Since 1994 TASC has been organising Events & Workshops to encourage the use and enjoyment of Folk Music in Mid Wales and the Borders


Annual General Meeting 2023

TASC Trustees

Following a TASC trustees' meeting on the 18th MAy 2023, the Chair and trustees for 2023-224 are:
    • Trevor Hedges and Claire Weston - Joint Chair
    • Lisa Sture
    • Louise Williams
    • Kay Smillie
    • Sue Jelleyman
    • Jon Bell

      Annual subscriptions

    • Annual subscriptions are due for renewal on 1st April. We would be delighted to receive your continued support by membership renewal. Amounts remain unchanged - £5 for individuals and £15 for groups. Please use the paypal facility to make payment online, many thanks
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    • On receipt of payment your membership will automatically be renewed, TASC will not issue receipts for payments. Please note that those under 18 who are currently registered as members will automatically remain so unless they specifically request to be removed from the membership list.

    We thank you once more for your continued support, please stay safe and well and we look forward to seeing you again soon

    Trevor, Claire, Kay, Jon. Sue, Louise and Lisa,
    TASC Trustees

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    Thanks to all of those of you who came to our last event - the fantastic Welsh Folk Day, in Llandrindod on October 2022. Read all about it in this year's Annual Report

    There's more to come in the future including:-

    • Advanced Welsh Clog Dancing Workshop
    • Harmony Singing Workshop
    • Steady Sessions (see below)
    Becoming a member of TASC

    Steady Sessions at the Seven Stars

    The Steady Sessions at the Seven Stars Inn, Aberedw, Near Builth Wells, LD2 3UW, resumed in October 2021 - they are held on the third Monday of each month, from 7 - 9pm. All welcome, but of course, please do not come if you have covid symptoms or a positive covid test or have been in contact with someone with covid in the last 10 days.

    For further information: Louise Williams 07986 553155

    Thanks to Almeley Steady Session and Tuneworks for their help. Go to the Tunes

    session at the Dragon Hotel, following the Rees Wesson melodeon maintenance workshop in October 2018

    In 2018 . . .

    Although TASC became a registered charity in 1994, the organisation was actually formed in 1993. To celebrate this momentous milestone we said we'd like to see
    " a number of events of different kinds taking place, and we're asking you all to help us make it happen. We'd like it to reflect what we've done over the years and be a mixture of workshops, concerts, dances and sessions."

    YOU suggested:

    DAY OF STEPDANCE with Lisa Sture, Pam Knight & Louise Williams (done!)
    WEAVERS & THEIR WORLD (concert - done!)
    EUROPEAN DANCE DAY with Kantref (done!)
    MELODEON REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE with Rees Wesson (done!)

    image shows a workshop at the Seed weekend in 2006. Tutors included Alistair Anderson, now chair of the English Folk Dance & Song Society, and Karen Tweed who conceived and helped organise the event

    The following weren't possible, at least in the time available.

    WINTER HARMONY WORKSHOP with Sue Harris (postponed)
    TWELFTH NIGHT (postponed)
    TUNE WORKSHOPS with Ceri Rhys Matthews
    (refused funding)
    PERCUSSION WORKSHOP (postponed till 2019)
    STORYTELLING with Amy Douglas (postponed till 2019)
    AUTUMN CEILIDH with DiEnw and Monty Folk (difficult to arrange)

    left: Stepdancing workshop photo:Pam Kight
    right: World of the Weavers photo:Helen Edwards

    above left, from our last Day of Dance a couple of years ago: above right, Rees talking about one of his own melodeons.


    We haven't the resources to cover listings, but there are regular sessions listed by Folk Life, Folk Wales and Broadsheep.

    You can sign up for our newsletter and we'll let you know items of particular interest. We also list and link on our facebook page.

    Our favourite sessions include the one at The Bull & Heifer in Bettws Cedewain.

    Taking Steps

    Our Dartmoor Project Taking Steps was undertaken in partnership with Datmoor Folk Festival and was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.It researched stepdance styles, music, and historical background and was led by Lisa Sture.

    Workshops were carried out by Spinningpath Arts. Pictured is Jenny Read with an attentive class of primary school children.

    Visit the website for the latest news.

    Teaching Videos

    To help you learn we have a handful of teaching videos on our site.

    There is also the sheet music for each tune for those of you who like to work that way. There is a jpg or a pdf file to choose from.

    You might also find our Youtube channel of interest.

    In 2019 we added 20 new tunes as part of our Steady Sessions project.

    There's also a number of tunes on our older old tunes page.

    Community Bands

    Our Community Bands page lists a number of groups where you can make music with other people.

    The picture shows members of MontyFolk from Montgomery with Mid Powys group DiEnw, plus a couple of TASC trustees. Venue is Garth Village Hall.

    Previous community groups of different durations include Llandinam Village Band,the Beulah Festival Ceilidh Band, and the New Radnor Band. This was part of the Folk Powys project carried out with Powys County Council support.