Folk Association of South Hants



The next and final FASH event this season will be our AGM on the 14th May. Usual format - meeting at 4.00, a cream tea to follow at 5.00 and we finish the day with Sue Bradshaw calling the dancing in the evening to music from Pete and Sue Hall. The dance will start at around 6.00. Prices have been kept the same as last year with the tea at £2.50 and the dance at £4. If you should have a season ticket, note that it does not include this dance.



Please be aware that 'Old Blind Dogs' have had to cancel the whole of their southern tour. The concert scheduled for Saturday 8th April at Celtic Folk will not therefore take place. The club are working hard to reschedule the concert for this autumn or possibly the spring of next year. People who have already ordered tickets have been contacted by the club but if you should have any queries, contact them on The 13th May concert with 'London Lasses' is not affected, and tickets are still available.


Please note that Ringwood Folk Club have changed both their venue and day. They are now meeting at Bisterne Village Hall, Bisterne, Ringwood, BH24 3BN, on the B3347 about 2.5 miles from the centre of Ringwood. The club night is now Monday. Accordingly, the RagMamaRag concert, with support from the Bob Long Trio, will now be on the 13th March, not the 14th. The hall does not have a bar, so please bring your own drinks. Directions to the Hall, which is partly hidden by a thatched house, are given on the club's website


The 31st March was the first dance with a new dance club in Fareham - The A3 Ceilidh Band present the Fareham Ceilidh Dance Club. Doors are open at 8.00 for an 8.15 start. The venue is the Fareham Community Church in The Kings Centre, 171-173 West Street, PO16 0EF. For this first night there was an introductory offer of half-price tickets - just £6. For more information and to book tickets, go to or call 07986572254. The next dance, same venue, will be on May 5th; tickets will be at the full price of £12 and a bar will be available. Have a look at the 'Meet Us' link on the band's website and you may find a few faces you recognise


We are very sad to hear that Pete Gritton died suddenly last weekend (11th March). He had recently moved to Spain, but many of you will have known him as a caller with Jigfoot or perhaps from his many years running the M27 Megabops with Gill Redmond. He also ran a very successful 'bones' workshop for FASH a few years ago and was a popular story teller in the New Forest where he lived.


Please note that the March session of Chilworth Contras has been cancelled. There is a session as usual in April, but no May session.


The Isle of Wight Folk Dance Club is restarting after a 'holiday' while the hall heating was being refurbished. The next session will be on 20th March, with subsequent sessions on 3rd April, 1st May (a bank holiday and still to be confirmed), 15th May, 5th and 19th June. The dance diary has been updated, but we received news of these changes too late to have them correct in the March 'Solent Waves'. Note also that club has changed from 2nd and 4th Mondays to the 1st and 3rd.


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"


Waterlooville Folk Dance Group are disappointed to be closing the "Push & Pull" sessions aimed at everyone but especially for those who are less able-bodied - deaf, blind, wheelchair users, walking frame users etc. but who still enjoy the music, the figures and the movement of dance. Changes to the charging structure at the hall mean that this relatively small group is no longer viable as it stands. The last session will be on April 10th. Read more


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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