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Here's our latest dates for upcoming events at our churches/venues


Shapwick St Bartholomew​

 Saturday May 11th


​​doors open from 6 pm

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Jack Grace, is a Dorset born musician and songwriter who plays an amalgamation of Alternative Folk, Blues and Soul in his own unique way. He captivates audiences with his intensely emotive performances, exposing the raw nerves of everyday struggles and experiences. Jack’s latest single “Pictures” was recently played on BBC Introducing South and was described as “Epic” by presenter Melita Dennett. Also the wildcard act from last years Rustic Stomp, Dead Horse Bay will be throwing down there unique blend of beat poetry wrapped within an Americana spun sound. One of the acts you need to see live.


Witchampton St Mary & Cuthberga & All Saints


Monday May 27th


​​doors open from 6 pm

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Polish based brass powered ensemble that blends an infectious mix of Slavic tinged roots folk originals that keep you on the hoof. A rare opportunity to hear this incredible band in full swing. Supported by local gardening legend and tree expert who has been plying his songwriting talents since the 1980’s!! Not to be missed ;)


Shapwick St Bartholomew​​


Friday June 14th


doors open from 6 pm

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Gabriel Moreno is Gibraltarian singer-songwriter, currently based in London. An irresistibly engaging performer, he combines a latin exuberance and passion with a rare lyrical calibre (he is also a published poet, with 12 books in Spanish and English). Performing on nylon-stringed guitar, he creates a live experience that has been described as ”Taberna Folk” - at once both energetic and intimate, anarchic and absorbingMoreno’s unique artistic voice lies in the meeting and fusion of different identities. Born and raised in Gibraltar, a British territory bordering southern Spain and just 8 miles from Africa, he has since lived and performed across the world, absorbing influences from music, literature and art everywhere he went. Now considered one of the most compelling and distinctive artists in London's thriving folk and roots scene, he was previously the longtime curator and host of the legendary Lantern Society folk club, and in 2022 was awarded the title of Cultural Ambassador of Gibraltar.Moreno won the Introducing Stage at the Great British Folk Festival in 2019, and although the Covid-19 pandemic forced a temporary hiatus for many artists, he could never let his creativity stagnate; 2023 sees the release of his 3rd album since the start of the pandemic, Wound in the Night, with accompanying packed touring schedule across Europe, as well as a second book of poetry in that time entitled Heart Mortally Wounded by Six Strings.​​“Moreno has indeed given us an album of the times.” (Mike Davis, FolkRadio UK)“An Offshoot of Leonard Cohen and Neil Diamond. I love it!” (CerysMathews, BBC6)“What sets Gabriel Moreno apart from his contemporaries, however, ishis ever-intriguing usage of the English language to address socio-political issues.” (Loz Etheridge, God Is In The TV)Supported by the wonderfully talented Millie Watson





Shapwick St Bartholomew​​


Thursday August 8th


doors open from 6 pm

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Welsh born David Ryder Prangley spans over 40 years within the music industry and has been involved with countless bands as well as his own personal projects. Signed to Dave A Stewart's label on the back of a demo tape, David Ryder Prangley formed the cult band Rachel Stamp which still performs to sellout audiences. His multi instrumentalist talents have graced the likes of Adam Ant, LIVAN, Angie Bowie, Peter Murphy, Flesh for Lulu to name but a few. Katharine Blake teams with partner Michael J York creating the Electronic Folk project The Witching Tale. Katharine formed Miranda Sex Garden in 1990 and are currently on a European Tour, she also is part of the vocal group Medieaval Baebes.

The JESSE JANES Perform the

Soundtrack to


Shapwick St Bartholomew​​


Thursday August 22nd


doors open from 6 pm

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Celebrating the legendary soundtrack from the Coen Brothers movie with musicians such as Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Alison Kraus, John Prine, Elvis The Stanley Brothers, Roy Orbison, Jimmie Rodgers, Gillian Welch & more. An enchanting mix of folk, bluegrass and blues- The Jesse Janes are bringing their previously sold-out tribute show to Dorset for the first time.


Supported by DIXIE DIX

Shapwick St Bartholomew​​


Saturday September 7th


ddoors open from 6 pm


Award winning Burg & The Vagabond Choir return by popular demand to showcase the bands journey from there first album that launched from Shapwick Church in 2023. Supported by emerging artist Dixie Dix


Supported by MILLIE WATSON

Shapwick St Bartholomew​​


Saturday September 28th


doors open from 6 pm

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The Polly Morris Band is a female-led musical comedy band that performs laugh-out-loud funny songs and also heartbreakingly poignant songs. The band is well known for its tight harmonies, beautiful arrangements and moments to make you smile. Polly Morris is joined by Mandy Stansfield, Kate Hunter and Brian Harries for performances of originality, great music and surprising moments. Their audience interaction and flexibility to mould the performance to those who are there have lead to sell-out shows across the south. Occasionally the band is also joined by Joel Solomons or Leonardo MacKenzie or Paul ThomasSupported by the amazing Millie Watson


supported by


The Allendale Centre

Sunday November 24

Doors open from 7pm

From their earliest days as a noisy, politicised ceilidh band in the late Seventies, Oysterband have never stopped evolving or providing soundtrack to the changing times.

Initially meeting at Canterbury in Kent, at a time when pubs were alive with folk clubs and music sessions, the Oyster Ceilidh Band (as they were known then), were a band on a simple mission to get dancefloors bouncing. But with a chemistry between its members and music that made a profound connection with its audiences, greater things soon beckoned as the times became more complicated.


Emerging in the early 80s from their ceilidh band days they infused both the traditional and their own songs with a passion and energy that was electrifyingly fresh for the time. Polkas, politics and a heaving dance floor somehow seemed perfectly right for Thatcher’s Britain. Signing to new roots label Cooking Vinyl, headlining English Roots Against Apartheid, playing Glastonbury and the Fleadh several times each, touring with The Pogues in Europe and Billy Bragg in North America, hosting the Big Session Festival. All gained them a large and loyal following both at home and internationally.


Releasing music with relative prolificacy, from their debut as Oyster Ceilidh Band ‘Jack’s Alive’ in 1980; through classics like ‘Step Outside’ (1986), ‘Wide Blue Yonder’ (1987), ‘Ride’ (1989) (as Oyster Band); to mid-period Oysterband wonders like ‘Deserters’ (1992), ‘Holy Bandits’ (1993), ‘Trawler’ (1994), and latter period gems like ‘Rise Above’ (2002) or ‘Diamonds On The Water’ (2014)’; Oysterband have been a constant and uplifting presence in music throughout the decades and have ratcheted-up dozens of studio releases throughout their career.

Their collaboration with June Tabor in 1990 produced the cult favourite album ‘Freedom & Rain’, and it was renewed 21 years later for ‘Ragged Kingdom’, one of the best-selling folk-rock albums of the new millennium. 


Winners of several BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including Best Band twice, Oysterband’s song-writing has never stood still, and hits such as “The Oxford Girl”, “When I’m Up I Can’t Get Down” (Best Song at the Canadian East Coast Music Awards, performed by Great Big Sea), “Everywhere I Go and Put Out The Lights” are now renowned staples of the folk canon.

The band released what stands as their final album in 2022, the acclaimed ‘Read The Sky’, which found the band taking a political stand for their environmental beliefs. As true to their political roots as they ever were, the album was released to chime with the COP26 summit in Glasgow of that year. The album hit the Official Folk Album Chart No.1, a testament to their enduring popularity across the ages. 


The creative heart of Oysterband is still here after 45 years: John Jones (vocals, melodeon), Alan Prosser (guitars) and Ian Telfer (violin), with Al Scott, their longtime producer, on bass, Adrian Oxaal (cello and guitar) and newest member Sean Randle on drums.


Most recently, Oysterband undertook an extensive tour of Europe, plus a special “Decades” tour across the UK where they explored their back catalogue in greater depth. Announcing a series of shows with June Tabor in 2024, Oysterband will be going out on a high as they bid “A Long Long Goodbye” to fans and friends with a series of unmissable shows. 


They’ve travelled the world but they still play with the fire of that dance band back in Kent. 

Supported by The Two Man Travelling Medicine Show.



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