Folk Association of South Hants

Other Events

- other events that we know about in our area are as follows:


The Yarn Market Hotel in Dunster let us know that they still have a couple of rooms available for their annual Folk Dance Workshop Weekend between 2nd and 4th February 2018. The Weston Country Dance Band are the musicians with Ray Goodswen as caller. The weekend is on a residential full board basis and includes a trip out to a secret snowdrop valley on Exmoor. Click here for more details and contact information.


Two ceilidhs we have been asked to mention, both at Kimmeridge Village Hall/The Etches Collection, Kimmeridge, BH20 5PE. Called the Kimmeridge Keilidhs, the first is on 10th November and the second on 15th December. The evenings start at 7.30, and the band is the Arish Mel English Ceilidh Band. The caller on the 10th is Sue Perigo and on this evening only there is an 'interval spot' from Gill Redmond & Alasdair Paton. The caller on the 15th is Teresa Rabbetts. Tickets are £5 on the door, and more information is available from Steve on 01929 480737 or via Note that there is no bar at the venue, so take your own nibbles and drinks.


For something perhaps a little bit different, FolkOpera meets Stage Play. In an exciting new project, Hampshire's Mike Grogan has worked with two actors from Soberton and a fiddle player from Farlington to produce 'Private Henry Tandey VC' a musical play about a decorated WW1 soldier who, if he had much less compassion, could have made a huge difference to World history. The show is touring in October and November, with many of the 12 venues being in Hampshire. The first is in Soberton Village Hall on the 7th October; later shows include The Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth on the 20th and The Forest Arts Centre on the 27th. A full list of dates and venues, and contact details for tickets are given on this poster. Many are also shown in our Folk Clubs and Arts Centres Diary

West Surrey Folk Consortium have published the details of the coming season of GBH Cailidhs. The first is on 28th October - Barry Goodman is calling to music from A New Vintage. Tickets are £12 on the door, £11 in advance. Details of how to purchase tickets are here. Note that there is no guarantee that tickets will be available at the door - these are very popular ceilidhs. Further discounts are possible; there are group rates and reduced rates for children - call 01483 871443 for details - AND if, while you are there, you buy tickets for the NEXT ceildh they will be only £10. The later ceilidhs are Nick Walden with Banter on the 20th January, Sarah Bazeley with The Dartmoor Pixie Band on the 3rd March and Bridget Flett with Second Front on the 21st April.

West Surrey Folk Consortium also run The Music Institute Folk club at Guildford. Lots of details here; the first concert this autumn is Crows, on 29th September. A week later, on 6th October, are The Drystones and on the 13th, this time at the Medici Theatre, John Tams and Barry Coope. Hughie Jones takes the stage on 27th October.


The 10th November sees the third charity concert in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support at The Fishbourne Centre, Blackboy Lane, Fishbourne, PO19 8BE. The two previous concerts have been sell-out successes and this one should be just as good. Organiser Ron Williamson writes, "Our performers include the Paul Downes (singer, songwriter and MC), Annie Winter, the Chichester Nightingale, Jo and Simon Harmer (ever mobile Southern Steppers), Reg Meuross (troubadour extraordinaire) and the amazing Hilary Spencer (of Artisan, Mrs Ackroyd and QuickSilver)." The Centre bar will be open for drinks and food - doors open from 7.30. Tickets are £15 and available via or 07716 012134. For a flyer with full details click here.


Quite a few folk concerts are taking place just over the county boundary, just north of Newbury. The venue is the Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare School, just off Arlington Lane, RG14 3BQ. For a list of all concerts and more information see their website