Folk Association of South Hants
- other events that we know about in our area are as follows:
Aldershot's West End Centre tell us that they are fast becoming a top folk and roots venue. As examples of this we have brief details of the next few months' events: Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron together are Leveret, who appear there on September 6th; on the 27th the Centre presents singer, songwriter and guitarist Sam Carter. October sees Kris Drever and Boo Hewerdine on stage on the 10th and Martin Carthy and John Kirkpatrick, names we all know, performing on the 24th. Mabon start the November programme on the 1st, followed by Evening Star on the 7th and Kitty Macfarlane on the 8th. 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. On Friday 19th October, they present Ímar, and a week later, on the 26th, a group from Orkney, Fara take the stage. Progressive folk-rock band, The Strawbs, are on-stage on 9th November. Oysterband are the guests on 15th November and on the 23rd, Jacqui McShee's Pentangle are there. Details of these events are available on the Ents24 website, where there are also links taking you to the ticket purchase pages.
Tuppeny Barn in Southbourne continue their musical programme in September with Miranda Sykes on 29th. Phillip Henry is on stage on 27th October and Jackie Oates on 17th November. More details on their website, where you will also find links for ticket purchase.
We are delighted to hear that the West Surrey Folk Consortium has announced that the GBH Ceilidh in September, on the 29th, will not after all be the last one. With another change in the manager at the Borough Hall, the financial arrangement they had with the Hall Management has been reinstated, so the Club's 42nd anniversary in September will also be the first GBH Ceilidh of this season. The dance will be on PolkaWorks' 10th birthday, and it was at Godalming that they played for their first public dance. The caller will be Barry Goodman, and details of how to purchase tickets are here - the web page has a link to WeGotTickets if you prefer to buy on-line.
The West Surrey Folk Consortium also run the Guildford Institute Folk Club, and their autumn season starts on the 28th September with Chris Foster. A fortnight later, on Friday 12th October, singer Georgia Lewis, accompanied by Felix Miller on guitar and fiddle player Rowan Piggott, will be their guest. Friday 26th October sees the long anticipated return of Damien Barber & Mike Wilson at the club, and on Friday 9th November Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne take the stage. Full details of the autumn programme are on their website www.musici.club/musici.htm
The Gill Nethercott Centre (RG28 7HP), one of the homes of the Whitchurch Folk Club, are themselves hosting musicians and shanty singers The Salts on 29th September. The concert starts at 7.30. Tickets are available via WeGotTickets at £13 plus booking fee. Unfortunately the link on the GNC website is incorrect; this one will take you to the correct page on the ticketting website.
A little further ahead, there will be a ceilidh - both dancing and entertainment - on 3rd November at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Crookhorn Lane, Waterlooville PO7 5QB. This is a fund-raising ceilidh in aid of a disabled lad in his early twenties, looked after entirely by his aging mother, who has recently suffered a mild stroke. The organisers write "We are aiming to raise at least £1,000 towards making their bathroom accessible and providing ramps and other equipment. They live in a suburb of a small town in the south of Belarus in an area badly affected by the fallout from the Chernobyl disaster. Although his disability is probably not directly linked to that, it just makes life even harder. It is a dream for them to have these things as they get no help at all from the Government". Price on the door £7, more details as they become available; a flyer can be viewed here.
The following week has the fourth in the concert series in aid of The MacMillan Cancer Support charity: this year it is on the 9th November, at 7.30, and as usual it takes place at the Fishbourne Centre, Blackboy Lane, PO18 0DE. For tickets, at £15, drop an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Guests appearing include Phil Green & Jane Grover, Tom Perry & Clive Brooks, Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner and Pete Morton. As a further incentive, there will be the usual huge raffle with many great prizes. A flyer with more details can be viewed/downloaded here.
Another charity event, this time in October, on the 27th: Haslefolk presents "An afternoon of great entertainment and afternoon tea" at St. Steven's Church, Shottermill, Haslemere, GU27 1NS. Tickets available on-line at www.shantymen.co.uk or via Rob Noble 01428 641727. For many more details see their poster here. The event is in aid of Neema Children's Home in Kenya, which Rob has supported for many years
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. There are two folk concerts in September: on the 15th is Sam Carter and on the 28th, Ange Hardy. Both concerts start at 8.00. For a list of all concerts and more information see their website www.arlingtonarts.co.uk/