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Wed 26th Apr 2017

Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Kirsty McGee & Robert Garson "Ocotillo"

Award winning, Manchester based, singer/songwriter and founder of the Hobo Pop Collective, Kirsty McGee, with Californian Singer/Songwriter Robert Garson with their new project "Ocotillo" promoting their new album on this UK/European tour. A real treat and privilege for us to host these two amazing artists again.

£5.00

8.30 pm

Contact Simon sturt: 01458 831255

s.sturt AT live.co.uk

Kirstymcgee.co.uk


Thu 27th Apr 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Jeroka (caller TBC)

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 28th Apr 2017 to Tue 2nd May 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Society for International Folk Dance

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

Tel: 01564 773482
Email: robinnimbo AT aol.com
https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/society-for-international-folk-dance-2016-p/


Fri 28th Apr 2017

Swanage URC BH19 2NY

Maiden Oak

Barn Dance

Live music by Swanage Ceilidh Band Maiden Oak - led by EFDDS gold badge holder Rollo Woods. Our friendly caller Davina will guide you through all the dances, so no previous experience is necessary.

BYO light refreshments available

£5 - free for children

7:00 - 9:30 pm

Contact Janet Rees: 07880 335012

janetlynrees AT hotmail.co.uk

www.maidenoak.co.uk


Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club with Reel Good, caller Helen Woodall

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

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

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

£6 under 16 free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Maiden Beech Academy Hall. Lyme Road. Crewkerne TA18 8HG

Banter

!! C A N C E L L E D !!

Ceilidh with the fabulous 'BANTER' featuring Simon Care on melodeon, Nina Zella on keyboards and Tim Waller on drum, trumpet and calling! Check them out on 'Feast of Folk Banter' on Youtube.

Contact: crewkernepompom AT gmail.com
Follow Creative Crewkerne Face Book Page.
Or Meg Rose 07877206124.


Sat 29th Apr 2017

Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome BA11 1BE

Tinariwen

Tinariwen is a Grammy Award music group known for blending Tishoumaren, world and folk music, and is originally from Azawad, Mali.
All standing event

8.00 pm

Full Price £22.50 (+ £1.60 fees)

https://cheeseandgrain.ticketsolve.com/shows/873565831


Shelley Theatre, 16 Beechwood Ave, Bournemouth BH5 1LX

Bournemouth Spring Folk Festival

A one day folk festival at the Shelley
Headliners are Chris Wood, Gadarene and Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker.

The festival music runs from 2pm to 10.30pm. The programme will alternate between concerts in the Theatre proper and more informal music in the new Mulberry Lounge.

Venue is the lovely Shelley Theatre (www.shelleytheatre.co.uk)
Tickets £30 (nus £25) available from theatre box office (choose your own seat).

www.bournemouthfolkclub.com
fawm43 AT gmail.com


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

Seckou Keita

A true master of the kora - a 22-stringed West African harp - Seckou, from the Casmance area of Southern Senegal, was a childhood prodigy, born of the line of griots and kings. Seckou has graced the international stage since 1996, earning worldwide acclaim for his kora playing and appearing with a host of fellow artists, including Salif Keita, Youssou N'Dour, Miriam Makeba and Neil Finn.

www.seckoukeita.com

8.00 pm

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&products_id=730


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

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman are proud to announce their album “Tomorrow Will Follow Today”, their boldest musical statement to date. After being voted “Best Duo” in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2013, and also nominated for “Best Original Song” (The Ballad of Andy Jacobs), in ‘Tomorrow Will Follow Today’ they add two rarely covered traditional songs to eight confidently written compositions to create a superb new album.

www.facebook.com/kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman
www.youtube.com/user/KathrynSean
www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £15.00
Advance: £13.00

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


Sun 30th Apr 2017

St Mary's Church, Cerne Abbas DT2 7JQ

Tatterdemalion, with caller Angela Laycock

Barn Dance

As part of the Cerne Giant Festival (29 April - 1 May), Tatterdemalion (the band of the New Hardy Players) will be playing Hardy and Ben Rose tunes for traditional dances in the beautiful surroundings of Cerne Abbas' St Mary's Church.
Angela Laycock brings her infectious energy to the proceedings, encouraging both novice and expert. All welcome.

£6 adults/£3 children

Doors open at 7pm

Contact Jane Still

still.family AT virgin.net

https://www.facebook.com/CerneGiantFestival/


Coda Music Centre, Christchurch BH23 5QL

Workshop day with The Folk Orc, Kadia

A day of workshops and group sessions, led by the wonderful Kadia, organised by the Folk Orc. Come learn to play some selected songs and tunes and then play them in group. Full info on the website.

£55

10am - 5pm

Contact Chris Hopgood: 07540500498

info AT folkorc.co.uk

www.folkorc.co.uk


Tue 2nd May 2017

Drax Arms Bere Regis BH20 7HH

Tom McConville and Tony Wilson

Our next Folk Night is not, as usual on the last Tuesday of April, but is instead, the first Tuesday of May, with the superb Tom McConville and Tony Wilson. Tom and fellow Geordie, multi-instrumentalist and singer Tony Wilson have combined their talents to deliver the very best in folk music.
As a duo they present an entertaining, rich and varied collection of music and song that they have absorbed, developed and written during their long and varied careers, to bring together all of their skills and expertise to display a refreshingly dynamic and unique take on folk music old and new.

8.00 pm

Contact Lesley or Richard: 07884 364516

DraxArmsFolkNight AT groups.facebook.com

http://www.draxfolk.org.uk/


Sat 6th May 2017

Emmanuel Church Southill Weymouth DT4 9SF

Captain Thunderbolt

Barn dance

Bring your own drinks
Light supper and raffle
Raising money for the Dorset/ Murugi Kenya Link
To support the development of an autism base at a school in Murugi region of Kenya

£8 adults - £4 under 12s

7.00 - 10.30 pm

Contact Shelley Turnbull

shelleygoodall-tbsah AT hotmail.co.uk


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

Ninebarrow

This multi-award-winning duo are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the Folk tradition. Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath-taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £14. Full. £13 Concessions.

www.ninebarrow.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&products_id=731


Sun 7th May 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith

Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith are a highly acclaimed folk duo who play traditional and original music of the British Isles. Over the last three years they have built a reputation on the UK folk scene for arresting and moving live performances. The songs themselves are always given centre stage but they are brought to life with sensitive musical arrangements and stunning vocals. There is an integrity that shines through their performances and a common thread of political struggle, resistance, and justice.

http://www.jimmyandsidduo.com/

7.00 pm
£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/jimmy-aldridge-sid-goldsmith/


Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band workshop

Suitable for all levels and all instruments

Learn to play folk tunes by ear, experiment with chords and arrangements.

£10 in advance/£12 on the door/£25 for 3 consecutive workshops paid in advance

1:30 – 4:30pm

www.laurelswift.co.uk

Julia: 01935 817905 / 07527 508 277


Mon 8th May 2017 to Fri 12th May 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Walking & Dancing Week

Enjoy a lighthearted week of walking and dancing!
https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/walking-dancing-week/


Thu 11th May 2017

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

Martin Simpson

The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength – every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing.

www.martinsimpson.com

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
£15.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/martin-simpson/


Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Simon Mapleson and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 12th May 2017

Portman Hall Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club

Reel Good Band (formerly O'Dalaigh's)with Helen Woodall calling.

Should be an excellent end to our season!

No membership. Squash provided. BYO if you wish

£6 accompanied under 16s free. Non dancers £1

Start time: 7.30 for 7.45

Finish time: 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 13th May 2017

Ferndown Village Hall BH22 9ET

The London Lasses

Enjoy a night of Irish music with "The London Lasses". Described as "one of the finest bands on the scene today" the band have released four albums and their fifth is due out very soon. The band play a mixture of traditional and modern songs in both Irish and English

£14

8:00 pm

Contact Linda Wild: 01202 623740

info AT celticfolk.net

www.celticfolk.net


Burton Bradstock Village Hall DT6 4LZ

Watkins & Swarbrick Band

Making a welcome return to the village, the Watkins & Swarbrick band interpret songs from different genres as well as playing their own material. Acoustic, no drums, just a wide variety of songs and tunes performed to an audience who want to listen to good quality live music in their local village hall. Featuring the extraordinary multi-instrumental skills of Simon Swarbrick (nephew of the late folk icon, Dave Swarbrick), and 3-part vocal harmonies, the band's policy is: 'pay what you think the performance was worth at the end'. They will be performing tracks from their long-awaited CD, "Different Routes" which will be on sale at the venue. https://soundcloud.com/watkinswarbrickband
Bar and doors open from 7.30pm.
Seat reservations essential.

Pay what you like

8pm

Phone: Box Office 01305 837299

songsfromthehalls234 AT gmail.com

https://twitter.com/watkinswarb


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

3 Daft Monkeys

With Celtic and eastern influences, the 3 Daft Monkeys’ dynamic style of world-influenced folk music and infectious dancing rhythms will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated.

This event is half seated & half standing
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £10.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/3-daft-monkeys/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Alistair Anderson

As a touring soloist, with no less than 37 tours of the USA, 5 trips to Australia and countless European tours to his credit, Alistair Anderson is internationally acknowledged as the master of the English Concertina and a fine exponent of the Northumbrian Pipes. He delights audiences with traditional music from Northumberland and beyond, as well as his own music, which has grown out of his love of these traditions.

8.00 pm

£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/alistair-anderson/


Sturminster Marshall Memorial Hall BH21 4BQ

Holy Moly & The Crackers

Join this nationally acclaimed seven-piece gypsy folk-rock band for an evening of lively music and tall tales. Their 2016 festival appearances included Glastonbury, Larmer Tree, Kendal Calling and Towersey, plus many more. Influenced by an eclectic range of music, Holy Moly & The Crackers play an exciting and visceral blend of rock, pop, folk, blues, balkan, klezmer, ska and reggae. In the perfect collision of rowdy tunes, pumping danceability and compelling storytelling, this wrangling folk group present a medley of original songs and old time drinking tunes, both hilarious and thrilling, and sure to entertain!

7:30pm

Tickets 01258 857447. £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


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

Martin Simpson

The remarkable intimate solo performances that Martin gives go from strength to strength - every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing.

8.00 pom

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions.

www.martinsimpson.com

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&products_id=732


Acorn Acoustic Music Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 8AG

Pete Harris/Jon Vaughan

Pete has performed in the UK, France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland and New Zealand, where he headlined at several festivals.

Doors open 7.00 for 7.30 pm start. Entry £7.00. Raffle to defray costs.
Bring own refreshments.
Non-profit making – aim is to uphold top quality folk music in Minehead giving a platform to both professionals and amateurs.

Ring to reserve 01643 709394, or just come along. Everyone is given a warm welcome, listeners and performers alike.

Please visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk for further details, and preferably book floor spots in advance 07811 744158 or contact us at acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com


Sun 14th May 2017

Buckland Newton Village Hall DT2 7BZ

Holy Moly & The Crackers

Join this nationally acclaimed seven-piece gypsy folk-rock band for an evening of lively music and tall tales. Their 2016 festival appearances included Glastonbury, Larmer Tree, Kendal Calling and Towersey, plus many more. Influenced by an eclectic range of music, Holy Moly & The Crackers play an exciting and visceral blend of rock, pop, folk, blues, balkan, klezmer, ska and reggae. In the perfect collision of rowdy tunes, pumping danceability and compelling storytelling, this wrangling folk group present a medley of original songs and old time drinking tunes, both hilarious and thrilling, and sure to entertain!

7:30pm

Tickets 01300 345455. £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Wed 17th May 2017

St Bartholomew's Church Crewkerne TA18 7HY

Steve Knightley

Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England. The 2014 "Grow Your Own Gig" tour saw Steve perform at intimate rural venues, drawing on the English countryside. In 2015, he turned his attention to the sea for his "All at Sea" tour. Songs from both shows were recorded and two albums "Off the Beaten Track" and "All at Sea" emerged. In 2017, Steve combines material from both for this "Landlocked" tour. One half of the concert will feature original and traditional songs of the land and the second half will draw on his nautical themes. This is an evening not to be missed!

£18

7.30pm

Contact Geraldine Clotworthy: 0146076058

geraldine AT clotworthy.co.uk


Thu 18th May 2017

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

Lady Maisery

plus support, Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith

In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative folk music, vocal trio Lady Maisery shine brightly. With their unique approach to harmony singing and thoughtful and striking arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice.
www.ladymaisery.com

Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith

Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith are a highly acclaimed folk duo who play traditional and original music of the British Isles.
http://www.jimmyandsidduo.com/

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £15.00
Advance: £13.00
https://chapelarts.org/events/lady-maisery/


Ritz Acoustic club, The Ritz Social Club, Victoria Street, Burnham-On-Sea TA8 1AL

The Jaywalkers

£4

8pm

www.ritzacoustic.com


Fri 19th May 2017 to Sun 21st May 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Danish Folk Music Weekend with Rannok

Discover Danish traditional music in the company of acclaimed duo Rannok, two of Denmark’s finest traditional musicians, pianist Theis Langlands & fiddler Michael Graubæ.
https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/danish-folk-music-weekend-with-rannok/


Fri 19th May 2017

Bridgwater Arts Centre, 11-13 Castle Street TA6 3DD

Jamie Smith's Mabon

One of the most highly accomplished and critically acclaimed Celtic roots music bands based
in Britain today, Jamie Smith’s MABON have built their reputation on their exhilarating live
performances and deftly worked recordings.
www.jamiesmithsmabon.com

8.00 pm

http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk/event/jamiesmithsmabon/


Wiveliscombe Rugby Club TA4 2TA

Charlie Dore & Julian Littman

Although best known as a respected songwriter for others, Charlie enjoys a multi-faceted career that includes acting, comedy-improvisation, writing for radio and composition for film and TV as well as performing live with her band.
Milk Roulette, her 8th album, was released in November 2014. It was recorded at her home studio and co-produced with her long-time collaborator Julian Littman. The title track describes Charlie's father's method of testing whether milk was off or not - by taking a swig.

£14 / £12 concessions

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Sat 20th May 2017

St Mary's Church, Stogumber, Taunton TA4 3TA

Lady Maisery

Over the past 5 years, the innovative folk band Lady Maisery have toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe, frequently playing to sell out audiences. Each of the trio - which consists of Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans - are accomplished multi-instrumentalists as well as breathtakingly melodious vocalists who perform intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional songs and original compositions.
Underpinning every performance are Lady Maisery’s distinctive harmonies: sometimes lush and rich, sometimes dark and invigorating, they intertwine with assured precision. In addition, the trio are one of the foremost English proponents of mouth music, or “diddling” – once common in England, and still found across parts of southern and northern Europe, this form of singing without words is a perfect showcase for their sheer musicality.

The event takes place in St Mary’s Church at 7.30pm on Saturday, 20th May and tickets, which are priced at £8 and £12 each, are available from the


£8 and £12 Tickets from Festival website or in person at Central Stores, Stogumber.

7.30pm

Phone: 0845 539 0168

enquiries AT stogumberfestival.com

www.stogumberfestival.com


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Rannok

Danish traditional music at its best – enjoy a lively evening of music in the company of acclaimed duo Rannok!
Formed by pianist Theis Langlands & fiddler Michael Graubæk in 2006, Rannok is known for their intense energy and unique interaction – expect energetic polkas, atmospheric ballads and warm-hearted waltzes. With a shared passion for traditional melodies, they offer a new take on their ancestors’ music: contemporary interpretations interspersed with original tunes written with respect for the folk tradition.

8.00 pm

£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/rannok/


Sun 21st May 2017

Osmington Village Hall DT3 6EX

Miranda Sykes Solo

Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ is returning to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar. Borrowed Places is a project that draws its inspiration primarily from the songs and landscapes of her native Lincolnshire but seen through the eyes of someone who has lived away for many years.
As well as being a superb vocalist and double bassist she continues to surprise audiences with her musical versatility, and demonstrates her ability as a guitarist and interpreter of song, slipping effortlessly between genres.

£12

7.30 for 8pm

Contact Eileen Bramley: 07816 832554

Osmingtonmusic AT gmail.com

http://www.mirandasykes.com/


Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

No partner needed nor previous experience.
Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
Mainly Tudor.
Musicians welcome for approx. an hour before session to try playing simple accessible dance tunes.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm
Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Moore Moss & Rutter

Moore Moss Rutter is a contemporary trio consisting of Tom Moore (violin), Archie Churchill-Moss (melodeon) and Jack Rutter (guitar and vocals). Their material is often developed from traditional English folk tunes and pieces of their own compositions, which are heavily arranged using elements of folk, jazz, classical and bluegrass.

www.mooremossrutter.co.uk

£12

8.00 pm Doors open at 7.30pm
Tickets are available from the club, Nailsea Music Shop or by sending a cheque + SAE to: Nailsea Folk Club, c/o 50 Newton Green, Nailsea, Bristol BS48 4RF
www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk


Mon 22nd May 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Dulcimers at Halsway

Following last year’s event, we’re delighted to welcome back Nonsuch Dulcimer Club to host another ‘Dulcimers at Halsway’!
https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/dulcimers-at-halsway/


Wed 24th May 2017

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

Chris Wood

Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables.
www.chriswoodmusic.co.uk

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £12.00
https://chapelarts.org/events/chris-wood/


Thu 25th May 2017

Dorchester Corn Exchange DT1 1HF

Phil Beer Band

The Phil Beer Band performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock.

Support comes from The Hawthornes who, since forming in March 2013, have already chalked up an impressive resume. Relentlessly playing all over the country for anyone who will listen, they have already obtained a strong, loyal following.

Dorchester Corn Exchange
8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm)
£20 / £18 members and concessions

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/25-may-•-phil-beer-band/


Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Mary and Robert Blackberow and Friends

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HF

The Phil Beer Band

The Phil Beer Band performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock.

8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm)

£20 / £18 members and concessions

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/25-may-•-phil-beer-band/


Market House Studio, Castle Cary (above Tourist Information Centre) BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

Sorry about stone stairs, no lift.
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Dances to learn for fun.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 26th May 2017 to Sun 28th May 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway D/G Melodeon Workshop Weekend

A new event for 2017, we’re delighted to be introducing the Halsway Manor Melodeon Workshop Weekend! We’ve a dream team of musicians to lead the weekend – Andy Cutting, Anne Niepold (Belgium) and Hazel Askew – and the programme will include workshops, informal sessions, a tutor’s concert and some one-to-one tuition if there’s time.
https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-dg-melodeon-workshop-weekend/


Fri 26th May 2017

Yeovil Performing Arts Library, King George St BA20 1PY

Ann Hinchliffe & portable maypoles

Talk on history of Maypoles and dancing: were the Tudor versions really scandalous and what did the Victorians do to them? Have a go at a ribbon dance.
Supporting Yeovil Performing Arts Library, a fantastic local resource.
Light refreshments included.

Free parking in Tesco, 100m away.

£3 donation requested.

11.00 am - 12.00 noon

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com

https://northsquarehistoricaldance.wordpress.com


Bridgwater Arts Centre, 11-13 Castle Street TA6 3DD

Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater

Phone: 01278 422700

info AT bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk

http://www.angehardy.com/gigs/2017/05/26/bridgwater-arts-centre-duo


The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Coal Orchard, Taunton TA1 1JL

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships.

7.30 pm

£12.50

http://www.thebrewhouse.net/event/kathryn-roberts-sean-lakeman/


Sat 27th May 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Melodeon: Andy Cutting, Anne Niepold, Hazel Askew

A chance to catch the tutors of our inaugural Melodeon Weekend in an informal concert setting (and possibly hear some of the students play too).
£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/melodeon-andy-cutting-anne-niepold-hazel-askew/


Corfe Castle Village Hall BH20 5EE

The Foghorn Stringband

The Foghorn Stringband is the present day shining gold standard for American Stringband music. With eight albums and over a decade of touring under their belts, it’s no surprise they have two entirely new generations of old-time musicians following their lead. Through all of this, they’ve never let the music grow cold; instead they’ve been steadily proving that American Roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration. Their music revolves around four master musicians and their stunning interweaving harmonies; Caleb Klauder (vocals, mandolin, fiddle), Reeb Willms (vocals, guitar), Nadine Landry (vocals, upright bass) and Stephen 'Sammy' Lind (vocals, fiddle, banjo) gather around one microphone and play with an intense, fiery abandon. From their origins in Portland Oregon's vibrant underground roots music scene, Foghorn have spread the old-time string band gospel all over the world. Along the way they've brought in influences and inspirations from many travels and late-night jam sessions. Old-time square dance tunes rub shoulders with Cajun waltzes, vintage honky-tonk songs and bluegrass picking, creating a bubbling and intoxicating musical brew. Expect an evening of authentic America roots music as the band tour Dorset through Artsreach, the counties rural touring scheme.

7.30 pm

Tickets 07590 352219. £10, £7 u18s, £28 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


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

Blue Rose Code

Edinburgh-born Ross Wilson, has gone from song-writing in the obscurity of an East London flat to being celebrated by the industry and fans alike as a legacy artist whose work stands alone. As BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Mary-Anne Kennedy said recently, “Blue Rose Code is one of those rare artists whose work makes you sit up and listen”. Blue Rose Code is three-piece for this concert.
Blue Rose Code’s songwriting has been inspired by life partly on the Shetland Isles and partly in rural Dorset. The Ballads Of Peckham Rye, Blue Rose Code’s second record, was nominated for the prestigious Scottish Album Of The Year Awards in 2014. He has worked lately with Danny Thompson, Karine Polwart, Aidan O’Rourke and Kathryn Williams and various top jazz musicians.

Tickets £14 (nus 10) from the Shelley Theatre from 1 April.
www.shelleytheatre.co.uk
www.bournemouthfolkclub.com


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

Phil Beer Band

with support from The Hawthornes

A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event

A spirited fusion of friendship and musicianship, the Phil Beer Band delve into the back catalogues of Phil’s beloved Country, Rock, Folk and Blues influences throughout the years to create their infectious and unique ‘Folk n Roll’ sound. .

8.00 pm

Ticket: £19. No concessions.

www.philbeer.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&products_id=734


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

Acoustic Night

On our performers night The David Hall hands over its professional stage and outstanding acoustics to budding artists of all genres.

So, if you're a performer, then get in touch with Chris and book a spot (0196331580 Mob 07715501157). He takes artist names and we allocate spots on a 'first come, first on' basis.

7.30 pm

Suggested donation. Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience. Please pay on the door.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=9&products_id=739


Sun 28th May 2017

Portesham Village Hall DT3 4NS

The Foghorn Stringband

The Foghorn Stringband is the present day shining gold standard for American Stringband music. With eight albums and over a decade of touring under their belts, it’s no surprise they have two entirely new generations of old-time musicians following their lead. Through all of this, they’ve never let the music grow cold; instead they’ve been steadily proving that American Roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration. Their music revolves around four master musicians and their stunning interweaving harmonies; Caleb Klauder (vocals, mandolin, fiddle), Reeb Willms (vocals, guitar), Nadine Landry (vocals, upright bass) and Stephen 'Sammy' Lind (vocals, fiddle, banjo) gather around one microphone and play with an intense, fiery abandon. From their origins in Portland Oregon's vibrant underground roots music scene, Foghorn have spread the old-time string band gospel all over the world. Along the way they've brought in influences and inspirations from many travels and late-night jam sessions. Old-time square dance tunes rub shoulders with Cajun waltzes, vintage honky-tonk songs and bluegrass picking, creating a bubbling and intoxicating musical brew. Expect an evening of authentic America roots music as the band tour Dorset through Artsreach, the counties rural touring scheme.

7.30 pm

Tickets 01305 871925. £10, £7 u18s, £28 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Thu 1st Jun 2017

Dorchester Corn Exchange DT1 1HF

Juan Martín – Arte Flamenco Puro

Juan Martín, a truly awe-inspiring guitarist, composer and all encompassing musician travels to Dorchester Arts with a new flamenco programme of music, song and dance direct from Spain.

£15 / £13 members and concessions
8pm (doors and bar 7:30pm)

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/1-june-•-juan-martin-arte-flamenco-puro/


St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

Eighteenth Century dance.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.

7.30 - 9.30 pm
£5 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 2nd Jun 2017 to Sun 4th Jun 2017

Weymouth Harbourside (Trinity Road and Hope Square) DT4 8TJ

Wessex Folk Festival

Family festival with two free stages showcasing a range of traditional and modern folk acts. Morris dancing, food and craft stalls along the picturesque harbourside. Workshops and traditional music sessions in the local pubs.
Stage line-up: Ninebarrow, Mad Magdalen, Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection, The Foxglove Trio, Barney Newman and Tom Leary, Doc Clarke’s Remedy, Amy Hopwood, Dorset Wrecks, FolkLaw, Jo Carley and the Old Dry Skulls, John Meriton, The Wild Rover Set, The Lonesome Stampede, No Mean Feet, The Sherborne Folk Band, Sue Stevens, Three Pressed Men, Weymouth Ukuleleans.
Concert on Saturday evening: Paul J Openshaw, Polly Morris Band, No Direction

Ticket info: It’s a free festival, only the Saturday evening concert is ticketed, and those can be purchased on our website.

www.wessexfolkfestival.com


Fri 2nd Jun 2017

Durweston Village Hall, near Blandford DT11 0QA

Watkins & Swarbrick Band

The Watkins & Swarbrick band interpret songs from different genres as well as playing their own material. Acoustic, no drums, just a wide variety of songs and tunes performed to an audience who want to listen to good quality live music in their local village hall. Featuring the extraordinary multi-instrumental skills of Simon Swarbrick (nephew of the late folk icon, Dave Swarbrick), and 3-part vocal harmonies, the band's policy is: 'pay what you think the performance was worth at the end'. They will be performing tracks from their long-awaited CD, "Different Routes" which will be on sale at the venue. https://soundcloud.com/watkinswarbrickband
Bar and doors open from 7.30pm.
Seat reservations essential.

Pay what you like

8pm

Phone: Box Office 01305 837299

songsfromthehalls234 AT gmail.com

https://twitter.com/watkinswarb


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

Sunjay

Sunjay’s style has that natural drift between Folk and Blues and both camps have recognised his obvious flair. There has been a clutch of award nominations, including winning the Wath Festival Young Performers Award.

8.00 pm

Ticket: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

http://www.sunjay.tv

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&products_id=735


Sat 3rd Jun 2017

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Arish Mel with Simon Maplesden calling

Our last dance before the summer break, with Simon calling and Arish Mel playing - both always good value for money!

Bring your own alcohol and a supper to share. Some soft drinks provided.

£8 advance, £9 on the door. u-17s £4

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Hope Church, Trinity Road, Weymouth DT4 8TW

Wessex Folk Festival present - A Light Hearted Musical Variety Concert

with Polly Morris, No Direction, Paul J Openshaw

With differing approaches, Polly and Paul both sing self penned, but characteristically entertaining songs. By contrast, No Direction is a four piece acapella singing group, with a repertoire ranging from Adele to Neil Young.

£10 (£12 on the door)

Start time: 7.30pm

Contact Paul: 07802 597319

Tickets are available from http://www.wessexfolkfestival.com/saturday-night-show


Thu 8th Jun 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Aileen Wills and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Sun 11th Jun 2017

Bridport Town Hall DT6 3LF

Historical Dance

(above Tourist Information; access by green door next to Butchers shop, sorry no lift)

Mainly 18th Century dance
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771


Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band workshop

Suitable for all levels and all instruments

Learn to play folk tunes by ear, experiment with chords and arrangements.

£10 in advance/£12 on the door/£25 for 3 consecutive workshops paid in advance

1:30 – 4:30pm

www.laurelswift.co.uk

Julia: 01935 817905 / 07527 508 277


Thu 15th Jun 2017

Ritz Acoustic club, The Ritz Social Club, Victoria Street, Burnham-On-Sea TA8 1AL

Cloudstreet

Aussie/English folk brilliance

£4

8pm

http//www.ritzacoustic.com


Fri 16th Jun 2017

Bridgwater Arts Centre, 11-13 Castle Street TA6 3DD

Chris Wood

Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables.
On stage Chris has the air of a craftsman who no longer needs to be precious about his art. Without any apparent effort he reaches deep into an enviable repertoire of songs before revealing another gem.
This tour brings his album So Much to Defend to his adoring audience.

8.00 pm
http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk/event/chriswood/


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

Lucy Ward

Lucy Ward is an impressive original songwriter whose unique delivery and breath-taking voice has enchanted audiences the world over. Her music never fails to get to the heart of the human condition with her expressive writing style and warm personality that radiates from the stage.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £13 Full. £12 Concessions.

www.lucywardsings.com

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&products_id=737


Sun 18th Jun 2017

Chalk and Cheese, Maiden Newton DT2 0BD

Music session

Mainly English depending on who comes and how we feel. Thanks to those who came in April: rather good, I thought.

7:30 - 10.45 pm

Contact Ruth and Colin Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

No partner needed nor previous experience.
Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
Mainly Tudor.
Musicians welcome for approx. an hour before session to try playing simple accessible dance tunes.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm
Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Thu 22nd Jun 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Gill Spense and Ian Bryson and Co

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Market House Studio, Castle Cary (above Tourist Information Centre) BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

Sorry about stone stairs, no lift.
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Dances to learn for fun.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Sun 25th Jun 2017

Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Coal Orchard, Taunton TA1 1JL

Rhythm of the Dance

This incredible live show creates a new era in Irish entertainment, featuring world champion dancers, a traditional Irish band, and the handsome Young Irish Tenors, an array of the most talented, gifted cast who keep audiences wowed all over the world.

7:30 pm

Adult from £24
Student/Child from £20

https://www.thebrewhouse.net/event/rhythm-of-the-dance/


Thu 29th Jun 2017

Dorchester Corn Exchange DT1 1HF

Stompin’ Dave Allen

Stompin’ Dave, described by Blues In Britain as “a downright genius”, is an astounding performer whose reputation has spread far and wide from his home town of Bridport.

8.00pm

£10 / £8 (Members & Concessions)

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/29-june-•-stompin-dave-allen/


Fri 30th Jun 2017 to Sun 2nd Jul 2017

Carhampton, Nr Minehead TA24 7TS

West Somerset Folk Festival

Good Company, Graham Collins, Daisybell, Pete Collins, Alice & David Wylde, Acorn Shanty Crew

Events include Singarounds, Workshops, Concert, Morris, Celidh. On site camping. Raising money for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association.

Weekend £15, Camping £5 a night

Contact Mike Dibble: 01643841597

dibblemjd AT talktalk.net

www.westsomersetfolkfestival.co.uk


Fri 30th Jun 2017

Dorchester Town Hall DT1 1HF

A splendid evening of 18th-century dancing

A Georgian Assembly

Music by Baroque trio Doves Figary
Dances from the 1700s, from regal to romps.
No partner or previous experience necessary.
Costume optional but light flexible footwear essential.

Dance practice 4.30 - 6.00 pm
free to Assembly ticket-holders, £2 as "taster" session.

£16 including light supper. Please enquire about concessions.
Booking: 01935 472771 or thedancingmaster AT hotmail.com


£16

Dancing 7.30p - 10.30 pm
led by Ann Hinchliffe, Historical Dance Society.

https://northsquarehistoricaldance.wordpress.com


Thu 6th Jul 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

Tudor dance.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.

7.30 - 9.30 pm
£5 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Jane Thomas and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Sun 9th Jul 2017

Bridport Town Hall DT6 3LF

Historical Dance

(above Tourist Information; access by green door next to Butchers shop, sorry no lift)

Mainly Tudor dance
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771


Tue 11th Jul 2017

Dillington House, near Ilminster TA19 9DT

Day course on English historical dance with Ann Hinchliffe

English social dance in literary contexts from Chaucer to Dickens. Seminars based on contemporary sources with the option of learning some of the dances referred to.
Day fee includes lunch and light refreshments.
Tickets must be booked in advance; please contact Dillington House directly.

£52

Registration from 9.00 am
Course starts 9.45
Ends 4.00 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com

http://www.dillington.com/categories/courses


Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Dancing Through History

What did dancing mean to Chaucer, Shakespeare and Jane Austen? How did ordinary people dance? How do we know? How did Italian quattrocento dances reach England, what did Charles II call "the old dance of England", and why did ex-slave Ignatius Sancho name a dance tune "Trip to Dillington"? Follow English dancing through five centuries of literature -- and maybe try some! All welcome.

9.45am - 4.00pm
Fee: £52.00

http://www.dillington.com/events/all-courses-date-order/4/dancing-through-history/1361/


Sun 16th Jul 2017

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

No partner needed nor previous experience.
Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
Mainly Tudor.
Musicians welcome for approx. an hour before session to try playing simple accessible dance tunes.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm
Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Thu 20th Jul 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Ivor and Holly (caller TBC)

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Sat 22nd Jul 2017

Town Hall Crewkerne TA18 7LN

Jigs for Gigs

40th Anniversary Ceilidh

Callers: Jane Thomas, Gill Spence, Simon Maplesden

Bring & Share Supper

NO BAR, bring your own drinks

All Proceeds to The Somerset Hospice

Lucky Ticket Plus Raffle

Please book tickets in advance as very popular! Can pay and collect on the door once ticket booking conformation received from Carole.

£8

8.00 - 11.30 pm

Contact Carole Chillmaid: 01823 660898

carole.chillmaid AT gmail.com


Thu 27th Jul 2017

Market House Studio, Castle Cary (above Tourist Information Centre) BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

Sorry about stone stairs, no lift.
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Dances to learn for fun.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Thu 3rd Aug 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

Tudor dance.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.

7.30 - 9.30 pm
£5 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 11th Aug 2017

Bridport

Bridport Folk Festival

More details as and when

https://www.facebook.com/folkbridport2017/


Sat 12th Aug 2017

Acorn Acoustic Music Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 8AG

Issy and David Emeney

Melodeon, Guitar, Voices
Husband and wife duo for Eileen Ann's birthday party

A top-class melodeon player with a rare lyrical touch and a fine sense of harmony. Issy is also an excellent composer of sophisticated instrumental pieces.

Doors open 7.00 for 7.30 pm start. Entry £7.00. Raffle to defray costs.
Bring own refreshments.
Non-profit making – aim is to uphold top quality folk music in Minehead giving a platform to both professionals and amateurs.

Ring to reserve 01643 709394, or just come along. Everyone is given a warm welcome, listeners and performers alike.

Please visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk for further details, and preferably book floor spots in advance 07811 744158 or contact us at acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com


Sun 20th Aug 2017

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

No partner needed nor previous experience.
Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
Mainly Tudor.
Musicians welcome for approx. an hour before session to try playing simple accessible dance tunes.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm
Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Thu 24th Aug 2017

Market House Studio, Castle Cary (above Tourist Information Centre) BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

Sorry about stone stairs, no lift.
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Dances to learn for fun.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 25th Aug 2017

Sherborne Library, 2 Hound Street, Sherborne DT9 3AA

Ann Hinchliffe

Talk: English social dance in literary contexts from Chaucer to Dickens. A short seminar using contemporary sources with some active dancing.

2.00 - 3.00 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com

https://northsquarehistoricaldance.wordpress.com/


Fri 1st Sep 2017

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Jim Moray, The Longest Johns

Opening night of Lyme Folk Weekend

£15

Start time: 7.30

Phone: 01297 442138

admin AT lymefolk.com

www.lymefolk.com


Sat 2nd Sep 2017

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

The Old Pull & Push, with Helen Woodall calling

OP&P getting us off to a good start after the summer hols, on Bridport's Hat Festival weekend - with lots more going on in town. Enter into the spirit of it by wearing a suitably silly titfer should you so choose.
Bring booze and a plate of food to share - go on, make a party of it!

£8 advance, £9 on the door. u-17s £4

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Ralph McTell & Wizz Jones, Mitchell & Vincent

Saturday night at Lyme Folk Weekend

£20

7.30 pm

Phone: 01297 442138

admin AT lymefolk.com

www.lymefolk.com


Sun 3rd Sep 2017

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Steve Knightley, Saskia Griffiths-Moore

Lyme Folk Weekend finale

£18

7.30 pm

Phone: 01297 442138

admin AT lymefolk.com

www.lymefolk.com


Thu 7th Sep 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

Tudor dance.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.

7.30 - 9.30 pm
£5 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Wed 13th Sep 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Ian Ladbroke and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Sat 16th Sep 2017

Acorn Acoustic Music Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 8AG

Jez Lowe

A double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – for best singer and best new song – was a timely
reminder of Jez Lowe’s standing in the UK acoustic music scene. At Acorn for third time as we highly
regard him – one of the busiest performers in the country.

Doors open 7.00 for 7.30 pm start. Entry £7.00. Raffle to defray costs.
Bring own refreshments.
Non-profit making – aim is to uphold top quality folk music in Minehead giving a platform to both professionals and amateurs.

Ring to reserve 01643 709394, or just come along. Everyone is given a warm welcome, listeners and performers alike.

Please visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk for further details, and preferably book floor spots in advance 07811 744158 or contact us at acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com


Sun 17th Sep 2017

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

No partner needed nor previous experience.
Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
Mainly Tudor.
Musicians welcome for approx. an hour before session to try playing simple accessible dance tunes.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm
Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band workshop

Suitable for all levels and all instruments

Learn to play folk tunes by ear, experiment with chords and arrangements.

£10 in advance/£12 on the door/£25 for 3 consecutive workshops paid in advance

1:30 – 4:30pm

www.laurelswift.co.uk

Julia: 01935 817905 / 07527 508 277


Thu 28th Sep 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Aileen Wills and Jeroka

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Market House Studio, Castle Cary (above Tourist Information Centre) BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

Sorry about stone stairs, no lift.
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Dances to learn for fun.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Thu 5th Oct 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

Tudor dance.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.

7.30 - 9.30 pm
£5 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 6th Oct 2017 to Sun 8th Oct 2017

Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Argyll Scottish Country Dancing Weekend

Suitable for those who already have a good working knowledge of common steps and formations in Scottish Country Dancing, this weekend will provide you with an opportunity to improve your technique, learn new dances and enjoy all social aspects of Scottish Country Dancing. There will be social dancing on Friday, Saturday and classes both Saturday and Sunday morning and an optional workshop on Saturday afternoon. Please note this weekend is not suitable for beginners.

The balance of fees for this weekend will be payable by 11 August 2017.

Tutors: Margo Priestley & Tom McKinley
Musicians: Robert Mackay & Judith Muir

Runs from dinner on Friday to after lunch on Sunday

Res Fee (from): £355.00
Non Res Fee: £239.00
http://www.dillington.com/events/all-courses-date-order/4/argyll-scottish-country-dancing-weekend/1083/


Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Argyll Scottish Country Musicians Weekend

For musicians interested in playing for Scottish Country Dancing within a band; no experience of band playing is required. A practical grounding in all aspects of band musicianship and playing for dancing, drawn from Ian’s experience over 35 years. Learn the characteristics of the Reel, Jig and Strathspey, uniquely Scottish instrumental techniques, phrasing, sequencing and repertoire, the body language associated with drive and lift … and more besides!

Runs from dinner on Friday to after lunch on Sunday
Res Fee (from): £355.00
Non Res Fee: £239.00 What's included?

http://www.dillington.com/events/all-courses-date-order/4/argyll-scottish-country-musicians-weekend/1463/


Sat 7th Oct 2017

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Fresh Aire, with Eileen Nightingale calling

Fresh Aire make a lovely sound to dance to, with those lyrical pipes, and Eileen always calls some interesting dances, so not an evening to miss.
Bring something to sip, and sustenance to share.

£8 advance, £9 on the door. u-17s £4

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sun 8th Oct 2017

Bridport Town Hall DT6 3LF

Historical Dance

(above Tourist Information; access by green door next to Butchers shop, sorry no lift)

Mainly Tudor dance
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771


Thu 12th Oct 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Pip Oxenbury and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 13th Oct 2017 to Sun 15th Oct 2017

Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Singing For Larks - Singing in Harmony Weekend

Singing with others is an exhilarating and liberating experience that everybody can enjoy. Singings for Larks workshops, run by Faith Watson, are based on the tradition of learning songs by ear. This approach makes the joy of singing with others easily accessible to those who are new to singing, whilst offering more experienced singers the opportunity to develop their aural skills. On this Singing in Harmony workshop the songs are drawn from a variety of cultures and styles, from international folk to soul, from golden oldies to original songs. Some are simple and bring instant rewards and some are more complex, taking longer to learn. All the songs are carefully chosen and arranged to inspire people of different abilities and tastes to sing together in perfect harmony.

Runs from dinner on Friday to tea on Sunday

To make a booking telephone the Bookings Office 01460 258613. For further information about Singing for Larks and this course, go to: www.singingforlarks.co.uk or you can contact Faith Watson at Singing for Larks direct: faith AT singingforlarks.co.uk 0161 881 0855.

Res Fee (from): £358.00
Non Res Fee: £254.00 What's included?

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Sun 15th Oct 2017

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

No partner needed nor previous experience.
Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
Mainly Tudor.
Musicians welcome for approx. an hour before session to try playing simple accessible dance tunes.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm
Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Sun 22nd Oct 2017

Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band workshop

Suitable for all levels and all instruments

Learn to play folk tunes by ear, experiment with chords and arrangements.

£10 in advance/£12 on the door/£25 for 3 consecutive workshops paid in advance

1:30 – 4:30pm

www.laurelswift.co.uk

Julia: 01935 817905 / 07527 508 277


Thu 26th Oct 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Rosie Shaw and Ian Bradenton and Co

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Market House Studio, Castle Cary (above Tourist Information Centre) BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

Sorry about stone stairs, no lift.
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Dances to learn for fun.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Thu 2nd Nov 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

Tudor dance.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.

7.30 - 9.30 pm
£5 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Sat 4th Nov 2017

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Chris Jewell and Jeremy Child

For a change, a night devoted to Contra and American dances, with the inimitable Jeremy Child challenging Chris Jewell to keep up on fiddle.
Be sure to bring something to restore your energy levels!

£8 advance, £9 on the door. u-17s £4

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Thu 9th Nov 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Eileen Nightingale and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Sun 12th Nov 2017

Bridport Town Hall DT6 3LF

Historical Dance

(above Tourist Information; access by green door next to Butchers shop, sorry no lift)

Mainly Tudor dance
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771


Sun 19th Nov 2017

Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band workshop

Suitable for all levels and all instruments

Learn to play folk tunes by ear, experiment with chords and arrangements.

£10 in advance/£12 on the door/£25 for 3 consecutive workshops paid in advance

1:30 – 4:30pm

www.laurelswift.co.uk

Julia: 01935 817905 / 07527 508 277


Thu 23rd Nov 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Jane Thomas and Amycrofters

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Market House Studio, Castle Cary (above Tourist Information Centre) BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

Sorry about stone stairs, no lift.
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Dances to learn for fun.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Sat 2nd Dec 2017

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Jigs for Gigs, with Jane Thomas

What better way to end the year than with Jigs and Jane? We can't wait!

With the first (?) of the Christmas buffets brought to share and a bottle of booze, you'll be well set up for the festive season.

£8 advance, £9 on the door. u-17s £4

7.30 0 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Thu 7th Dec 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Robert and Mary Blackberow and Friends

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Thu 21st Dec 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Simon Mapleson and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Sat 20th Jan 2018

Acorn Acoustic Music Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 8AG

Alice and David Wylde

Party night with an American flavour
Traditional Appalachian Ballads,
Old-time, Traditional Gospel, and Country Songs.
Bring and Share Buffet. Decorated Hat Competition.

Doors open 7.00 for 7.30 pm start. Entry £7.00. Raffle to defray costs.
Bring own refreshments.
Non-profit making – aim is to uphold top quality folk music in Minehead giving a platform to both professionals and amateurs.

Ring to reserve 01643 709394, or just come along. Everyone is given a warm welcome, listeners and performers alike.

Please visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk for further details, and preferably book floor spots in advance 07811 744158 or contact us at acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com


Sun 18th Mar 2018

Eileen Ann's Home

Acorn Folk Club informal singaround

With tea and cakes!

3.00 - 6.00 pm

Contact Eileen Ann for details and so she knows how many people to expect.

acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com

www.acornfolkclub.co.uk


Sat 19th May 2018

Acorn Acoustic Music Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 8AG

Flossie Malavialle

Legendary French Blue/Jazz Singer - not to be missed
“Flossie has a voice as clear and tuneful as a lark, with a pureness of quality to stop you in your
tracks in the forest of a song”. “Flossie’s great! She came over from France and wowed everybody with her sensational voice, her gutsy guitar style, eclectic repertoire and franglais patter”

Doors open 7.00 for 7.30 pm start. Entry £7.00. Raffle to defray costs.
Bring own refreshments.
Non-profit making – aim is to uphold top quality folk music in Minehead giving a platform to both professionals and amateurs.

Ring to reserve 01643 709394, or just come along. Everyone is given a warm welcome, listeners and performers alike.

Please visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk for further details, and preferably book floor spots in advance 07811 744158 or contact us at acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com


Sat 11th Aug 2018

Acorn Acoustic Music Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 8AG

Bob Wood

Birthday Party!
Bob Wood, from the west of Scotland is a warm and engaging solo singer and performer with an easy going sense of humour. He is a highly accomplished finger-style guitarist.

Doors open 7.00 for 7.30 pm start. Entry £7.00. Raffle to defray costs.
Bring own refreshments.
Non-profit making – aim is to uphold top quality folk music in Minehead giving a platform to both professionals and amateurs.

Ring to reserve 01643 709394, or just come along. Everyone is given a warm welcome, listeners and performers alike.

Please visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk for further details, and preferably book floor spots in advance 07811 744158 or contact us at acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com