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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


Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome BA11 1BE

Lau

Scottish folk pioneers Lau return with their first new music since 2015’s ‘The Bell That Never Rang’ Premiering at Edinburgh International Festival August 18 2018 – at one of their now legendary self curated Lau-Land events. The new music was written in Shetland and highlights the continuation of Lau’s experimental approach to folk music with increasingly minimal arrangements in song form which include the themes of togetherness and forgiveness. Among the new songs is ‘Scapa Flow 1919′ written for the BBC Radio Ballads series around the experience of the stranded German sailors leading up to the scuttling of the Grand Fleet at the end of WW1. As always with Lau there’s plenty of progression on a purely sonic level too. Their new music continues to explore the marriage of acoustic and electronic sources and the arrangements continue down the path of intertwining instrumental music and song. Lau is a trio that put a lot of thought into the live experience and presentation, something anyone who shared in Lau’s acclaimed Decade tour will know, they have fresh theatrical ideas for Lau’s 2018 – 2019 tour.

7:30 pm

01373 455 420

http://www.cheeseandgrain.com/event/lau/?dm_i=4TNW,3PK9,OO8LT,C5MV,1


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/


Mon 18th Feb 2019

The Old Sorting Office, Wiveliscombe Post Office TA4 2JP

Daria Kulesh with Johnny Dyer

With her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, "bold, exotic, impressive" Daria Kulesh is a rising star and a unique character on the UK folk scene. Her debut album Eternal Child was described as “phenomenal” and named Runner-Up in Best Album of 2015 from a Female Artist by FolkWords, among numerous other accolades. Her 2017 album Long Lost Home has already won multiple awards in the UK and in Russia, including LCM Album of the Year. It has enjoyed national radio play and rave reviews calling it a “triumph”, a “masterpiece” and “a definite contender for the best album of 2017”.
Jonny Dyer is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and competition-winning guitar player; Jonny’s outstanding technical ability, coupled with a wide-ranging musical taste has made him a tireless and forceful musical innovator. Jonny has been singing and playing choral music, soul, jazz and folk for as long as he can remember.

£10 / £8 concessions

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


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/


Drax Arms Bere Regis BH20 7HH

Antoine & Owena, Paul Openshaw and Sam Flounders

Folk Night

All Welcome. No entrance fee. Raffle.

8pm

Contact Pip: 07598 328479

www.draxfolk.org.uk


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/


The Grange Hotel, Oborne, Nr Sherborne DT9 4LA

Edgelarks

BBC Award Winning Folk Duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin preview concert of their upcoming album. Lovely intimate venue.

£14

7.30pm

Contact Karen Perryman: 07866933736

kandjperryman AT tiscali.co.uk


Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Ian Ladbroke and Jeroka

Chard Folk Dance Club

The members have been dancing for 50 years this year! We meet alternative Thursdays at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall between 7.30 and 9.45. Live music each time and a variety of callers.

£3 members, £4 non members (£6 annual membership)

All welcome, especially those with 2 left feet!
For more information call Elaine 01460 65909 / 07729 103359.

e3dons AT hotmail.com


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


Osmington Village Hall

The Wareham Whalers - and Chips!

We have had lots of requests to bring The Whalers back after their spot was a highlight of the wonderful 11/11 event, so I'm very pleased to tell you about this.
Fans of the Wareham Whalers will know that their impeccable harmonies, their enthusiasm for their music and their careful research into the shanties they sing all adds up to a great performance.

This time, however, there's an added bonus. This show reflects the colourful life of Edwardian writer and poet Cicely Fox Smith (The poet of the sea. Punch Magazine 1926), who had a deep interest in sailing ships, sailors and all thing maritime.
"As a woman, Ms Fox Smith (1882-1954), must have been pretty well excluded from working as a sailor herself, but she writes very convincingly about ships and men – so convincingly, in fact, that quite a few of her poems have been set to tunes and are being sung by the kind of people you would normally expect to sing traditional shanties, ballads about cruel ships’ mates and ribald ditties about landlords’ daughters" - Intheboatshed.net.
Cicely was a popular contributor to Punch Magazine for forty years. She must have been quite a lady!
This promises to be a performance worth catching.

Performance only - £5.
Fish and chips £6.50 (MUST be pre-ordered. Vegetarian and pie options available)

Tickets by phone - 07816 832554;
Email: osmingtonmusic AT gmail.com
or via wegottickets.com

7.30pm

Contact Eileen Bramley: 07816 832554

osmingtonmusic AT gmail.com

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


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


Bournemouth Folk Club at the Shelley Theatre, Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth BA5 1LX

The Edgelarks

In April 2018, Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin) retreated to a remote cottage in Ulpha, western Cumbria. They breathed in the mountain view, banked up the fire, and took their instruments out of their cases. Then they sat down, and wrote. In escaping the everyday chaos of busy lives, they realised how caught up in the misery of the 24 hour news cycle they were; absorbed in the heartbreak of the world, they had lost sight of its beauty. Tired of the navel-gazing tendencies of sad song writing, and the terrible events frequently depicted in the folk ballad tradition, they decided to turn their attention to an oft overlooked but vital facet of our lives: hope.
Swiftly, a set of songs and tunes emerged. Stories of wonder from the natural world; tales of rejoicing and long lost returns; and simple thanksgiving for their own surroundings and place in the landscape. Informed by world rhythms, British folk roots, and the duo's penchant for making as much noise as possible with only two people, the album is an upbeat celebration, an incitement to hope.
Edgelarks tour a very special run of preview concerts in March 2019, where audiences will get a first glimpse of the new material. The album will launch with an accompanying tour in May 2019

8pm,
Tickets £16
Box Office on line or 01202-413600

www.bournemouthfolkclub.com


Shaftesbury Town Hall SP7 8LY

Ceilidh

Steps in Time are hosting a ceilidh on behalf of the Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival. Starts after the lantern parade. Live band. Tickets include jacket potato with chilli or veg chilli. Please specify when booking.
Drinks available.

Adult £7:50 Child £3

7:00pm ish - 10:00pm

Contact Penny-Jane Swift: 07988 908841

info AT stepsintime.org.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


Sun 3rd Mar 2019

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

The Old Pull and Push

Barn Dance
There is a bar, but no food. The Public Car Park to the rear of the theatre is free after 6.00pm and is accessed via Library Road, BH22 9JP

£8.50

7.30 - 10.00

Contact Barrington Theatre Box Office: 01202 894858

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


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

Edgelarks

BBC Folk Award winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are a leading force of roots and acoustic music. The duo blend British traditional music with world rhythms to blistering effect, and have a penchant for making as much noise as possible with only two people. On this special album-preview tour they will be showcasing new songs
in an upbeat celebration, an incitement to hope. Expect songs inspired by the wonder of the natural world, tales of rejoicing and long lost returns, and simple thanksgiving for their own surroundings.

8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£15 / £13 members & concessions / £5 Livefor£5

01305 266926
www.dorchesterarts.org.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


Thu 7th Mar 2019

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Aileen Wills and Ivor Hyde and Holly Chapman

Chard Folk Dance Club

The members have been dancing for 50 years this year! We meet alternative Thursdays at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall between 7.30 and 9.45. Live music each time and a variety of callers.

£3 members, £4 non members (£6 annual membership)

All welcome, especially those with 2 left feet!
For more information call Elaine 01460 65909 / 07729 103359.

e3dons AT hotmail.com


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


Ditcheat Jubilee Hall BA4 6RB

Jeroka, with caller Peter Bolton

Barn Dancing

A warm welcome, live music, good dances and cheerful company are offered at Ditcheat for everyone from beginners to experienced dancers.
Nothing too serious, but as energetic as anyone might wish !

£4

7.30 - 9.30 pm

Contact Ama or Peter: 01749 672911


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


Yatton Village Hall BS49 4HL

Fougere Rouge and David Francis

Barn dance in aid of the Strawberry Line Café.

Strawberry Line Café is a not-for-profit organisation set up to empty and train people with learning disabilities. Our friendly community Café is on Platform 1, Yatton Railway Station. Open every day.

7.30 - 11.00 pm

£12-50

Includes a ploughman's supper.
Licensed bar available

To book high 01934 835758
or call into the café
or email manager AT strawberrylinecafe,co.uk
www.strawberrylinecafe.co.uk


The Market House, Castle Cary BA7 7AH

Reg Meuross

Award winning folk singer, songwriter and storyteller, Reg has a rare gift of being able to touch people with his collection of extremely beautiful songs performed with humour and depth. A fundraiser for the Friends of Castle Cary Library.

Cash only bar.

Tickets from Bailey Hill Bookshop, Castle Cary or www.wegottickets.com/event/459209

£12 advance / £15 on door

6:45 pm

Contact Helen Leary: 01963 350980

hlleary AT hotmail.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


Bournemouth Folk Club at Chapel Gate, Bournemouth Sports Club, Parley Lane BH23 6BD

Roswell

+ support: Woman Wants Tall Man & Garry Smith (slide guitarist)

Roswell are Purbeck Rising 2018's award-winning duo, made up of musicians Zoe Wren and Jasmine Watkiss. Roswell is a Folk/ Americana/ Indie duo based in London, a brand new Americana/ Folk duo featuring singer-songwriters Zoë Wren and Jasmine Watkiss. Based between Cambridge and London, Roswell formed in December 2017 after what can only be described as "musical love at first sight" at an open mic in Cambridgeshire. The duo are the Purbeck Rising Award winners for 2018 and has exciting plans for 2019, including slots at numerous folk festivals.

7.30pm

Tickets £10 on the door

www.bournemouthfolkclub.com


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/


Thu 14th Mar 2019

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

Mawkin

Mawkin’s extraordinary brand of boisterous folk music is one to warm hearts, minds and feet. Built on a solid traditional foundation and influenced by the swagger of 90s indie rock and Bellowhead-style brouhaha, this five-piece’s sound comes alive with a large dose of Essex-boy energy on stage. No surprise then that MOJO regards them as ‘unconditionally mighty’, and Q Magazine declares them ‘invigorating and highly inventive’. The 2019 album and tour ‘Down Among the Dead Men’ is a confident stride forward for a band that’s gathering serious momentum.

www.mawkin.co.uk/

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

£14.00
The Cafe is open this evening, last orders at 6.30pm

NOTE THIS WILL BE A STANDING GIG

https://chapelarts.org/events/mawkin-3/


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


Wellington Arts Centre, Eight Acre Lane, Wellington TA21 8PS

FoS brothers

Bucolic folk has a psychedelic head-fit.
Growing up in Belfast in the 70’s the FOS brothers fuse an eclectic mix of their own original songs with traditional Irish sensibilities flavoured liberally with Floydian/Genesis/Horslipian spices.
Their mix drums, percussion Loops and samples and soaring guitars and bass delight Festival and Venue audiences and that’s even before they start singing!

https://www.fosbrothers.com/

7.30 pm

Tickets from: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/wellingtonartscentre

£8

Direct Event Link
http://www.w-a-a.co.uk/e.php?e=889


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


Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Brian Heaton

Chard Folk Dance Club

The members have been dancing for 50 years this year! We meet alternative Thursdays at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall between 7.30 and 9.45. Live music each time and a variety of callers.

£3 members, £4 non members (£6 annual membership)

All welcome, especially those with 2 left feet!
For more information call Elaine 01460 65909 / 07729 103359.

e3dons AT hotmail.com


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


The Chapel in the Garden, 49 East St, Bridport DT6 3JX

Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll

The joyful combination of English fiddle partnership Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll welcomes you into their family from the first note. This is a masterclass in the art and mystery of connection; two fiddles and two voices working in confidence and synergy creating music infused with England痴 shared stories, songs and melodies. Join the duo for an acoustic concert in the beautiful setting of Bridport's Chapel in the Garden.

Tickets: https://www.wegottickets.com/englishfiddle

£8 advance / £10 on the door

7.30pm

Contact Becki Driscoll

becki AT englishfiddle.com

www.englishfiddle.com


Sat 23rd Mar 2019

Chaffcombe Village Hall TA20 4AW

The Crows

Dave Bordewey, Mick Ryan, James Patterson and Paul Downes have reunited to reform the hugely popular 1980’s group ‘Crows’.
‘Crows’ feature two of the finest male voices in the english folk tradition; Mick Ryan and James Patterson giving a unique blend of power, warmth and harmony. Mick and James are joined in harmony vocals by Dave and Paul.
‘Crows’ also provide masterly musicianship with James on guitar, Paul on guitar, mandocello, mandolin and banjo and Dave on fiddle and mandola, enabling the band to give a wide variety of instrumentation to any song they choose to perform.
The re-launch of this cult folk supergroup is a must-see.

£10

7.30 pm

Contact Elaine: 0146065909

e3dons AT hotmail.com


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

Faeland

+ support, Sealionwoman

Faeland: Songs for the spirit, folk-pop with Celtic and Americana influences.

Fusing deep folk tradition and acoustic instrumentation, Faeland bring their innovative and subtly experimental approach to contemporary folk music. Hear the acclaimed debut album “All My Swim” performed on an all-acoustic line-up including: guitars, beautiful vocals, double bass, violins, accordion and Celtic harp. Faeland offer a beautiful selection of original, modern folk compositions. The songs give the duo’s personal spin on classic themes of humanity, such as love, healing, and magic.
www.faeland.co.uk

Sealionwoman

Inspired by the selkies of Scottish folklore: water-dwelling beasts who morph from seal to human upon landing ashore. ‘Siren’ is the debut album by Sealionwoman: comprising a duo of vocals, doublebass and electronics.
www.facebook.com/kingdomofsealionwoman/

Sealionwoman on Twitter :  AT sealionwoman_uk

https://chapelarts.org/events/faeland/
Sealionwoman on Instagram :  AT seakittylionwoman

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

Door Price: £10.00
Advance: £8.00
The Cafe is open this evening, last orders at 6.30pm


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/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Emmanuel Pariselle, Richard Burgess and Rowan Rheingans

A sublime evening of music and song from across the UK, Europe and Scandinavia with Emmanuel Pariselle, Richard Burgess and Rowan Rheingans.

8pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/emmanuel-pariselle-richard-burgess-and-rowan-rheingans/


Wed 27th Mar 2019

Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum DT1 1UY

Time & Tide

This acclaimed folk-drama, by Dorset-based group Time & Tide, uses historical record combined with folk music of the time and area to create a song cycle of the Tolpuddle women.
Follow in the footsteps of the families of the ‘Tolpuddle Martyrs’, whose lives were changed forever when their menfolk – husbands, fathers and sons – became ‘marked men’. Accompany these women on their journey, as they face prejudice against their class, religion and gender.

£12.00 adult/£10.00 child/student

7.30 pm

Contact Harriot Still: 01305261849

info AT shirehall.dorset.org

shirehalldorset.org


Thu 28th Mar 2019

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

Tilston & Lowe

STEVE TILSTON and JEZ LOWE are two of the UK’s finest singers, songwriters and guitarists. They have performed together successfully on previous occasions but this is the first time they have written songs together, a radical change for two such singular artists. As Steve says: “Initially we were both wary of the process of co-writing, as for the most part, we are both firmly entrenched in a solitary approach to the creative process. That said, once we had a go at one song, and were pleasantly surprised by the results, we found ourselves on a bit of a roll and out came an album’s worth of material”. That album is the upcoming brand new release ‘The Janus Game’. The title takes its name from the ancient Roman god, Janus, the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, doorways, passages, and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces, on the same body but pointing in opposite directions, since he looks to the future and to the past. Steve and Jez’s music does that too, looking back at the past to extract the best ideas but to the future to let the music develop anew.

www.stevetilston.com

www.jezlowe.com

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

£14.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/tilston-lowe/


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/


Fri 29th Mar 2019

The Tivoli Theatre, West Borough, Wimborne Minster BH21 1LT

Feast of Fiddles 'Silver Jubilee' Concert

The Feast of Fiddles band-waggon trundles merrily on in its Silver Jubilee year. Born in Nettlebed on Valentine’s Day 1994 as a one off special concert, Feast of Fiddles has done 25 spring tours, 24 festivals and has 7 CDs to its name. Not bad for a bunch of old folk-rockers! This is a band of friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. Fiddlers Peter Knight (Gigspanner, Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle playing styles to the rock back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion – all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. A live music entertainment like no other on the circuit which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by even the most doubting of friends dragged along!

http://www.feastoffiddles.co.uk/ https://youtu.be/FdmKL0JEPwo Photo Credit: Martin Oldham

£22/£24.20

7.30 pm

Contact box office: 01202 885566

http://www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk


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)


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

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Duos come and duos go… And some nurture and fine tune their art and watch it grow into something totally original, captivating and award-winning. Bonded by an unseen alchemy, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have entwined their professional and personal relationship into an enviable class act of imaginative songwriting and musicianship.

www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com

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

£15.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/kathryn-roberts-sean-lakeman-2/


Mon 1st Apr 2019 to Fri 5th Apr 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Contra and Square Dance Week

Who’s it For?
This is an intensive but fun week for dancers of all levels of experience. If you are new to Contra but have experience in other dance styles you should find you learn rapidly; if you’re an experienced dancer there should be plenty to keep you interested!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/contra-and-square-dance-week-2018/


Thu 4th Apr 2019

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Simon Mapleson and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club

The members have been dancing for 50 years this year! We meet alternative Thursdays at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall between 7.30 and 9.45. Live music each time and a variety of callers.

£3 members, £4 non members (£6 annual membership)

All welcome, especially those with 2 left feet!
For more information call Elaine 01460 65909 / 07729 103359.

e3dons AT hotmail.com


Fri 5th Apr 2019 to Sun 7th Apr 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Playford Weekend

Led by Rhodri Davies with music from The Warleggan Village Band (Chris Green, Richard Heacock and Matthew Coatsworth), the Halsway Playford Weekend promises to a be stimulating and enjoyable experience!
A vigorous and fun weekend of dancing, the course is aimed at dancers – both experienced and new to Playford are welcome – who want to explore the music and dances published in the English Dancing Master.
There will be a Playford Assembly Ball on the Saturday evening – costume strongly encouraged! – all set to beautiful live music from the trio of Chris Green, Richard Heacock and Matthew Coatsworth.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-playford-weekend-3/


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


Mon 8th Apr 2019 to Fri 12th Apr 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk: Intro

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first-served basis.

You will operate as a company: taking warm-ups together, developing technique in music and performance, learning repertoire, and creating new interpretations of traditional material. There will also be down-time to socialise and enjoy being part of an exciting new company of performers! At the end of the week you’ll have the chance to perform what you’ve learned to an invited audience.

For more details and how to apply for one of the limited number of places see

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


Fri 12th Apr 2019 to Sun 14th Apr 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Percussive Dance Weekend

Back by popular demand, Hannah, Nic & Jim are back for another weekend of percussive dance. This time the Intermediate / Advanced group will split at times to allow for slower / faster paced learning.
A weekend for clog dancers of all abilities with a particular focus on using clog as percussion and on creating new routines and allowing the tradition to evolve. This weekend is led by a talented young team of Hannah James, Nicola Lyons, and Jim Molyneux, who you’ll get to see in performance on Saturday evening.

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


Fri 12th Apr 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Mel’s Melodeon Club – Monthly Class (Apr)

New to Halsway Manor – a regular monthly class run over six months for anyone interested in learning to play the Melodeon at beginner through to intermediate level. Tutor Mel Biggs will guide you in learning to master the basics and improve your skill and technique. Each class of 1.5 hrs duration, will run monthly between January and June.

Class Times
10.00 – 11.30am: Level 2 (Improvers)
11.45 – 1.15pm: Level 1 (Beginners)
2.00 – 3:30pm: Level 3/4 (Intermediates)

Class Dates
11 Jan 2019 | 8 Feb 2019 | 8 March 2019 | 12 April 2019 | 10 May 2019 | 7 June 2019.

Who’s it For?
Everyone interested in learning to play Melodeon and existing players of the D/G melodeon (diatonic button accordion). Sessions are organised by skill level. To find which skill level you are at please …..

Pricing
£35 per session
3 months for £90
6 months for £180
Pay up front for three or six months for a discounted rate.

Booking essential.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/mels-melodeon-club-monthly-class-apr/


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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Hannah James, Nicola Lyons, Jim Molyneux

As part of our Clog and Percussive Dance Weekend, there’s a pretty unusual and special tutor’s concert promised, with dancer/musicians Hannah James (Jig Doll) & Nicola Lyons (4Square), and percussionist Jim Molyneux (4Square)!

£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/hannah-james-nicola-lyons-jim-molyneux/


Mon 15th Apr 2019 to Fri 19th Apr 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

A Box of Delights

Celebrate the Springtime this Easter with Jeannie & Sue Harris, Laurel Swift & Gareth Kiddier in a fun-packed week of seasonal folk activities!
Join our ‘Box of Delights’ team for a sociable week packed with opportunities to enjoy and explore some of the more unusual folk traditions and Springtime customs – anyone for Sun Dancing and Holly Bussing?! Early morning singing, traditional tunes and dances (and creating props for them), songs and shadow puppetry, invigorating walks on the Quantock Hills by day and dancing your socks off by night!
An energetic, fun and inspiring week that will culminate in a light-hearted performance at the end of the course.

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


Thu 18th Apr 2019

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Mic Spenceley and Amycrofters

Chard Folk Dance Club

The members have been dancing for 50 years this year! We meet alternative Thursdays at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall between 7.30 and 9.45. Live music each time and a variety of callers.

£3 members, £4 non members (£6 annual membership)

All welcome, especially those with 2 left feet!
For more information call Elaine 01460 65909 / 07729 103359.


Fri 19th Apr 2019 to Mon 22nd Apr 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway European Music Weekend

An extended weekend course for musicians to develop ensemble playing skills and make imaginative arrangements that are exciting to listen or dance to. We’ll be using music from European folk/traditional/popular music traditions as the raw material to make new arrangements that can go in any direction. The aim is to explore and combine all sorts of influences and ideas to make spine tingling music that is more than the sum of the parts.
The course is fairly intensive and includes all day ensemble workshop sessions with the aim of performing all the pieces we create together at a public concert on the Sunday night.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-european-music-weekend-3/


Sun 21st Apr 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

European Ensemble Gig

Music from the European folk, traditional and popular music traditions from musician/composer/arranger Paul James – saxophones, border bagpipes (Blowzabella, Evening Star), Belgian diatonic accordion virtuoso and composer/arranger Anne Niepold and we are delighted to welcome German harpist, composer and teacher Merit Zloch.

P£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/european-music/


Mon 22nd Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Dancing & Walking Week

Enjoy a lighthearted Springtime week of dancing with opportunities to walk in the beautiful Quantock Hills each afternoon! We’re delighted to welcome back caller – and keen walker – Rhodri Davies, to join regular band Stradivarious (Rod & Frances Stradling, Poppy Weatherall) and our walk leaders Nan Ward & Roger Phipp.
A mixed-programme of country dance workshops will take place each morning with Rhodri and the band. You’ll have a chance to brush-up your dancing skills and maybe learn a new dance or two, before heading off into the hills – quite literally – to enjoy the spectacular landscapes of this distinctive and nationally important protected area. Guided walks will be led by our knowledgeable and enthusiastic local guides Nan Ward and Roger Phipps, giving you a chance to learn more about the history and wildlife of the hills, or simply to enjoy an amble with in beautiful countryside in amiable company! Then it’s back to the Manor, for dinner, and dances every evening. Feel free to bring along instruments for the odd informal session in the bar!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/dancing-walking-week-2/


Fri 26th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Irish Set Dance Weekend

A very popular dance weekend for experienced dancers. Join the A-team of callers Maggie Daniel and Lucy Slemmings, and Irish musicians Rise the Dust Ceili Band for another rip-roaring weekend at Halsway.
Maggie and Lucy will teach daytime workshops helping you to brush up on your skills, and there will be ceilis on Friday evening, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon for you to enjoy dancing to top-notch live accompaniment. Book early!
There’s the option to stay Sunday night for an extra £35 per person, to include light supper, B&B. Bring instruments if you have them, and enjoy a relaxed evening session!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/irish-set-dance-weekend-3/


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


Thornford Village Hall, Pound Road DT9 6QB

Ceilidh's Comet Barn Dance Band

with Special Guest - Bonny Sartin

Charity Barn Dance & Live Entertainment

Hot Food included in ticket
Soft Drinks & Bar Available

www.facebook.com/ceilidhscomet

www.ceilidhscomet.co.uk

7pm

please use PayPal form on the BearCat Diary page
or cheques payable to BearCat Collective
at Silverthorne Farm, Milborne Wick DT9 4PW
please include names and dietary requirements
(options - chicken/veggie/vegan)

Profits provide courses run by Simply Training for local family carers,
in Dementia, Autism and Mental Health Awareness.

Adv. Tickets £7.50, U16s £2
Family £15 = 2 adults +up to 3 U16s
Entry on the door £9 / £3. No unaccompanied under 18s


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


Ferndown Village Hall BH22 9ET

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 breathtaking sound of the groundbreaking band Flook. This group possesses a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination.
Flook announced that they were taking a prolonged pause from live performance at the end of 2008, but, due to overwhelming popular demand, they are now back together and playing some carefully selected concerts around Europe and further afield. Catch these rare shows while you can!

£16

8:00pm

Contact Adrian Harman: 07766252844

info AT celticfolk.net

www.celticfolk.net


Mon 29th Apr 2019 to Fri 3rd May 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

La Jeusseliniere – The Reunion 2019

Martyn & Danni Wyndham-Read started the La Jeusseliniere music weeks from their home in France in 2002. These relaxed and friendly courses, featuring well known folk artists and musicians, continued until Martyn & Danni moved back to the UK in 2007. The La Jeuss Reunion began the following year, continuing to flourish as a meeting place where like minded musicians – and their partners and friends – can relax and enjoy each others company whilst exploring and improving their musical talents.

For more information and to book please contact Stan Graham:

Tel: 01904 758228
Email: magpiemusic25 AT gmail.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/la-jeusseliniere-the-reunion-2017/


Fri 3rd May 2019 to Tue 7th May 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Society for International Folk Dance

A wide selection of International Dances each evening led by a guest caller. You will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful varied area of the Quantocks and Somerset coast and to join organised walks. The period of stay is Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights with the choice to stay the Monday night should you wish.

For further details or for a booking form please contact Robin Morris:

Mobile: Phone 07966 785172
Email: Robinnimbo AT aol.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/society-for-international-folk-dance/


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


Sat 4th May 2019

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

Joshua Burnell & Band

After releasing a weekly folk song for a year, BBC Radio 2 spins and glowing press reviews, York based Joshua Burnell & Band take to the stage to launch a brand new album in 2019.
In 2017, Joshua and his band won The Great British Folk Festival audience poll for favourite act by an overwhelming majority and received the ‘Highly Commended Best Performing Artist’ award at the York Culture awards.
Armed with ‘The Road To Horn Fair’, a brand-new album of traditional material which according to Joshua, “juxtaposes the delicacy of the English folk canon with the rawness of the early 70s hard rock movement,” the band are ready to set some feet stomping on their first national tour of England.
Momentum is starting to build fast for the band as they launch the new album and the tour. They will be showcasing material from the newly released ‘The Road To Horn Fair’, along with some favourites from Joshua’s previous albums,’ Into the Green’ and ‘Songs From The Seasons’. Photo Credit Elly Lucas www.joshuaburnell.co.uk

£12.50 adv/£14 door

8pm

Contact box office: 01225 463362

bathboxoffice AT bathtoursm.co.uk

http://www.chapelarts.org


Fri 10th May 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Säckpipa! & Swedish Bagpipe Tunes

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

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

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


Fri 10th May 2019 to Mon 13th May 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Violin Making

The Violin making workshops are extremely popular at Halsway Manor, with many of the participants coming back year after year. The workshop gives maximum continuous time at the workbench supported by Neville Gardner, who has been teaching violin making for the last sixteen years. He is joined by Corrie Schrijver to ensure that there is a ratio of 1 tutor to no more than 5 participants giving plenty of patient and knowledgeable support.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/3220/


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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Mel’s Melodeon Club – Monthly Club (May)

New to Halsway Manor – a regular monthly class run over six months for anyone interested in learning to play the Melodeon at beginner through to intermediate level. Tutor Mel Biggs will guide you in learning to master the basics and improve your skill and technique. Each class is 1.5 hours duration and will run monthly between January and June.

Class Times

10.00 – 11.30am: Level 2 (Improvers)
11.45 – 1.15pm: Level 1 (Beginners)
2.00 – 3:30pm: Level 3/4 (Intermediates)

Class Dates

11 Jan 2019 | 8 Feb 2019 | 8 March 2019 | 12 April 2019 | 10 May 2019 | 7 June 2019.

Pricing
£35 per session
3 months for £90
6 months for £180
Pay up front for three or six months for a discounted rate.

Booking essential.


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)


Mon 13th May 2019 to Fri 17th May 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

American Contra Week

Our much loved annual American Contra Dance Week is hosted by Meg Winters with guests: caller Cis Hinkle from the USA, and the UK’s top contra band, English Contra Dance Band. There will be dance and music workshops in the mornings, afternoons are free for you to explore this lovely area, and there are dances every evening. Early booking advised.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/american-contra-week-2016/


Thu 16th May 2019

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Mary and Robert Blackberrow and friends

Chard Folk Dance Club

The members have been dancing for 50 years this year! We meet alternative Thursdays at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall between 7.30 and 9.45. Live music each time and a variety of callers.

£3 members, £4 non members (£6 annual membership)

All welcome, especially those with 2 left feet!
For more information call Elaine 01460 65909 / 07729 103359.


Fri 17th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Andy May Trio Weekend

The Andy May Trio are three award-winning musicians from Newcastle – Northumbrian piper Andy May (Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies, Baltic Crossing), guitarist Ian Stephenson (Kan, Baltic Crossing) and fiddler Sophy Ball (422, Bottle Bank Band); they’re known for playing high energy instrumental folk, inspired by the music of their native North East.
Andy (Northumbrian Small Pipes), Ian (guitar) and Sophy (fiddle) are all popular tutors in their specialist instrument here at Halsway (and elsewhere).
This time though they’re here to lead a weekend for players of all instruments (pipes in G, other keys – please check) of an intermediate level and above, to explore NE repertoire in large and small mixed instrument groups, with some specific guitar / NSP / fiddle technique thrown in. Plus a tutors’ gig on Saturday night and some informal sessions in the bar!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/andy-may-trio-weekend/


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


Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum DT1 1UY

Tolpuddle Man

Graham Moore, James Findlay and company present songs and scenes from the renowned folk musical ‘Tolpuddle Man’ , within the original Old Crown Court, where the six Dorset labourers were tried in 1834.

£12.00 adult/£10.00 child/student

8.00 pm

Contact Harriot Still: 01305 261849

info AT shirehall.dorset.org

shirehalldorset.org


Sat 18th May 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Andy May Trio

Three award-winning musicians from Newcastle – Northumbrian piper Andy May (Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies, Baltic Crossing), guitarist Ian Stephenson (Kan, Baltic Crossing) and fiddler Sophy Ball (422, Bottle Bank Band) – come together as the Andy May Trio to play high energy instrumental folk, inspired by the music of their native North East.

£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/andy-may-trio/


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


Mon 20th May 2019 to Fri 24th May 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Dulcimers at Halsway

We’re delighted to welcome back Nonsuch Dulcimer Club to host another ‘Dulcimers at Halsway’!
A practical workshop week combining 4 strands: mountain dulcimer with both an Introductory Course for beginners/improvers with loan instruments available, and a more in-depth Exploring Course course suitable for intermediate and/or advanced level players and advanced players of other fretted instruments.
Introductory (beginners/improvers) and Exploring (intermediate/advanced) hammered dulcimer courses will run alongside this. Featuring superb tutors from the USA and UK, there will also be times to socialise and play informally, plus informal evening concerts from the tutors – and from participants!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/dulcimers-at-halsway-2/


Tue 21st May 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Dulcimers at Halsway 2019 Gig

Enjoy an evening of dulcimer music from the tutors on the 2019 Dulcimers workshop. A real treat from experts in the instrument from the US.
Butch Ross, from Chatanooga, Tennessee, is a mountain dulcimer maestro who has played everything from Back to Radiohead, breaking through the supposed limitations of this humble Appalachian instrument. A patient, inspiring teacher, he’s also an in-demand performer, taking the dulcimer to new places. he needs no introduction to Nonsuch members.
Rick Thum, from Missouri, is widely influential in the hammered dulcimer world, as teacher, performer and now maker. He brings a combination of passion and accessibility to his workshops and is equally happy at a late night jam. He is a favourite on the US festival scene.
Thomasina Levy, from Connecticut is an award winning, internationally recognised mountain dulcimer player, singer, poet and song writer whose performances weave together the best of traditional and contemporary folk music. A former State Troubadour and now music educator she is well placed to discover the music that is in all of us.
Matthew Dickerson, from South Carolina, was the 2012 national Hammered Dulcimer Champion and is now a successful and popular full-time musician, playing in a variety of styles and genres. he performs and teaches across the US and is now making his first visit to the UK.

£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/dulcimers-at-halsway-2019-gig/


Fri 24th May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Rowan Rheingans: Advanced Fiddle Workshop

A brand new course for more advanced fiddle players who wish to expand on their skills and deepen their personal style. While we will learn some new repertoire together and do some ensemble work, much of the focus of this weekend will be on supporting individual players to further develop tone, technique, musicality and style. There will be opportunities for performing, and Rowan looks forward to working with each player one-to-one at some point over the weekend.

This course – for a maximum of 10 musicians – runs alongside courses run by Emmanuel Pariselle & Richard Burgess. All three tutors will perform an informal concert on Saturday evening.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/rowan-rheingans-advanced-fiddle-workshop/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Emmanuel Pariselle: Melodeon Accompaniment Workshop

Emmanuel Pariselle is well known as one of Europe’s finest makers of diatonic button accordions; he is also one of France’s finest players (and a sublime singer to boot) and is offering this course to explore song and tune accompaniment on the melodeon.

You won’t be learning new tunes, but will focus on:

Right hand chords, how to learn and use them
How to find and write chords for a tune
Rhythm to support a melody
You’ll leave with a nice method to take away, develop and apply to your playing.

This course runs alongside workshops run by Rowan Rheingans & Richard Burgess. All three tutors will perform an informal concert on Saturday evening.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/emmanuel-pariselle-melodeon-accompaniment-workshop/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Richard Burgess: International Shanty & Sea Song Workshop

Raise your voice in a weekend of maritime song! The onus will be on rhythm, simple vocal arrangements and putting the songs in a social context with a repertoire consisting of both shanties (i.e. work songs) and more general maritime songs.

Shanties and sea songs are by their very nature international and the course will take this into account by including songs from outside the usual Anglo-American tradition to include songs drawn from European and Scandinavian tradition.

This course runs alongside workshops run by Emmanuel Pariselle & Rowan Rheingans. All three tutors will perform an informal concert on Saturday evening.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/richard-burgess-international-shanty-sea-song-workshop/


Sun 26th May 2019 to Fri 31st May 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Voices, Viols and Recorders

An ensemble course for experienced singers and players of early instruments with Michael Sharman. Recorders, viols, baroque oboe, flute, violin, viola, ‘cello, and also cornett, cornamuse, sackbut and curtal all welcome.

For more information and to book please contact Michael Sharman:

Tel: 01353 778939
Email: QuadQuotes AT waitrose.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/voices-viols-and-recorders/


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


Thu 30th May 2019

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Rosie Shaw and Ian Brydon band

Chard Folk Dance Club

The members have been dancing for 50 years this year! We meet alternative Thursdays at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall between 7.30 and 9.45. Live music each time and a variety of callers.

£3 members, £4 non members (£6 annual membership)

All welcome, especially those with 2 left feet!
For more information call Elaine 01460 65909 / 07729 103359.

e3dons AT hotmail.com


Fri 31st May 2019 to Sun 2nd Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Albion to Appalachia

Following the success of last year’s event, we’re delighted to welcome back workshop co-ordinator, singer and multi-instrumentalist Brian Peters and friends to host a second weekend packed with workshops on the theme of American traditional music and its links with the old country.
We’ve assembled a great team of tutors including Sara Grey and Kieron Means, a mother & son duo who play real-deal American traditional music. Sara is an unparalleled ballad singer and banjo player as well as an authority on song migration from the UK to the US. Kieron, an excellent guitarist and singer is continuing in the family trade. They are joined by regular co-musician Ben Paley, one of the finest Old Time fiddle players on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition, Kerry Fletcher will be dropping by to teach some Appalachian percussive dance.
The tutors will offer a wide range of participatory workshops. We’ll explore the American ballad tradition, old-time and blues songs, we’ll offer classes in frailing banjo, fiddle and guitar – plus song accompaniment on all three – and you’ll have the chance to learn new material as well as improve your singing technique. We’re bringing back our presentation of classic archive recordings, and once again rounding off the weekend with our popular gospel sing. There will also be a Saturday night concert, and plenty of opportunities to sing and jam with our tutors.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/albion-to-appalachia/


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 5th Jul 2019

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

The Salts – Songs from the Sea

The Salts are a co-operative of seasoned musicians, creating what is fast becoming one of the most exciting and energetic folk concepts of recent times. Individually The Salts, fronted by twice BBC Young Folk Finalist Lee Collinson, have circumnavigated the Commonwealth with tours of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, Singapore and Hong Kong. Their latest album ‘Brave’ on Braccan Records has received rave reviews far and wide.

£15

7:30 pm

Contact Chapel Arts: 01225 463362

bathboxoffice AT bathtourism.co.uk

bathboxoffice.org.uk


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