YOU’LL have to forgive me if this page feels a little hairy today, but there’s a decidedly folkie feel to this week’s gig guide.

There’s a show tomorrow night from folk music royalty in the well upholstered form of Phil Beer and, next Friday, from rising starlets Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente.

First up then and tomorrow night, Saturday September 7, the Show of Hands frontman is at Osmington village hall, conveniently situated in the village of Osmington, in a hall.

It’s quite a coup for the organisers as Phil is one of the most sort-after performers on the circuit.

Although Phil has been hailed as one of the ambassadors of roots music and also a top-flight fiddle maestro, he plays down the acclaim, saying; “I’ve now been ‘on the road’ for 45 years. I’m amazed I’m still standing. I’ve made hundreds of albums with bands/singers/ musicians and done gigs with them. Some are world famous, some you’ve never heard of.”

There are still a few tickets at £15 available for tomorrow night’s show, so call 01305 833108 right this instance, okay?

Right, you can come back now…

From a well-established name to two emerging ones: Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente won Radio 2’s prestigious Young Folk Award back in 2017 and are playing at Dorchester Arts Centre next Friday, September 13.

Lucky for some then, particularly if you’re a fan of centuries old ballads, Gaelic puirt a beul, songs from the mines and cotton mills. And if you’re not, what’s wrong with you?

As Dorchester Arts’ artistic director Mark Tattersall says:  “Josie and Pablo have taken the Scottish folk scene by storm. Their success is only set to continue, so we’re delighted to be welcoming this up and coming young folk duo to Dorchester.”

They are both accomplished musicians in their own right. Josie is a recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she studied with some of the masters of the Scottish and Gaelic traditions, and Pablo studied guitar and fiddle at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music and has put down cultural roots in Scotland, exploring the tradition to its deepest core.

There’s no mention of bagpipes, so that’s a huge relief all round, I’d say…

Tickets are £13 from the box office on 01305 266926.

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Till next time…


Studio 55 (Finns, Weymouth)

Jim Hammond (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)

Chris Woodchuck  (Weymouth Working Mens Club)

Regulation 9 (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

Showcase Open Mic (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Fat Marrow Blues Band (Ropemakers, Bridport)

Stacey Lou (Wyke Regis Working Mens Club, Weymouth)

The Undecided (King’s Arms, Weymouth)

Olly and Co (John Gregory, Weymouth)

Tripod (Spice Ship, Weymouth)

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Total Madness (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

4 Go Mad (Club Bambooza, Weymouth)

Strings and Reeds (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)

Sixteen String Jack (Belvedere, Weymouth)


Magic of Motown (Weymouth Pavilion)

Phil Beer (Osmington Village Hall)

The Shakespearos (Finns, Weymouth)

The Katz (Centenary Club, Weymouth)

Hank Wangford (Electric Palace, Bridport)

TBC (Sailors Return, Weymouth)

Time Bomb  (Weymouth Working Mens Club)

Speedway Snails (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

Paloma Faith tribute (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Blazing Strings (Little Ship, Portland)

Pronghorn (Ropemakers, Bridport)

Nite Lite (Wyke Regis Working Mens Club, Weymouth)

Tripod (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)

The Undecided (Market House, Weymouth)

Strings and Reeds (Conservative Club, Weymouth)

Richard Cooper (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth) 2pm.

Johnny King (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

BiProxy (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

Regulation 9 (George, Portland)

Si Jubb Carruthers (Club Bambooza, Weymouth)

Jolly Boys Outing (Park Hotel, Weymouth)

Dead Man’s Clique (Spice Ship, Weymouth)

Georgie Broad (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)

Nathan Jon (King’s Arms, Weymouth)

Arron and Karina (Wyke Regis Social Club, Weymouth)


Replay (Red Lion, Hope Sq, Weymouth) 2pm.

Roger’s Singalong (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Dread Balloon (Ropemakers, Bridport) 4pm.

Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth) 3pm.

Richard Cooper (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Ricky Solo (Sailor’s Return, Weymouth)  From 3pm.

Swing Time with The Duke (RAFA Club, Weymouth)  4.30pm.

Andy Grant Trio (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

Dianne’s Open Mic (Duke of Albany, Weymouth


Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)


Dougie Cooper’s Jazz Night (Star, Weymouth)

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)


Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Wessex Folk Night (Sailors Return,  Weymouth) Acoustic folk, here every Wednesday.

Open Mic Night (Rock, Weymouth)


Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Traditional Tune Session (Cove House Inn, ChiswelI, Portland

Ukulele Sessions (Sailors Return,  Weymouth) Strum on down from 8pm.


Josie Duncan and Pabla Lafuente (Dorchester Arts Centre)

Oye Santana (Weymouth Pavilion)

End of Daze (Finns, Weymouth)

The Shakespearos (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)

Sammie  (Weymouth Working Mens Club)

4 Go Mad (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

Rich Baxter (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Sweetchunks (Ropemakers, Bridport)

Sarah St John (Wyke Regis Working Mens Club, Weymouth)

Revolution (Wyke Smugglers, Weymouth)

Nathan Snell (John Gregory, Weymouth)

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Monkey Jump (Lugger, Chickerell, Weymouth)