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Wed 22nd Nov 2017

Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Skerryvore - the Live Forever Tour

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

Supported by The David Hall.

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

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


Thu 23rd Nov 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Jane Thomas and Amycrofters

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


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

Historical Dance

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


Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY

Martha Tilston

Enchanting songstress Martha Tilston will be taking her new album NOMAD out on the road this year. With a voice like spider-webbed hollows and lyrics that inspire and captivate, Martha has earned a nomination from the BBC for best newcomer and released six albums to date, building up a large audience worldwide. She also featured on the Zero 7 album ‘Yeah Ghost’.

8.00 pm

£12 adv (incl 50p bf) / £14 door

https://www.electricpalace.org.uk/events/event/martha-tilston/?dm_i=3VJ5,A3CE,276ZRZ,10SBH,1


The King's Arms, Pound Road, Thornford DT9 6QD

SomerStep and friends

There will be music, some of which we will dance to.
There might be the odd song or two.
People are encouraged to join in with any of this. The more the merrier.

From 8.00 pm

www.somerstep.org
info AT somerstep.org

Steve 07811 680534


Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Strange Face – Adventures with a Lost Nick Drake Recording

Strange Face is a spoken word one-man show about a lost Nick Drake recording.

It tells the extraordinary story of how one man shared a recording no one knew existed, after a chance finding of a recording in a skip.
Since his tragic death in the mid seventies, Nick Drake’s haunting music has influenced countless artists – including Paul Weller, Kate Bush & Radiohead. But how has the discovery of a previously unheard recording touched the lives of a very special group of people: the lucky few, who were chosen to hear it?
Strange Face Adventures with a Lost Nick Drake Recording is the story of a discovered tape, a lost Nick Drake recording and how the man who found it chose to share it in an extraordinary way. Humorous and poignant ‘Strange Face’ celebrates life, coincidences and the legacy of singer songwriter Nick Drake.

8.00 pm

Full Price £14, Concessions £12 (TF discount applies)
01297 442138
http://www.marinetheatre.com/strange-face-adventures-with-a-lost-nick-drake-recording-thursday-23-november/


Fri 24th Nov 2017

Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

Arish Mel caller TBA

Piddle Valley Barn Dance

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

£6 under 16s free

7.15 for 7.30 - 9.30

Contact Sally Condon: 01300 348250

riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


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

Talisk

Mohsen Amini (concertina), Hayley Keenan (fiddle) and Graeme Armstrong (guitar) create a captivating, energetic and dynamic sound that, in just a couple of years, has earned them multiple award wins, unwavering nationwide media praise, and standing ovations far and wide. Atop their collective titles, Amini was the 2016 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, adding to a trophy cabinet that far belies their years.
So too does their touring history, though – with appearances at world-leading festivals including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Denmark's Tønder, Celtic Colours in Cape Breton, Fairport's Cropredy Convention and Celtic Connections, as well as countiess others alongside live sessions on both BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Scotland's flagship folk programmes. With further tours and showcases throughout Europe and the US on the horizon, theirs is a star firmly, and rapidly, on the ascent.

£14

8:00 pm

Contact Adrian Harman: 07766252844

info AT celticfolk.net

www.celticfolk.net


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

Worry Dolls

Worry Dolls are a folk duo that have been making waves in the London Indie-Folk scene, and across the UK from Glastonbury Festival to Derry, collecting praise and accolades as they go.
Many will have seen the Worry Dolls supporting Joan Armatrading on tour, or may have heard their songs played on Radio 2 and BBC6 Music. Their bond was created through their fiery locks, but developed through creating music which is characterised by sublime harmonies, and tongue-in-cheek, honest lyrics.

www.worrydollsmusic.com
facebook.com/worrydollsmusic
soundcloud.com/worrydolls
youtube.com/worrydollsmusic

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

https://chapelarts.org/events/worry-dolls/


Sat 25th Nov 2017

Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Steeleye Span 2017

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

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

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


Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome BA11 1BE

Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings

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

£20 Advance / £23 Doors All seated

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Lady Maisery

Lady Maisery – Rowan Rheingans, Hannah James, and Hazel Askew – give an intimate and informal ‘unplugged’ evening concert as part of their Singing Weekend at Halsway Manor.

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/lady-maisery-3/


Crown Hotel, Fivehead TA3 6PQ

Free folk concert

Hosted by Laurie and Karen Burn featuring
Phil Reardon
Benn Banks
Jim Coombes
Laurie Phillips

The best of local folk music in a trad old pub

7.30 pm

Contact Laurie Phillips: 07899097983

Newrope AT gmail.com


Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe TA4 2RE

Daria Kulesh with Jonny Dyer and Vicki Swan

Russian born singer songwriter Daria Kulesh accompanied by Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer - a very welcome return by Daria to Cotleigh Brewery - prepare to be amazed by her singing

www.daria-kulesh.co.uk

Tickets £10 can be purchased at Wiveliscombe Post Office or by phoning 01823 602700 or email trevorlloyd8 AT icloud.com


Sun 26th Nov 2017

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

Mawkin

One of brit-folks brightest new guns: a blistering 5-piece band fusing folk, blues and rock.
On the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene with all the verve and mystique of ancient folk music traditions from across the globe. Rousing songs of rebellion are sung by brothers David Delarre (Eliza Carthy, Tred) and fiddler James Delarre (Saul Rose & James Delarre, Topette) all underpinned by the virtuosic bellowing of Nick Cooke’s melodeon (Kate Rusby, Jim Moray) and a solid rhythm section with Danny Crump on Bass and Lee Richardson (Diverted, Extreme Music) on Drums.

http://www.mawkin.co.uk
Twitter:  AT therealmawkin
http://www.facebook.com/therealmawkin

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

https://chapelarts.org/events/mawkin-2/


The Drax Arms, Bere Regis BH20 7HH

Chris Moreton

The Drax Arms Folk Night Christmas Concert. Early - yes, but we've got the superb guitarist Chris Moreton so expect a night of fun and excellent music/songs.
And it's free !!!!

8pm

Contact Richard Quayle: 07884 364516

mail AT draxfolk.org.uk

www.draxfolk.org.uk


Mon 27th Nov 2017 to Fri 1st Dec 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Belshazzar’s Feast Christmas Folk Orchestra!

Belshazzar’s Feast are one of the best known and best loved duos on the UK folk scene, and their (in)famous Christmas tours have become an essential part of the folk calendar. In this Folkestra Week the Pauls Hutchinson and Sartin combine their love of seasonal festivities with their staggering abilities as workshop leaders, composers and arrangers. For player of all levels of experience, and of all instruments (come on, the boys like a challenge…), you’ll spend an enjoyable few days rehearsing Christmas tunes in the cosy comfort of Halsway, before joining Belshazzar’s feast in concert, on the first night of their Christmas tour!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/belshazzars-feast-christmas-folkestra-week/


Tue 28th Nov 2017

The Drax Arms, Bere Regis BH20 7HH

Chris & Wendy Moreton

Chris Moreton is an award-winning guitarist with more than 40 years of guitar-playing experience. A multi-instrumentalist rated as the UK’s “best bluegrass guitarist” and as playing “truly world class lead guitar”

8.00 pm

Contact Richard & Lesley Quayle: 07884364516

mail AT draxfolk.org.uk

www.draxfolk.org.uk


Thu 30th Nov 2017

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

Jess Morgan & Kitty Macfarlane

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

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

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

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


Ibberton Village Hall DT11 0EL

Buffalo Gals – Marvellous Medicine Show

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

www.artsreach.co.uk

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Belshazzar’s Feast

We’re delighted to be hosting a night of music and song in the company of Paul Hutchinson and Paul Sartin, known as much for their wicked wit as impressive musicianship. The duo have been delighting audiences for 20 years, and appear at Halsway tonight with participants from their Halsway Christmas Folk Orchestra to kick-off their UK tour!

£13 - Adults
No concessions

8.00 pm

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/belshazzars-feast/


Ibberton Village Hall DT11 0EL

Buffalo Gals – Marvellous Medicine Show

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

7:30pm

Tickets 01258 817269. £9, £6 u18s, £26 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Fri 1st Dec 2017 to Sun 3rd Dec 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Klezmer Music Weekend

Delve into the wonderful world of klezmer with members of the London Klezmer Quartet. Ilana Cravitz (violin), Susi Evans (clarinet and accordion) and Indra Buraczewska (double bass & vocals) will take you deep into freylekhs, bulgars, zhoks, khosidls and terkishers, looking at the modes, ornamentation and rhythms that characterise traditional Eastern European Jewish folk music. Play in a klezmer band, be part of the ever-growing Halsway Klezmer Kapelye (big band), and learn steps for the dances that the music traditionally accompanies. Reading music is not essential as we’ll be working by ear quite a bit, but we will also look at interpreting written music. All instruments are welcome. For players of grade 4 and above or equivalent.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/klezmer-music-weekend/


Fri 1st Dec 2017

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AA

John Kirkpatrick's 'Carolling and Crumpets' Christmas show

+ support

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

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

£14 pre-booked, £16 unbooked

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

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra

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

www.teapadorchestra.co.uk

8pm

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

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


Holwell Village Hall DT9 5LL

Festive Performance Night

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

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

£4 suggested contribution if not performing

Doors open 7pm

Finish 11.30pm

Contact Samantha Jane

samantha-jane- AT hotmail.co.uk

www.bearcatcollective.co.uk


Morden Village Hall BH20 7DL

Buffalo Gals – Marvellous Medicine Show

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

www.artsreach.co.uk

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


St John's Church, West Bay, Bridport DT6 4EN

The Ridgeway Singers and Band

Christmas Concert

Leaders Phil Humphries & Tim Laycock

West Gallery carols, local folksongs, seasonal stories and Dorset dance tunes. 'To Keep World Christmas Up!'

£8, U18 £4

7.30pm

Phone: 01308 482443


Morden Village Hall BH20 7DL

Buffalo Gals – Marvellous Medicine Show

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

7.30 pm

Tickets 01929 459431. £9, £6 u18s, £24 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Sat 2nd Dec 2017

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Jigs for Gigs, with Jane Thomas

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

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

£8 advance, £9 on the door. u-17s £4

7.30 0 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


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

Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman

The celebrated virtuoso partnership of “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY) and “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (fROOTS), has by now brought its special musical vision to venues large and small - from the tiniest of historic churches in England, Germany and Italy to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and the Philharmonie in Cologne – in twenty-two countries on five continents. Their performances - described by The Irish Times as “music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music” - are rooted but eclectic, emotional but adventurous: a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and Chris’s delightfully subversive wit.

http://www.mairenichathasaigh.com
Tickets £14 from Shelley Theatre Box Office

http://www.bournemouthfolkclub.com/index.php/all-artists/90-90


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

London Klezmer Quartet

The London Klezmer Quartet is a dynamic group of performers whose deep understanding of klezmer, the celebratory and soulful music of Eastern European Jews, is reflected in exuberant, passionate and accomplished performances that captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
The group plays old and new traditional material guaranteed to move audiences from toe-tapping to tears and back again in moments.

£10 - Adults £4 - Concessions

8pm

Contact Rachel Hill: 01984 618 274

office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/london-klezmer-quartet-2/


Hornblotton Village Hall BA4 6SF

Ant Noel & the Peabody Drakes

Wells-based songwriter Ant Noel and his backing band The Peabody Drakes play lively, upbeat original songs of coffee drinking, French love stories, ale, travelling and West Country rambles... a rambunctious melting-pot of Celtic, Americana and Klezmer amongst their influences. And that night they’ll be debuting some brand-new material! We expect to have a great time, and it’s definitely an excellent way to start whatever December brings
We’'ll be serving seasonal snacks and non-alcoholic drinks, and it’s Bring Your Own booze as usual!

£10

7.30pm

Contact Colin Bowen: 01963 240282

bowencolin AT hotmail.com

www.hvh.btck.co.uk


Sun 3rd Dec 2017

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

Andy White

Belfast singer-songwriter Andy White is a 21st Century Troubadour. From the “electrifying urgency” (FRoots) of first single ‘Religious Persuasion’ to his latest album ‘Imaginary Lovers’, launching to follow up the success of recent career retrospective box set ‘Studio Albums 1986-2016’, Andy’s a vital and engaging performer and his rare appearances in the UK are not to be missed.

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

https://chapelarts.org/events/andy-white-2/


Thu 7th Dec 2017

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

Sue Franklin and Tim Brine

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

8pm Doors open 7.30pm
£5 on the door

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


Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Robert and Mary Blackberow and Friends

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


Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe TA4 2RE

The Emily Askew Band

A thrilling collaboration where Medieval and Folk worlds collide!

Formed to fuse Emily's passions for Medieval and Renaissance
melodies/songs and modern folk styles. Emily has had a successful career
in both Folk (Askew Sisters, Alma, Ceilidh Factor and the Elizabethan
Session) and Early Music (The Artisans, Shakespeare's Globe,
Glyndebourne, The Dufay Collective, Joglaresa, Mediva and the Medieval
Babes). Being an multi-instrumentalist playing vielle, shawm, bagpipes,
recorders and medieval harp, Emily wanted to explore the possibilities
of mixing these unusual sounds with modern instruments.

The band bring together singer/guitarist/fiddler Jamie Roberts (Gilmore
Roberts, The Dovetail Trio), fiddler/viola d'amore playing John Dipper
(English Acoustic Collective, Methera, Dipper Malkin, and Alma) and
percussionist Louise Duggan (National Theatre, Regents Park Theatre,
Shakespeare's Globe).

£14 / £12 concessions

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

John Kirkpatrick: Carolling & Crumpets

A heart-warming look at the timeless rituals and folklore of midwinter England. Mysterious and magical songs of wassailing, wren-hunting, stirring the fire and incessant feasting come dressed up in a glittering finery of toe-tapping tunes and cracking choruses. Add a smattering of hilarious original songs and a sprinkling of carols both familiar and unfamiliar, all stirred up with John's usual panache and supported by his scintillating skill on squeezeboxes, and you have the recipe for a rattling good sing, guaranteed to keep the spirits cheery and the cold at bay.

£10 - Adults £4 - Concessions

7.30 - 9.45pm

Contact Rachel Hill: 01984 618 274

office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/john-kirkpatrick-carolling-crumpets/


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

The Shillings (formerly The Barry Walsh Band)

Following the rave reviews of their support slot to Fairport Convention, the band have gone on to win the hearts of crowds with high profile appearances at Bristol Harbourside Festival, and further afield supporting The Wurzels in Wellington, and wowing audiences in Taunton, Burnham, Porlock and Bridgewater. They are currently turning heads on BBC Radio Bristol and have been filmed by Sky TV, BBC 2 and performed live on BBC Points West.
http://www.theshillings.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theshillingsuk/

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

https://chapelarts.org/events/the-shillings/


Fri 8th Dec 2017

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

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

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

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

Starts 7.30 for 7.45

Finishes 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Piva - Old Christmas Return'd

Seasonal music from Shakespeare's Time

We're delighted that Piva will once again be visiting Halsway Manor! Celebrating the yuletide season in true Elizabethan style, this evening of seasonal music, songs and stories from Tudor times is the perfect way to kickstart your Christmas festivities. Playing an amazing range of authentic period instruments including hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes, shawms and recorders, Piva will take you back to the Tudor origins of many of our familiar Christmas customs and carols.

£10 - Adults £4 - Concessions

8pm

Contact Rachel Hill: 01984 618 274

office AT halswaymanor

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/piva-old-christmas-returnd/


Milborne Port Village Hall DT9 5RE

The New Scorpion Band

Concert

Tickets are available in the village at Wayne's the butcher or at bit.ly/mpvh-nsb

£12.50

7:30 pm

Contact John oldham: 01963 251028

j.oldham47 AT btinternet.com

www.milborneportvillagehall.org.uk


Milborne Port Village Hall DT9 5RE

New Scorpion Band

Performing their ever-popular Christmas programme, The Holly and the Ivy.
It's a lovely venue, and the bar will be open to help the seasonal celebrations.

Tickets are £12.50 from 01963 251028, or online at bit.ly/mpvh-nsb.

Doors open at 7.00, and the performance is at 7.30.


Church of the Assumption, Holnest, A352 near Sherborne DT9 5PU

Stanchester Quire

Traditional West Country Carols and Songs by Candlelight

Friends of Holnest Church will welcome the Stanchester Quire to perform traditional carols and songs from across the West Country. Limited places so please reserve seats in advance.

Tickets: £8.00, to include a glass of mulled wine and mince pies.

7.30pm doors open 7pm

Contact Jenny : 01963 210562

friendsofholnest AT gmail.com

www.friendsofholnestchurch.wordpress.com


Sat 9th Dec 2017

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

Acoustic Night

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

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

7.30 pm

https://www.facebook.com/AcousticNightatTheDavidHall

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


Child Okeford Village Hall DT11 8EX

Poacher's Moon

John Anderson’s popular Dorset band are back with two winter evening performances, full of songs and music to warm your heart (with projected seasonal images). We welcome everyone to these two shows.

There will be home-made mince pies and cakes, teas and coffees available.
The local WI will be making and serving the refreshments.
The raffle will be in aid of the Village Hall Fund.
There is plenty of parking.

7.30 pm

£7 for concessions (over 60 and under 18) and £8 for adults.
Reserve from Caroline on 01258 488640 or on the door!


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

Thunderbridge Bluegrass

One microphone, five instruments and voices which blend together to make a highly traditional yet thoroughly original sound. Honest all-acoustic music featuring fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin ! and double bass. Some classics, some covers, and many self-penned, there is something for everyone.

7:30 pm

http://www.w-a-a.co.uk/e.php?e=860


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

Club Cairo presents…Arab African Christmas Party

Live Middle Eastern music from Hazir plus special guest from West Africa Amadou Diagne and his band.
Egyptian, Persian and African dance performances from the Club Cairo dancers and African dancer Oumar Sagna.

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £18.00
Advance: £16.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/club-cairo-presents-arab-african-christmas-party/
((follow the link for lots more details -- too much to list here))


St John the Evangelist, Tatworth TA20 2NZ

Stanchester Quire

Traditional songs, carols and stories in this seasonal concert from the West Country

£6 adult, £3 child

7pm

Contact Helen Johnson: 01460 220211

monica_malcolm AT hotmail.com

https://www.achurchnearyou.com/tatworth-st-john-the-evangelist/


St Peter’s Church, Stourton Caundle DT10 2QH

For Pence and Spicy Ale

An inspiring seasonal mix of music, song & the spoken word
Helen English (harp) John Waltham (vocals)

7.30pm

Tickets £8.00 on the door Includes mulled cider & mince pies

Proceeds to Church funds


Sun 10th Dec 2017

Shoscombe Village Hall BA2 8LX

Irish Set Dance Ceili with Perfect Cure Ceili Band and caller Val Knight

Christmas Party with Ceili Dancing for Everyone. Includes Homemade Afternoon Tea. Beginners, Friends & Families, All Welcome.

£7 Dancers// Non-Dancers Donation for Tea

2.00 - 5.30 pm

Contact Val Knight: 07979523918

valcuttywren AT yahoo.co.uk

www.theperfectcureband.com


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Carol Concert

3pm–4pm

A traditional sing-along carol concert – with a folk twist! Expect local carols along with old favorites, and some guest performers too.

Donations welcome!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-carol-concert/


Chalk and Cheese, Maiden Newton DT2 0BD

Music session

This is the 2nd Sunday, you will notice, as the 3rd Sunday is not possible for us in December. That means there are only 3 weeks to wait for more musical delights. Thanks to all who came to the last one and made it such a success. Apologies to anyone who felt short changed over the cake.
Mainly English

5.00 - 8.30 pm

Contact Colin and Ruth Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


Durweston Village Hall DT11 0QA

The Ridgeway Singers & Band - West Gallery Carols

With their roots in the South Dorset Ridgeway and inspired by the rich sources of locally collected folk songs and West Gallery carols, the Ridgeway Singers and Band led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries have once again tuned their fiddles and voices to present a joyous celebration of Christmas past and present, including works from the Puddletown, Durweston and Hinton St Mary manuscripts together with newly composed carols in the Dorset tradition.

4.00 pm

Tickets 01258 488883. £6, £5 u18s, £20 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Thu 14th Dec 2017

The Courtyard Cafe, Market Street, Yeovil BA20 1HZ

Yeovil Folk & Roots Night

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

£2 entry - performers free

7 - 10 pm

Contact Samantha Jane

samantha-jane- AT hotmail.co.uk

www.bearcatcollective.co.uk


Sandford Orcas Village Hall DT9 4RX

Chris Newman & Maire ni Chathasaigh

Celtic Strings - A Festive Feast of Harp & Guitar

There's something magical about harps, particularly at Christmas, though Máire and Chris's alchemy on harp and guitar creates a very special magic at all times. Individually famed for originality, innovation and virtuosity on their respective instruments, together they have created one of the most distinctive voices in modern acoustic music and brought their unique musical vision to venues large and small in twenty-two countries on five continents. Their new Christmas show features a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, swing jazz and bluegrass, plus festive favourites given a fresh voice with arrangements that are intricate, inventive, moving and beautiful, and performed in the heart-warming style characteristic of them – a spellbinding treat for mid-winter.

7.30 pm

Tickets 01963 220208. £10, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Fri 15th Dec 2017

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Ange Hardy

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

www.angehardy.com

8pm

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

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


New Kimmeridge Village Hall at Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band & caller Teresa Rabbetts

Barn Dance

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

£5 adults £2.50 under 16s

7.30 - 10.30 pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

earwicker AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Osmington Village Hall DT3 6FT

The Churchfitters

This is the Churchfitters Christmas Cracker!

A mouthwatering selection of favourites from their regular repertoire interlaced with traditional and original festive songs and Christmas carols. This cracker of a show will see Christmas in with a bang and a paper hat-full of surprises, novelties - and terrible jokes as well.

The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A bass guitar made out of a frying pan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock bouzouki. And traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax.

£12.50

7.00 for 7.30pm

Contact Eileen: 07816 832554

Osmingtonmusic AT gmail.com

www.churchfitters.com


Hinton Martell Village Hall BH21 7HE

Chris Newman & Maire ni Chathasaigh

Celtic Strings - A Festive Feast of Harp & Guitar

There's something magical about harps, particularly at Christmas, though Máire and Chris's alchemy on harp and guitar creates a very special magic at all times. Individually famed for originality, innovation and virtuosity on their respective instruments, together they have created one of the most distinctive voices in modern acoustic music and brought their unique musical vision to venues large and small in twenty-two countries on five continents. Their new Christmas show features a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, swing jazz and bluegrass, plus festive favourites given a fresh voice with arrangements that are intricate, inventive, moving and beautiful, and performed in the heart-warming style characteristic of them – a spellbinding treat for mid-winter.

7.30 pm

Tickets 01258 840066. £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Sat 16th Dec 2017

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

The Dylan Project

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

8.00 pm

www.dylanproject.co.uk

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.


Pimperne Village Hall DT11 8UZ

Poacher's Moon

John Anderson’s popular Dorset band are back with two winter evening performances, full of songs and music to warm your heart (with projected seasonal images). We welcome everyone to these two shows.

There will be home-made mince pies and cakes, teas and coffees available.
You are welcome to bring along a bottle and glasses to this performance.
The raffle will be held in aid of Julia’s House Children’s Hospice.
There is plenty of parking.

7.30 pm

£7 for concessions (over 60 and under 18) and £8 for adults.
Reserve from Caroline on 01258 488640 or on the door!






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

Wellington Acoustic Music Club

If you enjoy listening to acoustic music in a relaxed atmosphere, come along to the Arts Centre bar and have a listen.
If you enjoy playing acoustic music to like-minded people - come along and join in. It doesnt matter what instrument you play - we have guitarists, violinists, flautists, pianists, accordion players, percussionists... and more besides that!
It doesnt matter how good you are - all abilities are welcomed... we all started somewhere!
Theres no charge, but donations are welcomed.

The bar is open throughout the evening for you to moisten your vocal cords!

Find our page on this website in the About Us section and feel free to join our Facebook group: http://bit.ly/musicClub

8:00 pm

Free

http://www.w-a-a.co.uk/e.php?e=865


Martinstown Village Hall DT2 9LF

Chris Newman & Maire ni Chathasaigh

Celtic Strings - A Festive Feast of Harp & Guitar

There's something magical about harps, particularly at Christmas, though Máire and Chris's alchemy on harp and guitar creates a very special magic at all times. Individually famed for originality, innovation and virtuosity on their respective instruments, together they have created one of the most distinctive voices in modern acoustic music and brought their unique musical vision to venues large and small in twenty-two countries on five continents. Their new Christmas show features a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, swing jazz and bluegrass, plus festive favourites given a fresh voice with arrangements that are intricate, inventive, moving and beautiful, and performed in the heart-warming style characteristic of them – a spellbinding treat for mid-winter.

7.30 pm

Tickets 01305 889738. £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Sun 17th Dec 2017

Smuggler's Run Folk Club, The Smuggler's Run, 184 Ashley Road,Upper Parkstone, Poole BH13 9BY

Mitchell and Vincent

3-6 pm. Singers and tunesmiths all welcome.

murphyslore AT aol.com

https://www.facebook.com/SmugglersRunSession/?hc_ref=ARQkE7YRu0NpoMdlsoeE9YdnGAVTCPwjQWY55KGXpRaFnJTZtkhySHOm7sWzB0CodJY&fref=gs&hc_location=group


Barrington Theatre, Penny's Walk, Ferndown BH22 9TH

The Old Pull and Push, ReelGood, Mistletoe Minstrels

For this Christmas Party barn dance we will have the combined musicians of The Old Pull and Push and ReelGood, with caller Helen Woodall. There will be lots of dancing, some seasonal songs from the amazing Mistletoe Minstrels, and a few silly surprises to get you in the festive mood! There is a bar, but no food.

£5

7.30 - 10.00 pm

Contact The Barrington Theatre box office: 01202 894858


Chalk and Cheese, Maiden Newton DT2 0BD

Music session

*** THERE IS NO SESSION TONIGHT.***
So Sorry. We had to do it last week instead. Wouldn't want anyone to have a wasted journey.
The mince pie one will be in January which is fine by me (Thanks, Pam!)

Contact Colin and Ruth Thompson: 01300 321396


Winfrith St Christopher's Church DT2 8HB

The Ridgeway Singers & Band - West Gallery Carols

With their roots in the South Dorset Ridgeway and inspired by the rich sources of locally collected folk songs and West Gallery carols, the Ridgeway Singers and Band led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries have once again tuned their fiddles and voices to present a joyous celebration of Christmas past and present, including works from the Puddletown, Durweston and Hinton St Mary manuscripts together with newly composed carols in the Dorset tradition.

4.00 pm

Tickets 01305 853783. £6, £5 u18s, £20 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Mon 18th Dec 2017

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

St Agnes Fountain

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

8.00 pm

www.stagnesfountain.co.uk

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

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


Tue 19th Dec 2017

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

St Agnes Fountain

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

8.00 pm

www.stagnesfountain.co.uk

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

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


Thu 21st Dec 2017 to Sat 23rd Dec 2017

Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY

Bridport Winter Solstice Festival 2017

We’ve teamed up with Afro Celt Sound System and The Imagined Village founder Simon Emmerson for the second Bridport Winter Solstice Festival from 21-23 December: When The Light Returns.
Shake off the winter blues and get into the Christmas spirit with your friends.
Thursday 21 December
The mighty Dhol Foundation and guests The Bollywoodettes and Nachda Sansaar dancers take to the stage for a special Bollywood Night.
Get here at the start of the evening for a FREE dance lesson.
Friday 22 December
We’ll be joined by Show of Hands doing a very special gig.
Saturday 23 December
At 2pm we are showing a superb film The Ballad of Shirley Collins.
This is followed by a Q&A with Shirley Collins and the film’s Director, Paul Williams.

https://www.electricpalace.org.uk


Thu 21st Dec 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Simon Mapleson and Ivor and Holly

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


The Mitre Inn, Sandford Orcas DT9 4RU

Session

Winter Solstice Session of music and song, hosted by David and Linda Chiplen

8pm

Contact Linda Chiplen: 07530926496

lindachiplen AT yahoo.co.uk


Fri 22nd Dec 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

‘Country Christmas’ Dinner & Folk Dance

A dinner-dance, folk style! Enjoy a delicious home-cooked supper followed by light-hearted country dancing. All welcome, including those new to country dance. Ivan Aitken (caller), Gareth Kiddier & Alan Brunier (musicians)

6pm–10pm

£15/£5 dancing only

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/country-christmas-dinner-folk-dance/


Dorset County Museum, Dorchester DT1 1XA

The Ridgeway Singers and Band

Christmas Concert

Leaders Phil Humphries & Tim Laycock

West Gallery carols, local folksongs, seasonal stories and Dorset dance tunes. 'To Keep Wold Christmas Up!'

£10, U18 £5, Family £25

7.30pm

Contact Tickets: Dorchester TIC in Dorchester Library: 01305 267992


Sat 23rd Dec 2017 to Wed 27th Dec 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Christmas House Party

Come and enjoy the Christmas celebrations at Halsway Manor in the company of Ivan Aitken, your MC and Caller, supported by Gareth Kiddier (piano) and Paul Hutchinson (piano accordion). There will be fun and games, and possibly frolics. Ivan has a very relaxed style of calling all types of dance including contra and squares and the entire period of English dance from then until now. There may be singing, and walking, and optional music workshops, or possibly sitting. All this, and the wonderful Halsway atmosphere, great food and a roaring log fire.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/christmas-house-party-2/


Fri 29th Dec 2017 to Tue 2nd Jan 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

New Year House Party

Join us for an enjoyable folk dancing Hogmanay break with a great team at the helm.
With optional walks and playing sessions; pack your walking boots and instruments along with your dancing shoes.
Enjoy the Manor is its festive finery and dance-in the New Year with great music and good company!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/new-year-house-party-2/


Sun 31st Dec 2017

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

New Years Eve Barn Dance

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

8.00 pm

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

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


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

New Year's Eve Celebration Ceilidh with Jigs for Gigs

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

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

8.15 pm

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

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=830


Fri 5th Jan 2018 to Sun 7th Jan 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Singing-In the New Year!

Banish the January blues and drive the cold winter away with Brian Peters, Martin Graebe and Shan Graebe, who will lead you in a weekend of song and seasonal celebrations. You’ll get a chance to learn wintry songs and drinking songs, discover Wassailing and Plough Monday customs, and have a go at a mummer’s play.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/singing-in-the-new-year/


Fri 5th Jan 2018

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

English Barn Dance Club (Tatterdemalion with Angela Laycock calling)

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

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

Starts 7.30 for 7.45

Finishes 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 6th Jan 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Brian Peters, Martin Graebe, Shan Graebe

Join our ‘Singing-In the New Year‘ tutors for a relaxed evening of seasonal songs.

Brian Peters is a highly respected singer with a passion for English traditional song, and is well-known internationally for his interpretation of traditional ‘Child’ ballads and his well-researched repertoire.
Martin and Shan Graebe perform mostly English traditional songs and, particularly, songs from Devon and Cornwall utilizing the extensive song collection made by Sabine Baring-Gould in these counties at the end of the 19th Century. Martin & Shan usually sing unaccompanied and in exquisite harmony, at folk festivals and clubs, societies with relevant interests and to any group of people who are interested in listening!

8pm–9:30pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/brian-peters-martin-graebe-shan-graebe/


Thu 11th Jan 2018

Drimpton Village Hall DT8 3RF

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

Artsreach Dorset helping Drimpton stage a brilliant gig with twice winners of The Radio 2 Folk Awards, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman.
kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com/gigs

Prices TBA

7.30 pm

Contact Roger Smith or Brian Hesketh: 01308 867442 or 01308 868843

roger AT thesmithsmailbox.net or bbh_home AT hotmail.com

artsreach.co.uk and drimpton.org.uk and kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com


Fri 12th Jan 2018

Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

The Transports

Supported by The David Hall

The Transports tells the incredible tale of a family destroyed by poverty and crime, but resurrected by exile to the new colony in Australia. With fresh script and musical arrangement, this famous show re-emerges within a modern context of mass migration. The stellar line-up for this exciting new production includes The Young’uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr, Rachael McShane, Greg Russell and Matthew Crampton.

Box Office: Call 01935 422884 or visit

www.octagon-theatre.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=13&products_id=910


Fri 19th Jan 2018 to Sun 21st Jan 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Old Swan Band Weekend

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

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


Sat 20th Jan 2018

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

Alice and David Wylde

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

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

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

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


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

Blackbeard's Tea Party, caller Gordon Potts

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

http://www.blackbeardsteaparty.com

7.30 pm (Doors open 7.00 pm)

Free parking Bar available

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

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

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

An Evening with the Old Swan Band

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

8pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/an-evening-with-the-old-swan-band/


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

Steve Knightley ‘Songs and Stories’ 2018 Tour

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

8.00 pm

Tickets: £19. No concessions.

www.steveknightley.co.uk

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


Mon 22nd Jan 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Winter Warmer

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

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


Fri 26th Jan 2018 to Sun 28th Jan 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Simon Mayor Mandolin Weekend

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

www.mandolin.co.uk

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Hilary James Song Weekend

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

www.folksong.com

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


Fri 26th Jan 2018

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

Megson

Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards, Megson - aka Stu and Debbie Hanna - draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of Folk music.
This husband and wife duo brings an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Performing as Megson, Debs (vocals, whistle, piano accordion) and Stu (guitar, mandola, banjo) have gained fame on the British Folk scene not only for their arresting and intelligent song writing but also for their exquisite musicianship and Northern humour. As fRoots Magazine puts it: ‘If you don’t like the music here then you have a problem’.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.

www.megsonmusic.co.uk

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


Sat 27th Jan 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Hilary James & Simon Mayor

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

8pm–9:30pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/hilary-james-simon-mayor/


Fri 2nd Feb 2018

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

Band and caller TBC

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


7.30 for 7.45, ends 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 3rd Feb 2018

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

Chris Wood

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

8pm.

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions.

www.chriswoodmusic.co.uk

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


Mon 5th Feb 2018 to Fri 9th Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

A Box of Delights

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

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


Fri 9th Feb 2018 to Sun 11th Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Bagpipe Weekend

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

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


Fri 9th Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Hurdy Gurdy Weekend

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

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


Sat 10th Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Bagpipes Taster Day

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

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

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

£45
Includes tuition, instrument hire & lunch.

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

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Hurdy Gurdy & Bagpipes

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

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

8pm–10pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/hurdy-gurdy-bagpipes-2/


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

The Tannahill Weavers

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

8pm.

Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions.

www.tannahillweavers.com

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


Mon 12th Feb 2018 to Fri 16th Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Faustus: From Page to Performance

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

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


Thu 15th Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Faustus

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

8pm–10pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/faustus-3/


Mon 19th Feb 2018 to Wed 21st Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Piva: Real Roots!

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

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


Tue 20th Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Piva

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

8pm–9:30pm

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

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


Thu 22nd Feb 2018 to Mon 26th Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Kyndred Spirits

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

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

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

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

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


Mon 26th Feb 2018 to Fri 2nd Mar 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Playing Playford

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

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


Wed 28th Feb 2018 to Fri 2nd Mar 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BDF

Reed-making for Northumbrian Smallpipes

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

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

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


Fri 2nd Mar 2018

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

Band and caller TBC

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

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

7.30 for 7.45, ends 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 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


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 17th Mar 2018

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

Pigeon Swing, caller Baz Parks

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

http://www.Thepigeonswing.co.uk

7.30 pm (Doors open 7.00 pm)

Free parking Bar available

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

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

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


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

Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis

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

www.samkelly.org

8pm

Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions.

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


Sun 18th Mar 2018

Eileen Ann's Home

Acorn Folk Club informal singaround

With tea and cakes!

3.00 - 6.00 pm

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

acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com

www.acornfolkclub.co.uk


Fri 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


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


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


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


Fri 11th May 2018

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

Band and caller TBC

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

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

7.30 for 7.45, ends 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


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

Mad Dog Mcrea 'Chance to Dance'

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

www.maddogmcrea.co.uk

8pm.

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.

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


Fri 18th May 2018

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

Chris While and Julie Matthews

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

www.whileandmatthews.co.uk

8pm.

Tickets: £15. Full. £14 Concessions.

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


Sat 19th May 2018

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

Flossie Malavialle

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

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

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

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


Sun 27th May 2018

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

Calan

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

www.calan-band.com

7.30pm

Tickets: £18. Full. £17 Concessions.

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


Fri 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


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/