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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


Great Bow Wharf, Bow St, Langport TA10 9PN

Westwind

...great Irish traditional music

We welcome back Westwood a multi talented band that plays traditional Irish music, toe tapping tunes and great songs

Tim Dowd. Uillean pipes, flute, whistles
Martin Craven flute, whistles
Thomas Gold fiddle
Alan Miller guitar and English pipes
Laurie Phillips bouzouki and vocals

Also the celebrated Mid Wessex singers singing carols

And the entertaining Langport mummers will perform their Christmas mumming play

Sure to be a great night
Tickets are now on sale. The concert will be in the attractive main room which has great acoustics

£5

8pm

Contact Laurie Phillips: 07899097984

newrope AT gmail.com


Stanpit Village Hall BH23 3NE

State of Undress

State of Undress Go Festive!

Music, Merriment, Mistletoe and Mayhem!

Yes, after a break of two years, the State of Undress festive show is back! Well, the band says Christmas just didn't feel right for them without it! So, expect an evening of some festive favourites such as 'Fairytale of New York' and 'I Saw Three Ships' plus their own festive songs 'The Legend of Christmas Eve' and 'Christmas 'round ours'; some gig favourites; and some songs new to the audience...and to the band!

Audience members are positively encouraged to wear seasonal attire.

At the State of Undress Festive Show, anything can happen, and quite probably will!

We hope you can join us to help us celebrate Christmas and Yuletide.

For a little flavour of what to expect, click on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_r-cqd2W6-I

£7.50

7.30pm

Tickets are £7.50 on the door

or available to reserve or buy in advance from

07971 472768 or 07988 622398

or email: contact AT stateofundress.com

www.stateofundress.com


Chetnole Village Hall, next to the Chetnole Inn DT9 6NU

Captain Thunderbolt's Barn Dance Band

With caller Ruth Thompson
AND The Wessex Mummers
AND Mince Pies

£6 per person, two adults and two children £15

8pm - 11pm

Contact Jim Gailer: 01258 817963

jim AT kingstag DOT net

www.whitestagfolk.co.uk


Swanage

Purbeck Mummers

Swanage British Legion 7.20pm
The Black Swan Swanage 8.00pm
The Globe-Herston 8.45pm.

Free with charity collection

Contact Tony Kemp: 01929480850

anthony613 AT btinternet.com


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


Parish Church Odcombe BA22 8UQ

Stanchester Quire & Guest Appearance: Bonny Sartin

"Christmas Delights": a concert of traditional songs, carols and stories collected from the South West of England. Stanchester Quire is a community choir run by Eddie Upton, Director of Folk South West.
This concert is being held in memory of Harold Montacute who sang with us for many years.

Tickets can be purchased from The Masons Arms, Odcombe or reserved at stanchesterquire1 AT gmail.com

£7

7.30pm

Contact Bonnie Forsyth: 01935 822287

stanchesterquire1 AT gmail.com


Portesham Village Hall DT3 4NS

The Bow Legged Skeeter & The Village Ceilidh Band

Friends of Portesham Village Hall invite you to an informal Concert & Ceilidh on Saturday 20th December at 7.30pm with five piece Bluegrass band ‘ The Bow Legged Skeeter’, + dance to some lively English & Irish tunes with ‘The Village Ceilidh Band’.
Licensed Bar and BYO with small donation for glasses.

Tickets £6, (£2 for acc. children) 01305 871432 and on the door - numbers limited.


Beaminster Museum DT8 3NB

Beaminster Gallery Quire

Christmas Concert ‘Here we come a-carolling’: a medley of traditional village carols, many from Dorset manuscripts, together with seasonal readings and traditional dance tunes

7.30pm

Mulled wine and mince pies.

Tickets £6 at the door, or from:
Beaminster Church Office, Hogshill Street 01308 862320
Yarn Barton Centre, Fleet Street 01308 862715


Wellington Arts Centre, Eight Acre Lane, Wellington TA21 8PS

Wellington Acoustic Music Club

If you enjoy listening to acoustic music in a relaxed atmosphere, come ! along to the Arts Centre bar and have a listen.

If you enjoy playing acoustic music to like-minded people - come along and join in. It doesnt matter what instrument you play - we have guitarists, violinists, flautists, pianists, accordion players, percussionists... and more besides that!

It doesnt matter how good you are - all abilities are welcomed... we all started somewhere!

Theres no charge, but donations are welcomed.

The bar is open throughout the evening for you to moisten your vocal chords!

Find our page on this website in the About Us section and feel free to join our Facebook group: http://bit.ly/musicClub

Free

8:00 pm

http://www.w-a-a.co.uk


Var. locations in Melcombe Regis town centre

Frome Valley Morris Mummers

Dorset mumming play performed in the town centre streets 10.30-12.30 and an old fashioned pub - Chapelhay Tavern, Franchise St, Weymouth, DT4 8JU at 12.45 approx

Contact David Milner: 01305 880154

davmilner AT gmail.com


Sun 21st Dec 2014

Chalk and Cheese, Maiden Newton DT2 0BD

Music Session

This excellent English (mostly) session may have mince pies

7:30 - 10:45

Contact Colin or Ruth Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


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

Performance Evening

The winter solstice performance night is only one week away. Performers are now being sought.
For those who have not been before:
The stage of the David Hall in South Petherton is open to anyone who wants to perform. Each performance slot is about 15 minutes or 3 songs. If you want to perform then it is best to book your slot as we are limited to 12 slots in an evening and sometimes they are all booked in advance.

Bookings by email please. folk AT chriswatts.org
We accept anyone who wants to perform. Performers vary form those experiencing their first public performance to old hands and professionals who are accomplished performers. The standard of performance is usually very high.
For the audience this is a great night out and a chance to see performers who may be famous one day entertained by one of our great regulars.
Entrance is by donation. We ask £1 for performers and £2 for audience just to cover our operating costs.
The bar will be open the whole evening.
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Mon 22nd Dec 2014

St Georges Hall, Kendale Road, Bridgwater TA6 3QE

Bridgwater Dancers Christmas Party

Various MCs and The Bridgwater Band

Party night , wear something sparkly.
Charity night: all proceeds to Childrens Hospice.

Bring & Share supper and a raffle

8.00 - 10.15pm

Contact Robert Blackborow: 01823 491662

robertfolk01 AT hotmail.com


Tue 23rd Dec 2014

The Bell Inn, Ash TA12 6NS

Session

This is the regular fourth Thursday session, moved as the Thursday is Christmas Day.

Details from Martin Hughes

martin.hughes AT mrch.freeserve.co.uk


Fri 26th Dec 2014

Corfe Castle

Purbeck Mummers

12.00 Mid day Corfe Village Square
12.45 Fox Inn
1.30 Castle Inn
2.00 Square and Compass Worth Matravers

free with charity collection

times approximate!

Contact Tony Kemp: 01929 480850

anthony613 AT btinternet.com

http://www.wareham-whalers.org.uk/buttons_mummers/mummers/index.htm


Mon 29th Dec 2014

St Georges Hall, Kendale Road, Bridgwater TA6 3QE

Robert Blackborow

Post Christmas dance party (no Mince Pies !!!)

£1.50

8 - 10 pm

Contact Robert Blackborow: 01823 491662

robertfolk01 AT hotmail.com


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


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

New Year's Party/Ceilidh

Come along and see in the New Year with our ceilidh party featuring the full Jigs for Gigs band. Led by Iain Bryden on two and three row melodeons, and accompanied by Richard on fiddle, Nick on rhythm guitar, and Steve playing base guitar and piano, they are a fantastic, energetic and exciting band from Somerset. Our caller for the evening will be Ann Hinchliffe.

Festivities begin 8pm - 9pm.
Buffet supper 9.30pm.
More music / dance 10.30pm -11.45pm
New Year Call - 11.59pm.

Tickets: £15 Full, No Concessions

PRE-BOOKING ONLY. Please book by Monday 29 December 2014

WARNING. DON'T leave it until the last minute to try to book tickets. There are just 80 places and you know we ALWAYS sell out !!


Corscombe Village Hall DT2 0NS

Babylon's New Year's Eve Party

Informal gathering with barn dancing.

Our 20th party!

Dancers, musicians, callers, singers all welcome.

Bring your own booze and some food to share.
There will be a glass of bubbly at midnight!

(And for the hardy, you can sleep in the hall and we'll even cook you breakfast!)

8.30 - late

Contact secretary AT babylon.org.uk for more details.


Thu 1st Jan 2015

The streets of West Dorset

Babylon

Our 20th New Year's Day tour

Beaminster Square: 11.00 am
Comrades Hall car park, Broadwindsor, 12.00 noon
The Hare and Hounds, Waytown, 1.00 pm

Morris dancing, mumming and probably a session

Contact secretary AT babylon.org.uk for more details.

www.babylon.org.uk


Sat 3rd Jan 2015

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

Party Night!

Home grown talent concert -- featuring Darren Hodge - brilliant young Taunton guitarist, The Acorn Shanty Crew, The Triplets and specially selected long standing floor spots with extended spots. Bring and Share Buffet and Wear a Hat to the Party - there will be prizes!

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.


Sun 4th Jan 2015

The White Lion, Broadwindsor DT8 3QD

Twelfth-tide Pub Carols

Hosted by Beaminster Gallery Quire

After Christmas, but before the holly and the ivy and the mistletoe come down:
Pub carols from Dorset, Somerset and Yorkshire.
Come and sing your socks off !!!
Real pub, real ale, real music, real fire, and real people!

8pm

Admission free – collecting boxes on the bar, for The Children’s Society


Tue 6th Jan 2015

Porlock

The Porlock Wassail

Route: Dovery Museum to Community Orchard.

Information: 01643 863150, http://www.porlockapplepress.co.uk/

6pm till 8pm.


Wed 14th Jan 2015

North Wooton

Wassail

Beetlecrushers are dancing and the Langport Mummers are mumming.

Details from Trevor Hoddinott e-mail pamhoddinott AT talktalk.net


Fri 16th Jan 2015

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

The Bully Wee Band

The Bully Wee Band reformed in 2004, after a 20-year break. It was known as one of the finest Acoustic Folk Rock bands throughout the 1970s. Now with Ian Cutler on violin, Fergus Feely on mandocello/vocals, Colin Reece on guitar/vocals and Jim Yardley on mandolin/vocals, this band are proving that they are still a force to be reckoned with in the Folk world.

8pm.

£17.00

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Sat 17th Jan 2015

Kilmersdon Village Hall BA3 5TD

Kilmersdon Wassail

Meet at Kilmersdon Village Hall (BA3 5TD) at 12.00 for ploughmans followed by crowning of the Wassail Queen. Led by the Village Band the crowd will then process to the community orchard for the wassail ceremony and back to the Old School House for tea and apple cake.

Contact Frances or Martin Horler: 01761 437372

kilmersdonvillagehall AT gmail.com

www.kilmersdonvillagehall.co.uk


Dunster

The Dunster Wassail

Buttercross Orchard (between the Buttercross and The Ball)
7.45pm.


Frieze Hill Community Orchard, Staplegrove Road, Taunton TA1

Wassail

http://www.communityorchard.org.uk/

5pm – 7pm.

“There’ll be cider, a possible hog roast, a procession led by the Wassail Queens, a bonfire and lots of singing and noise to chase away the rotten spirits!”


Kilmersdon

Wassail

Cam Valley Morris will be dancing
Details from Frances Horler e-mail martinfranceshorler AT talktalk.net


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


Fri 23rd Jan 2015

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

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club

Band and caller tba

A lively, light-hearted get-together with live bands and good callers. Sorry no food but squash provided and BYO if you wish. Old Ox Inn nearby.

£5

Start time: 7.30 for 7.45

Finish time: 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Fri 30th Jan 2015

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

Performance Evening

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

Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience. It's a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety - and it doesn't cost the earth - just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.

All types of performance welcome - The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance.... All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 - 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.

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

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

7.30pm.
Suggested contribution. Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience. Please pay on the door.


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

Dr Beth Steiner

Lecture/ Talk

Spanning dragons and devils, fairies and full moons, ghosts and gods, takes you through the legends of Somerset from the mysteries of pre-history to modern mythology. Described as 'the Brian Cox of Mythology', Dr. Beth is a young PHD Oxford graduate who brings a bit of rock'n'roll to Academic studies and her love of myths just about matches her love of tattoos and piercings!

7.30pm

Contact Kate Goodale: 01278 422700

kate AT bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk

www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Sat 31st Jan 2015

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

Phil Beer

Phil is one of the best ambassadors of Acoustic Roots music. A dazzling musician, he is perhaps best known as a top-flight fiddler and plays in the all-star Feast of Fiddles and Show of Hands. His skills do not stop there as Phil plays a variety of instruments including Spanish guitar, mandocello and South American cuatro, also do not forget his rich vocals.

8pm.

Tickets: £18 Full, £17 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.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


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

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

Two of the British Folk scenes most accomplished performers and winners of the BBC Folk Awards ‘Best Duo’ in 2013. 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.

8pm.

Tickets £17 Full, £16 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.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


Thu 12th Feb 2015

Village of Oborne, Near Sherborne DT9 4LY

Steve Knightley

Part of his Grow Your Own Gig tour, Steve is getting back to his roots in this intimate gig.

£16

7 pm

Contact Karen Perryman: 07866 933736

sijid.baxter AT gmail.com

www.growyourowngig.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/


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

Performance Evening

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

Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience. It's a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety - and it doesn't cost the earth - just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.

All types of performance welcome - The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance.... All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 - 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.

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

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

7.30pm

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

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/


bridgwater Arts Centre, 11-13 Castle St, Bridgwater TA6 3DD

The Levels Collective: Sitar and Tablo Duo & The Hand

In Association with Folk Radio Uk, we are excited to continue on from the success of our new regular folk night, bringing you everything, and we mean EVERYTHING that falls under that very, very large umbrella of folk.

RICKY ROMAIN AND JON STERCKX – SITAR AND TABLA DUO
Jon Sterckx (Tabla) & Ricky Romain (Sitar) have been regularly performing Indian music together since 2001 and have developed a strong performance rapport between them.

Their shared understanding and appreciation of North Indian music is always apparent within their performances, as is their mutual enjoyment of each others playing, and of the music being created through their combined playing. Through the sound world of North Indian Rag and Taal, Ricky & Jon’s highly engaging and dynamic performances range from slow, meditative, melodies through to fast and highly detailed exciting rhythmical interplay.

RACHAEL DADD AND WILL NEWSOME (THE HAND)
Having just released her strongest and most impacting body of work into the public sphere experimental folk multi-instrumentalist Rachel Dadd has won the hearts of many garnering widespread media praise and airplay for her latest release ‘We Resonate’, her songwriting hones in on themes of optimism which spread a warm glow over her music.

Fellow Bristolian Will Newsome is well known for his memorable and skillful manipulation of the kora and his haunting yet compassionate vocals. This special gig in which they are re-united as The Hand promises to be very special as they share their own songs as well as those they penned whilst working on Bristol’s ferryboats together.

Visit Folk Radio UK for more details: www.folkradio.co.uk
Bridgwater Arts Centre: bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk/

£10.00

8pm

Contact Kate Goodale: 01278422700

kate AT bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk

www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Sat 28th Feb 2015

Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY

Fairport Convention

Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention remains one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene.

Fairport's 2014 Spring Tour concerts will feature an intimate mix of material from their recent albums as well as classics from the band’s earlier repertoire. There will also be some brand new and previously unperformed songs destined for Fairport’s next studio album.

The band has won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s groundbreaking album Liege & Lief 'The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time'.

Whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music an evening with Fairport Convention will surprise and delight you.

www.fairportconvention.com

7:30 PM
£21 + bf advance / £23 door
Tickets through Bridport TIC on 01308 424901 or online.
http://electricpalace.org.uk


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

The Churchfitters

The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A double bass made out of a saucepan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms. Enjoy traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax, some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes and you’ve got a high energy show that always leaves audiences cheering.

8pm

£18.00

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/


Fri 6th Mar 2015

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

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club

Band and caller tba

A lively, light-hearted get-together with live bands and good callers. Sorry no food but squash provided and BYO if you wish. Old Ox Inn nearby.

£5

Start time: 7.30 for 7.45

Finish time: 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


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.


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

The Buffalo Gal Stampede

Buffalo Gals Stampede: the hottest new Anglo-American dance show on the scene, featuring high-energy percussive step dance to the driving rhythms of the UK’s favourite old-time country string band, The Buffalo Gals. Traditional, blue grass sounds infused with vibrant energy and humour - and a little of the unexpected - makes this an intoxicating dance show to remember.

8pm.
£16.00

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk

Want to have a go? Come and learn some percussive step dance from the Appalachian mountains at 5.30 - 6.30 pm.


Fri 13th Mar 2015

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

Kimber's Men

Kimber's Men are a group of singers specialising in maritime material. Although shanties are the bulk of their repertoire it would be unfair to call them simply a 'shanty group' because they range through nautical ballads and broadsides to modern songs such as Bob Watson's Mollymauk and Gordon Lightfoot's Ballad of Big Blue. They sing their own interpretations with absolute gusto and some beautiful harmonies.

8pm.

Tickets: £17. No concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


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/


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

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are one of the most exciting duos to appear on the Folk/Roots/Acoustic scene in recent years. With a rapidly expanding following and unique sound that effortlessly spans many genres, the duo have been touring for the past three years, winning new fans of all ages wherever they go.

8pm

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Sat 28th Mar 2015

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

Performance Evening

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

Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience. It's a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety - and it doesn't cost the earth - just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.

All types of performance welcome - The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance.... All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 - 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.

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

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

7.30pm

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

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/


Sun 29th Mar 2015

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

The Poozies

The Poozies are an all-female four-piece Folk band featuring Sally Barker, Mary Macmaster, Eilidh Shaw and Mairearad Green. With their energetic vocals and guitar, faultless fiddle playing, delicately dexterous accordion and mellow harp, this inspirational band of women have been delighting audiences in Britain and worldwide for over 20 years. Their close vocal harmonies intensify the songs drawn both from the rich vein of Gaelic culture and other genres.

7.30pm

Tickets: £18 Full, £17 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.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.


Fri 17th Apr 2015

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

Richard Digance

Richard Digance is a rare performer in that he's respected by comedians for his original material and by musicians for being an accomplished performer/guitarist.

His loyal following confirms his wide appeal and ranges from the younger generation to the super-loyal who have followed Richard since the time he had his own ITV series, and even further back when he started out in Folk clubs. Many modern-day performers are inspired by Richard’s guitar playing and individual style.

8pm

Tickets: £16 Full, £15 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


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


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

Performance Evening

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

Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience. It's a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety - and it doesn't cost the earth - just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.

All types of performance welcome - The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance.... All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 - 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.

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

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

7.30pm.

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

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Sat 25th Apr 2015

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

Spiro

Comprising of Jane Harbour (violin/viola), Alex Vann (mandolin), Jason Sparkes (accordion) and Jon Hunt (acoustic guitar/cello), Spiro are ‘like a string quartet’ redefining English Folk music with their special blend of Northumbrian Traditional tunes and Systems music (eg: Steve Reich & Phillip Glass). Their approach to music is unique, breathtaking and seems impossible.

8pm

Tickets: £16 Full, £15 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.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 9th May 2015

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

Kieran Goss

Kieran Goss has long been hailed as one of Ireland's leading songwriters and performers. Over the last 20 years he has consistently delivered songs of rare quality and his wonderful, deceptively simple melodies have won him fans across the globe. But while his albums have made him a star, his live shows have made him a legend. Live on stage is where Kieran Goss truly shines.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £17 Full, £16 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Fri 15th May 2015

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

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club

Band and caller tba

A lively, light-hearted get-together with live bands and good callers. Sorry no food but squash provided and BYO if you wish. Old Ox Inn nearby.

£5

Start time: 7.30 for 7.45

Finish time: 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 16th May 2015

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

Lisa Knapp

Steeped in Folk traditions, the arrival of May in England remains the catalyst for a host of regional and national celebrations to mark the arrival of summer. Lisa will explore Traditional song and material relating to all kinds of aspects which this season evokes, and with a sense of play and honesty, brings the song and the music and the May to life…..

8pm

Tickets: £16 Full, £15 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Sun 24th May 2015

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

The Young'uns

Nobody sleeps when The Young'uns are in town! This Teeside Trio - Sean Cooney, Michael Hughes and David Eagle - are an unlikely force of nature on stage, beguiling audiences with humour, bold vocals, gripping storylines and innate musicality. Describing their gigs as 'absolute chaos', they go on stage without set lists, relying on instinct and rapport with the audience to deliver a killer show.

7.30pm

Tickets: £16 Full, £15 concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Sat 30th May 2015

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

Performance Evening

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

Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience. It's a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety - and it doesn't cost the earth - just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.

All types of performance welcome - The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance.... All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 - 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.

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

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

7.30pm.
Voluntary contribution. Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience. Please pay on the door.
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


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.



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

Baka Beyond

Baka Beyond is a World music group, formed in 1992 with members from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. They fuse Celtic and other Western music styles with traditional Baka music from Cameroon.

Baka Beyond has devised a multicultural, dynamic live stage show with band members hailing from France, Africa and Great Britain. Each musician brings their own influence to the music, creating a unique spectacle and honouring a lesson learned from the Baka people: 'everyone is to be listened to'.

8pm

Ticket: £18 Full, £17 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


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


Fri 12th Jun 2015

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

Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar

In 2011, multi-instrumentalist Ciaran (fiddle, bouzouki, guitar, vocals) met and joined forces with Greg (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, English concertina) to form a brand new duo. Since then, they have not looked back, receiving great reviews for live performances all over the country.

8pm

Tickets: £16 Full, £15 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/


Sat 27th Jun 2015

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

Performance Evening

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

Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience. It's a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety - and it doesn't cost the earth - just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.

All types of performance welcome - The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance.... All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 - 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.

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

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

7.30pm.
Suggested contribution. Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience. Please pay on the door.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.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