Folk Association of South Hants



The next FASH event will be the first of our workshops in the 2017/2018 season. Although a long way off - the 8th October - it will be worth the wait. Bob Morgan will be calling a workshop he has titled "Playford Perspectives", to music from 'Mrs. Savage's Whim'. More detail is available on our Workshops flyer and still more information will be found in the July/August issue of 'Solent Waves', when it is published later next month. This first workshop will be in the Twyford Parish Hall.



Has anyone come across a Hohner 'Black Dot' melodeon which was mislaid during the Winchester MayFest on Saturday 20th May? If you have it and are trying to find the owner, or know someone who is looking after it until it is claimed, please contact our secretary via email or telephone (contact details on our Contacts page).


The Fo'c'sle Folk Club, based in Southampton are seeking a new organiser. They write "The Fo'c'sle Folk Club, 54 years old last month, is at risk of closing. Fo'c'sle stalwart Brian Hooper is stepping down as the club organiser, and none of the other committee members are in a position to run it in its present format. A members' meeting will be held on 9th June (8 pm at the usual venue, the Richmond Inn) to decide the club's future; if you can help it continue, do turn up and offer." Can you help - if so go along to the meeting on the 9th, or talk to Brian at any of the Friday evening meetings this month. A list of guests for the next few weeks is given on our Folk Club Diary page or on their website .


Please note that Ringwood Folk Club have changed their venue. They are now meeting at Bisterne Village Hall, Bisterne, Ringwood, BH24 3BN, on the B3347 about 2.5 miles from the centre of Ringwood. With this move, the club night changed to Monday, but they have been able to change back to Tuesday - from 9th May onwards club night is a Tuesday, as it always was. They are disappointed to have to raise admission prices, but these are offset by the hall not having a bar - so bring your own drinks, which must surely be cheaper than paying pub prices. Directions to the Hall, which is partly hidden by a thatched house, are given on the club's website


Running the Twyford Ceilidhs has been taken over by Ian Kirby, a local caller who will be known to many of you. The first of the new series will be in October 2017 and a copy of the flyer for you to download is available here. A brief history of the Twyford ceilidhs, written by Nigel Close, the previous organiser of these popular ceilidhs, is given in the April issue of 'Solent Waves', which can be downloaded here.


Could you be a lead musician? Southern Lights Ladies Traditional Dance Team seek a musician - they write: "Our usual band line-up is accordion, fiddles, banjo and guitar. Our accordion player is very ill and has had to hang up his box, so we would like to recruit another lead musician - accordion would be great, woodwind or brass could also work well, but we are open to suggestions! We play a great variety of music, in more than the usual G and D keys and sometimes in interesting time signatures. Two of our current dances are performed to ragtime tunes c.1912. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings at Woolston Community Centre, Woolston, Southampton, in between the chat and laughter. You can find out more about Southern Lights at Contact Barry or Maureen Wake: e-mail or telephone 023 8043 2216"


There is a huge range of events taking place at Halsway Manor, near Crowcombe, Somerset. For more information, visit Their 'What's on' page allows you to search for particular dates and also select specific types of event. There are many different and flexible possibilities regarding accommodation, so their website is well worth a visit.


The English Folk Dance and Song Society, EFDSS, has its full programme on-line now. Many song and dance workshops are included. See and go to their 'What's on' page, or use this link to find out what is taking place this month and to book tickets.



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