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Poacher's Moon
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Saturday 9th December at 7:30pm 'A Winter's Evening with Poacher's Moon' at Child Okeford Village Hall, Dorset. Welcome in the season with songs and music together with seasonal images! Tickets cost £8 and £7 concessions. The local WI are providing teas, coffees and mince-pies and home-made cakes and money raised by the raffle will go towards the Village Hall Fund. £48 was raised in the raffle and will be put rowards a new kitchen in the Village Hall.
Saturday 16th December 'A Winter Concert' at Pimperne Village Hall, Dorset. Doors open at 7pm and the music starts at 7:30pm. The band return to this great venue for an evening of wintery songs, carols and firm favourites with projected images, to warm your heart and get you into the seasonal spirit. Concessional tickets are £7 for the under 18s and over 60s, and £8 for adults. There are three numbers to ring for this concert to reserve your tickets; Julia on 07818600106, Yvonne on 01258 489176 and Caroline on 01258 488640. There will be home-made cakes, teas and coffees and you are welcome to bring a bottle and glasses. The raffle is for Julia's House Children's Hospice. We raised £100 in the raffle for this worthwhile charity.
Sunday 12th June 2016 at 2pm Do come and join Poacher's Moon with Louise Anderson at the Olive Tree on the Garden Stage
Saturday 11th June 2016 Wimborne Minster Folk Festival We're playing in the Minster where the acoustics are fabulous, so come and join us from 5:45pm for an hour, for a set of songs that you sing along to, uisng the big screen for projected images and lyrics. Entry is by donation and everyone is welcome to come along and SING.
Saturday 4th June Poacher's Moon will be taking part in the first Blandford Arts Festival in the town centre. Time and venue to be confirmed. A free event!
Saturday 28th May 2016 7pm Poacher's Moon with Louise Anderson will be performing at the grand opening of the Purbeck Artisan Yard in Wareham
Saturday 30th April 2016 The Festival of Bryan at The Antelope in Hazelbury Bryan. John, Ray and Caroline are pleased to be accompanying Louise Anderson and Keiran Mitchell at 9:30 until 10:30pm 
Saturday 6th February 2016 7:30pm Charlton Marshall Village Hall (aka The Cedar Hall) near Blandford sees a performance to banish the dark days of winter and welcome in the spring with songs old and new, traditional and contemporary with some of our favourites...including several of John's new songs. Tickets include a glass of wine and buffet nibbles in the Interval and cost £10 each. Please call Caroline on 01258 488640 or Margaret on 01258 456572 to reserve your tickets. Teas and coffees will also be available and there will also be a raffle. All proceeds after costs will go the Village Hall Fund.
Thursday 17th December 2015 John and Caroline Anderson together with Ray Tower from Poacher's Moon will be accompanying Louise Anderson at Gillingham Methodist Church as part of their traditional candlelit carol service. More details to follow but there will be mince pies...!
Blandford Forum, Dorset at the St Peter and St Paul Parish Centre on Friday 11th December 2015. Poacher's Moon presents 'A Winter's Evening', starting at 8pm (doors open 7:30pm) Songs and music to warm your heart! Earlybird tickets £7 (please email us or ring 01258488640) and £8 on the door. Refreshments baked by Caroline and a raffle in aid of the Crisis at Christmas Charity. There is parking (including disabled spaces) outside the venue as well as in the Market Place and Morrisons.
This summer Poacher's Moon released their third ablum, entitled 'Watersmeet'. It contains the band's favourite tracks recorded lovingly at Over the Hill Studios in Dorset. To get your hands on a copy catch up with the band at one of their gigs or send a cheque for £11.50 (to include postage) payable to Caroline Anderson at 11, Charlton on the Hill, Charlton Marshall, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 9NR. Please dont forget to let her know your address so that she knows where to post it!
Friday 12th June 2015 Wimborne Minster Folk Festival ... see our 'Productions' page for details 
Friday 29th May Blandford Corn Exchange ...a special concert with Jubilate to raise funds for The Red Cross Nepal Appeal. 7:30pm £5 for concessions, £6 for adults. Refreshments by the lovely WI and raffle provided by Blandford Morriosns. Music, singing, images and a great evening for all. Why not pop over to the Museum Garden for a drink before the show?
Saturday 23rd May 2015 Private Function
Wednesday 20th May Brunny Folk Club in Bournemouth
Saturday 16th May High Mead Farm, Ham Lane in Ferndown...1pm at their Country Fayre Day. Lots for all of the family to see and do as well as listening to the band play a full set. Animals, tractors, teas, craft fair, music, play areas and much much more! The fayre runds from 10am until 5pm and costs £5 for adults and £3 for the over fives. Under fives are free!
Friday 2nd January 2015 Private Function  
Sunday 9th November Private Function 
Charity Pig Racing Day at Damerham, Dorset   
Saturday 30th August Poacher's Moon provide all of the music for this fun family event. Refreshments and fun racing from 12 o'clock
Gaunts Summer Gathering 2014, Gaunt's House, Wimborne, Dorset 
Saturday 9th August in the Ballroom at 7:30pm
BBC World War One at Home, Weymouth Pavillion, Dorset
Wednesday 6th August 2014 from 10am
A selection of songs from the 'Poppies Red and Cornflowers Blue' by John, Ray, Christina and Caroline who will play throughout the day.
Holtwood Summer Fete
Saturday 5th July (with the MC and sound by Peter Aston from Forest FM, scarecrows, stalls and cream teas it looks like a great afternoon)
Folk on the Quay Sunday 29th June in No.4, formally 'Cranberries' near to the Museum. We'll be playing in the afternoon.

Fiveways Folk Club
26th February 2014

Durweston Village Hall
18th December 2013
Providing musical entertainment for the Senior Citizen's Christmas Lunch
Gaunts House Wimborne, Dorset
14th December 2013
Our Winter Concert takes place in the ballroom at Gaunts, in the candle light, in front of a roaring log fire. You can expect lots of John's own songs, some old and new folk songs as well as some Christmas songs as well. The screen will project beautiful images as well as the choruses, so that our audience can join in! The band for this night will be John and Caroline Anderson, Ray Tower, Gill Redmond, Peter Gritton and Claire Atkinson. It'll be a grand start to Christmas 2013! The show starts at 7:45pm and costs £8:50, which includes coffee and biscuits during the Interval. If you would like to make an evening of it, at 6:30pm there will be a delicious two course meal with coffee available; please ring to book this on 01202841522 (the cost of the meal and a ticket is £17.50)
Gillingham Methodist Church 
Friday 6th December 2013
In Gillingham a whole weekend of Fundraising for the Philippines Disaster Appeal has been organised and starts off with a Folk Concert which features Poacher's Moon, Louise Jordan, Kathryn Craig and Brian Willoughby. The line-up for Poacher's Moon will be John and Caroline Anderson, Ray Tower, Gill Redmond, Peter Gritton and Christina Harden. Look forward to your Poacher's Moon favourite songs (email in your requests to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) accompanied by projected images and choruses to join in. If you enjoyed 'The Land Remains' you will love this evening! Entrance will be by donation and there will be refreshments for sale.
Wimborne St Giles Village Hall
16th November 2013
A selection of local talent Fundraising for Julia's House. We are pleased to announce that we helped to raise £400 during this evening. Enjoy this short clip of Poacher's Moon with a fine singing audience!
Gaunts Summer Gathering, Wimborne, Dorset
 8-11th August 2013
Join Poacher's Moon in this beautiful, inspiring Dorset setting
10 until midnight on Friday 9th August and 8-10pm on Sunday 11th August
The Bouverie Hall, Pewsey, Wiltshire
Saturday 20th July 7:30pm
Summer Evening with Poacher's Moon
7pm for veggie stew or 7:30pm for the show start
Tickets £7:50 and £6 concessions
Tickets on the door or please book by ringing Cheryl on 07915588983

Folk on the Quay Festival
Poole Quay, Dorset
The Harbour Lounge at 5pm
Saturday 29th June 2013 at 5pm

Charlton Marshall Village Hall
A Summer Evening with Poacher's Moon & Friends
Saturday June 22nd 2013  7:30pm

Spetisbury Festival
The woodpecker, Spetisbury, Dorset 8:45pm
Friday 31st May 2013

Click here to see a short film edited by Dan Mudford of poachers moon opening the Spetisbury festival

Fiveways Folk Club (Club Night)
upstairs at The Fiveways Pub, Charminster Road, Bournemouth
Wednesday 13th February

The Royal British Legion, Blandford  

Friday 2nd November 2012 8pm
All donations from the door and raffle proceeds to go to the 2012 Poppy Appeal.
In 2012 we launched our single 'The Fallen' written and composed by John and available on itunes (79p) all proceeds after costs to go to The Poppy Appeal.

Waldorf School, Ringwood
29th September 2012
Seasonal family concert from 7:15pm.
Music and Projected Images

Music and Merriment Festival - Spetisbury Rings
17th August 2012
Commencing 7pm in the Beer Tent



ExperiEssencE Summer Gathering

10th August 2012
Gaunts House Ballroom Concert 
Music and Projected Images
 Commencing 9pm - 11pm


"We were there at Gaunts, a magical performance. John's music & lyrics, and the band's beautiful arrangements capture the very essence of these lands"  - Robin Whitehead

Holtwood Methodist Church Fete
7th July 2012


Cast In Time with the production 'The Land Remains'

Langton Matravers Village Hall, Dorset
9th November 2013 at 7:30 pm   £8 adults, £6 under 16s, £25 a family (two adults)
Hearty Stew with Crusty Bread will be available at 6:30pm for £5. There will be delicious cakes for sale, baked by Emily from Love Cake Catering.
Please bring your own alcoholic drinks (glasses will be provided!) Tickets for this show are available at Langton Matravers Post Office, or you can book them by calling Collette on 01929 422832 or Keith on 01929 423834

Holtwood Methodist Church Hall, near Wimborne
13th April 2013  8pm  £7 adults, £5 under 16s
Optional supper at 7pm £3 please book in advance
Tickets - Peter Aston (01202) 825195  Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gillingham Methodist Church, Gillingham, Dorset
10th November 2012 8pm   This photo is courtesy of Gordon Amery

The Eype Centre for the Arts
27th October 2012


keith and dave

Bouverie Hall, Pewsey, Wiltshire

18th August 2012








The Priests House Museum, Wimborne

24th June 2012