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Mon 20th Jan 2020 to Fri 24th Jan 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Manor Open House

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

£60

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


Tue 21st Jan 2020

The Drax Arms, Bere Regis BH20 7HH

Al Whittle, Ed 'Take Thackray' Mortimer and 3 of Murphys

Al Whittle provides excellent entertainment with his distinctive voice and high quality guitar playing. Al has the sort of voice you’d think should take him straight to the top in Nashville, and he sure can play a guitar.
Ed 'Take Thackray' Mortimer you may have guessed by his nick name is known for guitar playing and singing in the style of Jake Thackray.
3 of Murphys
Noleen, Alec and Steve are a part of Murphy's Lore band who are a Bournemouth based celtic band, playing traditional Irish, English and Scots music and song, ceilidhs and general good craic! They perform a good selection of traditional and contemporary trad music plus a few of their own compositions.

8 pm

Contact Pip: 07598 328479

pip_evans AT btinternet.com

www.draxfolk.org.uk


Thu 23rd Jan 2020

Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall DT6 6NF

Alvorada

Alvorada are the UK’s leading performers of choro, a genre of instrumental music with rich melodies and infectious rhythms from Rio de Janeiro. From original compositions to classics of the genre, expect the irresistible swing of samba, the danceable grooves of forró, and a touch of tango and funk from this acclaimed group. Since forming in 2016, this tight-knit quintet has performed at festivals and venues across the UK and beyond, and has also appeared on BBC Radio 3 and JazzFM. In 2019 they were crowned ‘Best Brazilian Act’ in the LUKAS UK Latin Awards. Alvorada brings together top musicians from London and Brazil, whose diverse backgrounds, including jazz, classical and Brazilian music, lend the group a unique edge. Alvorada’s 2019 debut album First Light contains choro classics and original works, revisiting the genre with a modern edge, with crunchy harmonies, playful rhythms and mischievous melodies. Expecting an uplifting evening of soulful Brazilian music as the band tour Dorset with Artsreach, supported by Live Music Now.

www.artsreach.co.uk

7:30pm.

Tickets 01297 560948. £10, £6 u18s, £25 family


Southill Community Centre, Radipole Lane, Weymouth. Dorset DT4 9SS

Burns Night Ceilidh Dance

Bring & Share Savoury Supper (Scottish desserts, Haggis & glass of wine provided) Dancing to CDs with a Caller. BYO extra drinks. Contact Judie for tickets

£5 adults, £2 children

7:30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Judie Seymour: 01305833660

grajudseymour AT hotmail.com

https://weymouthscottishcountrydancingblog.wordpress.com


Fri 24th Jan 2020 to Sun 26th Jan 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Simon Mayor’s Mandolin Weekend

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

www.mandolin.co.uk

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

‘Two Sisters’ Song Weekend

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

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

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

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


Fri 24th Jan 2020

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

Banter (featuring Simon Care)

+ Simon Loake

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

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

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Portesham Village Hall DT3 4NS

Alvorada

Alvorada are the UK’s leading performers of choro, a genre of instrumental music with rich melodies and infectious rhythms from Rio de Janeiro. From original compositions to classics of the genre, expect the irresistible swing of samba, the danceable grooves of forró, and a touch of tango and funk from this acclaimed group. Since forming in 2016, this tight-knit quintet has performed at festivals and venues across the UK and beyond, and has also appeared on BBC Radio 3 and JazzFM. In 2019 they were crowned ‘Best Brazilian Act’ in the LUKAS UK Latin Awards. Alvorada brings together top musicians from London and Brazil, whose diverse backgrounds, including jazz, classical and Brazilian music, lend the group a unique edge. Alvorada’s 2019 debut album First Light contains choro classics and original works, revisiting the genre with a modern edge, with crunchy harmonies, playful rhythms and mischievous melodies. Expecting an uplifting evening of soulful Brazilian music as the band tour Dorset with Artsreach, supported by Live Music Now.

www.artsreach.co.uk

7:30pm.

Tickets 01305 871035. £10, £7 u18s, £26 family


Sat 25th Jan 2020

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Ninebarrow

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

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

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Simon Mayor, Hilary James and Janet Giraudo

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

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


Oldfield School, Kelston Road, Bath BA1 9AB

Banter, with caller Tim Walker

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

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

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

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

Free parking
Bar available

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

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


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

Steve Knightley: Pass Notes – The stories behind the songs

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

Tickets: £19. No concessions.

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


Chetnole Village Hall DT9 6NU

Alvorada

Alvorada are the UK’s leading performers of choro, a genre of instrumental music with rich melodies and infectious rhythms from Rio de Janeiro. From original compositions to classics of the genre, expect the irresistible swing of samba, the danceable grooves of forró, and a touch of tango and funk from this acclaimed group. Since forming in 2016, this tight-knit quintet has performed at festivals and venues across the UK and beyond, and has also appeared on BBC Radio 3 and JazzFM. In 2019 they were crowned ‘Best Brazilian Act’ in the LUKAS UK Latin Awards. Alvorada brings together top musicians from London and Brazil, whose diverse backgrounds, including jazz, classical and Brazilian music, lend the group a unique edge. Alvorada’s 2019 debut album First Light contains choro classics and original works, revisiting the genre with a modern edge, with crunchy harmonies, playful rhythms and mischievous melodies. Expecting an uplifting evening of soulful Brazilian music as the band tour Dorset with Artsreach, supported by Live Music Now.

www.artsreach.co.uk

7:30pm.

Tickets 07966 177789. £10, £8 u18s


Andelli Art, Upper Breach, South Horrington Village, Wells BA5 3QG

The Portraits

eventbrite ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-portraits-return-to-andelli-tickets-78342529615

A bar will be run on the night to raise funds for the Blue School PTA who help to fund essential projects at Wells' main secondary school.
Advanced booking highly recommended.

http://www.andelliart.com/
http://www.theportraitsmusic.com

Event https://www.facebook.com/events/593489321184176/

The Portraits return to play Andelli Art Gallery in Wells, Somerset.
Following their packed out album launch concert at Andelli Art Gallery in September 2019, The Portraits are delighted to be returning to play Andelli in January 2020.
The husband and wife acoustic duo Jeremy and Lorraine Millington, a.k.a. The Portraits are playing another intimate and exclusive set with extremely limited places. Their performance will include songs from their new record 'For Our Times' and selected works from their fifteen years as The Portraits. New songs by the Somerset duo will include the crowd-sourced March 2019 single 'Harmonise' which makes it onto the duo's new long player and the heartbreaking 'Except For Me' about a young woman sent to a home for unmarried mothers in Ireland.

Contact, the Venue
Tel 01749 572 373

email ellie AT andelliart.com OR sensorypulse AT gmail.com

Eventbrite ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-portraits-return-to-andelli-tickets-78342529615

http://www.theportraitsmusic.com


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

Son Yambu – red hot rhythms straight from the streets of Eastern Cuba

This is a mainly dancing event, with tables and chairs down both sides of the Auditorium only!

Son Yambu play authentic ‘Son Cubano’ or Cuban son – the essential Afro-Cuban music that originated in the streets of eastern Cuba at the turn of the last century. Son is a fusion of Spanish and African rhythms and is the root of all salsa music. Formed in 2011, Son Yambu features a new generation of musicians who are all passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre, continuing the Buena Vista legacy that put Cuban music back on the map in 1997.
Since their debut album ‘La Maravilla’ was released to rave reviews (**** Songlines, The Evening Standard) at the end of 2012, Son Yambu have gone from strength to strength.

Playing their irresistible tropical rhythms, they bring their audiences a truly sensational, authentic Latin-music experience, and their music is guaranteed to turn any event into a fiesta!

http://sonyambu.com/

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

Door Price: £17.50
Advance: £16.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/son-yambu-red-hot-rhythms-straight-from-the-streets-of-eastern-cuba/


Centenary Club, 21 Jubilee Close, Weymouth DT4 7BG

The Vernacular, caller Angela Laycock

Barn dance to lively music by The Vernacular with dances explained and called by Angela Laycock. All welcome for a great evening of fun and dancing to lovely, mainly English tunes. Band features melodeon, guitar, fiddle, whistles. Ploughmans supper included.
In aid of the Mayor of Weymouth's charities

£10.00

7.00 - 11.00 pm

Contact David Milner: 01305 880154

davmilner AT gmail.com


Sun 26th Jan 2020

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Trio Simbora

A Concert of Music from Brazil
Trio Simbora takes a journey through the exuberant sounds and rhythms found in Brazil, from the virtuoso instrumental Choro music of Rio de Janeiro through to the uplifting songs of the Forró and Afro-Brazilian traditions in the northeast. The band is led by Luiz Morais, a Brazilian 7-string guitar player and composer, who has been playing the guitar from a young age. Immersed in the vibrant Brazilian musical culture, he built his strong musical foundations playing rhythms such as Samba, Choro and Bossa Nova.

£8.00 advance / £12.00 on the door

10% discount for members

https://www.seetickets.com/event/simply-rered/marine-theatre-lyme-regis/1464170


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

Brooks Williams & Sloan Wainwright

The ‘South Sounds’ concert series booked up-and-coming songwriters in an auditorium with floor to ceiling windows that looked out over the Long Island Sound. It was so close to New York City you could hear the resonant buzz of the Manhattan traffic. But it was far enough away that the dazzling blue of the water mingled with the lush green of the trees in a way that belied its location.
It was there, in 1992, that Brooks Williams and Sloan Wainwright met for the first time. Two up-and-coming newbies, Sloan on a beat-up school piano and Brooks on a cranky old Gibson guitar, both singing their songs and beguiling the audience with stories and tales. Soon these ‘up-and-comers’ were ‘arrivers,’ getting more and more known on the scene with album releases and tours. Life and careers often go in separate directions but over the years two remained in contact, sharing the stage when possible.
Now, for the first time, a Wainwright Williams Tour is finally in the works. One guitar, two voices, plus a shared love of roots music and original songs.
Singer-songwriter Sloan Wainwright is a dynamic performer who shifts with apparent ease between pop, folk, jazz and blues. Her rich contralto is warm, smokey and smooth and is the star attraction. Usually accompanied by a guitarist or her own piano, her songs are earthy, sometimes intense.
Her family tree (brother and folk-music luminary Loudon Wainwright, nephew Rufus Wainwright, nieces Martha Wainwright and Lucy Wainwright Roche) reads like a “who’s who” of contemporary folk music. Sloan carries the family tradition. She is a powerful and personable performer who oozes that Wainwright “charm and musicality.” With just shy of a dozen CDs in her discography, two songwriting awards from the annual EmPower Posi Music Awards, numerous musical compositions for theater and dance, Sloan is also highly praised as a teacher at many of the best-known master songwriter series and workshops, including Richard Thompson’s “Frets and Refrains.”
Brooks Williams is one of the most versatile musicians on the roots music scene today. He can turn his hand equally to blues, Americana and acoustic. With twenty-eight recordings and hundreds of shows every year, he is a musician of the highest calibre. Rated in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists with “a beautiful voice that you just melt into” (AmericanaUK), he has a knack for writing songs that are “sophisticated musically, and yet sound immediately familiar.”
A Statesboro, Georgia native now living in the UK, Williams is no stranger to the concert and festival stages in Europe, North America and the UK, including Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall, Vienna’s JazzLand, Scotland’s Celtic Connections, the Shrewsbury Folk Festival, and New York’s legendary Caffee Lena. His music has charted on North America’s FOLKDJ, the EuroAmericana chart and Blues Lists around the world. WUMB-FM in Boston (USA) voted him one of their Top 100 Artists.

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

Door Price: £15.00
Advance: £14.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/brooks-williams-sloan-wainwright/


Mission Hall, Sutton Poyntz, Weymouth DT3 6LY

Stephen Fearing

Stephen Fearing’s music is a mesmerizing blend of roots, folk, and pop. Co-founder of Canadian roots-rock supergroup Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, he is a beguiling teller of tales and master guitarist who delights audiences throughout North America, the UK, and Europe. A multi JUNO and Canadian Folk Music award winner, his solo album, Every Soul’s a Sailor, was named 2017 Worldwide Album of the Year by Blues & Roots Radio.
Fearing is an alluring entertainer – heartbreaking, expansive, and full of mirth.
The only Dorset date on his UK tour.

BYO drinks & glasses and book ahead please - this will be a popular night.

£15 in advance only

8pm (doors from 7.30pm).

Contact Angela: 01305 837299

songsfromthehalls234 AT gmail.com

stephenfearing.ca


Britannia Inn, Manor Road, Alcombe, Minehead TA24 6EH

The Brit Sunday Session

Come and make us happy! Whatever your standard, whatever you play we are waiting to welcome you to our first session of 2020. Play, sing, listen or chat in the bar. We are all about participation - join in whenever you feel like it we just love to hear people making music, the more the merrier!
Any genre. All acoustic, no electric instruments, mics, PA or backing tracks - Just us :)
It's free, no door charge, raffle or donations!

Find us on Facebook here - https://www.facebook.com/groups/568700757046136

4.00 - 8.00 pm


Mon 27th Jan 2020 to Fri 31st Jan 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Winter Warmer

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

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

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


Thu 30th Jan 2020

Glastonbury Assembly Rooms BA6 9DU

Mandy Woods

+ Cathy Judge & Elliet Mackrell

An atmospheric concert in the main hall at Glastonbury Assembly Rooms, with Mandy's headline set from 9.45 to 10.45 p.m., floor spots from 8.30 to 9.30 p.m. To play, contact this page or email nathanvibration AT gmail.com

A seasoned writer and performer on both sides of the Atlantic, Glastonbury-based singer-songwriter Mandy Woods has spent most of her adult life giving in to wanderlust and crafting songs wherever she has happened to find herself on her unconventional journey.
Mandy grew up near Oxford, but spent a decade in Austin, Texas, and has more recently written, performed, and pitched songs in Nashville, Tennessee.
Her recent performances at the Assembly Rooms' seasonal community celebrations have been very well received, and she is already gaining a reputation as one of Glastonbury's finest singers and songwriters.

She will be joined on stage by Somerset singer Cathy Judge on vocals, and Elliet Mackrell (of Kangaroo Moon etc) on violin.

FFF are pleased to be able to welcome Mandy to kick off the 2020 season of folk gigs in the main hall at the Rooms, where we plan to alternate local performers such as Mandy Woods with visiting touring acts.

Admission £8 on the door / £6 concessions.

Contact Nathan: 07752 593299

nathanvibration AT gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/2831592690225272/


Fri 31st Jan 2020 to Sun 2nd Feb 2020

Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster, Exmoor TA24 6SF

Folk Dance and Snowdrops

wit Dampiers Round, Ray Goodswen

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

from 270.00 per person

Contact Yarn Market Hotel: 01643 821425

hotel AT yarnmarkethotel.co.uk

www.yarnmarkethotel.co.uk


Fri 31st Jan 2020

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

Flying Folk Evening

Jemima Farey introduces : -

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

Plus

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

£10 tel 01460 54973

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


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

Steve Knightley: Pass Notes – The stories behind the songs

The stories behind the songs

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

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


Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band & Caller Sue Perigo

Kimmeridge Keilidh - All Welcome! No Bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles. Tickets on the door.

£5 adults £2.50 under 16s

7.30 - 10.30 pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Chettle Village Hall DT11 8DB

Philip Henry

Live Music

Hot meals, wine & local beer available during the intermission

£12

7.30 pm

Contact Jan Fisher: 07776 323 198

jan.fisher AT chettlemusic.co.uk

www.chettlemusic.co.uk


Chiselborough Village Hall A14 6TR

Chiselborough Music Night

Music begins at 7.30 as usual, performers of all sorts and abilities are very welcome. Chiselborough village hall.

Delicious food from Kirsty will be available on the night.

Clothes donations are welcome for the free shop.

The music nights are not for profit, and run by volunteers. If you would like to help out, let us know and we would appreciate your contribution.


Sat 1st Feb 2020

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

Jigfoot with Dick Williams

Ceilidh

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

£9 in advance, £10 on the door.

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.couk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


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

Mad Dog Mcrea

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

Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Concessions.

8:00 pm

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


Cerne Abbas Village Hall DT2 7GY

The Ben Rose Band with caller Angela Laycock

This dance is to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Benjamin Rose starting to compile his beautiful manuscript book of tunes which is the only known manuscript from Dorset apart from the Hardy collections to have been discovered and published.
This will be a chance to enjoy an evening of Dorset music and dance with a big accoustic band.
Bring and share supper

£8 if booked in advance. £10 on the door

7:30 10.30 pm

Contact Angela Laycock or Ruth Thompson: Angela:01308 482443, Ruth:01300 321396

alaycock61 AT gmail.com or ruthfiddler1 AT outlook.com


Sun 2nd Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Music and Song Club

For more information contact Roger Phipps 01278 671685
A monthly meeting of folk musicians and singers. Come and join in or just have a drink and listen. Join host Roger Phipps and friends for an informal ‘Sunday Club’ open to all musicians and singers. We encourage beginners and those curious about folk music to come along.
We have a folk theme, but really all types of acoustic music, song and poetry are welcome. The evening generally combines some playing together with individual spots. We don’t frown on you having your own words or music in front of you and encourage beginners.
Just come along or give Roger a call if you would like to find out more.

8pm

Free


Mon 3rd Feb 2020 to Fri 7th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Moonrakers Folk Orchestra

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

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


Mon 3rd Feb 2020

Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Rd, Wiveliscombe TA4 3RE

John Kirkpatrick

John is one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, performing solo, in duos, acoustic groups and electric bands, and has established an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso

£12 / £10 concessions

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Wed 5th Feb 2020

Studland Village Hall BH19 3AE

WOR - Back to the 1780's

Following a sell-out debut tour in Dorset last spring, this outstanding Belgian band are heading back to Dorset for an extended South West tour! If it sounded good then, why not today?! Almost 300 years ago, some musicians from around Antwerp, Brussels, Gent and Leuven decided to write down their favourite music. As time passed, however, the paper turned yellow, the ink began to fade, and the music itself was left to gather dust along with the faded manuscripts. That is, until now! With their finely textured arrangements, WOR injects new energy into 18th century tunes from the Flanders region of Belgium. Performing on an array of instruments including saxophone, violin, bagpipes, accordion and guitar, this energetic young band shines an inventive spotlight with a modern twist on tunes from these manuscripts. Simply unmissable! Support for this show is provided by the General Representation of the Government of Flanders in the United Kingdom

www.artsreach.co.uk

7:30pm.

Tickets 01929 450204. £10, £7 u18s, £28 fam


Thu 6th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Moonrakers Folk Orchestra

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

8pm–10pm

£5

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


Congresbury Folk Club in the Stage Bar of Congresbury Memorial Hall, High Street, Congresbury BS49 5JA

Initial meeting

Artists to be announced shortly


Fri 7th Feb 2020 to Sun 9th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Scandi Winter Weekend

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

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


Fri 7th Feb 2020

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

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

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

£6

7.30 for 7.45 - 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


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

Megson

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

8:00 pm

£15.00 – £16.00

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


Winterborne Stickland Village Hall DT11 0NT

WOR - Back to the 1780's

Following a sell-out debut tour in Dorset last spring, this outstanding Belgian band are heading back to Dorset for an extended South West tour! If it sounded good then, why not today?! Almost 300 years ago, some musicians from around Antwerp, Brussels, Gent and Leuven decided to write down their favourite music. As time passed, however, the paper turned yellow, the ink began to fade, and the music itself was left to gather dust along with the faded manuscripts. That is, until now! With their finely textured arrangements, WOR injects new energy into 18th century tunes from the Flanders region of Belgium. Performing on an array of instruments including saxophone, violin, bagpipes, accordion and guitar, this energetic young band shines an inventive spotlight with a modern twist on tunes from these manuscripts. Simply unmissable! Support for this show is provided by the General Representation of the Government of Flanders in the United Kingdom

www.artsreach.co.uk

7:30pm.

Tickets 01258 880920. £10, £7 u18s, £28 fam


St Leonard's Church, Butleigh BA6 8SH

Windborne – workshop

Come & sing with the acclaimed vocal ensemble from the USA. All welcome - no experience of reading music or singing in a choir is necessary to enjoy this workshop.
Windborne was catapulted to wider recognition after a video of them singing a protest song from the 1840s outside Trump Tower went viral, gaining over a million online views. Windborne had set out to raise $5,000 for the project, but ended up raising over $80,000 from 2,600 people, from every state, and 22 countries around the world. Find out more at: www.windbornesingers.com

In advance £8 ( £16 for both workshop & concert) add £1 if bought on door.

4pm (Registration 3.30) - 5.30

Contact Jane Laver: 07955043614

butleighvoices AT icloud.com

https://facebook.com/events/621496448589207/?ti=icl


St Leonard's Church, Butleigh BA6 8SH

Windborne

An exciting opportunity to hear Windborne on their 2020 UK Tour.
“The best musical discovery of the year...Stunningly powerful vocal harmony in the tradition of the Watersons, The Voice Squad, and Coope, Boyes, and Simpson, Windborne sets a new bar for folk harmony singing today”
-Brian O'Donovan, National Public Radio

http://www.windbornesingers.com/

£10 if bought in advance (£11 on door)

7pm

Contact Jane Laver: 01458850199

butleighvoices AT icloud.com

https://facebook.com/events/621496448589207/?ti=icl


Bath Folk Club, The Assembly Inn, 17 Alfred St, Bath BA1 2QU

Double Bill: Eagle Alley With Bob & Gill Berry

Two fine acts come together to do a set each and some songs together in the classic English tradition.
Bob & Gill have been singing together for decades as well as curating and running the Chippenham folk festival for many years. Absolutely steeped in folk music and song, we welcome them back to the club with open arms.
Eagle Alley is a three voice close harmony group based in Bath and Bradford on Avon singing songs from the English tradition and further away. Two of them are accomplished song writers and they both contribute to the repertoire too. Oh, and sea shanties are never far away …

£8 advance £10 on the door

rachel AT bathfolkfestival.org


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Paul McKenna Band

Scotland’s Paul McKenna has long been ranked among our finest younger singers and songwriters, armed with a powerful yet intensely emotive voice and passionate social conscience, often expressed through his songs, a combination that’s brought frequent comparisons to the great Dick Gaughan.
He and his band – comprising Robbie Greig (fiddle), Conal McDonagh (pipes/whistles), Conor Markey (banjo/ bouzouki/mandolin) and Ewan Baird (percussion) – draw on both Scottish and Irish roots, in a dynamic, full-bodied array of original and traditional material, along with songs by like-minded authors including Peggy Seeger, Alistair Hulett and Jim Reid. Following 2016’s tenth anniversary release Paths That Wind, they’re currently at work on their fifth album.

Tickets £15 from www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club.

8.00pm


Sat 8th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Swedish Dance

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

8pm–10pm

£5

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


Cranborne Memorial Hall BH21 5QB

WOR - Back to the 1780's

Following a sell-out debut tour in Dorset last spring, this outstanding Belgian band are heading back to Dorset for an extended South West tour! If it sounded good then, why not today?! Almost 300 years ago, some musicians from around Antwerp, Brussels, Gent and Leuven decided to write down their favourite music. As time passed, however, the paper turned yellow, the ink began to fade, and the music itself was left to gather dust along with the faded manuscripts. That is, until now! With their finely textured arrangements, WOR injects new energy into 18th century tunes from the Flanders region of Belgium. Performing on an array of instruments including saxophone, violin, bagpipes, accordion and guitar, this energetic young band shines an inventive spotlight with a modern twist on tunes from these manuscripts. Simply unmissable! Support for this show is provided by the General Representation of the Government of Flanders in the United Kingdom

www.artsreach.co.uk

7:30pm.

Tickets 01725 517500. £12, £6 u18s, £30 fam


Winterborne Stickland Village Hall DT11 0NT

Instrumental Workshop with acclaimed band WÖR

The musicians of Belgian band WÖR perform on a whole host of instruments including saxophone, fiddle, bagpipes, accordion and guitar. Join this energetic young group and explore a variety of techniques and ornamentations for fiddle, guitar, accordion, drone and wind instruments, then come together as a group to learn a new tune or two! Participants must bring their own instrument, which should be well tuned, and be capable of playing fluently. Suitable for ages 16+

www.artsreach.co.uk

11am-12:30pm.

Tickets 01258 880920. £8


Creative Innovation Centre (Memorial Hall, Taunton) TA1 3PF

Mitchell and Vincent with caller Olive Mitchell

Come and join us for a ceilidh where Mitchell and Vincent will be providing the music and Olive Mitchell will be calling the dances. If you are new to barn dances then don't worry as Olive will walk everyone through all the dances and the emphasis is to enjoy the dancing and music!
As well as playing for barn dances and ceilidhs, Mitchell and Vincent have performed concerts around the UK (including festivals such as Glastonbury, Broadstairs, Oxford and Beverley) and supported renowned musicians including the Tim Edey Trio, Jackie Oates duo, Damien O’Kane Band and Kate Rusby as well as Ralph McTell and Wizz Jones.
Website: www.mitchellandvincent.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mitchellandvincent
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/MitchellandVincent

£8 online/advance or £10 on the door. Under 14 yrs are FREE

8.00 - 11.00 pm

Contact Andrew Knutt: 01823 337477

info AT creativeinnovationcentre.co.uk

https://www.creativeinnovationcentre.co.uk/events/ceilidh-barn-dance-night-with-live-music-by-mitchell-vincent-sat-8th-feb/


Sun 9th Feb 2020

Kingston Maurward House DT2 8PY

Wareham Whalers Shanty Crew

Ships and Shanties Concert

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

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

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

£8

7.30pm

Contact David Blakeley: 07923020946

wareham.whalers AT gmail.com

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


Mon 10th Feb 2020 to Fri 14th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Reg Meuross Creative Songwriting

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

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


Tue 11th Feb 2020

Martock Christian Fellowship Centre TA12 6JL

Stanchester Quire

Do you enjoy singing? The Stanchester Quire welcomes all who may enjoy learning songs about the South West of England. There are no auditions and the ability to read music is not essential as we learn everything by ear.

£30 per term. New members free for the first two weeks.

7:30 - 9.00 pm

Contact Phil or Bonnie: 01935 477884 or 01935 822287

philwithsweets AT hotmail.com or stanchesterquire1 AT gmail.com

stanchesterquire.org


Wed 12th Feb 2020

Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street DT1 1HF.

Windborne: Song on the Times

Northern Harmony graduates Lynn, Will, Lauren, and Jeremy share a vibrant energy onstage – their connection to each other and to the music is clear. This stunningly powerful close harmony vocal group from New England present their collection of UK and US folk protest music from the past 400 years, singing them for the struggles of today. Be amazed and delighted as they tell stories about the music and explain the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing.

8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)

£13 / £11 members and concessions

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/2019/11/26/wed-12-feb-windborne-song-on-the-times/


Thu 13th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

An Evening with Reg Meuross

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

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

£10 in advance
£12 on the door

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


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

Martin Simpson – A Master of His Art

Nominated ‘Musician of the Year’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018

The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength – every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing.
“What’s it like being the best guitar player in the world…?” Martin’s modesty and grace prevented him from answering this BBC Radio 4 interviewer’s question recently, but the facts speak for themselves.
40 years after he recorded his first album, Golden Vanity, in 1976, Martin is known as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world.
A virtuoso player without question, but above all Martin Simpson conveys his diverse treasure trove of material from the heart, performing with rare subtlety, intensity and honesty. A true master of his art.

www.martinsimpson.com

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

Door Price: £16.00
Advance: £16.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/martin-simpson-a-master-of-his-art/


Fri 14th Feb 2020 to Sun 16th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Bagpipe Weekend

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

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

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Hurdy Gurdy Weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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


Fri 14th Feb 2020

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

Charlie Dore & Julian Littman

+ Rod Jenkins

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

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

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Milborne St Andrew Village Hall DT11 0JX

Vocal Harmony Workshop with Windborne

Windborne specialise in close harmony singing, shifting effortlessly between dramatically different styles of traditional music. Their musical knowledge spans many continents and cultures but they remain deeply rooted in American folk singing traditions. In this special vocal workshop, Windborne will teach songs from their American roots, songs of protest and freedom from their album Song on the Times and folk songs from other cultures collected on their travels. All the songs and harmonies will be taught by ear by Jeremy, Lynn, Will and Lauren. Open to all ages, early booking is advised.

www.artsreach.co.uk

5pm-6pm.

Tickets 01258 839230. £5


Milborne St Andrew Village Hall DT11 0JX

Windborne – Song on the Times

“Picking up the torch of protest folk song for the next generation...old songs for new struggles.”
This stunningly powerful close harmony vocal group from New England present Song on the Times, a project that collects music from working class movements for peoples’ rights in the US and UK over the past 400 years, and sings them for the struggles of today. The group was catapulted to new heights when clip of them singing in protest outside Trump tower went viral, and their crowdfunding project raised 1,600% of its goal from 2,600 people in every State and 22 countries. All graduates of Northern Harmony, Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon have collected and studied polyphonic vocal music for over 15 years from traditional singing masters from cultures around the world and are as comfortable with an improvised Corsican couplet song as an English ballad. They share a vibrant energy onstage – their connection to each other and to the music clearly evident. They educate as they entertain, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing.
* Vocal workshop with Windborne from 5pm-6pm

www.artsreach.co.uk

7:30pm.

Tickets 01258 839230. £11, £6 u18s, £25 fam


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

Track Dogs

Track Dogs have been barnstorming the UK with some major festival appearances and collaborations. It has been a pivotal year including playing to a heaving, rocking Trafalgar Square and surprise on-stage participation of Show of Hands’ Steve Knightley and Seth Lakeman at Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Well-established in Spain where they are based, they are surprising UK music lovers with “Sun-shiny songs thriving on dark themes behind irresistible rhythms.”
The four international “madrileños” (Garrett Wall, Dave Mooney, Howard Brown & Robbie K.Jones) whose artistic name derives from the dark subterranean world of New York’s subway system, present Fire On The Rails, a kicking album that grows on the work that has opened so many doors for the band. If they are still new to you, check out previous releases Kansas City Out Groove and Uke Songs By Track Dogs and see why they are so hard to pigeonhole.

www.trackdogsmusic.com

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

Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £12.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/track-dogs-3/


Sat 15th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Concert / Dance: Gurdies and Bagpipes

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

8pm–10pm

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

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


Meadway Hall, Ham Lane, Compton Dundon TA11 6PQ

Tom McConville Band

Tickets can be bought on line at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/488069

£10

8pm, doors 7.30pm

Contact Alan Riley: 07957 295287

alanriley73 AT gmail.com

http://www.tommcconville.co.uk/index.html


Sun 16th Feb 2020

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshop

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

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

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

info AT sherbornefolkband.org
Julia: 07527 508 277


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Còig

Infectious Cape Breton music from this Canadian Four piece. Lively tunes, haunting songs and stepping. High energy & unparalleled.

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


Mon 17th Feb 2020 to Fri 21st Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Lady Maisery Creative Singing Week

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

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


Thu 20th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Lady Maisery

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

8pm–10pm

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

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


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

North Sea Gas

One of Scotland’s most popular bands return to Bath . This year their show will be featuring songs from their latest album
“Hearth & Homeland”. With great banter and tongue in cheek humour. Fiddle, guitars, bouzouki, banjo, and a bag full of great songs A good night Entertainment is guaranteed .

www.northseagas.co.uk

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

Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £10.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/north-sea-gas-2/


Fri 21st Feb 2020 to Sun 23rd Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

The Madding Crowd

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

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

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

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

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


Fri 21st Feb 2020

Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

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

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

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

6 under 16s free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


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

Blue Rose Code

+ support from Steve Dagleish

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

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

8:00 pm

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions.

www.bluerosecode.com
www.stevedagleish.com

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


Sat 22nd Feb 2020

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

Both Sides Now – The Joni Mitchell Celebration Concert

The music of Joni Mitchell is celebrated in this performance of some of her best-loved songs. As Joni reaches her landmark 75th year, these concerts are also by way of an extended celebration of her life and work.
The Joni Mitchell Songbook draws on a three-decade journey of incredible creativity, from folk singer to mainstream rock artist, as well as an abiding love affair with jazz.
Featuring Big Yellow Taxi (her most covered song), River and A Case of You (both from the breakthrough album Blue), the radio hits of Help Me and Free Man In Paris (from double-platinum Court and Spark) and the jazz-infused stylings of In France They Kiss On Main St (The Hissing of Summer Lawns) and Coyote (Hejira).
Both Sides Now is a five-piece band showcasing the outstanding voice of Sarah Miller. During its debut year of 2018, the band played at some of the UK’s leading music venues. The musicians’ CVs include such notable names as Don Felder of the Eagles, Badly Drawn Boy, Ruby Turner and Corinne Bailey Rae.
This is not your usual tribute – it’s a group of Joni superfans dedicated to keeping her music in the live arena.

www.jonitribute.com

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

Door Price: £20.00
Advance: £18.50

https://chapelarts.org/events/both-sides-now-the-joni-mitchell-celebration-concert/


Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Rd, Wiveliscombe TA4 3RE

Reg Meuross

Folking.com's ’Soloist of the Year’ 2019, Reg Meuross is now touring with new solo album RAW. The breadth and depth of his material is unparalleled in contemporary folk: songs about forgotten heroes, famous names, folk legends, the climate emergency, tales from the kitchen sink and news from the world stage; if something needs to be sung about then Reg Meuross has a song for it.

£12 / £10 concessions

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Sun 23rd Feb 2020

Stalbridge Village Hall DT10 2NF

The Ridgeway Singers & Band - Tea with William Barnes

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 delicious Dorset tea, 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 fiddler Benjamin rose and will perform an arrangement of the R. Vaughan- Williams setting of William Barnes' famous poem 'My Orchard in Linden Lea'. Recitals of some of Barnes' much-loved poems will keep alive the rich dialect of Dorset.

www.artsreach.co.uk

2:30pm.

Tickets 01963 362355. £12


Mon 24th Feb 2020 to Wed 26th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

PIVA – Real Roots!

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

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


Tue 25th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

PIVA – Real Roots gig

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

8pm–10pm

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

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


Thu 27th Feb 2020 to Sun 1st Mar 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Kyndred Spirits

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

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

www.lemmingsreprieve.org.uk

To book or for further course information contact Denise Bearon:

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

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


Thu 27th Feb 2020

Glastonbury Assembly Rooms BA6 9DU

Ian A. Anderson

celebrating 50 years since playing the opening slot at the first ever Glastonbury Festival!

More details later

£8 / £6 concessions

8 p.m. for 8.30 start

Contact Nathan: 07752593299

nathanvibration AT gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/2831592690225272/


Fri 28th Feb 2020

Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band with caller Dick Williams

Kimmeridge Keilidh - All Welcome! No Bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles. Tickets on the door.

£5 adults £2.50 under 16

7.30 0 10.30 pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


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

Lore

With captivating harmonies and finely crafted songs, Lore will provide an evening of soulful songs with stunning musical arrangements.
Famed for turning the legendary Teenage Kicks on its head, Lore have went from living room dreams to Sell-Out Theatre Tour success in a short time. With a strong folk influence, Lore combine their songwriting craft with souful 3-piece harmonies.

www.loreband.com

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

Door Price: £15.00
Advance: £15.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/lore/


Sat 29th Feb 2020

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

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

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

http://www.budapestcafeorchestra.co.uk

8:00 pm

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions

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


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

Ben Ottewell

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

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


Bridport Town Hall, Bucky Do, Bridport DT6 3JP

Bridport Broadsiders

Leap Year Celebrations Concert

Celebrate 20 years of Bridport Millennium Green, with local male sea shanty singing group. Entry includes wine and nibbles.

£7 (members £6)

7.30pm

Contact Sue Wilkinson: 01308425037

sue.traidcraft AT btinternet.com

http://bridportmillenniumgreen.co.uk


St Mark's Church Hall, Wallisdown Road, Talbot Woods, Bournemouth BH10 4HY

Mike Courthold with Andrew Purkiss & Ann Stonehouse

Bournemouth (Westhill) Folk Dance Club is holding its annual Spring Dance with an excellent caller and musicians. American Supper (Bring & Share). Soft drinks provided. All welcome.

£8 paid in advance, £9 on the door

7.30 - 10.30 p.m.

Contact Di Darch: 01202 896711

diane AT rdconsulting.co

www.bournemouthfolkdanceclub.btck.co.uk


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

Flamenco Express plus Juan-José Suárez

The fiercest expression of the Human spirit ever devised
Flamenco Express returns to Bath with another cargo of raw, heart-wrenching flamenco – featuring ‘sizzling soloist’ La Joaquina and guitar virtuoso Chris Clavo.
Plus the overwhelming power, imagination and grace of Emilio Ochando; and the extreme presence of singer Juan-José Suárez – a true gypsy of the Extremadura, and household name in Spain, whose collaborators include:
Andrés MarÍn, Mario Maya, Carmelilla Montoya, Belén Maya, and Antonio Canales.
Juan is in hot demand as a composer for dance, theater and movie soundtracks. And is constantly adding new musical colours to the modern flamenco palette.

www.flamencoexpress.co.uk

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

Door Price: £16.00
Advance: £14.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/flamenco-express-at-the-roses-plus-juan-jose-suarez/


Sun 1st Mar 2020

The Octagon, Yeovil BA20 1UX

The Phil Beer Band

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

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

Tickets: £22

Supported by The David Hall

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

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


Mon 2nd Mar 2020 to Fri 6th Mar 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Anglo Scottish Dance Week

A light hearted week of Scottish and English folk dance with a friendly and experienced team. There are dance workshops each morning, with afternoons free for you to explore the sights this lovely area has to offer, or to relax and enjoy the Manor and grounds. Dances every night include a Scottish Ball, a ceilidh and a Costume Playford Ball, so bring costumes if you have them!!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/aglo-scottish-dance-week/


Thu 5th Mar 2020

Melbury Osmond Village Hall DT2 0LS

Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow

Best known as the virtuoso guitar and fiddle players from the band Sheelanagig, Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow draw on their many influences to created unique arrangements of traditional music, as well as their own compositions. In demand as musicians, writers and arrangers, Kit and Aaron have worked with many established artists including Grammy Award-nominated Yola, Seth Lakeman and Afro Celt Sound System. Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow’s debut album ‘The Fox’ has been received with critical acclaim. It explores the relationship between fiddle, guitar and voice, using the fertile ground of the traditional music of the British Isles as its starting point. The product of decades of musical experience, the track listing combines self penned tunes and folk tales, all intricately arranged and heartfelt. Set off an a musical journey through Europe, America and beyond, as together Kit and Aaron combine dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship.

www.artsreach.co.uk

7:30pm.

Tickets 01935 83453. £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam


Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street DT1 1HF

Churchfitters

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

8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)

£13 / £11 members and concessions

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/2019/11/25/thu-5-mar-churchfitters/


Fri 6th Mar 2020 to Sun 8th Mar 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Northumbrian Small Pipes Weekend

Hosted by Christine Corkett with a great team of tutors – Andy May, Pauline Cato, Chris Evans, Rob Say and 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-small-pipes-weekend/


Fri 6th Mar 2020

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

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

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

£6

7.30 for 7.45 - 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


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

Grant Baynham

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

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 7th Mar 2020

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

The Old Chapel Band with Joan Holloway calling

An exciting new combination for Bridport Ceilidhs, with loads of experience playing for festival and around the country - see http://www.theoldchapelband.co.uj. Come along and enjoy a fun evening of dancing amongst friendly welcoming folk. No partner or experience required, all dances will be talked and walked through and called until you are all experts! Bring & Share supper and you own alcohol - the Woodman Inn is just opposite.

£9 in advance, £10 on the door, £4 for 6-16 yrs
Tickets can be bought at The Bridport Music Centre in South Street or booked by phone/email up to 5pm on the day.
7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


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

Luke Daniels and Nancy Kerr

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

8:00 pm

Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions

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


Briantspuddle Village Hall DT2 7HT

Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow

Best known as the virtuoso guitar and fiddle players from the band Sheelanagig, Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow draw on their many influences to created unique arrangements of traditional music, as well as their own compositions. In demand as musicians, writers and arrangers, Kit and Aaron have worked with many established artists including Grammy Award-nominated Yola, Seth Lakeman and Afro Celt Sound System. Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow’s debut album ‘The Fox’ has been received with critical acclaim. It explores the relationship between fiddle, guitar and voice, using the fertile ground of the traditional music of the British Isles as its starting point. The product of decades of musical experience, the track listing combines self penned tunes and folk tales, all intricately arranged and heartfelt. Set off an a musical journey through Europe, America and beyond, as together Kit and Aaron combine dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship.

www.artsreach.co.uk

7:30pm.

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


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! If you’ve ever wanted to learn to play the Nortumbrian pipes this will be a great introduction.
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.

The day will cover :

The use of bellows in the most relaxed and efficient way
Principles of ‘closed fingering’
Coordinating bag and bellows arms to sustain a steady pressure
Drone tuning
Discussion of the instrument’s history and development

Timings:

10am Workshop
11am tea/Coffee
11.15am Workshop
12.30pm Bar Open
1pm Lunch
2pm Workshop
4pm Tea
Optional (£20 extra):
6.30pm Dinner
8pm Northumbrian Small Pipes Concert
Who’s it For
You don’t need to own, or bring, a set of pipes, sets of teaching pipes are available. Designed for beginners, these are simple sets in ‘G’ without keys, and are a modern interpretation of the original form of Northumbrian smallpipes on which the earliest traditional repertoire is based. This is an excellent opportunity for those who enjoy the gentle sound of smallpipes and would like to learn a little about their technique, repertoire and history.

The Tutor
The course is led by experienced tutor Francis Wood. Francis has been playing and teaching for more years than he cares to remember. He has a particular passion for introducing newcomers to the Northumbrian Smallpipes, as well as endless patience

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Northumbrian Small Pipes Concert

Join us for a performance of Northumbrian Small pipes by experts in the instrument who are tutoring on the Halsway Manor Smallpipes weekend.
Andy May was introduced to the smallpipes by his father Stan, later learning from Roland Lofthouse and Adrian Schofield, and from studying the recordings of Billy Pigg and Tom Clough. Through the 90s Andy entered many piping competitions and studied music at the University of York with the pipes as his chosen instrument. Andy has been a full-time musician since 2002, with the Andy May Trio, UK/Finnish/Danish ensemble Baltic Crossing, and with North-East band Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies. Andy is a notable pipemaker, learning much from his father, and also Colin Ross, and teaches on the folk music degree course at Newcastle University.
Pauline Cato with her extremely accurate staccato approach, has brought a fresh and exciting sound to the Northumbrian bagpipe tradition. While she’s has shown a mastery of the traditional repertoire of Billy Pigg and Tom Clough, Cato become known for her unique bagpipe renditions of songs by such folk-like songwriters as Richard Thompson and Jay Ungar. In addition to performing as a soloist and in a duo with McConville, Cato has worked with Alistair Anderson and the Northern Sinfonia Orchestra in the opera Cullecoates Tommy. Cato has become a highly respected instructor and has taught courses in the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States.
Chris Evans a regular tutor on courses at Halsway Manor and an experienced tutor.
Rob Say is also a regular tutor on these courses at Halsway Manor and an experienced tutor.

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/northumbrian-small-pipes-concert/


Sun 8th Mar 2020

Child Okeford Village Hall DT11 8EX

Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow

Best known as the virtuoso guitar and fiddle players from the band Sheelanagig, Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow draw on their many influences to created unique arrangements of traditional music, as well as their own compositions. In demand as musicians, writers and arrangers, Kit and Aaron have worked with many established artists including Grammy Award-nominated Yola, Seth Lakeman and Afro Celt Sound System. Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow’s debut album ‘The Fox’ has been received with critical acclaim. It explores the relationship between fiddle, guitar and voice, using the fertile ground of the traditional music of the British Isles as its starting point. The product of decades of musical experience, the track listing combines self penned tunes and folk tales, all intricately arranged and heartfelt. Set off an a musical journey through Europe, America and beyond, as together Kit and Aaron combine dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship.

www.artsreach.co.uk

7:30pm.

Tickets 01258 861621. £10, £6 u18s, £25 fam


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

Rattle on the Stovepipe

Dave Arthur, Pete Cooper and Dan Stewart play British, Irish and Appalachian Songs and Tunes on fiddle, banjoes, melodeon and guitars. Check out you tube videos.

Tickets £10

Doors 7.30 for 8pm start.

Contact Meg Rose: 07877206124

meg.rose AT btinternet.com


Mon 9th Mar 2020 to Wed 11th Mar 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Spring Folk Dance Holiday

An enjoyable week of morning and evening dances, with afternoons free to explore the lovely Somerset countryside.
This partnership event is organised by Susan Swann. With caller Ivan Aitken and music from Dampiers Round.

For more information and to book please contact Terry & Lesley England:

Tel: 01252 659183
Email: lesleyengland AT ntlworld.com

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


Thu 12th Mar 2020

Sandford Orcas Village Hall DT9 4RX

The Cajun Roosters Trio

With original arrangements and self-penned songs, the Cajun Roosters Trio take the music of the Louisiana swamplands into fresh territories, creating a sound that’s uniquely their own. Combining accordions, fiddle, guitar and vocals they create an uplifting sound that has led to headline appearances all over Europe, delighting audiences with their authentic joyous music and stories of life in the bayous. Leading the trio is accordionist Chris Hall, who has recorded and played with the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Dave Gilmour, Kate Bush and Seth Lakeman. Expect Cajun music served with a side order of southern swamp blues, deep fried Louisiana country and tall tales served by the undisputed masters of this genre!

www.artsreach.co.uk

7:30pm.

Tickets 01963 220208. £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam


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

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

On Reflection Tour

2020 marks 25 years of making music together for this popular wife and husband duo.
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK Folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships.
To celebrate and acknowledge this milestone, the couple will revisit and reinterpret songs which span their career.
From the early days of folk supergroup ‘ Equation ‘ through to the current release ‘Personae ‘ with a nod or two along the way to their extra-curricular musical adventures, the evening promises a whistle-stop tour through their artistic journey to date

8.00 pm

Tickets £15
Box Office: (01278) 422700 Tues - Friday
https://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk/


Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street DT1 1HF

Steve Knightley: Pass Notes – The stories behind the songs

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

8pm (7.30pm)

£20

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/2019/12/05/thu-12-mar-steve-knightley-pass-notes-the-stories-behind-the-songs/


Fri 13th Mar 2020 to Sun 15th Mar 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

WCCP Concertinas at Halsway

We’re delighted to welcome West Country Concertina Players to Halsway Manor to host a packed concertina workshop weekend for intermediate / advanced level players of all systems. You do not need to be a member of WCCP to come (though you might consider joining them – it’s only £10 annually); the weekend is open to all. Though this is a popular weekend and priority will be given to WCCP members through an opportunity to book early.

WCCP offer a course for all abilities from beginners upwards in October each year – see website for details.
This Halsway course however is aimed at players at a more advanced level; you’ll be a competent player, fluent in your chosen system and ready to develop technique and repertoire in a group workshop environment. We regret that beginners / post beginners cannot be accommodated on this course.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/wccp-concertinas-at-halsway/


Fri 13th Mar 2020

Broadwindsor Comrades Hall DT8 3QP

The Cajun Roosters Trio

With original arrangements and self-penned songs, the Cajun Roosters Trio take the music of the Louisiana swamplands into fresh territories, creating a sound that’s uniquely their own. Combining accordions, fiddle, guitar and vocals they create an uplifting sound that has led to headline appearances all over Europe, delighting audiences with their authentic joyous music and stories of life in the bayous. Leading the trio is accordionist Chris Hall, who has recorded and played with the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Dave Gilmour, Kate Bush and Seth Lakeman. Expect Cajun music served with a side order of southern swamp blues, deep fried Louisiana country and tall tales served by the undisputed masters of this genre!

www.artsreach.co.uk

7:30pm.

Tickets 01308 867252. £10, £6 u18s


Lighthouse, Poole BH15 1UG

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

‘On Reflection' Tour 2020 Celebrating 25 years of making music together
2020 marks 25 years of making music together for this popular wife and husband duo. Twice winners of ‘Best Duo’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016, and 2013.
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK Folk scene's most rewardingly enduring partnerships.
To celebrate and acknowledge this milestone, the couple will revisit and reinterpret songs which span their career. From the early days of folk supergroup ' Equation ' through to theircurrent release 'Personae ' with a nod or two along the way to their extra-curricular musical adventures, the evening promises a whistle-stop tour through their artistic journey to date.

£15

8pm

Contact box office: 01202 280000

info AT lighthousepoole.co.uk

www.lighthousepoole.co.uk


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar

Powerful vocals and driving guitar combine with sublime fiddle, humour and thoughtful social commentary.

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


Sat 14th Mar 2020

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

Phil Beer

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

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


Sturminster Marshall Memorial Hall BH21 4BQ

The Cajun Roosters Trio

With original arrangements and self-penned songs, the Cajun Roosters Trio take the music of the Louisiana swamplands into fresh territories, creating a sound that’s uniquely their own. Combining accordions, fiddle, guitar and vocals they create an uplifting sound that has led to headline appearances all over Europe, delighting audiences with their authentic joyous music and stories of life in the bayous. Leading the trio is accordionist Chris Hall, who has recorded and played with the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Dave Gilmour, Kate Bush and Seth Lakeman. Expect Cajun music served with a side order of southern swamp blues, deep fried Louisiana country and tall tales served by the undisputed masters of this genre!

www.artsreach.co.uk

7:30pm.

Tickets 07903 057427. £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Concertina Concert

Join us for a popular evening concert from tutors of the WCCP Concertina weekend.
West Country Concertina Players are a Club of friendly concertina enthusiasts formed in 1983 and one of very few teaching clubs in the country. They are joined by guests:
Brian Peters A true all-rounder Brian is on the one hand a passionate singer and on the other a multi-instrumentalist acknowledged as one of England’s leading exponents of the anglo concertina and melodeon (button accordion). Having begun his career in the folk clubs of England, he’s taken his music to stages all over the world, touring regularly in America, Europe and Australia.
Tim Laycock has been playing and singing at folk clubs and festivals for over 25 years using mainly the concertina, melodeon or guitar as accompaniment. He has a vast repertoire of traditional songs and his own compositions are inspired by his native county Dorset, giving them a West Country flavour.
Sandra Kerr’s long and distinguished career in folk needs no introduction. She is a multi-instrumentalist and performer playing guitar, dulcimer, autoharp and the English concertina. She is a popular tutor of the concertina at gatherings including the ‘Swaledale Squeeze’ and ‘Concertinas At Whitney’, and twice at the National Folk Festival Easter School in Canberra. She also teaches on Newcastle University’s degree course in Folk and Traditional Music.

8pm–10pm

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/concertina-concert/


Sun 15th Mar 2020

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshop

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

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

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

info AT sherbornefolkband.org
Julia: 07527 508 277


Ashmore Village Hall SP5 5AQ

The Cajun Roosters Trio

With original arrangements and self-penned songs, the Cajun Roosters Trio take the music of the Louisiana swamplands into fresh territories, creating a sound that’s uniquely their own. Combining accordions, fiddle, guitar and vocals they create an uplifting sound that has led to headline appearances all over Europe, delighting audiences with their authentic joyous music and stories of life in the bayous. Leading the trio is accordionist Chris Hall, who has recorded and played with the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Dave Gilmour, Kate Bush and Seth Lakeman. Expect Cajun music served with a side order of southern swamp blues, deep fried Louisiana country and tall tales served by the undisputed masters of this genre!

www.artsreach.co.uk

7:30pm.

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


Mon 16th Mar 2020 to Fri 20th Mar 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Beyond the Tune 2020

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. There will be 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-2020/


Fri 20th Mar 2020

Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

Teasing the Cat. Caller TBA

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

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

6 under 16s free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Ashton Barn, Martinstown DT2 9HA

30th Anniversary Ceilidh

Step into spring and enjoy a night of dancing to toe-tapping tunes brought to you by an energetic band of musicians on strings, wind and percussion. Caller Angela Laycock will guide us through some traditional dances in this celebratory ceilidh, as we come together to mark 30 years of Artsreach entertaining rural communities across Dorset. Tickets include a tasty supper of local fayre by Dike & Son of Stalbridge.

www.artsreach.co.uk

7:30pm.

Tickets 01305 269512. £18


Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street DT1 1HF

Martin Harley

Last at the Corn Exchange in 2017 with Daniel Kimbro, Martin Harley makes a welcome return with an intimate solo acoustic show. Through his road worn song writing style he explores hopes and fears for fast changing times. Slide guitar, as always is at the root of Martins sound, mirroring his whisky soaked northern breeze vocals.

8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)

£15 / £13 members and concessions

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/2019/11/05/fri-20-mar-martin-harley/


Ring of Bells, 4 St Mary's Grove, Nailsea BS48 4NQ

St Patricks Night

Great Irish tunes and songs in aid of dementia café. Always fun and in support of a very good cause.

organised in conjunction with Nailsea Tithe Barn Trust.

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


Sat 21st Mar 2020

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

Cara Dillon

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

8:00 pm

Tickets: £22. No concessions

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


Sun 22nd Mar 2020

Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street DT1 1HF

Nick Cope Family Concert

Nick Cope’s family performances are legendary! If you haven’t heard his songs or seen his shows before come and find out what you’re missing. Nick has been writing, recording and performing music for families for over ten
years and has established a fanatical army of little people and their parents from all over the world. His six albums of original songs have become a must have for thousands and thousands of young families.

2pm (doors & refreshments 1.45pm)

£10 / £8 members and concessions / £32 family ticket (4 people, max 2 adults)

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/2019/12/05/sun-22-mar-nick-cope-family-concert/


Mon 23rd Mar 2020 to Fri 27th Mar 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Advanced Nyckelharpa

An enjoyable, full-on, fun packed workshop week for the more confident nyckelharpa player. This mid-week course is designed as the next progression for learners that have worked their way through beginners, intermediate and are looking for something more advanced to get their teeth into. There will be a big emphasis on technique, exercises, studies and less on straight tune learning. For more information contact Vicki Swan 07721 519719.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/advanced-nyckelharpa-3/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Scandinavian Tunes for Accordion

A mid week course led by Jonny Dyer for beginner*/intermediate accordion players looking to explore playing Scandinavian music on the accordion.
Topics covered will include polska, schottis and finding that elusive second beat. There will also be a focus on general technique and some ensemble playing. There will be time for a trip to the legendary Pebbles Tavern cider (& gin!) bar in Watchet and a walk up into the Quantocks to blow the cobwebs away.
This course is being run along side the advanced nyckelharpa course, so there will be opportunity in the evenings to play Swedish music with the nyckelharpas. There will also be the possibility to partake in some morning warm-up Nyckelrhythmics.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/scandinavian-tunes-for-accordion/


Tue 24th Mar 2020

The Octagon, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Seven Drunken Nights: The Story of the Dubliners

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

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

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

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


Wed 25th Mar 2020

The Trooper, Stourton Caundle DT10 2JW

Daoiri Farrell

So if you want to ensure you can get in on the night, please get in touch ASAP and I'll reserve tickets - there are unlikely to be any seats available on the night. If you're not sure whether you want to come, look him up on Youtube or browse his website.He's probably the finest singer to come out of the Irish tradition in the last thirty years or more, and this is a rare chance to hear him do a purely acoustic set. His bouzouki playing is exceptional, and the songs are well selected. He's twice been voted BBC Folk singer of the year, so come and see why.

Tickets are £15.00, no concessions, and it starts at 8.00. Get there early and enjoy the fact that we have an excellent new landlord. They should be doing food by then, but call first to ensure they can fit you in - 01963 362405

jhnwaltham AT yahoo.co.uk


Fri 27th Mar 2020 to Sun 29th Mar 2020

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 27th Mar 2020

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

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

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

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 6PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band

Kimmeridge Keilidh - All Welcome! No Bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles. Tickets on the door.

£5 adults, £2.50 under 16

7.30 - 10.30 pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Sat 28th Mar 2020

Oldfield School, Kelston Road, Bath BA1 9AB

Committee Band with caller Nick Walden

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

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

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

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

Free parking
Bar available

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

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


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

Rachael McShane and the Cartographers

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

8:00 pm

£15.00 – £16.00

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


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

Megson

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

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


Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Rd, Wiveliscombe TA4 2RE

Miranda Sykes

Devon based Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ returns again in 2020 with her latest album and UK tour. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be touring solo as she started out: One woman, one bass, and one guitar.
Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour, Miranda Sykes is back with her latest project: Her album ‘Behind The Wall’
Where Borrowed Places opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been, physically and spiritually, Behind The Wall is a Roller Coaster Ride exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. What does it mean to be human today, living in our communities and societies and where will our actions lead us? Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant and beautiful, this show is not to be missed.
After the success of the 2019 tour, this is another opportunity to experience the show.

www.mirandasykes.com

£12/£10 conc

8pm

Contact Silver Street Sessions: 01984 623308

info AT silverstreetsessions.co.uk

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street DT1 1HF

Ninebarrow Band

BBC award nominees, Ninebarrow, have been impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition for years. For the first time, the duo will not only be joined by cellist and long-term collaborator, Lee MacKenzie, but also the extraordinary talent of John Parker on double bass and Evan Carson on percussion. With brand new songs and stunningly realised arrangements of some old favourites, this promises to be a night to remember!

8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)

£17 / £15 members and concessions

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/2019/10/30/sat-28-mar-ninebarrow-band/


Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Rd, Wiveliscombe TA4 3RE

Miranda Sykes

Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ is returning to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she is touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar.

£12 / £10 concessions

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Mon 30th Mar 2020 to Fri 3rd Apr 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Contra and Square Dance Week 2020

A great event for all those who enjoy the high energy of contra and square dancing with a great caller and scintillating band!
This is an intensive but fun week for dancers of all levels of experience. If you are new to Contra but have experience in other dance styles you should find you learn rapidly; if you’re an experienced dancer there should be plenty to keep you interested!

Geoff Cubitt is well known as a caller for American Squares and Contra and English Ceilidh and is well respected among his peers. He has considerable experience as a dancer himself, particularly in Appalachian dancing, performing at many festivals.His experience as a dancer stands him in good stead when calling, as his sympathy with those on the floor means that he is helpful to beginners as well as extending the expert dancers.
The English Contra Dance Band is a two piece band, based in the UK, who have for the last ten years played at most of the major contra dances. Linda Game plays a driving fiddle style over Gareth Kiddier’s solid piano accompaniment. Although they are from different traditions, English traditional and Rock, they have adapted very well to the American high energy style of contra dance music. As a dancer recently said, “How can two people make so much noise!”.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/contra-and-square-dance-week-2020/


Fri 3rd Apr 2020 to Sun 5th Apr 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Irish Set Dance Weekend

A very popular dance weekend for experienced dancers. Join the A-team of callers Maggie Daniel and Lucy Slemmings, and Irish musicians Rise the Dust Ceili Band for another rip-roaring weekend at Halsway.
Maggie and Lucy will teach daytime workshops helping you to brush up on your skills, and there will be ceilis on Friday evening, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon for you to enjoy dancing to top-notch live accompaniment. Book early!
There’s the option to stay Sunday night for an extra £40 per person, to include light supper, B&B. Bring instruments if you have them, and enjoy a relaxed evening session!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/irish-set-dance-weekend-4/


Fri 3rd Apr 2020

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

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

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

£6

7.30 for 7.45 - 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 4th Apr 2020

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

The Churchfitters

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

8:00 pm

Tickets: £15. No concessions.

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


Mon 6th Apr 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk: Intro 2020

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first-served basis. Contact us for an application form, or download an application form here. Please return your completed application form with a deposit of £60 to secure your place.
This annual week-long music residential for young musicians and singers is designed as an intensive but fun introduction to our folk traditions.
You will operate as a company: taking warm-ups together, developing technique in music and performance, learning repertoire, and creating new interpretations of traditional material. There will also be down-time to socialise and enjoy being part of an exciting new company of performers! At the end of the week you’ll have the chance to perform what you’ve learned to an invited audience where family and friends are welcome.
We are delighted to announce that Becki Driscoll will be Lead Artist across our Halsway Young Folk courses in 2020, supported by a team of experienced folk artists and educators. For ‘Intro 2020’ she’ll be joined by musicians Archie Churchill-Moss (Moore Moss Rutter, Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys, False Lights) and Jamie Francis (Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys, Seth Lakeman Band) plus community artist Kerrie Seymour as Pastoral Support.

Full board (accommodation and all meals), tuition and all activities: £195

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-young-folk-intro-2020/


Thu 9th Apr 2020

Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street DT1 1HF

Calan

Following a storming gig in summer 2018, we’re delighted to welcome back Welsh folk supergroup Calan with their trademark brand of high-energy routines, verve and raw excitement. Expect stunning playing, beautiful songs and soaring harmonies…with added virtuoso step dancing! A special evening for firm fans and those new to the magic alike: come along and help us raise the roof.

8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)

£16 / £14 members and concessions

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/2019/11/05/thur-9-apr-calan/


Fri 10th Apr 2020 to Mon 13th Apr 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway European Ensemble Weekend

An extended weekend course for musicians to develop their ensemble playing skills. Drawing on European folk/contemporary/popular music traditions we’ll be making new arrangements that can go in any direction. The aim is to explore and combine all sorts of influences and ideas to make spine tingling music that is more than the sum of the parts.
The course is fairly intensive and includes all day ensemble workshop sessions with the aim of performing all the pieces we create together at a public concert on the Sunday night.
The course is led by musician/composer/arranger Paul James – saxophones, border bagpipes (Blowzabella, Paul James and the Drowned Lovers). We are delighted to welcome Spanish composer, arranger, teacher and virtuoso hurdy-gurdy player Germán Díaz and the return of harpist, composer and teacher Merit Zloch for the second year.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-european-ensemble-weekend/


Fri 10th Apr 2020

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

Richard Digance

+ Anne-Louise Richards

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

£14 pre-booked, £16 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sun 12th Apr 2020

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

John Tams & Barry Coope ‘Tams Coope 2D’

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

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

“Look after one another.” – John and Barry

7:30 pm

£15.00 – £16.00

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

European Music Ensemble

Leaders of the Halsway Manor European Weekend perform arrangement of European traditional music with participants of the Halsway Manor European Ensemble Weekend course.
Musician/composer/arranger Paul James – saxophones, border bagpipes (Blowzabella, Paul James and the Drowned Lovers). We are delighted to welcome Spanish composer, arranger, teacher and virtuoso hurdy-gurdy player Germán Díaz and the return of harpist, composer and teacher Merit Zloch for the second yea

8pm–10pm

£10 adult
£5 student

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/european-music-ensemble/


Mon 13th Apr 2020 to Fri 17th Apr 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Easter House Party

A fun and friendly ‘House Party’ for all who enjoy folk dancing and playing and want to try a range of dance styles. There will be dance workshops each morning, afternoons are free to explore this lovely area or take a ramble in the Quantock Hills. Bring your walking boots and instruments. There’s a dance each evening with the occasional music session and sing-around in the bar afterwards.
The Team
Ted & Pat Morse: Ted began dancing with the Oxford Morris Men and Oxford City Folk Dance Club when he was 17, started calling and running barn dances at 19, and has barely paused since! Ted plays accordion, percussion and tuba, is an experienced band leader, teaches Morris, Sword and Country dancing (and more!) and is a regular tutor at Halsway Manor – along with Pat .
Music comes from Gareth Kiddier and Linda Game – English Contra Band. One of the best known and friendliest folk dance bands on the UK scene. Once you start dancing with them you wont want to stop! Gareth Kiddier (Piano) has been playing and dancing for over 15 years with driving rhythms and considered harmonics. Linda Game (fiddle, mandolin) (The Broken Ankles, The Kitchen Girls, The Fold) has over 20 years’ folk experience since leaving the classical music world. With stunning improvisational fluency and rhythm she’s an exciting dance musician

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/easter-house-party-3/


Thu 16th Apr 2020

Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Rd, Wiveliscombe TA4 3RE

Belinda O'Hooley

Belinda O’Hooley began playing the piano at the age of seven. She is an exceptionally gifted pi-anist, singer, songwriter and composer and has become renowned for her highly individual, emotional, yet sensitive musicality. She is half of four time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Duo nomi-nees O’Hooley & Tidow alongside her wife Heidi Tidow; together described by The Guardian as ‘exceptional songwriters.’

£12 / £10 concessions

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Fri 17th Apr 2020 to Sun 19th Apr 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Playford Assembly

Led by Andrew Swaine with music from Boldwood. The Halsway Playford Weekend is always a stimulating and enjoyable experience!
A vigorous and fun weekend of dancing, the course is aimed at dancers – both experienced and new to Playford are welcome – who want to explore the music and dances published in the English Dancing Master.
The dance will be led by Andrew Swaine who is an experienced caller for most genres of English country dancing, including ceilidh, American contra, Playford (early country dancing, starting with the publications of John Playford 1651 onwards) and modern country dances at all levels written since the revival in the early 20th century.
Expect a varied and joyful programme of workshops and social dancing, aimed at interpreting the dances for a modern audience with enthusiasm and enjoyment, whilst also setting the dances in historical context and referring back to the original sources.
There will be a Playford Assembly Ball on the Saturday evening – costume strongly encouraged!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-playford-weekend-4/


Fri 17th Apr 2020

Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

Band and Caller TBA

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

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

6 under 16s free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Billy Mitchell and Bob Fox

Songs, stories and fun from the North East. Lindisfarne front man and Warhorse song-man come together.

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


Sat 18th Apr 2020

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

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band

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

8:00 pm

Tickets: £21. No concessions.

www.peterknight.net

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


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

Martin Simpson

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

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


Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Belinda O'Hooley

This talented pianist is half of O’Hooley & Tidow, described by The Guardian as ‘exceptional songwriters.’ Their song is the closing theme for the celebrated drama series Gentleman Jack. Belinda is also known for her inventive accompanying of folk luminaries including Rufus Wainwright, Nic Jones, Jackie Oates and Rachel Unthank and The Winterset.
‘Inversions’ showcases Belinda’s abilities as a composer and pianist with many of the pieces inspired by the songs and tunes her father inherited from a long line of male musicians in the hills of the West coast of rural Ireland.

£15.00 advance / £17.50 on the door
10% discount for members

https://www.marinetheatre.com
https://www.seetickets.com/event/belinda-o-hooley-inversions-/marine-theatre/1461299


Sun 19th Apr 2020

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshop

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

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

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

info AT sherbornefolkband.org
Julia: 07527 508 277


Mon 20th Apr 2020 to Fri 24th Apr 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Give Voice Extra!

Building on the success of their annual Give Voice Weekends we’re delighted that Tom and Barbara Brown have agreed to host a relaxed week of Folk Song and Singing with a great all-singing team.
Join us for a week of song-sharing and workshops with Tom & Barbara Brown, and guest leaders Bonny Sartin, Janet Russell, Jeff Wesley, Jim Mageean and Marianne McAleer!
Singers of all ages (teenagers to pensioners) and abilities are welcome to join the fun, in the comfortable and relaxed surroundings of Halsway Manor. The programme includes practical workshops, presentations, a film screening, discussions, song sharing and Big Sings (with everyone having a chance to lead chorus songs – if they want to) when the bar is open.
There will be plenty of opportunity to explore songs and individual singing in between, or have a ramble around the glorious countryside – it’s up to you! You’re welcome to bring accompanying instruments if you wish. The extensive folk library will also be open throughout the weekend should you wish to delve into the collection.
The week includes a twilight ‘Leaders’ Concert’ on the Wednesday evening.

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


Tue 21st Apr 2020

St. Andrew's Church, Wiveliscombe TA4 2LR

Gigspanner Big Band

The Gigspanner Big Band are a unique force in British folk music. Their high-energy, virtuosic performances appeal equally to traditionalists and to those looking for something more experimental, and they have garnered praise from publications as varied as fRoots, The Telegraph and The Wire, where they were described as ‘melodically folk-rooted yet open and innovative beyond the constraints of genre’

£22/£20

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Wed 22nd Apr 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Give Voice Extra Leaders Concert

As part of the Give Voice Retreat week, we’re delighted that Tom and Barbara Brown will be giving a leaders concert alongside and their fabulous all-singing team that includes Bonny Sartin, Janet Russell and Jeff Wesley, Jim Mageean and Marianne McAleer.

7:30pm–10pm

£5

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/give-voice-extra-leaders-concert/


Thu 23rd Apr 2020

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

Arcade featuring Heidi Talbot & Adam Holmes

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

8:00 pm

£22

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


Fri 24th Apr 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Falconers Dance Club

A social weekend of dance for club members and friends. The Falconers Folk Dance Club is a registered club of the English Folk Dance and Song Society from Bromyard. English and American country dancing with live music from The Falconers Band.

Who’s it For?
Whether you have done a lot of dancing or none, the Club will make you welcome and help you have an enjoyable time! Although this is a club partnership event, there may be space for additional dancers so please get in touch!

This course is a partnership event, organised by The Falconers Folk Dance Club. For more details: http://www.falconers.org.uk
For more information and to book please contact Barbara Tyler:
Email: barbara.tyler AT talktalk.net

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/falconers-dance-event-2020/


Sat 25th Apr 2020

Tintinhull Village Hall BA22 8PY

Jigs for Gigs caller Simon Maplesden

Over Stratton Folk Dance Club SPRING DANCE.

Bring and share supper.

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

Early tickets 7.50 /On the door 8.50

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact lynn: 01935479291

sjsparks AT btinternet.com


Wed 29th Apr 2020

Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street DT1 1HF

The Drystones

The Drystones are two twenty-one year olds from Somerset playing a lively mix of their own interpretations of traditional folk tunes and original compositions. Playing violin, guitar and whistle, they have made a big splash since they formed in July 2011. They have played festivals all over the West Country (including Larmer Tree, Sidmouth, Broadstairs, Purbeck and Folk East), and went down a storm at 2019’s Maumbury Rings Music Day. At their 2013 Glastonbury Festival performance they were Steve Lamacq’s “recommendation of the day”. For just two people they make a lot of sound!

8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)

£12 / £10 members and concessions

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/2019/12/11/wed-29-apr-the-drystones/


Tue 5th May 2020

Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome BA11 1BE

Sam Sweeney Band

After embarking on a solo career, releasing his debut solo album The Unfinished Violin on Island Records and touring it to sell-out crowds on the 2019 album launch tour, Sam is releasing his highly anticipated second solo album in Spring 2020.
Moving on from his five year connection to the First World War, which inspired his first album and captured the nation’s hearts through appearances on Antiques Roadshow and BBC Breakfast, alongside BBC Radio 2, 3, 4 and 6Music, Sam is moving on to making music on his own terms, with three of his favourite musicians and with a totally fresh approach and a big sound.
Sam and his new band are putting something into English music that has never been there before. This album has the swagger and groove of traditional English music with the huge sound, flare, energy and festival spirit of bands coming out of the Celtic and Scandinavian music scenes.

£16 + Booking fee

7.30 pm

https://www.cheeseandgrain.com/events/sam-sweeney-band/


St. Andrew's Church, Wiveliscombe TA4 2LR

Will Pound's a Day Will Come

Acclaimed harmonica and melodeon player Will Pound is embarking on a musical journey across the states of the European Union, to discover and unveil the diversity and common ground of their traditional music and song. From the lively Swedish polska to the upbeat Italian tarantella, the lilt of the Irish jig, to buoyant French bourées, relentless rachenistas from Bulgaria and the rip-roaring Spanish jota.

£18 / £16

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Fri 15th May 2020

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

Oysterband – Chance to Dance

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

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

8:00 pm

Tickets: £24. No concessions

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


Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band & caller Paul Miles

Kimmeridge Keilidh - All Welcome! No Bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles. Tickets on the door.

£5 adults, £2.50 under 16

7.30 - 10.30 pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Sun 17th May 2020

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshop

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

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

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

info AT sherbornefolkband.org
Julia: 07527 508 277


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

Oysterband – Seated Concert

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

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

7:30 pm

Tickets: £24. No concessions

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


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Miranda Sykes

Acclaimed bassist and singer with Show of Hands returns to her roots.

7.30 pm

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


Fri 22nd May 2020

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

Daphne’s Flight

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

8:00 pm

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

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


Sat 23rd May 2020

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

Daphne’s Flight

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

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

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


Fri 29th May 2020

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Lau

This pioneering Scottish folk trio has always experimented with sound and form; the results have always been complex and thrilling.
Already acknowledged as phenomenal live performers (‘the UK’s best live band’ – the Guardian), Lau arrived at a new creative peak with 2019’s Midnight and Closedown (Reveal Records). That album was produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, This Is The Kit), who said: ‘Lau are in touch with their roots but not bound by them’.

£18.50 advance | 10% discount for members

https://www.marinetheatre.com


Sat 30th May 2020

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

The Demon Barbers XL

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

8:00 pm

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

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


Fri 5th Jun 2020

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

Seckou Keita

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

8:00 pm

£17.00 – £18.00

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


Sat 6th Jun 2020

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

Abacus with Gill Spence

Ceilidh

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

£9 in advance, £10 on the door.

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sat 13th Jun 2020

South Petherton

Petherton Folk Fest

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

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

Free


Sat 20th Jun 2020

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

Nick Cope – A Family Afternoon Gig

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

2:00 pm

Tickets: £8 Full, £7 Under 12s

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


Fri 26th Jun 2020

Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band & caller Teresa Rabbetts

Kimmeridge Keilidh - All Welcome! No Bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles. Tickets on the door

£5 adults, £2.50 under 16

7.30 - 10.30 pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Wed 15th Jul 2020

St. Laurence Church, Upwey DT3 5QE

Tim Laycock, Phil Humphries. Ridgeway Band and Singers

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

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

£10 to include wine and small eats

7.00 for 7.30 pm

Contact Evelyn Price: 01305 812282

eveprice.upwey AT outlook.com.

www.timlaycock.co.uk


Fri 28th Aug 2020 to Mon 31st Aug 2020

Lyme Regis

Lyme Folk Weekend

Artists include: Gigspanner Big Band, Fay Hield Band, Ninebarrow and friends, Merry Hell

https://www.lymefolk.com


Sat 5th Sep 2020

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

Chris Toyne Big Band, cally Sibby

Ceilidh / folk dance

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

£9 in advance, £10 on the door.

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sat 3rd Oct 2020

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

ECDB with Mike Courthold

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

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

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sat 7th Nov 2020

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

Old Pull & Push with Helen Woodall

Ceilidh / folk dance

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

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

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sat 5th Dec 2020

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

Doug Eunson & Sarah Matthews, with Jane Thomas calling

Ceilidh

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

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

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com