Ninebarrow, the award-winning Dorset-based folk duo, Jon Witley and Jay Labouchadiere, who have been captivating audiences all over the country with their innovative take on folk music, are coming to St James Church, Kingston, on Saturday, October 31.
“We’ve been looking for the right opportunity to put on a concert in St James ever since we recorded one of the tracks for our debut album there last year,” says Jon Witley. “It’s got acoustics to die for.
“So...we’d like to invite you to spend Hallowe’en with us! Avoid those pesky trick-or-treaters and come and immerse yourself in an evening of Dorset folk music, in one of the most beautiful buildings in the Isle of Purbeck!”
Doors will open at 7pm on Saturday, 31 October, and the music will start at 7.30pm. Drinks will be served from seven and in the interval in return for donations to help preserve this unique Grade 1-listed church. Tickets costing £9 plus a booking fee of 90p can be obtained online or at a cost of £11 on the door.
On Sunday afternoon, 29 November, the Church plays host to a West Gallery Carol Concert, a programme of carols, folksongs, dance tunes and stories from South Dorset led by folksinger and actor Tim Laycock and Mellstock Band serpent player Phil Humphries.
The group was formed by Artsreach three years ago to explore the musical heritage of the South Dorset Ridgeway area and surrounding communities. Hence the repertoire includes Thomas Hardy’s Old Bockhampton Carols such as ‘Remember Adam’s Fall’ and ‘Rejoice, Ye Tenants of the Earth’as well as ‘The Mariner’s Hornpipe’ and Hardy’s favourite fiddle tune ‘Enrico’.
Tickets for the concert, which starts at 4pm, cost £7.50 or £5 for under-18s and can be bought from the box office on 07720 784269 or from the Village Shop in Langton Matravers. As the concert heralds the onset of Christmas, mulled wine and mince pies will be served in return for donations towards the upkeep of the historic St James Church.
Moving on ...
Twenty five years ago we moved into South Street in Kingston. Towards the end of the road was Aeolia House. At the time, we knew no one in the village. A few days later, there was a tap on our door and Cynthia asked if we would like to join in the Village Christmas Party. We were of course delighted to accept this introduction to the village. As the years rolled by we got used to a tap on our door, our two dogs getting very excited and a visit from Peter. He would call in frequently on his way to visit others, to work at the church on various projects, and perhaps just have a cup of tea. Cynthia would sometimes come with him and we would put the world to rights between us.
The Village Fete, Harvest Supper and Christmas Party would have been poorer without their help and loyalty. As well as storing a lot of the equipment. Chairs and tables etc. they were always there doing their bit.
These loyal Kingston Villagers have now decided the time has come for them to move on. They will be sadly missed, but fortunately they will not be far away as their new home is in Norden, just down the road. Hopefully, they will still be able to join us for village activities in the future.
Peter and Cynthia, we wish you every happiness in your lovely new home. Homer & Rowan will not understand why they don’t hear your footsteps going by now. It always made their day as it did ours when you tapped on our door.
Greta & Terry Hardy