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Fri 6th Mar 2015

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone, Dorset DT11 0SF

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club - Arish Mel Ceilidh Band with caller Dick Williams

A lively, light-hearted get-together with live bands and good callers. Sorry no food but squash provided and BYO if you wish. Old Ox Inn nearby.

£5

Start time: 7.30 for 7.45

Finish time: 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Ant Noel Trio

Ant blew us away with a scintilating performance at our regular Tuesday Night "Open Mic" last year. A lively and irreverent blend of "Gypsy Jazz/Folk" featuring Ant on Guitar and Vocals and backed by double bass and Clarinet. Some very lively tunes and amusing lyrics make this a very entertaining watch!

Entry by Donation

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com

www.hawthornshotel.com


Hornblotton Village Hall, BA4 6SF

Tony McManus

According to John Renbourn,'the best Celtic guitarist in the world' comes to Hornblotton, playing traditional music as well as pieces from his new album, Mysterious Boundaries, which takes a different path and explores the music of Bach, Couperin, Monteverdi, Satie and Granados.

£10

7.30pm

Contact Colin Bowen: 01963 240282

bowencolin AT hotmail.com

www.hvh.btck.co.uk


Sat 7th Mar 2015

Acorn Folk Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 5DJ

Jeff Warner

Jeff has performed widely, from large festivals in the UK, to clubs, festivals and schools across America. He plays concertina, banjo, guitar and several “pocket” instruments, including bones and spoons. And “he inhabits a song in a way which few singers can do” (Royal Oak Folk Club, Lewes, UK).

www.jeffwarner.com

Donations - £6.50 - Under 16s £3.00.

For further details or to buy on line please visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk
Tickets may be reserved on trust by phoning Eileen Ann Moore (founder) or Jim Parham on 01643 709394 or 07811 744158 or emailing acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com Also you may just come along on the night.
Floor spots, musicians, singers and listeners are all given a warm welcome.


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

The Buffalo Gal Stampede

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

Quote from David Hall Twitter Feed:
We are VERY SORRY to announce that  AT TheBuffaloGals Stampede Sat 7 March is CANCELLED. Box Office will be calling ticket holders for refunds.


Buffalo Gals Stampede: the hottest new Anglo-American dance show on the scene, featuring high-energy percussive step dance to the driving rhythms of the UK’s favourite old-time country string band, The Buffalo Gals. Traditional, blue grass sounds infused with vibrant energy and humour - and a little of the unexpected - makes this an intoxicating dance show to remember.

8pm.
£16.00

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk

Want to have a go? Come and learn some percussive step dance from the Appalachian mountains at 5.30 - 6.30 pm.


Highbridge Community Hall, Wedmore Road, Highbridge

Aileen Wills and Bridgwater Band

Bridgwater clubs annual spring dance

£6 including supper

8pm - 11pm

Contact Robert Blackborow: 01823491662

robertfolk01 AT hotmail.com


Ruishton Village Hall, Cheats Road, Ruishton, near Taunton TA3 5JD

South-West Quires Day XII

A day of West Gallery music in Somerset

Singers and instrumentalists from Devon, Somerset and the adjacent counties meet again for a day of West Gallery music associated with our region. The music will be new to most participants, and will be learnt at sight with help from the instruments and the more experienced singers.

Getting there
From M5 Junction 25: take A358 towards Ilminster, after ¼ mile turn left at the traffic lights, after ¼ mile straight on at the Ruishton Inn, after ¼ mile the hall is on the left.
From Ilminster on A358: in Henlade, at the end of the dual carriageway (after the speed camera), take the first turning right, after ½ mile turn left, after ¼ mile the hall is on the right.

Refreshments
Please make your own arrangements for lunch. The hall is open throughout the day and many people bring a packed lunch. Alternatively, there are places to eat within a short distance by car.
Tea and coffee will be available during the day.

Doors open 10.00am, music from 10.30am-5.00pm
Cost £8.00 (£10.00 for music sent in advance)

Further information and booking forms:
Jacqueline Patten:
email patten AT kerlistz.freeserve.co.uk
tel. 01363 877503


Sixpenny Handley Village Hall SP5 5NJ

howdenjones

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

Kate and Paul are musicians who continue travelling all over the country playing at Village Halls, Churches and Community Venues. This year their Tour is  AT No Halls Barred' and they continue to find new and interesting places to play’ Tour, sharing their music and stories, often meeting friendly and fascinating people and visiting some wonderful, unusual venues in sometimes remote and always beautiful areas along the way. Their songs and introductions are aboutlife and their observations of it, often poignant, sometimes humorous and they gather information as they go, giving them new ideas for material. Some songs are about a specific place, celebrating England in all its guises good and bad, and particularly rural village life including nature and the seasons. They captivate an audience in a unique intimate atmosphere. As contemporary musicians they enjoy exploring the acoustic sound of each unique venue and use no effects. Their show has been described as, ‘relaxed and enchanting’ and ‘an absolute delight’, ‘their joy, talent and good humour were infectious’, ‘music for all ages’.
With a variety of instruments including, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bodhran and banjo, superb harmonies and great musicianship, howdenjones will promise to give you a foot tapping and thought provoking evening with plenty of smiles! You can hear examples of howdenjones music by visiting www.howdenjones.co.uk

Bar Available

£8

7pm for 7-30pm

halltickets AT sixpennyhandley.org

www.howdenjones.co.uk


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

Marilunari

To conclude the Bridgwater Twinning ConfereNce day of International Friendship we have a special concert at the Bridgwater Arts Centre by the Italian folk band Marilunari from the town of Anzio. Maria Capobianco (Lead vocal and accordion) , Mario Russo (guitar and harmonies), Luca Ranucci (Drummer) play a mix of Italian folk music .

Marilunard (means 'lunar seas') take their audience on a musical journey between singing and story-telling on the wings of passion, desire and freedom, songs of love, protest and hope.

The evening concert will cost £10

Doors 7.30, starts 8pm


Sun 8th Mar 2015

Central United Reform Church, 7 Grove Street, Bath BA2 6PJ

Traditional Irish Music Workshop

with Marick Baxter and Dan Mcloughin
Part of our regular series of Irish music workshops for guitar and melody instruments, this will be a chance to learn the rudiments of playing and accompanying Irish melodies for those new to this tradition or to deepen understanding for already established players.
Dan and Marick have both been playing for over 20 years and have travelled and toured extensively throughout the Irish music scene. The format will be to learn a selection of tunes and really go deeply into the subtleties and intricacies of Irish music, including the rhythms of the music and its ornamentation.

11am

£15-25

http://bathfolkclub.org


Thu 12th Mar 2015

Brompton Ralph Village Hall TA4 2RU

Blast From The Past presents "Smile! Smile! Smile!"

'Smile! Smile! Smile!‘, the latest show by acclaimed historical musicians Blast from the Past has been especially created to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Blast from the Past use music and song to tell the story of ‘The War to End All Wars’.

‘Smile! Smile! Smile!‘ is a scintillating mixture of soldiers’ songs, music hall numbers, war poems set to new music and original compositions. The show does not flinch from conveying the full horror of the first global conflict but also celebrates the courage and humour of the tommies under fire and the folks at home.

Featuring a host of singalong wartime standards such as ‘Pack Up Your
Troubles’, ‘Tipperary’ and ‘Goodbye-ee’ as well as a host of other great songs – ‘Smile! Smile! Smile!‘ is the perfect way of remembering the sacrifice of our forebears while enjoying a great evening out!


£12/£10

8pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Shaftesbury Arts Centre SP7 8AR

Jo Philby Band

"Good Folk songs blended with an Americana twist & an earthy acoustic root".
The Jo Philby Band from Orkney are preparing for their March Tour – 6th-14th inclusive. The Tour includes some stunning locations through Scotland & England. It begins in Lairg then onto Dingwall, Strathpeffer,Cumbria, Dorset & Gloucester.
The band hope to bring you an enjoyable concert set blended with good banter for the start of Spring..

With her crystal clear, soulfully expressive vocal, Jo Philby is one of the most endearing folk singers to emerge from Orkney in recent years.

Jo is making a welcome return to Dorset with her new line-up consisting of superb Orcadian musicians, Tom Robinson (guitar/mandolin/dobro) and Elaine Grieve (harmony vocals, guitar, mandola).Tom is influenced by the acoustic Americana/Country genre & thus reflected in his playing. Elaine’s vocal harmonies work beautifully with Jo’s rich, earthy tones. Both musicians accompaniment is wonderfully sympathetic.
The band have been working on new material. They have re-worked some of the old favourites & excitingly both Jo & Elaine have begun song writing.

A lifelong singer, originally from the south of England, Jo Philby’s early inspiration stemmed from the English and Irish traditions, however over a decade living and working in Orkney now sees her cite singers from the modern Scottish folk scene as equal sources of influence, as well as country and bluegrass musicians. As such, her full band line-up and second CD bring a much fuller roots sound having been recorded in Orkney & Nashville.

In 2012, having found and developed her niche, and gathered together a band of good friends (who also happen to be cracking musicians), she released her second album ‘Beneath the Starry Sky’.
The Band in several forms over the last 5 years have toured the south of England and throughout Scotland, as well as many dates at home in Orkney.

For more information visit – www.jophilby.co.uk & facebook/JoPhilby

£12.50/£10 & under18s £6

Doors 7.30pm Start 8pm

Contact Box Office: 01747 854 321

nfo AT shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk

www.shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk


Rook Lane Chapel, Bath Street, Frome BA11 1DN

Chris Wood

Criticised by an art school lecturer as having “a remarkable eye for trivia” Chris Wood’s love of small things has made him one of England’s most vivid and arresting song writers. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. Hollow Point is his chilling ballad of the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezez and Wood’s feel for the sheer “one thing after another-ness” of life allows us, for the first time, to see the event through the eyes of the victim.
Joan Armatrading presented Chris with the 2011 BBC Radio Two Folk Singer Of The Year award before inviting him as special guest onto her Autumn 2012 tour. They played 51 cities and Wood found himself eavesdropping on conversations from pound shops to tea rooms, army recruiting centres to hotel saunas collecting the poetry of recession. His response is, None The Wiser, a fourth solo album released in Summer 2013. With humble hymns and sweeping statements from Alzheimers to William Blake, Wood lovingly takes the pulse of his homeland in what could be his best album yet.
Wood has worked and collaborated with a long list of artists, most recently Dizraeli, Billy Bragg, Eliza and Martin Carthy in Simon Emerson’s Imagined Village. His duet with Eliza added to the “Villager’s” winning another Folk Award for “Best Traditional Song”.
The Irish Times dubbed him ‘the renaissance man of English folk’ because his work extends beyond song writing into commissions for Radio 3 Between The Ears, Late Junction and The Essay. He has written for The Times and lectured at Newcastle and Limerick Universities. His setting of Blake’s Jerusalem features in Paul Gilroy’s lecture on poetry and music at Kings College London and Wood’s lyric Walk This World With Music is included in Michael Morpurgo’s latest collection.

http://chriswoodmusic.co.uk

Doors at 7pm // Performance from 7:30pm

Tickets £14 adv.

http://www.rooklane.org.uk/


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

Phil Beer (solo)

Phil Beer is the multi-instrumental half of the west countryʼs award winning acoustic duo, Show of Hands, described as a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer.
With a professional career of over 36 years, Phil has a great deal of material to draw on for his solo appearances. All are songs and music of memory and significance sung in the subtle and melodic Phil Beer style and interjected with musings and amusings to an almost personal audience. It is a treat of past and current favourites from one of the most popular musicians on the acoustic circuit.

www.philbeer.co.uk

Doors: 7:30pm Event Starts: 8:00pm Event Ends: 10:30pm
Starting at: £13.00 (Door Price: £14.50)

http://www.chapelarts.org


Fri 13th Mar 2015

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

Kimber's Men

Kimber's Men are a group of singers specialising in maritime material. Although shanties are the bulk of their repertoire it would be unfair to call them simply a 'shanty group' because they range through nautical ballads and broadsides to modern songs such as Bob Watson's Mollymauk and Gordon Lightfoot's Ballad of Big Blue. They sing their own interpretations with absolute gusto and some beautiful harmonies.

8pm.

Tickets: £17. No concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


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

Mike Danver Scott

Guest night at Mr Punch's

Singer songwriter from Bristol…a witty observer of the human condition


East Dorset Heritage Trust - Allendale House BH21 1AS

Jo Philby Band

After such an enjoyable & intimate afternoon of songs back in April 2013 the Jo Philby Band from Orkney are making a welcome return to EDHT and they hope to bring you an enjoyable & intimate concert set blended with good banter for a spring afternoon.

With her crystal clear, soulfully expressive vocal, Jo Philby is one of the most endearing folk singers to emerge from Orkney in recent years and she will be sympathetically accompanied by superb fellow Orcadian musicians Tom Robinson and Elaine Grieve on an array of instruments including acoustic guitars, mandola, mandolin & dobro. Elaine’s vocal harmonies work beautifully with Jo’s rich, earthy tones.

'Good Folk songs blended with an Americana twist & an earthy acoustic root’.

For further details visit:
www.jophilby.co.uk & facebook/JoPhilby

£10 & EDHT members £8

2pm -- 4pm

Contact Sarah Evans: 01202 888992

edhttickets AT gmail.com

www.edht.org.uk


Holmefolk, The Orchard Tea Room, Holme Farm Nursery, Wareham BH20 6AQ

Kadia

One of our leading local bands much sought after on the Festival circuit

7pm –10pm : Food and Folk £8, Entry only £3

Booking Essential: Call The Orchard 01929 554 716 ext 3 or email orchard AT holmeforgardens.co.uk

Musicians and Singers: for a spot call Robin on 01929 427037 or email: robin AT plowman7297.fsnet.co.uk


Kimmeridge Village Hall BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band & Callers: Graham Taylor & Mal Derricott

English Ceilidh Barn Dance

No bar - bring your own drinks!

£2.50 adults £1 children

7.30 - 10.30 pm

Contact Steve & Helen Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


St Leonards and St Ives Village Hall, Braeside Road, St Leonards BH24 2PQ

Croabh Rua

CRAOBH RUA (pronounced CRAVE ROO-AH) translates from Irish to RED BRANCH and is a name that is well known in Celtic history from THE RED BRANCH KNIGHTS OF ULSTER. Hailing from Belfast they perform Irish Traditional music with their distinctive Northern style. Their music has delighted audiences and earned them wide acclaim and recognition and are now regarded around the world as one of the finest ambassadors of Irish Traditional Music. Craobh Rua’s impeccable musicians bring their own individual experience to the group and fuse their talents to bring life to a wide array of instruments such as banjo, mandolin, fiddle, uilleann pipes, tin whistle, guitar and vocals. They take a refreshing, unpretentious but uncommonly skilled run at some of the greatest music in the world.

Craobh Rua has released five albums to date and appeared on a number of compilation albums. Their current offering being aptly entitled “IF IDA BEEN HERE IDA BEEN THERE”.

Regarded around the globe as true ambassadors of Irish Music, they have been likened to the first wave of the Irish folk revival of the sixties and seventies.

£13

8:00 pm

Contact Adrian Harman: 07766 252844

adrianharman AT gmail.com

www.celticfolk.net


Sat 14th Mar 2015

Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

The Devines

We welcome the return of the very talented Devine Family featuring John on pipes, flute, whistle percussion and piano, his wife Caz on Saxaphone, guitar and bass, ans son Joe on Banjo, and Guitar. John born in St Albans to immigrant Irish parents has been steeped in the Celtic musical traditions all his life, having played and taught Irish music for as long as he can remember. Each have won an "All Ireland" title at the National Fla at one time or another, and were asked to play at Buckingham Palace last year at the state visit of the Irish President. They are playing here as part of a Mini "St Patrick's Tour" (Another Quality Music Night here  AT  Hawthorns)

£5.00

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com

www.hawthornshotel.com


Alderholt Village Hall SP6 3RB

No Fixed Abode and Jason Hinchey

Folk Evening with hot supper

Leaning towards an irish eve but not strictly and will be a lively night. Bar, hot supper, raffle. Both arstists have websites where you can listen to soundbites

£9.50

7.15 - 11.00 pm

Contact Peter Barrett: 07557658098

petetheplough AT btinternet.com

www.freewebs.com/musicnfa


Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

DanceCupola with Nick Walden

Bridport Ceilidhs

A special dance to celebrate a 70th birthday and 4 years of Bridport Ceilidhs - with many thanks to all our supporters.

NOW FULLY SUBSCRIBED !!

All proceeds to Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.

No tickets available

7.30 - 11pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


St Mark's Church Hall Hinton Wood Avenue Highcliffe BH23 5JL

Folk dance with Muscians: Sue & Pete Hall, Caller Anton Hayworth-Dunn

Bring and share Supper

Everyone welcome

£5.00

7.30 - 10.30 pm

Contact Jan Harris: 01202 427523

janharris16 AT hotmail.co.uk


Winton YMCA BH9 2QF

The Old Pull and Push

Barn dance

Bring your own drinks. American supper. Fundraiser for the Green Party

£6

7.30pm - 11.00pm

Contact Helen Woodall: 01202 520884

hfwoodall AT googlemail.com


Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 2QB

Lyme Folk Revisited

We were so overwhelmed by the young artists on show at last year's Lyme Folk Weekend that we thought they deserved a bigger stage.
So, for one night only, join us at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis for a brilliant night of top-notch, home-grown talent, hosted by our wonderful new patron, Jim Causley.
So, who's appearing? We are delighted to welcome back Aimée, the fantastic family act who wowed our audiences in the Pilot Boat and on the seafront last August.
Also on the bill are Lyme's very own Six Days - another brilliant family act.
We are also pleased to welcome back Morgan and Knapp, the Bristol duo who are really going places.
And not forgetting the fabulous Lee Rahn, who is returning to weave his magic once again.
If you were lucky enough to catch these guys last summer, you'll know why we're so excited to get them all back on one stage - for one night only, and all in the capable hands of Devon's finest folk singer, Jim Causley.

It's going to be a night to remember!

The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10, available from the Lyme Regis Tourist Information Centre on 01297 442138 or http://www.tickettailor.com/all-tickets/1998/a484/


The Heritage Suite, Bell St, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 8AE

Skelad

St Patricks Night celebration

A special evening of great songs, music and banter!
After many happy years of playing different venues in and around Dorset also including the Bristol Folk Festival, The Village Pump, Priddy Skelad wishes to invite friends old and new to come and celebrate a traditional St Patricks Night with them .Don't miss out we are going to have a good fun night.....

£5.00 on the door

Doors open 7.15 . Start 8.00

Finish midnight

Contact Sally: 01749 850605

nellyfan5 AT yahoo.co.uk

www.skelad.co.uk


Ferndown Village Hall, Church Street, Ferndown BH22 9ET

Quayside Cloggies Band with caller Paul Miles

The Quayside Cloggies Morris Team are holding a ceilidh as part of their 30th anniversary celebrations.

Bring your own refreshments

£5

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Keith or Margaret: 01202 824079 or 01202 600692

quaysidecloggie AT hotmail.co.uk

www.quaysidecloggies.co.uk


Furzebrook Village Hall, near Wareham BH20 5AR

Arish Mel, with caller Chris Hall

Bring your drinks and nibbles

7.30 pm

Tickets £6.

Phone Jacquie on 01929 551979


Sun 15th Mar 2015

Chalk and Cheese, Maiden Newton DT2 0BD

Music Session

English: quite good

7:30 - 10:45

Contact Ruth and Colin Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


Tue 17th Mar 2015

Great Bow Wharf, Bow St, Langport TA10 9PN

Westwind & Diaspora

St Patrick's night concert

Two of Somerset's favourite Irish traditional bands

Westwind - 4 piece incl

Tim O'Dowd - Uilleann Pipes & flute
Thomas Gold - fiddle
Alan Miller - guitar and English bagpipes
Laurie Phillips - Mandolin, bouzouki & vocals
Foot tapping tunes and great songs


& local favourites

Diaspora John, Danny, Chris, Kevin, Robert

Great singing of all your favourite Irish songs

A rare opportunity to hear these two popular bands on the same bill

£9

8pm

Contact Laurie Phillips: 07899097983

newrope AT gmail.com


The Quay Inn, Quay St, Minehead TA24 5UJ

Paddy's Night Acoustic Session

“Whether you prefer a traditional Irish pub session, the Dubliners, Chieftains, Pogues, Christy Moore or Sinead O'Connor, a bodhran, fiddle, tin whistle, banjo or uilleann pipes, Paddy McGinty's Goat, Danny Boy, Johnson's Motor Car or Whiskey in the Jar it's March 17th, it's St Patrick's Day and anything Irish ..... or come to that pseudo-Irish (let's not let detail get in the way of having a good time) is welcome. So put on something green, grab a pint of Guinness and join us at The Quay Inn for a Rare Auld Time.”


Wed 18th Mar 2015

Bath Folk Club "Up in the Gallery" at Bath Brew House, 14 James St West BA1 2BX

The Ballina Whalers

Pete Truin, Jamie Doe and Sam Brookes are three musical barnacles clinging to the creaking hull of a musical tradition stretching back over hundreds of years.

Using just their voices they explore ballads, shanties and seafaring songs that tell tales of whaling ships, lost loves, roaring storms and hardship out at sea.

Fast becoming one of the most sought after shanty bands around, known as much for their heart rending three part harmonies as their lusty approach to singing shanties.

"Stunning voices that blend so beautifully, a real knock out" - Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

£6 (£2 members)

8.00 pm

http://bathfolkclub.org


Thu 19th Mar 2015

St Mary's Church, Beaminster DT8 3BA

Concertina Concert

As part of their series of lunchtime recitals St Mary’s Church Beaminster are please to host an this informal concertina concert.
The exciting line up will include the J25 Band, local concertina maestro Mr Tim Laycock and members of The West Country Concertina Players.
For those unfamiliar with this instrument, the concertina was invented in the 18?? by the Englishman, Charles Wheatstone. It gained considerable popularity during the latter half of the 19th and early part of the 20th Centuries with many towns having their own Concertina Bands. From the First World War trenches to the music hall, from the Salvation Army to the folk musicians this highly portable little instrument with a big punch was clearly a winner.

So pack your lunch and come and join us. There will be coffee available and a retiring collection for the church.

If you want to know more about the concertina, or how to play them go to thewccp.org After the concert there will be the opportunity for members of the audience to have a go on one of these wonderful instruments.

12.30 p.m.


Bath Folk Club at The Nest, 7 Bladud Buildings, Bath BA1 5LS

Kadia

Kadia’s sound is contemporary melodic foot-stomping folk, which came from merging Classical, Jazz and Metal. They were highly commended finalists in the Bath Folk Festival New Shoots Competition 2014.

Floor spots available. Please contact info AT bathfolkfestival.org.

8pm

Free!


Fri 20th Mar 2015 to Sun 22nd Mar 2015

Kilve Court Residential Education Centres, Kilve, Bridgwater, TA5 1EA

West Country Concertina Players Residential Weekend

The organising team is delighted to be able to announce the line-up of tutors for the 2015 weekend

John Morgan for Duets
Andy Turner for Anglos
Paul Walker for English
Claire Wren for Concertina Band with
Dave Elliott providing first aid and maintenance workshops

The WCCP invites intermediate/competent/advanced players to join them for a smashing concertina-packed weekend.

Contact: Sally George sallygeorge59 AT btinternet.com 020 8777 2615 or check the website
http://thewccp.org


Fri 20th Mar 2015

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Croabh Rua

A very welcome return for this top international Irish band from Belfast. It sold out last time so do get your tickets!

CRAOBH RUA (pronounced CRAVE ROO-AH) translates from Irish to RED BRANCH and is a name that
is well known in Celtic history from THE RED BRANCH KNIGHTS OF ULSTER. This Belfast based Irish Traditional Music band has given concert and festival performances in the USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, Austria, Italy, Holland, Belgium Switzerland, Poland, Slovenia, Denmark, Norway, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Their music has delighted audiences and earned them wide acclaim and recognition and they are now regarded around the world as one of the finest ambassadors of Irish Traditional Music. Craobh Rua’s impeccable musicians bring their own individual experience to the group and fuse their talents to bring life to a wide array of instruments such as banjo, mandolin, fiddle, uilleann pipes, flute, tin whistle, guitar and vocals. Craobh Rua takes a refreshing, unpretentious but uncommonly skilled run at some of the greatest music in the world.
Craobh Rua has released five albums to date and appeared on a number of compilation albums.
Their current offering being aptly entitled "IF IDA BEEN HERE IDA BEEN THERE".

http://www.craobhrua.com/

8 pm

£12

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk/


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

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are one of the most exciting duos to appear on the Folk/Roots/Acoustic scene in recent years. With a rapidly expanding following and unique sound that effortlessly spans many genres, the duo have been touring for the past three years, winning new fans of all ages wherever they go.

8pm

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


St Edward's School BH15 3HY

The Old Pull and Push

Barn dance

Bring your own drinks and nibbles

£5

7.30pm

Contact St Edward's School Association

schoolassoc AT st-edwards.poole.sch.uk


The Princess Theatre, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1EH

Jimmy Buckley

The ever popular Irish singer returns to the Princess bringing you all your favourites.

£20

7.30 pm

Contact The Princess Theatre: 01278 784464

info AT princesstheatreandartscentre.co.uk

www.theprincesstheatre.co.uk


Sat 21st Mar 2015

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Fresh Aire with caller Gill Spence

Bridport Folk Dance Club's longstanding annual dance, "Miss Mayne's Party", with Bring & Share (finger food) Supper, BYO wine/beer, and a floor spot from Wessx Morris Men.

On street parking or free evening car parks nearby.

£7.00 in advance or on the door

8.00 - 11.00 pm

Contact Jane Stubbs or Monty Crook: 01308 898 002 or 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk


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

Wellington Acoustic Music Club

If you enjoy listening to acoustic music in a relaxed atmosphere, come a! long to the Arts Centre bar and have a listen.
If you enjoy playing acoustic music to like-minded people - come along and join in. It doesnt matter what instrument you play - we have guitarists, violinists, flautists, pianists, accordion players, percussionists... and more besides that!
It doesnt matter how good you are - all abilities are welcomed... we all started somewhere!
Theres no charge, but donations are welcomed.
The bar is open throughout the evening for you to moisten your vocal cords!

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

Ticket Price: Just turn up!

8:00 pm

Direct Event Link
http://www.w-a-a.co.uk/e.php?e=786


Thu 26th Mar 2015

Sunray Folk Club, Broadmayne Village Hall DT2 8EW

Stompin' Dave Allen

American Roots with Stompin' Dave Allen
8pm
£8 entry plus £1 club membership
tel: 07786 654074
www.sunrayfolkclub.co.uk


Bicknoller Village Hall TA4 4EQ

Mary Marker -- Playford

With Brian Graham

£2.50

8pm - 10pm

Contact Robert Blackborow: 01823491662

robertfolk01 AT hotmail.com


Fri 27th Mar 2015

Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Becks Sian and Johnathon Kershaw

A dramatic Gothic Folk set featuring the Haunting vocals of Becks Sian and the nationally acclaimed Guitarist, Johnathon Kershaw. A blend of ghost ballads and dark verdant Celtic themes make up their "Beutiful Ghosts and Bizarre Tales" Tour.

Entry by Donation

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com

www.hawthornshotel.com


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

Alasdair Roberts + Local Support

Glasgow based musician Alasdair Roberts is an exceptional guitarist and lyricist and is one of the most championed artists on Folk Radio UK which makes this night a very special one. He is primarily a singer, acoustic
finger- style guitarist, writer/composer of new songs and interpreter of traditional songs and ballads. . Described by The Wire as the sound of new myths and new music being hewn from folk痴 stone.

£10

8.00pm

Contact Kate Goodale: 01278422700

kate AT bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk

www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


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

Bow-Legged Skeeter

5 piece band playing American Bluegrass featuring Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Double Bass and Harmony Vocals in a nice venue....Bar and Food.

8:30pm

Contact Pete Minkey: 01425 489376

peter.minkey AT yahoo.co.uk


Sat 28th Mar 2015

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

Performance Evening

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

Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience. It's a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety - and it doesn't cost the earth - just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.

All types of performance welcome - The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance.... All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 - 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.

So, if you're a performer, then get in touch with Chris and book a spot (0196331580 Mob 07715501157). He takes artist names and we allocate spots on a 'first come, first on' basis.

These evenings are becoming increasingly popular and there is a danger that we won't be able to accommodate everyone. Do please book ahead rather than, as previously, just turning up and expecting to get a spot. It doesn't matter if you're a musician. poet, juggler or ...... well, any kind of performer basically. Just be entertaining !

7.30pm

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

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


Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Chris Jagger's Acoustic Roots

Chris Jagger with his Acoustic Roots trio featuring Elliet Maceral on Fiddle and Dave Hatfield on Double Bass, led by the man himself, on guitar and vocals. A lively blend of Americana, delta blues and Bluegrass, accompanied by some Cajun Food, sounds like a great night to me.

£10.00

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com

www.hawthornshotel.com


Odcombe Village Hall BA22 8XP

Salon y'Strel + Very Special Guest Bonny Sartin

present A Gallery Of Rogues

500 years of popular song infused with Music Hall, Baroque, Cabaret, Folk, Jazz & Goth

So – the question has finally been asked – what is this band all about? Or, as someone else asked recently; what is it you actually do? To get to the bottom of what it is that Salon y’Strel does (formerly, or AKA, y’Strel’s Band), it probably helps to look at the four individuals that make up the combo. You then might understand why it’s not such a simple question to answer. Salon y’Strel sits at the heart of a four-piece Venn diagram made up of four very different musicians: John Bullock is a traditional hard-core English folk singer with a soft spot for Country & Western and Victorian Music Hall . . . and dressing-up. Vocals, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, bangy things: Helen Coombs is the proper musician in the outfit, with serious expertise in Baroque music and in the handling of the harpsichord . . . and dressing-up. Vocals, keyboards, bangy things Drew Crow Star is a child of the seventies and a songwriter of exquisite talent. Vocals, guitar, mandolin (not the bouzouki), harmonica, spoons, bangy things: DCS, global megastar, master songwriter, tunesmith and all-round decent carbon-based life-form. A writer with a social conscience and a return ticket to his home star system. He also enjoys dressing-up. Simon Spencer is a bass player. Is there anything else to say? We suspect him of being a bit of a Jazzer. He brings the foundation of the bass line and keep everyone’s feet on the ground; great for everyone except for Drew, who’s really waiting to be beamed-up to the Mothership. And no one can tell whether a bass player is dressed-up or not. Put all those ingredients into the y’Strelian soup and it’s amazing that anything gets done at all. But it’s a combination that works, and that’s probably because we all enjoy telling songs and nodding our heads to whatever tune comes our way. The fusion delivers everything from unaccompanied songs (though not necessarily unaccompanied folk songs . . . hmm) , to jazz-infused balladry - and the occasional rockin’-out shanty. And y’Strel? Ah yes. That ancient demi-god of Song has been around for a long time. Wherever SONG is made, y’Strel will be making notes from the inter-dimensional control room. We are disciples and acolytes and work the y’Strelian will. Strike up the Band!

Tickets £8 in advance inc’ Ploughman’s Lunch.
Contact Mary Holloway 07899848604
Bar with Real Ales, Wines etc by The Half Moon Inn, Stoke Sub Hamdon.
Tea, coffee and car parking available.

7.30pm

mary_gilmour_mary AT hotmail.co.uk

www.facebook.com/mary.gilmour.54


Sun 29th Mar 2015

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

The Poozies

The Poozies are an all-female four-piece Folk band featuring Sally Barker, Mary Macmaster, Eilidh Shaw and Mairearad Green. With their energetic vocals and guitar, faultless fiddle playing, delicately dexterous accordion and mellow harp, this inspirational band of women have been delighting audiences in Britain and worldwide for over 20 years. Their close vocal harmonies intensify the songs drawn both from the rich vein of Gaelic culture and other genres.

7.30pm

Tickets: £18 Full, £17 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


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

English Music & Stepping Session

Hosted by Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band

All instrumentalists & steppers welcome to this friendly pub session

8.00 - 10.00 pm

Contact Steve & Helen Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Mon 30th Mar 2015

Cotleigh Brewery TA4 2RE

Andy Cutting

Andy Cutting is a rarity. A musician's musician (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner Best Musician 2008 & 2011): a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon practitioner with an ear for a fine tune. Many of his tunes have been purloined along the way: some considered contemporary classics on the folk scene. But then, Andy is also a warm and emotive performer, modestly engaging his audiences with his self-deprecating wit and then flooring them with downright staggering musicianship. There are few melodeon players who put so much feeling into their playing, whether it is a set of dance tunes, or accompaniment to a slow English ballad.

£12/£10

8pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Sat 4th Apr 2015

Acorn Folk Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 5DJ

Notts Alliance

An unaccompanied harmony group with material from the folk tradition and thereabouts who have gained a reputation for tight and inventive harmony singing. The group called into Acorn during our 12th season, and everyone enjoyed their set, so we have booked them. Their repertoire includes arrangements of songs from some of the best of today’s songwriters including Richard Thompson, Pete Morton, Maggie Holland as well as a good helping of traditional material.

www.nottsalliance.org.uk

Donations - £6.50 - Under 16s £3.00.

For further details or to buy on line please visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk
Tickets may be reserved on trust by phoning Eileen Ann Moore (founder) or Jim Parham on 01643 709394 or 07811 744158 or emailing acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com Also you may just come along on the night.
Floor spots, musicians, singers and listeners are all given a warm welcome.


Fri 10th Apr 2015

Kimmeridge Village Hall BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band & Callers:Teresa Rabbetts & Ruth Thompson

English Ceilidh Barn Dance

No bar - bring your own drinks!

£2.50 adults £1 children

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Contact Steve & Helen Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Sat 11th Apr 2015

The Town Hall, Crewkerne TA18 7LN

New Rope String Band

After 25 years of musical madness an opportunity to catch their farewell tour

Adults £10 Under 12s £5, Family of 4 £25.

7pm

Contact Tickets from the Town Hall or ring: 01460 77415

abcd AT crewkerne-TC.gov.uk

www.aboutcrewkerne.co.uk


Fri 17th Apr 2015

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone, Dorset DT11 0SF

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club - Ruth Thompson (fiddle) and Chris Toyne (accordion) caller tba

A lively, light-hearted get-together with live bands and good callers. Sorry no food but squash provided and BYO if you wish. Old Ox Inn nearby.

£5

Start time: 7.30 for 7.45

Finish time: 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


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

Richard Digance

Richard Digance is a rare performer in that he's respected by comedians for his original material and by musicians for being an accomplished performer/guitarist.

His loyal following confirms his wide appeal and ranges from the younger generation to the super-loyal who have followed Richard since the time he had his own ITV series, and even further back when he started out in Folk clubs. Many modern-day performers are inspired by Richard’s guitar playing and individual style.

8pm

Tickets: £16 Full, £15 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Holmefolk, The Orchard Tea Room, Holme Farm Nursery, Wareham BH20 6AQ

Time & Tide : 'The King’s Shilling'

Commemorating the 200th anniversary of Waterloo

7pm –10pm : Food and Folk £8, Entry only £3

Booking Essential: Call The Orchard 01929 554 716 ext 3 or email orchard AT holmeforgardens.co.uk

Musicians and Singers: for a spot call Robin on 01929 427037 or email: robin AT plowman7297.fsnet.co.uk


Sat 18th Apr 2015

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Jigs for Gigs & Jane Thomas

Barn Dance

Includes a light ploughman's supper.

No Bar - please bring your own beverages

£8 in advance, £9 on the door

8pm - 11.15pm

Contact Chris Holliday: 01935 424927

www.overstrattonfolkdanceclub.co.uk


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

Performance Evening

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

Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience. It's a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety - and it doesn't cost the earth - just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.

All types of performance welcome - The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance.... All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 - 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.

So, if you're a performer, then get in touch with Chris and book a spot (0196331580 Mob 07715501157). He takes artist names and we allocate spots on a 'first come, first on' basis.

These evenings are becoming increasingly popular and there is a danger that we won't be able to accommodate everyone. Do please book ahead rather than, as previously, just turning up and expecting to get a spot. It doesn't matter if you're a musician. poet, juggler or ...... well, any kind of performer basically. Just be entertaining!

7.30pm.

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

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Jigs for Gigs with caller Jane Thomas

Over Stratton Folk Dance Club Barn Dance

Tickets £8 in advance, or £9 on the door.

8.00pm

Includes a light ploughman’s supper.
No bar – please bring your own.

Advance tickets available from
Chris Holliday 01935 424927
chris AT overstrattonfolkdanceclub.co.uk


Sat 25th Apr 2015

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

Spiro

Comprising of Jane Harbour (violin/viola), Alex Vann (mandolin), Jason Sparkes (accordion) and Jon Hunt (acoustic guitar/cello), Spiro are ‘like a string quartet’ redefining English Folk music with their special blend of Northumbrian Traditional tunes and Systems music (eg: Steve Reich & Phillip Glass). Their approach to music is unique, breathtaking and seems impossible.

8pm

Tickets: £16 Full, £15 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

The Casterbridge Band and Michael Catovsky

Bridport Ceilidhs

Bring & Share (finger food) supper and your own wine/beer. Some soft drinks provided.

On-street parking or free town car parks.

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

7.30pm - 11pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Thu 30th Apr 2015

The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

The Fureys

Legends of Irish music & song The Furey's, renowned for hit songs ‘I Will Love You’, ‘Sweet 16’, ‘The Green Fields Of France’, ‘The Old Man’, ‘Red Rose Café’, ‘Clare To Here’, ‘Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal Away’ etc will play a concert here on Thursday 30th April.

They have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 37 years, audiences that have included former Australian Prime Minister John Howard, Former Irish President Mary McAleese and the late Pope John Paul, while Tony Blair has publicly stated his favourite peace song of all time is “The Green Fields of France”. Recently Ireland President Michael D Higgins attended their concert in Dublin’s National Concert Hall. Along with all their hits, they will also be including songs from their new album ‘The Times they are a changing’ They are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Their folk / middle of the road based songs and music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls around the world. A Furey's concert is always a night to remember.

www.thefureys.com

£18.00

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


Sat 2nd May 2015

Acorn Folk Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 5DJ

Club Closed

Minehead Hobby Horse Weekend - Welcome in the Summer.
www.sailors-horse.co.uk www.cajunmusic.co.uk/hh/uk/minehead


Sat 9th May 2015

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

Kieran Goss

Kieran Goss has long been hailed as one of Ireland's leading songwriters and performers. Over the last 20 years he has consistently delivered songs of rare quality and his wonderful, deceptively simple melodies have won him fans across the globe. But while his albums have made him a star, his live shows have made him a legend. Live on stage is where Kieran Goss truly shines.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £17 Full, £16 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Sun 10th May 2015

The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

The Demon Barbers

Renowned for their no holds barred approach to their live shows The Demon Barbers return to the concert stage with a new repertoire, extra band members and a modern twist to their multi-award winning roadshow.

Since winning ‘Best Live Act’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2009 The Demon Barbers have been immersed in the development of their Folk and Hip Hop Dance Extravaganza The Lock In.

Following a number of successful UK tours, including high profile shows at Glastonbury Festival and 5 star reviews for their 2 week run at Edinburgh Fringe, The Demon Barbers now bring some of the UK’s most exciting young Clog, Sword, Hip Hop and Break dancers onto the concert stage to create the live folk music and dance spectacular of the year!

The XL show will feature new material from their latest album Disco At The Tavern, a collaboration with Grammy and Emmy Award winners Donal Hodgson and Kipper, best known for their work with Sting. Combining solid traditional acoustic instruments and songs with the added oomph of a superbly tight rhythm section they create a unique and captivating sound.

£16.50

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


Fri 15th May 2015

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone, Dorset DT11 0SF

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

A lively, light-hearted get-together with live bands and good callers. Sorry no food but squash provided and BYO if you wish. Old Ox Inn nearby.

£5

Start time: 7.30 for 7.45

Finish time: 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Corfe Mullen Village hall BH21 3UA

Alan Davies with Merry Conceit

Day of Dance

A mixture of Playford and more recently written Social Dances.

This is a morning workshop followed by an afternoon dance.

It is a U3A event but open to all.

As it is a catered event we need the numbers well in advance.

£17.50 to include all food and drinks

10.30-12.30 for the workshop

1.30 - 3.30 for the dance

Contact Margaret Thomas: 01202 872795


Sat 16th May 2015

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

Lisa Knapp

Steeped in Folk traditions, the arrival of May in England remains the catalyst for a host of regional and national celebrations to mark the arrival of summer. Lisa will explore Traditional song and material relating to all kinds of aspects which this season evokes, and with a sense of play and honesty, brings the song and the music and the May to life…..

8pm

Tickets: £16 Full, £15 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Osmington Village Hall DT3 6EX

Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston

“The inspirational melding of musical chameleon Miranda Sykes and mandolin maestro Rex Preston has produced one of the most unexpected and exciting new pairings on the acoustic roots scene”. This is one not to miss!
Bar and Bar Snacks - Free parking.

£11.00

7.00 for 7.30pm

Contact Eileen Bramley: 07816 832554

eileenbramley AT hotmail.co.uk

www.SYKESPRESTON.COM


Sat 23rd May 2015

Poole United Reform Church, 5 Skinner Street, Poole BH15 5RU

Belshazzar's Feast

Top cultured charismatic duo play in the exquisite natural acoustics of Skinner Street Church

£15 NUS £10

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/297388


Sun 24th May 2015

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

The Young'uns

Nobody sleeps when The Young'uns are in town! This Teeside Trio - Sean Cooney, Michael Hughes and David Eagle - are an unlikely force of nature on stage, beguiling audiences with humour, bold vocals, gripping storylines and innate musicality. Describing their gigs as 'absolute chaos', they go on stage without set lists, relying on instinct and rapport with the audience to deliver a killer show.

7.30pm

Tickets: £16 Full, £15 concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Sat 30th May 2015

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

Performance Evening

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

Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience. It's a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety - and it doesn't cost the earth - just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.

All types of performance welcome - The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance.... All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 - 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.

So, if you're a performer, then get in touch with Chris and book a spot (0196331580 Mob 07715501157). He takes artist names and we allocate spots on a 'first come, first on' basis.

These evenings are becoming increasingly popular and there is a danger that we won't be able to accommodate everyone. Do please book ahead rather than, as previously, just turning up and expecting to get a spot. It doesn't matter if you're a musician. poet, juggler or ...... well, any kind of performer basically. Just be entertaining !

7.30pm.
Voluntary contribution. Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience. Please pay on the door.
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Sat 6th Jun 2015

Acorn Folk Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 5DJ

Geoff Lakeman

Geoff Lakeman, who lives on Dartmoor, is an internationally-recognised leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet Concertina. He performs self-penned songs, English, Irish and Scottish folk, and other music as varied as Jimmie Rodgers, Randy Newman, Richard Thompson....and 1920/30's jazz standards.
He's the father of a virtual folk dynasty - youngest son is internationally-acclaimed Seth Lakeman. Elder brother is Sean who played in Seth's band and produced his Mercury Music Award, Top Ten, gold and silver albums.Sean and his wife, Yorkshire singer Kathryn Roberts, are the current BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards "Best Duo". Geoff's piano-playing middle son Sam is married to Irish singing sensation Cara Dillon. Their band plays all over the world.

www.concertina.net

£6.50 - Under 16s £3.00.

For further details or to buy on line please visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk
Tickets may be reserved on trust by phoning Eileen Ann Moore (founder) or Jim Parham on 01643 709394 or 07811 744158 or emailing acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com Also you may just come along on the night.
Floor spots, musicians, singers and listeners are all given a warm welcome.



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

Baka Beyond

Baka Beyond is a World music group, formed in 1992 with members from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. They fuse Celtic and other Western music styles with traditional Baka music from Cameroon.

Baka Beyond has devised a multicultural, dynamic live stage show with band members hailing from France, Africa and Great Britain. Each musician brings their own influence to the music, creating a unique spectacle and honouring a lesson learned from the Baka people: 'everyone is to be listened to'.

8pm

Ticket: £18 Full, £17 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

George Inn Giant Ceilidh Band includinng caller Chris Shaw

Bridport Ceilidhs

Bring & Share (finger food) supper and your own wine/beer. Some soft drinks provided.

On street parking or free town car parks nearby.

Tickets can be bought at Jaxsons Deli (East st.) and Bridport Music Shop (South St.), or book with organiser.

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

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Osmington Village Hall DT3 6EX

O'Hooley & Tidow

With a personal invitation from Billy Brag to play Glastonbury, sessions on BBC6 Music and Radio 2, a 5* live review and a feature in The Guardian, culminating in a MOJO Folk Album of the Year award for album The Hum, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving and at times spine tingling performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm even the hardest of hearts”. And they’ve just been nominated Best Duo at the Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015!

Bar and Bar snacks - Free Parking!

£10

7.30pm for 8pm

Contact Eileen: 07816 832554

eileenbramley AT hotmail.co.uk

o'hooleyandtidow.com


Fri 12th Jun 2015 to Sun 14th Jun 2015

Wimborne Minster

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

Gilmore & Roberts, Will McNicol & Luke Selby, Louise Jordan, Ninebarrow and many more to be confirmed

A weekend of folk, family and fun in the historic east Dorset market town of Wimborne Minster.

Super early bird tickets £35

info AT wimbornefolk.co.uk

www.wimbornefolk.co.uk


Fri 12th Jun 2015

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

Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar

In 2011, multi-instrumentalist Ciaran (fiddle, bouzouki, guitar, vocals) met and joined forces with Greg (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, English concertina) to form a brand new duo. Since then, they have not looked back, receiving great reviews for live performances all over the country.

8pm

Tickets: £16 Full, £15 Concessions

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


Sat 27th Jun 2015

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

Performance Evening

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

Petherton Arts Trust is trying this new evening as a way of encouraging more local performers of all genres to come and perform on a professional stage and to attract more people in the audience. It's a great evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety - and it doesn't cost the earth - just £2 audience and £1 performers to cover the cost of heating and lighting the hall.

All types of performance welcome - The David Hall has had music, comedy, poetry, dance.... All have the opportunity to deliver for 10 - 15 minutes with full PA and lighting system.

So, if you're a performer, then get in touch with Chris and book a spot (0196331580 Mob 07715501157). He takes artist names and we allocate spots on a 'first come, first on' basis.

These evenings are becoming increasingly popular and there is a danger that we won't be able to accommodate everyone. Do please book ahead rather than, as previously, just turning up and expecting to get a spot. It doesn't matter if you're a musician. poet, juggler or ...... well, any kind of performer basically. Just be entertaining !

7.30pm.
Suggested contribution. Just £1 for performers and £2 Audience. Please pay on the door.

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


Fri 24th Jul 2015 to Sat 25th Jul 2015

St Aldhelms Hall, Branksome, Poole BH21 1AD

Beer and Bluegrass

Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys
Hillfolk Noir
Flats & Sharps
The Mountain Firework Company
New Hawleans Jug Band
Medicine Bend
Bowlegged Skeeters

Over 30 real ales and craft beers

Ticket Line 023 8071 1818

www.poolerhythmroots.co.uk


Wed 23rd Sep 2015

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Steve Knightly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

£16

Note earlier start time 7.30 pm

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk


Fri 27th Nov 2015

Osmington Village Hall DT3 6EX

Peter Knight's Gigspanner

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

£14

7.00 for 7.30pm

Contact Eileen: 07816 832554

eileenbramley AT hotmail.co.uk