20th March

Dance Team Wanted for Didmarton Bluegrass Festival

We are looking for a dance team for Didmarton Bluegrass Festival on Saturday 1st September. Each year we have dance displays and workshops with old time music on the Saturday afternoon (hopefully under the trees) and we are looking for an interested team to join us this year. Performers get free weekend tickets and some expenses (not a huge amount but every little helps!) It would also be helpful if you were able to bring your own boards. If you are interested let me (Cathy) know as soon as possible – cathymbenjamin@gmail.com


Old Time Music Session and Dance Party

There will be an Old Time music session and dance party between 5.00 pm and 8.00 pm at the Model Village in Wimborne Minster on Saturday 10 June as part of the Wimborne Minster Folk Festival. All dancers and musicians are invited to come along and fill that early evening space after the dance displays have finished and before the evening events start. For more information look on the festival website or contact Cathy Benjamin – cathymbenjamin@gmail.com


Albion to Appalachia at Halsway Manor

“Halsway Manor, the national center for folk arts, still has places available on their tutorial weekend ‘From Albion to Appalachia’, running from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th May.  Tutors are Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Jeff Warner and Brian Peters (who is co-ordinating the course).

The weekend is aimed primarily at singers and singer-instrumentalists, although there will also be some instrumental classes.  It will include sessions on songs from Appalachia and New England, their links to the ballads from the old country, and the styles of the singers who sang them.  Anna Roberts-Gevalt will teach Kentucky fiddle tunes, banjo for song accompaniment (using alternative tunings), and give a demonstration of ‘crankies’ – the mountain tradition of illustrating ballad stories through home-made moving images.  Jeff and Brian will present multi-media shows on the collecting work of Frank and Anne Warner and Cecil Sharp, and teach repertoire from the mountains and elsewhere.  There will also be a gospel sing, opportunities to jam and share songs, and a concert featuring all three tutors.

Halsway Manor offers a variety of accommodation, from ensuite rooms to campsite.  Further details are on their website:



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