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Mon 26th Jan 2015

St Georges Hall, Kensale, Road Bridgwater TA6 3QE

Burns night with light supper

Bridgwater Daners

Various MCs

Normal Club night but with Supper

£1.50

8.00 pm - 10.15pm

Contact Robert Blackborow: 01823491662

eobertfolk01 AT hotmail.com


Wed 28th Jan 2015

The Davis Hall, West Camel BA22 7QX

Camelot Music Night

Over the years, Camelot Music Nights fast moving, professionally run stage has attracted national and international artists. Unlike conventional "open mic nights", Camelot Music Night books most of its acts in advance to create a night of musical diversity where audiences can expect an extraordinary variety of styles, genres and performers.

Last Wednesday every month
Bar, Raffle, Caption Competition
Camelot Music Night Facebook Page
Doors open 7.30, £4 on the door
For more info phone 01935 851556


Thu 29th Jan 2015

Langton Matravers Village Hall BH19 3HA

The New Rope String Band - Give 'em Enough Rope – the farewell tour

The New Rope String Band have come to the end of their tether. The sheer strain of spreading joy around the world for more than 25 years as Old and New Rope has proved too much. Audiences’ laughter muscles have been stretched and twanged and they, too, need a rest. But, before these ageing folk-cabaret artistes go their separate ways, heading for new and exciting theatrical and musical horizons, they have decided to do a farewell lap of honour, a celebratory extravaganza of their finest routines with some specially-created final flourishes. Expect fish tanks, boiled eggs, fiddles, banjos, cardboard guitars, theremins, explosions, interactive films, drainpipes, mermaids, pink y-fronts, thrills, spills, tears and hilarity. For diehard audiences it’s a chance to come along, laugh once more and say goodbye. For those who've never seen them, wake up, this is your last chance!

7.30 pm

Box office: 01929 423834. £10, £7 u18s, £30 family

An Artsreach presentation: www.artsreach.co.uk


Fri 30th Jan 2015

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

Dr Beth Steiner

Lecture/ Talk

Spanning dragons and devils, fairies and full moons, ghosts and gods, takes you through the legends of Somerset from the mysteries of pre-history to modern mythology. Described as 'the Brian Cox of Mythology', Dr. Beth is a young PHD Oxford graduate who brings a bit of rock'n'roll to Academic studies and her love of myths just about matches her love of tattoos and piercings!

7.30pm

Contact Kate Goodale: 01278 422700

kate AT bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk

www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Declan Millar & The Birdish Band

We see January out with one of the up and coming youngsters of the Glastonbury Music scene, Declan Millar, just 17 but a very talented folk musician with his band with some classic folk/pop tunes, played here with Colm Gray in the summer, good kid highly recommended by Glastonbury’s Folk elite.

Entry by Donation

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com

hawthornshotel.com


Powerstock Hut DT6 3TB

The New Rope String Band - Give 'em Enough Rope – the farewell tour

The New Rope String Band have come to the end of their tether. The sheer strain of spreading joy around the world for more than 25 years as Old and New Rope has proved too much. Audiences’ laughter muscles have been stretched and twanged and they, too, need a rest. But, before these ageing folk-cabaret artistes go their separate ways, heading for new and exciting theatrical and musical horizons, they have decided to do a farewell lap of honour, a celebratory extravaganza of their finest routines with some specially-created final flourishes. Expect fish tanks, boiled eggs, fiddles, banjos, cardboard guitars, theremins, explosions, interactive films, drainpipes, mermaids, pink y-fronts, thrills, spills, tears and hilarity. For diehard audiences it’s a chance to come along, laugh once more and say goodbye. For those who've never seen them, wake up, this is your last chance!

7.30 pm

Box office:01308 485264. £10, £7 u18s, £30 family

An Artsreach presentation: www.artsreach.co.uk


Rimpton Village Hall, Back Lane, Rimpton BA22 8AD

Buffalo Gals Old-Time Country String Band

We are delighted to welcome the ever-popular Buffalo Gals back into Somerset village halls.
This six-piece old-time country string band presents a lively, authentic and highly entertaining interpretation of traditional and early-recorded American roots-based music.
Champion Maryland fiddler, Kate Lissauer, leads the band, which, in keeping with its age-old tradition, travels the rural countryside, bringing music and fun wherever it goes.
The music is derived from traditional roots music of the southern United States, from the wonderful and wacky repertoire of early string band recordings, and from the original writing of the band. The visually and musically thrilling element of percussive step-dance is a dramatic part of the band’s performance, and never fails to raise the excitement levels.

www.buffalogals.co.uk

7pm

Box office: 01935 850263 £8 adults / £5 children
Online ticket sales available through Take Art website

A Take Art presentation: http://www.takeart.org/


Sat 31st Jan 2015

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

Phil Beer

Phil is one of the best ambassadors of Acoustic Roots music. A dazzling musician, he is perhaps best known as a top-flight fiddler and plays in the all-star Feast of Fiddles and Show of Hands. His skills do not stop there as Phil plays a variety of instruments including Spanish guitar, mandocello and South American cuatro, also do not forget his rich vocals.

8pm.

Tickets: £18 Full, £17 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Cranborne Memorial Hall BH21 5QB

The New Rope String Band - Give 'em Enough Rope – the farewell tour

The New Rope String Band have come to the end of their tether. The sheer strain of spreading joy around the world for more than 25 years as Old and New Rope has proved too much. Audiences’ laughter muscles have been stretched and twanged and they, too, need a rest. But, before these ageing folk-cabaret artistes go their separate ways, heading for new and exciting theatrical and musical horizons, they have decided to do a farewell lap of honour, a celebratory extravaganza of their finest routines with some specially-created final flourishes. Expect fish tanks, boiled eggs, fiddles, banjos, cardboard guitars, theremins, explosions, interactive films, drainpipes, mermaids, pink y-fronts, thrills, spills, tears and hilarity. For diehard audiences it’s a chance to come along, laugh once more and say goodbye. For those who've never seen them, wake up, this is your last chance!

7:30pm.

Box office: 01725 517210. £10, £7 u18s, £29 family

An Artsreach presentation: www.artsreach.co.uk



EMN Community Hall, Monksilver, Taunton TA4 4JE

Buffalo Gals Old-Time Country String Band

We are delighted to welcome the ever-popular Buffalo Gals back into Somerset village halls.

This six-piece old-time country string band presents a lively, authentic and highly entertaining interpretation of traditional and early-recorded American roots-based music.

Champion Maryland fiddler, Kate Lissauer, leads the band, which, in keeping with its age-old tradition, travels the rural countryside, bringing music and fun wherever it goes.

The music is derived from traditional roots music of the southern United States, from the wonderful and wacky repertoire of early string band recordings, and from the original writing of the band. The visually and musically thrilling element of percussive step-dance is a dramatic part of the band’s performance, and never fails to raise the excitement levels.

www.buffalogals.co.uk

Box office: 01984 656727 £8 adults / £4 concessions

Online ticket sales available through Take Art website

A Take Art presentation: http://www.takeart.org/


Sun 1st Feb 2015

Buckland Newton Village Hall DT2 7BZ

The New Rope String Band - Give 'em Enough Rope – the farewell tour

The New Rope String Band have come to the end of their tether. The sheer strain of spreading joy around the world for more than 25 years as Old and New Rope has proved too much. Audiences’ laughter muscles have been stretched and twanged and they, too, need a rest. But, before these ageing folk-cabaret artistes go their separate ways, heading for new and exciting theatrical and musical horizons, they have decided to do a farewell lap of honour, a celebratory extravaganza of their finest routines with some specially-created final flourishes. Expect fish tanks, boiled eggs, fiddles, banjos, cardboard guitars, theremins, explosions, interactive films, drainpipes, mermaids, pink y-fronts, thrills, spills, tears and hilarity. For diehard audiences it’s a chance to come along, laugh once more and say goodbye. For those who've never seen them, wake up, this is your last chance!

7:30pm.

Box office: 01300 345455. £10, £7 u18s, £30 family

An Artsreach presentation: www.artsreach.co.uk






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

Amy Speace

“Amy Speace’s songs hang together like a short story collection, united by a common vantage point and common predicaments…it’s a gift to hear a heart so modest even when it’s wide open,” says legendary rock critic Dave Marsh in his liner notes to Amy Speace’s newest collection “How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat” (WindBone/Tone Tree). Marsh continues, “It is the most daring, confident, ambitious and beautiful album Amy Speace has made since she began recording.”
Speace, once an actress with The National Shakespeare Company, has crafted a document to living gracefully with grief that weaves a most unlikely yet beautifully poetic narrative between her very modern lamentings and the characters in Shakespeare’s plays.
The Tennessean writes, “What Speace says – what she sings -- she says with a confluence of poetry and honesty, of emotional specificity.” And she was recently featured in NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

Although Amy began her creative career in the theatre, acting with The National Shakespeare Company and various other classical repertory theatres, she long ago left behind the stage to pursue music full time. She was discovered by Judy Collins and signed to Collins’ imprint, Wildflower Records, releasing two critically-acclaimed albums. Judy Collins herself recorded Amy’s song, “The Weight of the World,” calling it “one of the best political folk songs I’ve ever heard.” Along the way, she gained support and praise from such legends as Guy Clark and Nanci Griffith, Ian Hunter and Alejandro Escovedo, an unlikely combination until you hear Amy’s songs. The Houston Press called her “The unconscious cool of Americana,” nodding to the lean poetry of her rootsy folk, an edge possibly learned busking in the subways of NYC, or playing Juliet in parking lot productions of “Romeo & Juliet”. But it’s her voice that catches the audience off guard. A crystal clear voice with an emotional catch and a fluttering vibrato that seems grounded in another era yet somehow speaks to this one.
Mary Gauthier says, "There are voices that serve as a bridge from the past to the future and act as soul connectors, and as a people we need them to keep singing. These voices open hearts with this rare, one in a million quality. Amy Speace has such a voice. Just ask the legendarily discerning Judy Collins; she'll tell you. Amy's got it, and then some. She is a timeless artist, a time traveller. Part past, part future. And that’s a good thing, a really good thing."

www.amyspeace.com

Doors: 7:30pm Event Starts: 8:00pm Event Ends: 10:30pm
Starting at: £8.00 (Door Price: £10.00)

http://www.chapelarts.org


Tue 3rd Feb 2015

Cheese and Grain, Frome BA11 1BE

Fairport Convention

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

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

£23.50

http://www.cheeseandgrain.com


Fri 6th Feb 2015

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Geoff Lakeman

Father of Seth, Sean and Sam Lakeman, GEOFF LAKEMAN has set the standard for his boys to live up to.
He loves traditional English Folk songs and sings them with feeling and emotion.

You can find videos of Geoff performing on YouTube.

Supporting Geoff is our own home grown traditional duo of John House and Allan Winter. John and Allan can be seen performing across Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth, plus the occasional venture over the border to Hampshire.

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

8.15 pm (doors approx 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239 or 07590411515

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 7th Feb 2015

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

Claude Bourbon

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

www.claudebourbon.org

Donations - £6.50 - Under 16s £3.00.

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


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

Frances Oates with Orion's Ring

Bournemouth Folk Dance Club Spring Dance.

Bring & Share Supper

£8

7.30pm - 11.00pm

Contact Liz Neal: 01202 572196

ceremeed51 AT gmail.com

bournemouthfolkdanceclub.btck.co.uk


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

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

Two of the British Folk scenes most accomplished performers and winners of the BBC Folk Awards ‘Best Duo’ in 2013. Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire, ensures a rare treat for any listener.

8pm.

Tickets £17 Full, £16 Concessions.

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


Dorset County Museum, Dorchester DT1 1XA

Salon Baroque

From The Beggars’ Opera ... and Beyond!

A Programme of Music for the Entertainment of Ladies and Gentlemen of Quality.

Popular, fashionable and satirical songs and instrumental interludes from the concert halls, theatres, coffee houses and streets of 18th Century England featuring a compilation from The Beggars Opera: a satire on class, politics and the follies of life with words by Mr John Gay and music by Dr Pepusch on Popular Airs.

salonbaroqueblog.wordpress.com

£10 (£8 conc.)

7.30pm

Contact Dorset County Museum: 01305 756827

http://www.dorsetcountymuseum.org


Ibberton Village Hall DT11 0EL

Kate Lissauer Trio - Sonic Silents

A trio of masters of American country music provide live musical accompaniment to some of the earliest short films to have emerged from Hollywood, by pioneering director Frank Borzage. A new live score, composed of original and traditional material by American musician Kate Lissauer (Buffalo Gals), is performed on fiddle, banjo, guitar, percussion, and vocals by Kate, John Whelan, and Jason Titley. The films offer an absorbing and poignant glimpse of a bygone time, and of the creative forces that shaped the film making industry. The music ranges from lively to melancholy and is always evocative, bringing the films fully to life.

7:30pm

Box office: 01258 817269. £8, £6 u18s, £25 family

An Artsreach presentation: www.artsreach.co.uk


Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Jigs for Gigs with Simon Maplesden

Bridport Ceilidhs

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

On street parking or free town car parks nearby.

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

7.30 - 11.0 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Sun 8th Feb 2015

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

Gion Stump

Gion Stump is a traveller and always looking for new adventures. With three albums released, he has toured all over Europe and played shows with a 60 piece orchestra.
The audience are taken to different worlds - sometimes quiet and melancholy, sometimes loud and rocking, but always presented with mischief and humour.

Gion Stump founded his band "Gion Stump & The Lighthouse Project" in 2007. So far, the band has released two studio albums ("Fine Lines at Dawn", and "Lost in Limbo") and one Live DVD. The third studio album will be released in 2015.
In 2013, Gion has released his first solo record called "Rail Tracks“. All the songs were written on trains during a solo tour in 2011. The following "Rail Tracks Tour" contained many full band shows and solo shows all over Europe.

www.gionstump.ch

Doors: 7:30pm Event Starts: 8:00pm Event Ends: 10:30pm
Starting at: £8.00 (Door Price: £10.00)

http://www.chapelarts.org


Wed 11th Feb 2015

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

Phil Beer

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

www.philbeer.co.uk

8.00 pm

£13

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk


Thu 12th Feb 2015

Village of Oborne, Near Sherborne DT9 4LY

Steve Knightley

Part of his Grow Your Own Gig tour, Steve is getting back to his roots in this intimate gig.

£16

7 pm

Contact Karen Perryman: 07866 933736

sijid.baxter AT gmail.com

www.growyourowngig.co.uk


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

Jim Boyes with Belinda O’Hooley: Sensations of a Wound

From his home town of Scarborough in Yorkshire, Robert Riby Boyes’ First War journeys took him to the Western Front in France, to Belgium and the Battle of Passchendaele, by cattle truck to the South of France and the mountains of the Italy Front in winter, to the Front in Northern France again, and then further still….
Jim Boyes, from the critically acclaimed a cappella trio Coope Boyes & Simpson, and also Robert’s grandson, says his grandfather, who was known as “Croppie” in the family, never talked about his wartime experiences. It was only when Jim began to write songs and research the history of the First War for performances for the Flemish Arts organisation, Peace Concerts Passendale, that a fuller picture of the long trail of Private Boyes of the 23rd Middlesex Regiment began to emerge.
Bringing together Croppie Boyes own first-hand accounts, Jim’s newly written and traditional songs and Belinda O’Hooley’s (O’Hooley & Tidow, Nic Jones Trio) subtle, innovative piano accompaniments, Sensations of a Wound is an original and moving story of a Yorkshire soldier caught up in the enormity of the First War.

Doors: 7:30pm Event Starts: 8:00pm Event Ends: 10:30pm
Starting at: £10.00 (Door Price: £12.00)

http://www.chapelarts.org


Fri 13th Feb 2015

Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Lazy Daze

Stylish Folk/Rock band featured in our Glastonbury Fringe last year as well as some other minor festivals and the Frost fare here in Glastonbury, back again for a full Friday Night Music Night Gig.

Entry by Donation

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com

hawthornshotel.com


Kimmeridge Village Hall BH20 5PE

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band & Callers: Dick Williams & Dawn Skye

English Ceilidh Barn Dance

No bar - bring your own!

£2.50 adults £1 children

7.30pm - 10.30pm

Contact Steve & Helen Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Sat 14th Feb 2015

Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Wild Willy Barrett's French Connection

Wild Willy Barrett, "The Godfather of Grunge Folk", is back with his French Conection line up! Accompanied by his Wife, Mary Holland, and Celtic musician John Devine, featuring the Galic vocals of Aurora Colson. The French Connection fuses some old Willy favorites with some traditional French and English tunes with a blend of Anglo/Irish and French folk songs and a fair few originals too!
Directed by God Father of Grunge Folk Wild Willy Barrett, this irrepressible quartet brings a touch of “ooh-la-la” to the UK as French chanteuse extraordinaire Aurora Colson takes centre stage, leaving the musicians to demonstrate their individual talents. This is the third gig of his Winter Tour, rest assured Willy Barrett is a world class Guitarist, banjo and fiddle player, his inate musicality and wry humour makes this a gig not to be missed. Booking esential as we are a small venue and seats will sell out.

£10.00

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com

www.wildwillybarrett.com


Ferndown Village Hall BH22 9ET

Skyhook

Cath James, Martin Harwood and Eoin Teather play traditional tunes and songs from Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, plus self-penned compositions by Cath, finalist in the 2008 and 2011 Niel Gow International Fiddle Composition Award.
Skyhook are characterised by breathtaking twin fiddles combined with sublime guitar, bouzouki and voice. They shift seamlessly between exhilarating dance music, with unique interplay and harmonies from the fiddles, to spine-tingling songs which are sensitively arranged and beautifully sung. Skyhook play with a joy and precision that's hard to match.

£12

8:00 pm

Contact Adrian Harman: 01202 897958

info AT celticfolk.net

www.celticfolk.net


Wiveliscombe Primary School TA4 2LA

Jim Boyes with Belinda O'Hooley

Sensations of a Wound

From his home town of Scarborough in Yorkshire, Robert Riby Boyes’ First War journeys took him to the Western Front in France, to Belgium and the Battle of Passchendaele, by cattle truck to the South of France and the mountains of the Italy Front in winter, to the Front in Northern France again, and then further still.

Jim Boyes, from the critically acclaimed a cappella trio Coope Boyes & Simpson, and also Robert’s grandson, says his grandfather, who was known as “Croppie” in the family, never talked about his wartime experiences. It was only when Jim began to write songs and research the history of the First War for performances for the Flemish Arts organisation, Peace Concerts Passendale, that a fuller picture of the long trail of Private Boyes of the 23rd Middlesex Regiment began to emerge.

Bringing together Croppie Boyes own first-hand accounts, Jim’s newly written and traditional songs and Belinda O’Hooley’s (O’Hooley & Tidow, Nic Jones Trio) subtle, innovative piano
accompaniments, Sensations of a Wound is an original and moving story of a Yorkshire soldier caught up in the enormity of the First War.

£12/£10

8pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Wed 18th Feb 2015

The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

The Dublin Legends

Featuring Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell, Gerry O’Connor and Paul Watchorn formerly of The Dubliners.

In 2012 the Legendary Irish Folk group The Dubliners celebrated 50 glorious years in the music business by receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and rapidly followed it up with a sellout UK concert tour, the highlight of which was a magical night at The Royal Albert Hall in London.
Sadly, they suffered a heavy blow with the sudden death of founding member “Banjo” Barney McKenna. After 48 years of touring, it was agreed that The Dubliners, as a touring band, would come to an end and so The Dublin Legends were born. The Dublin Legends will continue the legacy started by Ronnie Drew, Luke Kelly, Ciaran Bourke, Barney McKenna and John Sheahan back in 1962.
As Barney himself said “It’s Too Late To Stop Now”. “The Lads” are looking forward to entertaining and meeting all their old friends and fans in the UK and Europe in 2015 and will continue to play all the classic songs and ballads known the world over: Whiskey in The Jar, Dirty Old Town, The Wild Rover, Seven Drunken Nights, The Rare Auld Times, Finnegan’s Wake, Molly Malone, The Monto, Hand Me Down Me Bible, The Irish Rover, Black Velvet Band and many more.

£20.00

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


Tue 24th Feb 2015

The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

The Unthanks

Nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and the only British folk representation in The Guardian’s and Uncut’s best albums of last decade (worldwide, all genres), The Unthanks have an army of notable fans - Martin Freeman, Elvis Costello, Colin Firth, Robert Wyatt, Ben Folds, Ryan Adams, Rosanne Cash, Dawn French, Paul Morley, Ewan McGregor and Nick Hornby, to name but a few.
The Unthanks is a family affair for Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank, with Rachel married to pianist, producer, arranger and composer, Adrian McNally. Using the traditional music of the North East of England as a starting point, the influence of Steve Reich, Miles Davis, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Wyatt, Antony & The Johnsons, King Crimson and Tom Waits can be heard in the band’s 7 albums to date. Since releasing three project albums in one year back in 2012, The Unthanks have been hiding away in Northumberland, quietly working away on an ambitious follow-up to 2011’s Last. Who knows how rich, imaginative and groundbreaking their new album will be, released to coincide with this tour, and to be brought to life on stage with a talented 10 piece band. It’s anyone’s guess. Those project albums - the orchestral ambition of a brass band collaboration, a reimagining of the work of Robert Wyatt and Antony Hegarty, and a soundtrack to a film about the shipbuilding industry - give little clue, while work since then with Orbital, Sting, Adrian Utley (Portishead), Martin Green (Lau), Martin Hayes, The Voice Squad, Charles Hazlewood, The Moulettes and German composer Werner Cee, is so disparate that making predictions is impossible.
Definable only by their restless, peerless eccentricity, The Unthanks see folk music less as a style of music and more as a oral history that offers perspective on our own time. Their unique approach to storytelling straddles the complex relationship between modernism and learning from the past. Staunch traditionalism and sonic adventure may seem like polar opposites, yet they are easy bedfellows in the gentle hands of The Unthanks.

£20.00

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


Thu 26th Feb 2015

The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

Steeleye Span

Folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span are touring with a new live show.

Maddy Prior - the voice of the band - leads a line-up featuring faces old and new. Having recently collaborated with Sir Terry Pratchett on a record based on his Wintersmith novel, their 2015 performances will see them perform new gems alongside classics that have made them one of the most successful British Folk Rock bands ever.

£21.50

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


Fri 27th Feb 2015

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

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

8pm

£12

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


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

Performance Evening

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

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

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

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

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

7.30pm

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

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


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

The Levels Collective: Sitar and Tablo Duo & The Hand

In Association with Folk Radio Uk, we are excited to continue on from the success of our new regular folk night, bringing you everything, and we mean EVERYTHING that falls under that very, very large umbrella of folk.

RICKY ROMAIN AND JON STERCKX – SITAR AND TABLA DUO
Jon Sterckx (Tabla) & Ricky Romain (Sitar) have been regularly performing Indian music together since 2001 and have developed a strong performance rapport between them.

Their shared understanding and appreciation of North Indian music is always apparent within their performances, as is their mutual enjoyment of each others playing, and of the music being created through their combined playing. Through the sound world of North Indian Rag and Taal, Ricky & Jon’s highly engaging and dynamic performances range from slow, meditative, melodies through to fast and highly detailed exciting rhythmical interplay.

RACHAEL DADD AND WILL NEWSOME (THE HAND)
Having just released her strongest and most impacting body of work into the public sphere experimental folk multi-instrumentalist Rachel Dadd has won the hearts of many garnering widespread media praise and airplay for her latest release ‘We Resonate’, her songwriting hones in on themes of optimism which spread a warm glow over her music.

Fellow Bristolian Will Newsome is well known for his memorable and skillful manipulation of the kora and his haunting yet compassionate vocals. This special gig in which they are re-united as The Hand promises to be very special as they share their own songs as well as those they penned whilst working on Bristol’s ferryboats together.

Visit Folk Radio UK for more details: www.folkradio.co.uk
Bridgwater Arts Centre: bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk/

£10.00

8pm

Contact Kate Goodale: 01278422700

kate AT bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk

www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Mitch Norman's "Barnstreet"

A quartet of some of the most experienced folk musicians around, led by Mitch Norman on Guitar and vocals. Barnstreet re create the "Westcoast" sound of the 60's/70's with a collection of great covers featuring material from Dylan, Joplin through to the Beachboys and much more from the protest folk explosin that swept America through that period.

Entry by Donation

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com

hawthornshotel.com


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Hicks and Goulbourn

We are thrilled to welcome back Hicks & Goulbourn to the club as our headline act.

Steve Hicks is a phenomenal guitarist who sounds as though he has 3 hands with 6 fingers on each when he plays!

Lynn Goulbourn is no mean guitarist herself, but her most obvious talent is her voice! Sublime singing is her trademark, whether it be a mean moody blues song, a traditional style ballad, or a melodic folk song. Her singing is the perfect enhancement to Steve's guitar playing.

Folk songs and tunes? Yes! Blues? Ragtime? Jazz? Swing? Country? Yes to all, and more. You name it - they perform it. Even the occasional classical music!

There are not enough superlatives for this duo. They busked on the seafront at Swanage Folk Festival 2014 as well as appearing in the Catholic Church hall and attracted huge audiences. Don't miss this night at the club!

Supporting Steve & Lynn we have that marvellous local singer-guitarist Les Wild.

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

8.15 pm (doors approx 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239 or 07590411515

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Broadwindsor Comrades Hall DT8 3QP

Serious Kitchen - The Whispering Road

Bubbling with vivid imagery and thrilling music, ‘The Whispering Road’ is a story you’ll never forget. Leaping between song, music and the spoken word, expect an electrifying performance taking you on a fantastical journey to a land where every bird and beast has power, and every encounter a deeper purpose. Brought to life with the accompaniment of traditional Scandinavian music on the Swedish nyckelharpa, kohorn, accordion and guitar, and with three-part close harmony singing, Serious Kitchen are Nick Hennessey, Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer. Recommended 8+

7:30pm.

Box office: 01308 867644. £9

An Artsreach presentation: www.artsreach.co.uk



Sat 28th Feb 2015

Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY

Fairport Convention

Hailed as the originators of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention remains one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene.

Fairport's 2014 Spring Tour concerts will feature an intimate mix of material from their recent albums as well as classics from the band’s earlier repertoire. There will also be some brand new and previously unperformed songs destined for Fairport’s next studio album.

The band has won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award and Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s groundbreaking album Liege & Lief 'The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time'.

Whether you are a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music an evening with Fairport Convention will surprise and delight you.

www.fairportconvention.com

7:30 PM
£21 + bf advance / £23 door
Tickets through Bridport TIC on 01308 424901 or online.
http://electricpalace.org.uk


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

The Churchfitters

The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A double bass made out of a saucepan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms. Enjoy traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax, some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes and you’ve got a high energy show that always leaves audiences cheering.

8pm

£18.00

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


Winterborne Stickland Village Hall DT11 0NT

Serious Kitchen - The Whispering Road

Bubbling with vivid imagery and thrilling music, ‘The Whispering Road’ is a story you’ll never forget. Leaping between song, music and the spoken word, expect an electrifying performance taking you on a fantastical journey to a land where every bird and beast has power, and every encounter a deeper purpose. Brought to life with the accompaniment of traditional Scandinavian music on the Swedish nyckelharpa, kohorn, accordion and guitar, and with three-part close harmony singing, Serious Kitchen are Nick Hennessey, Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer. Recommended 8+

7:30pm.

Box office: 01258 880920. £9, £6 u18s, £26 family

An Artsreach presentation: www.artsreach.co.uk



Gillingham Methodist Church SP8 4AG

Louise Jordan

Folk singer Louise Jordan plays guitar, piano and cello but it is her voice which is most often celebrated as the pinnacle of her trade mark sound: captivating, powerful and evocative.
An independent artist, multi-instrumentalist and composer Louise feels nowhere more at home than on the road in her trusty white van. She has completed seven tours across England, Wales and Scotland more recently venturing into Europe with trips to Denmark, Holland and Germany. She has performed at venues ranging from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to the National Theatre on the South Bank and from the Royal Albert Hall to the Red Lion Folk Club in Birmingham.
Louise has released four recordings on her record company Azania Records: Born to Wander (2010), Tempvs (2011), Florilegium (2012) and Veritas (2014).


£8

7.30pm

Contact Gordon Amery: 07817 379006

organ1234 AT btinternet.com

www.musicatgmc.org.uk


Sun 1st Mar 2015

St Nicholas School, Child Okeford DT11 8EL

Serious Kitchen - The Whispering Road

Bubbling with vivid imagery and thrilling music, ‘The Whispering Road’ is a story you’ll never forget. Leaping between song, music and the spoken word, expect an electrifying performance taking you on a fantastical journey to a land where every bird and beast has power, and every encounter a deeper purpose. Brought to life with the accompaniment of traditional Scandinavian music on the Swedish nyckelharpa, kohorn, accordion and guitar, and with three-part close harmony singing, Serious Kitchen are Nick Hennessey, Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer. Recommended 8+

7:30pm.

Box office: 01258 861391. £8, £6 u18s, £25 family

An Artsreach presentation: www.artsreach.co.uk



Fri 6th Mar 2015

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

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

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

£5

Start time: 7.30 for 7.45

Finish time: 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Ant Noel Trio

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

Entry by Donation

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com

www.hawthornshotel.com


Sat 7th Mar 2015

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

Jeff Warner

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

www.jeffwarner.com

Donations - £6.50 - Under 16s £3.00.

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


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

The Buffalo Gal Stampede

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

8pm.
£16.00

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk

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


Highbridge Community Hall, Wedmore Road, Highbridge

Aileen Wills and Bridgwater Band

Bridgwater clubs annual spring dance

£6 including supper

8pm - 11pm

Contact Robert Blackborow: 01823491662

robertfolk01 AT hotmail.com


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

South-West Quires Day XII

A day of West Gallery music in Somerset

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

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

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

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

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


Thu 12th Mar 2015

Brompton Ralph Village Hall TA4 2RU

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

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

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

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


£12/£10

8pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Fri 13th Mar 2015

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

Kimber's Men

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

8pm.

Tickets: £17. No concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Sat 14th Mar 2015

Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

The Devines

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

£5.00

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com

www.hawthornshotel.com


Alderholt Village Hall SP6 3RB

No Fixed Abode and Jason Hinchey

Folk Evening with hot supper

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

£9.50

7.15 - 11.00 pm

Contact Peter Barrett: 07557658098

petetheplough AT btinternet.com

www.freewebs.com/musicnfa


Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

DanceCupola with Nick Walden

Bridport Ceilidhs

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

NOW FULLY SUBSCRIBED !!

All proceeds to Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance.

No tickets available

7.30 - 11pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Fri 20th Mar 2015 to Sun 22nd Mar 2015

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

West Country Concertina Players Residential Weekend

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

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

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

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


Fri 20th Mar 2015

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Croabh Rua

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

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

http://www.craobhrua.com/

8 pm

£12

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


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

Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin

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

8pm

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Fri 27th Mar 2015

Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Becks Sian and Johnathon Kershaw

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

Entry by Donation

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com

www.hawthornshotel.com


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

Alasdair Roberts + Local Support

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

£10

8.00pm

Contact Kate Goodale: 01278422700

kate AT bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk

www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Sat 28th Mar 2015

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

Performance Evening

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

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

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

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

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

7.30pm

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

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


Hawthorns Hotel, Glastonbury BA6 9JJ

Chris Jagger's Acoustic Roots

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

£10.00

9.00 p.m.

Contact Simon Sturt: 01458831255

enquiries AT hawthornshotel.com

www.hawthornshotel.com


Odcombe Village Hall BA22 8XP

Salon y'Strel + Very Special Guest Bonny Sartin

present A Gallery Of Rogues

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

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

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

7.30pm

mary_gilmour_mary AT hotmail.co.uk

www.facebook.com/mary.gilmour.54


Sun 29th Mar 2015

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

The Poozies

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

7.30pm

Tickets: £18 Full, £17 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Mon 30th Mar 2015

Cotleigh Brewery TA4 2RE

Andy Cutting

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

£12/£10

8pm

Contact David Bond: 01984 623308

jbond36086 AT aol.com

www.silverstreetsessions.co.uk


Sat 4th Apr 2015

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

Notts Alliance

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

www.nottsalliance.org.uk

Donations - £6.50 - Under 16s £3.00.

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


Sat 11th Apr 2015

The Town Hall, Crewkerne TA18 7LN

New Rope String Band

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

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

7pm

Contact Tickets from the Town Hall or ring: 01460 77415

abcd AT crewkerne-TC.gov.uk

www.aboutcrewkerne.co.uk


Fri 17th Apr 2015

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

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

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

£5

Start time: 7.30 for 7.45

Finish time: 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


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

Richard Digance

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

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

8pm

Tickets: £16 Full, £15 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Sat 18th Apr 2015

Barrington Village Hall TA19 0JE

Jigs for Gigs & Jane Thomas

Barn Dance

Includes a light ploughman's supper.

No Bar - please bring your own beverages

£8 in advance, £9 on the door

8pm - 11.15pm

Contact Chris Holliday: 01935 424927

www.overstrattonfolkdanceclub.co.uk


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

Performance Evening

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

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

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

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

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

7.30pm.

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

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Sat 25th Apr 2015

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

Spiro

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

8pm

Tickets: £16 Full, £15 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

The Casterbridge Band and Michael Catovsky

Bridport Ceilidhs

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

On-street parking or free town car parks.

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

7.30pm - 11pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Thu 30th Apr 2015

The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

The Fureys

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

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

www.thefureys.com

£18.00

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


Sat 2nd May 2015

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

Club Closed

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


Sat 9th May 2015

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

Kieran Goss

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

8.00 pm

Tickets: £17 Full, £16 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Sun 10th May 2015

The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil BA20 1UX

The Demon Barbers

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

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

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

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

£16.50

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


Fri 15th May 2015

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

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

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

£5

Start time: 7.30 for 7.45

Finish time: 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Sat 16th May 2015

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

Lisa Knapp

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

8pm

Tickets: £16 Full, £15 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Sat 23rd May 2015

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

Belshazzar's Feast

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

£15 NUS £10

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


Sun 24th May 2015

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

The Young'uns

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

7.30pm

Tickets: £16 Full, £15 concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Sat 30th May 2015

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

Performance Evening

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sat 6th Jun 2015

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

Geoff Lakeman

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

www.concertina.net

£6.50 - Under 16s £3.00.

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



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

Baka Beyond

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

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

8pm

Ticket: £18 Full, £17 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

George Inn Giant Ceilidh Band includinng caller Chris Shaw

Bridport Ceilidhs

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

On street parking or free town car parks nearby.

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

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

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Fri 12th Jun 2015 to Sun 14th Jun 2015

Wimborne Minster

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival

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

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

Super early bird tickets £35

info AT wimbornefolk.co.uk

www.wimbornefolk.co.uk


Fri 12th Jun 2015

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

Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar

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

8pm

Tickets: £16 Full, £15 Concessions

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


Sat 27th Jun 2015

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

Performance Evening

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Wed 23rd Sep 2015

Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea Tithe Barn BS48 4NG

Steve Knightly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

£16

Note earlier start time 7.30 pm

http://www.nailseafolkclub.co.uk