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Monday 27 June 2016 8pm - The Moulton
Brothers (two of) - Bridge
Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ
Two of The Moulton Brothers, Mac on Fiddle and Bruce on Bodhran will be playing folk music at The Bridge, their local watering hole. The ale is irresistible and the more they drink the more they play. The music is free, but any appreciation in the way of a pint or two, even a half is appreciated and followed by more music, even a request if they know it.
Tuesday 28 June 2016 7.30pm - Martin Carthy - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email email@example.com to book without a fee.
Wednesday 29 June 2016 -
Michael Messer's Mitra - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
This is more than another meeting of musicians from different cultures, this is a band with its own unique sound, an exhilarating and highly accessible fusion of blues and Hindustani classical music. With vocals, slide guitars and tabla, these three musicians from opposite sides of the globe create a fascinating musical journey, running from the banks of the Mississippi, via London, to Mumbai and the Ganges Delta. Full details, samples etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/michael-messers-mitra. Box Office: 01392 667080.
Thursday 30 June 2016 - Nancy Kerr & James Fagan - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Nancy Kerr and James Fagan are one of the best-known and most experienced folk duos on the British circuit today. Outstanding musicianship, a lifelong grounding in traditional singing and instrumental playing, acclaimed original compositions but most noticeably a visceral chemistry between these two make Kerr and Fagan a perennial favourite at festivals, venues and clubs across the country. Buffet & gig £26 or gig only £16. See www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk for further information, contact etc.
Thursday 30 June 2016 - Pete Oxley & Nicolas
Meier - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A welcome return on their second visit from jazz guitar maestro Pete Oxley, with Nicolas Meier closing out our spring season at the Mill. The blend of Metheny-esque jazz with Turkish-inspired music to create his utterly unique style. Stalwarts of Ronnie Scott's and Wigmore Hall, Pete and Nicolas regularly perform with some of the world's leading jazz artists, including Chris Garrick, Tim Whitehead, John Etheridge, Bill Evans and Brad Mehldau. As a duo, these wonderful guitarists perform with a spontaneity and intuitive interplay that is truly dazzling. Expect a contemporary soundscape that ranges from Latin American to Turkish to Hungarian gypsy, Middle Eastern and more. www.peteoxley.com, www.meiergroup.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.
Sold out Thursday 30 June 2016 8.30pm - After
Dark: Adem and Laura Moody - Dartington Hall
Dartington Hall lights up its hidden, dormant and unseen spaces with a series of intimate gigs and events in secret locations. Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and creator of the acclaimed album ‘Homesongs’ Adem brings his instrumental pastoral pop. Joining him will be wildly alternative cellist, vocalist and avant-singer-songwriter, and long-standing member of internationally acclaimed Elysian String Quartet, Laura Moody. www.lauramoodymusic.com, www.dominorecordco.com/artists/adem. More details, bookings etc. www.dartington.org/whats-on/after-dark.
Friday 1 July 2016 7.30pm - Mawkin - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
One of brit-folks brightest new guns, Mawkin are a blistering 5-piece band, fusing folk, blues and rock. On the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene, with all the verve and mystique of ancient folk music traditions from across the globe, they sing rousing songs of rebellion. Brothers David Delarre (Eliza Carthy, Tred) and fiddler James Delarre (Saul Rose & James Delarre, Topette) underpin the virtuoso bellowing of Nick Cooke’s melodeon (Kate Rusby, Jim Moray), with a solid rhythm section of Danny Crump on bass and Lee Richardson (Diverted, Extreme Music) on drums. www.mawkin.co.uk. “Invigorating, Highly Inventive” – Q Magazine; “ Unapologetically Energetic” – Songlines Magazine; “ Gutsy, Impressive, Exquisite“ – The Guardian; Bookings etc. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk/events/2016/jul-1/mawkin. £12 adv (£14 door if available).
Friday 1 July 2016 7.30pm - Charity Ceilidh
with Dumbo’s Feather - Cruwys Morchard Village Hall, Tiverton EX16 8LD
In aid of Arthritis Care. Caller Martin Hodge. Raffle, licensed bar. Tickets adv (from Rachael Hodnett 07738 784528, email firstname.lastname@example.org ) £10, U12 £5, door £12.50 / £6. All tickets include a pasty and choice of drink: local cider/beer/wine/soft drink.
Friday 1 July 2016 7.30pm - Show of Hands -
Support: The Lost Sound Chorus. Show of Hands are performing a special World War 1 Centenary concert at Exeter Cathedral to commemorate the 19240 Allied servicemen who lost their lives on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The concert will feature songs from Show of Hands’ acclaimed album, Centenary and will raise funds for ‘Shrouds of the Somme’ the West Country project remembering each one of the 19240 men who fell that day 100 years ago. All profits will be donated to The Exeter Foundation and SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity. More details www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/event/all-events/concert-show-of-hands.ashx.
Friday 1 July 2016 - Show of Hands - Tickets
go on sale for Royal Albert Hall on 16 April 2017
Show of Hands present the fifth 'Live at The Albert Hall' show on 16th April 2017. www.showofhands.co.uk
Saturday 2 July 2016 8.30pm - The Coyotes - Fingle Bridge, nr Drewsteignton
A four piece comprising including. Carl Allerfedt (fiddle) and Tony Bayliss (cittern, guitar, vocals) from Jiggerypipery, plus the legendary Flaky Jake on accordion and vocals, plus Fifi LaFevre on percussion. A mix of Cajun, TexMex, and Irish. £5 door.
Saturday 2 July 2016 - South Brent Folk Day
[short/e-circular] Singing, music, dancing, workshops and concerts. Morris dance displays. Evening concert with Sunjay (guitar picking wizardry, one of the rising stars on the folk, blues and acoustic circuit) and Devonbird (Kath: Lead Singer, penny whistle and guitar; Rob: Guitar; Sophia: Fiddle) are an Exeter based band who were Southwest Music Awards' 'Best Folk Act' finalists in 2013 and have brought an exciting new sound to the Devon folk scene and beyond. The trio combine foot stomping jigs and reels with haunting ballads and songs. See www.southbrentfolk.org.uk/index.php/events/36-2016-events for details.
[full] Heather and Gorse Clog Morris - ladies clog dancing side
Bradninch Millers Morris – a mixed side dancing Cotswold, Border and Molly traditions
Harberton Navy – mixed Cotswold Morris side
Performances and workshops during the day in the Old School
Poetry competition, around the theme of 'Moor Weather'; entry £2.50 per poem; closing date Saturday 18 June, to be judged by 'Moor Poets' Susan Taylor and Simon Williams. If you would like to enter, download the form from the website.
The evening Folk Concert at 7.30pm (with Reel Ale bar) in the Village Hall has a national line up:
Sunjay picked up the guitar when he was just 4 years old and hasn’t put it down since. With his guitar picking wizardry, he is one of the rising stars on the folk, blues and acoustic circuit. His third album 'Sunjay' featured him collaborating with some great guest musicians and his new album, 'Black and Blues', is a collection of blues standards revived in classic acoustic folk-blues.
Devonbird (Kath: Lead Singer, penny whistle and guitar; Rob: Guitar; Sophia: Fiddle) are an Exeter based band who were Southwest Music Awards' 'Best Folk Act' finalists in 2013 and have brought an exciting new sound to the Devon folk scene and beyond. The trio combine foot stomping jigs and reels with haunting ballads and songs and their albums 'Turning of the Year' and 'Hangman's daughter' and live performances have attracted great reviews.
Saturday 2 July 2016 8pm - Tony Hazzard -
Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5JN (map)
Not folk, but someone who wrote 60s/70s hits for the likes of Manfred Mann, The Hollies, The Tremeloes, Lulu, and Herman's Hermits and had other songs recorded by Gene Pitney, Dave Berry, Simon Dupree and The Big Sound, Nana Mouskouri, Cliff Richard, Hall & Oates, The Yardbirds, and Andy Williams might be of interest. Read much more at www.wegottickets.com/event/356486.
Saturday 2 July 2016 - Harbottle & Jonas / The Claze - Vire Island, Totnes
Performing at Totnes Christian Festival, 3pm and 4pm respectively. www.harbottleandjonas.com. www.theclaze.com. See www.facebook.com/events/1613039055682842.
Sunday 3 July 2016 11.45am-4pm - Cosgrave & Banks / Harbottle & Jonas - Sharpham
Open Day, Sharpham House, Ashprington, Totnes TQ9 7UT
In the Music & Poetry Marquee. Cosgrave & Banks: Two of Devon's finest acoustic musicians, Mike Cosgrave (accordion, guitar, whistle) and Steve Banks (fiddle, vocals, guitar) with a rich smörgåsbord of beautiful music from Britain and Europe. www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Harbottle & Jonas: A stunning acoustic folk duo based in the wilderness of Totnes. They paint pictures with their words and share stories of folk old and new, placing emphasis on musical independence, originality and breathing new life into traditional English Folk songs. www.harbottleandjonas.com. See 'Schedules' tab under www.sharphamtrust.org/calendar/course/summer-open-day.
Sunday 3 July 2016 7.30pm - Mike Hatchard / Three Pilgrims - Broadhempston
Virtuoso pianist, singer/songwriter and raconteur, Mike Hatchard is cycling from Lands End to John o’Groats with a piano, performing approximately 40 gigs to raise money for Children in Need. Once described in The Scotsman as being “like Victor Borge - on acid” he combines great music with plenty of humour. Three Pilgrims - blues guitarist Paul Wassif, singer-songwriter Mark Abis and ac-claimed producer/vocalist David Watson - received a rapturous reception when they performed in the Church last summer. Their rootsy acoustic guitar styles and three part harmonies have been charming audiences in and outside London. Bluesy with raw edges, amazing harmonies, tuneful music with some heartbreaking words - and they're a lot of fun too. Licensed bar and light food throughout the evening. Space limited so please book early by contacting Anna on 01803 812426 or email annabeadel[at]yahoo.co.uk . Tickets £12. Proceeds will be split between Children in Need and the fund for the upkeep of the fabric of Broadhempston Church. [Ed.: not folk, but included by special request]
Sunday 3 July 2016 7.30pm - Jim Causley - Victory Hall, Whimple
Jim Causley celebrates over a decade as an acclaimed solo artist and performer with his new album Forgotten Kingdom, his first album of entirely self-penned material. Forgotten Kingdom is a broad collection of songs inspired by Causley’s native Westcountry, mixing ancient history with the songwriter’s own personal history and experience of the world. Themes range from the Saxon invasion of the area, the Celtic diaspora, to very personal explorations of love and geographical identity. This is certainly Causley’s most musically ambitious work to date. Support: Exmoor's Martyn Babb - singer, songwriter, wit and raconteur (allegedly!). More details, ticketing etc. www.handsomedicksrecords.co.uk/onawhim.
Monday 4 July 2016 7pm - Henhouse Prowlers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Eleven years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email email@example.com to book without a fee.
Tuesday 5 July 2016 2-4pm - "FirstTuesday"
Storytelling Cafe - Twyford House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NF
Come tell a story: personal, traditional, made up or family, or just listen to someone else. Max 10 mins per story, and no reading aloud allowed. Just come and have fun in a relaxed cosy, supportive setting. £3 to include refreshments. Details from Janet on 07834 194215.
Thursday 7 July 2016 7.30pm - Iain Bruce +
Ian & Moe Walker - Churston Traditional Farm Shop
Restaurant, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
Great entertainers - the two Ians and Moe packed out the venue last time they joined us. Your ticket price includes snacks during the interval.. Book tickets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Maggie on 01803 855961, or online at www.wegottickets.com/event/356144. Please note: Advance booking and payment are essential for catering purposes. If the sun does have his hat on for this evening , we just might get to witness the moveable roof feature at Carolines Kitchen at Churston Farm Shop.
Thursday 7 July 2016 8.30pm - Elani
Evangelou - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
Elani Evangelou is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from Devon. Born into a family of musicians, her influences span across countless genres and styles, making Elani’s sound something rather unique. The jazzy tones of Amy Winehouse covers, combined with her blues and folk original songs and even occasionally rapping – An eclectic performance not to be missed. £2. www.facebook.com/TheBBar/events. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.
July 2016 7.30pm - Contra Dance - St Katherine's Priory, Exeter EX4 7JY
Caller: Jeremy Child. A monthly series of Contra Dances. 7.30-10.30pm. Cost £4 per person. Beginners welcome. Using recorded music from your favourite English bands as well as some of the top American Contra Bands. Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.
NEW Saturday 9 July 2016 8pm -
Robin Brown & Marc Woodward, Gareth Hedges, Clive Sheard & Dave Jeffries - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
A guitar extravaganza with some of the area's top guitarists. Robin is an established and highly regarded singer/songwriter, slide guitar player and has played a numerous festivals with bands including “C -Side” and “Resophonic”. Marc is a highly respected mandolinist and has played in venues such as London’s Connaught Rooms, The Grand Hotel in Brighton and at various venues on the continent. Gareth Hedges is a guitarist and singer playing a wide range of blues, ragtime, jazz, greta and folk. His guitar playing sounds effortless, relaxed, crystal clear and never feels rushed even when he’s playing the kind of thing most could only dream about. Clive Sheard runs a regular blues night in the town, and this evening he’s teamed up with an oft-times playing partner Dave Jeffries. Tickets £10 (£2 adv discount). For info call Hugh Diamond 01626 775517 or email email@example.com. Full info and future concerts www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.
13 August Geoff Lakeman + George Papavergis
10 September Sally Barker + Saskia Griffith-Moore
8 October Teignmouth Folk Club Special
12 November no concert (Teignmouth Jazz Festival)
10 December QuickSilver
14 January 2017 Tom Lewis, The Old Gaffers
11 February 2017 Jez Lowe + Steve Turner
11 March 2017 The Askew Sisters
8 April 2017 Janet Russell
Sunday 10 July 2016 7pm - Michael Chapman - Edgemoor Hotel, Haytor Rd, nr Bovey Tracey TQ13 9LE
Return of the magnificent guitarist/singer/songwriter. Tickets www.ticketsource.co.uk/southdevonmusic or email firstname.lastname@example.org. South Devon Music exists to bring world class talent to our doorstep. Help us to keep on keeping on.
Sunday 10 July 2016
- Ian Bruce & Ian Walker - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee
Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
With Mo Walker. The 2 Ians made welcome returns to the Club in 2012 and 2014 (after a break of some 25 years!) and their material and presentation were as strong as ever. Award-winning songs, old and new, are performed with tight harmonies, a fair dose of humour and excellent guitar and banjo accompaniment. Just terrific! For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.
10-12 June 2016 - Stoke Gabriel Blues Festival - Castle
Inn, Stoke Gabriel TQ9 6RZ. Tel. 01803 782255
Also some folk content. See Diary on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
Booze and blues in beautiful Devon. Eleven blues acts, six real ales and six real ciders in historic Stoke Gabriel, the perfect way to spend a weekend. This is Gary and Emma Knight’s second blues festival at the Castle Inn, but the fifth Devon blues festival they have run. “Holiday makers and Devonians can sample the best of local musicians, beers and ciders at the Castle Inn over the whole weekend, it’s going to be a lot of fun, ” says Emma.
The event will start at 9pm on Friday June 10 with Chris Thomas and The Sugar Band who play up beat blues, soul and funk .
The music stats again Saturday at 5pm with Rob Hunt and Chris Thomas. Starting 7pm, Ben Carr, a Devon guitarist who is passionate about blues, jazz and roots music, plays slide guitar, cajon, drum kick pedal and tambourine. Ben celebrates blues heroes such as Bessie Smith, Leadbelly, Big Bill Broonzy, Robert Johnson and Howlin’ Wolf, will be hosting a music showcase including : Patrick Parton, Frantic (folk band), Dave Rubin (Americana), Issy Emberton (original female vocals), Phil Kenneran folk / roots / blues) and Simon Lane; Phil's Band (rock / fusion trio instrumental band); Ben and Sys Stompin Blues and band.
Sunday 3pm to 5pm features Devon Delta, a duo comprising acclaimed National steel guitar slide and lap-steel player Stuart Cumberpatch www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlaaIZ1g-Bk and harmonica and guitar player and vocalist Robert Spence, who will both perform and introduce/ support local blues players and singers. “We’re hoping aspiring local blues players and singers will turn up to join in,” says Stuart.
Thursday 14 July 2016 8pm - Steve Turner -
Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
www.steve-turner.co.uk. More information from Andy Clarke 01803 732312.
Thursday 14 July 2016 7.30pm - Nine Pound
Catfish - Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
Ian Gardner's Nine Pound Catfish return to perform more of their footstompin’ good-time blues www.ninepoundcatfish.co.uk. Plus resident duo Devon Delta (Stuart Cumberpatch, slide and lap guitar; Robert Spence, harp & vocals). Information: Stuart Cumberpatch email@example.com, 01803 855256.
Thursday 14 July 2016 7.30pm -
Folk Plus Acoustic Music Club - Ye Olde Smokey House,
Vicarage Rd, Marldon, Paignton TQ3 9NN (map)
Lively and friendly monthly (2nd Tuesday) open mike club. Folk features strongly, but not exclusively. Beginners and more experienced all welcome. Every night has been busy, with a tremendous range of music. Contact Paul on 07894 961010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook: Folk Plus Acoustic Music Club Paignton. Next sessions will be Thursdays 14 April and 12 May.
Friday 15 July 2016
- Eve Selis Band - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Kicking off our Summer Courtyard season is The Eve Selis Band on their three week UK tour. San Diego-based Eve converts country, R&B, blues, folk and rock n'roll into a musical force that stops you in your tracks. This gifted writer and electrifying singer has been likened to Bonnie Raitt, Joan Osborne and Melissa Etheridge, and numbers Bob Harris among her fans "One of the best shows I've ever seen in the UK". She returns with her stellar band with fire in her bones and new songs in her heart. www.eveselis.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.
Saturday 16 July 2016 7-9pm - Wren Music
presents a Special Summer Concert - Southernhay URC Church, Southernhay East,
Exeter, EX1 1QD
The concert will feature three fantastic Wren groups who will be playing both separately and together. The show will open with the premiere performance from the Fiddle Orchestra of Devon led by Becki Driscoll. There is something very special about the sound of many bowed instruments playing beautifully and in harmony with each other. Then the delights of the Mandolin Orchestra of Devon (MOoD) led by Matt Norman. The MOoD repertoire ranges from Early Music through Baroque and Classical as well as folk tunes and some fun pieces, a rare treat for us to hear them here too. The evening will close with a performance from Rough Music; around 90 musicians on diverse instruments playing together from a repertoire that will include local music collected by Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould of Lew Trenchard in West Devon, other traditional South West music in addition to 17th and 18th Century English pieces. The evening promises to be something very special. www.wrenmusic.co.uk. Free entry with a collection.
UPDATED Dates and
venues previously listed incorrectly [by Ed.]
The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval Music featuring Dr Ian Mortimer and The Artisans
Wednesday 20 July 2016 7.30pm - St Andrew’s Church, Moretonhampstead
Thursday 21 July 2016 7.30pm - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
A unique collaboration between London-based ensemble The Artisans (including Emily and Hazel Askew), Richard Mackenzie, Louise Duggan, and Dr Ian Mortimer, author of The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England. Old English carols, songs from French Troubadours, & footstomping dance tunes from fourteenth-century Italy. Medieval music says much about the experience of being in the past. At the same time, the history of the period allows us to understand the background to the music. Thus we are going to weave the two together in a candlelit musical performance of what it was like to live in the Middle Ages – from the Viking Age to the birth of the Renaissance. Tickets (£10) may be reserved via www.ianmortimer.com/events/appearances.htm.
Thursday 21 July 2016 8.30pm - After Dark: Secret Gig - Dartington Hall
Dartington Hall lights up its hidden, dormant and unseen spaces with a series of intimate gigs and events in secret locations. More details, bookings etc. www.dartington.org/whats-on/after-dark.
Friday 22 July 2016
- Eduardo Niebla - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Hailed by the Guardian for his "exquisite guitar" playing and lyrical, poignantly poetic style, Eduardo Niebla is one of the truly outstanding guitarists of today; technically brilliant, fantastically creative and full of passion and verve. An evening of stunning flamenco jazz, in a " truly breathtaking" performance (Scotsman) that draws on the influences from across the world. www.eduardoniebla.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.
Friday 22 July 2016 7pm - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
The two time BBC Folk Award winners met in 2011 and signed to Fellside Records and in July 2012, The Queen’s Lover. In January 2013, the pair picked up the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk award. Russell and Algar received the Horizon Award for Best breakthrough act at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Their second album was released in July receiving 5 Stars in fRoots, 4 Stars in both R2 Magazine and The Telegraph and a host of other brilliant reviews, Bright Young Folk describing it as an “outstanding show of maturity” with “enormous promise”. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email email@example.com to book without a fee.
Friday 22 July 2016 9pm - Alice Gullick &
Eilidh Sinclair - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
Alice's music is an ageless blend of folky acoustic roots with a tinge of Americana. The passionate energy of a young singer songwriter shines throughout her haunting vocals and heartfelt lyrics. Alice performs with her acoustic guitar and as well as her original music, she performs a wide range of covers in her own unique style. Eilidh Sinclair is a 16 year old musician from plymouth. She is heavily influenced by the Folk Genre, however, the music she performs has her own twist. She is currently trying to write her own material and wishes to continue down the Folk route. £2. www.facebook.com/TheBBar/events. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.
Friday 22 July 2016 7.30pm -
Jon Pickard Classical Guitar & Harp Concert - Jellyfish
Gallery, 34 Bossell Road, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DD
22/23 July 2016 - Chagstock Festival -
Multi-genre festival; line-up includes Donovan, The Strangers, The Blockheads, Ferocious Dog, Danny & The Champions Of The World, Cattle & Cane, Marc O’Reilly, and many more. www.chagstock.info.
Saturday 23 July 2016 8pm - Phil Beer Band - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Phil's instrumental wizardry is well documented and has been utilised by countless artists over the years, the most notable being The Rolling Stones, Mike Oldfield and Steve Harley.While having his feet firmly in the ‘Acoustic’camp, he has “kept his hand in” with electric music with an annual outing of The Phil Beer Band. The Phil Beer Band performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil''s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock. The highly popular line up comprises Gareth Turner (Little Johnny England), Steve Crickett (Arizona Smoke Review), Greg McDonald, Emily Slade and of course, Phil Beer and promises to deliver a lively cocktail of folk, rock, country and blues. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.
Saturday 10 September - India Electric Co.
Saturday 8 October - Flats And Sharps
Saturday 3 December - Clive Carroll (workshop and concert)
Saturday 23 July 2016 - Lou Rhodes - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Lou Rhodes is a Mercury nominated singer-songwriter and one half of electronic genre-benders Lamb. She has released 3 critically acclaimed solo albums the first of which was shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize. Her fourth solo album will be released the day before this concert. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book without a fee.
Sunday 24 July 2016
- Jim Causley - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee
Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Five times BBC Folk Awards nominee, Jim was steeped in traditional music from an early age and has gone on to build an enviable reputation both as a solo artiste and in combination with some of the luminaries of the folk world: Martin Carthy, Kate Rusby, Steve Knightley, etc. He has a terrific voice and has been lauded as "The finest male folk singer of his generation." For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.
Sunday 31 July - open night, then Club closed through August, re-opening with an open night Sunday 4 September.
Monday 25 July 2016 -
The East Pointers - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Three young men from Canada whose talent and penchant for traditional Celtic tunes of decades past greatly belie their respective ages. Formed in 2014, each member of The East Pointers – banjoist/vocalist/step-dancer Koady Chaisson, fiddle player/vocalist Tim Chaisson, and guitarist/vocalist Jake Charron – is an accomplished musician in his own right, and their union produces a blend of Celtic tunes, songs and step-dances molded into something uniquely Canadian through a history which goes back generations. Winners of Music PEI Awards for New Artist of the Year 2015, Roots Traditional Recording of the Year 2015 and nominees in Canada’s East Coast Music Awards 2016. "Furiously energetic yet organic, celebratory yet cool, this is an impressive calling-card for a band who are soon likely to be making waves around the world" Songlines. Full details, samples etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/the-east-pointers. Box Office: 01392 667080.
Wednesday 27 July 2016
- Flats and Sharps - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Hailing from Cornwall this five piece band blur the lines of Bluegrass, Folk, Country & Pop, playing highly original songs as well as their renditions of Blugrass classics. They can already list the Country 2 Country Festival at the O2 , The Proms at Hyde Park amongst an incredible list of live performances. " effortlessly entertaining....sublime five part harmonies...the pace of their performance is breathtaking" Mark Ellen - R2 Magazine. www.flatsandsharps.co.uk. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.
Wednesday 27 July 2016 -
Hayseed Dixie - South Devon Arts
Centre, The Stables, Ford Road,
Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
The band was formed in the summer of 2000 on the front porch of a cabin in the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee, when after drinking enough whiskey to float a battleship across the Sahara Desert, it became suddenly obvious to the boys that the "Lost Highway" of Hank Williams and the "Highway To Hell" of AC/DC were the same damned road. The rest of the world first got a taste of the boys on April 17, 2001 with the release of their first album, titled "A Hillbilly Tribute To AC/DC". This gig will sell out. Details, samples, bookings etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!hayseed-dixie/o0qza. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).
NEW Thursday 28 July 2016 8.30pm - Roisin &
Jamie Yost - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
Roisin is a young singer/songwriter from the highlands of Scotland. Her celtic background has influenced her music and has created a delicate folky sound. Jamie Yost is a young singer songwriter from Devon. “Combining sharp chords and timely plucking with a voice that is both strong and gentle simultaneously, Jamie creates the kind of easy-listening songs that you can repeat time and time again and only appreciate them more every time.” – Noah Winters. £2. www.facebook.com/TheBBar/events. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.
29/30 July 2016 - Tashi Lhunpo Tibetan Monks
workshops/performance - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
See www.theflavel.org.uk for details. Art, costumes, music, dance...
29 July to 5 August 2016 - Sidmouth Folk Week
See full details, and join the the festival's e-circulation, at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk.
30 July-27 August - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
One of Europe's leading music summer schools. In Week 2 (6-13 August) folk and poetry continues to be an important part of the programme: Northumbrian pipes-player and fiddler Kathryn Tickell returns to run a folk course, and Sally Davies directs our Dartington Folk Choir. The poet Jo Shapcott leads a poetry writing course. Concerts burn with a poetic intensity, from late night harpsichord music and Chopin’s complete Mazurkas, to a celebration of Kathleen Ferrier and Jane Glover’s Mozart’s Women. Operatic fireworks, Baroque brilliance – and a ceilidh too! See www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/ for details, brochure etc.
Thursday 4 August 2016 - Cooper & Davies - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Shropshire duo Rob Cooper and Simon Davies. Drawn together by a desire to play rootsy Americana, they developed their own style and sound which draws on the traditions of country, blues and bluegrass et al. Having recently played at Country 2 Country at the O2 these guys are gauranteed to leave audiences with toes tapping and faces smiling. www.cooperanddavies.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.
5-7 August 2016 - Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal
Artists confirmed for 2016 so far include: Blazin' Fiddles; Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston; Bob Fox; Mawkin; Talisk; Bayou Seco; Tickled Pink; The Dartmoor Pixie Band (Friday night & Sunday night); Ramsley Minors; Entertainingly different... plus more to be confirmed...... www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk.
Saturday 6 August 2016 - The
Rheingans Sisters - Athenaeum Theatre, Plymouth
At Gingers Gathering 2016 www.facebook.com/gingersthegathering. Fiddle-singers Rowan and Anna, nominated twice in the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - for the 'Horizon' award and for 'Best Original Track'. www.rheinganssisters.co.uk. 'The Rheingans Sisters are delicate and skilled musicians who refresh their traditions by embellishing known themes in their own particular style, creating sounds that are recognisably grounded in the earth of folk music and song, yet flying to new destinations.' Nancy Kerr, 2015 BBC Folk Singer of the Year; '[new album] is unhurried music of heart and ease and lyricism, with gorgeous new songs that sound already timeless, that reek of earthly human connection and longing; a warm hug of an album.' Karine Polwart.
Tuesday 9 August 2016 7pm - Land Of The Giants - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Yes the full band live and unplugged. After six months of studio time, the Southwest band are hitting the country with a new lease of life and a brand new set ready to fill your ears with upbeat, feel-good sounds and your soul with cheery, uplifting vibes. With ideas too big to be pigeon-holed, the Giants fuse many a musical style and are quite frankly genre-defying. Expect inspired songwriting, pumping drum and bass licks, scorching guitar, soulful yet commanding vocals and a jumpin' brass section. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email email@example.com to book without a fee.
Thursday 11 August 2016 - Tipitina - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
The trio's music is a life-enhancing blend of swing, boogie, jive, gospel and blues in the New Orleans tradition. Championed by BBC Radio 2's Paul Jones, the band will have you dancing in the aisles. Vocalist Debbie Jones is as sultry as a night downtown and Justin Randall's piano boogies like there's no tomorrow. Their performances are full of energy, versatility and sheer ‘joie de vivre' - no wonder they're one of our most popular acts! www.myspace.com/tipitinaartist/music/songs. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.
Friday 12 August 2016 - Widecombe Sailing Club Barn Dance - Langworthy Farm,
Barn dance (in a barn) with a nautical theme. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk
7.15-9pm - Harbottle & Jonas - River Cottage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3QQ
Totnes-based traditional folk duo of guitarist David and concertina player Freya. www.harbottleandjonas.com.
Friday 12 August 2016 7pm - Transylvania - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
With a blast of fresh air comes Transylvania a band quite unlike anything that comes before it, genuinely from Transylvania (Romania), the band centres around the dual talents of Konstantin Zgomot and Vlad Damien whose deep roots in Transylvania are best explored separately. Their repertoire with an array of awesome acoustic musicians draws on their roots but with red hot beats and samples provided by ultra producer Konstantin, you’ll be driven along a Balkan highway to the dance floor and will find them quite irresistible. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book without a fee.
Saturday 13 August 2016 7.30pm - Dawlish
Carnival Ceilidh with Mrs Midnight's - Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish EX7
Caller Mike Boston. Tickets £8. Information from Alan Brown 01626 863016. No bar, BYO drinks.
Friday 12 August 2016 - Devon Acoustic
Collective - Lupton House, Churston Ferrers, nr Brixham TQ5 0LD
Concert featuring Folk Inspired (Chris & Paul Woodhouse), Harpingmad (Bill & Susi Trezise), Nine Pound Catfish (Graham Butterfield, Ian & Jane Gardner), Orinoco (Susi Trezise & Martyn Cornellius). Contact 01803 550153 or 07894 961010. Email: email@example.com. £10 adv, £12 door. Tickets available from June.
Monday 15 August 2016 -
Hayseed Dixie - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Is there really such a thing as a hillbilly band covering rock classics? You betcha. They are called Hayseed Dixie and they play Rockgrass. Songs by artists such as Kiss, Outkast, Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith get the Rockgrass treatment, but the band play original songs too. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/hayseed-dixie. £16. Box Office: 01392 667080.
Thursday 18 August 2016 - Brooks Williams & Lightning Express - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Georgia born Brooks, ranked one of the Top 100 Acoustic guitarists, along with bassist Andy Seward and drummer Keith Angel who make up Lightning Express. Singer-songwriter Brooks writes groove-laden songs and delivers them with an easy-going vocal style and monstrous guitar chops. Walking the line between blues and Americana, Williams has worked stages worldwide for over 25 years and now returns with the band, amassing a staggering back-catalogue of songs, recordings and tales of life on the road. www.brookswilliams.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.
19-21 August 2016 - Beautiful Days Festival -
Escot Park near Exeter
Multi-genre. Details www.beautifuldays.org.
Thursday 25 August 2016 - Gigspanner - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
We end our summer courtyard sessions with a welcome return visit from this brilliant trio headed by legendary ex-Steeleye Spanfiddle player, Peter Knight. Joined by Roger Flack (guitar) and Vincent Salzfaas (congas and djembe), Peter's Gigspanner will take you on a dazzling musical world tour, that combines traditional British with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences. "Peter Knight can spin the World on his Bow" (Sir Terry Pratchett). www.gigspanner.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.
26-29 August 2016 - Cornwall Folk Festival - Wadebridge
Ralph McTell and Martin Simpson headlining. www.cornwallfolkfestival.com.
26/27 August 2016 - Sea Change Festival - Totnes
New multi-genre festival, curated by the Drift Record Shop.Some folk content. See www.seachangefestival.co.uk/line-up.
Saturday 3 September 2016 - Fishstock Seafood & Music Festival - Brixham
Saturday 3 September 2016 7.30pm - Robin & Bina Williamson - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey
Tracey TQ13 9AL
Robin (ex-Incredible String Band!) and Bina Williamson. Tickets www.ticketsource.co.uk/southdevonmusic or email firstname.lastname@example.org. South Devon Music exists to bring world class talent to our doorstep. Help us to keep on keeping on.
Sunday 4 September 2016 7pm - Lauren Housely - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Lauren’s debut album ‘Sweet Surrender’ is an all killer, no filler, affair with a number of tracks already either playlisted or on prime spot play at Radio 2 by the likes of Chris Evans, Jeremy Vine, Bob Harris, Robert Elms etc, all of whom know a good tune when they hear one. Lauren will continue to attract a legion of supporters, by dint of her emotive vocals, steeped in gospel/blues/soul phrasing, and her honest, sincere and personal song writing. Singing and songwriting of such standard that will, in fact, be equally appealing to mainstream audiences too, as indeed proved by her current Radio support. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email email@example.com to book without a fee.
NEW Saturday 10 September 2016 - India Electric
Co. - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Cole Stacey and Joseph O'Keefe. WBursting with invention and full of surprises" - The Telegraph; "Sometimes folk, sometimes not. India Electric Company travel through Eastern European themes, gypsy jazz and Irish reels to end up with something "quirky and glittery - a veritable musical magpie's nest" - Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3. They've recently found themselves performing live sessions on BBC Radio 2, 6 Music, and Glastonbury Festival. www.indiaelectricco.com. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.
Saturday 10 September 2016 7pm - Noëlle et les Papillons - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Noëlle et les Papillons in concert playing songs from Noëlle Rollings' debut album, "French Exchange". Noëlle is joined by Gaëlle Hammond on backing vocals, melodica and percussion, Alex Worsley on guitars, Tom Unwin on keyboards, Steve Crossen on drums and percussion, Graham Hutton on trumpet as well as acoustic and electric bass. "...jazz singer still might be felt to be her foundation, but her strong artistic identity and range of references takes us way beyond jazz into the fascinating world of her own songs and arrangements". See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book without a fee.
Sunday 11 September 2016 8pm - Leveret - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Leveret's music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new with original settings of ancient tunes sitting alongside new compositions by some of today's finest tunesmiths in the folk field. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument. £12 adv/£14 door. www.topshamfolkclub.org. www.wegottickets.com/event/363160.
Sunday 11 September 2016
- Dana & Susan Robinson - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee
Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
American couple, who thoroughly charmed us on their last visit and who provide a unique blend of traditional Appalachian music together with fine contemporary songwriting, accompanied on banjo, fiddle and guitars. "Many songwriters have been heralded as modern day Woody Guthries…but that mantle might be better entrusted to Dana Robinson." For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.
NEW Tuesday 13 September 2016 8pm - Autumn Folk
at the Brewery - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village EX5 5AE
Exmouth Shanty Men - Guest MC Mike Warman. Craft Theme: Country Pottery from Harry Juniper (including Harvest jugs) - Half Moon Village, EX5 5AE. Entry includes Pint & Pasty. Tickets £6. Further information: email@example.com, 01363 82621. www.reynardine.co.uk. Note: Disabled access pending
16-18 September 2016 - Lostinfolk Festival - Lostwithiel Community Centre
New in 2016, and not too far away from us. The festival will offer four concerts over the three days plus a late-night ceilidh after the Saturday evening concert. The line-up includes well known folk and acoustic artists who will be familiar to many of the county’s folk club audiences including Jez Lowe & the Bad Pennies, Richard Digance, Johnny Coppin & Mike Silver, Sally Barker, and Exeter’s Wildwood Kin. Audiences will also have the opportunity to enjoy exploring the effervescent Gerry Colvin Band, world folk music rhythms of the Hut People, and Cambridgeshire mandolinist Daniel Nestlerode. Add to this impressive list the Americana and rocky blues of the Spikedrivers, Suffolk’s Broadside Boys with their tales of local characters, the full on fiddle led Celtic fusion of the Roving Crows, and last but certainly not least, the folk rock dance masters of experimentation (yes you can folk dance to Kraftwerk!) Tickled Pink for the ceilidh, and there is certainly a diverse mix of musical genres to appeal to everyone! www.deckchairproductions.co.uk.
Saturday 17 September 2016 - Murphys Law - where?
Saturday 17 September 2016 - Tim Fitzhigham as Will Kempe Shakespeare’s
Stand-up - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Having created the great comedy parts of Falstaff, Bottom and Dogberry, in 1600 Will Kempe the comedian and William Shakespeare the writer fell out over Kempe's ideas for a comedy part in Hamlet. To show Shakespeare the true nature of comedy Kempe walked out of his office in the globe and Morris Danced from London to Norwich in nine days. Just over 400 years later multi-award winning comedian Tim FitzHigham read about this argument in the footnote of a long forgotten book. To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare join Tim for wild Morris dancing, near death, arrest and injury as he takes on the challenge of the greatest stand up the world ever saw - Will Kempe. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book without a fee. [Not folk (or is it?, but sounds interesting]
Sunday 18 September 2016
- Gerry Colvin Band - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee
Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
(formerly Colvin Quarmby) A supremely entertaining act, underpinned by Gerry’s ability to write deeply moving songs and to involve an audience with his warmth and humour. Add to that great musicians on lead and bass guitars, fiddle, accordion and percussion and you have the perfect combination: great lyrics, fine voices and the tightest accompaniment. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.
2016 8pm -
Pete Coe -
Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club,
Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Enquiries contact email@example.com or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).
Friday 21 October - Les Barker
Friday 18 November - Jim Moray
2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special:
Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll, with James Budden - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Two of the West Country’s finest fiddle-players join forces in this fabulous duo with a stunning new take on English traditional music and song. Melodic, emotive violin and viola blend with driving fiddle chords and powerful vocals to create a rich, captivating sound. Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll have worked and recorded with many of the leading lights of the folk world and currently perform in the Jim Causley trio. They are joined by James Budden on double bass for an evening that will take you on a journey from the dark side of English ballad to light-hearted country dance tunes interspersed with their own compositions and anecdotes of fiddling adventures! See the trio here www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fh1Eq5lFwY. Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to the trio please. www.calstockarts.org.
Friday 23 September 2016 - Home Service -
The David Hall, South Petherton
Quite a trek (1½ hours' drive from Totnes), but if you're keen to see the first gig by the new line-up of Home Service with John Kirkpatrik as lead vocalist (and on squeezeboxes of course) following the retirement of John Tams, you might want to make the journey. www.homeserviceband.co.uk. The David Hall has an ongoing programme of top-class folk gigs. www.thedavidhall.org.uk.
Friday 23 September 2016 - Acoustic Haven: tba -
St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map).
tba www.acoustichaven.co.uk. Acoustic Haven is a community music night run by volunteers.
Saturday 24 September 2016 - Ninebarrow - Downderry & Seaton Village Hall,
Main Road, Downderry, Torpoint, Cornwall PL11 3LW
Details tbc www.ninebarrow.co.uk.
Sunday 25 September 2016 3pm - Ninebarrow - Galmpton Village Institute Hall, Greenway Road,
Brixham TQ5 0LT (map)
A Sunday afternoon concert Ninebarrow www.ninebarrow.co.uk. Support: Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed. Tickets £14(+) online at www.wegottickets.com/event/350060. Keep up to date with gigs Maggie & Mike are organising at the southern end of the 'Riviera' by joining their e-circulation via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday 25 September 2016 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Exminster Victory Hall, Main
Road, Exminster EX6 8DF
Online tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/341547. A car park is situated on Deepway Lane at the recreation ground.
UPDATED Rescheduled from
25 April 2016
Sunday 25 September 2016 ???pm - Spirit of Ireland - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
The Spirit Of Ireland, now celebrating 30 years touring worldwide, was Irish dancing’s first national and international success story. The production has gone from strength to strength, evolving over time to become one of the most exciting and popular cultural, dance and music products to come out of Ireland. Featuring a cast of champion dancers and musicians, this diverse production offers the audience a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance. The Spirit of Ireland prides itself in respecting core traditions of Irish music & dance culture with a team of talented and highly respected musicians, singers & dancers, who provide a truly authentic experience. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15614.
Friday 30 September 2016 7pm - Phil Beer - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
An audience with Phil Beer has been described as a glimpse into his world where folk, blues, hymns, the sea, the West Country and a life spent in music combine to make a true show. A Phil Beer gig is one spent in the company of a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email email@example.com to book without a fee.
Saturday 1 October 2016 7pm - Sarah Deere-Jones - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Sarah Deere-Jones is one of the UK’s most talented and versatile harpists, she was classically trained but soon turned her focus onto medieval and traditional music, with her ground-breaking compositions and arrangements, that are now in demand around the world and have been placed on UK harp grade-exam lists. She regularly appears at major music and harp festivals in America and Australia performing solo concerts and holding workshops for student harpists. As well as performing haunting songs and dazzling instrumentals from the English traditional and Celtic genres she also includes jazz and world music. Her work using the Aeolian harp (wind blown) has lead to her music being broadcast on national TV and Radio where it has been widely acclaimed. Sarah’s own research on the medieval harp has shown how it is truly a traditional English, as well as Celtic musical instrument, and her concerts, which are full of dry humour, present the harp and it’s image, in an entirely different light. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book without a fee.
NEW Sunday 2 October 2016 7.30pm -
James Findlay - Tavistock Wharf
Seated. James Findlay first came into the public eye after winning the 2010 BBC Young Folk Award. "Bl**dy hell, what a voice! This was my first thought as he launched into his songs. He’s warmly charismatic with that sparkle of personality that draws a crowd along with him.” Jon Boden. "He’s got an appositely brilliant voice that lad. It’s not just soft and mellow but it has got a lot of depth and a lot of passion to it. Love his stuff!” Mike Harding. James comes from a family of folk singers & his enthusiasm lies firmly within the English tradition. He is particularly passionate about songs from his home counties of Dorset, Somerset and Devon. He has an extensive repertoire and love for song and this really shows through his knowledge and understanding of the material. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2740_james_findlay.
NEW Saturday 8 October 2016 7.30pm - Josienne
Clarke & Ben Walker -
The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Josienne and Ben's profile has risen steeply since they received major accolades for the 2013 Album, Fire and Fortune. This was followed by their equally successful 2015 release, Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour. The popularity of their live performances and quality of their recordings climaxed in the award of best duo at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The Independent described them as extremely compelling. A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel. www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.
Saturday 8 October 2016 - Quicksilver - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge
TQ7 4QE (map)
The Kingston Autumn Seasonal Concert: Hilary Spencer and Grant Baynham. Hilary’s powerful vocals and Grant’s virtuoso guitar playing combine to provide a memorable experience for the audience. Grant’s song writing, honed during a four year stint on the BBC’s “That’s Life”, ranges from the poignant to the purely comic. Entertainment guaranteed! “Comic song touched with gold.” (Ned Sherrin, Presenter, BBC TV). Tel. 01548 810806 for details.
2016 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Details tba. www.calstockarts.org.
NEW Saturday 8 October 2016 - Flats And Sharps - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Flats and Sharps blur the lines between Bluegrass, Folk, Country & Pop. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.
Saturday 8 October 2016 - Cosgrave & Banks - Bratton Clovelly Parish Hall EX20
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting new folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun" Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Bar. www.brattonclovellyfestival.com.
Sunday 9 October 2016 8pm - Nancy Kerr & The
Sweet Visitor Band - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Influential singer-violinist Nancy Kerr plays tracks from her forthcoming follow up album to her solo debut Sweet Visitor backed by a stellar lineup. As a singer- songwriter Nancy has been gaining countless new fans in addition to those who have followed her career with partner James Fagan for the last two decades. Nancy is joined here by Greg Russell, Tom Wright, Rowan Rheingans and Tim Yates. £14 adv/£16 door. www.topshamfolkclub.org. www.wegottickets.com/event/364200.
NEW Sunday 9 October 2016 7.30pm -
Hannah James Jig Doll
- Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated. Jig Doll is a new project created by Hannah James. A rarity in folk music, Hannah is a singer, musician and innovative clog dancer. Jig Doll combines all of these disciplines in a beautiful new show exploring the life of the travelling player: sometimes exotic, sometimes frightening, it’s a world where home changes daily, and the only touchstones are the skills you carry with you, and the people you meet on the way. Jig Doll is the culmination of Hannah’s career thus far, allowing her to combine all of the disciplines for which she’s become known and take them to exciting new places. Much more than a concert, Jig Doll features newly-composed music in a magical setting woven around percussive dance. More details www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2760_hannah_james_jig_doll.
NEW Wednesday 19 October 2016 - Lynched - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Lynched are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/lynched. Box Office: 01392 667080.
2016 8pm -
Les Barker -
Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club,
Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Enquiries contact email@example.com or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).
NEW Friday 21 October 2016 - Faustus - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
more details tba Tour launching the new album (only their third) from the brilliant trio of Saul Rose, Paul Sartin and Benji Kirkpatrick. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk
NEW 21-23 October 2016 - Baring-Gould Folk
Weekend - Okehampton
Gavin Davenport, Sam Lee, Tom Kitching, Janet Russell, Sandra Kerr, Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson. Run by Wren Music. www.baring-gould.co.uk
NEW 24-28 October 2016 - Baring-Gould Song
School - Okehampton
Run by Wren Music www.baring-gould.co.uk/index.php/song-school.
Friday 28 October 2016 7.30pm -
Steve Ashley - Jellyfish
Gallery, 34 Bossell Road, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DD
Saturday 29 October 2016 - Steve Ashley - Manor Inn, Galmpton
Details tbc. Support from Maggie and Mike. Buy tickets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Maggie on 01803 855961.
Sunday 6 November 2016 8pm - Jim Causley - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Jim Causley celebrates over a decade as an acclaimed solo artist and performer with a brand new studio album Forgotten Kingdom, a broad collection of songs inspired by Causley’s native Westcountry mixing ancient history with the songwriter’s own personal history and experience of the world. Jim is joined here by Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll. £10 adv/£12 door. www.topshamfolkclub.org. www.wegottickets.com/event/364201.
Saturday 12 November 2016 - Afro Celt Sound System - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. This European and African based collective features the core band members Simon Emmerson, Guinean vocalist, kora and balafon virtuoso N’Faly Kouyate and charismatic dhol master Johnny Kalsi, along with percussionist Robbie Harris and fiddle-player Eòghann MacEanruig, Ged Lynch on drums, Simon ‘Palmskin’ Richmond on keyboards and electronica and Val Etienne on backing vocals, with the gritty, witty rhymes of Gaelic rapper, musician and language activist Griogair. On some shows, the band will be joined by the hauntingly soulful Armagh-born vocalist and flautist Rioghnach Connolly and the devotional harmonies of the Guinean female quintet Les Griottes. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/afro-celt-sound-system. £23.50. Box Office: 01392 667080.
NEW Thursday 17 November 2016 7.30pm - Martin
The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
We are delighted to welcome back Martin who started our series in April 2014. Martin is regarded as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitarists in the world. His career includes collaborations on stage and record with among many of the UK's finest musicians. Martin has been nominated an astounding 27 times in the fifteen years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and was voted Musician of the Year on two occasions. He has had a long recording career with some 14 successful albums to his name. A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel. www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.
Friday 18 November 2016 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks -
Brixham Library, Market Street, Brixham TQ5 8EU
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun" Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Bar. www.brattonclovellyfestival.com.
2016 8pm -
Jim Moray -
Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club,
Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Enquiries contact email@example.com or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).
tba 18-20 November 2016 - West Country Christmas Carols Weekend - Sidmouth
details tbc With John Kirkpatrick. www.folksw.org.uk/events.html (no info yet).
NEW Wednesday 23 November 2016 - Cara Dillon - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Cara Dillon has one of those rare talents you only come across a handful times in your life. Her crystalline, angelic voice has the ability to reach inside the soul of a song with profound sweetness, poignancy and depth. Come and join the exceptional Cara Dillon for a night of Christmas songs in what will undoubtedly be a magical and memorable festive experience. Having recorded her highly anticipated Christmas album Upon A Winter’s Night Cara and her band will be performing classic carols, Celtic hymns and other Christmas songs to celebrate and share in the Christmas spirit. A tradition in the making. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/cara-dillon. £20. Box Office: 01392 667080.
NEW Friday 25 November 2016 - The Levellers - Plymouth Pavilions
Celebrating 25 years of 'Levelling The Land', The Levellers will play their classic album in full plus other hits on a mammoth UK tour supported by Ferocious Dog to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of their second full-length, and now classic, album. www.plymouthpavilions.com.
NEW Sunday 27 November 2016 7.30pm -
- Tavistock Wharf
Seated. Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). Her new album Walking Into White (2015) is her most honest and adventurous work to date, with a depth and texture of soundscape that are reflected in her beautifully crafted live shows. A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2726_sarah_mcquaid.
NEW Saturday 3 December 2016 3pm - Clive Carroll
Guitar Workshop - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Ragtime & Percussive Guitar Workshop. Two of the most popular acoustic guitar styles! Come along and learn how to play a classic Ragtime bass line and melody, at the same time. We will also have some fun discovering the percussive possibilities of the acoustic guitar which have been made famous by such artists as Newton Faulkner and Tommy Emmanuel! This is not suitable for beginners but would be of maximum benefit to those who have a minimum of two years experience. Bring your guitar!! Tickets: £15 and £10 for students. Numbers will be limited to 15. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.
NEW Saturday 3 December 2016 - Clive Carroll - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
"Probably the best and most original acoustic guitar player and composer in Great Britain" - Acoustic Magazine USA. Guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll’s masterful compositions and arrangements, coupled with his versatility and unparalleled technical virtuosity, have rendered him one of today’s most admired and respected guitarists. This will be an inspirational evening of Spanish guitar classics, Originals, Medieval lute music, Delta blues & hints of Chet Atkins and Django Reinhardt all played by the World-Class guitarist. www.clivecarroll.co.uk. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.
Sunday 4 December 2016 8pm - The Magical
Christmas Tree Tour - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
The Magical Christmas Tree Tour is Pete Morton, Emily Sanders, Chris Parkinson and a tree. Not just any old Christmas tree but a very magical one. After five successful seasons touring the UK this show is a festive treat where the audience pick scrolls from the tree and make every night a unique occasion. Pete, Emily and Chris are a high-flying combination. Together they deliver a richly textured collection of vibrant new songs, beautiful old carols and stunning instrumentals. £10 adv/£12 door. www.topshamfolkclub.org. www.wegottickets.com/event/364202.
NEW Thursday 8 December 2016 8pm -
- Tavistock Wharf
Supremely talented Roots and Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. He’s a devotee to the music that came out of the Mississippi Delta, the slide guitar, and many other forms of roots music. Though Harley’s sound is rooted in the blues it seeks to tell his own story and draws on the ruminations of a musician who has spent much of his life on the road. “Harley offers the listener a masterclass in taste, style and roots blues” - Guitarist Magazine. “Harley has it all – voice, guitar artistry and the songs” - Total Music. “No doubt that he is a slide guitar master. He is the business” - Roots Magazine. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2686_martin_harley.
NEW Thursday/Friday/Saturday 8/9/10 December
2016 - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes return with ‘Walk with Me - The Big Autumn Tour’ (last 3 nights) with special guest Megan Henwood. Featuring songs from 25 years at the top and reunited with the exceptionally talented Miranda Sykes once more, big sounds, uncompromising songs and stunning production make for a evening to remember. This will be the last chance to see them together before their 2017 Albert Hall concert. www.ledleisure.co.uk. Box office 01395 222477.
NEW Friday 9 December 2016 8pm -
- Tavistock Wharf
Seated+Standing. Classic British folk rock. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2725_lindisfarne.
Saturday 17 December 2016 7.30pm - Seth Lakeman - Exeter Cathedral, 1 The
Cloisters, Exeter EX1 1HS
Award-winning folk-singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman will release new album ‘Ballads of the Broken Few’ in Autumn 2016 and is touring the UK in November & December with his band and special guests Wildwood Kin. Few reserved tickets remaining. www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk. Tickets: www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/Seth-Lakeman. Box office 01392 667080. [Ed. Sorry Seth fans, only just found out about this one.]
12 February 2017 7.45pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Folk
on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee
Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun" Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.
23-26 February 2017 - Lord of the Dance 2017: Dangerous Games -
Celebrating 20 years since he debuted Lord of the Dance, Flatley’s UK tour will star his protégés James Keegan, Morgan Comer and Mathew Smith in the role of the Lord of the Dance. The show is produced, choreographed and directed by Michael Flatley. Please note, Michael Flatley will not be performing in this production. Details www.plymouthpavilions.com.
2017 - Harbottle & Jonas - Ring O'Bells, Chagford
St Patrick's Day. Totnes-based traditional folk duo of guitarist David and concertina player Freya. www.harbottleandjonas.com.
Sunday 16 April 2017 - Show of Hands at the Royal Albert Hall
Show of Hands present the fifth 'Live at The Albert Hall' show. Tickets on sale from 1 July 2016. www.showofhands.co.uk
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