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Climate Stories Songwriting Workshop Saturday 30 June to Sunday 1 July 2018
Free workshop funded by the Natural Environment Research Council in the heart of the Dartmoor National Park, featuring input from some of the country’s leading Climate Scientists

The Climate Stories Project aims to bring about unique collaborations between artists and scientists and the general public to ‘co-develop new creative approaches to dealing with environmental change’.

The workshop begins Saturday 30 June at 10.00am and ends at 3.00pm on Sunday 1 July, and includes Saturday night accommodation in dorm rooms and lunch on both days, with any combination of Friday night arrival and accommodation plus Friday and Saturday dinner and breakfast on each day possible for a small charge (all options cost £40). Car-sharing may be possible, with some participants heading down from Northamptonshire on Friday afternoon - public transport to Heatree Activity Centre is limited. As you’d expect, places are limited - but there are no participation requirements, so just apply using the form on the website.

Clog and Percussive Dance Weekend - Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe, Somerset, TA4 4BD - Friday 1 June 4.00pm — Sunday 3 June 4.00pm, 2018. Full details on website
A weekend for clog dancers of all abilities with a particular focus on using clog as percussion and on creating new routines and allowing the tradition to evolve. This new weekend is led by a talented young team of Hannah James, Nicola Lyons, and Jim Molyneux, who you’ll get to see in performance on Saturday evening.

Beginners Course: Suitable for people who have never done clog or any kind of percussive dance before. This will mostly be led by Nicola with some sessions by Hannah. Dancers will learn a basic routine and some of the main ‘building blocks’ of the dance so they can go on to learn more. Clogs will be available to borrow, please let us know she size when booking!

Intermediate/ advanced: Suitable for clog dancers and other percussive dancers who want to learn new steps and take the plunge to start creating their own routines and improvising to music. Dancers will work with Hannah and percussionist Jim Molyneux to look at the relationship between clog and percussion and start dancing like a musician. Hannah has devised a system to help dancers to feel more confident in creating their own steps and improvising on the spot and will give individual help so everyone goes home with a new creation. Participants need to have at least a small repertoire of routines / steps to use as a basis.

28 July - 25 August 2018 - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
For details of the Folk Courses taking place during Week 2 (4-11 August): Folk Surgery (Sally Davies & Paul Hutchinson); Folk Choir (Sally Davies); Accordion Workshop (Paul Hutchinson); Folk Baroque (Andy Watts [Carnival Band]; As I Walked Out One Morning (David Harbottle & Freya Jonas), see website
The following Public Concerts and Ceilidh will all take place in Dartington's Great Hall:
Friday 3 August - 10pm - Tavern Night: Medieval Partying
Sunday 5 August - 5.15pm - Poetry & Folk
Sunday 5 August - 7.45pm - Harbottle & Jonas
Thursday 9 August - 5.15pm - As I Walked Out One Morning
Thursday 9 August - 10pm - Pagoda Project
Friday 10 August - 10.30pm - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band
Plus: Late sessions in the White Hart bar on 7 and 9 August.

Youth Folk Sampler Day - Ebenezer Hall, North Street, Okehampton EX20 1AR - Saturday 2 June 2018.

Sampler Days
Aged 14–18 on 1 September 2018?
Play an instrument confidently?
Want to take part in an inspiring day of music making?

Sign up for a free place at our Sampler Day at Ebenezer Hall in June 2018.
Explore English folk music, learn from inspiring tutors and play with other young musicians from your region. Take part in a day of creative folk music workshops and, if you want to, audition for the 2018–19 National Youth Folk Ensemble.
Each Sampler Day features:
• music workshops with Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter
• Q&A with Ensemble staff
• optional short audition, if you wish to apply for the National Youth Folk Ensemble

Sampler Days are open to players of any instrument. All playing and learning will be done by ear.

These free Sampler Days have a positive and welcoming atmosphere. If you’re interested in joining the National Youth Folk Ensemble, you’ll need to attend one of them to start the audition process.Book your free place now go to website

Picture by Camilla Greenwell

Irish Set Dancing in Exeter
Consisting of jigs, slides, polkas and reels Irish set dancing is a fun, vibrant and fresh style of dancing. With four couples in a set of eight dancers it is lively, energetic, and great fun.

 Each set is made up of a number of figures, usually between 3 – 6 figures for each set and will take anywhere from 5 minutes to 20 minutes to complete a full set.

Irish set dancing has been running in Newton Abbot for many years and now this popular, social dance will be happening in Exeter on a regular basis at St Thomas Church Hall, Church Road, Exeter EX4 1AP. No experience or partner required, all dances will be taught and called throughout.

Friday evenings: May 18th, June 15th, July 20th - 7.45pm to 10.00pm. £5.00 on the door 

For further information, contact John on 07903 125606 or email 

Tunelink is a community project that provides opportunities for engagement with traditional music and dance in the South Hams.
Led by local musicians Griselda Sanderson and Louis Bingham, these workshops will focus on practical learning through playing and participation. There will also be occasional visits from guest artists, and content will be a mix of instrumental music, song and dance repertoire from a range of traditions, including but by no means limited to Irish, Scandinavian, Breton, Cornish or Old-time.
Participants will require some existing ability on their own instrument (acoustic only), and a willingness to dance. Sessions are based on traditional aural teaching methods, so a willingness to learn and play by ear is also necessary.
We encourage musicians passing through the area to attend the sessions, and welcome new participants joining the group at any stage of the term. Sessions are open to all ages, though under 16’s must be accompanied by a participating, responsible adult.
Tutors are also available to give one to one lessons. Please get in touch with any enquiries.For more information email or go to FaceBook page


American Square Dance Classes
Newton Poppleford American Square Dance class Basic and Mainstream levels.
We teach basic and mainstream levels every Thursday afternoon from 2.00pm - 4.00pm (except August) at the Village Hall, Station Road, Newton Poppleford, Sidmouth EX10 0ER.
Newton Poppleford American Square Dance class Plus level.
We teach Plus level every Friday morning from 10.00am - 12.00 noon (except August) at the Village Hall, Station Road, Newton Poppleford, Sidmouth EX10 0ER.
Please contact Jean Stickland telephone 01395 568155 or Janet Bulpin telephone 01297 33019 if you are interested in joining us.

JS Arts Workshops

JS Arts Workshops

Here is a view of the courses we will be running in 2018. Pre-bookings have been healthy for next year so please let us know if you have an interest. Even if the course is fully booked we do take names for reserve lists.

Tutor for all courses - Stewart Hardy

18-20 May 2018 Fiddle 2 places remaining
8-10 June 2018 Fiddle 2 places remaining
20-22 July 2018 Mixed Instrument Fully booked
7-9 September 2018 Fiddle 2 Places remaining
19-21 October 2018 Mixed Instrument Fully booked
9-11 November 2018 Fiddle 1 place remaining

Courses run from 1.00pm on Friday till 5.00 Sunday. 
2 workshops Friday      (total 3 Hours)
4 workshops Saturday  (total 6 Hours)
4 workshops Sunday     (total 6 Hours)
Informal evening session Friday and Saturday evening

The cost per weekend is £325 which includes tuition, accommodation & all meals, snacks etc.  A deposit of £60 is required to reserve a place.  The remainder of the fee is due 4 weeks before the start of the course.

Our courses are fully residential, which means that once you have paid your fee, you have no need to worry about forking out extra for B&B or meals. All meals, teas, coffees, snacks and fresh fruit are provided in the cost. Special diets are catered for provided due notice has been given.All bedrooms are en-suite, towels are provided.

The tutor provides both the dots and MP3s of what they intend to use for his teaching, this is usually sent at least a week in advance, sometimes earlier. The tunes never have to be learnt but we do like people to listen to and be familiar with the tunes as it is through listening that the aural tradition is passed on.

We only take 9 students per course, as this number allows the tutor to best meet the students needs, in this type of workshop. The level of skills can be fairly wide from lower intermediate to quite advanced, there is something for everyone. If you are unsure then just give Jo a ring and she will help. The courses cannot cater fairly to absolute beginners.

For more information email or telephone 07713760266

Historical Dance Classes Lively historical dance, Playford and other periods, in Barrington Court (National Trust), near Ilminster, Somerset TA19 0NQ. Usually 2nd & 3rd Sundays, 1-4 pm. £5 donation requested, free entry to NT property.

Details from Ann Hinchliffe, telephone 01935 472771 or email

Worth coming along even once for the experience of dancing on a sprung oak floor in a Tudor Great Hall!

Irish Dance - North Devon
I have been Irish dancing for 12 years and reached advanced level. I have performed in numerous shows and public demonstrations. I have recently moved to this area from East Anglia, where I ran and managed my own dance school, and so I'm very keen to continue my passion for Irish dance here in the north Devon area, by either offering lessons or getting involved in some groups or doing some demonstrations/displays. If you would like any further details please don't hesitate to contact me - telephone 07977698939, or email.

Bodhraphonics Celtic drumming for all
We run Bodhran and drumming workshops for groups, clubs, schools, social events and festivals, where people can learn to play a Bodhran or hand drum, and play along to live Celtic and English folk music.
Workshops are lively, informative and good fun. We specialise in group workshops, clubs and working with people with learning or social disabilities. Drums, live music and PA provided. CRB checked, good rates.
For more information, please contact Bruce 07770 567639. Newton Abbot based, and can travel. See also Bodhran Tuition