Folk Association of South Hants
- other events that we know about in our area are as follows:
A couple of events at Holybourne Theatre (GU34 4EL) you might be interested in: on 22nd February Ray Cooper appears in his "The Golden Age Tour 2019" and the following month the theatre is staging a folk opera by Neil Gore and John Kirkpatrick, "Rouse, Ye Women" on the 17th. Tickets are available via their website or if you are local, at Wildly UpBeat Printers in Alton
If you love to sing, just for the sheer enjoyment of it, and especially if you would like to try other styles, look at Igloo Music's website for their 'Vocal Variety Workshop' on the 14th April. With four workshops led by four vocalists, you have the opportunity to try singing Sea Shanties, Barbershop harmonies, Music Theatre and World Music. Booking is essential and tickets are £10 - contact them direct via firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to avoid on-line booking fees. The workshop starts at 10.00 and runs through to 15.30.
For Contra dancers who are prepared to travel a bit further, we are reminded of the Ashford Contra Season - dances are at The Jurgens Centre, Englefield Green, TW20 0QR. Usually the second Sunday of the month, the start time is 2.30. Barrie Bullimore is the regular caller with the English Contra Band, but on the 10th March Lynne Render takes his place and on 14th April they welcome guest Lisa Greenleaf with Stringrays. Latest programme details here.
We are hearing more of bals these days ("bal" is approximately the European equivalent of "ceilidh"). Just outside our Hampshire borders, Balfolk in Reading are holding their second bal in the hall at the back of Watlington House (RG1 4RJ) starting 12.00 on 3rd March. There will be an hour's workshop with Ravi Sawney, followed by a picnic lunch (byo, also byo alcohol - tea and coffee available) then a couple of hours for the bal itself. Details on www.facebook.com/events/354440235142399/ Cost for the whole session £5, beginners are very welcome, as are musicians to play for the dancing.
The Salts are appearing at various locations around our area, although none are actually within Hampshire. On the 22nd February they are at The Fiery Bird, Woking, Surrey, GU21 6HJ (tickets via their website). On 26th May there is a free preformance at the Godalming Bandstand, and then on the 14th June they are appearing at The Old Court, Windsor, SL4 3BL. Again tickets via the website. For a full list of their gigs look at The Salts website.
Aldershot's West End Centre's busy programme includes Vishten on the 7th February and 6 days later, on the 13th, Jackie Oates features in "The Joy of Living". Ninebarrow appear there on the 4th April and Merlyn Driver on the 22nd May. Lots more information on their website; tickets available on-line or via the box office on 01252 330040.
A venue to the east of our county, which is holding folk concerts in their new hall, is Emsworth Baptist Church. Steve Knightley is on-stage on 9th March and Karen Matheson is the guest on 30th. On the 16th April, Skerryvore are appearing there. Details of these events are available on the Ents24 website, where there are also links taking you to the ticket purchase pages.
A WemsFest flyer escaped into Hampshire, and the Skerryvore and Karen Matheson concerts mentioned above are two of the WemsFest events. The Fest is far more than just folk and if you have a look at the events page on www.wemsfest.com/ you will find music and entertainment to suit all tastes. Much later on, Julie Felix is appearing at the Emsworth Baptist Church on 19th October, and Tannahill Weavers on 20th November. Unfortunately the bright and informative flyer is not available for download on their website. Tickets are available from Bookends, High Street, Emsworth, via email@example.com or via wegottickets (who will add a booking charge). The 4th Emsworth Beer Festival is also one of the WemsFest events, on 29th September.
Phil Beer is on-stage at the Tuppeny Barn in Southbourne on 23rd February and Rachel McShane & The Cartographers appear there on 30th March. More details on their website, where you will also find links for ticket purchase.
The West Surrey Folk Consortium run the Guildford Institute Folk Club; this month The Drystones take the stage on the 8th and on the 22nd the club welcomes back Judy Cook, on tour here from the USA. On the 5th April they present O'Hooley & Tidow, and the following day the GBH Ceilidh will take place at Godalming with The Dartmoor Pixie Band and Sarah Bazeley. In between all these concerts and dances are the Institute Folk Club's regular "Come All Ye Open Stage" sessions. Full details of the current programme are on their website www.musici.club/musici.htm Follow the links for ticket purchase.
Chapel Sessions Music appear to have returned to the Royal Victoria Chapel, Royal Victoria Country Park for some of their concerts, but the next one will be at St. Edwards Church (S031 5FF) with The Flying Toads on 15th March. For this 'pre-St. Patrick's Day Evening of music and food' a traditional Irish Stew will be served. Tickets via EventBrite . Their chapelsessionsmusic website is always not up-to-date, and you will need to go to their Facebook page for more information.