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Lesley Nelson's Folk Music Site. Folk and Traditional Music and Popular Songs, with Lyrics, Midi, Tune Information and History behind the folksongs and ballads. Irish, British and American Folk Music including Francis J. Child Ballads and Sea Shanties.
A friendly weekend folk festival with events held at a variety of venues around the town including pubs, clubs, a church, a school hall and a festival marquee. There are afternoon, evening, and late night sessions, concerts, workshops and a Saturday night ceilidh plus comedy, poetry and Morris Dancers. Many events are free including street processions and dance displays.
Early in June. A relatively new folk festival, the first being in 2002. It has now moved to the part of the town south of the river around Hope Square. Plenty of free live music all Saturday and Sunday through to early evening on the main festival stage there. Workshops. Morris. Various themed sessions. Evening concerts with big names.
The Wimbourne Fetsival has been around since 1980 and has become the focal point for the largest gathering of dance teams and musicians in the South of England. For the old town of Wimborne Minster, the festival is considered by many to be the major event of the year and is highly regarded nationally as one of the largest events of its kind in the country.
A professional acoustic group performing traditional music from Britain and Ireland, with an extensive repertoire including "theme" programmes of poetry, prose and music (a concert will typically include 25 instruments and 5 voices). The band-members are all distinguished performers in their own fields.
One of England's most popular folk groups. They take their name from the Dorset village of Yetminster which was their childhood home. Their obvious love of the West Country, it's songs, stories and humour wins them friends wherever they go.
From Weymouth, an authentic, rocking, totally unique pagan band. Lead singer/songwriter and founder, Taloch, is a true original. Their pagan music is fabulous as also are their repetoire of modern Celtic/folk-rock tunes.
Mary Epworth is an emerging singer and songwriter who makes music influenced by traditional English song, 60s west coast Psychedelia, and Greek Progressive Rock.
James Findlay is a locally based traditional singer, fiddler and guitarist. He started playing the fiddle at about eight years old while living in Dorset, and guitar at the age of fifteen. Coming from a musical family, he is influenced by all genres of music. However, his love lies in traditional English folk music and ballads, his presentation and style of playing being inspired by Nic Jones, and singers such as The Watersons. James was a winner in the 2008 New Roots competition, judged by among others, Eliza Carthy and Pete Coe.
Instrumentalist Jerry Bird has played fiddle, guitar and mandolin in various folk and folk-rock bands for more years than he cares to remember. Born in Bath, he has recently returned to the west-country after many years living in Sussex, and he now lives in Dorchester. He has a great love of folk and early music, and a vast repertoire of traditional tunes which he enjoys interpreting in new ways especially on the guitar.