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Saturday 18 July 2015 7.30pm - New Rope String Band

At Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map).
After more than 25 years of side-splitting mirth and music-making, NRSB are retiring. www.newropestringband.co.uk. Don't miss what is probably the final chance to see them in South Devon. Click here for full ticketing details.

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Folk Diary coverage:
events mostly within an approx. 30 mile radius of Totnes as the crow flies, i.e. including Exeter and Plymouth, and covering Tavistock, Okehampton and Sidmouth for example. It is the main reference for compilation of the Harberton Folk email circulars. Map links (streetmap.co.uk): yield a fully zoomable map. I'm increasingly including postcodes in the venue information for those of you who rely on satnavs.
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Southern Devon Folk Diary

Thursday 9 July 2015 7.30pm - People and Land: Song sharing session - The Rusty Bike, Howell Rd, Exeter
Song sharing session on the land and land rights. Throughout history the land and peoples' relation to it has inspired songs about access to land, food and growing, enclosures, poaching, rambling, loss, emigration and homecoming. In this informal session, bring songs to share or come to listen and enjoy. Robin Grey will bring songs from his show Three Acres and a Cow, an alternative take on history through folk song. www.robingrey.com. Contact Gill Westcott gillwestcott@gmail.com, tel. 01647 24789.

Thursday 9 July 2015 8pm - Don Gallardo & Hannah Aldridge - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Very special double headline night with Nashville-based Americana/Folk singer-songwriter Don Gallardo, plus daughter of Muscle Shoals' royalty, Hannah Aldridge, with her own unique brand of "Dark Americana". £10.

Thursday 9 July 2015 8.30pm - Stuart Cumberpatch and Robert Spence - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham
Brixham Blues Second Thursday BBT2 – 5 months down the line and still going strong. Stuart Cumberpatch plays vintage National steel guitars and Robert Spence acoustic guitar and harmonica; together they explore the more obscure realms of the authentic folk blues. Free admission, floor spots welcome. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com 01803 855256.

Friday 10 July 2015 - Robin Grey: Three Acres and a Cow - Methodist Church Hall, Totnes
A history of land rights and protest in folk song and story. www.robingrey.com. Contact Inez Aponte inez_aponte@hotmail.com.

Friday 10 July 2015 - Cardboard Fox featuring The Carrivick Sisters - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Cardboard Fox have their roots in bluegrass, but their collective influences reach much further. Twins Laura and Charlotte Carrivick return to Calstock Arts with their latest project, a new band fast gaining a reputation for their energetic live show and slick playing of mandolin (Joe Tozer), guitar (Charlotte Carrivick), fiddle (Laura Carrivick) and double bass (John Breese) combined with rich harmony singing. With a focus on original writing and re-imagined folk songs taken from a very different perspective, this band is not to be missed.
www.cardboardfox.co.uk. Details www.calstockarts.org.

10-12 July 2015 - The 1st South West American Old-time Music Gathering – Burrator Reservoir, Devon PL20 6PE
A whole weekend of old-time music, dance and good times! in the picturesque surroundings of Burrator Reservoir. Music sessions, workshops, Appalachian dance displays, bushcraft demonstrations, plus more... Saturday evening concert from members of the Gathering including Appaloosas and 44 Gun. Only a limited number of weekend camping tickets and Saturday-only day tickets available so advance booking is essential! No guarantee there will be tickets available on the day. See www.appaloosasmusic.com/oldtimegathering.html for further information and how to get tickets.

Saturday 11 July 2015 - Triple Bill: Maggie Duffy, Anne Darby, She - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
This months concert could be titled F.empower. It aims to showcase the richness and character that women bring to enrich our music, and features three acts from the South Devon area. See www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk for full details of this event and all forthcoming 'Teignmouth Folk Concerts'. For info call Hugh Diamond 01626 775517 or email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com.

Sunday 12 July 2015 7.45pm - Vin Garbutt - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Surely one of the most complete performers on the scene, Vin's ability to move an audience in seconds from side-splitting laughter to tears of emotion is unrivalled. Poignant songs, highly skilled delivery and the occasional, dazzling whistle tune make for 100% entertainment. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 12 July 2015 7.15pm - Michael Chapman - Edgemoor Hotel, on Haytor road 1 mile from Bovey Tracey
South Devon Music presents an evening with the celebrated guitarist/singer/songwriter. Tickets £10 and info from phil.royal@btinternet.com or post cheques payable to P. Royal to Glendale, Newton Road, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9BB. Samples www.michaelchapman.co.uk/music.htm.

Sunday 12 July 2015 6pm -  Music 4 Life - Northcott Theatre, Exeter (map)
The Will Pound Band, Members of the Wren Band, and performances by the Wren Music 4 Life groups from Wynstream and Forches Primary Schools. This programme is the one where Wren specially targets children who may not have the chance without our projects to make music. The groups at Forches and Wynstream are funded by BBC Children in Need. David Faulkner, who helps run the programme, suggested that as well as the usual workshops we give these kids an extra special experience by booking a theatre and a top folk band so they can experience being part of a prestigious event, so this is the result. Tickets (+booking fee): £10, concs £7 students/U18s. Details www.exeternorthcott.co.uk/music-4-life.

Thursday 16 July 2015 - New Rope String Band - Blackmore Theatre, Exmouth (map)
The Farewell Tour. An Exmouth Festival event. Tickets £14+ from www.eventbrite.com/e/the-new-rope-string-band-farewell-tour-tickets-16399005868.

Thursday 16 July 2015 - Alex Hart - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
23 year old female singer/songwriter from Ashill, Devon, now living in Plymouth. Alex performs all over the country with her Taylor guitar and her west country - country sound and is picking up rave reviews across the country with regular air play from Radio 2 and national BBC radio shows. She was also lucky enough to have supported Turin Brakes at the Lyme Regis Folk Festival where she managed to pick up two record deals. www.alexhart.com. £2 door. www.b-bar.co.uk.

Friday 17 July 2015 7pm - New Rope String Band - Stockland Victory Hall, NE of Honiton EX14 9EF (map)
New Rope String Band are totally nutty and fantastically funny to see, their rapport with the audience and their banter with each other only enhance the musicianship of these playful performers. Pete Challoner on fiddle & banjo,Tim Dalling plays accordion, double bass & trumpet and Jock Tyldersley on fiddle and flip flop !A skilfully preposterous blend of musical recital and circus antics, bring all the family & everyone you know! Sausage sizzle at 6pm and Bar. Tickets £10 adult, £5 child, £25 family, from Wendy on 01404 881207.

Friday 17 July 2015 7.30pm - Global Harmony & Viva - Ashburton Town Hall
Totnes and Exeter choirs led by Roz Walker, sing beautiful songs from around the world at their 'Summer Concert'. £5 on the door, refreshments. Proceeds go to British Red Cross Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

17/18 July 2015 - Chagstock Festival - Chagford
Multi-genre line-up includes Seth Lakeman, Mad Dog Mcrea, Martha Tilston, Police Dog Hogan, Rusty Shackle, Roving Crows. www.chagstock.info. The festival has sold out the last 3 years.

Saturday 18 July 2015 7.30pm - New Rope String Band - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
The final year of the New Rope String Band - and probably their last ever gig in South Devon! The New Rope String Band have come to the end of their tether. The sheer strain of spreading joy around the world for more than 25 years as Old and New Rope has proved too much. Audiences' laughter muscles have been stretched and twanged and they, too, need a rest. But, before these ageing folk-cabaret artistes go their separate ways, heading for new and exciting theatrical and musical horizons, they have decided to do a farewell lap of honour, a celebratory extravaganza of their finest routines with some specially-created final flourishes. Expect fish tanks, boiled eggs, fiddles, banjos, cardboard guitars, theremins, explosions, interactive films, drainpipes, mermaids, pink y-fronts, thrills, spills, tears and hilarity. For diehard audiences it's a chance to come along, laugh once more and say goodbye. For those who've never seen them, wake up, this is your last chance! The tour will culminate in a final gig and party weekend on Halloween 2015. Presented by Harberton Cricket Club, supported by Harberton Folk. Book early before it sells out. Tickets £12, U18/student £8. Click here for full ticketing details.
The three masters of music and mirth return to the scene of numerous past hilarious escapades and stunning performances for one last time You cannot possibly miss this. You won't have another chance. Presented by Harberton Cricket Club, supported by Harberton Folk. Book early before it sells out. Tickets £12, U18/student £8. Click here for full ticketing details.

Saturday 18 July 2015 7.30pm - An Evening with Anthony John Clarke - Kingston Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge, TQ7 4QE
Anthony John is a brilliant entertainer, writing songs which range from the deeply poignant to the comical, effortlessly delivered in soft Northern Irish brogue. Come and laugh, cry and be royally entertained by one of the premier talents on the folk scene. Support: local singer-songwriter John Connor. Tickets £7 adv, email johnfconnor[at]aol.com or tel 01548 810806, £8 door.

Saturday 18 July 2015 5-9pm - Barn Dance - Collaton Down Farm, Blackawton
In a real barn (!) on a farm near Dartmouth by kind permission of Phil and Gail Bond. Live band. Caller: Ken Hudson. First family barn dance run by the United Benefice of Dartmouth and Dittisham. Barn and eating area are under cover so there will be fun whatever the weather. All proceeds will be donated to the Southford Schoolrooms Restoration Project. Lamb roast as well as BBQ food for the children, liquid refreshments, children’s entertainment. Admission by ticket only (including food) £9.50 adult, £3 child, U3 free, available until Sunday 12th July from Fr Will on 01803 414767 or Fr Nick on 01803 839162. Fr Will or Fr Nick.

Sunday 19 July 2015 7.30pm - Sidmouth Acoustic Sessions: Jim Causley - St Teresa’s Hall, Connaught Road, Sidmouth EX10 8TT (map)
Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is a singer/musician who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native West country. Our chance to enjoy Jim before he performs at the festival with Fisherman's Friends. Licensed bar. Tickets £10 door, or £8 adv from
www.wegottickets.com/event/315747 or email sidmouthacoustic@outlook.com.

Thursday 23 July 2015 7.30pm - Mick Ryan & Paul Downes - Brixham Folk Club, Brixham Theatre TQ5 8TA (map)
Support: "Missin' Tackle", the new Brixham-based shantymen, accompanied by Steve Gill. Mick and Paul have been playing together for several years during which time they have made three very well-received albums. Mick's most recent folk opera 'A Day's Work', revived for the WW1 centenary, has been widely acclaimed. They have rapidly built a reputation for the very highest quality singing and playing of Mick's own songs and traditional material. Mick & Paul epitomise singing, music and entertainment of the very highest quality. Tickets £8 door or call 01803 858394 to reserve. In the bar. Seating limited to 50. Full details www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk/events/2015/jul-23/mick-ryan-paul-downes.

Thursday 23 July 2015 - Theo Bard - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Whether rocking late-night shows with his band, spellbinding listening audiences with his beautiful, heartfelt songs and storytelling to match, or singing his unique urban folk songs as a vagabond one-man-band busker, Theo always brings a music and a vibe that feels just right. An honest and distinctive voice, deep guitar styles, uplifting grooves and life-loving lyrics combine to make a sound that is both timeless and contemporary. Hook it all onto catchy melodies and beats to lift your feet and you find an exceptional artist drawing sounds from across the musical spectrum, reflecting the diversity of his beloved London. www.wearebard.com. £2 door. www.b-bar.co.uk.

Saturday 25 July 2015 - Kelly Oliver - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

Sunday 26 July 2015 7.45pm - Carrivick Sisters - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Originally from Devon, where much inspiration for their own songs emanates, Charlotte and Laura made a big impact on the folk scene in a short time after leaving school and have since won a host of awards. The write, sing and play beautifully (guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and clawhammer banjo). For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Friday 31 July 2015 - deMalebysse - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
DeMalebysse are a traditional folk band that first started out as a solo idea and which has blossomed into something a lot bigger. Now a live performing band, they are quickly moving into the folk circles and have been described as being a firm part of the third wave of folk. They are currently in the recording studio working with Mark Ellis of Propagation House studios, in Cornwall. Mark also works with Seth Lakeman, The Levellers, 3 Daft Monkeys, Steeleye Span and many others from the folk scene. http://demalebysse.wix.com/demalebysse. £3 door. www.b-bar.co.uk.

31 July to 7 August 2015 - Sidmouth Folk Week
In addition to the evening Pre-Festival Special concert on Thurs 30 July features Kate Rusby & her Band, Port Isaacs's Fisherman's Friends + support from Jim Causley are now appearing on Friday 31 July 3.15pm in the Ham Marquee. Early Bird tickets available until 30 April at latest. Details www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk. Join their mailing list for regular updates.

Saturday 1 August 2015 8pm - The Old Gaffers - Victoria Inn, Fore Street, Salcombe TQ8 8BU (map)
The popular South Devon shanty crew on a regular visit to one of their favourite haunts. www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

Sunday 2 August 2015 - Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

7-9 August 2015 - Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal
Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies; Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin; Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock; Alistair Anderson; Jeff Warner (USA), and his Jig Doll!; The Dovetail Trio; The Liam Robinson Dance Band; The Kestor Stringband; Johnny Handle; Dartmoor Pixie Band; Ramsley Minors; Tony Beard, the Wag from Widecombe; Entertainingly Different; plus more tbc. www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk.

Dartington International Summer School Folk Content - Dartington Hall Trust, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL (map)
1-7 August 2015 - Week 1
Course: Hurdy Gurdy (Stevie Wishart)
Hurdy Gurdy player, improviser, composer and Hildegarde of Bingen scholar – the multi-faceted Stevie Wishart leads a class in this extraordinary medieval instrument, as well as improvisational techniques.
8-15 August 2015 - Week 2)
Week 2 includes several folk courses and performance events. www.dartington.org/summer-school/courses#week2.
Course: Folk Choir (Sally Davies)
Sally Davies is an extremely experienced singer, composer and choir leader, and directs the Cecil Sharp House Choir with her distinctive and original arrangements of folk songs. The Folk Choir course will provide an intense and rewarding learning experience; you’ll be rehearsing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe, in spine-tingling a cappella harmony, for a concert later in the week.
Course: As I Walked Out One Morning (Kathryn Tickell & Marilyn Imrie)
The wonderful virtuoso Northumbrian pipesplayer, fiddler and singer Kathryn Tickell joins forces with the prolific Scottish theatre director and radio producer Marilyn Imrie, to lead this exciting folk course. Devoted to storytelling, song writing and instrumental tuition, the class offers the chance for poets, songwriters and players to study and rehearse traditional music and poetry, as well as collaborate and create new work. There’s a concert later in the week, shared with the Folk Choir.
Course: Arranging Folk Music (Sally Davies)
‘When you arrange a song, you are a composer. Having sung the polyphonic songs of the Caucasus and The Balkans, I felt there was a crying need for British folk songs to have something of the bite and power of these Eastern European arrangements. It’s my intention to infuse English folk songs with some of these harmonic elements!’ Sally Davies’ course is for musicians with some experience of arranging, and you’ll be looking at creating open harmonies for different-sized ensembles.
The following public concerts and ceilidh will all take place in Dartington's Great Hall:
Monday 3 August 2015 10pm - Strings, Wheel and Fingers
Stevie Wishart: hurdy gurdy and violin. Medieval music, improvisation, and guest artists. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=83602.
Sunday 9 August 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Tickell & The Side
Northumbrian pipes, accordion, cello and harp. The great Kathryn Tickell and her new band bring together folk and classical. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85197.
Monday 10 August, 7.45pm Mhairi Lawson (soprano) and Joanna MacGregor (piano)
Songs from the Scottish tradition. Programme includes Robbie Burns and Hugh MacDiarmid www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85198.
Thursday 13 August 2015 5.15pm - As I Walked Out One Morning
Folk Choir, Kathryn Tickell, Marilyn Imrie, folk students. A cappella folk choir, folk poetsy and new songs, Kathryn Tickell students. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87397.
Friday 14 August 2015 10pm - Ceilidh
Caller and folk band. Final Night Party, with dancing. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87199.

Tuesday 11 August 2015 - Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

Thursday 13 August 2015 - Jane Taylor Band - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Returning by popular demand, Jane last performed at the Mill in 2012 and captured our hearts. Championed by BBC Radio 2's Johnnie Walker and Bob Harris, Somerset-based Jane is no ordinary singer-songwriter. Her sharp, witty lyrics are delivered in a sultry folk voice that has an intangible magic, soul and passion that somehow connects the audience with every word. Critically acclaimed, she has supported Jools Holland, Bill Wyman, and Paulo Nutini, and won Best Singer Songwriter Album for "Compass" in the Independent Music Awards. Expect "classic, timeless songwriting" from "a quintessentially English Gem" (Time Out). Jane is joined at the Mill by the three members of her multi-instrumental band. www.janetaylor.co.uk. Full details of Otterton Mill's music listings can be found at www.ottertonmill.com/music/music-night-listings.

21-23 August 2015 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park, Devon
Tickets went on sale on 6 Feb. Usually sells out way in advance. www.beautifuldays.org

Saturday 29 August 2015 - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

Sunday 30 August 2015 - Wizz Jones and Steve Tilston - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
See www.calstockhall.com for details and tickets.

Sunday 6 September 2015 - Tallulah Rendall - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

Tuesday 8 September 2015 - Widecombe Fair
music details tbc

Tuesday 8 September 2015 8pm - Autumn Folk at the Brewery - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village EX5 5AE
Second of a seasonal programme of events. Includes Hanlon's Half Hours, this time featuring Jackie Williams/Eileen Conn & Bill Murraywith guest MC Joan Holloway. Floor singers welcome. Entry £5 includes pint and pasty. Autumn craft: Corn Dollies. Further info email folk@bowstation.com, tel. 01392 82621. Other 2015 date: 8 December. Note: Disabled access pending. www.hanlonsbrewery.com.

Saturday 12 September 2015 10.30am - d'Accord - Bedford Square,High Street, Exeter, opp. Lloyds bank
French & Breton dance & music. All musicians and dancers welcome.

Tuesday 15 September 2015 - Land Of The Giants - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

Friday 18 September 2015 - John Hegley – New & Old Potatoes - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

Friday 18 September 2015 8pm - Reg Meuross - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
One of the country's most talented songwriters and a very fine guitarist. Tickets: £8 adv; £10 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

tbc Saturday 19 September 2015 - Trio Threlfall - Church House, South Tawton

Saturday 19 September 2015 2pm & 7.30pm - The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - 30 Plucking Years - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
NB two performances. Eight Ukuleles, sixteen hands, thirty two strings, sixteen million minutes, one billion seconds, thirty years. In June 2015 the Orchestra had clocked up sixteen million minutes of ukulele action. By September 2016 they will have been active for one billion seconds. They play ukuleles, they sing, they say funny things, they whistle, but they bring a lot more to the table than that. 'Pure entertainment', 'Magisterial', 'The best musical entertainment in the country', 'A much loved national institution' - just some of the things audience members and reviewers have said in attempting to encapsulate the indefinable magic and atmosphere of all round good humour, light heartedness, well being and joy which permeate the live concerts. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15328.

Saturday 26 September 2015 - Kris Drever & Ian Carr - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

Saturday 26 September 2015 - Fishermans Friends - Plymouth Pavilions (map)

Sunday 27 September 2015 7.30pm - Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
Comprising three of Britain’s finest musicians and interpreters of songs and tunes, each member of this trio is an acknowledged virtuoso in their own right. Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr have come together for the joy of playing and exploring the possibilities of music together, after appearing together on stages in various combinations over recent years and thoroughly enjoying it! More details and booking information at www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk or call 01803 882717.

Sold out Saturday 3 October 2015 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin 3rd Album Launch - Embercombe, Higher Ashton, nr Exeter EX6 7QQ
Phillip and Hannah are launching their third studio album, Watershed, with the full Watershed band, at a stunning venue in the Haldon Hills. Come and join us at Embercombe's lovely Centre Fire barn for an evening of song, celebration, and good ale! www.philliphenryandhannahmartin.co.uk Tickets: www.wegottickets.com/event/316353.

3-8 October 2015 - Costa Del Folk - Costa Del Sol, Portugal
Why is this listed here? Because it's been recommended by a friend of Harberton Folk, and because it headlines Show of Hands and also includes (tbc) Seth Lakeman, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston and more, with principal compere Mike Harding. www.costadelfolk.co.uk

Saturday 10 October 2015 - Jackie Oates - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Her mellifluous voice and imaginatively plaintive fiddle style has won her several BBC Folk Awards during a 10-year recording career that began as a member of the nascent Unthanks and has continued with five acclaimed solo albums. Collaborations with Alasdair Roberts, Belinda O’Hooley and her brother Jim Moray on material that’s ranged from traditional ballads to eerie lullabies and rich contemporary songs, Jackie has earned fans beyond the folk scene she grew up in. Her music has featured on Lauren Laverne’s 6 Music show, alternative station XFM and even an upcoming episode of Midsomer Murders. And she was granted a rare honour by having a makeup product named after her by Lush cosmetics. To quote the illustrious Mojo magazine, “Jackie Oates enthrals.” See
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

Saturday 10 October 2015 - Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer. Highly impressive Washington State duo who recently opened for Kelly Joe Phelps and have worked with Birds of Chicago and Po' Girl. See www.calstockhall.com for details and tickets.

Friday 16 October 2015 8pm - Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
With James Budden. Excellent young musicians and singers with songs and tunes steeped in the tradition. Tickets: £8 adv; £10 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Friday 16 October 2015 - Charlie Dore & Julian Littman - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated. Charlie's songs have been covered by the good and the great, including George Harrison, Tina Turner, Paul Carrack and Celine Dion, but her live concerts reveal that actually she keeps the best songs for herself. She will be appearing with the talented multi instrumentalist Julian Littman (Steeleye Span) at her side, constantly swapping guitars, harmonies, mandolin, ukulele and Indian harmonium between them, and creating a much bigger soundscape than would seem possible with just two players. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!charlie-dore/cgaz. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

Saturday 17 October 2015 - Songdog - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Support: Nibs van de Spuy. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

Saturday 17 October 2015 - The Willows - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated. Folk band from Cambridge. Their first album Beneath Our Humble Soil was nominated for Best Debut in the Spiral Earth Awards 2014, and has been championed by the likes of Bob Harris and Mike Harding. The much anticipated follow-up Amidst Fiery Skies, co-produced with Sean Lakeman will be released on 6th October. Fronted by the breathtaking vocals of Jade Rhiannon, supported by rich vocal harmonies and dynamic acoustic musicianship the band take influence from folk traditions on both sides of the Atlantic.Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!the-willows/c1xh4. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

Sunday 25 October 2015 - Jon Gomm - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

Friday 6 November 2015 - Sam Lee - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
See www.calstockhall.com for details and tickets.

Wednesday 11 November 2015 7.30pm - Eddi Reader - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
Eddi Reader was brought into the limelight with Fairground Attraction and their single 'Perfect' and parent album First of a Million Kisses which both topped the British charts. However, it has been her subsequent solo albums which signalled her increasing ability to assimilate different musical styles and make them all very much her own. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings to joyous life all forms of song and what sets Reader apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance; her ability not only to move the listener but to connect her experience to that of her audience. Her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music. She has effortlessly developed into one of popular music's most thrilling and affecting performers. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15416.

Thursday 12 November 2015 8pm - Sarah McQuaid - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
details tba. More information from Anne & Steve Gill 01803 290427 or Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

Sunday 15 November 2015 - Lau - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Since their debut album in 2007 Lau have picked up four Best Group awards at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and the individual members have all won multiple awards and recognition for their acclaimed solo works. Lau comprises Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) and together they continue to effortlessly bridge the seemingly diametrically opposed worlds of acoustic folk tradition and electronica. This tour follows the release of a new album. www.lau-music.co.uk. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/lau.

Sunday 15 November 2015 - The Waterboys - Plymouth Pavilions (map)

Friday 20 November 2015 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
BBC Folk Award 2013 winners for Best Duo. Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers. `Nuff said!  Tickets: £12 adv; £14 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

20-22 November 2015 - West Country Christmas Carols - Sidmouth
Folk South West's ever-popular weekend of workshops and concerts. Tutors will be Helen Coombs, John Kirkpatrick, Tim Laycock, Matt Norman, Carolyn Robson, Eddie Upton and Peter Wilton. Book your accommodation now for a stimulating and enjoyable weekend of workshops and concerts and book your place for the weekend for just £70.
We are delighted that John Kirkpatrick will perform his Tunes from the Trenches programme on Friday 20 November at 8pm in the Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8LE. This concert is included in the weekend fee but tickets for the concert only are £8 from Folk South West 01935 873889.

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

Saturday 28 November 2015 - 3 Daft Monkeys - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Cornish gypsy-folk band 3 Daft Monkeys’ 4-piece line-up features Athene on fiddle, Tim on 12-string guitar & vocals, Lukas on bass guitar and Richie on percussion, adding a fuller and richer sound. The band weave world music influences around classic folk melodies and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life mixed with their infectious dancing rhythms will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. The desire to dance at one of their live shows is irresistible! So d come along and dance yourself silly in support of community radio station Phonic FM! Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/3-daft-monkeys. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Saturday 28 November 2015 - Martin Simpson - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
See www.calstockhall.com for details and tickets.

Sunday 29 November 2015 7.30pm - Martin Simpson - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
Box office: 01805 624624 www.theploughartscentre.org.uk.

Sunday 29 November 2015 - The High Kings - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
The High Kings, the true heirs of Ireland’s folk heritage, are the most exciting Irish folk group to come along in years. Comprising Brian Dunphy, Finbarr Clancy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden, they are all Internationally acclaimed singers of Irish folk songs. A quartet of accomplished musical pedigrees, the band first exploded onto the Irish folk music scene in 2008. They have sold out hundreds of shows, in Ireland, the UK, Germany and the US, made numerous TV appearances and achieved multi platinum status. The High Kings showcase their incredible versatility and skills as multi-instrumentalists, playing 13 instruments between the four of them, bringing a rousing acoustic flavour to brand new songs as well as some old favourites. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/the-high-kings. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Saturday 5 December 2015 - Martin Harley - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Martin Harley is a phenomenally talented guitarist, singer and songwriter he fronts the highly praised UK-based acoustic trio; The Martin Harley Band. Martin is a deeply important and respected voice in the evolution of popular blues and folk oriented guitar and vocals. A life long devotee of acoustic guitar music, especially the ageless blues/roots sounds, Martin has travelled the globe absorbing a plethora of diverse influences and honing his craft into the classic song-writing style he possesses today. Renowned for his prowess as a slide guitarist, he is almost unique in the UK in his playing lap slide. In other areas and styles, however, he has proved himself a master guitarist and a consistently astounding songwriter. Look for Martin’s videos “Winter Coat” and “Love In the Afternoon”, and a live version of the new single “Mojo Fix” taken from the new album of the same name. Samples www.martinharley.com/music. Details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/martin-harley.

Sunday 6 December 2015 8pm - Bookends' Tribute to Simon & Garfunkle - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Dan Haynes and Pete Richards perform the UK’s finest tribute to the music of American folk duo Simon and Garfunkel. www.tavistockwharf.com.

Tuesday 8 December 2015 - Folk at the Brewery Winter Session - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village, Newton St Cyres EX5 5AE
Featuring Hanlons' Half Hour with local performers, guest MC, doors 7.30pm. £5 to include entry, pint and pasty. Info 01363 82621.

Saturday 12 December 2015 7.30pm - Fotheringay - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
The line-up is the original founding members Jerry Donahue on Guitar, Gerry Conway on Drums, Pat Donaldson on bass with very special guests PJ Wright filling Trevor Lucas shoes, Kathryn Roberts and Sally Barker respectfully filling the shoes of Sandy Denny and providing silky smooth and harmonious vocals. Box office: 01805 624624 www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

Sunday 27 December 2015 7.30pm - Twixt Christmas & New Year Ceilidh with ??? - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
details tba One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support the South Brent Folk Festival in July.

Sunday 21 February 2016 7.45pm - John Kirkpatrick - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tba/tbc www.moorfolk.co.uk.

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