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. The following month, also on 17th, the Barn presents husband and wife duo Esther and Tim O’Connor, who are 'Ashton Lane', and in April, on the 14th, another husband and wife duo, Emily Smith and Jamie McClennan, will take the stage. 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.


Another venue to the east of our county, and which is holding folk concerts in their new hall, is Emsworth Baptist Church. Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker, John Doyle appear there on the 26th February and on 23rd March, Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham take the stage. Progressive folk-rock band, The Strawbs, are on-stage on the 27th April. Details of these events are available on the Ents24 website, where there are also links taking you to the ticket purchase pages.


We have been asked to mention a concert - a gig - in Coldharbour. Titled 'Gig Against the Rig', it is to raise funds for a local cause - to stop the proposed oil rig on the beautiful Leith Hill. The concert features The Salts and The Hill Bilberries. It takes place at the Plough Inn, Coldharbour, on the 2nd February, starting at 8 pm. Tickets are available fron the Inn Shop, 01306 711793 or For more details see this flyer.


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.


Friends of Crofton Old Church are holding a Barn Dance on the 27th January at 7.30 in the Titchfield Community Centre (Mill Street, Titchfield). The band is The Harvesters and tickets at £10 include a ploughman's supper. Contact Peter Gladwell, FOCOC chairman, on for tickets and details. The event is a fundraiser for maintenance and upkeep of the Church.


The 'Kimmeridge Keilidhs' appear set to become regular monthly events, dances taking place on the 12th January, 9th February, 16th March and 6th April. 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. The events are now all in our Dance Diary which has details of the callers, a different one each month.


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. The first dance after the summer break with be with PolkaWorks on the 29th September. The caller is still to be announced.

West Surrey Folk Consortium also runs The Music Institute Folk club at Guildford. The next concert is Jackie Oates on 12th January, although presently (the 8th) there are only two tickets remaining. Two weeks later, on 26th, the club presents Tom Kitching & Zoe Mulford. Brian Peters is on stage on the 9th February and 4 weeks later, Steve Turner is appearing. For details of all these concerts 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, 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