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Fri 31st Jul 2015

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

The Peatbog Faries

!!! SOLD OUT !!!
(but there may be tickets available on line, check the website)

'A Chance to Dance' Event.

Hailing from the Isle of Skye, the Peatbog Faeries are the figurehead trailblazers of the Celtic Dance Music renaissance. Drawing upon a dazzling myriad of influences from Traditional Jigs and Reels through Jazz, Hip Hop, Reggae and more, they take Traditional Scottish music and bring it fresh-faced and breathless into the 21st century.
The Peatbog Faeries are Peter Morrison (pipes and whistles), Ross Couper (fiddle), Tom Salter (guitar), Innes Hutton (bass, percussion) Graeme Stafford (keyboards) and Stuart Haikney (drums).
This is high-octane Celtic dance music as you’ve never heard it before. Be prepared to dance!

Tickets: £18. No concessions

8.00 pm

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


Henry's Bar, High Street Taunton TA1 3PR

MandySteveMusic

First in a new series of acoustic/ folk events at Henry's, featuring MandySteveMusic playing a mixture of original material and their own interpretation of other songs not usually associated with female vocals and acoustic guitar

8.30pm

mandystevemusic AT gmail.com


Sat 1st Aug 2015

Thornecombe sports and social club TA20 4PS

Moody Food Ceili Band with Sylvia Fisher

Irish ceili/barn dance

We're holding a fund raising event for the Optima Foundation, supporting the work they do in orphanages in Sri Lanka. The band are great, high energy, racing fiddles and stunning mandolin and a superb caller to boot!

£10

7.30 - 11.30 pm

Contact Emma Brown: 07887363001

etcbrown AT hotmail.com

www.moodyfood.co.uk


The George and Pilgrim, High St, Glastonbury BA6 9DP

The Senile Delinquents

The Senile Delinquents:
Mikki Barry, vocals and banjo
Kara Richards, vocals and guitar
Lela Mai, fiddle
Deliver a tender blend of cowgirl jazz, bluegrass, folk and alt-country.
Delicious harmonies abound with driving banjo and soaring fiddling.

9pm

Contact Kara J Richards: 07582472091

rrriprecords AT gmail.com

http://rrriprecords.wix.com/senile-delinquents


Fri 7th Aug 2015

Dorchester Corn Exchange (upstairs in Town Hall) DT1 1JF

The Spooky Men's Chorale

Hailing from the Blue Mountains in Australia this utterly original all male choir have sold out at Bridport Arts Centre and a string of major UK venues on their last tour. Come and find out why...

7:30pm (doors & bar 7:00pm)

£16/£14 members & concessions

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk


Sat 8th Aug 2015 to Sun 16th Aug 2015

Bath

Bath Folk Festival

Venues across Bath will host a range of exciting events celebrating traditional music, dance and culture as part of Bath Folk Festival 2015.

The festival runs between 8th - 16th August and includes performances from breathtaking Anglo-Irish band Flook, London Irish super group CrossHarbour, Fabula Rasa from Hungary, RSVP Bhangra, Himmerland from Denmark, and many more.

Free events include a special family fun day at Bath City Farm, and live music every day in the city centre.

A five day traditional music summer school gives people of all ages and standards the chance to learn traditional tunes and techniques. Students receive three hours of group tuition per day with expert tutors, workshops, tutor recitals, masterclasses and sessions. Summer school rates are £140 (adults) and £100 (children).

“We’re really excited about this year’s Bath Folk Festival,” says Artistic Director Marick Baxter. “The city will be buzzing with sessions every evening and we have a growing number of venues hosting live music. Add to that Bath’s world famous attractions and the festival offers an ideal opportunity to soak yourself in traditional music as well as the hot spa waters!”

The festival also boasts cheap camping with easy access to the city centre and all of the main festival venues. Prices start from £20 per pitch for a weekend, and only £30 for the full nine days.

One of the highlights of the event is the daily summer school (10th-14th August) which is open to musicians of all ages and abilities. Participants get 3 hours of group tuition per day plus recitals,sessions and workshops with top class tutors. The deadline for the Early Bird applications is June 1st, but people can sign up any time until the beginning of August.There is a cheap folk festival campsite £30 for the whole festival (or £20 just for the weekend).
Really hope to see some of you in Bath.

Further information about the festival line up and events can be found at http://bathfolkfestival.org


Tue 11th Aug 2015

Watchet Esplanade (near statue of Yankee Jack)

Acorn Shanty Crew

Two sets 12 noon and 2.00 pm.

Other entertainment going on - nice place to visit.

Part of Watchet Summertime which runs from 8 - 15th August.

http://www.watchetsummertime.btck.co.uk


Sat 15th Aug 2015 to Sun 16th Aug 2015

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

Bluegrass / Oldtime Mandolin Workshop with Jesper Rübner-Petersen

During this course Jesper Rübner-Petersen will introduce participants to playing Bluegrass/Oldtime mandolin. Musical examples will be drawn from standard tunes of various levels of difficulty, giving players a broad overview of these genres. Both solo playing as well as accompaniment will be explored during the course, allowing participants to learn new techniques and develop and refine their existing playing skills.

Exercises for improvisation and short forays into music theory will round off the course material. In addition to the principal themes of Bluegrass and Oldtime, individual examples taken from Swing, Jazz and/or Irish Folk music may also be included in the course.

Participants will be split into small, individual groups at various points in the programme enabling players to alternate between soloing and accompaniment so they can fully explore the tunes and exercises.

The course is limited to 16 participants to ensure that all players receive personal instruction and supervision. There will be short breaks for refreshments (e.g. coffee, tea and cake) between the individual course sections. This gives participants an ideal opportunity to exchange ideas or take part in small sessions.

Timetable

Saturday, 15 August: Workshop in the morning and afternoon. Lunch in the Brewer’s Arms (pub) in the village.

Sunday, 16 March: Workshop in the morning and afternoon (until about 4pm). Lunch at the Brewer’s Arms in the village.

Course Fee £90 (excluding accommodation and meals)

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


Sat 15th Aug 2015

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 bar 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

8.00 pm

Ticket Price: Just turn up!

Direct Event Link
http://www.w-a-a.co.uk/e.php?e=794


The Gallery Bar, Castle Cary BA7 7AW

Kara J Richards

Kara has been a musical traveler for over 25 years, spending time in France, Ireland and Spain. Her song songwriting combines depth of personal observation on the perennial themes of love and life , textured with the mellow melancholy & authenticity of a writer who has spent years honing life experience into the content of their craft, often colouring it with tender sly humour bitter/ sweet in flavour

9pm

Contact Kara J Richards: 07582472091

karajrchardsong AT gmail.com

http://karajrichardsong.wix.com/karajr


Sun 16th Aug 2015

Blenheim Gardens, Minehead

Acorn Shanty Crew

from 2.30 pm;

cafe/deckchairs/bring picnics.


Thu 20th Aug 2015

Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AN

Ninebarrow

Ninebarrow

Highly emotional Alt and Trad Folk from young West Country multi-instrumentalists

£4

8.00 pm

http://www.ritzacoustic.com


Poole Museum BH15 1BW

Said the Maiden

Said the Maiden are a new Hertfordshire-based vocal trio, making waves on the folk scene. All musicians from an early age, they were involved in shows and concerts together at school in St Albans, but found few outlets for their talents in the working world - until they learned a couple of songs to play at nearby Redbourn Folk Club just for fun. When the crowd called for more but they didn't have any more to sing, they knew they were onto something! Their well-matched vocals and gorgeous arrangements bring new life to traditional songs, and over time they have fleshed out their sound with accompaniments on the accordion, ukulele, guitar, violin and flute.
In March 2013 the girls self released their debut EP "Come Hither". The five-track cd was met with great reviews from fans and critics alike, and was followed by the June 2014 release of their debut album "A Curious Tale", which was, again, met with fantastic reviews.
They have been blown away by the praise and encouragement they've received from the folk community so far, and in just one year have found themselves playing dozens of gigs around the country, from folk clubs and fundraisers to festivals (including Folk By The Oak, Folkeast and Bunkfest), local talent showcases and headline spots. In recent months, Said The Maiden have played as the support act for some big names, including The Fisherman's Friends, Sarah McQuaid, Megson and Hannah James & Sam Sweeney. In April and May 2014 the girls were honoured to join Dave Swarbrick on a tour of the UK, which took them all around the country as the main support act for 14 dates.

£6

7.30 pm

Contact Poole Museum: 01202 262600

arts AT poole.gov.uk

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-logboat-sessions-with-said-the-maiden-tickets-15302432989


Fri 21st Aug 2015 to Sun 23rd Aug 2015

Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis Folk Festival

This year’s folk festival, now in its third summer, will be bigger and better say organizers but still retain its intimate Lyme Regis vibe as they announce a full programme of singing, dancing and music–making at Marine Theatre and other venues around the town.
Turin Brakes, the acclaimed electro-folk combo, will open this year’s festival on Friday night, supported by Radio 2 Folk Awards nominees, Wildwood Kin, and Jonny Morgan, Lyme’s favourite folk troubadour.
Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, the award-winning husband and wife duo, who’s latest album, ‘Tomorrow Will Follow Today’ has gathered critical accolades galore will headline Saturday night, with Lee Rahn, a virtuoso singer-songwriter and Aimée, one of the best family acoustic bands around.

Jim Causley and Friends will bring down the curtain on Sunday with How the West was Sung, an evening of music, song, poetry and dance, all with a West Country theme, supported by Six Days, the Lyme-based brother and sister duo making big waves on the folk circuit

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings the Pilot Boat will host three folk acts for a mere £5 on the door, featuring Isobel Sugden, Jack Warshaw, Mischa and his Merry Men, Russell Joslin, Mitchell & Vincent, The Uke Men League, Toby Noble, Cecilia Meadows and Lee Rahn.
Saturday night wouldn’t be the same without another riotous ceilidh (£5 on the door) in the Langmoor Marquee which coincidentally will act as the festival beer tent and workshop venue.
There will be free daily concerts on the Seafront Stage from noon to 5pm plus the usual Morris dancing and parade throughout the town.
More info and tickets from www.lymefolk.com or at 01297 442138


Sun 23rd Aug 2015

Rope & Anchor, No.4 Sarum St Poole BH15 1JW

English Music & Stepping Session - Hosted by Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band

All instrumentalists & steppers welcome to join us for this friendly informal English Music & Stepping Session. For this month we are holding it a week earlier than usual to avoid the Bank Holiday Festivals!

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Contact Steve & Helen Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Tue 25th Aug 2015 to Thu 27th Aug 2015

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Junior Hothouse

Brand new for 2015, Halsway Manor will be offering a JUNIOR HOTHOUSE course from Tuesday 25 to Thursday 27 August. This short residential course offers young people aged 8 to 12 years old the chance to explore and have fun with traditional folk arts.

Over the past 5 years Halsway Manor has developed ‘Hothouse’ as a programme of courses for young musicians and singers aged 13-20 to work with professional folk music practitioners to develop their performance skills and musicality. The Hothouse participants have performed their new work to capacity crowds at festivals such as Sidmouth Folk Week, Priddy Folk Festival and Halsway's own Hothouse Festival. Following these successes, and in response to requests from many younger siblings, Junior Hothouse is an opportunity for younger budding performers to join the fun!

Led by experienced teacher-practitioners Claire Bailey and Gavin Davenport, Junior Hothouse is a fun and educational introduction to the folk arts. Using local traditions as inspiration, children will build their own instruments and create a junk band, learn music, dance and song and perform a show for family and friends.

Arrival is on Tuesday 25 August at 11.30am. The course ends with a performance by the participants at 11.30am on Thursday 27 August, followed by a farewell picnic in the garden - family and friends welcome!

Director of the Hothouse Courses, Will Lang said: “We are very proud to be extending our offer to young people wanting to explore their traditional music, song, dance and stories and I'm very pleased we can do it with two great teacher-practitioners; Claire and Gavin have experience both as primary school teachers and as professional folk arts practitioners so are the perfect ‘Junior Hothouse’ team”

Places for Junior Hothouse are limited to 14, and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. No previous experience of music, song or dance is necessary; the course will be fun for all! Places cost £60, which includes all meals, accommodation in the Manor House, tuition, art materials, and pastoral support. For more information and to book contact Viv Butler, Bookings Manager, on 01984 618274 ext 1.

You can also watch a short film about Junior Hothouse on the website: www.halswaymanor.org.uk.

For further information please contact:

Will Lang, Youth Music Education Associate
Halsway Manor, National Centre of the Folk Arts
T: 01984 617017 + voicemail
E: youthmusic.halswaymanor AT gmail.com

Or

Gavin Davenport, Marketing Officer
Halsway Manor, National Centre of the Folk Arts
T: 01984 618274 (Direct dial: 01984 617010)
E: marketing AT halswaymanor.org.uk


Rachel Hill
Communications & Programme Manager
Halsway Manor, National Centre of the Folk Arts
Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset TA4 4BD
T: 01984 618274 extension 3 / Direct Dial: 01984 617010.

E: communications AT halswaymanor.org.uk
W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Tue 25th Aug 2015

The Drax Arms, Bere Regis, Dorset BH20 7HH

Eric Bottomley, Jay Parrack and 'McFlute' (Terry McDonald and Crispin Street)

Folk Night

Hosted by Lesley & Richard Quayle and Paul Openshaw

8.00 pm

Contact Pip Evans

DraxArmsFolkNight AT groups.facebook.com

www.facebook.com/groups/DraxArmsFolkNight/


Sat 29th Aug 2015

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

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.

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


The Davis Hall, West Camel BA22 7QX

Simon Ellis voice guitar

Ghostly Songs of the West

Virtuoso guitarist performs songs from archives, guide books and oral sources (well pubs) of the West Country for a night of spooky fun - but be prepared to jump out of your seat!

£5.00 from 01931 851214

7:30 - doors open 7:00

Contact Simon Ellis: 01271 321706

email symonpaul AT tiscali.co.uk

website symonpaul.com


Thu 3rd Sep 2015

Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AN

Zen Hussies

Crazy mix of old-time Americana and European grooves. The taster concert for Burnham-on-Sea's 10th Folkfest

£4

8.00 pm

http://www.folkfest.co.uk


Fri 4th Sep 2015

Princess Theatre & Arts Centre, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1EH

Coco & The Butterfields + Ninebarrow

Explosive young folk rockers. The Grand Opening Concert of Burnham-on-Sea's 10th Folkfest

£10

7.15pm

Contact Princess Theatre Box Office: 01278-784-464

http://www.princesstheatreandartscentre.co.uk


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

Del Rey

+ support: Acorn Shakers

From the words of Del Ray herself:
"I started playing guitar when I was four. At the age of thirteen I was introduced to the world of traditional acoustic music, when a friend and I stumbled into a concert at Folk Arts Rare Records in San Diego. About 20 people were sitting on the floor under the record bins listening to a kid named Tom Waits play his original songs.
Lou Curtiss, proprietor of Folk Arts and artistic director of the San Diego Folk Festival suggested I quit wasting my time playing “Stairway to Heaven” and listen to some Memphis Minnie. He put me on stage with Sam Chatmon when I was fourteen, and introduced me to Lydia Mendoza and Howard Armstrong. Lou gave me recordings that still influence everything I do on solo acoustic guitar. I soaked up country blues, stride piano, classic jazz and hillbilly boogie. It was a musical education hanging around the record shop.
Thirty years later, I became fascinated with the ukulele. I try to play the same kind of complicated rhythmic blues and ragtime on four strings as on six. I expect a lot out of the little instrument."

Del Ray will be supported by local favourites the ‘Acorn Shakers’ who will be playing Oldtime American Music.

£12

8pm

http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Sat 5th Sep 2015

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

The Chris Toyne "Big Hats" Band and caller Steve "Flat Cap" Cunio

Bridport "Hats" Ceilidh

A dance on the weekend of Bridport's famous Hats Festival - prizes for the two hats judged best,silliest or most innovative.

The usual bring and share supper, and B.Y.O alcohol.

£8.50 on the door (better to pre-book/buy for £7.50)

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Mon 7th Sep 2015

Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Sam Sweeney's Fiddle: Made in the Great War

Seven years ago, Sam Sweeney, fiddle player with Bellowhead, bought a violin. The label inside gave the date 1915 and the name Richard S. Howard. Research revealed that it had been made by a some-time music hall performer from Leeds called Richard Spencer Howard. When he was conscripted to fight in World War I, his violin had been left unfinished in his workshop. The pieces of the fiddle lay in a manila envelope for nine decades until they made their way into the hands of luthier Roger Claridge. Over ninety years after Richard began working on the fiddle it was finished and placed in Roger’s shop.

To mark the ongoing 100th anniversary of World War I, Sam has collaborated with story-teller Hugh Lupton, fellow Bellowhead band mate Paul Sartin and concertina player Rob Harbron to create a music/spoken word/film performance based on this story, featuring on stage the actual fiddle made by Richard Howard.

Tickets: £15
Footlights/Groups 10+: £13.50
Students/Children: £10

http://www.octagon-theatre.co.uk


Fri 11th Sep 2015 to Sun 13th Sep 2015

Stogumber

Stogumber Festival

Friday 11th September

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

Steve Knightley
A leading force in English folk music, acclaimed ‘Show of Hands’ front man and a BBC award winning singer-songwriter, Steve Knightley appears in his highly impressive solo show. He is renowned for his strong, trademark narrative songs which reflect the escapades, hopes and fears not only of people in his native West Country but far beyond.
Support from captivating, young Somerset folk/country singer Jemima Farey.

7.30pm - £18/£14

Saturday 12th September

Stogumber Village Hall, Station Road, Stogumber, Taunton, TA4 3TQ

The Drystones
The Drystones are a young duo from Priddy, Somerset who play violin, guitar and whistles. Formed in 2011, they have performed at festivals all over the West Country (including Glastonbury, Sidmouth and Village Pump) where they engage audiences with a maturity beyond their years. The Drystones second album ‘A Tale of Sound and Fury’ was released earlier this year to excellent reviews.
8pm - £8

Sun 13th September

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

Luke Jackson with special guest Ange Hardy

Luke is a young roots singer-songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, who in 2013 was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and The Young Folk Category. With a bold, distinctive voice and a sweet, percussive guitar style, Luke is a confident and charismatic live performer. His aptitude and flair has led to gigs all around the UK and Europe.

Like Luke in 2013, Ange Hardy short listed for a BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award this April. Over the past 12 months her career has seen a meteoric rise, quite simply because her unadulterated melodies, superb guitar work and enchanting, self-penned vocals just leave you wanting more. At this gig she will be previewing her new album, ‘Esteesee’ which is based around the life and works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

4.15pm - £10

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


Fri 11th Sep 2015

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

Tibetan Monks

Evoking the mysteries of a Buddhist Monastery, eight Tibetan monks from Tashi Lhunpo bring a moving and inspirational insight into the world of sacred music and monastic dance from the contemplative, mesmerising chant of Buddhist texts to the majestic brocade-costumed masked dances. Musical instruments from the Tantric tradition are used: horns made from human leg bones, and skull-drums, while the powerful sound of the majestic dungchen or long horns is accompanied by cymbals, bells and drums, offering an opportunity to experience the atmosphere of sacred Tibet and a mysterious ancient culture. With explanatory introductions.
Founded by the first Dalai Lama in 1470, Tashi Lhunpo is one of the most important monasteries in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Re-established in exile in South India, it is one of the major centres of Buddhist learning, best known for its unique tradition of masked dances and sacred music.

www.tashi-lhunpo.org.uk

£11

8pm

http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Sun 13th Sep 2015

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

Winter Wilson "Cutting Free" tour

2014 saw Winter Wilson make a real impact upon the UK folk scene. Following two years of intensive touring, their live performances had gone from strength to strength, developing superb stage presence and the ability really to engage with audiences, from festival main stage to intimate house concert.
Then their latest album “Cutting Free” was featured as one of “Ten Fine Albums” by Martin Chilton of the Daily Telegraph. Martin's was just one of many excellent reviews, helping to raise Winter Wilson's profile yet further, and leading to a full diary for 2015 with a steady flow of bookings already coming in for 2016.
Described by John Tams (Sharpe, Warhorse, National Theatre) as a “magnificent” songwriter, Dave Wilson is now recognised as one of the best on the English acoustic scene. In addition to covers by some of folk's “greats”, his songs are now regularly sung in folk clubs across the country by everyone from floor singers and groups to choirs. He's also a mean guitar player with a relaxed easy singing style.
Kip Winter's voice is simply one of the best in the business, delivering power and emotion in equal measure (described by one promoter as “from melting to belting”). In the past she has sung everything from jazz to opera, but is at her best and happiest when singing folk and blues. She also plays flute, piano accordion and occasional guitar.

Whether performing in concert venue or folk club, this duo provides contemporary acoustic folk music at its very best, and always with a smile.
Put these two together and you get great songs, stunning harmonies and much laughter - a performance guaranteed to deliver superb entertainment!

www.winterwilson.com

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

http://www.chapelarts.org


Thu 17th Sep 2015

Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AN

Damien Barber & Mike Wilson

Deep trad from two of the biggest names in British folk

£4

8,00 pm

http://www.ritzacoustic.com


Poole Museum BH15 1BW

Steve Tilston

Steve Tilston is one of our most celebrated song-smiths, widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music; the words, arrangements and subtle, quite superb guitar playing could be no one else.

£8

7.30 pm

Contact Poole Museum: 01202 262600

arts AT poole.gov.uk

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-logboat-sessions-with-steve-tilston-tickets-16276609778


The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton TA1 1JL

Bob Fox: An Evening with the Warhorse Songman

Since the early seventies Bob Fox has lovingly developed his skills in the performance of folk song in all its various forms.
Hailing from County Durham in the North East of England – his music is deeply influenced by the working class culture and industrial folk song from that area.
Bob has toured extensively throughout the world including the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand and Australia, performing both as a solo artist and alongside musical heavyweights such as Ralph McTell, Billy Mitchell, Stu Luckley and Fairport Covention.
Twice nominated as Folk Singer of the Year at the BBC Folk Awards, Bob has long been a favourite on the live circuit and has played the role of SONGMAN in the multi-award winning National Theatre production of WARHORSE for the past three years, both in the West End and subsequently in the UK/Ireland and South Africa touring production.
Join him as he talks and sings through the songs of WARHORSE, with additional material from the BBC Radio 2 Ballad of the Great War as well as favourites from his many previous recordings.
This event is a great opportunity to see one of the finest exponents of storytelling through song.

£15 Adults £13 Students

http://tauntontheatre.org.uk/


Fri 18th Sep 2015

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

Chris Wood

Chris Wood’s love of small things has made him one of England’s most vivid and arresting song writers.
Whilst touring with Joan Armatrading, Wood found himself eavesdropping on conversations from pound shops to tea rooms, army recruiting centres to hotel saunas, collecting the poetry of recession. His response is None The Wiser, a fourth solo album released in 2013. With humble hymns and sweeping statements ranging from Alzheimer's to William Blake, Wood lovingly takes the pulse of his homeland in what could be his best album yet.
This song was nominated in the Best Original Song 2014 category in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Concessions.

8.00 pm

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


Great Bow Wharf, Bow St, Langport TA10 9PN

Kara J Richards

Kara has been a musical traveler for over 25 years, spending time in France, Ireland and Spain. Her song songwriting combines depth of personal observation on the perennial themes of love and life , textured with the mellow melancholy & authenticity of a writer who has spent years honing life experience into the content of their craft, often colouring it with tender sly humour bitter/ sweet in flavour

8pm

Contact Kara J Richards: 07582472091

rrriprecords AT gmail.com

http://karajrichardsong.wix.com/karajr


Sat 19th Sep 2015

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

Ghosts and Characters of the South West with Simon Ellis

They are closer than you think! Simon has played in theatre galleries all over Devon, bringing pub tales, folk archives and living memories to life with a fast Ragtime guitar style that will have you leaping around. The stories are delivered with a pinch of salt and plenty of humour - but expect to jump out of your seat!

Tickets: £12 Full. £11 Concessions.

8.00 pm

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


Sun 20th Sep 2015

Chalk and Cheese, Maiden Newton DT2 0BD

Session

This 'mostly English' session resumes after its summer break.
Maybe in the bar, but if there's no sign of us, we'll be in the function room out the back.

All instruments and abilities welcome.

7:30 - 10:45

Contact Ruth and Colin Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


Mon 21st Sep 2015

Trinity Church Hall, Taunton TA1 3JG

Clog Dance Open Evening for New Members

Sweet Coppin Clog Team, based in Taunton are looking for new members. We meet on Monday evenings 7.30 at Trinity Church Hall in Taunton. If you are interested in joining us please come along to our open evening on 21st Sept. Please let us know beforehand if you plan to attend so we know who to expect.

7.30pm - 10.00pm

Contact Hazel Luckwill: 07900 198026

hazelluckwill AT btinternet.com

www.sweet-coppin.co.uk


Wed 23rd Sep 2015

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Steve Knightly

Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England and with three Royal Albert Hall sell-outs to their name.

The Exeter-based singer-songwriter writes the majority of material for the band, which also features multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer, and together they won the Best Live Act title in the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – the only category voted for by the public.

But Steve is also enjoying success as a solo artist. In June 2007 he released the understated but powerful Cruel River, his first solo album in seven years and in May 09 he will release Track of Words-Retraced, so called as it subtly revisits and deconstructs his more mainstream-sounding album of the same name from a decade ago.

He is renowned for his strong, trademark narrative songs which reflect the escapades, hopes and fears not only of people in his native West Country but beyond and he pulls no punches when writing highly literate songs about bigger, global issues.

Born in Southampton where both his grandfathers worked in the docks, Steve moved to Devon with his family at the age of five. Attracted to acoustic music by the likes of Dylan and Baez, he started performing whilst still at school and was playing both guitar and mandocello at the age of 14. He learnt his trade playing folk clubs and bars in the Exeter area, joining forces with Phil Beer before leaving Devon to study politics and history in Coventry and take a postgraduate certificate in education at Sussex University.

He then moved to London where he was involved in the rock scene for six years before relocating to Dorset. There he worked as a supply teacher at a local school where he gave guitar lessons to Polly (PJ) Harvey.

From 1987 Steve worked again with Phil Beer, when Beer was still in The Albion Band and in 1991 what was to be the phenomenally successful Show of Hands was formed. Unusually their first album was a live one and the excellent reviews it garnered helped them break into the festival circuit and tour with Ralph McTell.

In the early part of their career, Show of Hands worked with exiled Chilean musicians in the band Alianza. This saw them soaking up new rhythms and learning the South American cuatro, now one of Steve’s trademark instruments. The experience triggered what many consider to be some of Steve’s finest songs – Santiago, Armadas and Columbus (Didn’t Find America).

£16

Note earlier start time 7.30 pm

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk


Fri 25th Sep 2015

Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

The Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club - The Hat Band caller Paul Miles

The Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club is a new club and this will be our first meeting.
We are looking forward to a lively evening.

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

£5 under 16 free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


The Forum, 1a Forum Buildings, St James Parade, Bath BA1 1UG

The Fishermans Friends

The Fisherman’s Friends are shanty singers from Port Isaac who have delighted visitors and locals there for more than 15 years, with almost 300 live performances under their belts.
Down on the harbour front of the tiny fishing village of Port Isaac on the north Cornwall coast, the authentic sound of the shanty can be heard loud and clear via the mighty, brawny chorale of The Fisherman’s Friends. At around eight in the evening during the summer months, tourists and locals gather to hear this nine-man group mesh their voices in an incredibly rousing and joyful set of shanties and Cornish folk songs.
There’s no gang leader, no choirmaster and no holds barred in the singing of The Fisherman’s Friends. And fisherman’s friends they truly are – each and every member of this unique group are or have been fishermen, lifeboatmen and coastguards (as well as builders, artisans, hoteliers, and shop keepers) in Port Isaac.
They’ve known each other since childhood and learnt their powerful brand of Cornish harmony singing at the local Methodist chapel – now the pottery of Fisherman’s Friend Billy Hawkins (baritone), where the group get together with a crate of ale and a good deal of bonhomie to rehearse their repertoire and try out new songs.
Unusually for a singing group, each member will take the lead. At their regular Port Isaac summer sessions, they stand in a line and each leads a song, from one end of the line and back again, giving them a huge variety of sound and song, and drawing from a repertoire reaching back 200 years, and embracing songs and shanties not only from Cornwall but Liverpool, Ireland, Africa, the West Indian, and America.
English folk music has enjoyed a renaissance in the last decade, especially in the West Country, with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Jackie Oates, Show of Hands, and Jim Causley achieving widespread acclaim. Now, with Port Isaac’s Fisherman’s Friends, the Shanty Man is back in business. Be prepared to have your ears blown clean off…

6:30pm doors / 7:30PM start
From £25.75 (inc booking + delivery fees)

http://www.bathforum.co.uk/


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

Levels Collective: Steve Ashley

+ support

A regular folk night co-presented by Folk Radio Uk

Steve Ashley is one of British folk’s finest singer-songwriters. His songs have been covered by a legion of folk artists, including Fairport Convention, Anne Briggs, Martin Simpson, Wizz Jones, Phil Beer and Maggie Boyle, among many others.
His album career began in 1974 with an award-winning debut, the ground-breaking ‘Stroll On’, which to this day, is still regarded as a folk-rock classic. In total, Steve’s released ten albums of original songs – consistently melding tradition with innovation and delivering intelligent and inspired English poetry amid beautifully distinctive original melodies.
A former lead singer with The Albion Country Band and his own Ragged Robin, Steve has also been backed by Fairport Convention and led orchestral settings of his songs conducted by Nick Drake’s arranger, the late Robert Kirby. In 2013 his long career was celebrated in Dave Thompson’s acclaimed musical biography: Fire and Wine – An Armchair Guide to Steve Ashley – updated this year to include his latest album, ‘This Little Game’. If you like songs that are edgy, challenging and compassionate – and sometimes very funny – then don’t miss this performance.

For more information visit: www.steveashley.co.uk

Gitt de Ridder
Dutch-English singer and songwriter Gitta de Ridder draws the listener into a world full of atmosphere and feeling. Feelings of joy, sadness and wonder. Stories, thoughts, dreams, hopes, and all that lies between wrapped up in a blanket of indie folk acoustic guitar sounds and beautiful melodies.
She grew up in The Netherlands leaving the family home to go study music at age 18. A journey that took her from the Netherlands to Germany, to Italy, Greece, Ireland and the UK, settling in London in 2008 where she has lived ever since. Her first single ‘Mr Yesterday’ released in September 2014 gathered attention from BBC introducing, Amazing Radio and several Dutch Radio stations and with her self-produced debut EP ‘Come Find Me’ released in January 2015 and received with shining reviews she is starting to be a name to remember.

£12

8pm

http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Sat 26th Sep 2015

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

Sunjay

You could be forgiven for thinking that singer/guitarist Sunjay is older than his 21 years. Sunjay’s style has that natural drift between Folk and Blues and both camps have recognised his obvious flair. Drawing from a rich musical and cultural background, it is hardly surprising that Sunjay has become one of the UK's rising stars. His guitar skills have been hailed as 'superb, brilliant, experienced, intricate and faultless'.

Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

8.00 pm

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


Sun 27th Sep 2015

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

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 !

7.30 pm

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


Fri 2nd Oct 2015

Broadstone Memorial Hall, Tudor Rd. Broadstone BH18 8AW

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band with caller Dick Williams

Following the success of our Summer Ceilidh we now present Arish Mel's very own Autumn Ceilidh. No Bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles!

£5 adults £2.50 children

7.30pm - 11.00pm

Contact Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band: 01929 480737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


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

Urban Folk Quartet

In an age where the word “folk” encompasses everything from Laura Marling to hardcore traditional music, the use of such labels to distinguish one musical experience from another has arguably been stretched farther than ever.
The Urban Folk Quartet’s distinguishing features have much less to do with the traditional idea of genre. Yes, this is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on in it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard. Just as English country dance unassumingly met with big band jazz musicianship in the mid 20th century, The UFQ’s approach to the folk ethos is to embrace any and every influence that genuinely makes sense of their time and place and makes sense in their music. From funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, afrobeat to north Indian rhythms.
The first of those phenomenal fiddlers is Galician Paloma Trigás, who has shared stages and recorded with with the likes of The Chieftains, Sharon Shannon and Altan, during her tenure touring the stadiums of the world with Spain’s biggest folk star, Carlos Nuñez. The second is Joe Broughton (Albion Band,) long established on the folk scene as the fieriest English fiddler and showman of his generation. Also an exceptional guitarist and mandolin player, in The UFQ Joe deftly shares multi-instrumentalist duties (often mid-song) with Dan Walsh. Touted as one of the finest banjo players in the country as well as a gifted singer and guitarist, Dan (Seth Lakeman Band, The Levellers, Walsh & Pound) joined UFQ in 2014, as guitarist, oud player and founding member Frank Moon stepped out of touring life. The lineup is completed by Tom Chapman, widely considered to be the most accomplished and innovative cajonero the UK has to offer.
With the vibrant and diverse Birmingham music scene as a fundamental influence, The Urban Folk Quartet is a truly international band. Foreign touring and globally- influenced music have been at the heart of what they do since day one, when in June 2009 their first four gigs took place in four different countries.
Since then the UFQ’s trail has blazed across the world, playing everything from secluded coves to 30,000 capacity festival fields, igniting audiences and winning them a devoted fan base from The Bay of Biscay to edge of The North Pacific.

8pm

£13 / £12 members

http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Sat 3rd Oct 2015

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Jigfoot with caller Ian Nichols

Bridport Ceilidhs

The next in Bridport's popular ceilidh series, featuring a new band and caller to us - see www.jigfoot.com

Bring and Share (finger food) supper and your own alcohol. Some soft drinks provided.

£8.50 on the door (better to pre-book/buy for £7.50)

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


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

CoCo and The Butterfields

A 'Chance to Dance' Event

Colourful, energetic and crowd-stomping, CoCo and the Butterfields express the intimate vibrancy of a village folk fair. With powerful vocal melodies and an undercurrent of driving beatbox they deliver catchy songs resonating in a stadium-filling urban Pop vibe. This Canterbury band of buskers have quickly established themselves as one of the most phenomenal live shows in the UK. They earned critical acclaim for incendiary performances at Glastonbury, the Isle of Wight and Camp Bestival and while supporting internationally-renowned artistes Bastille, King Charles and Wheatus.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions.

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


Wareham BH20 5EX

Rapper dance workshop

Dorset Button rapper will be holding a rapper dance workshop for those who are interested in joining us and want to have a go before committing to joining.
The date is not confirmed but please e mail us and we will confirm the date and locate near the time.
Check our web side for seeing us dancing if you are interested.
If you see us and you are interested please ask anyone of us. We are friendly.


Contact Tony Kemp Bagman: 01929480850

anthony613 AT btinternet.com

http://www.wareham-whalers.org.uk/buttons_mummers/buttons/buttons_pages/dorset_buttons_rapper.htm


Fri 9th Oct 2015

The Digby Hall Sherborne DT9 3AA

A concert to celebrate the life of Pete Shutler of The Yetties

Pete Coe. Tim Van Eyken, Nick Pickett, Bonny Sartin, Sherborne Town Band, Yetminster Irish Dancers, Wessex Morrismen.

All proceeds from this event are going to The Yeatman Hospital. Sherborne. Dorset.

£15

Doors 6.45 for 7.30 Start.

Contact Phil George: 01935 477884

Philwithsweets AT hotmail.com


Sat 10th Oct 2015

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

Steve Tilston

Described as “a singer/songwriter of rare talent”, Steve has toured with John Renbourn, Maggie Boyle, WAZ, Ballet Rambert and his daughter, Martha. The writer of the classics The Slipjigs and Reels and Here’s to Tom Paine, Steve’s songs have been covered by a Who’s Who of the Folk scene. His retrospective CD, Reaching Back, is a fitting celebration of the life and music of one of our greatest performers. After 40 years in the business, he’s on as fine form as ever. His new CD, Happenstance, is out now.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £16. Full. £15 Concessions.

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


Wed 14th Oct 2015

Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Faustus

Previously nominated for the Best Group Award in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and in the wake of the latest album Broken Down Gentlemen (Navigator Records, 2013), Faustus brings to the stage three of the leading lights of their generation: Saul Rose (Waterson, Carthy, Whapweazel, War Horse), Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast).

They have a plethora of experience between them, brought together here in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone representing the best in the current vibrant English folk scene.

Supported by The David Hall.

Tickets: £14
Footlights/Groups 10+: £12.50
Students/Children: £10

http://www.octagon-theatre.co.uk


Thu 15th Oct 2015

Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AN

Jim Crawford

Captivating old-time blues and US folk from Devon-based guitar maestro

£4

8.00 pm

http://www.ritzacoustic.com


Poole Museum BH15 1BW

The 3 Boxes

3 Boxes, a trio of musicians and old friends who have all featured in Hugh Gregory’s 1,000 Great Guitarists book, have taken their experience of playing together, added their unique styles on acoustic guitars (boxes) and the result is much more than the sum of its parts. And “as that trio consists of Clive Gregson, Mark Griffiths and Andy Roberts, we are talking something very special indeed.”

£10

7.30 pm

Contact Poole Museum: 01202 262600

arts AT poole.gov.uk

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-logboat-sessions-with-the-3-boxes-tickets-16276858522


Sat 17th Oct 2015

Monks Yard, Horton Cross Farm, Ilminster TA19 9PT

Concert in aid of Children's Hospice South West

Andrew and Margaret Watchorn,
plus Isle Valley Singers, Courteney Yeoell, Martin Hudson

Northumberland multi-instrumentalist duo Andrew and Margaret Watchorn are coming south from their home in Embleton to headline a fundraising concert in aid of Children’s Hospice South West being held at Monks Yard, Horton Cross, Ilminster.
Andrew and Margaret perform regularly throughout Northumberland, the North East and other parts of the UK and Europe. They have played at the Alnwick International Music Festival, Sidmouth Festival,The Northumbrian Gathering, Whitby Festival, Dalsland Music Festival (Sweden), and Heures Musicales de la Vallée de la Bresle (France).
They have many years experience of playing the pipes and fiddle at concerts and festivals, weddings, corporate and civil functions and private parties.
Their repertoire covers a wide range of traditional music and song and to date there are three CDs of their music.

The concert will also include performances by the ‘Isle Valley Singers’, a local choir drawn from members of Ilminster’s ‘Serenade’ choir and Isle Abbotts choir under the direction of David Sutcliffe. They will be singing contemporary and traditional songs.
Also performing at the concert will be local young singing talent Courteney Yeoell. Courteney is gaining much acclaim for her fine singing which covers a wide range of genres.

There will also be a special raffle and refreshments with all proceeds going to Children’s Hospice South West.

Tickets are £10 each and can be obtained by contacting Martin Hudson on 01460 62075

7.30pm

Contact Martin Hudson: 01460 62075

horseraggy AT tiscali.co.uk

info AT pipesandfiddle.co.uk


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

Winter Wilson

Winter Wilson have made a real impact on the Folk music scene. Their intensive tour over the past two years has seen them move from festival main stages to intimate house concerts. Dave Wilson has been described as a 'magnificent' songwriter by the respected performer, John Tams, and as 'one of the best on the English Folk scene'. Kip Winter's voice is simply one of the greatest in the business, delivering power and emotion in equal measure. Whether performing in a concert venue or a Folk club, this duo provides great songs - beautifully sung with much laughter.

Ticket: £15 Full. £14 Concessions.

8.00 pm

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


Tue 20th Oct 2015

White Horse, Exford TA24 7PY

Moor Music - Exmoor Music and Song Session

Acoustic song and music session in the heart of Exmoor.
Hosted by Tom and Barbara Brown.
Singers and musicians are welcome to bring their voices and instruments.
Audiences are just as welcome, but expected to join in the choruses!

from 8.00 pm

Umbermusic
01271 882366/07977 914736
www.umbermusic.co.uk
tomandbarbara AT umbermusic.co.uk


Thu 22nd Oct 2015

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

Seckou Keita

Seckou Keita has become one of the most influential and inspiring musician of his generation. A true master of the Kora - the West African harp - Seckou is from the Casamance area of Southern Senegal. His 2015 tour celebrates his new solo album, 22 Strings. The Kora can soothe the human spirit and take you to a place of deep meditation, stillness and beauty.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions

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


Fri 23rd Oct 2015

Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

The Piddle Valley Barn Dance Club - Rum and Kidney Band, caller Steve Cunio

We are looking forward to a lively evening.
There will be no food but squash will be provided, BYO if you wish.

£5 under 16 free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Sat 24th Oct 2015

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

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 !

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


Sat 31st Oct 2015

Kinson Community Centre, Milhams Road, Kinson, Bournemouth BH10 7LH

Weston Country Dance Band with caller Ivan Aitkin

Autumn Dance

Bring & Share Supper

£10.00

7:30pm - 11:00pm

Contact Liz Neal: 01202 572196

cerameed51 AT gmail.com

www.bournemouthfolkdanceclub AT btck.co.uk


Cossington Village Hall, Trivetts Way, Cossington, Bridgwater TA7 8LH

The Cannons

Sean Cannon leadman of the Dublin Legends (previously the iconic Dubliners) and his two highly talented sons will be playing wonderful Celtic music and Irish songs, all played with the usual Irish passion and charm.
Enjoy the craic !!!

Reserved seats £12.50

8.00pm

Contact Roger Collett: 01278 451187

rogercollett.sounds AT talktalk.net


Hornblotton village hall BA4 6SF

Crossharbour

An exciting new 5-piece from London’s thriving traditional Irish music scene, fusing well-loved traditional tunes and songs with their own material and original arrangements, Crossharbour are gaining a well-deserved reputation for their highly virtuosic, energetic and polished performances. Great food available. BYO booze. Doors open 7pm.

£12

7.30pm

Contact Colin Bowen : 01963 240282

bowencolin AT hotmail.com

hvh.btck.co.uk, crossharbourmusic.com


Sat 7th Nov 2015

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Jeremy Child calling and providing the music

Bridport Ceilidhs

Jeremy is keen to show off his skills in picking the best music to accompany his dance selections, so come along and try him out!

Bring and Share (finger food) supper, and your own alcohol. Some soft drinks provided.

£7.50 on the door, but better to book/buy in advance for £6.50 - tickets at Bridport Music Shop, and Jaxsons Deli, or contact as below.

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Thu 12th Nov 2015

The Forum, 1a Forum Buildings, St James Parade, Bath BA1 1UG

Show of Hands

Show of Hands are undeniably one of the strongest current forces in acoustic music – England’s finest and most popular roots partnership and something of a “people’s band”, regularly voicing the hopes, fears and life stories of scores of people in song. Joined by Miranda Sykes on double bass they are widely recognised for their resonating original songs, stunning musicianship and remarkable audience rapport
Features on BBC TV’s Countryfile, BBC Breakfast and Andrew Marr shows and regular airplay by the likes of Mark Radcliffe, Bob Harris, Mike Harding, Johnnie Walker and Simon Mayo has taken their music to a wide cross section of audience.

7:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Start
£21.50 (+ £2.00 booking fee**)

**All ticket purchases are subject to a minimum of £2.25 delivery fee per transaction up to 8 tickets.

http://www.bathforum.co.uk/


Fri 13th Nov 2015

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

Gigspanner

Gigspanner's musical reach flirts with Eastern European, French, Cajun. African and even Aboriginal influences, transporting audiences on a 'blistering pace of a musical World tour' (Folkcast), and prompting the late Sir Terry Pratchett to write: 'Peter Knight can spin the world on his bow'.
It has been a long time in the works, but Gigspanner’s riveting new album, Layers of Ages, (selected by the Daily Telegraph's Martin Chilton as one of his 'Best 31 Folk music albums of 2015') sees the band blowing the dust from a collection of well-worn Traditional music and song to reveal authentic moments of staggering originality and great beauty.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £15 Full. £14 Concessions.

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


Thu 19th Nov 2015

Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AN

Foo Foo

Funny and touching, this female duo make a hugely welcome comeback. Now with added guitar.

£4

8.00 pm


http://www.ritzacoustic.com


Poole Museum BH15 1BW

Louise Jordan

Music which combines award winning acoustic song writing with a classical sensibility to create original compositions, musical settings of literature and unique arrangements of traditional folk songs. Louise Jordan’s songs tell tales of universal human experience. Questioning yet reflective Louise Jordan uses simple subject matter to create songs of striking intensity and undeniable familiarity.

£6

7.30 pm

Contact Poole Museum: 01202 262600

arts AT poole.gov.uk

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-logboat-sessions-with-louise-jordan-tickets-16276924720


Fri 20th Nov 2015

Piddle Valley First School, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QL

Chris Toyne with caller TBA

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.

£5 under 16 free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


The Forum, 1a Forum Buildings, St James Parade, Bath BA1 1UG

Bellowhead

The Farewell Tour

That's All Folks...

After 12 amazing years, the UK’s most successful folk band Bellowhead are calling it a day. The band plan to mark their departure in characteristically ambitious style and have announced a two-part farewell tour in November 2015 and April 2016. Their final show on May Day, 1st May 2016, will be an intimate concert at Oxford Town Hall, the very same venue where it all began.

Formed, just for fun in 2004 they never imagined that one day they’d be headlining festivals and selling out tours of major concert halls. From their first self-released EP, Bellowhead have gone on to record 5 studio albums of which they have sold over 250,000 copies. Hedonism, their 3rd album, was recorded at legendary Abbey Road and is the highest selling independently released folk album of all time. They are proud recipients of 2 silver discs, have won 8 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, released a songbook with Faber, spent 8 years as Artists in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre, recorded theme tunes for The Archers and The Simpsons at the request of the producers, and brewed their own beer... Twice! In 2014 the band signed to prestigious major label Island Records and released Revival, which entered the UK Album Charts at no.12 and led to 3 BBC Radio 2 play-listed singles and appearances on mainstream TV.

The band said ’It’s in keeping with all the musical and theatrical traditions that make Bellowhead what it is, that we will end at our peak and leave the audience wanting more. The shows always finish on a high, and so should we.’ Bellowhead have performed in front of hundreds of thousands of people and their sheer joy of performing and infectious energy has earned them loyal and enthusiastic audiences, who have made this big party juggernaut all worthwhile. These two tours will be the last chance for people to see one of the most outstanding live bands ever.

Doors 6.30pm, event starts 7.30pm

£24.50 + booking fee

http://www.bathforum.co.uk/


Sat 21st Nov 2015

Bottom Ship, Porlock TA24 8PB

Moor Music - Exmoor Music and Song Session

Acoustic song and music session in the heart of Exmoor.
Hosted by Tom and Barbara Brown.
Singers and musicians are welcome to bring their voices and instruments.
Audiences are just as welcome, but expected to join in the choruses!

from 8.00 pm

Umbermusic
01271 882366/07977 914736
www.umbermusic.co.uk
tomandbarbara AT umbermusic.co.uk


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

Martyn Joseph

Martyn Joseph is a mean guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style which is teamed with a powerful show-stopping voice. There are shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews - but he stands in his own right and has been called 'The Welsh Springsteen'.
Autumn 2015 will mark the release of Martyn’s brand new studio album and he will be showcasing these new songs, along with other familiar and much-loved material.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.

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


Fri 27th Nov 2015

Osmington Village Hall DT3 6EX

Peter Knight's Gigspanner

Legendary fiddle player Peter Knight is out on the road again this autumn with his band Gigspanner made up of Roger Flack on Guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on Congas and Djembe. Together they bring their own brand of ‘cool folk’ with far-reaching musical influences from Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal. Whilst Roger shares a folk rock affinity with Peter, Vincent offers a striking counterbalance having studied his craft in Senegal and Cuba. It’s beautiful, alternative, ambient and perfect to escape to
it’s also unique and unlike any other band out there.”

£14

7.00 for 7.30pm

Contact Eileen: 07816 832554

eileenbramley AT hotmail.co.uk


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

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 !

7.30 pm

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


Sat 28th Nov 2015

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

The Lindisfarne Story

When Tyneside group Lindisfarne exploded onto the UK music scene in 1970, they became the standard-bearers for Acoustic-based Rock groups. Former members Billy Mitchell and Ray Laidlaw tell The Lindisfarne Story from the very beginning, featuring Acoustic versions of classic songs and 'behind the scenes' stories, all illustrated with archive video and stills. If you are a fan of Lindisfarne, UK Rock group, and the music of the 1960s and 1970s, then this show is for you!

7.30 pm

Tickets: £19.50. No concessions.

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


Thu 3rd Dec 2015

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

Martin Harley

Martin is a phenomenally talented guitarist, singer and songwriter. He has become especially synonymous with the British and American slide guitar scene. He also has great recognition on both sides of “the pond” as a respected voice in the evolution of Popular Blues and Folk-orientated music. Martin has travelled the globe absorbing a range of diverse influences and honing his craft into the classic song-writing style he possesses today.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £13 Full. £12 Concessions.

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


Sat 5th Dec 2015

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Arish Mel with caller Dick Williams

Bridport Ceilidhs

Join us for our pre-Christmas knees-up, a good time is guaranteed for all!

Bring and Share (finger food) supper, and you own alcohol. Some soft drinks provided.

£8.50 on the door (better to pre-book/buy for £7.50), from Bridport Music Shop, Jaxsons Deli, or contact as below.

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


The Forum, 1a Forum Buildings, St James Parade, Bath BA1 1UG

Kate Rusby at Christmas

Forever proud to call herself folk singer, Kate Rusby’s beautiful, expressive vocals never fail to connect the emotional heart of a song to that of her audience. Famously down to earth, for over twenty years Kate’s engaging personality and sharp Yorkshire wit have further endeared her to concert goers everywhere.
And it is in her special Christmas concerts that all these elements combine to exquisite effect.
Indeed, after fifteen years of enchanting audiences up and down the land Kate’s Christmas tour – so wondrously captured on her 2013 Live At Christmas concert DVD –has, for many, become as much a part of the festivities as Christmas pudding itself! Warm and inviting, spicy and sparkly she and her marvellous band – joined as ever by a sublime brass quintet – embody the sounds and joyous spirit of the best Christmases ever!
The key word here is, of course, ‘joy’. For, with her Christmas concerts, Kate is embracing and sharing a local South Yorkshire tradition of which she’s been a part ever since she was a child. For over two hundred years from late November to New Year’s Day on Sunday lunchtimes the good folk of South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire have flocked to their local public houses to sing their own, unique variations of familiar carols that, as Kate says, ‘were kicked out of churches during the Victorian era for being too happy!’ (And we might add too exuberant!)
By the time Kate embarks on this year’s festive tour she will have released her third album of songs from this marvellous Yorkshire-inspired tradition and in concert will, of course, be performing tunes from all three releases together with selections from her latest, critically acclaimed album, Ghost.
Hugely spirited but undoubtedly family affairs, Kate’s concerts celebrate what makes Christmas so special and so much fun as she and her fellow musicians perform fabulous songs brimful of the goodwill and spirituality of the season and in doing so put smiles on faces and joy in our hearts.

DOORS 6.30PM / START 7.30PM
under 16 £15.00/ full price £20.00 (+ BOOKING FEES)*

http://www.bathforum.co.uk/


Fri 11th Dec 2015

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

St Agnes Fountain

St Agnes Fountain come together for one month a year - the Christmas Tour each December when they perform ‘rhythmed-up’ carols and Christmas music, interspersed with laughter and spoken word.
Founder member David Hughes, and Chris Leslie, originally released an EP, Acoustic Christmas, on guitar and mandolin, in 1998 - which had a great reception; and together with their friends, Chris While and Julie Matthews, they produced their first St Agnes Fountain album in 2001.
Their 15th sell-out tour will introduce a new studio album, Christmas Is Not Far Away. It is the season their legion of fans has been waiting for because, as they say, “Christmas starts with St Agnes Fountain”.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions.

!!! Tickets are selling very fast !!!

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


Sat 12th Dec 2015

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

St Agnes Fountain

St Agnes Fountain come together for one month a year - the Christmas Tour each December when they perform ‘rhythmed-up’ carols and Christmas music, interspersed with laughter and spoken word.
Founder member David Hughes, and Chris Leslie, originally released an EP, Acoustic Christmas, on guitar and mandolin, in 1998 - which had a great reception; and together with their friends, Chris While and Julie Matthews, they produced their first St Agnes Fountain album in 2001.
Their 15th sell-out tour will introduce a new studio album, Christmas Is Not Far Away. It is the season their legion of fans has been waiting for because, as they say, “Christmas starts with St Agnes Fountain”.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions.

!!! Tickets are selling very fast !!!

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


Sat 19th Dec 2015

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

The Dylan Project

Take four of Britain's most talented Folk-Rock musicians and a unique singer, add the repertoire of a genius, and you've got the recipe for a dream band.
The musicians in question are PJ Wright (slide and electric guitars, pedal steel), Gerry Conway (drums and percussion), Phil Bond (keys), Dave Pegg (bass), and the singer is Steve Gibbons. As The Dylan Project, they present an exhilarating tribute to the work of arguably the greatest post- war songwriter in the English language.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions

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


Sun 20th Dec 2015

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

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 !

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


Thu 31st Dec 2015

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

New Year's Eve Party & Ceilidh

Bring in 2016 in style with music and dance at The David Hall. Our fantastic finale to the Old Year is always a fantastic evening of fun and dance which ALWAYS SELLS OUT ! We only have 80 places and every year we have to disappoint people who try to book at the last minute. Please book early.

Our band for the evening will be Jigs for Gigs with caller Simon Maplesden.

Tickets £15 including Buffet. No concessions.
NB: Advance tickets only. Please book by Tuesday 29 December (or earlier !).

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


Fri 29th Jan 2016 to Sun 31st Jan 2016

Yarn Market Hotel, High Street, Dunster TA24 6SF

Folk Dance and Snowdrop Weekend

with the Weston Country Dance Band & Ray Goodswen

A 2 night folk dancing break with a trip out to Exmoor's secret Snowdrop Valley. Package includes full board accommodation including Sunday lunch, all dances and transport to see snowdrops.

from £170.00 per person

Contact Antony Brunt: 01643 821425

hotel AT yarnmarkethotel.co.uk

http://www.yarnmarkethotel.co.uk/folkdance.html


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