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Wed 20th Mar 2019

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

Chris Foster and Bara Grimsdottir - Icelandic Harmony Singing Workshop

Both fine singers in their own right, Chris Foster and Bara Grimsdottir perform and teach Traditional Icelandic harmony singing and will be holding a workshop in Crewkerne.

£10 (£8 in Advance)

7.00 for 7.30pm until 10.00 pm

Contact Meg Rose: 07877 206 124

Meg.rose AT btinternet.com

https://www.funi-iceland.com


Thu 21st Mar 2019

St Andrew’s Church, Fontmell Magna SP7 0NY

Northern Harmony - Harmony Singing from around the World

These 14 extraordinary intergenerational singers present thrilling harmony singing from South Africa, Corsica, Georgia, the Balkans and many American traditions. Now on their 15th European tour, they have built a special reputation for their remarkable command of different vocal styles, from ultra-bright Bulgarian village style, to rich, mellifluous South African sound, to a lyrical Appalachian lullaby or medieval motet. Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

7:30pm

Tickets: 01747 811853. £10, £8 u18s, £26 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Springhead Fontmell Magna SP7 0NU

Exploring World Music Styles Workshop

Join this acclaimed vocal ensemble from the USA and learn a selection of songs from the wide variety of genres that the group specialises in, including South African songs, polyphony from Georgia, Corsica and the Balkans, shape-note singing and quartet gospel, and medieval motets. Singers from Northern Harmony will support each vocal part, making the teaching particularly effective and rewarding. No experience is required, just a love of singing. Places limited to 30 people, booking advised.

4pm-6pm

Tickets: 01747 811853. £6

www.artsreach.co.uk


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

Miranda Sykes

Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ returns in 2019 with a new album and UK tour. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be touring solo as she started out: One woman, one bass, and one guitar.
Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour, Miranda Sykes is back with a completely new project: Her new album ‘Behind The Wall’
Where Borrowed Places opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been, physically and spiritually, Behind The Wall is a Roller Coaster Ride exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. What does it mean to be human today, living in our communities and societies and where will our actions lead us?
Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant and beautiful, this show is not to be missed.

www.mirandasykes.com

£12 adv/£14 door

8pm

Contact box office: 01225 463362

info AT chapelarts.org

http://www.chapelarts.org


Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Brian Heaton

Chard Folk Dance Club

The members have been dancing for 50 years this year! We meet alternative Thursdays at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall between 7.30 and 9.45. Live music each time and a variety of callers.

£3 members, £4 non members (£6 annual membership)

All welcome, especially those with 2 left feet!
For more information call Elaine 01460 65909 / 07729 103359.

e3dons AT hotmail.com


The Mitre Inn, Sandford Orcas DT9 4RU

Equinox Session

Spring Equinox Session, an evening of accoustic folk song and music, all welcome.

8pm

Contact Linda Chiplen: 07530926496

lindachiplen AT yahoo.co.uk


Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Rd, Wiveliscombe TA4 2RE

The Red Dirt Skinners

Described by Roots Music Canada as “The Pink Floyd of Folk Music” the Red Dirt Skinners are the multi-award winning, multi-instrumentalist husband and wife team of Rob and Sarah Skinner. Widely regarded as one of the most innovative acts to come out of the UK in recent years.
The first act in history to achieve accolades at both the British Blues and British Country Awards, the duo’s unique sound also won them folk/roots album of the year in several polls across the UK and North America and saw them nominated duo of the year at the International Acoustic Music Awards.
With male and female harmonies blending together as one voice and Sarah’s trademark soprano saxophone solos, you will be swept along by the refreshingly different sound of the Red Dirt Skinners.

£12 / £10 concessions

8.00 pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


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

Acoustic Night!

No formality, no lead, just a friendly jam session in the Bridgwater Arts Centre Bar!
Bring an instrument to join in with other local performers! Or, why not just pop into the bar, have a drink, and enjoy the music on offer!

8pm

Free

Steve Coram (Marketing & Publicity)
Tel: (01278) 422700

steve AT bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Fri 22nd Mar 2019 to Sun 24th Mar 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Nyckelharpa for Beginners

An enjoyable, full-on, fun-packed workshop weekend with popular tutor Vicki Swan to introduce beginners to this fascinating Scandinavian folk stringed instrument. There will be a limited amount of instruments available to borrow. This course usually fills early, so book asap! We are also planning to have a second support tutor to ensure you are well looked after!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/nyckelharpa-for-beginners-3/


Fri 22nd Mar 2019

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Crows

+ support Antoine & Owena

‘Crows’ were a popular feature of the folk scene from 1978 to 1988. With the sad death of Ralph Jordan, in 2013, previously unreleased radio recordings were discovered. A ‘new’ album (‘Time To Rise’ Wildgoose Records), was released in 2016, and enthusiastically reviewed.

Two of the original line-up remains in the revived band, Mick Ryan and Dave Bordewey.
Dave Bordewey adds his astonishing high harmony lines to the vocal mix, plays fiddle and mando-cello, along with the inimitable Paul Downes on guitar, banjo, mando-cello and harmonies. Crows are now joined by Pete Harris giving a unique blend of power warmth and harmonies renewing the powerful vocal blend with Mick Ryan.
All four are well known and highly respected performers in their own right.
For the new ‘Crows’, it is very clearly ‘Time To Rise’!

Supporting Crows is a local duo fast making a name for themselves, Antoine and Owena.

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

8.15 pm (Legion open from 7.00 Concert doors 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


The Chapel in the Garden, 49 East St, Bridport DT6 3JX

Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll

The joyful combination of English fiddle partnership Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll welcomes you into their family from the first note. This is a masterclass in the art and mystery of connection; two fiddles and two voices working in confidence and synergy creating music infused with England痴 shared stories, songs and melodies. Join the duo for an acoustic concert in the beautiful setting of Bridport's Chapel in the Garden.

Tickets: https://www.wegottickets.com/englishfiddle

£8 advance / £10 on the door

7.30pm

Contact Becki Driscoll

becki AT englishfiddle.com

www.englishfiddle.com


Sat 23rd Mar 2019

Chaffcombe Village Hall TA20 4AW

The Crows

Dave Bordewey, Mick Ryan, James Patterson and Paul Downes have reunited to reform the hugely popular 1980’s group ‘Crows’.
‘Crows’ feature two of the finest male voices in the english folk tradition; Mick Ryan and James Patterson giving a unique blend of power, warmth and harmony. Mick and James are joined in harmony vocals by Dave and Paul.
‘Crows’ also provide masterly musicianship with James on guitar, Paul on guitar, mandocello, mandolin and banjo and Dave on fiddle and mandola, enabling the band to give a wide variety of instrumentation to any song they choose to perform.
The re-launch of this cult folk supergroup is a must-see.

£10

7.30 pm

Contact Elaine: 0146065909

e3dons AT hotmail.com


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

Faeland

+ support, Sealionwoman

Faeland: Songs for the spirit, folk-pop with Celtic and Americana influences.

Fusing deep folk tradition and acoustic instrumentation, Faeland bring their innovative and subtly experimental approach to contemporary folk music. Hear the acclaimed debut album “All My Swim” performed on an all-acoustic line-up including: guitars, beautiful vocals, double bass, violins, accordion and Celtic harp. Faeland offer a beautiful selection of original, modern folk compositions. The songs give the duo’s personal spin on classic themes of humanity, such as love, healing, and magic.
www.faeland.co.uk

Sealionwoman

Inspired by the selkies of Scottish folklore: water-dwelling beasts who morph from seal to human upon landing ashore. ‘Siren’ is the debut album by Sealionwoman: comprising a duo of vocals, doublebass and electronics.
www.facebook.com/kingdomofsealionwoman/

Sealionwoman on Twitter :  AT sealionwoman_uk

https://chapelarts.org/events/faeland/
Sealionwoman on Instagram :  AT seakittylionwoman

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

Door Price: £10.00
Advance: £8.00
The Cafe is open this evening, last orders at 6.30pm


Sun 24th Mar 2019

Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street DT1 1HF

Nick Cope

Nick Cope’s family performances are legendary! He has a fanatical army of little and not-so–little fans from all over the world.
Ex indie-rocker frontman of The Candyskins (considered by many to be one of the seminal bands of the Brit Pop era), Nick brings his own brand of acoustic folk-rock to the world of children’s music, creating interactive concerts for families.
If you haven’t heard his songs or seen his shows before come and find out what you’re missing.

2.30 pm

£9 / £7 / £28 family ticket (max. 2 adults)
Age guidance: 0-8 years old

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/sun-24-march-nick-cope/


Mon 25th Mar 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Anglo Scottish Dance Week

A light hearted week of Scottish and English folk dance with a friendly and experienced team. Workshops each morning, with afternoons free for you to explore the sights this lovely area has to offer, or to relax and enjoy the Manor and grounds. Dances every night including a Scottish Ball and a Costume Playford Ball, so bring costumes if you have them!!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/anglo-scottish/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Emmanuel Pariselle, Richard Burgess and Rowan Rheingans

A sublime evening of music and song from across the UK, Europe and Scandinavia with Emmanuel Pariselle, Richard Burgess and Rowan Rheingans.

8pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/emmanuel-pariselle-richard-burgess-and-rowan-rheingans/


Tue 26th Mar 2019

St Peter's Church, 26 High E St, Dorchester DT1 1EZ

Northern Harmony (concert and workshop)

Led by Larry Gordon, Northern Harmony’s 14 brilliant young singers return with another thrilling mix of world harmony traditions including South African songs and dances, traditional polyphony from Georgia, Corsica and the Balkans, American shape-note singing and quartet gospel, as well as renaissance motets. Based in Vermont, they are renowned for their remarkable command of the different singing styles and vocal timbres of these varied traditions.

To book both events and benefit from the combined ticket discount, please add both events to your online booking: the discount will be applied automatically. Any problems, just give us a call…

6.30pm (workshop) 8pm (concert)
Workshop: £9/£7 Concert: £13/£11 Combined Ticket: £19/£17

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/northen-harmony/


Wed 27th Mar 2019

Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum DT1 1UY

Time & Tide

This acclaimed folk-drama, by Dorset-based group Time & Tide, uses historical record combined with folk music of the time and area to create a song cycle of the Tolpuddle women.
Follow in the footsteps of the families of the ‘Tolpuddle Martyrs’, whose lives were changed forever when their menfolk – husbands, fathers and sons – became ‘marked men’. Accompany these women on their journey, as they face prejudice against their class, religion and gender.

£12.00 adult/£10.00 child/student

7.30 pm

Contact Harriot Still: 01305261849

info AT shirehall.dorset.org

shirehalldorset.org


Thu 28th Mar 2019

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

Tilston & Lowe

STEVE TILSTON and JEZ LOWE are two of the UK’s finest singers, songwriters and guitarists. They have performed together successfully on previous occasions but this is the first time they have written songs together, a radical change for two such singular artists. As Steve says: “Initially we were both wary of the process of co-writing, as for the most part, we are both firmly entrenched in a solitary approach to the creative process. That said, once we had a go at one song, and were pleasantly surprised by the results, we found ourselves on a bit of a roll and out came an album’s worth of material”. That album is the upcoming brand new release ‘The Janus Game’. The title takes its name from the ancient Roman god, Janus, the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, doorways, passages, and endings. He is usually depicted as having two faces, on the same body but pointing in opposite directions, since he looks to the future and to the past. Steve and Jez’s music does that too, looking back at the past to extract the best ideas but to the future to let the music develop anew.

www.stevetilston.com

www.jezlowe.com

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

£14.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/tilston-lowe/


Glastonbury Assembly Rooms BA6 9DU

Seize The Day

For the first time since FFF started over ten years ago, we are proud to welcome our global-thinking local heroes - eco-folk activists Seize The Day - for an intimate "unplugged" gig in the beautiful stone hall at Glastonbury Assembly Rooms. The band have been working on new material as ever, and have some thoughtful and gentle songs to fit the acoustic vibe, as well as old favourites and anthems for an ailing planet. If you know and love this awesome band, you may want to hear them in a more acoustic context than usual, with material you won't have heard before. And if you don't know their music, come and check them out: a national and international phenomenon, winners (well, almost winners!) of the inaugural Radio 3 World Music Awards and regular headliners at many an eco-festival. To know them is to love them, just as we love this ever-living earth and her creatures.

Supported by floor spots, folk club style, from local musicians.

Get in touch with Nathan or Dora to play: nathanvibration AT gmail.com / dorabelldarling AT googlemail.com. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the band on after the interval at 9.45 p.m. Admission: £10 / £8 concessions on the door.

Advance tickets are available from the Lords Of The Wildwood Community Tea Rooms in the Assembly Rooms, or from Labyrinth Books on Glastonbury High Street.

Youtube channel: https://seizetheday.org/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7wzIPofKng&index=13&list=PLE0BAC21DE9C6D0FB&frags=pl%2Cwn
Contact Nathan: 07752 593299

nathanvibration AT gmail.com

www.assemblyrooms.org.uk


Fri 29th Mar 2019 to Sun 31st Mar 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Falconers Dance Club

A social weekend of dance for club members and friends. The Falconers Folk Dance Club is a registered club of the English Folk Dance and Song Society from Bromyard. English and American country dancing with live music from The Falconers Band.
Whether you have done a lot of dancing or none, the Club will make you welcome and help you have an enjoyable time! Although this is a club partnership event, there may be space for additional dancers so please get in touch!

This course is a partnership event, organised by The Falconers Folk Dance Club. For more details: http://www.falconers.org.uk

For more information and to book please contact Barbara Tyler:
Email: barbara.tyler AT talktalk.net

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/falconers-dance-club/


Fri 29th Mar 2019

The Tivoli Theatre, West Borough, Wimborne Minster BH21 1LT

Feast of Fiddles 'Silver Jubilee' Concert

The Feast of Fiddles band-waggon trundles merrily on in its Silver Jubilee year. Born in Nettlebed on Valentine’s Day 1994 as a one off special concert, Feast of Fiddles has done 25 spring tours, 24 festivals and has 7 CDs to its name. Not bad for a bunch of old folk-rockers! This is a band of friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. Fiddlers Peter Knight (Gigspanner, Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle playing styles to the rock back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion – all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. A live music entertainment like no other on the circuit which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by even the most doubting of friends dragged along!

http://www.feastoffiddles.co.uk/ https://youtu.be/FdmKL0JEPwo Photo Credit: Martin Oldham

£22/£24.20

7.30 pm

Contact box office: 01202 885566

http://www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk


Blackmore Vale Inn, Burton St. Marnhull DT10 1JJ

Trio Fremsley

Concert - to Mark this momentous date!

Trio Fremsley! was formed in 2016 by three multi-instrumentalists who got together to explore the rich diversity of traditional music found in continental Europe and beyond.
Each bring their own musical experiences into the mix:
Paul Chousmer (piano accordion, clarinet), is an accomplished jazz pianist and electronics wizard,
Mike Eaton (hurdy-gurdy, bass, octave mandolin) is an established ceilidh musician,
whilst Chris King’s (acoustic guitar, mandolin) influences lean more towards prog rock.
Trio Fremsley’s style is very much rooted in traditional music, but with some of the improvisatory flair of jazz.
So expect to hear polska, zweifacher, bouree and tunes from the Klezmer tradition, amongst others.

8pm

Contact Paul Chousmer: 07904 007869

pchousmer AT hotmail.com


Sat 30th Mar 2019

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

Stick in the Wheel

East London five-piece folk band Stick In The Wheel are headed by singer Nicola Kearey, and guitarist/producer Ian Carter. Their debut “From Here”(2015) was fRoots magazine Album of the Year and a MOJO Folk Album of the Year, with four BBC Folk Award nominations since their inception in 2013. Known for Kearey’s fierce, working-class delivery, this is culturally and politically switched on music, with the group being widely commended for their timely appraisal of English Folk, and their skill in telling stories through songs that reconnect modern audiences to the past - drawing unexpected parallels between then and now.

Tickets are £16 (£12 students) from theatre box office 01202-413600
or online: www.shelleytheaatre.co.uk


Sun 31st Mar 2019

Caryford Community Hall, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ

Free Family Friendly Scottish Ceilidh

Programme of easy Scottish dances and ceilidh dances and all will be talked / walked through and dancing will be to recorded music. Hot / cold drinks will be supplied foc . Wear something tartan if you wish!

Sunday afternoons from 2.30 to 4.30 pm.

No need to book, just come along and have a great time.
Further enquiries to Anita on anitaandjim22 AT gmail.com or phone 01460 929383

Run by the Somerset Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS)


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

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Duos come and duos go… And some nurture and fine tune their art and watch it grow into something totally original, captivating and award-winning. Bonded by an unseen alchemy, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have entwined their professional and personal relationship into an enviable class act of imaginative songwriting and musicianship.

www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com

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

£15.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/kathryn-roberts-sean-lakeman-2/


Mon 1st Apr 2019 to Fri 5th Apr 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Contra and Square Dance Week

Who’s it For?
This is an intensive but fun week for dancers of all levels of experience. If you are new to Contra but have experience in other dance styles you should find you learn rapidly; if you’re an experienced dancer there should be plenty to keep you interested!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/contra-and-square-dance-week-2018/


Thu 4th Apr 2019

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Simon Mapleson and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club

The members have been dancing for 50 years this year! We meet alternative Thursdays at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall between 7.30 and 9.45. Live music each time and a variety of callers.

£3 members, £4 non members (£6 annual membership)

All welcome, especially those with 2 left feet!
For more information call Elaine 01460 65909 / 07729 103359.

e3dons AT hotmail.com


Fri 5th Apr 2019 to Sun 7th Apr 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Playford Weekend

Led by Rhodri Davies with music from The Warleggan Village Band (Chris Green, Richard Heacock and Matthew Coatsworth), the Halsway Playford Weekend promises to a be stimulating and enjoyable experience!
A vigorous and fun weekend of dancing, the course is aimed at dancers – both experienced and new to Playford are welcome – who want to explore the music and dances published in the English Dancing Master.
There will be a Playford Assembly Ball on the Saturday evening – costume strongly encouraged! – all set to beautiful live music from the trio of Chris Green, Richard Heacock and Matthew Coatsworth.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-playford-weekend-3/


Fri 5th Apr 2019

The Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Club

!!! C A N C E L L E D !!!

Now regular 1st Fridays

Good band and caller tba - this site will be updated

7.30 for 7.45

£6.00 (first visit free!) accompanied under 16s free, non-dancers £1.00

No bar but BYO if you wish.

Jenny and Ian Edlin - 01258 861184


Lamyatt Village Hall BA4 6NP

Will Finn & Rosie Calvert

Beneath This Place Album Tour

Traditional folk with contemporary twinkles
Will Finn and Rosie Calvert are a dynamic up-and-coming duo from the heart of Newcastle. Playing traditional music with a contemporary flair, their shows are a veritable smorgasbord of folk fusion; utilising piano, steel pan, ukulele, and close knit harmony singing.
Graduates of the Folk & Traditional Music BA at Newcastle University, Will and Rosie have been taking the festival circuit by storm with their harmony quartet The Teacups for the past seven years. Their duo work has been met with accolades from Beverley Festival, Towersey Folk Festival and The Sage Gateshead.
They have recently completed a very successful Kickstarter campaign in order to fund the recording of their debut album Beneath This Place. Expect superb musicianship, warm and witty banter and an exceptional night out.

7.30pm

Call: 01749 812420
Details: Doors 6.45pm Buffet supper included
Price: £15/£10 child/student

https://takeart.org/event/will-finn-rosie-calvert


Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Julie Felix

Good friends with Leonard Cohen and presenter of her own primetime 60s TV show, Julie Felix is the original beatnik folk legend.
She is known for Californian folk and South American songs such as El Cóndor Pasa. In 1964 Julie arrived in the UK to play at legendary clubs such as The Troubadour, after leaving California and hitchhiking across Europe with her guitar.

£14 advance / £16.50 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends.

https://www.seetickets.com/event/julie-felix/marine-theatre-lyme-regis/1315121


Sat 6th Apr 2019

Stogumber Village Hall TA4 3TQ

Will Finn & Rosie Calvert

Beneath This Place Album Tour

Traditional folk with contemporary twinkles
Will Finn and Rosie Calvert are a dynamic up-and-coming duo from the heart of Newcastle. Playing traditional music with a contemporary flair, their shows are a veritable smorgasbord of folk fusion; utilising piano, steel pan, ukulele, and close knit harmony singing.
Graduates of the Folk & Traditional Music BA at Newcastle University, Will and Rosie have been taking the festival circuit by storm with their harmony quartet The Teacups for the past seven years. Their duo work has been met with accolades from Beverley Festival, Towersey Folk Festival and The Sage Gateshead.
They have recently completed a very successful Kickstarter campaign in order to fund the recording of their debut album Beneath This Place. Expect superb musicianship, warm and witty banter and an exceptional night out.

7.45pm

Call: 01984 656727
Price: £8/£5 child/student

https://takeart.org/event/will-finn-rosie-calvert


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Jake Thackray remembered

Fake Thackray (John Watterson) is the UK's foremost interpreter of the wonderful wordsmithery of Jake Thackray. He has worked closely with the Thackray family, researching and recording Jake Thackray's music. Expect a night full of fun, stories about Jake and all those great songs performed close to Jake's orginal style.

8.00 pm

Tickets £10 from Nailsea Tithe Barn Trust:

www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-tithe-barn-trust

www.fakethackray.com/


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

John Smith Duo

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

£15.00
Essex-born John Smith has built a reputation as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and songwriters. Raised by the Devon seaside and making his bones in the bars and clubs of Liverpool, John has released five albums with over 10 million Spotify streams. He has played to audiences all over the world in living rooms, festival tents and sold-out concert halls. He is a genuine folksinger, an inquisitive truth-seeker, devoted song interpreter, and enchanting writer.

www.johnsmithjohnsmith.com

https://chapelarts.org/events/john-smith-duo/


Sun 7th Apr 2019

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshop

Workshops will be led by Hannah Cummings, who is an inspiring and
experienced workshop leader, who will help you build confidence to learn and
play new tunes by ear. The workshops are suitable for all levels and all
acoustic instruments. Notation and audio supplied. Everyone is welcome!

1:30 - 4:30 pm

Admission: £10 in advance / £12 on the door/
£25 for 3 workshops when paid in advance via the website.
info AT sherbornefolkband.org
Julia: 07527 508 277
www.sherbornefolkband.org


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

Eleanor McEvoy - The Gimme Some Wine Tour

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

Door Price: £17.00
Advance: £15.00

After the huge success of her The Thomas Moore Project album, nominated for best Folk Album in The RTE Folk Awards, she moves ever forward with Gimme Some Wine the Tour. The song, recorded and featured on her new Live to Disc album Forgotten Dreams, is very special to herself. Eleanor’s Artistic relationship with Painter Chris Gollon, (once she had purchased his painting Champagne Sheila and once they had met) blossomed with him creating paintings for all of the tracks on her Naked Music Album. Her response to all these works was the song Gimme Some Wine, his response another 23 paintings. Sadly Chris passed away in 2017 but his memory and paintings live on, as does her song.

http://twitter.com/eleanormcevoy
www.eleanormcevoy.com
http://www.facebook.com/eleanormcevoy
http://instagram.com/eleanormcevoy

https://chapelarts.org/events/eleanor-mcevoy-the-gimme-some-wine-tour/


Mon 8th Apr 2019 to Fri 12th Apr 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk: Intro

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first-served basis.

You will operate as a company: taking warm-ups together, developing technique in music and performance, learning repertoire, and creating new interpretations of traditional material. There will also be down-time to socialise and enjoy being part of an exciting new company of performers! At the end of the week you’ll have the chance to perform what you’ve learned to an invited audience.

For more details and how to apply for one of the limited number of places see

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-young-folk-intro-2/


Thu 11th Apr 2019

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

The Jellyman’s Daughter

The Jellyman’s Daughter hail from Edinburgh and blend folk/roots, Americana and a touch of bluegrass to bring you a highly original but beguiling musical landscape. Mixing gorgeous, haunting vocal harmonies with wild and visceral cello, driving guitar and sweet mandolin, Emily Kelly and Graham Coe are also exceptional songwriters.

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

Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £10.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/the-jellymans-daughter/


Fri 12th Apr 2019 to Sun 14th Apr 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Percussive Dance Weekend

Back by popular demand, Hannah, Nic & Jim are back for another weekend of percussive dance. This time the Intermediate / Advanced group will split at times to allow for slower / faster paced learning.
A weekend for clog dancers of all abilities with a particular focus on using clog as percussion and on creating new routines and allowing the tradition to evolve. This weekend is led by a talented young team of Hannah James, Nicola Lyons, and Jim Molyneux, who you’ll get to see in performance on Saturday evening.

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


Fri 12th Apr 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Mel’s Melodeon Club – Monthly Class (Apr)

New to Halsway Manor – a regular monthly class run over six months for anyone interested in learning to play the Melodeon at beginner through to intermediate level. Tutor Mel Biggs will guide you in learning to master the basics and improve your skill and technique. Each class of 1.5 hrs duration, will run monthly between January and June.

Class Times
10.00 – 11.30am: Level 2 (Improvers)
11.45 – 1.15pm: Level 1 (Beginners)
2.00 – 3:30pm: Level 3/4 (Intermediates)

Class Dates
11 Jan 2019 | 8 Feb 2019 | 8 March 2019 | 12 April 2019 | 10 May 2019 | 7 June 2019.

Who’s it For?
Everyone interested in learning to play Melodeon and existing players of the D/G melodeon (diatonic button accordion). Sessions are organised by skill level. To find which skill level you are at please …..

Pricing
£35 per session
3 months for £90
6 months for £180
Pay up front for three or six months for a discounted rate.

Booking essential.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/mels-melodeon-club-monthly-class-apr/


Sat 13th Apr 2019

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

Harmony Singing Workshop with Jackie Oates

A chance to learn some beautiful and lesser-known English Folk songs from the South West, together with harmonies and arrangement ideas.

3:30 - 4.30 pm

Tickets: £7. No concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=1009


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

Jackie Oates: The Joy of Living

Jackie Oates is synonymous with the reinvigoration of English Folk. Her mellifluous voice, plaintive fiddle and tantalizing approach to Traditional songs gained her several BBC Folk Awards in a career that’s seen her perform as a member of the nascent Unthanks, collaborate with Alasdair Roberts and Belinda O’Hooley and release six acclaimed solo albums. An inventive and enthralling artist - who else can say they’ve been immortalised as a Lush cosmetic, featured on Lauren Laverne’s 6 Music show and appeared in Midsomer Murders……?

7:30pm

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=1010


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Hannah James, Nicola Lyons, Jim Molyneux

As part of our Clog and Percussive Dance Weekend, there’s a pretty unusual and special tutor’s concert promised, with dancer/musicians Hannah James (Jig Doll) & Nicola Lyons (4Square), and percussionist Jim Molyneux (4Square)!

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/hannah-james-nicola-lyons-jim-molyneux/


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

The Leylines

The Leylines are a West-country collective established in 2013, with a genre-defying, eclectic sound that ranges from traditional folk to full blown festival rock.
The band was founded by a group of musicians in Weston-super-Mare (via Bristol), wishing to combine their individual musical styles into something that isn’t quite folk, sort of punk, 100% heart-pounding revelry.

www.theleylinesmusic.co.uk

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

Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £12.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/the-leylines-2/


Sun 14th Apr 2019

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

John Blek

Ever prolific, Blek has released 5 albums in the last 5 years. Currently he is preparing to release number 6, his new album Thistle & Thorn due on 1st Feb 2019. ‘Salt in the Water’ from Blek’s current album Catharsis Vol.1, was nominated for Song of the Year at the International Folk Music Awards 2018 at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City.
He is a master storyteller and an inspiring live performer. His beautiful fingerstyle guitar and joyous vocal weave a tapestry that is as poignant as it is skilful. He is a true artist.

www.johnblek.com
www.facebook.com/johnbleksolo/
twitter.com/johnbleksolo
www.instagram.com/johnbleksolo/

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

Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £10.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/john-blek/


Mon 15th Apr 2019 to Fri 19th Apr 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

A Box of Delights

Celebrate the Springtime this Easter with Jeannie & Sue Harris, Laurel Swift & Gareth Kiddier in a fun-packed week of seasonal folk activities!
Join our ‘Box of Delights’ team for a sociable week packed with opportunities to enjoy and explore some of the more unusual folk traditions and Springtime customs – anyone for Sun Dancing and Holly Bussing?! Early morning singing, traditional tunes and dances (and creating props for them), songs and shadow puppetry, invigorating walks on the Quantock Hills by day and dancing your socks off by night!
An energetic, fun and inspiring week that will culminate in a light-hearted performance at the end of the course.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/a-box-of-delights/


Thu 18th Apr 2019

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Mic Spenceley and Amycrofters

Chard Folk Dance Club

The members have been dancing for 50 years this year! We meet alternative Thursdays at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall between 7.30 and 9.45. Live music each time and a variety of callers.

£3 members, £4 non members (£6 annual membership)

All welcome, especially those with 2 left feet!
For more information call Elaine 01460 65909 / 07729 103359.


Fri 19th Apr 2019 to Mon 22nd Apr 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway European Music Weekend

An extended weekend course for musicians to develop ensemble playing skills and make imaginative arrangements that are exciting to listen or dance to. We’ll be using music from European folk/traditional/popular music traditions as the raw material to make new arrangements that can go in any direction. The aim is to explore and combine all sorts of influences and ideas to make spine tingling music that is more than the sum of the parts.
The course is fairly intensive and includes all day ensemble workshop sessions with the aim of performing all the pieces we create together at a public concert on the Sunday night.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-european-music-weekend-3/


Fri 19th Apr 2019

Corfe Mullen Village Hall BH21 3UA

St George's Day charity barn dance

Celebrating the life of Ray Sargent.

with: No Strings Attached, Casterbridge Band, Cottage Industry, Reel Dorset.

The 12th Charity Barn Dance featuring a host of local bands and entertainers including No Strings Attached, Casterbridge Band, Reel Dorset, Cottage Industry and the Stourvale Mummers

Sold out for that last umpteenth years so please book in advance.

£10

7.00 - 11.00 pm

Contact Julia Thomas: 01202 604598

juliadcthomas AT gmail.com

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


Sun 21st Apr 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

European Ensemble Gig

Music from the European folk, traditional and popular music traditions from musician/composer/arranger Paul James – saxophones, border bagpipes (Blowzabella, Evening Star), Belgian diatonic accordion virtuoso and composer/arranger Anne Niepold and we are delighted to welcome German harpist, composer and teacher Merit Zloch.

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/european-music/


Mon 22nd Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Dancing & Walking Week

Enjoy a lighthearted Springtime week of dancing with opportunities to walk in the beautiful Quantock Hills each afternoon! We’re delighted to welcome back caller – and keen walker – Rhodri Davies, to join regular band Stradivarious (Rod & Frances Stradling, Poppy Weatherall) and our walk leaders Nan Ward & Roger Phipp.
A mixed-programme of country dance workshops will take place each morning with Rhodri and the band. You’ll have a chance to brush-up your dancing skills and maybe learn a new dance or two, before heading off into the hills – quite literally – to enjoy the spectacular landscapes of this distinctive and nationally important protected area. Guided walks will be led by our knowledgeable and enthusiastic local guides Nan Ward and Roger Phipps, giving you a chance to learn more about the history and wildlife of the hills, or simply to enjoy an amble with in beautiful countryside in amiable company! Then it’s back to the Manor, for dinner, and dances every evening. Feel free to bring along instruments for the odd informal session in the bar!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/dancing-walking-week-2/


Wed 24th Apr 2019

Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street DT1 1HF

"Words Take Wing" with Wyvern

Original, observant, quirky tales of Dorset folk featured in prosaic newspaper copy that were transformed by writer Thomas Hardy into part of his literary canon. Join Wyvern to see and hear nostalgic, funny and uplifting stories - wife-selling, smugglers and rustic eccentrics - with evocative images of Hardy's Wessex and live music led by fiddle-player Steve Potter and harpist Sarah Deere-Jones.

£12/£10

8pm

Contact Dorchester Arts: 01305 266926

www.dorchesterarts.org.uk


Thu 25th Apr 2019

Glastonbury Assembly Rooms BA6 9DU

Martha Tilston

Glastonbury Assembly Rooms’ FFF night hosts one of our favourite singers, plus 35 minutes of short floor spots from local artists.

Martha and band have played on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and festivals. She has recorded and released several critically acclaimed albums, gained a nomination for BBC best newcomer, appeared as a guest vocalist for Zero 7, toured internationally and played with the some of the world’s most inspiring musicians.

Advance tickets are available from the Lords Of The Wildwood Community Tea Rooms in the Assembly Rooms, or from Labyrinth Books on Glastonbury High Street, as well as online via www.eventbrite.com

Doors: 8 p.m. for an 8.30 start. Martha & her band: 9.15 p.m.

£15 / £14 in advance

Contact Nathan: 07752 593299

nathanvibration AT gmail.com

www.assemblyrooms.org.uk


Fri 26th Apr 2019 to Sun 28th Apr 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Irish Set Dance Weekend

A very popular dance weekend for experienced dancers. Join the A-team of callers Maggie Daniel and Lucy Slemmings, and Irish musicians Rise the Dust Ceili Band for another rip-roaring weekend at Halsway.
Maggie and Lucy will teach daytime workshops helping you to brush up on your skills, and there will be ceilis on Friday evening, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon for you to enjoy dancing to top-notch live accompaniment. Book early!
There’s the option to stay Sunday night for an extra £35 per person, to include light supper, B&B. Bring instruments if you have them, and enjoy a relaxed evening session!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/irish-set-dance-weekend-3/


Fri 26th Apr 2019

Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band with caller Teresa Rabbetts

Kimmeridge Keilidh - Barn Dance

All welcome to our regular dances in Kimmeridge. Interval spot as well to give you a breather! No bar, so bring your own drinks & nibbles.

£5 adults £2.50 children - tickets on the door

7.30 - 10.30 pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


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

Flook

The flutes of Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, the guitar of Ed Boyd and the bodhran of John Joe Kelly weave and spin traditionally rooted tunes into the breath-taking sound of the ground-breaking band Flook. This group possesses a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination. There is no shortage of virtuosity amongst the members of Flook, but the unique impact of this Anglo-Irish band stems from the wholly intuitive, almost symbiotic, exchange between the various flutes, frets and skins.

8pm

Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Concessions.

www.flook.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=985


Thornford Village Hall, Pound Road DT9 6QB

Ceilidh's Comet Barn Dance Band

with Special Guest - Bonny Sartin

Charity Barn Dance & Live Entertainment

Hot Food included in ticket
Soft Drinks & Bar Available

www.facebook.com/ceilidhscomet

www.ceilidhscomet.co.uk

7pm

please use PayPal form on the BearCat Diary page
or cheques payable to BearCat Collective
at Silverthorne Farm, Milborne Wick DT9 4PW
please include names and dietary requirements
(options - chicken/veggie/vegan)

Profits provide courses run by Simply Training for local family carers,
in Dementia, Autism and Mental Health Awareness.

Adv. Tickets £7.50, U16s £2
Family £15 = 2 adults +up to 3 U16s
Entry on the door £9 / £3. No unaccompanied under 18s


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

Marshes (featuring Beth Porter)

+ support, Stanlaey

Marshes is the new incarnation of Beth Porter and the Availables, previously a Bath/Bristol based band. Beth has moved up to Wigtown in South West Scotland where the inspiration for the name came from. The songs are dark, quirky, charming and ethereal and depict themes such as fear, confusion, money, politics, the weather and the odd cheesy love song, all carried by Beth’s pure and unaffected voice.
Beth is the cellist for Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band and she is one half of prolific duo The Bookshop Band as well as String Quartet Red Carousel. She has played cello on over 100 records including those of The Proclaimers, Petula Clark, Newton Faulkner, Jackie Oates, Jim Moray, The Heavy. She has played and written for short films including BAFTA winning The Eagleman Stag by Mikey Please.

www.facebook.com/marshesbethporter/

Stanlaey

Stanlaey is currently a quartet led by Bethany Stenning (vocals, electric guitar) with Ben Holyoake (Bass-boffin, soundscapes), Naomi Hill (violin overlord) and Oli Cocup (drum demon) where the band’s soundscape has developed in a diverse genre pool of folk/jazz/pop, being compared to artists such as Kate Bush and Dirty Projectors. The band takes you on a journey through ethereal ambient vocal/violin duets, to progressive rock jams and sometimes the odd waltz (Oli is known for his love for waltzes in his best silk kimonos).

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

Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £10.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/marshes-plus-support-stanlaey/


Thornford Village Hall, Pound Road DT9 6QB

Ceilidh's Comet Barn Dance Band with special guest Bonny Sartin

Hot Food included in ticket
Soft Drinks & Bar Available

www.facebook.com/ceilidhscomet
www.ceilidhscomet.co.uk

7.00 pm

buy online at BearCatCollective.co.uk/tickets
or send a cheque payable to BearCat Collective
at Silverthorne Farm, Milborne Wick DT9 4PW
please include names and dietary requirements
(options - chicken/veggie/vegan)

Adv. Tickets Only £7.50, U16s £2
Family £15 = 2 adults +up to 3 U16s
Entry on the door £9 / £3
(No unaccompanied under 18s)

Profits provide courses run by Simply Training
for local family carers,
in Dementia, Autism and Mental Health Awareness.


Sat 27th Apr 2019

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

Weston Country Dance Band with Dick Williams calling

Bridport Folk Dance Clubs annual dance, "Miss Mayne's Party", in this its centennial year, with the ever welcome W.C.D.B. plus the versatile Dick Williams as caller.

Bring and Share supper, and raffle
Bring your own ale - the Woodman Inn is just opposite.

On street parking or free evening car park up the street.

£8

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Mecki: 01308 423 442

mecki1 AT yahoo.co.uk


Ferndown Village Hall BH22 9ET

Flook

The flutes of Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, the guitar of Ed Boyd and the bodhran of John Joe Kelly weave and spin traditionally rooted tunes into the breathtaking sound of the groundbreaking band Flook. This group possesses a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination.
Flook announced that they were taking a prolonged pause from live performance at the end of 2008, but, due to overwhelming popular demand, they are now back together and playing some carefully selected concerts around Europe and further afield. Catch these rare shows while you can!

£16

8:00pm

Contact Adrian Harman: 07766252844

info AT celticfolk.net

www.celticfolk.net


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

The Urban Folk Quartet

The award-winning quartet will be performing material from throughout their career, including new tunes from their impending seventh album. Yet-to-be-titled, the release forms part of The UFQ’s 10th anniversary celebrations, which will run throughout 2019 and see the band enjoy further live shows, major festival appearances, and more.
Discussing their year-long birthday celebrations, Tom said simply: “We can’t believe it’s been ten years
and the new material’s sounding really special!”

£12/£16

8pm

Contact Shelley Theatre: 01202 413 600

info AT theufq.com

www.theufq.com


Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Rd, Wiveliscombe TA4 2RE

The Stoned Cherries

The Stoned Cherries in their current form came together in summer 2014, based around the core members Roger Pugh and Dave Evans. With the addition of Matt and Aly, a band appeared that enjoys playing original and traditional songs and tunes that would make people dance, smile and think. 2018 sees the band playing more festivals and bigger venues.
Roger and Dave write the original songs and tunes, with traditional tunes featuring as well. The occasional cover song may be thrown in for good measure.

£10 /£8 concessions

8.00 pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Tintinhull Village Hall BA22 8PY

Jigs for Gigs caller Simon Maplesden

Over Stratton Folk Dance Club SPRING DANCE

Bring and Share supper, sorry no bar.

Early tickets £7.50 / On the door £8.50

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact lynn sparks: 01935479291

sjsparks AT btinternet.com

www.overstrattonfolkdanceclub


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

Daria Kulesh & Marina Osman

Beguiling and enchanting Daria Kulesh’s collaboration with the extraordinary pianist Marina Osman offers a fantastic variety for every listener regardless of their language and cultural background.
Expect plenty of authentic Russian flavour, superb musicianship, multilingual banter and heaps of heartfelt, infectious energy. “The songs aren’t just sung, but lived.” (FATEA Magazine). A refreshing, intriguing and thoroughly entertaining evening awaits all who come along.
Featuring original compositions from Daria’s award-winning albums mixed with breathtaking Russian folk favourites.

Daria Kulesh

With her “extraordinary voice” and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, Daria Kulesh has been making a name for herself as a “bold, exotic, impressive” performer. Mixing her Eastern roots with Western folk influences, she creates an original and exciting sound, full of passion and magic. Her debut release Eternal Child was described as “phenomenal” and her second album Long Lost Home has enjoyed rave reviews, national radio play and multiple awards in the UK and Russia, including LCM Album of the Year.

Marina Osman

Marina Starastsenkava Osman, originally from Belarus, is a graduate of Belarussian State Conservatoire. An accomplished performer as well as teacher, she was awarded a badge “For contribution to the cultural evolution of Belarus” by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus in 2008. In 2007, she was a judging panel member at International Chamber Ensembles Competition ‘Nova music’ in Latvia. She has also performed in Poland, Germany, Lithuania and Russia, having recorded several programs for Russian music Radio ‘Orpheus’ and Russian TV with the classical music expert Mihail Kazinik in 2009. Since 2011, Marina has been based in London, focusing on training young musicians for ABRSM exams.

www.daria-kulesh.co.uk/with-marina-osman/

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

Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £10.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/daria-kulesh-marina-osman/


Mon 29th Apr 2019 to Fri 3rd May 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

La Jeusseliniere – The Reunion 2019

Martyn & Danni Wyndham-Read started the La Jeusseliniere music weeks from their home in France in 2002. These relaxed and friendly courses, featuring well known folk artists and musicians, continued until Martyn & Danni moved back to the UK in 2007. The La Jeuss Reunion began the following year, continuing to flourish as a meeting place where like minded musicians – and their partners and friends – can relax and enjoy each others company whilst exploring and improving their musical talents.

For more information and to book please contact Stan Graham:

Tel: 01904 758228
Email: magpiemusic25 AT gmail.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/la-jeusseliniere-the-reunion-2017/


Thu 2nd May 2019

Bocabar, Glastonbury BA6 9FT

Carrie Tree

+ support Stevie P

Singer songwriter Carrie Tree plays an intimate solo gig at the Bocabar, Glastonbury as part of a tour to launch her sublime new album, 'The Canoe'.
Carrie has been a known name in the UK’s alternative scene for several years, has toured in many places in Europe, and has played regularly at UK festivals such as Glastonbury, Secret Garden and Cambridge Folk Festival. She has collaborated live and in the studio with the likes of Damien Rice, Fink, Albert Mazibuko (Ladysmith Black Mambazo), Carly Simon, Rumer, Martha Tilston and Andy Barlow of Lamb.

Playing support for Carrie will be Glastonbury singer and guitarist / bouzouki player Stevie P (formerly of Heathens All and Green Angels) whose songs, like Carrie's, touch the transcendent and the mystical, with influences from Americana to English eco-folk.

Tickets are available for £8 in advance from the Bocabar's website: http://glastonbury.bocabar.co.uk/whats-on or priced at £10 on the door. The evening starts at 8 p.m., with the support band at 8.30 and Carrie's set at 9.15.

£10 / £8 in advance

Contact Nathan: 07752 593299

nathanvibration AT gmail.com

http://glastonbury.bocabar.co.uk/whats-on


Fri 3rd May 2019 to Tue 7th May 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Society for International Folk Dance

A wide selection of International Dances each evening led by a guest caller. You will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful varied area of the Quantocks and Somerset coast and to join organised walks. The period of stay is Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights with the choice to stay the Monday night should you wish.

For further details or for a booking form please contact Robin Morris:

Mobile: Phone 07966 785172
Email: Robinnimbo AT aol.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/society-for-international-folk-dance/


Fri 3rd May 2019

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

Gigspanner

In the wake of his departure from Steeleye Span, multi-award-winning fiddle player, Peter Knight, has turned his full attention to his trio, Gigspanner - and in the process, established their reputation as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British Folk scene.

8pm

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=1013


Sat 4th May 2019

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

Joshua Burnell & Band

After releasing a weekly folk song for a year, BBC Radio 2 spins and glowing press reviews, York based Joshua Burnell & Band take to the stage to launch a brand new album in 2019.
In 2017, Joshua and his band won The Great British Folk Festival audience poll for favourite act by an overwhelming majority and received the ‘Highly Commended Best Performing Artist’ award at the York Culture awards.
Armed with ‘The Road To Horn Fair’, a brand-new album of traditional material which according to Joshua, “juxtaposes the delicacy of the English folk canon with the rawness of the early 70s hard rock movement,” the band are ready to set some feet stomping on their first national tour of England.
Momentum is starting to build fast for the band as they launch the new album and the tour. They will be showcasing material from the newly released ‘The Road To Horn Fair’, along with some favourites from Joshua’s previous albums,’ Into the Green’ and ‘Songs From The Seasons’. Photo Credit Elly Lucas www.joshuaburnell.co.uk

£12.50 adv/£14 door

8pm

Contact box office: 01225 463362

bathboxoffice AT bathtoursm.co.uk

http://www.chapelarts.org


Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street DT1 1HF

Gigspanner

Known for his work with Steeleye Span, Peter Knight and Gigspanner bring new life to older folk tunes, and his own compositions.
Their 2015 album Layers of Ages featured on Album of the Year listings for The Telegraph, R2 magazine and BBC Radio. They have established themselves as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British folk scene.

8.00pm
£16 / £14 members and concessions
1 Hour 30 Mins

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/sat-4-may-gigspanner/


Sun 5th May 2019

St Mary's Church, Cerne Abbas, Dorchester DT2 7JQ

Tatterdemalion

Barn Dance

The thrilling band Tatterdemalion will provide the music and the renowned Angela Laycock will call at this popular event. Soft drinks, wine, Cerne Abbas ale, and nibbles will be on sale.

Tickets £7 adults and £3 children

7:00 - 10:00 pm

Contact Jane Still: 07823 778758

still.family AT virgin.net

www.CerneGiantFestival.uk


Fri 10th May 2019 to Sun 12th May 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Säckpipa! & Swedish Bagpipe Tunes

An enjoyable full-on fun-packed workshop weekend with Vicki Swan to introduce players to both the säckpipa (Swedish Bagpipes) and Swedish bagpipe music.

Topics to be covered (more to be added!) will include:
• The Standard Swedish Säckpipa Repertoire
• Tunes from Småland
• Articulation
• General bagpipe technique

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/sackpipa-swedish-bagpipe-tunes/


Fri 10th May 2019 to Mon 13th May 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Violin Making

The Violin making workshops are extremely popular at Halsway Manor, with many of the participants coming back year after year. The workshop gives maximum continuous time at the workbench supported by Neville Gardner, who has been teaching violin making for the last sixteen years. He is joined by Corrie Schrijver to ensure that there is a ratio of 1 tutor to no more than 5 participants giving plenty of patient and knowledgeable support.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/3220/


Fri 10th May 2019

The Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3GW

Eurobal Wesex

French – Breton – Euro Dances

Workshop at 7pm followed by Bal at 8pm
£6 adults, £4 for 12-18s, under 12s free Dorset
2019 dates for Dorchester Dances
Friday Jan 11th, May 10th, Sept 13th, Nov 8th

See our facebook page - fb: EuroBal Wessex email us to add your name to our
mailing list: eurobalwessex AT gmail.com


Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Kris Drever

This is a concert from the Scottish folkie guitar star of the excellent band Lau
Scottish songwriter Kris Drever celebrated a decade of critical and commercial success by winning both BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of The Year 2017 and Best Original Track 2017 (for his song If Wishes Were Horses) at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
t of’ set featuring all the key songs from his first decade, alongside some new material played live for the first time.

With support

£12 advance / £14.50 on the door. 10% off for Theatre Friends.

Bar opens 7 P.M., Starts 8 P.M.

http://www.marinetheatre.com/music-kris-drever-friday-may-10/


The Speedwell Hall. Abbey Street. Crewkerne TA18 7HY

Belshazzar's Feast

An opportunity to see Paul Sartin and Paul Hutchings aka Belshazzar's Feast in Crewkerne.

Tickets limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
Please note there is no bar please bring your own bottle etc.

£12

7.00 for 7.30 pm

Contact Meg Rose: 07877 206 124

Meg.rose AT btinternet.com


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Mel’s Melodeon Club – Monthly Club (May)

New to Halsway Manor – a regular monthly class run over six months for anyone interested in learning to play the Melodeon at beginner through to intermediate level. Tutor Mel Biggs will guide you in learning to master the basics and improve your skill and technique. Each class is 1.5 hours duration and will run monthly between January and June.

Class Times

10.00 – 11.30am: Level 2 (Improvers)
11.45 – 1.15pm: Level 1 (Beginners)
2.00 – 3:30pm: Level 3/4 (Intermediates)

Class Dates

11 Jan 2019 | 8 Feb 2019 | 8 March 2019 | 12 April 2019 | 10 May 2019 | 7 June 2019.

Pricing
£35 per session
3 months for £90
6 months for £180
Pay up front for three or six months for a discounted rate.

Booking essential.


Dorchester Arts, The Corn Exchange, High East Street DT1 1HF

Megson: Contradicshun

Four times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards make a welcome return to Dorchester Arts following a storming debut show here in January 2017. Comprised of husband and wife Stu and Debbie Hanna, the duo have released four albums and one EP. Their live performances feature Stu playing guitar, mandolin and banjo and Hannah on accordion as backing to their vocal harmonies.
Bringing an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars, Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their songwriting, but also their exquisite musicianship and northern humour.

8.00pm
£15 / £13 members and concessions
1 Hour 30 Mins (approx)

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/fri-10-may-megson-contradicshun/


Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome BA11 1BE

Sharon Shannon + Seckou Keita

The first every visit of this great performer with her band plus support from the world music maestro.

£22

8 pm

Contact Rob Dahl

box.office AT cheeseandgrain

www.cheeseandgrain.com


Sun 12th May 2019

Long Sutton Village Hall TA10 9NT

Free Family Friendly Scottish Ceilidh

Programme of easy Scottish dances and ceilidh dances and all will be talked / walked through and dancing will be to recorded music. Hot / cold drinks will be supplied foc . Wear something tartan if you wish!

Sunday afternoons from 2.30 to 4.30 pm.

No need to book, just come along and have a great time.
Further enquiries to Anita on anitaandjim22 AT gmail.com or phone 01460 929383

Run by the Somerset Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS)


Mon 13th May 2019 to Fri 17th May 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

American Contra Week

Our much loved annual American Contra Dance Week is hosted by Meg Winters with guests: caller Cis Hinkle from the USA, and the UK’s top contra band, English Contra Dance Band. There will be dance and music workshops in the mornings, afternoons are free for you to explore this lovely area, and there are dances every evening. Early booking advised.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/american-contra-week-2016/


Thu 16th May 2019

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Mary and Robert Blackberrow and friends

Chard Folk Dance Club

The members have been dancing for 50 years this year! We meet alternative Thursdays at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall between 7.30 and 9.45. Live music each time and a variety of callers.

£3 members, £4 non members (£6 annual membership)

All welcome, especially those with 2 left feet!
For more information call Elaine 01460 65909 / 07729 103359.


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

Edgelarks: Phillip Henry, Hannah Martin

In 2018, Edgelarks retreated to a remote Cumbrian cottage to write. With world rhythms, folk roots, and a very big sound for only two people, the album that emerged is an upbeat celebration, an incitement to hope.
Join them as they celebrate the launch of Feather with a UK tour.
A set of songs that will celebrate joy, push musical boundaries, and call out for hope. www.edgelarks.co.uk

www.wegottickets.com/event/450311

£14 adv/£16 door

8pm

Contact box office: 01225 463362

bathboxoffice AT bathtoursm.co.uk

https://chapelarts.org/events/edgelarks/


Fri 17th May 2019 to Sun 19th May 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Andy May Trio Weekend

The Andy May Trio are three award-winning musicians from Newcastle – Northumbrian piper Andy May (Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies, Baltic Crossing), guitarist Ian Stephenson (Kan, Baltic Crossing) and fiddler Sophy Ball (422, Bottle Bank Band); they’re known for playing high energy instrumental folk, inspired by the music of their native North East.
Andy (Northumbrian Small Pipes), Ian (guitar) and Sophy (fiddle) are all popular tutors in their specialist instrument here at Halsway (and elsewhere).
This time though they’re here to lead a weekend for players of all instruments (pipes in G, other keys – please check) of an intermediate level and above, to explore NE repertoire in large and small mixed instrument groups, with some specific guitar / NSP / fiddle technique thrown in. Plus a tutors’ gig on Saturday night and some informal sessions in the bar!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/andy-may-trio-weekend/


Fri 17th May 2019

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

Richard Digance

+ support Eric Sedge

Richard Digance is a BAFTA-nominated TV Entertainer of The Year and Gold Award recipient from The British Academy of Composers. His 4,200 live shows, 62 British tours, 17 books, 3 stage plays, 32 albums and nearly 4 million YouTube visits say it all. He composed the audio book music for Bill Bryson’s best-seller, The Road To Little Dribbling, and his guitar instrumentals are used on numerous TV productions. He supported Robin Williams at The London Palladium, and also Steve Martin in the USA. He is one of a just a handful of Folk singers listed in The Virgin Anthology of Songwriters.

www.richarddigance.com www.ericsedgemusic.com

8pm

Tickets: £16 Full. £15 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=1015


Shire Hall Historic Courthouse Museum DT1 1UY

Tolpuddle Man

Graham Moore, James Findlay and company present songs and scenes from the renowned folk musical ‘Tolpuddle Man’ , within the original Old Crown Court, where the six Dorset labourers were tried in 1834.

£12.00 adult/£10.00 child/student

8.00 pm

Contact Harriot Still: 01305 261849

info AT shirehall.dorset.org

shirehalldorset.org


Sat 18th May 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Andy May Trio

Three award-winning musicians from Newcastle – Northumbrian piper Andy May (Jez Lowe and The Bad Pennies, Baltic Crossing), guitarist Ian Stephenson (Kan, Baltic Crossing) and fiddler Sophy Ball (422, Bottle Bank Band) – come together as the Andy May Trio to play high energy instrumental folk, inspired by the music of their native North East.

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/andy-may-trio/


Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Rd, Wiveliscombe TA4 2RE

Kitty Macfarlane

Kitty Macfarlane is a Bristol-based songwriter and accomplished guitar player. Her sharply observed narrative songs are pure poetry, rich with visual imagery and writ-ten with an eco-eye – bound loosely by the theme of mankind’s relationship with the wild. Last autumn saw the release of Kitty Macfarlane's highly anticipated debut album Namer of Clouds, produced by Sam Kelly and Jacob J Stoney and featuring a recognisable cast of musicians. Gathering inspiration from the sky to the seabed, Kitty’s lyrics touch on intervention and rewilding, climate change and migration and one singular song which is a magical aural tapestry of woman’s historical relationship with textiles and the land. From the starling murmurations on the Somerset Levels to the lowly eel's epic transatlantic migration, and the small part we ourselves play in a much bigger picture. The album is augmented by all kinds of ‘found sound’ recorded in locations from Somerset to Sardinia – birdsong, waterfalls, the click of knitting needles- and is bookended by sounds of the wild.

£12 / £10

8.00 pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Sun 19th May 2019

Digby Memorial Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band Workshop

Workshops will be led by Hannah Cummings, who is an inspiring and
experienced workshop leader, who will help you build confidence to learn and
play new tunes by ear. The workshops are suitable for all levels and all
acoustic instruments. Notation and audio supplied. Everyone is welcome!

1:30 - 4:30 pm

Admission: £10 in advance / £12 on the door/
£25 for 3 workshops when paid in advance via the website.
info AT sherbornefolkband.org
Julia: 07527 508 277
www.sherbornefolkband.org


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Tim Edey

Tim Edey was voted BBC Radio Two’s Musician of the year 2012 (BBC R2 FOLK AWARDS) and “Best duo” with Brendan Power. Tim is a multi-instrumentalist and singer and has toured the world and recorded with most of the major names in Celtic/Contemporary roots music including; The Chieftains, Dougie MacLean, Christy Moore, JP Cormier, Frankie Gavin, Sharon Shannon, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy, Steve Cooney, Dermot Byrne, Altan, Stockton’s Wing, Capercaillie, Brendan Power, Kevin Burke, Michael McGoldrick, Seamus Begley, The Barra MacNeills, Shaun Davey, Session A9, Wolfstone, Lunasa, Vinnie Kilduff, Tony McManus, Mary Black, Session A9, Julie Fowlis, to name but a few…
7.30 pm

Tickets £12

www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club,

https://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk/


Mon 20th May 2019 to Fri 24th May 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Dulcimers at Halsway

We’re delighted to welcome back Nonsuch Dulcimer Club to host another ‘Dulcimers at Halsway’!
A practical workshop week combining 4 strands: mountain dulcimer with both an Introductory Course for beginners/improvers with loan instruments available, and a more in-depth Exploring Course course suitable for intermediate and/or advanced level players and advanced players of other fretted instruments.
Introductory (beginners/improvers) and Exploring (intermediate/advanced) hammered dulcimer courses will run alongside this. Featuring superb tutors from the USA and UK, there will also be times to socialise and play informally, plus informal evening concerts from the tutors – and from participants!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/dulcimers-at-halsway-2/


Tue 21st May 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Dulcimers at Halsway 2019 Gig

Enjoy an evening of dulcimer music from the tutors on the 2019 Dulcimers workshop. A real treat from experts in the instrument from the US.
Butch Ross, from Chatanooga, Tennessee, is a mountain dulcimer maestro who has played everything from Back to Radiohead, breaking through the supposed limitations of this humble Appalachian instrument. A patient, inspiring teacher, he’s also an in-demand performer, taking the dulcimer to new places. he needs no introduction to Nonsuch members.
Rick Thum, from Missouri, is widely influential in the hammered dulcimer world, as teacher, performer and now maker. He brings a combination of passion and accessibility to his workshops and is equally happy at a late night jam. He is a favourite on the US festival scene.
Thomasina Levy, from Connecticut is an award winning, internationally recognised mountain dulcimer player, singer, poet and song writer whose performances weave together the best of traditional and contemporary folk music. A former State Troubadour and now music educator she is well placed to discover the music that is in all of us.
Matthew Dickerson, from South Carolina, was the 2012 national Hammered Dulcimer Champion and is now a successful and popular full-time musician, playing in a variety of styles and genres. he performs and teaches across the US and is now making his first visit to the UK.

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/dulcimers-at-halsway-2019-gig/


Fri 24th May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Rowan Rheingans: Advanced Fiddle Workshop

A brand new course for more advanced fiddle players who wish to expand on their skills and deepen their personal style. While we will learn some new repertoire together and do some ensemble work, much of the focus of this weekend will be on supporting individual players to further develop tone, technique, musicality and style. There will be opportunities for performing, and Rowan looks forward to working with each player one-to-one at some point over the weekend.

This course – for a maximum of 10 musicians – runs alongside courses run by Emmanuel Pariselle & Richard Burgess. All three tutors will perform an informal concert on Saturday evening.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/rowan-rheingans-advanced-fiddle-workshop/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Emmanuel Pariselle: Melodeon Accompaniment Workshop

Emmanuel Pariselle is well known as one of Europe’s finest makers of diatonic button accordions; he is also one of France’s finest players (and a sublime singer to boot) and is offering this course to explore song and tune accompaniment on the melodeon.

You won’t be learning new tunes, but will focus on:

Right hand chords, how to learn and use them
How to find and write chords for a tune
Rhythm to support a melody
You’ll leave with a nice method to take away, develop and apply to your playing.

This course runs alongside workshops run by Rowan Rheingans & Richard Burgess. All three tutors will perform an informal concert on Saturday evening.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/emmanuel-pariselle-melodeon-accompaniment-workshop/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Richard Burgess: International Shanty & Sea Song Workshop

Raise your voice in a weekend of maritime song! The onus will be on rhythm, simple vocal arrangements and putting the songs in a social context with a repertoire consisting of both shanties (i.e. work songs) and more general maritime songs.

Shanties and sea songs are by their very nature international and the course will take this into account by including songs from outside the usual Anglo-American tradition to include songs drawn from European and Scandinavian tradition.

This course runs alongside workshops run by Emmanuel Pariselle & Rowan Rheingans. All three tutors will perform an informal concert on Saturday evening.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/richard-burgess-international-shanty-sea-song-workshop/


Sun 26th May 2019 to Fri 31st May 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Voices, Viols and Recorders

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

For more information and to book please contact Michael Sharman:

Tel: 01353 778939
Email: QuadQuotes AT waitrose.com

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


Sun 26th May 2019

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

Blackbeard’s Tea Party

A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event

The past few years have seen Blackbeard’s Tea Party play at festivals as diverse as Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention and many more. 2018 saw them release their new EP, Leviathan!, bringing with it a bigger, bolder sound and a revamped live show.
Now Blackbeard’s Tea Party return to The David Hall with their brand of gutsy Folk-Rock. A mix of Traditional and self-penned songs and tunes are given a heavy Rock edge with playful arrangements and driving dance rhythms. This is all mixed up in an engaging, high-octane stage show that leaves audiences cheering for more.

7:30pm

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=1016


Thu 30th May 2019

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Rosie Shaw and Ian Brydon band

Chard Folk Dance Club

The members have been dancing for 50 years this year! We meet alternative Thursdays at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall between 7.30 and 9.45. Live music each time and a variety of callers.

£3 members, £4 non members (£6 annual membership)

All welcome, especially those with 2 left feet!
For more information call Elaine 01460 65909 / 07729 103359.

e3dons AT hotmail.com


Fri 31st May 2019 to Sun 2nd Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Albion to Appalachia

Following the success of last year’s event, we’re delighted to welcome back workshop co-ordinator, singer and multi-instrumentalist Brian Peters and friends to host a second weekend packed with workshops on the theme of American traditional music and its links with the old country.
We’ve assembled a great team of tutors including Sara Grey and Kieron Means, a mother & son duo who play real-deal American traditional music. Sara is an unparalleled ballad singer and banjo player as well as an authority on song migration from the UK to the US. Kieron, an excellent guitarist and singer is continuing in the family trade. They are joined by regular co-musician Ben Paley, one of the finest Old Time fiddle players on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition, Kerry Fletcher will be dropping by to teach some Appalachian percussive dance.
The tutors will offer a wide range of participatory workshops. We’ll explore the American ballad tradition, old-time and blues songs, we’ll offer classes in frailing banjo, fiddle and guitar – plus song accompaniment on all three – and you’ll have the chance to learn new material as well as improve your singing technique. We’re bringing back our presentation of classic archive recordings, and once again rounding off the weekend with our popular gospel sing. There will also be a Saturday night concert, and plenty of opportunities to sing and jam with our tutors.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/albion-to-appalachia/


Fri 31st May 2019

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

Steve Turner

Steve Turner is a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments - he is a multi-instrumentalist, playing mandolin and banjo and also accompanying himself on the cittern.
After 13 years away from the Folk scene, Steve made a welcome return in 2004, producing his fifth album, the highly acclaimed Whirligig of Time, featuring UK luminaries Martin Carthy, Nancy Kerr and Miranda Sykes.
Since then, he has released two further albums, Rim of the Wheel and Spirit of the Game, and his latest, much-anticipated eighth album, Late Cut, featuring Eliza Carthy, Martin Simpson and Sam Carter, is due out early December 2018

8pm

Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=1017


Sat 1st Jun 2019

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

Fresh Aire with Aileen Wills calling

Bridport ceilidhs welcome back "Fresh Aire" with the inimitable Aileen Wills calling.
Bring and Share supper and your own ale (The Woodman Inn is just opposite).

On street parking or free evening car park further up the street.

Tickets may be bought in advance via the website and from The Music Shop, South Street, or booked by phone or email.

£8 in advance, £9 on the door, £4 for 6-16 yrs

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Albion to Appalachia Gig

Join Brian Peters and friends for an evening of American traditional music exploring its links with the British folk tradition. Tutors on the Albion to Appalachia workshop will present music from the American ballad tradition, old-time and blues. Appalachia, the cultural region in the Eastern United States that stretches from the Southern Tier of New York to northern Alabama and Georgia, has a lively tradition of folk music. The music derives from various cultural sources including the English folk tradition.

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/albion-to-appalachia-gig/


Mon 3rd Jun 2019 to Fri 7th Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Advanced Nyckelharpa

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/advanced-nyckelharpa-2/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

The Maniac

(and other 18th century tunes)
Do you ever buy a tune book hoping to add your repertoire with some lesser known but excellent tunes only to experience disappointment? This was certainly Paul Hutchinson’s experience until three very rare books came into his possession, packed with musical gems… Paul will come to Halsway in June to delve into the 60 tunes contained in these books: ‘12 Fashionable Country Dances for the Year 1800’, ‘24 Country Dances for the Year 1796’ and ‘Cahusac’s Annual Collection of 24 Favourite Country Dances for the Year 1800’. Paul will share a variety of great tunes – of which ‘The Maniac’ is one of his current favourites.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/the-maniac/


Fri 7th Jun 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019

Wimborne Minster

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

https://wimbornefolk.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Piano Accordion Weekend

An intensive weekend for piano accordion players of intermediate level and above. You’ll work with a crack team of tutors Paul Hutchinson , Murray Grainger and Rachel Bell.

You will spend time, in small groups, honing technique, repertoire and interpretation of folk tunes and accompaniment. Advanced players will also work on improvisation. There will be time for informal evening sessions and a Saturday night tutors’ concert.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/piano-accordion-weekend-2/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Piano Accordion for Absolute Beginners

Join Jane Ward for a fun weekend introducing the piano accordion. Bring your own instrument of borrow one from us courtesy of the The Reed Lounge. The course will cover simple technique to ensure the best start to playing the accordion. The weekend will be taught by ear and with music. By the end of the weekend you should be able to play some simple tunes with both hands together, and have an idea of where to progress next.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/piano-accordion-for-absolute-beginners/


Sat 8th Jun 2019

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

Les Barker

Les Barker writes strange poems and comes from Manchester, but he's now Welsh. He was an accountant before he became a professional idiot. He's written more than 85 books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people don't quite believe what they've just heard. His poems have spawned a number of Folk heroes: Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive and Spot of the Antarctic, to name but two!
Once seen, never forgotten! Don’t miss this.

8pm

Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=1021


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Piano Accordion: Paul Hutchinson, Murray Grainger, Rachel Bell

You are welcome to join us and share an evening of music from the piano accordion. Informal concert by our piano accordion workshop tutors, Paul Hutchinson, Murray Grainger, Rachel Bell and Jane Ward.

8pm–10pm

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


https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/accordion-paul-hutchinson-murray-grainger-rachel-bell-usa-jane-ward/


Sun 9th Jun 2019 to Fri 14th Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Give Voice Song Retreat

Building on the success of their annual Give Voice Weekends, we’re delighted that Tom and Barbara Brown have agreed to host a relaxed Summer week of folk song and singing with workshops, talks, film, discussions and sharing songs. With a fabulous all-singing team that includes Bonny Sartin, Janet Russell and Jeff Wesley, Jim Mageean and Marianne McAleer.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/give-voice-song-retreat/


Sun 9th Jun 2019

Woolavington Village Hall TA7 8DY

Free Family Friendly Scottish Ceilidh

Programme of easy Scottish dances and ceilidh dances and all will be talked / walked through and dancing will be to recorded music. Hot / cold drinks will be supplied foc . Wear something tartan if you wish!

Sunday afternoons from 2.30 to 4.30 pm.

No need to book, just come along and have a great time.
Further enquiries to Anita on anitaandjim22 AT gmail.com or phone 01460 929383

Run by the Somerset Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS)


Wed 12th Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Give Voice Leaders Concert

As part of the Give Voice Retreat week, we’re delighted that Tom and Barbara Brown will be giving a leaders concert alongside and their fabulous all-singing team that includes Bonny Sartin, Janet Russell and Jeff Wesley, Jim Mageean and Marianne McAleer.

7:30pm

£5

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/give-voice-leaders-concert/


Sat 15th Jun 2019

South Petherton

South Petherton FolkFest

http://www.pethertonfolkfest.org.uk


Mon 17th Jun 2019 to Fri 21st Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

DIY Songwriting with Reg Meuross

Discover and nurture the songwriter within you. A three full day step-by-step guide to thinking, living and breathing like a songwriter.
You don’t have to be a professional Builder to build shelves nor do you have to be a professional Songwriter to write some great songs.
On this workshop you’ll take time to really explore and develop your songwriting with a master of the art, Reg Meuross. There will be plenty of space and time to walk, think and write within a programme that delves into every aspect of songwriting. We’ll look at what it means to be a songwriter, how to live and breathe ‘like a songwriter’, with tips and ideas that could become part of the regular practice of honing your craft.

Partnership Event Book through www.regmeuross.com/DIYsongwriting

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/diy-songwriting-with-reg-meuross/


Thu 20th Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Reg Meuross

Reg Meuross’ reputation as a Master Storyteller has been well earned. From gigging in village halls and folk clubs to playing the Royal Albert Hall and huge festival stages in the UK and abroad, Reg consistently entrances his audiences with songs of life, love and injustice, soulfully delivered with melodic tenor vocals and exemplary guitar playing.

8pm

Booking through www.regmeuross.com
This gig is part of the DIY Songwriting with Reg Meuross workshop.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/reg-meuross-2/


Mon 24th Jun 2019 to Fri 28th Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Violin Bow Making

Come and learn how to make a bow for your violin. A five-day practical course that enables you to make a bow of the violin family (violin, viola, cello, or double bass). The course is led by renowned tutor, bow maker and musician Andrew Bellis. You’ll be in the workshop by day, working on your personalised bow, and there will be time in the evenings to relax and enjoy informal playing sessions in the bar, so bring your instruments and try your new bows!

Materials will need to be ordered in advance from Andrew at bows AT andrewbellis.plus.com

See the link for full details

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/violin-bow-making/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

French & Breton Dance Week

Discover French dance or develop your dance horizons! Both experienced and novice French dancers are invited to a week of expert tuition led by Peter Clifton, and supported by Karen Prager. Christine Planel will join the week to add a singing-for-dancing session or two, with music throughout from Paul Hutchinson and Richard Heacock.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/french-breton-dance-week-3/


Thu 27th Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

French and Breton Bal

Discover French dance and develop your dance horizons for an evening of French and Breton Bal, an easy style of dance popular across Europe. Think – European Ceilidh. You’ll be joining participants on our French and Breton Dance week.

8pm–10pm

Pricing by donation

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/french-and-breton-bal/


Fri 28th Jun 2019 to Sun 30th Jun 2019

Carhampton Recreational Hall and Ground TA24 6NH

West Somerset Folk Festival

Weekend Folk Festival with Saturday Evening Concert, Singarounds, Folk Club, Morris.

Charity festyival Raising money for the Soutyh West Childrens Hospice.
See www,westsomersetfolkfestival.co.uk

Contact - Mike Dibble 01643 841597.


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Leveret Workshop Weekend

Leveret features three of England’s finest folk musicians – Andy Cutting, Rob Harbron, Sam Sweeney – in an acclaimed collaboration, and we’re delighted to welcome them back to Halsway to lead this musicians’ workshop weekend.

Leveret’s music involves playing together spontaneously without using arrangements. This weekend of workshops for instrumentalists will explore ways of playing together intuitively in ensembles of varying size, as well as discussing repertoire development and composition.

There will also be a chance to see Leveret perform on the Saturday evening.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/leveret-workshop-weekend-2/


Sat 29th Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Leveret Gig

Leveret features three of England’s finest folk musicians – Andy Cutting, Rob Harbron, Sam Sweeney – in an acclaimed collaboration, and we’re delighted to welcome them back to Halsway.
Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new. With their albums New Anything and In The Round and over a long string of sell-out gigs, the trio have built a strong reputation as consummate musicians and captivating performers. Now they return with Inventions, a new album of original material that brings Leveret’s trademark groove, energy and intuitive playing to bear on a set of new tunes composed by the trio, three of today’s finest tunesmiths in the folk field.

8pm

£15

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


Fri 5th Jul 2019

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

The Salts – Songs from the Sea

The Salts are a co-operative of seasoned musicians, creating what is fast becoming one of the most exciting and energetic folk concepts of recent times. Individually The Salts, fronted by twice BBC Young Folk Finalist Lee Collinson, have circumnavigated the Commonwealth with tours of Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, Singapore and Hong Kong. Their latest album ‘Brave’ on Braccan Records has received rave reviews far and wide.

£15

7:30 pm

Contact Chapel Arts: 01225 463362

bathboxoffice AT bathtourism.co.uk

bathboxoffice.org.uk


Fri 12th Jul 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019

Priddy

Priddy Folk Festival

http://www.priddyfolk.org


Sun 14th Jul 2019

Staplegrove Village Hall, Taunton TA2 6AL

Free Family Friendly Scottish Ceilidh

Programme of easy Scottish dances and ceilidh dances and all will be talked / walked through and dancing will be to recorded music. Hot / cold drinks will be supplied foc . Wear something tartan if you wish!

Sunday afternoons from 2.30 to 4.30 pm.

No need to book, just come along and have a great time.
Further enquiries to Anita on anitaandjim22 AT gmail.com or phone 01460 929383

Run by the Somerset Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS)


Sat 7th Sep 2019

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

A Pair of Shears with Simon Maplesden calling

Bridport ceilidhs welcomes a new band for us, "A Pair of Shears", with the ebullient Simon Maplesden calling.

Bring and Share supper and your own ale (The Woodman Inn is just opposite).

On street parking or free evening car park further up the street.

Tickets may be bought in advance via the website and from The Music Shop, South Street, or booked by phone or email.

£8 in advance, £9 on the door, £4 for 6-16 yrs

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Fri 13th Sep 2019

The Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3GW

Eurobal Wesex

French – Breton – Euro Dances

Workshop at 7pm followed by Bal at 8pm
£6 adults, £4 for 12-18s, under 12s free Dorset
2019 dates for Dorchester Dances
Friday Jan 11th, May 10th, Sept 13th, Nov 8th

See our facebook page - fb: EuroBal Wessex email us to add your name to our
mailing list: eurobalwessex AT gmail.com


Sun 15th Sep 2019

Davis Hall, West Camel BA22 7QX

Free Family Friendly Scottish Ceilidh

Programme of easy Scottish dances and ceilidh dances and all will be talked / walked through and dancing will be to recorded music. Hot / cold drinks will be supplied foc . Wear something tartan if you wish!

Sunday afternoons from 2.30 to 4.30 pm.

No need to book, just come along and have a great time.
Further enquiries to Anita on anitaandjim22 AT gmail.com or phone 01460 929383

Run by the Somerset Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS)


Sat 12th Oct 2019

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

Bruce Watson

Special Acorn Acoustic Music Club

Bruce is a major Australian songwriter and performer in the folk tradition. Based in Melbourne, he performs around Australia and New Zealand at festivals, clubs and other venues.

Bruce is a hilarious humorist and a writer and performer with the power to move audiences to tears. His performances are joyful and thoroughly engaging, with witty lyrics and energetic presentation. He is a masterful craftsman of songs, be they evocative and heart wrenching, or side-splittingly funny.

supported by our own floor spots and The Acorn Shanty Crew.

www.brucewatsonmusic.com

www.acornshantycrew.co.uk


Fri 8th Nov 2019

The Brownsword Hall, Pummery Square, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3GW

Eurobal Wesex

French – Breton – Euro Dances

Workshop at 7pm followed by Bal at 8pm
£6 adults, £4 for 12-18s, under 12s free Dorset
2019 dates for Dorchester Dances
Friday Jan 11th, May 10th, Sept 13th, Nov 8th

See our facebook page - fb: EuroBal Wessex email us to add your name to our
mailing list: eurobalwessex AT gmail.com


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Granny's Attic

Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (Melodeon, Concertina, Vocals), George Sansome (Guitar, Vocals) and Lewis Wood (Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals) – are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians and fine singers and play English traditional and original music. Formed in 2009, they have since played at clubs and festivals up and down the country, and have been heralded for their lively performances and maturity beyond their years in their delivery and selection of traditional songs.

8pm

Tickets £12

www.grannysattic.org.uk/
www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club,
https://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk/


Fri 22nd Nov 2019

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

The Tannahill Weavers

The Tannahill Weavers are a band which performs traditional Scottish music. Releasing their first album in 1976, they became notable for being one of the first popular bands to incorporate the sound of the Great Highland Bagpipe in an ensemble setting, and in doing so helped to change the sound of Scottish traditional music. In 2011 the band were inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.
The band was formed in 1968 and practiced in a back room of the McKay family's rented council house at 41 St. Ninian's Road, Hunterhill, Paisley. The band first performed at St. Peter's Folk Club, Glenburn, Paisley which was run by Pat Doherty, father of Weavers' founding member Neil Doherty.
They are named after Scottish poet Robert Tannahill, known as the 'Weaver Poet,' and have recorded several of his songs.

8pm

Tickets £14
www.tannahillweavers.com/
www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club,
https://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk/


Sun 1st Dec 2019

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Jim Causley presents Causley Christmas

Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto too! If you are feeling a little dismayed with the over-commercialisation of “Christmas present” then join Jim for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit!

7.30pm

www.jimcausley.co.uk/

Tickets £10

www.ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club,

https://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk/


Fri 31st Jan 2020 to Sun 2nd Feb 2020

Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster, Exmoor TA24 6SF

Folk Dance and Snowdrops

wit Dampiers Round, Ray Goodswen

A residential folk dance weekend in the medieval village of Dunster, with a visit to Exmoor's hidden Snowdrop Valley. Includes 2 nights Full Board accommodation and Sunday lunch, all dances and transport to Snowdrop Valley.

from £270.00 per person

Contact Yarn Market Hotel: 01643 821425

hotel AT yarnmarkethotel.co.uk

www.yarnmarkethotel.co.uk