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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

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Wednesday 18 July 2018 8pm - Sika - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
On tour from New Zealand. In conjunction with Suara Sound Academy. Following his successful concert here in 2016 , Sika will be creating another enchanting concert within a cave, playing live his Didjeridoos, Flutes, Drums, Rattles and Stones. Primal music mixed with original electronic soundscapes composed by Sika in his studio in New Zealand’s wild South Island. Although this is a seated concert, you will have room to move around, toe tapping or moving to the primal sounds, feeling the beat within your heart and Soul. The dynamic performance of music will move you to the core and get you dancing on your feet. www.carnglaze.com.

20/21 July 2018 - 12th anniversary Chagstock Festival
Various genres, line-up includes Show of Hands. www.chagstock.info.

Saturday 21 July 2018 - Barn Dance with Red Shed - West Town Farm, Ide nr Exeter EX2 9TG
£10 adults; £5 children - includes food, Bar. Fireside storytelling; creativity; Music; Food from 6-8pm. Dancing from 8pm. All proceeds to organicARTS the educational charaity based at West Town Farm. Tickets: info@organicarts.org.uk, 01392 811080.

Sunday 22 July 2018 3pm - Paddy’s Whiskers - The Spinning Wheel Inn, Paignton Seafront
Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band, playing a mixture of fiddle led Irish jigs and reels for dancing, banjo driven bluegrass numbers, and Scottish tunes on border bagpipes. The whole band sing and at a Whiskers gig you’ll hear well known favourites from the folk tradition, together with a few original songs and tunes written by the band. Live music starts at 3:00pm outside on the terrace overlooking the beach. Entrance is free. More information from www.paddyswhiskers.co.uk or ring Andrew on 07514 064558.

Sunday 22 July 2018 8pm - Phil Beer - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Phil is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. As well being part of Show of Hands he also plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler. But his skills don’t stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals.Tickets £15 adv / £17 door. Available from www.topshamfolkclub.org, all enquiries 01392 875332.

Monday 23 July 2018 - Julie Felix - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Julie's back for her fourth performance at The Brook Inn. This folk legend of the 60s and 70s will be entertaining a small, select audience and the evening includes a three course meal. The cost is just £35 per person and numbers are limited so that everyone can enjoy a very special evening in the company of Julie Felix. Tel. 01752 297604 for further details. www.facebook.com/events/1998278277124715. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

Tuesday 24 July 2018 7.30pm - ‘Love Said To Me’ Rumi Concert - Studio 30, Park Rd, Dartington Estate, Totnes TQ9 6EF
With storyteller and spoken word artist Ellaya Ariella Ayal Mor from Israel and devotional artist Elise Yuill Cohen from the UK. ‘Love Said To Me’ weaves the powerful poignant words of Sufi poets Rumi and Hafiz into songs, sounds and silence creating an unforgettable evening that will leave a deep imprint on your heart.
Ticketing details etc: www.eliseyuillcohen.com/calendar.

Wednesday 25 July 2018 7.30pm - Hank Wangford & Brad Breath - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
If Daniel O’Donnell is the brightly scrubbed face of British country music then Hank Wangford is its guilty conscience, its dark and troubled grubby soul. Hank has picked at the miserable underbelly of country music for twenty eight years, inspiring others like Billy Bragg, the Alabama Three and other alt.country musicians. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Wednesday 25 July 2018 - Hat Fitz & Cara - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated.
Aussie mountain man meets beautiful Irish Colleen. Yes, it’s all been said before, but the combination of Hat Fitz’s reconstructed Delta Blues brought to you via a battered National Steel guitar, and Cara’s inventive drumming, soulful vocals, frantic washboard and haunting Irish whistle playing, makes this pair one of the most sensational duos around. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Thursday 26 July 2018 8pm - Boo Hewerdine - Otterton Mill (Courtyard), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
After a sell out 2017 gig at the Mill, we are delighted to welcome back acclaimed Ivor Novello Award nominated English singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine who, this year will be performing outside in our courtyard. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Friday 27 July 2018 7pm - Mark T. - Yeo Mill, West Anstey Village Hall EX36 3NU
Mark T. has been playing his unique blend of folk, blues and roots music since the mid-eighties, solo and in the company of esoteric collaborators The Brickbats, roots rock band Rootdogs and more recently with Charles Spicer (Mellstock Band). £7.

Saturday 28 July 2018 - Jeff Lang - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Voodoo Lounge. John Butler has said 'Seeing Jeff Lang was like being in church for three hours - a totally sacred event, and certainly when considering Jeff Lang's music, it's easy to run out of superlatives. Influenced in equal parts by the elemental blues of Blind Willie Johnson and Skip James, the songwriting of Bob Dylan and Richard Thompson, and the guitar of Ry Cooder and Jimi Hendrix, the Australian Weissenborn magician explores a sonic palette as eclectic as it's stunning. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Sunday 29 July 2018 7.30pm - Tim Edey - Galmpton Village Institute Hall, Greenway Road, Brixham TQ5 0LT (map)
Tim Edey , a BBC Musician of the year multi- instrumentalist and singer, has toured the world and recorded with all of the major names in Irish/Roots music including The Chieftains, Ry Cooder, Dougie MacLean, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon to name just a few… His live solo shows are a stunning mix of world music inspired instrumental virtuosity and passion with a strong Celtic theme, to audience – chorus lines and above all a highly entertaining night of musical genius. Tickets £15 door or by email from mowglimgt@gmail.com.

Sunday 29 July 2018 7.45pm - Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
What a way to finish the season before our summer closedown! Steve and Jez are two of the country's leading songwriters and instrumentalists and they combine seamlessly to provide a fabulous array of brilliant songs and outstanding musicianship. They have rightly been described as "a fearsome combination", so be sure to reserve your seat early for what promises to be a rare treat - it will undoubtedly be busy! £12.
Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk. (The club is closed for the month of August.)

Tuesday 31 July 2018 7.30pm - Damien O’Kane & Ron Block - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Damien and Ron will embark on their first tour together in July and August 2018. They will be joined by a band of wonderful musicians and together will play material from their debut album, due for release July 2018, as well as a few signature pieces of their own. These incredible musicians will amaze audience members with their finger lickin’ pickin’ and they are mighty fine gentlemen to go along with it. Having collaborated and shared the stage in the past with none other than Kate Rusby, they are gearing up for a special tour together. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

3-10 August 2018 - Sidmouth Folk Week
Full programme now available to download. Sign up at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk to receive regular e-newsletters.

28 July - 25 August 2018 - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
For details of the Folk Courses taking place during Week 2 (4-11 August): Folk Surgery (Sally Davies & Paul Hutchinson); Folk Choir (Sally Davies); Accordion Workshop (Paul Hutchinson); Folk Baroque (Andy Watts [Carnival Band]; As I Walked Out One Morning (David Harbottle & Freya Jonas), see www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/week2courses.
The following Public Concerts and Ceilidh will all take place in Dartington's Great Hall:
Friday 3 August 10pm - Tavern Night: Medieval Partying
The City Musick, singers and students. Celebrate the end of the week in rousing style, with medieval songs and dances, washed down with mead, ale or wine! FREE tickets from the box office in advance.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=307799.
Sunday 5 August 5.15pm - Poetry & Folk
Katrina Porteous spoken poetry with Alexis Bennett folk fiddle.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=305198.
Sunday 5 August 7.45pm - Harbottle & Jonas
Freya Jonas voice and melodeon, David Harbottle voice and guitar.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=304999
Thursday 9 August 5.15pm - As I Walked Out One Morning
Tickets are FREE but please book. David Harbottle and Freya Jonas directors, Sally Davies conductor, Paul Hutchinson accordion, Alexis Bennett fiddle, Dartington Folk Choir and Instrumentalists. Some of the most exciting musicians working in folk music and folk poetry present this concert of specially created work for singers and instrumentalists.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=306801
Thursday 9 August 10pm - Pagoda Project
Created by Paul Hutchinson (piano accordion) and Karen Wimhurst (clarinets) to evolve their fusion sound, Pagoda Project brings together a unique blend of traditional folk music with jazz improvisation to create a warm and dynamic sound.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=306803
Friday 10 August 10.30pm - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band
The final night party celebrating this week's folk themes, with caller Alexis Bennett and the Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band. Bring your dancing shoes!
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=306804
Plus: Late sessions in the White Hart bar on 7 and 9 August.

Thursday 9 August 2018 5.30pm - Reg Meuross - Parish Church, Church Lane, Sidmouth EX10 8LG
With Anna Tanvir. This year he is raising funds for Gateway, for the homeless and those who are vulnerably housed. Mark Radcliffe described Reg as a “brilliant singer songwriter and true troubadour with a social conscience,” writing songs which comment bravely on life as he sees it, bringing wide-ranging stories, from the ravages of austerity and the injustice of the plight of refugees to some of most beautifully disarming lyrics ever written, and for this reason the church and Gateway are very excited to link up with him in this way. Tickets £10+ adv www.wegottickets.com/event/441913, £12 door, £5 for Sidmouth Folk Week pass holders. All profits to Gateway Homelessness Action Group .

Thursday 9 August 2018 8pm - Fred’s House - Otterton Mill (Courtyard), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Fred’s House, winners of the Syd Barrett Pride of Cambridge Award 2017, are an award winning band based in Cambridge. They make summery, 70's West Coast inspired folk/rock but have their own distinctively fresh sound that is very much part of now. Maverick Magazine “Harmonies soar like a nightingale recalling the very best of Poco and CSN, but this music belongs to Fred’s House ... terrific.” Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Friday 10 August 2018 - Richard Thompson - Princess Theatre, Torquay
One of this country's greatest songwriters and most distinctive guitar virtuosos, capable of breathtaking drama and sublime delicacy, prompting Rolling Stone to hail him as 'a perennial dark-horse contender for the title of greatest living rock guitarist.' His songs have been covered by everyone from Alison Krauss to Robert Plant. This date is part of a national tour linked to the September release of his new album 13 Rivers, which features the Electric Trio – his most thrilling and adventurous band. www.atgtickets.com/shows/richard-thompson/princess-theatre-torquay.

10-12 August 2018 - 41st Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal nr Okehampton
Line-up includes: Jamie Smith’s Mabon (Friday), Melrose Quartet (Saturday), Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan (Sunday), Granny’s Attic, Melrose Ceilidh Band, Cardboard Fox, Flash Jack and Pete White’s Suitcase Circus. Other artists attending will be The Dartmoor Pixie Band, Ramsley Minors, Entertainingly Different, Dave Wills and various morris and dance teams. For further details about the Festival, telephone 01837 840102, visit www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk.

UPDATED Close to selling out
17-19 August 2018 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park near Exeter

Line-up includes Richard Thompson, Oysterband, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, 3 Daft Moneys. See www.beautifuldays.org for full details.

NEW Monday 20 August 2018 - Hayseed Dixie - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing/seated. Is there really such a thing as a hillbilly band covering rock classics? You betcha. They are called Hayseed Dixie and they play Rockgrass. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Thursday 23 August 2018 8pm - Flats & Sharps - Otterton Mill (Courtyard), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Following on from their highly successful first appearance, Flats and Sharps will again be blurring the lines between Bluegrass, Folk, Country & Pop, performing their own highly original songs as well as their renditions of Bluegrass classics. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Sunday 26 August 2018 - Eddi Reader - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Known for her work with Fairground Attraction and her enduring solo career, what sets this three-time BRIT Awards winner apart is the depth of her emotional live performances. Constant touring with her band has created a magical organic chemistry between Eddi and her players, and the results of this relationship can be found on her most recent release. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings joyous life to all forms of song. Her taste in co-writers, writers, songs and players is impeccable and anything with her name on it is a guaranteed musical treasure.. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW 29 August to 15 September 2018 - War Horse - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Including Bob Fox as 'Songman'. Following 8 record-record breaking years in London’s West End and having played in 11 countries around the world to over 7 million people, the National Theatre’s acclaimed play War Horse will tour the UK from September 2017. War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Full details, bookings etc.  www.theatreroyal.com/whats-on/2018-2/war-horse-2018.

NEW Friday 31 August 2018 8pm - Luke Daniels & Nancy Kerr - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Two of the British Folk scene’s top performers team up for a limited number of exclusive shows to perform their own and each other’s music. Since Daniels’ landmark solo statement What’s Here What’s Gone in 2014, he’s put down several more markers on the musical map. Revolve and Rotate had him transporting the 19th century’s closest thing to hi-fi, the giant steel discs of the polyphon, to modern transcription, in what was a fascinating evening at Calstock Arts. All of this, in the context of a career playing melodeon for acts like Jethro Tull and Riverdance. Nancy Kerr is one of the most celebrated Folk musicians of her generation. To date she has won no less than six BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards including Folk Singer of the Year in 2015. This new duo show promises to be a stunning mix of contemporary Folk music and inspired instrumental virtuosity. Full details, music etc. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Monday 3 September 2018 - Bridget St John - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated.
Mention of the legendary Bridget St John often seems to induce a misty-eyed, faraway look; many a student room in the 60s and 70s would have echoed to her distinctive voice. Bridget’s impressive voice is deep and resonant. It’s a voice made for melancholy, and you can’t argue with her musical ability, whether it is singing Dylan, a tribute to her friend John Martyn, or her own work. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Sunday 9 September 2018 8pm - Narthen - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Narthen are Barry Coope and Lester Simpson of Coope Boyes and Simpson, Jo Freya of Blowzabella/Moirai and Fi Fraser of The Old Fashioned/ Polka Works. They have decided to become a group featuring songs that will touch your heart, engage your intellect and wow your ears. They are known for four part harmony, but they are all also instrumentalists and augment some of the repertoire with accompaniment. They play, piano, accordion, fiddle, soprano sax, ukulele and whistles. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Saturday 15 September 2018 - Leveret - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England's finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. Fiddler Sam Sweeney was the 2015 BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year, and is known for his work in Bellowhead and Eliza Carthy Melodeon genius Andy Cutting, a three-time BBC Folk Awards Best Musician, is a compelling solo performer and currently works with Blowzabella, June Tabor, and Roger Daltry. Concertina wizard Rob Harbron is best known for his work with The Full English and Jon Boden. Leveret's music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new. With their albums New Anything, In The Round and Inventions and over a long string of sell-out gigs, the trio have built a strong reputation as consummate musicians and captivating performers. www.theflavel.org.uk. A 'Folk at the Flavel' event.

NEW Sunday 16 September 2018 7.30pm - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
This will be one of the last ever shows from the legendary duo after over 40 years on the road together. Combine John's superb songwriting skills with Willy's incredible musicianship - he plays virtually every stringed known to man along with a few hybrids of his own - and you have the recipe for a memorable gig. The contrast between Barrett's deadpan humour and Otway's amazing antics make every show a totally unique experience. Expect the unexpected as they jump from one hit and 40 near misses in an irreverent and highly entertaining show from two master performers. www.wegottickets.com/event/442385.

NEW Tuesday 18 September 2018 8pm - Shanty Workshop with The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
Another of our ever popular Shanty Workshops at our 'home' of the Beach Pub, Exmouth (adjacent to the marina). www.exmouthshantymen.com.

NEW Friday 21 September 2018 7.30pm - Geoff Lakeman - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
The Whitehouse Sessions are hosting a fantastic evening of songs and music starring Geoff Lakeman, a "stalwart of the West Country Folk scene and the father of a virtual folk dynasty". Geoff is the dad of Sean, Sam and Seth Lakeman, who are all internationally renowned folk musicians. Em is a Devon based singer-songwriter and guitarist performing her own material alongside arrangements of traditional songs. Plus special guest, local singer-songwriter Em Marshall, formerly of the Dark Lanterns. Tickets £10/£8 adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/443998 or call Katie Whitehouse 07832 200980; £12 door.

Both dates sold out Friday & Saturday 21 & 22 September 2018 8pm - Cara Dillon - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 22 September 2018 8.30pm - Lindisfarne - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated/standing. As Ray Laidlaw once said, ‘Lindisfarne is more than any one individual’; and though members have come and gone, Rod Clements' return maintains continuity with Lindisfarne’s beginnings and reinforces their shared commitment to keeping alive the unique legacy of one of British rock’s great bands.
www.tavistockwharf.com.

NEW Sunday 23 September 2018 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Phil Beer is the multi-instrumental half of the west countryʼs award winning acoustic duo, Show of Hands, described as a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer. With a professional career of over 36 years, Phil has a great deal of material to draw on for his solo appearances. All are songs and music of memory and significance sung in the subtle and melodic Phil Beer style and interjected with musings and amusings to an almost personal audience. It is a treat of past and current favourites from one of the most popular musicians on the acoustic circuit. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Tuesday 25 September 2018 7.30pm - QUEST with Breaking Tradition and the Demon Barbers - Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
The Demon Barbers, winners of the `Best Live Act' in the Radio 2 Folk Awards, together with Breaking Tradition, the UK's leading folk and hip hop dance company. QUEST is a spectacularly entertaining show where dazzling dance and stomping tunes combining to turn a rousing story into a family show full of blazing energy and joy. It's a real Folk and Hip-Hop dance extravaganza and if you're not sure what to expect then we say - come along, you'll love it! Tickets £7 - £14.
www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk. Box office 01803 665800.

NEW Thursday 27 September 2018 8pm - Lisa Mills - Otterton Mill (Restaurant), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Lisa returns with her southern soul Americana gospel and blues and her exceptional guitar mastery and mighty breathtaking voice to delight us. “Lisa Mills is one of the ten killer songwriters you need to hear right now ... her many styles of southern music come through in her powerful delivery.” Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 28 September 2018 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
'Songs & Stories' tour. www.showofhands.co.uk/steve-knightley-songs-stories-tour-2018.

NEW Saturday 29 September 2018 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - St Johns Church, North Bovey, nr Moretonhampstead TQ13 8QZ
'Songs & Stories' tour. Tickets: 07887 932212, email wendymkeeson@gmail.com.

NEW Saturday 29 September 2018 - Folk Evening - Church House Inn, Linkinhorne, Callington PL17 7LY (map)
First of the former Cross House Inn  regular first Saturday of the month evenings at its new venue. Playing, singing, nattering & noggins. Song and music session. All welcome, bring your instruments and voices. Another fun-filled folk evening. Pub tel 01579 363711.

NEW 29/30 September 2018 - Teign Shanty Festival - Teignmouth
Following their experience of other sea shanty festivals, the Back Beach Boyz are organising the first ever Sea Shanty Festival in Teignmouth aiming to celebrate our maritime traditions, plus local food and drink with sixteen shanty crews from across the South West. www.facebook.com/TeignShantyFestival.

NEW Sunday 30 September 2018 - Luca Stricagnoli - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Prepare yourself for a World Class Acoustic Experience! With his music videos having internet views exceeding 100 million and bookings in every corner of the globe, Luca Stricagnoli will be here as part of this eagerly anticipated full UK and Ireland Tour. With very special guest on the night Meg Pfeiffer. ‘When it comes to crazy guitar skills Luca Stricagnoli is one of the absolute best’ NME. www.lucastricagnoli.com. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Thursday 4 October 2018 - John Kirkpatrick - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Details tba. Sumptuous dinner (optional) and gig. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Friday 5 October 2018 8pm - Kris Drever and Boo Hewerdine - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
An exclusive south west gig for two of the UK’s finest and most prolific songwriters – Kris Drever (Lau) and Boo Hewerdine (The Bible/Eddi Reader). 2018 finds both artists on top form, Kris having won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Singer 2017, Boo releasing his critically acclaimed Swimming In Mercury album and Letter To My Younger Self EP. Kris and Boo will perform as a duo, two sets no support, playing their favourite songs along with new material. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 6 October 2018 - Ange Hardy - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
With Greg Hancock. www.wegottickets.com/event/427976.

NEW Thursday 11 October 2018 - Noble Jacks - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing/balcony seating.
With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners as they come on with their high-energy footstompin’ rhythms which have taken crowds by storm across the UK and beyond! The band have been relentlessly touring through 2017, stompin’ their way round the British folk scene with sold out headline shows promoting their debut album ‘What the Hammer’. As well as this, Noble Jacks have appeared at major festivals including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, and main stage Beautiful Days – to name but a few! The band headed to Costa Del Folk in Portugal in October 2017. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Sunday 14 October 2018 8pm - Martin Simpson - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
There is no doubt that after 45 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving. Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Saturday 20 October 2018 - Autumn Céilidh with Half Moon Ceilidh Band - South Brent
With caller Anne Gill, Andy Clarke (guitar, bouzouki) and Steve Gill (melodeons). See
www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

NEW Sunday 21 October 2018 - Karine Polwart - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Karine Polwart is a multi-award-winning songwriter and musician, a theatre maker, storyteller, spoken-word performer, essayist, and published writer. Karine will be touring in 2018 with her trio – long-term collaborators brother Steven Polwart (guitars) & Inge Thomson (accordion, percussion) – and releasing new studio album Laws of Motion in Autumn 2018. www.karinepolwart.com. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Thursday 25 October 2018 - Phillip Henry - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Guitar workshop 4-6pm / Evening concert.
In the autumn of 2018, Phillip Henry will celebrate the release of his long awaited solo album True North with a national tour. Commemorating ten years since his journey to Kolkata to study under the great slide guitarist Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, True North charts a life spent travelling the globe, collecting tunes, stories, and instruments. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Thursday 25 October 2018 8pm - Rag Mama Rag - Otterton Mill (Restaurant), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Rag Mama Rag create an exceptionally full and hard driving rhythmic sound which soon as audiences feet tapping. Their repertoire is 20’s and 30’s blues based but extremely varied including many regional styles of the period. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Saturday 3 November 2018 8pm - Phillip Henry - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
In the autumn of 2018, Phillip Henry will celebrate the release of his long awaited solo album True North with a national tour. Commemorating ten years since his journey to Kolkata to study under the great slide guitarist Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, True North charts a life spent travelling the globe, collecting tunes, stories and instruments. Phillip Henry is an in demand performer whose collaborations with fellow musicians Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Steve Knightley (Show of Hands) and Hannah Martin (Edgelarks) have led to the evolution of a unique instrumental style that has wowed audiences around the world. Now he is preparing to take his solo show on the road with a very special series of concerts. As well as his collection of slide guitars, his show-stopping beatbox harmonica, a great favourite with audiences, is sure to make an appearance. Featuring old favourites, and material from True North, this will be an evening to inspire the mind and lighten the soul. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Wednesday 7 November 2018 - Fisherman’s Friends - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Bound together by lifelong friendship and shared experience for more than 25 years the Fisherman’s Friends have met on the Platt (harbour) in their native Port Isaac to raise money for charity, singing the traditional songs of the sea handed down to them by their forefathers. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Saturday 10 November 2018 - John Smith - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
“The future of folk music” - John Renbourn; “He’s a magician” - Ben Howard; “Spellbinding” - Time Out. John Smith has gained a reputation through relentless touring as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and singer-songwriters. Compared as a singer to John Martyn and Ray Lamontagne, Smith has evolved his own transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide techniques, switching between acoustic and electric guitars in various tunings. His uniquely intimate take on love, loss or even a mythic murder ballad, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following, made up of people willing to take part in the communion of a song. £16.50. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Sunday 11 November 2018 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
With Miranda Sykes. Following the extraordinary reaction to their haunting cathedral tour ‘Sanctuary’, Show of Hands return to the theatre and concert circuit on a quest to reveal a fuller sound for the trio’s bold new studio album. ‘Joint Venture’ features intriguing collaborations with the likes of Afro Celt Sound System’s Johnny Kalsi, and folk/reggae band Edward the Second. Steve, Miranda and Phil will each play an opening set of three solo spots before being joined by special guest Cormac Byrne, legendary percussionist of Seth Lakeman Band fame. www.showofhands.co.uk. www.theatreroyal.com/whats-on/2018/show-of-hands.

NEW Tuesday 13 November 2018 8pm - Shanty Workshop with The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
Another of our ever popular Shanty Workshops at our 'home' of the Beach Pub, Exmouth (adjacent to the marina). www.exmouthshantymen.com.

NEW Saturday 1 December 2018 8pm - Belshazzar's Feast: Two Wise Men Tour - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
On tour with their celebrated Christmas show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, stirring in classical, pop and music hall, all topped off with audience participation and lashings of wry humour, Paul Sartin (Bellowhead / Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (Hoover The Dog) together wow audiences across the UK, USA and Australia with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat, always sending audiences home with smiles on their faces. ‘Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.’ Mike Harding, previously of BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. www.belshazzarsfeast.com. Tickets available now, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.

NEW Tuesday 4 December 2018 - Thea Gilmore - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Since releasing her debut as a teenager nearly 20 years ago, the Oxfordshire-raised, Cheshire-based singer and songwriter Thea Gilmore has gained global acclaim for making music not only of extraordinary beauty, but of rare honesty and insight. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Thursday 6 December 2018 - St Agnes Fountain - Hannahs at Seale Hayne, Howton Lane, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ
details tba. www.discoverhannahs.org. Tel. 01626 325800.

NEW 6-8 December 2018 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
Last 3 nights of the autumn tour. With Miranda Sykes and special guest Cormac Byrne. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 - Folk Orchestra of Torbay Christmas Concert - Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
details tba www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk. Box office 01803 665800.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 8pm - The Dylan Project - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Take four of Britain's most talented folk-rock musicians and a unique singer, add the repertoire of a genius, and you've got the recipe for a dream band. The musicians in question are PJ Wright (slide and electric guitars, pedal steel) Gerry Conway (drums and percussion) Phil Bond (keys) Dave Pegg (bass) and the singer is Steve Gibbons. As The Dylan Project, they present an exhilarating tribute to the work of arguably the greatest postwar songwriter in the English language. The Dylan Project's repertoire spans the whole of Dylan's oeuvre – everything from Highway 61 to Mississippi – and new material is frequently brought into the setlist. Whether you are a diehard Dylan fan or just enjoy great songs performed with flair and brio, The Dylan Project will take your breath away. Go and see them or buy one of the albums – you won't be disappointed. £20. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Saturday 15 December 2018 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Jiggery folkery, hokery pokery...Mad Dog raise hands, lift feet and start parties wherever they play with their spellbinding recipe of folk, pop, rock, jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. Whisking up whistles, fiddles and mandolins to collide in a spectacular explosion of infectious fun, they demand you to dance. www.carnglaze.com.

NEW Wednesday 19 December 2018 8pm - Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto too! If you are feeling a little dismayed with the over-commercialisation of “Christmas present” then join Jim for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit! £13. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday/Saturday 8/9 March 2019 - Mad Dog McRea - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
+special guests. Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Saturday 23 March 2019 8pm - Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
A rare opportunity in the South-West to catch two of the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear. Having toured together since 1986 to packed concert halls all over the world, multi-award-winning Aly & Phil continue to charm audiences with their stunning music, and on-stage charisma that defies description. Witty and humorous banter sits alongside tunes that tug the heartstrings, and joyous reels and melodies that have feet tapping along. Aly (MBE and Doctor of Music), a founder member of Boys of the Lough, is rightly regarded as Scotland's supreme fiddler- arguably the finest of all time. Aly launched the popular BBC TV series ‘Transatlantic Sessions’ in which he and Phil appear. Phil (MBE) is a world famous accordion player and composer. In recent years Phil's work-load has included many commissions for TV and film and an increasing amount of work as musical director for television and theatrical events. Tickets available now, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.

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