Folk Association of South Hants
- other events that we know about in our area are as follows:
Tuppeny Barn, on the main road through Southbourne, West Sussex, PO10 8EZ, will present 'Ashton Lane', who are husband and wife duo Esther and Tim OConnor, on 17th March. 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.
A couple of concerts to look out for: on the 7th April, at The Station Theatre, Station Road, Hayling Island, PO11 0EH, DiElle is staging "Acoustic Classics Through the Ages" with herself, Chris Wood and John Gleadall on stage. Start is at 7.30, doors open at 6.30. To book call 02392 466363 or buy via www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/444135, tickets are £12. More details here. This concert will also be the launch of their new album "Together".
A week later, this time at the North Boarhunt Village Hall, Trampers Lane, PO17 6DD, Amy Goddard and Friends will be launching her new EP of mining songs with a concert. So, 14th April, doors open at 7.30, concert start at 8.00. Tickets are £5 on the door, or book in advance via email@example.com or 07429561821
A couple of concerts coming up in Portamouth: on 6th May, Will Pound, Benji Kirkpatrick, Ross Grant and Debs Newbold appear in a concert they have called 'Through the Seasons'. This is a 'showcase beautiful arrangements of traditional dance tunes and songs' and will take place at the Square Tower, Broad Street, PO1 2ND. Tickets via Ents 24. Early start for this one at 7.15 pm.
The following month, on 23rd June, this time at St George's Church on St George's Square, The Hard, PO1 3AT, you can hear the 'powerful sound' of Rura, who first appeared on the Scottish folk scene in 2010. Tickets available via Ents 24 or if they are still available, on the door. No start time at the moment for this concert.
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 www.earwicker.org/arish_mel.htm. 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 announced the sad news that there will only be three more GBH Ceilidhs. An arrangement they had with the Hall Management has come to an end, so the Club's 42nd anniversary in September will be the occasion of the very last GBH Ceilidh. The next dance will be on the 3rd March with Sarah Bazeley calling to music from The Dartmoor Pixie Band. Then, on the 21st April, Bridget Flett will be calling with Second Front. The very last dance will on the 29th September with PolkaWorks (caller not yet announced). This will also be PolkaWorks' 10th birthday, and it was at Godalming that they played for their first public dance. Details of how to purchase tickets are here - the web page has a link to WeGotTickets, although the September dance is not yet included on this website.
Sadly, the March ceilidh has been cancelled due to the weather, so there are actually now only two GBH ceilidhs to go.
West Surrey Folk Consortium also runs The Music Institute Folk club at Guildford. For the next concert Steve Turner will take the stage on the 9th March, and on 23rd March Nigel Mazlyn-Jones is appearing, with Chichester duo Marker as support. For details of these concerts and more visit www.musici.club/musici.htm
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.
On 28th March, The King's Theatre, Portsmouth (Southsea), PO5 2QJ, is staging 'Seven Drunken Nights - The Story of The Dubliners'. 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 www.arlingtonarts.co.uk/