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Thu 14th Nov 2019

Strode Theatre, Church Road, Street BA16 0AB

The Salts

7:45PM

£14.50

http://www.strodetheatre.org.uk/whats-on/view/the-salts/


Cerne Abbas Village Hall DT2 7GY

Talisk

In their five years, Scottish firebrands Talisk have stacked up several major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including 2017’s Folk Band of the Year at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award.
Mohsen Amini (BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year 2018 and nominee 2019), Hayley Keenan and Graeme Armstrong seamlessly meld concertina, fiddle and guitar to produce a multi-layered, enthralling signature that has effortlessly captivated audiences from the USA to Australia, and throughout the UK.
Appearances at world-leading festivals including the Cambridge Folk Festival, WOMAD and Celtic Connections have amassed a die-hard following, whilst the world’s folk and world music media have also lauded high praise on the trio.

7:30pm

Tickets 07779 299541. £14, £10 u18s

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.talisk.co.uk


The Emporium, 39 Princes Street, Yeovil BA20 1EG

Ssshh! Secret Acoustic Folk Supper

a wealth of fabulous local musicians & gorgeous food

Delicious home cooked food, all freshly made in their own kitchen.
Great selection of hot & soft drinks & bar available
veggie, vegan & GF options too

Great atmosphere ~ only £5 entry
Announcing the lineup for Thurs 14th November at The Emporium in Yeovil, Yay!
Chris J Burr, Lost in the Grass, Dora Darling Folk, Trio Fremsley, Richard Drury, Garry "The Slide Guy" Smith, John Bullock, The Midnight Peregrines, Indigo Star Cruiser, Mary Bateman

**The front door will be only open and manned from 6.45pm
for about 30 minutes, after which the back door is the entrance.
Look out for the bright pink signs directing you to the rear entrance.**

7pm-11pm

Event sponsored by Waterloo Music

Emporium Secret Supper dates for your diary...
2020 Dates - 9th Jan, 12th Mar, 21st May, 23rd Jul, 17th Sep, 19th Nov
Discounted season ticket for 2020 = £25 for 6 events


The Emporium, 39 Princes Street, Yeovil BA20 1EG

Ssshh! Secret Acoustic Folk Supper

a wealth of fabulous local musicians & gorgeous food

Chris J Burr, LOST in the GRASS, Dora Darling Folk, Trio Fremsley, Richard Drury, Garry "The Slide Guy" Smith, John Bullock, The Midnight Peregrines, Indigo Star Cruiser, Mary Bateman

Delicious home cooked food, all freshly made in their own kitchen. Great selection of hot & soft drinks
& bar available veggie, vegan & GF options too

Great atmosphere ~ only £5 entry

7pm-11pm

**The front door will be only open and manned from 6.45pm
for about 30 minutes, after which the back door is the entrance.
Look out for the bright pink signs directing you to the rear entrance.**

Event sponsored by Waterloo Music

Secret Supper dates at The Emporium for your diary...
2020 Dates - 9th Jan, 12th Mar, 21st May, 23rd Jul, 17th Sep, 19th Nov
Discounted season ticket for 2020 = £25 for 6 events
http://www.bearcatcollective.co.uk/store/c2/Tickets.html


Fri 15th Nov 2019 to Mon 18th Nov 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Dance and Music Weekend

A long weekend for dancers & musicians to enjoy together. Dancers will explore how callers, dancers and band interact to produce an enjoyable dance, with opportunities to try calling a dance. Musicians focus on playing as a band, and performing tunes in an interesting and danceable fashion! With a supportive atmosphere and approachable leaders, the groups work together to put on a Playford Ball on Saturday (costume welcome) and a Ceilidh on Sunday. Music, both Playford style and Contra, is available in advance.
There is free time in the afternoons, plus optional straw-craft and singing workshops to give some variety.
Who’s it For?
The musicians’ side of the course is designed for players of any instrument who can read music. Some tunes are in keys outside G and D. If in doubt contact David via the Manor.
The dancing is aimed at people with some experience of folk dancing who are keen to learn more. If you’re interested in trying calling then this can be included.
Optional singing and straw craft workshops are designed to be fun for both beginners and those with some experience, offering the chance to learn something new and to develop existing skills.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/folk-dance-and-music-weekend/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Violin Making

The Violin making workshops are extremely popular at Halsway Manor, with many of the participants coming back year after year. The workshop gives maximum continuous time at the workbench supported by Neville Gardner, who has been teaching violin making for the last sixteen years. He is joined by Corrie Schrijver to ensure that there is a ratio of 1 tutor to no more than 5 participants giving plenty of patient and knowledgeable support.

Arrive from 4pm Friday; depart after lunch on Monday.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/violin-making-5/


Fri 15th Nov 2019

Buckland Newton Village Hall DT2 7BZ

Arish Mel, caller Theresa Rabbetts

!!! NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE !!!

The hall is on the B3143

All welcome! You don't have to bring a partner. We have a caller so the inexperienced needn't worry. We are looking forward to a lively evening.
There will be no food but squash will be provided, BYO if you wish.

£6 under 16s free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford Royal British Legion DT11 7AD

Chris Leslie

+ Gill & Bob Berry

Currently the main songwriter for Fairport Convention, we welcome back the highly talented CHRIS LESLIE, with a selection of songs and tunes.
Supporting Chris are Gill and Bob Berry, masters of traditional English songs.

£14 pre-booked, £16 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Charlton Horethorne Village Hall DT9 4PB

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

The Dartmoor-based husband and wife have twice won the coveted Best Duo title at the BBC Radio Folk Awards, consistantly delivering assured distinctive performances and have an enviable class act of imaginative songwriting and musicianship.
With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Fotheringay, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn and Sean have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British Folk.

Take Art Event

Tickets £10 available from Charlton Horethorne Village Shop (01963 220236)
OR
Jenny Biggs (01935 814199) jb AT classicmedia.co.uk

Doors open 7pm. Licensed Bar


Sat 16th Nov 2019

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

Martyn Joseph

Martyn Joseph is a completely unique and mind-blowing artist. Take everything you think you know about singer/songwriters.and rip it up. For one man and a guitar he creates a performance with a huge far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling and passionate. Be it to 200 people or 20,000, he blows the crowd away night after night.
2018 saw him honoured with a Spirit of Folk Award by Folk Alliance International in Kansas USA and he also received Fatea magazines Lifetime Achievement Award here in the UK; and in January 2019, he released his critically-acclaimed album, Here Come The Young, of which Uncut magazine said: Hes never sounded more potent than he does here.

8:00 pm 18

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/martyn-joseph/


Ferndown Village Hall BH22 9ET

Mairearad Green & Anna Massie

Scottish duo, Mairearad Green and Anna Massie continue to tour their fourth album, ‘Farran’, this coming November.
Fresh from a UK tour in April and a performance at Scotland’s biggest music festival, Celtic Connections, Mairearad and Anna will hit the road again this November. The duo will be performing material from their fourth album, ‘Farran’, combined with some familiar favourites, one or two completely new songs and delivered with their intensely warm and friendly stage presence.
Mairearad says, “We performed this album material at many new venues on our April tour and had a great time! It will be lovely to play the material again at some of our favourite places to play this November.”
www.mairearadandanna.com

£14

8pm

Contact Celtic Folk: 01202 083740 / 1202 623740

http://www.celticfolk.net


St Aldhelms Hall opp Branksome Station Poole BH12 1AD

The Local Honeys

Bluegrass Evening with Food, Real Ales, Cider

Following their hugely successful appearance at this year’s Beer and Bluegrass, the Local Honeys from Kentucky USA return for a very special evening of Bluegrass at St Aldhelms Hall.
The Local Honeys are Linda Jean Stokley and Montana Hobbs, both hail from the green rolling hills of Eastern Kentucky, the traditional home of Bluegrass. They blend old time
songs and stories of yesteryear with their own high quality self-penned originals. Their rise has been meteoric, they are hugely popular both in USA and now in Europe. It is indeed a pleasure to welcome them back to Poole, for what will be a fantastic night.

There will be hot food and drink on sale, with Hot Veggie Chili and Baked Potatoes (Beer and Bluegrass style!) and two cask Real Ales and fresh Cider provided by our friends from Dorset Sunshine.


£10 or £12 on the Door

7:30pm

info AT beerandbluegrass.co.uk

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/481790


St Aldhelms Hall opp Branksome Station Poole BH12 1AD

The Local Honeys

Bluegrass Evening with Food, Real Ales, Cider

Following their hugely successful appearance at this year’s Beer and Bluegrass, the Local Honeys from Kentucky USA return for a very special evening of Bluegrass at ST ALDHELMS HALL.
The Local Honeys are Linda Jean Stokley and Montana Hobbs, both hail from the green rolling hills of Eastern Kentucky, the traditional home of Bluegrass. They blend old time
songs and stories of yesteryear with their own high quality self-penned originals. Their rise has been meteoric, they are hugely popular both in USA and now in Europe. It is indeed a pleasure to welcome them back to Poole, for what will be a fantastic night.

There will be hot food and drink on sale, with Hot Veggie Chili and Baked Potatoes (Beer and Bluegrass style!) and two cask Real Ales and fresh Cider provided by our friends from Dorset Sunshine.

£10 or £12 on the Door

7:30pm

info AT beerandbluegrass.co.uk

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/481790


St Peter’s Church, West Knighton DT2 8PE

Methera

Contemporary traditional music from a ground-breaking quartet
With roots firmly planted in English traditional music, national tours, BBC Radio 3 broadcasts and collaborations have helped Methera establish a reputation as a scintillating live act, blazing a trail through the uncharted territory that lies between folk and chamber music. Lucy Deakin (cello), Emma Reid (fiddle), Miranda Rutter (viola) and guest Sam Sweeney (fiddle) combine a deep knowledge of traditional music with a wide range of other influences and expertise and a deep sense of musical interaction. Newly composed pieces sit alongside timeless traditional material; their music is sophisticated and earthy, groundbreaking and familiar, enchanting and thrilling - chamber folk at its best. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7:30pm

Tickets: 07443 659912. £10, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.methera.co.uk


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

Wellington Acoustic Music Club

If you enjoy listening to acoustic music in a relaxed atmosphere, come along to the Arts Centre bar and have a listen.
If you enjoy playing acoustic music to like-minded people - come along and join in. It doesnt matter what instrument you play - we have guitarists, violinists, flautists, pianists, accordion players, percussionists... and more besides that!
It doesn't matter how good you are - all abilities are welcomed... we all started somewhere!
There's no charge, but donations are welcomed.
The bar is open throughout the evening for you to moisten your vocal cords!

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

http://www.w-a-a.co.uk/e.php?e=897


Shaftesbury Arts Centre, 13 Bell Street, Shaftesbury SP7 8AR

Peter Knight's Gigspanner

In the wake of his departure from Steeleye Span, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process established their reputation as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British folk scene, inspiring Maverick magazine to write
Completing the line-up is guitarist Roger Flack, founding member of Celtic-Rock band The Tabs, and percussionist Sacha Trochet.

£16/£10

7.30pm

Contact Shaftesbury Arts Centre: 01747 854321

https://www.shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk/events/gigspanner/


Chapel Arts Centre, 9 Lower Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1QR

The Bob Dylan Story

The stunning and definitive live concert celebration of rock music’s greatest icon.
Join Bob and The Band on a nostalgic trip through and beyond 1960s America as hits including Like A Rolling Stone, Mr Tambourine Man, Blowin’ In The Wind, Knocking On Heaven’s Door, All Along The Watchtower, The Times They Are A-Changin’, Lay Lady Lay and many more are captured to perfection.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dylan’s famous 1969 comeback appearance at the Isle of Wight Festival and relive the moment as we feature classics performed on that heady late summer evening … the joyous romance of I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight, the whimsy of Quinn The Eskimo, and the trademark venom of Maggie’s Farm.

Oh, and don’t forget to shout “Judas”!

www.thebobdylanstory.com

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)

Door Price: £18.00
Advance: £16.50

https://chapelarts.org/events/the-bob-dylan-story/


Ferndown Village Hall BH21 9ET

Mairearad Green and Anna Massie

Two of Scotland's most revered multi-instrumentalists, Mairearad Green (accordion and bagpipes) and Anna Massie (guitar, banjo, fiddle) are a truly captivating duo, providing a highly energetic performance with an instantly warm and friendly stage presence.

Having played alongside each other for over ten years, they revel in an intuitive approach to each other's musical ideas and interpretations, and an "almost telepathic communication" on stage (Hi-Arts), effortlessly showcasing the fruits of duo partnership to the highest level , creating "music more than the sum of just two parts" (The Scotsman).

£14

8.00 pm

Contact Adrian Harman: 01202 083740

info AT celticfolk.net

www.celticfolk.net


Sun 17th Nov 2019

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshop

Workshops are led by Hannah Cumming, an inspiring and experienced workshop leader, who will teach tunes and harmonies by ear. The workshops are suitable for all levels and all acoustic instruments. Notation and audio supplied. Everyone is welcome!

1:30 - 4:30 pm

Admission: £10 in advance / £12 on the door/
£25 for 3 workshops when paid in advance via the website.

info AT sherbornefolkband.org
Julia: 07527 508 277
www.sherbornefolkband.org


Springhead Trust, Fontmell Magna SP7 0NU

Methera

Contemporary traditional music from a ground-breaking quartet
With roots firmly planted in English traditional music, national tours, BBC Radio 3 broadcasts and collaborations have helped Methera establish a reputation as a scintillating live act, blazing a trail through the uncharted territory that lies between folk and chamber music. Lucy Deakin (cello), Emma Reid (fiddle), Miranda Rutter (viola) and guest Sam Sweeney (fiddle) combine a deep knowledge of traditional music with a wide range of other influences and expertise and a deep sense of musical interaction. Newly composed pieces sit alongside timeless traditional material; their music is sophisticated and earthy, groundbreaking and familiar, enchanting and thrilling - chamber folk at its best. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

5.00 pm

01747 811853. £12, £10 friends, £8 u18s, £32 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.methera.co.uk


Cedars Hall, Wells Cathedral School BA5 2ST

Kitty Macfarlane

Kitty is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset, whose music is rich with visual imagery. From the starling murmurations on the Somerset Levels to the lowly eel's epic transatlantic migration, and the small part we ourselves play in a much bigger picture, her songs are bound by the underlying theme of mankind's relationship with the wild.

£10 unreserved

8.00pm

Contact Box Office: 01749 834483

boxoffice AT wells.cathedral.school

https://uk.patronbase.com/_WellsEvents/Productions/33B/Performances


Thu 21st Nov 2019

Townsend House, Townsend Road, Minehead TA24 5RG

Eileen Ann Moore

An Afternoon Soiree with Eileen Ann Moore, Exmoor Singer/Songwriter

Supporting acts - poetry and music.

The venue is just below the Texaco garage.

Raising funds for this historic house in Minehead, with CDs for sale incl. "Colours of a Dragonfly".

2.30 - 4.30 pm

Entry £6.00 incl. light refreshments. Raffle.


Fri 22nd Nov 2019 to Sun 24th Nov 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

17th Annual Zesty Contra Weekend

The 17th Annual Zesty Contra House Party is an exhilarating and popular weekend designed to extend your dance horizons! Bring your instruments too if you fancy joining the band for a session or two.

Contra dancing is a development of the English country dances taken up by the French at the end of the 17th Century which were then exported back to England and subsequently travelled with the early settlers to America. The resurgence of interest in recent years has led to a more contemporary “zesty” contra style.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/15th-annual-zesty-contra-weekend/


Fri 22nd Nov 2019

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

The Tannahill Weavers

The Tannahill Weavers are a band which performs traditional Scottish music. Releasing their first album in 1976, they became notable for being one of the first popular bands to incorporate the sound of the Great Highland Bagpipe in an ensemble setting, and in doing so helped to change the sound of Scottish traditional music. In 2011 the band were inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.
The band was formed in 1968 and practiced in a back room of the McKay family's rented council house at 41 St. Ninian's Road, Hunterhill, Paisley. The band first performed at St. Peter's Folk Club, Glenburn, Paisley which was run by Pat Doherty, father of Weavers' founding member Neil Doherty.
They are named after Scottish poet Robert Tannahill, known as the 'Weaver Poet,' and have recorded several of his songs.

8pm

Tickets 14
www.tannahillweavers.com/
www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club,
https://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk/


Chapel Arts Centre, 9 Lower Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1QR

Roving Crows

Contemporary Celtic Folk Music
After winning International Artist of the Year at the Australian Celtic Music Awards in 2017 the band completed a 3 week tour in Australia in May last year supported by the UK Arts Council.
Roving Crows push the boundaries of the Celtic Folk genre and play with genuine passion, energy and soul – a must see live act.
Since launching in 2009 Roving Crows have been making their mark on the folk and roots scene in the UK as well as International tours to Australia, Ireland, France and in 2019 to Portugal where the band will be welcomed to renowned folk festival Costa Del Folk. Roving Crows have their roots in Irish and Country music with upbeat Irish tunes and dynamic song-writing being at the forefront of their live performance. Fiddle, vocals and guitar are backed by vibrant fretless bass and eclectic percussion to create an energetic and inspiring stage show.

www.rovingcrows.com
www.facebook.com/rovingcrows
www.youtube.com/therovingcrows

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)

Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £12.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/roving-crows-4/


Meadway Hall, Ham Lane, Compton Dundon TA11 6PQ

Jacob and Drinkwater

Devon based duo Jacob & Drinkwater have been called ‘stand out new folk’ by BBC6 Music with their live show described as ‘intense and spellbinding’ by Folk Radio UK. The duo formed in 2014 playing their first gig together at the iconic Glastonbury Festival

£10

8pm, doors 7.30pm

Contact Alan Riley: 07957 295287

alanriley73 AT gmail.com

https://www.jacobanddrinkwater.com/


Sat 23rd Nov 2019

Bournemouth Folk Club at the Shelley Theatre, Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth BH5 1LX

Chris Wood

In a world of soundbites and distractions Chris Wood is a truth seeker. His writing is permeated with love and wry intelligence, uplifting and challenging as he celebrates the sheer one-thing-after-anotherness of life. Tom Robinson and Chris Difford are fans while Stick In The Wheel and The Unthanks look to him as an influence. Winner of 6 BBC Folk Awards, he's played with The Royal Shakespeare Company and was a key member of The Imagined Village along with Billy Bragg and Martin Carthy. A wise and soulful craftsman, his concerts are a cliche free zone.

Tickets 16 (students 12), 8pm

01202-413600
or choose your own seat on line: www.shelleytheatre.co.uk


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

The Little Unsaid

+ support from Mitchell and Vincent

Fronted by songwriter John Elliott, The Little Unsaid are a band with an original sound and international outlook. The Little Unsaid have spent the last year touring Europe, leaving audiences emotionally rapt with a live show thats been described as a thumping depth of passion. Their sound is all their own but echoes the intensity and melancholic overtones of greats such as Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen.
The Little Unsaid embrace elements of Rock, Folk, Electronica, Jazz and Alt-Pop. One of the UKs must see rising live acts and recent winners of the Steve Reid award for Innovation.

Mitchell and Vincents fiddle and guitar playing has been described by Acoustic magazine as Stunning, while Bright Young Folk praised their music for Providing skilled arrangements and expert delivery of tunes and songs which showcase the vibrancy, and variety, of Folk music across Britain.

8:00 pm 16

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/the-little-unsaid-support-from-mitchell-and-vincent/


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. This acclaimed groups evolution spans the humble origins of busking at East London’s Columbia Road flower market to performing in the famous concert halls of Europe, including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Gasteig in Munich and London’s Southbank Centre. As well as TV appearances and live sessions on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and World on 3, She’Koyokh has also performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, Cheltenham and WOMAD. 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. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

Balkan Dance Workshop with She’Koyokh 4pm-6pm.

Main performance 7:30pm.

Tickets 01300 345455. £10, £7 u18s, £28 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.shekoyokh.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Melodeon Workshop with Will Pound

10am–4pm

£35
£43 to include lunch!
£60 for both workshops
£68 for both workshops to include lunch.
Join us for a half-day Melodeon workshop with Will Pound to develop the way you play.

Beginners/Intermediate Workshop runs 10am until 12.30 (Halsway level 2)
The focus will be on bellow control, rhythm, chord shapes and major and minor scales. Will is a great believer that the melodeon is not as difficult an instrument as it is made out to be! He’ll show you a few simple steps to get you started on the way to finding your own style and understanding how the instrument works.

Intermediate/Advanced Workshop runs 1.30 to 4pm (Halsway level 4/5)
The focus will be on different bellows techniques, cross-rowing to improve chord choices, percussive techniques, accompanying singers and other instrumentalists and rhythm.

Rather than just learning tunes we’ll look at ways to improve the tunes you already know and ways to apply the things you learn to tunes you will learn in the future.

Will is going to be playing a gig at Pebbles Tavern on the evening of 23 November.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/melodeon-workshop-with-will-pound/


Neroche Hall, Bickenhall TA3 6TY

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

This is an event brought to us from Take Art.
Bar and nibbles available.
Early Bird price if booked before October 31st of £10.
Directions to neroche hall are on the hall website.
Winners of BBC2 Best Duo award
Check them out online
https://www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com/

£12

7.30pm

Contact Sheila or Anne: 01823 480758/ 07775912928

sfgreen AT btinternet.com

www.nerochehall.org.uk


Sun 24th Nov 2019

Cranborne Cecil Memorial Hall

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. This acclaimed groups evolution spans the humble origins of busking at East London’s Columbia Road flower market to performing in the famous concert halls of Europe, including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Gasteig in Munich and London’s Southbank Centre. As well as TV appearances and live sessions on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune and World on 3, She’Koyokh has also performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, Cheltenham and WOMAD. 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. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

Tickets include a “Taste of the Balkans”.

4:00pm.

Tickets: 01725 517607. £12, £8 u18s, £30 fam


www.artsreach.co.uk | www.shekoyokh.co.uk


Chapel Arts Centre, 9 Lower Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1QR

Sheelanagig

Sheelanagig for over a decade have brought their array of foot-stomping folk tunes to audiences across the globe. A quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments – guitar, fiddle, double bass – added with the rhythmic energy of flute and drums and a bagful of joint-jumping tunes, these boys from the South-West England create a real dynamic which is inherent in both their furious dance medleys as well as their interestingly arranged original pieces.
Putting the groove into a selection of traditional and original European Folk music dating from the medieval times to present day, it’s difficult – nay, impossible – for your limbs to remain stationary when you’re within earshot of them in full flight. The fact that they often play with a knowing wink shouldn’t obscure their impeccable technique, and outstanding musicianship that raises the roof in every place they play.

Web: http://sheelanagig.co.uk

FFTP (aka: Maxine Venton & Chezney Newman)

Folk duo with an edge, an attitude of people that really have traveled the world and learned their tunes from experience rather than out of a book.
Deftly weaving original written tunes with world folk music they take you away on a sensory experience followed by songs of love and hate murder and mystery. These two are folk musicians who write their tunes from life experience and that shows in their playing.

plus support, FFTP

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)

Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £12.50

https://chapelarts.org/events/sheelanagig-2/


Fox and Hounds, Cattistock DT2 0JH

Music session

Thanks to all who came to the Fox last time. This is the session that has been in Maiden Newton for a number of years and has now moved back to Cattistock. All welcome. Mainly English.

6 - 9 pm

Contact Colin and Ruth Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


Mon 25th Nov 2019 to Fri 29th Nov 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Musicians’ Retreat

Join folk polymath Laurel Swift and guitar / mandolin / banjo player David Delarre for a dynamic yet relaxing week to spend quality time with your instrument! With a focus on ensemble playing, you’ll explore music in small and large groups, with exercises and tasks to build confidence, tools and tips to improve your skills, and inspiration to develop your own musicality and style.
You’ll also be able to enjoy guided walks on the Quantock Hills and coast, raise your voice with a little communal singing, dedicate some time to private practise – and enjoy socialising with like-minded people!
In this dynamic yet relaxing week you’ll not just learn new tunes, but explore the many options for what to do with them, and focus on creating and playing in a style that is all your own. We will play music, think about playing music, and have the time and space to fully engross ourselves in improving and developing our skills and musicality, and go home inspired!
The retreat will be a great way to learn new tunes, make new friends and discover a very beautiful part of the country!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/musicians-retreat/


Thu 28th Nov 2019

Chapel Arts Centre, 9 Lower Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1QR

Lady Maisery

In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative music, Lady Maisery shine brightly. In 2016 The Guardian described theirs as “some of the most exquisite, thrilling vocal harmony work in the English folk scene”. With their unique approach to harmony singing, intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, multi-instrumentalists and singers Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice. Whether unearthing a feminist twist hidden in a traditional tale, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad, or showcasing their immense multiinstrumental talents in original compositions that draw on a myriad of musical influences, Lady Maisery are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of song. Over the last five years, the trio have toured widely, performing sell-out shows across the UK and Europe and have released three critically acclaimed albums.

www.ladymaisery.com/
www.facebook.com/LadyMaisery/
twitter.com/LadyMaisery
www.youtube.com/user/LadyMaiseryFolk

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)

Door Price: £16.00
Advance: £14.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/lady-maisery-2/


Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Rd, Wiveliscombe TA4 2RE

Lucy Ward

Named ‘Brit-Folks most vibrant and forthright new young talent’ by MOJO, ‘Impressive and original’ by The Guardian and ‘Inspiring’ by Billy Bragg, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner Lucy Ward is a critically acclaimed singer songwriter and folk musician. Her songs are a sweet mixture of evocative imagery and quiet, involving beauty; passion, protest and tradition all rolled into one. Her voice is breath-taking, she is a captivating and powerful performer and has a unique ability to inhabit the very heart of every song.
This winter, join BBC award winning singer songwriter Lucy Ward for an evening of solstice magic, woven from festive song and traditions ages old. Sprinkled with her own stunning back catalogue of spellbinding original material, prepare for a perfect evening seasonal delights.

www.lucywardsings.com

£10 / £8

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Fri 29th Nov 2019 to Sun 1st Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Klezwest! Klezmer Weekend

Delve into the wonderful world of klezmer with members of the London Klezmer Quartet. Ilana Cravitz (violin), Susi Evans (clarinet and accordion), Josh Middleton (piano accordion) and Indra Buraczewska (double bass & vocals) will take you deep into freylekhs, bulgars, zhoks, khosidls and terkishers, and more in this course for all levels.
There will be a particular focus on learning by ear, and for those who need it there’ll be guidance on working without dots, and an introduction to jamming.
Go at your own pace, learning tunes and gaining confidence with the modes, ornamentation and accompaniment that give klezmer music its unique flavour. Play in a klezmer band, be part of the Halsway Klezmer Kapelye (big band), and learn steps for the dances that the music traditionally accompanies.
All instruments are welcome.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/klezwest-klezmer-weekend/


Fri 29th Nov 2019

Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band & Caller Malcolm Churchill

Come & dance your socks off at our fantastic Kimmeridge Keilidh! No Bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles. Tickets on the door.

£5 adults £2.50 under 16s

7.30 - 10.30pm

Contact Steve & Helen Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford Royal British Legion DT11 7AD

Anthony John Clarke and Dave Pegg (Peggy)

+ Anne-Louise Richards

A concert with the highly entertaining AJ Clarke and his Fairport Convention pal, Dave Pegg (Peggy).
AJ is a fairly prolific songwriter so most of the songs will be his, plus some more from Peggy.
Supporting them we have the golden voiced Shaftesbury lass, Anne-Louise Richards.

£14 pre-booked, £16 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Corscombe Village Hall DT2 0NU

Mitchell and Vincent plus ‘Elfentale’

Free Double Duo concert featuring

No entry fee, pay what you feel at the end.

Bar available


Sat 30th Nov 2019

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

Merry Hell A Chance to Dance Event

Multi-award-winning Merry Hell offer joyful, uplifting Folk-Rock, with a message for troubled times. Native to the North West of England, the eight-piece musical charabanc was built from the embers of the much-loved Folk-Punk band The Tansads, developing a life and feel all of its own.
Their passion is complemented by their love of what they do and desire to share hope and togetherness with as many people as are willing to listen. Through five well-received albums and hundreds of gigs, theyve offered voices of hope and beacons of light to anyone valuing both melody and positive humanity.

8:00 pm 18

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/merry-hell-a-chance-to-dance-event/


Ashmore Village Hall SP5 5AQ

Bob Whitley & Lee MacKenzie – Magellan Circumnavigation: We Sail to Prove the Earth is Round

Magellan Circumnavigation is a musical story of love divided by the greatest voyage of human exploration the world has seen. It follows a sailor on the voyage and his wife at home, mirroring the lives of Ferdinand and Beatriz Magellan. Bob Whitley and Lee MacKenzie combine breathtaking vocal harmonies with intricate guitar and mandola instrumentation from Bob Whitley blending with the exceptional melodic cello of Lee MacKenzie, delivering songs inspired by Magellan’s voyage 500 year ago. A story of mutinees, battles, storms, shipwreck, love and loss performed with passion by two accomplished singers and musicians.

7.30 pm

Tickets 01747 811364. £8, £5 u18s, £22 family

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.bobwhitleymusic.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

London Klezmer Quartet

Join the London Klezmer Quartet for a soulful toe tapping evening of traditional Jewish wedding music and dance.
Delve into the wonderful world of klezmer with members of the London Klezmer Quartet. Ilana Cravitz (violin), Susi Evans (clarinet and accordion), Josh Middleton (piano accordion) and Indra Buraczewska (double bass & vocals) will take you deep into freylekhs, bulgars, zhoks, khosidls and terkishers. This gig is part of Klezwest a weekend of Klezmer music at Halsway Manor.
The London Klezmer Quartet is a dynamic group of performers whose deep understanding of klezmer, the celebratory and soulful music of Eastern European Jews, is reflected in exuberant, passionate and accomplished performances that captivate audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
The group plays old and new traditional material guaranteed to move audiences from toe-tapping to tears and back again in moments.

8pm

£12

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/london-klezmer-quartet-gig/


Oldfield School, Kelston Road, Bath BA1 9AB

This Way Up with caller Barry Goodman

Another first for us, we welcome this popular 5 piece band, who create a great and highly danceable sound

Bath Ceilidhs are no ordinary barn dances. Buzzing with upbeat energy right from the start, the great bands we book give you a thrilling and amazing evening of exuberant dancing and fun, whatever your age or experience.
The music generally has its roots in British traditional music, but with a contemporary, eclectic and sometimes cross-cultural bias. The bands we have booked are amongst the best in the country and have appeared at all the top venues/festivals, travelling a considerable distance to play for you. (See the bands individual websites)

There is a caller at all the dances to guide you through so it is no problem if you have never done anything like this before. Don't worry if you go wrong, it just adds to the fun!

Dancing starts at 7.30pm prompt, with doors open from 7pm

Free parking
Bar available

Prices: Adult: £12, Concession £10, Students £6, 7-18 years £3, under 7 free.

Contact: Richard & Jo 01225 311634
E-mail: joanne.lander AT talktalk.net
http://www.poppyrecords.co.uk/bathceilidh/main.php


Sun 1st Dec 2019 to Wed 4th Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Adventures in Storytelling

An immersive course for those who have been listening to traditional stories and would like to take the plunge into start telling.
The course will focus on how to prepare a story for sharing with your listeners, how to choose material and how to discover your own voice as a storyteller.
On this workshop you will further your ability to deliver dynamic, versatile and authentic performances through peer group and partner learning. There will also be slots for one to one tuition and an opportunity to perform for each other.
The course will include a professional performance from the tutor, open to the public. ‘Talking to the Dark’ reflects the season that brings tales of the Other World closer to our own.
Arrive from 4pm on Sunday; depart after lunch on Wednesday.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/adventures-in-storytelling/


Sun 1st Dec 2019

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Jim Causley presents Causley Christmas

Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto too! If you are feeling a little dismayed with the over-commercialisation of Christmas present then join Jim for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit!

7.30pm

www.jimcausley.co.uk/

Tickets 10

www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club,

https://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Music and Song Club

A monthly meeting of folk musicians and singers. Come and join in or just have a drink and listen. Join host Roger Phipps and friends for an informal ‘Sunday Club’ open to all musicians and singers. We encourage beginners and those curious about folk music to come along.
We have a folk theme, but really all types of acoustic music, song and poetry are welcome. The evening generally combines some playing together with individual spots. We don’t frown on you having your own words or music in front of you and encourage beginners.
Just come along or give Roger a call if you would like to find out more.

8pm–10:30pm
Free

For more information contact Roger Phipps 01278 671685


All Saints Church, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QY

The Ridgeway Singers & Band - West Gallery Carols

With their roots in the South Dorset Ridgeway and inspired by the rich sources of locally collected folk songs and West Gallery carols, the Ridgeway Singers and Band led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries have once again tuned their fiddles and voices to present a joyous celebration of Christmas past and present, including works from the Puddletown and Bridport manuscripts together with newly composed carols in the Dorset tradition. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

4:00pm

Tickets: 01300 348247. £8, £6 u18s, £21 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.ridgewaysingersandband.wordpress.com


Tue 3rd Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Talking to the Dark: Stories with Sharon Jacksties

An evening of stories, reflecting the season that brings tales of the Other World closer to our own. Join us for home-cooked supper followed by stories at the fireside.
Sharon Jacksties has been telling traditional tales of wonder and delight for over 25 years. Working here and abroad, she has been happy telling stories to all ages in venues that vary from bus shelters to the National Theatre. She shares stories from all over the world, some of which have never been heard on these islands before. Sharon is also the author of ‘Somerset Folk Tales’, Somerset being her adopted county.
Joining Sharon will be students from her ‘Adventures in Storytelling‘ course, so come and join in a feast of storytelling.
More about Sharon www.sharonjackstories.co.uk

6pm–10pm

£15 supper and stories
£5 stories only (8pm start approx)
Please note that supper MUST be booked in advance. All diets can be catered for, please notify us when booking.


Ibberton Village Hall DT11 0EL

John Kirkpatrick - Carolling and Crumpets

One of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, John Kirkpatrick presents a heart-warming look at the timeless rituals and folklore of midwinter England. Mysterious and magical songs of wassailing, wren-hunting, stirring the fire and incessant feasting come dressed up in a glittering finery of toe-tapping tunes and cracking choruses. With a smattering of hilarious original songs and a sprinkling of carols both familiar and unfamiliar, all are stirred up with John’s usual panache and supported by his scintillating skill on squeezeboxes, creating the perfect recipe for a rattling good sing, guaranteed to keep the spirits cheery and the cold at bay. A master of the melodeon, button accordion and anglo concertina, John also has an enviable reputation as a fine singer and interpreter of English folk music. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7:30pm

Tickets 01258 817269. £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.johnkirkpatrick.co.uk


Wed 4th Dec 2019

Hinton Martell Village Hall BH21 7HE

John Kirkpatrick - Carolling and Crumpets

One of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, John Kirkpatrick presents a heart-warming look at the timeless rituals and folklore of midwinter England. Mysterious and magical songs of wassailing, wren-hunting, stirring the fire and incessant feasting come dressed up in a glittering finery of toe-tapping tunes and cracking choruses. With a smattering of hilarious original songs and a sprinkling of carols both familiar and unfamiliar, all are stirred up with John’s usual panache and supported by his scintillating skill on squeezeboxes, creating the perfect recipe for a rattling good sing, guaranteed to keep the spirits cheery and the cold at bay. A master of the melodeon, button accordion and anglo concertina, John also has an enviable reputation as a fine singer and interpreter of English folk music. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7:30pm

Tickets: 01258 840066. £10, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.johnkirkpatrick.co.uk


Thu 5th Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Belshazzars’ Feast

Paul Hutchinson and Paul Sartin return to Halsway with their annual festive show – Christmas starts here!
Belshazzars’ Feast start with traditional folk music, add a touch of classical and jazz, sprinkle over a few TV and movie themes, and top it off lashings of laughs for a unique live experience.
Paul Hutchinson (accordion) and Paul Sartin (oboe, violin and vocals), “one of folk’s odd couples”, have for nearly 25 years wowed audiences around Europe, The States and Australia, with virtuoso musicianship tempered by wry humour.

8pm–10pm

£14 Adult

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/belshazzars-feast-2/


Litton Cheney Community Hall DT2 9AU

John Kirkpatrick - Carolling and Crumpets

One of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, John Kirkpatrick presents a heart-warming look at the timeless rituals and folklore of midwinter England. Mysterious and magical songs of wassailing, wren-hunting, stirring the fire and incessant feasting come dressed up in a glittering finery of toe-tapping tunes and cracking choruses. With a smattering of hilarious original songs and a sprinkling of carols both familiar and unfamiliar, all are stirred up with John’s usual panache and supported by his scintillating skill on squeezeboxes, creating the perfect recipe for a rattling good sing, guaranteed to keep the spirits cheery and the cold at bay. A master of the melodeon, button accordion and anglo concertina, John also has an enviable reputation as a fine singer and interpreter of English folk music. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7:30pm

01308 482552. £9, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.johnkirkpatrick.co.uk


Fri 6th Dec 2019 to Sun 8th Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Christmas In Mellstock

West Gallery Carols, Harmony Songs and Dance Music from Thomas Hardy’s Wessex
The Mellstock Band invite you to join them for a weekend of music and song from the West Country, as immortalised in the poems and novels of Thomas Hardy. For over thirty years Dave Townsend and the band have been resurrecting his musical world, finding forgotten gems of vocal and instrumental music from village musicians’ manuscript books and the early folksong collectors. Hardy and his family were active local musicians with their own collection of song and dance manuscripts, and Hardy noted down songs from his family and friends.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/the-mellstock-weekend/


Fri 6th Dec 2019

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

St. Agnes Fountain

The band that gives Christmas songs a good, if respectful, kicking. They bring sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes, both original, and those you know so well (or thought you did). Great musical talent, wit and invention in the form of founder member David Hughes with Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) and Chris While and Julie Matthews (Radio 2 Folk Award Winners). They have brought joy, laughter and a few tears to every concert performance for the last 17 years.

8:00 pm 19

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/st-agnes-fountain/


Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening - Maiden Oak band with Paul Miles calling

We meet on First Fridays through the Autumn and winter for light hearted dancing to different good bands and callers. Squash provided. Bring drinks and snacks if you wish.

£6

7.30 for 7.45 - 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 7th Dec 2019

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

St. Agnes Fountain

The band that gives Christmas songs a good, if respectful, kicking. They bring sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes, both original, and those you know so well (or thought you did). Great musical talent, wit and invention in the form of founder member David Hughes with Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) and Chris While and Julie Matthews (Radio 2 Folk Award Winners). They have brought joy, laughter and a few tears to every concert performance for the last 17 years.

8:00 pm 19

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/st-agnes-fountain-2/


St Mary's Church House Hall, South St., Bridport DT6 3NW

Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews, with Jeremy Child calling

Delighted to welcome back Doug and Sarah, who produce such great music for dancing, teamed again with the effervescent Jeremy.
All welcome for our final dance of the year, no partner or experience needed - all dances will be talked and walked through and called for as long as you need. Bring & Share supper and you own alcohol - the Woodman Inn is just opposite.

8 in advance, 9 on the door, 4 for 6-16 yrs. Regretably, prices go up next year...

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Christmas Frolics with The Mellstock Band

Join us for an evening of dancing, carolling and carousing in English Tradition with songs, tunes and tales from Hardy’s Wessex.
The Mellstock Band return to Halsway Manor with a new Christmas and Album. An uproarious celebration of dance, drink and general misbehaviour as carried on at Christmas in many villages until about a hundred years ago – along with sobering admonitions from puritans, parsons and angels. The band perform in period costume with a mix of early and modern instruments.
The stories and poems come from Dorset stalwarts Thomas Hardy and William Barnes. Hardy’s family were themselves musicians and collectors of folks song and dance manuscripts. These dance traditions were central to Christmas celebrations alongside the ancillary activities of drinking, singing and revelry. Alongside this are carols dedicated to dancing, bell-ringing and cider, and the Devil’s own tunes, with parsons and preachers caught in the crossfire.

8pm–10pm

£12

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/christmas-frolics-with-mellstock-band/


Holnest Church near Sherborne DT9 5PU

Stanchester Quire

Candlelit Christmas Carol Concert

Event takes place in this lovely Grade 1 listed church with many unique features including boxed pews and rare candle sconces.
Limited seating so booking advisable.
Proceeds 50/50 Stanchester Choir & Friends of Holnest Church.

£8 to include mulled wine and mince pie

7pm

Contact Graham: 01963 210632

friendsofholnest AT gmail.com

friendsofholnestchurch.wordpress.com


Sun 8th Dec 2019

Barrington Theatre, Penny's Walk, Ferndown BH22 9TH

The Old Pull and Push

There is a bar, but no food. This is our Christmas party barn dance - lots of dancing, some carols and songs from Mistletoe Minstrels, and a bit of seasonal fun. Doors and bar open 7.00pm. Tickets from Box office in person, by phone or through website booking service.

£8.50

7.30 - 10.00 pm

Contact Barrington Box Office: 01202 894858

https://www.thebarrington.online/box-office


Bistro Lotte, 23 Catherine St, Frome BA11 1DB

Concert and Filming with Kate Lissauer

Kate needs to make a 'show reel'--about two minutes of film that can act as a demo for her solo and non-Buffalo Gals performances. So we are setting up this concert as an opportunity for filming in an intimate, un-amplified, folk-club style setting. If you will join us to play the part of a sympathetic and hugely enthusiastic audience, we would be very appreciative.
You will find two technicians walking around, among and through the audience, so, if you can put up with that, please come along.

The restaurant will be closed, but the bar will open at 6:30.

Bar open 6:30 Concert 7pm
Free

kate AT katelissauer.com


Tue 10th Dec 2019

Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Rd, Wiveliscombe TA4 2RE

GreenMatthews present A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol: In Concert

This unique retelling of Dickens’ heart-warming tale uses an array of traditional and modern instruments and authentic musical arrangements. It brims with warmth, wit and wonder.
Modern-day balladeers GreenMatthews take the well-loved festive adventure
back to its Victorian fireside roots, painting a vivid and evocative picture of Dickens’ world.
Chris Green (voice, guitar, mandocello, piano), Sophie Matthews (voice, flute,
English border bagpipes) and special guest Jude Rees (voice, oboe, melodeon) use a magical blend of new lyrics, traditional midwinter English folk tunes and carol melodies to illustrate the transformation of flinty-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge into the epitome of the Christmas spirit – warm-hearted, generous and loving.
Uplifting and melodic, Green Matthews’ A Christmas Carol perfectly recaptures
the simple Yuletide delights of fellowship, laughter and good cheer.

£12 / £10 concessions

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com


Wed 11th Dec 2019

Weymouth Library, Great George St, Weymouth DT4 8NN

The Ridgeway Singers & Band – West Gallery Carols

With their roots in the South Dorset Ridgeway and inspired by the rich sources of locally collected folk songs and West Gallery carols, the Ridgeway Singers and Band led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries have once again tuned their fiddles and voices to present a joyous celebration of Christmas past and present, including works from the Puddletown, Bridport and Poole manuscripts together with newly composed carols in the Dorset tradition.

7.00 pm
Tickets £8 from Weymouth Library or Eventbrite

https://ridgewaysingersandband.wordpress.com


Thu 12th Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Yuletide! A Tudor Christmas with Piva

Join us for a night celebration as we welcome back ‘Piva – The Renaissance Collective’ for their every popular Christmas show. Seasonal music, songs and traditions of the past played for today.
Piva are one of this country’s leading early music ensembles. Playing throughout the UK and Europe they have gained a strong reputation for their lively performances and entertaining shows.
So come and let Piva ease you into the Christmas spirit by celebrating the Yuletide season Tudor style. Dancing, music, feasting, parties and games were part and parcel of a 16th century Christmas, much as they are today, so Piva will be your guide playing festive music on a wide range of instruments typical of the Tudor period.

8pm–10:30pm

£12 - Adults
£5 - Concessions
Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/yuletide_tudor_christmas_with_piva/


Rook Lane Chapel, Bath St, Frome BA11 1DN

Peter Knight & John Spiers

Knight & Spiers ~ A Concert of Seasonal Music from the English Tradition…and Beyond.
On a summer's day in 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival masterminded one of the most intriguing and exciting collaborations on today's folk scene.
Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of folk-rock band Steeleye Span was paired with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, for a special one-off performance which left audiences in awe. With no space to be found in the marquee, people stood five deep in the pouring rain in order to witness the bringing together of two of the most genuinely gifted musicians in their respective fields.
With a standing ovation and roars for more, and much to the delight of folk fans everywhere, Knight and Spiers decided not to leave things there.
This very special concert will feature lesser known carols, tunes and wassails from the English tradition and beyond.

£15.00 online/£17.50 Door

7.30pm

deblington AT gmail.com

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/peter-knight-john-spiers-concert-of-seasonal-music-from-the-english-tradition-tickets-69705899221


Fri 13th Dec 2019

Bournemouth Folk Club at the Shelley Theatre, Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth BH5 1LX

The Albion Christmas Band

An Albion Christmas is widely regarded as the premier seasonal show, which has been touring for nearly 20 years, and attracts sell-out audiences across the UK. Indeed many people say that their Christmas doesnt start until they have seen The Albion Christmas Show. Featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band) Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings, this show is a wonderful celebration of Christmas both traditional and contemporary.

All Tickets 22, 7.30pm

01202-413600
or choose your own seat on line: www.shelleytheatre.co.uk


Bournemouth Folk Club at the Shelley Theatre, Beechwood Avenue, Bournemouth BH5 1LX

The Albion Christmas Band

An Albion Christmas is widely regarded as the premier seasonal show, which has been touring for nearly 20 years, and attracts sell-out audiences across the UK. Indeed many people say that their Christmas doesn’t start until they have seen The Albion Christmas Show. Featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band) Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings, this show is a wonderful celebration of Christmas both traditional and contemporary.

All Tickets £22, 7.30pm

http://www.bournemouthfolkclub.com


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford Royal British Legion DT11 7AD

Sound Tradition

+ Sally Ironmonger & Brian Carter

An evening of delightful acapella singing from the outstanding harmonies of SOUND TRADITION, and the madcap songs of Sally Ironmonger with Brian Carter.

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Ditcheat Jubilee Hall BA4 6RB

Jeroka, with caller Peter Bolton

A range of mainly English folk dances to suit all levels.
Another jolly evening at Ditcheat, with caller Peter Bolton.
Always a warm welcome. Live music, good dances and cheerful company.
Nothing too serious, but as energetic as anyone might wish !

£4

7.30 - 9.30 pm

Contact Ama Bolton: 01749 672911

amabolton AT hotmail.com


Wincanton Parish Church BA9 9JF

Stanchester Quire

Christmas Carol Concert

The quire will be performing their concert of West Country carols and readings:"We Singers Make Bold.

£8

7:30pm

Contact Parish Office: 01963 33834

office AT wincantonparishchurch.co.uk

stanchesterquire.org


Sat 14th Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Carol Singing Workshop

Led by Matt Norman, enjoy a morning workshop learning old English Carols in traditional harmony – including some which are local to us!
The singing of traditional carols dates back to the seventeenth Century, well before the Victorian Christmas which we know today. These traditional carols are characterised by simple, robust harmonies and catchy tunes. The tradition still survives in the area around Sheffield, and in Cornwall, Exmoor and Somerset.
If this puts you in the mood for Christmas, you can book for our Christmas Carvery Lunch (1pm – early booking recommended) and raise your voice as part of our afternoon Folk Carol Concert (3.30pm – free).

10am–12:30pm

£8 adults
£3 children & students under 18. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/folk-carol-singing-workshop-2/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Carol Concert

A traditional sing-along carol concert – with a folk twist!
Expect a selection of traditional carols and seasonal songs and readings, with guest performers and plenty of chances for you to join the singing.
No need to book. Just turn up on the day.

3:30pm–4:30pm

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/folk-carol-concert-2/


South Petherton Church TA13 5DQ

Stanchester Quire

Christmas Carol Concert

Retiring collection

3:00pm

philwithsweets AT hotmail.com

stanchesterquire.org


Sun 15th Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

First Folio Concert

Enjoy a 1 hour afternoon recital by harper and singer Steph West in her new project First Folio with Violinist Matthew Coatsworth.
This brand new collaboration is bringing together two skillful players seeking to reimagine early dance music.
Steph has a particular love of clarsach/folk harp and incorporates traditional English and Irish music into her repertoire. She will also prepare some seasonal music for this special concert.
Harper and singer, Steph West works as a performer, teacher and workshop leader. Whilst studying early music at the University of Birmingham Steph fell in love with the clarsach/folk harp. Steph’s main trad styles are English and Irish and she has worked as a performer and teacher with artists and organisations in both fields: EFDSS, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann, Irish flute/whistle virtuoso Jacquelyn Hynes, Shooting Roots youth folk arts project, Edinburgh International Harp Festival and Guildhall’s CYM. Steph currently plays with her European bal / swing band Midnight Patisserie and her singer-songwriter duo with drummer Paul Radmeyer. Steph is currently working on English trad repertoire for the harp, bringing out a book and courses in 2019.
The only harpist with 9.5 fingers, Steph also works within the integrated/disabled arts world. She works as a performer with the British Paraorchestra and RNS Moves. She has also mentored for Open Up Music, who are pioneering the National Open Youth Orchestra.
www.stephwest.co.uk

3:30pm–4:30pm

£10 - Adults
£4 - Concessions
Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/firstfolio/


St Christopher’s Church Winfrith DT2 8JR

The Ridgeway Singers & Band - West Gallery Carols

With their roots in the South Dorset Ridgeway and inspired by the rich sources of locally collected folk songs and West Gallery carols, the Ridgeway Singers and Band led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries have once again tuned their fiddles and voices to present a joyous celebration of Christmas past and present, including works from the Puddletown and Bridport manuscripts together with newly composed carols in the Dorset tradition. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

4:00pm.

Tickets: 01305 853783. £7, £5 u18s, £20 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.ridgewaysingersandband.wordpress.com


Fri 20th Dec 2019

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

Belshazzars Feast

On tour with a Christmas-themed show that mixes traditional Folk music, seasonal material, their usual touch of Classical and Jazz with a bit of Pop and Music Hall, all topped off with lashings of wry humour. Together, Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Hoover The Dog) wow audiences across the UK with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat that always sends audiences home with smiles on their faces.

8:00 pm 16

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/belshazzars-feast/


The Dorford Centre, 2 Bridport Rd, Dorchester DT1 1RR

The Ridgeway Singers & Band – West Gallery Carols

With their roots in the South Dorset Ridgeway and inspired by the rich sources of locally collected folk songs and West Gallery carols, the Ridgeway Singers and Band led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries have once again tuned their fiddles and voices to present a joyous celebration of Christmas past and present, including works from the Puddletown, Bridport and Poole manuscripts together with newly composed carols in the Dorset tradition.

7.30 pm
Tickets £10 from Tourist Information Centre, Dorchester, or contact 01305 852826 or whitecockade AT gmail.com

https://ridgewaysingersandband.wordpress.com


Sat 21st Dec 2019

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

Wellington Acoustic Music Club

If you enjoy listening to acoustic music in a relaxed atmosphere, come along to the Arts Centre bar and have a listen.
If you enjoy playing acoustic music to like-minded people - come along and join in. It doesnt matter what instrument you play - we have guitarists, violinists, flautists, pianists, accordion players, percussionists... and more besides that!
It doesn't matter how good you are - all abilities are welcomed... we all started somewhere!
There's no charge, but donations are welcomed.
The bar is open throughout the evening for you to moisten your vocal cords!

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

http://www.w-a-a.co.uk/e.php?e=898


Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY

Show Of Hands Christmas Special

Show of Hands fans rejoice as Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, two undisputed kings of the folk, roots and acoustic scene reunite with long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes for a brand-new album and tour.
And there’s more, because the trio is expanding to include master percussionist Cormac Byrne who returns with his infectious rhythms by popular demand.
With new songs, new sounds, heartbeats and harmonies, the quartet’s first secret gig last year at The Electric Palace sold out overnight.

Join us for this very special Christmas show.

8:00 pm

£28.50 adv / £30 door

https://www.electricpalace.org.uk/events/event/show-of-hand-christmas-special/


Limington Church BA22 8EQ

Stanchester Quire

Christmas Carol Concert

The quire will be performing their concert of West Country carols and readings: "We Singers Make Bold".

£8

7:30pm

Contact John

jdlpv AT aol.com

stanchesterquire.org


Sun 22nd Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

‘Country Christmas’ Dinner & Folk Dance

A dinner-dance, folk style! Enjoy a delicious home-cooked supper followed by light-hearted country dancing. All welcome, including those new to country dance. Jane Thomas (caller) leads the dancing with musicians Gareth Kiddier & Linda Game – better known as The English Contra Dance Band.

6pm–11pm

Dinner & dancing: £15
Dancing only (8pm approx): £5
Why not Stay the Night?
Dinner, dance, B&B per person: £50 (£45 if staying-on for the Christmas House Party)

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/country-christmas-dinner-folk-dance/



Mon 23rd Dec 2019 to Fri 27th Dec 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Christmas House Party

Come and enjoy the Christmas celebrations at Halsway Manor in the company of your MC Gareth Kiddier and chief caller Jane Thomas. The English Contra Dance Band (Gareth on piano plus Linda Game on fiddle) will play for the opening dance, but sadly Linda can’t stay for the duration; but the plus is that Mollie Koenigsberger (fiddle) and Richard Jones (accordion) then get to join the fun! Somerset choir leader Helen Napper will also be popping in to lead some simple and fun lunchtime harmony singing.

Arrive a day early for the Dinner & Folk Dance: £45 per person inc B&B

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/christmashouseparty2019/


Fri 27th Dec 2019

Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band & Caller Teresa Rabbetts

Special End of Year Recovery Kimmeridge Keilidh - lots of dancing & entertainment. No Bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles. Tickets on the door. See website nearer the time for full details!

£5 adults £2.50 under 16s

7.30 - 10.30pm

Contact Steve & Helen Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish_mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Poole Hill Brewery, Bournemouth BH2 5PW

The Stomping Boondocks

Please can you bring your unwanted Christmas presents to auction for The Big Issue Foundation.

Music from the Stomping Boondocks
Wassail and mince pies from the host
Hopefully a performance of the Mummings Play!

This is the second year for this feel good event which raised money and spirits.

7-11pm.

Free Entry - Sorry over 18's only.

poolehillbrewery AT gmail.com


Sun 29th Dec 2019 to Thu 2nd Jan 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

New Year House Party

Join us for an enjoyable folk dancing Hogmanay break with a great team at the helm.
With optional walks and playing sessions; pack your walking boots and instruments along with your dancing shoes.
Enjoy the Manor is its festive finery and dance-in the New Year with great music and good company!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/new-year-house-party-2/


Tue 31st Dec 2019

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

New Years Eve Celebration Ceilidh with Jigs for Gigs

Bring in 2020 in style with music and dance at The David Hall.

Tickets: 17 includes a light supper. No concessions.

Early booking essential by Friday 20 December.

No tickets available on the night.

8:15 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/new-years-eve-celebration-ceilidh-with-jigs-for-gigs/


Ditcheat Jubilee Hall BA4 6RB

Jeroka, with caller Peter Bolton

New Year's Eve Barn Dance

Ditcheat's Annual New Year's Eve special!

A real Barn dance, with old favourites and perhaps one or two new ones.... Peter Bolton calls, with live music from Jeroka
A family fun event...nothing too serious, but as energetic as post Christmas indulgence will permit.

As usual, a convivial "bring and share" supper, so please come prepared.

Paid in advance, adults £8, children under 12 £5. At the door. £10

8.30 pm - 12.15 am

Contact Ama Bolton: 01749 672911

amabolton AT hotmail.com


Fri 3rd Jan 2020 to Sun 5th Jan 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Banter – a New Years’ Bash for Musicians

Join us for a New Years’ ‘get-together’ of music and dance for budding dance musicians. Led by members of the band ‘Banter’. An opportunity to have a great deal of fun while learning how to play for dancers.
This is a new weekend at Halsway Manor covering topics including playing together, arranging tunes for dance, how to make people dance, and exploring rhythms and tempos. There will also be a few basic dance workshops for musicians to experience how it feels to dance. There will also be a medieval dance workshop, just for fun.
Who’s it for?
This weekend is for all musicians including tune players, rhythm players and percussive players who are interested in playing for dancing. A basic repertoire of standard English dance tunes would be an advantage. Musicians playing by ear and by written music are both welcome.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/banter/


Fri 3rd Jan 2020

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening - No Strings Attached with Dick Williams calling

We meet on First Fridays through the Autumn and winter for light hearted dancing to different good bands and callers. Squash provided. Bring drinks and snacks if you wish.

�6

7.30 for 7.45 - 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 4th Jan 2020

St Mary's Church House Hall, Bridport DT6 3NW

Jigs for Gigs with Ray Goodswen

Ceilidh

A fun evening of dance with favourites "Jigs" and Ray. All welcome, regardless of experience and no partner needed: all dances will be walked and talked through and called for as long as needed. Bring & Share supper and your own alcohol.

£9 in advance, £10 on the door.

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Banter

In three years, Banter have become one of the best ceilidh bands in the UK. Drawing on influences such as The New Victory Dance Band, Flowers and Frolics, their modern take on traditional English dance music has been commended by the likes of Ashley Hutchings, John Spiers, Jack Rutter and Steve Knightley.
Banter are Simon Care (melodeon, concertina and vocals), Nina Zella (keyboards and vocals) and Tim Walker (drums, percussion, brass and dance calling). Together generate a huge sound and have been described as the worlds smallest big band. While Banter are rooted in English traditional music they incorporate influences of pop, jazz, soul and big band sounds.
They believe in having fun with music, so expect a very lively and happy weekend.

8pm–10pm

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/banter-2/


Bridport Town Hall, Bucky Do, Bridport DT6 3JP

Tinker's Cuss Band

Twelfth Night Concert

Also Poetry Readings by local authors Tony & Bundle Weston.
In aid of Bridport Millennium Green

£7.50 (members £6.50) to inc seasonal food/drink

7.30pm

Contact Sue Wilkinson: 01308425037

sue.traidcraft AT btinternet.com

http://bridportmillenniumgreen.co.uk


St Mary's Church House Hall, South St., Bridport DT6 3NW

Jigs for Gigs with Ray Goodswen

As always, good to have this combination back, an event to look forward to. All are welcome, no partner or experience needed. All dances will be talked and walked through and called for as long as necessary.

£9 in advance, £10 on the door. 16s and under £4

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

montycrook AT rocketmail.com

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Fri 17th Jan 2020 to Sun 19th Jan 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Folk Harp Weekend

Dive into the fantastic world of folk harp playing. Harpists are welcome to join us for a weekend of harp workshops and sessions with tutors Steph West and Merit Zloch. This is our first weekend of what we hope will be an annual weekend dedicated to harp playing in a folk context.
Using repertoire from the UK (with Steph) and Germany (with Merit) we’ll explore the music, arrangements and techniques for playing the harp in folk context.
The course will be taught by ear with notation available at the end of the weekend. You are welcome to bring your recording devices.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-harp-weekend/


Fri 17th Jan 2020

Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

Tatterdemalion, with Ruth Thompson calling

All welcome! You don't have to bring a partner. We have a caller so the inexperienced needn't worry. We are looking forward to a lively evening.
There will be no food but squash will be provided, BYO if you wish.

To help those trying to find the Memorial Hall in the dark it is about 100 yards north of the Piddle Inn. Parking is on the road side.

6 under 16s free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Sat 18th Jan 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Harp Concert with Steph West and Merit Zloch

Join us for a delightful evening of folk and traditional music performed on the harp by the tutors of our first Halsway Manor Harp Weekend.
Merit Zloch is a harpist, composer and music teacher. She sees herself in the tradition of the itinerant harp players of the 19th and early 20th century, travelling with her harp throughout Europe charming people with her original compositions and arrangements of historical dance music.

Steph West is both a harpist and singer. She works as a performer, teacher and workshop leader. Whilst studying early music at the University of Birmingham Steph fell in love with the clarsach/folk harp. Steph’s main trad styles are English and Irish and she has worked as a performer and teacher with artists and organisations in both fields: EFDSS, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann, Irish flute/whistle virtuoso Jacquelyn Hynes, Shooting Roots youth folk arts project, Edinburgh International Harp Festival and Guildhall’s CYM. Steph currently plays with her European bal / swing band Midnight Patisserie and her singer-songwriter duo with drummer Paul Radmeyer. Steph is currently working on English trad repertoire for the harp, bringing out a book and courses in 2019.
www.stephwest.co.uk

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/harp-concert-with-steph-west-and-merit-zloch/


Mon 20th Jan 2020 to Fri 24th Jan 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Manor Open House

We’re opening our doors for a week to professional folk artists at all stages of their careers wanting a place to write, rehearse, recharge, relax, and be creative. We’re offering full board – accommodation and all meals – from dinner on Monday evening until breakfast on Friday. You’ll be here alongside other artists so if you’re someone who likes to share ideas, experiences, advice and support, then this could be right up your street.
Placement is by application. We’re limiting this opportunity to around 15 – 20 artists, and we’re asking for a nominal fee of £60 per head.
Halsway Manor, set in beautiful West Somerset has a variety of resources, including the biggest folk library collection outside of London, large and small rehearsal spaces, and a lovely wood panelled bar (with log fire, naturally). There’s direct footpath access from the Manor onto the Quantock Hills, the coast is 5 minutes’ drive away, and there are views to Exmoor from our door. Nearest mainline station is Taunton, from which there’s a regular bus service stopping an easy 5 minute walk from our door.
Professional musicians – bands and solo artists – at all stages of their career are welcome to apply; please email rachelhill AT halswaymanor.org.uk briefly telling us about yourself and why this opportunity would be useful to you. Applications close on Friday 1 November 2019, and we’ll let you know by Friday 8 November at the latest as to whether your application is successful. Early application is encouraged. Previous applicants are welcome to apply again.
Thanks for your interest, and feel free to share this with others.

£60

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-manor-open-house/


Fri 24th Jan 2020 to Sun 26th Jan 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Simon Mayor’s Mandolin Weekend

Simon Mayor is beyond doubt this country’s finest mandolin player, moving effortlessly between classical, traditional folk, jazz & blues. His dazzling technical skills grace all the music he plays. He’s also a fine guitarist & fiddle player, with a delicious sense of humour & great teaching ability.
The overwhelming success of Simon’s ‘Halsway Manor Mandolin Workshop Weekend’ over the last three years prompted immediate requests for this return visit – and here it is!
Simon will cover all right & left hand techniques including position shifting, tremolo, decoration, tone production & more. There will also be the opportunity to accompany songs with singers from Hilary James’ Voice Workshop which runs alongside this event.
Halsway Manor will be hosting this weekend workshop alongside the Hilary James Song Weekend

www.mandolin.co.uk

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/simon-mayors-mandolin-weekend/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

‘Two Sisters’ Song Weekend

Hilary James and Simon Mayor’s annual visit to the idyllic Halsway Manor has – for the third year – the added attraction of Hilary’s sister Janet Giraudo who will be travelling from the South of France to join us for the weekend. Janet left for France over thirty years ago but the sisters have started to sing together again, revisiting songs from early teenage forays into folk clubs.
Singers of all abilities are invited to join Hilary & Janet to enjoy the pleasure of group singing as you discover the potential of your own voice. Explore the wealth of songs within the British folk tradition and take a peek beyond: ballads, sea shanties, lullabies, comic songs and more. You’ll be working largely ‘by ear’ with simple improvised vocal harmony but, for the more experienced, written parts for some songs will be available. As well as singing acappella the group will join Simon Mayor’s mandolinists for some joint pieces.

Simon, Hilary and Janet will perform an informal concert on the Saturday evening.

You can hear the Two Sisters at www.twosisters.eu

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/hilary-james-song-weekend-2/


Sat 25th Jan 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Simon Mayor, Hilary James and Janet Giraudo

Simon’s hilarious banter and mandolin wizardry (he’s one of the world’s leading virtuosos, not to mention his fine guitar and fiddle playing) meets Hilary’s “wonderfully honey-dripping voice” and unusual basses! Also we will be delighted to have back, Hilary’s singing sister Janet Giraudo will be joining them to add her own lilting soprano to exquisite harmonies.
Simon Mayor is one of the world’s leading mandolin virtuosos and composers for the instruments. His many faceted career includes his own series on BBC Radio 2, an album in the Classic FM Top Ten chart and causing mayhem at a Canadian humour festival, but his most thrilling moment was a journey through the square window on BBC’s Playschool!
Hilary James’ ‘elegant singing’ (Daily Telegraph) has received much acclaim: quintessentially English but easily crossing the great musical divides from British folk ballads to blues and Berlioz. She’s famed too for an unlikely taste in bass instruments (she could turn up with her giant mandobass or slimline, semi-acoustic double bass). Her fine guitar accompaniments cross the genres from Vivaldi to bluegrass and she might even manage a step-dance if the wind is in the right direction.
Janet Giraudo now lives in France, her French experience adds more interesting layers to The Two Sister’s collaborative works. Hilary and Janet have recorded their debut album Songs & Chansons with Simon’s input as multi-instrumentalist and producer.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/simon-mayor-hilary-james-and-janet-giraudo-2/


Oldfield School, Kelston Road, Bath BA1 9AB

Banter, with caller Tim Walker

Exciting, infectious, funky... this band is creating a real stir on the dance circuit and we can't wait to dance to them again

Bath Ceilidhs are no ordinary barn dances. Buzzing with upbeat energy right from the start, the great bands we book give you a thrilling and amazing evening of exuberant dancing and fun, whatever your age or experience.
The music generally has its roots in British traditional music, but with a contemporary, eclectic and sometimes cross-cultural bias. The bands we have booked are amongst the best in the country and have appeared at all the top venues/festivals, travelling a considerable distance to play for you. (See the bands individual websites)

There is a caller at all the dances to guide you through so it is no problem if you have never done anything like this before. Don't worry if you go wrong, it just adds to the fun!

Dancing starts at 7.30pm prompt, with doors open from 7pm

Free parking
Bar available

Prices: Adult: £12, Concession £10, Students £6, 7-18 years £3, under 7 free.

Contact: Richard & Jo 01225 311634
E-mail: joanne.lander AT talktalk.net
http://www.poppyrecords.co.uk/bathceilidh/main.php


Mon 27th Jan 2020 to Fri 31st Jan 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Winter Warmer

“A friendly relaxed atmosphere, and lots to do – for me, a perfect Winter ‘pick-me-up’” Participant
There will be a range of activities to keep you entertained including daily music and dance workshops, plus bell ringing, singing and afternoon walks for those who want to get out into the fresh air. Dances every evening, with the option for you to play in the band or call a dance should you so wish, before retiring to the bar to enjoy the convivial relaxed atmosphere of the manor.
Who’s it For?
Everyone! The week offers a varied programme including folk dance, music and song, and all levels of experience are welcome to come and join a fun and sociable winter folk break. Bring instruments if you have them and would like to play.

The Team
Pete & Marj Hendy, Moira and Peter Gutteridge and David Capron

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/winter-warmer-3/


Fri 31st Jan 2020 to Sun 2nd Feb 2020

Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster, Exmoor TA24 6SF

Folk Dance and Snowdrops

wit Dampiers Round, Ray Goodswen

A residential folk dance weekend in the medieval village of Dunster, with a visit to Exmoor's hidden Snowdrop Valley. Includes 2 nights Full Board accommodation and Sunday lunch, all dances and transport to Snowdrop Valley.

from 270.00 per person

Contact Yarn Market Hotel: 01643 821425

hotel AT yarnmarkethotel.co.uk

www.yarnmarkethotel.co.uk


Sat 1st Feb 2020

St Mary's Church House Hall, Bridport DT6 3NW

Jigfoot with Dick Williams

Ceilidh

English ceilidh / folk dance with the tuneful Jigfoot and Dick calling. No partner needed, all welcome whatever your level of experience. All dances will be talked and walked though and called for as long as needed. Bring & Share supper and your own alcohol.

£9 in advance, £10 on the door.

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.couk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sun 2nd Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Music and Song Club

For more information contact Roger Phipps 01278 671685
A monthly meeting of folk musicians and singers. Come and join in or just have a drink and listen. Join host Roger Phipps and friends for an informal ‘Sunday Club’ open to all musicians and singers. We encourage beginners and those curious about folk music to come along.
We have a folk theme, but really all types of acoustic music, song and poetry are welcome. The evening generally combines some playing together with individual spots. We don’t frown on you having your own words or music in front of you and encourage beginners.
Just come along or give Roger a call if you would like to find out more.

8pm

Free


Mon 3rd Feb 2020 to Fri 7th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Moonrakers Folk Orchestra

Members of Moonrakers (www.moonrakers.net) bring their exciting and dynamic music to this special Halsway Manor event for musicians and singers. Expect a relaxing, stimulating and engaging multi-instrumental week.
Whether you play bowed, fretted or reed instruments, whistles or flutes, or simply like to sing, you’re welcome on this course!
We’ll work on our own improvised arrangements of about 10 folk tunes and songs throughout the week; you don’t need to read music, but some instrumental experience is required. Music and recordings will be provided in advance.
In the evenings there will be plenty of opportunity for showcasing some of your own material.
This course is aimed at instrumentalists and singers with some experience under their belts. You’ll need a good understanding of your instrument and to be open to working in small and larger groups and trying new ways of working.
The tutors are two of Moonrakers’ members – Jon Bennett (guitar, bouzouki, ukulele, whistles, vocals) and Jacqui Johnson (cello, fiddle, whistle, vocals). Both tutors have many years’ experience of running workshops and folk orchestras across the country.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/moonrakers-folk-orchestra/


Thu 6th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Moonrakers Folk Orchestra

Members of Moonrakers bring their exciting and dynamic music to Halsway Manor to create a one-off folk orchestra with participants of Folk Orchestra week. Two of the members of Moonrakers – Jon Bennett (Guitar, bouzouki, ukelele, whistles and vocal) and Jacqui Johnson (cello, fiddle, whistle and vocals) will lead musicians and singers brought together over the Folk Orchestra week in this public performance of folk tunes.

8pm–10pm

£5

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/folk-orchestra-with-moonrakers/


Fri 7th Feb 2020 to Sun 9th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Scandi Winter Weekend

Beat the winter blues with an exploration of Swedish song and dance. A weekend to socialise and enjoy some Scandinavian culture.
The Danish call it ‘hygge’, the Swedes say ‘mysigt’, we might call it ‘that cosy feeling you get doing something wholesome with friends’. Halsway Manor is excited to bring you a full weekend of Scandinavian cosiness in the heart of winter. Try your hand at Swedish dance (with the Third Beat Dance Collective) and/or Swedish song (with Klara Andersson). There will also be some traditional food, Nordic crafts, a dance evening and a few surprises! There will be opportunities for everyone to have a go at everything at some point during the weekend or you can stick to either Swedish song or dance if you prefer.
The perfect antidote to these cold months. This is a weekend in which to relax, snug up by the fire in your cosiest Scandinavian jumper and enjoy a weekend of singing songs and dancing to Scandinavian music. The menu for the weekend will include some typical Swedish fayre.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/hygge-swedish-culture-weekend/


Fri 7th Feb 2020

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening - Chris Toyne and Ruth Thompson, caller TBA

We meet on First Fridays through the Autumn and winter for light hearted dancing to different good bands and callers. Squash provided. Bring drinks and snacks if you wish.

�6

7.30 for 7.45 - 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 8th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Swedish Dance

Try your hand at Swedish dance (with the Third Beat Dance Collective). Join participants who are on Halsway Manor’s Scandi Winter Weekend for a night of Swedish dance. Suitable for absolute beginners. Come and try something different!
The Third Beat Dance Collective is comprised of Ella Sprung, Andy Parr and Lucy Huzzard, all of whom studied for a diploma in Swedish Folk dance at the Eric Sahlström Institute in Sweden. They bring a contemporary look at the intricacies of partner dance, and shine a new light on what traditional dance can offer for connecting with our bodies, the music and each other.
Klara Andersson has been taught traditional songs in the home since childhood. She plays Swedish pipes and recorder and started dancing ten years ago, now she has a bachelor degree in folk dance pedagogy. In 2015-2016 she studied folk singing at a folkhögskola in western Sweden where her interest for “trall” (Swedish diddling) grew bigger. Her repertoire of songs is varied and she has a love for singing with harmonies, especially if there is a nice groove or a melancholic melody!

8pm–10pm

£5

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/swedish-dance/


Sun 9th Feb 2020

Kingston Maurward House DT2 8PY

Wareham Whalers Shanty Crew

Ships and Shanties Concert

Wareham Whalers will be appearing at the beautiful venue of Kingston Maurward near Dorchester and for this they have a real treat for you. They will be singing mainly traditional shanties but also some new songs that feature famous and not so famous ships with readings that tell you a little bit about these ships.

Kingston Maurward comes with ample free parking, a log fire and a licensed bar.

Book now to avoid disappointment either by
1. Emailing us or
2 Visiting Eventbrite at:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ships-and-shanties-concert-tickets-76462889561

£8

7.30pm

Contact David Blakeley: 07923020946

wareham.whalers AT gmail.com

http://www.wareham-whalers.org.uk/


Mon 10th Feb 2020 to Fri 14th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Reg Meuross Creative Songwriting

Folking.com Soloist of the Year 2019, Reg Meuross returns to Halsway to run another songwriting retreat. A wonderful opportunity for songwriters and aspiring songwriters to forget about the rest of the world and immerse themselves in their writing amongst like-minded people, and well-supported by Reg and his team. The programme includes group and individual tasks to stretch and challenge, opportunities to collaborate, a chance to play songs to Reg and the team for feedback (song clinics), song sharing with the group, Q&A sessions, space to write brand new songs, time to relax at the bar, and to enjoy good food and good fun. Reg will be assisted by singer songwriter Holly D Johnston and his manager Katie Whitehouse
Reg says: “Halsway is a stunning location for bringing people together in a creative way and I look forward to being back in February.
The words and ideas and thoughts that come from hard work and supportive interaction are uplifting and inspiring. It’s rewarding to help to ease people back into songs where they had perhaps become stuck or blocked in some way, and witness the sense of relief and renewed creativity. It is also hugely great to work with motivated people who have never written a song before and see the joy and satisfaction their first song brings to them and everyone around them.”

More info and to book: regmeuross.com/SongwritingHalswayFeb2020
https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/reg-meuross-creative-songwriting-2020/


Thu 13th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

An Evening with Reg Meuross

Reg Meuross, acclaimed singer-songwriter and Folking.com Soloist of the Year 2019, returns to the intimacy of the solo format after a successful Summer of festival appearances and an Autumn touring a full band production of his song cycle 12 Silk Handkerchiefs with support from Arts Council England.
A true troubadour and constantly on the road, Meuross has the gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung.

With Support from Holly D Johnston
7:30pm–10pm

£10 in advance
£12 on the door

Further information from regmeuross.com/events
https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/an-evening-with-reg-meuross/


Fri 14th Feb 2020 to Sun 16th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Bagpipe Weekend

Our popular Bagpipe Weekend returns in 2020. Our Bagpipe Weekend runs alongside the Hurdy Gurdy Weekend, in a frenzy of reeds, drones and buzzing things! Our thanks to the Bagpipe Society for their support of this event.
We’re delighted to welcome Birgit Bornauw to teach Intermediate / Advanced level bagpipe players (G pipes only), and Dave Faulkner, who will lead a course to introduce complete beginners to the bagpipes.
You’ll need to select your level and will be working with the tutor for that level during the weekend. Though there will be plenty of opportunity to socialise with the tutors and participants over the weekend.

For an extra £40, participants can stay until Monday morning, including supper and B&B. Please enquire at booking.
We anticipate that accommodation will be at a premium for this event; please consider sharing a room with friends, booking a bed in a shared dorm, or bringing a campervan/camping if you're an outdoor type! Not only will you save yourself some cash, but it will mean that more people can join the party!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/bagpipe-weekend-3/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Hurdy Gurdy Weekend

At present, we are fully booked for both the Beginners course with Scott, and the Intermediate course with Isabelle; we are keeping a waiting list in case of cancellations, so do get in touch to register your interest. 5 places are remaining in the Advanced course with Efren.

Guaranteed to be one of Halsway’s noisiest weekends, this popular Hurdy-Gurdy takeover is a brilliant opportunity to get together with some of the best of Europe’s players in an intensive learning weekend of masterclasses, workshops, sessions and a Saturday night concert/dance. This course runs alongside the Bagpipes Weekend, in a frenzy of reeds, drones and buzzing things! Early booking advised.

The weekend is hosted by Claire Dugué, hurdy-gurdy maker and repairer, and she’ll be available to help people get the most out of their instruments with tips for maintenance. She is joined by an elite tutor team of Efren Lopez (Spain), Isabelle Pignol (France) and Scott Marshall (UK).

Efren will work with advanced level students; Isabelle will work with Intermediate gurdy players; and Scott will work with beginners learning to play hurdy gurdy. It is important that when you book you will need to decide which level group you are booking for.

We anticipate that accommodation will be at a premium for this event; please consider sharing a room with friends, booking a bed in a shared dorm, or bringing a campervan/camping if you're an outdoor type! Not only will you save yourself some cash, but it will mean that more people can join the party!
For an extra £40, participants can stay until Monday morning, including supper and B&B. Please enquire when booking

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/hurdy-gurdy-weekend-3/


Sat 15th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Concert / Dance: Gurdies and Bagpipes

Join us for perhaps the most vibrant gig of the year at Halsway Manor. More pipes and gurdies than you can shake a stick at! Tutors of international renoun are coming to Halsway to lead the popular Pipes and Gurdies weekend. You can experience their magic at this concert performance by Birgit Bornauw, David Faulkner, Efren Lopez, Isabelle Pignol and Scott Marshall.

8pm–10pm

£10 - Adults
£4 - Concessions
Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/concert-dance-gurdies-and-bagpipes/


Mon 17th Feb 2020 to Fri 21st Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Lady Maisery Creative Singing Week

Following last years’ exploratory course for intermediate to advanced singers we are pleased that leading folk trio Lady Maisery are returning in 2020 to lead a second week of creative singing at Halsway Manor.
With traditional and contemporary folk song as our starting point, this creative mid-week course is a chance to delve deeply into the songs we sing, work on how to make our music more meaningful and discover what might move us forward in our personal musical journeys.
Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans of Lady Maisery will be your guides and mentors in the creation of new music, arranging and harmonising traditional songs, creating new tunes for old song texts and writing new songs. Workshops will be a variety of whole group activities and some small group self-directed tasks, so participants should be open to exploring ideas in this way.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/lady-maisery-creative-singing-week-2/


Thu 20th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Lady Maisery

Enjoy a joyful and informal evening of song, as Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans perform in concert alongside participants from their Creative Singing Week course.
In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative folk music, vocal trio Lady Maisery shine brightly. With their unique approach to harmony singing, intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice. Whether unearthing a feminist twist hidden in a traditional tale, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad, or showcasing their immense multi-instrumental talents in original compositions that draw on a myriad of musical influences, Lady Maisery are skilfull explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of song. Over the last five years, the trio have toured widely, performing sell-out shows across the UK and Europe.

8pm–10pm

£10 - Adults
£4 - Concessions
Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/lady-maisery-5/


Fri 21st Feb 2020 to Sun 23rd Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

The Madding Crowd

The Madding Crowd research and perform the church and secular music of the English village bands and choirs in the period 1660 to 1861.

Who’s it For?
The Madding Crowd and friends, all lovers of West Gallery music.

The Madding Crowd is one of the largest and longest established of the revival groups specialising in West Gallery music, meeting each week, just as the old gallery bands and choirs did. The group was founded in 1975 to lead a village evensong, and we have given carol concerts every year since 1977, summer concerts since 1979, harvest concerts since 1989, and have led the singing at many church services, baptisms, weddings and harvest festivals. We have broadcast on radio and television several times, including the Songs of Praise programme shown in 1990, and in “Going the Rounds” on BBC Radio 4 in December 2003. We also provided music for a television programme about Isaac Watts, shown on the PAX channel in North America. In the 1990s we created an early 19th century village wedding and celebration for English Heritage Special Events at various locations in the South of England.

If you’d like to find out more, head to their website www.maddingcrowd.org
For more details please contact Heather: heather AT maddingcrowd.org

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/the-madding-crowd/


Fri 21st Feb 2020

Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

Jigs for Gigs, Ian and Margaret Bryden with caller Paul Miles

All welcome! You don't have to bring a partner. We have a caller so the inexperienced needn't worry. We are looking forward to a lively evening.
There will be no food but squash will be provided, BYO if you wish.

To help those trying to find the Memorial Hall in the dark it is about 100 yards north of the Piddle Inn. Parking is on the road side.

6 under 16s free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Mon 24th Feb 2020 to Wed 26th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

PIVA – Real Roots!

We’re delighted to be welcoming Piva back to Halsway for a fifth course exploring the Real Roots! of folk music, both the music and the instruments. Discover the world of late 16th century popular traditional music as heard in both court and country. The focus of the course will be playing 4 or 5 part harmony in small groups but it doesn’t matter if you are new to this music or an experienced renaissance specialist; sessions will be adapted to suit all levels.
We will, as ever, be looking at dance repertoire and how simple tunes can be adapted into different harmonies and arrangements and for those that wish to, we will also be playing some “art music” with layered polyphony. There will be plenty of opportunities for all levels of players to experience these types of music.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/piva_realroots/


Tue 25th Feb 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

PIVA – Real Roots gig

Discover the Real Roots! of folk music, the world of late 16th century popular traditional music and instruments as heard in both court and country.
Piva – The Renaissance Collective have wide and diverse musical backgrounds and between them they have experience in playing renaissance, classical, and roots music. They bring all of these diverse musical influences together and fuse them with their knowledge of renaissance music and instruments.
Eric Moulder – Renaissance woodwinds (curtal, shawm, rauschpfeife, crumhorn, recorder). Eric is Piva’s founder and director of music. His passion for early music was inspired by the late David Munrow, amongst others. He has been an early woodwind player for many years and has performed with a number of ensembles. He is an internationally renowned maker and researcher in the field of historic woodwind instruments from the Renaissance period and his instruments are played by leading professional musicians and amateurs alike. He also provides many of the instruments played by Piva as well as being responsible for creating many of the group’s musical arrangements.
Mary Mohan – viol, strings, percussion, voice and renaissance woodwind. Mary studied the flute from the age of 8, quickly getting to grade 5 and into the school orchestra. Then she discovered other instruments and nagged her mother for a cello. She was promised a cello if she got a distinction in her grade 5 flute exam, and the rest is history! Mary studied cello, flute, conducting and musicology at the University of Huddersfield and now works as an instrumental teacher and freelance musician teaching a range of instruments. Her biggest influence in recent years has been Jordi Savall, whose recordings have opened up a whole world of Medieval and Renaissance music. She also runs her own group, Archaedium, which specialises in medieval music.
Jude Rees – Bagpipes and Renaissance woodwind, voice. Jude Rees is a professional oboist and woodwind specialist with extensive experience in classical, folk, contemporary and early music. As freelance multi-instrumentalist and sought-after session musician, Jude has worked with some luminaries of the folk world and has guested on numerous albums and live tours. She currently plays with BBC Radio2 Folk Award nominated Pilgrims’ Way and has played for theatre and television including the BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company. Jude also co-runs a lively early music group for children in Warwickshire.
Jane Moulder – Bagpipes and Renaissance woodwind. Jane Moulder is the resident bookworm of the group and, alongside Eric, she researches and develops Piva’s repertoire and performance programmes. She is a freelance researcher and writer on music, dance and manners of the 14th to 18th Centuries. Jane runs Piper’s Publishing which has produced a number of successful historical music books. She also works for the National Trust as a historical interpreter specialising in the Tudor period. She balances all of these roles with working alongside Eric making historical woodwind instruments.

8pm–10pm

£10 - Adults
£4 - Concessions
Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/piva-real-roots-gig/


Thu 27th Feb 2020 to Sun 1st Mar 2020

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Kyndred Spirits

For those with some experience, another exciting exploration at the leading edge of English Country Dance revival. Dance 17th & 18th century English Country Dances, many newly researched and reconstructed, with confidence, style and delight.
This course is aimed at experienced dancers.

Led by expert caller Andrew Shaw with musicians Paul Hutchinson and John Hymas.

www.lemmingsreprieve.org.uk

To book or for further course information contact Denise Bearon:

Email - tickets AT lemmingsreprieve.org.uk
Tel - 01695 422971

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/kyndred-spirits-3/


Fri 6th Mar 2020

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening - Teasing The Cat with callers Chris Edmunds & club callers

We meet on First Fridays through the Autumn and winter for light hearted dancing to different good bands and callers. Squash provided. Bring drinks and snacks if you wish.

�6

7.30 for 7.45 - 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 7th Mar 2020

St Mary's Church House Hall, Bridport DT6 3NW

GIG CB! with Chris Shaw

Ceilidh

Expect the usual riotous evening with a welcome return of GIG CB! and Chris Shaw. No partner needed, all welcome whatever your level of experience. All dances will be walked and talked through and called for as long as needed. Bring & Share Supper and your own alcohol - the Woodman Inn is just opposite.

£9 in advance, £10 on the door.

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Fri 20th Mar 2020

Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

Teasing the Cat. Caller TBA

All welcome! You don't have to bring a partner. We have a caller so the inexperienced needn't worry. We are looking forward to a lively evening.
There will be no food but squash will be provided, BYO if you wish.

To help those trying to find the Memorial Hall in the dark it is about 100 yards north of the Piddle Inn. Parking is on the road side.

6 under 16s free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Sat 28th Mar 2020

Oldfield School, Kelston Road, Bath BA1 9AB

Committee Band with caller Nick Walden

Welcoming back this scene-stealing, barnstorming and perennially popular ceilidh big band

Bath Ceilidhs are no ordinary barn dances. Buzzing with upbeat energy right from the start, the great bands we book give you a thrilling and amazing evening of exuberant dancing and fun, whatever your age or experience.
The music generally has its roots in British traditional music, but with a contemporary, eclectic and sometimes cross-cultural bias. The bands we have booked are amongst the best in the country and have appeared at all the top venues/festivals, travelling a considerable distance to play for you. (See the bands individual websites)

There is a caller at all the dances to guide you through so it is no problem if you have never done anything like this before. Don't worry if you go wrong, it just adds to the fun!

Dancing starts at 7.30pm prompt, with doors open from 7pm

Free parking
Bar available

Prices: Adult: £12, Concession £10, Students £6, 7-18 years £3, under 7 free.

Contact: Richard & Jo 01225 311634
E-mail: joanne.lander AT talktalk.net
http://www.poppyrecords.co.uk/bathceilidh/main.php


Fri 3rd Apr 2020

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening - Band and caller TBA

We meet on First Fridays through the Autumn and winter for light hearted dancing to different good bands and callers. Squash provided. Bring drinks and snacks if you wish.

6

7.30 for 7.45 - 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Fri 17th Apr 2020

Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

Band and Caller TBA

All welcome! You don't have to bring a partner. We have a caller so the inexperienced needn't worry. We are looking forward to a lively evening.
There will be no food but squash will be provided, BYO if you wish.

To help those trying to find the Memorial Hall in the dark it is about 100 yards north of the Piddle Inn. Parking is on the road side.

6 under 16s free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Sat 25th Apr 2020

Tintinhull Village Hall BA22 8PY

Jigs for Gigs caller Simon Maplesden

Over Stratton Folk Dance Club SPRING DANCE.

Bring and share supper.

Only the Best band in the area Ian Bridens Jigs for Gigs with a welcome return from our last Autumn sell dance the inimitable Simon Maplesden.

Early tickets 7.50 /On the door 8.50

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact lynn: 01935479291

sjsparks AT btinternet.com


Sat 6th Jun 2020

St Mary's Church House Hall, Bridport DT6 3NW

Abacus with Gill Spence

Ceilidh

The excellent young band Abacus from Exeter with Gill calling. No partner needed, all welcome whatever your level of dancing experienced. All dances will be walked and called for as long as needed. Bring & Share supper and your own alcohol - the Woodman Inn is just opposite.

£9 in advance, £10 on the door.

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Wed 15th Jul 2020

St. Laurence Church, Upwey DT3 5QE

Tim Laycock, Phil Humphries. Ridgeway Band and Singers

Music for a Summer Eveningj
Folk songs, gallery carols, dance tunes

All proceeds to church facilities fund to provide servery .and lavatory

£10 to include wine and small eats

7.00 for 7.30 pm

Contact Evelyn Price: 01305 812282

eveprice.upwey AT outlook.com.

www.timlaycock.co.uk


Sat 5th Sep 2020

St Mary's Church House Hall, Bridport DT6 5NW

Chris Toyne Big Band, cally Sibby

Ceilidh / folk dance

A fun dance on Bridport's Hat Festival day! Prizes for the best/silliest/most creative hat. No partner needed, all welcome whatever experience level. All dances will be talked and walked through and called for as long as needed. Bring & Share supper and your own alcohol - the Woodman Inn is just opposite.

£9 in advance, £10 on the door.

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sat 3rd Oct 2020

St Mary's Church House Hall, Bridport DT6 3NW

ECDB with Mike Courthold

Great to welcome a great combination of festival band and caller, English Contra Dance Band with ChipFolkFest's Mike Courthold, for our one dance each year dedicated to (mainly) American styles. Don't be put off by that, all are welcome whatever the level of experience and no partner is needed - you will be guaranteed plenty of dancing! Bring & Share supper and your own alcohol - the Woodman Inn is just opposite.

£9 in advance, £10 on the door. 16s and under £4

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sat 7th Nov 2020

St Mary's Church House Hall, Bridport DT6 3NW

Old Pull & Push with Helen Woodall

Ceilidh / folk dance

Always good to have the characterful O.P.P. back, with Helen doing the honours. No armaments will be in evidence! Expect a fun evening, all are welcome regardless of experience, no partner needed. All dances will be walked and talked through and called for as long as needed. Bring & Share supper and your own alcohol - the Woodman in is just opposite.

£9 in advance, £10 on the door. 16s and under £4

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sat 5th Dec 2020

St Mary's Church House Hall, Bridport DT6 3NW

Doug Eunson & Sarah Matthews, with Jane Thomas calling

Ceilidh

Another combination of favourites, Doug & Sarah with Jane - our pre-Christmas treat!
All are welcome regardless of experience and no partner is needed - you will be up and dancing! Bring & Share supper and your own alcohol - the Woodman Inn is just opposite.

£9 in advance, £10 on the door. 16s and under £4

7.30 - 11 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com