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Thu 22nd Feb 2024

Holford and District Village Hall TA5 1SD

Blair Dunlop: Live

The wonderful singer-songwriter Blair Dunlop is touring Somerset with Take Art in 2024. Extremely popular, Blair has toured around the world with his music, finding chord with people whether they’re into rock, folk or mainstream pop.
Blair is an award winning (BBC Folk Award, Premio Ciampi) singer/song- writer and guitarist who has toured the globe. What sets him apart from his peers is the lyrical and musical maturity with which he writes.
He has released 4 studio albums with ‘Gilded’ and ‘Notes from an Island’ receiving particularly high critical ac- claim. He has also toured extensively
in Europe and Australia, appearing at festivals such as Glastonbury, Cam- bridge Folk Festival, Port Fairy and Woodford.

7.30pm
£10/£8 child/ low income £28 family (2 adults & 2 children) 07463 674230

A TakeArt presentation
www.takeart.org


Marine Theatre Church Street, Lyme Regis, DT7 3QB

The Shanty Sessions

Ahoy there—local group The Chantry Buoys sing traditional sea shanties and other well known songs. Join them for a fun sing-along with local drinks, old seafaring melodies, and maritime frolics.
Based in Colyton, they sing traditional sea shanties, and other well known songs. They have performed at many Sea Shanty festivals, including Falmouth, Teignmouth, and recently performed on Lyme’s Marine Parade, to close Lifeboat week.
Sea shanties were work songs, set to a rhythm for working, to reduce the monotony of undertaking repetitive tasks aboard ship. But they were also Foc’sle songs, which were storytelling verses to be listened to at leisure, to remind sailors of home and these helped to keep alive traditions and record local events and people.

Bar opens 7:30 P.M.
Starts 7:30 P.M.
Free entry - no tickets

https://www.marinetheatre.com/the-shanty-sessions-27/


Fri 23rd Feb 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Madding Crowd

A weekend event for The Madding Crowd who research and perform the church and secular music of the English village bands and choirs in the period 1660 to 1861.

Who’s it For?
The Madding Crowd and friends, all lovers of West Gallery music.

The Madding Crowd is one of the largest and longest established of the revival groups specialising in West Gallery music. They meet each week, just as the old gallery bands and choirs did. The group was founded in 1975 to lead a village evensong, and we have given carol concerts every year since 1977, summer concerts since 1979, harvest concerts since 1989, and have led the singing at many church services, baptisms, weddings and harvest festivals. We have broadcast on radio and television several times, including the Songs of Praise programme shown in 1990, and in “Going the Rounds” on BBC Radio 4 in December 2003. We also provided music for a television programme about Isaac Watts, shown on the PAX channel in North America. In the 1990s we created an early 19th century village wedding and celebration for English Heritage Special Events at various locations in the South of England.

If you’d like to find out more, head to the website www.maddingcrowd.org

For more details please contact:
info AT maddingcrowd.org

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/madding-crowd/


Wessex Acoustic at Blandford Royal British Legion DT11 7AD

Fleetwood Cave

+ Linda Watkins

The fabulous Marion Fleetwood joins forces with Gregg Cave in an upbeat duo offering a variety of songs with folk roots.

Opening support is from Welsh songstress Linda Watkins

£15 ONLY pre purchased or reserved

8.00 pm (doors open 7.45)

Contact Kathy Dunn: 01202 732239

kd.79 AT live.com

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Durlston Castle, Swanage BH19 2JL

Wareham Whalers

In this concert, Wareham Whalers will be celebrating 200 years since the RNLI was founded.
Through readings, shanties and songs of the sea, they will recount some key events which highlight the bravery and sacrifices made throughout this period.
Bar available

£10

7.30pm

Contact David Blakeley: 07923 020946

wareham.whalers AT gmail.com

https://www.durlston.co.uk/whats-on


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

Wessex Barn Dance with SomerStep

A ‘Support the Hall’ Event

SomerStep are a dance group based in Crewkerne, performing a variety of English step and social dances.

We are bringing our Wessex Barn Dance to The David Hall.
There will be lots of Traditional dances to join in, all collected in the south-west of England. These will be interspersed with short displays and the occasional song, while you get your breath back.
Our band includes members of Teasing the Cat and the Rum and Kidney Band. The callers will be Steve Cunio and Chris Edmunds.

www.somerstep.org

Tickets: £8 Full. £7 Concessions

7.30 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/wessex-barn-dance-with-somerstep-a-support-the-hall-event/


Chaffcombe Village Hall TA20 4BH

Blair Dunlop: Live

The wonderful singer-songwriter Blair Dunlop is touring Somerset with Take Art in 2024. Extremely popular, Blair has toured around the world with his music, finding chord with people whether they’re into rock, folk or mainstream pop.
Blair is an award winning (BBC Folk Award, Premio Ciampi) singer/song- writer and guitarist who has toured the globe. What sets him apart from his peers is the lyrical and musical maturity with which he writes.
He has released 4 studio albums with ‘Gilded’ and ‘Notes from an Island’ receiving particularly high critical ac- claim. He has also toured extensively
in Europe and Australia, appearing at festivals such as Glastonbury, Cam- bridge Folk Festival, Port Fairy and Woodford.

7.30pm
£10 01460 64592

A TakeArt presentation
www.takeart.org


Sat 24th Feb 2024

Curry Mallet and Beercrocombe Village Hall TA3 6SY

Blair Dunlop: Live

The wonderful singer-songwriter Blair Dunlop is touring Somerset with Take Art in 2024. Extremely popular, Blair has toured around the world with his music, finding chord with people whether they’re into rock, folk or mainstream pop.
Blair is an award winning (BBC Folk Award, Premio Ciampi) singer/song- writer and guitarist who has toured the globe. What sets him apart from his peers is the lyrical and musical maturity with which he writes.
He has released 4 studio albums with ‘Gilded’ and ‘Notes from an Island’ receiving particularly high critical ac- claim. He has also toured extensively
in Europe and Australia, appearing at festivals such as Glastonbury, Cam- bridge Folk Festival, Port Fairy and Woodford.

8pm
£10 07787 148516

A TakeArt presentation
www.takeart.org


Pavilion Dance South West, ​Westover Road, Bournemouth BH1 2BU

Murphy's Lore

Ceilidh

Doors open 6.45, dancing 7-10
Tickets £15 standard £12 Concession
Booking recommended 01202 203630 or online www.pdsw.org.uk


Sun 25th Feb 2024

Charlton Horethorne Village Hall DT9 4FY

Blair Dunlop: Live

The wonderful singer-songwriter Blair Dunlop is touring Somerset with Take Art in 2024. Extremely popular, Blair has toured around the world with his music, finding chord with people whether they’re into rock, folk or mainstream pop.
Blair is an award winning (BBC Folk Award, Premio Ciampi) singer/song- writer and guitarist who has toured the globe. What sets him apart from his peers is the lyrical and musical maturity with which he writes.
He has released 4 studio albums with ‘Gilded’ and ‘Notes from an Island’ receiving particularly high critical ac- claim. He has also toured extensively
in Europe and Australia, appearing at festivals such as Glastonbury, Cam- bridge Folk Festival, Port Fairy and Woodford.

7.30pm
£12 01935 814199 or from village shop

A TakeArt presentation
www.takeart.org


Fiddleford Inn DT10 2BX

Music session

For this coming Sunday 25.02.24 the session usually held at The Blackmore Vale Inn Marnhull will be at the Fiddleford Inn. Music session with a few songs.Usual thing, all musicians welcome.

7 30 - 10.30 pm

Contact Mandy Waltham: 07816 178040

Mandy.Waltham AT googlemail.com


Mon 26th Feb 2024 to Fri 1st Mar 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Moonrakers Folk Orchestra

Members of Moonrakers return to Halsway Manor bringing their exciting and dynamic music event for musicians and singers.
Expect a relaxing, stimulating and engaging multi-instrumental week. Whether you play bowed, fretted or reed instruments, whistles or flutes, or simply like to sing, you are very welcome on this course!
We’ll work on our own improvised arrangements of about 10 folk tunes and songs throughout the week. You don’t need to read music, but some instrumental experience is required.
In the evenings there will be plenty of opportunity to showcase some of your own material.
This course is aimed at instrumentalists and singers with some experience under their belts. You’ll need a good understanding of your instrument and to be open to working in small and larger groups and trying new ways of working.
You’ll be able to download resources (sheet music and sound files) for the week in advance of the course. We’ll post a link here nearer the time.
Don’t worry if you’ve been on the course before, there will be plenty of new material to choose from!
The idea is not to just learn tunes but to look in detail at how we might arrange these within a mixed ensemble of instruments. The sound files will provide the skeleton of the tune itself and the beginnings of an arrangement. What we may come up with together as we work with the tune could be very different! All will be explained on arrival.
Meanwhile, you’ll need to work through at least some of the material in advance, learn the tune and begin to think of how we might develop it – maybe through the use of a counter-melody? a particular rhythm or strumming pattern? or a bass part? Please print out the music and bring a music stand and a note book/pencil.

Expect to have quite a relaxed week with opportunities to also have some one-to-one advice on developing your playing or writing. Don’t worry about your skill level, we will accommodate all standards of playing.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/moonrakers-folk-orchestra-2024/


Tue 27th Feb 2024

Skittle Alley, Drax Arms, Bere Regis BH20 7HH

Raven Kings, Ed Mortimer and Pete Robson

The Raven Kings – runners up in Wimborne Folk Festival’s Live and Loud competition in 2023. Debut album released in August 2023 (copies available on the night) supported by:
Ed Mortimer
Pete Robson Blues

Doors 7:30pm for 8pm.

Contact Pip Evans: 07598 328479

pip_evans AT btinternet.com

www.bereregisfolk.com


Wed 28th Feb 2024 to Fri 1st Mar 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Reed Making for Northumbrian Smallpipes

This course will be available to book shortly.
Subject to demand, a short course to learn how to make reeds for the Northumbrian (or Scottish) smallpipes – then, if you wish, stay on for our Northumbrian smallpipes weekend! The course is led by renowned piper and pipe-maker Andy May. You’ll be in the workshop by day, but there will be time in the evenings to relax and enjoy informal playing sessions in the bar, so bring your instruments and try your new reeds!
This course is for all-comers. Tools will be supplied but you may wish to bring your own. There will be a small charge of £10-£15 (payable on departure) to cover the cost of cane.

Andy May was introduced to the smallpipes by his father Stan, later learning from Roland Lofthouse and Adrian Schofield, and from studying the recordings of Billy Pigg and Tom Clough. Through the 90s Andy entered many piping competitions and studied music at the University of York with the pipes as his chosen instrument. Andy has been a full-time musician since 2002, nowadays touring with North-East band Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies, UK/Finnish/Danish ensemble Baltic Crossing, his own Andy May Trio, and various other projects.
When not gigging Andy has become a pipemaker, again learning much from his father, and also Colin Ross. He has a particular interest in the study of old instruments and his current ongoing research project is into the pipemaking of Tom Clough and Fred Picknell.
Andy became the Vice President of the Northumbrian Pipers’ Society in 2012.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/reed-making-for-northumbrian-smallpipes-2024/


Thu 29th Feb 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Moonrakers

Members of Moonrakers bring their exciting and dynamic music to Halsway Manor during their Folk Orchestra week. Two members of Moonrakers – Jon Bennett (guitar, bouzouki, low whistles, ukelele and vocals) and Jacqui Johnson (cello, accordion) – will be joined by Andy May (Northumbrian small pipes) for an informal concert of tunes, songs, and anecdotes.
Moonrakers is an Oxford-based group of four musicians who pride themselves in having brought traditional and contemporary folk music to new audiences in village halls, churches, arts centres and festivals across the UK. The fact that the band “just OOZES quality” (Living Tradition) is down to the careful arrangements and selection of tunes and songs, presenting “exquisite music” (BBC). The material is a combination of traditional Irish, Scottish, Welsh and English music and their own contemporary songs and tunes, still very much ‘in the idiom’.

8pm–9:30pm

£12 - Adults
£6 - Concessions
Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/gig-moonrakers-2024/


Combe St Nicholas village hall TA20 3LT

Chard Folk Dance Club

Jeroka with Simon Maplesden calling.

It's £4.00 per person which includes a cuppa and cake, all welcome and it is a lot of fun!

Further details from Elaine on 01460 65909


Fri 1st Mar 2024 to Sun 3rd Mar 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Northumbrian Smallpipes Weekend

We’re delighted to welcome back Andy May, Pauline Cato, Chris Ormston and Chris Evans to put Northumbrian Smallpipers of all abilities through their paces.

The weekend offers a enjoyable opportunity to develop technique and repertoire with a variety of workshops, sessions, plus a performance from the tutors.

Make a long weekend of it and book an additional night of B&B on Sunday night for just £60 per person (includes supper).

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/northumbrian-smallpipes-weekend-2024/


Fri 1st Mar 2024

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Music from Tatterdemalion band (fiddles, wind, guitar) Caller Teresa Williams

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening

A 'Micro' Barn Dance evening. Usual easy and fun dances, friendly atmosphere, but no bar. BYO if you wish. No need to come with a partner.

£7

7.15 for 7.30 - 9.15

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184

jenny_harrison_1123 AT yahoo.co.uk


St Mark's Church Hall, Highcliffe, Christchurch BH23 5AB

Wareham Whalers

THE SHOUT CONCERT
A concert to celebrate 200 years of the RNLI through readings and songs. Hosted by Mudeford RNLI fundraisers with all proceeds going to the RNLI.
Bring your own nibbles and drinks.
Tickets available from susanshorter AT hotmail.co.uk or from
WeGotTickets.

£8

7.30pm

Contact Sue Watkins: 07923 020946

susanshorter AT hotmail.co.uk

http://www.wareham-whalers.org.uk/


Woodlands Village Hall BH21 8LJ

Harbottle & Jonas

Dave Harbottle and Freya Jonas combine a love of the richness of traditional folk with their own original and powerful songwriting. Together the duo has built up a revered reputation on the folk circuit over the last ten years and racked up nearly 900 gigs in the process. Crowned Fatea Magazine Best Band/Duo 2021, the pair have developed a distinct and compelling signature sound, blending concertina, harmonium, cittern, stomp box, acoustic guitar and banjo with their beautiful and closely intertwined vocal harmonies.

Tickets via 07732 189470

For more information contact Kerry Bartlett: 01305 269512; email kerry AT artsreach.co.uk

www.artsreach.co.uk
 AT Artsreach
facebook.com/Artsreachdorset


Sat 2nd Mar 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Northumbrian Smallpipes Taster Session

Come and try the Northumbrian Smallpipes in this special taster session for absolute beginners. If you’ve ever wanted to learn to play the Northumbrian pipes, it’s a great introduction to this slightly mysterious instrument!
Led by Francis Wood, we’ll have simple sets of teaching pipes available, designed for beginners. This is an excellent opportunity for those who enjoy the gentle sound of small pipes and would like to learn a little about their technique, repertoire and history.

The morning will aim to cover :

The use of bellows in the most relaxed and efficient way
Principles of ‘closed fingering’
Coordinating bag and bellows arms to sustain a steady pressure
Drone tuning
with some discussion of the instrument’s history and development (time permitting)

Timings:

Arrival is from 9.30am, with the workshops begin at 10am and finish at 1pm. The course includes lunch after your two workshops, and you are welcome to stay with us in the afternoon to observe the more advanced classes working with the other smallpipes tutors, if you wish.

Tickets to the evening concert can be purchased separately.

Who is it for?
You don’t need to own, or bring, a set of pipes, sets of teaching pipes are available. Designed for beginners, these are simple sets in ‘G’ without keys, and are a modern interpretation of the original form of Northumbrian smallpipes on which the earliest traditional repertoire is based. This is an excellent opportunity for those who enjoy the gentle sound of smallpipes and would like to learn a little about their technique, repertoire and history. The group is limited to 6 students.

The Tutor
The course is led by experienced tutor Francis Wood. Francis has been playing and teaching for more years than he cares to remember. He has a particular passion for introducing newcomers to the Northumbrian Smallpipes, as well as endless patience.

9:30am–2pm

£50
Incudes morning workshops, instrument hire and lunch

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/northumbrian-smallpipes-taster-session-sat-2024/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Northumbrian Smallpipes

Join us for an informal evening of music featuring tutors from the Halsway Northumbrian Smallpipes Weekend, and contributions from course participants and guests too. A celebration of all things NSP!
Andy May was introduced to the smallpipes by his father Stan, later learning from Roland Lofthouse and Adrian Schofield, and from studying the recordings of Billy Pigg and Tom Clough. Through the 90s Andy entered many piping competitions and studied music at the University of York with the pipes as his chosen instrument. Andy has been a full-time musician since 2002, with the Andy May Trio, UK/Finnish/Danish ensemble Baltic Crossing, and with North-East band Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies. Andy is a notable pipemaker, learning much from his father, and also Colin Ross, and teaches on the folk music degree course at Newcastle University.
Pauline Cato with her extremely accurate staccato approach, has brought a fresh and exciting sound to the Northumbrian bagpipe tradition. While she’s has shown a mastery of the traditional repertoire of Billy Pigg and Tom Clough, Cato become known for her unique bagpipe renditions of songs by such folk-like songwriters as Richard Thompson and Jay Ungar. In addition to performing as a soloist and in a duo with McConville, Cato has worked with Alistair Anderson and the Northern Sinfonia Orchestra in the opera Cullecoates Tommy. Cato has become a highly respected instructor and has taught courses in the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States.
Chris Ormston was given his first set of pipes on his 15th birthday and nine months later won the Northumbrian Pipers’ Society Junior Class. Within three years he had won every Open competition in the county. Early in his piping career he acquired a taste for the classic repertoire of the pipes, with a particular interest in the music of the Clough family. Chris has collaborated with the NPS Society in the publication of two collections: ‘The Clough Family of Newsham’ (2000) and ‘The Clough Family Tunebook’ (2012). In 2011 Chris was honoured to take possession of ‘Young’ Tom Clough’s pipes, a Reid set gifted to Tom by his grandfather.
Chris Evans was born and raised in Dorset. He won a music scholarship to Bryanston School, Blandford, and is a graduate of the University of Bristol with a Bachelor of Arts Joint Honours degree in German and Russian, and a Master of Arts in Medieval Studies, specialising in Late Medieval German. Chris started playing Northumbrian Smallpipes in 2001. He has won Open Classes at the Bellingham Show and the Northumbrian Pipers’ Society annual competitions and has gone on to perform as a soloist for HRH Duke of Edinburgh on Horse Guards Parade, and with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He is in demand as a tutor throughout the UK and US, and has been a regular tutor at Halsway since 2006.

8pm–9:30pm

£12 - Adults
£6 - Concessions
Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/gig-northumbrian-smallpipes/


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

Seckou Keita

Since arriving in the UK in 1999, Seckou has been on an epic creative journey that has seen him broaden the idiomatic scope of his instrument as well as spread his wings, literally and figuratively.
Nicknamed “the Hendrix of the Kora”, Seckou has been celebrated for his ingenious tunings and virtuosity and praised as “one of the finest exponents of the kora”. Performing all over the globe as a solo artist and with his ground-breaking quintet, he has captivated audiences at WOMAD, Hay, Glastonbury, Tokyo Jazz, Chicago World Music Festival, Sydney International, Montreal Jazz Festivals and many more places.

www.seckoukeita.com

Tickets: £20 Full. £19 Concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/seckou-keita/


West Stafford Village Hall DT2 8XN

Harbottle & Jonas

Dave Harbottle and Freya Jonas combine a love of the richness of traditional folk with their own original and powerful songwriting. Together the duo has built up a revered reputation on the folk circuit over the last ten years and racked up nearly 900 gigs in the process. Crowned Fatea Magazine Best Band/Duo 2021, the pair have developed a distinct and compelling signature sound, blending concertina, harmonium, cittern, stomp box, acoustic guitar and banjo with their beautiful and closely intertwined vocal harmonies.

Tickets via 07968 633834

For more information contact Kerry Bartlett: 01305 269512; email kerry AT artsreach.co.uk

www.artsreach.co.uk
 AT Artsreach
facebook.com/Artsreachdorset


The Owl In The Oak Cafe, Kingston Seymour BS21 6XH

Nathan Lewis Williams & Caelia Lunniss

+ The Wynter Reign


NEW DATE 2nd March... due to health reasons we have rescheduled this gig...
Nathan Lewis Williams and Caelia Lunniss play traditional and original folk songs and tunes, with music and lyrics inspired by nature, community and the landscape. Bilingual since childhood, Nathan composes and sings in English and Welsh, and sources music from throughout the British Isles and Brittany, accompanied by guitar, cittern and piano, while Caelia's diverse classical and traditional influences enable her to lead fiddle tunes and improvise on violin and viola. There'll be an extra smattering of Welsh songs and tunes for St David's weekend! For a taste of what's in store check out their showreel here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzENRU_B9mk

The evening will also offer the beautiful psychedelic tinged acid folk sounds of Glastonbury based duo, The Wynter Reign.

Menu :
- Chicken Sofrito or
- Portobello Steak and butter bean mash (vegan)
- Followed by Pear and Macadamia Crumble with chocolate sauce

Select tickets for a meal and gig at £35 per head or gig only at £5

6.45 for 7..00 pm

Contact Nathan: 07752 593299

nathanvibration AT gmail.com

https://www.owlintheoak.co.uk/what-s-on


Sun 3rd Mar 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Northumbrian Smallpipes Taster Session

Come and try the Northumbrian Smallpipes in this special taster session for absolute beginners. If you’ve ever wanted to learn to play the Northumbrian pipes, it’s a great introduction to this slightly mysterious instrument!
Led by Francis Wood, we’ll have simple sets of teaching pipes available, designed for beginners. This is an excellent opportunity for those who enjoy the gentle sound of small pipes and would like to learn a little about their technique, repertoire and history.

The morning will aim to cover :

The use of bellows in the most relaxed and efficient way
Principles of ‘closed fingering’
Coordinating bag and bellows arms to sustain a steady pressure
Drone tuning
with some discussion of the instrument’s history and development (time permitting)

Timings:

Arrival is from 9.30am, with the workshops begin at 10am and finish at 1pm. The course includes lunch after your two workshops, and you are welcome to stay with us in the afternoon to observe the more advanced classes working with the other smallpipes tutors, if you wish. The Halsway Cream Tea can be added to your booking for £5 (in advance only).

Who is it for?
You don’t need to own, or bring, a set of pipes, sets of teaching pipes are available. Designed for beginners, these are simple sets in ‘G’ without keys, and are a modern interpretation of the original form of Northumbrian smallpipes on which the earliest traditional repertoire is based. This is an excellent opportunity for those who enjoy the gentle sound of smallpipes and would like to learn a little about their technique, repertoire and history. The group is limited to 6 students.

The Tutor
The course is led by experienced tutor Francis Wood. Francis has been playing and teaching for more years than he cares to remember. He has a particular passion for introducing newcomers to the Northumbrian Smallpipes, as well as endless patience

9:30am–2pm

£50
Incudes morning workshops, instrument hire and lunch

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/northumbrian-smallpipes-taster-session-sunday/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Sunday Club

A regular evening of music and song at Halsway Manor.
Halsway Manor open their doors to all on the first Sunday evening of each month for an evening of folk and acoustic music. Singers and musicians of all abilities are invited. If you are curious about folk music and just want to listen with a drink from the bar, you are also welcome.
There has been a Sunday Club meeting at Halsway Manor for many years.
This ‘Sunday Club’ for musicians and singers is informal and relaxed. We have a folk theme, but really all types of acoustic music, song and poetry are welcome. The evening generally combines some playing together with individual spots. We don’t frown on you having your words or music in front of you, and certainly encourage beginners.
Just come along, or give Roger Phipps a call on 01278 671685 if you would like to find out more.

Halsway Music and Song Club is held 8pm on the 1st Sunday of each month (with the exception of an August break for Sidmouth Folk Festival).

8pm–10pm

Free, but donations welcome.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/sunday-club-2/2024-03-03/


Ibberton Village Hall DT2 8XN

Harbottle & Jonas

Dave Harbottle and Freya Jonas combine a love of the richness of traditional folk with their own original and powerful songwriting. Together the duo has built up a revered reputation on the folk circuit over the last ten years and racked up nearly 900 gigs in the process. Crowned Fatea Magazine Best Band/Duo 2021, the pair have developed a distinct and compelling signature sound, blending concertina, harmonium, cittern, stomp box, acoustic guitar and banjo with their beautiful and closely intertwined vocal harmonies.

Tickets via 07771 561099

For more information contact Kerry Bartlett: 01305 269512; email kerry AT artsreach.co.uk

www.artsreach.co.uk
 AT Artsreach
facebook.com/Artsreachdorset


St Laurence Church Upwey Weymouth DT3 5QE

Ridgeway Singers and Band

Upwey Music presents the Ridgeway Singers & Band in 'Fare Thee Well, Cold Winter’, a special programme of Dorset music, stories and poems to celebrate the coming of spring. In a nod to the locality it will highlight songs from Marina Russell, the fine Upwey singer who contributed so many songs to the Hammond brothers when they came collecting in the early 20th century. It will also include tunes from the surviving manuscript book of Richard Luckham, the miller at Broadwey c.1850, who played the flute.
Refreshments available- Cash only

www.ticketsource.co.uk - search for ‘Upwey’ or tel. 07960 471170

£12 (£6 under-18s)

3.30 pm - 5.30 pm

Contact Tony King: 07960 471170

https://ridgewaysingersandband.org/


Thu 7th Mar 2024

Bridport Arts Centre, 9 South St, Bridport DT6 3NR

!!! SOLD OUT !!! Show of Hands

Full Circle Part II: Show of Hands Return to Their Roots
Steve Knightley and Phil Beer embark on a journey back to where it all began. With a rich history spanning three decades, the duo are renowned for their unique ‘hands-on’ cottage industry approach to touring, and this upcoming tour promises to be a celebration of their enduring legacy.
Following this tour, Steve and Phil will be taking a well-deserved break from the limelight, so don’t miss your chance to see them play together!

7:30PM

Tickets: £28

https://www.bridport-arts.com/event/show-of-hands/


The Tree House, 35 Berkley Rd, Frome BA11 2EH

Sam Sweeney Band

Bellowhead Fiddle Player & BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – Musician Of The Year 2015
Following the colossal success of supporting Bellowhead on their comeback tour in 2022, Sam is taking to the road to play his genre-defying landmark album, Escape That, with his all-star band. Featuring Louis Campbell on electric guitar, Ben Nicholls on double bass and Stuart McCallum on acoustic guitar, this will be a gig you don’t want to miss.
Sam is one of England’s finest and most in demand traditional musicians, however Escape That is his first entirely self-composed record. It ties together all of Sam’s musical passions in an honest and fearless expression of himself.
Sam and his band are putting something into English music that has never been there before and pressing the reset button on how folk music should sound. Combining Sam’s love for traditional music with strong pop hooks and aesthetics, this music is unashamed in its wide pool of influences.
Sam is a veteran of the mighty Bellowhead, former artistic director of the National Folk Youth Ensemble, founder member of the acclaimed instrumental trio Leveret, and a genre defining instrumentalist at the forefront of the revival in English traditional music.

7:30 pm

Please note this is an 18+ event, and the venue is accessed by stairs with no lift. If you have any enquiries please email thetreehouse AT cheeseandgrain.com or phone 01373 466230

£20 ADVANCE + BOOKING FEE
All Standing

https://www.cheeseandgrain.com/events/sam-sweeney-band/


Marine Theatre, Church St, Lyme Regis DT7 3QB

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman

It has been five years since the last offering from the popular husband and wife duo and their latest album. You won't want to miss the couples folk album 'Almost A Sunset' - a collection of thoughtful, varied songs that range from re-worked traditional ballads to the off-piste storytelling style that has become their trademark.
Recorded at Devon-pace in their studio on Dartmoor over the course of a year, the couple explore favourite characters, childhood memories and deep emotion to pull together a collection of songs that demonstrate their musical versatility, a sharp interest in the world around them and their own unique perspective on the folk genre.
Duos come and duos go, and some nurture and fine tune their art and watch it grow into something totally original and captivating. For over a quarter of a century Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman’s partnership has proved personal, permanent and pivotal.
From their early days in folk supergroup ‘Equation ‘ through to their new album this multi award-winning couple continue to exude timeless class with their exquisite brand of traditional and contemporary acoustic music.

Bar opens 7:00 P.M.
Starts 8:00 P.M.
Advance £19.00
10% off for members

https://www.marinetheatre.com/kathryn-roberts-and-sean-lakeman/


Fri 8th Mar 2024 to Sun 10th Mar 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Spring Song Weekend

Singers of all abilities are invited to join Hilary James and enjoy the pleasure of group singing as you discover the potential of your own voice. Explore the wealth of songs within the British folk traditions and beyond: from ballads to blues, sea songs to lullabies, comic ditties and more. You’ll be working largely ‘by ear’ with simple improvised vocal harmonies but for the more experienced, written parts for some songs will be available. As well as singing acappella, the group will join Simon Mayor’s mandolinists on Sunday afternoon to sing with mandolin orchestra backing!
‘Mellow Virginians’ Andy Baum and Richard Collins will be on hand to help with some of the lower harmonies.

This weekend runs alongside the Simon Mayor Mandolin Weekend – click here for details

Hilary, Simon, Andy and Richard will be performing as ‘Slim Panatella and the Mellow Virginians’ on the Saturday evening concert.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/spring-song-weekend-2024/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Simon Mayor’s Mandolin Weekend

Simon Mayor is beyond doubt this country’s finest mandolin player, moving effortlessly between classical, traditional folk, jazz & blues. His dazzling technical skills grace all the music he plays. He’s also a fine guitarist & fiddle player, with a delicious sense of humour & great teaching ability. In 2022, he and Hilary James were awarded honorary directorships of The Classical Mandolin Society of America.
Simon will cover all right & left hand techniques including position shifting, tremolo, decoration, tone production & more. There will also be the opportunity to accompany songs with singers from Hilary James’ Spring Song Weekend.
Simon will welcome Richard Collins (Mandolinquents, Slim Panatella & the Mellow Virginians) as guest tutor for a couple of the sessions. The weekend will feature some of the most requested pieces from Simon’s regular visits to Halsway Manor over the last eight years.

Halsway Manor will be hosting this weekend workshop alongside the Spring Song Weekend with Hilary James.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/simon-mayors-mandolin-weekend-2024/


Fri 8th Mar 2024

Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel with caller Malcolm Churchill

All welcome to our regular Barn Dance. No Bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles! Tickets on the door - just turn up.

£7.50 adults £2.50 children

7.30pm - 10.00pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


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

Full Circle Part Two: Show of Hands Return to Their Roots – Phil Beer and Steve Knightley

In the spring of 2024, music enthusiasts and Folk fans across the nation are in for a treat as Steve Knightley and Phil Beer prepare to embark on a journey back to where it all began. With a rich history spanning three decades the duo are renowned for their unique ‘hands-on’ cottage industry approach to touring, and this upcoming tour promises to be a celebration of their enduring legacy. Village halls, Folks clubs, small arts centres, and community venues are the very places where they honed their craft, building their following from the grassroots up.
This will be an opportunity to reconnect with their loyal supporters, and a chance to inspire a new generation of Folk musicians. One of the defining aspects of Show of Hands’ career has been their unwavering commitment to supporting grassroots promoters. Their policy of profit sharing and providing all production equipment has empowered countless individuals to organise concerts in their local communities. This ethos has not only enriched the folk music scene but also strengthened the bonds between artists and their audiences.
Following this tour, Steve and Phil will be taking a well-deserved break from the limelight. They plan to pursue solo projects, explore new creative horizons, and recharge their artistic batteries. This indefinite hiatus marks the end of an era, but it also heralds exciting new beginnings for two of the folk world’s best loved musicians. Show of Hands’ dedication to their roots, their music, and the communities that have supported them is a testament to their enduring legacy.
The spring of 2024 promises to be a time of reflection, celebration as we bid farewell to an era while eagerly anticipating the next chapter in the incredible journey of Steve Knightley and Phil Beer.

www.showofhands.co.uk

Tickets: £28. No concessions

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/full-circle-part-two-show-of-hands-return-to-their-roots-phil-beer-and-steve-knightley-2/


Sat 9th Mar 2024

Strode Theatre, Church Road, Street BA16 0AB

Salt Houses

Salt House have been a mainstay of the folk scene for almost a decade. New songs that sound as if they’ve always been here. Ancient ballads woken up. Poems given the melodies they’ve long deserved. Songs about place, politics, landscape and birds.
The Salt House sound is carefully honed - melancholy viola entangled round rich vocals and double-guitar interplay. There’s a sense of place in their music - with the band based between the Scottish Highlands and Shetland. Taking their name from a dock
in Ewan’s native Liverpool, Salt House draw on a wide range of influences from their varied backgrounds in folk, singer-songwriter and traditional music.
Their latest releases (‘Working for Zeus’ and ‘Huam’) have seen them solidify their reputation as fine interpreters of words both old and new. Salt House are Jenny Sturgeon (vocals, keys, guitar), Ewan MacPherson (vocals, guitars) and Lauren MacColl (fiddle, viola, vocals).

7:45PM

Tickets: £15 Venue: Studio

https://www.strodetheatre.org.uk/whats-on/view/salt-house/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Slim Panatella and the Mellow Virginians

Tutors on this weekend’s Mandolin and Voice Weekend, Simon Mayor and Hilary James, are joined by the Mellow Virginians Andy Baum and Richard Collins for a special evening performance.
Simon Mayor will bring the hilarious banter and mandolin wizardry he is known for (he’s one of the world’s leading virtuosos, not to mention his fine guitar and fiddle playing). Alongside Hilary’s “wonderfully honey-dripping voice” and unusual basses!
To ring the changes and bring a trans-Atlantic flavour to the weekend there will be two guest musicians from Simon and Hilary’s quartets, the Mandolinquents and Slim Panatella and the Mellow Virginians. Andy Baum and Richard Collins are both multi-instrumentalists and vocalists who, as well as featuring on the Saturday night concert, will be adding the occasional harmony in Hilary’s singing group and joining in on one or two of Simon’s mandolin arrangements. You’ll see them around throughout the weekend.

8pm–10pm

£12 Adult
£6 Concession

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/gig-slim-panatella-and-the-mellow-virginians-2/


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

Full Circle Part Two: Show of Hands Return to Their Roots – Phil Beer and Steve Knightley

In the spring of 2024, music enthusiasts and Folk fans across the nation are in for a treat as Steve Knightley and Phil Beer prepare to embark on a journey back to where it all began. With a rich history spanning three decades the duo are renowned for their unique ‘hands-on’ cottage industry approach to touring, and this upcoming tour promises to be a celebration of their enduring legacy. Village halls, Folks clubs, small arts centres, and community venues are the very places where they honed their craft, building their following from the grassroots up.
This will be an opportunity to reconnect with their loyal supporters, and a chance to inspire a new generation of Folk musicians. One of the defining aspects of Show of Hands’ career has been their unwavering commitment to supporting grassroots promoters. Their policy of profit sharing and providing all production equipment has empowered countless individuals to organise concerts in their local communities. This ethos has not only enriched the folk music scene but also strengthened the bonds between artists and their audiences.
Following this tour, Steve and Phil will be taking a well-deserved break from the limelight. They plan to pursue solo projects, explore new creative horizons, and recharge their artistic batteries. This indefinite hiatus marks the end of an era, but it also heralds exciting new beginnings for two of the folk world’s best loved musicians. Show of Hands’ dedication to their roots, their music, and the communities that have supported them is a testament to their enduring legacy.
The spring of 2024 promises to be a time of reflection, celebration as we bid farewell to an era while eagerly anticipating the next chapter in the incredible journey of Steve Knightley and Phil Beer.

www.showofhands.co.uk

Tickets: £28. No concessions

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/full-circle-part-two-show-of-hands-return-to-their-roots-phil-beer-and-steve-knightley/


Martock United Reformed Church TA12 6JN

Blair Dunlop: Live

The wonderful singer-songwriter Blair Dunlop is touring Somerset with Take Art in 2024. Extremely popular, Blair has toured around the world with his music, finding chord with people whether they’re into rock, folk or mainstream pop.
Blair is an award winning (BBC Folk Award, Premio Ciampi) singer/song- writer and guitarist who has toured the globe. What sets him apart from his peers is the lyrical and musical maturity with which he writes.
He has released 4 studio albums with ‘Gilded’ and ‘Notes from an Island’ receiving particularly high critical ac- claim. He has also toured extensively
in Europe and Australia, appearing at festivals such as Glastonbury, Cam- bridge Folk Festival, Port Fairy and Woodford.

7:30pm
£9/£7 child/low income 07522 437237

A TakeArt presentation
www.takeart.org


Crown Inn, Fivehead TA3 6PQ

'Glorishears' - Graham Vincent & Chris Edmunds

Glorishears are Graham Vincent (Mitchell and Vincent) on fiddle and voice and Chris Edmunds (Teasing the Cat) on accordion and melodeon. They play traditional tunes and songs from around the British Isles and Europe with the occasional foray across the pond.
Expect slow and fast, melancholy and joy!

Music will begin at 7.30pm. As usual floorsingers are welcome to sing and/or play in the first half - until the break at 8.30pm. Simply sign up in the book on the night, or email me in advance.

Basket Meals are available to be booked for the interval, or you can eat before the music starts. See the basket meal menu below. To order food, phone The Crown Inn on 01460 281322 or use their website www.thecrowninns.co.uk

laurieguitars AT send.mailchimpapp.com


Thu 14th Mar 2024

Combe St Nicholas village hall TA20 3LT

Chard Folk Dance Club

Dancing Keys with Jane Thomas calling.

It's £4.00 per person which includes a cuppa and cake, all welcome and it is a lot of fun!

Further details from Elaine on 01460 65909


Taunton Brewhouse TA1 1JL

A Brief History of Music

The latest show from acclaimed musicians Chris Green and Sophie Matthews takes in 600 years of musical history in 90 minutes.
Complete with a bewildering array of instruments such as cittern, rauschpfeife, and virginal (and that’s just the first 100 years!), this unique show uses tunes, songs and humour to take you on a musical journey from which you won’t want to return!

£13.50

7.30 pm

Contact Hannah Harrison: 01823 704041

marketing AT tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk

https://www.tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk/events/a-brief-history-of-music/


Fri 15th Mar 2024

Piddletrenthide Memorial hall DT2 7QF

Ruth Thompson and Alastair Simpson, caller TBA

Barn Dance

The hall is on the left when travelling north. The only street light along the main road is on the hall. Roadside parking.
All are welcome, no experience necessary. We enjoy an evening with live music and a caller who will guide you through all the dances. You don't need to bring a partner. No refreshments other than water provided, feel free to bring your own.
Do come along have some fun and laughter.

£7 accompanied under 16s free

7.15 for 7.30pm, finishes 9.30

Contact Sally Condon: 01300 348250

riverpiddle2 AT btinternet.com


Sat 16th Mar 2024 to Wed 17th Jan 2024

Shire Hall Cafe, High West St Dorchester DT1 1UY

Dorchester Dulcimer Weekend

with Damian Clarke, Magdalena Atkinson, Dizzi Dulcimer, Tony Gillam, Grahame Hood

A weekend festival of all matters Dulcimer, both Hammer and Mountain. Two concerts with four performers at each, four workshops and opportunties to try a dulcimer out, hear many styles from top UK performers, sessions, all in one place.Tickets from Eventbrite. (Dorchester Dulcimer Weekend) Either buy for an individual concert £8 or workshop £3 or for the whole event for just £20 advance. If you need an instrument for a workshop, please book one. More details, please contact the organiser

£20 / £8 / £3

Contact Damian Clarke: 07773 128885

voxpopontheroad AT yahoo.co.uk

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dorchester-dulcimer-weekend-tickets-773864257827


Sat 16th Mar 2024

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

SykesMartin

SykesMartin is the new collaboration from two of the UK’s finest folk singers. Miranda Sykes (Show of Hands) and Hannah Martin (Edgelarks, Gigspanner Big Band, Saltlines) draw on the tradition to form a set of songs that celebrate the power of two voices singing in harmony. Double bass, fiddle, banjo and guitars all come together around the duo’s vocal arrangements, taking their deep knowledge of roots music, adding a contemporary twist, and then singing these old songs back to their heart. Delivering beautiful ballads and rousing chorus songs, this set showcases two mesmerising storytellers joining voices to create a spine tingling testimonial to our shared musical heritage.

https://edgelarks.co.uk/sykesmartin

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions

8.00 pm

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


Brownsword Hall, Pummery Sq, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3GY

The Dorset Fiddlers

Join us for our inaugural concert to experience the exhilarating sound of a folk fiddle orchestra performing Dorset’s musical heritage.
The Dorset Fiddlers bring together some of the county’s finest folk musicians to celebrate and promote the rich instrumental tune traditions of Dorset. Using original source material from archival manuscripts and newly penned tunes, the ensemble weaves together an incredible variety of music in an array of exciting contemporary arrangements - from elegant minuets, lilting waltzes to driving jigs and reels.
We look forward to seeing you in what promises to be a very special evening.

Tickets available on the door

£12.00 Adults/ £8.00 Children

8.00pm

For enquiries contact 07917 835781


The Seed Factory, Aller TA10 0QN

Antler Ceilidh band

At last the days are growing longer and it's time for everyone to kick off their winter wellies and start dancing!
A friendly and welcoming evening with the Antler Ceildih band combining highly accomplished musicianship with clear, good-humoured ceilidh dance instruction.

Doors 19.00, First Set 19.45, Interval 20.30, Second `Set 21.00, Finish 21.45, Bar Closes 22.30
Our lovely bar-staff will be serving drinks and snacks to keep your toes tapping. The evening promises to be relaxed and fun for everyone!

Limited parking at the Seed Factory.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ceilidh-dance-in-aller-tickets-814194546807


Sun 17th Mar 2024

The Speedwell Hall. Abbey Street. Crewkerne TA18 7HY

Rattle on the Stovepipe

Dave Arthur (guitar,banjo,melodeon, vocals)Pete Cooper (Fiddle,melodeon,vocals) Dan Stewart(banjo, guitar,harmony vocals)
Traditional British and Appalachian songs,ballads and music.

£12

Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm Start.

Contact Meg Rose: 07877206124

meg.rose AT btinternet.com


The Quarry Inn Keinton Mandeville TA11 6DZ

Irish Session

St Patrick's day celebration of Irish Music - open session

7.30 - 11.00 pm

Contact Trevor Ryder: 07773 397208

rydert36 AT outlook.com


Mon 18th Mar 2024 to Fri 22nd Mar 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Maddy Prior Song Week

Maddy Prior MBE and her daughter Rose-Ellen Kemp BSc (Hons) return to Halsway in 2024 for another song week dedicated to the voice. Maddy and Rose-Ellen have been teaching people and their voices at their own teaching centre, Stones Barn in Cumbria for many years, and we’re delighted to host them in the South West. The course will be for singers of all levels who want to work to build confidence, progress and improve their singing, and learn about voicing and the voice itself.
Working both altogether, and in smaller groups, you’ll have fun learning practical techniques to improve and maintain the voice, gain knowledge of vocal anatomy and physiology and hear some interesting insights into the current voice research. In the smaller groups you have the option to work individually with one of the leaders, with the supportive audience of your fellow group members. You will also – of course – enjoy some group singing for the sheer love of it.
A programme, timetable and music/lyrics sheets will be available nearer the time. We will also be joined by Jerry King, a pianist and music theory expert who can assist with learning the pieces and to quickly answer any queries you may have about the written music.
Each evening participants can gather in the bar to put these new techniques into practice during informal sing-around performances; these are hugely enjoyable and a chance to extend your confidence.
Past participants have found the course to be an absorbing and fulfilling singing experience.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/maddy-prior-song-week-2024/


Thu 21st Mar 2024

Bournemouth Folk Club at St Andrew’s Church, Millhams Road, Kinson, Bournemouth BH10 7LN

SykesMartin

SykesMartin is the new collaboration from two of the UK’s finest folk singers. Miranda Sykes (Show of Hands) and Hannah Martin (Edgelarks, Gigspanner Big Band, Saltlines) draw on the tradition to form a set of songs that celebrate the power of two voices singing in harmony. Double bass, fiddle, banjo and guitars all come together around the duo’s vocal arrangements, taking their deep knowledge of roots music, adding a contemporary twist, and then singing these old songs back to their heart.
Delivering beautiful ballads and rousing chorus songs, this set showcases two mesmerising storytellers joining voices to create a spine tingling testimonial to our shared musical heritage.

Bar open from 7pm
Doors 7.15pm
Music from 7.45pm
£15 adv + £1 booking fee / £18 otd

info AT bfcpresents.co.uk

https://bfcpresents.co.uk/product/sykesmartin/


Kilve Village Hall TA5 1EA

Cri Du Canard: The Village Bal

Are you ready to (French) ceilidh!?!
Folk trio Cri du Canard have a special offer for you: a night of lead French dancing. Known as a ‘bal’, a French ceilidh is a much less frantic night of social dance.
Grace Smith, Sam Partridge, and Dave Gray intertwine fiddle, flute and melodeon through an exploration of the traditional folk-dance repertoire of France.
Audiences can learn some simple French and Breton dances as well as enjoy the music from the sidelines. So get ready to take to the floor for some Schottisches and Bourrées,
or sit back and enjoy the energetic and joyful music.

7.30pm
£12/£10 child/low income from Kilve Village Stores or 07814 613908

A TakeArt presentation
www.takeart.org


Fri 22nd Mar 2024

Wessex Acoustic at Blandford Royal British Legion DT11 7AD

Edwina Hayes

+ Annie, Jane and Rod

A concert with the highly popular singer Edwina (Eddie) Hayes.

Opening support is from Rod, Jane and Annie

£15, ONLY pre purchased or reserved

8.00 pm (doors open 7.45)

Contact John Butcher: 017474 850 212 or 07590 202203

j.w.butcher AT btintrnet.co.uk

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Brownsword Hall, Poundbury, Dorchester DT1 3GW

Wareham Whalers - The Shout Concert

In this concert, Wareham Whalers will be celebrating 200 years since the RNLI was founded.
Through readings, shanties and songs of the sea, they will recount some key events which highlight the bravery and sacrifices made throughout this period.
BRING YOUR DRINK

£10

7.30pm

Contact David Blakeley: 07923 020946

wareham.whalers AT gmail.com

http://www.wareham-whalers.org.uk/


Bridgwater Arts Centre TA6 3DD

Tin Giants

From a gentle lilt to a wall of sound, every second of a Tin Giants concert is a quality experience”. Tin Giants are a progressive folk rock band with roots established in Anglo-European and Celtic traditions, performing traditional, contemporary and original songs and music. Tin Giants share decades of skilled musicianship and award-winning songwriting and you may recognise several former members of folk rock band Shave the Monkey in the line-up.
Tin Giants play a dazzling array of instruments:
Penni McLaren Walker – Lead vocals, guitars, whistles, accordion, percussion, keyboards
Bryan Causton - Mandolin, bouzouki, guitars, bass, cittern, keyboards, percussion, vocals
Duncan Moss - Hurdy gurdies, bagpipes, flute, saxophones, rauschpfeife, keyboards, vocals
Fran Broady - Violins, harp, vocals
John Campbell Armer - Guitars, basses, bass pedals, synths, percussion, vocals
Martin Lindridge - Drums, percussion, congas, cajon, bass, vocals

£12

7.30pm

Phone: 01278 422700

www.tingiants.co.uk


West Pennard Village Hall BA6 8RT

Cri Du Canard: The Village Bal

Are you ready to (French) ceilidh!?!
Folk trio Cri du Canard have a special offer for you: a night of lead French dancing. Known as a ‘bal’, a French ceilidh is a much less frantic night of social dance.
Grace Smith, Sam Partridge, and Dave Gray intertwine fiddle, flute and melodeon through an exploration of the traditional folk-dance repertoire of France.
Audiences can learn some simple French and Breton dances as well as enjoy the music from the sidelines. So get ready to take to the floor for some Schottisches and Bourrées,
or sit back and enjoy the energetic and joyful music.


7.30pm
£12 in advance and £15 on the door 07733 308900

A TakeArt presentation
www.takeart.org


Sat 23rd Mar 2024

Kingsdon Village Hall TA11 7LL

Cri Du Canard: The Village Bal

Are you ready to (French) ceilidh!?!
Folk trio Cri du Canard have a special offer for you: a night of lead French dancing. Known as a ‘bal’, a French ceilidh is a much less frantic night of social dance.
Grace Smith, Sam Partridge, and Dave Gray intertwine fiddle, flute and melodeon through an exploration of the traditional folk-dance repertoire of France.
Audiences can learn some simple French and Breton dances as well as enjoy the music from the sidelines. So get ready to take to the floor for some Schottisches and Bourrées,
or sit back and enjoy the energetic and joyful music.

7.30pm
£12/£6 child from Kingsdon Village Shop or call 01935 841402

A TakeArt presentation
www.takeart.org


Seavington Millennium Hall TA19 0QH

Caller :Jane Thomas, Band :Jigs for Gigs

Ceilidh

No bar but tea / coffee and delicious cakes included in the price.

£10

7.30 pm - 10.30 pm

Contact Maggie McNulty: 01460 241417 / 07754 538412

maggie.mcnulty AT hotmail.com


Sun 24th Mar 2024

Strode Theatre, Church Road, Street BA16 0AB

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

It has been five years since the last offering from the popular husband and wife duo Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman and their latest album proves a ‘tour de force’ of musical and lyrical surprises.
‘Almost A Sunset ‘, their seventh album, released in March 2023 is a collection of thoughtful, varied songs that range from re-worked traditional ballads to the off-piste storytelling style that has become their trademark. Recorded at Devon-pace in their studio on Dartmoor over the course of a year, the couple explore favourite characters, childhood memories and deep emotion to pull together a collection of songs that demonstrate their musical versatility, a sharp interest in the world around them and their own unique
perspective on the folk genre.
From their early days in folk supergroup ‘Equation’ through to their new album this multi award-winning couple continue to exude timeless class with their exquisite brand of traditional and contemporary acoustic music.


7:00PM

Tickets: £19 incl. £1.00 cmsn Venue: Theatre

https://www.strodetheatre.org.uk/whats-on/view/kathryn-roberts-sean-lakeman/


Mon 25th Mar 2024 to Wed 29th Mar 2023

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Walking and Dancing Holiday

Love dancing AND the great outdoors? This is the holiday week for you! Enjoy a light-hearted Springtime week of dancing, with opportunities to walk in the beautiful Quantock Hills each afternoon. Discover and learn about our beautiful local landscapes, while also brushing-up on your folk dance steps!
We’re delighted to welcome back caller and keen walker – Rhodri Davies. He will be joined by musicians and dedicated hikers – Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer. The team is completed by our regular walk leaders Nan Ward & Roger Phipps, who might be persuaded to dance.
You can enjoy a mixed-programme of country dance workshops each morning with Rhodri and the band. So you can brush-up your dancing skills and maybe learn a new dance or two. Then head off into the hills – quite literally – to enjoy the spectacular landscapes of this distinctive and nationally important protected area. Guided walks will be led by our knowledgeable and enthusiastic local guides – Nan and Roger, giving you a chance to learn more about the history and wildlife of the hills, or simply to enjoy an amble with in beautiful countryside in amiable company!
After your walk in the Quantock Hills it’s back to the Manor, for dinner, and dances every evening.
Feel free to bring along instruments for the odd informal session in the bar!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/walking-and-dancing-holiday/


Mon 25th Mar 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Violin Making

The Violin making workshops are extremely popular at Halsway Manor, with many of the participants coming back year after year. The workshop gives maximum continuous time at the workbench supported by Neville Gardner, who has been teaching violin making for the last twenty years. He is joined by Corrie Schrijver to ensure that there is a ratio of 1 tutor to no more than 5 participants giving plenty of patient and knowledgeable support.

Who is it for?
This course is for all levels of ability and beginners are very welcome. As well as the violin family, support can also be given for making a Rebec (an ancient ancestor of the violin). The class size is limited so that participants have plenty of support from the two tutors. Before enrolling please contact Neville Gardner – Neville AT nevillejgardner.co.uk – to discuss the suitability of the course for your needs.

The Team
Neville Gardner was a University Lecturer and has been teaching violin making for twenty years.

Corrie Schrijver graduated from the Welsh School of Violin Making, with Merit in 1980. Since then she has worked at various workshops, making and restoring for professional players.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/violin-making-spring-2024/


Thu 28th Mar 2024

Combe St Nicholas village hall TA20 3LT

Chard Folk Dance Club

Brian Heaton plays the accordion and calls

It's £4.00 per person which includes a cuppa and cake, all welcome and it is a lot of fun!

Further details from Elaine on 01460 65909


Fri 29th Mar 2024 to Mon 1st Apr 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

European Ensemble Weekend

Develop your ensemble playing skills on this extended weekend course for musicians. Drawing on European folk/contemporary/popular music traditions we’ll be making new arrangements that can go in any direction! We aim to explore and combine all sorts of influences and ideas to make spine tingling music that is more than the sum of the parts.
The course is fairly intensive and includes all day ensemble workshop sessions. We will aim to perform all the pieces we create together at a public concert on the Sunday night.
This years edition will be special as we will have four tutors.
The course was started by musician/composer/arranger Paul James (Blowzabella). He now has handed over the leadership to Merit Zloch, harpist, composer and music tutor from Berlin, Germany. We are delighted to also announce that Mikael Marin (Väsen) from Sweden and Matthias Branschke will also return to tutor in 2024 alongside German Diaz, inventive hurdy-gurdy player, singer and composer from Spain.
As you can see you will be in safe hands with a very experienced tutor team, playing in a mutually supportive atmosphere. We’ll have a lot of fun too with time for relaxation and informal music making.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/european-ensemble-weekend/


Mon 1st Apr 2024 to Fri 5th Apr 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Easter House Party

A fun and friendly ‘House Party’ for all who enjoy folk dancing and playing and want to try a range of dance styles. There will be dance workshops each morning, afternoons are free to explore this lovely area or take a ramble in the Quantock Hills. Bring your walking boots and instruments. There’s a dance each evening with the occasional music session and sing-around in the bar afterwards.
Who is it for?
Everyone. Whatever your level of experience in dancing and/or playing, come and enjoy a convivial few days with like minded people.
The Team
Ted & Pat Morse: Ted began dancing with the Oxford Morris Men and Oxford City Folk Dance Club when he was 17, started calling and running barn dances at 19, and has barely paused since! Ted plays accordion, percussion and tuba, is an experienced band leader, teaches Morris, Sword and Country dancing (and more!) and is a regular tutor at Halsway Manor – along with Pat.
Ted and Pat will be joined by Ian Cummins.
Music comes from Gareth Kiddier and Linda Game – English Contra Band. One of the best known and friendliest folk dance bands on the UK scene. Once you start dancing with them you wont want to stop! Gareth Kiddier (Piano) has been playing and dancing for over 15 years with driving rhythms and considered harmonics. Linda Game (fiddle, mandolin) (The Broken Ankles, The Kitchen Girls, The Fold) has over 20 years’ folk experience since leaving the classical music world. With stunning improvisational fluency and rhythm she’s an exciting dance musician

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/easter-house-party/


Fri 5th Apr 2024

Portman Hall, Blandford Rd, Shillingstone DT11 0SF

Band and caller TBA

Shillingstone English Barn Dance Evening

A 'Micro' Barn Dance evening. Usual easy and fun dances, friendly atmosphere, but no bar. BYO if you wish. No need to come with a partner.

£7

7.15 for 7.30 - 9.15

Contact Jenny and Ian Edlin: 01258 861184

jenny_harrison_1123 AT yahoo.co.uk


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Contra Camp

Welcome to the inaugural Halsway Manor Contra Camp!
Join callers Louise Siddons and Heather McAslan, and band WillPower (Will Allen and Will Chamberlain) for an intensive weekend of contra dancing. Expect high energy and plenty of action on this workshop-packed weekend, complete with late-night ceilidhs and sessions.
The team will be using gender-free calling to guide you through the dances, with morning workshops available for ‘DIY’ sessions – bring a dance you’d like to work on. To give you an idea of what you might expect on our Contra Camp, the team have put together a draft timetable:

Friday
8pm – Dance
10pm – Ceilidh
Midnight onwards – Bar session

Saturday
9.15am – Breakfast
10.15am – DIY workshop
11.30am to 6.15pm – Workshops
8pm – Dance
10pm – Contra Games
Midnight onwards – Bar session

Sunday
9.15am – Breakfast
10.15am – DIY workshop
11.15am to 1pm – Workshops
2pm – Final Dance
4pm – Cream Tea (of course!)

Dancer aged 35 and under?
We'll take £100 off room rates in the manor, and £90 off camping and non-residential places.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/contra-camp-2024/


Sat 6th Apr 2024

Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY

Martha Tilston

With a pure silken voice and lyrics that inspire and captivate, Martha Tilston has developed a successful musical career with a large and loyal following. She has performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and festivals, recorded and released several critically acclaimed albums, gained a nomination for BBC best newcomer, appeared as a guest vocalist for Zero 7, toured internationally and worked with the some of the world’s most inspiring performers including Damien Rice, Nick Harper, Kate Temptest, Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera) and Zero 7.
The past few years have seen Martha venture into the world of film making, gaining nominations for best arts film for The Clifftop Sessions and recently releasing her first feature film (with an accompanying Soundtrack Album) – The Tape – which is garnering much praise and excitement. With her long-time collaborators and musicians Matt Tweed and Matt Kelly, among others they entwine raw vocals, sparkling melodies and thought- provoking lyrics with filmic movements and earthy baselines. To see them live is to connect with longed-for parts of ourselves…

8.00 pm

£18.50 ADV/DOOR (note 14+ age limit)

https://www.electricpalace.org.uk/events/event/martha-tilston/


Sun 7th Apr 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Sunday Club

A regular evening of music and song at Halsway Manor.

Halsway Manor open their doors to all on the first Sunday evening of each month for an evening of folk and acoustic music. Singers and musicians of all abilities are invited. If you are curious about folk music and just want to listen with a drink from the bar, you are also welcome.
There has been a Sunday Club meeting at Halsway Manor for many years.
This ‘Sunday Club’ for musicians and singers is informal and relaxed. We have a folk theme, but really all types of acoustic music, song and poetry are welcome. The evening generally combines some playing together with individual spots. We don’t frown on you having your words or music in front of you, and certainly encourage beginners.
Just come along, or give Roger Phipps a call on 01278 671685 if you would like to find out more.

Halsway Music and Song Club is held 8pm on the 1st Sunday of each month (with the exception of an August break for Sidmouth Folk Festival).

Free to attend – donations welcome.

8pm–10pm

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/sunday-club-2/2024-04-07/


Mon 8th Apr 2024 to Fri 12th Apr 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Young Folk Intro

An opportunity for young musicians to work with supportive folk artists, to develop skills, confidence and creativity. Help to create a new performance piece to be shared with parents and friends at Halsway at the end of the week!
Musician, composer and educator Becki Driscoll is back as our Creative Lead. For this years’ Young Folk Intro Week she’ll be joined by a team of professional musician-tutors including Matt Norman, Archie Churchill-Moss and Kerrie Seymour.
We’ll be providing an immersive week of music, creativity and fun, in the beautiful surroundings of Halsway Manor. It will be intensive and challenging, but also supportive and fun! Young musicians will spend the week working together to learn, arrange and rehearse new repertoire, developing musical skills and performance technique, and creating their own interpretations of traditional material. The group will live, work and play together, with opportunities for informal rehearsals and social gatherings to enrich their experience and understanding of the folk arts.

Full board (accommodation and all meals), tuition and all activities:

£230
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first-served basis.

Please go to the website for more details and information on how to book.

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


Thu 11th Apr 2024

Glastonbury Assembly Rooms BA6 9DU

Members of Glastonbury Folk Club

Donations

7.30 doors - 8.00 start

Contact Mike

roscoase AT hotmail.com


Fri 12th Apr 2024 to Sun 14th Apr 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Spring Harpa

A full-on, fun packed workshop weekend for Nyckel Harpa players – beginners as well as more experienced players of this unusual Swedish folk stringed instrument. Vicki Swan will be leading the weekend, with support from a guest tutor to be confirmed.
The weekend includes the opportunity for complete beginners to meet and play the instrument. Eight spaces are up for grabs for the complete beginner course with a loan instrument provided. Spaces fill up fast so don’t delay!
Plenty will also be on offer for the improver / intermediate level player. Workshops will cover all aspects of playing the nyckelharpa: posture, technique, bowing, Swedish tunes, British tunes, chord playing, ensemble playing (by ear), exercises and Nyckelrythmics!
Who is it for?
This course is aimed at both total beginners, and those with some experience, up to about intermediate level. More advanced players should check out the ‘Nyckelharpa: Next Steps’ week.

Stay an additional night on Sunday with Bed and Breakfast for £60

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/spring-harpa/


Fri 12th Apr 2024

Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel with caller Teresa Williams

All welcome to our regular Barn Dance. No Bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles! Tickets on the door - just turn up.

£7.50 adults £2.50 children

7.30pm - 10.00pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Roadwater Village Hall TA23 0RE

Opa Rosa: Live

Deeply rooted in Balkan traditions, Opa Rosa’s music aims to explore and reinvent the motifs of East- ern Europe by subtly drawing from other musical influences such as Post-Rock, Classical and Jazz.
Enjoy a collection of vibrant and soulful melodies played with fiery precision, and let Opa Rosa take you on a foot-stomping journey
through the Balkans and beyond!

7.30pm
£10/£6 child 07745 318486

A TakeArt presentation
www.takeart.org


Sat 13th Apr 2024

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

Coracle

CORACLE ARE PAUL HUTCHINSON, KAREN WIMHURST, ANNA TAM

Coracle bring together the traditional and the contemporary.
Agile, flexible, built on trusted traditional foundations, yet uniquely tuned to respond to and embrace the ebbs and flows, squalls and flurries of each musical current which carries them.
Coracle will transport you through a new wave of musical magic – the British folk tradition at its very heart with eddies of contemporary classical and splashes of early music – on a exhilarating journey of exploration and enjoyment.
Coracle brings together the talent, imagination and creativity of three artists with vastly different backgrounds, who have come together through their love of experimentation, boldness, humour and risk.

www.coracleband.co.uk

Tickets: £19 Full. £18 Concessions

8.00 pm

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


Ditcheat Jubilee Hall BA4 6RB

Opa Rosa: Live

Deeply rooted in Balkan traditions, Opa Rosa’s music aims to explore and reinvent the motifs of East- ern Europe by subtly drawing from other musical influences such as Post-Rock, Classical and Jazz.
Enjoy a collection of vibrant and soulful melodies played with fiery precision, and let Opa Rosa take you on a foot-stomping journey
through the Balkans and beyond!

7.30pm
£10/£8 student/low income | £36 family (2 adults & 3 children) 01749 860444

A TakeArt presentation
www.takeart.org


Mon 15th Apr 2024 to Fri 19th Apr 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

English & Scottish Dance Week

A light-hearted week of Scottish and English country dance with Frances Richardson as your caller alongside top-notch accordionist Leonard Brown.
There are dance workshops each morning, with afternoons free for you to explore the sights this lovely area has to offer, or to relax and enjoy the Manor and grounds, and dances every evening; bring costumes/kilts if you would like.
The morning workshops will be educational and fun, stretching skills for English and Scottish dancers. You will have the chance to improve your own technique in each style, and if you’ve not tried one of the styles you will find out what joys you have been missing so far.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/english-scottish-dance-week-2024/


Wed 17th Apr 2024

Chapel Arts Centre, Bath BA1 1QR

Daoiri Farrell

"Extraordinary Irish Folk Singer"

It’s commonly accepted that Dublin-born singer and bouzouki player Daoirí Farrell is one of most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years.
A product of Dublin’s famous club An Góilin Traditional Singers, since launching his own solo live career at the 2016 Celtic Connections, Daoirí Farrell has gone from strength to strength. On the verge of releasing his fourth solo album in early 2023, he can boast numerous honours from multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards to ALSR Celtic Music accolades.


£20(adv) £22(doors)

7.30 pm

Contact Chapel Arts: 01225 461700

info AT bathboxoffice.org.uk

https://chapelarts.org/events/two-times-bbc-folk-award-winner-daoiri-farrell/


Fri 19th Apr 2024 to Sun 21st Apr 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Queer Folk Weekend

This is a course to explore all things queer and folk, in collaboration with Queer Folk! Through workshops and discussions you’ll be making new music, learning old songs and having the opportunity to share music and stories that are important to you.
There’ll be chances to meet new musicians, create new ensembles, take part in sessions, delve into archives and perform. You’ll gain research skills and get tips about finding interesting resources online and in print. The course will be a mixture of guided and self-led learning, as a whole group and in small ensembles.
There will be sessions and an informal sharing for members of the group.
The team will also be guiding you through the process of queering folk song, discussing what it means to be LGBTQIA+ in the folk scene, and establishing ways in which queer history can be discovered. They’ll also be introducing you to (potentially) new repertoire. Come and join the LGBTQIA+ folk community!

Aged 35 and under?
We'll take £100 off room rates in the manor, and £90 off camping and non-residential places. Let us know on your enquiry form.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/queer-folk-weekend-2024/


Sat 20th Apr 2024

Pavilion Dance South West, ​Westover Road, Bournemouth BH1 2BU

Jigfoot

Ceilidh

Doors open 6.45, dancing 7-10
Tickets £15 standard £12 Concession
Booking recommended 01202 203630 or online www.pdsw.org.uk


Taunton Brewhouse TA1 1JL

Mark Harrison & Charles Benfield

Frequently heard on BBC Radio 2, including its Pick of the Week show, and described by countless audience members and reviewers as ‘uplifting’ and ‘inspirational’, Mark Harrison is a totally original songwriter, a stunning guitarist, and a master storyteller.
With a very distinctive guitar style, he takes elements of folk and blues to create something new that is very much his own genre. Constantly touring and multi-awards-nominated, he is widely considered one of the top artists in UK roots music.
Mark will be accompanied by the brilliant Charles Benfield on double bass, who brings a quite unique style to the songs. With catchy tunes, lyrics than intrigue and engage, and striking rhythms, they make you smile, think and move.

£16.50

7.45 pm

Contact Hannah Harrison: 01823 704041

marketing AT tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk

https://www.tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk/events/mark-harrison-charles-benfield/


Sun 21st Apr 2024

Speedwell Hall, Abbey Street, Crewkerne TA18 7HY

French + Breton Folk Dance for all

dance workshop from 6 - 7 pm, main dance from 7 - 9.30pm, live music by the resident houseband, tea and coffee provided, free parking in the town car parks

£4

rainer.wittlin AT outlook.com

https://balcrew.wixsite.com/balcrewkerne


Mon 22nd Apr 2024 to Fri 26th Apr 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Developing Your Irish Bouzouki Playing

For the very first time, we’re excited to have invited Jon Doran to help you make progress with your overall ability on the Irish bouzouki, primarily as an accompanist, but also as a tune player. During the course you will explore different strumming and picking patterns in common time signatures and transfer those skills to work with your melodic playing. You will work on developing your skills in harmony and improvisation and explore how you can apply them to create a countermelodic accompaniment for tunes and songs.

Jon will introduce or reintroduce you to the skills required to adapt your tune playing to allow for self-accompaniment, and will be adding to your accompanist’s toolbelt by sharing his wealth of playing and accompanying experience.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/developing-your-irish-bouzouki-playing/


Fri 26th Apr 2024 to Sun 28th Apr 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Falconers Dance Club

A social weekend of dance for club members and friends. The Falconers Folk Dance Club is a registered club of the English Folk Dance and Song Society from Bromyard. English and American country dancing with live music from The Falconers Band.

Who is it for?
Whether you have done a lot of dancing or none, the Club will make you welcome and help you have an enjoyable time! Although this is a club partnership event, there may be space for additional dancers so please get in touch!

The Team
This course is a partnership event, organised by The Falconers Folk Dance Club. For more details: http://www.falconers.org.uk or email btyler186 AT gmail.com.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/falconers-dance-club-2024/


Fri 26th Apr 2024

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

Leveret

£18

8.00 pm

Tickets available from ticketsource.co.uk/nailsea-folk-club


Wessex Acoustic at Blandford Royal British Legion DT11 7AD

Ribble

+ Jerry Harmon from USA!

Salisbury based duo Ribble are making a big name for themselves on the folk club and festival scene. The played to a very appreciative audience at New Forest Folk Festival in July 2023.

Opening support is a surprise to everyone. Jerry Harmon from the USA is in Britain on tour and has kindly agreed to perform for us. He appeared at the club many years ago and entertained us with a selection of songs and stories from his home state of North Carolina.

£15, ONLY pre purchased or reserved

8.00 pm (doors open 7.45)

Contact John Butcher: 017474 850 212 or 07590 202203

j.w.butcher AT btintrnet.co.uk

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Wessex Acoustic at Blandford Royal British Legion DT11 7AD

Ribble

+ Jerry Harmon from USA!

Salisbury based duo Ribble are making a big name for themselves on the folk club and festival scene. The played to a very appreciative audience at New Forest Folk Festival in July 2023.

Opening support is a surprise to everyone. Jerry Harmon from the USA is in Britain on tour and has kindly agreed to perform for us. He appeared at the club many years ago and entertained us with a selection of songs and stories from his home state of North Carolina.

£15, ONLY pre purchased or reserved

8.00 pm (doors open 7.45)

Contact John Butcher: 017474 850 212 or 07590 202203

j.w.butcher AT btintrnet.co.uk

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 27th Apr 2024

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

Steve Tilston

Accompanied by Hugh Bradley (double bass)

He’s been described as “a complete guitarist,” “a singer songwriter of rare talent” and “absurdly accomplished.” He’s toured with John Renbourn, Maggie Boyle, WAZ, Ballet Rambert and daughter Martha. The writer of the classics The Slipjigs and Reels, The Naked Highwayman and Here’s to Tom Paine; his songs have been covered by a who’s who of the folk world. The boxed-set retrospective Reaching Back is a fitting celebration of the life and music of one of our finest performers. After 50 years in the business he’s on as fine form as ever; his new album Such Times out now.

www.stevetilston.com

Tickets: £17 Full. £16 Concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/steve-tilston/


Mon 29th Apr 2024 to Fri 3rd May 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Spring into Scandinavia

Join Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer for a Spring course of Scandi playing for bowed string players and accordionists! (Yes, we know Jonny’s playing the guitar in the picture, but he’s a multi-talented musician!)
You can expect to become acquainted with polskas, schottises, vals, and långdans, and there’ll be an expedition to hunt for that elusive third beat. Workshops will include ensemble playing and some optional technique sessions, mostly focused on Swedish music.
Vicki will be leading the strings and Jonny the accordions, and there’ll be opportunities for the two groups to come together in the evenings. Bring your walking boots as there will be an opportunity to head up the hill behind the house to take in the spring scenery.
This week also coincides with Valborg – the Swedish May Day celebrations so expect some festivities on and around Tuesday 30th April! Anyone who also wants to celebrate May Morning in a decidedly English folkie fashion should rise before dawn on May 1st and head to catch a glimpse of the Minehead Hobby Horse as it makes its way round the town.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/spring-into-scandinavia/


Thu 2nd May 2024

Shaftesbury Arts Centre SP7 8AR

Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Trio

Since his inaugural performance with the fledgling Steeleye Span in 1970, Peter Knight has been a mainstay of the British folk scene.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Peter has carved a reputation as a relentlessly questing musician “as mercurial as quicksilver” (Simon Jones/fRoots), and it is never quite so apparent as in his work with the various Gigspanner line-ups.
In the wake of his departure from Steeleye Span, Peter turned his full attention to the Gigspanner Trio and established their reputation as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British folk scene, inspiring Maverick magazine to write "Gigspanner are pushing at the boundaries, and in the process are making some of the most beautiful music the genre has to offer" 5***** Maverick Magazine

£22/£20

7.30pm

Phone: 01747 854321

https://shaftesburyartscentre.org.uk/events/the-gigspanner-trio/


Fri 3rd May 2024 to Mon 6th May 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Society for International Folk Dancing

A wide selection of International Dances take place at dance sessions during the weekend. You will also have the opportunity to explore the beautiful varied area of the Quantocks and Somerset coast and to join organised walks. The period of stay is Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights with the choice to stay the Monday night for an additional charge should you wish.
The Team
This partnership event is organised by the Society for International Folk Dancing, with an experienced caller leading the dancing to both recorded and live music.
The Society for International Folk Dancing are a UK-based, voluntary, non-profit-making, non-political association that aims to encourage people to learn and enjoy Folk Dances from many countries. There are many groups and classes all over Britain – almost all can be joined by people of any age with no previous experience, and singles are as welcome as couples. New dancers do not need to be members of the Society, although membership will naturally confer benefits. Details are available on the SIFD website.

For details and booking of this partnership event please contact:
Ian Green: icgreen AT tiscali.co.uk or phone 07934 909968


Sat 4th May 2024

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

Oysterband

- the 80s and 90s

Oysterband DECADES

Four decades of Oysterband songs over two evenings: from their early acoustic roots, through the roaring 90s, onwards to a new century … and songs for the future.
Saturday 4 May at 8pm

OYSTERBAND – the 80s and 90s
From Step Outside to Holy Bandits and beyond.
Featuring: Oxford Girl / Hal-an-Tow / Too Late Now / When I’m Up / Granite Years

Sunday 5 May at 7.30pm
OYSTERBAND – into a new millennium
Through Meet You There to Read The Sky.
Featuring: Rise Above / Here Comes the Flood / Dancing as Fast as I Can / A River Runs / Corner of the Room

… and many more …

www.oysterband.co.uk

Tickets: £26. No concession

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/oysterband-the-80s-and-90s/


Sun 5th May 2024

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

Oysterband

– into a new millennium
Sunday 5th May 2024  AT  7:30 pm
£26
Saturday 4 May at 8pm and Sunday 5 May ay 7.30pm

Oysterband DECADES

Four decades of Oysterband songs over two evenings: from their early acoustic roots, through the roaring 90s, onwards to a new century … and songs for the future.

Saturday 4 May at 8pm
OYSTERBAND – the 80s and 90s
From Step Outside to Holy Bandits and beyond.
Featuring: Oxford Girl / Hal-an-Tow / Too Late Now / When I’m Up / Granite Years

Sunday 5 May at 7.30pm
OYSTERBAND – into a new millennium
Through Meet You There to Read The Sky.
Featuring: Rise Above / Here Comes the Flood / Dancing as Fast as I Can / A River Runs / Corner of the Room

… and many more …

www.oysterband.co.uk

Tickets: £26. No concession

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/oysterband-into-a-new-millennium/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Sunday Club

A regular evening of music and song at Halsway Manor.
Halsway Manor open their doors to all on the first Sunday evening of each month for an evening of folk and acoustic music. Singers and musicians of all abilities are invited. If you are curious about folk music and just want to listen with a drink from the bar, you are also welcome.
There has been a Sunday Club meeting at Halsway Manor for many years.
This ‘Sunday Club’ for musicians and singers is informal and relaxed. We have a folk theme, but really all types of acoustic music, song and poetry are welcome. The evening generally combines some playing together with individual spots. We don’t frown on you having your words or music in front of you, and certainly encourage beginners.
Just come along, or give Roger Phipps a call on 01278 671685 if you would like to find out more.
Halsway Music and Song Club is held 8pm on the 1st Sunday of each month (with the exception of an August break for Sidmouth Folk Festival).

Free to attend – donations welcome.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/sunday-club-2/2024-05-05/


Fri 10th May 2024 to Sun 12th May 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway DG Melodeon Weekend

Halsway’s hugely popular weekend dedicated to the DG melodeon returns in 2024!

Melodeon players can spend time with their instrument in a supportive programme packed with workshops to take your playing to the next level. This weekend is not aimed at total beginners. You’ll need to have a basic grasp of your instrument – as a guide you should at least be able to play simple tunes with both hands together – with plenty to inspire and challenge more experienced and accomplished musicians. The programme includes workshops designed to take your playing to the next level. Each group will spend time with each tutor. In addition to the workshop programme there will be some additional time to socialise and take part in informal sessions.

The tutors will give an informal concert on the Saturday evening.

Who is it for?
Players of the D/G melodeon (diatonic button accordion) of all levels except complete beginners. You’ll need a DG melodeon (2 row, 8 bass as a minimum). The course is taught predominantly by ear at all levels.

The Team
John Kirkpatrick, Archie Churchill-Moss and Lucy Huzzard.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-dg-melodeon-weekend-2024/


Fri 10th May 2024

Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel with caller Sue Perigo

All welcome to our regular Barn Dance. No Bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles! Tickets on the door - just turn up.

£7.50 adults £2.50 children

7.30pm - 10.00pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Sun 12th May 2024

Taunton Brewhouse TA1 1JL

Steeleye Span

Folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span changed the face of folk music forever, taking it out of small clubs and into the world of gold discs and international tours.
Five decades on and this six-piece line up celebrate over fifty years of this wonderful music playing all the favourite songs and tunes from their long and glittering career.

£29.00

7.30 pm

Contact Hannah Harrison: 01823 704041

marketing AT tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk

https://www.tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk/events/steeleye-span/


Mon 13th May 2024 to Fri 17th May 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

American Contra Dance Week

Our much loved annual American Contra Dance Week is hosted by Meg Winters with guests: caller Will Mentor (USA), and the top contra band, fabulous fiddle player Audrey Knuth (USA), beats maestro Stuart Kenney (USA), plus Alex Cumming (Somerset born now Boston USA based)! There will be dance and music workshops in the mornings, afternoons are free for you to explore this lovely area, and there are dances every evening. This is a really popular week so Early booking is advised.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/american-contra-dance-week/


Tue 14th May 2024

Taunton Brewhouse TA1 1JL

The Fureys

When The Fureys make their eagerly awaited return to the Taunton Brewhouse stage, they will treat audiences to one of popular music’s richest legacies.
They are one of Ireland’s all-time most acclaimed and influential middle-of-the-road folk and traditional bands.
Furey’s classics like “I Will Love You”, “When You Were Sweet 16”, “Red Rose Café”, “Leaving Nancy”, “The Old Man”, “From Clare to Here”, and “The Green Fields of France” have become the soundtrack to the lives of fans all over the world.

£25.50

7.30 pm

Contact Hannah Harrison: 01823 704041

marketing AT tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk

https://www.tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk/events/the-fureys/


Fri 17th May 2024 to Sun 19th May 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Irish Set Dance Weekend

A very popular dance weekend for experienced dancers. Join the A-team of callers Maggie Daniel and Lucy Slemmings, and Irish musicians Rise the Dust for another rip-roaring weekend at Halsway.
Maggie and Lucy will teach daytime workshops helping you to brush up on your skills, and there will be ceilidhs on Friday evening, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon for you to enjoy dancing to top-notch live accompaniment. We recommend that you book early for this course!
There’s the option to stay Sunday night for an extra £60 per person, to include light supper, B&B. Bring instruments if you have them, and enjoy a relaxed evening session!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/irish-set-dance-weekend/


Sat 18th May 2024

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

Blowzabella

Blowzabella is a genuinely unique band that makes an inimitable, driving, drone-based wall-of-sound played with a fabulous sense of melody, rhythmic expertise and sheer feeling They compose their own music which is influenced by English and European traditional folk music and song – a shared culture with ancient roots.
Andy Cutting – diatonic button accordion; Jo Freya – vocals, saxophones, clarinet; Paul James – vocals, bagpipes, saxophones; David Shepherd – violin; Barn Stradling – bass guitar; Jon Swayne – bagpipes, saxophones.
Many of their tunes are “standards” in the modern British/European folk repertoire and are played by people all over the world. Bands across Europe who experiment with folk music often cite Blowzabella as a major influence. Much loved and respected, there is no one else quite like them.
There will be a short dance workshop at 6pm, which will introduce you to the basics you will need for joining in. This is a good starter or reminder for those who have not done the general ‘bal’ folk dances before or for a long time. All are welcome. Cost: £5 per person

www.blowzbella.co.uk

Tickets: £19 Full. £8 Under 21s

8.00 pm (workshop at 6.00)

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


Bournemouth Folk Club at St Andrew’s Church, Millhams Road, Kinson, Bournemouth BH10 7LN

Blair Dunlop

+ support

Let’s Get Out of The Rain Album Tour

‘Let’s Get Out of the Rain’  will be Blair’s first studio album since 2018 (‘Notes from an Island’). Where ‘Notes’ was an introspective analysis of Brexit Britain, the new collection is a celebration of spring, newness and freedom. Songs of metamorphosis and wide screen road trips prevail.
Blair has been hailed as one of the UK’s most accomplished songwriters since he burst into the folk scene with his debut  ‘Blight & Blossom’ (2012).  BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards followed along with critical acclaim. In 2016 Blair released on his own label (Gilded Wings) and received wider acclaim and BBC Radio 2 playlisting for singles ‘The Egoist’ and ‘356’. Appearances at Glastonbury and the major folk festivals followed, along with breakthrough tours of Australia; and Blair is now firmly established as a household name amongst respected British songwriters.
On the new collection of songs and the album Blair says: “It’s been 5 years since my last record, comfortably my longest gap between releases, so it feels really good to be able to put this out in the world. Jim Moray is producing, and that’s very exciting as he’s someone I’ve admired for many years. He was one of the reasons I first got into traditional music in my teens. Since then, my personal style has evolved, but there are aspects of traditional storytelling that seep into my original works. I would say that Midday Mass is a reflection of that. It’s a song about a café back in my hometown of Chesterfield, but I guess that it’s a vehicle for a social commentary as much as anything else.
Overall, I would say the sound of the record is more positive than my previous work. That’s due, in part, to the world opening up post-pandemic, and is ultimately born from a will to connect with people and get out into the world again. The industry hasn’t fully recovered yet, but it is a blessing to be able to tour in any capacity again. Freedom is a theme that runs throughout (unintentionally), and I reckon that’s reflected musically as well as lyrically. I’ve reached a point in my career where I just want to make the music I want to make, and give less consideration to where it may sit in terms of stylings and genre. That’s an empowering place to be and it opens up a world of sonic possibilities.”

blairdunlop.com

Bar open from 7pm
Doors 7:15pm
Music from 7:45pm
£16 adv + £1 booking fee / £19 otd

info AT bfcpresents.co.uk

https://bfcpresents.co.uk/product/blair-dunlop-2/


Tue 21st May 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Dulcimers

Come and hear the tutors from our Dulcimer course in concert, showcasing the varied and interesting repertoire for both Hammered and Mountain Dulcimers.

This year’s tutors are:

Ken Kolodner (Hammered Dulcimer)
Mary Lynn Michal (Hammered Dulcimer)
Rob Brereton (Mountain Dulcimer)
Jeff Furman (Mountain Dulcimer)
Janet Furman (Mountain Dulcimer, Fiddle)

8pm–9:30pm

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/gig-dulcimers-2/


Fri 24th May 2024 to Sun 26th May 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Ukulele Weekend

Jon Bennett, Sam Muir and Phil Dolman return for another enjoyable summer weekend of Ukulele music and song for players of all levels of experience.
The mix of the three tutors is what makes this course special. Jon deals with the ‘tools of the trade’, introducing new fingerstyle and strumming techniques along with some theory. Sam takes you down the classical route with tablature and ensemble playing. Phil is a jazz and blues specialist who introduces a bit of extra spice in your playing. There will be plenty of time to relax and socialize too. The evenings include opportunities to perform your own material, plus enjoy an informal concert on the Saturday by the tutors. To get you started, there are some video tutorials and other materials at www.ukuleleoxford.com

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


Fri 24th May 2024

Wessex Acoustic at Blandford Royal British Legion DT11 7AD

PJ Wright and Guy Fletcher (Club Patrons)

+ Simon Loake

A concert of much musicality and humour with club patrons PJ Wright and Guy Fletcher.

Opening support is from folk, blues, rock giant Simon Loake

£15, ONLY pre purchased or reserved

8.00 pm (doors open 7.45)

Contact John Butcher: 017474 850 212 or 07590 202203

j.w.butcher AT btintrnet.co.uk

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Sat 25th May 2024

Taunton Brewhouse TA1 1JL

Jamie Yost & Taylor T

An exclusive intimate performance from two of the South West’s finest troubadour singer-songwriters Jamie Yost and Taylor T.
Expect thought provoking lyrics, pop melodies, and raw yet powerful vocals. Both singer-songwriters capture a diverse indie folk sound; Jamie with a blend of modern electronic elements and Taylor with raw stripped back sincerity.
For fans of Dermot Kennedy, Ben Howard, and Bon Iver.

£11.50

7.45 pm

Contact Hannah Harrison: 01823 704041

marketing AT tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk

https://www.tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk/events/jamie-yost-taylor-t/


Sun 26th May 2024 to Fri 31st May 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Voices, Viols & Recorders Association

An un-tutored course for experienced singers and players of early instruments. Non-fixed ensembles of recorders and viols form the main part of the week with a variety of small singing groups depending on participants. Evening sessions for all are conducted and include music for instruments and voices. All of these sessions are at 440 pitch. We usually have harpsichords available and arrange chamber groups at 440 and 415 and are also able to welcome baroque oboe, flute, and violin as second instruments. Cornett, cornamuse, sackbut, curtal and crumhorn are also welcome as second instruments and we can usually arrange sessions for these. The repertoire is primarily renaissance and baroque.

Who’s it For?
The association organises two meeting a year (end May and mid-September). Those who wish to join us must be experienced on viol and/or recorder, able to play one to a part, and be good sight readers. We welcome additional harpsichords (the owner will not be expected to play continuo exclusively all week).

The Team
This course is a partnership event, organised by The Voices, Viols and Recorders Association who can be contacted via Halsway Manor or directly through our email vvr-association AT hotmail.com

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/voices-viols-recorders-association-may2024/


Sat 1st Jun 2024

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

Cara Dillon

Cara Dillon, an extraordinary, multiple award-winning Irish folk singer, and acclaimed musician and producer Sam Lakeman, will captivate listeners once again with their exquisite and enthralling live performance. Every note and word sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs.
Throughout an enviable career which has seen them explore opportunities to tread many different paths – from releasing folk crossover albums on indie label Rough Trade; recording on Disney soundtracks to collaborations with orchestras and even leading dance DJs – Cara has continuously chosen to firmly plant herself within the landscape of her Irish cultural heritage and that’s something to celebrate.
Their enduring partnership has ensured they have remained at the very pinnacle of the folk genre for well over two decades and this performance will feature a selection of acoustic songs from previous releases and may also include material from her highly anticipated 2024 release, “Coming Home”, her first in over six years. Within it Cara effortlessly blurs the lines between spoken word and song to stunning effect, exploring profoundly personal memories, her native Co. Derry and the people, places and customs she holds closest to her heart; revealing a newly found freedom to express herself within the tiniest of details and life’s larger mysteries.
Join Cara and Sam for an intimate evening full of exceptional music and the genuine warmth they bring to the stage.

www.caradillon.co.uk

Tickets: £24. No concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/cara-dillon/


Taunton Brewhouse TA1 1JL

Saltlines with Raynor Winn and Gigspanner Big Band

Taking audiences by storm, Saltlines is a compelling prose and music collaboration between bestselling author Raynor Winn (The Salt Path) and folk-roots supergroup The Gigspanner Big Band, which features some of the biggest names on the folk scene.
Together they celebrate the beauty, stories, and traditions of the South West Coast Path in a seamless performance of old songs with their origins in the South West, and brand new compositions written by Raynor Winn especially for this production.

£30.00

7.30 pm

Contact Hannah Harrison: 01823 704041

marketing AT tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk

https://www.tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk/events/saltlines-with-raynor-winn-and-gigspanner-big-band/


Sun 2nd Jun 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Sunday Club

A regular evening of music and song at Halsway Manor.

Halsway Manor open their doors to all on the first Sunday evening of each month for an evening of folk and acoustic music. Singers and musicians of all abilities are invited. If you are curious about folk music and just want to listen with a drink from the bar, you are also welcome.
There has been a Sunday Club meeting at Halsway Manor for many years.
This ‘Sunday Club’ for musicians and singers is informal and relaxed. We have a folk theme, but really all types of acoustic music, song and poetry are welcome. The evening generally combines some playing together with individual spots. We don’t frown on you having your words or music in front of you, and certainly encourage beginners.
Just come along, or give Roger Phipps a call on 01278 671685 if you would like to find out more.

Halsway Music and Song Club is held 8pm on the 1st Sunday of each month (with the exception of an August break for Sidmouth Folk Festival).

Free to attend – donations welcome.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/sunday-club-2/2024-06-02/


Mon 3rd Jun 2024 to Fri 7th Jun 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

French Music & Dance Week

We’re thrilled to be hosting Emmanuel Pariselle, Didier Oliver and Nathalie Oliver Selsis for another week exploring French music, music for dance, and the dancing itself. This week is for players of melodeon (DG), fiddle, and for dancers; you’ll need to let us know when booking which study group you would like to join.
Emmanuel will concentrate on working with melodeon players, exploring the use of chords and rhythms in accompanying traditional French dance tunes and songs (you do not need to be a singer!).
Didier will work with fiddle players, using traditional French repertoire – from south west France (rondeaux, congos, bransles etc.), central massif (bourrées, mazurkas, scottishs) and bretagne (gavottes, plinn, andros) – to explore and develop style and technique.
We’re delighted that Nathalie will be back to lead dancers in the ways of the Rondeaux, Branles, Ronde do Quercy, Congo, Scottiche, Planière Bourrée, Mazurka and more.
The evenings present opportunities to relax, play and dance informally together, and we’ll have a public Bal on the Thursday evening, with music from Emmanuel and Didier, and the students too!

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


Fri 7th Jun 2024 to Sun 9th Jun 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Summer Fiddle Weekend

It’s the return of the Summer Fiddle weekend – a course dedicated to developing your fiddle playing through a range of different repertoire. We’re delighted to have Rachael McShane and Catherine Geldard with us for the first time to work with intermediate and advanced players. If you are a beginner or an improver, Becki Driscoll will be your guide in this weekend. Have a look at our Fiddle Playing Levels to help you choose the right group.
Workshops include technique, expression and repertoire (using our extensive folk library) and there will be plenty of time to play together and receive some individual help. This is an intensive weekend of workshops for fiddle players of all ages who can play folk dance tunes up to tempo either from the music provided, or by ear. Some music will be supplied in advance. Other tunes will be chosen at the event in response to participants’ requests – a Saturday afternoon ‘Open Space’ session offers a chance for workshops on areas requested by course participants, and for individual tuition.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/summer-fiddle-weekend/


Sat 8th Jun 2024

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

In the Footsteps of Ewan MacColl

Jez Lowe, Bob Fox & Julie Matthews together in a concert of songs and spoken word: “The New Radio Ballads” – In the Footsteps of Ewan MacColl

In the 50s and 60s Ewan MacColl along with Charles Parker and Peggy Seeger created the groundbreaking Radio Ballads broadcasts for the BBC Home Service using an audio documentary format to highlight the experiences of real people, weaving the voices of rarely-heard communities with songs written from and about their recorded interviews. Almost half a century later, in 2006, a new set of Radio Ballads were commissioned by BBC Radio 2 using the same format but this time involving a whole team of stellar musicians, singers and songwriters from the folk/acoustic/roots music scene under the guiding hands of producer John Leonard and musical director John Tams. Now three members of that team, Bob Fox, Jez Lowe and Julie Matthews, have put together a selection of songs from the 2006 New Radio Ballads for a concert performance.
All three are consummate engaging performers of meaningful songs and stories and are multi-instrumentalists whose skills have been honed by decades of live touring. They have all recorded extensively, worked in collaboration with many of the top folk roots artists and bands as well as having highly successful solo careers and are well loved and respected by audiences and colleagues alike. Expect to be entertained and enlightened by songs of joy, love, hardship and humour. http://www.bobfoxmusic.com www.jezlowe.com http://www.whileandmatthews.com

Tickets: £23. No concessions

8.00 pm

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/in-the-footsteps-of-ewan-maccoll/


Sun 9th Jun 2024

Strode Theatre, Church Road, Street BA16 0AB

Jacob and Drinkwater

Critically acclaimed Southwest based alt-folk duo Jacob & Drinkwater formed in 2014, playing their first gig together at the iconic Glastonbury Festival.
Jacob’s sweeping vocals never fail to captivate, delivering many a spine-tingling moment; the fluidity and precision of his fingerpicking underpinned by Drinkwater’s nimbly rhythmic double bass; at times sweetly soaring, haunting, percussive and driving. Featured numerous times on BBC Radio 2, BBC6 Music and lauded by their musical peers, the pair are one of the most accomplished acts touring the circuit today.

7:00PM
Tickets: £15.00 (incl £1.00 cmsn) Venue: Studio

https://www.strodetheatre.org.uk/whats-on/view/jacob-and-drinkwater/


Fri 14th Jun 2024 to Sun 16th Jun 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Learning By Ear

Do you struggle to pick up tunes by ear? Would you like to be freed from behind your music stand? Experienced musicians and tutors Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter are bringing a brand new course to Halsway Manor, designed to help you get to grips with the essential ‘folk’ skill of learning by ear.
You’ll learn different techniques and strategies to improve your confidence to play by ear in solo and ensemble contexts, using some accessible folk tunes as a starting point. Once you’ve got the hang of those, you’ll have chance to play them with other people, and even go on to think about how you might turn the tables and teach them to someone else!
Learning will mostly take place in a big group, guided by the tutors, with some time in small groups, both guided and self-led. You won’t need to prepare anything in advance.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/learning-by-ear/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Essential Fiddle Technique Weekend

This course, looking at essential technique for fiddlers, is designed to address (or readdress!) the fundamentals of violin playing with a view to helping you get more from subsequent fiddle tuition.
Many fiddle players attempt to run before they can walk and this course is an in-depth look at the crucial elements of playing. It will give you new skills and technique, building on what you already know about playing your instrument.
On this intensive weekend version of Sam’s ‘Technique Week’, you’ll work as a group (max 9.) on topics like bow hold, point of contact, tone and intonation, It will give you the foundations you need to be able to progress and succeed in more advanced technique and repertoire-based courses. If you’d prefer to work with Sam for a bit longer, check out his upcoming Technique Week in December.
You won’t need to prepare anything in advance, so you’ll just need to bring your fiddle(s), bow(s), rosin, strings and if you have a particular chair you like to sit on, you can bring that too!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/essential-fiddle-technique-weekend-june/


Sat 15th Jun 2024

South Petherton

Petherton Folk Fest 2024

After a successful 2023 festival, this year will be the 11th annual folk festival and plans are under way to make it another truly memorable experience. Special thanks go to Pete Wheeler who retired as chair after his many years of dedication.
As in previous years, entertainment will take place all day, throughout the village. Key venues will include The David Hall, the Market Square, the Blake Hall, St Peter and St Paul Church and the Brewers Arms.
This is, as always, a day of free entertainment for all ages and will include music and dance performances, workshops, stalls and much, much more!!

www.pethertonfolkfest.co.uk




Sun 16th Jun 2024

Speedwell Hall, Abbey Street, Crewkerne TA18 7HY

Bal Crewkerne

French + Breton Folk Dance for all

dance workshop from 6-7pm, main dance from 7-9.30pm, live music by the resident houseband, tea and coffee provided, free parking in the town centre car parks

£4 at the door

rainer.wittlin AT outlook.com

https://balcrew.wixsite.com/balcrewkerne


Mon 17th Jun 2024 to Fri 21st Jun 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Songs, Threads and Yarns

A summer holiday at Halsway Manor in which to share textile crafting skills, songs and stories. With host Meg Rose and very special guest the multi-talented Tim Van Eyken.
The week presents a unique opportunity to develop your own craft projects in a supportive and convivial atmosphere, working with our hands whilst exploring related aspects of folk music, song and story telling. This is not an instructional course as such. Presentations on various topics of interest and techniques are programmed throughout the week. The emphasis will be on learning from each other by show and tell and there will be free time to walk and relax too.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/songs-threads-and-yarns-2024/


Fri 21st Jun 2024 to Sun 23rd Jun 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Halsway Playford Assembly

The Halsway Playford Weekend is always a stimulating and enjoyable experience, and we are DELIGHTED to welcome dancing master Andrew Swaine to lead the 2024 event.
A vigorous and fun weekend of dancing, the course is aimed at dancers – both experienced and new to Playford are welcome – who want to explore the music and dances published in the English Dancing Master.
An extremely brief history of Playford, in Andrew’s words: “John Playford was a publisher in the mid-17th century who published a lot of “country dances” which were being danced in the English Inns of Court at the time. It’s commonly believed that that they were initially dances for light relief based on what the common folk were doing, but dancing masters got involved and many of the dances are quite elaborate! They evolved considerably when Charles II came back from exile and country dancing became very popular throughout the nation and much of Western Europe, declining in the early 19th century. At the beginning of the 20th century Cecil Sharp, reviving interest in all things traditionally English, reinterpreted and and taught these dances.”
Andrew likes to promotes a relatively lively and accessible style of Playford dancing, aiming to rediscover what made these dances fun in the first place. Expect a varied and joyful programme of workshops and social dancing, aimed at interpreting the dances for a modern audience with enthusiasm and enjoyment, whilst also setting the dances in historical context and referring back to the original sources.
There will be a Playford Assembly Ball on the Saturday evening – costume strongly encouraged!

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/halsway-playford-assembly/


Fri 21st Jun 2024

Wessex Acoustic at Blandford Royal British Legion DT11 7AD

Banter

+ Mel Langton

A fabulous concert featuring the 4 piece band BANTER who are Simon Care on melodeon, Nina Zella on keyboards & vocals, Tim Walker on drums, percussion, brass, vocals, and Mark Jolley on bass, fiddle, guitar & vocals.

Opening support is from East Anglia's finest folk artiste, Mel Langton.

£15 ONLY pre purchased or reserved

8.00pm (doors open 7.45)

Contact John Butcher: 017474 850 212 or 07590 202203

j.w.butcher AT btintrnet.co.uk

www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk


Mon 24th Jun 2024 to Fri 28th Jun 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Mandolin with Simon Mayor

Back by popular demand, join Simon Mayor, one of the country’s finest mandolin players for this mid-week masterclass.
Simon’s January ‘Mandolin Workshop Weekends’ have been hugely successful and consistently prompt requests for more. This time it’s a smaller group, but a longer, mid-week gathering, suitable for intermediate and advanced players. There’ll still be some ensemble playing, but this will be a chance for students to share their performances and for Simon to offer personal critiques – as always, in an atmosphere of mutual support.
The music of the Irish harper and composer Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738) has featured from time to time in Simon’s mandolin workshops over the years. This is a chance for mandolinists – or players of other mandolin family instruments – to get more intimately acquainted with his music in a mandolin ensemble setting.
Carolan’s tunes for the most part follow the format of a typical traditional jig, reel or march: two sections, each usually repeated. Stylistically, they differ a little from a typical trad tune because he was also influenced by the classical music of his day, in particular the Italian composers Corelli and Geminiani.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/mandolin-with-simon-mayor/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Ben Walker’s Guitar Masterclass

Ben Walker returns to Halsway Manor to lead a mid-week guitar masterclass for intermediate and advanced level guitarists.
Together we will explore ways of arranging traditional folk tunes on the guitar, look at ways to arrange melodies and chords, and then put it all together to form a complete performance.
We’ll cover advanced guitar techniques, alternative tunings, whilst allowing for plenty of time to work at your own pace. There will also be the opportunity for 1-2-1 sessions with Ben who is one of the UK’s foremost acoustic guitarists.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/ben-walkers-guitar-masterclass-2024/


Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Summer Song Week

Enjoy the pleasure of group singing as you discover the potential of your own voice. Singers of all abilities are invited to join Hilary James to explore the wealth of songs within the British folk tradition and take a peek beyond into blues, swing and comic song. You’ll be working largely ‘by ear’ with simple improvised vocal harmony but, for the more experienced, written parts for some songs will be available.
This week runs alongside the Simon Mayor Mandolin Week and Ben Walker’s Guitar Study Week.
Ben, Simon and Hilary will perform an informal concert on the Thursday evening.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/summer-song-week/


Tue 25th Jun 2024

Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe TA4 4BD

Simon Mayor and Hilary James, Ben Walker

Enjoy a drink from the bar, and an informal evening of folk music from some of our most popular tutors.
This gig brings together two virtuoso musicians in guitar and mandolin alongside the fine voice of Hilary James.
Simon Mayor is one of the world’s leading mandolin virtuosos and composers. His many faceted career includes his own series on BBC Radio 2, an album in the Classic FM Top Ten chart. His playing moves effortlessly between classical, traditional folk, jazz & blues. He’s also a fine guitarist & fiddle player, with a delicious sense of humour and dazzling technical skills.

www.mandolin.co.uk

Hilary James has recorded six critically acclaimed solo song albums including English Sketches, which appeared in the Sunday Times Ten Best World Music Albums of the Year. Her voice is quintessentially English but easily crosses the great musical divides from British folk song to blues and Berlioz.

You can find Hilary at hilaryjames.com

BBC Folk Award winner Ben Walker is hailed as one of ‘the best acoustic guitarists in the world right now’ by Total Guitar magazine. A versatile composer and producer, as well as a celebrated instrumentalist, his passion is putting old jewels in new settings. Ben’s signature style has been sought out from punk to Proms, from Rough Trade to the Royal Shakespeare Company. His solo album, Echo, was released in July 2019 to critical acclaim and his characteristically warm, whimsical and virtuosic solo set regularly delights folk audiences in the UK and further afield.

8pm–10pm

£12 - Adults
£6 - Concessions
Concessionary priced tickets are available to children and students - of any age - in full-time education.

https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/gig-simon-mayor-and-hilary-james-ben-walker/


Fri 28th Jun 2024

Kimmeridge Village Hall at The Etches Collection BH20 5PE

Arish Mel with caller Teresa Williams

All welcome to our regular Barn Dance. No Bar - bring your own drinks & nibbles! Tickets on the door - just turn up.

£7.50 adults £2.50 children

7.30pm - 10.00pm

Contact Steve Earwicker: 01929 480737

arish.mel AT btinternet.com

www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm


Sat 29th Jun 2024

Pavilion Dance South West, ​Westover Road, Bournemouth BH1 2BU

Melobo

Ceilidh

Doors open 6.45, dancing 7-10
Tickets £15 standard £12 Concession
Booking recommended 01202 203630 or online www.pdsw.org.uk


Fri 5th Jul 2024

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

The Leylines. A Chance to Dance Event

Plus Special Guests

Heart-Pounding Revelry A high-energy folk-rock band from the West Country, The Leylines mix raucous violin dynamic guitar riffs and acerbic lyrics. All of which culminate in a whirlwind show that will get heart, and mind, pounding.
The band have a reputation of playing rowdy, high-energy shows, and with their infectious feel-good tunes, The Leylines are firm favourites of the festival and independent venue circuit.
The Leylines are: Steve(vocals/acoustic guitar), Hannah (violin/keys/bs), Dan (lead guitar/bvs), Sean(bass guitar/bvs) and Dave(Drums)

www.theleylinesmusic.co.uk

Tickets: £18 Full. £17 Concessions

8.00 pm

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


Fri 13th Sep 2024

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

Jon Boden

Jon Boden is best known is the lead singer of the progressive Folk juggernaut Bellowhead who have sold 250,000 albums, had seven singles playlisted on Radio 2 and sold out hundreds venues including The Royal Albert Hall. Alongside Bellowhead Jon has continued his development as one of the foremost names in English Folk music.
Solo, Jon performs the self-penned songs of Songs From The Floodplain, Painted Lady, Afterglow and Rose In June, material from Bellowhead, Spiers & Boden, and his A Folk Song A Day project in which he recorded 365 Folk songs in one year, as well as music from his most recent album Last Mile Home (Hudson Records) and more.

Tickets: £23. No concessions

www.jonboden.com

https://www.thedavidhall.com/event/jon-boden/


Fri 11th Oct 2024

Taunton Brewhouse TA1 1JL

Suthering

Evocative and distinctive, folk duo Suthering transport audiences with their exquisite vocal harmonies and their message of hope during hard times.
Soaring above the cascading piano and delicate, fingerstyle guitar, it’s the duo’s beautifully matched voices and their fresh approach to folk which make their traditional and self-penned songs stand out.

£16.50

7.45 pm

Contact Hannah Harrison: 01823 704041

marketing AT tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk

https://www.tauntonbrewhouse.co.uk/events/suthering/


Sat 12th Oct 2024

Taunton Brewhouse TA1 1JL

Julie July Band

Julie July Band is a British folk-rock band performing original music inspired by the folk, rock, and blues movement of the 60s and 70s but with a contemporary 21st century twist.
With over a decade of gigging and recording experience, they make their debut performance at Taunton Brewhouse celebrating their new album Flight of Fancy, together with songs from their critically acclaimed albums Lady of the First Light and Wonderland, plus a selection of Sandy Denny favourites.

£20.00 - £24.00

7.45 pm

Contact Hannah Harrison: 01823 704041

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Sat 2nd Nov 2024

Cedars Hall, Wells BA5 2ST

Christina Alden & Alex Patterson

Christina Alden & Alex Patterson are multi-instrumentalists and songwriters from Norwich. Their music is rich with intertwining harmony, sensitive accomplished musicianship and a creative song-writing style that is both delicate and moving. Deeply inspired by the world around them, they have a keen environmental eye to craft stories with the natural world at its heart, reflecting on the relationship between humans and the wild.
They have enjoyed touring extensively in the UK and Europe; including a twenty-three-date concert hall tour with Show of Hands (including Union Chapel and St David’s Hall Cardiff), a show at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for Celtic Connections, headline and main stage performances at some of the UK’s most prestigious folk festivals and performances in Norway, Belgium, France and Ireland. They have written and self-released four albums, composed music for a BBC Radio 4 documentary series and have had over a million streams on Spotify.

£14

7.30pm

Contact Box Office: 01749 834483

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Thu 21st Nov 2024

Bath Forum, 1A Forum Buildings, Bath BA1 1UG

Bellowhead

Celebrating 20 Years of Bellowhead

In 2004, Bellowhead burst onto the British folk scene like nothing before or since. Famously conjured up by duo Spiers & Boden whilst sitting in a traffic jam, they roped in friends, and friends of friends until the big band was born. In their early years Bellowhead played to hundreds of thousands of people at festivals and on tour and were regularly lauded as “One of the country’s greatest live outfits.” They recorded 5 studio albums (selling over a quarter of a million copies), were the proud recipients of 2 x silver discs and won a staggering 8 x BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
2024 marks Bellowhead’s 20th Anniversary, it’s also 20 years since the release of their debut 5 track E.P.Onymous and 10 years since the release of their Top 20 studio album Revival which featured favourites including Gosport Nancy and Roll Alabama.
The band say “The reunion tour in 2022 meant such a lot to all of us after such a difficult time, and seemed to bring so much joy to our fans, that we thought we'd probably best do it again!

Tickets: £27.50 / £35.00 / £45.00 (plus booking fees)
Please note under 18 to be accompanied by an adult.

7:30pm

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