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Thu 21st Sep 2017

Mitre Inn, Sandford Orcas, Sherborne DT9 4RU

Acoustic Session

Following on from the great success of our first Solstice Session in June, we are pleased to announce an Equinox Session will be held on Thursday 21st September. All singers and musicians welcome. David & Linda Chiplen

8 - 11 pm

Contact Linda Chiplen: 07530926496

lindachiplen AT yahoo.co.uk


Fri 22nd Sep 2017 to Mon 25th Sep 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Harvest Dance Weekend

Judith Inman organises this annual partnership dance weekend at Halsway. 2017 being the Anniversary of Pat Shaw the weekend joins with other celebrations to remember this great dance researcher and writer.
Caller Madeleine Smith will lead main workshop and the Sunday afternoon dance; Madeleine was taught and danced with Pat so will give some background to his work.

Partnership Event
For more information and to book please contact Judith Inman:
Tel: 01628 486845
Email: judithinman AT btinternet.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/harvest-dance-weekend/


Fri 22nd Sep 2017

Ilminster Arts Centre, East St, Ilminster TA19 0AN

Flying Folk

Jemima Farey introduces three more folk performers for this our next folk evening.

Skinner and T'Witch, Sarah and Linna, and Danny Ward: a mix of three very different folk styles.

Skinner & T'witch! are a Leeds based duo on tour, performing folk, flamenco and theatre style songs, with driving rhythms, intense harmonies and inspiring lyrics. http://www.skinnerandtwitch.com/

"Flying Folk” is the generic name we have given to the series of regular folk music concerts that we have been presenting at Ilminster over the last few years. Each of these features several different performers.


£10, (no suppers, but cafe and bar open) 8pm start.
01460 54973
https://www.themeetinghouse.org.uk/music/1283



Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AA

Chris Leslie

+ Support Andy Stone

Fairport Convention's fabulous multi-instrumentalist and song writer Chris Leslie is making a welcome return to Wessex Acoustic.
Ever popular, this is one concert pre-booking is essential as it is likely to be sold out.

Supporting Chris is our fabulous sound engineer and amazing singer/songwriter in his own right, Andy Stone.

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

Start time: 8.15pm Doors 7.45pm Legion open from 7pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com


Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Creeds Cross: the Celtic Journey

The most talented, energizing Celtic Musicians you are ever likely to hear. Performing your favourite classics with a contemporary flare, in a sing-along, toe-tapping evening of music, storytelling and emotional melodies.

Tickets: £21.50
Concessions: £20
Footlights/Groups 10+: Discount Applies

A £1 ticket levy is included in all stated ticket prices.
https://www.octagon-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/music/creeds-cross-the-celtic-journey/2267


Mr Punch's Folk Club, The Panborough Inn, Theale BA5 1PN

Jack by The Hedge

Open mic with guests

8pm

bernard.coulter AT gmail.com


Bridgwater Arts Centre, 11-13 Castle Street TA6 3DD

Steve Knightley: Landlocked

In 2014 ‘Show of Hands’ acclaimed frontman Steve Knightley set out on a mission to play 150 village halls and ‘untapped’ grassroots community venues. His hugely successful ‘Grow Your Own Gig’ tour saw him performing at a bedrock of intimate rural venues, drawing on his treasure trove of songs of the English countryside. Then in 2015 he turned his attention from the land to the sea for his ‘All At Sea’ tour of maritime venues – all within sight and sound of the tide. Songs from both shows were recorded and two albums, ‘Off the beaten Track’ and ‘All at Sea’ emerged. In 2017 he will be combining material from both recordings for his solo ‘Landlocked’ tour. One half of the evening will feature original and traditional songs of the land and the second half will draw on his nautical themes.

8.00 pm

Tickets via the website
http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk/event/steveknightleylandlocked/


Sat 23rd Sep 2017

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

Acoustic Night

On our performers night The David Hall hands over its professional stage and outstanding acoustics to budding artists of all genres.
Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience. It's a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety - and it doesn't cost the earth - just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.
All types of performance welcome - The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance.... All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 - 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.
So, if you're a performer, then get in touch with Chris and book a spot ( Mob 07715501157 or email folk AT chriswatts.org. He takes artist names and we allocate spots on a 'first come, first on' basis.
These evenings are becoming increasingly popular and there is a danger that we won't be able to accommodate everyone. Do please book ahead rather than, as previously, just turning up and expecting to get a spot. It doesn't matter if you're a musician. poet, juggler or ...... well, any kind of performer basically. Just be entertaining!

Suggested donation. Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience. Please pay on the door.

7.30 pm

https://www.facebook.com/AcousticNightatTheDavidHall

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=12&products_id=835


Ferndown Village Hall BH22 9ET

The Jeremiahs

The Jeremiahs combine original and traditional material to create one of the hottest and most entertaining performances on the music scene today.
The talent and rich musical backgrounds of James Ryan – guitar and bouzouki, Joe Gibney – whistle and vocals and Jean Christophe Morel – fiddle has helped The Jeremiahs create a truly original sound with a fantastic repertoire of old and new folk songs from Ireland, Scotland and England performed with originality and passion.

£13

8:00 pm

Contact Adrian Harman: 01202 897958

info AT celticfolk.net

www.celticfolk.net


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

The Churchfitters

We are delighted to welcome back The Churchfitters! They are a folk band like no other. A bass guitar made out of a frying pan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw and traditional tunes reinvigorated with fiddle and sax.
The three virtuoso musicians from England and France strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with instruments adding flute, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, stand up dustbin bass and a sackful of percussion to their ensemble. And let’s not forget 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.

www.churchfitters.com

Tickets £15 from Shelley Theatre Box Office

Bar 7pm, Doors 7.45pm, Music 8pm. No support acts.


The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Coal Orchard, Taunton TA1 1JL

Phil Beer Band

A spirited fusion of friendship and musicianship, the Phil Beer Band delve into the back catalogues of Phil’s beloved country, rock, folk and blues influences throughout the years to create their infectious and unique ‘folk n roll’ sound. Throw in Phil’s blistering guitar solos, a healthy seasoning of lively tunes and banter and a pint or three, and you know you’re in for a cracking night.
The highly popular line up comprises Gareth Turner, Steve Crickett, Greg McDonald, Olivia Dunn and of course, Phil Beer and promises to deliver a lively cocktail of folk, rock, country and blues.

7:30 pm

Ticket Prices
Standard from £19
Student from £17
(We are upgrading our Box Office system. Tickets will be on sale Weds 20 Sept. Thank you for your understanding.)

https://www.thebrewhouse.net/event/phil-beer-band/?utm_source=Friends+of+the++Brewhouse+Theatre&utm_campaign=b8f30b067f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_09_08+Coming+up+at+Brewhouse&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_4fd9bde5e7-b8f30b067f-150421941


Sun 24th Sep 2017

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

Late change to guests.

7.30 pm

£12 from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk/


St Francis Church Hall, Ash Hayes Road, Nailsea BS48 2LP

Sing Out! Free Folksong Harmony Workshop

Come along to a free folksinging workshop
The workshop will be led by well-known local singer and teacher Helena Softley. There's no need to be able to read music, as all songs will be taught by ear.
The afternoon will be hosted by Barley Rye Folk Choir, of Nailsea. There will be a buffet afterwards provided by the choir. This event is supported by a donation from Waitrose PLC.

2.00 - 4.00 pm

For more details contact Keith Burrows on 01454 411052.


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

Beginners' Penny Whistle Workshop

with Luke Daniels

First access style workshop for Beginners Penny Whistle. Using interactive learning materials there is no requirement to read music. Instruments can be purchased at cost price on the day. Age Limit: 7 years upwards and families welcome.

Tickets: £12.50 Full. £7.50 Under 16s.

3.00 - 4.30pm.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=804


The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA13 7AA

Luke Daniels - The Polyphon Chronicles

Award-winning singer and composer Luke Daniels brings his new show and Electrophon machine to beautifully crafted songs and intriguing instrumental music.
his year Luke performed at Celtic Connections Festival and played an official showcase at the US Folk Alliance Conference in Kansas City. His past work as a member of the Riverdance Orchestra or with Cara Dillon sets his pedigree at the very highest level and promises a night of outstanding acoustic songs and instrumental music.

7.30pm

Tickets: £13 Full. £12 Concessions

www.lukedanielsmusician.com

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=805


Westonzoyland Church Hall, Main Road TA7 0EP

Mitchell and Vincent

Music on the Levels Sunday Tea concert.

West Country-based David Mitchell and Graham Vincent are in great demand throughout the UK and abroad, playing a lively and varied mix of traditional tunes and songs, arranged by them for Fiddle and Classical Guitar.

The hall is on Main Road, on the opposite side of the road to the church.
Seating is around tables, informal cabaret-style.
As usual, sumptuous home-made teas will be available at modest charge before, during and after the concert.

Free entrance. Modest charge for afternoon tea

Doors open: 3pm. Finish time: 5pm

Contact Celia Smith: 07707387286

musiconthelevels AT outlook.com


The Secret Garden, Hinton St George TA17 8SA

Ricky Romain; Teasing The Cat

A concert in aid of refugees. Ricky Romain (sitar); Teasing The Cat (multi-instrumental British and European Folk) and friends. Possibly outside, but there is a marquee if needed!. Please bring a chair and maybe food/drink. Follow signs in the village for 'Art In The Secret Garden'

£8/35

Start time: 2pm
Finish time: 3.30 - 4.00

Contact Chris Edmunds: 01460 73052

chrismartinedmunds AT gmail.com


Mon 25th Sep 2017 to Fri 29th Sep 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Celebrating Pat Shaw

An experienced team come together to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Pat Shaw who contributed to many aspects of music, song and dance during his lifetime. His influence opened the door to his successors in the folk community particularly dance composers.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/celebrating-pat-shaw/


Thu 28th Sep 2017

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

Megson

Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music.
The husband & wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Comprising Debs Hanna (Vocals, Whistle, Piano Accordion) and Stu Hanna (Guitar, Mandola, Banjo) Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. As fRoots Magazine puts it ‘if you don’t like the music here then you have a problem’

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £16.00
Advance: £14.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/megson/


Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Aileen Wills and Jeroka

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Market House Studio, Castle Cary (above Tourist Information Centre) BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

Sorry about stone stairs, no lift.
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Dances to learn for fun.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


The Volunteer Inn Seavington TA19 0QF

Music Night

Traditional and not so Traditional Music Night Music, Song and Dance
Everyone welcome to join in or just enjoy
7.30pm onwards

For more details please contact 01460 240126 Or jonnytshirt AT gmail.com


Fri 29th Sep 2017 to Sun 1st Oct 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

English Fiddle Weekend

North Devon duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll, Tom Kitching, and Rowan Rheingans share a love of traditional English fiddle music and also compose their own tunes.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/english-fiddle-weekend-2/


Fri 29th Sep 2017

Frampton Village Hall DT2 9NF

London Klezmer Quartet

Enjoy the celebratory and soulful music of Jewish Eastern Europe and beyond with the London Klezmer Quartet. Songs and melodies from their latest album, 'To the Tavern', cover life's essentials: food, drink and love. The group’s spirited and soulful performances of new and old melodies on violin, clarinet, accordion and double bass, and their tales of musicians' lives and times will take you on an unforgettable musical journey. The band has produced 4 well-received toe-tapping and tear-filled CDs and has toured extensively in the UK, as well as performing in Australia, Germany, Latvia, New Zealand and Switzerland. LKQ has also appeared on BBC TV, and several times on BBC Radio 3 & 6. Catch them in Dorset with Artsreach this autumn.

www.londonklezmerquartet.com

Tickets from 01300 320607. £9, £6 U18s

www.artsreach.co.uk


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

The Goat Roper Rodeo Band

With just an upright bass, two old guitars and a bucketful of aching harmony, THE GOAT ROPER RODEO BAND are preaching ‘Country Blues’ like you never heard… It’s up, it’s down, it’s soft and loud, it’s dark and lonesome too, there’s hurt and shame and some mean old pain but there’s love in what they do! There’s a hint of Gram, a sniff of Dylan and a twist of Waylon’s blues … Simply put, it’s exactly what it says on the tin.

http://goatroperrodeoband.co.uk/– official site
https://www.facebook.com/GoatRoperHQ
https://www.facebook.com/TheGoatRoperRodeoBand/

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £10.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/goat-roper-rodeo-band/


Portman Hall, Blandford(main)Road, Shillingstone between Blandford and Sturminster Newton DT11 0SF

English Barn Dance Club - Jigs for Gigs ( Ian and Margaret Brydon) with Club callers

No membership. Just turn up. No need to come with a partner. Light-hearted evenings with good callers and recommended live bands. Sorry no bar, but BYO if you wish.

£6, accompanied under 16s free, £1 non-dancers

Starts 7.30 for 7.45

Finishes 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


All Saint's Church, Church St, Merriott TA16 5PS

'Songs of Somerset and the West

a concert by Stanchester Quire, leader Eddie Upton

Part of our flower Festival

7pm

Tickets £6 inc. a glass of wine, on sale at Osborne's shop Merriott or phone 01460 78461

Profits for church roof appeal (lead stolen)


St Mary's Church, Church Street, Beaminster DT8 3BA

Beaminster band Raggy Annie

Barn Dance and Shared Supper

A completely free community event. All we ask is that you bring a plate of food to share (sweet or savoury) and your own drinks. Party pieces also welcome!

7.00 pm to 9.30-ish

Contact Ron Emett: 01308 868025

ronald AT emett.co.uk


The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

3 Daft Monkeys

With Celtic and eastern influences, the 3 Daft Monkeys’ dynamic style of world folk music reflects the
global village in which we now live. Their infectious dancing rhythms lead you through a musical journey
of the senses and emotions, and will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated.
With a brand new 4-piece line-up, the band weave enchanting melodies with catchy choruses, virtuoso
vibrant fiddle, rhythmic 12-string guitar, 6-string bass, bespoke hand-percussion and 4-part vocal
harmonies. Fascinating lyrics of personal and whimsical observations on life, and folk tales both ancient
and modern, are told within the swirling layers of their music, all with the essential catchy sing-along
chorus.

8pm

Call the box office on 01297 442138
Please note that a 10% booking fee applies online and via the Tourist Info Centre
Tickets: Full Price £15, Concessions £13 (TF discount applies)
http://www.marinetheatre.com/3-daft-monkeys-friday-29-september/


Sat 30th Sep 2017 to Sun 1st Oct 2017

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

Bluegrass/Oldtime Mandolin Workshop

During this course, Jesper Rübner-Petersen will introduce participants to playing Bluegrass/Oldtime mandolin. Musical examples will be drawn from standard tunes of various levels of difficulty, giving players a broad overview of these genres. Both 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.

10 am - 5 pm

Fee £90 (excluding accommodation and food).

Please send an email to willslessons AT gmail.com if you would like to register for this course. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 1 August.

www.jrpmandolin.com

Participants on this course can also get admission to the Southern Tenant Folk Union concert on the Saturday evening for just £10!


Sat 30th Sep 2017

Broadstone War Memorial Hall, Tudor Road, Broadstone BH18 8AW

Woodsiders Ceilidh Band, caller Dick Williams

Bring your own drinks

£8

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Mike Bunce: 023 8073 8960 / 07742 9957858

mike AT woodsiders.co.uk

www.woodsiders.co.uk


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

Southern Tenant Folk Union

One of the most highly acclaimed Folk/Bluegrass bands in the UK today, Southern Tenant Folk Union have just released their seventh album ‘Join Forces’ and since starting out in 2006 have toured their exciting live show all over the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Germany.
An all Acoustic band with banjo, fiddle, double bass, Acoustic guitar, percussion & harmony vocals, they perform an eclectic mix of high energy atmospheric Folk. They have received airplay from Bob Harris and Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 2 and made live appearances on BBC One TV The Andrew Marr Show and Radio 4’s Loose Ends twice.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.
(Today's Bluegrass/Oldtime Mandolin Workshop Participants: £10.)

www.southerntenantfolkunion.com
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=807


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Fiddle: Tom Kitching, Rowan Rheingans, Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll

A public concert as part of our annual English Fiddle Weekend. Our four tutors – Tom Kitching (Pilgrim’s Way), Rowan Rheingans (Rheingans Sisters, Lady Maisery) and Devon duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll – head-up an informal evening concert to showcase of the humble fiddle!

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/fiddle-tom-kitching-rowan-rheingans-nick-wyke-becki-driscoll/


Mon 2nd Oct 2017 to Fri 6th Oct 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Autumn American Contra Dance Week

Our American Contra Dance weeks are tremendously popular and often sell out so we really do encourage early booking for these fantastic courses. Hosted by Meg Winters, dance workshops take place each morning with fun optional outings and activities in the afternoons. There is usually a musicians’ workshop Wednesday tea-time, so bring instruments! Dances every evening, all in the lovely setting of Halsway Manor!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/autumn-american-contra-dance-week/


Thu 5th Oct 2017

Corfe Castle Village Hall BH20 5EE

Moishe's Bagel

Formed in Edinburgh in 2003, Moishe's Bagel combines the energy and passion of Eastern European folk music with the excitement and soul of improvisation. Boasting some of the best instrumentalists that Scotland has to offer (Salsa Celtica, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Celtic Feet, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra), Moishe's Bagel produce rip-roaring, foot-stomping, jazz-inflected klezmer and Balkan music. Catch them on a special two night Dorset tour with Artsreach.

7:30pm.

Tickets: 07590 352219. £10, £6 u18s, £25 family

www.artsreach.co.uk


St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

Tudor dance.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.

7.30 - 9.30 pm
£5 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


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

Sheelanagig plus support Razzomo (Duo)

Sheelanagig have become something of a West Country institution for the past decade. A quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments – guitar, fiddle, double bass – and a bagful of joint-jumping tunes, these boys sure know how to get a party started.
Putting both groove and stomp into a selection of traditional and original European folk music dating from the medieval times to present day, it’s difficult – nay, impossible – for your limbs to remain stationary when you’re within earshot of them in full flight.
www.sheelanagig.co.uk

Razzomo are a full power Balkan House/Gypsy Folk Duo! They mix Gypsy+Irish fiddle with booming guitar beats-you’ll be amazed at the sound and energy they can make from just the 2 of them! They often collaborate with other musicians to create new exciting blends. Both are members of festival favourites and serial knee jerkers Mr Tea and the Minions.’
https://www.facebook.com/razzomo/

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £12.50

https://chapelarts.org/events/sheelanagig/


Dorchester Corn Exchange DT1 1HF

The Wind in the Willows: A Folk Opera

A brand-new musical adaptation by Chris Green of Kenneth Grahame’s well-loved classic aimed at adults and older children. Green Matthews (formerly Blast From The Past) and special guests Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer use music and song to bring this timeless tale to sparkling life. Join Ratty, Mole, Badger and of course the irrepressible Mr Toad as they embark on adventures on the river, on the road and in the dark and dangerous Wild Wood. This folk music performance uses traditional English folk melodies set to new lyrics. The four musicians paint a vivid picture of Grahame’s world – from the humble comfort of Mole End to the grandeur of Toad Hall.

8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£14 / £12 members and concessions

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/5-october-•-the-wind-in-the-willows-a-folk-opera/


Fri 6th Oct 2017 to Sun 8th Oct 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Give Voice! Weekend

It’s all about folk song, and it’s all in good company! Whether you want a damn good sing in the bar, to hear and share new songs, to improve your voice or to create songs of your own, this is the weekend for you.
Your hosts and leaders for the weekend are Tom and Barbara Brown, life-long exponents of the song tradition, enthusiastic about encouraging performers and the understanding of the folk tradition. They are joined by guest leaders Benny Graham and Paul Wilson for a relaxed weekend of workshops and sing arounds in the cosy surrounding of Halsway Manor.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/give-voice-weekend/


Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Argyll Scottish Country Dancing Weekend

Suitable for those who already have a good working knowledge of common steps and formations in Scottish Country Dancing, this weekend will provide you with an opportunity to improve your technique, learn new dances and enjoy all social aspects of Scottish Country Dancing. There will be social dancing on Friday, Saturday and classes both Saturday and Sunday morning and an optional workshop on Saturday afternoon. Please note this weekend is not suitable for beginners.

The balance of fees for this weekend will be payable by 11 August 2017.

Tutors: Margo Priestley & Tom McKinley
Musicians: Robert Mackay & Judith Muir

Runs from dinner on Friday to after lunch on Sunday

Res Fee (from): £355.00
Non Res Fee: £239.00
http://www.dillington.com/events/all-courses-date-order/4/argyll-scottish-country-dancing-weekend/1083/


Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Argyll Scottish Country Musicians Weekend

For musicians interested in playing for Scottish Country Dancing within a band; no experience of band playing is required. A practical grounding in all aspects of band musicianship and playing for dancing, drawn from Ian’s experience over 35 years. Learn the characteristics of the Reel, Jig and Strathspey, uniquely Scottish instrumental techniques, phrasing, sequencing and repertoire, the body language associated with drive and lift … and more besides!

Runs from dinner on Friday to after lunch on Sunday
Res Fee (from): £355.00
Non Res Fee: £239.00 What's included?

http://www.dillington.com/events/all-courses-date-order/4/argyll-scottish-country-musicians-weekend/1463/


Fri 6th Oct 2017

Burton Bradstock Village Hall DT6 4QD

Moishe's Bagel

Formed in Edinburgh in 2003, Moishe's Bagel combines the energy and passion of Eastern European folk music with the excitement and soul of improvisation. Boasting some of the best instrumentalists that Scotland has to offer (Salsa Celtica, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Celtic Feet, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra), Moishe's Bagel produce rip-roaring, foot-stomping, jazz-inflected klezmer and Balkan music. Catch them on a special two night Dorset tour with Artsreach.

7:30pm.

Tickets from 01308 897421. £10, £6 u18s, £25 family

www.artsreach.co.uk


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AA

Steve Tilston

+ Support Anne-Louise Richards

A concert featuring the stunning voice and guitar playing of one of our greatest songwriters, Steve Tilston.

Supporting Steve we are delighted to welcome back Anne-Louise Richards, who caused quite a stir on her debut at the club in June.

£10 pre-booked, £12 unbooked

Start time: 8.15pm - Doors 7.45pm - Legion open from 7pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

The Hat Band with caller Sue Perigo

Piddle Valley Barn Dance

All welcome!
There will be no food but squash will be provided, BYO if you wish.
To help those trying to find the school in the dark it is about 300 yards south of the Piddle Inn with a hump back bridge into the car park.

£6 under 16s free

7.15 for 7.30 - 9.30

Contact Sally Condon: 01300 348250

riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Norton-Sub-Hamdon Village Church TA14 6SU

2Folk, Jim & Laurie, Alison & Jack, The Village Folk

This has been organised as part of the Norton Village festival featuring local artists giving an eclectic mix of traditional and original material with plenty of opportunity for a good sing-along too!

£7.00 in advance from the village shop. £8.00 on the door

7.30 - 10.15 pm

Contact Alison Frosdick: 07779348346

alisonfrosdick AT lbhf.gov.uk

alisonandjack.co.uk


Sat 7th Oct 2017

Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe TA4 2RE

Rachel Newton

Musician of the Year’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017
‘Instrumentalist of the Year’– Scots Trad Awards 2016
Singer and harpist Rachel Newton specialises in interpreting traditional folk songs in both English and Scottish Gaelic as well as writing and performing her own instrumental pieces.

£12 / £10 concessions

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall DT6 6ND

Watkins & Swarbrick

Known for the different routes they take in their choice of music, Ken, Simon, Lucy & Angela perform songs and tunes inspired by folk and country music, as well as blues and jazz standards. Expect sensitive and extraordinary playing of guitars, violin, mandolin and ukulele, plus some lovely mellow vocals and rich 3-part harmonies that have been described as 'a wonderful blend.'

Pay what you think the performance was worth at the end of the show.

8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)

Contact Watkins & Swarbrick: Box Office 01305 837299

songsfromthehalls234 AT gmail.com

https://soundcloud.com/watkinswarbrickband


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

Gaz Brookfield

with support Nick Parker

Following the release of his critically acclaimed fifth studio album, and his sell out UK tour in February, Gaz Brookfield is hitting the road once again, bringing his unique style of upbeat, catchy Folk songs to South Petherton. Hailing from Bristol, but refusing to stay put for more than five minutes, don't miss this opportunity to see one of the country's best independent musicians.

Playing his tongue-firmly-in-cheek Folky/Country/straggly songs, Nick Parker's performances are as intimate and light-hearted as they are passionate and downright sweaty.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

www.gazbrookfield.com www.nick-parker.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=809


Caryford Community Hall, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ

Charlie Dore

Over the course of a 40 year career, there is little Charlie hasn't done except acquire the level of fame commensurate with her talent. A multi-talented award winning singer-songwriter, composer, musician and actress. Best known for her 1979 hit "Pilot of the Airwaves", her songs have been covered by the likes of Sheena Easton, George Harrison and Celine Dion. Still in great voice and writing highly original songs.

Tickets from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/401239

£12

6:45 pm

cfch.website AT gmail.com

www.caryfordhall.co.uk


Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Fresh Aire, with Eileen Nightingale calling

Fresh Aire make a lovely sound to dance to, with those lyrical pipes, and Eileen always calls some interesting dances, so not an evening to miss.
Bring something to sip, and sustenance to share.

£8 advance, £9 on the door. u-17s £4

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Emmanuel Church Southill Weymouth DT4 9SF

Captain Thunderbolt

Raising money for the Dorset Murgui project. After the success of May's barn dance I'm excited to say that once again the captain Thunderbolt band will once again be performing.

Light super to be included in ticket price.
Coffee, tea and squash available to purchase.
Bring your own bottles!

Tickets must be purchased in advance Adults £10
Under 12s £5

7.00 - 10.30 pm

Contact Shelley : 07864645592

littlepinkgoodall AT hotmail.co.uk


Sun 8th Oct 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Give Voice!

Enjoy an informal, early evening performance of traditional song from the leaders of our Give Voice! Weekend: guest performers Benny Graham (Pitman Poets), Paul Wilson, and hosts Tom & Barbara Brown.

5:30pm–6:30pm,

£5 - Adults
£3 - Concessions
Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/give-voice-2/


Bridport Town Hall DT6 3LF

Historical Dance

(above Tourist Information; access by green door next to Butchers shop, sorry no lift)

Mainly Tudor dance
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771


Mon 9th Oct 2017 to Fri 13th Oct 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

La Jeusseliniere – The Reunion 2017

Martyn & Danni Wyndham-Read started the La Jeusseliniere music weeks from their home in France in 2002. These relaxed and friendly courses, featuring well known folk artists and musicians, continued until Martyn & Danni moved back to the UK in 2007. The La Jeuss Reunion began the following year, continuing to flourish as a meeting place where like minded musicians – and their partners and friends – can relax and enjoy each others company whilst exploring and improving their musical talents.

For more information and to book please contact Stan Graham:
Tel: 01904 758228
Email: magpiemusic25 AT gmail.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/la-jeusseliniere-the-reunion-2017/


Thu 12th Oct 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Pip Oxenbury and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 13th Oct 2017 to Sun 15th Oct 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Weymouth Scottish Country Dancers Weekend

Fun weekend of Scottish dancing, including both workshops and social dancing.
The weekend is open to anyone who wishes to enjoy and improve their Scottish Country Dancing.
This partnership event is organised by Weymouth Scottish Country Dancers. Mervyn Short will be leading the instruction for this event, with music provided by Chris and Julie Dewhurst.

For more information and to book please contact Valerie Scriven:
Tel: 01305 265177
Email: valtom123 AT btinternet.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/south-dorset-caledonian-society-scottish-dance-weekend/


Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Singing For Larks - Singing in Harmony Weekend

Singing with others is an exhilarating and liberating experience that everybody can enjoy. Singings for Larks workshops, run by Faith Watson, are based on the tradition of learning songs by ear. This approach makes the joy of singing with others easily accessible to those who are new to singing, whilst offering more experienced singers the opportunity to develop their aural skills. On this Singing in Harmony workshop the songs are drawn from a variety of cultures and styles, from international folk to soul, from golden oldies to original songs. Some are simple and bring instant rewards and some are more complex, taking longer to learn. All the songs are carefully chosen and arranged to inspire people of different abilities and tastes to sing together in perfect harmony.

Runs from dinner on Friday to tea on Sunday

To make a booking telephone the Bookings Office 01460 258613. For further information about Singing for Larks and this course, go to: www.singingforlarks.co.uk or you can contact Faith Watson at Singing for Larks direct: faith AT singingforlarks.co.uk 0161 881 0855.

Res Fee (from): £358.00
Non Res Fee: £254.00 What's included?

http://www.dillington.com/events/all-courses-date-order/4/singing-for-larks-singing-in-harmony-weekend/1084/


Fri 13th Oct 2017

Tatworth Memorial Hall TA20 2QW

Mitchell and Vincent (band) plus Olive Mitchell (caller)

Two Shires Benefice Barn Dance (proceeds going to charity). This was such a successful fun night last year that it's happening again! Everyone is welcome to come along and join in the dances or have a listen and just enjoy the evening.
Bring-and-share supper for the food. The Hall will provide a bar for drinks.
Tickets can be reserved for collection on the door or bought on the night (space allowing).

Adults = £5 - Under 16s = FREE

7:30 0 19.30 pm

Contact Olive Mitchell: 01460 30539

mitchellandvincent AT gmail.com

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Long Bredy Village Hall DT2 9HU

Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson

A fund raising event for village charities in Long Bredy. Tim and Colin present a selection from their extensive repertoire of local folksongs, dance tunes, stories and recitations. concertina, fiddle, viola, mandolin and melodeon. Refreshments available.

£8 adults, U18 £4, family ticket £20

7.30pm

Contact Tim Laycock: 01308 482443

tim AT timlaycock.co.uk

www.timlaycock.co.uk


Sat 14th Oct 2017

Litton Cheney Community Hall DT2 9AU

James Hickman & Dan Cassidy

This virtuoso duo create a unique sound that flows from the connection between British and American folk, bursting with all the humour, heartbreak and excitement of these genres. James Hickman’s emotive vocals, driving guitar and lively English wit are complemented by Dan Cassidy’s virtuosic fiddling, bone-dry irony and American drawl. Dan Cassidy (brother of the late Eva Cassidy) grew up in Maryland, but is now based in Iceland. James Hickman grew up in Shropshire on a diet of folk and bluegrass, and now tours internationally with Uiscedwr. Previous winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, expect a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey from these rising stars as they perform in Dorset through Artsreach.

7:30pm.

Tickets from 01308 482552. £8, £6 u18s, £24 family

www.artsreach.co.uk


Bath Ceilidh, Saint Gregory's Catholic College, Combe Hay Lane, Bath BA2 8PA

Monty's Maggot, caller Polly Dare

A blend of fiddle frenzy, melodian with bite and bounce, rhythmic guitar and the reedy,gutsy sound of tenor and bariton saxes giving a vibrant wall of sound leading to spontaneous, involuntary and spirited dancing.

7.30 pm (Doors open 7.00 pm)

Free parking Bar available

Contact: Richard & Jo 01225 311634
E-mail: joanne.lander AT talktalk.net

Adult £10, Concession £8, Students £5, 7-18 yrs £2, Under 7 Free

http://www.poppyrecords.co.uk/bathceilidh/main.php


Bridgwater Arts Centre, 11-13 Castle Street TA6 3DD

The Coal Porters

The Coal Porters are embarking on their 6th British tour with their exciting new line-up additions: Paul Fitzgerald on banjo and Adele's fiddler Kerenza Peacock sawing the strings.
The Coal Porters started playing acoustic music around 2002 in London when ex-Long Ryder Sid Griffin decided to turn away from electric music. Since then, the band's unique combination of folk/indie/bluegrass/Celtic music has demonstrated the power of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar and doghouse bass when matched with sweet harmonies set against strong melodies and they have taken this sound around the world.

http://www.sidgriffin.com/the-coal-porters/

£14/£13

8pm

Contact Bridgwater Arts Box Office: 01278 422700

www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


The Minster Church, Ilminster TA19 0DU

African films, music and drama

An evening of African films, music and drama to raise money for Purple Field Productions, an award-winning charity from Somerset which funds and helps train African filmmakers to produce health and agricultural films. Drumming, lots of film clips, African songs by the Ilminster Community Choir.

Tickets by donation on the door and reservable 01460 281440


Failand Village Hall BS8 3TS

Fougere Rouge

Barn Dance in aid of NSPCC:

Good cause , great laugh, wonderful live music, licensed bar. Tickets including Ploughman's Supper only £10 (£8 under 16s) available from Jane 01275 877514

7.30 - 11.30


Sun 15th Oct 2017

Yetminster Jubilee Hall DT9 6LQ

James Hickman & Dan Cassidy

This virtuoso duo create a unique sound that flows from the connection between British and American folk, bursting with all the humour, heartbreak and excitement of these genres. James Hickman’s emotive vocals, driving guitar and lively English wit are complemented by Dan Cassidy’s virtuosic fiddling, bone-dry irony and American drawl. Dan Cassidy (brother of the late Eva Cassidy) grew up in Maryland, but is now based in Iceland. James Hickman grew up in Shropshire on a diet of folk and bluegrass, and now tours internationally with Uiscedwr. Previous winners of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, expect a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey from these rising stars as they perform in Dorset through Artsreach.

Tickets from 01935 873719

www.artsreach.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Dance Night with Ivan Aitkens & The Boarders Band

A Sunday night folk dance at Halsway Manor, for all supporters and friends of the Manor! If you’re a member of the halsway Manor Society and planning to come to the AGM, why not arrive a night early? New to folk dance? Well you’ll be welcome too! We’ve a great band and caller to ensure an enjoyable evening of dancing, with Ivan Aitkens and The Boarders Band – especially formed for this occasion!
8pm–11pm

£15 - to include dinner (6.30pm) & dancing
£5 - dance only
B&B £30 per person, must be booked in advance:

Tel: 01984 618274
Email: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/folk-dance-night-with-ivan-aitkens-the-boarders-band/


Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

No partner needed nor previous experience.
Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
Mainly Tudor.
Musicians welcome for approx. an hour before session to try playing simple accessible dance tunes.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm
Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Chalk and Cheese, Maiden Newton DT2 0BD

Music session

Many thanks to those who came to the last session (which was rather good) and contributed to discussion about the future of the session in the light of the pub now closing early on Sundays. General opinion was that even if the early timing doesn't suit everyone, it will be better than closing the session. Many apologies to our loyal regulars who may have preferred an alternative.

5.00 - 8.30 pm

Contact Ruth and Colin Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


Mon 16th Oct 2017 to Fri 20th Oct 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Salisbury Folk Dance Club

Salisbury Folk Club come to Halsway for a week of folk dance in good company. This is a partnership event.
The members of Salisbury Folk dance Club are a group of people interested in folk-style social dancing. They meet for the pleasure of listening and dancing to traditional and modern folk dance music on Tuesday evenings at St. Martin’s School, Shady Bower, Salisbury, SP1 2RG throughout the year except for the month of August from 7.30 to 10.00pm.

No further details are available at present, but the club may be contacted via their website.

http://sarum.webplus.net

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/salisbury-folk-dance-club/


Thu 19th Oct 2017

Langton Matravers Village Hall BH19 3HA

The Bingcows

Louis Bingham and David Insua-Cao met in 2014 as members of a band providing live music for a touring circus show. From this grew an exciting collaboration, their diverse backgrounds combining with their love of rhythm, melody and improvisation to yield a unique, genre-defying duo. Performed on a fascinating range of fretted instruments, hand and pitched percussion, and an infamous ‘box of toys’, their material ranges from medieval European dances and free-improv, to Appalachian traditions and those of the Balkans, and Irish harp music to hot-club swing! A new duo touring to Dorset through Artsreach.

7:30pm.

Tickets from 01929 423834. £8, £6 u18s, £24 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Fri 20th Oct 2017 to Sun 22nd Oct 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Tales in Trust: Spinning Yarns & Weaving Dreams

A weekend of Story Magic…
Hosted by the first storyteller laureate Taffy Thomas MBE, joined by a hand-picked group of the finest UK storytellers for a weekend packed with workshops, story rounds, discussions, music and merriment, to stir the heart and feed the soul.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/1894/


Fri 20th Oct 2017

Broadoak Village Hall DT6 5NL

The Bingcows

Louis Bingham and David Insua-Cao met in 2014 as members of a band providing live music for a touring circus show. From this grew an exciting collaboration, their diverse backgrounds combining with their love of rhythm, melody and improvisation to yield a unique, genre-defying duo. Performed on a fascinating range of fretted instruments, hand and pitched percussion, and an infamous ‘box of toys’, their material ranges from medieval European dances and free-improv, to Appalachian traditions and those of the Balkans, and Irish harp music to hot-club swing! A new duo touring to Dorset through Artsreach.

7:30pm.

Tickets from 01308 424922. £9, £7 u18s, £25 family

www.artsreach.co.uk


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

The Rheingans Sisters

Folk award winners in 2016 fiddle-singers Rowan and Anna grew up in the Peak District, surrounded by traditional music and encouraged to pick up the fiddle by their violin-maker father from an early age. Both professional musicians, Rowan is well known on the English folk music scene as part of hugely popular BBC Folk Award nominated trio Lady Maisery as well as for her work with Nancy Kerr & The Sweet Visitor Band. She also composes for theatre and is part of the ‘Songs of Separation’ super-group alongside Eliza Carthy and Karine Polwart, amongst others. Anna lives in Toulouse, in southern France, where she is a much sought after fiddle player and teacher of french music traditions, in which she has fast become an expert, having just gained a 1st class diploma from the Conservatioire Occitan. As both sisters have also spent a significant amount of time studying fiddle music in Scandinavia, they pull a range of influences from both the northern and southern European fiddle traditions into their own compositions and arrangements.

www.rheinganssisters.co.uk

8.00 pm

£12 from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk/


Sat 21st Oct 2017

Shillingstone Portman Hall DT11 0SF

The Bingcows

Louis Bingham and David Insua-Cao met in 2014 as members of a band providing live music for a touring circus show. From this grew an exciting collaboration, their diverse backgrounds combining with their love of rhythm, melody and improvisation to yield a unique, genre-defying duo. Performed on a fascinating range of fretted instruments, hand and pitched percussion, and an infamous ‘box of toys’, their material ranges from medieval European dances and free-improv, to Appalachian traditions and those of the Balkans, and Irish harp music to hot-club swing! A new duo touring to Dorset through Artsreach.

7:30pm.

Tickets from 07870 972089. £8, £6 u18s, £24 family.

www.artsreach.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Taffy Thomas’ Merry Neet!

Join Taffy Thomas and friends for an evening of music, merriment and STORIES for all! Part of Taffy’s ‘Spinning Tales and Weaving Yarns’ weekend, this is an informal public performance featuring the weekend’s team of leaders storytellers Dave Tonge, Justine De Mierre and Tom Goodale, joined by musicians Richard York & Paul Knox. Expect tall tales, music and maybe even a little dancing too!
Taffy Thomas MBE is England’s first storyteller laureate, and the patron of The Society for Storytelling. With Taffy’s head bursting with stories, riddles and folklore, professional storyteller Giles Abbot once commented, “when Taffy goes it will be like a library burning down.”

£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/taffy-thomas-merry-neet/


The Minster Church, Ilminster TA19 0DU

Charity Concert in aid of Children's Hospice South West

with :Jemima Farey. Minster Voices. Zembard Singers. Guest artists

Charity concert in aid of Children's Hospice South West featuring recorded singer-songwriter and Stogumber Festival prize winner, Jemima Farey. (jemimafarey.co.uk) Jemima's prize was being the support artist for Steve Knightley at the festival. Ange Hardy has said of her singing "One to watch out for on the folk scene! With a voice like that, you scare me!"...others have said.."unique and truly amazing". Supporting the concert will be the Zembard Singers directed by Trevor Lloyd-Jones..they will sing a wide variety of songs from sacred works to well known classics by Bacharat and David, Richard Carpenter amongst others. Also supporting the concert will be the Minster Voices directed by David Sutcliffe. Their repertoire will include traditional and contemporary songs from Rodgers and Hart, Trenet and others. Guest artists will also support the evening.
Interval refreshments will be available for donations. There will be a special raffle with top quality prizes.
All proceeds go to Children's Hospice South West. Reg Charity No 1003314

£10 (No conc) Available on the door.

7pm

Contact Martin Hudson: 01460 62075

horseraggy AT tiscali.co.uk

jemimafarey.co.uk


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

Martin Carthy

For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of Folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the Folk scene, but also far beyond it.
He's a ballad singer, a ground-breaking Acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of Traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=812


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

Wellington Acoustic Music Club

If you enjoy listening to acoustic music in a relaxed atmosphere, come along to the Arts Centre bar and have a listen.
If you enjoy playing acoustic music to like-minded people - come along and join in. It doesnt matter what instrument you play - we have guitarists, violinists, flautists, pianists, accordion players, percussionists... and more besides that!
It doesnt matter how good you are - all abilities are welcomed... we all started somewhere!
Theres no charge, but donations are welcomed.
The bar is open throughout the evening for you to moisten your vocal cords!
Find our page on this website in the About Us section and feel free to join our Facebook group: http://bit.ly/musicClub
http://www.w-a-a.co.uk/e.php?e=858

8:00 pm


Sun 22nd Oct 2017 to Fri 27th Oct 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

National Youth Folk Ensemble

Now in its second year, we are delighted to welcome back what will be the second cohort of the National Youth Folk Ensemble for their Autumn Residential.
The NYFE celebrates excellence in youth folk music, bringing together talented young folk musicians from across England to create and perform inspiring new arrangements of folk music and work with leading folk artists.

Applications - via the English Folk Dance and Song Society - are now open for 2017/18 - see the EFDSS website to find out more.

https://www.efdss.org/efdss-education/national-youth-folk-ensemble

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/national-youth-folk-ensemble-2/


Sun 22nd Oct 2017

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

Acoustic Night

On our performers night The David Hall hands over its professional stage and outstanding acoustics to budding artists of all genres.
Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience. It's a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety - and it doesn't cost the earth - just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.
All types of performance welcome - The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance.... All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 - 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.
So, if you're a performer, then get in touch with Chris and book a spot ( Mob 07715501157 or email folk AT chriswatts.org. He takes artist names and we allocate spots on a 'first come, first on' basis.
These evenings are becoming increasingly popular and there is a danger that we won't be able to accommodate everyone. Do please book ahead rather than, as previously, just turning up and expecting to get a spot. It doesn't matter if you're a musician. poet, juggler or ...... well, any kind of performer basically. Just be entertaining!

Suggested donation. Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience. Please pay on the door.

7.30 pm

https://www.facebook.com/AcousticNightatTheDavidHall

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=12&products_id=835


Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band workshop

Suitable for all levels and all instruments

Learn to play folk tunes by ear, experiment with chords and arrangements.

£10 in advance/£12 on the door/£25 for 3 consecutive workshops paid in advance

1:30 – 4:30pm

www.laurelswift.co.uk

Julia: 01935 817905 / 07527 508 277


Thu 26th Oct 2017

Ring O' Bell, 4 St Mary's Grove, Nailsea BS48 4NQ

Simon Barron

This is a less formal night with a great interpreter of traditional songs. Simon is both a wonderful singer and a superd guitarist He has a great folloing and is always very engaging to listen to.

www.sibarron.eu/about.html

8pm Doors open 7.30pm

£5 on the door

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk/

((The latest email I had marked this as TBC so do check before travelling -- Steve))


Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Rosie Shaw and Ian Bradenton and Co

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Market House Studio, Castle Cary (above Tourist Information Centre) BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

Sorry about stone stairs, no lift.
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Dances to learn for fun.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 27th Oct 2017 to Sun 29th Oct 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Exploring Folklore Weekend

A diverse weekend for anybody who wants to explore or learn more in the field of folklore – as student, participant or exponent. From calendar customs to black dogs, rites of passage to foodways, folklore to fakelore. With collectors old and new, mummers, hobby horses, and the Folkore Society. Talks, hands-on sessions, films, exhibitions, entertainment, question sessions and discussion.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/exploring-folklore-weekend/


Fri 27th Oct 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Doc Rowe: Blood, Booze & Bedlam

The richness, colour and variety of the vernacular folk arts of our islands is often overlooked, ignored or quite simply unknown. Doc Rowe has been documenting these traditions for over thirty years and this presentation uses photographic material from his own extensive and hugely important collection.
Arguably the most important English collector since Kidson or Sharp, David ‘Doc’ Rowe has been documenting folklore, song, dance and cultural traditions for the last thirty years. He has amassed an archive of material on past and contemporary popular culture in Britain with a particular emphasis on annual traditional events. The collection – containing a wide variety of media (video, film, photography, and audio) – has been acknowledged internationally as of major significance. Doc was awarded an honorary doctorate in music from University of Sheffield in 2002 for his research work into vernacular culture and traditional music, and in 2005 was awarded the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s Gold Badge for his documentation of traditional Song and Dance.

£6 - Adults
£4 - Concessions
Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/doc-rowe-blood-booze-bedlam/


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AA

Reg Meuross

+ support Ed Mortimer

A concert featuring Somerset based singer-songwriter Reg Meuross. Reg has a brilliant way with words and a delightful voice.

Support from the fabulous Ed Mortimer (Fake Thackery & more)

£10 pre-booked, £12 unbooked

Start time: 8.15pm - Doors 7.45pm - Legion open from 7pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Portman Hall, Blandford(main)Road, Shillingstone between Blandford and Sturminster Newton DT11 0SF

English Barn Dance Club (Ruth Thompson (fiddle and caller) and Chris Toyne (accordion))

No membership. Just turn up. No need to come with a partner. Light-hearted evenings with good callers and recommended live bands. Sorry no bar, but BYO if you wish.

£6, accompanied under 16s free, £1 non-dancers

Starts 7.30 for 7.45

Finishes 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


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

Baka Beyond

After seeing a documentary on Channel 4, Martin Cradick and his wife Su Hart packed a tent, tape recorder, camera, guitar and mandolin, and headed off into the forests of Cameroon. There they spent six weeks living, hunting, gathering and playing many hours of music together with the Baka Pygmies. From this experience came two delightful recordings, Heart of the Forest and Spirit of The Forest, which led to the birth of the band Baka Beyond.
After 21 years of touring around the world Baka Beyond’s live show has evolved over the years. The current show includes a multi-media element. Videos from the Cameroon rainforest are projected behind the band, cleverly synchronised with the live music so that the Baka become part of the live show.
www.bakabeyond.net/
www.youtube.com/bakabeyond
https://www.facebook.com/bakabeyon
Twitter:  AT bakabeyond

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £15.00
Advance: £12.50

https://chapelarts.org/events/baka-beyond/


Sat 28th Oct 2017

Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe TA4 2RE

Lucy Ward

Lucy Ward is an award winning singer-songwriter from Derby. She plays guitar, ukulele and concertina but considers her voice to be her first instrument.
After getting her first guitar at the age of 14, Lucy ventured into acoustic clubs, it was there that she first heard the traditional music that she now loves. Captured by the lyrics and stories of traditional song Lucy delved further into the world of folk music, visiting clubs and sessions up and down the country before getting booked to play gigs in her own right. In 2009 Lucy reached the final of the BBC Young Folk Award and she hasn’t looked back since!

£10 / £8 concessions

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


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

Nancy Kerr and The Sweet Visitor Band

Since her debut solo album, Sweet Visitor, arrived in late 2014, Nancy Kerr has emerged as one of the foremost composers of modern Folk and social commentary songs in the British Isles.
The second album, Instar, features songs from Sweet Visitor. The show promises to challenge, inspire and confront. It is jovial, boisterous and, at times, a dulcet call to arms. Nancy is joined on stage by bandmates: Rowan Rheingans: Fiddle, Banjo & Voice; Tim Yates: Double Bass, Melodeon & Voice; Greg Russell: Guitars & Voice; Tom Wright: Drums, Guitars & Voice.

www.nancykerr.co.uk

8.00 pm

Tickets: £20 Full. £19 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=813


Mon 30th Oct 2017 to Thu 2nd Nov 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Recorders for All

A midweek course for intermediate recorder players to explore technique and interpretation of music from a range of different periods, under the guidance of professional musicians.
For intermediate recorder players (who must be able to play a tenor or bass) to improve their technique and grow in confidence whilst playing beautiful music!
This partnership event is organised by Recorders for All, an entirely voluntary, not-for-profit organisation with Pam Smith as musical director and Jan Epps as secretary and administrator.

For more information and to book please contact Jan Epps:

Tel: 01752 481193

http://www.recordersforall.org.uk

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/recorders-for-all-2/


Thu 2nd Nov 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

Tudor dance.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.

7.30 - 9.30 pm
£5 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 3rd Nov 2017

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

Jamie Smith's Mabon

One of the most highly accomplished and critically acclaimed Celtic Roots music bands based in Britain today. Jamie Smith's MABON have built their reputation on their exhilarating live performances and deftly worked recordings.
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. Stand by for infectious, life-affirming music by the spade full!

8.00 pm

www.jamiesmithsmabon.com

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=815


Sat 4th Nov 2017

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Chris Jewell and Jeremy Child

For a change, a night devoted to Contra and American dances, with the inimitable Jeremy Child challenging Chris Jewell to keep up on fiddle.
Be sure to bring something to restore your energy levels!

£8 advance, £9 on the door. u-17s £4

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Thu 9th Nov 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Eileen Nightingale and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Sat 11th Nov 2017

The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA15 6UR

Martyn Joseph

Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer-songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics.
With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music.
He’s a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, and this along with a powerful show stopping voice and a mesmerising live performance has seen him compared to Bruce Springsteen and Dave Matthews.

www.martynjoseph.net

8.00 pm

Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=820


Sun 12th Nov 2017

Bridport Town Hall DT6 3LF

Historical Dance

(above Tourist Information; access by green door next to Butchers shop, sorry no lift)

Mainly Tudor dance
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771


Shipton Gorge Village Hall DT6 4NA

Tomato Tomato

New Brunswick-based couple John and Lisa McLaggan write clever and quirky original songs that draw on traditional Folk, Bluegrass, Blues and Swing with their own interesting twist. Lisa performs on an old washboard, adorned with tin cans and a cymbal while simultaneously playing bass and snare drums with her feet! Tight harmonies, John’s old-time guitar and Lisa’s up-cycled percussion create an unmistakable sound that is unique, refreshing and fun. Their music combines years of study with the everyday ebb and flow of life on the East Coast of Canada. Following the release of their debut album So It Goes, the quirky duo are now setting their sights on conquering the rest of the world with their upcoming sophomore effort, I Go Where You Go. Led by the album’s first single “Ain’t Dead Yet”, I Go Where You Go builds on their signature blend of high-energy foot stompers and traditional folk. Be sure to catch this exciting duo whilst on their UK tour!

www.artsreach.co.uk

7:30pm
Tickets: 01308 897562. £8, £6 u18s, £24 fam


Thu 16th Nov 2017

The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QB

Amanda Boyd and JJ Pig

Lyme Folk Weekend presents ‘Those Were The Days,’ a show especially created for The Marine Theatre. This wonderful performance is a selection of archive films and songs depicting Dorset’s rural and maritime history. The silent films will be accompanied with specially arranged Dorset folk songs, including some old favourites. The audience is most welcome to sing along.

Watch Edwardian holiday makers playing along Weymouth’s sea front, the steam boats leaving the harbour, The Cobb in the 1930s, hay making, ploughing and planting, during the 1930s and 1940s, fishing in Charmouth, stone breakers in Portland during the 1950s and cider making during the 1960s, traditional trades such as pottery and rope making.

The singers and musicians are known in the area as J J Pig who are an acapella shanty group, regularly singing at the popular Pilot Boat Inn folk nights in Lyme and play for local morris dance teams. They have teamed up with West Country singer Amanda Boyd and Windrose Rural Media Trust, a media charity who has been collecting and preserving film of local life from Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset for over 30 years.

The project is supported with funds from Lyme Town Council and West Dorset District Council.

£12, £10 Concessions

7.30pm

Contact The Marine Theatre: 01297 442138

http://www.marinetheatre.com/lyme-folk-ltd-presents-archive-film-folk-songs-thursday-16-november-8pm/


Fri 17th Nov 2017

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AA

Jez Lowe & Kate Bramley

+ Support Les Wild

A rare chance to see the lovely Kate Bramley alongside Jez Lowe without the other Bad Pennies in sight. They gave us a brilliant night last year and we are delighted to bring them back.

Supporting them is Les Wild, a local singer/guitarist with a mellow voice and laid back style.

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

Start time: 8.15pm - Doors 7.45pm - Legion open from 7pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith

Their critically acclaimed second album, 'Night Hours' was released in December 2016. Described as 'exhilaratingly diverse and full of impeccably crafted songs', the album has created a real buzz around the duo and cemented their role as engaging musicians and social commentators within the British folk scene.

www.jimmyandsidduo.com

8.00 pm

£12 from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk/


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

Gigspanner

Since his departure from Folk-Rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process has established their reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the Folk/Roots scene, garnering along the way a reputation for dismantling Traditional music and song and reassembling it in an entirely original, imaginative and beautiful way.
Peter is joined by Roger Flack on Guitar and Sacha Trochet on Percussion, both powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right.

8.00 pm

www.gigspanner.com

Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=821


Sat 18th Nov 2017

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

Acoustic Night

On our performers night The David Hall hands over its professional stage and outstanding acoustics to budding artists of all genres.
Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience. It's a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety - and it doesn't cost the earth - just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.
All types of performance welcome - The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance.... All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 - 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.
So, if you're a performer, then get in touch with Chris and book a spot ( Mob 07715501157 or email folk AT chriswatts.org. He takes artist names and we allocate spots on a 'first come, first on' basis.
These evenings are becoming increasingly popular and there is a danger that we won't be able to accommodate everyone. Do please book ahead rather than, as previously, just turning up and expecting to get a spot. It doesn't matter if you're a musician. poet, juggler or ...... well, any kind of performer basically. Just be entertaining!

Suggested donation. Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience. Please pay on the door.

7.30 pm

https://www.facebook.com/AcousticNightatTheDavidHall

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=12&products_id=835


Bath Ceilidh, Saint Gregory's Catholic College, Combe Hay Lane, Bath BA2 8PA

Banter, caller Tim Walker

A triumviate of astonishingly talented instrumentalists, including Simon Care of Albion Band, Tickled Pink and EII fame. Banter showcase the best of English music with brass, keyboards, melodeon and percussion.

7.30 pm (Doors open 7.00 pm)

Free parking Bar available

Contact: Richard & Jo 01225 311634
E-mail: joanne.lander AT talktalk.net

Adult £10, Concession £8, Students £5, 7-18 yrs £2, Under 7 Free

http://www.poppyrecords.co.uk/bathceilidh/main.php


Barrington Court, National Trust, near Ilminster TA19 0NQ

Baroque trio Doves Figary

Court & country dancing in a Tudor manor house

11.00-11.45 am Talk and demo by Frances Eustace on some of her many Renaissance instruments.

1.00-3.00 pm English dances from the sixteenth century, taught by Ann Hinchliffe (Historical Dance Society) to live music by Doves Figary (Colin Thompson, Frances Eustace and Stephen Kenyon). Costume of any period welcome but not mandatory. No partner or previous experience necessary.

£6 including entry to property, if not already a NT member.

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com

https://northsquarehistoricaldance.wordpress.com


Sun 19th Nov 2017

Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band workshop

Suitable for all levels and all instruments

Learn to play folk tunes by ear, experiment with chords and arrangements.

£10 in advance/£12 on the door/£25 for 3 consecutive workshops paid in advance

1:30 – 4:30pm

www.laurelswift.co.uk

Julia: 01935 817905 / 07527 508 277


Wed 22nd Nov 2017

Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Skerryvore - the Live Forever Tour

Skerryvore entered 2017 having, once again, been recognised as the Live Act of the Year 2016 at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards, an award they previously won in 2011. The band - Tiree brothers Daniel Gillespie (accordion) and Martin Gillespie (whistles & accordion), Fraser West (drums & vocals), Alec Dalglish (lead vocals & guitar), Craig Espie (fiddles), Alan Scobie (keyboards) and Jodie Bremaneson (bass) and recent addition Scott Wood (bagpipes) – tour extensively, not only throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK, but also worldwide.

Supported by The David Hall.

Tickets: £18
Concessions: £16.50
Footlights/Groups 10+: Discount Applies

A £1 ticket levy is included in all stated ticket prices.
https://www.octagon-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/music/skerryvore-the-live-forever-tour/2316


Thu 23rd Nov 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Jane Thomas and Amycrofters

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Market House Studio, Castle Cary (above Tourist Information Centre) BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

Sorry about stone stairs, no lift.
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Dances to learn for fun.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 24th Nov 2017

Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

Arish Mel caller TBA

Piddle Valley Barn Dance

All welcome!
There will be no food but squash will be provided, BYO if you wish.
To help those trying to find the school in the dark it is about 300 yards south of the Piddle Inn with a hump back bridge into the car park.

£6 under 16s free

7.15 for 7.30 - 9.30

Contact Sally Condon: 01300 348250

riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Sat 25th Nov 2017

Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Steeleye Span 2017

Folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span are touring with a new live show. Maddy Prior - the voice of the band - leads a line-up featuring faces old and new. Having just released the album Dodgy Bastards to great critical acclaim.
Their 2017 performances will see them perform new gems alongside classics that have made them one of the most successful British Folk Rock bands ever.

Tickets: £23.50
Concessions: £22
Footlights: Discount Applies

A £1 ticket levy is included in all stated ticket prices.
https://www.octagon-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/music/steeleye-span-2017/2318


Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome BA11 1BE

Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings

Bellowhead's front man's much anticipated return to Frome
Jon Boden has become the stand out performer of his generation of traditional folk artists but one whose repertoire extends far beyond the boundaries of the genre.
Jon has been working with his own band the Remnant Kings since 2009The eleven piece current line up also includes fellow Bellowhead stalwarts, Sam Sweeney and Paul Sartin.

£20 Advance / £23 Doors All seated

https://cheeseandgrain.ticketsolve.com/shows/873574083


Thu 30th Nov 2017

Bridgwater Arts Centre, 11-13 Castle Street TA6 3DD

Jess Morgan & Kitty Macfarlane

Jess Morgan – from Norwich and Kitty Macfarlane from Somerset are touring together in December 2017. The tour takes in dates on the home turf of each artist, introducing Jess to the West Country and Kitty to East Anglia. This tour is a chance to see two of the UK’s most promising performers in the filed of contemporary acoustic folk music.

www.jessmorgan.co.uk
Jess Morgan is a songwriter’s songwriter. A cerebral storyteller. Her performance is a tumbler of unfancied folk-roots music, with heart, passion and gusto. Inspired by storytelling songwriters like Nancy Griffith, the playfulness of Devon Sproule and upfront British voices like Billy Bragg As well as crafting songs, Jess also hand crafts her own DIY vinyl records.

www.kitty-macfarlane.com
Kitty Macfarlane is a Somerset-based singer and songwriter. Kitty’s songs are charged with a sense of place – more often than not her home county of Somerset & her lyrics combine honest snapshots of everyday humanity with much bigger questions. Her debut EP Tide & Time received outstanding reviews and national airplay on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show as well as other regional BBC radio shows.

Tickets via the website
http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk/event/jessmorgankittymacfarlane/


Ibberton Village Hall DT11 0EL

Buffalo Gals – Marvellous Medicine Show

At the forefront of the current wave of American roots-inspired and Bluegrass music, Buffalo Gals return to UK touring with their ‘Miraculous Medicine Show’, a guaranteed cure for the 21 Century!
Featuring the music of The Carter Family, Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Pete Seeger and other greats of U.S. old-time, as well as their own original compositions, this band of wild rovers will wipe your modern-day cares away. Relying faithfully on the magic of fiddle & banjo, the Gals trust in the restorative, positively miraculous powers of the music of bygone days, the uplifting joy of percussive dance & the edifying effects of a good story well told. Buffalo Gals’ intoxicating style and dry-humoured delivery is punctuated with the stunning and thrillingly syncopated traditional Appalachian step-dance that has become one of their trademarks. Led by champion USA fiddler Kate Lissauer and featuring a solo dancer, Buffalo Gals specialise in the old songs and tunes of Appalachia, early Bluegrass, early Country music, blues and rags, ballads, work songs, dance numbers, spirituals and gospel – all delivered with passion, flair and humour. Let the disheartened be uplifted, let the non-believers find meaning, the frail find strength and the dead be raised to their feet to dance!

www.artsreach.co.uk

7:30pm.
Tickets 01258 817269. £9, £6 u18s, £26 fam


Fri 1st Dec 2017

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AA

John Kirkpatrick's 'Carolling and Crumpets' Christmas show

+ support

Simply THE best Christmas themed show on this year. Come and join us for a night with John Kirkpatrick, man of humour and musical skills in excess, all with a seasonal flavour.
Christmas starts here!

Support from Devon's hidden gems Roger Smith and Jon Stevens, both ex Hanging Johnny Shantymen

£14 pre-booked, £16 unbooked

Start time: 8.15pm - Doors 7.45pm - Legion open from 7pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra

Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra don’t care what genre you choose to put them in – western swing,
country blues, ragtime hokum or whatever else– as long as you understand that they’re 100% sincere and 100% immersed in this stuff. This is no lazy pastiche, no dressing up box. They live and breathe this music and want you to get immersed with them.

www.teapadorchestra.co.uk

8pm

£15 from http://www.nailseatithebarn.co.uk/whats-on/tithe-barn-trust-events

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk/


Holwell Village Hall DT9 5LL

Festive Performance Night

The evening is for music, poetry, art, storytelling, games, or any other form of shared entertainment we can all enjoy. PA provided, 20 minute slots.

Soft, Hot Drinks & Snacks Available ‾ B.Y.O. ‾ Bring Your Own Booze.

£4 suggested contribution if not performing

Doors open 7pm

Finish 11.30pm

Contact Samantha Jane

samantha-jane- AT hotmail.co.uk

www.bearcatcollective.co.uk


Morden Village Hall BH20 7DL

Buffalo Gals – Marvellous Medicine Show

At the forefront of the current wave of American roots-inspired and Bluegrass music, Buffalo Gals return to UK touring with their ‘Miraculous Medicine Show’, a guaranteed cure for the 21 Century!
Featuring the music of The Carter Family, Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams, Pete Seeger and other greats of U.S. old-time, as well as their own original compositions, this band of wild rovers will wipe your modern-day cares away. Relying faithfully on the magic of fiddle & banjo, the Gals trust in the restorative, positively miraculous powers of the music of bygone days, the uplifting joy of percussive dance & the edifying effects of a good story well told. Buffalo Gals’ intoxicating style and dry-humoured delivery is punctuated with the stunning and thrillingly syncopated traditional Appalachian step-dance that has become one of their trademarks. Led by champion USA fiddler Kate Lissauer and featuring a solo dancer, Buffalo Gals specialise in the old songs and tunes of Appalachia, early Bluegrass, early Country music, blues and rags, ballads, work songs, dance numbers, spirituals and gospel – all delivered with passion, flair and humour. Let the disheartened be uplifted, let the non-believers find meaning, the frail find strength and the dead be raised to their feet to dance!

www.artsreach.co.uk

7:30pm.
Tickets 01929 459431. £9, £6 u18s, 324 fam


Sat 2nd Dec 2017

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Jigs for Gigs, with Jane Thomas

What better way to end the year than with Jigs and Jane? We can't wait!

With the first (?) of the Christmas buffets brought to share and a bottle of booze, you'll be well set up for the festive season.

£8 advance, £9 on the door. u-17s £4

7.30 0 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Thu 7th Dec 2017

Ring O' Bell, 4 St Mary's Grove, Nailsea BS48 4NQ

Sue Franklin and Tim Brine

Hugely popular, they are consummate performers with fine guitar, mandolin and recorder playing. Great songs rooted in the social issues, they are reallly lovely people. They have played for many years on the Bristol scene but now live in Cornwall so its wonderful to entice them back!
It will be a warm, rousing night with good friends

8pm Doors open 7.30pm
£5 on the door

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk/


Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Robert and Mary Blackberow and Friends

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 8th Dec 2017

Portman Hall, Blandford(main)Road, Shillingstone between Blandford and Sturminster Newton DT11 0SF

English Barn Dance Club (Reel Good/Old Pull and Push with Helen Woodall calling)

No membership. Just turn up. No need to come with a partner. Light-hearted evenings with good callers and recommended live bands. Sorry no bar, but BYO if you wish.

£6, accompanied under 16s free, £1 non-dancers

Starts 7.30 for 7.45

Finishes 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 9th Dec 2017

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

Acoustic Night

On our performers night The David Hall hands over its professional stage and outstanding acoustics to budding artists of all genres.
Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience. It's a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety - and it doesn't cost the earth - just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.
All types of performance welcome - The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance.... All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 - 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.
So, if you're a performer, then get in touch with Chris and book a spot ( Mob 07715501157 or email folk AT chriswatts.org. He takes artist names and we allocate spots on a 'first come, first on' basis.
These evenings are becoming increasingly popular and there is a danger that we won't be able to accommodate everyone. Do please book ahead rather than, as previously, just turning up and expecting to get a spot. It doesn't matter if you're a musician. poet, juggler or ...... well, any kind of performer basically. Just be entertaining!

Suggested donation. Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience. Please pay on the door.

7.30 pm

https://www.facebook.com/AcousticNightatTheDavidHall

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=12&products_id=835


Thu 14th Dec 2017

The Courtyard Cafe, Market Street, Yeovil BA20 1HZ

Yeovil Folk & Roots Night

Live Music, Hot Food & Bar.
All welcome.
20 minute slots, PA Provided.
A splendidly quirky & unique venue - the old stables by the cattle market run as a community cafe.

£2 entry - performers free

7 - 10 pm

Contact Samantha Jane

samantha-jane- AT hotmail.co.uk

www.bearcatcollective.co.uk


Fri 15th Dec 2017

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Ange Hardy

Ange Hardy has been stunning audiences all over the country and has rapidly gained a reputation as a phenomenon on the indie and folk music circuit. If you’ve not heard her perform live yet then don’t miss this opportunity - you’re in for an absolute treat. Since she burst onto the scene in 2013 Ange Hardy has racked up an impressive array of awards including a nomination at last year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and winning three consecutive FATEA awards: Female Vocalist of the Year (2013), Album of the Year (2014) and The Tradition Award (2015).

www.angehardy.com

8pm

£10 from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk/


Sat 16th Dec 2017

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

The Dylan Project

Take four of Britain's most talented Folk-Rock musicians and a unique singer, add the repertoire of a genius, and you've got the recipe for a dream band.
The musicians in question are PJ Wright (slide and electric guitar, pedal steel), Gerry Conway (drums and percussion), Phil Bond (keys), Dave Pegg (bass) and the singer is Steve Gibbons. As The Dylan Project, they present an exhilarating tribute to the work of arguably the greatest post war songwriter in the English language.

8.00 pm

www.dylanproject.co.uk

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.


Mon 18th Dec 2017

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.

8.00 pm

www.stagnesfountain.co.uk

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=829


Tue 19th Dec 2017

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.

8.00 pm

www.stagnesfountain.co.uk

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=828


Thu 21st Dec 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Simon Mapleson and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Sun 31st Dec 2017

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

New Years Eve Barn Dance

The Trust’s traditional fundraising family barn dance with the flutes and fiddles of Fougere Rouge. Always great fun. Bring and share American supper. Bar.

8.00 pm

£12 (£30 family) from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk/


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

New Year's Eve Celebration Ceilidh with Jigs for Gigs

Bring in 2018 in style with music and dance at The David Hall.

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

8.15 pm

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=11&products_id=830


Fri 5th Jan 2018

Portman Hall, Blandford(main)Road, Shillingstone between Blandford and Sturminster Newton DT11 0SF

English Barn Dance Club (Tatterdemalion with Angela Laycock calling)

No membership. Just turn up. No need to come with a partner. Light-hearted evenings with good callers and recommended live bands. Sorry no bar, but BYO if you wish.

£6, accompanied under 16s free, £1 non-dancers

Starts 7.30 for 7.45

Finishes 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 20th Jan 2018

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

Alice and David Wylde

Party night with an American flavour
Traditional Appalachian Ballads,
Old-time, Traditional Gospel, and Country Songs.
Bring and Share Buffet. Decorated Hat Competition.

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


Bath Ceilidh, Saint Gregory's Catholic College, Combe Hay Lane, Bath BA2 8PA

Blackbeard's Tea Party, caller Gordon Potts

Funky folk tunes and an infectious stage energy, Blackbeard's Tea Party mix fiddles & squeezeboxes, guitar noise & synth bass, and a feast of international hand percussion to bring you an unforgettable folk-rock extravaganza - a sound that is equal parts

http://www.blackbeardsteaparty.com

7.30 pm (Doors open 7.00 pm)

Free parking Bar available

Contact: Richard & Jo 01225 311634
E-mail: joanne.lander AT talktalk.net

Adult £10, Concession £8, Students £5, 7-18 yrs £2, Under 7 Free

http://www.poppyrecords.co.uk/bathceilidh/main.php


Fri 2nd Feb 2018

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Club, Portman Hall, Blandford Rd Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Band and caller TBC

£6, accompanied under 16s free, non-dancers £1
No membership. Just turn up. No need to come with a partner. Light-hearted evenings with good callers and recommended live bands. Sorry no bar, but BYO if you wish.


7.30 for 7.45, ends 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Fri 2nd Mar 2018

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Club, Portman Hall, Blandford Rd Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Band and caller TBC

No membership. Just turn up. No need to come with a partner. Light-hearted evenings with good callers and recommended live bands. Sorry no bar, but BYO if you wish.

£6, accompanied under 16s free, non-dancers £1

7.30 for 7.45, ends 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 17th Mar 2018

Bath Ceilidh, Saint Gregory's Catholic College, Combe Hay Lane, Bath BA2 8PA

Pigeon Swing, caller Baz Parks

With members from influential English dance bands, such as Gas Mark V, Oyster Band and the Old Swan Band, The Pigeon Swing play lively Québécois dance tunes in an English style to get your feet tapping.

http://www.Thepigeonswing.co.uk

7.30 pm (Doors open 7.00 pm)

Free parking Bar available

Contact: Richard & Jo 01225 311634
E-mail: joanne.lander AT talktalk.net

Adult £10, Concession £8, Students £5, 7-18 yrs £2, Under 7 Free

http://www.poppyrecords.co.uk/bathceilidh/main.php


Sun 18th Mar 2018

Eileen Ann's Home

Acorn Folk Club informal singaround

With tea and cakes!

3.00 - 6.00 pm

Contact Eileen Ann for details and so she knows how many people to expect.

acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com

www.acornfolkclub.co.uk


Fri 11th May 2018

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Club, Portman Hall, Blandford Rd Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Band and caller TBC

No membership. Just turn up. No need to come with a partner. Light-hearted evenings with good callers and recommended live bands. Sorry no bar, but BYO if you wish.

£6, accompanied under 16s free, non-dancers £1

7.30 for 7.45, ends 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 19th May 2018

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

Flossie Malavialle

Legendary French Blue/Jazz Singer - not to be missed
“Flossie has a voice as clear and tuneful as a lark, with a pureness of quality to stop you in your
tracks in the forest of a song”. “Flossie’s great! She came over from France and wowed everybody with her sensational voice, her gutsy guitar style, eclectic repertoire and franglais patter”

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


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