothers. That love affair has resulted in a five-CD set of hardcore unaccompanied performances of the Hammond material that was collected in West Dorset, which is where John has been living for the past dozen or so years (final CD due this year).
But the 'other things' that he's up to include '500 years of popular songs' - all those songs that used to be popular but generally aren't popular any more - but that doesn't make the songs any poorer, as ecstatic audiences have proven. A personal favourite of John's are the Victorian and Edwardian music hall songs and parlour ballads. But don't be surprised to hear a song from John Dowland or Cliff Richard.
And he's been enjoying a spot of busking in Yeovil - for no obvious reason other than to scare/embarrass the locals.


The BV Band

Traditional Irish band, available for pub gigs, ceilidhs, weddings. (caller avaliable) Instruments are wooden flute, fiddle, bouzouki/guitar. Dorset based, prepared to travel.

Captain Thunderbolt Barndance Band

An experienced acoustic band playing mostly English tunes, including originals, with a few French and Irish and a touch of rock influence. Melodeon, concertina, mandolin and guitar produce punchy danceable tunes and rythyms. PA and caller provided for parties, weddings, public dances. This band plays music for dancers to dance to. Satisfaction guaranteed.

The Casterbridge Band

The Casterbridge Band may be small but there is a strong rhythmic drive to the music which is mostly, but not exclusively, English and always danceable. Will Ferris plays guitar and keyboard, often both at the same time, and occasional melodion. Naomi Ferris plays five string fiddle which provides the usual fiddle sound with the added depth of a viola and Ruth Thompson harmonises with fiddle or cello. Percussion can also be provided for a larger sound. Ruth may be the caller for small venues but the caller will generally be one of several excellent callers local to the area. Currently there is no website so please contact me direct for more information. Ruth 07984 547980

Ceilidh's Comet

Based in Wessex UK Will Antell - Caller & Fiddle Paul Chousmer - Accordion & Clarinet Samantha Jane Flounders - Fiddle & Caller Chris King - Guitar Optional Bodhran Drum & Upright Bass Available PA System Provided to suit venue We also can advise on, or arrange lighting, generators & marquees. Hailing from the borders of Dorset/Somerset, Ceilidh's Comet have garnered quite a reputation for 'getting the party going'! We play traditional tunes for dancing as well as listening. Will Antell is a highly experienced caller, who will guide beginners and experienced dancers alike, and captivate and motivate your event with warm enthusiasm. We have a wide repertoire of dances from all over Europe, which are sure to get everyone of all ages up on their feet and enjoying themselves. Tel: 07904-007869

Celtic Confusion

Ceilidhs / Pub Gigs / Weddings / Wakes
Four piece band playing a mix of irish and scottish music.
Comprises violin, guitar, accordian, bodhran.
Experienced at centre stage and larger venues but also at intimate bookings and as background music.


Pete Christie

Indie Anglicana acoustic folk rock
Pete Christie lives on the Isle of Purbeck, Dorset and has been performing his melodic and lyrical songs for over 30 years. Audiences enjoy his crafted songs, acoustic fingerstyle playing, 'acoustic, folk, blues, rock, country and back again'™ and general great entertainment value.
Pete has been a guest for Dave Pegg - Fairport Convention - as Peggy and PJ Wright, Nick Harper, Jeff Lang, Glenn Tillbrook, Ezio, Ruby Turner, Derrin Nauendorf, Hugh Cornwell, Bob Brozman, Martin Harley, Ben Montague, Alex Roberts and in September for Canadian, Americana acoustic blues and roots man Matt Andersen


Cider House Rounders

An energetic, highly entertaining and talented North Somerset-based American old-time string band that will get you up and dancing. Five friends with a passion for old-time music form the nucleus of this tight, hard-driving string band playing traditional fiddle and banjo tunes straight from the remote hollers and creek valleys of the Appalachian mountain region.

David Mepsted - mandolin, lead vocal
Derek Winter-Alsop - fiddle
James Closs - guitar
Mike Bostock - banjo
Gordon Prest - upright bass


Steve Cunio

Steve has been calling for over 25 years and has experience of all sorts of events, from large festivals to small village hall hops
I've worked with quite a few local bands. These days my 'usual' band is the Rum and Kidney Band (not least because my wife plays for them), but I'm still more than happy to call for other bands as well.


Cilla Caswell on Flute and Piano Accordion.
Bill Caswell on Double Bass.
Dave Mitchell on Guitar.
Graham Vincent on Fiddle.
Plus occasional appearances from others!

Caller - more often than not is Will Antell.

Fidddlestix is a band from the local area which plays irresistible Celtic toe-tapping music... fusing fiddles, accordion, flute, double bass and guitar with djembe drum and percussion. You will hear jigs, reels, hornpipes and waltzes and we invite you to dance under the instruction of local experienced callers.

Fingus Lingus

Traditional Irish music
Julian - Flute, Clive - Fiddle/Vocals, Malc - bouzouki, Sally - bodrhan
Availible for: Concerts, pub gigs, weddings, ceilidhs, parties.
Please email julian or call 078257388565

Fippenny Piece
The Band

Charles (guitar, ukulele & vocals) and Sammy Upton (vocals & guitar)
Mike 'Bill' Bailey (fiddle & clarinet) and Vaughan Danning (bass guitar, vocals & occasional 12-string) form Fippenny Piece.
So here we are with the band in its third incarnation, now as a basic quartet, but still able to call on the services of Phil Blake (keyboards, accordion & vocals) from time to time, and also percussionist Duncan Hitchins who joins us for some of our gigs.
Although most of our repertoire is firmly based in what could be called the folk tradition, our arrangements aren't necessarily traditional folk style. We've always tried to put variety at the top of the list, so you can expect the occasional jazz standard or more popular item to find its way into a stage performance. In fact several distinctly non-folk songs are included in our recent CD 'Frolicsome & Easy'
To get an idea of the wide variety of music we play, please go to our website and make use of the MP3 links. We hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoy playing.
We style our repertoire for festivals, clubs, pubs, private functions and for dances we are joined by a caller.


Flash Co

Flash Co are a four-piece barn dance / ceilidh band playing traditional folk music with a modern rock backline and rhythms from around the world.



Traditional folk with original material, Somerset based band available for bookings and we will be producing events in the near future.
Influences — Dave Swarbrick, Martin Carthy and Steeleye Span, The Bothy Band, Maddy Prior, June Tabor, Nick Dow, Rory McLeod, Sheila Chandra, Flook, Blowzabella, Django Reinhardt, Christy Moore. Genres: Folk, World music, Blues, Jazz, classical and rock.
Sounds Like — Old human stories of love, betrayal, sport, hunger, death, travel, Earth and Wildness.
Dora McKinley: Vocals, fiddle, Piano Accordion, Flute, Guitar, composer and lyricist.
Gem Quinn: 6&12 string Guitar, Kick Drum, backing vocals.
Sophie Harrison: Fiddle.
Dan Chalmers, Bodhran hand percussion.


The Four Foot Band

The Four Foot Band (aka The Four Foot Three, Four Foot Four or Four Foot Five, depending on how many of us are available or needed) is a very flexible band who can give you an evening of traditional music, song, dance or a combination of all three. At full strength we are Colin Bowen (Guitar), Micky Little (Mandola, Mandolin, Bodhran), Trevor Ryder (Tenor Banjo, Mandolin and various other instruments) and Maggie Wheat (Fiddle). Our regular caller, Phil Preen - who has his own listing on this site - can also add musical skills on whistles, concertina and percussion. Our fees are flexible, depending on the occasion and how many of the band are needed. Ring or text Trevor on 07773 397208.


Fresh Aire Ceilidh Band

Exciting, uplifting Celtic music. Play for village dances, celebrations, including wedding receptions, anniversaries and birthday parties. Line-up includes accordian, fiddle, flute, whistles, bagpipes, guitar, mandola and bodhran. Caller included in the booking of the band. Tel 01823 461632


Robin Gray

Robin Gray is once again very much on the scene, singing many of the songs he made popular at the Queen Vic, Priddy and the Cheddar Folk Club, back in the old days. Robin started his folk singing life at 'Folk Song at the Railway', Catford Bridge, in the 60s. He sang with the Taverners, Brothers Gray, and the Four Square Circle and made several appearances on Country Meets Folk with Malcolm Price and Wally Whyton. Many will remember his chorus songs including Men of Kent and the ever popular music hall number, Body in the Bag. Robin also plays a mean guitar and tells fabulous stories. He is available for bookings anywhere. Robin now includes poems, both funny and serious, in his performance. His second book of poems is nearing completeion and there are two CDs to go with it.

Hambledon Hopstep Band

The band was formed in 1985 and has been going strong in Dorset and surrounding counties ever since, providing ceilidhs for community fundraising events, private parties and weddings. They have a reputation for having a fun time in a relaxed and friendly way, playing lively and spirited music to well explained dances that everyone of all ages and abilities can enjoy. The music is traditional from British Isles mixed with contemporary folk music written by Nick & Tim to give an exciting edge to our sound. Caller has over 30 years experience.
The line-up is: concertina/melodeon/singer & composer - Tim Laycock
caller/tambourine/tenor recorder - Angela Laycock
recorders & unusual instruments & composer - Nick Crump
fiddle - Martine Hardy
guitar - Paul Sampson
bass - Pete Burnley
Most people go home with smiles on their faces plus a few previously undiscovered tired muscles!


Ange Hardy

Ange Hardy is a singer, songwriter and recording artist from West Somerset. Her debut album "Windmills and Wishes" was BBC Somerset album of the week in 2010, and her second studio album "Bare Foot Folk" was BBC Somerset album of the week in May 2013 - the week before it's release. Her honest and captivating performances saw her to the finals of the Isambard Nu-Folk awards, and her intimate "Story in Song" tour saw her playing in venues across the county. In 2013 Ange added a loop machine to her live performance, allowing her to recreate the entire "Bare Foot Folk" album live as a solo act by recording harmony lines directly from the stage.


The Haymakers Country Dance Band

A long established 4 piece band who play in a straight-forward style eminently suitable for dancing to. Can provide a caller if necessary, and are happy to work with other callers if required.
phone 01458 834192


Heelstone are a three piece, brothers and sister act from Salisbury. They perform various popular folk songs from around the British Isles on acoustic guitar, fiddle and bass in an exciting, lively and humorous style. They specialize in entertainment for parties and weddings and can call dances for an informal ceilidh, they can also be seen at the odd festival, folk club and pub.


Ann Hinchliffe, caller

Ann Hinchliffe has managed to work with more ceilidh bands and morris sides than there are candles on her birthday cake. She's danced, played (Anglo concertina, percussion, guitar) and led workshops in London and East Anglia for over 30 years. She's available for barn dance or other bookings, with live or recorded music. Specialisms: English historical dance; storytelling; and ways to include learning-disabled people. Phone 07770 709459 or 01935 472771.

Chris Hopgood

Chris Hopgood is a teacher and performer. He plays guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo and ukulele. As a solo performer he consentrates mainly on fingerstyle guitar, mixing traditional folk music with contemorary styles and self penned songs. When playing with his band 'The Graveyard Shift' all the instruments come out and the music jumps between British and American folk music music whether traditional or not. As a teacher he provides one-to-one tuition on all the instruments listed above as well as running folk music workshops and sessions through the 'Folk Orc'.


Amy Hopwood

I'm a Weymouth based singer-songwriter, singing both traditional and original folk songs. I have a wide repertoire (including non-folk songs) but specialise in songs about the sea and seafaring folk, tales of feisty women and dastardly murders(!). I launched my debut album 'More or Less' in 2017, and can perform solo or in a duo.



A six peice band Based in Bath. Their music is a well crafted tapestry from the traditions of Ireland, Scotland, England, France and Eastern Europe.
The line up includes Flutes, Whistles, cello, Mandola, guitars, Bodhrán and Singing.
Their music demonstrates power and sublety in equal measure.
They are available for concerts, ceilidhs and weddings.


Andrew James Music

Andrew James is a versatile musician, singer and ceilidh caller from Bournemouth. Available for solo work or as a duo or larger ensemble. Specialising in pubs, festivals, weddings and parties. Playing/singing a range of music from the traditional to the modern including covers and original material. Andrew's ceilidh experience includes work at weddings, private parties and larger festivals. Contact Andrew on: 07812 345 089 Follow him on twitter at: @FolkusMusic


The Jeffersons

The Jeffersons are a barn dance/ceilidh band who are based in Bath, Somerset and can travel throughout the South West. Available for events such as weddings, parties, functions etc. Check out our website for more information.



acoustic folk, barndance and ceilidh band.
Lively music for dancing or listening, for ceilidhs, barndances, parties, festivals and events of all descriptions.


Kangaroo Moon

A five piece contemporary folk band who combine stomping traditional and exciting original material into a boiling hot dish of...
Aural Delight.
Add Violin, whistles, didgeridoo, Irish bouzouki, keyboards, mandolin, guitar, bass, drums and vocals.
Allow to mature(?) for over 20 years
Serve often with relish - your guests will ask for more...
This tasty group can provide music to suit most events - from an intimate dinner gathering, wedding, ceilidh or party, to a packed festival marquee!


Stephen Kenyon

Guitarist able to deputise at next-to-no notice, can sight-read notation or chords, or play by ear as required. Particularly interested in playing for barn dances and the like; primarily acoustic, can also offer electric guitar or bass guitar as well. Big speciality is classical guitar, for which can do extensive repertoire for weddings and other functions to high professional level.
Also offers home studio facilities for recording up to good demo quality.
Tel 01305 257099



Lazibyrd is a collaboration between Sharon Martin and Tom Chapman, two talented and inventive musicians who play original acoustic music. In the last couple of years Sharon has started writing her own songs which are distinctive, melodic and incredibly memorable, and have been compared to those of Lal Waterson. As well as possessing a phenomenal voice, Sharon plays the violin with great energy and feel. She also brings another dimension to the music with the tenor ukulele. Tom is an exceptionally creative guitarist who possesses amazing technical ability. He adds rich vocal harmonies and a fine voice to the mix. Together, as Lazibyrd, they produce energetic and passionate music that is unique but with an English voice. Their songs are personal and political and demand to be listened to. They have had a busy and exciting time since first gigging in May 2011 and have performed across the South West to rave reviews and receptive audiences, including Wimborne folk festival and Exeter Acoustica. They also recently played at occupy London which was featured on the BBC news. The song Blood on Bone made the final three in the 2011 Wessex Folk Festival song writing competition



LeDPiN is David Garcia (percussion and 'cello), Louis Hemsley (Irish flute and whistles), Neil Martin (guitar) and Phil Wilcox (accordion). We play a mix of music, mostly Irish in origin, for ceilidhs, parties and events. The four members of the band are based in Dorset, Trowbridge and Leeds. Please see our website for booking information


The Little Musgrave

A three piece ( two guitars and a bouzouki) playing a wide range of traditional music mixed with original compositions.


The Lucy Lastic Band

Karen, Dick, Richard and Jane have great pleasure in being a part in the creation of traditional,friendly and fun barn dancing/ceilidhs at parties, weddings and fund-raising events, etc. Our caller, Dick, will guide beginners and experienced dancers alike through a variety of interesting dances. He is a highly experienced caller who will captivate and motivate the event with warm enthusiasm. We play traditional tunes for dancing as well as listening. As we say 'Dance 'til you drop or lollop and listen'. Contact Jane 077633 64682, 01884 258892


Maiden Oak

Based in Swanage, Dorset, Maiden Oak is available for your barn dance, ceilidh, wedding reception, harvest supper - indeed, any occasion that wants lively music in the old village style. The band is led by Rollo Woods, who was awarded the English Folk Dance and Song Society Gold Badge in 2015. Maiden Oak has devleoped an interesting repertoire of dance tunes and party pieces, adding saxophone, guitar and keyboard to the traditional line up of fiddles, squeeze boxes and percussion. Contact us to see if we can provide the kind of music you want for your special event. Bookings and enquiries: Amanda Jensen 07763 768738


Meltdown Contra Band

Meltdown regularly plays as resident band for Halsway Contra Dance Club (with Ron Rudd, resident tutor) and ventures out to perform diverse music for various folk dance clubs (Halsway FDG, Willand, Honiton), parties and weddings. We performed at Sidmouth FolkWeek 06 & 07. Meltdown aim to play traditional style dance music with strong lift from the melody and gentle rhythm to support the caller, with our eyes on the dancers on the floor!
As many dancers have probably guessed, the idea for the current band name “Meltdown” came from the contra dancing term “gypsy meltdown”, where dancers look into each other eyes while circling and “melt” into each others arms for the following swing.

The Milborne Porters

A variable sized Barn Dance band to suit your budget. Available now. We play standard English, Irish and Scottish music with the occasional bit of Cajun thrown in. Can supply a caller or work with yours. Contact Colin Everest 01963 251 533

Dave Milner

Experienced dancer, musician and caller is available as a caller for barndances or ceilidhs. Nice varied repertoire of dances. Can also call or run workshops in Breton dancing if required.

Mitchell and Vincent

Mitchell and Vincent bring traditional and contemporary styles on fiddle and guitar to folk tunes and songs from around the British Isles with their own varied arrangements and great foot-tapping folk music. They have performed concerts around the UK and abroad, including festivals such as Glastonbury, Broadstairs Folk Week, Lyme Folk Weekend and Beverley, and are available for events including parties and house concerts. They also play for ceilidhs where a caller is added to their line-up. Acoustic magazine praised their playing as, “Stunning”; FATEA said, “Music that is beautifully played”; while Bright Young Folk described their performance as, "Providing skilled arrangements and expert delivery of tunes and songs which showcase the vibrancy, and variety, of folk music across Britain. A thoroughly engaging and enjoyable experience.” Facebook: YouTube:


Morrigan Dagda

Morrigan Dagda are a young, upbeat Ceilidh Band based in Dorset. Available for Ceilidhs, Weddings, Barn Dances & Festivals. Contact Sam on 07745 596 410.


'Mrs Price's Parlour' - Traditional Songs of Somerset

Amanda entertains you with a fun and varied repertoire of songs from Somerset as collected by Cecil Sharp. Come and hear about the antics of 'Dicky from Taunton Dean,' and 'Sovay' the female highway woman. Find out why 'Foggy Dew' was banned in the 20th Century and why it's good to suck cider through a straw. Learn too about the local singers who performed them over a hundred years ago.
Please contact 07772431679 or email


The Muddlers

We perform music and songs from around the UK and Ireland with the occasional European or French Canadian tunes. We choose tunes that we can put our energy and feeling into. If you would like us to perform for a ceilidh, party, gig, village fete or other event please contact email us. ?We also perform Christmas season events specialising in "folking" up well known and lesser known carols. We also have a regular once or twice a month early Friday session slot at the White Hart Inn in Crewkerne and a regular last Sunday session at the Muddled Man pub in West Chinnock.


Murphy's Lore

A 4-piece outfit including caller, possibly Dorset's busiest! We are now in our 16th year of our current line-up. Music and song from the British Isles and some tunes of Richard's, featuring Richard - Accordion / Vox Gill - Fiddle Alex - Guitar / Mandolin / Stomp /Bass and our caller Noeleen who also can add Vocals / Bodhran and Whistles. Can cater for weddings, birthdays, fundraisers etc. We consider ourselves especially good for beginners and intermediate dancers that are looking for a good knees up.
Can also make the PA and lighting available afterwards, if they would like to have a barn dance/ceilidh with a 'disco' afterwards.
Always lively and PLI and PAT tested gear.


Murphy's Lore Trio

Murphy's Lore Trio As a side project from our ceilidh band, the Trio was formed by adding Steve Faulkner on fiddle to Alex and Noeleen's folky duo, often seen at local folk clubs. The band was formed when asked to perform for a Bournemouth Pub on St.Patrick's. It went so well, we carried on! Now 4 years later, with a growing reputation, we are great for small festivals, pub gigs, garden parties and social events looking for entertaining music and song from the folk tradition with a few 'curve balls' thrown in.
We're known as lively and engaging, playing well known standards plus quite a bit we like too. We have performed at most local folk festivals - Wessex, Wimborne, Folk on The Quay (Poole), Purbeck Valley and Bridport.



Muzeltov are a Klezmar style folk trio with Jack Maguire and Gillian Toliday (from Stromenti String Quartet) and Damian Maguire (Jazz/Latin specialist) on drums.
The style of Klezmar is from a musical tradition which parallels Hasidic and Ashkenazik Judaism. To accompany circle dances this tradition of secular music was developed by musicians called kleyzmorim or kleyzmerim who draw on devotional traditions extending back to Biblical times.
Muzeltov are available for weddings, parties, special occasions and dances.


Jack Maguire — Co-leader of BSO & Violinist in Stromenti String Quartet has recently established the ‘CODA Music Fiddle Orchestra’ in aid of young/under-privileged children.
Gillian Toliday — Professional Folk violinist (Tutor with CODA Music School, Christchurch) and also in Stromenti String Quartet
Damian Maguire (BA Hons Performing Music and Business Undergraduate) — Jazz/Latin specialist with over 10 years professional experience including performing on Thompson Cruise, Caribbean and with the ‘Karin Karian Quintet’ (Age 17)


North South Collide

North South Collide hails from Dorset/Wilts border.They play/sing traditional and original material,with guitar and bazoukiacompaniment, and featuring the wonderful harmonies that make this duo popular and distinctive. TV and festival appearances on their CV.

O'Carolan's Fans

The Music of Turlough O'Carolan and Traditional Folk Tunes: Irish whistle, harp, violin, harmonica, mandolin acoustic; suitable for gentle background music i.e. teas, garden events, naming ceremonies etc North Somerset area.

O'Dalaigh's Ceili Band

An experienced group of musicians and singers playing a healthy range of traditional Celtic, British and Original Folk music. Available for weddings, festivals, pubs and more and specialising in Ceilidhs. Since the sad loss of our accordian player Pete Shutler (arguably the finest in the UK), we are looking for a key musican (not necessarily accordian) and undertaking a revamp of the line-up, which may also involve a change of name. However we are still doing gigs, although at the moment we are we are never the same band twice!! Contact: Ray Bryant Tel: 01202 821362 Phil Biggs Tel: 01935 814199


Acoustic group playing lively, foot tapping traditional music. Suitable for background, fetes etc. parties, fund raisers and charity events. Fiddle, Harmonica, Irish Whistle, Accordian, Flute, Guitar Available in the North Somerset area

The Old Pull and Push

The Old Pull and Push barn dance band - based in Poole (have van - will travel). Many years experience - still young at heart. We provide a fun evening for any occasion. Caller included. Contact Steve on 01202 722631


The One Step Ahead

Our New Band, The One Step Ahead, is now launched and is taking bookings for Special Functions, Ceilidh, Folk Gigs, Weddings and other entertainments.
The band line up consist of very talented musicians and singers who have all been in previous bands and folk groups They have come together making a very special sound and with a very large inventory of music and song which will not disappoint you If you require a top quality Band with top quality entertainment, this is the group you need

One Step Beyond

One step beyond barndance/ceilidh band With a sound designed to dance Have fun.....Have us....Have a look....You won't be disappointed... Call Sally 01749 850605


Anna Maria Peichna

The lady with the lovely voice.
One woman musical variety act with lovely soprano voice, singing songs from musicals, folk, singalong, classical and novelty songs. i.e. Joyce Grenfell, Flanders and Swan. Instruments include piano accordion, guitar and harmonica.

Phantam Chic

The original Hybrid Band!
Phantam Chic is an exciting (or excited) band of three friends, bringing together their varied musical styles and tastes into one eclectic mix of fun, quirky, toe-tapping, sometimes soulful, songs and tunes.
Phantam Chic brings together Jazz, Blues, Folk, self-penned tunes and songs into one unique act that will provide something for everyone of all ages.
Between them, their instrument collection includes:
Banjo, Clarinet, Fiddle, Flute, Guitars, Mandolin, Native American Flutes, Recorders, Saxophone, Ukuleles and Vocals


Phil Preen

Barn Dance and Ceilidh band caller. Phil has been playing in barn dance and ceilidh bands for over 20 years, and nowadays also calls the dances. Phil works with a number of bands in The East Midlands, but has recently moved to Somerset so is also now looking for gigs in the South West. 01373 813441



Cheddar based ceilidh band comprising Issy & David Emeney on melodeons and guitar, Nigel Hall on mandolin and mandola, Frank Bradley and Matt Norman on fiddle and mandolin. Rapscallion play a mix of traditional and original tunes and are great to listen to as well as to dance to. First class musicianship from one of Somerset's premier dance bands.
Contact Issy on 01934 741551 to book or email

Red Shed

Red Shed are a six-piece dance band playing traditional English and Irish dance tunes with a special twist - music for the feet, head and heart.


Forbes Robertson

Dance caller, musician, singer, entertainer I also teach Mandolin and Tenor Banjo I can perform on my own calling to recorded music or with a talented bunch of musicians collectively known as "The Canny Band" The Canny Band is a four piece ceilidh band who also play for entertainment and concerts. We are available to travel any distance at a price.


Rough Round The Edges

We are a Miid Somerset group who enjoy playing and singing a variety of of material including Irish , Scottish and English traditional tunes, modern and traditional songs ranging from the the sad and slow to the fast and furious along with popular chorus songs and some of our own composition and on occasions play material which is a little different.
Our line up includes vocals, fiddle, flute, whistles, mandolin, guitar, descant recorder, percussion and occasionally banjo and harmonica.
We are equally at home in a pub session, folk club or on stage and are available for concerts, parties, festivals, ceilidhs and barn dances etc.
We can be found at the Ring O Bells, Ashcott on the third Wednesday of each month from 8.00pm for an open session of tunes and songs.
We currently have a CD available 'Shadows of the Past' and can be contacted our web site


Alison Rowley

Fiddle player / caller Confident folk fiddle player with a good knowledge of English, Irish and Scottish tunes. Fluent at both sight-reading and playing by ear, and can be booked as a dep for ceilidh and concert bands, as a session musician, and as a fiddle player (solo or with a guitarist) for private functions. Also teaches fiddle in Bristol. Calling experience at festivals, ceilidh series and countless weddings, including Cambridge Folk Festival, Towersey Festival, and Meltdown Ceilidhs. Has worked with Blackbeard's Tea Party, Whapweasel, the Glorystrokes, Lasair, and many more. Phone 07918145111


The Rum and Kidney Band

The Rum and Kidney band play for barn dances and similar occasions. We're based on the Somerset Dorset border. We'd like to play for your barn dance! Have a look at our web site to find out more.


Trevor Ryder

Multi-instrumentalist and singer performing traditional folk music and some original material. I have Dupuytren's Contracture, a progressive disease affecting the tendons in both hands. My aim is to raise funding for research into this condition through music. I can give a concert or a presentation illustrated with music. In either case there is no fee; just expenses and a chance to sell my CD - Scorn not the Strings. All the money from the sale of this CD goes to the charity. Text or phone 07773 397208.

Mike Scott

I have been around the Glos, Somerset, Wilts scene for many years, and now, with greater leasure time, I'm keen to venture further afield. I am available for bookings, if anyone is prepared to take a punt, but I appreciate that people are reluctant to 'come out' for a name they don't recognise, so I am aiming more for support spots to better known acts, or the lower end of festival bills.


The Senile Delinquents

The Senile Delinquents are an expandable Bluegrass duo consisting of essentially Mikki Barry: Banjo, guitar and vocals and Kara Richardson: Guitar and vocals, but can have fiddle, accordian, mandolin, double bass and harmonica depending on your budget. We play a selection of traditional, old time and brand new compositions. We have our own PA and are willing to travel



Traditional-style accordion and fiddle band, specialising in Scottish Country Dancing.
Contact: Kate Carpenter (RSCDS teacher)
Telephone: 01202 882858


Cliff Skey

Dance Caller, with or without band. Shaftesbury

Somersetlevellers Ceilidh Band

A long established ceilidh band. 5 musicians with caller. Weddings for both ceremony and reception, birthday and anniversary parties, concerts, wassails, harvest homes, festivals, school events,barn dances,town twinnings, corporate functions, village and town ceremonies. Our music, song and dance all come from a variety of traditions including English, Irish, Scottish and French all played in a lively contemporary fashion... fun guaranteed


Southern Folk

Based in sleepy Somerset southwest uk, Southern Folk is an acoustic duo playing a blend of Americana Country Comedy/folk music. They have had three of their original songs win awards in Nashville USA and a furth signed for a USA sitcom pilot.. In their live shows, as well as their own songs they love to take well known popular songs and play them in their own style, of close harmony singing.
You can find more on our website, or We're also on facebook


Spinach for Norman

Spinach For Norman is a long-established West Country ceilidh band featuring Ben van Weede and Joel Segal on fiddles, Howard Harrison on Guitar and Martin Henning on Bass. We play music from all over the British Isles, but can include some French and east-European tunes and dances, even the occasional Transylvanian tune.



Stampita are a Somerset based band performing original and traditional music upon a variety of different instruments. Their growing repertoire is centred upon the compositions of singer-songwriter Will Cann, but Stampita are certainly not a one-man-band. Each song or instrumental showcases the collective talent of the five members, and the resulting sound is a vibrant, multi-layered blend of complex rhythms, strings both subtle and strident, free-flowing flute and harmonica, and heartfelt vocal harmonies. The band?s performances include musical and lyrical references spanning the centuries, from Medieval melodies, through battle cries of Stuart rebellion to contemporary folk songs of love, loss and hope restored.


Stomping Boondocks

Lively Irish Folk & Ceilidh band that perform either in a 'concert' format with a line up of Guitar, Fiddle, Viola, Accordion and Cajon Drum or as a Ceilidh out fit where the line up shifts slightly to Guitar, Fiddle, Accordion, Mandolin, Cajon Drum and Caller. Performing traditional Irish and Scottish tunes and songs from across the years


Chris and Celia Street

Chris and Celia Street have played traditional folk music for many years, performing English, Irish and Scottish folk music, including a little classical music here and there, with Celia lending a vocal harmony. Chris and Celia are skilled musicians and provide excellent entertainment for small parties and functions.


Matt Swindlehurst

West Somerset based musician. Experienced caller and player (melodeon, trombone) available for freelance work or with his band 'Wurlygig'.
Tuition available for melodeon/brass/music theory. Qualified teacher/ music theory 07800 867940

Swing Your Partner

Lively ceilidh band playing music from Scotland, Ireland, England, and America. Fiddle/whistle/caller, accordion, guitar and bodhran.
2,3 or 4 piece band (inc caller) available for weddings, birthdays/anniversaries, dances and workshops.
Contact: Kate Carpenter
Telephone: 01202 882858


Tam Lyn

We are a dorchester based english/celtic folk duo. We perform self penned songs alongside taditional songs and tunes on guitar and fiddle

Teasing the Cat

We provide music from Britain and the Continent for ceilidhs/concerts/incidental music. Line-up includes: Squeezeboxes,hurdy-gurdy, fiddle, mandola, bagpipes, bass


Ruth Thompson

A caller with many years calling experience with all abilities catered for. Your band or hers. Mainly English style barn dancing but all challenges considered! Based in West Dorset: long distances can be a problem but always willing to discuss.

Ruth Thompson

Ruth Thompson is a well known, experienced dance caller who also plays fiddle and cello. Get in touch if you are needing a substitute player in your band and discuss your needs. Long distances can be a problem but always willing to consider. Ruth has a large repertoire of dance tunes and plays well by ear (fingers are also used)
01300 321396

Tin Giants

Progressive folk-rock with roots established in Anglo-European and Celtic traditions The website has information on the band, contacts and recordings. COVID slowed down and cancelled a lot of work at our start, but with the new website launch and recordings, we are in action once more for concerts. Duncan Moss - hurdy gurdies, saxophones, keyboards, bagpipes, flute, oboe, vocals Bryan Causton - guitars, bass, mandolins, mandocello, cittern, keyboards, vocals Penni McClaren-Walker - lead vocals, guitars, percussion Cam Armer - basses, pedals, guitars, vocals Fran Broady - violins, harp, vocals Martin Lindridge - drums, percussion, bass, vocals



When three fellas got together in 1998 Trefellas was created! We have since played a range of gigs from social clubs to pubs, fields to village halls, dances to concerts and are still going strong in 2007.
We play a celtic mix of folk (Irish, Scotish, French) with some American and a few songs thrown in. We are now a band of 5 with banjo, fiddle, bodhran, guitar and flute as our main instruments but we add border pipes, bass, oboe, mandolas, mandolin, whistles, melodeon and shaky eggs to keep you guessing!
We can be found playing on most Wednesday nights at pubs local to Taunton. We generally play acoustic on Wednesday nights but on bookings at other times play through small amps or our PA depending on the venue.



Trieskalion are a fresh, dynamic and talented ceilidh band based around Chard in Somerset. With a lineup of violin, keyboards and drums, we support a wide repertoire of music and styles ranging from Playford through to modern folk, all performed in an eminently danceable manner.
With several decades of independent playing experience behind them in various Ceilidh, dance bands and internationally recognised folk groups around the country, Trieskalion were formed out of a desire to provide a quality, modern, Ceilidh band for dances in the South West of England. Rather than opting for the typical "Barn Dance" sound of other bands in the area we felt that a new, fresh and lively "Ceilidh Style" was needed and Trieskalion was the result.
For booking information, please contact Mhairi via email or leave a message on 07866 579323.


Unprepared Jug Band

Four acoustic musicians playing string band and jug band material from the likes of the Memphis Jug Band and Jim Jackson (USA 1925-40) In this goodtime music there are strains of blues, ragtime, ballads,and nonsense played on guitars, national steel, kazoos, washboard, jug, harmonica, leg percussion and voices. We are still working on the hand cornet!
Contact Dave Milner 01305 852773

Up and Running

One of the best Ceilidh or Barn Dance outfit in the South West! We play exciting toe-tapping folk on traditional instruments - and Joy, our caller will have everyone dancing the night away. We are very experienced and love what we do and we come with all our own equipment - no event is too small or too big for us. You will find us enthusiastic, friendly, and above all, sensitive to your particular requirements. We can provide the use of mics and music play back for your own needs too. Just drop us a line. Thanks for reading!


Grahame Upham

An experienced caller with a large repertoire of dances old and new. Able to assess the ability of the dancers, and to provide a programme of dances at the optimum level for their enjoyment.
phone 01458 834192

The Warwick Slade Collective

We are not a band but a collection of individual musicians who play on stage together, thus saving all that time of multiple intros. and tuning up. Great value for money for traditional, contemporary and a bit of humour. Guitars and accordian plus a couple of good singers.


Wessex Ceilidh Band

The Wessex Ceilidh Band is a highly experienced group led by professional musicians Thomas Gold and Fiona Cormack. We provide some of the most exciting and danceable music in the South West. The size of the Band is up to you: choose from a duo up to a five-piece ensemble. For dancing events, we include a caller who will expertly guide you through the steps. Contact Thomas Gold on 07855 218608



West Somerset based barn dance/ceilidh band available for all types of function. Whistles, Squeezeboxes, guitar/banjo and percussion. Can also do Irish theme nights.
ring Matt on 07800 867940
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