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  • Narthen
    Barry Coope, Fi Fraser, Jo Freya and Jim Causley
    Friday 6th March 2020 - 8.00pm


  • Peeping Tom & Barry Goodman
    Godalming Borough Hall Barn Dance
    Saturday 7th March 2020 - 8.00pm


  • Come All Ye Open Stage
    Friday 13th March 2020 - 8.00pm


  • Alongshore
    Friday 20th March 2020 - 8.00pm


  • Belinda O'Hooley
    Friday 27th March 2020 - 8.00pm


  • Geoff Lakeman & Rob Murch
    Friday 3rd April 2020 - 8.00pm


  • The Dartmoor Pixie Band
    Godalming Borough Hall Barn Dance
    Saturday 4th April 2020 - 8.00pm


  • Green Ribbons
    Friday 17th April 2020 - 8.00pm


  • Come All Ye Open Stage
    Friday 24th April 2020 - 8.00pm


  • Luke Daniels
    Friday 1st May 2020 - 8.00pm


  • PolkaWorks & Nick Walden
    Godalming Borough Hall Barn Dance
    Saturday 16th May 2020 - 8.00pm


  • Chris Foster
    Friday 18th September 2020 - 8.00pm


  • Jackie Oates & John Spiers
    Friday 25th September 2020 - 8.00pm


  • Les Barker
    Friday 9th October 2020 - 8.00pm


  • Come All Ye Open Stage
    Friday 16th October 2020 - 8.00pm


  • The Askew Sisters
    Friday 23rd October 2020 - 8.00pm


  • Granny's Attic
    Friday 6th November 2020 - 8.00pm


  • Come All Ye Open Stage
    Friday 13th November 2020 - 8.00pm


  • Brian Peters
    Friday 20th November 2020 - 8.00pm


  • Bob Fox
    Friday 4th December 2020 - 8.00pm


  • Come All Ye Open Stage
    Friday 10th December 2020 - 8.00pm


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    Friday 18th December 2020 - 8.00pm



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    NARTHEN
    Friday 6th March 2020 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    NARTHEN
    JIM CAUSLEY, BARRY COOPE, FI FRASER & JO FREYA
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    Narthen are Barry Coope of Coope Boyes and Simpson; Jo Freya of Blowzabella/Moirai; five-time BBC Folk Award nominee Jim Causley and Fi Fraser of The Old Fashioned/ Polka Works. We have booked the origianal line-up, before Jim Causley replaced Lester Simpson, for a couple of Christmas shows at Holy Trinity Church.

    With Jim's arrival in the quartet they recently decided to perform at other times of the year performing songs that will touch your heart, engage your intellect and wow your ears. They are known for four part harmony, but they are all also instrumentalists and augment some of the repertoire with accompaniment. Between them they play piano, accordion, fiddle, soprano sax, and whistles.

    Narthen is a new name for a new venture.

    Admission £15.00 on the door, £14.00 in advance
    (There is a reduction of £2.00 on these prices for 2019/20 members of the Music Institute)

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    Peeping Tom
    Saturday 7th March 2020 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.40pm - evening finishes at 11.00pm
    PEEPING TOM & BARY GOODMAN
    Godalming Borough Hall Barn Dance

    One of the most popular dance bands over the past 40 years at GBH Ceilidhs has been the Coventry-based folk-rock band Peeping Tom.

    Formed in 1972 by Ben Woodward, Peeping Tom have spent the last 40 years perfecting the art of performing high-energy music for English ceilidhs. They travel extensively, playing all of the major festivals and specialist dance clubs. They are noted for their ability to pick the right tune for the right dance, which makes them exceptionally easy to dance to. They only perform for dancing, although there have been several forays into the theatre, providing the music for Larkrise, Candleford and the Coventry Mystery Plays. Very highly regarded, they are considered by many to be the United Kingdom's favourite dance band and are guaranteed to have you tapping your toes or, better still, will have you up and dancing your socks off. Calling the dances will be Barry Goodman who will ensure everybody has a fabulous evening!

    GBH Ceilidhs have been going since 1976. The raison d'etre has always been to book the best and most exciting English folk dance bands and dance callers from all over the country. Experts and newcomers are all welcome, especially the latter as it is important that we keep the tradition alive and thriving.

    This will be the last season of dances organized by Linda and Lawrence. We have a new organizer waiting in the wings but they will be watching the success of this season’s dances to finally decide whether to take over – so please come along to support the dances and keep them going.

    If you would like to help to spread the word please click here to download a poster to print and display - thanks!

    Admission £12.00 on the door, £11.00 in advance (£6.00 children up to 16 years of age))

    Tickets can be purchased online at WeGotTickets
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    Tickets are also available at both the Borough Hall's box office or
    Record Corner, Pound Lane, Godalming GU7 1BX (cash sales)

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    Come All Ye
    Friday 13th March 2020 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    COME ALL YE OPEN STAGE
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    The room was nearly full for our Valentine's Day Come All Ye and our local singers entertained the audience with a wide range of songs from the tradtional to Frank Zappa and from a Sydney Carter "lullaby" to Irene singing Buddy Holly! All that plus a couple of traditional tales and a handful of tunes.

    We can all look forward to enjoying an equally eclectic selection of material in March when we welcome back our regular singers, musicians and wordsmiths as well as meeting and greeting as many new performers as possible. Everybody is welcome to turn up and share their favourite songs, tunes, poems and tales with our friendly crowd. The format of the evening allows for each singer, sayer or player to perform an item (duos two) in both the first and second halves, time permitting.

    As ever Tim Stansfeld will be hosting the evening and making everybody welcome and inviting everyone who wishes to to take the open stage in warm and friendly surroundings. Audience members are also extremely welcome as they are an essential ingredient to the success of the evening.

    Admission £3.00 on the door (to cover the rent)

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    ALONGSHORE
    Friday 20th March 2020 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    ALONGSHORE
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    Alongshore is a new concept in sound and vision. It is a soundscape of lives lived on the coast past, present and future. Traditional and original songs, archive material and field recordings blend to create a record of coastal communities that is touching, at times funny, always evocative.

    Alongshore tell the stories and sing the songs of those who live alongshore, and make their living from inshore waters, and to hear from them in their own words. Archive and new recordings of people speaking about their lives alongshore and field recordings help to create an immersive experience. Our focus is Poole and the surrounding Dorset coastline, but the stories are those of all coastal folk and have universal appeal. There are stories familiar, stories forgotten and stories unknown, stories re-told and tall tales sprouted from a seed of truth that have grown in the telling. And always there is music.

    Alongshore are Vic Baines (Vocals, Mountain Dulcimer, Oral History, Field Recording), Gordon Hartley (Vocals, Fiddle, Guitar) and Ledger de la Bald: (Poetry, Storytelling).

    Admission £11.00 on the door, £10.00 in advance
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    BELINDA O'HOOLEY
    Friday 27th March - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    BELINDA O'HOOLEY
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    Belinda O’Hooley is a gifted pianist and singer, and songwriter. A cornerstone of many exceptional collaborations including O’Hooley and Tidow and Coven, Belinda is also known for her inventive, minimalist, sometimes flamboyant accompanying of folk luminaries including Rufus Wainwright, Nic Jones, Jackie Oates and the Mercury-nominated Rachel Unthank and The Winterset.

    In her new solo project, Inversions, Belinda’s abilities as a sensitive composer and pianist are showcased. Many of the piano pieces are inspired by the songs and tunes her father inherited from a long line of male musicians in the hills of the west coast of rural Ireland.

    Admission £14.00 on the door, £13.00 in advance
    (There is a reduction of £2.00 on these prices for 2019/20 members of the Music Institute)

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    GEOFF LAKEMAN ROB MURCH
    Friday 3rd April - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    GEOFF LAKEMAN & ROB MURCH
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    Dartmoor comes to West Surrey this weekend with The Dartmoor Pixie Band at the Borough Hall tomorrow and tonight's concert at the folk club. Both guests live on Dartmoor, so it was inevitable they’d gang-up musically. Expect self-written and West Country songs, rattling folk tunes and foot-stomping ragtime and cakewalk riffs. The duo’s relaxed yet sparkling stage presence together is bubbling with the “feel -good” factor.

    Geoff Lakeman, patriarch of a folk dynasty (as dad of Seth, Sean and Sam and father-in-law of Cara Dillon and Kathryn Roberts), teases English and Irish folksongs, Americana and jazz out of his vintage duet concertina. After 50 years as a journalist, music-loving Geoff recorded his debut CD, After All These Years, at the age of 69, which garnered four and five-star reviews and national radio airplay. He’s acclaimed for his “masterful” playing of the rare Crane duet concertina and his “rich, melodic voice.”

    Rob Murch brings the “wow factor” to the banjo, with his unique punchy fingerstyle playing. Rob’s percussive finger-ballet up and down the fret board of his 100 year-old instrument is mesmerising. He’s revered throughout the UK for his long-time work with the renowned Dartmoor Pixie Band (who are playing at the dance at Godalming Borough Hall on 4th April) and The Watch trio.

    Admission £12.00 on the door, £11.00 in advance
    (There is a reduction of £1.00 on these prices for 2019/20 members of the Music Institute)

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    THE DARTMOOR PIXIE BAND
    Saturday 4th April 2020 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.40pm - evening finishes at 11.00pm
    THE DARTMOOR PIXIE BAND & SARAH BAZELEY
    Godalming Borough Hall Barn Dance

    Visits to the Borough Hall by The Dartmoor Pixie Band have become an annual event. They come from the heart of Devon and are steeped in the musical and dance tradition of their native Dartmoor. Their mix of Melodeon, Piano Accordion, Banjo, Drums and Bass produce a unique sound that'll make you want to get up and jig!

    The band have played together for more years than they care to remember so their style and repertoire is distinctly their own and they also have their own resident caller, Sarah Bazeley. The band is guaranteed to have you tapping your toes or, better still, will have you up and dancing your socks off and Sarah will ensure everybody has a fabulous evening!

    GBH Ceilidhs have been going since 1976. The raison d'etre has always been to book the best and most exciting English folk dance bands and dance callers from all over the country. Experts and newcomers are all welcome, especially the latter as it is important that we keep the tradition alive and thriving.

    This will be the last season of dances organized by Linda and Lawrence. We have a new organizer waiting in the wings but they will be watching the success of this season’s dances to finally decide whether to take over – so please come along to support the dances and keep them going.

    If you would like to help to spread the word please click here to download a poster to print and display - thanks!

    Admission £12.00 on the door, £11.00 in advance (£6.00 children up to 16 years of age))

    Tickets can be purchased online at WeGotTickets
    Please note that WeGotTickets will cost £10 plus £1 handling charge.

    Tickets are also available at both the Borough Hall's box office or
    Record Corner, Pound Lane, Godalming GU7 1BX (cash sales)

    (125 tickets remaining)

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    GREEN RIBBONS
    Friday 17th April - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    GREEN RIBBONS
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    Green Ribbons is a project dedicated to the celebration of unaccompanied song. The current line-up features Debbie Armour (Burd Ellen), Frankie Armstrong, Alasdair Roberts and Benjamin “Jinnwoo” Webb (Jinnwoo, Bird in the Belly). Their debut release is an intimate collection of traditional and newly composed songs. Recorded live at Studio 95 in Brighton by engineer Tom Pryor,GREEN RIBBONSsees each artist featured solo, in duet and in full ensemble. Ben “Jinnwoo” Webb brought the project together in July of 2018:

    “Very broadly speaking, unaccompanied singing seems to have gone out of fashion in more recent years – but it’s always something I have enjoyed performing and listening to when I’ve had the chance. I wanted to get a group together whose voices I feel really lend themselves to storytelling, and focus purely on the voice and the stories. We wanted to make something very rough around the edges and unpolished, a kind of documented swapping of songs…”

    Of the track that gives its name to the project and album, he says:

    “I found these words in the Bodleian Archive and set them to my own melody. Green Ribbons were used to label people as ‘insane’ in the 1800s. I enjoyed the historical reference to mental health, a subject which features in some of my own writing. I liked, too, the directness of the lyric.”

    “restoring the voice to its rightful place at the epicentre of folk storytelling” - The Living Tradition
    BEST ALBUMS OF 2019 - Folk Radio UK

    Admission £14.00 on the door, £13.00 in advance
    (There is a reduction of £2.00 on these prices for 2019/20 members of the Music Institute)

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    Luke Daniels
    Friday 1st May - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.30pm - evening finishes at 10.30pm
    LUKE DANIELS
    The Guildford Institute, Ward Street, Guildford GU1 4LH

    Award-winning singer, musician and composer Luke Daniel brings his solo show, which uses an original 19th century Polyphon machine as part of the performance, to the Guildford Institute on 1st May 2020 when clockwork and sampled sound will be beautifully crafted into traditional and modern songs and intriguing instrumental tunes. The Polyphon, plus Luke’s award-winning instrumental skills, promises a night of outstanding acoustic music.

    The Polyphon is a disc-playing music box, a mechanical device manufactured in Leipzig, Germany in 1880. Disc projections, called plectra, engage with a series of ratchet-like star wheels, that, when moved through 40 degrees on their axis, pluck 120 teeth on the instruments bed plate and comb, these teeth then resonate, sounding predetermined notes. You can see a brief clip of a Polyphon in action on the Youtube clip above or hear the full version of Luke’s beautiful version of Nic Jones’ Canadee-I-O on this Soundcloud link.

    A BBC award winning folk musician and former Riverdance band member, Luke who has performed with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Cara Dillon and De Dannan and was a soloist on the soundtracks of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. He has performed at the Royal Festival Hall, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Edinburgh Festival’s Assembly Rooms and on Broadway.

    Please note that Luke's original booking with Nancy Kerr, featuring their Canterbury Tales song-cycle, has had to be postponed to a later date due to a delay in Arts Council funding

    Admission £11.00 on the door, £10.00 in advance
    (There is a reduction of £1.00 on these prices for 2019/20 members of the Music Institute)

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    POLKAWORKS"
    Saturday 16th May 2020 - 8.00pm
    Doors open at 7.40pm - evening finishes at 11.00pm
    POLKAWORKS & NICK WALDEN
    Godalming Borough Hall Barn Dance

    Rollicking English dance music played with zest on melodeons, fiddles, hammered dulcimer, mouthorgan and piano. Described by John Tams as "Glorious" and by Alistair Anderson as a "Great band with loads of wonderful tunes", PolkaWorks is an English traditional dance band that has festival audiences leaping about the dance floor at every ceilidh. Between them they have played in many of the most significant English ceilidh bands over the last forty years, influencing the shape and sound of traditional English dance music in the twenty first century. These bands include: The Albion Band, The Bismarcks, The Old Swan Band, Umps and Dumps and The Old Hat Dance Band.

    As this will the final dance under the current management, after 40 years at the helm, we have booked probably the most popular dance caller at Godalming over that time, Nick Walden. The band is guaranteed to have you tapping your toes or, better still, will have you up and dancing your socks off and Nick will ensure everybody has a fabulous evening!

    GBH Ceilidhs have been going since 1976. The raison d'etre has always been to book the best and most exciting English folk dance bands and dance callers from all over the country. Experts and newcomers are all welcome, especially the latter as it is important that we keep the tradition alive and thriving.

    This will be the last season of dances organized by Linda and Lawrence. We have a new organizer waiting in the wings but they will be watching the success of this season’s dances to finally decide whether to take over – so please come along to support the dances and keep them going.

    If you would like to help to spread the word please click here to download a poster to print and display - thanks!

    Admission £12.00 on the door, £11.00 in advance (£6.00 children up to 16 years of age))

    Tickets can be purchased online at WeGotTickets
    Please note that WeGotTickets will cost £10 plus £1 handling charge.

    Tickets are also available at both the Borough Hall's box office or
    Record Corner, Pound Lane, Godalming GU7 1BX (cash sales)

    (125 tickets remaining)

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