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Mon 14th Oct 2019 to Fri 18th Oct 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Melodeon Workshop: Anne Niepold & Riccardo Tesi

Please read the course information on the Halsway website carefully before making a booking.
We are delighted to welcome two of Europes greatest exponents of the diatonic button accordion to teach this extended course at Halsway Manor for advanced, and advanced-intermediate players. Anne Niepold is a familiar name to many at Halsway, having been a regular tutor on our DG Melodeon Weekend and European Music Weekend. This will be Riccardo Tesis first visit to Halsway, and a rare chance to study with him in the UK.
It will be an intensive week of skills-based learning focussing on your development as a musician, discovering new ways to interpret and play, and to make the music your own. There will also be an opportunity to see these two great musicians perform in an informal evening concert.
This course is for advanced and advanced-intermediate level players of the DG melodeon (If you also have a box in GC, bring it as well).
Please read the Halsway Melodeon Levels description carefully before you make a booking, this course is for levels 3.5, 4 and 5.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/melodeon-workshop-anne-niepold-riccardo-tesi/


Tue 15th Oct 2019

The Drax Arms, Bere Regis BH20 7HL

The Last Inklings, Sam Stockley, Sophie & Richard plus Kevin Anderson

A night of interesting and varied acoustic music by The Last Inklings (Cello and Mandolin), Sam Stockley, Sophie & Richard plus Kevin Anderson

8pm

Contact Pip: 07598328479

pip_evans AT btinternet.com

www.draxfolk.org.uk


Wed 16th Oct 2019

Holford Village Hall TA5 1SD

Little Bulb

A unique theatrical music experience, exploring stories around migration through music.
Sumptuous three part harmonies and featuring fiddle, bass, banjo and mandolin. A theatrical feast of tales and song.

Take Art production music and drama

£10

7pm

Contact Mo Young: 01278 741249

Maureenyoung AT hotmail.com

Holfordvillagehall.org


Thu 17th Oct 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Anne Niepold & Riccardo Tesi Melodeon Concert

We are delighted to to share an evening with two of Europes greatest exponents of the diatonic button accordion.

Anne Niepold is a familiar name to many at Halsway, having been a regular tutor on our DG Melodeon Weekend and European Music Weekend. This will be Riccardo Tesis first visit to Halsway, and a rare chance to see him play in the UK. Both Anne and Ricardo are tutoring on a week long Melodeon Workshop for advanced/intermediate players.

Riccardo Tesi (Italy) internationally acclaimed accordion player and composer, is rated as one of the most daring and authoritative musicians in the European world music scene.
His style is easily recognizable, allowing his diatonic accordeon to speak both an archaic and modern language, widening the vocabulary and the technique of an instrument for a long time preserved as part of a traditional heritage. A brilliantly outdated choice that places Tesi, thanks to his lyrical and virtuoso skills, among those who have brought the accordeon and all the instruments alike back to their dignity all over the world.

8pm10pm

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/anne-niepold-riccardo-tesi-melodeon-concert/


The Emporium, 39 Princes St, Yeovil BA20 1EG

Magdalena & the Mystical Birds and FiddleBack

Magdalena & the Mystical Birds - Words of joyful optimism wrapped up in funky soul blues jazz tunes. Backed by keyboard legend Steve Jones (ex-Heron/Mungo Jerry), with prolific singer-songwriter Drew Crow Star on bass, and Darren Coleman (leader of Blackdown Samba) on percussion.
A vibrant band of musicians. Inspiring, uplifting, beautiful music from the heart.
facebook.com/MagdalenaAtkinsonMusic
magdalenaatkinson.co.uk

FiddleBack - Ollie Back sings smoky, stripped back versions of popular and classic songs with a soulful twist, with vocal harmonies, folk songs and violin melodies from Sam on the fiddle.
facebook.com/FiddleBackLive
fiddleback.co.uk

7pm-11pm

Great atmosphere & fabulous food
only £5 in advance or £6 on the door
*** Reserve tables in advance with The Emporium Cafe directly ***

Event Sponsored by Waterloo Music


The Globe, East Street, Weymouth DT4 8BN

Session

Good Beer, Friendly locals and great bar staff. Free parking after 6p.m. at Governor's lane car park (25 yards).

8.00 p.m.

Contact Nigel Canter: 07913854047

nigel.canter AT talk21.com

https://www.facebook.com/The-Globe-Weymouth-Acoustic-Sessions-1499676143498158


Fri 18th Oct 2019 to Sun 20th Oct 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Tales in Trust: The Nature of Stories

Join your host, the first storyteller laureate Taffy Thomas MBE, and a hand-picked group of the finest UK storytellers for a weekend packed with stories, music and merriment, to stir the heart and feed the soul.
The Nature of Stories is our theme for 2019, for a weekend celebrating the place of story in the natural world. Performances, practical workshops and discussions will explore the way flora and fauna fulfil an important function in our folk tales.
Taffy will host the weekend with master storyteller Daniel Morden, storyteller and visual artist Paul Jackson (Chair of Society For Storytelling), storyteller (and our musical director) Richard York with Elizabeth York (song & harp), and musician Paul Knox (fiddle and northumbrian pipes).

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/tales-in-trust/


Fri 18th Oct 2019

Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

Will and Naomi, caller Ruth Thompson

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


St Andrew's Church, Leigh, nr Sherborne DT9 6HL

Tea and Toast with Bonny Sartin

Bonny Sartin in conversation with Eddie Upton about a lifetime on the road with The Yetties.

7.30pm

Tickets £8 in aid of church funds.

More information from upton.eddie AT gmail.com 07813 089002

(The first in a series of conversations)


Sat 19th Oct 2019

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

Threepenny Bit

Album Launch from Hampshire-based Threepenny Bit!! 8pm.
This band is an example of how traditional dance tunes and contemporary sounds can be blended into a fresh interpretation of folk music. This dynamic eight-piece band combines a group of diehard folkies with some of the finest young jazz and classical musicians of the south. They play bold arrangements of traditional and original tunes with infectious stage energy for concerts and ceilidh dancing.

Tickets 12 (students 8)

01202-413600
or choose your own seat on line: www.shelleytheatre.co.uk


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

Chris While and Julie Matthews

With 25 years of unrivalled musical partnership and gathering nominations, awards and critical acclaim along the way, British artists and singer-songwriters Chris While and Julie Matthews are celebrating this year with a brand new album Revolution Calls and an extensive Autumn tour of the UK as well as numerous summer festivals. Chris and Julie will be curating the Pengwern stage at Shrewsbury Festival this year and will be performing with their band.
This duo have been nominated ten times in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the Best Song, Best Duo and Best Live Act categories, winning Best Duo in 2009.

8:00 pm 16

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/chris-while-and-julie-matthews/


St Michael's Church, The Market Square, Somerton TA11 7NB

Stanchester Quire

Songs of Rural Life in South West England

An evening of songs depicting hardship, hope and humour throughout the years.

10 to include 1st interval drink.

7.30 pm

Contact Mrs Jan Turner: 01458 270096


Salway Ash Village Hall DT6 5QS

Meridian

A new French Dance starting in October in Dorset near Bridport with the excellent trio, Meridian.
Tuition to dances will be available at the start of the evening.
The hall and band are booked, details will be finalised shortly.

Contact Rab or Mary : 01308 420764

squilla AT gmail.com


Broadstone War Memorial Hall BH18 8AW

Woodsiders Ceilidh Band

Barn Dance

BYO Drinks

8

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Mike Bunce: 02380738960 / 07742957858

mike AT woodsiders.co.uk

www.woodsiders.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Merry Neet: Nature of Stories

Join us for our annual Merry Neet ceilidh and story rounds. This is part of our Tales in Trust Weekend the theme for which is The Nature of Stories celebrating the place of story in the natural world. Performances that explore the way flora and fauna fulfil an important function in our folk tales.
Taffy Thomas MBE, Englands first storyteller laureate Taffy is the patron of The Society for Storytelling. Taffy received The English Folk Dance and Song Society Gold Badge award in December 2010. With Taffys head bursting with stories, riddles and folklore, professional storyteller Giles Abbot once commented, when Taffy goes it will be like a library burning down.
Paul Jackson is passionate about re-introducing storytelling to mainstream education with presentations at over 2000 schools, a recent tour through China and Paul has presented at festivals including Glastonbury and Latitude.
Daniel Morden has delighted audiences worldwide including storytelling festivals in Vancouver, Oslo and Yukon as well as closer to home at The Hay, Bath and Cheltenham festivals , the Baribican, National Theatre and British Museum. With six childrens books and TV and Radio appearances he was recently awarded the Hay Festival Medal for his contribution to storytelling.
Elizabeth and Richard York regularly play together specialising in historical music and interpretation with performances at events for National Trust, English Heritage and V&A Museum. Elizabeth is a music therapist as well as a harpist.
Paul Knox is a leading exponent of the Northumbrian pipes rooted in the traditions and music of Northumberland.

8pm10pm

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/nature-in-stories/


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

Threepenny Bit

Album Launch from Hampshire-based Threepenny Bit!! 8pm.
This band is an example of how traditional dance tunes and contemporary sounds can be blended into a fresh interpretation of folk music. This dynamic eight-piece band combines a group of diehard folkies with some of the finest young jazz and classical musicians of the south. They play bold arrangements of traditional and original tunes with infectious stage energy for concerts and ceilidh dancing.

Tickets £12 (students £8)

http://www.bournemouthfolkclub.com


Salway Ash Village Hall DT6 5QS

Meridian

All proceeds will be going to the RNLI
If this first event is a success we may have some more, so please do come and support it.
No tickets in advance and payment is on the door, but places can be reserved on the phone number or email address given here, if you feel you would like definite entry.

£10

Workshop 8pm - 8.30pm
Dance 8.30pm - 11.45pm

Contact Rab or Mary: 01308 420764

squilla AT gmail.com


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

Wellington Acoustic Music Club

If you enjoy listening to acoustic music in a relaxed atmosphere, come along to the Arts Centre bar and have a listen.
If you enjoy playing acoustic music to like-minded people - come along and join in. It doesnt matter what instrument you play - we have guitarists, violinists, flautists, pianists, accordion players, percussionists... and more besides that!
It doesn't matter how good you are - all abilities are welcomed... we all started somewhere!
There's no charge, but donations are welcomed.
The bar is open throughout the evening for you to moisten your vocal cords!

Find our page on this website in the About Us section and feel free to join our Facebook group: http://bit.ly/musicClub

http://www.w-a-a.co.uk/e.php?e=896


Sun 20th Oct 2019

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshop

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

1:30 - 4:30 pm

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


Sandford Scout Hut BH20 7BD

Rapper sword dance workshop/taster session

Dorset Button Rapper are a mens rapper sword dance side. We are holding 3 workshops/ taster sessions on 6th 20th and 27th October. All 10.30am to 12 midday. These are free and if you have dances rapper before or not do not worry. We are friendly and our teacher is patiently. All are welcome to come to our practise mornings but the taster sessions are planned for new dancers.
Rapper dancing comes from NE of England and is a good way to keep fit and have fun. During the summer we dance out side many Dorset pubs and dance and several folk festivals. When dancing out we collect for local charities.

10.30am - 12.00 midday

Contact Tony: 01929480850

anthony613 AT btinternet.com

https://www.brmm.org.uk/DorsetButtonsMorris/


Lufton Church, Lufton, Yeovil BA22 8SU

Taffy Thomas

A welcome return of Taffy Thomas, M.B.E. with yet more from his fund of traditional stories and folk tales. With a national reputation as 'Storyteller Laureate', those who enjoyed his previous visits to Lufton, will not want to miss this chance of hearing him again.

Please telephone 07730 526166 or email churchwarden AT lufton.co.uk
as seating is very limited in our tiny church.

7.30.p.m.

Refreshments.

Admission free, generous donations requested.


Thu 24th Oct 2019

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

Willy Porter

American musician Willy Porter has been turning first time listeners into die-hard fans for more than two decades. Willy blurs the line between indie-folk and rock with his searing signature finger-picking guitar sound, absorbing lyrics, and playful, high-energy live performance style. He has shared world stages with music icons Jeff Beck, Tori Amos, and Paul Simon, carving out a successful solo career as an artist who makes music that resonates long after the last guitar chord fades. Equally accomplished as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, his songs weave a universal perspective about the questions, struggles, and triumphs of human existence.

www.willyporter.com
www.wegottickets.com/event/470589

12 adv/14 door

8pm

Contact box office: 01225 463362

bathboxoffice AT bathtoursm.co.uk

http://www.chapelarts.org


D'Urberville St John's Building, The Parade, 90 Cheap St, Sherborne DT9 3BJ

Ssshh! Secret Acoustic Folk Supper

Delicious food, freshly prepared. Selection of fabulous drinks available, there will also be a bar on the night.

Lineup:-
Trio Fremsley
Mitchell and Vincent - David Mitchell, Graham Vincent
Kimberley Smith Music - Kimberley Smith
Magdalena Atkinson Music - Magdalena Atkinson
FiddleBack Live - Samantha Jane Flounders, Oliver Back
Chris J Burr
Joanna Martin
Arquebus Trio - Sam Patten
Georgia Savill

£5 in advance £6 on the door

7pm

Contact Bearcat Collective: 01935 507240

music AT bearcatcollective.co.uk

www.bearcatcollective.co.uk


Fri 25th Oct 2019 to Sun 27th Oct 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Bagpipe Ensemble Weekend

Callum Armstrong and Matthias Branschke are two of Europes most innovative and accomplished bagpipers. We are delighted to invite them to Halsway to lead this intensive weekend focused on playing bagpipes in an ensemble setting. The course will cover writing counter melodies and harmonies, groove, and tips on how to play in a group.
Suitable for Intermediate and Advanced players of pipes in G and D.
Featuring a solo-duo concert from the tutors on the Saturday evening, there will also be time to relax, play informally, and socialise.

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


Fri 25th Oct 2019

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

The Tweed Project

The Tweed Project is a collaboration between some of Scotland and Englands most in-demand explorers of their respective countrys Folk traditions. The project has been reborn with a new line-up for 2019 with the aim of finding common ground between the Scottish and English Folk traditions two cultures which live extremely separate lives, despite sharing so many similarities. The band will be interpreting songs from each countrys traditional collections, as well as some contemporary compositions
The Tweed Project are Greg Russell (vocals/guitar/bouzouki), Josie Duncan (vocals), Ciaran Algar (fiddle), Pablo Lafuente (guitar), Evan Carson (percussion) and Ali Levack (whistles/pipes).

8:00 pm 18

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/the-tweed-project/


Broadmayne Community Hall DT2 8EW

Willy Porter

American musician Willy Porter has been turning first time listeners into die-hard fans for more than two decades. Willy blurs the line between indie-folk and rock with his searing signature finger-picking guitar sound, absorbing lyrics, and playful, high-energy live performance style. He has shared world stages with music icons Jeff Beck, Tori Amos, and Paul Simon, carving out a successful solo career as an artist who makes music that resonates long after the last guitar chord fades. Equally accomplished as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter, his songs weave a universal perspective about the questions, struggles, and triumphs of human existence.

14 advance

7.30pm

Contact box office: 07719 946023

www.wegottickets.com/event/471274


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

Georgia Lewis Trio

Since 2015, the Georgia Lewis Trio has performed at festivals and folk clubs in the south of England and received air-play on national and internet radio stations including 'The Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe' on BBC Radio 2 and ‘Mike Harding’s Folk Show’. In 2015 Georgia won ‘The Future of Young Folk Award’ at Bromyard Folk Festival and later won 'Ely Band Competition' at Ely Folk Festival. In 2017 Georgia released her debut album 'The Bird Who Sings Freedom'. She was nominated for BBC Radio 2's Horizon Award in 2018.
She plays whistles, accordion, piano, guitar, sings and has been seen tapping out various traditional dancing styles.
Accompanying Georgia is Ross Grant (Fiddle) and Finbar Maginn (Guitar). Ross is currently the Director of Music at Bromyard Folk Festival as well as being a highly talented fiddler. Finbar has a great reputation as an outstanding guitarist.
Check her out on this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpggMxQ70Yw (different band members)

Georgia is supported by the smooth voiced Rod Jenkins with a selection of Americana.

�12 pre-booked, �14 unbooked

8.15 (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


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

Marry Waterson & Emily Barker

English folk royalty meets Australian soul in this new collaboration between Marry Waterson and Emily Barker; an album of fly-on-the-wall observations of the contradictions and disconnections of modern life. No strangers to collaboration, Waterson and Barker discovered an immediate kinship when they started writing together. The intriguing combination of Waterson’s poetic lyrics and Barker’s eclectic musicality has been shaped in the studio by musical polymath Adem Ilhan, with recording contributions from two of Barker’s live band: Lukas Drinkwater (bass and guitar) and Rob Pemberton (drums). Serendipity worked her magic in bringing Waterson, Barker and Adem together. The resulting collection of songs pushes the boundaries of Barker and Waterson’s renowned roots styles, venturing into a diverse union of genres – contemporary folk, country and soul nestles comfortably alongside lilting indie and playful blues. ‘A Window To Other Ways’ is the product of two revered musicians embarking upon an exciting, explorative journey, and a charmed collaboration. A Window To Other Ways was released on March 29th via One Little Indian Records.

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

Door Price: £16.00
Advance: £14.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/marry-waterson-emily-barker/


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

The Teacups

Close harmony singing at its best
Experience the joy, strength and sheer emotional range of the human voice with The Teacups, an unaccompanied vocal quartet focusing on traditional folk songs from the UK and beyond. The band, who met in 2010 while students at the Newcastle University Folk and Traditional Music degree, are Will Finn (tenor and arranger), Rosie Calvert (songwriter and soprano), Alex Cumming (bass), and Kate Locksley (alto). Since then they have travelled the UK performing their unadorned, gutsy singing, with sensitive and inventive arrangements, encouraging their audiences to get involved and sing along, learning the words and tune together with them.
Video from Wath Festival: https://youtu.be/bUpoT04DkKs

8pm

Tickets £14 (pre-show supper £15 served at 7pm, must be pre-booked)
Advance booking recommended, to book call the Box Office on 01460 54973.

www.themeetinghouse.org.uk


Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band & Caller Paul Miles

First Kimmeridge Keilidh of the Autumn Season. All welcome! No Bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles. Tickets on the door.

£5 adults, £2.50 under 16s

7.30 - 10.30pm

Contact Steve & Helen Earwicker: 01929480737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Sat 26th Oct 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Duo Branschke/Armstrong

Callum Armstrong and Matthias Branschke are two of Europes most innovative and accomplished bagpipers. We are delighted to have them at to Halsway to lead an intensive bagpipe ensemble course but they are also squeezing in this duo gig!
Callum Armstrong is an innovative piper whose questing approach to the hitherto unexplored acoustic possibilities of the smallpipe is taking the instrument into new musical areas.
Matthias Branschke plays bagpipes with half closed fingering for 20 years. His groovy play is delicate and full of expression.

8pm9:30pm

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/duo-branschke-armstrong/


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

Ted Morse with Dampier's Round

Bournemouth (Westhill) Folk Dance Club is holding its Autumn Dance. Ted Morse is a well-known and popular caller and Dampier's Round will support him with some excellent music. American Supper (Bring & Share) with tea and coffee provided. To save on single use plastic please bring own water bottle/container. All welcome.

8 paid in advance, 9 on the door

7.30 - 10.30 p.m.

Contact Di Darch: 01202 896711

dianecdarch AT gmail.com

www.bournemouthfolkdanceclub.btck.co.uk


Nailsea Folk Club, Ring O'Bells, 4 St Mary's Grove, Nailsea BS48 4NQ

Tim Brine and Sue Franklin

8.00pm

No tickets in advance, but 5 on the doo

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


Holnest Church near Sherborne DT9 5PU

Rare Abundance

Rare Abundance is a new group, musicians Chris Toyne and Jeroka join forces with singer Liberty Goodswen to form this formidable line up, for an evening of ‘Songs & Music of Wessex and more’. Concentrating on the works of Thomas Hardy and Cecil Sharp. All in candlelight in this delightful Grade 1 listed church. With mulled cider & apple cake. Limited seating - booking advisable 01963 210493.

Free admission donations welcome

7.30pm

Contact Nikki Coffin: 01963 210493

friendsofholnest AT gmail.com

friendsofholnestchurch.wordpress.com


St Catherine's Church Montacute TA15 6UZ

Sine Nomine

Old instruments making musicke to delight the ear.
Hear Shawms, Crumhorns, Racket, Gemhorns
And many more together with voyces pleasant

Entrance: only £8 each - under 16s and over 100s free!

Tickets available in advance from Montacute Post Office

7.00 pm


Sun 27th Oct 2019

The McMillan Theatre, Bridgwater TA6 4PZ

Sou'westers Ring Out - Handbell Concert

Ringers from all over the South West come together to show what handbell music is all about
The Sou’westers present music from the shows, Gilbert and Sullivan and the classics – as well as music written specially for handbells.
If you’ve never heard music played on handbells – now is your chance. It’s a surprisingly mellow and pure sound and whatever your taste in music, lively or easy listening, there will be something for you.
The beginnings of handbell ringing can be traced to the 16th century in England. Tower bell ringers could practise in the comfort of village inns, away from the drafty belfry, and it was not long before they realised that the bells could be used to play simple tunes. The tuned musical handbell was introduced during the 17th century and ringing skills developed as competitions were held between rival bands playing complicated scores and using large numbers of bells.
Sad to say, following the First World War, handbell ringing virtually ceased until interest was rekindled in 1967 with formation of Handbell Ringers of Great Britain. Some of these dedicated handbell musicians, who think it is worthwhile keeping the tradition alive, come together on a regular basis in Taunton to enjoy playing a wide variety of music on three sets of bells, augmented by bass chimes.
During the interval they’ll be glad to talk to anyone interested about the bells and the techniques used.
A feast for the eye and the ear, you’ll be surprised by the mellow tones of 200 plus handbells rung in harmony.

Tickets: 9, 6 Conc.

7pm

Contact Amanda Jones - but booking through the theatre: 01278 556677

info AT mcmillantheatre.com

https://mcmillantheatre.com/event/souwesters-ring-out/


Sandford Scout Hut BH20 7BD

Rapper sword dance workshop/taster session

Dorset Button Rapper are a mens rapper sword dance side. We are holding 3 workshops/ taster sessions on 6th 20th and 27th October. All 10.30am to 12 midday. These are free and if you have dances rapper before or not do not worry. We are friendly and our teacher is patiently. All are welcome to come to our practise mornings but the taster sessions are planned for new dancers.
Rapper dancing comes from NE of England and is a good way to keep fit and have fun. During the summer we dance out side many Dorset pubs and dance and several folk festivals. When dancing out we collect for local charities.

10.30am - 12.00 midday

Contact Tony: 01929480850

anthony613 AT btinternet.com

https://www.brmm.org.uk/DorsetButtonsMorris/


Tue 29th Oct 2019

The Marian Hall, Yeovil BA21 4BJ

Introduction to Appalachian Dance - with No Mean Feet

An ideal time to find out more about this vibrant form of display dancing which has its roots firmly in English clog dancing but which went across the Atlantic with the early migrants and came back again after much evolution. We learn and practise dances through the winter months before performances at festivals and community events start in May. We aim for quality dancing within a fun, friendly and supportive atmosphere so if you'd like to find out more, come along this evening for a free taster session.
Loose comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes.(Not trainers). No previous dance experience or partner required. No need to book: just turn up or contact the number below if you would like to know more.

7:30 - 10.00 pm

Contact Soria Camille-Betts (secretary): 07719 916900

soria.nmf07 AT gmail.com


Thu 31st Oct 2019

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

Poor Nameless Boy (4 Piece)

Disarming in a moment, his soft, melodic delivery is born from a keen perception of the human condition. This understated authenticity is why you’ll find Poor Nameless Boy on the fringes of something much deeper than modern indie-folk. In his quest to retain a certain humbled anonymity, Regina-based Joel Henderson has, in fact, made himself more noticeable than ever.
Though similar to his contemporaries with his wispy, shiver-worthy vocal tones reminiscent of Donovan Woods and Gregory Alan Isakov; Henderson’s stark vulnerability sets him apart, coupled with a deep lyrical poignancy. Since the release of Activity Book (2013), and the proceeding, stunningly beautiful and acclaimed Bravery (2016); Henderson has seen some notable milestones, including a recent publishing deal and several successful tours and showcases in Canada and Europe.

WWW.POORNAMELESSBOY.COM

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

Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £10.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/poor-nameless-boy/


Fri 1st Nov 2019 to Sun 3rd Nov 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Give Voice

A weekend of song-sharing and workshops with Tom & Barbara Brown, and guest leaders Mick Ryan and Lester Simpson!
Singers of all ages (teenagers to pensioners) and abilities are welcome to join the fun, in the comfortable and relaxed surroundings of Halsway Manor. Big Sings (with everyone having a chance to lead chorus songs – if they want to) when the bar is open, and opportunities to explore songs and individual singing in between, or have a ramble around the glorious countryside – it’s up to you! You’re welcome to bring accompanying instruments if you wish. The extensive folk library will also be open throughout the weekend should you wish to delve into the collection.
The weekend concludes after a twilight ‘Leaders’ Concert’ on the Sunday evening, but optional supper, B&B is available should you wish to stay on for Sunday night’s survivors’ session.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/give-voice-4/


Fri 1st Nov 2019

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening - Tatterdemalion with Ruth Thompson

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

£6

7.30 for 7.45 - 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QB

Harbour Voices: The Pull of the Tide

This popular local group presents its new show of traditional shanties alongside original material, bringing to life the region’s maritime heritage.

£12.00 advance / £15.00 on the door

Starts at 7:30 P.M.

https://www.marinetheatre.com/harbour-voices-the-pull-of-the-tide/


Tarrant Gunville Village Hall DT11 8JN

Trio Dhoore

Trio Dhoore are a young band of monstrously musical brothers from Flanders in Belgium. Their ‘rooted folk music’ breathes life, freedom and energy into a repertoire of traditional Flemish tunes and their own material. Creating an immersive soundscape where folky grooves, melancholy melodies and intuitive interplay combine to unique effect, their thrillingly modern approach is both engaging in style and technically outstanding in execution. Koen (electro-acoustic hurdy-gurdy), Hartwin (diatonic accordion) and Ward (acoustic guitar/mandolin) have honed their pure acoustic sound and refreshing arrangements, with performances at venues and festivals across Europe, and the release of four acclaimed albums to date. Catch this unmissable trio as they tour Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7.30 pm

Tickets 01258 830361. £9, £7 u18s

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.triodhoore.com


Osmington Village Hall DT3 6FT

Jim Causley's Allhallowtide

Join Jim for a night celebrating the autumnal season with a feast of West Country songs, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles as well as poems and contemporary songs which reflect this magical season. Expect some spooky numbers, some jolly ditties and some moving ballads as the year moves towards winter. The harvests are in, the apples are stored and the cider is made - this is the time to gather together for a evening of warmth and wonderful music - as cosy as if you were toasting your toes by a crackling log fire on a cold Autumn night!
Jim is a proud Devonian. An all-round entertainer, related to celebrated Cornish poet Charles Causley, Jim grew up with traditional music in his home village of Whimple. Within easy reach of the great folk festivals of Sidmouth and Dartmoor in the heart of cider country with its ancient tradition of Wassail, unsurprisingly, music and song-writing come very naturally to him. His wonderful baritone voice lead Mojo Magazine to describe Jim as 'the finest singer of his generation' with The Guardian commenting that he is 'spearheading the West Country folk revival.
Mulled cider and apple juice and home-made Dorset apple cake will be on sale.
Parking is free and the bar will be open
Osmington Music is a non-profit making organisation and is supporting the restoration of the thatched bus-shelter, a war memorial recently listed Grade 2, on the south side of the main road in the village of Osmington. It was built by Harry and Ethel Parry-Jones in memory of their son, David, a lieutenant in the 1st Battalion of The Rifle Brigade who died aged just 20 on 3 August 1944 during the Battle of Normandy.

£10

8.00 pm

Contact Eileen Bramley: 07816 832554

osmingtonmusic AT gmail.com

osmingtonvillagehall.co.uk


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

Geoff Lakeman

+ Andy Stone

A Concert featuring the patriarch of the Lakeman dynasty, Geoff with his Duet concertina. Expect shanties, traditional songs, maybe a bit of swing, or blues, or even jazz.
Opening support is a set from our talented singer/songriter sound engineer, Andy Stone.

£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


Bath Folk Club, The Assembly Inn, Alfred Street, Bath BA1 2QU

Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll

Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll are highly respected fiddle players and composers firmly rooted in North Devon. Their unique sound is a joyful collision of English traditional music and contemporary bowed strings. Their music blends melodic, emotive violin and viola with driving fiddle chords and powerful vocals and will take you on a journey from the dark side of English ballad to toe-tapping tunes and songs.
There will also be a limited number of floor spots for Audience members that would like to perform a song or two

Doors: 8pm | Start: 8:15pm

Tickets: £8 (advance) | £10 (on the door)

Available from bathfolkfestival.org


Sat 2nd Nov 2019

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

Reg Meuross

Mark Radcliffe describes Somerset singer/songwriter Reg Meuross as a brilliant singer/songwriter and true troubadour with a social conscience.
This is true, but its not all protest. As well as story songs which bring characters from history to life, and comment on life around him, Reg also writes and sings some of the most heart-aching love songs ever written, performed with depth and spellbinding delivery.
Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, his words and music painting pictures that remain with the listener long after, accompanying himself masterfully on guitar and captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice.

8:00 pm 15

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/reg-meuross/


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

Chris Toyne Big Band with Gill Spence

Another great combination at Bridport Ceilidhs, expect a fun evening of dancing amongst friendly welcoming folk. No partner or experience required, all dances will be talked and walked through and called until you are all experts! Bring & Share supper and you own alcohol - the Woodman Inn is just opposite.

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


Langton Matravers Village Hall, High St, Langton Matravers BH19 3HA

Trio Dhoore

Trio Dhoore are a young band of monstrously musical brothers from Flanders in Belgium. Their ‘rooted folk music’ breathes life, freedom and energy into a repertoire of traditional Flemish tunes and their own material. Creating an immersive soundscape where folky grooves, melancholy melodies and intuitive interplay combine to unique effect, their thrillingly modern approach is both engaging in style and technically outstanding in execution. Koen (electro-acoustic hurdy-gurdy), Hartwin (diatonic accordion) and Ward (acoustic guitar/mandolin) have honed their pure acoustic sound and refreshing arrangements, with performances at venues and festivals across Europe, and the release of four acclaimed albums to date. Catch this unmissable trio as they tour Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7.30 pm

Tickets 01929 423834. £9, £7 u18s, £28 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.triodhoore.com


Hatch Beauchamp Village Hall, Hatch Beauchamp, Taunton TA3 6SG

Time & Tide present To Win the Day

The powerful story of the wives and families of the men later known as the Tolpuddle Martyrs. Follow in the footsteps of those left behind facing hardship and prejudice but whose courage and resilience saw them not only survive but travel far from their native county and country. Told through folk melodies and contemporaneous reports and letters by experienced group, Time & Tide.

£7.00

8.00 pm

Contact Rod Harrington: 01823 481253

harrington.rod AT gmail.com


Sun 3rd Nov 2019

Sydling St Nicholas Village Hall DT2 9PB

Trio Dhoore

Trio Dhoore are a young band of monstrously musical brothers from Flanders in Belgium. Their ‘rooted folk music’ breathes life, freedom and energy into a repertoire of traditional Flemish tunes and their own material. Creating an immersive soundscape where folky grooves, melancholy melodies and intuitive interplay combine to unique effect, their thrillingly modern approach is both engaging in style and technically outstanding in execution. Koen (electro-acoustic hurdy-gurdy), Hartwin (diatonic accordion) and Ward (acoustic guitar/mandolin) have honed their pure acoustic sound and refreshing arrangements, with performances at venues and festivals across Europe, and the release of four acclaimed albums to date. Catch this unmissable trio as they tour Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7.30 pm

Tickets 01300 341777. £9, £7 u18s, £28 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.triodhoore.com


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Tom & Barbara Brown, Mick Ryan and Lester Simpson

Join us for an early evening of folk song. Leaders of our Give Voice weekend will be sharing folk songs.
Tom & Barbara Brown: Grounded in the living tradition of singing in the West Country, these two have a long history of encouraging and enthusing amateur and new performers to share songs and singing, and creating a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in which to do it.
Lester Simpson: As one third of ‘Coope Boyes and Simpson’, one fifth (or sixth!) of ‘Coope, Boyes, Simpson, Freya and Fraser’, and one quarter of Narthen, there are few singers with a greater skill and repertoire in traditional harmony singing.
Mick Ryan is well known on the folk scene as a fine singer of traditional and original songs, and was described by “Folk Roots” as ‘definitely the most underrated singer in the country.’ Having written both comic and serious material for the very popular band Crows in the 1980’s, he has since written for radio and a series of highly successful folk musicals: ‘A Tollpuddle Man’ (with Graham Moore); ‘A Day’s Work’; ‘The Voyage’; ‘Tanks for the Memory’ and, recently, ‘The Navvy’s Wife.’ Who better to lead the songwriting element of the weekend?!

5pm–6:30pm
£5 - Adults
£3 - Concessions
Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/tom-barbara-brown-mick-ryan-and-lester-simpson/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Music and Song Club

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

8pm–10:30pm
Free
For more information contact Roger Phipps 01278 671685

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-music-and-song-club-monthly-sunday-club-nov/


Mon 4th Nov 2019 to Fri 8th Nov 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Mostly English Dance Week

Social dance week for more experienced dancers who enjoy dancing in a happy, friendly atmosphere that will encourage them to work together as a team to get the greatest possible satisfaction from their dancing.

Partnership Event
For more information and to book please contact Rosemary and Steve Hunt:
Tel: 01202 814858
Email: steve.hunt1 AT uwclub.net

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/mostly-english-dance-week/


Wed 6th Nov 2019

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

Trio Dhoore

Trio Dhoore Are a young band of monstrously musical brothers from Flanders.
Championed by fRoots magazine, their first appearance in the UK at Sidmouth Folk festival in summer 2016 was a rip-roaring success, swiftly followed by universally-applauded shows at Homegrown Festival/EfEx. They are a stand out act!
Their “rooted folk music” breathes life, freedom and energy into a repertoire of traditional Flemish tunes (and the occasional song) and their own self-penned material. They create an immersive soundscape where folky grooves, melancholy melodies and intuitive interplay combine to unique effect. Thrillingly modern in approach, engaging in style, modest and technically outstanding in execution. This is what blood-harmony sounds like in instrumental form!

www.triodhoore.com

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

Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £12.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/trio-dhoore/


Thu 7th Nov 2019

Blandford Parish Church DT11 7AD

Tim Kliphuis Trio - Brandenburg!

Award-winning Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis is a legend in the gypsy world. His Trio with Nigel Clark (guitar) and Roy Percy (bass) re-defines the music of J.S. Bach, Django and the Chieftains to create an intensely moving concert experience with a brand new style that embraces classical, gypsy jazz and folk. Hailed as a ‘current-day improvising Paganini’, his inclusive approach to music has united audiences and is influencing a new generation of string players. The trio’s new show ‘Brandenburg’ brings out the folk side in J.S. Bach’s music, and couples it with the likes of Copland, Django and Gabriel Fauré, creating an exhilarating journey with moments of sheer beauty! Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7.30 pm

Tickets 01258 480698. £10, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.timkliphuis.com


Dorset Rural Music School, Blandford DT11 7HA

Masterclass with Tim Kiphuis

A best-selling author and in-demand string tutor, Tim Kliphuis brings the tradition of improvisation back into the classical world, with a current-day twist.
Techniques from gypsy jazz, Nordic and Celtic folk and African-based styles such as kwela, blues and funk are used to free up the players and improve their sound palette and rhythmic pulse.
Hosted by Dorset Rural Music School, this special masterclass will work on the basic steps towards becoming a more complete musician. Suitable for those of grade 3 and above on any instrument, and ages 13+

11am-12:30pm.

Masterclass places £10, or £8 if booking for the evening concert.

01258 480698



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

Kitty Macfarlane

Kitty Macfarlane is a Bristol-based songwriter and accomplished guitar player.
Her sharply observed narrative songs are pure poetry, rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye – bound loosely by the theme of mankind’s relationship with the wild. This autumn sees the release of Kitty Macfarlane’s highly anticipated debut album Namer of Clouds, produced by Sam Kelly and Jacob J Stoney and featuring a recognisable cast of musicians.
Gathering inspiration from the sky to the seabed, Kitty’s lyrics touch on intervention and rewilding, climate change and migration and one singular song which is a magical aural tapestry of woman’s historical relationship with textiles and the land. From the starling murmurations on the Somerset Levels to the lowly eel’s epic transatlantic migration, and the small part we ourselves play in a much bigger picture.

www.kittymacfarlane.com
www.facebook.com/kittymacfarlane
www.twitter.com/kittymacfarlane

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

Door Price: £13.00
Advance: £11.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/kitty-macfarlane/


Fri 8th Nov 2019 to Sun 10th Nov 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Narthen – Carolling & Beyond

Following on from their joyous – and packed – vocal weekend in 2018, we’re delighted to welcome this quartet back but with a difference; Lester Simpson has decided to hang up his travelling shoes, which means that Narthen are now joined by the velvet-voiced, BBC Folk Award Nominee Jim Causley!
In the company of Barry Coope, Jo Freya, Fi Fraser and Jim Causley, you’ll enjoy a sensational weekend of polyphonic unaccompanied singing in four part harmony, with a tutor to lead each section of the choir.
We’ll look at some of those beautiful four part Yorkshire and Derbyshire carols and other festive fair, for which Narthen are so well known. Whilst this will set you up with some fantastic singing material for the festive season it won’t all be about Christmas; there will be other songs too!
Whether you like to sing bass, alto, tenor or soprano or move around between those you’re welcome. You don’t need to read music but music will be provided. The sound of massed voices together is, dare we say it, ‘heavenly.’

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/narthen-caroling-beyond/


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


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Granny's Attic

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals) are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians and fine singers and play English traditional and original music. Formed in 2009, they have since played at clubs and festivals up and down the country, and have been heralded for their lively performances and maturity beyond their years in their delivery and selection of traditional songs.

8pm

Tickets 12

www.grannysattic.org.uk/
www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club,
https://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk/


Yetminster Jubilee Hall DT9 6LQ

Tim Kliphuis Trio - Brandenburg!

Award-winning Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis is a legend in the gypsy world. His Trio with Nigel Clark (guitar) and Roy Percy (bass) re-defines the music of J.S. Bach, Django and the Chieftains to create an intensely moving concert experience with a brand new style that embraces classical, gypsy jazz and folk. Hailed as a ‘current-day improvising Paganini’, his inclusive approach to music has united audiences and is influencing a new generation of string players. The trio’s new show ‘Brandenburg’ brings out the folk side in J.S. Bach’s music, and couples it with the likes of Copland, Django and Gabriel Fauré, creating an exhilarating journey with moments of sheer beauty! Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7.30 pm

Tickets: 01935 873719. £10, £6 u18s

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.timkliphuis.com


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

Harp and a Monkey

Mermaids in cages, cuckolded mole catchers and Victorian houses of ill-repute are all among the influences of Harp and a Monkey, one of East Lancashire’s most unique and award-winning musical offerings. Combined with their unusual choice of instruments, a Harp and a Monkey show is something truly intriguing and entertaining.
The trio’s melodic and hauntological storytelling, which is always underpinned by a firm commitment to classic songsmithery, has caught the attention and support of the likes of Steve Lamacq, Mark Radcliffe, Clare Balding and Mike Harding on BBC Radio 2, Lopa Kothari and Nick Luscombe on BBC Radio 3, Folk Radio UK and many more international, national and regional broadcasters.

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

Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £10.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/harp-and-a-monkey/


Sat 9th Nov 2019

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

Skerryvore

A Chance to Dance Event Sat 9th November  AT 8pm

Skerryvore represent the best in contemporary Scottish traditional music, with a growing fan base worldwide and with the promise of much more to come.

8.00 pm

Tickets 20 Full. 19 Concessions

http://skerryvore.com/
https://www.facebook.com/skerryvore/?fref=ts
https://twitter.com/SKERRYVORE
info AT skerryvore.com

https://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=1062&zenid=7k3ufkuvu2n8qrppps7ea2bn57


West Monkton Village Hall, Monkton Heathfield TA2 8NE

Hobsons Choice Barn Dance Band

!!! ALL TICKETS HAVE GONE !!!

FREE CEILIDH

Join us for our 40th Anniversary Ceilidh Bash including Great callers, Arquebus Trio, Sweet Coppin and Raffle.
We will be raising funds for St Margarets Hospice and Marie Curie. Bring a snack to share (America style supper) & your own drink.

Book your free ticket at www.hobsonschoice.org.uk

7.00 pm (Doors open 6.30) - 11.00 pm

Contact Sarah Patten: 0744 353 0293

contact AT hobsonschoice.org.uk

www.hobsonschoice.org.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Narthen

Narthen are Barry Coope of Coope Boyes and Simpson, Jo Freya of Blowzabella/Moirai and Fi Fraser of The Old Fashioned/Polka Works. Until he hung-up his touring shoes the quartet was completed by Lester Simpson; now velvet-voice BBC Folk Award nominee Jim Causley has joined this prestigious line-up of singers.
You can catch the quartet in performances all year-round; however, they are best known for their scintillating Christmas shows, a seasonal mix of songs and tunes that reflect the whole of Christmas and the winter season. Wonderful four part harmony Yorkshire carols are mixed with songs showing the less reverential and more humorous side of Christmas. All delivered in four part harmony – often with instrumental accompaniment – to touch your heart, engage your intellect and wow your ears.
As many people now say: ‘Christmas starts with you’.
This is a chance to catch Barry, Jo, Fi and Jim up close and personal in an informal evening of song before they head out on their national tour.

8pm–10pm
£12

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


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

The Willows

With their 3rd album Through The Wild winning critical acclaim from all directions, an exhilarating live show and a new line-up featuring some of the foremost musicians on the UK roots scene, The Willows have never been in a better place. Taking influence from the both sides of the Atlantic the band continue to defy pigeonholing, with their unique songwriting taking precedent above all else.
Formed by Jade Rhiannon, Ben Savage and Cliff Ward, the band shot to prominence when their debut album Beneath Our Humble Soil was championed by legendary BBC DJs Mike Harding and Bob Harris, who subsequently invited them in for a BBC Radio 2 live session. Considerable national acclaim followed including a Spiral Earth Award nomination for Best Debut. Their follow up ‘Amidst Fiery Skies’ (produced by Sean Lakeman) received a 5-Star review in the Telegraph and a spot in their albums of the year. With numerous festival appearances from Cambridge to Glastonbury they grew a reputation as one of the UK’s most exciting live acts and were nominated for Best Band in the 2014 FATEA awards.

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

Door Price: £16.00
Advance: £14.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/the-willows/


Sun 10th Nov 2019

Portesham Village Hall DT3 4NS

Tim Kliphuis Trio - Brandenburg!

Award-winning Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis is a legend in the gypsy world. His Trio with Nigel Clark (guitar) and Roy Percy (bass) re-defines the music of J.S. Bach, Django and the Chieftains to create an intensely moving concert experience with a brand new style that embraces classical, gypsy jazz and folk. Hailed as a ‘current-day improvising Paganini’, his inclusive approach to music has united audiences and is influencing a new generation of string players. The trio’s new show ‘Brandenburg’ brings out the folk side in J.S. Bach’s music, and couples it with the likes of Copland, Django and Gabriel Fauré, creating an exhilarating journey with moments of sheer beauty! Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7.30 pm

Tickets 01305 871035. £10, £6 u18s, £28 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.timkliphuis.com


Mon 11th Nov 2019 to Thu 14th Nov 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Recorders For All 2019

With a professional conductor and aimed at a more advanced level of playing, being able to play a bass recorder of some description is essential. All participants are expected to frequently change instruments through the course to give everyone the opportunity to play a variety of recorders. This course will focus on cannons and fugues.
Who’s it For?
Because of the challenging nature of the repertoire, all course participants should have a very good sense of rhythm and be experienced ensemble players. Ideally you should also play both F and C instruments, including tenor AND bass. Being able to play a bass recorder of some description is essential.

This partnership event is organised by Recorders for All, an entirely voluntary, not-for-profit organisation with Pam Smith as musical director and Jan Epps as secretary and administrator. For more information go to the Recorders for All website.

Partnership Event
For more information and to book please contact Jan Epps:

Tel - 01752 417093
Email - jan.epps57 AT gmail.com


Tue 12th Nov 2019

The Drax Arms, Bere Regis BH20 7HH

Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves

Folk Concert American Roots
Scintillating traditional music with a twist. Drawing on the roots of old time and bluegrass, this exceptional duo features two gifted young musicians who are already leading lights in the new generation of American roots music.
Details on how to get tickets will be announced nearer the time.

8pm

Contact Pip: 07598 328 479

info AT draxfolk.org.uk

www.draxfolk.org.uk


Thu 14th Nov 2019

Strode Theatre, Church Road, Street BA16 0AB

The Salts

7:45PM

£14.50

http://www.strodetheatre.org.uk/whats-on/view/the-salts/


Cerne Abbas Village Hall DT2 7GY

Talisk

In their five years, Scottish firebrands Talisk have stacked up several major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including 2017’s Folk Band of the Year at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award.
Mohsen Amini (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year 2018 and nominee 2019), Hayley Keenan and Graeme Armstrong seamlessly meld concertina, fiddle and guitar to produce a multi-layered, enthralling signature that has effortlessly captivated audiences from the USA to Australia, and throughout the UK.
Appearances at world-leading festivals including the Cambridge Folk Festival, WOMAD and Celtic Connections have amassed a die-hard following, whilst the world’s folk and world music media have also lauded high praise on the trio.

7:30pm

Tickets 07779 299541. £14, £10 u18s

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.talisk.co.uk


The Emporium, 39 Princes Street, Yeovil BA20 1EG

Ssshh! Secret Acoustic Folk Supper

a wealth of fabulous local musicians & gorgeous food

Delicious home cooked food, all freshly made in their own kitchen.
Great selection of hot & soft drinks & bar available
veggie, vegan & GF options too

Great atmosphere ~ only £5 entry
Announcing the lineup for Thurs 14th November at The Emporium in Yeovil, Yay!
Chris J Burr, Lost in the Grass, Dora Darling Folk, Trio Fremsley, Richard Drury, Garry "The Slide Guy" Smith, John Bullock, The Midnight Peregrines, Indigo Star Cruiser, Mary Bateman

**The front door will be only open and manned from 6.45pm
for about 30 minutes, after which the back door is the entrance.
Look out for the bright pink signs directing you to the rear entrance.**

7pm-11pm

Event sponsored by Waterloo Music

Emporium Secret Supper dates for your diary...
2020 Dates - 9th Jan, 12th Mar, 21st May, 23rd Jul, 17th Sep, 19th Nov
Discounted season ticket for 2020 = £25 for 6 events


Fri 15th Nov 2019 to Mon 18th Nov 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Dance and Music Weekend

A long weekend for dancers & musicians to enjoy together. Dancers will explore how callers, dancers and band interact to produce an enjoyable dance, with opportunities to try calling a dance. Musicians focus on playing as a band, and performing tunes in an interesting and danceable fashion! With a supportive atmosphere and approachable leaders, the groups work together to put on a Playford Ball on Saturday (costume welcome) and a Ceilidh on Sunday. Music, both Playford style and Contra, is available in advance.
There is free time in the afternoons, plus optional straw-craft and singing workshops to give some variety.
Who’s it For?
The musicians’ side of the course is designed for players of any instrument who can read music. Some tunes are in keys outside G and D. If in doubt contact David via the Manor.
The dancing is aimed at people with some experience of folk dancing who are keen to learn more. If you’re interested in trying calling then this can be included.
Optional singing and straw craft workshops are designed to be fun for both beginners and those with some experience, offering the chance to learn something new and to develop existing skills.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/folk-dance-and-music-weekend/


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.

Arrive from 4pm Friday; depart after lunch on Monday.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/violin-making-5/


Fri 15th Nov 2019

Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

Arish Mel, caller Theresa Rabbetts

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


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

Chris Leslie

+ Gill & Bob Berry

Currently the main songwriter for Fairport Convention, we welcome back the highly talented CHRIS LESLIE, with a selection of songs and tunes.
Supporting Chris are Gill and Bob Berry, masters of traditional English songs.

£14 pre-booked, £16 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 16th Nov 2019

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

Martyn Joseph

Martyn Joseph is a completely unique and mind-blowing artist. Take everything you think you know about singer/songwriters.and rip it up. For one man and a guitar he creates a performance with a huge far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling and passionate. Be it to 200 people or 20,000, he blows the crowd away night after night.
2018 saw him honoured with a Spirit of Folk Award by Folk Alliance International in Kansas USA and he also received Fatea magazines Lifetime Achievement Award here in the UK; and in January 2019, he released his critically-acclaimed album, Here Come The Young, of which Uncut magazine said: Hes never sounded more potent than he does here.

8:00 pm 18

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/martyn-joseph/


Ferndown Village Hall BH22 9ET

Mairearad Green & Anna Massie

Scottish duo, Mairearad Green and Anna Massie continue to tour their fourth album, ‘Farran’, this coming November.
Fresh from a UK tour in April and a performance at Scotland’s biggest music festival, Celtic Connections, Mairearad and Anna will hit the road again this November. The duo will be performing material from their fourth album, ‘Farran’, combined with some familiar favourites, one or two completely new songs and delivered with their intensely warm and friendly stage presence.
Mairearad says, “We performed this album material at many new venues on our April tour and had a great time! It will be lovely to play the material again at some of our favourite places to play this November.”
www.mairearadandanna.com

£14

8pm

Contact Celtic Folk: 01202 083740 / 1202 623740

http://www.celticfolk.net


St Aldhelms Hall opp Branksome Station Poole BH12 1AD

The Local Honeys

Bluegrass Evening with Food, Real Ales, Cider

Following their hugely successful appearance at this year’s Beer and Bluegrass, the Local Honeys from Kentucky USA return for a very special evening of Bluegrass at St Aldhelms Hall.
The Local Honeys are Linda Jean Stokley and Montana Hobbs, both hail from the green rolling hills of Eastern Kentucky, the traditional home of Bluegrass. They blend old time
songs and stories of yesteryear with their own high quality self-penned originals. Their rise has been meteoric, they are hugely popular both in USA and now in Europe. It is indeed a pleasure to welcome them back to Poole, for what will be a fantastic night.

There will be hot food and drink on sale, with Hot Veggie Chili and Baked Potatoes (Beer and Bluegrass style!) and two cask Real Ales and fresh Cider provided by our friends from Dorset Sunshine.


£10 or £12 on the Door

7:30pm

info AT beerandbluegrass.co.uk

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/481790


St Aldhelms Hall opp Branksome Station Poole BH12 1AD

The Local Honeys

Bluegrass Evening with Food, Real Ales, Cider

Following their hugely successful appearance at this year’s Beer and Bluegrass, the Local Honeys from Kentucky USA return for a very special evening of Bluegrass at ST ALDHELMS HALL.
The Local Honeys are Linda Jean Stokley and Montana Hobbs, both hail from the green rolling hills of Eastern Kentucky, the traditional home of Bluegrass. They blend old time
songs and stories of yesteryear with their own high quality self-penned originals. Their rise has been meteoric, they are hugely popular both in USA and now in Europe. It is indeed a pleasure to welcome them back to Poole, for what will be a fantastic night.

There will be hot food and drink on sale, with Hot Veggie Chili and Baked Potatoes (Beer and Bluegrass style!) and two cask Real Ales and fresh Cider provided by our friends from Dorset Sunshine.

£10 or £12 on the Door

7:30pm

info AT beerandbluegrass.co.uk

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/481790


St Peter’s Church, West Knighton DT2 8PE

Methera

Contemporary traditional music from a ground-breaking quartet
With roots firmly planted in English traditional music, national tours, BBC Radio 3 broadcasts and collaborations have helped Methera establish a reputation as a scintillating live act, blazing a trail through the uncharted territory that lies between folk and chamber music. Lucy Deakin (cello), Emma Reid (fiddle), Miranda Rutter (viola) and guest Sam Sweeney (fiddle) combine a deep knowledge of traditional music with a wide range of other influences and expertise and a deep sense of musical interaction. Newly composed pieces sit alongside timeless traditional material; their music is sophisticated and earthy, groundbreaking and familiar, enchanting and thrilling - chamber folk at its best. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7:30pm

Tickets: 07443 659912. £10, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.methera.co.uk


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

Wellington Acoustic Music Club

If you enjoy listening to acoustic music in a relaxed atmosphere, come along to the Arts Centre bar and have a listen.
If you enjoy playing acoustic music to like-minded people - come along and join in. It doesnt matter what instrument you play - we have guitarists, violinists, flautists, pianists, accordion players, percussionists... and more besides that!
It doesn't matter how good you are - all abilities are welcomed... we all started somewhere!
There's no charge, but donations are welcomed.
The bar is open throughout the evening for you to moisten your vocal cords!

Find our page on this website in the About Us section and feel free to join our Facebook group: http://bit.ly/musicClub

http://www.w-a-a.co.uk/e.php?e=897


Shaftesbury Arts Centre, 13 Bell Street, Shaftesbury SP7 8AR

Peter Knight's Gigspanner

In the wake of his departure from Steeleye Span, legendary 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, inspiring Maverick magazine to write
Completing the line-up is guitarist Roger Flack, founding member of Celtic-Rock band The Tabs, and percussionist Sacha Trochet.

£16/£10

7.30pm

Contact Shaftesbury Arts Centre: 01747 854321

https://www.shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk/events/gigspanner/


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

The Bob Dylan Story

The stunning and definitive live concert celebration of rock music’s greatest icon.
Join Bob and The Band on a nostalgic trip through and beyond 1960s America as hits including Like A Rolling Stone, Mr Tambourine Man, Blowin’ In The Wind, Knocking On Heaven’s Door, All Along The Watchtower, The Times They Are A-Changin’, Lay Lady Lay and many more are captured to perfection.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dylan’s famous 1969 comeback appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival and relive the moment as we feature classics performed on that heady late summer evening … the joyous romance of I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight, the whimsy of Quinn The Eskimo, and the trademark venom of Maggie’s Farm.

Oh, and don’t forget to shout “Judas”!

www.thebobdylanstory.com

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

Door Price: £18.00
Advance: £16.50

https://chapelarts.org/events/the-bob-dylan-story/


Sun 17th Nov 2019

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshop

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

1:30 - 4:30 pm

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


Springhead Trust, Fontmell Magna SP7 0NU

Methera

Contemporary traditional music from a ground-breaking quartet
With roots firmly planted in English traditional music, national tours, BBC Radio 3 broadcasts and collaborations have helped Methera establish a reputation as a scintillating live act, blazing a trail through the uncharted territory that lies between folk and chamber music. Lucy Deakin (cello), Emma Reid (fiddle), Miranda Rutter (viola) and guest Sam Sweeney (fiddle) combine a deep knowledge of traditional music with a wide range of other influences and expertise and a deep sense of musical interaction. Newly composed pieces sit alongside timeless traditional material; their music is sophisticated and earthy, groundbreaking and familiar, enchanting and thrilling - chamber folk at its best. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

5.00 pm

01747 811853. £12, £10 friends, £8 u18s, £32 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.methera.co.uk


Fri 22nd Nov 2019 to Sun 24th Nov 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

17th Annual Zesty Contra Weekend

The 17th Annual Zesty Contra House Party is an exhilarating and popular weekend designed to extend your dance horizons! Bring your instruments too if you fancy joining the band for a session or two.

Contra dancing is a development of the English country dances taken up by the French at the end of the 17th Century which were then exported back to England and subsequently travelled with the early settlers to America. The resurgence of interest in recent years has led to a more contemporary “zesty” contra style.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/15th-annual-zesty-contra-weekend/


Fri 22nd Nov 2019

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

The Tannahill Weavers

The Tannahill Weavers are a band which performs traditional Scottish music. Releasing their first album in 1976, they became notable for being one of the first popular bands to incorporate the sound of the Great Highland Bagpipe in an ensemble setting, and in doing so helped to change the sound of Scottish traditional music. In 2011 the band were inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.
The band was formed in 1968 and practiced in a back room of the McKay family's rented council house at 41 St. Ninian's Road, Hunterhill, Paisley. The band first performed at St. Peter's Folk Club, Glenburn, Paisley which was run by Pat Doherty, father of Weavers' founding member Neil Doherty.
They are named after Scottish poet Robert Tannahill, known as the 'Weaver Poet,' and have recorded several of his songs.

8pm

Tickets 14
www.tannahillweavers.com/
www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club,
https://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk/


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

Roving Crows

Contemporary Celtic Folk Music
After winning International Artist of the Year at the Australian Celtic Music Awards in 2017 the band completed a 3 week tour in Australia in May last year supported by the UK Arts Council.
Roving Crows push the boundaries of the Celtic Folk genre and play with genuine passion, energy and soul – a must see live act.
Since launching in 2009 Roving Crows have been making their mark on the folk and roots scene in the UK as well as International tours to Australia, Ireland, France and in 2019 to Portugal where the band will be welcomed to renowned folk festival Costa Del Folk. Roving Crows have their roots in Irish and Country music with upbeat Irish tunes and dynamic song-writing being at the forefront of their live performance. Fiddle, vocals and guitar are backed by vibrant fretless bass and eclectic percussion to create an energetic and inspiring stage show.

www.rovingcrows.com
www.facebook.com/rovingcrows
www.youtube.com/therovingcrows

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

Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £12.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/roving-crows-4/


Sat 23rd Nov 2019

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

Chris Wood

In a world of soundbites and distractions Chris Wood is a truth seeker. His writing is permeated with love and wry intelligence, uplifting and challenging as he celebrates the sheer one-thing-after-anotherness of life. Tom Robinson and Chris Difford are fans while Stick In The Wheel and The Unthanks look to him as an influence. Winner of 6 BBC Folk Awards, he's played with The Royal Shakespeare Company and was a key member of The Imagined Village along with Billy Bragg and Martin Carthy. A wise and soulful craftsman, his concerts are a cliche free zone.

Tickets 16 (students 12), 8pm

01202-413600
or choose your own seat on line: www.shelleytheatre.co.uk


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

The Little Unsaid

+ support from Mitchell and Vincent

Fronted by songwriter John Elliott, The Little Unsaid are a band with an original sound and international outlook. The Little Unsaid have spent the last year touring Europe, leaving audiences emotionally rapt with a live show thats been described as a thumping depth of passion. Their sound is all their own but echoes the intensity and melancholic overtones of greats such as Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen.
The Little Unsaid embrace elements of Rock, Folk, Electronica, Jazz and Alt-Pop. One of the UKs must see rising live acts and recent winners of the Steve Reid award for Innovation.

Mitchell and Vincents fiddle and guitar playing has been described by Acoustic magazine as Stunning, while Bright Young Folk praised their music for Providing skilled arrangements and expert delivery of tunes and songs which showcase the vibrancy, and variety, of Folk music across Britain.

8:00 pm 16

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/the-little-unsaid-support-from-mitchell-and-vincent/


Buckland Newton Village Hall DT2 7BZ

She’Koyokh

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

Balkan Dance Workshop with She’Koyokh 4pm-6pm.

Main performance 7:30pm.

Tickets 01300 345455. £10, £7 u18s, £28 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.shekoyokh.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Melodeon Workshop with Will Pound

10am–4pm

£35
£43 to include lunch!
£60 for both workshops
£68 for both workshops to include lunch.
Join us for a half-day Melodeon workshop with Will Pound to develop the way you play.

Beginners/Intermediate Workshop runs 10am until 12.30 (Halsway level 2)
The focus will be on bellow control, rhythm, chord shapes and major and minor scales. Will is a great believer that the melodeon is not as difficult an instrument as it is made out to be! He’ll show you a few simple steps to get you started on the way to finding your own style and understanding how the instrument works.

Intermediate/Advanced Workshop runs 1.30 to 4pm (Halsway level 4/5)
The focus will be on different bellows techniques, cross-rowing to improve chord choices, percussive techniques, accompanying singers and other instrumentalists and rhythm.

Rather than just learning tunes we’ll look at ways to improve the tunes you already know and ways to apply the things you learn to tunes you will learn in the future.

Will is going to be playing a gig at Pebbles Tavern on the evening of 23 November.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/melodeon-workshop-with-will-pound/


Sun 24th Nov 2019

Cranborne Cecil Memorial Hall

She’Koyokh

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

Tickets include a “Taste of the Balkans”.

4:00pm.

Tickets: 01725 517607. £12, £8 u18s, £30 fam


www.artsreach.co.uk | www.shekoyokh.co.uk


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

Sheelanagig

Sheelanagig for over a decade have brought their array of foot-stomping folk tunes to audiences across the globe. A quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments – guitar, fiddle, double bass – added with the rhythmic energy of flute and drums and a bagful of joint-jumping tunes, these boys from the South-West England create a real dynamic which is inherent in both their furious dance medleys as well as their interestingly arranged original pieces.
Putting the groove into a selection of traditional and original European Folk music dating from the medieval times to present day, it’s difficult – nay, impossible – for your limbs to remain stationary when you’re within earshot of them in full flight. The fact that they often play with a knowing wink shouldn’t obscure their impeccable technique, and outstanding musicianship that raises the roof in every place they play.

Web: http://sheelanagig.co.uk

FFTP (aka: Maxine Venton & Chezney Newman)

Folk duo with an edge, an attitude of people that really have traveled the world and learned their tunes from experience rather than out of a book.
Deftly weaving original written tunes with world folk music they take you away on a sensory experience followed by songs of love and hate murder and mystery. These two are folk musicians who write their tunes from life experience and that shows in their playing.

plus support, FFTP

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

Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £12.50

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


Mon 25th Nov 2019 to Fri 29th Nov 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Musicians’ Retreat

Join folk polymath Laurel Swift and guitar / mandolin / banjo player David Delarre for a dynamic yet relaxing week to spend quality time with your instrument! With a focus on ensemble playing, you’ll explore music in small and large groups, with exercises and tasks to build confidence, tools and tips to improve your skills, and inspiration to develop your own musicality and style.
You’ll also be able to enjoy guided walks on the Quantock Hills and coast, raise your voice with a little communal singing, dedicate some time to private practise – and enjoy socialising with like-minded people!
In this dynamic yet relaxing week you’ll not just learn new tunes, but explore the many options for what to do with them, and focus on creating and playing in a style that is all your own. We will play music, think about playing music, and have the time and space to fully engross ourselves in improving and developing our skills and musicality, and go home inspired!
The retreat will be a great way to learn new tunes, make new friends and discover a very beautiful part of the country!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/musicians-retreat/


Thu 28th Nov 2019

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

Lady Maisery

In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative music, Lady Maisery shine brightly. In 2016 The Guardian described theirs as “some of the most exquisite, thrilling vocal harmony work in the English folk scene”. With their unique approach to harmony singing, intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, multi-instrumentalists and singers Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice. Whether unearthing a feminist twist hidden in a traditional tale, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad, or showcasing their immense multiinstrumental talents in original compositions that draw on a myriad of musical influences, Lady Maisery are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of song. Over the last five years, the trio have toured widely, performing sell-out shows across the UK and Europe and have released three critically acclaimed albums.

www.ladymaisery.com/
www.facebook.com/LadyMaisery/
twitter.com/LadyMaisery
www.youtube.com/user/LadyMaiseryFolk

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

Door Price: £16.00
Advance: £14.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/lady-maisery-2/


Fri 29th Nov 2019 to Sun 1st Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Klezwest! Klezmer Weekend

Delve into the wonderful world of klezmer with members of the London Klezmer Quartet. Ilana Cravitz (violin), Susi Evans (clarinet and accordion), Josh Middleton (piano accordion) and Indra Buraczewska (double bass & vocals) will take you deep into freylekhs, bulgars, zhoks, khosidls and terkishers, and more in this course for all levels.
There will be a particular focus on learning by ear, and for those who need it there’ll be guidance on working without dots, and an introduction to jamming.
Go at your own pace, learning tunes and gaining confidence with the modes, ornamentation and accompaniment that give klezmer music its unique flavour. Play in a klezmer band, be part of the Halsway Klezmer Kapelye (big band), and learn steps for the dances that the music traditionally accompanies.
All instruments are welcome.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/klezwest-klezmer-weekend/


Fri 29th Nov 2019

Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band & Caller Malcolm Churchill

Come & dance your socks off at our fantastic Kimmeridge Keilidh! No Bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles. Tickets on the door.

£5 adults £2.50 under 16s

7.30 - 10.30pm

Contact Steve & Helen Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


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

Anthony John Clarke and Dave Pegg (Peggy)

+ Anne-Louise Richards

A concert with the highly entertaining AJ Clarke and his Fairport Convention pal, Dave Pegg (Peggy).
AJ is a fairly prolific songwriter so most of the songs will be his, plus some more from Peggy.
Supporting them we have the golden voiced Shaftesbury lass, Anne-Louise Richards.

£14 pre-booked, £16 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 30th Nov 2019

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

Merry Hell A Chance to Dance Event

Multi-award-winning Merry Hell offer joyful, uplifting Folk-Rock, with a message for troubled times. Native to the North West of England, the eight-piece musical charabanc was built from the embers of the much-loved Folk-Punk band The Tansads, developing a life and feel all of its own.
Their passion is complemented by their love of what they do and desire to share hope and togetherness with as many people as are willing to listen. Through five well-received albums and hundreds of gigs, theyve offered voices of hope and beacons of light to anyone valuing both melody and positive humanity.

8:00 pm 18

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/merry-hell-a-chance-to-dance-event/


Ashmore Village Hall SP5 5AQ

Bob Whitley & Lee MacKenzie – Magellan Circumnavigation: We Sail to Prove the Earth is Round

Magellan Circumnavigation is a musical story of love divided by the greatest voyage of human exploration the world has seen. It follows a sailor on the voyage and his wife at home, mirroring the lives of Ferdinand and Beatriz Magellan. Bob Whitley and Lee MacKenzie combine breathtaking vocal harmonies with intricate guitar and mandola instrumentation from Bob Whitley blending with the exceptional melodic cello of Lee MacKenzie, delivering songs inspired by Magellan’s voyage 500 year ago. A story of mutinees, battles, storms, shipwreck, love and loss performed with passion by two accomplished singers and musicians.

7.30 pm

Tickets 01747 811364. £8, £5 u18s, £22 family

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.bobwhitleymusic.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

London Klezmer Quartet

Join the London Klezmer Quartet for a soulful toe tapping evening of traditional Jewish wedding music and dance.
Delve into the wonderful world of klezmer with members of the London Klezmer Quartet. Ilana Cravitz (violin), Susi Evans (clarinet and accordion), Josh Middleton (piano accordion) and Indra Buraczewska (double bass & vocals) will take you deep into freylekhs, bulgars, zhoks, khosidls and terkishers. This gig is part of Klezwest a weekend of Klezmer music at Halsway Manor.
The London Klezmer Quartet is a dynamic group of performers whose deep understanding of klezmer, the celebratory and soulful music of Eastern European Jews, is reflected in exuberant, passionate and accomplished performances that captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
The group plays old and new traditional material guaranteed to move audiences from toe-tapping to tears and back again in moments.

8pm

£12

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/london-klezmer-quartet-gig/


Sun 1st Dec 2019 to Wed 4th Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Adventures in Storytelling

An immersive course for those who have been listening to traditional stories and would like to take the plunge into start telling.
The course will focus on how to prepare a story for sharing with your listeners, how to choose material and how to discover your own voice as a storyteller.
On this workshop you will further your ability to deliver dynamic, versatile and authentic performances through peer group and partner learning. There will also be slots for one to one tuition and an opportunity to perform for each other.
The course will include a professional performance from the tutor, open to the public. ‘Talking to the Dark’ reflects the season that brings tales of the Other World closer to our own.
Arrive from 4pm on Sunday; depart after lunch on Wednesday.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/adventures-in-storytelling/


Sun 1st Dec 2019

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Jim Causley presents Causley Christmas

Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto too! If you are feeling a little dismayed with the over-commercialisation of Christmas present then join Jim for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit!

7.30pm

www.jimcausley.co.uk/

Tickets 10

www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club,

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Music and Song Club

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

8pm–10:30pm
Free

For more information contact Roger Phipps 01278 671685


All Saints Church, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QY

The Ridgeway Singers & Band - West Gallery Carols

With their roots in the South Dorset Ridgeway and inspired by the rich sources of locally collected folk songs and West Gallery carols, the Ridgeway Singers and Band led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries have once again tuned their fiddles and voices to present a joyous celebration of Christmas past and present, including works from the Puddletown and Bridport manuscripts together with newly composed carols in the Dorset tradition. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

4:00pm

Tickets: 01300 348247. £8, £6 u18s, £21 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.ridgewaysingersandband.wordpress.com


Tue 3rd Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Talking to the Dark: Stories with Sharon Jacksties

An evening of stories, reflecting the season that brings tales of the Other World closer to our own. Join us for home-cooked supper followed by stories at the fireside.
Sharon Jacksties has been telling traditional tales of wonder and delight for over 25 years. Working here and abroad, she has been happy telling stories to all ages in venues that vary from bus shelters to the National Theatre. She shares stories from all over the world, some of which have never been heard on these islands before. Sharon is also the author of ‘Somerset Folk Tales’, Somerset being her adopted county.
Joining Sharon will be students from her ‘Adventures in Storytelling‘ course, so come and join in a feast of storytelling.
More about Sharon www.sharonjackstories.co.uk

6pm–10pm

£15 supper and stories
£5 stories only (8pm start approx)
Please note that supper MUST be booked in advance. All diets can be catered for, please notify us when booking.


Ibberton Village Hall DT11 0EL

John Kirkpatrick - Carolling and Crumpets

One of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, John Kirkpatrick presents a heart-warming look at the timeless rituals and folklore of midwinter England. Mysterious and magical songs of wassailing, wren-hunting, stirring the fire and incessant feasting come dressed up in a glittering finery of toe-tapping tunes and cracking choruses. With a smattering of hilarious original songs and a sprinkling of carols both familiar and unfamiliar, all are stirred up with John’s usual panache and supported by his scintillating skill on squeezeboxes, creating the perfect recipe for a rattling good sing, guaranteed to keep the spirits cheery and the cold at bay. A master of the melodeon, button accordion and anglo concertina, John also has an enviable reputation as a fine singer and interpreter of English folk music. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7:30pm

Tickets 01258 817269. £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.johnkirkpatrick.co.uk


Wed 4th Dec 2019

Hinton Martell Village Hall BH21 7HE

John Kirkpatrick - Carolling and Crumpets

One of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, John Kirkpatrick presents a heart-warming look at the timeless rituals and folklore of midwinter England. Mysterious and magical songs of wassailing, wren-hunting, stirring the fire and incessant feasting come dressed up in a glittering finery of toe-tapping tunes and cracking choruses. With a smattering of hilarious original songs and a sprinkling of carols both familiar and unfamiliar, all are stirred up with John’s usual panache and supported by his scintillating skill on squeezeboxes, creating the perfect recipe for a rattling good sing, guaranteed to keep the spirits cheery and the cold at bay. A master of the melodeon, button accordion and anglo concertina, John also has an enviable reputation as a fine singer and interpreter of English folk music. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7:30pm

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

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.johnkirkpatrick.co.uk


Thu 5th Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Belshazzars’ Feast

Paul Hutchinson and Paul Sartin return to Halsway with their annual festive show – Christmas starts here!
Belshazzars’ Feast start with traditional folk music, add a touch of classical and jazz, sprinkle over a few TV and movie themes, and top it off lashings of laughs for a unique live experience.
Paul Hutchinson (accordion) and Paul Sartin (oboe, violin and vocals), “one of folk’s odd couples”, have for nearly 25 years wowed audiences around Europe, The States and Australia, with virtuoso musicianship tempered by wry humour.

8pm–10pm

£14 Adult

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/belshazzars-feast-2/


Litton Cheney Community Hall DT2 9AU

John Kirkpatrick - Carolling and Crumpets

One of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, John Kirkpatrick presents a heart-warming look at the timeless rituals and folklore of midwinter England. Mysterious and magical songs of wassailing, wren-hunting, stirring the fire and incessant feasting come dressed up in a glittering finery of toe-tapping tunes and cracking choruses. With a smattering of hilarious original songs and a sprinkling of carols both familiar and unfamiliar, all are stirred up with John’s usual panache and supported by his scintillating skill on squeezeboxes, creating the perfect recipe for a rattling good sing, guaranteed to keep the spirits cheery and the cold at bay. A master of the melodeon, button accordion and anglo concertina, John also has an enviable reputation as a fine singer and interpreter of English folk music. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7:30pm

01308 482552. £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.johnkirkpatrick.co.uk


Fri 6th Dec 2019 to Sun 8th Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Christmas In Mellstock

West Gallery Carols, Harmony Songs and Dance Music from Thomas Hardy’s Wessex
The Mellstock Band invite you to join them for a weekend of music and song from the West Country, as immortalised in the poems and novels of Thomas Hardy. For over thirty years Dave Townsend and the band have been resurrecting his musical world, finding forgotten gems of vocal and instrumental music from village musicians’ manuscript books and the early folksong collectors. Hardy and his family were active local musicians with their own collection of song and dance manuscripts, and Hardy noted down songs from his family and friends.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/the-mellstock-weekend/


Fri 6th Dec 2019

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

St. Agnes Fountain

The band that gives Christmas songs a good, if respectful, kicking. They bring sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes, both original, and those you know so well (or thought you did). Great musical talent, wit and invention in the form of founder member David Hughes with Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) and Chris While and Julie Matthews (Radio 2 Folk Award Winners). They have brought joy, laughter and a few tears to every concert performance for the last 17 years.

8:00 pm 19

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/st-agnes-fountain/


Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening - Band and caller TBA

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

6

7.30 for 7.45 - 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 7th Dec 2019

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

St. Agnes Fountain

The band that gives Christmas songs a good, if respectful, kicking. They bring sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes, both original, and those you know so well (or thought you did). Great musical talent, wit and invention in the form of founder member David Hughes with Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) and Chris While and Julie Matthews (Radio 2 Folk Award Winners). They have brought joy, laughter and a few tears to every concert performance for the last 17 years.

8:00 pm 19

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/st-agnes-fountain-2/


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

Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews, with Jeremy Child calling

Delighted to welcome back Doug and Sarah, who produce such great music for dancing, teamed again with the effervescent Jeremy.
All welcome for our final dance of the year, no partner or experience needed - all dances will be talked and walked through and called for as long as you need. Bring & Share supper and you own alcohol - the Woodman Inn is just opposite.

8 in advance, 9 on the door, 4 for 6-16 yrs. Regretably, prices go up next year...

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Christmas Frolics with The Mellstock Band

Join us for an evening of dancing, carolling and carousing in English Tradition with songs, tunes and tales from Hardy’s Wessex.
The Mellstock Band return to Halsway Manor with a new Christmas and Album. An uproarious celebration of dance, drink and general misbehaviour as carried on at Christmas in many villages until about a hundred years ago – along with sobering admonitions from puritans, parsons and angels. The band perform in period costume with a mix of early and modern instruments.
The stories and poems come from Dorset stalwarts Thomas Hardy and William Barnes. Hardy’s family were themselves musicians and collectors of folks song and dance manuscripts. These dance traditions were central to Christmas celebrations alongside the ancillary activities of drinking, singing and revelry. Alongside this are carols dedicated to dancing, bell-ringing and cider, and the Devil’s own tunes, with parsons and preachers caught in the crossfire.

8pm–10pm

£12

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/christmas-frolics-with-mellstock-band/


Wed 11th Dec 2019

Weymouth Library, Great George St, Weymouth DT4 8NN

The Ridgeway Singers & Band – West Gallery Carols

With their roots in the South Dorset Ridgeway and inspired by the rich sources of locally collected folk songs and West Gallery carols, the Ridgeway Singers and Band led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries have once again tuned their fiddles and voices to present a joyous celebration of Christmas past and present, including works from the Puddletown, Bridport and Poole manuscripts together with newly composed carols in the Dorset tradition.

7.00 pm
Tickets £8 from Weymouth Library or Eventbrite

https://ridgewaysingersandband.wordpress.com


Thu 12th Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Yuletide! A Tudor Christmas with Piva

Join us for a night celebration as we welcome back ‘Piva – The Renaissance Collective’ for their every popular Christmas show. Seasonal music, songs and traditions of the past played for today.
Piva are one of this country’s leading early music ensembles. Playing throughout the UK and Europe they have gained a strong reputation for their lively performances and entertaining shows.
So come and let Piva ease you into the Christmas spirit by celebrating the Yuletide season Tudor style. Dancing, music, feasting, parties and games were part and parcel of a 16th century Christmas, much as they are today, so Piva will be your guide playing festive music on a wide range of instruments typical of the Tudor period.

8pm–10:30pm

£12 - Adults
£5 - Concessions
Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.

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


Rook Lane Chapel, Bath St, Frome BA11 1DN

Peter Knight & John Spiers

Knight & Spiers ~ A Concert of Seasonal Music from the English Tradition…and Beyond.
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.
This very special concert will feature lesser known carols, tunes and wassails from the English tradition and beyond.

£15.00 online/£17.50 Door

7.30pm

deblington AT gmail.com

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/peter-knight-john-spiers-concert-of-seasonal-music-from-the-english-tradition-tickets-69705899221


Fri 13th Dec 2019

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

The Albion Christmas Band

An Albion Christmas is widely regarded as the premier seasonal show, which has been touring for nearly 20 years, and attracts sell-out audiences across the UK. Indeed many people say that their Christmas doesnt start until they have seen The Albion Christmas Show. Featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band) Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings, this show is a wonderful celebration of Christmas both traditional and contemporary.

All Tickets 22, 7.30pm

01202-413600
or choose your own seat on line: www.shelleytheatre.co.uk


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

The Albion Christmas Band

An Albion Christmas is widely regarded as the premier seasonal show, which has been touring for nearly 20 years, and attracts sell-out audiences across the UK. Indeed many people say that their Christmas doesn’t start until they have seen The Albion Christmas Show. Featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band) Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings, this show is a wonderful celebration of Christmas both traditional and contemporary.

All Tickets £22, 7.30pm

http://www.bournemouthfolkclub.com


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

Sound Tradition

+ Sally Ironmonger & Brian Carter

An evening of delightful acapella singing from the outstanding harmonies of SOUND TRADITION, and the madcap songs of Sally Ironmonger with Brian Carter.

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 14th Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Carol Singing Workshop

Led by Matt Norman, enjoy a morning workshop learning old English Carols in traditional harmony – including some which are local to us!
The singing of traditional carols dates back to the seventeenth Century, well before the Victorian Christmas which we know today. These traditional carols are characterised by simple, robust harmonies and catchy tunes. The tradition still survives in the area around Sheffield, and in Cornwall, Exmoor and Somerset.
If this puts you in the mood for Christmas, you can book for our Christmas Carvery Lunch (1pm – early booking recommended) and raise your voice as part of our afternoon Folk Carol Concert (3.30pm – free).

10am–12:30pm

£8 adults
£3 children & students under 18. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/folk-carol-singing-workshop-2/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Carol Concert

A traditional sing-along carol concert – with a folk twist!
Expect a selection of traditional carols and seasonal songs and readings, with guest performers and plenty of chances for you to join the singing.
No need to book. Just turn up on the day.

3:30pm–4:30pm

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/folk-carol-concert-2/


Sun 15th Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

First Folio Concert

Enjoy a 1 hour afternoon recital by harper and singer Steph West in her new project First Folio with Violinist Matthew Coatsworth.
This brand new collaboration is bringing together two skillful players seeking to reimagine early dance music.
Steph has a particular love of clarsach/folk harp and incorporates traditional English and Irish music into her repertoire. She will also prepare some seasonal music for this special concert.
Harper and singer, Steph West works as a performer, teacher and workshop leader. Whilst studying early music at the University of Birmingham Steph fell in love with the clarsach/folk harp. Steph’s main trad styles are English and Irish and she has worked as a performer and teacher with artists and organisations in both fields: EFDSS, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann, Irish flute/whistle virtuoso Jacquelyn Hynes, Shooting Roots youth folk arts project, Edinburgh International Harp Festival and Guildhall’s CYM. Steph currently plays with her European bal / swing band Midnight Patisserie and her singer-songwriter duo with drummer Paul Radmeyer. Steph is currently working on English trad repertoire for the harp, bringing out a book and courses in 2019.
The only harpist with 9.5 fingers, Steph also works within the integrated/disabled arts world. She works as a performer with the British Paraorchestra and RNS Moves. She has also mentored for Open Up Music, who are pioneering the National Open Youth Orchestra.
www.stephwest.co.uk

3:30pm–4:30pm

£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/firstfolio/


St Christopher’s Church Winfrith DT2 8JR

The Ridgeway Singers & Band - West Gallery Carols

With their roots in the South Dorset Ridgeway and inspired by the rich sources of locally collected folk songs and West Gallery carols, the Ridgeway Singers and Band led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries have once again tuned their fiddles and voices to present a joyous celebration of Christmas past and present, including works from the Puddletown and Bridport manuscripts together with newly composed carols in the Dorset tradition. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

4:00pm.

Tickets: 01305 853783. £7, £5 u18s, £20 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.ridgewaysingersandband.wordpress.com


Fri 20th Dec 2019

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

Belshazzars Feast

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

8:00 pm 16

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/belshazzars-feast/


The Dorford Centre, 2 Bridport Rd, Dorchester DT1 1RR

The Ridgeway Singers & Band – West Gallery Carols

With their roots in the South Dorset Ridgeway and inspired by the rich sources of locally collected folk songs and West Gallery carols, the Ridgeway Singers and Band led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries have once again tuned their fiddles and voices to present a joyous celebration of Christmas past and present, including works from the Puddletown, Bridport and Poole manuscripts together with newly composed carols in the Dorset tradition.

7.30 pm
Tickets £10 from Tourist Information Centre, Dorchester, or contact 01305 852826 or whitecockade AT gmail.com

https://ridgewaysingersandband.wordpress.com


Sat 21st Dec 2019

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

Wellington Acoustic Music Club

If you enjoy listening to acoustic music in a relaxed atmosphere, come along to the Arts Centre bar and have a listen.
If you enjoy playing acoustic music to like-minded people - come along and join in. It doesnt matter what instrument you play - we have guitarists, violinists, flautists, pianists, accordion players, percussionists... and more besides that!
It doesn't matter how good you are - all abilities are welcomed... we all started somewhere!
There's no charge, but donations are welcomed.
The bar is open throughout the evening for you to moisten your vocal cords!

Find our page on this website in the About Us section and feel free to join our Facebook group: http://bit.ly/musicClub

http://www.w-a-a.co.uk/e.php?e=898


Sun 22nd Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

‘Country Christmas’ Dinner & Folk Dance

A dinner-dance, folk style! Enjoy a delicious home-cooked supper followed by light-hearted country dancing. All welcome, including those new to country dance. Jane Thomas (caller) leads the dancing with musicians Gareth Kiddier & Linda Game – better known as The English Contra Dance Band.

6pm–11pm

Dinner & dancing: £15
Dancing only (8pm approx): £5
Why not Stay the Night?
Dinner, dance, B&B per person: £50 (£45 if staying-on for the Christmas House Party)

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/country-christmas-dinner-folk-dance/



Mon 23rd Dec 2019 to Fri 27th Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Christmas House Party

Come and enjoy the Christmas celebrations at Halsway Manor in the company of your MC Gareth Kiddier and chief caller Jane Thomas. The English Contra Dance Band (Gareth on piano plus Linda Game on fiddle) will play for the opening dance, but sadly Linda can’t stay for the duration; but the plus is that Mollie Koenigsberger (fiddle) and Richard Jones (accordion) then get to join the fun! Somerset choir leader Helen Napper will also be popping in to lead some simple and fun lunchtime harmony singing.

Arrive a day early for the Dinner & Folk Dance: £45 per person inc B&B

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/christmashouseparty2019/


Fri 27th Dec 2019

Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band & Caller Teresa Rabbetts

Special End of Year Recovery Kimmeridge Keilidh - lots of dancing & entertainment. No Bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles. Tickets on the door. See website nearer the time for full details!

£5 adults £2.50 under 16s

7.30 - 10.30pm

Contact Steve & Helen Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish_mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Sun 29th Dec 2019 to Thu 2nd Jan 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

New Year House Party

Join us for an enjoyable folk dancing Hogmanay break with a great team at the helm.
With optional walks and playing sessions; pack your walking boots and instruments along with your dancing shoes.
Enjoy the Manor is its festive finery and dance-in the New Year with great music and good company!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/new-year-house-party-2/


Tue 31st Dec 2019

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

New Years Eve Celebration Ceilidh with Jigs for Gigs

Bring in 2020 in style with music and dance at The David Hall.

Tickets: 17 includes a light supper. No concessions.

Early booking essential by Friday 20 December.

No tickets available on the night.

8:15 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/new-years-eve-celebration-ceilidh-with-jigs-for-gigs/


Fri 3rd Jan 2020

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening - No Strings Attached with Dick Williams calling

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

�6

7.30 for 7.45 - 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 4th Jan 2020

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

Jigs for Gigs with Ray Goodswen

Ceilidh

A fun evening of dance with favourites "Jigs" and Ray. All welcome, regardless of experience and no partner needed: all dances will be walked and talked through and called for as long as needed. Bring & Share supper and your own alcohol.

£9 in advance, £10 on the door.

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Fri 31st Jan 2020 to Sun 2nd Feb 2020

Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster, Exmoor TA24 6SF

Folk Dance and Snowdrops

wit Dampiers Round, Ray Goodswen

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

from 270.00 per person

Contact Yarn Market Hotel: 01643 821425

hotel AT yarnmarkethotel.co.uk

www.yarnmarkethotel.co.uk


Sat 1st Feb 2020

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

Jigfoot with Dick Williams

Ceilidh

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

£9 in advance, £10 on the door.

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.couk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Fri 7th Feb 2020

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening - Chris Toyne and Ruth Thompson, caller TBA

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

�6

7.30 for 7.45 - 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Fri 6th Mar 2020

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening - Teasing The Cat with callers Chris Edmunds & club callers

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

�6

7.30 for 7.45 - 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 7th Mar 2020

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

GIG CB! with Chris Shaw

Ceilidh

Expect the usual riotous evening with a welcome return of GIG CB! and Chris Shaw. No partner needed, all welcome whatever your level of experience. All dances will be walked and talked through and called for as long as needed. Bring & Share Supper and your own alcohol - the Woodman Inn is just opposite.

£9 in advance, £10 on the door.

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Fri 3rd Apr 2020

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening - Band and caller TBA

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

6

7.30 for 7.45 - 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 25th Apr 2020

Tintinhull Village Hall BA22 8PY

Jigs for Gigs caller Simon Maplesden

Over Stratton Folk Dance Club SPRING DANCE.

Bring and share supper.

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

Early tickets 7.50 /On the door 8.50

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact lynn: 01935479291

sjsparks AT btinternet.com


Sat 6th Jun 2020

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

Abacus with Gill Spence

Ceilidh

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

£9 in advance, £10 on the door.

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sat 5th Sep 2020

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

Band to be confirmed, cally Sibby

Ceilidh / folk dance

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

£9 in advance, £10 on the door.

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sat 3rd Oct 2020

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

ECDB with Mike Courthold

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

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

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sat 7th Nov 2020

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

Old Pull & Push with Helen Woodall

Ceilidh / folk dance

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

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

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sat 5th Dec 2020

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

Doug Eunson & Sarah Matthews, with Jane Thomas calling

Ceilidh

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

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

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com