Folk Association of South Hants

Other Events

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


A venue we have not mentioned before is Tuppeny Barn on the main road through Southbourne, West Sussex, PO10 8EZ. They presented Gigspanner in November; 15th December will see Belshazzar’s Feast on stage there, and in the New Year, India Electric Co. on February 17th. Doors open 7.30 for a start at 8.00, tickets are available via their website. Now we know about it, we'll look out for other folk events taking place here.


A Christmas Barn Dance only just announced, we have been asked to mention a dance on the 29th December at Swanmore Village Hall, New Rd, SO32 2PF. Turk Town Troopers and friends will provide the music and calling, the price of £5 includes a ploughman's supper. BYO drinks. Space is limited so book your place by calling Ian on 07979504773 or via


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.


On the 2nd December at Sherfield on Loddon, John Kirkpatrick presents his now well-known show "Carolling & Crumpets". The venue is The Village Hall, RG27 0EZ, doors are open at 7.15 for an 8.00 start. Licensed bar available for real ale and bar snacks. Tickets are £12.50 (£7.50 for under-12s) available from Ian Sellars, or 01256 886550 / 07889364722, also from the Village Shop.


Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band appear at The WedgeWood Rooms, Albert Road, Southsea, PO4 0JW, on 10th December. Book tickets via this link or via the box office, 023 9286 3911.


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. Look in our Dance Diary to find more of this series of ceilidhs in 2018.


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 runs The Music Institute Folk club at Guildford. The next concert is Niamh Parsons on 10th November, a week later, on 17th, The Methera Quartet are on stage and on the 24th, Alice Jones is appearing. For details of concerts later in the year, and into 2018, visit


The Melodeon Playgroup are holding a workshop for DG (perfect for Morris!) melodeon players from beginners (absolute beginners, so if you are thinking about playing... and those who can play a few notes) to 'improvers'. This takes place on Saturday 17th February, although there will be sessions the evening before and the morning after. The venue is The Fleece Inn and The Village Hall at Bretforton near Evesham. Costs are kept as low as possible, they guess at around £15 plus whatever you need in the way for food, drink and possibly accommodation. Read all about it here, and let them know if you are likely to go.


Looking further ahead, the date for the 23rd Winchester Playford Assembly is now known. As usual it is in April, but the venue has changed, and this year it will take place in The Church of All Saints, in Petersfield Road. For full details, see the flyer here. Rosemary Hunt will be calling to music from Pete and Sue Hall.


Again further ahead, and a little bit out of the area, Stonesfield Folk dance club have two events coming up: the first, on 25th March, they have a "Ken Sheffield Tribute Day", with David and Kathryn Wright, and "Keeping Thyme" providing the music. Second, on 8th to 10th June, Stonesfield FDC invite you to their 46th Folk Dance Weekend. This year they are particularly pleased to have NYFTE and their tutors with them for the weekend. More details of both events are available here.


Also next year, a few more events to note: on the 4th February The Tannahill Weavers appear at Hambrook Village Hall, PO18 8TP. Doors open at 7.00 for a 7.30 start. Tickets via

On 28th March, The King's Theatre, Portsmouth (Southsea), PO5 2QJ, is staging 'Seven Drunken Nights - The Story of The Dubliners'. Again a 7.30 start, tickets are available on-line via this link, or the via box office on 023 9282 8282.


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