SO here we all are in October, wondering where the year is gone and feeling a definite chill in the air.

There’s a good reason for that; It’s the passage of time and the changing of the seasons, but we can be sure of one thing… Winter is coming.

No, not that doofus out of Game of Thrones but Kip Winter, the Scottish singer who claims to ‘pootle’ on guitar, piano and ukulele and, alongside guitarist hubbie Dave Wilson, has spent most of this year on yet another farewell tour with folk-rock legends Fairport Convention.

Last weekend Winter Wilson were gigging with Lindisfarne and this weekend they’re with other assorted beardies, hairies and cloggies at the Derby Folk Festival.

And they’re coming this way next Friday, October 12 with a date at the compact and bijou Osmington village hall, conveniently situated in the village of Osmington, near Dorchester.

Not only will they be playing songs from their critically-acclaimed new album Far Off On The Horizon, they’ll be the added incentive of some fish and chips for the gathered throng.

It’s the hall’s latest Gig and Chips offering so book your plaice now (sorry…) with tickets at £10 plus extra for your dinner from 07816 832554.

Nom, nom, nom…

Moving on, and there are a couple of fundraising events coming up, starting tomorrow, Saturday, October 6 at The Boat That Rocks on Portland Marina from 2pm.

Some of the most popular bands around are donating their time and not inconsiderable talents to help raise money for the Lombok Earthquake fund.

Take a look at this lot: Shooter, Elijah, Wolf, Rob Davis, Flic Keirle and Grace Fahy, The Secrets, Studio 55, C Sharp Blues, Hustle, John Stone Band, Ambush, Stereoironics. That's a pretty impressive line-up by anyone's standards, so do look by and give generously, okay?

And the legendary WOB will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of their classic Straight On Till Morning album with a UK tour which comes to Dorchester's Old Ship boozeria next Sunday, October 14.

And they'll be supported by such local luminaries as Chris Kipper Roberts, Edd Bleach, The Skones and Ansell & Gretal and there'll be a collection in aid of immunotherapy for cancer, so you know what to do. Dig deep. It all starts from 2pm next Sunday.

And finally, live music fans have been shocked and saddened by the untimely death of soul singer Scott Bench-Taylor, who passed away this week in Benidorm.

Scott, who was just 43, gigged regularly in Weymouth and was due to play at the Spice Ship's Soulvember event next month.

Spice Ship landlady Wendy Buckingham tells me: “Scott loved The Spice Ship and was so looking forward to coming over to perform.

“He would have wanted the show to go on as he loved soul and Motown music.

“He was very much the Soul Man and we will celebrate his life with the music he loved and he will be with us in spirit,” says Wendy.

Soulvember takes place at the Spice Ship on November 17, with Detroit Magic, Baby Love, Groovemeister and Alexis celebrating the glory that is soul and Motown. Tickets are £15 from the pub.

n Thanks to all the bands and venues who have used the new email address for your gigs. Keep ‘em coming in to

Till next time…



Tom Robinson (Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis)

Ninebarrow (Corn Exchange, Dorchester)

Abbamania (Weymouth Pavilion)

Shooter (Finns, Weymouth)

Billy Solo (Wellington, Weymouth)

Jurassic Black (Park, Weymouth)

Little Joe (Weymouth Working Mens Club)

Bring Me The Pistols (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)

Open Mic with Dave Griff (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Paul Gibson (Black Dog, Weymouth)

Bitter and Twisted (Royal Exchange, Portland)

V8 Hearts (Lugger, Chickerell, Weymouth)

George Stevenson (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)

Georgie Broad (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)


Shooter, Elijah Wolf, Rob Davis, Flic Keirlie and Grace Fahey, The Secrets, Studio 55, C Sharp Blues, Hustle, John Stone Band, Ambush, Steroironics (Boat That Rocks, Portland Marina) From 2pm, in aid of Lombok Earthquake survivors.

Halfway to Paradise: The Billy Fury Story (Weymouth Pavilion)

Vinyl Monkeys (Sailors Return, Weymouth)

Rapport (Wyke Regis Working Mens Club, Weymouth)

Rob Davis (Market House Tavern, Weymouth)

Hot Bacon (Finns, Weymouth)

Total Madness (Park, Weymouth)

Jamie Adams (Weymouth Working Mens Club)

Pete Burns (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)

All Funked Up (Gloucester, Weymouth)

The Scribes, Bring Me The Pistols (Belvedere, Weymouth)

The Silhouettes (Wyke Regis Social Club, Weymouth)

V8 Hearts (Golden Lion, Weymouth)

Graham Morriss (Conservative Club, Weymouth)

Regulation 9 (George, Portland)

Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Fluke (Crown Inn, Bridport)

Zoe Schwarz and Rob Koral (Reloved, Dorchester)

Skinful (Hardy’s Tavern, Dorchester)

Leanne Jackson (Black Dog, Weymouth)

Johnny Mac (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)

Tequila Mockingbird (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)

The Diamonds (Centenary Club, Weymouth)

Sun 7 Oct

Turin Brakes (Electric Palace, Bridport)

Open Mic Night (Boat That Rocks, Portland Marina) From 8pm.

Stone Faced Wellers (Bulls Head, Fordington, Dorchester) 4pm.

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

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

Darren H (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth) 7pm.

Zoe Schwarz and Rob Koral (Vinny@6, Dorchester) 4-6pm.

Paul Gibson (Black Dog, Weymouth) 4-7pm.

Scots Dan’s Open Mic (Duke of Albany, Weymouth)

Darren H (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth) 3pm.

Skint Imperials (King’s Arms, Weymouth) 6-9pm.


Acoustic session (Belvedere, Weymouth)

Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)


Ricky Solo (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

Dougie Cooper’s Jazz Night (Star, Weymouth)

Open Mic with Martin Freed (Duke of Cornwall, Weymouth)


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

Open Mic Night (Rock, Weymouth)

Tim Andrews (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)

THU 11

Roger Mac’s Singalong (Gloucester, 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.

FRI 12

Shooter (Wyke Regis Working Mens Club, Weymouth)

The Shakespearos (Finns, Weymouth)

Vici Yates (Weymouth Working Mens Club)

Inner City Smugglers (Royal Portland Arms, Portland)

Rich Baxter (Gloucester, Weymouth)

Billy Solo (Wellington, Weymouth)

Winter Wilson (Osmington Village Hall)

Neil Wale (Conservative Club, Weymouth)

Darren H (Edinburgh House of Sounds, Weymouth)