KEEVIL VILLAGE FOLK NIGHTS – a message from the Organising Team

Following the sad death of Janet Hopkins 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.


The Keevil Folk Night has been an annual event for several 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.

NEW NEW DATE!! FOLK ON THE BOAT – SATURDAY 21st AUGUST 2021

Update 15th June: DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS WE HAVE HAD TO REVISE THE DATE FOR OUR FOLK ON THE BOAT TRIP YET AGAIN!! (HOPEFULLY FOR THE LAST TIME) IT WILL NOW TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY 21 ST AUGUST 2021

A REMINDER OF THE ITINERY (note timings):- A return late afternoon/evening trip along the Kennet and Avon Canal on a broad beam boat The John Rennie. We’ll embark from the entrance to the Somerset Coal Canal at the Dundas Aqueduct, Limpley Stoke. Meet 4.30 p.m. at The Somerset Coal Canal Visitor Centre car park to leave promptly at 5.00 pm and journey to the Avoncliff Aqueduct, returning at 9.00 p.m. There will be a barbecue cooked supper (vegetarian options available) included and an onboard licensed bar available. Music will be provided by the popular folk duo Jan and Ian.

There are still a few tickets available at £25.00 including the return boat trip, supper and entertainment. For tickets please contact either Rachel, Tony (870661) or Norman (870417)

FOLK NIGHT IN KEEVIL VILLAGE HALL – SATURDAY 9TH OCTOBER 2021

Acts booked for the evening are Hilary Pavey, Fly Yeti Fly, Feral Beryl and a first-time welcome to The Lost Trades. Tickets £12.50 per head.  Bring your own light supper and drinks. There will be a raffle.

ANNUAL FOLK NIGHT IN KEEVIL VILLAGE HALL – SATURDAY 12TH MARCH 2022

Next year’s folk night will see the welcome return of the ever-popular Folklaw, and making their debut appearances in Keevil – the talented and entertaining folk singer Reg Meuross, Andrew Rumsey (formerly of The Effras), and Antoine & Owena who are inspired by traditional and contemporary folk music. Tickets £12.50 per head.  Bring your own light supper and drinks, and there will be a raffle.

For more details and to register an interest in these events (as spaces could be limited) please contact Rachel and Tony (870661) or Norman (870417).

Also a reminder that those holding tickets from the cancelled Faustus concert can be used to offset the cost of tickets for any of the above-mentioned events.

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.