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Harberton Cricket Club presents:
Sunday 22 February 2015 7.30pm - Steve Knightley -
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Saturday 7 March 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Click here for ticketing details.
Both concerts at Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map). Licensed real ale bars courtesy of The Bay Horse Inn, Totnes.

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Folk Diary coverage:
events mostly within an approx. 30 mile radius of Totnes as the crow flies, i.e. including Exeter and Plymouth, and covering Tavistock, Okehampton and Sidmouth for example. It is the main reference for compilation of the Harberton Folk email circulars. Map links (streetmap.co.uk): yield a fully zoomable map. I'm increasingly including postcodes in the venue information for those of you who rely on satnavs.
To submit new Diary entries: many new Diary entries come from you, our readers. If you know of a folk event not listed below, please contact us by email giving concise details of the event, performer(s) etc., using the format below so that your item can be copied and pasted with minimal editing. Please note that no flyers, posters or images are used - send only text, no graphics. Thanks!
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey.

Southern Devon Folk Diary

Sunday 25 January 2015 - Hayseed Dixie - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Standing.
Appalachian tributeers, back by popular demand. Inventors of the unofficial but internationally adored genre ‘rockgrass’. Growing up playing the traditional music of their forefathers on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and acoustic bass, the then very youthful Hayseed lads suddenly discovered the sounds of AC/DC (the myth goes that they found some of the band’s vinyl releases in a car wreck!), which they immediately loved. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!hayseed-dixie/c1ucr. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

Sunday 25 January 2015 7.45pm - Donal Maguire - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Irish born but in England since the age of 15, Donal has embraced traditional and contemporary influences and is renowned both as a fine unaccompanied singer and a talented songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. Witty presentation of a well-balanced programme is assured. £10/£8. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Thursday 29 January 2015 8pm - Southern Tenant Folk Union - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
One of the most highly acclaimed folk/bluegrass bands in the UK today. A six piece acoustic with banjo, mandolin, fiddle & harmony vocals they perform an eclectic mix of high energy atmosphere folk and have received airplay from Bob Harris & Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 2. Full details, ticketing etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/stfu. Box office
01752 892220.

Friday 30 January 2015 - Acoustic Haven: The Adventurists - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
Details www.wegottickets.com/event/301887.

Saturday 7 February 2015 8pm - Jackie Oates with James Dumbleton - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
Winner of the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Horizon award and 2009 BBC Radio 2 Best Traditional Track award. Jackie has released several highly-acclaimed albums. Her latest, Lullabies, is now available. She has a distinctive voice of pure clarity and is an excellent fiddle player, performing mainly traditional folk songs and tunes. She is an established member of the all-star multi-cultural folk band, The Imagined Village, alongside Martin and Eliza Carthy, among others. She has toured as support to Mercury-nominated folk/pop star, Seth Lakeman. In the past she has performed with local artists such as Andy Clarke and Steve Turner, as part of Wistman's Wood and Ed Rennie. For this perforrmance, she is teaming up with talented multi-instrumentalist James Dumbleton. www.jackieoates.co.uk. Info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family). Adv £10, £12 door.

Sunday 8 February 2015 7.45pm - Jackie Oates - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Since her appearance at the BBC Young Folk Awards a decade ago, adopted Devonian Jackie's career has gone from strength to strength. With an exceptionally pure voice and a host of highly-lauded albums to her name, another sell-out audience is guaranteed, so be sure to book! £10/£8 (members). For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 15 February 2015 8pm - Nancy Kerr & James Fagan - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Groundbreaking English fiddle player and singer Nancy Kerr and her Australian partner James Fagan (bouzouki, voice) play a scintillating mix of traditional and contemporary acoustic music drawn mostly from the English and Australian traditions, and more recently Nancy’s original songs. They are multi-BBC folk award winners including winners of the inaugural Horizon Award and Best Duo Awards in 2003 and 2011 respectively. www.kerrfagan.com. £12 adv/£14 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Wednesday 15 February 2015 - Hudson Taylor - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Inspired and with the jangle of one of Whelan’s in Dublin’s legendary open mic folk nights ringing in their ears, native brothers Alfie and Harry Hudson-Taylor left the pub and set up a place to jam on the nearest stoop. It was there that Hudson Taylor was formed – an intimate, lovelorn folk-pop project. www.hudsontaylormusic.com. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/hudson-taylor. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Lady Maisery - Traditional Music
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Forged from the voices of Hannah James (Kerfuffle, duo with Sam Sweeney), Hazel Askew (The Askew Sisters, The Artisans) and Rowan Rheingans (Fidola), Lady Maisery explore vocal harmony to breathtaking effect, through their fresh interpretations of songs and ballads. They released their debut album Weave & Spin in 2012 and as a result they were nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. 2013 sees the release of their second album. All three members are musicians as much as singers, which can be seen not just in their tune singing, but also in their intelligent, striking arrangements on fiddle, harp and accordion. Be prepared to be enchanted by rich harmonies and sumptuous clashes as Lady Maisery emerge as one of the most original new groups on the UK folk scene. ..there's no escaping the mesmerising brilliance of this album - it's a sparkling and intriguing debut by any standards, and something impressively different. And yes, a certain contender for this year's best-of list. David Kidman, fRoots Magazine www.ladymaisery.com
18 February 2015 7.30pm - St Marys Church, Abbotskerswell
19 February 2015 7.30pm - St Mary's Church, Cheriton Bishop
20 February 2015 7.30pm - Clayhidon Parish Hall
21 February 2015 7.30pm - Lustleigh Village Hall

Saturday 21 February 2015 - Hank Wangford - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Country star. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/296086.

Sunday 22 February 2015 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
Steve makes a sentimental return to Harberton for this date on his Grow Your Own Gig solo tour.  A Harberton Cricket Club (HCC) promotion, supported by Harberton Folk. All tickets £16. See here for full local ticketing details (Barry Goldsmith from HCC [cheque+SAE], and The Bay Horse Inn Totnes [cheque/cash for personal visitors]). Online tickets £16+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/292287. Licensed bar (real ale).

Sunday 22 February 2015 7.45pm - The Unthanks - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
The Unthanks is a family affair for Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank, with Rachel married to pianist, producer, arranger and composer, Adrian McNally. Using the traditional music of the North East of England as a starting point, the influence of Steve Reich, Miles Davis, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Wyatt, Antony & The Johnsons, King Crimson and Tom Waits can be heard in the band's 7 albums to date. Since releasing three project albums in one year back in 2012, The Unthanks have been hiding away in Northumberland, quietly working away on an ambitious follow-up to 2011's Last. Who knows how rich, imaginative and groundbreaking their new album will be, released to coincide with this tour, and to be brought to life on stage with a talented 10 piece band. Definable only by their restless, peerless eccentricity, The Unthanks see folk music less as a style of music and more as a oral history that offers perspective on our own time. Their unique approach to storytelling straddles the complex relationship between modernism and learning from the past. Staunch traditionalism and sonic adventure may seem like polar opposites, yet they are easy bedfellows in the gentle hands of The Unthanks. www.the-unthanks.com. £19.50. Box office 01392 665938. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15168

JT Collective - Bluegrass music
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
JT Collective bring a mixture of original and traditional songs and tunes played in an acoustic style with a heavy emphasis on Bluegrass, Irish and Americana. From blisteringly fast tunes to slow ballads, this versatile line-up are sure to impress. The band is led by superb bluegrass guitarist Jason Titley. He is arguably the UK's finest Bluegrass guitarist and his flair for improvisation and deep understanding of rhythm (he also plays drums) always makes his playing unpredictable and exciting. Jason will be familiar to those of you who have seen Leon Hunt's N-tet. The trio is completed by bassist/vocalist Ben Somers and Leanne Thorose on violin & vocals. Their debut album is released in May 2014. www.jtcollective.com
26 February 2015 7.30pm - Lydford Nicholls Hall
27 February 2015 8pm - Combeinteignhead Village Hall
28 February 2015 8pm - Gidleigh Village Hall

Thursday 26 February 2015 - The Carrivick Sisters - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A long-awaited return from one of the country's top young bluegrass/folk duos who enjoy a loyal following throughout the UK, Canada and Europe. Twins Laura and Charlotte hail from South Devon, and much of their original material is inspired by the rich folk lore, history and surroundings of their home county, and it's these English influences that give their music a unique sound. Their tight sibling vocal harmonies and multi-instrumental virtuosity on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and clawhammer banjo create music that is lush, elegant, graceful and utterly engaging. www.thecarrivicksisters.co.uk. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Friday 27 February 2015 - Acoustic Haven: Carrie Tree & Alex Roberts - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
Carrie Tree & her band - heart-melting beautiful folk with excellent percussion & backing. www.carrietree.com. Alex Roberts (with Graham Ross bass) brilliant slide guitarist and multi-instrumentalist songwriter storyteller. www.alexrobertsmusic.com. Details www.wegottickets.com/event/301890.

Sunday 1 March 2015 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Led by Steeleye Span's former legendary fiddle player Peter Knight, Gigspanner flirts audaciously with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and Aboriginal influences, transporting you with blistering pace on a musical world tour.
www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tickets £14. Box office: 01404 384050.

Roberts & Lakeman - Traditional music
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
An evening of traditional and self-penned songs, performed on vocals, guitar, keyboard and woodwind from the winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2013 for Best Duo. Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers, Dartmoor-based Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire, ensures a rare treat for any listener. With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com
4 March 2015 7.30pm - Meavy Parish Hall, Meavy
5 March 2015 7.30pm - Sampford Courtenay Village Hall
6 March 2015 7.30pm - Highweek Village Hall, Highweek
7 March 2015 7.30pm - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes

Friday 6 March 2015 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Support: folk rock duo Sounds of the Sirens. Full details www.carnglaze.com/mad-dog-mcrea-plus-sounds-sirens-rum-store-carnglaze-caverns-friday-6th-march-2015-8pm. Tel. 01579 320251

Saturday 7 March 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
An evening of traditional and self-penned songs, performed on vocals, guitar, keyboard and woodwind from the winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2013 for Best Duo. Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers, Dartmoor-based Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire, ensures a rare treat for any listener. With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com. Tickets £10/£8. See here for full local ticketing details (Barry Goldsmith from HCC [cheque+SAE], and The Bay Horse Inn Totnes [cheque/cash for personal visitors]). Online tickets £10+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/301040. Licensed bar (real ale). A Villages In Action event www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

Saturday 7 March 2015 - Jamie Smith's Mabon - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
Full details
www.theploughartscentre.org.uk/event.php?dd=7&mm=3&yy=15&ev=Jamie+Smith+Mabon. Box office 01805 624624.

7-27 March 2015 - Vibraphonic Festival - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/vibraphonic-fest

Sunday 8 March 2015 - Topsham Folk Club feature spot: The Dukes of Jook  - The Malthouse, Globe Hotel, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Occasional feature on a singers night: An hour with The Dukes of Jook - Chris Billings and Julian Piper. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk

Thursday 12 March 2015 8pm - John Renbourn & Wizz Jones - Matthews Hall, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF (map)
A long way down the road from their beatnik days in St. Ives, two of the greatest folk guitar heroes of our generation, join up for an evening of classic folk and blues, tall tales and reminiscence. John and Wizz will perform together as well as playing solo. A rare opportunity to catch these two legends weaving their unique magic. Tickets £16.50 from Topsham Books 01392 877895 or 01392 873407 (contributor's apologies for incorrect phone no. 877695 given in initial e-circulation).

Thursday 12 March 2015  - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
In the space of 2 short years, Miranda and Rex have become one of the most sought after duos on the English folk & roots scene. The striking instrumental combination of Miranda's double bass and Rex's mandolin creates what Folk Roots calls: "A musical partnership made in heaven. Scintillating, sensitive and brilliant!" Well known as the third band member of folk icons Show of Hands, Miranda has an exquisite and spine-tingling voice, whilst Rex, with his exuberant and flamboyant playing sytle, has emerged as one of the UK's finest mandolin players. The duo will feature material from their recent 2nd album "Sing a Full Song". www.sykespreston.com/#home. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Sunday 15 March 2015 - Gretchen Peters - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Hailed by many as one of Nashville’s best contemporary songwriters, Gretchen Peters’ intelligent and introspective songs have been covered by pop, country, blues and folk artists all over the world. She possesses a rare ability to drive a strong point, yet capture it eloquently in song. That ability has won Peters two Grammy nominations and sold her millions of records worldwide. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/gretchen-peters
. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Thursday 19 March 2015  - Barb Jungr - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
The internationally acclaimed, award-winning artist returns with her new show "This Wheel's on Fire". Extending the repertoire of her highly acclaimed CD, "Hard Rain - The songs of Bob Dylan & Leonard Cohen", Barb interprets new material by Dylan, Cohen, plus Springsteen, Steely Dan, Jagger & Richards, Richard Thompson and more. Long acknowledged as a unique interpreter of song, Barb's passionate delivery, subtle interpretation, artistry and humour conveyed in a musical prism of soul, blues and jazz have earned her cult status in Europe, the US and Australia. "Simply heartstopping" (The Sunday Times) and utterly "sensational" (The New York Times). With pianist Simon Wallace. www.barbjungr.com. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Saturday 21 March 2015 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin – The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Winners of the 2014 BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Duo, one of the most exciting duos to appear on the folk scene in recent years. Now regulars at all the major folk festivals and performed a stunning set at the 2014 Dart Music Festival. Phillip Henry, who comes from Lancashire, is one of the UK's top slide guitar players. Hannah Martin is a local girl from Brixham and a first rate singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. More details www.theflavel.org.uk/TheFlavel.dll/WhatsOn?Programme=1891209. Box office 01803 839530. www.theflavel.org.uk. Part of the Folk at the Flavel series.

Thursday 26 March 2015 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Lee Moor Public Hall, PL7 5JR
Doors 7pm. Another Grow Your Own Gig solo tour date. Profits from the concert will go to Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team, Plymouth. Full details, bookings etc. at
www.dartmoorsartplymouth.org.uk/2014/10/fundraising-concert-by-steve-knightley-march-26th.

Thursday 26 March 2015  - Michael Messer & Ed Genis - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Michael and Ed are quite simply one of the "best blues & roots duos in the world" (Time Out). Michael is a slide guitar virtuoso who has numbered Johnny Cash among his fans, while Ed is a master rhythm guitarist. Accompanied by Michael's superb vocals, they perform a mesmerising show of original material, blues classics, roots and world musical styles, drawing on their intuitive, musical rapport. Prepare to be blown away by two musicians at the top of their game! www.michaelmesser.co.uk. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Clive Carroll - Guitar Music
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Born into a family of musicians in 1975, Clive has been immersed in an eclectic range of music ever since. He gained a 1st Class Honours Degree in Composition & Guitar from Trinity College in 1998 and has toured extensively throughout Europe, the USA and Australia with legends John Renbourn and Tommy Emmanuel. In 1999, Clive was given his first record deal and since then his three solo albums have established him as one of the top virtuosi of today, prompting Acoustic magazine to declare him Probably the Best and Most Original Young Acoustic Guitar Player and Composer in Britain. Clive Carroll's - A Thousand Years of Music- is a show that demonstrates the versatility of the instrument to its fullest extent. For the last 7 years audiences all over the world have been kept in a constant state of awe and amazement at his virtuosity and skill. With his breathtaking mastery of techniques and antecedents from Benjamin Britten to Nick Drake and from Renbourn through Gordon Giltrap to Pat Metheny, join this stunningly versatile guitarist on a joyful fairground ride of instrumental styles spanning the fields of traditional, classical and jazz with inspirations running from newgrass and fusion jazz to Irish stylings. www.clivecaroll.co.uk
26 March 2015 7.30pm - Ashprington Village Hall
27 March 2015 7.30pm - Clayhidon Parish Hall
28 March 2015 7.30pm - Hockworthy Village Hall
29 March 2015 ??pm - Milton Abbot Village Hall

Saturday 28 (or Friday 27 March?) 2015 - Acoustic Haven: The John Langan Band & Bach'n Beats - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map) ().
A sizzling night with rip-roaring folk/swing/gypsy madness from The John Langan Band www.thejohnlanganband.com; Bach'n Beats, an improvisation of organ and beat-boxing. Details ???

Saturday 28 March 2015 - Lucy Ward - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Lucy She plays guitar, ukulele and concertina but considers her voice to be her first instrument. After winning the Best Newcomer Horizon Award at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Lucy’s career has gone from strength to strength establishing herself as one of the hottest performers on the UK Folk scene, pulling a capacity audience on her Cambridge Folk Festival debut and gracing the mighty Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury 2013 and the Left Field stage at Glastonbury 2014. 2014 BBC Nominee for Folk Singer of the Year. £10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/299344. Home made cakes and refreshments in the interval; BYO alcohol, glasses available.

Saturday 28 March 2015 - Phil Beer Band - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
Full details
www.theploughartscentre.org.uk/event.php?dd=28&mm=3&yy=15&ev=Phil+Beer+Band. Box office 01805 624624.

Sunday 29 March 2015 8pm - Andy Cutting - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Andy Cutting is a rarity. A musician's musician (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner Best Musician 2009 and 2011): a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon practitioner with an ear for a fine tune. Many of his tunes have been purloined along the way: some considered contemporary classics on the folk scene. But then, Andy is also a warm and emotive performer, modestly engaging his audiences with his self-deprecating wit and then flooring them with downright staggering musicianship. www.andy-cutting.co.uk. £10 adv/£12 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Thursday 2 April 2015 8pm - The Wurzels - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated+standing. Scrumpy and Western. Formed in 1966 by Adge Cutler, the Bard of Avonmouth, this bunch of haystack-headed, cider-soaked and dung-booted, not-quite-so-young Avonside lads play good-time traditional Zummerzet Scrumpy 'n' Western music. The band has had considerable commercial success from their 1967 anthem Drink Up Thy Zider to the heights of the chart-topping Combine Harvester in 1976. Big in Nempnett Thrubwell, these guys are huge across the whole county! The Wurzels shows regularly sell out so book early to avoid disappointment. Bar and barbecue from 7pm. Seats bookable for £2 more. £16.50 adv, £20 door. Box office 01822 611166. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2303_the_wurzels.

Wednesday 8 April 2015 - Feast Of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
details tba/tbc

Friday 10 April 2015  - Veronica Sbergia & Max de Bernhardi - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
We loved their first Mill visit in 2014, so invited them back for more! Winners of The European Blues Challenge 2013, exciting Italian duo Veronica and Max return with their new show "From Blues to Vaudeville" - an overview of American popular music from the early years of the last century. Using ukulele, washboard, kazoo, guitars and mandolin, they sing and play with passion and humour, keeping a precious musical heritage alive by faithfully reproducing its original sound, but with a modern twist. Expect songs from Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie, Jimmie Rodgers, Sidney Bechet, Lucille Bogan, Bo Carter, the Delmore Brothers and more. www.redwineserenaders.it. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Wednesday 15 April 2015 - Phil Beer - Lustleigh Village Hall
£16. Tickets and enquiries Daf Edwards, 01364 621242, 07957 280129, enquiries@langworthyfarm.co.uk. For details of a 2-day 'Dartmoor break' available in association with this concert see www.langworthyfarm.co.uk / contact Daf.

Alaw Trio - Traditional Music
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
'Alaw' is Welsh for melody, and it is a love of melody that is at the heart of this group. The band unites the talents of three exceptional musicians whose subtle interplay is a joy to watch. Drawing on a wealth of experience, they take their audiences on a musical journey - a tune brought back from a tour in Bulgaria or collaboration in India - but at the heart of their set is a passion for the old tunes of Wales. From sublime slow airs to dazzling dance tunes and storming songs, Alaw promise a performance of joyful and life-affirming music. Alaw's remarkable empathy and playful repartee comes from many years of working together. Dylan and Oli have performed in Szapora and The Ian McMillan Orchestra. Oli and Jamie are well known throughout the folk world as the frontline of Jamie Smithâ's Mabon. A top band led by one hell of an accordion player. Mike Harding. www.alaw-band.com
16 April 2015 7.30pm - Holcombe Burnell Church, Longdown
17 April 2015 7.30pm - Bere Ferrers Church Hall
18 April 2015 7.30pm - Whimple Victory Hall
19 April 2015 8pm - King's Arms, Okehampton

Rearranged from 22 November 2014
Friday 17 April 2015 - Lisbee Stainton Duo - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
(map)
When multi-instrumentalist Lisbee isn’t writing and recording her own work she tours as a special guest with Seth Lakeman’s band, with the folk star describing her as, “a fantastic singer songwriter.” “Bound for glory…an exquisite slice of traditional songwriting” – The Times. Tickets £10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/273768. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/lisbeedevon.htm. Support: Peter Crawford.

Thursday 23 April 2015  - Tia McGraff - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Touring her new 2015 CD, Tia is back! This Canadian singer/songwriter first stepped into the international spotlight on a CBCTV special with Johnny Cash and June Carter, and has since, over a 15 year career, become one of the most respected performers in roots and Americana circles. With a voice described as "stolen from angels", coupled with exquisite songwriting and impassioned delivery, Bob Harris favourite Tia has the ability to capture her audience and hold them spellbound until the last haunting note has faded. Tia is joined by husband and co-writer Tommy Parham. www.tiamcgraff.com. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Saturday 25 April 2015 8pm - Great Western Ceilidh with English String Band - Bowhill School, Buddle Lane, Exeter EX4 1JT (map)
A belated celebration for St George's Day. Using a combination of fiddles, cellos and double bass the English String Band create a full and exciting sound playing traditional English tunes from around the country, with both unison fiddle playing and harmonies to add further interest and enjoyment.
To book in advance email ceilidhs@great-western.org.uk or call Alan on 01392 217152.

Sunday 26 April 2015 8pm - Gavin Davenport Band - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Gavin Davenport's bold, distinctive vocals, multi-instrumental skills wrapped around a unique percussive guitar style and a knack for stark, contemporary songwriting unite the best of the oral tradition with a modern relevance. He is a winner of the John Birmingham cup for newly composed song and as a member of the Albion Band was nominated for Songlines and Fatea awards in 2013 as well as winning a Spiral Earth award. www.gavindavenport.com. £8 adv/£10 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Saturday 9 May 2015 7.30pm - Exmouth Shanty Men - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
The Exmouth Shanty Men will be making a long-awaited return to play in the refurbished hall of this, their 'next door' village. They will be performing a full concert and hope to see the hall packed to the rafters with folks willing to sing along and join in with as much gusto as will be given on the stage. www.exmouthshantymen.com. Tickets £8. Bookings: www.lympstoneentertainments.co.uk.

Saturday 9 May 2015 8pm - Robin & Bina Williamson - Hazelwood House nr Loddiswell TQ7 4EB (map)
An exotic mix of Celtic Indian & Old Timey Roots - Robin & Bina work so well together because they create a wonderful balance of voices in their acoustic concerts of song-story & music. They draw on a wide variety of original, traditional, spiritual & mystical folk roots. This concert is also part of the Robin Williamson Bardic workshop held over this weekend. If you are interested in joining the workshop please call Robin directly on: 02920 231731. Tickets £15/£13.
Bookable pre-concert buffet available. See www.hazelwoodhouse.com for details. Tel. 01548 821232.

Sunday 17 May 2015 8pm - Lady Maisery - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Forged from the voices of Hannah James (Kerfuffle, duo with Sam Sweeney), Hazel Askew (The Askew Sisters, The Artisans) and Rowan Rheingans (Fidola), Lady Maisery explore vocal harmony to breathtaking effect, through their fresh interpretations of songs and ballads. The trio burst onto the scene in summer 2011 and their live performances during the festival season created a real buzz. They were nominated for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 and for Best Debut at the 2012 Spiral Awards. www.ladymaisery.com. £8 adv/£10 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Thursday 21 May 2015 - Bella Hardy - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated.
BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year Award. Bella's captivating voice inhabits her characters and spins her stories with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity. With fiddle in hand, she presents folk songs in the best tradition; not as antiquated museum pieces, but as relevant and very human artworks. www.bellahardy.com. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!bella-hardy/c217f. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre. Rescheduled from Tuesday 9 December 2014

Saturday 23 May 2015 - West Country Traditions Day - The Strand, Exmouth and surrounding venues
Hosted by The Exmouth Shanty Men. Free. A day of shanties and sea songs from The Exmouth Shanty Men and other shanty crews alongside dancing, musicians and entertainment for all the family. This is part of the Exmouth Festival which is supported by donations from those attending. For further details please visit www.exmouthfestival.org.uk (later) or phone Exmouth Town Hall on 01395 276167. For information about The Exmouth Shanty Men: www.exmouthshantymen.com.

Tuesday 26 May 2015 7pm - Shanty Cruise - River Exe, Exmouth
With The Exmouth Shanty Men. An evening cruise up the fabulous Exe estuary with shanties being sung as she goes. A very popular event within the Exmouth Festival, it has sold out in previous years so please book early to avoid disappointment. All proceeds from ticket sales are given in support of Exmouth Festival. www.exmouthfestival.org.uk.  £10. For further details see www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk or phone 01395 222144/279693. For information about The Exmouth Shanty Men: www.exmouthshantymen.com.

Thursday 11 June 2015 - Gigspanner - Torbay venue tba
details tbc

31 July to 7 August 2015 - Sidmouth Folk Week
First announcement (15/12/14) of headliners, super early bird ticketing (limited numbers) and more at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk. Join their mailing list for regular updates.

10-14 August 2015 - Folkworld - Rattery Village Hall nr Totnes TQ10 9LD
Full details of Joe Broughton's Folkworld course for 10 to 21 yr olds are now available at www.folkworld.org - and bookings are open.

Saturday 26 September 2015 - Fishermans Friends - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Details
www.plymouthpavilions.com.

Sunday 15 November 2015 - The Waterboys - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Details
www.plymouthpavilions.com.

Saturday 28 November 2015 - Martin Simpson - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
details tba

Saturday 28 November 2015 8pm - Sounds of Simon - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
"The definitive Simon & Garfunkel tribute". Full details www.carnglaze.com/sounds-simon-rum-store-carnglaze-caverns-saturday-november-28th-2015-8pm. Tel. 01579 320251

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