Folk Association of South Hants



Dance Workshop
Our next dance workshop is on Sunday 6th February at Twyford Parish Hall - SO21 1QY. Barrie Bullimore will be teaching some Contra and Square Dances we are "unlikely to meet at a Saturday Dance!" Come prepared to be challenged, but with the confidence that Barrie is such a clear and experienced caller that he will make it feel easy and great fun!

Please read 'FASH Workshops and Covid19' to see what precautions we are taking at the venues and what we ask you to do to protect everyone involved.

Music Workshop
for which you need to book in advance - email or phone 01243 531497
On Sunday 27th February Mike Bailey with The Madding Crowd will be leading our popular West Gallery workshop. Come to play with the band or join in with the singing which is in four part harmony - soprano, alto, tenor, bass. Music is provided, but you can also learn your part by ear or come just to listen! People will be spaced out far more than usual because of Covid, so numbers will be limited. We will also have doors and windows open to increase ventilation, so do make sure you dress warmly!
The 'chat' in February's Solent Waves will give a brief history of West Gallery music and there are more details at

For full details of all our planned events please see our Workshops page where you can also download our Workshops flyer.

If you are not already on our FASH Supporters circulation list and would like to receive news of our events, please contact Daphne on or phone 01243 531497.



Let's hope that the announcements below are not derailed by the latest Covid-19 happenings. Several folk events have only just been cancelled, and where we have heard about cancellations we have added them to the diaries. Do check here or with the organisers before you set out to attend a folk event in the next few weeks.


Good news from a couple of folk clubs - Nonsuch Folk Club, in Bishops Waltham, will hold a "Grand Reopening" on the 20th January, their first meeting for well over a year and a half. Details still to be added to their website but they expect to be meeting weekly as usual thereafter.

Also, Woolston and Bursledon Folk club, one of the first clubs to embrace the technology of 'Zoom' meetings, will take the first cautious steps back to "real live" meetings by holding the second meeting each month at their hall just off the A27. The first meeting was due to be on January 9th, and all being well, they will have a trial period of three months. There will not be a bar, although tea- and coffee-making facilities will be available. The 'Zoom' meetings will continue, at least for the time being, on the other Sundays. (Sadly the very recent increase in the number of cases of Covid-19 has rather scuppered these proposals, so we now wait for news of when the clubs will reopen for in-person meetings.)

(Hopefully this will encourage Ringwood and Winchester Folk Clubs to restart in the near future!)


Nigel Close has restarted live meetings of his series "as many as will" at Shawford Parish Hall, SO21 2AA. They are held on the first Thursday of every month at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. Note that January's dance will be on the 13th, not the 6th, due to other events taking place in the hall.


If you prefer contra-style dances, have a look also at The London Barndance Company's website. They are again running live dances, mainly at Cecil Sharp House.

The regular contra dances at Egham (Ashford Folk Dance Club) have also restarted. On the 13th February, Ivan Aitken is calling to music from the English Contra Dance Band; These are afternoon sessions on the second Sunday of the month. More details here


Our local folk dance groups are once again meeting from this September. For some it is something of an experiment to see how many of their members return after the pandemic. We would urge you to to support your clubs as without your regular attendance, at least some are likely to fold, simply due to economics.


You cannot keep a good sailor down below, and you can now listen to Shep Woolley 'on-line'. Thursday evenings 7.00 to 8.00 he has a Folk session on Victory on-line, repeated on Sunday at 4.00. Click on the "Pop-up Player" words to listen. For early risers, he has a session on Angel Radio at 5.35 on Thursdays that he calls "Shep Woolley's Suitcase". From the home page click on "Find us ONLINE" or use DAB radio (the FM transmissions do not seem to cover much of Hampshire - or maybe my aerial is pointing the wrong way).


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 in the coming months and to book tickets. This will unfortunately only take you to events run by EFDSS or taking place at Cecil Sharp House. However their newly-introduced gigs diary, which is at last on-line, cannot be accessed from the EFDSS home page. To see what events members of EFDSS have asked to be posted on their website, go to This section of the website is still very much under development and if you use a filter to select a particular type of event, it is difficult to get back to the original list.


We have added 'Friends of Cecil Sharp House' to our Links page. This organisation promotes the participation in English Folk Dance and Music, and at the moment is running a series of on-line, or virtual, dance and calling workshops. At the end of August it held a Zoom discussion between Colin Hume, Louise Siddons and Bernie Culkin in which they addressed the problem of reducing numbers at so many of our folk dance clubs. Colin has suggested a rather radical way of approaching this, and leads the discussion. You can see the recording of it at but be prepared - it is a long session (nearly an hour and 35 minutes) although you can safely skip the first 5 minutes.


The Guildford Institute has at last reopened and the Music Institute is again holding concerts there. However, their established "Come All Ye Open Zoom" will continue. See their website for a link to send an email saying you would like to attend. Note that their "singers list" fills up quickly, so contact them early if you would like to contribute a song or poem etc.


Courses and events are running regularly again at Halsway Manor, near Crowcombe, Somerset and it is well worth looking at their website as there are a great many exciting things listed and they are now taking bookings.

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