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Wed 23rd Apr 2014 to Sat 26th Apr 2014

The George Inn, Croscombe BA5 3QH

St George & the Dragon Festival

featuring Langport Mummers, Dragonsfly, Circulus and more...

throughout:
St. George & the Dragon Beer and Cider Festival
Display of St. George & the Dragon Art and Memorabilia

Wednesday: Beetlecrushers Clog Dancers 6:30 p.m.
Langport Mummers: St. George & The Black Knight Play 7:30 p.m.
Talk on the Symbolism of St. George & the Dragon by Rev. A. Armstrong 8:30 p.m.
Arthurian myth and folk music with Nathan Lewis Williams & Guests 10 p.m.
Thursday: Dragon Curry Night from 6 pm
Defining the Images of St. George & the Dragon 8 p.m.
Celtic music with Keiran & Mary Taafe from 9:30 p.m.
Friday: Dragon’s Mouth Pizza from 5 p.m.
Dinder Dragon Poem Reading with Christopher Somerville 8 p.m.
Dragonsfly (Acoustic) band in main pub 9 p.m.
Saturday: Dragon Woods Walk from 10 a.m.
Village Dragon Procession to Dinder 11 am
Village Feast from 1 pm
Parish "Dragon’s Teeth" Skittles from 3 pm
Circulus (Medieval / Baroque Music) from 8:30 p.m.

Contact Nathan: 07751 168212

nathanvibration AT yahoo.co.uk

www.thegeorgeinn.co.uk


Wed 23rd Apr 2014

Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

The Traveling Talesman

I am a spoken word narrative performer of myths, legends, folktales and the occasional poem, a storyteller! My energetic and engaging performance is adapted on a per gig basis for a wide variety of adult and family audiences. I often conflate, edit or reorder stories and sometimes create entirely new tales, augmented with lyre and percussion when appropriate and for some shows live sample and loop. I have over twenty years professional experience, am a member of Equity and can provide risk assessments and a clean, recent, enhanced CRB certificate on request.
I have toured the country from Penzance to York, for feasts, festivals and fun since the early nineties with tales of Norse Gods, Celtic mysteries, clever girls and dragon Slayers, medieval mayhem, giants, goblins and halloween horrors. I originally specialised in Northern European tales but stories are now drawn from all over the world. I am constantly expanding my repertoir, reading myths from various cultures, chasing down unusual variations on folk tales and researching, learning or creating new adventures for special theme or site specific events. I write a column for the local magazine which provides a good chance for reflection and examination of my material and practice, the results are published as a blog at Folk Tales Corner .

£ 5.00

8.00 pm

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458 831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com


Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NY

Moulettes + Support from Kate Young

“Frontrunners of the new British acoustic scene thanks to their sophisticated, unpredictable approach” **** Robin Denselow, The Guardian
“This delicious music is played with acoustic virtuosity…Complex and beautiful…Intriguing and unique” **** MOJO
“Divine harmonies…Orchestral folk at its very finest.” ***** Time Out

7.30 pm

£9 + bf advance £11 on door

http://electricpalace.org.uk


Weavers Club, Westbury, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3EL

St George's Day celebrations

Wessex Morris Men.
Dancing, songs and music.

Everyone welcome

Sausage and chips supper £1.50

from 8.30 pm


The Fox inn, Corscombe DT2 0NS

St George's Day celebrations

Hosted by Babylon, with guests Moonshine Appalachian, Treacle Eater Clog and Wyvern Jubilee Morris Men.
There will be morris and Appalachian dancing. There will be a mummers play. There will be music.

All starts at 7.30 pm


www.babylon.org.uk


Thu 24th Apr 2014

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

A Night of Music and Storytelling with Nasrudin

Nasrudin ~ A night of music and storytelling from the Balkans to the middle East.

The music of The Balkans and beyond takes us on a journey: lyrical, compelling and compulsive. The band Nasrudin have been part of that journey for the last 2 years. Now they link up with a storyteller to expand the experience through the music of Nasrudin and the stories that Nasrudin, the storyteller, told.

Mulla Nasrudin or Nasreddin Hoja - he goes by many names & is the archetypal thoughtful observer, expressing his own wry views on life and his fellow human beings. You'll find him throughout the Balkans and on into Turkey and beyond, and everywhere they claim him as their own. The roots of his stories can often be found in Folk Tales from India, in Aesop's Fables and particularly in The Arabian Nights. Whoever and wherever he is, there is always wisdom to impart in a wry off-beat way and, as with all the best stories, there is learning for our times.

Listen to Nasrudin and his Tales, the stories of the Wise Fool told by Richard Selby, woven with the music of the band Nasrudin, music drawn from the various lands from where these stories originate. The performance will be a journey by camel & magic carpet through the regions that have inspired these beautiful tales and music.

The Band are Bethany Porter (cello & recorder) Tim Petherick (Guitar) Pete Gibbs (double bass) Marick Baxter (flute) and Stefan Asanovic (percussion).

Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £7.00 Advance available from Chapel Arts Centre (Door Price: £9.00)
www.chapelarts.org


Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Kirsty McGee

In 2000 McGee won the Northwest songwriting competition organised by the Buskers' Ball and recorded her first release under her own name; Rock & Roll. The recording cemented her interest and reputation in the acoustic genre and led to her signing with Ugly Man Records. McGee recorded an album for Ugly Man entitled Little Things which was never released, although the title track and original artwork sketches by Peter Seal were included in the re-release of Honeysuckle in 2010.

McGee has worked in the studio with producers John Wood, Boo Hewerdine, Neill MacColl, Mike West and Mat Martin. In 2002 she signed to Fellside Records for her first full length release, Honeysuckle.[2] The album won her a nomination for Best Newcomer (2003) at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2003. Her second album Frost, released by Park Records in 2004 followed this up with a nomination for Best Original Song (Coffee Coloured Strings) in 2005.[3]

McGee's third album Two Birds was released in 2006, also by Park Records, and was her last release before setting up her own Hobopop Recordings label in 2007.[4] Two EPs followed: Sapho & Phao EP, a collection of settings of songs from John Lyly's play Sapho and Phao (1584); and Hobopop EP, which features early versions of songs later recorded for her fourth full studio album The Kansas Sessions (2008) along with cover versions of songs by Mike West and Kreg Viesselman.[5]

The Kansas Sessions was recorded in West's studio in Lawrence, KS using local musicians during the winter of 2007, and released in 2008 by Hobopop Recordings. In the same year McGee and long-term collaborator Mat Martin formed the core of The Hobopop Collective, a group dedicated to performing McGee's songs in various formats (from duo to 10-piece band). The group was premiered at the 2008 Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, opening for Capercaillie,[6] and went on to perform McGee's material from 2008-2011 in collaboration with many guest artists including Karine Polwart, Inge Thomson and Christopher Cundy. The project was documented on the album No.5, a concert recorded at Manchester's Contact Theatre on October 10, 2009, and released by Hobopop Recordings in 2010. The album also features an appearance from James Steel of The Brute Chorus, who McGee collaborated with again in 2010 on a split single, Wife / Alligator Teeth.

McGee also re-released her debut album Honeysuckle in 2010 as a free download.

In January 2011, McGee was nominated for The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards under the Live Performance category for No.5.[7] The album won its category in the public vote later that year.

McGee now performs in a variety of formats, from solo to band lineups featuring members of the Hobopop Collective and other guests. Her sixth album, Contraband was released in 2012 and also features new collaborations with artists including Danny Schmidt, Carrie Elkin and Myshkin.

In 2013 her song Sandman, originally featured on 2008's The Kansas Sessions was featured in the film Trance, directed by Danny Boyle, and was subsequently re-released by Hobopop Recordings as a single in April of that year. The song features in a love scene during the film, and a cover version by Rosario Dawson is featured on the film's OST. A motif from the song is also featured throughout Rick Smith's film score

£10

8.30

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458 831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com

www.kirstymcgee.com


Chiselborough Village Hall TA14 6TL

Chiselborough Community Folk & Performance Night

Well what a great and crazy time we had last month! A full on folk band, a mandolin solo , accordions galore, our brilliant bodran , cajon and hand drum percussive group, singers and songwriters alike. Add to that a Hurdy Gurdy (pity his poor wife when he was learning that!), a bowed psaltery (go straight to Wikipedia) , French country dancing lessons, and a wacky Russian song about vodka – quite a wild mix! Did we mention the three ‘first time ever’ performers? All of this was fuelled by lovely grub from Tash , cakes from Cam and co and cider, beer and non alcoholic drinks courtesy of the boys to refresh the exhausted parts. And the beauty of it all is that it is never the same any two months in a row. Eclectic, refreshing , friendly and wonderful fun ...and that’s just the organising crew!

Want to do it all again? –WE DO!! So stop being so bashful, you know you want to join us . if you can play anything, sing, read, recite or just fancy a good old natter with a bunch of the friendliest folk around then you just have to come. Or you could just sit at home and watch the tele.........hmmm. Oh, and by the way, don’t forget to bring a friend or two or just come alone and make lots of new ones. Nobody gets left out –it’s a house rule. We just can’t help ourselves - we are friendly bunch who have bannished stuffiness !

See you,
Natalie, Pedro, Tash, Patch, Lucy and Simon

Natalielamb AT Hotmail.com


Fri 25th Apr 2014

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Winter Wilson + support from Rod Jenkins

Kip Winter and Dave Wilson have been working away quietly together for a number of years, performing superbly and many of Dave's beautifully written songs have been covered by well known artists like Vin Garbutt and Anthony-John Clarke. Lincolnshire-based Dave Wilson and Kip Winter have built a reputation across the UK and beyond for superb songs, sublime harmonies and a style that’s very much their own.
Our very own King of Americana, Rod Jenkins will be providing support.

£8 pre-booked £10 on door

8.15 - 11.15 pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com


Nailsea Folk Club, Holy Trinity Church, Nailsea BS48 4NQ

Patsy Reid and Friends

Only two years after leaving the brilliant Breabach, Patsy Reid has become the most in demand traditional fiddle player in the UK. She has just been nominated instrumentalist of the year in the BBC Scots Trad music awards.
www.patsyreid.com

8pm - £10

Contact: David Francis 32 The Chimes, Nailsea, BS48 4NH
Tel: 01275 540231
email: nailseafolkclub AT hotmail.co.uk
Ticket Information Line: 01275 790915


No. 4 Sarum St, Poole Quay BH15 1JW

Hosted by Arish Mel

English Music & Stepping Session

All instrumentalists & singers welcome!

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Contact Steve & Helen Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com


Parish Church South Petherton TA13 5DQ

Fiddlestix and Friends

A Ceilidh In A Church!

The church has moveable seating so the dance takes place in the church itself. This is a fundraising event both for the church and for the (much cash-strapped) Petherton Folk Fest, so do please come along - it will be a fun evening and the Festival really needs your support. Tickets from N & D News or on the door (there is also a contact number).

£8 incl Ploughman's. £4 under-16s

Start time: 7.00

Contact Vivien Jewsbury: 01460 249288

edmundscvjb AT tiscali.co.uk


Corfe Mullen Village Hall BH21 3UA

Black Sheep - Old Pull and Push - No Strings Attached - Stourvalle Mummers

The 7th 'Ray's St George's Day Ceilidh' In Ray Sargent’s memory.

Last year we all had a great time and with the help of our friends and family we raised £670 for Poole Hospital Neonatal ward. This year we are raising money for Bournemouth Hospital Cardiovascular unit charity No 1057366.
Heart Monitors are needed which are an essential pieces of equipment in cardiology and there are a few variations.The monitors are in constant use and enable patients to use them at home.
£380 will purchase an instant check monitor, which is the size of a mobile phone and rhythms are recorded by placing your thumbs on the monitor.
£1,200 will purchase a Blood Pressure (BP) monitor and are used for 24 hour monitoring, this enables cardiologists to see how the body’s BP is performing in everyday life.
The other heart monitors are approx £2,000 each and Lifecards are for 24 hr monitoring and Novacors are for weekly monitoring.
It will be great if we can raise some funds towards one of these Monitors and Again this year all our Bands, entertainers and helpers have given their time freely so please come along and help us all have a great time and in Ray's words "give it some welly!"

Bring your own drink, and food to share.

£8

7.00pm - 11.00pm

Contact Julia Thomas: 01202 604598

juliadcthomas AT googlemail.com


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

Ben Reel Band & Eric Andersen

Legendary American folk singer/songwriter ERIC ANDERSEN joins the influential and compelling Irishman BEN REEL for the night to provide a memorable musical journey through folk, RnB and Americana.

Irish singer/songwriter Ben Reel released his 6th studio album on the 22nd April 2013 entitled “Darkness & The Light”. It includes 11 brand new songs. This will be the first record that he has recorded & produced in his own home studio in Co. Armagh. There will also be a special limited edition of the album available only on the benreel.com website, which will include 5 bonus tracks.
Since his debut back in 1999, each album has gone from strength to strength, touching on different styles of music from rock,soul,blues, Alt Folk/Americana & with the occasional injection of reggae. This was highlighted on his 2012, 18 song best of album (Ben Reel 1999-2009 Compilation 10) released only as a limited edition for loyal fans to buy at gigs, also available on iTunes worldwide.
Ben’s music has evolved into an honest earthy sound that has matured like a fine wine and he has very much his own sound today. This can be heard on this new album. Darkness & The Light is a powerful soulful album with deep meaningful lyrics and memorable epic anthemic songs, with strong melodies combined with imaginitive expansive arrangements. Recorded digitally but with an analog feeling of warmth. The songs deal with the fall out since the global economic crash. Also probing for spiritual meaning and balance between the Yin and the Yang, trying to find light, hope and healing in these troubled times. Serious songs from a serious artist in a serious moment in time.

Eric Andersen first came to prominence as a performer in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and immediately became part of the Village folk and songwriter scene along with Phil Ochs, Tom Paxton, Dave Van Ronk, and Bob Dylan, and became one of the founders of the singer songwriter movement. He’s co-written songs with Bob Weir, Townes Van Zandt, Rick Danko, and Lou Reed. His songs have been covered by many artists including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Judy Collins, Fairport Convention, Linda Ronstadt, Peter, Paul & Mary, The Blues Project, Gillian Welch and Linda Thompson.
Over the past 45 years, Eric has released over 25 CDs of original music. His first live album Blue Rain (released in 2007 on Appleseed Recordings) was recorded at a concert in Oslo with members of the blues band, Spoonful of Blues.

http://www.ericandersen.com
http://www.myspace.com/ericandersentributepage

Doors: 7:30pm Event Starts: 8:00pm Event Ends: 10:30pm
Starting at: £14.00 (Door Price: £16.00)
Chapel Arts Cafe 'Early Bird Meal Deal' – last orders 7pm, for Menu and Booking see the website
http://www.chapelarts.org


Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

FooFoo

A Dorset based trio offering a blend of country, folk and blues with some Ska/Reggae influence, a truly inspiring original set with tight vocal harmonies and wonderful melodies and rhythm.

entry by donation

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458 831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com

www.hawthornshotel.com


Sat 26th Apr 2014

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

Heidi Talbot

Heidi Talbot is an award-winning Folk singer from Co. Kildare in Ireland. Subtlety is Talbot’s magic ingredient - from her gossamer voice to the delicate re-working of Traditional and Contemporary material that earned her rave reviews for her 2008 solo breakthrough, In Love And Light.

She spent several years in New York as a member of the Irish-American super group Cherish The Ladies and slips effortlessly between musical worlds but all the time retaining a personal modesty rooted in Traditional Folk. Heidi is accompanied by multi-instrumentalist John McCusker and guitarist Ian Carr.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £15 Full, £14 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Twynham School, Sopers Lane, Christchurch BH23 1JF

The Old Pull and Push

Barn dance

Raising funds for Cancer Research. Includes fish and chip supper plus tea or coffee.

£11

7.30pm - 10.45pm

Contact Christine Vaughan: 07962889905


Briantspuddle Village Hall DT2 7HT

"Time & Tide" - featuring Sophia Wright, Robin Plowman, Steve Sutton, Richard Wirdnam

The King's Shilling...

...told in story and song by Time & Tide; a group of well respected folk performers and instruments include melodeon, concertina, guitar, fiddle, banjo and piano accordion.

"Time & Tide" bring history to life through the medium of traditional folk music, songs and readings. From the Peninsular War through to the end of the Great War; traditional and contemporary songs, poems and writings including those of Hardy and Kipling help illustrate the lives of those who fought for King and Country. The vivid accounts of their lives and careers as recounted by Sergeant William Lawrence, Rifleman Benjamin Harris, Nurse Violet Cross and Samuel Vickery V C gives the framework in which to tell the story of those who "took the King's Shilling".

Email to reserve tickets or tickets for sale at Briantspuddle Village Shop from 1st April.

£8 including light supper

7:30pm (doors open from 7:00)

Contact Briantspuddle Village Hall

briantspuddleevents AT gmail.com


Bruton Castle, 45 High St, Bruton BA10 0AW

Dan Hamilton

Dan Hamilton; a young musician from Somerset. On tracks like ‘Help me make it through’, Hamilton combined a sensitive guitar picking style with emotionally driven lyrics. His versatility as a song-writer was also evident with the more upbeat nature of ‘Chasing the Sunset’ in which he showed off his powerful, high vocals. Hamilton’s song-writing showed signs of real substance and great potential.

http://www.brutoncastle.co.uk/


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

Pipe Factory with Jeremy Child

Bridport Ceilidhs

Bring and Share finger food supper, with soft drinks provided; bring your own beer/wine.
Tickets from Bridport Music Shop and Jaxsons Delicatessen.
Some complimentary tickets can be made available to first-timers by prior arrangement, call the organiser.


Tickets £8.50 on the door or £7.50 in advance

7.30pm - 11pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk


EMN Community Hall, Monksilver TA4 4JE

Baraka

Welcome back to our friends from Bristol Baraka who last performed here 5 years ago. A formidable combination of top musicians from Ghana, Senegal, Dominica, Trinidad, Germany and Southern Ireland. Each musician contributes his individual sound and style, whether reggae, township, hi-life, or soca. Baraka is edgy, experimental and innovative without losing sight of the fact that entertainment is the key. Another great dance night in prospect.

A pre-gig supper available 7:30pm to 8:30pm,, inclusive tickets (£16) on sale to 23 April only. . Band on stage 9pm
£10

Ticket Outlets: Toucan Wholefoods Minehead 01643 706101, Taunton Tourist Office 01823 336344, Wiveliscombe Post Office 01984 623308, and http://www.wegottickets.com

An Under One Sun presentation

info AT underonesun.org.uk
01984 656727


Sun 27th Apr 2014

Dinder Village Hall, Dinder, near Wells BA5 3PR

Pendragon Ceili Band, Caller Val Knight

Irish Set Dance Sunday Special

WORKSHOP 11am-12.30pm. Coffee/Tea/Biscuits Free. Lunch Available.
CEILI 2pm-5.30pm. Afternoon Tea Provided.

Contact 07979 523918 for Details


Mon 28th Apr 2014

Wiveliscombe Congregational Church in Silver Street TA4 2PA

Mairearad Green & 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. Mairearad & Anna were nominated for live act of the year in the 2013 Scots Trad Music Awards.

£12/£10

8pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com


Tue 29th Apr 2014

The Old Ship Inn, Upwey, Weymouth DT3 5QQ

Ridgeway Folk Club

Whether you are a performer or a listener, you will be made most welcome at the Ridgeway Folk Club, for a "come all ye" open session.

8.00pm - 11.00pm

Contact Karen Brown: 01305 812876

karen.brown68 AT btinternet.com


Radstock Library BA3 3PR

Mendip Mistresses and John Shaw

In a seasonal celebration, Heather Ash and Amanda Boyd of the Mendip Mistresses will sing in the spring with traditional West Country and contemporary songs, and tell tales of the origins and significance of the music and customs of May Day. They will be accompanied by John Shaw on Appalachian dulcimer. Free, tickets available from the library.

7.00 pm

Phone: 01225 394041

councilconnect AT bathnes.gov.uk


Wed 30th Apr 2014

EMN Community Hall, Monksilver TA4 4JE

Steve Knightley

Steve Knightley once described by the Times as the “gravel-voiced spokesman for the rural poor” last played for us with Show of Hands 9 years ago in a memorable performance at Luxborough, the Village Hall packed like sardines. Since then he and Show of Hands have gone on to win Awards galore.

Steve’s show solo this time looks set to be equally memorable. For more information see http://www.growyourowngig.co.uk/ and http://www.showofhands.co.uk/

7.30pm

£16

Ticket Outlets: Toucan Wholefoods Minehead 01643 706101, Taunton Tourist Office 01823 336344, Wiveliscombe Post Office 01984 623308, and http://www.wegottickets.com

An Under One Sun presentation

info AT underonesun.org.uk
01984 656727


Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NY

The Fureys & Davey Arthur

of Irish music & song The Fureys & Davey Arthur, renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc, make their second appearance here at the Electric Palace.

7.00 pm

£18.50 + bf advance / £20.50 on door

http://electricpalace.org.uk


Thu 1st May 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

May Day Celebrations

A day of workshops for local schools to come and try Maypole and Country Dancing. Contact Halsway Manor if you’d like your school to be involved.

T: 01984 618274
E: communications AT halswaymanor.org.uk
W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


West Quantoxhead St Audries Village Hall TA4 4DN

howdenjones

‘No halls barred' 2014
'the beautiful music in beautiful places' Tour continues

‘Wonderful songs, gentle anecdotes and delicious leg-pulling
..a gem of an evening!’
Quarndon Village Hall, Derbyshire.
“Heartfelt songs rooted in a love for people, places and nature”
Staveley Roundhouse Theatre.Cumbria.
Kate Howden and Paul Jones are songwriters who have been travelling all over the country playing specifically at Village Halls and Community Venues. Creating their ‘beautiful music in beautiful places’ Tour, they have been sharing their music and stories, often meeting friendly and fascinating people and visiting some wonderful, unusual venues in sometimes remote and always beautiful areas along the way. They write about life and their observations of it, often poignant, sometimes humorous, and gathering new material as they travel, they captivate an audience in a unique intimate atmosphere. Their show has been described as, ‘relaxed and enchanting’ and ‘an absolute delight’, ‘their joy, talent and good humour were infectious’. ‘music for all ages’. With a variety of instruments including, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bodhran and banjo, superb harmonies and great musicianship, howdenjones will promise to give you a foot tapping and thought provoking evening with plenty of smiles! You can hear examples of howdenjones music by visiting www.howdenjones.co.uk

£10 includes Buffet supper

7-30pm

Contact Stella Davey: 01984 639944

info AT howdenjones.co.uk


Fri 2nd May 2014 to Tue 6th May 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Society for International Folk Dancing.

The SIFD is a UK-based voluntary, non-profit-making association that aims to encourage people to learn and enjoy folk dances from many countries. Dancing is a recognised way to keep fit, and International Folk Dancing combines the benefit of exercise with the pleasure of dancing to beautiful music.

For more details contact the Society at www.sifd.org

T: 01984 618274
E: communications AT halswaymanor.org.uk
W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 2nd May 2014

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

Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies

Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies have been playing their songs and music of northern England for a decade and a half around the Folk festivals, clubs and stages of the world. 'Acoustic simplicity coupled with electric vitality' was how they were described in their early days and with half a dozen albums to their credit, along with solo albums by Jez and other members, their following has increased.

Strong vocals, backed by outstanding instrumental back-up on guitar, cittern, fiddle, fretless bass, keyboards and Northumbrian Pipes, have made them one of Britain's top attractions on the Folk/Acoustic/Celtic circuit.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £14 Full, £13 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Portman Hall (Village Hall), Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Mitchell And Vincent (Celtic-tinged fiddle and guitar) with Will Antell calling

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club

Hall is almost opposite the petrol station, on the road between Blandford and Sturminster Newton.

7.45 - 9.45

Squash Provided. BYO If You Wish.

£5 On the door.

Jenny And Ian Edlin 01258 861184
jenny_harrison_1123 AT yahoo.co.uk


Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NY

Dave Swarbrick and Friends: Audience with Swarb

A rare chance to get up close and personal with hugely influential folk icon Dave Swarbrick and in addition, enjoy an all girl trio Said the Maiden who are making waves with their selection of trad arrangements and close harmonies, accompanied with fiddle, guitar and at times, wonderfully a cappella. Dave Swarbrick is synonymous with innovation and he is indeed credited with heralding the ‘Second Folk Revival’ while in seminal Folk/Rock band Fairport Convention.

£11 +bf advance £13 on door

7.30 pm

http://electricpalace.org.uk


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

Sheelanagig

Sheelanagig deliver intricate, rhythmically complex arrangements of original and traditional works in a Balkan style. Formed in early 2005 the band had an instant chemistry, gained a considerable following and quickly earned a reputation for their exhilarating and intense live performances. This group of incredible players force you to dance your socks off and have a great time.
Sheelanagig have played just about every imaginable venue on their hectic touring schedule; clubs, pubs, art centres, small theatres, European street festivals as well as tearing up the UK festival scene with profile slots at Glastonbury, Green Man and Beautiful Days (to name a few). Sheelanagig’s live shows have grown to incorporate aspects of street theatre, elements of storytelling and even acrobatics, it can provoke a frenzied reaction – flying drinks, mosh pits and stage invasions are hazards on a really good night. In short, expect mayhem, a lot of laughs and some great music.

Doors: 7:30pm Event Starts: 8:00pm Event Ends: 10:30pm
Starting at: £12.00 (Door Price: £14.00)

Please note this will be a standing gig.

http://www.chapelarts.org


Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Lazy Daze

A Lively contemporary Folk band from Glastonbury, with a blend of original and well known covers, fronted by Emma, with songs written by her and Davey Jones, with backing from David Oliver, Gareth Lovelock and Joe Nunn.

entry by donation

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458 831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com

www.hawthornshotel.com


Sat 3rd May 2014

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

Dan Cassidy and James Hickman

Hickman’s emotive, soaring vocals and driving guitar is complemented by Cassidy’s ingenious and virtuosic fiddling. Their sound flows from the connection between British and American folk and is bursting with all the humour, heartbreak and excitement of these genres. The lively English wit of Hickman is set against Cassidy’s bone-dry irony and American drawl as they take audiences on a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey.

www.hickmanandcassidy.co.uk

Donations - £6.50 - Under 16s £3.00 - Buy on line www.acornfolkclub.co.uk or email acornfolkclub AT gmail.com or phone 07811 744158 to reserve, or just come along. Floor spots, musicians, singers and listeners all given a warm welcome. Bring own refreshments.


Bruton Castle, 45 High St, Bruton BA10 0AW

Al O'Kane

Original Acoustic Artist - Alt/Blues/Folk (with a bit of Country thrown in for good measure!)
Al O'Kane has played gigs alongside the likes of Eddie Martin, Kevin Ayers, Stringer/Bessant, Jim Bob (Carter USM), The Saw Doctors, Chris Helme (Seahorses) and with Ade Edmondson & the Bad Shepherds.
He has five EPs under his belt (three with Manana Project, One Solo and One as a Duo with Tessa Bickers).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAoeJj_fZ_g
https://www.facebook.com/alokanemusic
http://www.brutoncastle.co.uk/


The Exchange, Sturminster Newton DT10 1FH

Dave Swarbrick & Said The Maiden

Dave Swarbrick, or Swarb as he is affectionately known, has been credited with the heralding of the 'second folk revival' in 1968 when he started playing with Fairport Convention. His fiddle playing is regarded as being largely responsible for the then new sound and direction of Fairport Convention and he has been described by Ashley Hutchings as 'the most influential (British) fiddle player bar none'! And now he is coming to The Exchange!

Supporting Dave are Said the Maiden - a new Hertfordshire-based vocal trio, making waves on the folk scene. In recent months, Said The Maiden have played as the support act for some big names, including The Fisherman's Friends, Sarah McQuaid, Megson and Hannah James & Sam Sweeney. They are honoured to have been asked by Dave Swarbrick to join him on his solo tour in 2014.

7:30pm.
Tickets £10 adv. £12 door.
Box Office: 01258 475137.
The Exchange, Sturminster Newton.

info AT stur-exchange.co.uk

http://www.stur-exchange.co.uk/item/dave-swarbrick-support.html


Sun 4th May 2014

Bruton Castle, 45 High St, Bruton BA10 0AW

Dan Raza

Dan Raza has established a considerable reputation on the UK singer songwriter and folk roots scene.

His distinctive approach has led to him supporting Joan Armatrading on a recent European tour, as well as opening for artists such as Mary Gauthier, Badly Drawn Boy, Cara Dillon and Alejandro Escovedo at concerts throughout the UK and USA. He also had a song, Every Little Dog endorsed by Neil Young when Shakey chose it for his 'Living with War' website.

Of mixed British and Indian heritage, Dan grew up in Bedfordshire and has spent his adult years in London. His songs glow with a strong sense of place, bearing an enigmatic wistfulness at their core

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAoeJj_fZ_g

3pm

http://www.brutoncastle.co.uk/


Bournemouth Folk Club at the Ocean View Hotel, Grove Road, East Cliff BH1 3AH

Tinderbox

Anglo-Irish acoustic outfit featuring honey-toned vocals of Monique Houraghan.
Tickets £7.
info: www.bournemouthfolkclub.com
Tickets: www.wegottickets.com/location/12794.


Wanstrow Village Hall BA4 4SX

howdenjones

‘No halls barred' 2014
'the beautiful music in beautiful places' Tour continues

‘Wonderful songs, gentle anecdotes and delicious leg-pulling
..a gem of an evening!’
Quarndon Village Hall, Derbyshire.
“Heartfelt songs rooted in a love for people, places and nature”
Staveley Roundhouse Theatre.Cumbria.
Kate Howden and Paul Jones are songwriters who have been travelling all over the country playing specifically at Village Halls and Community Venues. Creating their ‘beautiful music in beautiful places’ Tour, they have been sharing their music and stories, often meeting friendly and fascinating people and visiting some wonderful, unusual venues in sometimes remote and always beautiful areas along the way. They write about life and their observations of it, often poignant, sometimes humorous, and gathering new material as they travel, they captivate an audience in a unique intimate atmosphere. Their show has been described as, ‘relaxed and enchanting’ and ‘an absolute delight’, ‘their joy, talent and good humour were infectious’. ‘music for all ages’. With a variety of instruments including, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bodhran and banjo, superb harmonies and great musicianship, howdenjones will promise to give you a foot tapping and thought provoking evening with plenty of smiles! You can hear examples of howdenjones music by visiting www.howdenjones.co.uk

£10 Includes Refreshments

7-30pm

Contact Virginia Purchon or Bob Sargent: 01749 880841 or 01749 850654

enquiries AT wanstrowvillagehall.co.uk


Studland Village Hall BH19 3AE

Belshazzar's Feast

Belshazzar's Feast, the much-loved hirsute odd couple of Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Faustus) on oboe and violin and Paul Hutchinson (Hoover The Dog, Pagoda) on accordion, are unique among the line-ups of the vibrant English folk scene, renowned as consummate live performers who mix humour and intricate traditional English folk music in equal measures.

Their eclectic influences and tastes combined with their high standards of musicianship are reflected in their repertoire, which ranges from 18th Century Playford tunes to Scandinavian waltzes, from Music Hall to rock and jazz, as well as playing their own compositions. Since their incarnation in 1995 they have recorded five albums and have toured extensively, playing throughout the UK, Germany and the USA at festivals, ceilidhs, clubs and village halls.

After a brief sabbatical, and to celebrate a remarkable 20 years performing together, in September 2013 Belshazzar's Feast recorded their first live album, finally capturing what sell-out audiences have been enjoying for two decades. The duo are embarking on a national tour to celebrate its release in April.

Web: belshazzarsfeast.com

7:30pm

£8
Contact: Studland Stores
Local Box Office: 01929 450204
Website: studlandvillagehall.co.uk
An Artsreach presentation: http://www.artsreach.co.uk/


Wed 7th May 2014

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

Rue Royale

plus support, Cate Ferris

Having clocked up 100,000 miles on the road, Rue Royale are temporarily putting down roots to record their eagerly anticipated third album.
The driven duo have ushered numerous tour vehicles into retirement since beginning their global adventure.
Three years after they married, in 2006 Ruth and Brookln Dekker started making music together in their then home city of Chicago, inspired by the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Radiohead, Grandaddy, John Martyn, Jose Gonzalez and Elbow.
The Anglo-American outfit earned their stripes on the Chicago music scene before selling most of their belongings and boarding a plane for Europe, armed with their instruments and self-titled 2008 debut LP, for their first out-of-town tour.
The road quickly became Rue Royale’s way of life – with chips and dents in their tour vans’ bodywork testament to over 600 shows in 15 countries.
Meanwhile, without the backing of a manager and (until recently) a label, between tours the couple rustled up a cottage industry at their new home in Nottingham. Together they printed, snipped, sewed and stuffed over 9,000 Rue Royale CDs, including 500 pre-orders for their second album ‘Guide To An Escape’ which they issued independently in 2011. Fans also warmed to the hand-made Rue Royale knitted goods (hot water bottle cover anyone?), bags and clothes that graced their merch stalls.

Website: http://rueroyalemusic.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/rueroyalemusic
Twitter: http://twitter.com/RueRoyale

Cate Ferris
Brighton based singer/songwriter Cate Ferris, using a guitar, keyboard, loop station & drum, is captivating audiences across the South with her solo project - brilliant songs sung with an incredible voice.
Folk and dark soul lie at the heart of her sound, and the acoustic instrumentation is tinged by hard hitting lyrics and intricate harmonies.

Doors: 7:30pm Event Starts: 8:00pm Event Ends: 10:30pm
Starting at: £8.00 (Door Price: £10.00)
http://www.chapelarts.org/


Thu 8th May 2014

The Exchange, Sturminster Newton DT10 1FH

Phil Beer

You may know Phil Beer from Show Of Hands - but now he's coming to The Exchange on his own!

Phil is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler and plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don’t stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals.

Phil, who also has his own Phil Beer Band, famously guested on the Rolling Stones Steel Wheels album and Steve Harley’s Poetic Justice.

As a composer, Phil has written many numbers including the stunning instrumental The Falmouth Packet for SoH’s album Witness.

7:30pm.
Tickets £12.
Box Office: 01258 475137

info AT stur-exchange.co.uk

http://www.stur-exchange.co.uk/item/phil-beer.html


Fri 9th May 2014 to Mon 12th May 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Violin Making Course with Neville Gardner

This popular course ensures all participants get the maximum amount of time at the workbench. Beginners are also welcome. As well as the violin family support can be given for making a Rebec (medieval ancestor of the violin). The class size is limited so that participants have plenty of tutor support. Before enrolling please contact
neville AT njgardner.demon.co.uk to discuss the suitability of the course for your needs. Students living nearby are welcome to join the course as day visitors.
Arrive Friday afternoon, depart Monday midday. Full board (meals, accommodation, workshops, activities) from £329 per person. .

T: 01984 618274
E: communications AT halswaymanor.org.uk
W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 9th May 2014

Donyatt Village Hall TA19 0RJ

Steve Knightley

A solo date as part of Steve's Grow Your Own Gig Tour. This is a great opportunity to see a master songwriter in an intimate situation

The doors open at 7.15 and the concert starts at 8.00pm.

The tickets are strictly limited and for further details please contact Mike Wiles on 01460 73946


Allendale Centre’s Quarterjack Suite, Wimborne BH21 1AS

Feast of Local Folk

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival are excited to be bringing together some of our best local performers for a fund raising evening, just a month before the festival. Come & enjoy a whole range of music, from traditional songs & instruments, to young singer/songwriters already getting appreciated nationally.

We will be featuring Damian Clarke & his hammer dulcimer, guitar supremo Will Mcnicol, & atmospheric duo, Ninebarrow. Also with us are stunning band KADIA, & POLLY MORRIS who is sure to put a smile on your face.

Top quality support comes from Tim Wilkinson, formerly part of Magpie Chatter, Bob Whitley, A Half of Murphy's with a definite Celtic feel, Terry Mcdonald, & John House & Allan Winter.

All these performers can regularly been seen at the three local folk clubs that you can also check out at various times during the festival weekend – Wimborne Folk Club, Fiveways Folk, & Sunray Folk Club, home of the evening's MC, Bob Kirkpatrick.

7.30 – 11 pm in The Quarterjack Suite – for a real folk club atmosphere

Tickets £5 (£6 on the door) - available Allendale Centre, Fiveways Folk, Wimborne Folk Club. Also on line at www.wimbornefolk.co.uk

more info from karen AT wimbornefolk.co.uk


Priston Village Hall BA2 9EE

Heather Ash, Amanda Boyd, John Shaw: "Singing In The May!"

Heather, Amanda & John invite you to join them for an evening of joyous songs to welcome in the spring.

Songs such as A Farmer's Son So Sweet, Maids A Milking, Sweet Month Of May, Merry Haymakers, Birds In The Spring, May Morn and many, many more. Including the glorious number - Singing in the May by Mike O’Connor celebrating singing on the eve of 1st May in Padstow. John will be accompanying many of the songs on an array of beautiful mountain dulcimers which are great singing companions.

You can purchase tickets from Amanda's website. www.mrspricesparlour.com
Go to the events page and click on the wegottickets.com logo.
Or by calling Heather & Amanda directly.

£7 in advance £8 on the night

7.30pm

Contact Heather or Amanda : 01761 300551 or 07772431679

folksinger25 AT yahoo.co.uk


Quarterjack Suite, The Allendale Centre, Wimborne BH21 1AS

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival presents Feast of Local Folk

Damian Clarke, Ninebarrow, Will McNicol, Polly Morris, Kadia, Tim Wilkinson, Bob Whitley, Half of Murphy's, Terry McDonald, John House & Allan Winter, with MC Bob Kirkpatrick

The Wimborne Minster Folk Festival is hosting a fundraising event on 9 May as a warm-up to the festival on 13-15 June.

Feast of Local Folk will showcase some of the best artists in the local folk world.

With thanks to Fiveways Folk, Sunray Folk Club, Wimborne Folk Club and Andy Stone & Wessex Acoustic Folk Club.

£5 (advance); £6 (door)

7.30pm

Contact Karen Laird

karen AT wimbornefolk.co.uk


Greenfield Hall, Sherborne International College DT9 4EZ

Latvian Folk meets Wessex

Caleji Folk Band + Wessex Morris Men

A Concert organised by Sherborne Douzelage.
The Caleji Folk Band from Riga, Latvia are flying in specially for this show and will perform a selection of Latvian Folk songs with dance and play traditional instruments.
The Wessex Morris Men will support and there may well some "jamming" on the night.
There will be a licensed bar.
Tickets available from Sherborne Tourist Information Centre or at the door.
Details available on Sherborne Douzelage Facebook

£10 per ticket including a light buffet

7:30pm for 8:00pm

Contact Mary Clothier: 01963 251255

marydmc38 AT gmail.com


Sat 10th May 2014

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

Devon Sproule

From across the pond, Devon Sproule returns to the UK following her 2013 Colours tour. Her talent for moulding elements of Jazz and Folk with an Indie-Pop and Country pastiche has won her critical acclaim. Her self-effacing, quirky and honest performance style creates a connection with an audience that few can match.

With five albums under her belt and performances including Glastonbury, Later....live with Jools Holland and Cambridge Folk Festival this is a night not to be missed.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £16 Full, £15 Concessions

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


Princes Hall / Community Centre, Clevedon BS21 7SZ

Sean and Robert Cannon

WHISKEY IN THE JAR

Sean Cannon leadman with the iconic DUBLINERS plays Clevedon Princes Hall on Saturday May 10. Sean always massively popular on the live music circuit will be joined by his highly talented son Robert and will present a wonderful evening of ever popular Irish songs ,soft ballads and fine gaelic music all played with the usual Irish charm and passion with of course a bit of the blarney. Robert’s rich voice will complement the works of Bob Dylan Neil Young and more.Tickets are £11.00 (which will include a donation to “Springboard”) and are available from the Hall box office. Call or phone 01275 873405 or buy online www.wegottickets.com/255617

£ 11.00

8.00pm (doors 7.00pm )

Contact Princes Hall Box Office: 01275 873405

admin AT clevedoncommunitycentre.org.uk


Gillingham Methodist Church, High St, Gillingham SP8 4AG

Kit Holmes

Kit Holmes is one of the few female virtuoso acoustic guitarists and her trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso guitar playing have wowed audiences across the UK, through extensive touring with the guitar hero, John Etheridge.
Her three albums include the legendary Danny Thompson and incorporate her very own 'blues-driven roots with a soul sensibility'.
‘A welcome curiosity with a style that skips cheerfully across boundaries’, said The Guardian when reviewing Kit’s unique blend of rootsy-blues. Their review concludes: 'Impressive...all the makings of a new British guitar heroine'. The Observer described Kit's music as ‘Macy Gray meets Nick Drake’ and both Bob Harris and Andy Kershaw have featured her on their BBC shows.
Kit’s recent gigs include: Paul McCartney’s LIPA, the Anne Frank Awards at the BBC, a performance for Bill Bryson and Andy Kershaw and a headline show at the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain.

£10

7.30pm

Contact Gordon Amery: 07817379006

organ1234 AT btinternet.com

www.musicatgmc.org.uk


Winterborne Kingston Church DT11 9BJ

Misericordia

St Vitus' Dance - Mad Mediaeval Music.

Dancing mania arose in mainland Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries and involved groups of men, women and children dancing erratically, sometimes thousands at a time, until they collapsed from exhaustion. Misericordia explore the mad dance music of the Middle Ages – manic Italian istampitas, frantic French estampies, crazy Spanish pilgrim dances and wild carols and dances from the English Gresley manuscript.
Misericordia are Anne Marie Summers - bagpipes, recorder, voice, hurdy gurdy, shawm, and Steve Tyler - hurdy gurdy, citole, gothic harp, cittern, percussion

£10.00

8:00pm

Contact Peter Dobbins: 07949 836503

admin AT musicatkingston.com

www.musicatkingston.com


The Friends Meeting House. Wellington TA21 8RA

Mediaeval & Madrigal - Singing Workshop

Mediaeval & Madrigal - Singing Workshop led by Yvette Staelens at , Somerset, TA21 8RA.
Ever wondered about the roots of folk ? Come and join us for a glorious day of ancient music, modes and polyphony. Everyone can enjoy these songs which are suitable for all abilities, no need to read music. Er..there may be some bawdiness...you have been warned.

10am - 4pm

Bring lunch to share. Course fee :£25 or £20 for those on a low income, via Paypal at www.yvettestaelens.com or email yvette AT rootsquartet.com to book your place or call: 01823 326449 or txt/call mob: 07952106220


The Barrington Centre Ferndown BH22 9TH

O' Dalaigh's (featuring ex Yetties - Pete & Mac)

Fun Ceilidh/Barn Dance with caller Andy Helson

A great evening of fun English folk dancing. The O'Dalaigh's line up includes Pete Shutler, Mac McCulloch, Ray Bryant, Phil Biggs & Andy Helson. Come and join us for a vibrant session of dance and entertainment.
Visit the website for full details.

£8.50 (£8.00 OAP & FCA Members)

7.30pm

Contact The Barrington Theatre: 01202 894858

admin AT barringtoncentre.co.uk

www.barringtoncentre.co.uk


The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton TA1 1JL

Southern Folk

www.southernfolk.moonfruit.com

£10

7:30pm

Contact The Brewhouse Theatre: 01823 283244

www.tauntontheatre.org.uk

https://www.facebook.com/ToneTheatre


Sun 11th May 2014

The Ropemakers, 36 West Street, Bridport DT6 3QP

Will Varley

This Spring 26 year old folk singer Will Varley is embarking on an epic 500 mile
tour of the south coast... on foot.
Starting a few miles from Land's End in Penzance, the walk will take the Kent
based troubadour past some of Britain's most stunning coastline, eventually
finishing a month later in Deal, Kent.
Accompanied by fellow songwriter Nick Marks, along the way the pair will be
performing at Inn's and Music Venues in the towns and villages they pass
through, attempting to uncover forgotten folk songs & stories and raising a
bit of money for charity.

Having recently released his second album to two consecutive sell-out shows at
London's Rosemary Branch Theatre, and clocking up almost 30,000 views of his
latest music video in a month, fiercely independent folk singer Will Varley has
made significant ground this year already. He was recently invited to open for
Frank Turner at the end of a UK arena tour, and his new album has received radio
play on BBC Radio 3 & live sessions on BBC introducing along with high praise
from the likes of Q magazine and fRoots. This summer he will be performing at a
number of major festivals including Kendal Calling, Blissfields & Cambridge Folk
Festival, as well as embarking on a huge walking tour of the south coast.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/willvarleymusic
Website: http://www.willvarley.com

Free

7.00 pm

theropemakers.com/‎


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

Chris Wood

Folk Singer of the Year & Best Original Track ‘Hollow Point’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2011
Folk Singer of the Year and Best Album BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2009

Criticised by an art school lecturer as having “a remarkable eye for trivia” Chris Wood’s love of small things has made him one of England’s most vivid and arresting song writers. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. Hollow Point is his chilling ballad of the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezez and Wood's feel for the sheer "one thing after another-ness" of life allows us, for the first time, to see the event through the eyes of the victim.
Joan Armatrading presented Chris with the 2011 BBC Radio Two Folk Singer Of The Year award before inviting him as special guest onto her Autumn 2012 tour. They played 51 cities and Wood found himself eavesdropping on conversations from pound shops to tea rooms, army recruiting centres to hotel saunas collecting the poetry of recession. His response is, None The Wiser, a fourth solo album released in Summer 2013. With humble hymns and sweeping statements from Alzheimers to William Blake, Wood lovingly takes the pulse of his homeland in what could be his best album yet.

Wood has worked and collaborated with a long list of artists, most recently Dizraeli, Billy Bragg, Eliza and Martin Carthy in Simon Emerson's Imagined Village. His duet with Eliza added to the "Villager's" winning another Folk Award for "Best Traditional Song".
The Irish Times dubbed him ‘the renaissance man of English folk’ because his work extends beyond song writing into commissions for Radio 3 Between The Ears, Late Junction and The Essay. He has written for The Times and lectured at Newcastle and Limerick Universities. His setting of Blake's Jerusalem features in Paul Gilroy's lecture on poetry and music at Kings College London and Wood's lyric Walk This World With Music is included in Michael Morpurgo's latest collection.

Doors: 7:30pm Event Starts: 8:00pm Event Ends: 10:30pm
Starting at: £12.00 (Door Price: £14.00)
http://www.chapelarts.org/


Wed 14th May 2014

Portesham Village Hall DT3 4NS

The Gleaning's of Mr Sharp's Harvest - Tim Laycock

In 1905, inspired by the work of Cecil Sharp, Henry and Robert Hammond came to Dorset with their bicycles in search of folk songs. Many of the 600 songs they found reflected the life of people living in the South Dorset Ridgeway Area, and were collected from singers such as Marina Russell in Upwey and Robert Barratt in Puddletown.

Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries will be leading a series of workshops in Abbotsbury and Portesham on Wednesday evenings throughout June and July, exploring songs the Hammonds found in the area and honing participants' performance skills.

In this launch public performance Tim Laycock will tell the Hammonds' story and perform his personal favourites from their collection. Anyone interested in taking part in the workshops should contact Artsreach for further details.

7:30pm

Local Box Office: 01305 269512

An Artsreach presentation: http://www.artsreach.co.uk/


Thu 15th May 2014

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

Effra & Inu

Performing together for the first time Inu and Effra. They've formed a common bond playing various festivals and sessions & this show promises to be special with both bands doing a set and then performing together.

Effra
Effra are Alex Bishop (guitar), Tom Newell (fiddle, mandolin) and Aidan Shepherd (accordion).

Heralding from Bath, Shrewsbury and Canterbury respectively, they met in London in 2011. Although coming from predominantly rock, classical and jazz backgrounds, a strong connection was quickly formed, and they began meeting regularly to write and develop music that shared a common ground. Early performances were well received, and the band soon grew an identity of its own, fuelled by ideas brought to the table by all three members.

In 2012 after only a year since their first meeting, the band won the Bath Folk Festival New Shoots Competition on the strength of their compositions and high-energy performance.

Inu
Inu have been at the forefront of the Southwest's music scene for 10 years performing folk music and songs from Celtic British & European traditions collected from the band's travels. The band comes from a background of informal sessions where they all found a passion for folk music. The set includes tunes from Ireland, Britain, France, Norway, Romania, Bulgaria and Macedonia. The music is intertwined into imaginative arrangements and the improvisational flair of the musicians makes it a musical journey not just to the places of origin but deep into the soul. This ensures no two performances are alike.
Inu are Andrew North on Double Bass, Tim Petherick playing guitar, Louise Baxter on Vocals and Guitar, Marick Baxter on Flutes and Whistles and Richie Lewis on Piano accordion Whistle and Guitar.

Time:7:30pm
Tickets: £7.00 Advance available from Chapel Arts Centre (Door Price: £9.00)
www.chapelarts.org


The Logboat Sessions at Poole Museum BH15 1BW

Burton Bradstock

The Logboat Sessions is an unplugged gig that takes place at the heart of Poole Museum, next to the 2,200 year-old Poole Logboat.

May’s guest is Burton Bradstock, the stylistic alter ego of the multi-instrument musician and composer Jimmy Cannon. All Upon a Summer’s Day, their debut album, marries their love and practice of jazz with English folk songs from the early to mid-nineteenth century.

Minimum donation £5

7.00 = 9.30 pm

Contact Dom Kippin: 01202 633972

d.kippin AT poole.gov.uk


Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NY

Bella Hardy: Thirty for 30

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winner is on tour visiting 30 of her favourite venues to celebrate her 30th Birthday this year.
Support from remarkable transformer artists:
Nicola Brown (Folk/Blues)
and Fenne Rainbow (Folk/Acoustic).

£10 + bf advance, £12 door

7.30 pm

http://electricpalace.org.uk/


Fri 16th May 2014 to Sun 18th May 2014

near Sherborne, Dorset

In the Woods with John Kirkpatrick

Two songwriting weekends with the celebrated writer of English folk songs
16-18 May and 13-15 June 2014

John Kirkpatrick is a walking and breathing folk festival – the authentic and authoritative voice of English folk song, master of the concertina, melodeon and button accordion, exceptional composer and songwriter, and inspirational teacher and workshop leader. In 2003 he was awarded the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s Gold Badge for his outstanding contribution to English folk music. In 2010 he was voted Musician of the Year in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Folk South West is pleased to announce two songwriting workshop weekends to be held near Sherborne in Dorset. Each will explore the art and craft of writing traditional English songs, and will use the woodland and outdoor environment and the culture and heritage of the area as inspiration. The weekends can be viewed as progressive but it is possible to come to either as individual events.

Cost: £95 per weekend to include lunch and refreshments but does not include overnight accommodation.

For more information contact Eddie Upton at Folk South West 01935 873889 eddie AT folksw.org.uk


Fri 16th May 2014

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Jez Lowe (solo) + support

The wonderful singer songwriter, Jez Lowe is back with us again. Jez is a regular visitor to the club and loved and enjoyed by our members. He will be singing his own songs, telling tales of life in the North East.
Support t.b.a.

£10 prebooked £12 on the door2

8.15 - 11.1 pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com


Corfe Mullen Village Hall BH21 3UA

U3A day of dance

with Caller: Alan Davies & Musicians: Meter Rite

Morning Workshop
Lunch (included in price)
Afternoon Dance
Tea

£15

10.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.

Contact Margaret Thomas: 01202 872795

lyndonthomas462 AT btinternet.com


Great Bow Wharf, Langport (by the bridge) TA10 9PN

Ange Hardy

Ange will be performing songs from her current four star album 'Bare Foot Folk' along side songs from her highly anticipated pending new release 'The Lament of the Black Sheep'. Using her live looping machine, she layers harmonies before your eyes creating depth and warmth to her voice all carried by the undercurrent of her beautifully delicate guitar picking, she takes time to tell the stories behind the penning of her songs and takes you on a musical journey deep into her folk roots

Start time: 7.30pm


Corfe Mullen Village Hall BH21 3UA

Alan Davies, caller & Paul Hutchinson, accordion

Day of Dance

Programme for the day:

10.30 - 12.30 Workshop

Lunch

1.30 pm - 3.00 pm Dancing

Tea

£15 to include all food and drinks

Contact Margaret Thomas, 01202 872795
lyndonthomas462 AT btinternet.com


Sat 17th May 2014

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

Kan

Kan is a union of four of the finest, award-winning and in-demand artistes of the 21st Century's Traditional music world. Kan is a unique melding of the bold and beautiful flute virtuosity of Brian Finnegan from Flook, with the expressive and daring fiddle deftness of Aidan O'Rourke from Lau, cemented by the organic and intuitive drumming of Jim Goodwin and the unfettered, playful guitar reinventions of Ian Stephenson.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £14 Full, £13 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Bruton Castle, 45 High St, Bruton BA10 0AW

The Driftwood Manor

It is a total privileged for us to be able to present The Driftwood Manor. Eddie Keenan’s on-going folk project, is a relatively underground but still hugely prolific and darkly creative collective.
Eddie Keenan (bouzouki, acoustic and electric guitars, vocals. Neil Fitzgibbon (fiddle and vocals),
Formed in 2007, The Driftwood Manor is an Irish folk act taking in a wide range of influences from Irish traditional music to American folk, bluegrass, Eastern music and alternative rock as well as many others. Releases vary from 'song' based folk releases to instrumental and more experimental pieces. The band have released six albums/eps to date since 2008

http://thedriftwoodmanor.bandcamp.com

http://www.brutoncastle.co.uk/


Ferndown Village Hall, Church Road, Ferndown BH22 9ET

The Long Notes

Over the past seven years, The Long Notes have have forged an excellent reputation with sell-out concerts at many London venues including Kings Place, The Roundhouse and The Underworld. They have also performed at numerous festivals including: Celtic Connections, Glastonbury, HebCelt, Shetland, Wickham, Wimborne, Towersey, City of London, Wychwood, Ealing Global, Edale, Devizes and Blas! (Scotland). There have been tours of Italy, Austria and Germany as well as appearances on BBC Alba and BBC Radio 2 and 3.
The Long Notes uniquely represent Ireland, England and Scotland – not only in their music, but also in their heritage. The line-up includes Scottish fiddler Jamie Smith (Beneche, SBO Band), Irish-born accordionist Colette O’Leary (Bumblebees), London-Irish banjo/mandolin virtuoso Brian Kelly (Shane McGowan and The Popes) and Sheffield-based guitarist and singer Alex Percy (Beltane). They all met through the session scene in Camden Town, one of the great epicentres of live music in London.

£12

8:00 pm

Contact Adrian Harman: 01202 897958

info AT celticfolk.net


Wimborne St Giles Village Hall BH21 5LX

Acoustic Music Concert in aid of Julia’s House

Dave Lambert and Sue Pugh
Will McNicol
Kadia
Bob Whitley MC

7.30 pm to 10.00 pm


Tickets £5
Contact Averil Cubitt 01725 517255
Bob Whitley 01202 601017
Light Refreshments and snacks available
Please bring your own drinks


Sun 18th May 2014

Bournemouth Folk Club at the Ocean View Hotel, Grove Road, East Cliff BH1 3AH

Guy Davis

Acoustic blues actor-singer with his unique one-man show.
Tickets £15.
info: www.bournemouthfolkclub.com
Tickets: www.wegottickets.com/location/12794.


Osmington Village Hall DT3 6EX

Phil Beer

We are more than delighted to announce that Phil Beer is coming to Osmington Village Hall on Sunday May 18th.
From his bio: ‘Phil is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler and plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don’t stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals’.
As a composer, Phil has written many numbers including the stunning instrumental The Falmouth Packet for Show of Hands’ album Witness - a truly fabulous piece. Don't miss this! The bar will be open and bar snacks will be available. Doors open at 6.30pm for the show to start at 7pm.
Tickets are selling fast - get in touch to reserve yours!

£12.00

6.30pm for 7pm

Contact Eileen: 07816 832554

eileenbramley AT hotmail.co.uk


Osmington Village Hall DT3 6EX

Phil Beer

From his bio: ‘Phil is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler and plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don’t stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals’.
Phil is half of the well known duo Show of Hands (Radio Two Folk Award winners, who sold out The Albert Hall) and, as a composer, he has written many numbers including the stunning instrumental The Falmouth Packet for Show of Hands’ album Witness.
Don’t miss it! Tickets are on sale at £12 each, telephone 07816 832554 to reserve yours. Bar and bar snacks will be available.
Licenced Bar - Free Parking

£12

6.30pm for 7pm

Contact Eileen Bramley: 07816 832554

eileenbramley AT hotmail.co.uk


Mon 19th May 2014 to Fri 23rd May 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

American Contra Dance Week

Seth Tepfer (USA), The English Contra Dance Band, Meg Winters.
Our much loved annual American Contra Dance Week is hosted by Meg Winters with the irrepressible English Contra Dance Band and, from the USA, caller Seth Tepfer. Seth is “Atlanta’s Dance Magician”, known for his infectious energy, enthusiasm and ability to get everyone moving, smiling and having a great time. Dance workshops take place in the mornings, plus a music workshop on Wednesday afternoon (so bring your instruments!). Other afternoons are free to explore this lovely area. There are dances each night. Book early!
Arrive Monday from 4pm, depart Friday after breakfast.
Full board per person (accommodation, all meals, workshops, dances) from £250.

T: 01984 618274
E: communications AT halswaymanor.org.uk
W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Mon 19th May 2014

The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Spiers and Boden

The Founders of Bellowhead
Twice winners of the BBC Folk Award for Best Duo

Following on from an incredibly successful tenth anniversary tour including a special birthday party bash at Shepherds Bush Empire, the top traditional music duo on the scene continue their journey into the exciting nether-regions of traditional folk music.

Described by The Guardian as "the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene" and twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 folk award for Best Duo, Spiers and Boden have made the genre of spontaneous, punky English folk very much their own stomping ground. Loud, proud, and with just a few acoustic instruments, they create a multitude of textures upon which they present traditional stories and dance music which have taken them on to the main stages of major festivals.

The irrepressible performances of John Spiers and Jon Boden have ensured they are in high demand with venues and major festivals through out the world and past performances have included, in the UK, Cambridge Folk.

Spiers & Boden's retrospective album 'The Works' was released July 2011 to mark their 10 year anniversary. Spring 2014 marks their final tour together for the foreseeable future.

www.spiersandboden.com

7.30 pm

Tickets: £15
Concessions: £13.50
Footlights/Groups 10+: £12
http://www.octagon-theatre.co.uk


Wiveliscombe Congregational Church in Silver Street TA4 2PA

Eileen McGann

Eileen is one of Canada's foremost songstresses, equally at home with her own self-written songs or interpreting the tradition. Her voice is as clear as a lark but has the strength of an eagle. Eileen is the ultimate musical conundrum, the eco-warrior, conscious of the issues of today, but not intimidated by traditional ballads of yesterday.

£8/£6

8pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com


Wed 21st May 2014

Bath Folk Club at the Gallery Room, St James' Wine Vault, Bath BA1 2TW

Rosemary Lippard

Rosemary Lippard performs traditional English material with a “beautiful and pure voice” (Bright Young Folk) that has been compared to Anne Briggs and Eliza Carthy. She walked away with the Islington Folk Club’s singing award in 2013 and has recently been collaborating with Steven Collins (Owl Service) in a new group ‘Country Parish Music’

Please contact Tim Graham for more details or to book an open mic slot ahead of time. timclivegraham AT gmail.com.

Time: 8pm
Support: Floor spots
Tickets: £3, available on the door


Thu 22nd May 2014

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

Megson

Megson are husband & wife Duo Stu Hanna and Debbie Hanna. Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the 2011 Spiral Earth Awards they draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of Folk.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £14 Full, £13 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Fri 23rd May 2014

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn, Church Lane, Nailsea BS48 4NG

Breabach

One of the most celebrated and successful Scottish folk bands of recent times, Beabach command the stage with flare, charisma and a sound that is as expansive as it is distinct. Powered by double bagpipes, flute and fiddle, this uncompromising force is further fueled by the tight groove of double bass, guitar and step-dance.
Recent line up changes have given the band a new edge, energy and focus, and with increasing popularity and fast growing international recognition it is little wonder Breabach received nominations for ‘Best Group’ at both the 2011 and 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and the Scots Trad Music Awards.
www.breabach.com

8pm - £14

Contact: David Francis 32 The Chimes, Nailsea, BS48 4NH
Tel: 01275 540231
email: nailseafolkclub AT hotmail.co.uk
Ticket Information Line: 01275 790915


Othery Village Hall TA7 0QS

Kieran Goss

One man, one guitar and a voice sent express mail from Heaven’.... Time Out

Long hailed as one of Ireland's leading songwriters and performers, Kieran Goss’s music has won him fans across the globe. But if his songs have made him a star, his live shows have made him a legend. Live on stage is where Kieran Goss really shines.

This is a rare chance to see Kieran performing live and solo. Don’t miss it!

Profits to be split between Musgrove Leukaemic Group & Parkinsons UK

£12.50/£10.50 Concessions

Start time: 8pm

Contact Sue Soutar: 01823 698385

suesoutar AT aol.com

www.kierangoss.com


Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

The Driftwood Manor

Of the Storm is the latest offering from Irish folk act The Driftwood Manor which is released via Stone Tape Recordings whose ever growing roster of great artists continues to tickle my taste buds. Formed in 2007 they have been keeping very much in the shadows but they really deserve to be out there in the limelight as I’m sure you’ll agree after hearing this.

Their music features a mass of influences but throughout you’ll find a common ground of rich harmonies and striking yet simple melodies. For some reason I couldn’t shake off the sound of Gay and Terry Woods The Woods Band which strode that path somewhere between traditional, folk rock and a healthy dosage of seventies psychedelia. Comparing The Driftwood Manor to such a band is also a token of the value I place on their music…I really do believe they are something very special.

Front-man Eddie Keenan kicks off proceedings a cappella with some heart-wrenching vocals on Before When I Die which segues neatly into Afloat by the grace of your God with looping acoustics which are are built upon with gentle touches of bass and fiddle evoking a sense of being cast adrift.

That sensitivity in their arrangements is what makes their music so enduring and powerful. You have that space to appreciate what’s happening from those small moments to the striking ones such as the vocals of Brigid Power Ryce on Among the secrets of the rain. That simple backdrop that slowly winds down and fades adds real emotive power to the lyrics.

Both the words and music throughout this album work in a beautiful unfaltering unison. Even on the more experimental drone offering of Tell your troubles to a stone (and then throw that stone in a river) vocals are not drowned by the huge wall of sound but instead produce an eerie disembodied feeling before dragging you back from a dreamscape to an earthly upbeat outro.

Throughout their music there is pagan and mystical imagery, one which must be strongly influenced by their own Irish folklore from a land filled with the most joyous jigs and reels to the saddest sounding airs. Laments such as God knows I’m a sinner for you now contain a great delicate beauty, a deep and sincere respect for their music that all of The Driftwood Manor accentuate.

£5.00

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458 831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com

www.thedriftwoodmanor.bandcamp.com


Sat 24th May 2014

Harmans Cross Village Hall BH19 3EB

The Jigantics

One of the UK’s most arresting new bands, The Jigantics are part of a growing group of contemporary artists appealing to a wide range of music followers. The band provide the audience with great songs, stunning harmonies and fine musicianship in a genre defying mix of folk, Blues, Jazz, Country and then some.

One of The Jigantics great strengths is their ability to combine the power and energy of a five piece band, into a superb fusion of musical styles. Seeing them live it\'s clear that this band believe having a good time is an essential ingredient to any gig. The band is a popular choice for organisers of festivals and major music events throughout UK, we are very fortunate to have secured them for one of our “Music Night Live” concerts at Harmans Cross. It promises to be yet another outstanding evening.

7.30 pm

Full band details and ticket information available on our website

http://www.harmanscrosshall.co.uk


Alderholt Village Hall, nr Fordingbridge SP6 3RB

Poacher's Moon

Musical performance with John Anderson's songs and music, narrative, evocative images and poetry,

'Poppies Red and Cornflowers Blue' tells the true stories in song and narrative of people local to Wessex who lived ordinary lives until the Great War changed everything. There are songs about recruitment, women left behind, life in the trenches and the stories of the young men; some of whom returned home and thousands of whom stayed behind forever in those stained fields. To our venues we bring six skilled musicians; they form ‘Poacher’s Moon’ who play six, twelve and tenor guitars, bouzouki, keyboard, flute, cello and percussion. The show is accompanied by narrative and beautiful projected images with chorus lyrics to enable the audience to join in. The performance is moving, uplifting and sensitively written with elements of humour.

£8, £7 concessions

7:30pm

Tickets available from Peter Barratt on 07773372318 or on the door

Contact Caroline Anderson: 07582140933
castintime11 AT googlemail.com


Sun 25th May 2014 to Fri 30th May 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Early Music Week with Michael Sharman

An ensemble course for experienced singers and players of early instruments. Recorders, viols, baroque oboe, flute, violin, viola, ‘cello, and also cornett, cornamuse, sackbut and curtal all welcome. Phone for details

T: 01984 618274
E: communications AT halswaymanor.org.uk
W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 30th May 2014 to Sun 1st Jun 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Musicians Weekend

With Dave Brown, John and Elaine Meechan, Christine Corkett.

Popular course for folk musicians who enjoy playing music for barn dances, Playford dances, ritual dance, and folk music just for listening. A great chance to develop skills in a supportive and non competitive atmosphere. Plenty of time for informal playing sessions. All ages and standards are catered for by our experienced team of workshop leaders. Music will be available in advance. Early booking advised.

Arrive Friday from 4pm; depart Sunday 5pm.
Full board per person (accommodation, all meals, workshops) from £160.
Affordable options for day visitors, camping and non-participants accompanying a participant. Phone for details.

T: 01984 618274
E: communications AT halswaymanor.org.uk
W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 30th May 2014

Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Jess Morgan

Songs that tell stories, claw-hammer-like guitar playing and a truly unique voice that binds the package tightly together…

2014 sees the release of a brand new album ‘Langa Langa’ which will showcase a wind-fall of sizzling new songs and rhythmic guitar playing from this prolific writer from Norwich, already championed by BBC Folk Show’s host, Mark Radcliffe. Expect simple, evocative songs that tell stories, peppered with influence from British Folk as well as country, blues and world music. After an exciting year playing over one hundred shows including Cambrudge Folk Festival, Warwick Folk and Towersey, Jess is steadily building a name for herself as a grafter and a force to be reckoned with in roots and folk music in the UK and in Europe.

Funded by Fans and the centrepiece of a Pledge Music Campaign, Jess released her album ‘Aye Me’ back in 2012 building on the success of her Norwegian made debut release ‘All Swell’ (2010). Jess is championed by DJs from BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, Folk Radio UK and BBC Wales most notably by new music DJs Steve Lamacq and Tom Robinson who have watched with interest as Jess has grown as an independent artist.

Jess looks forward to the release of ‘Langa Langa’ in April and an exciting tour taking her through the UK, Ireland, Germany and Belgium… for starters at least.

£5.00

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458 831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com

jess AT jessmorgan.co.uk


Sat 31st May 2014

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

Tarras

Tarras are a six piece band - Ben Murray; Rob Armstrong; Louise Peacock; Rory Connor; Michael Woodward and Liam Hiatt - hailing from the north of England and the borders of Scotland.

They play an exciting blend of self-penned songs and Traditional material, reworked in the band's distinctive way. Using instruments including accordion, violin, cittern and mandolin, Tarras have a Traditional sound, but fused with drums, piano, guitar and bass, the songs and arrangements are Contemporary in style and delivery.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £14 Full, £13 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Wiveliscombe Congregational Church in Silver Street TA4 2PA

Rachel Newton

A solo show from Scottish harpist, fiddler and singer Rachel Newton who is well known for her appearances with The Emily Portman Trio and The Shee. Her upbringing in both Highland and City cultures has meant that she has been strongly influenced by a diversity of styles and this is highly evident in both her playing and singing.


£8/£6

8pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com


Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport, DT6 3NY

Sam Lee and friends

Sam Lee, folk singer, promoter and animateur released his debut album “Ground Of Its Own’ in June 2012. It was nominated for the Mercury Prize and won the FRoots album of the year. He was also nominated for 3 BBC R2 Folk awards. Sam is fast becoming accepted as a new pioneer, defining the sound, sight and texture of contemporary folksong. He was given the 2011 Arts Foundation Award which, for the first time, honoured folk music amongst the art forms.

£15 + BF (£13 friends) £17 door

7.30 pm

http://electricpalace.org.uk


Sun 1st Jun 2014

Bournemouth Folk Club at the Ocean View Hotel, Grove Road, East Cliff BH1 3AH

The Henry Girls

Irish americana with three multi-instrumental sisters from Donegal.
Tickets £12.
info: www.bournemouthfolkclub.com
Tickets: www.wegottickets.com/location/12794.


Mon 2nd Jun 2014 to Fri 6th Jun 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Walking and Folk Dancing Week.

With Alan Davies (caller), Pat Hicks (walk leader), Susan Swann & Susan
Watts (musicians).

This is a very popular week combining walking in this beautiful area with folk dancing in the evenings. There are three levels of walk to choose from each day, plus a coach trip out to walk on Exmoor.
Arrive from 4pm Monday; depart after breakfast on Friday.
Full board per person (accommodation, activities, large breakfast, packed lunch and full evening meal) from £250.

T: 01984 618274
E: communications AT halswaymanor.org.uk
W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Thu 5th Jun 2014

Eli's Pub (The Rose and Crown), Wincanton Road, Huish Episcopi TA10 9QT

Wyvern Jubilee Morris

Especially for the Langport Festival, Wyvern Jubilee Morris will be dancing outside the pub from 7.30pm. This will be followed by a traditional folk music/song session inside until closing time. All are welcome to play and sing in very congenial surroundings.

The Langport Festival is a showcase of things that happen in Langport all year (despite floods!). The festival runs Friday 31st May to Sunday 8th June 2014. https://sites.google.com/site/langportfestival/home has info and there will be a programme printed and distributed free around the area in early May.


Fri 6th Jun 2014

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

"A Band for All Seasons" with Teasing The Cat

This 5-piece band of multi-instrumentalists will be performing traditional music from Britain and further afield.

The concert forms part of the 8th Hinton St. George Festival. Ticket prices £12 (Nave) £10 (Aisle).

Booking Office 07500 532 543, hintonfestival AT hotmail.co.uk.
Website hintonfestival.btck.co.uk.


Great Bow Wharf, Langport (by the bridge) TA10 9PN

Festival Special Session

This is a regular song and music session (first Fri of month) however to mark Festival week there will be a featured artist/group to listen at the end of an informal and enjoyable evening where all performers are welcome to play, sing, recite, dance or whatever they have to offer.

8.00 pm

The Langport Festival is a showcase of things that happen in Langport all year (despite floods!). The festival runs Friday 31st May to Sunday 8th June 2014. https://sites.google.com/site/langportfestival/home has info and there will be a programme printed and distributed free around the area in early May.


Sat 7th Jun 2014

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

Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby

Date change! This concert will now take place on 5th July


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

Monty's Maggot with caller Will Hall

Bridport Ceilidhs

Bring and Share finger food supper, with soft drinks provided; bring your own beer/wine.
Tickets from Bridport Music Shop and Jaxsons Delicatessen.
Some complimentary tickets can be made available to first-timers by prior arrangement, call the organiser.

£8.50 on the door or £7.50 in advance

7.30pm - 11pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk


Sun 8th Jun 2014

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

Dick Gaughan

The only performer to hold the dual honours of a Lifetime Achievement Award by BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and induction into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame, Gaughan returns to The David Hall.

7.30 pm

Tickets: £13 Full, £12 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Country Dance Holiday

With Ron Coxall and Stradivarious

Popular week for people who dance regularly and want to try a range of dances from Contra to Playford style. Early booking advised.
Arrive from 4pm Sunday; depart after breakfast Friday.
Full board per person (accommodation, all meals, activities) from £290. Camping (including meals) £240.

T: 01984 618274
E: communications AT halswaymanor.org.uk
W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Thu 12th Jun 2014 to Mon 16th Jun 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Quantock Walking & Folklore Week

Taffy Thomas, Bill Crawford & guests

Explore the folklore of the Quantocks on foot and in words. Walks will take in places of local legend while Taffy and guest storytellers will spin Somerset yarns in the evenings.
Full board per person (accommodation, meals, activities) from £250, with affordable options for camping and camper vans.

T: 01984 618274
E: communications AT halswaymanor.org.uk
W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 13th Jun 2014 to Sun 15th Jun 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

A Very English Noise: Village bands and outdoor music

With Tim Hill

Explore English traditions of outdoor bands and music making with band and workshop leader Tim Hill (Melstock Band, Tongues of Fire, The Big Noise). Inspired by medieval dance bands, village bands, drum and fife bands, and skimmingtons, create a big, bold and joyful noise on wind, brass, percussion and chromatic squeeze boxes. The weekend will look at new arrangements of English traditional sounds (dance music, song, funeral hymns, work songs), folk music for wind and brass, improvisation in folk ensembles, and making the best of group playing. Participants should have a good working knowledge of their instruments and we will mix learning by ear with reading music.
Arrive Friday afternoon; depart Sunday 5pm.
Full board per person (accommodation, meals, workshops, concert) from £160.
There are also affordable options for camping and for day visitors; phone for details.

T: 01984 618274
E: communications AT halswaymanor.org.uk
W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


near Sherborne, Dorset

In the Woods with John Kirkpatrick

Two songwriting weekends with the celebrated writer of English folk songs
16-18 May and 13-15 June 2014

John Kirkpatrick is a walking and breathing folk festival – the authentic and authoritative voice of English folk song, master of the concertina, melodeon and button accordion, exceptional composer and songwriter, and inspirational teacher and workshop leader. In 2003 he was awarded the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s Gold Badge for his outstanding contribution to English folk music. In 2010 he was voted Musician of the Year in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Folk South West is pleased to announce two songwriting workshop weekends to be held near Sherborne in Dorset. Each will explore the art and craft of writing traditional English songs, and will use the woodland and outdoor environment and the culture and heritage of the area as inspiration. The weekends can be viewed as progressive but it is possible to come to either as individual events.

Cost: £95 per weekend to include lunch and refreshments but does not include overnight accommodation.

For more information contact Eddie Upton at Folk South West 01935 873889 eddie AT folksw.org.uk


Allendale Centre, Wimborne BH21 1AS

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

Little Johnny England, Gavin Davenport Band, Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies, The Jigantics, Chris Leslie, PJ Wright & Brooks Williams, Catherine Howe, Vo Fletcher & Ric Sanders, Mike Silver, Simon Care Trio, Wendy Arrowsmith, George Papavgeris, The Paper Trains, Gregg Cave Duo, FolkLaw, Two Coats Colder, Rosie Eade Band, No Fixed Abode, The Bounty Hounds, Tinkers Bag; Folk21 Showcase: Mossy Nolan, Sunjay Brayne, Ninebarrow, Kirsty Bromley, George Frakes, Forbes Moncrieff, Lazibyrd, Jess Vincent, Ange Hardy, Kelly Oliver

After its triumphant revival in 2013, Wimborne Minster Folk Festival will return for another weekend of folk, family and fun on 13, 14 and 15 June 2014.

The Dorset town of Wimborne Minster will once again be filled with the colours and sounds of folk music and dance for its 34th annual folk festival.

Concerts again take place at the Allendale Centre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Fiveways, Sunray and Wimborne folk clubs will host daytime sessions, while Folk21 will present a fabulous showcase of talent on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the Allendale Centre.


£45 (weekend); £8-£15 (concerts)

Contact Mike Carhart-Harris

mike AT wimbornefolk.co.uk


Fri 13th Jun 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Tim Hill: The Island of Noise

An illustrated presentation on outdoor music making and celebratory noise in England.

8pm

£8 / £2 full time students

T: 01984 618274
E: communications AT halswaymanor.org.uk
W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Sat 14th Jun 2014

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

Blackbeard's Tea Party

A 'Chance to Dance' Event

Funky Folk tunes, storming songs and an infectious stage energy. Blackbeard's Tea Party - Stuart Giddens, Tim Yates, Martin Coumbe, Dave Boston, Liam ‘Yom’ Hardy and Laura Barber - mix fiddles and squeezeboxes, guitar noise and synth bass with a feast of international hand percussion to bring you an unforgettable Folk/Rock extravaganza.

Grounded in English traditions - but never afraid to explore more exotic musical avenues - they create a sound that is equal parts tasty, dramatic and danceable.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £14 Full, £13 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Wiveliscombe Congregational Church in Silver Street TA4 2PA

"Make 'em Laugh"

From the first Savoy Operas of the 1870s Comedy was King and the jovial genius of Gilbert and Sullivan, through Music Hall, Joyce Grenfell, Noel Coward, Flanders and Swann, old Uncle Tom Lehrer and all and might be said to have raised its last belly-laughs with Jake Thackray, Richard Stilgoe and Victoria Wood in the 1980s. Those hundred years of hilarity are brought back to life by QuickSilver for an evening of sparkling song-based entertainment. Together Grant and Hilary revive memories of the great stars (and a few acts who hardly made it above the printer’s credits) in a celebration of that great institution, the well-crafted comic song.

£10/£8

8pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com


Behind the Castle at Sherborne Castle DT9 5NR

Newton Faulkner, The Levellers, Seth Lakeman, Paul Brady and more

3 stages, one day, 14 acts, food and drink in an amazing venue. What more could you ask for? Line up also includes Cara Dillon, Steve Knightley, Megan Henwood, Sheelanagig, Boat to Row, Tinderbox, Ninebarrow, Rodney Branigan, LizzySpit and Cloudi Lewis

£46

Gates at Midday, finishes 10:45pm

Contact Ian Lyster: 07772979381

upturnedpebble AT yahoo.com


Sun 15th Jun 2014

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn, Church Lane, Nailsea BS48 4NG

The Paperboys

The big band is back from Canada by huge and popular request!!
Formed in Vancouver in 1991 the band features the legendary Mexican born Tom Landa, a wonderful songwriter whose songs and melodies are truly captivating. They tour internationally playing a blend of Celtic folk with bluegrass, Mexican, Eastern European and zydeco elements featuring guitar, fiddle, whistles, brass, bass and percussion.
This is music to make you very happy.
www.paperboys.com

7.30 pm - £14

Contact: David Francis 32 The Chimes, Nailsea, BS48 4NH
Tel: 01275 540231
email: nailseafolkclub AT hotmail.co.uk
Ticket Information Line: 01275 790915


Wed 18th Jun 2014

St James Wine Vaults, St James Square, Bath BA1 2TW

Henry Webster

Up in the Gallery is a small, all acoustic night upstairs at the St James Wine Vaults that promotes young folk performers from around the country and brings them to the beautiful city of Bath. Each night is £3 entry with all door money going straight to the artist, there is an open mic before the headline act and a raffle (mandatory for a folk night!).

http://henrywebstermusic.wordpress.com/

For more information and tracks by the artists please visit http://upinthegallerybath.tumblr.com/ or email timclivegraham AT gmail.com


Thu 19th Jun 2014

The Logboat Sessions at Poole Museum BH15 1BW

Three Cane Whale

The Logboat Sessions is an unplugged gig that takes place at the heart of Poole Museum, next to the 2,200 year-old Poole Logboat.

June’s guest is Three Cane Whale, a multi-instrumental acoustic trio based in Bristol, featuring members of Spiro, Get The Blessing and the Fleur Darkin Ensemble. The band’s debut album was chosen by Cerys Matthews as one of her Top Five Modern Folk Albums; second album Holts And Hovers is fRoots Editor’s Choice Album of 2013.

Minimum donation £5

7.00 - 9.30 pm

Contact Dom Kippin: 01202 633972

art AT poole.gov.uk


Fri 20th Jun 2014 to Sun 22nd Jun 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

The Roodman Dance Weekend

John and Hilary Turner and guest musicians

A weekend focusing on dances from the pen of American choreographer Gary Roodman. The programme will sample dances from the whole collection in a variety of styles, with some free time to explore the delights of the West Somerset and the Quantock Hills.
Arrive Friday from 4pm; depart Sunday at 5pm.
Full board per person (accommodation, all meals, activities) from £160.
There are also affordable options for camping and camper vans; phone for prices.

T: 01984 618274
E: communications AT halswaymanor.org.uk
W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 20th Jun 2014

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Jim Moray + support

One of the leading lights of the modern folk music scene, Jim Moray brings energy, style, enthusiasm and talent to his performances.


£10 prebooked £12 on the door

8.1 - 11.1 pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com


Mon 23rd Jun 2014 to Fri 27th Jun 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

June Japes

With Chris Turner, Elaine Norman, Rosemary Hunt and Orion’s Ring

Residential dancing and music-making week. Four days of light-hearted country dancing, music making, gossiping, idling, snoozing, quizzing, eating and drinking with a little bit of maypole, singing, sword dance and optional croquet thrown in.
Arrive from 4pm Monday; depart after breakfast on Friday.
Full board per person (accommodation, all meals, activities) from £250.
There are also affordable options for camping and camper vans; phone for prices.

T: 01984 618274
E: communications AT halswaymanor.org.uk
W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Mon 23rd Jun 2014

Wiveliscombe Congregational Church in Silver Street TA4 2PA

Bella Hardy and The Midnight Watch

May 24th 2014 is the 73rd birthday of Bob Dylan, and the 195th birthday of Queen Victoria. It's also acclaimed folk songstress Bella Hardy's 30th.

To mark the occasion, Bella is taking the party on the road with her band The Midnight Watch, and embarking on an epic adventure to visit thirty of her favourite venues, celebrating her six solo albums to date. Bella is one of the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominees.

£12/£10

8pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com


Fri 27th Jun 2014 to Sun 29th Jun 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Piano Accordion Workshop Weekend

With Karen Tweed, Paul Hutchinson

An intensive weekend for piano accordion players of all ages and abilities to learn from two great musician/tutors. Work on technique, repertoire and interpretation of folk tunes in small groups, with time for individual tuition, plus informal evening sessions and a Saturday night concert.
Arrive Friday afternoon; depart Sunday 5pm.
Full board per person (all meals, accommodation, workshops, concert) from £170.
There are also affordable options for 16 years old and under (must be accompanied by an adult), day visitors (workshops only), camping and non-participants accompanying a participant. Phone for details.

T: 01984 618274
E: communications AT halswaymanor.org.uk
W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Sat 28th Jun 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Karen Tweed, Paul Hutchinson and guests

Two creative and virtuosic accordionists who play traditional music and their own compositions with plenty of wit, humour, imagination and verve. A delight.

8pm

£8 (£2 full-time students).
Free to weekend course participants.

T: 01984 618274
E: communications AT halswaymanor.org.uk
W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Thu 3rd Jul 2014

Corfe Castle Village Hall BH20 5EE

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, "Britain's best klezmer and Balkan music band" (Songlines), has spent the last decade sponging up the rich folk music of Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Balkans.

As well as TV appearances and live sessions on BBC Radio 3's In Tune and World on 3, She'Koyokh has performed on international stages including Amsterdam's Concergebouw and festivals such as Glastonbury, Cheltenham and WOMAD, and was nominated as Best Group in the Songlines World Music Awards 2012.

She'Koyokh's third album, Wild Goats and Unmarried Women, was released to high acclaim in March on World Music Network.
Web: shekoyokh.co.uk

7:30pm
Contact: David Atkin
Local Box Office: 01929 480483

An Artsreach presentation: http://www.artsreach.co.uk/


Sat 5th Jul 2014

Acorn Folk Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, Ta24 5DJ

Cathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby

Cathryn Craig is from Richmond, Virginia and has built a strong reputation as both singer and songwriter. She is no stranger to Tennessee's Nashville recording studios, working with Chet Atkins, The Righteous Brothers, Shel Silverstein and Jorma Kaukonen. Brian Willoughby is best known for his virtuoso performances on electric and acoustic guitar, with progressive folk/rock band Strawbs. He has also played with Mary Hopkin, Joe Brown, New World, Roger Whittaker, Bridget St.John, Jim Diamond and Monty Python.

NOTE: Date Change! This concert was originally planned for June 7th.

www.craigandwilloughby.com

Donations - £6.50 - Under 16s £3.00 - Buy on line www.acornfolkclub.co.uk or email acornfolkclub AT gmail.com or phone 07811 744158 to reserve, or just come along. Floor spots, musicians, singers and listeners all given a warm welcome. Bring own refreshments.


Fri 11th Jul 2014 to Sun 13th Jul 2014

Priddy

Priddy Folk Festival

Music: Flook, Kan, Bella Hardy, The Young ‘Uns, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston, Maz O’Connor, New Rope String band, Baraka, Ushti Baba, Anna Massie & Mairearad, Steve Payne, Brooks Williams, Buffalo Gals Stampede, Firepit Collective

Dance: The Outside Capering Crew, French dance, City Clickers, morris dancing, ceilidh with the Brewery Band, Buffalo Gals – Appalachian dance & ham boning - Grand finale on Sunday afternoon with a big free ceilidh with the Dartmoor Pixies

Children’s festival: Dance, singing, song writing, drumming

Workshops: Spoons, bodrhan, ukulele – Frome uke band, Spoken word – how to tell and story/read a poem, Kevin Brown blues guitar, 2 singing workshops – with Yvette Staelens, Maya Love.

Session tent: Throughout the weekend - sessions led by some of the artists.

Much more information on the website!

Tickets from www.priddyfolk.org or volunteer to steward in exchange for a weekend ticket + camping


Sun 13th Jul 2014

Portesham Village Hall DT3 4NS

To Hear the Nightingales Sing - The Ridgeway Performers

In 1905, inspired by the work of Cecil Sharp, Henry and Robert Hammond came to Dorset with their bicycles in search of folk songs. Many of the 600 songs they found reflected the life of people living in the South Dorset Ridgeway Area, and were collected from singers such as Marina Russell in Upwey and Robert Barratt in Puddletown.

Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries with 'The Ridgeway Singers, Musicians and Choir' will perform a selection from the Hammond Collection of Dorset folksong, presenting solo performances, choral arrangements and instrumental interludes drawn from one of England's most important repositories of traditional song.

7:30pm

Tickets £5
Local Box Office: 01305 269512

An Artsreach presentation: http://www.artsreach.co.uk/



Thu 21st Aug 2014 to Sun 24th Aug 2014

Wilkswood Farm, Langton Matravers BH19 3DU

Purbeck Folk Festival

Featuring: Eddi Reader (Fri) The South (Sat) Lloyd Cole (Sun) Chris Wood (Sun)
Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo (Sun) CoCo & the Butterfields (Sun)
and many more

Full details at:

http://www.purbeckfolk.co.uk


Sat 6th Sep 2014

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

Fresh Aire with caller Gill Spence

Bridport Ceilidhs

Bring and Share finger food supper, with soft drinks provided; bring your own beer/wine.
Tickets from Bridport Music Shop and Jaxsons Delicatessen, or reserve with organiser (from whom some complimentary tickets can be made available to first-timers by prior arrangement).


£8.50 on the door or £7.50 in advance

7.30pm - 11 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk


Stogumber Village Hall TA4 3TQ

The Teacups

The Teacups
The Teacups comprise the singing talents of Alex Cummings (Dyer:Cummings, James Findlay) with Kate Locksley, Rosie Calvert and William Finn. The acapella foursome have been going down a storm across the UK folk club and festival circuit in the past couple of years, with critically acclaimed performances at Shepley Spring Festival, Beverley Folk Festival, Warwick Folk Festival and more. They perform traditional and contemporary songs as well as sea shanties and choruses.

Part of the Stogumber Festival

5pm - £8

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


Stogumber Village Hall TA4 3TQ

Ange Hardy

Ange Hardy
Somerset folk singer/songwriter Ange Hardy is the current FATEA magazine ‘Female Vocalist of the Year 2013’. Her unadulterated melodies, superb guitar work and enchanting, self-penned vocals just leave you wanting more.

Part of the Stogumber Festival

8pm - £8

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


Holtwood Community Hall nr Wimborne BH21 7DT

Poacher's Moon

Musical performance with John Anderson's songs and music, narrative, evocative images and poetry,

'Poppies Red and Cornflowers Blue' tells the true stories in song and narrative of people local to Wessex who lived ordinary lives until the Great War changed everything. There are songs about recruitment, women left behind, life in the trenches and the stories of the young men; some of whom returned home and thousands of whom stayed behind forever in those stained fields. To our venues we bring six skilled musicians; they form ‘Poacher’s Moon’ who play six, twelve and tenor guitars, bouzouki, keyboard, flute, cello and percussion. The show is accompanied by narrative and beautiful projected images with chorus lyrics to enable the audience to join in. The performance is moving, uplifting and sensitively written with elements of humour.

To reserve your tickets and meal (£3 extra and exceedlingly delicious) please call Peter Aston on 01202 825195

£8, £7 concessions

7:30pm

Contact Caroline Anderson: 07582140933

castintime11 AT googlemail.com


Sun 7th Sep 2014

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

Kitty Macfarlane and Darren Hodge

This young artist double bill is your chance to see some of the very best up-and-coming talent. The BBC's decision to feature Kitty Macfarlane’s 'Bus Song' on Sandi Toksvig's Radio 4 programme Excess Baggage in 2010 led to several appearances on radio and TV. Although currently studying for a degree in English and French at Warwick University, Kitty continues to hone her skills by singing and playing at festivals and folk clubs around the country.

After astounding his Stogumber Festival audience in 2013 with amazing guitar work, Darren Hodge makes a welcome return again this year. In the time since his previous appearance, Darren has gained a recording contract and was shortlisted for the BBC Radio 2’s Young Folk Awards. Not to be missed!

Part of the Stogumber Festival

2pm - £6

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


Sat 13th Sep 2014

The Exchange, Sturminster Newton DT10 1FH

The Urban Folk Quartet

Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigás, Tom Chapman and Dan Walsh are The Urban Folk Quartet. Four highly accomplished musicians, a dozen instruments and four voices coming together to craft a knockout show of globally–influenced, electrifying acoustic music that has been taking the international folk scene by storm.

After a summer of festivals across Europe and The UK, autumn 2013 brought the "UFQ Live II" album launch tour. This recently recorded live album was officially released at Kings Place in London on Friday 8th November and is now available.

From 2014 UFQ are delighted to be welcoming the incredible dan walsh to their ranks as Frank Moon departs to spend more time with his young family.

7:30pm.
Tickets £10.
Box Office: 01258 475137

info AT stur-exchange.co.uk

http://www.stur-exchange.co.uk/item/the-urban-folk-quartet.html


Fri 19th Sep 2014

Allendale House, Wimborne BH21 1AS

Poacher's Moon

Musical performance with John Anderson's songs and music, narrative, evocative images and poetry,

'Poppies Red and Cornflowers Blue' tells the true stories in song and narrative of people local to Wessex who lived ordinary lives until the Great War changed everything. There are songs about recruitment, women left behind, life in the trenches and the stories of the young men; some of whom returned home and thousands of whom stayed behind forever in those stained fields. To our venues we bring six skilled musicians; they form ‘Poacher’s Moon’ who play six, twelve and tenor guitars, bouzouki, keyboard, flute, cello and percussion. The show is accompanied by narrative and beautiful projected images with chorus lyrics to enable the audience to join in. The performance is moving, uplifting and sensitively written with elements of humour.

For the East Dorset Heritage Trust.
Please call 01202 888992 to book your tickets. There is a bar available on this evening

£8, £7 concessions

7:30pm

Contact Caroline Anderson: 07582140933

castintime11 AT googlemail.com


Sat 20th Sep 2014

The Beach Hotel, Minehead TA24 5AP

Minehead Musicians' Festival

The Concept is to showcase the music scene of West Somerset and North Devon and also to tap into the talents of visiting musicians. There is no intention to import 'headline acts'.

The Beach Hotel is a large venue situated in a prime position on the seafront, directly across the road from the West Somerset Railway station.

Performance areas - The Forecourt (Outside), The Restaurant (Acoustic Room), The Conference Room (Main Hall) - Any musicians playing off the Beach Hotel site would not be part of the festival and would need to make their own peace with authority and passers by.

Outside for Morris Dancing, Hobby Horse and Street Choirs plus any other performing arts to give a festival flavour eg jugglers & acrobats (does anyone know any?)

Acoustic Room is large and that will be an acoustic area with the time divided up amongst the local clubs and venues in one hour sessions to show what they are doing and what they can do. It will be up to each club to run their hour however they choose.

Main Hall is very large and will be equipped with a PA for Open Mic and those people who are able to put on a public performance either solo or in a band.

The emphasis is on encouraging as many musicians as possible to get together and take part as the festival is primarily for their benefit, to meet with other musicians, make contacts, promote themselves and to have a thoroughly enjoyable experience. We expect to have an audience and they will be most welcome but their presence is not the prime purpose of the event, it is to celebrate the art of the participants.

11.00am to 11.00pm

www.mineheadmusic.co.uk
info AT mineheadmusic.co.uk


Fri 3rd Oct 2014

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

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club (Band And Caller Tba )

£5

7.45 - 9.45 pm

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 4th Oct 2014

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

Stick the Fiddle with caller Jane Thomas

Bridport Ceilidhs

Bring and Share finger food supper, with soft drinks provided; bring your own beer/wine.
Tickets from Bridport Music Shop and Jaxsons Delicatessen or reserve with the organiser (from whom some complimentary tickets can be made available to first-timers by prior arrangement)


£8.50 on the door or £7.50 in advance

7.30pm - 11pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk


Sat 11th Oct 2014

Langton Matravers Village Hall BH19 3HZ

Poacher's Moon

Musical performance with John Anderson's songs and music, narrative, evocative images and poetry,

'Poppies Red and Cornflowers Blue' tells the true stories in song and narrative of people local to Wessex who lived ordinary lives until the Great War changed everything. There are songs about recruitment, women left behind, life in the trenches and the stories of the young men; some of whom returned home and thousands of whom stayed behind forever in those stained fields. To our venues we bring six skilled musicians; they form ‘Poacher’s Moon’ who play six, twelve and tenor guitars, bouzouki, keyboard, flute, cello and percussion. The show is accompanied by narrative and beautiful projected images with chorus lyrics to enable the audience to join in. The performance is moving, uplifting and sensitively written with elements of humour.

£8, £7 concessions

7:30pm

Please call Collette for tickets on 01929422832 (meal also available this evening, please call for details)

Contact Caroline Anderson: 07582140933

castintime11 AT googlemail.com


Puddletown Village Hall, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 8SG

Jump at the Sun

Barn Dance

Refreshments and bar.
Proceeds in aid of St Mary's Church Funds

7 pm for 7.30 pm, finish 10.00 pm approx

Contact Diana Wilson: 01305 848510

jd AT jdgwilson.plus.com


Fri 31st Oct 2014

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

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club (Band And Caller Tba )

£5

7.45 - 9.45 pm

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 1st Nov 2014

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

Chris Toyne with caller Simon Maplesden

Bridport Ceilidhs

Bring and Share finger food supper, with soft drinks provided; bring your own beer/wine.
Tickets from Bridport Music Shop and Jaxsons Delicatessen or reserve with the organiser (from whom some complimentary tickets can be made available to first-timers by prior arrangement)


£8.50 on the door or £7.50 in advance

7.30pm - 11pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk


Fri 14th Nov 2014

Westland Conference and Leisure Complex, Westbourne Grove, Yeovil BA20 2DD

Bellowhead

Book on line at:

http://www.gigantic.com/bellowhead/westlands-centre-yeovil/2014-11-14-19-00


Fri 28th Nov 2014

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

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club (Band And Caller Tba )

£5

7.45 - 9.45 pm

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 6th Dec 2014

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

Patchwork with caller Aileen Wills

Bridport Ceilidhs

Bring and Share finger food supper, with soft drinks provided; bring your own beer/wine.
Tickets from Bridport Music Shop and Jaxsons Delicatessen or reserve with the organiser (from whom some complimentary tickets can be made available to first-timers by prior arrangement)

£8.50 on the door or £7.50 in advance

7.30pm - 11pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk


Fri 23rd Jan 2015 to Sun 25th Jan 2015

Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster TA24 6SF

Dampiers Round

Folk Dance Workshop

A residential weekend at the Yarn Market Hotel in historic Dunster. With musicians Dampiers Round, and caller Ray Goodswen.
The break includes a visit and walk to Exmoors secret Snowdrop Valley.
Package includes 2 nights full board accommodation finishing with Sunday lunch, all dance workshops, coffee breaks, and transport to the Snowdrop Valley.

from £170.00 per person

3.00 pm Friday to 3.00 pm Sunday

Contact Yarn Market Hotel: 01643 821425

hotel AT yarnmarkethotel.co.uk