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Thu 29th Jun 2017

Dorchester Corn Exchange DT1 1HF

Stompin’ Dave Allen

Stompin’ Dave, described by Blues In Britain as “a downright genius”, is an astounding performer whose reputation has spread far and wide from his home town of Bridport.

8.00pm

£10 / £8 (Members & Concessions)

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/29-june-•-stompin-dave-allen/


Fri 30th Jun 2017 to Sun 2nd Jul 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Acoustic Guitar Weekend

Following a great weekend in 2016, Gavin Davenport (solo, Albion Band, Crucible) is back to host the second Halsway Manor Acoustic Guitar Weekend, with support from Kitty Macfarlane. We have a fantastic line-up of guest tutors this year – Ben Walker (Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker – BBC Radio 2 Folk Award ‘Best Duo’ 2015), Ian Stephenson (Andy May Trio, Baltic Crossing, Kan), and Jenn Butterworth (Anna Massie Band, Songs of Separation, Jenn Butterworth & Laura-Beth Salter duo).

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/acoustic-guitar-weekend-2/


Carhampton, Nr Minehead TA24 7TS

West Somerset Folk Festival

Good Company, Graham Collins, Daisybell, Pete Collins, Alice & David Wylde, Acorn Shanty Crew

Events include Singarounds, Workshops, Concert, Morris, Celidh. On site camping. Raising money for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association.

Weekend £15, Camping £5 a night

Contact Mike Dibble: 01643841597

dibblemjd AT talktalk.net

www.westsomersetfolkfestival.co.uk


Fri 30th Jun 2017

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AA

Jess and Richard Arrowsmith

+ Support - Anne-Louise Richards

Purveyors of the best of traditional English folk music, Jess and Richard Arrowsmith are half of the outstanding Melrose Quartet with Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, and also superb musicians in their own right.
Opening support is from Shaftesbury's latest export in the form of singer-songwriter Anne-Louise Richards.

£10 pre-booked via website, other prices available plus online booking

8.15pm (doors approx 7.45) venue open from 7.00

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239 or 07590 411515

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Dorchester Town Hall DT1 1HF

A splendid evening of 18th-century dancing

A Georgian Assembly

Baroque ensemble Doves Figary

A splendid evening of 18th-century dancing

Get your silks and satins on (if you wish) for a Georgian Assembly. Dancing as Jane Austen knew it, to the blithe music of Doves Figary in the lofty Dorchester Town Hall.
Light supper included. Profits to Dorset Air Ambulance.
Short practice 4.30 - 6 p.m, also in Town Hall; free to Ball ticket holders, or Ģ2 as a "taster" session. Or just turn up with two left feet (no-one will notice, let alone mind) and surprise yourself by how much fun you have.

£16 including light supper. Please enquire about concessions.
Booking: 01935 472771 or thedancingmaster AT hotmail.com

Dancing 7.30p - 10.30 pm
led by Ann Hinchliffe, Historical Dance Society.

https://northsquarehistoricaldance.wordpress.com


Sat 1st Jul 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Guitar: Ben Walker, Ian Stephenson, Jenn Butterworth & guests

A chance to catch the tutors of the Halsway Acoustic Guitar Weekend up-close and personal, in an intimate and informal performance for course participants with limited tickets also available to the public.

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/ben-walker-ian-stephenson-jenn-butterworth-gavin-davenport-kitty-macfarlane/


Mon 3rd Jul 2017 to Fri 7th Jul 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Faustus: ‘From Page to Performance’

Following a great year as our Artists in Residence in 2016, we’re delighted to welcome back Faustus (Saul Rose, Paul Sartin, Benji Kirkpatrick) to lead this course for musicians and singers (intermediate level and above).

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/faustus-from-page-to-performance/


Thu 6th Jul 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Faustus

Catch Faustus – Benji Kirkpatrick, Paul Sartin & Saul Rose – as they return to Halsway following their 2016 year as Artists in residence. Faustus are back to lead a course ‘From Page to Performance’ at Halsway, and tonight’s performance will feature performances of material sourced, arranged and performed by participants on this short intensive residential, before the mighty Faustus take to the stage!

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/faustus-2/


St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

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

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

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Jane Thomas and Ivor and Holly

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


Fri 7th Jul 2017 to Sun 9th Jul 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

English Banjo Weekend

A brand new weekend for Halsway – a chance for banjo players to come together and celebrate the banjo’s place in traditional English music! Workshops in song accompaniment, technique and repertoire, with informal sessions and a tutors’ concert too!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/english-banjo-weekend/


Priddy

Priddy Folk Festival

Now in its 26th year, the Priddy Folk Festival has a reputation for being one of the friendliest in the country, as well as hosting some of the best folk talent from Britain and beyond.

There’s also great food from around the world, a craft fair and a festival bar stocked with local ales and ciders.Tickets for children aged 11-16 are half price, and under 11s go free. For more detail, visit

www.priddyfolk.org


Sat 8th Jul 2017

Okeford Fitzpaine Village Hall DT11 8EN

The Baker Band

Barn Dance

BBQ and Bar

£10 adults

BBQ from 5pm Dance 7-10 pm

Contact Sue le Riche: 01258 861830

online AT revrock.net


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

Eugene Hideaway Bridges Band

Born in New Orleans, nine times Blues Music Award nominee Eugene Bridges is a towering presence; a big man with a huge voice and great guitar skills. Dressed in his unique stage suits to his own design, topped off with a Stetson, Eugene plays an unparalleled brand of Blues, oozing enough genuine charm to light up a small city. From delivering warm heartfelt soul songs he can switch in moments to getting the whole audience dancing. If you like your Blues music laced with Soul, Funk, Gospel and Rock, delivered with buckets of class, then Eugene should not be missed.

8pm.

£17.00

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=797


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Banjo: Pete Coe & Ed Hicks

Catch the tutors from our English Banjo Weekend in an informal evening concert – maybe with a guest performer or two – with time for some informal playing in the bar later!

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/banjo-pete-coe-ed-hicks/


Sun 9th Jul 2017

Bridport Town Hall DT6 3LF

Historical Dance

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

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

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771


Tue 11th Jul 2017

Dillington House, near Ilminster TA19 9DT

Day course on English historical dance with Ann Hinchliffe

English social dance in literary contexts from Chaucer to Dickens. Seminars based on contemporary sources with the option of learning some of the dances referred to.
Day fee includes lunch and light refreshments.
Tickets must be booked in advance; please contact Dillington House directly.

£52

Registration from 9.00 am
Course starts 9.45
Ends 4.00 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com

http://www.dillington.com/categories/courses


Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Dancing Through History

What did dancing mean to Chaucer, Shakespeare and Jane Austen? How did ordinary people dance? How do we know? How did Italian quattrocento dances reach England, what did Charles II call "the old dance of England", and why did ex-slave Ignatius Sancho name a dance tune "Trip to Dillington"? Follow English dancing through five centuries of literature -- and maybe try some! All welcome.

9.45am - 4.00pm
Fee: £52.00

http://www.dillington.com/events/all-courses-date-order/4/dancing-through-history/1361/


Wed 12th Jul 2017

Cedars Hall, Wells BA5 2ST

Leveret

Leveret features three of England's finest folk musicians in an exciting new collaboration. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument and are involved in numerous collaborations with a huge range of artists.

Ticket from £12

7.00pm

Contact Box Office at Wells Cathedral School : 01749 834483

boxoffice AT wells.cathedral.school

https://uk.patronbase.com/_WellsEvents/Productions/VR/Performances


Fri 14th Jul 2017 to Sun 16th Jul 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Ukulele & Singing Weekend

An enjoyable summer weekend of music and song for players and singers of all levels of experience. Jon & Sara will lead the ukes to kick-start and improve your skills. Meanwhile Liz will focus on singing for those wanting to develop their confidence.

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


Sat 15th Jul 2017

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 doesnt matter how good you are - all abilities are welcomed... we all started somewhere!
Theres no charge, but donations are welcomed.
The bar is open throughout the evening for you to moisten your vocal cords!
8.00 pm

http://bit.ly/musicClub

http://www.w-a-a.co.uk/e.php?e=854


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

Flamenco Night with Food

This evening will take the audience on a journey around Spain, filled with the vibrant colours and passion for food, Flamenco music and dance. Flamenco dancers Aneta Skut and Victoria Clifford are joined by the finest Flamenco musicians in the South West: Cuffy Cuthbertson (guitar) and Jaime Cantera (vocals/percussion).

Tickets: £15. No concessions. Includes performance and tapas.
Please book by Wednesday 12 July.
No tickets will be available on the night.

7.30pm

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=11&products_id=798


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Ukulele: Jon Bennett, Liz Van Santen & Samantha Muir

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

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/sara-spade-jon-bennett-liz-van-santen/


Chetnole Village Hall DT9 6NU

22 Strings - Seckou Keita

Seckou Keita has arguably become the most influential and inspiring kora player of his generation, an exceptional and charismatic musician and a true master of this wonderful instrument
One of the leaders of the newest generation of African traditional musicians, Seckou fuses the traditional forms and instruments of Senegal with those of other cultures. In his award-winning 2015 album 22 Strings, Seckou explores what it means to be a modern global citizen, and yet to live with seven centuries of tradition and heritage expressed through music. He 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.
Combined with evocative vocals, expect an unforgettable musical experience.

7.30 pm

www.seckoukeita.com
www.chetnolevillagehall.co.uk

https://artsreach.co.uk/event/seckou-keita


Sun 16th Jul 2017

Martinstown Village Hall, St Martins Field, Martinstown DT2 9JU

22 Strings - Seckou Keita

Seckou Keita has arguably become the most influential and inspiring kora player of his generation, an exceptional and charismatic musician and a true master of this wonderful instrument
One of the leaders of the newest generation of African traditional musicians, Seckou fuses the traditional forms and instruments of Senegal with those of other cultures. In his award-winning 2015 album 22 Strings, Seckou explores what it means to be a modern global citizen, and yet to live with seven centuries of tradition and heritage expressed through music. He 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.
Combined with evocative vocals, expect an unforgettable musical experience.

7.30 pm

www.seckoukeita.com
www.martinstown-news.co.uk

https://artsreach.co.uk/event/seckou-keita


Chalk and Cheese, Maiden Newton DT2 0BD

Music session

The pub will be closing early on Sundays from now on so we can't play at the normal time but the landlord, Josh, is happy for us to play earlier. I know this doesn't suit a lot of you who have been so loyal over the years so we'll try an earlier time tonight and if general opinion is still that we stick to the evening, we'll find an alternative venue. The main point is that the session will continue. Thanks to all who came last week and also to Rector Tim who allowed us to use the church: great acoustics!
There will be NO session in August so check the entry for September.

4.00 - 8.00 pm

Contact Ruth and Colin Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

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


Thu 20th Jul 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Ivor and Holly (caller TBC)

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


Fri 21st Jul 2017 to Sat 22nd Jul 2017

Victoria School 12 Lindsay Road Branksome Poole BH13 6AS

Beer and Bluegrass Festival 2017

Our Festival is a musical celebration Folk and Bluegrass, featuring some of world’s finest musicians and with a Beer and Cider Festival, complete with excellent Home Cooked Food.
The Festival is located at Victoria School and set in a beautiful area, with a former Victorian Carmelite convent as a stunning backdrop. We are ideally situated on the South Coast of England between the towns of Poole and Bournemouth and minutes away from the finest beaches in the UK with easy transport links.
This all makes for a very special event for your summer diary

Acts include
High Plains Jamboree-Austin Texas/ Sweet Olive String Band-New Orleans/Kentucky Cow Tippers/Hermanos Cubero-Spain/Jeff Scroggins and Colorado-USA/New Orleans Jug Band/Jonas and Jane/Ozgun Semerci-Turkey/Cup of JoeNorthern Ireland

Friday 18.00 to 23.30
Saturday Noon to 23.30

Tickets 14.00 Friday / Sat 18.00 / Weekender 25.00
We got Tickets - http://www.wegottickets.com/f/10684

Web www.beerandbluegrass.co.uk
email info AT beerandbluegrass.co.uk


Fri 21st Jul 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Ed’s Friday Box Club

A fun and friendly group for those learning the D/G melodeon. This once-a-month group is led by Ed Rennie, offering group tuition and encouragement. The price includes lunch (1pm).

11am–4pm

£30
Includes lunch. Please book your place in advance.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/eds-friday-box-club-7/


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

The Salts

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-James, have circumnavigated the Commonwealth with tours of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, Singapore and Hong Kong.

http://thesalts.co.uk

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

https://chapelarts.org/events/the-salts/


Sat 22nd Jul 2017

Town Hall Crewkerne TA18 7LN

Jigs for Gigs

40th Anniversary Ceilidh

Callers: Jane Thomas, Gill Spence, Simon Maplesden

Bring & Share Supper

NO BAR, bring your own drinks

All Proceeds to The Somerset Hospice

Lucky Ticket Plus Raffle

Please book tickets in advance as very popular! Can pay and collect on the door once ticket booking conformation received from Carole.

£8

8.00 - 11.30 pm

Contact Carole Chillmaid: 01823 660898

carole.chillmaid AT gmail.com


Mon 24th Jul 2017 to Fri 28th Jul 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Summer Days

Dancers of all levels of experience, including beginners, are invited to join this relaxed week of English country dances of the 17th century as published by John Playford & his son Henry. In workshops & evening dances you’ll see how these beautiful, interesting & lively dances developed from 1650 to 1728, with ‘Merry Conceit’ providing music of the period to lift your feet & spirits! All this will be combined with singing workshops, a Playford Assembly (bring a costume if you have one), a fun final Ceilidh & free afternoons to spend in the Somerset countryside.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/summer-days/


Thu 27th Jul 2017

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

Historical Dance

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


Fri 28th Jul 2017 to Sun 30th Jul 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

“Raise the Roof” – Restoration Appeal Weekend

Join us to “Raise the Roof” at Halsway!
Host: Gareth Kiddier
Callers: Bob Morgan, Mike Courthold, Ivan Aitken.
Musicians: Mollie Koenigsberger, Ali Messer, Thomas Bending, Gareth Kiddier.
Plus: Songleaders Tom & Barbara Brown, and walk leaders Nan Ward & Roger Phipps.

Raise the Roof is a fundraising weekend with proceeds going to the Halsway Manor Restoration Appeal. Gareth Kiddier (English Contra Dance Band, PolkaWorks) hosts a fantastic weekend of folk dance and more – with a great team of artists who are ALL giving their time for free to support our cause.

We hope you can join us!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/raise-the-roof-restoration-appeal-weekend/


Fri 28th Jul 2017

Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome BA11 1BE

Loudon Wainwright III

A real coup for the Cheese & Grain to entice an artist of the stature of Loudon Wainwright to such an intimate venue. One of the all time great singer songwriters and probably the most mesmeric performer you are ever likely to see.

£30 Advance

All seated event

https://cheeseandgrain.ticketsolve.com/shows/873574007?TSLVq=bac52b69-446d-4029-bc15-327a09993d23&TSLVp=5d89e2c9-9a90-4b79-9972-f296a99fc1d9&TSLVts=1494865934&TSLVc=ticketsolve&TSLVe=cheeseandgrain&TSLVrt=Safetynet&TSLVh=6b6a609c23fcad3988171de8c3d97db0


Sat 29th Jul 2017

Mission Hall, Sutton Poyntz, Weymouth DT3 6LY

Watkins & Swarbrick

Featuring the extraordinary multi-instrumental skills of Simon Swarbrick (nephew of the late Dave Swarbrick), mellow vocals and 3-part harmonies. Their set reflects the diversity of their CD "Different Routes" and includes material from a folk/country background as well as jazz standards and bluesy songs. Booking essential - please send email.

Pay what you like at the end of the performance

8pm

songsfromthehalls234 AT gmail.com

https://soundcloud.com/watkinswarbrickband


Caryford Community Hall, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ

The Jar Family

A collective of singer/songwriters whose sum of their parts is even more than their individual talents. Five equally strong front-men and a vast array of carefully crafted songs have attracted lots of interest on the live scene and will not disappoint.

£15

6:45 pm

www.caryfordhall.co.uk

www.wegottickets.com


Sun 30th Jul 2017 to Fri 4th Aug 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Family Folk Week

Ted and Pat Morse 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. There will be dancing each evening with song sessions in the bar.

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


Mon 31st Jul 2017 to Sat 5th Aug 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk – Intermediate

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!

Full board per person (all meals, accommodation, tuition):
£195 staying in Manor
£130 camping in Manor grounds

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


Thu 3rd Aug 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

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

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

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 4th Aug 2017 to Sun 6th Aug 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Songs of Protest, Songs of Life: Telling Stories Through Song

A weekend songwriting workshop with Reg Meuross & Jess Morgan

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/songs-of-protest-songs-of-life-telling-stories-through-song/


Sun 6th Aug 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Reg Meuross & Jess Morgan

Reg Meuross & Jess Morgan perform an early evening concert to round off their weekend leading a songwriting residential at Halsway.

7pm–9pm
£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/reg-meuross-jess-morgan/


Fri 11th Aug 2017 to Fri 18th Aug 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

August Folk Dance Holiday

Celebrating 40 years! This popular dance holiday 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.

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


Fri 11th Aug 2017

Bridport

Bridport Folk Festival

More details as and when

https://www.facebook.com/folkbridport2017/


Sat 12th Aug 2017

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

Issy and David Emeney

Melodeon, Guitar, Voices
Husband and wife duo for Eileen Ann's birthday party

A top-class melodeon player with a rare lyrical touch and a fine sense of harmony. Issy is also an excellent composer of sophisticated instrumental pieces.

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

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

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


Thu 17th Aug 2017

The Courtyard Cafe, Market Street, Yeovil BA20 1HZ

Yeovil Folk & Roots Night

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

£2 entry - performers free

7 - 10 pm

Contact Samantha Jane

samantha-jane- AT hotmail.co.uk

www.bearcatcollective.co.uk


Fri 18th Aug 2017 to Sun 20th Aug 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

World Circle Dance

World Circle Dancers return to Halsway for their 5th weekend! Come to enjoy traditional folk dances from around the world, with an emphasis on Greece and the Balkans. We will also explore newly created circle dances to wonderful new world music.

Partnership Event
For more information, contact Hazel 01453 834 125 or email hazel AT hazelyoung.co.uk.
See also www.hazelyoung.co.uk

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


Sat 19th Aug 2017

Pebbles Tavern, Watchet TA23 0AN

Mitchell and Vincent

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

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

Donations

8.30 pm

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


Sun 20th Aug 2017

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

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


Mon 21st Aug 2017 to Fri 25th Aug 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe Ta4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk – Advanced

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

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

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


Tue 22nd Aug 2017 to Thu 24th Aug 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk – Juniors

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

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

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


Thu 24th Aug 2017

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

Historical Dance

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


Fri 25th Aug 2017

Sherborne Library, 2 Hound Street, Sherborne DT9 3AA

Ann Hinchliffe

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

2.00 - 3.00 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com

https://northsquarehistoricaldance.wordpress.com/


Mon 28th Aug 2017

Caryford Community Hall, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ

Wizz Jones

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

£12.00

6:45 pm

cfch.website AT gmail.com

www.caryfordhall.co.uk


Tue 29th Aug 2017 to Fri 1st Sep 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Summer School

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

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


Fri 1st Sep 2017

Holwell Village Hall DT9 5LL

Autumn Performance Night

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

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

£4 suggested contribution if not performing

Doors open 7pm

Finish 11.30pm

Contact Samantha Jane

samantha-jane- AT hotmail.co.uk

www.bearcatcollective.co.uk


Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Jim Moray, The Longest Johns

Opening night of Lyme Folk Weekend

£15

Start time: 7.30

Phone: 01297 442138

admin AT lymefolk.com

www.lymefolk.com


Sat 2nd Sep 2017

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

The Old Pull & Push, with Helen Woodall calling

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

£8 advance, £9 on the door. u-17s £4

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Ralph McTell & Wizz Jones, Mitchell & Vincent

Saturday night at Lyme Folk Weekend

£20

7.30 pm

Phone: 01297 442138

admin AT lymefolk.com

www.lymefolk.com


Sun 3rd Sep 2017

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Steve Knightley, Saskia Griffiths-Moore

Lyme Folk Weekend finale

£18

7.30 pm

Phone: 01297 442138

admin AT lymefolk.com

www.lymefolk.com


Thu 7th Sep 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

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

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

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 8th Sep 2017

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

Sam Kelly with Jamie Francis

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

£10

7.30pm

Phone: 0845 539 0168

enquiries AT stogumberfestival.com

www.stogumberfestival.com


Sun 10th Sep 2017

River Stour, Muscliff, Bournemouth BH9 3NZ

Music Celebration of the River Stour

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

2.00 pm - 7.30 pm

Contact Rick Potter: 07479 532159

rick.potterguitar AT gmail.com


Tue 12th Sep 2017

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

Chris Foster

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

£10

7.30 pm

Contact Meg Rose: 07877206124

Meg.rose AT btinternet.com

www.chrisfoster-Iceland.com


Wed 13th Sep 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Ian Ladbroke and Ivor and Holly

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


Fri 15th Sep 2017

Ilminster Arts Centre at the Meeting House TA19 0AN

Samswara - Ricky Romain & Jon Sterckx

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

8.00pm

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

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


Sat 16th Sep 2017

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

Jez Lowe

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

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

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

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


Sun 17th Sep 2017

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

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


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

Sherborne Folk Band workshop

Suitable for all levels and all instruments

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

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

1:30 – 4:30pm

www.laurelswift.co.uk

Julia: 01935 817905 / 07527 508 277


Thu 28th Sep 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Aileen Wills and Jeroka

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


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

Historical Dance

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


Fri 29th Sep 2017

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

English Barn Dance Club (band and caller TBC)

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

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

Starts 7.30 for 7.45

Finishes 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Thu 5th Oct 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

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

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

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 6th Oct 2017 to Sun 8th Oct 2017

Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Argyll Scottish Country Dancing Weekend

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

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

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

Runs from dinner on Friday to after lunch on Sunday

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


Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Argyll Scottish Country Musicians Weekend

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

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

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


Sat 7th Oct 2017

Caryford Community Hall, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ

Charlie Dore

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

£12

6:45 pm

cfch.website AT gmail.com

www.caryfordhall.co.uk


Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Fresh Aire, with Eileen Nightingale calling

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

£8 advance, £9 on the door. u-17s £4

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sun 8th Oct 2017

Bridport Town Hall DT6 3LF

Historical Dance

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

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

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771


Thu 12th Oct 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Pip Oxenbury and Ivor and Holly

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


Fri 13th Oct 2017 to Sun 15th Oct 2017

Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Singing For Larks - Singing in Harmony Weekend

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

Runs from dinner on Friday to tea on Sunday

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

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

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


Sun 15th Oct 2017

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

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


Sun 22nd Oct 2017

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

Sherborne Folk Band workshop

Suitable for all levels and all instruments

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

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

1:30 – 4:30pm

www.laurelswift.co.uk

Julia: 01935 817905 / 07527 508 277


Thu 26th Oct 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Rosie Shaw and Ian Bradenton and Co

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


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

Historical Dance

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


Fri 27th Oct 2017

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

English Barn Dance Club (band and caller TBC)

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

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

Starts 7.30 for 7.45

Finishes 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Thu 2nd Nov 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

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

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

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Sat 4th Nov 2017

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Chris Jewell and Jeremy Child

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

£8 advance, £9 on the door. u-17s £4

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Thu 9th Nov 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Eileen Nightingale and Ivor and Holly

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


Sun 12th Nov 2017

Bridport Town Hall DT6 3LF

Historical Dance

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

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

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771


Sun 19th Nov 2017

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

Sherborne Folk Band workshop

Suitable for all levels and all instruments

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

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

1:30 – 4:30pm

www.laurelswift.co.uk

Julia: 01935 817905 / 07527 508 277


Thu 23rd Nov 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Jane Thomas and Amycrofters

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


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

Historical Dance

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


Fri 1st Dec 2017

Holwell Village Hall DT9 5LL

Festive Performance Night

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

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

£4 suggested contribution if not performing

Doors open 7pm

Finish 11.30pm

Contact Samantha Jane

samantha-jane- AT hotmail.co.uk

www.bearcatcollective.co.uk


Sat 2nd Dec 2017

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Jigs for Gigs, with Jane Thomas

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

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

£8 advance, £9 on the door. u-17s £4

7.30 0 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Thu 7th Dec 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Robert and Mary Blackberow and Friends

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


Fri 8th Dec 2017

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

English Barn Dance Club (band and caller TBC)

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

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

Starts 7.30 for 7.45

Finishes 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Thu 14th Dec 2017

The Courtyard Cafe, Market Street, Yeovil BA20 1HZ

Yeovil Folk & Roots Night

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

£2 entry - performers free

7 - 10 pm

Contact Samantha Jane

samantha-jane- AT hotmail.co.uk

www.bearcatcollective.co.uk


Thu 21st Dec 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Simon Mapleson and Ivor and Holly

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


Fri 5th Jan 2018

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

English Barn Dance Club (band and caller TBC)

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

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

Starts 7.30 for 7.45

Finishes 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 20th Jan 2018

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

Alice and David Wylde

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

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

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

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


Sun 18th Mar 2018

Eileen Ann's Home

Acorn Folk Club informal singaround

With tea and cakes!

3.00 - 6.00 pm

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

acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com

www.acornfolkclub.co.uk


Sat 19th May 2018

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

Flossie Malavialle

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

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

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

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


Sat 11th Aug 2018

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

Bob Wood

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

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

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

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