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Fri 25th May 2018 to Sun 27th May 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Swedish Dance and Music Weekend

An exciting new weekend for dancers and musicians to work together, looking at how dance and music combine in the Swedish tradition. The dancers will work on the elements that make up Swedish dances – posture, hold, balance, and relationship to the music – dancing with all other participants and also learning both roles in the dance (no partner required). For the musicians, you’ll work in a small group to deepen your understanding of playing for Swedish dance; you’ll learn new repertoire and get to grips with different tune types to create highly danceable music.

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


Sat 26th May 2018

Ilchester Arms, Symondsbury DT6 6HD

Black Ven poetry and folk open mic

Please bring your voices and your ears for a night of story, spoken word, song, ballads, friends, cake coffee beer and fun - random rules anything goes.

http://www.ilchesterarmssymondsbury.co.uk

blackvenpress AT gmail.com


Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe TA4 2RE

Sarah McQuaid

Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah’s also drawn critical praise for her voice (which has been variously likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport with audiences: “I’ve attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever,” wrote The Huffington Post.
Reviewers of the Madrid-born, Chicago-raised, Cornwall-based singer/songwriter’s previous albums have repeatedly alluded to her “relative obscurity” (The Big Takeover) and “under-the-radar” (The Vinyl District) profile. With her new album – on which she expands her battery of instruments to include piano and electric guitar – she looks set to change that.

£12 /£10

8pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co,uk


Sun 27th May 2018

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

Calan

This international award-winning band from Wales are back on the road with their infectious rhythms and high-energy routines to celebrate the release of their latest album - Solomon They come with accordion, harp, guitar, fiddles and Welsh bagpipes and a virtuoso performance from a champion step dancer.
Calan provide a fresh and vibrant sound with a pounding beat set against the backdrop of old traditions. Songs include the legend of Wales’ very own fairy realm with a tale of magic, myth and mischief, along with some of the most beautiful and haunting melodies.

www.calan-band.com

7.30pm

Tickets: £18. Full. £17 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=884


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Whitsun Voices, Viols & Recorders

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

For more information and to book please contact Michael Sharman:
Tel: 01353 778939
Email: QuadQuotes AT waitrose.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/whitsun-voices-viols-recorders-2/


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

Daryl Kellie and Sim Jones

Daryl’s vibrant, multi-layered technique is sure to enthral lovers of acoustic blues and jazz, pop and rock alike. He is currently receiving huge acclaim across the guitar world for his unique arrangements of classic songs; whilst his own songs, both vocal and instrumental, are a breath of fresh air and true
inspiration.

www.darylkellie.com

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

Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £10.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/set-adrift-spring-tour/


Westonzoyland Church Hall TA7 0ED

Wildwood Jack

Presented by Music on the Levels. Wildwood Jack is a unique acoustic guitar and ukulele duo from Kent in the UK. Their melodic songs blend the acoustic guitar and ukulele with outstanding fingerstyle playing with influences from folk, Americana and world music. Their wide repertoire draws from an eclectic songbook as well as instrumentals and heart warming original songs.

3.30pm to 5.15pm (approx)

Contact Frank Challenger: 01278 699071

franklighthouse2010 AT live.co.uk

http://www.wildwoodjack.com


Mon 28th May 2018

Portesham Village Hall DT3 4NS

One Night...four musicians: Robbie McIntosh, Ken Watkins, Simon Swarbrick, Lucy Watkins

A very special concert, featuring four Dorset-based musicians, together for a one-night performance of acoustic music from the genres of folk, country, blues, and jazz.
ROBBIE MCINTOSH is known as ‘the guitarist’s guitarist’ and has legendary status among his fellow musicians. His career to date has included spells as guitarist for Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Tom Jones, John Mayer, and Norah Jones.
Well-known in the area for many years, KEN WATKINS is a singer who always connects with an audience and performs songs with sensitivity, passion and warmth.
SIMON SWARBRICK is an extraordinary fiddle player and multi-instrumentalist as well as a composer and producer. He has just returned from the official UK tribute tour, celebrating the music of the late folk icon, Dave Swarbrick.
LUCY WATKINS has sung on albums by Show of Hands and Robbie McIntosh. Her atmospheric bluesy renditions of jazz standards and folk songs never fail to captivate the audience.

Please feel free to bring your own drinks/glasses.

£14 in advance only

8pm (doors 7.30pm)

Contact Angela: Box Office: 01305 837299 & songsfromthehalls234 AT gmail.com

songsfromthehalls234 AT gmail.com

http://www.robbiemcintosh.co.uk https://soundcloud.com/watkinswarbrickband


Thu 31st May 2018

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

Lisa Knapp: Till April is Dead

One of the most inventive and creative artists around, Lisa Knapp pushes boundaries with her radiant interpretation of traditional folk music. Her vocals reel you in, “cool and pure like iced water, edged with a menace and strength” (The Guardian). Her most recent album Till April is Dead gathered many five-star reviews.
Melding together some of the most beautiful, strange and beguiling ‘May’ songs inspired by weird and wonderful happenings across Britain, alongside folklore hailing from here and distant shores, and beautiful folk songs of love and loss.

Tickets £12 Members £11

8.00 pm

http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk/event/lisaknapptillaprilisdead/


Dorchester Corn Exchange DT1 1HF

Calan

Fiddles, guitar, accordion, bagpipes and step dancing explode into life

Introducing a new generation to Welsh music, Calan are bringing their infectious rhythms and high energy routines to celebrate the release of their latest album, Solomon.
They come with accordion, harp, guitar, fiddles and Welsh bagpipes along with a virtuoso performance from a champion step dancer.
A fresh and vibrant sound with a pounding beat set against the backdrop of old traditions. Songs include the legend of Wales’ very own fairy realm with a tale of magic, myth and mischief along with some of the most beautiful and haunting melodies.

8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£16 / £14 members & concessions

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/thurs-31-may-•-calan/


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

Reg Meuross

A captivating musical evening with multi-award winning Somerset singer-songwriter Reg Meuross, with very special guest the harpist Anna Tanvir. Anna will perform a solo opening set, and will join Reg for part of his headline set. The combination of these two musicians is magical.

REG MEUROSS

Reg is a true modern troubadour, from gigging in village halls and folk clubs to playing the Royal Albert Hall and intimate as well as huge festival stages in the UK and abroad, he consistently entrances his audiences with songs of life, love and injustice, soulfully delivered with melodic tenor vocals and exemplary guitar playing. He has that rare gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, on a really human level, with words and music painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung.

ANNA TANVIR

Anna Tanvir is an exceptional singer and Celtic harp player of Indian/Irish origin. She has performed all over Europe, India and Madagascar combining a classical technique with a traditional sound. Her repertoire is a mix of traditional melodies and her own compositions reflecting her mixed cultural heritage and transcending the barriers of nation and language by recounting universally relevant stories of life and love.

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

Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £12.00

The Cafe is open this evening, last orders at 6.30pm

https://chapelarts.org/events/reg-meuross-special-guest-anna-tanvir/


Fri 1st Jun 2018 to Sun 3rd Jun 2018

Weymouth

Wessex Folk Festival

More details later


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Clog and Percussive Dance Weekend

A weekend for clog dancers of all abilities with a particular focus on using clog as percussion and on creating new routines and allowing the tradition to evolve. This new weekend is led by a talented young team of Hannah James, Nicola Lyons, and Jim Molyneux, who you’ll get to see in performance on Saturday evening.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/clog-and-percussive-dance-weekend/


Fri 1st Jun 2018

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Flossie Malavialle

+ Support Louise Anderson

Everyone loves Flossie, now resident in Darlington for well over 10 years, bringing her eclectic mix of French and English covers, peppered with hilarious tales and Anglo-French humour.
Supporting Flossie, we are delighted to welcome Louise Anderson.

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


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

Track Dogs

Sun-shiny songs thriving on dark themes behind irresistible rhythms.
The band take their name from the maintenance teams working the subway tracks in New York City. These teams have to look out for each other and are a closely-knit group much like the band of four ex-pats living in Madrid who came together in 2011 to make their unique brand of acoustic music. Eschewing the typical band line-up they have opted for cajón (flamenco box drum) instead of drums and trumpet as the solo instrument. Four-part harmonies steal the show.

www.trackdogsmusic.com

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

Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £12.00

The Cafe is open this evening, last orders at 6.30pm

https://chapelarts.org/events/track-dogs/


Sat 2nd Jun 2018

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

Up and Running, with Sibby calling

An evening's fun dancing with local band Up and Running providing the music and Sibby calling.
All welcome, dances will be walked and talked through and call throughout.
Bring & Share (finger food) supper, and your own beer (The Woodman Inn is just opposite).
On street parking or use town car parks.

£8 in advance, £9 on the door, under 17's £4. (can be bought on line, see website)

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Caryford Community Hall, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

Huddled round a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar. Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage are a folk duo that look & sound classically timeless, yet feel refreshingly unique. Tickets from www.wegottickets.com or call 01963350194

£10 advance/£12 on door

6:45 pm

Contact Helen Leary: 01963350980

hlleary AT hotmail.co.uk

www.hannahbenmusic.com


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Hannah James’ Jig Doll, plus Nicola Lyons and Jim Molyneux

As part of our Clog and Percussive Dance Weekend, there’s a pretty unusual and special tutor’s concert promised!
Hannah James (Lady Maisery) is a rarity in folk music – a singer, musician and innovative clog dancer. She has been causing a stir across the folk scene – in all the right ways – with her ground breaking project JigDoll, which combines all of these disciplines in a beautiful new show exploring the life of the travelling player: sometimes exotic, sometimes frightening, it’s a world where home changes daily, and the only touchstones are the skills you carry with you, and the people you meet on the way.

Fellow Clog and Percussive Dance Weekend tutors Nicola Lyons & Jim Molyneux will also contribute spots to the evening.8pm–10pm

£10 - Adults
£4 - Concessions
Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.
https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/hannah-jamess-jig-doll-plus-nicola-lyons-and-jim-molyneux/


The Old Ship Upwey DT3 5QQ

The Travelling Talesman: Foxed

A brush with the wily, little red dog.
Humans and animals always take a risk when they meet a fox. Will they be amusingly outwitted, wisely assisted or deceitfully led to their doom? From the tricksy Tods and rakish Reynards of Europe to the nine-tailed terrors of China and the seductive shape-changing Kitsune of Japan, Everyone’s got a yarn about this crafty canine.
Join performance storyteller The Travelling Talesman as he regales you with this cunning collection of pungent, bushy tailed, foxy folklore.
“A surprising number of people requested or suggested foxes as the theme for my spring tour but it was only after I had decided to give the people what they want that I discovered 2018 is the Chinese Year of the Dog, so what could be better?”

Get tickets here:
https://talesman.eventsmart.com/events/foxed-in-upwey/

£5-£8 advance, £10 on the door

7:30 pm

Contact Cliff Eastabrook: 07474813594

cliff AT thetravellingtalesman.co.uk

http://www.thetravellingtalesman.co.uk


Mon 4th Jun 2018 to Fri 8th Jun 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Boo Hewerdine and Darden Smith Songwriting Week

We’re delighted to welcoming Boo and Darden back to Halsway following a great week last year. Participants will cover meter, melody, lyrics, chords… every aspect of a song. Let us give you the tools to allow your inspiration to be realised. But why What Next? It is important to us what you take with you from the week. In recent years attendees to Boo’s courses have gone on to wonderful things. Albums have been made, tours toured, songs covered. In one-to-ones we will help you realise any ambitions you have for your writing. Experience has shown us that giving a writer a sense of focus can be transformative.

Partnership Event
For more information please contact audreyripleymusic AT icloud.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/boo-hewerdine-and-darden-smith-usa-songwriting-week/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Advanced Nyckelharpa

An enjoyable, full-on, fun packed workshop week for the more confident nyckelharpa player. This four day course is designed as the next progression for learners that have worked their way through beginners, intermediate and are looking for something more advanced to get their teeth into. There will be a big emphasis on technique, exercises, studies and less on straight tune learning. For more information contact Vicki Swan 07721 519719

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/advanced-nyckelharpa/


Tue 5th Jun 2018

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

Martin Carthy

For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.

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

Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £12.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/martin-carthy/


Wed 6th Jun 2018

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

Jack Carty & Maz O’Connor

Two of the UK’s leading contemporary songwriters join forces in a celebration of song. Touring the UK in May and June of 2018.
Jack Carty and Maz O’Connor are two of the most engaging songwriters on the U.K. acoustic scene and have ploughed independent furrows on their paths to success. Jack has recently relocated from Australia following the considerable success of 4 full length albums, 2 EP’s, national awards and sold out shows across all seven states; Maz has spent a year developing new repertoire for a wider, more contemporary audience after being hailed as one of the UK folk scenes brightest stars.

2018 sees their paths converge for one very special UK tour, celebrating independent voices and the power of great songwriting:

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

Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £12.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/jack-carty-maz-oconnor/


Thu 7th Jun 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Gill Spence with Ivor/Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Boo Hewerdine and Darden Smith

Having met in the late 80’s Boo & Darden went on to make the album ‘Evidence’. To round-off a week teaching the craft of songwriting to others, Boo and Darden will tonight take to the stage to share some of their own music in an intimate gig.

8pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/boo-hewerdine-and-darden-smith-usa/


Bridgwater Town Hall TA6 3BL

Fairport Convention

Presented by Bridgwater Arts Centre

Fairport Convention has been making great music for over fifty years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, the band has been through many changes but the current members retain a passion for live performance.

This will be a seated event (with stalls and balcony seating to chose from).

If you are a wheelchair user please call the Box Office to book.

7.30 pm

Tickets £25

http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk/event/bacpresentsfairportconventionatthetownhall/


The Trooper, Stourton Caundle DT10 2JW

Martin Carthy

Martin Carthy is, beyond doubt, the single most influential figure to emerge from the English folk music revival of the 1960s and 70s, and has remained at the top of the tree ever since. Still touring and filling larger halls regularly, he retains a liking for the smaller, more intimate venues that characterised the earlier folk scene, although his schedule rarely allows room for these.

£12 on the door or in advance from
John Waltham jhnwaltham AT yahoo.co.uk 01963 362 890


St George Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

7.30 - 9.30 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe or Pam Small : 01935 472771 or 07710 285687

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Fri 8th Jun 2018 to Sun 10th Jun 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Piano Accordion Weekend

An intensive weekend for piano accordion players of all ages and abilities! Intermediate / advanced students will spend a day each working with Murray Grainger and Paul Hutchinson, while Jane Ward will work with beginners making sure all levels get the most from the weekend.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/piano-accordion-weekend/


Fri 8th Jun 2018

Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY

Fairport Convention

The folk-rock pioneers return
Fairport Convention has been making great music for over fifty years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, the band has been through many changes but the current members retain a passion for live performance.

£25 advance £27 door

https://www.electricpalace.org.uk/events/event/fairport-convention/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Ed’s Box Club – Absolute Beginners

A fun and friendly group for those wishing to learn the D/G melodeon. For absolute beginners, Ed has boxes available to borrow by prior arrangement – contact him on 01363 774426 – or bring your own DG box if you have one.

11am–1pm
£30
Includes lunch. Please book your place in advance.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/eds-box-club-absolute-beginners-5/


Dorchester Corn Exchange DT1 1HF

Black Water County

This six-piece folk/punk band from Bournemouth have built a reputation as an exciting live act at festivals in recent years, and now the time has come for their own tour. Their energetic live shows, which feature the dual lead vocals of Tim and Shan, are a thing of local legend and awe here in their home county of Dorset.
Smashing their way into the UK folk punk scene since 2013, Black Water County bring an energetic live show of stout quaffing, banjo breaking and tin whistle mangling original music, along with trads and shanties that have been given a good kick up the arse and a slap around the face.

8pm (doors & bar 7.30pm)
£12/£10 members & concessions

Please note this event is standing only

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/fri-6-june-•-black-water-county/


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Phil Beer

Rearranged date following snow.

Phil needs little introduction. One half of Britain’s most successful duo Show of Hands
Phil’s instrumental wizardry is well documented and has been utilised by countless artists from the Rolling Stones to Mike Oldfield. A sublime fiddle player, for many years he was lead guitarist and singer with the Albion Band and co-wrote many of their songs. He’s a thoroughly charming man and a consummate performer. Rightly nominated at Folk Musician of the Year 2009 for his tireless contribution to folk music.

7.30

Tickets: £15

http://www.philbeer.co.uk/

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


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

Jill Jackson

Are We There Yet?’ the new album by independent Country/Americana Glasgow singer/songwriter Jill Jackson, is set for release on 18th May 2018. Supported by a sell out album launch at St Luke’s
Glasgow on the same day followed by a UK Tour. This album is lauded as Jackson’s best yet. Recorded in Glasgow and produced by award winning producer Boo Hewerdine (Emily
Barker and Eddi Reader) ‘Are We There Yet?’ features contributions from some of Scotland’s finest musicians. Jill, from Paisley, Scotland, has recently received the auspicious nod from
industry bodies after winning the acclaimed ‘Danny Kyle’ award at Celtic Connections coupled with being named as one of the top ten acts tipped as the ‘UK Country’s Next Big
Thing 2018’. Jackson boasts a strong online following which has accumulated over 1 million video hits (You Tube - we’ve counted!) staggering for an independent artist.
Jill has previously been signed to a major label (Innocent/EMI) by Hugh Goldsmith back in 2002, and has previously worked and toured with Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams, Albert Lee, Runrig and Mel C (Spice Girls)!

£12 adv/£14 door

8pm

Contact box office: 01225 461700

http://www.chapelarts.org


Sat 9th Jun 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Paul Hutchinson, Murray Grainger, Jane Ward

Concert by tutors from the Piano Accordion Weekend.

Paul Hutchinson, Murray Grainger and Jane Ward

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/paul-hutchinson-murray-grainger-jane-ward/


Osmington Village Hall Osmington

Geoff Lakeman

A Cornishman who has lived on Dartmoor for 40 years, Geoff has been described as " A stalwart of the West Country Folk scene and the father of a virtual folk dynasty."
He's the dad of Sean, Sam and Seth Lakeman, who are all internationally renowned folk musicians.They began playing as children in a family band with Geoff and their violinist mum, Joy.
Geoff is a leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet concertina. He performs self-written and West Country songs, English, Irish and Scottish folk and other music as varied as Jimmie Rodgers,the Louvin Brothers, Richard Thompson and Randy Newman. He's also one of the few to play 1920's/ 30's jazz on an authentic 1920's instrument.
His smooth tenor vocals and unique concertina accompaniment have won him plaudits and fans over the years but it has only been since retiring from a long career as a Fleet Street Journalist that Geoff has truly spread his wings musically.

£10

Doors at 7pm

Contact Eileen Bramley: 07816832554

Osmingtonmusic AT gmail.com

www.geofflakeman.co.uk


Sun 10th Jun 2018

Royal British Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Bridport DT6 3AD

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

1.30 - 4.00 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Mon 11th Jun 2018 to Fri 15th Jun 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

French & Breton Dance Week

Discover French dance, or develop your dance horizons; both experienced and novice French dancers are invited to a week of expert tuition led by Peter Clifton, with musicians Paul Hutchinson (Belshazzar’s Feast) and Richard Heacock (Boldwood).

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/french-breton-dance-week-2/


Wed 13th Jun 2018

Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Faustus 2018

Nominated in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Faustus are three of the leading lights of their generation: Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead), Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast).
They have a plethora of experience between them, brought together here in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone. Rooted deeply in the English tradition, in 2007 they received a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

Tickets: £16
Concessions: £14.50
Footlights/Groups 10+: Discount Applies
A £1 ticket levy is included in all stated ticket prices.

https://www.octagon-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/music/faustus-2018/3318


Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum, Dorchester DT1 1UY

"Human Cargo" - featuring Matthew Crampton and Jeff Warner

“Do not miss” Songlines

Human Cargo is an epic night of story and song, featuring two masters of the craft. Storyteller and singer Matthew Crampton’s recent show The Transports won Five Stars from The Guardian. Now he returns with a new adaptation of his acclaimed book Human Cargo: Stories & Songs of Emigration, Slavery and Transportation. An inspired collaboration unites Matthew with American traditional music legend Jeff Warner. Together, they cast fresh light on human migration, giving voice to those actually aboard the slave ships and emigrant boats and, crucially, framing today’s heated issue with history and humanity. Each performance also features stories researched locally, as part of the Parallel Lives project, plus partnership with local refugee and migrant support groups. Expect a rich and entertaining evening.

£14.21

8.00 pm

Contact Harriet Still: 01305 261849

harriet.still AT shirehalldorset.org

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/human-cargo-with-matthew-crampton-jeff-warner-tickets-43974474838


Thu 14th Jun 2018

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

Ange Hardy

Nominated at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and celebrated by The Telegraph as “one of Britain’s top folk musicians” has grabbed the attention of the traditional folk music world by writing new material and embracing modern technologies whilst maintaining a traditional feel.
Her rapid rise in the folk world began when her 2013 debut folk album Bare Foot Folk was played on BBC Radio 2 and gained the attention of veteran folk broadcaster Mike Harding, her 2014 album The Lament of The Black Sheep subsequentlyreceived 5-stars from The Telegraph which led to Arts Council England funding her 2015 album Esteesee – an album of music based on the life and work of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

www.angehardy.com
Follow Ange on Twitter:  AT AngeHardyMusic

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

Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £12.00

The Cafe is open this evening, last orders at 6.30pm

https://chapelarts.org/events/ange-hardy/


Westlands Entertainment Venue, Westbourne Close, Yeovil BA20 2DD

Levellers

Celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2018, Brighton folk-punk band Levellers are touring around the release of an acoustic album recorded at Abbey Road Studios with legendary producer John Leckie.
Emerging victorious through the ups and downs of label deals, spats with the music press and the wear and tear of touring, the Levellers are still going strong. They have long been and still are, one of the best live bands around but, often overlooked is their impressive back
catalogue of recorded music.
The Levellers sold more platinum, gold, and silver albums in the 1990s than any other act. They’ve had 7 Top 40 albums, including the number 1 album Zeitgeist and their platinum-selling 1991 album Levelling The Land, and a number of Top 40 singles including This Garden, Hope St, Just The One and What A Beautiful Day.
Please note due to the nature of this event there may be some occasions during the show when some patrons choose to stand.

Tickets: £26.50
A £1.50 ticket levy is included in all stated ticket prices.

https://www.westlandsyeovil.co.uk/whats-on/music/levellers/3302


Fri 15th Jun 2018 to Sun 17th Jun 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Leveret Workshop Weekend

Leveret features three of England’s finest folk musicians – Andy Cutting, Rob Harbron, Sam Sweeney – in an acclaimed collaboration, and we’re delighted to welcome them to Halsway to lead this musicians’ workshop weekend.
Leveret’s music involves playing together spontaneously without using arrangements. This weekend of workshops for instrumentalists will explore ways of playing together intuitively in ensembles of varying size, as well as discussing repertoire development and composition.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/leveret-workshop-weekend/


Fri 15th Jun 2018

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

Ange Hardy

Celebrated by The Telegraph as ‘one of Britain’s top Folk musicians’ for her 5-star 2014 album, The Lament of The Black Sheep, Ange Hardy has grabbed the attention of the Traditional Folk music world (a feat which saw her nominated at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and winning four consecutive FATEA awards) by writing new material and embracing modern technologies whilst maintaining a traditional feel.
Ange is currently touring with three different guitars, a 27-string Salvi Harp, a bag of low whistles, a 16" floor drum, a tambourine and a shruti box. Combined with her innovative use of live looping for vocal harmonies, she’s one of the most diverse, entertaining and spellbinding solo artists you're likely to encounter.

www.angehardy.com

8pm.

Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=888


Barrington Village Hall, near Ilminster TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the 15th to 17th centuries for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.
Musicians' practice: about 45 minutes before each session. Players of any acoustic portable instrument welcome; music can be provided in advance.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

1.30 - 4.00 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


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

Rik and Rainy

Rainy

Rainy is a singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist. He writes, records and performs all the music on his albums excluding the odd special guest appearance from friends. Rainy’s songwriting draws from a deep well of musical influences. African, Cuban and Latin grooves meet Folk, Blues and Reggae with the warm-hearted positivity of his lyrics. This laid back musical infusion makes Rainy one of the most watchable, listenable and dynamic songwriters you could hope to come across. His music has been described by many as G-Love meets Dave Matthews meets Paul Simon meets Crosby Stills & Nash – in truth it is essences of the all above… and something else entirely!

www.rainyandthedust.bandcamp.com/
www.rainyandthedust.com/

Rik van den Bosch

Folk music from a globetrotting Dutchman.

Rik writes, sings, and plays his own songs on his acoustic guitar, drawing from a wide influence of styles: original folk and blues sounds from way back, sixties’ rock ’n’ roll grooves, and up-to-the-minute pure rock rhythms – with a bit of gypsy and Spanish influence thrown in for good measure.
www.rikvandenbosch.com

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

Door Price: £10.00
Advance: £8.00

The Cafe is open this evening, last orders at 6.30pm

https://chapelarts.org/events/rik-and-rainy/


Sat 16th Jun 2018

South Petherton

Petherton Folk Fest 2018

Pete Wheeler, Chair of the Folk Fest committee, writes: “Great news! The Fest is back, following the huge success of last year's event. Although still in the planning stage as this programme goes to press, we intend it to be once again a one-day festival of live music and dance.
As well as a full programme in the Market Square, there will be stalls, food and a craft market. We shall have music throughout the day in The David Hall and the church, and further sessions in The Brewer's Arms, which will feature an evening performance from local artists. As last year, workshops for all ages will also take place. We were really pleased with the brilliant support we received from everyone in 2017 and are determined to make sure that this year’s event is even better.”

www.pethertonfolkfest.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Leveret

Leveret features three of England’s finest folk musicians in an exciting new collaboration. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument and are involved in numerous collaborations with a huge range of artists. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity.

8pm

£15
There are no concessionary priced tickets available for this gig.

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


Caryford Community Hall, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ

Simon Blake

Simon Blake is the current king of quirky. Anecdotes, comedy and the oddest of legends mixed together against a flamenco style guitar. A Macmillan Nursing fundraiser.

£5

7.30 pm

Contact Simon Blake: 01271 321706

symonpaul AT tiscali.co.uk


Sun 17th Jun 2018

Barrington Village Hall, near Ilminster TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the 15th to 17th centuries for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.
Musicians' practice: about 45 minutes before each session. Players of any acoustic portable instrument welcome; music can be provided in advance.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

1.30 - 4.00 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Mon 18th Jun 2018 to Fri 22nd Jun 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Midsummer Madness

The team are back for another week of Solstice shenanigans! Enjoy a fun and friendly mixed-folk week, with music, dance and song for all abilities, plus some seasonal surprises… Whatever your level of dancing and / or playing, come and enjoy a convivial few days with like-minded people and celebrate midsummer folk-style!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/midsummer-madness-2/


Thu 21st Jun 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Rosie Shore with Amycrofters

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe TA4 2RE

Emily Portman & Rob Harbron

Emily Portman & Rob Harbron are two of the finest and most distinctive performers on the British folk scene. With multiple accolades for their years of work in different collaborations, now they have formed an inspired new collaboration. Together they create a boldly stripped-back and intricately woven sound, exploring traditional song alongside new writing.
Emily (voice, banjo) is best known both as an original song-writer and for her work in traditional song band The Furrow Collective. Rob (English concertina, guitar, voice, fiddle) is known for his work with Leveret, Fay Hield & the Hurricane Party, Jon Boden and many more, being in great demand as a uniquely skilled concertina player as well as one of the finest multi-instrumentalists in the country.
Together they explore the traditional music in which they are both steeped, mining the archives for hidden gems and offering their own original contributions. Emily's unaffected voice combines with Rob's sympathetic musicality to startling effect, creating an unforgettable live experience brimming with subtlety, depth and a shared love of the music.


£15 / £13

8pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Bridgwater Arts Centre, 11-13 Castle Street BA6 3DD

Tashi Lhunpo Monks

Tibet – the Land of Snows: home to Buddhist lamas whose ancient rituals have fascinated people for thousands of years. ‘The Power of Compassion’ presents chant, mantras, music and dance by eight Tibetan Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery who open a magical window on to a world of reincarnation and Buddhist mysticism which has inspired audiences in theatres and festivals throughout Europe. From the contemplative, mesmerising chant of Buddhist texts to swirling costumed masked dances accompanied by ancient Tantric musical instruments including horns made from human leg bones, skull-drums, cymbals, bells and with the shattering sound of the dungchen(long horns), the Monks evoke the atmosphere of sacred Tibet: an experience of an ancient culture accessible to all, with introductory explanations offering additional insight into this endangered world.

7. 30 pm

Tickets £14 Adult £12 Child

http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk/event/tashilhunpomonks/


Fri 22nd Jun 2018 to Sun 24th Jun 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway D/G Melodeon Weekend

Following a fantastic inaugural event in 2017 we’re delighted to be welcoming back the Halsway Manor Melodeon Workshop Weekend with the dream team of Andy Cutting, Anne Niepold (Belgium) and Hazel Askew.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-dg-melodeon-weekend/


Fri 22nd Jun 2018

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Mile Roses

+ Support Rod Jenkins

The wonderfully talented Mile Roses, all hailing from the North East, are probably better known individually.
Kate Bramley is a prolific playwright and theatre director best known for her work with Hull Truck and Badapple Theatre Company. She is also a professional touring musician and songwriter, working with Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies and touring solo.
Edwina Hayes numbers Michael Parkinson and Nanci Griffith among her fans. Her beautifully written songs and charming stage presence have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana.
Simon Haworth is a singer-songwriter from the North of England whose songs have a very traditional flavour. He also spent 6 years touring with Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies until 2004.
Collectively these three superb artistes present a delightful mix of folk, and Americana with a touch of bluegrass.

Rod Jenkins, the opening support act, is a master of smooth Americana.

£14 pre-booked, £16 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 23rd Jun 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Hazel Askew, Andy Cutting, Anne Niepold

Informal gig by our incredible Melodeon Weekend tutors. Each tutor will play a short set (expect a performance of about 1 hour in total), and you’ll be welcome to stay on to enjoy music in the bar with course participants.

8pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/hazel-askew-andy-cutting-anne-niepold/


Caryford Community Hall, Castle Cary BA7 7 JJ

Claude Bourbon

Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for his amazing guitar performances that takes blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern and Russian stylings into unchartered territories.

Tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/436535

£12 advance. £15 on door

6.45 pm

Contact Helen Leary: 01963 350 980

hlleary AT hotmail.co.uk

www.caryfordhall.co.uk


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

Circe’s Diner

Circe’s Diner are a refreshing change to the UK music scene, providing a nod outside the norm with honest lyrics & a nuance of country & folk.
Twisted with the bittersweet, Circe’s Diner blend catchy hooks, infections melodies and dreamy harmonies in a unique way that voices strength, whilst baring one’s deepest vulnerabilities.
Through wondrous tales of everyday life, the quirky lyrical content draws inspiration from love, loss, friendship and tigers!

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

Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £10.00

The Cafe is open this evening, last orders at 6.30pm

https://chapelarts.org/events/circes-diner/


Sun 24th Jun 2018

Springhead Gardens, Fontmell Magna SP7 0PF

Tashi Lhunpo Monks - The Power of Compassion

An evening of chant, mantras, music and dance by Tibetan Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery; a magical window on to a world of reincarnation and Buddhist mysticism which has inspired audiences in theatres and festivals throughout Europe. From the contemplative, mesmerising chant of Buddhist texts to swirling costumed masked dances accompanied by ancient Tantric musical instruments including horns made from human leg bones, skull-drums, cymbals, bells and with the shattering sound of the dungchen (long horns), the Monks evoke the atmosphere of sacred Tibet: an experience of an ancient culture accessible to all, with introductory explanations offering additional insight into this endangered world. Founded by the first Dalai Lama in 1470, Tashi Lhunpo is one of the most important monasteries in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Re-established in exile in South India, it is one of the major centres of Buddhist learning, best known for its unique tradition of masked dances and sacred music. Gardens open at 6:15pm for picknicking. Bring a chair or rug and dress for all weather. Guide dogs only please.

Box office: 01747 811853. £10, £7 u18s & friends, £28 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Mon 25th Jun 2018

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

FolkLaw

FolkLaw aren’t just another band, they’re a full show. A true cross-genre acoustic group, these talented musicians combine their experience of the live music circuit, festivals and folk scene to create a vibrant stage show that wins them loyal fans wherever they go.

www.folklaw.co.uk

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £12.50
Advance: £10.00

The Cafe is open this evening, last orders at 6.30pm

https://chapelarts.org/events/folklaw/


Thu 28th Jun 2018

Market House Studio (top floor of Market House), Bailey Hill, Castle Cary BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

7.30 - 9.30

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Fri 29th Jun 2018 to Sun 1st Jul 2018

Carhampton, near Minehead, Somerset

West Somerset Folk Festival

Concert guests are Martyn Babb, Gerry Mogg, Mike Scott, Ian Hudson & Su Scott-Goldstone, Kevin Adams, and Sue Stevens.

Events include Singarounds, Workshops, Concert, Morris, Celidh. On site camping. Raising money for the British Heart Foundation.

Weekend £15, Camping £5 a night

Contact Mike Dibble: 01643841597

dibblemjd AT talktalk.net

www.westsomersetfolkfestival.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Ukulele & Song Weekend

An enjoyable summer weekend of music and song for players and singers of all levels of experience. Jon & Sam will lead the ukes to kick-start and improve your skills. Meanwhile Liz will focus on singing for those wanting to develop their confidence. This year we’ll run an additional session on songwriting. We’ll have three groups according to your playing skills, but you’re free to move between the groups, and there’s plenty of time to relax and socialize too. The evenings will include opportunities to perform your own material, plus an informal concert on the Saturday by the tutors. To get you started, there are some video tutorials and other materials at www.ukuleleoxford.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/ukelele-song-weekend/


Fri 29th Jun 2018

George Inn, Chideock DT6 6JD

Black Ven poetry and folk open mic

Please bring your voices and your ears for a night of story, spoken word, song, ballads, friends, cake coffee beer and fun - random rules anything goes.

http://www.georgeinnchideock.co.uk

blackvenpress AT gmail.com


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Ed’s Box Club – Inbetweeners & Improvers

A fun and friendly group for those learning the D/G melodeon. This once-a-month group is led by Ed Rennie, offering group tuition and encouragement. The price includes lunch (1pm).

11am–4pm

£30
Includes lunch. Please book your place in advance.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/eds-friday-box-club-10/


Sat 30th Jun 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Ukulele: Jon Bennett, Liz Van Santen & Samantha Muir

Our Ukulele and Singing Weekend tutors welcome all-comers to a lighthearted evening of ukulele and song!

8pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/sara-spade-jon-bennett-liz-van-santen/


Thu 5th Jul 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Aileen Wills with Jeroka

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


St George Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

7.30 - 9.30 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe or Pam Small : 01935 472771 or 07710 285687

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Fri 6th Jul 2018 to Sun 8th Jul 2018

Priddy

Priddy Folk Festival

Concerts, dances, workshops

See the website for full details

http://www.priddyfolk.org


Fri 6th Jul 2018

Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection, Kimmeridge BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Keilidh Band & caller Paul Miles

"Kimmeridge Keilidh" - tickets on the door - no bar, bring your own drinks & nibbles

£5 adults, £2.50 children

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel


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

Three Cane Whale

At the Pictures

Three Cane Whale (3CW) is a multi-instrumental acoustic Chamber-Folk trio, based in Bristol. The three performers are Paul Bradley (acoustic guitar, miniature harp), Pete Judge (trumpet, cornet, rotary-valve tenor horn, dulcitone, harmonium, chimes, glockenspiels, lyre-harp) and Alex Vann (mandolin, bouzouki, bowed psaltery, tenor banjo, zither, hammered dulcimer).
As intricate as a team of watchmakers, as spare as a mountain stream, uplifting and elegiac in equal measure, their music encompasses both a cinematic sweep and an intimate delicacy in which “the aroma of muddy leaves and old nettles is almost tangible” (The Observer).
At The Pictures sees the band performing live to 12 brand new short films created by 13 filmmakers and visual artists in response to 3CW tunes of their choice - including cutting-edge animations, lo-fi shadow-puppetry, alfresco contemporary dance and slowly shifting landscapes from Cornwall to the Lofoten Islands.

www.threecanewhale.com

Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=928


Sun 8th Jul 2018

Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome BA11 1BE

Blazin' Fiddles

There'll be dancing in the aisles to the music of the Isles!
An incredibly rare visit from the legendary Scottish fiddlers to celebrate their 20th Anniversary.
Amazing harmonies and stirring performance will live long in the memory.
Support comes from the Captain Cactus & The Screaming Harlots

£17 advance/£20 door

7.30 pm

Contact Rob Dahl: 01373-455420

boxoffice AT cheeseandgrain.com

www.cheeseandgrain.com


Royal British Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Bridport DT6 3AD

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

1.30 - 4.00 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Mon 9th Jul 2018

The Function Room. The King William Public House. Barn Street Crewkerne TA18 8BP

Phil Beer

(Show of Hands- The Phil Beer Band)

£10

Doors 7.30 for 8.00 pm

Contact Meg Rose: 01460 77415 mob 07877206124

Meg.rose AT btinternet.com


Wed 11th Jul 2018

Edgar Hall, Somerton TA11 6SB

Mawkin with Nick Parker & Ben Wain

Mawkin’'s ‘unapologetically energetic’ approach and DIY ethic has surprised critics, fans and welcomed new audience members describing them as a ‘modern day Fairport Convention'.

Nick Parker's songs are often tongue-in-cheek and cheerful, and on the rare occasion when fun is poked, it is always with a wry smile and an element of satire.

£10 before 9th June, £11 Standard, £12 on door

7:30 pm

www.somertonartsfestival.co.uk


Thu 12th Jul 2018

St Bartholomew's Church Hall, Crewkerne TA18 7HY

Crewkerne Folk Dance Club - Simon Maplesden, A Pair of Shears

Summer Dance

£5

7.30 - 10.00 pm

Contact Leslye Stansfield: 01460 75760

Crewkerne Folk Dance Club


The Silk Mill, Merchants Barton, Saxonvale, Frome BA11 1PT

Reg Meuross

support from The Portraits

An unmissable night of folk featuring two Somerset acts championed by
BBC Radio 2. Reg Meuross’s clever and imaginative lyrics have earned
him the title of “Master Storyteller” (PennyBlack Music) and led Mike
Harding (Mike Harding Folk Show) to introduce him onto the stage of
The Royal Albert Hall as “one of the finest singer-songwriters this
country has produced”. Support comes from The Portraits, whose upbeat,
worldly songs call for unity in these turbulent times and whose Jo Cox
tribute song was described by Clare Balding (Good Morning Sunday) as
“So Beautiful, So Powerful”."

7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, doors 7pm

INFO AT SILKMILLSTUDIOS.CO.UK
07974 985165
01749 850129
http://www.regmeuross.com/
http://www.theportraitsmusic.com/
http://silkmillstudios.co.uk/event/reg-meuross-support-portraits/
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/154122245293793/
Frome festival event page for tickets:
https://fromefestival.co.uk/event/?eventid=1126
As part of Frome Festival.
£8 advanced / £10 door / under 12s free


Fri 13th Jul 2018

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

Chris Cleverley

with Support Minnie Birch

Chris Cleverley has emerged as a writer, performer and character who defies comparison, delivering a unique re-sculpting of 21st Century folk music. A true enigma of the UK Folk Scene; at times mysterious and gentle, at others candid and revealing. Since winning Bristol Folk Festival’s 2014 ‘Isambard Folk Award’, Chris’ national presence has grown exponentially, with his critically acclaimed debut album ‘Apparitions’ entering The Telegraph’s top 70 folk albums of 2015. Additionally he forms one tenth of a high profile songwriting project, The Company of Players, alongside eight rising stars of the national folk scene.

£12 door/£10 adv

8pm

Contact box office: 01225 461700

http://www.chapelarts.org


Sat 14th Jul 2018

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

Flamenco Night with Food

This evening will take the audience on a journey around Spain, filled with vibrant colours and a passion for food, Flamenco music and dance. Flamenco dancers Aneta Skut and Victoria Clifford are joined by the finest Flamenco musicians in the South West: Cuffy Cuthbertson (guitar), Jaime Cantera and Kostka Garcia (vocals/percussion).

www.anetaskutflamenco.com

Tickets: £15. No concessions. Includes performance and tapas.

Please book by Wednesday 11 July. No tickets will be available on the night.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=929


Thu 19th Jul 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Party Night - Jane Thomas with Ivor/Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Thu 26th Jul 2018

Market House Studio (top floor of Market House), Bailey Hill, Castle Cary BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

7.30 - 9.30 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Fri 27th Jul 2018 to Sun 29th Jul 2018

Bridport

Bridport Folk Festival

73+ music acts, 28 dance sides, 3 Ceilidhs, 14 music and song workshops, 9 dance workshops, catering and stalls, artisans and crafts, 2 headline gigs, music sessions, beer and cider tent.
This year has the addition of storytelling and performance, a children's area a Moonlit Mazurka plus lots of pub events, plus lots lots more!

Some of our events are ticketed, admission to the outdoor stages is with programme priced at 」3.00.

This year we are supporting Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

bridportfolkfestival.com


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Roodman Celebration Weekend

A weekend to explore the wonderful choreography of Gary Roodman, a retired American college professor, whose dance compositions have captivated English Country Dancers on both sides of the Atlantic in recent years.
This will be our 7th ‘Roodman Celebration’ weekend, and will focus solely on Gary’s dances.
Gary Roodman, a dancer of ‘International’ dances for many years, discovered English & American dance when he attended Pinewoods Camp in Massachusetts with his family for the first time in 1976. ‘That experience changed my life forever’ he states on his website. Since his first publication ‘Calculated Figures’ in 1987 Gary has produced a further 10 collections of ‘Calculated Figures’ plus other books and accompanying CDs, creating a total of almost 160 dances. The music used is frequently by famous classical composers, but also modern composers and in particular collaborations with Jonathan Jensen, & Dave Wiesler.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/roodman-celebration-weekend/


Sat 28th Jul 2018

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

Musique Folklorique

JW3 and Friends are back again for their annual charity concert in aid of S.U.R.E (Somerset Unit for Radio Therapy Equipment).They will be performing some of their favourite Folk-Rock songs. Seating cabaret style. Matinee 2.30 pm & Evening 7.30 pm

Ticket Price: £6

7:30 pm

Matinee: 2.30 pm

Box Office: 01823667112
Direct Event Link
http://www.w-a-a.co.uk/e.php?e=872


Mon 30th Jul 2018 to Sat 4th Aug 2018

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk – Intermediate

An opportunity for young musicians from the South West and beyond to work with leading folk artists, to create a new performance piece – and to perform it live at Sidmouth Folk Week! The weeks is led by Will Lang (Lead Tutor) and Claire Bailey (Pastoral Lead), with an incredible team of young folk professions: Archie Churchill-Moss (Moore, Moss Rutter), Sam Kelly (Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys), Nicola Lyons & Jim Molyneux (4Square).
This is a fun but intensive course for young people aged 13-18, leading to a day of performances at Sidmouth Folk Week. It’s designed as a progression from our Spring Halsway Young Folk Intro Week, but if you’re new to Halsway, that’s ok; you’ll need prior experience as a musician or singer, and to have some folk experience, eg from taking part in workshops at Festivals, from going to courses at other venues, from playing in a school (or your own!) folk band. If you’re not sure, then get in touch.

See the website for more details including prices and how to apply

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-young-folk-intermediate/


Thu 2nd Aug 2018

St George Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

7.30 - 9.30 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe or Pam Small : 01935 472771 or 07710 285687

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Mon 6th Aug 2018

St George Church Hall, Fordington, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

7.30 - 9.30 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe or Pam Small : 01935 472771 or 07710 285687

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Sat 11th Aug 2018

Acorn Acoustic Music Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 8AG

Bob Wood

Birthday Party!
Bob Wood, from the west of Scotland is a warm and engaging solo singer and performer with an easy going sense of humour. He is a highly accomplished finger-style guitarist.

Doors open 7.00 for 7.30 pm start. Entry £7.00. Raffle to defray costs.
Bring own refreshments.
Non-profit making – aim is to uphold top quality folk music in Minehead giving a platform to both professionals and amateurs.

Ring to reserve 01643 709394, or just come along. Everyone is given a warm welcome, listeners and performers alike.

Please visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk for further details, and preferably book floor spots in advance 07811 744158 or contact us at acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com


Sun 12th Aug 2018

Royal British Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Bridport DT6 3AD

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

1.30 - 3.30 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Mon 13th Aug 2018 to Fri 17th Aug 2018

Bath

Bath Folk Festival - Traditional Music Summer School

Back by popular demand, our traditional music summer school is your opportunity to learn new tunes and develop your technique with the help of our expert tutors.
Fiddle
Flute/tin whistle
Guitar
Box/piano accordion
Banjo (NEW FOR 2018!)
Irish dancing (NEW FOR 2018!)
All ages and abilities welcome. All classes will be centred on learning tunes by ear, so there is no need to read music.

http://bathfolkfestival.org/traditional-music-summer-school/


Sun 19th Aug 2018

Barrington Village Hall, near Ilminster TA18 0JE

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the 15th to 17th centuries for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.
Musicians' practice: about 45 minutes before each session. Players of any acoustic portable instrument welcome; music can be provided in advance.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

1.30 - 4.00 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Thu 23rd Aug 2018

Market House Studio (top floor of Market House), Bailey Hill, Castle Cary BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

7.30 - 9.30 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Fri 31st Aug 2018 to Sun 2nd Sep 2018

Lyme Regis

Lyme Folk Weekend

Friday: Ninebarrow
Saturday: Merry Hell
Sunday: Show of Hands

Plus a lot more...

www.lymefolk.com


Sat 1st Sep 2018

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

GIG CB! with the indominatable Chris Shaw calling

You are assured a fun evening with the return of old favourites GIG CB! (George Inn Giant Ceilidh Band) led as only Chris Shaw can!
It will be Hat Festival Day in Bridport, so enter into the fun of things and maybe win a prize for whatever topiary adorns your head!

All welcome, dances will be walked and talked through and call throughout.
Bring & Share (finger food) supper, and your own beer (The Woodman Inn is just opposite).
On street parking or use town car parks.

£8 in advance, £9 on the door, under 17's £4. (can be bought on line, see website)

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Fri 7th Sep 2018 to Sun 9th Sep 2018

St Mary's Church and Stogumber village centre TA4 3TA

Stogumber Festival

Saturday is Folk Day at Stogumber Festival

Cara Dillon, Sam Lakeman, Velvet & Stone, Kate Griffin & Ford Collier, Gathering Tides

See website for full details - there are events on the Friday and Sunday as well

http://www.stogumberfestival.com


Sun 9th Sep 2018

Haselbury Mill, near Crewkerne TA18 7NY

The Mother Ukers, Ben Rouse, Opera-lele, Samantha Muir, In Sync

This is the first ever ukulele festival hosted by the Yeovil Ukulele Club and is being staged at The Haselbury Mill, about 8 miles from Yeovil

£20.00, cheaper for early bird tickets and children

11.00am - 9.00pm

Contact Holly Cheetham

holly AT yeoviluke.club

www.yeoviluke.club


Royal British Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Bridport DT6 3AD

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

1.30 - 4.00 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Thu 13th Sep 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Simon Maplesden with Ivor/Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 14th Sep 2018

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

RANT

The release of Reverie, the much anticipated second album from RANT last year, firmly established this quartet as a huge musical force and a strong, raw, yet vibrant sound on the British Folk scene.
Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Lauren MacColl and recent recruit Anna Massie join forces to create a sound which is both rich and lush, yet retaining all the bite and spark synonymous with a Scottish fiddle player. Using just their fiddles, they weave a tapestry of melodies, textures, layers and sounds. Known for their work as soloists and with various bands, this is a celebration of the instrument they all have a passion for.

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions.

www.rantfiddles.com

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=935


Sat 15th Sep 2018 to Sun 16th Sep 2018

Gorefield, Over Stratton, South Petherton TA13 5LL

Bluegrass/Oldtime Mandolin Workshop

with Jesper Rübner-Petersen

During this course, Jesper Rübner-Petersen will introduce participants to playing Bluegrass/Oldtime mandolin with examples of other styles also included. Solo playing as well as accompaniment will be explored during the course, allowing participants to learn new techniques and develop and refine their existing playing skills.

Fee £90 (excluding accommodation and food).

10am - 5pm. ​

Please send an email to willslessons AT gmail.com if you would like to register for this course. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 15 August.

www.jrpmandolin.com

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=14&products_id=937


Sat 22nd Sep 2018

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

Trad.Attack!

A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event

The Estonian trio Trad.Attack! take inspiration from old archive recordings and from the music of today. Folk is their starting point but not their boundary: they remain open in ears, mind and soul to different styles and new directions whilst maintaining their emotional Roots-heart.
In the last three years, Trad.Attack! have exploded on the scene and played in Estonia, Latvia, Poland, USA, Germany, Finland, Malaysia, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Norway, Denmark and Canada. The band will be heading to the UK for a couple of festivals in 2017 and we're delighted to bring them here on tour.

Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Concessions

www.tradattack.ee

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=938


Thu 27th Sep 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Pip Oxenbury with Amycrofters

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 28th Sep 2018

Sturminster Marshall Memorial Hall BH21 4BQ

Jamie Smith's Mabon

Jamie Smith's Mabon are among the UK's foremost and finest exponents of original, interCeltic music. Vocals, accordion, fiddle, bouzouki, bass and drums are subtly exploited by five dynamic, accomplished musicians, working traditional forms and styles anew in songs and melodies by composer Jamie Smith.
Mabon's distinctive, infectious and multi-award winning music explores the styles of the Celtic traditions and works them anew; the music is self-styled, singular and toe-tappingly good; an irresistible blend of world music and Celtic roots, filled with energy, joy and passion. The energetic sound of jigs and reels, or a graceful mazurka, an ecstatic muiñera; a haunting Welsh-language love-song or a driving, sing-along, fantasy epic; all are given the same refreshing, creative treatment as the band dances skilfully along the borders between Celtic heritage and contemporary sound.

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.jamiesmithsmabon.com

Standard £10, u18s £6, family £26

7:30pm

Contact Andrea Kaciniel: 07903 057427

info AT artsreach.co.uk

https://artsreach.co.uk/event/jamie-smiths-mabon


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

The Churchfitters

Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw or a glass harp. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious Funk-Rock rhythms. And traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising Jazz sax. The Churchfitters strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with instruments - flute, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, electric hub-cap bass-bouzouki and the unique ‘bing-bong’ machine made out of hack-saw blades. Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes that create instant rapport and you’ve got a high energy, uplifting show that always leaves audiences cheering.

Tickets: £15. No concessions.

www.churchfitters.com

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=939


Sat 29th Sep 2018

Studland Village Hall BH19 3AE

Jamie Smith's Mabon

Jamie Smith's Mabon are among the UK's foremost and finest exponents of original, interCeltic music. Vocals, accordion, fiddle, bouzouki, bass and drums are subtly exploited by five dynamic, accomplished musicians, working traditional forms and styles anew in songs and melodies by composer Jamie Smith.
Mabon's distinctive, infectious and multi-award winning music explores the styles of the Celtic traditions and works them anew; the music is self-styled, singular and toe-tappingly good; an irresistible blend of world music and Celtic roots, filled with energy, joy and passion. The energetic sound of jigs and reels, or a graceful mazurka, an ecstatic muiñera; a haunting Welsh-language love-song or a driving, sing-along, fantasy epic; all are given the same refreshing, creative treatment as the band dances skilfully along the borders between Celtic heritage and contemporary sound.

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.jamiesmithsmabon.com

Standard £10, Under 18s £6

7:30pm

Contact Studland Stores: 01929 450204

info AT artsreach.co.uk

https://artsreach.co.uk/event/jamie-smiths-mabon


Thu 4th Oct 2018

St Bartholomew's Church Hall, Crewkerne TA18 7HY

Crewkerne Folk Dance Club - Club callers, Ali and Steve Music

Autumn Dance

£5

7.30 - 9.30

Contact Leslye Stansfield: 01460 75760


Sat 6th Oct 2018

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

E.C.D.B. with Jane Thomas calling a Contra and American night

Who better to have for a mainly Contra and American dance evening than the English Contra Dance Band and Jane Thomas!
Don't be put off by "Contra and American", it's all a development out of the English tradition, just maybe a bit of new terminology to pick up and some great lively music to enjoy, danced mainly with a walking step. Come dip your feet in, it's lovely!

All welcome, dances will be walked and talked through and call throughout.
Bring & Share (finger food) supper, and your own beer (The Woodman Inn is just opposite).
On street parking or use town car parks.

£8 in advance, £9 on the door, under 17's £4. (can be bought on line, see website)

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


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

Cara Dillon

Cara Dillon occupies an enviable position at the very top of her genre. This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and achieving exceptional acclaim for over 20 years. She has (according to Mojo magazine) "Quite possibly the world's most beautiful female voice".
Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will be performing material from her new album Wanderer, which is a collection of beautiful and moving songs recorded in an intimate setting with her husband and musical partner, Sam Lakeman. Every note and word is sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs. Legions of fans will attest to Cara's warm and natural stage presence – definitely something to savour.

www.caradillon.co.uk

Tickets: £22. No concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=940


Thu 11th Oct 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Brian Heaton music & calling

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Sat 13th Oct 2018

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

Greg Russell and Jack Rutter

Possessed of an extraordinary voice that’s ‘full of character’ (The Telegraph), over the last five years, Greg Russell has established himself as one of the most significant performers on the UK Folk scene. Playing guitar, bouzouki and singing, in 2013 he won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and in 2014 won the Horizon Award from the same source, alongside Ciaran Algar.
Still in his mid-20s, Jack Rutter is a highly respected singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has performed with Moore Moss Rutter, Seth Lakeman and the Jackie Oates band. His new solo set features a range of well-known and rare Traditional songs from a variety of sources, delivered with guitar, bouzouki or duet concertina accompaniment that complement his signature ‘honest, unaffected vocals’ (Yorkshire Evening Post).

Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

www.mooremossrutter.co.uk
www.gregrussellfolk.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=942


Sun 14th Oct 2018

Royal British Legion Hall, Victoria Grove, Bridport DT6 3AD

Historical Dance

tutor Ann Hinchliffe

Learn dances from the late 1600s for fun, exercise and historical interest. You don't need a costume, partner or previous experience.

£6 per stand-alone session; no need to book, just turn up.

1.30 - 4.00 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com


Wed 17th Oct 2018

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

Louise Jordan 'No Petticoats Here'

- Stories of First World War Women Through Song

Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician, Louise Jordan shares the stories of inspirational women who challenged expectations through original song and storytelling. From the woman who dressed as a soldier on the Western Front to the women football players banned by the FA, the ambulance drivers running the gauntlet of enemy fire in Flanders and the so-called ‘surplus million’ single women.
Members of Stanchester Quire will be performing as part of the show. Stanchester Quire is a community choir, established in 1996, singing unaccompanied carols and Folk songs collected from the South-West of England under the directorship of Eddie Upton. Contact 01935 822287 or stanchesterquire1 AT gmail.com for more information.

Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

www.louisejordan.co.uk www.nopetticoatshere.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=943


Thu 25th Oct 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Robert & Mary Blackborow & Co

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Sat 3rd Nov 2018

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

Pigs Might Fly with caller Richard Mason

Bonfire weekend, so there may well be more than Pigs that Might Fly! Another bands out of Exeter, with Richard Mason no doubt calling some crackers of dances.
All welcome, dances will be walked and talked through and call throughout.
Bring & Share (finger food) supper, and your own beer (The Woodman Inn is just opposite).
On street parking or use town car parks.

£8 in advance, £9 on the door, under 17's £4. (can be bought on line, see website)

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


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

The Jar Family

Hartlepool-based The Jar Family are six individual songwriters and musicians who decided that, rather than strive for success in isolation, they would join forces to pool their talent and create their ‘industrial Folk’ sound.
This six-piece is a superb option for festivals all over the UK and Europe as they have the knack of being able to win over a crowd quickly - and they are extremely entertaining to watch. Imagine, if you can, Steam Punk-infused Bob Dylan wrestling The Pogues with Bez in a top hat.
Intrigued?! You should be…..!

www.thejarfamily.com

Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=948


Thu 8th Nov 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Simon Maplesden with Ivor/Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Sat 10th Nov 2018

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

Oysterband 40th Celebration Special

A chance to Dance

Classic songs from every era of a long and mighty career.
Oysterband, the multi-award-winning outfit that brought passion, power and not a little poetry to folk and roots music, enter their 40th year as vital and creative as ever, with some of the finest songs in the modern folk canon to their name: Put Out The Lights; When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down); Blood Wedding…these and many will be featured as they undertake a year of touring summer 2017 and 2018 to celebrate four decades of a unique and fiercely independent career.
Oysterband are: John Jones (voice, melodeon); Alan Prosser (guitars, voice); Ian Telfer (violin, voice); Al Scott (bass, mandolin, voice) Adrian Oxaal (cello, voice) and the newest member, formerly of Bellowhead, Pete Flood (drums, voice).

www.oysterband.co.uk

Tickets: £22. No concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=923


Sun 11th Nov 2018

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

Oysterband 40th Celebration Special

A chance to Dance

Classic songs from every era of a long and mighty career.
Oysterband, the multi-award-winning outfit that brought passion, power and not a little poetry to folk and roots music, enter their 40th year as vital and creative as ever, with some of the finest songs in the modern folk canon to their name: Put Out The Lights; When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down); Blood Wedding…these and many will be featured as they undertake a year of touring summer 2017 and 2018 to celebrate four decades of a unique and fiercely independent career.
Oysterband are: John Jones (voice, melodeon); Alan Prosser (guitars, voice); Ian Telfer (violin, voice); Al Scott (bass, mandolin, voice) Adrian Oxaal (cello, voice) and the newest member, formerly of Bellowhead, Pete Flood (drums, voice).

www.oysterband.co.uk

Tickets: £22. No concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=922


Thu 15th Nov 2018

St Bartholomew's Church Hall, Crewkerne TA18 7HY

Peter Bolton and Jeroka

Winter Party

£5

7.30 - 10.00 pm

Contact Leslye Stansfield: 01460 75760

Crewkerne Folk Dance Club


Sat 17th Nov 2018

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

The Furrow Collective

Alasdair Roberts, Emily Portman, Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton are four fine soloists sharing a mutual love of traditional songs, from both sides of the English and Scottish borders, with playful, boundary-defying musicianship.
Since their critically acclaimed debut, At Our Next Meeting, The Furrow Collective has been in demand as a touring band, gigging throughout Europe and performing BBC live sessions. Hot on the heels of two BBC Folk Award nominations, in November 2016 they released their new album, Wild Hog, to huge critical acclaim. Each band member leads a song, moving with ease from jaunty stories of ailing horses to poignant laments and sparsely adorned supernatural ballads.

www.thefurrowcollective.co.uk

Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=950


Wed 21st Nov 2018

Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Show of Hands: Joint Venture Tour

Following the extraordinary reaction to their haunting cathedral tour Sanctuary, Show of Hands return to the theatre and concert circuit on a quest to reveal a fuller sound for the trio’s bold new studio album.
Joint Venture features intriguing collaborations with the likes of Afro Celt Sound System’s Johnny Kalsi, and folk/reggae band Edward the Second. Steve, Miranda and Phil will each play an opening set of three solo spots before being joined by Cormac Byrne, legendary percussionist of Seth Lakeman Band fame.
Please note due to the nature of this event there may be some occasions during the show when some patrons choose to stand.

Tickets: £26
Concessions: £24.50
Footlights/Groups 10+: Discount Applies

A £1 ticket levy is included in all stated ticket prices.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=14&products_id=951


Thu 22nd Nov 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Ian Ludbrook with Jeroka

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Fishermans Friends 2018

Bound by lifelong friendship and a love of Cornwall’s stirring songs of the sea, this most convivial choral collective will showcase a fresh haul of old favourites as well as new songs from their latest album Sole Mates - their seventh since they were ‘discovered’ singing on the Platt on the harbour at Port Isaac on Cornwall’s rugged Atlantic coast.

Tickets: £26
A £1 ticket levy is included in all stated ticket prices.

https://www.octagon-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/music/fishermans-friends-2018/6418


Sat 24th Nov 2018

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

Blazin’ Fiddles

Blazin’ Fiddles are one of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups. Celebrating their 20th year in 2018 – and with the release of their ninth album, The Key, in November 2017 – no other band has quite managed to capture the excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music all at once.
With a “Blazers” performance comes the rare opportunity to hear regional expressions, from Scotland’s highlands and islands, and the individual style of each fiddler – Inverness’ Bruce MacGregor, Shetlander Jenna Reid, Nairn’s Rua Macmillan, and Orcadian Kristan Harvey – in a blend of ensemble and solo sets. Fiddles and bows come alight atop guitar and piano from Anna Massie and Angus Lyon, delivering a musically intoxicating evening for all.

www.blazinfiddles.com

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=953


Sat 1st Dec 2018

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

Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews, with Ray Goodswen

Your pre-Christmas treat, a return of Derby duo Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews, teamed with Ray Goodswen's calling. Expect great music played on melodian, hurdy-gurdy, fiddle or viola - not to be missed!
All welcome, dances will be walked and talked through and called throughout.
Bring & Share (finger food) supper, and your own beer (The Woodman Inn is just opposite).
On street parking or use town car parks.


£8 in advance, £9 on the door, under 17's £4. (can be bought on line, see website)

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


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

Noble Jacks

A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event

With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners as they come on with their high-energy footstompin’ rhythms which have taken crowds by storm across the UK.
Noble Jacks have been touring relentlessly, stompin’ their way round the British music scene with ‘sold out’ headline events promoting their debut album, 'What the Hammer', as well as shows at major festivals, including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and Beautiful Days, to name a few.

www.noblejacks.com

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=955


Thu 6th Dec 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Jane Thomas with Ian Bryden & Co

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 7th Dec 2018

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

St Agnes Fountain

The band that gives Christmas songs a good, if respectful, kicking. They bring sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes, both original, and those you know so well (or thought you did). Great musical talent, wit and invention in the form of founder member, David Hughes, Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) and Chris While and Julie Matthews (Radio 2 Folk Award Winners). They have brought joy, laughter and a few tears to every concert performance for the last 16 years.

www.stagnesfountain.co.uk

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=957


Sat 8th Dec 2018

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

St Agnes Fountain

The band that gives Christmas songs a good, if respectful, kicking. They bring sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes, both original, and those you know so well (or thought you did). Great musical talent, wit and invention in the form of founder member, David Hughes, Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) and Chris While and Julie Matthews (Radio 2 Folk Award Winners). They have brought joy, laughter and a few tears to every concert performance for the last 16 years.

www.stagnesfountain.co.uk

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=14&products_id=956


Sat 15th Dec 2018

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

Belshazzar’s Feast

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

www.belshazzarsfeast.com

Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions.

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Thu 20th Dec 2018

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Christmas Party

Chard Folk Dance Club

We have been dancing for almost 50 years.
We meet on alternate Thursdays.
£2.50 members £3.50 guests. New members and guests always welcome.

For more details contact Elaine 01460 65909


Mon 31st Dec 2018

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

New Year's Eve Celebration Ceilidh with Jigs for Gigs

Bring in 2019 in style with music and dance at The David Hall.

Tickets: £17 includes a light supper. No concessions.

Early booking essential by Friday 15 December. No tickets available on the night.

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