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The Kingswood Room, Methodist Church, Arts Centre and Royal Glen Hotel

The Kingswood Room

The Kingswood Room in the Kingswood and Devoran Hotel on the Esplanade is used for daytime workshops and evening Folk Club style evenings. A comfortable lounge, The Kingswood Room is at the back of the hotel and is reached via the hotel’s terrace. Disabled access is available fromk the back of the hotel.

Folk Arts Acoustic evenings are hosted by Bob and Gill Berry and welcome all those who enjoy folk club style events. Guest performers include Alison Frosdick & Jack Burnaby, The Dollymopps, Will Noble, Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp, Nick Dow, Racker Donnelly, Annie Winter, Mary Humphreys and Anahata, Roisin White and Bill Crawford.

Methodist Church

The Methodist Church (Sanctuary) is used for daytime song workshops and some evening concerts. Access is from the High Street. Disabled access is via a lift. Evening events include:

Saturday 4th August – Stream of Sound In Concert celebrating their 20th birthday.

Monday 6th August – An Eye on The Future Concert with Alden, Patterson & Dashwood, Shorelark, Megan Wisdom and Lucy Emmett.

Tuesday 7th August – Romeo and Juliet Retold by Debs Newbold.

Arts Centre

The Arts Centre is part of the Manor Pavilion theatre complex and is situated on the corner of Station Road and Manor Road. Access is from Station Road. The Arts Centre is used for Youth events led by Shooting Roots and Stream of Sound. Morning and Early evening Talks cover a variety of aspects of folk music, song and dance and include:

The History of Mumming – Stephen Rowley

Steeped in Stone – Will Noble

Girls’ Carnival Morris – Lucy Wright

Dorset Folk Songs – Nick Dow

When giants dance – a brief history of processional giants in England – Janet Dowling

Patience Vaisey Collection – Amsher

Gypsy Wagons History and Painting – Nick Dow

East Anglian Songs collected in early 20th Century – Mary Humphreys

Traditional Songs from Isle of Wight – The Dollymopps

Music Publishing BASCA with Paul Sartin and Gordon Potts.

The Royal Glen Hotel

The lounge of the Royal Glen Hotel on Glen Road provides a comfortable venue for afternoon themed singarounds hosted by Colin and Sonja Andrews. All welcome to contribute a song on a daily theme or just sit and listen.

New this year, Ilse Pedlar leads Poetry for All – a morning series of standalone poetry workshops for all abilities.

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