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Thu 18th Jan 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Gill Spence with Ian Bryden & Co.

Chard Folk Dance Club

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

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 19th Jan 2018 to Sun 21st Jan 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Old Swan Band Weekend

No matter what your instrument this will be an up-tempo weekend of rollicking music! The 8-piece Old Swan Band bring with them many years’ experience as tutors and players, plus a boundless love for what they do – they can’t help communicating the fun and pleasure of their music to all who take part! There will be hands-on workshops throughout and time to play in sessions too.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/old-swan-band-weekend/


Fri 19th Jan 2018

Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

The Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club - The Hat Band caller Sue Perigo

All welcome!
We are looking forward to a lively evening.

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 16 free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Ilminster Arts Centre, East St, Ilminster TA19 0AN

Flying Folk

Another three performances from local area musicians.

Jemima Farey and Andrew Gilham, piano and vocal duo.

Louise Jordan, singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist.

"The Good Old Boys", Simon Durrant and Rob Mear, old time folk and country.

8pm, door open 7.30pm.

Tickets £10 (tel 01460 54973) or pay on door.


Powerstock Hut DT6 3TB

Paprika

Paprika is the UK’s leading Balkan band featuring Zivorad Nikolic (She’Koyokh) on accordion, Vladimir Strkalj on guitar, Marko Tesic on violin and Rastko Rasic on percussion. This electrifying group fuses together Eastern European, Balkan, Gypsy and Classical music in a whirlwind performance of frenzied virtuosity. Fiery melodies and foot-tapping rhythms are interspersed with lilting laments in high-energy, exciting sets. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity.

7.30 pm

Tickets 01308 485287. £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


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

Hobson's Choice - Free Barn Dance

Join Hobson’s Choice, one of the most popular Ceilidh Bands in the South West, for a Foot Stomping, Fun and Free night of Barn Dancing in aid of Bridgwater Arts Centre.
Hobson’s are bringing the full band including folk singer and song writer Sam Patten. Sarah will be calling and guarantees you will be up on the dance floor having a great laugh all evening!
There will be a raffle and licensed bar. All we ask is that you bring some snacks to share and your comfy shoes.

Donations for the Arts Centre will be very welcome
7.30-11pm.
Doors open at 7pm

http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk/event/free-barn-dance/


Swanage URC Hall, High Street, Swanage BH19 2NY

Maiden Oak

A lively barn dance for all ages and abilities with caller Paul Miles. Maiden Oak is a large band led by Rollo Woods, EFDSS Gold Badge holder. We have a huge repertoire of traditional and less traditional music.

BYO

Adults £5 Children free

7.00 - 10.00 pm

Contact Janet Rees: 07880 335012

janetlynrees AT hotmail.co.uk

www.maidenoak.co.uk


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Geoff Lakeman

+ support

Geoff is the father of the musical Lakeman dynasty, Seth, Sean and Sam. Following his retirement from Journalism, Geoff came back to singing and playing his rare Crane Duet Concertina to delighted audiences around the country. He covers an eclectic mix of material from ancient sea shanties, through traditional folk, via 1920 swing and jazz, to more contemporary songs.

Support from Rod Jenkins, singing a selection of Americana.

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathleen Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Jackie Oates

Winner of BBC Folk Awards for best newcomer and best traditional track, Jackie Oates is a name synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk music, beguiling audiences with a delicate balance of tradition and reinvention‫.
Her mellifluous voice and imaginatively plaintive fiddle style has won her several BBC Folk Awards during a 10-year recording career.

www.jackieoates.co.uk

£12 8.00 pm

Tickets: www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club

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


Sat 20th Jan 2018

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

Annual party with an American Flavour and Triple Bill.

Alice and David Wylde, Appalachian Duo
Roger Smith, Cornish Banjo player with American songs
Acorn Shanty Crew, with shanties from Yankee Jack

Bring own drinks and bring and share food.
Decorated hat competition with prizes and raffle.

Floor spots and listeners all given a warm welcome. Entry £7, 16 and under £3.50. Ring 07811 744158 to reserve or email acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com or just come along.
www.acornfolkclub.co.uk


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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

An Evening with the Old Swan Band

Join the legendary Old Swan Band for an informal evening of dancing and tunes. Expect an hour or so of ceilidh dancing, before continuing in the bar with more music, memories and merriment.

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/an-evening-with-the-old-swan-band/


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

Steve Knightley ‘Songs and Stories’ 2018 Tour

In his highly anticipated 2018 solo tour Songs & Stories, multi-award-winning songwriter Steve Knightley invites his audience on a musical journey, charting the winding roads of his unrivalled career.
The Show of Hands front man showcases a setlist - including classic gems such as Cousin Jack, AIG and Country Life - with his inimitable passion and flair. And in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £19. No concessions.

www.steveknightley.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=858


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

The Bob Dylan Story

The Bob Dylan Story is the stunning and definitive live concert celebration of rock music’s greatest icon.
With some of the most memorable songs ever written, Bob Dylan created the soundtrack for 1960s America, amassing a huge and enduring fanbase that even extended across the Atlantic to bands like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.
Now Bob and “The Band” transport you back to the Nobel prize winner’s glory days with a truly authentic and affectionate show, complete with stunningly evocative visuals and authoritative insights into the stories behind the songs.
www.thebobdylanstory.com
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £20.00
Advance: £17.50

https://chapelarts.org/events/bob-dylan-story-2/


Langton Matravers Village Hall BH19 3HA

Paprika

Paprika is the UK’s leading Balkan band featuring Zivorad Nikolic (She’Koyokh) on accordion, Vladimir Strkalj on guitar, Marko Tesic on violin and Rastko Rasic on percussion. This electrifying group fuses together Eastern European, Balkan, Gypsy and Classical music in a whirlwind performance of frenzied virtuosity. Fiery melodies and foot-tapping rhythms are interspersed with lilting laments in high-energy, exciting sets. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity.

7.30 pm

Tickets £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam (via website)

www.artsreach.co.uk


Sun 21st Jan 2018

Drimpton Village Hall DT8 3RF

Watkins & Swarbrick

Fresh from his performance with the official Dave Swarbrick Tribute Tour, Simon Swarbrick will be accompanying Ken & Lucy Watkins and Angela Heron Watkins for a night of quality acoustic music. From contemporary and traditional folk, to country, blues and jazz standards, the band promises a wide range of harmony-based multi-instrumental music, delivered with humour and relaxed informality. Booking essential, but pay what you think the performance was worth at the end of the show. Bar.

Pay what you like

8pm (doors & bar from 7.30pm)

Contact Watkins & Swarbrick: 01305 837299

songsfromthehalls234 AT gmail.com

https://soundcloud.com/watkinswarbrickband


Tarrant Gunville Village Hall DT11 8JN

Paprika

Paprika is the UK’s leading Balkan band featuring Zivorad Nikolic (She’Koyokh) on accordion, Vladimir Strkalj on guitar, Marko Tesic on violin and Rastko Rasic on percussion. This electrifying group fuses together Eastern European, Balkan, Gypsy and Classical music in a whirlwind performance of frenzied virtuosity. Fiery melodies and foot-tapping rhythms are interspersed with lilting laments in high-energy, exciting sets. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity.

7.30 pm

Tickets 01258 830361. £9, £6 u18s

www.artsreach.co.uk


Chalk and Cheese, Maiden Newton DT2 0BD

Music session

Don't forget the new earlier timing of this mainly-English session.

5.00 - 8.30 pm

Contact Colin and Ruth Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


Mon 22nd Jan 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Winter Warmer

A popular winter break of folk dancing, music and fun for all abilities, led by a friendly and experienced team who’ll make sure you have an enjoyable stay!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/winter-warmer-2/


Thu 25th Jan 2018

Coach and Horses, South Perrott, Beaminster DT8 3HS

SomerStep and friends

A music session with added dancing.
Tunes, songs, dances.
All welcome.

8.00 pm

Contact Steve Cunio: 07811680534

info AT somerstep.org

somerstep.org


Fri 26th Jan 2018 to Sun 28th Jan 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Simon Mayor Mandolin Weekend

Simon Mayor is beyond doubt this country’s finest mandolin player, moving effortlessly between classical, traditional folk, jazz & blues. His dazzling technical skills grace all the music he plays. He’s also a fine guitarist & fiddle player, with a delicious sense of humour & great teaching ability.

www.mandolin.co.uk

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/simon-mayor-mandolin-weekend/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Hilary James Song Weekend

Singers of all abilities are invited to join singer and musician Hilary James in this relaxed weekend of vocal delights. Enjoy the pleasure of singing with a group as you discover the potential of your own voice. Explore the wealth of songs within the British folk tradition and take a peek beyond: ballads, sea shanties, lullabies, comic songs and more.

www.folksong.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/hilary-james-song-weekend/


Fri 26th Jan 2018

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

Megson

Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards, Megson - aka Stu and Debbie Hanna - draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of Folk music.
This husband and wife duo brings an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Performing as Megson, Debs (vocals, whistle, piano accordion) and Stu (guitar, mandola, banjo) have gained fame on the British Folk scene not only for their arresting and intelligent song writing but also 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

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.

www.megsonmusic.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=859


Sat 27th Jan 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Hilary James & Simon Mayor

Simon’s hilarious banter and mandolin wizardry (he’s one of the world’s leading virtuosos, not to mention his fine guitar and fiddle playing) meets Hilary’s “wonderfully honey-dripping voice” and unusual basses! She might even manage a step-dance if the wind’s in the right direction. As if that’s not enough, Hilary’s singing sister Janet Girando will be joining them to add her own lilting soprano to exquisite harmonies.

8pm–9:30pm

£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/hilary-james-simon-mayor/


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

Megson

This duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Debs Hanna has the most amazing voice and her versatile partner Stu plays a range of string instruments. Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting and intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour.

8.00 pm

www.bournemouthfolkclub.com
Bournemouth Folk Club runs monthly folk music concerts at the lovely 19th century Shelley Theatre. Tickets are sold exclusively by the theatre box office: www.shelleytheatre.co.uk


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Swarb: A tribute. It suits him well

Dave Swarbrick tribute tour.
A very special night celebrating the talent of Dave Swarbrick, fiddle player extraordinaire featuring Martin Carthy, John Kilpatrick, Jason Swarbrick (nephew and Dave’s fiddle protégé) and the Jason Wilson Band.
Dave Swarbrick was a unique talent who broke the mould of English folk fiddle when he played with Fairport Convention. We were treated on many occasions at Nailsea Folk club to his energetic and lyrical style. Sorely missed this will be a very special, one off tribute night. We are very lucky to have been offered the chance to host one of the nights of this special tribute tour.

£15 8.00 pm

Tickets: www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club

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


Sun 28th Jan 2018

Digby Memorial 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.

1.30 - 4.30 pm

£10 in advance/£12 on the door

www.laurelswift.co.uk
Julia: 01935 817905


Tue 30th Jan 2018

Drax Arms Bere Regis BH20 7HH

The Baker Band, Rick Potter, Gilly Kemp, Sophie Wright & Richard Wirdnam

Folk Night

Hosted by: Lesley & Richard Quayle
Entrance free. All Welcome.

8pm

Contact Richard Quayle: 07884 364516

mail AT draxfolk.org.uk

www.draxfolk.org.uk


Thu 1st Feb 2018

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

Marie Danielle

plus support, Alfredo Salvati

Marie Danielle is an indie folk singer-songwriter from Harrisburg, PA who now calls the road home after a few years each in NYC and LA. Her dark and clever songwriting connects to audiences with its naked honesty about love, loss and addiction. Within a year of her first live show, Marie was touring throughout the US and Europe. Before her debut record was even released, her song ‘One of My Kind’ was featured on an episode of Showtime’s series ‘Billions.’
http://mariedaniellemusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/MarieDanielleMusic/

Alfredo Salvati

Italian born, South American rooted storyteller based in London, singing to the world.
Started his career trying to get some sound out of a cheap Magyar red guitar found in a second hand shop in a village South of Rome.
Introduced to the great 60s and 70s international music by his mother, introduced to sophisticated Italian pop by his father, the result is a strange mix you might want to check out. Started studying music at 10 taking piano, guitar, singing and composing lessons at the local music school.
http://www.colourshopmusic.com/
https://www.youtube.com/colourshopmusic

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

https://chapelarts.org/events/marie-danielle-plus-support-alfredo-salvati/


Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Ian Ludbrook with Ivor/Holly

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


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


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Jez Lowe

Sony award winning songwriter from Durham Jez received a double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – for best singer and best new song – was a timely reminder of Jez Lowe’s standing in the UK folk and acoustic music scene. Not only he is one of the busiest live performers in the country, but his songs are among the most widely sung by other performers.
www.jezlowe.com

£10 8.00 pm

Tickets: www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club

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


Sat 3rd Feb 2018

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

Chris Wood

Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the unofficial history of the English-speaking people. With gentle intelligence, he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables.
A self-taught musician, composer and song writer, Chris is a lifelong autodidact whose independent streak shines through everything he does. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its surgical clarity.
His eagerly awaited new album, So Much to Defend, includes reflections on minor league football, empty nest syndrome, learning to swim, cook-in sauce and, not least, the gecko as a metaphor for contemporary society.

8pm.

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions.

www.chriswoodmusic.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=860


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

Louise Jordan - No Petticoats Here

Stories of First World War women through song
Award winning singer, songwriter and musician Louise Jordan tells the stories of inspirational women who challenged expectations. From the woman who dressed as a soldier on the Western Front to the women football players banned by the FA, the ambulance drivers running the gauntlet of enemy fire in Flanders and the so-called ‘surplus million’ single women. Inspirational women, working in a time of conflict, leaving a legacy.

www.louisejordan.co.uk
www.nopetticoatshere.co.uk
Twitter:  AT nopetticoats and  AT ljordanmusic
www.facebook.com/louisejordansings

£13 full £12 members

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


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

An evening's fun dancing with Stick the Fiddle providing the music and Monty Crook calling.
All welcome, dances will be walked and talked through and call throughout.
Bring & Share (finger food) supper, and your own beer (The Woodman Inn is just opposite).
On street parking or use town car parks.

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

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Portesham Village Hall DT3 4NS

Angela Laycock with a band of local musicians, amateurs and professionals

Fundraiser for 'Help Refugees' and 'Refugee Aid From Taunton', 2 charities that work with displaced people at home and abroad.

To get tickets, please read special instructions on the fundraising page
https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/cc2

suggested £8 adult, £4 child. whatever you can afford

7.00 - 10.15 pm

Contact Bec Freiesleben: 01305 871958

bec AT abbotsburystonework.com


Sun 4th Feb 2018

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

Martin Simpson

World renowned guitarist, singer and songwriter Martin Simpson releases his 20th solo album in 40 years ‘Trails & Tribulations’ September 2017. ‘Trails & Tribulations’ is a collection of songs about nature, about travels and about real life stories. Martin performed the first folk concert for us at The Shelley Theatre in March 2016. This sold out and set the tone for this continuing folk concert series.

7.15pm

www.bournemouthfolkclub.com
Bournemouth Folk Club runs monthly folk music concerts at the lovely 19th century Shelley Theatre. Tickets are sold exclusively by the theatre box office: www.shelleytheatre.co.uk


Mon 5th Feb 2018 to Fri 9th Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

A Box of Delights

With the Harris Sisters, Gareth Kiddier and Laurel Swift. A week of imaginative and creative ways to engage with traditional songs, music and dance, and outside-of-the-box ways to illustrate the tales they tell.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/a-box-of-delight/


Thu 8th Feb 2018

Springhead, Fontmell Magna SP7 0NU

Louise Jordan - No Petticoats Here

Award winning singer, songwriter and musician Louise Jordan tells the stories of inspirational women of the First World War who challenged expectations. From the woman who dressed as a soldier on the Western Front to the women football players banned by the FA, the ambulance drivers running the gauntlet of enemy fire in Flanders and the so-called ‘surplus million’ single women; working in a time of conflict, leaving a legacy. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity.

7:30pm.

Tickets 01747 811853. £8, £6 u18s, £24 fam.

www.artsreach.co.uk


Fri 9th Feb 2018 to Sun 11th Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Bagpipe Weekend

A jam-packed programme of diverse bagpipe playing styles, with some of Europe’s top players. This course runs alongside the Hurdy Gurdy Weekend, in a frenzy of reeds, drones and buzzing things!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/bagpipe-weekend/


Fri 9th Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Hurdy Gurdy Weekend

Guaranteed to be one of Halsway’s noisiest weekends, this Hurdy-Gurdy takeover is a brilliant opportunity to get together with some of the best of Europe’s players in an intensive learning weekend of masterclasses, workshops, sessions and a Saturday night concert/dance. This course runs alongside the Bagpipes Weekend, in a frenzy of reeds, drones and buzzing things! Early booking advised.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/2800/


Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band with caller Dawn Skye

Barn Dance "Kimmeridge Keilidh"

Tickets on the door. No bar, so bring your own drinks & nibbles!

£5 adults, £2.50 children

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Nether Compton Village Hall DT9 4QA

Louise Jordan - No Petticoats Here

Award winning singer, songwriter and musician Louise Jordan tells the stories of inspirational women of the First World War who challenged expectations. From the woman who dressed as a soldier on the Western Front to the women football players banned by the FA, the ambulance drivers running the gauntlet of enemy fire in Flanders and the so-called ‘surplus million’ single women; working in a time of conflict, leaving a legacy. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity.

7:30pm.

Tickets 01935 413220. £10, £6 u18s

www.artsreach.co.uk


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Noah's Cape

+ Support

Noah's Cape are a 3-part harmony trio featuring Linda Watkins, Marian Wedley and newcomer, Mark Niel. A delightful mix of styles of songs across the ages.

£10 pre-booked, £12 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 10th Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Bagpipes Taster Day

We are delighted to be introducing this taster day to our regular Bagpipe Weekend, with leading tutor David Faulkner and bagpipes loaned by the Bagpipe Society. You can book for the workshop – including tuition, lunch and instrument hire – or for an extra £20 stay on for dinner and the evening Hurdy Gurdy and Bagpipe concert, the choice is your.

Who’s it For?
Anyone, no previous musical experience necessary. Only 4 places available, so book early!

The Tutor
David Faulkner has been playing pipes for over 25 years with groups such as the Eel Grinders and Jon Swayne’s Zephyrus. He has toured in Europe and America, and has made various recordings including the English and Border Music for Pipes CD with accordionist Steve Turner. David has taught three times at the Spielkurs für Dudelsack und Drehleier 2008, 2009 & 2013 and twice at the Osterbordunale in 2015 & 2016, he has run workshops for the Bagpipe Society’s annual Blowout and teaches privately. David works as a community musician with Devon-based Wren Music.

£45
Includes tuition, instrument hire & lunch.

£65
Includes tuition, instrument hire, lunch, evening meal and tutors' concert.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/bagpipes-taster-day/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Hurdy Gurdy & Bagpipes

An evening of music (and dancing) from the tutors of our our 2018 Hurdy Gurdy & Bagpipe Weekend:

Hurdy-Gurdy: Matthias Loibner (Austria), Cecile Delrue-Birot (France), Joel Turk (UK)
Bagpipe: Julian Cartonnet (France), Callum Armstrong (UK)

8pm–10pm

£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/hurdy-gurdy-bagpipes-2/


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

The Tannahill Weavers

This dynamic quartet play Scottish Traditional music at its best. The band’s potent mixture of traditional ballads and fiery instrumental leaves their audiences spellbound. As tight and versatile as any band in the Celtic music scene, the Tannahills can summon rock-n-roll intensity or haunting introspection.

8pm.

Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions.

www.tannahillweavers.com

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=862


Shipton Gorge Village Hall DT6 4NA

Louise Jordan - No Petticoats Here

Award winning singer, songwriter and musician Louise Jordan tells the stories of inspirational women of the First World War who challenged expectations. From the woman who dressed as a soldier on the Western Front to the women football players banned by the FA, the ambulance drivers running the gauntlet of enemy fire in Flanders and the so-called ‘surplus million’ single women; working in a time of conflict, leaving a legacy. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity.

7:30pm.

Tickets 01308 897562. £8, £6 u18s, £24 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Glanvilles Wootton Village Hall DT9 5QF

Barn Dance: Music by Chris Toyne Caller Ruth Thompson

Starts off with Homemade Soup and a Ploughman's Supper at 7.30pm. Bring your own drink and glasses. Raffle. Proceeds to Glanvilles Wootton, Holnest & Middlemarsh Village Hall.

£7 in advance only.

Contact Paul Goodfellow: Paul 01963 210487 or Nikki 210493


St. Mark's Church Hall, Wallisdown Road, Talbot Woods, Bournemouth BH10 4HY

Victoria Yeomans with Orion's Ring

Bournemouth (Westhill) Folk Dance Club will be holding its Spring Dance. This will be an excellent evening with a well-known caller and band. Tea, coffee and cold drinks included in the price. Bring & Share supper. Tickets will be available on the door. All welcome. Please note our new venue.

£9.00

7.30 p.m. - 10.30 p.m.

Contact Liz Neal: 07471 207563

cerameed51 AT gmail.com

www.bournemouthfolkdanceclub.btck.co.uk


Sun 11th Feb 2018

The Old School Gallery, Yetminster DT9 6LF

Damian Clarke "A romantic evening with the Dulcimer"

The Hammer Dulcimer is a very romantic sounding instrument, reminiscent of Harps. Damian returns to the fireside atmosphere of the Old School for a cosy winter's evening of romantic songs and tunes played on the Dulcimer (with some other rare instruments creeping in occasionally!). A hugely entertaining exploration of the word "romance" from troubadour songs to Celtic Harp tunes, from story songs to modern day pop songs.

The £10 ticket price also includes tea or coffee accompanied by the most delicious cakes!

Reservations: 01935 872761 NOTE: 5-7PM


Mon 12th Feb 2018 to Fri 16th Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Faustus: From Page to Performance

Following a great year as our Artists in Residence in 2016, we’re delighted to welcome back Faustus (Saul Rose, Paul Sartin, Benji Kirkpatrick) to lead this course for musicians and singers (intermediate level and above).

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/faustus-from-page-to-performance-2/


Thu 15th Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Faustus

Catch Faustus, the pioneering, “bloke folk” triumvirate of Benji Kirkpatrick, Paul Sartin & Saul Rose as they return to Halsway Manor for a live gig as part of their week-long ‘From Page to Performance’ course; the evening will open with performances by participants, before the mighty Faustus take to the stage!

8pm–10pm

£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/faustus-3/


Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Robert & Mary Blackborow & Co.

Chard Folk Dance Club

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

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Sat 17th Feb 2018

Ibberton Village Hall DT11 0EL

Emily Burridge & Felix Gibbons - Incandescendo

Together Emily Burridge on cello and Felix Gibbons on Latin percussion and Bossa guitar create a musical kaleidoscope of Jazz, World, Folk and Classical influences. In this new show, clever use of modern sampling technology enables them to expand their compositions and create exciting multi tracked pieces, spinning a web of intricate harmonies and rhythms, highlighted by some dazzling displays of improvisation. Their concert program includes arrangements of Brazilian classical and popular music, samba and choros and an array of new works for cello, percussion and guitar. Expect a memorable musical evening. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity.

7:30pm.

Tickets 01258 817269. £8.50, £6.50 u18s, £26 fam.

www.artsreach.co.uk


Meadway Hall, Ham Lane, Compton Dundon TA11 6PS

Churchfitters

The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A bass guitar made out of a frying pan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock bouzouki. And traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz 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 and you’ve got a high energy show that always leaves audiences cheering. How do you adequately describe such a musically diverse, uplifting band? You leave it to Mike Harding, a self-confessed ‘huge, huge fan’. He calls them 'totally brilliant and beautiful'.

Buy Tickets online at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/413798

£10

8pm, doors 7.30pm

Contact Alan Riley: 01458 447223

alanriley73 AT gmail.com

http://comptondundon.com/?page_id=5284


Chaffcombe Village Hall TA20 4BH

Jim Causley

Jim sings a great variety of songs, from traditional to self penned, and poems by his ancestor the Cornish Poet Charles Causley, which have been set to music. This combined with his wonderful sense of humour and sunny personality promises to make it a fantastic evening.

£8.50

7.30 pm

Contact Elaine: 01460 65909

e3dons AT hotmail.com

www.jimcausley.co.uk. www.chaffcombe.com


Mon 19th Feb 2018 to Wed 21st Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Piva: Real Roots!

We’re delighted to be welcoming Piva back to Halsway for a third course exploring the Real Roots! of folk music, both the music and the instruments. Discover the world of late 16th century popular traditional music as heard in both court and country. The focus of the course will be 4 or 5 part harmony in small groups but it doesn’t matter if you are new to this music or an experienced renaissance specialist; sessions will be adapted to suit all levels.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/real-roots-with-piva-2016/


Tue 20th Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Piva

Early music, at its most entertaining! Piva have rightly gained a reputation for their lively performances and entertaining shows. Taking late 16th century dance and ballad tunes, Piva brings the music of the renaissance to life on authentic instruments – bagpipes, hurdy-gurdies, recorders, viol, curtals, rauschpfeifen, crumhorns, shawms and violins.

8pm–9:30pm

£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/piva/


Thu 22nd Feb 2018 to Mon 26th Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Kyndred Spirits

For those with some experience, another exciting exploration at the leading edge of English Country Dance revival. Dance 17th & 18th century English Country Dances, many newly researched and reconstructed, with confidence, style and delight.

Led by expert caller Andrew Shaw with musicians Paul Hutchinson, John Hymas and Linda Byrt.

www.lemmingsreprieve.org.uk
To book or for further course information contact Denise Bearon:

Email - tickets AT lemmingsreprieve.org.uk
Tel - 01695 422971

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/kyndred-spirits-2/


Thu 22nd Feb 2018

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

Rachel Newton

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. Rachel performs solo, with her trio featuring Lauren MacColl on fiddle and Mattie Foulds on percussion and with a full band when they’re joined by Michael Owers on trombone and Sarah Hayes on keys.
A skilled collaborator, Rachel is a founder member of the successful UK folk bands The Shee and The Furrow Collective. She also plays fiddle and viola and works across a range of performance platforms including theatre and storytelling.

8.00 pm

£13.50 full £12.50 members

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


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

Steve Knightley ‘Songs & Stories’ 2018 Tour

Steve Knightley announces highly anticipated 2018 solo tour – and there’s a twist.
As the frontman and songwriter of British folk heavyweights Show of Hands, Steve Knightley boasts an impressive back catalogue. He’s regularly cited by emerging artists as a source of inspiration. But who has ignited and fuelled Knightley’s creative spark throughout his decades of craftsmanship?
His 2018 solo tour ‘Songs & Stories’ seeks to answer that question. Of course the set list will be peppered with his now-classic gems such as ‘Cousin Jack’, ‘AIG’ and ‘Country Life’. But in a rare glimpse into his personal playlist, Knightley will also be paying tribute to artists such as Dylan, Carthy, Bowie, Springsteen, Tull and Radiohead, all of whom have influenced him greatly along the way.

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £20.00
Advance: £18.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/steve-knightley-songs-stories-2018-tour/


Fri 23rd Feb 2018

Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

The Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club - Tatterdemalion caller Angela Laycock

All welcome!
We are looking forward to a lively evening.

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 16 free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Ashmore Village Hall SP5 5AQ

The Grahams

The Grahams are a dynamic Americana duo who have married their love of adventure with a desire to build on foundations laid by their musical predecessors. Alyssa and Doug Graham have spent nearly their entire lives exploring music together. Friends since she was 7 and he was 9, they became a couple in their teens, then husband and wife. 
Somewhere along the way, they also became The Grahams, and their first song-crafting expedition, along the Mississippi's Great River Road, became their 2013 debut album, ‘Riverman's Daughter’. For its follow-up, they rode the rails - and wound up recording not only a studio album, but a documentary and live album ‘Rattle the Hocks’ on the move and in venues from Sun Studio to Amtrak's famed City of New Orleans train. The Grahams are a treat for all fans of American folk music. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity.

7:30pm.

Tickets 01747 811364. £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


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

Damien O’Kane Trio

Damien O’Kane (vocals, guitar/tenor guitar and banjo), Steven Byrnes (guitar/tenor guitar) and Steven Iveson (electric guitar).

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016 nominee for ‘Best Album’

Damien O’Kane is a musician of many talents. Teamed up with master guitarist Steven Byrnes (Treacherous Orchestra/Kate Rusby) and Steven Iveson’s (Damien O’Kane Band) sublime and exhilirating electric guitar playing, this is a trio that take traditional Irish music and song and, in the words of the The Telegraph, turn it into ‘Folk-Pop that is Irish music for the 21st Century.’

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £12.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/damien-okane-trio/


Osmington Village Hall DT3 6FT

The Wareham Whalers (and chips!)

This well known Wareham shanty crew have been rocking the boat with their powerful shanties since 2004. They sing shanties as they would have been sung on board ship and they aim to capture the strength of that music. There is never a dull moment when they are around and, excitingly, there will be a chance to bid for the opportunity to sing with this motley crew in the second half of the show.
In aid of Wareham and Purbeck MS Society

7.00 pm

£5 + £5 fish & chips

Tickets: Eileen Bramley 07816 832554 and wegottickets.com

Osmingtonmusic AT gmail.com


Sat 24th Feb 2018

Portesham Village Hall DT3 4NS

The Ridgeway Singers & Band – A Barnes Supper

A feast of Dorset fayre to celebrate the birthday of William Barnes in the company of the Ridgeway Singers & Band. Dialect poet William Barnes relished the country dances, folksongs and carols of Dorset, and often wrote about community celebrations, where music was a key part of the proceedings. Alongside a feast of local fayre, The Ridgeway Singers and Band led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries will perform traditional songs collected across the County by the Hammond brothers, play dance tunes from the repertoire of Blackmore Vale fiddler Benjamin Rose, perform a special two part arrangement of Barnes’ Linden Lea and recite some of the poems that keep alive the rich dialect of Dorset. Tickets include a light Dorset supper served throughout the performance

7pm.

Tickets 01305 871035. £18.

www.artsreach.co.uk


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

John Smith

John is among the most respected of both guitarists and songwriters. Mostly John plays concert halls on his global tours. He has just released his new album on June 30th, it's produced by Sam Lakeman. He . The album reached top of the Indie Album Breaker charts. The reviews have been brilliant. Radio 2 and Radio 6 have also been playing the single on many occasion and John did a session on Marc Radcliffe's Folk Show and his show at the Union Chapel in April got a 5 stars review in The Independent.

8.00 pm

www.bournemouthfolkclub.com
Bournemouth Folk Club runs monthly folk music concerts at the lovely 19th century Shelley Theatre. Tickets are sold exclusively by the theatre box office: www.shelleytheatre.co.uk


Sun 25th Feb 2018

Digby Memorial 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.

1.30 - 4.30 pm

£10 in advance/£12 on the door

www.laurelswift.co.uk
Julia: 01935 817905


Creech St Michael Village Hall, Ryesland Way, Creech St Michael, Taunton TA3 5QQ

Fiddlin' Folk presents a workshop and performance for young people

Come along and join Jon Dyer, experienced musician and workshop leader from Wren Music, for an afternoon of music making, dancing and having fun. We will explore folk music ranging from Somerset to South America, and join creatively together to build a full band sound. The day finishes with a short performance – a chance to show what we can do.
No previous musical experience is necessary for you to join in. Bring along any instrument, some enthusiasm and a willingness to have a go!

Workshop 2.00-5:30 pm.
Performance 6.00-6:30 pm.

£10 youth ticket includes free admission for one adult to watch the performance.
For information and bookings please refer to
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/fiddlinfolk/ or
e-mail info AT fiddlinfolk.co.uk


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

North Sea Gas

North Sea Gas return once again.
They will entertain you with songs from their new album.
“When We Go Rolling Home” and old favourites!!
Playing Guitars, Fiddle, Banjo, Bouzouki, Bohdran and with strong vocals.
Featuring three part harmonies and lots of Craic!!
An entertaining show for all ages.
www.northseagas.co.uk/

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £11.00
Advance: £9.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/north-sea-gas/


Mon 26th Feb 2018 to Fri 2nd Mar 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Playing Playford

Featuring dance tunes from the popular and extensive Playford collection (1651-1728) this is a course for competent instrumentalists who want to take their playing to the next level. With expert guidance from Karen Wimhurst, Richard Heacock & Paul Hutchinson, you’ll explore harmony, rhythm, articulation, accompaniment, improvisation and arrangement, leading to a stylish performance for a Playford Tea Dance on Thu 1 March at 2pm.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/playing-playford-2/


Wed 28th Feb 2018 to Fri 2nd Mar 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BDF

Reed-making for Northumbrian Smallpipes

Subject to demand, a short course to learn how to make reeds for the Northumbrian smallpipes – then, if you wish, stay on for our Northumbrian smallpipes weekend! The course is led by renowned piper and maker Andy May. You’ll be in the workshop by day, but there will be time in the evenings to relax and enjoy informal playing sessions in the bar, so bring your instruments and try your new reeds!

This course is for all-comers. Tools will be supplied but you may wish to bring your own. There will be a small charge of £10-£15 (payable on departure) to cover the cost of cane.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/reed-making-for-northumbrian-smallpipes/


Thu 1st Mar 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Playford Tea Dance

An afternoon Playford dance, with caller Graham Knight and music from the Halsway Playford Ensemble.
The Halsway Playford Ensemble is made up of participants on Halsway’s annual Playing Playford course. Under the tutelage of Paul Hutchinson, Richard Heacock & Karen Wimhurst, the musicians have spent the week exploring arrangements of Playford repertoire, and rehearsing in preparation for this afternoon dance!

The dance concludes with a cream tea at 4pm, included in the ticket price.

2pm–4pm
£6

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/playford-tea-dance/


Bournemouth Folk Club at the Shelley Theatre Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth BA5 1LX

The Furrow Collective

The Furrow Collective is an award-winning and critically acclaimed English/Scottish band consisting of four distinctive and talented performers: Lucy Farrell (viola, voice & saw), Rachel Newton (harp, fiddle, voice), Emily Portman (banjo, concertina, voice) and Alasdair Roberts (guitars, voice). The group formed in 2013, drawn together by a shared love of traditional song and balladry of the England, Scotland and beyond.

8.00 pm

www.bournemouthfolkclub.com
Bournemouth Folk Club runs monthly folk music concerts at the lovely 19th century Shelley Theatre. Tickets are sold exclusively by the theatre box office: www.shelleytheatre.co.uk


Nailsea Folk Club, Ring O'Bells, 4 St Mary's Grove, Nailsea BS48 4NQ

Keith Christmas

A man with a stunning pedigree, phenomenal guitar techniques and a passion for storytelling, philosophy and politics, Keith Christmas is someone with true class and style.

www.keithchristmas.com

8pm

£5 on the door

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


Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Rose Shaw with Jeroka

Chard Folk Dance Club

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

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


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


Winterborne Stickland Village Hall DT11 0NT

Adverse Camber - Dreaming the Night Field

Immerse yourself in glorious living landscapes and the brilliant night sky to discover a world that’s bristling with life, filled with animals, people and constellations caught between creation and destruction. Gwydion, nephew to the King, a magician and master storyteller, provokes a war between North and South Wales and unleashes a chaos of consequences. Blodeuwedd, an intoxicatingly beautiful woman conjured from flowers, is torn between desire and duty, with fateful results. Honour, justice, magic and transformation collide in a story as relevant today as it ever was, where people seek to spin, manipulate and control, and nature reveals its deep power. By turns, thrilling, funny, powerful and poetic, this spellbinding new performance vividly evokes the ancient Celtic legend of the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogion. Dreaming the Night Field features one of Wales’ most engaging storytellers alongside exquisitely haunting live music. English and Welsh are artfully woven together to make these ancient voices and living landscapes come alive in an exhilarating performance. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity. Suitable for ages 12+

7:30pm.

Tickets 01258 880920. £10, £7 u18s, £29 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Northumbrian Smallpipes Weekend

Hosted by Christine Corkett with a great team of tutors – Andy May, Pauline Cato, Alice Robinson (nee Burn), Chris Evans, Francis Wood – this popular workshop weekend gives everyone from absolute beginners to intermediate and more advanced players a thoroughly enjoyable opportunity to develop their abilities, technique and repertoire. The course starts on Friday evening with an introductory session to assess people’s needs and a tune session in the bar, followed by workshops all day Saturday and Sunday and a Saturday evening tutor’s concert.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/northumbrian-smallpipes-weekend-2/


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

PJ Wright and Guy Fletcher

+ Guest

Club Patrons PJ Wright and Guy Fletcher are taking time out from their gigs with superband TRADarrr to play at the club. Added to this pleasure is a rare visit from top singer/songwriter Pete Scrowther joining PJ and Guy for some of his songs, some of which featured in the set lists for Little Johnny England and now TRADarrr.

Support is from our very own Andy Stone, singer, songwriter, guitarist and outstanding sound engineer.

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 3rd Mar 2018

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

Reg Meuross

Reg is touring with songs from his stunning new solo album, Faraway People, as well as an award-winning back catalogue of nine highly-acclaimed albums. A true modern troubadour, Reg’s gigging ranges from village halls and Folk clubs to playing the Royal Albert Hall, consistently entrancing audiences with songs of life, love and injustice, soulfully delivered with melodic tenor vocals and some of the most beautifully disarming lyrics ever written.

www.regmeuross.com

8pm.

Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=866


Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall DT6 6NF

Adverse Camber - Dreaming the Night Field

Immerse yourself in glorious living landscapes and the brilliant night sky to discover a world that’s bristling with life, filled with animals, people and constellations caught between creation and destruction. Gwydion, nephew to the King, a magician and master storyteller, provokes a war between North and South Wales and unleashes a chaos of consequences. Blodeuwedd, an intoxicatingly beautiful woman conjured from flowers, is torn between desire and duty, with fateful results. Honour, justice, magic and transformation collide in a story as relevant today as it ever was, where people seek to spin, manipulate and control, and nature reveals its deep power. By turns, thrilling, funny, powerful and poetic, this spellbinding new performance vividly evokes the ancient Celtic legend of the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogion. Dreaming the Night Field features one of Wales’ most engaging storytellers alongside exquisitely haunting live music. English and Welsh are artfully woven together to make these ancient voices and living landscapes come alive in an exhilarating performance. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity. Suitable for ages 12+

7:30pm.

Tickets 01297 560948. £9, £7 u18s, £28 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Northumbrian Smallpipes Taster Day

Come and try the Northumbrian Smallpipes in this special taster day for absolute beginners!
Led by Francis Wood, we’ll have simple sets of teaching pipes available, designed for beginners. This is an excellent opportunity for those who enjoy the gentle sound of small pipes and would like to learn a little about their technique, repertoire and history.

Who’s it For?
Anyone, no previous musical experience necessary. Only 6 places available, so book early!

10am–4pm

£45
Includes tuition, instrument hire & lunch.

£65
Includes tuition, instrument hire, lunch, evening meal and tutors' concert.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/northumbrian-smallpipes-taster-day/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Northumbrian Smallpipes

A concert featuring some of the finest exponents of the Northumbrian Smallpipes and a chance to hear some of the participants in our Northumbrian Smallpipes Weekend course.
Performers include the 5 tutors from the Northumbrian Smallpipes weekend: Pauline Cato, Andy May, Alice Robinson (née Burn), Chris Evans and Francis Wood.

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/northumbrian-smallpipes-2/


Portesham Village Hall DT3 4NS

Watkins & Swarbrick

Fresh from his performance with the official Dave Swarbrick Tribute Tour, Simon Swarbrick will be accompanying Ken & Lucy Watkins and Angela Heron Watkins for a night of quality acoustic music. From contemporary and traditional folk, to country, blues and jazz standards, the band promises a wide range of harmony-based multi-instrumental music, delivered with humour and relaxed informality. Booking essential, but pay what you think the performance was worth at the end of the show. Bring your own drinks and glasses.

Pay what you like

8pm

Contact Watkins & Swarbrick: 01305 837299

songsfromthehalls234 AT gmail.com

https://soundcloud.com/watkinswarbrickband


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

Amber Fire Ceilidh Band with Chris Jewell

A new band to Bridport Ceilidhs, Amber Fire, with Chris Jewell back not to play but to call.
All welcome, dances will be walked and talked through and called throughout.
Bring & Share (finger food) supper, and your own beer (The Woodman Inn is just opposite).
On street parking or use town car parks.

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

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

The Model Folk

The Model Folk
Folk ...with a jazzy, Balkan twist. Fantastic lively tunes from a fantastic band!

(Tithe Barn Trust event in association with Folk Club)

Tickets £10

7.45 pm

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/397987
www.themodelfolk.com

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


West Parley Memorial Hall, 275 Christchurch Road, West Parley BH22 8SQ

Arish Mel with Teresa Rabbetts

Bourne River Morris Men's Spring Ceilidh.

No bar - bring own drinks / snacks.

£8.00

8.00 - 11.00pm

Contact Geoff Knapman: 01202 602221 / 07532 017942

bagman AT brmm.org.uk

www.brmm.org.uk


Fri 9th Mar 2018 to Sun 11th Mar 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Nyckelharpa for Beginners

An enjoyable, full-on, fun-packed workshop weekend with popular tutor Vicki Swan to introduce beginners to this fascinating Scandinavian folk stringed instrument. There will be a limited amount of instruments available to borrow. This course usually fills early, so book asap! We are also planning to have a second support tutor to ensure you are well looked after!

Who’s it For?
Anyone! Vicki will even have a number of instruments available for students to borrow; book early as these places are limited to 8. Not sure? For more information contact Vicki Swan 07721 519719.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/nyckelharpa-for-beginners-2/


Fri 9th Mar 2018

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Steve Knightley ‘Songs and Stories’ 2018 Tour

In his highly anticipated 2018 solo tour ‘Songs & Stories’, multi-award-winning songwriter Steve Knightley invites his audience on a musical journey, charting the winding roads of his unrivalled career. The Show of Hands frontman (One of the great English bands – Peter Gabriel) showcases a set-list peppered with classic gems such as Cousin Jack, AIG and Country Life with his inimitable passion and flair; and in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead.

7.30pm

All Tickets: £18
box office 01297 442138
http://www.marinetheatre.com/steve-knightley-songs-and-stories-2018-tour-friday-9-march-7-30pm/


Sat 10th Mar 2018

Charlton Down Herrison Hall DT2 9UA

Harbour Voices - Songs of the Sea

Harbour Voices, a twenty-strong group of men and women, bring you a heart-warming celebration of the sea with their performance of traditional shanties and original songs recounting tales of our Dorset coast past and present. Join in the rousing choruses, hear stories of sailors and whalers, boat-builders and fisher-wives, and glimpse moments in the lives of those who risked all to make their living from the sea. Prepare to be moved, amused, intrigued and inspired by this unusual show, featuring vocal harmonies to make your heart soar, and songs that speak of our vital connection to the sea. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7:30pm.

Tickets 01305 264060. £8, £6 u18s, £24 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer

Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary sounds. Their performances showcase new interpretations of old songs alongside original self penned tunes and new contemporary songs that are entirely at home in the tradition.
Out of this combination they have developed a sound that is both familiar and fresh. Strong believers in letting the music tradition live and breathe through sensitive interpretation, Vicki and Jonny allow the melody to sing without any constraints.
Be entranced by the haunting nyckelharpa, amazed at the cow horn (one of the worlds earliest communication devices) and meet some of the bagpipes that didn’t come from Scotland.
Suitable for all ages, their evenings are packed with toe tapping tunes and songs of love, death, trains and dressing up (not always at the same time) all presented with sparkling gentle humour, lots of smiles and skillful musicianship.

www.swan-dyer.co.uk

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/vicki-swan-jonny-dyer-2/


Mon 12th Mar 2018 to Fri 16th Mar 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Maddy Prior Song Week

We’re delighted to be welcoming Maddy and Rose to offer a special course at Halsway Manor in collaboration with speech and language therapist Christina Shewell. This course will be for singers of all levels and styles who want to work to improve and learn about their voice.
While this will be Maddy, Christina and Rose’s first visit to Halsway Manor, they have been working together and separately running courses for many years.
Working both altogether and in smaller groups you’ll have fun learning practical techniques to improve and maintain your voice, gain knowledge of vocal anatomy and physiology and hear some interesting insights into the current voice research as well as enjoying some group singing for the sheer love of it as well as for health and wellbeing. It will be an absorbing, social and fulfilling singing experience for those who want to work on their voice.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/maddy-prior-song-weekend/


Mon 12th Mar 2018

The Cricketers Folk Club, 41 Windham Rd, Bournemouth BH1 4RN

Damian Clarke

Damian Clarke has just released his third solo CD, "Something to say" and he continues his mission to increase the public’s awareness of the wonderful Hammer Dulcimer and Hurdy Gurdy. He is currently the only touring performer of these instruments who also sings. An international entertainer; his concerts are a multi-faceted show, with stories and sing-alongs, history and romance. His instruments provide a refreshing change of sound and yet are familiar and fascinating to listen to. Damian has toured in over 12 countries, made 9 albums, and played everywhere from television to theatres, from international folk festivals to street fairs. He is also well known for his performances with the rock-folk band, PRESSGANG which he founded in 1986.

8.00 pm


Thu 15th Mar 2018

EMN Community Hall, Monksilver, Taunton TA4 4JE

Phil Beer

Long-time collaborator with Steve Knightley in Show of Hands, Phil is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler and plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don’t stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals.

Advance tickets £13 (£15 otd) from https://www.wegottickets.com/event/423921 : in local outlets soon.


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Maddy Prior, Rose Kemp and Christina Shewell

As part of our very special week of singing, Maddy Prior and Rose Kemp will be collaborating with voice expert Christina Shewell, in an informal concert and evening of song.

8pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/maddy-prior-rose-kemp-and-christina-shewell/


Nailsea Folk Club, Ring O'Bells, 4 St Mary's Grove, Nailsea BS48 4NQ

St Patricks Night with Fougere Rouge

An informal night with the classic Irish favourites to sing along to and bundles of fiery gigs and reels to set the pulse racing.
St Patricks Night fundraiser for dementia projects at the Barn.
8pm

£8 on the door

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


Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Jane Thomas with Ivor/Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club

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

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 16th Mar 2018

Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band with caller Graham Taylor

Barn Dance "Kimmeridge Keilidh"

Tickets on the door. No bar, so bring your own drinks & nibbles!

£5 adults, £2.50 children

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


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


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

Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis

Multi-award-winning Folk musicians Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis met at university in Brighton in 2010 and discovered a common interest in Roots music, so began writing and jamming together.
They started performing as a duo at open mics and venues around Brighton, playing original Folk and Blues songs. Fast-forward five years, many part-time jobs and dingy apartments later, and they have become two of the most well-respected and innovative musicians on the UK Folk scene, and the main writing partnership behind the hit Folk band, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys. The duo performs inventive interpretations of tunes and songs in between humorous anecdotes and stories of their misadventures.

www.samkelly.org

8pm

Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=870


Sun 18th Mar 2018 to Sun 26th Mar 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Melodeon Building Course (2.5 Row) with Emmanuel Pariselle

This is an extremely popular course with one of Europe’s finest instrument makers. Places are limited to 10, and our 2016 & 2017 courses sold out well in advance.
Emmanuel will guide novice makers through the steps to build your own two and a half row melodeon. You will leave with your own professional standard instrument; whilst having a great sense of humour (and extremely good English) Emmanuel is also a demanding task master and will ensure that all instruments made are of the highest possible calibre. In addition to having a wonderful instrument, you’ll also benefit from the inestimable experience of working with a master craftsman and learn techniques for construction, maintenance and repair in the future.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/melodeon-building-course-2-5-row-with-emmanuel-pariselle-2/


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


Fontmell Magna Springhead Trust SP7 0PF

Emily Burridge & Felix Gibbons - Incandescendo

Together Emily Burridge on cello and Felix Gibbons on Latin percussion and Bossa guitar create a musical kaleidoscope of Jazz, World, Folk and Classical influences. In this new show, clever use of modern sampling technology enables them to expand their compositions and create exciting multi tracked pieces, spinning a web of intricate harmonies and rhythms, highlighted by some dazzling displays of improvisation. Their concert program includes arrangements of Brazilian classical and popular music, samba and choros and an array of new works for cello, percussion and guitar. Expect a memorable musical evening. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity.

4pm.

Tickets 01747 811853. £8, £6 u18s, £24 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Phil Beer

Phil needs little introduction. One half of Britain’s most successful duo Show of Hands
Phil’s instrumental wizardry is well documented and has been utilised by countless artists from the Rolling Stones to Mike Oldfield. A sublime fiddle player, for many years he was lead guitarist and singer with the Albion Band and co-wrote many of their songs. He’s a thoroughly charming man and a consummate performer. Rightly nominated at Folk Musician of the Year 2009 for his tireless contribution to folk music.

7.30

Tickets: £15

http://www.philbeer.co.uk/

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


Mon 19th Mar 2018 to Fri 23rd Mar 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Beyond the Tune

This is a course for musicians – of an intermediate level and above – who wish to develop their arranging skills through ensemble playing. Players of all instruments welcome, but this course caters particularly well for harpists, under the dedicated tuition of Moira Gutteridge. Part of the time the group will be split in two, allowing for focused tuition with Moira for the harpists, while all other musicians work with Peter. Plenty of time for playing as a full ensemble, to share and try arrangements, and also time to work in smaller groups to devise arrangements based on the skills developed through the course. You’ll also learn and practice tunes for dancing, with one evening taking the form of an informal dance for local dancers, called by Madeleine Smith, who works closely with Moira and Peter to select suitable tunes and dances.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/beyond-the-tune/


Thu 22nd Mar 2018

Eli's (The Rose and Crown), Huish Episcopi, Langport TA10 9QT

SomerStep and friends

A music session with added dancing.
Tunes, songs, dances.
All welcome.

8.00 pm

Contact Steve Cunio: 07811680534

info AT somerstep.org

somerstep.org


Fri 23rd Mar 2018 to Sat 25th Mar 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Säckpipa! & Swedish Bagpipe Tunes

An enjoyable full-on fun-packed workshop weekend with Vicki Swan to introduce players to both the säckpipa (Swedish Bagpipes) and Swedish bagpipe music.

Topics to be covered (more to be added!) will include:
• The Standard Swedish Säckpipa Repertoire
• Tunes from Småland
• Articulation
• General bagpipe technique

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/sackpipa-swedish-bagpipe-tunes/


Fri 23rd Mar 2018

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

Blowzabella Dance Workshop

Dance workshop for all ages and abilities. A quick run through the main dances that the band will play this evening. It’s not about being a great dancer it’s just that dancing to dance music is better than just listening to it!

The band will play Acoustically so it’s also like an unplugged gig.

6pm – 7pm

Tickets: £3 donation to The David Hall.

www.blowzabella.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=871


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

Blowzabella 'Chance to Dance'

Blowzabella celebrate 40 years of their inimitable, drone-based wall of sound with a new album and a visit to The David Hall (one of their favourite venues).
The band members are Andy Cutting (diatonic button accordion); Jo Freya (vocals, saxophone, clarinet); Paul James (vocals, bagpipes, saxophones); Gregory Jolivet (hurdy-gurdy); David Shepherd (violin); Barn Stradling (bass guitar) and Jon Swayne (bagpipes, saxophone).
They compose dance music influenced by English and European Folk traditions. Many of their tunes are ‘standards’ in the British/European Folk repertoire.
Blowzabella will play music from their new album as well as plenty of old favourites. Come and dance or just listen.

8pm.

Tickets: £16 Full. £5 Under 25s.

www.blowzabella.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=872


Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

The Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club - Chris Toyne and Ruth Thompson playing caller Paul Miles

All welcome!
We are looking forward to a lively evening.

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 16 free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Hicks and Goulbourn

+ Support No Direction

Steve and Lynn make a more than welcome return to the club with their amazing guitar playing, delightful songs, and dollops of humour.

Support from the acapella 4 some, No Direction

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 24th Mar 2018

Marnhull Village Hall DT10 1JZ

Harbour Voices - Songs of the Sea

Harbour Voices, a twenty-strong group of men and women, bring you a heart-warming celebration of the sea with their performance of traditional shanties and original songs recounting tales of our Dorset coast past and present. Join in the rousing choruses, hear stories of sailors and whalers, boat-builders and fisher-wives, and glimpse moments in the lives of those who risked all to make their living from the sea. Prepare to be moved, amused, intrigued and inspired by this unusual show, featuring vocal harmonies to make your heart soar, and songs that speak of our vital connection to the sea. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7:30pm.

Tickets 01258 820381. £8, £6 u18s, £24 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Smörgåsballad

Smörgåsballad is an evening of music and tales from Sweden. Discover the tradition of the Easter Witches, what happens if you pick seven different wild flowers and put them under your pillow at Midsummer, the real meaning of the midsummer majstång, and join in some traditional drinking songs in celebration of the crayfish! A visual treat for the eyes and the ears, be transported to the land of the midnight sun, enjoy some “nordic noir tales” and fall in love with the heroes and heroines of old.

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/smorgasballad/


Bournemouth Folk Club at the Shelley Theatre Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth BA5 1LX

O'Hooley & Tidow

Piano and voice duo Belinda and Heidi have the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving, and soulful performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm the hardest of heart.

8.00 pm

www.bournemouthfolkclub.com
Bournemouth Folk Club runs monthly folk music concerts at the lovely 19th century Shelley Theatre. Tickets are sold exclusively by the theatre box office: www.shelleytheatre.co.uk


Sun 25th Mar 2018

Digby Memorial 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.

1.30 - 4.30 pm

£10 in advance/£12 on the door

www.laurelswift.co.uk
Julia: 01935 817905


Tue 27th Mar 2018

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

Knight and Spiers

In the summer of 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival had the grand idea of pairing legendary fiddle layer Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span) and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers (ex-Bellowhead) for a special ‘one off’ concert at that year’s festival.
In the event, it ended up being a genuine festival highlight, with no space to be found in the Marquee and people standing five deep in pouring rain. For a few minutes at the close of their performance, with a standing ovation and roars for more, it didn’t seem as though the audience was going to let them go. As the MC commented, it was one of those occasions when people could say “I was there”. It was also clear that leaving matters there was not an option, and so 2018 sees the duo undertaking their first extensive UK tour.

8.00 pm

£15 Full £13 Members

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


Thu 29th Mar 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Aileen Wills with Bryden & Co.

Chard Folk Dance Club

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

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 30th Mar 2018 to Mon 2nd Apr 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway European Music Weekend

With Paul James, Anne Niepold and Gigi Biolcati, an extended weekend course for musicians to develop ensemble playing skills and make imaginative arrangements that are exciting to listen and dance to. We’ll be using music from European folk/traditional/popular music traditions as the raw material to make new arrangements that can go in any direction. The aim is to explore and combine all sorts of influences and ideas to make spine tingling music that is more than the sum of the parts.

The course includes all day ensemble workshop sessions – and some short workshops on a range of topics in the early evening – with the aim of performing all the pieces we create together at a concert on the Sunday night.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-european-music-weekend-2/


Sun 1st Apr 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway European Folk Ensemble

An evening of music inspired by British and European folk traditions performed by musicians taking part in an intensive workshop weekend led by Paul James, Anne Niepold, Victor Nichols & Gigi Biolcati. Hear new arrangements performed by small and larger ensembles, and featuring the tutors too.

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/halsway-european-folk-ensemble-2/


Mon 2nd Apr 2018 to Fri 6th Apr 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk – Intro

Developed from our popular Hothouse project, this week-long music residential for young musicians and singers is designed as an intensive but fun introduction to our folk traditions. It is led by a team of young professional folk practitioners supported by lead tutor Will Lang and pastoral lead Claire Bailey.

You will operate as a company: taking warm-ups together, developing technique in music and performance, learning repertoire, and creating new interpretations of traditional material. There will also be down-time to socialise and enjoy being part of an exciting new company of performers! At the end of the week you’ll have the chance to perform what you’ve learned to an invited audience.

£195
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first-served basis.

Contact us for an application form, or download an application form from the website. Please return your completed application form with a deposit of £60 to secure your place.

The balance of £135 is due by Mon 26 Feb.

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


Fri 6th Apr 2018 to Sun 8th Apr 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Playford Weekend

Led by caller Andrew Swaine with music from exciting new trio Purcell’s Polyphonic Party, the Halsway Playford Weekend promises to be stimulating and enjoyable! Aimed at dancers who want to learn more about the music and dances published by John Playford in the English Dancing Master in 1651 – where country dancing began, this is an intensive weekend of dancing, but there’s the option to take some free time on the Saturday afternoon. There will be a Ball on Saturday evening.

Andrew Swaine combines deep knowledge and research into Playford (doing his own interpretations direct from the sources) with unfussy, patient and irreverent enthusiasm for making them fun.

We’re delighted to welcome Purcell’s Polyphonic Party (John Dipper, Vicki Swan, Jonny Dyer) as our house band for the weekend; three exemplary musicians who have come together to combine their love of Purcell, Playford, Baroque and the Nordic Noir. With 99+ strings to their armoury of unusual instruments you can be assured that a dance evening has plenty of variety!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-playford-weekend-2/


Fri 6th Apr 2018

Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band with caller Teresa Rabbetts

Barn Dance "Kimmeridge Keilidh"

Tickets on the door. No bar, so bring your own drinks & nibbles!

£5 adults, £2.50 children

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Sat 7th Apr 2018

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

Andy Irvine

For more than 40 years, Andy has been a World music pioneer and icon for Traditional music and musicians. Founder member of bands such as Sweeney's Men, Planxty, Patrick Street, Mozaik and most recently, Usher’s Island, he has been hailed as ‘a tradition in himself’.
Musician, singer and songwriter, few others can equal his repertoire: Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dance tunes, and a compelling canon of his own material that defies description.

www.andyirvine.com

8pm.

Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=873


Thu 12th Apr 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Simon Maplesden with Ivor/Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club

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

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 13th Apr 2018 to Sun 15th Apr 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Falconers Dance Club

Partnership Event
For more information and to book please contact Barbara Tyler:
Email: barbara.tyler AT talktalk.net
A social weekend of dance for club members and friends. The Falconers Folk Dance Club is a registered club of the English Folk Dance and Song Society from Bromyard. English and American country dancing with live music from The Falconers Band.

Whether you have done a lot of dancing or none, the Club will make you welcome and help you have an enjoyable time! Although this is a club partnership event, there may be space for additional dancers so please get in touch!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/falconers-dance-club/


Sat 14th Apr 2018

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

Winter Wilson

Showcasing their latest album, Far Off on the Horizon - a follow up to the critically-acclaimed Ashes & Dust - Winter Wilson come to The David Hall off the back of a triumphant UK tour with the legendary Fairport Convention.
Now in their sixth year as full-time musicians, Kip Winter and Dave Wilson bring a sense of intimacy to every venue, blending superb, frequently hard-hitting original songs, stunning harmonies and musicianship with often hilarious tales of life on the road. “This isn’t an act; it’s a domestic.”
You will laugh; you may cry – you will certainly want to see them again!

www.winterwilson.com

8pm.

Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=875


Sun 15th Apr 2018

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Moore Ross and Rutter

Moore Moss Rutter is a contemporary trio consisting of Tom Moore (violin), Archie Churchill-Moss (melodeon) and Jack Rutter (guitar and vocals). Their material is often developed from traditional English folk tunes and pieces of their own compositions, which are heavily arranged using elements of folk, jazz, classical and bluegrass.
They were stunning the last time they played at Nailsea, I simply just had to get them back!

www.mooremossrutter.co.uk/

7.30 pm

£12

Tickets: www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Dipper: Malkin

John Dipper – viola d’amore
Dave Malkin – guitar, voice

​Dipper Malkin are rapidly earning a reputation for elevating traditional music to new heights of sturdy beauty and sophistication.
careers to date involved in groundbreaking projects. John Dipper (viola d’amore) was one third of The English Acoustic Collective alongside Chris Wood and Robert Harbron and currently works with string quartet Methera, while Dave Malkin (guitar, voice) was a founding member of trio Tandem, stylishly combining traditionally informed compositions with live electronics.

7pm–10pm

£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/dipper-malkin-2/


Fri 20th Apr 2018 to Sun 22nd Apr 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Irish Set Dance Weekend

A very popular dance weekend for experienced dancers. Join the A-team of callers Maggie Daniel and Lucy Slemmings, and Irish musicians Rise the Dust Ceili Band for another rip-roaring weekend at Halsway.

Maggie and Lucy will teach daytime workshops helping you to brush up on your skills, and there will be ceilis on Friday evening, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon for you to enjoy dancing to top-notch live accompaniment. Book early!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/about/contact/


Fri 20th Apr 2018

Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

The Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club

!!! C A N C E L L E D !!!

(Clashes with another local dance)

All welcome!
We are looking forward to a lively evening.

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 16 free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

John Conolly

+ Support

That salty old seadog from Grimsby, John Conolly is making a long overdue return to the club. John is best know as the writer of those classic songs "Fiddler's Green" and "The Punch and Judy Man" but has written many more. He also has a library of comic monologues which he has been known to deliver from time to time.

John is supported by local 4-part acapella group, No Direction.

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Ed’s Friday Box Club

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

Further dates include:
Fridays (no club in May), 29 June, 20 July.

Who’s it For?
We’re now running two groups as follows:

11am-1pm: Improvers
(1-2pm: Lunch)
2-4pm: Beginners

Ed usually has boxes available to borrow by prior arrangement – contact him on 01363 774426 if you wish to borrow a box, or to discuss whether this group is for you.

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/eds-friday-box-club-9/


Sat 21st Apr 2018

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

Over Stratton Folk Dance Ceilidh

Ceilidh with Jigs for Gigs, a very popular local band and Simon Maplesden, one of the driest callers in the South West. Dance the night away and raise funds for Over Stratton Folk Dance Club and The David Hall.

7.30 -11.00 pm

Tickets: £9 in advance, £10 on the door. Includes a light ploughman's supper

Contact David Hall Box Office or Chris Holliday: 01460 240340 or 01935 424927

boxoffice AT thedavidhall.org.uk or krustyholliday AT btinternet.com

www.overstrattonfolkdanceclub.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=876


Bournemouth Folk Club at the Shelley Theatre Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth BA5 1LX

Ben Ottewell (Gomez)

As a singer and lead guitarist in rock band Gomez, Ben Ottewell is well known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos. ”Since his first solo release, Shapes & Shadows, Ottewell has been pleasing audiences with a series of successful acoustic tours across the UK, US and Australia. Now, days before Gomez embark on tour, Ben plays songs from his second solo project, Rattlebag.

8.00 pm

www.bournemouthfolkclub.com
Bournemouth Folk Club runs monthly folk music concerts at the lovely 19th century Shelley Theatre. Tickets are sold exclusively by the theatre box office: www.shelleytheatre.co.uk


Westfield Arts College DT3 6AA

The Casterbridge Band

Charity Barn Dance

This barn dance is organised by Hangers Heroes, a Weymouth based charity raising funds for small local charities. This barn dance is a family event for all to enjoy either dancing or just listening to the great music from the Casterbridge Band.
Barn dance ticket includes a ploughmans being supplied by students of the college. There will be a bar serving alcoholic and non alcoholic beverage.

Adult £12 Children under 15 £7

6.00 - 10.00 pm

Contact Nina: 01305 784995

walk4charity2013 AT gmail.com

www.hangersheroes.co.uk


Sun 22nd Apr 2018

Digby Memorial 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.

1.30 - 4.30 pm

£10 in advance/£12 on the door

www.laurelswift.co.uk
Julia: 01935 817905


Mon 23rd Apr 2018 to Fri 27th Apr 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Anglo Scottish

Join this great team for a light hearted week of Scottish and English folk dance. Workshops each morning, with afternoons free for you to explore the sights this lovely area has to offer, or to relax and enjoy the Manor and grounds. Dances every night including a Scottish Ball and a Costume Playford Ball, so bring costumes if you have them!!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/anglo-scottish/


Thu 26th Apr 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Brian Heaton music & calling

Chard Folk Dance Club

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

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 27th Apr 2018 to Mon 30th Apr 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Violin Making

The Violin making workshops are extremely popular at Halsway Manor. Some of the participants have been coming back year after year. The workshop gives maximum continuous time at the workbench supported by Neville Gardner, who has been teaching violin making for the last sixteen years. He is joined by Corrie Schrijver to ensure that there is a ratio of 1 tutor to no more than 5 participants giving plenty of patient and knowledgeable support.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/violin-making-4/


Mon 30th Apr 2018 to Fri 4th May 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Dancing & Walking Week

Enjoy a lighthearted week of dancing with opportunities to walk in the beautiful Quantock Hills each afternoon! We’re delighted to welcome caller – and keen walker – Rhodri Davies to the team this year, joining regular band Stradivarious (Rod & Frances Stradling, Poppy Weatherall) and our walk leaders Nan Ward & Roger Phipp.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/dancing-walking-week/


Thu 10th May 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Pip Oxenbury with Ivor/Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club

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

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 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


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

Mad Dog Mcrea 'Chance to Dance'

Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of Folk, Rock, Pop, Gypsy Jazz, Bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs.
It was at Glastonbury 2013 (notably on the Avalon Stage), the release of their Happy Bus video, take-up from national radio from esteemed folk such as Mike Harding and others, that Mad Dog Mcrea started to become more than just a very popular West Country festival act.

www.maddogmcrea.co.uk

8pm.

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=880


Sat 12th May 2018

EMN Community Hall, Monksilver, Taunton TA4 4JE

The Elephant Sessions

The return of the 5 amazing young musicians from the highlands of Scotland who make up The Elephant Sessions. Since their initial visit to West Somerset in 2015 The Elephant Sessions have performed at some of Europe’s most notable festivals.

Advance tickets £10 (£more otd) from https://www.wegottickets.com/event/423851 : in local outlets soon.


Fri 18th May 2018

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

Chris While and Julie Matthews

Chris While and Julie Matthews were winners in the Best Duo category of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2009 and have been nominated ten times in the Best Duo, Best Song & Best Live Act categories.
Their musical partnership began in 1993 when they were key members and writers in the legendary Folk/Rock group, The Albion Band, with Ashley Hutchings and Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention).
Both multi-instrumentalists, Julie plays guitar, piano, ukulele, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica and accordion while Chris plays guitar, bodhran, banjo, dulcimer and percussion. Their musical careers have produced many successful solo albums and a variety of projects away from the duo, including the Christmas band St Agnes Fountain and Daphne’s Flight.

www.whileandmatthews.co.uk

8pm.

Tickets: £15. Full. £14 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=883


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


Bournemouth Folk Club at the Shelley Theatre Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth BA5 1LX

While & Matthews

Chris While and Julie Matthews have been Best Duo BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and nine times nominated since 2001 in the Best Duo, Best Song & Best Live Act categories.
Both multi-instrumentalists, Julie plays guitar, piano, ukulele, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica and accordion while Chris plays guitar, bodhran, banjo, dulcimer and percussion. Their musical careers have produced successful solo albums and a variety of projects away from the duo including the Christmas band ‘St Agnes Fountain’ with David Hughes and Fairport Convention’s Chris Leslie.

8.00 pm

www.bournemouthfolkclub.com
Bournemouth Folk Club runs monthly folk music concerts at the lovely 19th century Shelley Theatre. Tickets are sold exclusively by the theatre box office: www.shelleytheatre.co.uk


Sun 20th May 2018

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Jim Causley

Jim Causley hails from Devon. He has a wonderfully rich and powerful voice and has been nominated for no less than 6 BBC Folk Awards and was Spiral Earth "Singer of the Year" in 2014. His unique voice and persona has made him one of the most loved musicians on today's folk scene. He sings a mixture of traditonal and self penned songs drawing on south west countryside and folklore.

www.jimcausley.co.uk

7.30 pm £10

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


Thu 24th May 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Robert & Mary Blackborow & Co

Chard Folk Dance Club

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

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Sun 27th May 2018

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

Calan

This international award-winning band from Wales are back on the road with their infectious rhythms and high-energy routines to celebrate the release of their latest album - Solomon They come with accordion, harp, guitar, fiddles and Welsh bagpipes and a virtuoso performance from a champion step dancer.
Calan provide a fresh and vibrant sound with a pounding beat set against the backdrop of old traditions. Songs include the legend of Wales’ very own fairy realm with a tale of magic, myth and mischief, along with some of the most beautiful and haunting melodies.

www.calan-band.com

7.30pm

Tickets: £18. Full. £17 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=884


Fri 1st Jun 2018 to Sun 3rd Jun 2018

Weymouth

Wessex Folk Festival

More details later


Sat 2nd Jun 2018

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

Up and Running, with Sibby calling

An evening's fun dancing with local band Up and Running providing the music and Sibby calling.
All welcome, dances will be walked and talked through and call throughout.
Bring & Share (finger food) supper, and your own beer (The Woodman Inn is just opposite).
On street parking or use town car parks.

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

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Caryford Community Hall, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

Huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar. Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are a folk duo that look & sound classically timeless, yet feel refreshingly unique. Tickets from www.wegottickets.com or call 01963350194

£10 advance/£12 on door

6:45 pm

Contact Helen Leary: 01963350980

hlleary AT hotmail.co.uk

www.hannahbenmusic.com


Thu 7th Jun 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Gill Spence with Ivor/Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club

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

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 15th Jun 2018

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

Ange Hardy

Celebrated by The Telegraph as ‘one of Britain’s top Folk musicians’ for her 5-star 2014 album, The Lament of The Black Sheep, Ange Hardy has grabbed the attention of the Traditional Folk music world (a feat which saw her nominated at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and winning four consecutive FATEA awards) by writing new material and embracing modern technologies whilst maintaining a traditional feel.
Ange is currently touring with three different guitars, a 27-string Salvi Harp, a bag of low whistles, a 16" floor drum, a tambourine and a shruti box. Combined with her innovative use of live looping for vocal harmonies, she’s one of the most diverse, entertaining and spellbinding solo artists you're likely to encounter.

www.angehardy.com

8pm.

Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=888


Sat 16th Jun 2018

South Petherton

Petherton Folk Fest 2018

Pete Wheeler, Chair of the Folk Fest committee, writes: “Great news! The Fest is back, following the huge success of last year's event. Although still in the planning stage as this programme goes to press, we intend it to be once again a one-day festival of live music and dance.
As well as a full programme in the Market Square, there will be stalls, food and a craft market. We shall have music throughout the day in The David Hall and the church, and further sessions in The Brewer's Arms, which will feature an evening performance from local artists. As last year, workshops for all ages will also take place. We were really pleased with the brilliant support we received from everyone in 2017 and are determined to make sure that this year’s event is even better.”

www.pethertonfolkfest.co.uk


Thu 21st Jun 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Rosie Shore with Amycrofters

Chard Folk Dance Club

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

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Thu 5th Jul 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Aileen Wills with Jeroka

Chard Folk Dance Club

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

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Thu 19th Jul 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Party Night - Jane Thomas with Ivor/Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club

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

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


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


Mon 13th Aug 2018 to Fri 17th Aug 2018

Bath

Bath Folk Festival - Traditional Music Summer School

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

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


Sat 1st Sep 2018

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

GIG CB! with the indominatable Chris Shaw calling

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

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

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

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Thu 13th Sep 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Simon Maplesden with Ivor/Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club

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

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Thu 27th Sep 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Pip Oxenbury with Amycrofters

Chard Folk Dance Club

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

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Sat 6th Oct 2018

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

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

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

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

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

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Thu 11th Oct 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Brian Heaton music & calling

Chard Folk Dance Club

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

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Thu 25th Oct 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Robert & Mary Blackborow & Co

Chard Folk Dance Club

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

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Sat 3rd Nov 2018

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

Pigs Might Fly with caller Richard Mason

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

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

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Thu 8th Nov 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Simon Maplesden with Ivor/Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club

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

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Thu 22nd Nov 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Ian Ludbrook with Jeroka

Chard Folk Dance Club

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

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Sat 1st Dec 2018

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

Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews, with Ray Goodswen

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


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

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Thu 6th Dec 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Jane Thomas with Ian Bryden & Co

Chard Folk Dance Club

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

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Thu 20th Dec 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Christmas Party

Chard Folk Dance Club

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

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909