Forest FM's volunteers have been researching and recording Dorset's musical and folklore history.

You can listen to the results here - as well as hearing special features on Forest FM 92.3

CLICK ON A PICTURE and we will take you back in time


It’s more than 350 years since the first Sartins arrived in Dorset, as Huguenots fleeing persecution. They settled in Corscombe to work the land and today the family is about as Dorset as it gets.

Yet the name of Bonny Sartin is familiar to countless thousands worldwide, as he has spent the best part of fifty years fronting folk heroes, the Yetties.

The Yetties took their name from Yetminster. The Yetties’ career forms the basis of one of Bonny’s repertoire of talks. Forest FM went along to Horton to record him one Sunday afternoon.



The group – Bonny, Mac McCulloch, Pete Shutler (who died in 2014) and Bob Common – formed as the Yetminster and Ryme Intrinseca Junior Folk Dance Display Team, Yetties for short. Bob left in 1979, when Bonny took over lead vocals, and fiddle player Roger Trim joined the line-up in the 1980s as the group released The Musical Heritage of Thomas Hardy, a double CD of folk songs and ecclesiastical music recorded using the fiddles played by Hardy and his father, on loan from the Dorset County Library.


The Yetties


It's not all about Folk Music !

We invited Howard from the Dorset Police Male Voice Choir to tell us what they do and how you can join in.



Dorset Railways

Swanage Railway

The station and line has been restored to its former glory


Professor Colin Divall BSc, MSc, PhD, FRHistS

Colin enjoys an international reputation as a railway historian with a particular expertise in heritage and museums.

The author or editor of six books, Colin brings his extensive knowledge of global railways to Dorset and Forest FM



Forest FM's John Jenkins pays tribute to soldiers from Dorset who have given their lives over the centuries.


Stay tuned - there's more to come......

If you would like a high quality CD recording of any of these features, please contact Forest FM on 01202 820003 or email