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Sun 19th Aug 2018

Barrington Village Hall, near Ilminster TA18 0JE

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the 15th to 17th centuries for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.
Musicians' practice: about 45 minutes before each session. Players of any acoustic portable instrument welcome; music can be provided in advance.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

1.30 - 4.00 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Mon 20th Aug 2018 to Fri 24th Aug 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk – Advanced

Now in its second year, Halsway Young Folk – Advanced is an opportunity for musicians and singers aged 16-25 to explore and develop their skills in arrangement, composition and ensemble work. Collaborating with a variety of instrumentalists and vocalists, you will each have the chance to musically direct a group of performers to explore tunes and songs of your finding and choosing (we have the second largest library of printed and recorded folk resources in the country). You will explore formal and and more organic arrangement styles, extended composition techniques and experiment with framing folk repertoire in traditional and modern musical settings. Each piece will be professionally filmed for you to use as promotion of your work or just to show your friends and family!

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


Tue 21st Aug 2018 to Thu 23rd Aug 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk – Junior

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

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


Wed 22nd Aug 2018

St George's Hall, Kendale Rd, Bridgwater TA6 3QE

Mary Blackborow & Bridgwater Band

Barn Dance

£6.50 including light supper

8.00 - 11.00 pm

Contact Robert Blackborow: 01278 691370

robertfolk01 AT hotmail.com


Thu 23rd Aug 2018

Market House Studio (top floor of Market House), Bailey Hill, Castle Cary BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

7.30 - 9.30 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Fri 24th Aug 2018 to Mon 27th Aug 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Summer Days

Join us for a long weekend of beautiful, lively & interesting English country dancing from the 17th & 18th centuries as published by John Walsh. Walsh was a music publisher who stepped in to the niche left by John Playford & sons at the end of the 17th Century, becoming the main publisher of Country Dance books of the period.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/summer-days-2/


Mon 27th Aug 2018 to Fri 31st Aug 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Summer School

This is the sixth year of our folk music, dance and song summer school – for all ages and abilities – led by a crack team of tutors who have detailed knowledge and extensive experience of a wide spectrum of folk music. There will be groups for dance (Kerry), song (Carolyn), fiddle (Sophy), accordion (Paul), guitar (Kevin) and mixed-instrument (Jo), but the programme will be fluid enough for you to move from group to group should you wish. The week leads towards a full-group piece, allowing you to learn about how to structure a performance, work together, use all levels of skills – and create something that’s amazing!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/folk-summer-school-2/


Thu 30th Aug 2018

Wareham Parish Hall BH20 4LP

Wareham Whalers and Friends

Wareham Whalers host a concert with local crews - Kelp and Dorset Wrecks, and also a crew from Australia - The Lost Quays.
There will be a real ale bar.

£5.00

7pm

Contact Jacquie Hall: 01929 551979

chrijacq AT aol.com

www.wareham-whalers.org.uk


Fri 31st Aug 2018 to Sun 2nd Sep 2018

Lyme Regis

Lyme Folk Weekend

Friday: Ninebarrow
Saturday: Merry Hell
Sunday: Show of Hands

Plus a lot more...

www.lymefolk.com


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Dances of Poldark Weekend

We are DELIGHTED to welcome back Stuart, Richard, Chris and Matthew for a second ‘Dances of Poldark’ weekend! This weekend is for dancers of all abilities to learn and enjoy some of the elegant and lively 18th Century dances featured in the BBC’s adaptation of Winston Graham’s ‘Poldark’ novels. Led by dancing-master Stuart Marsden, choreographer of the BBC Poldark series.
An absolutely fabulous weekend. Inspired teaching, humour, music that radiated energy. Thank you to Suart, the musicians and staff! 2017 Participant

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


Fri 31st Aug 2018

Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe TA4 2JP

Merry Hell

Founded in their native North West of England, Merry Hell is an eight-piece folk-rock band with a history, a pedigree and a bright future. In four short years they have risen to become festival favourites, their first two albums finding favour with critics, broadcasters and music fans alike. They are continuing to develop an enviable reputation for the quality of their song writing, recorded work and live performances.

£12 / £10 Concessions

8pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Sat 1st Sep 2018

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

GIG CB! with the indominatable Chris Shaw calling

You are assured a fun evening with the return of old favourites GIG CB! (George Inn Giant Ceilidh Band) led as only Chris Shaw can!
It will be Hat Festival Day in Bridport, so enter into the fun of things and maybe win a prize for whatever topiary adorns your head!

All welcome, dances will be walked and talked through and call throughout.
Bring & Share (finger food) supper, and your own beer (The Woodman Inn is just opposite).
On street parking or use town car parks.

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

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Marshwood Manor DT6 5NS

Steve Knightley

Folk concert & supper

Really small, exclusive gig from solo Steve Knightley set in a magical woodland theatre. Ticket price includes lavish supper in the meadow beforehand. Bar available.

£45

6.00 - 10.00 pm

Contact Romla Ryan: 07981182234

info AT marshwoodmanor.co.uk

https://www.marshwoodmanor.co.uk/events/woodland-folk-steve-knightley/


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Ric Sanders Trio

+ Anna Bass & Ray Taylor

Fairport Convention's Ric Sanders brings his fiddle with Vo Fletcher (vocals, guitar) and Mike Gregory (percussion) to make the bouncy, entertaining Ric Sanders Trio. They perform almost any style, from soft sweet folk songs, through a bit of rockabilly, some bluegrass, to blues, jazz and swing. Guaranteed to get your feet tapping and put a smile on your face.
Opening support set from Anna Bass and Ray Taylor, founders of Two Coats Colder.

£14 pre-booked, £16 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00, concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathleen Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sun 2nd Sep 2018

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

Luke Daniels & Nancy Kerr

Two of the British folk scene’s top performers have teamed up for a limited number of shows this year to perform their own and each other’s music.
Since Daniels landmark solo statement What’s Here What’s Gone in 2014, he’s put down several more markers on the musical map. Revolve and Rotate had him transporting the 19th century’s closest thing to hi-fi, the giant steel discs of the polyphon, to modern transcription. All of this, in the context of a career playing melodeon for acts like Jethro Tull and Riverdance.
Nancy Kerr is one of the most celebrated folk musicians of her generation, and has to date won 6 Folk Awards from BBC Radio 2: 2015 FOLK SINGER OF THE YEAR • HORIZON AWARD 2000 • BEST DUO 2003 and again in 2011 with James Fagan.
This new duo show promises to be a stunning mix of contemporary folk music and inspired instrumental virtuosity.

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £12.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/luke-daniels-nancy-kerr/


Tue 4th Sep 2018

Drax Arms Bere Regis BH20 7HH

Adrian Legg

Adrian Legg is an English guitar player who has been called "impossible to categorize". He plays custom guitars that are a hybrid of electric and acoustic, and his fingerstyle picking technique has been acknowledged by the readers of Guitar Player who voted Legg the "best acoustic fingerstyle" player four years in a row (1993–1996)

£10 in advance £12 on door

8.00 pm

Contact Richard Quayle: 07884 364516

mail AT draxfolk.org.uk

www.draxfolk.org.uk


Thu 6th Sep 2018

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

Rachael Dadd & RHAIN (double headline show)

RHAIN, the Isle of Wight native, is a bold, powerful and honest performer, whilst her songwriting is acutely fragile, mythical and overwhelmingly melodic. Described by NME as ‘a figure of lyrical beauty’, she has received airplay by fans such as Huw Stephens and Lauren Laverne at BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music.
2018 sees brave new territory covered for RHAIN with adventures arrangements, ambitious production and charming lyrics rivalling contemporaries such as Bjork or Bat For Lashes. RHAIN has previously supported the likes of This Is The Kit, TuneYards and Richard Dawson.

Website – www.rhainmusic.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/RHAINMUSIC
Twitter – twitter.com/rhainmusic

Rachael Dadd

Two years in the making ‘We Resonate’ out on Talitres (UK/EU) and Sweetdreams Press (Japan), is an uplifting celebration of life and by far her most collaborative. It sees Rachael joined by Laura Marling’s sideman Marcus Hamblett, experimental Japanese multi-instrumentalist ICHI, Alessi Laurent-Marke of Alessi’s Ark, Rozi Plain, Emma Gatrill of Sons of Noel and Adrian, and Thomas Heather of Woodpecker Wooliams.

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

Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £10.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/rhain-plus-support-rachael-dadd/


Fri 7th Sep 2018 to Sun 9th Sep 2018

St Mary's Church and Stogumber village centre TA4 3TA

Stogumber Festival

Saturday is Folk Day at Stogumber Festival

Cara Dillon, Sam Lakeman, Velvet & Stone, Kate Griffin & Ford Collier, Gathering Tides

See website for full details - there are events on the Friday and Sunday as well

http://www.stogumberfestival.com


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Harpas at Halsway: Nyckelharpa Festival

A weekend of workshops, ensemble playing, sessions, dancing, a concert and more! An international line-up of tutors – Torbjörn Näsbom and Josefina Paulson from Sweden plus Vicki Swan from the UK – will between them offer a whole range of tuition on a variety of subjects. You can expect Swedish music, British music, European music, plus technique and ensemble classes. Jonny Dyer will also be on hand to co-host the weekend with Vicki, and we’ll have a master Nyckelharpa maker on hand to help with repairs and maintenance. Come and explore a range of repertoire, and meet, play and socialise with other players and enthusiasts!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/harpas-at-halsway-nyckelharpa-festival-2/


Fri 7th Sep 2018

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
jenny_harrison_1123 AT yahoo.co.uk


Sat 8th Sep 2018

Southill Community Centre, Radipole Lane, Weymouth DT4 9SS

Ceilidh Evening (Simple Scottish Dancing)

An evening of Ceilidh dancing (simple Scottish dances - no experience needed) to lively CD music & Caller, interspersed with individual musical items. If you would like to have a performance slot, please contact Judie at below email address.Suitable young & old, no partner needed, fun evening.

£3 each (bring your own drinks - nibbles and soft drinks provided)

7.00 - 10.00 pm

Contact Judie Seymour: 01305 833660

grajudseymour AT hotmail.com


Hornblotton Village Hall BA4 6SF

Leveret

Folk giants Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney & Rob Harbron come to Hornblotton! Leveret's music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new. With their albums New Anything and In The Round, and over a long string of sell-out gigs, the trio have built a strong reputation as consummate musicians and captivating performers. At Hornblotton, as well as some traditional tunes, they'll be playing pieces from 'Inventions', their new album of original material that brings Leveret's trademark groove, energy and intuitive playing to bear on a set of new tunes composed by the trio, three of today's finest tunesmiths in the folk field. We're proud to bring you such a classy act, at the top of their game, and in the delightful intimacy of Hornblotton Village Hall. And try our lovely food from 7pm!

£15

7.30pm

Contact Colin Bowen: 01963 240282

bowencolin AT hotmail.com

www.hvh.btck.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Nyckelharpa: Torbjörn Näsbom, Josefina Paulson, Vicki Swan

The ‘tutors’ concert’ for our Harpas at Halsway Festival is something rather special, featuring as it does two of the finest players from Sweden together with the UK’s foremost Nyckelharpa specialist Vicki Swan.

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/nyckelharpa-torbjorn-nasbom-josefina-paulson-vicki-swan/


Sun 9th Sep 2018

Haselbury Mill, near Crewkerne TA18 7NY

The Mother Ukers, Ben Rouse, Opera-lele, Samantha Muir, In Sync

This is the first ever ukulele festival hosted by the Yeovil Ukulele Club and is being staged at The Haselbury Mill, about 8 miles from Yeovil

£20.00, cheaper for early bird tickets and children

11.00am - 9.00pm

Contact Holly Cheetham

holly AT yeoviluke.club

www.yeoviluke.club


Royal British Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Bridport DT6 3AD

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

1.30 - 4.00 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


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

Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith

Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith have a reputation as two of the most exciting musicians and social commentators on the British folk scene today. Songs have always taken centre stage with Jimmy and Sid and as they launch their third album ‘Many A Thousand’, we see the duo flexing not only their vocal and instrumentation skills, but also their talent as composers. Part of what makes this compelling duo tick is a love of traditional folksong and a mutual passion for the history that is carried in the music. On ‘Many A Thousand’ the past and present sit side by side, with original songs more than comfortably holding their own next to the traditional. Another crucial element to this partnership is a shared world-view – sustainability, traditional crafts and living in tune with the land – all elements that deeply inform their music.

www.jimmyandsidduo.com/

www.wegottickets.com/event/423996

£10adv

8pm

Contact box office: 01225 461700

http://www.chapelarts.org


Thu 13th Sep 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Simon Maplesden with Ivor/Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Ring O' Bell, 4 St Mary's Grove, Nailsea BS48 4NQ

Kadia

Brilliant trio from Bath

Kadia are a fast rising acoustic trio from Dorset. They perform a galvanizing mix of traditional and cutting edge original folk songs. Combining cello, fingerstyle guitar, and mandolin with stunning three part harmony, they create rich and uplifting music interspersed with history and storytelling. Their live performances have built them a fearsome reputation, and are often described as “sublime” and “unforgettable”.

8pm

£5 on the door

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk


Fri 14th Sep 2018

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

RANT

The release of Reverie, the much anticipated second album from RANT last year, firmly established this quartet as a huge musical force and a strong, raw, yet vibrant sound on the British Folk scene.
Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Lauren MacColl and recent recruit Anna Massie join forces to create a sound which is both rich and lush, yet retaining all the bite and spark synonymous with a Scottish fiddle player. Using just their fiddles, they weave a tapestry of melodies, textures, layers and sounds. Known for their work as soloists and with various bands, this is a celebration of the instrument they all have a passion for.

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions.

www.rantfiddles.com

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=935


The Trooper, Stourton Caundle DT10 2JW

John Kirkpatrick

John Kirkpatrick needs no introduction to musicians, singers or dancers. The night at the Trooper's intimate (and relatively small) venue means that tickets are unlikely to be available on the night, so advance booking of tickets is essential.

8.00pm

Tickets £12.00 on the door (if still available) or in advance from John Waltham

(t) 01963 362890
(e) jhnwaltham AT yahoo.co.uk


Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

The Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club - Arish Mel with caller Teresa Rabbetts

All welcome!
We are looking forward to a lively evening.

There will be no food but squash will be provided, BYO if you wish.

To help those trying to find the school in the dark it is about 300 yards south of the Piddle Inn with a hump back bridge into the car park.

£6 under 16 free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Sat 15th Sep 2018 to Sun 16th Sep 2018

Gorefield, Over Stratton, South Petherton TA13 5LL

Bluegrass/Oldtime Mandolin Workshop

with Jesper Rübner-Petersen

During this course, Jesper Rübner-Petersen will introduce participants to playing Bluegrass/Oldtime mandolin with examples of other styles also included. Solo playing as well as accompaniment will be explored during the course, allowing participants to learn new techniques and develop and refine their existing playing skills.

Fee £90 (excluding accommodation and food).

10am - 5pm. ​

Please send an email to willslessons AT gmail.com if you would like to register for this course. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 15 August.

www.jrpmandolin.com

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=14&products_id=937


Sat 15th Sep 2018

Owermoigne Village Hall DT2 8XD

The Casterbridge Band

Barn Dance in our traditional rural village hall.

Licensed Bar

Please book early as tickets are limited and sell out quickly.

£10 Adults £7.50 child inc ploughmans supper

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Ian Kane: 07887775229

i.kane AT hotmail.co.uk

www.owermoignevillagehall.btik.com


Sun 16th Sep 2018

Chalk and Cheese, Maiden Newton DT2 0BD

Music session

An excellent long running session: mainly English.

5:00 - 8.30 pm

Contact Colin and Ruth Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


Fri 21st Sep 2018 to Sun 23rd Sep 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

English Fiddle Weekend

North Devon duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll share a love of traditional English fiddle music and also compose their own tunes. We are delighted to be welcoming John Dipper to join them as our guest tutor for 2018!
Workshops include technique, expression and repertoire (using our extensive folk library) and there will be plenty of time to play together and receive some individual help. This is an intensive weekend of workshops for fiddle players of all ages who can play folk dance tunes up to tempo either from the music provided, or by ear. Some music will be supplied in advance. Other tunes will be chosen at the event in response to participants’ requests – a Saturday afternoon ‘Open Space’ session offers a chance for workshops on areas requested by course participants, and for individual tuition.
On Saturday evening there’s a chance to watch the tutors in action in a public performance at 8pm. Course ends around 5pm Sunday.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/english-fiddle-weekend-3/


Fri 21st Sep 2018

Victoria Hall, Radstock BA3 3QG

Miranda Sykes

Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ is returning to her roots with a solo tour and latest album. 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 as she started out: One woman, one bass, and one guitar. Borrowed Places, released in 2017, is her debut solo album and draws its inspiration primarily from the songs and landscape of her native Lincolnshire but seen through the eyes of someone who has lived away for many years. This tour will include previously unheard tracks from her forthcoming new album due for release in 2019.

www.mirandasykes.com

£12

8pm

Contact box office: 01761 438885

www.victoriahallradstock.co.uk


Sat 22nd Sep 2018

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

Trad.Attack!

A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event

The Estonian trio Trad.Attack! take inspiration from old archive recordings and from the music of today. Folk is their starting point but not their boundary: they remain open in ears, mind and soul to different styles and new directions whilst maintaining their emotional Roots-heart.
In the last three years, Trad.Attack! have exploded on the scene and played in Estonia, Latvia, Poland, USA, Germany, Finland, Malaysia, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Norway, Denmark and Canada. The band will be heading to the UK for a couple of festivals in 2017 and we're delighted to bring them here on tour.

Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Concessions

www.tradattack.ee

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=938


Corn Exchange, Blandford Forum DT11 7AD

Arish Mel

Harvest Home Barn Dance: In Britain, thanks have been given for successful harvests since pagan times. Harvest Festival or Harvest Home as it is often called, is traditionally held on the week-end nearest to the Harvest Moon. This is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox (22 or 23 September).
This year Blandford Evening WI are reviving the Traditional Harvest Home Barn Dance to raise funds for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

£10.00 per head to include a Ploughman's Supper and there will be a Bar and the Grand Raffle.

Tickets can be obtained from the Blandford TIC, The Forum Cafe, from Tony at Horrocks and Webb Jewellers or any WI member.

For more information see our web site www.blandfordeveningwi.com or meet us on Facebook.

Doors 6.30pm -- Dancing at 7.00pm -- ends 11.00

Facebook - Blandford Evening WI

www.blandfordeveningwi.com


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Fiddle: Becki Driscoll, Nick Wyke, John Dipper

An informal evening of music from our English Fiddle Weekend tutors: Nick Wyke, Becki Driscoll and John Dipper.
Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll first collaborated on a busking trip around Spain and Portugal. Since then, they have made a strong impact on the British folk scene and received national and international acclaim.
John Dipper is a respected and established performer, composer, teacher and instrument maker. John grew up steeped in the traditions of Southern England, and his unique playing style and compositions convey a deep understanding and passion for indigenous culture.

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/fiddle-becki-driscoll-nick-wyke-john-dipper/


Sun 23rd Sep 2018

Barrington Theatre, Ferndown BH22 9TH

The Old Pull and Push

Barn dance

£7.50

7.30pm - 10.00pm

Doors and bar open 7.00pm. Ticket sales limited to 100.

Contact Barrington Theatre box office: 01202 894858

admin AT thebarrington.org

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/barringtontheatre.


The Regal Theatre - Minehead TA24 5UQ

Ange Hardy & The Full Bare Foot Band

Folk legend Ange Hardy returns to The Regal Theatre in Minehead for a once-in-a-lifetime full-band celebration of her latest album. This spectacular evening of heartfelt music promises to delight Ange Hardy's strong fan base as well as introducing new audiences to her award winning music.

£12 in advance (£11.50 friends, £10 students/unemployed) £14 on door

7.00 pm

Phone: 01643 706430

https://www.angehardy.com/gigs/2018/09/23/somerset-the-regal-theatre-minehead


Thu 27th Sep 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Pip Oxenbury with Amycrofters

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 28th Sep 2018 to Mon 1st Oct 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Harvest Dance Weekend

Judith Inman hosts this partnership dance event, with musicians Liza and Grahame O’Connor, and Frances Oates as guest caller; her workshops ‘Ladies First’ will focus on dances by women! Other dances called by Alan Archer and Judith Inman, workshops by Jill Price (long sword), Diana Triplow, Malcom Bright and John Wood, fresh from celebrating his 90th birthday at the beginning of the month!
There will be free time to enjoy the colours and scents of autumn in the Quantocks, visit Somerset Arts Week studios or look for fossils near Kilve. If wet you can research in the library, play games, jigsaws etc in the Manor
Who’s it For?
All dancers welcome. Please contact Judith Inman direct to make a booking. Although this is a busy weekend Judith is always happy to hear from and include newcomers to the event wherever possible.
The Team
Judith Inman organises this annual event, with guest callers and musicians as mentioned above.
For more information and to book please contact Judith:

Tel: 01628 486845
Email: judithinman AT btinternet.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/harvest-dance-weekend/


Fri 28th Sep 2018

Sturminster Marshall Memorial Hall BH21 4BQ

Jamie Smith's Mabon

Jamie Smith's Mabon are among the UK's foremost and finest exponents of original, interCeltic music. Vocals, accordion, fiddle, bouzouki, bass and drums are subtly exploited by five dynamic, accomplished musicians, working traditional forms and styles anew in songs and melodies by composer Jamie Smith.
Mabon's distinctive, infectious and 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, filled with energy, joy and passion. The energetic sound of jigs and reels, or a graceful mazurka, an ecstatic muiñera; a haunting Welsh-language love-song or a driving, sing-along, fantasy epic; all are given the same refreshing, creative treatment as the band dances skilfully along the borders between Celtic heritage and contemporary sound.

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.jamiesmithsmabon.com

Standard £10, u18s £6, family £26

7:30pm

Contact Andrea Kaciniel: 07903 057427

info AT artsreach.co.uk

https://artsreach.co.uk/event/jamie-smiths-mabon


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

The Churchfitters

Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw or a glass harp. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious Funk-Rock rhythms. And traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising Jazz sax. The Churchfitters strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with instruments - flute, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, electric hub-cap bass-bouzouki and the unique ‘bing-bong’ machine made out of hack-saw blades. Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes that create instant rapport and you’ve got a high energy, uplifting show that always leaves audiences cheering.

Tickets: £15. No concessions.

www.churchfitters.com

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=939


Sat 29th Sep 2018

Studland Village Hall BH19 3AE

Jamie Smith's Mabon

Jamie Smith's Mabon are among the UK's foremost and finest exponents of original, interCeltic music. Vocals, accordion, fiddle, bouzouki, bass and drums are subtly exploited by five dynamic, accomplished musicians, working traditional forms and styles anew in songs and melodies by composer Jamie Smith.
Mabon's distinctive, infectious and 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, filled with energy, joy and passion. The energetic sound of jigs and reels, or a graceful mazurka, an ecstatic muiñera; a haunting Welsh-language love-song or a driving, sing-along, fantasy epic; all are given the same refreshing, creative treatment as the band dances skilfully along the borders between Celtic heritage and contemporary sound.

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.jamiesmithsmabon.com

Standard £10, Under 18s £6

7:30pm

Contact Studland Stores: 01929 450204

info AT artsreach.co.uk

https://artsreach.co.uk/event/jamie-smiths-mabon


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

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker

Josienne Clarke has a voice to die for, and when she signed to the illustrious Rough Trade Records, its founder Geoff Travis said her “songs rearrange your internal emotional landscape… reinventing the popular song structure.” With a rare gift for poetic melancholy, the songs Josienne has recorded with the guitarist Ben Walker have also been described as “extraordinary” (Mojo), “gently exquisite” (The Observer) and “full of depth” (The Telegraph).
Ben Walker has a reputation for flawless musicianship and for writing music that sets off a song to perfection. He has been hailed by Total Guitar magazine as one of 'the best acoustic guitarists in the world right now', a master of intricate and subtle finger style”.

Tickets £16 (students £12) from Box Office 01202-413600.
8pm (bar 7pm).
www.bournemouthfolkclub.com


Thu 4th Oct 2018

St Bartholomew's Church Hall, Crewkerne TA18 7HY

Crewkerne Folk Dance Club - Club callers, Ali and Steve Music

Autumn Dance

£5

7.30 - 9.30

Contact Leslye Stansfield: 01460 75760


Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Blair Dulop

Young folk singer performs at the Marine as part of his new UK album tour for Notes from an Island
Following the release of his critically acclaimed 4th album ‘Notes From An Island’, award winning British guitarist, singer and songwriter Blair Dunlop plays a show at the Marine this autumn as part of a UK tour. Looking forward to performing the new songs live, Blair thinks the record is “easily my best yet.”.

Support from Jack Carty
Bar opens 6:30 P.M., starts 7:30 P.M.

£9.50 advance, £12 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends

Online via http://www.marinetheatre.com/music-blair-dunlop-thursday-4-october/
In person: Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres
Over the phone: 01297 442138
Booking Fee may apply


Fri 5th Oct 2018

Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HF

Ninebarrow Trio

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2017 nominees Ninebarrow impressed audiences here last year with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition.
The duo have now joined forces with cellist and long-term collaborator, Lee Cuff, to produce an evening unlike any other. With brand new songs and stunningly realised arrangements of some old favourites, the trio are winning new fans wherever they go. See them now to find out why.

8.00 pm

£15 / £13 / £5

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/fri-5-october-•-ninebarrow-trio/


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
jenny_harrison_1123 AT yahoo.co.uk


Sat 6th Oct 2018

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

E.C.D.B. with Jane Thomas calling a Contra and American night

Who better to have for a mainly Contra and American dance evening than the English Contra Dance Band and Jane Thomas!
Don't be put off by "Contra and American", it's all a development out of the English tradition, just maybe a bit of new terminology to pick up and some great lively music to enjoy, danced mainly with a walking step. Come dip your feet in, it's lovely!

All welcome, dances will be walked and talked through and call throughout.
Bring & Share (finger food) supper, and your own beer (The Woodman Inn is just opposite).
On street parking or use town car parks.

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

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


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

Cara Dillon

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

www.caradillon.co.uk

Tickets: £22. No concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=940


Thu 11th Oct 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Brian Heaton music & calling

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 12th Oct 2018

Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

The Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club

All welcome!
We are looking forward to a lively evening.

There will be no food but squash will be provided, BYO if you wish.

To help those trying to find the school in the dark it is about 300 yards south of the Piddle Inn with a hump back bridge into the car park.

£6 under 16 free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Sat 13th Oct 2018

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

Greg Russell and Jack Rutter

Possessed of an extraordinary voice that’s ‘full of character’ (The Telegraph), over the last five years, Greg Russell has established himself as one of the most significant performers on the UK Folk scene. Playing guitar, bouzouki and singing, in 2013 he won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and in 2014 won the Horizon Award from the same source, alongside Ciaran Algar.
Still in his mid-20s, Jack Rutter is a highly respected singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has performed with Moore Moss Rutter, Seth Lakeman and the Jackie Oates band. His new solo set features a range of well-known and rare Traditional songs from a variety of sources, delivered with guitar, bouzouki or duet concertina accompaniment that complement his signature ‘honest, unaffected vocals’ (Yorkshire Evening Post).

Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

www.mooremossrutter.co.uk
www.gregrussellfolk.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=942


Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Model Folk Band

A long time ago in circumstances best described as vague, the nucleus of The Model Folk was born. We are a six piece band hailing from the deepest darkest reaches of North Somerset. Our sound is an eclectic cocktail of influences that could loosely fit in the folk canon. Live shows are full of self-deprecating humour, romance, pathos, audience engagement and interaction; this creates an intimacy which feels more akin to a family get together than a gig; with tunes such as Nipples for Men and Naked in The Kitchen, our aim is to get everyone smiling and tapping their feet. The music is created with clarinet wizardry, trumpets, trombones & accordion; topped off with epic harmonies; with influences from The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Curtis Eller, Frank Zappa, Robyn Hitchcock, Ani DiFranco, Cardiacs, Tom Waits, Beirut, Fiona Apple, Bob Marley, Glitzy Bag Hags, John Martyn and many others but sounding like none of them. As one recent gig attendee said to us “you may go not knowing the songs, but you end up wondering why on earth you hadn’t known them all your life!”.

7.00 for 7.45

Nailsea Tithe Barn Trust event

www.themodelfolk.com

Tickets £10 from www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/397987



Sun 14th Oct 2018

Royal British Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Bridport DT6 3AD

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

1.30 - 4.00 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Wed 17th Oct 2018

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

Louise Jordan 'No Petticoats Here'

- Stories of First World War Women Through Song

Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician, Louise Jordan shares the stories of inspirational women who challenged expectations through original song and storytelling. From the woman who dressed as a soldier on the Western Front to the women football players banned by the FA, the ambulance drivers running the gauntlet of enemy fire in Flanders and the so-called ‘surplus million’ single women.
Members of Stanchester Quire will be performing as part of the show. Stanchester Quire is a community choir, established in 1996, singing unaccompanied carols and Folk songs collected from the South-West of England under the directorship of Eddie Upton. Contact 01935 822287 or stanchesterquire1 AT gmail.com for more information.

Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

www.louisejordan.co.uk www.nopetticoatshere.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=943


Sat 20th Oct 2018

Caryford Community Hall, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ

Winter Wilson

Fresh from touring with Fairport Convention, Winter Wilson (Kip Winter - vocals, accordion, guitar and flute and Dave Wilson - vocals, guitar and banjo) bring a sense of intimacy to the stage, mixing songs with stories of life on the road. Tight harmonies, killer songs and a lot of fun.

£10 advance/£12 on door
Tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/436732

6.45 pm

Contact Helen Leary: 01963 350980

hlleary AT hotmail.co.uk

http://www.caryfordhall.co.uk


Thu 25th Oct 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Robert & Mary Blackborow & Co

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 26th Oct 2018

Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HF

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

A chance meeting at their local Black Fen Folk Club in Cambridge uncovered Hannah and Ben’s shared musical passions and sympathies, that over time has developed into a unique and intimate show of American roots and English folk music.
Huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage are a folk duo that look and sound classically timeless, yet feel refreshingly unique.

8.00 pm

£13 / £11 / £5

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/fri-26-october-hannah-sanders-ben-savage/


Sat 27th Oct 2018

Tintinhull Village Hall BA22 8PY

Jigs for Gigs caller Jill Spence

Over Stratton Folk Dance Club.
Autumn Ceilidh dance.
Bring and share supper.

Early tickets £7.50 /On the door £8.50

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Steven Sparks: 07788782860

sjsparks AT btinternet.com


Fri 2nd Nov 2018

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
jenny_harrison_1123 AT yahoo.co.uk


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Breabach

Scotland's finest

One of the most celebrated and successful Scottish folk bands of recent times, Breabach command the stage with flare, charisma and a sound that is as expansive as it is distinct. Powered by double bagpipes, flute and fiddle, this uncompromising force is further fueled by the tight groove of double bass, guitar and step-dance. Their enviable musicianship and adaptability is elegantly displayed through the thoughtful arrangement and delivery of songs.

http://breabach.com/

8pm

£16

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


Sat 3rd Nov 2018

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

Pigs Might Fly with caller Richard Mason

Bonfire weekend, so there may well be more than Pigs that Might Fly! Another bands out of Exeter, with Richard Mason no doubt calling some crackers of dances.
All welcome, dances will be walked and talked through and call throughout.
Bring & Share (finger food) supper, and your own beer (The Woodman Inn is just opposite).
On street parking or use town car parks.

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

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


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

The Jar Family

!!! CANCELLED !!!


Thu 8th Nov 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Simon Maplesden with Ivor/Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 9th Nov 2018

Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

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

All welcome!
We are looking forward to a lively evening.

There will be no food but squash will be provided, BYO if you wish.

To help those trying to find the school in the dark it is about 300 yards south of the Piddle Inn with a hump back bridge into the car park.

£6 under 16 free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Old Down Inn, Emborough BA3 4SA

A Celebration of the Traditional Song, Music, Dance and Stories of the North of Somerset

There will be concerts on the Friday and Saturday nights, workshops, story-telling sessions, morris dancing and singarounds.

To commemorate the armistice ending the Great War, The event will include a show presented by The Hotwells Howlers entitled 'Stony Broke in No Man's Land' This tells the story of how the war affected local communities in songs, words and images.

On Sunday lunchtime there will be a concert by 'Called to be Saints', a West Gallery Group.

The price of £15 is for the whole weekend. Any profits will go to the British Red Cross.

Contact David Byrne: 01761 419224

davidwbyrneuk AT yahoo.com


Sat 10th Nov 2018

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

Oysterband 40th Celebration Special

A chance to Dance

Classic songs from every era of a long and mighty career.
Oysterband, the multi-award-winning outfit that brought passion, power and not a little poetry to folk and roots music, enter their 40th year as vital and creative as ever, with some of the finest songs in the modern folk canon to their name: Put Out The Lights; When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down); Blood Wedding…these and many will be featured as they undertake a year of touring summer 2017 and 2018 to celebrate four decades of a unique and fiercely independent career.
Oysterband are: John Jones (voice, melodeon); Alan Prosser (guitars, voice); Ian Telfer (violin, voice); Al Scott (bass, mandolin, voice) Adrian Oxaal (cello, voice) and the newest member, formerly of Bellowhead, Pete Flood (drums, voice).

www.oysterband.co.uk

Tickets: £22. No concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=923


Sun 11th Nov 2018

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

Oysterband 40th Celebration Special

A chance to Dance

Classic songs from every era of a long and mighty career.
Oysterband, the multi-award-winning outfit that brought passion, power and not a little poetry to folk and roots music, enter their 40th year as vital and creative as ever, with some of the finest songs in the modern folk canon to their name: Put Out The Lights; When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down); Blood Wedding…these and many will be featured as they undertake a year of touring summer 2017 and 2018 to celebrate four decades of a unique and fiercely independent career.
Oysterband are: John Jones (voice, melodeon); Alan Prosser (guitars, voice); Ian Telfer (violin, voice); Al Scott (bass, mandolin, voice) Adrian Oxaal (cello, voice) and the newest member, formerly of Bellowhead, Pete Flood (drums, voice).

www.oysterband.co.uk

Tickets: £22. No concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=922


Thu 15th Nov 2018

St Bartholomew's Church Hall, Crewkerne TA18 7HY

Peter Bolton and Jeroka

Winter Party

£5

7.30 - 10.00 pm

Contact Leslye Stansfield: 01460 75760

Crewkerne Folk Dance Club


Sat 17th Nov 2018

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

The Furrow Collective

Alasdair Roberts, Emily Portman, Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton are four fine soloists sharing a mutual love of traditional songs, from both sides of the English and Scottish borders, with playful, boundary-defying musicianship.
Since their critically acclaimed debut, At Our Next Meeting, The Furrow Collective has been in demand as a touring band, gigging throughout Europe and performing BBC live sessions. Hot on the heels of two BBC Folk Award nominations, in November 2016 they released their new album, Wild Hog, to huge critical acclaim. Each band member leads a song, moving with ease from jaunty stories of ailing horses to poignant laments and sparsely adorned supernatural ballads.

www.thefurrowcollective.co.uk

Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=950


Wed 21st Nov 2018

Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Show of Hands: Joint Venture Tour

Following the extraordinary reaction to their haunting cathedral tour Sanctuary, Show of Hands return to the theatre and concert circuit on a quest to reveal a fuller sound for the trio’s bold new studio album.
Joint Venture features intriguing collaborations with the likes of Afro Celt Sound System’s Johnny Kalsi, and folk/reggae band Edward the Second. Steve, Miranda and Phil will each play an opening set of three solo spots before being joined by Cormac Byrne, legendary percussionist of Seth Lakeman Band fame.
Please note due to the nature of this event there may be some occasions during the show when some patrons choose to stand.

Tickets: £26
Concessions: £24.50
Footlights/Groups 10+: Discount Applies

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

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=14&products_id=951


Thu 22nd Nov 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Ian Ludbrook with Jeroka

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Fishermans Friends 2018

Bound by lifelong friendship and a love of Cornwall’s stirring songs of the sea, this most convivial choral collective will showcase a fresh haul of old favourites as well as new songs from their latest album Sole Mates - their seventh since they were ‘discovered’ singing on the Platt on the harbour at Port Isaac on Cornwall’s rugged Atlantic coast.

Tickets: £26
A £1 ticket levy is included in all stated ticket prices.

https://www.octagon-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/music/fishermans-friends-2018/6418


Sat 24th Nov 2018

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

Blazin’ Fiddles

Blazin’ Fiddles are one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups. Celebrating their 20th year in 2018 – and with the release of their ninth album, The Key, in November 2017 – no other band has quite managed to capture the excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music all at once.
With a “Blazers” performance comes the rare opportunity to hear regional expressions, from Scotland’s highlands and islands, and the individual style of each fiddler – Inverness’ Bruce MacGregor, Shetlander Jenna Reid, Nairn’s Rua Macmillan, and Orcadian Kristan Harvey – in a blend of ensemble and solo sets. Fiddles and bows come alight atop guitar and piano from Anna Massie and Angus Lyon, delivering a musically intoxicating evening for all.

www.blazinfiddles.com

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=953


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

Jackie Oates

Winner of BBC Folk Awards for best newcomer and best traditional track, Jackie Oates is a name synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk music, beguiling audiences with a delicate balance of tradition and reinvention.
Her mellifluous voice and imaginatively plaintive fiddle style has won her several BBC Folk Awards during a 10-year recording career that began as a member of the emerging Unthanks and has continued with five acclaimed solo albums. Collaborations with Alasdair Roberts, Belinda O’Hooley and her brother Jim Moray on material that’s ranged from traditional ballads to eerie lullabies and rich contemporary songs, Jackie has earned fans beyond the folk scene she grew up in.

Tickets £16 (students £12) from Box Office 01202-413600.
8pm (bar 7pm).
www.bournemouthfolkclub.com


Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Chris Wood

Chris Wood is an uncompromising guitarist and singer whose music reveals his love for the unofficial history of the English speaking people.
With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables.
On stage Chris has the air of a craftsman who no longer needs to be precious about his art. Without any apparent effort he reaches deep into an enviable repertoire of songs before revealing another gem.

With support
Bar opens 6:30 P.M., starts 7:30 P.M.
£14 advance / £16.50 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends

Online via http://www.marinetheatre.com/music-chris-wood-saturday-24-november/
In person: Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres
Over the phone: 01297 442138
Booking Fee may apply


Sun 25th Nov 2018

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Gigspanner

Since his departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process has firmly established their burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene.
A glance at the band's Guestbook page offers an insight into the emotional impact their performances exert..."spellbinding" "sublime" "blown away" "inspired" and "magical" are familiar themes.

7.30

Tickets £15

www.gigspanner.com

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


Sat 1st Dec 2018

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

Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews, with Ray Goodswen

Your pre-Christmas treat, a return of Derby duo Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews, teamed with Ray Goodswen's calling. Expect great music played on melodian, hurdy-gurdy, fiddle or viola - not to be missed!
All welcome, dances will be walked and talked through and called throughout.
Bring & Share (finger food) supper, and your own beer (The Woodman Inn is just opposite).
On street parking or use town car parks.


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

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


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

Noble Jacks

A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event

With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners as they come on with their high-energy footstompin’ rhythms which have taken crowds by storm across the UK.
Noble Jacks have been touring relentlessly, stompin’ their way round the British music scene with ‘sold out’ headline events promoting their debut album, 'What the Hammer', as well as shows at major festivals, including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and Beautiful Days, to name a few.

www.noblejacks.com

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=955


Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Martin Taylor and Martin Simpson

Award winning Jazz guitarist Martin Taylor teams up with acoustic and slide guitar virtuoso Martin Simpson. The pair shares the stage throughout the performance – adding to each other’s songs and instrumental pieces, taking them to new areas of creative inspiration.
This is an unmissable evening with two guitar playing legends working in harmony.

£12 advance, £14.50 door. 10% discount for Theatre Friends
Bar opens 6 P.M., starts 7 P.M.
Unreserved seating

Tickets:
Online: via http://www.marinetheatre.com/music-martin-taylor-and-martin-simpson-saturday-1-december/
In person: Lyme Regis and Bridport Tourist Information centres
Over the phone: 01297 442138
Booking Fee may apply


Thu 6th Dec 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Jane Thomas with Ian Bryden & Co

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 7th Dec 2018

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

St Agnes Fountain

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

www.stagnesfountain.co.uk

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=957


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
jenny_harrison_1123 AT yahoo.co.uk


Sat 8th Dec 2018

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

St Agnes Fountain

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

www.stagnesfountain.co.uk

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=956


Sun 9th Dec 2018

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

St Agnes Fountain

St Agnes Fountain are about to embark on their 15th consecutive sell-out Christmas tour. Since their first get together, to record the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album in 2001, the quartet of founder, David Hughes; Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie and 2009's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo, Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season.
"The Aggies" recorded have their album again combining new versions of classic Christmas carols, original compositions and one or two fun surprises. Although the albums accompany the putting up of a thousand Christmas trees throughout Britain, it is, without question, their magical live performances that have endeared them to an ever-growing audience.
With their sparkling musicianship, humour and heartful renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes both original and those you know so well (or thought you did). Christmas, as they say, starts with St Agnes Fountain.

Tickets £20 (students £18) from Box Office 01202-413600.
7.15pm (bar 6.15pm).
www.bournemouthfolkclub.com


Fri 14th Dec 2018

Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

The Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club - Chris Toyne (caller TBA)

All welcome!
We are looking forward to a lively evening.

There will be no food but squash will be provided, BYO if you wish.

To help those trying to find the school in the dark it is about 300 yards south of the Piddle Inn with a hump back bridge into the car park.

£6 under 16 free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Sat 15th Dec 2018

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

Belshazzar’s Feast

On tour with a Christmas-themed show that mixes traditional Folk music, seasonal material, their usual touch of Classical and Jazz with a bit of Pop and Music Hall, all topped off with lashings of wry humour. Together, Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Hoover The Dog) wow audiences across the UK with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and ‘between songs chat’ that always sends audiences home with smiles on their faces.

www.belshazzarsfeast.com

Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=958


Thu 20th Dec 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Christmas Party

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Mon 31st Dec 2018

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

New Year's Eve Celebration Ceilidh with Jigs for Gigs

Bring in 2019 in style with music and dance at The David Hall.

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

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

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=959


Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

New Years Eve Barn Dance

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

£12 (£30 family)

8.00 pm


Fri 4th Jan 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
jenny_harrison_1123 AT yahoo.co.uk


Sat 12th Jan 2019

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

The Local Honeys

A night of Old Time with this young duo on tour from the States

www.thelocalhoneys.com

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


Fri 1st Feb 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
jenny_harrison_1123 AT yahoo.co.uk


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/


Fri 1st Mar 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
jenny_harrison_1123 AT yahoo.co.uk


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
jenny_harrison_1123 AT yahoo.co.uk