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Thu 20th May 2021

Bournemouth Folk Club at St Ambrose Church, Westbourne BH4 8BE

Will Finn and Rosie Calvert

Husband and wife duo, Will Finn and Rosie Calvert, are singers first and foremost. Their voices complement in that way family performers do – aural choices made by gut before ear, instinctively knowing when to twist and turn for listener intrigue – honed through years of singing about the house, in the car. Their harmonies live in as close quarters, too, which, of course, is as much down to their being part of a capella quartet The Teacups, favourites of the live folk scene for their rousing performances and patter.
willfinnandrosiecalvert.com

Socially distanced gig - see link below for details

Doors 7:30pm Music from 8:00pm

Tickets £12.50 (including 50p booking fee)

https://bournemouthfolkclub.com/product/will-finn-and-rosie-calvert/


Fri 21st May 2021

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at St Peter's Church, Shaftesbury SP7 8LY

Jez Lowe

+ Antoine & Owena

etting the club up and running again after a prolonged Coronavirus break, we are proud to present the one and only Jez Lowe. Jez has had time to produce some new material as well as revive some classic oldies and will be coming fresh to the club with a selection of his own songs.

Providing support with a mid-evening set will be Salisbury based Antoine and Owena.

Our choice of venues was limited by current Covid restrictions delaying re-opening so we are delighted to be able to present Jez in the splendid setting of St. Peter's Church in High Street, Shaftesbury, at the top of Gold Hill.

To ensure adequate socially distanced seating, tickets must be purchased prior to the event. Tickets are £12.50 each. See the website.

8pm. (Doors open 7.30pm)

http://www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Thu 27th May 2021

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

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

Nearly Sold Out!

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

www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com

7:30 pm - 9:45 pm (Doors: 7:00pm)
Advance ONLY £20.00
Note: A 5% booking fee will be added to all bookings

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


Thu 3rd Jun 2021

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

Belshazzar’s Feast

One of the best-loved duos in Folk music, previous BBC Folk Awards Best Duo nominees Belshazzar’s Feast start with traditional Folk music, add a touch of Classical and Jazz, throw in a bit of Pop and Music Hall, and top it off with a wry humour that has won them fans across the world. Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Pagoda Project) have together wowed audiences with their eclectic and eccentric mix of songs and tunes and their between-songs chat that is guaranteed to send audiences home with smiles on their faces.

The evening will comprise two performances.

Performance 1
Doors Open at 6pm
Show Starts at 6.30pm
Show End at 7.45pm

Hall Cleaning

Performance 2
Doors open at 8.30pm
Show at 9pm
Show ends at 10.15pm

Tickets: £17 /£16 concessions

Social Distancing Events with a maximum of 48 seats per Show. Please only book for a maximum of six people from two households

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/belshazzars-feast/?mc_cid=c2e8a131b7&mc_eid=7442d3a223


Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome BA11 1BE

Sam Sweeny

After embarking on a solo career, releasing his debut solo album The Unfinished Violin on Island Records and touring it to sell-out crowds on the 2019 album launch tour, Sam is releasing his highly anticipated second solo album in Spring 2020.
Moving on from his five year connection to the First World War, which inspired his first album and captured the nation’s hearts through appearances on Antiques Roadshow and BBC Breakfast, alongside BBC Radio 2, 3, 4 and 6Music, Sam is moving on to making music on his own terms, with three of his favourite musicians and with a totally fresh approach and a big sound.

£16

https://www.cheeseandgrain.com/events/


Fri 11th Jun 2021 to Sun 13th Jun 2021

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Musicians’ Workshop Weekend

With Jo Freya and Andy Cutting.

“How the two halves meet” is the theme for this immersive weekend for musicians of an Intermediate level and above. Jo & Andy will draw on their considerable experience to demonstrate and explore with you how tune and accompaniment combine into exciting musical arrangements, using their own new compositions as source material for the weekend, in addition to some old favourites.

www.freyamusic.co.uk
www.narthen.eu
www.blowzabella.co.uk
www.haremusic.agency

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/musicians-workshop-weekend/


Fri 11th Jun 2021

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at St Peter's Church, Shaftesbury SP7 8LY

Union Jill

+ Rod Jenkins

Union Jill is made up of the duo Helen Turner and Sharon Winfield. Both are singer-songwriters and have brought together their distinct styles and voices to produce a rich and diverse sound - stunning harmonies, intelligent songs and banter you only get with two women sharing a stage!
This is a return visit for Helen and Sharon to the club, although it has been a while.

Performing a mid evening support set is our club stalwart, Rod Jenkins, with his smooth Americana songs.

There is no interval. BYO non-alcoholic refreshments please.

Our choice of venues was limited by current Covid restrictions delaying re-opening so we are delighted to be able to present Union Jill in the splendid setting of St. Peter's Church in High Street, Shaftesbury, at the top of Gold Hill.

To ensure adequate socially distanced seating, tickets must be booked or purchased prior to the event. Tickets are £15.00 each. See the website

8pm. (Doors open 7.30pm, Concert 8pm)

http://www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


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

Roving Crows !!! POSTPONED !!!

Postponed until next year

Roving Crows have been carving out their niche in the UK folk music scene since early 2009.
Over ten years and evolving incarnations Roving Crows have cultivated an arresting, singular sound that pushes the boundaries of the Celtic Folk genre. The band play with genuine passion, energy and soul. Vital and vibrant, a must see live act who showcase a mix of fiery, Celtic-inspired fiddle, conscious, intelligent lyrics, backed by solid, thumping rhythms and driving, innovative bass. Roving Crows comprises; strong lead vocals and 4 part harmonies, guitar, fiddle, percussion and bass.

http://rovingcrows.com

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

Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £12.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/roving-crows-5/


Mon 14th Jun 2021 to Fri 18th Jun 2021

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/violin-making-8/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

The Maniac

(and other 18th century tunes)
Do you ever buy a tune book hoping to add your repertoire with some lesser known but excellent tunes only to experience disappointment? This was certainly Paul Hutchinson’s experience until three very rare books came into his possession, packed with musical gems…

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/the-maniac/


Thu 17th Jun 2021

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

Miranda Sykes

Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’, is returning to her roots. She will be touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar.

With her sensational voice, and accompanying herself, this show is powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant & beautiful, giving us all a chance to reflect & maybe even empower us.

www.mirandasykes.com

www.YouTube.com/mirandasykes

7:30 pm - 9:45 pm (Doors: 7:00pm)

Advance: £15.00
Advance ONLY

https://chapelarts.org/events/miranda-sykes/


Fri 18th Jun 2021 to Sun 20th Jun 2021

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

PIVA – Real Roots!

We’re delighted to be welcoming Piva back to Halsway for a weekend 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, in this enjoyable and fascinating course! The focus of the course will be playing 4 or 5 part harmony in small groups but it doesn’t matter if you are new to this music or an experienced renaissance specialist; sessions will be adapted to suit all levels.

We’re thinking of having a ‘Grand Tour’ theme to our 2021 event, meaning we’ll look at dance and popular music from across Europe – European Roots music! We can – if there’s the demand – run some fixed ensemble groups to allow for some good developmental work to take place; if you’re part of an established early music (or other) group who would like some coaching together this could be for you!

Piva will also give a recital on Saturday evening.

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


Sat 19th Jun 2021

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

Kitty Macfarlane

Kitty Macfarlane is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset whose music is rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye. Her trademark lies in remarkably mature songwriting, a marked empathy with the environment and a strong sense of place. Carried by a clear voice that is ‘controlled yet wild’ (Folk Radio), her lyrics touch on intervention and rewilding, climate change and migration, woman’s age-old relationship with textiles and the land, and the changing face of the natural world.
From the starling murmurations on the Somerset Levels to the lowly eel’s epic trans-Atlantic migration, the coasts and estuaries of the South West and the small part we ourselves play in a much bigger picture, her songs are bound by the underlying theme of mankind’s relationship with the wild. Cerebral and topical, honest and immediate, these are not throwaway lyrics or everyday melodies but thought-provoking and evocative compositions with wonderfully crafted soundscapes.

The evening will comprise two performances.

Performance 1
Doors Open at 6pm
Show Starts at 6.30pm
Show End at 7.45pm

Hall Cleaning

Performance 2
Doors open at 8.30pm
Show at 9pm
Show ends at 10.15pm

Tickets: £16. No concessions

Social Distancing Events with a maximum of 48 seats per Show. Please only book for a maximum of six people from two households

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/kitty-macfarlane/?mc_cid=c2e8a131b7&mc_eid=7442d3a223


Mon 21st Jun 2021 to Fri 25th Jun 2021

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

French (and Breton) Dance Week

Discover French dance or develop your dance horizons! Both experienced and novice French dancers are invited to a week of expert tuition led by Peter Clifton, and supported by Karen Prager. Yannick Minvielle-Debat will introduce traditional singing-for-dancing, and will be joined for the Wednesday bal by accordionist Steve Turner. Music for the rest of the course will be provided by Paul Hutchinson and Richard Heacock and, if you wish, by you the course participants!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/french-and-breton-dance-week-2/


Fri 25th Jun 2021 to Sun 27th Jun 2021

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Contra Dance Weekend

Having had to cancel so many dance events over the past year, we’re delighted to be introducing this Contra Weekend.
In a change from the original line-up, Geoff Cubitt will be leading the dancing, with UK favourites the English Contra Dance Band providing you with high-energy, vibrant, inventive music.
Expect a weekend packed with workshops and dancing: an immersive, joyful contra experience!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-contra-dance-weekend/


Fri 25th Jun 2021

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

Steve Knightley

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

www.showofhands.co.uk

www.YouTube.com/officalshowofhands

7:30 pm - 9:45 pm (Doors: 7:00pm)

Advance: £20.00
Advance ONLY

https://chapelarts.org/events/steve-knightley-3/


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford Corn Exchange, 17 Market Place, Blandford Forum DT11 7AG

Gerry Colvin & Friends

+ Simply Symons

Gerry Colvin has been appearing at the club since it's very beginning in 2002 and we have had him back too many times to count. He always delivers a cracking show with lashings of humour punctuating his songs.

Supporting Gerry, we welcome back Simply Symons, husband and wife duo Chris and Al Symons, from Cornwall but with roots in Dorset.

To ensure adequate socially distanced seating, tickets must be purchased prior to the event. Tickets are £15.00 each. See website.

(Doors open 7pm, concert 7.30 to 9.30)

http://www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Mon 28th Jun 2021 to Fri 2nd Jul 2021

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Vocal Workshop Week

After many years of working with people and their voices at their own teaching centre, Stones Barn in Cumbria, Maddy Prior MBE and her daughter Rose-Ellen Kemp BSc (Hons) are delighted to offer their third course together at Halsway Manor in collaboration with Christina Shewell. Christina is an experienced theatre voice teacher and coach, and speech and language therapist; her special interests include the way that the spoken voice affects the sung voice, links between emotions and voice, and how ‘freeing our voice’ is good for our well-being.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/vocal-workshop-week/


Tue 29th Jun 2021

The Drax Arms, Bere Regis BH20 7HH

Show of Fingers, Martin Ansel, David McKenzie and Bere Essentials

Show of Fingers features accordion, fiery fiddles and guitar and includes Paul Openshaw's family and friends.
Martin Ansell local singer, songwriter and guitarist.
David McKenzie on pipes.
The house band Bere Essentials will start the evening off

8pm - 10pm

Contact Pip: 07598 328479

pipthebass AT btinternet.com

www.bereregisfolk.com


Fri 2nd Jul 2021 to Sun 4th Jul 2021

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Piano Accordion Weekend – for Absolute Beginners

Join Jane Ward for a fun weekend introducing the piano accordion.

Bring your own instrument of borrow one from us courtesy of the The Reed Lounge.

The course will cover simple technique to ensure the best start to playing the accordion. The weekend will be taught by ear and with music. By the end of the weekend you should be able to play some simple tunes with both hands together, and have an idea of where to progress next.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/piano-accordion-course-2020-beginners/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Piano Accordion Weekend Intermediate & Advanced

An intensive weekend for piano accordion players of intermediate level and above. You’ll work with a crack team of tutors this year including Paul Hutchinson, Murray Grainger and Becky Price.

You will spend time, in small groups, honing technique, repertoire and interpretation of folk tunes and accompaniment. Advanced players will also work on improvisation. There will be time for informal evening sessions and a Saturday night tutors’ concert.

The Reed Lounge will be providing a trade stand with boxes to try as well as a range of spares and accessories.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/piano-accordion-weekend-intermediate-advanced/


Fri 2nd Jul 2021

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford Corn Exchange, 17 Market Place, Blandford Forum DT11 7AG

Wildwood Jack

+ Paul Thomas

We are delighted to be welcoming back the fabulous Hampshire duo of Wildwood Jack. Jayne and Adam perform mostly their own material in their own distinctive style, always entertaining.

Supporting them is local 'man with a guitar', Paul Thomas, performing a wide selection of covers.

To ensure adequate socially distanced seating, tickets must be purchased prior to the event. Tickets are £15.00 each. See website.

(Doors open 7pm, concert 7.30 to 9.30)

http://www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 3rd Jul 2021

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

Martin Harley

Following the success of the Roll With The Punches band tour across the UK and Europe, Harley takes to the road for a run of intimate solo Acoustic shows.
Through his road-worn songwriting style he explores hopes and fears for fast changing times. Slide guitar as always is at the root of Martin’s sound, mirroring his whisky-soaked northern breeze vocals. With fantastic reviews still coming in for the new album Roll With The Punches, things are looking good for the wandering Bluesman.
If success can be measured by a growing global demand to attend Martin’s dynamic live performances, then perhaps his touring schedule is proof of that. He recently played to a full house at the Union Chapel in Islington and has appeared at Edmonton, Vancouver, Canmore and Calgary Folk festivals in Canada; UK festivals Glastonbury, Bestival, Beautiful Days; numerous European and US tours and events including the AMAs, The Bluebird in Nashville and Tønder in Denmark. Total Guitar Magazine ranked him #16 in the World’s Greatest Acoustic Guitarist poll and he was nominated as Instrumentalist of the Year at the Americana music awards 2019.

Tickets: £17.50/£16.50 concessions
8:00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/martin-harley/?mc_cid=c2e8a131b7&mc_eid=7442d3a223


Thu 8th Jul 2021

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

Mark Harrison with Charles Benfield

There is no one in music quite like Mark Harrison. He is widely considered one of the most original and interesting artists currently operating in the UK. His highly individual, all-original music goes down very well with audiences of all kinds, and it has taken him to some of the top venues and festivals in the UK, attracting acclaim wherever he goes. Recent appearances on BBC Radio 2, as guest on Cerys Matthews’s show and on Anneka Rice’s Pick Of The Week show, have further added to his growing reputation.
Described at BBC Radio 2 as ‘quirky’ and an artist who ‘makes you think afresh’, and by one eminent reviewer as ‘approaching national treasure status’, Mark is a totally original songwriter, a stunning guitarist, and a master storyteller. Mark’s live shows are well-known not only for the music but also for his introductions and explanations of the songs, and audiences frequently comment on how big a part these play in their enjoyment of the shows. Delivered in a manner often described as ‘wry’ and ‘dry’, these mark him out even more as a unique artist.

www.markharrisonrootsmusic.com

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

Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £10.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/mark-harrison-with-charles-benfield/


Mon 12th Jul 2021 to Fri 16th Jul 2021

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe Ta4 4BD

Ben Walker’s Guitar Masterclass

Ben Walker returns to Halsway Manor to lead a mid-week masterclass for intermediate and advanced level guitarists.
Together we will explore ways of arranging traditional folk tunes on the guitar, look at ways to arrange melodies and chords, and then put it all together to form a complete performance.

The course will run alongside Simon Mayor’s Mandolin workshop and Simon and Ben will perform a public gig at the Manor on the Thursday evening to which all participants are invited.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/ben-walkers-guitar-masterclass/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Simon Mayor’s Mandolin Masterclass

Join Simon Mayor, one of the country’s finest mandolin players for this mid-week masterclass.

Simon’s January ‘Mandolin Workshop Weekends’ have been hugely successful and consistently prompt requests for more. This time it’s a smaller group, but a longer, mid-week gathering, suitable for intermediate and advanced players. There’ll still be some ensemble playing, but this will be a chance for students to share their performances and for Simon to offer personal critiques – as always, in an atmosphere of mutual support.

Simon will also cover all right & left hand techniques including position shifting, tremolo, decoration, tone production & more.

The Mandolin Masterclass runs alongside Ben Walker’s Guitar Masterclass and there will be a joint public performance from Ben and Simon on the Thursday evening.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/simon-mayors-mandolin-masterclass-2/


Fri 16th Jul 2021 to Sun 18th Jul 2021

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

J25: Banding Together

A Banding Together weekend provides advanced and fluent English concertina players with the opportunity to join with others of similar proficiency to play as a big concertina band. The music is varied and intended to challenge but help with preparation is provided. The result is an electrifying big band sound.

Who’s it For?
The course is open to advanced concertina players of the English system. Players must be fluent and confident on their instrument and read notation accurately. Preparation is essential. Music, together with audio files and practice guidance, is provided in advance. It is open to any member ofthe public who meets these criterial, you don’t need to be a member of J25!

About the Team
The course is organised by J25. Music for Banding Together is sourced and arranged by J25 director Claire Wren and led by a different guest conductor each year.
www.j25.btck.co.uk/BandingTogether
Email: bandingtogetherwithj25 AT gmail.com
Phone: 07584 305452

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/j25-banding-together/


Sat 17th Jul 2021

Lyme Regis

Lyme Morris Day

11.00 Parade down the High Street and along the seafront.
Dancing on the seafront from noon onwards.

Teams from the South West, London, and further afield.

petemorton56 AT googlemail.com


Thu 22nd Jul 2021

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

Jim Moray with Tom Moore

Jim Moray is amongst England’s finest interpreters of traditional song.
His relentlessly innovative recordings can truly be said to have changed the sound of folk music since the early 2000s, and he has won fans and admirers far outside of the folk scene without ever betraying his traditional roots.
A five-time BBC Folk Award winner, his songs have been featured in a season finale of Grey’s Anatomy, he has appeared on-screen singing a specially composed song for Dr Who spin-off Class as aliens attack the earth, and he has presented documentaries on traditional music for BBC Radio 3.

www.jimmoray.co.uk
www.facebook.com/jimmoray/
twitter.com/jimmoray

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

Door Price: £15.00
Advance: £14.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/jim-moray-with-tom-moore/


Mon 26th Jul 2021 to Sat 31st Jul 2021

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk: Intermediate

Full board (accommodation and all meals), tuition and all activities: £230
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first-served basis. Contact us for an application form, or download an application form via the website. Please return your completed application form with a deposit of £60 to secure your place.
An opportunity for young musicians from the South West and beyond to work with leading folk artists, to develop their skills, confidence and creativity, and create a new performance piece. In a change to previous years’ Summer courses, this year we won’t be making the trip to Sidmouth; the uncertainty surrounding covid-19 makes it feel too risky. Instead we’ll be providing an immersive week of music, creativity and fun, in the beautiful and secluded surroundings of Halsway Manor. It will be intensive and challenging, but also supportive and fun!

Our 2021 team is led by musician, composer and educator Becki Driscoll, who will be joined by young professional folk musicians and a pastoral lead to complete the team.

Young musicians will spend the week working together to learn, arrange and rehearse new repertoire, developing musical skills and performance technique, and creating their own interpretations of traditional material. The group will live, work and play together, with opportunities for informal rehearsals and social gatherings to enrich their experience and understanding of the folk arts.

Who’s is it for?
This is a fun but intensive course for young people aged 12-18. Usually our Summer course is designed as a progression from our Spring Halsway Young Folk: Intro Week, but as this hasn’t happened this year, we’re more than happy to welcome newcomers to Halsway and the folk arts. You’ll need to have prior experience as a musician – any instrument is welcome – we’d recommend you need to be of a playing level of about grade 4 and upwards to get the most from the course. We’ll be teaching predominantly by ear, so if you’re used to reading music you’ll need to be prepared to give it a go! It’s not necessary to have prior experience of folk experience; it’s more important that you want to be creative, work collaboratively with others, and have fun creating a performance that everybody can be proud of.

How to Apply
Places costs £230. Accommodation, all meals, tuition and activities are included in the price.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first-served basis. Contact us for an application form, or download an application form here. Please return your completed application form with a deposit of £60 to secure your place.

We do all we can to offer bursary places to young people with exceptional talent or for whom the opportunity would be especially beneficial, but whose financial circumstances would otherwise exclude them from the programme. Email chiefexec AT halswaymanor.org.uk if this is something you would like to discuss.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-young-folk-intermediate-4/


Sat 31st Jul 2021 to Fri 6th Aug 2021

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Family Folk Week

After many years’ service, Ted and Pat Morse have bowed out of running Family Folk Week this year. While we’ll miss them enormously, we’re also delighted to announce that David Faulkner has agreed to lead the team in 2021. He’ll be joining course regulars Susan Peterman and musicians Philip & Joyce Rowe (and maybe one or two others tba) for a week of creative and folky family fun.
Either choose to stay in the manor or camp in the grounds and relax while our great staff do all the catering for you and your family. There’s a programme of activities each morning and evening, while afternoons are free for trips around this beautiful area including the West Somerset Railway, the seaside and Exmoor. One day a week is left free for you to plan your own day trips, or to relax at the Manor! More details and a programme to follow shortly.

Who’s it For? The holiday is for families – parents, grandparents, and children of all ages!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/family-folk-week-4/


Fri 6th Aug 2021 to Sun 8th Aug 2021

Weston super Mare

Weston super Mare Shanty and Folk Festival

See

https://wsmshantyfest.com

for details


Fri 27th Aug 2021 to Mon 30th Aug 2021

Lyme Regis

Lyme Folk Weekend

See

https://www.lymefolk.com

for details


Fri 10th Sep 2021

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

The Leylines

West-country collective established in 2013, with a genre-defying, eclectic sound that ranges from traditional folk to full blown festival rock. The Leylines are: Steve Mitchell (Vocals/Guitar), Hannah Johns (Violin), Dan Thompson (Electric Guitar), Sean Booth (Bass) and Dave Burbidge (Drums).
The Leylines was founded by a group of musicians in Weston-super-Mare (via Bristol), wishing to combine their individual musical styles into something that isn’t quite folk, sort of punk, 100% heart-pounding revelry. This unique sound, combined with Steve’s lyrics centered around life on the road and the state of society, has launched the band into the heart of the live music community and made them firm favourites of the festival circuit.

Youtube chanel: www.youtube.com/channel/UCfcXBiyOsKNY7eU-kiRV3rg
www.theleylinesmusic.co.uk/

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

Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £12.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/the-leylines-3/


Fri 17th Sep 2021

Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

The Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club - Chris Toyne playing, Caller Sue Perigo

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

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

£6 under 16 free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Thu 23rd Sep 2021

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

Phil Beer

Charming, disarming and exceptionally talented, multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic scene. One-half of award-winning powerhouse Show of Hands, Beer is equally as in demand for his solo shows.
Phil sets out to share some of his most-loved songs at carefully selected venues across the UK. With the odd laugh thrown in for good measure, Beer’s flawless musicianship and rich vocals will leave you wide-eyed and wanting more.

www.YouTube.com/officalshowofhands
www.showofhands.co.uk

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

Door Price: £20.00
Advance: £20.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/phil-beer/


Wed 29th Sep 2021

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

Sam Carter – Home Waters Album Tour

+ support, Tomato/Tomato
In the ten years since winning Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Sam Carter has earned a reputation for vivid, narrative-driven songwriting and captivating live performances. Having made a spell-binding appearance on Later… with Jools Holland in 2012, Sam has gone on to tour the world, sharing stages with some of the finest guitarists and songwriters, including Nic Jones, Martin Simpson, Richard Thompson, and Chris Wood.
www.samcartermusic.co.uk

Tomato/Tomato

Hang onto your hats because this genre-bending power duo is ready to take you on a ride!
Tomato/Tomato perform an eclectic mix of folk and country that will have you rolling down your windows and singing at the top of your lungs. Their live show includes jaw dropping multitasking, dynamic guitar arrangements, and soaring vocal harmonies. Stitch these elements together with compelling, heartfelt songwriting and you have an unforgettable musical experience.
Whether you say “Tom-ay-to” or “Tom-ah-to” – this high energy duo will have you stomping your feet, clapping your hands, and playing your air washboard with reckless abandon! With two acclaimed albums (So it Goes / I Go Where You Go), Tomato/Tomato is sure to be cooking up something fresh.

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

Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £10.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/sam-carter-2/


Thu 7th Oct 2021

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

Glymjack

Glymjack is one of the most exciting emerging artists in UK folk music.

The folk-roots project of award-winning songwriter Greg McDonald, Glymjack sees McDonald’s hard-hitting vision lit up by Gemma Gayner’s lightning fiddle and Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Saul Bailey’s dazzling melodeon on music fRoots describes a “folk with attitude”, and Acoustic calls “as good as contemporary folk comes”
A Glymjack was a Victorian street child with a lantern who led strangers through the streets of London at night. This forgotten character from the dark shadows of British history is celebrated in Glymjack’s signature song “The Glymjack Cry”.

www.glymjack.com

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

Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £10.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/glymjack/


Fri 15th Oct 2021

Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

The Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club - Arish Mel playing, Caller Teresa Rabbetts

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

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

£6 under 16 free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Sun 24th Oct 2021

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

Tannahill Weavers

Scotland’s Tannahill Weavers are one of the world’s premier Celtic bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can’t get better…yet continue to do just that.

www.tannahillweavers.com

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

Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £12.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/tannahill-weavers-3/


Sat 30th Oct 2021

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

The Demon Barbers XL

As previous winners of Best Live Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, there’s no denying The Demon Barbers’ ability to put on a first-class performance.

Over the years they’ve thrilled countless audiences with their live music and dance shows, be it stirring up a frenzy at Glastonbury Festival and Edinburgh Fringe or selling out theatres around the UK!

8.00 pm

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/the-demon-barbers-xl/?mc_cid=2200ec15b4&mc_eid=7f19f38593


Thu 11th Nov 2021

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

Martin Simpson – A Master of His Art

The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength – every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing.
40 years after he recorded his first album, Golden Vanity, in 1976, Martin is known as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world.

www.martinsimpson.com

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

Door Price: £16.00
Advance: £16.00

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


Fri 12th Nov 2021

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

Faustus

Nominated in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Faustus are three of the leading lights of their generation: Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead), Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). They have a plethora of experience between them, brought together here in a virtuosic display of musicianship. Rooted deeply in the English tradition, in 2007 they received a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

www.faustusband.com

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

Door Price: £16.00
Advance: £16.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/faustus-2/


Sat 13th Nov 2021

The Trooper, Stourton Caundle DT10 2JW

Martin Carthy

More details later...


Sat 20th Nov 2021

The Trooper, Stourton Caundle DT10 2JW

Daoiri Farrell

Postponed twice so far...third time lucky?

More details later


Thu 25th Nov 2021

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

Emma Stevens

Bringing a refreshing glimmer of hope and an abundance of heart and positivity, British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Emma Stevens first picked up a guitar at the age of two and has since learnt cello, piano, banjo, ukulele, mandolin and bass.
Emma achieved four consecutive play-listed singles on BBC Radio 2, extensive international radio play in the UK, Europe and Australia, an iTunes single of the week with her song “Riptide”, sold out headline shows and supported The Feeling, Take That, Wet Wet Wet, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Train, Albert Lee and Simply Red to name a few!
Emma’s catchy pop melodies and folky instrumentation has been used on many TV shows on BBC, ITV, Sky and Channel 4, and even featured on a TV show in China which was broadcast to 75 million people, receiving a whopping 500 million streams in China after!
Since losing her Mum to cancer in 2012, Emma has dedicated her life to her music, writing messages of positivity, hope and love. Her music breathes life and honesty, and is re-establishing a lyrical connection with her audience, something seemingly so absent from an overcrowded marketplace.

www.emmastevensmusic.com

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

Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £12.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/emma-stevens-trio/


Fri 26th Nov 2021

Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

The Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club - Tatterdemalion playing, Caller Ruth Thompson

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

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

£6 under 16 free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Fri 28th Jan 2022 to Sun 30th Jan 2022

Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster TA24 6SF

Dampiers Round and Ray Goodswen

Folk Dance Workshop Residential weekend

A 2 night residential Folk Dance workshop weekend, includes full board accommodation and Sunday lunch, and all dances. An excursion is included to Exmoor's hidden snowdrop valley. Discount available for bookings before 30/09/21

£305.00 per person sharing, £320.00 single occupancy

Contact Antony Brunt: 01643 821425

hotel AT yarnmarkethotel.co.uk

www.yarnmarkethotel.co.uk


Fri 18th Mar 2022

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

Joshua Burnell Band

Singer-songwriter, storyteller and Hammond organ donor, Joshua Burnell grew up in various locations between France and Scotland. He now resides in York, but everyone assumes he’s from Rivendell. At some point, English folk, prog, contemporary classical, and vintage pop-rock all got mixed up and everyone had a great time so he decided to make a career of it.
Joshua sparked the interest of the folk world with his ambitious Seasons Project which saw him release one of his folk-rock arrangements of a traditional song or tune every week for a year. Fourteen favourites formed Joshua’s release, Songs From The Seasons, released on the 4th May 2018. RnR Magazine gave the album a solid 5/5 rating and commented, “this isn’t about academic research, it’s about playing the music, which is what Joshua does exceptionally well.”

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/0D7517HnJXL2oWR9pRDkza

Website: www.joshuaburnell.co.uk

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

Door Price: £15.00
Advance: £13.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/joshua-burnell-band-2/


Thu 24th Mar 2022

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

Track Dogs

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

www.trackdogsmusic.com

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

Door Price: £16.00
Advance: £14.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/track-dogs-4/