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Tue 28th May 2024

Skittle Alley, Drax Arms, Bere Regis BH20 7HH

Last Gasp Orchestra, Les Wild & World Gone Wrong

The Last Gasp Orchestra – Possibly ! The oldest “Boy Band” playing in West Dorset at the moment Last Gasp (collective age close to 290)

Les Wild – Enjoys playing guitar and bouzouki, singing. Caravanning. Going to music gigs.

World Gone Wrong – a local four-piece group who play Americana, including country, jazz, blues, folk, jug band music and bluegrass.

Doors 7:30pm for 8pm.
No Entry Fee
Location: Skittle Alley  AT  Drax Arms, Bere Regis

Contact Pip Evans: 07598 328479

pipthebass AT btinternet.com

www.bereregisfolk.com


Fri 31st May 2024

Sutton Poyntz Mission Hall DT3 6LY

The Portland Coves

A pre Wessex Folk Festival concert combined with the launch of the band’s second CD ‘Journey’. High energy tunes from across Europe and further afield - whistles, stringy things and percussion.

£5.00 in advance (limited numbers)

7.30 pm

Contact Rick Potter: 07479 532159

rick.potterguitar AT gmail.com


Sat 1st Jun 2024 to Sun 2nd Jun 2024

Weymouth Harbour and Hope Square

Wessex Folk Festival

The Free Wessex Folk Festival will take place on 1st and 2nd June 2024 on Weymouth Harbour and Hope Square. Please visit the Wessex Folk Festival Website and Facebook pages for latest details.

Contact Martin: 07730 575241

info AT wessexfolkfestival.com

https://www.wessexfolkfestival.com


Sat 1st Jun 2024

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

Cara Dillon

Cara Dillon, an extraordinary, multiple award-winning Irish folk singer, and acclaimed musician and producer Sam Lakeman, will captivate listeners once again with their exquisite and enthralling live performance. Every note and word sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs.
Throughout an enviable career which has seen them explore opportunities to tread many different paths – from releasing folk crossover albums on indie label Rough Trade; recording on Disney soundtracks to collaborations with orchestras and even leading dance DJs – Cara has continuously chosen to firmly plant herself within the landscape of her Irish cultural heritage and that’s something to celebrate.
Their enduring partnership has ensured they have remained at the very pinnacle of the folk genre for well over two decades and this performance will feature a selection of acoustic songs from previous releases and may also include material from her highly anticipated 2024 release, “Coming Home”, her first in over six years. Within it Cara effortlessly blurs the lines between spoken word and song to stunning effect, exploring profoundly personal memories, her native Co. Derry and the people, places and customs she holds closest to her heart; revealing a newly found freedom to express herself within the tiniest of details and life’s larger mysteries.
Join Cara and Sam for an intimate evening full of exceptional music and the genuine warmth they bring to the stage.

www.caradillon.co.uk

Tickets: £24. No concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/cara-dillon/


Taunton Brewhouse TA1 1JL

Saltlines with Raynor Winn and Gigspanner Big Band

Taking audiences by storm, Saltlines is a compelling prose and music collaboration between bestselling author Raynor Winn (The Salt Path) and folk-roots supergroup The Gigspanner Big Band, which features some of the biggest names on the folk scene.
Together they celebrate the beauty, stories, and traditions of the South West Coast Path in a seamless performance of old songs with their origins in the South West, and brand new compositions written by Raynor Winn especially for this production.

£30.00

7.30 pm

Contact Hannah Harrison: 01823 704041

marketing AT tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk

https://www.tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk/events/saltlines-with-raynor-winn-and-gigspanner-big-band/


Taunton Brewhouse TA1 1JL

Saltlines - Gigspanner Big Band & Raynor Winn

Taking audiences by storm, Saltlines is a Prose and Music collaboration between bestselling author Raynor Winn and folk-roots supergroup The Gigspanner Big Band, which features some of the most celebrated names on the British folk scene.
Together they have created an emotional odyssey which explores the beauty, stories and traditions of the South West Coast Path.
The vibrant and thought-provoking compositions by Raynor have been especially written for SALTLINES and artfully wrapped around songs and tunes that were originally gathered from the route of the South West Coast Path by the great song collectors Cecil Sharp and Sabine Baring-Gould, whose centenary is celebrated this year.
SALTLINES is however far more than a contemplation of the beauty of the South West Coast Path...with a gentle hand Saltlines touches on social and environmental issues that face not only coastal communities but the world at large. It is a modern piece, thoughtfully and creatively delivered.
Formed by legendary Steeleye Span fiddle player Peter Knight, the Gigspanner Big Band line-up features acclaimed multi-instrumental duo Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin - BBC Folk Awards 'Best Duo') Bellowhead co-founder and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers, Roger Flack on guitar and Sacha Trochet on percussion.

www.gigspanner.com/saltlines

£30.00

7.30 pm

Phone: 01823 283244

https://www.tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk/events/saltlines-with-raynor-winn-and-gigspanner-big-band/


All Saints Church, Wyke Regis DT4 9ES

Head North

Head North returns to Wyke Regis for another evening of traditional and progressive Celtic music. The band’s mix of songs, reels and jigs with some Transatlantic additions and beautifully sung 3 part harmonies is both joyous and moving, and always entertaining.
Head North is a 5 piece band from Weymouth, Hampshire and Wales with strong Scottish roots. Somewhat unusually, the ages of the band members range from 30s to 60s, which makes life interesting at times, and serves to enhance the creative mix! Find out more at www.headnorth.org.uk.
The concert is in aid of All Saints Church. Tickets available at parishofwykeregis.org.uk/events, from Jeff Thomas on 07710 096174, or on the door. Cash bar available too.

£6

7:00 pm

Contact Jeff Thomas: 07710 096174

thomas6314 AT aol.com

https://www.parishofwykeregis.org.uk/events


Sun 2nd Jun 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Sunday Club

A regular evening of music and song at Halsway Manor.

Halsway Manor open their doors to all on the first Sunday evening of each month for an evening of folk and acoustic music. Singers and musicians of all abilities are invited. If you are curious about folk music and just want to listen with a drink from the bar, you are also welcome.
There has been a Sunday Club meeting at Halsway Manor for many years.
This ‘Sunday Club’ for musicians and singers is informal and relaxed. We have a folk theme, but really all types of acoustic music, song and poetry are welcome. The evening generally combines some playing together with individual spots. We don’t frown on you having your words or music in front of you, and certainly encourage beginners.
Just come along, or give Roger Phipps a call on 01278 671685 if you would like to find out more.

Halsway Music and Song Club is held 8pm on the 1st Sunday of each month (with the exception of an August break for Sidmouth Folk Festival).

Free to attend – donations welcome.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/sunday-club-2/2024-06-02/


The Giant Inn Cerne Abbas DT2 7JF

The Dorset Mutineers - Shanties and Songs of the Sea

Ahoy me hearties come along to the Giant Inn in Cerne Abbas, fill your cups and we will sing Sea Shanties and Songs of the Sea while you enjoy your tot Huzzah

3pm until 'When the ship sails'

Contact Mike Worth : 07817 939623

mikeihw51 AT gmail.com


Mon 3rd Jun 2024 to Fri 7th Jun 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

French Music & Dance Week

We’re thrilled to be hosting Emmanuel Pariselle, Didier Oliver and Nathalie Oliver Selsis for another week exploring French music, music for dance, and the dancing itself. This week is for players of melodeon (DG), fiddle, and for dancers; you’ll need to let us know when booking which study group you would like to join.
Emmanuel will concentrate on working with melodeon players, exploring the use of chords and rhythms in accompanying traditional French dance tunes and songs (you do not need to be a singer!).
Didier will work with fiddle players, using traditional French repertoire – from south west France (rondeaux, congos, bransles etc.), central massif (bourrées, mazurkas, scottishs) and bretagne (gavottes, plinn, andros) – to explore and develop style and technique.
We’re delighted that Nathalie will be back to lead dancers in the ways of the Rondeaux, Branles, Ronde do Quercy, Congo, Scottiche, Planière Bourrée, Mazurka and more.
The evenings present opportunities to relax, play and dance informally together, and we’ll have a public Bal on the Thursday evening, with music from Emmanuel and Didier, and the students too!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/french-music-dance-week/


Wed 5th Jun 2024

Marine Theatrem Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Sam Sweeney

Following the colossal success of supporting Bellowhead on their comeback tour in 2022, Sam Sweeney is taking to the road to play his genre-defying landmark album, Escape That, with his all-star band. Featuring Louis Campbell on electric guitar, Ben Nicholls on double bass and Archie Moss on acoustic guitar, this will be a gig you don’t want to miss.

£21.00 advance / £25.00 on the door

10% discount for members

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/select/VpsCrixBnjdq


Thu 6th Jun 2024

Combe St Nicholas village hall TA20 3LT

Fresh Aire provide the music and Ali is the caller

Folk dancing
It's £4.00 per person which includes a cuppa and cake, all welcome and it is a lot of fun!

Further details from Elaine on 01460 65909


Drimpton Village Hall DT8 3RF

Rum Ragged

2021 JUNO Award Nominees Rum Ragged take a bold approach to the distinct folk music of their home, the Eastern Canadian island of Newfoundland. With a reverence for their roots and a creative, contemporary edge, Rum Ragged have quickly become known as the finest purveyors of their musical tradition. Boasting bouzouki, fiddle, bodhran, banjo, guitar, and button accordion, these new champions of East Coast music enliven and enlighten audiences with their signature brand of Newfoundland folk. Honest, thought-provoking, and humorous, their combination of striking vocal harmonies, staggering musicianship, and captivating storytelling gives concert-goers an unforgettable experience. Since their inception in 2016, Rum Ragged has performed at some of the world’s premier folk, celtic and roots venues and festivals, and recorded four acclaimed, award-winning studio albums. Don’t miss this exciting quartet as they visit Dorset whilst on a wider UK tour.
Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's rural arts charity.
www.artsreach.co.uk

Adult £12/U18 £5/Family £30

7.30 om

Contact Francesca Hurrell: 07771 554601

info AT artsreach.co.uk

https://artsreach.co.uk/whats-on


Fri 7th Jun 2024 to Sun 9th Jun 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Summer Fiddle Weekend

It’s the return of the Summer Fiddle weekend – a course dedicated to developing your fiddle playing through a range of different repertoire. We’re delighted to have Rachael McShane and Catherine Geldard with us for the first time to work with intermediate and advanced players. If you are a beginner or an improver, Becki Driscoll will be your guide in this weekend. Have a look at our Fiddle Playing Levels to help you choose the right group.
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/summer-fiddle-weekend/


Fri 7th Jun 2024

Broadmayne Village Hall DT2 8EW

Rum Ragged

2021 JUNO Award Nominees Rum Ragged take a bold approach to the distinct folk music of their home, the Eastern Canadian island of Newfoundland. With a reverence for their roots and a creative, contemporary edge, Rum Ragged have quickly become known as the finest purveyors of their musical tradition. Boasting bouzouki, fiddle, bodhran, banjo, guitar, and button accordion, these new champions of East Coast music enliven and enlighten audiences with their signature brand of Newfoundland folk. Honest, thought-provoking, and humorous, their combination of striking vocal harmonies, staggering musicianship, and captivating storytelling gives concert-goers an unforgettable experience. Since their inception in 2016, Rum Ragged has performed at some of the world’s premier folk, celtic and roots venues and festivals, and recorded four acclaimed, award-winning studio albums. Don’t miss this exciting quartet as they visit Dorset whilst on a wider UK tour.
Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's rural arts charity.
www.artsreach.co.uk

Adult £12/U18 £5/Family £30

7.30 pm

Contact Tim Clayton: 07443 659912

info AT artsreach.co.uk

https://artsreach.co.uk/whats-on


The White Hart, Wells BA5 2RR

The Portraits & The Shalaings

As part of the Wells Rocks White Hart Sessions on the first Friday of every month, this is an exciting chance to see two local artists sharing the stage in a brilliant venue in the heart of Wells.
Wells-based Anglo-Irish Acoustic Pop duo The Portraits, aka husband and wife songwriters Lorraine and Jeremy Millington from Galway and Bristol respectively, reached no 2 on the main iTunes chart, and no 24 on the Christmas Day UK Official Charts Company Download Chart in December 2020 with their version of 'Together In Electric Dreams' featuring a locked-down choir and orchestra from Somerset, UK. It was released in memory of all those lost during the pandemic of 2020 and was featured on ITV's This Morning, BBC Radio 2's Steve Wright In The Afternoon and Channel 5's Jeremy Vine, and received the backing of Stephen Fry, Midge Ure, Matt Lucas and a host of well-known figures. To date they have released 8 studio albums of their own material and performed at Glastonbury Festival on numerous occasions.
They are joined at this special event by Alice Laing and Dan Shaw, who have come together to form a duo of double vocals and acoustic guitars, providing sets of classic duets and ballads. Called "The Shalaings", they are based in central Somerset: Alice has a powerful and soulful voice and is joined by the multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Dan. They provide an exciting blend of skilled vocal harmonies and guitar textures.

£10.00 (£8.00 early bird)
Tickets: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/the-portraits/the-portraits-and-the-shalaings-live-at-the-white-hart/e-bkbora

7:30 pm

Contact Lorraine Millington: 07853 628957

sensorypulse AT gmail.com

http://www.theportraitsmusic.com


CICCIC (Creative Innovation Centre) Taunton TA1 3PF

Zeffe

Klezmer and Balkan music from 4 piece band Zeffe at CICCIC in Taunton (TA1 3PF) - a venue where you can listen in comfort, but there's also room to dance for those who wish! (plus an excellent bar).
Expect exciting and poignant music from the traditional Klezmer lineup of fiddle, clarinet, accordion and double bass, with some added vocals and percussion (and maybe more!)

£13 online, £16 on the door

8.00pm (doors open 7.30)

Contact Chris Edmunds: 07530 103228

zeffe.music AT gmail.com

https://www.creativeinnovationcentre.co.uk/


'By-The-Ford', Sandford Orcas DT9 4RP

Kim Creswell and Mike Eaton

A collection of English folk songs and traditional music with voice, octave mandolin and hurdy-gurdy. The performance is being held outside, around the magical time of twilight, at an off-grid small holding and nature reserve (or in the barn if inclement!). Guests are invited to bring their own refreshments and a blanket to keep warm as the evening draws nigh. Please note that this is a ticketed event as there is limited seating - please order tickets via the kimcreswell webpage below.

£10

7:00pm - 9:30pm

Contact Mike Eaton: 01787 1195515

mrmreaton AT gmail.com

https://kimcreswell.co.uk/product/summer-sunset-traditional-folk-music-performance


Sat 8th Jun 2024

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

In the Footsteps of Ewan MacColl

Jez Lowe, Bob Fox & Julie Matthews together in a concert of songs and spoken word: “The New Radio Ballads” – In the Footsteps of Ewan MacColl

In the 50s and 60s Ewan MacColl along with Charles Parker and Peggy Seeger created the groundbreaking Radio Ballads broadcasts for the BBC Home Service using an audio documentary format to highlight the experiences of real people, weaving the voices of rarely-heard communities with songs written from and about their recorded interviews. Almost half a century later, in 2006, a new set of Radio Ballads were commissioned by BBC Radio 2 using the same format but this time involving a whole team of stellar musicians, singers and songwriters from the folk/acoustic/roots music scene under the guiding hands of producer John Leonard and musical director John Tams. Now three members of that team, Bob Fox, Jez Lowe and Julie Matthews, have put together a selection of songs from the 2006 New Radio Ballads for a concert performance.
All three are consummate engaging performers of meaningful songs and stories and are multi-instrumentalists whose skills have been honed by decades of live touring. They have all recorded extensively, worked in collaboration with many of the top folk roots artists and bands as well as having highly successful solo careers and are well loved and respected by audiences and colleagues alike. Expect to be entertained and enlightened by songs of joy, love, hardship and humour. http://www.bobfoxmusic.com www.jezlowe.com http://www.whileandmatthews.com

Tickets: £23. No concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/in-the-footsteps-of-ewan-maccoll/


Osmington Village Hall DT3 6FT

Miranda Sykes

Many people know Miranda through her music, touring extensively both as a soloist and in collaboration with others, principally for many years with Show of Hands.
She's coming to Osmington as a very welcome solo artist, having first appeared here 6 years ago.

£16

Doors at 7 for 7.30pm

Contact Eileen Bramley: 07816 832554

osmingtonmusic AT gmail.com

http://www.mirandasykes.com


Fivehead Baptist Church TA3 6PD

Irish Music Night with Tim O'Dowd & Alex Percy

For our June meeting we have a treat in store with a welcome return to two virtuoso musicians for a lively night of traditional Irish music. Tim O'Dowd is an Irish champion exponent of the Uilleann pipes (an Irish version of bagpipes, inflated by elbow bellows, rather than blown). Alex Percy is a very gifted and creative guitarist, who also has a fine singing voice.
Expect a lively, foot-tapping evening of instrumental jigs, reels and airs, along with some songs.

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 - space permitting. As time is limited to one hour, I advise you to come early to sign up in the book on the night, or email in advance.

The Coffee Bar opens from 7.00pm beforehand and during the interval offering fresh filter coffee or tea. We will also have a range of soft drinks and snacks for sale (NB for cash only). You are welcome to bring your own refreshments, but please note that there is a no-alcohol policy in the church building.

laurieguitars AT gmail.com


Sun 9th Jun 2024

Strode Theatre, Church Road, Street BA16 0AB

Jacob and Drinkwater

Critically acclaimed Southwest based alt-folk duo Jacob & Drinkwater formed in 2014, playing their first gig together at the iconic Glastonbury Festival.
Jacob’s sweeping vocals never fail to captivate, delivering many a spine-tingling moment; the fluidity and precision of his fingerpicking underpinned by Drinkwater’s nimbly rhythmic double bass; at times sweetly soaring, haunting, percussive and driving. Featured numerous times on BBC Radio 2, BBC6 Music and lauded by their musical peers, the pair are one of the most accomplished acts touring the circuit today.

7:00PM
Tickets: £15.00 (incl £1.00 cmsn) Venue: Studio

https://www.strodetheatre.org.uk/whats-on/view/jacob-and-drinkwater/


Tue 11th Jun 2024

Skittle Alley, Drax Arms, Bere Regis BH20 7HH

Golden Shoals - American duo

A great opportunity to hear old time Appalachian traditions with fine original songwriting and excellent musicianship on acoustic guitar, fiddle and banjo.
They combine Americana, bluegrass, folk, jazz and more, blending traditional and contemporary influences to entertaining effect.
£10 entance on the door. To reserve a place send an email to pipthebass AT btinternet.com

Doors 7:30pm for 8pm.

£10 cash on the door

Contact Pip: 07598 328479

pipthebass AT btinternet.com

www.bereregisfolk.com


Fri 14th Jun 2024 to Sun 16th Jun 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Learning By Ear

Do you struggle to pick up tunes by ear? Would you like to be freed from behind your music stand? Experienced musicians and tutors Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter are bringing a brand new course to Halsway Manor, designed to help you get to grips with the essential ‘folk’ skill of learning by ear.
You’ll learn different techniques and strategies to improve your confidence to play by ear in solo and ensemble contexts, using some accessible folk tunes as a starting point. Once you’ve got the hang of those, you’ll have chance to play them with other people, and even go on to think about how you might turn the tables and teach them to someone else!
Learning will mostly take place in a big group, guided by the tutors, with some time in small groups, both guided and self-led. You won’t need to prepare anything in advance.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/learning-by-ear/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Essential Fiddle Technique Weekend

This course, looking at essential technique for fiddlers, is designed to address (or readdress!) the fundamentals of violin playing with a view to helping you get more from subsequent fiddle tuition.
Many fiddle players attempt to run before they can walk and this course is an in-depth look at the crucial elements of playing. It will give you new skills and technique, building on what you already know about playing your instrument.
On this intensive weekend version of Sam’s ‘Technique Week’, you’ll work as a group (max 9.) on topics like bow hold, point of contact, tone and intonation, It will give you the foundations you need to be able to progress and succeed in more advanced technique and repertoire-based courses. If you’d prefer to work with Sam for a bit longer, check out his upcoming Technique Week in December.
You won’t need to prepare anything in advance, so you’ll just need to bring your fiddle(s), bow(s), rosin, strings and if you have a particular chair you like to sit on, you can bring that too!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/essential-fiddle-technique-weekend-june/


Sat 15th Jun 2024

South Petherton

Petherton Folk Fest 2024

After a successful 2023 festival, this year will be the 11th annual folk festival and plans are under way to make it another truly memorable experience. Special thanks go to Pete Wheeler who retired as chair after his many years of dedication.
As in previous years, entertainment will take place all day, throughout the village. Key venues will include The David Hall, the Market Square, the Blake Hall, St Peter and St Paul Church and the Brewers Arms.
This is, as always, a day of free entertainment for all ages and will include music and dance performances, workshops, stalls and much, much more!!

The local trio Arquebus is booked to begin the day’s entertainment at 10am in Market Square and the well-known Dambuskers are scheduled to complete events in The Square at 5.30pm. The Dambuskers will then perform in The Brewer’s Arms, closing the Fest with a late evening performance.
Among many other performers are Oconee Bell, Owl in the Sun, Rachel Hill, ThunderBridge Blue Grass, The Merchant Men, Enigma Border Morris, Blackrock Irish Dancers and No Mean Feet.


www.pethertonfolkfest.co.uk




Sun 16th Jun 2024

Speedwell Hall, Abbey Street, Crewkerne TA18 7HY

Bal Crewkerne

French + Breton Folk Dance for all

dance workshop from 6-7pm, main dance from 7-9.30pm, live music by the resident houseband, tea and coffee provided, free parking in the town centre car parks

£4 at the door

rainer.wittlin AT outlook.com

https://balcrew.wixsite.com/balcrewkerne


Mon 17th Jun 2024 to Fri 21st Jun 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Songs, Threads and Yarns

A summer holiday at Halsway Manor in which to share textile crafting skills, songs and stories. With host Meg Rose and very special guest the multi-talented Tim Van Eyken.
The week presents a unique opportunity to develop your own craft projects in a supportive and convivial atmosphere, working with our hands whilst exploring related aspects of folk music, song and story telling. This is not an instructional course as such. Presentations on various topics of interest and techniques are programmed throughout the week. The emphasis will be on learning from each other by show and tell and there will be free time to walk and relax too.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/songs-threads-and-yarns-2024/


Thu 20th Jun 2024

Combe St Nicholas village hall TA20 3LT

Robert Blackborow Band provides the music and Mary Blackborow is the caller

Folk dancing
It's £4.00 per person which includes a cuppa and cake, all welcome and it is a lot of fun!

Further details from Elaine on 01460 65909


Fri 21st Jun 2024 to Sun 23rd Jun 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Playford Assembly

The Halsway Playford Weekend is always a stimulating and enjoyable experience, and we are DELIGHTED to welcome dancing master Andrew Swaine to lead the 2024 event.
A vigorous and fun weekend of dancing, the course is aimed at dancers – both experienced and new to Playford are welcome – who want to explore the music and dances published in the English Dancing Master.
An extremely brief history of Playford, in Andrew’s words: “John Playford was a publisher in the mid-17th century who published a lot of “country dances” which were being danced in the English Inns of Court at the time. It’s commonly believed that that they were initially dances for light relief based on what the common folk were doing, but dancing masters got involved and many of the dances are quite elaborate! They evolved considerably when Charles II came back from exile and country dancing became very popular throughout the nation and much of Western Europe, declining in the early 19th century. At the beginning of the 20th century Cecil Sharp, reviving interest in all things traditionally English, reinterpreted and and taught these dances.”
Andrew likes to promotes a relatively lively and accessible style of Playford dancing, aiming to rediscover what made these dances fun in the first place. Expect a varied and joyful programme of workshops and social dancing, aimed at interpreting the dances for a modern audience with enthusiasm and enjoyment, whilst also setting the dances in historical context and referring back to the original sources.
There will be a Playford Assembly Ball on the Saturday evening – costume strongly encouraged!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-playford-assembly/


Fri 21st Jun 2024

Wessex Acoustic at Blandford Royal British Legion DT11 7AD

Banter

+ Mel Langton

A fabulous concert featuring the 4 piece band BANTER who are Simon Care on melodeon, Nina Zella on keyboards & vocals, Tim Walker on drums, percussion, brass, vocals, and Mark Jolley on bass, fiddle, guitar & vocals.

Opening support is from East Anglia's finest folk artiste, Mel Langton.

£15 ONLY pre purchased or reserved

8.00pm (doors open 7.45)

Contact John Butcher: 017474 850 212 or 07590 202203

j.w.butcher AT btintrnet.co.uk

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sun 23rd Jun 2024

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

Acoustic Night

On our performers night The David Hall hands over its professional stage and outstanding acoustics to budding artists of all genres.
Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience.
It’s a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety – and it doesn’t cost the earth – just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.
All types of performance welcome – The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance…. All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 – 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.
So, if you’re a performer, then get in touch with Chris and book a spot

07715 501157

or

email xxxfolk AT chriswatts.org- without the xx’s

These evenings are becoming increasingly popular and there is a danger that we won’t be able to accommodate everyone.
Do please book ahead rather than, as previously, just turning up and expecting to get a spot. It doesn’t matter if you’re a musician. poet, juggler or …… well, any kind of performer basically. Just be entertaining !

7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Suggested donation:

Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience.

Please pay on the door.


Mon 24th Jun 2024 to Fri 28th Jun 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Mandolin with Simon Mayor

Back by popular demand, join Simon Mayor, one of the country’s finest mandolin players for this mid-week masterclass.
Simon’s January ‘Mandolin Workshop Weekends’ have been hugely successful and consistently prompt requests for more. This time it’s a smaller group, but a longer, mid-week gathering, suitable for intermediate and advanced players. There’ll still be some ensemble playing, but this will be a chance for students to share their performances and for Simon to offer personal critiques – as always, in an atmosphere of mutual support.
The music of the Irish harper and composer Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738) has featured from time to time in Simon’s mandolin workshops over the years. This is a chance for mandolinists – or players of other mandolin family instruments – to get more intimately acquainted with his music in a mandolin ensemble setting.
Carolan’s tunes for the most part follow the format of a typical traditional jig, reel or march: two sections, each usually repeated. Stylistically, they differ a little from a typical trad tune because he was also influenced by the classical music of his day, in particular the Italian composers Corelli and Geminiani.

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Ben Walker’s Guitar Masterclass

Ben Walker returns to Halsway Manor to lead a mid-week guitar masterclass for intermediate and advanced level guitarists.
Together we will explore ways of arranging traditional folk tunes on the guitar, look at ways to arrange melodies and chords, and then put it all together to form a complete performance.
We’ll cover advanced guitar techniques, alternative tunings, whilst allowing for plenty of time to work at your own pace. There will also be the opportunity for 1-2-1 sessions with Ben who is one of the UK’s foremost acoustic guitarists.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/ben-walkers-guitar-masterclass-2024/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Summer Song Week

Enjoy the pleasure of group singing as you discover the potential of your own voice. Singers of all abilities are invited to join Hilary James to explore the wealth of songs within the British folk tradition and take a peek beyond into blues, swing and comic song. You’ll be working largely ‘by ear’ with simple improvised vocal harmony but, for the more experienced, written parts for some songs will be available.
This week runs alongside the Simon Mayor Mandolin Week and Ben Walker’s Guitar Study Week.
Ben, Simon and Hilary will perform an informal concert on the Thursday evening.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/summer-song-week/


Tue 25th Jun 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Simon Mayor and Hilary James, Ben Walker

Enjoy a drink from the bar, and an informal evening of folk music from some of our most popular tutors.
This gig brings together two virtuoso musicians in guitar and mandolin alongside the fine voice of Hilary James.
Simon Mayor is one of the world’s leading mandolin virtuosos and composers. His many faceted career includes his own series on BBC Radio 2, an album in the Classic FM Top Ten chart. His playing moves effortlessly between classical, traditional folk, jazz & blues. He’s also a fine guitarist & fiddle player, with a delicious sense of humour and dazzling technical skills.

www.mandolin.co.uk

Hilary James has recorded six critically acclaimed solo song albums including English Sketches, which appeared in the Sunday Times Ten Best World Music Albums of the Year. Her voice is quintessentially English but easily crosses the great musical divides from British folk song to blues and Berlioz.

You can find Hilary at hilaryjames.com

BBC Folk Award winner Ben Walker is hailed as one of ‘the best acoustic guitarists in the world right now’ by Total Guitar magazine. A versatile composer and producer, as well as a celebrated instrumentalist, his passion is putting old jewels in new settings. Ben’s signature style has been sought out from punk to Proms, from Rough Trade to the Royal Shakespeare Company. His solo album, Echo, was released in July 2019 to critical acclaim and his characteristically warm, whimsical and virtuosic solo set regularly delights folk audiences in the UK and further afield.

8pm–10pm

£12 - Adults
£6 - Concessions
Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/gig-simon-mayor-and-hilary-james-ben-walker/


Skittle Alley, Drax Arms, Bere Regis BH20 7HH

Culpepper's Dish, Crystal Vision & John Meriton

Culpepper’s Dish – A Tasty Serving of Folk Songs.
Crystal Vision – An acoustic duo playing a smooth mix of styles rich with harmonies.
John Meriton – A versatile singer / songwriter with an emotional mix of words, melodies and rhythms to excite the soul.

Doors 7:30pm for 8pm.
Location: Skittle Alley  AT  Drax Arms, Bere Regis
No Entrance Fee

Contact Pip Evans: 07598 328479

pipthebass AT btinternet.com

www.bereregisfolk.com


Lamb & Lion pub, Hambridge TA10 0AT

Centenary celebration of Cecil Sharp's death

With Taunton Deane Morris and Chalice Morris Men

Singers and musicians welcome at Session after the dancing. Free event, no tickets required.

Start time: 6.45pm dancing; 8.15 music session

Contact David Sutcliffe: 01460 281440

davidsutcliffe796 AT gmail.com

tauntondeanemorris.co.uk


Fri 28th Jun 2024

Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel with caller Teresa Williams

All welcome to our regular Barn Dance. No Bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles! Tickets on the door - just turn up.

£7.50 adults £2.50 children

7.30pm - 10.00pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Sat 29th Jun 2024

Pavilion Dance South West, ​Westover Road, Bournemouth BH1 2BU

Melobo

Ceilidh

Doors open 6.45, dancing 7-10
Tickets £15 standard £12 Concession
Booking recommended 01202 203630 or online www.pdsw.org.uk


Thu 4th Jul 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Leveret

Leveret features three of England’s finest folk musicians – Andy Cutting, Rob Harbron, Sam Sweeney – in an acclaimed collaboration, and we’re delighted to welcome them back to Halsway.
Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new. With their albums New Anything and In The Round and over a long string of sell-out gigs, the trio have built a strong reputation as consummate musicians and captivating performers. Now they return with Inventions, a new album of original material that brings Leveret’s trademark groove, energy and intuitive playing to bear on a set of new tunes composed by the trio, three of today’s finest tunesmiths in the folk field.
Join us for an intimate gig with the trio who will be in residence at Halsway tutoring on a midweek musicians’ workshop.

8pm–9:30pm

£12 - Adults
£6 - Concessions
Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.


https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/gig-leveret-3/


Combe St Nicholas village hall TA20 3LT

Mitchell and Vincent provide the music and Simon Maplesden is the caller

Folk dancing
It's £4.00 per person which includes a cuppa and cake, all welcome and it is a lot of fun!

Further details from Elaine on 01460 65909


Chapel Arts Centre, Bath BA1 1QR

The Weeping Willows from Australia

Every song penned by The Weeping Willows is a love song. They’d deny that, of course. These tracks, they’d claim, are works of imagination – tales of cruelty, tragedy, murder and betrayal, all populated by gamblers, sinners, infidels and travelling salesmen (read: wandering musicians). Ask Andy or Laura to define their work and they’d probably hit you with phrases like “cautionary tales”, “murder ballads” or simply “folk songs”, but in truth these are love songs – each and every one of them

£15.00

8.00 pm

Contact Chapel Arts: 01225 461700

info AT bathboxoffice.org.uk

https://chapelarts.org/events/the-weeping-willows-aus/


Fri 5th Jul 2024 to Sun 7th Jul 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Summer Piano Accordion Weekend (Levels 1-3)

New(ish!) for 2024!

Our accordion weekend has had a bit of a refresh in response to guest feedback – this popular course will be aimed at Level 1 to Level 3 players in 2024. If you consider yourself to be a Level 4 player, please take a look at Murray Grainger’s Advanced Accordion Weekend in September.
Perennial favourite Paul Hutchinson will be joined for the first time by Scottish accordionist Valerie Barr and Tamsin Elliot, multi-instrumentalist, composer and film-maker.
The weekend offers workshops honing technique, repertoire and interpretation of folk tunes and accompaniment. There will be time for informal evening sessions and a Saturday night tutors’ concert.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/summer-piano-accordion-weekend/


Fri 5th Jul 2024

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

The Leylines. A Chance to Dance Event

Plus Special Guests

Heart-Pounding Revelry A high-energy folk-rock band from the West Country, The Leylines mix raucous violin dynamic guitar riffs and acerbic lyrics. All of which culminate in a whirlwind show that will get heart, and mind, pounding.
The band have a reputation of playing rowdy, high-energy shows, and with their infectious feel-good tunes, The Leylines are firm favourites of the festival and independent venue circuit.
The Leylines are: Steve(vocals/acoustic guitar), Hannah (violin/keys/bs), Dan (lead guitar/bvs), Sean(bass guitar/bvs) and Dave(Drums)

www.theleylinesmusic.co.uk

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/the-leylines-a-chance-to-dance-event/


Sat 6th Jul 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Accordions at Halsway

An informal evening of music featuring the tutors from our Piano Accordion Weekend – Paul Hutchinson and Valerie Barr – plus some spots from course participants too. An entertaining celebration of all things accordion!
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 he was one half of duo Belshazzar’s Feast, a 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.
Scottish accordionist Valerie Barr has been playing accordion since she was four and studied with world renowned accordionist, Djordje Gajic, at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she graduated with a Masters in Music Performance in 2020. She and Paul Hutchinson have been working together recently on education projects in the North of England. Her new trio, Triskelion, draws on its members’ shared cultural history of Ireland and Scotland to present their home traditions of music and contrast this proud heritage with original arrangements of classical favourites and new music.

8pm–9:30pm

£12 - Adults
£6 - Concessions
Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/gig-accordions-at-halsway/


Sun 7th Jul 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Sunday Club

A regular evening of music and song at Halsway Manor.

Halsway Manor open their doors to all on the first Sunday evening of each month for an evening of folk and acoustic music. Singers and musicians of all abilities are invited. If you are curious about folk music and just want to listen with a drink from the bar, you are also welcome.
There has been a Sunday Club meeting at Halsway Manor for many years.
This ‘Sunday Club’ for musicians and singers is informal and relaxed. We have a folk theme, but really all types of acoustic music, song and poetry are welcome. The evening generally combines some playing together with individual spots. We don’t frown on you having your words or music in front of you, and certainly encourage beginners.
Just come along, or give Roger Phipps a call on 01278 671685 if you would like to find out more.
Halsway Music and Song Club is held 8pm on the 1st Sunday of each month (with the exception of an August break for Sidmouth Folk Festival).

8pm–10pm

Free, but donations welcome.


Fri 12th Jul 2024 to Sun 14th Jul 2024

Priddy BA5 3BB

Priddy Folk Festival

Highlights include Suntou Susso, a phenomenal singer-songwriter in the Griot tradition from The Gambia. Breabach are securely ranked among Scotland’s most skilled and imaginative contemporary folk acts, whilst all-acoustic The Fugitives from Canada have been described as the missing link between Leonard Cohen and The Pogues. Other treats include the delightful Gnoss from Scotland, and the 15-piece Filkin’s Ensemble with their distinctive style of orchestral folk. The Sam Sweeney Band bring the groove and swagger of traditional English music with the festival spirit of bands coming out of the Celtic and Scandinavian music scenes, whilst The Haar from Ireland create spontaneous and beautiful versions of traditional songs.
Reg Meuross will be performing with Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne and Suntou Susso songs from his ‘Stolen from God’ song-cycle. We are also delighted to host returning festival favourites Sheelanagig with the amazing violinist Aaron Catlow.
As in previous years, we have great Fringe and Dance programmes shaping up too. We will be running an extensive programme of workshops (instrumental, singing and different dance styles) and will have lots on offer for children and teenagers as part of the Children’s Festival. There will be visual art and comedy in the mix as well, so there should be something for everyone to enjoy! Keep a look out on our website as we announce more details over the coming months.

Early Bird Tickets on sale till 29th February 2024
Now your appetites are whetted, why not buy your tickets now? Our discounted Early Bird Tickets for this year’s festival went on sale on 1st December and are available up to 29 February 2024. If you buy now, you can save up to £12 on the full price.

Stewards – We Need You!
People often comment on how well run our festival is, and a key element of this is down to our fantastic volunteer stewards. Teams of stewards work throughout the festival in all the venues, car park, campsite and throughout the site welcoming visitors during the weekend and in setting up and taking down the site before and after. In exchange for 2 x 4- hour shifts, you will receive a weekend ticket (with camping if you need it) and the knowledge that you are an essential part of the friendly Festival team.

For more information about the roles and on how to apply, please see our website

Ticket prices vary look on the website

https://www.priddyfolk.org/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Banding Together

Banding Together summer weekends provide advanced and fluent English system 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!
Banding Together is very excited to announce that its 2024 weekend will be led by guest conductor Major Craig Hallett, Director of Music of the Band of the Household Cavalry. Craig says, “you have a wonderfully enthusiastic group and I am delighted to be working with you”.

Partnership Event
For more information and to book please email Sue at nog_walsh AT hotmail.com

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


Mon 15th Jul 2024 to Fri 19th Jul 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Page to Performance: Folk Songs with the Furrow Collective

The Furrow Collective invite you to join them for a deep dive into folk songs from England, Scotland and beyond. This course is for people who would like the opportunity to sing together in harmony, both with and without instrumental accompaniment, and who are keen to develop their practical knowledge and repertoire of traditional songs, whether to perform as soloists or in groups.
The band will teach a selection of the songs that they have gathered from their decade of collaboration and four album releases, delving into their history, stories and contemporary relevance. As well as lots of practical singing opportunities, you’ll get an insight into the way they usually work together, from finding and adapting the songs to how they approach the practicalities of playing together.
There will also be some opportunities for instrumental & vocal tuition and guidance along the way. Participants will have the chance to work on songs together in large and small groups, and to engage with repertoire sourced from Halsway’s well-equipped library.
This course will offer you some new repertoire, new insights into old repertoire, and will aim to build on your pre-existing skills and techniques as singers and instrumentalists. You’ll spend the majority of the sessions being guided by the tutors in groups of various sizes, and there’ll be some opportunity for working in small groups on self-led collaborations, plus the chance for one-to-one vocal or instrumental guidance if it’s of interest.

Please note: Rachel Newton is currently on maternity leave and is not able to commit to the course dates at this time, but as Lucy is over from Canada, we couldn’t miss the opportunity for at least 3/4 of the band to share their week with you!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/folk-songs-with-the-furrow-collective/


Thu 18th Jul 2024

Combe St Nicholas village hall TA20 3LT

Jeroka provide the music and caller is yet to be confirmed

Folk dancing
It's £4.00 per person which includes a cuppa and cake, all welcome and it is a lot of fun!

Further details from Elaine on 01460 65909


Fri 19th Jul 2024

St Laurence Church, Upwey, Weymouth DT3 5QE

Martin Carthy, Nick Dow, Bonny Sartin, Patakas (Joe Sartin and Will Sartin)

"The Life and Music of Mrs Marina Russell of Upwey, Dorset"

In 1907 the Hammond Brothers collected over 100 songs or song fragments from Marina Russell of Upwey, Dorset. This concert will feature some of those songs, intermingled with some of what is known about her life and times. Marina was born a Sartin. And the singing tradition has continued among the Sartins, with Bonny Sartin of the Yetties and through the late Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and other bands) to his sons, Joe and Will. We are delighted that they'll be with us on the night, alongside Nick Dow who many years ago was encouraged to find out more about Marina Russell and her life. And the man who gave him that encouragement, Martin Carthy, will be with us too. St Laurence Church, Upwey will be a fine setting for the songs of a woman who would have known the church well.

£18 adv, £20 door (if available)

7:30pm

Contact Tony King: 07960 471170

admin AT upweymusic.org.uk

www.facebook.com/musicupwey


Sat 20th Jul 2024

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

Jim Causley and Miranda Sykes Present Ghosts, Werewolves and Countryfolk- Songs and Stories of Sabine Baring-Gould

Six-time BBC Folk Award nominee Jim Causley and Miranda Sykes of Award-winning Show of Hands and Daphne’s Flight, join John Palmer to celebrate the centenary of Victorian superstar Sabine Baring-Gould, interweaving songs he collected with stories from his best-selling books about Ghosts, Werewolves; Norse Myths and Countryfolk.
Sabine Baring-Gould was a giant of his time. He was a top ten best-selling novelist; the writer of what is still the go-to book on werewolves; author of a nerve-tingling book of ghost stories; storyteller of the Norse Myths of Iceland; compiler of a classic Dartmoor history book and composer of the hymn Onward Christian Soldiers.

www.jimcausley.co.uk

www.mirandasykes.com

8:00 pm

Tickets: £17.50 Full. £16.50 Concessions

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/jim-causley-and-miranda-sykes-present-ghosts-werewolves-and-countryfolk-songs-and-stories-of-sabine-baring-gould/


Mon 22nd Jul 2024 to Fri 26th Jul 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Violin Making – Summer 2024

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 twenty 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.
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.
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.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/violin-making-summer-2024/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Summer Country Dancing

Join us for a midweek country dancing break, in the height of the Somerset summer.
This will be a week of lively dance encompassing all forms of social folk dancing. We will have an opportunity to enjoy American and British contra as well as traditional English, Playford, American squares and some of Mark’s own composition.
There will be dances each evening, workshops in the mornings, while the afternoons will be left free to enable dancers to enjoy the Somerset countryside in all its summer glory. Afternoon trips out will be arranged on an ad hoc basis depending on the weather and demand.
Musicians are encouraged to bring instruments for jam sessions and cloggers experienced or beginners to bring footwear. Callers aspiring or experienced may like to bring their notes or queries for an open mic session.

This course runs alongside the July Violin Making course.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/summer-country-dance-week/


Fri 26th Jul 2024 to Sun 28th Jul 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk meets Classical

This course will appeal to classical players who want to get off the page, improvise and exercise their imagination, and trad players who wish to push the boundaries out beyond what they might meet in sessions.
Paul Hutchinson, Sophie Renshaw and Gabi Maas bring their combined experience to this ‘crossover’ course. They are seasoned performers of folk music and dance, classical music and trad instrumental styles, ranging from Haydn, Brahms and Purcell, to Scandinavian polskas, Irish reels and Scottish airs. The trio offers a weekend of creativity and collaborative musicmaking.
Participants will be working in small ensembles, exploring a wealth of musical ‘ingredients’ that will enable them to take popular and less well-known tunes and re-invent them.
Every tune has a life of its own and can suggest a variety of flavours; much depends on the performer’s own imagination. Workshops will cover elements of musical composition such as working with chord substitutions, adding ‘spicy’ notes, layering counter melodies and improvising rhythmical accompaniments. Participants will create unique arrangements and perhaps invent their own tunes, leaving the weekend equipped to explore a variety of musical collaborations.

Please note that jazz harmony will not be covered.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/folk-meets-classical-2024/


Sun 28th Jul 2024

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

Acoustic Night

On our performers night The David Hall hands over its professional stage and outstanding acoustics to budding artists of all genres.
Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience.
It’s a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety – and it doesn’t cost the earth – just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.
All types of performance welcome – The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance…. All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 – 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.
So, if you’re a performer, then get in touch with Chris and book a spot

07715 501157

or

email xxxfolk AT chriswatts.org- without the xx’s

These evenings are becoming increasingly popular and there is a danger that we won’t be able to accommodate everyone.
Do please book ahead rather than, as previously, just turning up and expecting to get a spot. It doesn’t matter if you’re a musician. poet, juggler or …… well, any kind of performer basically. Just be entertaining !

7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Suggested donation:

Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience.

Please pay on the door.

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/acoustic-night-2024-730pm-donations-only/2024-07-28/


Mon 29th Jul 2024 to Sat 3rd Aug 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk Intermediate 2024

An opportunity for young musicians from the South West and beyond to work with leading folk artists, to develop skills, confidence and creativity, and create a new performance piece.
We’re delighted that Becki Driscoll is back as our Creative Lead for 2024, and joining her will be our brilliant professional musician-tutors Archie Churchill-Moss, Matt Norman, and Rosie Butler-Hall, with Kerrie Seymour also returning as Pastoral Lead.
We’ll be providing an immersive week of music, creativity and fun, in the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of Halsway Manor. It will be intensive and challenging, but also supportive and fun! Young musicians will spend the week working together to learn, arrange and rehearse new repertoire, developing musical skills and performance technique, and creating their own interpretations of traditional material. The group will live, work and play together, with opportunities for informal rehearsals and social gatherings to enrich their experience and understanding of the folk arts.

The week will end with performances at Sidmouth Folk Week! Participants will need to make their own arrangements to get to Sidmouth.

Full board (accommodation and all meals), tuition and all activities:

£265
Apply via the website
https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-young-folk-intermediate-2024/


Sat 3rd Aug 2024 to Fri 9th Aug 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Family Folk Week 2024

Please note: This is a family break, and bookings should be made as a family group. We're sorry, but we won't be accepting bookings from adults without children.
Bring your family to a creative and fun Summer folk break at Halsway!

There’ll be a programme of activities each morning and evening, focused around children but suitable for the whole family – mum, dad, aunties and uncles, granny and grandad, even close family friends! – to join in with. You’ll be able to spend quality time together exploring creative and accessible folk activities (no experience necessary) and we’ll make the most of Halsway’s beautiful setting and outdoor spaces to inspire us!

Typical activities might include:

Singing for everyone – learning some traditional songs or perhaps creating some of our own…
Fun Folk Dancing for everyone – using up some excess energy or refining your best moves!
Music-making for all, where everybody can join in whatever their age, instrument or experience, and make a great sound together
“Have a go” workshops where we create new dances or learn something new or perhaps try new musical instruments
Games, crafts and outdoor play exploring the environment around us
All activities will be optional, so if you want to take some time out to relax or do your own thing that’s fine, but we do expect children to be supervised by a member of their family at all times.

Afternoons are free time for trips around this lovely area; there’s plenty to see and do including the West Somerset Railway, the seaside and Exmoor. One day a week is left completely free for you to plan your own day trips, or to relax at the Manor if you prefer.

Stay in our beautiful Manor house – large family rooms are available, and also comfortable double / twin rooms for accompanying grandparents, for example – or you can set-up camp in our lovely grounds. All meals are provided, so you can relax and enjoy yourselves in a convivial, family-orientated atmosphere!

The Team
David Faulkner is a multi-talented musician, dance caller, band leader, vocal coach – you name it! – with many years’ experience in running inclusive and creative folk arts activities and projects in all kinds of community and education settings.

Alison Rowley is a versatile and capable folk musician, ceilidh caller, workshop leader and private instrumental teacher, underpinned with a solid Cambridge University musical education.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/family-folk-week-2024/


Sun 4th Aug 2024

Hardye Theatre, Queen's Avenue, Dorchester DT1 2ET

The Spooky Men's Chorale

As thunderous as a herd of wildebeest, as sly as a wagonload of Spike Milligans and as sonorous as a cloister of monks, the Spooky Men’s Chorale are the gift that keeps on giving.
They emerged blithering and blinking-eyed from the Blue Mountains of NSW in 2001, and armed with no more than their voices, a nice line in deadpan and an ill-matched set of hats, have been gleefully disturbing audiences everywhere since.
Always renowned for a combination of Visigothic bravado, absurdist humour and eye-moistening tenderness, the Spookies in middle age, and fortified with a new generation of wunderkids, are more masters of their territory than ever before. They will delicately garnish their much-loved black-catalogue with new incursions into beauty and stupidity, somewhat like a chocolate muffin with bits of chocolate in it. You must see them, really you must.

7.30pm

Tickets: £25/£23 members and concessions

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/2024/02/29/sun-4-august-the-spooky-mens-chorale/


Fri 9th Aug 2024 to Sun 11th Aug 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Suthering Singing Weekend

This course will teach folk songs in choral, a cappella harmony. The songs have been carefully picked and uniquely arranged by Julu and Heg (Suthering) and are a combination of traditional folk and contemporary songs by influential modern folk songwriters. Every song is carefully selected and arranged especially for a cappella choral harmony – from easy rounds and loop songs to more challenging choral material which aims to help you expand your harmony singing skills.
This weekend is a chance to learn new repertoire and unique arrangements which you can take home, and be part of the Suthering singing community which promotes inclusivity, respect and encouragement!

Who is it for?
This is a course primarily aimed at participants with some previous harmony singing experience, choir singers, and those who feel confident singing in harmony, who want to build on their current skills, and hope to pick up some new techniques and repertoire along the way.
Heg and Julu teach by ear but sheet music can be provided if you prefer to have the dots. They can also provide lyric sheets for those who like to work with the words in front of them.

Julu and Heg are folk duo Suthering. A couple in life and music, the pair met in a choir whilst living in Bristol. They moved from Bristol to Devon in 2019, just before the pandemic hit, in a bid to create a life more connected to community and nature. These themes can be found woven into their retreats as well as their own music and in their band name (which means “the sound of the wind through the trees”) which was inspired by the Robert Macfarlane book Landmarks.

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


Mon 12th Aug 2024 to Mon 19th Aug 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Folk Dance Holiday

An enjoyable folk holiday that has dancing at its heart, alongside optional folk related activities for all to enjoy.

Hosted by Jane and Brian Thomas, the team brings together caller Ivan Aiken, musicians Richard Jones and Chris Jewell, plus their partners, for an enjoyable summer holiday in the beautiful setting of Halsway Manor.
Each morning will include two workshops, one for dance, one for another folk activity, which might be dance, song-based, or musical, depending on audience preference. There will be an early evening sing before dinner, and dances every evening/night. The team have organised a programme of fun things to do which make use of the Manor and its lovely gardens for both indoor and outdoor activities. All of these are optional and there is free time each day after lunch (packed lunches available if preferred) plus one day completely free, giving you time to explore the area, or to relax at the Manor.
Both the dance workshops and the evening dances will be of a professional standard both in terms of calling and music, and will include dances from across the UK. Novice dancers are very welcome, and there will be sufficient quality and variety to entertain more experienced dancers too.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-folk-dance-holiday/


Mon 19th Aug 2024 to Fri 23rd Aug 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk Advanced 2024

The Halsway Young Folk Advanced course aims to challenge and inspire the next generation of professional folk musicians – could this be you?!

Led by Archie Churchill-Moss, you’ll work to develop your musical and performance skills. This is the course to do if you have aspirations of being a professional musician or educator, or are planning to continue your musical education at University.

Full board (accommodation and all meals), tuition and all activities:

£260
Complete this form on website to apply.

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


Wed 21st Aug 2024 to Fri 23rd Aug 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk Juniors 2024

Now in its seventh year, our popular Halsway Young Folk Juniors is a great introduction to folk music and song for ages 7 – 12. Led by an experienced creative team, this short residential will be filled with fun and imaginative folk activities, using local traditions and customs as inspiration. Children will explore music and song, and create and perform a show for family and friends.
The course starts at 11am on Wednesday and finishes with a performance for family and friends at 2pm on Friday.
Who is it for?
For young musicians aged 7 – 12. Any instrument, and any level of proficiency welcome. The main thing is that you enjoy music, song and dance, and being creative!

Full board (accommodation and all meals), tuition and all activities:

£95
Complete form on website to apply.

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


Fri 23rd Aug 2024 to Mon 26th Aug 2024

Lyme Regis

Lyme Folk Weekend 2024

Along with all the usual FREE music and dancing, ceilidh, workshops and sessions, there are three stunning headline concerts - and once again a bonus matinee performance in the Marine Theatre.
Friday August 23 - Steve Knightley
Saturday August 24 - Angeline Morrison
Sunday August 25 - Nick Hart
Sunday August 25 (Matinee)
Ghosts, Werewolves & Countryfolk - The Sabine Baring-Gould Centenary Project
with Jim Causley, Miranda Sykes and John Palmer

https://www.lymefolk.com/


Mon 26th Aug 2024 to Fri 30th Aug 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Summer School 2024

Our beloved Folk Summer School is back for 2024. There’ll be music, dance and song – for adults of all abilities – led by a crack team of tutors who have detailed knowledge and extensive experience of a wide spectrum of folk music. Throughout the week, you will work towards a full-group ensemble piece which includes the whole summer school cohort – the ‘Big Ensemble’; it’s a powerful way of bringing everything and everyone 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 is it for?
Singers, dancers and musicians of all levels of experience; there’s something for everyone!
Choose from classes in guitar, fiddle, piano accordion, singing, or dance. Let us know which group you’d like to be part of when you book.

Guitar with David Delarre
Fiddle with John Dipper
Piano Accordion with Paul Hutchinson (you’ll need to be able to read music)
Mixed instrument band with Kevin Dempsey
Singing with Jo Freya
Dance with Kerry Fletcher

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


Fri 30th Aug 2024 to Sun 1st Sep 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

The Halsway Regency Assembly

Join dance teacher and caller Georgia Delve and The Warleggan Village Bandfor another weekend exploring the Regency period through dance. She will be looking at the evolving fashions of social dancing through the Georgian period, culminating in the iconic Regency era. Halsway is excited to offer this weekend masterclass of steps, patterns, music and manners, not forgetting that all-important ballroom etiquette. With a mixture of country dances, cotillions, quadrilles and even some scandalous couple waltzing, it’s sure to be a weekend to enjoy.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/the-halsway-regency-assembly-2024/


Sat 31st Aug 2024

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

Acoustic Night

On our performers night The David Hall hands over its professional stage and outstanding acoustics to budding artists of all genres.
Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience.
It’s a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety – and it doesn’t cost the earth – just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.
All types of performance welcome – The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance…. All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 – 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.
So, if you’re a performer, then get in touch with Chris and book a spot

07715 501157

or

email xxxfolk AT chriswatts.org- without the xx’s

These evenings are becoming increasingly popular and there is a danger that we won’t be able to accommodate everyone.
Do please book ahead rather than, as previously, just turning up and expecting to get a spot. It doesn’t matter if you’re a musician. poet, juggler or …… well, any kind of performer basically. Just be entertaining !

7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Suggested donation:

Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience.

Please pay on the door.

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/acoustic-night-2024-730pm-donations-only/2024-08-31/


Sun 1st Sep 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Sunday Club

A regular evening of music and song at Halsway Manor.

Halsway Manor open their doors to all on the first Sunday evening of each month for an evening of folk and acoustic music. Singers and musicians of all abilities are invited. If you are curious about folk music and just want to listen with a drink from the bar, you are also welcome.
There has been a Sunday Club meeting at Halsway Manor for many years.
This ‘Sunday Club’ for musicians and singers is informal and relaxed. We have a folk theme, but really all types of acoustic music, song and poetry are welcome. The evening generally combines some playing together with individual spots. We don’t frown on you having your words or music in front of you, and certainly encourage beginners.
Just come along, or give Roger Phipps a call on 01278 671685 if you would like to find out more.
Halsway Music and Song Club is held 8pm on the 1st Sunday of each month (with the exception of an August break for Sidmouth Folk Festival).

Free to attend – donations welcome.

8pm–10pm

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/sunday-club-2/2024-09-01/


Fri 6th Sep 2024 to Sun 8th Sep 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Harpas at Halsway: Nyckelharpa Festival

The Halsway Nyckelharpa Festival is a weekend of harpa workshops, ensemble playing, sessions, a concert and more! Hosted by Vicki Swan, with tutoring assistance from Torbjörn Näsbom and Gabi Maas, this is a weekend you won’t want to miss!
Come and explore a diverse range of repertoire, and meet, play and socialise with other players and enthusiasts of this fascinating Scandinavian instrument.
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!

Sunday night B&B is available for anyone wishing to stay on for an extra night – this includes supper on Sunday evening and breakfast on Monday morning for £60 per person.

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


Sat 7th Sep 2024

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

Milly Riquelme – With Love from Cuba

This is a first time visit to The David Hall for Milly Riquelme and her band so we’re looking forward to a mixture of authentic Cuban melodies, Bossa Nova and up-beat Latin grooves.
Milly has been a musical director and pianist with Cuban Salsa and Latin bands in Havana since 2006. She has collaborated with other well-known Cuban Musicians, such as Nicolas Sirgado and Mayito Ribera; pillars of the popular Cuban and Latin Jazz in Cuba.
La Cubana Band will be joinng Milly for her performance during the show. Come and join us, especially if you love to salsa!

Tickets: £14. No concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/milly-riquelme-with-love-from-cuba/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Harpas at Halsway

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, Torbjörn Näsbom and Gabi Maas.

8pm–9:30pm

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/gig-harpas-at-halsway/


Fri 13th Sep 2024 to Sun 15th Sep 2024

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. This years guest tutor is Grace Smith.
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.
An intensive weekend for fiddle players of all ages and abilities – with the exception of complete beginners. You’ll need a basic grasp of your instrument and to be able to play either from the music provided or to pick up tunes quickly by ear.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/autumn-fiddle-weekend-2024/


Fri 13th Sep 2024

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

Jon Boden

Jon Boden is best known is the lead singer of the progressive Folk juggernaut Bellowhead who have sold 250,000 albums, had seven singles playlisted on Radio 2 and sold out hundreds venues including The Royal Albert Hall. Alongside Bellowhead Jon has continued his development as one of the foremost names in English Folk music.
Solo, Jon performs the self-penned songs of Songs From The Floodplain, Painted Lady, Afterglow and Rose In June, material from Bellowhead, Spiers & Boden, and his A Folk Song A Day project in which he recorded 365 Folk songs in one year, as well as music from his most recent album Last Mile Home (Hudson Records) and more.

Tickets: £23. No concessions

www.jonboden.com

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/jon-boden/


Mon 16th Sep 2024

The Studio, Strode Theatre, Strode College Church Road Street BA16 0AB

Grace Smith Trio & Archie Churchill-Moss

Grace Smith Trio

Wielding the distinct voices of fiddle, concertina and double bass, the Grace Smith Trio
brings together three likeminded musicians to create one dynamic and expressive musical dialogue. Acclaimed fiddle and viola player Grace Smith is joined by Sam Partridge (Concertina, Electric Guitar) and Bevan Morris (Double Bass) in this innovative ensemble, which offers a fresh take on folk.

Archie Churchill-Moss

Widely regarded as one of the best players of English traditional music, Archie has worked as a session musician for some of the UK’s top folk acts (Cara Dillon, Eliza Carthy, Blair Dunlop, Jim Moray) and producers (Andy Bell, Ed Harcourt), as well as performing with the trio, ‘Moore, Moss, Rutter’ - the outfit which saw him receive the coveted BBC radio 2 folk award in 2011.

7:45pm
Tickets: £15 (incl £1 cmsn)

https://www.strodetheatre.org.uk/whats-on/view/grace-smith-trio-archie-churchill-moss/


Fri 20th Sep 2024 to Sun 22nd Sep 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Advanced Piano Accordion Weekend (Level 4)

New for 2024!

This new course is an accordion weekend for advanced players working at Level 4, and will offer those players the chance to work at a faster pace or cover trickier repertoire in a more intense way, alongside other players of a similar level.
If you consider yourself to be working at Level 1 to Level 3, please take a look at the Summer Accordion Weekend in July.
Halsway favourite Murray Grainger will be leading this new course, bringing with him in-depth sessions on technique, repertoire and interpretation. Numbers will be limited to give you maximum contact time, with opportunities for 1:1 support if requested.
There will be a chance for participants to perform in Saturday night’s informal sharing event too, so bring along what you’ve been working on during the year for an opportunity to practise your stagecraft and performance skills.
This course is for Advanced accordion players.
You’ll need to be able to read music fluently. The workshops will be taught at a fast pace and you’ll need to be confident in your playing, both alone and as part of a small group.

Murray Grainger is one of Britain’s most influential and innovative accordionists. Whether working with the finest orchestras, pushing the boundaries with traditional projects or teaching around the UK, Murray is at the forefront of the British accordion scene. Murray trained in the classical accordion at The Royal Academy of Music. He has been a tutor in both classical and folk accordion at Chetham’s School of Music, on Newcastle University’s Folk and Traditional Music course, and as the Director of Education for Young Musicians Stornoway. He has been a regular tutor on Halsway Manor’s Accordion Weekend.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/advanced-piano-accordion-weekend/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Beyond the Tune

A course for folk musicians – with a special emphasis on harpists – who want to learn how to improvise, create harmonies, counter melodies and accompaniments.
This is a course for musicians who wish to develop their arranging skills through ensemble playing. Players of all instruments welcome, but this course caters particularly well for harpists under the dedicated tuition of Moira Gutteridge.
Part of the time the group will be split in two and part of the time there will be opportunity to work in smaller groups, allowing for focused tuition with Moira for the harpists, while all other musicians work with Peter.
You’ll also practise tunes for dancing with guidance from Madeleine on bringing the music and dancers together.

Moira and Peter cater for players of most instruments, and all levels of experience, although the week is not intended for complete beginners. It is however ok to be a novice when it comes to ensemble playing and arrangement. Music is available in advance and will be emailed to you nearer the time

Moira Gutteridge plays fiddle, keyboard and harp along with Peter in their band Dampier’s Round, playing at dances throughout the country. She and Peter run a village folk band for all ages and abilities, and with a wide range of instruments.
Peter Gutteridge plays guitar, bass guitar, mandolin and flute.
Both Moira & Peter have extensive teaching experience, and together have organised and run music workshops at festivals and folk camps and at Halsway Manor on many occasions.

www.DampiersRound.co.uk

Madeleine Smith is a caller, clog dancer and teacher, sought after for her extensive knowledge of dancing and the folk tradition. She plays recorder, piano and Celtic harp, and is equally at home helping musicians improve their playing as she leading dances. Madeleine sings in a community choir and plays for Towersey Morris. She is also a recipient of the EFDSS Gold Badge.

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


Mon 23rd Sep 2024 to Fri 27th Sep 2024

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, Charlotte Carrivick, and David Delarre. 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 course of guitar playing in the manor.
The course 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.
This course is aimed at acoustic guitarists (steel-strung) of an intermediate level and above, it’s not really suitable for beginners.

As a guide, to get the most from the course you’ll need a grasp of the following topics:
All common open major and minor chords
Familiarity with one or two moveable barre chord shapes
Some basic fingerpicking ability
Steady, even strumming rhythm in 4/4 time
Beyond this, enthusiasm is much more important than skill level; we only ask that you join in to the best of your ability. This week is all about helping you develop your playing, whatever your current level of ability, and sending you away with the inspiration and tools to continue to improve.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/guitar-study-week-2024/


Fri 27th Sep 2024 to Sun 29th Sep 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Harvest Weekend

A weekend of mainly English style dance for experienced dancers. This year’s guest caller is Frances Oates from Cornwall accompanied by Dampier’s Round (Moira and Peter Gutteridge). There will be workshops from Barrie Bullimore, Rob Dawson and Laura Hodges.
For those staying on on the Sunday night there will be a Ceilidh in the evening.

The weekend is aimed at experienced dancers who enjoy traditional English style dancing, to improve on technique and working together.

The Team
Rob Dawson hosts, with house party callers (Barrie Bullimore and Laura Hodges), guest caller Frances Oates plus band Dampier’s Round (Moira and Peter Gutteridge).

To book please contact Rob at halswayharvest AT gmail.com

Please note: our partners set their own course prices, which may differ from our in-house courses.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-harvest-weekend-sept2024/


Sat 28th Sep 2024

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

John Smith

Born in Essex, raised by the Devon seaside, and making his bones in the bars and clubs of Liverpool, John Smith has performed at festivals and concert halls around the world, released six studio albums and is currently hard at work on album #7, having barely paused for breath during his eighteen-year tenure as a full-time independent touring musician.
Steeped in the lineage of British Folk and American guitar music, Smith has evolved and pioneered a transatlantic blend of guitar techniques. His deeply romantic and vivid song-writing combined with his innovative guitar work having won him a loyal following.
His career began opening for Folk greats including John Martyn, Davy Graham and John Renbourn, who called him “the future of folk music.” He has since opened for Iron and Wine, Patty Griffin and Ben Howard, and guested with artists such as Jackson Browne, Martin Carthy, Roseanne Cash, Jarvis Cocker and Rodney Crowell.

http://johnsmithjohnsmith.com

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/john-smith/


Sun 29th Sep 2024

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

Acoustic Night

On our performers night The David Hall hands over its professional stage and outstanding acoustics to budding artists of all genres.
Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience.
It’s a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety – and it doesn’t cost the earth – just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.
All types of performance welcome – The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance…. All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 – 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.
So, if you’re a performer, then get in touch with Chris and book a spot

07715 501157

or

email xxxfolk AT chriswatts.org- without the xx’s

These evenings are becoming increasingly popular and there is a danger that we won’t be able to accommodate everyone.
Do please book ahead rather than, as previously, just turning up and expecting to get a spot. It doesn’t matter if you’re a musician. poet, juggler or …… well, any kind of performer basically. Just be entertaining !

7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Suggested donation:

Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience.

Please pay on the door.

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/acoustic-night-2024-730pm-donations-only/2024-09-29/


Mon 30th Sep 2024 to Fri 4th Oct 2024

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! Our Autumn dance week is led by a great American caller Diane Silver, with music by the fantastic Will Allen, Rowan Pigott and Gareth Kiddier. 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!
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!

The Team
Diane Silver – Caller
Diane will transport you to contra dance heaven in no time with her careful attention to dancers’ pace and progress, her ability to think on her feet and her clear, efficient teaching of higher-level dances. Attend even one contra dance session with Diane Silver and you will see why we invited her down!

Musicians
Will Allen is an expert button accordionist, melodeon player and fiddler based in the southeast of England. He has an enormous repertoire of dance tunes from England, Ireland, Scotland and many other western countries. Will also composes his own music and teaches people of all abilities to play and understand traditional music and dance.
Rowan Pigott is a folk fiddler, traditional singer, writer and tune collector who grew up in the foothills of the Burren on the west coast of Ireland, surrounded by traditional music.
Gareth Kiddier is a keyboard wizard and a beloved Halsway regular, playing for many dance events at the manor, and hosting some of our festive getaways.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/autumn-american-contra-dance-week2024/


Sat 5th Oct 2024

Strode Theatre Strode College Church Road Street BA16 0AB

Phil Beer

Phil Beer is the multi-instrumental half of the west country’s award winning acoustic duo, Show of Hands.
With a professional career of over 36 years, Phil has a great deal of material to draw on for his solo appearances, which are an eclectic mix of traditional tunes, covers of Springsteen or The Hollies, together with his own compositions and songs from his contemporaries.
All are songs and music of memory and significance sung in the subtle and melodic Phil Beer style and interjected with musings and amusings to an almost personal audience. It is a treat of past and current favourites from one of the most popular musicians on the acoustic circuit.

7:30pm

Tickets: £17 (incl £1 cmsn)

https://www.strodetheatre.org.uk/whats-on/view/phil-beer/


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

Noble Jacks

A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event

With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners with their high-energy footstompin’ rhythms, which have taken crowds by storm across the UK and beyond. Nominated Live Act Of The Year 2023 by the Americana Music Association UK, Noble Jacks are considered by many to be the finest purveyors of Folk-influenced Americana.
Noble Jacks’ debut album What the Hammer released to much acclaim. A fiddle driven thrill ride, the band set out to capture the raw energy of their notoriously hectic live shows. Achieving radio play internationally, including support from BBC Introducing and Radio Caroline, the riotous album has become a firm fan favourite.
Hailed as the finest purveyors of Folk-influenced Americana, look out as Noble Jacks take the liveliest show around.

www.noblejacks.com

Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/noble-jacks-a-chance-to-dance-event/


Fri 11th Oct 2024

Taunton Brewhouse TA1 1JL

Suthering

Evocative and distinctive, folk duo Suthering transport audiences with their exquisite vocal harmonies and their message of hope during hard times.
Soaring above the cascading piano and delicate, fingerstyle guitar, it’s the duo’s beautifully matched voices and their fresh approach to folk which make their traditional and self-penned songs stand out.

£16.50

7.45 pm

Contact Hannah Harrison: 01823 704041

marketing AT tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk

https://www.tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk/events/suthering/


Sat 12th Oct 2024

Taunton Brewhouse TA1 1JL

Julie July Band

Julie July Band is a British folk-rock band performing original music inspired by the folk, rock, and blues movement of the 60s and 70s but with a contemporary 21st century twist.
With over a decade of gigging and recording experience, they make their debut performance at Taunton Brewhouse celebrating their new album Flight of Fancy, together with songs from their critically acclaimed albums Lady of the First Light and Wonderland, plus a selection of Sandy Denny favourites.

£20.00 - £24.00

7.45 pm

Contact Hannah Harrison: 01823 704041

marketing AT tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk

https://www.tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk/events/julie-july-band/


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

The Drystones

Electro Folk pioneers The Drystones are bringing a night of big bad beats for badass barn dancing to The David Hall. All you have to do is leave your preconceptions of Folk at the door and maybe bring some sequins…
For their Vulpus tour, the ‘indecently talented’ duo of Alex Garden (fiddle) and Ford Collier (guitar, whistle) are joining forces with ‘percussion maestro’ Evan Carson (Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys, iamthemorning).

Whether you’re more at home in a crusty tavern or a sweaty disco, a Drystones show is the place for you.

www.thedrystones.co.uk

Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Under 25s

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/the-drystones-2/


Fri 18th Oct 2024

Westlands Ballroom, Westbourne Close, Yeovil BA20 2DD

Steeleye Span

The band who have changed the face of folk music over their fifty five years together, Steeleye Span's new album Green Man Collection brings together recent tracks with new versions of three classics.
As ever performing a selection of songs from across the years and firm fan favourites.

Tickets: £29.50
Concessions: £28
Footlights: Discount applies

​A £1.50 ticket levy is included in all stated ticket prices.
All bookings are subject to a £2 transaction Fee.

https://www.westlandsyeovil.co.uk/whats-on/music/steeleye-span/


Sat 19th Oct 2024

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

Lady Maisery

Uniquely captivating band Lady Maisery return with their first studio album in six years. The combined vocal and multi-instrumental talents of Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans (individually three of the most accomplished and adventurous artists in modern Folk) transmute to form a unified voice, carrying stories of sisterhood, human struggle, the joy of living and the vitality of music.
Frequent festival headliners, Lady Maisery have for over a decade enraptured audiences throughout the UK and Europe. Their return to the live stage has been eagerly awaited.

Tickets: £17. No concessions

www.ladymaisery.com

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/lady-maisery/


Fri 25th Oct 2024

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

Christian Garrick & the Budapest Café Orchestra

CHRISTIAN GARRICK – violin, darbuka
EDDIE HESSION – accordion
KELLY CANTLON – double bass
ADRIAN ZOLOTUHIN – guitar, saz, balalaika, domra

Refreshingly unconventional and snappily attired boutique orchestra the BCO redeliver gypsy and folk-flavoured music in their own fresh and surprising way. From Balkan and Russian traditional pieces to artful distillations of the Romantic masterpieces to Gaelic folk anthems their infectious music will get into your bloodstream and stay there forever.
With 14 albums already to their name the Budapest Café Orchestra was established in 2009 by British composer and violinist, Christian Garrick, and led by him have won legions of fans with their magical and infectious performances. A small but impeccably formed ensemble of just four players, the BCO combines violin, guitar, accordion, double bass, saz & balalaika to dazzling effect, creating an awesome aural alchemy normally only characteristic of far larger ensembles.

www.budapestcafeorchestra.co.uk

Tickets: £20 Full. £19 Concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/christian-garrick-the-budapest-cafe-orchestra/


Sun 27th Oct 2024

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

Acoustic Night

On our performers night The David Hall hands over its professional stage and outstanding acoustics to budding artists of all genres.
Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience.
It’s a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety – and it doesn’t cost the earth – just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.
All types of performance welcome – The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance…. All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 – 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.
So, if you’re a performer, then get in touch with Chris and book a spot

07715 501157

or

email xxxfolk AT chriswatts.org- without the xx’s

These evenings are becoming increasingly popular and there is a danger that we won’t be able to accommodate everyone.
Do please book ahead rather than, as previously, just turning up and expecting to get a spot. It doesn’t matter if you’re a musician. poet, juggler or …… well, any kind of performer basically. Just be entertaining !

7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Suggested donation:

Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience.

Please pay on the door.

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/acoustic-night-2024-730pm-donations-only/2024-10-27/


Wed 30th Oct 2024

Bridport Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY

Fairport Convention

Folk rock legends
Fairport Convention have been entertaining music lovers for over half a century, with 2024 being their 57th anniversary.
During that time the band that launched British folk-rock has seen many changes, but one thing has remained the same – Fairport’s passion for performance.
This year’s Autumn Tour will present a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and some surprises from albums old and new.
Fairport Convention have won a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted their ground-breaking album Liege & Lief ‘The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time’.
Their story has been celebrated with television documentaries on BBC Four and Sky Arts.
The band features founding member Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin, Chris Leslie on bouzouki, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, and vocals.

7.30 pm

£32.00

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


Sat 2nd Nov 2024

Cedars Hall, Wells BA5 2ST

Christina Alden & Alex Patterson

Christina Alden & Alex Patterson are multi-instrumentalists and songwriters from Norwich. Their music is rich with intertwining harmony, sensitive accomplished musicianship and a creative song-writing style that is both delicate and moving. Deeply inspired by the world around them, they have a keen environmental eye to craft stories with the natural world at its heart, reflecting on the relationship between humans and the wild.
They have enjoyed touring extensively in the UK and Europe; including a twenty-three-date concert hall tour with Show of Hands (including Union Chapel and St David’s Hall Cardiff), a show at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for Celtic Connections, headline and main stage performances at some of the UK’s most prestigious folk festivals and performances in Norway, Belgium, France and Ireland. They have written and self-released four albums, composed music for a BBC Radio 4 documentary series and have had over a million streams on Spotify.

£14

7.30pm

Contact Box Office: 01749 834483

boxoffice AT cedarshallwells.co.uk

cedarshallwells.co.uk


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

Noche Flamenca

A night of passionate rhythms of Flamenco music.

The intense sounds of hand clapping, foot stomping, singing and exquisite guitar playing will transport you for one night to Andalucia – the heart of Flamenco. Dancer Aneta Skut is accompanied on this occasion by the finest Flamenco musicians Cuffy Cuthbertson (guitar) and Kostka Garcia (vocals/percussion).

Tickets: £16. No concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/noche-flamenca/


Sun 3rd Nov 2024

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

The Tannahill Weavers

Traditional Celtic music at its best! With fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, haunting ballads and a good dose of humour, and joined by Scotland’s youngest Clan leader on bagpipes and fiddle, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

“Formed from a Paisley pub session in 1968, seminal trailblazers the Tannahill Weavers now also rank as national treasures.”
-Glasgow Celtic Connections 2018

www.tannahillweavers.co.uk

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions

7.30 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/the-tannahill-weavers/


Sat 9th Nov 2024

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

3 Daft Monkeys

A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event

Plus Special Guests

21 YEARS WILD…

With a fiery helter-skelter blend of influences from East and West, 3 Daft Monkeys inject a unique wildness into their music, producing a symphonious cacophony of styles, Silvery vocal melodies soar above percussive global beats and rhythms, while passionate fiddle-driven tunes weave around animated guitar and bass, all presented with outstanding musicianship in their famously theatrical live performances.
This multi-award-winning live act continues to deliver dynamic, rampageous,
powerful performances of their completely original songs with an endless energy and enthusiasm! With 21 years of International festival experience in hand, 3 Daft Monkeys certainly know how to work a festival crowd, and are guaranteed to whip an audience into a frenzy of emotions with every performance.

www.3daftmonkeys.co.uk

Tickets: £17.50 Full. £16.50 Concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/3-daft-monkeys-a-chance-to-dance-event/


Fri 15th Nov 2024

The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA4 4BD

Katie Spencer

Raised in the East Yorkshire flatlands on the fringes of Hull, Katie Spencer’s landscape has always been that of open skies and widening rivers. Industry still shapes the city here. The people, as with the land, are moulded by tides and stark horizons. Stand in the same place for long enough and you can watch the sun rise over the North Sea and then sink into crop fields, glowing auburn in late-summer sun. It is this sense of space and movement that flows through Katie Spencer’s music.
The song-writing, and most notably her guitar playing stems from a time when the steel-stringed instrument was truly finding its voice. Artists like Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and perhaps most evidently Michael Chapman, flow into her sound, carrying with them the warmth and idealism of the early 70’s Folk and song-writer movements.

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions

www.katiespencer.net

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/katie-spencer/


Wed 20th Nov 2024

The Studio, Strode Theatre Strode College Church Road Street BA16 0AB

Josienne Clarke

Indie-folk singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Josienne Clarke is often said to draw on traditional British folk inspirations, but is a thoroughly modern, multifaceted artist who follows her own compass.
Josienne is blessed with a voice of crystalline beauty and clarity that has been compared to Sandy Denny. She has extensive touring experience, having been a Rough Trade-signed, Radio 2 Folk Award-winning artist and has also been hand-picked as main tour support for folk legend Richard Thompson.
As well as being a guitarist and vocalist of alarmingly good quality, Josienne’s dark wit also acts as compelling counterpoint to her own twilit, low-key and intimate compositions when playing live.

7:45mp

Tickets: £16 incl. £1cms

https://www.strodetheatre.org.uk/whats-on/view/josienne-clarke/


Thu 21st Nov 2024

Bath Forum, 1A Forum Buildings, Bath BA1 1UG

Bellowhead

Celebrating 20 Years of Bellowhead

In 2004, Bellowhead burst onto the British folk scene like nothing before or since. Famously conjured up by duo Spiers & Boden whilst sitting in a traffic jam, they roped in friends, and friends of friends until the big band was born. In their early years Bellowhead played to hundreds of thousands of people at festivals and on tour and were regularly lauded as “One of the country’s greatest live outfits.” They recorded 5 studio albums (selling over a quarter of a million copies), were the proud recipients of 2 x silver discs and won a staggering 8 x BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
2024 marks Bellowhead’s 20th Anniversary, it’s also 20 years since the release of their debut 5 track E.P.Onymous and 10 years since the release of their Top 20 studio album Revival which featured favourites including Gosport Nancy and Roll Alabama.
The band say “The reunion tour in 2022 meant such a lot to all of us after such a difficult time, and seemed to bring so much joy to our fans, that we thought we'd probably best do it again!

Tickets: £27.50 / £35.00 / £45.00 (plus booking fees)
Please note under 18 to be accompanied by an adult.

7:30pm

https://www.bathforum.co.uk/Publisher/Article.aspx?ID=676272


Sat 23rd Nov 2024

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

Phil Beer Trio

An opportunity to see world renowned multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer share the Blues roots of his musical life. Supported by his long-time collaborator Miranda Sykes on Bass guitar and Sian Monaghan on percussion, they will confidently guide you through the music of Blind Willie Johnson, The Rev Gary Davis, Davy Graham, and John Mayall.

Phil will introduce the music of the Great British Blues interpreters and pioneers with it, all whilst giving it that inimitable Phil Beer ‘twist’. Following the success of his 2020 album ‘The Blues Hour’, the Phil Beer Trio’s ‘Blues and Beyond…’ Tour promises three great musicians at the top of their game, combining effortlessly to create an evening of songs and random anecdotes from an extraordinary life in music, this time from the Bluesy side of the street.

www.philbeer.co.uk

Tickets: £22.50. No concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/phil-beer-trio/


Sun 24th Nov 2024

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

Acoustic Night

On our performers night The David Hall hands over its professional stage and outstanding acoustics to budding artists of all genres.
Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience.
It’s a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety – and it doesn’t cost the earth – just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.
All types of performance welcome – The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance…. All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 – 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.
So, if you’re a performer, then get in touch with Chris and book a spot

07715 501157

or

email xxxfolk AT chriswatts.org- without the xx’s

These evenings are becoming increasingly popular and there is a danger that we won’t be able to accommodate everyone.
Do please book ahead rather than, as previously, just turning up and expecting to get a spot. It doesn’t matter if you’re a musician. poet, juggler or …… well, any kind of performer basically. Just be entertaining !

7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Suggested donation:

Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience.

Please pay on the door.

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/acoustic-night-2024-730pm-donations-only/2024-11-24/


Sat 7th Dec 2024

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

James Kirby

Award-winning singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, James Kirby, has built a loyal international fan base over recent years, selling out venues and captivating audiences worldwide with his mellow voice and distinctive percussive guitar playing.

Blending elements of folk, pop, blues, indie rock and piano, his compositions range from fast and furious to heartfelt and melodic, with James finding new and unorthodox techniques to make music from every part of the acoustic guitar.

www.jameskirbymusic.com

Tickets: £18.50 Full. £17.50 Concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/james-kirby/


Sat 14th Dec 2024

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

St Agnes Fountain

Christmas, as they say, starts with St. Agnes Fountain. Presenting 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 and very sadly died last year.
There will never been another quite like him, he was simply a one off. His vision to create traditional Christmas carols with a curve led to the creation of St Agnes Fountain, he was our founding father but he was so much more
than that. His unique style of rhythm, of hearing and playing a groove, his satirical wit and sartorial style, his dead pan presence on stage, his beautiful turn of a lyrical phrase.
One thing we can say without any doubt is that David wouldn’t have wanted to rest in peace, he would want to be putting on his fedora, tapping his foot out to some insane syncopated rhythm and leading us all in a celebration of a life of love, laughter and mirth.
Chris, Chris and Julie intend to do just that, keeping the Christmas Aggie spirit alive and touring as a trio celebrating 23 years together with some new material, those old Aggie classics and a doff of the fedora to David.

www.stagnesfountain.net

Tickets: £23.50. No concessions

8.00 pm

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


Sun 15th Dec 2024

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

Acoustic Night

On our performers night The David Hall hands over its professional stage and outstanding acoustics to budding artists of all genres.
Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience.
It’s a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety – and it doesn’t cost the earth – just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.
All types of performance welcome – The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance…. All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 – 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.
So, if you’re a performer, then get in touch with Chris and book a spot

07715 501157

or

email xxxfolk AT chriswatts.org- without the xx’s

These evenings are becoming increasingly popular and there is a danger that we won’t be able to accommodate everyone.
Do please book ahead rather than, as previously, just turning up and expecting to get a spot. It doesn’t matter if you’re a musician. poet, juggler or …… well, any kind of performer basically. Just be entertaining !

7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Suggested donation:

Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience.

Please pay on the door.

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/acoustic-night-2024-730pm-donations-only/2024-12-15/


Tue 31st Dec 2024

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

New Year’s Eve Celebration Ceilidh

The Crooked Furrow band have been around forever! Formed in the mid 1980s as a Wurzels tribute band, hence the name, the only remaining founding member is Mark the accordion player.
We eventually moved from Wurzels music to more mainstream and Irish Folk and noticed people dancing to some of the lovely Irish Folk tunes.
Current line up is accordion, fiddle/flute and caller, playing bass guitar and occasional banjo.

Tickets £17.50 Full. No concessions

8.30 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/new-years-eve-celebration-ceilidh/