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Mon 17th Jun 2019 to Fri 21st Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

DIY Songwriting with Reg Meuross

Discover and nurture the songwriter within you. A three full day step-by-step guide to thinking, living and breathing like a songwriter.
You don’t have to be a professional Builder to build shelves nor do you have to be a professional Songwriter to write some great songs.
On this workshop you’ll take time to really explore and develop your songwriting with a master of the art, Reg Meuross. There will be plenty of space and time to walk, think and write within a programme that delves into every aspect of songwriting. We’ll look at what it means to be a songwriter, how to live and breathe ‘like a songwriter’, with tips and ideas that could become part of the regular practice of honing your craft.

Partnership Event Book through www.regmeuross.com/DIYsongwriting

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/diy-songwriting-with-reg-meuross/


Tue 18th Jun 2019

Drax Arms Bere Regis BH20 7HL

Sunjay

With a relaxed and confident manner, vocal style and mastery of his instrument he walks onto a stage and addresses the audiences though he is sitting down to play music with a group of close friends;
Sunjay’'s style has that natural drift between folk and blues and both
camps have recognised his obvious flair.

£5 in advance £7 on the door

8pm

Contact Pip: 07598 328479

pip_evans AT btinternet.com

www.draxfolk.org.uk


Wed 19th Jun 2019

Rose and Portcullis, Butleigh BA6 8TQ

Session

We are trying to revive the folk sessions that used to run at the "Rose and Port". If it takes off, it will be every third Wednesday in the month. All styles, instruments and standards welcome.

8.00 pm

Contact Trevor Ryder: 07773397208

dupfolk AT gmail.com


Thu 20th Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Reg Meuross

Reg Meuross’ reputation as a Master Storyteller has been well earned. From gigging in village halls and folk clubs to playing the Royal Albert Hall and huge festival stages in the UK and abroad, Reg consistently entrances his audiences with songs of life, love and injustice, soulfully delivered with melodic tenor vocals and exemplary guitar playing.

8pm

Booking through www.regmeuross.com
This gig is part of the DIY Songwriting with Reg Meuross workshop.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/reg-meuross-2/


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

Steve Knightley - 2019 solo tour ‘Roadworks’

As a long-serving troubadour of the folk and acoustic music scene, master songwriter and storyteller Steve Knightley has spent much of his life on the road, collecting songs, stories, anecdotes and observations – with the odd disaster along the way.
In 2019, Steve once again takes to England’s highways and byways to present ‘Roadworks’ – a show which builds on the success of his sell-out 2018 solo tour ‘Songs and Stories’. This is a stripped-back, one-man show that’s infused with wit, warmth and alchemy, beautifully illustrated by his trenchant songs of history, love and conscience. Anyone who’s ever wondered what it’s like to be a touring musician will love this rare insight into life on the road.
2018’s tour was a sell-out, so early booking is advisable.

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

Door Price: £20.00
Advance: £18.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/steve-knightley-announces-2019-solo-tour-roadworks/


The Globe, East Street, Weymouth DT4 8BN

Session

The usual stuff. Good, reasonably priced beer, friendly staff and customers, NOT noisy. Nearby car park free after 6 p.m.

8.00 p.m.

Contact Nigel Canter: 07913854047

nigel.canter AT talk21.com

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


Fri 21st Jun 2019

Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HF

Carismático Tango Band

Enjoy a night of Latin American musical virtuosity, passion and dance. A new ensemble of professional musicians led by virtuoso accordionist Karen Street featuring the brilliant, emotionally charged compositions of Argentinian composer Saúl Cosentino alongside music by his mentor Astor Piazzolla and Karen’s own creative and nuanced compositions. Featuring Karen Street on Accordion, Jonathon Taylor on piano, Andy Tweed on saxophones, Dave Manington on bass and Rob Millett on percussion.
Tango is a dance and music style born in the slums of Buenos Argentina in the 1880’s. From its beginnings as a highly improvised dance form it became an international dance craze at the start of the 20th Century. The music also evolved along many different paths. Carismático’s focus is is Tango Nuevo, a style created by Astor Piazzolla who wished to compose for the concert platform rather than the dance hall.

8.00pm
£14 / £12 members and concessions

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/fri-21-june-carismatico-tango-band/


Sat 22nd Jun 2019

Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HF

Cara Dillon: Wanderer Tour

This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences for over 20 years. According to Mojo magazine she has “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

£22 (£20 members and concessions)

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/sat-22-june-cara-dillon-wanderer-tour/


Sun 23rd Jun 2019

Curzon Cinema and Arts, Clevedon BS21 6NN

All My Life’s Buried Here – The Story of George Butterworth

+ Q and A

This is a British documentary film charting the remarkable life story of the revered British composer George Butterworth (1885-1916) who was tragically killed in the battlefield of the Somme.
This is a uniquely gentle yet compelling, personal and fascinating account of the pioneering musician, folk song collector and dancer. Featuring music by the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
We are lucky to be joined by the director, Stewart Morgan Hajdukiewicz, for a QandA after the film.

https://www.curzon.org.uk/film/all-my-life-s-buried-here-director-q-a/

https://www.georgebutterworth.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/events/331257860906883/?ti=icl

£5.00-£6.70

1.30pm



info AT curzon.org

www.curzon.org.uk


Mon 24th Jun 2019 to Fri 28th Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Violin Bow Making

!! CANCELLED !!

Come and learn how to make a bow for your violin. A five-day practical course that enables you to make a bow of the violin family (violin, viola, cello, or double bass). The course is led by renowned tutor, bow maker and musician Andrew Bellis. You’ll be in the workshop by day, working on your personalised bow, and there will be time in the evenings to relax and enjoy informal playing sessions in the bar, so bring your instruments and try your new bows!

Materials will need to be ordered in advance from Andrew at bows AT andrewbellis.plus.com

See the link for full details

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

French & Breton Dance Week

Discover French dance or develop your dance horizons! Both experienced and novice French dancers are invited to a week of expert tuition led by Peter Clifton, and supported by Karen Prager. Christine Planel will join the week to add a singing-for-dancing session or two, with music throughout from Paul Hutchinson and Richard Heacock.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/french-breton-dance-week-3/


Thu 27th Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

French and Breton Bal

Discover French dance and develop your dance horizons for an evening of French and Breton Bal, an easy style of dance popular across Europe. Think – European Ceilidh. You’ll be joining participants on our French and Breton Dance week.

8pm–10pm

Pricing by donation

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/french-and-breton-bal/


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

Martin Carthy

For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.

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

Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £14.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/martin-carthy-2/


Fri 28th Jun 2019 to Sun 30th Jun 2019

Carhampton Recreational Hall and Ground TA24 6NH

West Somerset Folk Festival

Weekend Folk Festival with Saturday Evening Concert, Singarounds, Folk Club, Morris.

Charity festyival Raising money for the Soutyh West Childrens Hospice.
See www,westsomersetfolkfestival.co.uk

Contact - Mike Dibble 01643 841597.


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Leveret Workshop Weekend

Leveret features three of England’s finest folk musicians – Andy Cutting, Rob Harbron, Sam Sweeney – in an acclaimed collaboration, and we’re delighted to welcome them back to Halsway to lead this musicians’ workshop weekend.

Leveret’s music involves playing together spontaneously without using arrangements. This weekend of workshops for instrumentalists will explore ways of playing together intuitively in ensembles of varying size, as well as discussing repertoire development and composition.

There will also be a chance to see Leveret perform on the Saturday evening.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/leveret-workshop-weekend-2/


Fri 28th Jun 2019

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

Jez Lowe & Kate Bramley

+ Support Marion Fleetwood

Wow what a night we have to end our season. The top notch JEZ LOWE with the talented KATE BRAMLEY with a selection of Jez favourites, along with Kate's own offerings.

Supporting this dynamic duo, we are thrilled to have one of our favourite musicians, Marion Fleetwood, currently performing with TRADarrr and IOTA. It is a rare treat to get Marion on her own, so you can appreciate her delicious voice and fabulous guitar and fiddle playing.

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

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

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Grove Sports Centre, Nailsea BS48 4NQ

Fougere Rouge

Fundraising Barn Dance for Children’s Hospice South West

Tickets at £12.50 and including a ploughman’s supper, are available from Helen Rogers: email helen.rogers AT chsw.org.uk or ring 07818221537


Sat 29th Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Leveret Gig

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

8pm

£15

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


St Michael's Church, The Market Square, Somerton TA11 7NB

Stanchester Quire

Songs of Rural Life in South West England

An evening of songs depicting hardship, hope and humour throughout the years.

£10 to include 1st interval drink.

7.30 pm

Contact Mrs Jan Turner: 01458 270096


Whitchurch Canonicorum Village Hall DT6 6RF

The Wyld Band, caller Ruth Jenkins

Summer Fling Barn Dance - ticket includes Ploughmans and pudding. Pre booking preferable but also on the door. All diets welcome just let us know. Bar will be open. A fundraising event to help village teenager travel to Tanzania with Camps International this July.

£8

Doors open 7 dancing from 7.30
Finishes 11.30 ish

Contact Nesta Davies: 01297 489976

nesta AT leafwork.co.uk

https://whitchurchcanonicorumvillagehall.wordpress.com/


Fri 5th Jul 2019 to Sun 7th Jul 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Ukulele and Song Weekend 2019

An enjoyable summer weekend of music and song for players and singers of all levels of experience. Jon & Sam will lead the ukes to kick-start and improve your skills. Meanwhile Liz will focus on singing for those wanting to develop their confidence. This year we’ll run an additional session on songwriting. We’ll have three groups according to your playing skills, but you’re free to move between the groups, and there’s plenty of time to relax and socialize too. The evenings will include opportunities to perform your own material, plus an informal concert on the Saturday by the tutors. To get you started, there are some video tutorials and other materials at www.ukuleleoxford.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/ukulele-song-weekend-2019/


Fri 5th Jul 2019

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

The Salts – Songs from the Sea

The Salts are a co-operative of seasoned musicians, creating what is fast becoming one of the most exciting and energetic folk concepts of recent times. Individually The Salts, fronted by twice BBC Young Folk Finalist Lee Collinson, have circumnavigated the Commonwealth with tours of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, Singapore and Hong Kong. Their latest album ‘Brave’ on Braccan Records has received rave reviews far and wide.

£15

7:30 pm

Contact Chapel Arts: 01225 463362

bathboxoffice AT bathtourism.co.uk

bathboxoffice.org.uk


Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band with caller Teresa Rabbetts

Kimmeridge Keilidh - all welcome! Song spot from Gilly Kemp. No Bar - bring your own! Tickets on the door.

£5 adults £2.50 children

7.30 - 10.30 pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Sat 6th Jul 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Ukulele Gig: Jon Bennett, Liz Van Santen & Samantha Muir

Our Ukulele and Singing Weekend tutors welcome all-comers to a lighthearted evening of ukulele and song!

Jon Bennett and Liz Van Santen are both members of four-piece band Moonrakers, which combines musicians from both the classical and the folk tradition.

Samantha Muir is one of the UK’s leading classical and campanela style ukulele players. Her arrangements range from Bach, Sor and Tarrega to traditional songs, sea shanties, and Scottish tunes. Samantha is much in demand as a performer and teacher of ukulele and has appeared at festivals including The Grand Northern Ukulele Festival, UKE East, the Perthshire Ukulele Gathering and BUG Festival.

8pm–10

£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/ukulele-gig-jon-bennett-liz-van-santen-samantha-muir-2019/


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

The Leylines – A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event

Established in 2013, The Leylines are a West Country collective with a genre-defying, eclectic sound that ranges from Traditional Folk to full-blown festival Rock.
The band was founded by a group of musicians in Weston-super-Mare (via Bristol), wishing to combine their individual musical styles into something that isn’t quite Folk, sort of Punk, 100% heart-pounding revelry.
The band have a reputation for wild, energetic performances and wanted to encapsulate as much of that as possible within their new album. The result is a collection of sincere, straight-from-the-heart performances, constructed with care and played with passion.

8:00 pm £16

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


Mon 8th Jul 2019 to Fri 12th Jul 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Vocal Workshop Week

After many years of working with people and their voices at their own teaching centre, Stones Barn in Cumbria, Maddy Prior MBE and her daughter Rose-Ellen Kemp are delighted to offer their second course together at Halsway Manor in collaboration with the fantastic Christina Shewell. This course will be for singers of all levels who want to work to improve their voice and learn about the voice.
Working both altogether and in smaller groups you’ll have fun learning practical techniques to improve and maintain the voice, gain knowledge of vocal anatomy and physiology and hear some interesting insights into the current voice research as well as enjoying some group singing for the sheer love of it as well as for health and wellbeing. It will be an absorbing, social and fulfilling singing experience for those who want to work on their voice.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/vocal-workshop-week/


Thu 11th Jul 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Rose-Ellen Kemp, Christina Shewell, Maddy Prior

Maddy, Christina and Rose-Ellen will be leading their second vocal development course together at Halsway Manor and this performance is part of this celebration of voice.
The evening will include content from the course participants, spoken word from Christina Shewell, and song performances from Maddy Prior MBE and her daughter Rose-Ellen, also a professional singer. It is not a fully ‘Maddy Prior and Friends’ show, but rather an opportunity to enjoy a relaxed, informal and varied evening of song and spoken word.

8pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/rose-ellen-kemp-christina-shewell-maddy-prior/


Cedars Hall, Wells Cathedral School BA5 2ST

Peter Knight's Gigspanner Big Band

Periodically, the pairing of two acts, each with their own unique identity, produces an electrifying force that is even greater than the impressive sum of its parts.
As a trio, Gigspanner, formed by legendary fiddle player fiddle player Peter Knight, has established a reputation as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British folk scene.
Their appearances together as the Gigspanner Big Band are a rare, but highly sought after affair, thanks to performances of dazzling musicianship and arresting on stage chemistry.
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 layered within a wealth of subliminal musical influences “with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator” Spiral Earth.

£15 to £24 including Strawberries & Cream

7.00pm

(0)1749 834 200

https://uk.patronbase.com/_WellsEvents/Productions/2VG/Performances


Fri 12th Jul 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019

Priddy

Priddy Folk Festival

http://www.priddyfolk.org


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Ballads, Broadsides & Bawling Hawkers

We’re delighted to announce Halsway’s first ballad weekend, in which a team led by Pete Coe will explore the performance, sourcing and history of storytelling songs from the last four centuries. Pete, whose pedigree as a performer in the folk scene has few equals, will be joined by leading performer of traditional ballads Brian Peters, and BBC Folk Singer of the Year nominee Emily Portman.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/ballads-broadsides-bawling-hawkers/


Sat 13th Jul 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Pete Coe, Brian Peters, Emily Portman

A night of storytelling through songs from the tutors of Halsway’s Ballads, Broadsides and Bawling Hawkers weekend workshop.

Pete Coe is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and song collector, and has been a professional touring and recording folk musician since 1971. He’s played in iconic bands including The New Victory Band and Bandoggs, but he’s best known for the variety of his solo performances. Pete has also researched and given illustrated presentations on broadside ballads. Robin Denselow, writing in The Guardian, described him as “an impressive singer, songwriter and instrumentalist who switches from bouzouki to melodeon, banjo or dulcimer, and can handle anything from traditional ballads to comic material.”

Brian Peters is an experienced singer of traditional songs with a wide repertoire but a particularly strong reputation as an interpreter of the ‘Child Ballads’. He’s a multi-instrumental accompanist proficient on guitar, anglo-concertina and melodeon, has given classes on ballad repertoire and interpretation in the UK, USA and Canada, and devised the ‘Songs of Trial and Triumph’ presentation and CD, devoted to the Child Ballads. Steven Winick of the Library of Congress, Washington DC, wrote: “He sings and plays with consummate skill, breathing life into unusual ballads which shimmer with magic and murder, tragedy, action, excitement, and humour.”

Emily Portman (Furrow Collective, and Emily Portman Trio) is folk singer, writer and concertina player with nominations for folk singer of the year and holder of the 2013 BBC Radio 2 folk album of the year. As well as being a performer, Emily has presented BBC Radio Merseyside’s folk show ‘Folkscene’, written articles for the acclaimed roots and world music magazine fROOTS and has given talks on Ballad Studies at Cecil Sharp House, London and The International Ballad Conference.

8pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/pete-coe-brian-peters-emily-portman/


Sun 14th Jul 2019

Staplegrove Village Hall, Taunton TA2 6AL

Free Family Friendly Scottish Ceilidh

Programme of easy Scottish dances and ceilidh dances and all will be talked / walked through and dancing will be to recorded music. Hot / cold drinks will be supplied foc . Wear something tartan if you wish!

Sunday afternoons from 2.30 to 4.30 pm.

No need to book, just come along and have a great time.
Further enquiries to Anita on anitaandjim22 AT gmail.com or phone 01460 929383

Run by the Somerset Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS)


Mon 15th Jul 2019 to Fri 19th Jul 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

World Circle Dance

World Circle Dancers return to Halsway for this weekend in July 2019! Come to enjoy newly created circle dances to wonderful new world music. We’ll also explore traditional folk dances from around the world, with an emphasis on Greece and the Balkans.

Who’s it For?
This weekend is for those dancers who have some previous experience of circle dance or international folk dance. It is not suitable for complete beginners.

Partnership Event
For more information, contact Hazel 01453 834 125

email hazel AT hazelyoung.co.uk.

See also www.hazelyoung.co.uk

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/world-circle-dance-2019/


Fri 19th Jul 2019 to Sun 21st Jul 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

The Askew Sisters’ Creative English Music and Song Weekend

An enjoyable weekend for singers and musicians to join sisters Emily and Hazel Askew for a creative exploration of English music and song.

The weekend will focus on bringing music to life using traditional techniques and styles as well as tools to inspire your own creativity. We will look at ways of playing, singing and researching traditional English songs and tunes, as well as artistic ways to interpret, edit and arrange this material. Over the weekend we will work as a whole group, we’ll split into two groups of singers and instrumentalists, and we’ll also work in smaller mixed groups of semi-self-directed singers and instrumentalists, to have fun putting what we’ve learnt into action!

The Askew Sisters will perform an informal concert in the Saturday evening, and participants are invited to contribute spots should they wish!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/the-askew-sisters-creative-english-music-and-song-weekend/


Sat 20th Jul 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Askew Sisters Gig

Join sisters Emily and Hazel Askew for an informal concert exploring English music and song.

The Askew Sisters, Emily (Alma, Emily Askew Band) and Hazel (Lady Maisery, Coven, Songs of Separation), are two of the foremost performers and interpreters of English folk music. As an acclaimed duo, their live performances brim with the depth and connection not only of two sisters, but also of two musicians who have been immersed in folk music all their lives.

Together, they rework and reinterpret songs and balladry, creating breath-taking arrangements, which allow words that are hundreds of years old resonate profoundly with contemporary audiences. Both are also skilled multi-instrumentalists and expert players of dance music, using fiddles, melodeons, concertina and cello in their innate drive to bring old dance music to life. Their long awaited fourth studio album will be released in early 2019.

8pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/askew-sisters-gig-2019/


Crown Inn, Fivehead TA3 6PQ

Reg Meuross

Somerset singer-songwriter Reg Meuross is now touring with new album 12 Silk Handkerchiefs and characters from 12 other superb albums.
Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, on a really human level, his words and music painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung, accompanying himself masterfully on guitar and captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice.

Starting at 7.30pm in the skittle alley, the first part of the evening will be open to “floorsingers” – ie anyone who turns up to sing or play will get a chance to perform (depending on numbers!)

At 8.30pm Jacqui will be providing a bar supper for the interval. To pre-order supper contact 01460 281919 or thecrown_inn AT btconnect.com

8:30pm For more information contact Laurie Burn laurieguitars AT gmail.com 01460 281033


Ivy Farm Barn, Oborne, Sherborne DT9 4LJ

The Four Foot Four and cameo by Bonny Sartin

Charity fundraising barn dance for Sherborne Citizens Advice.

Free ploughman's supper. Bar, outdoor skittles, farm games and fantastic raffle.

Tickets: Sherborne Citizens Advice, Manor House, Newland, Sherborne or Parsons Butchers, Sherborne or Sherborne Tourist Information or Liz Tebbatt.

£12 adults, under 16 £5

6.30 pm - 12.30 am

Contact Liz Tebbatt: 07931 428355

tebbatt.towers AT gmail.com


Sun 21st Jul 2019

Chalk and Cheese, Maiden Newton DT2 0BD

Music session (or not!)

****Please note: there is NO session tonight as we can't make it for some other reason. It'll be next Sunday, 28th July*****

Contact Colin and Ruth Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


Fri 26th Jul 2019 to Sun 28th Jul 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Roodman Dance Celebration Weekend

A weekend to explore the wonderful choreography of Gary Roodman, a retired American college professor, whose dance compositions have captivated English Country Dancers on both sides of the Atlantic in recent years.

This will be our 8th ‘Roodman Celebration’ weekend, and will focus solely on Gary’s dances.

Gary Roodman, a dancer of ‘International’ dances for many years, discovered English & American dance when he attended Pinewoods Camp in Massachusetts with his family for the first time in 1976. ‘That experience changed my life forever’ he states on his website. Since his first publication ‘Calculated Figures’ in 1987 Gary has produced a further 10 collections of ‘Calculated Figures’ plus other books and accompanying CDs, creating a total of almost 160 dances. The music used is frequently by famous classical composers, but also modern composers and in particular collaborations with Jonathan Jensen, & Dave Wiesler.

This is a challenging weekend of dance aimed at experienced English Country Dancers.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/roodman-dance-celebration-weekend/


Bridport

Bridport Folk Festival

Approx 68 music acts, plus around 25 dance sides, plus social dances and ceilidhs, workshops and sessions around the town, 2 headline concerts and 4 outdoor stages. Local artisans, storytelling and a children's area, there will also be events going on around the pubs late into the evenings.

There will be a small £2 charge for entry all weekend to the outdoor stages and the workshops and concerts are ticketed events.

Friday night sees Julie Felix and Reg Meuross at Bridport Arts Centre, Saturday night is Karsilama and Mark Radcliffes band - Fine Lines.

Contact Helen: 07796 00205 ((I'm sure this isn't a valid phone number. I will check for next week. Steve))

media AT bridportfolkfestival.com

bridportfolkfestival.com


Fri 26th Jul 2019

The Exchange Sturminster Newton DT10 1FH

Holy Moly & The Crackers

Influenced by an eclectic range of music, this ever-evolving, nationally acclaimed gypsy folk-rock band play an exciting and visceral blend of styles. In the perfect collision of rowdy tunes, pumping danceability and compelling storytelling, expect a medley of original songs and old time drinking tunes, both hilarious and thrilling, and sure to entertain!
Last summer the band enjoyed accoladed appearances at festivals including Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, Bestival, Camp Bestival and Beautiful Days. Released in April 2019, their third album ‘Take A Bite’ is a concise, passionate take on folk, blues and indie rock. Fresh from a European tour with Skinny Lister, HMATC are back on the road- come along for the ride and join the craziest party in town!

Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

* Rescheduled tour. HMATC plus support from Chris Roberts

“The musicians are stylistically dazzling” Bright Young Folk

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.holymolyandthecrackers.com

£10, £7 u18s, £28

7:30pm

Phone: 01258 475137

https://stur-exchange.co.uk


Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HF

Spooky Men's Chorale

The Spooky Men wooed us with an outstanding concert at the end of summer 2018 and now they’re back!
They are the gift that keeps on giving... as thunderous as a herd of wildebeest, as sly as a wagonload of Spike Milligans and as sonorous as a cloister of monks. They emerged blinking-eyed from the Blue Mountains of NSW fifteen years ago and armed with no more than their impressively cavernous vocal chords, a nice line in deadpan, improbable facial hair and an ill-matched set of hats, have been gleefully impressing audiences throughout Australia, NZ and the UK ever since.
Their 2019 tour includes material from a brand new album, and a winning spectrum of Georgian songs, pindrop-beautiful ballads, highly inappropriate covers, and immaculate man anthems.
You must see them. Really, you must.

8pm
£22 / £20

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/fri-26-july-spooky-mens-chorale/


Sat 27th Jul 2019

Halstock Village Hall BA22 9SG

Holy Moly & The Crackers

Influenced by an eclectic range of music, this ever-evolving, nationally acclaimed gypsy folk-rock band play an exciting and visceral blend of styles. In the perfect collision of rowdy tunes, pumping danceability and compelling storytelling, expect a medley of original songs and old time drinking tunes, both hilarious and thrilling, and sure to entertain!
Last summer the band enjoyed accoladed appearances at festivals including Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, Bestival, Camp Bestival and Beautiful Days. Released in April 2019, their third album ‘Take A Bite’ is a concise, passionate take on folk, blues and indie rock. Fresh from a European tour with Skinny Lister, HMATC are back on the road- come along for the ride and join the craziest party in town!

Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

* Rescheduled tour. HMATC plus support from Chris Roberts

“The musicians are stylistically dazzling” Bright Young Folk

www.holymolyandthecrackers.com

£10, £7 u18s, £28 fam

7:30pm

Phone: 01935 891744

https://artsreach.co.uk


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

Strawbs 50 Years on – A 50th Anniversary Acoustic Concert

The Strawbs started life as the Strawberry Hill Boys before emerging into the mainstream from the exciting British Folk Movement of the mid 60s alongside other such luminaries as Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Al Stewart and Roy Harper. Their first album with Sandy Denny attracted the attention of A&M Records in America and they became the first British Band to be signed by the famous label.
The Acoustic Strawbs of the 21st century consist of the founder, constant guiding force, originator and lead vocalist Dave Cousins, described by Rolling Stone Magazine as the best Dylan influenced songwriter to come out of the UK. Alongside him longtime band members lead guitarist Dave Lambert and the astonishingly versatile Chas Cronk, who together formed the front line of the classic 1970s Strawbs.

www.strawbsweb.co.uk

www.strawbs50.com

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

Door Price: £17.00
Advance: £15.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/strawbs-50-years-on-a-50th-anniversary-acoustic-concert/


Sun 28th Jul 2019

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

Acoustic Night

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

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


Chalk and Cheese, Maiden Newton DT2 0BD

Music session

This is the 4th Sunday, not the 3rd as you will already have noticed. Look on it as a pre-Sidmouth warm-up. Mainly English. All welcome. There may be birthday cake.

6.00 - 9.30 pm

Contact Colin and Ruth Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


Mon 29th Jul 2019 to Sat 3rd Aug 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk: Intermediate

Full board (accommodation and all meals), tuition and all activities:
£225
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first-served basis.

Contact us for an application form. Please return your completed application form with a deposit of £60 to secure your place; the balance is due 6 weeks before the course begins.
An opportunity for young musicians from the South West and beyond to work with leading folk artists, to create a new performance piece – and to perform it live at Sidmouth Folk Week!

The young performers will operate as a company: taking warm ups together, technique classes in their disciplines, learning repertoire and creating contemporary reinterpretations of traditional material. The group will live, work and play together, with opportunities for informal rehearsals and social gatherings to enrich their experience and understanding of the folk arts.

This is a fun but intensive course for young people aged 12-18, leading to a day of performances at Sidmouth Folk Week. It’s designed as a progression from our Spring Halsway Young Folk Intro Week, but if you’re new to Halsway, that’s ok; you’ll need prior experience as a musician or singer, and to have some folk experience, eg from taking part in workshops at Festivals, from going to courses at other venues, from playing in a school (or your own!) folk band. If you’re not sure, then get in touch.

((There is lots more information on the Halway website - see the link below))

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-young-folk-intermediate-2/


Sat 3rd Aug 2019 to Fri 9th Aug 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Family Folk Week

Ted and Pat Morse, Susan Peterman and the Stray Chords Ceilidh Band host this wonderful week for all ages! Enjoy a family holiday filled with fun folk activities. Either choose to stay in the manor or camp in the grounds and relax while our great staff do all the catering for you and your family. There’s a full programme of dancing and music making and fun activities each morning while afternoons are usually free for trips around this beautiful area including the West Somerset Railway, the seaside and Exmoor – or you could even pop-down to Sidmouth Folk Week for the day! There will be dancing each evening with song sessions in the bar.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/family-folk-week-3/


Fri 9th Aug 2019 to Fri 16th Aug 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

August Folk Dance Holiday

Join us for our popular August dance holiday! This week began as the ‘Guildford Folk Dance Holiday’ in 1977 and has continued to bring together dancers to enjoy folk dance, Halsway and its surroundings to this day.
Hosted by Shirley Williams, we are delighted to welcome caller Jane Thomas to the team for the first time! Jane will lead enjoyable morning dance workshops and evening dances, with top-notch live music provided by Kelly’s Eye. The afternoons include optional organized outings* and activities, or you can relax and enjoy the Manor and its gardens, or explore the area under your own steam.
* Some outings may incur additional costs.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/august-folk-dance-holiday-3/


Fri 9th Aug 2019

Studland Village Hall BH19 3BT

Kabantu

Kabantu, meaning ‘of the people’, is an eclectic five-piece hailing from Manchester, who unravel new marriages of music from around the globe. Vocal harmonies from South Africa blend with everything from Celtic reels and Balkan folk music to Brazilian samba and beyond. Kabantu have performed all over the UK including at the Royal Albert Hall, Sage Gateshead and Cadogan Hall, and have appeared at the BBC Proms, Celtic Connections and the Cambridge Folk Festival. In 2018 Kabantu release their debut album ‘Of the People’ to critical acclaim, recorded by the Mercury-nominated producer Gerry Diver. Using music to bridge countries and cultures, Kabantu create upliftingly exuberant and joyful performances.

Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

www.kabantu.com

£10, £7 u18s, £28 fam

7:30pm

Phone: 01929 450204

https://artsreach.co.uk


Sat 10th Aug 2019

Cranborne Cecil Memorial Hall BH21 5QB

Kabantu

Kabantu, meaning ‘of the people’, is an eclectic five-piece hailing from Manchester, who unravel new marriages of music from around the globe. Vocal harmonies from South Africa blend with everything from Celtic reels and Balkan folk music to Brazilian samba and beyond. Kabantu have performed all over the UK including at the Royal Albert Hall, Sage Gateshead and Cadogan Hall, and have appeared at the BBC Proms, Celtic Connections and the Cambridge Folk Festival. In 2018 Kabantu release their debut album ‘Of the People’ to critical acclaim, recorded by the Mercury-nominated producer Gerry Diver. Using music to bridge countries and cultures, Kabantu create upliftingly exuberant and joyful performances.

Tickets include a World Food BBQ

Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

www.kabantu.com

£16, £8 u18s *Price includes a World Food BBQ

7:30pm

Phone: 01725 517607

https://artsreach.co.uk


Fri 16th Aug 2019

St Edward's Church, Corfe Castle BH20 5EQ

Damian Clarke

An evening of music and visual art, played on the Hammer Dulcimer and Hurdy Gurdy.
Damian brings his music and songs, played on the beautiful Dulcimer and the evocative, medieval Hurdy Gurdy into the historic setting of St Edward's Church. As some of his music relates to his paintings, there will also be a pop-up exhibition around the church of his fine-art paintings and prints, which will be for sale. Some of these can be seen at http://www.damianclarkeart.co.uk.

Doors open at 7 pm

In aid of St Edward's fabric fund
Price £8 for adults, £3, 5-16yr olds

Contact numbers for tickets: 01929 481498 or 01929 480109


Mon 19th Aug 2019 to Sun 25th Aug 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk: Advanced

Contact us for an application form. Please return your completed application form with a deposit of £60 to secure your place; the balance is due 6 weeks before the course begins.
Now in its third year, Halsway Young Folk – Advanced is an opportunity for musicians and singers aged 16-25 to explore and develop their skills in arrangement, composition and ensemble work. We’re delighted to be welcoming Amy Thatcher (The Shee, Kathryn Tickell’s The Side, Monster Ceilidh Sound System) to lead the course alongside regular lead tutor Will Lang.

Much more detail on the website

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-young-folk-advanced-3/


Tue 20th Aug 2019 to Thu 22nd Aug 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk: Junior

Now in its third year, our popular Halsway Young Folk – Juniors is a great introduction to folk music and dance for ages 8 – 12. Led by experienced teacher-practitioners Claire Bailey and Ford Collier*, this short residential will be filled with fun and creative folk activities, using local traditions and customs as inspiration. Children will explore music, dance and song, and create and perform a show for family and friends.

Much more detail on the website

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-young-folk-junior-2/


Mon 26th Aug 2019 to Fri 30th Aug 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Summer School

This is the seventh year of our folk music, dance and song summer school – for all ages and abilities – led by a crack team of tutors who have detailed knowledge and extensive experience of a wide spectrum of folk music. There will be groups for dance (Kerry), song (Carolyn), fiddle (Sophy), accordion (Paul), guitar (Kevin) and mixed-instrument (Jo), and the programme will be fluid enough for you to move from group to group should you wish. One of the course’s special features is, throughout the week, we will work towards a full-group ensemble piece, with the whole summer school. This is a powerful way of bringing everything we do, and all the participants together, in one shared experience, allowing you to learn about how to structure a performance, work together, use all levels of skills (in small and large groups) – and create something that’s amazing and all inclusive!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/folk-summer-school-3/


Fri 30th Aug 2019 to Sun 1st Sep 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

‘Dances of Poldark’ Weekend

We are DELIGHTED to welcome back Stuart, Richard, Chris and Matthew for a third ‘Dances of Poldark’ weekend! This weekend is for dancers of all abilities to learn and enjoy some of the elegant and lively 18th Century dances featured in the BBC’s adaptation of Winston Graham’s ‘Poldark’ novels. Led by dancing-master Stuart Marsden, choreographer of the BBC Poldark series. Previous courses have sold out fast, so book your place asap to avoid disappointment.

We promise not recreate the 18th Century ‘baroque stage & court dances’ but do promise to bring the exquisite 18th century country dance steps, rhythms and sounds into our ballroom for all to enjoy – in the lovely setting of Halsway Manor!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/dances-of-poldark-weekend-2/


Fri 6th Sep 2019

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

Phil Beer

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 award-winning powerhouse, Show of Hands, Phil is equally in demand for his solo shows.
Phil sets out to share some of his most-loved songs at carefully selected venues across the UK. With the odd laugh thrown in for good measure, Beer’s flawless musicianship and rich vocals will leave you wide-eyed and wanting more.

8:00 pm £16

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


Sat 7th Sep 2019

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

A Pair of Shears with Simon Maplesden calling

Bridport ceilidhs welcomes a new band for us, "A Pair of Shears", with the ebullient Simon Maplesden calling.

Bring and Share supper and your own ale (The Woodman Inn is just opposite).

On street parking or free evening car park further up the street.

Tickets may be bought in advance via the website and from The Music Shop, South Street, or booked by phone or email.

£8 in advance, £9 on the door, £4 for 6-16 yrs

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Thu 12th Sep 2019

The King William Function Room. Barn Street. Crewkerne TA18 8BP

Saul Rose and Maclaine Colston

Saul Rose (Melodion &vocals) Maclaine Colston (hammered dulcimers, guitar and vocals) Between them Saul and Maclaine have collaborated with a long line of Britfolk luminaries including Waterson Carthy, Faustus, Whapweasle, Eliza Carthy's Kings of Calicutt and Wayward Band.

£10

7.30 for 8pm

Contact Meg Rose: 07877206124

Meg.rose AT btinternet.com


Fri 13th Sep 2019

The Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3GW

Eurobal Wesex

French – Breton – Euro Dances

Workshop at 7pm followed by Bal at 8pm
£6 adults, £4 for 12-18s, under 12s free Dorset
2019 dates for Dorchester Dances
Friday Jan 11th, May 10th, Sept 13th, Nov 8th

See our facebook page - fb: EuroBal Wessex email us to add your name to our
mailing list: eurobalwessex AT gmail.com


Sat 14th Sep 2019

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

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.
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 September, Topic Records will release Martin’s new album, a mixture of Simpson originals and traditional songs and tunes with guest appearances from friends old and new. As ever, Martin is pushing in new directions; expect exquisite ensemble playing and solo magic.

8:00 pm £19

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/martin-simpson/


Sun 15th Sep 2019

Davis Hall, West Camel BA22 7QX

Free Family Friendly Scottish Ceilidh

Programme of easy Scottish dances and ceilidh dances and all will be talked / walked through and dancing will be to recorded music. Hot / cold drinks will be supplied foc . Wear something tartan if you wish!

Sunday afternoons from 2.30 to 4.30 pm.

No need to book, just come along and have a great time.
Further enquiries to Anita on anitaandjim22 AT gmail.com or phone 01460 929383

Run by the Somerset Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS)


Fri 20th Sep 2019

Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

Chris Toyne - 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 Sep 2019

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

The Blackheart Orchestra

Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington, plus their on-stage ‘musical spaceship’ of 13 instruments, are The Blackheart Orchestra.
After four acclaimed albums and awards – including Best British Duo, #4 Best New Band of 2018, #3 Best Unsigned Band of 2019 plus a nomination for the Limelight Award in the 2018 Progressive Music Awards – The Blackheart Orchestra have become one of the must-see bands of 2019.
Their mesmerising multi-instrumental shows, which combine elements of Folk, Progressive and Classical music, have won them obsessive worldwide fans, plaudits from musical giants and placements on TV commercials and films

8:00 pm £16

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/the-blackheart-orchestra/


Fri 27th Sep 2019

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

Belinda O’Hooley

solo piano - 'Inversions'

Belinda O’Hooley began playing the piano at the age of seven. She is an exceptionally gifted pianist, singer, songwriter and composer and has become renowned for her highly individual, emotional, yet sensitive musicality. She is half of four time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Duo nominees O’Hooley & Tidow alongside her wife Heidi Tidow; together described by The Guardian as ‘exceptional songwriters.’ Their song ‘Gentleman Jack’ features as the closing theme song for Sally Wainwright’s latest BBC/HBO drama series Gentleman Jack. Belinda is also known for her inventive, minimalist, sometimes flamboyant accompanying of folk luminaries including Rufus Wainwright, Nic Jones, Jackie Oates and the Mercury nominated; Rachel Unthank and The Winterset.

‘Inversions’ showcases Belinda’s abilities as a composer and pianist with many of the piano pieces inspired by the songs and tunes her father inherited from a long line of male musicians in the hills of the West coast of rural Ireland. With the passing of her father in 2017, Belinda; the first woman to be handed the tradition, has found the freedom to express the music of her ancestors in her very own, unconventional way, evolving and migrating them into something you could describe as an inversion: a reversal of the norm. Gently nurtured, produced and recorded by Heidi Tidow at MOMA Wales, the mountains, valleys and landscapes of Snowdonia also provide the backdrop to a trio of compositions; each celebrating a deep love of the nature and wildlife of this breathtaking part of Wales. ‘Inversions’ encapsulates the essence of an artist truly at one with her instrument.

Belinda usually performs in a duo with partner Heidi Tidow. Heidi is taking time out this Autumn.

8pm
Tickets £15 (students £10) - on sale very soon!

www.bournemouthfolkclub.com


The Trooper, Stourton Caundle DT10 2JW

Chris Foster

Originally from the South West "Chris Foster merits legendary status, one of the very best in the second wave if the folk revival, as important as Martin Carthy, Dick Gaughan and Nic Jones in the way he has modernised and invested traditional songs with inventive guitar arrangements and potent vocal delivery" Colin Irwin fROOTS magazine.

£10

8pm

Contact John Waltham or Meg Rose: 01963362890 or 07877206124

jhnwaltham AT yahoo.co.uk meg.rose AT btinternet.com


Sat 28th Sep 2019

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

Quimantu

The Anglo-Chilean band Quimantu creates a unique cultural blend through their exceptional use of the numerous traditional Folk styles of Latin America, skilfully incorporated with contemporary influences from Western Classical music to Celtic, African and Indian styles, to name just a few. Their concert will include a selection of new songs featuring the rising star Laura Venegas-Rojas, whose warm and velvety vocals are complemented by virtuosic violins, the brilliance of guitars, charango and cuatro and the vibrant rhythms of Latin percussion.
Experience a wonderful concert with this multi-talented group of musicians who have quite deservedly gained a reputation as one of the UK’s best and most creative Latin groups.

8:00 pm £16

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


Tintinhull Village Hall BA22 8PY

Jigs for Gigs with caller Jane Thomas

Overstratton Folk Dance club Autumn Dance

Bring and share supper.Cracking band with a great caller.

Early tickets £7.50 /On the door £8.50

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact lynn sparks: 01935479291

sjsparks AT btinternet.com


Fri 4th Oct 2019

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

Christine Collister and Michael Fix

She draws her inspiration from the Celtic mysteries of the Isle of Man, in the middle of the Irish Sea. He has both the dry deserts of Australia and a German heritage in his blood. Between them, Christine Collister and Michael Fix create a rare musical synergy that transcends cultures and musical traditions and enraptures audiences wherever they perform.
With Christine’s sultry, sensuous voice and unsurpassed brilliance in range, combined with Michael’s exquisite guitar playing, the listener is transported to places in the soul where only music can take you.

www.christinecollister.com www.michaelfix.com

8:00 pm £16

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/christine-collister-and-michael-fix/


Sat 5th Oct 2019

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

Chris Jewell and Ted Farmer

Bridport Folk Dance Club's Centenary Dance, with multi-talented musician Chris Jewell and Ted Farmer calling. Bring & Share supper and your own alcohol. Floor spot, raffle and cake!
All welcome, friends new and old, no partner needed.

£8 in advance or on door. Booking preferred

7.30 0 11.00 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk


Sat 12th Oct 2019

United Reformed Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead TA24 5DJ

Bruce Watson

Special Acorn Acoustic Music Club

Bruce is a major Australian songwriter and performer in the folk tradition. Based in Melbourne, he performs around Australia and New Zealand at festivals, clubs and other venues.

Bruce is a hilarious humorist and a writer and performer with the power to move audiences to tears. His performances are joyful and thoroughly engaging, with witty lyrics and energetic presentation. He is a masterful craftsman of songs, be they evocative and heart wrenching, or side-splittingly funny.

supported by our own floor spots and The Acorn Shanty Crew.

www.brucewatsonmusic.com

www.acornshantycrew.co.uk


The Speedwell Hall, Abbey Street, Crewkerne TA18 7HY

Leon Hunt & Jason Titley

Jaw dropping bluegrass picking from the UK's finest exponents. An evening in the company of Leon (banjo, gourd banjo) and Jason (guitar, percussion, vocals) is a rare treat, more a musical conversation than a rigid performance. Leaning heavily on traditional music from the US and the British Isles, their own compositions take on musical references from just about everywhere.

Please note there is no bar so please BYO. Thank you.

£10

Doors 7pm for 7.30 pm start.

Contact Meg Rose: 07877206124

Meg.rose AT btinternet.com


Fri 18th Oct 2019

Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

Will and Naomi, caller Ruth Thompson

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 19th Oct 2019

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

Threepenny Bit

Album Launch from Hampshire-based Threepenny Bit!! 8pm.
This band is an example of how traditional dance tunes and contemporary sounds can be blended into a fresh interpretation of folk music. This dynamic eight-piece band combines a group of diehard folkies with some of the finest young jazz and classical musicians of the south. They play bold arrangements of traditional and original tunes with infectious stage energy for concerts and ceilidh dancing.

Tickets £12 (students £8)

01202-413600
or choose your own seat on line: www.shelleytheatre.co.uk


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

Chris While and Julie Matthews

With 25 years of unrivalled musical partnership and gathering nominations, awards and critical acclaim along the way, British artists and singer-songwriters Chris While and Julie Matthews are celebrating this year with a brand new album ‘Revolution Calls’ and an extensive Autumn tour of the UK as well as numerous summer festivals. Chris and Julie will be curating the Pengwern stage at Shrewsbury Festival this year and will be performing with their band.
This duo have been nominated ten times in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the ‘Best Song, Best Duo and Best Live Act’ categories, winning Best Duo in 2009.

8:00 pm £16

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


Salway Ash Village Hall DT6 5QS

Meridian

A new French Dance starting in October in Dorset near Bridport with the excellent trio, Meridian.
Tuition to dances will be available at the start of the evening.
The hall and band are booked, details will be finalised shortly.

Contact Rab or Mary : 01308 420764

squilla AT gmail.com


Fri 25th Oct 2019

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

The Tweed Project

The Tweed Project is a collaboration between some of Scotland and England’s most in-demand explorers of their respective country’s Folk traditions. The project has been reborn with a new line-up for 2019 with the aim of finding common ground between the Scottish and English Folk traditions – two cultures which live extremely separate lives, despite sharing so many similarities. The band will be interpreting songs from each country’s traditional collections, as well as some contemporary compositions
The Tweed Project are Greg Russell (vocals/guitar/bouzouki), Josie Duncan (vocals), Ciaran Algar (fiddle), Pablo Lafuente (guitar), Evan Carson (percussion) and Ali Levack (whistles/pipes).

8:00 pm £18

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/the-tweed-project/


Sat 2nd Nov 2019

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

Reg Meuross

Mark Radcliffe describes Somerset singer/songwriter Reg Meuross as a “brilliant singer/songwriter and true troubadour with a social conscience.”
This is true, but it’s not all protest. As well as story songs which bring characters from history to life, and comment on life around him, Reg also writes and sings some of the most heart-aching love songs ever written, performed with depth and spellbinding delivery.
Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, his words and music painting pictures that remain with the listener long after, accompanying himself masterfully on guitar and captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice.

8:00 pm £15

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/reg-meuross/


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

Chris Toyne Big Band with Gill Spence

Another great combination at Bridport Ceilidhs, expect a fun evening of dancing amongst friendly welcoming folk. No partner or experience required, all dances will be talked and walked through and called until you are all experts! Bring & Share supper and you own alcohol - the Woodman Inn is just opposite.

£8 in advance, £9 on the door, £4 for 6-16 yrs

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Fri 8th Nov 2019

The Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3GW

Eurobal Wesex

French – Breton – Euro Dances

Workshop at 7pm followed by Bal at 8pm
£6 adults, £4 for 12-18s, under 12s free Dorset
2019 dates for Dorchester Dances
Friday Jan 11th, May 10th, Sept 13th, Nov 8th

See our facebook page - fb: EuroBal Wessex email us to add your name to our
mailing list: eurobalwessex AT gmail.com


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Granny's Attic

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals) – are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians and fine singers and play English traditional and original music. Formed in 2009, they have since played at clubs and festivals up and down the country, and have been heralded for their lively performances and maturity beyond their years in their delivery and selection of traditional songs.

8pm

Tickets £12

www.grannysattic.org.uk/
www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club,
https://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk/


Sat 9th Nov 2019

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

Skerryvore

A Chance to Dance Event Sat 9th November  AT 8pm

Skerryvore represent the best in contemporary Scottish traditional music, with a growing fan base worldwide and with the promise of much more to come.

8.00 pm

Tickets £20 Full. £19 Concessions

http://skerryvore.com/
https://www.facebook.com/skerryvore/?fref=ts
https://twitter.com/SKERRYVORE
info AT skerryvore.com

https://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=1062&zenid=7k3ufkuvu2n8qrppps7ea2bn57


Fri 15th Nov 2019

Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

Arish Mel, caller Theresa Rabbetts

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 16th Nov 2019

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

Martyn Joseph

Martyn Joseph is a completely unique and mind-blowing artist. Take everything you think you know about singer/songwriters….and rip it up. For one man and a guitar he creates a performance with a huge far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling and passionate. Be it to 200 people or 20,000, he blows the crowd away night after night.
2018 saw him honoured with a Spirit of Folk Award by Folk Alliance International in Kansas USA and he also received Fatea magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award here in the UK; and in January 2019, he released his critically-acclaimed album, Here Come The Young, of which Uncut magazine said: ‘He’s never sounded more potent than he does here’.

8:00 pm £18

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/martyn-joseph/


Fri 22nd Nov 2019

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

The Tannahill Weavers

The Tannahill Weavers are a band which performs traditional Scottish music. Releasing their first album in 1976, they became notable for being one of the first popular bands to incorporate the sound of the Great Highland Bagpipe in an ensemble setting, and in doing so helped to change the sound of Scottish traditional music. In 2011 the band were inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.
The band was formed in 1968 and practiced in a back room of the McKay family's rented council house at 41 St. Ninian's Road, Hunterhill, Paisley. The band first performed at St. Peter's Folk Club, Glenburn, Paisley which was run by Pat Doherty, father of Weavers' founding member Neil Doherty.
They are named after Scottish poet Robert Tannahill, known as the 'Weaver Poet,' and have recorded several of his songs.

8pm

Tickets £14
www.tannahillweavers.com/
www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club,
https://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk/


Sat 23rd Nov 2019

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

Chris Wood

In a world of soundbites and distractions Chris Wood is a truth seeker. His writing is permeated with love and wry intelligence, uplifting and challenging as he celebrates the sheer one-thing-after-anotherness of life. Tom Robinson and Chris Difford are fans while Stick In The Wheel and The Unthanks look to him as an influence. Winner of 6 BBC Folk Awards, he's played with The Royal Shakespeare Company and was a key member of The Imagined Village along with Billy Bragg and Martin Carthy. A wise and soulful craftsman, his concerts are a cliche free zone.

Tickets £16 (students £12), 8pm

01202-413600
or choose your own seat on line: www.shelleytheatre.co.uk


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

The Little Unsaid

+ support from Mitchell and Vincent

Fronted by songwriter John Elliott, The Little Unsaid are a band with an original sound and international outlook. The Little Unsaid have spent the last year touring Europe, leaving audiences emotionally rapt with a live show that’s been described as “a thumping depth of passion”. Their sound is all their own but echoes the intensity and melancholic overtones of greats such as Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen.
The Little Unsaid embrace elements of Rock, Folk, Electronica, Jazz and Alt-Pop. One of the UK’s “must see” rising live acts and recent winners of the Steve Reid award for Innovation.

Mitchell and Vincent’s fiddle and guitar playing has been described by Acoustic magazine as “Stunning”, while Bright Young Folk praised their music for “Providing skilled arrangements and expert delivery of tunes and songs which showcase the vibrancy, and variety, of Folk music across Britain.”

8:00 pm £16

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/the-little-unsaid-support-from-mitchell-and-vincent/


Sat 30th Nov 2019

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

Merry Hell – A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event

Multi-award-winning Merry Hell offer joyful, uplifting Folk-Rock, with a message for troubled times. Native to the North West of England, the eight-piece musical charabanc was built from the embers of the much-loved Folk-Punk band The Tansads, developing a life and feel all of its own.
Their passion is complemented by their love of what they do and desire to share hope and togetherness with as many people as are willing to listen. Through five well-received albums and hundreds of gigs, they’ve offered voices of hope and beacons of light to anyone valuing both melody and positive humanity.

8:00 pm £18

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/merry-hell-a-chance-to-dance-event/


Sun 1st Dec 2019

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Jim Causley presents Causley Christmas

Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto too! If you are feeling a little dismayed with the over-commercialisation of “Christmas present” then join Jim for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit!

7.30pm

www.jimcausley.co.uk/

Tickets £10

www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club,

https://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk/


Fri 6th Dec 2019

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

St. Agnes Fountain

The band that gives Christmas songs a good, if respectful, kicking. They bring sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes, both original, and those you know so well (or thought you did). Great musical talent, wit and invention in the form of founder member David Hughes with Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) and Chris While and Julie Matthews (Radio 2 Folk Award Winners). They have brought joy, laughter and a few tears to every concert performance for the last 17 years.

8:00 pm £19

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


Sat 7th Dec 2019

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

St. Agnes Fountain

The band that gives Christmas songs a good, if respectful, kicking. They bring sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes, both original, and those you know so well (or thought you did). Great musical talent, wit and invention in the form of founder member David Hughes with Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) and Chris While and Julie Matthews (Radio 2 Folk Award Winners). They have brought joy, laughter and a few tears to every concert performance for the last 17 years.

8:00 pm £19

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/st-agnes-fountain-2/


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

Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews, with Jeremy Child calling

Delighted to welcome back Doug and Sarah, who produce such great music for dancing, teamed again with the effervescent Jeremy.
All welcome for our final dance of the year, no partner or experience needed - all dances will be talked and walked through and called for as long as you need. Bring & Share supper and you own alcohol - the Woodman Inn is just opposite.

£8 in advance, £9 on the door, £4 for 6-16 yrs. Regretably, prices go up next year...

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Fri 13th Dec 2019

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

The Albion Christmas Band

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.

All Tickets £22, 7.30pm

01202-413600
or choose your own seat on line: www.shelleytheatre.co.uk


Fri 20th Dec 2019

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

Belshazzar’s 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/


Tue 31st Dec 2019

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

New Year’s 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/


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


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