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Fri 24th May 2019 to Sun 26th May 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Rowan Rheingans: Advanced Fiddle Workshop

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

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

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Emmanuel Pariselle: Melodeon Accompaniment Workshop

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

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

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

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

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Richard Burgess: International Shanty & Sea Song Workshop

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

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

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

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


Fri 24th May 2019

Corfe Castle Village Hall BH20 5EE

Jim Carey and the Saboteurs Riots and Lobsters

Expect an enthralling evening of music first created for plays toured nationally by Kneehigh Theatre in the 1990s, including Ting Tang Mine, The Bogus, The King of Prussia, and The Riot. All the music has been re-imagined and arranged by the original composer Jim Carey, and is played live by his 8-piece multi-instrumentalist band, The Saboteurs.

Travel on a musically diverse, story-rich journey from America to Cornwall, telling tales of riots and lobsters, fishermen and miners, corrupt officials and power-driven politicians, pioneers, saboteurs - tales of love and redemption. Sometimes through folk song, sometimes ska or swing, lyrical laments and brass arrangements will tell the stories and bring to life the worlds created by Nick Darke and Jim Carey.
The Saboteurs features Jim Carey, Seamus Carey, Nathan Fitgerald, Jen Dyer, Louis Gulliver King, Kathryn Williams, Marc Hadley and Roger Luxton.

Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.jimcareyandthesaboteurs.wordpress.com

£10, £7 u18s, £28 fam

7:30pm

Phone: 07590 352219

https://www.artsreach.co.uk


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

Modou Ndiaye

(5 piece band)
Modou Ndiaye aka Mamadou Ndiaye Cissokho is a member of the famous Cissokho family of Griot musicians and oral historians from the Cassamance region of Southern Senegal.

Modou is a virtuoso kora player, singer songwriter, drummer and percussionist, with a superb repertoire of rhythms, fusing together modern and traditional beats. He plays a variety of West African instruments, ranging from djembe, sabar, calabash and talking drum to his leading instrument – the mesmerizing 22 stringed Kora (West African harp).

Web Site – www.modoundiaye.com/
YouTube – www.youtube.com/channel/UC1KGvR12hDWjCHPzYWJzQBw
SoundCloud – soundcloud.com/user-313590571/tounga
Facebook – www.facebook.com/modoundiayemusic
Instagram – instagram.com/modou_ndiaye_music
Twitter – twitter.com/modoumusic

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

Door Price: £15.00
Advance: £12.50

https://chapelarts.org/events/modou-ndiaye-5-piece-band/


Sun 26th May 2019 to Fri 31st May 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Voices, Viols and Recorders

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

For more information and to book please contact Michael Sharman:

Tel: 01353 778939
Email: QuadQuotes AT waitrose.com

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


Sun 26th May 2019

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

Blackbeard’s Tea Party

A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event

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

7:30pm

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions.

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


Cross Keys Inn, Lydford-on-Fosse TA11 7HA

Session

Play for an hour or so as part of the Cross Keys Beer Festival, which this year is in support of the Alzheimer's Society. No fee, but musicians qualify for Beer Festival free samples

5.00 pm. Finish time: 6.00 - 6.30 pm

Contact Trevor Ryder: 07773 397208

dupfolk AT gmail.com


Mon 27th May 2019

Trooper, Stourton Caundle DT10 2JW

Session

The next Trooper session is on Monday 27th May (not the usual 4th Sunday). We plan to start playing earlier than usual, 7pm and finish early at 10.00 pm. Please feel free to arrive at any time before 7pm as the Trooper has a beer/gin festival and will be open all day. Don't rely on the pub for food as they don't usually provide this.
All musicians welcome, we will also have a few singers.

mandy.waltham AT googlemail.com



Thu 30th May 2019

Combe St Nicholas Village Hall TA20 3NY

Rosie Shaw and Ian Brydon band

Chard Folk Dance Club

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

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

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

e3dons AT hotmail.com


Fri 31st May 2019 to Sun 2nd Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Albion to Appalachia

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

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


Weymouth Harbour, Trinity Road DT4 8TW

Wessex Folk Festival

The 2019 Wessex Folk Festival takes place from Friday May 31st to Sunday June 2nd on the Quayside at Weymouth Harbour in Dorset.

There are pub sessions during the afternoon and evening of May 31st and free music on two main outdoor stages from 11 am to 6 pm on June 1st and 2nd.

Confirmed acts so far include Kathryn Roberts and Seth Lakeman, Harbottle & Jonas, and Gadarene.

At least 30 morris dance sides will be performing on three stages across the festival site. There is also a free ceilidh on the evening of June 1st.

Admission: Free


Fri 31st May 2019

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

Steve Turner

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

8pm

Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

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


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford Royal British Legion DT11 7AD

Winter Wilson

+ support Andy Stone

A concert featuring the enthusiastic and tuneful husband and wife team of Winter Wilson. Singing mostly their own songs, many of which have been covered by major artists, these two lovely people bring energy and bounce to the stage, well sprinkled with humour. They are brilliant in a club setting with great crowd rapport.

Support is now from our very own fabulous sound engineer, Andy Stone. Andy is an amazing singer-songwriter and guitarist in his own right, with a huge repertoire of self-penned songs to delight the soul.

£10 pre-booked, £12 unbooked

8.15pm - Doors 7.45pm - Legion open from 7pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 1st Jun 2019

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

Fresh Aire with Aileen Wills calling

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

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

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

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

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Albion to Appalachia Gig

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

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

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


Bicknoller Village Hall TA4 4EQ

Flossie Malavialle

Flossie Malavialle returns to Somerset to entertain us with her wonderful mixture of English and French songs and anecdotes about her experiences as a French singer living in North East England.
This will be a French-themed evening with a meal included in the price and a cash bar.
Doors open at 7pm.
Please order tickets in advance.

£16

7.30 pm

Contact Sally Simpson: 01984 656266

sally AT simbright.co.uk

www.flossiemalavialle.co.uk


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

Luke Jackson Trio

Luke Jackson is an un-pidgeonhole-able (is that a word?) singer songwriter who has travelled a fair few thousand miles around the British Isles, initially with his dad Paul into pubs and bars, well run house concerts and more recently into folk & blues clubs, venues and festivals.

Luke’s songwriting draws on his experiences, family life, poignant stories he’s been told and fortunately, they’re all written in English as in his own words, he’s dreadful at languages!

www.lukepauljackson.com

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

Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £12.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/luke-jackson-trio/


Sun 2nd Jun 2019

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

The Murphy Beds: Eamon O’Leary and Jefferson Hamer

Eamon O’Leary and Jefferson Hamer (aka The Murphy Beds) present traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements on bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin.
Jefferson and Eamon have been performing together for some years now, having first met at Irish sessions in New York City. Both had a love for collecting, arranging, and performing songs from Irish, American, Scottish, and English traditions. As they began to collaborate – first in larger ensembles, but most enduringly as a duo – they also recognized an affinity for other more contemporary idioms. Whatever the source – songs of the Irish travelers, Arkansas spirituals, or their own compositions – their arrangements feature the same carefully wrought interplay of voices and strings.
In 2012 they recorded their debut album The Murphy Beds in New York City (a name that subsequently became shorthand for the duo itself.)
website: http://murphybedsmusic.com
twitter: http://twitter.com/murphybedsmusic
facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheMurphyBeds/


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

Door Price: £12.00
Advance: £10.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/the-murphy-beds-eamon-oleary-and-jefferson-hamer/


Mon 3rd Jun 2019 to Fri 7th Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Advanced Nyckelharpa

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

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

The Maniac

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

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


Wed 5th Jun 2019

Bridport Town Hall, Bucky Do, Bridport DT6 3JP

Talk on The Folk Music Revival since 1963 by Harry Britton

Harry will also bring along various musical instruments, including mandolin, banjo, cittern, and will end with a sing a long.
This is a fundraiser for Bridport Millennium Green.

£5 (£4.50 members) to include tea/biscuits

7.30pm

Contact Sue Wilkinson: 01308 425037

sue.traidcraft AT btinternet.com

http://bridportmillenniumgreen.co.uk


Thu 6th Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Ukulele Gig: Jon Bennett, Liz Van Santen & Samantha Muir

Our Ukulele and Singing Weekend tutors welcome all-comers to a lighthearted evening of ukulele and song!

Jon Bennett and Liz Van Santen are both members of four-piece band Moonrakers, which combines musicians from both the classical and the folk tradition.

Samantha Muir is one of the UK’s leading classical and campanela style ukulele players. Her arrangements range from Bach, Sor and Tarrega to traditional songs, sea shanties, and Scottish tunes. Samantha is much in demand as a performer and teacher of ukulele and has appeared at festivals including The Grand Northern Ukulele Festival, UKE East, the Perthshire Ukulele Gathering and BUG Festival.

8pm–10

£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/ukulele-gig-jon-bennett-liz-van-santen-samantha-muir-2019/


Fri 7th Jun 2019 to Sun 9th Jun 2019

Wimborne Minster

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

https://wimbornefolk.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Piano Accordion Weekend

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

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

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Piano Accordion for Absolute Beginners

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

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


Fri 7th Jun 2019

The Quarterjack @ the Allendale Centre, Wimborne BH21 1AS

'Words Take Wing' - Wyvern

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

£10/ £8 concessions

8.00 pm

Contact Allendale centre: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/select/xahzqeLCsinX

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/select/xahzqeLCsinX

https://www.facebook.com/Wyvern-1900368393585844/


The Old Sorting Office, Wiveliscombe Post Office TA4 2JP

Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer

Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary sounds. Their performances showcase new interpretations of old songs alongside original self penned tunes and new contemporary songs that are entirely at home in the tradition. Be entranced by the haunting nyckelharpa, amazed at the cow horn (one of the world's earliest communication devices) and meet some of the bagpipes that didn't come from Scotland.

£12 / £10 concessions

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Sat 8th Jun 2019

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

Les Barker

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

8pm

Tickets: £14 Full. £13 Concessions.

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Piano Accordion: Paul Hutchinson, Murray Grainger, Rachel Bell

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

8pm–10pm

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


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


Sun 9th Jun 2019 to Fri 14th Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Give Voice Song Retreat

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

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


Sun 9th Jun 2019

Woolavington Village Hall TA7 8DY

Free Family Friendly Scottish Ceilidh

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

Sunday afternoons from 2.30 to 4.30 pm.

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

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


the Quarterjack @ the Allendale Centre, Wimborne BH21 1AS

'To Win the Day' - Time and Tide

See the powerful tale of women facing prejudice against their class, religion and gender told through historical record and folk songs. Follow in the footsteps of these Tolpuddle families whose lives were changed when their menfolk were labelled convicted and transported in 1834. Featuring Kitty Vernon, Derek Burgess, Rod and Mary Harrington, Sophie Wright, Lucy Findlay, Martin Stephen and Bob Axford.
'At last these remarkable women have come into the light'

£10/ £8 concessions

3.00 pm

Contact Quarterjack Folk: 01202 887247

info AT the allendale.org

www.the allendale.org


Wed 12th Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Give Voice Leaders Concert

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

7:30pm

£5

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


Fri 14th Jun 2019

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford Royal British Legion DT11 7AD

Noah's Cape

+ Support Rod Jenkins

The lovely Linda Watkins is back with her Noah's Cape trio, joined by Marian Wedley and Mark Neil. This will be their third visit to Wessex Acoustic, the second with this line up. Performing mostly their own songs, they bring a refreshing mix of styles. Mark is also a great poet and a little bit of a comedian. So expect almost anything from this multi-talented trio.

Supporting them is our own master crooner and smooth singer of Americana, Rod Jenkins.

£10 pre-booked, £12 unbooked

8.15pm - Doors 7.45pm - Legion open from 7pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Ditcheat Jubilee Hall BA4 6RB

Jeroka, with caller Peter Bolton

A range of mainly English folk dances to suit all levels.
Caller Peter Bolton, accompanied by Jeroka, present a jolly evening.
A warm welcome, live music, good dances and cheerful company.
Nothing too serious, but as energetic as anyone might wish !

£4

7.30 - 9.30 pm

Contact Ama Bolton: 01749 672911

amabolton AT hotmail.com


Sat 15th Jun 2019

Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Rd, Wiveliscombe TA4 2RE

Southern Belle

Southern Belle will perform a selection of old time songs and dance tunes originating from the Appalachian Mountains. Old time music is pre-bluegrass with the roots originating from African, Irish and European workers that merged their own genres together in the US using the banjo and fiddle.

£10 / £8 concessions

8.00pm

Contact David Bond: 01984623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


South Petherton

South Petherton FolkFest

http://www.pethertonfolkfest.org.uk


Radford Mill Farm, Timsbury BA2 0QF

Tangled Roots Festival

India Electric Co., Kirtsty Merryn, Vervain, Moonlit Poachers, Pettitt Anonnces, the Savannahs

Campfire sessions, open stage spots, folk choir workshop, flamenco sessions and (dance) workshops, Camping available for whole weekend. U16's free entry.

From £25 - KU16 Free

10:00 am - 11.55 pm

Contact Jack Bird: 07975 575194

info AT tangledrootsfestival.com

https://tangledrootsfestival.com


Mission Hall, Mission Hall Lane, Sutton Poyntz, Weymouth DT3 6LY

Luke Jackson Trio

We are privileged to welcome this impressive young singer songwriter, whose astonishing voice, passionate performance and startlingly good guitar playing will blow you away!
Luke has earned a prestigious array of accolades and is a regular presence on the live music scene in the UK and Europe. In 2013, he was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in both the Best Emerging Talent and The Young Folk Categories.
Of his 2018 album, ‘Solo, Duo, Trio’, Mike Harding remarked: ‘’One of the most faultless live recordings ever in my opinion – he’s a great songwriter with a great voice and boy can he sing the blues!‘’
Luke is an accomplished performer who gives everything to his audience. He impresses from the outset with his engaging and charming stage presence and his songs will take you on a journey through love, hope, sorrow, and melancholy via the routes of folk, roots, blues, Americana and soul. https://lukepauljackson.com/ watch

8pm (doors from 7.30pm)
Contact Watkins & Swarbrick Box Office: 01305 837299/ songsfromthehalls234 AT gmail.com
Tickets £12 only in advance
BYO drinks & glasses


Sun 16th Jun 2019

Chalk and Cheese, Maiden Newton DT2 0BD

Music session

All welcome to this mostly-English session. All accoustic instruments welcome as well as fiddles.

6:00 - 9:30 pm

Contact Colin and Ruth Thompson: 01300 321396

fiddler AT casterbridge.net


Mon 17th Jun 2019 to Fri 21st Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

DIY Songwriting with Reg Meuross

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

Partnership Event Book through www.regmeuross.com/DIYsongwriting

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


Tue 18th Jun 2019

Drax Arms Bere Regis BH20 7HL

Sunjay

With a relaxed and confident manner, vocal style and mastery of his instrument he walks onto a stage and addresses the audiences though he is sitting down to play music with a group of close friends;
Sunjay’'s style has that natural drift between folk and blues and both
camps have recognised his obvious flair.

£5 in advance £7 on the door

8pm

Contact Pip: 07598 328479

pip_evans AT btinternet.com

www.draxfolk.org.uk


Thu 20th Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Reg Meuross

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

8pm

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

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


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

Steve Knightley - 2019 solo tour ‘Roadworks’

As a long-serving troubadour of the folk and acoustic music scene, master songwriter and storyteller Steve Knightley has spent much of his life on the road, collecting songs, stories, anecdotes and observations – with the odd disaster along the way.
In 2019, Steve once again takes to England’s highways and byways to present ‘Roadworks’ – a show which builds on the success of his sell-out 2018 solo tour ‘Songs and Stories’. This is a stripped-back, one-man show that’s infused with wit, warmth and alchemy, beautifully illustrated by his trenchant songs of history, love and conscience. Anyone who’s ever wondered what it’s like to be a touring musician will love this rare insight into life on the road.
2018’s tour was a sell-out, so early booking is advisable.

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

Door Price: £20.00
Advance: £18.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/steve-knightley-announces-2019-solo-tour-roadworks/


Crown Inn, Fivehead TA3 6PQ

Reg Meuross

Somerset singer-songwriter Reg Meuross is now touring with new album 12 Silk Handkerchiefs and characters from 12 other superb albums.
Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, on a really human level, his words and music painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung, accompanying himself masterfully on guitar and captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice.

Starting at 7.30pm in the skittle alley, the first part of the evening will be open to “floorsingers” – ie anyone who turns up to sing or play will get a chance to perform (depending on numbers!)

At 8.30pm Jacqui will be providing a bar supper for the interval. To pre-order supper contact 01460 281919 or thecrown_inn AT btconnect.com

8:30pm For more information contact Laurie Burn laurieguitars AT gmail.com 01460 281033


Mon 24th Jun 2019 to Fri 28th Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Violin Bow Making

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

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

See the link for full details

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


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

French & Breton Dance Week

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

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


Wed 26th Jun 2019

The Exchange Sturminster Newton DT10 1FH

Holy Moly & The Crackers

Influenced by an eclectic range of music, this ever-evolving, nationally acclaimed gypsy folk-rock band play an exciting and visceral blend of styles. In the perfect collision of rowdy tunes, pumping danceability and compelling storytelling, expect a medley of original songs and old time drinking tunes, both hilarious and thrilling, and sure to entertain!
Last summer the band enjoyed accoladed appearances at festivals including Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, Bestival, Camp Bestival and Beautiful Days. Released in April 2019, their third album ‘Take A Bite’ is a concise, passionate take on folk, blues and indie rock. Fresh from a European tour with Skinny Lister, HMATC are back on the road- come along for the ride and join the craziest party in town!

Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

* Rescheduled tour. HMATC plus support from Chris Roberts

“The musicians are stylistically dazzling” Bright Young Folk

www.artsreach.co.uk | www.holymolyandthecrackers.com

£10, £7 u18s, £28

7:30pm

Phone: 01258 475137

https://stur-exchange.co.uk


Thu 27th Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

French and Breton Bal

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

8pm–10pm

Pricing by donation

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


Halstock Village Hall BA22 9SG

Holy Moly & The Crackers

Influenced by an eclectic range of music, this ever-evolving, nationally acclaimed gypsy folk-rock band play an exciting and visceral blend of styles. In the perfect collision of rowdy tunes, pumping danceability and compelling storytelling, expect a medley of original songs and old time drinking tunes, both hilarious and thrilling, and sure to entertain!
Last summer the band enjoyed accoladed appearances at festivals including Glastonbury, Boomtown Fair, Bestival, Camp Bestival and Beautiful Days. Released in April 2019, their third album ‘Take A Bite’ is a concise, passionate take on folk, blues and indie rock. Fresh from a European tour with Skinny Lister, HMATC are back on the road- come along for the ride and join the craziest party in town!

Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

* Rescheduled tour. HMATC plus support from Chris Roberts

“The musicians are stylistically dazzling” Bright Young Folk

www.holymolyandthecrackers.com

£10, £7 u18s, £28 fam

7:30pm

Phone: 01935 891744

https://artsreach.co.uk


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

Martin Carthy

For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.

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

Door Price: £14.00
Advance: £14.00

https://chapelarts.org/events/martin-carthy-2/


Fri 28th Jun 2019 to Sun 30th Jun 2019

Carhampton Recreational Hall and Ground TA24 6NH

West Somerset Folk Festival

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

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

Contact - Mike Dibble 01643 841597.


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Leveret Workshop Weekend

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

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

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

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


Fri 28th Jun 2019

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford Royal British Legion DT11 7AD

Jez Lowe & Kate Bramley

+ Support Marion Fleetwood

Wow what a night we have to end our season. The top notch JEZ LOWE with the talented KATE BRAMLEY with a selection of Jez favourites, along with Kate's own offerings.

Supporting this dynamic duo, we are thrilled to have one of our favourite musicians, Marion Fleetwood, currently performing with TRADarrr and IOTA. It is a rare treat to get Marion on her own, so you can appreciate her delicious voice and fabulous guitar and fiddle playing.

£12 pre-booked, £14 unbooked

Start time: 8.15pm - Doors 7.45pm - Legion open from 7pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 29th Jun 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Leveret Gig

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

8pm

£15

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


St Michael's Church, The Market Square, Somerton TA11 7NB

Stanchester Quire

Songs of Rural Life in South West England

An evening of songs depicting hardship, hope and humour throughout the years.

£10 to include 1st interval drink.

7.30 pm

Contact Mrs Jan Turner: 01458 270096


Fri 5th Jul 2019 to Sun 7th Jul 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Ukulele and Song Weekend 2019

An enjoyable summer weekend of music and song for players and singers of all levels of experience. Jon & Sam will lead the ukes to kick-start and improve your skills. Meanwhile Liz will focus on singing for those wanting to develop their confidence. This year we’ll run an additional session on songwriting. We’ll have three groups according to your playing skills, but you’re free to move between the groups, and there’s plenty of time to relax and socialize too. The evenings will include opportunities to perform your own material, plus an informal concert on the Saturday by the tutors. To get you started, there are some video tutorials and other materials at www.ukuleleoxford.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/ukulele-song-weekend-2019/


Fri 5th Jul 2019

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

The Salts – Songs from the Sea

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

£15

7:30 pm

Contact Chapel Arts: 01225 463362

bathboxoffice AT bathtourism.co.uk

bathboxoffice.org.uk


Sat 6th Jul 2019

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

The Leylines – A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event

Established in 2013, The Leylines are a West Country collective with a genre-defying, eclectic sound that ranges from Traditional Folk to full-blown festival Rock.
The band was founded by a group of musicians in Weston-super-Mare (via Bristol), wishing to combine their individual musical styles into something that isn’t quite Folk, sort of Punk, 100% heart-pounding revelry.
The band have a reputation for wild, energetic performances and wanted to encapsulate as much of that as possible within their new album. The result is a collection of sincere, straight-from-the-heart performances, constructed with care and played with passion.

8:00 pm £16

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/the-leylines-a-chance-to-dance-event/


Mon 8th Jul 2019 to Fri 12th Jul 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Vocal Workshop Week

After many years of working with people and their voices at their own teaching centre, Stones Barn in Cumbria, Maddy Prior MBE and her daughter Rose-Ellen Kemp are delighted to offer their second course together at Halsway Manor in collaboration with the fantastic Christina Shewell. This course will be for singers of all levels who want to work to improve their voice and learn about the voice.
Working both altogether and in smaller groups you’ll have fun learning practical techniques to improve and maintain the voice, gain knowledge of vocal anatomy and physiology and hear some interesting insights into the current voice research as well as enjoying some group singing for the sheer love of it as well as for health and wellbeing. It will be an absorbing, social and fulfilling singing experience for those who want to work on their voice.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/vocal-workshop-week/


Thu 11th Jul 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Rose-Ellen Kemp, Christina Shewell, Maddy Prior

Maddy, Christina and Rose-Ellen will be leading their second vocal development course together at Halsway Manor and this performance is part of this celebration of voice.
The evening will include content from the course participants, spoken word from Christina Shewell, and song performances from Maddy Prior MBE and her daughter Rose-Ellen, also a professional singer. It is not a fully ‘Maddy Prior and Friends’ show, but rather an opportunity to enjoy a relaxed, informal and varied evening of song and spoken word.

8pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/rose-ellen-kemp-christina-shewell-maddy-prior/


Fri 12th Jul 2019 to Sun 14th Jul 2019

Priddy

Priddy Folk Festival

http://www.priddyfolk.org


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Ballads, Broadsides & Bawling Hawkers

We’re delighted to announce Halsway’s first ballad weekend, in which a team led by Pete Coe will explore the performance, sourcing and history of storytelling songs from the last four centuries. Pete, whose pedigree as a performer in the folk scene has few equals, will be joined by leading performer of traditional ballads Brian Peters, and BBC Folk Singer of the Year nominee Emily Portman.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/ballads-broadsides-bawling-hawkers/


Sat 13th Jul 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Pete Coe, Brian Peters, Emily Portman

A night of storytelling through songs from the tutors of Halsway’s Ballads, Broadsides and Bawling Hawkers weekend workshop.

Pete Coe is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and song collector, and has been a professional touring and recording folk musician since 1971. He’s played in iconic bands including The New Victory Band and Bandoggs, but he’s best known for the variety of his solo performances. Pete has also researched and given illustrated presentations on broadside ballads. Robin Denselow, writing in The Guardian, described him as “an impressive singer, songwriter and instrumentalist who switches from bouzouki to melodeon, banjo or dulcimer, and can handle anything from traditional ballads to comic material.”

Brian Peters is an experienced singer of traditional songs with a wide repertoire but a particularly strong reputation as an interpreter of the ‘Child Ballads’. He’s a multi-instrumental accompanist proficient on guitar, anglo-concertina and melodeon, has given classes on ballad repertoire and interpretation in the UK, USA and Canada, and devised the ‘Songs of Trial and Triumph’ presentation and CD, devoted to the Child Ballads. Steven Winick of the Library of Congress, Washington DC, wrote: “He sings and plays with consummate skill, breathing life into unusual ballads which shimmer with magic and murder, tragedy, action, excitement, and humour.”

Emily Portman (Furrow Collective, and Emily Portman Trio) is folk singer, writer and concertina player with nominations for folk singer of the year and holder of the 2013 BBC Radio 2 folk album of the year. As well as being a performer, Emily has presented BBC Radio Merseyside’s folk show ‘Folkscene’, written articles for the acclaimed roots and world music magazine fROOTS and has given talks on Ballad Studies at Cecil Sharp House, London and The International Ballad Conference.

8pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/pete-coe-brian-peters-emily-portman/


Sun 14th Jul 2019

Staplegrove Village Hall, Taunton TA2 6AL

Free Family Friendly Scottish Ceilidh

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

Sunday afternoons from 2.30 to 4.30 pm.

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

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


Mon 15th Jul 2019 to Fri 19th Jul 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

World Circle Dance

World Circle Dancers return to Halsway for this weekend in July 2019! Come to enjoy newly created circle dances to wonderful new world music. We’ll also explore traditional folk dances from around the world, with an emphasis on Greece and the Balkans.

Who’s it For?
This weekend is for those dancers who have some previous experience of circle dance or international folk dance. It is not suitable for complete beginners.

Partnership Event
For more information, contact Hazel 01453 834 125

email hazel AT hazelyoung.co.uk.

See also www.hazelyoung.co.uk

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/world-circle-dance-2019/


Fri 19th Jul 2019 to Sun 21st Jul 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

The Askew Sisters’ Creative English Music and Song Weekend

An enjoyable weekend for singers and musicians to join sisters Emily and Hazel Askew for a creative exploration of English music and song.

The weekend will focus on bringing music to life using traditional techniques and styles as well as tools to inspire your own creativity. We will look at ways of playing, singing and researching traditional English songs and tunes, as well as artistic ways to interpret, edit and arrange this material. Over the weekend we will work as a whole group, we’ll split into two groups of singers and instrumentalists, and we’ll also work in smaller mixed groups of semi-self-directed singers and instrumentalists, to have fun putting what we’ve learnt into action!

The Askew Sisters will perform an informal concert in the Saturday evening, and participants are invited to contribute spots should they wish!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/the-askew-sisters-creative-english-music-and-song-weekend/


Sat 20th Jul 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Askew Sisters Gig

Join sisters Emily and Hazel Askew for an informal concert exploring English music and song.

The Askew Sisters, Emily (Alma, Emily Askew Band) and Hazel (Lady Maisery, Coven, Songs of Separation), are two of the foremost performers and interpreters of English folk music. As an acclaimed duo, their live performances brim with the depth and connection not only of two sisters, but also of two musicians who have been immersed in folk music all their lives.

Together, they rework and reinterpret songs and balladry, creating breath-taking arrangements, which allow words that are hundreds of years old resonate profoundly with contemporary audiences. Both are also skilled multi-instrumentalists and expert players of dance music, using fiddles, melodeons, concertina and cello in their innate drive to bring old dance music to life. Their long awaited fourth studio album will be released in early 2019.

8pm

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

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/askew-sisters-gig-2019/


Fri 26th Jul 2019 to Sun 28th Jul 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Roodman Dance Celebration Weekend

A weekend to explore the wonderful choreography of Gary Roodman, a retired American college professor, whose dance compositions have captivated English Country Dancers on both sides of the Atlantic in recent years.

This will be our 8th ‘Roodman Celebration’ weekend, and will focus solely on Gary’s dances.

Gary Roodman, a dancer of ‘International’ dances for many years, discovered English & American dance when he attended Pinewoods Camp in Massachusetts with his family for the first time in 1976. ‘That experience changed my life forever’ he states on his website. Since his first publication ‘Calculated Figures’ in 1987 Gary has produced a further 10 collections of ‘Calculated Figures’ plus other books and accompanying CDs, creating a total of almost 160 dances. The music used is frequently by famous classical composers, but also modern composers and in particular collaborations with Jonathan Jensen, & Dave Wiesler.

This is a challenging weekend of dance aimed at experienced English Country Dancers.

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


Fri 26th Jul 2019

Corn Exchange, High East Street, Dorchester DT1 1HF

Spooky Men's Chorale

The Spooky Men wooed us with an outstanding concert at the end of summer 2018 and now they’re back!
They are the gift that keeps on giving... as thunderous as a herd of wildebeest, as sly as a wagonload of Spike Milligans and as sonorous as a cloister of monks. They emerged blinking-eyed from the Blue Mountains of NSW fifteen years ago and armed with no more than their impressively cavernous vocal chords, a nice line in deadpan, improbable facial hair and an ill-matched set of hats, have been gleefully impressing audiences throughout Australia, NZ and the UK ever since.
Their 2019 tour includes material from a brand new album, and a winning spectrum of Georgian songs, pindrop-beautiful ballads, highly inappropriate covers, and immaculate man anthems.
You must see them. Really, you must.

8pm
£22 / £20

https://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk/fri-26-july-spooky-mens-chorale/


Mon 29th Jul 2019 to Sat 3rd Aug 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk: Intermediate

Full board (accommodation and all meals), tuition and all activities:
£225
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first-served basis.

Contact us for an application form. Please return your completed application form with a deposit of £60 to secure your place; the balance is due 6 weeks before the course begins.
An opportunity for young musicians from the South West and beyond to work with leading folk artists, to create a new performance piece – and to perform it live at Sidmouth Folk Week!

The young performers will operate as a company: taking warm ups together, technique classes in their disciplines, learning repertoire and creating contemporary reinterpretations of traditional material. The group will live, work and play together, with opportunities for informal rehearsals and social gatherings to enrich their experience and understanding of the folk arts.

This is a fun but intensive course for young people aged 12-18, leading to a day of performances at Sidmouth Folk Week. It’s designed as a progression from our Spring Halsway Young Folk Intro Week, but if you’re new to Halsway, that’s ok; you’ll need prior experience as a musician or singer, and to have some folk experience, eg from taking part in workshops at Festivals, from going to courses at other venues, from playing in a school (or your own!) folk band. If you’re not sure, then get in touch.

((There is lots more information on the Halway website - see the link below))

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


Sat 3rd Aug 2019 to Fri 9th Aug 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Family Folk Week

Ted and Pat Morse, Susan Peterman and the Stray Chords Ceilidh Band host this wonderful week for all ages! Enjoy a family holiday filled with fun folk activities. Either choose to stay in the manor or camp in the grounds and relax while our great staff do all the catering for you and your family. There’s a full programme of dancing and music making and fun activities each morning while afternoons are usually free for trips around this beautiful area including the West Somerset Railway, the seaside and Exmoor – or you could even pop-down to Sidmouth Folk Week for the day! There will be dancing each evening with song sessions in the bar.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/family-folk-week-3/


Fri 9th Aug 2019 to Fri 16th Aug 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

August Folk Dance Holiday

Join us for our popular August dance holiday! This week began as the ‘Guildford Folk Dance Holiday’ in 1977 and has continued to bring together dancers to enjoy folk dance, Halsway and its surroundings to this day.
Hosted by Shirley Williams, we are delighted to welcome caller Jane Thomas to the team for the first time! Jane will lead enjoyable morning dance workshops and evening dances, with top-notch live music provided by Kelly’s Eye. The afternoons include optional organized outings* and activities, or you can relax and enjoy the Manor and its gardens, or explore the area under your own steam.
* Some outings may incur additional costs.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/august-folk-dance-holiday-3/


Fri 9th Aug 2019

Studland Village Hall BH19 3BT

Kabantu

Kabantu, meaning ‘of the people’, is an eclectic five-piece hailing from Manchester, who unravel new marriages of music from around the globe. Vocal harmonies from South Africa blend with everything from Celtic reels and Balkan folk music to Brazilian samba and beyond. Kabantu have performed all over the UK including at the Royal Albert Hall, Sage Gateshead and Cadogan Hall, and have appeared at the BBC Proms, Celtic Connections and the Cambridge Folk Festival. In 2018 Kabantu release their debut album ‘Of the People’ to critical acclaim, recorded by the Mercury-nominated producer Gerry Diver. Using music to bridge countries and cultures, Kabantu create upliftingly exuberant and joyful performances.

Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

www.kabantu.com

£10, £7 u18s, £28 fam

7:30pm

Phone: 01929 450204

https://artsreach.co.uk


Sat 10th Aug 2019

Cranborne Cecil Memorial Hall BH21 5QB

Kabantu

Kabantu, meaning ‘of the people’, is an eclectic five-piece hailing from Manchester, who unravel new marriages of music from around the globe. Vocal harmonies from South Africa blend with everything from Celtic reels and Balkan folk music to Brazilian samba and beyond. Kabantu have performed all over the UK including at the Royal Albert Hall, Sage Gateshead and Cadogan Hall, and have appeared at the BBC Proms, Celtic Connections and the Cambridge Folk Festival. In 2018 Kabantu release their debut album ‘Of the People’ to critical acclaim, recorded by the Mercury-nominated producer Gerry Diver. Using music to bridge countries and cultures, Kabantu create upliftingly exuberant and joyful performances.

Tickets include a World Food BBQ

Touring Dorset with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.

www.kabantu.com

£16, £8 u18s *Price includes a World Food BBQ

7:30pm

Phone: 01725 517607

https://artsreach.co.uk


Mon 19th Aug 2019 to Sun 25th Aug 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk: Advanced

Contact us for an application form. Please return your completed application form with a deposit of £60 to secure your place; the balance is due 6 weeks before the course begins.
Now in its third year, Halsway Young Folk – Advanced is an opportunity for musicians and singers aged 16-25 to explore and develop their skills in arrangement, composition and ensemble work. We’re delighted to be welcoming Amy Thatcher (The Shee, Kathryn Tickell’s The Side, Monster Ceilidh Sound System) to lead the course alongside regular lead tutor Will Lang.

Much more detail on the website

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-young-folk-advanced-3/


Tue 20th Aug 2019 to Thu 22nd Aug 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk: Junior

Now in its third year, our popular Halsway Young Folk – Juniors is a great introduction to folk music and dance for ages 8 – 12. Led by experienced teacher-practitioners Claire Bailey and Ford Collier*, this short residential will be filled with fun and creative folk activities, using local traditions and customs as inspiration. Children will explore music, dance and song, and create and perform a show for family and friends.

Much more detail on the website

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


Mon 26th Aug 2019 to Fri 30th Aug 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Folk Summer School

This is the seventh year of our folk music, dance and song summer school – for all ages and abilities – led by a crack team of tutors who have detailed knowledge and extensive experience of a wide spectrum of folk music. There will be groups for dance (Kerry), song (Carolyn), fiddle (Sophy), accordion (Paul), guitar (Kevin) and mixed-instrument (Jo), and the programme will be fluid enough for you to move from group to group should you wish. One of the course’s special features is, throughout the week, we will work towards a full-group ensemble piece, with the whole summer school. This is a powerful way of bringing everything we do, and all the participants together, in one shared experience, allowing you to learn about how to structure a performance, work together, use all levels of skills (in small and large groups) – and create something that’s amazing and all inclusive!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/folk-summer-school-3/


Fri 30th Aug 2019 to Sun 1st Sep 2019

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

‘Dances of Poldark’ Weekend

We are DELIGHTED to welcome back Stuart, Richard, Chris and Matthew for a third ‘Dances of Poldark’ weekend! This weekend is for dancers of all abilities to learn and enjoy some of the elegant and lively 18th Century dances featured in the BBC’s adaptation of Winston Graham’s ‘Poldark’ novels. Led by dancing-master Stuart Marsden, choreographer of the BBC Poldark series. Previous courses have sold out fast, so book your place asap to avoid disappointment.

We promise not recreate the 18th Century ‘baroque stage & court dances’ but do promise to bring the exquisite 18th century country dance steps, rhythms and sounds into our ballroom for all to enjoy – in the lovely setting of Halsway Manor!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/dances-of-poldark-weekend-2/


Fri 6th Sep 2019

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

Phil Beer

Charming, disarming and exceptionally talented, multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the Folk, Roots and Acoustic scene.
One half of award-winning powerhouse, Show of Hands, Phil is equally in demand for his solo shows.
Phil sets out to share some of his most-loved songs at carefully selected venues across the UK. With the odd laugh thrown in for good measure, Beer’s flawless musicianship and rich vocals will leave you wide-eyed and wanting more.

8:00 pm £16

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/phil-beer/


Sat 7th Sep 2019

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

A Pair of Shears with Simon Maplesden calling

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

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

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

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

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

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty: 01308 423 442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Fri 13th Sep 2019

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

Eurobal Wesex

French – Breton – Euro Dances

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

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


Sat 14th Sep 2019

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

Martin Simpson

The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength – every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing.
Equally at home playing English traditional Folk, American Folk and Blues, and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world.
In September, Topic Records will release Martin’s new album, a mixture of Simpson originals and traditional songs and tunes with guest appearances from friends old and new. As ever, Martin is pushing in new directions; expect exquisite ensemble playing and solo magic.

8:00 pm £19

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/martin-simpson/


Sun 15th Sep 2019

Davis Hall, West Camel BA22 7QX

Free Family Friendly Scottish Ceilidh

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

Sunday afternoons from 2.30 to 4.30 pm.

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

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


Fri 20th Sep 2019

Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

Chris Toyne - caller TBA

All welcome! You don't have to bring a partner. We have a caller so the inexperienced needn't worry. We are looking forward to a lively evening.
There will be no food but squash will be provided, BYO if you wish.

To help those trying to find the Memorial Hall in the dark it is about 100 yards north of the Piddle Inn. Parking is on the road side.

£6 under 16s free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Sat 21st Sep 2019

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

The Blackheart Orchestra

Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington, plus their on-stage ‘musical spaceship’ of 13 instruments, are The Blackheart Orchestra.
After four acclaimed albums and awards – including Best British Duo, #4 Best New Band of 2018, #3 Best Unsigned Band of 2019 plus a nomination for the Limelight Award in the 2018 Progressive Music Awards – The Blackheart Orchestra have become one of the must-see bands of 2019.
Their mesmerising multi-instrumental shows, which combine elements of Folk, Progressive and Classical music, have won them obsessive worldwide fans, plaudits from musical giants and placements on TV commercials and films

8:00 pm £16

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/the-blackheart-orchestra/


Fri 27th Sep 2019

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

Belinda O’Hooley

solo piano - 'Inversions'

Belinda O’Hooley began playing the piano at the age of seven. She is an exceptionally gifted pianist, singer, songwriter and composer and has become renowned for her highly individual, emotional, yet sensitive musicality. She is half of four time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Duo nominees O’Hooley & Tidow alongside her wife Heidi Tidow; together described by The Guardian as ‘exceptional songwriters.’ Their song ‘Gentleman Jack’ features as the closing theme song for Sally Wainwright’s latest BBC/HBO drama series Gentleman Jack. Belinda is also known for her inventive, minimalist, sometimes flamboyant accompanying of folk luminaries including Rufus Wainwright, Nic Jones, Jackie Oates and the Mercury nominated; Rachel Unthank and The Winterset.

‘Inversions’ showcases Belinda’s abilities as a composer and pianist with many of the piano pieces inspired by the songs and tunes her father inherited from a long line of male musicians in the hills of the West coast of rural Ireland. With the passing of her father in 2017, Belinda; the first woman to be handed the tradition, has found the freedom to express the music of her ancestors in her very own, unconventional way, evolving and migrating them into something you could describe as an inversion: a reversal of the norm. Gently nurtured, produced and recorded by Heidi Tidow at MOMA Wales, the mountains, valleys and landscapes of Snowdonia also provide the backdrop to a trio of compositions; each celebrating a deep love of the nature and wildlife of this breathtaking part of Wales. ‘Inversions’ encapsulates the essence of an artist truly at one with her instrument.

Belinda usually performs in a duo with partner Heidi Tidow. Heidi is taking time out this Autumn.

8pm
Tickets £15 (students £10) - on sale very soon!

www.bournemouthfolkclub.com


Sat 28th Sep 2019

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

Quimantu

The Anglo-Chilean band Quimantu creates a unique cultural blend through their exceptional use of the numerous traditional Folk styles of Latin America, skilfully incorporated with contemporary influences from Western Classical music to Celtic, African and Indian styles, to name just a few. Their concert will include a selection of new songs featuring the rising star Laura Venegas-Rojas, whose warm and velvety vocals are complemented by virtuosic violins, the brilliance of guitars, charango and cuatro and the vibrant rhythms of Latin percussion.
Experience a wonderful concert with this multi-talented group of musicians who have quite deservedly gained a reputation as one of the UK’s best and most creative Latin groups.

8:00 pm £16

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/quimantu/


Fri 4th Oct 2019

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

Christine Collister and Michael Fix

She draws her inspiration from the Celtic mysteries of the Isle of Man, in the middle of the Irish Sea. He has both the dry deserts of Australia and a German heritage in his blood. Between them, Christine Collister and Michael Fix create a rare musical synergy that transcends cultures and musical traditions and enraptures audiences wherever they perform.
With Christine’s sultry, sensuous voice and unsurpassed brilliance in range, combined with Michael’s exquisite guitar playing, the listener is transported to places in the soul where only music can take you.

www.christinecollister.com www.michaelfix.com

8:00 pm £16

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/christine-collister-and-michael-fix/


Sat 12th Oct 2019

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

Bruce Watson

Special Acorn Acoustic Music Club

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

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

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

www.brucewatsonmusic.com

www.acornshantycrew.co.uk


Fri 18th Oct 2019

Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

Will and Naomi, caller Ruth Thompson

All welcome! You don't have to bring a partner. We have a caller so the inexperienced needn't worry. We are looking forward to a lively evening.
There will be no food but squash will be provided, BYO if you wish.

To help those trying to find the Memorial Hall in the dark it is about 100 yards north of the Piddle Inn. Parking is on the road side.

£6 under 16s free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Sat 19th Oct 2019

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

Threepenny Bit

Album Launch from Hampshire-based Threepenny Bit!! 8pm.
This band is an example of how traditional dance tunes and contemporary sounds can be blended into a fresh interpretation of folk music. This dynamic eight-piece band combines a group of diehard folkies with some of the finest young jazz and classical musicians of the south. They play bold arrangements of traditional and original tunes with infectious stage energy for concerts and ceilidh dancing.

Tickets £12 (students £8)

01202-413600
or choose your own seat on line: www.shelleytheatre.co.uk


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

Chris While and Julie Matthews

With 25 years of unrivalled musical partnership and gathering nominations, awards and critical acclaim along the way, British artists and singer-songwriters Chris While and Julie Matthews are celebrating this year with a brand new album ‘Revolution Calls’ and an extensive Autumn tour of the UK as well as numerous summer festivals. Chris and Julie will be curating the Pengwern stage at Shrewsbury Festival this year and will be performing with their band.
This duo have been nominated ten times in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the ‘Best Song, Best Duo and Best Live Act’ categories, winning Best Duo in 2009.

8:00 pm £16

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/chris-while-and-julie-matthews/


Fri 25th Oct 2019

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

The Tweed Project

The Tweed Project is a collaboration between some of Scotland and England’s most in-demand explorers of their respective country’s Folk traditions. The project has been reborn with a new line-up for 2019 with the aim of finding common ground between the Scottish and English Folk traditions – two cultures which live extremely separate lives, despite sharing so many similarities. The band will be interpreting songs from each country’s traditional collections, as well as some contemporary compositions
The Tweed Project are Greg Russell (vocals/guitar/bouzouki), Josie Duncan (vocals), Ciaran Algar (fiddle), Pablo Lafuente (guitar), Evan Carson (percussion) and Ali Levack (whistles/pipes).

8:00 pm £18

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/the-tweed-project/


Sat 2nd Nov 2019

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

Reg Meuross

Mark Radcliffe describes Somerset singer/songwriter Reg Meuross as a “brilliant singer/songwriter and true troubadour with a social conscience.”
This is true, but it’s not all protest. As well as story songs which bring characters from history to life, and comment on life around him, Reg also writes and sings some of the most heart-aching love songs ever written, performed with depth and spellbinding delivery.
Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, his words and music painting pictures that remain with the listener long after, accompanying himself masterfully on guitar and captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice.

8:00 pm £15

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/reg-meuross/


Fri 8th Nov 2019

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

Eurobal Wesex

French – Breton – Euro Dances

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

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


Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Granny's Attic

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

8pm

Tickets £12

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


Sat 9th Nov 2019

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

Skerryvore

A Chance to Dance Event Sat 9th November  AT 8pm

Skerryvore represent the best in contemporary Scottish traditional music, with a growing fan base worldwide and with the promise of much more to come.

8.00 pm

Tickets £20 Full. £19 Concessions

http://skerryvore.com/
https://www.facebook.com/skerryvore/?fref=ts
https://twitter.com/SKERRYVORE
info AT skerryvore.com

https://www.thedavidhall.org.uk/catalogue/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15&products_id=1062&zenid=7k3ufkuvu2n8qrppps7ea2bn57


Fri 15th Nov 2019

Piddletrenthide Memorial Hall, Main Street, Piddletrenthide DT2 7QF

Arish Mel, caller Theresa Rabbetts

All welcome! You don't have to bring a partner. We have a caller so the inexperienced needn't worry. We are looking forward to a lively evening.
There will be no food but squash will be provided, BYO if you wish.

To help those trying to find the Memorial Hall in the dark it is about 100 yards north of the Piddle Inn. Parking is on the road side.

£6 under 16s free
Start 7.15 for 7.30
Finish 9.30

Contact Sally Condon 01300 348250
riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Sat 16th Nov 2019

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

Martyn Joseph

Martyn Joseph is a completely unique and mind-blowing artist. Take everything you think you know about singer/songwriters….and rip it up. For one man and a guitar he creates a performance with a huge far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling and passionate. Be it to 200 people or 20,000, he blows the crowd away night after night.
2018 saw him honoured with a Spirit of Folk Award by Folk Alliance International in Kansas USA and he also received Fatea magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award here in the UK; and in January 2019, he released his critically-acclaimed album, Here Come The Young, of which Uncut magazine said: ‘He’s never sounded more potent than he does here’.

8:00 pm £18

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/martyn-joseph/


Fri 22nd Nov 2019

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

The Tannahill Weavers

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

8pm

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


Sat 23rd Nov 2019

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

Chris Wood

In a world of soundbites and distractions Chris Wood is a truth seeker. His writing is permeated with love and wry intelligence, uplifting and challenging as he celebrates the sheer one-thing-after-anotherness of life. Tom Robinson and Chris Difford are fans while Stick In The Wheel and The Unthanks look to him as an influence. Winner of 6 BBC Folk Awards, he's played with The Royal Shakespeare Company and was a key member of The Imagined Village along with Billy Bragg and Martin Carthy. A wise and soulful craftsman, his concerts are a cliche free zone.

Tickets £16 (students £12), 8pm

01202-413600
or choose your own seat on line: www.shelleytheatre.co.uk


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

The Little Unsaid

+ support from Mitchell and Vincent

Fronted by songwriter John Elliott, The Little Unsaid are a band with an original sound and international outlook. The Little Unsaid have spent the last year touring Europe, leaving audiences emotionally rapt with a live show that’s been described as “a thumping depth of passion”. Their sound is all their own but echoes the intensity and melancholic overtones of greats such as Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen.
The Little Unsaid embrace elements of Rock, Folk, Electronica, Jazz and Alt-Pop. One of the UK’s “must see” rising live acts and recent winners of the Steve Reid award for Innovation.

Mitchell and Vincent’s fiddle and guitar playing has been described by Acoustic magazine as “Stunning”, while Bright Young Folk praised their music for “Providing skilled arrangements and expert delivery of tunes and songs which showcase the vibrancy, and variety, of Folk music across Britain.”

8:00 pm £16

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/the-little-unsaid-support-from-mitchell-and-vincent/


Sat 30th Nov 2019

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

Merry Hell – A ‘Chance to Dance’ Event

Multi-award-winning Merry Hell offer joyful, uplifting Folk-Rock, with a message for troubled times. Native to the North West of England, the eight-piece musical charabanc was built from the embers of the much-loved Folk-Punk band The Tansads, developing a life and feel all of its own.
Their passion is complemented by their love of what they do and desire to share hope and togetherness with as many people as are willing to listen. Through five well-received albums and hundreds of gigs, they’ve offered voices of hope and beacons of light to anyone valuing both melody and positive humanity.

8:00 pm £18

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/merry-hell-a-chance-to-dance-event/


Sun 1st Dec 2019

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Jim Causley presents Causley Christmas

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

7.30pm

www.jimcausley.co.uk/

Tickets £10

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

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


Fri 6th Dec 2019

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

St. Agnes Fountain

The band that gives Christmas songs a good, if respectful, kicking. They bring sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes, both original, and those you know so well (or thought you did). Great musical talent, wit and invention in the form of founder member David Hughes with Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) and Chris While and Julie Matthews (Radio 2 Folk Award Winners). They have brought joy, laughter and a few tears to every concert performance for the last 17 years.

8:00 pm £19

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/st-agnes-fountain/


Sat 7th Dec 2019

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

St. Agnes Fountain

The band that gives Christmas songs a good, if respectful, kicking. They bring sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes, both original, and those you know so well (or thought you did). Great musical talent, wit and invention in the form of founder member David Hughes with Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) and Chris While and Julie Matthews (Radio 2 Folk Award Winners). They have brought joy, laughter and a few tears to every concert performance for the last 17 years.

8:00 pm £19

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/st-agnes-fountain-2/


Fri 13th Dec 2019

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

The Albion Christmas Band

An Albion Christmas is widely regarded as the premier seasonal show, which has been touring for nearly 20 years, and attracts sell-out audiences across the UK. Indeed many people say that their Christmas doesn’t start until they have seen The Albion Christmas Show. Featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band) Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings, this show is a wonderful celebration of Christmas both traditional and contemporary.

All Tickets £22, 7.30pm

01202-413600
or choose your own seat on line: www.shelleytheatre.co.uk


Fri 20th Dec 2019

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

Belshazzar’s Feast

On tour with a Christmas-themed show that mixes traditional Folk music, seasonal material, their usual touch of Classical and Jazz with a bit of Pop and Music Hall, all topped off with lashings of wry humour. Together, Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Hoover The Dog) wow audiences across the UK with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and ‘between songs chat’ that always sends audiences home with smiles on their faces.

8:00 pm £16

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/belshazzars-feast/


Tue 31st Dec 2019

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

New Year’s Eve Celebration Ceilidh with Jigs for Gigs

Bring in 2020 in style with music and dance at The David Hall.

Tickets: £17 includes a light supper. No concessions.

Early booking essential by Friday 20 December.

No tickets available on the night.

8:15 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/new-years-eve-celebration-ceilidh-with-jigs-for-gigs/


Fri 31st Jan 2020 to Sun 2nd Feb 2020

Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster, Exmoor TA24 6SF

Folk Dance and Snowdrops

wit Dampiers Round, Ray Goodswen

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

from £270.00 per person

Contact Yarn Market Hotel: 01643 821425

hotel AT yarnmarkethotel.co.uk

www.yarnmarkethotel.co.uk