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By Stour & Avon Magazine  |  Posted: February 01, 2013

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Brilliant duo at Wessex Acoustic Folk Club

HUW Williams and Maartin Allcock are at Wessex Acoustic Folk Club tonight, Friday, from 8.15pm at The Royal British Legion in Blandford. Huw is one of our finest and most popular songsmiths and Maart is one of the top musicians on the folk scene. Supporting them is Nigel Waite, smooth voiced, Bournemouth based singer/songwriter. Tickets from Kathy on 01202 732239 or email your details via the club website www.wessex-acoustic.co.uk

Also tonight, there's a local acoustic musicians' night at the Inn on the Chase, Cashmoor, near Blandford starting at 8.30pm. Free entry. Acts include Adam McGuinness (frontman of Blue Stone Walls) and duo Allstyles '78 with the return of Dave.

And more acoustic music tonight from singer, composer and musician Louise Jordan, launching her fourth UK tour this Spring with a special concert at the Parish Rooms in Salisbury at 7.30pm with doors opening from 7pm. Tickets are online from www.wegottickets.com or phone 07980 374971.

Tomorrow Saturday 2nd February, Tom Clements plays at the Inferno in Bournemouth from 9pm where he will performing material from his debut EP 'Harsh words and sharp elbows' which is available to download from iTunes.

Next Saturday 9th February, Jackson Live in Concert plays at the Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne. This show sees long-time fan and hugely talented Ben recreate the Michael Jackson experience with his rendition of all his favourite songs. His portrayal of Michael Jackson has to be the most vocally and visually accurate tribute to the King of Pop to have ever toured UK theatres. He is joined on the stage by his band and dancers who work their way through all of MJ's hits with precision. The show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets and more info on 01202 885566.

On Sunday 10th February, two of Dorset's finest bands, Pronghorn and the Skimmity Hitchers, support the new Wimborne Minster Folk Festival with a fundraising gig at Mr Kyps in Poole. Both acts have been regulars at the legendary Wimborne folk weekend for years. When a new team of local volunteers stepped in to save the event, following its founders' retirement last year, the bands gallantly offered to do their bit to rally support for 2013's event. Doors open at 7pm with support from DJs Dapper Dan (aka Wimborne town crier Chris Brown) and the Maccassaman. Tickets from www.wimbornefolk.co.uk and www.mrkyps.net.

Looking ahead:

On Friday 15th February Bellowhead have their only local date at Poole's Lighthouse. The band released amighty new album, Broadside in October 2012. It entered the album charts at 16, the highest ever position for an album of traditional based material and their latest single, Roll the Woodpile Down, is already a regular listen on BBC Radio 2. The big (11 piece) band - incorporates top-notch jazz, world, folk and classical musicians in a swathe of brass, strings, squeezebox, percussion and anything else that seems like a good idea at the time. They have helped to transport traditional folk music into hitherto unknown territory, introducing a huge, new and enthusiastic audience to it with them. For tickets and more details visit www.lighthousepoole.co.uk or call 0844 4068666.

And the regulars:

Lymington Folk Club, first and third Wednesday of every month at the Thomas Tripp pub on Queen Street; free, all welcome. Visit www.lymingtonfolkclub.co.uk or contact Tony or Mary Parry on 01590 670332.

Jon Dart


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