Folk Association of South Hants

Other Events

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


The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble - the UK's premiere 'folk big band' - are heading out on their 20th Anniversary tour and this includes an appearance at West End Centre, Queens Road, Aldershot, GU11 3JD, on 2 June at 8 pm. Tickets are available via their website or the box office on 01252 330040. The Ensemble is also appearing at Forest Arts Centre, Old Milton Road, New Milton, BH25 6DS on the 6th July; this concert starts at 7.30 pm. Tickets via the website or the box office on 01425 612393. A day later, on the 7th, they will appear at the New Forest Folk Festival, Powells Farm, Salisbury Road, Plaitford, Romsey, SO51 6EE. Tickets for the festival are still available - 'earlybird' prices until the end of May - from their website.


Look out for what may be a slightly unusual evening's entertainment at The Forest Arts Centre on the 15th of June; as part of the New Forest Arts Festival (for lots more details of this two-week-long event see The National Park's website, the Centre presents a special double bill. The first part is titled "An Hour of Merriment and Mirth" with Romany storyteller and historian Peter Ingram sharing stories, songs and anecdotes from Gypsy life. He will also demonstrate traditional Jig Dolls and Romany crafts.

The second part is called "The Hither Side of the Hedge". Author and artist Alice Gillington collected traditional Hampshire songs and dances from Gypsy families living in Southampton and the New Forest; expect readings, poems, songs and step dancing from Jigfoot musicians with Jo and Simon Harmer, Deb Lewis and Peter Ingram.

Music and dance collected from Romany families will feature alongside more common ceilidh dances in the "New Forest Dance" to be held at the Arts Centre on the 17th of June. Jo Harmer will be calling for the dance to music provided by local ceilidh band Jigfoot.

The Forest Arts Centre is located in New Milton, and tickets for both these events can be purchased on-line via their website or via the box office, telephone 01425 612393. On Saturday June 10th FolkActive are running Hampshire step dancing workshops for families between 1 and 3 pm as part of a free Family activity day celebrating local Gypsy heritage, again at Forest Arts.

Look out also for "Green Room Live", a series of acoustic sessions on Thursday evenings in August. The sessions on Thursday 3rd and 31st August will take place in the bandstand on the recreation ground. The sessions on Thursday 10th, 17th & 24th August will take place at Forest Arts – all sessions are free but please pre-book the Forest Arts sessions to avoid disappointment. Contact details as in the last paragraph.


Looking a bit further ahead, Martin Carthy will be appearing on 14th July at the Chichester Assembly Rooms (North Street, which is a pedestrian precinct - you will need to park elsewhere). The concert starts fairly early - at 7.00. This event does not seem particularly widely advertised, perhaps because there are only about 180 seats in the hall. Tickets available via


Still further ahead, Dervish are appearing at the Emsworth Baptist Church on Thursday 5th October. This is the opening concert for this year's WemsFest, and as yet the links for buying tickets on-line have not been set up. Check here occasionally to see when they become available - at the moment the WemsFest website only shows last year's events and a reference to this concert, Fairport Convention's concert on the 20th October and The Dime Notes on October 11th.


Although the acoustically acclaimed Chapel at Royal Victoria Country Park, is currently closed whilst undergoing major refurbishment works, The Chapel Sessions continue, at St. Edwards Church, Grange Rd., Netley, Southampton, SO31 5FF. The concerts over the next few months include Daisy Chapman on 24th March, Ray Cooper and Steve Skaith on 6th May, Jenn Bostic and Sarah Darling plus Michael Logen on 27th May, Emma Stevens on 7th June and CARA on the 21st June. More details and tickets are available via the shop website here.


A summer ceilidh near Ashurst in July: the organisers write, "SUMMER CEILIDH Saturday 8th July 7.30-10.30. Christ Church Colbury Hall, Dearleap Lane, Ashurst, SO40 7EH in aid of Diabetes UK. Dancing to live music. Professional caller: Lynden Bowen. Cabaret: Professional Ballroom & Latin dancers Rob Chapman and Joanne Sharp. Refreshments: No bar. Please byo/plate to share. Car parking adjacent or Longdown Farm car park next door. All welcome, no experience necessary. Tickets: £7.00 (£6.50 concessions, U16 free), reserve in advance, collect on door. Please contact Jenepher via 07891733939 or"


For West Surrey Folk Consortium's concerts see their website and follow the links to WeGotTickets for on-line ticket purchase. If you would rather pay by putting a cheque in the post, see this link. Concerts coming up include Jim Causley on April 21st, Anna & Elizabeth on May 10th and Coope Boyes & Simpson on 20th May. Sadly, the last of the GBH ceilidhs for this season was in March; keep an eye on for the new season's dances in the autumn.


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. Among the concerts to consider in the next couple of months are The Mandolinoquents and Steve Tilston on 4th May, Lady Maisery on 11 May and Emily Smith and Jamie McClennan on 20th May. For a list of all concerts and more information see their website


For details of Madding Crowd concerts and other events, see their website As part of the current celebrations of Jane Austen's life, Madding Crowd have a concert at the Basingstoke Discovery Centre in the Festival Place Shopping Centre, RG21 7LS. For booking details see their flyer here.