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Wed 11th Dec 2019

Weymouth Library, Great George St, Weymouth DT4 8NN

The Ridgeway Singers & Band – West Gallery Carols

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

7.00 pm
Tickets £8 from Weymouth Library or Eventbrite

https://ridgewaysingersandband.wordpress.com


Thu 12th Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Yuletide! A Tudor Christmas with Piva

Join us for a night celebration as we welcome back ‘Piva – The Renaissance Collective’ for their every popular Christmas show. Seasonal music, songs and traditions of the past played for today.
Piva are one of this country’s leading early music ensembles. Playing throughout the UK and Europe they have gained a strong reputation for their lively performances and entertaining shows.
So come and let Piva ease you into the Christmas spirit by celebrating the Yuletide season Tudor style. Dancing, music, feasting, parties and games were part and parcel of a 16th century Christmas, much as they are today, so Piva will be your guide playing festive music on a wide range of instruments typical of the Tudor period.

8pm–10:30pm

£12 - Adults
£5 - Concessions
Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.

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


Rook Lane Chapel, Bath St, Frome BA11 1DN

Peter Knight & John Spiers

Knight & Spiers ~ A Concert of Seasonal Music from the English Tradition…and Beyond.
On a summer's day in 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival masterminded one of the most intriguing and exciting collaborations on today's folk scene.
Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of folk-rock band Steeleye Span was paired with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, for a special one-off performance which left audiences in awe. With no space to be found in the marquee, people stood five deep in the pouring rain in order to witness the bringing together of two of the most genuinely gifted musicians in their respective fields.
With a standing ovation and roars for more, and much to the delight of folk fans everywhere, Knight and Spiers decided not to leave things there.
This very special concert will feature lesser known carols, tunes and wassails from the English tradition and beyond.

£15.00 online/£17.50 Door

7.30pm

deblington AT gmail.com

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/peter-knight-john-spiers-concert-of-seasonal-music-from-the-english-tradition-tickets-69705899221


Fri 13th Dec 2019

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford Royal British Legion DT11 7AD

Sound Tradition

+ Sally Ironmonger & Brian Carter

An evening of delightful acapella singing from the outstanding harmonies of SOUND TRADITION, and the madcap songs of Sally Ironmonger with Brian Carter.

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Ditcheat Jubilee Hall BA4 6RB

Jeroka, with caller Peter Bolton

A range of mainly English folk dances to suit all levels.
Another jolly evening at Ditcheat, with caller Peter Bolton.
Always a warm welcome. Live music, good dances and cheerful company.
Nothing too serious, but as energetic as anyone might wish !

£4

7.30 - 9.30 pm

Contact Ama Bolton: 01749 672911

amabolton AT hotmail.com


Wincanton Parish Church BA9 9JF

Stanchester Quire

Christmas Carol Concert

The quire will be performing their concert of West Country carols and readings:"We Singers Make Bold.

£8

7:30pm

Contact Parish Office: 01963 33834

office AT wincantonparishchurch.co.uk

stanchesterquire.org


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

Albion Christmas Band

!!! SOLD OUT !!!
An Albion Christmas is widely regarded as the premier seasonal show, which has been touring for nearly 20 years, and attracts sell-out audiences across the UK. Indeed many people say that their Christmas doesn’t start until they have seen The Albion Christmas Show.
Featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band) Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings, this show is a wonderful celebration of Christmas both traditional and contemporary.
Simon Nicol, Kellie While and Simon Care join founder of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and The Albion Band, Ashley Hutchings on stage, for an evening of traditional English Christmas songs, music and lighthearted fun.
The Albion Christmas Show is a seasonal mixture of carols, spoken word, humorous readings and dance. It really is the perfect way to start your festivities. This year’s tour will feature material from our brand new album available on Talking Elephant Records from Nov

http://www.bournemouthfolkclub.com/index.php/all-artists/91-91


Sat 14th Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Carol Singing Workshop

Led by Matt Norman, enjoy a morning workshop learning old English Carols in traditional harmony – including some which are local to us!
The singing of traditional carols dates back to the seventeenth Century, well before the Victorian Christmas which we know today. These traditional carols are characterised by simple, robust harmonies and catchy tunes. The tradition still survives in the area around Sheffield, and in Cornwall, Exmoor and Somerset.
If this puts you in the mood for Christmas, you can book for our Christmas Carvery Lunch (1pm – early booking recommended) and raise your voice as part of our afternoon Folk Carol Concert (3.30pm – free).

10am–12:30pm

£8 adults
£3 children & students under 18. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/folk-carol-singing-workshop-2/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Carol Concert

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

3:30pm–4:30pm

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/folk-carol-concert-2/


South Petherton Church TA13 5DQ

Stanchester Quire

Christmas Carol Concert

Retiring collection

3:00pm

philwithsweets AT hotmail.com

stanchesterquire.org


St Nicholas Church Abbotsbury DT3 4JJ

The Quangle Wangle Choir

The Quangle Wangle Choir will be reflective in Latvian and lively in Spanish this Christmas. They will share the story of the Owl and the Pussy Cat's struggles to get to a mid-winter party and, with the help of a double bass and ukulele band, they will decisively Drive the Cold Winter Away! One West Gallery carol will be brightly accompanied by a merry band of instruments while another one, more grand and solemn, will celebrate the news the angels bring. All in all, there will be a Quangly mix of songs and readings fit for the season.

£7 Adults £5 Children £20 Family

3.00 - 4.00 pm

Contact Box Office: 01305 871532


Sun 15th Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

First Folio Concert

Enjoy a 1 hour afternoon recital by harper and singer Steph West in her new project First Folio with Violinist Matthew Coatsworth.
This brand new collaboration is bringing together two skillful players seeking to reimagine early dance music.
Steph has a particular love of clarsach/folk harp and incorporates traditional English and Irish music into her repertoire. She will also prepare some seasonal music for this special concert.
Harper and singer, Steph West works as a performer, teacher and workshop leader. Whilst studying early music at the University of Birmingham Steph fell in love with the clarsach/folk harp. Steph’s main trad styles are English and Irish and she has worked as a performer and teacher with artists and organisations in both fields: EFDSS, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann, Irish flute/whistle virtuoso Jacquelyn Hynes, Shooting Roots youth folk arts project, Edinburgh International Harp Festival and Guildhall’s CYM. Steph currently plays with her European bal / swing band Midnight Patisserie and her singer-songwriter duo with drummer Paul Radmeyer. Steph is currently working on English trad repertoire for the harp, bringing out a book and courses in 2019.
The only harpist with 9.5 fingers, Steph also works within the integrated/disabled arts world. She works as a performer with the British Paraorchestra and RNS Moves. She has also mentored for Open Up Music, who are pioneering the National Open Youth Orchestra.
www.stephwest.co.uk

3:30pm–4:30pm

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

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


St Christopher’s Church Winfrith DT2 8JR

The Ridgeway Singers & Band - West Gallery Carols

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

4:00pm.

Tickets: 01305 853783. £7, £5 u18s, £20 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.ridgewaysingersandband.wordpress.com


Britannia Inn, Manor Road, Minehead TA24 6EH

All Styles Jam Session - Featuring Yourselves

We're back and we're in party mood! For one night only, a Christmas reunion session for those who played at and enjoyed our friendly Sunday night jams at The Brit. New faces and voices will be welcome as will all types of acoustic instrument.
For those who have not been before, one person starts playing and as many as want to join in. No PA, electric instruments or backing tracks. All players/singers can join in at any time.

As the Rolling Stones put it (with apologies) -
Why don't we sing our songs all together
Open our souls let the music come.
And when we hear all our tunes together
Then we will know that we all belong.

4.00 - 8.00 pm

Contact Richard Neal: 01643 708094

info AT norcsalordie.com


Fox and Hounds, Cattistock DT2 0JH

Music session

Mainly English. Mince pies: thanks, Pam! All welcome.

6.00 - 9.00 pm

Contact Colin and Ruth Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


Mon 16th Dec 2019

Barrington Court, National Trust, near Ilminster TA19 0NQ

Seasonal folk and classical music

Term-time Mondays in December at Barrington Court are specially planned for visitors with disabilities to enjoy, though of course they are welcome at any time. The house is quieter on Fridays and Mondays; more space for slow movement. Music will be performed in the Library by players who don't mind at all if visitors conduct or sing along. Wheelchair access to ground floor only, with two very low lintels. Disabled visitors pay full price and can bring in one or two Essential Companions at no charge. No need to book; more info at https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/barrington-court. Tell your family and friends!

£11.20 adults, £6.10 children.

Start time: 10.30 am . Car park is 1 km away from main building. Allow extra time for disembarking passengers at main building then driving back to park. Electric buggy available to ferry visitors between house and car park.

Finish time: 3.00 pm, last entry 2.30 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472 771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/barrington-court


Barrington Court, National Trust, near Ilminster TA19 0NQ

Folk session

Performers: this time, chiefly, Yourselves

Tudor, Christmas and other trad music. Acoustic portable instruments and voices welcome, any level of playing, in the Library of Barrington Court. Led by any or all of: Maureen Knight, Linda West, Ruth Thompson and Ann Hinchliffe.
Unlike a normal session, though, you have to let me know you're coming as numbers may need to be limited (fire regs). Includes free entry to this fine Tudor mansion, open 1030h-1500h.

2.00 - 3.00 pm NB: car park is 1 km away from main building.

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472 771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/barrington-court


Tue 17th Dec 2019

The Drax Arms, Bere Regis BH20 7HL

McFulte, Mummers Play, Doc Clarke's Remedy & Robin Greenwood

Folk Night

We will be entertained by Robin Greenwood, a Mummers play by Frome Valley Morris and a selection of Christmas songs by Doc Clarke's Remedy. Unfortunately McFlute have had to cancel but we will see them next year. Doc Clarke's Remedy will be playing an extended set.

8pm

Contact Pip Evans: 07598 328479

pip_evans AT btinternet.com

www.draxfolk.org.uk


Thu 19th Dec 2019

Mitre Inn, Sandford Orcas DT9 4RU

Winter Solstice Acoustic Session

8.00 pm

Contact Linda Chiplen: 07530926496

lindachiplen AT yahoo.co.uk


The Globe, East Street, Weymouth DT4 8BN

Session

Just a great pub in every respect, and a damn good session. Free parking after 6 p.m. 'n Governor's Lane car park (25 yards).

8.00 p.m.

Contact Nigel Canter: 07913854047

nigel.canter AT talk21.com

https://www.facebook.com/The-Globe-Weymouth-Acoustic-Sessions-1499676143498158


Fri 20th Dec 2019

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

Belshazzars Feast

On tour with a Christmas-themed show that mixes traditional Folk music, seasonal material, their usual touch of Classical and Jazz with a bit of Pop and Music Hall, all topped off with lashings of wry humour. Together, Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Hoover The Dog) wow audiences across the UK with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat that always sends audiences home with smiles on their faces.

8:00 pm 16

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


The Dorford Centre, 2 Bridport Rd, Dorchester DT1 1RR

The Ridgeway Singers & Band – West Gallery Carols

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

7.30 pm
Tickets £10 from Tourist Information Centre, Dorchester, or contact 01305 852826 or whitecockade AT gmail.com

https://ridgewaysingersandband.wordpress.com


Sat 21st Dec 2019

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

Wellington Acoustic Music Club

If you enjoy listening to acoustic music in a relaxed atmosphere, come along to the Arts Centre bar and have a listen.
If you enjoy playing acoustic music to like-minded people - come along and join in. It doesnt matter what instrument you play - we have guitarists, violinists, flautists, pianists, accordion players, percussionists... and more besides that!
It doesn't matter how good you are - all abilities are welcomed... we all started somewhere!
There's no charge, but donations are welcomed.
The bar is open throughout the evening for you to moisten your vocal cords!

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

http://www.w-a-a.co.uk/e.php?e=898


Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY

Show Of Hands Christmas Special

Show of Hands fans rejoice as Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, two undisputed kings of the folk, roots and acoustic scene reunite with long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes for a brand-new album and tour.
And there’s more, because the trio is expanding to include master percussionist Cormac Byrne who returns with his infectious rhythms by popular demand.
With new songs, new sounds, heartbeats and harmonies, the quartet’s first secret gig last year at The Electric Palace sold out overnight.

Join us for this very special Christmas show.

8:00 pm

£28.50 adv / £30 door

https://www.electricpalace.org.uk/events/event/show-of-hand-christmas-special/


Limington Church BA22 8EQ

Stanchester Quire

Christmas Carol Concert

The quire will be performing their concert of West Country carols and readings: "We Singers Make Bold".

£8

7:30pm

Contact John

jdlpv AT aol.com

stanchesterquire.org


Crown Inn, Fivehead TA3 6PQ

Christmas Special with Norman, Ingrid & Shayla

Just a few days before Christmas, what better way to get ready for the celebrations than listening to an evening's music from Norman & Ingrid Cumming and Shayla Merrivale. This will be a welcome return for this popular trio and you can expect beautiful harmonies, fine instrumental accompaniment and laughter as we celebrate Christmas in song. There will no doubt be chance to join in too!

December's bar supper for the interval is Lasagne (meat or vegetarian) - £6 - for pre-ordered meals only. To order supper contact Jacqui on 01460 281919 or thecrown_inn AT btconnect.com

7.30 pm

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


Shapwick Church, Wimborne, Dorset DT11 9LA

The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show

Support from the amazing 'Shannon White' followed by the Country tinged brilliance of duo 'Amie Knight and Matt Griffiths'.

Here's the link. Thanks...
https://www.facebook.com/TheTwoManTravellingMedicineShow/
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/485195


Sun 22nd Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

‘Country Christmas’ Dinner & Folk Dance

A dinner-dance, folk style! Enjoy a delicious home-cooked supper followed by light-hearted country dancing. All welcome, including those new to country dance. Jane Thomas (caller) leads the dancing with musicians Gareth Kiddier & Linda Game – better known as The English Contra Dance Band.

6pm–11pm

Dinner & dancing: £15
Dancing only (8pm approx): £5
Why not Stay the Night?
Dinner, dance, B&B per person: £50 (£45 if staying-on for the Christmas House Party)

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



Mon 23rd Dec 2019 to Fri 27th Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Christmas House Party

Come and enjoy the Christmas celebrations at Halsway Manor in the company of your MC Gareth Kiddier and chief caller Jane Thomas. The English Contra Dance Band (Gareth on piano plus Linda Game on fiddle) will play for the opening dance, but sadly Linda can’t stay for the duration; but the plus is that Mollie Koenigsberger (fiddle) and Richard Jones (accordion) then get to join the fun! Somerset choir leader Helen Napper will also be popping in to lead some simple and fun lunchtime harmony singing.

Arrive a day early for the Dinner & Folk Dance: £45 per person inc B&B

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/christmashouseparty2019/


Mon 23rd Dec 2019

Barrington Court, National Trust, near Ilminster TA19 0NQ

Folk session

Performers: this time, chiefly, Yourselves

Tudor, Christmas and other trad music. Acoustic portable instruments and voices welcome, any level of playing, in the Library of Barrington Court. Led by any or all of: Maureen Knight, Linda West, Ruth Thompson and Ann Hinchliffe.
Unlike a normal session, though, you have to let me know you're coming as numbers may need to be limited (fire regs). Includes free entry to this fine Tudor mansion, open 1030h-1500h.

12.00 noon - 3.00 pm NB: car park is 1 km away from main building.

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472 771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/barrington-court


St George's Hall, Kendale Road, Bridgwater TA6 3QE

Simon Mapelsden & Bridgwater Folk

Christmas Party - theme White Christmas

Free >> Rafle In Aid Of Childrens Hospice

8.00 - 10.30 pm

Contact Robert Blackborow: 01278 691370

robertfolk01 AT hotmail.com


Fri 27th Dec 2019

Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band & Caller Teresa Rabbetts

Special End of Year Recovery Kimmeridge Keilidh - lots of dancing & entertainment. No Bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles. Tickets on the door. See website nearer the time for full details!

£5 adults £2.50 under 16s

7.30 - 10.30pm

Contact Steve & Helen Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish_mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Poole Hill Brewery, Bournemouth BH2 5PW

The Stomping Boondocks

Please can you bring your unwanted Christmas presents to auction for The Big Issue Foundation.

Music from the Stomping Boondocks
Wassail and mince pies from the host
Hopefully a performance of the Mummings Play!

This is the second year for this feel good event which raised money and spirits.

7-11pm.

Free Entry - Sorry over 18's only.

poolehillbrewery AT gmail.com


Sun 29th Dec 2019 to Thu 2nd Jan 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

New Year House Party

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

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


Tue 31st Dec 2019

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

New Years Eve Celebration Ceilidh with Jigs for Gigs

Bring in 2020 in style with music and dance at The David Hall.

Tickets: 17 includes a light supper. No concessions.

Early booking essential by Friday 20 December.

No tickets available on the night.

8:15 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/new-years-eve-celebration-ceilidh-with-jigs-for-gigs/


Ditcheat Jubilee Hall BA4 6RB

Jeroka, with caller Peter Bolton

New Year's Eve Barn Dance

Ditcheat's Annual New Year's Eve special!

A real Barn dance, with old favourites and perhaps one or two new ones.... Peter Bolton calls, with live music from Jeroka
A family fun event...nothing too serious, but as energetic as post Christmas indulgence will permit.

As usual, a convivial "bring and share" supper, so please come prepared.

Paid in advance, adults £8, children under 12 £5. At the door. £10

8.30 pm - 12.15 am

Contact Ama Bolton: 01749 672911

amabolton AT hotmail.com


Fri 3rd Jan 2020 to Sun 5th Jan 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Banter – a New Years’ Bash for Musicians

Join us for a New Years’ ‘get-together’ of music and dance for budding dance musicians. Led by members of the band ‘Banter’. An opportunity to have a great deal of fun while learning how to play for dancers.
This is a new weekend at Halsway Manor covering topics including playing together, arranging tunes for dance, how to make people dance, and exploring rhythms and tempos. There will also be a few basic dance workshops for musicians to experience how it feels to dance. There will also be a medieval dance workshop, just for fun.
Who’s it for?
This weekend is for all musicians including tune players, rhythm players and percussive players who are interested in playing for dancing. A basic repertoire of standard English dance tunes would be an advantage. Musicians playing by ear and by written music are both welcome.

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


Fri 3rd Jan 2020

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening - Chris Toyne with Dick Williams calling

We meet on First Fridays through the Autumn and winter for light hearted dancing to different good bands and callers. Squash provided. Bring drinks and snacks if you wish.

£6

7.30 for 7.45 - 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford Royal British Legion DT11 7AD

Edwina Hayes

+ Dom Prag

A concert with sweet voiced Edwina Hayes, who is currently enjoying much success solo and in various musical combinations with others. Edwina has been to the club before and always delights.

Supporting Edwina, we have an opening set from Dom Prag who is making big impressions across the region with his brilliant contemporary view of folk music.

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 4th Jan 2020

St Mary's Church House Hall, Bridport DT6 3NW

Jigs for Gigs with Ray Goodswen

Ceilidh

A fun evening of dance with favourites "Jigs" and Ray. All welcome, regardless of experience and no partner needed: all dances will be walked and talked through and called for as long as needed. Bring & Share supper and your own alcohol.

£9 in advance, £10 on the door.

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Banter

In three years, Banter have become one of the best ceilidh bands in the UK. Drawing on influences such as The New Victory Dance Band, Flowers and Frolics, their modern take on traditional English dance music has been commended by the likes of Ashley Hutchings, John Spiers, Jack Rutter and Steve Knightley.
Banter are Simon Care (melodeon, concertina and vocals), Nina Zella (keyboards and vocals) and Tim Walker (drums, percussion, brass and dance calling). Together generate a huge sound and have been described as the worlds smallest big band. While Banter are rooted in English traditional music they incorporate influences of pop, jazz, soul and big band sounds.
They believe in having fun with music, so expect a very lively and happy weekend.

8pm–10pm

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/banter-2/


Bridport Town Hall, Bucky Do, Bridport DT6 3JP

Tinker's Cuss Band

Twelfth Night Concert

Also Poetry Readings by local authors Tony & Bundle Weston.
In aid of Bridport Millennium Green

£7.50 (members £6.50) to inc seasonal food/drink

7.30pm

Contact Sue Wilkinson: 01308425037

sue.traidcraft AT btinternet.com

http://bridportmillenniumgreen.co.uk


St Mary's Church House Hall, South St., Bridport DT6 3NW

Jigs for Gigs with Ray Goodswen

As always, good to have this combination back, an event to look forward to. All are welcome, no partner or experience needed. All dances will be talked and walked through and called for as long as necessary.

£9 in advance, £10 on the door. 16s and under £4

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

montycrook AT rocketmail.com

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sun 12th Jan 2020

Barrington Court, National Trust, near Ilminster TA19 0NQ

Musicians dance workshop - with Ruth Thompson, Ann Hinchliffe

This workshop is to create a band to play for the afternoon Historic Dance in the Great Hall.
All acoustic instruments are welcome and participants should be able to play traditional material at dance speed.
The tunes are old but the repertoire is new to most of us. Some tunes are more challenging than others and musicians are invited to take time out and enjoy a dance. Music will be available by e.mail if required from just after Christmas. Booking is advised but not essential. Entry to the Court is free for those attending the workshop and/or dance but the reception staff need to be informed on arrival.

£6

10:30 am - 12.00 noon

Contact Ruth Thompson: 01300 321396 07984 547980

ruthfiddler1 AT outlook.com


Wed 15th Jan 2020

The Octagon, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Spirit of the Dance 2020

The International smash hit Spirit of the Dance celebrates 21 fabulous years as one of the most successful dance shows ever and now, their new spine tingling anniversary show is touring the world.
Seen by more than 20 million people worldwide, the blockbuster hit show is Irish in origin and bursting with raw energy. One of the most exciting dance shows ever, this high octane extravaganza takes dance to the next level, in an explosive fusion of heart pounding Irish Dance combined with dance styles from round the world.
Scottish, Flamenco, Latin, Salsa, Street Dance, Hip Hop, Techno Can Can and American Tap are all set to the same dynamic rhythms as the heart pounding thunder of Irish dance. This spectacular show takes you round the globe with the spellbinding world of dance.

Band A Tickets: £28
Concessions: £26.50
Band B tickets: £26
Concessions: £24.50
Footlights/Groups 10+: Discount Applies
A £1 ticket levy is included in all stated ticket prices.

https://www.octagon-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/dance/spirit-of-the-dance-2020/8116


Fri 17th Jan 2020 to Sun 19th Jan 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Folk Harp Weekend

Dive into the fantastic world of folk harp playing. Harpists are welcome to join us for a weekend of harp workshops and sessions with tutors Steph West and Merit Zloch. This is our first weekend of what we hope will be an annual weekend dedicated to harp playing in a folk context.
Using repertoire from the UK (with Steph) and Germany (with Merit) we’ll explore the music, arrangements and techniques for playing the harp in folk context.
The course will be taught by ear with notation available at the end of the weekend. You are welcome to bring your recording devices.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-harp-weekend/


Fri 17th Jan 2020

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Ewan McLennan

From a BBC Folk Award to his work with Transatlantic Sessions through to his recent critically-acclaimed collaboration with the author George Monbiot, Ewan McLennan has come to be known as one of the finest troubadours, singer-songwriters and balladeers of his generation.
Whether singing self-penned works that speak to our modern times, centuries-old traditional ballads or drinking songs, his intimate and moving performances are renowned for their ability to weave narratives that span centuries and continents.

8.00pm

Tickets £12 from ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club


Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

Tatterdemalion, with Ruth Thompson calling

All welcome! You don't have to bring a partner. We have a caller so the inexperienced needn't worry. We are looking forward to a lively evening.
There will be no food but squash will be provided, BYO if you wish.

To help those trying to find the Memorial Hall in the dark it is about 100 yards north of the Piddle Inn. Parking is on the road side.

6 under 16s free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Swanage URC Hall, High Street, Swanage BH19 2NY

Maiden Oak

A barn dance in the old village style with caller Mal Derricott. All welcome. Bring your own drinks and snacks. Light refeshments available.

Adults £5 Children free

7:30 - 10.00 pm

Contact Janet Rees: 07880 335012

janetlynrees AT hotmail.co.uk


Sat 18th Jan 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Harp Concert with Steph West and Merit Zloch

Join us for a delightful evening of folk and traditional music performed on the harp by the tutors of our first Halsway Manor Harp Weekend.
Merit Zloch is a harpist, composer and music teacher. She sees herself in the tradition of the itinerant harp players of the 19th and early 20th century, travelling with her harp throughout Europe charming people with her original compositions and arrangements of historical dance music.

Steph West is both a harpist and singer. She works as a performer, teacher and workshop leader. Whilst studying early music at the University of Birmingham Steph fell in love with the clarsach/folk harp. Steph’s main trad styles are English and Irish and she has worked as a performer and teacher with artists and organisations in both fields: EFDSS, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann, Irish flute/whistle virtuoso Jacquelyn Hynes, Shooting Roots youth folk arts project, Edinburgh International Harp Festival and Guildhall’s CYM. Steph currently plays with her European bal / swing band Midnight Patisserie and her singer-songwriter duo with drummer Paul Radmeyer. Steph is currently working on English trad repertoire for the harp, bringing out a book and courses in 2019.
www.stephwest.co.uk

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/harp-concert-with-steph-west-and-merit-zloch/


North Cadbury BA22 7DH

Wassail

This is a great FREE family event with dancing, raffle, free mulled cider and apple juice.
We also have the Wyvern Jubilee Morris Men who will entertain us during the evening.
The Catash Pub will again provide a 2 course meal for £12. Please book as soon as possible.
Burgers and bacon baps will also be on sale for those who want something lighter.
All funds raised will go to charities supported by the Rotary Club..

6.00 - 9.00 pm

Contact Chris Ringrow: 07767 488719

chris AT ringrow.co.uk

http://www.bruevalleyrotary.org/wassail


Sun 19th Jan 2020

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshop

Workshops are led by Hannah Cumming, an inspiring and experienced workshop leader, who will teach tunes and harmonies by ear. The workshops are suitable for all levels and all acoustic instruments. Notation and audio supplied. Everyone is welcome!

1:30 - 4:30 pm (including coffee break with homemade cake!)

Further information and admission prices on the website
www.sherbornefolkband.org

info AT sherbornefolkband.org
Julia: 07527 508 277


Mon 20th Jan 2020 to Fri 24th Jan 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Manor Open House

We’re opening our doors for a week to professional folk artists at all stages of their careers wanting a place to write, rehearse, recharge, relax, and be creative. We’re offering full board – accommodation and all meals – from dinner on Monday evening until breakfast on Friday. You’ll be here alongside other artists so if you’re someone who likes to share ideas, experiences, advice and support, then this could be right up your street.
Placement is by application. We’re limiting this opportunity to around 15 – 20 artists, and we’re asking for a nominal fee of £60 per head.
Halsway Manor, set in beautiful West Somerset has a variety of resources, including the biggest folk library collection outside of London, large and small rehearsal spaces, and a lovely wood panelled bar (with log fire, naturally). There’s direct footpath access from the Manor onto the Quantock Hills, the coast is 5 minutes’ drive away, and there are views to Exmoor from our door. Nearest mainline station is Taunton, from which there’s a regular bus service stopping an easy 5 minute walk from our door.
Professional musicians – bands and solo artists – at all stages of their career are welcome to apply; please email rachelhill AT halswaymanor.org.uk briefly telling us about yourself and why this opportunity would be useful to you. Applications close on Friday 1 November 2019, and we’ll let you know by Friday 8 November at the latest as to whether your application is successful. Early application is encouraged. Previous applicants are welcome to apply again.
Thanks for your interest, and feel free to share this with others.

£60

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-manor-open-house/


Fri 24th Jan 2020 to Sun 26th Jan 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Simon Mayor’s Mandolin Weekend

Simon Mayor is beyond doubt this country’s finest mandolin player, moving effortlessly between classical, traditional folk, jazz & blues. His dazzling technical skills grace all the music he plays. He’s also a fine guitarist & fiddle player, with a delicious sense of humour & great teaching ability.
The overwhelming success of Simon’s ‘Halsway Manor Mandolin Workshop Weekend’ over the last three years prompted immediate requests for this return visit – and here it is!
Simon will cover all right & left hand techniques including position shifting, tremolo, decoration, tone production & more. There will also be the opportunity to accompany songs with singers from Hilary James’ Voice Workshop which runs alongside this event.
Halsway Manor will be hosting this weekend workshop alongside the Hilary James Song Weekend

www.mandolin.co.uk

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

‘Two Sisters’ Song Weekend

Hilary James and Simon Mayor’s annual visit to the idyllic Halsway Manor has – for the third year – the added attraction of Hilary’s sister Janet Giraudo who will be travelling from the South of France to join us for the weekend. Janet left for France over thirty years ago but the sisters have started to sing together again, revisiting songs from early teenage forays into folk clubs.
Singers of all abilities are invited to join Hilary & Janet to enjoy the pleasure of group singing as you discover the potential of your own voice. Explore the wealth of songs within the British folk tradition and take a peek beyond: ballads, sea shanties, lullabies, comic songs and more. 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. As well as singing acappella the group will join Simon Mayor’s mandolinists for some joint pieces.

Simon, Hilary and Janet will perform an informal concert on the Saturday evening.

You can hear the Two Sisters at www.twosisters.eu

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/hilary-james-song-weekend-2/


Fri 24th Jan 2020

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford Royal British Legion DT11 7AD

Banter (featuring Simon Care)

+ Simon Loake

Simon Care's latest, and possibly most successful, musical adventure is as BANTER, an amazing trio along with Nina and Tim, bringing us plenty of infectious, lively dance tunes, plus some stunning songs and lots of humour.

Opening support is from Simon Loake, one of those always in demand session musicians, brilliant on the guitar and great singing. The 'gentle giant' of the folk world.

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 25th Jan 2020

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Ninebarrow

Ninebarrow have an innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding ‘like two halves of one voice’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering original songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles.
In 2017, the duo was nominated at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for ‘Best Emerging Artist’. They were also nominated at the FATEA and Folking.com awards.

£14.00 advance / £16.50 on the door | 10% discount for members

https://www.marinetheatre.com/music-ninebarrow/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Simon Mayor, Hilary James and Janet Giraudo

Simon’s hilarious banter and mandolin wizardry (he’s one of the world’s leading virtuosos, not to mention his fine guitar and fiddle playing) meets Hilary’s “wonderfully honey-dripping voice” and unusual basses! Also we will be delighted to have back, Hilary’s singing sister Janet Giraudo will be joining them to add her own lilting soprano to exquisite harmonies.
Simon Mayor is one of the world’s leading mandolin virtuosos and composers for the instruments. His many faceted career includes his own series on BBC Radio 2, an album in the Classic FM Top Ten chart and causing mayhem at a Canadian humour festival, but his most thrilling moment was a journey through the square window on BBC’s Playschool!
Hilary James’ ‘elegant singing’ (Daily Telegraph) has received much acclaim: quintessentially English but easily crossing the great musical divides from British folk ballads to blues and Berlioz. She’s famed too for an unlikely taste in bass instruments (she could turn up with her giant mandobass or slimline, semi-acoustic double bass). Her fine guitar accompaniments cross the genres from Vivaldi to bluegrass and she might even manage a step-dance if the wind is in the right direction.
Janet Giraudo now lives in France, her French experience adds more interesting layers to The Two Sister’s collaborative works. Hilary and Janet have recorded their debut album Songs & Chansons with Simon’s input as multi-instrumentalist and producer.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/simon-mayor-hilary-james-and-janet-giraudo-2/


Oldfield School, Kelston Road, Bath BA1 9AB

Banter, with caller Tim Walker

Exciting, infectious, funky... this band is creating a real stir on the dance circuit and we can't wait to dance to them again

Bath Ceilidhs are no ordinary barn dances. Buzzing with upbeat energy right from the start, the great bands we book give you a thrilling and amazing evening of exuberant dancing and fun, whatever your age or experience.
The music generally has its roots in British traditional music, but with a contemporary, eclectic and sometimes cross-cultural bias. The bands we have booked are amongst the best in the country and have appeared at all the top venues/festivals, travelling a considerable distance to play for you. (See the bands individual websites)

There is a caller at all the dances to guide you through so it is no problem if you have never done anything like this before. Don't worry if you go wrong, it just adds to the fun!

Dancing starts at 7.30pm prompt, with doors open from 7pm

Free parking
Bar available

Prices: Adult: £12, Concession £10, Students £6, 7-18 years £3, under 7 free.

Contact: Richard & Jo 01225 311634
E-mail: joanne.lander AT talktalk.net
http://www.poppyrecords.co.uk/bathceilidh/main.php


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

Steve Knightley: Pass Notes – The stories behind the songs

Following the success of last year’s intimate one man show, Steve’s latest outing is intended for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing.
Exploring his extensive back catalogue and introducing unheard new material he explores the themes and stories that inspire him and shows how music and words can become lyrics and chords and notes can meld to create songs that acquire a life of their own.

Tickets: £19. No concessions.

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/steve-knightley-pass-notes-the-stories-behind-the-songs/


Mon 27th Jan 2020 to Fri 31st Jan 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Winter Warmer

“A friendly relaxed atmosphere, and lots to do – for me, a perfect Winter ‘pick-me-up’” Participant
There will be a range of activities to keep you entertained including daily music and dance workshops, plus bell ringing, singing and afternoon walks for those who want to get out into the fresh air. Dances every evening, with the option for you to play in the band or call a dance should you so wish, before retiring to the bar to enjoy the convivial relaxed atmosphere of the manor.
Who’s it For?
Everyone! The week offers a varied programme including folk dance, music and song, and all levels of experience are welcome to come and join a fun and sociable winter folk break. Bring instruments if you have them and would like to play.

The Team
Pete & Marj Hendy, Moira and Peter Gutteridge and David Capron

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/winter-warmer-3/


Fri 31st Jan 2020 to Sun 2nd Feb 2020

Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster, Exmoor TA24 6SF

Folk Dance and Snowdrops

wit Dampiers Round, Ray Goodswen

A residential folk dance weekend in the medieval village of Dunster, with a visit to Exmoor's hidden Snowdrop Valley. Includes 2 nights Full Board accommodation and Sunday lunch, all dances and transport to Snowdrop Valley.

from 270.00 per person

Contact Yarn Market Hotel: 01643 821425

hotel AT yarnmarkethotel.co.uk

www.yarnmarkethotel.co.uk


Fri 31st Jan 2020

Ilminster Arts Centre at the Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster TA19 0AN

Flying Folk Evening

Jemima Farey introduces : -

The Farey Family - ie. the rest of her family, mum, dad and her three sisters, who together comprise an extremely practiced sextet of close harmony singers who have delighted people across the south west for the last twelve years or more.

Plus

Jack Cookson, BBC 2 Young Folk Award Nominee, Devon based singer-songwriter and multi- instrumentalist and music producer, who combines dry and visceral word play with intricate finger-style guitar arrangements singing about his feelings in a unique way, influenced by music from both UK and the USA.

£10 tel 01460 54973

http://www.themeetinghouse.org.uk/music/1893


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

Steve Knightley: Pass Notes – The stories behind the songs

The stories behind the songs

Following the success of last year’s intimate one man show, Steve’s latest outing is intended for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing.
Exploring his extensive back catalogue and introducing unheard, new material he explores the themes and stories that inspire him and shows how music and words can become lyrics and chords and notes can meld to create songs that acquire a life of their own!

http://www.bournemouthfolkclub.com/index.php/all-artists/88-88


Sat 1st Feb 2020

St Mary's Church House Hall, Bridport DT6 3NW

Jigfoot with Dick Williams

Ceilidh

English ceilidh / folk dance with the tuneful Jigfoot and Dick calling. No partner needed, all welcome whatever your level of experience. All dances will be talked and walked though and called for as long as needed. Bring & Share supper and your own alcohol.

£9 in advance, £10 on the door.

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.couk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


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

Mad Dog Mcrea

Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of Folk/Rock, Pop, Gypsy Jazz, Bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music.
From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs.
In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea are, in every sense of the word, a live, band.
The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard!

Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Concessions.

8:00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/mad-dog-mcrea/


Sun 2nd Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Music and Song Club

For more information contact Roger Phipps 01278 671685
A monthly meeting of folk musicians and singers. Come and join in or just have a drink and listen. Join host Roger Phipps and friends for an informal ‘Sunday Club’ open to all musicians and singers. We encourage beginners and those curious about folk music to come along.
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 own words or music in front of you and encourage beginners.
Just come along or give Roger a call if you would like to find out more.

8pm

Free


Mon 3rd Feb 2020 to Fri 7th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Moonrakers Folk Orchestra

Members of Moonrakers (www.moonrakers.net) bring their exciting and dynamic music to this special Halsway Manor event for musicians and singers. Expect a relaxing, stimulating and engaging multi-instrumental week.
Whether you play bowed, fretted or reed instruments, whistles or flutes, or simply like to sing, you’re welcome on this course!
We’ll work on our own improvised arrangements of about 10 folk tunes and songs throughout the week; you don’t need to read music, but some instrumental experience is required. Music and recordings will be provided in advance.
In the evenings there will be plenty of opportunity for showcasing some of your own material.
This course is aimed at instrumentalists and singers with some experience under their belts. You’ll need a good understanding of your instrument and to be open to working in small and larger groups and trying new ways of working.
The tutors are two of Moonrakers’ members – Jon Bennett (guitar, bouzouki, ukulele, whistles, vocals) and Jacqui Johnson (cello, fiddle, whistle, vocals). Both tutors have many years’ experience of running workshops and folk orchestras across the country.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/moonrakers-folk-orchestra/


Thu 6th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Moonrakers Folk Orchestra

Members of Moonrakers bring their exciting and dynamic music to Halsway Manor to create a one-off folk orchestra with participants of Folk Orchestra week. Two of the members of Moonrakers – Jon Bennett (Guitar, bouzouki, ukelele, whistles and vocal) and Jacqui Johnson (cello, fiddle, whistle and vocals) will lead musicians and singers brought together over the Folk Orchestra week in this public performance of folk tunes.

8pm–10pm

£5

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/folk-orchestra-with-moonrakers/


Fri 7th Feb 2020 to Sun 9th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Scandi Winter Weekend

Beat the winter blues with an exploration of Swedish song and dance. A weekend to socialise and enjoy some Scandinavian culture.
The Danish call it ‘hygge’, the Swedes say ‘mysigt’, we might call it ‘that cosy feeling you get doing something wholesome with friends’. Halsway Manor is excited to bring you a full weekend of Scandinavian cosiness in the heart of winter. Try your hand at Swedish dance (with the Third Beat Dance Collective) and/or Swedish song (with Klara Andersson). There will also be some traditional food, Nordic crafts, a dance evening and a few surprises! There will be opportunities for everyone to have a go at everything at some point during the weekend or you can stick to either Swedish song or dance if you prefer.
The perfect antidote to these cold months. This is a weekend in which to relax, snug up by the fire in your cosiest Scandinavian jumper and enjoy a weekend of singing songs and dancing to Scandinavian music. The menu for the weekend will include some typical Swedish fayre.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/hygge-swedish-culture-weekend/


Fri 7th Feb 2020

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening - The Hat Band with Sue Perigo calling

We meet on First Fridays through the Autumn and winter for light hearted dancing to different good bands and callers. Squash provided. Bring drinks and snacks if you wish.

£6

7.30 for 7.45 - 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


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

Megson

Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards, Megson – aka Stu and Debbie Hanna – draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of Folk music.
The husband and wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Performing as Megson, Debs Hanna (vocals, whistle, piano accordion) and Stu Hanna (guitar, mandola, banjo) have gained fame on the British Folk scene, not only for their arresting and intelligent song-writing but also for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour.

8:00 pm

£15.00 – £16.00

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


Sat 8th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Swedish Dance

Try your hand at Swedish dance (with the Third Beat Dance Collective). Join participants who are on Halsway Manor’s Scandi Winter Weekend for a night of Swedish dance. Suitable for absolute beginners. Come and try something different!
The Third Beat Dance Collective is comprised of Ella Sprung, Andy Parr and Lucy Huzzard, all of whom studied for a diploma in Swedish Folk dance at the Eric Sahlström Institute in Sweden. They bring a contemporary look at the intricacies of partner dance, and shine a new light on what traditional dance can offer for connecting with our bodies, the music and each other.
Klara Andersson has been taught traditional songs in the home since childhood. She plays Swedish pipes and recorder and started dancing ten years ago, now she has a bachelor degree in folk dance pedagogy. In 2015-2016 she studied folk singing at a folkhögskola in western Sweden where her interest for “trall” (Swedish diddling) grew bigger. Her repertoire of songs is varied and she has a love for singing with harmonies, especially if there is a nice groove or a melancholic melody!

8pm–10pm

£5

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/swedish-dance/


Sun 9th Feb 2020

Kingston Maurward House DT2 8PY

Wareham Whalers Shanty Crew

Ships and Shanties Concert

Wareham Whalers will be appearing at the beautiful venue of Kingston Maurward near Dorchester and for this they have a real treat for you. They will be singing mainly traditional shanties but also some new songs that feature famous and not so famous ships with readings that tell you a little bit about these ships.

Kingston Maurward comes with ample free parking, a log fire and a licensed bar.

Book now to avoid disappointment either by
1. Emailing us or
2 Visiting Eventbrite at:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ships-and-shanties-concert-tickets-76462889561

£8

7.30pm

Contact David Blakeley: 07923020946

wareham.whalers AT gmail.com

http://www.wareham-whalers.org.uk/


Mon 10th Feb 2020 to Fri 14th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Reg Meuross Creative Songwriting

Folking.com Soloist of the Year 2019, Reg Meuross returns to Halsway to run another songwriting retreat. A wonderful opportunity for songwriters and aspiring songwriters to forget about the rest of the world and immerse themselves in their writing amongst like-minded people, and well-supported by Reg and his team. The programme includes group and individual tasks to stretch and challenge, opportunities to collaborate, a chance to play songs to Reg and the team for feedback (song clinics), song sharing with the group, Q&A sessions, space to write brand new songs, time to relax at the bar, and to enjoy good food and good fun. Reg will be assisted by singer songwriter Holly D Johnston and his manager Katie Whitehouse
Reg says: “Halsway is a stunning location for bringing people together in a creative way and I look forward to being back in February.
The words and ideas and thoughts that come from hard work and supportive interaction are uplifting and inspiring. It’s rewarding to help to ease people back into songs where they had perhaps become stuck or blocked in some way, and witness the sense of relief and renewed creativity. It is also hugely great to work with motivated people who have never written a song before and see the joy and satisfaction their first song brings to them and everyone around them.”

More info and to book: regmeuross.com/SongwritingHalswayFeb2020
https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/reg-meuross-creative-songwriting-2020/


Thu 13th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

An Evening with Reg Meuross

Reg Meuross, acclaimed singer-songwriter and Folking.com Soloist of the Year 2019, returns to the intimacy of the solo format after a successful Summer of festival appearances and an Autumn touring a full band production of his song cycle 12 Silk Handkerchiefs with support from Arts Council England.
A true troubadour and constantly on the road, Meuross has the gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung.

With Support from Holly D Johnston
7:30pm–10pm

£10 in advance
£12 on the door

Further information from regmeuross.com/events
https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/an-evening-with-reg-meuross/


Fri 14th Feb 2020 to Sun 16th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Bagpipe Weekend

Our popular Bagpipe Weekend returns in 2020. Our Bagpipe Weekend runs alongside the Hurdy Gurdy Weekend, in a frenzy of reeds, drones and buzzing things! Our thanks to the Bagpipe Society for their support of this event.
We’re delighted to welcome Birgit Bornauw to teach Intermediate / Advanced level bagpipe players (G pipes only), and Dave Faulkner, who will lead a course to introduce complete beginners to the bagpipes.
You’ll need to select your level and will be working with the tutor for that level during the weekend. Though there will be plenty of opportunity to socialise with the tutors and participants over the weekend.

For an extra £40, participants can stay until Monday morning, including supper and B&B. Please enquire at booking.
We anticipate that accommodation will be at a premium for this event; please consider sharing a room with friends, booking a bed in a shared dorm, or bringing a campervan/camping if you're an outdoor type! Not only will you save yourself some cash, but it will mean that more people can join the party!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/bagpipe-weekend-3/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Hurdy Gurdy Weekend

At present, we are fully booked for both the Beginners course with Scott, and the Intermediate course with Isabelle; we are keeping a waiting list in case of cancellations, so do get in touch to register your interest. 5 places are remaining in the Advanced course with Efren.

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

The weekend is hosted by Claire Dugué, hurdy-gurdy maker and repairer, and she’ll be available to help people get the most out of their instruments with tips for maintenance. She is joined by an elite tutor team of Efren Lopez (Spain), Isabelle Pignol (France) and Scott Marshall (UK).

Efren will work with advanced level students; Isabelle will work with Intermediate gurdy players; and Scott will work with beginners learning to play hurdy gurdy. It is important that when you book you will need to decide which level group you are booking for.

We anticipate that accommodation will be at a premium for this event; please consider sharing a room with friends, booking a bed in a shared dorm, or bringing a campervan/camping if you're an outdoor type! Not only will you save yourself some cash, but it will mean that more people can join the party!
For an extra £40, participants can stay until Monday morning, including supper and B&B. Please enquire when booking

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/hurdy-gurdy-weekend-3/


Fri 14th Feb 2020

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford Royal British Legion DT11 7AD

Charlie Dore & Julian Littman

+ Rod Jenkins

The wonderful singer-songwriter Charlie Dore returns to the club along with Steeleye Span's multi-intrumentalist Julian Littman. Expect varied and entertaining self-penned songs and stunning musicianship.

Opening support is a set from our very own Rod Jenkins, velvet voiced master of gentle Americana.

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 15th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Concert / Dance: Gurdies and Bagpipes

Join us for perhaps the most vibrant gig of the year at Halsway Manor. More pipes and gurdies than you can shake a stick at! Tutors of international renoun are coming to Halsway to lead the popular Pipes and Gurdies weekend. You can experience their magic at this concert performance by Birgit Bornauw, David Faulkner, Efren Lopez, Isabelle Pignol and Scott Marshall.

8pm–10pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/concert-dance-gurdies-and-bagpipes/


Sun 16th Feb 2020

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshop

Workshops are led by Hannah Cumming, an inspiring and experienced workshop leader, who will teach tunes and harmonies by ear. The workshops are suitable for all levels and all acoustic instruments. Notation and audio supplied. Everyone is welcome!

1:30 - 4:30 pm (including coffee break with homemade cake!)

Further information and admission prices on the website
www.sherbornefolkband.org

info AT sherbornefolkband.org
Julia: 07527 508 277


Mon 17th Feb 2020 to Fri 21st Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Lady Maisery Creative Singing Week

Following last years’ exploratory course for intermediate to advanced singers we are pleased that leading folk trio Lady Maisery are returning in 2020 to lead a second week of creative singing at Halsway Manor.
With traditional and contemporary folk song as our starting point, this creative mid-week course is a chance to delve deeply into the songs we sing, work on how to make our music more meaningful and discover what might move us forward in our personal musical journeys.
Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans of Lady Maisery will be your guides and mentors in the creation of new music, arranging and harmonising traditional songs, creating new tunes for old song texts and writing new songs. Workshops will be a variety of whole group activities and some small group self-directed tasks, so participants should be open to exploring ideas in this way.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/lady-maisery-creative-singing-week-2/


Thu 20th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Lady Maisery

Enjoy a joyful and informal evening of song, as Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans perform in concert alongside participants from their Creative Singing Week course.
In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative folk music, vocal trio Lady Maisery shine brightly. With their unique approach to harmony singing, intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice. Whether unearthing a feminist twist hidden in a traditional tale, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad, or showcasing their immense multi-instrumental talents in original compositions that draw on a myriad of musical influences, Lady Maisery are skilfull explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of song. Over the last five years, the trio have toured widely, performing sell-out shows across the UK and Europe.

8pm–10pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/lady-maisery-5/


Fri 21st Feb 2020 to Sun 23rd Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

The Madding Crowd

The Madding Crowd research and perform the church and secular music of the English village bands and choirs in the period 1660 to 1861.

Who’s it For?
The Madding Crowd and friends, all lovers of West Gallery music.

The Madding Crowd is one of the largest and longest established of the revival groups specialising in West Gallery music, meeting each week, just as the old gallery bands and choirs did. The group was founded in 1975 to lead a village evensong, and we have given carol concerts every year since 1977, summer concerts since 1979, harvest concerts since 1989, and have led the singing at many church services, baptisms, weddings and harvest festivals. We have broadcast on radio and television several times, including the Songs of Praise programme shown in 1990, and in “Going the Rounds” on BBC Radio 4 in December 2003. We also provided music for a television programme about Isaac Watts, shown on the PAX channel in North America. In the 1990s we created an early 19th century village wedding and celebration for English Heritage Special Events at various locations in the South of England.

If you’d like to find out more, head to their website www.maddingcrowd.org
For more details please contact Heather: heather AT maddingcrowd.org

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/the-madding-crowd/


Fri 21st Feb 2020

Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

Jigs for Gigs, Ian and Margaret Bryden with caller Paul Miles

All welcome! You don't have to bring a partner. We have a caller so the inexperienced needn't worry. We are looking forward to a lively evening.
There will be no food but squash will be provided, BYO if you wish.

To help those trying to find the Memorial Hall in the dark it is about 100 yards north of the Piddle Inn. Parking is on the road side.

6 under 16s free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


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

Blue Rose Code

+ support from Steve Dagleish

A nomad both geographically and musically, Ross Wilson of Blue Rose Code writes from the heart, eschewing any specific genre, and the 12 new songs on The Water Of Leith – addressing themes of love, loss, travel, home, accepting the past and embracing the future – are painted with colours of Soul, Jazz, Folk and Pop, an eclecticism that has become a hallmark of Blue Rose Code and seen him compared to John Martyn, Van Morrison and Tom Waits.

Inspired by the craftmanship of songwriter Neil Young, John Martyn and Nick Drake, Hull-born London resident Steve Dagleish now performs his original songs, interpretations of ‘Trad’ and modern songs, at Folk clubs, music venues and festivals.

8:00 pm

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions.

www.bluerosecode.com
www.stevedagleish.com

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/blue-rose-code-support-from-steve-dagleish/


Mon 24th Feb 2020 to Wed 26th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

PIVA – Real Roots!

We’re delighted to be welcoming Piva back to Halsway for a fifth course exploring the Real Roots! of folk music, both the music and the instruments. Discover the world of late 16th century popular traditional music as heard in both court and country. The focus of the course will be playing 4 or 5 part harmony in small groups but it doesn’t matter if you are new to this music or an experienced renaissance specialist; sessions will be adapted to suit all levels.
We will, as ever, be looking at dance repertoire and how simple tunes can be adapted into different harmonies and arrangements and for those that wish to, we will also be playing some “art music” with layered polyphony. There will be plenty of opportunities for all levels of players to experience these types of music.

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


Tue 25th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

PIVA – Real Roots gig

Discover the Real Roots! of folk music, the world of late 16th century popular traditional music and instruments as heard in both court and country.
Piva – The Renaissance Collective have wide and diverse musical backgrounds and between them they have experience in playing renaissance, classical, and roots music. They bring all of these diverse musical influences together and fuse them with their knowledge of renaissance music and instruments.
Eric Moulder – Renaissance woodwinds (curtal, shawm, rauschpfeife, crumhorn, recorder). Eric is Piva’s founder and director of music. His passion for early music was inspired by the late David Munrow, amongst others. He has been an early woodwind player for many years and has performed with a number of ensembles. He is an internationally renowned maker and researcher in the field of historic woodwind instruments from the Renaissance period and his instruments are played by leading professional musicians and amateurs alike. He also provides many of the instruments played by Piva as well as being responsible for creating many of the group’s musical arrangements.
Mary Mohan – viol, strings, percussion, voice and renaissance woodwind. Mary studied the flute from the age of 8, quickly getting to grade 5 and into the school orchestra. Then she discovered other instruments and nagged her mother for a cello. She was promised a cello if she got a distinction in her grade 5 flute exam, and the rest is history! Mary studied cello, flute, conducting and musicology at the University of Huddersfield and now works as an instrumental teacher and freelance musician teaching a range of instruments. Her biggest influence in recent years has been Jordi Savall, whose recordings have opened up a whole world of Medieval and Renaissance music. She also runs her own group, Archaedium, which specialises in medieval music.
Jude Rees – Bagpipes and Renaissance woodwind, voice. Jude Rees is a professional oboist and woodwind specialist with extensive experience in classical, folk, contemporary and early music. As freelance multi-instrumentalist and sought-after session musician, Jude has worked with some luminaries of the folk world and has guested on numerous albums and live tours. She currently plays with BBC Radio2 Folk Award nominated Pilgrims’ Way and has played for theatre and television including the BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Jude also co-runs a lively early music group for children in Warwickshire.
Jane Moulder – Bagpipes and Renaissance woodwind. Jane Moulder is the resident bookworm of the group and, alongside Eric, she researches and develops Piva’s repertoire and performance programmes. She is a freelance researcher and writer on music, dance and manners of the 14th to 18th Centuries. Jane runs Piper’s Publishing which has produced a number of successful historical music books. She also works for the National Trust as a historical interpreter specialising in the Tudor period. She balances all of these roles with working alongside Eric making historical woodwind instruments.

8pm–10pm

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

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


Thu 27th Feb 2020 to Sun 1st Mar 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Kyndred Spirits

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

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

www.lemmingsreprieve.org.uk

To book or for further course information contact Denise Bearon:

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/kyndred-spirits-3/


Sat 29th Feb 2020

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

Christian Garrick & The Budapest Café Orchestra – 10th Birthday Tour 2009-2019

The BCO were established by British composer and violinist Christian Garrick in 2009. Led by Christian, they play a blistering barrage of traditional Folk and Gypsy-flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia, Klezmer laments, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czardas and their own unique re-imaginings of some of the biggest pieces ever written by the greats.
The Budapest Café Orchestra evokes vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires – plus a few surprises along the way, and are hugely entertaining, demonstrating immense skill and profound musicianship. A show by the BCO is good enough to make you want to book that holiday down the Danube!

http://www.budapestcafeorchestra.co.uk

8:00 pm

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/christian-garrick-the-budapest-cafe-orchestra-10th-birthday-tour-2009-2019/


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

Ben Ottewell

Benjamin Joseph "Ben" Ottewell (born 23 June 1976) is an English singer-songwriter. He is one of the three lead singers of the English indie rock band Gomez. He was the recipient of the Mercury Music Award Prize in 1998, and is well known for his "deep, raspy voice" and "gravelly baritone”. In 2011, Ottewell embarked upon a solo-project, with the debut album Shapes & Shadows.
Ottewell's deep, soulful voice has gained him some acclaim and has drawn some comparisons to Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and artist Tom Waits, and his lyrical style, and acoustical arrangements, especially in his solo work, have drawn comparisons to folk singer Nick Drake.

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


Sun 1st Mar 2020

The Octagon, Yeovil BA20 1UX

The Phil Beer Band

Charming, disarming and exceptionally talented, multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic scene. One-half of awardwinning powerhouse Show of Hands, Beer is equally as in demand for his solo shows.

Phil sets out to share some of his most-loved songs at carefully selected venues across the UK.

Tickets: £22

Supported by The David Hall

A £1 ticket levy is included in all stated ticket prices.

https://www.octagon-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/music/the-phil-beer-band/8150


Fri 6th Mar 2020

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening - Chris Toyne and Ruth Thompson with Malcolm Churchill call

We meet on First Fridays through the Autumn and winter for light hearted dancing to different good bands and callers. Squash provided. Bring drinks and snacks if you wish.

£6

7.30 for 7.45 - 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford Royal British Legion DT11 7AD

Grant Baynham

A concert with Grant Baynham, the fabulous guitarist and singer who rose to fame on Esther Rantzen's "That's Life" and has been entertaining along with Hilary Spencer as Quicksilver in more recent years.
Opening support is from Blandford based country-style band Buskers Cat, singing self penned cowboy style easy listening songs.

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 7th Mar 2020

St Mary's Church House Hall, Bridport DT6 3NW

GIG CB! with Chris Shaw

Ceilidh

Expect the usual riotous evening with a welcome return of GIG CB! and Chris Shaw. No partner needed, all welcome whatever your level of experience. All dances will be walked and talked through and called for as long as needed. Bring & Share Supper and your own alcohol - the Woodman Inn is just opposite.

£9 in advance, £10 on the door.

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


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

Luke Daniels and Nancy Kerr

Two of the British Folk scene’s top performers have teamed up for some duo/double header shows to perform their own and each other’s music.
Since Daniels’ landmark solo statement, What’s Here What’s Gone, in 2014, he’s put down several more markers on the musical map. Revolve and Rotate had him transporting the 19th Century’s closest thing to hi-fi, the giant steel discs of the polyphon, to modern transcription.
Nancy Kerr is one of the most celebrated Folk musicians of her generation and to date has won six Folk Awards from BBC Radio 2, including Best Duo 2003 and again in 2011, with James Fagan.
This new duo show promises to be a stunning mix of contemporary Folk music and inspired instrumental virtuosity.

8:00 pm

Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/luke-daniels-and-nancy-kerr/


Sat 14th Mar 2020

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

Phil Beer

The 2020 Tour
"At the time of writing this (August 2019) I will have been busily engaged in finishing a large number of recordings to make up a definitive Box Set of songs and music encapsulating everything I do or have done in the last 40 years. There will be archive material as well as copious new recordings all in one package.
The solo shows for 2020, which will be the last time I undertake such a large number of performances, will reflect this body of work. In addition, there will be a solo album entirely featuring instruments built by the late David Oddy.
Very old songs, very new songs. So much to choose from after all this time.

http://www.bournemouthfolkclub.com/index.php/all-artists/135-135


Sun 15th Mar 2020

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshop

Workshops are led by Hannah Cumming, an inspiring and experienced workshop leader, who will teach tunes and harmonies by ear. The workshops are suitable for all levels and all acoustic instruments. Notation and audio supplied. Everyone is welcome!

1:30 - 4:30 pm (including coffee break with homemade cake!)

Further information and admission prices on the website
www.sherbornefolkband.org

info AT sherbornefolkband.org
Julia: 07527 508 277


Fri 20th Mar 2020

Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

Teasing the Cat. Caller TBA

All welcome! You don't have to bring a partner. We have a caller so the inexperienced needn't worry. We are looking forward to a lively evening.
There will be no food but squash will be provided, BYO if you wish.

To help those trying to find the Memorial Hall in the dark it is about 100 yards north of the Piddle Inn. Parking is on the road side.

6 under 16s free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Sat 21st Mar 2020

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

Cara Dillon

Cara Dillon occupies an enviable position at the very top of her genre. This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and achieving exceptional acclaim for over 20 years. She has (according to Mojo magazine) “Quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice”.
Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will be performing material from her new album “Wanderer” which is a collection of beautiful and moving songs recorded in an intimate setting with her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman.
Every note and word sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs. Legions of fans will attest to their impassioned performances with Cara’s warm and natural stage presence something to savour.

8:00 pm

Tickets: £22. No concessions

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


Tue 24th Mar 2020

The Octagon, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Seven Drunken Nights: The Story of the Dubliners

Following its sold-out smash hit debut tour, Seven Drunken Nights – The Story of The Dubliners returns to theatres in 2019 with an even bigger production.
Direct from the West End, the show brings to life the music of Ireland's favorite sons 'The Dubliners’. Telling the story of a career spanning 50 years and evoking the spirit of Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Barney McKenna, Jim McCann, Ciaran Bourke and John Sheahan. This talented cast of musicians and singers bring the music of this iconic group to life.
A performance that will have you singing and clapping along to such classics as The Wild Rover, The Black Velvet Band, The Irish Rover, Molly Malone, Finnegan’s Wake, McAlpines Fusileers, Raglan Road and of course The Seven Drunken Nights.
This celebration of the music of The Dubliners is a celebration of Irish music itself and a guaranteed evening of music, humor and ‘craic’.

Tickets: £25.50
Concessions: £24
Footlights: Discount Applies

A £1 ticket levy is included in all stated ticket prices.

https://www.octagon-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/music/seven-drunken-nights-the-story-of-the-dubliners/8064


Fri 27th Mar 2020

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford Royal British Legion DT11 7AD

PJ Wright & Guy Fletcher - John Butcher's 70th Birthday concert

Club Patrons PJ Wright and Guy Fletcher are headlining John Butcher's 70th birthday concert, along with a lifetime friend of John's, the redoubtable Paul Downes. A night of great music and humour for all.

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 28th Mar 2020

Oldfield School, Kelston Road, Bath BA1 9AB

Committee Band with caller Nick Walden

Welcoming back this scene-stealing, barnstorming and perennially popular ceilidh big band

Bath Ceilidhs are no ordinary barn dances. Buzzing with upbeat energy right from the start, the great bands we book give you a thrilling and amazing evening of exuberant dancing and fun, whatever your age or experience.
The music generally has its roots in British traditional music, but with a contemporary, eclectic and sometimes cross-cultural bias. The bands we have booked are amongst the best in the country and have appeared at all the top venues/festivals, travelling a considerable distance to play for you. (See the bands individual websites)

There is a caller at all the dances to guide you through so it is no problem if you have never done anything like this before. Don't worry if you go wrong, it just adds to the fun!

Dancing starts at 7.30pm prompt, with doors open from 7pm

Free parking
Bar available

Prices: Adult: £12, Concession £10, Students £6, 7-18 years £3, under 7 free.

Contact: Richard & Jo 01225 311634
E-mail: joanne.lander AT talktalk.net
http://www.poppyrecords.co.uk/bathceilidh/main.php


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

Rachael McShane and the Cartographers

Rachael McShane is a singer, cellist, fiddle and viola player based in the North East of England.
An original member of folk big band Bellowhead, Rachael toured internationally with them as well as making several TV appearances.
Bellowhead recorded five studio albums, and won a total of eight BBC Folk Awards in their 12 years together.
Rachael is now working on a new solo project – a reworking of traditional songs and is playing with a brand-new band, featuring guitarist Matthew Ord (Assembly Lane) and melodeon player Julian Sutton (Kathryn Tickell, Sting).
Rachael McShane & The Cartographers are a brand new signing to Topic Records, the oldest
independent label in the world, on the eve of its 80th anniversary.

8:00 pm

£15.00 – £16.00

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/rachael-mcshane-and-the-cartographers/


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

Megson

Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards Megson, aka Stu & Debbie Hanna, 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.

http://www.bournemouthfolkclub.com/index.php/all-artists/136-136


Fri 3rd Apr 2020

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening - Jigs for Gigs with club callers

We meet on First Fridays through the Autumn and winter for light hearted dancing to different good bands and callers. Squash provided. Bring drinks and snacks if you wish.

£6

7.30 for 7.45 - 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 4th Apr 2020

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

The Churchfitters

Why “Churchfitters”? Nobody knows! They’re not fitters and have absolutely nothing to do with churches. The name’s origin is lost in the mists of time but there is one aspect that suits them perfectly – its quirkiness. When your array of instruments includes a motorcycle petrol tank, a musical saw and a Mercedes Benzouki made from hubcaps, there’s little point worrying if the name makes sense! Saucepan dulcimer, glass harp, Bing-Bong machine and magic boots all join some more conventional instruments (fiddle, banjo, sax and whistle, to name a few) to back Rosie Short’s sublime voice.
The three flamboyant characters that make up Churchfitters present their uplifting and entertaining show with a unique dynamism and describe their music as ‘Folk Unlimited’.

8:00 pm

Tickets: £15. No concessions.

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/the-churchfitters/


Fri 10th Apr 2020

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford Royal British Legion DT11 7AD

Richard Digance

+ Anne-Louise Richards

The wonderful tour de force that is Richard Digance is coming to Wessex Acoustic. Songs, stories, and humour abound.
Supporting Richard we welcome back the Shaftesbury based songstress, Anne-Louise Richards, who not only sings like an angel but also writes folk songs you feel you have known forever, one highly talented young lady.

£14 pre-booked, £16 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sun 12th Apr 2020

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

John Tams & Barry Coope ‘Tams Coope 2D’

Their “Look After One Another” gigs continue ….”Until we all sing together again!”

John Tams: ex-Albion Band, founding member of Home Service, longtime actor/musical director at The National Theatre, Rifleman Daniel Hagman in the Sharpe ITV series and Songmaker for WarHorse.
Barry Coope: of the iconic a’capella trio Coope, Boyes and Simpson, now of Narthen.
Winners – Best Duo – BBC Folk Awards

“Look after one another.” – John and Barry

7:30 pm

£15.00 – £16.00

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/john-tams-barry-coope-tams-coope-2d/


Fri 17th Apr 2020

Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

Band and Caller TBA

All welcome! You don't have to bring a partner. We have a caller so the inexperienced needn't worry. We are looking forward to a lively evening.
There will be no food but squash will be provided, BYO if you wish.

To help those trying to find the Memorial Hall in the dark it is about 100 yards north of the Piddle Inn. Parking is on the road side.

6 under 16s free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Sat 18th Apr 2020

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

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band

BBC Folk winners Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, and Bellowhead co-founder John Spiers, join forces with legendary fiddle player Peter Knight’s highly acclaimed trio Gigspanner to form the Gigspanner Big Band.
Taking self-penned material along with music rooted in the British Isles and beyond, with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, they produce richly atmospheric arrangements “with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator”.

8:00 pm

Tickets: £21. No concessions.

www.peterknight.net

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/peter-knights-gigspanner-big-band/


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

Martin Simpson

The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength - every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing.
40 years after he recorded his first album, Golden Vanity, in 1976, Martin is known as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world.
In recent years, he has been a lynchpin in the award-winning Full English, The Elizabethan Sessions and, in 2015, recorded Murmurs, an exciting new album with Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr. Martin’s eagerly awaited new solo album entitled Trails and Tribulations will be released in September 2017 on Topic Records. Album guests include Andy Cutting, Kathryn Tickell, Nancy Kerr and John Smith.

http://www.bournemouthfolkclub.com/index.php/all-artists/138-138


Sun 19th Apr 2020

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshop

Workshops are led by Hannah Cumming, an inspiring and experienced workshop leader, who will teach tunes and harmonies by ear. The workshops are suitable for all levels and all acoustic instruments. Notation and audio supplied. Everyone is welcome!

1:30 - 4:30 pm (including coffee break with homemade cake!)

Further information and admission prices on the website
www.sherbornefolkband.org

info AT sherbornefolkband.org
Julia: 07527 508 277


Thu 23rd Apr 2020

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

Arcade featuring Heidi Talbot & Adam Holmes

For the first, time Ireland’s Heidi Talbot and Scotland’s Adam Holmes are joining forces to tour, write and record an album of original material, together.
Between them they have been nominated for multiple BBC Folk Awards, SAY awards, Irish music awards and played for First Ministers and US Presidents.
This new collaboration will see the pair work under the name “Arcade”, with plans to record and release
a new album of songs in 2019, produced by Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow).

8:00 pm

£22

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/arcade-feat-heidi-talbot-adam-holmes/


Sat 25th Apr 2020

Tintinhull Village Hall BA22 8PY

Jigs for Gigs caller Simon Maplesden

Over Stratton Folk Dance Club SPRING DANCE.

Bring and share supper.

Only the Best band in the area Ian Bridens Jigs for Gigs with a welcome return from our last Autumn sell dance the inimitable Simon Maplesden.

Early tickets 7.50 /On the door 8.50

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact lynn: 01935479291

sjsparks AT btinternet.com


Fri 15th May 2020

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

Oysterband – Chance to Dance

Classic songs from every era of a long and mighty career.

Oysterband, the five-times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning outfit that brought passion, power and not a little poetry to Folk and Roots music, enter their fifth decade as vital and creative as ever, with some of the finest songs in the modern Folk canon to their name: Put Out The Lights; When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down); Blood Wedding; Everywhere I Go; The Oxford Girl; Granite Years; Native Son; A River Runs…..these and many others from their vast back catalogue will feature as they embark on another year of international touring and festivals.

8:00 pm

Tickets: £24. No concessions

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/oysterband-chance-to-dance/


Sun 17th May 2020

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshop

Workshops are led by Hannah Cumming, an inspiring and experienced workshop leader, who will teach tunes and harmonies by ear. The workshops are suitable for all levels and all acoustic instruments. Notation and audio supplied. Everyone is welcome!

1:30 - 4:30 pm (including coffee break with homemade cake!)

Further information and admission prices on the website
www.sherbornefolkband.org

info AT sherbornefolkband.org
Julia: 07527 508 277


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

Oysterband – Seated Concert

Classic songs from every era of a long and mighty career.

Oysterband, the five-times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning outfit that brought passion, power and not a little poetry to Folk and Roots music, enter their fifth decade as vital and creative as ever, with some of the finest songs in the modern Folk canon to their name: Put Out The Lights; When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down); Blood Wedding; Everywhere I Go; The Oxford Girl; Granite Years; Native Son; A River Runs…..these and many others from their vast back catalogue will feature as they embark on another year of international touring and festivals.

7:30 pm

Tickets: £24. No concessions

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/oysterband-seated-concert/


Fri 22nd May 2020

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

Daphne’s Flight

In 1995, Christine Collister, Melanie Harrold, Julie Matthews, Helen Watson and Chris While – acclaimed and appreciated for their individual talents as Folk, Blues, Rock and Soul singers – found themselves at the Cambridge Festival. They decided to sing some songs together….. Magic happened and Daphne’s Flight took off. A widely-acclaimed eponymous studio album and UK tour followed, with a prestigious date at London’s Union Chapel – all of which marked a turning point in the role of women within the English Folk movement.
Five of the finest singer-songwriters of their generation, Daphne’s Flight is a unique and magical blend of individual styles that captivates audiences with complex harmony arrangements, unbridled energy and the infectious joy of performing together.

8:00 pm

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/daphnes-flight/


Sat 23rd May 2020

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

Daphne’s Flight

Daphnes Flight are:
Melanie Harrold * Chris While * Julie Matthews * Helen Watson * Christine Collister

It was 1995 and five friends found themselves at Cambridge Festival. They decided to sing some songs together ... magic happened and Daphne's Flight took off.
Now, two decades later, five of the best singer/songwriters of their generation are gathering again – older, wiser and twice as powerful.
In 2017 they released their new album on the Fledgling Label on CD and Vinyl 'Knows Time, Knows Change'. 2018 brought a sensational new live album available now.
Daphne's Flight will be playing the Shelley Theatre while touring the UK throughout in May 2020 with a stunning brand new album.

http://www.bournemouthfolkclub.com/index.php/all-artists/137-137


Sat 30th May 2020

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

The Demon Barbers XL

As previous winners of Best Live Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, there’s no denying The Demon Barbers’ ability to put on a first-class performance.
Over the years they’ve thrilled countless audiences with their live music and dance shows, be it stirring up a frenzy at Glastonbury Festival and Edinburgh Fringe or selling out theatres around the UK!

8:00 pm

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/the-demon-barbers-xl/


Fri 5th Jun 2020

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

Seckou Keita

Seckou Keita has arguably become the most influential and inspiring kora player of his generation, an exceptional and charismatic musician and a modern global citizen, living with seven centuries of tradition and heritage expressed through his music.
In his solo album, 22 Strings (released May 2015), Seckou gives us the kora in its purest guise, a wondrous instrument that can soothe the bloodlust of warriors and take the human spirit to a place of deep meditation, stillness and beauty.

8:00 pm

£17.00 – £18.00

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/seckou-keita/


Sat 6th Jun 2020

St Mary's Church House Hall, Bridport DT6 3NW

Abacus with Gill Spence

Ceilidh

The excellent young band Abacus from Exeter with Gill calling. No partner needed, all welcome whatever your level of dancing experienced. All dances will be walked and called for as long as needed. Bring & Share supper and your own alcohol - the Woodman Inn is just opposite.

£9 in advance, £10 on the door.

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sat 13th Jun 2020

South Petherton

Petherton Folk Fest

The 9th Petherton Folk Fest since the revival in 2012.

We are continuing to plan a day which celebrates music and dance from the Folk tradition. We will also build on the success of last year by improving the stalls area in the churchyard and creating a day of free entertainment.
There will be a full programme of music in Market Square and The David Hall as well as sessions in the Brewer’s Arms and singing in the church.
Children’s activities and workshops are being organised.
Put the date on your calendar and bring your friends and families!

Free


Sat 20th Jun 2020

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

Nick Cope – A Family Afternoon Gig

Nick Cope is a professional singer and songwriter and has over 20 years of experience in music, including international success as lead singer and songwriter with The Candyskins in the 1990s.
For close to 10 years Nick has been writing, recording and performing music for families and has established a fanatical army of ‘little people’ and their parents from all over the world. His six albums of original songs have become a ‘must have’ for thousands and thousands of young families. His latest album – Have you heard about Hugh? – features the incredible Folk musician, Jackie Oates.

2:00 pm

Tickets: £8 Full, £7 Under 12s

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/nick-cope-a-family-afternoon-gig/


Wed 15th Jul 2020

St. Laurence Church, Upwey DT3 5QE

Tim Laycock, Phil Humphries. Ridgeway Band and Singers

Music for a Summer Eveningj
Folk songs, gallery carols, dance tunes

All proceeds to church facilities fund to provide servery .and lavatory

£10 to include wine and small eats

7.00 for 7.30 pm

Contact Evelyn Price: 01305 812282

eveprice.upwey AT outlook.com.

www.timlaycock.co.uk


Sat 5th Sep 2020

St Mary's Church House Hall, Bridport DT6 5NW

Chris Toyne Big Band, cally Sibby

Ceilidh / folk dance

A fun dance on Bridport's Hat Festival day! Prizes for the best/silliest/most creative hat. No partner needed, all welcome whatever experience level. All dances will be talked and walked through and called for as long as needed. Bring & Share supper and your own alcohol - the Woodman Inn is just opposite.

£9 in advance, £10 on the door.

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sat 3rd Oct 2020

St Mary's Church House Hall, Bridport DT6 3NW

ECDB with Mike Courthold

Great to welcome a great combination of festival band and caller, English Contra Dance Band with ChipFolkFest's Mike Courthold, for our one dance each year dedicated to (mainly) American styles. Don't be put off by that, all are welcome whatever the level of experience and no partner is needed - you will be guaranteed plenty of dancing! Bring & Share supper and your own alcohol - the Woodman Inn is just opposite.

£9 in advance, £10 on the door. 16s and under £4

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sat 7th Nov 2020

St Mary's Church House Hall, Bridport DT6 3NW

Old Pull & Push with Helen Woodall

Ceilidh / folk dance

Always good to have the characterful O.P.P. back, with Helen doing the honours. No armaments will be in evidence! Expect a fun evening, all are welcome regardless of experience, no partner needed. All dances will be walked and talked through and called for as long as needed. Bring & Share supper and your own alcohol - the Woodman in is just opposite.

£9 in advance, £10 on the door. 16s and under £4

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sat 5th Dec 2020

St Mary's Church House Hall, Bridport DT6 3NW

Doug Eunson & Sarah Matthews, with Jane Thomas calling

Ceilidh

Another combination of favourites, Doug & Sarah with Jane - our pre-Christmas treat!
All are welcome regardless of experience and no partner is needed - you will be up and dancing! Bring & Share supper and your own alcohol - the Woodman Inn is just opposite.

£9 in advance, £10 on the door. 16s and under £4

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com