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1. Save the date : Saturday 8th October_ Ed Bateman’s West African Love Affair @ the EMN Hall

2. Pop-up gig : Friday 19th August, Benjo (from France), The White Horse Stogumber

3. Stogumber Festival 2nd to 4th September

4. Gigs in and around West Somerset

Saturday 8th October_ Ed Bateman’s West African Love Affair @ the EMN Hall, Monksilver

 British bass player Edd Bateman has spent 15 years collaborating with African musicians throughout the world, and has appeared at the EMN Hall several times. Now he’s formed his own band,

“Edd Bateman’s in love – and he wants the whole world to know!  Summer 2016 sees the launch of Edd Bateman’s West African Love Affair – a band, an album and a world tour.  Scintillating kora and balafon combine with relentless soukous guitar and subtle Senegalese mbalax grooves over a captivating Cameroonian backbeat – and all underpinned by Edd’s pulsating basslines.  If this doesn’t get you on your feet, bopping and swaying, after the first four bars, you’re obviously in need of an emergency groove transfusion… Go and share the love with Edd and his amazing West African band this Summer 2016.  Because when love calls – you’d better listen”!  (©Glyn Phillips –

Tickets on sale soon.


Friday 19th August, 8pm : Benjo

The Alley at The White Horse Stogumber

Ben and Jo – Benjo – have travelled to the West Country from Strasbourg, have played at the 2016 Dartmoor Folk Festival, and now are popping-up in the intimate surroundings of the Alley of the White Horse in Stogumber. Free entrance but collection. Do come along.


Stogumber Festival 2nd to 4th September

Lots of free events, and an eclectic range of ticketed concerts including Sally Barker,  Kadia, Club of No Regrets, Aquarelle Guitar Quartet, Johnny Mars, Kizzy Crawford, Jacob and Drinkwater. For the singing and creative writing workshops book by 23rd August. Outline programme below, full information and tickets, including day and weekend passes, from

Friday 2 September

The Square, 6pm

LA Dancers Free

Jekyll & Hyde


St Mary’s Church 7.30pm

Sally Barker with Trio  £16/£12


White Horse Skittle Alley 9.45pm Free

Thirsty Jenny


Saturday 3 September

The Skittle Alley of The White Horse Inn 10 am-12.00

The Big Sing

Singing Workshop with Yvette Staelens

£10 to include refreshments. Book online by August 23rd.

St Mary’s Church 10.30am

William Whitehead, Organ

The Phoenix Singers


Village Hall 12.30pm

Kadia Folk Trio


St Mary’s Church 2pm

Norman Bowler reads the poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge with accompaniment by Ruth Molins on Flute

Free  – Donations in support of the Aikiyam School, Auroville, Tamil Nadu, India where Norman Bowler teaches English and drama to the children.The school needs your help to enable it to continue to provide education to more than 225 children from underprivileged backgrounds living in villages around Auroville.


The Square 3pm  Free

Voice of the People Choir

Jekyll & Hyde

Thirsty Jenny


Village Hall 4pm

Club of No Regrets, Swing Jazz £12


St Mary’s Church 6.30pm

Aquarelle Guitar Quartet  £20/ £15


Village Hall 9pm

Johnny Mars – In Conversation and Concert £10



Sunday 4 September


St Mary’s Church 10.30am

Somerset Young Musicians £5

Jess Hughes Harp

Evie KIng from the Hestercombe Centre for Young Musicians Flute


Skittle Alley 1pm- 3.30pm

Creative Writing Workshop with Cynthia Hurn and Graeme Ryan £10

Book online by August 23rd.

This will be followed by a Tea-Time Poetry Performance in the Skittle Alley at The White Horse Inn at 3.30 – 4.30 pm  on Sunday 4th September featuring some of the Taunton-based Fire River Poets group, plus an invitation for any workshop attendee to read what they have written that very afternoon!


Village Hall 1pm

Kizzy Crawford £8

Soul/ Jazz



The Square 3.00pm Free


Mitchell & Vincent



Village Hall 4pm

Jacob and Drinkwater £10

Indie Acoustic  Folk Duo


St Mary’s Church 6.30pm

Choral Evensong with Visiting Choir In Ecclesia Free


Music in and around West Somerset

Please see below also for excellent musical offerings from friends such as The Mineral Line,

Halsway Manor, Silver Street Sessions, the Acorn Shanty Crew, the Dolphin, Wellington, Pebbles, Watchet, The Farmers Arms Coombe Florey, Roger Collett, Take Art, Artsreach, and Villages in Action.

Halsway Manor


Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll, Tom McConville

Saturday 1 Oct 8pm


Dipper Malkin

Sunday 2 Oct 6pm


Give Voice!

Sunday 16 Oct 6pm


Tales in Trust – Merry Neet

Saturday 22 Oct 8pm


Máire Ní Ghráda and Conal Ó Gráda

Saturday 29 Oct 8pm




All concerts at Cotleigh Brewery in Ford Road, Wiveliscombe. Tickets from Wiveliscombe Post Office (tel 01984 623308):

O’Hooley& Tidow    16th Sep, 8.00pm

With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2, a five star live review and feature in The Guardian, O’Hooley & Tidow are regarded as ‘one of British folk’s mightiest combina-tions’ (Mojo).

Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe, TA4 2RE

£12/£10 concessions

Pete Coe    26th Sep, 8.00pm

Pete has been a professional musician since 1971, playing at festivals concerts, clubs, dances & schools throughout Britain, Europe, Asia, New Zealand & USA . During the ‘70s he toured and recorded with Chris Coe, was a member of the legendary New Victory Band & with Nic Jones, Tony Rose and again, Chris Coe, he was a member of Bandoggs.

Cotleigh Brewery, Ford Road, Wiveliscombe, TA4 2RE

£12/£10 concessions


ACORN SHANTY CREW    and fb The Acorn Shanty Crew.




25th August 2016 – 8:00 pm  Jon Maybey

27th August 2016 – 11:00 pm  ‘Busk Stop’ as part of  Watchet Live

2nd September 2016 – 8:30 pm  Mitchell & Vincent

9th September 2016 – 8:00 pm  Friendly Spirits

15th September 2016 – 8:00 pm  Adam Scriven

7th October 2016 – 8:30 pm TwomanTing (Ticket only £7 each)

8th October 2016 – 8:30 pm Mitchell & Vincent

13th October 2016 – 8:00 pm Damian Kingsley & guests – Comedy night (Ticket only £7.50 each)



25th August, 2016: Tom Winsborough

1st September, 2016: Jon & Alfie

8th September, 2016: Steve Dagleish

15th September, 2016: Rumours


The Farmers Arms, Coombe Florey

Saturday 20th August 2016 (8pm) Mike Reinstein

Saturday 3rd September 2016 (8pm) Ash Mandrake

Friday 9th September 2016 (8pm) Mazy House (outside weather permitting)

Friday 16th September 2016 (8pm)

Adam Scriven Australian multi instrumentalist


Friday 23rd September 2016 (8pm) Suitcase Slim Semora

Friday 30th September 2016 (8pm) Gary Hall


Friday 7th October 2016 (8pm) Bert Miller


Saturday 8th October 2016 (8pm) Ben Maggs


Friday 21st October 2016 (8pm) Bert Miller


Saturday 22nd  October 2016 (8pm) Tim Manning of Blind River Scare


Wednesday 9th November 2016 (8pm)

Peter Knights Gigspanner Ticket only


Friday 25th November 2016 (8pm)



Rural Arts promoters Take Art (Somerset ), ArtsReach (Dorset ), and Villages in Action (Devon, ) all have some great acts and events, do check them out.



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