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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We're delighted to welcome back Richard Smith on 27th May - scroll down for details

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Richard Smith Virtuoso Guitarist

Sunday 27th May 2018 at 8.00pm

at The Stable Bar, The Drax Arms, Bere Regis BH20 7HH

Tickets : £10.00 in advance - £12.00 on the door


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Please note, ticket numbers at this venue are limited, so be quick !!

We are delighted to be able to welcome back the fabulous Richard Smith, who gave us such an amazing concert last October. He is doing a flying visit to the UK at the end of May and has asked if we'd like to see him again. I've had so many people requesting to see him again that I'd have been mad to refuse.

For those who don't know, 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)












Appearing 8:00pm Tuesday 29th May 2018


Les Wild
Les is well known to everyone in the area, having been involved in folk music from his days at the Free Express to his running of Wimborne Folk Festival for many years with his lovely wife Linda, and recently running the celticFolk nights. His musical tastes are huge and he always gives us some beautiful songs

Dom Prag
Dom is a singer-songwriter from Southampton, who we are sure is going places. His songs are stories, folk tales, love letters - joyous, hopeful and heart-breaking in equal measures. Complex, raw, lyrical and sometimes thunderous riffs accompany harmonious vocals in a set that weaves together his own contemporary classical folk with traditional folk songs. He was taught classical guitar by his father and then taught himself folk guitar, blending the two genres into his own unusual and unique style.

Johns & Nowak
Camilla Johns & Andy Nowak played for us last year and everyone was spellbound, so we've asked them back to do a longer Guest Spot for you.
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.
Their music is sometimes joyful, sometimes wistful; steeped in the American tradition and all that comes with it - from fiddle tunes to folk songs, from driving instrumentals and gentle ballads; some traditional, some self-penned.
Accomplished instrumentalists, they are a brand new duo that hail from a background of glitzy London folk bands, the Bristol jazz and UK acoustic music scene, with debut album of the year nominations and tuition from some of America's greatest acoustic musicians.

Richard and Lesley Quayle (resident singers)
We'll see you there !!!!