Saturday, 22 October 2016

UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE and Tim's Winter gigs

b> Apple Day at Hardy's Cottage, Bockhampton. Tim performing Tuneful Stories 11am-3pm. Normal National Trust admission applies

Friday 25th November. Tim and friends at the Valley Social Club, Martinstown Village Hall, Martinstown, Dorset. Dorset songs, poems, stories and carols.

Thursday 1st December. Thomas Hardy's UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE, adapted by Jack Shepherd, directed by Emma Hill and Tim Laycock. The Corn Exchange, Dorchester 7.30pm. Tickets from Dorchester Arts or Dorchester TIC, 01305 266926. BOOK NOW-SELLING FAST!

Friday 2nd December, UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE, The Corn Exchange, Dorchester 7.30pm. Tickets from Dorchester Arts or Dorchester TIC, 01305 266926. BOOK NOW-SELLING FAST!

Saturday 3rd December, UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE, The Corn Exchange, Dorchester 7.30pm. Tickets from Dorchester Arts or Dorchester TIC, 01305 266926. BOOK NOW-SELLING FAST!

Sunday 4th December, UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE, The Corn Exchange, Dorchester 2.30pm MATINEE PERFORMANCE. Tickets from Dorchester Arts or Dorchester TIC, 01305 266926. BOOK NOW-SELLING FAST!

Sunday 4th December, UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE, The Corn Exchange, Dorchester 7.30pm. Tickets from Dorchester Arts or Dorchester TIC, 01305 266926. BOOK NOW-SELLING FAST!

This is a superb adaptation of Hardy's much-loved tale of the demise of the Mellstock Quire. Perfect pre-Christmas entertainment with live music, song and dance: Don't miss it!


Friday 9th December. THE RIDGEWAY SINGERS CHRISTMAS CONCERT at the parish church, Winterbourne Whitechurch, 7.30pm. For tickets tel 01258 880179

Sunday 11th December. THE RIDGEWAY SINGERS CHRISTMAS CONCERT St Gregory's Church, Marnhull, 4pm MATINEE

Wednesday 14th December. Tranter Dewey's Christmas Party at Hardy's Cottage with Colin Thompson.

Thursday 15th December. Tranter Dewey's Christmas Party at Hardy's Cottage with Colin Thompson.

Friday 16th December. Tranter Dewey's Christmas Party at Hardy's Cottage with Colin Thompson.

Saturday 17th December. Tranter Dewey's Christmas Party at Hardy's Cottage with Colin Thompson.

Sunday 18th December. THE RIDGEWAY SINGERS CHRISTMAS CONCERT at the Parish church, Abbotsbury. 3pm MATINEE

Saturday, 30 July 2016

NEW CD!

NEW CD!Any Little Old song Will Do

Tim and fiddler Colin Thompson have a new CD available, recorded live in the parlour at Hardy's Cottage, Bockhampton. the recording features songs and tunes played by Thomas Hardy's family on their fiddles, plus poems and some musical settings by Tim of Hardy verses.

The Cd is called Any Little Old Song Will Do, after the Hardy poem of the same name.

There are 16 tracks, including The Night of Trafalgar, the Banks of Allan water, the Red Petticoat Hornpipe and The Sun From the East. The recording also features a stunning duet on two fiddles by Colin and Ruth Thompson, and vocal harmonies from members of the Upper Longpuddle Glee club. £11.00 including p and p. email Tim on tim@timlaycock.co.uk to order a copy.

Any little old song
Will do for me
Tell it of joys gone long,
Or joys to be,
Or friendly faces best
Loved to see.

Newest themes I want not
On subtle strings,
And for thrillings pant not
That new song brings:
I only need to homeliest
Of heartstirrings.


Any Little Old Song by Thomas Hardy

Thursday, 26 July 2012

New Book- Dorset Folk Tales!

DORSET FOLK TALES

The History Press have just published a new book of traditional tales, legends, songs and recitations from Dorset. The book is based on stories I have collected from Dorset folk over the last 35 years, and also includes unusual and little- known tales from written sources. The pages are graced with superb illustrations by Michelle Tilly.

Dorset Folk Tales will shortly be available in bookshops at £10.00.

There are 4 local events where I will be telling stories from the book and signing copies. It wuld be lovely to see you at one of them.


Tuesday 14th August from 6.30pm. Winstone's, 8, Cheap St, Sherborne. tickets from the shop at 32, redeemable against purchase of Dorset Folk Tales.

Friday 17th August. I am doing 2 storytelling performances for the Sting in the Tale festival of Storytelling at allendale House, Hanham rd, Wimborne BH 21 1As, tel 01202 888992. Performances at 3pm [children's show] and 7.30pm.

Saturday 25th August. Waterstones, South St Dorchester, 10.30am- 12.30pm.

Thursday 11th October. Bridport Library, South St, Bridport tel 01305 762403

I will also have copies at all my performances.

Alternatively, I can post a copy to you. Please send a cheque for £11.50 to me at
Brocksbank, Bradford Peverell, Dorchester DT2 9SG

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Benjamin's Book now available!

BENJAMIN'S BOOK
A complete facsimile copy of the book is now available. Benjamin Rose was a farmer, Alehouse keeper and fiddle player in the tiny North dorset hamlet of Belchalwell. In 1820 he wrote out by hand 134 country dance tunes. This facsimile contains the entire book, plus a detailed introduction giving the musical and social context of the book. The book also contains an MP3 Cd of all the tunes, for players who prefer to learn by ear.

The cost is £21.30 including post and packing in the UK, and £25.50 including post and packing world wide. Please contact Colin Thompson on fiddler@casterbridge.net
or write, including a cheque made out to C Thompson, to
Colin Thompson,
42, Harvey's Close,
Maiden Newton,
Dorset DT2 0BN