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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

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At Monday 23 May 8.30pm: I know someone who might (still) have one spare ticket for this concert - Call me, John Culf, on 01803 863468 for further information.
Sold out Wednesday 25 May 2016 8pm - Fairport Convention - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ
(map)
Fairport Convention has been making great music for nearly fifty years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, the band has been through many changes but the current members retain a passion for live performance. Fairport Convention has attracted critical acclaim: the band has won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award; Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s groundbreaking album Liege & Lief 'The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time'; and their story has been celebrated with a major documentary on BBC Four television. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/fairportconvention2016. Tel. 01752 892220.

Friday 27 May 2016 6.30pm - Max De Bernardi & Veronica Sbergia - Devon Deli, 80/82 Queen Street, Newton Abbot TQ12 2ET
Pop-up musical evening with dinner. Max & Veronica passionately play country blues and ragtime, hokum, jug band and rural music from the 20s and 30s, using strictly acoustic instruments such as ukulele, washboard, kazoo, resophonic guitars and doublebass. See www.redwineserenaders.it for videos. Wine from 6pm, dinner 6.30pm, performance 8.30pm, carriages 10.30pm. Tickets £24.99. Booking essential (kindly mention the Harberton Folk listing). Contact details etc. www.thedevondeli.co.uk/index.php/events.html.

Friday 27 May 2016 6pm 'til late - Party In The Town - Totnes, various venues
[Thanks to John Summerscales and his Plymouth Music Diary www.summerscales.me.uk/music.htm for the summary information below.]
A multigenre, free event. "Welcome to Party in the Town! I’m delighted to introduce this exciting event in Totnes. Party in the Town springs out of Dartington International Summer School & Festival as part of the new year-round Arts programme at Dartington; we hope it will become an annual event. This year more than 400 performers are taking part, in over 25 venues." (Full details at www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/party-in-the-town)
6:00-6:30 pm - St Mary’s Church - Party in the Town Schools’ Commission
6:30-7:00 pm - Barrel House Ball Room - Sam Fearon
6:30-7:00 pm - Royal Seven Stars Hotel - The Q-dettes
6:30-7:00 pm - Totnes Civic Hall - Jamming Station
6:30-7:00 pm - Totnes Library - Trio of Men
6:30-8:00 pm - Devon Harp Centre - Jordi Francis, Hana Caley & Misuzu Matsumoto
6:40-7:00 pm - St Mary’s Church - BIG Noise Chorus
7:00-7:30 pm - The Nautilus Rooms - Singing Heart
7:10-7:30 pm - St Mary’s Church - Global Harmony
7:15-7:45 pm - Barrel House Ball Room - Lanky and the Beard
7:15-7:45 pm - Royal Seven Stars Hotel - Anna Hamill
7:15-7:45 pm - Totnes Library - The Plymouth Mayflower Chorus
7:30-8:05 pm - Totnes Civic Hall - Gabriel Collins Combo
7:40-8:00 pm - St Mary’s Church - The Choral Engineers
7:45-8:00 pm - The Nautilus Rooms - Amber Sky Higginson
7:45-8:00 pm - Totnes Guildhall - Lola Lovatt-Elson
8:00-8:15 pm - The Nautilus Rooms - Kuki and the Bard
8:00-8:30 pm - Barrel House Ball Room - Harbottle and Jonas
8:00-8:30 pm - Royal Seven Stars Hotel - ROxIRcLE
8:00-8:30 pm - Totnes Library - Dawn Fallon
8:00-9:30 pm - Thrive Café - Adjusting the Contrast
8:05-8:20 pm - Totnes Guildhall - Anna Bennett
8:10-8:55 pm - St Mary’s Church - South West Music School
8:15-8:30 pm - The Nautilus Rooms - Finn Bognuda
8:15-8:50 pm - Totnes Civic Hall - The Ronnie Jones Quartet
8:25-8:40 pm - Totnes Guildhall - A cappella Trio
8:40-9:00 pm - The Nautilus Rooms - Lisa and Libby
8:45-9:15 pm - Barrel House Ball Room - Arizona Law
8:45-9:15 pm - Totnes Guildhall - Tommy Hodgkins Khosla
8:45-9:20 pm - Royal Seven Stars Hotel - Desperate Measures
9:05-9:25 pm - St Mary’s Church - Ensemble Baklava
9:30-11:00pm - Totnes Civic Hall - Courtney Pine’s ‘House of Legends’ (ticketed event, see website for details)

Friday 27 May 2016 8pm - Adjusting the Contrast - Thrive Café, Arcturus Centre, Fore Street, Totnes
Later that month, but still before the next Trade Winds, Susan and Simon are joining our musical mates Katie Whitehouse and Peter Farrie for a newly revived and rebuilt Adjusting the Contrast, our show of words and music on all aspects of love and relationships. Free entry. Contact: Simon and Susan tel. 01364 631308.

27 May to 5 June 2016 - Exmouth Festival
Multi-genre including: 28/5 The O'Marleys; 29/5 Wildwood Kin; 30/5
Austin Hill ‘n’ Bayes, Roving Crows, Belshazzar's Feast; 2/6 Shanty Cruise; West Country Traditions: 4/6 (Jim Moray in the evening) & 5/6 folk singing (Dumbo's Feather), morris dancing, shanty groups, workshops, competitions and children’s activities, Full details www.exmouthfestival.org.uk.

27-30 May 2016 - 10th Bude & Stratton Folk Festival
Artists include Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll, Ange Hardy, Jim Causley, Jim Mageean and Barrie and Ingrid Temple. This friendly festival features concerts, workshops, open-mic stages, music sessions and sing arounds. The Sunday evening Music Hall is a major draw. There is Morris Dancing on the quay and Maypole Dancing on Bark House Green. Local schools enjoy free workshops from festival artists. Early bird tickets £40 until 1 April 2016. www.budefolkfest.com.

Saturday 28 May 2016 8pm - Great Western Morris Whit Tour Ceilidh - Tedburn St. Mary Village Hall
Join Great Western and guests from Brighton Morris, Glory of the West and Customs and Exiles for this year's Whit Tour Ceilidh! Dance to the wall of sound from the GW / BM / GoW / CE Big Band. BUT: numbers are limited: ***It's vital you book*** by emailing bagman@great-western.org.uk or call 07789 714498; there will be no ticket sales on the door. £5. A bargain!
See www.great-western.org.uk for full weekend 28-30 May morris tour details.

Saturday 28 May 2016 - Storytelling Workshop/Performance - Chagford
Storytelling Skills Workshop with Dartmoor Storytelling Circle (afternoon presumably), and
Dartmoor Storytelling Circles Presents: Story Slam (evening presumably)
No further details available. See www.summerlandsfestival.co.uk.

Saturday 28 May 2016 8pm - Den Miller - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5JN (map)
Den Miller is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumental musician and entertaining solo performer, whose fifth studio album, A Headful of Fancies, was released to great reviews in April 2015. Den's songs mix the silly and the serious, often in the same song, but always with his trademark mission statement of a strong melody plus intelligent lyrics. Den is both an accomplished guitarist and pianist, often using a loop pedal to play both at once, and also plays harmonica and drums. Den has an impressive vocal range and a love of singing harmony, something which the loop pedal also allows a soloist to do live. Tickets £8. Bookings, web link for samples etc. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com. Tea and coffee available. BYO alcohol. No wheelchair access. Contact sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk, tel. 07508 169049.

NEW Saturday 28 May 2016 9pm - Scraping The Barrel - Union Inn, King Street, Tavistock PL19 0DS
Performing for the first time here for the entertainment of Tavistock's weekend revellers  www.facebook.com/events/1026069177428796. Come along, bring your friends, bring other people’s friends, and kick up your heels to the accompaniment of some Melodious Mellifluent Musical Mayhem. It would be great to see you there. More details about our many and varied performative endeavours can be accessed via www.stonesoup.eu.

Tuesday 31 May 2016 - Jon Dyer & Alfie Gidley - Exmouth Folk Club, Manor Hotel, The Beacon, Exmouth EX8 2AG (map)
Special free concert with Jon Dyer and Alfie Gidley also Guy Somerfield and Austin Hill ‘n’ Bayes. Jon Dyer and Alfie Gidley are a Southwest guitar and flute duo of great virtuosity. Their great sense of humour guides you through foot-stamping celtic tunes, intricate self-penned melodies and ear-bending time signatures. The duo have performed at major UK folk festivals such as Sidmouth Folk week and Bromyard Folk Festival. They have supported headlining bands such as the Urban Folk Quartet and 4square and were New Roots finalists in 2015.

Wednesday 1 June 2016 6.30pm - Moulettes - Dartington Hall
Dartington Hall lights up its hidden, dormant and unseen spaces with a series of intimate gigs and events in secret locations. After enthralling crowds at Bestival, Glastonbury, End of the Road and Cropredy, psychedelic neo-classical folk rock collective, Moulettes bring their charismatic and idiosyncratic music style to Dartington’s famous annual event, Community Day. www.moulettes.co.uk. Free event. More details etc. www.dartington.org/whats-on/after-dark.

Nationwide search for members of new National Youth Folk Ensemble
The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has launched a nationwide search for talented young musicians to become the first members of the new National Youth Folk Ensemble. A series of Sampler Days will be held throughout England during May and June to audition musicians aged 14 to 18 for up to 25 places in the Ensemble, which is supported by Arts Council England.
The nearest sampler day in our region is at Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre on Thursday 2 June 2016 10.30am-4pm.
Led by the Ensemble’s Artistic Director, BBC Radio 2’s Folk Musician of the Year 2015 Sam Sweeney, each Sampler Day will include creative workshops with a team of professional folk artists, individual auditions, and a question and answer session with Ensemble staff. Selected musicians will be invited to a final audition in London in July. To register for a Sampler Day, musicians have to be aged between 14 and 18 on 1 September 2016, live in England, be able to play confidently on any instrument and have an interest in folk music.
Full details can be found at www.efdss.org/efdss-education/national-youth-folk-ensemble. An early application is essential.

Thursday 2 June 2016 7pm - Shanty Cruise - from Exmouth Docks
As part of Exmouth Festival 2016, take to the water with The Exmouth Shanty Men aboard ‘Pride of Exmouth’ for a musical evening cruise on the spectacular River Exe estuary. Departing the docks at 19.00 hrs and returning app 21.00 hrs the trip costs £10.00 and all proceeds directly support the Festival. The vessel has covered and indoor decks and has a bar and snacks available for purchase. Please book early to avoid disappointment as this event has previously sold out. To book please visit www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk or phone 01395 222144.

Saturday 4 June 2016 8.30pm - Jim Moray - The Strand, Exmouth EX8 1AL
An Exmouth Festival event (free). 5 times Radio 2 Folk Awards winner Jim Moray. For all further details please visit www.exmouthfestival.org.uk or call 01395 276167.

4/5 June 2016 - Exmouth Festival’s West Country Traditions - The Strand, Exmouth (and surrounding venues) EX8 1AL
Hosted by The Exmouth Shanty Men, the weekend will be headlined by 5 times Radio 2 Folk Awards winner Jim Moray and packed with Shanty Singers, Folk singers, Morris Dancers, Steam, Heritage films, exhibits, craft demonstrations and many other fringe events in The Strand and adjacent indoor venues. 10.30am-9.30pm on Saturday and 11am-6pm on Sunday. The weekend also features lots of things for children to do and is the finale of this year’s Exmouth Festival which celebrates its 20th year and runs from Friday 27th May - Sunday 5th June. For all further details please visit www.exmouthfestival.org.uk or call 01395 276167.

Friday 3 June 2016 7.30pm - Gilmore & Roberts - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2013 nominees for best duo, Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts (brother of Kathryn) , combine astounding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies with considerable songwriting talent to make a truly distinctive sound. Conflict Tourism is their fourth. Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts noticed a common thread running through their latest crop of original songs. Conflict, whether an internal struggle between positive and negative, or a healthy body and a disease, is an everyday phenomenon captured perfectly by these 11 tracks. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Saturday 4 June 2016 2.30pm - Totnes Story Workshop - Upstairs at Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Performance storytelling is enjoying a revival. Have you always wanted to try storytelling, but don't know where to start? Join Lisa Schneidau and Ronnie Conboy for an informal half-day workshop on how to start traditional storytelling. Aimed at adult beginners, this workshop will give you some pointers on what makes a good story, some inspiration on where to find stories, how to remember them, and some experience of telling (without notes!). We will have some fun playing with various story types, and discover how storytelling lies very close to the surface of our everyday lives. Tickets £5. You can buy tickets online at https://billetto.co.uk/storytelling-workshop-totnes. Places limited so please book early.
Saturday 4 June 2016 7.30pm - Story Slam! - Upstairs at Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
A story slam is an informal and lighthearted story-spinning contest. 8 tellers will tell their finest tales, each lasting no more than 10 minutes. The audience chooses the winner! It’s a great opportunity to hear a variety of tales from experienced and new tellers, curated by an MC. There will be time for an interval, and refreshments available at the bar. Please note this is storytelling for an adult audience - not suitable for children under 10. Tickets £5/£3. You can buy tickets online at https://billetto.co.uk/totnes-story-slam.
These events are hosted by South Devon Storytellers, who run a regular storytelling night in Totnes. They're part of the Summerlands Storytelling Festival www.summerlandsfestival.co.uk, funded by Arts Council England.

Saturday 4 June 2016 8pm - Gilmore & Roberts - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Nominated Best Duo in the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning song writing with astounding musicianship and trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Twice nominated at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (vocals, fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (vocals, guitar) have played some of the UK’s biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work. “Katriona and Jamie maintain their place at the forefront of contemporary roots-folk songwriting.” fRoots.
Details, sample etc. www.calstockarts.org.

Sunday 5 June 2016 7.45pm - Quicksilver - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
When you combine the outtstanding musicianship of Grant Baynham (remember "That's LIfe") on guitar with the sublime voice of HIlary Spencer (Artisan, Mrs Ackroyd), then you suspect you are in for a nice concert with some humour. What you get is an hilarious evening of, well, outstanding musicianship and superb singing. It's a treat, so don't miss it!
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 5 June 2016 10.30am-2pm - d'Accord River Exe Boat Trip - Exmouth
Ticket sales deadline was Friday 20 May. Boarding from 10am from Exmouth Marina. Adult £10, child 5-16 £5, U5 free. BYO food, no catering on board . Bar available and hot drinks can be purchased. Musicians, dancers and non dancers welcome, come and dance on the boat's dance floor or just enjoy the cruise. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event. Contact Phil Jesson 07582 595694 email philipjesson1[at]gmail.com. www.daccordexeter.co.uk.

Sunday 5 June 2016 7.30pm - Tir na nOg - Edgemoor Hotel, Haytor Rd, nr Bovey Tracey TQ13 9LE
Support: Crystal Jacqueline. Leo O’Kelly & Sonny Condell are two of the most original and influential songwriters and performers Ireland has ever produced. Their guitars wind and mesh gorgeously together, their voices likewise; nor can they be separated for the quality of their songwriting. They recorded three timeless albums for Chrysalis Records  in the early 70s. the label. John Peel championed the duo from the start, recording many Peel Sessions with them. They toured with bands as disparate as Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, The Who, Roxy Music and Steeleye Span in the 70s, as well as headlining their own theatre, college and club gigs, garnering a large cult following. 2015 saw the eagerly awaited release of a new studio album, their first since 1973! It has received glowing reviews. Samples etc. www.tirnanog-progfolk.com. More details, bookings (£12, no fee) etc. www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/FHLFMH.
Coming next: 10 July 2016 – the return of the magnificent Michael Chapman.

Sunday 5 June 2016 7.30pm - Harry Harris - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Since signing to Wild Sound Recordings in 2013, Harry Harris has been building a reputation as one of the UK’s most original and formidable singer/songwriters. A ruthless guitar player with a voice that moves from the explosive to the intimate, he writes songs that grab you by the scruff of the neck and refuse to let go.His last album Songs About Other People was named Folk Album of the Year by The Telegraph, and song The Ballad of Ronnie Radford was named Song of the Year by FATEA Magazine. Support: Kitty Macfarlane; Kitty's songs are charged with a sense of place – more often than not her home of Somerset. Mankind's transactions with the planet, whether those of small French fishing communities, or colossal nuclear power stations, work their way into her songs, alongside a deep interest in shared human experience. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Sunday 5 June 2016 8pm - Will McNicol - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Having picked up his first guitar at the age of six, Will has gone on to become Guitarist Magazine’s UK Acoustic Guitarist of the Year (2011) and one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s 30 Great Guitarists Under 30 from around the world (2014). He holds Associate, Licentiate and Fellowship diplomas with Trinity College London in Classical Guitar Recital and has released four critically acclaimed albums of original compositions. www.willmcnicol.co.uk. £5. More details, bookings etc. www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/b-bar-booking.

Tuesday 7 June 2016 2-4pm - "FirstTuesday" Storytelling Cafe - Twyford House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NF
Come tell a story: personal, traditional, made up or family, or just listen to someone else. Max 10 mins per story, and no reading aloud allowed. Just come and have fun in a relaxed cosy, supportive setting. £3 to include refreshments. Details from Janet on 07834 194215.

Thursday 9 June 2016 - Sid Griffin - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Alt-country & alt-bluegrass pioneer, Dylanophile and general all-round champion of great music is playing a rare - very rare - acoustic gig down in the South West, presumably as an antidote to several weeks of recent slogging on a Long Ryders reunion tour. He's always entertaining and is accompanied for this date by
Jonny Bridgwood on doghouse bass. www.sidgriffin.com. Tickets £12. Tel. 01392 873862. www.facebook.com/thebridgeinntopsham

Friday 10 June 2016 8pm - John Kirkpatrick - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Probably the finest button-accordion, melodeon and concertina player in the country, with an excellent powerful voice, and a very influential and prolific artist. He was a member of The Albion Band, Steeleye Span, Umps & Dumps, Brass Monkey, Band Of Hope, as well as his own band in the late 1990's, and has recently joined The Home Service as lead vocalist, replacing John Tams who has retired.. He has worked with the likes of Chris Parkinson (Sultans Of Squeeze), Martin Carthy, Ashley Hutchings, Richard & Linda Thompson, Roy Bailey, Nic Jones, Martyn Wyndham-Read... and has also been involved in various projects including Morris On, The Compleat Dancing Master and Lark Rise To Candleford. He is still heavily involved in the morris dancing scene, having formed The Shropshire Bedlams in 1975. John has also contributed to over sixty plays in the theatre and radio. £10 (paid in adv); £12 (door). Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family). www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.
Coming later:
Friday 23 September 2016 8pm - Pete Coe
Friday 21 October 2016 8pm - Les Barker
Friday 18 November 2016 8pm - Jim Moray
Full details on the Club's brand new website at www.exeterfolkclub.org.

Friday 10 June 2016 7.30pm - Hannah White - St Paul's Church, Starcross
The Sound Lounge presents singer songwriter Hannah White with special guests, Greg Hancock & Jo Hooper plus Rosa Rebecka. Tickets £7 from 01626 890957, full details and online tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/362444.

Friday 10 June 2016 8pm - William The Conqueror - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
William The Conqueror are three passionate musicians (Ruarri Joseph, Harry Harding & Naomi Holmes) hell bent on staying in love with what they do. They make music for the love of music. The inevitable obstacles of life will close doors as we roll, but for now they are all open and there is nothing more exciting or freeing. William the Conqueror is what happens when you do what you love for a living but work so hard to make that living that you start to resent it. It's an outlet for all the ideas that never get the space to blossom because needs must. Details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/william-the-conqueror.

Friday 10 June 2016 7.45pm - Barnfield Music Club: Showcase Event - Barnfield Theatre, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Auditorium. Featured will be a variety of local performers, who sing./play a wide range of music. Genres include folk, blues, Americana, occasionally even opera, plus some very accomplished singer/songwriters. It will be an eclectic and interesting mix. Entry £1 door, includes a raffle ticket. What's not to like! www.barnfieldmusicclub.co.uk

Friday 10 June 2016 7.30pm  - Contra Dance - St Katherine's Priory, Exeter EX4 7JY (map)
Caller: Jeremy Child. A monthly series of Contra Dances. 7:30 pm to 10:30. Cost £4 per person. Beginners welcome.  Using recorded music from your favourite English bands as well as some of the top American Contra Bands. Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

Saturday 11 June 2016 8pm - Paul Metsers - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Singer/songwriter from New Zealand who rose to prominence in this country when Nic Jones recorded his song “Farewell to The Gold” on his album “Penguin Eggs”. Paul toured prolifically during the 1980s but now only tours on an occasional basis, but his song writing has kept him in the forefront of folk song writers. He is supported in this concerts by Amanda Diamond and Eddie Richards who have performed a numerous folk clubs and festivals including Sidmouth, Chippenham and Moira Furnace. They appeared at our concert last year supporting Jim Causley, and recently supported Andy Cutting at John Heydon’s Haddenham Concerts. Tickets £8 adv/concs, £10 door. For info call Hugh Diamond 01626 775517 or email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com. Full info and future concerts www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.
Paul will also be running a songwriting workshop at the same venue on Sunday 12 June 1-3pm, ttickets £5.

Saturday 11 June 2016 8pm - John Kennaby’s 70th Birthday Ceilidh Party - Clyst St Mary Village Hall, Clyst St Mary, Exeter EX5 1BG
All Welcome to join in this high energy dance night to celebrate John's '3 score & 10'. The ceilidh band is Captain Swing with caller Mike Griffiths www.captainswing.org.uk. Lots of dancing to great music. Soft drinks, snacks and bar available. On the dance agenda : Ceilidh + Irish Set + Salsa + spots. Irish Set Dancing lead by Maggie Daniel. Salsa spot lead by Kevan Kennedy www.lemonfrog.org. Venue is just off Junction 30 on the M5 heading towards Sidmouth. £4 contribution towards cost appreciated. Please email RSVP to jkennaby[at]btinternet.com.

Saturday 11 June 2016 - Martyn Joseph - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Juxtaposition is a key theme in Martyn’s work. The simplicity and the complexity of the human condition and all that it encompasses is underpinned with a heady promise of hope. There is a versatility to Martyn’s music that is hard to categorise. Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn’t need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman.. Autumn 2015 marked the release of Martyn’s brand new studio album, “Sanctuary” and he’ll be showcasing these new songs, along with other familiar and much loved material. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Saturday 11 June 2016 7pm - The FB Pocket Orchestra - St Mary's Church, Throwleigh, nr Whiddon Down EX20 2HU
From Village Halls to the Royal Albert Hall the FB Pocket Orchestra has been entertaining audiences since 2012 with their lively blend of hot jazz, blues and ragtime. Songs and dances from long ago. This busy trio is always in demand so please come and enjoy the evening. Tickets (including refreshments) £10, U17 £5,  from 01647 231494 or on the door. See www.throwleighchurch.org for 16-min.Youtube band video link. The Northmore Arms at Wonson can provide a pre-concert meal by pre booking with Nikki on 01647 231428.

Tuesday 14 June 2016 - Simpson, Cutting & Kerr - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Three leading lights of British folk regroup as a new trio made up of guitar hero Martin Simpson, singer and fiddle-player Nancy Kerr and squeezebox star Andy Cutting. Their debut album Murmurs will be released in June 2016. Murmurs was recorded in January this year and captures all the excitement of three master musicians having musical fun together. It’s a collection of songs that communicate to the listener a sense of bonded musicianship, a real feeling and empathy for each others’ playing and a collective love and innate understanding of the music.
Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/simpson-cutting-kerr. £15. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Thursday 16 June 2016 - Tom McConville - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Musician of the Year (2009), Tom is a singer and fiddle player extraordinaire. Drawing on traditional music from his Newcastle home with Irish, American and Scottish influences, he creates a truly original sound combining jazz, folk, bluegrass and classical roots. Expect a heart-stopping, virtuosic performance, punctuated by Tom's inimitable Geordie wit. www.tommcconville.co.uk. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Thursday 16 June 2016 8.30pm - Geoff Lakeman - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Internationally recognised exponent of the rare duet concertina performing folk song, Americana and 1920s jazz. Stalwart of the west country folk scene and father of a virtual folk dynasty. £2.

Friday 17 June 2016 8pm - Moore Moss Rutter - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Tom Moore (violin), Archie Churchill-Moss (melodeon) and Jack Rutter (guitar/vocals) combine musical material, style and tradition from their home counties of Norfolk, Somerset and Yorkshire respectively. Since 2009, Moore Moss Rutter have been playing as a trio, meticulously reworking English tunes and compositions into sets and songs which have been described as "intelligently crafted musical adventures". Often praised for musical “maturity and sophistication”, it is their aim to carefully create soundscapes of mellow and precisely engineered beauty - as well as wild builds of tension and tempestuous climaxes. Tickets £8. More details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk.

Friday 17 June April 2016 - Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
As a solo artist Ange performs with a 27-string Salvi Harp, three different guitars, a variety of low whistles, a bodhrán drum, a tambourine, and an Indian shruti box. Combined with her innovative and subtle use of live looping to build layers up vocal harmonies she’s one of the most diverse solo-artists you're likely to encounter. Ange is touring as a duo with Lukas Drinkwater who brings double bass, backing vocals, another guitar and a bold new dynamic to the stage. This will be a great concert and we are so pleased to have booked these rising stars of the new folk scene. Support: Peter James Millsom. Tickets £10, phone 01823 602700 or email milvertonmusic@f2s.com. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

Friday 17 June 2016 8pm - d'Accord Exeter - Ide Memorial Hall, Fore Street, Ide, Nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
French & Breton dance and music. Bands: Steve Turner & Dave Faulkner, TRaM. & Poisson Rouge. Beginners Welcome. Doors 7.45pm. Contacts: email daccordexeter9@gmail.com), tel. 01392 811593. www.daccordexeter.co.uk.

Friday 17 June 2016 8pm - Charlie Dore - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5JN (map)
Support: Greg Hancock. Full details, links etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/356379. Tickets £12. Contact sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk or 07508 169049. Tea and coffee available. BYO alcohol. No wheelchair access.

Friday 17 June 2016 - Topsham Storytelling: Extraordinary Birds - Topsham Museum
Stories for a Summer's Evening. Three lyrical storytellers: Sharon Jacksties, Lisa Schneidau and Katy Cawkwell with tales to take you on the wing to a world of trickster ravens, savage eagles and shape-shifting swans. Regular monthly storytelling events in Topsham (different venues). Full details www.storytellingintopsham.moonfruit.com. Aimed at adults, unsuitable for children under 10. See also Summerlands Storytelling Festival www.summerlandsfestival.co.uk.

17-19 June 2016 - 18th Teignmouth Folk Festival
Jeff Warner, Malinky, The James Brothers, Magpie Lane, The Claque, The Roaring Trowmen, CELT, City of Plymouth Pipe Band, dance sides. Details www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk.

UPDATED 17-19 June 2016 - A Little Moor Merriment: A Dartmoor Weekend - Lustleigh
Unfortunately Kelly Quarry Blasters are not now able to perform at the concert on Friday evening as previously advertised; instead this will now feature Jim Causley and Friends (Becki Driscoll and Nick Wyke) and be compered by Dave Wills and Len Harvey of the KQB’s. Family Ceilidh with Dartmoor Pixie Band on Saturday evening. Many free events Saturday afternoon: dance workshops, morris dancing, music, mummers play, photography exhibition and film. Full details www.moormerriment.wix.com/almm.

Saturday 18 June 2016 8pm - Charlie Dore & Julian Littman - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Charlie Dore’s music is hard to label, but eclectic, contemporary Folk is the closest to it – and Julian Littman, fresh from touring with his ‘other’ band, Steeleye Span, is always up for an improvised solo or two. Charlie is a multi-award-winning writer and although she has written for the great and the good, her live show reveals that she keeps the best songs for herself. With eight albums’ worth of songs to mine, no two nights are the same. The array of instruments – guitars, piano, mandolin, harmonium, autoharp and ukulele, is constantly swapped as they dip into their latest album, Milk Roulette. There may be a new version of Charlie’s first ever single, Fear of Flying (covered by George Harrison) and even a new take on her chart-topping hit Pilot of the Airwaves – still a BBC Radio 2 favourite. Samples https://soundcloud.com/charlie-dore-songs/sets/charlie-dore-songs. Details www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 18 June 2016 8pm - Haunt the Woods: EP Launch - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Haunt the Woods are an exciting contemporary folk band from the shires of Cornwall and the Rame Peninsula. Haunt the Woods have a new and unique sound incorporating an eclectic blend of traditional and contemporary folk influences, with beautiful melodies and spellbinding guitar. The unique and chilling vocals combined with 4 part vocal harmonies make the heartfelt and emotional lyrics extremely powerful. Their live show really captures the energy and essence of the bands love and passion for music and the true meticulous nature of their compositions. £5 adv, £6 door. More details, bookings etc. www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/b-bar-booking.

Saturday 18 June 2016 7.30pm - South Devon Big Band - Ariel Centre, KEVICC, Ashburton Road, Totnes TQ9 5JX (map)
Not folk, but one of our occasional forays into other musics for crossover interest (and involving a Harberton resident): The Big Band play a wide range of Jazz styles including Swing, Latin, and Contemporary. The musicians come from all parts of the South West of England and are led by Neil Maya. www.southdevonbigband.co.uk.

Tuesday 21 June 2016 7.30pm - Faustus - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Folk at the Flavel continues with one of the best bands in the UK. Formed in 2008 Faustus features three prominent UK folk musicians. Multi-instrumentalist Benji Kirkpatrick (guitar, bouzouki and banjo) is a member of the legendary Bellowhead and has featured in Seth Lakeman and Maddy Prior's bands. Saul Rose, regarded as one of the best melodeon players in the UK, is the front man of ceilidh band Whapweasel and recently had a year playing Songman in War Horse. He is . Fiddle player Paul Sartin is also a member of Bellowhead and is one half of the BBC Radio 2 Folk awards nominees Belshazzars Feast. Faustus promise a great evening of music rooted in the English tradition with great storytelling but presented in a modern and exciting way including fantastic three part harmonies. www.theflavel.org.uk/TheFlavel.dll/WhatsOn.

Thursday 23 June 2016 - Kent Duchaine - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
The master of blues returns! For almost 40 years, Kent and his beloved Leadbessie, a beaten up 1934 National Steel Guitar, have wowed audiences worldwide. His exceptional guitar playing and deep, intriguing voice combine to set the old style delta blues alight. Kent's life stories of friendships and loves, the history of blues music, the men who developed it, and his incredible involvement with some of them characterise his shows and have his audiences laughing and crying in equal measure. "One of the best five concerts nationwide (across all genres)" Sunday Times. www.kentduchaine.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Thursday 23 June 2016 8pm - Wild Ponies - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Having released two albums as Doug and Telisha Williams Wild Ponies came about via an evolutionary process as the songs they were writing became more aggressive in tone. These songs made up most of the debut Wild Ponies album "Things That Used To Shine". Their new album "Radiant" recently released has Doug ditching his acoustic guitar and picking up his Fender Telecaster and whilst it doesn't represent a seismic shift in their sound compared to the last album it is some distance from the original "Doug and Telisha acoustic duo fans once knew. On tour Wild Ponies are a trio their sound augmented by drums. £10 adv, £12 door. www.wildponies.net. More details, bookings etc. www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/b-bar-booking.

Cancelled Friday 24 June 2016 7.30pm - Kirsty Bromley & Lucy Wise - Churston Traditional Farm Shop Restaurant, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
Contact info@maggieandmike.co.uk

Friday 24 June 2016 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Sidmouth Methodist Hall, High Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LE
Spoken Word of SidMouth StoryNights present Storyteller Shonaleigh Cumbers telling “The Tower of Bagel”. In medieval Odessa, a humble Jewish baker, Lemuel, takes in a foundling who holds many secrets. He must tease out the tangled knot of riddles and track the slow emergence of a recipe for a new kind of savoury bread roll. Shonaleigh has travelled the world delighting audiences with this popular mix of story, song, riddle and seeds of wisdom. She is probably the last Drut’syla, a Jewish tradition of storytelling. Adv tickets £8 available from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth 01395 514516, or online at https://billetto.co.uk/spoken-word-of-sidmouth-present-shonaleigh-cumbers, or door £10. For more details call 07834 194215, JanetTells@gmail.com.

Saturday 25 June 2016 7.30pm - Sultans of String - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
JUNO (Canada’s Grammy) nominees and SiriusXM winners Sultans of String create “Energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burn!” (Maverick Magazine, UK). Thrilling audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, Flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, and South Asian rhythms, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while sitar serves up shimmering grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound. They will be showcasing their new release, Subcontinental Drift, a blend of ragas, reels and rumbas with special guest/sitar master Anwar Khurshid (featured in the Oscar winning Life of Pi, The Love Guru). Since forming 8 years ago, Sultans of String have hit #1 across Canada on Top 10 national radio charts, and received multiple awards and accolades, including 2 JUNO nominations, 1st place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries), 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards, plus invitations to perform and record with such luminaries as The Chieftains and David Bromberg. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Sunday 26 June 2016 8pm - Jess Vincent - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5JN (map)
Support: James Shead. Jess is an an extraordinary young songwriter from Wiltshire with a unique and gorgeous voice has which has been compared to many, (Kate Bush, Iris Dement and Maria Muldaur) but is so distinctive that it could only be Jess Vincent. Utterly captivating live, she delivers her songs with subtle arrangements on guitar, baritone uke & harmonium and shruti box reveal a maturity that belies her youth, yet allows her vulnerability to shine through. Full details, links etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/356483. Tickets £12. Contact sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk or 07508 169049. Tea and coffee available. BYO alcohol. No wheelchair access.

Tuesday 28 June 2016 7.30pm - Martin Carthy - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Thursday 30 June 2016 - Pete Oxley & Nicolas Meier - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A welcome return on their second visit from jazz guitar maestro Pete Oxley, with Nicolas Meier closing out our spring season at the Mill. The blend of Metheny-esque jazz with Turkish-inspired music to create his utterly unique style. Stalwarts of Ronnie Scott's and Wigmore Hall, Pete and Nicolas regularly perform with some of the world's leading jazz artists, including Chris Garrick, Tim Whitehead, John Etheridge, Bill Evans and Brad Mehldau. As a duo, these wonderful guitarists perform with a spontaneity and intuitive interplay that is truly dazzling. Expect a contemporary soundscape that ranges from Latin American to Turkish to Hungarian gypsy, Middle Eastern and more. www.peteoxley.com, www.meiergroup.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Thursday 30 June 2016 8.30pm - Adem and Laura Moody - Dartington Hall
Dartington Hall lights up its hidden, dormant and unseen spaces with a series of intimate gigs and events in secret locations. Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and creator of the acclaimed album ‘Homesongs’ Adem brings his instrumental pastoral pop. Joining him will be wildly alternative cellist, vocalist and avant-singer-songwriter, and long-standing member of internationally acclaimed Elysian String Quartet, Laura Moody. www.lauramoodymusic.com, www.dominorecordco.com/artists/adem. More details, bookings etc. www.dartington.org/whats-on/after-dark.

Friday 1 July 2016 7.30pm - Mawkin - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
One of brit-folks brightest new guns, Mawkin are a blistering 5-piece band, fusing folk, blues and rock. On the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene, with all the verve and mystique of ancient folk music traditions from across the globe, they sing rousing songs of rebellion. Brothers David Delarre (Eliza Carthy, Tred) and fiddler James Delarre (Saul Rose & James Delarre, Topette) underpin the virtuoso bellowing of Nick Cooke’s melodeon (Kate Rusby, Jim Moray), with a solid rhythm section of Danny Crump on bass and Lee Richardson (Diverted, Extreme Music) on drums. www.mawkin.co.uk. “Invigorating, Highly Inventive” – Q Magazine; “ Unapologetically Energetic” – Songlines Magazine; “ Gutsy, Impressive, Exquisite“ – The Guardian; Bookings etc. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk/events/2016/jul-1/mawkin. £12 adv (£14 door if available).

Friday 1 July 2016 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Exeter Cathedral
Support: The Lost Sound Chorus. Show of Hands are performing a special World War 1 Centenary concert at Exeter Cathedral to commemorate the 19240 Allied servicemen who lost their lives on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The concert will feature songs from Show of Hands’ acclaimed album, Centenary and will raise funds for ‘Shrouds of the Somme’ the West Country project remembering each one of the 19240 men who fell that day 100 years ago. All profits will be donated to The Exeter Foundation and SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity. More details www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/event/all-events/concert-show-of-hands.ashx.

Saturday 2 July 2016 - South Brent Folk Day
See www.southbrentfolk.org.uk/index.php/events/36-2016-events for provisional details.

Saturday 2 July 2016 8pm - Tony Hazzard - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5JN (map)
Not folk, but someone who wrote 60s/70s hits for the likes of Manfred Mann, The Hollies, The Tremeloes, Lulu, and Herman's Hermits and had other songs recorded by Gene Pitney, Dave Berry, Simon Dupree and The Big Sound, Nana Mouskouri, Cliff Richard, Hall & Oates, The Yardbirds, and Andy Williams might be of interest. Read much more at www.wegottickets.com/event/356486.

2 July 2016 - event? - Vire Island, Totnes
tbc Harbottle & Jonas

Sunday 3 July 2016 7.30pm - Jim Causley - Victory Hall, Whimple
Jim Causley celebrates over a decade as an acclaimed solo artist and performer with his new album Forgotten Kingdom, his first album of entirely self-penned material. Forgotten Kingdom is a broad collection of songs inspired by Causley’s native Westcountry, mixing ancient history with the songwriter’s own personal history and experience of the world. Themes range from the Saxon invasion of the area, the Celtic diaspora, to very personal explorations of love and geographical identity. This is certainly Causley’s most musically ambitious work to date. Support: Exmoor's Martyn Babb - singer, songwriter, wit and raconteur (allegedly!). More details, ticketing etc. www.handsomedicksrecords.co.uk/onawhim.

NEW Sunday 3 July 2016 ?? - Cosgrave & Banks - Sharpham
Performing at Sharpham Open Day. Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting new folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). Tel. 01364 652444. www.cosgraveandbanks.com.

NEW Monday 4 July 2016 7pm - Henhouse Prowlers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Eleven years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Tuesday 5 July 2016 2-4pm - "FirstTuesday" Storytelling Cafe - Twyford House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NF
Come tell a story: personal, traditional, made up or family, or just listen to someone else. Max 10 mins per story, and no reading aloud allowed. Just come and have fun in a relaxed cosy, supportive setting. £3 to include refreshments. Details from Janet on 07834 194215.

Thursday 7 July 2016 7.30pm - Iain Bruce + Ian & Moe Walker - Churston Traditional Farm Shop Restaurant, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
Great entertainers - the two Ians and Moe packed out the venue last time they joined us. Your ticket price includes snacks during the interval.. Book tickets by emailing info@maggieandmike.co.uk or calling Maggie on 01803 855961, or online at
www.wegottickets.com/event/356144.

NEW Sunday 10 July 2016 7pm - Michael Chapman - Edgemoor Hotel, Haytor Rd, nr Bovey Tracey TQ13 9LE
Return of the magnificent guitarist/singer/songwriter. Tickets www.ticketsource.co.uk/southdevonmusic or email phil.royal@btinternet.com. South Devon Music exists to bring world class talent to our doorstep. Help us to keep on keeping on.

NEW Thursday 14 July 2016 8pm - Steve Turner - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
www.steve-turner.co.uk. More information from Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

NEW Thursday 14 July 2016 7.30pm - Nine Pound Catfish - Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
Ian Gardner's Nine Pound Catfish return to perform more of their footstompin’ good-time blues www.ninepoundcatfish.co.uk. Plus resident duo Devon Delta (Stuart Cumberpatch, slide and lap guitar; Robert Spence, harp & vocals). Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

NEW Friday 15 July 2016 - Eve Selis Band - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Kicking off our Summer Courtyard season is The Eve Selis Band on their three week UK tour. San Diego-based Eve converts country, R&B, blues, folk and rock n'roll into a musical force that stops you in your tracks. This gifted writer and electrifying singer has been likened to Bonnie Raitt, Joan Osborne and Melissa Etheridge, and numbers Bob Harris among her fans "One of the best shows I've ever seen in the UK". She returns with her stellar band with fire in her bones and new songs in her heart. www.eveselis.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 22 July 2016 - Eduardo Niebla - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Hailed by the Guardian for his "exquisite guitar" playing and lyrical, poignantly poetic style, Eduardo Niebla is one of the truly outstanding guitarists of today; technically brilliant, fantastically creative and full of passion and verve. An evening of stunning flamenco jazz, in a " truly breathtaking" performance (Scotsman) that draws on the influences from across the world. www.eduardoniebla.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 22 July 2016 7pm - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
The two time BBC Folk Award winners met in 2011 and signed to Fellside Records and in July 2012, The Queen’s Lover. In January 2013, the pair picked up the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk award. Russell and Algar received the Horizon Award for Best breakthrough act at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Their second album was released in July receiving 5 Stars in fRoots, 4 Stars in both R2 Magazine and The Telegraph and a host of other brilliant reviews, Bright Young Folk describing it as an “outstanding show of maturity” with “enormous promise”. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

22/23 July 2016 - Chagstock Festival - Chagford
Multi-genre festival; line-up includes Donovan, The Strangers, The Blockheads, Ferocious Dog, Danny & The Champions Of The World, Cattle & Cane, Marc O’Reilly, and many more. www.chagstock.info.

Saturday 23 July 2016 8pm - Phil Beer Band - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Phil's instrumental wizardry is well documented and has been utilised by countless artists over the years, the most notable being The Rolling Stones, Mike Oldfield and Steve Harley.While having his feet firmly in the ‘Acoustic’camp, he has “kept his hand in” with electric music with an annual outing of The Phil Beer Band. The Phil Beer Band performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil''s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock. The highly popular line up comprises Gareth Turner (Little Johnny England), Steve Crickett (Arizona Smoke Review), Greg McDonald, Emily Slade and of course, Phil Beer and promises to deliver a lively cocktail of folk, rock, country and blues. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.
Coming later:
Saturday 10 September - India Electric Co.
Saturday 8 October - Flats And Sharps
Saturday 3 December - Clive Carroll (workshop and concert)

Wednesday 27 July 2016 - Flats and Sharps - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Hailing from Cornwall this five piece band blur the lines of Bluegrass, Folk, Country & Pop, playing highly original songs as well as their renditions of Blugrass classics. They can already list the Country 2 Country Festival at the O2 , The Proms at Hyde Park amongst an incredible list of live performances. " effortlessly entertaining....sublime five part harmonies...the pace of their performance is breathtaking" Mark Ellen - R2 Magazine. www.flatsandsharps.co.uk. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Wednesday 27 July 2016 - Hayseed Dixie - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
The band was formed in the summer of 2000 on the front porch of a cabin in the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee, when after drinking enough whiskey to float a battleship across the Sahara Desert, it became suddenly obvious to the boys that the "Lost Highway" of Hank Williams and the "Highway To Hell" of AC/DC were the same damned road. The rest of the world first got a taste of the boys on April 17, 2001 with the release of their first album, titled "A Hillbilly Tribute To AC/DC".  This gig will sell out. Details, samples, bookings etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!hayseed-dixie/o0qza. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

NEW 29/30 July 2016 - Tashi Lhunpo Tibetan Monks workshops/performance - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
See www.theflavel.org.uk/TheFlavel.dll/WhatsOn for details. Art, costumes, music, dance...

29 July to 5 August 2016 - Sidmouth Folk Week
See full details, and join the the festival's e-circulation, at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk.

I don't normally give details on any individual Sidmouth events (because there's just too much - and it's all on their website), but I am making one special exception:
29 July-5 August 2016 - Sidmouth Festival Ceilidhs
See details at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk, with a special mention for a very good friend of Harberton Folk and his brand new family ceilidh band:
Friday 29 July 2016 - Kirkophany - Bulverton Marquee, Sidmouth Festival
John Kirkpatrick's new family band, featuring JK calling the dances and playing button accordion along with his 4 sons: Jobie on bass guitar; Benji on guitars, bouzouki, banjo, mandolin;  George on melodeons, selected percussion; Fergus on drums - Five Kirkpatricks, five Shropshire Bedlams - you have been warned!

30 July-27 August - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
One of Europe's leading music summer schools. In Week 2 (6-13 August) folk and poetry continues to be an important part of the programme: Northumbrian pipes-player and fiddler Kathryn Tickell returns to run a folk course, and Sally Davies directs our Dartington Folk Choir. The poet Jo Shapcott leads a poetry writing course. Concerts burn with a poetic intensity, from late night harpsichord music and Chopin’s complete Mazurkas, to a celebration of Kathleen Ferrier and Jane Glover’s Mozart’s Women. Operatic fireworks, Baroque brilliance – and a ceilidh too! See www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/ for details, brochure etc.

NEW Thursday 4 August 2016 - Cooper & Davies - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Shropshire duo Rob Cooper and Simon Davies. Drawn together by a desire to play rootsy Americana, they developed their own style and sound which draws on the traditions of country, blues and bluegrass et al. Having recently played at Country 2 Country at the O2 these guys are gauranteed to leave audiences with toes tapping and faces smiling. www.cooperanddavies.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

5-7 August 2016 - Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal
Artists confirmed for 2016 so far include: Blazin' Fiddles; Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston; Bob Fox; Mawkin; Talisk; Bayou Seco; Tickled Pink; The Dartmoor Pixie Band (Friday night & Sunday night); Ramsley Minors; Entertainingly different... plus more to be confirmed...... www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 6 August 2016 - The Rheingans Sisters - Athenaeum Theatre, Plymouth
At Gingers Gathering 2016 www.facebook.com/gingersthegathering. Fiddle-singers Rowan and Anna, nominated twice in the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - for the 'Horizon' award and for 'Best Original Track'. www.rheinganssisters.co.uk. 'The Rheingans Sisters are delicate and skilled musicians who refresh their traditions by embellishing known themes in their own particular style, creating sounds that are recognisably grounded in the earth of folk music and song, yet flying to new destinations.' Nancy Kerr, 2015 BBC Folk Singer of the Year; '[new album] is unhurried music of heart and ease and lyricism, with gorgeous new songs that sound already timeless, that reek of earthly human connection and longing; a warm hug of an album.' Karine Polwart.

NEW Tuesday 9 August 2016 7pm - Land Of The Giants - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Yes the full band live and unplugged. After six months of studio time, the Southwest band are hitting the country with a new lease of life and a brand new set ready to fill your ears with upbeat, feel-good sounds and your soul with cheery, uplifting vibes. With ideas too big to be pigeon-holed, the Giants fuse many a musical style and are quite frankly genre-defying. Expect inspired songwriting, pumping drum and bass licks, scorching guitar, soulful yet commanding vocals and a jumpin' brass section. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Thursday 11 August 2016 - Tipitina - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
The trio's music is a life-enhancing blend of swing, boogie, jive, gospel and blues in the New Orleans tradition. Championed by BBC Radio 2's Paul Jones, the band will have you dancing in the aisles. Vocalist Debbie Jones is as sultry as a night downtown and Justin Randall's piano boogies like there's no tomorrow. Their performances are full of energy, versatility and sheer ‘joie de vivre' - no wonder they're one of our most popular acts! www.myspace.com/tipitinaartist/music/songs. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

UPDATED Friday 12 August 2016 - Widecombe Sailing Club Barn Dance - Langworthy Farm, Widecombe
Barn dance (in a barn) with a nautical theme. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk

NEW Friday 12 August 2016 7pm - Transylvania - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
With a blast of fresh air comes Transylvania a band quite unlike anything that comes before it, genuinely from Transylvania (Romania), the band centres around the dual talents of Konstantin Zgomot and Vlad Damien whose deep roots in Transylvania are best explored separately. Their repertoire with an array of awesome acoustic musicians draws on their roots but with red hot beats and samples provided by ultra producer Konstantin, you’ll be driven along a Balkan highway to the dance floor and will find them quite irresistible. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

UPDATED Saturday 13 August 2016 7.30pm - Dawlish Carnival Ceilidh with Mrs Midnight's - Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish EX7 9PT
Caller Mike Boston. Tickets £8. Information from Alan Brown 01626 863016. No bar, BYO drinks.

NEW Friday 12 August 2016 - Devon Acoustic Collective - Lupton House, Churston Ferrers, nr Brixham TQ5 0LD
Concert featuring Folk Inspired (Chris & Paul Woodhouse), Harpingmad (Bill & Susi Trezise), Nine Pound Catfish (Graham Butterfield, Ian & Jane Gardner), Orinoco (Susi Trezise & Martyn Cornellius). Contact 01803 550153 or 07894 961010. Email: p.woodhouse47@sky.com. £10 adv, £12 door. Tickets available from June.

Monday 15 August 2016 - Hayseed Dixie - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Is there really such a thing as a hillbilly band covering rock classics? You betcha. They are called Hayseed Dixie and they play Rockgrass. Songs by artists such as Kiss, Outkast, Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith get the Rockgrass treatment, but the band play original songs too. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/hayseed-dixie. £16. Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW Thursday 18 August 2016 - Brooks Williams & Lightning Express - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Georgia born Brooks, ranked one of the Top 100 Acoustic guitarists, along with bassist Andy Seward and drummer Keith Angel who make up Lightning Express. Singer-songwriter Brooks writes groove-laden songs and delivers them with an easy-going vocal style and monstrous guitar chops. Walking the line between blues and Americana, Williams has worked stages worldwide for over 25 years and now returns with the band, amassing a staggering back-catalogue of songs, recordings and tales of life on the road. www.brookswilliams.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Thursday 25 August 2016 - Gigspanner - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
We end our summer courtyard sessions with a welcome return visit from this brilliant trio headed by legendary  ex-Steeleye Spanfiddle player, Peter Knight. Joined by Roger Flack (guitar) and Vincent Salzfaas (congas and djembe), Peter's Gigspanner will take you on a dazzling musical world tour, that combines traditional British with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences. "Peter Knight can spin the World on his Bow" (Sir Terry Pratchett). www.gigspanner.com.  Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

26-29 August 2016 - Cornwall Folk Festival - Wadebridge
Ralph McTell and Martin Simpson headlining. www.cornwallfolkfestival.com.

Saturday 3 September 2016 - Fishstock Seafood & Music Festival - Brixham
www.fishstockbrixham.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 3 September 2016 7.30pm - Robin & Bina Williamson - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
Robin (ex-Incredible String Band!) and Bina Williamson.  Tickets www.ticketsource.co.uk/southdevonmusic or email phil.royal@btinternet.com. South Devon Music exists to bring world class talent to our doorstep. Help us to keep on keeping on.

NEW Sunday 4 September 2016 7pm - Lauren Housely - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Lauren’s debut album ‘Sweet Surrender’ is an all killer, no filler, affair with a number of tracks already either playlisted or on prime spot play at Radio 2 by the likes of Chris Evans, Jeremy Vine, Bob Harris, Robert Elms etc, all of whom know a good tune when they hear one. Lauren will continue to attract a legion of supporters, by dint of her emotive vocals, steeped in gospel/blues/soul phrasing, and her honest, sincere and personal song writing. Singing and songwriting of such standard that will, in fact, be equally appealing to mainstream audiences too, as indeed proved by her current Radio support. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Saturday 10 September 2016 - India Electric Co. - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Cole Stacey and Joseph O'Keefe. WBursting with invention and full of surprises" - The Telegraph; "Sometimes folk, sometimes not. India Electric Company travel through Eastern European themes, gypsy jazz and Irish reels to end up with something "quirky and glittery - a veritable musical magpie's nest" - Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3. They've recently found themselves performing live sessions on BBC Radio 2, 6 Music, and Glastonbury Festival. www.indiaelectricco.com. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Saturday 10 September 2016 7pm - Noëlle et les Papillons - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Noëlle et les Papillons in concert playing songs from Noëlle Rollings' debut album, "French Exchange". Noëlle is joined by Gaëlle Hammond on backing vocals, melodica and percussion, Alex Worsley on guitars, Tom Unwin on keyboards, Steve Crossen on drums and percussion, Graham Hutton on trumpet as well as acoustic and electric bass. "...jazz singer still might be felt to be her foundation, but her strong artistic identity and range of references takes us way beyond jazz into the fascinating world of her own songs and arrangements". See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW 16-18 September 2016 - Lostinfolk Festival - Lostwithiel Community Centre
New in 2016, and not too far away from us. The festival will offer four concerts over the three days plus a late-night ceilidh after the Saturday evening concert. The line-up includes well known folk and acoustic artists who will be familiar to many of the county’s folk club audiences including Jez Lowe & the Bad Pennies, Richard Digance, Johnny Coppin & Mike Silver, Sally Barker, and Exeter’s Wildwood Kin. Audiences will also have the opportunity to enjoy exploring the effervescent Gerry Colvin Band, world folk music rhythms of the Hut People, and Cambridgeshire mandolinist Daniel Nestlerode. Add to this impressive list the Americana and rocky blues of the Spikedrivers, Suffolk’s Broadside Boys with their tales of local characters, the full on fiddle led Celtic fusion of the Roving Crows, and last but certainly not least, the folk rock dance masters of experimentation (yes you can folk dance to Kraftwerk!) Tickled Pink for the ceilidh, and there is certainly a diverse mix of musical genres to appeal to everyone! www.deckchairproductions.co.uk.

Saturday 17 September 2016 - Murphys Law - where?

NEW Friday 23 September 2016 8pm - Pete Coe - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).
Friday 21 October - Les Barker
Friday 18 November - Jim Moray

NEW Friday 23 September 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll, with James Budden - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Details tba. Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations ??? . www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 24 September 2016 - Ninebarrow - Downderry & Seaton Village Hall, Main Road, Downderry, Torpoint, Cornwall PL11 3LW
Details tbc www.ninebarrow.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 25 September 2016 3pm - Ninebarrow - Galmpton Village Institute Hall, Greenway Road, Brixham TQ5 0LT (map)
A Sunday afternoon concert Ninebarrow www.ninebarrow.co.uk. Support: Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed. Tickets £14(+) online at www.wegottickets.com/event/350060. Keep up to date with gigs Maggie & Mike are organising at the southern end of the 'Riviera' by joining their e-circulation via info@maggieandmike.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 25 September 2016 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Exminster Victory Hall, Main Road, Exminster EX6 8DF
Online tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/341547. A car park is situated on Deepway Lane at the recreation ground.

UPDATED Rescheduled from 25 April 2016
Sunday 25 September 2016 ???pm - Spirit of Ireland - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
The Spirit Of Ireland, now celebrating 30 years touring worldwide, was Irish dancing’s first national and international success story. The production has gone from strength to strength, evolving over time to become one of the most exciting and popular cultural, dance and music products to come out of Ireland. Featuring a cast of champion dancers and musicians, this diverse production offers the audience a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance. The Spirit of Ireland prides itself in respecting core traditions of Irish music & dance culture with a team of talented and highly respected musicians, singers & dancers, who provide a truly authentic experience. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15614.

NEW Friday 30 September 2016 7pm - Phil Beer - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
An audience with Phil Beer has been described as a glimpse into his world where folk, blues, hymns, the sea, the West Country and a life spent in music combine to make a true show. A Phil Beer gig is one spent in the company of a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Sunday 2 October 2016 7.30pm - James Findlay - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated. James Findlay first came into the public eye after winning the 2010 BBC Young Folk Award. "Bl**dy hell, what a voice! This was my first thought as he launched into his songs. He’s warmly charismatic with that sparkle of personality that draws a crowd along with him.” Jon Boden. "He’s got an appositely brilliant voice that lad. It’s not just soft and mellow but it has got a lot of depth and a lot of passion to it. Love his stuff!” Mike Harding. James comes from a family of folk singers & his enthusiasm lies firmly within the English tradition. He is particularly passionate about songs from his home counties of Dorset, Somerset and Devon. He has an extensive repertoire and love for song and this really shows through his knowledge and understanding of the material. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2740_james_findlay.

NEW Saturday 8 October 2016 - Quicksilver - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (map)
The Kingston Autumn Seasonal Concert: Hilary Spencer and Grant Baynham. Hilary’s powerful vocals and Grant’s virtuoso guitar playing combine to provide a memorable experience for the audience. Grant’s song writing, honed during a four year stint on the BBC’s “That’s Life”, ranges from the poignant to the purely comic. Entertainment guaranteed! “Comic song touched with gold.” (Ned Sherrin, Presenter, BBC TV).  Tel. 01548 810806 for details.

NEW Saturday 8 October 2016 - Flats And Sharps - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Flats and Sharps blur the lines between Bluegrass, Folk, Country & Pop.  www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Sunday 9 October 2016 7.30pm - Hannah James Jig Doll - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated. Jig Doll is a new project created by Hannah James. A rarity in folk music, Hannah is a singer, musician and innovative clog dancer. Jig Doll combines all of these disciplines in a beautiful new show exploring the life of the travelling player: sometimes exotic, sometimes frightening, it’s a world where home changes daily, and the only touchstones are the skills you carry with you, and the people you meet on the way. Jig Doll is the culmination of Hannah’s career thus far, allowing her to combine all of the disciplines for which she’s become known and take them to exciting new places. Much more than a concert, Jig Doll features newly-composed music in a magical setting woven around percussive dance. More details www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2760_hannah_james_jig_doll.

NEW Wednesday 19 October 2016 - Lynched - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Lynched are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/lynched. Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW Friday 21 October  2016 8pm - Les Barker - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Friday ?? October 2016 - Faustus - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
tbc www.milvertonmusic.co.uk

NEW Friday 28 October 2016 7.30pm - Steve Ashley - Jellyfish Gallery, 34 Bossell Road, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DD
www.jellyfishprod.com.

NEW Saturday 29 October 2016 - Steve Ashley - Manor Inn, Galmpton
Details tbc. Support from Maggie and Mike. Buy tickets by emailing info@maggieandmike.co.uk or calling Maggie on 01803 855961.

Saturday 12 November 2016 - Afro Celt Sound System - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing.
This European and African based collective features the core band members Simon Emmerson, Guinean vocalist, kora and balafon virtuoso N’Faly Kouyate and charismatic dhol master Johnny Kalsi, along with percussionist Robbie Harris and fiddle-player Eòghann MacEanruig, Ged Lynch on drums, Simon ‘Palmskin’ Richmond on keyboards and electronica and Val Etienne on backing vocals, with the gritty, witty rhymes of Gaelic rapper, musician and language activist Griogair. On some shows, the band will be joined by the hauntingly soulful Armagh-born vocalist and flautist Rioghnach Connolly and the devotional harmonies of the Guinean female quintet Les Griottes. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/afro-celt-sound-system. £23.50. Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW Friday 18 November 2016 8pm - Jim Moray - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

NEW Wednesday 23 November 2016 - Cara Dillon - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Cara Dillon has one of those rare talents you only come across a handful times in your life. Her crystalline, angelic voice has the ability to reach inside the soul of a song with profound sweetness, poignancy and depth. Come and join the exceptional Cara Dillon for a night of Christmas songs in what will undoubtedly be a magical and memorable festive experience. Having recorded her highly anticipated Christmas album Upon A Winter’s Night Cara and her band will be performing classic carols, Celtic hymns and other Christmas songs to celebrate and share in the Christmas spirit. A tradition in the making. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/cara-dillon. £20. Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW Friday 25 November 2016 - The Levellers - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Celebrating 25 years of 'Levelling The Land', The Levellers will play their classic album in full plus other hits on a mammoth UK tour supported by Ferocious Dog to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of their second full-length, and now classic, album. www.plymouthpavilions.com.

NEW Sunday 27 November 2016 7.30pm - Sarah McQuaid - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated. Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). Her new album Walking Into White (2015) is her most honest and adventurous work to date, with a depth and texture of soundscape that are reflected in her beautifully crafted live shows. A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2726_sarah_mcquaid.

NEW Saturday 3 December 2016 3pm - Clive Carroll Guitar Workshop - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Ragtime & Percussive Guitar Workshop. Two of the most popular acoustic guitar styles! Come along and learn how to play a classic Ragtime bass line and melody, at the same time. We will also have some fun discovering the percussive possibilities of the acoustic guitar which have been made famous by such artists as Newton Faulkner and Tommy Emmanuel! This is not suitable for beginners but would be of maximum benefit to those who have a minimum of two years experience. Bring  your guitar!! Tickets: £15 and £10 for students. Numbers will be limited to 15. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Saturday 3 December 2016 - Clive Carroll - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
"Probably the best and most original acoustic guitar player and composer in Great Britain" - Acoustic Magazine USA. Guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll’s masterful compositions and arrangements, coupled with his versatility and unparalleled technical virtuosity, have rendered him one of today’s most admired and respected guitarists. This will be an inspirational evening of Spanish guitar classics, Originals, Medieval lute music, Delta blues & hints of Chet Atkins and Django Reinhardt all played by the World-Class guitarist. www.clivecarroll.co.uk. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Thursday 8 December 2016 8pm - Martin Harley - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Supremely talented Roots and Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. He’s a devotee to the music that came out of the Mississippi Delta, the slide guitar, and many other forms of roots music. Though Harley’s sound is rooted in the blues it seeks to tell his own story and draws on the ruminations of a musician who has spent much of his life on the road. “Harley offers the listener a masterclass in taste, style and roots blues” - Guitarist Magazine. “Harley has it all – voice, guitar artistry and the songs” - Total Music. “No doubt that he is a slide guitar master. He is the business” - Roots Magazine. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2686_martin_harley.

NEW Thursday/Friday/Saturday 8/9/10 December 2016 - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes return with ‘Walk with Me - The Big Autumn Tour’ (last 3 nights) with special guest Megan Henwood. Featuring songs from 25 years at the top and reunited with the exceptionally talented Miranda Sykes once more, big sounds, uncompromising songs and stunning production make for a evening to remember. This will be the last chance to see them together before their 2017 Albert Hall concert. www.ledleisure.co.uk. Box office 01395 222477.

NEW Friday 9 December 2016 8pm - Lindisfarne - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated+Standing. Classic British folk rock. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2725_lindisfarne.

23-26 February 2017 - Lord of the Dance 2017: Dangerous Games - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Celebrating 20 years since he debuted Lord of the Dance, Flatley’s UK tour will star his protégés James Keegan, Morgan Comer and Mathew Smith in the role of the Lord of the Dance. The show is produced, choreographed and directed by Michael Flatley. Please note, Michael Flatley will not be performing in this production. Details www.plymouthpavilions.com.

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