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Sat 28th May 2016

Victoria Hall, Radstock BA3 3QG

Gaz Brookfield

Gaz Brookfield is a solo acoustic musician based in Bristol.
Often playing as many as 200 gigs a year, Gaz's relentless and never-ending tour schedule takes him to every corner of the country and beyond. The last few years saw him play at over 100 UK festivals, including Glastonbury, Beautiful Days, Bearded Theory and many more, firmly cementing him as a festival favourite for the future.

Gaz headlines the finale of Round About Radstock in association with DNA Arts. You can receive a £1 ticket discount by producing a complete Round About Radstock trail card on the door!

£5 / £3

8.00 pm

Contact Danny Brothers: 07740313422

danny.brothers AT bathfestivals.org.uk

http://bathfestivals.org.uk/music/event/gaz-brookfield/


The Farmers Arms (Combe Florey) TA4 3HZ

Mitchell and Vincent

David Mitchell and Graham Vincent are back for their third visit to The Farmers Arms and play a lively mix of traditional music and songs from around the British Isles on Fiddle and Classical Guitar which combine interesting arrangements with great folk tunes.

Based in Dorset and Somerset, Mitchell and Vincent perform around the U.K. and as far afield as The Netherlands playing at all sorts of events and festivals and have supported the likes of Tim Edey, Archie Fisher MBE and Kate Rusby along the way.

Web site: www.mitchellandvincent.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mitchellandvincent
Twitter:  AT mitchellandvin plus  AT mitchellandvinc
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/MitchellandVincent
Email: mitchellandvincent AT gmail.com

The Farmers Arms puts on regular music events featuring a host of top musicians from around the UK.
The West Somerset Railway (The Longest Heritage Railway in England) runs right outside The Farmers Arms pub and you can apparently see the trains from the bar!
http://www.farmersarmsatcombeflorey.co.uk/index.html

8:30pm

Contact David Mitchell

mitchellandvincent AT gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/1019919871432912/


Sun 29th May 2016

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

Oysterband

!!! SOLD OUT !!!


A 'Chance to Dance' Event.

“Hello, we’re Oysterband. We make a kind of Modern, Folk-based British music, Acoustic at heart but not always quiet. We’ve been doing this for a long time, and we’re pretty good at it by now.
Everything we’ve experienced makes us sympathetic to the left, the green and the sceptical; but at the same time we like the rich diversity of tradition. Contradictory? You bet!
We’ve made one DVD so far and 11 studio CDs; we’ve played in 35 or so countries; we’ve played jails and political rallies as well as festivals and gigs; and we’ve made good friends all over the world.”

7.30pm.

Ticket: £20 Full. No concessions.

Box Office open Weds & Friday 11 - 1.30pm. Tel 01460 240340
Email - General enquiries info AT thedavidhall.org.uk
Tickets etc. boxoffice AT thedavidhall.org.uk


Westonzoyland Church Hall TA7 0EP

Wildwood Jack

Free Sunday afternoon concert ( delicious tea and cake at modest charge)

Music on the Levels presents the opportunity to hear this unique acoustic guitar and ukulele duo from Kent for free, whilst enjoying afternoon tea and cake for a modest charge! Wildwood Jack's melodic songs draw on influences from folk country and world music.
They embrace the troubadour lifestyle and spend large parts of the year touring across UK, Europe
and New Zealand.

Free event. Optional afternoon tea - £3

Doors open - 3.45

Finish time: 6 pm

Contact Celia Smith: 07707 387 286

onthelevels AT outlook.com


Tue 31st May 2016

Drax Arms Bere Regis BH20 7HH

Folk Night

Free Entry: Put 31st May in your diary. The Drax Arms Folk Club Bere Regis from 8pm will be providing yet another great night of music with special guests:
Mick Ryan
Nigel Waite
Gillian Kemp
Gertrude's Golden Gaelic Gherkins
Hosted by Paul J Openshaw Lesley Quayle and Richard Quayle

8pm

www.draxfolk.org.uk


Thu 2nd Jun 2016

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

Performance Evening

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

Box Office open Weds & Friday 11 - 1.30pm. Tel 01460 240340
Email - General enquiries info AT thedavidhall.org.uk
Tickets etc. boxoffice AT thedavidhall.org.uk


Fri 3rd Jun 2016 to Sun 5th Jun 2016

Weymouth Harbourside (Trinity Road and Hope Square) 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 music sessions in the local pubs.

Website: www.wessexfolkfestival.com

Ticket info: All free of charge except for the concert ‘A Call to Arms – Songs of love, loss and glory from the men who went to fight Napoleon’ by Finnian McGurk and the Jaunty Men. Tickets for the concert will be available on our website or from Weymouth Pavilion Box Office.

Line up:
Million Dollar Bash; Said the Maiden; Bow Legged Skeeter; The Rumblestrutters; Hatful of Rain; Aidan and the Wildfires; Dorset Wrecks; Weymouth Ukeleans; The Tree Fellas; Something About Mondays; Black Water County; Nick Parker & the False Alarms; The Imprints; Acoustic Rooster; Edd Bleach; Nathan Ball; Kadia; Alan Kirkpatrick & John Shaw; Steve Dan Mills; No Direction; Bob Carter; Louise Jordan; No Mean Feet; Moonshine; Island Voices; Doc Clarke’s Remedy; The Wild Rover Set; Greg Schofield and Pam Dentith


Fri 3rd Jun 2016

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

9Bach

Formed in 2005, 9Bach made their name by taking traditional Welsh Folk songs and recasting them onto a spectral and haunting sound canvas. Tincian, the band’s second album, has been nominated in the ‘Best Album’ category in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The result is an atmospheric, evocative and emotional hybrid of the Folk tradition and Contemporary influences. Building on an ambient sound-picture, the songs take you into the landscape and the emotions that it evokes.

£20.00

8.00 pm

Box Office open Weds & Friday 11 - 1.30pm. Tel 01460 240340
Email - General enquiries info AT thedavidhall.org.uk
Tickets etc. boxoffice AT thedavidhall.org.uk


Mr Punch's Folk Club, The Panborough Inn, Theale BA5 1PN

David and Issy Emeney with Frances Rabbitts

floor singers also welcome.

Enquiries 01934 712144


Art Asylum. Brewers Quay Emporium, Hope Square, Weymouth DT4 8TR

Morris music session

The Wessex Folk Festival is holding a Morris Session at the Art Asylum, Brewers Quay Emporium, Hope Square (the entrance is on the extreme left as you look at the building). The Asylum has a well stocked bar. The session will be hosted by Andy of Frome Valley Morris & Ian of Festus Derriman, ‘apres’ morris before we begin the weekend. So, if you are in Weymouth come and listen or bring along tunes, dance or songs and join in.

7.30pm - 11.30pm

Contact Chris Preece: 01305 823013

Preece173 AT btinternet.com

www.wessexfolkfestival.com


Sat 4th Jun 2016

Church House (St Mary's Hall), South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

George Inn Giant Ceilidh Band, with Chris Shaw

Bridport Ceilidh

GIG CB took us by storm last June, so it's lovely to have coaxed them back - not that Chris needed much persuasion!

Expect a riotous evening!

Bring your own alcohol and a finger food supper to share.

Buy in advance from The Music Shop, Lime Tree Deli, or book by phone/email.

£8.00 in advance, £9.00 on the door

7.30pm - 11.00pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Hothouse Festival

MOORE MOSS RUTTER, GILMORE & ROBERTS, SAM KELLY, THE LITTLE UNSAID, THE DRYSTONES, JON DYER & ALFIE GIDLEY, JEMIMA FAREY, MAZY HOUSE, SHARP TEETH THEATRE, THIRSTY JENNY, JEKYLL & HYDE, plus Sea Shanty, Clog Dance and Flamenco Workshops, great food, local ales and ciders, camping and B&B.

Halsway Hothouse Festival is a one day, one night festival celebrating the new folk generation. It’s the place to see performances by the very best young, emerging artists. We hand-pick performers from all over the UK, and make sure we showcase Somerset talent too. It's a 'folk' festival - but we're pretty open-minded as to what 'folk' means. Expect acoustic folk / roots music, a party atmosphere, great food and drink, and much, much more... It takes place on Saturday 4 June, kicking off at 12 noon and continuing until 11.30pm.

This year’s Hothouse artists include 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees Gilmore & Roberts and Sam Kelly, alongside previous winners Moore Moss Rutter. The Little Unsaid will be making an appearance showcasing their cutting edge alt-folk/electronica. South West performers are well-represented in the line-up, including Priddy duo The Drystones, Jemima Farey, Jon Dyer & Alfie Gidley, Wells-based Thirsty Jenny and Jekyll & Hyde, plus the West Somerset collective Mazy House fronted by gifted young chanteuse Rosie May. As in previous years, there will be the chance to take part in workshops: Clog Dancing with Claire Bailey, Flamenco with Karina Gracia, and Shanties with Pete Truin and the Trad Academy Choir. All ages and abilities are welcomed!

Festival Director Will Lang says, 'This is a small festival that's full of heart - created to support and celebrate young performers, and to entertain and delight audiences of all ages.'

12 noon till late

Tickets are on sale now on the festival website: www.halswayhothouse.co.uk

Tickets for adults (age 14 and over) cost £15, with a limited number of Early Bird tickets available at £10 if booked before 31 March (subject to availability). Under 14s come free, but please pre-book your free pass to ensure your entry. Camping and B&B is available for those wishing to make a night of it; camping passes (£10 per person) and B&B (£25 per person) must be booked in advance. Both options include a big Halsway breakfast in the Manor House on Sunday morning.


Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe, Taunton TA4 2RE

Quicksilver

A return visit to Wiveliscombe by Quicksilver, the popular duo of Hilary Spencer and Grant Baynham.

Grant on Hilary;

“Hilary has one of the most staggering voices in British acoustic music. Most folk fans will know it well from her work with top trio Artisan. If you haven’t yet heard her live, then the CDs will be, firstly, a quite-possibly-life-changing treat and, secondly, a demonstration of her breath-taking range of tone and mood. And now I get to play and write for her.”

Hilary on Grant;

“After four years on BBC1’s “That’s Life!” Grant Baynham became a household name. He is a formidable songwriter and has an energy and enthusiasm which create a high-powered performance of material from virtually every genre you can imagine. He’s also one of the funniest people I have ever met. Is it possible to be formidable and hilarious at the same time? Witth Grant anything is possible”

£12/£10 concessions

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Sun 5th Jun 2016

The Bottle Inn (at Marshwood) DT6 5QJ

Mitchell and Vincent

David Mitchell and Graham Vincent play a lively mix of traditional tunes and songs from around the British Isles on Fiddle and Classical Guitar which combine interesting arrangements with great folk music.
Based in Dorset and Somerset, Mitchell and Vincent perform around the U.K. and as far afield as The Netherlands playing at all sorts of events and festivals and have supported the likes of Tim Edey, Archie Fisher MBE and Kate Rusby along the way.

Web site: www.mitchellandvincent.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mitchellandvincent
Twitter:  AT mitchellandvin plus  AT mitchellandvinc
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/MitchellandVincent

The Bottle Inn was officially recognised by West Dorset CAMRA as being a great pub with great beer as they've voted them West Dorset pub of the year for 2014 and 2016.
Come along for some foot-tapping music in a relaxed atmosphere with a great selection of beers on offer ... dogs are welcome too!

4pm - 6pm

Contact David Mitchell

mitchellandvincent AT gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/1076048989100836/


Eastington Barn, Worth Matravers BH19 3LF

Time and Tide, featuring harpist Sarah Deere-Jones

Folk-drama, Words take Wing, and feast of Dorset food

A Purbeck Art Weeks presentation, Words take Wing, is a unique blend of Dorset folk tunes, songs and words told through the 'facts' notebooks of Thomas Hardy, and a feast of locally sourced Dorset foods and drink.

£18

6.45pm

Performnce ends 8.15ish then meal until dusk

Contact Purbeck Art Weeks

www.purbeckartweeks.co.uk


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

Lucy Ward

Lucy Ward is a multi award winning singer songwriter, her voice is a breath taking example of unique beauty.
Inspired by her roots in the folk tradition, Ward writes songs about people; she never shies away from the big issues but she also has a knack of singing about the 'little moments' that shape and touch us all. Her sensitive and mature song writing belies her years.
Ward has performed all over the world including two Glastonbury Festival main stages and has released three albums to widespread critical acclaim. She has won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award and is the youngest person to ever be nominated for BBC Folk Singer of the year.
Lucy Ward is a warm and vibrant performer with an uncanny ability to make you laugh and cry...a must see artist.
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 - Folk Singer Of The Year Nominee
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 - Horizon Award Winner
New album I Dreamt I Was A Bird out NOW

www.lucywardsings.com

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

http://www.chapelarts.org


Mon 6th Jun 2016

Dorchester Arts, Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HF

Show Of Hands

Long Way Home Tour

‘Show of Hands’ critically acclaimed new album The Long Way Home was nominated in the Best Album category at the 2016 Radio 2 Folk Awards, so our scheduled concert last season had to be pushed back to allow this fantastic band to be present at the Albert Hall.
The good news is that we have secured two dates for this season instead and we are very excited to welcome Steve and Phil back to Dorchester for two nights to remember.
Returning to the songs and sounds that inspired them, the 2016 Long Way Home tour will feature new material from the new studio album alongside their trademark, anthemic, acoustic classics.

£19/£17 members & concessions

8pm (doors & bar 7:30pm)

NOTE: The other concert is Sunday 5th June but an email warned it was 'very nearly sold out' last Friday (12th May), so I'd get in quick if you want to go!


Wed 8th Jun 2016

Bath Folk Club at St. James' Wine Vaults, St. James Street, Bath BA1 2TW

Declan Miller

For their June concert, the Bath Folk Club is delighted to welcome back the masterful Declan Miller, winner of the 2015 New Shoots competition and undoubted rising star of the folk world.
Declan first came to the attention of the Bath Folk Club at Kenysham Music Festival at the tender age of 17, leaving an immediate and lasting impression with his sublime musicianship and honest, earthy songwriting. Encouraged to enter the New Shoots Competition for that year, Declan went on to strike a chord with judges and audience alike, and took the grand prize despite some outstanding competitors.
Declan fits seamlessly within the tradition of roaming troubadours, embodying a style of folk music immersed in the land, in community, commonality, and with a touch of the strange and wonderful. HIs music is evocative to say the least – a weaver of music, song, and story that few could match with the same thoughtfulness and passion.

Price: £6

8:30pm

http://bathfolkclub.org


Fri 10th Jun 2016

Osmington VIllage Hall DT3 6FT

Jim Causley

Jim Causley celebrates over a decade as an acclaimed solo artist and performer

During the past decade Causley has been nominated for no less than five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, won the Spiral Earth Singer of the Year award in 2014, presented his own folk music show on BBC Radio Devon and in 2015 he worked with BBC TV historian Dr Sam Willis to create the music for his show 'Highwaymen, Outlaws and Villains' and was asked to perform his song 'Pride of the Moor' on BBC TV's Countryfile - Dartmoor Special.

Free Parking, Bar, Bar snacks

£11

7 for 7.30

Contact Eileen : 07816 832554 or 01305 833108

Osmington.Music AT gmail.com


St. George's Church, Hinton St George TA17 8SP

Cardboard Fox

Friday night concert, part of Hinton Festival from Saturday 4th June to Saturday 11th June (see website) in our beautiful church. Booking forms on our website.
Doors open 7.00pm.
Cardboard Fox - exciting new 4-piece band with roots in blue-grass www.cardboardfox.co.uk

£12 (under 16s £10)

7.30pm

Contact Ann Matthews

hintonfestival AT hotmail.co.uk

hintonfestival.btck.co.uk


Osmington Village Hall DT3 6FT

Jim Causley - Forgotten Kingdom Tour

Jim Causley celebrates over a decade as an acclaimed solo artist and performer.
Since the release of his debut album in 2005, Causley’s unique voice and persona
have helped him become one of the most well-loved and respected figures of today’s contemporary roots and folk music scene. A prolific collaborator, Causley is hugely admired for his work with iconic groups The Devil’s Interval and Mawkin:Causley as well as playing, touring and recording alongside Waterson:Carthy, John McCusker, Eddie Reader, Graham Coxson, Shirley Collins, Michael Morpurgo, Show of Hands, Kate Rusby, David Rotheray of Beautiful South fame and many more.
During the past decade Causley has been nominated for no less than five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, won the Spiral Earth Singer of the Year award in 2014 and presented his own folk music show on BBC Radio Devon. In 2015 he worked with BBC TV historian Dr Sam Willis to create the music for his show ‘Highwaymen, Outlaws and Villains’ and he was asked to perform his song ‘Pride of the Moor’ on BBC TV’s ‘Countryfile – Dartmoor Special’
He comes to Osmington Village Hall on his Forgotten Kingdom Tour, celebrating a brand new studio album of the same name – ‘Forgotten Kingdom’ was released by Hands On Music on February 19th 2016.
The album is a broad collection of songs inspired by Causley’s native Westcountry, mixing ancient history with the songwriter’s own personal history and experience of the world. Themes range from the Saxon invasion of the area, the Celtic diaspora, to very personal explorations of love and geographical identity.

Osmington Village Hall is a lovely venue, perfect for Jim and his music. It puts the artist in touch with the audience in an informal and intimate atmosphere. The tables are arranged café-style and the audience can relax with a drink from the (very reasonable) bar while listening to Jim sing and chat his way through what promises to be an evening of great music, songs, stories and wit.
Book early – contact 07816 832554 or email osmingtonmusic AT gmail.com – also on FaceBook.

Good Bar and Free Parking

Tickets £11 –
07816 832554 or 01305 833108, or wegottickets.com (small fee)

Doors open 7 for 7.30

Contact Eileen: 07816 832554

osmingtonmusic AT gmail.com

www.jimcausley.co.uk


Sat 11th Jun 2016

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

Pretty Peggy O - Reg Meuross & Jess Vincent

These two highly-respected singer/songwriters combine their distinctive talents in a charming and intimate performance of Folk and Country-tinged original and traditional duets.
Reg first met Jess back in 2012 and was instantly impressed by her highly distinctive voice and narrative song-writing. Since then they have toured together, both as individual performers and often sharing the stage to accompany each other. The result is an electrifying blend of pure high voices and skilful song-writing.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

www.regmeuross.com www.jessvincentmusic.co.uk

Box Office open Weds & Friday 11 - 1.30pm. Tel 01460 240340
Email - General enquiries info AT thedavidhall.org.uk
Tickets etc. boxoffice AT thedavidhall.org.uk


Owermoigne village hall DT2 8XD

The Casterbridge Band

Barn Dance

Price includes Ploughman's

£10 Adult £7.50 Child under 12

7.30 pm - 11.00 pm

Contact Ian Kane: 07887775229

i.kane AT hotmail.co.uk

www.owermoignevillagehall.btik.com


Village Hall Martinstown Winterbourne St Martin Dorchester DT2 9LF

Raggie Annie Folk Dance Band

Barn Dance

Oddfellows hosted event. Includes fish and chip supper.

£9.00 (inc. supper)

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Contact Stephen Slade: 01305 889411


Fri 17th Jun 2016

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Reg Meuross

+ Reset Prose

Reg Meuross is proving to be a top class singer-songwriter, writing some of the most moving and topical songs of our times that make you sit up and think. Not only does he get his message across, but he has set his songs to superb tunes. Truly a troubadour for the 21st Century.
Supporting Reg is a duo travelling from Suffolk especially for us, Reset Prose. Gavin Mitchell and Nathaniel Smith are Reset Prose and will entertain you in style.

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

8.15 pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 18th Jun 2016

South Petherton

South Petherton Folk Fest

The 5th Petherton Folk Fest is scheduled to take place on Saturday 18th June and will again provide a full day of mainly free entertainment for people of all ages.
The Fest will start at 10am with a procession of Morris ‘sides’ into South Petherton’s Market Square. At the same time, events will be getting underway in most of the other venues, including St Peter & St Paul’s Church and its grounds, The David Hall performing arts centre, The Brewer’s Arms pub, The Blake Hall, the yard at the infants’ school and the back garden of Burnworthy House residential home, off Hele Lane.
The morning programme will be a real treat for lovers of Morris dance and music while the afternoon will feature mainly Folk music by at least 20 different groups and performers, and a variety of other entertainment for adults and children. There will also be several modestly-priced workshops for those wishing to improve their dance moves or instrumental skills. And, at 12noon, visitors will be invited to join in the Clipping of the Church - a tradition which dates back over centuries.
A number of stalls in and around Market Square will offer plenty of food and drink, and there will also be a craft market.
“Petherton Folk Fest is continuing a tradition that began in the village in 1231, and we have been thrilled by the interest shown in this new event – which attracts more and more people each year,” said Pete Wheeler, Chairman of the Folk Fest Committee.”Traditional dance and music has a huge following in this area and it is heartening to see the many families who bring along quite young children. This is why we present a wide range of attractions, from Folk music and Morris dancing to storytelling and Punch’n’Judy.
“With the experience of four previous events under our belt we are confident that the 5th Petherton Folk Fest will be the best yet, and we look forward to a great day that will attract a record number of visitors.”
The full programme for the day is on the website www.pethertonfolkfest.org.uk


Sun 19th Jun 2016

Chalk and Cheese, Maiden Newton DT2 0BD

Music Session

Mostly English.

Many thanks to all who come regularly and also to those who try us out; hope you all enjoy it. It's a rather good session. All welcome to play or have a chat and a drink with a friend. There's plenty of space in the skittle alley.

7:30 - 10:45

Contact Ruth or Colin Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


Fri 24th Jun 2016 to Sun 26th Jun 2016

Carhampton

West Somerset Folk Festival

Bill Caddick, Dave and Ann Reader, Nicola Clark, Greg Rowlands, Rakes Adrift

Weekend festival with singarounds, Concert, Folk Club, Workshops. On site camping.

Weekend £12 plus camping £6 a night, Single days or event tickets also available

Contact Mike Dibble: 01643 841597

dibblemjd AT talktalk.net

www.westsomersetfolkfestival.co.uk


Fri 24th Jun 2016

St Peter's Church West Knighton DT2 8FW

The Unprepared Jugband

The Unprepared Jug Band has played in and around Dorset for 5 years. Their music is in the jug and string band tradition, including 1920/30s tunes, blues, hokum, later classics and self-penned songs – brought lovingly to listeners with commitment, expertise, energy and humour. The all acoustic performance (including a jug) explores these different musical styles guaranteeing a ‘jugging good time’. Please follow the band’s CD and ‘Stomp the Floor’ – just like a sunny day in Memphis.
Bar available, in aid of church funds

£8

7.30 pm

Contact Julia 01305 852626 or Leslie 01305 852174

davmilner AT gmail.com

http://moleskin6.wix.com/unpreparedjugband#!Hello-and-Welcome/nwpnj/5603e0e50cf2f0ed7a1fd811


Fri 1st Jul 2016

Townsend House, Townsend Road, Minehead TA24 5RG

Acorn Shanty Crew

U3A Local History Group

Acorn Shanty Crew will sing and talk about Yankee Jack Contact margshaw4 AT gmail.com

2 pm


Sat 2nd Jul 2016

Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall DT6 6ND

The Watkins & Swarbrick Band

As part of their Village Halls tour, The Watkins & Swarbrick Band bring their eclectic mix of music to Wootton Fitzpaine for an intimate and cosy night out.
Ken Watkins & Simon Swarbrick are musicians who have been playing together on and off for years and this affinity translates into a truly moving live performance.
Playing banjo and ukulele as well as guitars, Ken is a masterful portrayer of songs and has a long history of musical performance in the area. Known for his sensitive renditions of Richard Thompson, Don McLean and James Taylor songs, his repertoire moves from mellow jazz standards, such as ‘The Very Thought of You’ to an impassioned version of Bob Dylan’s ‘Masters of War’ and a smattering of his own compositions.
Accompanying Ken, world-class fiddle player, Simon Swarbrick is equally at home on mandolin, acoustic, electric and bass guitars, and together they form a formidable musical team.
Augmenting the line-up is acclaimed singer, Lucy Watkins, whose lovely vocal tone and bluesy performances always captivate an audience. Her interpretations of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Dance Me to the End of Love’ and Billy Fury’s ‘Wondrous Place’ are superlative, and the 3-part vocal harmonies between Ken, Lucy and Angela Heron Watkins have been described as a 'wonderful blend'.
Throw in plenty of informality, some lively banter and a few witty observations of life, and you have all the ingredients for a rewarding musical evening.
There is no admission cost or tickets. Instead people are asked to pay whatever they think the performance was worth by putting money in the guitar case by the door before they leave!
It is essential to book your seats by ringing the Box Office on 01305 837299 as all performances so far have been over-subscribed.

There will be a bar at the venue and doors are open from 7.30pm.
The performance starts at 8pm.

Contact The Watkins & Swarbrick Band: Box Office 01305 837299


Fri 8th Jul 2016 to Thu 10th Mar 2016

Priddy Green, Priddy, Somerset BA5 3BB

Priddy Folk Festival

Come and celebrate 25 years of this great village festival.
The festival was started 25 years ago by the school PTA to raise money for extra music and arts in the school. It’s still run by local volunteers and raises money to support the school, playgroup, church, local organisations, village hall and parish council local projects.

Among the names confirmed for the packed three-day community festival are some great bands from all over the UK - Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales – Altan, Breabach, The Drystones, Calan. Also appearing are Belshazzar’s Feast, Three Cane Whale, Les Barker, Dallahan, Fara, Beth Porter & the Availables, The Hot Vultures, Lady Maisery, Rory McLeod & the Familiar Strangers, Baraka, The Roaring Trowmen, Lucy Ward, Nuala Honan, Mec Lir, Flats & Sharps, Sam Mabbett & Dylan Cairns Howarth, Nathan Ball, Flash Harry, The Playford Liberation Front and a mystery guest band playing for a late dance.

There’s also a free Fringe festival - a Dance Festival with plenty of opportunities to dance in ceilidhs, French Bal and workshops. A children’s festival with dancing, singing, drumming and story-telling 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 team 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.

see website for ticket prices

www.priddyfolk.org


Fri 8th Jul 2016

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Folk at the Forum presents Lucy Ward

+ Granny's Attic

Opening 'Folk at the Forum' festival is Derby's multi award winning young singer-songwriter Lucy Ward.
What a talented and enjoyable performer Lucy has become in just a few short years. Wessex Acoustic gave her one of her first professional top of the bill bookings and now she is in such demand at home and abroad we are very lucky to be able to bring her back once more.
Visiting Wessex Acoustic for the first time to support Lucy, but hopefully not the last, we have another young trio, Granny's Attic, who are making big waves on the folk scene.

£14

8.15 pm - 11.15pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 9th Jul 2016

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion and around the town DT11 7AD

Folk at the Forum

Flossie Malavialle + Two Coats Colder and many more

"Folk at the Forum" festival is a day of traditional street dancing around the town with folk concerts at the British Legion in the afternoon and evening, plus a ceilidh in the evening.

Afternoon concert with a selection of local performers £4.
Evening concert with Flossie Malavialle and Two coats Colder £10.

Ceilidh (Barn Dance) evening £5 - Music: The Hat Band - Caller : Will Hall.
Full details and tickets from website.

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Thu 21st Jul 2016

Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe, Taunton TA4 2RE

The Allison Lupton Band

Allison's band is composed of a stellar group of musicians, including renowned veteran of the Canadian folk scene Ian Bell , acclaimed bass player Denis Rondeau, Grand North American Fiddle Champion Shane Cook with Allison herself on flute and vocals. Delighting listeners with their beautiful renditions of traditional and original songs and tunes, the group features exquisite, three-part vocal harmonies and captivating arrangements highlighting flute, fiddle, guitar, accordion, banjo and acoustic bass.

£12/£10 concessions

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Sat 13th Aug 2016

The United Reformed Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead TA24 5DJ

Acorn Folk Club revival evening

There will be a Guest!

The Guest will be supported by The Acorn Shanty Crew and regular floor spots.

There will be CAKE - as this date has been chosen to be near Eileen Ann's birthday!

Doors open 7.00 for 7.30 pm start (that too - a request to be a bit earlier).

Entry £7.00 to cover cost of hall, guest and advertising etc ...

Full details will be provided later, but put the date in your diary now!

www.acornfolkclub.co.uk


Fri 19th Aug 2016 to Sat 20th Aug 2016

Sherborne and the surrounding area

Sherborne Douzelage International Festival of Music & Dance

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the International Douzelage movement (multi town partnering) Sherborne Douzelage is holding this colourful and vibrant festival.
Participating musicians and dancers will come from Latvia, Czech Republic, Ireland and will be supported by Wessex Morris, Treacle Eater Clog, Yetminster Irish Dancers and other sides.

Friday 19th August 2016 - in Dorchester & villages surrounding Sherborne
Saturday 20th August - all day music and dance around Sherborne town followed by a Gala Concert at 7:30pm in the Digby Hall, Sherborne.

Full programme details and ticket information will be posted on our website http://sherborne-douzelage.org


Thu 25th Aug 2016 to Sun 28th Aug 2016

Purbeck Valley Farmhouse, Valley Road, Corfe Castle BH19 5HU

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

Eliza Carthy & the Wayward Band – Sheelanagig – Rory McLeod & the Familiar Strangers – Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman – The Hot Seats – Undercover Hippy – Gilmore & Roberts – Cardboard Fox – Cate Ferris – Maz O’Connor

http://www.purbeckvalleyfolkfestival.co.uk/


Sat 3rd Sep 2016

Church House (St Mary's Hall), South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Patchwork with Eileen Nightingale calling

A welcome return of Patchwork after a very good dance in December 2014.

Bring and Share finger food supper, and your own alcohol.

£8 in advance, £9 at the door, £4 for 11-16 yrs

7.30pm - 11.00pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Fri 16th Sep 2016

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

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club

Band and caller TBA

First of the autumn/winter/spring series, a light hearted get-together with good caller and live band. No membership.

Squash provided but BYO if you wish.

£6 (£1 non dancers)

7.30 for 7.45 -- 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 1st Oct 2016

Church House (St Mary's Hall), South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Pipe Factory, with Simon Maplesden calling

The band that got the biggest response at their gig with us in April 2014, teamed this time with Simon.

Bring and Share finger food supper, and your own alcohol.

£8 in advance, £9 at the door, £4 for 11-16 yrs

7.30pm - 11.00pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sat 8th Oct 2016

Milborne Port Village Hall DT9 5RE

The New Scorpion Band

Tickets will be on sale at www.ticketsource.co.uk from mid year or from local butchers in The High Street from August.
Premises are licensed and wine etc. will be on sale.

£12.50

7:30 pm

Contact John Oldham: 01963 251028

j.oldham47 AT btinternet.com

www.milborneportvillagehall.org.uk


Fri 28th Oct 2016

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

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club

Band and caller TBA

A light-hearted get-together.
No membership. Squash provided but BYO if you wish

£6 (£1 non-dancers)

7.30 for 7.45 - 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 5th Nov 2016

Church House (St Mary's Hall), South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Jigs for Gigs, with Jane Thomas, Eileen Nightingale and Gill Spence calling

A charity event, with all proceeds going to Bridport Arts Centre; like many such organisations they are suffering a major cut in funding, and it's a pleasure to help them in some small way. Our grateful thanks to 'Jigs' and Jane for helping in this endeavour.

Exceptionally, we will hold a raffle to raise extra funds in support, prize donations welcomed.

Bring and Share finger food supper, and your own alcohol,

£8 in advance, £9 at the door, £4 for 11-16 yrs

7.30pm - 11.00pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Thu 10th Nov 2016

Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY

Seth Lakeman

Plus support from Wildwood Kin

Award-winning folk-singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman will release new album ‘Ballads of the Broken Few’ in Autumn 2016 and is touring the UK in November & December with his band and special guests Wildwood Kin.
Seth has successfully steered English folk music into the mainstream with high-energy performances and a series of best-selling albums over the last 10 years. His previous albums include 2014’s Word of Mouth which entered the UK Top 20 album charts on its release, Mercury-nominated ‘Kitty Jay’ and the gold-selling ‘Freedom Fields’.
The last few years have been eventful and busy for Seth. In between writing and recording albums he has played to audiences around the world including two tours of Australia, he has become a dad to twins, played with the BBC Concert Orchestra, presented a show on BBC Radio 2 and played at a diverse range of venues including the Royal Albert Hall, the Minack Theatre, a number of Cathedrals and in Trafalgar Square.
Seth’s new album ‘Ballads of the Broken Few’ has been produced by Ethan Johns who has worked with Kings of Leon, Joe Cocker and Laura Marling to name but a few and will be released through Cooking Vinyl.


www.sethlakeman.co.uk
www.facebook.com/sethlakeman
www.twitter.com/sethLakemanNews

Doors 7 pm / start 8 pm
£26 (£25 + £1 bf) advance / £28 on the door

http://www.electricpalace.org.uk


Sat 3rd Dec 2016

Church House (St Mary's Hall), South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews, with Jeremy Child calling

Doug and Sarah are the talented Derby duo at the heart of groups such Cupola, DanceCupola, Cross o'the Hands and Cupola:Ward. We enjoyed them as DanceCupola in March 2015 and Sept 2012 and are looking forward to having them as a twosome.

Bring and Share finger food supper, and you own alcohol.

£8 in advance, £9 at the door, £4 for 11-16 yrs

7.30pm - 11.00pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Fri 9th Dec 2016

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

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club

Band and caller TBA

A light-hearted get-together.
No membership. Squash provided but BYO if you wish

£6 (£1 non-dancers)

7.30 for 7.45 - 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Fri 27th Jan 2017 to Sun 29th Jan 2017

Yarn Market Hotel, High Street, Dunster TA24 6SF

Dampiers Round

Folk Dance Workshop Weekend

With caller Ray Goodswen.

A 2 night residential break. Includes all meals and dances.Also includes a trip out to Exmoor's hidden snowdrop valley.

from £180.00 per person

Contact Antony Brunt: 01643 821425

hotel AT yarnmarkethotel.co.uk

http://www.yarnmarkethotel.co.uk/folkdance_snowdrop.htm