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Thu 11th Feb 2016

The Farmers Arms (at West Hatch, near Taunton) TA3 5RS

Mitchell and Vincent

David Mitchell and Graham Vincent play a lively mix of traditional tunes and songs from around the British Isles on Fiddle and Classical Guitar which combine interesting arrangements with great folk music.
Based in Dorset and Somerset, Mitchell and Vincent have performed all over the South West of England and as far afield as The Netherlands playing at all sorts of events and festivals, supporting Tim Edey, Archie Fisher MBE and Kate Rusby along the way.
They have been described as ‘Musicians who tell stories with their melodies’, 'A breath of fresh air' as well as giving a concert of 'breath-taking music and performance'.
Lyme Folk Weekend described one of Mitchell and Vincent's performances as 'Bringing the crowd to tears one moment and their feet the next'.

Web site: www.mitchellandvincent.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mitchellandvincent
Twitter:  AT mitchellandvin plus  AT mitchellandvinc
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/MitchellandVincent

The Farmers Arms is a converted farmhouse and retains many original features such as exposed stone walls and wooden beams.
http://www.farmersarmssomerset.co.uk/
https://www.facebook.com/farmersarmswh

8:30pm

Contact David Mitchell

mitchellandvincent AT gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/1511353622503024/


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

Martin Harley

Martin Harley is a phenomenally talented guitarist, singer and songwriter he fronts the highly praised UK-based acoustic trio; The Martin Harley Band. Martin’s new album MOJO FIX was recorded in Texas and is released in the UK in February 2013. Mojo Fix comes on the heels of four critically celebrated albums, years of touring and countless festivals that have built Martin a strong and solid fan-base spanning the globe.
Martin is a deeply important and respected voice in the evolution of popular blues and folk oriented guitar and vocals. He is now expanding on his international success with recent time spent in the US recording and touring including his band’s recent November ‘12 feature performance at the LIVE IN THE VINEYARD music festival in Napa, California.
A life long devotee of acoustic guitar music, especially the ageless blues/roots sounds, Martin has travelled the globe absorbing a plethora of diverse influences and honing his craft into the classic song-writing style he possesses today.
Renowned for his prowess as a slide guitarist, he is almost unique in the UK in his playing lap slide. In other areas and styles, however, he has proved himself a master guitarist and a consistently astounding songwriter. Look for Martin’s videos “Winter Coat” and “Love In the Afternoon”, and a live version of the new single “Mojo Fix” taken from the new album of the same name.

8.00 pm

£12

www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Fri 12th Feb 2016

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

Julian Dawson

Local artiste, Julian Dawson is well-known in North America and especially in Germany, where he has had many chart successes. Julian is a world-class harmonica player, at home in classic UK Pop, Folk, Country and Blues music circles. Recently, he found Top Ten success as a record producer for German Pop star, Wolfgang Niedecken, and as an author with his definitive biography of Nicky Hopkins.

Tickets: £13 Full. £12 Concessions.

www.juliandawson.com

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


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Tom McConville

The Newcastle Fiddler, Tom McConville makes a welcome return to Wessex Acoustic. Brush up on your Geordie vowels and enjoy a night of blissful music and song.
Supporting Tom is the delightful duo Gill & Bob Berry, organisers of Devizes Folk Club and Chippenham Folk Festival. Traditional singing at its very best.

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

8.15 pm (doors approx 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239 or 07590411515

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Cheese and Grain, Frome BA11 1BE

Mad Dog Mcrea

Mad Dog Mcrea raise hands, lift feet and start parties wherever they play with their dance-demanding recipe of folk, pop, rock, jazz and bluegrass. Whisking up whistles, fiddles and mandolins to spectacular and infectious effect, these musical magicians are synonymous not only with a damn good party but also with quality musicianship and the odd surprise.
Thanks to three storming gigs at Glastonbury 2013 (notably the Avalon Stage), the release of their official video Happy Bus, regular radio play by esteemed folk such as Mike Harding, and in no small part the utter dedication of their huge fan base - momentum is definitely gathering pace.
Mad Dog Mcreas name is firmly established on the live music scene, and they are in huge demand from festivals, live music venues and traffic wardens across the country. They were named Best Live Act at the 2012 South West Music Awards, and in the same awards in 2011 their last album The Whirling Dervish scooped Best Album of the Year. Two more nominations are secured for the 2013 awards.

8.00 pm

£14.00

http://www.cheeseandgrain.co.uk/


Kimmeridge Village Hall BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band with callers Dawn Skye & Graham Taylor

A special pre pre Valentines night dance. No bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles! Tickets on the door - no need to book.

£2.50 adults, £1 children

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


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

The Zen Hussies

This event is a standing gig with seating down both sides of the Auditorium.
It has been some time now since the fledgling Zen Hussies emerged as a highly original and stylistically refreshing live act out of the heady musical crucible of Bath and Bristol back in 2001.
The six piece energetic musical behemoth draw on various influences including Vintage Rock and Roll, Rhythm and Blues, Ska, Pre-War Jazz, Mariachi Brass and Soulful Latino – all infused with a feisty Post-Punk attitude and a terribly English sensibility. The much deserved reputation they hold for winning over the toughest of audiences is a testament to their charm, musicality and good humour and it is perhaps these characteristics that has ensured their longevity as a band and a large and faithful allegiance of followers.
2015 see the release of their 4th album, ‘The Charm Account’. With titles as intriguing as ‘Quafftide’, ‘Party Sarnie’, ‘Devils Doorbell’ and ‘Life’s a Gas Bill’, The Charm Account is an album full of surprise, satire and sexiness, and is a refreshing antidote to the woes and weariness of modern life.

www.zenhussies.com
twitter.com/zenhussies
www.facebook.com/zenhussies

Doors: 7:30pm Event Starts: 8:00pm Event Ends: 10:30pm
Tickets £10.00 (Door Price: £12.00)

http://www.chapelarts.org/


Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett

For what might be their Final tour, the Godfather of "Grunge Folk" Wild Willy Barrett and front-man John Otway, with the preview gig for their "Final Straw Tour" All the usual classic Otway tunes including the Big Hit "Cor Baby That's Really Free" and the much heralded "Beware of The Flowers, you Know they are Gonna Get You........!"

£15

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458 831255

s.sturt AT live.co.uk

hawthornshotel.com


Hatch Beauchamp Village Hall TA3 6SG

Martin Harley

Master of the slide-guitar sings the Blues

Martin Harley is a phenomenally talented guitarist, singer and songwriter. His latest album Mojo Fix was recorded in Texas, and comes on the heels of four critically celebrated albums, years of international touring and countless festivals that have built Martin a strong and solid fan-base spanning the globe.
Notable festival appearances include Bottle Rock and Cognac Blues in the US, Glastonbury and Beautiful Days in the UK and many more. Renowned for his prowess as a slide-guitarist, he is almost unique in the UK in playing lap slide. In other areas and styles, however, he has proved himself a master guitarist and a consistently astounding songwriter.
Check out Martin’s videos Winter Coat, Love In the Afternoon and Mojo Fix taken from the album of the same name.

www.martinharley.com

7.00 pm

£10 (inc ploughmans, bring your own drinks)

Tickets via 01823 481909 or buy via the website
http://www.takeart.org/

A TakeArt presentation


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Ewan McClennan

Ewan McLennan is a Scottish folk musician and singer-songwriter.
He has, in a short space of time, come to be known as a guitarist at the
very forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller
cut in the old style; a singer that can move audiences with his passion
and pathos; and a songwriter for whom social justice is still a burning
issue.

www.ewanmclennan.co.uk

8.00pm Tickets £10

Ticket Hotline - 01275 790915
Club Web-site - www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk


Sat 13th Feb 2016

Kinson Community Centre, Milhams Road, Bournemouth BH10 7LH

Carol Hewson with Pete & Sue Hall

Bournemouth (Westhill) Folk Dance Club is holding its annual Spring Dance. All welcome.
Bring and share supper.

£9.00

7.30 p.m. - 10.30 p.m.

Contact Liz Neal: 01202 572196

cerameed51 AT gmail.com

www.bournemouthfolkdanceclub.btck.co.uk


West Coker Village Hall BA22 9AL

Martin Harley

Master of the slide-guitar sings the Blues

Martin Harley is a phenomenally talented guitarist, singer and songwriter. His latest album Mojo Fix was recorded in Texas, and comes on the heels of four critically celebrated albums, years of international touring and countless festivals that have built Martin a strong and solid fan-base spanning the globe.
Notable festival appearances include Bottle Rock and Cognac Blues in the US, Glastonbury and Beautiful Days in the UK and many more. Renowned for his prowess as a slide-guitarist, he is almost unique in the UK in playing lap slide. In other areas and styles, however, he has proved himself a master guitarist and a consistently astounding songwriter.
Check out Martin’s videos Winter Coat, Love In the Afternoon and Mojo Fix taken from the album of the same name.

www.martinharley.com

£10/£6 concs/£20 family (2+2 or 1+3)

Tickets from 01935 862394 or buy online via the website

http://www.takeart.org/

A TakeArt presentation


Mon 15th Feb 2016

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

Peter Knight's Gigspanner

Since his departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process has firmly established their burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene. British traditional music forms the bedrock of the trio's repertoire, but the approach is what sets it apart...leaving enough room with the arrangements to spread and stretch the music in the moment. In Peter's own words "there is nothing more exciting than finding yourself lost in a new layer of inspiring and spontaneous music". But taking it even further, subliminal, multicultural influences are fed into the mix, flirting audaciously with French, Cajun, Cuban and even Eastern European traditions.

£14/£12 concessions

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Thu 18th Feb 2016

Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Theo Bard

Theo Bard, East London singer songwriter. Sharp lyrics, a deft ear for melody and a knack for a killer hook.

A leading figure in the East London music scene, Theo is a skilled lyricist and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, violin, bass), with intelligent lyrics and a deft ear for melody. His songs celebrate love, friendships and good times, the thrills and spills of busking in London’s markets, and his legendary Woodburner music nights in Hackney.
Always delivered in the direct and frank narrative style that marks him out as an exceptional songwriter, his songs are borne of a lifetime steeped in music and song. He played violin from the age of four, spent his childhood singing round campfires at Forest School Camps, and honed his craft busking in London’s busy markets.
He is also the man behind the legendary Woodburner Music. Woodburner has grown into a heady experience that regularly attracts 100s of revellers a week to its summer season at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden. Woodburner has hosted performances from the likes of Johnny Flynn and Nick Mulvey, as well as hosting events and stages at the likes of the Southbank Centre and Wilderness Festival.
Theo kick-started 2015 with extensive touring in the UK, Belgium and Germany, and he's had a busy summer of touring and festivals with appearances at Glastonbury, Wilderness, Camp Bestival and a host of others.
His first solo EP, You Give, which he wrote and produced himself, was released in October 2015 and is available to buy on Bandcamp and all the usual digital channels.

“£5.00

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458 831255

s.sturt AT live.co.uk

hawthornshotel.com


Rook Lane Chapel, Bath Street, Frome BA11 1DN

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner

Since his departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process has firmly established their burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene.
Hailed by Songlines as "another milestone in folk's rebirth of cool" there is however far more to Gigspanner than meets the eye.
As expected, traditional music forms the bedrock of the trio's repertoire, but the approach is what sets it apart...leaving enough room with the arrangements to spread and stretch the music in the moment.
Gigspanner has garnered a reputation for dismantling traditional music and song and reassembling it in an intriguing, imaginative and beautiful way, leading fRoots to write "Peter Knight shows a willingness to turn the expected inside out and place it back as neatly as it was before being taken"
2016 has started on a high-note for Gigspanner, with Peter being awarded Fatea Magazine's 'Best Instrumentalist of 2015' accolade, and Gigspanner's latest album 'Layers of Ages' appearing on several 'Best Albums of 2015' lists, which include those compiled by R2 Magazine, The Telegraph and BBC Radio Merseyside.

Listen to Gigspanner: https://soundcloud.com/peter-knights-gigspanner

Website:www.gigspanner.com

£15.00

8.00pm

Contact Rook Lane Chapel: 01373 468040

ClaireCarroll AT nvbarchitects.co.uk

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/peter-knights-gigspanner-tickets-20414657791


Dorchester County Museum DT1 1XA

Damian Clarke

A lunchtime concert played by Damian Clarke on the Hammer Dulcimer and Hurdy Gurdy. Songs and tunes from around the Celtic world and some self compositions. Damian is one of the leading Dulcimer players in the UK, he is one of a handful who sings as well as plays on these instruments. He is a professional folk player, who has been playing around Europe for over 25 years and he has just come back from playing in the USA.

Free (£3 donation suggested)

1.00 - 2.00 pm

Contact Damian Clarke: 01305 267510

voxpopontheroad AT yahoo.co.uk

www.damianclarke.co.uk


Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Theo Bard

After an inspiring month in Morocco where he’s been writing new songs and learning some Guimbri and Gnawa music, acclaimed East London singer-songwriter Theo Bard is out on the road for a 10 date solo UK tour. Kicking off with an appearance at Remixed Festival, London’s finest celebration of emerging musical talent, Theo’s tour will see him visit Norwich, Nottingham, Bristol, Glastonbury, Cardiff, Stroud, Plymouth and Bridport before returning to London for a final show at the award-winning Green Note in Camden.
He will be in Glastonbury at The Hawthorn’s Hotel on Thursday 18 February, where, along with material from his recently released You Give EP, there can be no doubt he will be introducing audiences to brand new songs inspired by his time in Morocco. Thursday night is The Hawthorn Hotel’s legendary Curry Club, so Theo will be adding additional flavour to owner Simon Sturt’s spicy offerings. Entry is free.
A leading figure in the East London music scene who has shared the stage with the likes of Johnny Flynn, Kate Tempest and Nick Mulvey, Theo is a skilled lyricist and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, violin, bass), with intelligent lyrics and a deft ear for melody. His songs celebrate love, friendships and good times, the thrills and spills of busking in London’s markets, and his legendary Woodburner music nights in Hackney. His first album, released under the name Bard, drew accolades from BBC Scotland’s Bruce McGregor and Songlines Magazine among others.
Always delivered in the direct and frank narrative style that marks him out as an exceptional songwriter, his songs are borne of a lifetime steeped in music and song. He played violin from the age of four, spent his childhood singing round campfires at Forest School Camps, and honed his craft busking in London’s busy markets.
His You Give EP, released in October 2015, featuring the “splendidly atmospheric” (R2 Magazine) single Evil Eyes, was produced by Theo himself, and features some prestigious musical talent including virtuosic violinist Max Baillie (recently featured on BBC1 Proms Extra) and Tansay Omar (Bjork, Boy George) on drums.

Watch the video for Evil Eyes: https://youtu.be/uK5kG-ZB_Ho

For further information, contact Katie Smith, katie AT woodburnermusic.co.uk | 0777 6431789
www.theobard.com | www.facebook.com/theobardmusic | www.soundcloud.com/theobard


The Courtyard, Market Street, Yeovil BA20 1HZ

Folk & Roots Night

Third Thursday Every Month
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

Performers mailMusic AT BearCatCollective.co.uk

18th Feb, 17th Mar, 21 Apr, 19 May, 16 Jun,
21 Jul, 18 Aug, 15 Sep, 20 Oct, 17 Nov,
15 Dec 2016


Sat 20th Feb 2016

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

Jamie Smith's Mabon

One of the most highly-accomplished and critically-acclaimed Interceltic/World/Roots bands in Britain today, JSM have built their reputation on outstanding original compositions and virtuoso performances.
They are hailed as one of Britain’s ‘must see’ live acts as their music travels beyond borders to explore the forms and styles of the Celtic traditions. The release of their highly anticipated fifth album, ‘The Space Between’, sees the band take to the stage with a refreshed set, performing favourite tracks alongside new material.

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.

www.jamiesmithsmabon.com

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


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

Wellington Acoustic Music Club

If you enjoy listening to acoustic music in a relaxed atmosphere, come along to the Arts Centre ba! r and have a listen.

If you enjoy playing acoustic music to like-minded people - come along and join in. It doesnt matter what instrument you play - we have guitarists, violinists, flautists, pianists, accordion players, percussionists... and more besides that!

It doesnt matter how good you are - all abilities are welcomed... we all started somewhere!

Theres no charge, but donations are welcomed.

The bar is open throughout the evening for you to moisten your vocal chords!

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

Box Office: Just Turn Up!
Direct Event Link
http://www.w-a-a.co.uk/e.php?e=817


Tue 23rd Feb 2016

Drax Arms Bere Regis BH20 7HH

Andy Stone, Doc Clarke's Remedy, Rod Jenkins and Jason Hinchey

Folk Night

Hosted by Paul Openshaw, Richard & Lesley Quayle

Start time: 8.00 pm

Contact Lesley or Richard: 07884 364516

DraxArmsFolkNight AT groups.facebook.com

http://www.draxfolk.org.uk/


Wed 24th Feb 2016

The Davis Hall, West Camel BA22 7QX

Camelot Music Night

Over the years, Camelot Music Nights fast moving, professionally run stage has attracted national and international artists. Unlike conventional "open mic nights", Camelot Music Night books most of its acts in advance to create a night of musical diversity where audiences can expect an extraordinary variety of styles, genres and performers.
Last Wednesday every month
Bar, Raffle, Caption Competition


Doors open 7.30, £4 on the door

For more info phone 01935 851556
The Davis Hall, West Camel BA22 7QX


Thu 25th Feb 2016

The Lyric Theatre, Bridport DT6 3LX

Hiraeth Twmpath Band

A theatre production followed by a Twmpath - a Welsh ceilidh

Desperate to leave, Bud wrestles with the knowledge that her departure sounds the death knell for the family farm. Leaving five generations of tradition behind her as she sets out alone into the big smoke...

With live music and Welsh cakes, award-winning lo-fi comedy 'Hiraeth' explores the decline of Welsh tradition and identity through one woman's struggle to escape and let go. Hiraeth is a Welsh word with no direct translation. It;s a mixture of homesickness and an intense form of longing or nostalgia.

After an interval, finish the night by dancing it away with the Hiraeth Twmpath Band! Join Buddug, David, Max and Tom for an evening of folk music from across the British Isles. Strip the Willow, dance the Ffarmers Jig, Buddug will teach you Cylch Y Cymry and polka to Gay Gordon's. Twmpath is a Welsh word literally meaning a hump or tump, once applied to the mound or village green upon which the musicians sat and played for the community to dance. It is the Welsh equivalent to a Scottish Ceilidh.

Winner of 'Best Production in the English Language' at the Wales Theatre Awards 2015. Winner of the IdeasTap Underbelly Award 2014. Tour presented by house: www.housetheatre.org.uk

Age guide 11+

7:30pm - 9:30pm

Tickets £12 available from Bridport Arts Centre: 01308 424204 / www.bridport-arts.com and Box Office Coffee. Doors and bar open from 7pm.

Phone: 01308 424204

www.the-lyric.com


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

Luke Daniels - Revolve & Rotate, The Polyphon Chronicles

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Luke is one of the UK's most gifted and inventive musicians, forging a reputation as front man in his own right and as a virtuoso melodeon player for Ian Anderson, De Dannan, Riverdance and The Cara Dillon Band.

Luke's latest project, Revolve and Rotate is a suite of six new pieces played on a restored c1880 Polyphon machine, combined with live performance. The extraordinary music created by this perfect alignment of musical creativity and Victorian master engineering remains a vital chapter in the development of British popular music.

Luke will be giving a free pre-show demonstration at 6.30

£12 / £10

8.00 pm (Pre-show Talk at 6.30)

Contact Sarah Patten: 01278 422700

sarah AT bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk

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


Fri 26th Feb 2016

Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

Casterbridge band with caller Ruth Thompson

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 btinternet.com


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

Cara Dillon (support Phil King)

If you don’t know the voice of Cara Dillon, you’re in for a treat! If you are already amongst her legions of admirers around the world, you know you have something special in store.
'A Thousand Hearts', Cara Dillon’s fifth solo album, is a small masterpiece of song and emotion, beautifully honed and perfectly true. She has won every Folk award going, but confesses to being no purist, making music that reaches beyond the constraints and limitations of tradition.

After appearing in critically-acclaimed shows at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, The Barbican and The National Theatre, Phil King – who is a two-time Venue Roots Artist of the Year - returns to the South West for this special show ahead of the release of his new studio album in April.

Tickets: £20. No concessions.

www.caradillon.co.uk www.phil-king.net

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


Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY

Fairport Convention

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

This year’s Winter Tour will feature a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and new material from their most recent studio album Myths And Heroes which was released in 2015. The concerts will also feature an opening performance by Brighouse-based singer-songwriter Roger Davies whose quirky and entertaining songs reflect his love of Yorkshire and its people.

Fairport Convention have attracted critical acclaim: the band won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award; Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s groundbreaking album Liege & Lief The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time and their story has been celebrated with a major documentary on BBC Four television.

Fairport Convention features Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.

Whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music an evening with Fairport Convention is sure to surprise and delight you.

Doors 7pm / starts 8pm
£22 (£21+ £1 bf) advance / £24 door
or online £23.10 (£21 + £1.90 bf) from seetickets.com:

http://www.electricpalace.org.uk


Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Bob Gallie

We are pleased to welcome back Bob Gallie, The Taunton based Welsh singer/songwriter, and all round good bloke, in many ways it’s a real crime that Bob has so many good songs that aren’t heard by a wider audience, but on the other hand that’s why you should go and watch him. I bought an album from him the first time I witnessed him perform and so I’m well versed with a number of fantastic tunes that I can listen to at my leisure, but even in writing my review I can’t recall each of his well-crafted compositions because there isn’t a reference point to find them. One would hope that as more discover this hidden gem more of his music may go down onto recordings.
Two tracks I can recall and eulogise over came within a hat-trick of belters near the end of an exceptional performance that confirmed my belief that this was in the top three Glastonbury gigs of the year. Bob floored audiences with a cover version of Radiohead’s “High & Dry” before delivering his anthem, “Oh Mexico,” a song about a chap he met who upped sticks with a modest amount of money to his name and aimed to live out his days in the Central American country. It’s one of those songs that easily lends itself to a sing-along, even if you’re hearing it for the first time, and it’s always beautifully performed. That would have been a fitting end and looked like it would be as The Arthur’s licence forbids live music after 11pm, but as the crowd chanted for more Gallie offered to deliver an unplugged finale, which came in the form of “Cathedral Skies.”

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458 831255

s.sturt AT live.co.uk

hawthornshotel.com


Rook Lane Chapel, Bath Street, Frome BA11 1DN

Martha Tilston: The Oxygen Tour

With a voice like spiderwebbed hollows and lyrics that inspire and captivate, Martha Tilston has developed a successful musical career with a large and loyal following worldwide.
She has performed on some of the worlds most prestigious stages and festivals, recording with Zero 7, winning nominations for the BBC Music awards and generating 5 star reviews internationally. Her new tour is a sparky union of folk, acoustic, trip-hop and electronica. She entwines raw vocals, sparkling melodies and thought-provoking lyrics with filmic movements and earthy baselines. To see them live is to connect with longed-for parts of ourselves.

Doors 7pm//7:30pm

Tickets £17.02 ((I assume that includes a booking fee - Steve))

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/martha-tilston-the-oxygen-tour-tickets-19148768482

http://www.rooklane.org.uk


Sat 27th Feb 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
Email - General enquiries info AT thedavidhall.org.uk
Tickets etc. boxoffice AT thedavidhall.org.uk


Cerne Abbas Village Hall DT2 7GY

Captain Thunderbolt and Angela Laycock

Ceilidh/barndance

Bar available and ploughmans supper incl. in ticket price. Proceeds in aid of Cerne Valley Cricket Club.

Tickets from Cerne Abbas Stores or contact 01305 753411 or 07799 211194

£10 or £30 family (group of 4 max. 2 adults) in advance. £11/£35 on the door (if available).

Doors open 7pm music 7.30 - 11pm.

Contact Cerne Valley Cricket Club: 01305 753411/07799 211194

davmilner AT gmail.com


Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QB

Hiraeth Twmpath Band

Desperate to leave home, Bud wrestles with the knowledge that her departure sounds the death knell for the family farm. Leaving five generations of tradition behind her as she sets out alone into the big smoke…
With live music and welsh cakes, award-winning Hiraeth explores the decline of Welsh tradition and identity through one woman’s struggle to escape and let go.
Winner of ‘Best Production in the English Language’ at the Wales Theatre Awards 2015. Winner of the IdeasTap Underbelly Award 2014.

book via the website or call the box office on 01297 442138

Matinee 2.00pm

Full price: £10.00
Concessions: £8.00
TheatreFriends Discount Available
LYT members come for £1!
Free to Lyme Regis Passport Holders

The show runs for 1 hour show, interval, then the Twmpath (Welsh Ceilidh) as the second half.

http://www.marinetheatre.com


Sun 28th Feb 2016

Chalk and Cheese, Maiden Newton DT2 0BD

Music session

Sunday 28th February
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PLEASE NOTE: This is the 4th Sunday and not the 3rd as usual. Many apologies to the Trooper for clashing with you.
This session tends to be English and you can't get much more English than the session we had last time! Excellent.
All welcome to play, listen or bring a friend along for a drink and chat with a backdrop of great traditional music.

7:30 - 10:45

Contact Ruth or Colin Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


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

North Sea Gas

North Sea Gas are : Dave Gilfillan , Ronnie MacDonald and Grant Simpson.
As part of their English 2016 tour Edinburgh's award winning band return to The Chapel Arts with songs and stories from their latest album “Fire In The Glen” and from previous recordings.They will entertain you in the “Scottish Spirit” with an array of instruments, tremendous three part harmonies and great craic.

www.northseagas.co.uk

Doors: 7:30pm Event Starts: 8:00pm Event Ends: 10:30pm
Starting at: £10.00 (Door Price: £12.00)

http://www.chapelarts.org


Tue 1st Mar 2016

Pilgrim House, Hope Square, Weymouth DT4 8TU

Singers night

Pat Green is hosting this night. Get your name on the list at the door. Singers free, otherwise £3.

7.30 for 8pm

Contact Pat Green: 01305 821611

patriciagreen5 AT sky.com

facebook/quaystage


Wed 2nd Mar 2016

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

Phil Beer Band

A unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock.
The highly popular line up comprises Gareth Turner (Little Johnny England), Steve Crickett (Arizona Smoke Review), Nick Quarmby (Colvin Quarmby), Olivia Dunn (Mad Dog McCree) and of course, Phil Beer and promises to deliver a lively cocktail of folk, rock, country and blues once again this year.

8:00PM

Adults from £18
Students from £16

Box Office: 01823 283 244

http://www.thebrewhouse.net


Fri 4th Mar 2016

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

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club: Ruth Thompson, fiddle and Chris Toyne, accordion with Angela Laycock

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.

£5

7.30 for 7.45 until 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184

jenny_harrison_1123 AT yahoo.co.uk


Cheese and Grain, Frome BA11 1BE

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Two of the British folk scenes most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener.
Twin daughters and a folk-rock whirlwind forced Kathryn Roberts (Vocals / Piano / Woodwind), and Sean Lakeman (Guitar), to sideline their popular duo performances in the mid noughties. After almost a decade, 2012 saw a spectacular return in conjunction with their critically acclaimed album ‘Hidden People’. Awards and much praise followed and the couple re-established themselves as one of the top British folk duos.
With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk.

8.00 pm

£14.00

http://www.cheeseandgrain.co.uk/


Sat 5th Mar 2016

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

Liam Robinson Band with Liam calling

Bridport Ceilidh

Seen and much enjoyed at Sidmouth, it's great to have secured Liam and crew for our 3rd ceilidh of the year.

Bring your own alcohol and finger food supper to share.
Buy in advance from Lime Tree Deli, The Music Shop, 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 yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


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

Leveret (support Hannah Cumming)

Leveret features three of England’s finest musicians in an exciting collaboration. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument and are involved in numerous collaborations with a huge range of artistes.
Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English Tradition but is fresh and new, with original settings of ancient tunes sitting alongside new compositions by some of today’s finest tunesmiths.

Hannah Cumming has a passion for Traditional English Folk songs as well as Acoustic and Popular music, drawing inspiration from Nancy Kerr, Seth Lakeman and Jackie Oates. Hannah embraces these and creates unique arrangements to suit each song along with her sweet but haunting voice.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.

www.leveretband.com www.hannahc-fiddlesing.weebly.com

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


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

The Border Players, with Gill Spence calling

A change of band after two unfortunately fell by the wayside; 'The Border Players' are a new line-up by Iain Bryden.

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 yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Broadstone Memorial Hall, 7 Tudor Road Broadstone, Poole BH18 8AW

Bursledon Village Band with Lisa Purkiss

No bar or food - please bring own drinks and snacks (not an American-style supper though).

£8.00

7.30 pm - 11.00 pm

Contact Geoff Knapman: 01202 602221 or 07532 017942

brmm AT gknapman.co.uk

www.bournerivermorris.org.uk


Ruishton Village Hall, Ruishton, near Taunton TA3 5JD

South West Quires Day

An opportunity to sing and play the music of the village church quires with some band music that would have been in their repertoire for the local dances.

£8

10.00am – 5.00pm

For further details and an application form, please contact Jacqueline Patten: patten AT kerlistz.freeserve.co.uk.


Tue 8th Mar 2016

Grove Sports Centre, St Marys Grove BS48 4NQ

Nailsea Folk Club presents: ‘Harmony For Holly’

Featuring The Six Five Specials

This special fund raising evening is to help provide Holly (a young mother of two who has a rare form of cancer) with vital therapy not available to her on the NHS. We will have our regular floor spots for the first half, a beer break and raffle, then sit back and enjoy the great sounds of the Six Five Specials. Please come and enjoy the evening and help Holly too.

On this occasion we will make a charge on the door of £3, and plan to have a raffle. In the true spirit of the NFC tradition if anyone would like to donate a prize(s) that would be very welcome too and maybe a nibble for half time.

We hope the room will be full to bursting, please come and enjoy a lovely friendly evening of music.

((This is a Nailsea Folk Club Singers & Musicians Night 'special' -- Steve))

8pm (note the early start).

Enquiries to Nigel 01934 838899.


Wed 9th Mar 2016

Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Kirsty McGee

A special "Bonus" Gig with one of the countries leading acoustic singer/songwriters. A founder member of the "Hobopop Collective"

In 2000 McGee won the Northwest songwriting competition organised by the Buskers' Ball and recorded her first release under her own name; Rock & Roll. The recording cemented her interest and reputation in the acoustic genre and led to her signing with Ugly Man Records. McGee recorded an album for Ugly Man entitled Little Things which was never released, although the title track and original artwork sketches by Peter Seal were included in the re-release of Honeysuckle in 2010.
McGee has worked in the studio with producers John Wood, Boo Hewerdine, Neill MacColl, Mike West and Mat Martin. In 2002 she signed to Fellside Records for her first full-length release, Honeysuckle.[2] The album won her a nomination for Best Newcomer (2003) at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2003. Her second album Frost, released by Park Records in 2004 followed this up with a nomination for Best Original Song (Coffee Coloured Strings) in 2005.[3]
McGee's third album Two Birds was released in 2006, also by Park Records, and was her last release before setting up her own Hobopop Recordings label in 2007.[4] Two EPs followed: Sapho & Phao EP, a collection of settings of songs from John Lyly's play Sapho and Phao (1584); and Hobopop EP, which features early versions of songs later recorded for her fourth full studio album The Kansas Sessions (2008) along with cover versions of songs by Mike West and Kreg Viesselman.[5]
The Kansas Sessions was recorded in West's studio in Lawrence, KS using local musicians during the winter of 2007, and released in 2008 by Hobopop Recordings. In the same year McGee and long-term collaborator Mat Martin formed the core of The Hobopop Collective, a group dedicated to performing McGee's songs in various formats (from duo to 10-piece band). The group was premiered at the 2008 Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, opening for Capercaillie,[6] and went on to perform McGee's material from 2008–2011 in collaboration with many guest artists including Karine Polwart, Inge Thomson and Christopher Cundy. The project was documented on the album No.5, a concert recorded at Manchester's Contact Theatre on 10 October 2009, and released by Hobopop Recordings in 2010. The album also features an appearance from James Steel of The Brute Chorus, who McGee collaborated with again in 2010 on a split single, Wife / Alligator Teeth.
McGee also re-released her debut album Honeysuckle in 2010 as a free download.
In January 2011, McGee was nominated for The 10th Annual Independent Music Awards under the Live Performance category for No.5.[7] The album won its category in the public vote later that year.
McGee now performs in a variety of formats, from solo to band line-ups featuring members of the Hobopop Collective and other guests. Her sixth album, Contraband was released in 2012 and also features new collaborations with artists including Danny Schmidt, Carrie Elkin and Myshkin.
In 2013 her song Sandman, originally featured on 2008's The Kansas Sessions was featured in the film Trance, directed by Danny Boyle, and was subsequently re-released by Hobopop Recordings as a single in April of that year. The song features in a love scene during the film, and a cover version by Rosario Dawson is featured on the film's OST. A motif from the song is also featured throughout Rick Smith's film score

£5.00

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458 831255

s.sturt AT live.co.uk

hawthornshotel.com


Fri 11th Mar 2016

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

The Black Feathers

Formed in 2012, The Black Feathers duo have been busy touring the world, captivating audiences as they go. Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler draw their influences from a number of high-quality wells - Americana and Folk influences rub shoulders even as edgy Rock sensibilities peek through the tight-as-blood harmonies.
Their spirited, home-recorded demos burst with promise and have helped The Black Feathers waltz their way onto many stages, including the prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival and the hyper-cool Maverick Festival.

Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

8.00 pm

www.theblackfeathers.com

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


Mr Punch's Folk Club, The New Inn, Wedmore BS28 4DU

Open Mic featuring Marianne McAleer

bcoulter AT talktalk.net


Kimmeridge Village Hall BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band with all our favourite callers

English Ceilidh/Barn Dance

A special party night to mark the very last Kimmeridge Keilidh in our old Village Hall. We have invited all our regular callers to do a couple of dances each. Bring your own drinks & finger food to share!

£2.50 adults £1 children

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Sat 12th Mar 2016

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

Martin Simpson

There is no doubt that after 45 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.
There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. His 15 years living in the US were well spent. In addition his own songwriting has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic, “Love Never Dies” to the profoundly moving “Never Any Good” and "One Day".
His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Hawley, Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danny Thompson, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon, David Lindley, Roy Bailey, Martin Taylor, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller, Dick Gaughan, Dom Flemons and many more.
Martin has been nominated an astounding 27 times in the fifteen years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer - with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. 2008 saw an incredible 5 nominations for "Prodigal Son' and 2 wins, whilst in 2010 he had an unprecedented 6 nominations for his CD, "True Stories" and a win for Best Traditional Track, "Sir Patrick Spens". 2012's nominations for Martin include, Best Album for 'Purpose & Grace", Best Traditional Track for "The Lakes Of Ponchartrain" and Best Musician. In 2014 his album, 'Vagrant Stanzas' was nominated for Album Of The Year, but it was a member of The Full English that he collectively took home awards that year, for Best Group and Album Of The Year. 2015 saw him working in a new trio with the wonderful Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr and they also released an album together, 'Murmurs', to wide, critical acclaim. He is currently working on new material for his next solo album.
Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.

Shelley Theatre is a lovely 19th century theatre, which has recently been beautifully restored. Capacity is 150. Seating is very comfortable.
Tickets for our folk concerts are only available from the Shelley Theatre. There is no service charge on tickets. Seating plan is on their website; choose your own seats.
Shelley Theatre is the perfect venue for a Martin Simpson concert and, hopefully, for many more major folk music events. Tickets are selling well.
https://shelleytheatre.admit-one.eu/?p=tickets&perfCode=258

Free parking:- Shelley Theatre has its own carpark BH5 1LX.

8pm

http://www.shelleytheatre.co.uk
www.bournemouthfolkclub.com


Sun 13th Mar 2016

Priddy Village Hall, Priddy, Wells, Somerset BA5 3BE

Jamie Smith's Mabon

Afternoon concert

One of the most highly-accomplished and critically-acclaimed Interceltic/World/Roots bands in Britain today, JSM have built their reputation on outstanding original compositions and virtuoso performances.
They are hailed as one of Britain’s ‘must see’ live acts as their music travels beyond borders to explore the forms and styles of the Celtic traditions. The release of their highly anticipated fifth album, ‘The Space Between’, sees the band take to the stage with a refreshed set, performing favourite tracks alongside new material.

£10 in advance. £12 on the door

Start time: 4.30pm (please note this is an afternoon show)

Contact Dean Collier: 01749 678949 or 07831 892337

mabon16 AT priddyfolk.org

http://www.jamiesmithsmabon.com/


Keinton Mandeville Village Hall, Chistles Lane, Keinton Mandeville, Somerton TA11 6ES

Progressors Cotswold Workshop - Jigs from Oddington and Ducklington

Note New Venue

http://www.keintonvh.co.uk/
Map here - http://www.keintonvh.co.uk/directions.php and here https://goo.gl/maps/X726dHXw1FC2


This will be a practical workshop day with the aim to leave the participant with a least one dance in each tradition to perform and practice. The workshop date leaves enough time to practice it to make it available for the summer dance out season. Whilst it is aimed at looking at the dancing a good jig is the performance of dancer and musician together so there will be information and advice for playing for jigs from our musicians available as part of the workshop.

Who are the Knights of King Ina?
Formed in 2010 with masterclass ideas in mind – we set about learning Morris Jigs from the earliest sources we could find and repeating the actions of the early collectors in interpreting the collected material.

Time = 10am to 4.30pm, coffee from 9:30
How much = £10 per attendee to include coffee, tea, cake; bring a packed lunch and Beer / Cider etc. the local shop is open on Sunday mornings and early afternoon and the Quarry Inn is within walking distance of the Hall.
Booking Contact = Andrew Knight (Knights of King Ina) 01458 223300; text - 07889857289 (http://www.koki.org.uk ), andrewknightdo AT gmail.com payment with booking preferred.

These workshops have proven popular and booking is on a 1st come 1st served basis, please send a cheque for £10 to secure your place.

IMPORTANT NOTICE
The minimum number required to make this workshop viable is 13 persons. If we do not have enough by 1 week before the event it will be cancelled, please make sure you check your emails in case of this event.


Thu 17th Mar 2016

The Johnson Studio, Octagon Theatre BA20 1UX

Amanda Boyd, John Shaw

Somerset Folk Songs - a wander through the Somerset countryside through ancestral song.

Hosted by Yeovil Community Arts Association.

The YCAA is a charity that exists to promote the arts in the South Somerset area. They also organise and manage the annual Yeovil Literary Prize, which attracts well over 1000 worldwide entries.

Please come and show your support.

Amanda is currently working with The Octagon Theatre on their HLF archive project.

£5.00

7.30pm

Contact Octagon Theatre Box Office: 01935 422884

www.octagon-theatre.co.uk


The Exchange Sturminster Newton DT10 1FH

Black Voices

World famous a cappella group Black Voices has been inspired by Sweet Honey in the Rock, Mahalia Jackson and Take Six, to name a few but since inception has forged its own dynamic way of distilling and re-presenting black music from a Caribbean, black British perspective. Grounded in the church, the group presents a cappella, both sacred and secular, which is always challenging and entertaining. From spirituals to gospel, Caribbean to African, jazz and blues, Black Voices is firmly rooted in music that energises and uplifts, challenges and educates. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

7.30 pm

Tickets from 01258 475137. £10, £7 u18s

www.artsreach.co.uk


Fri 18th Mar 2016

Buckland Newton village hall DT2 7BZ

O'Dalaigh's Ceilidh Band caller Helen Woodall

Note change of venue for just one meeting.
The hall is set back a bit, about 200 yds north of the village shop on the opposite side of the road.

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 btinternet.com


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Jez Lowe & Kate Bramley

Something new and different, more than Jez solo, less than the full Bad Pennies. For the first time, Jez and Kate are appearing as a duo. This will make for one amazing concert.
Support from our own king of Americana, Rod Jenkins

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

8.15 pm (doors approx 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239 or 07590411515

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Corfe Castle Village Hall BH20 5EE

Black Voices

World famous a cappella group Black Voices has been inspired by Sweet Honey in the Rock, Mahalia Jackson and Take Six, to name a few but since inception has forged its own dynamic way of distilling and re-presenting black music from a Caribbean, black British perspective. Grounded in the church, the group presents a cappella, both sacred and secular, which is always challenging and entertaining. From spirituals to gospel, Caribbean to African, jazz and blues, Black Voices is firmly rooted in music that energises and uplifts, challenges and educates. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

7.30 pm

Tickets from 01929 480483. £9, £7 u18s

www.artsreach.co.uk


Sat 19th Mar 2016

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

Ange Hardy

Heralded by The Telegraph as 'one of Britain’s top Folk musicians' for her five-star 2014 album, 'The Lament of The Black Sheep', Ange Hardy has grabbed the attention of the Traditional Folk music world.
Ange is currently touring with three different guitars, a bag of low whistles, a bodhrán drum, a tambourine, a 27-string Salvi harp and a shruti box. Combined with her innovative use of live looping for vocal harmonies, she’s one of the most diverse solo artistes you're likely to encounter.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £13 Full. £12 Concessions.

www.angehardy.com

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


Sun 20th Mar 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
Email - General enquiries info AT thedavidhall.org.uk
Tickets etc. boxoffice AT thedavidhall.org.uk


Thu 24th Mar 2016

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

Steve Knightley – All at Sea

In early 2014 Steve Knightley set out on his 160 date ‘Grow your own Gig’ tour of rural village halls. Once described by the Times as the “gravel voiced spokesman of the rural poor” and possessing a vast repertoire of songs about those who live and work in the countryside, this journey finally came to an end in September 2015.
In 2016 he has decided to turn his attention to Maritime venues around the shoreline of England and Wales. The ‘All at Sea’ tour will find him playing in seaside halls, an Elizabethan Fort, on boats and in a rich variety of performing spaces all within sight of the waves and the tide.
As Steve says “As a West country songwriter I have written so many songs of seafarers and wreckers, travellers and traders, pirates and smugglers. Now I‘m going to be able to sing them with the sound of the sea in the distance – I can’t wait!”

8.00 pm

£16.00 + booking fee
https://bridgwaterartscentre.cloudvenue.co.uk/steveknightleyallatsea

Email: info AT bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk
Phone: 01278 422700

www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Sat 2nd Apr 2016

Corfe Castle Village Hall BH20 5EE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band

Barn dance

Price includes ploughmans supper and sweet.No bar, bring your own drinks.

Adults £8-50, children £5-00.
Family ticket for four people,2 adults, 2 children,£25.00.


7-30pm - 11-00pm

Contact Barry Stocks: 01929 480242 or Mike 01929 480323.

Lesbrs1970 AT hotmail.com.


Tue 5th Apr 2016

Pilgrim House, Hope Square, Weymouth DT4 8TU

Granny's Attic

Rising stars of the Folk Music world. BBC 2 Young Folk Musicians runners up in 2014. Since then they have only gone and improved! Rave reviews by Jon Boden and John Kirkpatrick. High energy and highly skilled musicians and singers. Do not miss this chance to see them!

£8

7.30 for 8pm

Contact John Forsdyke: 01305821440

johnforsdyke AT gmail.com

facebook/quaystage


Fri 8th Apr 2016

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

Stompin' Dave & his Bluegrass Band

A 'Hall Hire' event

Having begun in 2013, Stompin' Dave and His Bluegrass Band have already made headline appearances at National Banjo Day in London, and the Tolpuddle Martyrs Festival. Dave has sold out at some of London’s hippest Folk venues and performed at major events such as Glastonbury and Bestival, as well as appearing at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Dave is ably supported by a trio of musicians from top London hoedown bands, Cut A Shine and Kidnap Alice, forming what has been described as a ‘Bluegrass super group’.

8.00 pm

www.stompindave.com

Tickets: £12 In Advance. £14 On the Door.

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


Mr Punch's Folk Club, The New Inn, Wedmore BS28 4DU

Open Mic featuring Mat Harris

bcoulter AT talktalk.net


Sat 9th Apr 2016

Broadstone Memorial Hall, Tudor Rd Broadstone BH18 8AW

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band with caller Michael Catovsky

Arish Mel's Super Spring Ceilidh. No bar or food - bring your own!

£5 adults £2.50 children

7.30pm - 11.00pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


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

Trembling Bells

Trembling Bells are 21st century troubadours who know their history, joyously attempting to synthesise traditional folk forms with the bathetic romanticism of country music, the deceptive complexity of medieval music and the swagger of classic Rock. Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen are the guiding lights in a music that embraces British folk-rock, American roots and electric psychedelia. They are on a quest to connect with the core tradition of Song and live deep within its mysteries … a rhapsodic celebration of the power of Song.
In Spring 2012 the Trembling Bells played, sang and duelled with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, performing a new collection of songs written by the Trembling Bells some of which appear on the collaborative album ‘The Marble Downs’, out on Honest Jon’s.
In this album Alex Neilson has synthesized his love of seat-of-your-pants improv and raw folk into his songwriting with the Bells. While Bonnie has long since shed the Appalachian dirt of his earlier records to enter a fertile period of grace. Now these paths converge on ´The Marble Downs´ – a triumphant exercise in major key ensemble playing concerned with minor key heartbreak, and a marriage of some of the most mercurial and imaginative musicians of our time.
Trembling Bells have enjoyed much success since their inception in 2008. The band have gained favour with such musical titans as Joe Boyd, Paul Weller and the The Unthanks as well as unanimous critical acclaim for their first three albums, Carbeth and Abandoned Love and The Constand Pageant (all on Honest Jons records). They featured heavily in the Wire cover story alongside Alasdair Roberts documenting the emerging experimental folk scene in Scotland (Caledonia Dreaming, March 2010), while also being mentioned in Rob Young’s book, Electric Eden.

£13 + booking fee
https://bridgwaterartscentre.cloudvenue.co.uk/tremblingbells

Email: info AT bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk
Phone: 01278 422700
www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Fri 15th Apr 2016

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

A Thomas Hardy Barn Dance at the Shillingstone Barn Dance Club

Featuring some of the jolly tunes and dances loved and played by Hardy and featured in his writings. Some tunes from the Ben Rose collection too.
Music from the young New Hardy Players band and Angela Laycock calling. Non-dancers welcome.

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.

£5

7.30 for 7.45 until 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184

jenny_harrison_1123 AT yahoo.co.uk


Sat 16th Apr 2016

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Jigs for Gigs and Jane Thomas

Over Stratton Folk Dance Club Annual Dance.

Includes a light ploughman's supper.

No Bar - please bring your own beverages.

£9 in advance, £10 on the door

8.00pm - 11.15

Contact Chris Holliday: 01935 424927

www.overstrattonfolkdanceclub.co.uk


Stoke St Mary Village Hall TA3 5BY

The Forbidden Door - The Devil's Violin

With their visceral combination of live music and dynamic storytelling, The Devil’s Violin weaves an enchantment of melody and mystery.
Don't open that door! As soon as the rule is laid down, we know it will be broken. Once the door is opened, then what? Adventures! All of us love a good tale, and this is a wonderful one. Expect love, loss, drama, danger, horror, humour, twists and trials.
The Devil's Violin has been breathing new life into the ancient art of storytelling since 2006. Acclaimed storyteller Dominic Kelly, joined by virtuoso musicians Sarah Moody, Dylan Fowler and Oliver Wilson-Dickson, will transport you into the world of the imagination.
This is storytelling for adults; there are no big eyes or nursery rhymes, just heart-stopping twists and pure moments of total real world abandonment. Suitable for ages 12+

www.thedevilsviolin.co.uk

7:30PM

£10/£8 people on low income

Tickets from 01823 442887 or buy online via the website

http://www.takeart.org/

A TakeArt presentation


Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QB

Buffalo Gals

Buffalo Gals are the UK’s favourite Old Time Country String Band delighting audiences with a revival of old string band tradition at the forefront of the current wave of American roots-inspired music.
The band’s performances are a vibrant mix of traditional old songs and tunes of Appalachia, early Bluegrass and early Country music, blues and rags, ballads, spirituals, Cajun and gospel, all brought to life with a talent for fresh arrangement. The music is uniquely punctuated by the stunning and thrillingly syncopated traditional Appalachian step-dance that has become one of their trademarks.
With banjo and fiddle, soaring harmonies, and syncopated, percussive step-dance, the Buffalo Gals promise a lively kick to the weekend.

8pm

Full Price: £12.00
Concessions: £11.00
TheatreFriends Discount available

book via the website or call the box office on 01297 442138

www.marinetheatre.com


Mon 18th Apr 2016

St Mary’s Church, Cossington TA7 8JR

Northern Harmony

A thrilling mix of world harmony traditions

Sixteen sparkling young singers from Vermont (USA), led by Larry Gordon, form the unique music vocal ensemble Northern Harmony. Now on their 16th European tour, Northern Harmony perform widely throughout America and Europe to great critical acclaim.
Transcending the traditional definition of choral music, the group is particularly renowned for its command of varied world ethnic singing styles; from the hearty and ultra bright Bulgarian 'hard voice' to the equally powerful, but darker and more sonorous Georgian timbre; from the rich, mellifluous South African style or the wild and unrestrained American shape-note sound and quartet gospel to a delicate, pure, early music tones.
The group’s brilliant young singers have earned a worldwide reputation for their remarkable command of these varied world ethnic singing styles. They have a wide following amongst choirs and singing groups from across SW England.

www.villageharmony.org

7.30 pm

£10/£5 child

Tickets from 01278 723105
or buy online via the website

http://www.takeart.org/

A TakeArt presentation


Tue 19th Apr 2016

All Saints Church, Kingsdon TA11 7JU

Northern Harmony

A thrilling mix of world harmony traditions

Sixteen sparkling young singers from Vermont (USA), led by Larry Gordon, form the unique music vocal ensemble Northern Harmony. Now on their 16th European tour, Northern Harmony perform widely throughout America and Europe to great critical acclaim.
Transcending the traditional definition of choral music, the group is particularly renowned for its command of varied world ethnic singing styles; from the hearty and ultra bright Bulgarian 'hard voice' to the equally powerful, but darker and more sonorous Georgian timbre; from the rich, mellifluous South African style or the wild and unrestrained American shape-note sound and quartet gospel to a delicate, pure, early music tones.
The group’s brilliant young singers have earned a worldwide reputation for their remarkable command of these varied world ethnic singing styles. They have a wide following amongst choirs and singing groups from across SW England.

www.villageharmony.org

7.30 pm

Tickets from 01935 840912
or buy online via the website

http://www.takeart.org/

A TakeArt presentation


Wed 20th Apr 2016

Roadwater Village Hall TA23 0RE

Northern Harmony

A thrilling mix of world harmony traditions

Sixteen sparkling young singers from Vermont (USA), led by Larry Gordon, form the unique music vocal ensemble Northern Harmony. Now on their 16th European tour, Northern Harmony perform widely throughout America and Europe to great critical acclaim.
Transcending the traditional definition of choral music, the group is particularly renowned for its command of varied world ethnic singing styles; from the hearty and ultra bright Bulgarian 'hard voice' to the equally powerful, but darker and more sonorous Georgian timbre; from the rich, mellifluous South African style or the wild and unrestrained American shape-note sound and quartet gospel to a delicate, pure, early music tones.
The group’s brilliant young singers have earned a worldwide reputation for their remarkable command of these varied world ethnic singing styles. They have a wide following amongst choirs and singing groups from across SW England.

www.villageharmony.org

7.30 pm

£8/£5 child

Tickets from 01984 640976
or buy online via the website

http://www.takeart.org/

A TakeArt presentation


Thu 21st Apr 2016

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

The Young’uns

Voted ‘Best Group’ at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, The Young’uns have fast become one of the foremost groups on the UK folk scene. Beguiling audiences around the world, they seamlessly switch from beautiful ballads to brilliant banter, from profoundly poignant songs to infectiously irreverent humour. This, combined with their passion for storytelling and commitment to maintaining the tradition of social commentary, has led to five star reviews, live sessions on BBC Radio 2, 3 and documentaries on Radio 4 as well as countless sell out shows and main stage festival appearances throughout the UK and abroad. 2016 sees them embark on their biggest tour to date in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and more.
This multi-award winning trio are a superb live act and they are not to be missed.

8.00 pm

£14 + booking fee
https://bridgwaterartscentre.cloudvenue.co.uk/theyounguns

Email: info AT bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk
Phone: 01278 422700
www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


St Mary’s Church, Chilthorne Domer BA22 8RD

Northern Harmony

Northern Harmony

A thrilling mix of world harmony traditions

Sixteen sparkling young singers from Vermont (USA), led by Larry Gordon, form the unique music vocal ensemble Northern Harmony. Now on their 16th European tour, Northern Harmony perform widely throughout America and Europe to great critical acclaim.
Transcending the traditional definition of choral music, the group is particularly renowned for its command of varied world ethnic singing styles; from the hearty and ultra bright Bulgarian 'hard voice' to the equally powerful, but darker and more sonorous Georgian timbre; from the rich, mellifluous South African style or the wild and unrestrained American shape-note sound and quartet gospel to a delicate, pure, early music tones.
The group’s brilliant young singers have earned a worldwide reputation for their remarkable command of these varied world ethnic singing styles. They have a wide following amongst choirs and singing groups from across SW England.

www.villageharmony.org

7.00 pm

£9/£4.50 child (inc refreshments)

Tickets from 01935 840200
or buy online via the website

http://www.takeart.org/

A TakeArt presentation


Fri 22nd Apr 2016

Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

The Hat Band with Paul Miles calling

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 btinternet.com


Mr Punch's Folk Club, The New Inn, Wedmore BS28 4DU

Open Mic featuring Thornbridge

bcoulter AT talktalk.net


Sat 23rd Apr 2016

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

Teasing the Cat with Dick Carlyon calling

bridport Ceilidh

We started our public ceilidhs back in Sept 2011 with Teasing the Cat, and have not had them back since - shame on us! Playing with Dick for a great local pairing.

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

Buy in advance from Lime Tree Deli, The Music Shop, 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 yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


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

Keith James presents 'Solid Air Concert'

A 'Hall Hire' Event

The music of John Martyn and Nick Drake Also including songs by Joni Mitchell and Neil Young

This concert features a sound that is unique. Music from the time in the history of Acoustic music that is loved and revered by all – from those who were there at the time, through to those who are only just discovering it now, in the 21st century. 1969 – 1976 was an incredibly golden period of musical freedom and self expression, with intricately imaginative guitar arrangements and a vibe that has never since been repeated.

8pm.
£16.00

www.keith-james.com

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


Sun 24th Apr 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
Email - General enquiries info AT thedavidhall.org.uk
Tickets etc. boxoffice AT thedavidhall.org.uk


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

7.30 for 8pm

Contact John Forsdyke: 01305821440

johnforsdyke AT gmail.com

www.facebook.com/quaystage


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
Email - General enquiries info AT thedavidhall.org.uk
Tickets etc. boxoffice AT thedavidhall.org.uk


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
Mirth.')
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
https://bridgwaterartscentre.cloudvenue.co.uk/kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman

8.00 pm

Email: info AT bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk
Phone: 01278 422700
www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


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 deverillsfestival.com

http://www.deverillsfestival.com/sarah-mcquaid/4591611954


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.

7:30PM

Ticket Prices All £18

Box Office: 01823 283 244

http://www.thebrewhouse.net


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.

£5

7.30 for 7.45 until 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184

jenny_harrison_1123 AT yahoo.co.uk


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

2pm-4pm

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


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

Blowzabella

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)

www.blowzabella.co.uk

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


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 gmx.com

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.

www.bluesoul.de

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


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)

www.liljimmyreed.com

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


Sun 29th May 2016

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

Oysterband

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.”

7.30pm.

Ticket: £20 Full. No concessions.

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


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 !

7.30pm.

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


Fri 3rd Jun 2016

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

9Bach

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.

£20.00

8.00 pm

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


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 yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


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.

www.regmeuross.com www.jessvincentmusic.co.uk

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


Fri 24th Jun 2016 to Sun 26th Jun 2016

Carhampton

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 talktalk.net

www.westsomersetfolkfestival.co.uk


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 yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


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 yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sat 5th Nov 2016

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

Jigs for Gigs, with Jane Thomas 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 yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


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 yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com