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From Brian Hooper
Hello Fo’c’sle folks.
Unfortunately, Sunjay Brayne can’t be with us at the Fo’c’sle tomorrow night - although he’s recovered from a cold, it’s left him with no voice. He’s coming on 10 April instead. In these situations we try and find a replacement who’s vaguely similar in style. I couldn’t think of anyone suitable, but then I realised. Excellent guitarist, good looking, young, on the way up…. so tomorrow, we have a Brian Hooper Mystery Tour! I’ll be exploring the dark corners of my repertoire, and possibly yours too. Please bring your voice, a joke (?) and if possible an instrument, ideally one you can play - and be prepared for anything. As I can’t work out what to charge on the door for this, please decide what it’s worth at the interval and then put at least that amount in the tin! Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow! Best, Brian

PLease reply to wake[at]


Until recently our band line-up was accordion, two fiddles, banjo and guitar. One of our fiddlers has just relocated to Scotland, so we would like to recruit another lead musician - woodwind or brass would be great, or another accordion, but we are open to suggestions! We play a great variety of music, in more than the usual G and D keys and sometimes in interesting time signatures. Two of our current dances are performed to ragtime tunes c.1912. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings at Woolston Community Centre, Woolston, Southampton, in between the chat and laughter. You can find out more about Southern Lights at

Contact Barry or Maureen wake : e-mail wake[at]
or telephone 023 8043 2216

Village Folk Club, now Titchfield

The Village Folk Club now meets at Titchfield Parish Room in the High Street. No bar so byo, but tea and coffee available and pub next door. Info from Paul Hawkins on 01329 512106

New Petersfield Folk Session

- second Tuesday of every month in the The Good Intent, Petersfield. and see

from 7pm onwards, in a friendly pub with excellent ales. Acoustic tunes and songs. Come and play, or just listen.

Mainly English, Irish, Scottish trad, but also anything unplugged and roots/folk.

From Nicholas Molyneux nicholasmolyneux[at]

Let's Try Folk Fiddle

The Art House, 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton SO14 7DW

This group started again at the Art House on Saturday 17th September, at the slightly later time of 3.30pm.

The group is for anyone who plays the fiddle, whether you’re just beginning, starting again after a break, or have never played folk before. We’ll build a repertoire of great tunes we can play together, and look at some techniques to help bring the music alive. And, of course, just enjoy playing together. You can learn the tunes by ear or from music, whichever you’re most comfortable with.

Sessions are led by Cath Watkins who plays with local folk band Jigfoot and co-ordinates a regular pub folk session.
Let’s Try Folk Fiddle runs on the third Saturday of every month from 3.30pm to 5pm, suggested donation £3.

SunnyFolk - previously StarryFolk now HomeFolk

The Sun Inn, Romsey closed suddenly and we've now moved to the Old House at Home in Love Lane, Romsey on the 2nd and 4th Monday (no longer Wednesday) of the month at 8:00. This is a fantastic Pub with a history of supporting music and excellent beer and food.
The session will retain its ethos of being a welcoming, joining in session.
Bruce Marshall

Acoustic Music Sessions at the Bun Penny, Lee on Solent

We continue to meet on the first Thursday of the month from about 8:00 pm.
Normal monthly meetings resume on Thursday the 6th Jan 2011.
Season's Greetings to all from Phil on 02392 550921 (day) 02392 423161 (evening), e-mail and Tony on 02392 553048.

The Bun Penny (postcode PO13 9JH) is in Manor Way, which is part of the B3385 from Fareham to Lee on Solent: if you reach the sea you've gone a few hundred yards too far! It's a comfortable venue with plenty of room in the bars, has ample parking and is a free house serving decent beer. The format is flexible but, broadly, play/singaround for the first part of the evening then a session after the break. Hope to see you there.


See the website for details and please sign up to the mailing list. I lost the old one and need to rebuild it.

Kathy Dunn

Euro tune session Dolphin Inn St Denys Portswood Southampton

All very welcome

Contact me for more info , tunes etc chris.townsend[at]


Dolphin Inn, 30 Osborne Road South, St Denys. Southampton, Hampshire SO17 2EZ

Acoustic music sessions
At the Master Builder’s, Buckler's Hard

from 8.00pm
bring your instruments & join in or just come and hum with enthusiasm!
Flyer/poster at
Amy Marshall amyvmarshall[at]

Stolen Kit

Marick Baxter (Bath Folk Club and Inu) writes:

Hi All,

our good friend Miranda Sykes had some equipment stolen from her car outside her house on Grosvenor place the night before last.

It might not sound like much, but all together including cases and cables it comes to about £3000 worth:

Gallien Krueger Bass Amp, in a mauve flight-case

The following items were in a blue flight-case. Orchid Acoustic Pre-amp, These are pretty rare: Shure E5 in-ear monitoring system Neuman KM105 vocal microphone (silver). Boss TU7 Tuner pedal Lots of bespoke cables, most identified with a 'Puxley Ltd' sticker.

Can you all keep your eyes peeled, and let me or Miranda know if you see or get offered these items or spot them in the free-ads. Please can you spread the word as much as possible to anyone you know to do the same. Not only is this all very costly for Miranda but this is all tools of her trade so she is currently having to tour without all this stuff.

With thanks

Marick Baxter

The Village Folk Club

is hosting a number of

Guitar Workshops

in the Bugle Hotel in the Square, Titchfield.

It's FREE for members, membership and concessions will be available. For further info: ph.village[at] or phone 01329 512106.

Paul (Hawkins)

New Winchester Folk Club

At the refurbished upstairs bar (The Attic) at The Railway, 3 St Pauls Hill, Winchester SO22 5AE
Irregular Guest Tuesdays

Tuesday Folk Sessions at the Four Horse Shoes, Nursling Street (very end)

See website for date of next session. All welcome to join this informal session. More info from Mike Bance on 023 8073 8960.

Lymington Folk Club Conspiracy

A very small group of misfits and malcontents are conspiring to re-start a Folk Music Club in Lymington after a long time, 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at the Thomas Tripp. We now have a website: and the first night was Wed 2 June 2010. Any person who might wish to be involved, please contact JON on 0777 5982 908, or Email : info[at]

We are very sorry to have to announce the death of Ian Norris on 18 March 2010. He was a very valued and respected member of the FASH committee for a long, long time, a regular dancer at many local clubs and a friend to so many in the Hampshire folk dance world. For more information please contact any FASH Committee member (see ).

Lin Rayner Chairman
19 March 2010

The Singing Landscape Project in Hampshire

Do you have a singing ancestor? One of the most important projects of its kind ever undertaken in Hampshire is now under way to bring together the very essence of Hampshire's heritage. Using a list of details recorded over a century ago, by folk song collector Dr. George B. Gardiner, The Singing Landscape Project hopes to locate and link people directly to their hidden folk heritage and build up a picture of the county's singers.

The huge task of gathering information, music and photographs on the county's traditional folk songs and singers from the past forms the basis of a unique Hampshire Folk Map and travelling exhibition. A highly successful folk day with photos, workshops and an evening Concert was held at Twyford, near Winchester.
Paul Marsh writes:
Re The Song Goes On....

I’ve put a brief review of the Twyford event in the Hampshire Chronicle 7 Days. (published Thurs. 11th March)

And I'm pleased to let you know that all 70 of the ‘Twyford’ photographs are on display in the Hampshire Record Office on the 2nd floor. Sarah said they should stay up for a month or so. There may be some people who didn’t get to to see them in the Hall. Please let people know they are on display.

There is also a montage of photos of the concert on The Madding Crowd's website:

Two academics from Bournemouth University are masterminding the Singing Landscape Project, which follows hard on the heels of a similar, highly successful, venture in Somerset which featured the work of one of England's best known folk song collectors, Cecil Sharp. The Hampshire Mao was launched at Winchester Discovery Centre on 26 February 2010.

Yvette Staelens, senior lecturer in Heritage and Museum Studies at the university, who, together with Chris Bearman, is overseeing the project, said: "Many of us will have singing ancestors and perhaps not even know it. This project gives people a chance to find out who they were, where they lived, what they sang, sometimes even what they looked like."

For a full list of Gardiner's singers go to and to find out more on the subject visit

Yvette and Chris would like to hear from anyone who can add to the biographical information on the singers. They are particularly keen to find photographs of the singers.
To contact Yvette Staelens tel 01202 961264 or email: ystaelens[at] or write to: 'The Singing Landscape', School of Conservation Sciences, Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus, Poole BH12 5BB

Nonsuch Folk Club New Contacts

Contact Mike and Janice 02380 641732 83pitmore[at] or Sue and Geoff 02380 434899 mobile 07792136553

A new season of

La Grande Gennerie workshops in France

has been announced by Alison Benn. These week-long workshops follow on from the popular La Jeusseliniere events run by Martyn and Danni Wyndham-Read, which were discontinued two years ago. Martyn will be giving one of this season's workshops with Iris Bishop. Full details may be had by emailing grandgennerie[at] (note without the 'e' on 'grande' here) or telephoning Alison in France on 0033 (0)243053471 and she will be pleased to send you an information pack containing a list of B&B addresses plus Gite or camping information.

And a website is in preparation. Meanwhile you can see some details at property nos 12331 and 17372.

The cost will be £250, £150 secures a place with a max. on each workshop of 10, the balance to be paid on arrival at the workshop.


Due to temporary closure of the Farquharson Arms, Pimperne, following recurring ill health by our lovely landlady Sue, we have a new venue!

We hope it will be a permanent home, at the Royal British Legion, Church Lane, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 7AD. This is a superb Georgian style building tucked away behind the Market Place right in the town centre.
We have use of a lovely function room, with drinks available at the well stocked RBL bar. Prices are highly competitive and (according to John) beers are well kept.

The first club night at the Legion was Friday 12th March with Dave Swarbrick.

For more information or to add yourself to our club mailing list please visit our website or phone Kathy.

Kathy Dunn

From Somerset & Dorset list (

Stolen Instruments!

I received this sad message over the weekend.
I wonder if you could help me. I have just been burgled and my precious and distinctive 32key Jefferies anglo in F/Bflat (slightly sharp of concert pitch, in a hand made rectangular oak box with a leather case handle, key on a leather lace and dark grey felt lining) has been stolen - along with a Honer polkadot G/D melodeon and an old C/Csharp four stop melodian. In the hope [of news of] these instruments, particularly my anglo, I, or Wiltshire police would be grateful for any information.
Richard Harris.
Please keep your eyes peeled for these instruments!


The workshops last a full Saturday or Sunday & the tutor performs at the Elephant & Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ UK, in the evening. Details at and Booking forms can be printed from the website
Telephone (01273) 476757 for details or email: valmaigoodyear[at]

Havant Folk Club (formerly at the Royal Oak, Langstone)

We haven't been running at the Royal Oak since the summer after a change of landlord. We now have a new venue at the Cricket/Hockey Club Pavilion (aka Havant Park Club Room) in Havant.
See Havant Hockey Club website for directions.

Havant Folk Club
Cricket/Hockey Club Pavilion, Park Rd South, Havant
3rd Sunday 7:45pm
Informal singaround. Acoustic song and tunes.
Allan Jones, 0796 4778568

[Sorry for delay in this information - we've only just been told!]


A Hampshire Songs Meeting of interested people takes place every month. Please contact Bob Askew if you are interested bob_askew[at] and see and for more on Hampshire Songs.

CHANGE OF DAY & VENUE Bournemouth:

The Bourne Spring Acoustic Folk Club

The Cricketers Arms, 41 Windham Road, Springborne BH1 4RN (John Smith 01202 720630, Jason Hinchey 07731 522515)

Fourth Monday of the month, 8pm till last bell. Guest artists & floor spots. Starting Monday 28th September.
(Formerly at the Bourne Spring Centre on second & fourth Tuesdays.)

Greenman venue

Guess what, the Golden Pot (Nr Alton) is closed again!
What a waste of space!
We are therefore holding the club at Four Marks Golf Club, near Alton, until further notice

From 8pm. Singarounds 2nd Tuesday and additional Guest Nights

From Pete Harris is now defunct, and has been replaced by .

Chichester Folk Song Club

meeting on Tuesdays at
The Skittle Alley, The Four Chesnuts, 234 Oving Road, Chichester. West Sussex. PO19 7EQ.

- has a new web address
It is:

(This has been forced on the organisers by changes in the internet)

Note that the new address is already accessible via the SCoFF members page and drop-down club finder.

Folk South West

has recently moved to:

Church Farm, Leigh, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 6HL Tel. 01935 873889

The website and email address remain the same, but note that the old telephone no (currently with a recorded message giving the new one) will not be available for long. 'Leigh' is pronounced 'lie'.

For the latest news and events list visit the website and download newsletter 21 in pdf format (do not necessarily expect the rest of the website to be completely up-to-date and note that even on the pdf the address to return the membership form to is still the old one).

Folk SW, like TAPS, was recently excluded from regular Arts Council funding with quite spurious reasoning. TAPS has decided to quit, but Folk SW under Eddie Upton is continuing and desperately needs everyone interested to become a 'Friend' at £15 per annum and/or to donate. Please contact them or visit the website to find out more.

Jenny Zeffertt is trying to re-establish an

Occasional Folk Forum/Singaround

This is basically a singaround with time to discuss the songs as well. Bob Askew has already had a few sessions, with some really interesting discussions, as everybody has a different musical background. But to make this viable, we need more people. Emphasis is less on concert performance and more on the song. We meet in the Fareham area and we are currently trying out a couple of venues. The last meeting was Saturday 14 March 2009, 7.30ish for a couple of hours, at the Gordon Arms, Gordon Road, Fareham. I am the contact and my home phone number is 01329 286731.

Many thanks. Jenny Zeffertt jenny.zeffertt[at]

Are there any

concertina players in the South Hants area

interested in getting together as a part playing group ? The idea would be to play tunes in parts (like a band arrangement ).

Music would be provided for those who like and need the dots (like me) but it's not essential to read music if people prefer to learn by ear.

The idea would be to meet up once a month for some (hopefully) melodic squeezy fun.

If you are interested please contact me via meatsvulpe[at] or 07867 933624.

There will be a Concertina Part Playing group meeting on the 4th Wednesday of the month, starting on Wednesday 25th March (7:30 for 8pm) The first meeting will be at my house in Romsey, but Romsey will not necessarily be the permanent location for this.

If you'd like to join in and you're not yet on my bcc list for the group, please email me for details of how to get here. I'll mention in passing that I'll be at the WCCP Kilve Concertina Weekend (20-22 March) in case anyone on this list is attending and would like to ask me anything about the group.

Happy Squeezing,

Syd Meats

Lewes Arms transferred to the Elephant and Castle

After twenty-one years at the Lewes Arms, the Lewes Arms Folk Club is moving to the Elephant & Castle, White Hill, Lewes BN7 2DJ ( [now to be known as Lewes Elephant Folk].

Some Saturday Evening bookings will be in alternative venues due to prior commitments at the Elephant & Castle - usually The Crown, but see the website which becomes for full details (although the old domain name still works for the moment).

We are moving because the new management of the Lewes Arms has asked us for £50 to use the club-room on a Saturday night and £75 during the daytime when we run workshops because they want to use it as a restaurant at weekends. We run to break even and give all door money to our guest performers, paying for our advertising with a weekly raffle and occasional night without a guest; the management were well aware of this when they asked us for money, which they described as a peppercorn rent in comparison with the amount of money they could be making out of the space we use: a room that holds fifty people at a pinch.

Not only have we been at the Arms for twenty-one years, but Vic and Tina Smith ran a superb club there before us; the best of traditional music has been in the pub for the best part of forty years. My first visit was to Scan Tester's 83rd. birthday party in September 1971. This year alone we have run and weekly performances and fifteen all-day workshops by excellent musicians including Alistair Anderson, Martin Carthy, John Kirkpatrick, Paul Sartin and Coope Boyes & Simpson.

If you would like to protest to the owners, Fuller Smith and Turner, in the hope of showing them that a lot of people value folk clubs and that they will lose goodwill and money by evicting them from their pubs, please email or write to
Mr. Michael Turner, Executive Chairman, Fuller Smith & Turner Plc, The Griffin Brewery, Chiswick Lane South, London W4 2QB.

Other Lewes Arms events are also moved. Note in particular:

Best wishes,


Albatross Pie, folk-jazz quartet, appear 8.15pm,
third Monday of the month at The Black Boy, Wharf Hill, Winchester, SO23 9NP.

Albatross Pie are Richard Carver: guitar, accordion, melodeon; Richard Brecknock: fiddle, mandolin; Theo: keyboards, wind, brass; Heather Bradford: vocals.

You may be interested to know that the old tradition of

Wareham Court Leet

has an addition in the form of Graeme Meek's song entitled 'Wareham Court Leet' which can be heard accompanying a YouTube slideshow of their escapades over the years which, in turn, appears, embedded, on the home page of the Wareham Court Leet website. The song is performed by Life & Times and the sheet music is also available in pdf format on the Court Leet website's Document Archive page. A recording of the song was played at all of the Wareham pubs visited by the Court Leet in their annual outing, this November, and it is hoped that the Wareham Whalers will be performing the song in the not-too-distant future, possibly with the intent of singing it at Court Leet outings in future.


Graeme Meek

Sessions at The Florence, Florence Road, Southsea (tel:92875700).

John Breese says “I'm available to

teach bluegrass banjo in Southampton

. I charge £18 for an hour's lesson and some of my stuff is up on my myspace page My contact details are 07779040687 or john.breese[at] - so, if you live within striking distance of Southampton, Hampshire - and have a secret desire to play the banjo - here’s your chance!

[from Dee Hallett's 'Bluegrass and More newsletter]

Wiltshire Folk Songs Database

[from Bob and Gill Berry]
This is an extraordinary piece of work completed by Chris Wildridge and the Wiltshire County Council's Web site. There are some great Genealogy notes on the singers from where many of these songs were collected in what is probably the most extensive and up to date database, on one areas folk song collections, in the country.
Well done Chris, Mike and all the team for some great work.

There a few mp3s and midifiles linked too.

FREE DOWNLOAD! Fatea Showcase Session

The current Fatea Showcase Session is available for free download at the website (linked above)

Featuring 10-20 fantastic bands across a range of acoustic based genres, each download is exclusively available for three months after which it will never be available again.

For news of Melting Pot gigs with:

See the latest message on the Melting Pot News group at or go to the website.

Shows Regular Dolphin gigs

Ringwood Folk Club

See our new web site (linked above)

Hi,My name is Richard Holland, and I am the BBMA rep for the South (all sounds a bit grand, but it isn't!) We have started a Bluegrass pick - open to anyone who wants to try! The sessions are at a pub called The Golden Lion in Winchester, and I enclose details below.

Bluegrass pick Last Tuesday of the month - The Golden Lion Pub - 99 Alresford Road, Winchester, SO23 0JZ

8.30pm to 11.00pm
PUB WEB SITE - More details - map & stuff about the pub
My job is also to try and coordinate and inform about Bluegrass stuff in the area - finding teachers - putting on gigs - so please feel free to point anyone in my direction who might want more info. Contact r.l.holland[at]

Ian Ferguson

Have recently heard from Chris Mason the sad news that Ian Ferguson -- Morris-man, Piper, long-time stalwart of Ringwood Folk Club -- died 27 June.

South Parade Pier

On 16th October 2008 The Bullfrog Blues Club's monthly gigs started back on South Parade Pier after a short break with a superb triple bill at a bargain price! .

After the success of the Mike Sanchez and The Portions gig on the blues day of this year's Southsea Folk & Roots Festival, we're delighted the area manager of South Parade Pier  has asked The Bullfrog Blues Club back to present monthly gigs.

Please make sure that you check the website for details of all Bullforg Blues Club gigs and join the Barking Spider email list if you are interested.

Ebb and Flow

The new album from Nelsons Wake (Chris & Siobhan Nelson & Barry Wake) is going down very well, with impressive radio coverage, particularily in the North and it is also receiving some brilliant reviews. To see more and to help advertise this excellent CD, download On it, you will also find links to myspace sites and to buy the album on line from CD Baby and several other sources, or download the whole album or individual tracks from iTunes.

Due to geographical differences (Southport & Southampton) Nelsons Wake don't get to perform together very often, so if anybody out there wants to book them and make it happen, please send an e-mail to wake[at] .

ukulele group in Southampton

We have had a lot of interest from scoff readers in our plan to set up a ukulele group in Southampton, so I thought you would be pleased to know that the group is going ahead! We meet for the first time on Monday 9 June and fortnightly thereafter at Talking Heads, Portswood Road, Southampton. 7.30pm - 9pm. Playing everything from folk to punk. All standards welcome. Spare ukes available for newbies. More at southamptonukulelejam [at] Cheers folk friends!

Cheers folk friends!

Catherine Wright

Group email: southamptonukulelejam[at]

After nearly 19 years

TAPS is closing its doors

The withdrawal of essential funding has meant that we can no longer sustain the operation of the organisation. From 25 April 2008 the work that TAPS began and developed will continue in the further work of those who have guided it.

The board and staff would like to thank all who have made the work of TAPS possible: clients, partners, funders, audiences and workshop participants … and the scores of musicians, dancers and other artists who have contributed their time and skills to make it possible for us to push the barriers, take the risks and ask the difficult questions in our quest to make taking part in traditional music and dance in England something which is accessible, creative and intercultural.

That quest is not over…

We hope to see you in the future.


NB: Please note that there are no staff now employed by TAPS and no one in the office will be available to deal with enquiries. Telephone messages, emails and post will accordingly not be monitored. Please therefore contact the Official Receiver when one is appointed for all enquiries relating to the administration of TAPS. It is most likely that TAPS’ liquidation will be dealt with by the Official Receiver’s office at 2nd Floor, Kings Wharf, 20-30 Kings Road, Reading RG1 3ET (Tel: 0118 958 1931).

Rick Keeling CD

In 1974 Rick's cassette Waiting For The Leaves was released. Also featuring Roger Moss and friends from the local folk scene, it is re-issued with 27 extra tracks and a 16pp booklet. By the time the cassette was released Rick had moved away to live and work in Suffolk, where he continued to write and perform. Sadly he died in 1988, aged 43. All the songs on these CDs were written by Rick, except Tomorrow's Sunshine which was written by his life-long friend and musical companion, the late Jack Holt.
"…Forest Tracks have a proud history: they were the label to put faith in the late Rick Keeling when others ignored him. (And he remains perhaps the most charismatic home-grown folk performer I ever saw. Some claim, that.)"
– Dai Woosnam - The Living Tradition Originally issued on cassette in 1974
Visit the Forest Tracks website for mp3s and an order form.

Folk and related weekend courses at Farncombe Estate, Broadway

Cotswolds UK. (Typical cost £170 non-res, £230-£240 residential)


The organisers of the two Lewes folk clubs have been discussing the need for a website to bring attention to the many and varied regular song and tune sessions in our area (Well, those that don't mind being publicised anyway!) Bryan Creer has decided to take on the task and he is building up a list of them at
Feb 08:- I have given free rein to my inner geek and written a new version of the Sessions page that works out the date of the next of each session (except for the weekly ones where it seemed a bit pointless).

Have a look and if there are any you think that Bryan has missed - contact him on Bryancreer[at]

New and Improving Singers

1) Community Choirs

There are now Community (or similar) Choirs operating in Andover (x2), Alton, Broughton, Winchester (waiting list), Petersfield, Brighton, Guildford and Southampton (x3). None of these hold auditions, they all expect to develop joiners' natural talents - very very few people actually cannot sing! To find out more about these (and a few additional more specialist choirs which should be of interest to this list) visit

the recently updated SCoFF choirs page

The Songs of John Oke Bartlett

John began singing many years ago with the Victory Morris Men, some years later with a repertoire of chorus songs he asked Peter Luscombe, Brian Ingham and John Thornton to help him record his collection of hard won country style folk songs for posterity and as a consequence the group ‘Ramskyte’ was born. It was at this point John began writing material for the group to perform, many of his songs feature on the CD’s ‘Holler and Shout’, ‘Dark December’ and ‘Flickering Light’ including ‘Taro Fair’, ‘The Harvest Hour’, ‘Eventide’ and ‘White Horses’ all of which have become fairly well known on the folk scene. Sadly ‘Ramskyte’ is no more but their rich legacy still remains. John is now singing in a duo with Peter Luscombe entitled ‘Wholehearted’ he is still writing and contributing to the ‘Tradition’ and his reputation as a fine singer-songwriter continues to grow.

John’s book, long overdue, of 32 songs with music, words, several glossy country photos highlighting some of John’s influences and a CD of the tunes, (Verse and chorus) is now for sale I’ve seen a copy – the production and content is excellent!

Follow the link for reproductions of the front and back covers.

What an opportunity to treat yourself.
The price is a mere £14 plus postage and packing.

To order please send £16.50 to Alan Glock at:

2 Helena Road, Southsea, Hampshire. PO4 9RH or Email Alan: bigaljg[at] or John Oke Bartlett: jbartlett[at] for further information.


  1. Autumn Gold
  2. Autumn Song
  3. Beat the Drum
  4. Christmas Bells
  5. Christmas Spirit
  6. Close the Door
  7. Collier’s Cry (The)
  8. Eventide
  9. Follow the Light
  10. Green Remembered Hills
  11. Harvest Hour (The)
  12. Hiring Fair (The)
  13. Honeyman
  14. Hops and Barley
  15. Hunter’s Moon
  16. Kindred Minds
  17. Lark in the Morning (The)
  18. Last Shift(The)
  19. Lazarus
  20. May Song (The)
  21. Mr Codfish
  22. Neck (The)
  23. Old Hay Cart (The)
  24. On the Night Before Christmas
  25. Rose of England (The)
  26. Seasons Change
  27. Shining Bright
  28. Stoner Hill
  29. Taro Fair
  30. White Horses
  31. Winter’s Corollary
  32. Zion

Guide Cats for the Blind – Songs and Poems of Les Barker

Taking the D out of fund-raising Celebrities performing comic verse in aid of the British Computer Association of the Blind

“Regular belly-laughs in a very good cause.” (Sarah McQuaid, Dublin Evening Herald)

“Somewhere between Pam Ayres and Shakespeare, Les Barker has the voice of a home made pie and the wisdom of a zoo-keeper’s broom.” (Listener, BBC Radio Devon)

Prices including postage and packing: £12 for any one title, £21 for any two, and £27 for all three.

For more information, please visit the British Computer Association of the Blind website, at , email guidecats[at] or call the Guide Cats enquiry line on 08456 432 126.

There is a downloadable full track from the new CD on the website - Jenny Agutter reads Garden Waste! (be warned - it's a zip file, you have to unpack it).


Andy Warburton has now produced two supplements of tunes current in local English sessions: one is of a further 32 favourites, and the other a selection of tunes from Scan Tester's repertoire. They available to anyone coming to a practice session, but not to order by post as we only have a limited number; we'd prefer people to buy a copy for the princely sum of 30p and then make copies themselves by what Andy engagingly terms 'furtive reproduction'. You can also download them from the club website (note new address) in Noteworthy Composer, abc and midi. [There are also up-to-date links for these formats on the site.]

FASH, Solent Waves and Megabops websites

Onetel, my previous ISP, temporarily liquidated the corresponding web space, a move I had intended making, but not quite so precipitately! Rather than rely on them again, I have abandoned ship. All the links I am aware of have been changed, but many surely remain on external sites - if you come across one, please let me know - but don't forget to reload if it's a page you look at often, the old version is likely to be in your cache and there may already be a new one on the server.

FASH and Solent Waves should now be linked as for all purposes - you'll find the 'real' address if you go to this, but please just use in any fixed link, this enables us to keep just the one link up to date.

Megabops haven't yet a domain of their own and may currently be found at as well as at the (recently returned to life) Onetel address.

If in any doubt, simply type or into your browser (reload the page if necessary) and use the links you'll find there.

Trevor Gilson 02380 456337, SCoFF and FASH webmaster, Southern Counties Folk Federation and Folk Association of South Hants

list of folk programmes on local and national radio

As some of you may already be aware, there is a fairly comprehensive list of folk programmes on local and national radio available at :

Forest Tracks Folk Songs from Hampshire and Dorset

Forest Tracks is proud to announce the release of Folk Songs from Hampshire and Dorset, a double CD re-issue of the well-known vinyls from the 1970s with 20 extra tracks - over two and a half hours playing time.

Includes Extended and updated notes in a DVD-style case.

Order details - visit website or contact folkmusic[at]

Please note Bill & Heather Long's new address and phone number

with effect from 18th April 2007. Emails etc will remain the same for the time being. 'Julola', Marsh Way
Tel: 01594 832969
Int: 44 (0) 1594 832969
Cell/Text: 0776 611 ...
H: 7457 W: 7458

Folk in the Barn

I've lurked for long enough! Time to come out of the closet (or Barn). For those still unaware - Folk in the Barn has been putting on the UK's (and beyond) top Folk / Acoustic / Roots performers for the past 4 and a bit years. We started off in the warm and welcoming Kingston Barn, in the village of Kingston 5 miles south of Canterbury, with our regular favourite duo - Show of Hands. We have since grown and now use 3 different venues - The stunningly located, Canterbury Cathedral International Study Centre, right next to the Cathedral and the wonderful Whitstable Playhouse, sumptuously furnished and lovingly looked after by the Lindley Players. Pleae check out the website.

Shep Woolley's Local Radio Show - Portsmouth

Rooting Around 2000 - 2200 every Thursday
Express FM 93.7 (general Portsmouth area).

Open for diary dates and event announcements.



The Hampshire Regency Dancers Are looking for musicians (keyboard, flute, violin) to accompany them for dances of the Regency period (1770 to 1820)

Please contact: Kate Davis 01329 235599
email: info[at]

Woven Wheat Whispers

New Legal Download Site for Folk Music in all it forms.

Free promotion for artists
Cost effective legal downloads for music lovers
We work with both new and established artists
Pleas visit the site for full details whether as Artiste or potential client or write ammoniteuk[at]

Missing Persians File CD from Les Barker

Following their success with the double CD Guide Cats for the Blind the British Computer Association of the Blind (BCAB) has released a second volume of Les Barker's poems read by personalities from the world of entertainment and song by folk legends.

Of Particular interest to members of this list will be tracks by Harvey Andrews, Tom Paxton and Steve Tilston.

The Missing Persians File can be purchased through the BCAB WEBSITE AT WWW.BCAB.CO.UK AND COSTS £10.

I believe there may be a special deal if you want to purchase both Guide Cats and Missing Persians File. Go to the web site to find out.

All money raised from the sale of these CDs goes towards training sight impaired people how to use computer equipment.

[from Steve Bingham of Readifolk]

From Bob Long:

Session at The Chequers Inn

I'm pleased to announce the start of a new, regular blues jam (and open mic) session at The Chequers Inn, near Lymington. The first one will be on Weds 21 September, starting at 8.30, then the third Wednesday of every month thereafter.

For info and directions to the pub, visit

Enquiries about the event should go to Bob Long long.boblong[at] or tel.023 8028 2821

Acoustic players welcome; we provide a PA system!


Bob Long

The Bournemouth Folk Club, formerly
Shenanigans Music Club

Centre Stage, Queens Road, Bourenmouth BH2 6BE non-smoking venue club info: Paul Burke 01425 475226 reserve tickets: Val Munro 01202 707498 8.00 -10.30pm weekly club every Sunday during their season with approx monthly gigs with major Artistes. Details are on web site

The session at the Elm Tree Inn, Langton Herring, has restarted.

First Tuesdays. See... for more details.

Gwilym Davies interactive folk music workshops on the music, song and speech of the English travelling people

Gwilym Davies is offering an interactive folk music workshop on the music, song and speech of the English travelling people, i.e. gypsies, based on my first-hand collecting, illustrated by sound and video clips. The workshop is entitled “Step it Away” and for further details, see, For bookings, email Gwilym at gwilymdavies[at][remove]

Gwilym Davies

From: "soundofcd" Fredamhran[at][remove]
Date sent: Tue, 07 Dec 2004 09:57:27 -0000
Subject: [Tradsong] Keith Summers Missing LPs

Everyone on [this list] who knew Keith Summers will know know that he was an assiduous record collector. Also that, in the course of a short but active life, he built up a large and aesthetically important collection of records of traditional music.

That collection has been lodged with me for safe keeping.

Unfortunately, in the course of moving the records from their old home in Southend to their new one on Merseyside, two crate loads of LPs went missing. The loss represents about 450 records, or roughly ten per cent of the entire collection.

We cannot be sure what has happened to them, especially as the removal firm responsible is being totally obstructive and refusing any form of co-operation whatsoever. However, the most likely scenario is that they were stolen, whilst in the company's storage, and probably for sale to a record dealer. To exacerbate the problem, I cannot make this a police matter as long as the removal firm refuses to admit that a theft has taken place, or until I can come up with some independent verification of the same.

The list is at at.....

I am appealing to anyone who buys or deals in 2nd hand LPs to keep an eye open for these records. Should you come across a similar list, I would be most obliged if you would e-mail me direct at Fredamhran[at][remove] Please let me have all relevant details. EG., where you saw the list or the records, and the name, address and phone number of the person who had them. In particular, if they turn up at a record fair, please also note the details of the seller's stand, and of the fair's proprietors.

I cannot explain how sickened I feel by this loss. However, I can explain that I am far less concerned with the monetary value of these records than I am at the fact that Keith's collection has been desecrated, and that its integrity can no longer be preserved. It was a register of his life's work and interests; it contained many rare, important and irreplaceable items; and it would have been a first class guide for anyone from a future generation, who wanted to know what we meant by the term traditional music.

Many thanks to anybody who is able to help,

Fred McCormick

The Traditional Song Forum "How can I keep from Singing?"

SCoFF Webmaster's note: I will be inserting '[remove]' or something equally obvious in email addresses from now on to try and fool the automatic address harvesters.

Madding Crowd West Gallery forthcoming events

are now listed on their new website - follow the link!

Music Evenings at Lee-on-The-Solent Sailing Club

The regular monthly Sing-around / Session events started again on March 10th 2005 and then monthly the last Thursday of every month.

Bar open at 6.00pm, music starts around 9.00 pm.

Admission Free

Format is Informal – just bring your instrument or voice, sign in and join in.

So Come All that sing and play, let's be hearing you! Non-performers members and guests are welcome, too, of course - performers just love having an audience! If you know of others that would appreciate attending as either performer or audience, please let them know.

Check the website at for up-to-date information

NB. Non-members will need to be signed in by a member.

Kind Regards


Bob Squirrell, LOSSC Management Committee.
Home Address: Bob Squirrell, 20 Glenney Close, Lee on the Solent, PO13 8FD,
UK. Tel: +44 (0)845 4563201; Fax: +44 (0)2392 554908; Mobile: 07770 436179; Bob.Squirrell[at]

Harberton Folk - Devon email list

John Culf of Harberton Folk at offers a regular free email folk circulation and website listings for everything folky within about a 30 mile radius of Totnes, as well as presenting its own non-commercial concerts such as Old Rope String Band (27/11) and Show of Hands (4/12), both in Totnes.

The Gate, 140 Burgess Road, Southampton

02380 678250

Live music on Thursdays

Venue listed by Peter Ashton's web music diary Playing Out Loud at

Big Sing Dorset

have an ongoing programme of brilliant looking singing workshops, Contact 01308 488216 or bigsingdorset[at] to get on their mailing list if you are interested.

Posted on folkbiz-uk (Jacey Bedford's cyber-group). No further information available to SCoFF.

unsigned music and comedy radio station

An unsigned music and comedy radio station is going to launch in couple of weeks and we are seeking for unsigned artists who would be interested in getting their music played in the station. If you are making music and have some recorded songs, please register at and upload your .mp3's. Submitting your songs is free, of course.

We would be really interested in hearing from you. After registration it might also happen that we will contact you about writing a feature about your band to The Cheers magazine (, so be sure to include your contact info.

Thank you
Siim Einfeldt
Artistboost - The Mediacurse Station

Music Lab workshops at the Wiltshire Music Centre

a new series of creative workshops for musicians from all different musical backgrounds, abilities and ages, to create brand new pieces of music.

Everyone is welcome: whatever they play, whatever music they are into and whether or not they are an active player or slightly lapsed. The only thing that matters is enthusiasm and an interest in trying something new. It is hoped that after we pilot the activity, we will be able to establish a regular ongoing programme.

I would be really grateful if you could this email to any contacts, colleagues or friends who would be interested - particularly anyone who is really into music but doesn't have that many opportunities to make music with other people.

The Music Lab: Creative Music Workshops for All Ages
The Music Lab is a new series of workshops for musicians from all different musical backgrounds, all abilities and all ages, enabling them to make and create brand new pieces of music. If you love music, want more opportunities to play with other people and would like to create music yourself, then join the Music Lab.
Everyone is welcome: whatever you play, whatever music you are into and whether youÂ’re an active player or slightly lapsed.
The workshops will be mainly improvisation-based but suitable for any level of experience. You donÂ’t need to read music or play by yourself (unless you want to!) - enthusiasm and an open mind are all that is required.

If you would like to register your interest in future Music Lab workshops at the Wiltshire Music Centre, you can call us on 01225 860100.
The Wiltshire Music Centre is situated on the north-west side of Bradford on Avon, next to St Laurence School. There are facilities for disabled people, plenty of adjacent free parking and the Centre is easily accessible by road, rail and bus. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Alexandra Tomkinson, Audience Development Officer, Wiltshire Music Centre, Ashley Road, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1DZ, Tel: 01225 860 110 Fax: 01225 860 111, Email alexandra.tomkinson[at] (please note that my email address has changed).


There is a new review of the Portland Spydafest 2004 on the SCoFF/FASH Reviews Page at

I am normally pleased to publish on this page any relevant reviews sent in, but please don't forget Folk On Tap and Solent Waves.


This might be a good place to remind you of SCoFF policy re passing on news etc. In general I don't send news of regular events (Club meetings etc) out on SCoFFnews although I will provide simple web pages for SCoFF Clubs not having the ability to construct their own, as well as linking such pages in various places.

Similarly there are number of closely associated news services run either by Clubs themselves or by organisations like Barking Spider and Sadfolk which it seems pointless to duplicate for most of the time, so SCoFF news list members who want those services should join them direct. Spydafest was not much publicised by SCoFF, because, basically, it was the one that got away! However, it was publicised by Barking Spider (no relation) and by LOGO magazine which emailed many local organisations with roots music affinities.

Here is a list, probably not complete, of other email services some of which which you might well want to join if you are interested in what comes out on the SCoFF service:

1) Somerset & Dorset Folk Events run by Steve Cunio - join up at (highly relevant for all dedicated folkies in that area).

2) Barking Spider/Bullfrog Blues covering mostly their own Portsmouth & Southsea events (RMA tavern, South Parade Pier etc) but ranging widely to cover many Isle of Wight gigs, other associated festivals like Eastleigh and Jockstock and whatever else takes their fancy (such as Spydafest). Run by Andy Broad and John Roberts - join up at

3) The Greys pub/venue at Brighton - see

4) Stiff Promotions based in Petersfield but with a pub-style venues list (mostly Hampshire) and folk-rock the main roots interest. Write stiffpromotions[at] and see

5) Fo'c'sle Folk Club see

6) Footlights at West Chiltington, Sussex - monthly folk gigs - partial coverage on SCoFFnews, for full news join up by writing to footlights[at] and see

7) Willows Folk Club at Arundel: write to chris[at] and see

8) Ringwood Folk Club: write to biggsra[at] and see

9) Hitchin Folk Club: write to hitchinfolkclub[at] and see

10) Forest Folk (North Boarhunt - the name refers to the Forest of Bere, not the New Forest!): write info[at] and see

11) Fun Sing Mailing list: monthly reminder of broadly community/participative singing events in the Southampton area, plus some acoustic gigs e.g. harmony singing group Segalula. Contact Eleanor at eleanor1358[at]

12) Vic Smith's Sussex mailing list: write to tinvic[at] and see the web version of Sussex Folk Guide at (the email list covers mostly Lewes Royal Oak FC and Lewes Arms workshops, see web for full events list, but email will warn you when web is updated).

13) Fiona Moore's email list for her own projects including two formal and two informal choir-type groups (Portsmouth and Southampton), storytelling and folk gigs: write to fiona[at] and see

14) Pete Watkinson's email list: this is somewhat in abeyance since the demise of both the Railway and the Cabaret Caff, however you can't hold a good man down and I'm sure it will resuscitate: write to pjntrish[at] and see his website

15) Paul McKenna, local (Southampton) Musician's Union Rep and promoter of various local musical happenings: write PAULDRUMS[at]

Please write and tell me if I have missed anyone out and note that almost all Artistes have their own mailing lists which you can join at gigs if interested - or see the SCoFF database for listed groups and individuals. All SCoFF member Clubs that I can screw the data out of are on the web and linked from the members page both on the drop-down menu and under the individual Club details. If YOUR Club isn't linked - hammer the organiser, not me!

Accordions Worldwide

From: "Lia M. Taniela" lia[at]
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2004
Subject: Folk Music and Accordion News


I am writing from Accordions Worldwide, the largest internet resource on accordion. We have a news programme that is updated weekly and which goes out in 7 different languages, English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Chinese and Russian - every Friday. The news programme features accordion news or news of musical events and groups which feature accordion music.

I am writing to ask if you have any news from your area of music that involves accordion which you might like to share with other members of the folk music/accordion community. If you do have any stories of future concert dates, competitions, new CD's, future shows/gigs, festivals etc... please feel free to send them to me for publication on our new site . If you have any pictures, please feel free to send them to me for publication as well.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Lia Taniela, News Co-ordinator
Accordions Worldwide

Previous News

Has now been re-allocated to a separate sub-page. Please follow the link.

Club and Venue Web Listings Recap

Many Clubs and Venues now have their own web listings and SCoFF members/advertisers/associates may be found via the SCoFF redirection/Quickfinder service at

Talking Heads new website is at, the Brook at, Wedgewood Rooms at and The Greys, Brighton acoustic music venue at,

Blues in the South (BITS) blues gig guide for southern UK.

Sussex Clubs (both SCoFF members and others) have their own County summary, the Sussex Folk Guide.

Previous News

Has now been re-allocated to a separate sub-page. Please follow the link.

Please send any comments, queries or suggestions and requests to Trevor Gilson