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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


Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

Maori and Pacific Song workshop

Ahead of two performances in Dorset village halls, Maori/Scotth trio Pacific Curls invite you to join them for a Maori and Pacific Song workshop.
Participants will learn a number of distinctive Maori and Pacific songs in this great workshop for singers of all abilities - a chance to experience and participate in a remarkable vocal tradition. Suitable also for members of existing choirs interested in expanding their repertoire.

7pm-9pm.

Places £3.

Call Felicia on 07775 902516 to book.


Thu 23rd Oct 2014

Buckland Newton Village Hall DT2 7BZ

Pacific Curls

Celtic and Pacific rhythms collide when Kim Halliday, Ora Barlow and Sarah Beattie perform. Their show has a depth and originality that touches the inner essence of their musicality. With a cornerstone of backbeat Pacific rhythms, vivacious fiddle playing and evocative Maori instrumentation and lyrics, Pacific Curls have pioneered a fusion sound that seamlessly blend their indigenous roots. Classifying their sound is a challenge. Their use of jazz choral transitions, traditional Celtic tunes, expressive vocals, political and moving lyrics in Maori and English, their use of world instruments with Pacific style beats and moods, shakes and bakes it all into a contemporary intriguing edginess.

7:30pm.

Tickets: 01300 345455. £8, £6 u18s, £24 family

An ArtsReach presentation
www.artsreach.co.uk


Dorchester Shire Hall DT1 1UY

Tim Laycock

In the historic setting of the Georgian Shire Hall courtroom, popular folk singer and concertina player, Tim Laycock will perform traditional songs and tell stories of crime, passion and punishment from real court cases tried in the Dorchester Assizes, as well as tales from Thomas Hardy and others. Tim has been singing at folk clubs and festivals for over 25 years with many songs and stories inspired by his home county of Dorset and was Composer and Musical Director for the triumphant 2014 Dorchester Community Play Drummer Hodge.

We recommend that you bring a cushion to make the historic court benches a little more comfortable.

8pm (doors and bar 7:30pm)

£7 / £5 members and concessions

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk


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

Martin Simpson

Nominated for Musician of the Year and for Best Album with ‘Vagrant Stanzas’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014
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.
There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. His 15 years living in the US were well spent. In addition his own songwriting has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic, “Love Never Dies” to the profoundly moving “Never Any Good” and "One Day".
His career includes collaborations on stage and record with June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danny Thompson, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon, David Lindley, Roy Bailey, Martin Taylor, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller, Dick Gaughan and many more.

Martin has been nominated an astounding 31 times in the fifteen years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer - with 12 nominations for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. 2008 saw an incredible 5 nominations for "Prodigal Son' and 2 wins, whilst in 2010 he had an unprecedented 6 nominations for his CD, "True Stories" and a win for Best Traditional Track, "Sir Patrick Spens".
Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.
In 2013, Martin celebrated his 60th year with some major festival appearances and the launch of his latest album 'Vagrant Stanzas', which was released by Topic Records. Martin will be embarking on some major touring throughout 2014.

www.martinsimpson.com

Doors: 7:30pm Event Starts: 8:00pm Event Ends: 10:30pm
£15.00 (Door Price: £15.00)
http://www.chapelarts.org


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


Durlston Castle, Swanage BH19 2JL

Pacific Curls

Celtic and Pacific rhythms collide when Kim Halliday, Ora Barlow and Sarah Beattie perform. Their show has a depth and originality that touches the inner essence of their musicality. With a cornerstone of backbeat Pacific rhythms, vivacious fiddle playing and evocative Maori instrumentation and lyrics, Pacific Curls have pioneered a fusion sound that seamlessly blend their indigenous roots. Classifying their sound is a challenge. Their use of jazz choral transitions, traditional Celtic tunes, expressive vocals, political and moving lyrics in Maori and English, their use of world instruments with Pacific style beats and moods, shakes and bakes it all into a contemporary intriguing edginess.

7:30pm.

Tickets: 01929 424443. £9, £6 u18s


An Artsreach presentation
www.artsreach.co.uk


Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Howlin Matt

Old style acoustic Blues, as it should be played.

Free but donations requested

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458 831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com

www.howlinmatt.co.uk


The EMN Hall, Monksilver TA4 4SE

howdenjones

Kate Howden and Paul Jones are singer-songwriters, based in The North West of England, who have that special magic that captivates the audience in a unique, intimate atmosphere. Stripped back, gritty, often poignant, sometimes humorous, observations that reflect life’s ups and downs, their show is a family friendly mixture of songs, tunes and stories that has the audience joining in, singing along, and laughing as they share their travelling experiences through their music and northern-tinged banter.
With powerful harmony, skilled musicianship and beautiful arrangements, they write all their own material and between them play, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and bodhran.
Kate and Paul are musicians who continue travelling all over the country playing at Village Halls and Community Venues. They will visit 70 halls in 2014 with their new project 'No Halls Barred', and are always on the look-out for new venues, whether it is a Nissan Hut or a Methodist Chapel! In the past 4 years they created their ‘beautiful music in beautiful places’ Tour, and have been sharing their music and stories, often meeting friendly and fascinating people and visiting some wonderful, unusual venues in sometimes remote and always beautiful areas along the way.. As contemporary musicians they enjoy travelling and sharing their experiences, creating new music inspired by the places they visit and the people they meet. Their show has been described as, ‘relaxed and enchanting’ and ‘an absolute delight’, ‘their joy, talent and good humour were infectious’. ‘music for all ages’.

Bar Available

£8

7-30pm

Contact Ross Urquhart: 01984656573

info AT howdenjones.co.uk

www.howdenjones.co.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


Muchelney Abbey (English Heritage) TA10 0DQ

Apple Day family event

Invitation to all musicians, storytellers etc

Muchelney Abbey is mostly ruined but has several mediaeval rooms just waiting to be filled with music and voices, from the grand Abbot's Chamber to smaller timbered parlours. If you'd like to play, dance, sing, tell stories etc, please contact me to arrange times. There may well be a session from about 13.00. Bring the family: there'll be activities for children (must be supervised). BYO food, drink, wellies and woollies.

Free entry for everyone taking part. Up to £4.50 (full price) for others, unless EH members.

Start time: 10.00
Finish time: Around 16.00

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

samedifference AT live.co.uk

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/muchelney-abbey


Muchelney Abbey (English Heritage) TA10 0DQ

Apple Day family event

Once upon a time, three storytellers and four musicians met at an old ruined abbey. They played strings, reeds and pipes of many kinds . . . To find out what happens next, come to Muchelney Abbey's Apple Day, Saturday 25th October. Gates open at 10.00; minstrels tune up from around 11.00. More info on line. Allow extra travel time for possible road closures (Flood Relief Works).

Adults £4.50, children £2.70, concs £4.10. EH members free.

11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Contact Site manager, or Ann Hinchliffe: 01458 250664 (Abbey) or 01935 472771 (Ann)

samedifference AT live.co.uk

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/muchelney-abbey


Ashcott Village Hall TA7 9PZ

Oxjam Concert

Guests include CosaFolk, Pete Kiddle, Rough Round The Edges
Bring your own refreshments, though tea/coffee will be served.
Raffle. Proceeds to Oxfam

£8 (Concs £5)

7.30 - 10.30

Contact John Herbert: 01458 210023

johntheflute AT gmail.com

www.roughroundtheedges.co.uk


Marnhull Village Hall DT10 1PR

North Dorset Folk Festival

Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, Megan Henwood, Jaywalkers, Ninebarrow, Tinderbox, Gavin Davenport, Lizzyspit all live at the 90 ticket festival. Bar and food available all day.

£25 inc booking fee

Midday to about half ten in the evening.

Contact Ian Lyster: 01258820204

info AT northdorsetfolkfestival.co.uk

www.northdorsetfolkfestival.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


Sun 26th Oct 2014

Rope & Anchor, No.4 Sarum St. Poole Quay BH15 1JW

English Music & Stepping Session

Hosted by Arish Mel

All instrumentalists & steppers welcome to this friendly English Music Session. Note change of name from "Cranberries" to "Rope & Anchor" - same place!

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Contact Steve & Helen Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Wookey Hole Club, High Street, Wookey Hole BA5 1BP

Pacific Curls

Another evening of fantastic music brought to you in conjunction with Take Art. Pacific Curls are a female trio who combine Pacific rhythms, vivacious fiddle playing and evocative Māori instrumentation and lyrics,

Pacific Curls blend their indigenous roots of Pacific, Māori and Celtic cultures, using world instruments, Pacific style beats, and precise arrangements to make music that is both worldly and enthralling.

Pacific Curls have played at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, WOMAD New Zealand and UK, the Ottowa Folk Festival and Borneo Rainforest Festival and so we're thrilled to be able to bring them to Wookey Hole.

We hope you can join us for what is going to be a wonderful evening.

8pm

Tickets are £10 and are available from the Take Art website or from the Wookey Hole Club or by phoning Jane on 01761 241753. For more details visit www.wookeyholemusic.co.uk
http://www.takeart.org


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


Tue 28th Oct 2014

Glastonbury Assembly Rooms BA6 9DU

Martha Tilston

Martha Tilston headlines an evening of beautiful acoustic folk music at Glastonbury Assembly Rooms.

Martha is a captivating performer, and enchanting singer songwriter blessed with a gloriously clear and beautiful voice. Weaving her magic spell over listeners wherever she plays, she is a rare gem who has developed a massive following of fans after years of festivals and folk gigs, first in the duo Mouse, and later with her band The Woods. Her latest album "The Sea" is a collection of traditional songs about the sea, recorded with family and friends in Cornwall, Martha's voice is particularly well suited to traditional songs, and the Assembly Rooms is glad to host what should be a very special evening in the atmospheric stone hall.

Support is from acclaimed acoustic singer / songwrite Nathan Ball.

Doors open at 8 p.m. for an 8.30 start; Tickets, priced at £12, are available in advance from Bristol Ticket Shop, tel. 0117 9299008. Bristol Ticket Shop or the Speaking Tree bookshop on Glastonbury High Street, or £13 on the door. This event could well sell out, so book early to avoid disappointment!


Wed 29th Oct 2014

Curry Rival Village Hall TA10 0HD

Ange Hardy & Steve Pledger

'Just Passing Through' ~ Live acoustic/folk evening

Ange Hardy & Steve Pledger are travelling the west country to bring an evening of exceptional acoustic entertainment to rural village halls.

Licensed Bar

In January 2014 Ange Hardy was awarded FATEA Magazine's coveted “Female Vocalist of the Year”, and the year so far has seen her receiving airplay from both BBC Radio 2 and The Mike Harding Folk Show, with her new album “The Lament of The Black Sheep” being made Iain Anderson's album of the week on BBC Scotland.

Steve Pledger has an enviable reputation as a talented and dynamic performer. BBC Introducing have called Steve's music "beautiful, authentic, unblemished and wonderful”; a well substantiated claim when you consider he's opened for a roster of artists that includes Luke Jackson, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin.

Steve's writing ranges from fragile reflections on love and loss to blistering commentaries on present circumstances whilst Ange sings songs of heritage, stories of working the land, and tales deeply rooted in the traditions of rural life.

This is an evening that combines the contemporary singer songwriter with traditional folk music, with musical influences that range from Cat Stevens and Martyn Joseph to Kate Rusby and June Tabor.

Ange's music is given a contemporary twist through the use of live looping, and between Steve and Ange they travel with three guitars, two drums, a penny whistle, a harmonica, a tambourine and an indian harmonium.

Don't miss this opportunity to sit at a candlelit table with a glass of wine, a pint of good beer, and an evening of intimate award winning acoustic music.

Tickets : £8 in advance / £10 on the door

Start time: Doors at 7.30pm for 8pm start.

Contact Steve Pledger: 07527 837 759

tickets AT acoustickets.co.uk

http://www.acoustickets.co.uk


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

Faustus

The multi-award winning line-up

Nominated in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, the Faustus triumvirate are three of the leading lights of their generation: Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel), Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). They have a plethora of experience between them, brought together here in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone. Rooted deeply in the English tradition, in 2007 they received a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

Benji: Scion of a noted folk dynasty, Benji Kirkpatrick is a key member of folk big band and BBC Award winners Bellowhead. Benji featured with the Seth Lakeman Band who shot to fame when 'Kitty Jay', featuring Benji, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2005. Benji has also performed with numerous other artists including Oysterband, John Jones and Maddy Prior (Steeleye Span), and has also found time to release three solo albums.
Saul: Saul Rose was a long time member of Waterson:Carthy, winning two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards with 'Broken Ground' and forming a duo with Eliza Carthy. The double album 'Red Rice', of which Saul was an integral part of the 'Rice' half, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 1998. More recently Saul has joined Whapweasel, played in Ruth Notman's band, and re-launched his duo with hammered dulcimer player with Maclaine Colston. He has played on numerous albums as a guest, including Jackie Oates' album 'Hyperboreans', Norma Waterson and Eliza Carthy's album 'The Gift' and the soundtrack for the film 'Morris- A Life With Bells On'. He was nominated for the Musician of The Year award in the 2010 BBC Folk Awards and in 2011 took the part of Songman in the West End play War Horse.
Paul: Paul Sartin is also a member of Bellowhead, as well as BBC Folk Award-nominated duo Belshazzar’s Feast. He is Director of the Andover Museum Loft Singers, consultant for the charity Live Music Now and is a composer of note with recent works including ‘The Hartlepool Monkey’ for Streetwise Opera, ‘Anthony and Cleopatra’ for the Central School of Speech and Drama, and ‘Changing Landscapes’ for Broadstairs Folk Week.
Faustus came together in 2006 as an evolution of the award winning band Dr. Faustus. They made an eponymous debut album in 2008, produced by Stu Hanna and released by Navigator Records, which saw them nominated as the Best Group in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Subsequent touring saw them headlining at festivals, as well as playing sell-out concerts at arts centres and clubs.
After a two year break, Faustus returned to the live circuit for festivals in summer 2012. In March 2013 they released a new album ‘Broken Down Gentlemen’ on Navigator Records and undertook two major tour in 2013 and will continue touring in 2014.
www.faustusband.com/

Doors: 7:30pm Event Starts: 8:00pm Event Ends: 10:30pm
£12.00 (Door Price: £12.00)
http://www.chapelarts.org/


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


Bridgwater Arts Centre TA6 3DD

Mairearad and Anna & Galley Beggar

We have teamed up with Folk Radio UK, the leading UK Folk music blog & radio station, to bring to Somerset a new and fresh Folk Club Night, working together 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 envelope 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!

£10.00

Start time: 7:45pm

Contact Kate Goodale: 01278 422700

kate AT BridgwaterArtsCentre.co.uk

www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Strange Folk

This years Halloween Party featuring the excellent Gothic Folk/Rock band Strange Folk, who blew us away last year when they played here for the first time, back again with another full on set for our halloween party.

Free but donations requested

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458 831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com

www.facebook.com/StrangeFolkUK


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


Sun 2nd Nov 2014

Dorchester Arts Centre, School Lane, The Grove, Dorchester DT1 1XR

Martha Tilston

Folk singer Martha Tilston has grown up immersed in music. So much so that she thinks of song writing as the coat she wears on the journey, not the destination she is travelling to. She has played at Glastonbury, has gained a BBC nomination for best new-comer at the folk awards and has recorded and released several of her own albums, being a guest vocalist for zero 7, and meeting and playing with some of the world’s most influential musicians. Inspired by her musician parents, Steve Tilston and Maggie Boyle, her musical journey began as part of MOUSE with Nick Marshall and together they travelled the country with the solar stage, its musicians, clowns, lantern light and canvas.

The road then turned into a solo track, and Martha put out her first lo-fi solo album ‘Rolling’. Her new album, released in September – working title ‘Sea Chest’ really is a box of treasures. Recorded by the sea at Prussia Cove, and in Tilston’s Cornish home. Every song has the magic and talent of each guest singer suffused within. There is an enticing constancy running through all the tracks like strong fisherman’s rope. The social awareness in old folk songs strongly influenced the ‘eloquent, politicized questioning’ in her writing, and now Martha has recorded her first album of traditional songs, each song features a member of her family or close friends.

8pm

Tickets: £10 / £8 members & concessions

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk


Herrison Hall, Charlton Down, Nr Dorchester DT2 9UA

Dorset Community Choir Festival - Big Sing and concert

With Community Choirs from Dorset and neighbouring counties.

Sing during the afternoon will be led by choir leaders Su Lewis, Sammy Hurden, Juliet Harwood and Jon Conway and an early evening concert gives choirs a chance to showcase songs from their repertoires.

Individual singers as well as Community Choirs are welcome to come and join us for the day. As this year is the centenary of WW1, we are planning a focus of peace and remembrance for this year’s festival.

Fabulous food is available onsite during the break between the Big Sing and the concert.

£15 Festival Ticket (Optional supper for £8)

Start time: 12.30 (Arrivals) 1.15pm (Big Sing) 6.30pm (Concert)

Finish time: No later than 8.30pm

Contact Su Lewis: 01305 776106

weysound AT naturalvoice.net


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


Thu 6th Nov 2014

St Aldhelms Church, Branksome, Poole BH13 6BT

Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers

with support The Secrets

Zoe Muth and the Lost High rollers from Austin Texas make a rare visit to the
South of England at St Aldhelms Church in Branksome, Poole on Thursday 6th November catch them on the last gig of their acclaimed British tour.

£ 10 Adv / £ 13 Door

7.45pm

info AT poolerhythmroots.co.uk

www.poolerhythmroots.co.uk

Poole Rhythm and Roots are a not for profit group who actively promote Americana
Folk and Blues from their base in Poole Dorset


The Barn @ Square+Compass, Windmill Hill, Nr Ilminster TA19 9NX

Luka Bloom

From Ireland via New York! Brother of Irish folk legend Christy Moore!

The summer of love in 1969 was the first time Luka Bloom (known then by his birth name Barry Moore) set to the stage to support his older brother and renowned Irish singer Christy Moore and since then he has been bringing his unique, passionate sound to indigenous and international audiences on stages from the United States to Australia, and through every venue imaginable in his native Ireland (in turf bogs, record stores, up on a bike and on protest sites) Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Holland playing atop mountains, cycling onto stage and even supporting His Holiness The Dalai Lama in 2011 in Australia, brought about by sharing a stage in his native Kildare with the Dalai Lama during his visit to Ireland. He moved from Ireland, first to Holland and then to Washington DC and New York City, USA and his song changed somewhat to a new sound for the Irish Emigrant as the sense of displacement in his lyrics mingled with a positive delight to be exploring
the world outside the boundaries of Ireland. On his way to New York in 1987 he decided to embrace fully the change of leaving the home land and became officially for the first time Luka (from Suzanne Vega’s song of the same name) Bloom (Joyce’s great Dubliner from Ulysses). Bloom by name and bloom by nature, the music and the man blossomed in New York and songs of love and loss such as ‘Dreams in America’ and songs with humour and vivaciousness, with a nod to a new beginning such as ‘An Irish Man in China Town’ sprang forth and Luka Bloom was firmly on the scene. With a poet’s heart and a rockster’s soul, Luka Bloom is regarded as one of Ireland’s best-respected contemporary folk artists, having produced 20 albums since the 1970s, Bloom continues to push the boundaries of what his music can do, and the present Heartman Tour proves he is still making provocative, poetic music that delves deep into the intricacies of the human soul and
pulls out the nuggets and puts them in a song. Like many who write songs, Luka’s orchestra of choice is the guitar, what makes his career a little different is his constant search for a new voice within the guitar. The guitar is the landscape on which the song is created, and he is forever probing that landscape for new inspiration. No effects, no gadgets, Time, effort and a whole lot of love bring forth new voicings within the instrument, and bit by bit, the songs come to life. And eventually they fly, bringing Luka with them to be heard in Byron Bay, San Francisco, Hamburg, and now The Barn.

01823 480467

Superb food from 7pm table booking essential.
No Accom left but there’s camping or park your campervan in the field next to the venue - phone first for details and booking.
Adv £15.00 Door £18.00 Venue doors 8pm Start 9pm
SEATING CANNOT BE GUARANTEED - FIRST COME ETC... NO REFUNDS UNLESS SHOW CANCELLED.

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW FROM THE VENUE, COLLECT IN PERSON OR PHONE TO PAY BY CARD.
Tickets also available online from
or or at: Black Cat Records, Taunton.


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


Fri 7th Nov 2014

Bath Folk Club, Belvoir Castle, 33 Victoria Buildings, Lower Bristol Road, Bath BA2 3EH

Dick Gaughan and Jim Page

Dick Gaughan is Scotland’s most passionate troubadour, a singer and guitarist whose performances both burn with a fierce conviction and smoulder with equally heartfelt compassion.

The only performer to hold the dual honours of a Lifetime Achievement Award from BBC Radio 2's Folk Awards and induction into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, Dick Gaughan makes a welcome return to Sheffield for an intimate concert at The Greystones following his previous sold-out concerts at the venue!

Unusually, since Dick nearly always tours solo in the UK, he is touring on this occasion with an opening act. This performer will be Jim Page, a great songwriter and singer from Seattle, USA, who Dick has long admired. Jim is possibly best known over here for writing the song, "Hiroshima Nagasaki Russian Roulette", with which Christy Moore had great success some years ago.
Due to the nature of this tour we expect this gig to sell out so we encourage you to buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

7:30pm £13 advance/ £15 on the door
Tickets available from Eventbrite
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dick-gaughan-jim-page-at-bath-folk-club-tickets-13020325143
and the Bath box office 01225 463362
http://www.bathboxoffice.org.uk/boxoffice


Pamela Hambro Hall Winterborne Stickland DT11 0NT

Namvula Rennie & Band

Namvula creates an intrepid new world where folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland combine with her Scottish heritage and London’s vibrant eclectic music scene. Crossing boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism, Namvula’s music draws you into different worlds, yet remains firmly rooted in African soil. One of the few Zambian artists performing in Europe, Namvula has collaborated and shared the stage with artists including legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, multi award-winnig Zambian singer Maureen Lilanda, and sitar player Anoushka Shankar. Joined by a stellar cast of some of the UK’s most respected African and jazz musicians, including bassist Liran Donin of Mercury-nominated Led Bib, and Senegalese percussionist Mamadou Sarr who tours with international star Baaba Maal, the group delivers evocative, honest, and ultimately uplifting performances. Namvula's debut album Shiwezwa is due for release shortly ahead of this tour.

7:30pm

Tickets: 01258 880920. £9, £6 u18s, £26 family

An Artsreach presentation
www.artsreach.co.uk


Cheese and Grain, Frome BA11 1BE

Cara Dillon

Born in Dungiven in 1975, surrounded and infused with the rich cultural heritage of her native County Derry, Cara has risen to become one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish song anywhere in the world. Possessing a rare and unique voice that has been lauded since her very beginnings winning the All Ireland singing trophy aged only 14. Together with her husband and musical partner, Sam Lakeman, she has succesfully steered an eclectic musical path defying the typical pigeonholes that hinder most artists in her genre. Celebrated for entwining traditional and contemporary elements she has earned both commercial success and astonishing critical acclaim.

Recent years have seen her return wholeheartedly to her Irish roots creating fresh interpretations of traditional standards with stunning results. Her reach is truly global with fans to be found all over the world with her clear, Northern Irish voice even seducing giants such as Disney who, in 2010, asked her to sing the title song to the animated movie “Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue”. She’s won countless awards and accolades including “Album Of The Year” at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, The Meteor Music Award for “Best Irish Female”, and Tatler’s “Woman Of The Year in Music” and has appeared in prestigeous concert halls and at festivals the world over. Always looking to introduce her voice and music to new listeners, Cara’s topped the charts with dance remixes, guest appearances and, more recently, presented her songs with full orchestral backing bringing her music to an entirely new audience.

Whether she's singing her native traditional songs of lost love and emigration, or original compositions, you will be hard pressed to find a more emotive and captivating performer. Cara Dillon is at the very top of her field and one has the feeling she'll remain there for a very long time.

Advance price: £18.00

http://www.cheeseandgrain.com


Horton Village Hall TA19 9QR

Alex Cumming & Nicola Beazley

Join Alex Cumming & Nicola Beazley for a special evening of music, songs and dancing. This is a rare appearance for the duo in Somerset so this is not too be missed. This will also be Alex's last performance in Somerset before he moves away to America.

The first half of the evening will be a concert with the duo and will be followed by a Ceilidh/Barndance to finnish off the night.

...Bring your own Alcohol, Soft and Hot drinks Available...

About the duo:

Alex Cumming (The Teacups) & Nicola Beazley (Speldosa) are an exciting new Box & Fiddle duo performing both songs and tunes from around England. They are both recent graduates of the Newcastle Folk and Traditional Music Degree and are New Roots Finalist 2014. 2014 has seen Alex & Nicola perform at some top venues and festivals including Main Stage at Towersey Village Festival plus performances at Whitby Folk Week, Norwich Folk Club, Herga Folk Club and more.

£8/£6

Doors 7.30

Finishes c. 11pm

Contact Alex Cumming: 01460 54559

alexandnicolamusic AT gmail.com

www.alexandnicolamusic.weebly.com


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/


Evershot Village Hall DT2 0JY

Namvula Rennie & Band

Namvula creates an intrepid new world where folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland combine with her Scottish heritage and London’s vibrant eclectic music scene. Crossing boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism, Namvula’s music draws you into different worlds, yet remains firmly rooted in African soil. One of the few Zambian artists performing in Europe, Namvula has collaborated and shared the stage with artists including legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, multi award-winnig Zambian singer Maureen Lilanda, and sitar player Anoushka Shankar. Joined by a stellar cast of some of the UK’s most respected African and jazz musicians, including bassist Liran Donin of Mercury-nominated Led Bib, and Senegalese percussionist Mamadou Sarr who tours with international star Baaba Maal, the group delivers evocative, honest, and ultimately uplifting performances. Namvula's debut album Shiwezwa is due for release shortly ahead of this tour.

8:30pm.

Tickets: 01935 83580. £8, £6 u18s, £25 family

An Artsreach presentation
www.artsreach.co.uk


Baltonsborough Village Hall BA6 8PX

Blowzabella

This event is a dance not a concert, but it's fine to just come and listen if you don't want to dance. No reserved seating. Doors open 7:30pm. Starts at 8pm. Finishes 11pm. Bar.

Blowzabella is Andy Cutting - diatonic button accordion; Jo Freya - vocals, saxophone, clarinet; Paul James - border bagpipes, saxophone, whistle; Gregory Jolivet - hurdy-gurdy; David Shepherd - violin; Barn Stradling - bass guitar; Jon Swayne - border bagpipes, saxophone.

The band make an inimitable, driving drone-based sound played with a fabulous sense of melody, rhythmic expertise and sheer feeling.
They compose their own music which is influenced by English and European traditional dance music. Many of their tunes have become well known "standards" in the modern folk repertoire and are played by people all over the world.

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

Doors 7:30pm. Starts 8pm. Finishes 11pm

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/265310


The Warehouse Theatre, Ilminster TA19 9AD

Teasing-the-Cat

Teasing-the-Cat perform a collection of tunes, songs and readings, taking the audience on a musical tour from January to December, encompassing music from the 13th to the 21st centuries. Their performance contains humour, virtuosity, warmth, interest, intrigue, history, geography and a few 'what-on-earth-is-that-instrument' moments. The stage is awash with instruments - from the well known (violin, accordion, piano, flute) to the more esoteric (cittern, hurdy-gurdy, double chantered Cornish bagpipes). Should be a good night out.
Teasing-the-Cat are: John Dike, Mike Eaton, Chris Edmunds, Steve Graham, Gibby Swaine

£9 (£8 concs / £7 students)

7:30pm

Contact Warehouse Theatre Box Office: 07943 779880 / 01460 57049

info AT thewarehousetheatre.org.uk

www.thewarehousetheatre.org.uk


Chilthorne Domer Recreation Centre, Main Street BA22 8RD

Buffalo Gals

Old Time Country String Band

7:30pm

Tickets: £8
phone 01935 840200
or buy online http://www.wegottickets.com/event/288454
Further details http://www.buffalogals.co.uk


Sun 9th Nov 2014

Studland Village Hall Studland V

Namvula Rennie & Band

Namvula creates an intrepid new world where folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland combine with her Scottish heritage and London’s vibrant eclectic music scene. Crossing boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism, Namvula’s music draws you into different worlds, yet remains firmly rooted in African soil. One of the few Zambian artists performing in Europe, Namvula has collaborated and shared the stage with artists including legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, multi award-winnig Zambian singer Maureen Lilanda, and sitar player Anoushka Shankar. Joined by a stellar cast of some of the UK’s most respected African and jazz musicians, including bassist Liran Donin of Mercury-nominated Led Bib, and Senegalese percussionist Mamadou Sarr who tours with international star Baaba Maal, the group delivers evocative, honest, and ultimately uplifting performances. Namvula's debut album Shiwezwa is due for release shortly ahead of this tour.

7:30pm.

Tickets: 01929 450204. £8

An Artsreach Presentation
www.artsreach.co.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


Wed 12th Nov 2014

Broomfield Village Hall TA5 2EN

Ange Hardy & Steve Pledger

'Just Passing Through' ~ Live acoustic/folk evening

Ange Hardy & Steve Pledger are travelling the west country to bring an evening of exceptional acoustic entertainment to rural village halls.

Licensed Bar

In January 2014 Ange Hardy was awarded FATEA Magazine's coveted “Female Vocalist of the Year”, and the year so far has seen her receiving airplay from both BBC Radio 2 and The Mike Harding Folk Show, with her new album “The Lament of The Black Sheep” being made Iain Anderson's album of the week on BBC Scotland.

Steve Pledger has an enviable reputation as a talented and dynamic performer. BBC Introducing have called Steve's music "beautiful, authentic, unblemished and wonderful”; a well substantiated claim when you consider he's opened for a roster of artists that includes Luke Jackson, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin.

Steve's writing ranges from fragile reflections on love and loss to blistering commentaries on present circumstances whilst Ange sings songs of heritage, stories of working the land, and tales deeply rooted in the traditions of rural life.

This is an evening that combines the contemporary singer songwriter with traditional folk music, with musical influences that range from Cat Stevens and Martyn Joseph to Kate Rusby and June Tabor.

Ange's music is given a contemporary twist through the use of live looping, and between Steve and Ange they travel with three guitars, two drums, a penny whistle, a harmonica, a tambourine and an indian harmonium.

Don't miss this opportunity to sit at a candlelit table with a glass of wine, a pint of good beer, and an evening of intimate award winning acoustic music.

Tickets : £8 in advance / £10 on the door

Start time: Doors at 7.30pm for 8pm start.

Finish time: 10.30pm

Contact Steve Pledger: 07527 837 759

tickets AT acoustickets.co.uk

http://www.acoustickets.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


The Dunster Castle Hotel, 5 High St, Dunster TA24 6SF

Ray Cooper

One of the UK’s most respected solo singer/songwriters and instrumentalist extraordinaire, Ray Cooper (previously of Oysterband), will be appearing in Dunster on 14th November to play a fully acoustic gig. To those who know of this man’s work and musical prowess, no introduction will be needed, but if you are not yet familiar with Ray’s music, then this is the perfect opportunity to see and hear what you’ve been missing.

Ray Cooper is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist currently residing in the depths of Sweden where he moved in 2000. He left Oysterband in 2013 after a year in which they picked up 3 BBC2 Folk awards and appeared on the ‘Later with Jools Holland’ show. Since then he has carved out a successful solo career.

His second solo album Palace of Tears which will be released in September 2014 is unashamedly romantic. ‘It is a bittersweet album about living and working in Northern Europe over the last quarter century. I tried to avoid nostalgia but many songs deal with the past and how is can never be reclaimed. My first album Tales of Love War and Death by Hanging has a strongly historical theme, this one is about more recent history, more personal history’…’The sound of the album is placed firmly in Northern Europe too, with the addition of Swedish musicians and some songs that reference Scotland, Sweden and my roots. All of this seen through the prism of the Swedish winter as I look out from my studio’.

‘The title track Palace of Tears was inspired by my memories of working in the former East Germany. The Berliners had a nickname for one of the checkpoints in the wall, this was a tube station in Friedrichstrasse and was used to visit their relatives in the East. On the way back it was a place of goodbyes, hence the ironic name ‘Der Tränenplast’, The Palace of Tears’.

Tickets are priced at just £10.00 each (a small booking fee applies if paying via PayPal) or you can contact me directly via the Contact page or call on 07527 837759 to make alternative arrangements to pay, (cheque/BACS etc.) but however you book, please don’t miss this opportunity to catch one of the finest artists around in this beautiful and intimate setting.

Seating will be unreserved and doors will open at 7:30pm with the gig starting at 8pm. It promises to be an unforgettable evening and I hope to see you there! SP

www.raycooper.org

http://www.stevepledger.co.uk/the-dunster-castle-hotel-2
Booking Link:
http://www.stevepledger.co.uk/contact

8,00 pm
£10


Cheese and Grain, Frome BA11 1BE

Fishermans Friends

The Fisherman’s Friends are shanty singers from Port Isaac who have delighted visitors and locals there for more than 15 years, with almost 300 live performances under their belts.
Down on the harbour front of the tiny fishing village of Port Isaac on the north Cornwall coast, the authentic sound of the shanty can be heard loud and clear via the mighty, brawny chorale of The Fisherman’s Friends. At around eight in the evening during the summer months, tourists and locals gather to hear this nine-man group mesh their voices in an incredibly rousing and joyful set of shanties and Cornish folk songs.
There’s no gang leader, no choirmaster and no holds barred in the singing of The Fisherman’s Friends. And fisherman’s friends they truly are – each and every member of this unique group are or have been fishermen, lifeboatmen and coastguards (as well as builders, artisans, hoteliers, and shop keepers) in Port Isaac.
They’ve known each other since childhood and learnt their powerful brand of Cornish harmony singing at the local Methodist chapel – now the pottery of Fisherman’s Friend Billy Hawkins (baritone), where the group get together with a crate of ale and a good deal of bonhomie to rehearse their repertoire and try out new songs.
Unusually for a singing group, each member will take the lead. At their regular Port Isaac summer sessions, they stand in a line and each leads a song, from one end of the line and back again, giving them a huge variety of sound and song, and drawing from a repertoire reaching back 200 years, and embracing songs and shanties not only from Cornwall but Liverpool, Ireland, Africa, the West Indian, and America.
English folk music has enjoyed a renaissance in the last decade, especially in the West Country, with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Jackie Oates, Show of Hands, and Jim Causley achieving widespread acclaim. Now, with Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends, the Shanty Man is back in business. Be prepared to have your ears blown clean off...

All seated show

£21.50

http://www.cheeseandgrain.com


Kimmeridge Village Hall BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band & Callers: Teresa Ridout & Chris Hall

Barn Dance/English Ceilidh

All welcome to our friendly English Ceilidhs - lots of fun - but no bar - so bring your own!

£2.50 adults £1 under 16s

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Contact Steve & Helen Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com


Bournemouth Natural Science Society BH1 3NS

The Old Pull and Push

Barn dance

Bring your own drinks and snacks

£5

7.00pm - 10.30pm

Contact Steve Limburn: 01202 722631

swlimburn AT live.com


Clapton & Wayford Village Hall TA18 8PS

Buffalo Gals

Old Time Country String Band

7:30pm

Tickets: £12
tel 01460 74849
or online: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/288456
Further details http://www.buffalogals.co.uk


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


Shaftesbury Arts Centre SP17 8AR

Peter Knight's Gigspanner

A welcome return to Shaftesbury for one of Britain's most influential folk/rock musicians leading his own group.

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner has been hailed by Songlines magazine as "another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool", although to classify these three virtuoso performers purely as folk musicians is to undersell them by a long chalk…

A bedrock of British traditional music is to be expected from Steeleye Span’s erstwhile legendary fiddle player. But, Gigspanner’s musical reach flirts with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences, transporting audiences on a “blistering pace of a musical world tour” (Folkcast), prompting Sir Terry Pratchett to write “Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow”.

Peter has accrued a lifetimes worth of accolades across a career spanning two folk revivals. Martin Carthy, named Peter as one of his 'great teachers' during his acceptance speech (Lifetime Achievement Award) at the recent BBC Folk Awards.

Within Gigspanner, Peter’s musicianship is further enhanced by the flawless playing of Roger Flack on Guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on Congas and Djembe.

£14 and £12

8.00pm

Phone: Box Office & Enquiries 01747 854321

info AT shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk

http://www.shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk/


Furzebrook Village Hall, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5AR

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band & Caller: Chris Hall

Wareham Town Mayor's Charity Barn Dance.
No Bar - please bring your own drinks.
Ploughmans Supper.

£10

7.30pm - 11.00pm

Contact Carol Turner: 01929 556 761

turnermc07 AT gmail.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Kingsdon Village Hall TA11 7LL

Buffalo Gals

Old Time Country String Band

7:30pm

Tickets: £8
Tel: 01935 840912
or buy online http://www.wegottickets.com/event/288458
Further details http://www.buffalogals.co.uk


Sun 16th Nov 2014

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Lady Maisery

The trio burst onto the scene with the release of the debut album, ‘Weave and Spin’ in summer 2011, which received much critical acclaim and was declared an 'Album of the Week' by The Independent. Their live performances during the festival season created a real buzz and they were nominated for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 and for Best Debut at the 2012 Spiral Awards. Whether singing unaccompanied, or with backing from their combined instrumental talents on accordion, harp and fiddle, be prepared to be enchanted by rich harmonies and sumptuous clashes.

Fast becoming a force to be reckoned with on the folk scene, Lady Maisery proved with this second album that they were happy to take risks and push boundaries, tackling challenging and political songs head on and highlighting their strength in getting right to the very heart of each song, be it intimate or epic. The critics agreed! ‘Mayday’ reached the no.1 album slot in BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction ‘Top 10 Releases of the Summer’ and was made a ‘Top of the World’ album by Songlines magazine.

www.ladymaisery.com

8 pm

£12

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk


St Michael's Church, Park Road, Shepton Mallet BA4 5BP

Freshly Ground

A finely blended ensemble combining the talent of twelve outstanding folk singers from the South West, brought together by the group’s leader Issy Emeney to sing English traditional and original songs in glorious harmony. With arrangements written by Issy, the songs evolve in the creative hands of all the members, never losing sight of the fact that the song itself is what matters most. They will be singing songs from their new album 'The Good Red Earth', which is available from Wild Goose records. A variety of old favourites, some with a humorous twist, some with solos and some of Issy"s self penned songs.

Doors open 6.30; Concert begins 7.00. Bar, tea\coffee\cake.

Tickets £7 contact 01749 343730 or 01749 342587.


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


Nynehead Memorial Hall TA21 0BS

Ange Hardy & Steve Pledger

'Just Passing Through' ~ Live acoustic/folk evening

Ange Hardy & Steve Pledger are travelling the west country to bring an evening of exceptional acoustic entertainment to rural village halls.

Licensed Bar

In January 2014 Ange Hardy was awarded FATEA Magazine's coveted “Female Vocalist of the Year”, and the year so far has seen her receiving airplay from both BBC Radio 2 and The Mike Harding Folk Show, with her new album “The Lament of The Black Sheep” being made Iain Anderson's album of the week on BBC Scotland.

Steve Pledger has an enviable reputation as a talented and dynamic performer. BBC Introducing have called Steve's music "beautiful, authentic, unblemished and wonderful”; a well substantiated claim when you consider he's opened for a roster of artists that includes Luke Jackson, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin.

Steve's writing ranges from fragile reflections on love and loss to blistering commentaries on present circumstances whilst Ange sings songs of heritage, stories of working the land, and tales deeply rooted in the traditions of rural life.

This is an evening that combines the contemporary singer songwriter with traditional folk music, with musical influences that range from Cat Stevens and Martyn Joseph to Kate Rusby and June Tabor.

Ange's music is given a contemporary twist through the use of live looping, and between Steve and Ange they travel with three guitars, two drums, a penny whistle, a harmonica, a tambourine and an indian harmonium.

Don't miss this opportunity to sit at a candlelit table with a glass of wine, a pint of good beer, and an evening of intimate award winning acoustic music.

Tickets : £8 in advance / £10 on the door

Doors at 7.30pm for 8pm start.

Contact Steve Pledger: 07527 837 759

tickets AT acoustickets.co.uk

http://www.acoustickets.co.uk


Wed 19th Nov 2014

Upton Village Hall TA4 2DB

Ange Hardy & Steve Pledger

'Just Passing Through' ~ Live acoustic/folk evening

Ange Hardy & Steve Pledger are travelling the west country to bring an evening of exceptional acoustic entertainment to rural village halls.

Licensed Bar

In January 2014 Ange Hardy was awarded FATEA Magazine's coveted “Female Vocalist of the Year”, and the year so far has seen her receiving airplay from both BBC Radio 2 and The Mike Harding Folk Show, with her new album “The Lament of The Black Sheep” being made Iain Anderson's album of the week on BBC Scotland.

Steve Pledger has an enviable reputation as a talented and dynamic performer. BBC Introducing have called Steve's music "beautiful, authentic, unblemished and wonderful”; a well substantiated claim when you consider he's opened for a roster of artists that includes Luke Jackson, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin.

Steve's writing ranges from fragile reflections on love and loss to blistering commentaries on present circumstances whilst Ange sings songs of heritage, stories of working the land, and tales deeply rooted in the traditions of rural life.

This is an evening that combines the contemporary singer songwriter with traditional folk music, with musical influences that range from Cat Stevens and Martyn Joseph to Kate Rusby and June Tabor.

Ange's music is given a contemporary twist through the use of live looping, and between Steve and Ange they travel with three guitars, two drums, a penny whistle, a harmonica, a tambourine and an indian harmonium.

Don't miss this opportunity to sit at a candlelit table with a glass of wine, a pint of good beer, and an evening of intimate award winning acoustic music.

Tickets : £8 in advance / £10 on the door

Start time: Doors at 7.30pm for 8pm start.

Contact Steve Pledger: 07527 837 759

tickets AT acoustickets.co.uk

http://www.acoustickets.co.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


The Logboat Sessions at Poole Museum BH15 1BW

Jinder

Folk-pop singer/songwriter and troubadour Jinder was brought up in the Warwickshire countryside, with the sounds of the infamous Cropredy music festival sailing in through his bedroom window.

Dubbed 'the tallest singer-songwriter in Britain' by The Independent, he now resides in rural Dorset, surrounded by the rolling west country landscape, heavily influencing his songs.

Jinder's songwriting craft is like no other. He weaves imagery and heartfelt lyrics into each verse, transporting the listener into another world; a ramshackle, fallen industry town, the rolling hills of Dorset or the wedding day of two young lovers, all wound together in a blanket of glorious melody.

Having toured with the likes of Level 42, Deacon Blue, Sinead O'Connor, the Proclaimers, Jackie Leven and Henry Priestman, Jinder has played everywhere from the Royal Albert Hall to the Dog and Duck, from the Midem Festival in Cannes to the Sidmouth Folk Festival and hundreds of folk clubs and arts centres in between.

£5

7.30 p.m.

Phone: 01202 262600

arts AT poole.gov.uk

http://logboatsessions9.eventbrite.co.uk


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


Fri 21st Nov 2014

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Cupola Ward

The fine talents of Lucy Ward (2012 Horizon Award Winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards) and Cupola combine to form this vibrant new collaboration of music and song to thrill folk club and festival audiences alike.

Lucy Ward is an award winning 24-year old acoustic artist from Derby. She plays guitar, ukulele and concertina but considers her voice to be her first instrument. After winning the Horizon Award for best newcomer at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Lucy’s career has gone from strength to strength establishing her as one of the hottest performers on the UK Folk scene, pulling a full capacity audience for her Cambridge Folk Festival debut.

In 2013 it was announced that she had been nominated for the acclaimed “Folk Singer of the Year” at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, making Lucy one of the youngest people ever to be nominated for this most prestigious award.

Cupola’s fine instrumental arrangements and vocal harmonies provide the perfect backdrop for Lucy’s songs and strong delivery – watch out for this dynamic quartet!!

www.lucywardsings.com
www.cupolamusic.wordpress.com

8pm

Tickets £10

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Chris Leslie

+ Rod Jenkins as support

The chief songwriter and multi instrumentalist for Fairport Convention, plus Feast of Fiddles and St Agnes Fountain, Chris Leslie is also making a big impact as a solo artist. This is his second visit to the club and a night not to be missed.

£10 pre-booked via website, other prices available plus online booking

8.15 pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.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


Henton Village Hall, Nr. Wells BA5 1PD

Alan Marchant and his band, with Trevor Hoddinott calling

Barn Dance

Alan and Trevor were founder members of Strawfolk who disbanded 30 or so years ago!

Families are being encouraged to come along.
There will be a bar and an included ploughman's supper.
In aid of Henton Church. Henton is a vibrant community with a spacious hall.

£10 per adult
No charge for 2 children with 2 adults £2 each child thereafter.

Start time: 6.30 for 7pm

Finish time: 10pm

Contact Pam Hoddinott: 01749 671271

pamhoddinott AT talktalk.net


Mon 24th Nov 2014

Blake Hall South Petherton TA13 5BT

Ange Hardy & Steve Pledger

'Just Passing Through' ~ Live acoustic/folk evening

Ange Hardy & Steve Pledger are travelling the west country to bring an evening of exceptional acoustic entertainment to rural village halls.

Licensed Bar

In January 2014 Ange Hardy was awarded FATEA Magazine's coveted “Female Vocalist of the Year”, and the year so far has seen her receiving airplay from both BBC Radio 2 and The Mike Harding Folk Show, with her new album “The Lament of The Black Sheep” being made Iain Anderson's album of the week on BBC Scotland.

Steve Pledger has an enviable reputation as a talented and dynamic performer. BBC Introducing have called Steve's music "beautiful, authentic, unblemished and wonderful”; a well substantiated claim when you consider he's opened for a roster of artists that includes Luke Jackson, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin.

Steve's writing ranges from fragile reflections on love and loss to blistering commentaries on present circumstances whilst Ange sings songs of heritage, stories of working the land, and tales deeply rooted in the traditions of rural life.

This is an evening that combines the contemporary singer songwriter with traditional folk music, with musical influences that range from Cat Stevens and Martyn Joseph to Kate Rusby and June Tabor.

Ange's music is given a contemporary twist through the use of live looping, and between Steve and Ange they travel with three guitars, two drums, a penny whistle, a harmonica, a tambourine and an indian harmonium.

Don't miss this opportunity to sit at a candlelit table with a glass of wine, a pint of good beer, and an evening of intimate award winning acoustic music.

Tickets : £8 in advance / £10 on the door

Start time: Doors at 7.30pm for 8pm start.

Finish time: 10.30pm

Contact Steve Pledger: 07527 837 759

tickets AT acoustickets.co.uk

http://www.acoustickets.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


Dorchester Arts Centre, School Lane, The Grove, Dorchester DT1 1XR

Winter Mountain

Ever reminisce on the days before digital recording when the emphasis fell on the importance of live performance, the power of harmony and the essence of song? Hailing from the shores of Cornwall and Donegal, this unique duo bring you just that by blending melodic folk songs, heartfelt lyrics and two pure voices into one stunning performance.

After support tours with Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon and Rosanne Cash, and festival appearances too many to mention, the band embark on their second tour this autumn performing songs from their eponymous debut album which blend exquisite melodies, unashamedly heartfelt lyrics and above all else, compelling harmonies.

8pm

£7 / £5

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk


Friends Meeting House, Wellington TA21 8RA

Mediaeval and Folk Carols - singing workshop

with Yvette Staelens

Another glorious day of ancient songs from England for the season. I have been researching some real gems in the fantastic library at Halsway and can't wait to share them.

SO EXCITED! All abilities welcome.
Bring lunch to share,

£25/20 (if you are on a low income), use PayPal on my www or cheque to Yvette Staelens, send to Mill Leat, Tudor Park, Taunton, TA2 8TD.

10 - 4pm

www.yvettestaelens.com


Osmington Village Hall DT3 6FT

Longdog, Hedley Kay

Another great evening of music

Singer, guitarist and songwriter Hedley Kay will be playing, along with Wareham-based band Longdog.
The bar will, of course, be open!

We regard Hedley as our own, we know him so well here. He’s a popular
singer-guitarist who has broadcast on radio and television in the UK, Ireland,
Germany and North America. He has written songs for Roger Whittaker and
probably has other claims to fame if you ask him.

Longdog bring their own unique fusion of folk and “light rock for grown-ups”.
All experienced acoustic musicians, Gill Whitney, Ray Russell,
Al Phillips and Pete Robins promise a great evening of songs of love and war, beer and water!

Longdog and Hedley will be delighted if you want to join in and sing along,
get up and dance, or generally do your thing.
And parking is FREE!

Tickets and info from Eileen on 01305 833108 or 07816 832554

£6.00

Doors open 6.30 for 7pm

Contact Eileen: 01305 833108 or 07816 833108 (text fine)


Sun 30th Nov 2014

St Mary the Virgin, Puddletown DT2 8RY

Artsreach and The Ridgeway Singers & Band present ‘West Gallery Carols’

Following the success of last years’ West Gallery Concerts, and the Hammond folk song workshops and concert in the summer, the Ridgeway Singers and Band resume their rehearsals this autumn. Exploring West Gallery carols from the Puddletown and Pulham manuscripts, and led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries, the musicians and choir will also present two newly composed Carols inspired by the South Dorset Ridgeway in this true celebration of the Christmas spirit.

3:30pm.

Tickets: 01305 848510. £5


www.artsreach.co.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


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Martin Simpson

There is no doubt that after 35 years as a professional musician Martin is 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.
There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.

www.martinsimpson.com

8pm

£13

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

The Jigantics

+ Paul Openshaw providing support

Our Christmas concert will be a rollicking night's music with the stunning band that is the Jigantics. Foot tapping Country/Cajun/Blues/Folk music so hard to pigeon hole. A variety of styles and tempos, all enjoyable. Marion Fleetwood, Mark Cole, Martin Fitzgibbon, Rick Edwards and Lyndon Webb form the band and bring varied touches to the music.

£10 pre-booked via website, other prices available plus online booking

8.15 pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 13th Dec 2014

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

St Agnes Fountain

!!! SOLD OUT !!!

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


Sun 14th Dec 2014

St Swithun's Church, North Allington DT6 5DU

Artsreach and The Ridgeway Singers & Band present ‘West Gallery Carols’

Following the success of last years’ West Gallery Concerts, and the Hammond folk song workshops and concert in the summer, the Ridgeway Singers and Band resume their rehearsals this autumn. Exploring West Gallery carols from the Puddletown and Pulham manuscripts, and led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries, the musicians and choir will also present two newly composed Carols inspired by the South Dorset Ridgeway in this true celebration of the Christmas spirit.

3:30pm.

Tickets: 01305 269512. £5

www.artsreach.co.uk


Thu 18th Dec 2014

The Logboat Sessions at Poole Museum BH15 1BW

Harp and A Monkey

The harp ‘n’ banjo driven electro-folk-storytelling of Harp and a Monkey is imbued with a deep Lancashire sensibility that shines through in their beautifully crafted and sometimes spooky vignettes of northern life, love and remembrance.

The trio, who have been friends for more than 15 years, channel the ghosts of summers spent in municipal parks and winters walking on the moors. Ask them about their influences and they are as likely to cite Ordnance Survey maps and The Commonwealth War Graves Commission as they are Bert Jansch, ‘The Bolton Bullfrog’ or Bellowhead.

Left-field yet highly accessible, Harp and a Monkey’s hauntological storytelling is underpinned by a firm commitment to classic songsmithery and they have enjoyed national radio support from the likes of Steve Lamacq and Mike Harding on BBC Radio 2 and Lopa Kothari on BBC Radio 3, Folk Radio UK and more.

In late 2014 Harp and a Monkey take a new show on tour to commemorate the centenary of the Great War. The band are uniquely placed to provide a captivating mix of songs and stories about “the war to end all wars” … singer and raconteur Martin Purdy has published three books on the First World War (including one for the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? franchise). The show will feature original songs as well as tunes contemporary to the conflict done in Harp and a Monkey’s own inimitable style. The performances will avoid the usual clichés and instead address many fresh social and cultural issues, including the importance of song both for the troops and those at home. Audiences can, of course, expect the band’s usual mix of poignancy and humour.

£6

7.30 p.m.

Phone: 01202 262600

arts AT poole.gov.uk

http://logboatsessions10.eventbrite.co.uk


Fri 19th Dec 2014

St Bartholomew's Church Crewkerne TA18 7HY

Reg Meuross, Phil Beer and special guests

This annual Midwinter Concert, which has become a Crewkerne tradition, will again feature Reg Meuross, locally based and nationally known singer/songwriter. He will be joined by acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, Phil Beer, and special guests. Both Reg and Phil have
new CDs this year so will be playing together some of their new and old songs, and there will also be some singalong carols.

There will be a bar, raffle and mince pies, and the Christmas Tree Festival will be taking place at this time, adding to the seasonal atmosphere. It promises to be an evening of high quality entertainment. Seats will be unreserved, so come early for a good view.

The concert is being promoted by the Friends of Crewkerne Parish Church, in aid of repairs to this beautiful medieval building. Tickets at £10 can be obtained from the Local Information Centre at the Town Hall, or by phoning Geraldine Clotworthy 01460 76058 or geraldine AT clotworthy.co.uk

£10

7.30pm

Contact Geraldine Clotworthy: 01460 76058

geraldine AT clotworthy.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


Wed 31st Dec 2014

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

New Year's Eve Ceilidh

In conjunction with Nailsea Tithe Barn Trust this is our annual fundraiser for the Trust with live family band Fougere Rouge featuring fiddles and flutes and an abundance of jigs and reels

Wonderful place to have a traditional barn dance!!

American bring and share supper

Bar

8.00 pm - 12.30 am

£10 adults, £25 families.

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.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


Tue 3rd Feb 2015

Cheese and Grain, Frome BA11 1BE

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention are an English folk rock and electric folk band. Formed in 1967, they are widely regarded as the most important group in the English folk rock movement.

Their seminal album Liege & Lief is considered to have launched the electric folk or English folk rock movement, which provided a distinctively English identity to rock music and helped awaken much wider interest in traditional music in general. The large number of personnel who have been part of the band are among the most highly regarded and influential musicians of their era and have gone on to participate in a large number of significant bands, or enjoyed important solo careers.

£23.50

http://www.cheeseandgrain.com


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


Wed 11th Feb 2015

Nailsea Folk Club, Holy Trinity Church, Nailsea BS48 4NG

Phil Beer

Phil needs little introduction. One half of Britain’s most successful duo Show of Hand Phil’s instrumental wizardry is well documented and has been utilised by countless artists from the Rolling Stones to Mike Oldfield. A sublime fiddle player, for many years he was lead guitarist and singer with the Albion Band and co-wrote many of their songs. He’s a thoroughly charming man and a consummate performer. Rightly nominated at Folk Musician of the Year 2009 for his tireless contribution to folk music.

www.philbeer.co.uk

8.00 pm

£13

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk


Fri 27th Feb 2015

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

Two of the British folk scenes most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener.THIS YEARS WINNERS OF BBC's BEST DUO FOLK AWARD
With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk.
Whether on stage or in the studio Sean Lakeman is a tour-de-force of modern folk music. As the eldest of the 3 ‘Lakeman Brothers’, Sean was raised on Dartmoor and has played the guitar since the age of six. He was recognized at an early age as one of the most promising guitarists around. Sean learned his trade and travelled the world for a decade with folkpopsters ‘Equation’, he then famously went on to orchestrate the sound of his little brother ‘Seth’, producing his most successful albums, garnering many awards, a gold record and a top ten hit album along the way. As a member of Seth’s live touring band Sean has played at the highest level, breaking down boundaries and winning over legions of music fans with a commitment and energy seldom seen from a folk band. Sean excels when working within a band, and his services have been called upon by many other leading artists and groups. One of his favourite achievements is to have produced the albums ‘Letters from the Underground’ and ‘Static on the airwaves’ by the folk punk legends ‘Levellers’, both records hailed by critics and fans alike as ‘A triumphant return to form’.
A lauded singer, one of the finest of her generation, Kathryn is held in the highest regard by peers and music fans alike. Born and raised in the South Yorkshire mining town of Barnsley, Kathryn has simply sung since she could speak. Her musical parents took great delight in introducing her to many types of music including a regular summer trawl of folk festivals. This engendered a life long love of traditional song and also introduced her to some of the finest young talent on the British folk scene. An early duo career with fellow Barnsleyite Kate Rusby led to much critical acclaim and an award winning album. This partnership led swiftly to the teaming up with 3 brothers from West Devon and the folk – pop band ‘Equation’ was born. Many years fronting the band saw Kathryn grace exotic stages all over the world, 5 years of which were spent almost exclusively in the U.S. Her relationship with Sean Lakeman flourished both personally and musically, and after a decade of relentless touring the two decided to return to their English roots and gig as an acoustic duo. Two albums and several tours of UK folk clubs swiftly cemented a formidable reputation. Now after a few years of proud motherhood she feels ready to return to the place she belongs, singing at the front of a stage.
www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com/

8pm

£12

http://www.nailseafolkclub.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.


Fri 20th Mar 2015 to Sun 22nd Mar 2015

Kilve Court Residential Education Centres, Kilve, Bridgwater, TA5 1EA

West Country Concertina Players Residential Weekend

The organising team is delighted to be able to announce the line-up of tutors for the 2015 weekend

John Morgan for Duets
Andy Turner for Anglos
Paul Walker for English
Claire Wren for Concertina Band with
Dave Elliott providing first aid and maintenance workshops

The WCCP invites intermediate/competent/advanced players to join them for a smashing concertina-packed weekend.

Contact: Sally George sallygeorge59 AT btinternet.com 020 8777 2615 or check the website
http://thewccp.org


Fri 20th Mar 2015

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Croabh Rua

A very welcome return for this top international Irish band from Belfast. It sold out last time so do get your tickets!

CRAOBH RUA (pronounced CRAVE ROO-AH) translates from Irish to RED BRANCH and is a name that
is well known in Celtic history from THE RED BRANCH KNIGHTS OF ULSTER. This Belfast based Irish Traditional Music band has given concert and festival performances in the USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, Austria, Italy, Holland, Belgium Switzerland, Poland, Slovenia, Denmark, Norway, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Their music has delighted audiences and earned them wide acclaim and recognition and they are now regarded around the world as one of the finest ambassadors of Irish Traditional Music. Craobh Rua’s impeccable musicians bring their own individual experience to the group and fuse their talents to bring life to a wide array of instruments such as banjo, mandolin, fiddle, uilleann pipes, flute, tin whistle, guitar and vocals. Craobh Rua takes a refreshing, unpretentious but uncommonly skilled run at some of the greatest music in the world.
Craobh Rua has released five albums to date and appeared on a number of compilation albums.
Their current offering being aptly entitled "IF IDA BEEN HERE IDA BEEN THERE".

http://www.craobhrua.com/

8 pm

£12

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


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 18th Apr 2015

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Jigs for Gigs & Jane Thomas

Barn Dance

Includes a light ploughman's supper.

No Bar - please bring your own beverages

£8 in advance, £9 on the door

8pm - 11.15pm

Contact Chris Holliday: 01935 424927

www.overstrattonfolkdanceclub.co.uk


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.



Fri 12th Jun 2015 to Sun 14th Jun 2015

Wimborne Minster

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

Gilmore & Roberts, Will McNicol & Luke Selby, Louise Jordan, Ninebarrow and many more to be confirmed

A weekend of folk, family and fun in the historic east Dorset market town of Wimborne Minster.

Super early bird tickets £35

info AT wimbornefolk.co.uk

www.wimbornefolk.co.uk


Wed 23rd Sep 2015

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Steve Knightly

Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England and with three Royal Albert Hall sell-outs to their name.

The Exeter-based singer-songwriter writes the majority of material for the band, which also features multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer, and together they won the Best Live Act title in the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – the only category voted for by the public.

But Steve is also enjoying success as a solo artist. In June 2007 he released the understated but powerful Cruel River, his first solo album in seven years and in May 09 he will release Track of Words-Retraced, so called as it subtly revisits and deconstructs his more mainstream-sounding album of the same name from a decade ago.

He is renowned for his strong, trademark narrative songs which reflect the escapades, hopes and fears not only of people in his native West Country but beyond and he pulls no punches when writing highly literate songs about bigger, global issues.

Born in Southampton where both his grandfathers worked in the docks, Steve moved to Devon with his family at the age of five. Attracted to acoustic music by the likes of Dylan and Baez, he started performing whilst still at school and was playing both guitar and mandocello at the age of 14. He learnt his trade playing folk clubs and bars in the Exeter area, joining forces with Phil Beer before leaving Devon to study politics and history in Coventry and take a postgraduate certificate in education at Sussex University.

He then moved to London where he was involved in the rock scene for six years before relocating to Dorset. There he worked as a supply teacher at a local school where he gave guitar lessons to Polly (PJ) Harvey.

From 1987 Steve worked again with Phil Beer, when Beer was still in The Albion Band and in 1991 what was to be the phenomenally successful Show of Hands was formed. Unusually their first album was a live one and the excellent reviews it garnered helped them break into the festival circuit and tour with Ralph McTell.

In the early part of their career, Show of Hands worked with exiled Chilean musicians in the band Alianza. This saw them soaking up new rhythms and learning the South American cuatro, now one of Steve’s trademark instruments. The experience triggered what many consider to be some of Steve’s finest songs – Santiago, Armadas and Columbus (Didn’t Find America).

£16

Note earlier start time 7.30 pm

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk