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Sat 19th Jan 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Token Women

Enjoy an evening of music and dancing with Token Women!

With an unbeatable line-up of Jo Freya, Alice Kinlock*, Heather Horsley, Jo May, Linda Game and Fi Fraser, Token Women are an unrivalled ceilidh band who also play concerts – as well or a mix of both. Driving fiddles, saxes, clarinets, keyboard, percussion, tuba, euphonium and trombone combine with a pan European repertoire for a really varied mix of sound. Listening to them is like being inside someone’s wild, joyous music party! What better way to get your year off to a riotous musical start?

*Nb we’re not sure yet whether Alice will be able to make the gig or not, we’ll let you know!

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/token-women/


Shillingstone Portman Hall DT11 0SF

The Longest Johns


The Longest Johns are a Bristol based, a capella folk music band, born out of a mutual love of traditional folk songs and shanties. They rock maritime songs alongside the more unusual and less traditional folk tunes. After becoming a five-man group in 2015, they’ve taken their harmonies to new heights, whilst always retaining just the right mix of quality and hilarity. Whether performing songs that are hundreds of year old, or their own original creations, the Johns bring a new feel to audiences wherever they go, all with a hearty cheer and a row-ho-ho!

7:30pm

Tickets: 07870 972089. £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam

Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.
www.artsreach.co.uk


The Catash North Cadbury BA22 7DH

Wyvern Jubilee Morris Men

Free Wassail

2 course meal available from the Catash Inn for just £12
(Children half price).
Vegetarian option available
Booking essential Tel. 01963 441531
Wassail Queen, Morris Dancing
Free Apple Juice and Mulled Cider
Bring something to make a noise
Join in the singing and dancing
Enjoy the Mummers Play
Lively music to entertain you
Raffle

6.00 - 9.00 pm

Contact The Catash North Cadbury: 01963 441531

wassail AT bruevalleyrotary.org

https://bruevalleyrotary.wordpress.com/2018/12/28/north-cadbury-wassail-sat-19th-january/


Sun 20th Jan 2019

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshop

Workshops will be led by Hannah Cummings, who is an inspiring and
experienced workshop leader, who will help you build confidence to learn and
play new tunes 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

Admission: £10 in advance / £12 on the door/
£25 for 3 workshops when paid in advance via the website.
info AT sherbornefolkband.org
Julia: 07527 508 277
www.sherbornefolkband.org


Tue 22nd Jan 2019

Drax Arms Bere Regis BH20 7HH

Scuttle Shake, Shiraz & Half of Murphys

Scuttle Shake is a women's four-piece acoustic band playing an eclectic set of folk-tinged Americana with guitar, banjo, uke and drums.
Shiraz are singing duo featuring Shirley and Sharon singing beautiful harmonies.
Half of Murphy's are Noeleen who plays guitar, whistle, and bodhran but is best known for her vocal abilities, drawing on her Irish heritage to sing songs learnt as a child at the knee of her accordion playing father, and Alex who accompanies her on guitar, tenor guitar, some backing vocals and occasionally the mandolin, having returned to his folk roots after a brief fling with rock music in his youth!

8pm

Contact Pip Evans or Nick Robson: 07598328479

mail AT draxfolk.org.uk

www.draxfolk.org.uk


Wed 23rd Jan 2019

Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HF

Steve Knightley: Roadworks

Best known for his work with the hugely popular acoustic roots group Show of Hands, master songwriter and storyteller Steve Knightley invites you on a musical journey. Roadworks charts the winding roads of his unrivalled career. It builds on the success of his sell-out 2018 solo tour ‘Songs and Stories’. A stripped-back, one-man show that’s infused with wit and warmth, beautifully illustrated by songs of history, love and conscience.

The setlist is peppered with classic gems and in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead.

Steve’s last tour was a sell-out, so early booking is advisable.

8.00 pm

£19

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/wed-23-january-2019-steve-knightley-roadworks/



Thu 24th Jan 2019

Hatch Beauchamp Village Hall TA3 6SG

Wör

Back to the 1780's!

Bringing new life to forgotten music
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 WÖR injects new energy into 18th-century tunes from the Flanders region of Belgium. Their innovative arrangements and superb musicianship shine an inventive spotlight on these long forgotten tunes. Playing saxophone, fiddle, accordion, guitar and bagpipes, these five young Belgian musicians will rock your socks off and stir your soul.
www.wearewor.com

Call: 01823 481909 / 01823 481111
Details: Licensed Bar available
Price: £10/£6 child

https://takeart.org/event/wör


The King's Arms, Pound Road, Thornford DT9 6QD

SomerStep Session

Session with a bit of step dancing added!

All welcome to play, dance, sing or watch

8.00 pm start

http://www.somerstep.org

info AT somerstep.org


Cedars Hall, Wells BA5 2ST

Luke Daniels and his Remarkable Polyphon Machine and The Drystones

The award-winning folk singer, melodeon player and composer Luke Daniels brings his solo show and clockwork polyphon machine to beautifully crafted modern morality tales and intriguing instrumental music.
The Drystones from Priddy wowed their Wells audience on Somerset Day last year with their own irresistible blend of fiddle and guitar tunes.

Tickets are from £10 (free for 25s and under) and are available to buy online cedarshall.events or you may call our box office Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 12.30pm, on 01749 834483.


Glastonbury Assembly Rooms Cafe BA6 9DU

Circulus - Baroque'n'roll psych-folk minstrels

Acoustic baroque'n'roll from Britain's finest purveyors of psychedelic medieval rock. Their latest vinyl single is in at number 2 in this month's issue of Shindig! magazine, as they make a welcome return to Glastonbury Assembly Rooms to kick off the 2019 season of FFF gigs. Support from local musicians (open mic floor spots of 5-10 mins up to 9.30, with the band on at 9.45 p.m.). The big atmospheric stone hall perfectly suits the band's eclectic, eccentric, electric influences, with styles ranging from classical and medieval to 70s prog - and as with every Circulus gig: expect the unexpected, as they bring a fresh approach to every concert they perform.

Tickets £8 on the door, £6 concessions.

Performers "pay or play": to book a slot please contact us in advance as floor spots fill up quickly for these events and this could be a busy one. To play, contact the hosts Nathan or Dora : nathanvibration AT gmail.com or dorabelldora AT googlemail.com, or phone / text 07752 593299 Doors open at 8 for an 8.30 start.

Start time: 8 p.m. for 8.30 start

https://www.facebook.com/fabulousfurryfolk/?eid=ARAW6uVeBQEFjV6YUA1PRoCoLLnymjTYzfgoShHnDBvQhk89yLh7PbfQBxCSL7IScUAwtR_LwFsbcL8Z


Fri 25th Jan 2019 to Sun 27th Jan 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Simon Mayor Mandolin Weekend

This weekend runs alongside the Hilary James Song Weekend (possibly joined by Janet Giraudo – tbc!)
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.

Who’s It For?
Mandolinists, mandola players, mandocellists and mandobassists (are there any out there?) are all invited to this group experience involving some ensemble playing (with easy parts to follow)

www.mandolin.co.uk

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

‘Two Sisters’ Song Weekend: Hilary James & Janet Giraudo

This weekend runs alongside the Simon Mayor Mandolin 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 recently started to sing together again, revisiting songs from early teenage forays into folk clubs.

Who’s It For?
Anyone with a desire to sing! You don’t have to have any previous experience for this course.

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

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


Fri 25th Jan 2019

Ilminster Arts Centre at the Meeting House TA19 0AN

Luke Daniels

A "Flying Folk" event

Jemima Farey introduces

Luke Daniels and his multi-instrumental folk show.

With a passion for Irish and Scottish music, Luke plays guitar, wooden flute, piano, button accordion, and sings of course. He also features his "Electophon", which is an updated version of a Victorian polyphon disc player.

It will be a fascinating evening.

Jemima will also be singing and playing an opening supporting set.

£10

8.00 pm


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Jez Lowe

Jez has been touring continually this year with Canada and USA in the Autumn and UK with his Christmas Show, Thor’d out, with the Bad Pennies and Benny Graham. In addition, he contributes to the BBC Radio 2 Ballads series and receives rave reviews wherever he appears.

8.00 pm

Tickets are £12.00 and are available from www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club.


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

Steve Knightley

As a long-serving troubadour of the folk and acoustic music scene, master songwriter and storyteller Steve Knightley has spent much of his life on the road, collecting songs, stories, anecdotes and observations – with the odd disaster along the way. Steve once again takes to England’s highways and byways to present ‘Roadworks’ – a show which builds on the success of his sell-out 2018 solo tour ‘Songs and Stories’. This is a stripped-back, one-man show that’s infused with wit, warmth and alchemy, beautifully illustrated by his trenchant songs of history, love and conscience.

8.00 pm

£18

https://shelleytheatre.admit-one.eu/?p=details&s=CHPSHELLEY&eventCode=42058


Morden Village Hall BH20 7DL

WOR - Back to the 1780's

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! Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7:30pm

Tickets: 01929 459431. £10, £7 u18s, £28 fam


www.artsreach.co.uk


Chiselborough Village Hall TA14 6TR

Chiselborough Music Night

From all corners of South Somerset, ordinary people transform into musical heroes with incredible powers to entertain us. (listeners also welcome of course) The next Chiselborough music night on Friday 25th January.

Delicious food from Charlie 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.

7.30 pm


Sat 26th Jan 2019 to Sun 27th Jan 2019

Barrington Court, National Trust, near Ilminster TA19 0NQ

Weekend of 16th Century Dance

Sat
1300h-1500h Dancing to Doves Figary who play period instruments.
Sun
1030h-1145h Workshop for musicians of any level who play acoustic portable instruments, led by Ruth Thompson. About 5-6 dance tunes, some of which will be used for the afternoon gathering. Music can be provided from mid-Jan: please ask.
1200h-1230h Recital by early music group New Arcadia.
1300h-1330h Costumed performance of 16thC dance.
1345h-1500h Dancing for all.
All in Great Hall. You get free entry to NT If you are dancing or playing; a donation of £7 each afternoon is requested for musicians' and leaders' expenses;

EXCEPT Sun workshop, in Library, for which £8 donation covers whole day, or £5 for just morning. Timings may change slightly on the day.
Refreshments. NT winter opening hours are 1030h-1500h. You're welcome to arrive from 1030h to explore the property; remember the NT café closes at 1445h. You can eat your packed lunch in the grounds -- not inside, please. However, a special tea is available on Sat and Sun from 1500h onwards, in the pleasant holiday apartment within Barrington Court; suggested donation £2. This is after the property closes so I need to know exact numbers (insurance etc), and maximum 20.

annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Sat 26th Jan 2019

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.

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/simon-mayor-hilary-james-and-janet-giraudo/


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

Steve Knightley: Roadworks

As a long-serving troubadour of the Folk and Acoustic music scene, master songwriter and storyteller Steve Knightley has spent much of his life on the road, collecting songs, stories, anecdotes and observations – with the odd disaster along the way……
Steve once again takes to England’s highways and byways to present Roadworks – a show which builds on the success of his sell-out 2018 solo tour, Songs and Stories. This is a stripped-back, one-man show that’s infused with wit, warmth and alchemy, beautifully illustrated by his trenchant songs of history, love and conscience.

8pm

Tickets: £19. No concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=988


Powerstock Hut DT6 3TB

WOR - Back to the 1780's

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! Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7:30pm

Tickets: 01308 485474. £10, £7 u18s, £28 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


The old sorting office, Wiveliscombe Post Office TA4 2JP

Hannah Cumming & Jon Dyer

Hannah Cumming is 25 and has been playing the fiddle for 13 years, and
within the last 4 years has started singing alongside playing the fiddle.
She has a passion for traditional English folk songs as well as acoustic and
popular music. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Seth Lakeman, Nancy
Kerr, Jackie Oates, Jon Boden and Eliza Carthy, plus many more. Hannah
embraces these, and creates unique arrangements to suit each song along
with her sweet but haunting voice.
And now, she’s joining forces with the fantastic multi-instrumentalist Jon Dyer.
Jon is an experienced performer playing in many bands, which include
Gadarene, Jon Dyer & Alfie Gidley and Palinka. Jon is usually seen playing
the flute but this time you can see him accompanying Hannah on double bass.
This addition has broadened Hannah’s sound and created fresh opportunities
while arranging new material.
This exciting new duo creates a fresh look on Hannah’s solo songs, exciting
new tune sets and never heard before songs.

£10 / £8

8pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


The Dorford Centre, Top o' town, Bridport Road, Dorchester DT1 1RR

"Jump at the Sun" barn dance band

Barn Dance

The price will include a chilli supper and pudding! All proceeds to Dorford Baptist church Mission fund.

£8 for adults, £4 for children

7.00 - 10.00 pm

Contact Jane Howard: 01305 261410


Chettle Village Hall DT11 8DB

Ben Williams

Music Night

Wine, local beer, & hot meals available

£12

7.30 pm

Contact Jan Fisher: 07776 323 198

jan.fisher2008 AT gmail.com

chettlemusic.co.uk


Sun 27th Jan 2019

Westonzoyland Church Hall TA7 0EP

Mitchell and Vincent

Music on the levels Free afternoon tea concert

West Country-based David Mitchell and Graham Vincent are in great demand throughout the UK and abroad, playing a lively and varied mix of traditional tunes and songs, arranged by them for Fiddle and Classical Guitar.

Website: https://mitchellandvincent.com

There is no need to book; just turn up in time to be seated by 3.30 pm. Doors open at 3.00 pm.

Contact Ann Philcox on 01278 691438 akphilcox AT btinternet.com for more information.

Free entry. Retiring collection. Modest charge for tea.

3.30 - 5.30 pm



Onthelevels AT outlook.com

www.musiconthelevels.com


All Saints Hall, Langport TA10 9QF

Wör

Back to the 1780's!

Bringing new life to forgotten music
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 WÖR injects new energy into 18th-century tunes from the Flanders region of Belgium. Their innovative arrangements and superb musicianship shine an inventive spotlight on these long forgotten tunes. Playing saxophone, fiddle, accordion, guitar and bagpipes, these five young Belgian musicians will rock your socks off and stir your soul.
www.wearewor.com

Call: 01458 251836
Price: £8.50/£6 child/student

https://takeart.org/event/wör


All Saints Hall, Langport TA10 9QF

Wör

Back to the 1780's!

Bringing new life to forgotten music
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 WÖR injects new energy into 18th-century tunes from the Flanders region of Belgium. Their innovative arrangements and superb musicianship shine an inventive spotlight on these long forgotten tunes. Playing saxophone, fiddle, accordion, guitar and bagpipes, these five young Belgian musicians will rock your socks off and stir your soul.
www.wearewor.com

Call: 01458 251836
Price: £8.50/£6 child/student

https://takeart.org/event/wör


Mon 28th Jan 2019 to Fri 1st Feb 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Winter Warmer

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

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


Fri 1st Feb 2019 to Sun 3rd Feb 2019

Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster TA24 6SF

Dampiers Round, Ray Goodswen

A 2 night residential folk dance workshop with a trip out to Exmoor's hidden Snowdrop Valley. All meals included.

from £270.00 per person

Contact Antony Brunt: 01643821425

hotel AT yarnmarkethotel.co.uk

www.yarnmarkethotel.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Recorder Orchestra Weekend

Recorders AT plymouth are back for their annual visit to Halsway, offering an opportunity to explore the huge diversity of recorder orchestra repertoire. The recorder orchestra will be led by a professional conductor to enable players to develop their playing to a better standard, in a supportive environment with convivial company!

Who’s it For?
Players must be confident ensemble players, able to play both C and F instruments and ideally including bass; in a recorder orchestra there are many more basses, greats and contras, than small instruments. This course is not suitable for beginners or for descant-only players.

This partnership event is organised by www.recordersatplymouth.org.uk
For more information and to book please contact Jan Epps:

Tel - 01752 481193
Email - jan.epps57 AT gmail.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/recorder-orchestra-weekend/


Fri 1st Feb 2019

The Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Tatterdemalion Band (New Hardy Players Band) with Ruth Thompson calling.

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Club

Now regular 1st Fridays

7.30 for 7.45

No need to come with a partner!

£6.00 (first visit free!) accompanied under 16s free, non-dancers £1.00

No bar but BYO if you wish.

Jenny and Ian Edlin - 01258 861184


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

Dessie Magee

Irish Brighton based troubadour Dessie Magee is a modern Folk-Rock singer-songwriter who incorporates elements of rock, blues, punk and soul.
Taking influence from the sound and live energy of Johnny Cash, Mumford & Sons, Ben Howard, The Lumineers & Nathaniel Rateliff, Dessie has been making waves with a sound described as a mixture between Frank Turner & Kings of Leon.
Dessie’s passionate & energetic performance promises to take any audience on an unforgettable journey.

www.musicglue.com/dessiemagee

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

Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £12.00

The Cafe is open this evening, last orders at 6.30pm

https://chapelarts.org/events/dessie-magee/


Sat 2nd Feb 2019

St Mary's (Church House) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Skillicorne with Nick Walden

A new Alistair Gillies duo, Skillicorne, with a welcome return of Nick Walden (at the time of posting this, both recently seen performing at various dances at Sidmouth Folk Festival).
Bring and Share supper and your own beer,

£8 in advance, £9 on the door, under 17's £4. (can be bought on line, see website)

7.30pm - 11.00pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


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

Geoff Lakeman

He’s been described as “the father of a virtual Folk dynasty”, being dad of Seth, Sean and Sam and father-in-law of Cara Dillon and Kathryn Roberts. The boys began playing in a family band with Geoff and their fiddler mum.
Following the release of his 2017 debut solo album, After All These Years, at the age of 69 Geoff has firmly established himself as a performer on the Folk and Acoustic circuit.

8pm

Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=989


Tue 5th Feb 2019

Martock Christian Fellowship Centre TA12 6JL

Stanchester Quire

Spring Season Starts

Would you like to learn songs about rural life in South West England? Then come along and join us, there are no auditions and you don't need to be able to read music as we learn every song by ear.

Free first time to see if you enjoy yourself!

7.45 - 9.30 pm

Contact Bonnie Forsyth: 01935 822287

stanchesterquire1 AT gmail.com

Find us on Facebook


Thu 7th Feb 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Faustus

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

8pm–10pm

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

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


Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

The Young’Uns

The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff

Three time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners The Young’uns present a new and unique piece of modern folk theatre.
The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff is the story of one man’s adventure from begging on the streets in the north of England to fighting against fascism in the Spanish Civil War, taking in the Hunger Marches and the Battle of Cable Street. It’s a timely, touching and often hilarious musical adventure following the footsteps of one working class hero who witnessed some of the momentous events of the 1930s. With their trademark harmony, honesty and humour the Teesside trio bring together 16 specially composed songs, spoken word, striking imagery and the real recorded voice of Johnny himself to tell a remarkable human story oozing with modern relevance.

7:30pm

Supported by The David Hall

Box Office: Call 01935 422884 or visit https://www.octagon-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/music/the-younguns-the-ballad-of-johnny-longstaff/7675


Fri 8th Feb 2019 to Sun 10th Feb 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Hurdy Gurdy Weekend

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

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Bagpipe Weekend

Our Bagpipe Weekend runs alongside the Hurdy Gurdy Weekend, in a frenzy of reeds, drones and buzzing things!
This year we’re delighted to welcome Olle Geris to teach Intermediate / Advanced level players (G pipes only), and Dave Faulkner, who will lead a course for beginners.

We are very grateful to The Bagpipe Society for their support of the event this year!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/bagpipe-weekend-2/


Fri 8th Feb 2019

Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band with caller Paul Miles

Kimmeridge Keilidh - Barn Dance

All welcome to our regular dances in Kimmeridge. Interval spot as well to give you a breather! No bar, so bring your own drinks & nibbles.

£5 adults £2.50 children - tickets on the door

7.30 - 10.30 pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

John Richards

+ Simon Loake support

A concert featuring the amazing singer-songwriter John Richards.
John Richards began writing and performing in his early teens. Over the years he has quietly become one of the most covered writers on the UK folk scene and has been a well respected musician and songwriter from those early days.

Songs such as 'Did you like the Battle Sir?' (written with Bev Pegg), 'Honour & Praise', 'The Deserter', 'Shine On', 'Roaring Water Bay' (written with Dave Jones), 'The Unknown Soldier', 'The Moth', 'Foundryman’s Daughter', 'The Smuggler’s Song' (written with Rudyard Kipling ☺), and 'If You Can Walk You Can Dance' have been covered by some of UK Folk music’s finest professional artists.

John has quietly become one of the most covered writers on the UK folk scene with (in loose order of adoption) Robin Dransfield, Downes and Beer, The Arizona Smoke Review, Paul Downes, Fairport Convention, Simon Nicol, , Bill Caddick, Damien Barber, Phil Beer, Show of Hands, Michael Black, Johnny Collins, Bram Taylor, The Bounty Hounds, Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham , Thrupenny Bits and most recently Mike Silver and George Papavgeris, as well as many local club residents and singers all singing his songs.

So if you have been to see these artists, there is every chance you will have heard a John Richards song or two.


Supporting John we have Simon Loake, who has been to the club before in the guise of a member of the Linda Watkins band. Multi-instrumentalist Simon played his first paid gig over 50 years ago, as lead guitarist with The Strangers. Since then, as a session musician and live performer, he has played rock, traditional jazz, funk and disco music, as guitarist in a successful blues band, and in folk circles with his younger brother Andrew, supporting the likes of Fairport Convention, Ralph McTell, Steeleye Span and Richard Thompson.

£10 pre-booked, £12 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 9th Feb 2019

St Mark's Church Hall, Talbot Village, Bournemouth BH10 4HY

Jane Thomas with Jeroka

Bournemouth (Westhill) Folk Dance Club will be holding its Spring Dance.
American Supper (Bring & Share).

All Welcome.

£9.00

7.30 - 10.30 p.m.

Contact Diane Darch: 01202896711

dianecdarch AT gmail.com

bournemouthfolkdanceclub.btck.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Hurdy Gurdy & Bagpipes

An evening of music (and dancing) from the tutors of our 2018 Hurdy Gurdy & Bagpipe Weekend: details to be announced shortly.

8pm–10pm

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

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


Hornblotton Village Hall BA4 6SF

Martin Simpson

A fantastic chance to see Martin Simpson, giant of the current folk and roots scene, in the most intimate of surroundings. After 45 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and moving.

£18

7.30pm

Contact Colin Bowen: 01963240282

bowencolin AT hotmail.com

www.hvh.btck.co.uk


Mon 11th Feb 2019 to Fri 15th Feb 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Lady Maisery Creative Singing Week

An exciting new exploratory course for intermediate to advanced singers with innovative trio and 2017 Halsway Manor Artists in Residence Lady Maisery.
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.

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


Wed 13th Feb 2019

Strode Theatre, Church Road, Street BA16 0AB

Daniel Shaw, Amanda Boyd, Music Students of Strode College

Archive film with live music

Strode College music students are involved in a unique project using archive films of Somerset to inspire new creative work. They have been given unique access to films from Windrose Rural Media Trust's extensive archive, writing songs and arranging music for some specifically chosen silent footage.
Windrose is working in partnership with the college as part of its Heritage Lottery funded project called, 'A Century of Sights and Sounds.' The students will perform their new works during the show, alongside the silent films. Somerset folk singer and project coordinator Amanda Boyd with musician Daniel Shaw will also perform songs from Cecil Sharp's folk song collection with silent footage.
“This is the first Time students have worked with archive film and it gives them the opportunity to compose new material, whilst instantly connecting them with Somerset heritage.” Tutor Daniel Shaw

£6, Concessions £5

7.30pm

Contact Strode Theatre: 01458 442846

http://www.strodetheatre.org.uk/whats-on/view/somerset-archive-film-with-live-performance/


Thu 14th Feb 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Lady Maisery

The evening's performance may feature an opening set by participants of the Lady Maisery Creative Singing Week.
Lady Maisery – Rowan Rheingans, Hannah James, and Hazel Askew – give an intimate and informal ‘unplugged’ evening concert as part of their Creative Singing Week at Halsway Manor. Expect contributions from course participants, alongside music from the trio themselves.

8pm–10pm

All tickets £15

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/lady-maisery-4/


Fri 15th Feb 2019 to Sun 17th Feb 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

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/madding-crowd-2/


Fri 15th Feb 2019

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Michael McGoldrick John McCusker and John Doyle

This excellent and acclaimed trio are coming to Nailsea as part of a high profile national tour. Expect a treasure trove of gorgeous tunes, razor sharp grooves and sublime playing.
Michael McGoldrick (flute, whistles and uillean pipes) has won countless All Ireland Championships and for many years has played in the legendary Capercaille band. John McCusker (fiddle) is one of Scotland most accomplished and versatile musicians, having played in countless line ups including the Battlefield Band. John Doyle is a powerful and versatile guitarist from Dublin regarded as being in a class of his own, with his use of awesome and inspirational rhythms.

8pm

£14

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


Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

Ruth Thompson and Chris Toyne playing with caller Malcolm Churchill

Note it's a NEW Venue

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


Frampton Village Hall DT2 9NF

She'Koyokh

In 19th century Eastern Europe, Jewish musicians travelled from town to town performing at weddings and other celebrations, meeting and playing with local musicians and sharing repertoire. In the same vein London-based group She'Koyokh has spent the last decade soaking up the rich folk music of Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Balkans. This acclaimed groups evolution spans the humble origins of busking at East London's Columbia Road flower market to performing in the famous concert halls of Europe, including Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Gasteig in Munich and London's Southbank Centre. As well as TV appearances and live sessions on BBC Radio 3's In Tune and World on 3, She'Koyokh has also performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, Cheltenham and WOMAD. With a sumptuous mix of violin, accordion, clarinet double bass, guitar and percussion, and vocals from acclaimed Turkish singer Cigdem Aslan, expect a night of exhilarating music for singing, listening and dancing to. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7:30pm

Tickets: 07968 568906. £10, £7 u18s

www.artsreach.co.uk


Sat 16th Feb 2019

Shillingstone Portman Hall DT11 0SF

She'Koyokh

In 19th century Eastern Europe, Jewish musicians travelled from town to town performing at weddings and other celebrations, meeting and playing with local musicians and sharing repertoire. In the same vein London-based group She'Koyokh has spent the last decade soaking up the rich folk music of Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Balkans. This acclaimed groups evolution spans the humble origins of busking at East London's Columbia Road flower market to performing in the famous concert halls of Europe, including Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Gasteig in Munich and London's Southbank Centre. As well as TV appearances and live sessions on BBC Radio 3's In Tune and World on 3, She'Koyokh has also performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, Cheltenham and WOMAD. With a sumptuous mix of violin, accordion, clarinet double bass, guitar and percussion, and vocals from acclaimed Turkish singer Cigdem Aslan, expect a night of exhilarating music for singing, listening and dancing to. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7:30pm

Tickets: 01258 860319. £10, £7 u18s, £28 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Wootton Courtenay Village Hall TA24 8RE

Will Finn & Rosie Calvert

Beneath This Place Album Tour

Traditional folk with contemporary twinkles
Will Finn and Rosie Calvert are a dynamic up-and-coming duo from the heart of Newcastle. Playing traditional music with a contemporary flair, their shows are a veritable smorgasbord of folk fusion; utilising piano, steel pan, ukulele, and close knit harmony singing.
Graduates of the Folk & Traditional Music BA at Newcastle University, Will and Rosie have been taking the festival circuit by storm with their harmony quartet The Teacups for the past seven years. Their duo work has been met with accolades from Beverley Festival, Towersey Folk Festival and The Sage Gateshead.
They have recently completed a very successful Kickstarter campaign in order to fund the recording of their debut album Beneath This Place. Expect superb musicianship, warm and witty banter and an exceptional night out.

7.30pm

Call: 01643 841067
Price: £8/£6 child

https://takeart.org/event/will-finn-rosie-calvert


Sun 17th Feb 2019

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshop

Workshops will be led by Hannah Cummings, who is an inspiring and
experienced workshop leader, who will help you build confidence to learn and
play new tunes 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

Admission: £10 in advance / £12 on the door/
£25 for 3 workshops when paid in advance via the website.
info AT sherbornefolkband.org
Julia: 07527 508 277
www.sherbornefolkband.org


Chalk and Cheese, Maiden Newton DT2 0BD

Music session

Thanks to all who came on the 13th Jan. All welcome including non-players. Mainly English

6.00 - 9.30 pm

Contact Ruth and Colin Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


Mon 18th Feb 2019 to Wed 20th Feb 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Piva: Real Roots!

We’re delighted to be welcoming Piva back to Halsway for a fourth 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.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/real-roots-with-piva-2019/


Tue 19th Feb 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Piva – The Renaissance Collective

Formed in 2002 Piva have firmly established themselves as a leading early music ensemble. Playing throughout the UK and across Europe, the group has gained a reputation for their lively performances and entertaining shows.

Bagpipes, hurdy gurdies, recorders, viol, curtals, rauschpfeifen, crumhorns, shawms, violin – members of Piva are multi-instrumentalists bringing together the sounds and atmosphere of renaissance Europe.

8pm–9:30pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/piva-the-renaissance-collective/


Thu 21st Feb 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Kyndred Spirits

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

Led by expert caller Andrew Shaw with musicians Paul Hutchinson 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-2/


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

Track Dogs

Sun-shiny songs thriving on dark themes behind irresistible rhythms.
Track Dogs are a four piece based in Madrid but hail from Ireland, the US and UK. Taking their name from the NY subway maintenance teams this closely-knit group of ex-pats have opted for cajón instead of drums and trumpet in place of electric guitar. Four-part harmonies steal the show.

www.trackdogsmusic.com

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

Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £12.00

The Cafe is open this evening, last orders at 6.30pm

https://chapelarts.org/events/track-dogs-2/


Fri 22nd Feb 2019

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

Jamie Smith’s Mabon

Two decades, four continents and around a thousand shows since their first performance, MABON release their seventh recording, TWENTY, in October 2018. Recorded live on the road, it features the band's newest music alongside a career-spanning, ‘greatest hits’ roll-call of reworked tracks from their back catalogue. TWENTY highlights why this band have built their reputation on their exhilarating live performances and deftly worked recordings.
MABON’s distinctive, multi-award-winning music explores the styles of the Celtic traditions and works them anew. The music is self-styled, singular and toe-tappingly good – an irresistible blend of World Music and Celtic Roots, presented with good humour, energy, joy and passion.

8pm

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=997


Sat 23rd Feb 2019

Stalbridge Village Hall DT10 2NF

Ridgeway Singers & Band - A Barnes Supper

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

7pm

Tickets: 01963 362355. £18

www.artsreach.co.uk


Sun 24th Feb 2019

Merriott Village Hall, 51, Broadway, Merriott TA16 5QH

Free Family Friendly Scottish Ceilidh

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

Sunday afternoons from 2.30 to 4.30 pm.

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

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


Mon 25th Feb 2019 to Fri 1st Mar 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Playing Playford

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/playing-playford-3/


Wed 27th Feb 2019 to Fri 1st Mar 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Reed Making for Northumbrian Smallpipes

Subject to demand, a short course to learn how to make reeds for the Northumbrian (or Scottish) smallpipes – then, if you wish, stay on for our Northumbrian smallpipes weekend! The course is led by renowned piper and maker Andy May. You’ll be in the workshop by day, but there will be time in the evenings to relax and enjoy informal playing sessions in the bar, so bring your instruments and try your new reeds!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/reed-making-for-northumbrian-smallpipes-2/


Wed 27th Feb 2019

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

Peter Knight(ex Steeleye Span) and John Spiers(ex-Bellowhead)

On a Summer’s day in 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival masterminded one of the most intriguing and exciting collaborations on today’s folk scene.
Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of folk-rock band Steeleye Span was paired with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, for a special one-off performance which left audiences in awe. With no space to be found in the marquee, people stood five deep in the pouring rain in order to witness the bringing together of two of the most genuinely gifted musicians in their respective fields.
With a standing ovation and roars for more, and much to the delight of folk fans everywhere, Knight and Spiers decided not to leave things there.
The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, Improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. Together they have created a musical document that resonates with history, but also something that should inspire future generations of musicians to engage with Britain’s folk dancing heritage, and the beautiful, mysterious tunes that can be found within that heritage.
These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing, and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time.

soundcloud.com/user-444337706/the-cuckoo-medley

www.peterknight.net

www.johnspiers.co.uk

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

Door Price: £16.00
Advance: £15.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/peter-knightex-steeleye-span-and-john-spiersex-bellowhead/


Thu 28th Feb 2019

Coach and Horses, South Perrott, Beaminster DT8 3HS

SomerStep and friends

A session with dancing.
Everyone welcome to play, sing, dance, watch, listen...

It's not a performance, it really is a session.

8.00 pm start


Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe TA4 2JP

Knight and Spiers

On a summer’s day in 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival masterminded one of the most intriguing and exciting collaborations on today’s folk scene.
Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of folk-rock band Steeleye Span was paired with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, for a special one-off performance which left audiences in awe. With no space to be found in the marquee, people stood five deep in the pouring rain in order to witness the bringing together of two of the most genuinely gifted musicians in their respective fields.
With a standing ovation and roars for more, and much to the delight of folk fans everywhere, Knight and Spiers decided not to leave things there.
The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. Together they have created a musical document that resonates with history, but also something that should inspire future generations of musicians to engage with Britain’s folk dancing heritage, and the beautiful, mysterious tunes that can be found within that heritage.
These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing, and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time.

£15 / £13

8pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Fri 1st Mar 2019 to Sat 3rd Mar 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Northumbrian Smallpipes Weekend

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

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


Fri 1st Mar 2019

The Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Teasing The Cat band with Chris Edmonds calling.

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Club

Now regular 1st Fridays

No need to come with a partner!

7.30 for 7.45

£6.00 (first visit free!) accompanied under 16s free, non-dancers £1.00

No bar but BYO if you wish.

Jenny and Ian Edlin - 01258 861184


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Wildwood Jack

A concert featuring the delightful duo Wildwood Jack, who are husband and wife Adam Piggott and Jayne Freeman.
Wildwood Jack are a unique acoustic guitar and ukulele duo from Kent in the UK. Their melodic songs blend the acoustic guitar and ukulele with outstanding fingerstyle playing drawing influences from folk, country and world music.
Supporting Wildwood Jack we welcome back Ed Mortimer with his rich voice. Ed is regularly performing his Take Thackray show, featuring the songs of Jake Thackray.

£8 pre-booked, £10 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


Halstock Village Hall BA22 9SG

Holy Moly & The Crackers

Join this nationally acclaimed seven-piece gypsy folk-rock band from Newcastle Upon Tyne for an evening of lively music and tall tales. Influenced by an eclectic range of music, HMATC play an exciting and visceral blend of rock, pop, folk, blues, Balkan, klezmer, ska and reggae. In the perfect collision of rowdy tunes, pumping danceability and compelling storytelling, this wrangling folk group present a medley of original songs and old time drinking tunes, both hilarious and thrilling, and sure to entertain!
HMATC released their album ‘Salem' in July 2017, receiving acclaimed reviews and radio play from several stations. The band have toured the UK twice, selling out venues across the country and appearing at festivals including Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, Bestival and Beautiful Days. 'Salem's' lead single, the barnstorming indie-rock anthem ‘Cold Comfort Lane', was used for the end credits for the 2018 blockbuster movie Oceans 8. 2019 brings HMATC back out on the world stage with a brand new album dropping in the Spring. Come along for the ride; the craziest party in town always has room for one more! Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7:30pm

Tickets: 01935 891744. £10, £7 u18s, £28 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Meadway Hall, Ham Lane, Compton Dundon TA11 6PQ

Sam Kelly Trio

An enjoyable evening of folk music in a friendly atmosphere. There is also a bar selling local real ale and wine.

£10

8 pm

Contact Kay Williamson: 01458 448694

Kaywilliamson46 AT hotmail.com

http://comptondundon.com/?page_id=5284


Sat 2nd Mar 2019

St Mary's (Church House) Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Oxford Nags with Jane Thomas

We loved having the Oxford Nags in Jan 2018; this line-up, including the popuLar Gareth Kiddier - social dance director at Sidmouth Folk Festival - really got the hall buzzing. Jane is always a pleasure to dance to and called several great dance evenings at Sidmouth's 2018 Folk Festival.
Bring & Share supper and your own beer.

£8 in advance, £9 on the door, under 17's £4. (can be bought on line, see website)

7.30pm - 11.00pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Northumbrian Smallpipes

A concert featuring some of the finest exponents of the Northumbrian Smallpipes and a chance to hear some of the participants in our Northumbrian Smallpipes Weekend course.

Performers include the 4 tutors from the Northumbrian Smallpipes weekend: Pauline Cato, Andy May, Alice Robinson (née Burn), Chris Evans.

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-smallpipes-2/


Sturminster Newton Exchange DT10 1FH

Holy Moly & The Crackers

Join this nationally acclaimed seven-piece gypsy folk-rock band from Newcastle Upon Tyne for an evening of lively music and tall tales. Influenced by an eclectic range of music, HMATC play an exciting and visceral blend of rock, pop, folk, blues, Balkan, klezmer, ska and reggae. In the perfect collision of rowdy tunes, pumping danceability and compelling storytelling, this wrangling folk group present a medley of original songs and old time drinking tunes, both hilarious and thrilling, and sure to entertain!
HMATC released their album ‘Salem' in July 2017, receiving acclaimed reviews and radio play from several stations. The band have toured the UK twice, selling out venues across the country and appearing at festivals including Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, Bestival and Beautiful Days. 'Salem's' lead single, the barnstorming indie-rock anthem ‘Cold Comfort Lane', was used for the end credits for the 2018 blockbuster movie Oceans 8. 2019 brings HMATC back out on the world stage with a brand new album dropping in the Spring. Come along for the ride; the craziest party in town always has room for one more! Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7:30pm

Tickets: 01258 475137. £10, £7 u18s, £28 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Mon 4th Mar 2019 to Fri 8th Mar 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Swedish Dance & Music Week

A new week for dancers and musicians to work together, looking at how dance and music combine in the Swedish tradition.
The dancers (all levels of experience welcome) will work on the elements that make up Swedish dances – posture, hold, balance, and relationship to the music – dancing with all other participants and also learning both roles in the dance (no partner required). The plan is to focus on deepening technique and approach to dance, mainly using slängpolska as the dance form. We may use other dance styles too, depending on the appetite and experience of the dancers.
For the musicians (intermediate level and above), you’ll work in a small group to deepen your understanding of playing for Swedish dance; you’ll learn new repertoire and get to grips with different tune types to create highly danceable music.
For everyone this is an opportunity to work together on the relationship between music and dance, specifically in a Swedish context, but in a way that will also be applicable to other dance styles, with musicians and dancers having the chance to discuss, learn from, and influence each other.

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


Tue 5th Mar 2019

Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Seth Lakeman

Seth Lakeman takes a break from the Robert Plant musical juggernaut in Autumn 2018 to release his ninth studio album ‘The Well Worn Path’ and head back out touring around the UK with a new band line-up. The charismatic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist found time at the beginning of the year, in between charging around the globe with Robert Plant and his band, the Sensational Space Shifters, to record a new studio album. It’s a return to a no-nonsense, organic, classic folk-rock approach with hints of Fairport Convention, Neil Young, Nick Cave and Billy Bragg - plus Lakeman’s trademark foot-stomping, fiddle bow-shredding and soaring vocals. Seth brought in top producer Ben Hillier and along with long-time collaborator Ben Nicholls on upright and electric bass, he was joined by new boys Kit Hawes on electric and acoustic guitar and drummer Evan Jenkins. BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Seth Lakeman’s previous albums include Mercury Prize nominated ‘Kitty Jay’ and the gold-selling ‘Freedom Fields’.

7:30pm

Supported by The David Hall

Box Office: Call 01935 422884 or visit https://www.octagon-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/music/seth-lakeman-2019/7678


Fri 8th Mar 2019 to Sun 10th Mar 2019

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.

Follow the weblink below for more details

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


Fri 8th Mar 2019

Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band with caller Malcolm Churchill

Kimmeridge Keilidh - Barn Dance

All welcome to our regular dances in Kimmeridge. Interval spot as well to give you a breather! No bar, so bring your own drinks & nibbles.

£5 adults £2.50 children - tickets on the door

7.30 - 10.30 pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Hinton Martel Village Hall BH21 7HE

Ninebarrow

Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo from Dorset, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. 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. As well as crafting unique and engaging original material, Ninebarrow also take a wide-range of traditional folk songs and rework them in their own, distinctive way. Most recently, the duo were nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the category for Best Emerging Artist. Their third album ‘The Waters and the Wild’ highlights how their inspired song writing is ever evolving. Awarded 5-stars in both The Morning Star and the English Folk Dance & Song Society’s EDS Magazine, the album has received airplay on BBC Radios 2, 3, 6 Music, Wales and Scotland. Folk luminary, Mike Harding, has hailed it as ‘absolutely monumental’ and in June 2018, the album reached Number 2 in Amazon’s Folk best-seller chart. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7:30pm

Tickets: 01258 840066. £10, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Sat 9th Mar 2019

Melbury Osmond Village Hall DT2 0NL

Ninebarrow

Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo from Dorset, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. 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. As well as crafting unique and engaging original material, Ninebarrow also take a wide-range of traditional folk songs and rework them in their own, distinctive way. Most recently, the duo were nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the category for Best Emerging Artist. Their third album ‘The Waters and the Wild’ highlights how their inspired song writing is ever evolving. Awarded 5-stars in both The Morning Star and the English Folk Dance & Song Society’s EDS Magazine, the album has received airplay on BBC Radios 2, 3, 6 Music, Wales and Scotland. Folk luminary, Mike Harding, has hailed it as ‘absolutely monumental’ and in June 2018, the album reached Number 2 in Amazon’s Folk best-seller chart. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7:30pm

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

www.artsreach.co.uk


Sun 10th Mar 2019

Milborne St Andrew Village Hall DT11 0JX

Ninebarrow

A multi-award-winning folk duo from Dorset, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. 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. As well as crafting unique and engaging original material, Ninebarrow also take a wide-range of traditional folk songs and rework them in their own, distinctive way. Most recently, the duo were nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the category for Best Emerging Artist. Their third album ‘The Waters and the Wild’ highlights how their inspired song writing is ever evolving. Awarded 5-stars in both The Morning Star and the English Folk Dance & Song Society’s EDS Magazine, the album has received airplay on BBC Radios 2, 3, 6 Music, Wales and Scotland. Folk luminary, Mike Harding, has hailed it as ‘absolutely monumental’ and in June 2018, the album reached Number 2 in Amazon’s Folk best-seller chart. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7:30pm

Tickets: 01258 839230. £10, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Mon 11th Mar 2019 to Fri 15th Mar 2019

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.
Open to all!

The Team
This partnership event is organised by Fleet Folk Dance Club. Hosted by Fiona Birchall, with music from Sue & Pete Hall.

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-2/


Fri 15th Mar 2019

Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

Arish Mel with caller Teresa Rabbetts

Note it's a NEW Venue

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

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

£6 under 16s free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Sat 16th Mar 2019

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

Kitty Macfarlane

+ support Jack Cookson)

Kitty Macfarlane is a Somerset-based singer and songwriter.
Her lyrics combine honest snapshots of everyday humanity with the bigger questions that have connected minds and voices for centuries, driven by her own fingerpicked guitar. As well as the release of her debut EP, Tide & Time - featuring Sam Kelly (co-producer), Jamie Francis, Lukas Drinkwater, Maya McCourt and Ciaran Algar, and gaining her first national airplay on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe, and Tom Robinson's show on BBC 6Music - 2016 saw Kitty complete an extensive national support tour with award-winning duo, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman.

Plymouth-based vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Jack Cookson, combines dry and visceral word-play with intricate finger-style guitar arrangements, to create emotionally-charged yet honest and memorable songs.

8pm

Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=1002



www.kittymacfarlane.com www.jackcookson.com


Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman have created an enviable class act of imaginative songwriting and musicianship
The Dartmoor-based husband and wife have twice won the Best Duo title at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (2016 and 2013), consistently delivering assured and distinctive performances. Over two decades, they have never been trapped in a groove – they arealways bold and innovative, mixing traditional song arrangements with self-penned material which reels from the bitter to the sweet, the wry to the sad, and the political to the passive.
With ‘Personae’, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman present their landmark fifth studio album. It is an eclectic emotional see-saw of a journey, melding ten tracks of traditional ballads and their own self-penned versatile material.

£14.50 advance / £17 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends.

Bar opens 7 P.M., Starts 8 P.M.

http://www.marinetheatre.com/music-kathryn-roberts-sean-lakeman-saturday-16-march-2019/


Curry Mallet and Beercrocombe Village Hall TA3 6SY

Will Finn & Rosie Calvert

Beneath This Place Album Tour

Traditional folk with contemporary twinkles
Will Finn and Rosie Calvert are a dynamic up-and-coming duo from the heart of Newcastle. Playing traditional music with a contemporary flair, their shows are a veritable smorgasbord of folk fusion; utilising piano, steel pan, ukulele, and close knit harmony singing.
Graduates of the Folk & Traditional Music BA at Newcastle University, Will and Rosie have been taking the festival circuit by storm with their harmony quartet The Teacups for the past seven years. Their duo work has been met with accolades from Beverley Festival, Towersey Folk Festival and The Sage Gateshead.
They have recently completed a very successful Kickstarter campaign in order to fund the recording of their debut album Beneath This Place. Expect superb musicianship, warm and witty banter and an exceptional night out.

8.00 pm

Call: 01823 481364
Price: £10

https://takeart.org/event/will-finn-rosie-calvert


Osmington Village Hall DT3 6FT

Miranda Sykes

Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ returns in 2019 with a new 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 a completely new project: Her new 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.

www.mirandasykes.com

£12

7.30pm

Contact Osmington Music: 07816 832554

osmingtonmusic AT gmail.com

www.facebook.com/osmingtonmusic


Sun 17th Mar 2019

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshop

Workshops will be led by Hannah Cummings, who is an inspiring and
experienced workshop leader, who will help you build confidence to learn and
play new tunes 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

Admission: £10 in advance / £12 on the door/
£25 for 3 workshops when paid in advance via the website.
info AT sherbornefolkband.org
Julia: 07527 508 277
www.sherbornefolkband.org


Mon 18th Mar 2019 to Fri 22nd Mar 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Beyond the Tune

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

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


Wed 20th Mar 2019

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

Chris Foster and Bara Grimsdottir - Icelandic Harmony Singing Workshop

Both fine singers in their own right, Chris Foster and Bara Grimsdottir perform and teach Traditional Icelandic harmony singing and will be holding a workshop in Crewkerne.

£10 (£8 in Advance)

7.00 for 7.30pm until 10.00 pm

Contact Meg Rose: 07877 206 124

Meg.rose AT btinternet.com

https://www.funi-iceland.com


Thu 21st Mar 2019

St Andrew’s Church, Fontmell Magna SP7 0NY

Northern Harmony - Harmony Singing from around the World

These 14 extraordinary intergenerational singers present thrilling harmony singing from South Africa, Corsica, Georgia, the Balkans and many American traditions. Now on their 15th European tour, they have built a special reputation for their remarkable command of different vocal styles, from ultra-bright Bulgarian village style, to rich, mellifluous South African sound, to a lyrical Appalachian lullaby or medieval motet. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7:30pm

Tickets: 01747 811853. £10, £8 u18s, £26 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Springhead Fontmell Magna SP7 0NU

Exploring World Music Styles Workshop

Join this acclaimed vocal ensemble from the USA and learn a selection of songs from the wide variety of genres that the group specialises in, including South African songs, polyphony from Georgia, Corsica and the Balkans, shape-note singing and quartet gospel, and medieval motets. Singers from Northern Harmony will support each vocal part, making the teaching particularly effective and rewarding. No experience is required, just a love of singing. Places limited to 30 people, booking advised.

4pm-6pm

Tickets: 01747 811853. £6

www.artsreach.co.uk


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

Miranda Sykes

Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ returns in 2019 with a new 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 a completely new project: Her new 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.

www.mirandasykes.com

£12 adv/£14 door

8pm

Contact box office: 01225 463362

info AT chapelarts.org

http://www.chapelarts.org


Fri 22nd Mar 2019 to Sun 24th Mar 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Nyckelharpa for Beginners

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/nyckelharpa-for-beginners-3/


Fri 22nd Mar 2019

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Crows

+ support Antoine & Owena

‘Crows’ were a popular feature of the folk scene from 1978 to 1988. With the sad death of Ralph Jordan, in 2013, previously unreleased radio recordings were discovered. A ‘new’ album (‘Time To Rise’ Wildgoose Records), was released in 2016, and enthusiastically reviewed.

Two of the original line-up remains in the revived band, Mick Ryan and Dave Bordewey.
Dave Bordewey adds his astonishing high harmony lines to the vocal mix, plays fiddle and mando-cello, along with the inimitable Paul Downes on guitar, banjo, mando-cello and harmonies. Crows are now joined by Pete Harris giving a unique blend of power warmth and harmonies renewing the powerful vocal blend with Mick Ryan.
All four are well known and highly respected performers in their own right.
For the new ‘Crows’, it is very clearly ‘Time To Rise’!

Supporting Crows is a local duo fast making a name for themselves, Antoine and Owena.

£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


Mon 25th Mar 2019

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. 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 including a Scottish Ball and a Costume Playford Ball, so bring costumes if you have them!!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/anglo-scottish/


Fri 29th Mar 2019 to Sun 31st Mar 2019

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.
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-club/


Sun 31st Mar 2019

Caryford Community Hall, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ

Free Family Friendly Scottish Ceilidh

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

Sunday afternoons from 2.30 to 4.30 pm.

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

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


Fri 5th Apr 2019

The Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Club

Now regular 1st Fridays

Good band and caller tba - this site will be updated

7.30 for 7.45

£6.00 (first visit free!) accompanied under 16s free, non-dancers £1.00

No bar but BYO if you wish.

Jenny and Ian Edlin - 01258 861184


Lamyatt Village Hall BA4 6NP

Will Finn & Rosie Calvert

Beneath This Place Album Tour

Traditional folk with contemporary twinkles
Will Finn and Rosie Calvert are a dynamic up-and-coming duo from the heart of Newcastle. Playing traditional music with a contemporary flair, their shows are a veritable smorgasbord of folk fusion; utilising piano, steel pan, ukulele, and close knit harmony singing.
Graduates of the Folk & Traditional Music BA at Newcastle University, Will and Rosie have been taking the festival circuit by storm with their harmony quartet The Teacups for the past seven years. Their duo work has been met with accolades from Beverley Festival, Towersey Folk Festival and The Sage Gateshead.
They have recently completed a very successful Kickstarter campaign in order to fund the recording of their debut album Beneath This Place. Expect superb musicianship, warm and witty banter and an exceptional night out.

7.30pm

Call: 01749 812420
Details: Doors 6.45pm Buffet supper included
Price: £15/£10 child/student

https://takeart.org/event/will-finn-rosie-calvert


Sat 6th Apr 2019

Stogumber Village Hall TA4 3TQ

Will Finn & Rosie Calvert

Beneath This Place Album Tour

Traditional folk with contemporary twinkles
Will Finn and Rosie Calvert are a dynamic up-and-coming duo from the heart of Newcastle. Playing traditional music with a contemporary flair, their shows are a veritable smorgasbord of folk fusion; utilising piano, steel pan, ukulele, and close knit harmony singing.
Graduates of the Folk & Traditional Music BA at Newcastle University, Will and Rosie have been taking the festival circuit by storm with their harmony quartet The Teacups for the past seven years. Their duo work has been met with accolades from Beverley Festival, Towersey Folk Festival and The Sage Gateshead.
They have recently completed a very successful Kickstarter campaign in order to fund the recording of their debut album Beneath This Place. Expect superb musicianship, warm and witty banter and an exceptional night out.

7.45pm

Call: 01984 656727
Price: £8/£5 child/student

https://takeart.org/event/will-finn-rosie-calvert


Sun 7th Apr 2019

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshop

Workshops will be led by Hannah Cummings, who is an inspiring and
experienced workshop leader, who will help you build confidence to learn and
play new tunes 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

Admission: £10 in advance / £12 on the door/
£25 for 3 workshops when paid in advance via the website.
info AT sherbornefolkband.org
Julia: 07527 508 277
www.sherbornefolkband.org


Sat 13th Apr 2019

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

Harmony Singing Workshop with Jackie Oates

A chance to learn some beautiful and lesser-known English Folk songs from the South West, together with harmonies and arrangement ideas.

3:30 - 4.30 pm

Tickets: £7. No concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=1009


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

Jackie Oates: The Joy of Living

Jackie Oates is synonymous with the reinvigoration of English Folk. Her mellifluous voice, plaintive fiddle and tantalizing approach to Traditional songs gained her several BBC Folk Awards in a career that’s seen her perform as a member of the nascent Unthanks, collaborate with Alasdair Roberts and Belinda O’Hooley and release six acclaimed solo albums. An inventive and enthralling artist - who else can say they’ve been immortalised as a Lush cosmetic, featured on Lauren Laverne’s 6 Music show and appeared in Midsomer Murders……?

7:30pm

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=1010


Fri 26th Apr 2019

Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band with caller Teresa Rabbetts

Kimmeridge Keilidh - Barn Dance

All welcome to our regular dances in Kimmeridge. Interval spot as well to give you a breather! No bar, so bring your own drinks & nibbles.

£5 adults £2.50 children - tickets on the door

7.30 - 10.30 pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


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

Flook

The flutes of Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, the guitar of Ed Boyd and the bodhran of John Joe Kelly weave and spin traditionally rooted tunes into the breath-taking sound of the ground-breaking band Flook. This group possesses a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination. There is no shortage of virtuosity amongst the members of Flook, but the unique impact of this Anglo-Irish band stems from the wholly intuitive, almost symbiotic, exchange between the various flutes, frets and skins.

8pm

Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Concessions.

www.flook.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=985


Sat 27th Apr 2019

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

Weston Country Dance Band with Dick Williams calling

Bridport Folk Dance Clubs annual dance, "Miss Mayne's Party", in this its centennial year, with the ever welcome W.C.D.B. plus the versatile Dick Williams as caller.

Bring and Share supper, and raffle
Bring your own ale - the Woodman Inn is just opposite.

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

£8

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Mecki: 01308 423 442

mecki1 AT yahoo.co.uk


Fri 3rd May 2019

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

Gigspanner

In the wake of his departure from Steeleye Span, multi-award-winning fiddle player, Peter Knight, has turned his full attention to his trio, Gigspanner - and in the process, established their reputation as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British Folk scene.

8pm

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=1013


Fri 10th May 2019

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

Eurobal Wesex

French – Breton – Euro Dances

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

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


Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Kris Drever

This is a concert from the Scottish folkie guitar star of the excellent band Lau
Scottish songwriter Kris Drever celebrated a decade of critical and commercial success by winning both BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of The Year 2017 and Best Original Track 2017 (for his song If Wishes Were Horses) at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
t of’ set featuring all the key songs from his first decade, alongside some new material played live for the first time.

With support

£12 advance / £14.50 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends.

Bar opens 7 P.M., Starts 8 P.M.

http://www.marinetheatre.com/music-kris-drever-friday-may-10/


The Speedwell Hall. Abbey Street. Crewkerne TA18 7HY

Belshazzar's Feast

An opportunity to see Paul Sartin and Paul Hutchings aka Belshazzar's Feast in Crewkerne.

Tickets limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
Please note there is no bar please bring your own bottle etc.

£12

7.00 for 7.30 pm

Contact Meg Rose: 07877 206 124

Meg.rose AT btinternet.com


Sun 12th May 2019

Long Sutton Village Hall TA10 9NT

Free Family Friendly Scottish Ceilidh

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

Sunday afternoons from 2.30 to 4.30 pm.

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

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


Fri 17th May 2019

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

Richard Digance

+ support Eric Sedge

Richard Digance is a BAFTA-nominated TV Entertainer of The Year and Gold Award recipient from The British Academy of Composers. His 4,200 live shows, 62 British tours, 17 books, 3 stage plays, 32 albums and nearly 4 million YouTube visits say it all. He composed the audio book music for Bill Bryson’s best-seller, The Road To Little Dribbling, and his guitar instrumentals are used on numerous TV productions. He supported Robin Williams at The London Palladium, and also Steve Martin in the USA. He is one of a just a handful of Folk singers listed in The Virgin Anthology of Songwriters.

www.richarddigance.com www.ericsedgemusic.com

8pm

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=1015


Sun 19th May 2019

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshop

Workshops will be led by Hannah Cummings, who is an inspiring and
experienced workshop leader, who will help you build confidence to learn and
play new tunes 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

Admission: £10 in advance / £12 on the door/
£25 for 3 workshops when paid in advance via the website.
info AT sherbornefolkband.org
Julia: 07527 508 277
www.sherbornefolkband.org


Sun 26th May 2019

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

Blackbeard’s Tea Party

A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event

The past few years have seen Blackbeard’s Tea Party play at festivals as diverse as Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention and many more. 2018 saw them release their new EP, Leviathan!, bringing with it a bigger, bolder sound and a revamped live show.
Now Blackbeard’s Tea Party return to The David Hall with their brand of gutsy Folk-Rock. A mix of Traditional and self-penned songs and tunes are given a heavy Rock edge with playful arrangements and driving dance rhythms. This is all mixed up in an engaging, high-octane stage show that leaves audiences cheering for more.

7:30pm

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=1016


Fri 31st May 2019

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

Steve Turner

Steve Turner is a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments - he is a multi-instrumentalist, playing mandolin and banjo and also accompanying himself on the cittern.
After 13 years away from the Folk scene, Steve made a welcome return in 2004, producing his fifth album, the highly acclaimed Whirligig of Time, featuring UK luminaries Martin Carthy, Nancy Kerr and Miranda Sykes.
Since then, he has released two further albums, Rim of the Wheel and Spirit of the Game, and his latest, much-anticipated eighth album, Late Cut, featuring Eliza Carthy, Martin Simpson and Sam Carter, is due out early December 2018

8pm

Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=1017


Sat 1st Jun 2019

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

Fresh Aire with Aileen Wills calling

Bridport ceilidhs welcome back "Fresh Aire" with the inimitable Aileen Wills calling.
Bring and Share supper and your own ale (The Woodman Inn is just opposite).

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

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

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

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Fri 7th Jun 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019

Wimborne Minster

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

https://wimbornefolk.co.uk


Sat 8th Jun 2019

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

Les Barker

Les Barker writes strange poems and comes from Manchester, but he's now Welsh. He was an accountant before he became a professional idiot. He's written more than 85 books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people don't quite believe what they've just heard. His poems have spawned a number of Folk heroes: Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive and Spot of the Antarctic, to name but two!
Once seen, never forgotten! Don’t miss this.

8pm

Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=1021


Sun 9th Jun 2019

Woolavington Village Hall TA7 8DY

Free Family Friendly Scottish Ceilidh

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

Sunday afternoons from 2.30 to 4.30 pm.

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

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


Sat 15th Jun 2019

South Petherton

South Petherton FolkFest

http://www.pethertonfolkfest.org.uk


Fri 28th Jun 2019 to Sun 30th Jun 2019

Carhampton Recreational Hall and Ground TA24 6NH

West Somerset Folk Festival

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

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

Contact - Mike Dibble 01643 841597.


Fri 12th Jul 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019

Priddy

Priddy Folk Festival

http://www.priddyfolk.org


Sun 14th Jul 2019

Staplegrove Village Hall, Taunton TA2 6AL

Free Family Friendly Scottish Ceilidh

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

Sunday afternoons from 2.30 to 4.30 pm.

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

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


Sat 7th Sep 2019

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

A Pair of Shears with Simon Maplesden calling

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

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

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

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

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

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Fri 13th Sep 2019

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

Eurobal Wesex

French – Breton – Euro Dances

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

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


Sun 15th Sep 2019

Davis Hall, West Camel BA22 7QX

Free Family Friendly Scottish Ceilidh

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

Sunday afternoons from 2.30 to 4.30 pm.

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

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


Fri 8th Nov 2019

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

Eurobal Wesex

French – Breton – Euro Dances

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

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