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Mon 30th Mar 2015

Cotleigh Brewery TA4 2RE

Andy Cutting

Andy Cutting is a rarity. A musician's musician (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner Best Musician 2008 & 2011): a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon practitioner with an ear for a fine tune. Many of his tunes have been purloined along the way: some considered contemporary classics on the folk scene. But then, Andy is also a warm and emotive performer, modestly engaging his audiences with his self-deprecating wit and then flooring them with downright staggering musicianship. There are few melodeon players who put so much feeling into their playing, whether it is a set of dance tunes, or accompaniment to a slow English ballad.

£12/£10

8pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Tue 31st Mar 2015

Glastonbury Assembly Rooms BA6 9DU

Robin Williamson

Robin has performed to great acclaim at the Assembly Rooms many times over the past few years and his concerts there often sell out. His voice seems to get mellower and richer with every year that passes and his songs are interspersed with magical stories and reminiscences that hold the audience rapt.
The man is a national - and international - treasure, and one of the greatest poetical and musical geniuses of the 1960s and the present day.
With a new album of original songs to showcase, come and hear what one man can do with wise words, a harp, guitar and a kick drum.

Tickets cost £12 in advance, or £13 on the door

Available from the Speaking Tree bookshop, High Street, Glastonbury, or online or by telephone from The Bristol Ticket Shop
www.bristolticketshop.co.uk
0117 929 9008


Fri 3rd Apr 2015

Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury. BA6 9JJ

Wildwood Jack

Beautiful acoustic music that's good for the soul. Inspired and memorable melodies accompanied by powerful acoustic guitar and ukulele.

Adam Piggott and Jayne Freeman are UK songwriters, musicians and performers whose music transcends the genres of folk and americana. They have written, recorded and released two original albums over the last two years on the 'Big Village Records' label.
Their latest release 'The Firefly and the Half Diamond' was described by NetRythms as "Genuinely uplifting" with "Intensely adept acoustic guitar stylings" and by Shire Folk as "Melodic and sophisticated", FATEA Showcase said "This is an album full of great songs". R2 Magazine described their debut album 'Anytime Now' as "Quality songwriting, engaging, uplifting and filled with memorable melodies" as well as "a perfect summer soundtrack".
The duo tour extensively. In 2013 they were invited to tour New Zealand as well as playing a string of dates across Europe that have taken them from street festivals in Croatia, Germany and Italy to a circus tent in Austria. They regularly gig throughout the UK and are touring New Zealand again in 2014.
Adam says, "Everything we do is about maximising the sound and capabilities of the acoustic guitar and ukulele together when we play live. Our style has evolved from a lot of playing and experimenting over the years with strong influences from country, folk, blues and jazz".

Their sound has been described as a mix of Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, Debbie Harry and Ry Cooder with a modern Nouvelle Vague twist. Memorable live shows can feature their versions of anything from 'Ghost Town' by The Specials to Pink Floyd's 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond'.

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458 831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com

info AT adamandjayne.com


Holwell Village Hall DT9 5LL

Holwell Performance Night + SwapShop

* Regular event every month *

Enjoy an evening of live entertainment  AT  Holwell Village Hall in Dorset
+exchange seeds, excess produce & unwanted items
(if you've nothing to swap, just pop a contribution in t' hat)

Live Music, Kids Area & SwapShop & ToySwap
Refreshments & Snacks Available
Doors Open 7pm : Contributions Welcome

The evening is for music, poetry, art, storytelling, games, or any other form of shared entertainment we can all enjoy. Well behaved children welcome - There is a small children's area - toys & a colouring table.

FUTURE DIARY DATES : Holwell music nights for are every 1st Friday of the month :-
3rd April, 1st May, 5th June, 3rd July, 7th Aug, 4th Sept, 2nd Oct, 6th Nov, 4th Dec

To perform, exhibit or get involved email Glenn AT BearCatCollective.co.uk

Free Entry - Contributions Welcome

7.00 - 11.30 pm

Contact Samantha Jane: 01963 23145

samantha-jane- AT hotmail.co.uk

http://www.bearcatcollective.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.


Halsway Manor TA4 4BD

Hothouse Festival

with Elephant Sessions, Tom Kitching Band, Sam Kelly Trio, Magic Lantern, Natalie Holmes, Jess McAllister, Sam and Dylan

2015 sees the fourth year of Halsway Manor Hothouse Festival – a one-day, one-night folk arts festival for, and by, young people.

Hothouse Festival's aim is to provide a platform for some of the UK's best up-and-coming young performers.

This year’s Hothouse artists are already hugely successful on the national scene - Sam Kelly, nominated for ‘Best Singer’ in the Spiral Earth Awards 2015 and grand finalist of Britain's Got Talent; The Elephant Sessions, awarded Up and Coming Artist of the Year in the MG Alba Scots Trad Awards; Keynsham based Singer-Songwriter Natalie Holmes; and former young folk award finalist and Spiral Earth Award nominated Tom Kitching’s Interloper. They’re joined by many more superb national and local acts.

The Open Mic Competition will be compered by BBC Young Folk Award Finalist Kitty Macfarlane and will be bigger than ever. Open to any solo or duo aged 25 and under*, the winner will support Steve Knightley at Stogumber Festival in September, as well as bag a slot at Hothouse 2016. Get in touch to register your interest, by email, facebook or twitter ( AT HalswayHHFest)

Halsway Manor is a 15th Century manor house set in 6 acres of grounds on the edge of the Quantock hills. Good music, food and surroundings - A perfect way to spend your Easter Saturday.

*Hothouse is a youth project. Many youth work and government definitions use the age range 13-19, but we’re going with the Arts Council’s youth age band of 11-25, as we think a broader age range is more appropriate.

Tickets are £10 Adults and £2 Children. B&B £30. Camping (and Breakfast) £10

12 noon til late

Phone: 01984 618274 ext 1

hhfest.halswaymanor AT gmail.com

www.facebook.com/HHFest


Fri 10th Apr 2015

Kimmeridge Village Hall BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band & Callers:Teresa Rabbetts & Ruth Thompson

English Ceilidh Barn Dance

No bar - bring your own drinks!

£2.50 adults £1 children

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Contact Steve & Helen Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Hannah More Cottage, Lower North Street, Cheddar BS27 3HE

Singing workshop

An afternoon workshop lead by Issy Emeney.

A relaxed and joyful afternoon singing glorious traditional songs in unison and harmony. No need to read music.

£5 Tickets in advance only please as seats are limited

2pm - 4.30pm

Contact Issy Emeney: 01934 741551

issy AT emeney.com

www.issyemeney.co.uk


Sat 11th Apr 2015

The Town Hall, Crewkerne TA18 7LN

New Rope String Band

After 25 years of musical madness an opportunity to catch their farewell tour

Adults £10 Under 12s £5, Family of 4 £25.

7pm

Contact Tickets from the Town Hall or ring: 01460 77415

abcd AT crewkerne-TC.gov.uk

www.aboutcrewkerne.co.uk


Farmborough Memorial Hall BA2 0AE

Ceilidh with Loafer's Batch

The music will be provided by “Loafer's Batch”, who include local musicians Chas and Joc Blacker and Ray Campbell

The ceilidh is being organised by Mutts with Friends www.muttswithfriends.org . This is a non-profit making dog rescue operating in the local area around Bristol and Bath.

£8 per adult £5 under 16

7.30 pm - 11.00 pm

Contact Claire Good: 07759824362

claire_l_good AT hotmail.com

www.jumblebee.co.uk/ceilidhbarndance


Midsomer Norton Town Hall BA3 2HQ

Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston

Miranda is best know from singing and playing double bass with Show of Hands. Rex is a hugely talented multi instrumentalist.
The town has plenty of FREE parking and the venue has full bar facilities

£10

7.30 p.m.

Contact Helen Beckwith/Bath Box Office: 07977 737621/01225 463362

msn.music AT hotmail.com

http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/


United Church Hall, Dorchester, opposite the Library DT1 1EE

Jump at the Sun with caller Linda Gundry

Come and jig around to work off all that Easter chocolate! Car park opposite, free after 6pm. Sorry - no alcohol allowed on the church premises, soft drinks only but Ploughman's Supper included in the price.

£7 adults £4 children, Supper included

6.30 - 9.30 pm

Contact Jenny

jay_tee AT tesco.net


Tue 14th Apr 2015

White Horse, Exford TA24 7PY

Moor Music - Exmoor Music and Song Session

Acoustic song and music session in the heart of Exmoor.
Hosted by Tom and Barbara Brown.
Singers and musicians are welcome to bring their voices and instruments.
Audiences are just as welcome, but expected to join in the choruses!

from 8.00 pm

Umbermusic
01271 882366/07977 914736
www.umbermusic.co.uk
tomandbarbara AT umbermusic.co.uk


Thu 16th Apr 2015

Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AN

Jon Dyer & Alfie Gidley

Flute and guitar magic from young south-western up-and-comers

£4

8.00 pm

http://www.ritzacoustic.com


Poole Museum BH15 1BW

Hannah Martin & Phillip Henry

Recently described as “Authentic, haunting roots music from a first class duo” (Seth Lakeman), Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are on of the most exciting and innovative duos to appear on the folk / roots/ acoustic scene in recent years – a journey that resulted in their winning the “Best Duo” in the 2014 BBC Folk Awards. With a rapidly expanding following and a truly unique sound that effortlessly spans many genres, the duo have been touring constantly for the past three years, winning new fans of all ages wherever they go.

£10

7.30 pm

Contact Poole Museum: 01202 262600

arts AT poole.gov.uk

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-logboat-sessions-with-hannah-martin-and-phillip-henry-tickets-14105527011


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

Steve Dan Mills

American singer songwriter Steve Dan Mills was the co-founder of Speed Limit 35, one of the first folk rock bands in the American South. He has been enjoying a solo career since the mid 70's and has performed at the Kerrville Folk Festival, London Folk Festival, Belfast Nashville Songwriter's Festival and countless clubs and venues.
His music has been described as "the real thing, sensitive, moving, cathartic and healing." He couples his very powerful vocals with acoustic guitar and harmonica. He elicits tears and laughter and instills hope in his audience.
He has recently moved to London and has begun performing in numerous folk clubs throughout the UK. His song "Dream On Texas Ladies" went to #18 on the Billboard Charts for Rex Allen Jr and sold over 4 million copies for John Michael Montgomery. His songs have also been recorded by major artists such as Neal Coty, Mel MacDaniel and Benita Hill. Guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel has been covering the title cut from this CD, "Inside Out Lookin In" and his own performance of the song may be viewed at his website:
www.stevedanmills.com
Steve’s CD's "Inside Out Lookin' In" and "Remembering Young Stephen" are also available at his website.

Doors: 7:30pm Event Starts: 8:00pm Event Ends: 10:30pm
Starting at: £8.00 (Door Price: £10.00)

http://www.chapelarts.org/


Fri 17th Apr 2015

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

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club - Ruth Thompson (fiddle) and Chris Toyne (accordion) 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


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


Holmefolk, The Orchard Tea Room, Holme Farm Nursery, Wareham BH20 6AQ

Time & Tide : 'The King’s Shilling'

Commemorating the 200th anniversary of Waterloo

7pm –10pm : Food and Folk £8, Entry only £3

Booking Essential: Call The Orchard 01929 554 716 ext 3 or email orchard AT holmeforgardens.co.uk

Musicians and Singers: for a spot call Robin on 01929 427037 or email: robin AT plowman7297.fsnet.co.uk


Portman Hall Shillingstone, between Blandford and Sturminster Newton DT11 0SF

Ruth Thompson (fiddle) and Chris Toyne (accordion)

SHILLINGSTONE BARN DANCE CLUB

Club callers to include Ian Edlin, Paul Miles and AN Others.
No membership...all welcome. Sorry no bar or food but Old Ox nearby before and/or after.

£5 on the door

7.30 for 7.45, finishes at 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


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


Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Jigs for Gigs with caller Jane Thomas

Over Stratton Folk Dance Club Barn Dance

Tickets £8 in advance, or £9 on the door.

8.00pm

Includes a light ploughman’s supper.
No bar – please bring your own.

Advance tickets available from
Chris Holliday 01935 424927
chris AT overstrattonfolkdanceclub.co.uk


The Justice Café at Dorchester Shire Hall DT1 1UY.

Ewan McLennan

The Justice Café returns to Shire Hall for a new season of talks and performances that will inform, entertain and engage. This launch event will feature a concert from acclaimed Scottish folk singer Ewan McLennan followed by a Q&A session on the theme ‘Can Songs Change the World?’
Ewan is a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style. He has played the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival, taken part in the Transatlantic Sessions and supported the International Brigades Memorial Trust at events in Britain and Spain. His 2012 album The Last Bird To Sing was awarded the Alistair Hulett Memorial Prize for Political Songwriting.

Tickets are available from Dorchester Arts (01305) 266925.
http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/18-april-%E2%80%A2-ewan-mclennan-%E2%80%A2-justice-cafe/

8pm (doors and bar 7:30pm)
£10/£8 members & concessions


Sun 19th Apr 2015

The George, West Bay DT6 4EY

Open Mic Folk

Open Mic Folk session with pre-booked slots.

Contact Chris Deacon, gemsecurity AT westbay24.freeserve.co.uk

From 3.00 pm

Note: this usually takes place on the 2nd Sunday of the month, but has moved this month due to a clash with another event.


Marnhull Village Hall DT10 1PR

Blair Dunlop and Emma Stevens

Amazing Co-Headline show not to be missed. This two young artists are rising fast and with both bringing full bands this is sure to be an amazing night.

£10 adv £12 Door

Doors 7pm

Contact Ian Lyster

upturnedpebble AT yahoo.com

marnhullacousticsessions.co.uk


Chalk and Cheese, Maiden Newton DT2 0BD

Music Session

English (usually)

7:30 - 10:45

Contact Ruth and Colin Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


Thu 23rd Apr 2015

Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury. BA6 9JJ

Theo Bard

Inspired songwriter and live music obsessive, Theo Bard is to be found in all the most beautiful, unusual and intimate music spots across the UK, singing his own unique brand of urban folk. His expert picking on the guitar, bold beats and uplifting lyrics combine to make a sound that is both timeless and contemporary, reflecting the diversity of his beloved London.
Classically trained from the age of four on violin, Theo studied folk singing and guitar, African percussion, electric bass and music production.
He's also the man behind the legendary Woodburner nights that bring together the wealth of talent in London's acoustic music scene in some of the most beautiful venues Hackney has to offer.

£5.00

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458 831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com

www.theobard.com


Fri 24th Apr 2015

Church of St Peter & St Paul, South Petherton TA13 5DQ

Fiddlestix & Friends - with caller Will Antell

A ceilidh that will raise funds for the Church of St Peter & St Paul in South Petherton, as well as for this year’s Petherton Folk Fest.
This is only the second time that a ceilidh is being held in Petherton’s Parish Church. It follows last year’s successful event and will feature the same local band – Fiddlestix & Friends - with popular caller, Will Antell. Combining the band with musician friends means that six people will be playing fiddle, guitar, flute, accordion, bass and melodeon.

Tickets cost £8 for adults - £4 for under-16s – and include a ploughman’s supper.

They are available from N&D News in South Petherton and can also be reserved, and paid for on the night, by phoning 01460 249 288 or 01460 929 204.

A licensed bar, as well as tea, coffee and cakes, will also be available throughout the evening.


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

Solarference + Dead Rat Orchestra

This Promises to be an unforgettable night showcasing the inventive experimental folk duo Solarference (last seen at our Centre creating a live score to the 1920's film 'Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde') + Dead Rat Orchestra, whose album was described by FRUK as one of the most moving and visionary pieces I've had the pleasure of hearing in a long time.

£10

8.00pm

Contact Kate Goodale: 01278 422700

kate AT bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk

www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Corfe Mullen Village Hall BH21 3UA

Ray's St Georges Day Ceilidh with: Murphy's lore, Pull & Push, Black Sheep, Stourvale Mummers

The Eighth Ceilidh celebrating Ray Sargent's love for a "good old knees up". raising money for charity at the same time. Three great bands, numerous callers and a mummers play, many reasons why this event sells out every year.

Bring food to share - No Bar.
Tickets may be reserved and collected on the door.

£8.00

7.00 - 11.00 pm

Contact Julia : 01202 604598

juliadcthomas AT googlemail.com

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1421404988114445/?fref=ts


Chaffcombe Village Hall TA20 4BH

Reg Meuross supported by Jemima Farey

£8.50

7.30

Contact Elaine Drewer: 01460 65909

e3dons AT hotmail.com

www.chaffcombe.com Events tab


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


Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

The Casterbridge Band and Michael Catovsky

Bridport Ceilidhs

Bring & Share (finger food) supper and your own wine/beer. Some soft drinks provided.

On-street parking or free town car parks.

£8.50 on the door (better to pre-book/buy for £7.50)

7.30pm - 11pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Donyatt Village Hall TA19 0RJ

Dr Nod's Toxic Feet with June Walsham, caller

South Somerset Green Party invite everybody to a ceilidh for fun and fundraising.

Bar: draft beer and cider on sale.

Bring food to share, supps at 8.30pm.

7.30 till 10.30pm.

£7.50, grandparents and grandchildren by donation
tickets by email: peter.lansdown AT virgin.net
or ring 01460 5228 or 07546 076 022


Sun 26th Apr 2015

Marnhull Village Hall DT10 1PR

Megan Henwood

with support from Lizzyspit

Megan will bring her solo tour to Marnhull for a fantastic show to promote new album Head, Heart Hand. After playing Behind the Castle and North Dorset Folk Festival in 2014 she is sure to be very popular.

£8 adv £10 Door

Doors 7pm

Contact Ian Lyster

upturnedpebble AT yahoo.com

www.marnhullacousticsessions.co.uk


Thu 30th Apr 2015

The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

The Fureys

Legends of Irish music & song The Furey's, renowned for hit songs ‘I Will Love You’, ‘Sweet 16’, ‘The Green Fields Of France’, ‘The Old Man’, ‘Red Rose Café’, ‘Clare To Here’, ‘Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal Away’ etc will play a concert here on Thursday 30th April.

They have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 37 years, audiences that have included former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Former Irish President Mary McAleese and the late Pope John Paul, while Tony Blair has publicly stated his favourite peace song of all time is “The Green Fields of France”. Recently Ireland President Michael D Higgins attended their concert in Dublin’s National Concert Hall. Along with all their hits, they will also be including songs from their new album ‘The Times they are a changing’ They are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Their folk / middle of the road based songs and music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls around the world. A Furey's concert is always a night to remember.

www.thefureys.com

£18.00

http://www.octagon-theatre.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


Tue 5th May 2015

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

Sam Lee & Friends

We are back with the Levels Collective! This season we are starting it off by bringing you a very special guest, the marvellous Sam Lee! He is really talented and we are sure you are going to enjoy this very much

“How many traditional English folk singers do you know who come from North London, studied at Chelsea School of Art, worked as a forager and wilderness expert while moonlighting as a burlesque dancer – until a chance encounter led to the door of the great Scottish Traveller singer Stanley Robertson, and an extraordinary four-year apprenticeship into the arcane, living world of traditional song that few outside the Traveller and Gypsy communities have ever experienced?

Since bursting on to the folk scene at the end of the Noughties, Sam Lee has blazed a trail as an outstanding singer and song collector, the driving force behind the eclectic, award-winning folk club The Nest Collective, which has brought traditional music to all kinds of new stages and venues, and founder of a burgeoning song collectors’ movement that inspires a new generation of performers to draw on living source singers rather than books and records.

Lee is a 21st-century artist, collecting new versions of old songs on his iPhone and laptop, but his repertoire is steeped in the reek and smoke of folk history and lore, its tales of love, parting, exile and murder bound by a sympathetic magic still resonant today, parting the veil on vivid scenes from our islands’ deep history.

£13.00

8:00pm

Phone: 01289 422700

joe AT boomsatsuma.com

www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Quay Stage Acoustic, Pilgrim House, Hope Square, Weymoth DT4 8TU

The Bow-Legged 'Skeeter

Bluegrass Band based in Hampshire & Dorset. Songs and tunes from the Swamps to the Mountains of the American South East. Featuring Charlie Cole on 5 string Banjo, Lindsey Cole on Bass & Vocals, Richard Filleul on Guitar & Vocals, Nigel Canter on Fiddle, Pete Minkey on Mandolin & Vocals.

£5

8pm

Contact Pete Minkey: 01425 489376

peter.minkey AT yahoo.co.uk

Quay Stage Accoustic


Fri 8th May 2015

Orchard Tea Room, Holme Farm Nursery, Wareham BH20 6AQ

Paul J Openshaw (Bare Bones CD launch)

Holmefolk

“Wit and right on sensitivity” (FATEA). “Enigmatically superb” (Tom Morton BBC Radio Scotland). www.paulopenshaw.com

“Bare Bones” is the latest CD from Paul J Openshaw, who is the featured artist at Holmefolk on Friday 8th May. This evening marks the start of the launch weekend.

Booking Essential: Call The Orchard 01929 554 716 ext 3 or email orchard AT holmeforgardens.co.uk

Musicians and singers please e mail or phone for floor spot.

Food and folk £8, Entry only £3.

7pm

Contact Paul: 07802 597319

pauljopenshaw AT btinternet.com

www.paulopenshaw.com


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


Sun 10th May 2015

The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

The Demon Barbers

Renowned for their no holds barred approach to their live shows The Demon Barbers return to the concert stage with a new repertoire, extra band members and a modern twist to their multi-award winning roadshow.

Since winning ‘Best Live Act’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2009 The Demon Barbers have been immersed in the development of their Folk and Hip Hop Dance Extravaganza The Lock In.

Following a number of successful UK tours, including high profile shows at Glastonbury Festival and 5 star reviews for their 2 week run at Edinburgh Fringe, The Demon Barbers now bring some of the UK’s most exciting young Clog, Sword, Hip Hop and Break dancers onto the concert stage to create the live folk music and dance spectacular of the year!

The XL show will feature new material from their latest album Disco At The Tavern, a collaboration with Grammy and Emmy Award winners Donal Hodgson and Kipper, best known for their work with Sting. Combining solid traditional acoustic instruments and songs with the added oomph of a superbly tight rhythm section they create a unique and captivating sound.

£16.50

http://www.octagon-theatre.co.uk


Thu 14th May 2015

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

Richard Durrant

After a successful, 1,500 mile, seven week Cycling Music tour last year the UK’s busiest virtuoso guitarist is back in the saddle.

Ever the maverick Richard Durrant will pedal up to 100 miles between gigs carrying everything on his bike, performing a varied selection of virtuoso guitar music chosen to highlight the chameleon like qualities of this popular instrument. The show will feature Durrant’s own Cycling Music for guitar, sequencers and pre-recorded bicycle percussion, complete with spectacular projected animations. Cycling Music was written for Richard’s very successful and popular, 2014 album, used during the BBC’s coverage of last year’s Le Tour as well as in the film Bicycle (Blue Hippo Productions), on ITV’s Cycle Show and on BBC Radio3.

£13/£11

8.00pm

Contact Kate Goodale: 01278 422700

kate AT bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk

www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Fri 15th May 2015

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

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club - The Rum and Kidney Band with caller Steve Cunio

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


Corfe Mullen Village hall BH21 3UA

Alan Davies with Merry Conceit

Day of Dance

A mixture of Playford and more recently written Social Dances.

This is a morning workshop followed by an afternoon dance.

It is a U3A event but open to all.

As it is a catered event we need the numbers well in advance.

£17.50 to include all food and drinks

10.30-12.30 for the workshop

1.30 - 3.30 for the dance

Contact Margaret Thomas: 01202 872795


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


Osmington Village Hall DT3 6EX

Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston

“The inspirational melding of musical chameleon Miranda Sykes and mandolin maestro Rex Preston has produced one of the most unexpected and exciting new pairings on the acoustic roots scene”. This is one not to miss!
Bar and Bar Snacks - Free parking.

£11.00

7.00 for 7.30pm

Contact Eileen Bramley: 07816 832554

eileenbramley AT hotmail.co.uk

www.SYKESPRESTON.COM


Thu 21st May 2015

Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AN

Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards

Energetic roots from young American trio

£4

8.00 pm

http://www.ritzacoustic.com


Poole Museum BH15 1BW

Naomi Bedford with Paul Simmonds

Born into a family immersed in music, Naomi learnt to sing murderous ballads aged five. Her father, Richard Bedford, edited some of the landmark pop videos of the ‘80s including Come on Eileen and Smooth Operator. At night the family’s small Putney flat would reverberate to The Clash, Dolly Parton and hip hop blasting from the bedrooms, with luminaries such as Julien Temple and Don Letts holding forth in the kitchen. In 2000 Orbital heard her singing at a Brighton party and co-opted her to sing and co-write their Top 20 hit Funny Break.

Nominated for Best Original Song at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Naomi will be appearing with Paul Simmonds, from legendary band The Men They Couldn't Hang.

£8

7.30 pm

Contact Poole Museum: 01202 262600

arts AT poole.gov.uk


Sat 23rd May 2015

Poole United Reform Church, 5 Skinner Street, Poole BH15 5RU

Belshazzar's Feast

Top cultured charismatic duo play in the exquisite natural acoustics of Skinner Street Church

£15 NUS £10

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/297388


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


Fri 29th May 2015 to Sun 31st May 2015

Weymouth Harbourside (Trinity Road, Hope Square and environs) DT4 8TJ

Wessex Folk Festival

Family festival with two free stages showcasing a range of traditional and modern folk acts. Morris dancing, food and craft stalls along the picturesque harbourside. Workshops and traditional sessions in the local pubs. Ticketed concerts on Friday and Saturday night (Steve Turner, Colin Thompson and Tim Laycock)

Line-up: Steve Turner, Colin Thompson, Tim Laycock, State of Undress, Bow Legged Skeeters, Hiproute, Ninebarrow, Galleons, Gaz Brookfield, Jigantics, Galley Beggar, Black Water County, Wes Finch, Weymouth Ukuleleans, Kadia, Paul Openshaw, Moonshine, Exmouth Shanty Men, Alex Roberts, and many others...

Website: www.wessexfolkfestival.com

Ticket info: All free of charge except for the evening concerts. Tickets for these area available on our website or from Weymouth Pavilion.


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


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

Sheelanagig

Sheelanagig deliver intricate, rhythmically complex arrangements of original and traditional works in a Balkan style. Formed in early 2005, this group of incredible players force you to dance your socks off and have a great time.

They have played just about every imaginable venue on their hectic touring schedule; clubs, pubs, art centres, small theatres, European street festivals as well as tearing up the UK festival scene with profile slots at Glastonbury, Green Man and Beautiful Days (to name a few).

Sheelanagig's live shows have grown to incorporate aspects of street theatre, elements of storytelling and even acrobatics. In short, expect mayhem, a lot of laughs and some great music.

£11

8.00pm

Contact Kate Goodale: 01278 422700

kate AT bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk

www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Fri 5th Jun 2015

Broadstone Memorial Hall BH18 8HP

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band & caller Dick Williams

Barn Dance - English Ceilidh

Our very first Arish Mel Summer Ceilidh in a new venue that is great for dancing. No bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles!

£5 adults £2.50 children

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Steve & Helen Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


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


Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

George Inn Giant Ceilidh Band includinng caller Chris Shaw

Bridport Ceilidhs

Bring & Share (finger food) supper and your own wine/beer. Some soft drinks provided.

On street parking or free town car parks nearby.

Tickets can be bought at Jaxsons Deli (East st.) and Bridport Music Shop (South St.), or book with organiser.

£8.50 on the door (better to pre-book/buy for £7.50)

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Osmington Village Hall DT3 6EX

O'Hooley & Tidow

With a personal invitation from Billy Brag to play Glastonbury, sessions on BBC6 Music and Radio 2, a 5* live review and a feature in The Guardian, culminating in a MOJO Folk Album of the Year award for album The Hum, 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”. And they’ve just been nominated Best Duo at the Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015!

Bar and Bar snacks - Free Parking!

£10

7.30pm for 8pm

Contact Eileen: 07816 832554

eileenbramley AT hotmail.co.uk

o'hooleyandtidow.com


Wed 10th Jun 2015

Exmoor Forest, Simonsbath TA24 7SH

Moor Music - Exmoor Music and Song Session

Acoustic song and music session in the heart of Exmoor.
Hosted by Tom and Barbara Brown.
Singers and musicians are welcome to bring their voices and instruments.
Audiences are just as welcome, but expected to join in the choruses!

from 8.00 pm

Umbermusic
01271 882366/07977 914736
www.umbermusic.co.uk
tomandbarbara AT umbermusic.co.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 13th Jun 2015

Harmans Cross Village Hall, Swanage BH19 3EB

The Acoustic Strawbs

Dave Cousins, Dave lambert & Chas Cronk

Bar, Raffle, online tickets available.

During the early 1970’s The Strawbs enjoyed great success on both sides of the Atlantic. Apart from their many hit albums, the hit singles "Part of the Union" and "Lay Down" topped the record charts. They spent more time in the 1970’s over in the States and Canada resulting in their albums charting for five years as they toured with Santana, King Crimson, Frank Zapper,The Eagles, Peter Frampton, Blue Oyster Cult and Joe Walsh.

The Acoustic Strawbs differed from others of the genre because their characteristic sound originated in English folk music, rather than rock.

The band plays classic Strawbs songs with great honesty and musicianship, something for which the Strawbs have always been recognised. Over forty years after their Top Of The Pops years, the sound of the Acoustic Strawbs has mellowed somewhat but they still know how to entertain.

Original singer Dave Cousins is still performing the numbers for which the band is so famous and at the same time, running through the band’s history with a story for every song.

This will be a truly memorable evening for Strawbs fans!

Ensure you have your tickets at just £12.50 for this unique evening in Purbeck

Doors open strictly 7.30pm
Band 8pm.

For more info see: http://www.harmanscrosshall.co.uk
Enquires email : hxvh.music.nights AT gmail.com


Thu 18th Jun 2015

Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AN

The Goat Roper Rodeo Band

Wild acoustic Country from young London-based trio

£4

8.00 pm


http://www.ritzacoustic.com


Poole Museum BH15 1BW

Hannah Robinson

With a voice that echoes Janis Joplin and Eva Cassidy, Bournemouth singer-songwriter Hannah Robinson’s soulful, blues-tinged vocals belies her age. Hannah has established herself as a regular on the south coast’s live music scene, as well as gigging and working frequently in London, transfixing audiences with her stunning voice and laid-back acoustic guitar work.

£6

7.00 pm

Contact Poole Museum: 01202 262600

arts AT poole.gov.uk

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-logboat-sessions-with-hannah-robinson-tickets-14650519097


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/


Fri 10th Jul 2015 to Sun 12th Jul 2015

Priddy Green, Priddy

Priddy Folk Festival

Priddy Folk Festival have finalised their line up for their 2015 festival in July.

Among the names already confirmed for the packed three-day community festival are legendary Scottish singer-songwriter Dick Gaughan and another big name from North of the Border, Duncan Chisholm. Duncan will be appearing at Priddy with his trio (Matheu Watson & Jarlath Henderson) and with his big band Wolfstone.

Also appearing are Saltfishforty, Nizlopi, Leveret, John Kirkpatrick, Will Pound band, Barrule, Elephant Sessions, Wizz Jones, Telling the Bees, The Teacups, The Drystones & many more.

There’s also a free Fringe festival - dance tent, children’s festival and the Fringe tent, our new Word tent, sessions, workshops, guided walks, Qi gong…plenty to do all weekend.

If you’d like to be part of the festival do come and volunteer as a steward.

Tickets for the festival & steward applications are available from the website - to check the full line-up or to buy tickets go to www.priddyfolk.org.


Thu 16th Jul 2015

Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AN

Lee Rahn

Acoustic excellence from young Somerset singer-songwriter

£4

8.00 pm

http://www.ritzacoustic.com


Poole Museum BH15 1BW

AnnaMy

Spellbinding Swedish psych-folk-rock - AnnaMy's top-notch songwriting and stellar musicianship is reminiscent of the masters of the early 1970s such as Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Mellow Candle, Trees, Comus, Vashti Bunyan, Linda Perhacs and others. Yet AnnaMy performs in an unmistakable style all of her own that is both fully rooted in the now and timeless.

£6

7.30 pm

Contact Poole Museum: 01202 262600

arts AT poole.gov.uk

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-logboat-sessions-with-annamy-tickets-16276278788


Fri 24th Jul 2015 to Sat 25th Jul 2015

St Aldhelms Hall, Branksome, Poole BH21 1AD

Beer and Bluegrass

Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys
Hillfolk Noir
Flats & Sharps
The Mountain Firework Company
New Hawleans Jug Band
Medicine Bend
Bowlegged Skeeters

Over 30 real ales and craft beers

Ticket Line 023 8071 1818

www.poolerhythmroots.co.uk


Sat 15th Aug 2015 to Sun 16th Aug 2015

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

Bluegrass / Oldtime Mandolin Workshop with Jesper Rübner-Petersen

During this course Jesper Rübner-Petersen will introduce participants to playing Bluegrass/Oldtime mandolin. Musical examples will be drawn from standard tunes of various levels of difficulty, giving players a broad overview of these genres. Both solo playing as well as accompaniment will be explored during the course, allowing participants to learn new techniques and develop and refine their existing playing skills.

Exercises for improvisation and short forays into music theory will round off the course material. In addition to the principal themes of Bluegrass and Oldtime, individual examples taken from Swing, Jazz and/or Irish Folk music may also be included in the course.

Participants will be split into small, individual groups at various points in the programme enabling players to alternate between soloing and accompaniment so they can fully explore the tunes and exercises.

The course is limited to 16 participants to ensure that all players receive personal instruction and supervision. There will be short breaks for refreshments (e.g. coffee, tea and cake) between the individual course sections. This gives participants an ideal opportunity to exchange ideas or take part in small sessions.

Timetable

Saturday, 15 August: Workshop in the morning and afternoon. Lunch in the Brewer’s Arms (pub) in the village.

Sunday, 16 March: Workshop in the morning and afternoon (until about 4pm). Lunch at the Brewer’s Arms in the village.

Course Fee £90 (excluding accommodation and meals)

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


Thu 20th Aug 2015

Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AN

Ninebarrow

Ninebarrow

Highly emotional Alt and Trad Folk from young West Country multi-instrumentalists

£4

8.00 pm

http://www.ritzacoustic.com


Poole Museum BH15 1BW

Said the Maiden

Said the Maiden are a new Hertfordshire-based vocal trio, making waves on the folk scene. All musicians from an early age, they were involved in shows and concerts together at school in St Albans, but found few outlets for their talents in the working world - until they learned a couple of songs to play at nearby Redbourn Folk Club just for fun. When the crowd called for more but they didn't have any more to sing, they knew they were onto something! Their well-matched vocals and gorgeous arrangements bring new life to traditional songs, and over time they have fleshed out their sound with accompaniments on the accordion, ukulele, guitar, violin and flute.
In March 2013 the girls self released their debut EP "Come Hither". The five-track cd was met with great reviews from fans and critics alike, and was followed by the June 2014 release of their debut album "A Curious Tale", which was, again, met with fantastic reviews.
They have been blown away by the praise and encouragement they've received from the folk community so far, and in just one year have found themselves playing dozens of gigs around the country, from folk clubs and fundraisers to festivals (including Folk By The Oak, Folkeast and Bunkfest), local talent showcases and headline spots. In recent months, Said The Maiden have played as the support act for some big names, including The Fisherman's Friends, Sarah McQuaid, Megson and Hannah James & Sam Sweeney. In April and May 2014 the girls were honoured to join Dave Swarbrick on a tour of the UK, which took them all around the country as the main support act for 14 dates.

£6

7.30 pm

Contact Poole Museum: 01202 262600

arts AT poole.gov.uk

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-logboat-sessions-with-said-the-maiden-tickets-15302432989


Thu 3rd Sep 2015

Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AN

Zen Hussies

Crazy mix of old-time Americana and European grooves. The taster concert for Burnham-on-Sea's 10th Folkfest

£4

8.00 pm

http://www.folkfest.co.uk


Fri 4th Sep 2015

Princess Theatre & Arts Centre, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1EH

Coco & The Butterfields + Ninebarrow

Explosive young folk rockers. The Grand Opening Concert of Burnham-on-Sea's 10th Folkfest

£10

7.15pm

Contact Princess Theatre Box Office: 01278-784-464

http://www.princesstheatreandartscentre.co.uk


Sat 5th Sep 2015

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

The Chris Toyne "Big Hats" Band and caller Steve "Flat Cap" Cunio

Bridport "Hats" Ceilidh

A dance on the weekend of Bridport's famous Hats Festival - prizes for the two hats judged best,silliest or most innovative.

The usual bring and share supper, and B.Y.O alcohol.

£8.50 on the door (better to pre-book/buy for £7.50)

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Thu 17th Sep 2015

Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AN

Damien Barber & Mike Wilson

Deep trad from two of the biggest names in British folk

£4

8,00 pm

http://www.ritzacoustic.com


Poole Museum BH15 1BW

Steve Tilston

Steve Tilston is one of our most celebrated song-smiths, widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music; the words, arrangements and subtle, quite superb guitar playing could be no one else.

£8

7.30 pm

Contact Poole Museum: 01202 262600

arts AT poole.gov.uk

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-logboat-sessions-with-steve-tilston-tickets-16276609778


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


Sat 3rd Oct 2015

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Jigfoot with caller Ian Nichols

Bridport Ceilidhs

The next in Bridport's popular ceilidh series, featuring a new band and caller to us - see www.jigfoot.com

Bring and Share (finger food) supper and your own alcohol. Some soft drinks provided.

£8.50 on the door (better to pre-book/buy for £7.50)

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Thu 15th Oct 2015

Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AN

Jim Crawford

Captivating old-time blues and US folk from Devon-based guitar maestro

£4

8.00 pm

http://www.ritzacoustic.com


Poole Museum BH15 1BW

The 3 Boxes

3 Boxes, a trio of musicians and old friends who have all featured in Hugh Gregory’s 1,000 Great Guitarists book, have taken their experience of playing together, added their unique styles on acoustic guitars (boxes) and the result is much more than the sum of its parts. And “as that trio consists of Clive Gregson, Mark Griffiths and Andy Roberts, we are talking something very special indeed.”

£10

7.30 pm

Contact Poole Museum: 01202 262600

arts AT poole.gov.uk

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-logboat-sessions-with-the-3-boxes-tickets-16276858522


Tue 20th Oct 2015

White Horse, Exford TA24 7PY

Moor Music - Exmoor Music and Song Session

Acoustic song and music session in the heart of Exmoor.
Hosted by Tom and Barbara Brown.
Singers and musicians are welcome to bring their voices and instruments.
Audiences are just as welcome, but expected to join in the choruses!

from 8.00 pm

Umbermusic
01271 882366/07977 914736
www.umbermusic.co.uk
tomandbarbara AT umbermusic.co.uk


Sat 7th Nov 2015

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Jeremy Child calling and providing the music

Bridport Ceilidhs

Jeremy is keen to show off his skills in picking the best music to accompany his dance selections, so come along and try him out!

Bring and Share (finger food) supper, and your own alcohol. Some soft drinks provided.

£7.50 on the door, but better to book/buy in advance for £6.50 - tickets at Bridport Music Shop, and Jaxsons Deli, or contact as below.

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Thu 19th Nov 2015

Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AN

Foo Foo

Funny and touching, this female duo make a hugely welcome comeback. Now with added guitar.

£4

8.00 pm


http://www.ritzacoustic.com


Poole Museum BH15 1BW

Louise Jordan

Music which combines award winning acoustic song writing with a classical sensibility to create original compositions, musical settings of literature and unique arrangements of traditional folk songs. Louise Jordan’s songs tell tales of universal human experience. Questioning yet reflective Louise Jordan uses simple subject matter to create songs of striking intensity and undeniable familiarity.

£6

7.30 pm

Contact Poole Museum: 01202 262600

arts AT poole.gov.uk

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-logboat-sessions-with-louise-jordan-tickets-16276924720


Sat 21st Nov 2015

Bottom Ship, Porlock TA24 8PB

Moor Music - Exmoor Music and Song Session

Acoustic song and music session in the heart of Exmoor.
Hosted by Tom and Barbara Brown.
Singers and musicians are welcome to bring their voices and instruments.
Audiences are just as welcome, but expected to join in the choruses!

from 8.00 pm

Umbermusic
01271 882366/07977 914736
www.umbermusic.co.uk
tomandbarbara AT umbermusic.co.uk


Fri 27th Nov 2015

Osmington Village Hall DT3 6EX

Peter Knight's Gigspanner

Legendary fiddle player Peter Knight is out on the road again this autumn with his band Gigspanner made up of Roger Flack on Guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on Congas and Djembe. Together they bring their own brand of ‘cool folk’ with far-reaching musical influences from Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal. Whilst Roger shares a folk rock affinity with Peter, Vincent offers a striking counterbalance having studied his craft in Senegal and Cuba. It’s beautiful, alternative, ambient and perfect to escape to
it’s also unique and unlike any other band out there.”

£14

7.00 for 7.30pm

Contact Eileen: 07816 832554

eileenbramley AT hotmail.co.uk


Sat 5th Dec 2015

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Arish Mel with caller Dick Williams

Bridport Ceilidhs

Join us for our pre-Christmas knees-up, a good time is guaranteed for all!

Bring and Share (finger food) supper, and you own alcohol. Some soft drinks provided.

£8.50 on the door (better to pre-book/buy for £7.50), from Bridport Music Shop, Jaxsons Deli, or contact as below.

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com