FORTHCOMING EVENTS
(last updated 11th April, 2017)

I would love to know of any events that would be of interest to Hampshire Voices visitors.


I will happily publicise them.

Please email: events@forest-tracks.co.uk

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PAST EVENTS

THE WANTON SEED TOUR
Hampshire Traditions, Whitchurch 18th February

There was a Hampshire Traditions festival Day at The Gill Nethercott Centre, Whitchurch on Saturday 18th February to celebrate the launch of the final two songbooks in the Marrowbones series, under the title 'Southern Harvest'.

A full day of talks, workshops, singing sessions and concerts to launch "Southern Harvest" the new omnibus edition of The Foggy Dew and The Constant Lovers and celebrating the songs collected in Hampshire.

HAMPSHIRE CAROLS DAY
Workshops and performance of carols collected in Hampshire

At Kings School, Winchester
Saturday, 15th November 2014 10am – 4pm

Day of workshops followed by a concert for singers and instrumentalists

Full details of event on PDF click here

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SARAH MORGAN MEMORIAL CONCERT

A memorial concert for Sarah Morgan was held in Winchester Guildhall on 13th April. It was attended by over 500 people who enjoyed a wonderful line up of performers and friends.

I will be adding information and video of this in due course.

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AMSHER AT SIDMOUTH FESTIVAL

Hampshire Songs-Portsmouth Songs
Thursday 8th August 9.30am
A talk/presentation on the Singers of Portsmouth Workhouse:
Bob Askew, with songs from Annie Winter and Anna Baldwin.

George Gardiner came to Portsmouth in 1907 and collected over 100 traditional folk songs.
29 workhouse singers came from a cross-section of the working community. Their songs showcased the wonderful variety of English traditional song, ranging from sublime love songs to raucous pub songs. There were several great ballads, and sea songs, as would be expected in a large maritime town. Gardiner collected in town Workhouses more than any other collector, and his Portsmouth collection reveals that urban singers had many traditional folk songs in their repertoire.

Bob Askew has researched the songs of George Gardiner and presents talks on Hampshire songs. Annie Winter and Anna Baldwin have a special interest in singing Hampshire songs. Together with Bob, they have formed a group Amsher to perform songs from Hampshire’s rich heritage of traditional song.

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GARDINER WALK AND TALK
led by Bob Askew
GEORGE GARDINER WALK IN EDINBURGH NEW TOWN
Friday 19th April 2013
PRE-WALK MEETING at Warriston Cemetery Gates 3pm.
To look at the Gardiner family grave.
Afterwards:
Walk through Botanical Gardens to the start of main walk:
THE MAIN GARDINER WALK 27 Queen Street 4pm.
Met at 27 Queen Street where Gardiner went to school.
Robert Louis Stevenson's house, 17 Heriot Row (one of the spots where the German Band played). Edinburgh Academy where Gardiner was a schoolteacher.
Gardiner's family home on Scotland Street.
Gardiner's lodging on Dundas street.
On to Queen Street to complete the circle and finished the walk at 5pm.

The walk was part of the Traditional Song Forum's weekend in Edinburgh.

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WOODLANDS VILLAGE BAND
did three Carols gigs in December

For further information email: woodlandsvillageband@gmail.com

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I have recently enjoyed

"CONCERT OF FOLK SONGS"
Saturday, 6th October, 2012
at Groundlings Theatre, Kent Street, Portsmouth, PO1 3BS.

Featured The Portsmouth Shanty Men, Tim Radford and Anna Baldwin
Organised and introduced by Bob Askew, of the Hampshire Songs Group the concert featured mainly sea songs and shanties collected in Hampshire by Dr George Gardiner.
The Groundlings Theatre was full to capacity with around 140 tickets sold. The performers sang without microphones, just like the old singers did. They all rose to the occasion and the singing from everyone was first class. Anna also played a few of song airs on her fiddle to showcase their beautiful melodies.
Many of the songs and shanties had been collected in Portsmouth Workhouse by George Gardiner in 1907, and in many cases had not been heard since.
The audience sang heartily in the choruses and the rafters rang with these wonderful old songs.
I'm sure the old singers and Dr George Gardiner would have been pleased and proud that their songs were being so well sung and very much enjoyed over 100 years later. Thanks to everyone involved for a splendid evening.

The concert was recorded for our archive and it is hoped that it will be made available in due course.
Did you take any photographs of the concert? We are looking for photographs for our archive and would be very pleased to hear from you if you did and would be willing to share them.
Please email: concert@forest-tracks.co.uk

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"TIM RADFORD"
Friday, 5th October, 2012
at The Focsle Folk Club, The Richmond Inn, Portswood, Southampton.


This was a rare opportunity to hear Hampshire man Tim back on his home ground. He is a fine unaccompanied singer with a large repertoire of traditional songs, who now lives in the U.S.
The club was well attended and the evening started off with floor spots from Annie Winter, Andy Jackson and Dave Longman. All sang songs with a local connection which brought back happy memories for Tim
One time Fo'c's'le resident, Tim sang mainly traditional songs collected in Dorset by the Hammond brothers in the first half. In the second he concentrated on songs collected in Hamsphire by George Gardiner.
Tim was on top form and really sang well The evening was great success and, of course, he sold a number of his new CD - From Spithead Roads.

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BOB ASKEW'S TALK at Portsmouth Workhouse
26th September, 2012

Bob Askew gave a talk on Traditional Folk Songs collected in the South East of Hampshire, at Portsmouth Workhouse on Wednesday, 26th September, 2012, which was very well received.

St Mary's Community Room - which was once the office of Board of Guardians for the Workhouse - was full (an audience of over thirty) and Bob gave a very informative and entertaining talk, illustrated with slides and songs. Eight songs were sung. Bob sang as did Annie Winter and the whole evening went very well.
I videoed the event and the videos can be viewed here.

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AN HOUR OF HAMPSHIRE SONGS"
which took place Easter Saturday 7th April 12.30-1.30pm.
at the Limes Hotel, Catisfield, Fareham, Hampshire, PO15 5NN


A selection of great songs of South East Hampshire
Anne Winter, Anna Baldwin and Bob Askew
For a list of the songs sung please click here

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"SONGS IN THE FOREST"
Saturday, 12th November, 2011 at Emery Down, New Forest.
Featured: Geoff Jerram, Tim Radford and The Askew Sisters

Afternoon:
EXHIBITION OF PERIOD PHOTOGRAPHS in Emery Down Village Hall.
CAROLS WORKSHOP based on Carols collected in the New Forest by George Gardiner.
This was run by The Madding Crowd and took place in Christ Church, Emery Down.
Evening:
CONCERT OF FOLK SONGS
in Christ Church, Emery Down
featured Geoff Jerram, Tim Radford and The Askew Sisters.

The events were recorded for posterity.

SONGS IN THE FOREST WAS VERY WELL SUPPORTED.
THE CONCERT WAS A SELL OUT.
A PAGE FEATURING PHOTOGRAPHS AND AUDIO HAS BEEN ADDED.

Also added – Profiles of
William Wilkins, George Blake, Alfred Stride and
Moses Blake
Click on each singer for further information.

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EVERSLEY CAROLS
Saturday, 12th November, 2011
at Amery Hill School, Alton and. St Lawrence Church, Alton

It was unfortunate that this was the same day as Songs in the Forest. It was reported that it was an excellent Day. There were 150 singers and 10 musicians.
It was hosted by Alton Community Choir. Carolyn Robson directed. Sarah Morgan, Nonny Tabbush, Anna Tabbush and Eddie Upton each ran a section. Paul Hutchinson organised the musicians. There was a performance in the church of all six carols at the end of the afternoon with interspersed readings from Gilbert White and a local Headmaster in 1860.
Eversley carols were noted down by Rose Yeomans, who lived in the village, about the same time that Gardiner was collecting. Some of the parts were arranged by Roger Watson, some by Anna, some by Sarah etc. People came from as far away as Lewes.
The events were recorded and a CD is planned for future release.

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HAMPSHIRE SONGS CONCERT
at Petersfield Community Centre. Saturday, 18th September, 2010
Featured: Pitchpole Jack and guests Haden and John Dodd, Paul Marsh and Jo and Simon Harmer; Tangle; Anne Winter and Anna Baldwin.

Put on by the Hampshire Songs Group, the concert featured a variety of songs collected from all over Hampshire, but focused on Petersfield and the surrounding area.

To see videos of the concert, and read a review, etc. click here

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OTHER NEWS

A DATABASE OF TUNES TO SONGS COLLECTED IN HAMPSHIRE
Thanks to the superb Take6 website George Gardiner's original song texts, musical notation, notebooks and correspondence can be accessed very easily.
I am working towards a listening database of the tunes to be available on Hampshire Voices.
Each tune will be playable via the usual web audio formats and will be cross referenced using the relevant Take6 reference number. This will enable those who might wish to learn a song but cannot read the musical notation (like me) to view a song on the Take6 website and listen to the tune on the Hampshire Voices database.
With over 1200 songs collected by George Gardiner and the addition of the songs collected by Bob Copper and many others, building the tunes database will be a huge task and a long job.

If you can read music and would be willing to play tunes from the Gardiner Collection on the Take6 website for the Hampshire Voices tunes database, please get in touch. I would be very pleased to hear from you: hampshiretunes@forest-tracks.co.uk

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FRED OSMAN - Biographical info added 3.11.10 Click here
I hope to add thumbnail portraits of other singers, where we have similar information in the future.

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A HAMPSHIRE COLLECTION
Gwilym Davies has updated and revised his book, A Hampshire Collection. It now includes some new material, and songs and tunes from the Paul Marsh collection
It has 17 songs, 8 tunes and a mummers play, all collected in the field by Gwilym and Carol Davies or Paul Marsh from traditional performers. These are set out in legible form with musical notation, background notes and photographs of some of the informants, plus woodcut illustrations.

For more information on A Hampshire Collection please click here

Gwilym was interviewed on BBC Radio Solent on 20.1.11 about this book.
The interview is no longer on BBC iPlayer but it can still be heard by clicking here
(By kind permission of BBC Radio Solent.)

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THE SONG GOES ON...
Limited Edition Double CD of Evening Concert at Twyford
It has been decided that the DAT recording of the concert that was part of the George Gardiner Centenary weekend is worthy of issue and Forest Tracks will produce a limited edition of 100 x 2 CD-R sets, plus an illustrated accompanying booklet.
Each and every performer who took part will have a gratis copy. The remainder will be sold both through the FT website and in Twyford Post Office.

This is still in production, but we hope the finished CDs will be available soon.

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