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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


Donyatt Village Hall TA19 0RJ

Dr Nod's Toxic Feet with June Walsham, caller

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


South Somerset Green Party invite everybody to a ceilidh for fun and fundraising.

Bar: draft beer and cider on sale.

Bring food to share, supps at 8.30pm.

7.30 till 10.30pm.

£7.50, grandparents and grandchildren by donation
tickets by email: peter.lansdown AT virgin.net
or ring 01460 5228 or 07546 076 022


EMN Community Hall, Monksilver, Taunton TA4 4JF

The Roving Crows

The line-up of fiery fiddle playing, trumpet, guitar, drums, bass and vocals will take you across musical boundaries into the worlds of Folk, Celtic and Country-Rock. The Crows’ powerful live performances saw them in 2014 gain prestigious awards ‘Best Live Act’ (Spiral Earth Music Awards) and ‘Band of the Year’ (Fatea Music Awards), to add to earlier accolades as ‘Top Celtic Rock Band’ and ‘Top Fiddle Player’ (Caitlin Barrett). The Crows are festival favourites, without fail getting audiences dancing with abandon and clamouring for more. Further information about The Roving Crows, including videos of live performances can be found on www.rovingcrows.com

Dance night with limited seating

Bar open at 7.15pm, with an optional delicious two-course vegetarian/vegan supper served from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, with the band taking to the stage at 9pm.

Tickets £10 (or £16 including supper) from Toucan Wholefoods Minehead 01643 706101, Taunton Tourist Office 01823 336344, Wiveliscombe Post Office 01984 623308, and online at www.wegottickets.com If not sold out, tickets will be available on the door but we recommend to check on www.underonesun.org.uk or ring 01984 656727.


King Edwards School, North Road, Bath BA2 6HU

Folk Youth Workshop and Bath Youth Band Rehearsal

Bath Folk Youth Workshops are aimed at students who want to develop their skills, learn new tunes (often by ear) and enjoy playing in informal groups.
Students aged 8 – 18 years at Grade 1 – 4 standard welcome.

The Bath Folk Youth Band is made up of experienced young players (mainly Grades 5-8 standard). New members are always welcome.

Please contact rachel AT bathfolkfestival.org for more information about the Bath Folk Youth Band.

£8 on the door

10am - 12:30pm


Sun 26th Apr 2015

Marnhull Village Hall DT10 1PR

Megan Henwood

with support from Lizzyspit

Megan will bring her solo tour to Marnhull for a fantastic show to promote new album Head, Heart Hand. After playing Behind the Castle and North Dorset Folk Festival in 2014 she is sure to be very popular.

£8 adv £10 Door

Doors 7pm

Contact Ian Lyster

upturnedpebble AT yahoo.com

www.marnhullacousticsessions.co.uk


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

Ken Nicol

Ken Nicol is a highly acclaimed musician, singer, songwriter, producer, playwright and composer who has been a member of folk/rock bands Steeleye Span and The Albion Band and also worked with artists ranging from Al Stewart to Phil Cool. He plays acoustic and electric guitar, resonator guitar, 5-string banjo, mandolin and ukulele. His music ranges from folk to ragtime, blues to rock, ballads to jazz, amazingly intricate instrumentals to singalong comedy numbers.
Born in Preston, Lancashire, Ken had early success as one half of Nicol & Marsh's Easy Street who recorded four albums on the CBS and Polydor labels, and moved to Los Angeles in the late-1970s. Then in 1996, Ken started working with Ashley Hutchings - founder of British folk-rock giants Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and The Albion Band. It was a very fruitful partnership which continues to this day. After recording four albums with The Albion Band and continuing to record and release his own solo albums, Ken joined legendary folk-rockers Steeleye Span in 2002, touring the world and recording a further four albums with the band.
Ken left Steeleye Span in 2010, in order to concentrate on his many other projects which see him performing across the UK and Europe, both as a solo artist and as part of various duos. He's also co-host of the Internet radio show, FolkCast (http://www.folkcast.co.uk), which has thousands of listeners all around the world.

Doors: 7:30pm Event Starts: 8:00pm Event Ends: 10:30pm
Starting at: £13.00 (Door Price: £15.00)

http://www.chapelarts.org/


Bournemouth Folk Club at Ocean View Hotel BH1 3AH

Tinderbox

Tinderbox are an award winning acoustic duo featuring Dublin born Monique Houraghan with a distinctive ‘honey-like’ vocal, and Dan Tucker with an intricate finger style guitar technique. The duo have recently been accompanied on tour by talented singer-songwriter and session musician Bob Burke.

Since settling in Bournemouth in 2004 Tinderbox have performed countless headline shows to capacity crowds. Additionally, they have opened for many international acts including Joan Armatrading, Cara Dillon, 10cc, Eleanor McEvoy, Turin Brakes, Hazel O’Connor, Jon Allen, Ben’s Brother, Ralph McTell, John Renbourn and Squeeze’s Chris Difford.

In 2008 Tinderbox released their second studio album. ‘Golden’ was launched at Centre Stage in Bournemouth, with the band performing to a record-breaking audience. Maverick Magazine described ‘Golden’ as “Quite inspirational really…a masterpiece“. Acoustic Magazine labelled their music ‘Lovely, hooky and mellow‘.
In April 2010 the duo launched their third studio album ‘The State of Play’ to a sell-out crowd. Guests who joined the duo on stage included folk guitar wizard Kevin Dempsey (Whippersnapper, Joe Broughton, Dave Swarbrick and Uiscedwr) as well as whole host of talent.

Tickets £8
http://www.wegottickets.com/bournemouthfolk
http://www.bournemouthfolkclub.com


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

Traditional Folk Songs of Britain and Ireland with Louise Baxter

Versed in many forms of singing all of her life, Louise Baxter has a way of delivering a song with beauty, power and accuracy that pulls on the heart strings. She will teach traditional folk songs of Britain and Ireland, looking at all aspects of performing a song including vocal technique to develop power and range. She will also look at the story telling aspects to draw people into the feeling and spirit of the song as well as advice to develop confidence and remembering words.

11am - 3pm

£15-25

http://bathfolkclub.org


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

English Music & Stepping Session, hosted by Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band

All instrumentalists & steppers welcome to this friendly pub session

8.00pm - 10.00pm

Contact Steve & Helen Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


The George, West Bay DT6 4EY

Big Al Whittle & Jayne Lloyd

Acoustic Favourites and Folk Concert

Regular Sunday gig with Al and Jayne at the George West Bay, every Sunday 3pm - 6pm from 26/4/15 to 4/10/15. On the 2nd Sunday of the month performance in the Beer Garden if fine weather.

Free

3pm - 6pm

Contact Jayne Lloyd: 01308 459883

jayne AT jayne.org.uk

www.jayne.org.uk


West Stafford Village Hall DT2 8AG

‘The Year Clock’ with Tim Laycock

Artsreach present a dramatic and musical celebration of the life and writing of renowned local poet William Barnes from Dorset’s own Tim Laycock. Why did William Barnes, a highly educated C19th teacher and parson, choose to write poetry in a dialect few people could read? What does the erosion of dialect and accent tell us about ourselves? In this fully dramatised piece, with wonderful musical accompaniment from fiddle player Colin Thompson, Tim brings his considerable acting skills to bear on a story which will both delight enthusiasts and introduce a new audience to the life and poetry of Barnes.
“an intelligent, warm and often humorous portrait” Bath Chronicle

7:30pm.

Box office: 01305 261984

£8, £6 u18s, £25 fam

www.artsreach.co.uk


Tue 28th Apr 2015

The Drax Arms, Bere Regis BH20 7HL

Richard Quayle and Lesley Quayle Paul J Openshaw, Polly Morris, Steven Faulkner, Les Wild

This is our first event. We hope to meet on last Tuesday of the Month at 8:30pm in The Stable Bar, The Drax Arms Bere Regis. An opportunity to listen to talented folk musicians in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere.

8.30 pm

Contact Pip Evans

DraxArmsFolkNight AT groups.facebook.com

www.facebook.com/groups/DraxArmsFolkNight/


Wed 29th Apr 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

Doors open 7.30, £4 on the door

For more info phone 01935 851556


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


The American Museum in Bath BA2 7BD

A Tribute to Woody Guthrie with Dave Merrick, Clive Mills, Angela Reid

A multimedia spoken word and live music presentation. Come and hear about the life and the songs of the man who was the biggest influence on Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and a host of other singers of the 1960's and beyond. Woody Guthrie was the original American protests singer. Dave Merrick and friends bring his life, times and songs alive again in a great evening of entertainment.

£8 or £7 (museum members)

7-30 pm

Contact American Museum: 01225 820866

dmerr9226 AT aol.com

workshops AT americanmuseum.com


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


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

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

This harmonious husband and wife duo have been synonymous with 'quality' throughout their musical careers - now they return to Dorchester to coincide with their new album release 'Tomorrow Will Follow Today' - their boldest statement to date.
They will be supported by Hattie Briggs - BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2014 Nominee.

£14/£12 members & concessions

8pm (doors & bar 7:30pm)

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk


Tue 5th May 2015

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

Sam Lee & Friends

We are back with the Levels Collective! This season we are starting it off by bringing you a very special guest, the marvellous Sam Lee! He is really talented and we are sure you are going to enjoy this very much

“How many traditional English folk singers do you know who come from North London, studied at Chelsea School of Art, worked as a forager and wilderness expert while moonlighting as a burlesque dancer – until a chance encounter led to the door of the great Scottish Traveller singer Stanley Robertson, and an extraordinary four-year apprenticeship into the arcane, living world of traditional song that few outside the Traveller and Gypsy communities have ever experienced?

Since bursting on to the folk scene at the end of the Noughties, Sam Lee has blazed a trail as an outstanding singer and song collector, the driving force behind the eclectic, award-winning folk club The Nest Collective, which has brought traditional music to all kinds of new stages and venues, and founder of a burgeoning song collectors’ movement that inspires a new generation of performers to draw on living source singers rather than books and records.

Lee is a 21st-century artist, collecting new versions of old songs on his iPhone and laptop, but his repertoire is steeped in the reek and smoke of folk history and lore, its tales of love, parting, exile and murder bound by a sympathetic magic still resonant today, parting the veil on vivid scenes from our islands’ deep history.

£13.00

8:00pm

Phone: 01289 422700

joe AT boomsatsuma.com

www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


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

The Bow-Legged 'Skeeter

Bluegrass Band based in Hampshire & Dorset. Songs and tunes from the Swamps to the Mountains of the American South East. Featuring Charlie Cole on 5 string Banjo, Lindsey Cole on Bass & Vocals, Richard Filleul on Guitar & Vocals, Nigel Canter on Fiddle, Pete Minkey on Mandolin & Vocals.

£5

8pm

Contact Pete Minkey: 01425 489376

peter.minkey AT yahoo.co.uk

Quay Stage Accoustic


Fri 8th May 2015

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

Paul J Openshaw (Bare Bones CD launch)

Holmefolk

“Wit and right on sensitivity” (FATEA). “Enigmatically superb” (Tom Morton BBC Radio Scotland). www.paulopenshaw.com

“Bare Bones” is the latest CD from Paul J Openshaw, who is the featured artist at Holmefolk on Friday 8th May. This evening marks the start of the launch weekend.

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

Musicians and singers please e mail or phone for floor spot.

Food and folk £8, Entry only £3.

7pm

Contact Paul: 07802 597319

pauljopenshaw AT btinternet.com

www.paulopenshaw.com


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


Weymouth Old Town Hall, High West Street, Weymouth DT4 8JH

Paul J Openshaw, Tree Fellahs, No Direction

Charity Concert and CD launch (part 2)

Weymouth Old Town Hall is the venue for phase two of Paul's Bare Bones CD launch weekend. Support is from the very harmonious No Direction and the Tree Fellahs, featuring Nina Garcia and Mike McDaid. There will be a raffle and any profit from the evening will be donated to Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Refreshments will be available at the Boot Inn (just opposite).

£3.00 per ticket

7.30pm

Contact Paul J Openshaw: 07802 597319

pauljopenshaw AT btinternet.com

www.paulopenshaw.com


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


Old Down Inn, Emborough, Somerset BA3 4SA

Thornbridge and The Hotwell Howlers

Thornbridge and the Hotwells Howlers, are teaming up together to 'Sing in the May' at the Old Down Inn, Emborough at 8pm on Sunday 10th May. The beginning of May was a highly significant time in the countryside in Victorian and pre-Victorian England, marking the end of the privations of winter time and it was celebrated accordingly in many different ways. Maypoles, May Queens, Hobby horses and Morris Dancing were amongst the customs associated with the season.

In addition to singing seasonal songs and telling the stories behind them, the groups will be featuring songs from their recently released albums: 'One Fine Day' - Thornbridge (brilliant harmony - some wonderful arrangements - Exposed Magazine) and 'Kiss Me Now or Never'- Hotwells Howlers (a joy to listen to - English Folk Dance and Song Magazine.

Space is limited, so buy tickets in advance (01761 419224) or turn up early!

£5

8.00pm

Contact DaveByrne: 01761 419224

davidwbyrneuk AT yahoo.com

www.thehotwellshowlers.com


Thu 14th May 2015

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

Richard Durrant

After a successful, 1,500 mile, seven week Cycling Music tour last year the UK’s busiest virtuoso guitarist is back in the saddle.

Ever the maverick Richard Durrant will pedal up to 100 miles between gigs carrying everything on his bike, performing a varied selection of virtuoso guitar music chosen to highlight the chameleon like qualities of this popular instrument. The show will feature Durrant’s own Cycling Music for guitar, sequencers and pre-recorded bicycle percussion, complete with spectacular projected animations. Cycling Music was written for Richard’s very successful and popular, 2014 album, used during the BBC’s coverage of last year’s Le Tour as well as in the film Bicycle (Blue Hippo Productions), on ITV’s Cycle Show and on BBC Radio3.

£13/£11

8.00pm

Contact Kate Goodale: 01278 422700

kate AT bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk

www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Dorchester Corn Exchange (upstairs in Town Hall) DT1 1JF

Jaleo: A Compás

Acclaimed flamenco dance company Jaleo return to Britain with their completely authentic show featuring some of Spain's finest artists. Watch as they offer a spectacular evening charting an evocative musical journey through the diverse flamenco regions of Andalusia.

£15/£13 members & concessions

8pm (doors & bar 7:30pm)

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk


Fri 15th May 2015

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

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

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

£5

Start time: 7.30 for 7.45

Finish time: 9.45

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184


Corfe Mullen Village hall BH21 3UA

Alan Davies with Merry Conceit

Day of Dance

A mixture of Playford and more recently written Social Dances.

This is a morning workshop followed by an afternoon dance.

It is a U3A event but open to all.

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

£17.50 to include all food and drinks

10.30-12.30 for the workshop

1.30 - 3.30 for the dance

Contact Margaret Thomas: 01202 872795


Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Colum Sands

+ Support - Terry McDonald

The soft voiced Irishman, Colum Sands pays a long overdue return visit to Wessex Acoustic. Wonderful, lilting songs, many with that famous touch of humour, will delight the ears. Colum is a never ending source of funny stories, mostly based on experiences of life in the Irish countryside.

Supporting Colum is the magnificent Dorset based performer of traditional songs and more contemporary songs with traditional style, Terry McDonald.

Tickets available online http://www.wegottickets.com/event/299648

£10 prebooked £12 on the door

8.15 pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239 or 07590411515

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 16th May 2015

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

Lisa Knapp

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

8pm

Tickets: £16 Full, £15 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Osmington Village Hall DT3 6EX

Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston

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

£11.00

7.00 for 7.30pm

Contact Eileen Bramley: 07816 832554

eileenbramley AT hotmail.co.uk

www.SYKESPRESTON.COM


Thu 21st May 2015

Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AN

Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards

Energetic roots from young American trio

£4

8.00 pm

http://www.ritzacoustic.com


Poole Museum BH15 1BW

Naomi Bedford with Paul Simmonds

Born into a family immersed in music, Naomi learnt to sing murderous ballads aged five. Her father, Richard Bedford, edited some of the landmark pop videos of the ‘80s including Come on Eileen and Smooth Operator. At night the family’s small Putney flat would reverberate to The Clash, Dolly Parton and hip hop blasting from the bedrooms, with luminaries such as Julien Temple and Don Letts holding forth in the kitchen. In 2000 Orbital heard her singing at a Brighton party and co-opted her to sing and co-write their Top 20 hit Funny Break.

Nominated for Best Original Song at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Naomi will be appearing with Paul Simmonds, from legendary band The Men They Couldn't Hang.

£8

7.30 pm

Contact Poole Museum: 01202 262600

arts AT poole.gov.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


Fri 29th May 2015 to Sun 31st May 2015

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

Wessex Folk Festival

Family festival with two free stages showcasing a range of traditional and modern folk acts. Morris dancing, food and craft stalls along the picturesque harbourside. Workshops and traditional sessions in the local pubs. Ticketed concerts on Friday and Saturday night (Steve Turner, Colin Thompson and Tim Laycock)

Line-up: Steve Turner, Colin Thompson, Tim Laycock, State of Undress, Bow Legged Skeeters, Hiproute, Ninebarrow, Galleons, Gaz Brookfield, Jigantics, Galley Beggar, Black Water County, Wes Finch, Weymouth Ukuleleans, Kadia, Paul Openshaw, Moonshine, Exmouth Shanty Men, Alex Roberts, and many others...

Website: www.wessexfolkfestival.com

Ticket info: All free of charge except for the evening concerts. Tickets for these area available on our website or from Weymouth Pavilion.


Fri 29th May 2015

Church House, Bathwell Lane, Milborne Port DT9 5AN

Swing Your Partners folk dance club

Swing Your Partners is a new folk dance club for the Sherborne, Milborne Port and Templecombe areas based in Milborne Port and offering an opportunity to get involved in social dancing which not only brings great benefits in terms of mental and physical health, but above all is GREAT FUN. The club will be offering all sorts of country dance but with an emphasis on square dances and contra dances which are currently enjoying a huge revival of interest from young people in the United States and elsewhere. Suitable for all ages and abilities, the monthly club meetings will offer an optional half hour “complete beginners” lesson at the start of each evening aimed at helping you get the most enjoyment out of the programme of dancing which follows. There will usually be live music and always an experienced caller to teach the moves.

The inaugural meeting will be held in Church House, Bathwell Lane, Milborne Port, on Friday May 29th when the music will be provided by local accordionist Chris Toyne. The programme starts at 7.30pm with a beginners class; dancing for all from 8 – 10pm and thereafter an optional social in the local pub conveniently located just a couple of hundred yards away.

Cost £5 - no bar but soft drink available and welcome to byo. For more information about this event contact Colin Everest : colin AT ceverest.demon.co.uk and for more information about contra dance see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nr5tZ6jeYXs


Corfe Castle Village Hall BH20 5EE

Namvula & band

Namvula creates an intrepid new world where folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland combine with her Scottish heritage and London’s vibrant eclectic music scene. Crossing boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism, Namvula’s music draws you into different worlds, yet remains firmly rooted in African soil.
One of the few Zambian artists performing in Europe, Namvula has collaborated and shared the stage with artists including legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, multi award-winning Zambian singer Maureen Lilanda, and sitar player Anoushka Shankar. Joined by a stellar cast of some of the UK’s most respected African and jazz musicians, including bassist Liran Donin of Mercury-nominated Led Bib, and Senegalese percussionist Mamadou Sarr who tours with international star Baaba Maal, the group delivers evocative, honest, and ultimately uplifting performances. Following three memorable performances last winter, Artsreach are excited to be welcoming this outstanding group back to Dorset.

7:30pm.

01929 480483.

£9, £7 u18s, £28 family

www.artsreach.co.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


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

Sheelanagig

Sheelanagig deliver intricate, rhythmically complex arrangements of original and traditional works in a Balkan style. Formed in early 2005, this group of incredible players force you to dance your socks off and have a great time.

They have played just about every imaginable venue on their hectic touring schedule; clubs, pubs, art centres, small theatres, European street festivals as well as tearing up the UK festival scene with profile slots at Glastonbury, Green Man and Beautiful Days (to name a few).

Sheelanagig's live shows have grown to incorporate aspects of street theatre, elements of storytelling and even acrobatics. In short, expect mayhem, a lot of laughs and some great music.

£11

8.00pm

Contact Kate Goodale: 01278 422700

kate AT bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk

www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk


Sun 31st May 2015

Cecil Memorial Hall, Cranborne BH21 5QB

Namvula & band

Namvula creates an intrepid new world where folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland combine with her Scottish heritage and London’s vibrant eclectic music scene. Crossing boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism, Namvula’s music draws you into different worlds, yet remains firmly rooted in African soil.
One of the few Zambian artists performing in Europe, Namvula has collaborated and shared the stage with artists including legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, multi award-winning Zambian singer Maureen Lilanda, and sitar player Anoushka Shankar. Joined by a stellar cast of some of the UK’s most respected African and jazz musicians, including bassist Liran Donin of Mercury-nominated Led Bib, and Senegalese percussionist Mamadou Sarr who tours with international star Baaba Maal, the group delivers evocative, honest, and ultimately uplifting performances. Following three memorable performances last winter, Artsreach are excited to be welcoming this outstanding group back to Dorset.

7:30pm.

01725 517883.

£10, £8 u18s, £30 family

www.artsreach.co.uk


Wed 3rd Jun 2015

Buckland Newton Village Hall DT2 7BZ

She’Koyokh

In 19th century Eastern Europe, Jewish musicians travelled from town to town performing at weddings and other celebrations, meeting and playing with local musicians and sharing repertoire. In the same vein London-based group She'Koyokh has spent the last decade soaking up the rich folk music of Eastern Europe, Turkey and the Balkans. The band perform soulful Gypsy, Yiddish, Turkish, Kurdish, Ladino and Russian songs and music, including wedding dances and virtuosic solos, all with huge energy and passion. She’Koyokh was nominated as Best Group in the Songlines World Music Awards 2012 and their third album, ‘Wild Goats and Unmarried Women’, was released to high acclaim in 2014 on World Music Network. With a sumptuous mix of violin, accordion, clarinet double bass, guitar and percussion, and vocals from acclaimed Turkish singer Cigdem Aslan, expect a night of exhilarating music for singing, listening and dancing to.

7:30pm.

01300 345455.

£9, £7 u18s, £28 family

www.artsreach.co.uk


Fri 5th Jun 2015

Broadstone Memorial Hall BH18 8HP

Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band & caller Dick Williams

Barn Dance - English Ceilidh

Our very first Arish Mel Summer Ceilidh in a new venue that is great for dancing. No bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles!

£5 adults £2.50 children

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Steve & Helen Earwicker: 01929 480 737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Sat 6th Jun 2015

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

Geoff Lakeman

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

www.concertina.net

£6.50 - Under 16s £3.00.

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



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

Baka Beyond

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

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

8pm

Ticket: £18 Full, £17 Concessions

http://www.thedavidhall.org.uk


Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

George Inn Giant Ceilidh Band includinng caller Chris Shaw

Bridport Ceilidhs

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

On street parking or free town car parks nearby.

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

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

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Osmington Village Hall DT3 6EX

O'Hooley & Tidow

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

Bar and Bar snacks - Free Parking!

£10

7.30pm for 8pm

Contact Eileen: 07816 832554

eileenbramley AT hotmail.co.uk

o'hooleyandtidow.com


Portman Hall Shillingstone, between Blandford and Sturminster Newton DT11 0SF

The Ghosts and Characters of the West - Simon Ellis

They are closer than you think! Simon takes tales and legends from dusty archives, old guide books and oral sources (pubs!) and brings them to life with a sparkling Ragtime guitar accompaniment. Some of the stories are about the living and many are recent but all are delivered with a good pinch of salt and humour. Hear about the haunting in ‘The ‘Ring o‘ Bells’, ‘Jan Coo’s Disappearance’ on Dartmoor, ‘The Witch of Digby’ as well as the barrel of beer that never ran out, ‘The Dorset Horseman’ and ‘The Ghosts that Haunt the Memory’ along with many others and
– expect to jump out of your seat!

£6.00

7:30 pm

Contact Sarah Blake: 01258 863861

slcb AT 3d-unlocked.co.uk

symonpaul.co.uk


Sun 7th Jun 2015

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

"Gadarene Cuts a Disk"

Gadarene are one of the most innovative and exciting bands on the English folk scene at the moment. Bright Young Folk said “If you’re planning to hold a folky rave, this is the music you need!” They take old English melodies and combine them with modern dance beats and intricate arrangements to create something brand new with a banging tune.

At 'Gadrarene Cuts a Disk' the band will be recording a new live album. Come and witness this special event and be part of the atmosphere.

7.30pm

£11.00

For more information, please visit

http://www.gadarenemusic.com/Site/Welcome.html

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


Wed 10th Jun 2015

Exmoor Forest, Simonsbath TA24 7SH

Moor Music - Exmoor Music and Song Session

Acoustic song and music session in the heart of Exmoor.
Hosted by Tom and Barbara Brown.
Singers and musicians are welcome to bring their voices and instruments.
Audiences are just as welcome, but expected to join in the choruses!

from 8.00 pm

Umbermusic
01271 882366/07977 914736
www.umbermusic.co.uk
tomandbarbara AT umbermusic.co.uk


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 13th Jun 2015

Harmans Cross Village Hall, Swanage BH19 3EB

The Acoustic Strawbs

Dave Cousins, Dave lambert & Chas Cronk

Bar, Raffle, online tickets available.

During the early 1970’s The Strawbs enjoyed great success on both sides of the Atlantic. Apart from their many hit albums, the hit singles "Part of the Union" and "Lay Down" topped the record charts. They spent more time in the 1970’s over in the States and Canada resulting in their albums charting for five years as they toured with Santana, King Crimson, Frank Zapper,The Eagles, Peter Frampton, Blue Oyster Cult and Joe Walsh.

The Acoustic Strawbs differed from others of the genre because their characteristic sound originated in English folk music, rather than rock.

The band plays classic Strawbs songs with great honesty and musicianship, something for which the Strawbs have always been recognised. Over forty years after their Top Of The Pops years, the sound of the Acoustic Strawbs has mellowed somewhat but they still know how to entertain.

Original singer Dave Cousins is still performing the numbers for which the band is so famous and at the same time, running through the band’s history with a story for every song.

This will be a truly memorable evening for Strawbs fans!

Ensure you have your tickets at just £12.50 for this unique evening in Purbeck

Doors open strictly 7.30pm
Band 8pm.

For more info see: http://www.harmanscrosshall.co.uk
Enquires email : hxvh.music.nights AT gmail.com


Sherborne Castle DT9 5NR

Behind the Castle

Featuring - The Waterboys, Show of Hands, Larkin Poe, Seth Lakeman, Emily Barker, Nizlopi, Moulettes, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, The Willows, Lizzyspit, Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston, Megson, Jaywalkers, Tom James, ODi, Aimee and Emily Baker.

Having just released the album of their career in the shape of Modern Blues, The Waterboys bring their swirling, heady blend of folk, rock, blues and soul to headline the second annual Behind the Castle music festival.
Set against the imposing backdrop of Sherborne Castle, built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594 and home to the Digby family since 1617, Behind the Castle is a perfect one-day distillation of the classic summer festival.
In other words, it’s all about the music – and there’s lots of it!
By the time Mike Scott leads The Waterboys on stage, those lofty Castle walls will have heard some 17 acts perform on three stages and all for less than the price of a camping pass at most festivals.
“Last year’s first Behind the Castle was so well received by the performers and audience alike, we wasted no time in planning this year’s event,” says festival director Ian Lyster, 27.
“The aim is to present a full day of the finest music on an incredible site with an easy-going, relaxed atmosphere. The one-day format, with or without overnight camping, offers the chance to soak up a real music festival atmosphere without the need for taking weekday holidays.”
Also appearing are British acoustic roots force Show of Hands, whose critically acclaimed album Centenary: Words and Music of the Great War provided a poignant soundtrack to last year’s commemoration of the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.
Behind the Castle is particularly pleased to present American roots rock duo Larkin Poe, all the way from Atlanta, Georgia. Fronted by sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell, they’ve been feted by the likes of Elvis Costello and Conor Oberst and the release of their debut album, Kin, last year has them marked for stardom.
Chart topping festival favourites Nizlopi bring their irresistible blend of upbeat acoustic melodies and jaw dropping beatbox skills; Australian singer songwriter Emily Barker will again demonstrate why she’s one of the hottest acts of the summer festival circuit, as will last year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Meanwhile, indie-folk darlings Moulettes are a great early bet for band of the day.
Behind the Castle is rightly proud of its family-friendly credentials with superb facilities, free entry for carers for the disabled, excellent food stalls run by local producers and a range of trade stalls, not to mention the brilliant kids area run by the amazing Jumparoo. There will also be a special kids concert led by popular acoustic duo Megson – always a favourite.
Local beers, ciders and wines are served from the festival’s three bars.

from £46

Gates 10:30 am

Finishes: 10:45 pm

Contact Ian Lyster

upturnedpebble AT yahoo.com

www.behindthecastle.co.uk


Worth Matravers Village Hall BH19 3LQ

The Ghosts and Characters of the West - Simon Ellis

The Ghosts of the West are closer than you think! Simon takes tales and legends from dusty archives, old guide books and oral sources (pubs!) and brings them to life with a sparkling Ragtime guitar accompaniment. Some of the stories are about the living and many are recent but all are delivered with a good pinch of salt and humour. Hear about the haunting in ‘The ‘Ring o‘ Bells’, ‘Jan Coo’s Disappearance’ on Dartmoor, ‘The Witch of Digby’ as well as the barrel of beer that never ran out, ‘The Dorset Horseman’ and ‘The Ghosts that Haunt the Memory’ along with many others and
– expect to jump out of your seat!

£5.00

8:00pm

Contact Eventbrite

http://ghostsandcharactersofthewest.eventbrite.co.uk

symonpaul.co.uk


St George’s Church, Reforne, Portland DT5 2JP

‘East to West & West to East’ with the Ridgeway Singers & Band

Join the Ridgeway Singers & Band in the evocative setting of St George’s Church, Reforne on Portland for an exhilarating concert of local songs, stories, poetry and dance tunes that reflect the changing seasons and our long and lasting relationship with the sea. The Ridgeway Singers & Musicians, led by Phil Humphries and Tim Laycock, came together in 2013 to explore the West Gallery tradition of carol singing in South Dorset Ridgeway villages as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded Artsreach project. In 2014 the group extended its repertoire to encompass folk songs collected in Dorset by Henry and Robert Hammond in 1905/6. This special programme for St George’s Church features songs from Dorset’s rich heritage of maritime music and sea shanties.

7:30pm.

01305 269512.

£5

www.artsreach.co.uk


Thu 18th Jun 2015

Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AN

The Goat Roper Rodeo Band

Wild acoustic Country from young London-based trio

£4

8.00 pm


http://www.ritzacoustic.com


Poole Museum BH15 1BW

Hannah Robinson

With a voice that echoes Janis Joplin and Eva Cassidy, Bournemouth singer-songwriter Hannah Robinson’s soulful, blues-tinged vocals belies her age. Hannah has established herself as a regular on the south coast’s live music scene, as well as gigging and working frequently in London, transfixing audiences with her stunning voice and laid-back acoustic guitar work.

£6

7.00 pm

Contact Poole Museum: 01202 262600

arts AT poole.gov.uk

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-logboat-sessions-with-hannah-robinson-tickets-14650519097


Fri 19th Jun 2015

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Vin Garbutt

+ support Men in Black

The Teesside Troubador returns to Wessex Acoustic with his unique style of singing and humour. We promise a night of Vin Magic and a barrel load of laughs.
Supporting Vin are the local Wimborne based duo, Men in Black.
Tickets can be bought online at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/299650

£12 pre-booked, £14 on the door

8.15 pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239 or 07590411515

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Powertsock Hut DT6 3TB

Dallahan

Edinburgh based Irish-Hungarian phenomenon Dallahan recently exploded onto the traditional music scene, including at Scotland’s Celtic Connections Festival. As individuals, they are award-winning soloists who tour with groups as diverse as Kalman Balogh’s Gypsy Cimbalom Band, Larsa, Fiann and Samling; as a band together, they are unstoppable! Having just released their highly acclaimed debut album ‘When the Day is on the Turn’, Dallahan offer a breathtaking musical journey that is as much fun to listen to as it is to play and Artsreach are pleased to welcome them to Dorset.

7:30pm.

01308 485264.

£9, £7 u18s, £28 family

www.artsreach.co.uk


Sat 20th Jun 2015

Comrades Hall, Broadwindsor DT8 3QP

The Ghosts and Characters of the West - Simon Ellis

They are closer than you think! Simon takes tales and legends from dusty archives, old guide books and oral sources (pubs!) and brings them to life with a sparkling Ragtime guitar accompaniment. Some of the stories are about the living and many are recent but all are delivered with a good pinch of salt and humour. Hear about the haunting in ‘The ‘Ring o‘ Bells’, ‘Jan Coo’s Disappearance’ on Dartmoor, ‘The Witch of Digby’ as well as the barrel of beer that never ran out, ‘The Dorset Horseman’ and ‘The Ghosts that Haunt the Memory’ along with many others and
– expect to jump out of your seat!

£5.00

8:00 pm

Contact eventbrite

http://ghostsandcharacterscomradeshall.eventbrite.co.uk


Durweston Village Hall DT11 0QA

Dallahan

Edinburgh based Irish-Hungarian phenomenon Dallahan recently exploded onto the traditional music scene, including at Scotland’s Celtic Connections Festival. As individuals, they are award-winning soloists who tour with groups as diverse as Kalman Balogh’s Gypsy Cimbalom Band, Larsa, Fiann and Samling; as a band together, they are unstoppable! Having just released their highly acclaimed debut album ‘When the Day is on the Turn’, Dallahan offer a breathtaking musical journey that is as much fun to listen to as it is to play and Artsreach are pleased to welcome them to Dorset.

7:30pm.

01258 453170.

£9, £7 u18s, £28 family

www.artsreach.co.uk


Sun 21st Jun 2015

Studland Village Hall BH19 3AE

Dallahan

Edinburgh based Irish-Hungarian phenomenon Dallahan recently exploded onto the traditional music scene, including at Scotland’s Celtic Connections Festival. As individuals, they are award-winning soloists who tour with groups as diverse as Kalman Balogh’s Gypsy Cimbalom Band, Larsa, Fiann and Samling; as a band together, they are unstoppable! Having just released their highly acclaimed debut album ‘When the Day is on the Turn’, Dallahan offer a breathtaking musical journey that is as much fun to listen to as it is to play and Artsreach are pleased to welcome them to Dorset.

7:30pm.

01929 450204.

£10

www.artsreach.co.uk


Thu 25th Jun 2015

The Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton TA1 1JL

The Ghosts and Characters of the West - Simon Ellis

They are closer than you think! Simon takes tales and legends from dusty archives, old guide books and oral sources (pubs!) and brings them to life with a sparkling Ragtime guitar accompaniment. Some of the stories are about the living and many are recent but all are delivered with a good pinch of salt and humour. Hear about the haunting in ‘The ‘Ring o‘ Bells’, ‘Jan Coo’s Disappearance’ on Dartmoor, ‘The Witch of Digby’ as well as the barrel of beer that never ran out, ‘The Dorset Horseman’ and ‘The Ghosts that Haunt the Memory’ along with many others and
– expect to jump out of your seat!

£5:00

7:30 pm

Contact The Box Office: 01823 283244

www.thebrewhouse.net


Fri 26th Jun 2015

The Wellington Arts Centre TA21 8PS

The Ghosts and Characters of the West - Simon Ellis

They are closer than you think! Simon takes tales and legends from dusty archives, old guide books and oral sources (pubs!) and brings them to life with a sparkling Ragtime guitar accompaniment. Some of the stories are about the living and many are recent but all are delivered with a good pinch of salt and humour. Hear about the haunting in ‘The ‘Ring o‘ Bells’, ‘Jan Coo’s Disappearance’ on Dartmoor, ‘The Witch of Digby’ as well as the barrel of beer that never ran out, ‘The Dorset Horseman’ and ‘The Ghosts that Haunt the Memory’ along with many others and
– expect to jump out of your seat!

£6.00

7:30 pm

Contact The Box Office: 01823 667774

w-a-a.co.uk


Sat 27th Jun 2015

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

Performance Evening

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Fri 3rd Jul 2015

Wessex Acoustic Folk Club at Blandford British Legion DT11 7AD

Chris and Kellie While

+ Support - Marion Fleetwood

The stunning voices of Chris and Kellie While deliver Chris's songs with love and skill. Two of the top female vocalists around bring their own magic to Blandford.
Supported by the highly talented multi instrumentalist and stunning singer, Marion Fleetwood (The Jigantics, Trad Arr. and ex Colvin Quarmby)

£12 pre-booked, £14 on the door

8.15 pm

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202732239 or 07590411515

kathy.dunn AT btopenworld.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Fri 10th Jul 2015 to Sun 12th Jul 2015

Priddy Green, Priddy

Priddy Folk Festival

Priddy Folk Festival have finalised their line up for their 2015 festival in July.

Among the names already confirmed for the packed three-day community festival are legendary Scottish singer-songwriter Dick Gaughan and another big name from North of the Border, Duncan Chisholm. Duncan will be appearing at Priddy with his trio (Matheu Watson & Jarlath Henderson) and with his big band Wolfstone.

Also appearing are Saltfishforty, Nizlopi, Leveret, John Kirkpatrick, Will Pound band, Barrule, Elephant Sessions, Wizz Jones, Telling the Bees, The Teacups, The Drystones & many more.

There’s also a free Fringe festival - dance tent, children’s festival and the Fringe tent, our new Word tent, sessions, workshops, guided walks, Qi gong…plenty to do all weekend.

If you’d like to be part of the festival do come and volunteer as a steward.

Tickets for the festival & steward applications are available from the website - to check the full line-up or to buy tickets go to www.priddyfolk.org.


Thu 16th Jul 2015

Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AN

Lee Rahn

Acoustic excellence from young Somerset singer-songwriter

£4

8.00 pm

http://www.ritzacoustic.com


Poole Museum BH15 1BW

AnnaMy

Spellbinding Swedish psych-folk-rock - AnnaMy's top-notch songwriting and stellar musicianship is reminiscent of the masters of the early 1970s such as Fairport Convention, Pentangle, Mellow Candle, Trees, Comus, Vashti Bunyan, Linda Perhacs and others. Yet AnnaMy performs in an unmistakable style all of her own that is both fully rooted in the now and timeless.

£6

7.30 pm

Contact Poole Museum: 01202 262600

arts AT poole.gov.uk

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-logboat-sessions-with-annamy-tickets-16276278788


Fri 24th Jul 2015 to Sat 25th Jul 2015

St Aldhelms Hall, Branksome, Poole BH21 1AD

Beer and Bluegrass

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

Over 30 real ales and craft beers

Ticket Line 023 8071 1818

www.poolerhythmroots.co.uk


Fri 7th Aug 2015

Dorchester Corn Exchange (upstairs in Town Hall) DT1 1JF

The Spooky Men's Chorale

Hailing from the Blue Mountains in Australia this utterly original all male choir have sold out at Bridport Arts Centre and a string of major UK venues on their last tour. Come and find out why...

7:30pm (doors & bar 7:00pm)

£16/£14 members & concessions

http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk


Sat 15th Aug 2015 to Sun 16th Aug 2015

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

Bluegrass / Oldtime Mandolin Workshop with Jesper Rübner-Petersen

During this course Jesper Rübner-Petersen will introduce participants to playing Bluegrass/Oldtime mandolin. Musical examples will be drawn from standard tunes of various levels of difficulty, giving players a broad overview of these genres. Both solo playing as well as accompaniment will be explored during the course, allowing participants to learn new techniques and develop and refine their existing playing skills.

Exercises for improvisation and short forays into music theory will round off the course material. In addition to the principal themes of Bluegrass and Oldtime, individual examples taken from Swing, Jazz and/or Irish Folk music may also be included in the course.

Participants will be split into small, individual groups at various points in the programme enabling players to alternate between soloing and accompaniment so they can fully explore the tunes and exercises.

The course is limited to 16 participants to ensure that all players receive personal instruction and supervision. There will be short breaks for refreshments (e.g. coffee, tea and cake) between the individual course sections. This gives participants an ideal opportunity to exchange ideas or take part in small sessions.

Timetable

Saturday, 15 August: Workshop in the morning and afternoon. Lunch in the Brewer’s Arms (pub) in the village.

Sunday, 16 March: Workshop in the morning and afternoon (until about 4pm). Lunch at the Brewer’s Arms in the village.

Course Fee £90 (excluding accommodation and meals)

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


Thu 20th Aug 2015

Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AN

Ninebarrow

Ninebarrow

Highly emotional Alt and Trad Folk from young West Country multi-instrumentalists

£4

8.00 pm

http://www.ritzacoustic.com


Poole Museum BH15 1BW

Said the Maiden

Said the Maiden are a new Hertfordshire-based vocal trio, making waves on the folk scene. All musicians from an early age, they were involved in shows and concerts together at school in St Albans, but found few outlets for their talents in the working world - until they learned a couple of songs to play at nearby Redbourn Folk Club just for fun. When the crowd called for more but they didn't have any more to sing, they knew they were onto something! Their well-matched vocals and gorgeous arrangements bring new life to traditional songs, and over time they have fleshed out their sound with accompaniments on the accordion, ukulele, guitar, violin and flute.
In March 2013 the girls self released their debut EP "Come Hither". The five-track cd was met with great reviews from fans and critics alike, and was followed by the June 2014 release of their debut album "A Curious Tale", which was, again, met with fantastic reviews.
They have been blown away by the praise and encouragement they've received from the folk community so far, and in just one year have found themselves playing dozens of gigs around the country, from folk clubs and fundraisers to festivals (including Folk By The Oak, Folkeast and Bunkfest), local talent showcases and headline spots. In recent months, Said The Maiden have played as the support act for some big names, including The Fisherman's Friends, Sarah McQuaid, Megson and Hannah James & Sam Sweeney. In April and May 2014 the girls were honoured to join Dave Swarbrick on a tour of the UK, which took them all around the country as the main support act for 14 dates.

£6

7.30 pm

Contact Poole Museum: 01202 262600

arts AT poole.gov.uk

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-logboat-sessions-with-said-the-maiden-tickets-15302432989


Thu 3rd Sep 2015

Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AN

Zen Hussies

Crazy mix of old-time Americana and European grooves. The taster concert for Burnham-on-Sea's 10th Folkfest

£4

8.00 pm

http://www.folkfest.co.uk


Fri 4th Sep 2015

Princess Theatre & Arts Centre, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1EH

Coco & The Butterfields + Ninebarrow

Explosive young folk rockers. The Grand Opening Concert of Burnham-on-Sea's 10th Folkfest

£10

7.15pm

Contact Princess Theatre Box Office: 01278-784-464

http://www.princesstheatreandartscentre.co.uk


Sat 5th Sep 2015

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

The Chris Toyne "Big Hats" Band and caller Steve "Flat Cap" Cunio

Bridport "Hats" Ceilidh

A dance on the weekend of Bridport's famous Hats Festival - prizes for the two hats judged best,silliest or most innovative.

The usual bring and share supper, and B.Y.O alcohol.

£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


Thu 17th Sep 2015

Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AN

Damien Barber & Mike Wilson

Deep trad from two of the biggest names in British folk

£4

8,00 pm

http://www.ritzacoustic.com


Poole Museum BH15 1BW

Steve Tilston

Steve Tilston is one of our most celebrated song-smiths, widely recognised within the world of folk and contemporary music; the words, arrangements and subtle, quite superb guitar playing could be no one else.

£8

7.30 pm

Contact Poole Museum: 01202 262600

arts AT poole.gov.uk

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-logboat-sessions-with-steve-tilston-tickets-16276609778


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


Sat 3rd Oct 2015

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Jigfoot with caller Ian Nichols

Bridport Ceilidhs

The next in Bridport's popular ceilidh series, featuring a new band and caller to us - see www.jigfoot.com

Bring and Share (finger food) supper and your own alcohol. Some soft drinks provided.

£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


Thu 15th Oct 2015

Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AN

Jim Crawford

Captivating old-time blues and US folk from Devon-based guitar maestro

£4

8.00 pm

http://www.ritzacoustic.com


Poole Museum BH15 1BW

The 3 Boxes

3 Boxes, a trio of musicians and old friends who have all featured in Hugh Gregory’s 1,000 Great Guitarists book, have taken their experience of playing together, added their unique styles on acoustic guitars (boxes) and the result is much more than the sum of its parts. And “as that trio consists of Clive Gregson, Mark Griffiths and Andy Roberts, we are talking something very special indeed.”

£10

7.30 pm

Contact Poole Museum: 01202 262600

arts AT poole.gov.uk

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-logboat-sessions-with-the-3-boxes-tickets-16276858522


Tue 20th Oct 2015

White Horse, Exford TA24 7PY

Moor Music - Exmoor Music and Song Session

Acoustic song and music session in the heart of Exmoor.
Hosted by Tom and Barbara Brown.
Singers and musicians are welcome to bring their voices and instruments.
Audiences are just as welcome, but expected to join in the choruses!

from 8.00 pm

Umbermusic
01271 882366/07977 914736
www.umbermusic.co.uk
tomandbarbara AT umbermusic.co.uk


Sat 31st Oct 2015

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

Weston Country Dance Band with caller Ivan Aitkin

Autumn Dance

Bring & Share Supper

£10.00

7:30pm - 11:00pm

Contact Liz Neal: 01202 572196

cerameed51 AT gmail.com

www.bournemouthfolkdanceclub AT btck.co.uk


Sat 7th Nov 2015

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Jeremy Child calling and providing the music

Bridport Ceilidhs

Jeremy is keen to show off his skills in picking the best music to accompany his dance selections, so come along and try him out!

Bring and Share (finger food) supper, and your own alcohol. Some soft drinks provided.

£7.50 on the door, but better to book/buy in advance for £6.50 - tickets at Bridport Music Shop, and Jaxsons Deli, or contact as below.

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com


Thu 19th Nov 2015

Ritz Acoustic Club, Burnham-on-Sea TA8 1AN

Foo Foo

Funny and touching, this female duo make a hugely welcome comeback. Now with added guitar.

£4

8.00 pm


http://www.ritzacoustic.com


Poole Museum BH15 1BW

Louise Jordan

Music which combines award winning acoustic song writing with a classical sensibility to create original compositions, musical settings of literature and unique arrangements of traditional folk songs. Louise Jordan’s songs tell tales of universal human experience. Questioning yet reflective Louise Jordan uses simple subject matter to create songs of striking intensity and undeniable familiarity.

£6

7.30 pm

Contact Poole Museum: 01202 262600

arts AT poole.gov.uk

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-logboat-sessions-with-louise-jordan-tickets-16276924720


Sat 21st Nov 2015

Bottom Ship, Porlock TA24 8PB

Moor Music - Exmoor Music and Song Session

Acoustic song and music session in the heart of Exmoor.
Hosted by Tom and Barbara Brown.
Singers and musicians are welcome to bring their voices and instruments.
Audiences are just as welcome, but expected to join in the choruses!

from 8.00 pm

Umbermusic
01271 882366/07977 914736
www.umbermusic.co.uk
tomandbarbara AT umbermusic.co.uk


Fri 27th Nov 2015

Osmington Village Hall DT3 6EX

Peter Knight's Gigspanner

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

£14

7.00 for 7.30pm

Contact Eileen: 07816 832554

eileenbramley AT hotmail.co.uk


Sat 5th Dec 2015

Church House Hall, South Street, Bridport DT6 3NW

Arish Mel with caller Dick Williams

Bridport Ceilidhs

Join us for our pre-Christmas knees-up, a good time is guaranteed for all!

Bring and Share (finger food) supper, and you own alcohol. Some soft drinks provided.

£8.50 on the door (better to pre-book/buy for £7.50), from Bridport Music Shop, Jaxsons Deli, or contact as below.

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Monty Crook: 01308 423442

monty3dayslate AT yahoo.co.uk

www.bridportceilidhs.wordpress.com