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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.


Fri 29th May 2015

Church House, Bathwell Lane, Milborne Port DT9 5AN

Swing Your Partners folk dance club

Swing Your Partners is a new folk dance club for the Sherborne, Milborne Port and Templecombe areas based in Milborne Port and offering an opportunity to get involved in social dancing which not only brings great benefits in terms of mental and physical health, but above all is GREAT FUN. The club will be offering all sorts of country dance but with an emphasis on square dances and contra dances which are currently enjoying a huge revival of interest from young people in the United States and elsewhere. Suitable for all ages and abilities, the monthly club meetings will offer an optional half hour “complete beginners” lesson at the start of each evening aimed at helping you get the most enjoyment out of the programme of dancing which follows. There will usually be live music and always an experienced caller to teach the moves.

The inaugural meeting will be held in Church House, Bathwell Lane, Milborne Port, on Friday May 29th when the music will be provided by local accordionist Chris Toyne. The programme starts at 7.30pm with a beginners class; dancing for all from 8 – 10pm and thereafter an optional social in the local pub conveniently located just a couple of hundred yards away.

Cost £5 - no bar but soft drink available and welcome to byo. For more information about this event contact Colin Everest : colin AT ceverest.demon.co.uk and for more information about contra dance see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nr5tZ6jeYXs


Corfe Castle Village Hall BH20 5EE

Namvula & band

Namvula creates an intrepid new world where folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland combine with her Scottish heritage and London’s vibrant eclectic music scene. Crossing boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism, Namvula’s music draws you into different worlds, yet remains firmly rooted in African soil.
One of the few Zambian artists performing in Europe, Namvula has collaborated and shared the stage with artists including legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, multi award-winning Zambian singer Maureen Lilanda, and sitar player Anoushka Shankar. Joined by a stellar cast of some of the UK’s most respected African and jazz musicians, including bassist Liran Donin of Mercury-nominated Led Bib, and Senegalese percussionist Mamadou Sarr who tours with international star Baaba Maal, the group delivers evocative, honest, and ultimately uplifting performances. Following three memorable performances last winter, Artsreach are excited to be welcoming this outstanding group back to Dorset.

7:30pm.

01929 480483.

£9, £7 u18s, £28 family

www.artsreach.co.uk


Hope United Reform Church, Trinity Street, Weymouth DT4 8TW

Steve Turner

A wonderful performer in a lovely venue with amazing acoustics! Support act is The 2 Peas The concert is part of the Wessex Folk Festival programme of events. The venue has no bar, but you can bring your own. See the festival website for more information. Tickets available via the website, from Weymouth Pavilion box office (01305 783225) or via Pauline/John

£8.00

8.00 pm doors open 7.30 pm

Contact Pauline / John: 01305 821440 / 07801 097891

vindelis AT hotmail.co.uk

wessexfolkfestival.com


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

Richard Digance

+ Tom Leary from Lindisfarne & Feast of Fiddles.

Toting his guitar around the concert halls of the World for 40 years Richard rightly deserves this description by Bob. A regular at Fairports Cropredy Festival and Theatres up and down the country Richard is hilarious, sentimental, irreverent and above all, one of us!
Richard Digance is known as one of the great folk entertainers of the 70s and 80s. His evergreen career has been acknowledged through numerous awards within both the music and entertainment industries, from a BAFTA Nomination as a TV entertainer to a Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. He has supported Steve Martin in the USA, Robin Williams at The London Palladium and is included in The Virgin Anthology of Songwriters for his important contribution to British comedy songwriting. When presented with the Gold Award from the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters he was described as someone who for half a century has travelled the world with just a guitar and an immense collection of stories gathered through his own experiences. That kind of says it all.
He has survived all trends with his two hour one-man show, summer festival appearances in the UK, the United States, Canada and Dubai, his cruise work and television appearances. He is both an accomplished musician, rated by many as one of Britain's greatest acoustic guitarists, inspired by his good friend Ralph McTell and an entertainer who many younger comedians claim as one of their major influences. Garry Bushell, in The Sunday People, listed Richard Digance as one of the Magnificent Seven of British Comedy along with the likes of Tommy Cooper and Bob Monkhouse, a wonderful tribute indeed. On his own ITV Saturday-night show Richard has played guitar with Queen's Brian May, The Moody Blues, Status Quo, Chris deBurgh, Juan Martin, Marc Cohn and Elkie Brooks.

Tom Leary grew up in County Durham, where his grandfather settled from County Cork. He started playing guitar when he was 12 and was influenced by the blues rock players of the sixties, including Jimi Hendrix and Peter Green.
Tom's teenage years were spent playing lead guitar in local bands. He moved to London, learned fiddle, mandolin and flute and became entrenched in the London Irish scene. His involvement in the folk rock scene followed meetings with Dave Pegg and Ric Sanders in the early 1980s. Tom's career has seen him play with the late John B Spencer, Phil Bates (ELO), Clem Clempson, Steve Gibbons, Kevin Dempsey, Little Johnny England, Tanna, Zeus, Albion Morris and many more. He received 3 star reviews in Q Magazine for his solo albums ‘Calm Waters’ and ‘Off the Rocks’. Tom has been in Feast of Fiddles since the outset and says, "I feel blessed to have been in this band for the last 20 years and be with great people. I have many happy memories."
A humorous and interesting man, famous within the band for his laugh amongst other things, his mirth is highly infectious. Great fun to be with and hilariously funny, Tom is just the tonic you need after a long, bad day.

Seating Cannot Be Guaranteed - First Come Etc...No Refunds Unless Show Cancelled.

Tickets Available From The Venue, Collect In Person Or Phone To Pay By Card.
Tickets also available online from or at: Black Cat Records, Taunton.

Venue: 01823 480467
Superb food from 7pm table booking essential.
En Suite accom available plus camping or park your campervan in the field next to the venue - phone first for details and booking.
Adv £15.00 Door £18.00 Venue doors 8pm Start 9pm


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


Hope United Reform Church, Trinity Street, Weymouth DT4 8TW

Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson

An evening with Tim and Colin is always a delight. Two very talented people in a lovely venue makes for an evening not to be missed. Support act The 2 Peas. Venue has no bar, but you can bring your own. Refreshments available. This event is part of the Wessex Folk Festival programme. See their website - wessexfolkfestival.com. Tickets available via the website, Weymouth Pavilion box office (01305 783225) or via Pauline / John

£8.00

8.00 pm doors open 7.30 pm

Contact Pauline / John: 01305 821440 / 07801 097891

vindelis AT hotmail.co.uk

wessexfolkfestival.com


The Kings Arms, Weymouth DT3 4ET

English Music Session hosted by Ruth and Colin Thompson

This session forms part of the Wessex Folk Festival. The Kings Arms is a new venue for us and will hopefully mean that we can actually start at 12:00 without having to wait for everyone to get across the Town Bridge which is always raised at 12:00.
All instruments and abilities welcome.
No entry fee but a collecting pot will probably circulate around the pub to help support this brilliant local festival in such a stunning location

12:00 noon to 2.00 pm

Contact Ruth and Colin Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


Sun 31st May 2015

Cecil Memorial Hall, Cranborne BH21 5QB

Namvula & band

Namvula creates an intrepid new world where folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland combine with her Scottish heritage and London’s vibrant eclectic music scene. Crossing boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism, Namvula’s music draws you into different worlds, yet remains firmly rooted in African soil.
One of the few Zambian artists performing in Europe, Namvula has collaborated and shared the stage with artists including legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, multi award-winning Zambian singer Maureen Lilanda, and sitar player Anoushka Shankar. Joined by a stellar cast of some of the UK’s most respected African and jazz musicians, including bassist Liran Donin of Mercury-nominated Led Bib, and Senegalese percussionist Mamadou Sarr who tours with international star Baaba Maal, the group delivers evocative, honest, and ultimately uplifting performances. Following three memorable performances last winter, Artsreach are excited to be welcoming this outstanding group back to Dorset.

7:30pm.

01725 517883.

£10, £8 u18s, £30 family

www.artsreach.co.uk


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

English Music & Stepping Session, hosted by Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band

All instrumentalists & steppers welcome to this friendly, informal English Music & Stepping Session

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Contact Steve & Helen Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Tue 2nd Jun 2015

Pilgrim House, Hope Sq., Weymouth DT4 8TU

Singers' Night Special

If any of you are staying over after the Wessex Folk Festival this as another chance to perform or sing at our SINGERS NIGHT special. Our last event before our summer break. Bring it on! Club bar, wine raffle, Performers FREE!

£3

8pm

Contact john forsdyke: 07757876274

johnforsdyke AT gmail.com

facebook/quaystage


Wed 3rd Jun 2015

Buckland Newton Village Hall DT2 7BZ

She’Koyokh

In 19th century Eastern Europe, Jewish musicians travelled from town to town performing at weddings and other celebrations, meeting and playing with local musicians and sharing repertoire. In the same vein London-based group She'Koyokh has spent the last decade soaking up the rich folk music of Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Balkans. The band perform soulful Gypsy, Yiddish, Turkish, Kurdish, Ladino and Russian songs and music, including wedding dances and virtuosic solos, all with huge energy and passion. She’Koyokh was nominated as Best Group in the Songlines World Music Awards 2012 and their third album, ‘Wild Goats and Unmarried Women’, was released to high acclaim in 2014 on World Music Network. With a sumptuous mix of violin, accordion, clarinet double bass, guitar and percussion, and vocals from acclaimed Turkish singer Cigdem Aslan, expect a night of exhilarating music for singing, listening and dancing to.

7:30pm.

01300 345455.

£9, £7 u18s, £28 family

www.artsreach.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


Bournemouth Natural Science Society BH1 3NS

The Old Pull and Push

Barn Dance

Bring your own drinks and snacks

£5

Start time: 7.30

Contact Steve Limburn: 01202 722631

swlimburn AT live.com


Chaffcombe Village Hall TA20 4AH

Sunjay

Sunjay is a young performer who has already been nominated for numerous folk and blues awards. Check out his website www.sunjay.tv or visit www.chaffcombe.com

£8.50

7.30 pm

Contact Elaine: 0146065909

e3dons AT hotmail.com

www.chaffcombe.com www.sunjay.tv


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


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

The Ghosts and Characters of the West - Simon Ellis

They are closer than you think! Simon takes tales and legends from dusty archives, old guide books and oral sources (pubs!) and brings them to life with a sparkling Ragtime guitar accompaniment. Some of the stories are about the living and many are recent but all are delivered with a good pinch of salt and humour. Hear about the haunting in ‘The ‘Ring o‘ Bells’, ‘Jan Coo’s Disappearance’ on Dartmoor, ‘The Witch of Digby’ as well as the barrel of beer that never ran out, ‘The Dorset Horseman’ and ‘The Ghosts that Haunt the Memory’ along with many others and
– expect to jump out of your seat!

£6.00

7:30 pm

Contact Sarah Blake: 01258 863861

slcb AT 3d-unlocked.co.uk

symonpaul.co.uk


Sun 7th Jun 2015

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

"Gadarene Cuts a Disk"

Gadarene are one of the most innovative and exciting bands on the English folk scene at the moment. Bright Young Folk said “If you’re planning to hold a folky rave, this is the music you need!” They take old English melodies and combine them with modern dance beats and intricate arrangements to create something brand new with a banging tune.

At 'Gadrarene Cuts a Disk' the band will be recording a new live album. Come and witness this special event and be part of the atmosphere.

7.30pm

£11.00

For more information, please visit

http://www.gadarenemusic.com/Site/Welcome.html

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


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


Glastonbury Assembly Rooms BA6 9DU

Alastair Caplin, Scott Cook, Carrie Tree, Nathan Ball & Jez Hellard

"Live on the Ley" Album Launch

Fans of folk music take note. On Wednesday, June 10th Glastonbury Assembly Rooms will host a special concert for the release of the new album, “Live on the Ley”, recorded live at St. Dunstan’s House on the grounds of Glastonbury Abbey, and featuring a fine selection of top trans-Atlantic folk musicians.

Alastair Caplin is a violinist, singer and composer of rare talent. He has performed with the likes of The Incredible String Band, Dave Swarbrick and Richard Thompson, and made a name for himself with power house trio, The John Langan Band.

Canada’s Prairie Balladeer, Scott Cook is an award-winning song-writer with a deep down caramel voice that holds audiences spellbound, and has been described as “one of Canada’s most imaginative storytellers”. Fresh from a tour of Australia, he’s in the UK on a 30 date tour with Cumbrian-born singer and harmonica virtuoso, Jez Hellard.

Nathan Ball is a crafter of fine songs and hand-made guitars. His powerful, distinctive voice and captivating guitar style are often mentioned in the same breath as folk legends Nick Drake and John Martin.

Carrie Tree is a leading light of the alternative festival scene, regularly playing Glastonbury and other major events. She has collaborated with the likes of Damien Rice, Carly Simon and Martha Tilston – even the prog rock band Marillion!

They will perform in the round, accompanied by stunning double-bassist, Nye Parsons, taking turns to lead songs and accompany one another, so expect rich harmonies, powerful songs and dazzling musicianship.

The concert is at Glastonbury Assembly Rooms, High Street, Glastonbury on Wednesday, June 10th. Doors 7:30pm. Tickets are available from Bristol Ticket Shop (www.bristolticketshop.co.uk) or by emailing contact AT jezhellard.com

£8 adv. £10 on the door

7:30pm

Contact Jez Hellard: 07557382851

contact AT jezhellard.com

www.jezhellard.com


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


Sherborne Castle DT9 5NR

Behind the Castle

!!! CANCELLED !!!


It is with deep regret the organisers of the Behind the Castle music festival in Sherborne have announced its cancellation due to poor ticket sales.
All ticket holders will receive a full refund. Those who bought online will receive an email in the coming days detailing the refund process. Those who bought from Tourist Information Centres should return to the point of purchase for their refund.
“This wasn’t an easy decision to make,” says festival director Ian Lyster. “We are extremely disappointed that the event will not be happening after a very successful opening year.
“At present we need to wait for things to settle down before making any decisions about events in the future, but for now we’d like to thank all those involved, including those who had bought tickets, for their support, encouragement, friendship and understanding.”

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Featuring - The Waterboys, Show of Hands, Larkin Poe, Seth Lakeman, Emily Barker, Nizlopi, Moulettes, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, The Willows, Lizzyspit, Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston, Megson, Jaywalkers, Tom James, ODi, Aimee and Emily Baker.

Having just released the album of their career in the shape of Modern Blues, The Waterboys bring their swirling, heady blend of folk, rock, blues and soul to headline the second annual Behind the Castle music festival.
Set against the imposing backdrop of Sherborne Castle, built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and home to the Digby family since 1617, Behind the Castle is a perfect one-day distillation of the classic summer festival.
In other words, it’s all about the music – and there’s lots of it!
By the time Mike Scott leads The Waterboys on stage, those lofty Castle walls will have heard some 17 acts perform on three stages and all for less than the price of a camping pass at most festivals.
“Last year’s first Behind the Castle was so well received by the performers and audience alike, we wasted no time in planning this year’s event,” says festival director Ian Lyster, 27.
“The aim is to present a full day of the finest music on an incredible site with an easy-going, relaxed atmosphere. The one-day format, with or without overnight camping, offers the chance to soak up a real music festival atmosphere without the need for taking weekday holidays.”
Also appearing are British acoustic roots force Show of Hands, whose critically acclaimed album Centenary: Words and Music of the Great War provided a poignant soundtrack to last year’s commemoration of the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.
Behind the Castle is particularly pleased to present American roots rock duo Larkin Poe, all the way from Atlanta, Georgia. Fronted by sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell, they’ve been feted by the likes of Elvis Costello and Conor Oberst and the release of their debut album, Kin, last year has them marked for stardom.
Chart topping festival favourites Nizlopi bring their irresistible blend of upbeat acoustic melodies and jaw dropping beatbox skills; Australian singer songwriter Emily Barker will again demonstrate why she’s one of the hottest acts of the summer festival circuit, as will last year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Meanwhile, indie-folk darlings Moulettes are a great early bet for band of the day.
Behind the Castle is rightly proud of its family-friendly credentials with superb facilities, free entry for carers for the disabled, excellent food stalls run by local producers and a range of trade stalls, not to mention the brilliant kids area run by the amazing Jumparoo. There will also be a special kids concert led by popular acoustic duo Megson – always a favourite.
Local beers, ciders and wines are served from the festival’s three bars.

from £46

Gates 10:30 am

Finishes: 10:45 pm

Contact Ian Lyster

upturnedpebble AT yahoo.com

www.behindthecastle.co.uk


Worth Matravers Village Hall BH19 3LQ

The Ghosts and Characters of the West - Simon Ellis

The Ghosts of the West are closer than you think! Simon takes tales and legends from dusty archives, old guide books and oral sources (pubs!) and brings them to life with a sparkling Ragtime guitar accompaniment. Some of the stories are about the living and many are recent but all are delivered with a good pinch of salt and humour. Hear about the haunting in ‘The ‘Ring o‘ Bells’, ‘Jan Coo’s Disappearance’ on Dartmoor, ‘The Witch of Digby’ as well as the barrel of beer that never ran out, ‘The Dorset Horseman’ and ‘The Ghosts that Haunt the Memory’ along with many others and
– expect to jump out of your seat!

£5.00

8:00pm

Contact Eventbrite

http://ghostsandcharactersofthewest.eventbrite.co.uk

symonpaul.co.uk


St George’s Church, Reforne, Portland DT5 2JP

‘East to West & West to East’ with the Ridgeway Singers & Band

Join the Ridgeway Singers & Band in the evocative setting of St George’s Church, Reforne on Portland for an exhilarating concert of local songs, stories, poetry and dance tunes that reflect the changing seasons and our long and lasting relationship with the sea. The Ridgeway Singers & Musicians, led by Phil Humphries and Tim Laycock, came together in 2013 to explore the West Gallery tradition of carol singing in South Dorset Ridgeway villages as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded Artsreach project. In 2014 the group extended its repertoire to encompass folk songs collected in Dorset by Henry and Robert Hammond in 1905/6. This special programme for St George’s Church features songs from Dorset’s rich heritage of maritime music and sea shanties.

7:30pm.

01305 269512.

£5

www.artsreach.co.uk


St Mary's Church, Bishops Lydeard TA4 3AT

Teasing The Cat

Traditional Music & more from Britain and beyond, featuring fiddle and flute, mandolins and melodeons, percussion and pipes, hurdy-gurdy, trumpet, accordion, concertina, dulcimer, voice and more....

£8.00

7.00 pm

Contact Gibby Swaine: 01823 669297

teasingthecat AT gmail.com

http://teasingthecat.wix.com/teasingthecat


Wed 17th Jun 2015

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

Somerset Nightingales & the Acorn Shanty Crew

Somerset Nightingales - a Victorian Set with piano,

and The Acorn Shanty Crew in Concert.

7.15 pm

Entry £6.00, raffle, refreshments, in aid of the church funds.


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


Fri 19th Jun 2015

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Vin Garbutt

+ support Men in Black

The Teesside Troubador returns to Wessex Acoustic with his unique style of singing and humour. We promise a night of Vin Magic and a barrel load of laughs.
Supporting Vin are the local Wimborne based duo, Men in Black.
Tickets can be bought online at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/299650

£12 pre-booked, £14 on the door

8.15 pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239 or 07590411515

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Powertsock Hut DT6 3TB

Dallahan

Edinburgh based Irish-Hungarian phenomenon Dallahan recently exploded onto the traditional music scene, including at Scotland’s Celtic Connections Festival. As individuals, they are award-winning soloists who tour with groups as diverse as Kalman Balogh’s Gypsy Cimbalom Band, Larsa, Fiann and Samling; as a band together, they are unstoppable! Having just released their highly acclaimed debut album ‘When the Day is on the Turn’, Dallahan offer a breathtaking musical journey that is as much fun to listen to as it is to play and Artsreach are pleased to welcome them to Dorset.

7:30pm.

01308 485264.

£9, £7 u18s, £28 family

www.artsreach.co.uk


Great Bow Wharf, Bow St, Langport TA10 9PN

Hilary Pavey

A singer songwriter of exceptional talent, well crafted relevant songs, soaring voice and lovely guitar playing. A must see artist !!

Supported by local musicians

free but donations welcome

8 pm

Contact Laurie Phillips: 07899 097 983

newrope AT gmail.com

www.myspace/hilarypavey


Sat 20th Jun 2015

Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor DT8 3QP

The Ghosts and Characters of the West - Simon Ellis

They are closer than you think! Simon takes tales and legends from dusty archives, old guide books and oral sources (pubs!) and brings them to life with a sparkling Ragtime guitar accompaniment. Some of the stories are about the living and many are recent but all are delivered with a good pinch of salt and humour. Hear about the haunting in ‘The ‘Ring o‘ Bells’, ‘Jan Coo’s Disappearance’ on Dartmoor, ‘The Witch of Digby’ as well as the barrel of beer that never ran out, ‘The Dorset Horseman’ and ‘The Ghosts that Haunt the Memory’ along with many others and
– expect to jump out of your seat!

£5.00

8:00 pm

Contact eventbrite

http://ghostsandcharacterscomradeshall.eventbrite.co.uk


Durweston Village Hall DT11 0QA

Dallahan

Edinburgh based Irish-Hungarian phenomenon Dallahan recently exploded onto the traditional music scene, including at Scotland’s Celtic Connections Festival. As individuals, they are award-winning soloists who tour with groups as diverse as Kalman Balogh’s Gypsy Cimbalom Band, Larsa, Fiann and Samling; as a band together, they are unstoppable! Having just released their highly acclaimed debut album ‘When the Day is on the Turn’, Dallahan offer a breathtaking musical journey that is as much fun to listen to as it is to play and Artsreach are pleased to welcome them to Dorset.

7:30pm.

01258 453170.

£9, £7 u18s, £28 family

www.artsreach.co.uk


South Petherton

Petherton Folk Fest

The 4th Petherton Folk Fest on Saturday 20th June will provide a full day of mainly free entertainment for people of all ages – and nearly all of the dancers, musicians and Morris ‘sides’ in the programme come from Somerset or other West Country locations. There will also be stalls, food and a craft market and several modestly-priced workshops for those wishing to improve their dance moves or instrumental skills.
The Fest will start at 10am with a procession of Morris sides into Market Square. At the same time, events will be getting underway in most of the other venues, which include St Peter & St Paul’s Church and its grounds, The David Hall, 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.
Highlights of the event for Folk music fans will be a performance in Market Square by The Drystones – the University-age duo who wowed crowds at the Glastonbury Festival in 2013; and, headlining in The David Hall, the Australian Rory Ellis, billed as the ‘quintessential alternative country artiste’ and so popular at numerous UK festivals that he has moved to live in Devon! The Drystones will close the Folk Fest on the main stage in Market Square at 6pm while Rory Ellis will be performing at the end of an afternoon programme of music in The David Hall.
The English a cappella Folk group, Freshly Ground, is scheduled to perform in the church - as is Stanchester Quire. Refreshments will be available in the church all day and, at 12noon, visitors will be invited to join in the traditional Clipping of the Church, which has been a popular feature of Petherton Folk Fest in previous years.
From noon onwards, fans of Folk music will be able to enjoy about 20 music gigs in different locations – including Willowen, the quirky Indie-Folk trio from Bournemouth, who are making their third appearance at Petherton Folk Fest with a performance at The David Hall.
Events for children are being organised at several venues, starting at 11am with a Morris dance workshop in the infants’ school yard. Many attractions for youngsters will be located in the Church grounds and Angel Heart Theatre is giving puppet performances – to ‘kids of all ages’ - in The Blake Hall.
A Laughter Workshop, for children and grown-ups, will be held in the back garden at Burnworthy House residential home, off Hele Lane, from 11 – 11.45am. There will also be arts and crafts for children from 11am till 2pm; Punch & Judy at 12.30 and a puppet show from 3 till 4pm; plus, refreshments will be available throughout the day.
The full programme for the day is on the website www.pethertonfolkfest.org.uk


Sun 21st Jun 2015

Studland Village Hall BH19 3AE

Dallahan

Edinburgh based Irish-Hungarian phenomenon Dallahan recently exploded onto the traditional music scene, including at Scotland’s Celtic Connections Festival. As individuals, they are award-winning soloists who tour with groups as diverse as Kalman Balogh’s Gypsy Cimbalom Band, Larsa, Fiann and Samling; as a band together, they are unstoppable! Having just released their highly acclaimed debut album ‘When the Day is on the Turn’, Dallahan offer a breathtaking musical journey that is as much fun to listen to as it is to play and Artsreach are pleased to welcome them to Dorset.

7:30pm.

01929 450204.

£10

www.artsreach.co.uk


Chalk and Cheese, Maiden Newton DT2 0BD

Music Session

An excellent session: mainly English and the last one really was.
All instruments and abilities welcome.

7:30 - 10:45

Contact Ruth and Colin Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Martyn Joseph

Martyn is a Welsh Singer Songwriter whose music exhibits primarily a brand of Celtic and folk, while his songwriting is often focused on social lament or protest. From independently releasing his first studio release, I'm Only Beginning in 1983, to his latest 2012 album, Songs For The Coming Home, Joseph's career has spanned twenty-nine years and three different labels –Sony, Grapevine and his own Pipe Records.
In 2004, he won the Best Male Artist Category in the BBC Welsh Music Awards.
Martyn tours internationally and is an activist and has involved himself in a wide range of social causes including Amnesty International and fair trade organisations.

www.martynjoseph.net

8.00 pm - £15

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


Thu 25th Jun 2015

The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton TA1 1JL

The Ghosts and Characters of the West - Simon Ellis

They are closer than you think! Simon takes tales and legends from dusty archives, old guide books and oral sources (pubs!) and brings them to life with a sparkling Ragtime guitar accompaniment. Some of the stories are about the living and many are recent but all are delivered with a good pinch of salt and humour. Hear about the haunting in ‘The ‘Ring o‘ Bells’, ‘Jan Coo’s Disappearance’ on Dartmoor, ‘The Witch of Digby’ as well as the barrel of beer that never ran out, ‘The Dorset Horseman’ and ‘The Ghosts that Haunt the Memory’ along with many others and
– expect to jump out of your seat!

£5:00

7:30 pm

Contact The Box Office: 01823 283244

www.thebrewhouse.net


Fri 26th Jun 2015 to Sun 28th Jun 2015

Carhampton

West Somerset Folk Festival

Twice Dailies ~ Bill Caddick
Rob & Jenny Williams ~ Rob the Rich ~ Paul Nicholas
Acorn Shanty Crew
m/c Ann Parsons

plus
Singarounds ~ Workshops ~ Holy Joe
Di's Famous Teas ~ Wild Thyme Border Morris

Supporting: S.U.R.E. Reg Charity Number 1102299

http://www.westsomersetfolkfestival.co.uk


Fri 26th Jun 2015

The Wellington Arts Centre TA21 8PS

The Ghosts and Characters of the West - Simon Ellis

They are closer than you think! Simon takes tales and legends from dusty archives, old guide books and oral sources (pubs!) and brings them to life with a sparkling Ragtime guitar accompaniment. Some of the stories are about the living and many are recent but all are delivered with a good pinch of salt and humour. Hear about the haunting in ‘The ‘Ring o‘ Bells’, ‘Jan Coo’s Disappearance’ on Dartmoor, ‘The Witch of Digby’ as well as the barrel of beer that never ran out, ‘The Dorset Horseman’ and ‘The Ghosts that Haunt the Memory’ along with many others and
– expect to jump out of your seat!

£6.00

7:30 pm

Contact The Box Office: 01823 667774

w-a-a.co.uk


Richmond Gardens Car Park (Top floor), Bournemouth BH1 1DJ

Dan Canham (StillHouse)

Overview

A modern-day re-imagination of traditional English folk dance on top of a car park with views across Bournemouth.

Night. We find a space in the margins of the city in which to gather: to start an ad hoc ceremony, to stamp our feet and shake our limbs, to dance in the face of an ending. The music is a rider and we are running horses.

Of Riders and Running Horses is a stirring and powerful dance event. Six female dancers and a live band conjure a new kind of old dance, an insistent rhythm, a joyful step into what it means to move together.

Pay what you like

9pm - 10pm

Contact Pavilion Dance South West: 01202 203630

info AT pdsw.org.uk

www.pdsw.org.uk


Sat 27th Jun 2015

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

Performance Evening

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Skinner Street Church by Poole Quay BH15 1RR

Siobhan Miller and Aaron Jones

Part of Poole 'Folk On The Quay' Festival
(the only pay-to-enter event)

Siobhan Miller is one of the foremost singers in Scotland. Her range includes Scottish traditional, contemporary and self-penned material. BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 200 in 2008, she was voted 'Scots Singer of the Year' in the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards in 2011 and 2013.
Siobhan has performed solo and with Jeana Leslie at clubs and major folk festivals throughout Britain and Europe, including Cambridge, Cropredy, Towersey, Orkney, Stonehaven and Celtic Connections. She was a featured singer on the BBC Scotland Hogmanay Live TV show, with Phil Cunningham.
Siobhan performed in '(Davy) Steele the Show' at Celtic Connections and in April 2011 Siobhan travelled to New York, where she was the singer in the Broadway production of JM Barries's 'Peter and Wendy' with Alan Kelly directing Johnny Cunningham's music.
2012 brought new challenges: in Celtic Connections, she appeared in both a concert tribute to Ray Fisher and Ian McCalman's World War I show 'Far, far from Ypres' (later reprised in Edinburgh's Queens Hall); lots of club and festival appearances with Jeana; and touring with Lauren MacColl and Ewan MacPherson in their winter-themed 'A Folky Little Christmas'.
Aaron Jones is a virtuoso string accompanist, one of the top players in Scottish music. He is well-known on the South Coast - well, he was born in Poole! He currently plays guitar and bouzouki in Kate Rusby's band, and, apart from accompanying Siobhan Miller, he plays with Old Blind Dogs and was with Craobh Rua and in a duo with Claire Mann.

tickets £13

Artists Website: www.siobhanmiller.com
Festival website: www.folkonthequay.co.uk


Fri 3rd Jul 2015

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Chris and Kellie While

+ Support - Marion Fleetwood

The stunning voices of Chris and Kellie While deliver Chris's songs with love and skill. Two of the top female vocalists around bring their own magic to Blandford.
Supported by the highly talented multi instrumentalist and stunning singer, Marion Fleetwood (The Jigantics, Trad Arr. and ex Colvin Quarmby)

£12 pre-booked, £14 on the door

8.15 pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239 or 07590411515

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 4th Jul 2015

Watchet Harbour

Maga Carta Celebrations

Lots of activities from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Acorn Shanty Crew will be singing on the esplanade around lunchtime.


Bridgwater Arts Centre + Castle Street TA6 3DD

Bridgwater's Big Bash

with: Ferocious Dog, Talisman, Darren Hodge, Cocos Lovers

Free street party

Bridgwater's Big Bash is a one day street party celebrating all that is great about Bridgwater. Starting at midday, and ending at 8.30pm, the day is jammed packed with music, entertainment and activities for everyone - children and adults! There will be 9 hours of live music, incuding headliner acts gypsy rolk Ferocious Dog and reggae band Talisman, to a 5 hour comedy-a-thon, drumming and dance workshops, puppet making, face painting, a market selling local products, food stands including a hog roast, an outside bar and loads of other activities to get involved in. It's totally free to enter. Sat July 4th

midday to 8.30pm

Contact Kate Goodale: 01278422700

kate AT bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk

http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk/events/event/bridgwaters-big-bash/

(Note: probably limited 'folk' content -- Steve)


Sun 5th Jul 2015

Blenheim Gardens, Minehead

Somerset Nightingales

Contemporary and traditional songs with harmony and guitar
from 2.30 pm;
cafe/deckchairs/bring picnics.


Thu 9th Jul 2015

Barrington Centre Theatre, Pennys Walk, Ferndown BH22 9TH

Michael Chapman

Support Harry Skinner + Dave Saunders (from The Producers)

Having recently been playing as far afield as Israel and Japan The 'Fully Qualified Survivor' makes a rare live appearance in the South West! For such an enormous talent Hull born Michael Chapman remains one of Britains most underrated artists. A superb and very individually styled guitarist Mike embraced the skiffle boom of the 50’s before encountering fellow folk players like Wizz Jones and Davey Graham who encouraged him to turn professional. His own confession to 'Out-miserying Leonard Cohen' is swiftly nullified by humourous anecdotes about Boats, Planes, Trains and various friends dinner table eccentricities. Michaels name sits comfortably alongside others of the same genre such as Bert Jansch and Davey Graham but Michael has that extra something that gives his albums that extra buzz. Three of his mid-seventies albums have been released on a double CD ‘Dogs got more Sense’, musicians featured include Aynsley Dunbar, Pete Wingfield, Keef
Hartley, Rick Kemp (Steeleye Span) and the late, great Mick Ronson (Bowies Spiders from Mars)
This self-styled old white folky-blues guy from Yorkshire is one of the most under-rated heroes of our time. With his uniquely English melancholic perspective and emotive guitar style he deserves wider recognition. Think of J.J Cale gargling gravel, mix in some Alabama backwater,a few pints of Hull, some slow burning, soulful lyrics and virtuoso guitar work and you have the swampy brew that is the essence of Michael Chapman.
If you’ve got a gap in your list of ‘seeing British Legends’ make sure you book for tonights concert!

Harry Skinner + Dave Saunders (from The Producers)
As leading members of Britains award winning blues band ‘The Producers’ Harry and Dave have performed all over mainland Britain, Ireland, Europe, New Zealand and the USA playing some of the biggest blues festivals around including acoustic slots at various festivals such as Tauranga Jazz Festival NZ, Atlanta Blues Festival USA, Burnley Blues Festival, Colne Blues Festival, a stunning set at the Templebar Music Centre during the Guiness/Templebar Blues Festival in Dublin and some of the dates on the ex Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Greens comeback U.K tour, they received riotous applause and rave reviews supporting American bluesman Eric Bibb as well as twice opening for TV’s Jools Holland in front of 4000 fans at two Larmer Tree Festivals and opening the show for rock music legends Procol Harum in front of 3000 people at Lulworth Castle.

Adv £12.50 from venue 01202 894858 or online from bf payable
Doors 7.00pm Start 7.30pm
A sell out last time, folks were turned away so don’t miss this one - book early!


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.


Fri 10th Jul 2015

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

The Levels Collective: Naomi Bedford + Jack Harris

Tonight we are celebrating some of the most exquisite singer singwriters on the folk scene today. Naomi Bedford is an English Folk/roots singer. Her new album ‘ A History of Insolence’ was in Mojo Magazines top ten albums of 2014 and it’s also in Robin Denslows top ten albums in 2014 in The Gurdian. Naomi and her musical partner Paul Simmonds have also been nominated for a 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award (for best original song).

Supported by Jack Harris
A South by Southwest showcasing artist at 17, Jack was also the first international act to win the New Folk song writing competition at The Kerrville Folk Festival, Texas.

‘Seriously vibrant
irresistible’ Colin Irwin, Mojo Magazine *****
‘A voice that sticks like velcro and seduces like silk’ Folk Radio UK *****


£10

8pm

Contact Kate Goodale: 01278422700

kate AT bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk

www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


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

Michael Chapman

Support Harry Skinner + Dave Saunders (from The Producers)

Having recently been playing as far afield as Israel and Japan The 'Fully Qualified Survivor' makes a rare live appearance in the South West! For such an enormous talent Hull born Michael Chapman remains one of Britains most underrated artists. A superb and very individually styled guitarist Mike embraced the skiffle boom of the 50’s before encountering fellow folk players like Wizz Jones and Davey Graham who encouraged him to turn professional. His own confession to 'Out-miserying Leonard Cohen' is swiftly nullified by humourous anecdotes about Boats, Planes, Trains and various friends dinner table eccentricities. Michaels name sits comfortably alongside others of the same genre such as Bert Jansch and Davey Graham but Michael has that extra something that gives his albums that extra buzz. Three of his mid-seventies albums have been released on a double CD ‘Dogs got more Sense’, musicians featured include Aynsley Dunbar, Pete Wingfield, Keef
Hartley, Rick Kemp (Steeleye Span) and the late, great Mick Ronson (Bowies Spiders from Mars)
This self-styled old white folky-blues guy from Yorkshire is one of the most under-rated heroes of our time. With his uniquely English melancholic perspective and emotive guitar style he deserves wider recognition. Think of J.J Cale gargling gravel, mix in some Alabama backwater,a few pints of Hull, some slow burning, soulful lyrics and virtuoso guitar work and you have the swampy brew that is the essence of Michael Chapman.
If you’ve got a gap in your list of ‘seeing British Legends’ make sure you book for tonights concert!

Harry Skinner + Dave Saunders (from The Producers)
As leading members of Britains award winning blues band ‘The Producers’ Harry and Dave have performed all over mainland Britain, Ireland, Europe, New Zealand and the USA playing some of the biggest blues festivals around including acoustic slots at various festivals such as Tauranga Jazz Festival NZ, Atlanta Blues Festival USA, Burnley Blues Festival, Colne Blues Festival, a stunning set at the Templebar Music Centre during the Guiness/Templebar Blues Festival in Dublin and some of the dates on the ex Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Greens comeback U.K tour, they received riotous applause and rave reviews supporting American bluesman Eric Bibb as well as twice opening for TV’s Jools Holland in front of 4000 fans at two Larmer Tree Festivals and opening the show for rock music legends Procol Harum in front of 3000 people at Lulworth Castle.

Adv £12.00 Venue doors 8pm Start 8.30pm
Tickets available from venue, collect in person or phone 01823 480467 to pay by card.
Tickets also available online from bf payable


Sun 12th Jul 2015

Shoscombe Village Hall BA2 8LX

Irish Set Dance with Perfect Cure Ceili Band

Morning WORKSHOP
Afternoon CEILI
Lunch;- Please bring a Picnic to Share.
Afternoon Tea. Cakes.
Refreshments Free or/and Bring Own!
Beginners/Experienced/Friends/All Welcome.

£3.morning. £7..afternoon. Both £9.

10.30 am to 5.00 pm

Contact Val Knight: 07979523918

valcuttywren AT yahoo.co.uk

valcuttywren AT yahoo.co.uk


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 17th Jul 2015

Cheese and Grain, Frome BA11 1BE

Dyer:Cumming's Trio

Fundraising Barn Dance /Ceilidh

Fastnet Divas (the first Girlguiding South West England team to enter the Fastnet Race)invite you to join an evening of fun and laughter with Ceilidh Band Dyer:Cumming's Trio.
Ticket includes hot supper.
Bar, Charity Auction, Free Parking, Raffle.
More info about our Fastnet Race Campaign on our Facebook page "Fastnet Divas" and  AT FastnetDivas

£12.50

7pm - Late

Contact Hannah Nobbs: 01373 455420

Fastnet.divas AT gmail.com

www.cheeseandgrain.com


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


Fri 7th Aug 2015

Dorchester Corn Exchange (upstairs in Town Hall) DT1 1JF

The Spooky Men's Chorale

Hailing from the Blue Mountains in Australia this utterly original all male choir have sold out at Bridport Arts Centre and a string of major UK venues on their last tour. Come and find out why...

7:30pm (doors & bar 7:00pm)

£16/£14 members & concessions

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk


Sat 8th Aug 2015 to Sun 16th Aug 2015

Bath

Bath Folk Festival

Week long festival with lots going on. See website for full details

One of the highlights of the event is the daily summer school (10th-14th August) which is open to musicians of all ages and abilities. Participants get 3 hours of group tuition per day plus recitals,sessions and workshops with top class tutors. The deadline for the Early Bird applications is June 1st, but people can sign up any time until the beginning of August.There is a cheap folk festival campsite £30 for the whole festival (or £20 just for the weekend).
Really hope to see some of you in Bath.

www.bathfolkfestival.org


Tue 11th Aug 2015

Watchet Harbour

Acorn Shanty Crew

Singing on the Esplanade for Watchet Summertime

around lunchtime


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/


Sun 16th Aug 2015

Blenheim Gardens, Minehead

Acorn Shanty Crew

from 2.30 pm;

cafe/deckchairs/bring picnics.


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


Fri 11th Sep 2015 to Sun 13th Sep 2015

Stogumber

Stogumber Festival

Friday 11th September

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

Steve Knightley
A leading force in English folk music, acclaimed ‘Show of Hands’ front man and a BBC award winning singer-songwriter, Steve Knightley appears in his highly impressive solo show. 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 far beyond.
Support from captivating, young Somerset folk/country singer Jemima Farey.

7.30pm - £18/£14

Saturday 12th September

Stogumber Village Hall, Station Road, Stogumber, Taunton, TA4 3TQ

The Drystones
The Drystones are a young duo from Priddy, Somerset who play violin, guitar and whistles. Formed in 2011, they have performed at festivals all over the West Country (including Glastonbury, Sidmouth and Village Pump) where they engage audiences with a maturity beyond their years. The Drystones second album ‘A Tale of Sound and Fury’ was released earlier this year to excellent reviews.
8pm - £8

Sun 13th September

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

Luke Jackson with special guest Ange Hardy

Luke is a young roots singer-songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, who in 2013 was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and The Young Folk Category. With a bold, distinctive voice and a sweet, percussive guitar style, Luke is a confident and charismatic live performer. His aptitude and flair has led to gigs all around the UK and Europe.

Like Luke in 2013, Ange Hardy short listed for a BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award this April. Over the past 12 months her career has seen a meteoric rise, quite simply because her unadulterated melodies, superb guitar work and enchanting, self-penned vocals just leave you wanting more. At this gig she will be previewing her new album, ‘Esteesee’ which is based around the life and works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

4.15pm - £10

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


Fri 25th Sep 2015

Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

The Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club - The Hat Band caller Paul Miles

The Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club is a new club and this will be our first meeting.
We are looking forward to a lively evening.

There will be no food but squash will be provided, BYO if you wish.

£5 under 16 free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


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


Fri 23rd Oct 2015

Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

The Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club - Rum and Kidney Band, caller Steve Cunio

We are looking forward to a lively evening.
There will be no food but squash will be provided, BYO if you wish.

£5 under 16 free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Sat 31st Oct 2015

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

Weston Country Dance Band with caller Ivan Aitkin

Autumn Dance

Bring & Share Supper

£10.00

7:30pm - 11:00pm

Contact Liz Neal: 01202 572196

cerameed51 AT gmail.com

www.bournemouthfolkdanceclub AT btck.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


Fri 29th Jan 2016 to Sun 31st Jan 2016

Yarn Market Hotel, High Street, Dunster TA24 6SF

Folk Dance and Snowdrop Weekend

with the Weston Country Dance Band & Ray Goodswen

A 2 night folk dancing break with a trip out to Exmoor's secret Snowdrop Valley. Package includes full board accommodation including Sunday lunch, all dances and transport to see snowdrops.

from £170.00 per person

Contact Antony Brunt: 01643 821425

hotel AT yarnmarkethotel.co.uk

http://www.yarnmarkethotel.co.uk/folkdance.html