The Keevil Folk Night has been an annual event for over ten years – usually (but not always!) – held in the village hall in March, it has become one of the most successful events in the village calendar, and attracts some of the finest folk acts both locally and nationally.
FOLK ON THE BOAT – Friday 19thMay 2023
Following the success of previous years’ Folk on the Boat trips on the Kennet and Avon canal, the Keevil village folk night organisers have booked an early summer evening trip for 2023 on the Barbara McLellan, a 65-foot wide-beam trip boat operating from Bradford on Avon Wharf, with on-board licensed bar serving hot and cold drinks, and toilet facilities.
As we meander gently through beautiful countryside there will be a ploughman’s supper and music from our special guests for the evening, Fly Yeti Fly.
Tickets £22 per person including supper – numbers are necessarily limited so if you want to come aboard, book early with Rachel and Tony on 870661 or Norman 870417.
11th Annual FOLK NIGHT 2023
Another fabulous evening of folk from super-talented musicians: Keevil favourites Folklaw and The Lost Trades were joined by new-to-Keevil Mitchell & Vincent – what a revelation – and Cobblers Child (well, as a band – the Vogwells are of course almost as well-known here as their dog Ernie) … all in all, another totally exceptionally awesome night of music from some of the most talented musicians on the folk circuit today!
14th December 2022: So sad to hear of the death today of Phil Deverill. Phil helped us very much in the early days of our folk nights, and played many times either solo or with his group Curlew’s Cry. He will be sadly missed.
Folk Night March 2022
Dedicated to the memory of Janet Hopkins, the 2022 folk night was alive to the ever-popular Folklaw, acclaimed singer-songwriter and legendary storyteller Reg Meuross, the talented Andrew Rumsey (formerly of The Effras), and remarkable Antoine & Owena.
With thanks also to singers Rachel Howe, Jan Vaisey, Andrew Rumsey, and Lorna Somerville & Darren Fisher for leading a moving tribute to Janet at the close of the evening.
Folk Night October 2021
Rachel, Tony and Norman would like to thank everyone who supported this event in October 2021, it was one of the best folk nights we’ve had for some time, and great to be back in the village hall once again with such a lovely atmosphere. Photo gallery is finally here! (©Sarah Dow) Thanks a millions to Hilary Pavey, Fly Yeti Fly, Feral Beryl, and The Lost Trades for a terrific evening – not forgetting the star turn from our own Rachel Howe of course!
KEEVIL VILLAGE FOLK NIGHTS – a message from the Organising Team
Following the sad death of Janet Hopkins in June 2021, we would like to reflect on the contribution Janet made to the Keevil village folk nights.
Janet was a founder member of the team that organised the annual folk nights in the village since 2013. It was her enthusiasm that prompted the idea to set up such events. Together with Rachel, Tony and Norman (Janet’s husband) they regularly visited various folk clubs and festivals in the area to seek out suitable acts to perform at the village folk nights. Their efforts resulted in having some of the finest folk talent from local, national and international levels appearing at Keevil. Many of these artists, who have become firm friends and regular favourites, have sent tributes –
“Janet was popular. I am so sorry to learn of her death. Your lovely village has suffered much loss recently.” Hilary Pavey
“We always felt a great sense of friendship and support from Janet and Norman of course as we do all of the “Gang” and so this is very sad news. We’ll remember Janet with much affection.” Bryn Williams – Folklaw
“We are so sorry to hear that Janet has passed. Janet was a bright and beautiful light in Keevil and we’re sure that you will all miss her terribly. With much Yeti love to you all.” Lorna, Darren and Tinks – Fly Yeti Fly
“Janet was a lovely lady. She was always so vibrant and chatty with us. Sincere condolences to Norman “ Jan and Ian
The village folk evenings will not be the same without Janet but her memory will live on and her spirit will always be with us on future occasions.
Folk Night March 2019
Janet, Norman, Rachel & Tony would like to thank all those who supported the folk night – another sell-out evening and overwhelming success – from opening newcomers Fly Yeti Fly (we want to see more of you two!), welcome returns for Phil Deverall and Feral Beryl, and the legendary Folklaw lads setting the stage alight as they closed the show.
All proceeds fund future folk events. A few photographs from the night by Sarah Dow…. click on an image to see it full size/in a gallery.