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

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

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

Appearing Tuesday 25th July 2017 at 8:00pm

Stealing Whiskey
Stealing Whiskey are a modern sixpiece band from Dorset playing originals and some unusual twist on covers.
See ya'll there!
Rob Jefferies - Guitar, violin & vocals.
Joggan Austin - Banjo, guitar & vocals.
Al Kerslake - Mandolin, bouzouki & vocals.
Martin Hawkins - Standup bass & accordion.
Becky Bower - Sax.
Nick Russell - Drums & percussion.

Samantha Barry
Sam played for us in April 2016 and so enthralled us all, we just had to ask her back. Fabulous fiddle playing, great sense of timing, lovely vocals. She oozes musical passion throughout her performance.

Les Wild
With his beautiful old Martin D18, Les selects the best songs every time he plays. If you haven't seen him, we don't know where you've been living. Les and Linda ran Wimborne Festival for some 30 years and still organise celtic concerts regularly in the area. Though he plays in many local celtic sessions, it's great to see him singing on his own.

Eric Bottomley
Eric should need no introduction - although he moved away from Dorset many years ago, we keep dragging him back to play for us.
Great wit, a stonking voice and lovely selection of songs, guaranteed to entertain - and we may get some added harmonies again from the Bottomettes !!!

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)