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Thu 9th Apr 2020

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

!!! POSTPONED - 29th November !!! Calan

Following a storming gig in summer 2018, we’re delighted to welcome back Welsh folk supergroup Calan with their trademark brand of high-energy routines, verve and raw excitement. Expect stunning playing, beautiful songs and soaring harmonies…with added virtuoso step dancing! A special evening for firm fans and those new to the magic alike: come along and help us raise the roof.

8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)

£16 / £14 members and concessions

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/2019/11/05/thur-9-apr-calan/


Bridport Arts Centre, 9 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NR

!!! CANCELLED !!! The Yoruba Women Choir

Africa’s greatest choir The Yoruba Women Choir is one of Nigeria’s biggest musical exports. The choir, directed by founder Funmi Olawumi, creates music of astounding power.
Each of the 11 singers is a soloist of the highest order and they combine exquisite harmonies and joyful songs to create a spectacular show bursting with passion. Their songs lift your soul and uplift your spirit in a remarkable way.
Powered by a six-piece band that provides the pulse for a musical and spiritual alchemy that touches a worldwide audience.

7:30PM

£20 / £18

https://www.bridport-arts.com/event/the-yoruba-women-choir-20-18/


Fri 10th Apr 2020 to Mon 13th Apr 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

!!! CANCELLED !!! Halsway European Ensemble Weekend

An extended weekend course for musicians to develop their ensemble playing skills. Drawing on European folk/contemporary/popular music traditions we’ll be making new arrangements that can go in any direction. The aim is to explore and combine all sorts of influences and ideas to make spine tingling music that is more than the sum of the parts.
The course is fairly intensive and includes all day ensemble workshop sessions with the aim of performing all the pieces we create together at a public concert on the Sunday night.
The course is led by musician/composer/arranger Paul James – saxophones, border bagpipes (Blowzabella, Paul James and the Drowned Lovers). We are delighted to welcome Spanish composer, arranger, teacher and virtuoso hurdy-gurdy player Germán Díaz and the return of harpist, composer and teacher Merit Zloch for the second year.

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


Fri 10th Apr 2020

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

!!! CANCELLED !!! Richard Digance

+ Anne-Louise Richards

The wonderful tour de force that is Richard Digance is coming to Wessex Acoustic. Songs, stories, and humour abound.
Supporting Richard we welcome back the Shaftesbury based songstress, Anne-Louise Richards, who not only sings like an angel but also writes folk songs you feel you have known forever, one highly talented young lady.

£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


Sun 12th Apr 2020

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

!!! CANCELLED !!! John Tams & Barry Coope ‘Tams Coope 2D’

Their “Look After One Another” gigs continue ….”Until we all sing together again!”

John Tams: ex-Albion Band, founding member of Home Service, longtime actor/musical director at The National Theatre, Rifleman Daniel Hagman in the Sharpe ITV series and Songmaker for WarHorse.
Barry Coope: of the iconic a’capella trio Coope, Boyes and Simpson, now of Narthen.
Winners – Best Duo – BBC Folk Awards

“Look after one another.” – John and Barry

7:30 pm

£15.00 – £16.00

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/john-tams-barry-coope-tams-coope-2d/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

!!! CANCELLED !!! European Music Ensemble

Leaders of the Halsway Manor European Weekend perform arrangement of European traditional music with participants of the Halsway Manor European Ensemble Weekend course.
Musician/composer/arranger Paul James – saxophones, border bagpipes (Blowzabella, Paul James and the Drowned Lovers). We are delighted to welcome Spanish composer, arranger, teacher and virtuoso hurdy-gurdy player Germán Díaz and the return of harpist, composer and teacher Merit Zloch for the second yea

8pm–10pm

£10 adult
£5 student

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/european-music-ensemble/


Mon 13th Apr 2020 to Fri 17th Apr 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

!!! CANCELLED !!! Easter House Party

A fun and friendly ‘House Party’ for all who enjoy folk dancing and playing and want to try a range of dance styles. There will be dance workshops each morning, afternoons are free to explore this lovely area or take a ramble in the Quantock Hills. Bring your walking boots and instruments. There’s a dance each evening with the occasional music session and sing-around in the bar afterwards.
The Team
Ted & Pat Morse: Ted began dancing with the Oxford Morris Men and Oxford City Folk Dance Club when he was 17, started calling and running barn dances at 19, and has barely paused since! Ted plays accordion, percussion and tuba, is an experienced band leader, teaches Morris, Sword and Country dancing (and more!) and is a regular tutor at Halsway Manor – along with Pat .
Music comes from Gareth Kiddier and Linda Game – English Contra Band. One of the best known and friendliest folk dance bands on the UK scene. Once you start dancing with them you wont want to stop! Gareth Kiddier (Piano) has been playing and dancing for over 15 years with driving rhythms and considered harmonics. Linda Game (fiddle, mandolin) (The Broken Ankles, The Kitchen Girls, The Fold) has over 20 years’ folk experience since leaving the classical music world. With stunning improvisational fluency and rhythm she’s an exciting dance musician

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/easter-house-party-3/


Thu 16th Apr 2020

Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Rd, Wiveliscombe TA4 3RE

!!! CANCELLED !!! Belinda O'Hooley

Belinda O’Hooley began playing the piano at the age of seven. She is an exceptionally gifted pi-anist, singer, songwriter and composer and has become renowned for her highly individual, emotional, yet sensitive musicality. She is half of four time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Duo nomi-nees O’Hooley & Tidow alongside her wife Heidi Tidow; together described by The Guardian as ‘exceptional songwriters.’

£12 / £10 concessions

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


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

The Paperboys

Mexican Son Jarocho mixed in with Irish Jigs and Reels and a good dose of Country and Bluegrass. It has healthy servings of Ska, Soca and African Highlife and we’ve been known to throw in a little White Boy Reggae. Of course it also has strains of Soul, Pop and Funk although we are by no means a funk band. It is mostly Acoustic although we also like Electric guitars.
It is Singer-Songwriter based but not the coffee house variety. It is definitely FOLK music, but not in the Kumbaya style. It has a deep respect and appreciation for tradition (Bluegrass, Old Time, Celtic, Son) but it’s by no means Traditional. It Rocks incredibly hard and is extremely danceable, but that is not to say it can’t be mellow and slow and beautiful. It can be heart breaking, but also joyous. It is never dark or angst ridden, and always full of hope – but not in the ‘Up With People’ kind of way. It’s not Jazz, although we like Jazz a lot. It’s not heavy metal or punk or grunge, although we love Rush
and AC/DC.
It is World Roots Music. It’s POP music. It is GOOD music. It has a tendency to connect people and means a lot to many folks the world over, and for that we are very grateful. It is the only multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-generational, multi-lingual, multi-instrumental, genre bending, co-ed band you will hear today!!

www.paperboys.com
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)

Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £12.00
https://chapelarts.org/events/the-paperboys/


Fri 17th Apr 2020 to Sun 19th Apr 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

!!! CANCELLED !!! Halsway Playford Assembly

Led by Andrew Swaine with music from Boldwood. The Halsway Playford Weekend is always a stimulating and enjoyable experience!
A vigorous and fun weekend of dancing, the course is aimed at dancers – both experienced and new to Playford are welcome – who want to explore the music and dances published in the English Dancing Master.
The dance will be led by Andrew Swaine who is an experienced caller for most genres of English country dancing, including ceilidh, American contra, Playford (early country dancing, starting with the publications of John Playford 1651 onwards) and modern country dances at all levels written since the revival in the early 20th century.
Expect a varied and joyful programme of workshops and social dancing, aimed at interpreting the dances for a modern audience with enthusiasm and enjoyment, whilst also setting the dances in historical context and referring back to the original sources.
There will be a Playford Assembly Ball on the Saturday evening – costume strongly encouraged!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-playford-weekend-4/


Fri 17th Apr 2020

Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

!!! CANCELLED !!! Arish Mel with 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


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Billy Mitchell and Bob Fox

Songs, stories and fun from the North East. Lindisfarne front man and Warhorse song-man come together.

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


Sat 18th Apr 2020

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

!!! CANCELLED !!! Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band

BBC Folk winners Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, and Bellowhead co-founder John Spiers, join forces with legendary fiddle player Peter Knight’s highly acclaimed trio Gigspanner to form the Gigspanner Big Band.
Taking self-penned material along with music rooted in the British Isles and beyond, with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, they produce richly atmospheric arrangements “with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator”.

8:00 pm

Tickets: £21. No concessions.

www.peterknight.net

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/peter-knights-gigspanner-big-band/


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

!!! CANCELLED !!! 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.
40 years after he recorded his first album, Golden Vanity, in 1976, Martin is known as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world.
In recent years, he has been a lynchpin in the award-winning Full English, The Elizabethan Sessions and, in 2015, recorded Murmurs, an exciting new album with Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr. Martin’s eagerly awaited new solo album entitled Trails and Tribulations will be released in September 2017 on Topic Records. Album guests include Andy Cutting, Kathryn Tickell, Nancy Kerr and John Smith.

http://www.bournemouthfolkclub.com/index.php/all-artists/138-138


Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Belinda O'Hooley

This talented pianist is half of O’Hooley & Tidow, described by The Guardian as ‘exceptional songwriters.’ Their song is the closing theme for the celebrated drama series Gentleman Jack. Belinda is also known for her inventive accompanying of folk luminaries including Rufus Wainwright, Nic Jones, Jackie Oates and Rachel Unthank and The Winterset.
‘Inversions’ showcases Belinda’s abilities as a composer and pianist with many of the pieces inspired by the songs and tunes her father inherited from a long line of male musicians in the hills of the West coast of rural Ireland.

£15.00 advance / £17.50 on the door
10% discount for members

https://www.marinetheatre.com
https://www.seetickets.com/event/belinda-o-hooley-inversions-/marine-theatre/1461299


Sun 19th Apr 2020

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 (including coffee break with homemade cake!)

Further information and admission prices on the website
www.sherbornefolkband.org

info AT sherbornefolkband.org
Julia: 07527 508 277


Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

!!! CANCELLED !!! Historical Dance and Music

Music practice 2-3 pm; any portable acoustic instrument & all levels welcome. Music can be sent in advance.
Dancing 3-5 pm, with tea break.
Dances to learn for fun, mainly from 15th-17th centuries; both live and recorded music.
No partner needed, nor previous experience. Comfortable clothes and light flexible footwear recommended.
£6 per session; no need to book but do contact us before your first time in case of changes.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Fox and Hounds, Cattistock DT2 0JH

!!! CANCELLED !!! Music session

Mainly English. All welcome to this long running monthly session

6.00 - 9.00 pm

Contact Colin and Ruth Thompson: 01300 321396 07984547980

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


Mon 20th Apr 2020 to Fri 24th Apr 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

!!! CANCELLED !!! Give Voice Extra!

Building on the success of their annual Give Voice Weekends we’re delighted that Tom and Barbara Brown have agreed to host a relaxed week of Folk Song and Singing with a great all-singing team.
Join us for a week of song-sharing and workshops with Tom & Barbara Brown, and guest leaders Bonny Sartin, Janet Russell, Jeff Wesley, Jim Mageean and Marianne McAleer!
Singers of all ages (teenagers to pensioners) and abilities are welcome to join the fun, in the comfortable and relaxed surroundings of Halsway Manor. The programme includes practical workshops, presentations, a film screening, discussions, song sharing and Big Sings (with everyone having a chance to lead chorus songs – if they want to) when the bar is open.
There will be plenty of opportunity 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 week includes a twilight ‘Leaders’ Concert’ on the Wednesday evening.

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


Tue 21st Apr 2020

St. Andrew's Church, Wiveliscombe TA4 2LR

!!! CANCELLED !!! Gigspanner Big Band

The Gigspanner Big Band are a unique force in British folk music. Their high-energy, virtuosic performances appeal equally to traditionalists and to those looking for something more experimental, and they have garnered praise from publications as varied as fRoots, The Telegraph and The Wire, where they were described as ‘melodically folk-rooted yet open and innovative beyond the constraints of genre’

£22/£20

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Wed 22nd Apr 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

!!! CANCELLED !!! Give Voice Extra Leaders Concert

As part of the Give Voice Retreat week, we’re delighted that Tom and Barbara Brown will be giving a leaders concert alongside and their fabulous all-singing team that includes Bonny Sartin, Janet Russell and Jeff Wesley, Jim Mageean and Marianne McAleer.

7:30pm–10pm

£5

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/give-voice-extra-leaders-concert/


Thu 23rd Apr 2020

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

!!! CANCELLED !!! Arcade featuring Heidi Talbot & Adam Holmes

For the first, time Ireland’s Heidi Talbot and Scotland’s Adam Holmes are joining forces to tour, write and record an album of original material, together.
Between them they have been nominated for multiple BBC Folk Awards, SAY awards, Irish music awards and played for First Ministers and US Presidents.
This new collaboration will see the pair work under the name “Arcade”, with plans to record and release
a new album of songs in 2019, produced by Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow).

8:00 pm

£22

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/arcade-feat-heidi-talbot-adam-holmes/


Glastonbury Assembly Rooms BA6 9DU

Nick Hart

+ floor spots

On April 23rd (St George's Day) the Fabulous Furry Folk Club at Glastonbury Assembly Rooms are devoting an evening to celebrating the songs of old England and have booked one of the country's finest singer / guitarists in the genre. Nick Hart will kicking off his spring tour by playing for an hour for us, from 9.45 to 10.45 p.m. Floor spots welcome on a trad theme please! Or... go on then... dragon songs!. Doors open at 8 p.m. for an 8.30 start.

http://www.nickhartmusic.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QRr8SlT4MI

Tickets are £10 / £8 on the door; £10 in advance but concessions can be claimed as a refund of £2 at the door - just ask!

Start time: 8 p.m. for 8.30 start

Contact Nathan: 07752 593299

nathanvibration AT gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/609497056507270/


Fri 24th Apr 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Falconers Dance Club

A social weekend of dance for club members and friends. The Falconers Folk Dance Club is a registered club of the English Folk Dance and Song Society from Bromyard. English and American country dancing with live music from The Falconers Band.

Who’s it For?
Whether you have done a lot of dancing or none, the Club will make you welcome and help you have an enjoyable time! Although this is a club partnership event, there may be space for additional dancers so please get in touch!

This course is a partnership event, organised by The Falconers Folk Dance Club. For more details: http://www.falconers.org.uk
For more information and to book please contact Barbara Tyler:
Email: barbara.tyler AT talktalk.net

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/falconers-dance-event-2020/


Sat 25th Apr 2020

Tintinhull Village Hall BA22 8PY

!!! CANCELLED !! 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


Priddy Village Hall BA5 3BE

!!! CANCELLED !!! Priddy Revival Ceili with Perfect Cure and caller Val Knight

Set Dance Ceili 8pm - 12pm £8
Singing Workshop Available 4pm - 6pm
Please Bring Supper to Share
A Bar Will Be Available
Everyone Will Be Given a Very Warm Welcome

Fully Refurbished Hall ; All Facilities ;

Contact George East on Tel 07536 105194, george9east AT btinternet.com
Facebook Page - Priddy Revival Ceili


Wed 29th Apr 2020

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

The Drystones

The Drystones are two twenty-one year olds from Somerset playing a lively mix of their own interpretations of traditional folk tunes and original compositions. Playing violin, guitar and whistle, they have made a big splash since they formed in July 2011. They have played festivals all over the West Country (including Larmer Tree, Sidmouth, Broadstairs, Purbeck and Folk East), and went down a storm at 2019’s Maumbury Rings Music Day. At their 2013 Glastonbury Festival performance they were Steve Lamacq’s “recommendation of the day”. For just two people they make a lot of sound!

8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)

£12 / £10 members and concessions

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/2019/12/11/wed-29-apr-the-drystones/


Thu 30th Apr 2020

Cooper Hall, Frome BA11 3NL

Belinda O'Hooley

Belinda O’Hooley is an exceptionally gifted pianist, singer, songwriter and composer and has become renowned for her highly individual, emotional, yet sensitive musicality. She is half of four time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Duo nominees O’Hooley & Tidow alongside her wife Heidi Tidow; together described by The Guardian as ‘exceptional songwriters.’ Their song ‘Gentleman Jack’ features as the closing theme song for Sally Wainwright’s latest BBC/HBO drama series Gentleman Jack.
The new album ‘Inversions’ showcases Belinda’s abilities as a composer and pianist with many of the piano pieces inspired by the songs and tunes her father inherited from a long line of male musicians from Monalea up in the Ox Mountains in the West of rural Ireland. With the passing of her father in 2017, Belinda; the first woman to be handed the tradition, has found the freedom to express the music of her ancestors in her very own, unconventional way, evolving and migrating into something you could describe as an inversion: a reversal of the norm.
Inversions encapsulates the essence of an artist truly at one with her instrument. This show will be a stunning, quality performance, not to be missed.

£16.50

Doors 7.30pm show 8pm

Contact box office: 01373 471854

info AT cooperhall.org

http://www.cooperhall.org


Fri 1st May 2020 to Sun 3rd May 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Society for International Folk Dance

Partnership Event
For further details or for a booking form please contact Robin Morris:
Mobile: Phone 07966 785172
Email: Robinnimbo AT aol.com
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.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/society-for-international-folk-dance-2/


Sat 2nd May 2020

St James Church Hall, Winscombe BS25 1BA

Miranda Sykes

Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ returns again in 2020 with her latest album and UK tour. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be touring solo as she started out: One woman, one bass, and one guitar.

£13

8pm

Contact Winscombe Folk: 07703 538861

winscombe.folk AT gmail.com

www.mirandasykes.com


Sun 3rd May 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Music and Song Club

For more information contact Roger Phipps 01278 671685
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 til late

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-music-and-song-club-monthly-sunday-club-may-2/


Tue 5th May 2020 to Fri 8th May 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Brass and Reeds Week

Have you ever felt like you picked up the wrong instrument for the music you’ve fallen in love with? Brass and reed players on the folk circuit are few and far between and can feel a bit isolated – and so we’re delighted to offer a course specifically for you!
Each of the tutors are highly experienced, and specialise in a different area of the folk tradition: Jo Freya (Blowzabella, Narthen) – Central Europe and beyond; Tim Walker (Banter, Tickled Pink) – English music; Michel Duijves (Maalstroom, Mind the Midgie) – Celtic music. We’ll explore this music together, finding ways to better ‘fit the folk style’, how we play, decorations, repertoire, keys and transposition and anything else we can think of together.
The week will mostly be about playing music but we will also have sessions and discussions to help develop ourselves as players and this type of course and resources for the future.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/brass-and-reeds-week/


Tue 5th May 2020

Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome BA11 1BE

Sam Sweeney Band

After embarking on a solo career, releasing his debut solo album The Unfinished Violin on Island Records and touring it to sell-out crowds on the 2019 album launch tour, Sam is releasing his highly anticipated second solo album in Spring 2020.
Moving on from his five year connection to the First World War, which inspired his first album and captured the nation’s hearts through appearances on Antiques Roadshow and BBC Breakfast, alongside BBC Radio 2, 3, 4 and 6Music, Sam is moving on to making music on his own terms, with three of his favourite musicians and with a totally fresh approach and a big sound.
Sam and his new band are putting something into English music that has never been there before. This album has the swagger and groove of traditional English music with the huge sound, flare, energy and festival spirit of bands coming out of the Celtic and Scandinavian music scenes.

£16 + Booking fee

7.30 pm

https://www.cheeseandgrain.com/events/sam-sweeney-band/


St. Andrew's Church, Wiveliscombe TA4 2LR

Will Pound's a Day Will Come

Acclaimed harmonica and melodeon player Will Pound is embarking on a musical journey across the states of the European Union, to discover and unveil the diversity and common ground of their traditional music and song. From the lively Swedish polska to the upbeat Italian tarantella, the lilt of the Irish jig, to buoyant French bourées, relentless rachenistas from Bulgaria and the rip-roaring Spanish jota.

£18 / £16

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Thu 7th May 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Jo Freya, Tim Walker, Michel Dyvres

An evening of folk music from around the world (UK, celtic and central Europe) played on brass and reed instruments by the wonderful tutors on Halsway Manor’s Brass and Reeds week. Saxophones, trumpets, and clarinets don’t get as much attention as they might within our folk music traditions. This concert is part of a week that aims to remedy that.
Jo Freya (saxes) has been singing and playing traditional folk music since her childhood. As well as being a highly effective workshop leader and teacher in music, dance, voice and composition she is also a charismatic performer with many high profile folk artists including Narthan, Blowzabella and Coope, Simpson, Fraser, Freya, Boyes in their work with author Michael Morpurgo.
Tim Walker (trumpet and percussion) is one third of dance band Banter , the Liam Robinson Dance Band, Pigeon English, and Tickled Pink). With over 30 years of experience (he started playing cornet at the age of 8) Tim is a multi instrumentalist with experience in a range of different styles. He loves to bring his love of music and experience as a teacher into community settings.
Michel Duijves (Celtic Music) (Maalstroom, Mind the Midgie). Michel is first and foremost clarinettist and bass clarinettist and also plays the piano, tin whistle and saxophone. His bands play acoustic music inspired by the Irish, English and Dutch folk. The band members write the instrumental repertoire themselves, the songs are usually traditional. Michel’s band Mind Midgie , a quintet that plays Irish traditional folk, laced with pieces by ‘house composer’ Auke Hofstra.

8pm

£10 adult £5 student

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/jo-freya-tim-walker-michel-dyvres/


St George Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1LB

!!! CANCELLED !!! Historical Dance

Dancing 7.30-9.30 p.m. to mix of live and recorded music.
Dances to learn for fun, mainly from 17th to early 19th centuries. No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes and light flexible shoes recommended.
£6 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Fri 8th May 2020 to Sun 10th May 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

‘Going Further’ Fiddle Weekend

Following on from last year’s Advanced Fiddle Weekend with Rowan Rheingans, this course – with both Rowan and Anna Rheingans – is for experienced violin players who wish to expand on their skills and deepen their personal style. We will learn some new repertoire together and do some smaller ensemble work, supporting individual players to further develop tone, technique, musicality and style.
Although the Rheingans Sisters’ playing and teaching is rooted in traditional European styles, this course is open to all advanced fiddle players.
This years’ two-tutor approach will allow for advanced workshops alongside a second steadier-paced group, exploring technique and repertoire from pan-European traditions, plus one-to-ones, a tutors’ gig, and some surprises!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/going-further-fiddle-weekend/


Fri 8th May 2020

Ditcheat Jubilee Hall BA4 6RB

!!! CANCELLED !!! Jeroka, with caller Peter Bolton

A range of mainly English folk dances to suit all levels.
Another jolly evening at Ditcheat, with caller Peter Bolton.
Always a warm welcome. Live music, good dances and cheerful company.
Nothing too serious, but as energetic as anyone might wish !

£4

7.30 - 9.30 pm

Contact Ama Bolton: 01749 672911

amabolton AT hotmail.com


Sat 9th May 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Rheingans Sisters

Rheinghans Sisters perform at Halsway Manor as part of their Going Further weekend for folk fiddle players. In this evening’s performance Halsway Manors doors are open for the public to join workshop participants and enjoy an evening of talented and passionate folk fiddle.

8pm

£10 adult

£4 Student

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/rheingans-sisters-2/


Sun 10th May 2020

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

!!! CANCELLED !!! Historical Dance and Music

Music practice 2-3 pm; any portable acoustic instrument & all levels welcome. Music can be sent in advance.
Dancing 3-5 pm, with tea break.
Dances to learn for fun, mainly from 17th-early 19th centuries; both live and recorded music.
No partner needed, nor previous experience. Comfortable clothes and light flexible footwear recommended.
£6 per session; no need to book but do contact us before your first time in case of changes.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Mon 11th May 2020 to Fri 15th May 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe Ta4 4BD

American Contra Dance Week

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/american-contra-dance-week-4/


Fri 15th May 2020 to Sun 17th May 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Beginner/Intermediate Nyckelharpa

The Nyckelharpa is an amazing instrument that grabs everyone that comes into contact with it. This is your opportunity to meet and play the instrument for the weekend. Eight spaces are up for grabs for the complete beginner with an instrument provided. Spaces fill up fast on this course – so don’t delay. If you want to borrow an instrument book now!
An enjoyable and full-on, fun-packed workshop weekend with popular tutor Vicki Swan who will introduce beginners to this fascinating and unusual Swedish folk stringed instrument. Kirsty money will be joining Vicki as a second support tutor to ensure that you are well looked after.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/beginners-nyckelharpa/


Fri 15th May 2020 to Mon 18th May 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Violin Making

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/violin-making-7/


Fri 15th May 2020

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

Oysterband – Chance to Dance

Classic songs from every era of a long and mighty career.

Oysterband, the five-times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning outfit that brought passion, power and not a little poetry to Folk and Roots music, enter their fifth decade as vital and creative as ever, with some of the finest songs in the modern Folk canon to their name: Put Out The Lights; When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down); Blood Wedding; Everywhere I Go; The Oxford Girl; Granite Years; Native Son; A River Runs…..these and many others from their vast back catalogue will feature as they embark on another year of international touring and festivals.

8:00 pm

Tickets: £24. No concessions

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/oysterband-chance-to-dance/


Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

!!! CANCELLED !!! Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band & caller Paul Miles

Kimmeridge Keilidh - All Welcome! No Bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles. Tickets on the door.

£5 adults, £2.50 under 16

7.30 - 10.30 pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Sat 16th May 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Vicki Swan Presents The Nyckelharpa

The nyckelharpa – the Swedish keyed fiddle is an instrument that is capturing the hearts of people the world over. It was once in danger of dieing out, but kept safe and sound it is now on the up and up. Even so very few people have heard of this magnificent instrument.
Vicki goes back in time, all the way back to the medieval period to give you a potted history of the nyckelharpa. Meet nyckelharpa players from the past, but beware the one in the big black floppy hat.
Tunes, tales and intrigue will ensue.
A multimedia experience.

8pm

£10 adult

£4 student

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/vicki-swan-presents-the-nyckelharpa/


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

Miranda Sykes

Devon based Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ returns again in 2020 with her latest album and UK tour. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be touring solo as she started out: One woman, one bass, and one guitar.
Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour, Miranda Sykes is back with her latest project: Her album ‘Behind The Wall’
Where Borrowed Places opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been, physically and spiritually, Behind The Wall is a Roller Coaster Ride exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. What does it mean to be human today, living in our communities and societies and where will our actions lead us? Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant and beautiful, this show is not to be missed.
After the success of the 2019 tour, this is another opportunity to experience the show.

£13

8 pm

Contact Dorchester Arts: 01305 266926

www.dorchesterarts.org.uk


Sun 17th May 2020

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 (including coffee break with homemade cake!)

Further information and admission prices on the website
www.sherbornefolkband.org

info AT sherbornefolkband.org
Julia: 07527 508 277


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

Oysterband – Seated Concert

Classic songs from every era of a long and mighty career.

Oysterband, the five-times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning outfit that brought passion, power and not a little poetry to Folk and Roots music, enter their fifth decade as vital and creative as ever, with some of the finest songs in the modern Folk canon to their name: Put Out The Lights; When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down); Blood Wedding; Everywhere I Go; The Oxford Girl; Granite Years; Native Son; A River Runs…..these and many others from their vast back catalogue will feature as they embark on another year of international touring and festivals.

7:30 pm

Tickets: £24. No concessions

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/oysterband-seated-concert/


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Miranda Sykes

Acclaimed bassist and singer with Show of Hands returns to her roots.

7.30 pm

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


Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

!!! CANCELLED !!! Historical Dance and Music

Music practice 2-3 pm; any portable acoustic instrument & all levels welcome. Music can be sent in advance.
Dancing 3-5 pm, with tea break.
Dances to learn for fun, mainly from 15th-17th centuries; both live and recorded music.
No partner needed, nor previous experience. Comfortable clothes and light flexible footwear recommended.
£6 per session; no need to book but do contact us before your first time in case of changes.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Mon 18th May 2020 to Fri 22nd May 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Dulcimers at Halsway

We are delighted to welcome back Nonsuch Dulcimer Club to host another packed workshop week offering practical guidance on playing the dulcimer. Featuring superb tutors from the USA and UK, there will also be times to socialise and play informally, plus informal evening concerts from the tutors – and from participants!

Choose from four courses, and let us know your choice when booking:

Mountain Dulcimer: Introductory Course
Mountain Dulcimer: Exploring Course
Hammered Dulcimer: Introductory Course
Hammered Dulcimer: Exploring Course

Introductory courses are designed for beginners / improvers, loan instruments are available subject to demand; please make your enquiry early.
Exploring courses are more in-depth, designed with the intermediate / advanced level player in mind. NB. the MD Exploring course is also open to players of players of other fretted instruments.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/dulcimers-at-halsway-3/


Tue 19th May 2020

The Drax Arms, Bere Regis BH20 7HL

!!! CANCELLED !!! The Honey Dewdrops

Exquisite harmonies, excellent musicianship and fine songwriting from this Baltimore folk/Americana duo
We will be welcoming The Honey Dewdrops to our Folk Night on 19 May.
They are an absolutely exceptional duo. This tour will be their second of the UK after their debut in early 2019 which included Celtic Connections. They have acoustic guitars, clawhammer banjo, some mandolin. The Honey Dewdrops blend folk, acoustic Americana and a dash of bluegrass, enchanting audiences with their memorable and exquisitely performed songs. They’re from Virginia but live in Baltimore now.

Check them out here:
https://youtu.be/GFcE6k7tz5U
https://youtu.be/Qs3zbDp3p0g

£10

8pm

Contact Pip: 07598 328479

mail AT draxfolk.org.uk

www.draxfolk.org.uk


Thu 21st May 2020

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

Martin Simpson – A Master of His Art

Nominated ‘Musician of the Year’ – BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018

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.
“What’s it like being the best guitar player in the world…?” Martin’s modesty and grace prevented him from answering this BBC Radio 4 interviewer’s question recently, but the facts speak for themselves.
40 years after he recorded his first album, Golden Vanity, in 1976, Martin is known as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world.
A virtuoso player without question, but above all Martin Simpson conveys his diverse treasure trove of material from the heart, performing with rare subtlety, intensity and honesty. A true master of his art.

www.martinsimpson.com

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

Door Price: £16.00
Advance: £16.00

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


Fri 22nd May 2020 to Sun 24th May 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Ukulele and Song Weekend

Sam and Jon return for another enjoyable summer weekend of music and song for players and singers of all levels of experience. Jon & Sam will lead the ukes to kick-start and improve your skills and they’ll be joined by guest tutor Percy Copley to lead the singing element of the course. We’ll have three groups according to your playing skills, but you’re free to move between the groups, and there’s plenty of time to relax and socialize too. The evenings will include opportunities to perform your own material, plus an informal concert on the Saturday by the tutors. To get you started, there are some video tutorials and other materials at www.ukuleleoxford.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/ukulele-and-song-weekend/


Fri 22nd May 2020

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

Daphne’s Flight

In 1995, Christine Collister, Melanie Harrold, Julie Matthews, Helen Watson and Chris While – acclaimed and appreciated for their individual talents as Folk, Blues, Rock and Soul singers – found themselves at the Cambridge Festival. They decided to sing some songs together….. Magic happened and Daphne’s Flight took off. A widely-acclaimed eponymous studio album and UK tour followed, with a prestigious date at London’s Union Chapel – all of which marked a turning point in the role of women within the English Folk movement.
Five of the finest singer-songwriters of their generation, Daphne’s Flight is a unique and magical blend of individual styles that captivates audiences with complex harmony arrangements, unbridled energy and the infectious joy of performing together.

8:00 pm

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/daphnes-flight/


Sat 23rd May 2020

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

!!! CANCELLED !!! Daphne’s Flight

Daphnes Flight are:
Melanie Harrold * Chris While * Julie Matthews * Helen Watson * Christine Collister

It was 1995 and five friends found themselves at Cambridge Festival. They decided to sing some songs together ... magic happened and Daphne's Flight took off.
Now, two decades later, five of the best singer/songwriters of their generation are gathering again – older, wiser and twice as powerful.
In 2017 they released their new album on the Fledgling Label on CD and Vinyl 'Knows Time, Knows Change'. 2018 brought a sensational new live album available now.
Daphne's Flight will be playing the Shelley Theatre while touring the UK throughout in May 2020 with a stunning brand new album.

http://www.bournemouthfolkclub.com/index.php/all-artists/137-137


Fri 29th May 2020 to Sun 31st May 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Blowzabella - Festival with special guests

We are delighted to announce the return of International folk legends Blowzabella for a second festival weekend of workshops, sessions, concerts and dances at Halsway Manor. Plus special guests – Les Poufs à Cordes (France).

An outline programme for the weekend includes:

Friday 29th May:
Arrive from 4pm. Dinner 6.30pm.
8.30pm: Evening concert with Blowzabella.
Followed by Bal with Les Poufs à Cordes & Musicians’ Session.
Saturday 30th May:
Daytime: English & European dance workshops. Big band workshop. Guided walk.
Hurdy-gurdy ensemble. Bagpipe Ensemble. Violin, accordion & bagpipe workshops.
8.00pm: Dance – Blowzabella, Les Poufs à Cordes, Workshop Dance Orchestra.
Sunday 31st May:
Morning: Workshops – Big band, singing, violin, diatonic accordion, beginner bagpipes.
Afternoon: Bal – unplugged with Les Poufs à Cordes & Blowzabella.
Ends with a final gathering & the legendary Halsway cream tea at 5pm.
Sunday evening music session in the bar for those who want to stay an extra night.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/blowzabella-festival-with-special-guests/


Fri 29th May 2020

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Lau

This pioneering Scottish folk trio has always experimented with sound and form; the results have always been complex and thrilling.
Already acknowledged as phenomenal live performers (‘the UK’s best live band’ – the Guardian), Lau arrived at a new creative peak with 2019’s Midnight and Closedown (Reveal Records). That album was produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, This Is The Kit), who said: ‘Lau are in touch with their roots but not bound by them’.

£18.50 advance | 10% discount for members

https://www.marinetheatre.com


Sat 30th May 2020

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

The Demon Barbers XL

As previous winners of Best Live Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, there’s no denying The Demon Barbers’ ability to put on a first-class performance.
Over the years they’ve thrilled countless audiences with their live music and dance shows, be it stirring up a frenzy at Glastonbury Festival and Edinburgh Fringe or selling out theatres around the UK!

8:00 pm

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/the-demon-barbers-xl/


Thu 4th Jun 2020

St George Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1LB

!!! CANCELLED !!! Historical Dance

Dancing 7.30-9.30 p.m. to mix of live and recorded music.
Dances to learn for fun, mainly from 17th to early 19th centuries. No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes and light flexible shoes recommended.
£6 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Leveret

Leveret features three of England’s finest folk musicians – Andy Cutting, Rob Harbron, Sam Sweeney – in an acclaimed collaboration, and we’re delighted to welcome them back to Halsway.
Fiddler Sam Sweeney was voted ‘Musician of the Year’ at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards thanks to his work in Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy’s Wayward Band, The Full English and his own Made In The Great War project. He is the inaugural Artistic Director of the National Youth Folk Ensemble.
Melodeon genius Andy Cutting is a three-time winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Musician of the Year’ award, and as well as his new trio with Martin Simpson and Nancy Kerr currently performs with Blowzabella, Topette, June Tabor, and Roger Daltry.
Concertina wizard Rob Harbron is known for his work with The Full English (Best Group and Best Album BBC Folk Awards 2014), Emma Reid, Fay Hield, Jon Boden and others.

8pm–9:30pm

£15

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/leveret-2/


Fri 5th Jun 2020 to Sun 7th Jun 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Choral Song Weekend

Paul Sartin (Faustus, Belshazzar’s Feast) joins forces with Istanbul-born singer Çiğdem Aslan to lead a choral song workshop weekend exploring traditional song from different cultures.
Paul is well known in the UK as a singer, musician, composer and arranger; he will focus on songs of the British Isles, arranged for mixed voices. These will be taught by ear, so musical literacy is not a requirement. Listening skills, ensemble work, and performance matters will be addressed in Paul’s inimitable manner.
Drawing on her Middle-eastern background, Çiğdem will introduce songs with unfamiliar styles and rhythms (7/8, 9/8 or 10/8). She’ll teach lyrics in Turkish, Kurdish maybe even Greek, and talk about basic scales / maqam and maybe work on vocal improvisation and ornamentation.
Hosted by Meg Rose, expect a fascinating and enjoyable choral journey, with an informal sharing from tutors and participants on the Saturday evening.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/choral-song-weekend/


Fri 5th Jun 2020

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

Seckou Keita

Seckou Keita has arguably become the most influential and inspiring kora player of his generation, an exceptional and charismatic musician and a modern global citizen, living with seven centuries of tradition and heritage expressed through his music.
In his solo album, 22 Strings (released May 2015), Seckou gives us the kora in its purest guise, a wondrous instrument that can soothe the bloodlust of warriors and take the human spirit to a place of deep meditation, stillness and beauty.

8:00 pm

£17.00 – £18.00

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/seckou-keita/


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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Paul Sartin, Çiğdem Aslan & friends

As part of their Choral Song Weekend, Paul Sartin and Çiğdem Aslan invite you to join them for an informal sharing evening of song. Alongside performances by Paul & Çiğdem, the course participants will perform ensemble pieces they’ve worked on over the weekend, with spots also available for solo / duo singers from the group who want to share something. Expect a relaxed and enjoyable evening of song – then join us in the bar for a drink and a song or two!
8pm–9:30pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/paul-sartin-cidgem-cigdem-aslan-friends/


Sun 7th Jun 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Music and Song Club

For more information contact Roger Phipps 01278 671685
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 til late

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


Mon 8th Jun 2020 to Fri 12th Jun 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Talk Not of your Dirty Acres…

… and other tunes from Hamilton’s Tune Book 1844
A course for musicians with Paul Hutchinson.

As a result of exhausting and at times harrowing work, Paul has ploughed through his rare copy of Hamilton’s Tune Book (1844) and unearthed more melodic gems. He is still harvesting tunes from his recently published book Sixty Country Dance Tunes 1786 – 1800 so a crop of those will appear.
Building on the success of the Maniac course in 2019 Paul will focus on arrangements in various ensembles.
Who’s it For?
This course is for players of all instruments and will be aimed at intermediate level and above. You will need to be able to read music.
The Tutor
Paul Hutchinson studied piano and church organ before being persuaded at the age of 17 to take up the accordion and form a ceilidh band. Since then he’s become one of the best-known and in demand players on the folk scene – in the UK and beyond – as one half of duo Belshazzar’s Feast, with trio Hoover the Dog, Pagoda Project (with Karen Wimhurst), and PLF. Paul is a regular tutor and musician at Halsway Manor, and the accordion tutor for EFDSS at Cecil Sharp House.
Paul has recently been intrinsic in the publishing by Faber & Faber of a volume of rare, re-discovered early dance tunes. Check back for more details and ‘how to buy’.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/talk-not-of-your-dirty-acres/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

French Music Week

A musicians’ week with Emmanuel Pariselle & Didier Oliver.

Enjoy an intensive week exploring French traditional music with tunes from south west (rondeaux, congos, bransles etc.), central massif (bourrées, mazurkas, scottishs) and bretagne (gavottes, plinn, andros). Emmanuel will concentrate on working with melodeon players, Didier with players of mandolin and fiddle, with time spent on instrument-specific technique in addition to exploring repertoire.
Plenty of time in the evenings to relax, enjoy informal sessions (together with participants from Paul Hutchinson’s ‘Talk Not of your Dirty Acres’ week), plus an exceptional tutors’ gig from Emmanuel and Didier on the Thursday evening.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/french-music-week/


Wed 10th Jun 2020

The Function Room of The King William Crewkerne TA18 8BP

Jim Causley

Multi award winning singer songwriter, musician and proud Devonian, Jim Causley is an all round great entertainer.

£10

Doors 7.30pm for 8pm Start

Contact Meg Rose: 07877206124

Meg.rose AT btinternet.com

Jimcausley.co.uk


Thu 11th Jun 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Didier Oliver & Emmanuel Pariselle

A relaxed evening of music and song from two of France’s finest musicians.
Emmanuel and Didier have played and sung together since 1975, and are both outstanding and entertaining performers. Emmanuel is one of France’s finest players of both the melodeon and concertina, while Didier is also a superb fiddler and also plays equally well mandolin, boha (Gascon) pipes and guitar. Both are wonderful singers.
The evening will include French traditional music with tunes from the south west, central massif and bretagne, together with original songs and compositions.

8pm–9:30pm

£10 - Adults
£4 - Concessions
Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.
https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/didier-oliver-emmanuel-pariselle/


Fri 12th Jun 2020 to Sun 14th Jun 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

British BMG Federation Summer School

We are delighted to be hosting the prestigious 2020 British Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar Federation Summer School. Choose from 3 courses – Classic Finger-style 5-string Banjo with Aaron Jonah Lewis; Mandolin & Guitar with Matt Norman; Mixed Instruments with Nigel Gatherer – and let us know your choice when booking.
Who’s it For?
Three courses are on offer; please let us know when booking which course you would like to enroll on.

Aaron Jonah Lewis – Classic 5-String Banjo: This class will focus on the improvement of technique and musicianship in classic banjo playing through the study of various pieces and exercises. We will concentrate on tone and clarity, rhythm and timing, phrasing and dynamics, and we will discuss various practice methods. We will explore both solo and ensemble playing and look into how to create your own arrangements for the banjo. Standard music notation will be used, and music will be available beforehand. This course is suitable for both the beginner (with a sound basic knowledge of the instrument) as well as the more advanced student.

Matt Norman – Mandolin Through the Ages: From the elegant simplicity of the Renaissance to the rich harmonies of the Romantic era, from the complexity of the Baroque to the jaunty swagger of the early twentieth century, this weekend will explore five centuries of music arranged for plucked string instruments. Emphasis will be on understanding the context and characteristics of the period, exploring good performance practice, and appropriate techniques. The course will combine the fun of playing in an ensemble with the focus of improving as a musician and instrumentalist. Appropriate for all mandolin family instruments, classical guitar and bass string instruments. Music will be provided in conventional notation and the course will be suitable for intermediate and advanced players.

Nigel Gatherer – Traditional European Music & Song: Every country has rich seams of traditional dance music, songs and airs. Nigel Gatherer has listened to music from the four corners of Europe and has chosen the best for this workshop. We’ll play Austrian waltzes, Finnish Hambos, Romanian Gypsy music, French bourees, Maltese drinking songs and Italian tarantellas. In his inimitable way, Nigel Gatherer will make the music accessible, achievable and fun, and introduce you to cultures and traditions which are new, fascinating and illuminating. The workshop is for any instrument and will suit you if you’ve been playing a couple of years or longer.

If you have further queries about course content and the ability level required for each group, please contact:
BMG Federation course co-ordinator Sandra Woodruff, email sandra.woodruff AT virgin.net

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/british-bmg-federation-summer-school/


Fri 12th Jun 2020

Ditcheat Jubilee Hall BA4 6RB

!!! CANCELLED !!! Jeroka, with caller Peter Bolton

A range of mainly English folk dances to suit all levels.
Another jolly evening at Ditcheat, with caller Peter Bolton.
Always a warm welcome. Live music, good dances and cheerful company.
Nothing too serious, but as energetic as anyone might wish !

£4

7.30 - 9.30 pm

Contact Ama Bolton: 01749 672911

amabolton AT hotmail,com


Sat 13th Jun 2020

South Petherton

!!! CANCELLED !!! Petherton Folk Fest

The 9th Petherton Folk Fest since the revival in 2012.

We are continuing to plan a day which celebrates music and dance from the Folk tradition. We will also build on the success of last year by improving the stalls area in the churchyard and creating a day of free entertainment.
There will be a full programme of music in Market Square and The David Hall as well as sessions in the Brewer’s Arms and singing in the church.
Children’s activities and workshops are being organised.
Put the date on your calendar and bring your friends and families!

Free


Sun 14th Jun 2020

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

!!! CANCELLED !!! Historical Dance and Music

Music practice 2-3 pm; any portable acoustic instrument & all levels welcome. Music can be sent in advance.
Dancing 3-5 pm, with tea break.
Dances to learn for fun, mainly from 17th-early 19th centuries; both live and recorded music.
No partner needed, nor previous experience. Comfortable clothes and light flexible footwear recommended.
£6 per session; no need to book but do contact us before your first time in case of changes.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Mon 15th Jun 2020 to Fri 19th Jun 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

French (and Breton) Dance Week

Discover French dance or develop your dance horizons! Both experienced and novice French dancers are invited to a week of expert tuition led by Peter Clifton, and supported by Karen Prager. Yannick Minvielle-Debat will join the week to add a singing-for-dancing session or two, with music throughout from Paul Hutchinson and Richard Heacock.
Dancers will be introduced to French couple dances: Scottish, Bourrée, Waltz and Mazurka, and to Breton circle and chain dances. (You don’t need to bring a partner for the couple dances). Lesser-known dances will also be taught, including some from the Vendée and Poitou regions. The focus will be on dance variation and developing communication and dynamics through both couple and circle dances.
Yannick will add some easy-to-learn French songs to the mix, which can be applied to well-known dances, and practised within the week at workshops and evening bals.
Dancers who also play are encouraged bring to bring instruments if they wish; there will be opportunities to play for some of the dances in the bal each evening. the week will end with a public Bal on Thursday night.

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


Thu 18th Jun 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

French and Breton Bal

Develop your dance horizons, and enjoy an informal evening of traditional French & Breton dance, guided by Peter Clifton and with top-notch music from Richard Heacock (AnDro Sisters) and Paul Hutchinson (Belshazzar’s Feast). No experience necessary, all are welcome.

Peter Clifton is an expert tutor of French and Breton Dance, and teaches regularly at the French Dance Stroud monthly events. He has also run workshops at Pentreffest, European music and dance festival (Kinnersley), Shrewsbury folk festival and the Festival des Panards.

Richard Heacock (violin) began playing for folk dance with The Vale Islanders Playford group and Icknield Way Morris. He later joined English traditional group Boldwood, and produced their first CD “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now.” He discovered French and Breton dance music in 2004 and played in a duo with accordionist Becky Price at Kinnersley, Horsley and Ide. He currently plays in Breton trio The Andro Sisters, and with Paul Hutchinson. Richard is a frequent visitor to Halsway, and has taught and played on the Playing Playford, French Dance and Poldark Dance courses.

Paul Hutchinson is a member of the much-loved duo Belshazzar’s Feast (nominated for Best Duo at the BBC Folk Awards in 2010) and fusion duo Pagoda Project. Regarded as one of the top accordionists in the UK, Paul is the resident accordion tutor at Cecil Sharp House, and a regular tutor and musician at Halsway Manor. Paul is much in demand as a player for dancing which has resulted in appearances at festivals in the UK, Europe and the USA.

8pm–10pm

£5

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


Fri 19th Jun 2020 to Sun 21st Jun 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Solstice Song and Rhythm – Wellbeing Weekend

Join Sarah Matthews, Jo May and Tracey Roberts for a Midsummer’s weekend combining voices, rhythms and wellbeing! With enjoyable whole group activities and breakout sessions focusing on voice, percussion or wellbeing, so that you can tailor the weekend to fit your personal aims.
We’ll be looking at the importance of singing and rhythm to our health and wellbeing, particularly in group music making. We’ll include some dedicated meditation, relaxation and yoga practices, and connect with the beautiful countryside around Halsway Manor with (weather permitting!) some outdoor sessions and walks.
There will be an Intarsia performance on the Saturday night, with the opportunity for workshop participants to get involved too. There will be a Solstice celebration of songs and salutations and an optional early morning welcoming of the new moon for any early risers.
Most of all this weekend break is an opportunity to enjoy a creative and fun weekend in good company. You are also welcome to bring instruments if you’d like to for evening sessions in the bar.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/solstice-song-and-rhythm-with-intarsia/


Sat 20th Jun 2020

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

Nick Cope – A Family Afternoon Gig

Nick Cope is a professional singer and songwriter and has over 20 years of experience in music, including international success as lead singer and songwriter with The Candyskins in the 1990s.
For close to 10 years Nick has been writing, recording and performing music for families and has established a fanatical army of ‘little people’ and their parents from all over the world. His six albums of original songs have become a ‘must have’ for thousands and thousands of young families. His latest album – Have you heard about Hugh? – features the incredible Folk musician, Jackie Oates.

2:00 pm

Tickets: £8 Full, £7 Under 12s

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/nick-cope-a-family-afternoon-gig/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Intarsia

From diverse backgrounds, Jo May and Sarah Matthews bring voice, violin and viola, tenor guitar, balafon and a whole range of other percussion instruments. The beauty of these wooden instruments blend to create intricate delivery of original and traditional material inspired by English songs, European dance tunes, West African rhythms and more. Jo (Against the Grain, Stepling, Token Women) and Sarah (Cupola, Moirai, Cross o’th Hands) will draw you in with lilting, hypnotic, and entrancing music. You can sway, sing or just soak in the sounds.

Participants from the ‘Intarsia: Rhythm & Song Weekend’ may also give a short showcase of the things they’ve been working on.

8pm–10pm

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

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


Sun 21st Jun 2020

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

!!! CANCELLED !!! Historical Dance and Music

Music practice 2-3 pm; any portable acoustic instrument & all levels welcome. Music can be sent in advance.
Dancing 3-5 pm, with tea break.
Dances to learn for fun, mainly from 15th-17th centuries; both live and recorded music.
No partner needed, nor previous experience. Comfortable clothes and light flexible footwear recommended.
£6 per session; no need to book but do contact us before your first time in case of changes.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Thu 25th Jun 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Rose-Ellen Kemp, Christina Shewell, Maddy Prior

Maddy, Christina and Rose-Ellen will be leading their third vocal development course together at Halsway Manor this week, and this performance is part of this celebration of voice.

You are invited to join Maddy, Christina, Rose-Ellen and course participants for this informal final-evening concert, a celebration of the week that’s gone before. With their piano accompanist, Maddy and Rose-Ellen will be mainly performing songs as a duo. The course participants will have learnt pieces to sing together, conducted by Maddy or Rose-Ellen, while Christina always has some great poems and readings about voice to add to the mix too.

8pm–9:30pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/rose-ellen-kemp-christina-shewell-maddy-prior-2/


Fri 26th Jun 2020

Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band & caller Teresa Rabbetts

Kimmeridge Keilidh - All Welcome! No Bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles. Tickets on the door

£5 adults, £2.50 under 16

7.30 - 10.30 pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Thu 2nd Jul 2020

St George Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1LB

!!! CANCELLED !!! Historical Dance

Dancing 7.30-9.30 p.m. to mix of live and recorded music.
Dances to learn for fun, mainly from 17th to early 19th centuries. No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes and light flexible shoes recommended.
£6 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Fri 10th Jul 2020 to Fri 12th Jun 2020

Priddy BA5 3BB

Priddy Folk Festival

Music, Dance, Children’s Festival, free Fringe Festival, food, drink and weekend camping in Priddy village in the Mendips. The friendliest festival in the South West!
Tickets and line-up at www.priddyfolk.org


Sun 12th Jul 2020

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

!!! CANCELLED !!! Historical Dance and Music

Music practice 2-3 pm; any portable acoustic instrument & all levels welcome. Music can be sent in advance.
Dancing 3-5 pm, with tea break.
Dances to learn for fun, mainly from 17th-early 19th centuries; both live and recorded music.
No partner needed, nor previous experience. Comfortable clothes and light flexible footwear recommended.
£6 per session; no need to book but do contact us before your first time in case of changes.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Wed 15th Jul 2020

St. Laurence Church, Upwey DT3 5QE

Tim Laycock, Phil Humphries. Ridgeway Band and Singers

Music for a Summer Eveningj
Folk songs, gallery carols, dance tunes

All proceeds to church facilities fund to provide servery .and lavatory

£10 to include wine and small eats

7.00 for 7.30 pm

Contact Evelyn Price: 01305 812282

eveprice.upwey AT outlook.com.

www.timlaycock.co.uk


Sun 19th Jul 2020

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

!!! CANCELLED !!! Historical Dance and Music

Music practice 2-3 pm; any portable acoustic instrument & all levels welcome. Music can be sent in advance.
Dancing 3-5 pm, with tea break.
Dances to learn for fun, mainly from 15th-17th centuries; both live and recorded music.
No partner needed, nor previous experience. Comfortable clothes and light flexible footwear recommended.
£6 per session; no need to book but do contact us before your first time in case of changes.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Sun 16th Aug 2020

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

!!! CANCELLED !!! Historical Dance and Music

Music practice 2-3 pm; any portable acoustic instrument & all levels welcome. Music can be sent in advance.
Dancing 3-5 pm, with tea break.
Dances to learn for fun, mainly from 15th-17th centuries; both live and recorded music.
No partner needed, nor previous experience. Comfortable clothes and light flexible footwear recommended.
£6 per session; no need to book but do contact us before your first time in case of changes.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Fri 28th Aug 2020 to Mon 31st Aug 2020

Lyme Regis

Lyme Folk Weekend

Artists include: Gigspanner Big Band, Fay Hield Band, Ninebarrow and friends, Merry Hell

https://www.lymefolk.com


Thu 3rd Sep 2020

St George Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1LB

!!! CANCELLED !!! Historical Dance

Dancing 7.30-9.30 p.m. to mix of live and recorded music.
Dances to learn for fun, mainly from 17th to early 19th centuries. No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes and light flexible shoes recommended.
£6 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Sat 5th Sep 2020

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

Chris Toyne Big Band, 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


Sun 13th Sep 2020

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

!!! CANCELLED !!! Historical Dance and Music

Music practice 2-3 pm; any portable acoustic instrument & all levels welcome. Music can be sent in advance.
Dancing 3-5 pm, with tea break.
Dances to learn for fun, mainly from 17th-early 19th centuries; both live and recorded music.
No partner needed, nor previous experience. Comfortable clothes and light flexible footwear recommended.
£6 per session; no need to book but do contact us before your first time in case of changes.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Sat 19th Sep 2020

The Speedwell Hall. Abbey St. Crewkerne TA18 7HY

Harmony Singing Workshop - Paul Sartin

Oboist, singer musical director and choir leader, Paul is a founding member of Belshazzar's Feast, Faustus, Bellowhead and Director of the Andover Museum Loft Singers.

£12 Booking essential.

10am - 4pm

Contact Meg Rose : 07877 206124

meg.rose AT btinternet.com


Sun 20th Sep 2020

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

!!! CANCELLED !!! Historical Dance and Music

Music practice 2-3 pm; any portable acoustic instrument & all levels welcome. Music can be sent in advance.
Dancing 3-5 pm, with tea break.
Dances to learn for fun, mainly from 15th-17th centuries; both live and recorded music.
No partner needed, nor previous experience. Comfortable clothes and light flexible footwear recommended.
£6 per session; no need to book but do contact us before your first time in case of changes.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Wed 23rd Sep 2020

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

Martin Harley

Last at the Corn Exchange in 2017 with Daniel Kimbro, Martin Harley makes a welcome return with an intimate solo acoustic show. Through his road worn song writing style he explores hopes and fears for fast changing times. Slide guitar, as always is at the root of Martins sound, mirroring his whisky soaked northern breeze vocals.

8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)

£15 / £13 members and concessions

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/2019/11/05/fri-20-mar-martin-harley/


Thu 1st Oct 2020

St George Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1LB

!!! CANCELLED !!! Historical Dance

Dancing 7.30-9.30 p.m. to mix of live and recorded music.
Dances to learn for fun, mainly from 17th to early 19th centuries. No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes and light flexible shoes recommended.
£6 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.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


Sun 11th Oct 2020

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

!!! CANCELLED !!! Historical Dance and Music

Music practice 2-3 pm; any portable acoustic instrument & all levels welcome. Music can be sent in advance.
Dancing 3-5 pm, with tea break.
Dances to learn for fun, mainly from 17th-early 19th centuries; both live and recorded music.
No partner needed, nor previous experience. Comfortable clothes and light flexible footwear recommended.
£6 per session; no need to book but do contact us before your first time in case of changes.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Sun 18th Oct 2020

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

!!! CANCELLED !!! Historical Dance and Music

Music practice 2-3 pm; any portable acoustic instrument & all levels welcome. Music can be sent in advance.
Dancing 3-5 pm, with tea break.
Dances to learn for fun, mainly from 15th-17th centuries; both live and recorded music.
No partner needed, nor previous experience. Comfortable clothes and light flexible footwear recommended.
£6 per session; no need to book but do contact us before your first time in case of changes.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Thu 5th Nov 2020

St George Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1LB

!!! CANCELLED !!! Historical Dance

Dancing 7.30-9.30 p.m. to mix of live and recorded music.
Dances to learn for fun, mainly from 17th to early 19th centuries. No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes and light flexible shoes recommended.
£6 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.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


Sun 8th Nov 2020

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

!!! CANCELLED !!! Historical Dance and Music

Music practice 2-3 pm; any portable acoustic instrument & all levels welcome. Music can be sent in advance.
Dancing 3-5 pm, with tea break.
Dances to learn for fun, mainly from 17th-early 19th centuries; both live and recorded music.
No partner needed, nor previous experience. Comfortable clothes and light flexible footwear recommended.
£6 per session; no need to book but do contact us before your first time in case of changes.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Sun 15th Nov 2020

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

!!! CANCELLED !!! Historical Dance and Music

Music practice 2-3 pm; any portable acoustic instrument & all levels welcome. Music can be sent in advance.
Dancing 3-5 pm, with tea break.
Dances to learn for fun, mainly from 15th-17th centuries; both live and recorded music.
No partner needed, nor previous experience. Comfortable clothes and light flexible footwear recommended.
£6 per session; no need to book but do contact us before your first time in case of changes.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Sun 29th Nov 2020

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

Calan

Following a storming gig in summer 2018, we’re delighted to welcome back Welsh folk supergroup Calan with their trademark brand of high-energy routines, verve and raw excitement. Expect stunning playing, beautiful songs and soaring harmonies…with added virtuoso step dancing! A special evening for firm fans and those new to the magic alike: come along and help us raise the roof.

8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)

£16 / £14 members and concessions

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/2019/11/05/thur-9-apr-calan/


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

Jim Moray with Tom Moore

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

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

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

Door Price: £15.00
Advance: £14.00

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


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


Sun 6th Dec 2020

St George Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1LB

!!! CANCELLED !!! Historical Dance

Dancing 7.30-9.30 p.m. to mix of live and recorded music.
Dances to learn for fun, mainly from 17th to early 19th centuries. No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes and light flexible shoes recommended.
£6 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Fri 29th Jan 2021 to Sun 31st Jan 2021

Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster TA24 6SF

Folk Dance workshop holiday - Dampiers Round, Ray Goodswen

A 2 night (3 days) folk dance workshop break on a full board basis,including Sunday lunch, with a programme of activities including a trip out to Exmoor’s secret Snowdrop Valley.
Peter and Moira Gutteridge hail from Worcestershire and have been regular resident musicians at our Folk Dance weekends for many years, bringing a variety of instruments, mainly fiddle, guitar and bass, but also flute, keyboard and harp.
Ray Goodswen is from Somerset and is also our regular caller and has a love of and is a teacher of traditional dance.

from £280.00 per person

Contact Antony Brunt: 01643 821425

hotel AT yarnmarkethotel.co.uk

www.yarnmarkethotel.co.uk


Sat 17th Apr 2021

The Trooper, Stourton Caundle DT10 2JW

Daoiri Farrell

Postponed from March 2020 due to the corona virus.

More details later, but put the date in your diary.


Sat 19th Jun 2021

South Petherton

Petherton Folk Fest

The 2020 Folk Fest was cancelled, but we'll be back next year.
Put the date in your diaries.