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Regular events, such as music sessions and dance clubs are listed separately here.

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Sat 19th Aug 2017

Pebbles Tavern, Watchet TA23 0AN

Mitchell and Vincent

Acoustic magazine described Mitchell and Vincent's playing as “Stunning”, while Bright Young Folk said they provided, "Skilled arrangements and expert delivery of tunes and songs which showcase the vibrancy, and variety, of folk music across Britain. A thoroughly engaging and enjoyable experience.”

Venue Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pebblestavern
Venue website: http://www.pebblestavern.co.uk/
Venue Tel: 01984 634737

Donations

8.30 pm

Contact Mitchell and Vincent
mitchellandvincent AT gmail.com
https://mitchellandvincent.com/


Sun 20th Aug 2017

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

No partner needed nor previous experience.
Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
Mainly Tudor.
Musicians welcome for approx. an hour before session to try playing simple accessible dance tunes.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm
Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Mon 21st Aug 2017 to Fri 25th Aug 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe Ta4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk – Advanced

After 5 years of successful ‘Hothouse’ courses, we’re delighted to add a new advanced tier to our Young Halsway programme!

Full board per person (all meals, accommodation, tuition):
£195

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


Tue 22nd Aug 2017 to Thu 24th Aug 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk – Juniors

Following on from the huge success of Halsway’s Hothouse youth residential courses we are pleased to announce Halsway Young Folk – Juniors for ages 8 – 12. Led by experienced teacher-practitioner Claire Bailey, this short residential will be filled with fun and creative folk activities, using local traditions and customs as inspiration. Children will explore music, dance and song, and create and perform a show for family and friends.

Full board per person (all meals, accommodation, activities):
£60

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


Thu 24th Aug 2017

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

Historical Dance

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


Fri 25th Aug 2017

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

Acoustic Night

All styles and forms of performance welcome – not just music.

If you wish to perform please drop us an email at folk AT chriswatts.org to secure a slot.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/


Sherborne Library, 2 Hound Street, Sherborne DT9 3AA

Ann Hinchliffe

Talk: English social dance in literary contexts from Chaucer to Dickens. A short seminar using contemporary sources with some active dancing.

2.00 - 3.00 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com

https://northsquarehistoricaldance.wordpress.com/


Mon 28th Aug 2017

Horton Village Hall TA19 9QR

Alex Cumming & Nicola Beazley.

Support from Hannah Cumming

Concert & Barn Dance

Join critically acclaimed accordion and fiddle duo Alex Cumming (The Teacups, Dyer:Cummings) and Nicola Beazley (The Rosie Hood Band) for an fun evening of music and dance.
The first part of the evening will be a short concert featuring songs and tunes from the duo's critically acclaimed debut album 'Across The Water', plus brand new material.

The chairs will then be pushed back and there will be a Barn Dance / Ceilidh for the rest of the evening.

The event will start with support from fiddle-singing maestro, Hannah Cumming.

PLUS, there will be a Raffle and light refreshments will be available. Bring Your Own Booze.

£8 / £6 concession

Doors: 7pm
Finish time: 10.30pm

Contact Stuart Cumming: 01460 54559

alexandnicolamusic AT gmail.com

www.alexandnicolamusic.weebly.com


Caryford Community Hall, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ

Wizz Jones

Wizz is widely regarded as one of the finest acoustic guitarists Britain has ever produced. His career spans 60 years. He may not be a household name but in the words of Keith Richards he is one "great guitar picker" and said to be an early influence on the likes of Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart and Jimmy Page.

Tickets from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/401235

£12.00

6:45 pm

cfch.website AT gmail.com

www.caryfordhall.co.uk


Tue 29th Aug 2017 to Fri 1st Sep 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Summer School

This is the fifth year of our folk music, dance and song summer school – for all ages and abilities – led by a crack team of tutors who have detailed knowledge and extensive experience of a wide spectrum of folk music.

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


Tue 29th Aug 2017

The Drax Arms, Bere Regis BH20 7HH

Kadia the Band, Pauline Clenshaw, Richard Wirdnam and Paul Openshaw

Our next music night: read more about them all at www.draxfolk.org.uk.

Start time: 8.00 pm

Contact Richard & Lesley: 07884364516

mail AT draxfolk.org.uk

www.draxfolk.org.uk


Fri 1st Sep 2017 to Sun 3rd Sep 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Dances featured in Poldark Weekend

A weekend for dancers of all abilities to learn and enjoy some of the elegant and lively 18th Century dances featured in the BBC’s adaptation of Winston Graham’s ‘Poldark’ novels. Led by dancing-master Stuart Marsden, choreographer of the BBC Poldark series.

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


Fri 1st Sep 2017

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion TA11 7AA

Charlie Dore & Julian Littman

+ Support Brigands' Brew

The fabulously talented Charlie Dore is bringing her beautiful music to Blandford so don't miss this chance to enjoy her sublime voice, accompanied by the brilliant Julian Littman.
Providing opening support is Brigands' Brew from Southampton - Johnny and Nick are performing as a duo.

Tickets available through the website
www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

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

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Durlston Castle, Durlston Country Park BH19 2JL

Maiden Oak

Barn Dance

Tunes to suit dancers of all ages and abilities with squeezeboxes, fiddles, flute, saxaphone, piano, drums and guitar, led by Rollo Woods. Caller: Paul Miles

£8 (parking included on advance sales)

7:30 - 10:00 pm

Contact Janet Rees: 07880 335012

janetlynrees AT hotmail.co.uk

www.maidenoak.co.uk


Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Eliza and Martin Carthy

Martin is a legendary ballad singer and guitarist who has influenced generations of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, while Eliza has been twice-nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and is a multiple-award winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Supported by The David Hall

Tickets: £17
Concessions: £15.50
Footlights/Groups 10+: Discount Applies

A £1 ticket levy is included in all stated ticket prices.
https://www.octagon-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/music/eliza-and-martin-carthy/2297


Holwell Village Hall DT9 5LL

Autumn Performance Night

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

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

£4 suggested contribution if not performing

Doors open 7pm

Finish 11.30pm

Contact Samantha Jane

samantha-jane- AT hotmail.co.uk

www.bearcatcollective.co.uk


Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Jim Moray, The Longest Johns

Opening night of Lyme Folk Weekend

£15

Start time: 7.30

Phone: 01297 442138

admin AT lymefolk.com

www.lymefolk.com


Sat 2nd Sep 2017

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

The Old Pull & Push, with Helen Woodall calling

OP&P getting us off to a good start after the summer hols, on Bridport's Hat Festival weekend - with lots more going on in town. Enter into the spirit of it by wearing a suitably silly titfer should you so choose.
Bring booze and a plate of food to share - go on, make a party of it!

£8 advance, £9 on the door. u-17s £4

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Ralph McTell & Wizz Jones, Mitchell & Vincent

Saturday night at Lyme Folk Weekend

£20

7.30 pm

Phone: 01297 442138

admin AT lymefolk.com

www.lymefolk.com


Sun 3rd Sep 2017

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

The Teacups

The Teacups sang at Nailsea Folk Club last year and the audience was blown away with the virtuosity of their singing and the ringing harmonies of their arrangements.
Alex Cumming, Kate Locksley, Rosie Calvert and Will Finn met whilst studying on the Folk Degree at the University of Newcastle and formed The Teacups in 2010. It’s an age-old format – a quartet of singers: two men, two women – performing an age-old collection of songs. But The Teacups are new, they’re young, gutsy, and their debut album, One For The Pot, revels in the vibrancy of youth, and all that heartache, or confusion, or euphoria, that goes with it.

www.facebook.com/theteacupsquartet

7.30 pm

£12 from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club

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


Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Steve Knightley, Saskia Griffiths-Moore

Lyme Folk Weekend finale

£18

7.30 pm

Phone: 01297 442138

admin AT lymefolk.com

www.lymefolk.com


Thu 7th Sep 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

Tudor dance.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.

7.30 - 9.30 pm
£5 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 8th Sep 2017 to Sun 10th Sep 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Harpas at Halsway: Nyckelharpa Festival

A weekend of workshops, ensemble playing, sessions, dancing, a concert and more! An international line-up of tutors – Magnus Holmström and Josefina Paulson from Sweden, and Vicki Swan from the UK – will between them offer a whole range of tuition on a variety of subjects. You can expect Swedish music, British music, European music, plus technique and ensemble classes. Jonny Dyer will also be on hand to co-host the weekend with Vicki, and master Nyckelharpa maker Olle Plahn will be back to help with repairs and maintenance. Olle has been building nyckelharpas since 1979 and has built well over 500. Come and explore a range of repertoire, and meet, play and socialise with other players and enthusiasts!

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


Fri 8th Sep 2017

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

Allan Taylor

Allan Taylor is one of the last of the travelling troubadours who came through the social and artistic revolution of the nineteen sixties. Allan is considered to be one of the music scene’s great guitarists, creating his stage performance with a distinctive rich and mellow sound. He has a voice that speaks of a life-time of travel that can make each song a vignette of life, like a story told over a drink in a bar. His songs have an integrity that tell you they come from something real, where characters come to life as people you know and places become as familiar as if you had been there.

Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

www.allantaylor.com

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=801


St Mary's Church, Stogumber, Taunton TA4 3TA

Sam Kelly with Jamie Francis

Cornwall-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sam Kelly was the Horizon Award winner at the 2016 BBC Folk Awards and has been praised by the likes of Kate Rusby and Seth Lakeman. For this gig, he will duo with the talented, young banjo and guitar player Jamie Francis. Sam is rediscovering the sounds of his Gaelic heritage and creates exciting, up-beat music that transcends the boundaries of traditional folk and popular music.

£10

7.30pm

Phone: 0845 539 0168

enquiries AT stogumberfestival.com

www.stogumberfestival.com


Sat 9th Sep 2017

Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY

Dorset Life: historical films

The historian Trevor Bailey, of Windrose Rural Media Trust, will present a delightful selection of films about Dorset life 1910s to 1960s.
To accompany these specially selected films and add colour to the experience, Amanda Boyd will perform traditional Dorset songs.

Doors 6.30pm / Starts 7.30pm
£11 (£10.50 + 50p bf) adv / £12 door

https://www.electricpalace.org.uk/events/event/dorset-film-archive/?dm_i=3VJ5,94WK,276ZRZ,X1DD,1


Corfe Castle Village Hall BH20 5EE

Watkins & Swarbrick

Known for the different routes they take in their choice of music, Ken, Simon, Lucy & Angela perform songs and tunes inspired by folk and country music, as well as blues and jazz standards. Expect sensitive and extraordinary playing of guitars, violin, mandolin and ukulele, plus some lovely mellow vocals and rich 3-part harmonies that have been described as 'a wonderful blend.'

Pay what you think the performance was worth at the end of the show.

8.00 pm (Doors & bar 7.30pm)

Contact WATKINS & SWARBRICK: BOX OFFICE 01305 837299

songsfromthehalls234 AT gmail.com

https://soundcloud.com/watkinswarbrickband


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Nyckelharpa: Vicki Swan, Magnus Holmström, Josefina Paulson

A public concert as part of our annual ‘Harpas at Halsway’ Nyckelharpa Festival. Our three tutors – Vicki Swan (UK), Magnus Holmström (Sweden) and Josefina Paulson (Sweden) – head-up a showcase of the instrument with guest performers too.

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

8.00 pm

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/vicki-swan-magnus-holmstrom-josefina-paulson/


Sun 10th Sep 2017

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

Tibetan Singing Bowl Sound Journey

Experience a magical journey of therapeutic Pure Sound with musician Dean Carter using crystal and Tibetan singing bowls and vocal overtoning applied using the yin/yang principles of harmony, which promotes a deeply relaxing and healing state for re-energising and re-balancing your body, mind and spirit. Relax and let the etheric sounds wash over and flow through you.

Bring something to lie down on and wrap around you.

2pm - 3.30pm

To reserve a place email Dean Carter on ahiahel AT live.com,
telephone 01935 389655 or visit www.centreforpuresound.org.

Payment required on the day. Ticket: £12 Full. No concessions.


River Stour, Muscliff, Bournemouth BH9 3NZ

Music Celebration of the River Stour

I am co-ordinating this project with the RSPB as an 'end of term' community event to celebrate their 2 year River Stour awareness campaign. I am looking for musicians and singers who would be interested in performing (and ideally creating) pieces for the event, to be performed in the afternoon on the river bank, and in the (early) evening as part of a combined concert in the Community Centre. I would prefer people who have a link with the area, or the river, or the RSPB's aims, but am open to discussion!

2.00 pm - 7.30 pm

Contact Rick Potter: 07479 532159

rick.potterguitar AT gmail.com


Mon 11th Sep 2017 to Fri 15th Sep 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Violin Making

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/violin-making-3/


Tue 12th Sep 2017

The King William (Function Room), Barn Street, Crewkerne TA18 8BP

Chris Foster

Originally from Yeovil now resident in Iceland, Chris is one of the finest Singers and Guitarists of the the English Folk Song revival of the 60s/70s. Chris will be performing songs from his latest outstanding CD 'HADELIN' Not to be missed!

£10

7.30 pm

Contact Meg Rose: 07877206124

Meg.rose AT btinternet.com

www.chrisfoster-Iceland.com


Wed 13th Sep 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Ian Ladbroke and Ivor and Holly

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


Fri 15th Sep 2017

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

Josh Okeefe

((The blurb on the Chapel Arts site was lifted directly from Josh Okeefe's own website. The piece isn't really amenable to being edited down. The only details I can glean are that Josh comes from Derby and sings in an American style: Pete Seeger, Woodie Guthrie and Dylan are all name checked in the blurb. If you are interested, the best I can suggest is that you read the whole thing for yourself! Steve))

https://chapelarts.org/events/josh-okeefe/

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


Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

Chris Toyne, caller Ruth Thompson

Piddle Valley Barn Dance

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

£6 under 16s free

7.15 for 7.30 - 9.30

Contact Sally Condon: 01300 348250

riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Ilminster Arts Centre at the Meeting House TA19 0AN

Samswara - Ricky Romain & Jon Sterckx

Ricky Romain sitar, and Jon Sterckx tabla, have been thrilling and entertaining audiences throughout the UK since 2001. During this time they have developed a reputation amongst Indian Music lovers nationally and internationally for their on stage rapport and spontaneous and playful musical dialogues.

8.00pm

(pre-show supper at 7:00pm)
Tickets £14 (£28 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973

http://www.themeetinghouse.org.uk/music/860


Sat 16th Sep 2017

Osmington Village Hall DT3 6FT

Phil Beer

Legendary fiddle player Phil Beer makes a welcome return. He is indeed a mesmerising fiddle player but his many fans will know that he's more than that. Guitar, mandolin, vocals, fiddle - the Phil Beer Solo experience is one not to be missed.
Phil charms his audience with his easy, laid back style and he's a dazzling instrumentalist.

£14

7.30 pm

Contact Eileen Bramley: 07816 832554

wegottickets.com

Osmingtonmusic AT gmail.com

www.philbeer.co.uk


Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe TA4 2RE

The Askew Sisters

Emily and Hazel Askew are fast becoming one of the most popular and respected duos on the English folk scene.
From dark ballads to uplifting dance tunes, they play with driving energy and the unity of two people who have played together all their lives.
The sisters use fiddle, melodeon and concertina to breathtaking effect, creating cinematic arrangements that get to the very heart of each song. These create a perfect setting for Hazel’s striking voice, which won her Best Female Singer at the Spiral Earth Awards 2011.

£12 / £10 concessions

8pm

Contact David Bond: 01984623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


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

The Teacups

Alex Cumming, Kate Locksley, Rosie Calvert and Will Finn met whilst studying on the Folk degree course at the University of Newcastle and formed The Teacups in 2010. It’s an age-old format – a quartet of singers: two men, two women – performing an age-old collection of songs.
The Teacups are new, young, and after the success of their debut album, ‘One For The Pot’ the band take significant steps forward with their new album ‘Of Labour and Love’, an offering which represents a maturity in material and in sound.

www.theteacups.co.uk

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=803


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

Jez Lowe

A double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – for best singer and best new song – was a timely
reminder of Jez Lowe’s standing in the UK acoustic music scene. At Acorn for third time as we highly
regard him – one of the busiest performers in the country.

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

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

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


Sun 17th Sep 2017 to Fri 22nd Sep 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Autumn Voices, Viols & Recorders

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

For more information and to book please contact Michael Sharman:

Tel: 01353 778939
Email: QuadQuotes AT waitrose.com

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


Sun 17th Sep 2017

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

No partner needed nor previous experience.
Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
Mainly Tudor.
Musicians welcome for approx. an hour before session to try playing simple accessible dance tunes.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm
Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band workshop

Suitable for all levels and all instruments

Learn to play folk tunes by ear, experiment with chords and arrangements.

£10 in advance/£12 on the door/£25 for 3 consecutive workshops paid in advance

1:30 – 4:30pm

www.laurelswift.co.uk

Julia: 01935 817905 / 07527 508 277


Thu 21st Sep 2017

Mitre Inn, Sandford Orcas, Sherborne DT9 4RU

Acoustic Session

Following on from the great success of our first Solstice Session in June, we are pleased to announce an Equinox Session will be held on Thursday 21st September. All singers and musicians welcome. David & Linda Chiplen

8 - 11 pm

Contact Linda Chiplen: 07530926496

lindachiplen AT yahoo.co.uk


Fri 22nd Sep 2017 to Mon 25th Sep 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Harvest Dance Weekend

Judith Inman organises this annual partnership dance weekend at Halsway. 2017 being the Anniversary of Pat Shaw the weekend joins with other celebrations to remember this great dance researcher and writer.
Caller Madeleine Smith will lead main workshop and the Sunday afternoon dance; Madeleine was taught and danced with Pat so will give some background to his work.

Partnership Event
For more information and to book please contact Judith Inman:
Tel: 01628 486845
Email: judithinman AT btinternet.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/harvest-dance-weekend/


Fri 22nd Sep 2017

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AA

Chris Leslie

+ Support Andy Stone

Fairport Convention's fabulous multi-instrumentalist and song writer Chris Leslie is making a welcome return to Wessex Acoustic.
Ever popular, this is one concert pre-booking is essential as it is likely to be sold out.

Supporting Chris is our fabulous sound engineer and amazing singer/songwriter in his own right, Andy Stone.

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

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

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com


Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Creeds Cross: the Celtic Journey

The most talented, energizing Celtic Musicians you are ever likely to hear. Performing your favourite classics with a contemporary flare, in a sing-along, toe-tapping evening of music, storytelling and emotional melodies.

Tickets: £21.50
Concessions: £20
Footlights/Groups 10+: Discount Applies

A £1 ticket levy is included in all stated ticket prices.
https://www.octagon-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/music/creeds-cross-the-celtic-journey/2267


Sat 23rd Sep 2017

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

Acoustic Night

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

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

7.30 pm

https://www.facebook.com/AcousticNightatTheDavidHall

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


Sun 24th Sep 2017

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Saul Rose and James Delarre

James Delarre and Saul Rose combine thrilling fiddle performances with some of the finest melodeon playing. Inspired by more than fifteen years of appearing on the folk music scene, this new duo harnesses all the subtleties of traditional music while producing an exciting and energetic display of musicianship. Together they produce a full range of melodic and harmonic flavour with flowing melodies, rich harmony and considered vocal delivery. As firm friends the joy with which this pair experience music together is hypnotic, captivating and addictive.

http://jamesandsaul.com/

7.30 pm

£12 from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club

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


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

Beginners' Penny Whistle Workshop

with Luke Daniels

First access style workshop for Beginners Penny Whistle. Using interactive learning materials there is no requirement to read music. Instruments can be purchased at cost price on the day. Age Limit: 7 years upwards and families welcome.

Tickets: £12.50 Full. £7.50 Under 16s.

3.00 - 4.30pm.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=804


The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA13 7AA

Luke Daniels - The Polyphon Chronicles

Award-winning singer and composer Luke Daniels brings his new show and Electrophon machine to beautifully crafted songs and intriguing instrumental music.
his year Luke performed at Celtic Connections Festival and played an official showcase at the US Folk Alliance Conference in Kansas City. His past work as a member of the Riverdance Orchestra or with Cara Dillon sets his pedigree at the very highest level and promises a night of outstanding acoustic songs and instrumental music.

7.30pm

Tickets: £13 Full. £12 Concessions

www.lukedanielsmusician.com

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=805


Mon 25th Sep 2017 to Fri 29th Sep 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Celebrating Pat Shaw

An experienced team come together to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Pat Shaw who contributed to many aspects of music, song and dance during his lifetime. His influence opened the door to his successors in the folk community particularly dance composers.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/celebrating-pat-shaw/


Thu 28th Sep 2017

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

Megson

Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music.
The husband & wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Comprising Debs Hanna (Vocals, Whistle, Piano Accordion) and Stu Hanna (Guitar, Mandola, Banjo) Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. As fRoots Magazine puts it ‘if you don’t like the music here then you have a problem’

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £16.00
Advance: £14.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/megson/


Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Aileen Wills and Jeroka

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


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

Historical Dance

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


Fri 29th Sep 2017 to Sun 1st Oct 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

English Fiddle Weekend

North Devon duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll, Tom Kitching, and Rowan Rheingans share a love of traditional English fiddle music and also compose their own tunes.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/english-fiddle-weekend-2/


Fri 29th Sep 2017

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

The Goat Roper Rodeo Band

With just an upright bass, two old guitars and a bucketful of aching harmony, THE GOAT ROPER RODEO BAND are preaching ‘Country Blues’ like you never heard… It’s up, it’s down, it’s soft and loud, it’s dark and lonesome too, there’s hurt and shame and some mean old pain but there’s love in what they do! There’s a hint of Gram, a sniff of Dylan and a twist of Waylon’s blues … Simply put, it’s exactly what it says on the tin.

http://goatroperrodeoband.co.uk/– official site
https://www.facebook.com/GoatRoperHQ
https://www.facebook.com/TheGoatRoperRodeoBand/

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

https://chapelarts.org/events/goat-roper-rodeo-band/


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

English Barn Dance Club (band and caller TBC)

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

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

Starts 7.30 for 7.45

Finishes 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 30th Sep 2017 to Sun 1st Oct 2017

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

Bluegrass/Oldtime Mandolin Workshop

During this course, Jesper Rübner-Petersen will introduce participants to playing Bluegrass/Oldtime mandolin. Musical examples will be drawn from standard tunes of various levels of difficulty, giving players a broad overview of these genres. Both solo playing as well as accompaniment will be explored during the course, allowing participants to learn new techniques and develop and refine their existing playing skills.

10 am - 5 pm

Fee £90 (excluding accommodation and food).

Please send an email to willslessons AT gmail.com if you would like to register for this course. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 1 August.

www.jrpmandolin.com

Participants on this course can also get admission to the Southern Tenant Folk Union concert on the Saturday evening for just £10!


Sat 30th Sep 2017

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

Southern Tenant Folk Union

One of the most highly acclaimed Folk/Bluegrass bands in the UK today, Southern Tenant Folk Union have just released their seventh album ‘Join Forces’ and since starting out in 2006 have toured their exciting live show all over the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Germany.
An all Acoustic band with banjo, fiddle, double bass, Acoustic guitar, percussion & harmony vocals, they perform an eclectic mix of high energy atmospheric Folk. They have received airplay from Bob Harris and Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 2 and made live appearances on BBC One TV The Andrew Marr Show and Radio 4’s Loose Ends twice.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.
(Today's Bluegrass/Oldtime Mandolin Workshop Participants: £10.)

www.southerntenantfolkunion.com
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=807


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Fiddle: Tom Kitching, Rowan Rheingans, Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll

A public concert as part of our annual English Fiddle Weekend. Our four tutors – Tom Kitching (Pilgrim’s Way), Rowan Rheingans (Rheingans Sisters, Lady Maisery) and Devon duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll – head-up an informal evening concert to showcase of the humble fiddle!

8pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/fiddle-tom-kitching-rowan-rheingans-nick-wyke-becki-driscoll/


Mon 2nd Oct 2017 to Fri 6th Oct 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Autumn American Contra Dance Week

Our American Contra Dance weeks are tremendously popular and often sell out so we really do encourage early booking for these fantastic courses. Hosted by Meg Winters, 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! Dances every evening, all in the lovely setting of Halsway Manor!

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


Thu 5th Oct 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

Tudor dance.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.

7.30 - 9.30 pm
£5 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 6th Oct 2017 to Sun 8th Oct 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Give Voice! Weekend

It’s all about folk song, and it’s all in good company! Whether you want a damn good sing in the bar, to hear and share new songs, to improve your voice or to create songs of your own, this is the weekend for you.
Your hosts and leaders for the weekend are Tom and Barbara Brown, life-long exponents of the song tradition, enthusiastic about encouraging performers and the understanding of the folk tradition. They are joined by guest leaders Benny Graham and Paul Wilson for a relaxed weekend of workshops and sing arounds in the cosy surrounding of Halsway Manor.

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


Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Argyll Scottish Country Dancing Weekend

Suitable for those who already have a good working knowledge of common steps and formations in Scottish Country Dancing, this weekend will provide you with an opportunity to improve your technique, learn new dances and enjoy all social aspects of Scottish Country Dancing. There will be social dancing on Friday, Saturday and classes both Saturday and Sunday morning and an optional workshop on Saturday afternoon. Please note this weekend is not suitable for beginners.

The balance of fees for this weekend will be payable by 11 August 2017.

Tutors: Margo Priestley & Tom McKinley
Musicians: Robert Mackay & Judith Muir

Runs from dinner on Friday to after lunch on Sunday

Res Fee (from): £355.00
Non Res Fee: £239.00
http://www.dillington.com/events/all-courses-date-order/4/argyll-scottish-country-dancing-weekend/1083/


Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Argyll Scottish Country Musicians Weekend

For musicians interested in playing for Scottish Country Dancing within a band; no experience of band playing is required. A practical grounding in all aspects of band musicianship and playing for dancing, drawn from Ian’s experience over 35 years. Learn the characteristics of the Reel, Jig and Strathspey, uniquely Scottish instrumental techniques, phrasing, sequencing and repertoire, the body language associated with drive and lift … and more besides!

Runs from dinner on Friday to after lunch on Sunday
Res Fee (from): £355.00
Non Res Fee: £239.00 What's included?

http://www.dillington.com/events/all-courses-date-order/4/argyll-scottish-country-musicians-weekend/1463/


Fri 6th Oct 2017

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AA

Steve Tilston

+ Support Anne-Louise Richards

A concert featuring the stunning voice and guitar playing of one of our greatest songwriters, Steve Tilston.

Supporting Steve we are delighted to welcome back Anne-Louise Richards, who caused quite a stir on her debut at the club in June.

£10 pre-booked, £12 unbooked

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

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

The Hat Band with caller Sue Perigo

Piddle Valley Barn Dance

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

£6 under 16s free

7.15 for 7.30 - 9.30

Contact Sally Condon: 01300 348250

riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Sat 7th Oct 2017

Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe TA4 2RE

Rachel Newton

Musician of the Year’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017
‘Instrumentalist of the Year’– Scots Trad Awards 2016
Singer and harpist Rachel Newton specialises in interpreting traditional folk songs in both English and Scottish Gaelic as well as writing and performing her own instrumental pieces.

£12 / £10 concessions

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall DT6 6ND

Watkins & Swarbrick

Known for the different routes they take in their choice of music, Ken, Simon, Lucy & Angela perform songs and tunes inspired by folk and country music, as well as blues and jazz standards. Expect sensitive and extraordinary playing of guitars, violin, mandolin and ukulele, plus some lovely mellow vocals and rich 3-part harmonies that have been described as 'a wonderful blend.'

Pay what you think the performance was worth at the end of the show.

8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)

Contact Watkins & Swarbrick: Box Office 01305 837299

songsfromthehalls234 AT gmail.com

https://soundcloud.com/watkinswarbrickband


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

Gaz Brookfield

with support Nick Parker

Following the release of his critically acclaimed fifth studio album, and his sell out UK tour in February, Gaz Brookfield is hitting the road once again, bringing his unique style of upbeat, catchy Folk songs to South Petherton. Hailing from Bristol, but refusing to stay put for more than five minutes, don't miss this opportunity to see one of the country's best independent musicians.

Playing his tongue-firmly-in-cheek Folky/Country/straggly songs, Nick Parker's performances are as intimate and light-hearted as they are passionate and downright sweaty.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

www.gazbrookfield.com www.nick-parker.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=809


Caryford Community Hall, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ

Charlie Dore

Over the course of a 40 year career, there is little Charlie hasn't done except acquire the level of fame commensurate with her talent. A multi-talented award winning singer-songwriter, composer, musician and actress. Best known for her 1979 hit "Pilot of the Airwaves", her songs have been covered by the likes of Sheena Easton, George Harrison and Celine Dion. Still in great voice and writing highly original songs.

Tickets from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/401239

£12

6:45 pm

cfch.website AT gmail.com

www.caryfordhall.co.uk


Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Fresh Aire, with Eileen Nightingale calling

Fresh Aire make a lovely sound to dance to, with those lyrical pipes, and Eileen always calls some interesting dances, so not an evening to miss.
Bring something to sip, and sustenance to share.

£8 advance, £9 on the door. u-17s £4

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sun 8th Oct 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Give Voice!

Enjoy an informal, early evening performance of traditional song from the leaders of our Give Voice! Weekend: guest performers Benny Graham (Pitman Poets), Paul Wilson, and hosts Tom & Barbara Brown.

5:30pm–6:30pm,

£5 - Adults
£3 - Concessions
Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/give-voice-2/


Bridport Town Hall DT6 3LF

Historical Dance

(above Tourist Information; access by green door next to Butchers shop, sorry no lift)

Mainly Tudor dance
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771


Mon 9th Oct 2017 to Fri 13th Oct 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

La Jeusseliniere – The Reunion 2017

Martyn & Danni Wyndham-Read started the La Jeusseliniere music weeks from their home in France in 2002. These relaxed and friendly courses, featuring well known folk artists and musicians, continued until Martyn & Danni moved back to the UK in 2007. The La Jeuss Reunion began the following year, continuing to flourish as a meeting place where like minded musicians – and their partners and friends – can relax and enjoy each others company whilst exploring and improving their musical talents.

For more information and to book please contact Stan Graham:
Tel: 01904 758228
Email: magpiemusic25 AT gmail.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/la-jeusseliniere-the-reunion-2017/


Thu 12th Oct 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Pip Oxenbury and Ivor and Holly

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


Fri 13th Oct 2017 to Sun 15th Oct 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Weymouth Scottish Country Dancers Weekend

Fun weekend of Scottish dancing, including both workshops and social dancing.
The weekend is open to anyone who wishes to enjoy and improve their Scottish Country Dancing.
This partnership event is organised by Weymouth Scottish Country Dancers. Mervyn Short will be leading the instruction for this event, with music provided by Chris and Julie Dewhurst.

For more information and to book please contact Valerie Scriven:
Tel: 01305 265177
Email: valtom123 AT btinternet.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/south-dorset-caledonian-society-scottish-dance-weekend/


Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Singing For Larks - Singing in Harmony Weekend

Singing with others is an exhilarating and liberating experience that everybody can enjoy. Singings for Larks workshops, run by Faith Watson, are based on the tradition of learning songs by ear. This approach makes the joy of singing with others easily accessible to those who are new to singing, whilst offering more experienced singers the opportunity to develop their aural skills. On this Singing in Harmony workshop the songs are drawn from a variety of cultures and styles, from international folk to soul, from golden oldies to original songs. Some are simple and bring instant rewards and some are more complex, taking longer to learn. All the songs are carefully chosen and arranged to inspire people of different abilities and tastes to sing together in perfect harmony.

Runs from dinner on Friday to tea on Sunday

To make a booking telephone the Bookings Office 01460 258613. For further information about Singing for Larks and this course, go to: www.singingforlarks.co.uk or you can contact Faith Watson at Singing for Larks direct: faith AT singingforlarks.co.uk 0161 881 0855.

Res Fee (from): £358.00
Non Res Fee: £254.00 What's included?

http://www.dillington.com/events/all-courses-date-order/4/singing-for-larks-singing-in-harmony-weekend/1084/


Sun 15th Oct 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Dance Night with Ivan Aitkens & The Boarders Band

A Sunday night folk dance at Halsway Manor, for all supporters and friends of the Manor! If you’re a member of the halsway Manor Society and planning to come to the AGM, why not arrive a night early? New to folk dance? Well you’ll be welcome too! We’ve a great band and caller to ensure an enjoyable evening of dancing, with Ivan Aitkens and The Boarders Band – especially formed for this occasion!
8pm–11pm

£15 - to include dinner (6.30pm) & dancing
£5 - dance only
B&B £30 per person, must be booked in advance:

Tel: 01984 618274
Email: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/folk-dance-night-with-ivan-aitkens-the-boarders-band/


Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

No partner needed nor previous experience.
Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
Mainly Tudor.
Musicians welcome for approx. an hour before session to try playing simple accessible dance tunes.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm
Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Mon 16th Oct 2017 to Fri 20th Oct 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Salisbury Folk Dance Club

Salisbury Folk Club come to Halsway for a week of folk dance in good company. This is a partnership event.
The members of Salisbury Folk dance Club are a group of people interested in folk-style social dancing. They meet for the pleasure of listening and dancing to traditional and modern folk dance music on Tuesday evenings at St. Martin’s School, Shady Bower, Salisbury, SP1 2RG throughout the year except for the month of August from 7.30 to 10.00pm.

No further details are available at present, but the club may be contacted via their website.

http://sarum.webplus.net

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/salisbury-folk-dance-club/


Fri 20th Oct 2017 to Sun 22nd Oct 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Tales in Trust: Spinning Yarns & Weaving Dreams

A weekend of Story Magic…
Hosted by the first storyteller laureate Taffy Thomas MBE, joined by a hand-picked group of the finest UK storytellers for a weekend packed with workshops, story rounds, discussions, music and merriment, to stir the heart and feed the soul.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/1894/


Fri 20th Oct 2017

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

The Rheingans Sisters

Folk award winners in 2016 fiddle-singers Rowan and Anna grew up in the Peak District, surrounded by traditional music and encouraged to pick up the fiddle by their violin-maker father from an early age. Both professional musicians, Rowan is well known on the English folk music scene as part of hugely popular BBC Folk Award nominated trio Lady Maisery as well as for her work with Nancy Kerr & The Sweet Visitor Band. She also composes for theatre and is part of the ‘Songs of Separation’ super-group alongside Eliza Carthy and Karine Polwart, amongst others. Anna lives in Toulouse, in southern France, where she is a much sought after fiddle player and teacher of french music traditions, in which she has fast become an expert, having just gained a 1st class diploma from the Conservatioire Occitan. As both sisters have also spent a significant amount of time studying fiddle music in Scandinavia, they pull a range of influences from both the northern and southern European fiddle traditions into their own compositions and arrangements.

www.rheinganssisters.co.uk

8.00 pm

£12 from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club

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


Sat 21st Oct 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Taffy Thomas’ Merry Neet!

Join Taffy Thomas and friends for an evening of music, merriment and STORIES for all! Part of Taffy’s ‘Spinning Tales and Weaving Yarns’ weekend, this is an informal public performance featuring the weekend’s team of leaders storytellers Dave Tonge, Justine De Mierre and Tom Goodale, joined by musicians Richard York & Paul Knox. Expect tall tales, music and maybe even a little dancing too!
Taffy Thomas MBE is England’s first storyteller laureate, and the patron of The Society for Storytelling. With Taffy’s head bursting with stories, riddles and folklore, professional storyteller Giles Abbot once commented, “when Taffy goes it will be like a library burning down.”

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/taffy-thomas-merry-neet/


The Minster Church, Ilminster TA19 0DU

Charity Concert in aid of Children's Hospice South West

with :Jemima Farey. Minster Voices. Zembard Singers. Guest artists

Charity concert in aid of Children's Hospice South West featuring recorded singer-songwriter and Stogumber Festival prize winner, Jemima Farey. (jemimafarey.co.uk) Jemima's prize was being the support artist for Steve Knightley at the festival. Ange Hardy has said of her singing "One to watch out for on the folk scene! With a voice like that, you scare me!"...others have said.."unique and truly amazing". Supporting the concert will be the Zembard Singers directed by Trevor Lloyd-Jones..they will sing a wide variety of songs from sacred works to well known classics by Bacharat and David, Richard Carpenter amongst others. Also supporting the concert will be the Minster Voices directed by David Sutcliffe. Their repertoire will include traditional and contemporary songs from Rodgers and Hart, Trenet and others. Guest artists will also support the evening.
Interval refreshments will be available for donations. There will be a special raffle with top quality prizes.
All proceeds go to Children's Hospice South West. Reg Charity No 1003314

£10 (No conc) Available on the door.

7pm

Contact Martin Hudson: 01460 62075

horseraggy AT tiscali.co.uk

jemimafarey.co.uk


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

Martin Carthy

For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of Folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the Folk scene, but also far beyond it.
He's a ballad singer, a ground-breaking Acoustic and electric-guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of Traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=812


Sun 22nd Oct 2017 to Fri 27th Oct 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

National Youth Folk Ensemble

Now in its second year, we are delighted to welcome back what will be the second cohort of the National Youth Folk Ensemble for their Autumn Residential.
The NYFE celebrates excellence in youth folk music, bringing together talented young folk musicians from across England to create and perform inspiring new arrangements of folk music and work with leading folk artists.

Applications - via the English Folk Dance and Song Society - are now open for 2017/18 - see the EFDSS website to find out more.

https://www.efdss.org/efdss-education/national-youth-folk-ensemble

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/national-youth-folk-ensemble-2/


Sun 22nd Oct 2017

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

Acoustic Night

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

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

7.30 pm

https://www.facebook.com/AcousticNightatTheDavidHall

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


Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band workshop

Suitable for all levels and all instruments

Learn to play folk tunes by ear, experiment with chords and arrangements.

£10 in advance/£12 on the door/£25 for 3 consecutive workshops paid in advance

1:30 – 4:30pm

www.laurelswift.co.uk

Julia: 01935 817905 / 07527 508 277


Thu 26th Oct 2017

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

Simon Barron

This is a less formal night with a great interpreter of traditional songs. Simon is both a wonderful singer and a superd guitarist He has a great folloing and is always very engaging to listen to.

www.sibarron.eu/about.html

8pm Doors open 7.30pm

£5 on the door

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

((The latest email I had marked this as TBC so do check before travelling -- Steve))


Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Rosie Shaw and Ian Bradenton and Co

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


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

Historical Dance

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


Fri 27th Oct 2017 to Sun 29th Oct 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Exploring Folklore Weekend

A diverse weekend for anybody who wants to explore or learn more in the field of folklore – as student, participant or exponent. From calendar customs to black dogs, rites of passage to foodways, folklore to fakelore. With collectors old and new, mummers, hobby horses, and the Folkore Society. Talks, hands-on sessions, films, exhibitions, entertainment, question sessions and discussion.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/exploring-folklore-weekend/


Fri 27th Oct 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Doc Rowe: Blood, Booze & Bedlam

The richness, colour and variety of the vernacular folk arts of our islands is often overlooked, ignored or quite simply unknown. Doc Rowe has been documenting these traditions for over thirty years and this presentation uses photographic material from his own extensive and hugely important collection.
Arguably the most important English collector since Kidson or Sharp, David ‘Doc’ Rowe has been documenting folklore, song, dance and cultural traditions for the last thirty years. He has amassed an archive of material on past and contemporary popular culture in Britain with a particular emphasis on annual traditional events. The collection – containing a wide variety of media (video, film, photography, and audio) – has been acknowledged internationally as of major significance. Doc was awarded an honorary doctorate in music from University of Sheffield in 2002 for his research work into vernacular culture and traditional music, and in 2005 was awarded the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s Gold Badge for his documentation of traditional Song and Dance.

£6 - Adults
£4 - Concessions
Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/doc-rowe-blood-booze-bedlam/


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AA

Reg Meuross

+ support Ed Mortimer

A concert featuring Somerset based singer-songwriter Reg Meuross. Reg has a brilliant way with words and a delightful voice.

Support from the fabulous Ed Mortimer (Fake Thackery & more)

£10 pre-booked, £12 unbooked

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

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


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

English Barn Dance Club (band and caller TBC)

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

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

Starts 7.30 for 7.45

Finishes 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 28th Oct 2017

Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe TA4 2RE

Lucy Ward

Lucy Ward is an award winning singer-songwriter from Derby. She plays guitar, ukulele and concertina but considers her voice to be her first instrument.
After getting her first guitar at the age of 14, Lucy ventured into acoustic clubs, it was there that she first heard the traditional music that she now loves. Captured by the lyrics and stories of traditional song Lucy delved further into the world of folk music, visiting clubs and sessions up and down the country before getting booked to play gigs in her own right. In 2009 Lucy reached the final of the BBC Young Folk Award and she hasn’t looked back since!

£10 / £8 concessions

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


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

Nancy Kerr and The Sweet Visitor Band

Since her debut solo album, Sweet Visitor, arrived in late 2014, Nancy Kerr has emerged as one of the foremost composers of modern Folk and social commentary songs in the British Isles.
The second album, Instar, features songs from Sweet Visitor. The show promises to challenge, inspire and confront. It is jovial, boisterous and, at times, a dulcet call to arms. Nancy is joined on stage by bandmates: Rowan Rheingans: Fiddle, Banjo & Voice; Tim Yates: Double Bass, Melodeon & Voice; Greg Russell: Guitars & Voice; Tom Wright: Drums, Guitars & Voice.

www.nancykerr.co.uk

8.00 pm

Tickets: £20 Full. £19 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=813


Mon 30th Oct 2017 to Thu 2nd Nov 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Recorders for All

A midweek course for intermediate recorder players to explore technique and interpretation of music from a range of different periods, under the guidance of professional musicians.
For intermediate recorder players (who must be able to play a tenor or bass) to improve their technique and grow in confidence whilst playing beautiful music!
This partnership event is organised by Recorders for All, an entirely voluntary, not-for-profit organisation with Pam Smith as musical director and Jan Epps as secretary and administrator.

For more information and to book please contact Jan Epps:

Tel: 01752 481193

http://www.recordersforall.org.uk

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/recorders-for-all-2/


Thu 2nd Nov 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

Tudor dance.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.

7.30 - 9.30 pm
£5 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 3rd Nov 2017

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

Jamie Smith's Mabon

One of the most highly accomplished and critically acclaimed Celtic Roots music bands based in Britain today. Jamie Smith's MABON have built their reputation on their exhilarating live performances and deftly worked recordings.
Mabon's distinctive, infectious and multi-award winning music explores the styles of the Celtic traditions and works them anew; the music is self-styled, singular and toe-tappingly good - an irresistible blend of World Music and Celtic Roots, filled with energy, joy and passion. Stand by for infectious, life-affirming music by the spade full!

8.00 pm

www.jamiesmithsmabon.com

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=815


Sat 4th Nov 2017

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Chris Jewell and Jeremy Child

For a change, a night devoted to Contra and American dances, with the inimitable Jeremy Child challenging Chris Jewell to keep up on fiddle.
Be sure to bring something to restore your energy levels!

£8 advance, £9 on the door. u-17s £4

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Thu 9th Nov 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Eileen Nightingale and Ivor and Holly

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


Sat 11th Nov 2017

The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA15 6UR

Martyn Joseph

Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer-songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics.
With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music.
He’s a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, and this along with a powerful show stopping voice and a mesmerising live performance has seen him compared to Bruce Springsteen and Dave Matthews.

www.martynjoseph.net

8.00 pm

Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=820


Sun 12th Nov 2017

Bridport Town Hall DT6 3LF

Historical Dance

(above Tourist Information; access by green door next to Butchers shop, sorry no lift)

Mainly Tudor dance
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771


Fri 17th Nov 2017

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AA

Jez Lowe & Kate Bramley

+ Support Les Wild

A rare chance to see the lovely Kate Bramley alongside Jez Lowe without the other Bad Pennies in sight. They gave us a brilliant night last year and we are delighted to bring them back.

Supporting them is Les Wild, a local singer/guitarist with a mellow voice and laid back style.

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

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

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith

Their critically acclaimed second album, 'Night Hours' was released in December 2016. Described as 'exhilaratingly diverse and full of impeccably crafted songs', the album has created a real buzz around the duo and cemented their role as engaging musicians and social commentators within the British folk scene.

www.jimmyandsidduo.com

8.00 pm

£12 from https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club

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


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

Gigspanner

Since his departure from Folk-Rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process has established their reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the Folk/Roots scene, garnering along the way a reputation for dismantling Traditional music and song and reassembling it in an entirely original, imaginative and beautiful way.
Peter is joined by Roger Flack on Guitar and Sacha Trochet on Percussion, both powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right.

8.00 pm

www.gigspanner.com

Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=821


Sat 18th Nov 2017

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

Acoustic Night

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

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

7.30 pm

https://www.facebook.com/AcousticNightatTheDavidHall

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


Sun 19th Nov 2017

Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band workshop

Suitable for all levels and all instruments

Learn to play folk tunes by ear, experiment with chords and arrangements.

£10 in advance/£12 on the door/£25 for 3 consecutive workshops paid in advance

1:30 – 4:30pm

www.laurelswift.co.uk

Julia: 01935 817905 / 07527 508 277


Wed 22nd Nov 2017

Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Skerryvore - the Live Forever Tour

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

Supported by The David Hall.

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

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


Thu 23rd Nov 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Jane Thomas and Amycrofters

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


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

Historical Dance

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


Fri 24th Nov 2017

Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

Arish Mel caller TBA

Piddle Valley Barn Dance

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

£6 under 16s free

7.15 for 7.30 - 9.30

Contact Sally Condon: 01300 348250

riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Sat 25th Nov 2017

Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Steeleye Span 2017

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

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

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


Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome BA11 1BE

Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings

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

£20 Advance / £23 Doors All seated

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


Fri 1st Dec 2017

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AA

John Kirkpatrick's 'Carolling and Crumpets' Christmas show

+ support

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

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

£14 pre-booked, £16 unbooked

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

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra

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

www.teapadorchestra.co.uk

8pm

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

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


Holwell Village Hall DT9 5LL

Festive Performance Night

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

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

£4 suggested contribution if not performing

Doors open 7pm

Finish 11.30pm

Contact Samantha Jane

samantha-jane- AT hotmail.co.uk

www.bearcatcollective.co.uk


Sat 2nd Dec 2017

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Jigs for Gigs, with Jane Thomas

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

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

£8 advance, £9 on the door. u-17s £4

7.30 0 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Thu 7th Dec 2017

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

Sue Franklin and Tim Brine

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

8pm Doors open 7.30pm
£5 on the door

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


Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Robert and Mary Blackberow and Friends

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


Fri 8th Dec 2017

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

English Barn Dance Club (band and caller TBC)

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

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

Starts 7.30 for 7.45

Finishes 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 9th Dec 2017

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

Acoustic Night

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

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

7.30 pm

https://www.facebook.com/AcousticNightatTheDavidHall

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


Thu 14th Dec 2017

The Courtyard Cafe, Market Street, Yeovil BA20 1HZ

Yeovil Folk & Roots Night

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

£2 entry - performers free

7 - 10 pm

Contact Samantha Jane

samantha-jane- AT hotmail.co.uk

www.bearcatcollective.co.uk


Fri 15th Dec 2017

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Ange Hardy

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

www.angehardy.com

8pm

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

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


Sat 16th Dec 2017

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

The Dylan Project

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

8.00 pm

www.dylanproject.co.uk

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.


Mon 18th Dec 2017

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

St Agnes Fountain

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

8.00 pm

www.stagnesfountain.co.uk

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

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


Tue 19th Dec 2017

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

St Agnes Fountain

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

8.00 pm

www.stagnesfountain.co.uk

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

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


Thu 21st Dec 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Simon Mapleson and Ivor and Holly

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


Sun 31st Dec 2017

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

New Years Eve Barn Dance

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

8.00 pm

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

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


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

New Year's Eve Celebration Ceilidh with Jigs for Gigs

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

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

8.15 pm

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

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


Fri 5th Jan 2018

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

English Barn Dance Club (band and caller TBC)

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

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

Starts 7.30 for 7.45

Finishes 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 20th Jan 2018

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

Alice and David Wylde

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

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

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

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


Sun 18th Mar 2018

Eileen Ann's Home

Acorn Folk Club informal singaround

With tea and cakes!

3.00 - 6.00 pm

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

acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com

www.acornfolkclub.co.uk


Sat 19th May 2018

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

Flossie Malavialle

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

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

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

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


Sat 11th Aug 2018

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

Bob Wood

Birthday Party!
Bob Wood, from the west of Scotland is a warm and engaging solo singer and performer with an easy going sense of humour. He is a highly accomplished finger-style guitarist.

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

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

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