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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


Sandford Orcas Village Hall DT9 4RX

Chris Newman & Maire ni Chathasaigh

Celtic Strings - A Festive Feast of Harp & Guitar

There's something magical about harps, particularly at Christmas, though Máire and Chris's alchemy on harp and guitar creates a very special magic at all times. Individually famed for originality, innovation and virtuosity on their respective instruments, together they have created one of the most distinctive voices in modern acoustic music and brought their unique musical vision to venues large and small in twenty-two countries on five continents. Their new Christmas show features a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, swing jazz and bluegrass, plus festive favourites given a fresh voice with arrangements that are intricate, inventive, moving and beautiful, and performed in the heart-warming style characteristic of them – a spellbinding treat for mid-winter.

7.30 pm

Tickets 01963 220208. £10, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


The Blessed Virgin Mary Church, East Chinnock BA22 9DP

Stanchester Quire

An evening of Christmas Carols, Seasonal Songs together with spoken material that has either been collected from, or written about the South West of England.

Retiring Collection

Contact Bonnie Forsyth: 01935 822287

stanchesterquire1 AT gmail.com


St Bartholomew's Church Hall, Abbey St, Crewkerne TA18 7HY

Christmas Party Dance with Peter Bolton, Caller

An evening of dancing and good cheer in Crewkerne's 17th Century Church Hall

£5

7.30 - 10.00 pm

Contact Lesley Stansfield: 01460 75760

crewkernefolkdanceclub.uk


Fri 15th Dec 2017

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Ange Hardy

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

www.angehardy.com

8pm

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

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


New Kimmeridge Village Hall at Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band & caller Teresa Rabbetts

Barn Dance

Tickets available on the door. No Bar, so bring your own drinks & nibbles!

£5 adults £2.50 under 16s

7.30 - 10.30 pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

earwicker AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Osmington Village Hall DT3 6FT

The Churchfitters

This is the Churchfitters Christmas Cracker!

A mouthwatering selection of favourites from their regular repertoire interlaced with traditional and original festive songs and Christmas carols. This cracker of a show will see Christmas in with a bang and a paper hat-full of surprises, novelties - and terrible jokes as well.

The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A bass guitar made out of a frying pan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock bouzouki. And traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax.

£12.50

7.00 for 7.30pm

Contact Eileen: 07816 832554

Osmingtonmusic AT gmail.com

www.churchfitters.com


Hinton Martell Village Hall BH21 7HE

Chris Newman & Maire ni Chathasaigh

Celtic Strings - A Festive Feast of Harp & Guitar

There's something magical about harps, particularly at Christmas, though Máire and Chris's alchemy on harp and guitar creates a very special magic at all times. Individually famed for originality, innovation and virtuosity on their respective instruments, together they have created one of the most distinctive voices in modern acoustic music and brought their unique musical vision to venues large and small in twenty-two countries on five continents. Their new Christmas show features a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, swing jazz and bluegrass, plus festive favourites given a fresh voice with arrangements that are intricate, inventive, moving and beautiful, and performed in the heart-warming style characteristic of them – a spellbinding treat for mid-winter.

7.30 pm

Tickets 01258 840066. £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Leigh Village Hall DT9 6HL

Stanchester Quire

An evening of Christmas Carols, Seasonal Songs together with spoken material collected from or written about the South West of England.

£8

7pm

Contact Bonnie Forsyth: 01935 822287

stanchesterquire1 AT gmail.com


Sat 16th Dec 2017

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

The Dylan Project

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

8.00 pm

www.dylanproject.co.uk

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.


Pimperne Village Hall DT11 8UZ

Poacher's Moon

John Anderson’s popular Dorset band are back with two winter evening performances, full of songs and music to warm your heart (with projected seasonal images). We welcome everyone to these two shows.

There will be home-made mince pies and cakes, teas and coffees available.
You are welcome to bring along a bottle and glasses to this performance.
The raffle will be held in aid of Julia’s House Children’s Hospice.
There is plenty of parking.

7.30 pm

£7 for concessions (over 60 and under 18) and £8 for adults.
Reserve from Caroline on 01258 488640 or on the door!






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!

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

8:00 pm

Free

http://www.w-a-a.co.uk/e.php?e=865


Martinstown Village Hall DT2 9LF

Chris Newman & Maire ni Chathasaigh

Celtic Strings - A Festive Feast of Harp & Guitar

There's something magical about harps, particularly at Christmas, though Máire and Chris's alchemy on harp and guitar creates a very special magic at all times. Individually famed for originality, innovation and virtuosity on their respective instruments, together they have created one of the most distinctive voices in modern acoustic music and brought their unique musical vision to venues large and small in twenty-two countries on five continents. Their new Christmas show features a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, swing jazz and bluegrass, plus festive favourites given a fresh voice with arrangements that are intricate, inventive, moving and beautiful, and performed in the heart-warming style characteristic of them – a spellbinding treat for mid-winter.

7.30 pm

Tickets 01305 889738. £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


St Nicholas Church, Abbotsbury DT3 4JT

Quangle Wangle Choir

Mixture of festive songs. Tickets include free glass of mulled wine or soft drink and a mince pie.

£7 Adults, £5 Children

3.00 - 4.00 pm

Contact Juliet Harwood: 01305 814940

www.quanglewanglechoir.co.uk


Sun 17th Dec 2017

Smuggler's Run Folk Club, The Smuggler's Run, 184 Ashley Road,Upper Parkstone, Poole BH13 9BY

Mitchell and Vincent

3-6 pm. Singers and tunesmiths all welcome.

murphyslore AT aol.com

https://www.facebook.com/SmugglersRunSession/?hc_ref=ARQkE7YRu0NpoMdlsoeE9YdnGAVTCPwjQWY55KGXpRaFnJTZtkhySHOm7sWzB0CodJY&fref=gs&hc_location=group


Barrington Theatre, Penny's Walk, Ferndown BH22 9TH

The Old Pull and Push, ReelGood, Mistletoe Minstrels

For this Christmas Party barn dance we will have the combined musicians of The Old Pull and Push and ReelGood, with caller Helen Woodall. There will be lots of dancing, some seasonal songs from the amazing Mistletoe Minstrels, and a few silly surprises to get you in the festive mood! There is a bar, but no food.

£5

7.30 - 10.00 pm

Contact The Barrington Theatre box office: 01202 894858


Chalk and Cheese, Maiden Newton DT2 0BD

Music session

*** THERE IS NO SESSION TONIGHT.***
So Sorry. We had to do it last week instead. Wouldn't want anyone to have a wasted journey.
The mince pie one will be in January which is fine by me (Thanks, Pam!)

Contact Colin and Ruth Thompson: 01300 321396


Winfrith St Christopher's Church DT2 8HB

The Ridgeway Singers & Band - West Gallery Carols

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

4.00 pm

Tickets 01305 853783. £6, £5 u18s, £20 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Mon 18th Dec 2017

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

St Agnes Fountain

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

8.00 pm

www.stagnesfountain.co.uk

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

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


Tue 19th Dec 2017

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

St Agnes Fountain

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

8.00 pm

www.stagnesfountain.co.uk

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

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


Thu 21st Dec 2017 to Sat 23rd Dec 2017

Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY

Bridport Winter Solstice Festival 2017

We’ve teamed up with Afro Celt Sound System and The Imagined Village founder Simon Emmerson for the second Bridport Winter Solstice Festival from 21-23 December: When The Light Returns.
Shake off the winter blues and get into the Christmas spirit with your friends.
Thursday 21 December
The mighty Dhol Foundation and guests The Bollywoodettes and Nachda Sansaar dancers take to the stage for a special Bollywood Night.
Get here at the start of the evening for a FREE dance lesson.
Friday 22 December
We’ll be joined by Show of Hands doing a very special gig.
Saturday 23 December
At 2pm we are showing a superb film The Ballad of Shirley Collins.
This is followed by a Q&A with Shirley Collins and the film’s Director, Paul Williams.

https://www.electricpalace.org.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


The Mitre Inn, Sandford Orcas DT9 4RU

Session

Winter Solstice Session of music and song, hosted by David and Linda Chiplen

8pm

Contact Linda Chiplen: 07530926496

lindachiplen AT yahoo.co.uk


Fri 22nd Dec 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

‘Country Christmas’ Dinner & Folk Dance

A dinner-dance, folk style! Enjoy a delicious home-cooked supper followed by light-hearted country dancing. All welcome, including those new to country dance. Ivan Aitken (caller), Gareth Kiddier & Alan Brunier (musicians)

6pm–10pm

£15/£5 dancing only

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


Dorset County Museum, Dorchester DT1 1XA

The Ridgeway Singers and Band

Christmas Concert

Leaders Phil Humphries & Tim Laycock

West Gallery carols, local folksongs, seasonal stories and Dorset dance tunes. 'To Keep Wold Christmas Up!'

£10, U18 £5, Family £25

7.30pm

Contact Tickets: Dorchester TIC in Dorchester Library: 01305 267992


Barrington Court, National Trust, near Ilminster TA19 0NQ

this time, chiefly YOURSELVES

Acoustic musicians invited for a session in the Library at Barrington Court, 12-1400h approx. Not quite a come-all-ye as I have to limit numbers (first come first served). Mainly English; tunes not songs.

12.00 noon - 2.00 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Sat 23rd Dec 2017 to Wed 27th Dec 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Christmas House Party

Come and enjoy the Christmas celebrations at Halsway Manor in the company of Ivan Aitken, your MC and Caller, supported by Gareth Kiddier (piano) and Paul Hutchinson (piano accordion). There will be fun and games, and possibly frolics. Ivan has a very relaxed style of calling all types of dance including contra and squares and the entire period of English dance from then until now. There may be singing, and walking, and optional music workshops, or possibly sitting. All this, and the wonderful Halsway atmosphere, great food and a roaring log fire.

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


Fri 29th Dec 2017 to Tue 2nd Jan 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

New Year House Party

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

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


Sun 31st Dec 2017

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

New Years Eve Barn Dance

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

8.00 pm

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

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


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

New Year's Eve Celebration Ceilidh with Jigs for Gigs

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

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

8.15 pm

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

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


Corscombe Village Hall DT2 0NU

Babylon's New Year's Eve Party

There will be some barn dancing (musicians and callers welcome).
There might be the odd song or two!

There will be a glass of bubbly at midnight.

Please bring some food to share and your own booze.

8.30 'till late

contact Steve Cunio

steve AT cunio.co.uk

Indoor camping is available for the hardy. We'll even cook you breakfast! But please let us know if you want to stay overnight so we can have enough food!


Fri 5th Jan 2018 to Sun 7th Jan 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Singing-In the New Year!

Banish the January blues and drive the cold winter away with Brian Peters, Martin Graebe and Shan Graebe, who will lead you in a weekend of song and seasonal celebrations. You’ll get a chance to learn wintry songs and drinking songs, discover Wassailing and Plough Monday customs, and have a go at a mummer’s play.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/singing-in-the-new-year/


Fri 5th Jan 2018

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

English Barn Dance Club (Tatterdemalion with Angela Laycock calling)

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


The Warehouse Theatre, Ilminster TA19 9AD

Teasing The Cat

A concert that celebrates 12th Night, featuring many British and European traditional tunes and songs(along with a dash of Early Music, Klezmer, Cajun and Creole Jazz!) played on many wondrous instruments by this excellent five piece band. Expect Accordion, Bagpipes, Cittern, Dulcimer and much of the rest of the instrumental alphabet....
This is a lovely theatre and the band are greatly looking forward to coming back to the Warehouse with another evening of good music (and the odd bad joke).

£10 (Students £5)

7.30

Contact Chris Edmunds: 01460 73052

chrismartinedmunds AT gmail.com

thewarehousetheatre.org.uk


Sat 6th Jan 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Brian Peters, Martin Graebe, Shan Graebe

Join our ‘Singing-In the New Year‘ tutors for a relaxed evening of seasonal songs.

Brian Peters is a highly respected singer with a passion for English traditional song, and is well-known internationally for his interpretation of traditional ‘Child’ ballads and his well-researched repertoire.
Martin and Shan Graebe perform mostly English traditional songs and, particularly, songs from Devon and Cornwall utilizing the extensive song collection made by Sabine Baring-Gould in these counties at the end of the 19th Century. Martin & Shan usually sing unaccompanied and in exquisite harmony, at folk festivals and clubs, societies with relevant interests and to any group of people who are interested in listening!

8pm–9:30pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/brian-peters-martin-graebe-shan-graebe/


EMN Community Hall, Monksilver, Taunton TA4 4JE

Modou N’diaye

What a great start to 2018! This is part of the launch tour for “Tamala” an album which blends together an irresistible mix of beautiful harmonies with the gentle yet lively tones of the kora, bass guitar, calabash, djembe and a variety of African percussion instruments, uniting traditional and modern sounds that will leave you invigorated and inspired!
Modou’s dream is spread through his music: the universal language of peace, togetherness, love and understanding across the globe. Let’s give him a warm welcome to West Somerset!

Tickets £10 advance (£8 conc. : £12 otd, if not sold out) from https://www.wegottickets.com/event/423922 : Toucan Wholefoods; and at Wiveliscombe Post Office from 6th Dec.


Thu 11th Jan 2018

Drimpton Village Hall DT8 3RF

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

Artsreach Dorset helping Drimpton stage a brilliant gig with twice winners of The Radio 2 Folk Awards, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman.
kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com/gigs

Prices TBA

7.30 pm

Contact Roger Smith or Brian Hesketh: 01308 867442 or 01308 868843

roger AT thesmithsmailbox.net or bbh_home AT hotmail.com

artsreach.co.uk and drimpton.org.uk and kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com


Drimpton Village Hall DT8 3RF

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene's most rewardingly enduring partnerships. Crowned winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo 2013 & 2016, the couple's intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation for their original songwriting. Their new landmark 5th album Personae releases a host of new characters and stories from their musical imaginations. Drawing upon British folk tradition whilst weaving in their own distinct and eclectic flavours, self-penned songs sit comfortably alongside traditional ballads to provide a hugely entertaining evening of music and song. With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity.

7.30 pm

Tickets 01308 867442. £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam.

www.artsreach.co.uk


Fri 12th Jan 2018

Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

The Transports

Supported by The David Hall

The Transports tells the incredible tale of a family destroyed by poverty and crime, but resurrected by exile to the new colony in Australia. With fresh script and musical arrangement, this famous show re-emerges within a modern context of mass migration. The stellar line-up for this exciting new production includes The Young’uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr, Rachael McShane, Greg Russell and Matthew Crampton.

Box Office: Call 01935 422884 or visit

www.octagon-theatre.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=13&products_id=910


Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band with caller Chris Hall

Barn Dance "Kimmeridge Keilidh"

Tickets on the door. No bar, so bring your own drinks & nibbles!

£5 adults, £2.50 children

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Marnhull Village Hall DT10 1JZ

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene's most rewardingly enduring partnerships. Crowned winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo 2013 & 2016, the couple's intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation for their original songwriting. Their new landmark 5th album Personae releases a host of new characters and stories from their musical imaginations. Drawing upon British folk tradition whilst weaving in their own distinct and eclectic flavours, self-penned songs sit comfortably alongside traditional ballads to provide a hugely entertaining evening of music and song. With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity.

7.30 pm

Tickets 01258 820381. £10, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Sat 13th Jan 2018

Briantspuddle Village Hall DT2 7HT

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene's most rewardingly enduring partnerships. Crowned winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo 2013 & 2016, the couple's intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation for their original songwriting. Their new landmark 5th album Personae releases a host of new characters and stories from their musical imaginations. Drawing upon British folk tradition whilst weaving in their own distinct and eclectic flavours, self-penned songs sit comfortably alongside traditional ballads to provide a hugely entertaining evening of music and song. With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity.

7.30 pm

Tickets 01929 471002. £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Sun 14th Jan 2018

The Parish Hall (on the Quay, Wareham) BH20 4ND

Purbeck Village Quire

Our costumed Quire of singers and musicians will be giving you a Christmas miscellany of readings, carols and songs.
A rare chance to hear some of the Carols collected from Worth Matravers . Bring your voices as you will also be encouraged to join in with some well known Carols.

We will be having the Handbell Ringers from Lady St Mary to start the evening.

It will be held in the Parish Hall associated with Lady St Mary church and is accessed from the Quay.

Retiring collection

6pm

Contact Chris Pullen: 01929 423505

pullenswanage AT gmail.com


Studland Village Hall BH19 3AE

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene's most rewardingly enduring partnerships. Crowned winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo 2013 & 2016, the couple's intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation for their original songwriting. Their new landmark 5th album Personae releases a host of new characters and stories from their musical imaginations. Drawing upon British folk tradition whilst weaving in their own distinct and eclectic flavours, self-penned songs sit comfortably alongside traditional ballads to provide a hugely entertaining evening of music and song. With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity.

7.30 pm

Tickets 01929 450204. £10, £6 u18s

www.artsreach.co.uk


Fri 19th Jan 2018 to Sun 21st Jan 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Old Swan Band Weekend

No matter what your instrument this will be an up-tempo weekend of rollicking music! The 8-piece Old Swan Band bring with them many years’ experience as tutors and players, plus a boundless love for what they do – they can’t help communicating the fun and pleasure of their music to all who take part! There will be hands-on workshops throughout and time to play in sessions too.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/old-swan-band-weekend/


Fri 19th Jan 2018

Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

The Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club - The Hat Band caller Sue Perigo

All welcome!
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 school in the dark it is about 300 yards south of the Piddle Inn with a hump back bridge into the car park.

£6 under 16 free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Ilminster Arts Centre, East St, Ilminster TA19 0AN

Flying Folk

Another three performances from local area musicians.

Jemima Farey and Andrew Gilham, piano and vocal duo.

Louise Jordan, singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist.

"The Good Old Boys", Simon Durrant and Rob Mear, old time folk and country.

8pm, door open 7.30pm.

Tickets £10 (tel 01460 54973) or pay on door.


Powerstock Hut DT6 3TB

Paprika

Paprika is the UK’s leading Balkan band featuring Zivorad Nikolic (She’Koyokh) on accordion, Vladimir Strkalj on guitar, Marko Tesic on violin and Rastko Rasic on percussion. This electrifying group fuses together Eastern European, Balkan, Gypsy and Classical music in a whirlwind performance of frenzied virtuosity. Fiery melodies and foot-tapping rhythms are interspersed with lilting laments in high-energy, exciting sets. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity.

7.30 pm

Tickets 01308 485287. £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Bridgwater Arts Centre, 11-13 Castle Street TA6 3DD

Hobson's Choice - Free Barn Dance

Join Hobson’s Choice, one of the most popular Ceilidh Bands in the South West, for a Foot Stomping, Fun and Free night of Barn Dancing in aid of Bridgwater Arts Centre.
Hobson’s are bringing the full band including folk singer and song writer Sam Patten. Sarah will be calling and guarantees you will be up on the dance floor having a great laugh all evening!
There will be a raffle and licensed bar. All we ask is that you bring some snacks to share and your comfy shoes.

Donations for the Arts Centre will be very welcome
7.30-11pm.
Doors open at 7pm

http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk/event/free-barn-dance/


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


Bath Ceilidh, Saint Gregory's Catholic College, Combe Hay Lane, Bath BA2 8PA

Blackbeard's Tea Party, caller Gordon Potts

Funky folk tunes and an infectious stage energy, Blackbeard's Tea Party mix fiddles & squeezeboxes, guitar noise & synth bass, and a feast of international hand percussion to bring you an unforgettable folk-rock extravaganza - a sound that is equal parts

http://www.blackbeardsteaparty.com

7.30 pm (Doors open 7.00 pm)

Free parking Bar available

Contact: Richard & Jo 01225 311634
E-mail: joanne.lander AT talktalk.net

Adult £10, Concession £8, Students £5, 7-18 yrs £2, Under 7 Free

http://www.poppyrecords.co.uk/bathceilidh/main.php


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

An Evening with the Old Swan Band

Join the legendary Old Swan Band for an informal evening of dancing and tunes. Expect an hour or so of ceilidh dancing, before continuing in the bar with more music, memories and merriment.

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/an-evening-with-the-old-swan-band/


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

Steve Knightley ‘Songs and Stories’ 2018 Tour

In his highly anticipated 2018 solo tour Songs & Stories, multi-award-winning songwriter Steve Knightley invites his audience on a musical journey, charting the winding roads of his unrivalled career.
The Show of Hands front man showcases a setlist - including classic gems such as Cousin Jack, AIG and Country Life - with his inimitable passion and flair. And in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £19. No concessions.

www.steveknightley.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=858


Langton Matravers Village Hall BH19 3HA

Paprika

Paprika is the UK’s leading Balkan band featuring Zivorad Nikolic (She’Koyokh) on accordion, Vladimir Strkalj on guitar, Marko Tesic on violin and Rastko Rasic on percussion. This electrifying group fuses together Eastern European, Balkan, Gypsy and Classical music in a whirlwind performance of frenzied virtuosity. Fiery melodies and foot-tapping rhythms are interspersed with lilting laments in high-energy, exciting sets. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity.

7.30 pm

Tickets £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam (via website)

www.artsreach.co.uk


Sun 21st Jan 2018

Tarrant Gunville Village Hall DT11 8JN

Paprika

Paprika is the UK’s leading Balkan band featuring Zivorad Nikolic (She’Koyokh) on accordion, Vladimir Strkalj on guitar, Marko Tesic on violin and Rastko Rasic on percussion. This electrifying group fuses together Eastern European, Balkan, Gypsy and Classical music in a whirlwind performance of frenzied virtuosity. Fiery melodies and foot-tapping rhythms are interspersed with lilting laments in high-energy, exciting sets. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity.

7.30 pm

Tickets 01258 830361. £9, £6 u18s

www.artsreach.co.uk


Mon 22nd Jan 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Winter Warmer

A popular winter break of folk dancing, music and fun for all abilities, led by a friendly and experienced team who’ll make sure you have an enjoyable stay!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/winter-warmer-2/


Fri 26th Jan 2018 to Sun 28th Jan 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Simon Mayor Mandolin Weekend

Simon Mayor is beyond doubt this country’s finest mandolin player, moving effortlessly between classical, traditional folk, jazz & blues. His dazzling technical skills grace all the music he plays. He’s also a fine guitarist & fiddle player, with a delicious sense of humour & great teaching ability.

www.mandolin.co.uk

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Hilary James Song Weekend

Singers of all abilities are invited to join singer and musician Hilary James in this relaxed weekend of vocal delights. Enjoy the pleasure of singing with a group as you discover the potential of your own voice. Explore the wealth of songs within the British folk tradition and take a peek beyond: ballads, sea shanties, lullabies, comic songs and more.

www.folksong.com

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


Fri 26th Jan 2018

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

Megson

Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards, Megson - aka Stu and Debbie Hanna - draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of Folk music.
This husband and wife duo brings an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Performing as Megson, Debs (vocals, whistle, piano accordion) and Stu (guitar, mandola, banjo) have gained fame on the British Folk scene not only for their arresting and intelligent song writing but also for their exquisite musicianship and Northern humour. As fRoots Magazine puts it: ‘If you don’t like the music here then you have a problem’.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.

www.megsonmusic.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=859


Sat 27th Jan 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Hilary James & Simon Mayor

Simon’s hilarious banter and mandolin wizardry (he’s one of the world’s leading virtuosos, not to mention his fine guitar and fiddle playing) meets Hilary’s “wonderfully honey-dripping voice” and unusual basses! She might even manage a step-dance if the wind’s in the right direction. As if that’s not enough, Hilary’s singing sister Janet Girando will be joining them to add her own lilting soprano to exquisite harmonies.

8pm–9:30pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/hilary-james-simon-mayor/


Sun 28th Jan 2018

Digby Memorial 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.

1.30 - 4.30 pm

£10 in advance/£12 on the door

www.laurelswift.co.uk
Julia: 01935 817905


Fri 2nd Feb 2018

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Club, Portman Hall, Blandford Rd Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Band and caller TBC

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


7.30 for 7.45, ends 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 3rd Feb 2018

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

Chris Wood

Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the unofficial history of the English-speaking people. With gentle intelligence, he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables.
A self-taught musician, composer and song writer, Chris is a lifelong autodidact whose independent streak shines through everything he does. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its surgical clarity.
His eagerly awaited new album, So Much to Defend, includes reflections on minor league football, empty nest syndrome, learning to swim, cook-in sauce and, not least, the gecko as a metaphor for contemporary society.

8pm.

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions.

www.chriswoodmusic.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=860


Bridgwater Arts Centre, 11-13 Castle Street TA6 3DD

Louise Jordan - No Petticoats Here

Stories of First World War women through song
Award winning singer, songwriter and musician Louise Jordan tells the stories of inspirational women who challenged expectations. From the woman who dressed as a soldier on the Western Front to the women football players banned by the FA, the ambulance drivers running the gauntlet of enemy fire in Flanders and the so-called ‘surplus million’ single women. Inspirational women, working in a time of conflict, leaving a legacy.

www.louisejordan.co.uk
www.nopetticoatshere.co.uk
Twitter:  AT nopetticoats and  AT ljordanmusic
www.facebook.com/louisejordansings

£13 full £12 members

http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk/event/louisejordannopetticoatshere/


Mon 5th Feb 2018 to Fri 9th Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

A Box of Delights

With the Harris Sisters, Gareth Kiddier and Laurel Swift. A week of imaginative and creative ways to engage with traditional songs, music and dance, and outside-of-the-box ways to illustrate the tales they tell.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/a-box-of-delight/


Thu 8th Feb 2018

Springhead, Fontmell Magna SP7 0NU

Louise Jordan - No Petticoats Here

Award winning singer, songwriter and musician Louise Jordan tells the stories of inspirational women of the First World War who challenged expectations. From the woman who dressed as a soldier on the Western Front to the women football players banned by the FA, the ambulance drivers running the gauntlet of enemy fire in Flanders and the so-called ‘surplus million’ single women; working in a time of conflict, leaving a legacy. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity.

7:30pm.

Tickets 01747 811853. £8, £6 u18s, £24 fam.

www.artsreach.co.uk


Fri 9th Feb 2018 to Sun 11th Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Bagpipe Weekend

A jam-packed programme of diverse bagpipe playing styles, with some of Europe’s top players. This course runs alongside the Hurdy Gurdy Weekend, in a frenzy of reeds, drones and buzzing things!

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


Fri 9th Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Hurdy Gurdy Weekend

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/2800/


Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band with caller Dawn Skye

Barn Dance "Kimmeridge Keilidh"

Tickets on the door. No bar, so bring your own drinks & nibbles!

£5 adults, £2.50 children

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Nether Compton Village Hall DT9 4QA

Louise Jordan - No Petticoats Here

Award winning singer, songwriter and musician Louise Jordan tells the stories of inspirational women of the First World War who challenged expectations. From the woman who dressed as a soldier on the Western Front to the women football players banned by the FA, the ambulance drivers running the gauntlet of enemy fire in Flanders and the so-called ‘surplus million’ single women; working in a time of conflict, leaving a legacy. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity.

7:30pm.

Tickets 01935 413220. £10, £6 u18s

www.artsreach.co.uk


Sat 10th Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Bagpipes Taster Day

We are delighted to be introducing this taster day to our regular Bagpipe Weekend, with leading tutor David Faulkner and bagpipes loaned by the Bagpipe Society. You can book for the workshop – including tuition, lunch and instrument hire – or for an extra £20 stay on for dinner and the evening Hurdy Gurdy and Bagpipe concert, the choice is your.

Who’s it For?
Anyone, no previous musical experience necessary. Only 4 places available, so book early!

The Tutor
David Faulkner has been playing pipes for over 25 years with groups such as the Eel Grinders and Jon Swayne’s Zephyrus. He has toured in Europe and America, and has made various recordings including the English and Border Music for Pipes CD with accordionist Steve Turner. David has taught three times at the Spielkurs für Dudelsack und Drehleier 2008, 2009 & 2013 and twice at the Osterbordunale in 2015 & 2016, he has run workshops for the Bagpipe Society’s annual Blowout and teaches privately. David works as a community musician with Devon-based Wren Music.

£45
Includes tuition, instrument hire & lunch.

£65
Includes tuition, instrument hire, lunch, evening meal and tutors' concert.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/bagpipes-taster-day/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Hurdy Gurdy & Bagpipes

An evening of music (and dancing) from the tutors of our our 2018 Hurdy Gurdy & Bagpipe Weekend:

Hurdy-Gurdy: Matthias Loibner (Austria), Cecile Delrue-Birot (France), Joel Turk (UK)
Bagpipe: Julian Cartonnet (France), Callum Armstrong (UK)

8pm–10pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/hurdy-gurdy-bagpipes-2/


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

The Tannahill Weavers

This dynamic quartet play Scottish Traditional music at its best. The band’s potent mixture of traditional ballads and fiery instrumental leaves their audiences spellbound. As tight and versatile as any band in the Celtic music scene, the Tannahills can summon rock-n-roll intensity or haunting introspection.

8pm.

Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions.

www.tannahillweavers.com

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=862


Shipton Gorge Village Hall DT6 4NA

Louise Jordan - No Petticoats Here

Award winning singer, songwriter and musician Louise Jordan tells the stories of inspirational women of the First World War who challenged expectations. From the woman who dressed as a soldier on the Western Front to the women football players banned by the FA, the ambulance drivers running the gauntlet of enemy fire in Flanders and the so-called ‘surplus million’ single women; working in a time of conflict, leaving a legacy. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity.

7:30pm.

Tickets 01308 897562. £8, £6 u18s, £24 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Mon 12th Feb 2018 to Fri 16th Feb 2018

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-2/


Thu 15th Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Faustus

Catch Faustus, the pioneering, “bloke folk” triumvirate of Benji Kirkpatrick, Paul Sartin & Saul Rose as they return to Halsway Manor for a live gig as part of their week-long ‘From Page to Performance’ course; the evening will open with performances by participants, before the mighty Faustus take to the stage!

8pm–10pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/faustus-3/


Sat 17th Feb 2018

Ibberton Village Hall DT11 0EL

Emily Burridge & Felix Gibbons - Incandescendo

Together Emily Burridge on cello and Felix Gibbons on Latin percussion and Bossa guitar create a musical kaleidoscope of Jazz, World, Folk and Classical influences. In this new show, clever use of modern sampling technology enables them to expand their compositions and create exciting multi tracked pieces, spinning a web of intricate harmonies and rhythms, highlighted by some dazzling displays of improvisation. Their concert program includes arrangements of Brazilian classical and popular music, samba and choros and an array of new works for cello, percussion and guitar. Expect a memorable musical evening. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity.

7:30pm.

Tickets 01258 817269. £8.50, £6.50 u18s, £26 fam.

www.artsreach.co.uk


Mon 19th Feb 2018 to Wed 21st Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Piva: Real Roots!

We’re delighted to be welcoming Piva back to Halsway for a third course exploring the Real Roots! of folk music, both the music and the instruments. Discover the world of late 16th century popular traditional music as heard in both court and country. The focus of the course will be 4 or 5 part harmony in small groups but it doesn’t matter if you are new to this music or an experienced renaissance specialist; sessions will be adapted to suit all levels.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/real-roots-with-piva-2016/


Tue 20th Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Piva

Early music, at its most entertaining! Piva have rightly gained a reputation for their lively performances and entertaining shows. Taking late 16th century dance and ballad tunes, Piva brings the music of the renaissance to life on authentic instruments – bagpipes, hurdy-gurdies, recorders, viol, curtals, rauschpfeifen, crumhorns, shawms and violins.

8pm–9:30pm

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

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


Thu 22nd Feb 2018 to Mon 26th Feb 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Kyndred Spirits

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

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

www.lemmingsreprieve.org.uk
To book or for further course information contact Denise Bearon:

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/kyndred-spirits-2/


Thu 22nd Feb 2018

Bridgwater Arts Centre, 11-13 Castle Street TA6 3DD

Rachel Newton

Singer and harpist Rachel Newton specialises in interpreting traditional folk songs in both English and Scottish Gaelic as well as writing and performing her own instrumental pieces. Rachel performs solo, with her trio featuring Lauren MacColl on fiddle and Mattie Foulds on percussion and with a full band when they’re joined by Michael Owers on trombone and Sarah Hayes on keys.
A skilled collaborator, Rachel is a founder member of the successful UK folk bands The Shee and The Furrow Collective. She also plays fiddle and viola and works across a range of performance platforms including theatre and storytelling.

8.00 pm

£13.50 full £12.50 members

http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk/event/rachelnewton/


Fri 23rd Feb 2018

Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

The Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club - Tatterdemalion caller Angela Laycock

All welcome!
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 school in the dark it is about 300 yards south of the Piddle Inn with a hump back bridge into the car park.

£6 under 16 free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Ashmore Village Hall SP5 5AQ

The Grahams

The Grahams are a dynamic Americana duo who have married their love of adventure with a desire to build on foundations laid by their musical predecessors. Alyssa and Doug Graham have spent nearly their entire lives exploring music together. Friends since she was 7 and he was 9, they became a couple in their teens, then husband and wife. 
Somewhere along the way, they also became The Grahams, and their first song-crafting expedition, along the Mississippi's Great River Road, became their 2013 debut album, ‘Riverman's Daughter’. For its follow-up, they rode the rails - and wound up recording not only a studio album, but a documentary and live album ‘Rattle the Hocks’ on the move and in venues from Sun Studio to Amtrak's famed City of New Orleans train. The Grahams are a treat for all fans of American folk music. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity.

7:30pm.

Tickets 01747 811364. £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Sat 24th Feb 2018

Portesham Village Hall DT3 4NS

The Ridgeway Singers & Band – A Barnes Supper

A feast of Dorset fayre to celebrate the birthday of William Barnes in the company of the Ridgeway Singers & Band. Dialect poet William Barnes relished the country dances, folksongs and carols of Dorset, and often wrote about community celebrations, where music was a key part of the proceedings. Alongside a feast of local fayre, The Ridgeway Singers and Band led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries will perform traditional songs collected across the County by the Hammond brothers, play dance tunes from the repertoire of Blackmore Vale fiddler Benjamin Rose, perform a special two part arrangement of Barnes’ Linden Lea and recite some of the poems that keep alive the rich dialect of Dorset. Tickets include a light Dorset supper served throughout the performance

7pm.

Tickets 01305 871035. £18.

www.artsreach.co.uk


Sun 25th Feb 2018

Digby Memorial 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.

1.30 - 4.30 pm

£10 in advance/£12 on the door

www.laurelswift.co.uk
Julia: 01935 817905


Mon 26th Feb 2018 to Fri 2nd Mar 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Playing Playford

Featuring dance tunes from the popular and extensive Playford collection (1651-1728) this is a course for competent instrumentalists who want to take their playing to the next level. With expert guidance from Karen Wimhurst, Richard Heacock & Paul Hutchinson, you’ll explore harmony, rhythm, articulation, accompaniment, improvisation and arrangement, leading to a stylish performance for a Playford Tea Dance on Thu 1 March at 2pm.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/playing-playford-2/


Wed 28th Feb 2018 to Fri 2nd Mar 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BDF

Reed-making for Northumbrian Smallpipes

Subject to demand, a short course to learn how to make reeds for the Northumbrian smallpipes – then, if you wish, stay on for our Northumbrian smallpipes weekend! The course is led by renowned piper and maker Andy May. You’ll be in the workshop by day, but 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 reeds!

This course is for all-comers. Tools will be supplied but you may wish to bring your own. There will be a small charge of £10-£15 (payable on departure) to cover the cost of cane.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/reed-making-for-northumbrian-smallpipes/


Thu 1st Mar 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Playford Tea Dance

An afternoon Playford dance, with caller Graham Knight and music from the Halsway Playford Ensemble.
The Halsway Playford Ensemble is made up of participants on Halsway’s annual Playing Playford course. Under the tutelage of Paul Hutchinson, Richard Heacock & Karen Wimhurst, the musicians have spent the week exploring arrangements of Playford repertoire, and rehearsing in preparation for this afternoon dance!

The dance concludes with a cream tea at 4pm, included in the ticket price.

2pm–4pm
£6

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/playford-tea-dance/


Fri 2nd Mar 2018

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Club, Portman Hall, Blandford Rd Shillingstone DT11 0SF

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, non-dancers £1

7.30 for 7.45, ends 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Winterborne Stickland Village Hall DT11 0NT

Adverse Camber - Dreaming the Night Field

Immerse yourself in glorious living landscapes and the brilliant night sky to discover a world that’s bristling with life, filled with animals, people and constellations caught between creation and destruction. Gwydion, nephew to the King, a magician and master storyteller, provokes a war between North and South Wales and unleashes a chaos of consequences. Blodeuwedd, an intoxicatingly beautiful woman conjured from flowers, is torn between desire and duty, with fateful results. Honour, justice, magic and transformation collide in a story as relevant today as it ever was, where people seek to spin, manipulate and control, and nature reveals its deep power. By turns, thrilling, funny, powerful and poetic, this spellbinding new performance vividly evokes the ancient Celtic legend of the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogion. Dreaming the Night Field features one of Wales’ most engaging storytellers alongside exquisitely haunting live music. English and Welsh are artfully woven together to make these ancient voices and living landscapes come alive in an exhilarating performance. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity. Suitable for ages 12+

7:30pm.

Tickets 01258 880920. £10, £7 u18s, £29 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Northumbrian Smallpipes Weekend

Hosted by Christine Corkett with a great team of tutors – Andy May, Pauline Cato, Alice Robinson (nee Burn), Chris Evans, Francis Wood – this popular workshop weekend gives everyone from absolute beginners to intermediate and more advanced players a thoroughly enjoyable opportunity to develop their abilities, technique and repertoire. The course starts on Friday evening with an introductory session to assess people’s needs and a tune session in the bar, followed by workshops all day Saturday and Sunday and a Saturday evening tutor’s concert.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/northumbrian-smallpipes-weekend-2/


Sat 3rd Mar 2018

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

Reg Meuross

Reg is touring with songs from his stunning new solo album, Faraway People, as well as an award-winning back catalogue of nine highly-acclaimed albums. A true modern troubadour, Reg’s gigging ranges from village halls and Folk clubs to playing the Royal Albert Hall, consistently entrancing audiences with songs of life, love and injustice, soulfully delivered with melodic tenor vocals and some of the most beautifully disarming lyrics ever written.

www.regmeuross.com

8pm.

Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=866


Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall DT6 6NF

Adverse Camber - Dreaming the Night Field

Immerse yourself in glorious living landscapes and the brilliant night sky to discover a world that’s bristling with life, filled with animals, people and constellations caught between creation and destruction. Gwydion, nephew to the King, a magician and master storyteller, provokes a war between North and South Wales and unleashes a chaos of consequences. Blodeuwedd, an intoxicatingly beautiful woman conjured from flowers, is torn between desire and duty, with fateful results. Honour, justice, magic and transformation collide in a story as relevant today as it ever was, where people seek to spin, manipulate and control, and nature reveals its deep power. By turns, thrilling, funny, powerful and poetic, this spellbinding new performance vividly evokes the ancient Celtic legend of the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogion. Dreaming the Night Field features one of Wales’ most engaging storytellers alongside exquisitely haunting live music. English and Welsh are artfully woven together to make these ancient voices and living landscapes come alive in an exhilarating performance. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity. Suitable for ages 12+

7:30pm.

Tickets 01297 560948. £9, £7 u18s, £28 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Northumbrian Smallpipes Taster Day

Come and try the Northumbrian Smallpipes in this special taster day for absolute beginners!
Led by Francis Wood, we’ll have simple sets of teaching pipes available, designed for beginners. This is an excellent opportunity for those who enjoy the gentle sound of small pipes and would like to learn a little about their technique, repertoire and history.

Who’s it For?
Anyone, no previous musical experience necessary. Only 6 places available, so book early!

10am–4pm

£45
Includes tuition, instrument hire & lunch.

£65
Includes tuition, instrument hire, lunch, evening meal and tutors' concert.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/northumbrian-smallpipes-taster-day/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Northumbrian Smallpipes

A concert featuring some of the finest exponents of the Northumbrian Smallpipes and a chance to hear some of the participants in our Northumbrian Smallpipes Weekend course.
Performers include the 5 tutors from the Northumbrian Smallpipes weekend: Pauline Cato, Andy May, Alice Robinson (née Burn), Chris Evans and Francis Wood.

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/northumbrian-smallpipes-2/


Fri 9th Mar 2018 to Sun 11th Mar 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Nyckelharpa for Beginners

An enjoyable, full-on, fun-packed workshop weekend with popular tutor Vicki Swan to introduce beginners to this fascinating Scandinavian folk stringed instrument. There will be a limited amount of instruments available to borrow. This course usually fills early, so book asap! We are also planning to have a second support tutor to ensure you are well looked after!

Who’s it For?
Anyone! Vicki will even have a number of instruments available for students to borrow; book early as these places are limited to 8. Not sure? For more information contact Vicki Swan 07721 519719.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/nyckelharpa-for-beginners-2/


Fri 9th Mar 2018

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Steve Knightley ‘Songs and Stories’ 2018 Tour

In his highly anticipated 2018 solo tour ‘Songs & Stories’, multi-award-winning songwriter Steve Knightley invites his audience on a musical journey, charting the winding roads of his unrivalled career. The Show of Hands frontman (One of the great English bands – Peter Gabriel) showcases a set-list peppered with classic gems such as Cousin Jack, AIG and Country Life with his inimitable passion and flair; and in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead.

7.30pm

All Tickets: £18
box office 01297 442138
http://www.marinetheatre.com/steve-knightley-songs-and-stories-2018-tour-friday-9-march-7-30pm/


Sat 10th Mar 2018

Charlton Down Herrison Hall DT2 9UA

Harbour Voices - Songs of the Sea

Harbour Voices, a twenty-strong group of men and women, bring you a heart-warming celebration of the sea with their performance of traditional shanties and original songs recounting tales of our Dorset coast past and present. Join in the rousing choruses, hear stories of sailors and whalers, boat-builders and fisher-wives, and glimpse moments in the lives of those who risked all to make their living from the sea. Prepare to be moved, amused, intrigued and inspired by this unusual show, featuring vocal harmonies to make your heart soar, and songs that speak of our vital connection to the sea. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7:30pm.

Tickets 01305 264060. £8, £6 u18s, £24 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer

Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary sounds. Their performances showcase new interpretations of old songs alongside original self penned tunes and new contemporary songs that are entirely at home in the tradition.
Out of this combination they have developed a sound that is both familiar and fresh. Strong believers in letting the music tradition live and breathe through sensitive interpretation, Vicki and Jonny allow the melody to sing without any constraints.
Be entranced by the haunting nyckelharpa, amazed at the cow horn (one of the worlds earliest communication devices) and meet some of the bagpipes that didn’t come from Scotland.
Suitable for all ages, their evenings are packed with toe tapping tunes and songs of love, death, trains and dressing up (not always at the same time) all presented with sparkling gentle humour, lots of smiles and skillful musicianship.

www.swan-dyer.co.uk

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/vicki-swan-jonny-dyer-2/


Mon 12th Mar 2018 to Fri 16th Mar 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Maddy Prior Song Week

We’re delighted to be welcoming Maddy and Rose to offer a special course at Halsway Manor in collaboration with speech and language therapist Christina Shewell. This course will be for singers of all levels and styles who want to work to improve and learn about their voice.
While this will be Maddy, Christina and Rose’s first visit to Halsway Manor, they have been working together and separately running courses for many years.
Working both altogether and in smaller groups you’ll have fun learning practical techniques to improve and maintain your 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/maddy-prior-song-weekend/


Thu 15th Mar 2018

EMN Community Hall, Monksilver, Taunton TA4 4JE

Phil Beer

Long-time collaborator with Steve Knightley in Show of Hands, Phil is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler and plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don’t stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals.

Advance tickets £13 (£15 otd) from https://www.wegottickets.com/event/423921 : in local outlets soon.


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Maddy Prior, Rose Kemp and Christina Shewell

As part of our very special week of singing, Maddy Prior and Rose Kemp will be collaborating with voice expert Christina Shewell, in an informal concert and evening of 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/maddy-prior-rose-kemp-and-christina-shewell/


Fri 16th Mar 2018

Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band with caller Graham Taylor

Barn Dance "Kimmeridge Keilidh"

Tickets on the door. No bar, so bring your own drinks & nibbles!

£5 adults, £2.50 children

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Sat 17th Mar 2018

Bath Ceilidh, Saint Gregory's Catholic College, Combe Hay Lane, Bath BA2 8PA

Pigeon Swing, caller Baz Parks

With members from influential English dance bands, such as Gas Mark V, Oyster Band and the Old Swan Band, The Pigeon Swing play lively Québécois dance tunes in an English style to get your feet tapping.

http://www.Thepigeonswing.co.uk

7.30 pm (Doors open 7.00 pm)

Free parking Bar available

Contact: Richard & Jo 01225 311634
E-mail: joanne.lander AT talktalk.net

Adult £10, Concession £8, Students £5, 7-18 yrs £2, Under 7 Free

http://www.poppyrecords.co.uk/bathceilidh/main.php


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

Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis

Multi-award-winning Folk musicians Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis met at university in Brighton in 2010 and discovered a common interest in Roots music, so began writing and jamming together.
They started performing as a duo at open mics and venues around Brighton, playing original Folk and Blues songs. Fast-forward five years, many part-time jobs and dingy apartments later, and they have become two of the most well-respected and innovative musicians on the UK Folk scene, and the main writing partnership behind the hit Folk band, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys. The duo performs inventive interpretations of tunes and songs in between humorous anecdotes and stories of their misadventures.

www.samkelly.org

8pm

Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=870


Sun 18th Mar 2018 to Sun 26th Mar 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Melodeon Building Course (2.5 Row) with Emmanuel Pariselle

This is an extremely popular course with one of Europe’s finest instrument makers. Places are limited to 10, and our 2016 & 2017 courses sold out well in advance.
Emmanuel will guide novice makers through the steps to build your own two and a half row melodeon. You will leave with your own professional standard instrument; whilst having a great sense of humour (and extremely good English) Emmanuel is also a demanding task master and will ensure that all instruments made are of the highest possible calibre. In addition to having a wonderful instrument, you’ll also benefit from the inestimable experience of working with a master craftsman and learn techniques for construction, maintenance and repair in the future.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/melodeon-building-course-2-5-row-with-emmanuel-pariselle-2/


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


Fontmell Magna Springhead Trust SP7 0PF

Emily Burridge & Felix Gibbons - Incandescendo

Together Emily Burridge on cello and Felix Gibbons on Latin percussion and Bossa guitar create a musical kaleidoscope of Jazz, World, Folk and Classical influences. In this new show, clever use of modern sampling technology enables them to expand their compositions and create exciting multi tracked pieces, spinning a web of intricate harmonies and rhythms, highlighted by some dazzling displays of improvisation. Their concert program includes arrangements of Brazilian classical and popular music, samba and choros and an array of new works for cello, percussion and guitar. Expect a memorable musical evening. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the county's touring arts charity.

4pm.

Tickets 01747 811853. £8, £6 u18s, £24 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Mon 19th Mar 2018 to Fri 23rd Mar 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Beyond the Tune

This is a course for musicians – of an intermediate level and above – who wish to develop their arranging skills through ensemble playing. Players of all instruments welcome, but this course caters particularly well for harpists, under the dedicated tuition of Moira Gutteridge. Part of the time the group will be split in two, allowing for focused tuition with Moira for the harpists, while all other musicians work with Peter. Plenty of time for playing as a full ensemble, to share and try arrangements, and also time to work in smaller groups to devise arrangements based on the skills developed through the course. You’ll also learn and practice tunes for dancing, with one evening taking the form of an informal dance for local dancers, called by Madeleine Smith, who works closely with Moira and Peter to select suitable tunes and dances.

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


Fri 23rd Mar 2018 to Sat 25th Mar 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Säckpipa! & Swedish Bagpipe Tunes

An enjoyable full-on fun-packed workshop weekend with Vicki Swan to introduce players to both the säckpipa (Swedish Bagpipes) and Swedish bagpipe music.

Topics to be covered (more to be added!) will include:
• The Standard Swedish Säckpipa Repertoire
• Tunes from Småland
• Articulation
• General bagpipe technique

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/sackpipa-swedish-bagpipe-tunes/


Fri 23rd Mar 2018

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

Blowzabella Dance Workshop

Dance workshop for all ages and abilities. A quick run through the main dances that the band will play this evening. It’s not about being a great dancer it’s just that dancing to dance music is better than just listening to it!

The band will play Acoustically so it’s also like an unplugged gig.

6pm – 7pm

Tickets: £3 donation to The David Hall.

www.blowzabella.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=871


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

Blowzabella 'Chance to Dance'

Blowzabella celebrate 40 years of their inimitable, drone-based wall of sound with a new album and a visit to The David Hall (one of their favourite venues).
The band members are Andy Cutting (diatonic button accordion); Jo Freya (vocals, saxophone, clarinet); Paul James (vocals, bagpipes, saxophones); Gregory Jolivet (hurdy-gurdy); David Shepherd (violin); Barn Stradling (bass guitar) and Jon Swayne (bagpipes, saxophone).
They compose dance music influenced by English and European Folk traditions. Many of their tunes are ‘standards’ in the British/European Folk repertoire.
Blowzabella will play music from their new album as well as plenty of old favourites. Come and dance or just listen.

8pm.

Tickets: £16 Full. £5 Under 25s.

www.blowzabella.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=872


Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

The Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club - Chris Toyne and Ruth Thompson playing caller TBA

All welcome!
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 school in the dark it is about 300 yards south of the Piddle Inn with a hump back bridge into the car park.

£6 under 16 free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Sat 24th Mar 2018

Marnhull Village Hall DT10 1JZ

Harbour Voices - Songs of the Sea

Harbour Voices, a twenty-strong group of men and women, bring you a heart-warming celebration of the sea with their performance of traditional shanties and original songs recounting tales of our Dorset coast past and present. Join in the rousing choruses, hear stories of sailors and whalers, boat-builders and fisher-wives, and glimpse moments in the lives of those who risked all to make their living from the sea. Prepare to be moved, amused, intrigued and inspired by this unusual show, featuring vocal harmonies to make your heart soar, and songs that speak of our vital connection to the sea. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7:30pm.

Tickets 01258 820381. £8, £6 u18s, £24 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Smörgåsballad

Smörgåsballad is an evening of music and tales from Sweden. Discover the tradition of the Easter Witches, what happens if you pick seven different wild flowers and put them under your pillow at Midsummer, the real meaning of the midsummer majstång, and join in some traditional drinking songs in celebration of the crayfish! A visual treat for the eyes and the ears, be transported to the land of the midnight sun, enjoy some “nordic noir tales” and fall in love with the heroes and heroines of old.

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/smorgasballad/


Sun 25th Mar 2018

Digby Memorial 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.

1.30 - 4.30 pm

£10 in advance/£12 on the door

www.laurelswift.co.uk
Julia: 01935 817905


Tue 27th Mar 2018

Bridgwater Arts Centre, 11-13 Castle Street TA6 3DD

Knight and Spiers

In the summer of 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival had the grand idea of pairing legendary fiddle layer Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span) and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers (ex-Bellowhead) for a special ‘one off’ concert at that year’s festival.
In the event, it ended up being a genuine festival highlight, with no space to be found in the Marquee and people standing five deep in pouring rain. For a few minutes at the close of their performance, with a standing ovation and roars for more, it didn’t seem as though the audience was going to let them go. As the MC commented, it was one of those occasions when people could say “I was there”. It was also clear that leaving matters there was not an option, and so 2018 sees the duo undertaking their first extensive UK tour.

8.00 pm

£15 Full £13 Members

http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk/event/knightandspiers/


Fri 6th Apr 2018

Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band with caller Teresa Rabbetts

Barn Dance "Kimmeridge Keilidh"

Tickets on the door. No bar, so bring your own drinks & nibbles!

£5 adults, £2.50 children

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Sat 7th Apr 2018

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

Andy Irvine

For more than 40 years, Andy has been a World music pioneer and icon for Traditional music and musicians. Founder member of bands such as Sweeney's Men, Planxty, Patrick Street, Mozaik and most recently, Usher’s Island, he has been hailed as ‘a tradition in himself’.
Musician, singer and songwriter, few others can equal his repertoire: Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dance tunes, and a compelling canon of his own material that defies description.

www.andyirvine.com

8pm.

Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=873


Sat 14th Apr 2018

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

Winter Wilson

Showcasing their latest album, Far Off on the Horizon - a follow up to the critically-acclaimed Ashes & Dust - Winter Wilson come to The David Hall off the back of a triumphant UK tour with the legendary Fairport Convention.
Now in their sixth year as full-time musicians, Kip Winter and Dave Wilson bring a sense of intimacy to every venue, blending superb, frequently hard-hitting original songs, stunning harmonies and musicianship with often hilarious tales of life on the road. “This isn’t an act; it’s a domestic.”
You will laugh; you may cry – you will certainly want to see them again!

www.winterwilson.com

8pm.

Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=875


Fri 20th Apr 2018

Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

The Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club - Band and caller TBA

All welcome!
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 school in the dark it is about 300 yards south of the Piddle Inn with a hump back bridge into the car park.

£6 under 16 free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Sat 21st Apr 2018

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

Over Stratton Folk Dance Ceilidh

Ceilidh with Jigs for Gigs, a very popular local band and Simon Maplesden, one of the driest callers in the South West. Dance the night away and raise funds for Over Stratton Folk Dance Club and The David Hall.

7.30 -11.00 pm

Tickets: £9 in advance, £10 on the door. Includes a light ploughman's supper

Contact David Hall Box Office or Chris Holliday: 01460 240340 or 01935 424927

boxoffice AT thedavidhall.org.uk or krustyholliday AT btinternet.com

www.overstrattonfolkdanceclub.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=876


Sun 22nd Apr 2018

Digby Memorial 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.

1.30 - 4.30 pm

£10 in advance/£12 on the door

www.laurelswift.co.uk
Julia: 01935 817905


Fri 11th May 2018

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Club, Portman Hall, Blandford Rd Shillingstone DT11 0SF

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, non-dancers £1

7.30 for 7.45, ends 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


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

Mad Dog Mcrea 'Chance to Dance'

Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of Folk, Rock, Pop, Gypsy Jazz, Bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs.
It was at Glastonbury 2013 (notably on the Avalon Stage), the release of their Happy Bus video, take-up from national radio from esteemed folk such as Mike Harding and others, that Mad Dog Mcrea started to become more than just a very popular West Country festival act.

www.maddogmcrea.co.uk

8pm.

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=880


Sat 12th May 2018

EMN Community Hall, Monksilver, Taunton TA4 4JE

The Elephant Sessions

The return of the 5 amazing young musicians from the highlands of Scotland who make up The Elephant Sessions. Since their initial visit to West Somerset in 2015 The Elephant Sessions have performed at some of Europe’s most notable festivals.

Advance tickets £10 (£more otd) from https://www.wegottickets.com/event/423851 : in local outlets soon.


Fri 18th May 2018

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

Chris While and Julie Matthews

Chris While and Julie Matthews were winners in the Best Duo category of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2009 and have been nominated ten times in the Best Duo, Best Song & Best Live Act categories.
Their musical partnership began in 1993 when they were key members and writers in the legendary Folk/Rock group, The Albion Band, with Ashley Hutchings and Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention).
Both multi-instrumentalists, Julie plays guitar, piano, ukulele, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica and accordion while Chris plays guitar, bodhran, banjo, dulcimer and percussion. Their musical careers have produced many successful solo albums and a variety of projects away from the duo, including the Christmas band St Agnes Fountain and Daphne’s Flight.

www.whileandmatthews.co.uk

8pm.

Tickets: £15. Full. £14 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=883


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


Sun 27th May 2018

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

Calan

This international award-winning band from Wales are back on the road with their infectious rhythms and high-energy routines to celebrate the release of their latest album - Solomon They come with accordion, harp, guitar, fiddles and Welsh bagpipes and a virtuoso performance from a champion step dancer.
Calan provide a fresh and vibrant sound with a pounding beat set against the backdrop of old traditions. Songs include the legend of Wales’ very own fairy realm with a tale of magic, myth and mischief, along with some of the most beautiful and haunting melodies.

www.calan-band.com

7.30pm

Tickets: £18. Full. £17 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=884


Fri 1st Jun 2018 to Sun 3rd Jun 2018

Weymouth

Wessex Folk Festival

More details later


Fri 15th Jun 2018

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

Ange Hardy

Celebrated by The Telegraph as ‘one of Britain’s top Folk musicians’ for her 5-star 2014 album, The Lament of The Black Sheep, Ange Hardy has grabbed the attention of the Traditional Folk music world (a feat which saw her nominated at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and winning four consecutive FATEA awards) by writing new material and embracing modern technologies whilst maintaining a traditional feel.
Ange is currently touring with three different guitars, a 27-string Salvi Harp, a bag of low whistles, a 16" floor drum, a tambourine and a shruti box. Combined with her innovative use of live looping for vocal harmonies, she’s one of the most diverse, entertaining and spellbinding solo artists you're likely to encounter.

www.angehardy.com

8pm.

Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=888


Sat 16th Jun 2018

South Petherton

Petherton Folk Fest 2018

Pete Wheeler, Chair of the Folk Fest committee, writes: “Great news! The Fest is back, following the huge success of last year's event. Although still in the planning stage as this programme goes to press, we intend it to be once again a one-day festival of live music and dance.
As well as a full programme in the Market Square, there will be stalls, food and a craft market. We shall have music throughout the day in The David Hall and the church, and further sessions in The Brewer's Arms, which will feature an evening performance from local artists. As last year, workshops for all ages will also take place. We were really pleased with the brilliant support we received from everyone in 2017 and are determined to make sure that this year’s event is even better.”

www.pethertonfolkfest.co.uk


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


Mon 13th Aug 2018 to Fri 17th Aug 2018

Bath

Bath Folk Festival - Traditional Music Summer School

Back by popular demand, our traditional music summer school is your opportunity to learn new tunes and develop your technique with the help of our expert tutors.
Fiddle
Flute/tin whistle
Guitar
Box/piano accordion
Banjo (NEW FOR 2018!)
Irish dancing (NEW FOR 2018!)
All ages and abilities welcome. All classes will be centred on learning tunes by ear, so there is no need to read music.

http://bathfolkfestival.org/traditional-music-summer-school/