Folk Orc in the Forest – Autumn Workshops Tour
Folk Orc in the Forest – Autumn Workshops Tour

This Autumn, the Folk Orc is going ‘On Tour’ and taking free workshops and sessions to venues around The New Forest.

Starting on Saturday 28th September, the Folk Orc will be in Ringwood with an Instrument Try-Out and Song Workshop and, later, an open session at Ringwood Brewery!
Come along to the daytime Try-out/Workshop or evening Open Session – or both!

The sessions are FREE. Full details are below:

Saturday 28th Sept – RINGWOOD


Instrument Try-Out and Song Workshop*
2pm – 5pm

Ebenezer Hall, Greyfriars Greyfriars Community Centre
44 Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 1DW

Open Session**
8pm – 10.30pm
Ringwood Brewery

138 Christchurch Road, Ringwood, BH24 3AP

*The Instrument Try-Out and Song Workshop, is a chance to learn a selection of traditional folk songs, many about – or inspired by – The New Forest and play them in the Folk Orc style.
With their 20+ traditional folk instruments, the Folk Orc invite you to come and have a go – The Folk Orc will bring the tools, you just need to bring enthusiasm!

Instruments available to try during the workshop include mandolins, bodhrans, fiddles, banjos and more. You will be shown what to do and you will learn some songs to play. If you have your own instrument and want to come and join in then you are also very welcome to do this.

There’s no need to book, but please let Chris Hopgood know if you plan to come along so he has an idea of numbers for the venue (email )

**The Open Sessions are a way to encourage everyone to come and join in. We’ll be playing music inspired by The New Forest.
Bring your voice or instrument of choice and play or sing along.

No need to book for the Open Sessions – just turn up and join in!


Following the September dates, there will be further free sessions in October as follows:

Tuesday 1st Oct
2pm – 5pm
Instrument Try-Out and Song Workshop
Minstead Village Hall

Minstead, Hampshire, SO43 7FX

Saturday 5th Oct
2pm – 5pm
Instrument Try-out and Song Workshop
East Boldre Village Hall

Main Rd, East Boldre SO42 7WD

Saturday 5th Oct
Open Session
8.30pm – 11pm

The Turfcutters Arms 
East Boldre Rd, East Boldre SO42 7WL

And finally, this tour will culminate with The Folk Orc 10th Anniversary Big Gig on Sunday 27th October at Forest Arts in New Milton.

This will be a whole afternoon and evening of music including a Workshop, Open Session and Anniversary Gig (all taking place at Forest Arts).
The daytime activities are free but MUST BE BOOKED via the Forest Arts website. The Big Gig in the evening is £10 – tickets also booked via the Forest Arts website.

The Folk Orc 10th Anniversary Big Gig
Sunday 27th October
Forest Arts Centre

Details of the day are as follows:

Instrument Tryout and Song Workshop
FREE but booking essential
Book here:

Open Session
4pm – 5.30pm
FREE but booking essential
Book here

The Folk Orc Regular Sessions Band
with Support From Andy Stone and Scuttleshake

7.30pm – 11pm
Tickets £10
Book here

Folk Orc in the Forest is a Folio project.