Folk Association of South Hants



The Madding Crowd's West Gallery Music event has moved online!

On Sunday 28th February instead of the workshop we will be holding a Zoom Play/Sing from 2pm to around 3.30pm. Mike Bailey has kindly agreed to lead it and members of The Madding Crowd will be joining us on the screen. Mike will play recordings of favourite pieces we have sung at past workshops for us to sing or play along with at home - or just enjoy listening. It's not as good as the real thing but I assure you it does feel like we're all joining in together! Our supporters will be sent the joining details and all the necessary information about the music a week in advance. If you are not already on our FASH Supporters circulation list and would like to attend, please contact Daphne on or phone 01243 531497 to register your interest.

If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, you can download instructions here.

Following the success of our last online dance with Madeleine Smith on Sunday 7th February, we are hoping to hold another Zoom dance in March or April, this time led by Nigel Close. He is also running his own online sessions on the first Thursday of every month, details of which are below.

Please see our Workshops page for information about past Zoom events as well as workshops that have had to be cancelled this season. We are of course hoping to be able to hold live workshops again in 2021/2022 and the AGM, which was to have taken place during the April 2021 workshop, will be held as soon as practicable.

Nigel Close has restarted his series "as many as will" as a Zoom meeting on the first Thursday every month. February's event was very popular and if you would also like to join in, please email Nigel on to obtain the link. The next session is at 7.30pm on the 4th March - doors open at 7.15pm.


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.


If you prefer contra-style dances, have a look also at The London Barndance Company's website. The home page tells you how to join the discussion list, from which you can get the necessary details for joining the virtual dances.


We are delighted to hear that Forest Folk are starting a series of Zoom sessions. The first is on Monday 1st March, which they are describing as a 'Meet and Greet'. If you would like to 'Go along, perhaps sing a song' drop Janet and Charles a line on and they will send you a link to join on the Monday morning. Note that their 'Virtual singaround' is still on their Facebook page.


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.


You might also be interested in a series of dances that take place on Sunday evenings. Look at this website and click on "See more" in the "About this group" box. It will tell you a bit about it; remember that this is not UK-based, so the actual times are 9.00 to 10.30. Apparently there are over 300 members of the group and 150-ish regularly sign into the sessions. Click on the "Join Group" button to receive an invitation e-mail.


You are unlikely to have been able to watch a traditional Mummers Play this year with the present Covid-19 restirctions in place, so King John's Morris Men put together a 'virtual' Mummers Play compiled from a series of clips filmed by each of the participants - a very clever bit of video editing with several little snippets of humour you would not get outside a pub. It is well worth watching, and if you would normally have contributed to their charity at a live performance, there is the opportunity to donate via the "Just Giving" website. Go to to see the play, to listen to and watch a Christmas carol they have recorded, and for a link to the donations site.

Not actually mentioned on their website, King John's Morris Men have also produced a CD of music and songs, typical of their repertoire on their regular (until February this year) 'Music nights'. It is called 'Pigsticking', with 21 tracks and priced at £6 including postage etc.; if you would like a copy, drop John Connell a line on to find out what you need to do.


Oh dear! Just when things were beginning to look up, most of Hampshire entered Tier 4, meaning that almost no entertainment venues will be open for live events. Once again the Folk Club and Arts Centres diary is rendered void. It is anyone's guess now when the folk clubs will be able to open and meet again. It probably all depends on how quickly they manage to roll out the C-19 vaccination program and we are in a position to have "herd immunity" and resume normal life.

The Guildford Institute is presumably no longer open. However, the Music Institute has established a regular "Come All Ye Open Zoom" meeting which was limited to 18 participants/audience, but now appears to be open to a larger audience. 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. If you would like to contribute to St Catherine's Hospice you can make your donation online at - the collection was approaching £1000 in December.

Please be aware that there have been one or two cancellations of concerts, not simply because the venues were not available but because the events were part of a tour, and too few of the venues on the tour were open to make the whole tour viable. The clubs are doing their best to fill the gaps with alternative guests.


There is usually a huge range of events taking place at Halsway Manor, near Crowcombe, Somerset Sadly their closure due to Covid-19 has now been extended to April 2021. Courses within this period will be cancelled or rescheduled.
Their office is only open for booking enquiries on Mondays from 10am to 4pm.

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