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Wed 24th Sep 2014

The Tivoli Theatre, West Borough, Wimborne BH21 1LT

Tim Laycock and The New Hardy Players

Wessex Scenes is this years highly praised production by the new Hardy Players, directed by Tim Laycock and Emma Hill. Thomas Hardy adapted scenes from his epic work The Dynasts for performance during WW1 by the original Players, and this spectacular revival brings to life all the colour and excitement of the stories of Dorset in Napoleonic times: the threat of invasion, the news of the victory at Trafalgar and the great events leading up to the Battle of Waterloo. This production is full of traditional folk music and song, played on stage by a live 7-piece band. Spectacular costumes and superb performances make this a must for all lovers of dorset and the works of Thomas Hardy.

The New Hardy Players donate all proceeds to charity- Weldmar Hospicecare, Julia's House, Heroes Haven and Blind Veterans UK [formerly St Dunstans].

£14 [£12.50 concessions]. Buy 10 tickets and get one free.

7.30pm

Contact The Tivolii box office: 01202 885566

www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk


Grain Bar, Cheese and Grain, Frome BA11 1BE

Reg Meuross & special friends

Reg Meuross has been on the folk scene and his new album “England Green and England Grey” been described by Mike Harding as “possibly the best album yet from one of England’s finest singer / songwriters”. Pete Townsend calls it “magnificent, powerful and moving”. He will be appearing with some special musical associates including Jessica Vincent.

Doors: 9.00 pm
Free entry

http://www.cheeseandgrain.com/


Thu 25th Sep 2014

Porlock Village Hall TA24 8QD

Phil Henry Hannah Martin

vocals, harmonica,fiddle,dobro

blend of traditional and original with a modern twist
winners of BBC Folk Duo Award 2014

£8.00

8.00pm

Contact Porlock Visitors Centre: 01643 863150

visit AT porlock.co.uk

www.porlockfestival.org


Old Town Hall Weymouth DT4 8JH

Morris workshop with Frome Valley Morris

At the start of the winter practice season FVM welcome anyone interested in Morris dancing for fitness, culture, tradition, performance a good time, friendship and days out.

Free

7.30pm - 9.30pm

Contact Dave Milner: 01305 880154

davmilner AT gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/.../Frome-Valley-Morris/150920808273770


Fri 26th Sep 2014

Cheese and Grain, Frome BA11 1BE

Domenic Decicco: Seeds Of Evergeen Album Launch

Domenic releases his 3rd solo album.. The themes are touching in their purity and convey a sense of honesty and vulnerability that draws the listener in from the start. Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Domenic defies any easy label. The collection of songs stir in their own sensibilities and haunting melodies, crossing between contemporary acoustic folk, touches of roots and world music, and even his flavour of country and jazz. His wealth of musical styles and smooth and expressive voice are all skillfully blended into a seamless flow of music from the heart that absorbs the listener entirely into the narratives of each piece. He will be joined by a list of celebrated musicians including: Chris Hurn - cello, Tom Pepler - drums, Paul Sax - violin, Delagh King - vocals, Richard Kennedy - vocals, Mal Darwen - bass, Robin Rhind - keyboards performing the album on the night...plus special guest support Simon Allen.

Domenic is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer/producer who has travelled the world sharing his music as a solo artist and as co-founder/lead vocalist of the innovative acoustic roots band Praying for the Rain. Musician magazine calls him, “a deeply soulful and compelling musician and storyteller who brings a rich, uncluttered quality to his music that fills his songs with evocative imagery and lyrical narrative”. Net Rhythms magazine says "mature and eloquent, intimate, passionate and with haunting performances... quietly stunning…" He has toured throughout Europe, Canada, Africa, Japan and the Middle East and has performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, Womad and Stainsby and at London’s Union Chapel and South Bank.

Sharing with other cultures has made its way into many aspects of his singing, writing and music. Through the language of music and his study of sound, he has come to a broader understanding of the world around him. Originally from Canada with Italian heritage, after many years living in London, now makes his home in Somerset, UK.

Doors 8.00 pm

£8 advance £10 on the door

http://www.cheeseandgrain.com


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

Hattie Briggs Trio

plus support, George Montague

Hattie’s impressive and unorthodox journey through the folk and acoustic music scene began with her decision in January to drop out of a Russian degree at Oxford University and return to her Gloucestershire home to focus on songwriting. Since then it’s been full steam ahead for the 21year-old, with debut EP ‘My Shepherd’s Hut’ under her belt and the single ‘Pull Me Down’ reaching number 19 in the iTunes singer songwriter chart. Recognition of the strength of her musical ability resulted in a nomination in this year’s prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards. TV and radio exposure followed; with key live performances on the BBC Introducing stage at Wychwood Festival and support to Seth Lakeman at Monmouth Festival, plus a featured artist in a recent emerging talent documentary by BBC Introducing In The West.

With a relentless creative fire inside, inspired by Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Katie Melua, Hattie has been busy recording her debut album at Monnow Valley Studios, produced by Peter Waterman and Dan Cassidy, brother of the late Eva Cassidy. Her new single ‘Old Eyes’ features jazz musician, Alec Dankworth and will be released on 22nd September. The song has reached the semi-finals of the UK Songwriting Contest and the release will be associated with a full touring schedule.
Trio - Hattie Briggs, guitar, keyboard and lead vocals, Asha McCarthy, cello and bv’s, Henry Fraser, cello and bv’s
www.hattiebriggs.co.uk
Twitter -  AT HattieBriggs
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hattie-Briggs-Music/204022719673744?ref=hl

George Montague
Have you met George? This piano-hitting, string-twanging, gravity-defying singer songwriter multi-instrumentalist with over five million views on YouTube, is enthralling a global audience with his exciting live energy and countless contagious original songs.
After performing to an enthusiastic packed audience in the Jazz Arena at Cheltenham Jazz Festival and also winning Decca Records ‘Search for a New Jazz Star’, George continues his #notsobigTour playing piano, guitar and ukulele - doing solo shows with a bass-drum at his feet - or backed by members of his spectacular six-piece notsobigband: some of the UK’s finest musicians on bass, drums, guitar, saxophone, trumpet and trombone - George has been playing venues throughout London and the ‘shires, including the Henley Festival and, later in the year, an Artist Residency at the EFG London Jazz Festival.

www.georgemontague.com

Doors: 7:30pm Event Starts: 8:00pm Event Ends: 10:30pm
Starting at: £10.00 (Door Price: £12.00)
Chapel Arts Cafe 'Early Bird Meal Deal' – last orders 7pm, for Menu and Booking see website
http://www.chapelarts.org


Chiselborough Village Hall TA14 6TL

Chiselborough Community Folk and Performance Night

Yes it's back again! After a summer break, Chiselborough Community Folk & Performance night returns on the last Friday of each month, starting Friday 26th September 7.30pm.
- Lucy and her merry muscial followers will be jamming the night away with whoever wants to join them. Every type of instrument, every standard of playing, every type of music is welcome. For beginners and newcomers there is no performing pressure – everything is relaxed, enjoyable and just like playing at home. For the seasoned pros we have had some wonderful performances and jamming sessions in the past. Breton dancing music, New Orleans Jazz, kick ass Scottish folk, Russian drinking songs .... and on instruments from the bowed psaltery, mandolin, hurdy gurdy, washboard, fiddles, bodrun, Irish whistles, banjos, cajon, guitars etc. This has all been complimented by poetry, verse and art tutorials.
- Tash and Patch will be there with foraged, home grown or local food from Chiselborough itself.
- Cam's shop will return with the most delicious home baked cakes in Somerset
- Pedro will have the bar fully stocked, all kindly sampled for us beforehand (brave man – someone has to do it!)
- Natalie will have treats for our legendary swap shop.
We'd really love to see you all there - to play or watch - please spread the word and help make the return another fab night!
Love, Nat and the gang

£2 Contribution

Start time: 7.30

Contact Simon Spurway: 01935881755

simon.spurway AT gmail.com


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Flossie Malavialle

+ Sophie Wright in support

The delightful French performer, Flossie Malavialle, now a resident of Darlington, will delight with her powerful singing and varied humour. This is her first time at Wessex Acoustic and a long overdue visit.

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

8.15 pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 27th Sep 2014

Bridgwater Arts Centre TA6 3DD

Kieran Goss

Kieran Goss is an Irish singer and songwriter. Known as an Irish song writing legend, Kieran Goss shines on stage with his always amazing and moving performances. Following the huge success of his special guest appearances with Eddi Reader, Kieran, headlining his own UK tour, comes to the Bridgwater arts centre. Long hailed as one of Irelands leading songwriters and performers, Kieran's music has won him fans all around the world.

£15.00

Start time: Bar opens at 7:00pm, event begins at 8:00pm

Contact Bridgwater arts centre: 01278 422700

kate AT bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk

www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Kilmersdon Village Hall BA3 5TD

A Blast From the Past - A talk and demonstration of early musical instruments

with Jonathan Weeks

Jonathan Weeks, collector and player of medieval musical instruments, has a deep and extensive knowledge and delights audiences of all ages with his talks and playing, in costume, with charm and lightheartedness and will be performing at Kilmersdon Village Hall Entrance by ticket only.


£10 to include medieval supper and pudding

7.30pm

Contact Frances or Martin Horler: 01761 437372

kilmersdonvillagehall AT gmail.com

www.kilmersdonvillagehall.co.uk


Odcombe Village Hall BA22 8XP

howdenjones

Kate and Paul are musicians who continue travelling all over the country playing at Village Halls and Community Venues. With over 70 shows already booked this year they aim to visit 100 halls in 2014 with their new project 'No Halls Barred'. In the past 3 years they created their ‘beautiful music in beautiful places’ Tour, and have been 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. They write about life and their observations of it, often poignant, sometimes humorous, and gathering new material as they travel, captivate an audience in a unique intimate atmosphere. 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


£6

Start time: 7-30pm

Contact Denise Dunford: 01935863444

info AT howdenjones.co.uk


The Exchange, Market Hill, Sturminster Newton DT10 1FH

Tim Laycock and The New Hardy Players

Wessex Scenes is this years highly praised production by the New Hardy Players, directed by Tim Laycock and Emma Hill. Adapted by Thomas Hardy from his epic work The Dynasts, this fast-moving and colourful show brings onto the stage the great events of the Napoleonic wars, seen through the eyes of the inhabitants of Budmouth. Th ethreat of invasion by Napoleon, the news of Trafalgar and the Battle of Waterloo brought vividly to life! Featuring spectacular costumes, a superb score of traditional music and song played live onstage by a 7-piece band, and a local mummers play. This is the last chance to see Wessex Scenes- don't miss it!

All proceeds from the New Hardy Players performances go to charity- Weldmar Hospicecare, Julia's House, Heroes Haven and Bind Veterans UK [formerly St Dunstans].

£9 [£8 concessions] in advance or £11 [£10 concessions] on the door

Start time: 7.30pm

Finish time: 9.30pm

Contact The Exchange: 01258 475137

www.stur-exchange.co.uk


Dorchester Arts Centre, School Lane, The Grove, Dorchester DT1 1XR

Najma Akhtar

The vocal wonder of world music comes to Dorchester
A Tour of Song and Poetry expressed through the Indian Ghazal and Western Folk.

Prepare to be mesmerised this September at Dorchester Arts with an intimate evening of song and poetry from Najma Akhtar, the renowned British singer and songwriter from Indian and Pakistani heritage. Having collaborated with many world-class artists, including Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Basement Jaxx, and Philip Glass, Najma will present her vocal prowess through the romantic Urdu poetry of the Ghazal in song, exploring lyrics written by traditional and contemporary Sufi writers. Additionally, in reflection of Najma’s British nationality and heritage, the concert will incorporate a number of English and Irish traditional ballads and songs.

Having dominated the world music scene for the past two decades Najma brings with her a wealth of experience that still sounds as fresh and vibrant as when she first exploded onto the music scene.

Najma established herself as a pioneering vocalist during the late eighties with her widely acclaimed first album ‘Qareeb’, introducing jazz to the traditional repertoire of Ghazal (Urdu ballad). This album was hailed as a groundbreaking recording in the World Music scene and has since paved the way for many artists of Indian descent.

Using both the traditional & contemporary Indian style, Najma will be accompanied by harmonium, violin, bass, percussion and guitar. However, the emphasis of this unique concert is the voice, celebrating the Ghazal, the Ballad and stories of love. Having been described as “a heaven-sent gift” (Songlines), “immaculate” (The Guardian) and “enchanting and splendid” (All Music Guide) Najma’s voice explores British and Indian roots, connecting vocal expressions through the rich musical landscape of the cultures that surround them.

8pm
£10/£8 members & concessions.
www.dorchesterarts.org.uk
01305 266926


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

The Willows

The Willows are a folk roots family band from Cambridge. Fronted by the breathtaking voice of Jade Rhiannon, supported by rich vocal harmonies and sensitive acoustic musicianship the band draw inspiration from the British Folk and Americana traditions in equal quantity. Debut album Beneath Our Humble Soil was released in 2013, has been championed by the likes of Mike Harding and Bob Harris and was nominated for Best Debut Album in the Spiral Earth Awards 2014.
Husband and wife, Cliff and Jade Ward, sister Prue Ward, housemate Steve Maclachlan and an unexpected find in the free-ads, Ben Savage began singing and writing songs together in the spring of 2010. Within a few months The Willows were plying their trade in numerous folk and acoustic clubs across the UK, supporting the likes of LAU, Uiscedwr, Seth Lakeman, Peatbog Faeries and Lucy Ward along the way. Favourable reviews of their 2011 self-titled EP were followed up with standout festival performances at the likes of Cambridge Folk Festival, Folk By The Oak, FolkEast, Towersey Festival and Secret Garden Party, helping build a reputation as a compelling live act.

The band's love of writing about people, their lives and their stories is abundantly clear throughout the record: The banjo-driven stomper Bella's Fury tells of a remorseless woman who kills her husband; the beautiful stillness of This Book of Ours depicts two childhood sweethearts nearing the end of their time together; while Worker's War (written for Jade's father) tells of a loyal man unfairly stripped of his employment. Despite covering so many of the darkest places possible, Beneath Our Humble Soil is by no means a depressing listen; the band have a knack of conveying human spirit through their music, and perhaps most notably, this spirit remains at the heart of the album.

www.thewillowsband.co.uk

Doors: 7:30pm Event Starts: 8:00pm Event Ends: 10:30pm
Starting at: £10.00 (Door Price: £12.00)
Chapel Arts Cafe 'Early Bird Meal Deal' – last orders 7pm, for Menu and Booking see website
http://www.chapelarts.org


Alderholt Village Hall SP6 3PH

"The Land Remains" - Cast in Time with Poachers Moon

Songs composed and written by John Anderson
Script by Jackie May

A journey across the lands and oceans of our past, telling the true
stories of the many thousands of English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish
people driven from their homes and lands by cruel landlords and
corrupt governments.
Using music, songs and script interwoven with silhouettes and
beautiful pictures as a backdrop, Cast in Time will carry you back to
a time where little had changed in hundreds of years; until power,
greed and industry forced people away from the life they knew and
loved. These are true stories showing the endurance, strength and
fortitude of our people in times of adversity.
With powerful lead vocals and harmonies, this eight strong group
playing tenor, six and twelve string guitars, keyboard, mandolin,
double bass, accordion, bouzouki, flute and recorder, will leave you
with a truly memorable musical experience.

£8 CONCESSIONS £7

7.15PM

Contact Peter Barrett: 07773372318

petetheplough AT btinternet,com

www.alderholtvillagehall.org.uk


Dorchester Arts Centre, School Lane, The Grove, Dorchester DT1 1XR

Najma Akhtar

Prepare to be mesmerised at this intimate musical evening of song and poetry from Najma Akhtar, a British singer and songwriter from an Indian and Pakistani heritage.
Having collaborated with many world-class artists, including Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Basement Jaxx, and Philip Glass, Najma will present her vocal prowess through the romantic Urdu poetry of the Ghazal in song, exploring lyrics written by traditional and contemporary Sufi writers. Additionally, in reflection of Najma’s British nationality and heritage, the concert will incorporate a number of English and Irish traditional ballads and songs.

Using both the traditional & contemporary Indian style, her singing will be accompanied by harmonium, violin, bass, percussion and guitar.

8pm

£10 / £8 members and concessions

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk


Sun 28th Sep 2014

Cranberries No.4 Sarum St. Poole Quay BH15 1JW

English Music & Stepping Session. hosted by Arish Mel

Note: change of day to Sunday
All instrumentalists & Steppers welcome!

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Contact Steve & Helen Earwicker: 01929 480 737

earwicker AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Mon 29th Sep 2014

St Georges Hall Bridgwater TA6 3QE

Bridgwater Folk Dancers Harvest Supper Night

To celebrate harvest in dance and a light supper

£1.50

8pm - 10pm

Contact Robert Blackborow: 01823 491662

robertfolk01 AT hotmail.com


Thu 2nd Oct 2014

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

Kathryn Tickell & The Side

This exciting new ensemble brings together the worlds of folk and classical music, featuring Kathryn Tickell on Northumbrian pipes, fiddle; Ruth Wall - harp; Amy Thatcher - accordion, clog dancing and Louisa Tuck on cello. The Side stay true to the spirit and essence of Kathryn’s own Northumbrian Folk tradition whilst unleashing the talent and creativity of each individual musician. Evocative slow airs move seamlessly into life-affirming Jigs and Reels; Amy storms into a clog dance; Kathryn’s dizzying rapid-fire piping contrasts with the richness of the cello and Ruth’s sparkling harp playing melds it all together.

8 pm

Tickets: £16 Full, £15 Concessions
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Fri 3rd Oct 2014 to Sun 5th Oct 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Manor Society Members’ Weekend

Meg Winters & Barefoot

Weekend of folk dance, song and music for members of the Halsway Manor Society. The Annual General Meeting is on Sunday at 2pm. Why not support us by becoming a member? Ring for details or visit the SUPPORT US page on our website.

£155

Arrive from 4pm Friday
Depart 5pm Sunday.

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 3rd Oct 2014

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

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club

Band is Ruth Thompson (fiddle) and Chris Toyne (accordion with electric bass) and there will be 4 Club Callers - Dick Williams, Paul Miles, Jean Miller and Ian Edlin.

£5

7.45 - 9.45 pm

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


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

The Lucy Ward Band

Come and see Lucy and her brilliant band on their second tour. Be prepared for a night of beautiful and atmospheric music from BBC Folk Singer of the Year nominee Lucy and her very talented band. To perform songs from her two successful albums Lucy will be joined onstage by Belinda O'Hooley, (keys & vox) Heidi Tidow (vox & multi-instruments), Joy Gravestock (fiddle), Sam Pegg (bass) and Steve MacLachlan from The Willows on percussion.

£12

7.30 pm
Contact Jan Cottington: 01225 461700

info AT chapelarts.org

http://www.chapelarts.org/


Hornblotton Village Hall, BA4 6SF

Jamie Smith’s Mabon

Mabon are Jamie Smith – Accordion, Lead Vocals; Oli Wilson-Dickson – Fiddle, Vocals; Adam Rhodes – Bouzouki, Vocals; Matt Downer – Basses, Vocals; Iolo Whelan – Percussion, Drums, Vocals. They're individually brilliant and together they bring a compulsive mix of traditional and contemporary influences to Celtic music.

Described by The Independent as ‘a truly compulsive ride – brilliant’, by The Guardian as ‘Epic’, by Maverick magazine as ‘wonderfully talented’, and by Froots as ‘a class act’, Jamie Smith’s Mabon will take Hornblotton by storm on Friday 3rd October at 7.30. Come and see this exciting Celtic music band from Wales in the intimate and evocative surroundings of Hornblotton Village Hall. Book your tickets from bowencolin AT hotmail.com or telephone 01963 240282

www.jamiesmithsmabon.com

Doors open 7pm
Good food available, BYO booze
tickets £12 ea. from 01963 240282 or bowencolin AT hotmail.com
www.hvh.btck.co.uk


Sat 4th Oct 2014

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

Stick the Fiddle with caller Jane Thomas

Bridport Ceilidhs

Bring and Share finger food supper, with soft drinks provided; bring your own beer/wine.
Tickets from Bridport Music Shop and Jaxsons Delicatessen or reserve with the organiser (from whom some complimentary tickets can be made available to first-timers by prior arrangement)


£8.50 on the door or £7.50 in advance

7.30pm - 11pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk


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

Inu

"Breathtaking flute, cello, violin, guitar and voice interpreting some great songs from Britain and Ireland, and melodies old and new, from near and far. Featuring local session movers and shakers, and musicianship of an extremely high standard." - Jazz on the Square, Bristol

Donations - £6.50 - Under 16s £3.00. www.inu-music.com

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.


Barrington Court, National Trust, near Ilminster TA19 0NQ

Day of Dance showcase

All-day programme of dance displays including time to have a go: Scottish, Morris, Historical, Sequence etc. Space for more (Barrington Court is a big property!) if any other dancers want to join in, singly or as a team. Contact me to arrange details. Free entry for dancers; if you'd like to come along and are not a NT member, contact me as it may be possible for you to join a booked group.

NT members free. Normal NT prices apply for non-dancers who aren't members.

Start time: 11.00

Finish time: 16.00

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

samedifference AT live.co.uk

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-barringtoncourt


East Coker Village Hall BA22 9EX

Teasing The Cat

Barn Dance

Family ticket is 2 Adult 2 Children
Prices include Ploughmans Supper
Proceeds in aid of Yeovil Heartbeat
Registered Chaity no 1039588

£10 Adult. £5 Child. £25 Family Ticket

7.30pm - 11.00pm

Contact Steph Talbot / Terry Taylor: 01935 862654 / 01935 384884

terry.taylor AT ydh.nhs.uk


Creative Innovation Centre CIC TA1 3PF

Mitchell & Vincent plus Highway Home

This amazing line-up of folk singers, musicians, songwriters and performers bring the whole folk music scene alive in Taunton on Saturday Oct 4th and an excellent price for hearing from well seasoned and emerging artists from a range of folk genres.

We are very excited to have

Mitchell & Vincent
Highway Home

Licensed bar available.

Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment or refusal on the door.

Tickets £8 online or £10 on the door.
Concessions for students and over 65';s £7 online or £9 on the door.

7.00pm - 11.00pm

Contact Andrew Knutt: 01823 337477

andy AT ciccic.co.uk

http://www.creativeinnovationcentre.co.uk/performances/folk-music-night-sat-oct-4th-featuring-mitchell-vincent-highway-home/


Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Beginners Acoustic Guitar

with Al Summers and Ray Bradfield

We hope to deliver “what it says on the tin!” If you've always wanted to play the guitar, but are struggling with aspects of 'teach yourself' then help is at hand from your two experienced tutors. We pride ourselves on giving the very basic essentials in this course, such as how to hold the instrument properly (yes, there is good and bad posture) and how to place your fingers so that you get the best possible sound. We also believe that there's no such thing as a stupid question! Our previous students have said how much they enjoyed this tailor-made course (you will work from and take away a specially prepared pack of hints, tips and music for future learning). You don't need to be able to read music in order to start playing and we can prove it to you from the experiences of many successful students who have attended our courses in the past. It's a great way to learn; with like-minded people and two instructors who put the fun into learning. We're dedicated to making sure that you get what you need in order to progress.

Should you want more, and most of our participants do, then you may be interested in signing up for the 'Beginners Plus' Day on Saturday 18th!

Don't have an instrument? We can help here too. Just let us know when you sign up and we'll source a suitable instrument for you at a very competitive price!


£55

9.00am - 4.00pm

Contact Bookings enquiry: 01460 258613

dillington AT somerset.gov.uk

dillington.com


St Nicholas' Church, Winterborne Kingston DT11 9BL

Debs Newbold - "King Lear"

“Tell me my daughters...which of you shall we say doth love us most?”
The word spellbinding is oft overused, but not of this performance. This is Shakespeare as imagined by the storyteller from Shakespeare’s Globe and a storytelling event you cannot miss. Dark and challenging, epic and shocking, human and uplifting. With this explosive and emotive retelling of the legend of Lear, King of the Britons, Debs Newbold channels her love of Shakespeare's language to whip up a great storm that will snatch you from your seat and send you hurtling into its bloody centre. This riveting and celebrated adaptation was created for a sell-out show at The Hay Festival, performed to acclaim at Shakespeare's Globe and nominated for an award at the British Awards for Storytelling Excellence.

£10

8.00 pm

Contact Peter Dobbins: 07949 836503

admin AT musicatkingston.com

www.musicatkingston.com
((I know this isn't strictly a 'folk'-story but story telling is often considered part of the 'folk scene' -- Steve))


Sun 5th Oct 2014

Leigh Village Hall, near Sherborne DT9 6HL

John Kirkpatrick

The master of the button accordion, melodeon and anglo concertina, one of the definitive voices of English folk song, and a thoroughly good bloke. A fabulous evening is guaranteed!

Tickets £8.00.
Reservations from Folk South West
eddie AT folksw.org.uk
01935 873889


Tue 7th Oct 2014

Winfrith Church DT2 8JR

Northern Harmony present ‘Harmony Singing from around the World’

These 16 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.

To take part in an adult singing workshop with Northern Harmony in Winfrith on Monday 6 October Tel: 01305 852117

7:30pm. .

Tickets: 01305 852117. £8, £6 u18s, £25 family

An ArtsReach presentation
www.artsreach.co.uk


Quay Stage Acoustic, Pilgrim House, Hope Square, Weymoth DT4 8TU

Paul Openshaw & Pam Dentith

"Paul J Openshaw (www.paulopenshaw.com) is a singer/songwriter from Dorset, a talented wordsmith who draws from personal experience and current events to craft songs ranging from the comical and amusing to the serious and thought provoking" (Woolston Folk Club). "The erstwhile bard of Bere Regis, writer of damn fine songs and inventor of the 'bucket on head' branch of child psychology". (Wessex Folk Festival). "Wit and right on sensitivity" (Fatea Magazine).

Pam has a crystal clear voice and is a seasoned performer who we think deserves wider recognition. Definitely one to listen to, and when Pam and Paul arrange and perform a duet together it is always something special.

£5 on the door, performers free. — at The Old Harbour Heritage & Visitor Centre

7.45 for an 8pm start

Contacts: Pat or Pauline 01305 821611 or 01305 860277 email
https://www.facebook.com/quaystage


Fri 10th Oct 2014

Cheese and Grain, Frome BA11 1BE

The Kate Luxmoore Group Presents The Somerset Songbook Revisited

The Kate Luxmoore Group presents the Somerset Songbook Revisited.
Kate Luxmoore “an accomplished clarinettist, with a velveteen tone and lithe style of playing” Songlines

Brings her Group to the West Country to explore the classic English songs collected by Cecil Sharpe in the early 1900’s in Somerset. Her innovative and funky arrangements and compositions, bring a twist to these classic folk songs, whose tunes and lyrics deal with the common threads of life.

She is joined by an impressive line up of musicians - Pritam Singh – Tabla, Lekan Babalola – Percussion, Mirek Salmon – Accordion and Pete Maxfield – Bass - who combine their musical heritage to breath new life into old songs.

Doors 8.00 pm
£10 advance, £12 on the door
http://www.cheeseandgrain.com


Rope & Anchor (formerly Cranberries), Poole Quay BH15 1JW

Bow-Legged Skeeter

5 piece Bluegrass band featuring Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar, Double Bass and Harmony Vocals.
Nice Venue on Poole Quay with Bar and Food.

Free

8:15pm - 10:45pm

Contact Pete Minkey: 01425 489376

peter.minkey AT yahoo.co.uk


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Ben Sands

+ Nigel Waite in support

A stalwart of the wonderful Sands Family, Ben is Colum's older brother. Expect wonderful songs and funny stories. Ben Sands songs, music and stories paint pictures of an ongoing legacy inherited in those early, influential years on a small farm in County Down and enriched by his colourful, musical, adventure-some journeys through life.

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

8.15 pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 11th Oct 2014

Langton Matravers Village Hall BH19 3HZ

Poacher's Moon

Musical performance with John Anderson's songs and music, narrative, evocative images and poetry,

'Poppies Red and Cornflowers Blue' tells the true stories in song and narrative of people local to Wessex who lived ordinary lives until the Great War changed everything. There are songs about recruitment, women left behind, life in the trenches and the stories of the young men; some of whom returned home and thousands of whom stayed behind forever in those stained fields. To our venues we bring six skilled musicians; they form ‘Poacher’s Moon’ who play six, twelve and tenor guitars, bouzouki, keyboard, flute, cello and percussion. The show is accompanied by narrative and beautiful projected images with chorus lyrics to enable the audience to join in. The performance is moving, uplifting and sensitively written with elements of humour.

£8, £7 concessions

7:30pm

Please call Collette for tickets on 01929422832 (meal also available this evening, please call for details)

Contact Caroline Anderson: 07582140933

castintime11 AT googlemail.com


Puddletown Village Hall, Puddletown, Dorchester DT2 8SG

Jump at the Sun

Barn Dance

Refreshments and bar.
Proceeds in aid of St Mary's Church Funds

7 pm for 7.30 pm, finish 10.00 pm approx

Contact Diana Wilson: 01305 848510

jd AT jdgwilson.plus.com


Wimborne St Giles Village Hall BH21 5LX

Acoustic Music Concert In aid of Julia’s House

Fippenny Piece
Catherine Burke
Rod Jenkins
Bob Whitley MC

Tickets £5
Contact Averil Cubitt 01725 517255
Bob Whitley 01202 601017
Light Refreshments and snacks available
Please bring your own drinks
7.30 pm to 10.00 pm


Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall DT6 6ND

Northern Harmony present ‘Harmony Singing from around the World’

These 16 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.

To take part in an adult singing workshop with Northern Harmony in Winfrith on Monday 6 October Tel: 01305 852117

7:30pm.

Tickets: 01297 560948. £10, £5 u18s, £25 family

An ArtsReach presentation
www.artsreach.co.uk


Dorchester Arts Centre, School Lane, The Grove, Dorchester DT1 1XR

Tir na nOg

Tir na nOg have been described anywhere from Alt Folk to Prog Folk, and even Space Folk. However this energetic duo, Leo O’Kelly & Sonny Condell transcend all these categories, leaving little doubt that they are two of the most original and influential songwriters and performers Ireland has ever produced. They were signed to Chrysalis Records in May 1970 and recorded three timeless albums. John Peel immediately championed the duo and they toured with bands as disparate as Jethro Tull and Procol Harum as well as headlining their own shows. Their recent, highly acclaimed, EP, ‘I Have Known Love’ is their first studio recording since 1973.

8pm

£12 / £10 members & concessions

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/


Sun 12th Oct 2014

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

Chris While and Julie Matthews

Chris While - vocals, guitar, banjo, dulcimer, bodhran, percussion and bouzouki and Julie Matthews - vocals, piano, guitar, and mandolin, are breathtaking singers, songwriters, musicians and performers. In 2014 they celebrate 20 years of their partnership. Their songs cover life as they see it - from the industrial wastelands of the north, to injustice and freedom, matters of the heart and everything in between. It is While and Matthews’ musical partnership and obvious joy of performing together that really brings their songs to life. As performers they are unrivalled and their audiences leave their concerts having been through every emotion possible.

Note: starts 7.30 pm (not usual David Hall start time)

Tickets: £14 Full, £13 Concessions
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/


Tue 14th Oct 2014

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Cider and Adge Night

A fund raiser in conjunction with Nailsea Tithe Barn Trust

Nailsea Tithe Barn served as the school for the legendary Adge Cutler, founder of the Wurzels and promoter of scrumpy zyder.

This evening leads on from our Apple Day at the Barn and features local cider and a re union for local Coates factory workers. It also features local Adge Cutler tribute band the "Twice Dailies with Sousaphone and all, plus rare unbroadcasted TV material about the life of Adge Cutler

Should be a gurt laugh!

8 pm

£10

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk


Wed 15th Oct 2014

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

Karine Polwart

Karine Polwart is one of the finest singer/songwriters in Britain. She draws from Folk music’s long tradition while keeping pace with the changing times. She has a talent for crafting unique, enduring melodies and a gift for saying just enough without overstating her case. The range and dynamism of her arrangements all come together in songs of powerful contemporary relevance. She also has the purest and most approachable of singing voices, drawing the listener towards her in the same way that one might lean towards a late-night tale by the fireside.

8 pm

Ticket: £14 Full, £13 Concessions
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/


Chedzoy Village Hall TA7 8RE

Ange Hardy & Steve Pledger

'Just Passing Through' ~ Live acoustic/folk evening

Ange Hardy & Steve Pledger are travelling the west country to bring an evening of exceptional acoustic entertainment to rural village halls.

Licensed Bar

In January 2014 Ange Hardy was awarded FATEA Magazine's coveted “Female Vocalist of the Year”, and the year so far has seen her receiving airplay from both BBC Radio 2 and The Mike Harding Folk Show, with her new album “The Lament of The Black Sheep” being made Iain Anderson's album of the week on BBC Scotland.

Steve Pledger has an enviable reputation as a talented and dynamic performer. BBC Introducing have called Steve's music "beautiful, authentic, unblemished and wonderful”; a well substantiated claim when you consider he's opened for a roster of artists that includes Luke Jackson, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin.

Steve's writing ranges from fragile reflections on love and loss to blistering commentaries on present circumstances whilst Ange sings songs of heritage, stories of working the land, and tales deeply rooted in the traditions of rural life.

This is an evening that combines the contemporary singer songwriter with traditional folk music, with musical influences that range from Cat Stevens and Martyn Joseph to Kate Rusby and June Tabor.

Ange's music is given a contemporary twist through the use of live looping, and between Steve and Ange they travel with three guitars, two drums, a penny whistle, a harmonica, a tambourine and an indian harmonium.

Don't miss this opportunity to sit at a candlelit table with a glass of wine, a pint of good beer, and an evening of intimate award winning acoustic music.

Tickets : £8 in advance / £10 on the door

Start time: Doors at 7.30pm for 8pm start.

Contact Steve Pledger: 07527 837 759

tickets AT acoustickets.co.uk

www.acoustickets.co.uk


Thu 16th Oct 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Eddie Upton “Past Delights”

Eddie Upton celebrates 50 years as a fine singer of English folk songs. He has some great stories too. Suitable for all ages.

£8 / £2 full-time students

8pm

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


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

Rusty Shackle

Superb young Welsh/English 5-piece. Stunning hi-energy mix of folk, bluegrass and Celtic with amazing harmonies.
http://www.ritzacoustic.com


Fri 17th Oct 2014 to Sun 19th Oct 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Give Voice

Tom and Barbara Brown, Mike O’Connor, Carolyn Robson, Bonny & Cynthia Sartin

A weekend for people of all ages (teenagers to pensioners) and abilities - in the comfortable and relaxed surroundings of Halsway Manor. Big Sings - with everyone having a chance to lead chorus songs if they want to - whenever the bar is open and opportunities to explore songs and singing in between, or have a ramble around the glorious countryside – it’s up to you! You’re welcome to bring accompanying instruments if you wish.
Stay on Sunday night, for just £25 per person, to include supper, survivors’ singing session, accommodation and a big Halsway breakfast!

Prices start from £160 - Day visitors: Sat £50 / Sun £ - 40 -am, pm or evening session: £10 - Bursaries for under 25s

Arrive from 4pm on Friday
Course ends 7pm Sunday after an informal concert by the course leaders

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 17th Oct 2014

The Dunster Castle Hotel, 5 High St, Dunster TA24 6SF

Luke Jackson

(Opener: Steve Pledger)

I’m thrilled to announce that double-BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Nominee, Luke Jackson, will be returning to The Castle Hotel in Dunster on Friday 18th October. Luke played there last July and proved why the likes of everyone from Simon Mayo and Mike Harding through to Acoustic Magazine and beyond have been heralding his arrival on the Roots music scene as ‘a huge talent emerging’ (Acoustic Magazine) and ‘one to watch’. (Daily Telegraph) Luke’s debut album - ‘More Than Boys’ - was produced by the great Martyn Joseph and followed up back in February of this year by the stunning ‘Fumes & Faith’. IBoth are available to buy from his website www.lukepauljackson.com as well as through Amazon, iTunes etc. and will also be available on the night. Whether you’ve heard Luke before or not, all lovers of great live music are encouraged to grab a ticket while they can and to witness one of acoustic music’s new generation of ‘legends in the making’. Having had the privilege and pleasure of working and travelling with Luke myself, (and witnessing him play live many times), I can confidently claim that this will be an evening not to be missed. Luke and I have played a couple of gigs together before and I’m really pleased to be opening for him again on this occasion too. Tickets are just £10 and on sale now. Doors will open at 7:30pm and start time is 8pm. You can book tickets via the PayPal link below (a £1 booking fee applies) or contact me on 07527 837759 for details of other ways to pay. Alternatively, you can simply fill in the contact form and get in touch through this website. www.lukepauljackson.com

http://www.stevepledger.co.uk/the-dunster-castle-hotel-4
Booking Link:
http://www.stevepledger.co.uk/contact

8.00 pm
Admission: £10


Bridgwater Arts Centre TA6 3DD

Mad Dog McRea

After three storming Gigs at the Glastonbury festival 2013, one on the famous Avalon stage, releases of videos such as happy bus, which was an online hit, and regular radio plays with esteemed Folk such as Mike Harding, momentum for this group is definitely gaining pace.

£10.00 Adv, £12.00 Otd

8:00pm

Contact Kate Goodale: 01278 422700

kate AT BridgwaterArtsCentre.co.uk

www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Said the Maiden and Simon Barron

Said the Maiden were strongly recommended by one of our regulars. They are a new Hertfordshire-based vocal trio, making waves on the folk scene. Their well-matched vocals and gorgeous arrangements bring new life to traditional songs, and over time they have fleshed out their sound with accompaniments on the accordion, ukulele, guitar, violin and flute. They have just completed a tour with Dave Swarbrick.

www.saidthemaiden.co,uk

Simon Barron will be providing support. He is brilliant!!! He is best known through his work with the Duo BarronBrady is an exquisite guitarist and a fine interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk songs. He plays and sings with great integrity and skills and his guitar arrangements are a sparkling accompaniment to his crystal clear voice.

www.barronbrady.com

8pm £10

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


Sat 18th Oct 2014

Avon Road Social Club BH8 8SE

The Old Pull and Push

Barn dance

Cheap drinks, cowboy buffet, raffle. In aid of Amelia-Grace Rainbow Fund.

£10

7.00pm - 11.00pm

Contact Melanie Clark: 07843188667


Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Beginners plus Acoustic Guitar

with Al Summers and Ray Bradfield

This course is both for those who have enjoyed our previous Beginners Acoustic Guitar day and other novice acoustic guitarists who wish to learn new skills and find out about further techniques. We'll look at, among other things, the importance of developing listening skills by working in a group. We'll see how best to put together a palette of essential chords. Fingerpicking or Flatpicking? The choice is yours and we'll show you how best to do either (or both!) What are 'bar' chords and how can we access them easily? We take away the mystery! Using a specially-written pack of material you'll take home enough to make you want to take the next step!This course is both for those who have enjoyed our previous Beginners Acoustic Guitar day and other novice acoustic guitarists who wish to learn new skills and find out about further techniques. We'll look at, among other things, the importance of developing listening skills by working in a group. We'll see how best to put together a palette of essential chords. Fingerpicking or Flatpicking? The choice is yours and we'll show you how best to do either (or both!) What are 'bar' chords and how can we access them easily? We take away the mystery! Using a specially-written pack of material you'll take home enough to make you want to take the next step!

£55

9.00am - 4.00pm

Contact Bookings enquiries: 01460 258613

dillington AT somerset.gov.uk

dillington.com


The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Kate Rusby

Of all the stars in folk music's wonderous firmament few shine as brightly as Yorkshire's Kate Rusby.

A remarkable interpretive singer, Kate's soulful vocals resonate with the wistful beauty of an earthbound angel. Inhabiting a lyric with unforced conviction - no matter how old or how modern - she has that rare ability to transport her audience, of touching them emotionally and making each tune live vividly within their experience and imagination.

Audiences are sure to be thoroughly entertained by Kate's choice of much-loved classics from her back catalogue stretching over her two decades of music making. As ever, she will be joined on stage by the cream of British folk musicians who form her band. These virtuoso artists are sure to delight you with their exceptional talents.

This even is supported bt the David Hall.

7.30 pm

£16

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


Mon 20th Oct 2014 to Fri 24th Oct 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Shooting Roots - Young folk artists’ professional development week

5 days of intensive learning and development activities for people 16+ who want to develop performance and workshop leadership skills in the folk arts. Full board, day only rates and bursaries available – phone for details and prices. www.shootingroots.org

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Mon 20th Oct 2014

Donyatt Village Hall TA19 0RJ

Ange Hardy & Steve Pledger

'Just Passing Through' ~ Live acoustic/folk evening

Ange Hardy & Steve Pledger are travelling the west country to bring an evening of exceptional acoustic entertainment to rural village halls.

Licensed Bar

In January 2014 Ange Hardy was awarded FATEA Magazine's coveted “Female Vocalist of the Year”, and the year so far has seen her receiving airplay from both BBC Radio 2 and The Mike Harding Folk Show, with her new album “The Lament of The Black Sheep” being made Iain Anderson's album of the week on BBC Scotland.

Steve Pledger has an enviable reputation as a talented and dynamic performer. BBC Introducing have called Steve's music "beautiful, authentic, unblemished and wonderful”; a well substantiated claim when you consider he's opened for a roster of artists that includes Luke Jackson, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin.

Steve's writing ranges from fragile reflections on love and loss to blistering commentaries on present circumstances whilst Ange sings songs of heritage, stories of working the land, and tales deeply rooted in the traditions of rural life.

This is an evening that combines the contemporary singer songwriter with traditional folk music, with musical influences that range from Cat Stevens and Martyn Joseph to Kate Rusby and June Tabor.

Ange's music is given a contemporary twist through the use of live looping, and between Steve and Ange they travel with three guitars, two drums, a penny whistle, a harmonica, a tambourine and an indian harmonium.

Don't miss this opportunity to sit at a candlelit table with a glass of wine, a pint of good beer, and an evening of intimate award winning acoustic music.

Tickets : £8 in advance / £10 on the door

Start time: Doors at 7.30pm for 8pm start.

Contact Steve Pledger: 07527 837 759

tickets AT acoustickets.co.uk

http://www.acoustickets.co.uk


Wed 22nd Oct 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Smile! Smile! Smile! Songs of the First World War

Acclaimed historical musicians Blast from the Past have created this new show to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Using soldiers’ songs, music hall numbers, war poems set to new music and original compositions, Blast from the Past create an engaging and enjoyable tribute to those who served, at home and abroad, in ‘The War to End All Wars’.

£8 / £2 full-time students

8pm

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Thu 23rd Oct 2014

Buckland Newton Village Hall DT2 7BZ

Pacific Curls

Celtic and Pacific rhythms collide when Kim Halliday, Ora Barlow and Sarah Beattie perform. Their show has a depth and originality that touches the inner essence of their musicality. With a cornerstone of backbeat Pacific rhythms, vivacious fiddle playing and evocative Maori instrumentation and lyrics, Pacific Curls have pioneered a fusion sound that seamlessly blend their indigenous roots. Classifying their sound is a challenge. Their use of jazz choral transitions, traditional Celtic tunes, expressive vocals, political and moving lyrics in Maori and English, their use of world instruments with Pacific style beats and moods, shakes and bakes it all into a contemporary intriguing edginess.

7:30pm.

Tickets: 01300 345455. £8, £6 u18s, £24 family

An ArtsReach presentation
www.artsreach.co.uk


Dorchester Shire Hall DT1 1UY

Tim Laycock

In the historic setting of the Georgian Shire Hall courtroom, popular folk singer and concertina player, Tim Laycock will perform traditional songs and tell stories of crime, passion and punishment from real court cases tried in the Dorchester Assizes, as well as tales from Thomas Hardy and others. Tim has been singing at folk clubs and festivals for over 25 years with many songs and stories inspired by his home county of Dorset and was Composer and Musical Director for the triumphant 2014 Dorchester Community Play Drummer Hodge.

We recommend that you bring a cushion to make the historic court benches a little more comfortable.

8pm (doors and bar 7:30pm)

£7 / £5 members and concessions

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk


Fri 24th Oct 2014

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

The Old Dance School

The young Birmingham septet of Robin Beatty - guitar/ vocals; Helen Lancaster - violin/ viola; Samantha Norman - violin; Jim Molyneux - drums, accordion and vocals; Aaron Diaz - trumpet/electronics; Laura Carter - woodwind/vocals and Adam Jarvis on double bass draws on such a wide range of individual backgrounds in Jazz, Classical music, Folk, World music and Pop that pigeonholes are impossible. Duelling fiddles, soaring brass crescendos and irresistible grooves chart their remarkable journey from ballet school basement jam sessions and cowshed rehearsals to remote lighthouses, as well as headline appearances at international festivals.

8 pm

Tickets: £15 Full, £14 Concessions. WEEKENDER tickets. Watch both The Old Dance School and Elbow Jane (Saturday 25th October) for £25 Full, £22 Concessions.

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Durlston Castle, Swanage BH19 2JL

Pacific Curls

Celtic and Pacific rhythms collide when Kim Halliday, Ora Barlow and Sarah Beattie perform. Their show has a depth and originality that touches the inner essence of their musicality. With a cornerstone of backbeat Pacific rhythms, vivacious fiddle playing and evocative Maori instrumentation and lyrics, Pacific Curls have pioneered a fusion sound that seamlessly blend their indigenous roots. Classifying their sound is a challenge. Their use of jazz choral transitions, traditional Celtic tunes, expressive vocals, political and moving lyrics in Maori and English, their use of world instruments with Pacific style beats and moods, shakes and bakes it all into a contemporary intriguing edginess.

7:30pm.

Tickets: 01929 424443. £9, £6 u18s


An Artsreach presentation
www.artsreach.co.uk


Sat 25th Oct 2014

Frampton Village Hall, Dorchester Road, Frampton nr Maiden Newton DT2 9NF

The Ben Rose Big Band, Caller: Angela Laycock

Another accoustic evening of dancing to the wonderful music from the Benjamin Rose manuscript book.
Bring and Share supper. No bar so bring your own drink: soft drinks provided

£8

7:30 - 11:00

Contact Ruth and Colin Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


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

Elbow Jane

Elbow Jane - featuring Kev Byrne on guitar, keyboard and vocals; Chris Chesters - bass guitar; Colin Burgess - percussion; Joe Topping - vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica and Richard Woods - guitar, bouzouki and vocals - are now established as one of the finest live Acoustic acts in the UK. Their unique blend of instruments is complemented by expressive vocals and stunning harmonies, winning them national acclaim. They bring energy, excitement and enthusiasm to their music, and delight audiences wherever they perform.

8.00 pm

£15
Weekender Discount - Watch both The Old Dance School and Elbow Jane for £25 Full, £22 Concessions.
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


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

Chris Turner with Pete & Sue Hall

Bournemouth Folk Dance Club Autumn Dance.

Bring & Share Supper

£8

7.30pm - 11.00pm

Contact Liz Neal: 01202 572196

ceremeed51 AT gmail.com

bournemouthfolkdanceclub.btck.co.uk


Muchelney Abbey (English Heritage) TA10 0DQ

Apple Day family event

Invitation to all musicians, storytellers etc

Muchelney Abbey is mostly ruined but has several mediaeval rooms just waiting to be filled with music and voices, from the grand Abbot's Chamber to smaller timbered parlours. If you'd like to play, dance, sing, tell stories etc, please contact me to arrange times. There may well be a session from about 13.00. Bring the family: there'll be activities for children (must be supervised). BYO food, drink, wellies and woollies.

Free entry for everyone taking part. Up to £4.50 (full price) for others, unless EH members.

Start time: 10.00
Finish time: Around 16.00

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

samedifference AT live.co.uk

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/muchelney-abbey


Sun 26th Oct 2014 to Fri 31st Oct 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Martinmass Dance Holiday

with Ron Coxall and Stradivarious

An Autumn folk dance break for all abilities with a packed programme of workshops, evening dances and some time off in the afternoons to explore the local area or to simply enjoy being at the Manor. Caller Ron Coxall is well known for his encyclopaedic knowledge of folk dance. Stradivarious provide immaculate musical accompaniment

Prices start from £295

Arrive from 4pm Sunday. Depart after breakfast on Friday

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Mon 27th Oct 2014

Kingsmead School, Wiveliscombe TA4 2NE

Martin Simpson

There is no doubt that after 35 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.
Nominated for Musician of the Year and for Best Album with ‘Vagrant Stanzas’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014

£15/£12.50

8.00 pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Wed 29th Oct 2014

Curry Rival Village Hall TA10 0HD

Ange Hardy & Steve Pledger

'Just Passing Through' ~ Live acoustic/folk evening

Ange Hardy & Steve Pledger are travelling the west country to bring an evening of exceptional acoustic entertainment to rural village halls.

Licensed Bar

In January 2014 Ange Hardy was awarded FATEA Magazine's coveted “Female Vocalist of the Year”, and the year so far has seen her receiving airplay from both BBC Radio 2 and The Mike Harding Folk Show, with her new album “The Lament of The Black Sheep” being made Iain Anderson's album of the week on BBC Scotland.

Steve Pledger has an enviable reputation as a talented and dynamic performer. BBC Introducing have called Steve's music "beautiful, authentic, unblemished and wonderful”; a well substantiated claim when you consider he's opened for a roster of artists that includes Luke Jackson, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin.

Steve's writing ranges from fragile reflections on love and loss to blistering commentaries on present circumstances whilst Ange sings songs of heritage, stories of working the land, and tales deeply rooted in the traditions of rural life.

This is an evening that combines the contemporary singer songwriter with traditional folk music, with musical influences that range from Cat Stevens and Martyn Joseph to Kate Rusby and June Tabor.

Ange's music is given a contemporary twist through the use of live looping, and between Steve and Ange they travel with three guitars, two drums, a penny whistle, a harmonica, a tambourine and an indian harmonium.

Don't miss this opportunity to sit at a candlelit table with a glass of wine, a pint of good beer, and an evening of intimate award winning acoustic music.

Tickets : £8 in advance / £10 on the door

Start time: Doors at 7.30pm for 8pm start.

Contact Steve Pledger: 07527 837 759

tickets AT acoustickets.co.uk

http://www.acoustickets.co.uk


Fri 31st Oct 2014 to Sun 2nd Nov 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Nyckelharpa Workshop Weekend

Vicki Swan

Full-on, fun packed workshop weekend for beginners and experienced players of this unusual Scandinavian folk stringed instrument (some instruments are available to borrow for complete beginners). For more information contact Vicki Swan vicki AT swan-dyer.co.uk 07721 519719.

Prices start from £160 - Day visitors: Sat £50/Sun £40 - Bursaries for under 25s

Arrive from 4pm Friday
Finishes 5pm Sunday

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Uilleann Piper’s Weekend

Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Steve Turner, Alan Burton

A weekend of workshops, sessions and concerts for pipers of all abilities; practice technique, develop repertoire and get maintenance advice too. Great team of tutors with Irelands’ Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn confirmed as special guest tutor!

Prices start from £160 - Day visitors: Sat £50/Sun £40 - Bursaries for under 25s

Arrive from 4pm Friday
Depart 5pm Sunday

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 31st Oct 2014

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

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club (Band And Caller Tba )

£5

7.45 - 9.45 pm

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Bridgwater Arts Centre TA6 3DD

The Levels Collective

A brand New Folk Club Night for Somerset

Mairearad and Anna + Galley Beggar

We have teamed up with FolkRadio UK, the leading UK Music Blog & Radio Station, to bring to Somerset a new and fresh Folk Club Night, working as ‘The Levels Collective’.

We will be showcasing emerged, emerging, trad, alt, roots, world, Americana, experimental folk, pop folk and everything else that falls under the big term of folk!
From 2015, The Levels Collective will be running monthly, but for this season, we will be having two showcase events to give you a taster of what is to come!

Mairead & Anna

Two of Scotland’s most revered multi-instrumentalists, Mairearad Green (accordion and bagpipes) and Anna Massie (guitar, banjo, fiddle) are a truly captivating duo, providing a highly energetic performance with an instantly warm and friendly stage presence.
Having played alongside each other for over ten years, they revel in an intuitive approach to each other’s musical ideas and interpretations, and an “almost telepathic communication” on stage (Hi-Arts).

Galley Beggar

Galley Beggar’s music sets out to imagine the next phase of English Folk Rock. Their live performances bring the intensity of a rock band to electric folk and include plenty of instrument changes as they move from music found within the collections of Cecil Sharp and Francis Child through to electrified psychedelic freakouts. Harmony vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, violin, recorder, bass and drums make up the sound of Galley Beggar.

£10
7:45pm

http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Bridgwater Arts Centre TA6 3DD

Mairearad and Anna & Galley Beggar

We have teamed up with Folk Radio UK, the leading UK Folk music blog & radio station, to bring to Somerset a new and fresh Folk Club Night, working together as 'The Levels Collective'. We will be showcasing emerged, emerging, trad, alt, roots, world, Americana, experimental folk, pop folk and everything else that falls under the envelope of folk.

From 2015 The Levels collective will be running monthly, but for this season, we will be having two showcase events to give you a taster of what is to come!

£10.00

Start time: 7:45pm

Contact Kate Goodale: 01278 422700

kate AT BridgwaterArtsCentre.co.uk

www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Sat 1st Nov 2014

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

Chris Toyne with caller Simon Maplesden

Bridport Ceilidhs

Bring and Share finger food supper, with soft drinks provided; bring your own beer/wine.
Tickets from Bridport Music Shop and Jaxsons Delicatessen or reserve with the organiser (from whom some complimentary tickets can be made available to first-timers by prior arrangement)


£8.50 on the door or £7.50 in advance

7.30pm - 11pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk


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

Exmouth Shanty Men

Devon ’s “original buoy band”, The Exmouth Shanty Men, formed in 2007 to breathe new life into the rich maritime heritage of their home port, are increasingly in demand at home and abroad. www.exmouthshantymen.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.




Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Steve Turner, Alan Burton, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer

Concert: Uilleann Pipes & Nyckelharpa

£8 / £2 full-time students

Start time: 8pm

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


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

James Keelaghan and Hugh McMillan

Called Canada’s finest singer/songwriter, James Keelaghan, Poet Laureate of the Folk and Roots music world, has gone about his work with a combination of passion, curiosity intent and intensity for over a quarter of a century. Possessed of an insatiable appetite for finding the next unique storyline, Keelaghan forges his pieces with brilliant craftsmanship and monogrammed artistic vision.

Hugh McMillan is a member of the Folk/Rock band, Spirit of the West, and a multi-instrumentalist who has played guitars, bass, banjo, trombone, mandolin, Chapman stick and keyboards on the band’s albums. He has also produced albums for a number of Canadian Folk bands and collaborated with several Canadian artistes.

8 pm

Tickets £12 Full, £11 Concessions
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Sun 2nd Nov 2014

Dorchester Arts Centre, School Lane, The Grove, Dorchester DT1 1XR

Martha Tilston

Folk singer Martha Tilston has grown up immersed in music. So much so that she thinks of song writing as the coat she wears on the journey, not the destination she is travelling to. She has played at Glastonbury, has gained a BBC nomination for best new-comer at the folk awards and has recorded and released several of her own albums, being a guest vocalist for zero 7, and meeting and playing with some of the world’s most influential musicians. Inspired by her musician parents, Steve Tilston and Maggie Boyle, her musical journey began as part of MOUSE with Nick Marshall and together they travelled the country with the solar stage, its musicians, clowns, lantern light and canvas.

The road then turned into a solo track, and Martha put out her first lo-fi solo album ‘Rolling’. Her new album, released in September – working title ‘Sea Chest’ really is a box of treasures. Recorded by the sea at Prussia Cove, and in Tilston’s Cornish home. Every song has the magic and talent of each guest singer suffused within. There is an enticing constancy running through all the tracks like strong fisherman’s rope. The social awareness in old folk songs strongly influenced the ‘eloquent, politicized questioning’ in her writing, and now Martha has recorded her first album of traditional songs, each song features a member of her family or close friends.

8pm

Tickets: £10 / £8 members & concessions

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk


Mon 3rd Nov 2014 to Fri 7th Nov 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

November Mini Fest - folk week

Ted & Pat Morse, Carol Hewson, Heather Bexon, Jane Harrison, Meg Winters and Christine Corkett

A mixed-activity folk week for dancers, singers and musicians. A fun range of workshops, a dance/ceilidh and music sessions every evening, the opportunity to try your hand at traditional crafts, and plenty of time to delve into our remarkable folk library to find songs, tunes and dances to try.

Prices start from £260

Arrive from 4pm Monday
Depart after breakfast Friday

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274


Thu 6th Nov 2014

St Aldhelms Church, Branksome, Poole BH13 6BT

Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers

with support The Secrets

Zoe Muth and the Lost High rollers from Austin Texas make a rare visit to the
South of England at St Aldhelms Church in Branksome, Poole on Thursday 6th November catch them on the last gig of their acclaimed British tour.

£ 10 Adv / £ 13 Door

7.45pm

info AT poolerhythmroots.co.uk

www.poolerhythmroots.co.uk

Poole Rhythm and Roots are a not for profit group who actively promote Americana
Folk and Blues from their base in Poole Dorset


Fri 7th Nov 2014 to Mon 10th Nov 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Violin Making Weekend

Neville Gardner, Corrie Schrijver

Violin Making Weekend

This course provides the maximum amount of time at the workbench and the class size is limited so participants have plenty of support from our highly experienced tutors. Beginners are welcome. As well as the violin family support can also be given for making a Rebec. Before enrolling please contact Neville AT njgardner.demon.co.uk to discuss the suitability of the course for your needs

Prices start from £329

Arrive Friday from 4pm
Depart Monday after the morning workshop session

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Dance and Music Weekend

with: Joy Simmons, David Bradley, Julie Kimber Nickelson, Dorothy Seedhouse

An enjoyable weekend looking mainly at dances published in ‘The Playford Ball – 103 Early English Dances’ by Kate Van Winkle Keller et al. Dance, music, singing and straw-craft workshops, Saturday evening is costume time with a Playford Ball, and Sunday evening is a fun Ceilidh!

Prices start from £185

Arrive Friday from 4pm
Depart after breakfast on Monday

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 7th Nov 2014

Bath Folk Club, Belvoir Castle, 33 Victoria Buildings, Lower Bristol Road, Bath BA2 3EH

Dick Gaughan and Jim Page

Dick Gaughan is Scotland’s most passionate troubadour, a singer and guitarist whose performances both burn with a fierce conviction and smoulder with equally heartfelt compassion.

The only performer to hold the dual honours of a Lifetime Achievement Award from BBC Radio 2's Folk Awards and induction into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame, Dick Gaughan makes a welcome return to Sheffield for an intimate concert at The Greystones following his previous sold-out concerts at the venue!

Unusually, since Dick nearly always tours solo in the UK, he is touring on this occasion with an opening act. This performer will be Jim Page, a great songwriter and singer from Seattle, USA, who Dick has long admired. Jim is possibly best known over here for writing the song, "Hiroshima Nagasaki Russian Roulette", with which Christy Moore had great success some years ago.
Due to the nature of this tour we expect this gig to sell out so we encourage you to buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

7:30pm £13 advance/ £15 on the door
Tickets available from Eventbrite
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dick-gaughan-jim-page-at-bath-folk-club-tickets-13020325143
and the Bath box office 01225 463362
http://www.bathboxoffice.org.uk/boxoffice


Pamela Hambro Hall Winterborne Stickland DT11 0NT

Namvula Rennie & Band

Namvula creates an intrepid new world where folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland combine with her Scottish heritage and London’s vibrant eclectic music scene. Crossing boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism, Namvula’s music draws you into different worlds, yet remains firmly rooted in African soil. One of the few Zambian artists performing in Europe, Namvula has collaborated and shared the stage with artists including legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, multi award-winnig Zambian singer Maureen Lilanda, and sitar player Anoushka Shankar. Joined by a stellar cast of some of the UK’s most respected African and jazz musicians, including bassist Liran Donin of Mercury-nominated Led Bib, and Senegalese percussionist Mamadou Sarr who tours with international star Baaba Maal, the group delivers evocative, honest, and ultimately uplifting performances. Namvula's debut album Shiwezwa is due for release shortly ahead of this tour.

7:30pm

Tickets: 01258 880920. £9, £6 u18s, £26 family

An Artsreach presentation
www.artsreach.co.uk


Cheese and Grain, Frome BA11 1BE

Cara Dillon

Born in Dungiven in 1975, surrounded and infused with the rich cultural heritage of her native County Derry, Cara has risen to become one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish song anywhere in the world. Possessing a rare and unique voice that has been lauded since her very beginnings winning the All Ireland singing trophy aged only 14. Together with her husband and musical partner, Sam Lakeman, she has succesfully steered an eclectic musical path defying the typical pigeonholes that hinder most artists in her genre. Celebrated for entwining traditional and contemporary elements she has earned both commercial success and astonishing critical acclaim.

Recent years have seen her return wholeheartedly to her Irish roots creating fresh interpretations of traditional standards with stunning results. Her reach is truly global with fans to be found all over the world with her clear, Northern Irish voice even seducing giants such as Disney who, in 2010, asked her to sing the title song to the animated movie “Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue”. She’s won countless awards and accolades including “Album Of The Year” at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, The Meteor Music Award for “Best Irish Female”, and Tatler’s “Woman Of The Year in Music” and has appeared in prestigeous concert halls and at festivals the world over. Always looking to introduce her voice and music to new listeners, Cara’s topped the charts with dance remixes, guest appearances and, more recently, presented her songs with full orchestral backing bringing her music to an entirely new audience.

Whether she's singing her native traditional songs of lost love and emigration, or original compositions, you will be hard pressed to find a more emotive and captivating performer. Cara Dillon is at the very top of her field and one has the feeling she'll remain there for a very long time.

Advance price: £18.00

http://www.cheeseandgrain.com


Sat 8th Nov 2014

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

The Hut People

Accordionist Sam Pirt and percussionist Gary Hammond - both with extensive backgrounds in music - are rapidly gaining more of a reputation as one of the hottest and most entertaining Folk/World acts on the UK Roots circuit today. Using only a driving accordion and their dazzling array of exotic percussion, they transport audiences around the globe with their hugely entertaining and unique blend of Folk music.

8 pm

Tickets: £12 Full, £11 Concessions
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/


Evershot Village Hall DT2 0JY

Namvula Rennie & Band

Namvula creates an intrepid new world where folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland combine with her Scottish heritage and London’s vibrant eclectic music scene. Crossing boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism, Namvula’s music draws you into different worlds, yet remains firmly rooted in African soil. One of the few Zambian artists performing in Europe, Namvula has collaborated and shared the stage with artists including legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, multi award-winnig Zambian singer Maureen Lilanda, and sitar player Anoushka Shankar. Joined by a stellar cast of some of the UK’s most respected African and jazz musicians, including bassist Liran Donin of Mercury-nominated Led Bib, and Senegalese percussionist Mamadou Sarr who tours with international star Baaba Maal, the group delivers evocative, honest, and ultimately uplifting performances. Namvula's debut album Shiwezwa is due for release shortly ahead of this tour.

8:30pm.

Tickets: 01935 83580. £8, £6 u18s, £25 family

An Artsreach presentation
www.artsreach.co.uk


Baltonsborough Village Hall BA6 8PX

Blowzabella

This event is a dance not a concert, but it's fine to just come and listen if you don't want to dance. No reserved seating. Doors open 7:30pm. Starts at 8pm. Finishes 11pm. Bar.

Blowzabella is Andy Cutting - diatonic button accordion; Jo Freya - vocals, saxophone, clarinet; Paul James - border bagpipes, saxophone, whistle; Gregory Jolivet - hurdy-gurdy; David Shepherd - violin; Barn Stradling - bass guitar; Jon Swayne - border bagpipes, saxophone.

The band make an inimitable, driving drone-based sound played with a fabulous sense of melody, rhythmic expertise and sheer feeling.
They compose their own music which is influenced by English and European traditional dance music. Many of their tunes have become well known "standards" in the modern folk repertoire and are played by people all over the world.

www.blowzabella.co.uk
www.facebook.com/blowzabella
www.twitter.com/blowzabella

Doors 7:30pm. Starts 8pm. Finishes 11pm

http://www.wegottickets.com/event/265310


Sun 9th Nov 2014

Studland Village Hall Studland V

Namvula Rennie & Band

Namvula creates an intrepid new world where folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland combine with her Scottish heritage and London’s vibrant eclectic music scene. Crossing boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism, Namvula’s music draws you into different worlds, yet remains firmly rooted in African soil. One of the few Zambian artists performing in Europe, Namvula has collaborated and shared the stage with artists including legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, multi award-winnig Zambian singer Maureen Lilanda, and sitar player Anoushka Shankar. Joined by a stellar cast of some of the UK’s most respected African and jazz musicians, including bassist Liran Donin of Mercury-nominated Led Bib, and Senegalese percussionist Mamadou Sarr who tours with international star Baaba Maal, the group delivers evocative, honest, and ultimately uplifting performances. Namvula's debut album Shiwezwa is due for release shortly ahead of this tour.

7:30pm.

Tickets: 01929 450204. £8

An Artsreach Presentation
www.artsreach.co.uk


Mon 10th Nov 2014 to Wed 14th May 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Rosemary and Steve Hunt

Mostly English Dances

Social dance week for more experienced dancers. Enjoy dancing in a happy, friendly atmosphere, encouraging you to work together as a team and get the greatest possible satisfaction from your dancing! Phone for details or email steve.hunt1 AT uwclub.net


Mon 10th Nov 2014

Kingsmead School, Wiveliscombe TA4 2NE

Vin Garbutt

Winner of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards "Best Live Act" Award 2001 Powerful, hugely moving, warm, humane, inspired, funny and gut wrenchingly honest. These are just some of the superlatives used to describe Vin's performance. Vin’s career has spanned over 40 years of constant world wide touring which must make him some kind of elder statesman of folk. His songs are inspired by the folk tradition, but have transformed into gritty social comment and life observations. He is renowned for his hilarious intros, but for him his song lyrics are the crux of his performance.

£12/£10

8.00 pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Wed 12th Nov 2014

Broomfield Village Hall TA5 2EN

Ange Hardy & Steve Pledger

'Just Passing Through' ~ Live acoustic/folk evening

Ange Hardy & Steve Pledger are travelling the west country to bring an evening of exceptional acoustic entertainment to rural village halls.

Licensed Bar

In January 2014 Ange Hardy was awarded FATEA Magazine's coveted “Female Vocalist of the Year”, and the year so far has seen her receiving airplay from both BBC Radio 2 and The Mike Harding Folk Show, with her new album “The Lament of The Black Sheep” being made Iain Anderson's album of the week on BBC Scotland.

Steve Pledger has an enviable reputation as a talented and dynamic performer. BBC Introducing have called Steve's music "beautiful, authentic, unblemished and wonderful”; a well substantiated claim when you consider he's opened for a roster of artists that includes Luke Jackson, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin.

Steve's writing ranges from fragile reflections on love and loss to blistering commentaries on present circumstances whilst Ange sings songs of heritage, stories of working the land, and tales deeply rooted in the traditions of rural life.

This is an evening that combines the contemporary singer songwriter with traditional folk music, with musical influences that range from Cat Stevens and Martyn Joseph to Kate Rusby and June Tabor.

Ange's music is given a contemporary twist through the use of live looping, and between Steve and Ange they travel with three guitars, two drums, a penny whistle, a harmonica, a tambourine and an indian harmonium.

Don't miss this opportunity to sit at a candlelit table with a glass of wine, a pint of good beer, and an evening of intimate award winning acoustic music.

Tickets : £8 in advance / £10 on the door

Start time: Doors at 7.30pm for 8pm start.

Finish time: 10.30pm

Contact Steve Pledger: 07527 837 759

tickets AT acoustickets.co.uk

http://www.acoustickets.co.uk


Fri 14th Nov 2014 to Sun 16th Nov 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Dance Callers’ Development Weekend

Bruce Hamilton (USA), Mary Devlin (USA), Paul Hutchinson (UK)

Things we’ve learned since learning to call
An intensive weekend course to give dance callers new tools to develop in their chosen direction and develop an expanded vision of the callers’ craft. To apply download the course application form from the event page at www.halswaymanor.org.uk or email office AT halswaymanor.org.uk. There are places for dancers too.

Prices start from £175 - Bursaries for under 25s

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 14th Nov 2014

Westland Conference and Leisure Complex, Westbourne Grove, Yeovil BA20 2DD

Bellowhead

Book on line at:

http://www.gigantic.com/bellowhead/westlands-centre-yeovil/2014-11-14-19-00


The Dunster Castle Hotel, 5 High St, Dunster TA24 6SF

Ray Cooper

One of the UK’s most respected solo singer/songwriters and instrumentalist extraordinaire, Ray Cooper (previously of Oysterband), will be appearing in Dunster on 14th November to play a fully acoustic gig. To those who know of this man’s work and musical prowess, no introduction will be needed, but if you are not yet familiar with Ray’s music, then this is the perfect opportunity to see and hear what you’ve been missing.

Ray Cooper is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist currently residing in the depths of Sweden where he moved in 2000. He left Oysterband in 2013 after a year in which they picked up 3 BBC2 Folk awards and appeared on the ‘Later with Jools Holland’ show. Since then he has carved out a successful solo career.

His second solo album Palace of Tears which will be released in September 2014 is unashamedly romantic. ‘It is a bittersweet album about living and working in Northern Europe over the last quarter century. I tried to avoid nostalgia but many songs deal with the past and how is can never be reclaimed. My first album Tales of Love War and Death by Hanging has a strongly historical theme, this one is about more recent history, more personal history’…’The sound of the album is placed firmly in Northern Europe too, with the addition of Swedish musicians and some songs that reference Scotland, Sweden and my roots. All of this seen through the prism of the Swedish winter as I look out from my studio’.

‘The title track Palace of Tears was inspired by my memories of working in the former East Germany. The Berliners had a nickname for one of the checkpoints in the wall, this was a tube station in Friedrichstrasse and was used to visit their relatives in the East. On the way back it was a place of goodbyes, hence the ironic name ‘Der Tränenplast’, The Palace of Tears’.

Tickets are priced at just £10.00 each (a small booking fee applies if paying via PayPal) or you can contact me directly via the Contact page or call on 07527 837759 to make alternative arrangements to pay, (cheque/BACS etc.) but however you book, please don’t miss this opportunity to catch one of the finest artists around in this beautiful and intimate setting.

Seating will be unreserved and doors will open at 7:30pm with the gig starting at 8pm. It promises to be an unforgettable evening and I hope to see you there! SP

www.raycooper.org

http://www.stevepledger.co.uk/the-dunster-castle-hotel-2
Booking Link:
http://www.stevepledger.co.uk/contact

8,00 pm
£10


Cheese and Grain, Frome BA11 1BE

Fishermans Friends

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

All seated show

£21.50

http://www.cheeseandgrain.com


Sat 15th Nov 2014

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

O'Hooley and Tidow

The Yorkshire duo of pianist Belinda O'Hooley and singer Heidi Tidow is one of the most exciting acts on the contemporary folk scene today. O’Hooley and Tidow are accomplished interpreters of everything from Massive Attack to traditional Irish ballads, but it's their own boundless songwriting and exquisite harmonies that truly shine.

Their new album, The Hum, produced by Mercury-nominated Gerry Diver (Sam Lee’s A Ground of its Own) is receiving high praise from Radio 2, 6 Music and the national press. They have the originality and skill to invite comparison with the Folk scene's most celebrated North American harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle. Lyrically and musically, 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.

8 pm

Tickets: £13 Full, £12 Concessions
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Shaftesbury Arts Centre SP17 8AR

Peter Knight's Gigspanner

A welcome return to Shaftesbury for one of Britain's most influential folk/rock musicians leading his own group.

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner has been hailed by Songlines magazine as "another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool", although to classify these three virtuoso performers purely as folk musicians is to undersell them by a long chalk…

A bedrock of British traditional music is to be expected from Steeleye Span’s erstwhile legendary fiddle player. But, Gigspanner’s musical reach flirts with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences, transporting audiences on a “blistering pace of a musical world tour” (Folkcast), prompting Sir Terry Pratchett to write “Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow”.

Peter has accrued a lifetimes worth of accolades across a career spanning two folk revivals. Martin Carthy, named Peter as one of his 'great teachers' during his acceptance speech (Lifetime Achievement Award) at the recent BBC Folk Awards.

Within Gigspanner, Peter’s musicianship is further enhanced by the flawless playing of Roger Flack on Guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on Congas and Djembe.

£14 and £12

8.00pm

Phone: Box Office & Enquiries 01747 854321

info AT shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk

http://www.shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk/


Sun 16th Nov 2014

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Lady Maisery

The trio burst onto the scene with the release of the debut album, ‘Weave and Spin’ in summer 2011, which received much critical acclaim and was declared an 'Album of the Week' by The Independent. Their live performances during the festival season created a real buzz and they were nominated for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 and for Best Debut at the 2012 Spiral Awards. Whether singing unaccompanied, or with backing from their combined instrumental talents on accordion, harp and fiddle, be prepared to be enchanted by rich harmonies and sumptuous clashes.

Fast becoming a force to be reckoned with on the folk scene, Lady Maisery proved with this second album that they were happy to take risks and push boundaries, tackling challenging and political songs head on and highlighting their strength in getting right to the very heart of each song, be it intimate or epic. The critics agreed! ‘Mayday’ reached the no.1 album slot in BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction ‘Top 10 Releases of the Summer’ and was made a ‘Top of the World’ album by Songlines magazine.

www.ladymaisery.com

8 pm

£12

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk


Mon 17th Nov 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Gigspanner

Fiddle player Peter Knight (Steeleye Span) with his acclaimed trio.

Early booking advised

£10 / £2 full-time students

8pm

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Nynehead Memorial Hall TA21 0BS

Ange Hardy & Steve Pledger

'Just Passing Through' ~ Live acoustic/folk evening

Ange Hardy & Steve Pledger are travelling the west country to bring an evening of exceptional acoustic entertainment to rural village halls.

Licensed Bar

In January 2014 Ange Hardy was awarded FATEA Magazine's coveted “Female Vocalist of the Year”, and the year so far has seen her receiving airplay from both BBC Radio 2 and The Mike Harding Folk Show, with her new album “The Lament of The Black Sheep” being made Iain Anderson's album of the week on BBC Scotland.

Steve Pledger has an enviable reputation as a talented and dynamic performer. BBC Introducing have called Steve's music "beautiful, authentic, unblemished and wonderful”; a well substantiated claim when you consider he's opened for a roster of artists that includes Luke Jackson, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin.

Steve's writing ranges from fragile reflections on love and loss to blistering commentaries on present circumstances whilst Ange sings songs of heritage, stories of working the land, and tales deeply rooted in the traditions of rural life.

This is an evening that combines the contemporary singer songwriter with traditional folk music, with musical influences that range from Cat Stevens and Martyn Joseph to Kate Rusby and June Tabor.

Ange's music is given a contemporary twist through the use of live looping, and between Steve and Ange they travel with three guitars, two drums, a penny whistle, a harmonica, a tambourine and an indian harmonium.

Don't miss this opportunity to sit at a candlelit table with a glass of wine, a pint of good beer, and an evening of intimate award winning acoustic music.

Tickets : £8 in advance / £10 on the door

Doors at 7.30pm for 8pm start.

Contact Steve Pledger: 07527 837 759

tickets AT acoustickets.co.uk

http://www.acoustickets.co.uk


Wed 19th Nov 2014

Upton Village Hall TA4 2DB

Ange Hardy & Steve Pledger

'Just Passing Through' ~ Live acoustic/folk evening

Ange Hardy & Steve Pledger are travelling the west country to bring an evening of exceptional acoustic entertainment to rural village halls.

Licensed Bar

In January 2014 Ange Hardy was awarded FATEA Magazine's coveted “Female Vocalist of the Year”, and the year so far has seen her receiving airplay from both BBC Radio 2 and The Mike Harding Folk Show, with her new album “The Lament of The Black Sheep” being made Iain Anderson's album of the week on BBC Scotland.

Steve Pledger has an enviable reputation as a talented and dynamic performer. BBC Introducing have called Steve's music "beautiful, authentic, unblemished and wonderful”; a well substantiated claim when you consider he's opened for a roster of artists that includes Luke Jackson, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin.

Steve's writing ranges from fragile reflections on love and loss to blistering commentaries on present circumstances whilst Ange sings songs of heritage, stories of working the land, and tales deeply rooted in the traditions of rural life.

This is an evening that combines the contemporary singer songwriter with traditional folk music, with musical influences that range from Cat Stevens and Martyn Joseph to Kate Rusby and June Tabor.

Ange's music is given a contemporary twist through the use of live looping, and between Steve and Ange they travel with three guitars, two drums, a penny whistle, a harmonica, a tambourine and an indian harmonium.

Don't miss this opportunity to sit at a candlelit table with a glass of wine, a pint of good beer, and an evening of intimate award winning acoustic music.

Tickets : £8 in advance / £10 on the door

Start time: Doors at 7.30pm for 8pm start.

Contact Steve Pledger: 07527 837 759

tickets AT acoustickets.co.uk

http://www.acoustickets.co.uk


Thu 20th Nov 2014

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

Sunjay Brayne

BBC Young Folk nominee in 2012. Steeped in blues and folk. Only 19 but already compared to Ralph McTell and Jackson C Frank.
http://www.ritzacoustic.com


Fri 21st Nov 2014 to Sun 23rd Nov 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

12th Zesty Contra House Party

Rhodri Davies, Mark Elvins, Stick Shift

For regular dancers - with or without experience of Contra - the Zesty Contra House Party is a full-on, popular and entertaining dance weekend designed to entertain and extend your dance horizons! Bring your instruments too if you fancy joining a session with the band.

Prices start from £180

Arrive Friday from 4pm
Depart 5pm Sunday

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 21st Nov 2014

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Cupola Ward

The fine talents of Lucy Ward (2012 Horizon Award Winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards) and Cupola combine to form this vibrant new collaboration of music and song to thrill folk club and festival audiences alike.

Lucy Ward is an award winning 24-year old acoustic artist from Derby. She plays guitar, ukulele and concertina but considers her voice to be her first instrument. After winning the Horizon Award for best newcomer at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Lucy’s career has gone from strength to strength establishing her as one of the hottest performers on the UK Folk scene, pulling a full capacity audience for her Cambridge Folk Festival debut.

In 2013 it was announced that she had been nominated for the acclaimed “Folk Singer of the Year” at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, making Lucy one of the youngest people ever to be nominated for this most prestigious award.

Cupola’s fine instrumental arrangements and vocal harmonies provide the perfect backdrop for Lucy’s songs and strong delivery – watch out for this dynamic quartet!!

www.lucywardsings.com
www.cupolamusic.wordpress.com

8pm

Tickets £10

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Chris Leslie

+ Rod Jenkins as support

The chief songwriter and multi instrumentalist for Fairport Convention, plus Feast of Fiddles and St Agnes Fountain, Chris Leslie is also making a big impact as a solo artist. This is his second visit to the club and a night not to be missed.

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

8.15 pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 22nd Nov 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Zesty Contra Dance

with: Rhodri Davies, Mark Elvins, Stick Shift

Limited tickets available to the public.

£8 / £2 full-time students

8pm

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk


St Mark's Church Hall Highcliffe Dorset BH23 5AA

English Folk Dance with Brian Ballard, caller

Highcliffe Country Dance Club

Bring and share supper

£3.00

7.30 - 10.30 p.m.

Contact Jan Harris: 01202 427523

janharris16 AT hotmail.co.uk


Mon 24th Nov 2014

Blake Hall South Petherton TA13 5BT

Ange Hardy & Steve Pledger

'Just Passing Through' ~ Live acoustic/folk evening

Ange Hardy & Steve Pledger are travelling the west country to bring an evening of exceptional acoustic entertainment to rural village halls.

Licensed Bar

In January 2014 Ange Hardy was awarded FATEA Magazine's coveted “Female Vocalist of the Year”, and the year so far has seen her receiving airplay from both BBC Radio 2 and The Mike Harding Folk Show, with her new album “The Lament of The Black Sheep” being made Iain Anderson's album of the week on BBC Scotland.

Steve Pledger has an enviable reputation as a talented and dynamic performer. BBC Introducing have called Steve's music "beautiful, authentic, unblemished and wonderful”; a well substantiated claim when you consider he's opened for a roster of artists that includes Luke Jackson, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin.

Steve's writing ranges from fragile reflections on love and loss to blistering commentaries on present circumstances whilst Ange sings songs of heritage, stories of working the land, and tales deeply rooted in the traditions of rural life.

This is an evening that combines the contemporary singer songwriter with traditional folk music, with musical influences that range from Cat Stevens and Martyn Joseph to Kate Rusby and June Tabor.

Ange's music is given a contemporary twist through the use of live looping, and between Steve and Ange they travel with three guitars, two drums, a penny whistle, a harmonica, a tambourine and an indian harmonium.

Don't miss this opportunity to sit at a candlelit table with a glass of wine, a pint of good beer, and an evening of intimate award winning acoustic music.

Tickets : £8 in advance / £10 on the door

Start time: Doors at 7.30pm for 8pm start.

Finish time: 10.30pm

Contact Steve Pledger: 07527 837 759

tickets AT acoustickets.co.uk

http://www.acoustickets.co.uk


Fri 28th Nov 2014 to Sun 30th Nov 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Songs of the Child, Songs of the Land - Singer / Songwriters’ Course

Reg Mueross

An intensive workshop weekend for anyone who has thought about exploring songwriting. No previous experience necessary. You will be supported to explore your imagination and write at least one song which you can pass from you to friends or your next generation

Prices start from £160 - Bursaries for under 25s

Arrive from 4pm Friday
Depart sunday

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 28th Nov 2014

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

Shillingstone Barn Dance Club (Band And Caller Tba )

£5

7.45 - 9.45 pm

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 29th Nov 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Reg Meuross

Calling Meuross a singer-songwriter really doesn’t do the man justice. He doesn’t write lines of lyrics. He writes short stories then sets them to some of the most captivating melodies you’ll ever hear.

£8 / £2 full-time students

8pm

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Dorchester Arts Centre, School Lane, The Grove, Dorchester DT1 1XR

Winter Mountain

Ever reminisce on the days before digital recording when the emphasis fell on the importance of live performance, the power of harmony and the essence of song? Hailing from the shores of Cornwall and Donegal, this unique duo bring you just that by blending melodic folk songs, heartfelt lyrics and two pure voices into one stunning performance.

After support tours with Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon and Rosanne Cash, and festival appearances too many to mention, the band embark on their second tour this autumn performing songs from their eponymous debut album which blend exquisite melodies, unashamedly heartfelt lyrics and above all else, compelling harmonies.

8pm

£7 / £5

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk


Sun 30th Nov 2014

St Mary the Virgin, Puddletown DT2 8RY

Artsreach and The Ridgeway Singers & Band present ‘West Gallery Carols’

Following the success of last years’ West Gallery Concerts, and the Hammond folk song workshops and concert in the summer, the Ridgeway Singers and Band resume their rehearsals this autumn. Exploring West Gallery carols from the Puddletown and Pulham manuscripts, and led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries, the musicians and choir will also present two newly composed Carols inspired by the South Dorset Ridgeway in this true celebration of the Christmas spirit.

3:30pm.

Tickets: 01305 848510. £5


www.artsreach.co.uk


Mon 1st Dec 2014 to Thu 4th Dec 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Country Dancing for Absolute Beginners

Kerry Fletcher, Dave Shepherd, Clare Parker

Have a go at a variety of popular traditional English folk dances - including an introduction to Playford dances - in a supportive and fun atmosphere with some free time to explore this lovely area. Bring a friend or organise a group to come along too

Prices start from £130 - Day visitors are welcome – ring for details and prices

Arrive Monday from 4pm
Depart after breakfast on Thursday.

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Fri 5th Dec 2014 to Sun 7th Dec 2014

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Step, Shuffle & Rant: Introducing stepping in social dance

With Instep

Learn how to get even more fun out of folk/social dancing with this weekend of foot frolics and stirring stepping with the Instep team. Suitable for social dancers, ceilidh goers, clog steppers, anyone who wants to have a go - all ages and abilities welcome

Prices start from £160 - Day visitors: Sat £50/Sun £40 - Bursaries for under 25s

Arrive 4pm Friday
Depart 4pm Sunday.

Contact Viv Butler, Events & Booking Manager: T: 01984 618274

E: office AT halswaymanor.org.uk

W: www.halswaymanor.org.uk


Sat 6th Dec 2014

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

Patchwork with caller Aileen Wills

Bridport Ceilidhs

Bring and Share finger food supper, with soft drinks provided; bring your own beer/wine.
Tickets from Bridport Music Shop and Jaxsons Delicatessen or reserve with the organiser (from whom some complimentary tickets can be made available to first-timers by prior arrangement)

£8.50 on the door or £7.50 in advance

7.30pm - 11pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk


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

Club Closed

Dunster Carolers with some singers from the Acorn will be at Dunster by Candlelight


Tue 9th Dec 2014

The Tithe Barn, Fitzhead, Taunton TA4 3JU

Blast from the Past present “A Victorian Christmas”

“A Victorian Christmas” is a show guaranteed to delight and enthrall audiences from young to old. Veering effortlessly from high drama to low comedy, from delicate melodies to full-throated harmonies – join Blast from the Past this winter and let them recapture for you the simple delights of “A Victorian Christmas

£12/£10

8pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Fri 12th Dec 2014

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

St Agnes Fountain

This is the 14th consecutive December that the quartet of founder, David Hughes; Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie, Chris While and Julie Matthews - who were named Best Duo in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2009, are playing The David Hall. As always, they bring us more of their sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes - both original, and those you know so well (or thought you did).

8.00 pm

Tickets: £17 Full, £16 Concessions
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Martin Simpson

There is no doubt that after 35 years as a professional musician Martin is better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.
There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.

www.martinsimpson.com

8pm

£13

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

The Jigantics

+ Paul Openshaw providing support

Our Christmas concert will be a rollicking night's music with the stunning band that is the Jigantics. Foot tapping Country/Cajun/Blues/Folk music so hard to pigeon hole. A variety of styles and tempos, all enjoyable. Marion Fleetwood, Mark Cole, Martin Fitzgibbon, Rick Edwards and Lyndon Webb form the band and bring varied touches to the music.

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

8.15 pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 13th Dec 2014

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

St Agnes Fountain

This is the 14th consecutive December that the quartet of founder, David Hughes; Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie, Chris While and Julie Matthews - who were named Best Duo in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2009, are playing The David Hall. As always, they bring us more of their sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes - both original, and those you know so well (or thought you did).

8.00 pm

Tickets: £17 Full, £16 Concessions
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


The Levels Collective - Bridgwater Arts Centre TA6 3DD

Bill Caddick

+ support from Sproatly Smith

We have teamed up with FolkRadio UK, the leading UK Music Blog & Radio Station, to bring to Somerset a new and fresh Folk Club Night, we are calling it ‘The Levels Collective’. We will be showcasing emerged, emerging, trad, alt, roots, world, Americana, experimental folk, pop folk and everything else that falls under the big term of folk!

From 2015, The Levels Collective will be running monthly, but for this season, we will be having two showcase events to give you a taster of what is to come!

Bill Caddick started singing in the early 60s. He regularly organised and appeared in festivals and folk clubs until 1973 when he joined the innovative puppet and street theatre group Magic Lantern. He left in 1975 to concentrate on solo performing and writing – releasing two albums “Rough Music” and “Sunny Memories”. In 1977 he joined the Albion band in the National Theatre productions of ‘Larkrise’ and ‘The Passion’.
Bill was a founder member of the legendary folk-rock band ‘The Home Service’, He continued to work at the National Theatre, writing and appearing in: ‘Don Quixote’ ‘A Country Calendar’ ‘The Passion’ ‘The Nativity’ ‘Doomsday’ ‘The Mysteries’ – the award winning trilogy performed at the National, West End, TV and throughout Europe.
Bill left The Home Service in 1985 and released a new solo album ‘ The Wild West Show’.
2014 brings about his 70th birthday and also his 50th year on the folk circuit!

Sproatly Smith play psychedelic tinged, bucolic folk music, inspired by folklore and their Herefordshire landscape and traditions, incorporating modern and exotic instrumentation.

Live, they utilise double bass, drum kit and percussion, plus varied strange instruments to compliment alluring female singing.

£10
7:45pm

http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Sun 14th Dec 2014

St Swithun's Church, North Allington DT6 5DU

Artsreach and The Ridgeway Singers & Band present ‘West Gallery Carols’

Following the success of last years’ West Gallery Concerts, and the Hammond folk song workshops and concert in the summer, the Ridgeway Singers and Band resume their rehearsals this autumn. Exploring West Gallery carols from the Puddletown and Pulham manuscripts, and led by Tim Laycock and Phil Humphries, the musicians and choir will also present two newly composed Carols inspired by the South Dorset Ridgeway in this true celebration of the Christmas spirit.

3:30pm.

Tickets: 01305 269512. £5

www.artsreach.co.uk


Sat 20th Dec 2014

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

Belshazzar's Feast

Paul Hutchinson, accordion, member of the innovative and progressive Folk trio, Hoover the Dog, and Paul Sartin, oboe, violin and vocals, member of ‘big band’ Bellowhead and of Faustus, play as a duo like no-one else you've ever heard. Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and their between-tunes interchange is as intelligent and hilarious as the music.

Start with traditional Folk music, add a touch of Classical and Jazz, throw in a bit of Pop and Music Hall, and top it off with wry humour for a unique live experience.

8 pm

Tickets: £15 Full, £14 Concessions.
http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Wed 31st Dec 2014

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

New Year's Eve Ceilidh

In conjunction with Nailsea Tithe Barn Trust this is our annual fundraiser for the Trust with live family band Fougere Rouge featuring fiddles and flutes and an abundance of jigs and reels

Wonderful place to have a traditional barn dance!!

American bring and share supper

Bar

8.00 pm - 12.30 am

£10 adults, £25 families.

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk


Sat 3rd Jan 2015

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

Party Night!

Home grown talent concert

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.
All acts will be pre-planned - no extra floor spots on this occasion; a warm welcome for all listeners.


Fri 23rd Jan 2015 to Sun 25th Jan 2015

Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster TA24 6SF

Dampiers Round

Folk Dance Workshop

A residential weekend at the Yarn Market Hotel in historic Dunster. With musicians Dampiers Round, and caller Ray Goodswen.
The break includes a visit and walk to Exmoors secret Snowdrop Valley.
Package includes 2 nights full board accommodation finishing with Sunday lunch, all dance workshops, coffee breaks, and transport to the Snowdrop Valley.

from £170.00 per person

3.00 pm Friday to 3.00 pm Sunday

Contact Yarn Market Hotel: 01643 821425

hotel AT yarnmarkethotel.co.uk


Tue 3rd Feb 2015

Cheese and Grain, Frome BA11 1BE

Fairport Convention

Fairport Convention are an English folk rock and electric folk band. Formed in 1967, they are widely regarded as the most important group in the English folk rock movement.

Their seminal album Liege & Lief is considered to have launched the electric folk or English folk rock movement, which provided a distinctively English identity to rock music and helped awaken much wider interest in traditional music in general. The large number of personnel who have been part of the band are among the most highly regarded and influential musicians of their era and have gone on to participate in a large number of significant bands, or enjoyed important solo careers.

£23.50

http://www.cheeseandgrain.com


Sat 7th Feb 2015

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

Claude Bourbon

“…This accomplished artist offers tender, compelling performance through highly developed precision. His sound instantly creates ambience – from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz, Claude Bourbon provides both a rich evening of music for lovers, and a real treat for music lovers…”, BBC

www.claudebourbon.org

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.


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

Frances Oates with Orion's Ring

Bournemouth Folk Dance Club Spring Dance.

Bring & Share Supper

£8

7.30pm - 11.00pm

Contact Liz Neal: 01202 572196

ceremeed51 AT gmail.com

bournemouthfolkdanceclub.btck.co.uk


Wed 11th Feb 2015

Nailsea Folk Club, Holy Trinity Church, Nailsea BS48 4NG

Phil Beer

Phil needs little introduction. One half of Britain’s most successful duo Show of Hand Phil’s instrumental wizardry is well documented and has been utilised by countless artists from the Rolling Stones to Mike Oldfield. A sublime fiddle player, for many years he was lead guitarist and singer with the Albion Band and co-wrote many of their songs. He’s a thoroughly charming man and a consummate performer. Rightly nominated at Folk Musician of the Year 2009 for his tireless contribution to folk music.

www.philbeer.co.uk

8.00 pm

£13

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk


Fri 27th Feb 2015

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

Two of the British folk scenes most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener.THIS YEARS WINNERS OF BBC's BEST DUO FOLK AWARD
With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk.
Whether on stage or in the studio Sean Lakeman is a tour-de-force of modern folk music. As the eldest of the 3 ‘Lakeman Brothers’, Sean was raised on Dartmoor and has played the guitar since the age of six. He was recognized at an early age as one of the most promising guitarists around. Sean learned his trade and travelled the world for a decade with folkpopsters ‘Equation’, he then famously went on to orchestrate the sound of his little brother ‘Seth’, producing his most successful albums, garnering many awards, a gold record and a top ten hit album along the way. As a member of Seth’s live touring band Sean has played at the highest level, breaking down boundaries and winning over legions of music fans with a commitment and energy seldom seen from a folk band. Sean excels when working within a band, and his services have been called upon by many other leading artists and groups. One of his favourite achievements is to have produced the albums ‘Letters from the Underground’ and ‘Static on the airwaves’ by the folk punk legends ‘Levellers’, both records hailed by critics and fans alike as ‘A triumphant return to form’.
A lauded singer, one of the finest of her generation, Kathryn is held in the highest regard by peers and music fans alike. Born and raised in the South Yorkshire mining town of Barnsley, Kathryn has simply sung since she could speak. Her musical parents took great delight in introducing her to many types of music including a regular summer trawl of folk festivals. This engendered a life long love of traditional song and also introduced her to some of the finest young talent on the British folk scene. An early duo career with fellow Barnsleyite Kate Rusby led to much critical acclaim and an award winning album. This partnership led swiftly to the teaming up with 3 brothers from West Devon and the folk – pop band ‘Equation’ was born. Many years fronting the band saw Kathryn grace exotic stages all over the world, 5 years of which were spent almost exclusively in the U.S. Her relationship with Sean Lakeman flourished both personally and musically, and after a decade of relentless touring the two decided to return to their English roots and gig as an acoustic duo. Two albums and several tours of UK folk clubs swiftly cemented a formidable reputation. Now after a few years of proud motherhood she feels ready to return to the place she belongs, singing at the front of a stage.
www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com/

8pm

£12

http://www.nailseafolkclub.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.


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/


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.


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


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.
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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.



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