We meet....

......on the last Tuesday of each month at 8:00pm in the Stable Bar of the Drax Arms, Bere Regis BH20 7HH.
Admission is free and the food at the Drax is excellent if you want to eat before we start.

The chocolate box of folk roots music, great variety and all enjoyable. Kathy Dunn - Wessex Acoustic

Visit us on Facebook to see who is playing.

Richard Smith Concert 24th October 2017 - scroll down for more info and tickets !!

Find the Drax Arms

Click the image for a larger map.

If you want a great B&B after coming, book in at the Old Mill just down the road.

Appearing Tuesday 26th September 2017 at 8:00pm

Johns & Nowak
Can't wait to see these two - Camilla Johns & Andy Nowak met at a bluegrass festival. They are an English acoustic duo that like to have fun with American music; weaving together mandolin and guitar and singing songs of heartache and longing. 

Damian Clarke
We've managed to persuade Damian to return to the Drax to entertain us again. Extremely well known and loved locally, his solo concerts are played on the beautiful hammer dulcimer and hurdy gurdy, along with unaccompanied songs that he encourages audiences to sing along to.

Nigel Waite
A welcome return from the man you all love to sing along with. Nigel sings mostly his own songs that you all know and love and a few traditional and other numbers. Profits from his CDs go to SeeAbility, a specialist registered charity enriching the lives of people who have sight loss and other disabilities.

Ted & Beth
are a father and daughter duo who sing a wide variety of music, arranged with lovely harmonies. It's over 2 years since they played and sang together for us. When Ted isn't playing music with his daughter Beth, you can hear him in Misspent Youth with Nic Robson, one of our sound men.

Richard and Lesley Quayle (resident singers)

Richard Smith Virtuoso Guitarist

Tuesday 24th October 2017 at 8.00pm

Briantspuddle Village Hall, Briantspuddle, DT2 7HT (scroll down for directions)

£15 on the door
£12 in advance
Download a ticket form here

Richard Smith is an English virtuoso fingerstyle guitarist, who aged 11 played on the same stage as the late Chet Atkins "the godfather of fingerstyle guitar".

Living in Nashville, he went on to become USA National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion.
He has also performed with other guitar greats, like Tommy Emmanuel, Les Paul and Martin Taylor, surprising audiences everywhere with his genius, showcasing a repertoire spanning an incredible range of musical styles from country, bluegrass, mainstream jazz, modern pop and rock, to classical guitar.

His incredible stylistic wealth is founded in a lifelong love for music. Born in Be­ckenham, Kent, England in 1971, Richard started playing guitar at age 5 under the instruction of his father. Concentrating initially on the country picking of Chet At­kins and Merle Travis, young Richard digested everything he heard, learning even the most complicated of these tunes with ease, and confounding everyone with his dexterity. It seemed that not only did he possess amazing physical skill, but a photographic musical memory as well. Often, a single hearing was all it took to get a piece under his fingers, using all ten to play bass, rhythm and melody simultaneous­ly and creating a universe of sounds, while easily switching between thumbpicking and flatpicking like hardly anybody else.

Here's what Tommy Emmanuel has to say about him:

What fellow musicians say:
"The most amazing guy I know on the guitar. He can play anything I know, only better." Chet Atkins, CGP (music legend)
"If you like my playing, you should hear Richard Smith! The world champion!" Tommy Emmanuel AM, CGP (two-time Grammy nominee)
"Guitar playing at its finest. Don't miss this one." Doyle Dykes (thumbpicking wizard)
"He is one of the world's greatest guitarists." Muriel Anderson (All-Star Guitar Night)