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', available here. This first workshop will be in the Twyford Parish Hall.



We are saddened to hear of the very recent death of Ken Sheffield. Our Chairman, Lin Rayner writes "Ken Sheffield died on 5th July - a great loss to the world of folk dancing and music, and for me and Stroph, the loss of a good friend. Our FASH Workshop on Sunday 26 November at Twyford is a selection of dances from the 10 books 'From Two Barns' published by Ken since 1982, chosen and called by John Turner and will be a fitting tribute to a great researcher and choreographer, who always loved a good tune."


Are you able to help Devil's Jumps Step Clog dancers, based in Emsworth? Their regular muscian is presently unable to play for them and they seek someone who can play Folk Dance and Old Tyme Music Hall tunes for their practices and occasional performances. They meet during term ltime at Emsworth Community Centre on Thursday Evenings. If you are able to help, please phone 02392 571946 or email


Perhaps rather short notice for many display sides, but if you are free on the 13th August, consider the Andover Shilling Fair. Barbara Townsend writes:

On 13 August 2017, Andover High Street will come to life at the new Andover Shilling Fair - an unmissable free day out celebrating the town's Georgian heritage. Andover's stunning Georgian streets will come alive with a programme bursting with colourful street performers, Regency costumed figures, themed market stalls, traditional fairground attractions, local musicians, rural craft displays and fun hands-on family activities.

The event is being run by a group of local residents, volunteers and businesses. It's free to attend and we expect over 2000 revellers to join in on the day between 10 am and 4.30 pm. We are inviting local dance and theatre groups to take part in this exciting new event that will really put Andover on the map. We'd like to offer you the opportunity to perform to a large audience and promote your organisation.

We are seeking groups who can perform something in a traditional style and really enter into the spirit of the day - for example, dances to traditional music, a traditional style dance, an excerpt from an old play/musical etc. We want to fill the streets with local performers, so we are open to any and all ideas with a traditional 'edge' - we're not being too strict!

We are seeking performers for between 15-20 minutes slots. In the spirit of the event and with English weather in mind, we won't be having a modern stage area, but will be covering the Time Ring with an event shelter. We would like our performers to be out on the street (on the pavement), but there will be rain cover if needed. Although busking-style amps are welcome, we will not be hiring a PA system this year due to the budget. (If you have any contacts who may volunteer to bring along and manage a PA kit, please do let us know).

We very much hope that you would like to take be a part of this new event. All we need from you are your preferred performance times and the approximate length of your set-up time and performance. In due course, we'll need to know if you'll be bringing along any equipment, a description of what you'll be performing and a copy of your Public Liability Insurance schedule so that everyone stays safe.

Please contact me directly via phone in the evenings 01264 354731 or email to let us know if you'd like to take part, to chat through your ideas, or if you have any questions.

We really look forward to hearing from you.


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).


We are sad to report that The Fo'c'sle Folk Club, based in Southampton, has had to close after running for 54 years. Brian Hooper stepped down as the club organiser at the end of June, and none of the other committee members were in a position to run it in its present format.


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, was 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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