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19 Mar 2024 🎵

FOLKLIFE, print & online publishers: 3 PUBLICATIONS, 3 websites ... plus these UPDATES.

    19 Mar 2024 - May Folklife West, final call; Updates

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      Lots of Updates --- 3+ weeks notice, please, gives us time to process your Updates.

      (1) JOURNAL articles ; updates.     (2) DIRECTORY updates.   (3) FOLKLIFE WEST folk news from Folklife UK members, and from overseas readers.


      "You have a great website. I wish I had known about it earlier when I was researching ballads for a discussion group." 

      Researched articles are

      • The Holy Well, by Charles Menteith
      • The Golden Glove, by Rosie Upton
      • Jane Teare and Catherine Ann Lawson: two singers from Jurby, Isle of Man, by Stephen Miller
      • A Song My Grandmother Taught Me: The Knocker Up, by David Harley
      • The ship is all laden, by Keith Gregson (additional tune by Johnny Handle)
      • Rushes, by Roy & Lesley Adkins
      • My Love's Gone, collected from William Shepherd, by Victoria Lowe

      Trac Cymru (folk development for Wales); King for a Day and The Doc Rowe Collection. News from researchers and Folklife Societies.  Seasonal Local Celebrations from Doc Rowe.

      • FTJ online: read free, and even free download PDF. We welcome an annual £3 donation from non-"Folklife members", payment details at end of email
      • FTJ in print: £2 where sold in clubs & sessions etc.
        • one copy FTJ posted £3.50, Europe £5.20, rest of world £6.15,
        • subscription FTJ posted 3 issues: £10, Europe £15, rest of world £18.
        • Bank card
        • BACS: Folklife West T/A Folklife, Sort Code 09-01-55, Account 1867518

      UPDATES from

      Tickets for our online talks are booked via Eventbrite: online/the-folklore-society/?page=1%20 If you create an Eventbrite account and follow The Folklore Society you’ll receive notifications as soon as our tickets go on sale.
      Folklore Society members get a discount by entering a Promo Code when buying the Eventbrite tickets. The Promo Codes for discounts are listed at https://folklore-society. com/members-only and are also sent to members with the email publicity before each talk. If you can’t get into the Members area of our website, please contact us at https://
      Tickets are £6.00, discounted to £4.00 with the Promo Code.
      26 March, 18:00, online talk, Diane Rodgers, ‘Fact, Fiction & Folklore in Film & Television.’
      9 April, 18:00, online talk: Susan Kilby, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Extraordinary Ordinary Landscapes.’
      23 April, 18:00, online talk: Juliette Wood: ‘Beastly Beasts: Hybrids in Folklore and Fantasy.’
      7 May, 18:00, online talk: Eric Huang, ‘Martyrdom and Demonic Possession: the Virginal Followers of Saint Ursula.’
      21 May, 18:00, online talk: Rosemary Power, ‘Sheela-na-gigs on Medieval and Early Modern Buildings.’
      4 June, 18:00, online talk: Afrodite-Lidia Nounaki, ‘Re-inventing National History through Conspiracy Theories.’
      18 June, 18:00, online talk, Victoria Newton, ‘Reproductive Bodylore: Vernacular Knowledge and Contraception Decisions.’ (Rescheduled).
      2 July, 18:00, online talk: Fadime Apaydin, ‘The Portrait of Bhakti Sant Kabir Das.’
      Dr Caroline Oates, Librarian, The Folklore Society, 50 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 5BT
      Tel. +44(0) 203 915 3034


        (2).  ONLINE DIRECTORY: UPDATES  from

        • UK or Overseas, we want to list YOU - it's free!   
        • Just ask us to draft something for you to approve/amend, all we need is your website. 
        • Or send in something in our format, see homepage for categories.

        VENUES - Cymru/Wales


        🄵 3rd Sundays Carms near LLANDEILO TYWI TUNE CLUB Facebook: Tywi Tune Club Clwb Alawon Tywi Helen Adam 07929 202257
        → Based in Llandovery and Llandeilo, Carms. 2pm
        ⇒ Helen Adam: helenadamfiddle<at>, 07929 202257, or find us on Facebook by looking for Tywi Tune Club Clwb Alawon Tywi
        ⊕ A collection of the tunes we play can be found here at The Club has taken the Mari Lwyd out around Carmarthenshire; a booklet of tunes and songs relating to the Mari Lwyd tradition has been produced and can be downloaded from [Mar 2024, new day & time]

        VENUES - England: West Country


        🄵 2nd Sun Dorset FIDDLEFORD BLACKMORE VALE FOLK MUSIC NIGHT Mandy Waltham 01963 362890
        → Fiddleford Inn, Fiddleford, about a mile from Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 2BX, on the A357. 7.30pm. Not July, August.
        ⇒ Contact John Waltham, 01963 362890, jhnwaltham<at>
        ⊕ Songs mostly – but musicians welcome too. Contrary to popular belief, John does not lynch anyone who sings non-traditional stuff ! [Mar 2022, new venue]

        🄵 4th Sun Dorset FIDDLEFORD BLACKMORE VALE FOLK MUSIC NIGHT Mandy Waltham 01963 362890
        → Fiddleford Inn, Fiddleford, about a mile from Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 2BX, on the A357. 7.30pm. Not August.
        ⇒ Contact Mandy Waltham, 01963 362890, jhnwaltham<at>
        ⊕ Emphasis will be on tunes rather than songs. All welcome, to join in or listen. ​ [Mar 2022, new venue]



        UPDATES on    Up to 160 words welcome (don't send a lot of words, we don't have time to read/edit). International news from non-UK non-members also welcome for this page. 3+ weeks notice gives us time to process your Updates.

        CYMRU / WALES   🄵🅆 Cymru
        🄵 TYWI TUNE CLUB near Llandeilo, Carms. 3rd Sundays, 2pm (new day & time)
        A collection of the tunes we play can be found here at The Club has taken the Mari Lwyd out around Carmarthenshire; a booklet of tunes and songs relating to the Mari Lwyd tradition has been produced and can be downloaded from
        Helen Adam
        🄵, 07929 202257, helenadamfiddle<at>, Facebook: Tywi Tune Club Clwb Alawon Tywi

        ENGLAND -- WEST COUNTRY based  🄵🅆 West Country

        🄵 BODMIN FOLK CLUB St Petroc’s Parish Centre, Priory Road, Bodmin PL31 2DP
        April 2024: 5th, Ian Bruce. 12th, Open House. 19th, Maggy Duffy & Bob Thompson. 26th, Members’ Showcase: Tim Joyce.
        Enquiries: Sylvia Watts, sylvwatts<at>,

        🄵 BLACKMORE VALE FOLK NIGHTS are moving again, to the Fiddleford Inn, DT10 2BX, on the A357 about a mile from Sturminster Newton.

        • FOLK SONG NIGHT 🄵., venue as above, 2nd Sun. (not July, Aug), 7.30 start. Songs mostly – but musicians welcome too. Contrary to popular belief, John does not lynch anyone who sings non-traditional stuff! John Waltham, 01963 362890,
        • FOLK MUSIC NIGHT 🄵., venue as above, 4th Sun., 7.30 start . Emphasis will be on tunes rather than songs. All welcome, to join in or listen. Mandy Waltham, 01963 362890,

        ENGLAND -- EAST & WEST MIDLANDS 🄵🅆 Midlands  

        No reviews - but we welcome news of Members' albums:

        ​🄵 ​STEVE TURNER - New album 'Curious Times'      [photo of cover on News Updates page]
        Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who accompanies himself on the concertina and plays mandolin and tenor banjo.
        Steve began his career in Manchester at the end of the ‘60s, with Geordie band “Canny Fettle”, touring for 8 years and making 2 albums. After winning the UK Melody Maker’s national “Stars of the 80s” competition in 1979 he turned professional and for the next 12 years he toured nationally and internationally and released 4 solo albums.
        In 2004, after a 13 year break, Steve returned to the folk scene performing in folk clubs and festivals. In 2008 he produced his 5th album, the highly acclaimed “Whirligig of Time” which featured UK luminaries Martin Carthy, Nancy Kerr and Miranda Sykes. He has since released a further 4 albums with his latest 9th album “Curious Times” featuring Martin Carthy receiving excellent reviews.
        “Curious Times is an appropriate title as these songs came together during the pandemic. Every recording Turner makes is magnificent. His voice has a distinctive expression and character. This is a fine collection.”]


        🄵 MOONRAKERS (based Oxfordshire)
        Sat 23rd March Christ Church, Swindon, SN1 3HG. A lovely church in the centre of Swindon. 7.30pm. £12 on the door, or in advance for £10 from Enquiries: 01793 617237
        Sat 6th April All Saints Church, Castle Street, High Wycombe, HP11 2BN. 7.30pm £12 on the door or in advance from 01494 504815.Sat 13th April St Chad’s Church, Bishops Tachbrook, Leamington Spa, CV33 9RJ. 7.30pm £12 on the door.
        Fri 26th April St John's Church, Bodicote, Banbury, OX15 4DW, A church dating back to the 13th century. 7.30pm. £12 on the door or in advance from 01295 250282
        The full touring dates, including Folk Orchestra workshops, can be found at

        ENGLAND - YORKSHIRE & HUMBER based 🄵🅆 North ---

        ALBA/SCOTLAND based 🄵🅆 Alba•Scotland   --

        INTERNATIONAL - news  from ØØ international UPDATES non-member readers. ------
        We can include your news in printed Folklife - next: out May 1, deadline March 20 if you become a Folklife member 🄵 - just £9 a year for sending you PDFs of Folklife West (x3), and Journal (x2), via WeTransfer. Or posted £27 Europe £27 / rest of the world £33.
        **** Members' sings, concerts, shops, festivals, media -- up to 160 words, for each news item, plus your logo or a small photo.
                  For payment by card, see ‘shop’ -- PDF on

        FESTIVALS & WORKSHOPS DIARY 🄵🅆 Festivals, Workshops Diary
        Updates for May Folklife West (updating January 2024, which was copied to Diary)

        More adverts received since last Update:  Warwick FF, Cornwall FF
        Festival ads sent before deadline are featured on News Updates webpage, and
        mentioned here - not copied to this email, as we find images don't copy over too well.

        Revised listings 


        ⌂ UPTON FOLK FESTIVAL, please see our website for further details or contact for specific enquiries.

        ⊕ Free: Morris dancing and Sunday procession, pub music and song sessions, street theatre, ceilidhs under the bridge, workshops, musical meander, duck race, craft fair. Ticketed: Fri-Mon concerts, ceilidhs, Folk Clubs. Guests and main ceilidhs: Andrew McKay & Carole Atherton, Benammi Swift, Bordewey, Young & Gittens, Caffrey, McGurk & Madge, Close Quarters, Doug Eunson & Sarah Matthews, Drywood, English Fiddle Ensemble, Janice Burns & Jon Doran, Jim Mageean & GraemeKnights, Magpie Lane, Melrose Quartet, Mice in a Matchbox, Old Spot, Pat Smith & Ned Clamp, Pete Coe, Rod Penlington, Steve & Julie Wigley, Stonesthrow, The Laners, The Medlars, The Melsons, The Twiddlers, The Wilsons, Vital Spark, plus Ceilidhs: Melrose Quintet with Martyn Harvey; Pat Smith & Ned Clamp with Martin Hughes; The Barber Band with Sue Coe. 🄵 Bernie Dennis, Ian Bradshaw

        *** See News Updates webpage for revised Upton advert, & for the latest lineup by day.

        🄵 2024 June 21 - 23 TEIGNMOUTH FOLK FESTIVAL
        TEIGNMOUTH, Devon.
        Contact:; Amanda Wheaton, 07903530854. Facebook: Teignmouth Folk Festival
        21 June: 7.30pm, Granny’s Attic, St. James Church, TQ14 9BT (£18 in advance, £20 on the door).
        22 June: 10.30am, Fiddle Workshop with Sophia Colkin (£10). 12.30pm, ‘Big Sing’ with Kitty Vernon & Derek Burgess, feature spot from ‘Silvington’. 4.30pm, Tune Session hosted by GrimsBand. 7.30pm, SykesMartin, St. James Church, TQ14 9BT (£18 in advance, £20 on the door).
        23 June: 10.30am, Vocal Workshop with Paul Wilson (£10). 2pm, Mixed Session with Norman Bellamy. 5.30pm, Family Ceilidh with Wren Music’s Folk Orchestra of East Devon, The Strand Centre, EX7 9PT (£10 for adults, £5 for children under 16, must be accompanied by an adult). Food and drink available at the centre.
        Over 25 dance sides during the weekend in The Triangle, plus Darrell and Joy, The Estuary Band, Teignmouth Youth Choir, Mother’s Ruin, The Back Beach Boyz and Celtic Dawn, donations.

        ​🄵 ​2024 Aug 22 - 26 (BH weekend) CORNWALL FOLK FESTIVAL
        → WADEBRIDGE, North Cornwall
        Email: info<at> Online Ticket Shop
        For tickets and more details, visit; follow at
        Cornwall Folk Festival is back in full over the August Bank Holiday with an intimate town-based festival in Wadebridge, North Cornwall. From Thursday evening to Monday, this compact town centre event brings a top line-up to Wadebridge Town Hall and The John Betjeman Centre and showcases local music at the outdoor FAR stage and in pubs and street locations. Opens and closes with the latest Cornish dance trends: Nos Lowens from Bagas Fellyon (Town Hall, Thurs 22) and Jackson’s Claret (FAR Stage, Mon 26). Town hall concerts continue with The Trials of Cato + Tarren (Fri 23), Daphne’s Flight + Suthering (Sat 24) and Lady Maisery + James Dixon (Sun 25). Also two evening Betjeman Sessions: Cornish songwriter double-bill with Richard Trethewey and Annie Baylis (Fri 23) and Reg Meuross + Detta Kenzie (Sun 25). Additional Fri PM gig with Prophesy of Merlin. FAR Stage Sat-Mon will include True Foxes, Blue Badgers, Julian Gaskell & Ragged Trouser Philanthropists, Du Glas and many more from across the Southwest, plus workshops.

        Other festival news (online only, not in magazine)

        Offering young musicians a very exciting opportunity to work with others, learn new music and then to perform. Music workshops for over eight year olds, playing any musical instrument, building up to a special evening performance of fantastic foot tapping dance music as part of the festival ceilidh programme in the Blackmore Marquee on Thursday night, celebrating the 70th Sidmouth Folk Festival in true party style.
        Ray Langton leads the workshops, with talented tutors who help and encourage players; there is expertise in guitar, brass, percussion, woodwind squeezebox, strings; anything else is also welcome. Dance music includes jigs, reels, polkas and hornpipes.
        Participants must have their own instruments and be able to play a number of tunes from music or by ear (approximately Grade 2 standard). Music provided, parts for all instruments and all abilities available.
        For further information: Ray & Bev Langton,; for more on Sidmouth Folk Festival,
        The Children’s Festival are looking for talented young performers (aged 21 or under) to showcase on the 'Star Stage'. For further details and applications:

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