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Sat 30th Apr 2016

St John's Church Hall, Chilcompton BA3 4HP

Music Night in aid of Eileen

We're putting on a gig on April 30th as a benefit for a pensioner who lives in Chilcompton who was embezzled of her life's savings by fraudsters (see attachment). Her story was on Points West a few weeks ago.
There's no point in doing this unless we can fill the hall and time is short so please try and come if you can.

Featuring: Honky Tonks; You, Me and Him; Cathy Judge; Doug Siddons; Dave Stock; and friends

Tickets £10 from Chris 01751 232219

Bar and refreshments

Eileen was defrauded of thousands of pounds. All profits will go to help her get back on her feet.

If you can't make it but want to make a donation please contact Chris North - c.north123 AT

Sun 1st May 2016

Marnhull Village Hall DT10 1PR

Blair Dunlop

Marnhull Acoustic Sessions present Blair Dunlop who is returning as part of his tour to promote new album Gilded.



Contact Ian Lyster: 07772979381

upturnedpebble AT

Tue 3rd May 2016

Pilgrim House, Hope Square, Weymouth DT4 8TU

Martyn Wyndham-Read

Martyn is a folk legend. His easy style, rich voice and sensitive guitar accompaniment has captivated audiences across the globe. He always chooses songs that demand to be listened to and has released 32 albums. His latest project is with Shirley Collins on a production about Henry Lawson, the great Australian poet. This will be a night to remember.


7.30 for 8pm

Contact John Forsdyke: 01305821440

johnforsdyke AT

Fri 6th May 2016

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

Emily Portman Trio

Emily Portman won the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Original Song - an accolade which reflects her power to lure listeners into a complex and darkly surreal netherworld. The trio features Emily; Lucy Farrell (Carthy Hardy Farrell & Young) and Rachel Newton (The Shee).
Emily’s latest album, ‘Coracle’, subtly weaves together themes from myth and folklore with personal reflections on motherhood and bereavement. The Trio sings out over an atmospheric, layered soundscape of harp, strings, bells, guitars, musical saw and percussion.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.

Box Office open Weds & Friday 11 - 1.30pm. Tel 01460 240340
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Sat 7th May 2016

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

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman are proud to announce their album "Tomorrow
Will Follow Today", their boldest musical statement to date. After being voted "Best
Duo" in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2013, and also nominated for "Best Original
Song" (The Ballad of Andy Jacobs), in ‘Tomorrow Will Follow Today’ they add two
rarely covered traditional songs to eight confidently written compositions to create a
superb new album.
This husband and wife duo had been absent from the music scene for almost a
decade before their highly-acclaimed "Hidden People" CD (2012) was released;
Sean busy touring the world with brother Seth's band whilst Kathryn remained in
Devon bringing up the couple’s twin daughters.
The Roberts-Lakeman name has become synonymous with "quality" during their
musical careers which started when they were signed to a major label as teenagers.
Now after nearly two decades in music, Kathryn's sublime vocals merge seemlesly
with Sean's deft and inventive live guitar work on stage – and his award-winning
sonic skills in the studio. In addition to his chart-topping hit records for brother Seth
Lakeman, Sean has this year alone produced albums or tracks with The Levellers,
Billy Bragg, Frank Turner, Imelda May and Bellowhead… as well as a string of other
folk/acoustic acts.
The new album kicks off in classic Roberts-Lakeman style with "Child Owlet", a
traditional ballad from the revered Child Ballad collection. Sean's chunky, percussive
guitar drives Kathryn's voice along in this dark tale of incest, betrayal and murder.
Then a change of pace and subject with "52 Hertz" which charts the true story of a
lonely whale that roamed the oceans calling out in the "wrong key" of 52 Hertz,
which other whales did not appear to recognise. Simple guitar and piano compliment
Kathryn's sensitive vocals.
Equally thoughtful and enchanting is Kathryn's "A Song To Live By", some heartfelt
advice to her young twin daughters, recorded on her own trusty upright piano in a
corner of their Dartmoor home.
Title track "Tomorrow Will Follow Today" sees the duo tackling a song driven by a
tolling drumbeat and tuned-down guitar. It questions our political masters and
whether the holders of power rely on the turning of the days, months and years to
soften the blows of their ambition.
Renowned for finding inspiration in unusual places, another offering is "Rusalka", the
tale of a mermaid living in a Russian river. Ethereal and baroque-like guitar
underpins Kathryn's mesmerising tale of this siren-like water nymph.
A Kathryn and Sean album would perhaps not be complete without a tale rich in
sexual innuendo and on this CD it is the trad-inspired "The Banishing Book", (their
re-working of "The Maid's Conjuring Book" from Thomas D'Urfey's ' Songs of Wit and
The couple return to their folk roots with "The Robber Bridegroom", a sinister tale in
which a bride-to-be escapes from her wicked fiance who planned to kill her for her
dowry. A poetic and lyrical love song, "Soft The Morning Sun", plays out this gentle
gem of a record.

£13.00 + booking fee

8.00 pm

Email: info AT
Phone: 01278 422700

The George Inn, Longbridge Deverill BA12 7DG

Sarah McQuaid

A captivating performer of an original fusion of jazz and folk, Sarah McQuaid will seduce you with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship. 'A soulful singer, smart and sensuous songwriter, and scintillating guitarist' Huffington Post

£10 / £5 Under-17

7.30 pm

Contact Richard Munro: 01985 844385

info AT

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

Kirsty Bromley

Kirsty is a young contemporary folk singer based in Sheffield who draws upon a wide range of traditional music. She has a most disarmingly transparent voice, but also the uncanny and beautiful knack of drawing attention to the song rather than the messenger, by the manner in which she employs it. Her Debut Album ‘Time Ashore’ features original songs as well as carefully curated folk gems. Check out Kirsty’s website at for more information about her.

£12/£10 concessions


Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT

Ferndown Village Hall BH22 9ET

Claire Mann and Aaron Jones

Claire is a hugely talented flute and fiddle player and has 5 albums to her name and is sought after as a performer as well as being a highly respected traditional music tutor. Aaron is without doubt one of the finest bouzouki players around and as well as having recorded over 10 albums is much in demand as a session musician and producer. One of the original members of Craobh Rua he now tours the world with Old Blind Dogs and The Kate Rusby Band. Life partners, Claire and Aaron are also members of the Scottish / German collaboration called Litha and are both excellent singers. The perfect combination!


8.00 pm

Contact Adrian Harman: 01202 897958

info AT

Burton Bradstock Village Hall, Nr Bridport DT6 4QS

The Watkins and Swarbrick Band

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

Pay what you like at the end of the performance


Contact Angela Heron Watkins: Box Office 01305 837299

Tue 10th May 2016

The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Coal Orchard, Taunton TA1 1JL

The Fureys

George, Paul and Davey were playing in Denmark with their own band called the Buskers and Eddie and Finbar, while touring in Germany were involved in a road accident. When George and Paul got news of the accident they immediately travelled to Germany to be with their brothers. They then decided that they should all be playing together and this was the start of the FUREYS.
Their hit songs include ‘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’.

The oldest of the brothers, Eddie Furey left home in 1966 and travelled to Scotland at the time of the great folk revival where he met and shared accommodation in Edinburgh with then unknown folk singers Billy Connolly, Gerry Rafferty and Alex Campbell, now all famous in their own right. In 1969 he was the special guest for the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem throughout the USA and Canada. Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics has credited Eddie with teaching him his first chords on guitar when they met up in the North East of England while Dave was still a teenager.

Their emotive songs stir many emotions…tears and laughter, sadness and joy.


Ticket Prices All £18

Box Office: 01823 283 244

Wed 11th May 2016

Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Saoirse Casey, Nick Parker and Steve Henderson

We are very happy to welcome Saoirse Casey over from Ireland on tour here in the UK. Saoirse is an emerging talent in the Irish Folk scene, an amazing voice and with an impressive musical pedigree, being the daughter of the celebrated Irish singer/songwriter Paddy Casey. She is supported tonight by local singer/songwriter Nick Parker, front man for his band the False Alarms, and our very own Steve Henderson, Open Mic Host and Finalist in last years Somerset songwriters award. A class act with some impressive local support, should be an interesting night's music.

Entry by donation.

8.00 pm

Contact Simon Sturt: 01858 831255

s.sturt AT

Fri 13th May 2016

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

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club -- The Rum and Kidney Band with Steve Cunio

The hall is on the main Blandford-Sturminster Newton Rd, almost opposite the petrol station. If the car park is full, park in Church Road opposite the petrol station or carefully in the main road.
A light-hearted event. Beginners welcome. No food. Squash provided or byo.


7.30 for 7.45 until 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184

jenny_harrison_1123 AT

Sat 14th May 2016

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

Blowzabella Dance Workshop

Some great, but less well-known English traditional dances and some of the European couple dances that Blowzabella have popularised over the last 30+ years. The aim of the workshop is also to help you get the most from tonight's evening gig if you're going. For all ages and abilities. Beginners are welcome. There’s plenty for experienced dancers to learn, too.

£5 Full/£3 Under 25s


Box Office open Weds & Friday 11 - 1.30pm. Tel 01460 240340
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The David Hall, Roundwell St, South Petherton TA13 5AA


A 'Chance to Dance' Event

Blowzabella is a genuinely unique band that makes an inimitable, driving, drone-based sound played with a fabulous sense of melody, rhythmic expertise and sheer feeling. At a typical Blowzabella gig there are songs, dance music, and songs you can dance to. The evening provides plenty to enjoy, whether you’re out there dancing or lying under a table listening.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £15 Full. £5 Under 25s

(See also the dance workshop earlier in the day)

Box Office open Weds & Friday 11 - 1.30pm. Tel 01460 240340
Email - General enquiries info AT
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Sun 15th May 2016

Chalk and Cheese, Maiden Newton DT2 0BD

Music session

All welcome to this rather good English session. Non players always welcome to read, chat and sample the guest brews. The hot chocolate looks good, too.

7:30 - 10:45 pm

Contact Ruth or Colin Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT

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

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. Fleetingly, they may evoke a memory of Gram & Emmylou, Shirley & Davey, or Gillian & David but their warm distilling of influences from both sides of the big pond produces a refined sound that is decidedly their own.
Both hailing from folk singing families in the flatlands of East Anglia, Hannah spent much of her formative years touring Europe with her family band in a converted school bus, singing folk songs acapella in the street in order to make enough money to move to the next city. However, a sea change and relocation to the US saw her soak up the influences from the American North East and take up the dulcimer. Meanwhile Ben was writing and touring with celebrated UK folk band The Willows whose albums Beneath Our Humble Soil and Amidst Fiery Skies were championed by the likes of the BBC’s Bob Harris and Mike Harding.
Within weeks of moving back the UK, Hannah braved her first time out solo at The Black Fen Folk Club, Cambridge and as fate would have it, Ben had just returned from tour. Ben went on to produce Hannah’s solo debut Charms Against Sorrow, released in early 2015 to critical acclaim.
Nurturing an intuitive musical understanding and a love of the duet whilst touring Charms Against Sorrow the pair caught the attention of award-winning Canadian producer David Travers-Smith (Ruth Moody, Wailin’ Jennys, Jason & Pharis Romero), with whom they are in they are making an album due for release in late 2016.

Doors: 7:30pm Event Starts: 8:00pm Event Ends: 10:30pm

£10.00 (Door Price: £12.00)

Fri 20th May 2016

Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

Arish Mel with caller Michael Catovsky

The Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club is a new club in our first season
We are looking forward to a lively evening.

All welcome!

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

To help those trying to find the school in the dark it is about 300 yards south of the Piddle Inn with a hump back bridge into the car park.

£5 under 16 free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Gerry Colvin Band

+ Bob Kirkpatrick

Gerry Colvin is back! Accompanied by the latest incarnation of his band, Gerry Colvin returns to Wessex Acoustic, bringing his delightfully varied collection of unique self-penned songs.
Expect much humour alongside superb songs with amazing words.
Supporting Gerry, we welcome back a local songsmith, Bob Kirkpatrick.

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

8.15 pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT

Bishops Barn, Wells BA5 1US

Squeeze Fiddle Pluck

Rare chance to ceilidh in this stunning 15th century tythe barn with young and loud, 9-piece band Squeeze Fiddle Pluck. Licensed bar on site

£6 in adv

7.30pm - 11pm

Contact Tamsin: 01749672522

info AT

Sat 21st May 2016 to Sun 22nd May 2016

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

Workshop for Blues Guitarists

A two-day 'Hall Hire' event with Michael van Merwyk

Michael van Merwyk learned his craft in the house band of the infamous ROADHOUSE in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Germany, where jams and parties with legends like Jimmy Rogers, Larry Garner and Jimmy Johnson took place. Merwyk’s guitar playing has some of the funkiness of Johnny Guitar Watson’s and the raw quality of Albert King’s. This two day guitar workshop will bring you the best the Blues can offer.

For more information, or to book a space on the course, please contact Will Helton on wmhelton AT

Course Fee: £90 (excluding accommodation and meals)

ALSO Why not stay for the evening and enjoy the sounds on Lil' Jimmy Reed (8pm) for a course participant rate of £15? CLICK HERE TO BOOK.

Box Office open Weds & Friday 11 - 1.30pm. Tel 01460 240340
Email - General enquiries info AT
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Sat 21st May 2016

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

Lil' Jimmy Reed

From shot-gun shack and cotton field to festival main stage, the talents of Lil’ Jimmy Reed have taken him a long way from the Mississippi river. One of the last surviving performers of classic Louisiana down-home Blues, Lil’ Jimmy’s stinging guitar work, gritty vocals and haunting harmonica have been taking Europe by storm. He is accompanied on piano by Bob Hall, widely regarded as the UK’s finest Blues and Boogie player, and Hilary Blythe on Rock-steady bass.

8.00 pm

Ticket: £19 Full. £18 Concessions.

(This afternoon's 'Blues Workshop' participants - £15)

Box Office open Weds & Friday 11 - 1.30pm. Tel 01460 240340
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St Mary Magdalene, Barwick, Yeovil BA22 9TE

Damian Clarke, Dulcimer and Hurdy Gurdy

Damian Clarke plays a selection of tunes and songs on the beautiful Hammer Dulcimer and mysterious medieval Hurdy Gurdy. These ancient and rarely played instruments will fascinate and delight, and the selection of songs will entertain and transport you to traditional cultures. Songs sung in Breton, Gaelic, Irish, Plat Deutsch and even English. Damian is a "consummate performer" and artist from Dorchester who will also exhibit some of his paintings that connect to musical soundscapes that he has written. The concert will be entirely acoustic and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and even have a go.

All the money raised will go towards Church funds.

Youtube clips:

Box Office: 01935 475882/477880

£7 advance/£8 Door - includes glass of wine


Contact Victoria Garratt: 01935 475882 / 477880

voxpopontheroad AT

Othery Village Hall TA7 0QS

Kieran Goss

This is the only gig in the West Country for Kieran so don't miss the opportunity to see him on his UK Tour plus his special guest Annie Kinsella.
There will be a bar and refreshments available.

£12.00 (no concessions)

8pm (Doors open 7.15pm)

Contact Sue Soutar: 01823 698385

suesoutar AT

Sun 22nd May 2016

St Michael's Church, Park Road, Shepton Mallet BA4 5BP

Spring into Summer

A celebration of traditional and contemporary folk song with Airs & Graces, Issy & David Emeney & Moor Harmony

Airs and Graces, Issy and David Emeney, and Moor Harmony, will be putting their own style, beautiful harmonies and arrangements to traditional and contemporary folk songs. The evening will provide a variety of amusing, thoughtful, local and chorus songs with something for everyone to enjoy.

Airs and Graces, three talented and experienced a capella singers, whose close friendship has brought them together to share their love of traditional song. They hail from Dorset, Devon, and Somerset, and met some ten years ago as members of Stanchester Community Quire, run by Folk South West. Since that time they have been asked to appear in local folk clubs, churches and concerts as far afield as Hampshire and Northumberland. They sing songs mostly from the South West and enjoy writing their own arrangements.

Issy and her husband David, have been playing together as a duo for over 15 years. They sing mostly Issy's self penned songs accompanied by melodeon / concertina and guitar/ bouzouki. Their style is very lyrical and has a fine sense of harmony. Issy started playing melodeon in 1997 inspired by Norfolk squeezer Tony Hall and has since gone on to compose sophisticated instrumental pieces. They have 4 albums to their name, with 2 most recently recorded with cellist Kate Riaz on the acclaimed Wild Goose record label.

Moor Harmony is a community choir based in Cheddar, led by Issy Emeney. Their repertoire is firmly rooted in traditional English folk music - songs that were meant for singing together with fabulous tunes, rousing choruses and words to make you laugh and cry. Issy arranges all the songs and they have a growing reputation for their unique and beautiful sound. Issy has a natural gift for composing and her self penned songs have haunting melodies, captivating stories and a distinctly traditional feel.

In aid of The Migraine Trust and St.Michael's Church, Shepton Mallet.

Tickets £7 from 01749 343730 or 01749 342587, or on the door.

Thu 26th May 2016

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


PerKelt has performed its unique, Celtic Medieval Speed Folk since 2008. All its members are highly-qualified, accomplished and award-winning musicians, performing on recorder, harp, guitar, percussion, and vocals. They perform passionate and energetic, strong, melodic Celtic sounds, through original composition with content drawn from Medieval and traditional sources.

PerKelt has released three highly acclaimed albums with a new CD to be released in may 2016, and have performed over 500 shows around the world, playing regularly at Celtic, World music, and folk music festivals, Irish music venues, pubs, churches, castles, and Arts Centres. They are extremely proud to present refreshing, innovative and evocative Celtic music in a way that has never been heard before. They simply cannot be missed!

Price: £6


Fri 27th May 2016

Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Wild Willy Barrett's French Connection

An extra gig for this years Hawthorns Craft Beer Festival, Willy and his comrades in arms have agreed to fill the afternoon slot on the Saturday, between 2.30p.m. and 5.30 p.m. Currently on tour with the French Connection, following on from his Final Straw tour with John Otway. The French connection are a fusion of Celtic and Gallic folk music, with Willy's unique musical arrangements and innate humour. Featuring Willy on guitar, fiddle and vocals, John Devine on pipes, flute and percussion, Mary Holland on Cello, and fronted by French Singer, Aroura Coulson. A real treat, all washed down with 18 Real ales, and Ciders!

Entry by donation.

2.30 - 5.30 pm

Contact Simon Sturt: 01858 831255

s.sturt AT

Sun 29th May 2016

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


!!! SOLD OUT !!!

A 'Chance to Dance' Event.

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


Ticket: £20 Full. No concessions.

Box Office open Weds & Friday 11 - 1.30pm. Tel 01460 240340
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Thu 2nd Jun 2016

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

Performance Evening

Suggested contribution. Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience. Please pay on the door.
On our performers night The David Hall hands over its professional stage and outstanding acoustics to budding artists of all genres.
Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience. It's a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety - and it doesn't cost the earth - just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.
All types of performance welcome - The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance.... All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 - 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.
So, if you're a performer, then get in touch with Chris and book a spot (0196331580 Mob 07715501157). He takes artist names and we allocate spots on a 'first come, first on' basis.
These evenings are becoming increasingly popular and there is a danger that we won't be able to accommodate everyone. Do please book ahead rather than, as previously, just turning up and expecting to get a spot. It doesn't matter if you're a musician. poet, juggler or ...... well, any kind of performer basically. Just be entertaining !


Box Office open Weds & Friday 11 - 1.30pm. Tel 01460 240340
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Fri 3rd Jun 2016

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


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


8.00 pm

Box Office open Weds & Friday 11 - 1.30pm. Tel 01460 240340
Email - General enquiries info AT
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Sat 4th Jun 2016

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

George Inn Giant Ceilidh Band, with Chris Shaw

Bridport Ceilidh

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

Expect a riotous evening!

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

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

£8.00 in advance, £9.00 on the door

7.30pm - 11.00pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Hothouse Festival


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

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

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

12 noon till late

Tickets are on sale now on the festival website:

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

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


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

Grant on Hilary;

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

Hilary on Grant;

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

£12/£10 concessions


Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT

Fri 10th Jun 2016

Osmington VIllage Hall DT3 6FT

Jim Causley

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

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

Free Parking, Bar, Bar snacks


7 for 7.30

Contact Eileen : 07816 832554 or 01305 833108

Osmington.Music AT

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

Cardboard Fox

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

£12 (under 16s £10)


Contact Ann Matthews

hintonfestival AT

Sat 11th Jun 2016

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

Pretty Peggy O - Reg Meuross & Jess Vincent

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

8.00 pm

Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

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

Fri 17th Jun 2016

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Reg Meuross

+ Reset Prose

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

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

8.15 pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT

Sat 18th Jun 2016

South Petherton

South Petherton Folk Fest

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

Fri 24th Jun 2016 to Sun 26th Jun 2016


West Somerset Folk Festival

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

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

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

Contact Mike Dibble: 01643 841597

dibblemjd AT

Fri 8th Jul 2016 to Thu 10th Mar 2016

Priddy Green, Priddy, Somerset BA5 3BB

Priddy Folk Festival

Priddy Folk Festival have finalised their line up for their 2016 festival in July.

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

There’s also a free Fringe festival - a Dance Festival with plenty of opportunities to dance in ceilidhs, French Bal and workshops. A children’s festival with dancing, singing, drumming and story-telling and the Fringe tent, our new Word tent, sessions, workshops, guided walks, Qi Gong
plenty to do all weekend.

If you’d like to be part of the festival team do come and volunteer as a steward.

Tickets for the festival & steward applications are available from the website - to check the full line-up or to buy tickets go to

see website for ticket prices

Fri 8th Jul 2016

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Folk at the Forum presents Lucy Ward

+ Granny's Attic

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


8.15 pm - 11.15pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT

Sat 9th Jul 2016

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

Folk at the Forum

Flossie Malavialle + Two Coats Colder and many more

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

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

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

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT

Thu 21st Jul 2016

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

The Allison Lupton Band

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

£12/£10 concessions


Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT

Sat 13th Aug 2016

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

Acorn Folk Club revival evening

There will be a Guest!

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

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

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

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

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

Thu 25th Aug 2016 to Sun 28th Aug 2016

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

Purbeck Valley Folk Festival

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

Sat 3rd Sep 2016

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

Patchwork with Eileen Nightingale calling

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

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

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

7.30pm - 11.00pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT

Fri 16th Sep 2016

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

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club

Band and caller TBA

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

Squash provided but BYO if you wish.

£6 (£1 non dancers)

7.30 for 7.45 -- 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184

Sat 1st Oct 2016

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

Pipe Factory, with Simon Maplesden calling

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

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

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

7.30pm - 11.00pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT

Sat 8th Oct 2016

Milborne Port Village Hall DT9 5RE

The New Scorpion Band

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


7:30 pm

Contact John Oldham: 01963 251028

j.oldham47 AT

Fri 28th Oct 2016

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

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club

Band and caller TBA

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

£6 (£1 non-dancers)

7.30 for 7.45 - 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184

Sat 5th Nov 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

7.30pm - 11.00pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT

Sat 3rd Dec 2016

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

Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews, with Jeremy Child calling

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

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

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

7.30pm - 11.00pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT

Fri 9th Dec 2016

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

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club

Band and caller TBA

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

£6 (£1 non-dancers)

7.30 for 7.45 - 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184

Fri 27th Jan 2017 to Sun 29th Jan 2017

Yarn Market Hotel, High Street, Dunster TA24 6SF

Dampiers Round

Folk Dance Workshop Weekend

With caller Ray Goodswen.

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

from £180.00 per person

Contact Antony Brunt: 01643 821425

hotel AT