Forcenra Folk music out of the south west of england

Forcenra is the Folk music band that I (Dan Swann) play in, I play the Bodhran!

We are a folk music band, we love what we do and hope you will too!

From the dawn of time our ancestors and those before us have defined their cultural progress with stories and folk music, long before the written word our islands tribes were telling stories of heroes and singing songs propelling the protagonist into immortality.

Dora Darling & Forcenra are the up and coming folk force out of Somerset, bringing back the tradition in folk music writing, Dora writes from the heart and has a knack of framing the stories in such a way that people have said that the songs she has written “must be Traditional!”.

Singing with a powerful vocalization and ethereal delivery, she brings modern material to folk music and delivers it in a traditional way, Dora found she had a talent for singing at a very early age and from four has been performing for friends and family and at school. In Ireland she soon became enamored with the music scene and picked up the fiddle. The passion ignited she looked for a supportive band to further the talent she has been developing and furthering in herself.

In 2006 she formed Forcenra with the untamable Gem Quinn on guitar, Gem brings a dissident style to the music and supports Dora on her fiddle wonderfully. His original take on the chord formation has a wonderful effect on the overall sound, while not detracting from the traditional.

After working with Neil (Orange Peel) for a year on Bodhran he stepped down to allow Dan Swann to shine in his stead as the man on the hound skin, Dan picked up the Bodhran at Cambridge folk festival seventeen years ago and has not put it down since, self taught Dan has a delicate touch when needed and a thump to challenge the latest dance beats.

Accompanying the guys on her fiddle is Sophie Harrison bringing a full sound to compliment and a tone bring a full finish to the sound.

Overall Dora Darling & Forcenra are the ones to keep in your mind as the folk music scene steadily moves forward.





Bronze Cast Spear by D W Chapman.

The Bronze Age Foundry

Welcome to the Bronze Age Foundry, dedicated to reproducing tools, weapons and artefacts from the Bronze Age and running workshops giving you the opportunity to cast and finish your own Bronze Age sword or artefact.

It was set up by bronze founder, sculptor and artist Dave W Chapman in 1995 and since then has been involved in various film, tv and radio productions including the Time Team and R4 documentaries. Hundreds of people have attended his workshops, walking away with their own finished Bronze Age pieces.

On this website you can browse his shop, book a place on a workshop and find out what Bronze Age bronze casting is all about.



Simon Smith my friend and skilled artisan.

Simon Smith AKA Smitty

Based in Wookey Hole, Somerset, near Bath and Bristol (i.e. the SouthWest) but available to work nationally and internationally, we are comprised of a group of artists who come together and create projects of any size, type or material. Simon Smith, D´Fly Studio´s owner, trained at the Old Vic Theatre in Bristol, England where he learned to make props. This taking up of "formal"training was inspired by a life long love of and interest in making things.

More heads are, however, often better than one. So from collaborative multi-material prop making techniques to carpentry, mould making, body casting, and electronics, we are more than capable to help you extend, and even go beyond, the limits of what your imagination can create, no matter how small or large your project might be.




Beautiful Flutes Made By Blue Deer Spirit.

I would like to explain about the way I work. I like to work by hand, usually outdoors by the river. I connect with my surroundings, the river the trees the birds that sing, the spirals in the water as they hit the rocks, even the gentle breeze helps in the making of my flutes. I keep in mind the person that I am making the flute for, and if I dont know the person, I usually say positive affirmations as I'm working, and giving thanks for the honour of being the craftsman that brings these flutes into being.
 Taking the craft out into nature instead of a dusty, noisy workshop makes a better flute for the player. It is created in a meditative state and many people who have played my flutes say they can feel the calm, The direction the river has added, or the song the birds have added , they feel rooted like the tree grounded but also expanding outwards etc etc. This is my intention, and my purpose! I thought this was important to let my potential customers know. The flute is not just a musical instrument, it is a spiritual tool and a companion.