Wessex Peace – Tim Laycock

Saturday 11 August, 5.15pm – ‘CJs’ Hall, Lytchett Minster Parish Church

The First World War affected almost every community and family in Dorset. The songs, stories and poetry of the time still have relevance, and the power to move us a hundred years on.

Acclaimed folk musician, actor and storyteller Tim Laycock performs a specially devised programme of local folksongs, stories and poetry, many of them learnt directly from WW1 veterans in the county.

Accompanying himself on the concertina, Tim recalls some of the local characters of the time, and re-tells stories of wartime Dorset. Some are deeply poignant, others are richly comic; all bring those stirring and significant times vividly to life.

Enjoy a light tea and sit back and listen to a master storyteller and singer – and join in with the choruses!

Book tickets (£5) here.


Tim Laycock is a folk musician and actor and storyteller with a particular interest in the works of Thomas Hardy, William Barnes and all things Dorset.

Tim grew up in North Dorset, and currently lives in Littlebredy. He performs a solo show ‘Tuneful Stories’ at Max Gate and Hardy’s Birthplace, and is also Artistic Director of the New Hardy Players. Tim has just finished directing ‘The Trumpet Major’ for outdoor performances in Dorset, including the 50th Thomas Hardy Society Festival and Conference.

Tim has worked at the National Theatre and at the RSC, and was recently folk music consultant on the BBC drama ‘The Living and the Dead’.

Books include Dorset Folk Tales [The History Press] and Benjamin’s Book, a facsimile of a fiddler’s music manuscript book from 1820. Tim has made many recordings, including 6 CD’s with The New Scorpion Band, and a similar number of solo recordings of traditional folk songs. His most recent recording is ‘Any Little Old Song Will Do’, folksongs, poems and music recorded in Hardy’s Cottage with violinist Colin Thompson.