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Southern Devon Folk Diary

NEW -  items marked thus below means that they have not yet appeared in full in an e-circular.
UPDATED - items marked thus means that they have been updated since an initial listing in an e-circular.

NEW Thursday 26 May 2022 7.30pm - The Great Sea Choir - The Hook & Line, Royal William Yard, Plymouth
Outdoors. Plymouth's contemporary a cappella folk choir directed by musicians Heg Brignall and Julu Irvine (Suthering). www.thegreatseachoir.co.uk.

Thursday 26 May 2022 8pm - Nick Harper - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Nick Harper returns to the South West with a brand new, magical project – Phantastes. Phantastes is an ethereal dream realm of an album that explores the parallels of the seminal fantasy novel of the same name by George MacDonald and the beginnings of Nick’s own love story from 1982. Totally divorced from 2020 in time and space, the album has been enthusiastically received by fans seeking a temporary refuge from the here and now. Full details
www.tavistockwharf.com.

Friday 27 May 2022 7.30pm - Nick Harper - St Mary the Virgin Church, Abbotsbury, Newton Abbot TQ12 2ND
Nick Harper returns to the South West with a brand new, magical project – Phantastes. Phantastes is an ethereal dream realm of an album that explores the parallels of the seminal fantasy novel of the same name by George MacDonald and the beginnings of Nick’s own love story from 1982. Totally divorced from 2020 in time and space, the album has been enthusiastically received by fans seeking a temporary refuge from the here and now. Full details www.worldunlimited.co.uk/whats-on.

Friday 27 May 2022 8.30pm - House Concert: Owen Shires - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Welsh singer songwriter performing at an intimate house concert. This is a non ticketed event with donations on the door. Doors 7.30pm. For reservations and enquiries please contact Mark Arnold at wheelwrightmark@gmail.com or 07730 921192. No bar so BYO.

27-29 May 2022 - Trad at The Tor: Arranging Traditional Music Course - Leighon House, Manaton, Newton Abbot, TQ13 9UP
Weekend residential course with tutors Louis Bingham, Tom Oakes and Griselda Sanderson for intermediate to advanced instrumental musicians who would like to develop the tools for arranging traditional music for ensemble. Each of the three tutors will explore different techniques, rotating groups of players to produce dynamic arrangements of traditional music from Scandinavia, Brittany, Ireland and beyond. Set in a beautiful location a stone's throw from Hound Tor, this is a weekend of oral learning. Participants will be expected to learn quickly by ear and memorise with the aid of a recording device. Camping is free, and chef-prepared meals are included in the price. For more information email gris_sanderson@hotmail.com; More details: www.wegottickets.com/event/542951.

Saturday 28 May 2022 8pm - Show of Hands with special guests Track Dogs - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Take six voices, add fiddle, cajon, trumpet, banjo, guitars, bass and mandolin. Season with sun-soaked Latin rhythms then throw in a West Country heartbeat and you have an unmissable collaboration between folk legends Steve Knightley and Phil Beer and the Madrid based Irish American roots quartet, Track Dogs. Full details www.carnglaze.com.

Saturday 28 May 2022 - Red Hot Chilli Pipers - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing: The most famous bagpipe band on the planet are famed for their infectious style of feel good music. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

Saturday 28 May 2022 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Chris Toyne's Big Band - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). BYO water / alcohol. 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 28 May 2022 - Kate Rusby - Hall for Cornwall, Truro
www.hallforcornwall.co.uk.

Saturday 28 May 2022 7.30pm - One Night in Texas - Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
Featuring an all-live fiddle and banjo-headed band with male and female lead vocals and packed with more songs than you can shake a stetson at, this country music extravaganza will have you (line) dancing in the aisles. Full details www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk/shows/one-night-in-texas.

Sunday 29 May 2022 7.45pm - Kenny Speirs - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
Originally a guitarist and vocallist with The John Wright Band, Kenny went on to form "Real Time" with his late partner, Judy Dinning, and then to develop a successful solo career. Anthony John Clarke sums him up beautifully: "Kenny Speirs' lifetime in music is legendary. His songs and voice resonate from the Scottish Borders and beyond accross the folk music world. He has been there and done it. A proper master of his craft." For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Monday 30 May 2022 11am-4pm - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
From the EFDSS: National Youth Folk Ensemble Open Day

"We are making music in-person again and welcoming young musicians to our brand-new National Youth Folk Ensemble Open Days! Take part in a band for a day, develop your creativity, play by ear, learn from inspiring professional musicians and explore folk music with other young people." Full details www.efdss.org/learning/young-people/national-youth-folk-ensemble/open-days.

Wednesday 1 June 2022 7.30pm - Show of Hands with special guests Track Dogs - Exeter Cathedral
Take six voices, add fiddle, cajon, trumpet, banjo, guitars, bass and mandolin. Season with sun-soaked Latin rhythms then throw in a West Country heartbeat and you have an unmissable collaboration between folk legends Steve Knightley and Phil Beer and the Madrid based Irish American roots quartet, Track Dogs. www.showofhands.co.uk.

Wednesday 1 June 2022 7.30pm - The Rosie Brown Band - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Weaving folk, jazz and blues influences, with glimpses of Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake and vintage John Martyn, the band expresses a musical sensibility all of its own. Drawing on country, 60s surf and classical, this is beguiling and intricate music, filmic and funky, full of emotion. Songs with surfaces light and shimmering, evocative of landscape, love, loss, darkness and light www.rosiebrown.com. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/547431.

Thursday 2 June 2022 8pm - The Rosie Brown Band - The Coffee Cellar, Exeter Quay
Weaving folk, jazz and blues influences, with glimpses of Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake and vintage John Martyn, the band expresses a musical sensibility all of its own. Drawing on country, 60s surf and classical, this is beguiling and intricate music, filmic and funky, full of emotion. Songs with surfaces light and shimmering, evocative of landscape, love, loss, darkness and light www.rosiebrown.com. Tickets adv only, £8 at www.seetickets.com/event/the-rosie-brown-band/the-coffee-cellar/2338137. Music in the Quay of Exe is a loose collective of venues and local musicians spawned by the First Thursday Club@The Hourglass. For more information, contact Rob Brown: 07973 779558; brownstheword@gmail.com.

2-5 June 2022 - Exmouth Festival
Multi-genre (free) festival. See www.facebook.com/ExmouthFestival.

Friday 3 June 2022 - Special Jubilee Concert - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
The Silver Street Band guest singers & musicians play a Jubilee concert. All ticket money at £5 to the Ukraine appeal. Doors 7.30pm. BYO drinks and food. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

Saturday 4 June 2022 12noon - The Lost Sound Dartmoor Folk Choir - Exmouth
Short set at Exmouth Festival. Free. www.facebook.com/ExmouthFestival, www.thelostsound.co.uk/concerts-and-gigs.

Sunday 5 June 2022 - Chris Smither - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Honing his synthesis of folk and blues for over 50 years, Chris Smither, truly an American original, returns to the UK to perform music from his vast song catalogue. Support: Zak Trojano. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

Tuesday 7 June 2022 8pm - The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
Shanty Singing at Beach Pub. Another of our ever popular informal Shanty sessions at the Beach Pub - our home 'port' in Exmouth. It's on the Esplanade if you don't know it, adjacent to the docks and marina. If the weather is good we will no doubt sing outdoors first, followed by retiring into the Beach to complete the evening. It's free, so hope to see you there. www.exmouthshantymen.com.

Wednesday 8 June 2022 - John Kirkpatrick: The Victorian Farmer's Year in Song - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Following his appearances on the massively popular TV series “Victorian Farm”, John Kirkpatrick presents a programme of traditional songs to take us through a year in the countryside, reflecting the highs and lows of each season, and giving an authentic voice to the old way of life. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Wednesday 8 June 2022 7.30pm - Jurassic Folk (Acoustic) Club - The Honiton Inn, Awliscombe, Honiton EX14 3PJ
The Club re-opened in October 2021 at this new venue and meets monthly on the 2nd Wednesday. The Club welcomes audience, singers and musicians from near and far for an evening of live acoustic performance. Come along, bring your voice or an instrument or both and entertain or be entertained. www.jurassicfolk.co.uk. For further details contact Adrian on 01404 549903 or Mike on 01404 43429.

Friday 10 June 2022 - Jim Causley - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Since the release of his debut album in 2005, Causley’s unique voice and persona have helped him become one of the most well-loved and respected figures of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene. “The finest singer of his generation” Mojo Magazine “A voice in a million” Geoff Lakeman.
Full details www.ottertonmill.com/events.

Saturday 11 June 2022 7.30pm - Honey & The Bear - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
British folk and roots duo Honey & The Bear combines delicately interweaving vocal harmonies with emotive and evocative songwriting. With a diverse range of sounds and textures, and rhythms that flow from the fast and furious to gentle ballads, their live performances are spirited and dynamic. Conjuring stories in song, they tell tales of Suffolk folklore, courageous people they admire, their passion for nature and the odd heartbreak or two. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/543496.

Sunday 12 June 2022 3pm - Jim Causley: Songs of Devon - Galmpton Primary School, Greenway Road, Brixham TQ5 0LT (map)
Rescheduled from Sunday 20 March: A concert of traditional Devonshire songs. Hosted by Brixham Folk Club; support: Maggie Duffy. Doors 2.30pm. Tickets £12 (£10 concs) are available from jocastle_4@hotmail.com.

Sunday 12 June 2022 7.45pm - State of the Union - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
Acclaimed songwriter Boo Hewerdine and Americana singer/songwriter Brooks Williams create a magical, stripped back and enthralling musical atmosphere with two guitars and two voices. Their performances are consistently brilliant, equal parts emotive and entertaining and their songs equal parts wit, whimsy and pathos. For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Thursday 16 June 2022 8pm - Nancy Kerr & James Fagan - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
One of the best-known and most experienced folk duos on the British circuit today. Outstanding musicianship, a lifelong grounding in traditional singing and instrumental playing, acclaimed original compositions but most noticeably a visceral chemistry between these two make Kerr and Fagan a perennial favourite at festivals, venues and clubs across the country. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 17 June 2022 7.30pm - Jim Causley - Red Lion, 8 Shobrooke Village, Crediton EX17 1AT
Drawing from the collections of Victorian folksong collectors such as Sabine Baring-Gould and Cecil Sharp, more modern collectors and writers including Cyril Tawney and Tony Rose, Edwardian ballads and Music Hall ditties, as well as a few of his own self-penned hits, proud Devonian, awarding winning folk singer and musician Jim Causley 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. Full details www.villagesinaction.co.uk/events/jim-causley-traditional-songs-of-devon.

Friday 17 June 2022 7.30pm - Kingsbridge Live Music: Silvington - Regal Club, Church Street, Kingsbridge TQ7 1DD
£2 entrance plus donations. Contact Norman 07766 766171 or John 07939 411985 for details.

Friday 17 June 2022 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
We welcome back this very popular, multi award-winning husband and wife duo who exude timeless class with their exquisite brand of traditional and contemporary music. They last played for us back in 2017 and we are really looking forward to hearing them again. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

17-19 June 2022 - Craft Festival - Bovey Tracey
See Bovey Tracey event details at www.craftfestival.co.uk. Musical entertainment includes Cosgrave & Soph contemporary folk, Griselda Sanderson, Annika Skoogh Latin duo, Becky Brine, Saff Juno. More Music to be announced.

Saturday 18 June 2022 - Veronica Sbergia & Max De Bernardi - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
The Red Wine Serenaders. “When it comes to knowing about Americana these two are right up there! Country blues, ragtime, vaudeville and even a little old time C&W. Max is a very accomplished guitarist and a strong vocalist, whilst Veronica plays a mean washboard, ukulele and possesses a strong vocal styling. Very uplifting music! So if you get the chance to see this duo in concert, take it!” – Mike Verno.
Full details www.ottertonmill.com/events.

Sunday 19 June 2022 7.30pm - Cara Dillon - Dartington Great Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
Cara occupies an enviable position at the very top of her genre. This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and achieving exceptional acclaim for over 20 years. Full details www.dartington.org/whats-on.

Thursday 23 June 2022 - Laura Veirs - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Exquisite country/folk singer from the US
. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

Friday 24 June 2022 8pm - Richard Digance - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Richard Digance is a BAFTA Nominated entertainer and a recipient of The Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. He is also one of a handful of folksinger/songwriters listed in The Virgin Anthology of Songwriters. Full details www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk.

Saturday 25 June 2022 7pm - The Lost Sound Dartmoor Folk Choir - YHA Dartmoor, Bellever PL20 6TU
The Lost Sound are in full voice in their outdoor 'Wild Folk' tour with an exciting concert of folk songs from the British Isles, Europe and America in glorious a cappella harmony. With full choir, both male and female ensembles, new singers, new soloists and new trios, come and be serenaded in the Wild, as the sun goes down on the edge of Bellever Forest. Bar available bring seating and blankets You can also book to stay over at the YHA directly with them. Full concert for Solstice weekend. Bar available. Car park close by. Please bring own seating/ blankets to keep warm. Full details, tickets www.thelostsound.co.uk/concerts-and-gigs.

Saturday 25 June 2022 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Home Brew - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). BYO water / alcohol. 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.

Sunday 26 June 2022 8pm - Spiers & Boden - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Spiers & Boden first rocketed onto the music scene in 2001 quickly winning a clutch of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and went on to become one of the best loved duos on the English folk scene and beyond. John and Jon were also founding members of the pioneering and hugely successful folk big band Bellowhead whose stellar career increasingly came to dominate their time. But now after exploring solo projects the duo is back with a brand new 13 track album ‘Fallow Ground’ and UK tour.
www.spiersandboden.com. www.topshamfolkclub.org. Bookings www.wegottickets.com/event/535021.
6.45pm - Jon Boden's Colourchord Workshop
A free harmony singing workshop to take place for 30 mins before doors of our Spiers & Boden show http://colourchord.org. Booking essential, places limited: www.wegottickets.com/event/547634.

Sunday 26 June 2022 7.45pm - Steve Tilston - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
Anyone wanting a supreme demonstration of the singer/songwriter’s art should not miss tonight’s performance. Writer of such classics as “The Reckoning” and “Slipjigs and Reels”, Steve is also an outstanding guitarist standing “shoulder to shoulder with any guitarist/songwriter in the world.” For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Tuesday 28 June 2022 7.30pm - Henhouse Prowlers - St Mary the Virgin Church, Abbotsbury, Newton Abbot TQ12 2ND
The Henhouse Prowlers are Bluegrass Ambassadors. Founded over 16 years ago with the simple desire to play original and powerful bluegrass, this quartet now finds themselves at the intersection of performance, diplomacy and education. Full details www.worldunlimited.co.uk/whats-on.

Wednesday 29 June 2022 - Martin Carthy - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Ballad singer, ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist
. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

tbc NEW Friday 1 July 2022 7.30pm - Sarah McQuaid - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
“She reached parts other singers fail to do ... There is emotion, beauty, passion and musically great arrangements and fab playing. ” - Rob Bozas, Bozas International (Publisher, Peter Gabriel/Real World); “Captivating, unorthodox songwriting … layered satin vocals ... enthralling, harrowing arrangements … a gateway into a true innovator’s soul.” - PopMatters; “Her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever.” - Huffington Post. www.sarahmcquaid.com.
www.ashburtonarts.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 2 July 2022 7pm - The Lost Sound Dartmoor Folk Choir - Mothecombe PL8 ILA
We are guests of John Mildmay-White and family in the stunning Flete estate, who have been so welcoming. We are singing in the gorgeous walled garden in Mothecombe gardens, not far from the beach. The Lost Sound are in full voice in their outdoor 'Wild Folk' tour with an exciting concert of folk songs from the British Isles, Europe and America in glorious a cappella harmony. With full choir, both male and female ensembles, new singers, new soloists and new trios, come and be serenaded in the Wild, as the sun goes down in the stunning walled garden at Mothecombe gardens, 5 mins from the beach. Bar available, proceeds to charity, Parking in main beach car park by the School house cafe. BYO seats / blankets / picnic! Full details, tickets www.thelostsound.co.uk/concerts-and-gigs.

NEW Thursday 7 July 2022 - Danni Nicholls - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
With the wind in her sails from receiving two consecutive Americana Music Association UK award nominations (2017 UK Album of the Year for Mockingbird Lane and 2018 UK Artist of the Year), singer/songwriter Danni Nicholls has embarked upon her next artistic journey – her third studio album The Melted Morning.
Full details www.ottertonmill.com/events.

NEW Saturday 9 July 2022 8pm - Alasdair Roberts - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Glasgow-based musician – primarily a singer and guitarist. Acclaimed by Folk Radio UK as ‘one of our most talented, important and relevant songwriters and song-adapters’, Alasdair draws upon the traditional song and music culture of Scotland, and further afield, to create both his own idiosyncratic and evocative compositions as well as fresh interpretations of folk songs and narrative ballads. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 9 July 2022 2.30pm & 7.30pm - Rhythm Of The Dance - Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
Internationally recognised as one of the most popular and busiest Irish step dance shows, now in its 21st year of touring the world this incredible live show enjoys continued success year after year and is a big hit everywhere. Featuring World Champion dancers and some of the finest traditional musicians and singers this show takes you on an exciting journey through the ages and is full of pure energy and packed with dance and music. Full details www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk/shows/rhythm-of-the-dance/2022-07-09.

NEW Sunday 10 July 2022 7.45pm - Richard Grainger - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
A Teessider, Richard is an exponent of “the living tradition”, having written songs and musical plays on industrial, maritime and environmental themes. His varied material ranges from Homer’s Odyssey to the Yorkshire whaling industry! A first rate singer/guitarist, ‘Hard Road To Prospect Hill’ made the FRUK ‘Best Albums of the Year. For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 14 July 2022 7.30pm - Gigspanner Big Band and Raynor Winn: Saltlines - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
Saltlines: A Portrait of the South West Coast Path in Old Songs and New Words. The Salt Path is Raynor Winn’s Sunday Times best-selling memoir of walking the South West Coast Path in its entirety…a walk that was an impulsive response to unexpected circumstances which left her and her husbandhomeless. It has won global praise for its 'against all odds' uplifting message, and its frank exploration of the reality of homelessness. The Salt Path is one couple's story, but such a well-trodden path must hold many more stories of loss, love and the natural world. Perhaps these stories could be found in the form of traditional songs and tunes that have been left behind and saved for us due to the diligence of song collectors such as Cecil Sharp. This seed of an idea has developed into an exciting collaboration between Raynor Winn and The Gigspanner Big Band, a collective of some of the most high-profile names on the British folk scene. Full details www.ledleisure.co.uk/exmouth-pavilion/whats-on.

NEW Friday 15 July 2022 7.30pm - Kingsbridge Live Music: Rhillig - Regal Club, Church Street, Kingsbridge TQ7 1DD
Rhillig (Phil and Mahrey Bertoud) perform original songs and tunes as well as traditional music from the British Isles and beyond. From fast, fiery and foot-tapping fiddle tunes to beautiful ballads and songs. You can usually expect to hear the odd unexpected item thrown in for good measure, too!. £2 entrance plus donations. Contact Norman 07766 766171 or John 07939 411985 for details.

NEW Friday 15 July 2022 7.30pm - Ninebarrow - St John The Baptist Church, Walkhampton Road, Horrabridge PL20 7RF
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. Nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Emerging Artist and most recently picking up Best Duo in the Folking.com awards 2019, their latest album, ‘A Pocket Full of Acorns’ (released in March 2021) was released to wide-spread critical acclaim including coverage on BBC1’s Countryfile and BBC Radio 4’s ‘Front Row’. Full details www.ninebarrow.co.uk/horrabridge.

NEW Saturday 16 July 2022 7.30pm - Ninebarrow - St Andrew's Church, Market Place, Colyton EX24 6JS
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. Full details www.ninebarrow.co.uk/colyton.

NEW Thursday 21 July 2022 - The Great Sea Choir - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
details tba Plymouth's contemporary a cappella folk choir directed by musicians Heg Brignall and Julu Irvine (Suthering). www.thegreatseachoir.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 23 July 2022 - Mississippi MacDonald - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
“It’s modern, it’s not musical archaeology,” says London-based soul-blues stylist Mississippi MacDonald of his music. “It celebrates a fantastic tradition. It’s soul-blues, and you’ve got to put your best into it.” Full details www.ottertonmill.com/events.

NEW Sunday 24 July 2022 7.45pm - Winter Wilson - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
Kip Winter is a highly versatile singer, having sung everything from opera to soul and jazz, but she is happiest singing folk and blues. Dave Wilson is a leading lyricist and together they produce first-class songs and beautiful harmonies, expertly accompanied on a variety of instruments: guitar, accordion, flute and banjo. For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

29 July to 5 August 2022 - Sidmouth Folk Festival
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NEW Monday 1 August 2022 9.30pm - Balladeste - Dartington Great Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
A candlelit evening with the alt-folk string duo of Preetha Narayanan (violin) and Tara Franks (cello), who weave their own original creations with arrangements of Indian devotional songs. Full details www.dartington.org/whats-on.

NEW Tuesday 2 August 2022 7.30pm - Leveret - Dartington Great Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
Folk trio Leveret (Sam Sweeney, Andy Cutting and Rob Harbron) makes its Festival debut with a captivating blend of old and new folk tunes, plus music from John Playford’s English Dancing Master. Full details www.dartington.org/whats-on.

NEW Tuesday 9 August 2022 7.30pm - Rory McLeod - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Ex-circus clown and fire eater, 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.The spoons, finger-cymbals, bandorea, Djembe-drum, harmonica, guitar, trombone and-tap-dancing shoes accompany the "rich, raw, deep and resonant" voice of this "singular and liberating performer." Expect the unexpected. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/545436.

NEW Thursday 11 August 2022 - Jack Lukeman  - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Irish singer songwriter, virtually a household name in Ireland for the last 2 decades. In the 2 years pre covid he built an ever-growing audience in the UK by opening on full tours with The Proclaimers, Imelda May, Jools Holland, Graham Gouldman, Hazel O’Connor, Neil Sedaka and The Stylistics. All of which indicates he appeals to a broad audience. As with these shows he is currently performing solo in the UK, moving from guitar to ukulele to keyboard and accordion. Full details www.ottertonmill.com/events.

19-21 August 2022 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escott Park
Tickets now on sale. www.beautifuldays.org.

NEW Thursday 25 August 2022 - Roberts & Lakeman - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Duos come and duos go… and some nurture and fine tune their art and watch it grow into something totally original, captivating and award-winning. Bonded by an unseen alchemy, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have entwined their professional and personal relationship into an enviable class act of imaginative songwriting and musicianship with a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, The Levellers, Fothering, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands. Kathryn and Sean have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk.
Full details www.ottertonmill.com/events.

NEW Thursday 1 September 2022 8pm - Miranda Sykes & Hannah Martin - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Miranda (Show of Hands) and Hannah (Edgelarks, Gigspanner Big Band) have spent many years playing on the British folk scene, with several appearances at Calstock Arts, but neither has ever dedicated an entire set to traditional song. Centred around their deep knowledge of roots music, and a love of harmony singing, they bring together old songs with new ideas; ancient tales with bass, fiddle, and banjo; and two mesmerising storytellers joining voices to create a spine-tingling testimonial to our shared musical heritage. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Thursday 1 September 2022 - Jez Lowe - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – for best singer and best new song – was a timely reminder of Jez Lowe’s standing in the UK folk and acoustic music scene. Not only he is one of the busiest live performers in the country, but his songs are among the most widely sung by other performers, whether by long-established acts like Fairport Convention, The Dubliners and Bob Fox, or by the new breed of stars like The Unthanks, The Young Uns and The Duhks.
Full details www.ottertonmill.com/events.

NEW Monday 5 September 2022 - Sons Of The East - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Indie-folk band from the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia, who have already seen their music achieve 130 million streams and over 30 million YouTube views as their popularity continues to soar worldwide. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW 9-11 September 2022 - European Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
The first ever European Fingerstyle Collective Guitar Festival. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Saturday 10 September 2022 8pm - Mississippi MacDonald - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
“It’s modern, it’s not musical archaeology,” says London-based soul-blues stylist Mississippi MacDonald of his music. “It celebrates a fantastic tradition. It’s soul-blues, and you’ve got to put your best into it.” Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Sunday 11 September 2022 - Rowan Rheingans - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
'Dispatches on the Red Dress' is an intimate and courageous new solo show by the twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning songwriter. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Friday 30 September 2022 8pm - Rheingans Sisters - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
The Rheingans Sisters make playful, powerful and richly connecting music that is wholly contemporary while deeply anchored in folk traditions. The award-winning multi-instrumentalists, composers and folk scholars are nominated for ‘Best Duo/Group’ at 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 30 September 2022 - Wildwood Kin - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Acclaimed indie/americana trio from Exeter in Devon comprising of two sisters, Beth and Emillie Key and their cousin Meghann Loney. The music is a mix of their own beautiful and thought provoking original songs with a few stunning arrangements of some better known covers. Their voices meld perfectly in effortless and sublime close harmony and they accompany themselves on a range of acoustic instruments. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Friday 7 October 2022 7.30pm - Sarah McQuaid - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
“She reached parts other singers fail to do ... There is emotion, beauty, passion and musically great arrangements and fab playing. ” - Rob Bozas, Bozas International (Publisher, Peter Gabriel/Real World); “Captivating, unorthodox songwriting … layered satin vocals ... enthralling, harrowing arrangements … a gateway into a true innovator’s soul.” - PopMatters; “Her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever.” - Huffington Post. www.sarahmcquaid.com.
Full details www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 8 October 2022 7.30pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
The Dartmoor-based husband and wife team have twice won the coveted 'best duo' title at the BBC Radio Two Folk Awards (2016 & 2013), consistently delivering assured, distinctive performances whether live or recorded as evidenced by their most recent album released in 2020, On Reflections. Over two decades of performance they have always been bold and innovative, mixing traditional song arrangements with their self-penned material which reels from the bitter to the sweet, the wry to the sad, the political to the passive. They have developed their professional and personal relationship into an enviable class act of imaginative song writing and musicianship. Full details www.theflavel.org.uk.

NEW Sunday 9 October 2022 - Hannah & Toby - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
If you’re looking for warmth, honesty and musical excellence, look no further. This folk is full of soul. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Thursday 13 October 2022 - Leveret - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
A unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians, Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Saturday 15 October 2022 8pm - Ye Vagabonds - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn grew up playing music together. In 2017 they launched their debut, self-titled album to great acclaim. “​Ye Vagabonds” comprises of harmony rich folk music, influenced by Irish traditional music, Appalachian singing, and the 1960’s folk revival. It includes ten mellow tracks weaved with thoughtful lyrics, thickly layered with strings and droning harmonium. In 2019 they won the BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Traditional Track, and they swept the boards at the RTÉ Radio One Folk Awards where they won Best Traditional Track, Best Group, and Best Album. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Tuesday 18 October 2022 - Thea Gilmore - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Back with an eagerly anticipated new set of live dates sfter the success of her first ever solo tour in 2021. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Friday 21 October 2022 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Fairport Convention have been entertaining music lovers for over half a century, with 2022 being their 55th anniversary! During that time the band that launched British folk-rock has seen many changes, but one thing has remained the same - Fairport’s passion for performance. Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Friday 21 October 2022 - Daoiri Farrell - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
A first time at the club for this outstanding musician and singer from Ireland. We booked him on the spot when we saw him in 2018 and we're still really looking forward to seeing him again four years later! www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 22 October 2022 8pm - Juan Martin - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Juan, guitarist and composer, plays and introduces his compositions within the forms of the great tradition of flamenco. His exquisite style is enhanced through minimal amplification to capture his very pure flamenco sound. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Sunday 23 October 2022 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Folk at the Flavel are proud to welcome to the Flavel the band credited with launching folk rock in the UK and one of the most iconic bands of any genre. Full details www.theflavel.org.uk.

NEW Sunday 23 October 2022 8pm - Jacob & Drinkwater - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
UK alt-folk duo Jacob & Drinkwater have been called “stand out new folk” by BBC6 Music and “inventive and thrilling” by R2 Magazine. Jacob’s sweeping vocals never fail to captivate, delivering many a spine-tingling moment; the fluidity and precision of his finger-picking underpinned by Drinkwater’s nimbly rhythmic double bass; at times sweetly soaring, haunting, percussive and driving, the layers of depth a perfect counterfoil. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 4 November 2022 8pm - Windjammer - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A trio who cast timeless stories in a context of their own making. They blend self- penned songs and instrumentals with original, genre-bending arrangements of music drawn from the traditions of British folk. Their creative approach blends vocals, guitar, whistles, accordion, synthesizer and percussion in arrangements that are both adventurous and considered. “Improbably mature vocals and a bold, contemporary approach.” Geoff Lakeman. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/543710. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 4 November 2022 7.30pm - Sarah McQuaid - Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ (map)
“She reached parts other singers fail to do ... There is emotion, beauty, passion and musically great arrangements and fab playing. ” - Rob Bozas, Bozas International (Publisher, Peter Gabriel/Real World); “Captivating, unorthodox songwriting … layered satin vocals ... enthralling, harrowing arrangements … a gateway into a true innovator’s soul.” - PopMatters; “Her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever.” - Huffington Post. www.sarahmcquaid.com. Full details www.sterts.co.uk.

tba Saturday 12 November 2022 8pm - Bob Fox - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
details tba/tbc

tbc NEW Sunday 13 November 2022 7.45pm - Bob Fox - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
details tba/tbc

NEW Saturday 19 November 2022 - Bellowhead - Plymouth Pavilions
Back together for a one-off tour to celebrate Broadside 10th Anniversary. Full details www.plymouthpavilions.com.

NEW Saturday 19 November 2022 8pm - Janice Burns & Jon Doran - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Anglo-Scottish duo who formed in 2017, after meeting whilst studying folk and traditional music at Newcastle University. They find their songs in archives that span the depths of our history; songs that, regardless of age, tell vivid stories about the nature of life, from the ethereal landscapes of ancient ballads to the urban rhythms of work songs. Their compelling storytelling comes alive through tight vocal harmonies and sensitive interplay between mandolin and bouzouki, with arrangements that balance intricacy with energy. Their dynamic performances are a celebration of their own musical and geographic backgrounds, embracing the differences that connect them. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/538869. www.calstockarts.org.

tbc NEW Sunday 20 November 2022 7.45pm - Sarah McQuaid - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
details tba/tbc

NEW Sunday 20 November 2022 7.30pm - Simon & Garfunkel Through The Years - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Critically acclaimed as one of the greatest tribute shows anywhere in the world. The show has toured the globe extensively receiving standing ovations and selling out theatres night after night. Fronted by Dan Haynes and Pete Richards collectively known as Bookends, the show is a “masterpiece” (BBC Radio) which perfectly recreates the unmistakable sound of Simon & Garfunkel. Full details
www.tavistockwharf.com.

NEW Friday 25 November 2022 8pm - Lady Maisery - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Award-winning vocal trio long celebrated for their innovation at the forefront of the English folk scene. All composers and multi-instrumentalists in their own right, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans weave together a rich palate of sounds with their unique approach to harmony singing, intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions. Whether unearthing a feminist twist hidden in a traditional tale, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad, or showcasing their immense multi-instrumental talents in original compositions that draw on a myriad of musical influences, Lady Maisery are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of song. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 26 November 2022 7.30pm - Gigspanner - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
The final date for the 2022 Folk at the Flavel series features the legendary fiddle player Peter Knight, founder member of folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span with his band, Gigspanner. Not unexpectedly, British traditional music forms the bedrock of the trio’s repertoire but it’s their approach that sets them apart. Their arrangements leave enough room for the music to spread and stretch in the moment allowing influences from French, Cajun, Cuban and Eastern European traditions to be woven into the mix. Peter Knight’s virtuoso fiddle playing is complemented by the flawless playing of Roger Flack on guitar and Sacha Trochet on hand drums and percussion. Full details www.theflavel.org.uk.

NEW Wednesday 7 December 2022 8pm - St Agnes Fountain - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Since their first get together, to record the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album in 2001, the quartet; David Hughes, Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie and multi award winning duo Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season. In 2020, David decided to leave the band to concentrate on solo pursuits and whilst his presence will be missed, Chris, Chris and Julie will be keeping the Christmas Aggie spirit alive and touring as a trio celebrating 20 years together with a tour of the new material and reworking those old Aggie classics in what will be a new chapter in the unstoppable force of St Agnes Fountain. Full details www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk.

NEW Friday 9 December 2022 7.30pm - Awake Arise: A Christmas Show For Our Times - Dartington Great Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
Celebrating the riches of our varied winter traditions and reflecting upon the hope and resilience in music and song that can bring joy to us all. With Lady Maisery, Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith. Featuring traditional songs, folk carols, spoken word and newly written music to galvanise and brighten this darkest season, Awake Arise is a warm gift to the wintertime. True to the reputations of both acts as outspoken voices on the folk scene, this collection is also a rallying cry to embrace the power of collective endeavour as a vital support during times of hardship and loneliness. Full details www.dartington.org/whats-on.

NEW Thursday 15 December 2022 7.30pm - St Agnes Fountain - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Since their first get together, to record the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album in 2001, the quartet; David Hughes, Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie and multi award winning duo Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season. In 2020, David decided to leave the band to concentrate on solo pursuits and whilst his presence will be missed, Chris, Chris and Julie will be keeping the Christmas Aggie spirit alive and touring as a trio celebrating 20 years together with a tour of the new material and reworking those old Aggie classics in what will be a new chapter in the unstoppable force of St Agnes Fountain.  Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 19 February 2023 - Sharon Shannon Trio - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
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. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Friday 10 March 2023 8pm - Rachel Newton - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Singer and harpist Rachel Newton draws on poems and ballads that are hundreds of years old, working them into her contemporary compositional style to create a rich sound that is ambitious, original and unique. Folk Radio ‘One of the standout musicians of her generation..a really distinctive music maker’; Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 ‘The Sound of Modern Scotland‘. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

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