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Thu 25th May 2017

Rook Lane Chapel, Bath Street, Frome BA11 1DN

Mr Rook’s Speak Easy Presents… The Bear’s Son by A Spell in Time

Performance storytelling for adults

The acclaimed British-Bulgarian storytelling company A Spell in Time returns with earth-stirring tales of transformation from the wild and wonderful heart of Bulgarian myth and folklore.

Over 14's

Admission: £7

Doors 7pm//Start 7.30pm

http://www.rooklane.org.uk/events/mr-rooks-speak-easy-presents-the-bears-son-by-a-spell-in-time/


Midsomer Norton Town Hall BA3 2HQ

'Outsiders and Outcasts' with Richard Selby and David Metcalfe

Richard Selby and David Metcalfe return to Midsomer Norton for an evening of folk tales and music.

Hear the story of Lilith, Adam's first wife and of Conal Crovi branded an outlaw but one who was responsible for the survival of a Great Irish King. With ballads of Ghosts and Dead Knights this performance explores the worlds of heroic outcasts and outsiders.

**These stories that have always been told for adult audiences. They are complex and thought provoking and are not suitable for young children.**

£4 / £3 in advance (£6 / £4 on the door)

7:30pm

Contact Danny Brothers: 01225462231

danny.brothers AT bathfestivals.org.uk

http://bathboxoffice.org.uk/whatson/z5-richard-selby-and-david-metcalfe-outsiders-and-outcasts/


Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Mary and Robert Blackberow and Friends

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HF

The Phil Beer Band

The Phil Beer Band performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock.

8pm (doors and bar 7.30pm)

£20 / £18 members and concessions

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/25-may-•-phil-beer-band/


Market House Studio, Castle Cary (above Tourist Information Centre) BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

Sorry about stone stairs, no lift.
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Dances to learn for fun.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 26th May 2017 to Sun 28th May 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway D/G Melodeon Workshop Weekend

A new event for 2017, we’re delighted to be introducing the Halsway Manor Melodeon Workshop Weekend! We’ve a dream team of musicians to lead the weekend – Andy Cutting, Anne Niepold (Belgium) and Hazel Askew – and the programme will include workshops, informal sessions, a tutor’s concert and some one-to-one tuition if there’s time.
https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-dg-melodeon-workshop-weekend/


Fri 26th May 2017

Yeovil Performing Arts Library, King George St BA20 1PY

Ann Hinchliffe & portable maypoles

Talk on history of Maypoles and dancing: were the Tudor versions really scandalous and what did the Victorians do to them? Have a go at a ribbon dance.
Supporting Yeovil Performing Arts Library, a fantastic local resource.
Light refreshments included.

Free parking in Tesco, 100m away.

£3 donation requested.

11.00 am - 12.00 noon

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com

https://northsquarehistoricaldance.wordpress.com


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

Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater

Phone: 01278 422700

info AT bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk

http://www.angehardy.com/gigs/2017/05/26/bridgwater-arts-centre-duo


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

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships.

7.30 pm

£12.50

http://www.thebrewhouse.net/event/kathryn-roberts-sean-lakeman/


Sat 27th May 2017

The Kings Head Merriott TA16 5PR

Kentucky Moon

old time, bluegrass, Irish & folk

2.00 - 5.00 pm

Contact jed: 07549096291

jed AT jedjed.co.uk


Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome BA11 1BE

Mad Dog Mcrea

Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs.

£13.50 Advance / £16 Doors

Doors 8pm

https://cheeseandgrain.ticketsolve.com/shows/873571214


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Melodeon: Andy Cutting, Anne Niepold, Hazel Askew

A chance to catch the tutors of our inaugural Melodeon Weekend in an informal concert setting (and possibly hear some of the students play too).
£10 - Adults
£4 - Concessions
Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.
https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/melodeon-andy-cutting-anne-niepold-hazel-askew/


Corfe Castle Village Hall BH20 5EE

The Foghorn Stringband

The Foghorn Stringband is the present day shining gold standard for American Stringband music. With eight albums and over a decade of touring under their belts, it’s no surprise they have two entirely new generations of old-time musicians following their lead. Through all of this, they’ve never let the music grow cold; instead they’ve been steadily proving that American Roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration. Their music revolves around four master musicians and their stunning interweaving harmonies; Caleb Klauder (vocals, mandolin, fiddle), Reeb Willms (vocals, guitar), Nadine Landry (vocals, upright bass) and Stephen 'Sammy' Lind (vocals, fiddle, banjo) gather around one microphone and play with an intense, fiery abandon. From their origins in Portland Oregon's vibrant underground roots music scene, Foghorn have spread the old-time string band gospel all over the world. Along the way they've brought in influences and inspirations from many travels and late-night jam sessions. Old-time square dance tunes rub shoulders with Cajun waltzes, vintage honky-tonk songs and bluegrass picking, creating a bubbling and intoxicating musical brew. Expect an evening of authentic America roots music as the band tour Dorset through Artsreach, the counties rural touring scheme.

7.30 pm

Tickets 07590 352219. £10, £7 u18s, £28 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


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

Blue Rose Code

Edinburgh-born Ross Wilson, has gone from song-writing in the obscurity of an East London flat to being celebrated by the industry and fans alike as a legacy artist whose work stands alone. As BBC Radio 3 broadcaster Mary-Anne Kennedy said recently, “Blue Rose Code is one of those rare artists whose work makes you sit up and listen”. Blue Rose Code is three-piece for this concert.
Blue Rose Code’s songwriting has been inspired by life partly on the Shetland Isles and partly in rural Dorset. The Ballads Of Peckham Rye, Blue Rose Code’s second record, was nominated for the prestigious Scottish Album Of The Year Awards in 2014. He has worked lately with Danny Thompson, Karine Polwart, Aidan O’Rourke and Kathryn Williams and various top jazz musicians.

Tickets £14 (nus 10) from the Shelley Theatre from 1 April.
www.shelleytheatre.co.uk
www.bournemouthfolkclub.com


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

Phil Beer Band

with support from The Hawthornes

A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event

A spirited fusion of friendship and musicianship, the Phil Beer Band delve into the back catalogues of Phil’s beloved Country, Rock, Folk and Blues influences throughout the years to create their infectious and unique ‘Folk n Roll’ sound. .

8.00 pm

Ticket: £19. No concessions.

www.philbeer.co.uk

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&products_id=734


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

Acoustic Night

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

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

7.30 pm

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

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&cPath=9&products_id=739


Sun 28th May 2017

Portesham Village Hall DT3 4NS

The Foghorn Stringband

The Foghorn Stringband is the present day shining gold standard for American Stringband music. With eight albums and over a decade of touring under their belts, it’s no surprise they have two entirely new generations of old-time musicians following their lead. Through all of this, they’ve never let the music grow cold; instead they’ve been steadily proving that American Roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration. Their music revolves around four master musicians and their stunning interweaving harmonies; Caleb Klauder (vocals, mandolin, fiddle), Reeb Willms (vocals, guitar), Nadine Landry (vocals, upright bass) and Stephen 'Sammy' Lind (vocals, fiddle, banjo) gather around one microphone and play with an intense, fiery abandon. From their origins in Portland Oregon's vibrant underground roots music scene, Foghorn have spread the old-time string band gospel all over the world. Along the way they've brought in influences and inspirations from many travels and late-night jam sessions. Old-time square dance tunes rub shoulders with Cajun waltzes, vintage honky-tonk songs and bluegrass picking, creating a bubbling and intoxicating musical brew. Expect an evening of authentic America roots music as the band tour Dorset through Artsreach, the counties rural touring scheme.

7.30 pm

Tickets 01305 871925. £10, £7 u18s, £28 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Tue 30th May 2017

Drax Arms Bere Regis BH20 7HH

Andy Stone, John Meriton, McFlute and No Direction

Andy Stone is probably familiar to everyone in the area as a superb sound man for many gigging musicians and also as a really excellent musician himself. He is a skilled guitarist and sensitive accompanist for many singers. He also writes songs, many of which are based on life in his native Lincolnshire. Some of his songs are currently being arranged by other major artists with a view to them recording/playing the songs.
We hope to have him accompanied by the very talented Hugh Budden, returning to the Drax with his blues harmonicas.

John Meriton's gig with us will be his first visit to the Drax Folk Nights - in his own words - "I write and perform songs. You could say I have a political narrative, yet to me I am simply saying (telling) it as it is – love, loss, laughter, history, remembrance, daily events and issues that shape our lives. Equality and sustainability for people and planet are precious to me. I share my journey with friends, musicians and poets."
We can't wait !!

McFlute - Terry McDonald and Crispin Street are McFlute. With Terry's well known Gibson guitar and Crispin's delightful flute accompaniment, they play some lovely arrangements of traditional and contemporary songs and we're looking forward to their return to the Stable Bar..

No Direction - It's not so long since this band started singing together, but they're so polished with their outstanding harmonies, that you would assume they'd been an item for ever.
Their vocals are powerful, the arrangements are tight and original and their choice of material is huge and varied from folk to pop, jazz and world songs.

8:00 pm

Contact Lesley or Richard: 07884 364516

DraxArmsFolkNight AT groups.facebook.com

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


Thu 1st Jun 2017

Dorchester Corn Exchange DT1 1HF

Juan Martín – Arte Flamenco Puro

Juan Martín, a truly awe-inspiring guitarist, composer and all encompassing musician travels to Dorchester Arts with a new flamenco programme of music, song and dance direct from Spain.

£15 / £13 members and concessions
8pm (doors and bar 7:30pm)

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/1-june-•-juan-martin-arte-flamenco-puro/


St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

Eighteenth Century dance.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.

7.30 - 9.30 pm
£5 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 2nd Jun 2017 to Sun 4th Jun 2017

Weymouth Harbourside (Trinity Road and Hope Square) DT4 8TJ

Wessex Folk Festival

Family festival with two free stages showcasing a range of traditional and modern folk acts. Morris dancing, food and craft stalls along the picturesque harbourside. Workshops and traditional music sessions in the local pubs.
Stage line-up: Ninebarrow, Mad Magdalen, Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection, The Foxglove Trio, Barney Newman and Tom Leary, Doc Clarke’s Remedy, Amy Hopwood, Dorset Wrecks, FolkLaw, Jo Carley and the Old Dry Skulls, John Meriton, The Wild Rover Set, The Lonesome Stampede, No Mean Feet, The Sherborne Folk Band, Sue Stevens, Three Pressed Men, Weymouth Ukuleleans.
Concert on Saturday evening: Paul J Openshaw, Polly Morris Band, No Direction

Ticket info: It’s a free festival, only the Saturday evening concert is ticketed, and those can be purchased on our website.

www.wessexfolkfestival.com


Fri 2nd Jun 2017

Holwell Village Hall DT9 5LL

Summer Performance Night

The evening is for music, poetry, art, storytelling, games, or any other form of shared entertainment we can all enjoy. PA provided, 20 minute slots.

Soft, Hot Drinks & Snacks Available ‾ B.Y.O. ‾ Bring Your Own Booze.

£4 suggested contribution if not performing

Doors open 7pm

Finish 11.30pm

Contact Samantha Jane

samantha-jane- AT hotmail.co.uk

www.bearcatcollective.co.uk


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AA

Chris and Kellie While

+ Support - Chris King

A concert featuring two of the best voices around currently, Chris and Kellie While. Not only fabulous singers, they are songwriters of the top order.
Opening support is from Chris King, another talented singer-songwriter from East Anglia.

£14 pre-booked via website, other prices available plus online booking

8.15pm (doors approx 7.45) venue open from 7.00

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239 or 07590 411515

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Durweston Village Hall, near Blandford DT11 0QA

Watkins & Swarbrick Band

The Watkins & Swarbrick band interpret songs from different genres as well as playing their own material. Acoustic, no drums, just a wide variety of songs and tunes performed to an audience who want to listen to good quality live music in their local village hall. Featuring the extraordinary multi-instrumental skills of Simon Swarbrick (nephew of the late folk icon, Dave Swarbrick), and 3-part vocal harmonies, the band's policy is: 'pay what you think the performance was worth at the end'. They will be performing tracks from their long-awaited CD, "Different Routes" which will be on sale at the venue. https://soundcloud.com/watkinswarbrickband
Bar and doors open from 7.30pm.
Seat reservations essential.

Pay what you like

8pm

Phone: Box Office 01305 837299

songsfromthehalls234 AT gmail.com

https://twitter.com/watkinswarb


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

Sunjay

Sunjay’s style has that natural drift between Folk and Blues and both camps have recognised his obvious flair. There has been a clutch of award nominations, including winning the Wath Festival Young Performers Award.

8.00 pm

Ticket: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

http://www.sunjay.tv

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&products_id=735


Sat 3rd Jun 2017

Broomfield Village Hall TA5 2EQ

Giorgio Mirto and Dylan Fowler

Ticket price includes an Italian buffet by Mercato Italian.

Giorgio Mirto is an international acclaimed concerto guitarist and composer. Having trained at the Conservatorio di Mantova and Cuneo, Giorgio has been touring worldwide for the last 20 years and has recorded over 20 records.
Dylan has developed an international career as an instrumentalist that has seen him collaborate with such great British musicians as Danny Thompson and Richard Thompson. He has also worked with the great Husna Arslan in Turkey, Canadian guitar virtuoso, Don Ross as well as Akash Deep in Rajasthan. In the last few years he has toured with the ground-breaking East European group, Szapora and recorded and toured with probably the finest contemporary folk singer in Britain today, Julie Murphy.
These two incredible masters of the art will come together to deliver an evening of guitar, the likes of which you will likely never see again.

Go from webpage to pay or book. Any trouble, just drop us line.

£15

6.30 0 10.30 pm

Contact Philip Harding: 01823 327701

music AT blackcat-records.co.uk

www.blackcat-records.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Sounds of the South West

Please note that B&B and camping must be booked in advance. Thank you!
Celebrating the Sounds of the South West! Tonight’s special gig brings together three of the finest established and emerging folk performers from the Westcountry – Jim Causley, Kitty Macfarlane and the James Findlay Trio. Camping / B&B available. Come to the fete (12-5pm) and stay on for an evening of music; arrive early and bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds (perhaps with a glass of something from our bar); or just come for the evening. If the weather’s on our side, we’ll hold the gig in the gardens, if not there’s space in the cosy comfort of the Manor house!

7pm
£15
Ages 12-18 £5
Under 12s free*
*Under 12s are free, but admission is ticketed - see website

B&B available - £30 per person.
Overnight camping - £10 per person (includes breakfast in the Manor).

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/sounds-of-the-south-west/


Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Arish Mel with Simon Maplesden calling

Our last dance before the summer break, with Simon calling and Arish Mel playing - both always good value for money!

Bring your own alcohol and a supper to share. Some soft drinks provided.

£8 advance, £9 on the door. u-17s £4

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Hope Church, Trinity Road, Weymouth DT4 8TW

Wessex Folk Festival present - A Light Hearted Musical Variety Concert

with Polly Morris, No Direction, Paul J Openshaw

With differing approaches, Polly and Paul both sing self penned, but characteristically entertaining songs. By contrast, No Direction is a four piece acapella singing group, with a repertoire ranging from Adele to Neil Young.

£10 (£12 on the door)

Start time: 7.30pm

Contact Paul: 07802 597319

Tickets are available from http://www.wessexfolkfestival.com/saturday-night-show


Sun 4th Jun 2017

Chalice Well Gardens, Glastonbury BA6 8DD

Liam O'Maonlai and Lisa Lambe

As part of Chalice Well's Exploring the Heart of Celtic Spirit Festival (3-7 June) Liam and Lisa will perform a one-off intimate gig in the beautiful gardens of Chalice Well, in the heart of Avalon at the foot of Glastonbuty Tor.

Tickets £18 in advance (£21 on the door)

www.heartofthecelticspirit.co.uk
www.chalicewell.org.uk


Mon 5th Jun 2017 to Fri 9th Jun 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Bodhrán Making with Renegade Rhythms

During this 4 day practical course you will receive tuition and guidance through all stages of Irish frame drum manufacture right up to completing your very own Bodhrán. We shall aim to complete one drum per participant to your own specification of 15, 17 or 18” diameter, and you will be able to select the type of skin you would like for your drum (eg. goat or calf), as well as choosing from a variety of rim finishes.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/bodhran-making-with-renegade-rhythms/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Boo Hewerdine (UK) and Darden Smith (USA) Songwriting Week

For more information please contact audreyripleymusic AT icloud.com
On this songwriting week Boo and Darden will work with you on your songwriting skills. Meter, melody, lyrics, chords…. every aspect of song. Let us give you the tools to allow your inspiration to be realised.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/boo-hewerdine-uk-and-darden-smith-usa-songwriting-week/


Tue 6th Jun 2017

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

Rachel Newton Trio

The singer and harpist has won many hearts with her beautiful interpretations of traditional folk songs, in both English and Gaelic, as well as her superb writing and arranging skills.

www.rachelnewtonmusic.com

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £10.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/rachel-newton/


Thu 8th Jun 2017

ST Mary's Church, Abbey St, Cerne Abbas DT2 7JQ

Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson at the Cerne Music Festival

The Cerne Music festival takes place in the church, and features performances by the Gaudier Ensemble, led by Richard Hosford. This year there is a whole day of talks and music devoted to the influence of folk music on classical music. Tim and Colin are performing a late-night concert in the church starting at 10pm for an hour, called ‘From Brigg Fair to Strawberry Fair’.
Folksongs collected from traditional singers in the early years of the Twentieth century have provided some of our best-loved melodies, which seem to represent the very essence of the English countryside. Tim Laycock and Colin Thompson perform a selection of these inspirational songs and dance tunes, and talk about the singers, song collectors and composers, and the search for ‘the music of the people’.

£14 for Nave seats [ U18 £7], £12 for Aisle and Chancel seat [ U 18£6]

10.00 - 11.00 pm

Contact Cerne Music Festival, The Festival Office, 7, Barton Farm, Cerne Abbas DT2 7LF
07527528673

The Festival Office via webpage

www.cerneabbasmusicfestival.co.uk


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

‘Love on the Rocks’ with Rik van den Bosch and Rainy

Folk music from a globetrotting Dutchman.

Rik writes, sings, and plays his own songs on his acoustic guitar, drawing from a wide influence of styles: original folk and blues sounds from way back, sixties’ rock ’n’ roll grooves, and up-to-the-minute pure rock rhythms – with a bit of gypsy and Spanish influence thrown in for good measure.
www.rikvandenbosch.com

Rainy is a singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist. He writes, records and performs all the music on his albums excluding the odd special guest appearance from friends. Rainy’s songwriting draws from a deep well of musical influences. African, Cuban and Latin grooves meet Folk, Blues and Reggae with the warm-hearted positivity of his lyrics.

Website: http://www.rainyandthedust.com

https://chapelarts.org/events/love-rocks-rik-van-den-bosch-rainy/


Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Aileen Wills and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 9th Jun 2017 to Sun 11th Jun 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Piano Accordion Workshop Weekend

An intensive weekend for piano accordion players of all ages and abilities to learn from three great musician/tutors – Murray Grainger, Hannah James and Jane Ward (beginners). There will be work on technique, repertoire and interpretation of folk tunes in small groups, with time for individual tuition, plus informal evening sessions and a Saturday night tutors’ concert. We have a dedicated tutor (Jane) to work with beginners and help them get the most from the weekend.

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


Fri 9th Jun 2017

Chettle Village Hall DT11 8DB

Martin Harley

Live music with hot meals, wine, and local beer available during the interval.

£12

7.30 pm

Contact Jan Fisher: 07776 323 198

jan.fisher2008 AT gmailcom


Sun 11th Jun 2017

Panborough Inn Nr Wells BA5 1PN

Free Folk Day of music song and dance

12.30pm Clog dancing from The Beetle Crushers, Appalachian Flatfoot dancing, Maypole Dancing for all
1.25pm Concert 1 of local and West Country musicians and singers featuring Issy and David Emeney
3.55pm More dancing
4.30pm Concert 2 of local and West Country musicians and singers featuring Mike Scott
6.30pm Ceilidh some simple dances for fun
8.30pm Sing around in the bar .. all welcome
11.00 pm Finishes

Contact Bernard Coulter : 01934 712144/710020

bernard.coulter AT gmail.com

punchfolkclub.yolasite.com


Bridport Town Hall DT6 3LF

Historical Dance

(above Tourist Information; access by green door next to Butchers shop, sorry no lift)

Mainly 18th Century dance
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771


Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band workshop

Suitable for all levels and all instruments

Learn to play folk tunes by ear, experiment with chords and arrangements.

£10 in advance/£12 on the door/£25 for 3 consecutive workshops paid in advance

1:30 – 4:30pm

www.laurelswift.co.uk

Julia: 01935 817905 / 07527 508 277


Mon 12th Jun 2017 to Fri 16th Jun 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

French (& Breton) Dance Week

Discover French dance, or develop your dance horizons; both experienced and novice French dancers are invited to a week of expert tuition led by Peter Clifton, with musicians Paul Hutchinson (Belshazzar’s Feast) and Richard Heacock (Boldwood).

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


Thu 15th Jun 2017

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

Cloudstreet

Aussie/English folk brilliance

£4

8pm

http//www.ritzacoustic.com


Fri 16th Jun 2017

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

Chris Wood

Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables.
On stage Chris has the air of a craftsman who no longer needs to be precious about his art. Without any apparent effort he reaches deep into an enviable repertoire of songs before revealing another gem.
This tour brings his album So Much to Defend to his adoring audience.

8.00 pm
http://bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk/event/chriswood/


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

Lucy Ward

Lucy Ward is an impressive original songwriter whose unique delivery and breath-taking voice has enchanted audiences the world over. Her music never fails to get to the heart of the human condition with her expressive writing style and warm personality that radiates from the stage.

8.00 pm

Tickets: £13 Full. £12 Concessions.

www.lucywardsings.com

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=9&products_id=737


Sat 17th Jun 2017

South Petherton

Petherton Folk Fest

Lots going on all day.
See the website for details.

www.pethertonfolkfest.org.uk


Sun 18th Jun 2017

Chalk and Cheese, Maiden Newton DT2 0BD

Music session

Mainly English depending on who comes and how we feel. Thanks to those who came in April: rather good, I thought.

7:30 - 10.45 pm

Contact Ruth and Colin Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

No partner needed nor previous experience.
Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
Mainly Tudor.
Musicians welcome for approx. an hour before session to try playing simple accessible dance tunes.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm
Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Mon 19th Jun 2017 to Fri 23rd Jun 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Midsummer Madness

A fun and friendly mixed-folk week led by Ted and Pat Morse with musicians the English Contra Band (Gareth Kiddier & Linda Game). Expect music, dance and song for all abilities, with a lighthearted and fun atmosphere. Whatever your level of dancing and / or playing, come and enjoy a convivial few days with like-minded people and celebrate midsummer folk-style!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/midsummer-madness/


Mon 19th Jun 2017

The Ancient Mariner Inn, Nether Stowey TA5 1NG

10 Australian folkies are walking the Coleridge Way

We’d love local dancers/musicians to join us nightly from 7:30pm
(Instrumental UK and Australian session tunes without solos)
See some of our local tunes at folktas.org/austunes


Tue 20th Jun 2017

The Mason'’s Arms, Williton TA4 4SN

10 Australian folkies are walking the Coleridge Way

10 Australian folkies are walking the Coleridge Way, June 19th – 28th 2017
We’'d love local dancers/musicians to join us nightly from 7:30pm
(Instrumental UK and Australian session tunes without solos)
See some of our local tunes at folktas.org/austunes


Wed 21st Jun 2017

The Notley Arms Inn, Monksilver TA4 4JB

10 Australian folkies are walking the Coleridge Way

10 Australian folkies are walking the Coleridge Way, June 19th – 28th 2017
We’'d love local dancers/musicians to join us nightly from 7:30pm
(Instrumental UK and Australian session tunes without solos)
See some of our local tunes at folktas.org/austunes


Thu 22nd Jun 2017

The Royal Oak Inn, Luxborough TA23 0SH

10 Australian folkies are walking the Coleridge Way

We’'d love local dancers/musicians to join us nightly from 7:30pm
(Instrumental UK and Australian session tunes without solos)
See some of our local tunes at folktas.org/austunes


Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Gill Spense and Ian Bryson and Co

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Market House Studio, Castle Cary (above Tourist Information Centre) BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

Sorry about stone stairs, no lift.
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Dances to learn for fun.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 23rd Jun 2017 to Sun 25th Jun 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Roodman Celebration Weekend

A weekend exploring the wonderful choreography of Gary Roodman, whose dance compositions have captivated English Country Dancers on both sides of the Atlantic.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/roodman-celebration-weekend/


Fri 23rd Jun 2017

The Rest and Be Thankful Inn, Wheddon Cross TA24 7DR

10 Australian folkies are walking the Coleridge Way

We’'d love local dancers/musicians to join us nightly from 7:30pm
(Instrumental UK and Australian session tunes without solos)
See some of our local tunes at folktas.org/austunes


Sun 25th Jun 2017

Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Coal Orchard, Taunton TA1 1JL

Rhythm of the Dance

This incredible live show creates a new era in Irish entertainment, featuring world champion dancers, a traditional Irish band, and the handsome Young Irish Tenors, an array of the most talented, gifted cast who keep audiences wowed all over the world.

7:30 pm

Adult from £24
Student/Child from £20

https://www.thebrewhouse.net/event/rhythm-of-the-dance/


Thu 29th Jun 2017

Dorchester Corn Exchange DT1 1HF

Stompin’ Dave Allen

Stompin’ Dave, described by Blues In Britain as “a downright genius”, is an astounding performer whose reputation has spread far and wide from his home town of Bridport.

8.00pm

£10 / £8 (Members & Concessions)

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/29-june-•-stompin-dave-allen/


Fri 30th Jun 2017 to Sun 2nd Jul 2017

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Acoustic Guitar Weekend

Following a great weekend in 2016, Gavin Davenport (solo, Albion Band, Crucible) is back to host the second Halsway Manor Acoustic Guitar Weekend, with support from Kitty Macfarlane. We have a fantastic line-up of guest tutors this year – Ben Walker (Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker – BBC Radio 2 Folk Award ‘Best Duo’ 2015), Ian Stephenson (Andy May Trio, Baltic Crossing, Kan), and Jenn Butterworth (Anna Massie Band, Songs of Separation, Jenn Butterworth & Laura-Beth Salter duo).

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/acoustic-guitar-weekend-2/


Carhampton, Nr Minehead TA24 7TS

West Somerset Folk Festival

Good Company, Graham Collins, Daisybell, Pete Collins, Alice & David Wylde, Acorn Shanty Crew

Events include Singarounds, Workshops, Concert, Morris, Celidh. On site camping. Raising money for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association.

Weekend £15, Camping £5 a night

Contact Mike Dibble: 01643841597

dibblemjd AT talktalk.net

www.westsomersetfolkfestival.co.uk


Fri 30th Jun 2017

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AA

Jess and Richard Arrowsmith

+ Support - Anne-Louise Richards

Purveyors of the best of traditional English folk music, Jess and Richard Arrowsmith are half of the outstanding Melrose Quartet with Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, and also superb musicians in their own right.
Opening support is from Shaftesbury's latest export in the form of singer-songwriter Anne-Louise Richards.

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

8.15pm (doors approx 7.45) venue open from 7.00

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239 or 07590 411515

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Dorchester Town Hall DT1 1HF

A splendid evening of 18th-century dancing

A Georgian Assembly

Music by Baroque trio Doves Figary
Dances from the 1700s, from regal to romps.
No partner or previous experience necessary.
Costume optional but light flexible footwear essential.

Dance practice 4.30 - 6.00 pm
free to Assembly ticket-holders, £2 as "taster" session.

£16 including light supper. Please enquire about concessions.
Booking: 01935 472771 or thedancingmaster AT hotmail.com


£16

Dancing 7.30p - 10.30 pm
led by Ann Hinchliffe, Historical Dance Society.

https://northsquarehistoricaldance.wordpress.com


Thu 6th Jul 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

Tudor dance.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.

7.30 - 9.30 pm
£5 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Jane Thomas and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 7th Jul 2017 to Sun 9th Jul 2017

Priddy

Priddy Folk Festival

Now in its 26th year, the Priddy Folk Festival has a reputation for being one of the friendliest in the country, as well as hosting some of the best folk talent from Britain and beyond.

There’s also great food from around the world, a craft fair and a festival bar stocked with local ales and ciders.Tickets for children aged 11-16 are half price, and under 11s go free. For more detail, visit

www.priddyfolk.org


Sun 9th Jul 2017

Bridport Town Hall DT6 3LF

Historical Dance

(above Tourist Information; access by green door next to Butchers shop, sorry no lift)

Mainly Tudor dance
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771


Tue 11th Jul 2017

Dillington House, near Ilminster TA19 9DT

Day course on English historical dance with Ann Hinchliffe

English social dance in literary contexts from Chaucer to Dickens. Seminars based on contemporary sources with the option of learning some of the dances referred to.
Day fee includes lunch and light refreshments.
Tickets must be booked in advance; please contact Dillington House directly.

£52

Registration from 9.00 am
Course starts 9.45
Ends 4.00 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com

http://www.dillington.com/categories/courses


Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Dancing Through History

What did dancing mean to Chaucer, Shakespeare and Jane Austen? How did ordinary people dance? How do we know? How did Italian quattrocento dances reach England, what did Charles II call "the old dance of England", and why did ex-slave Ignatius Sancho name a dance tune "Trip to Dillington"? Follow English dancing through five centuries of literature -- and maybe try some! All welcome.

9.45am - 4.00pm
Fee: £52.00

http://www.dillington.com/events/all-courses-date-order/4/dancing-through-history/1361/


Sun 16th Jul 2017

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

No partner needed nor previous experience.
Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
Mainly Tudor.
Musicians welcome for approx. an hour before session to try playing simple accessible dance tunes.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm
Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Thu 20th Jul 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Ivor and Holly (caller TBC)

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 21st Jul 2017 to Sat 22nd Jul 2017

Victoria School 12 Lindsay Road Branksome Poole BH13 6AS

Beer and Bluegrass Festival 2017

Our Festival is a musical celebration Folk and Bluegrass, featuring some of world’s finest musicians and with a Beer and Cider Festival, complete with excellent Home Cooked Food.
The Festival is located at Victoria School and set in a beautiful area, with a former Victorian Carmelite convent as a stunning backdrop. We are ideally situated on the South Coast of England between the towns of Poole and Bournemouth and minutes away from the finest beaches in the UK with easy transport links.
This all makes for a very special event for your summer diary

Acts include
High Plains Jamboree-Austin Texas/ Sweet Olive String Band-New Orleans/Kentucky Cow Tippers/Hermanos Cubero-Spain/Jeff Scroggins and Colorado-USA/New Orleans Jug Band/Jonas and Jane/Ozgun Semerci-Turkey/Cup of JoeNorthern Ireland

Friday 18.00 to 23.30
Saturday Noon to 23.30

Tickets 14.00 Friday / Sat 18.00 / Weekender 25.00
We got Tickets - http://www.wegottickets.com/f/10684

Web www.beerandbluegrass.co.uk
email info AT beerandbluegrass.co.uk


Sat 22nd Jul 2017

Town Hall Crewkerne TA18 7LN

Jigs for Gigs

40th Anniversary Ceilidh

Callers: Jane Thomas, Gill Spence, Simon Maplesden

Bring & Share Supper

NO BAR, bring your own drinks

All Proceeds to The Somerset Hospice

Lucky Ticket Plus Raffle

Please book tickets in advance as very popular! Can pay and collect on the door once ticket booking conformation received from Carole.

£8

8.00 - 11.30 pm

Contact Carole Chillmaid: 01823 660898

carole.chillmaid AT gmail.com


Thu 27th Jul 2017

Market House Studio, Castle Cary (above Tourist Information Centre) BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

Sorry about stone stairs, no lift.
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Dances to learn for fun.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 28th Jul 2017

Cheese and Grain, Market Yard, Frome BA11 1BE

Loudon Wainwright III

A real coup for the Cheese & Grain to entice an artist of the stature of Loudon Wainwright to such an intimate venue. One of the all time great singer songwriters and probably the most mesmeric performer you are ever likely to see.

£30 Advance

All seated event

https://cheeseandgrain.ticketsolve.com/shows/873574007?TSLVq=bac52b69-446d-4029-bc15-327a09993d23&TSLVp=5d89e2c9-9a90-4b79-9972-f296a99fc1d9&TSLVts=1494865934&TSLVc=ticketsolve&TSLVe=cheeseandgrain&TSLVrt=Safetynet&TSLVh=6b6a609c23fcad3988171de8c3d97db0


Sat 29th Jul 2017

Caryford Community Hall, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ

The Jar Family

A collective of singer/songwriters whose sum of their parts is even more than their individual talents. Five equally strong front-men and a vast array of carefully crafted songs have attracted lots of interest on the live scene and will not disappoint.

£15

6:45 pm

www.caryfordhall.co.uk

www.wegottickets.com


Thu 3rd Aug 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

Tudor dance.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.

7.30 - 9.30 pm
£5 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 11th Aug 2017

Bridport

Bridport Folk Festival

More details as and when

https://www.facebook.com/folkbridport2017/


Sat 12th Aug 2017

Acorn Acoustic Music Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 8AG

Issy and David Emeney

Melodeon, Guitar, Voices
Husband and wife duo for Eileen Ann's birthday party

A top-class melodeon player with a rare lyrical touch and a fine sense of harmony. Issy is also an excellent composer of sophisticated instrumental pieces.

Doors open 7.00 for 7.30 pm start. Entry £7.00. Raffle to defray costs.
Bring own refreshments.
Non-profit making – aim is to uphold top quality folk music in Minehead giving a platform to both professionals and amateurs.

Ring to reserve 01643 709394, or just come along. Everyone is given a warm welcome, listeners and performers alike.

Please visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk for further details, and preferably book floor spots in advance 07811 744158 or contact us at acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com


Thu 17th Aug 2017

The Courtyard Cafe, Market Street, Yeovil BA20 1HZ

Yeovil Folk & Roots Night

Live Music, Hot Food & Bar.
All welcome.
20 minute slots, PA Provided.
A splendidly quirky & unique venue - the old stables by the cattle market run as a community cafe.

£2 entry - performers free

7 - 10 pm

Contact Samantha Jane

samantha-jane- AT hotmail.co.uk

www.bearcatcollective.co.uk


Sun 20th Aug 2017

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

No partner needed nor previous experience.
Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
Mainly Tudor.
Musicians welcome for approx. an hour before session to try playing simple accessible dance tunes.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm
Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Thu 24th Aug 2017

Market House Studio, Castle Cary (above Tourist Information Centre) BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

Sorry about stone stairs, no lift.
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Dances to learn for fun.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 25th Aug 2017

Sherborne Library, 2 Hound Street, Sherborne DT9 3AA

Ann Hinchliffe

Talk: English social dance in literary contexts from Chaucer to Dickens. A short seminar using contemporary sources with some active dancing.

2.00 - 3.00 pm

Contact Ann Hinchliffe : 01935 472771

thedancingmaster AT outlook.com

https://northsquarehistoricaldance.wordpress.com/


Mon 28th Aug 2017

Caryford Community Hall, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ

Wizz Jones

Wizz is widely regarded as one of the finest acoustic guitarists Britain has ever produced. His career spans 60 years. He may not be a household name but in the words of Keith Richards he is one "great guitar picker" and said to be an early influence on the likes of Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart and Jimmy Page. Tickets from www.wegottickets.com

£12.00

6:45 pm

cfch.website AT gmail.com

www.caryfordhall.co.uk


Fri 1st Sep 2017

Holwell Village Hall DT9 5LL

Autumn Performance Night

The evening is for music, poetry, art, storytelling, games, or any other form of shared entertainment we can all enjoy. PA provided, 20 minute slots.

Soft, Hot Drinks & Snacks Available ‾ B.Y.O. ‾ Bring Your Own Booze.

£4 suggested contribution if not performing

Doors open 7pm

Finish 11.30pm

Contact Samantha Jane

samantha-jane- AT hotmail.co.uk

www.bearcatcollective.co.uk


Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Jim Moray, The Longest Johns

Opening night of Lyme Folk Weekend

£15

Start time: 7.30

Phone: 01297 442138

admin AT lymefolk.com

www.lymefolk.com


Sat 2nd Sep 2017

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

The Old Pull & Push, with Helen Woodall calling

OP&P getting us off to a good start after the summer hols, on Bridport's Hat Festival weekend - with lots more going on in town. Enter into the spirit of it by wearing a suitably silly titfer should you so choose.
Bring booze and a plate of food to share - go on, make a party of it!

£8 advance, £9 on the door. u-17s £4

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Ralph McTell & Wizz Jones, Mitchell & Vincent

Saturday night at Lyme Folk Weekend

£20

7.30 pm

Phone: 01297 442138

admin AT lymefolk.com

www.lymefolk.com


Sun 3rd Sep 2017

Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis DT7 3QA

Steve Knightley, Saskia Griffiths-Moore

Lyme Folk Weekend finale

£18

7.30 pm

Phone: 01297 442138

admin AT lymefolk.com

www.lymefolk.com


Thu 7th Sep 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

Tudor dance.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.

7.30 - 9.30 pm
£5 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Sun 10th Sep 2017

River Stour, Muscliff, Bournemouth BH9 3NZ

Music Celebration of the River Stour

I am co-ordinating this project with the RSPB as an 'end of term' community event to celebrate their 2 year River Stour awareness campaign. I am looking for musicians and singers who would be interested in performing (and ideally creating) pieces for the event, to be performed in the afternoon on the river bank, and in the (early) evening as part of a combined concert in the Community Centre. I would prefer people who have a link with the area, or the river, or the RSPB's aims, but am open to discussion!

2.00 pm - 7.30 pm

Contact Rick Potter: 07479 532159

rick.potterguitar AT gmail.com


Tue 12th Sep 2017

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

Chris Foster

Originally from Yeovil now resident in Iceland, Chris is one of the finest Singers and Guitarists of the the English Folk Song revival of the 60s/70s. Chris will be performing songs from his latest outstanding CD 'HADELIN' Not to be missed!

£10

7.30 pm

Contact Meg Rose: 07877206124

Meg.rose AT btinternet.com

www.chrisfoster-Iceland.com


Wed 13th Sep 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Ian Ladbroke and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Sat 16th Sep 2017

Acorn Acoustic Music Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 8AG

Jez Lowe

A double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – for best singer and best new song – was a timely
reminder of Jez Lowe’s standing in the UK acoustic music scene. At Acorn for third time as we highly
regard him – one of the busiest performers in the country.

Doors open 7.00 for 7.30 pm start. Entry £7.00. Raffle to defray costs.
Bring own refreshments.
Non-profit making – aim is to uphold top quality folk music in Minehead giving a platform to both professionals and amateurs.

Ring to reserve 01643 709394, or just come along. Everyone is given a warm welcome, listeners and performers alike.

Please visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk for further details, and preferably book floor spots in advance 07811 744158 or contact us at acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com


Sun 17th Sep 2017

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

No partner needed nor previous experience.
Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
Mainly Tudor.
Musicians welcome for approx. an hour before session to try playing simple accessible dance tunes.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm
Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band workshop

Suitable for all levels and all instruments

Learn to play folk tunes by ear, experiment with chords and arrangements.

£10 in advance/£12 on the door/£25 for 3 consecutive workshops paid in advance

1:30 – 4:30pm

www.laurelswift.co.uk

Julia: 01935 817905 / 07527 508 277


Thu 28th Sep 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Aileen Wills and Jeroka

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Market House Studio, Castle Cary (above Tourist Information Centre) BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

Sorry about stone stairs, no lift.
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Dances to learn for fun.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Thu 5th Oct 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

Tudor dance.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.

7.30 - 9.30 pm
£5 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 6th Oct 2017 to Sun 8th Oct 2017

Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Argyll Scottish Country Dancing Weekend

Suitable for those who already have a good working knowledge of common steps and formations in Scottish Country Dancing, this weekend will provide you with an opportunity to improve your technique, learn new dances and enjoy all social aspects of Scottish Country Dancing. There will be social dancing on Friday, Saturday and classes both Saturday and Sunday morning and an optional workshop on Saturday afternoon. Please note this weekend is not suitable for beginners.

The balance of fees for this weekend will be payable by 11 August 2017.

Tutors: Margo Priestley & Tom McKinley
Musicians: Robert Mackay & Judith Muir

Runs from dinner on Friday to after lunch on Sunday

Res Fee (from): £355.00
Non Res Fee: £239.00
http://www.dillington.com/events/all-courses-date-order/4/argyll-scottish-country-dancing-weekend/1083/


Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Argyll Scottish Country Musicians Weekend

For musicians interested in playing for Scottish Country Dancing within a band; no experience of band playing is required. A practical grounding in all aspects of band musicianship and playing for dancing, drawn from Ian’s experience over 35 years. Learn the characteristics of the Reel, Jig and Strathspey, uniquely Scottish instrumental techniques, phrasing, sequencing and repertoire, the body language associated with drive and lift … and more besides!

Runs from dinner on Friday to after lunch on Sunday
Res Fee (from): £355.00
Non Res Fee: £239.00 What's included?

http://www.dillington.com/events/all-courses-date-order/4/argyll-scottish-country-musicians-weekend/1463/


Sat 7th Oct 2017

Caryford Community Hall, Castle Cary BA7 7JJ

Charlie Dore

Over the course of a 40 year career, there is little Charlie hasn't done except acquire the level of fame commensurate with her talent. A multi-talented award winning singer-songwriter, composer, musician and actress. Best known for her 1979 hit "Pilot of the Airwaves", her songs have been covered by the likes of Sheena Easton, George Harrison and Celine Dion. Still in great voice and writing highly original songs.

£12

6:45 pm

cfch.website AT gmail.com

www.caryfordhall.co.uk


Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Fresh Aire, with Eileen Nightingale calling

Fresh Aire make a lovely sound to dance to, with those lyrical pipes, and Eileen always calls some interesting dances, so not an evening to miss.
Bring something to sip, and sustenance to share.

£8 advance, £9 on the door. u-17s £4

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sun 8th Oct 2017

Bridport Town Hall DT6 3LF

Historical Dance

(above Tourist Information; access by green door next to Butchers shop, sorry no lift)

Mainly Tudor dance
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771


Thu 12th Oct 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Pip Oxenbury and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Fri 13th Oct 2017 to Sun 15th Oct 2017

Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

Singing For Larks - Singing in Harmony Weekend

Singing with others is an exhilarating and liberating experience that everybody can enjoy. Singings for Larks workshops, run by Faith Watson, are based on the tradition of learning songs by ear. This approach makes the joy of singing with others easily accessible to those who are new to singing, whilst offering more experienced singers the opportunity to develop their aural skills. On this Singing in Harmony workshop the songs are drawn from a variety of cultures and styles, from international folk to soul, from golden oldies to original songs. Some are simple and bring instant rewards and some are more complex, taking longer to learn. All the songs are carefully chosen and arranged to inspire people of different abilities and tastes to sing together in perfect harmony.

Runs from dinner on Friday to tea on Sunday

To make a booking telephone the Bookings Office 01460 258613. For further information about Singing for Larks and this course, go to: www.singingforlarks.co.uk or you can contact Faith Watson at Singing for Larks direct: faith AT singingforlarks.co.uk 0161 881 0855.

Res Fee (from): £358.00
Non Res Fee: £254.00 What's included?

http://www.dillington.com/events/all-courses-date-order/4/singing-for-larks-singing-in-harmony-weekend/1084/


Sun 15th Oct 2017

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Historical Dance

No partner needed nor previous experience.
Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
Mainly Tudor.
Musicians welcome for approx. an hour before session to try playing simple accessible dance tunes.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm
Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Sun 22nd Oct 2017

Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band workshop

Suitable for all levels and all instruments

Learn to play folk tunes by ear, experiment with chords and arrangements.

£10 in advance/£12 on the door/£25 for 3 consecutive workshops paid in advance

1:30 – 4:30pm

www.laurelswift.co.uk

Julia: 01935 817905 / 07527 508 277


Thu 26th Oct 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Rosie Shaw and Ian Bradenton and Co

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Market House Studio, Castle Cary (above Tourist Information Centre) BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

Sorry about stone stairs, no lift.
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Dances to learn for fun.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Thu 2nd Nov 2017

St George's Church Hall, Dorchester DT1 1LB

Historical Dance

(entrance rather hidden behind church)

Tudor dance.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.

7.30 - 9.30 pm
£5 on the door including cuppa.

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Sat 4th Nov 2017

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Chris Jewell and Jeremy Child

For a change, a night devoted to Contra and American dances, with the inimitable Jeremy Child challenging Chris Jewell to keep up on fiddle.
Be sure to bring something to restore your energy levels!

£8 advance, £9 on the door. u-17s £4

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Thu 9th Nov 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Eileen Nightingale and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Sun 12th Nov 2017

Bridport Town Hall DT6 3LF

Historical Dance

(above Tourist Information; access by green door next to Butchers shop, sorry no lift)

Mainly Tudor dance
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
1.30 - 4.00 pm

Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771


Sun 19th Nov 2017

Digby Memorial Church Hall, Digby Road, Sherborne DT9 3NL

Sherborne Folk Band workshop

Suitable for all levels and all instruments

Learn to play folk tunes by ear, experiment with chords and arrangements.

£10 in advance/£12 on the door/£25 for 3 consecutive workshops paid in advance

1:30 – 4:30pm

www.laurelswift.co.uk

Julia: 01935 817905 / 07527 508 277


Thu 23rd Nov 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Jane Thomas and Amycrofters

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Market House Studio, Castle Cary (above Tourist Information Centre) BA7 7AH

Historical Dance

Sorry about stone stairs, no lift.
7.30 - 9.30 pm
Dances to learn for fun.
No partner needed nor previous experience. Loose comfortable clothes advised, and light flexible shoes strongly recommended.
£5 on the door including cuppa.
Contact: Ann Hinchliffe 01935 472771 annhinchliffe AT hotmail.com


Fri 1st Dec 2017

Holwell Village Hall DT9 5LL

Festive Performance Night

The evening is for music, poetry, art, storytelling, games, or any other form of shared entertainment we can all enjoy. PA provided, 20 minute slots.

Soft, Hot Drinks & Snacks Available ‾ B.Y.O. ‾ Bring Your Own Booze.

£4 suggested contribution if not performing

Doors open 7pm

Finish 11.30pm

Contact Samantha Jane

samantha-jane- AT hotmail.co.uk

www.bearcatcollective.co.uk


Sat 2nd Dec 2017

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Jigs for Gigs, with Jane Thomas

What better way to end the year than with Jigs and Jane? We can't wait!

With the first (?) of the Christmas buffets brought to share and a bottle of booze, you'll be well set up for the festive season.

£8 advance, £9 on the door. u-17s £4

7.30 0 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Thu 7th Dec 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Robert and Mary Blackberow and Friends

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Thu 14th Dec 2017

The Courtyard Cafe, Market Street, Yeovil BA20 1HZ

Yeovil Folk & Roots Night

Live Music, Hot Food & Bar.
All welcome.
20 minute slots, PA Provided.
A splendidly quirky & unique venue - the old stables by the cattle market run as a community cafe.

£2 entry - performers free

7 - 10 pm

Contact Samantha Jane

samantha-jane- AT hotmail.co.uk

www.bearcatcollective.co.uk


Thu 21st Dec 2017

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Simon Mapleson and Ivor and Holly

Chard Folk Dance Club meet at Combe St Nicholas Village Hall on alternate Thursdays at 7.30.
Details from Elaine 01460 65909


Sat 20th Jan 2018

Acorn Acoustic Music Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 8AG

Alice and David Wylde

Party night with an American flavour
Traditional Appalachian Ballads,
Old-time, Traditional Gospel, and Country Songs.
Bring and Share Buffet. Decorated Hat Competition.

Doors open 7.00 for 7.30 pm start. Entry £7.00. Raffle to defray costs.
Bring own refreshments.
Non-profit making – aim is to uphold top quality folk music in Minehead giving a platform to both professionals and amateurs.

Ring to reserve 01643 709394, or just come along. Everyone is given a warm welcome, listeners and performers alike.

Please visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk for further details, and preferably book floor spots in advance 07811 744158 or contact us at acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com


Sun 18th Mar 2018

Eileen Ann's Home

Acorn Folk Club informal singaround

With tea and cakes!

3.00 - 6.00 pm

Contact Eileen Ann for details and so she knows how many people to expect.

acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com

www.acornfolkclub.co.uk


Sat 19th May 2018

Acorn Acoustic Music Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 8AG

Flossie Malavialle

Legendary French Blue/Jazz Singer - not to be missed
“Flossie has a voice as clear and tuneful as a lark, with a pureness of quality to stop you in your
tracks in the forest of a song”. “Flossie’s great! She came over from France and wowed everybody with her sensational voice, her gutsy guitar style, eclectic repertoire and franglais patter”

Doors open 7.00 for 7.30 pm start. Entry £7.00. Raffle to defray costs.
Bring own refreshments.
Non-profit making – aim is to uphold top quality folk music in Minehead giving a platform to both professionals and amateurs.

Ring to reserve 01643 709394, or just come along. Everyone is given a warm welcome, listeners and performers alike.

Please visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk for further details, and preferably book floor spots in advance 07811 744158 or contact us at acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com


Sat 11th Aug 2018

Acorn Acoustic Music Club, The United Reform Church Hall, Bancks Street, Minehead, TA24 8AG

Bob Wood

Birthday Party!
Bob Wood, from the west of Scotland is a warm and engaging solo singer and performer with an easy going sense of humour. He is a highly accomplished finger-style guitarist.

Doors open 7.00 for 7.30 pm start. Entry £7.00. Raffle to defray costs.
Bring own refreshments.
Non-profit making – aim is to uphold top quality folk music in Minehead giving a platform to both professionals and amateurs.

Ring to reserve 01643 709394, or just come along. Everyone is given a warm welcome, listeners and performers alike.

Please visit www.acornfolkclub.co.uk for further details, and preferably book floor spots in advance 07811 744158 or contact us at acornfolkclub AT googlemail.com