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Fri 19th Jul 2024

St Laurence Church, Upwey, Weymouth DT3 5QE

Martin Carthy, Nick Dow, Bonny Sartin, Patakas (Joe Sartin and Will Sartin)

"The Life and Music of Mrs Marina Russell of Upwey, Dorset"

In 1907 the Hammond Brothers collected over 100 songs or song fragments from Marina Russell of Upwey, Dorset. This concert will feature some of those songs, intermingled with some of what is known about her life and times. Marina was born a Sartin. And the singing tradition has continued among the Sartins, with Bonny Sartin of the Yetties and through the late Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and other bands) to his sons, Joe and Will. We are delighted that they'll be with us on the night, alongside Nick Dow who many years ago was encouraged to find out more about Marina Russell and her life. And the man who gave him that encouragement, Martin Carthy, will be with us too. St Laurence Church, Upwey will be a fine setting for the songs of a woman who would have known the church well.

£18 adv, £20 door (if available)

http://wwwticketsource.co.uk/upwey-music

7:30pm

Contact Tony King: 07960 471170

admin AT upweymusic.org.uk

www.facebook.com/musicupwey


Sat 20th Jul 2024

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

Jim Causley and Miranda Sykes Present Ghosts, Werewolves and Countryfolk- Songs and Stories of Sabine Baring-Gould

Six-time BBC Folk Award nominee Jim Causley and Miranda Sykes of Award-winning Show of Hands and Daphne’s Flight, join John Palmer to celebrate the centenary of Victorian superstar Sabine Baring-Gould, interweaving songs he collected with stories from his best-selling books about Ghosts, Werewolves; Norse Myths and Countryfolk.
Sabine Baring-Gould was a giant of his time. He was a top ten best-selling novelist; the writer of what is still the go-to book on werewolves; author of a nerve-tingling book of ghost stories; storyteller of the Norse Myths of Iceland; compiler of a classic Dartmoor history book and composer of the hymn Onward Christian Soldiers.

www.jimcausley.co.uk

www.mirandasykes.com

8:00 pm

Tickets: £17.50 Full. £16.50 Concessions

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/jim-causley-and-miranda-sykes-present-ghosts-werewolves-and-countryfolk-songs-and-stories-of-sabine-baring-gould/


Mon 22nd Jul 2024 to Fri 26th Jul 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Violin Making – Summer 2024

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 twenty 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.
This course is for all levels of ability and beginners are very welcome. As well as the violin family, support can also be given for making a Rebec (an ancient ancestor of the violin). The class size is limited so that participants have plenty of support from the two tutors. Before enrolling please contact Neville Gardner – Neville AT nevillejgardner.co.uk – to discuss the suitability of the course for your needs.
Neville Gardner was a University Lecturer and has been teaching violin making for twenty years.
Corrie Schrijver graduated from the Welsh School of Violin Making, with Merit in 1980. Since then she has worked at various workshops, making and restoring for professional players.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/violin-making-summer-2024/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Summer Country Dancing

Join us for a midweek country dancing break, in the height of the Somerset summer.
This will be a week of lively dance encompassing all forms of social folk dancing. We will have an opportunity to enjoy American and British contra as well as traditional English, Playford, American squares and some of Mark’s own composition.
There will be dances each evening, workshops in the mornings, while the afternoons will be left free to enable dancers to enjoy the Somerset countryside in all its summer glory. Afternoon trips out will be arranged on an ad hoc basis depending on the weather and demand.
Musicians are encouraged to bring instruments for jam sessions and cloggers experienced or beginners to bring footwear. Callers aspiring or experienced may like to bring their notes or queries for an open mic session.

This course runs alongside the July Violin Making course.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/summer-country-dance-week/


Fri 26th Jul 2024 to Sun 28th Jul 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk meets Classical

This course will appeal to classical players who want to get off the page, improvise and exercise their imagination, and trad players who wish to push the boundaries out beyond what they might meet in sessions.
Paul Hutchinson, Sophie Renshaw and Gabi Maas bring their combined experience to this ‘crossover’ course. They are seasoned performers of folk music and dance, classical music and trad instrumental styles, ranging from Haydn, Brahms and Purcell, to Scandinavian polskas, Irish reels and Scottish airs. The trio offers a weekend of creativity and collaborative musicmaking.
Participants will be working in small ensembles, exploring a wealth of musical ‘ingredients’ that will enable them to take popular and less well-known tunes and re-invent them.
Every tune has a life of its own and can suggest a variety of flavours; much depends on the performer’s own imagination. Workshops will cover elements of musical composition such as working with chord substitutions, adding ‘spicy’ notes, layering counter melodies and improvising rhythmical accompaniments. Participants will create unique arrangements and perhaps invent their own tunes, leaving the weekend equipped to explore a variety of musical collaborations.

Please note that jazz harmony will not be covered.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/folk-meets-classical-2024/


Croscombe, nr. Wells BA5 3RJ

Weekend of singing workshops

with Bombo Productions, Sound Transformations, Lena Leszczyc

Explore the world in song, with a weekend of workshops of Afro-Cuban, Eastern European and Mongolian overtone singing, from our expert music leaders.

The weekend will also feature storytelling from Sharon Jacksties, informal singing sessions, and a feast on Saturday evening.

£15-£130

Contact Pitchblend: 07703 272510

pitchblend.gigs AT gmail.com

https://www.tickettailor.com/events/pitchblend/1196065


Sun 28th Jul 2024

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.
Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience.
It’s a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety – and it doesn’t cost the earth – just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.
All types of performance welcome – The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance…. All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 – 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.
So, if you’re a performer, then get in touch with Chris and book a spot

07715 501157

or

email xxxfolk AT chriswatts.org- without the xx’s

These evenings are becoming increasingly popular and there is a danger that we won’t be able to accommodate everyone.
Do please book ahead rather than, as previously, just turning up and expecting to get a spot. It doesn’t matter if you’re a musician. poet, juggler or …… well, any kind of performer basically. Just be entertaining !

7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Suggested donation:

Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience.

Please pay on the door.

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/acoustic-night-2024-730pm-donations-only/2024-07-28/


Mon 29th Jul 2024 to Sat 3rd Aug 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk Intermediate 2024

An opportunity for young musicians from the South West and beyond to work with leading folk artists, to develop skills, confidence and creativity, and create a new performance piece.
We’re delighted that Becki Driscoll is back as our Creative Lead for 2024, and joining her will be our brilliant professional musician-tutors Archie Churchill-Moss, Matt Norman, and Rosie Butler-Hall, with Kerrie Seymour also returning as Pastoral Lead.
We’ll be providing an immersive week of music, creativity and fun, in the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of Halsway Manor. It will be intensive and challenging, but also supportive and fun! Young musicians will spend the week working together to learn, arrange and rehearse new repertoire, developing musical skills and performance technique, and creating their own interpretations of traditional material. The group will live, work and play together, with opportunities for informal rehearsals and social gatherings to enrich their experience and understanding of the folk arts.

The week will end with performances at Sidmouth Folk Week! Participants will need to make their own arrangements to get to Sidmouth.

Full board (accommodation and all meals), tuition and all activities:

£265
Apply via the website
https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-young-folk-intermediate-2024/


Tue 30th Jul 2024

Skittle Alley, Drax Arms, Bere Regis BH20 7HH

Keep off the Grass, Paul Openshaw, Ted and Beth plus Richard Wirdnam

Keep off the Grass, Paul Openshaw, Ted and Beth plus Richard Wirdnam will be entertaing us on 30 July at Drax Arms Bere Regis from 8pm. Free entrance.

8pm

Contact Philip Evans: 07598 328479

pip_evans AT btinternet.com

www.bereregisfolk.com


Sat 3rd Aug 2024 to Fri 9th Aug 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Family Folk Week 2024

Please note: This is a family break, and bookings should be made as a family group. We're sorry, but we won't be accepting bookings from adults without children.
Bring your family to a creative and fun Summer folk break at Halsway!

There’ll be a programme of activities each morning and evening, focused around children but suitable for the whole family – mum, dad, aunties and uncles, granny and grandad, even close family friends! – to join in with. You’ll be able to spend quality time together exploring creative and accessible folk activities (no experience necessary) and we’ll make the most of Halsway’s beautiful setting and outdoor spaces to inspire us!

Typical activities might include:

Singing for everyone – learning some traditional songs or perhaps creating some of our own…
Fun Folk Dancing for everyone – using up some excess energy or refining your best moves!
Music-making for all, where everybody can join in whatever their age, instrument or experience, and make a great sound together
“Have a go” workshops where we create new dances or learn something new or perhaps try new musical instruments
Games, crafts and outdoor play exploring the environment around us
All activities will be optional, so if you want to take some time out to relax or do your own thing that’s fine, but we do expect children to be supervised by a member of their family at all times.

Afternoons are free time for trips around this lovely area; there’s plenty to see and do including the West Somerset Railway, the seaside and Exmoor. One day a week is left completely free for you to plan your own day trips, or to relax at the Manor if you prefer.

Stay in our beautiful Manor house – large family rooms are available, and also comfortable double / twin rooms for accompanying grandparents, for example – or you can set-up camp in our lovely grounds. All meals are provided, so you can relax and enjoy yourselves in a convivial, family-orientated atmosphere!

The Team
David Faulkner is a multi-talented musician, dance caller, band leader, vocal coach – you name it! – with many years’ experience in running inclusive and creative folk arts activities and projects in all kinds of community and education settings.

Alison Rowley is a versatile and capable folk musician, ceilidh caller, workshop leader and private instrumental teacher, underpinned with a solid Cambridge University musical education.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/family-folk-week-2024/


Sat 3rd Aug 2024

St Mary's Church, Cerne Abbas DT2 7JQ

'Anne Boleyn - Wolf at the Door' - with Bob Whitley and Lee Mackenzie

A musical tale of love and Tudor tragedy. Bob Whitley (guitars and mandola) and Lee MacKenzie ( baroque cello) take us back to the 16th Century and the story of the triumph and tragedy of Anne Boleyn.
​Anne Boleyn holds King Henry VIII in thrall for six years and supplants Katherine of Aragon as Queen of England on the promise that she will bear King Henry a son and royal heir.
In a Tudor court of scheming courtiers, religious fervour and feuding families all are fighting for the King’s favour in a deadly battle of destinies and dynasties?
Composed by Bob Whitley. They will be launching their new CD of this performance at this performance in Cerne Abbas.

Doors open 7.00 pm, performance 7.30 pm. Cash bar with wine and soft drinks.

Adults £15 /Child 12-17yrs £5 / Family (2A + 2C) £35 .... plus booking fee(s)

Tickets from Cerne Abbas Stores and on the door. Also from Eventbrite, and this link has a video and reviews of previous performances. www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/anne-boleyn-wolf-at-the-door-tickets-902319260197

Contact Jane Still: 07823 778758

jane.still58 AT gmail.com


Sun 4th Aug 2024

Hardye Theatre, Queen's Avenue, Dorchester DT1 2ET

The Spooky Men's Chorale

As thunderous as a herd of wildebeest, as sly as a wagonload of Spike Milligans and as sonorous as a cloister of monks, the Spooky Men’s Chorale are the gift that keeps on giving.
They emerged blithering and blinking-eyed from the Blue Mountains of NSW in 2001, and armed with no more than their voices, a nice line in deadpan and an ill-matched set of hats, have been gleefully disturbing audiences everywhere since.
Always renowned for a combination of Visigothic bravado, absurdist humour and eye-moistening tenderness, the Spookies in middle age, and fortified with a new generation of wunderkids, are more masters of their territory than ever before. They will delicately garnish their much-loved black-catalogue with new incursions into beauty and stupidity, somewhat like a chocolate muffin with bits of chocolate in it. You must see them, really you must.

7.30pm

Tickets: £25/£23 members and concessions

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/2024/02/29/sun-4-august-the-spooky-mens-chorale/


Fri 9th Aug 2024 to Sun 11th Aug 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Suthering Singing Weekend

This course will teach folk songs in choral, a cappella harmony. The songs have been carefully picked and uniquely arranged by Julu and Heg (Suthering) and are a combination of traditional folk and contemporary songs by influential modern folk songwriters. Every song is carefully selected and arranged especially for a cappella choral harmony – from easy rounds and loop songs to more challenging choral material which aims to help you expand your harmony singing skills.
This weekend is a chance to learn new repertoire and unique arrangements which you can take home, and be part of the Suthering singing community which promotes inclusivity, respect and encouragement!

Who is it for?
This is a course primarily aimed at participants with some previous harmony singing experience, choir singers, and those who feel confident singing in harmony, who want to build on their current skills, and hope to pick up some new techniques and repertoire along the way.
Heg and Julu teach by ear but sheet music can be provided if you prefer to have the dots. They can also provide lyric sheets for those who like to work with the words in front of them.

Julu and Heg are folk duo Suthering. A couple in life and music, the pair met in a choir whilst living in Bristol. They moved from Bristol to Devon in 2019, just before the pandemic hit, in a bid to create a life more connected to community and nature. These themes can be found woven into their retreats as well as their own music and in their band name (which means “the sound of the wind through the trees”) which was inspired by the Robert Macfarlane book Landmarks.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/suthering-singing-weekend/


Sat 10th Aug 2024

Fivehead Baptist Church, Butchers Hill, Fivehead TA3 6PD

Floorsingers' Night

Music will begin at 7.30pm. We don't have an invited guest artist this month, so floorsingers are welcome to share "the floor" for the whole evening. Hopefully, everyone will get the chance to perform more than the usual one or two songs. Come early to sign up in the book on the night, or email in advance.

The Coffee Bar opens from 7.00pm beforehand and during the interval, offering fresh filter coffee or tea. We will also have a range of soft drinks and snacks for sale (NB for cash only). You are welcome to bring your own refreshments, but please note that there is a no-alcohol policy in the church building.

www.laurieguitars.co.uk

For more information contact Laurie Burn laurieguitars AT gmail.com 07854 750545


Mon 12th Aug 2024 to Mon 19th Aug 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Folk Dance Holiday

An enjoyable folk holiday that has dancing at its heart, alongside optional folk related activities for all to enjoy.

Hosted by Jane and Brian Thomas, the team brings together caller Ivan Aiken, musicians Richard Jones and Chris Jewell, plus their partners, for an enjoyable summer holiday in the beautiful setting of Halsway Manor.
Each morning will include two workshops, one for dance, one for another folk activity, which might be dance, song-based, or musical, depending on audience preference. There will be an early evening sing before dinner, and dances every evening/night. The team have organised a programme of fun things to do which make use of the Manor and its lovely gardens for both indoor and outdoor activities. All of these are optional and there is free time each day after lunch (packed lunches available if preferred) plus one day completely free, giving you time to explore the area, or to relax at the Manor.
Both the dance workshops and the evening dances will be of a professional standard both in terms of calling and music, and will include dances from across the UK. Novice dancers are very welcome, and there will be sufficient quality and variety to entertain more experienced dancers too.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-folk-dance-holiday/


Mon 19th Aug 2024 to Fri 23rd Aug 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk Advanced 2024

The Halsway Young Folk Advanced course aims to challenge and inspire the next generation of professional folk musicians – could this be you?!

Led by Archie Churchill-Moss, you’ll work to develop your musical and performance skills. This is the course to do if you have aspirations of being a professional musician or educator, or are planning to continue your musical education at University.

Full board (accommodation and all meals), tuition and all activities:

£260
Complete this form on website to apply.

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


Wed 21st Aug 2024 to Fri 23rd Aug 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk Juniors 2024

Now in its seventh year, our popular Halsway Young Folk Juniors is a great introduction to folk music and song for ages 7 – 12. Led by an experienced creative team, this short residential will be filled with fun and imaginative folk activities, using local traditions and customs as inspiration. Children will explore music and song, and create and perform a show for family and friends.
The course starts at 11am on Wednesday and finishes with a performance for family and friends at 2pm on Friday.
Who is it for?
For young musicians aged 7 – 12. Any instrument, and any level of proficiency welcome. The main thing is that you enjoy music, song and dance, and being creative!

Full board (accommodation and all meals), tuition and all activities:

£95
Complete form on website to apply.

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


Thu 22nd Aug 2024

Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QB.

The Shanty Sessions

Ahoy there—local group The Chantry Buoys sing traditional sea shanties and other well known songs. Join them for a fun sing-along with local drinks, old seafaring melodies, and maritime frolics.
Based in Colyton, they sing traditional sea shanties, and other well known songs. They have performed at many Sea Shanty festivals, including Falmouth, Teignmouth, and recently performed on Lyme’s Marine Parade, to close Lifeboat week.
Sea shanties were work songs, set to a rhythm for working, to reduce the monotony of undertaking repetitive tasks aboard ship. But they were also Foc’sle songs, which were storytelling verses to be listened to at leisure, to remind sailors of home and these helped to keep alive traditions and record local events and people.

Starts 7:30 P.M.
Free entry - no tickets

https://www.marinetheatre.com/the-shanty-sessions-33/


Fri 23rd Aug 2024 to Mon 26th Aug 2024

Lyme Regis

Lyme Folk Weekend 2024

Along with all the usual FREE music and dancing, ceilidh, workshops and sessions, there are three stunning headline concerts - and once again a bonus matinee performance in the Marine Theatre.
Friday August 23 - Steve Knightley
Saturday August 24 - Angeline Morrison
Sunday August 25 - Nick Hart
Sunday August 25 (Matinee)
Ghosts, Werewolves & Countryfolk - The Sabine Baring-Gould Centenary Project
with Jim Causley, Miranda Sykes and John Palmer

https://www.lymefolk.com/


Fri 23rd Aug 2024

Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QB.

Steve Knightley

A welcome return to Lyme Folk Weekend for Steve Knightley, the highly acclaimed singer-songwriter and founding member of Show of Hands. Steve is a prominent figure in English folk and acoustic music, and is celebrated for his deep connection to the West Country. His extensive body of work blends historical narratives with contemporary themes. As a songwriter, Steve earned the title of Tom Robinson's Songwriter of the 90s and he has won three BBC Folk Awards.
He is fresh from a ground-breaking nationwide solo tour, the first since the disbandment of Show of Hands, which focuses on his latest album, ‘The Winter Yards,’ and signifies a profound shift in his musical journey.​

Bar opens 7:00 P.M.
Starts 8:00 P.M.
Advance £26.00
On the door £29.00
10% off for members

Unreserved Seating

Book online at any time, at the Lyme Regis Bookshop and Bridport Tourist Information Centre during normal opening hours, the Marine on Monday and Friday mornings 10 – 1, and over the phone on 01308 424901. The displayed price includes a £1 restoration levy.

Booking fee may apply

https://www.marinetheatre.com/steve-knightley/


Sat 24th Aug 2024

Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QB.

Angeline Morrison

A folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose 2022 album The Sorrow Songs, produced by Eliza Carthy, was The Guardian’s Folk Album of the Year. After making her TV debut on Later.. with Jools Holland, Angeline has recently appeared at many festivals including London Jazz Festival, Glastonbury and Brighton Festival.
The Sorrow Songs was recorded in Cornwall and is a work of what Angeline calls ‘re-storying’: “The traditional songs of the UK are rich with storytelling, and you can find songs with examples of almost any kind of situation or person you can think of. But whilst people of the African diaspora have been present in these islands since at least Roman times, their histories are little known – and these histories don’t tend to appear in the folk songs of these islands.”
Angeline began what became a year of research into this neglected area of Black British history. The Sorrow Songs is the result.
She says: “What I would really love is for people to want to sing these songs. I wrote each song with a chorus or refrain that I hope will be singable, so that people might want to sing them in folk clubs, and in doing so these stories will continue to be re-told in song.”

Bar opens 7:00 P.M.
Starts 8:00 P.M.
Advance £21.00
One the door £25.00
10% off for members

Unreserved Seating

Book online at any time, at the Lyme Regis Bookshop and Bridport Tourist Information Centre during normal opening hours, the Marine on Monday and Friday mornings 10 – 1, and over the phone on 01308 424901. The displayed price includes a £1 restoration levy.

Booking fee may apply

https://www.marinetheatre.com/angeline-morrison/


Sun 25th Aug 2024

Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QB.

The Sabine Baring-Gould Centenary Project

GHOSTS, WEREWOLVES & COUNTRYFOLK — with John Palmer, Jim Causley and Miranda Sykes. Six time BBC Folk Award nominee Jim Causley and Miranda Sykes from Show of Hands and Daphne’s Flight celebrate the centenary of folk pioneer Sabine Baring-Gould. Along with narrator John Palmer, Jim and Miranda explore the life of this astonishing and often overlooked Victorian celebrity through the folk songs that meant so much to him in a highly entertaining show that will have the audience singing, gasping and smiling.
As well as being an avid collector of folk songs – inspiring Cecil Sharp to follow in his footsteps 10 years after him – Baring-Gould was also one of the Victorian era’s best-selling novelists, the writer of a gruesome book on werewolves, the author of a nerve-tingling book of ghost stories, the compiler of one of the finest Dartmoor travel books – and composer of the hymn Onward Christian Soldiers – with a tune by Sir Arthur Sullivan.
Of all of these achievements, Baring-Gould wrote: ‘To this day I consider that the recovery of our West Country melodies has been the principle achievement of my life.’
He interleaved folk songs he’d collected and wove real people and events into his fiction, to give it life. And that’s what Jim and Miranda do in the show, where they’re joined by narrator John Palmer, creator of the critically acclaimed Vaughan Williams 150 Anniversary From Pub to Pulpit tour.

Bar opens 11:30 A.M.
Starts 12:30 P.M.
Advance £16.00
On the door £19.00
10% off for members

Unreserved Seating

Book online at any time, at the Lyme Regis Bookshop and Bridport Tourist Information Centre during normal opening hours, the Marine on Monday and Friday mornings 10 – 1, and over the phone on 01308 424901. The displayed price includes a £1 restoration levy.

Booking fee may apply

https://www.marinetheatre.com/the-sabine-baring-gould-centenary-project/


Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QB.

Nick Hart

Award-winning singer and multi-instrumentalist whose work with English folk song is rapidly gaining him a reputation as one of the most acclaimed performers of his generation. His considered approach to accompaniment is informed by a deep respect for the nuances of traditional song and his captivating live performances are a testament to the importance he places on story-telling.
Nick has released three solo albums, Nick Hart Sings Eight English Folk Songs (2017), Nick Hart Sings Nine English Folk Songs (2019), and the predictably titled Nick Hart Sings Ten English Folk Songs (2022), all to critical acclaim.
His latest release, recorded during the first lockdown of 2020, is a departure from the stripped back, live approach of Nick’s first two albums. Deprived of a sound engineer and locked away in a house full of strange instruments, he was afforded the time and space to explore different approaches to the accompaniment of traditional song.
Nick’s distinctive guitar playing is augmented by harmonium, lyre, viols and a host of percussion and woodwind, bringing to the fore the nuances in mode and meter that make these songs so special.

Bar opens 7:00 P.M.
Starts 8:00 P.M.
Advance £21.00
On the door £25.00
10% off for members

Unreserved Seating

Book online at any time, at the Lyme Regis Bookshop and Bridport Tourist Information Centre during normal opening hours, the Marine on Monday and Friday mornings 10 – 1, and over the phone on 01308 424901. The displayed price includes a £1 restoration levy.

Booking fee may apply

https://www.marinetheatre.com/nick-hart/


Mon 26th Aug 2024 to Fri 30th Aug 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Summer School 2024

Our beloved Folk Summer School is back for 2024. There’ll be music, dance and song – for adults of all abilities – led by a crack team of tutors who have detailed knowledge and extensive experience of a wide spectrum of folk music. Throughout the week, you will work towards a full-group ensemble piece which includes the whole summer school cohort – the ‘Big Ensemble’; it’s a powerful way of bringing everything and everyone together in one shared experience, allowing you to learn about how to structure a performance, work together, use all levels of skills (in small and large groups), and create something that’s amazing and all-inclusive.

Who is it for?
Singers, dancers and musicians of all levels of experience; there’s something for everyone!
Choose from classes in guitar, fiddle, piano accordion, singing, or dance. Let us know which group you’d like to be part of when you book.

Guitar with David Delarre
Fiddle with John Dipper
Piano Accordion with Paul Hutchinson (you’ll need to be able to read music)
Mixed instrument band with Kevin Dempsey
Singing with Jo Freya
Dance with Kerry Fletcher

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/folk-summer-school/


Fri 30th Aug 2024 to Sun 1st Sep 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

The Halsway Regency Assembly

Join dance teacher and caller Georgia Delve and The Warleggan Village Bandfor another weekend exploring the Regency period through dance. She will be looking at the evolving fashions of social dancing through the Georgian period, culminating in the iconic Regency era. Halsway is excited to offer this weekend masterclass of steps, patterns, music and manners, not forgetting that all-important ballroom etiquette. With a mixture of country dances, cotillions, quadrilles and even some scandalous couple waltzing, it’s sure to be a weekend to enjoy.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/the-halsway-regency-assembly-2024/


Cannings Court, Pulham, Dorset DT2 7EA

Dragonsfly & The Celtic Spaceship - French & Breton Barn Dance

Come and join us for a weekend of music and dance from the Balfolk and Breton traditions.

Friday Night, from 7pm -
Potluck supper and 'open mic' in the barn. All welcome - bring instruments and food to share.
Saturday Night, Main Dance -
6.30pm - Dance workshop
7-8pm - Food in the farm yard - Beef and vegan stews for sale
(please bring your own food for all other meals if camping)
8pm - Dancing with our two amazing bands
Dragonsfly and The Celtic Spaceship
End - When we can't stay up any longer

Dragonsfly have toured as a successful festival and dance band for 25 years and this year brings Cannings Court a special mix of some favourites, some new, self-penned and classic French and Breton tunes and songs for dancing to. They weave together melodies, improvisations and rhythms that move the heart and body to these ancient dances with the intention to bring trance, connection and joy to anyone participating, bringing you a dynamic evening of celebratory, uplifting, life-affirming music. This fusion from bagpiper Maya Love, mandolinist Daygan Robinson and Rob Bray on guitar are joined by Sophie Harrison on violin and Rico Aalst on bass.

The Celtic Spaceship is a four-piece instrumental folk band from Glastonbury. They combine traditional tunes with electronic elements to conjure a mesmerising sonic experience, whilst remaining faithful to the melodies and dances of their Celtic repertoire.

Acoustic floor session after the bands - All welcome to play - Fire pit outside the barn
Camping is free of charge - Friday - Monday
BRING YOUR OWN BOOZE - Free hot drinks
Open session and hopefully more dancing on Sunday with whoever is still around.
This is a working farm with dogs and livestock so consider that if bringing a dog.
PLEASE BRING CASH WITH YOU!
Hope to see you there!

£17/under 16s free

Start time: 6.30 dance workshop/7 food/8 dance

Finish time: Late

Contact Heather: 07967 351519

canningscourt AT btinternet.com


Sat 31st Aug 2024

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.
Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience.
It’s a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety – and it doesn’t cost the earth – just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.
All types of performance welcome – The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance…. All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 – 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.
So, if you’re a performer, then get in touch with Chris and book a spot

07715 501157

or

email xxxfolk AT chriswatts.org- without the xx’s

These evenings are becoming increasingly popular and there is a danger that we won’t be able to accommodate everyone.
Do please book ahead rather than, as previously, just turning up and expecting to get a spot. It doesn’t matter if you’re a musician. poet, juggler or …… well, any kind of performer basically. Just be entertaining !

7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Suggested donation:

Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience.

Please pay on the door.

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/acoustic-night-2024-730pm-donations-only/2024-08-31/


Southill community centre, Weymouth DT4 9SS

Weymouth Scottish Country Dance club - fundraising ceilidh

Weymouth Scottish Country Dance club is holding a fundraising ceilidh in aid of Word Forest Charity. All proceeds will go to the charity. There will be easy Scottish and ceilidh dances to recorded music and all dances will be walked and called throughout. BYO drinks and snacks, squash and nibbles provided.
WSCD club is starting classes again on the 5th of September, so come and have a fun time, meet club members and support a good cause at the same time

£5, free for under 14 years

7.30 - 10.00 pm

Tickets on the door, or reserve in advance from Patricia : 07980 926227

pawsisme AT googlemail.com

weymouthscottishcountrydancers.co.uk.


Sun 1st Sep 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Sunday Club

A regular evening of music and song at Halsway Manor.

Halsway Manor open their doors to all on the first Sunday evening of each month for an evening of folk and acoustic music. Singers and musicians of all abilities are invited. If you are curious about folk music and just want to listen with a drink from the bar, you are also welcome.
There has been a Sunday Club meeting at Halsway Manor for many years.
This ‘Sunday Club’ for musicians and singers is informal and relaxed. 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 words or music in front of you, and certainly encourage beginners.
Just come along, or give Roger Phipps a call on 01278 671685 if you would like to find out more.
Halsway Music and Song Club is held 8pm on the 1st Sunday of each month (with the exception of an August break for Sidmouth Folk Festival).

Free to attend – donations welcome.

8pm–10pm

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/sunday-club-2/2024-09-01/


Fri 6th Sep 2024 to Sun 8th Sep 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Harpas at Halsway: Nyckelharpa Festival

The Halsway Nyckelharpa Festival is a weekend of harpa workshops, ensemble playing, sessions, a concert and more! Hosted by Vicki Swan, with tutoring assistance from Torbjörn Näsbom and Gabi Maas, this is a weekend you won’t want to miss!
Come and explore a diverse range of repertoire, and meet, play and socialise with other players and enthusiasts of this fascinating Scandinavian instrument.
The weekend is for players of all abilities except complete beginners to explore a range of repertoire, and to meet, play and socialise with other players!

Sunday night B&B is available for anyone wishing to stay on for an extra night – this includes supper on Sunday evening and breakfast on Monday morning for £60 per person.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/harpas-at-halsway-nyckelharpa-festival/


Sat 7th Sep 2024

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

Milly Riquelme – With Love from Cuba

This is a first time visit to The David Hall for Milly Riquelme and her band so we’re looking forward to a mixture of authentic Cuban melodies, Bossa Nova and up-beat Latin grooves.
Milly has been a musical director and pianist with Cuban Salsa and Latin bands in Havana since 2006. She has collaborated with other well-known Cuban Musicians, such as Nicolas Sirgado and Mayito Ribera; pillars of the popular Cuban and Latin Jazz in Cuba.
La Cubana Band will be joinng Milly for her performance during the show. Come and join us, especially if you love to salsa!

Tickets: £14. No concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/milly-riquelme-with-love-from-cuba/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Harpas at Halsway

A Saturday evening gig from our International line-up of tutors for our Harpas Festival Weekend! See and hear the Nyckelharpa – a traditional Swedish ‘keyed fiddle’ – in the hands of three of Europe’s finest exponents of the instrument – Vicki Swan, Torbjörn Näsbom and Gabi Maas.

8pm–9:30pm

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/gig-harpas-at-halsway/


Sun 8th Sep 2024

Tolpuddle Village Hall DT2 7ES

Sarah McQaid

Born in Spain, raised in Chicago, holding dual Irish and American citizenship and now settled in rural England, she brings the eclecticism of her background to her “captivating, unorthodox songwriting” (PopMatters) and choice of material, spanning genres and defying categorisation.
All this is abundantly demonstrated by her new live album and video series The St Buryan Sessions — but needs to be savoured in person to be fully appreciated.
Not long after her arrival in Cornwall, Sarah struck up a friendship with a fellow mum outside the gates of her children’s school. That fellow mum turned out to be Zoë Pollock, writer and performer of 1991 UK Top 5 hit single “Sunshine On A Rainy Day,” and the pair soon found themselves co-writing songs for an album released in 2008 under the band name Mama. Entitled Crow Coyote Buffalo, it was lauded by MOJO’s Colin Irwin as “a pleasingly maverick mix,” by Siobhán Long in The Irish Times as “Janis Joplin’s freewheeling spirit crossed with Joni Mitchell's lyrical density” and by Spiral Earth’s Iain Hazlewood as “Two pagan goddesses channelling the ghost of Jim Morrison.”

£12.50 (wegottickets.com/event/625305)

Start time: 8.00p.m. (Doors 7.30p.m.)

Contact Simon Sturt: 07767 344303

s.sturt AT live.co.uk


Fri 13th Sep 2024 to Sun 15th Sep 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Autumn Fiddle Weekend

North Devon duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll share a love of traditional English fiddle music and also compose their own tunes. This years guest tutor is Grace Smith.
Workshops include technique, expression and repertoire (using our extensive folk library) and there will be plenty of time to play together and receive some individual help. This is an intensive weekend of workshops for fiddle players of all ages who can play folk dance tunes up to tempo either from the music provided, or by ear. Some music will be supplied in advance. Other tunes will be chosen at the event in response to participants’ requests – a Saturday afternoon ‘Open Space’ session offers a chance for workshops on areas requested by course participants, and for individual tuition.
An intensive weekend for fiddle players of all ages and abilities – with the exception of complete beginners. You’ll need a basic grasp of your instrument and to be able to play either from the music provided or to pick up tunes quickly by ear.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/autumn-fiddle-weekend-2024/


Fri 13th Sep 2024

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

Jon Boden

Jon Boden is best known is the lead singer of the progressive Folk juggernaut Bellowhead who have sold 250,000 albums, had seven singles playlisted on Radio 2 and sold out hundreds venues including The Royal Albert Hall. Alongside Bellowhead Jon has continued his development as one of the foremost names in English Folk music.
Solo, Jon performs the self-penned songs of Songs From The Floodplain, Painted Lady, Afterglow and Rose In June, material from Bellowhead, Spiers & Boden, and his A Folk Song A Day project in which he recorded 365 Folk songs in one year, as well as music from his most recent album Last Mile Home (Hudson Records) and more.

Tickets: £23. No concessions

www.jonboden.com

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/jon-boden/


Kimmeridge VH at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band with caller Teresa Williams

All welcome to our regular Barn Dance. No Bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles! Tickets on the door - just turn up.

£7.50 adults £2.50 children

7.30 - 10,00 pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Mon 16th Sep 2024

The Studio, Strode Theatre, Strode College Church Road Street BA16 0AB

Grace Smith Trio & Archie Churchill-Moss

Grace Smith Trio

Wielding the distinct voices of fiddle, concertina and double bass, the Grace Smith Trio
brings together three likeminded musicians to create one dynamic and expressive musical dialogue. Acclaimed fiddle and viola player Grace Smith is joined by Sam Partridge (Concertina, Electric Guitar) and Bevan Morris (Double Bass) in this innovative ensemble, which offers a fresh take on folk.

Archie Churchill-Moss

Widely regarded as one of the best players of English traditional music, Archie has worked as a session musician for some of the UK’s top folk acts (Cara Dillon, Eliza Carthy, Blair Dunlop, Jim Moray) and producers (Andy Bell, Ed Harcourt), as well as performing with the trio, ‘Moore, Moss, Rutter’ - the outfit which saw him receive the coveted BBC radio 2 folk award in 2011.

7:45pm
Tickets: £15 (incl £1 cmsn)

https://www.strodetheatre.org.uk/whats-on/view/grace-smith-trio-archie-churchill-moss/


Fri 20th Sep 2024 to Sun 22nd Sep 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Advanced Piano Accordion Weekend (Level 4)

New for 2024!

This new course is an accordion weekend for advanced players working at Level 4, and will offer those players the chance to work at a faster pace or cover trickier repertoire in a more intense way, alongside other players of a similar level.
If you consider yourself to be working at Level 1 to Level 3, please take a look at the Summer Accordion Weekend in July.
Halsway favourite Murray Grainger will be leading this new course, bringing with him in-depth sessions on technique, repertoire and interpretation. Numbers will be limited to give you maximum contact time, with opportunities for 1:1 support if requested.
There will be a chance for participants to perform in Saturday night’s informal sharing event too, so bring along what you’ve been working on during the year for an opportunity to practise your stagecraft and performance skills.
This course is for Advanced accordion players.
You’ll need to be able to read music fluently. The workshops will be taught at a fast pace and you’ll need to be confident in your playing, both alone and as part of a small group.

Murray Grainger is one of Britain’s most influential and innovative accordionists. Whether working with the finest orchestras, pushing the boundaries with traditional projects or teaching around the UK, Murray is at the forefront of the British accordion scene. Murray trained in the classical accordion at The Royal Academy of Music. He has been a tutor in both classical and folk accordion at Chetham’s School of Music, on Newcastle University’s Folk and Traditional Music course, and as the Director of Education for Young Musicians Stornoway. He has been a regular tutor on Halsway Manor’s Accordion Weekend.

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Beyond the Tune

A course for folk musicians – with a special emphasis on harpists – who want to learn how to improvise, create harmonies, counter melodies and accompaniments.
This is a course for musicians who wish to develop their arranging skills through ensemble playing. Players of all instruments welcome, but this course caters particularly well for harpists under the dedicated tuition of Moira Gutteridge.
Part of the time the group will be split in two and part of the time there will be opportunity to work in smaller groups, allowing for focused tuition with Moira for the harpists, while all other musicians work with Peter.
You’ll also practise tunes for dancing with guidance from Madeleine on bringing the music and dancers together.

Moira and Peter cater for players of most instruments, and all levels of experience, although the week is not intended for complete beginners. It is however ok to be a novice when it comes to ensemble playing and arrangement. Music is available in advance and will be emailed to you nearer the time

Moira Gutteridge plays fiddle, keyboard and harp along with Peter in their band Dampier’s Round, playing at dances throughout the country. She and Peter run a village folk band for all ages and abilities, and with a wide range of instruments.
Peter Gutteridge plays guitar, bass guitar, mandolin and flute.
Both Moira & Peter have extensive teaching experience, and together have organised and run music workshops at festivals and folk camps and at Halsway Manor on many occasions.

www.DampiersRound.co.uk

Madeleine Smith is a caller, clog dancer and teacher, sought after for her extensive knowledge of dancing and the folk tradition. She plays recorder, piano and Celtic harp, and is equally at home helping musicians improve their playing as she leading dances. Madeleine sings in a community choir and plays for Towersey Morris. She is also a recipient of the EFDSS Gold Badge.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/beyond-the-tune/


Fri 20th Sep 2024

Taunton Brewhouse TA1 1JL

Lizzy Hardingham & Pillow Fite

Catch the Folk infused singer songwriter Lizzy Hardingham along with Pillow Fite with their catchy alt-rock instrumentals and folky ballads in this exciting all in one show!
Lizzy Hardingham performs songs that “drive straight to the heart, giving audiences a chance for genuine connection and empathy”. Think Joni Mitchell, Sandy Denny and KT Tunstall all wrapped into one.
As a trans non-binary fronted band, Pillow Fite strive to represent queer experiences both on and off stage, and work hard to perform in safe and inclusive spaces.

£15.00

7.45 pm

Phone: 01823 283244

boxoffice AT tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk

www.tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk


Sun 22nd Sep 2024

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshops 2024

Workshops are led by Julia Catovsky or a guest musician, who will teach tunes and harmonies by ear. The workshops are suitable for all levels and acoustic instruments. Sheet music and audio supplied in advance.

1:30 - 4:30 pm

Admission: £15 on the door
Or cheaper when paid in advance via the website.

www.sherbornefolkband.org
info AT sherbornefolkband.org
Julia: 07527 508 277


Mon 23rd Sep 2024 to Fri 27th Sep 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Guitar Study Week

Our Guitar Study Week is an intensive and enjoyable guitar-school for steel-string acoustic guitarists, led by three fantastic tutors – Tristan Seume, Charlotte Carrivick, and David Delarre. You’ll have the opportunity to spend a day with each of the tutors in workshops aiming to develop your technique, skills and repertoire – and provide for an enjoyable course of guitar playing in the manor.
The course will help you to develop your skills and confidence, with options to explore finger style, flat-picking, alternative and open tunings, arranging tunes and song accompaniment, chord vocabulary, and useful theory too. Whole group, smaller group and one-to-one teaching, to leave you enthused and inspired! There will be down-time too, for you to practise, jam, socialise and spend quality time with your instrument.
This course is aimed at acoustic guitarists (steel-strung) of an intermediate level and above, it’s not really suitable for beginners.

As a guide, to get the most from the course you’ll need a grasp of the following topics:
All common open major and minor chords
Familiarity with one or two moveable barre chord shapes
Some basic fingerpicking ability
Steady, even strumming rhythm in 4/4 time
Beyond this, enthusiasm is much more important than skill level; we only ask that you join in to the best of your ability. This week is all about helping you develop your playing, whatever your current level of ability, and sending you away with the inspiration and tools to continue to improve.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/guitar-study-week-2024/


Fri 27th Sep 2024 to Sun 29th Sep 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Harvest Weekend

A weekend of mainly English style dance for experienced dancers. This year’s guest caller is Frances Oates from Cornwall accompanied by Dampier’s Round (Moira and Peter Gutteridge). There will be workshops from Barrie Bullimore, Rob Dawson and Laura Hodges.
For those staying on on the Sunday night there will be a Ceilidh in the evening.

The weekend is aimed at experienced dancers who enjoy traditional English style dancing, to improve on technique and working together.

The Team
Rob Dawson hosts, with house party callers (Barrie Bullimore and Laura Hodges), guest caller Frances Oates plus band Dampier’s Round (Moira and Peter Gutteridge).

To book please contact Rob at halswayharvest AT gmail.com

Please note: our partners set their own course prices, which may differ from our in-house courses.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-harvest-weekend-sept2024/


Fri 27th Sep 2024

Taunton Brewhouse TA1 1JL

Dominie Hooper

To see it live is to truly feel it – Dominie Hooper, long-time session musician, collaborator and multi-instrumentalist, takes flight in the centre of a stage wrapped in musical alchemy with bandmate mainstays Twm Dylan, Phil Self and Dave Hamblett.
With a debut album in the works for next year, it’s a good time to catch Dominie Hooper live. Her unexpectedly joyful stage presence makes you feel in the company of an old friend, and the on-stage connection undeniable.
Prepare for a hug and a punch in the gut. This exhilarating new voice is bound to make waves in the world of alt-folk and beyond.

£14.00

7.45 pm

Phone: 01823 283244

boxoffice AT tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk

https://www.tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk/events/dominie-hooper/


Sat 28th Sep 2024

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

John Smith

Born in Essex, raised by the Devon seaside, and making his bones in the bars and clubs of Liverpool, John Smith has performed at festivals and concert halls around the world, released six studio albums and is currently hard at work on album #7, having barely paused for breath during his eighteen-year tenure as a full-time independent touring musician.
Steeped in the lineage of British Folk and American guitar music, Smith has evolved and pioneered a transatlantic blend of guitar techniques. His deeply romantic and vivid song-writing combined with his innovative guitar work having won him a loyal following.
His career began opening for Folk greats including John Martyn, Davy Graham and John Renbourn, who called him “the future of folk music.” He has since opened for Iron and Wine, Patty Griffin and Ben Howard, and guested with artists such as Jackson Browne, Martin Carthy, Roseanne Cash, Jarvis Cocker and Rodney Crowell.

http://johnsmithjohnsmith.com

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/john-smith/


Sun 29th Sep 2024

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.
Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience.
It’s a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety – and it doesn’t cost the earth – just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.
All types of performance welcome – The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance…. All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 – 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.
So, if you’re a performer, then get in touch with Chris and book a spot

07715 501157

or

email xxxfolk AT chriswatts.org- without the xx’s

These evenings are becoming increasingly popular and there is a danger that we won’t be able to accommodate everyone.
Do please book ahead rather than, as previously, just turning up and expecting to get a spot. It doesn’t matter if you’re a musician. poet, juggler or …… well, any kind of performer basically. Just be entertaining !

7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Suggested donation:

Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience.

Please pay on the door.

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/acoustic-night-2024-730pm-donations-only/2024-09-29/


Mon 30th Sep 2024 to Fri 4th Oct 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Autumn American Contra Dance Week

Our American Contra Dance weeks are tremendously popular and often sell well out in advance so we really do encourage early booking! Our Autumn dance week is led by a great American caller Diane Silver, with music by the fantastic Will Allen, Rowan Pigott and Gareth Kiddier. Dance workshops take place each morning with fun optional outings and activities in the afternoons. There is usually a musicians’ workshop Wednesday tea-time, so bring instruments too. Dances every evening, all in the lovely setting of Halsway Manor!
Dancers of all levels of experience; newcomers to Contra are welcome (though some related dance experience would be useful), with plenty to challenge more experienced dancers too!

The Team
Diane Silver – Caller
Diane will transport you to contra dance heaven in no time with her careful attention to dancers’ pace and progress, her ability to think on her feet and her clear, efficient teaching of higher-level dances. Attend even one contra dance session with Diane Silver and you will see why we invited her down!

Musicians
Will Allen is an expert button accordionist, melodeon player and fiddler based in the southeast of England. He has an enormous repertoire of dance tunes from England, Ireland, Scotland and many other western countries. Will also composes his own music and teaches people of all abilities to play and understand traditional music and dance.
Rowan Pigott is a folk fiddler, traditional singer, writer and tune collector who grew up in the foothills of the Burren on the west coast of Ireland, surrounded by traditional music.
Gareth Kiddier is a keyboard wizard and a beloved Halsway regular, playing for many dance events at the manor, and hosting some of our festive getaways.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/autumn-american-contra-dance-week2024/


Fri 4th Oct 2024 to Sun 6th Oct 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Tales in Trust: Stories Have Legs

Join England’s first storyteller Laureate, Taffy Thomas MBE and a hand-picked team of guests for a weekend of workshops, performances and presentations to stir the heart and feed the soul.
This year for the 2024 Tales in Trust weekend Taffy Thomas and his team present ‘All the Stories between the Sun and the Moon’.
Stories know not borders or boundaries and travel the world from tongue to ear. Your leaders for this weekend have toured places here and around the world enriching their repertoire wherever they met traditional performers. This weekend gives them the chance to share these riches and skills. The weekend is suitable for storytellers and traditional performers of whatever experience, those who would like to include storytelling in their work or anyone who just wants to relax and listen.
It will also feature the popular Storyteller’s Supper event on the Saturday evening.
Tellers of all levels of experience, and those who just want to listen. Bring stories to share, instruments if you play one, or just come as audience: “If speaking was more important that listening, we’d have two tongues and one ear”.

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


Fri 4th Oct 2024

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Music from John and Margaret Dike (fiddle and cello) Caller Ruth Thompson

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening

A 'Micro' Barn Dance evening. Usual easy and fun dances, friendly atmosphere, but no bar. BYO if you wish. No need to come with a partner.

£7

7.15 for 7.30 - 9.15

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184

jenny_harrison_1123 AT yahoo.co.uk


Sat 5th Oct 2024

Strode Theatre Strode College Church Road Street BA16 0AB

Phil Beer

Phil Beer is the multi-instrumental half of the west country’s award winning acoustic duo, Show of Hands.
With a professional career of over 36 years, Phil has a great deal of material to draw on for his solo appearances, which are an eclectic mix of traditional tunes, covers of Springsteen or The Hollies, together with his own compositions and songs from his contemporaries.
All are songs and music of memory and significance sung in the subtle and melodic Phil Beer style and interjected with musings and amusings to an almost personal audience. It is a treat of past and current favourites from one of the most popular musicians on the acoustic circuit.

7:30pm

Tickets: £17 (incl £1 cmsn)

https://www.strodetheatre.org.uk/whats-on/view/phil-beer/


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

Noble Jacks

A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event

With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners with their high-energy footstompin’ rhythms, which have taken crowds by storm across the UK and beyond. Nominated Live Act Of The Year 2023 by the Americana Music Association UK, Noble Jacks are considered by many to be the finest purveyors of Folk-influenced Americana.
Noble Jacks’ debut album What the Hammer released to much acclaim. A fiddle driven thrill ride, the band set out to capture the raw energy of their notoriously hectic live shows. Achieving radio play internationally, including support from BBC Introducing and Radio Caroline, the riotous album has become a firm fan favourite.
Hailed as the finest purveyors of Folk-influenced Americana, look out as Noble Jacks take the liveliest show around.

www.noblejacks.com

Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/noble-jacks-a-chance-to-dance-event/


Sun 6th Oct 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Sunday Club

A regular evening of music and song at Halsway Manor.
Halsway Manor open their doors to all on the first Sunday evening of each month for an evening of folk and acoustic music. Singers and musicians of all abilities are invited. If you are curious about folk music and just want to listen with a drink from the bar, you are also welcome.
There has been a Sunday Club meeting at Halsway Manor for many years.
This ‘Sunday Club’ for musicians and singers is informal and relaxed. 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 words or music in front of you, and certainly encourage beginners.
Just come along, or give Roger Phipps a call on 01278 671685 if you would like to find out more.
Halsway Music and Song Club is held 8pm on the 1st Sunday of each month (with the exception of an August break for Sidmouth Folk Festival).

8pm–10pm

Free, but donations welcome.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/sunday-club-2/2024-10-06/


Fri 11th Oct 2024

Taunton Brewhouse TA1 1JL

Suthering

Evocative and distinctive, folk duo Suthering transport audiences with their exquisite vocal harmonies and their message of hope during hard times.
Soaring above the cascading piano and delicate, fingerstyle guitar, it’s the duo’s beautifully matched voices and their fresh approach to folk which make their traditional and self-penned songs stand out.

£16.50

7.45 pm

Contact Hannah Harrison: 01823 704041

marketing AT tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk

https://www.tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk/events/suthering/


Kimmeridge VH at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band & caller Malcolm Churchill

All welcome to our regular Barn Dance. No Bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles! Tickets on the door - just turn up.

£7.50 adults £2.50 children

7.30 - 10.00 pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Taunton Brewhouse TA1 1JL

Suthering

Evocative and distinctive, folk duo Suthering transport audiences with their exquisite vocal harmonies and their message of hope during hard times.
Soaring above the cascading piano and delicate, fingerstyle guitar, it’s the duo’s beautifully matched voices and their fresh approach to folk which make their traditional and self-penned songs stand out.

£17.00

7.45 pm

Phone: 01823 283244

boxoffice AT tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk

https://www.tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk/events/suthering/


Sat 12th Oct 2024

Taunton Brewhouse TA1 1JL

Julie July Band

Julie July Band is a British folk-rock band performing original music inspired by the folk, rock, and blues movement of the 60s and 70s but with a contemporary 21st century twist.
With over a decade of gigging and recording experience, they make their debut performance at Taunton Brewhouse celebrating their new album Flight of Fancy, together with songs from their critically acclaimed albums Lady of the First Light and Wonderland, plus a selection of Sandy Denny favourites.

£20.00 - £24.00

7.45 pm

Contact Hannah Harrison: 01823 704041

marketing AT tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk

https://www.tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk/events/julie-july-band/


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

The Drystones

Electro Folk pioneers The Drystones are bringing a night of big bad beats for badass barn dancing to The David Hall. All you have to do is leave your preconceptions of Folk at the door and maybe bring some sequins…
For their Vulpus tour, the ‘indecently talented’ duo of Alex Garden (fiddle) and Ford Collier (guitar, whistle) are joining forces with ‘percussion maestro’ Evan Carson (Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys, iamthemorning).

Whether you’re more at home in a crusty tavern or a sweaty disco, a Drystones show is the place for you.

www.thedrystones.co.uk

Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Under 25s

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/the-drystones-2/


Taunton Brewhouse TA1 1JL

Julie July Band

Julie July Band is a British folk-rock band performing original music inspired by the folk, rock, and blues movement of the 60s and 70s but with a contemporary 21st century twist.
With over a decade of gigging and recording experience, they make their debut performance at Taunton Brewhouse celebrating their new album Flight of Fancy, together with songs from their critically acclaimed albums Lady of the First Light and Wonderland, plus a selection of Sandy Denny favourites.

From £20.50

7.45 pm

Phone: 01823 283244

boxoffice AT tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk

https://www.tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk/events/julie-july-band/


Fri 18th Oct 2024 to Sun 20th Oct 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Give Voice

It’s all about folk song, and it’s all in good company! Whether you want a good sing in the bar, to hear and share new songs, to improve your voice or to create songs of your own, this is the weekend for you.
Bob & Gill Berry host this all singing weekend, with special guests TBC.
Singers of all ages (teenagers to pensioners) and abilities are welcome to join the fun, in the comfortable and relaxed surroundings of Halsway Manor. ‘Singin’ in the Bar’ (with everyone having a chance to lead chorus songs or share their favourites – if they want to) when the bar is open, opportunities to explore songs and individual singing in between, learn how to look after your voice and performance, 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.
Arrival is from 4pm on Friday, with dinner at 6.30pm followed by the first singing session at 8pm. The course includes a Leaders’ Concert at 5pm on Sunday, followed by a buffet supper. Sunday night B&B is available for anyone wishing to stay on for a survivors’ song session.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/give-voice2024/


Fri 18th Oct 2024

Westlands Ballroom, Westbourne Close, Yeovil BA20 2DD

Steeleye Span

The band who have changed the face of folk music over their fifty five years together, Steeleye Span's new album Green Man Collection brings together recent tracks with new versions of three classics.
As ever performing a selection of songs from across the years and firm fan favourites.

Tickets: £29.50
Concessions: £28
Footlights: Discount applies

​A £1.50 ticket levy is included in all stated ticket prices.
All bookings are subject to a £2 transaction Fee.

https://www.westlandsyeovil.co.uk/whats-on/music/steeleye-span/


Sat 19th Oct 2024

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

Lady Maisery

Uniquely captivating band Lady Maisery return with their first studio album in six years. The combined vocal and multi-instrumental talents of Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans (individually three of the most accomplished and adventurous artists in modern Folk) transmute to form a unified voice, carrying stories of sisterhood, human struggle, the joy of living and the vitality of music.
Frequent festival headliners, Lady Maisery have for over a decade enraptured audiences throughout the UK and Europe. Their return to the live stage has been eagerly awaited.

Tickets: £17. No concessions

www.ladymaisery.com

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/lady-maisery/


Sun 20th Oct 2024

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshops 2024

Workshops are led by Julia Catovsky or a guest musician, who will teach tunes and harmonies by ear. The workshops are suitable for all levels and acoustic instruments. Sheet music and audio supplied in advance.

1:30 - 4:30 pm

Admission: £15 on the door
Or cheaper when paid in advance via the website.

www.sherbornefolkband.org
info AT sherbornefolkband.org
Julia: 07527 508 277


Fri 25th Oct 2024 to Sun 27th Oct 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Songways Singing Weekend 2024

Join Jane Harris and Pip Wright, guest tutor from Cornwall, for the second Songways singing weekend at Halsway. A joyous weekend learning and singing harmony songs from a wide range of traditions, including their own original compositions. Jane and Pip both play the fiddle and have a special musical bond, bringing much joy to all their music-making.
A chance to dance, play and/or listen to live music on the Friday evening – easy Cornish dances (with Jane and Pip on fiddles – if you play an instrument you are welcome to join the band).
Special Saturday evening gig by Rolling Harmony, a vibrant vocal group of choir leaders and singers from the South West, delighted to be performing again at Halsway following their sell-out gig last year. Glorious music and gorgeous vocal harmonies, rooted in English and American harmony singing traditions.

For more information and to book, please visit songways.co.uk

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/songways-singing-weekend-2024/


Fri 25th Oct 2024

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

Christian Garrick & the Budapest Café Orchestra

CHRISTIAN GARRICK – violin, darbuka
EDDIE HESSION – accordion
KELLY CANTLON – double bass
ADRIAN ZOLOTUHIN – guitar, saz, balalaika, domra

Refreshingly unconventional and snappily attired boutique orchestra the BCO redeliver gypsy and folk-flavoured music in their own fresh and surprising way. From Balkan and Russian traditional pieces to artful distillations of the Romantic masterpieces to Gaelic folk anthems their infectious music will get into your bloodstream and stay there forever.
With 14 albums already to their name the Budapest Café Orchestra was established in 2009 by British composer and violinist, Christian Garrick, and led by him have won legions of fans with their magical and infectious performances. A small but impeccably formed ensemble of just four players, the BCO combines violin, guitar, accordion, double bass, saz & balalaika to dazzling effect, creating an awesome aural alchemy normally only characteristic of far larger ensembles.

www.budapestcafeorchestra.co.uk

Tickets: £20 Full. £19 Concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/christian-garrick-the-budapest-cafe-orchestra/


Sat 26th Oct 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Rolling Harmony

8pm–9:30pm
Rolling Harmony is delighted to be returning to Halsway after their sell-out gig last year.
Rolling Harmony is a vibrant vocal group of choir leaders and singers from the South West created by Jane Harris, Director of Songways.
They delight audiences with their lively and eclectic performances – glorious music and gorgeous vocal harmonies, rooted in English and American harmony singing traditions.
Songs with captivating rhythms, compelling lyrics and interweaving vocal lines. A rich blend of voices with instrumentals for some songs including fiddle and guitar. There’s something for everyone…

For more information and to book, please visit songways.co.uk

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/gig-rolling-harmony-2/


Sun 27th Oct 2024

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.
Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience.
It’s a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety – and it doesn’t cost the earth – just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.
All types of performance welcome – The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance…. All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 – 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.
So, if you’re a performer, then get in touch with Chris and book a spot

07715 501157

or

email xxxfolk AT chriswatts.org- without the xx’s

These evenings are becoming increasingly popular and there is a danger that we won’t be able to accommodate everyone.
Do please book ahead rather than, as previously, just turning up and expecting to get a spot. It doesn’t matter if you’re a musician. poet, juggler or …… well, any kind of performer basically. Just be entertaining !

7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Suggested donation:

Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience.

Please pay on the door.

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/acoustic-night-2024-730pm-donations-only/2024-10-27/


Wed 30th Oct 2024

Bridport Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY

Fairport Convention

Folk rock legends
Fairport Convention have been entertaining music lovers for over half a century, with 2024 being their 57th anniversary.
During that time the band that launched British folk-rock has seen many changes, but one thing has remained the same – Fairport’s passion for performance.
This year’s Autumn Tour will present a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and some surprises from albums old and new.
Fairport Convention have won a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted their ground-breaking album Liege & Lief ‘The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time’.
Their story has been celebrated with television documentaries on BBC Four and Sky Arts.
The band features founding member Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin, Chris Leslie on bouzouki, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, and vocals.

7.30 pm

£32.00

https://www.electricpalace.org.uk/events/event/fairport-convention/


Bridport Electric Palace, 35 South St, Bridport DT6 3NY

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention have been entertaining music lovers for over half a century, with 2024 being their 57th anniversary.
During that time the band that launched British folk-rock has seen many changes, but one thing has remained the same – Fairport’s passion for performance.
This year’s Autumn Tour will present a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and some surprises from albums old and new.
Fairport Convention have won a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted their ground-breaking album Liege & Lief ‘The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time’.
Their story has been celebrated with television documentaries on BBC Four and Sky Arts.
The band features founding member Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin, Chris Leslie on bouzouki, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, and vocals.

7.30 pm

£32

https://www.electricpalace.org.uk/events/event/fairport-convention/


Fri 1st Nov 2024

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Music from Chris Toyne (accordion) and Ruth Thompson (fiddle) Caller Sue Perigo

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening

A 'Micro' Barn Dance evening. Usual easy and fun dances, friendly atmosphere, but no bar. BYO if you wish. No need to come with a partner.

£7

7.15 for 7.30 - 9.15

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184

jenny_harrison_1123 AT yahoo.co.uk


Sat 2nd Nov 2024

Cedars Hall, Wells BA5 2ST

Christina Alden & Alex Patterson

Christina Alden & Alex Patterson are multi-instrumentalists and songwriters from Norwich. Their music is rich with intertwining harmony, sensitive accomplished musicianship and a creative song-writing style that is both delicate and moving. Deeply inspired by the world around them, they have a keen environmental eye to craft stories with the natural world at its heart, reflecting on the relationship between humans and the wild.
They have enjoyed touring extensively in the UK and Europe; including a twenty-three-date concert hall tour with Show of Hands (including Union Chapel and St David’s Hall Cardiff), a show at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for Celtic Connections, headline and main stage performances at some of the UK’s most prestigious folk festivals and performances in Norway, Belgium, France and Ireland. They have written and self-released four albums, composed music for a BBC Radio 4 documentary series and have had over a million streams on Spotify.

£14

7.30pm

Contact Box Office: 01749 834483

boxoffice AT cedarshallwells.co.uk

cedarshallwells.co.uk


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

Noche Flamenca

A night of passionate rhythms of Flamenco music.

The intense sounds of hand clapping, foot stomping, singing and exquisite guitar playing will transport you for one night to Andalucia – the heart of Flamenco. Dancer Aneta Skut is accompanied on this occasion by the finest Flamenco musicians Cuffy Cuthbertson (guitar) and Kostka Garcia (vocals/percussion).

Tickets: £16. No concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/noche-flamenca/


Sun 3rd Nov 2024

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

The Tannahill Weavers

Traditional Celtic music at its best! With fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, haunting ballads and a good dose of humour, and joined by Scotland’s youngest Clan leader on bagpipes and fiddle, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

“Formed from a Paisley pub session in 1968, seminal trailblazers the Tannahill Weavers now also rank as national treasures.”
-Glasgow Celtic Connections 2018

www.tannahillweavers.co.uk

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions

7.30 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/the-tannahill-weavers/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Sunday Club

A regular evening of music and song at Halsway Manor.
Halsway Manor open their doors to all on the first Sunday evening of each month for an evening of folk and acoustic music. Singers and musicians of all abilities are invited. If you are curious about folk music and just want to listen with a drink from the bar, you are also welcome.
There has been a Sunday Club meeting at Halsway Manor for many years.
This ‘Sunday Club’ for musicians and singers is informal and relaxed. 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 words or music in front of you, and certainly encourage beginners.
Just come along, or give Roger Phipps a call on 01278 671685 if you would like to find out more.
Halsway Music and Song Club is held 8pm on the 1st Sunday of each month (with the exception of an August break for Sidmouth Folk Festival).

8pm–10pm

Free, but donations welcome.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/sunday-club-2/2024-10-06/


Mon 4th Nov 2024 to Fri 8th Nov 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Recorders for All 2024

With a professional conductor and aimed at a more advanced level of playing, being able to play a bass recorder of some description is essential. All participants are expected to frequently change instruments through the course to give everyone the opportunity to play a variety of recorders. This course will focus on cannons and fugues.

Who’s it For?
Because of the challenging nature of the repertoire, all course participants should have a very good sense of rhythm and be experienced ensemble players. Ideally you should also play both F and C instruments, including tenor AND bass. Being able to play a bass recorder of some description is essential.

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

For more information and to book please contact Jan Epps:

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


Fri 8th Nov 2024 to Sun 10th Nov 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

German Weekend with TradTöchter

We are pleased to welcome TradTöchter to Halsway Manor. Vivien Zeller and Ursula Suchanek present a guided tour of traditional music, beautiful melodies, groovy tunes and breath-taking dances from Germany. There will be spotlights on various instrumental aspects such as working on second voices, harmonies and danceable accompaniments, playing together as an ensemble and of course some dancing. All instruments welcome.

Who is it for?
Instrumentalists of all levels of experience welcome. You need to be comfortable with your instrument to get the best from this workshop. Intermediate level recommended.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/german-weekend/


Sat 9th Nov 2024

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

3 Daft Monkeys

A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event

Plus Special Guests

21 YEARS WILD…

With a fiery helter-skelter blend of influences from East and West, 3 Daft Monkeys inject a unique wildness into their music, producing a symphonious cacophony of styles, Silvery vocal melodies soar above percussive global beats and rhythms, while passionate fiddle-driven tunes weave around animated guitar and bass, all presented with outstanding musicianship in their famously theatrical live performances.
This multi-award-winning live act continues to deliver dynamic, rampageous,
powerful performances of their completely original songs with an endless energy and enthusiasm! With 21 years of International festival experience in hand, 3 Daft Monkeys certainly know how to work a festival crowd, and are guaranteed to whip an audience into a frenzy of emotions with every performance.

www.3daftmonkeys.co.uk

Tickets: £17.50 Full. £16.50 Concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/3-daft-monkeys-a-chance-to-dance-event/


Mon 11th Nov 2024 to Fri 15th Nov 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

“Mostly English” Dance Week

A social dance week for more experienced dancers; enjoy dancing in a happy, friendly atmosphere working together as a team to get the greatest possible satisfaction from your dancing. There will be a selection of workshops and evening dances, looking at dances from both sides of the pond.

Who is it for?
The event is designed for dancers of an intermediate and experienced level.
The Team
Rosemary Hunt leads the course; she regularly calls at festivals in UK, and has been a guest caller at events in the USA, Holland and Belgium.
This year Rosemary is supported by Brian Stanton and Liam Binley, and a workshop with Liesbeth Krijgsman will bring an international flavour. The band is Orion’s Ring, well known for their lovely sound and their supportive ‘lifting’ playing, allowing the dancers to enjoy the dances to the full.

For more information and booking, contact Rosemary Hunt: rosemaryashunt AT icloud.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/mostly-english-dance-week-2024/


Fri 15th Nov 2024 to Sun 17th Nov 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Zesty Contra Weekend

Contra dancing originated in New England as an evolution of the English and European country dances that the early settlers had taken with them to America. It is usually danced in two long lines with your partner opposite, or ‘contrary’, to you. In the 1980s, a more ‘zesty’ form of contra emerged, with the emphasis on high-energy dancing, smooth flowing transitions, and lots of interaction with neighbouring dancers. Contra dancing is still evolving, with new dances continually being written in this style.

Rhodri Davies and Mark Elvins return in 2024 to lead you through some of the best of these contras, new and old! Music will be provided by Mollie Koenigsberger and Ali Messer. With two evening dances, morning workshops, as well as open mic and musicians workshops, this is a “not to be missed” weekend for both new and experienced contra dancers.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/zesty-contra-2024/


Fri 15th Nov 2024

The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA4 4BD

Katie Spencer

Raised in the East Yorkshire flatlands on the fringes of Hull, Katie Spencer’s landscape has always been that of open skies and widening rivers. Industry still shapes the city here. The people, as with the land, are moulded by tides and stark horizons. Stand in the same place for long enough and you can watch the sun rise over the North Sea and then sink into crop fields, glowing auburn in late-summer sun. It is this sense of space and movement that flows through Katie Spencer’s music.
The song-writing, and most notably her guitar playing stems from a time when the steel-stringed instrument was truly finding its voice. Artists like Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and perhaps most evidently Michael Chapman, flow into her sound, carrying with them the warmth and idealism of the early 70’s Folk and song-writer movements.

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions

www.katiespencer.net

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/katie-spencer/


Sun 17th Nov 2024

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshops 2024

Workshops are led by Julia Catovsky or a guest musician, who will teach tunes and harmonies by ear. The workshops are suitable for all levels and acoustic instruments. Sheet music and audio supplied in advance.

1:30 - 4:30 pm

Admission: £15 on the door
Or cheaper when paid in advance via the website.

www.sherbornefolkband.org
info AT sherbornefolkband.org
Julia: 07527 508 277


Mon 18th Nov 2024 to Fri 22nd Nov 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Page to Performance: Medieval Music

Come and discover Medieval music with Mary Mohan and Jude Rees.

Delve into the world of Medieval manuscripts, dance tunes, beautiful sacred music and more. This course takes a “no rules” approach, allowing musicians from every discipline to explore this diverse and surprising genre. Want to play a cantiga on violin, clarinet and bass concertina? No problem! Or have a collection of unusual historic instruments you want to dust off and use? Bring them along!

With a mix of whole course sessions, smaller ensemble groups and specialist workshops, Mary and Jude work together to educate and inspire, providing a fun and safe environment for you to learn and enjoy yourself.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/page-to-performance-medieval-music/


Wed 20th Nov 2024

The Studio, Strode Theatre Strode College Church Road Street BA16 0AB

Josienne Clarke

Indie-folk singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Josienne Clarke is often said to draw on traditional British folk inspirations, but is a thoroughly modern, multifaceted artist who follows her own compass.
Josienne is blessed with a voice of crystalline beauty and clarity that has been compared to Sandy Denny. She has extensive touring experience, having been a Rough Trade-signed, Radio 2 Folk Award-winning artist and has also been hand-picked as main tour support for folk legend Richard Thompson.
As well as being a guitarist and vocalist of alarmingly good quality, Josienne’s dark wit also acts as compelling counterpoint to her own twilit, low-key and intimate compositions when playing live.

7:45mp

Tickets: £16 incl. £1cms

https://www.strodetheatre.org.uk/whats-on/view/josienne-clarke/


Thu 21st Nov 2024

Bath Forum, 1A Forum Buildings, Bath BA1 1UG

Bellowhead

Celebrating 20 Years of Bellowhead

In 2004, Bellowhead burst onto the British folk scene like nothing before or since. Famously conjured up by duo Spiers & Boden whilst sitting in a traffic jam, they roped in friends, and friends of friends until the big band was born. In their early years Bellowhead played to hundreds of thousands of people at festivals and on tour and were regularly lauded as “One of the country’s greatest live outfits.” They recorded 5 studio albums (selling over a quarter of a million copies), were the proud recipients of 2 x silver discs and won a staggering 8 x BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
2024 marks Bellowhead’s 20th Anniversary, it’s also 20 years since the release of their debut 5 track E.P.Onymous and 10 years since the release of their Top 20 studio album Revival which featured favourites including Gosport Nancy and Roll Alabama.
The band say “The reunion tour in 2022 meant such a lot to all of us after such a difficult time, and seemed to bring so much joy to our fans, that we thought we'd probably best do it again!

Tickets: £27.50 / £35.00 / £45.00 (plus booking fees)
Please note under 18 to be accompanied by an adult.

7:30pm

https://www.bathforum.co.uk/Publisher/Article.aspx?ID=676272


Fri 22nd Nov 2024

Kimmeridge VH at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band & caller Teresa Williams

All welcome to our regular Barn Dance. No Bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles! Tickets on the door - just turn up.

£7.50 adults £2.50 children

7.30 - 10.00 pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Sat 23rd Nov 2024

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

Phil Beer Trio

An opportunity to see world renowned multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer share the Blues roots of his musical life. Supported by his long-time collaborator Miranda Sykes on Bass guitar and Sian Monaghan on percussion, they will confidently guide you through the music of Blind Willie Johnson, The Rev Gary Davis, Davy Graham, and John Mayall.

Phil will introduce the music of the Great British Blues interpreters and pioneers with it, all whilst giving it that inimitable Phil Beer ‘twist’. Following the success of his 2020 album ‘The Blues Hour’, the Phil Beer Trio’s ‘Blues and Beyond…’ Tour promises three great musicians at the top of their game, combining effortlessly to create an evening of songs and random anecdotes from an extraordinary life in music, this time from the Bluesy side of the street.

www.philbeer.co.uk

Tickets: £22.50. No concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/phil-beer-trio/


Sun 24th Nov 2024

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.
Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience.
It’s a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety – and it doesn’t cost the earth – just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.
All types of performance welcome – The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance…. All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 – 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.
So, if you’re a performer, then get in touch with Chris and book a spot

07715 501157

or

email xxxfolk AT chriswatts.org- without the xx’s

These evenings are becoming increasingly popular and there is a danger that we won’t be able to accommodate everyone.
Do please book ahead rather than, as previously, just turning up and expecting to get a spot. It doesn’t matter if you’re a musician. poet, juggler or …… well, any kind of performer basically. Just be entertaining !

7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Suggested donation:

Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience.

Please pay on the door.

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/acoustic-night-2024-730pm-donations-only/2024-11-24/


Mon 25th Nov 2024 to Fri 29th Nov 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Melodeon Study Week: Anne Niepold and Andy Cutting

We are delighted to welcome back Anne Niepold and Andy Cutting to teach this extended course (please note earlier start and later finish) at Halsway Manor for advanced, and advanced-intermediate level D/G melodeon players.

This will be an intensive week of skills-based learning focusing on your development as a musician, discovering new ways to interpret and play, and to make the music your own. You need to be open to trying new things, and to be prepared to work hard – it will be intensive but also an enjoyable and rewarding week, with time to relax in the evenings and enjoy informal sessions.

The group – limited to approximately 20 students – will be split in two by the tutors at the start of the course; you’ll spend roughly the same amount of time with each tutor. This will be done according to ability level; if you are coming with friends this may mean you will be working in different groups, but there’s plenty of informal time to meet, chat and play with others.

Arrival is from noon on Monday, with lunch at 1pm, and work begins after lunch! The course ends with lunch on Friday.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/melodeon-study-week-anne-niepold-and-andy-cutting/


Fri 29th Nov 2024 to Sun 1st Dec 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Christmas Carols and beyond with Narthen

We’re delighted to welcome Narthen back to Halsway for a joyous sixth weekend of polyphonic unaccompanied singing in four part harmony, with a tutor to lead each section of the choir. Narthen are Jo Freya, Fi Fraser, Sarah Matthews, and Doug Eunson.

The weekend will explore some of the beautiful Yorkshire and Derbyshire carols and other festive fair, for which Narthen are so well known. We have a fantastic array of songs for you as always and we are particularly excited about it being a more ‘festive celebration’, being that little bit nearer to Christmas. Mince pies will be welcome, but be warned, the puritans who banned Christmas once termed them “Relics of the whores of Babylon”!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/christmas-carols-with-narthen/


Fri 6th Dec 2024

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Music from Tatterdemalion Caller Malcolm Churchill

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening

A 'Micro' Barn Dance evening. Usual easy and fun dances, friendly atmosphere, but no bar. BYO if you wish. No need to come with a partner.

£7

7.15 for 7.30 - 9.15

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184

jenny_harrison_1123 AT yahoo.co.uk


Sat 7th Dec 2024

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

James Kirby

Award-winning singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, James Kirby, has built a loyal international fan base over recent years, selling out venues and captivating audiences worldwide with his mellow voice and distinctive percussive guitar playing.

Blending elements of folk, pop, blues, indie rock and piano, his compositions range from fast and furious to heartfelt and melodic, with James finding new and unorthodox techniques to make music from every part of the acoustic guitar.

www.jameskirbymusic.com

Tickets: £18.50 Full. £17.50 Concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/james-kirby/


Sat 14th Dec 2024

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

St Agnes Fountain

Christmas, as they say, starts with St. Agnes Fountain. Presenting carols with a curve.
Since their first get together, to record the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album in 2001, the quartet; David Hughes, Fairport Convention’s Chris Leslie and multi award winning duo Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought
musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season.
In 2020, David decided to leave the band and very sadly died last year.
There will never been another quite like him, he was simply a one off. His vision to create traditional Christmas carols with a curve led to the creation of St Agnes Fountain, he was our founding father but he was so much more
than that. His unique style of rhythm, of hearing and playing a groove, his satirical wit and sartorial style, his dead pan presence on stage, his beautiful turn of a lyrical phrase.
One thing we can say without any doubt is that David wouldn’t have wanted to rest in peace, he would want to be putting on his fedora, tapping his foot out to some insane syncopated rhythm and leading us all in a celebration of a life of love, laughter and mirth.
Chris, Chris and Julie intend to do just that, keeping the Christmas Aggie spirit alive and touring as a trio celebrating 23 years together with some new material, those old Aggie classics and a doff of the fedora to David.

www.stagnesfountain.net

Tickets: £23.50. No concessions

8.00 pm

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


Sun 15th Dec 2024

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.
Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience.
It’s a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety – and it doesn’t cost the earth – just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.
All types of performance welcome – The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance…. All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 – 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.
So, if you’re a performer, then get in touch with Chris and book a spot

07715 501157

or

email xxxfolk AT chriswatts.org- without the xx’s

These evenings are becoming increasingly popular and there is a danger that we won’t be able to accommodate everyone.
Do please book ahead rather than, as previously, just turning up and expecting to get a spot. It doesn’t matter if you’re a musician. poet, juggler or …… well, any kind of performer basically. Just be entertaining !

7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Suggested donation:

Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience.

Please pay on the door.

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/acoustic-night-2024-730pm-donations-only/2024-12-15/


Tue 31st Dec 2024

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

New Year’s Eve Celebration Ceilidh

The Crooked Furrow band have been around forever! Formed in the mid 1980s as a Wurzels tribute band, hence the name, the only remaining founding member is Mark the accordion player.
We eventually moved from Wurzels music to more mainstream and Irish Folk and noticed people dancing to some of the lovely Irish Folk tunes.
Current line up is accordion, fiddle/flute and caller, playing bass guitar and occasional banjo.

Tickets £17.50 Full. No concessions

8.30 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/new-years-eve-celebration-ceilidh/


Fri 3rd Jan 2025

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Hambledon Hopstep Band (part of) featuring Tim Laycock, with Angela Laycock calling.

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening

A 'Micro' Barn Dance evening. Usual easy and fun dances, friendly atmosphere, but no bar. BYO if you wish. No need to come with a partner.

£7

7.15 for 7.30 - 9.15

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184

jenny_harrison_1123 AT yahoo.co.uk


Fri 7th Feb 2025

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Band and caller to be confirmed

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening

A 'Micro' Barn Dance evening. Usual easy and fun dances, friendly atmosphere, but no bar. BYO if you wish. No need to come with a partner.

£7

7.15 for 7.30 - 9.15

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184

jenny_harrison_1123 AT yahoo.co.uk


Sat 1st Mar 2025

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Band and caller to be confirmed

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening

A 'Micro' Barn Dance evening. Usual easy and fun dances, friendly atmosphere, but no bar. BYO if you wish. No need to come with a partner.

£7

7.15 for 7.30 - 9.15

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184

jenny_harrison_1123 AT yahoo.co.uk


Fri 4th Apr 2025

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Band and caller to be confirmed

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening

A 'Micro' Barn Dance evening. Usual easy and fun dances, friendly atmosphere, but no bar. BYO if you wish. No need to come with a partner.

£7

7.15 for 7.30 - 9.15

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184

jenny_harrison_1123 AT yahoo.co.uk


Fri 2nd May 2025

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Band and caller to be confirmed

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening

A 'Micro' Barn Dance evening. Usual easy and fun dances, friendly atmosphere, but no bar. BYO if you wish. No need to come with a partner.

£7

7.15 for 7.30 - 9.15

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184

jenny_harrison_1123 AT yahoo.co.uk