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Sat 25th Mar 2017

Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1 HF

Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro

Supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist Martin Harley and stand up bass player Daniel Kimbro hit the road following the success of their acclaimed album Live At Southern Ground

8pm (doors & bar 7:30pm)

£14 / £12 members & concessions

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/25-march-•-martin-harley-and-daniel-kimbro/


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

Emily Portman and the Coracle band

In March 2017 Emily Portman will be touring with The Coracle Band, a stellar cast of musicians who featured on the studio album, now brought together to recreate Coracle in an ambitious live show.

£15 - £14 members / concessions

8.00 pm

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


Bournemouth Folk Club at the Shelley Theatre BH5 1LX

Tinderbox

Award winning contemporary folk group Tinderbox were originally formed in 1997 by Dublin born singer-songwriter Monique Houraghan and guitarist/songwriter Dan Tucker. Since 2007, talented multi-instrumentalist and session musician Bob Burke has completed the dynamic trio line-up.

Tickets £12 from Shelley Theatre Box Office

http://shelleytheatre.co.uk/index.php

http://www.bournemouthfolkclub.com


Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Simply Ukuleles

Tutor: Sally Vaughan
Join our regular ukulele workshop leader on this one day exploration of the seemingly simple ukulele. The workshop will focus on instrumental pieces including popular classics, jazz standards, folk songs and music hall favourites. The emphasis will be on learning and developing your playing technique without the distraction of vocals. A chance to really get to grips with improving your style and playing skills from percussive basics to fingerpicking style and the principles of effective ensemble playing. Suitable for any level of player with a grasp of half a dozen basic chords.

Sally Vaughan is a qualified teacher and co-founder of ‘tHE bUCKY-dON’TS: Bridport Ukulele Group’.

For further information about Sally visit her website www.sallyukulele.co.uk or http://www.bridportukulelegroup.org.uk

09.45am - 4.00pm

Fee: £52.00

http://www.dillington.com/events/all-courses-date-order/4/simply-ukuleles/1233/


Bath Community Academy, Rush Hill, Bath BA2 2QL

Blowzabella

Hotsprings presents at .

Dance workshop 2.30-4.30 pm (£8)

Doors for evening dance open at 7.30 pm dance 8.00-11.00 pm (£16).

Workshop and Dance (£20).

There are concessions for dancers under 22 years old.

Tickets from www.wegottickets.com.

For more information contact nickicawthorne AT talktalk.net (07533 320729).


The Curzon Cinema and Arts, Clevedon BS21 6NN

Amanda Boyd, Malcolm Cuthbertson, Dave Nas

A combined arts project using archive film and photography, interwoven with traditional music and dance, to highlight the local men who left the West Country to take up arms to fight for democracy during the Spanish Civil War and the refugee children that arrived here from the Basque country.
What led Archibald Doran, Winifred Bates and Nathan Clarke to leave the West Country for Spain? Who was Potato Jones? What happened to the 4,000 Basque children who sailed into Southampton on La Habana in 1937?
Resonant with contemporary parallels, the production features Flamenco dance and guitar, alongside Spanish and West Country folk songs.
An accompanying free public exhibition in the Oak Room, from Monday 13th until Saturday 25th March, will feature original art works by North Somerset based artist Louella Frankel Jones, inspired by her father, a member of The International Brigades; a pop up exhibition from the International Brigades Memorial Trust.

Two shows. Matinee and evening performance.
Supported by Arts Council England

£10, £9.00 concession. On the door: £12.00, £10 concession. Student matinee concession: £6.00

Start time: 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Contact Curzon Cinema: 01275 879 115

info AT curzon.org.uk

https://www.curzon.org.uk/film/29594


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

Friendly Folk with caller Mike Catovsky

Bridport Folk Dance Club's annual event, "Miss Mayne's Party", featuring the Somerset band Friendly Folk teamed with caller Michael Catovsky, held in the best hall in Bridport, with a Bring & Share supper, a display from a local morris side, and a raffle. What more could any folkie want?
Some soft drinks provided, bring your own alcohol.
On street parking or public car park nearer the town centre.

£7.50

7.30 - 11.00pm

Contact Jane or Monty: 01308 898002 01308 423442

mandgselley AT btinternet.com


Litton and Thorners Community Hall DT2 9AU

howdenjones

Kate Howden and Paul Jones are singer-songwriters, based in The North West of England, who have that special magic that captivates the audience in a unique, intimate atmosphere. Stripped back, gritty, often poignant, sometimes humorous, observations that reflect life’s ups and downs, their show is a family friendly mixture of songs, tunes and stories that has the audience joining in, singing along, and laughing as they share their travelling experiences through their music and northern-tinged banter.

£8

7-30pm

Contact Wendy Firrell: 01308 482532

info AT howdenjones.co.uk

www.howdenjones.co.uk


Sun 26th Mar 2017

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

Acoustic Night

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

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=9&products_id=740



The Royal Oak, Lower Bristol Road, Bath BA2 3BW

Music session with Blowzabella

starting at lunch time.

For more information contact nickicawthorne AT talktalk.net (07533 320729).


Keinton Mandeville Village Hall, Chistles Ln, Somerton TA11 6EX

Knights of King Ina: Dance safety Refresher and Fieldtown Reprise

Following the very successful November Workshop on Fieldtown, KOKI are offering a quicker paced workshop covering the warm up / warm down and safety in dance information giving you a chance to video the recommended routine. We will then run through and refresh the “None So Pretty” dance covered in November ’16 and learn 2 of the other Fieldtown Jigs so you can have them ready for the summer season.

keintonvh.co.uk
Workshop Location Map - https://goo.gl/maps/nNfCuAacv3q
Please Bring – lunch, hankies and any beverages or savory snacks you may want.
Provided - Tea, Coffee, fruit and the famous cake!
Cost - £10 in advance to Andrew Knight Coombedene, Keinton Mandeville, Somerton TA11 6DY or by transfer to 20-99-40, 70558184 wth the ref KOKI Mar 17.


Westonzoyland Parish Church, Main Rd, Westonzoyland TA7 0EP

LightGarden

Music on the Levels Sunday tea time concert

Westonzoyland’s parish church is the spectacular setting for the fantastic LightGarden with their genre-defying music with world, folk and traditional influences.
Described as exquisite, refreshing, original, LightGarden have received rapturous comments and reviews wherever they have performed:
‘LightGarden’s genre-defying music has world, folk and traditional influences, fast and gentle. Their original songs and music combine intricate guitar, harmonium, bouzouki, fiddle and clarinet interwoven with the harmonic bell-like sounds of overtone singing to produce a unique, uplifting, unexpected and irresistible sound ‘for which the word beautiful might have been invented’.
For this concert LightGarden will be including the church organ in their range of instruments.


£5. Plus small charge for afternoon tea

Doors open 3pm

Finish 5pm

Contact Celia Smith: 01278 691409

Celiazoyland AT hotmail.com


Midsomer Norton Town Hall BA3 2HQ

The Carrivick Sisters

Bath Festivals return to Midsomer Norton with the wonderful Carrivick Sisters!

Twin sisters Laura and Charlotte Carrivick are widely known on the UK folk scene. Their years of experience performing all over the UK and abroad have gained them a strong reputation for engaging live performances, multi-instrumental dexterity (fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar and dobro), tight sibling harmonies and finely crafted original songs. They have a unique sound incorporating their musical background of American bluegrass and old-time but also being influenced by English folk lore, having grown up in South Devon. 2017 sees the release of their celebratory '10 Years Live' album, marking 10 years and counting of performing and recording together.

TICKETS AVAILBLE NOW:
http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/bath-festivals-presentsthe-carrivick-sisters/

£4 / £2

7.30 pm

Contact Danny Brothers: 01225462231

danny.brothers AT bathfestivals.org.uk

http://bathfestivals.org.uk/


Mon 27th Mar 2017

Bagborough Village Hall TA4 3AT

Celtic Guitar Journeys

This is an opportunity to hear three of the finest acoustic guitarists in Europe together, as a band, exploring their Celtic heritage and traditions.

Soďg Sibéril (Britanny) is one of the most significant musicians to come from the Breton music scene.

Ian Melrose (Scotland) was lead guitarist with the Irish cult band Clannad for their 1996 world tour.

Dylan Fowler (Wales) is a well-known performer/composer/arranger. He also made his name with the Abergavenny recording studios popular with so many musicians world-class musicians.

£10-£12-£15

7.30 pm

Contact Lynn Burgess: 01823 451162

hell AT musiconthequantocks.com

http://celticguitar.moonfruit.com/video/4593437567


Wed 29th Mar 2017

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

Maddy Prior

A true legend of British music, Maddy Prior has built her career on exploring various musical avenues. Latest album 3 For Joy is no exception, a further exploration of the tradition that she loves.
Together with new musical partners Giles Lewin (Carnival Band) and young accordion player Hannah James, Maddy returns to perform the music of England, the British Isles and Eastern Europe – all delivered in her own unique style.

£16.50

http://www.thebrewhouse.net/event/maddy-prior-in-concert/


Thu 30th Mar 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Brian Heaton

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


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

Maddy Prior in concert with Hannah James & Giles Lewin

A true legend of British music, Maddy Prior has built her career on exploring various musical avenues. Latest album 3 For Joy is no exception, a further exploration of the tradition that she loves. Together with new musical partners Giles Lewin (Carnival Band) and young accordion player Hannah James, Maddy returns to perform the music of England, the British Isles and Eastern Europe – all delivered in her own unique style.

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £18.00
Advance: £16.50

https://chapelarts.org/events/maddy-prior-concert/


Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Louise Jordan

Pouring honey into your ears and radiating charm, Louise Jordan fascinates and entertains, mixing hope with heartbreak through her acute observations of the everyday and extraordinary. Fuelled by an untamed spirit, Louise Jordan’s music is authentic and timeless, underpinned by an unassuming natural elegance that places simple honesty alongside bold imagination.

8.30 pm

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458 831255

s.sturt AT live.co.uk

nopetticoatshere.co.uk


Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe TA4 2RE

Tilston & Lowe

Steve Tilston and Jez Lowe, two of the UK acoustic/folk scene's finest songwriters join forces for a series of concerts filled with songs and music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their approach to their craft. Head to head, neck and neck (guitar necks, that is!) listen in as they rekindle the spontaneity of their late-night living-room song swaps.

£15/£13 concessions

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Osmington Village Hall DT3 6FT

The Churchfitters

This incredibly talented and very popular trio, comprised of brother and sister Chris and Rosie Short together with Frenchman Boris Lebret, bring huge energy to their performances – a mix of foot-tapping fiddle, achingly beautiful melodies and zany performances on their collection of homemade instruments – a unique experience!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4Ii0EbfzeE
Tickets from 07816 832554 or wegottickets.com
email osmingtonmusic AT gmail.com
The bar will be open and parking is free.
Jacket and Chilli (veggie option) - £3.50 during the interval

£9

7.00 for 7.30pm

Contact Eileen Bramley: 07816 832554

Osmingtonmusic AT gmail.com

Churchfitters.com


Fri 31st Mar 2017

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AA

Mike Silver

+ Nigel Waite

The eternally popular singer/songwriter Mike Silver makes a welcome return to Wessex Acoustic.

Supporting him is Bournemouth based Nigel Waite.

£12 pre-booked, £14 on the door

Starts 8.15 pm, doors approx 7.45 pm, venue open from 7.00 pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239 or 07590411515

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

http://www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk/


Portman Hall Shillingstone DT11 0SP

No Strings Attached (Accordion, fiddle, keyboard) with Richard Gracie calling

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club

No membership. Squash provided. BYO if you wish.

£6, accompanied under16s free. Non dancers £1

Start time: 7.30 for 7.45

Finish time: 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 1st Apr 2017

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

Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe

Two Award-winning songwriters share the stage…..

Steve Tilson and Jez Lowe, two of the UK Acoustic/Folk scene's finest songwriters, join forces for a series of concerts filled with songs and music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their approach to their craft.

www.stevetilston.com
www.jezlowe.com

8.00 pm

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&products_id=726


Meadway Hall, Ham Lane, Compton Dundon TA11 6PQ

Martin Harley and Sam Lewis

This is a rare and golden opportunity to see Martin Harley and Sam Lewis on the same bill.
Martin Harley & Sam Lewis in concert promises to be a spine chilling, feet wiggling, heart soaring evening from two of the finest music talents on the circuit.

£10

8pm, Doors 7:30pm

Contact Alan Riley: 01458 447223

alan AT croxley.freeserve.co.uk

www.martinharley.com


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Lady Maisery

Lady Maisery – Rowan Rheingans, Hannah James, and Hazel Askew – give an intimate and informal ‘unplugged’ evening concert as part of their Singing Weekend at Halsway Manor on Saturday 1st April at 8pm.


£10 - Adults
£4 - Concessions

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


Sun 2nd Apr 2017

Old School Hall, Church Street Upwey near Weymouth DT3 5QE

Watkins & Swarbrick Band

Continuing their policy of not charging a set ticket price, the band make a return visit to Upwey, with some new material and songs from their CD, "Different Routes". Acoustic music from different genres with 3-part vocal harmonies and featuring the extraordinary multi-instrumental skills of Simon Swarbrick. There will be a bar and it is essential to book seats by ringing the box office 01305 837299

Pay what you think the performance was worth at the end of the show.

8pm (doors from 7.30pm)

Contact Angela: 01305 837299

songsfromthehalls234 AT gmail.com

https://soundcloud.com/watkinswarbrickband


Mon 3rd Apr 2017 to Fri 7th Apr 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Manor ‘Young Folk’ residential

Halsway Manor, National Centre for Folk Arts is pleased to announce that applications are now open for ‘Halsway Young Folk - Intro’. Developed from their popular ‘Hothouse’ project, this week-long Easter residential (Mon 3 – Fri 7 April) is designed as an intensive but fun introduction to traditional folk music for musicians and singers aged 12-18.
It is led by a team of professional folk artists – Will Lang, Nicola Lyons (4Square), Archie Churchill-Moss (Moore, Moss, Rutter) and Ford Collier (The Drystones), with a dedicated pastoral tutor to make sure you’re well supported while away from home.
Prior experience – as either a singer or musician – is essential, but it’s ok to be new to ‘folk’. It’s intensive and hard work at times, but we guarantee you’ll have fun and make new friends too.
During the week you will operate as a performance company: taking warm-ups together, developing technique in music and performance, learning repertoire, and creating new interpretations of traditional material. There will also be down-time to socialise and enjoy being part of an exciting new company of performers! At the end of the week you’ll have the chance to perform what you’ve learned to an invited audience. And if you’re hooked on folk, you can come to our ‘Halsway Young Folk – Intermediate’ course in the Summer, which culminates in performances at Sidmouth Folk Week!
To book a place, please contact Halsway Manor or visit www.halswaymanor.org.uk to download an an application form. Each place costs £195 to include full board (accommodation and all meals), tuition and all activities. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first-served basis.
Bursary places may be available to young people with exceptional talent or for whom the opportunity would be especially beneficial, but whose financial circumstances would otherwise exclude them from the programme. Email chiefexec AT halswaymanor.org.uk if this is something you would like to discuss.

Further ‘Halsway Young Folk’ courses in 2017 include Junior for ages 8-12 (Tue 22 – Thu 24 Aug), Intermediate for ages 13-18 (Mon 31 July – Sat 5 Aug) and Advanced for ages 16 – 25 (Mon 21 – Sat 26 Aug). See website for details.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk


Mon 3rd Apr 2017

Widcombe Social Club, Widcombe Hill, Bath BA2 4LZ

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham

The first new gig in a series of great music - 'All Of The Above' - this first one is a musical addition to Bath Comedy Festival's programme.
Surely the finest musical interlude in the history of the Bath Comedy Festival - the Scottish duo whose musical genius and depth of inspiration in the folk tradition has brought them international acclaim and national recognition ranging from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Lifetime Achievement and Best Duo to an MBE each for services to music.

Doors: 7.30pm for 8.00pm show
Price: £16
Booking: Brown Paper Tickets
Tel: 0800 411 8881
Online booking: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/28729811

Links: http://www.philandaly.com/

For further info: www.bathcomedy.com and www.widcombesocialclub.co.uk


Tue 4th Apr 2017

Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Ukulele Workshop: Beginners

Tutor: Sally Vaughan
Always wanted to play an instrument but thought you never could? – Yes Uke Can! This workshop will introduce you to the ukulele from scratch. You will learn how to: hold it, tune it, strum it, play 5 simple chords and put them all together in a few familiar songs. This one day course is ideal for anyone who has little or no experience of playing a musical instrument. It is also suitable for those who have tried to teach themselves the ukulele but would like some guidance. In a few short hours you will be strumming along to familiar songs and enjoying the pleasures of communal music making in a friendly and supportive group.

Ukuleles are available to loan for the day but please request one on booking. Please also indicate if you are a left-handed player.
Sally Vaughan is a qualified teacher and co-founder of ‘tHE bUCKY-dON’TS: Bridport Ukulele Group’.

For further information about Sally visit her website www.sallyukulele.co.uk or http://www.bridportukulelegroup.org.uk

09.45am - 4.00pm
Fee: £52.00

http://www.dillington.com/events/all-courses-date-order/4/ukulele-workshop-beginners/1239/


Thu 6th Apr 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

Eighteenth Century dance.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.

7.30 - 9.30 pm
£5 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HF

Richard Digance

Many people sing, play guitar and tell stories but not many have supported Steve Martin and Robin Williams, or played a guitar duet with Brian May of Queen. Richard Digance has.

8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm)

£17/ £15

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/6-april-•-richard-digence/


Fri 7th Apr 2017

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

Stompin’ Dave

The Dorset-based Stompin' Dave is a vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and dancer. He sings and plays guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, piano and tap dances in an Old-Time, flat-footing style, often whilst simultaneously playing and singing.

A Private Promotion.

www.stompindave.com

8.00 pm

Tickets: £10 Advance. £12 on the door

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&products_id=727


Sat 8th Apr 2017

Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HF

Ninebarrow

Ninebarrow are building a huge reputation for their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition.

8pm

£12 / £10 Concessions / £5 Livefor5

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/8-april-•-ninebarrow/


Ferndown Village Hall BH22 9ET

Old Blind Dogs

Since forming in the 1990's, Old Blind Dogs have stood on the cutting edge of Scotlands roots revival. The band has developed a trademark style with an energetic mix of songs and tunes. Dynamic percussion, polished vocals, soaring fiddle and stirring pipes fuel the delicately-phrased melodies and traditional songs.

£14

8:00pm

Contact Adrian Harman: 01202 897958

info AT celticfolk.net

www.celticfolk.net


Sun 9th Apr 2017

Bridport Town Hall DT6 3LF

Historical Dance

(above Tourist Information; access by green door next to Butchers shop, sorry no lift)

Mainly 18th Century dance
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771


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

Sam Carter

Since being named Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Sam Carter has been stirring audiences from Camden to Canada, via an attention grabbing appearance on Later… with Jools Holland and a dreams-really-do-come-true performance in a specially assembled band to back Richard Thompson at Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £12.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/sam-carter/


Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band workshop

Suitable for all levels and all instruments

Learn to play folk tunes by ear, experiment with chords and arrangements.

£10 in advance/£12 on the door/£25 for 3 consecutive workshops paid in advance

1:30 – 4:30pm

www.laurelswift.co.uk

Julia: 01935 817905 / 07527 508 277


Thu 13th Apr 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Rosie Shaw and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 14th Apr 2017

New Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel with caller Sue Perigo

Kimmeridge Keilidh with for the first time Sue Perigo calling with us. No bar - so bring your own drinks & nibbles!

£5 adults £2.50 under 16s

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Contact Stephen Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Sat 15th Apr 2017

Leigh Village Hall DT9 6HL

Watkins & Swarbrick Band

Continuing their policy of not charging a set ticket price, the band will be performing some new material and songs from their CD, "Different Routes". Acoustic music from different genres with 3-part vocal harmonies and featuring the extraordinary multi-instrumental skills of Simon Swarbrick. There will be a bar and it is essential to book seats by ringing the box office 01305 837299. Listen to some of their tracks here: https://soundcloud.com/watkinswarbrickband

Pay what you think the performance was worth at the end of the show.

8.00 pm

Contact Angela: 01305 837299

songsfromthehalls234 AT gmail.com

https://soundcloud.com/watkinswarbrickband


Mon 17th Apr 2017

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

Ceilidh with Wessex Morris Men

Chris Toyne will provide music on his piano accordion along with the Wessex Ceilidh Band playing melodeons and a violin; and local singers will perform throughout the evening.  

Starting at 7.30pm the event will include a ploughman’s supper and a raffle. Tickets cost £8.50 and are available from the David Hall box office, or by calling 01460 240 340.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Thu 20th Apr 2017

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

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK Folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships. Twice recent winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo - 2016 & 2013 - the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them an enviable reputation as ‘Songwriters par excellence’ (fRoots).

www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com

8.00 pm

Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&products_id=729


Ritz Acoustic club, The Ritz Social Club, Victoria Street, Burnham-On-Sea TA8 1AL

Dan Walsh

Banjo genius back on tour

£4

8pm

www.ritzacoustic.com


Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe TA4 2RE

GreenMatthews

Formerly known as Blast from the Past, Chris Green and Sophie Matthews play English traditional songs and tunes in a thoroughly 21stcentury kick-ass style. Using a beguiling blend of ancient instruments such as cittern, English border bagpipes and shawm as well as modern folk instruments such as guitar, flute and piano accordion, Chris and Sophie breathe new life into material from hundreds of years ago, making it fresh, relevant and accessible for a modern audience.

£12 / £10 concessions

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


The Courtyard, Market Street, Yeovil BA20 1HZ

Folk & Roots Night

Live Music, Hot Food & Bar

A splendidly quirky & unique venue the old stables by the cattle market
(look for white railings near The Pall Tavern)

£2 entry - performers free
2017 Dates : 20th April, 17th Aug, 14th Dec

7.00 pm

Performers mail
Music AT BearCatCollective.co.uk


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

Moishe’s Bagel

Thrillingly original cutting-edge klezmer and folk music from some of Scotland’s finest musicians.
An intoxicating, life-affirming mix of Eastern European dance music, Middle Eastern rhythms and virtuoso performances. Formed in Edinburgh in 2003, Moishe’s Bagel combines the energy and passion of world folk music with the excitement and soul of improvisation. Boasting some of the best instrumentalists that Scotland has to offer (Salsa Celtica, Camille O’Sullivan, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Eliza Carthy, Scottish National Jazz Orchestra), they are equally at home jamming in a late night jazz den, grooving at a forest festival, or enthralling an upmarket concert hall.

http://moishesbagel.com/

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £10.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/moishes-bagel/


Fri 21st Apr 2017

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AA

Ric Sanders Trio

+ Reset prose

The main fiddler for Fairport Convention, Ric Sanders, is bringing his friends, Vo Fletcher and Mike Gregory, to make sweet music. Classical folk and popular tunes with a jazz influence.

Support is by Reset Prose coming all the way from Suffolk to perform for us.

£14 pre-booked, £16 on the door

Starts 8.15 pm, doors approx 7.45 pm, venue open from 7.00 pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239 or 07590411515

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

http://www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk/


Corfe Mullen Village Hall BH21 3UA

The 10th Anniversary of Ray's St Georges Day Ceilidh

Honouring Ray Sargent's passion for a "Goodly Knees-Up"

with: Black Sheep, Reel Dorset, Casterbridge Band, Old Pull and Push

Four bands including a few dances with Dorset's newest youth ceilidh band Reel Dorset. Half time entertainment from the redoubtable Stourvale Mummers and Half of Murphy's.

This is always a sell out event so advanced tickets are advisable.

Bring your own drinks and food to share.
Raffle.

This years Charity is the Dorset Air Ambulance.

£8

7.00pm - 11.00pm

Contact Julia Thomas: 01202 604 598

juliadcthomas AT gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1421404988114445/


Sat 22nd Apr 2017

Widcombe Social Club, Bath BA2 4LZ

Bath Folk Day

Join Bath Folk Club for a day of mixed instrument workshops, a mass session and a concert featuring local bands and open mic slots to share your own material.

All ages, instruments and abilities welcome.
Ploughman's lunch included.

Adults: £30 | Children: £15

10am - 7pm

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bath-folk-day-tickets-31799834160


Sun 23rd Apr 2017

Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HF

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships.

8pm

£14 / £12 Concessions / £5 Livefor5

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/23-april-•-kathryn-roberts-and-sean-lakeman/


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Dan Walsh

Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the UK as well as being a superb singer, songwriter and guitarist. Dan Walsh has recorded two critically acclaimed solo albums with another on the way and many tours of the UK and recent successful trips to Canada, Germany, India and New Zealand to his credit.

www.danwalshbanjo.co.uk

£10

8.00 pm Doors open at 7.30pm
Tickets are available from the club, Nailsea Music Shop or by sending a cheque + SAE to: Nailsea Folk Club, c/o 50 Newton Green, Nailsea, Bristol BS48 4RF
www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk


Thu 27th Apr 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Jeroka (caller TBC)

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 28th Apr 2017

Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club with Reel Good, caller Helen Woodall

All welcome!
We are looking forward to a lively evening.

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

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

£6 under 16 free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Maiden Beech Academy Hall. Lyme Road. Crewkerne TA18 8HG

Banter

Ceilidh with the fabulous 'BANTER' featuring Simon Care on melodeon, Nina Zella on keyboards and Tim Waller on drum, trumpet and calling! Check them out on 'Feast of Folk Banter' on Youtube.

The Ceilidh is to celebrate the Pom Pom community event in town.

7.30-10.30pm

Tickets : £10 Family ticket (2adults, 2children under 16): £25.
Tickets available from the TIC Crewkerne Town Hall or www.wegottickets.com/creativecrewkerne.
Licensed Bar (cash only)
Contact: crewkernepompom AT gmail.com
Follow Creative Crewkerne Face Book Page.
Or Meg Rose 07877206124.


Sat 29th Apr 2017

Shelley Theatre, 16 Beechwood Ave, Bournemouth BH5 1LX

Bournemouth Spring Folk Festival

A one day folk festival at the Shelley

The festival music runs from 2pm to 10.30pm. The programme will alternate between concerts in the Theatre proper and more informal music in the new Mulberry Lounge.

www.bournemouthfolkclub.com
fawm43 AT gmail.com


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

Seckou Keita

A true master of the kora - a 22-stringed West African harp - Seckou, from the Casmance area of Southern Senegal, was a childhood prodigy, born of the line of griots and kings. Seckou has graced the international stage since 1996, earning worldwide acclaim for his kora playing and appearing with a host of fellow artists, including Salif Keita, Youssou N'Dour, Miriam Makeba and Neil Finn.

www.seckoukeita.com

8.00 pm

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&products_id=730


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

Kathryn Roberts & 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.

www.facebook.com/kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman
www.youtube.com/user/KathrynSean
www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £15.00
Advance: £13.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/kathryn-roberts-sean-lakeman/


Sun 30th Apr 2017

Coda Music Centre, Christchurch BH23 5QL

Workshop day with The Folk Orc, Kadia

A day of workshops and group sessions, led by the wonderful Kadia, organised by the Folk Orc. Come learn to play some selected songs and tunes and then play them in group. Full info on the website.

£55

10am - 5pm

Contact Chris Hopgood: 07540500498

info AT folkorc.co.uk

www.folkorc.co.uk


Sat 6th May 2017

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

Ninebarrow

This multi-award-winning duo are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the Folk tradition. Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath-taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £14. Full. £13 Concessions.

www.ninebarrow.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&products_id=731


Sun 7th May 2017

Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band workshop

Suitable for all levels and all instruments

Learn to play folk tunes by ear, experiment with chords and arrangements.

£10 in advance/£12 on the door/£25 for 3 consecutive workshops paid in advance

1:30 – 4:30pm

www.laurelswift.co.uk

Julia: 01935 817905 / 07527 508 277


Thu 11th May 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Simon Mapleson and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 12th May 2017

Portman Hall Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club

Band and caller TBA

No membership. Squash provided. BYO if you wish

£6 accompanied under 16s free. Non dancers £1

Start time: 7.30 for 7.45

Finish time: 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 13th May 2017

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

Martin Simpson

The remarkable intimate solo performances that Martin gives go from strength to strength - every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing.

8.00 pom

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions.

www.martinsimpson.com

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&products_id=732


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

Pete Harris/Jon Vaughan

Pete has performed in the UK, France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland and New Zealand, where he headlined at several festivals.

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


Wed 17th May 2017

St Bartholomew's Church Crewkerne TA18 7HY

Steve Knightley

Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England. The 2014 "Grow Your Own Gig" tour saw Steve perform at intimate rural venues, drawing on the English countryside. In 2015, he turned his attention to the sea for his "All at Sea" tour. Songs from both shows were recorded and two albums "Off the Beaten Track" and "All at Sea" emerged. In 2017, Steve combines material from both for this "Landlocked" tour. One half of the concert will feature original and traditional songs of the land and the second half will draw on his nautical themes. This is an evening not to be missed!

£18

7.30pm

Contact Geraldine Clotworthy: 0146076058

geraldine AT clotworthy.co.uk


Thu 18th May 2017

Ritz Acoustic club, The Ritz Social Club, Victoria Street, Burnham-On-Sea TA8 1AL

The Jaywalkers

£4

8pm

www.ritzacoustic.com


Fri 19th May 2017

Wiveliscombe Rugby Club TA4 2TA

Charlie Dore & Julian Littman

Although best known as a respected songwriter for others, Charlie enjoys a multi-faceted career that includes acting, comedy-improvisation, writing for radio and composition for film and TV as well as performing live with her band.
Milk Roulette, her 8th album, was released in November 2014. It was recorded at her home studio and co-produced with her long-time collaborator Julian Littman. The title track describes Charlie's father's method of testing whether milk was off or not - by taking a swig.

£14 / £12 concessions

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Sun 21st May 2017

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

No partner needed nor previous experience.
Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
Mainly Tudor.
Musicians welcome for approx. an hour before session to try playing simple accessible dance tunes.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm
Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Moore Moss & Rutter

Moore Moss Rutter is a contemporary trio consisting of Tom Moore (violin), Archie Churchill-Moss (melodeon) and Jack Rutter (guitar and vocals). Their material is often developed from traditional English folk tunes and pieces of their own compositions, which are heavily arranged using elements of folk, jazz, classical and bluegrass.

www.mooremossrutter.co.uk

£12

8.00 pm Doors open at 7.30pm
Tickets are available from the club, Nailsea Music Shop or by sending a cheque + SAE to: Nailsea Folk Club, c/o 50 Newton Green, Nailsea, Bristol BS48 4RF
www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk


Thu 25th May 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Mary and Robert Blackberow and Friends

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HF

The Phil Beer Band

The Phil Beer Band performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock.

8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm)

£20 / £18 members and concessions

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/25-may-•-phil-beer-band/


Market House Studio, Castle Cary (above Tourist Information Centre) BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

Sorry about stone stairs, no lift.
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Dances to learn for fun.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 26th May 2017

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

Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater

Phone: 01278 422700

info AT bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk

http://www.angehardy.com/gigs/2017/05/26/bridgwater-arts-centre-duo


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

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships.

7.30 pm

£12.50

http://www.thebrewhouse.net/event/kathryn-roberts-sean-lakeman/


Sat 27th May 2017

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

Phil Beer Band

with support from The Hawthornes

A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event

A spirited fusion of friendship and musicianship, the Phil Beer Band delve into the back catalogues of Phil’s beloved Country, Rock, Folk and Blues influences throughout the years to create their infectious and unique ‘Folk n Roll’ sound. .

8.00 pm

Ticket: £19. No concessions.

www.philbeer.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&products_id=734


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

Acoustic Night

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

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.

7.30 pm

Suggested donation. Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience. Please pay on the door.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=9&products_id=739


Thu 1st Jun 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

Eighteenth Century dance.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.

7.30 - 9.30 pm
£5 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 2nd Jun 2017

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

Sunjay

Sunjay’s style has that natural drift between Folk and Blues and both camps have recognised his obvious flair. There has been a clutch of award nominations, including winning the Wath Festival Young Performers Award.

8.00 pm

Ticket: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

http://www.sunjay.tv

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&products_id=735


Thu 8th Jun 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Aileen Wills and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Sun 11th Jun 2017

Bridport Town Hall DT6 3LF

Historical Dance

(above Tourist Information; access by green door next to Butchers shop, sorry no lift)

Mainly 18th Century dance
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771


Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band workshop

Suitable for all levels and all instruments

Learn to play folk tunes by ear, experiment with chords and arrangements.

£10 in advance/£12 on the door/£25 for 3 consecutive workshops paid in advance

1:30 – 4:30pm

www.laurelswift.co.uk

Julia: 01935 817905 / 07527 508 277


Thu 15th Jun 2017

Ritz Acoustic club, The Ritz Social Club, Victoria Street, Burnham-On-Sea TA8 1AL

Cloudstreet

Aussie/English folk brilliance

£4

8pm

http//www.ritzacoustic.com


Fri 16th Jun 2017

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

Lucy Ward

Lucy Ward is an impressive original songwriter whose unique delivery and breath-taking voice has enchanted audiences the world over. Her music never fails to get to the heart of the human condition with her expressive writing style and warm personality that radiates from the stage.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £13 Full. £12 Concessions.

www.lucywardsings.com

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&products_id=737


Sun 18th Jun 2017

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

No partner needed nor previous experience.
Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
Mainly Tudor.
Musicians welcome for approx. an hour before session to try playing simple accessible dance tunes.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm
Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Thu 22nd Jun 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Gill Spense and Ian Bryson and Co

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Market House Studio, Castle Cary (above Tourist Information Centre) BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

Sorry about stone stairs, no lift.
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Dances to learn for fun.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 30th Jun 2017 to Sun 2nd Jul 2017

Carhampton, Nr Minehead TA24 7TS

West Somerset Folk Festival

Good Company, Graham Collins, Daisybell, Pete Collins, Alice & David Wylde, Acorn Shanty Crew

Events include Singarounds, Workshops, Concert, Morris, Celidh. On site camping. Raising money for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association.

Weekend £15, Camping £5 a night

Contact Mike Dibble: 01643841597

dibblemjd AT talktalk.net

www.westsomersetfolkfestival.co.uk


Fri 30th Jun 2017

Dorchester Town Hall DT1 1HF

A splendid evening of 18th-century dancing

A Georgian Assembly

Music by Baroque trio Doves Figary
Dances from the 1700s, from regal to romps.
No partner or previous experience necessary.
Costume optional but light flexible footwear essential.

Dance practice 4.30 - 6.00 pm
free to Assembly ticket-holders, £2 as "taster" session.

£16 including light supper. Please enquire about concessions.
Booking: 01935 472771 or thedancingmaster AT hotmail.com


£16

Dancing 7.30p - 10.30 pm
led by Ann Hinchliffe, Historical Dance Society.

https://northsquarehistoricaldance.wordpress.com


Thu 6th Jul 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

Tudor dance.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.

7.30 - 9.30 pm
£5 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Jane Thomas and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Sun 9th Jul 2017

Bridport Town Hall DT6 3LF

Historical Dance

(above Tourist Information; access by green door next to Butchers shop, sorry no lift)

Mainly Tudor dance
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771


Tue 11th Jul 2017

Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Dancing Through History

What did dancing mean to Chaucer, Shakespeare and Jane Austen? How did ordinary people dance? How do we know? How did Italian quattrocento dances reach England, what did Charles II call "the old dance of England", and why did ex-slave Ignatius Sancho name a dance tune "Trip to Dillington"? Follow English dancing through five centuries of literature -- and maybe try some! All welcome.

9.45am - 4.00pm
Fee: £52.00

http://www.dillington.com/events/all-courses-date-order/4/dancing-through-history/1361/


Sun 16th Jul 2017

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

No partner needed nor previous experience.
Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
Mainly Tudor.
Musicians welcome for approx. an hour before session to try playing simple accessible dance tunes.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm
Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Thu 20th Jul 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Ivor and Holly (caller TBC)

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Thu 27th Jul 2017

Market House Studio, Castle Cary (above Tourist Information Centre) BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

Sorry about stone stairs, no lift.
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Dances to learn for fun.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Thu 3rd Aug 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

Tudor dance.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.

7.30 - 9.30 pm
£5 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 11th Aug 2017

Bridport

Bridport Folk Festival

More details as and when

https://www.facebook.com/folkbridport2017/


Sat 12th Aug 2017

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

Issy and David Emeney

Melodeon, Guitar, Voices
Husband and wife duo for Eileen Ann's birthday party

A top-class melodeon player with a rare lyrical touch and a fine sense of harmony. Issy is also an excellent composer of sophisticated instrumental pieces.

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 20th Aug 2017

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

No partner needed nor previous experience.
Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
Mainly Tudor.
Musicians welcome for approx. an hour before session to try playing simple accessible dance tunes.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm
Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Thu 24th Aug 2017

Market House Studio, Castle Cary (above Tourist Information Centre) BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

Sorry about stone stairs, no lift.
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Dances to learn for fun.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 1st Sep 2017

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Jim Moray, The Longest Johns

Opening night of Lyme Folk Weekend

£15

Start time: 7.30

Phone: 01297 442138

admin AT lymefolk.com

www.lymefolk.com


Sat 2nd Sep 2017

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Ralph McTell & Wizz Jones, Mitchell & Vincent

Saturday night at Lyme Folk Weekend

£20

7.30 pm

Phone: 01297 442138

admin AT lymefolk.com

www.lymefolk.com


Sun 3rd Sep 2017

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Steve Knightley, Saskia Griffiths-Moore

Lyme Folk Weekend finale

£18

7.30 pm

Phone: 01297 442138

admin AT lymefolk.com

www.lymefolk.com


Thu 7th Sep 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

Tudor dance.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.

7.30 - 9.30 pm
£5 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Wed 13th Sep 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Ian Ladbroke and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Sat 16th Sep 2017

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

Jez Lowe

A double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – for best singer and best new song – was a timely
reminder of Jez Lowe’s standing in the UK acoustic music scene. At Acorn for third time as we highly
regard him – one of the busiest performers in the country.

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 17th Sep 2017

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

No partner needed nor previous experience.
Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
Mainly Tudor.
Musicians welcome for approx. an hour before session to try playing simple accessible dance tunes.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm
Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band workshop

Suitable for all levels and all instruments

Learn to play folk tunes by ear, experiment with chords and arrangements.

£10 in advance/£12 on the door/£25 for 3 consecutive workshops paid in advance

1:30 – 4:30pm

www.laurelswift.co.uk

Julia: 01935 817905 / 07527 508 277


Thu 28th Sep 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Aileen Wills and Jeroka

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Market House Studio, Castle Cary (above Tourist Information Centre) BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

Sorry about stone stairs, no lift.
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Dances to learn for fun.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Thu 5th Oct 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

Tudor dance.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.

7.30 - 9.30 pm
£5 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 6th Oct 2017 to Sun 8th Oct 2017

Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Argyll Scottish Country Dancing Weekend

Suitable for those who already have a good working knowledge of common steps and formations in Scottish Country Dancing, this weekend will provide you with an opportunity to improve your technique, learn new dances and enjoy all social aspects of Scottish Country Dancing. There will be social dancing on Friday, Saturday and classes both Saturday and Sunday morning and an optional workshop on Saturday afternoon. Please note this weekend is not suitable for beginners.

The balance of fees for this weekend will be payable by 11 August 2017.

Tutors: Margo Priestley & Tom McKinley
Musicians: Robert Mackay & Judith Muir

Runs from dinner on Friday to after lunch on Sunday

Res Fee (from): £355.00
Non Res Fee: £239.00
http://www.dillington.com/events/all-courses-date-order/4/argyll-scottish-country-dancing-weekend/1083/


Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Argyll Scottish Country Musicians Weekend

For musicians interested in playing for Scottish Country Dancing within a band; no experience of band playing is required. A practical grounding in all aspects of band musicianship and playing for dancing, drawn from Ian’s experience over 35 years. Learn the characteristics of the Reel, Jig and Strathspey, uniquely Scottish instrumental techniques, phrasing, sequencing and repertoire, the body language associated with drive and lift … and more besides!

Runs from dinner on Friday to after lunch on Sunday
Res Fee (from): £355.00
Non Res Fee: £239.00 What's included?

http://www.dillington.com/events/all-courses-date-order/4/argyll-scottish-country-musicians-weekend/1463/


Sun 8th Oct 2017

Bridport Town Hall DT6 3LF

Historical Dance

(above Tourist Information; access by green door next to Butchers shop, sorry no lift)

Mainly Tudor dance
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771


Thu 12th Oct 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Pip Oxenbury and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 13th Oct 2017 to Sun 15th Oct 2017

Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Singing For Larks - Singing in Harmony Weekend

Singing with others is an exhilarating and liberating experience that everybody can enjoy. Singings for Larks workshops, run by Faith Watson, are based on the tradition of learning songs by ear. This approach makes the joy of singing with others easily accessible to those who are new to singing, whilst offering more experienced singers the opportunity to develop their aural skills. On this Singing in Harmony workshop the songs are drawn from a variety of cultures and styles, from international folk to soul, from golden oldies to original songs. Some are simple and bring instant rewards and some are more complex, taking longer to learn. All the songs are carefully chosen and arranged to inspire people of different abilities and tastes to sing together in perfect harmony.

Runs from dinner on Friday to tea on Sunday

To make a booking telephone the Bookings Office 01460 258613. For further information about Singing for Larks and this course, go to: www.singingforlarks.co.uk or you can contact Faith Watson at Singing for Larks direct: faith AT singingforlarks.co.uk 0161 881 0855.

Res Fee (from): £358.00
Non Res Fee: £254.00 What's included?

http://www.dillington.com/events/all-courses-date-order/4/singing-for-larks-singing-in-harmony-weekend/1084/


Sun 15th Oct 2017

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

No partner needed nor previous experience.
Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
Mainly Tudor.
Musicians welcome for approx. an hour before session to try playing simple accessible dance tunes.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm
Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Sun 22nd Oct 2017

Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band workshop

Suitable for all levels and all instruments

Learn to play folk tunes by ear, experiment with chords and arrangements.

£10 in advance/£12 on the door/£25 for 3 consecutive workshops paid in advance

1:30 – 4:30pm

www.laurelswift.co.uk

Julia: 01935 817905 / 07527 508 277


Thu 26th Oct 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Rosie Shaw and Ian Bradenton and Co

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Market House Studio, Castle Cary (above Tourist Information Centre) BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

Sorry about stone stairs, no lift.
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Dances to learn for fun.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Thu 2nd Nov 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

Tudor dance.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.

7.30 - 9.30 pm
£5 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Thu 9th Nov 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Eileen Nightingale and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Sun 12th Nov 2017

Bridport Town Hall DT6 3LF

Historical Dance

(above Tourist Information; access by green door next to Butchers shop, sorry no lift)

Mainly Tudor dance
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771


Sun 19th Nov 2017

Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band workshop

Suitable for all levels and all instruments

Learn to play folk tunes by ear, experiment with chords and arrangements.

£10 in advance/£12 on the door/£25 for 3 consecutive workshops paid in advance

1:30 – 4:30pm

www.laurelswift.co.uk

Julia: 01935 817905 / 07527 508 277


Thu 23rd Nov 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Jane Thomas and Amycrofters

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Market House Studio, Castle Cary (above Tourist Information Centre) BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

Sorry about stone stairs, no lift.
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Dances to learn for fun.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Thu 7th Dec 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Robert and Mary Blackberow and Friends

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Thu 21st Dec 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Simon Mapleson and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Sat 20th Jan 2018

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

Alice and David Wylde

Party night with an American flavour
Traditional Appalachian Ballads,
Old-time, Traditional Gospel, and Country Songs.
Bring and Share Buffet. Decorated Hat Competition.

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 18th Mar 2018

Eileen Ann's Home

Acorn Folk Club informal singaround

With tea and cakes!

3.00 - 6.00 pm

Contact Eileen Ann for details and so she knows how many people to expect.

acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com

www.acornfolkclub.co.uk


Sat 19th May 2018

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

Flossie Malavialle

Legendary French Blue/Jazz Singer - not to be missed
“Flossie has a voice as clear and tuneful as a lark, with a pureness of quality to stop you in your
tracks in the forest of a song”. “Flossie’s great! She came over from France and wowed everybody with her sensational voice, her gutsy guitar style, eclectic repertoire and franglais patter”

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


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