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Thu 21st Jun 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Rosie Shore with Amycrofters

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe TA4 2RE

Emily Portman & Rob Harbron

Emily Portman & Rob Harbron are two of the finest and most distinctive performers on the British folk scene. With multiple accolades for their years of work in different collaborations, now they have formed an inspired new collaboration. Together they create a boldly stripped-back and intricately woven sound, exploring traditional song alongside new writing.
Emily (voice, banjo) is best known both as an original song-writer and for her work in traditional song band The Furrow Collective. Rob (English concertina, guitar, voice, fiddle) is known for his work with Leveret, Fay Hield & the Hurricane Party, Jon Boden and many more, being in great demand as a uniquely skilled concertina player as well as one of the finest multi-instrumentalists in the country.
Together they explore the traditional music in which they are both steeped, mining the archives for hidden gems and offering their own original contributions. Emily's unaffected voice combines with Rob's sympathetic musicality to startling effect, creating an unforgettable live experience brimming with subtlety, depth and a shared love of the music.


£15 / £13

8pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Bridgwater Arts Centre, 11-13 Castle Street BA6 3DD

Tashi Lhunpo Monks

Tibet – the Land of Snows: home to Buddhist lamas whose ancient rituals have fascinated people for thousands of years. ‘The Power of Compassion’ presents chant, mantras, music and dance by eight Tibetan Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery who open a magical window on to a world of reincarnation and Buddhist mysticism which has inspired audiences in theatres and festivals throughout Europe. From the contemplative, mesmerising chant of Buddhist texts to swirling costumed masked dances accompanied by ancient Tantric musical instruments including horns made from human leg bones, skull-drums, cymbals, bells and with the shattering sound of the dungchen(long horns), the Monks evoke the atmosphere of sacred Tibet: an experience of an ancient culture accessible to all, with introductory explanations offering additional insight into this endangered world.

7. 30 pm

Tickets £14 Adult £12 Child

http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk/event/tashilhunpomonks/


Mitre Inn, Sandford Orcas, Sherborne DT9 4RU

Acoustic Session

Summer Solstice Session of folk song and music. All welcome

8pm

Contact Linda Chiplen: 07530926496

lindachiplen AT yahoo.co.uk


Midsomer Norton Town Hall BA3 2HQ

Helena's Fun Harmony Singing Workshop

Helena Softley's workshops are informal and great fun and her relaxed style of teaching is easy to follow.
A professional singer/songwriter for over 30 years, she covers all styles of music; from Folk and Blues, Rock and Gospel, to pop songs you know and love.
This is part of Midsomer Arts Fest (16th - 24th June) so there will be free cake and bubbles!

£5

7.30 - 9.30 pm (door open at 7pm for free cake and bubbles! )

Contact Helena Softley: 01761 233517 / 07970 391543

helena AT helenasoftley.com

www.helenasoftley.com


Fri 22nd Jun 2018 to Sun 24th Jun 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway D/G Melodeon Weekend

Following a fantastic inaugural event in 2017 we’re delighted to be welcoming back the Halsway Manor Melodeon Workshop Weekend with the dream team of Andy Cutting, Anne Niepold (Belgium) and Hazel Askew.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-dg-melodeon-weekend/


Fri 22nd Jun 2018

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Mile Roses

+ Support Rod Jenkins

The wonderfully talented Mile Roses, all hailing from the North East, are probably better known individually.
Kate Bramley is a prolific playwright and theatre director best known for her work with Hull Truck and Badapple Theatre Company. She is also a professional touring musician and songwriter, working with Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies and touring solo.
Edwina Hayes numbers Michael Parkinson and Nanci Griffith among her fans. Her beautifully written songs and charming stage presence have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana.
Simon Haworth is a singer-songwriter from the North of England whose songs have a very traditional flavour. He also spent 6 years touring with Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies until 2004.
Collectively these three superb artistes present a delightful mix of folk, and Americana with a touch of bluegrass.

Rod Jenkins, the opening support act, is a master of smooth Americana.

£14 pre-booked, £16 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 23rd Jun 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Hazel Askew, Andy Cutting, Anne Niepold

Informal gig by our incredible Melodeon Weekend tutors. Each tutor will play a short set (expect a performance of about 1 hour in total), and you’ll be welcome to stay on to enjoy music in the bar with course participants.

8pm

£10 - Adults
£4 - Concessions
Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/hazel-askew-andy-cutting-anne-niepold/


Caryford Community Hall, Castle Cary BA7 7 JJ

Claude Bourbon

Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for his amazing guitar performances that takes blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern and Russian stylings into unchartered territories.

Tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/436535

£12 advance. £15 on door

6.45 pm

Contact Helen Leary: 01963 350 980

hlleary AT hotmail.co.uk

www.caryfordhall.co.uk


Chapel Arts Centre, 9 Lower Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1QR

Circe’s Diner

Circe’s Diner are a refreshing change to the UK music scene, providing a nod outside the norm with honest lyrics & a nuance of country & folk.
Twisted with the bittersweet, Circe’s Diner blend catchy hooks, infections melodies and dreamy harmonies in a unique way that voices strength, whilst baring one’s deepest vulnerabilities.
Through wondrous tales of everyday life, the quirky lyrical content draws inspiration from love, loss, friendship and tigers!

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)

Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £10.00

The Cafe is open this evening, last orders at 6.30pm

https://chapelarts.org/events/circes-diner/


Nynehead Church TA21 0BW

Miranda Sykes and Gibby Swaine

Folk bassist Miranda Sykes and Gibby Swaine will be performing at Nynehead Court's Midsummer Music event. Profits to Nynehead Church and ACEArts. Ticket price includes a light supper.

£15 per person

6.30 - 8.30 pm (bar open 5.30pm)

Contact Angela Watkins: 01823 662481

nyneheadcare AT aol.com


St Mary's Church, Westonzoyland TA7 0EP

Mrs Price's Parlour

Music on the Levels is working with St Mary’s Church Westonzoyland, to bring our free music to the Church fete. So come and enjoy the fete, which opens at 2.00. Music starts at 3.30. And we will be celebrating Somerset folk song heritage with Amanda Boyd & Nick Cocking from Mrs Price's Parlour, along with special guest performer, Graeme Furlong. The programme includes songs of love, courtship, sea, rural life, celebrations and camaraderie.
The name Mrs Price's Parlour is inspired by the photo that Cecil Sharp took of a singer called Mrs Elizabeth Price. She sang him a version of Blow Away The Morning Dew and was living at Compton Martin when they met. He wrote very fondly of her in his little essay entitled, The Mendip Singers.

Refreshments on sale along with other stalls.

Fete opens at 2pm. Music starts at 3.30 Event ends 5.00

Contact Celia Smith: 07707387286

Onthelevels AT outlook.com


Holnest Church on A352 nr Sherborne DT9 5PU

Theatre of Past Delights including Eddie Upton

To celebrate our second anniversary, the Friends of Holnest Church are pleased to welcome the Theatre of Past Delights to perform a midsummer concert of Edwardian songs and monologues - and all in period costume. A barbecue will be held outside the church from 5.45pm, giving time for guests to enjoy a social occasion in the beautiful surroundings of our wildlife churchyard.

Free Admission Donations Welcome Booking essential as numbers limited

7pm (BBQ from 5.45pm)

Contact Graham Sargent: 01963210632

friendsofholnest AT gmail.com

www.friendsofholnestchurch.wordpress.com


Sun 24th Jun 2018

Springhead Gardens, Fontmell Magna SP7 0PF

Tashi Lhunpo Monks - The Power of Compassion

An evening of chant, mantras, music and dance by Tibetan Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery; a magical window on to a world of reincarnation and Buddhist mysticism which has inspired audiences in theatres and festivals throughout Europe. From the contemplative, mesmerising chant of Buddhist texts to swirling costumed masked dances accompanied by ancient Tantric musical instruments including horns made from human leg bones, skull-drums, cymbals, bells and with the shattering sound of the dungchen (long horns), the Monks evoke the atmosphere of sacred Tibet: an experience of an ancient culture accessible to all, with introductory explanations offering additional insight into this endangered world. Founded by the first Dalai Lama in 1470, Tashi Lhunpo is one of the most important monasteries in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Re-established in exile in South India, it is one of the major centres of Buddhist learning, best known for its unique tradition of masked dances and sacred music. Gardens open at 6:15pm for picknicking. Bring a chair or rug and dress for all weather. Guide dogs only please.

Box office: 01747 811853. £10, £7 u18s & friends, £28 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Mon 25th Jun 2018

Chapel Arts Centre, 9 Lower Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1QR

FolkLaw

FolkLaw aren’t just another band, they’re a full show. A true cross-genre acoustic group, these talented musicians combine their experience of the live music circuit, festivals and folk scene to create a vibrant stage show that wins them loyal fans wherever they go.

www.folklaw.co.uk

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £12.50
Advance: £10.00

The Cafe is open this evening, last orders at 6.30pm

https://chapelarts.org/events/folklaw/


Tue 26th Jun 2018

Drax Arms Bere Regis BH20 7HH

Mandy Stansfield, Polly Morris Band and Steve Faulkner

Folk Night

Hosted by Lesley and Richard Quayle.
Admission free.

Raffle with prizes.

8.00 pm

Contact Richard & Lesley Quayle: 07884 364516

mail AT draxfolk.org.uk

www.draxfolk.org.uk


Thu 28th Jun 2018

Market House Studio (top floor of Market House), Bailey Hill, Castle Cary BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

7.30 - 9.30

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Fri 29th Jun 2018 to Sun 1st Jul 2018

Carhampton, near Minehead, Somerset

West Somerset Folk Festival

Concert guests are Martyn Babb, Gerry Mogg, Mike Scott, Ian Hudson & Su Scott-Goldstone, Kevin Adams, and Sue Stevens.

Events include Singarounds, Workshops, Concert, Morris, Celidh. On site camping. Raising money for the British Heart Foundation.

Weekend £15, Camping £5 a night

Contact Mike Dibble: 01643841597

dibblemjd AT talktalk.net

www.westsomersetfolkfestival.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Ukulele & Song Weekend

An enjoyable summer weekend of music and song for players and singers of all levels of experience. Jon & Sam will lead the ukes to kick-start and improve your skills. Meanwhile Liz will focus on singing for those wanting to develop their confidence. This year we’ll run an additional session on songwriting. We’ll have three groups according to your playing skills, but you’re free to move between the groups, and there’s plenty of time to relax and socialize too. The evenings will include opportunities to perform your own material, plus an informal concert on the Saturday by the tutors. To get you started, there are some video tutorials and other materials at www.ukuleleoxford.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/ukelele-song-weekend/


Fri 29th Jun 2018

George Inn, Chideock DT6 6JD

Black Ven poetry and folk open mic

Please bring your voices and your ears for a night of story, spoken word, song, ballads, friends, cake coffee beer and fun - random rules anything goes.

http://www.georgeinnchideock.co.uk

blackvenpress AT gmail.com


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Ed’s Box Club – Inbetweeners & Improvers

A fun and friendly group for those learning the D/G melodeon. This once-a-month group is led by Ed Rennie, offering group tuition and encouragement. The price includes lunch (1pm).

11am–4pm

£30
Includes lunch. Please book your place in advance.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/eds-friday-box-club-10/


Sat 30th Jun 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Ukulele: Jon Bennett, Liz Van Santen & Samantha Muir

Our Ukulele and Singing Weekend tutors welcome all-comers to a lighthearted evening of ukulele and song!

8pm

£10 - Adults
£4 - Concessions
Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/sara-spade-jon-bennett-liz-van-santen/


Poole

‘Folk On The Quay’ Festival

A free access one day festival with music stages and morris dance on the street, overlooking Poole Harbour.
Music includes Jackie Oates (duo), The Eskies, Ushti Baba, Solana, Ma Polaine’s Decline, Shackleton Trio, Hannah Scott (duo), Thom Ashworth, Fly Yeti Fly, Dillyboys, Antoine & Owena and Wareham Whalers.

11.30am - 9pm
www.folkonthequay.co.uk
A joint promotion between Bournemouth Folk Club and Poole Tourism.


Thu 5th Jul 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Aileen Wills with Jeroka

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


St George Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

7.30 - 9.30 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe or Pam Small : 01935 472771 or 07710 285687

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Chapel Arts Centre, 9 Lower Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1QR

Luke Jackson

Luke is a Singer/Songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, who in 2013 was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and The Young Folk Category. With a bold, distinctive voice and a sweet, percussive guitar style, Luke is a confident and captivating live performer. He was also winner of Fatea’s “Male Artist of the Year” in both 2014 and 2016.

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)

Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £10.00

The Cafe is open this evening, last orders at 6.30pm

https://chapelarts.org/events/luke-jackson/


Fri 6th Jul 2018 to Sun 8th Jul 2018

Priddy

Priddy Folk Festival

Concerts, dances, workshops

See the website for full details

http://www.priddyfolk.org


Fri 6th Jul 2018

Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection, Kimmeridge BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Keilidh Band & caller Paul Miles

"Kimmeridge Keilidh" - tickets on the door - no bar, bring your own drinks & nibbles

£5 adults, £2.50 children

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel


The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA13 5AA

Three Cane Whale

At the Pictures

Three Cane Whale (3CW) is a multi-instrumental acoustic Chamber-Folk trio, based in Bristol. The three performers are Paul Bradley (acoustic guitar, miniature harp), Pete Judge (trumpet, cornet, rotary-valve tenor horn, dulcitone, harmonium, chimes, glockenspiels, lyre-harp) and Alex Vann (mandolin, bouzouki, bowed psaltery, tenor banjo, zither, hammered dulcimer).
As intricate as a team of watchmakers, as spare as a mountain stream, uplifting and elegiac in equal measure, their music encompasses both a cinematic sweep and an intimate delicacy in which “the aroma of muddy leaves and old nettles is almost tangible” (The Observer).
At The Pictures sees the band performing live to 12 brand new short films created by 13 filmmakers and visual artists in response to 3CW tunes of their choice - including cutting-edge animations, lo-fi shadow-puppetry, alfresco contemporary dance and slowly shifting landscapes from Cornwall to the Lofoten Islands.

www.threecanewhale.com

Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=928


Chapel Arts Centre, 9 Lower Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1QR

The Salts – Songs from the Sea

The Salts who are one of the most exciting and energetic concepts around performing original material alongside their own interpretations of traditional songs we all know and love.

www.thesalts.co.uk

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)

Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £10.00

The Cafe is open this evening, last orders at 6.30pm
https://chapelarts.org/events/salts-songs-sea/


Sat 7th Jul 2018

Chetnole Village Hall DT9 6NU

Watkins & Swarbrick

Multi-instrumentalist Simon Swarbrick will be accompanying Ken & Lucy Watkins and Angela Heron Watkins for a night of quality acoustic music. From contemporary and traditional folk, to country, blues and jazz standards, the band promises a wide range of songs and tunes, 3-part vocal harmonies and instrumental arrangements, delivered with humour and relaxed informality. Booking essential.

Pay what you think the performance was worth at the end

8.00pm (7.30pm doors/bar)

Contact Watkins & Swarbrick: Box Office 01305 837299

songsfromthehalls234 AT gmail.com

https://soundcloud.com/watkinswarbrickband


Sun 8th Jul 2018

Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome BA11 1BE

Blazin' Fiddles

There'll be dancing in the aisles to the music of the Isles!
An incredibly rare visit from the legendary Scottish fiddlers to celebrate their 20th Anniversary.
Amazing harmonies and stirring performance will live long in the memory.
Support comes from the Captain Cactus & The Screaming Harlots

£17 advance/£20 door

7.30 pm

Contact Rob Dahl: 01373-455420

boxoffice AT cheeseandgrain.com

www.cheeseandgrain.com


Royal British Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Bridport DT6 3AD

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

1.30 - 4.00 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Mon 9th Jul 2018

The Function Room. The King William Public House. Barn Street Crewkerne TA18 8BP

Phil Beer

(Show of Hands- The Phil Beer Band)

£10

Doors 7.30 for 8.00 pm

Contact Meg Rose: 01460 77415 mob 07877206124

Meg.rose AT btinternet.com


Wed 11th Jul 2018

Edgar Hall, Somerton TA11 6SB

Mawkin with Nick Parker & Ben Wain

Mawkin’'s ‘unapologetically energetic’ approach and DIY ethic has surprised critics, fans and welcomed new audience members describing them as a ‘modern day Fairport Convention'.

Nick Parker's songs are often tongue-in-cheek and cheerful, and on the rare occasion when fun is poked, it is always with a wry smile and an element of satire.

£10 before 9th June, £11 Standard, £12 on door

7:30 pm

www.somertonartsfestival.co.uk


Thu 12th Jul 2018

St Bartholomew's Church Hall, Crewkerne TA18 7HY

Crewkerne Folk Dance Club - Simon Maplesden, A Pair of Shears

Summer Dance

£5

7.30 - 10.00 pm

Contact Leslye Stansfield: 01460 75760

Crewkerne Folk Dance Club


The Silk Mill, Merchants Barton, Saxonvale, Frome BA11 1PT

Reg Meuross

support from The Portraits

An unmissable night of folk featuring two Somerset acts championed by
BBC Radio 2. Reg Meuross’s clever and imaginative lyrics have earned
him the title of “Master Storyteller” (PennyBlack Music) and led Mike
Harding (Mike Harding Folk Show) to introduce him onto the stage of
The Royal Albert Hall as “one of the finest singer-songwriters this
country has produced”. Support comes from The Portraits, whose upbeat,
worldly songs call for unity in these turbulent times and whose Jo Cox
tribute song was described by Clare Balding (Good Morning Sunday) as
“So Beautiful, So Powerful”."

7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, doors 7pm

INFO AT SILKMILLSTUDIOS.CO.UK
07974 985165
01749 850129
http://www.regmeuross.com/
http://www.theportraitsmusic.com/
http://silkmillstudios.co.uk/event/reg-meuross-support-portraits/
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/154122245293793/
Frome festival event page for tickets:
https://fromefestival.co.uk/event/?eventid=1126
As part of Frome Festival.
£8 advanced / £10 door / under 12s free


Fri 13th Jul 2018

Chapel Arts Centre, 9 Lower Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1QR

Chris Cleverley

with Support Minnie Birch

Chris Cleverley has emerged as a writer, performer and character who defies comparison, delivering a unique re-sculpting of 21st Century folk music. A true enigma of the UK Folk Scene; at times mysterious and gentle, at others candid and revealing. Since winning Bristol Folk Festival’s 2014 ‘Isambard Folk Award’, Chris’ national presence has grown exponentially, with his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Apparitions’ entering The Telegraph’s top 70 folk albums of 2015. Additionally he forms one tenth of a high profile songwriting project, The Company of Players, alongside eight rising stars of the national folk scene.

£12 door/£10 adv

8pm

Contact box office: 01225 461700

http://www.chapelarts.org


Sat 14th Jul 2018

The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA13 5AA

Flamenco Night with Food

This evening will take the audience on a journey around Spain, filled with vibrant colours and a passion for food, Flamenco music and dance. Flamenco dancers Aneta Skut and Victoria Clifford are joined by the finest Flamenco musicians in the South West: Cuffy Cuthbertson (guitar), Jaime Cantera and Kostka Garcia (vocals/percussion).

www.anetaskutflamenco.com

Tickets: £15. No concessions. Includes performance and tapas.

Please book by Wednesday 11 July. No tickets will be available on the night.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=929


Drax Arms Bere Regis BH20 7HH

Harper & Edwards

Something a bit different at The Drax Arms in the main bar.
Harper & Edwards are an original acoustic guitar and fiddle duo with heart, showcasing an impressive mix of well known covers, including hits from David Bowie, Weezer, Biffy Clyro, The Smashing Pumpkins and Tina Turner.
Why not book a table and dine before the music starts ar 9pm.
Free Entry. All Welcome. The Drax Arms is keen to support live music and different syles of bands/duos.

9pm

Contact Pip

pip_evans AT btinternet.com

www.thedraxarms.com


Thu 19th Jul 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Party Night - Jane Thomas with Ivor/Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 20th Jul 2018 to Sun 22nd Jul 2018

Milborne Sports Club, Milborne St Andrew DT11 0JA

Rant for Roger

This event has been organised following the news from Alice, that Roger has been diagnosed with inoperable cancer.
Although not exclusively for ex ranters, the event will mark what would have been the tenth anniversary of Roger’s Rant. Roger has expressed a wish to use the weekend, in some way, to raise money for cancer care. With this in mind we are planning to organise raffles (for which we would be grateful for prize donations) and there will be cream teas for sale on Saturday afternoon.
The weekend will be self-catering (bring your own food and drink) but there will be free camping, with hook ups available on a first come/first served basis. We are still very much in formative mode so if you have any ideas, then, one way or another, please let them be known.

Contact Paul Openshaw, pauljopenshaw AT btinternet.com for more information


Thu 26th Jul 2018

Market House Studio (top floor of Market House), Bailey Hill, Castle Cary BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

7.30 - 9.30 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Fri 27th Jul 2018 to Sun 29th Jul 2018

Bridport

Bridport Folk Festival

73+ music acts, 28 dance sides, 3 Ceilidhs, 14 music and song workshops, 9 dance workshops, catering and stalls, artisans and crafts, 2 headline gigs, music sessions, beer and cider tent.
This year has the addition of storytelling and performance, a children's area a Moonlit Mazurka plus lots of pub events, plus lots lots more!

Some of our events are ticketed, admission to the outdoor stages is with programme priced at 」3.00.

This year we are supporting Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

bridportfolkfestival.com


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Roodman Celebration Weekend

A weekend to explore the wonderful choreography of Gary Roodman, a retired American college professor, whose dance compositions have captivated English Country Dancers on both sides of the Atlantic in recent years.
This will be our 7th ‘Roodman Celebration’ weekend, and will focus solely on Gary’s dances.
Gary Roodman, a dancer of ‘International’ dances for many years, discovered English & American dance when he attended Pinewoods Camp in Massachusetts with his family for the first time in 1976. ‘That experience changed my life forever’ he states on his website. Since his first publication ‘Calculated Figures’ in 1987 Gary has produced a further 10 collections of ‘Calculated Figures’ plus other books and accompanying CDs, creating a total of almost 160 dances. The music used is frequently by famous classical composers, but also modern composers and in particular collaborations with Jonathan Jensen, & Dave Wiesler.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/roodman-celebration-weekend/


Sat 28th Jul 2018

Wellington Arts Centre, Eight Acre Lane, Wellington TA21 8PS

Musique Folklorique

JW3 and Friends are back again for their annual charity concert in aid of S.U.R.E (Somerset Unit for Radio Therapy Equipment).They will be performing some of their favourite Folk-Rock songs. Seating cabaret style. Matinee 2.30 pm & Evening 7.30 pm

Ticket Price: £6

7:30 pm

Matinee: 2.30 pm

Box Office: 01823667112
Direct Event Link
http://www.w-a-a.co.uk/e.php?e=872


Mon 30th Jul 2018 to Sat 4th Aug 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk – Intermediate

An opportunity for young musicians from the South West and beyond to work with leading folk artists, to create a new performance piece – and to perform it live at Sidmouth Folk Week! The weeks is led by Will Lang (Lead Tutor) and Claire Bailey (Pastoral Lead), with an incredible team of young folk professions: Archie Churchill-Moss (Moore, Moss Rutter), Sam Kelly (Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys), Nicola Lyons & Jim Molyneux (4Square).
This is a fun but intensive course for young people aged 13-18, leading to a day of performances at Sidmouth Folk Week. It’s designed as a progression from our Spring Halsway Young Folk Intro Week, but if you’re new to Halsway, that’s ok; you’ll need prior experience as a musician or singer, and to have some folk experience, eg from taking part in workshops at Festivals, from going to courses at other venues, from playing in a school (or your own!) folk band. If you’re not sure, then get in touch.

See the website for more details including prices and how to apply

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-young-folk-intermediate/


Thu 2nd Aug 2018

St George Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

7.30 - 9.30 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe or Pam Small : 01935 472771 or 07710 285687

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Mon 6th Aug 2018

St George Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

7.30 - 9.30 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe or Pam Small : 01935 472771 or 07710 285687

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Sat 11th Aug 2018

Acorn Acoustic Music Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 8AG

Bob Wood

Birthday Party!
Bob Wood, from the west of Scotland is a warm and engaging solo singer and performer with an easy going sense of humour. He is a highly accomplished finger-style guitarist.

Doors open 7.00 for 7.30 pm start. Entry £7.00. Raffle to defray costs.
Bring own refreshments.
Non-profit making – aim is to uphold top quality folk music in Minehead giving a platform to both professionals and amateurs.

Ring to reserve 01643 709394, or just come along. Everyone is given a warm welcome, listeners and performers alike.

Please visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk for further details, and preferably book floor spots in advance 07811 744158 or contact us at acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com


Sun 12th Aug 2018

Royal British Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Bridport DT6 3AD

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

1.30 - 3.30 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Mon 13th Aug 2018 to Fri 17th Aug 2018

Bath

Bath Folk Festival - Traditional Music Summer School

Back by popular demand, our traditional music summer school is your opportunity to learn new tunes and develop your technique with the help of our expert tutors.
Fiddle
Flute/tin whistle
Guitar
Box/piano accordion
Banjo (NEW FOR 2018!)
Irish dancing (NEW FOR 2018!)
All ages and abilities welcome. All classes will be centred on learning tunes by ear, so there is no need to read music.

http://bathfolkfestival.org/traditional-music-summer-school/


Sun 19th Aug 2018

Barrington Village Hall, near Ilminster TA18 0JE

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the 15th to 17th centuries for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.
Musicians' practice: about 45 minutes before each session. Players of any acoustic portable instrument welcome; music can be provided in advance.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

1.30 - 4.00 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Thu 23rd Aug 2018

Market House Studio (top floor of Market House), Bailey Hill, Castle Cary BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

7.30 - 9.30 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Fri 31st Aug 2018 to Sun 2nd Sep 2018

Lyme Regis

Lyme Folk Weekend

Friday: Ninebarrow
Saturday: Merry Hell
Sunday: Show of Hands

Plus a lot more...

www.lymefolk.com


Sat 1st Sep 2018

St Mary's (Church House) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

GIG CB! with the indominatable Chris Shaw calling

You are assured a fun evening with the return of old favourites GIG CB! (George Inn Giant Ceilidh Band) led as only Chris Shaw can!
It will be Hat Festival Day in Bridport, so enter into the fun of things and maybe win a prize for whatever topiary adorns your head!

All welcome, dances will be walked and talked through and call throughout.
Bring & Share (finger food) supper, and your own beer (The Woodman Inn is just opposite).
On street parking or use town car parks.

£8 in advance, £9 on the door, under 17's £4. (can be bought on line, see website)

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Tue 4th Sep 2018

Drax Arms Bere Regis BH20 7HH

Adrian Legg

Adrian Legg is an English guitar player who has been called "impossible to categorize". He plays custom guitars that are a hybrid of electric and acoustic, and his fingerstyle picking technique has been acknowledged by the readers of Guitar Player who voted Legg the "best acoustic fingerstyle" player four years in a row (1993–1996)

£10 in advance £12 on door

8.00 pm

Contact Richard Quayle: 07884 364516

mail AT draxfolk.org.uk

www.draxfolk.org.uk


Fri 7th Sep 2018 to Sun 9th Sep 2018

St Mary's Church and Stogumber village centre TA4 3TA

Stogumber Festival

Saturday is Folk Day at Stogumber Festival

Cara Dillon, Sam Lakeman, Velvet & Stone, Kate Griffin & Ford Collier, Gathering Tides

See website for full details - there are events on the Friday and Sunday as well

http://www.stogumberfestival.com


Sun 9th Sep 2018

Haselbury Mill, near Crewkerne TA18 7NY

The Mother Ukers, Ben Rouse, Opera-lele, Samantha Muir, In Sync

This is the first ever ukulele festival hosted by the Yeovil Ukulele Club and is being staged at The Haselbury Mill, about 8 miles from Yeovil

£20.00, cheaper for early bird tickets and children

11.00am - 9.00pm

Contact Holly Cheetham

holly AT yeoviluke.club

www.yeoviluke.club


Royal British Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Bridport DT6 3AD

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

1.30 - 4.00 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Thu 13th Sep 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Simon Maplesden with Ivor/Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 14th Sep 2018

The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA13 5AA

RANT

The release of Reverie, the much anticipated second album from RANT last year, firmly established this quartet as a huge musical force and a strong, raw, yet vibrant sound on the British Folk scene.
Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Lauren MacColl and recent recruit Anna Massie join forces to create a sound which is both rich and lush, yet retaining all the bite and spark synonymous with a Scottish fiddle player. Using just their fiddles, they weave a tapestry of melodies, textures, layers and sounds. Known for their work as soloists and with various bands, this is a celebration of the instrument they all have a passion for.

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions.

www.rantfiddles.com

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=935


Sat 15th Sep 2018 to Sun 16th Sep 2018

Gorefield, Over Stratton, South Petherton TA13 5LL

Bluegrass/Oldtime Mandolin Workshop

with Jesper Rübner-Petersen

During this course, Jesper Rübner-Petersen will introduce participants to playing Bluegrass/Oldtime mandolin with examples of other styles also included. Solo playing as well as accompaniment will be explored during the course, allowing participants to learn new techniques and develop and refine their existing playing skills.

Fee £90 (excluding accommodation and food).

10am - 5pm. ​

Please send an email to willslessons AT gmail.com if you would like to register for this course. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 15 August.

www.jrpmandolin.com

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=14&products_id=937


Sat 22nd Sep 2018

The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA13 5AA

Trad.Attack!

A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event

The Estonian trio Trad.Attack! take inspiration from old archive recordings and from the music of today. Folk is their starting point but not their boundary: they remain open in ears, mind and soul to different styles and new directions whilst maintaining their emotional Roots-heart.
In the last three years, Trad.Attack! have exploded on the scene and played in Estonia, Latvia, Poland, USA, Germany, Finland, Malaysia, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Norway, Denmark and Canada. The band will be heading to the UK for a couple of festivals in 2017 and we're delighted to bring them here on tour.

Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Concessions

www.tradattack.ee

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=938


Thu 27th Sep 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Pip Oxenbury with Amycrofters

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 28th Sep 2018

Sturminster Marshall Memorial Hall BH21 4BQ

Jamie Smith's Mabon

Jamie Smith's Mabon are among the UK's foremost and finest exponents of original, interCeltic music. Vocals, accordion, fiddle, bouzouki, bass and drums are subtly exploited by five dynamic, accomplished musicians, working traditional forms and styles anew in songs and melodies by composer Jamie Smith.
Mabon's distinctive, infectious and multi-award winning music explores the styles of the Celtic traditions and works them anew; the music is self-styled, singular and toe-tappingly good; an irresistible blend of world music and Celtic roots, filled with energy, joy and passion. The energetic sound of jigs and reels, or a graceful mazurka, an ecstatic muiñera; a haunting Welsh-language love-song or a driving, sing-along, fantasy epic; all are given the same refreshing, creative treatment as the band dances skilfully along the borders between Celtic heritage and contemporary sound.

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.jamiesmithsmabon.com

Standard £10, u18s £6, family £26

7:30pm

Contact Andrea Kaciniel: 07903 057427

info AT artsreach.co.uk

https://artsreach.co.uk/event/jamie-smiths-mabon


The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA13 5AA

The Churchfitters

Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw or a glass harp. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious Funk-Rock rhythms. And traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising Jazz sax. The Churchfitters strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with instruments - flute, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, electric hub-cap bass-bouzouki and the unique ‘bing-bong’ machine made out of hack-saw blades. Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes that create instant rapport and you’ve got a high energy, uplifting show that always leaves audiences cheering.

Tickets: £15. No concessions.

www.churchfitters.com

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=939


Sat 29th Sep 2018

Studland Village Hall BH19 3AE

Jamie Smith's Mabon

Jamie Smith's Mabon are among the UK's foremost and finest exponents of original, interCeltic music. Vocals, accordion, fiddle, bouzouki, bass and drums are subtly exploited by five dynamic, accomplished musicians, working traditional forms and styles anew in songs and melodies by composer Jamie Smith.
Mabon's distinctive, infectious and multi-award winning music explores the styles of the Celtic traditions and works them anew; the music is self-styled, singular and toe-tappingly good; an irresistible blend of world music and Celtic roots, filled with energy, joy and passion. The energetic sound of jigs and reels, or a graceful mazurka, an ecstatic muiñera; a haunting Welsh-language love-song or a driving, sing-along, fantasy epic; all are given the same refreshing, creative treatment as the band dances skilfully along the borders between Celtic heritage and contemporary sound.

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.jamiesmithsmabon.com

Standard £10, Under 18s £6

7:30pm

Contact Studland Stores: 01929 450204

info AT artsreach.co.uk

https://artsreach.co.uk/event/jamie-smiths-mabon


Bournemouth Folk Club at the Shelley Theatre, Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth BH5 1LX

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker

Josienne Clarke has a voice to die for, and when she signed to the illustrious Rough Trade Records, its founder Geoff Travis said her “songs rearrange your internal emotional landscape… reinventing the popular song structure.” With a rare gift for poetic melancholy, the songs Josienne has recorded with the guitarist Ben Walker have also been described as “extraordinary” (Mojo), “gently exquisite” (The Observer) and “full of depth” (The Telegraph).
Ben Walker has a reputation for flawless musicianship and for writing music that sets off a song to perfection. He has been hailed by Total Guitar magazine as one of 'the best acoustic guitarists in the world right now', a master of intricate and subtle finger style”.

Tickets £16 (students £12) from Box Office 01202-413600.
8pm (bar 7pm).
www.bournemouthfolkclub.com


Thu 4th Oct 2018

St Bartholomew's Church Hall, Crewkerne TA18 7HY

Crewkerne Folk Dance Club - Club callers, Ali and Steve Music

Autumn Dance

£5

7.30 - 9.30

Contact Leslye Stansfield: 01460 75760


Sat 6th Oct 2018

St Mary's (Church House) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

E.C.D.B. with Jane Thomas calling a Contra and American night

Who better to have for a mainly Contra and American dance evening than the English Contra Dance Band and Jane Thomas!
Don't be put off by "Contra and American", it's all a development out of the English tradition, just maybe a bit of new terminology to pick up and some great lively music to enjoy, danced mainly with a walking step. Come dip your feet in, it's lovely!

All welcome, dances will be walked and talked through and call throughout.
Bring & Share (finger food) supper, and your own beer (The Woodman Inn is just opposite).
On street parking or use town car parks.

£8 in advance, £9 on the door, under 17's £4. (can be bought on line, see website)

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA13 5AA

Cara Dillon

Cara Dillon occupies an enviable position at the very top of her genre. This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and achieving exceptional acclaim for over 20 years. She has (according to Mojo magazine) "Quite possibly the world's most beautiful female voice".
Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will be performing material from her new album Wanderer, which is a collection of beautiful and moving songs recorded in an intimate setting with her husband and musical partner, Sam Lakeman. Every note and word is sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs. Legions of fans will attest to Cara's warm and natural stage presence – definitely something to savour.

www.caradillon.co.uk

Tickets: £22. No concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=940


Thu 11th Oct 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Brian Heaton music & calling

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Sat 13th Oct 2018

The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA13 5AA

Greg Russell and Jack Rutter

Possessed of an extraordinary voice that’s ‘full of character’ (The Telegraph), over the last five years, Greg Russell has established himself as one of the most significant performers on the UK Folk scene. Playing guitar, bouzouki and singing, in 2013 he won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and in 2014 won the Horizon Award from the same source, alongside Ciaran Algar.
Still in his mid-20s, Jack Rutter is a highly respected singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has performed with Moore Moss Rutter, Seth Lakeman and the Jackie Oates band. His new solo set features a range of well-known and rare Traditional songs from a variety of sources, delivered with guitar, bouzouki or duet concertina accompaniment that complement his signature ‘honest, unaffected vocals’ (Yorkshire Evening Post).

Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

www.mooremossrutter.co.uk
www.gregrussellfolk.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=942


Sun 14th Oct 2018

Royal British Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Bridport DT6 3AD

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

1.30 - 4.00 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Wed 17th Oct 2018

The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA13 5AA

Louise Jordan 'No Petticoats Here'

- Stories of First World War Women Through Song

Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician, Louise Jordan shares the stories of inspirational women who challenged expectations through original song and storytelling. From the woman who dressed as a soldier on the Western Front to the women football players banned by the FA, the ambulance drivers running the gauntlet of enemy fire in Flanders and the so-called ‘surplus million’ single women.
Members of Stanchester Quire will be performing as part of the show. Stanchester Quire is a community choir, established in 1996, singing unaccompanied carols and Folk songs collected from the South-West of England under the directorship of Eddie Upton. Contact 01935 822287 or stanchesterquire1 AT gmail.com for more information.

Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

www.louisejordan.co.uk www.nopetticoatshere.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=943


Thu 25th Oct 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Robert & Mary Blackborow & Co

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Sat 27th Oct 2018

Tintinhull Village Hall BA22 8PY

Jigs for Gigs caller Jill Spence

Over Stratton Folk Dance Club.
Autumn Ceilidh dance.
Bring and share supper.

Early tickets £7.50 /On the door £8.50

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Steven Sparks: 07788782860

sjsparks AT btinternet.com


Sat 3rd Nov 2018

St Mary's (Church House) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Pigs Might Fly with caller Richard Mason

Bonfire weekend, so there may well be more than Pigs that Might Fly! Another bands out of Exeter, with Richard Mason no doubt calling some crackers of dances.
All welcome, dances will be walked and talked through and call throughout.
Bring & Share (finger food) supper, and your own beer (The Woodman Inn is just opposite).
On street parking or use town car parks.

£8 in advance, £9 on the door, under 17's £4. (can be bought on line, see website)

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA13 5AA

The Jar Family

Hartlepool-based The Jar Family are six individual songwriters and musicians who decided that, rather than strive for success in isolation, they would join forces to pool their talent and create their ‘industrial Folk’ sound.
This six-piece is a superb option for festivals all over the UK and Europe as they have the knack of being able to win over a crowd quickly - and they are extremely entertaining to watch. Imagine, if you can, Steam Punk-infused Bob Dylan wrestling The Pogues with Bez in a top hat.
Intrigued?! You should be…..!

www.thejarfamily.com

Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=948


Thu 8th Nov 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Simon Maplesden with Ivor/Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Sat 10th Nov 2018

The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA13 5AA

Oysterband 40th Celebration Special

A chance to Dance

Classic songs from every era of a long and mighty career.
Oysterband, the multi-award-winning outfit that brought passion, power and not a little poetry to folk and roots music, enter their 40th year as vital and creative as ever, with some of the finest songs in the modern folk canon to their name: Put Out The Lights; When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down); Blood Wedding…these and many will be featured as they undertake a year of touring summer 2017 and 2018 to celebrate four decades of a unique and fiercely independent career.
Oysterband are: John Jones (voice, melodeon); Alan Prosser (guitars, voice); Ian Telfer (violin, voice); Al Scott (bass, mandolin, voice) Adrian Oxaal (cello, voice) and the newest member, formerly of Bellowhead, Pete Flood (drums, voice).

www.oysterband.co.uk

Tickets: £22. No concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=923


Sun 11th Nov 2018

The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA13 5AA

Oysterband 40th Celebration Special

A chance to Dance

Classic songs from every era of a long and mighty career.
Oysterband, the multi-award-winning outfit that brought passion, power and not a little poetry to folk and roots music, enter their 40th year as vital and creative as ever, with some of the finest songs in the modern folk canon to their name: Put Out The Lights; When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down); Blood Wedding…these and many will be featured as they undertake a year of touring summer 2017 and 2018 to celebrate four decades of a unique and fiercely independent career.
Oysterband are: John Jones (voice, melodeon); Alan Prosser (guitars, voice); Ian Telfer (violin, voice); Al Scott (bass, mandolin, voice) Adrian Oxaal (cello, voice) and the newest member, formerly of Bellowhead, Pete Flood (drums, voice).

www.oysterband.co.uk

Tickets: £22. No concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=922


Thu 15th Nov 2018

St Bartholomew's Church Hall, Crewkerne TA18 7HY

Peter Bolton and Jeroka

Winter Party

£5

7.30 - 10.00 pm

Contact Leslye Stansfield: 01460 75760

Crewkerne Folk Dance Club


Sat 17th Nov 2018

The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA13 5AA

The Furrow Collective

Alasdair Roberts, Emily Portman, Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton are four fine soloists sharing a mutual love of traditional songs, from both sides of the English and Scottish borders, with playful, boundary-defying musicianship.
Since their critically acclaimed debut, At Our Next Meeting, The Furrow Collective has been in demand as a touring band, gigging throughout Europe and performing BBC live sessions. Hot on the heels of two BBC Folk Award nominations, in November 2016 they released their new album, Wild Hog, to huge critical acclaim. Each band member leads a song, moving with ease from jaunty stories of ailing horses to poignant laments and sparsely adorned supernatural ballads.

www.thefurrowcollective.co.uk

Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=950


Wed 21st Nov 2018

Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Show of Hands: Joint Venture Tour

Following the extraordinary reaction to their haunting cathedral tour Sanctuary, Show of Hands return to the theatre and concert circuit on a quest to reveal a fuller sound for the trio’s bold new studio album.
Joint Venture features intriguing collaborations with the likes of Afro Celt Sound System’s Johnny Kalsi, and folk/reggae band Edward the Second. Steve, Miranda and Phil will each play an opening set of three solo spots before being joined by Cormac Byrne, legendary percussionist of Seth Lakeman Band fame.
Please note due to the nature of this event there may be some occasions during the show when some patrons choose to stand.

Tickets: £26
Concessions: £24.50
Footlights/Groups 10+: Discount Applies

A £1 ticket levy is included in all stated ticket prices.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=14&products_id=951


Thu 22nd Nov 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Ian Ludbrook with Jeroka

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Fishermans Friends 2018

Bound by lifelong friendship and a love of Cornwall’s stirring songs of the sea, this most convivial choral collective will showcase a fresh haul of old favourites as well as new songs from their latest album Sole Mates - their seventh since they were ‘discovered’ singing on the Platt on the harbour at Port Isaac on Cornwall’s rugged Atlantic coast.

Tickets: £26
A £1 ticket levy is included in all stated ticket prices.

https://www.octagon-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/music/fishermans-friends-2018/6418


Sat 24th Nov 2018

The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA13 5AA

Blazin’ Fiddles

Blazin’ Fiddles are one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups. Celebrating their 20th year in 2018 – and with the release of their ninth album, The Key, in November 2017 – no other band has quite managed to capture the excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music all at once.
With a “Blazers” performance comes the rare opportunity to hear regional expressions, from Scotland’s highlands and islands, and the individual style of each fiddler – Inverness’ Bruce MacGregor, Shetlander Jenna Reid, Nairn’s Rua Macmillan, and Orcadian Kristan Harvey – in a blend of ensemble and solo sets. Fiddles and bows come alight atop guitar and piano from Anna Massie and Angus Lyon, delivering a musically intoxicating evening for all.

www.blazinfiddles.com

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=953


Bournemouth Folk Club at the Shelley Theatre, Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth BH5 1LX

Jackie Oates

Winner of BBC Folk Awards for best newcomer and best traditional track, Jackie Oates is a name synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk music, beguiling audiences with a delicate balance of tradition and reinvention.
Her mellifluous voice and imaginatively plaintive fiddle style has won her several BBC Folk Awards during a 10-year recording career that began as a member of the emerging Unthanks and has continued with five acclaimed solo albums. Collaborations with Alasdair Roberts, Belinda O’Hooley and her brother Jim Moray on material that’s ranged from traditional ballads to eerie lullabies and rich contemporary songs, Jackie has earned fans beyond the folk scene she grew up in.

Tickets £16 (students £12) from Box Office 01202-413600.
8pm (bar 7pm).
www.bournemouthfolkclub.com


Sat 1st Dec 2018

St Mary's Church House Hall, South St., Bridport DT6 3NW

Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews, with Ray Goodswen

Your pre-Christmas treat, a return of Derby duo Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews, teamed with Ray Goodswen's calling. Expect great music played on melodian, hurdy-gurdy, fiddle or viola - not to be missed!
All welcome, dances will be walked and talked through and called throughout.
Bring & Share (finger food) supper, and your own beer (The Woodman Inn is just opposite).
On street parking or use town car parks.


£8 in advance, £9 on the door, under 17's £4. (can be bought on line, see website)

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA13 5AA

Noble Jacks

A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event

With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners as they come on with their high-energy footstompin’ rhythms which have taken crowds by storm across the UK.
Noble Jacks have been touring relentlessly, stompin’ their way round the British music scene with ‘sold out’ headline events promoting their debut album, 'What the Hammer', as well as shows at major festivals, including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and Beautiful Days, to name a few.

www.noblejacks.com

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=955


Thu 6th Dec 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Jane Thomas with Ian Bryden & Co

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 7th Dec 2018

The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA13 5AA

St Agnes Fountain

The band that gives Christmas songs a good, if respectful, kicking. They bring sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes, both original, and those you know so well (or thought you did). Great musical talent, wit and invention in the form of founder member, David Hughes, Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) and Chris While and Julie Matthews (Radio 2 Folk Award Winners). They have brought joy, laughter and a few tears to every concert performance for the last 16 years.

www.stagnesfountain.co.uk

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=957


Sat 8th Dec 2018

The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA13 5AA

St Agnes Fountain

The band that gives Christmas songs a good, if respectful, kicking. They bring sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes, both original, and those you know so well (or thought you did). Great musical talent, wit and invention in the form of founder member, David Hughes, Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) and Chris While and Julie Matthews (Radio 2 Folk Award Winners). They have brought joy, laughter and a few tears to every concert performance for the last 16 years.

www.stagnesfountain.co.uk

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=956


Sun 9th Dec 2018

Bournemouth Folk Club at the Shelley Theatre, Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth BH5 1LX

St Agnes Fountain

St Agnes Fountain are about to embark on their 15th consecutive sell-out Christmas tour. Since their first get together, to record the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album in 2001, the quartet of founder, David Hughes; Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie and 2009's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo, Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season.
"The Aggies" recorded have their album again combining new versions of classic Christmas carols, original compositions and one or two fun surprises. Although the albums accompany the putting up of a thousand Christmas trees throughout Britain, it is, without question, their magical live performances that have endeared them to an ever-growing audience.
With their sparkling musicianship, humour and heartful renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes both original and those you know so well (or thought you did). Christmas, as they say, starts with St Agnes Fountain.

Tickets £20 (students £18) from Box Office 01202-413600.
7.15pm (bar 6.15pm).
www.bournemouthfolkclub.com


Sat 15th Dec 2018

The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA13 5AA

Belshazzar’s Feast

On tour with a Christmas-themed show that mixes traditional Folk music, seasonal material, their usual touch of Classical and Jazz with a bit of Pop and Music Hall, all topped off with lashings of wry humour. Together, Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Hoover The Dog) wow audiences across the UK with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and ‘between songs chat’ that always sends audiences home with smiles on their faces.

www.belshazzarsfeast.com

Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=958


Thu 20th Dec 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Christmas Party

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Mon 31st Dec 2018

The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA13 5AA

New Year's Eve Celebration Ceilidh with Jigs for Gigs

Bring in 2019 in style with music and dance at The David Hall.

Tickets: £17 includes a light supper. No concessions.

Early booking essential by Friday 15 December. No tickets available on the night.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=959