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Artsreach announce 30th Anniversary Ceilidh

Step into spring and enjoy a night of dancing to toe-tapping tunes as Artsreach celebrates 30 years of bringing live, professional performances to rural communities across Dorset.

Artsreach launched its first programme in 1990, with just nine communities hosting events. Now, thirty years on, the touring arts charity partners with volunteers in over 50 rural communities to present its programme of more than 150 professional performances every year.

Artsreach Co-Director Yvonne Gallimore said "Ceilidhs were traditionally a gathering or social event to bring people together – Artsreach has been bringing communities together in order to share in a cultural experience for over thirty years, so what better way to celebrate our 30th Anniversary than doing just that!"

Caller Angela Laycock will guide us all through some traditional dances, supported by an energetic band of musicians, and friends of Artsreach, on strings, wind and percussion.

Taking place at Ashton Barn, Martinstown on Friday 20 March, tickets for this fundraising anniversary event are £18, to include a tasty supper by Dike & Son of Stalbridge. A cash bar stocked with local ales from Hall & Woodhouse will also available. Further details and tickets are available from 01305 269512 or online at – early booking is advised!

Fri 20 March, 7:30pm. Ashton Farm Barn, Martinstown. 01305 269512

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Banjo, acoustic guitar and fiddle on straw

A banjo, a violin, and an acoustic guitar rest on straw, ready to make some country music.

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