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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

Drimpton Village Hall DT8 3RF

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


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


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


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


Hornblotton Village Hall BA4 6SF

Ninebarrow

The multi-award-winning folk duo impress audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Attracting plaudits from critics and other performers, they combine breath-taking vocal harmonies and
melodies, delivering original songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. As well as crafting unique and engaging original material, Ninebarrow also take a wide-range of traditional folk songs and rework them in their own, distinctive way. Not only exceptional singers and musicians, Ninebarrow are also equally passionate about the stories behind their songs - combining their music with history, folklore and storytelling.

This concert is arranged in conjunction with TakeArt.
Bring your own booze, and this time we’ll have some of our yummy food available!


£10

7.30pm

Contact Colin Bowen: 01963 240282

bowencolin AT hotmail.com

www.hvh.btck.co.uk


Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Cara Dillon

The Irish singer will perform traditional songs with her husband Sam Lakeman in Lyme Regis next month. This is an unusual chance to see Cara in a small venue as part of a new tour visiting quirky locations. Expect traditional Irish songs, alongside Cara's own material.

£18 advance, £20 on the door (TF discount applies)

Doors open at 7:30 P.M.

Tickets are available online or from Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres in person or on the phone
Booking Hotline: 01297 442138

http://www.marinetheatre.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


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

Chalice Morris Men and Sweet Coppin clog, Morris and Clog taster fun day

Chalice Morris Men (an all male dance side) and Sweet Coppin (your local ladies' clog team) are holding a taster day looking to recruit new members. There will be displays from both teams and the opportunity to join in workshops. So why not come along and have a go. All ages welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult. Please do not feel that you need to be an accomplished dancer, as full tuition will be provided.
Musicians are always welcome to add to our Walls of Sound, bring your instrument (no church organs please!)

Free

10am - 4pm

Contact Chris Singleton: 07584 319077

chalicebagman AT outlook.com

www.chalicemorris.org www.sweet-coppin.co.uk


Hinton Martell Village Hall BH21 7HE

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 01258 840066. £9, £5 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Galley Café, Lyme Regis DT7 3QD

Black Ven poetry and folk open mic

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/157574378227277/

http://galleycafe.co.uk

blackvenpress AT gmail.com


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/


Milborne St Andrew Village Hall DT11 0JX

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 01258 839230. £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


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/


Tue 27th Feb 2018

Drax Arms Bere Regis BH20 7HH

Sam Stockley, Kitty & Derek, Bob Carter, The Coves, John Ingram and hosted by The Kingsbere Jug Band

Our next Drax Arms Folk Night.
Richard & Lesley are taking the night off, but are being replaced by the excellent The Kingsbere Jug Band. The rest of the line up is superb as well -
Sam Stockley who we've been waiting some time to play for us,
Kitty & Derek with their lovely harmonies,
Bob Carter and his delightful instrumentals and
The Coves (with Rick Potter) who have not played for us before , though Rick alone was with us last month.
Looking forward to seeing you there.

8pm

Contact Lesley or Richard: 07884 364516

mail AT draxfolk.org.uk

www.draxfolk.org.uk


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


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

Emily Portman's "Furrow Collective"

Four super traditional folk singer-musicians
Emily Portman (banjo, concertina, voice).
Alasdair Roberts (guitars, voice).
Lucy Farrell (viola, voice & saw),
Rachel Newton (harp, fiddle, voice).
The Furrow Collective is an award-winning and critically acclaimed English/Scottish band consisting of four distinctive and talented performers. The group formed in 2013, drawn together by a shared love of traditional song and balladry of the England, Scotland and beyond and an open, intuitive approach to collaboration. Boasting a stripped-back power, The Furrow Collective is an award-winning and critically acclaimed English/Scottish band. In recognition of their innovative approach, The Furrow Collective were awarded the accolade of 'Best Band' at the 2017 BBC Radio Two Folk Awards as well as other nominations.

Tickets £18.

https://shelleytheatre.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&s=CHPSHELLEY&perfCode=589


Fri 2nd Mar 2018

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

Ruth Thompson and Alistair Simpson with Dawn Skye

Music from Ruth Thompson (fiddle, cello) and Alistair Simpson (guitar) of Tatterdemalion/New Hardy Players Band. The caller will be Dawn Skye from Hertfordshire/Poole.

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


St Georges Hall, Bridgwater TA6 3QE

Mary Blackborow & Bridgwater band

Barn Dance & fun evening

£6.50 (including supper)

8 - 11 pm

Contact Robert Blackborow: 01278 691370


Tithe Barn, Symondsbury, Bridport DT6 6HG

Casterbridge Band with caller Angela Laycock

Come and join the Bridport Lions Charity Barn Dance in the beautiful Tithe Barn in Symondsbury. Included in the price is a ploughmans supper and there is a fully licensed bar. Tickets on sale through the Bridport Tourist Information Center
in store, by phone or online. 01308 424901

£11

Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm, ends 11.00 pm

Contact Sheila Burton: 07930636804

sheila_burton AT hotmail.com

www.casterbridgeband.co.uk


The Octagon, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Faustus

Pioneering bloke-folk trio FAUSTUS continue touring the UK this Spring. Faustus is a well established name in the English folk scene made up of three of the best-known and talented English folk musicians – Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast), Benji Kirkpatrick (Bellowhead, Seth Lakeman Band), and Saul Rose (Waterson: Carthy, Whapeazel, War Horse).

For the last few months Faustus have been sifting through publications and journals of the 19th Century Lancashire Cotton Famine period, as part of a project based at the University of Exeter to archive, preserve, and rehabilitate the poetry of this distressing chapter of working-class history. Having set some of the texts to new music, Faustus are delighted to announce that the first track, ‘Cotton Lords’, will be debuted on their March tour, and is now available to listen to at http://cottonfaminepoetry.exeter.ac.uk/; and more will released over the year. www.faustusband.com

£16/£14.50 conc

7.30 pm

Contact The Octagon: 01935 422884

octagontheatre AT southsomerset.gov.uk

www.octagon-theatre.co.uk


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

FolkLaw

Supporting The Shires, Seth Lakeman, Mad Dog Mcrea and more, FolkLaw were catapulted on to their debut European tour with gusto.
On 3rd March these rising stars of the folk, rock and roots scene bring their energetic, entertaining performance to the Chapel stage in Bath.
FolkLaw aren’t just another band, they’re a full show. A true cross-genre acoustic group, these talented musicians combine their experience of the live music circuit, festivals and folk scene to create a vibrant stage show that wins them loyal fans wherever they go.
FolkLaw’s exhilarating songs and acrobatic fiddle playing get audiences’ feet tapping and minds thinking, with earthy vocals interwoven with distinctive harmonies, mandola and guitars.
The band are well known for their crowd-surfing fiddle antics, on-stage banter, and vibrant, energised performance. Don’t miss your chance to see FolkLaw live.
www.folklaw.co.uk

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £12.50
Advance: £10.00
The Cafe is open this evening, last orders at 6.30pm

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


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

The Stirabout Ceilidh Band

A fun filled evening learning traditional folk dances to a live band. The Arts Centre has a comfortable, well stocked bar to help the evening go with a bang! A light supper will be included in the price of your ticket.

Everyone is welcome and a good time is guaranteed!

£10.00 inc. supper

7.30 - 10.30 pm

Contact steve bradnum: 01823-667774

events AT w-a-a.co.uk

http://www.w-a-a.co.uk/


Thu 8th Mar 2018

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

Nigel Philip Davies and the Good Companions

+ support from Nick Ward

Singer Songwriter Nigel Philip Davies is a veteran of the music scene. Ably accompanied by The Good Companions, he performs songs that span the broad spectrum from riotous fiddle driven tunes to deeply reflective songs of love and loss, covering humour and social issues along the way.
Nigel was a session player at Rockfield studios and contributed to albums and singles in very different genres but his love remains with the lyrical folk rock style, described as one reviewer in Australia as “Folk Punk”.

www.nigeld.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/nigelphilipdavies

Nick Ward

The ongoing seaside adventures of Nick Ward are continuing to excite internet blogs and music sites all with a shared addiction to wonderfully structured Power-Pop.

http://www.nickwardmusic.com/

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £10.00
The Cafe is open this evening, last orders at 6.30pm
https://chapelarts.org/events/nigel-philip-davies-good-companions-support-nick-ward/


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/


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

FoS Brothers

The FOS Brothers are Dave and Sam McCrory from East Belfast, N.Ireland. Together they create a unique soundscape of acoustic music heavily influenced by their Irish roots. They Have been performing for over 20 years at Festivals, Arts Centres and venues in the UK and abroad.

Doors Open at 7:30PM
Starts at 8:00PM

Ticket Price: £8

Box Office: "Nurtured by Nature", South Street or https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/FFEEEK
Direct Event Link
http://www.w-a-a.co.uk/e.php?e=869


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


Ritz Social Club, Victoria St, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AN

Wildwood Jack

Amazing Rhythms through great instrument styles and just brilliant vocals.

Our showcase nights are famous, we have had so many great artists performing, literally hundreds during the clubs history.

The format is, ...
one Open-Mic session between 8:30pm and 9:45pm, followed by the guest act at around 10:00pm until approximately 11:10pm.

https://sites.google.com/site/theritzacousticclub/home


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


Glastonbury Assembly Rooms BA6 9DU

R.J. Stewart

Lovers of poetry and traditional music may like to know that one-time collaborator of Robin Williamson's, fellow Scotsman R. J. Stewart, folk musician and author on Celtic mysteries, also known for his bardic work with the psaltery and himself an excellent singer-songwriter and guitarist, will play a full length concert at Glastonbury Assembly Rooms, less than 2 weeks before Robin's gig there.

Tickets are available in advance, priced at £8.80, from the Bristol Ticket Shop. - £10 on the door https://www.bristolticketshop.co.uk/EventDetails.aspx?e=17346

Doors open at 7.30 p.m.

Contact Nathan Williams: 07752 593 299

nathanvibration AT gmail.com


Meadway Hall, Ham Lane, Compton Dundon TA11 6PQ

Somerset Levellers

Andrew Chiffers Memorial Ceilidh, in aid of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.
The ticket price includes a Hog Roast.
There will be a Bar and plenty of seating for those not wishing to dance but listen to the music.

£10

7.30 0 10.30 pm

Contact Alan Riley: 01458 447223

alanriley73 AT gmail.com


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

Broom Bezzums

Mark Bloomer & Andrew Cadie have been constantly tearing up and down the autobahn since 2007, spreading their infectious music and wooing new fans with their congenial storytelling wherever they go.
Now firmly established in Germany, Broom Bezzums have twice won the “Folk” category at the German Rock and Pop Prize. They are regulars on TV and radio and have been heavily featured in the music press and lauded in broadsheets.
www.broombezzums.com

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £10.00
The Cafe is open this evening, last orders at 6.30pm

https://chapelarts.org/events/broom-bezzums/


Old School Hall, Upwey DT3 5QE

Watkins & Swarbrick

Multi-instrumentalist Simon Swarbrick will be accompanying Ken & Lucy Watkins and Angela Heron Watkins for a night of quality acoustic music. From contemporary and traditional folk, to country, blues and jazz standards, the band promises a wide range of songs and tunes, 3-part vocal harmonies and instrumental arrangements, delivered with humour and relaxed informality. Booking essential, but pay what you think the performance was worth at the end of the show. Bar & CDs for sale.

Pay what you like

8.00pm (7.30pm doors/bar)

Contact Watkins & Swarbrick: Box Office 01305 837299

songsfromthehalls234 AT gmail.com

https://soundcloud.com/watkinswarbrickband


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


The Crown, Fivehead TA3 6PQ

Westwind

St Patrick’s Day Irish music with Westwind, who are Tim O’Dowd (Irish pipes, flute and whistles), Thomas Gold (fiddle), Alan Miller (guitar and English pipes), Laurie Phillips (mandolin, bouzouki and vocals)

Starting at 7.30pm in the skittle alley, the first part of the evening will be open to “floorsingers” – ie anyone who turns up to sing or play will get a chance to perform (depending on numbers!)
At 8.30pm Jacqui will be providing a bar supper for the interval. To pre-order supper contact 01460 281919 or thecrown_inn AT btconnect.com

In the second half a couple of invited local guest artists will perform for about 30-40 minutes each. There will be no charge for entry, but a donation bowl may be passed round for the guest performers.

Supper: Irish stew - £6

For more information contact Laurie Burn laurieguitars AT gmail.com 01460 281033


Caryford Community Hall, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ

The Jar Family

As promised, The Jar Family are returning to Caryford Community Hall. The collective of five singer song writers who create a truly amazing live show received a rapturous ovation when last here. Indie Folk-Rock at its finest. Advance tickets 」15 from www.wegottickets.com/event/428704

£15

6:45 pm

Contact Helen Leary: 01963 350 980

hlleary AT hotmail.co.uk

www.caryfordhall.co.uk


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


Keinton Mandeville Hall TA11 6ES

Cotswold Jig Workshop

The Knights of King Ina are holding this workshop, presenting a recap of the Sherborne jig "I'll Go Enlist for a Sailor" this time as a Double jig taken from Cecil Sharp's original notation collected in 1910 along with a Solo Sherborne Jig from the same source.

This workshop is open to everyone but is pitched at progressor level, whilst we will cover the basics the workshop will move at a faster pace than the beginners workshop last November. It is suitable for those who wish to try another tradition, or improve their technique by revisiting footwork, arm movements and body control. We start with the collected earliest notation so the jig will vary from the more modern form but remain true to the style and original presentation.

09:30 coffee for 10:00 start to 16:00 (about) end.

Cost £10 in advance preferred by cheque or by BACS - address and instructions by reply email.
Included - refreshments and notation (and the now famous cakes!)
Please bring - hankies, lunch, any beers and ciders you wish; suitable shoes.

Dancers and musicians welcome - information on playing for jigs is given by our musicians.
we hope you will forward this to your side and / or bring it up at notices and bag sessions please!

individuals wishing to attend please email to secure a place to squire AT koki.org.uk or text 07889857289 with your name and email.


Chalk and Cheese, Maiden Newton DT2 0BD

Music session

Thanks to everyone who came to the last one and very sorry for all those who didn't: Better luck tonight!
Usually English

5.00 - 8.30 pm

Contact Colin and Ruth Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


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/


Wed 21st Mar 2018

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

The Young’uns present: The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff

Twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners the Young’uns present a timely tale of a boy who walked out of poverty, a teenager who stood up to racism, a soldier who fought fascism and an old man who inspired a new generation.

www.theyounguns.co.uk

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

https://chapelarts.org/events/younguns-present-ballad-johnny-longstaff/


Rook Lane Chapel, Bath Street, Frome BA11 1DN

An Evening of Folk for Lisa’s Army

Join local artists Cara Dillon, Rivers of England and Jemima Farey for an evening of folk music to raise money for local mum Lisa Wells. Diagnosed with terminal cancer at age 32, Lisa is determined to fight cancer with dignity and to provide a legacy for her 2 young daughters.

https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Bath/Rook-Lane-Chapel%2C-Frome/An-Evening-of-Folk-for-Lisas-Army-UK/13143978/

7.30pm / last entry 8.00pm


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


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

O’Hooley & Tidow

With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2, five star reviews and a feature in The Guardian, the songwriting, voice and piano partnership of Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow is regarded as ‘One of British folk music’s mightiest combinations’ (MOJO).
Belinda and Heidi’s boundless songwriting has been described by The Independent as ‘defiant, robust, northern, poetical, political folk music for the times we live in.’ From an emotionally charged song about an elephant orphanage in Nairobi, to a joyous celebration of the Leeds cycling champion Beryl Burton, they explore, consider and connect subjects and stories in a distinctive, inventive and memorable way.

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £15.00
Advance: £13.00
The Cafe is open this evening, last orders at 6.30pm

https://chapelarts.org/events/ohooley-tidow/


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


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

The Jar Family

Hartlepool based The Jar Family are five individual songwriters and musicians, who decided that, rather than strive for success in isolation, they would join forces to pool their talent and create their ‘industrial folk’ sound.
The Jar Family have mesmerised, entertained, thrilled and conscripted punters at more than 400 gigs including approximately 75 festival performances. Their fanbase is notoriously loud, thirsty, loyal and very large.
This six piece are a superb option for festival crowds all over the UK and Europe as they have the knack of being able to win over a crowd quickly and they are extremely entertaining to watch. Imagine, if you can, Steam Punk infused Bob Dylan wrestling The Pogues with Bez in a top-hat.

http://thejarfamily.com/

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £10.00
The Cafe is open this evening, last orders at 6.30pm

https://chapelarts.org/events/the-jar-family-2/


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


Galley Café, Lyme Regis DT7 3QD

Black Ven poetry and folk open mic

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

http://galleycafe.co.uk

blackvenpress AT gmail.com


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/


Glastonbury Assembly Rooms BA6 9DU

Robin Williamson

Harpist, singer and storyteller Robin Williamson is a master of his art, an inspiration to many through his many songs with The Incredible String Band in the 1960s and 70s, and his varied subsequent bardic career. One of the finest folk and experimental musicians of his generation, Robin's work and presence displays a talent worthy of the great poets, with fine skills on harp and guitar. He returns this year for his tenth annual spring concert in the atmospheric stone hall at Glastonbury Assembly Rooms, for a full length solo performance.

Doors open at 8 p.m. for an 8.30 start

Tickets are available for £15 on the door, or £14.30 (including booking fee of £1.30) in advance from the Bristol Ticket Shop -www.bristolticketshop.co.uk - 0117 929 9008 - or £13 in advance from The Speaking Tree (bookshop), High Street, Glastonbury.

Contact Nathan Williams: 07752 593299

nathanvibration AT gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/178296309571682/


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


Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne Minster BH21 1LT

Feast of Fiddles Band

Little did the band think it would be setting off on its 25th annual spring tour in 2018 but what started as an idea in a folk club has become a national folk-rock institution. Feast of Fiddles has been variously likened to a “group of geography teachers” or “Bellowhead with bus passes!” but doesn’t seem to be slowing down any. A band of friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. Typically, fiddlers Peter Knight (Gigspanner, Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle playing styles to the rock back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion – all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. Fast forward to 2017 and their sixth album entitled Sleight of Elbow was released, the new album is something of a departure for the band as it features a lot of original compositions from within the band and only a single traditional tune.
A live music entertainment like no other on the circuit which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by even the most doubting of friends dragged along!
http://www.feastoffiddles.co.uk/ https://youtu.be/FdmKL0JEPwo

£23.10/£21

7.30 pm

Contact Tivoli Theatre: 01202 885566

boxoffice AT tivoliwimborne.co.uk

www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk


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/


Thu 19th Apr 2018

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

The Rheingans Sisters

Winners of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Original Track, The Rheingans Sisters make playful, powerful and richly connecting music that is wholly contemporary while deeply anchored in folk traditions. Drawing on their pan-European musical scholarship (having studied extensively in France, Sweden and Norway) and their spirited mission to make connections between the music of different geographical roots, they have developed a rich artistic approach to the de-construction and reimagining of traditional music alongside their own beguiling compositions.
www.rheinganssisters.co.uk

www.facebook.com/TheRheingansSisters
www.twitter.com/RheingansSis

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

Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £12.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/the-rheingans-sisters/


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


Poole Quay- Fish Shambles/ Scaplens Court/ King Charles Pub

Coastliners Festival

with Exmouth Shanty Men, Wareham Whalers, Kadia + more

Coastliners Festival is coming to Old Poole Town in 2018 - bringing traditional sea shanties and sea-folk to the good people of Dorset. It's time to sea what you've been missing out on and celebrate the cultural heritage of sea folk in the South-West.

Free event with some ticketed events at Scaplens Court

10am - 6pm

info.coastliners AT gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/coastlinersfest/


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


St Leonard's Church, Butleigh BA6 8SH

Windborne

- acclaimed U.S. folk band

Concert & Workshop

Windborne's musical range spans continents and cultures but their repertoire is deeply rooted in American folk singing traditions.

An afternoon workshop, where they will be teaching folk songs, including some from their album, Song on the Times, and pieces from other cultures collected on their travels, will be followed by a vibrant evening performance by Windborne

Workshop £7.50 Concert £10 (Combined £15)

Workshop 4.00-5.30 pm

Concert 7.00pm

Contact Jane Laver: 01458 850199

butleighvoices AT icloud.com

http://www.windbornesingers.com


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/


Fri 27th Apr 2018

Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

The Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club - Arish Mel with caller Teresa Rabbetts

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


St Mary's Church, Cerne Abbas DT2 7JQ

Tatterdemalion & Angela Laycock

Ceilidh in the Church

The vibrant and energetic Tatterdemalion will play while the endlessly patient and enthusiastic Angela Laycock calls. Cerne Abbas ale, wine and soft drinks will be on sale, together with nibbles. This event will be part of the Cerne Giant Festival - 'Celebrating Humanity in the Landscape'. Tickets available on the door or at the village shop in April.

£6 adults, £3 children

7.00 - 10.00 pm

Contact Jane Still: 07823 778758

still.family AT virgin.net

https://www.facebook.com/Cerne-Abbas-St-Marys-Church-1554275511456530/events/


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/


Fri 4th May 2018 to Tue 8th May 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Society for International Folk Dance

A wide selection of International Dances each evening led by a guest caller. You will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful varied area of the Quantocks and Somerset coast and to join organised walks. The period of stay is Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights with the choice to stay the Monday night should you wish.

For further details or for a booking form please contact Robin Morris:
Mobile: Phone 07966 785172
Email: Robinnimbo AT aol.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/society-for-international-folk-dance/


Sun 6th May 2018

Strode Theatre, Street BA16 0AB

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman; the Dartmoor-based husband and wife have twice won the coveted Best Duo title at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (2016 and 2013), consistently delivering assured, distinctive performances whether live or recorded.

£15

7.30 pm

Contact box office: 01458 442846

www.strodetheatre.org.uk


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

Chris Toyne (accordion) with Steve Cunio calling

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

£6, accompanied under 16s free, 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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Ed’s Box Club – Absolute Beginners

A fun and friendly group for those wishing to learn the D/G melodeon. For absolute beginners, Ed has boxes available to borrow by prior arrangement – contact him on 01363 774426 – or bring your own DG box if you have one.

Term dates are as follows:

Fridays 9 Feb, 9 March, 6 April, 11 May 8 June and 20 July.
11am–1pm

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/eds-box-club-absolute-beginners-4/


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.


Sun 13th May 2018

St. Marys' Church, Thorncombe TA20 4NE

Mitchell and Vincent

A Sunday afternoon concert in the lovely St. Mary's Church in Thorncombe. There will be tea and cake in addition to the music!
The church is equipped with an accessible toilet.

Mitchell and Vincent bring traditional and contemporary styles on fiddle and guitar to folk tunes and songs from around the British Isles with their own varied arrangements and great foot-tapping folk music.
Website: www.mitchellandvincent.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mitchellandvincent
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/MitchellandVincent

Adults £7.50 and Children (under 16) £2

3.00 - 5.00 pm

Contact David Mitchell: 01460 30539

mitchellandvincent AT gmail.com


Fri 18th May 2018 to Sun 20th May 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

From Albion to Appalachia

Halsway is delighted to welcome two outstanding American musicians for our first weekend on Appalachian music. Anna Roberts-Gevalt, singer, fiddle and banjo player with the sensational duo Anna & Elizabeth, will be joined by Jeff Warner, one of the most respected and entertaining performers of traditional song in the USA. They are joined by workshop co-ordinator, singer and multi-instrumentalist Brian Peters for a course exploring Appalachian balladry and music, and the links with the Old Country, to celebrate the centenary of Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles’ songhunting expeditions to the mountains.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/from-albion-to-appalachia/


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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Sharp’s Appalachian Harvest

One hundred years ago, English folksong collectors Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles travelled to the Appalachian Mountains in search of old ballads, and struck gold. In this acclaimed presentation, Brian Peters tells the story of their epic quest through slides, narrative and a selection of the best songs and tunes, accompanying himself on guitar, banjo and fiddle.

8pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/sharps-appalachian-harvest/


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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Anna Roberts Gevalt, Jeff Warner, Brian Peters

Halsway is delighted to present this extraordinary tutors’ concert as part of a weekend course exploring Appalachian music and song, and celebrating the centenary of Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles’ songhunting expeditions to the mountains.

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/anna-roberts-gevalt-jeff-warner-brian-peters/


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


Mon 21st May 2018 to Fri 25th May 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Dulcimers at Halsway

Following last year’s event, we’re delighted to welcome back Nonsuch Dulcimer Club to host another ‘Dulcimers at Halsway’!

A practical workshop week combining 4 strands: mountain dulcimer with both an Introductory Course for beginners/improvers with loan instruments available, and a more in-depth Exploring Course course suitable for intermediate and/or advanced level players and advanced players of other fretted instruments.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/dulcimers-at-halsway-2/


Tue 22nd May 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Dulcimers

Concert by our esteemed course tutors from the Dulcimer course.

Aaron O’Rourke, Dan Landrum, Sarah Morgan from Tennesse and Karen Alley from Ohio will be entertaining us with an evening of magical dulcimer music. Expect riveting performances on Hammered and Mountain Dulcimers.

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/dulcimers/


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


Fri 25th May 2018 to Sun 27th May 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Swedish Dance and Music Weekend

An exciting new weekend for dancers and musicians to work together, looking at how dance and music combine in the Swedish tradition. The dancers will work on the elements that make up Swedish dances – posture, hold, balance, and relationship to the music – dancing with all other participants and also learning both roles in the dance (no partner required). For the musicians, you’ll work in a small group to deepen your understanding of playing for Swedish dance; you’ll learn new repertoire and get to grips with different tune types to create highly danceable music.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/swedish-dance-and-music-weekend/


Sat 26th May 2018

Ilchester Arms, Symondsbury DT6 6HD

Black Ven poetry and folk open mic

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

http://www.ilchesterarmssymondsbury.co.uk

blackvenpress AT gmail.com


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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Whitsun Voices, Viols & Recorders

An ensemble course for experienced singers and players of early instruments with Michael Sharman. Recorders, viols, baroque oboe, flute, violin, viola, ‘cello, and also cornett, cornamuse, sackbut and curtal all welcome.

For more information and to book please contact Michael Sharman:
Tel: 01353 778939
Email: QuadQuotes AT waitrose.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/whitsun-voices-viols-recorders-2/


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 8th Jun 2018

Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY

Fairport Convention

The folk-rock pioneers return
Fairport Convention has been making great music for over fifty years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, the band has been through many changes but the current members retain a passion for live performance.

£25 advance £27 door

https://www.electricpalace.org.uk/events/event/fairport-convention/


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


Fri 29th Jun 2018 to Sun 1st Jul 2018

Carhampton, near Minehead, Somerset

West Somerset Folk Festival

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

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

Weekend £15, Camping £5 a night

Contact Mike Dibble: 01643841597

dibblemjd AT talktalk.net

www.westsomersetfolkfestival.co.uk


Fri 29th Jun 2018

George Inn, Chideock DT6 6JD

Black Ven poetry and folk open mic

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

http://www.georgeinnchideock.co.uk

blackvenpress AT gmail.com


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/


Fri 31st Aug 2018 to Sun 2nd Sep 2018

Lyme Regis

Lyme Folk Weekend

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

Plus a lot more...

www.lymefolk.com


Sat 1st Sep 2018

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

GIG CB! with the indominatable Chris Shaw calling

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

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

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

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sun 9th Sep 2018

Haselbury Mill, near Crewkerne TA18 7NY

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

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

£20.00, cheaper for early bird tickets and children

11.00am - 9.00pm

Contact Holly Cheetham

holly AT yeoviluke.club

www.yeoviluke.club


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