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Bill and Meg’s Traditional Song & Archive Weekend 2016

Friday 18 Mar 4pm — Sunday 20 Mar 5pm, 2016

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Following the success of 2014’s ’60s Folk song Revival Weekend’, Bill and Meg are back for a third year to host a weekend of traditional song for all!

Join them, and friends old and new, for a weekend of informal song sessions and big sings – all day and into the night – plus a glimpse into the archives. Bring your voices, instruments and walking boots for an optional circuit of the ‘Halsway Loop’ to blow away the cobwebs!

The Weekend Leaders

Bill Crawford was in a  folk club the night Kennedy was assasinated – and on a great many more nights too! An Exeter Folk Club stalwart from the early days, Bill has run clubs and sessions across the South West, and he’s a regular MC at Sidmouth Folk Week. A fine singer with a broad repertoire, Bill currently sings with accapella group The Claque.

Meg Rose is from a  family of keen folk dancers, and grew up going to Bill Rutter’s Folk Camps and Sidmouth Festival in the early years. She even worked at Halsway Manor in school and college holidays! Discovering folk song in her teens, Meg attended regular events at Halsway, including the South West Folk Club Federation meetings as a member of Yeovil Folk Song Club, meeting one Bill Crawford along with many other fine singers! Since then, her interest and love of folk songs together with an enthusiasm for singing in company has never ceased.

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All abilities are welcome – this is about sharing memories, songs, dances and having a wonderful time, revisiting those good old day!


Arrive Friday from 4pm, depart around 4pm Sunday.

Programme will be added here nearer the time.

The format is designed to be informal so feel free to ‘entertain’ yourselves with music and song during unscheduled times, or to just renew old friendships.

Please bring old photos and any photos or recordings from last year!


To make a booking please phone Viv Butler, Events and booking Manager on 01984 618274 (+44 19 84 61 82 74)


Full board per person (accommodation, all meals, sessions & activities):
£200 single, ensuite
£180 shared, ensuite
£180 single, non-ensuite
£150 shared, non-ensuite
£130 camping


These are available for day visitors (workshops only), camper vans and non-participants accompanying a participant. Please phone for details.


We get lots of plaudits for our food which is wholesome, plentiful and prepared on the premises each day by our two chefs, Ian and Amy, using fresh ingredients from local suppliers wherever possible. All dietary needs are catered for, just let us know when you book.


Our reasonably priced bar stocks a great selection of Somerset ales and ciders as well as wines, spirits and non alcoholic drinks. You can pay as you go or have a bar tab and settle up by cash or card when you leave. The bar is a great place for informal music sessions in the evenings.