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Mon 28th Jul 2014 to Sat 2nd Aug 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Hothouse - intensive youth workshop week

by Will Lang and a team of internationally recognised young folk practitioners

An opportunity for young musicians and dancers to work with leading folk artists, to create a collaborative performance piece – culminating in a performance at Sidmouth Folk Week. Led by Will Lang and a team of internationally recognised young folk practitioners, The Hothouse performers will operate as a performance company: taking warm ups together, technique classes in their disciplines, learning repertoire and creating contemporary reinterpretations of traditional material. Live, work and play together, with opportunities for informal rehearsals and social gatherings to enrich the experience and understanding of the folk arts. This is a fun but intensive course for young people aged 13-25. Prior experience - as either a dancer or musician - is essential, but it’s ok if you’re new to folk.

Price £190 - bursary places available

Arrive 12 noon Monday
Depart Saturday evening

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Mon 28th Jul 2014

Winterbourne Whitechurch Village Hall, Dulway Lane, Winterbourne Whitechurch DT11 0AW

Spanner Trouvères

Concert of European folk music

Spanner Trouvères bring together four intuitive musicians from contemporary, traditional and classical backgrounds presenting Sephardic tales and tunes alongside original stories and compositions.
‘The Don’s Dream’ will take listeners on a beguiling journey of tragedy, comedy and love, with the music illustrating the action and events in a style reminiscent of the Hakawati story-telling of the Arab and Mediterranean world.

The ensemble comprises:
Dan Spanner: guitar, voice, clarinet, recorder, flute, accordion
Helen Tate: violin, viola, voice, melodica, ukulele, recorder
Paul Chousmer: accordion, bells, percussion, recorder
Chloe Chousmer-Kerr: harp, guitar, voice

Spanner Trouvères give life to beautiful time-honoured music infusing it with their experience of performance. Audiences are left with the wistful spell of this charming adventure.


Donations on the door (Suggested £5 adults, £2 under-18s)

7pm

Contact Paul Chousmer: (01963) 250540


Wed 30th Jul 2014

King Charles Tavern, St Andrews Road Bridport DT6 3BL

Summer Special Session

8.15 start.


Fri 1st Aug 2014 to Fri 8th Aug 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

6th Annual Bow Making Course

Andrew Bellis

A seven day course that enables you to make a bow of the violin family. Andrew started making bows in 1978 and has been teaching for more than 20 years. Workshop numbers are limited to 6 to ensure everyone is able to obtain good tutor support. Before enrolling please email Neville AT njgardner.demon.co.uk to check the suitability of the course for your needs.

Prices from £631 + naterials charge of £160 - £200

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 1st Aug 2014

Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Fergusson Elliet

Born and raised in Bristol England, Fergusson did not come from a folk loving family, or even particularly music loving family. (This is not the usual preamble for most artists I know, but let’s be honest, how many of these things start out the same way – the son/daughter of noted musician blah blah) instead, Fergusson rather stumbled upon the transformative qualities of self-expression, that all musicians, if fortunate, discover for themselves. An old ¾ size classical guitar left in a corner of a damp ridden bedroom, wrongly stringed with steel strings long-turned rusty, became at once his solace/teacher and inspiration.

Fergusson ElliottAfter years of study in classical and contemporary genres of the instrument, and many years of playing in rock bands with little commercial success, mostly in Australia, Fergusson became convinced of the superior expressive qualities of the acoustic instrument. The world did not need any-more guitar heroes, strip the thing back to its roots and tell a real story instead!

A solid introduction into the modern folk world in the late 90’s was eagerly accepted when Fergusson joined the Australian folk group, the Creel. This was his first opportunity to experiment with the Irish Bouzouki, an instrument which has become almost a signature of his work. Many festivals/gigs around the country and sadly just the one album recorded, the Creel, despite much success, was disbanded untimely by its founder early in 2000. Fortunately, Fergusson had already started a music school in the Blue Mountains of NSW, which proved successful, but after the promise folk stardom being firmly stopped with the demise of the Creel, Fergusson did not play live again for eight years.

After passing on the school of music into new hands, the old lure of the strings returned, and in 2007 Fergusson wrote and recorded his first solo album – Sam, an early attempt to blend the modern solo songwriter with the increasingly broad folk genre. Perhaps not surprisingly, the material, both live and recorded, was received with mixed reception. For many in the folk world like their folk music quite traditional, and the Irish Bouzouki to be nicely in the background. But it also became increasingly apparent, that audiences not necessarily fond or familiar with traditional folk music, responded most keenly to this new instrument and new sound. Fergusson soon increased his live performances with the use of loops and stompbox to create a fuller sound, and negating the necessity of having other band members to reproduce songs heard on the Sam album.

Fergusson ElliottIn mid 2008 encouraged by modern audiences, Fergusson decided to tour the Sam album off his own back throughout the UK despite having no idea how to do so. An 18 month adventure ensued, living in an old motorhome, and knocking on doors for gigs, Fergusson managed to survive from playing wherever and whenever and selling cds. From inverness to Cornwall, and from Norwich to the Forest of Dean, he plied his trade like some medieval itinerant craftsman. Two freezing winters in a row were enough however, and he returned to Australia in 2010 with the intention of recording the difficult second album.

Well, that didn’t happen alas and a scarcity of paid gigs in Australia, convinced Fergusson to return to England to record and get back on that road. 2012 was spent writing, recording and more writing and recording, so much so that by the end of the year 2 new albums were finished – The Beginnings of Edward Mckilroy and The Gin Diaries. Both albums using loops and stompbox sounds, guitars and of course the Irish Bouzouki (Molly) whilst being blends of modern songwriting and folk tunes/storytelling, each also included 2 covers – Whiskey in the Jar, Leaving of Liverpool, Courting is a pleasure and Robert Palmer’s Johnny and Mary.

entry by donation

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458 831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com

info AT fergussonelliett.com


Chapel Arts Centre, St.James's Memorial Hall, Lower Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1QR

Sitar and sarangi duet concert – Imran Khan and Sabir Khan

Chapel arts centre (Bath) presents and evening of Indian Classical music by Imran Khan (sitar) and Sabir Khan (Sarangi), two virtuoso musicians from India. Tabla accompany is by Satyam Madhvadia.
Both Imran and Sabir belong to the Sikar Gharana (school of music) and are relatives (nephew and son) of the legendary sarangi player Ustad Sultan Khan.

The musicians received training from their grandfather, Ustad Gulab Khan Sahab, who is both a highly acknowledged sarangi player and vocalist of his time, and later from their uncle/father Ustad Sultan Khan as well as from their uncle Ustad Nasir Khan Sahab. Imran also trained under his father Ustad Niyaz Ahmed Khan Sahab, who is also a famous Sitar player.
Sabir khan is well known today for his delicate mastery of sarangi. He already remarkably imbibed almost his father's entire repertoire with a similar command and mastery on sarangi. Imran Khan started performing at the age of 12 and since then has been taking his music to festivals and concerts all over India and abroad. This is his first tour in the UK. Imran is also a composer and singer with several albums to his credit. Both musicians have developed their own distuingished style with a fine sense for sur and laya (note and rhythm).

Doors: 7:30pm Event Starts: 8:00pm Event Ends: 10:30pm
Starting at: £10.00 (Door Price: £12.00)
Chapel Arts Cafe 'Early Bird Meal Deal' – last orders 7pm, for Menu and Booking see website
http://www.chapelarts.org/


Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Ferguson Elliot

Formerly a member of Australian folk group The Creel, Fergusson Elliott has been a solo artist performing predominantly in the UK and Australia since 2008. He released his first solo album'Sam' in 2008 in the Blue Mountains of Australia and encouraged by the reception of his blend of tradition and technology, he decided to tour the UK for 18 months living out of a campervan armed with his Irish bouzouki, guitars and a PA system. Using live loops, stompbox and playing original contemporary folk songs and tunes as well as reworked traditional songs, Fergusson was able to build a healthy network of venues and fans to play for, often playing in music pubs that were not familiar with folk music previously. Creating multiple layers and combining deft fretwork with alternative tunings and the unusual beauty of the Irish Bouzouki, Fergusson has crafted an original voice in contemporary folk music that appeals to a modern audience as well as the traditionalists of the folk scene.

He returned to Australia in late 2010 to play at festivals and record his next album, but alas life got rather in the way as it so often does. After deciding that the UK held greater opportunities for contemporary folk music, Fergusson retuned to the UK to get that difficult second album done. Again life conspired to get in the way, but after many more gigs and miles under the belt, recording was finally undertook outside of Bath during 2011. After such a long time in coming about, it is perhaps not surprising that there were more songs and tunes for just the one album waiting to be done. The result is 2 new albums, The Gin Diaries and The Beginnings of Edward Mckilroy, both of which are to be released in June later this year. He will then embark upon a nationwide tour in a comfy motorhome armed with two new albums.

entry by donation

8.30 p.m.,

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458 831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com


Sun 3rd Aug 2014

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

Chris Woods guitar & Rachel Sermanni voice & guitar

Rachel Sermanni
21 year old folk noir balladeer Rachel Sermanni played over 200 spellbinding shows across Asia, North America, had a No 1 with debut EP Black Currents in the Independent Charts; an iTunes Single of the Week with Waltz resulting in 60,000+ downloads.
‘Striking’ Mojo
‘folk of the highest order’ Time Out
‘Under Mountains is as close to a perfect folk record you’re likely to hear this year’ The Line of Best Fit.

Chris Woods
A UK based instrumental phenomenon, guitarist Chris Woods blends ear bending dropped tuned grooves with endearing stories to create his performances.

Doors: 7:30pm Event Starts: 8:00pm Event Ends: 10:30pm
Starting at: £10.00 (Door Price: £12.00)


Borough Gardens, Dorchester DT1 1RE

The "Al Kendrick" Acoustic Stage at Warm Festival

12.00 – 12.25 Ukuleleans
12.30 – 12.55 Rob Crocker
13.00 – 13.25 The Lanterns
13.30 – 13.55 Ian Sedwell
14.00 – 14.25 Gale Force 2
14.30 – 14.55 Mitch Norman
15.00 – 15.25 Corrina
15.30 – 15.55 Paul Openshaw
16.00 – 16.25 Pam Dentith
16.30 – 16.55 Mike Clarke Band
17.00 – 17.25 Big Al Whittle
17.30 – 18.00 Ken Watkins

Start time: 11.00 a.m to 7.00 pm

Contact Paul Openshaw: 07802 597319


Tue 5th Aug 2014

Weavers Club, Westbury, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3EL

Weavers Music Night

Hosted by The Yetties. An open mic. night for music, song, poetry etc.
Tickets £6 - phone Pete Shutler (01935 814667)
No charge for performers.

8 p.m.

Contact Pete Shutler: 01935 814667

p.shutler1945 AT btinternet.com


Wed 6th Aug 2014

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

Tir Eolas

Eclectic alternative-folk group Tir Eolas draw on their Celtic and English folk roots to create their unique combination of traditional folk songs/tunes and original material.
Think virtuosic instrumentals, 5-part singing, guaranteed foot-stomping, and time-honoured folk ballads telling stories of love, loss and longing.
Starting out busking on the streets of London, in recent times the band have performed together at Bestival, Cecil Sharp House for the English Folk Dance and Song Society, the City of London Festival, Milton Court Concert Hall, Ronnie Scotts, and the BBC Proms (broadcast on BBC Radio 3).
The group have recently been selected for a prestigious City Music Foundation Award, and as a result are now recording their debut album Stories Sung, Truths Told set for release in 2015.
Not to be missed!

Doors: 7:30pm Event Starts: 8:00pm Event Ends: 10:30pm
Starting at: £10.00 (Door Price: £12.00)

http://www.chapelarts.org


Fri 8th Aug 2014 to Mon 11th Aug 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Violin Bow Re-Hairing Course

Andrew Bellis

A three day practical course showing you how to re-hair and maintain bows of the violin family. Workshop numbers limited to 8

Prices from £391

Arrive from 4pm Friday
depart 5pm Monday

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 8th Aug 2014

Cranberries, Poole Quay BH15 1JW

The Bow-Legged Skeeter

5 piece Bluegrass & American Old-Time band featuring Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Double Bass and Harmony Vocals in a nice venue. Bar and food available.

8pm

Contact Pete Minkey: 01425 489376

peter.minkey AT yahoo.co.uk


Sat 9th Aug 2014 to Sun 17th Aug 2014

Bath

Bath Folk Festival

This is a city wide festival of music and dance,organised by Marick Baxter and friends, with lots of great gigs,sessions and dance and music workshops.

Confirmed artists include: Martin Carthy, Sheelanagig, The Gavin Davenport Band, Rory McLeod, Clive Carroll, The Ballina Whalers, Ards CCE, Tyn Daga, Ray Coen, Crowd, Lawrie Duckworth, Benjamin Folke Thomas, Jez Hellard and the Dukella Orchestra, Dueair, The Dead Rat Orchestra, Inu, Owl in the Sun, The Bonfire Radicals, Sid Goldsmith and Jimmy Aldridge, Kings and Folk, Nasrudin, Threepenny Bit, Driftwood Manor, Calico Jack, Claire Watts and Gerry Hegarty, CrossHarbour, The Broken Boat ... and many more!

One of the highlights of the event is the daily summer school ( 11th-15th August)which is open to musicians of all ages and abilities. Participants get 3 hours of group tuition per day plus recitals,sessions and workshops with top class tutors. The deadline for the Early Bird applications is June 1st, but people can sign up any time until the beginning of August.

There is a cheap folk festival campsite £30 for the whole festival (or £20 just for the weekend).

Really hope to see some of you in Bath. More details on our website:
www.bathfolkfestival.org


Sat 9th Aug 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Somerset Storyfest: Summer Fayre

Join Michael Loader and friends for an afternoon and evening of family fun. Storytelling, music-making, art workshops, a few old fashioned Fayre games, maypole dancing and croquet on the lawn, a campfire and supper, rounded-off with a performance of family show The Piper. Optional camping in the grounds (or in the Manor if it’s wet) with a big Halsway breakfast included!

£5 adults / £3 children

2pm until late

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Bradpole Field, opposite the King's Head, 304 Saint Andrews Road, Bridport DT6 3DS

Event 5

‘Bridport’s Premier Charity Music Festival’

Appearing in no particular order;
Mutter and Clive, 'Le Rooster', Shannon, Peter James Milson, Branded Men, Elfentale, Will Ferris, Bug Tree Swamp, Shiraz, Mitch Norman, ‘Fragments’, Tinkers Cuss, Chris Deacon, The Unprepared Jug Band, A.B.A, Jemima Farey, The Polly Gifford Trio, Antique Bizarre , Two’s Company, 4 for the Bar, Merry Chamen. 'Sketchy Dog'

A fantastic mix of eclectic music from over 20 Acts
Children's games & activities, Food, Refreshments and Licenced bar available

Bring your chair or rug come, enjoy and savour the beauty of live music in the open air.

Starts 12.00 noon

Tickets £5 per Adult . Free entry for children (age 12 and under) accompanied by two adults.
ROAR

http://event5.splashthat.com


Mon 11th Aug 2014

Hannah More Cottage, Cheddar BA27 3HE

Singing Workshop

There is no need to read music for this workshop which will be a mixture of harmony and unison singing. Lead by Issy Emeney, the material will be very much folk based and the atmosphere relaxed and informal. The acoustics in Hannah More Cottage are terrific, and the aim is for a joyful and uplifting afternoon's singing in this delightful venue.

Booking essential.

£5

2pm - 4.30pm

Contact Issy Emeney: 07854 430235

issy AT emeney.com

www.issyemeney.co.uk


Thu 14th Aug 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Luke Daniels : What’s Here What’s Gone

Fresh from a performance at Cropredy Festival as part of the Cara Dillon Band, Luke brings his solo show to Halsway Manor, with original music and songs drawing on influences as diverse as the 18th century Scottish Enlightenment to the modern day political theorist Roberto Unger. “Having gained his place amongst the pantheon of great Celtic accordion players.”(fRoots), more recently Luke has been gaining recognition as a singer-songwriter playing guitar and piano with his debut songs album What’s Here What’s Gone.

£8 / £2 full-time students

8pm

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Sat 16th Aug 2014 to Sat 23rd Aug 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

August Folk Dance Holiday

Host - Shirley Williams, caller - Ivan Aikens, musicians - Brian & Rosie McMinn and Mike Green

A country dance holiday for all who enjoy dancing and good company. Shirley Williams is your host for a fun week of dances and activities, with some free time for you to explore the beautiful villages, coastline and landscapes of West Somerset

Prices from £320

Arrive from 4pm Saturday, depart after breakfast the following Saturday

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Sat 16th Aug 2014

The Hub, Church Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3BS

Hawksdown

+ support

Exciting Electronic alternative folk band featuring live looping on Mandola, violin and vocal harmony

The Hub is next to St Michael's Church at the traffic lights in centre of the town.

£6 and £4 concessions

Doors open 7.30pm, start 8.00pm

Contact Clare Barber: 01297 442339

whitbyclare AT yahoo.co.uk


Thu 21st Aug 2014 to Sun 24th Aug 2014

Wilkswood Farm, Langton Matravers BH19 3DU

Purbeck Folk Festival

Featuring: Eddi Reader (Fri) The South (Sat) Lloyd Cole (Sun) Chris Wood (Sun)
Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo (Sun) CoCo & the Butterfields (Sun)
and many more

Full details at:

http://www.purbeckfolk.co.uk


Thu 21st Aug 2014

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

Mississippi MacDonald & The Cottonmouth Kings

Blues-crazed since the age of 11, he's travelled the Delta, learned from the greats. The real blues deal.
Entry £4
http://www.ritzacoustic.com


Fri 22nd Aug 2014

Chapel Arts Centre, St.James's Memorial Hall, Lower Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1QR

Georgia Ruth

Georgia Ruth is a bilingual singer, songwriter and harpist from Aberystwyth in West Wales.
In May 2013, she released her debut album – Week of Pines - on Gwymon Records. Recorded and produced by David Wrench over six days last August at Snowdonia’s Bryn Derwen studios, the record has received enthusiastic praise. From the motorik drive of the title track, to darker Eno-like arrangements, the stark joyfulness of a Welsh sea shanty, or the more wistful folk ballads: this is a varied and intriguing collection of songs.
Lead single ‘Week of Pines’ garnered sterling support across the airwaves. Steve Lamacq named her his “Favourite New Band” on BBC 6 Music, after she won his Rebel Playlist and invited her on the show as his guest. Jo Whiley picked the single as her “New Favourite Thing” in the same week on BBC Radio 2. To this date, the song has also been played by Gideon Coe, Huw Stephens, Dermot O’Leary, and Janice Long amongst others. Georgia also performed a live session for Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6Music Morning Show.

Writing in the Independent, Andy Gill called her album “a dazzling debut, rich with sweet pain and joy” whilst Simon Price (in the Independent on Sunday) noted that it “could have been made in 1968. In the loveliest possible way.” Folk Roots magazine noted that “while Sandy Denny, Bert Jansch and Van Morrison all linger on the horizon, Georgia Ruth comes over as more of a true original than most of the young hopefuls roaming these isles,” before concluding that the record was a “true delight.” Robin Denselow praised Georgia’s “exquisite, gently powerful” version of Welsh sea shanty ‘Codi Angor’ in his Guardian review, and a few months later, in a live review for the same publication: “On this showing, she’s one of the British folk discoveries of the year.”
Week of Pines won the 2013 Welsh Music Prize (nominated alongside records by Neon Neon, Sweet Baboo) and she was a nominee in the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (for ‘Best Traditional Track’ and the ‘Horizons Award’).
Georgia presents a weekly music show on BBC Radio Cymru.
www.georgiaruthmusic.co.uk

Doors: 7:30pm Event Starts: 8:00pm Event Ends: 10:30pm
Starting at: £10.00 (Door Price: £12.00)

Chapel Arts Cafe 'Early Bird Meal Deal' – last orders 7pm, for Menu and Booking click here

http://www.chapelarts.org


Sat 23rd Aug 2014 to Mon 25th Aug 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Playing Playford. Musicians’ Weekend

with Paul Hutchinson, Ian Stephenson, Sophie Ball

For musicians who want to delve into the treasure trove of dance music published by John Playford in the English Dancing Master in 1651 and arrange the music in different and danceable ways. No previous experience of folk music necessary. All ages, any instrument. Most abilities catered for but participants need to read music sufficiently to play the tunes. Music supplied in advance.

Prices start from £130 - bursaries for under 25s

Arrive for lunch on Saturday at 1pm, workshops begin at 2pm

Depart after lunch on Monday.

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Sat 23rd Aug 2014

Chaffcombe Village Hall TA20 4AH

Flossie Malavialle

Flossie is a great singer - Folk to Piaf, and has a brilliant sense of humour

£8.50

7.30 pm

Contact Elaine Drewer: 01460 65909

e3dons AT hotmail.com

www.chaffcombe.com www.flossie-malavialle.co.uk/


Yeovil Library BA20 1PY

Manifesto! Open Floor - original poetry and song

Sharing original poetry and song

An opportunity for people to share their original poetry and song is starting in Yeovil this summer. Hosted by Same Difference Live Arts at Yeovil Library, open floor acoustic sessions will take place every fourth Saturday of the month.

‘We hope to create a friendly and inclusive space for people to bring their own work to share with others who enjoy writing and would welcome an opportunity to perform their own poetry and song. It’s also a chance to meet other writers, network, and encourage each other. Manifesto! Open Floor is for people of all ages and abilities, including people who would like to come along and just listen, that would be great too.’

Award-winning Yeovil based Same Difference Live Arts is committed to inspiring people to grow their own artistic talents. The collective fields experienced facilitators working with groups including elders with dementia and people with learning disabilities, and seeks to widen community participation in the arts through projects with local, regional and national cultural organizations.

The first Manifesto! Open Floor session takes place on Saturday 23rd August, 1200-1400, in the Performing Arts library, top floor, Yeovil Library. Enquiries to manifestopenfloor AT gmail.com.

free

12.00 noon - 2.00 pm

Contact Caroline David: 07568 179834

manifestopenfloor AT gmail.com


St Edmund's Hall, Lanehouse, Weymouth DT4 9HZ

Granny's Attic

yes We have the amazing BBC Radio 2 young folk award nominees live in concert. There is a licensed Bar from 6.30 with support, then Granny's Attic LIVE! At 7.30pm. Reserve your tickets now.

£8

from 6.30 p.m.

Contact Rod Adams: 07840 326866

rod62 AT hotmail.co.uk

or see Rod Adams on his Facebook events page.


Tue 26th Aug 2014 to Fri 29th Aug 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Summer School

with: Kevin Dempsey, Kerry Fletcher, Jo Freya, Stewart Hardy, Carolyn Robson

For musicians (all instruments), dancers and singers to develop performance skills, knowledge and confidence while exploring a wide range of traditional material. The emphasis is on participation, learning together through group work and activities and looking at the relationship between music, dance and song. Our fantastic team of tutors have detailed knowledge and experience of folk music - both in its ancient traditions and modern applications

Prices start from £250 - Bursaries for under 25s

Course starts 10am Tuesday, depart after breakfast on Friday

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Thu 28th Aug 2014

Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Colm Grey

Colm is steeped in traditional Irish music culture, following his Grandfather, who collected many songs and compiled a famous anthology of traditional Irish songs. This is an intimate evening of original tunes, with just Colm and his guitar, he has a soft gentle tone with some beautifully crafted songs, and a few traditional ones for old times sake.

entry by donation

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458 831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com

www.hawthornshotel.com


Thu 4th Sep 2014

Weavers Club, Westbury, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3EL

Weavers Music Night

Hosted by The Yetties. An open mic. night for music, song, poetry etc.
Tickets £6 - phone Pete Shutler (01935 814667)
No charge for performers.

Start time: 8 p.m.

Contact Pete Shutler: 01935 814667

p.shutler1945 AT btinternet.com


Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett

The Inimitable duo of John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett, first came to the public's notice in the late 1970's where they had their big hit "cor Baby that's really free" there were a few other near hits from their highly acclaimed album "Deep and Meaningless" before they went their separate ways, John continued to tour with his "Big Band" and wrote his book "the great rock'n'roll failure" Willy continued to make music and create woodcraft, they eventually reunited for a tour some 5 or 6 years ago and regularly tour most years, whilst still retaining their own individual careers. John released his film, Otway the Movie last year, premiering it at the Odeon Leicester square, and taking it to Cannes, later in the year. Whilst Willy has performed as part of his trio "Sleeping Dogz" and as part of his French collaboration with Parisian songstress, Mari Loure, in Wild Barrett's French Connection"

Tonight's event is the launch of their "Film Stars" tour opening here  AT  Hawthorns on the 4th September running at various venues around the UK until October 26th, a fun filled chaotic time is guaranteed, with some musical brilliance from Wild Willy, please be prepared to be transported to another dimension, as John's manic presentation of highly original material and Willy's offbeat musicianship is unlike anything you will have seen before.

£10

8.30 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458 831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com

www.hawthornshotel.com

((Note: I realise this is probably pushing the definition of 'folk' a bit, but there's probably enough cross-over. Steve))


Fri 5th Sep 2014 to Sun 7th Sep 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Playford & Scottish Dance Weekend

with Wendy Mumford, John Turner & Steve Hunt

A fun weekend for you to come and make new friends and try out Playford and Scottish dancing.
No need to know how to do both types of dances, you’ll be surprised by the similarities and the differences. Everyone and all abilities welcome. Take part or just watch. Non dancing partners welcome. Plenty of free time explore this lovely area. Details - contact Wendy Mumford 01264 363293 or email wendy AT mumford.com.

Prices start from £160

Arrive from 4pm Friday.
Depart 4.30pm Sunday.

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 5th Sep 2014

Waterrow Church Hall TA4 2AY

The Askew Sisters

Emily and Hazel Askew are a young duo making waves on the folk scene with their energetic brand of English folk music.
Using fiddle and melodeon, they play and sing with an infectious
enjoyment and love for the music, winning them fans wherever they go.From rhythmic foot stomping tunes to powerful interpretations of songs and ballads, their playing always guarantees to engage and inspire those who hear.

£10/£8

8.00 pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com


Sat 6th Sep 2014

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

Fresh Aire with caller Gill Spence

Bridport Ceilidhs

Bring and Share finger food supper, with soft drinks provided; bring your own beer/wine.
Tickets from Bridport Music Shop and Jaxsons Delicatessen, or reserve with organiser (from whom some complimentary tickets can be made available to first-timers by prior arrangement).


£8.50 on the door or £7.50 in advance

7.30pm - 11 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk


Stogumber Village Hall TA4 3TQ

The Teacups

The Teacups
The Teacups comprise the singing talents of Alex Cummings (Dyer:Cummings, James Findlay) with Kate Locksley, Rosie Calvert and William Finn. The acapella foursome have been going down a storm across the UK folk club and festival circuit in the past couple of years, with critically acclaimed performances at Shepley Spring Festival, Beverley Folk Festival, Warwick Folk Festival and more. They perform traditional and contemporary songs as well as sea shanties and choruses.

Part of the Stogumber Festival

5pm - £8

T: 0845 539 0168
E: enquiries AT stogumberfestival.com
W: www.stogumberfestival.com


Stogumber Village Hall TA4 3TQ

Ange Hardy

Ange Hardy
Somerset folk singer/songwriter Ange Hardy is the current FATEA magazine ‘Female Vocalist of the Year 2013’. Her unadulterated melodies, superb guitar work and enchanting, self-penned vocals just leave you wanting more.

Part of the Stogumber Festival

8pm - £8

T: 0845 539 0168
E: enquiries AT stogumberfestival.com
W: www.stogumberfestival.com


Holtwood Community Hall nr Wimborne BH21 7DT

Poacher's Moon

Musical performance with John Anderson's songs and music, narrative, evocative images and poetry,

'Poppies Red and Cornflowers Blue' tells the true stories in song and narrative of people local to Wessex who lived ordinary lives until the Great War changed everything. There are songs about recruitment, women left behind, life in the trenches and the stories of the young men; some of whom returned home and thousands of whom stayed behind forever in those stained fields. To our venues we bring six skilled musicians; they form ‘Poacher’s Moon’ who play six, twelve and tenor guitars, bouzouki, keyboard, flute, cello and percussion. The show is accompanied by narrative and beautiful projected images with chorus lyrics to enable the audience to join in. The performance is moving, uplifting and sensitively written with elements of humour.

To reserve your tickets and meal (£3 extra and exceedlingly delicious) please call Peter Aston on 01202 825195

£8, £7 concessions

7:30pm

Contact Caroline Anderson: 07582140933

castintime11 AT googlemail.com


Acorn Folk Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 5DJ

Dana and Susan Robinson

Dana and Susan Robinson are two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience. Their unique blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage. www.robinsongs.com

Donations - £6.50 - Under 16s £3.00.

For further details or to buy on line please visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk
Tickets may be reserved on trust by phoning Eileen Ann Moore (founder) or Jim Parham on 01643 709394 or 07811 744158 or emailing acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com Also you may just come along on the night.
Floor spots, musicians, singers and listeners are all given a warm welcome.


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

Sarah Savoy & The Hell Raising Hayride

!!! CANCELLED !!!

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Bishops Lydeard Village Hall TA4 3LH

Hobson's Choice

Barn Dance & Ploughmans Supper

This is a family event, Fundraising for the Kingsmead Trust for International Education

£8.00 adults, £5 children

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Sue Glanfield: 01823 430795

sjglanfield4 AT gmail.com


Sun 7th Sep 2014

St Mary’s Church, High Street, Stogumber TA4 3TA

Kitty Macfarlane and Darren Hodge

This young artist double bill is your chance to see some of the very best up-and-coming talent. The BBC's decision to feature Kitty Macfarlane’s 'Bus Song' on Sandi Toksvig's Radio 4 programme Excess Baggage in 2010 led to several appearances on radio and TV. Although currently studying for a degree in English and French at Warwick University, Kitty continues to hone her skills by singing and playing at festivals and folk clubs around the country.

After astounding his Stogumber Festival audience in 2013 with amazing guitar work, Darren Hodge makes a welcome return again this year. In the time since his previous appearance, Darren has gained a recording contract and was shortlisted for the BBC Radio 2’s Young Folk Awards. Not to be missed!

Part of the Stogumber Festival

2pm - £6

T: 0845 539 0168
E: enquiries AT stogumberfestival.com
W: www.stogumberfestival.com


Mon 8th Sep 2014 to Fri 12th Sep 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Violin Making Course

Neville Gardner & Corrie Schrijver

This course provides the maximum amount of time at the workbench and the class size is limited so that participants have plenty of support from our highly experienced tutors. Beginners are welcome. As well as the violin family support can also be given for making a Rebec. Before enrolling please contact Neville AT njgardner.demon.co.uk to discuss the suitability of the course for your needs

Prices start from £470

Arrive Monday for a 2pm start
Depart at 1pm on Friday after lunch

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274


Mon 8th Sep 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Winter Wilson

Folk duo Kip Winter and Dave Wilson are known for beautiful songs, beautifully sung with stunning harmonies delivered with off-the-wall humour all of their own

£8 / £2 full-time students

8pm

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Thu 11th Sep 2014

Bridgwater Arts Centre TA6 3DD

Tibetan Monks

Evoking the mysteries of a Buddhist Monastery, eight Tibetan monks from Tashi Lhunpo bring a moving and inspirational insight into the world of sacred music and monastic dance from the contemplative, mesmerising chant of Buddhist texts to the majestic brocade-costumed masked dances. Musical instruments from the Tantric tradition are used: horns made from human leg bones, and skull-drums, while the powerful sound of the majestic dungchen or long horns is accompanied by cymbals, bells and drums, offering an opportunity to experience the atmosphere of sacred Tibet and a mysterious ancient culture. With explanatory introductions.
Founded by the first Dalai Lama in 1470, Tashi Lhunpo is one of the most important monasteries in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Re-established in exile in South India, it is one of the major centres of Buddhist learning, best known for its unique tradition of masked dances and sacred music.

www.tashi-lhunpo.org.uk

Thursday 11th September
£10
8pm

http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Fri 12th Sep 2014 to Sun 14th Sep 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Fiddle Players’ Workshop Weekend

Dave Shepherd (Blowzabella), Nick Wyke, Becki Driscoll

Blowzabella’s Dave Shepherd and Devon duo Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll teach fiddle players of all ages who can play either from the music provided or by ear. Workshops include technique, expression and repertoire with plenty of time to play together and receive some individual help. Violas and cellos welcome too

Prices start from £160 - Bursaries for under 25s

Arrive Friday afternoon
Depart Sunday 5pm

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Acoustic Miscellany: Guitar Workshop Weekend

with Clive Batkin

For guitarists of all ages at either beginner or intermediate level. The aim is to teach new approaches to playing the guitar which quickly open up lots of sounds and possibilities. Fun and interactive, many of the techniques look and sound very impressive and participants get a sense of ‘accelerated learning’

Prices start from £160 - Bursaries for under 25s

Arrive Friday afternoon
Depart Sunday 5pm

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 12th Sep 2014

Chapel Arts Centre, St.James's Memorial Hall, Lower Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1QR

Kieran Goss – Live & Solo

Long hailed as one of Ireland's leading songwriters and performers, Kieran Goss’s music has won him fans across the globe.In addition to being a double platinum selling recording artist, Kieran's songs have been recorded by some of Ireland's top recording stars including Mary Black, Christy Moore and Frances Black, bringing his songs to a worldwide audience and winning him fans across the globe. Twice voted Irish Songwriter of the Year by the internationally renowned Irish Music Magazine, in 2010 Kieran was presented with an award in recognition of his contribution to culture in Ireland by The Celtic Fusion International Music and Arts Festival.

But if his songs have made him a star, his live shows have made him a legend. Live on stage is where Kieran Goss really shines.

This is a rare chance to see Kieran performing live and solo. Don’t miss it!

www.kierangoss.com
www.facebook.com/kierangoss

Doors: 7:30pm Event Starts: 8:00pm Event Ends: 10:30pm
£15.00
Chapel Arts Cafe 'Early Bird Meal Deal' – last orders 7pm, for Menu and Booking see website
http://www.chapelarts.org/


Sat 13th Sep 2014

The Exchange, Sturminster Newton DT10 1FH

The Urban Folk Quartet

Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigás, Tom Chapman and Dan Walsh are The Urban Folk Quartet. Four highly accomplished musicians, a dozen instruments and four voices coming together to craft a knockout show of globally–influenced, electrifying acoustic music that has been taking the international folk scene by storm.

After a summer of festivals across Europe and The UK, autumn 2013 brought the "UFQ Live II" album launch tour. This recently recorded live album was officially released at Kings Place in London on Friday 8th November and is now available.

From 2014 UFQ are delighted to be welcoming the incredible dan walsh to their ranks as Frank Moon departs to spend more time with his young family.

7:30pm.
Tickets £10.
Box Office: 01258 475137

info AT stur-exchange.co.uk

http://www.stur-exchange.co.uk/item/the-urban-folk-quartet.html


Regal Theatre, Minehead TA24 5UQ

Ange Hardy and Special Guests

"The Lament of the Black Sheep" - Album launch

Join Ange Hardy and special guests Lukas Drinkwater, Luke Jackson, Jo May, Steve Pledger and Jemima Farey at the Regal Theatre in Minehead to celebrate the release of her new album “The Lament of the Black Sheep”.
After bursting fully formed onto the folk scene in 2013 with her debut folk album “Bare Foot Folk” Ange Hardy went on to be awarded FATEA Magazine’s prestigious ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ receiving airplay from Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2, The Mike Harding Folk show, BBC Somerset, and dozens of radio stations across the UK, USA, Ireland, Canada and Australia.
Where “Bare Foot Folk” was about Ange Hardy stripping everything back to her roots “The Lament of the Black Sheep” is about exploring the surrounding soil. These are songs of heritage, stories of working the land, tales deeply rooted in the traditions of rural life and West Somerset.
This is a one-off evening that’s not to be missed! An incredible collection of talented guest musicians will be variously singing their own songs and joining Ange on stage for her own.
For more details see:

http://www.thelamentoftheblacksheep.co.uk/events/2014/09/13/launch

Doors and Licensed Bar at 7pm. Performance starts at 8pm.
Book before July 13th for £4.50 early bird tickets (full price £8.50)
Tickets from the Regal Theatre Box Office: 01643 706 430
(online ticket booking will be available closer to the event)
http://regaltheatre.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Dave Shepherd (Blowzabella), Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll, Clive Batkin

Fiddle and guitar concert. Suitable for all ages.

£8 / £2 full-time students/children

8pm

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Mon 15th Sep 2014 to Fri 19th Sep 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

In the Footsteps of Cecil Sharp - Walking and singing week

Yvette Staelens & Ted Franklin

Celebrated song collector Cecil Sharp began his collecting journeys in Somerset. Join Yvette Staelens –a natural voice practitioner and choir-leader, who had published research articles on the folk singers of Somerset – and walk-leader Ted Franklin to discover the beautiful songs and fascinating stories of his Somerset singers. Explore the beautiful landscape of the Quantocks AONB , visit the Somerset Levels seeking Somerset folk song heritage, and sing shanties by the sea in Watchet. There will be singing walks, illustrated lectures, harmony singing workshops and more

Prices start from £245 - Day Only: £45 - Bursaries for under 25s

Arrive from 4pm Monday
Depart after lunch on Friday

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Thu 18th Sep 2014

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

Taylor Topham

Up-and-coming singer-songwriter, destined for great things.
Entry £4.
http://www.ritzacoustic.com


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

Seth Lakeman's 70th anniversary D-Day landing tribute concert

Following an exclusive concert at The Royal Albert Hall commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings,Folk superstar Seth Lakeman announces a one-off date in Bridport.
Mercury Prize and Radio 2 Folk Award winner Seth performed alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra in London, joining event hosts Jeremy Vine, Dermot O’Leary, Louise Minchin, and fellow performers Patrick Stewart, Beverley Knight and The Military Wives Choir.

Highlights of the event included Seth’s song King and Country, which was inspired by and written in the memory of his grandfather, also originally a musician, who was himself involved in the D-Day landings.

After already completing a sold-out cathedral tour this year and adding 2 BBC Folk Awards to his collection for his part in The Full English - Best Album and Best Group - these new dates continue to champion the release of Seth’s new album Word of Mouth.

Recorded at North Tamerton Church in East Cornwall, this record straddles the folk tradition his music is full of and the contemporary folk movement that he has become such a seminal figure of.

Seth recruited a selection of guest musicians for the contruction of this album, including producer Ian Grimble (The Manic Street Preachers, Cat Stevens). The added guests give drama and wings to songs where working lives, majestic landscapes, the tragedy of war, the price of revolution and more are brought to life.

Make sure you catch Seth showcasing his sensational music in the majestic setting of the Electric Palace. As ever, his live performance is guaranteed to blow you away!

7:30 pm Doors 8.00 pm Start

£20 + bf advance / £22 Balcony £25 on door Tickets through Bridport TIC on 01308 424901 or online:
http://www.seetickets.com/event/seth-lakeman/the-electric-palace/798679/


Fri 19th Sep 2014

Allendale House, Wimborne BH21 1AS

Poacher's Moon

Musical performance with John Anderson's songs and music, narrative, evocative images and poetry,

'Poppies Red and Cornflowers Blue' tells the true stories in song and narrative of people local to Wessex who lived ordinary lives until the Great War changed everything. There are songs about recruitment, women left behind, life in the trenches and the stories of the young men; some of whom returned home and thousands of whom stayed behind forever in those stained fields. To our venues we bring six skilled musicians; they form ‘Poacher’s Moon’ who play six, twelve and tenor guitars, bouzouki, keyboard, flute, cello and percussion. The show is accompanied by narrative and beautiful projected images with chorus lyrics to enable the audience to join in. The performance is moving, uplifting and sensitively written with elements of humour.

For the East Dorset Heritage Trust.
Please call 01202 888992 to book your tickets. There is a bar available on this evening

£8, £7 concessions

7:30pm

Contact Caroline Anderson: 07582140933

castintime11 AT googlemail.com


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

The Roving Crows

A 'Chance to Dance' Event

The Roving Crows line-up features Irish front man Paul O’Neil on guitar; Caitlin Barrett’s fiery fiddle playing; Greg Wilson-Copp’s syncopated trumpet; Loz Shaw on bass guitar and Tim Tolhurst on the drums. They all get involved with backing vocals which gives a rich group quality and weaving a tapestry of sound that takes the audience across musical boundaries into the world of Folk, Celtic and Country-Rock. They are charismatic, enthusiastic and entertaining, and they come with bags of youthful charm.

8pm

Tickets: £14 Full, £13 Concessions
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/


Sat 20th Sep 2014

The Beach Hotel, Minehead TA24 5AP

Minehead Musicians' Festival

The Concept is to showcase the music scene of West Somerset and North Devon and also to tap into the talents of visiting musicians. There is no intention to import 'headline acts'.

The Beach Hotel is a large venue situated in a prime position on the seafront, directly across the road from the West Somerset Railway station.

Performance areas - The Forecourt (Outside), The Restaurant (Acoustic Room), The Conference Room (Main Hall) - Any musicians playing off the Beach Hotel site would not be part of the festival and would need to make their own peace with authority and passers by.

Outside for Morris Dancing, Hobby Horse and Street Choirs plus any other performing arts to give a festival flavour eg jugglers & acrobats (does anyone know any?)

Acoustic Room is large and that will be an acoustic area with the time divided up amongst the local clubs and venues in one hour sessions to show what they are doing and what they can do. It will be up to each club to run their hour however they choose.

Main Hall is very large and will be equipped with a PA for Open Mic and those people who are able to put on a public performance either solo or in a band.

The emphasis is on encouraging as many musicians as possible to get together and take part as the festival is primarily for their benefit, to meet with other musicians, make contacts, promote themselves and to have a thoroughly enjoyable experience. We expect to have an audience and they will be most welcome but their presence is not the prime purpose of the event, it is to celebrate the art of the participants.

11.00am to 11.00pm

www.mineheadmusic.co.uk
info AT mineheadmusic.co.uk


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

Coope Boyes and Simpson 'In Flanders Fields'

Bringing together eye-witness accounts, contemporary poetry and songs specially commissioned for the Peace Concerts in the town of Passchendaele, 'In Flanders Fields' takes its name from the poem written by John McCrae who was killed on the Western Front in the First World War. With superb a cappella singing and evocative songs, this internationally acclaimed trio hauntingly bring home the humour and courage of those who took part in the 'war to end all wars'.

Tickets: £15 Full, £14 Concessions
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Sun 21st Sep 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Autumn Voices: Viols and Recorders

with Michael Sharman

An ensemble course for experienced singers and players of early instruments. Recorders, viols, baroque oboe, flute, violin, viola, ‘cello, and also cornett, cornamuse, sackbut and curtal all welcome. Phone for details

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Mon 22nd Sep 2014

Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe TA4 2RE

Kieran Goss

A renowned Irish singer songwriter who has, in the words of country music legend Don Williams, an “amazing ability to reach out to his audience and connect with them in a very special way”.

£14/£12

8.00 pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Sat 27th Sep 2014

Bridgwater Arts Centre TA6 3DD

Kieran Goss

Kieran Goss is an Irish singer and songwriter. Known as an Irish song writing legend, Kieran Goss shines on stage with his always amazing and moving performances. Following the huge success of his special guest appearances with Eddi Reader, Kieran, headlining his own UK tour, comes to the Bridgwater arts centre. Long hailed as one of Irelands leading songwriters and performers, Kieran's music has won him fans all around the world.

£15.00

Start time: Bar opens at 7:00pm, event begins at 8:00pm

Contact Bridgwater arts centre: 01278 422700

kate AT bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk

www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Thu 2nd Oct 2014

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

Kathryn Tickell & The Side

This exciting new ensemble brings together the worlds of folk and classical music, featuring Kathryn Tickell on Northumbrian pipes, fiddle; Ruth Wall - harp; Amy Thatcher - accordion, clog dancing and Louisa Tuck on cello. The Side stay true to the spirit and essence of Kathryn’s own Northumbrian Folk tradition whilst unleashing the talent and creativity of each individual musician. Evocative slow airs move seamlessly into life-affirming Jigs and Reels; Amy storms into a clog dance; Kathryn’s dizzying rapid-fire piping contrasts with the richness of the cello and Ruth’s sparkling harp playing melds it all together.

8 pm

Tickets: £16 Full, £15 Concessions
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Fri 3rd Oct 2014 to Sun 5th Oct 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Manor Society Members’ Weekend

Meg Winters & Barefoot

Weekend of folk dance, song and music for members of the Halsway Manor Society. The Annual General Meeting is on Sunday at 2pm. Why not support us by becoming a member? Ring for details or visit the SUPPORT US page on our website.

£155

Arrive from 4pm Friday
Depart 5pm Sunday.

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 3rd Oct 2014

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone, Dorset DT11 0SF

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club (Band And Caller Tba )

£5

7.45 - 9.45 pm

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 4th Oct 2014

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

Stick the Fiddle with caller Jane Thomas

Bridport Ceilidhs

Bring and Share finger food supper, with soft drinks provided; bring your own beer/wine.
Tickets from Bridport Music Shop and Jaxsons Delicatessen or reserve with the organiser (from whom some complimentary tickets can be made available to first-timers by prior arrangement)


£8.50 on the door or £7.50 in advance

7.30pm - 11pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk


Acorn Folk Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 5DJ

Inu

"Breathtaking flute, cello, violin, guitar and voice interpreting some great songs from Britain and Ireland, and melodies old and new, from near and far. Featuring local session movers and shakers, and musicianship of an extremely high standard." - Jazz on the Square, Bristol

Donations - £6.50 - Under 16s £3.00. www.inu-music.com

For further details or to buy on line please visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk
Tickets may be reserved on trust by phoning Eileen Ann Moore (founder) or Jim Parham on 01643 709394 or 07811 744158 or emailing acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com Also you may just come along on the night.
Floor spots, musicians, singers and listeners are all given a warm welcome.


Barrington Court, National Trust, near Ilminster TA19 0NQ

Day of Dance showcase

This time, chiefly YOURSELVES!

Fancy performing, and maybe attracting new dancers, at Barrington Court? On lawn if fine, in Great Hall if not. Saturday 4th Oct offers a showcase for any team or club who'd like to dance for about half an hour. Must include some easy dances for NT visitors to join in.
If Saturday's full up, or not convenient, there may be other slots in a December weekend, Sat or Sun. Contact Ann Hinchliffe to book your slot.

Free entry to house and gardens

11.30 am - 4.00 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Sat 11th Oct 2014

Langton Matravers Village Hall BH19 3HZ

Poacher's Moon

Musical performance with John Anderson's songs and music, narrative, evocative images and poetry,

'Poppies Red and Cornflowers Blue' tells the true stories in song and narrative of people local to Wessex who lived ordinary lives until the Great War changed everything. There are songs about recruitment, women left behind, life in the trenches and the stories of the young men; some of whom returned home and thousands of whom stayed behind forever in those stained fields. To our venues we bring six skilled musicians; they form ‘Poacher’s Moon’ who play six, twelve and tenor guitars, bouzouki, keyboard, flute, cello and percussion. The show is accompanied by narrative and beautiful projected images with chorus lyrics to enable the audience to join in. The performance is moving, uplifting and sensitively written with elements of humour.

£8, £7 concessions

7:30pm

Please call Collette for tickets on 01929422832 (meal also available this evening, please call for details)

Contact Caroline Anderson: 07582140933

castintime11 AT googlemail.com


Puddletown Village Hall, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 8SG

Jump at the Sun

Barn Dance

Refreshments and bar.
Proceeds in aid of St Mary's Church Funds

7 pm for 7.30 pm, finish 10.00 pm approx

Contact Diana Wilson: 01305 848510

jd AT jdgwilson.plus.com


Sun 12th Oct 2014

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

Chris While and Julie Matthews

Chris While - vocals, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, bodhran, percussion and bouzouki and Julie Matthews - vocals, piano, guitar, and mandolin, are breathtaking singers, songwriters, musicians and performers. In 2014 they celebrate 20 years of their partnership. Their songs cover life as they see it - from the industrial wastelands of the north, to injustice and freedom, matters of the heart and everything in between. It is While and Matthews’ musical partnership and obvious joy of performing together that really brings their songs to life. As performers they are unrivalled and their audiences leave their concerts having been through every emotion possible.

Note: starts 7.30 pm (not usual David Hall start time)

Tickets: £14 Full, £13 Concessions
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/


Wed 15th Oct 2014

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

Karine Polwart

Karine Polwart is one of the finest singer/songwriters in Britain. She draws from Folk music’s long tradition while keeping pace with the changing times. She has a talent for crafting unique, enduring melodies and a gift for saying just enough without overstating her case. The range and dynamism of her arrangements all come together in songs of powerful contemporary relevance. She also has the purest and most approachable of singing voices, drawing the listener towards her in the same way that one might lean towards a late-night tale by the fireside.

8 pm

Ticket: £14 Full, £13 Concessions
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/


Thu 16th Oct 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Eddie Upton “Past Delights”

Eddie Upton celebrates 50 years as a fine singer of English folk songs. He has some great stories too. Suitable for all ages.

£8 / £2 full-time students

8pm

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


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

Rusty Shackle

Superb young Welsh/English 5-piece. Stunning hi-energy mix of folk, bluegrass and Celtic with amazing harmonies.
http://www.ritzacoustic.com


Fri 17th Oct 2014 to Sun 19th Oct 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Give Voice

Tom and Barbara Brown, Mike O’Connor, Carolyn Robson, Bonny & Cynthia Sartin

A weekend for people of all ages (teenagers to pensioners) and abilities - in the comfortable and relaxed surroundings of Halsway Manor. Big Sings - with everyone having a chance to lead chorus songs if they want to - whenever the bar is open and opportunities to explore songs and singing in between, or have a ramble around the glorious countryside – it’s up to you! You’re welcome to bring accompanying instruments if you wish.
Stay on Sunday night, for just £25 per person, to include supper, survivors’ singing session, accommodation and a big Halsway breakfast!

Prices start from £160 - Day visitors: Sat £50 / Sun £ - 40 -am, pm or evening session: £10 - Bursaries for under 25s

Arrive from 4pm on Friday
Course ends 7pm Sunday after an informal concert by the course leaders

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 17th Oct 2014

Bridgwater Arts Centre Ta6 3DD

Mad Dog McRea

Jiggery folkery, hokery pokery………… Mad Dog Mcrea raise hands, lift feet and
start parties wherever they play with their spellbinding recipe of folk, pop, rock, jazz,
bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. Whisking up whistles, fiddles and mandolins to
collide in a spectacular explosion of infectious fun, they demand you to dance.
Thanks to three storming gigs at Glastonbury 2013 (notably the Avalon Stage), the
release of their official video ‘Happy Bus’, regular radio play by esteemed folk such as
Mike Harding, and in no small part the utter dedication of their huge fan base –
momentum is definitely gathering

£10
8pm

http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Mon 20th Oct 2014 to Fri 24th Oct 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Shooting Roots - Young folk artists’ professional development week

5 days of intensive learning and development activities for people 16+ who want to develop performance and workshop leadership skills in the folk arts. Full board, day only rates and bursaries available – phone for details and prices. www.shootingroots.org

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Wed 22nd Oct 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Smile! Smile! Smile! Songs of the First World War

Acclaimed historical musicians Blast from the Past have created this new show to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Using soldiers’ songs, music hall numbers, war poems set to new music and original compositions, Blast from the Past create an engaging and enjoyable tribute to those who served, at home and abroad, in ‘The War to End All Wars’.

£8 / £2 full-time students

8pm

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 24th Oct 2014

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

The Old Dance School

The young Birmingham septet of Robin Beatty - guitar/ vocals; Helen Lancaster - violin/ viola; Samantha Norman - violin; Jim Molyneux - drums, accordion and vocals; Aaron Diaz - trumpet/electronics; Laura Carter - woodwind/vocals and Adam Jarvis on double bass draws on such a wide range of individual backgrounds in Jazz, Classical music, Folk, World music and Pop that pigeonholes are impossible. Duelling fiddles, soaring brass crescendos and irresistible grooves chart their remarkable journey from ballet school basement jam sessions and cowshed rehearsals to remote lighthouses, as well as headline appearances at international festivals.

8 pm

Tickets: £15 Full, £14 Concessions. WEEKENDER tickets. Watch both The Old Dance School and Elbow Jane (Saturday 25th October) for £25 Full, £22 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Sat 25th Oct 2014

Frampton Village Hall, Dorchester Road, Frampton nr Maiden Newton DT2 9NF

The Ben Rose Big Band, Caller: Angela Laycock

Another accoustic evening of dancing to the wonderful music from the Benjamin Rose manuscript book.
Bring and Share supper. No bar so bring your own drink: soft drinks provided

£8

7:30 - 11:00

Contact Ruth and Colin Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


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

Elbow Jane

Elbow Jane - featuring Kev Byrne on guitar, keyboard and vocals; Chris Chesters - bass guitar; Colin Burgess - percussion; Joe Topping - vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica and Richard Woods - guitar, bouzouki and vocals - are now established as one of the finest live Acoustic acts in the UK. Their unique blend of instruments is complemented by expressive vocals and stunning harmonies, winning them national acclaim. They bring energy, excitement and enthusiasm to their music, and delight audiences wherever they perform.

8.00 pm

£15
Weekender Discount - Watch both The Old Dance School and Elbow Jane for £25 Full, £22 Concessions.
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Kinson Community Centre, Milhams Road, Kinson, Bournemouth BH10 7LH

Chris Turner with Pete & Sue Hall

Bournemouth Folk Dance Club Autumn Dance.

Bring & Share Supper

£8

7.30pm - 11.00pm

Contact Liz Neal: 01202 572196

ceremeed51 AT gmail.com

bournemouthfolkdanceclub.btck.co.uk


Sun 26th Oct 2014 to Fri 31st Oct 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Martinmass Dance Holiday

with Ron Coxall and Stradivarious

An Autumn folk dance break for all abilities with a packed programme of workshops, evening dances and some time off in the afternoons to explore the local area or to simply enjoy being at the Manor. Caller Ron Coxall is well known for his encyclopaedic knowledge of folk dance. Stradivarious provide immaculate musical accompaniment

Prices start from £295

Arrive from 4pm Sunday. Depart after breakfast on Friday

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Mon 27th Oct 2014

Kingsmead School, Wiveliscombe TA4 2NE

Martin Simpson

There is no doubt that after 35 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.
Nominated for Musician of the Year and for Best Album with ‘Vagrant Stanzas’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014

£15/£12.50

8.00 pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Fri 31st Oct 2014 to Sun 2nd Nov 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Nyckelharpa Workshop Weekend

Vicki Swan

Full-on, fun packed workshop weekend for beginners and experienced players of this unusual Scandinavian folk stringed instrument (some instruments are available to borrow for complete beginners). For more information contact Vicki Swan vicki AT swan-dyer.co.uk 07721 519719.

Prices start from £160 - Day visitors: Sat £50/Sun £40 - Bursaries for under 25s

Arrive from 4pm Friday
Finishes 5pm Sunday

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Uilleann Piper’s Weekend

Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Steve Turner, Alan Burton

A weekend of workshops, sessions and concerts for pipers of all abilities; practice technique, develop repertoire and get maintenance advice too. Great team of tutors with Irelands’ Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn confirmed as special guest tutor!

Prices start from £160 - Day visitors: Sat £50/Sun £40 - Bursaries for under 25s

Arrive from 4pm Friday
Depart 5pm Sunday

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 31st Oct 2014

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone, Dorset DT11 0SF

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club (Band And Caller Tba )

£5

7.45 - 9.45 pm

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Bridgwater Arts Centre TA6 3DD

The Levels Collective

A brand New Folk Club Night for Somerset

Mairearad and Anna + Galley Beggar

We have teamed up with FolkRadio UK, the leading UK Music Blog & Radio Station, to bring to Somerset a new and fresh Folk Club Night, working as ‘The Levels Collective’.

We will be showcasing emerged, emerging, trad, alt, roots, world, Americana, experimental folk, pop folk and everything else that falls under the big term of folk!
From 2015, The Levels Collective will be running monthly, but for this season, we will be having two showcase events to give you a taster of what is to come!

Mairead & Anna

Two of Scotland’s most revered multi-instrumentalists, Mairearad Green (accordion and bagpipes) and Anna Massie (guitar, banjo, fiddle) are a truly captivating duo, providing a highly energetic performance with an instantly warm and friendly stage presence.
Having played alongside each other for over ten years, they revel in an intuitive approach to each other’s musical ideas and interpretations, and an “almost telepathic communication” on stage (Hi-Arts).

Galley Beggar

Galley Beggar’s music sets out to imagine the next phase of English Folk Rock. Their live performances bring the intensity of a rock band to electric folk and include plenty of instrument changes as they move from music found within the collections of Cecil Sharp and Francis Child through to electrified psychedelic freakouts. Harmony vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, violin, recorder, bass and drums make up the sound of Galley Beggar.

£10
7:45pm

http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Sat 1st Nov 2014

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

Chris Toyne with caller Simon Maplesden

Bridport Ceilidhs

Bring and Share finger food supper, with soft drinks provided; bring your own beer/wine.
Tickets from Bridport Music Shop and Jaxsons Delicatessen or reserve with the organiser (from whom some complimentary tickets can be made available to first-timers by prior arrangement)


£8.50 on the door or £7.50 in advance

7.30pm - 11pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk


Acorn Folk Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 5DJ

Exmouth Shanty Men

Devon ’s “original buoy band”, The Exmouth Shanty Men, formed in 2007 to breathe new life into the rich maritime heritage of their home port, are increasingly in demand at home and abroad. www.exmouthshantymen.com

Donations - £6.50 - Under 16s £3.00.

For further details or to buy on line please visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk
Tickets may be reserved on trust by phoning Eileen Ann Moore (founder) or Jim Parham on 01643 709394 or 07811 744158 or emailing acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com Also you may just come along on the night.
Floor spots, musicians, singers and listeners are all given a warm welcome.




Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Steve Turner, Alan Burton, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer

Concert: Uilleann Pipes & Nyckelharpa

£8 / £2 full-time students

Start time: 8pm

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


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

James Keelaghan and Hugh McMillan

Called Canada’s finest singer/songwriter, James Keelaghan, Poet Laureate of the Folk and Roots music world, has gone about his work with a combination of passion, curiosity intent and intensity for over a quarter of a century. Possessed of an insatiable appetite for finding the next unique storyline, Keelaghan forges his pieces with brilliant craftsmanship and monogrammed artistic vision.

Hugh McMillan is a member of the Folk/Rock band, Spirit of the West, and a multi-instrumentalist who has played guitars, bass, banjo, trombone, mandolin, Chapman stick and keyboards on the band’s albums. He has also produced albums for a number of Canadian Folk bands and collaborated with several Canadian artistes.

8 pm

Tickets £12 Full, £11 Concessions
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Mon 3rd Nov 2014 to Fri 7th Nov 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

November Mini Fest - folk week

Ted & Pat Morse, Carol Hewson, Heather Bexon, Jane Harrison, Meg Winters and Christine Corkett

A mixed-activity folk week for dancers, singers and musicians. A fun range of workshops, a dance/ceilidh and music sessions every evening, the opportunity to try your hand at traditional crafts, and plenty of time to delve into our remarkable folk library to find songs, tunes and dances to try.

Prices start from £260

Arrive from 4pm Monday
Depart after breakfast Friday

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274


Fri 7th Nov 2014 to Mon 10th Nov 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Violin Making Weekend

Neville Gardner, Corrie Schrijver

Violin Making Weekend

This course provides the maximum amount of time at the workbench and the class size is limited so participants have plenty of support from our highly experienced tutors. Beginners are welcome. As well as the violin family support can also be given for making a Rebec. Before enrolling please contact Neville AT njgardner.demon.co.uk to discuss the suitability of the course for your needs

Prices start from £329

Arrive Friday from 4pm
Depart Monday after the morning workshop session

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Dance and Music Weekend

with: Joy Simmons, David Bradley, Julie Kimber Nickelson, Dorothy Seedhouse

An enjoyable weekend looking mainly at dances published in ‘The Playford Ball – 103 Early English Dances’ by Kate Van Winkle Keller et al. Dance, music, singing and straw-craft workshops, Saturday evening is costume time with a Playford Ball, and Sunday evening is a fun Ceilidh!

Prices start from £185

Arrive Friday from 4pm
Depart after breakfast on Monday

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Sat 8th Nov 2014

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

The Hut People

Accordionist Sam Pirt and percussionist Gary Hammond - both with extensive backgrounds in music - are rapidly gaining more of a reputation as one of the hottest and most entertaining Folk/World acts on the UK Roots circuit today. Using only a driving accordion and their dazzling array of exotic percussion, they transport audiences around the globe with their hugely entertaining and unique blend of Folk music.

8 pm

Tickets: £12 Full, £11 Concessions
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/


Mon 10th Nov 2014 to Wed 14th May 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Rosemary and Steve Hunt

Mostly English Dances

Social dance week for more experienced dancers. Enjoy dancing in a happy, friendly atmosphere, encouraging you to work together as a team and get the greatest possible satisfaction from your dancing! Phone for details or email steve.hunt1 AT uwclub.net


Mon 10th Nov 2014

Kingsmead School, Wiveliscombe TA4 2NE

Vin Garbutt

Winner of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards "Best Live Act" Award 2001 Powerful, hugely moving, warm, humane, inspired, funny and gut wrenchingly honest. These are just some of the superlatives used to describe Vin's performance. Vin’s career has spanned over 40 years of constant world wide touring which must make him some kind of elder statesman of folk. His songs are inspired by the folk tradition, but have transformed into gritty social comment and life observations. He is renowned for his hilarious intros, but for him his song lyrics are the crux of his performance.

£12/£10

8.00 pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Fri 14th Nov 2014 to Sun 16th Nov 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Dance Callers’ Development Weekend

Bruce Hamilton (USA), Mary Devlin (USA), Paul Hutchinson (UK)

Things we’ve learned since learning to call
An intensive weekend course to give dance callers new tools to develop in their chosen direction and develop an expanded vision of the callers’ craft. To apply download the course application form from the event page at www.halswaymanor.org.uk or email office AT halswaymanor.org.uk. There are places for dancers too.

Prices start from £175 - Bursaries for under 25s

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 14th Nov 2014

Westland Conference and Leisure Complex, Westbourne Grove, Yeovil BA20 2DD

Bellowhead

Book on line at:

http://www.gigantic.com/bellowhead/westlands-centre-yeovil/2014-11-14-19-00


Sat 15th Nov 2014

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

O'Hooley and Tidow

The Yorkshire duo of pianist Belinda O'Hooley and singer Heidi Tidow is one of the most exciting acts on the contemporary folk scene today. O’Hooley and Tidow are accomplished interpreters of everything from Massive Attack to traditional Irish ballads, but it's their own boundless songwriting and exquisite harmonies that truly shine.

Their new album, The Hum, produced by Mercury-nominated Gerry Diver (Sam Lee’s A Ground of its Own) is receiving high praise from Radio 2, 6 Music and the national press. They have the originality and skill to invite comparison with the Folk scene's most celebrated North American harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle. Lyrically and musically, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving, and at times spine-tingling performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm even the hardest of hearts.

8 pm

Tickets: £13 Full, £12 Concessions
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Mon 17th Nov 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Gigspanner

Fiddle player Peter Knight (Steeleye Span) with his acclaimed trio.

Early booking advised

£10 / £2 full-time students

8pm

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Thu 20th Nov 2014

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

Sunjay Brayne

BBC Young Folk nominee in 2012. Steeped in blues and folk. Only 19 but already compared to Ralph McTell and Jackson C Frank.
http://www.ritzacoustic.com


Fri 21st Nov 2014 to Sun 23rd Nov 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

12th Zesty Contra House Party

Rhodri Davies, Mark Elvins, Stick Shift

For regular dancers - with or without experience of Contra - the Zesty Contra House Party is a full-on, popular and entertaining dance weekend designed to entertain and extend your dance horizons! Bring your instruments too if you fancy joining a session with the band.

Prices start from £180

Arrive Friday from 4pm
Depart 5pm Sunday

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Sat 22nd Nov 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Zesty Contra Dance

with: Rhodri Davies, Mark Elvins, Stick Shift

Limited tickets available to the public.

£8 / £2 full-time students

8pm

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk


St Mark's Church Hall Highcliffe Dorset BH23 5AA

English Folk Dance with Brian Ballard, caller

Highcliffe Country Dance Club

Bring and share supper

£3.00

7.30 - 10.30 p.m.

Contact Jan Harris: 01202 427523

janharris16 AT hotmail.co.uk


Fri 28th Nov 2014 to Sun 30th Nov 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Songs of the Child, Songs of the Land - Singer / Songwriters’ Course

Reg Mueross

An intensive workshop weekend for anyone who has thought about exploring songwriting. No previous experience necessary. You will be supported to explore your imagination and write at least one song which you can pass from you to friends or your next generation

Prices start from £160 - Bursaries for under 25s

Arrive from 4pm Friday
Depart sunday

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 28th Nov 2014

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone, Dorset DT11 0SF

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club (Band And Caller Tba )

£5

7.45 - 9.45 pm

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 29th Nov 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Reg Meuross

Calling Meuross a singer-songwriter really doesn’t do the man justice. He doesn’t write lines of lyrics. He writes short stories then sets them to some of the most captivating melodies you’ll ever hear.

£8 / £2 full-time students

8pm

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Mon 1st Dec 2014 to Thu 4th Dec 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Country Dancing for Absolute Beginners

Kerry Fletcher, Dave Shepherd, Clare Parker

Have a go at a variety of popular traditional English folk dances - including an introduction to Playford dances - in a supportive and fun atmosphere with some free time to explore this lovely area. Bring a friend or organise a group to come along too

Prices start from £130 - Day visitors are welcome – ring for details and prices

Arrive Monday from 4pm
Depart after breakfast on Thursday.

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 5th Dec 2014 to Sun 7th Dec 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Step, Shuffle & Rant: Introducing stepping in social dance

With Instep

Learn how to get even more fun out of folk/social dancing with this weekend of foot frolics and stirring stepping with the Instep team. Suitable for social dancers, ceilidh goers, clog steppers, anyone who wants to have a go - all ages and abilities welcome

Prices start from £160 - Day visitors: Sat £50/Sun £40 - Bursaries for under 25s

Arrive 4pm Friday
Depart 4pm Sunday.

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Sat 6th Dec 2014

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

Patchwork with caller Aileen Wills

Bridport Ceilidhs

Bring and Share finger food supper, with soft drinks provided; bring your own beer/wine.
Tickets from Bridport Music Shop and Jaxsons Delicatessen or reserve with the organiser (from whom some complimentary tickets can be made available to first-timers by prior arrangement)

£8.50 on the door or £7.50 in advance

7.30pm - 11pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk


Acorn Folk Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 5DJ

Club Closed

Dunster Carolers with some singers from the Acorn will be at Dunster by Candlelight


Tue 9th Dec 2014

The Tithe Barn, Fitzhead, Taunton TA4 3JU

Blast from the Past present “A Victorian Christmas”

“A Victorian Christmas” is a show guaranteed to delight and enthrall audiences from young to old. Veering effortlessly from high drama to low comedy, from delicate melodies to full-throated harmonies – join Blast from the Past this winter and let them recapture for you the simple delights of “A Victorian Christmas

£12/£10

8pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Fri 12th Dec 2014

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

St Agnes Fountain

This is the 14th consecutive December that the quartet of founder, David Hughes; Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie, Chris While and Julie Matthews - who were named Best Duo in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2009, are playing The David Hall. As always, they bring us more of their sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes - both original, and those you know so well (or thought you did).

8.00 pm

Tickets: £17 Full, £16 Concessions
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Sat 13th Dec 2014

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

St Agnes Fountain

This is the 14th consecutive December that the quartet of founder, David Hughes; Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie, Chris While and Julie Matthews - who were named Best Duo in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2009, are playing The David Hall. As always, they bring us more of their sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes - both original, and those you know so well (or thought you did).

8.00 pm

Tickets: £17 Full, £16 Concessions
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


The Levels Collective - Bridgwater Arts Centre TA6 3DD

Bill Caddick

+ support from Sproatly Smith

We have teamed up with FolkRadio UK, the leading UK Music Blog & Radio Station, to bring to Somerset a new and fresh Folk Club Night, we are calling it ‘The Levels Collective’. We will be showcasing emerged, emerging, trad, alt, roots, world, Americana, experimental folk, pop folk and everything else that falls under the big term of folk!

From 2015, The Levels Collective will be running monthly, but for this season, we will be having two showcase events to give you a taster of what is to come!

Bill Caddick started singing in the early 60s. He regularly organised and appeared in festivals and folk clubs until 1973 when he joined the innovative puppet and street theatre group Magic Lantern. He left in 1975 to concentrate on solo performing and writing – releasing two albums “Rough Music” and “Sunny Memories”. In 1977 he joined the Albion band in the National Theatre productions of ‘Larkrise’ and ‘The Passion’.
Bill was a founder member of the legendary folk-rock band ‘The Home Service’, He continued to work at the National Theatre, writing and appearing in: ‘Don Quixote’ ‘A Country Calendar’ ‘The Passion’ ‘The Nativity’ ‘Doomsday’ ‘The Mysteries’ – the award winning trilogy performed at the National, West End, TV and throughout Europe.
Bill left The Home Service in 1985 and released a new solo album ‘ The Wild West Show’.
2014 brings about his 70th birthday and also his 50th year on the folk circuit!

Sproatly Smith play psychedelic tinged, bucolic folk music, inspired by folklore and their Herefordshire landscape and traditions, incorporating modern and exotic instrumentation.

Live, they utilise double bass, drum kit and percussion, plus varied strange instruments to compliment alluring female singing.

£10
7:45pm

http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Sat 20th Dec 2014

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

Belshazzar's Feast

Paul Hutchinson, accordion, member of the innovative and progressive Folk trio, Hoover the Dog, and Paul Sartin, oboe, violin and vocals, member of ‘big band’ Bellowhead and of Faustus, play as a duo like no-one else you've ever heard. Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and their between-tunes interchange is as intelligent and hilarious as the music.

Start with traditional Folk music, add a touch of Classical and Jazz, throw in a bit of Pop and Music Hall, and top it off with wry humour for a unique live experience.

8 pm

Tickets: £15 Full, £14 Concessions.
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Sat 3rd Jan 2015

Acorn Folk Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 5DJ

Party Night!

Home grown talent concert

Donations - £6.50 - Under 16s £3.00.

For further details or to buy on line please visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk
Tickets may be reserved on trust by phoning Eileen Ann Moore (founder) or Jim Parham on 01643 709394 or 07811 744158 or emailing acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com Also you may just come along on the night.
All acts will be pre-planned - no extra floor spots on this occasion; a warm welcome for all listeners.


Fri 23rd Jan 2015 to Sun 25th Jan 2015

Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster TA24 6SF

Dampiers Round

Folk Dance Workshop

A residential weekend at the Yarn Market Hotel in historic Dunster. With musicians Dampiers Round, and caller Ray Goodswen.
The break includes a visit and walk to Exmoors secret Snowdrop Valley.
Package includes 2 nights full board accommodation finishing with Sunday lunch, all dance workshops, coffee breaks, and transport to the Snowdrop Valley.

from £170.00 per person

3.00 pm Friday to 3.00 pm Sunday

Contact Yarn Market Hotel: 01643 821425

hotel AT yarnmarkethotel.co.uk


Sat 7th Feb 2015

Acorn Folk Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 5DJ

Claude Bourbon

“…This accomplished artist offers tender, compelling performance through highly developed precision. His sound instantly creates ambience – from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz, Claude Bourbon provides both a rich evening of music for lovers, and a real treat for music lovers…”, BBC

www.claudebourbon.org

Donations - £6.50 - Under 16s £3.00.

For further details or to buy on line please visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk
Tickets may be reserved on trust by phoning Eileen Ann Moore (founder) or Jim Parham on 01643 709394 or 07811 744158 or emailing acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com Also you may just come along on the night.
Floor spots, musicians, singers and listeners are all given a warm welcome.


Kinson Community Centre, Milhams Road, Kinson, Bournemouth BH10 7LH

Frances Oates with Orion's Ring

Bournemouth Folk Dance Club Spring Dance.

Bring & Share Supper

£8

7.30pm - 11.00pm

Contact Liz Neal: 01202 572196

ceremeed51 AT gmail.com

bournemouthfolkdanceclub.btck.co.uk


Sat 7th Mar 2015

Acorn Folk Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 5DJ

Jeff Warner

Jeff has performed widely, from large festivals in the UK, to clubs, festivals and schools across America. He plays concertina, banjo, guitar and several “pocket” instruments, including bones and spoons. And “he inhabits a song in a way which few singers can do” (Royal Oak Folk Club, Lewes, UK).

www.jeffwarner.com

Donations - £6.50 - Under 16s £3.00.

For further details or to buy on line please visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk
Tickets may be reserved on trust by phoning Eileen Ann Moore (founder) or Jim Parham on 01643 709394 or 07811 744158 or emailing acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com Also you may just come along on the night.
Floor spots, musicians, singers and listeners are all given a warm welcome.


Sat 4th Apr 2015

Acorn Folk Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 5DJ

Notts Alliance

An unaccompanied harmony group with material from the folk tradition and thereabouts who have gained a reputation for tight and inventive harmony singing. The group called into Acorn during our 12th season, and everyone enjoyed their set, so we have booked them. Their repertoire includes arrangements of songs from some of the best of today’s songwriters including Richard Thompson, Pete Morton, Maggie Holland as well as a good helping of traditional material.

www.nottsalliance.org.uk

Donations - £6.50 - Under 16s £3.00.

For further details or to buy on line please visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk
Tickets may be reserved on trust by phoning Eileen Ann Moore (founder) or Jim Parham on 01643 709394 or 07811 744158 or emailing acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com Also you may just come along on the night.
Floor spots, musicians, singers and listeners are all given a warm welcome.


Sat 2nd May 2015

Acorn Folk Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 5DJ

Club Closed

Minehead Hobby Horse Weekend - Welcome in the Summer.
www.sailors-horse.co.uk www.cajunmusic.co.uk/hh/uk/minehead


Sat 6th Jun 2015

Acorn Folk Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 5DJ

Geoff Lakeman

Geoff Lakeman, who lives on Dartmoor, is an internationally-recognised leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet Concertina. He performs self-penned songs, English, Irish and Scottish folk, and other music as varied as Jimmie Rodgers, Randy Newman, Richard Thompson....and 1920/30's jazz standards.
He's the father of a virtual folk dynasty - youngest son is internationally-acclaimed Seth Lakeman. Elder brother is Sean who played in Seth's band and produced his Mercury Music Award, Top Ten, gold and silver albums.Sean and his wife, Yorkshire singer Kathryn Roberts, are the current BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards "Best Duo". Geoff's piano-playing middle son Sam is married to Irish singing sensation Cara Dillon. Their band plays all over the world.

www.concertina.net

£6.50 - Under 16s £3.00.

For further details or to buy on line please visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk
Tickets may be reserved on trust by phoning Eileen Ann Moore (founder) or Jim Parham on 01643 709394 or 07811 744158 or emailing acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com Also you may just come along on the night.
Floor spots, musicians, singers and listeners are all given a warm welcome.