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Monday 18 March 2019 8.30pm - Eliza Acty - Bread and Roses, 62 Ebrington Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF
With her unique vocal style, singer and musician Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time and contemporary songs that spans over a century of music. www.elizaacty.com.

Monday 18 March 2019 - Story Blaze - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Local storytellers give us their best traditional tales around the fire. Hosted by Katy Cawkwell and featuring Hilary Ackland, Robin Eastoe, Anne Gwynn, Olly Hurd-Thomas, Elaine Mendoza, Tricia St Clair and more. £3 door. Contact: katycawkwell@gmail.com.

Tuesday 19 March 2019 8pm - Dom Prag - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
Dom Prag is an artist who is definitely making a mark with his voice and personality making a strong and immediate connection with the audience. He comes from a folk music performing family so he is well immersed in the genre but his original composition and arrangements from poetry form a key part of his performance. Support: Verity Greenaway, guitarist with a beautiful voice and a songwriter; and Roseanna Ball. Entry £6, accompanied U18 free. Doors 7.45pm. For more information call 01392 881105. www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk/?fref=ts.

Thursday 21 March 2019 8pm - Skylark - Ice Factory, 10 Somerset Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8EN
Concert with Skylark - traditional and contemporary songs and tunes with fiddle, flute, guitar and mandolin and poet Gill McEvoy. Part of the Teignmouth Poetry Festival. To book:
www.pavillionsteignmouth.org.uk or 01626 249049 or on the door. More info: www.poetryteignmouth.com/festival-2019.html.

UPDATED only a few tickets left
Friday 22 March 2019 - Jim Causley & Bill Murray - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Traditional songs of Devon. Jim is more than simply a folk-singer, multi award winning singer-songwriter, musician and proud Devonian, he is an all-round entertainer and during the past decade has been nominated no less than six times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. Bill Murray has been singing songs from the northern slopes of Dartmoor for over fifty years. Songs about country life, most of them humorous, learnt from older generations of singers at get-togethers in village halls, fairs and inns. Songs like Widecombe Fair, Tavystock Goozie Vayre, The Bellringing and Down ‘pon Ole Dartmoor. Gig £13, gig+dinner £25. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.
Dinner menu: Slow Cooked Beef in Red Wine with Braised Red Cabbage, Roasted Celeriac, Crispy New Potatoes / Pan Fried Salmon with Crispy New Potatoes, Roasted Fennel and Wild Garlic / - Mushroom, Brie and Cranberry Puff Pie with Crispy New Potatoes, Braised Red Cabbage and Roasted Celeriac.

Friday 22 March 2018 8pm - Oliver Wheeldon - Parish Hall, Meavy PL20 6PJ
For the last decade Oliver has dedicated his talents towards shedding light on rural lives of his native Devon. With Barney Kenny he formed the folk duo Tamar and released two albums, "A Long Way From Home" and "A Letter From the West". He is now pursuing a solo career and his debut album, "The Village", will be released soon. This is a concept album based on Westcountry villages. He will be performing songs from all three albums. Expect a fantastic night of musical story-telling, emotive lyrics and passionate performance from someone who cares so deeply about his home. www.meavy.org.uk/events.htm

Friday 22 March 2019 - Mae Karthauser Trio - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Mae is a British songwriter with a rich, acrobatic voice and a distinctive circusesque piano style. Raised in a musical family and one of seven children, she began learning piano, violin and singing as a child, before going on to study at Dartington College of Arts and California Institute of the Arts in LA. Her training began classically, but quickly spread to music spanning Eastern Europe, Bulgaria, Africa, North India and Java as well as in jazz, folk and more popular modern styles. Support: brilliant Bert Miller! Presented by The Whitehouse Sessions.
www.ashburtonarts.org.uk. More details www.wegottickets.com/event/455339.

Friday 22 March 2019 9pm - Davey Dodds & Gozer Goodspeed - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Over the years Davey's songs have been recorded by numerous bands including The Unthanks who performed “Magpie” on their recent album. Now enjoying a very successful resurgence as a solo prog-folk powerhouse, Davey writes evocative songs full of passion and wit and plays the mandolin like a true master! Goodspeed is a Plymouth-born blues-folk singer/songwriter who has been described as ‘a wonderful storyteller and a riotous rabble-rouser’. His songs have been recognised and embraced locally by the likes of BBC Introducing in Devon. Goodspeed has built an impressive reputation across Devon and Cornwall for his supremely entertaining, high-energy live shows. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 22 March 2019 8pm - Gallery Bar Special: Jeffrey Palmer & Riko Higuma  - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Jeffrey Palmer (countertenor) and Riko Higuma (piano) present an assortment of arias, art songs, folk music and solo works that provide their own unique reflection on the idea of beauty. Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to the performers please.
Full details www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 23 March 2019 8pm - Nick Harper: 58 Fordwych Road - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A new show that centres around a small flat in Kilburn, London in the mid-1960s. Then the abode of up-and-coming singer-songwriter Roy Harper and his wife, the flat was an after hours hangout for the legends who played in Soho at the height of the acoustic explosion in swingin’ 60s London. Bert Jansch, Davy Graham, John Renbourn, Paul Simon, Marc Bolan, Sandy Denny and others dropped in to drop out, jam and try new tunes. Also there was a toddler, inhaling the music and absorbing the vibe – Roy’s young son. Nick later carved out his own musical career and in this unique one-off show he plays tribute to the time, the place and the music that became the centre of everything for him and the rest of his ‘family’. The first half will see Nick delve into the songs he heard direct from the greats when growing up. In the second half Nick will trace the journey of how these luminary figures’ music evolved and helped shape popular music beyond the 60s. www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 23 March 2019 - Urban Folk Quartet - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
The Urban Folk Quartet’s distinguishing features have much less to do with the traditional idea of genre. Yes, this is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on in it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard. Just as English country dance unassumingly met with big band jazz musicianship in the mid 20th century, The UFQ’s approach to the folk ethos is to embrace any and every influence that genuinely makes sense of their time and place and makes sense in their music. From funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, afrobeat to north Indian rhythms. UFQ comprises: Joe Broughton (Albion Band, Bellowhead, Joss Stone) long established on the folk scene as the fieriest English fiddler and showman of his generation; Galician Paloma Trigás, who has shared stages and recorded with with the likes of The Chieftains, Sharon Shannon, Altan, Carlos Nuñez; Dan Walsh. touted as one of the finest banjo players in the country and a gifted singer and guitarist; Tom Chapman, widely considered to be the most accomplished and innovative cajonero the UK has to offer. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Saturday 23 March 2019 8pm - Ceilidh with Dartmoor Pixie Band - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Callers: Sarah Bazeley & Jeremy Child. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See
www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

Saturday 23 March 2019 7.30pm - The Brass Funkeys - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
The Brass Funkeys draw from the traditions of New Orleans with skilled musicianship, rolling from spirited second line revelry to soulful jazz funeral marches and pumping brass driven funk. Reggae, DnB, gypsy, swing and Latin influences are exposed in an eclectic live show revealing a band bursting at the seams with ideas and infectious energy." Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

UPDATED Saturday 23 March 2019 -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
We welcome back our friends David Faulkner and Steve Turner of the Eelgrinders, playing as a duo. Come along and dance the night away to their wonderful music, mostly their own compositions, or just sit and listen to the glorious mix of high energy tunes and haunting melodies. Support will be provided by Roger and Makiko. No partner is needed for many of the dances and beginners are always welcome. Doors 7.15pm. Dance tuition 7.30pm. First band around 8pm. Admission £9 includes tea and biscuits. BYO drinks. Free parking opposite.

Sold out Saturday 23 March 2019 8pm - Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
www.harbertonfolk.co.uk

Sunday 24 March 2019 - Nick Harper: 58 Fordwych Road - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Nick Harper is one the UK’s best kept musical secrets. Those who have witnessed the spellbinding, one-man show will tell you this. A childhood growing up surrounded by the musical prowess of some of the 60’s most revered songwriters & musicians, not to mention being son of Roy Harper, along with 20 years of crafting songs & touring the land has spawned a truly one-off, original guitarist & songwriter who stands alone as a UK great, to be cherished and revered. 58 Fordwych Road is an all new show that centres around a living room in a small flat in Kilburn, London in the mid 1960s. Then the abode of up-and-coming singer-songwriter Roy Harper & his wife Mocy. The flat was an after hours hang-out for the legends who played at Les Cousins in Soho at the height of the acoustic explosion in swingin’ sixties London. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Sold out Sunday 24 March 2019 8pm - Crows - Globe Hotel Malthouse, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Mick Ryan, James Patterson, Dave Bordewey, and Paul Downes have reunited to reform the hugely popular 1980s group Crows. Featuring two of the finest male voices in the english folk tradition; Mick Ryan and James Patterson together with masterly musicianship from James on guitar, Paul on guitar, mandocello, mandolin and banjo and Dave on fiddle and mandola. £12(+) adv/£14 door, tickets available online at www.topshamfolkclub.org or at Sunday night folk evenings at the Globe, Topsham. All enquiries 01392 875332.

Tuesday 26 March 2019 7.30pm - Exmouth Shanty Men - Bridge Centre, St. Mary Magdalene Church, high street, Stoke Canon EX5  4AR
Raising funds for the community to buy the local pub (50 yds from the church, so have a drink before/after the gig), and keep the village alive. Tea/coffee available in the church. Tickets £7 adult, £3 U16, from Alison Bloomer by cheque+sae to Stoke Cannon Inn, High Street, Stoke Canon EX5 4AR; also available on door from 7pm. Also a raffle.

Tuesday 26 March 2019 7.30pm - Megan Henwood & Findlay Napier - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
The Story Song Scientists. Distinguished English singer-songwriter Megan Henwood is far too self-deprecating to describe herself as a force of nature, but her third album 'River' reaffirms her unique ability to create roots music of beguiling purity from what's around her. Findlay Napier, artful acoustic guitar and remarkable voice, one of the finest songwriters and storytellers of the contemporary Scottish folk scene is an insurgent talent that comes on like a Caledonian Loudon Wainwright. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Thursday 28 March 2019 7.30pm - Feast of Fiddles Silver Jubilee Tour - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
The Feast of Fiddles band-waggon trundles merrily on in its Silver Jubilee year. Born in Nettlebed on Valentine’s Day 1994 as a one off special concert, Feast of Fiddles has done 25 spring tours, 24 festivals and has 7 CDs to its name. Not bad for a bunch of old folk-rockers! This is a band of friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. Fiddlers Peter Knight (Gigspanner, Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle playing styles to the rock back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion – all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. A live music entertainment like no other on the circuit which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by even the most doubting of friends dragged along! Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Thursday 28 March 2019 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
Paul Reid has just produced his first, long awaited CD “The Bonny Broom” with Crabshell Records and we’re delighted he’ll be using this concert to launch it. His songs all have great tunes and tell stories of hard work and love, all beautifully delivered with haunting accompaniments from Paul and his friends. Harpingmad is a beautiful blend of Celtic harp(s), Irish whistle, baroque recorders, cello, mandolin and guitar, playing mostly traditional Celtic tunes and songs, with the odd contemporary song or tune to boot! Their music is melodic and soothing. Wherever they play, they are complimented on their relaxing, beautiful and enchanting sound, but then surprising with jolly wake up tunes. It is fitting that Silvington bring this series of concerts to its finale. They have been so supportive of the local traditional music scene and these concerts in particular. No need to book; but please be seated by 8pm. To get a good seat get in early! We thank the Crabshell Inn for use of the room. www.shamstrad.co.uk.

Friday 29 March 2019 - Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll - Oak Room Arts Centre, Tiverton
An acoustic concert with English folk duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll. This is part of their 'Beautiful Spaces' tour in March 2019. Tickets £8 adv or £10 door. The Oak Room will be running the bar and coffee shop for the evening. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/460172.

Friday 29 March 2019 - Harbottle & Jonas - Tally Ho, Littlehemspton, Totnes
Their music is always accompanied with a great story. Together the husband and wife duo combined the rich traditions of folk music with original and contemporary interpretations through a mix of closely intertwined vocal harmonies and compelling and authentic musical arrangements. www.harbottleandjonas.com. 01803 862316, www.tallyhoinn.co.uk.

Friday 29 March 2019 9pm - Eliza Acty - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
With her unique vocal style, Devon-based singer and musician Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time, original and contemporary songs that span over a century of music. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 29 March 2019 - Charity Barn Dance - Buckland Athletic Football Club, Kingskerswell Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 5JU
Donations to Mind. Open to all, children welcome. Tickets £10 (to include ploughmans + pudding) available from Becky 07809 260544 or Liam 07597 365991. Cash bar. Doors 7pm.

Saturday 30 March 2019 7.30pm - Spring Céilidh with Spinach for Norman - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Dance your cares away with Ben van Weede (fiddle), Joel Segal (fiddle), Howard Harrison (guitar/flute), Martin Henning (bass) and caller Pam Hayes - all welcome. Reel Ale bar and nibbles available. Tickets at £8 on the door or from
artworks (Station Rd, South Brent www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk). FFI contact Eileen on 01364 73699 or email eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com or visit www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area, including the annual South Brent Folk Day on Saturday 6 July 2019 and the Annual ‘Twixt’ Ceilidh on Friday 27 December 2019.

Saturday 30 March 2019 - Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll: Concert / Workshop - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
An acoustic concert in the evening with English folk duo Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll, part of their 'Beautiful Spaces' tour. Tickets £8 adv, £10 door. Nick and Becki will also be running an instrumental music workshop at Littlehempston from 3-5pm. Learn a new tune created especially for the workshop. £5 adv, £6 door.  Advance tickets from www.wegottickets.com/englishfiddle.

Saturday 30 March 2019 8pm - Rebecca Loebe - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
With special guest, Greg Hancock. Catch this award-winning songwriter and internationally recognized singer in concert with her full band this spring, as she celebrates the release of her fifth studio album. www.rebeccaloebe.com. “Your voice should be available free on the national health.” – David ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald, BBC Radio Devon; “She wraps her rich, honeyed voice around a mix of nuanced Americana and pop numbers.” – The Chicago Tribune. Tickets £10(+) www.wegottickets.com/event/452479. Hot drinks at the Twigg's Gigs café. BYO alcohol.

Sunday 31 March 2019 7.45pm - Joe Topping - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Described as a cross between Ry Cooder, Woody Guthrie and Paul Brady, Joe has developed his own unique bottleneck guitar style, which he employs in many of his original songs, and has a voice that can move from velvet soft to steely and powerful. He has played on stage and in the studio with many legends of the British folk scene including members of Fairport Convention, While and Matthews, Andy Irvine and toured as a stand in lead vocalist in the BBC2 award winning "Best live Act", Home Service. £10.
 Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sold out Sunday 31 March 2019 7.30pm - Glenn Tilbrook - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Tuesday 2 April 2019 7.30pm - VRi - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
"VRï are not just three stunning musicians; they summon up a magic chemistry that is absolutely bewildering, mesmerising and thoroughly addictive." FolkWales. VRï have risen to prominence in Wales and beyond over the last two years, gaining high acclaim for their exciting sound, stylish arrangements and innovative art-music interpretations of folk melodies and songs. Although their roots are in Wales and the backbone of their repertoire is Welsh, VRï make a point of blending other traditional musics from around Europe, and have been heavily influenced the ‘chamber-folk’ artists from both sides of the Atlantic. VRï's vision has always been to maintain the integrity and individuality of their fiddle styles within the ideals of classical chamber ensemble, to deliver a product which harnesses both the raw energy of the fiddle and the finesse of the violin. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Wednesday 3 April 2019 - Midnight Skyracer - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Midnight Skyracer has been tearing up the UK bluegrass and folk scene since its inception less than two years ago. The all-star lineup and exciting live performances have sent the band racing skywards at an astounding pace right from the start, with Leanne Thorose’s powerhouse vocals and driving mandolin, Tabitha Agnew’s sweet voice and virtuosic banjo playing, Eleanor Wilkie’s rock solid bass grooves, Laura Carrivick’s flair — being equally adept on both fiddle and dobro — and her twin sister Charlotte’s agility on the guitar, with both sisters filling in the vocal harmonies. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/464001. www.facebook.com/pg/ashburtonarts/events. www.ashburtonarts.org.uk.

Thursday 4 April 2019 - Steve Knightley - Higher Eggbeer Farm, Cheriton Bishop, Exeter EX6 6JQ
In aid of Age UK Exeter. An intimate evening with Steve Knightley in a beautiful setting. As a long-serving troubadour of the folk and acoustic music scene, master songwriter and storyteller Steve has spent much of his life on the road, collecting songs, stories, anecdotes and observations – with the odd disaster along the way. Steve once again takes to England’s highways and byways to present ‘Roadworks’ – a show which builds on the success of his sell-out 2018 solo tour ‘Songs and Stories’. Advance tickets only, £25; price includes a delicious meat or vegetarian curry. Full details www.eventbrite.com/o/age-uk-exeter-18519087485.

Thursday 4 April 2019 8.30pm - Geoff Lakeman - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
B-Bar regular Geoff, dad to famous folk stars Seth, Sean and Sam, plays for us again his inimitable blend of west country, American and Irish folk, Americana and even 20's/30's jazz, showcased on his rare duet concertina. His debut solo album "After All These Years” has had national five and four-star reviews and been played on BBC Radio 2 by Mark Radcliffe, by Tom Robinson on his BBC Radio Six show, on BBC Radio 3 and just about every local radio station in the country. £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 5 April 2019 7.15pm - Ceilidh with Cotton Mill Ceilidh Band - Totnes Civic Hall
www.cottonmillband.co.uk. Special guest Matt Harvey. £8 door, £7 adv, £6 concs (accompanied U16s free). Adv tickets: Rhythm and Light or Firefly, 47 and 58 High Street, Totnes. Organised by South Devon Green Party.

Friday 5 April 2019 9pm - Circe's Diner - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Dedicated to self-penned, honest, rootsy tunes, the music from the Diner touches base with Country, Americana, Folk and Pop traditions yet the presentation and lyrical content draws inspiration from everyday life through wondrous tales of love, loss, friendship and tigers! These acoustic alchemists will take you on most intoxicating journey that will leave you feeling thoroughly charmed! “In three words? Quirky. Folk. Glamour. Vocalist Bronte Shande’s jazzy-folk tones perfectly complement the vintage coo of alternate lead Rosina Buck above the wondrous arrangements”. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Saturday 6 April 2019 7.30pm - Gypsy Fingers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
GypsyFingers are a progressive folk-rock band founded by Victoria Coghlan and Luke Oldfield (son of Mike Oldfield). GypsyFingers play live as a quartet fusing together folk, rock, pop, prog, psychedelia, americana + more to create a fresh sound of their own described by RnR Magazine as "trip-hop and folk-influenced ethereal pop that delightfully doesn't fit into any existing musical pigeonhole".  Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Sunday 7 April 2019 7.30pm - Ninebarrow - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Multi-award-winning folk duo who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Most recently, the duo were nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the ‘Horizon’ category for Best Emerging Artist. Folk luminary, Mike Harding, has hailed their latest album as ‘absolutely monumental’. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Sunday 7 April 2019 8pm - Daoirí Farrell - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is being described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of the most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. Winner of the Horizon Award and Best Traditional Track at the BBC Folk Awards 2017.. ‘Effortless, instinctive, natural…the real deal.’ – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. www.daoiri.com. £12(+) adv/£14 door, tickets available online at www.topshamfolkclub.org or at Sunday night folk evenings at the Globe, Topsham. All enquiries 01392 875332.

Monday 8 April 2019 - Blue Rose Code - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
A nomad both geographically and musically, Ross Wilson (Blue Rose Code) writes from the heart – eschewing any specific genre – and the twelve new songs on The Water Of Leith, addressing themes of love, loss, travel, home, accepting the past and embracing the future, are painted with colours of soul, jazz, folk and pop – an eclecticism that has become a hallmark of Blue Rose Code and has seen him compared to John Martyn, Van Morrison and Tom Waits. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Tuesday 9 April 2019 7.30pm - Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Their unique unplugged presentation creates a widescreen, cinematic soundscape with open spaces and atmosphere, giving their beautifully pure vocals room to share the songs’ emotion and narrative. The material is as joyful and fun as it is intense, but the common factor is the duo’s warmth and confidence in each other; their natural ease and connection is clearly evident on the recorded music, and a genuine pleasure to witness on stage. “Spellbinding… Hannah and Ben were born to play and sing together” FRoots. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Thursday 11 April 2019 8pm - Singers night - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
'Local troubadors' shanty crew The Old Gaffers to finish the evening for us. Information: Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

Thursday 11 April 2019 8.30pm - Nine Pound Catfish - Brixham Blues BBT2, Old Coaching Inn, Fore Street, Brixham TQ5 8AG
BBT2 welcome back Nine Pound Catfish - Ian, Jane and Graham - with their raucous blend of good-time blues, hokum and popular tunes from the 1920s and 1930s. With altogether moodier Delta blues from support act The Boal Weevils. Contact: stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

Saturday 13 April 2019 7.30pm - Phil Beer - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Charming, disarming and exceptionally talented, multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic scene. One-half of award-winning powerhouse Show of Hands, Beer is equally as in demand for his solo shows. Phil now sets out to share some of his most-loved songs at carefully selected venues across the UK. With the odd laugh thrown in for good measure, Beers flawless musicianship and rich vocals will leave you wide-eyed and wanting more. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

UPDATED Saturday 13 April 2019 8pm - Tom McConville - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
First time guest here for this brilliant performer. Tom McConville, a winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Musician Of The Year, is one of the country's finest fiddlers and plays with such dexterity and finesse. He is also a very fine whistle player, excellent singer and all-round entertainer. Tom's career began in the early 70's in the north-east. He has recorded and shared the stages with many greats including Barbara Dickson, Richard Thompson, Lindisfarne, Allan Taylor, Paul Brady, The Chieftains and Stephane Grappelli and many others. www.tommcconville.co.uk/index.html. Support: Hugh Sutherland. Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) - Paid in advance £10; advanced notice without pre-payment £12 (paid on door). Info / ticket enquiries contact: exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub. www.exeterfolkclub.org.

Saturday 13 April 2019 7.30pm - The Drystones - Sheepstor Village Hall PL20 6PF
The Drystones are a young duo making big waves on the UK folk scene. Combining traditional music’s timeless instrumental union of fiddle and guitar with technical mastery, an unexpectedly large live sound, it’s no wonder they’ve been described as ‘indecently talented’ (Mike Harding) and earned themselves a nomination for the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Since forming in 2011 to play at their local folk festival in Priddy, Somerset, they have played festivals across the country, including Glastonbury and Sidmouth Folk Week, have supported Seth Lakeman and Steeleye Span, produced two albums and, somehow, squeezed in their music degrees. Tickets: adult £9, child £7, Family £25. Call 01822 853186 to book.

Saturday 13 April 2019 7.30pm - Daria Kulesh: Long Lost Home - Mamhead Village Hall, Stud Hill, Mamhead, EX6 8HP
With her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, ‘bold, exotic, impressive’ Daria Kulesh is a rising star on the UK folk scene. Her intrepid quest to explore her family roots in the new solo album and touring show Long Lost Home has led Daria from the folk clubs of Hertfordshire to the mountains of Caucasus. Mixing history and folklore in captivating storytelling songs, performed on a selection of folk instruments, Daria will take you on an engaging, enchanting and uplifting journey. ‘Daria Kulesh entertained us with wonderful, charming stories and songs, one of the best voices around’ Robin Mansfield, Cambridge Folk Club. Tickets on sale soon. Tickets: adult £9, child £7, family £25. Call 0845 467 0529 to book, or book online, www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

Saturday 13 April 2019 - Harbottle & Jonas - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
There is a real maritime flavour to the duo's fourth album as well as some Devon history in there; every song tells a story and the storytelling continues between songs. A great live act, their songs cover the political and historical as well as the more personal. Partners in life as well as music, Dave and Freya combine a love of the richness of traditional folk with their own original and powerful songwriting. Over 6 years of writing and performing together they have evolved a compelling live signature sound, blending their distinctive solo voices with concertina, harmonium, banjo, stomp box, acoustic guitar and dobro with their powerful close vocal harmonies. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/462446. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com/gigs. Hot drinks at the Twigg's Gigs café. BYO alcohol.

Sunday 14 April 2019 7.45pm - Anthony John Clarke - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tba  Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 14 April 2019 - Gadarene - Exeter Phoenix Voodoo Lounge, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Gadarene blend obscure traditional English tunes, virtuoso acoustic musicians, funky beats and loads of energy. The five-piece play drums, mandolin, double bass, fiddle and flute, their musicianship and effects units transforming obscure English 18th and 19th-century tunes into numbers from intricate acoustic trance to alternative modern dance hits. Drawing on styles from pop and rock to electronic and dub, the band’s pioneering attitude to folk brings glorious old tunes to life. The set features Lancashire clog and Dartmoor step dance, and gets audiences up dancing too! Delivered with great rhythm, innovative instrumentation and good humour, Gadarene’s infectious sound is sophisticated enough for seated audiences and wild enough to get everyone dancing. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Sunday 14 April 2019 7.30pm - Solana - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Original fusion project Solana enchant listeners with their rhythmically complex and harmonically rich music inspired by folk traditions from around the world. Solana’s sound is lead by flutes, violin, accordion and Spanish guitar, and takes influence from such diverse greats as Tigran Hamasyan, Kíla, Paco de Lucía and Dhafer Youssef. “Their music ranges boldly from klezmer melodies, tingling tango, exuberant Irish folk and swinging jazz to pumping reggae and lilting Latin […] thoroughly invigorating” - Songlines. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 18 April 2019 8pm - The Askew Sisters - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Two fine performers and interpreters of English folk music, Hazel and Emily’s live performances brim with the depth and connection of musicians who have been immersed in folk music all their lives. Together they reinterpret songs and balladry, creating breathtaking arrangements, allowing words that are hundreds of years old to resonate profoundly with contemporary audiences. Both women are also skilled multi-instrumentalists and expert players of dance music, using fiddles, melodeons, concertina and cello to bring old dance music to life. Since winning the 2015 Spiral Earth Award for Best Traditional Album, the sisters have been busy with a number of other innovative projects. Emily has been touring with her vibrant fiddle band Alma, as well as releasing her first solo album, exploring the crossover between folk and early music which was critically acclaimed by the national press. Hazel has been busy working with her groundbreaking trio Lady Maisery, as well as folk supergroups Coven and Songs of Separation, the latter winning Best Album at the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Stirred by these new musical experiences, the sisters now return to their duo with a fresh vision. They spent 2018 deep in rehearsal, reconstructing and re-exploring their sound, unearthing old songs, as well as composing and creating new music. www.askewsisters.co.uk. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Thursday 18 April 2019 8.30pm - House Concert: Music from the compass points - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Dance tunes and songs from across a continent with five top traditional musicians bringing together material from the Celtic fringes of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Iberia, to Greece and the Balkans, from Norway to Piedmont and many more places in between. Featuring Scottish duo Morag Brown & Lewis Powell-Reid (fiddle, accordion, guitar) alongside three members of the Meridianum Ensemble Griselda Sanderson (nyckelharpa, fiddle), Louis Bingham (cittern, guitar, vocals), and Ricardo de Noronha (percussion, flutes). Donations on arrival. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations. No bar so BYO.

NEW Friday 19 April 2019 - Tunelink Spring Ceilidh with Jiginaboot Ceilidh Band - Dartington Village Hall, Cott Road, Dartington TQ9 6HY (map)
Dance in the spring with our guest ceilidh band Jiginaboot, complete with caller and all the way from the Scottish Borders! Plus Celtic circle dances to start the night with music from the Tunelink Players. Tickets: £8 adult, £4 U16, £20 family (2+2). Available online: search www.eventbee.com for "Tunelink Ceilidh". Or contact Louis and Gris to book tickets in person and pick up local to Totnes: 01803 864286 / 07708 298146 / 07792 319809, tunelinksouthwest@gmail.com. Doors 7pm. BYO refreshments.

NEW Friday 19 April 2019 7.30pm - The Drystones - Black Dog Memorial Hall, Black Dog, nr Crediton EX17 4QS
The Drystones are a young duo making big waves on the UK folk scene. Combining traditional music’s timeless instrumental union of fiddle and guitar with technical mastery, an unexpectedly large live sound, it’s no wonder they’ve been described as ‘indecently talented’ (Mike Harding) and earned themselves a nomination for the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Since forming in 2011 to play at their local folk festival in Priddy, Somerset, they have played festivals across the country, including Glastonbury and Sidmouth Folk Week, have supported Seth Lakeman and Steeleye Span, produced two albums and, somehow, squeezed in their music degrees. Tickets: adult £9, child £7, benefits £7, family £20. Call 01363 877417 to book.

NEW Friday 19 April 2019 - Phil Beer - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Contact
01823 400416 or email milvertonmusic@f2s.com. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 20 April 2019 - Davis Lindley Mullan - Abbotskerswell Village Hall, Slade Lane, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 5YF (map)
DLM are Andrew Cresswell Davis guitar, ukelele and vocals, Clare Lindley violin, guitar, ukelele and vocals, and Brian Mullan cello and vocals. They employ a number of styles in their repertoire reflecting a desire to entertain audiences of all ages and musical tastes. A typical DLM set list will contain original material and a few covers by Steve Earle, Guy Clark, Bob Dylan, Lennon and McCartney, Bessie Smith and Blue Nile. Clare Lindley learned classical viola at school and joined Stackridge in 2009. In addition to his work as freelance concert cellist, Brian Mullan has recorded for radio and television and has been involved in projects over a wide range of musical styles. www.dlm3.co.uk. Support: Mutter Slater (front man and flute player for 70’s cult band Stackridge) with Clive Ashley on saxophone. Doors 7pm. Tickets £10 from 01626 363640.

NEW Thursday 25 April 2019 - Steve Tilston - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
After 40 impressive years in the business, Steve goes from strength to strength. One of this country’s greatest singer/songwriters and a fine guitarist, many of his songs have become modern folk-song classics, covered by the likes of Fairport Convention, Dolores Keane and others. Steve will perform from his brilliant recent album Ziggurat, plus brand new material and old favourites. www.stevetilston.com. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 26 April 2019 8pm - Spring Ceilidh with Mrs Midnights - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A compulsively move-your-feet band. Based in Exeter playing traditional English dance tunes with acoustic instruments; alongside that crucial stomp factor, they rejoice in irresistibly rich sound textures of riff and harmony. www.mrsmidnights.co.uk.  Tickets: £8 door, or £6 adv by contacting info@mrsmidnights.co.uk or topshampta@outlook.com, or 07920 537200. Proceeds in aid of The Topsham School PTA (FOTTS) charity number 1043458.

NEW Friday 26 April 2019 7.30pm - James Hickman & Dan Cassidy - Scoriton Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
James Hickman and Dan Cassidy are Britain’s premiere transatlantic folk and roots duo. Hickman’s emotive, soaring vocals and driving guitar is complemented by Cassidy’s ingenious and virtuosic fiddling. Their sound flows from the connection between British and American folk and is bursting with all the humour, heartbreak and excitement of these genres. The lively English wit of Hickman is set against Cassidy’s bone-dry irony and American drawl as they take audiences on a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey. Tickets: adult £9, child £7, family £25. Call 01364 631288 to book.  www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

NEW Friday 26 April 2019 7.30pm - Jess Klein - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Over a career that spans more than a decade and a half and has won her a devoted worldwide fan base, Jess Klein—who possesses what Mojo magazine calls “one of those voices you want to crawl up close to the speakers to listen to” has pursued a remarkable creative evolution that’s seen her dig ever deeper for resonant emotional insights, while continuing to refine her eloquently melodic, effortlessly accessible songcraft. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 27 April 2019 8pm - Ceilidh with Dumbo's Feather - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller: Jeremy Child. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See
www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Saturday 27 April 2019 -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
Levriad (Jonathan Shorland and Liz Nabb) return with their fabulous mix of Breton and French music and instruments. No partner is needed for many of the dances and beginners are always welcome. Doors 7.15pm. Dance tuition 7.30pm. First band around 8pm. Admission £9 includes tea and biscuits. BYO drinks. Free parking opposite.

NEW Sunday 28 April 2019 7.45pm - Ian Bruce - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tba  Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 28 April 2019 - Jim Causley - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Traditional Songs of Devon. A proud Devonian, Jim Causley has dedicated much of his career to researching and reviving the forgotten gems of songs from his county. Drawing from the collections of Victorian folksong collectors such as Sabine Baring-Gould and Cecil Sharp as well as more modern collectors and writers including Cyril Tawney and Tony Rose, living singers as well as a few of his own self-penned hits. Jim presents an evening jam-packed with Devonshire delights that richly bring to life the distinct flavour of music-making from this unique corner of the British Isles. From Arscott of Tetcott to Widecombe Fair and everything in between, this show is a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to Devon’s rich musical culture. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Monday 29 April 2019 - Mother’s Ruin - Acoustic Warehouse Music & Performance Club,  Newton Abbot RFC, Rackerhayes, Newton Road, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3SJ
Mother’s Ruin play happy upbeat renditions of traditional and modern folk music. Their eclectic mix of foot tapping music is a hit wherever they play! www.facebook.com/Mothers-Ruin-1586911594916030. Entry is (as for a normal night) only £2 with Open Mic from 7.15-9.15pm. Further information from Nigel Dee 07989 180091 www.facebook.com/Acoustic.Warehouse.TQ123QH.

NEW Tuesday 30 April 2019 8pm - Sam Lee’s Singing With Nightingales - Dartington Great Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
Wild nightingales make music with folk star Sam Lee in unique springtime concert. Wild nightingales will be among the guest artists when the Mercury Prize-nominated folk star Sam Lee brings his acclaimed event to Dartington, combining music and storytelling with a live streamed link to the woods, where the male birds sing their courtship song. For this special event, Sam Lee will be joined on stage by guest musicians and will communicate, via a live link, with an ornithologist who’ll guide us through the woodland, into one of the UK’s last remaining strongholds of the fast-disappearing bird, said to possess one of Nature’s finest voices. www.singingwithnightingales.com. Full details see www.dartington.org/event/sam-lees-singing-with-nightingales.

NEW Thursday 2 May 2019 7.30pm - Flook - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Folk at the Flavel welcomes Flook, recently reformed after a hiatus of 10 years. After forming in 1997, Flook had a remarkably successful performing and recording career. The sheer enjoyment of playing together shined through their albums but was also a key factor in their very successful live shows. Three studio albums were all critically applauded and they won the accolade of Best Group at the BBC Folk Awards in 2006 having previously been nominated for Best Album. Owing to overwhelming popular demand they are back together to play a limited tour of Europe so catch these rare shows while you can. Flook are flutists Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, guitarist Ed Boyd and bodhran maestro, John Joe Kelly. £19, U18 £5. Book at www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Thursday 2 May 2019 - Amber Cross - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Originally from Maine, USA, Amber spent her early years surrounded by gospel music in a small town church where her father preached and her mother played piano. In 2013 Amber released her debut album ‘You Can Come In’ and Country Music People Magazine/UK discovered the album and gave it a 5 Star Review and CD Of The Month, saying: “Every now and again a debut CD arrives and you know about 30 seconds in that you are experiencing something a bit special... it’s appeal is likely to be broad, from bluegrass, rootsy Appalachian, to country or honky-tonk.” www.ambercrossmusic.com. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Thursday 2 May 2019 8pm - Shemekia Copeland - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Every so often a singer comes along whose talent indelibly marks them down as destined for great things. Such is the case of Shemekia Copeland.. Born in Harlem New York City the daughter of Texas bluesman Johnny Copeland, Shemekia first blew into our lives when she put in a simply staggering performance at the 1999 Bishopstock Festival. Just 19 years old at the time, since then her career's sky rocketed, garnering her a host of Grammy nominations, eight Living Blues awards, a tour with the Rolling Stones, and she's performed with B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Mick Jagger for President and Mrs Obama at the White House. An intimate performance from a soul and blues singer with few equals. Tickets £20. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Friday 3 May 2019 - Grace Petrie - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Grace’s unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won over an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes. Grace has toured with Billy Bragg and Frank Turner, supported comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long, and collaborated with Leon Rosselson and Peggy Seeger. Her new album ‘Queer As Folk’ was released Sept ’18. ‘She’s the urgent, pulsing, compassionate talent this world desperately needs.’ The Observer. www.gracepetrie.com. Presented by The Whitehouse Sessions. www.facebook.com/pg/ashburtonarts/events. www.ashburtonarts.org.uk. More details www.wegottickets.com/event/457172.

NEW Sunday 5 May 2019 - Gigspanner - Maker with Rame Community Hall, Fore St., Kingsand, Cornwall PL10 1NS (map)
tbc details tba Tickets will be available from Mac's Village Store, Kingsand and Millbrook News, Millbrook.

NEW Monday 6 May 2019 - Kris Drever - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Scottish songwriter Kris Drever (Lau) celebrated a decade of critical and commercial success by winning both BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of The Year 2017 and Best Original Track 2017 (for his song If Wishes Were Horses) at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. For his 2018 concerts Kris will be performing a ‘best of’ set featuring all the key songs from his first decade and some new material played live for the first time. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Thursday 9 May 2019 - Sharon Shannon & Seckou Keita: Sacred Earth - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Sacred Earth is the groundbreaking 10th album from Sharon Shannon. Produced by Justin Adams, this album mixes Irish music with African and blues and features celebrated African Musicians Abass Dodoo and Seikou Keita as well as special guests including Finbar Furey and Alyra Rose. Sacred Earth was inspired by a visit to New Mexico in early 2015, where Sharon performed with Native American musicians Arvel Bird and Steve Rushingwind. Sharon was the first non- Native American artiste to perform at Acoma Pueblo , outside of Albuquerque. Sharon Shannon is a musician who likes to surprise. While she is known for her arrangements of traditional Irish tunes and Irish-influenced compositions, she has always been eager to explore new styles, and to meet and work with other musicians. Seckou Keita has arguably become the most influential and inspiring Kora player of his generation, an exceptional and charismatic musician and a modern global citizen, with seven centuries of tradition and heritage expressed through his music. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Thursday 9 May 2019 - Wildwood Kin - Lemon Grove, Exeter University, St German's Road, Exeter EX4 6TG (map)
Standing. Wildwood Kin are a family trio whose sound is characterised by extraordinary harmonies. Their brilliant debut album, while influenced by their early folk leanings, delved deeply into other genres, featuring both electric and acoustic instruments, and boasted inventive sonics and spectral atmospherics alongside their hypnotic three-part harmonies. Guitarist Emillie Key, her bouzouki/keyboard-playing sister Beth and their drumming cousin Meghann Loney, all sing, swapping leads and joining on harmonies. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Thursday 9 May 2019 - Kirsty McGee - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Somewhere between jazz, folk, gospel and americana, there’s an area of music that doesn’t have a name. With a cartographer’s attention to detail, Kirsty McGee – a wandering maverick and spellbinding live performer with a voice that has been described as having the texture of smoke & velvet – has spent the past15 years and seven albums mapping this place, tracking the common origins of song. www.kirstymcgee.com. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 10 May 2019 8pm - Reg Meuross - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Singer, songwriter and storyteller of excellence. His songs are superbly crafted and delivered with great feeling with guitar, delving into both historical events and current topics and issues. Reg emerged in the 1980's with the duo - The Panic Brothers. Beginning in 1996 with The Goodbye Hat, Reg has released 12 solo albums, many of which have been highly-acclaimed and award-winning. He is currently touring his latest solo album, 12 Silk Hankerchiefs. Reg's career has seen him perform from folk clubs and village halls to festivals and the Royal Albert Hall as well as record at Abbey Road Studios. His effortless performance and gentle manner hooks the audience in and ensures a relaxing, thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining evening. www.regmeuross.com. Support: TBA. Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) - Paid in advance £10; advanced notice without pre-payment £12 (paid on door). Info / ticket enquiries contact: exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub. www.exeterfolkclub.org.

NEW 10-12-May 2019 - Dart Music Festival - Dartmouth
Multi-genre free festival. See line-up announcements and sign up for regular emails at www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 11 May 2019 8pm - Kirsty Merryn - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Kirsty Merryn is one of the most arresting and unconventional new young singer songwriters on the UK folk roots scene, with a style uniquely her own. Kirsty has been championed by Show of Hands’ frontman Steve Knightley after he met her while teaching at an EFDSS songwriting retreat for upcoming folk singer songwriters and she went on to support them over the 22 nights of their Cathedral’s tour at the end of 2017. “Making some very big waves…I think she has an amazing voice, and writes some truly interesting songs” Mike Harding.  www.kirstymerryn.com. Tickets £10 adv, £12 door.  www.wegottickets.com/event/456839. Hot drinks at the Twigg's Gigs café. BYO alcohol.

NEW Sunday 12 May 2019 7.30pm - Will Kaufmann: Woody Guthrie and "Old Man Trump" - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
A new live documentary performance. In December 1950, Woody Guthrie moved his family into a new apartment in Brooklyn’s Beach Haven. His new landlord, it turned out, was none other than Fred Trump, father of the US president. ‘Will presents this exhilarating show in the fastest hour and a half you are likely to witness when you consider the breadth and depth of his subject. He performs Woody’s songs with great skill and understanding, playing the guitar, banjo and fiddle with enviable panache and brio. His presentation is accomplished with great musicality, wit, honesty, and compassion. - Ralph McTell; ‘I so appreciate all of your efforts to take his legacy further. Who knows where he'll end up! - Nora Guthrie. See websites for full description. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 15 May 2019 - Show of Hands: ‘Special Relationship’ Tour - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
For their ‘Special Relationship’ Spring tour Steve and Phil will be joined by acclaimed US singer songwriter, Richard Shindell. Hailing from New Jersey but now a resident of Buenos Aries his songs ‘You Stay Here’, ‘Reunion Hill’ and ‘Next Best Western’ are already firmly part of the Show of Hands repertoire. From the Great War to the Civil War, from Bristol to Baltimore, expect an Anglo/American exchange of songs of the road, history and romance. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.
Also at RHS Rosemoor, Torrington, on Sunday 19 May.

NEW Friday 17 May 2019 8pm - The Little Unsaid - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Fronted by songwriter John Elliott, The Little Unsaid is a band with an original sound and international outlook. The band has spent the last year touring Europe, leaving audiences emotionally rapt with a live show that’s been described as ‘a thumping depth of passion’. Their sound is all their own but echoes the intensity and melancholic overtones of greats such as Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen. The Little Unsaid embraces elements of rock, folk, electronica, jazz and alt-pop. One of the UK’s must-see rising live acts and recent winners of the Steve Reid award for Innovation. ‘Extraordinary music. This is an amazing act’ – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 17 May 2019 7.30pm - Toby Marks & Andrew Heath - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Soundscape artists. See websites for full description. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 18 May 2019 7.30pm - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
The Nearly Free Tour - This magnetic bond still holds after more than 40 years of attempted escapes and still loved for their total in-yer-face originality, the contrast between the dead pan humour of Barrett and mad onstage antics of Otway are hilarious to watch. John’s lyrical genius and Willy’s outstanding musicianship (he seems to play almost every stringed instrument known to man, plus a few hybrids of his own making!). Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 18 May 2019 8pm - Show of Hands: ‘Special Relationship’ Tour - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, aka the award-winning acoustic roots duo Show of Hands, are back on the road again, and they’re bringing a friend! For their 2019 spring tour, Knightley and Beer are joined by long-term friend and collaborator Richard Shindell to celebrate their very own transatlantic ‘Special Relationship’. This is a rare chance to sit back and enjoy the sounds of three sublime musical innovators,each at the top of their game. www.carnglaze.com.

NEW Saturday 18 May 2019 -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
Philippe Plard and Mark Prescott - special guests to help us celebrate our 25th anniversary year - look out for more details coming soon. No partner is needed for many of the dances and beginners are always welcome. Doors 7.15pm. Dance tuition 7.30pm. First band around 8pm. Admission £9 includes tea and biscuits. BYO drinks. Free parking opposite.

NEW Sunday 19 May 2019 8pm - Show of Hands: ‘Special Relationship’ Tour - RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington
Bookings etc. www.theploughartscentre.org.uk.

NEW Sunday 19 May 2019 8pm - RANT - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
RANT is the meeting of four of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, two from the Shetland Islands and two from the Highlands. Nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 for Best Traditional track, they tour their unique brand of ‘chamber-folk’ far and wide. Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Lauren MacColl and Anna Massie join forces to create a sound which is both rich and lush, yet retaining all the bite and spark synonymous with a Scottish fiddle player. www.rantfiddles.com
‘This is dignified, deep and profound music.’ fRoots magazine. www.rantfiddles.com. £12(+) adv/£14 door, tickets available online at www.topshamfolkclub.org or at Sunday night folk evenings at the Globe, Topsham. All enquiries 01392 875332.

NEW Wednesday 22 May 2019 - Belshazzar's Feast - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Paul Sartin and Paul Hutchinson bring their own brand of fun and music to the Cafe. (details tba) £?? for dinner, pud, cheese, cuppa. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Wednesday 22 May 2019 7.30pm - Sara Grey & Kieron Means - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Sara Grey, a fine American singer, banjo player and song collector, and son Kieron Means, singer and guitar player of great merit, and a fine performer of traditional and contemporary songs. "We perform from a wide range of American traditions including old-time songs and ballads from the Appalachians, Ozarks, New England and the West, blues and gospel music as well as a few of our favourite written songs. The passage of songs from Great Britain and Ireland to America is of particular interest to us. A good deal of our material is the American versions that have travelled, though a song or two from Britain will no doubt be sung. It is our aim during the evening to encourage our audience to join us in singing the chorus of many of our songs." Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 25 May 2019 8pm - Ceilidh with Phoenix - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Callers: Mary Howells & Jeremy Child. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See
www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

tbc Sunday 26 May 2019 2.30pm - Paddy’s Whiskers - The Boathouse, Preston Sands, Paignton
Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band Paddy’s Whiskers playing a mixture of fiddle led Irish jigs and reels for dancing, banjo driven bluegrass numbers, and Scottish tunes on border bagpipes. The whole band sing and at a Whiskers gig you’ll hear well known favourites from the folk tradition, together with a few original songs and tunes written by the band. The venue is very family friendly. Live music starts at 2.30pm and entrance is free. Free entry. More information from www.paddyswhiskers.co.uk or ring Andrew on 07514 064558.

NEW Thursday 30 May 2019 7.30pm - Steve Turner - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and also plays mandolin and banjo.
www.steve-turner.co.uk/index.htm. www.tavistockwharf.com.

NEW Friday 31 May 2019 8pm - Luke Jackson Trio - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
"Very powerful-impressive songs, individual playing and the singing-oh man the singing!" – Folkcast. "A sumptuous voice loaded with maturity and a melodically blessed guitar style" – Spiral Earth. "Luke Jackson sings with an extraordinarily rich voice and possesses a guitar technique astonishing for one so young. I first heard him sing four years ago and even then his songwriting suggested a performer of rare promise” – Steve Knightley, Show of Hands. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/463799. Hot drinks available at the Twigg's Gigs café.

NEW Saturday 1 June 2019 - Songwriters Circle - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Greg Hancock, Em Marshall & Ben Morgan-Brown. A perfect opportunity to enjoy, compare and contrast two top singer songwriters who approach the art of songwriting in very different ways, and with very different backgrounds and influences. www.greghancockmusic.com, www.emmarshall.com, www.benmorganbrown.co.uk. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/462494 Tickets £8 from the Bridge 01392 873862.

NEW Friday 7 June 2019 8pm - Edgelarks - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
In April 2018, Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin) retreated to a remote cottage in western Cumbria. Tired of the navel-gazing tendencies of sad song writing, and the terrible events frequently depicted in the folk ballad tradition, they decided to turn their attention to an oft overlooked but vital facet of our lives: hope. Swiftly, a set of songs and tunes emerged. Stories of wonder from the natural world; tales of rejoicing and long lost returns; and simple thanksgiving for their own surroundings and place in the landscape. Informed by world rhythms, British folk roots, and the duo's penchant for making as much noise as possible with only two people, the album is an upbeat celebration, an incitement to hope. Tickets £14 (seated). Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Friday 7 June 2019 7.30pm  - Ninebarrow - Church of St. Michaels the Archangel, Chagford TQ13 8BN
Multi-award-winning folk duo (and walkers!) who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Most recently, the duo were nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the ‘Horizon’ category for Best Emerging Artist. Tickets £10, child £7, available from Sally’s Newsagents, Chagford, or call 01363 85370, or online from www.ninebarrow.co.uk.

NEW Friday 7 June 2019 - Jim Causley - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Award-winning singer-songwriter, musician and proud Devonian Jim Causley is an all-round entertainer and during the past decade has been nominated no less than six times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. Last year he was also nominated as “Singer of the Year” at the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. In 2014 he won the Spiral Earth Singer of the Year award and presented his own folk music show on BBC Radio Devon. The following year he worked with BBC TV historian Dr Sam Willis to create the music for his show ‘Highwaymen, Outlaws and Villains’. www.jimcausley.co.uk. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 7 June 2019 7.30pm - Richard Durrant - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Guitarist and composer Richard Durrant returns with a musical celebration of midsummer and another classic series of gigs on the folk/classical cusp. As the solstice approaches Durrant reveals a collection of brand new pieces, old favourites, tales from the road and the occasional song inspired by the summer solstice. "My new favourite guitarist…Richard Durrant sits completely outside the accepted genres. He has a peculiar and wonderful mind" Tom Robinson BBC6 Music.  Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW 7-9 June 2019 - Contemporary Craft Festival - Bovey Tracey
Musical entertainment includes Harbottle & Jonas on 8/6. www.craftsatboveytracey.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 8 June 2019 - Lost Sound Chorus - venue tba
tbc tba Dartmoor folk choir.

NEW Sunday 9 June 2019  - The Ruggle Regatta - Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe in the Moor
Free event. Various performers. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW 21-23 June 2019 - Teignmouth Folk Festival
Geoff Lakeman, Jim Causley, Paul Wilson & Marilyn Tucker, Peter & Barbara Snape, Old Gaffers, Jim Payne, Mrs Midnight's Ceilidh Band, City of Plymouth Pipe Band... www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk

NEW Saturday 22 June 2019 -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
Truffetete, our friends from N. Devon, who are 10 years old in 2019 so more birthday celebrations to enjoy! No partner is needed for many of the dances and beginners are always welcome. Doors 7.15pm. Dance tuition 7.30pm. First band around 8pm. Admission £9 includes tea and biscuits. BYO drinks. Free parking opposite.

NEW Thursday 27 June 2019 8pm - The Blues Band - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
2019 sees The Blues Band Celebrate their 40th year together, Paul Jones, Dave Kelly, Tom McGuinness, Rob Townsend and Gary Fletcher. Many of the Blues Band’s 21st century fans weren’t even born when these five virtuosos, already music industry veterans, decided to fly in the face of musical fashion in 1979 and form a band ‘just to play the blues’. No one could have predicted that, 40 years on, they’d still be dazzling audiences with their showmanship and virtuosity. About 20 albums and thousands of gigs later, they’ve earned a reputation around the world as one of the finest exponents of the blues tradition in all its forms. With this line-up, it’s hardly surprising. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Friday 28 June 2019 - Veronica Sbergia & Max de Bernadi - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Winners of The European Blues Challenge 2013, exciting Italian duo Veronica and Max play country blues and ragtime, hokum, jug band and rural music from the 20’s and 30’s in their own unique style. Using ukulele, washboard, kazoo, guitars and mandolin, they sing and play with passion and humour, as they keep a precious musical heritage alive by faithfully reproducing its original sound, updated with a modern twist. Expect songs from Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie, Jimmie Rodgers, Sidney Bechet, Lucille Bogan, Bo Carter and the Delmore Brothers. www.maxandveronica.com. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Sunday 30 June 2019 - Cosgrave & Banks - Sharpham Trust Open Day, Ashprington TQ9 7UT
We are delighted to welcome Mike and Steve back to the beautiful setting of Sharpham on the river Dart. Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have built a reputation for top quality musicianship and entertainment. www.cosgraveandbanks.com. “One of Devon’s multi-instrumental treasures.” – Topsham Folk Club. "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun" - Tom McConville. Free entry. Small fee for parking. www.sharphamtrust.org.

NEW Saturday 6 July 2019 - 8th Annual South Brent Folk Day
Singing, music, dancing, workshops and concerts around the village. The headline evening concert is at 7.30pm in the Village Hall (with Reel Ale bar) featuring: • Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman: Dartmoor-based husband and wife duo who have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships. An enviable class act of imaginative song-writing and musicianship, they have twice won the coveted Best Duo title at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (2016 & 2013); Granny’s Attic: Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (melodeon, concertina, vocals), George Sansome (guitar, vocals) and Lewis Wood (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) – a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. Three exceptional musicians and fine singers, who have been heralded for their lively performances playing English traditional and original music and their delivery and selection of traditional songs. FFI: Contact Eileen McKee: email eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com or call 01364 73699 or John Rawlinson: email john.rawlinson@southbrent.gov.uk or call 01364 73117. Organised by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area:
www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.
Sunday 7 July 2019: South Brent Folk Breakfast Buffet 9.30-11.30am in the Old School Community Centre. After the concerts and activities of the Folk Day, enjoy our Self Service Breakfast Buffet with more music and good company.

NEW Thursday 11 July 2019 - Eve Selis - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Eve’s previous visits to the Mill have brought the house down! San Diegobased 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”. www.eveselis.com. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Sunday 14 July 2019 8pm - Gigspanner Big Band - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Two of our most popular bands come together for one exceptional performance. Gigspanner, formed by multi-award winning fiddle player Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span), has established a reputation as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British folk scene. BBC Folk Award winners (Best Duo), Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are also well known at Calstock Arts. Their appearances together as the Gigspanner Big Band are a rare, but highly sought after affair, thanks to performances of dazzling musicianship and arresting on stage chemistry. Taking self-penned material along with music rooted in the British Isles and beyond, with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, they produce richly atmospheric arrangements layered within a wealth of subliminal musical influences. “They don’t play together very often, but when they do it’s spectacular” 5***** R2 Magazine. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Fri/Sat 19/20 July 2019 - Chagstock Festival - Whiddon Down, nr Chagford
More acts announced. Limited number of Early Bird tickets are now on sale at cheaper than 2018 prices! See www.chagstock.info.

NEW Thursday 25 July 2019 - Tipitina - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Another return visit to the Mill from this wonderful trio. Their music is a life-enhancing blend of swing, boogie woogie, jive and blues in the New Orleans tradition. Championed by BBC Radio 2’s Paul Jones, the band had us dancing in the aisles on previous visits. “Vocalist Debbie Jones is as sultry as a night downtown, Justin Randall’s piano boogies like there’s no tomorrow... Glorious”(The Mail). www.bigbearmusic.com/tipitina. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW 27 July-24 August 2019 - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
Folk during week 2, 3-10 August. Courses: T
hree Hundred Years: Music from Northumberland and the Borders (Alistair Anderson) - Creative Writing: Poetry of Place (Katrina Porteous with Alexis Bennett) - Folk Choir (Harbottle & Jonas) - Playing for Dancing (Alistair Anderson) - Folk Collective (Emily Portman, Alexis Bennett, Harbottle & Jonas) - Folk Surgery (Alexis Bennett) - Creative Conversations (James Runcie). Full details www.dartington.org/whats-on/programme/summer-school. Concert/ceilidh information tba

NEW 2-9 August 2019 - Sidmouth Folk Festival
Early line-up announcements, website launched, tickets on sale (Super Early Bird). The Sidmouth Folk Festival goes back to its roots in 2019 and reclaims its title for its 65th edition.
www.sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk. Join the festival mailing list for regular updates (which have already started): www.sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk/mailing-list.

NEW 3-7 August 2019 - Sidmouth Fringe Sessions - Salcombe Regis
Coincides with (but independent of) the long-established Sidmouth Folk Festival. The Sessions celebrate the very best in emerging acts, breaking artists and under-the-radar musicians - not just locally but from across the whole UK. The Fringe has been supported by BBC Introducing (Devon & Cornwall) over recent years who host the shows. Plus occasional international touring artists. A fantastic mini festival of live music. An eclectic mix of many genres - and has included folk/roots, bluegrass, stomp, blues, acoustic, jazzfusion, world and indie rock/pop - plus everything in-between. Full details www.sidmouthfringe.co.uk.

NEW 16-18 August 2019 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park near Exeter
Tickets are on sale. Line-up includes: Levellers, The Stranglers, Steeleye Span, Kate Rusby, Seth Lakeman, Ferocious Dog, Cara Dillon, Tom Robinson, Fisherman’s Friends, Karine Polwart, Grace Petriem Sound of the Sirens. See www.beautifuldays.org for more.

NEW 22-26 August 2019 - Cornwall Folk Festival - Wadebridge
5 evening concerts: Steve Knightley; Wizz Jones at 80 Celebration + Midnight Skyracer; The Unthanks and Krelys; Flats and Sharps + Mick Ryan’s ‘Here at the Fair’ folk opera; Noble Jacks + Granny’s Attic. Plus local and regional musicians, workshops etc. www.cornwallfolkfestival.com. Early bird tickets now on sale.

NEW Thursday 29 August 2019 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A return visit from Best Duo winners in the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, with their recent album “Tomorrow Will Follow Today”. Kathryn and Sean are widely recognised as two of the folk scene’s most accomplished musicians. Musical collaborators with the likes of Seth Lakeman (Sean’s younger brother), Cara Dillon, the Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, this husband and wife duo deliver an intimacy and strength of passion in their music. Kathryn’s sublime voice and effortless delivery, combined with Sean’s gifted guitar playing and masterly arrangements make for a captivating live performance. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 20 September 2019 7.30pm - Claude Bourbon - Downderry and Seaton Village Hall, Main Road, Torpoint, Cornwall PL11 3JY
Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories. Each year Bourbon plays more than 100 shows around the world. Born in France in the early 60’s, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained for many years.

NEW Saturday 21 September 2019 - Crabstock - Kingsbridge
details tba On the banks of the sunny Kingsbridge Estuary at the Crabshell Inn Kingsbridge an all day celebration of folk music in all its forms. Full programme to follow but there will be concerts, sessions and an evening ceilidh. Not to be missed. Booking details soon.

NEW Friday 27 September 2019 - Rory McLeod - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
Rhythmic storyteller, multi-instrumentalist, ex-circus clown and fire eater, is a one-man-soul-band, and poet. He has a natural troubadour's talent for weaving magical, musical, storytelling spells accompanied by his own bizarre solo orchestra of distinctive instruments. www.rorymcleod.com. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/463486.

NEW Rescheduled from Thursday 14 March
Saturday 28 September 2019
8pm - Nick Harper - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
Son of the legendary Roy Harper, with 10 albums behind him Nick is a highly accomplished singer and songwriter. Nick can coax the most glorious of sounds from the humblest of guitars. He has been called at various times 'the acoustic Hendrix', the 'English Jeff Buckley' and 'the new Jeff Beck' but he is definitely his own man and according to the Times "has so much musicianship in him that it just leaks out all over the place." Come on out for an unforgettable evening! Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Rescheduled from Friday 1 February
Saturday 12 October 2018 7.30pm - Wren Music: Gothic Dartmoor - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ
(map)
The Gothic Dartmoor concert explores a rich vein of myth and legend through the tales of Dartmoor. The songs are selected from the folk song collection made at the end of the C19th by Squire and Parson Revd. Sabine Baring-Gould, and inspired by his other writings, including The Book of Dartmoor and The Book of Were-Wolves. Wren Music has put together an impressive company to bring you ‘Gothic Dartmoor’ – Marilyn Tucker: Singer and storyteller, Paul Wilson: Multi-instrumentalist and singer, Jon Dyer: Experienced performer and a fabulous flautist and Hannah Cumming: Fiddle player and singer, plus a specially formed Gothic Dartmoor Choir. Tickets £12. Box Office 01392 277189/665885.
www.wegottickets.com/cygnettheatre. www.wrenmusic.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 9 November 2019 8pm - The Sounds of Simon - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
A tribute to the wonderful music of Paul Simon, through the years as one half of Simon and Garfunkel, to the enduring success of his solo career. Come on a journey as the full band take you through the early Simon and Garfunkel albums, through the massive success of Bridge Over Troubled Water and on to the Grammy award winning success of Still Crazy After All These Years and Graceland. Paul and Art are played to perfection, bringing in elements of their famously fractious relationship, as well as replicating the beautiful harmonies flawlessly. With video clips, stories, and memories from the last 50+ years, this is a wonderful show filled with excellent music, nostalgia, and a genuine love for some great musicians. This is the UK’s longest running tribute to Paul Simon. Come and see why! www.soundsofsimon.co.uk. www.carnglaze.com.

NEW 9/10 November 2019 - West Gallery Music Association, Singing/Instrumental Workshops - Sidmouth
Both day workshops and residential places are open to non members. Saturday: Local psalms, hymns and short anthems (optional afternoon workshop: 19th century glees/dance & militia band tunes); Sunday: Local carols. Full details www.wgma.org.uk/Sidholme%20A4%20flyer.pdf.

NEW Monday 18 November 2019 7pm - Julie Felix - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
We are absolutely delighted that Julie is returning to The Brook again this year - it's becoming an annual event now! Julie is an absolute folk legend who has hosted her own TV show and appeared at venues around the world. She's performed with a huge list of the great and the good of the music world and has a host of stories to share. An Evening With Julie Felix costs £20 each and includes a two course meal prior to the performance. (Trip to the zoo not included!!). www.facebook.com/pg/BrookInnPlympton/events.
Tel. 01752 297604 for further details. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

John Culf
johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertonfolk.co.uk
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