The Barnes Society Readings

A selection of William Barnes society members will be performing readings of passages from the works of William Barnes in venues around the town. Readers will be performing at the following locations at 2pm and again at 3pm. Joshua’s Cafe The Stur of the Moment Cafe Sweet Pea Cafe Sturminster Newton Museum

Amy Hopwood

Amy Hopwood is a singer-songwriter based in Weymouth, Dorset, and specialising in folk, indie and original music. She performs solo, singing and playing tenor guitar, and in a duo with Tobias Raven on guitar and bass. I launched my first album ‘More or Less’ in May 2017, with the next album due to be released

Mitchell & Vincent

Based in the Westcountry and bringing traditional and contemporary styles on fiddle and guitar to folk tunes and songs from around the British Isles with varied arrangements and great foot-tapping folk music. As well as performing locally in Somerset and Dorset, they regularly play around the U.K. at a whole variety of concerts, festivals, events

Maiden Oak

Time was, when every community had its own band. They played for formal dances at the Manor – and much rougher ones down the pub. They played at weddings, harvest homes, Christmas parties and village festivals. They played tunes learned from their families, from travelling entertainers and pedlars’ songbooks. Always in the same traditional way.

John Blackmore

John Blackmore is a singer, songwriter, poet and teacher from Somerset.  He has set a number of William Barnes’ poems to music, arranging them for guitar and voice. The programme will include musical arrangements of poems by Hardy and Barnes.  This event is not ticketed and is free, although donations would be welcomed.

Dorset Through the Seasons

Tim Laycock, acclaimed professional folk musician, actor, storyteller andauthor, has a special interest in the works of Thomas Hardy and WilliamBarnes, as well as the folk history and traditions of Dorset. Tim has beenplaying and singing at folk clubs and festivals for over 25 years using mainly theconcertina, melodeon or guitar to accompany himself. He