Cuffern Manor Acoustic Music Nights

  Cuffern Manor Acoustic Music Nights 2017

Acoustic Music Evenings are held (usually but not always) on the first Thursday of every month, with some of the finest musicians from Pembrokeshire and beyond. Starts at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are limited to 45 so book early! Tickets, from £10 , are available by calling 01437 710071 or emailing Licensed Bar

You can save 10% on B&B if you book accommodation for  our music nights.


Whats up next year- glorious music in an intimate setting

Next Up     Arran Pilot  Thursday 16th March  7.30

 Peter Ball who died in January is likely to be in everyone’s thoughts at the weekend’s events, at Cuffern Manor and Druidstone. One of the four original members of Arran Pilot,  which started in 1976 in Marshfield near Bath. He was also either a member or founder of some  great bands: Alice the Mongrel,  Casablanca, Johnny G and the Walcot Strings.  His time in Pembrokeshire also left a lasting legacy-see below.

Arran Pilot will be giving a concert on Thursday at Cuffern Manor.

Friday – there will be a session in the bar at Druidstone Hotel to which all Pete’s Pembrokeshire musician friends

are welcome.

On Saturday there will be the Spring Ceilidh at Druidstone.

Many will remember his musical events at the New Inn in Rosebush (not to mention the Sunday lunches) and the bands he was part of , the Buzzards, the Blizzards, Amicable Rebels and no doubt others of which I’m unaware.

He was involved in the Glastonbury Festival from the beginning and pioneered the acoustic stage for many years with inspired and individual programming. This line up from 1993 typically eclectic: Paul Brady, Christine Collister,The Coal Porters, Donovan, Christy Moore, NanciGriffith, John Prine, Eddi Reader, Sharon Shannon, Michelle Shocked, The Wizards of Twiddly, Lindisfarne

During his more recent time in the Oxford/Bucks area he has also left a lasting legacy. His bands there included Palmerston (who played at our festival in 2015 )and the Linda Watkins Band but he also developed his poetry and ran and took part in bardic events and had an internet radio station featuring his own and other local writers and poets. It was very striking at his wake on 27th January in Bath how people who had known him for a relatively short time had been inspired to write by Peter.

His radio shows can be accessed here:

and Palmerston perfoming Mistress Alcohol is here:


Pete Ball – second left – in a photo that could be 30 years ago.


Past Performers


January 19th Harriet Earis and Adriano Sangineto
February 2nd   Estron


December Ist  Chris Newman and Mairi  Ni Chathasaigh  £12

Nov 10th  Mairi Campbell- Scots  Musician of  of the Year-in Concert – £10
Nov.11th-13th   The 3rd Pembrokeshire Fiddle Festival -with leading tutor Mairi Campbell
October 6th    – Tania Opland and Mike Freeman   £10
September 2nd  FIRE, FEAST and FOLK – outdoor event  £10 in advance (£15 on the door)Artists  confirmed are Dana and Susan Robinson , Quarto,Fiddlebox and Chloe MatharuSee the article in Living Tradition about Dana and Sue here and the article in Pembrokeshire Life about Quarto here.Stunning Food and Drink stalls are back this year:   Pembrokeshire Beach Food Company (as seen on Countryfile in early July) BBC Food and Farming Best Street Food and Takeaway, Gethi’s Cider, recently winner of the Best Overall Cider producer in Wales, Tenby Brewery, PenLon Brewery, Caffle Brewery and our favourite dispenser of coffees , Terry and Carole with their Cafe Tuk Tuk.
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May 5th Sunjay   £10  support Bernard Hoskins (

April 7th Steve Turner  £10  -support from Western Edge
March 3rd  Jez Lowe and Steve Tilston with Lowri Evans and Lee Mason  £12SOLD OUT
Thursday February 4th Charlie Dore and Julian Littman £10   support Paul Hayes

January 7th  WinterWilson  (  )  and    Estron with Jess  (Cancelled)


December 3rd Calan  Held at Roch Village Hall

 5th Nov Tania Opland and Mike Freeman    Support Paul Hayes  £8 – cancelled
Oct Ist   Blair Dunlop

September 10th Vin Garbutt  Support Brenig   £12

Wednesday August 19th   7.p.m.   Gwyneth Herbert with  Ned Cartwright (Piano)   £10 ( in advance only)
Friday June 5th  Summer Picnic (6-8pm)and Evening Concert(8-11pm)
Gren Bartley Band , Honey Fungus, Lucy Jones,  Sarah Smout Compere B.B.Skone (Radio Pembrokeshire)

March  Ewan McClennan

Feb  Harriet Earis

JAnuary The Rumblestrutters


Honey Fungus




April 2nd Jim Causley and Lukas Drinkwater

May 7th   Reg Meuross



Jan 9th  Fiddlebox

Feb 6th    Carolyn Robson, Harriet Bartlett and Kevin Dempsey

March 6th Les Barker

21-23 March   John Kirkpatrick Weekend

7th June  Festival- Steve Tilston Trio,  Lowri Evans ans Lee Mason, Palmerston, Eddie Walker

4th Sept  Bram Taylor

31st October  James Keelaghan and Hugh McMillan

Nov 14th-16th  Mairi Campbell – Fiddle weekend

December 4th  Caffl


JAnuary 1oth  Lowri Evans and Lee Mason

Feb 7th  Carwyn Tywyn and Dan Morris

March 7th Chris Foster

April 4th James Findlay

May 9th  Issy and David Ememney and Kate Riaz

June 6th  Dana and Susan Robinson, Antony John Clarke, Quarto

June 7th  Cath Woolridge, Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies

June 8th   Moulettes, My Back Pages



September 5th  Robin and Bina Williamson

Oct Ist Fake Thackerey

Nov 7th DnA

Dec 5th  Joe Topping Trio




September 13  Lori Watson and the Rule of Three

Oct 4th   Andy Cutting

Nov. Ist   Cerddcegin

Dec 6th  John Kirkpatrick


September Ist   Raul Speek Band

Oct. 6th Anne Lister

November 3rd  Antony John Clarke

Dec Ist Rory McLeod


2nd Sep. Dana and Susan Robinson

October Ist Guy Maille

15th Oct   Fiddlebox -Album launch

5th Nov.  Sild

3rd  Dec    Mike Chant