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Fri 19th Aug 2022 to Sun 21st Aug 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Harmony Singing Weekend

An intensive weekend of singing with Ali Burns (Scotland), Brendan Taaffe (USA) and John Harrison (USA).
The tutors will bring new compositions each showcasing their own particular style. Friday’s workshop will begin at 5pm with a gentle introduction to the songs. After dinner we’ll have a short sing, leaving time for socialising and getting to know each other. Saturday will have around 6 hours of workshop followed by dinner and more social time. On Sunday we’ll have time to work on all the songs again before closing the weekend at 4pm.

Who’s it For?
The event is open to anyone with a passion for harmony singing. Whether you sing in a choir or down the pub, if you’re not a complete beginner to holding a harmony, you are welcome. Songs will be taught at a pace that suits aural learners but written music will be available too.

The Team
Brendan Taaffe and John Harrison from the US are both well loved and respected contemporary Shape Note composers, steeped in the tradition but reinventing it for today’s singers. Between them they have a vast knowledge and love of the many traditions that make Americana.

Ali Burns is one of the UKs leading songwriters for the community choir sector and brings her own folky style to a contemporary world.

Together they have run several workshops in Scotland and the US, and have a devoted following of regular singers.

Partnership Event
For details and booking of this partnership event please contact Ali Burns:

info AT aliburns.co.uk
07801 244867
aliburns.co.uk/diary/

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/harmony-singing-weekend/


Fri 19th Aug 2022

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

!!! Postponed to 1st April 2023 !!! Long For The Coast (Full Band)

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

£12.00

South West Band Of The Year 2021
Long For The Coast is Jamie and Sophie Gould (+ with their full band). With a combination of sincere lyrics and beautiful harmonies, they sing stories about social change, spiritual adventures, and close friends lost and found.
Their music combines influences from artists such as Ben Howard, Bonobo, This Is The Kit, Nitin Sawhney, Frank Turner, and Sufjan Stevens. They’ve been championed by the BBC Radio 6 Music as well as playing at Nozstock, Greenbelt and Shambala festivals.
Honest, endearing, and fiercely hopeful, LFTC believe that ‘music is community’ and aim to promote a culture of authenticity where people feel safe to be themselves. From cafés and festivals to book shops and bakeries, this Devon-based duo will play anywhere that people might listen to.
Their debut album Revolution Starts At Home received fantastic reviews and airplay whilst continuing to gain hundreds of thousands of streams on Spotify and tens of thousands of views on YouTube.

www.facebook.com/longforthecoast
www.youtube.com/channel/UCgcbXgQoIUIlkyWfHhIkJsQ
www.instagram.com/longforthecoast/
twitter.com/longforthecoast
http://www.longforthecoast.com

https://chapelarts.org/events/long-for-the-coastfull-band/


Shaftesbury Abbey Museum SP7 8JR

Anna Tam

Shortlisted as ‘Folk Instrumentalist of the Year’ 2020 and 2021 by Fatea Magazine, singer and multi-instrumentalist Anna Tam gives traditional British songs her own loving personal twist.
She sings with a clear bright voice and accompanies herself on a selection of traditional and historical string instruments including the nyckelharpa, viola da gamba, hurdy gurdy, cello, piano and whatever else she can find. Her approach to the folk tradition is centred in the stories the songs tell and the people who lived them.
Her acclaimed second album ‘Hatching Hares’ is just released and touring in the UK in summer 2022 before Anna goes to the US and Europe in the autumn.
Tickets from the Abbey Shop, Adult £10, Concessions £8, FOSA £7, Students £5
Gates open at 6:30, bring a chair or blanket.
Drinks available
Tickets also available at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/anna-tam-concert-tickets-386365368217

Adult £10, Concessions £8, FOSA £7, Students £5

7:00 - 9:00

Contact Penny-Jane Swift: 07988 908841

manager AT shaftesburyabbey.org.uk

www.shaftesburyabbey.org.uk


Sat 20th Aug 2022

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.
IMPORTANT: Please pre-book your performance slot or seat. Do not walk-up on the night.
(so we can manage properly in the time of Coronavirus)

If you would like to attend our Acoustic Night as a performer or audience member then please
email Chris Watts folk AT chriswatts.org or call 07715 501157.

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

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.

7:30 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/acoustic-night-730pm-donations-only/2022-07-23/


Sun 21st Aug 2022

Cerne Abbas Brewery DT2 7JS

Scarecrow

Scarecrow emerged in 2006, formed by three members of a popular Oxfordshire barn dance band who shared a common desire to develop our collective breadth of musical styles, instruments and influences. The band brings together the classical music of Rey Lear, allied to folk tunes from David Moore with jazz and blues influences from Gordon Raitt. The resulting "Scarecrow Sound" reflects these diverse abilities and influences in both the repertoire and arrangements of well known and sometimes more obscure songs and tunes.

2.00 pm

Contact Cerne Abbas Brewery: 01300 341999

www.scarecrowband.co.uk


Mon 29th Aug 2022 to Fri 2nd Sep 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Summer School

This will be the NINTH year of our folk music, dance and song summer school – for all ages and abilities – led by a crack team of tutors who have detailed knowledge and extensive experience of a wide spectrum of folk music. We’re confirming tutor availability at the moment and will add details very soon. Expect the usual mix of dance, song, fiddle, accordion, guitar and mixed-instrument, with a programme that’s fluid enough for you to move from group to group should you wish. Throughout the week, we will work towards a full-group ensemble piece, with the whole summer school, a powerful way of bringing everything we do, and all the participants together, in one shared experience, allowing you to learn about how to structure a performance, work together, use all levels of skills (in small and large groups) – and create something that’s amazing and all inclusive!
Who’s it For?
Singers, dancers and musicians of all ages and levels of experience; there’s something for everyone! Please let us know your preferred main group when booking – but be assured, you’ll be able to move between groups should you wish!

Choose from:
Dance
Voice
Guitar
Fiddle
Piano Accordion
Mixed instrument Band

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/folk-summer-school-5/


Fri 2nd Sep 2022 to Sun 4th Sep 2022

Lyme Regis

Lyme Folk Weekend 2022

Friday night concert, the Sam Sweeny Band
Saturday Ranagri
Sunday Seth Lakeman

Plus more!

https://www.lymefolk.com


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

‘Dances of Poldark’ Weekend

We are DELIGHTED to announce our FIFTH ‘Dances of Poldark’ weekend! This weekend is for dancers of all abilities to learn and enjoy some of the elegant and lively 18th Century dances featured in the BBC’s adaptation of Winston Graham’s ‘Poldark’ novels.
Led by dancing-master Stuart Marsden, choreographer of the BBC Poldark series. Further details will follow but as previous courses have sold out fast, do book your place asap to avoid disappointment.
Dancing and music in 18th Century England was at the centre of society and therefore essential to the plot of its novelists. Halsway Manor offers a weekend away to explore the dances and music of this ‘Georgeous’ period written about and captured on camera in BBC’s adaptation of the novels of Winston Graham’s ‘Poldark’.
We promise not recreate the 18th Century ‘baroque stage & court dances’ but do promise to bring the exquisite 18th century country dance steps, rhythms and sounds into our ballroom for all to enjoy – in the lovely setting of Halsway Manor!

This course is for all levels of experience and will be tailored to the abilities of each dancer. Costume of the period is welcome – and encouraged – but not necessary.

Stuart Marsden has worked as choreographer and dancing master for many historical TV dramas, documentaries & theatre productions including Poldark, ‘Pride & Prejudice Having a Ball’ (BBC2) and ‘The Georgians- Behind Closed Doors’ (BBC4). He is a respected researcher, caller and teacher of historical dance.
The house band – known as ‘The Warleggan Band’ – appeared in Series One and Two of ‘Poldark’. Matthew Coatsworth (violin) also plays in Boldwood. Chris Green (guitar) plays in The Playford Liberation Front and GreenMatthews. Richard Heacock (violin) recorded the dance music for ‘Poldark’, and is a regular tutor (with Paul Hutchinson and Karen Wimhurst) on the successful ‘Playing Playford’ courses at Halsway.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/dances-of-poldark-weekend-4/


Fri 2nd Sep 2022

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

‘SykesMartin’ – Unquenching Fire Tour 2022

In this exciting new collaboration from two of British folk’s finest voices, Miranda Sykes (Show of Hands) and Hannah Martin (Edgelarks, Gigspanner Big Band) join forces to present a set of songs that take them back to their shared roots.
Having played together on numerous occasions, including in Steve Knightley’s Wake the Union Band, and at the Royal Albert Hall, they knew that they shared an instinctive ear for harmony and skilled instrumental improvisation.
A sociable Devon winter evening led to an exchange of songs, which proved to be so much fun that they soon arranged another musical get together. Swiftly these became rehearsal sessions, as a strong new sound emerged.
Miranda and Hannah have spent many years playing on the British folk scene, but neither has ever dedicated an entire set to traditional song. Centred around their deep knowledge of roots music, and a love of harmony singing, they bring together old songs with new ideas; ancient tales with bass, fiddle, and banjo; and two mesmerising storytellers joining voices to create a spine-tingling testimonial to our shared musical heritage.

https://edgelarks.co.uk/
http://www.mirandasykes.com/
https://www.facebook.com/edgelarks
https://www.facebook.com/mirandasykesmusic

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

Door Price: £16.00 Advance: £14.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/miranda-sykes-and-hannah-martin-debut-tour-2021/


Wessex Acoustic at Blandford Royal British Legion DT11 7AD

Jez Lowe

+ support Katie Grace Harris

The beloved singer-songwriter from the North East, Jez Lowe returns to Blandford with a selection of old favourite songs and new material too.
Supporting Jez, we welcome to the club Katie Grace Harris, who is making a name for herself with her delightful singing voice and musicianship.

£15, ONLY pre purchased or reserved

8.00 pm (doors open 7.45)

Contact Kathleen Dunn: 07590 411515

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 3rd Sep 2022

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

Gaz Brookfield

+ support Dom Prag

Following the success of his first tour back after the pandemic, earlier this year, Gaz Brookfield is returning to The David Hall, playing songs from his extensive back catalogue, and from his new album, Idiomatic.
Idiomatic came out in November 2020, and went straight into The Official Download Charts at number 10, and the Official Indie Album Charts at number 20.
Gaz’s brand of upbeat, Folk-ish music is sure to get your face smiling and your foot tapping. In his songs, Gaz tackles all of life’s many facets, whether it’s love, laughter, travel, loss, addiction, health issues, or van trouble. Sometimes happy, sometimes sad, but always delivered with a wry smile, witty lyrics, and tongue firmly planted in cheek.

8:00 pm

Tickets: £15/ £14 Concessions

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/gaz-brookfield-with-support-dom-prag/


Portman Hall, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson

North Dorset Beekeepers Association
Bees a -Swarmen!
Traditional Music and Song
With Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson
A country garland of dance tunes and folksongs collected in Dorset, played on fiddle, viola, guitar, concertina and melodeon. Readings from William Barnes, Thomas Hardy and other Dorset writers.

£12

7:30 pm

Contact Ian Condon: 01300 348250

riverpiddle AT gmail.com

https://buytickets.at/northdorsetbka/717111


Mon 5th Sep 2022

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

Stanchester Quire

The simple joy of singing carols and songs with others

It may seem early to be thinking about Christmas but the quire will soon be resuming learning Carols and songs, all of which have either been collected from, or written about, the South West of England, several of which originate from within a twenty mile radius of South Petherton. This is with the intention of performing them at a series of our successful Christmas Concerts.
New members are always very welcome, there are no auditions and neither is the ability to read music essential as we learn everything by ear, led by our musical director, Eddie Upton, the holder of the English Folk Dance and Song Society gold badge for services to folk music.
So why not come along and enjoy the simple pleasure of singing with others? Community singing has been proven to be good for the soul!

First two weeks free for new members, thereafter the equivalent of £3 per week.

7:30pm - 9:00pm

Contact Bonnie: 01935 822287

stanchesterquire1 AT gmail.com

stanchesterquire.org


Thu 8th Sep 2022

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

The Remedy Club

Husband and wife duo The Remedy Club, comprising KJ McEvoy (brother of well known songstress Eleanor McEvoy) and singer Aileen Mythen have been described as ‘Ireland’s best kept musical secret’ by HOTPRESS journalist Jackie Hayden who also described their music as “a marriage of folk and country with a hint of the blues with delicious harmonies and nimble guitar playing’’.
Their latest critically acclaimed album True Hand True Heart has been gaining them a lot of new fans around the globe.
The album was recorded in Room and Board studios, Nashville and produced by 5 – time Grammy award winner Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams). It hosts an array of Nashville based stalwarts including Lex Price on bass (Neko Case, KD Lang), Lynn Williams on drums (The Wallflowers, Delbert McClinton) and multi-instrumentalist and Rodney Crowell’s go to musician, Rory Hoffman. The album has been receiving wonderful reviews across the board including being chosen as album of the week on RTE Radio One.

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

Door Price: £12.00 Advance: £12.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/the-remedy-club/


Fri 9th Sep 2022 to Sun 11th Sep 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Let Music Be in All Our Hearts!

Grant help may be available: The Sarah Morgan Foundation is offering Grants of £500 for the promotion of English / Traditional Song. More info...
A weekend of joyous singing led by Carolyn Robson, Paul Sartin and Lester Simpson. Drawing on modern as well as traditional material, we will be looking at arranging and performance for unaccompanied voices, helping you to get the best out of your voice, and to guide you to a better performance. We will be using songs from a variety of sources and styles, but the main focus would be on harmony singing and celebrating raising lots of voices together, and early Autumn is a lovely time to get outside and sing too!

So come and join us and ‘Let Music Be In All Our Hearts’

Who’s it For?
Singers of all levels of experience and ability are welcome. You won’t be needing to sing on your own during workshops, although those who want to lead songs in the evenings will be very welcome to do so. Bring instruments too for evening sessions

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/let-music-be-in-all-our-hearts/


Fri 9th Sep 2022

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

Charlie Dore with Julian Littman

Multi-award winner Charlie Dore a genre-defying evening of ‘intriguingly other’ eclectic, Contemporary Folk – bursting with earworms and crunchy lyrics.
Charlie and her long-time collaborator Julian Littman of Steeleye Span will swap guitars, piano, mandolin, harmonium, ukuleles, banjo and stories as they showcase songs from her newest album, ‘Like Animals’ alongside favourites from the past seven albums. Even though this show is in Autumn, the pair also plan to fly in the face of seasonal tradition and share three songs from her popular newest release, the EP ‘The Man Who Built Christmas’ on the basis that a good song isn’t just for Christmas.
Prepare to be entertained.

www.charliedore.com

8.00 pm

Tickets: £16 Full, £15 concessions

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/charlie-dore-with-julian-littman/


Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street DT1 1HF

Tannahill Weavers

Traditional Celtic music at its best! With fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, haunting ballads and a good dose of humour, the Tannahill Weavers have transformed traditional material and brought it into the modern world, vitally alive and kicking.
Members of the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, in 2019 the Tannahill Weavers were nominated for Folk Album of the Year and Folk Band of the Year in Scotland. Recently they have been joined by piper Iain MacGillivray, who is Scotland’s youngest Clan leader and has worked recently on such exciting productions as Outlander and Men in Kilts, and has performed for a huge list of stars and dignitaries in recent years.

8pm (Doors 7.30pm)

£15 / £13 members & concessions

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/2022/07/05/fri-9-september-the-tannahill-weavers/


Sat 10th Sep 2022

Crown Inn, Fivehead TA3 6PQ

Wildwood Jack

September 10th, 7.30pm

www.wildwoodjack.com

Music will begin at 7.30pm. As usual floorsingers are welcome to sing and/or play in the first half - until the break at 8.30pm. Simply sign up in the book on the night, or email in advance

laurieguitars AT gmail.com


Portesham Village Hall, Malthouse Meadow, Portesham DT3 4NS

Angela Laycock calling with local enthusiastic musicians!

Fundraising Ceilidh

All profits raised go to Choose Love, a charity that supports refugees all over the world and to local food banks.
Join us for dancing, open mic, raffle, quiz, art and more!
For more details follow the link

7.00 pm

Contact Bec F: 01305 871958

www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ceilidh10922


(for Chard Heritage days) Studio Theatre, Holyrood Academy, Chard TA20 1JL

Time & Tide present Two Nations

Time & Tide’s presentation Two Nations is about the ordinary people whose familiar world lived in harmony with nature is shattered by greed and by the wheels of innovation and industry. Alterations to the landscape and conditions for the labourers are told in story and song through the voices of those at the time who saw, heard and understood what others did not wish to know. It features music from the Hammond Collection of Folk Songs and the words of social reformers and observers. It is a lively, thought-provoking piece about our relationship – our partnership – with our land. ‘Its ‘song’ is relevant here and now’

Tickets from Chard Museum www.chardmuseum.co.uk

7.30pm

Artist Contact : 07789 584975.


Sun 11th Sep 2022 to Fri 16th Sep 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Voices, Viols & Recorders Association

An un-tutored course for experienced singers and players of early instruments. Non-fixed ensembles of recorders and viols form the main part of the week with a variety of small singing groups depending on participants. Evening sessions for all are conducted and include music for instruments and voices. All of these sessions are at 440 pitch. We usually have harpsichords available and arrange chamber groups at 440 and 415 and are also able to welcome baroque oboe, flute, and violin as second instruments. Cornett, cornamuse, sackbut, curtal and crumhorn are also welcome as second instruments and we can usually arrange sessions for these. The repertoire is primarily renaissance and baroque.
Who’s it For?
The association organises two meeting a year (end May and mid-September). Those who wish to join us must be experienced on viol and/or recorder, able to play one to a part, and be good sight readers. We welcome additional harpsichords (the owner will not be expected to play continuo exclusively all week).

The Team
This course is a partnership event, organised by The Voices, Viols and Recorders Association who can be contacted via Halsway Manor or directly through our email vvr-association AT hotmail.com

For more information and to book please contact:

Email: vvr-association AT hotmail.com

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


Thu 15th Sep 2022

Bridport Town Hall, Bucky Doo DT6 3LF

Bridport Broadsides

Sea Shanty Singers

In support of Bridport Millennium Green. Price includes glass of wine.

£8, members £7

7.30pm

Contact sue wilkinson: 01308 425037

sue.traidcraft AT btinternet.com

www.bridportmillenniumgreen.co.uk


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

Luke Jackson

Luke is a Singer-Songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, who way back in 2013 was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and The Young Folk Category.
Over the past few years he has steadily developed a reputation for himself in the Folk, Roots, Americana & Acoustic circuits, through his solo, duo or trio shows, many festival appearances or when opening for such luminaries as Fairport Convention, Show of Hands, Steve Knightley, Martyn Joseph, Seth Lakeman, Karine Polwart, Oysterband, Paul Brady, Glen Tilbrook, Sarah Jarosz and John Paul White, formerly of the legendary Civil Wars.
Luke has also toured alongside Grammy Award winning songwriter Amy Wadge numerous times, the last being in 2019 & also with Folk Award winning duo Greg Russel and Ciaran Algar.

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

Door Price: £15.00 Advance: £13.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/luke-jackson-2/


Fri 16th Sep 2022 to Sun 18th Sep 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Harpas at Halsway: Nyckelharpa Festival

A weekend of workshops, ensemble playing, sessions, a concert and more! Hosted by Vicki Swan, we’re delighted to confirm Johan Lång will be joining us from Sweden, and Kirsty Money from Canada. We’ll also have a maker on-hand to offer advice and assist with small fixes.
Come and explore a diverse range of repertoire, and meet, play and socialise with other players and enthusiasts!

Who’s it For?
The weekend is for players of all abilities except complete beginners to explore a range of repertoire, and to meet, play and socialise with other players!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/harpas-at-halsway-nyckelharpa-festival-5/



Fri 16th Sep 2022

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

Peggy Seeger and Neill MacColl

Peggy Seeger is a totally unique artist who has carved a special place in the UK folk revival. Making a very welcome visit to the Arts Centre on her rescheduled ‘First Farewell Tour’, the charismatic Peggy - singer, songwriter, feminist, icon, Ewan MacColl’s partner and muse - is the undisputed queen of folk and political song. Join Peggy and her son Neill MacColl for a glorious evening of up-close performance by these two world class musicians.

https://bridgwaterartscentre.cloudvenue.co.uk/peggyseegerneillmaccoll
https://www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Ceilidh for Ukraine

A fund raiser for the weekly Sunday afternoon support group which is meeting at the Trinity Centre in Nailsea beside the Holy Trinity Church.

It would be great if we sold plenty of tickets. Live band etc . We will also be holding a concert in August/ September.

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


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

Chris Webb & Lonely Tourist

Alt-folk, Bristol based Glaswegian, Lonely Tourist returns to Chapel Arts Centre in Bath playing new songs from his fifth album Near Here.

Chris Webb

Folky fingerstyle expert Chris Webb brings his lilting melodies and whimsical lyrics back to Bath for the 5th year running.
Playing songs from 2021 album ‘Clown For Sale’ plus others from his back catalogue, expect toe-tapping and warmth all round.

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

Door Price: £12.00 Advance: £10.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/chris-webb-lonely-tourist/


Sat 17th Sep 2022

St Mark's Church Hall, Hinton Wood Avenue, Highcliffe BH23 5AA

East Dorset Folk Dance Club

3.00pm - 5.45 pm.

£5 per person.

Bring and share tea. No partner necessary.

For more information: Jan Harris 01202 427523. janharris16 AT hotmail.co.uk.


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Harpas Concert

A Saturday evening gig from our International line-up of tutors for our Harpas Festival Weekend! See and hear the Nyckelharpa – a traditional Swedish ‘keyed fiddle’ – in the hands of three of Europe’s finest exponents of the instrument – Vicki Swan, Johan Lang and Kirsty Money.
Vicki Swan studied at the Royal College of Music on the double bass. She also plays the various types of bagpipes, flute, recorder, piano and nyckelharpa. On leaving music college Vicki started down the long path of folk music and was only seen on rare glimpses back in classical orchestras. You’ll find Vicki now inhabiting the troll ridden forests on the hunt for new and exciting tunes from the näcken. Vicki plays not only the standard 3-row modern chromatic, but also the 1408 sienaharpa, the 1526 moraharpa, the 1700s kontrabasharpa and the 1800s silverbasharpa. Over the pandemic Vicki has worked tirelessly on a Virtual Music Room to try to help isolated nyckelharpa players remain motivated and focussed on playing and learning. Chances are after all this time alone at home she won’t stop talking at the Halsway weekend….
Johan Lång was born and raised in Uppsala, Sweden, and at the age of 16 he became fascinated by the traditional Swedish instrument called ”nyckelharpa” and the soundscapes it is able to produce. As a ‘Riksspelmanʼ he is an acknowledged practician of traditional Swedish music and has earlier studied at the Royal Collage of Music in Stockholm. Today he’s active as both a musician and a teacher. In Eir, Johan uses the ethereal sound of the nyckelharpa to illustrate different ambiences, be it the wind caressing the top of a mountain or the frigidity of a winter’s morning. https://eirmusicduo.se
Kirsty Money: Coming from Canada, Kirsty is a violinist in Symphony Nova Scotia. Since taking up the nyckelharpa Kirsty has studied intensely and through grants from the Canada Council and Arts Nova Scotia she has been to nyckelharpa workshops and festivals in Sweden, the UK and Germany. Principal mentors include Olov Johansson, Josefina Paulson, Magnus Holmström and David Eriksson.
Kirsty is a member of the String Faculty at the Maritime Conservatory of Music and is an extremely experienced violin and viola teacher. She will be bringing her own flavour of inspirational teaching to Halsway this September.

https://kirstymoney.ca/

8pm–10pm

£12 adult

£6 concession for those in full time education.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/gig-harpas-concert/


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

Tim Edey Guitar Workshop

Tim Edey is a completely self-taught guitarist and has shared stages holding his own with people like Ry Cooder and Martin Simpson, playing now almost wholly in dropped d tuning (1 x drop d) which he started after listening to and meeting the legendary Irish guitarist, Steve Cooney.

Learn how 1 dropped d tuning will open up your Folk/Celtic playing and also some tricks and basic chords and tunes.

Workshop Fee: £15 per person

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/tim-edey-guitar-workshop/


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

Tim Edey

Tim Edey (BBC Radio Two’s Musician Of The Year 2012 – Radio 2 Folk Awards) multi-instrumentalist and singer, has toured the world and recorded with most of the major names in Celtic/Contemporary roots music including; The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Natalie MacMaster, Altan, Capercaillie, Brendan Power, Michael McGoldrick, Seamus Begley, Dougie Maclean, The Barra MacNeills, JP Cormier, Shaun Davey, Session A9, Lunasa, Vinnie Kilduff, Mary Black, Session A9, Julie Fowlis, Frankie Gavin to name but a few…

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/tim-edey/


for Wareham Folk Harvest) Carey hall, Mistover Road, Wareham BA20 1LL

Time & Tide present Two Nations

Time & Tide’s presentation Two Nations is about the ordinary people whose familiar world lived in harmony with nature is shattered by greed and by the wheels of innovation and industry. Alterations to the landscape and conditions for the labourers are told in story and song through the voices of those at the time who saw, heard and understood what others did not wish to know. It features music from the Hammond Collection of Folk Songs and the words of social reformers and observers. It is a lively, thought-provoking piece about our relationship – our partnership – with our land. ‘Its ‘song’ is relevant here and now’

Donations, please

3.30pm - 5.30pm

www.warehamfolkharvest.co.uk

Artist Contact : 07789 584975.


Sun 18th Sep 2022

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshop

Workshops are led by Julia Catovsky, who will teach tunes and harmonies by ear. The workshops are suitable for all levels and all acoustic instruments. Notation and audio supplied. Everyone is welcome!

1:30 - 4:30 pm

Admission: £10 on the door. Cheaper in advance via the website

info AT sherbornefolkband.org

Julia: 07527 508 277

www.sherbornefolkband.org


Mon 19th Sep 2022 to Fri 23rd Sep 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Guitar Study Week

Our Guitar Study Week is an intensive and enjoyable guitar-school for steel-string acoustic guitarists, led by three fantastic tutors. Tristan Seume and Vera Van Heeringen as tutors this year, together with Dave Malkin who we are delighted to be welcoming to the Manor for the first time. You’ll have the opportunity to spend a day with each of the tutors in workshops aiming to develop your technique, skills and repertoire – and provide for an enjoyable week of guitar playing in the manor.

The week will help you to develop your skills and confidence, with options to explore finger style, flat-picking, alternative and open tunings, arranging tunes and song accompaniment, chord vocabulary, and useful theory too. Whole group, smaller group and one-to-one teaching, to leave you enthused and inspired! There will be down-time too, for you to practise, jam, socialise and spend quality time with your instrument.

The tutor team bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience embracing a variety of styles. The programme for the week will be tailored to the experience and needs of the group. An indicating outline of what each tutor plans to offer is below:

Dave will focus on developing a solid technical foundation, where traditional music and Western-classical music diverge, thinking of the guitar as an orchestra, celebrating the idiosyncrasies of the instrument, diatonic harmony, clave, tone and interpreting English music for the 21st century, all in standard tuning and with a plectrum.

Tristan specialises in fingerstyle guitar, arranging traditional tunes and accompanying songs predominantly using CGDGCD tuning. This beautiful and versatile modal tuning remains curiously overlooked in favour of more commonly explored DADGAD, open D and open G tunings. Tristan will explore the tuning’s potential from the ground up whilst referencing and relating to other, more familiar tunings. We will work through the fundamentals, beginning with useful, go-to chord shapes and patterns and progress through developing left- and right-hand techniques, incorporating open strings, drones and harmony within the context of traditional repertoire.

Vera is a specialist on flatpicking and cross-picking techniques, playing mostly American guitar and fiddle tunes. With an emphasis on confidence and strength in both lead and backup playing, she’ll be exploring how to put the groove into tunes with rhythmic melodies. Vera will focus on creating smooth and clean solos, bass runs and fills with an emphasis on efficiency of movement, which will enrich both your solo and band playing. (For guitar in standard tuning, this course requires a plectrum).

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/guitar-week-2/


Thu 22nd Sep 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Guitar Concert – Van Herringen, Seume and Malkin

Join us for an informal concert by our guitar workshop week tutors, Vera Van Herringen, Tristan Seume and Dave Malkin. Course participants are also invited to perform.

Dave Malkin studied the classical guitar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with Graham Devine. He is one half of Dipper Malkin, alongside John Dipper and his 14-string viola d’amore. The duos debut album, Tricks Of The Trade was included in The Times’ ‘Top 100 Albums of 2017’. He has performed at some of the UK’s most illustrious venues, including St John’s Smith Square, Royal Festival Hall, Union Chapel and LSO St Luke’s. His screen credits include the hit comedy-drama Fleabag, the BBC’s Black Power: A British Story of Resistance, executive produced by Steve McQueen, Amazon’s recent four-part documentary The Curse of the Chippendales, ITV’s Vanity Fair and Channel 4’s BAFTA nominated Surviving Covid.
Tristan Seume is acclaimed as one of the UK’s leading acoustic guitarists, and has toured all over Europe both as a soloist and a sought-after accompanist. His two solo albums, You Just Know and Middle Child mix handcrafted originals with beautiful interpretations of traditional and contemporary tunes. He performs regularly with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning artist Jackie Oates, and has recorded and played with many other artists on the UK folk scene.
Vera Van Heeringen is an accomplished and highly acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. She was part of the brilliantly comedic New Rope String Band for five years and has toured with several Cajun and Old time greats such as Dirk Powell and Sheryl Cormier. In recent years Vera has been performing with her own trio and has just released her third album ‘Won’t be Broken’ which has been described by the press as her best yet. Vera has taught guitar for over 10 years and is known for her inclusive approach which aims to inspire in a laid back and enjoyable way.

8pm–9:30pm

£12

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/guitar-concert-van-herringen-seume-and-malkin/


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

Jacob & Drinkwater

+ support, Natalie Holmes

South-west based duo Jacob & Drinkwater have been called “stand out new folk” by BBC6 Music with their live show described as “intense and spellbinding” by Folk Radio UK. The duo formed in 2014 playing their first gig together at the iconic Glastonbury Festival.
The duo’s dynamic and emotionally charged live show with all its energy, musical chemistry and spontaneity has drawn comparisons with the virtuosic pairing of John Martyn and Danny Thompson. Jacob’s sweeping vocals never fail to captivate, delivering many a spine-tingling moment; the fluidity and precision of his finger-picking underpinned by Drinkwater’s nimbly rhythmic double bass; at times sweetly soaring, haunting, percussive and driving, the layers of depth a perfect counterfoil. The added complement of stirring vocal harmonies nicely rounds off the mix.


www.jacobanddrinkwater.com
www.facebook.com/jacobanddrinkwater
www.twitter.com/tobiasandlukas
www.instagram.com/jacobanddrinkwater

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

Door Price: £12.00 Advance: £10.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/jacob-drinkwater/


Fri 23rd Sep 2022

Wessex Acoustic at Blandford Corn Exchange DT11 7AG

Merry Hell

A concert featuring this year's top folk rock band MERRY HELL.
Two full sets of amazing songs from the hottest band at this year's festivals.
Make sure you don't miss Merry Hell.
There will be dance space for those who just can't resist.
Licenced bar applied for.

£20

8.00 pm (doors open 7.30)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 07590 411515

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 24th Sep 2022

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

Mad Dog Mcrea – A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event

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. In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea are, in every sense of the word, a live, band.
The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard!

Tickets: £21. No concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/mad-dog-mcrea-a-chance-to-dance-event/


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

Rosie Brown Band

Rosie Brown and her band are coming to Chapel Arts with their eagerly anticipated fourth studio album, ‘Detail From a Dream’ (2022), hot off the press.
Weaving folk, jazz and blues influences, with glimpses of Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake and vintage John Martyn, the band expresses a musical sensibility all of its own. Drawing on country, 60s surf and classical, this is beguiling and intricate music, filmic and funky, full of emotion. Songs with surfaces light and shimmering, evocative of landscape, love, loss, darkness and light.
This show will be the full four-piece Rosie Brown Band experience, featuring songs from their new album, ‘Detail From a Dream’ (2022), as well as choice favourites from their previous critically acclaimed albums: ‘By the Blue’ (2001); ‘Clocks and Clouds’ (2004); ‘Strange Recollection’ (2009).

Rosie Brown – vocals, guitar, keyboard
Bernd Rest – electric and acoustic guitar, vocals
Simon Russell – double and electric bass
Paul May – drums

www.rosiebrown.com

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

Door Price: £16.00 Advance: £14.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/rosie-brown-band/


Sun 25th Sep 2022

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

Acoustic Night

Petherton Arts Trust is encouraging more local performers of all genres to come to The David Hall and perform on a professional stage.
All types of performance welcome – The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance…. Everyone has the opportunity to deliver for 10 – 15 minutes with full PA and lighting.
If you would like to attend Acoustic Night as a performer or audience member please e-mail Chris Watts at folk AT chriswatts.org or call 07715501157. Payment is on the door.

7:30 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/home-page/


Mon 26th Sep 2022 to Fri 30th Sep 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Violin Making

The Violin making workshops are extremely popular at Halsway Manor, with many of the participants 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. The group size is necessarily small to ensure that each tutor can give participants plenty of patient and knowledgeable support.

Start 2pm Mon; depart after lunch on Fri.

Who’s it For?
This course is for all levels of ability and beginners are very welcome. As well as the violin family, support can also be given for making a rebec (an ancient ancestor of the violin). The class size is limited so that participants have plenty of support from the two tutors. Before enrolling please contact Neville Gardner – Neville AT nevillejgardner.co.uk – to discuss the suitability of the course for your needs.

The Team
Neville Gardner was a University Lecturer and has been teaching violin making for over twenty years.

Corrie Schrijver graduated from the Welsh School of Violin Making, with Merit in 1980. Since then she has worked at various workshops, making and restoring for professional players.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/violin-making-10/


Fri 30th Sep 2022 to Sun 2nd Oct 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Autumn Fiddle Weekend

North Devon duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll share a love of traditional English fiddle music and also compose their own tunes. We are delighted to be welcoming Dave Shepherd, an extraordinarily talented musician and teacher, to join them as our guest tutor for 2022.
Workshops include technique, expression and repertoire (using our extensive folk library) and there will be plenty of time to play together and receive some individual help. This is an intensive weekend of workshops for fiddle players of all ages who can play folk dance tunes up to tempo either from the music provided, or by ear. Some music will be supplied in advance. Other tunes will be chosen at the event in response to participants’ requests – a Saturday afternoon ‘Open Space’ session offers a chance for workshops on areas requested by course participants, and for individual tuition.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/autumn-fiddle-weekend/


Sat 1st Oct 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Fiddle Concert

Join us for an evening of fiddle music. North Devon duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll share a love of traditional English fiddle music and also compose their own tunes. We are also delighted to be welcoming Dave Shepherd, an extraordinarily talented musician playing fiddle in his own take on the English and European traditions.

The musical partnership of Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll has its roots in the traditional music of South West England but explores a contemporary sound that draws on inspiration from across the globe. Their latest album Cold Light bridges the gap between past and present with a mixture of traditional dance tunes, new compositions and self-penned songs. Nick & Becki are expert workshop leaders as well as performers and have a number of projects on offer alongside their duo repertoire.
https://englishfiddle.com/

David Shepherd

Grew up with traditional music and dance in his native Yorkshire where his father was a dancer with the Grenoside Traditional Sword Dance Team (Dave plays the fiddle that once belonged to Walter Fleetwood, Grenoside’s musician for five decades). He took up the fiddle when he was 12 after his family moved to London and played for morris and country dancing. Later Dave discovered the various European fiddle traditions which led him to see English music and dance in a different light. He is best known as the fiddler in Blowzabella and over the years has developed a distinctive style. Several of Dave’s compositions have become standards both here and in Europe.

As well as playing in Blowzabella he has played in a duo with Becky Price, currently plays with Belgian accordion player Simon Gielen, and more recently has begun researching the English dance tradition and formed a duo with diatonic accordionist Anna Pack to present dance workshops and play for dancing.

Dave is currently is researching English traditional dance and music and the results of this show a very different dance and music culture to what is generally perceived to be the case in the present day folk revival. He is now presenting a series of workshops in various parts of the country in which he shares the results of his research, particularly in English fiddle music and dance.

8pm–10pm

£12 adult
£6 students in full time education

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/gig-fiddle-concert/


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

The Trials of Cato

Formed in Beirut, the band returned to the UK in 2016 and set to performing tirelessly up and down the country, leading to BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe hailing them as “one of the real discoveries on the Folk circuit in recent times.” Their debut album, Hide and Hair, gained attention in national publications, receives repeated national airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music, and won Best Album at the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Following a year of wall-to-wall touring across the UK, Europe, and North America in 2019, the band’s march was halted by the live silence of the global pandemic. Now, they emerge from their chrysalis transformed. As ever, ‘The Trials Continue’ – but this time the multi- talented instrumentalist and singer Polly Bolton joins their ranks.

Plus Support from Craig and Alex Priddice

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions

8.00 - 11.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/the-trials-of-cato/


Mon 3rd Oct 2022 to Fri 7th Oct 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Autumn American Contra Dance Week

Our American Contra Dance weeks are tremendously popular and often sell well out in advance so we really do encourage early booking! Hosted by Meg Winters our Autumn dance week is led by a great all-American team of caller Sue Rosen and musicians Bruce Rosen (piano, guitar) & George Wilson (fiddle). Dance workshops take place each morning with fun optional outings and activities in the afternoons. There is usually a musicians’ workshop Wednesday tea-time, so bring instruments too. Dances every evening, all in the lovely setting of Halsway Manor!

Who’s it For
Dancers of all levels of experience; newcomers to Contra are welcome (though some related dance experience would be useful), with plenty to challenge more experienced dancers too!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/autumn-american-contra-dance-week-2/


Wed 5th Oct 2022

The Brewhouse, Coal Orchard, Taunton TA1 1JL

Lizzy Hardingham

Indomitable folk musician and ornate songstress, Lizzy Hardingham, is paving her way as a powerhouse performer with “beautifully delivered songs that sing straight to the heart”.
This paragon of vocal vigour and songwriting sorcery has supported the likes of Lady Maisery, Gilmore&Roberts and Bob Fox (to name a few) and is emerging gracefully into the world of headline shows. 2019 saw her storm the UK folk club and festival scene, including Cambridge Folk Festival, while in 2020 she captivated online audiences with “a voice that could fill a stadium and the sensitivity to bring a room to attentive silence”. During 2021 Lizzy worked closely with the English Folk Expo and Michael Hughes, focusing on “firmly nailing her place as one of the rising stars of the folk scene”.

7:45PM

Ticket Prices Standard from £12

https://www.thebrewhouse.net/?event=lizzy-hardingham


Fri 7th Oct 2022 to Sun 9th Oct 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Scottish Country Dance Weekend

This enjoyable partnership event is arranged by Weymouth Scottish Country Dancers. The weekend combines classes with social dancing, seeking to help participants to enhance their skills, knowledge and expertise in traditional Scottish country dance.

Who’s it For?
The weekend is open to all (non club members welcome), but it’s suggested that participants should have at least two years’ experience in Scottish country dancing.

The Team
This partnership event is organised by Weymouth Scottish Country Dancers. Di Rooney will lead the dance instruction this, with musician Ian Robertson.

Partnership Event
For more information and to book please contact Valerie Scriven:

Tel: 01305 265177
Email: valtom123 AT btinternet.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/weymouth-scottish-country-dancers/


Fri 7th Oct 2022

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

Dallahan

Dallahan is one of the most distinct forces in the international folk music scene. Forged in Scotland and Ireland’s traditional music community, but drawing on the traditional music styles of the Balkans and North America, they create an original and seamless musical montage, blending their contemporary influences from jazz, funk, and pop music. Dallahan take their listeners on a journey, traversing styles and countries of the world in a dazzling live show, creating their own unique brand of World-folk delivered with stunning virtuosity. The lineup consists of Jack Badcock on guitar and vocals, Ciaran Ryan on banjo, mandolin and fiddle, Andrew Waite on accordion and Benedict Morris on fiddle.

Tickets: £16 Full/£15 Concessions.
www.dallahanmusic.com

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/dallahan/


Baltonsborough Village Hall BA6 8PX

Nick Hart

One of the most acclaimed traditional singers of his generation, Nick Hart is touring his new album Nick Hart Sings Ten English Folk Songs to Somerset in Autumn 2022. His considered approach to accompaniment is informed by a deep respect for the nuances of traditional song and his captivating live performances are a testament to the importance he places on storytelling. A captivating performer: this is not one to be missed!

£11 ( £8 low income)

8pm

Contact Amanda Clow Wright/ Sarah Butler: 07540 855746 / 07773 050214

ticketsbaltonsboroughhall AT gmail.com

www.takeart.org ( from beginning of Sept)


Sat 8th Oct 2022

Bournemouth Folk Club BH4 8BE

Jacob & Drinkwater

+ Support: Good Habits)

South-west based duo Jacob & Drinkwater have been called “stand out new folk” by BBC6 Music with their live show described as “intense and spellbinding” by Folk Radio UK. The duo formed in 2014 playing their first gig together at the iconic Glastonbury Festival.
The duo’s dynamic and emotionally charged live show with all its energy, musical chemistry and spontaneity has drawn comparisons with the virtuosic pairing of John Martyn and Danny Thompson. Jacob’s sweeping vocals never fail to captivate, delivering many a spine-tingling moment; the fluidity and precision of his finger-picking underpinned by Drinkwater’s nimbly rhythmic double bass; at times sweetly soaring, haunting, percussive and driving, the layers of depth a perfect counterfoil. The added complement of stirring vocal harmonies nicely rounds off the mix.
Jacob & Drinkwater’s latest album ‘More Notes from the Field’, released October 2021, is an exploration of the theme of friendship and connection through song. Written and developed remotely between the duo’s lockdown homes in Bydgoszcz, Poland and Stroud, Gloucestershire, Tobias & Lukas made their most ambitious recording to date.
Singer-songwriter Tobias ben Jacob first received wider acclaim as part of The Roots Union with BBC Folk Award winners Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin (Edgelarks) including playing live for the BBC at Maida Vale Studios and recording in Nashville, Tennessee. He has toured extensively and had several releases including the 2017 album ‘A Polyphonic Life’ Tobias’ songs have been featured in the documentary film Beating The Bomb and in the feature film Tomorrow.
Lukas Drinkwater is rightly referred to as “one of busiest musicians in the UK.” In demand as a producer, performer and session player in the worlds of folk and jazz he has featured on many acclaimed albums. Recently he’s been touring with ‘AMA UK Artist of the Year’ Emily Barker, Albert Jones, Ange Hardy, and the Peoples String Foundation. He has also worked with Seth Lakeman, 3 Daft Monkeys, Jim Causley, Lack of Afro, Lucy Ward, Tankus The Henge, Sam Kelly, The Little Unsaid and many more.

£14.00

Doors 7.30 Music 8pm

Contact Leonardo MacKenzie: 07780 847867

info AT bournemouthfolkclub.com

https://bournemouthfolkclub.com/


Bournemouth Folk Club at St Ambrose Church, Westbourne BH4 8BE

Jacob & Drinkwater

+ support from Good Habits

South-west based duo Jacob & Drinkwater have been called “stand out new folk” by BBC6 Music with their live show described as “intense and spellbinding” by Folk Radio UK. The duo formed in 2014 playing their first gig together at the iconic Glastonbury Festival.
The duo’s dynamic and emotionally charged live show with all its energy, musical chemistry and spontaneity has drawn comparisons with the virtuosic pairing of John Martyn and Danny Thompson. Jacob's sweeping vocals never fail to captivate, delivering many a spine-tingling moment; the fluidity and precision of his finger-picking underpinned by Drinkwater's nimbly rhythmic double bass; at times sweetly soaring, haunting, percussive and driving, the layers of depth a perfect counterfoil. The added complement of stirring vocal harmonies nicely rounds off the mix.

Good Habits
Described as “engagingly clear across a rich variety of styles” (Songlines), Good Habits are a UK alt-folk duo, telling stories and turning heads across the globe. Composed of singer-cellist Bonnie Schwarz and accordionist Pete Shaw, the duo create folk-ish musical tales, with captivating lyrics married with their unique brand of brisk instrumental virtuosity.

https://bournemouthfolkclub.com


Sun 9th Oct 2022

Strode Theatre, Church Road, Street BA16 0AB

FINN Collinson BAND

The Finn Collinson Band seamlessly blend old and new music, creating refreshingly innovative contemporary folk. With music from 2019's critically-acclaimed album Call To Mind, alongside brand new material, their dynamic live show demonstrates energy and chemistry.

7.30 pm

£12-50

https://www.strodetheatre.org.uk/whats-on/view/finn-collinson-band/?dm_i=1XRC,7YA7T,88S5A5,WI1YI,1


Sat 15th Oct 2022

St Mark's Church Hall, Hinton Wood Avenue, Highcliffe BH23 5AA

East Dorset Folk Dance Club

3.00pm - 5.45 pm.

£5 per person.

Bring and share tea. No partner necessary.

For more information: Jan Harris 01202 427523. janharris16 AT hotmail.co.uk.


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

Chris While and Julie Matthews

With more than 25 years of unrivaled musical partnership and gathering numerous nominations, awards and critical acclaim along the way, much beloved British singer-songwriters Chris While and Julie Matthews celebrated a quarter of a century last year as one of the best loved and most prolific female duos to come out of this country. They should have been touring in May 2020 with the fantastic Daphne’s Flight and as the duo in October 2020.
​They have played more than 2,600 gigs, appeared on over 100 albums, written hundreds of original songs and reached millions of people around the world. Now, 27 years after their debut, they sound as fresh and vital as ever on their most recent and 11th studio album, Revolution Calls.

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/chris-while-and-julie-matthews/


Tolpuddle Village Hall DT2 7ES

"Wild Willy Barrett's Roaring Touring"

The return of the "Godfather of Grunge Folk" Wild Willy Barrett with his wife Mary Holland and vocalist Jane Williams combining to bring you original tunes and innovative arrangements beautifully performed. Their collective musicality combined with Willy's innate sense of humour make this a gig not to be missed.....

£13.00

7.30 p.m.

Contact simon sturt: 07767 344303

s.sturt AT live.co.uk

wegottickets.com/event/540682


Tue 18th Oct 2022

Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome BA11 1BE

Steeleye Span

The early 1970s would prove to be the start of a vintage period for music and the beginning of an era that would change the world. For Steeleye Span – as the previous decade had drawn to a close - it would see them established as a major creative force. By the end of 1971 they had not only released their classic debut Hark The Village Wait but three follow ups – Please To See The King and Ten Man Mop Finishing with Below the Salt, which they will be playing in their entirety in the first set.- launching one of the most enduring stories in the folk world and beyond. Pioneers of folk-rock, Steeleye Span changed the face of folk music forever, taking it out of small clubs and into the world of gold discs and international tours. Five decades on and the band, led as ever by the iconic vocals of Maddy Prior and a line-up featuring some of the most skilled musicians on the UK music scene, celebrate fifty years of these famous albums, playing key tracks from all three as well as favourites and gems from their long and glittering career.

£31.00/£34.50

7.30 pm

Contact Cheese & Grain: 01373 455420

https://www.cheeseandgrain.com/events/steeleye-span/


Thu 20th Oct 2022

White Hart, Bishops Caundle DT9 5ND

Daoiri Farrell

Last year Daoiri wowed an enthusiastic audience, and he's returning with his world-acclaimed interpretations of Irish traditional songs and music. A two times BBC Folk singer of the year, his expertise on bouzouki and mandolin complements some of the finest singing you'll ever hear. Sold out last year and will undoubtedly do so again, so advance booking is essential.

£15.00

8.00pm

Contact John Waltham: 01963 362890

jhnwaltham AT yahoo.co.uk

daoiri.com


Fri 21st Oct 2022 to Sun 23rd Oct 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Tales in Trust: Harvesting the Stories

Join England’s first storyteller Laureate, Taffy Thomas MBE and a hand-picked team of guests for a weekend of workshops, performances and presentations to stir the heart and feed the soul.

Storytellers are often guided by the seasons in the tales they choose to tell. To celebrate the Autumn season when our weekend takes place, the Tales in Trust team present a programme of tales, tunes & crafts that celebrate ‘Harvest’. Passing on this wealth of folklore to storytellers and listeners alike, we hope to ensure ‘all is safely gathered in’ for future generations.

This year alongside host Taffy will be guests Dave Tonge (the Norwich Yarnsmith), award-winning musician, singer & dancer Mossy Christian, and our story round MC Richard York (musician & storyteller).

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/tales-in-trust-2022/


Sat 22nd Oct 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

The Storyteller’s Supper

Join us for our annual ceilidh and story rounds with a delicious home cooked evening meal followed by tales and tunes to warm your heart. To celebrate the Autumn season the Tales in Trust team present a programme that celebrates ‘Harvest’. Passing on this wealth of folklore to storytellers and listeners alike, we hope to ensure ‘all is safely gathered in’ for future generations.

This year alongside host Taffy will be guests Dave Tonge (the Norwich Yarnsmith), award-winning musician, singer & dancer Mossy Christian, and our story round MC Richard York (musician & storyteller).

Taffy Thomas MBE, England’s first storyteller laureate Taffy is the patron of The Society for Storytelling. Taffy received The English Folk Dance and Song Society Gold Badge award in December 2010. With Taffy’s head bursting with stories, riddles and folklore, professional storyteller Giles Abbot once commented, “when Taffy goes it will be like a library burning down.”

Mossy Christian: Award winning professional musician, singer, and dancer, Mossy Christian specialises in the musical traditions of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. Drawing on a rich and diverse repertoire of traditional dance tunes and folk songs, charting the lives of everyday people, in their work and recreation, from the 1700s to the present day. Delighting audiences across the UK, with performances at festivals and folk clubs from Whitby to Sidmouth, Morpeth to Nottingham, his shows are a treat not to be missed. As a respected researcher, Mossy has presented and published multiple papers, on subjects including: ‘The Midwinter Traditions of Lincolnshire’, ‘The Musical Pennock Family of Goathland’, and the folk-song collectors Frank & Ethel Kidson.

Dave Tonge – the Yarnsmith of Norwich – is an author, historian and professional storyteller from Norfolk. Dave has been telling tales for over 20 years, traveling the land and spinning yarns at museums, heritage sites, festivals, fayres and schools all over the UK, including Halsway! His books ‘Tudor Folk Tales’, ‘Norfolk Folk Tales for Children’ and ‘Medieval Folk Tales for Children’ are available from The History Press.

6pm–10pm, 2022

£20 includes a delicious home cooked meal.

Please advise us at the time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/gig-the-storytellers-supper/


Sun 23rd Oct 2022 to Fri 28th Oct 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

National Youth Folk Ensemble

Partnership Event
To find out more, visit www.efdss.org/youthfolk

The National Youth Folk Ensemble celebrates excellence in youth folk music, bringing together talented 14-18 year old instrumentalists from across England to create and perform inspiring new arrangements of folk music. Sam Partridge, Artistic Director will be joined by a team of leading folk musician-tutors.

The National Youth Folk Ensemble is an English Folk Dance and Song Society programme funded by Arts Council England. To find out more, visit www.efdss.org/youthfolk

Who’s it For?
To start your application for the 2022/23 Ensemble you need to sign-up to attend one of the NYFE Sampler Days which take place at locations across the UK. To find out more, visit www.efdss.org/youthfolk

EFDSS are looking for confident instrumentalists aged 14-18 who are dedicated to developing as folk musicians and excited about collaborating with others who share their passion!

The Team
Sam Partridge is an outstanding multi-instrumentalist and composer most often seen performing on timber flute, whistle and English concertina. Growing up in the High Peak, he galvanised his musical ability through studying classical bassoon at Junior RNCM. After falling in love with folk music through local weekly sessions in Glossop, he chose to study on the Folk and Traditional Music Degree at Newcastle University. While in Newcastle Sam immersed himself in the strong woodwind traditions of Irish, Scottish and Breton traditional music. He spent time at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and subsequently embraced traditional English music through a Masters degree at Newcastle University.

Sam is a member of Pons Aelius, The Rachel Hamer Band, Jordan Aikin and Bad Phantom, and has recently formed an exciting duo with fiddle player and clog dancer Grace Smith. With broad musical interests, including jazz and composition, he is a highly skilled and committed educator who has experience teaching on the Folkworks programme at Sage Gateshead and at Folkworks Summer Schools; tutoring at Newcastle University; working as a music teacher in a secondary school; and leading other youth and adult folk music learning projects across the north of England. In 2017 he was involved in a teaching and performance project at Xiamen University in China, and he has taught at a number of National Youth Folk Ensemble residential courses.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/national-youth-folk-ensemble-4/


Fri 28th Oct 2022 to Sun 30th Oct 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Give Voice

It’s all about folk song, and it’s all in good company! Whether you want a damn good sing in the bar, to hear and share new songs, to improve your voice or to create songs of your own, this is the weekend for you.

Bob & Gill Berry host this all singing weekend, with guest leaders Marianne McAleer and JIB (Jim Mageean with Ingrid and Barry Temple).

Singers of all ages (teenagers to pensioners) and abilities are welcome to join the fun, in the comfortable and relaxed surroundings of Halsway Manor. ‘Singin’ in the Bar’ (with everyone having a chance to lead chorus songs or share their favourites – if they want to) when the bar is open, and opportunities to explore songs and individual singing in between, learn how to look after your voice and performance, or have a ramble around the glorious countryside – it’s up to you! You’re welcome to bring accompanying instruments if you wish. The extensive folk library will also be open throughout the weekend should you wish to delve into the collection.

There’s also the option of staying on for the Sunday night: 5pm Leaders’ Concert, followed by supper and a Survivors’ Song Session!

Who’s it For?
This is a friendly weekend is for singers of all ages and abilities to enjoy and explore traditional song in a convivial and supportive atmosphere, with opportunities to learn how to look after and improve your voice and performance.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/give-voice-7/


Sun 30th Oct 2022

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshop

Workshops are led by Julia Catovsky, who will teach tunes and harmonies by ear. The workshops are suitable for all levels and all acoustic instruments. Notation and audio supplied. Everyone is welcome!

1:30 - 4:30 pm

Admission: £10 on the door. Cheaper in advance via the website

info AT sherbornefolkband.org

Julia: 07527 508 277

www.sherbornefolkband.org


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Give Voice Leaders Concert

An informal performance by the leaders of the Give Voice weekend. This year Bob & Gill Berry host this all singing weekend, with guest leaders Marianne McAleer and JIB (Jim Mageean with Ingrid and Barry Temple).
There’s also the option to stay on for a Sunday evening Survivors’ Session, supper and B&B if you so wish!

Bob & Gill Berry are a duo that sing and play traditional and contemporary folk music and songs from the English tradition. They are particularly interested in their adopted county of Wiltshire and the surrounding counties for their music sources.
JIB is a trio recently formed by Jim Mageean with Ingrid and Barry Temple. Jim Mageean has made his name over many years as an authority on sea songs and songs from the North-East. Also from Newcastle upon Tyne, Barrie and Ingrid sing mostly unaccompanied, though Barrie adds concertina or guitar accompaniment to some of their songs, which are mainly traditional with both serious and humorous content. Barrie’s own songs, which are written in the traditional style, have added further to their reputation in the folk world. With a charming stage manner and their well-matched voices, this relatively new trio is a combination not to be missed.
Marianne McAleer. Marianne was born into the vibrant London-Irish community of Kilburn, where she learned her earliest songs from her Cavan father, Jim McPhillips. Although she sings in a number of styles, Marianne is best known for traditional Irish songs – learned during her frequent trips back to Ireland, where she is a familiar singer at festivals around the country. Marianne is a multi-award winner at both the All Britain and All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil. She is the current champion on this side of the water, in both Lilting and Singing in Irish, and is likely to lilt if the need for a dance arises before the fiddler has reached the crossroads!

5pm–6:30pm (Note unusual time)

£6 or £5 concession for those in full time education book online

Optional addition: Stay on for Sunday supper, session in the bar and B&B on the Sunday Night £45 please call or email to book.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/gig-give-voice-leaders-concert/


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

Acoustic Night

Petherton Arts Trust is encouraging more local performers of all genres to come to The David Hall and perform on a professional stage.
All types of performance welcome – The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance…. Everyone has the opportunity to deliver for 10 – 15 minutes with full PA and lighting.
If you would like to attend Acoustic Night as a performer or audience member please e-mail Chris Watts at folk AT chriswatts.org or call 07715501157. Payment is on the door.

7:30 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/home-page/


Mon 31st Oct 2022 to Fri 4th Nov 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

The Maniac

(and other 18th century tunes)
Do you ever buy a tune book hoping to add your repertoire with some lesser known but excellent tunes only to experience disappointment? This was certainly Paul Hutchinson’s experience until three very rare books came into his possession, packed with musical gems…

The discovery has led to a new tunebook and CD, plus this extended workshop opportunity to share Paul’s discovery and delve into the 60 tunes contained in these books: ‘12 Fashionable Country Dances for the Year 1800’, ‘24 Country Dances for the Year 1796’ and ‘Cahusac’s Annual Collection of 24 Favourite Country Dances for the Year 1800’. Paul will share a variety of great tunes – of which ‘The Maniac’ is a re-current favourite.

If you would like to learn some new material for country dances this week long course will be a lovely opportunity to do so. If you’ve been to one of Paul’s earlier ‘Maniac’ Weeks be assured you’ll be looking at different material this time!

Who’s it For?
This course is for players of all instruments and will be aimed at intermediate level and above so you will need to be able to read music.

The Tutor
Paul Hutchinson studied piano and church organ before being persuaded at the age of 17 to take up the accordion and form a ceilidh band. Since then he’s become one of the best-known and in demand players on the folk scene – in the UK and beyond – as one half of duo Belshazzar’s Feast, with trio Hoover the Dog, Pagoda Project (with Karen Wimhurst), and PLF. Paul is a regular tutor and musician at Halsway Manor, and the accordion tutor for EFDSS at Cecil Sharp House.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/the-maniac-2022/


Fri 4th Nov 2022 to Sun 6th Nov 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Narthen – Carolling and Beyond

Following on from their joyous – and packed – vocal weekends in 2018, 2019 and 2021, we’re delighted to welcome Narthen back to Halsway for a fourth sensational weekend of polyphonic unaccompanied singing in four part harmony, with a tutor to lead each section of the choir.
Following the sad and sudden loss of Barry Coope last year, it’s a new era for Narthen. Continuing with sisters Jo Freya & Fi Fraser at it’s heart from 2022 they are joined by Sarah Matthews and Doug Eunson to complete the foursome.
The weekend will explore some of those beautiful Yorkshire and Derbyshire carols and other festive fair, for which Narthen are so well known. Whilst this will set you up with some fantastic singing material for the festive season it won’t all be about Christmas; there will be other songs too!
Whether you like to sing bass, alto, tenor or soprano or move around between those you’re welcome. You don’t need to read music but music will be provided. The sound of massed voices together is, dare we say it, ‘heavenly.’

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/narthen-carolling-and-beyond-3/


Fri 4th Nov 2022

Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY

Seth Lakeman

Westcountry folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman released stunning new studio album Make Your Mark in November 2021.
Written during his enforced 18 months off the road, the album features 14 powerful, brand-new songs including the first single Higher We Aspire which was playlisted at BBC Radio 2.
Inspiration for the songs on his 11th studio album came from a range of subjects – from the environment to love, death and self-belief.
Recorded at Middle Farm Studios in Devon and produced by Seth himself, the album was released on his own label, Honour Oak Records.
Seth Lakeman was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2005 for ‘Kitty Jay’. It catapulted Lakeman into the forefront of the new British folk movement and his follow up was the gold-selling ‘Freedom Fields’ which was released twice in 2006. Produced by his brother Sean Lakeman it came out on iScream and was then re-released by Relentless (EMI) where it went on to become Seth’s first of 6 UK Top 40 albums.
To celebrate the 15th anniversary in 2021 Seth played a worldwide online concert stream with his band playing the album which includes ‘Lady of the Sea’, ‘King and Country’ and ‘White Hare’, released a Deluxe Edition of the album on CD & Vinyl with bonus tracks and unreleased demos and toured in November playing the album in its entirety.

www.sethlakeman.co.uk

8.00 pm

£26 adv & on door

https://www.electricpalace.org.uk/events/event/seth-lakeman-support/


Sat 5th Nov 2022

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

Calan

Calan are a multi-award-winning Welsh Folk band comprising of five virtuoso musicians who formed after they met at a Folk music course in Sweden. They won international acclaim at the world-renowned Inter-Celtic Festival in Lorient, France, where they would eventually become the first Welsh ensemble to win the coveted International Band Trophy. In April 2019, they were voted Best Band at the inaugural Wales Folk Awards.

Calan are: Bethan Rhiannon (accordion, vocals, clog dancing); Patrick Rimes (fiddle, Welsh bagpipes); Angharad Jenkins (fiddle); Sam Humphreys (guitar); and Shelley Musker-Turner (harp).

Tickets: £18 / £17 concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/calan/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Narthen

Following the sad and sudden loss of Barry Coope last year, it’s a new era for Narthen. Continuing with sisters Jo Freya & Fi Fraser at it’s heart, expect exciting news shortly about the new 4-piece line-up.
Narthen are Jo Freya of Blowzabella/Moirai, and Fi Fraser of The Old Fashioned/ Polka Works. Full line-up to be announced shortly.

8pm–10pm
£12

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/gig-narthen/


Sun 6th Nov 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Sunday Folk Club

Donations on the night are welcome.
Join host Roger Phipps and friends at our informal Music and Song session. We usually meet on the first Sunday of each month at 8pm.
Open to all singers and musicians – or you are welcome to just come and have a drink and listen. We have a folk theme, but really all types of acoustic music, song and poetry are welcome. We generally combine some playing together with some individual spots. We don’t frown on you having your words or music in front of you and we encourage beginners.

There’s no admission fee; we generally ‘pass the hat’ for donation to Halsway.

Just come along, or give Roger a call on 01278 671685 if you’d like to know more.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-sunday-folk-club-4/


Mon 7th Nov 2022 to Fri 11th Nov 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

“Mostly English” Dance Week

Social dance week for more experienced dancers; enjoy dancing in a happy, friendly atmosphere working together as a team to get the greatest possible satisfaction from your dancing.

Who’s it For?
The event is designed for dancers of an intermediate and experienced level.
The Team
Rosemary Hunt leads the course; she regularly calls at events in UK, Europe and USA.

Partnership Event
Contact Rosemary & Steve Hunt:

01202 814858
steve.hunt1 AT uwclub.net.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/mostly-english-dance-week-3/


Fri 11th Nov 2022 to Mon 14th Nov 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Dance, Music and Strawcraft

A long weekend for dancers & musicians to enjoy together, with the added element of straw craft for those who are interested!

Dancers – with Vicky Baker – will explore how callers, dancers and band interact to produce an enjoyable dance, with opportunities to try calling a dance and working with musicians.

Musicians – with Lin Heatherington – will focus on playing dance tunes as a band, and performing tunes in an interesting and danceable fashion! We’ll look at ways to bring out the characteristics of different tunes and phrasing them to suit dance movements.

There will be music and dance workshops in the morning with afternoons free to practice or explore the local area or participate in Strawcraft workshops.

We’ll work in small groups in a supportive atmosphere and approachable leaders. The groups work together to put on a Playford Ball on Saturday (costume welcome) and a Ceilidh on Sunday. Music, both Playford style and Contra, is available in advance.

Straw Craft is newly listed on the Heritage Craft Association’s list of endangered crafts, so we’re especially delighted that Dorothy Seedhouse once again will be here for the weekend. if you wish to focus on strawcraft you may book to join Dorothy’s afternoon workshops and have your mornings free. Musicians and dancers are welcome to drop into classes during their afternoons.

The weekend also incudes the AGM of the Halsway Manor Society (Saturday, 2pm), which is open to members.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/folk-dance-music-and-strawcraft/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Violin Making

The Violin making workshops are extremely popular at Halsway Manor, with many of the participants 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.

Arrive from 4pm Friday; depart after lunch on Monday.

Who’s it For?
This course is for all levels of ability and beginners are very welcome. As well as the violin family, support can also be given for making a Rebec (an ancient ancestor of the violin). The class size is limited so that participants have plenty of support from the two tutors. Before enrolling please contact Neville Gardner – Neville AT nevillejgardner.co.uk – to discuss the suitability of the course for your needs.

The Team
Neville Gardner was a University Lecturer and has been teaching violin making for twenty years.

Corrie Schrijver graduated from the Welsh School of Violin Making, with Merit in 1980. Since then she has worked at various workshops, making and restoring for professional players.

£440 (inclusive of materials, tuition, tool loan, full board)

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/violin-making-11/


Fri 11th Nov 2022

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

Emily Portman & Rob Harbron

Emily & Rob are two of the finest and most distinctive performers on the British folk scene. With multiple accolades for their work in different collaborations, now they have formed an inspired new duo. Emily is best known for her work in traditional song band The Furrow Collective. Rob is known for his work with Leveret, Jon Boden and many more.Together they explore the traditional music in which they are both steeped, whilst offering their own original contributions.
http://www.emilyportman.co.uk/emilyandrob

Tickets: £15

8pm

https://www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk/events/


Sat 12th Nov 2022

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

Lucy Farrell and Andrew Waite

Lucy and Andrew first met while performing with the award-winning ‘Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band’ (‘Best Band in Europe’, Songlines). At the end of those tours, they fostered their close bond throughout the coming years to not only remain close friends, but also to encourage each other’s musical passions.

Finding an international audience among artists such like the Unthanks and the Weather Station, 2017 ‘BBC Radio 2 Folk Award’ winner Lucy Farrell is not only awarded as a renowned composer and singer, but also as a viola, fiddle and tenor guitar player.

‘BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year’ finalist and ‘Up and Coming Act of the Year’ (Na Trads) nominee Andrew Waite is well established as one of the UK’s most accomplished accordion players.

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/lucy-farrell-and-andrew-waite/


Bournemouth Folk Club BH14 8BE

Gilmore & Roberts

Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award- winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound.
Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in 2008.
Since then, the duo have toured Canada and mainland Europe, played some of the UK’s biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work. Gilmore & Roberts released their fifth studio album, A Problem Of Our Kind, in October 2018.
Katriona Gilmore grew up in Knebworth, Hertfordshire, learned violin at school and started playing local folk clubs with her guitarist father at the age of 14. Starting her professional career with folk pop sensations Tiny Tin Lady and singer songwriter Rosie Doonan, she was invited to be part of a new lineup of The Albion Band in 2011 and subsequently joined Albion frontman Blair Dunlop on his solo tours. In 2017 Katriona joined established folk-roots band The Willows. Katriona has featured on many acclaimed albums as a session musician and has appeared onstage with such diverse acts as The Troggs, Kim Richey and Matt Berry.
Jamie Roberts was brought up in Barnsley, South Yorkshire in a musical family – his sister Kathryn Roberts is a well-respected singer on the UK folk scene. Jamie joined young English traditionalists Kerfuffle in 2007, formed The Dovetail Trio with Rosie Hood and Matt Quinn in 2014, and joined the critically acclaimed Emily Askew Band in 2016. Alongside his regular projects, he has performed with Nancy Kerr’s Sweet Visitor Band and Blackbeard’s Tea Party amongst others.

£15.00

Doors 7.30 Music 8pm

Contact Leonardo MacKenzie: 07780 847867

info AT bournemouthfolkclub.com

https://bournemouthfolkclub.com/


Bournemouth Folk Club at St Ambrose Church, Westbourne BH4 8BE

Gilmore & Roberts

Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award- winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in 2008.
Katriona Gilmore grew up in Knebworth, Hertfordshire, learned violin at school and started playing local folk clubs with her guitarist father at the age of 14. Starting her professional career with folk pop sensations Tiny Tin Lady and singer songwriter Rosie Doonan, she was invited to be part of a new lineup of The Albion Band in 2011 and subsequently joined Albion frontman Blair Dunlop on his solo tours. In 2017 Katriona joined established folk-roots band The Willows. Katriona has featured on many acclaimed albums as a session musician and has appeared onstage with such diverse acts as The Troggs, Kim Richey and Matt Berry.
Jamie Roberts was brought up in Barnsley, South Yorkshire in a musical family – his sister Kathryn Roberts is a well-respected singer on the UK folk scene. Jamie joined young English traditionalists Kerfuffle in 2007, formed The Dovetail Trio with Rosie Hood and Matt Quinn in 2014, and joined the critically acclaimed Emily Askew Band in 2016. Alongside his regular projects, he has performed with Nancy Kerr’s Sweet Visitor Band and Blackbeard’s Tea Party amongst others.

https://bournemouthfolkclub.com


Mon 14th Nov 2022 to Fri 18th Nov 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Recorders for All

With a professional conductor and aimed at a more advanced level of playing, being able to play a bass recorder of some description is essential. All participants are expected to frequently change instruments through the course to give everyone the opportunity to play a variety of recorders. This course will focus on cannons and fugues.

Who’s it For?
Because of the challenging nature of the repertoire, all course participants should have a very good sense of rhythm and be experienced ensemble players. Ideally you should also play both F and C instruments, including tenor AND bass. Being able to play a bass recorder of some description is essential.

The Team
This partnership event is organised by Recorders for All, an entirely voluntary, not-for-profit organisation with Pam Smith as musical director and Jan Epps as secretary and administrator. For more information go to http://www.recordersforall.org.uk

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/recorders-for-all-3/


Tue 15th Nov 2022

Tolpuddle Village Hall DT2 7ES

Sam Lewis

All the way from Nashville, USA! Sam Lewis is a Country/Roots singer/songwriter that has collaborated with everyone from, Leon Russell to the Wood Brothers. He toured with Chris Stapleton, who dubbed him "a modern Townes Van Zant". He has a smooth soulful voice, and his music is a mix of genres that is both thoughtful and accessible, it has been described as "where good feel music meets vital social commentary". He has released four studio albums and earned a place on the rolling Stone's 10 new artists to watch following critical acclaim for his album, "Loversity" He has collaborated with critically acclaimed UK guitarist, Martin Harley and fellow American, Grammy nominated double Bassist, Daniel Kimbro, with whom he did a UK tour this Spring. We are so lucky to have such a highly talented act here in Tolpuddle as part of his Autumn Solo Tour.....

£15.00

7.30 p.m.

Finish time: 11.00 p.m.

Contact simon sturt: 07767 344303

s.sturt AT live.co.uk

wegottickets.com/event/540581


Fri 18th Nov 2022

The Forum, St James's Parade, Bath BA1 1UG

!!! SOLD OUT !!! Bellowhead

During lockdown in 2020 the 11 members of Bellowhead first re-connected online to remotely record ‘New York Girls - At Home’. That led to re-uniting in person for a one-off performance which was streamed to mark the anniversary of Hedonism. Thousands of fans watched the concert (one of the biggest online streams of 2020) confirming that Bellowhead are still one of the biggest and most in demand UK folk acts despite not performing for nearly 5 years.
The stream led to pleas from fans for more and now the stars have aligned and they are to reunite for a mammoth UK tour in November 2022 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their fourth album Broadside!

Support on all dates will come from Sam Sweeney with his band. Sam is a veteran of the mighty Bellowhead and former artistic director of the National Folk Youth Ensemble. He recently released his second solo album Unearth Repeat.

Box Office & Bars: 6:30pm / Doors: 7:00pm / Show: 7:30pm

Tickets: £25.00 / £32.50 / £39.50 (+ Booking Fees)

Please Note: Under 18's to be accompanied by an adult 18+

https://www.bathforum.co.uk/Publisher/Article.aspx?ID=624329


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

Talisk

Ground-breaking, chart-topping, genre-bending, instantly enthralling… it’s little wonder that Talisk rank highly amongst the most in-demand Folk-based groups to emerge from Scotland in the last decade.
Alongside extensive touring, and appearances at leading festivals across multiple continents, Talisk have stacked up major awards for their explosively energetic, artfully woven sound. Mohsen Amini, Graeme Armstrong and Benedict Morris fuse concertina, guitar and fiddle to produce an innovative, multi-layered signature that captivates audiences worldwide. At its core, three seemingly acoustic instruments – in the hands of three master craftsmen; one unmistakable, bold sound and captivating live show.

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions
www.talisk.co.uk

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/talisk/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

The 19th Zesty Contra Weekend!

We’re delighted to welcome back the team for the 19th Annual Zesty Contra House Party! Expect an exhilarating, popular and fun weekend designed to extend your dance horizons! Bring your instruments too if you fancy joining the band for a session or two.
Contra dancing is a development of the English country dances taken up by the French at the end of the 17th Century which were then exported back to England and subsequently travelled with the early settlers to America. The resurgence of interest in recent years has led to a more contemporary “zesty” contra style.

Dance callers Rhodri Davies and Mark Elvins are two of the very best contra dance callers in England. Their annual double-act of workshops and dances at the House Party gives them an extended opportunity to work with and to entertain dancers.
Wild Ride are the much-in-demand trio of Holly Norton (piano/fiddle), Robbie Thomas (guitar, mandolin, banjo) and Bob Tracey (fiddle). A hit on the festival circuit, Bob, Holly and Robbie share a wide range of musical influences and experiences and take an obvious delight in playing together. Combining the groove and drive of American contra music with infectious tunes from the American, Scottish and Irish traditions, to set your feet flying!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/the-19th-zesty-contra-weekend/


Sat 19th Nov 2022

St Mark's Church Hall, Hinton Wood Avenue, Highcliffe BH23 5AA

East Dorset Folk Dance Club

3.00pm - 5.45 pm.

£5 per person.

Bring and share tea. No partner necessary.

For more information: Jan Harris 01202 427523. janharris16 AT hotmail.co.uk.


Sun 20th Nov 2022

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshop

Workshops are led by Julia Catovsky, who will teach tunes and harmonies by ear. The workshops are suitable for all levels and all acoustic instruments. Notation and audio supplied. Everyone is welcome!

1:30 - 4:30 pm

Admission: £10 on the door. Cheaper in advance via the website

info AT sherbornefolkband.org

Julia: 07527 508 277

www.sherbornefolkband.org


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

Acoustic Night

Petherton Arts Trust is encouraging more local performers of all genres to come to The David Hall and perform on a professional stage.
All types of performance welcome – The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance…. Everyone has the opportunity to deliver for 10 – 15 minutes with full PA and lighting.
If you would like to attend Acoustic Night as a performer or audience member please e-mail Chris Watts at folk AT chriswatts.org or call 07715501157. Payment is on the door.

7:30 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/home-page/


Mon 21st Nov 2022 to Fri 25th Nov 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Melodeon Study Week: Benjamin Macke, Martin Coudroy

Please note tutor-change: We regret that Anne Niepold is no longer available for this course.

We are delighted to welcome two of Europe’s most exciting exponents of the diatonic button accordion to teach this extended course at Halsway Manor for advanced, and advanced-intermediate level players. Martin Coudroy (France) and Benjamin Macke (Belgium) are consummate performers and teachers, and this week offers a rare opportunity to study with them in the UK.
This will be an intensive week of skills-based learning focusing on your development as a musician, discovering new ways to interpret and play, and to make the music your own. We’ve deliberately chosen two musicians with a lot in common, but also with quite different backgrounds and repertoire so you’ll benefit from contrasting approaches in their playing and teaching. You need to be open to trying new things, and to be prepared to work hard – it will be intensive but also an enjoyable and rewarding week, with time to relax in the evenings and enjoy informal sessions.
The group – limited to approximately 20 students – will be split in two by the tutors at the start of the course; you’ll spend roughly the same amount of time with each tutor. This will be done according to ability level; if you are coming with friends this may mean you will be working in different groups, but there’s plenty of informal time to meet, chat and play with others.
Arrival is from noon on Monday, with lunch at 1pm, and we begin playing at 3pm!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/melodeon-workshop-benjamin-macke-martin-coudroy/


Thu 24th Nov 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Benjamin Macke & Martin Coudroy

A unique evening with two of the finest European players of the the diatonic button accordion (melodeon).
Benjamin Macke (Belgium, France) is a dynamic and talented musician, who currently performs as one third of bal-folk trio Shillelagh with Gabriel Lenoir (fiddle) and Aurélien Tanghe (guitar), and as one half of Duo Macke-Bornauw with Birgit Bornauw (Flemish bagpipe and baroque bagpipes). With a background in classical music and jazz, his music embraced traditional music and ‘bal-folk’ of Flanders and further afield, together with explorations of Baroque period classical music. He also works creating ‘cine concerts’ combining live music performance and 16mm film, from American comedies, cartoons from Eastern Europe, westerns, children’s stories… both as a solo performer and on an orchestral scale!
Teaching is an important part of his work. He taught accordion and ensemble playing at Cric-Crac Compagnie, the Muziekacademie of Gooik and Ghent. He also gives a lot of workshops all over Europe in accordion, ensemble playing, improvisation on silent films…
Benjamin Macke is also known for his work around the footbass, a funny accordion that is played with
the feet and produces very low sounds. He works on the revival of this obsolete instrument in close collaboration with his factor Jean-Marie Paque.

£12

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/gig-anne-niepold-and-benjamin-macke/


Sat 26th Nov 2022

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

Tom Moore and Archie Moss

Widely regarded as two of the best players and innovators in traditional Folk amongst a precociously gifted generation, Moore & Moss’ finely-crafted arrangements wield a rare potency. Now, having toured with some of the biggest and brightest acts in the British Folk scene, they reconvene to perform as duo.

Their second record (released 2020) is set to further unite the deep and resolute harmony of Moss’s accordion with the texture and flow of Moore’s viola; with droning, whirring, sparkling layers of electro-acoustic grit provoking a subtle complexity of palette.

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions

www.tommoorearchiemoss.com

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/tom-moore-and-archie-moss/


Mon 28th Nov 2022 to Fri 2nd Dec 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

The Medieval Folkie! with Archaedium

Following a fully-booked course in 2021, Archaedium are back to take you travelling through time…

With Mary Mohan and Jude Rees as your guides, you’ll be learning tunes from the Middle Ages. Discover some of the wonderful syncopated melodies among the hundreds of Cantigas da Santa Maria from Medieval Spain; compelling and often hypnotic dance tunes from across Europe; early English songs and more. We will look at ways of taking these often deceptively simple melodies and turning them into performances. Learning will be done both by ear and with notation, so whichever method works for you is fine.

Who’s It For?
This course is for all instrumentalists who want to dip their toes into the fascinating world of Medieval music. As tutors Mary and Jude between them play a wide number of modern and early instruments (cello, viol, medieval vielles, violin, viola, double bass, oboe, recorders, shawm, hurdy gurdy, crumhorn, curtal, bagpipes, clarinet, sax, flute, percussion) and of course they both sing. Whatever your musical background, you will have a warm welcome on our course.

“I loved the music, and the days were commendably full and inspiring. I was definitely at the lower end of the ability range, but still felt able to contribute and found plenty to enjoy. Thank you.”

The Team
Mary Mohan is a professional cellist and early strings expert, and is the founder of Archaedium, a group who specialise in early music, especially from the 13th to 15th centuries. Her training was in classical cello and conducting, but she always had a love of early music as well as British and European folk. Taking up the viol several years ago reignited that love and she travelled further and further back through the history of western music. In addition to session work, Mary is a member of Halsway “Frequent Fliers”, Piva Renaissance Collective, and with Archaedium is a regular at Medieval Music in the Dales.

Jude Rees is a professional oboist and woodwind specialist with extensive experience in folk and early music. As a freelance multi-instrumentalist and sought-after session musician, Jude has worked with some luminaries of the folk world and has guested on numerous albums and live tours. She currently plays for Halsway regulars, the renaissance consort Piva and with BBC Radio2 Folk Award nominated Pilgrims’ Way. Archaedium gives Jude the opportunity to scratch the itch that other genres can’t reach, by diving into repertoire which is in turns both familiar and strange, beguiling and disarming!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/the-medieval-folkie-with-archaedium-2/


Fri 2nd Dec 2022 to Sun 4th Dec 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Klezwest! Klezmer Orchestra Weekend

Delve into the wonderful world of klezmer with Susi Evans, Szilvia Csaranko, Indra Buraczewska and Johannes Paul Gräßer at the helm to inspire you to explore this celebratory, soulful and melodic music from nineteeth century Jewish Eastern Europe. They will be joined by guest tutors; we’ll be adding details very soon.
Learn some great tunes and gain knowledge of the modes, ornamentation, rhythms and accompaniment that give klezmer its unique flavour. Play in an orchestra led by four of Europe’s top klezmer specialists, join a small ensemble where you can develop your arrangement skills and learn tips and tricks on your instrument to play in a klezmer style. There will also be an informal tutors’ concert and plenty of opportunity for jamming in the bar!

Who’s it For?
This is a course for all* instrumentalists from all musical backgrounds. We welcome people who are new to klezmer, but you will need a good grasp of your instrument in order to participate. The course will be taught by ear as well as using the dots and there will be opportunities to develop both of these skills. We aim to set a pace that is right for everybody, and we will sometimes divide the group by instrument or level of experience.

*For diatonic instruments such as whistles and diatonic accordions the klezmer modes can present a bit of a challenge. Please contact us if you’re not sure.

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


Sat 3rd Dec 2022

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

Belshazzar’s Feast

Those attending Paul & Paul’s sell-out annual May and Christmas tours can look forward to a mix of seasonal songs and tunes, plus classical music, pop, music-hall and traditional folk. All topped off with audience participation and lashings of wry humour.

There is simply no way that two men in faded denim jeans should be this entertaining!’
(Downend Folk Club)

Paul Sartin (oboe, violin and vocals) and Paul Hutchinson (accordion) together entertain audiences across the UK, Australia and the USA with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes, songs and chat that sends audiences home with a smile;

www.belshazzarsfeast.com

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/belshazzars-feast/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Klezmer (Evans, Csaranko, Buraczewska, and Gräßer)

Join us for a night of Klezmer! The celebratory and soulful music of 19th Century Eastern Jewish Music.
With four fabulous musicians who are at Halsway Manor teaching musicians the modes, melodies, rhythms, and ornamentation that give Klezmer its unique flavour.
Susi, Szilvia, Indra and Johannes are all exceptional musicians who are passionate about the tradition of klezmer music. Susi and Szilvia perform internationally and are in demand as teachers at the major klezmer festivals such as Yiddish Summer Weimar, Klezfest London, Yiddish New York and KlezKanada.

8pm–10pm

£12
£6 student in full time education

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/gig-klezmer/


Sun 4th Dec 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Sunday Folk Club

Join host Roger Phipps and friends at our informal Music and Song session. We usually meet on the first Sunday of each month at 8pm.
Open to all singers and musicians – or you are welcome to just come and have a drink and listen. We have a folk theme, but really all types of acoustic music, song and poetry are welcome. We generally combine some playing together with some individual spots. We don’t frown on you having your words or music in front of you and we encourage beginners.
There’s no admission fee; we generally ‘pass the hat’ for donation to Halsway.
Just come along, or give Roger a call on 01278 671685 if you’d like to know more.

8pm–10:30pm

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-sunday-folk-club-5/


Wed 7th Dec 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Jez Lowe’s “That’s Snow Joke”

Jez Lowe’s annual Christmas tour has become quite a tradition in recent years, striking out from his native North East England to entertain audiences across the whole of the UK. Award winning songwriter Jez Lowe will be joined by his intrepid touring band so expect a musical feast of guitar, cittern, fretless bass, fiddle, melodeon, piano, whistles and their trademark harmony vocals!
And this year, the band once again invites special guest Benny Graham- actor and balladeer- to share the music, merriment and mirth of Christmas in the North-East.
Part folk concert, part music-hall revue. Sing along, laugh along, and drive the cold winter away.

8pm–10pm

£15

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/jez-lowes-thats-snow-joke/


Fri 9th Dec 2022 to Sun 11th Dec 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

J25: Banding Together Christmas House Party

Banding Together summer weekends provide advanced and fluent English concertina players with the opportunity to join with others of similar proficiency to play as a big concertina band. The music is varied and challenging but help with preparation is provided. The result is an electrifying big band sound!
This winter weekend is altogether a more relaxed affair. It is a Christmas House Party for concertina bandits (ie English system players addicted to concertina band) with repertoire focusing on seasonal music. Festive fun and games will form an integral part of the weekend.
Unlike the summer weekend, the music will not be outrageously complicated but attention to detail, our hallmark, will not be compromised. Participants will still be expected to come well prepared and “band ready”, having spent time working on the music. Dots and resource materials are all emailed in advance.
Bandits finding the summer weekend too advanced might find this a more comfortable level.
Who’s it For?
Players must be fluent and confident on their instrument and read notation accurately. Preparation is essential. Music, together with audio files and practice guidance, is provided in advance. It is open to any English system concertina player who meets these criteria.

The Team
Banding Together weekends are organised by Junction 25 Concertina Band.
Music for Banding Together is sourced, arranged and led by J25 director Claire Wren.

Partnership Event
For details and booking of this partnership event please contact:

Claire Wren: bandingtogetherwithj25 AT gmail.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/j25-banding-together-christmas-house-party/


Fri 9th Dec 2022

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

St Agnes Fountain

St Agnes Fountain – Chris Leslie, Chris While, Julie Matthews

Christmas, as they say, starts with St. Agnes Fountain. Carols with a curve.
Since their first get together, to record the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album in 2001, the quartet; David Hughes, Fairport Convention’s Chris Leslie and multi award winning duo Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season.
In 2020, David decided to leave the band to concentrate on solo pursuits and whilst his presence will be missed, Chris, Chris and Julie will be keeping the Christmas Aggie spirit alive and touring as a trio celebrating 21 years together with a tour of the new material and reworking those old Aggie classics.
=‘The Aggie’s’ latest album, Night Of A Million Stars was released in time for the December 2021 tour with 9 brand new songs from the band.
Although the albums accompany the putting up of a thousand Christmas trees throughout Britain and around the globe as their reputation reaches further afield, it is, without question, their magical live performances that have endeared them to an ever-growing audience (tickets were again being sold for this year’s tour as the curtain fell last year).

www.stagnesfountain.net

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/st-agnes-fountain-friday/


Sat 10th Dec 2022

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

St Agnes Fountain

St Agnes Fountain – Chris Leslie, Chris While, Julie Matthews

Christmas, as they say, starts with St. Agnes Fountain. Carols with a curve.
Since their first get together, to record the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album in 2001, the quartet; David Hughes, Fairport Convention’s Chris Leslie and multi award winning duo Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season.
In 2020, David decided to leave the band to concentrate on solo pursuits and whilst his presence will be missed, Chris, Chris and Julie will be keeping the Christmas Aggie spirit alive and touring as a trio celebrating 21 years together with a tour of the new material and reworking those old Aggie classics.
‘The Aggie’s’ latest album, Night Of A Million Stars was released in time for the December 2021 tour with 9 brand new songs from the band.
Although the albums accompany the putting up of a thousand Christmas trees throughout Britain and around the globe as their reputation reaches further afield, it is, without question, their magical live performances that have endeared them to an ever-growing audience (tickets were again being sold for this year’s tour as the curtain fell last year).

www.stagnesfountain.net

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/st-agnes-fountain-saturday/


Bournemouth Folk Club BH4 8BE

Awake Arise

In an unmissable festive collaboration, two of the English folk scene’s most inventive acts (trio Lady Maisery and duo Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith) return to the stage with their acclaimed Christmas show. ‘Awake Arise’ celebrates the riches of varied winter traditions from the British Isles and further afield and reflects on the hope and resilience in folk song that can bring us closer together through the darkest season.
Award-winning folk trio Lady Maisery (Hannah James, Rowan Rheingans and Hazel Askew) have for over a decade produced “some of the most exquisite, thrilling vocal harmony work in the English folk scene” (The Guardian). Whether unearthing a feminist twist hidden in a traditional tale, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad, or showcasing their immense multi-instrumental talents in original compositions that draw on a myriad of musical influences, Lady Maisery are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of song.
The beguiling musical partnership of Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith complete the powerful line-up of the Awake Arise super-group, bringing the outstanding vocals, sensitive instrumentation and powerful social conscience that has won them widespread critical acclaim.
A companion to the live show, their debut album release as a five piece ‘Awake Arise: A Winter Album’ was released December 6th 2019 (Many A Thousand Records).
Featuring traditional songs, folk carols, spoken word and newly written music to galvanise and brighten this darkest season, Awake Arise is a warm gift to the wintertime from five of the most engaging and celebrated performers on the English folk scene. True to the reputations of both acts as out-spoken voices on the folk scene, this collection is also a rallying cry to embrace the power of collective endeavour as a vital support during times of hardship and loneliness. In this most uncertain of winters, Awake Arise is more than just a great night out; these are essential songs which remind us who we are and why we matter to each other.

£16.50

Doors 7.30 Music 8pm

Contact Leonardo MacKenzie: 07780 847867

info AT bournemouthfolkclub.com

https://bournemouthfolkclub.com/


Bournemouth Folk Club at St Ambrose Church, Westbourne BH4 8BE

Awake Arise

A Christmas Show for Our Times

In an unmissable festive collaboration, two of the English folk scene’s most inventive acts (trio Lady Maisery and duo Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith) return to the stage with their acclaimed Christmas show. ‘Awake Arise’ celebrates the riches of varied winter traditions from the British Isles and further afield and reflects on the hope and resilience in folk song that can bring us closer together through the darkest season.
Featuring traditional songs, folk carols, spoken word and newly written music to galvanise and brighten this darkest season, Awake Arise is a warm gift to the wintertime from five of the most engaging and celebrated performers on the English folk scene. True to the reputations of both acts as out-spoken voices on the folk scene, this collection is also a rallying cry to embrace the power of collective endeavour as a vital support during times of hardship and loneliness. In this most uncertain of winters, Awake Arise is more than just a great night out; these are essential songs which remind us who we are and why we matter to each other.

https://bournemouthfolkclub.com


Mon 12th Dec 2022 to Fri 16th Dec 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Festive Music Retreat

Join Laurel Swift and Matt Norman for a feast of festive fun! Singers and musicians are invited to join us for a cheer-filled week of seasonal folkiness.
Sing and play traditional folk carols in harmony
Learn some great new folk tunes and creative things to do with them
A spot of seasonal crafting with tree decorations to take home
Write a brand new carol
An introduction to Dartmoor step dancing and playing for dancing
Optional walks in the beautiful Quantock Hills, weather permitting
We hope to see you there and will get mulling the cider!

Who’s it For?
Singers and musicians, all instruments, all abilities. There will be a range of parts, notation parts in all clefs and keys available. We will work both by ear and with dots. We want this week to be fun for all, with guidance and support to help you develop your musicality, at whatever level you’re at.

Grant help may be available: The Sarah Morgan Foundation is offering Grants of £500 for the promotion of English / Traditional Song. For more information see the website

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/festive-music-retreat/


Thu 15th Dec 2022

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

Stanchester Quire Christmas Concert

The Stanchester Quire is a community quire who sing in four-part harmony and will be performing a selection of old village carols and songs from the South West of England from the far west of Cornwall back to very near home with some of the unique Odcombe carols. There will be plenty of opportunity for audience participation

Tickets: £8 Adults. £5 Under 12s

www.stanchesterquire.org

7.30 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/stanchester-quire-christmas-concert/


Sat 17th Dec 2022

St Mark's Church Hall, Hinton Wood Avenue, Highcliffe BH23 5AA

East Dorset Folk Dance Club

3.00pm - 5.45 pm.

£5 per person.

Bring and share tea. No partner necessary.

For more information: Jan Harris 01202 427523. janharris16 AT hotmail.co.uk.


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

Black Water County - A chance to dance event

+ support
Over the past eight years of playing music together, we’ve grown up through angsty teenage years into angstier adulthood, with only our music to reflect our hurdles and triumphs.

When creating music over the years, it has become integral for us to acknowledge not only a balance between guts and contemplation, but a harmony of punchy pop-punk guitar and hard-hitting drums with the complex but determined layers of banjo, mandolin and tin whistle intertwined. With this we strive to pay homage to our appreciation of Folk music and the significance of punk throughout our upbringings.

Tickets: £19 Full. £18. Concessions

www.blackwatercounty.co.uk

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/black-water-county-support-a-chance-to-dance-event/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Jackie Oates and Jon Spiers

Multi award-winning contemporary folk duo Jackie Oates and John Spiers blend together their love of English traditional folk tunes and songs with their voices and acoustic instruments, resulting in a fresh sound that is uplifting, joyful and poignant.

8pm–10pm

£12

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/gig-jackie-oates-and-jon-spiers/


Sun 18th Dec 2022

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

Acoustic Night

Petherton Arts Trust is encouraging more local performers of all genres to come to The David Hall and perform on a professional stage.
All types of performance welcome – The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance…. Everyone has the opportunity to deliver for 10 – 15 minutes with full PA and lighting.
If you would like to attend Acoustic Night as a performer or audience member please e-mail Chris Watts at folk AT chriswatts.org or call 07715501157. Payment is on the door.

7:30 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/home-page/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Carol Singing Workshop

10am–12 noon

Led by Matt Norman, enjoy a morning workshop learning old English Carols in traditional harmony!
The singing of traditional carols dates back to the seventeenth Century, well before the Victorian Christmas which we know today. These traditional carols are characterised by simple, robust harmonies and catchy tunes.
After the workshop you can stay on and join us for a tasty Christmas Carvery Lunch (1pm – you will need to add this to your booking early) and then raise your voice with others as part of our afternoon Folk Carol Concert (3pm – free).
Who’s it For?
Singers of all levels of experience are welcome, as well as accompanied children; Matt has a relaxed style which gets the best from singers of all abilities. Carols will be taught by ear so there’s no need to be able to read music, but music will also be provided as well.
The Tutor
Matt Norman (from Dartmoor) is an experienced choir leader and arranger. He has recently published a book of English pre-victorian carols arranged for community choirs in traditional harmony.
Matt is also known as a performer, composer, conductor and teacher. He predominantly works with traditional English music, steeped in the traditions of Devon and Dartmoor. He is also blues and classical musician.

£8 adults
£3 children & students under 18. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
Carvery Lunch £15 (optional)
Concert is free - no need to book

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/carol-singing-workshop/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Carol Concert

A traditional sing-along carol concert – with a folk twist!
Expect a selection of traditional carols and seasonal songs and readings, with guest performers and plenty of chances for you to join the singing.
No need to book. Just turn up on the day.

3:30pm–4:30pm

Free to attend. Donations very welcome.

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


Thu 22nd Dec 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Christmas Dinner and 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. Simon Mapplesden (caller) leads the dancing with live music from musicians Chris Toyne and Henry Lovegrove.
All welcome, for food, folk-dancing and fun!

The Team
Simon Maplesden has been calling for folk dances for about ten years and has a wide repertoire from Playford to Ceilidh for all ages and abilities. He’s still trying to learn to play the melodeon but would argue he’s a better caller than a melodeon player!
Chris Toyne has been playing the accordion for both Folk and Morris dancing since the early 70s. From Playford to present day tunes, it’s all about making music work for the dancing. These days Chris can be heard around many of the local folk dance clubs and events as a solo musician and with his “Big Band” (of 3 !).
Henry Lovegrove has been playing in ceilidh and morris dance bands for over 50 years, rejoices that he can still do it, the more the better!

6pm–11pm

£15
Dancing only (8pm approx):
£5
Why not Stay the Night?
Dinner, dance, B&B per person:
£50
£62 if staying-on for the Christmas House Party (also includes lunch on Friday)

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


Fri 23rd Dec 2022 to Tue 27th Dec 2022

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Christmas House Party

Come and enjoy the Christmas celebrations at Halsway Manor! We’ll be cooking-up a fine feast of festive delights with plenty to keep you entertained.
We’re planning another glorious Christmas party at the Manor. 2021 was such fun! As well as a lot of dancing, some singing, some playing, we had elves in the grotto and puzzles in the bar. We learnt new Morris dance skills, French couple dancing, with many lovely performances in the bar, and the jig dolls were reunited. All this plus the wonderful food and drink throughout.
The team this time will be Lynne Render as our dance caller and teacher, Linda Game and Hannah Cumming as part of the band and leading the singing and instrument workshops. Gareth Kiddier will host the event, and play in the band. As ever, we love to include your skills and talents if you so wish, especially in the bar sessions in the evening.
So expect enjoyable and varied folk activities – music, dancing, singing, quizzes, crafts, informal performances (bring your party-piece!) and general merry-making. Plus great food, roaring log fires and convivial company. Bring your instruments, dancing shoes, and walking boots too if you fancy a stroll, and prepare for a very Merry folk Christmas!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/christmas-house-party-4/


Thu 29th Dec 2022 to Mon 2nd Jan 2023

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

New Year House Party

Celebrate the New Year in style – folk style that is! Join us for an enjoyable Hogmanay break with a great team at the helm.
With good food, good music and a return to social dancing, with workshops and evening dances as a part of the programme. Plus plenty of other activities to keep you entertained. With optional walks and playing sessions; pack your walking boots and instruments.
Enjoy the Manor is its festive finery and see-in the New Year with great music and good company!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/new-year-house-party-2022/