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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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UPDATED Tickets still available
Thursday 22 June 2017 - Bob Fox - Caroline's Kitchen, Churston Farm Shop, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL
(map)
Bob is a superb musician with an extensive collection of traditional and contemporary songs he is a fine raconteur with stories as long as the Tyne from his native North East. To quote Ralph McTell: "As soon as I heard Bob Fox sing I realised he must have one of the best voices in England. I have always regarded him as an artist of great ability and integrity." Bob has been the Songman for the extremely popular stage show Warhorse and songs from the show are included in his repertoire. Tickets £12 adv available from Maggie Duffy 01803 855961 / 07770 806083/ email scotcraft@msn.com. Early booking advised. See www.bobfoxmusic.com for more info and a listen if any encouragement was needed! And if the weather is still hot, Caroline will use the roll back roof feature!

Friday 23 June 2017 7.30pm - John Connor - Village Hall, West Charleton, nr Kingsbridge TQ7 2AG (map)
We are delighted to have secured the very talented and able musician and singer/songwriter John Connor to perform a charity concert in aid of The Children's Society (which supports many children in the UK who are suffering extreme hardship, abuse and neglect). A former member of 'Fairfield', the resident band of Bromsgrove Folk Club, John has fast become a firm favourite in the South Hams. He now forms half of the duo 'Silvington' with Tricia Moore and yet is still able to delight an audience as a solo artist. His repertoire of ballads, protest and comic songs, with a liberal injection of topical social comment, amply displays his expertise as a lyricist, singer and guitarist. Tickets £8 from Jane Saunders 07443 830483, email jadsaunders[at]outlook com; or John Connor 01548 810806, email johnfconnor@aol.com; or Kingsbridge Information Centre. Raffle. No bar, BYO.

Friday 23 June 2017 7.30-8.30pm - Ensemble Baklava - Totnes Library, The Mansion, Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5RP
With a unique combination of instruments, Ensemble Baklava blends the sounds of the oud, bouzouki, concertina, bagpipes, Middle Eastern percussion, mandolin, baglama, spiked fiddle, guitar, tin whistle and voices to bring evocative, stirring and lively music and song from the Mediterranean region, both contemporary and ancient. Ticket price tba.

Friday 23 June 2017 7.30pm - Public Ceilidh with The Balcony Band - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
Caller Jeremy Child.  Exeter Folk Dance Club. £5 entry, £3 EFDC members, £3 student, £2 10-16. We welcome everyone, young or old, newcomers and old faces, to a summer evening ceilidh! St Matthew's is a lovely hall for dancing, and is located opposite the Triangle Car Park, with free evening parking. With tea, coffee and biscuits available in the interval, and a raffle to excite, prize donations gratefully received! Proceeds go to the next ceilidh. For more information and to reserve tickets email exeterfolkdance@gmail.com, www.exeter.folkdancing.co.uk.

Friday 23 June 2017 9pm - The Yellabellies - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
The Yellabellies are a high-energy four-piece band playing an infectious mix of alt-country, bluegrass and Cajun with a range of influences from Johnny Cash to the Legendary Shack Shakers and from Flaco Jimenez to the Velvet Underground all mixed up in a gumbo of Tex-Mex and cowpunk. Entry £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Saturday 24 June 2017 7pm - Summer Solstice Barn Dance - Stantor Barton Farm, Marldon TQ3 1SU
In aid of Children's Hospice South West. Bar available. Everyone welcome. Adult £12, U16 £6, includes burgers or hot dogs + desserts, teas & coffees. Please advise dietary requirements. Come dressed in style and you might win a prize. Ample parking. Tickets (all tel. nos. 01803): Chris Wright 872552, Rosa Marshall 298496, Julia Keech 296001, Barb Cavanna 329009.

Saturday 24 June 2017 7.30pm - Paul Hutchinson & Karen Wimhurst as "Pagoda Project" - St Mary's Church, Throwleigh, NE Dartmoor EX20 2HU (map)
The Friends of Throwleigh Church are pleased to announce the return of Paul Hutchinson (accordion), with Karen Wimhurst (clarinets), currently touring as Pagoda Project www.pagodaproject.co.uk. Paul (one half of Belshazzar's Feast) has asked to come and make use of the wonderful acoustics of the ancient church building. Their music is described as bringing together a unique blend of traditional folk music with jazz improvisation to create a warm and dynamic sound. Please book in advance, £10 adult, £6 U17, call 01647 231051 or email: pagoda[at]dhatton.plus.com. More details see www.throwleighchurch.org/Pagoda%20project2.jpg.

Saturday 24 June 2017 - Martha Tilston - Acoustic Haven @ The Hillyfield, Harbourneford
'A Mid-Summer Dream' with Martha Tilston at The Hillyfield on Dartmoor. Plus Kiera Osment, Rob Carney, Voices of Freedom & more. A family friendly and beautifully intimate gig. Just 2 minutes from the A38. 3pm til 11pm. Live music in the afternoon, story-telling, face-painting and games, Martha Tilston and a Silent Disco with some cracking tunes. Martha Tilston live at 8pm. Adv booking highly recommended.  www.wegottickets.com/event/391483.

NEW Wren Music ~ Blackberries and Bandages: A Concert for Devon Remembers Heritage Project
Saturday 24 June 2017 7.30pm - Holy Trinity Church, Barnstaple - for tickets, contact 01837 53754
Saturday 1 July 2017 7.30pm - Palace Theatre, Paignton - for tickets, contact 01803 665800
Saturday 8 July 2017 7.30pm - Beehive, Honiton - for tickets, contact 01404 384050
Devon Remembers is a four-year project to look at the effect of the Great War on the people of Devon. Wren Music was awarded the music commission. Our brief was the Home Front in Devon. The first half of each concert features Wren’s community choirs and orchestras local to that area; the second half is Blackberries and Bandages, bringing together the 20 members from across the groups who have worked on the concert. Tickets £5, U16s £3

NEW Sunday 25 June 2017 7.45pm - Bob Fox - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
With over 40 years as a professional, Bob is one of the most formidable solo performers on the folk scene. A rich voice is accompanied by enviable guitar technique and a wealth of material ranging from traditional and modern ballads from the North East to songs from his role as Songman in Warhorse. You can be assured of a consummate performance. www.bobfoxmusic.com. £12. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 25 June 2017 8pm - Free feature spot: Cosgrave & Banks - Globe Hotel Malthouse, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Free one-hour feature spot at Topsham Folk Club singers' night:
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 folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

Tuesday 27 June 2017 7.30pm - Sally Barker & Brooks Williams - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
details tba 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.

Wednesday 28 June 2017 8pm - Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Daf says: "Without exception, everyone I know who has heard them thinks they are utterly amazing. Ange plays a range of instruments from whistles to harp via guitars and bodhran (not sure of spelling) but her secret weapon is the live looping which turns Ange into a harmonious bevy of angelic voices. Really, it does. And I haven't even mentioned Lukas yet, have I?" Accompanied by the brilliant Lukas Drinkwater. www.angehardy.com. More details, music samples etc. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk/ange-hardy--lukas-drinkwater.html. Contact Daf : dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. Dinner 6.30pm (must be pre-booked) & gig £24, gig only £12. Menu: Chicken Roulade: Chicken Breast filled with sun-dried tomatoes, basil and feta cheese. Served with Parisien potatoes, seasonal veg and a tomato, tarragon and white wine sauce. GLUTEN FREE. Vegetarian option: Butternut Squash and Cranbury Wellington (with a mushroom pâté in the Wellington): served with Parisien potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and a rosemary gravy.

Thursday 29 June 2017 8.30pm - Kate Ferguson & Olly Wheeldon - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Kate Ferguson and Oliver Wheeldon team up for a night of traditional and contemporary folk and acoustic music. Kate is a Soprano singer-songwriter who plays both original songs and folk classics. Oliver is a Dartmoor based multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter and member of the westcountry folk duo ""Tamar"". Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Blackheart Orchestra on tour in Devon
Blackheart Orchestra are a British singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist duo comprising Chrissy Mostyn and Richard Pilkington. With folk/rock origins the band blend musical styles to create unique music at times haunting and enchanting and at other times creating a wall of sound using ancient synthesisers, electronic and bowed guitars and bass. The band have drawn comparisons to Kate Bush, Ellie Golding, London Grammar, Pink Floyd and Steve Reich.
Their unique music has been described as “Utterly magical” by the BBC’s John Gilmore and “One of the best things to come out of England in recent years.” by Fatea Music Magazine. “A heavenly fusion of acoustic folk, intelligent pop and classical composition…Enchanting”. ABC Radio Australia.
Friday 30 June 2017 8pm -
Scoriton Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
Tickets £10, licensed bar. Tel. 01364 631288.
Saturday 1 July 2017 7.15pm - Goose Field, off Exton Lane, Exton EX3 0PN
Full details, sample links etc. www.extonvillagehall.uk/black-heart-info-04-17.html. Gates 6.30pm. Adv tickets £12. U12s free.
Sunday 2 July 2017 - Whitford Village Hall, nr Axminster EX13 7NQ
Tickets £10, 01297 553751

NEW Friday 30 June 2017 7.30pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - House Concert at a 'secret' South Devon location
...in the Totnes / Newton Abbot / Torbay area. Contact Sarah at sarah.tobin@plymouth.ac.uk for further information and tickets @ £12.
And look out for a new album and a new name for the duo in the autumn - Edgelarks.

NEW Friday 30 June 2017 8.30pm - LOSt COYOTES - Fingle Bridge Inn, nr Drewsteignton EX6 6PW
Mostly a Devon-based 4-piece band (some Jiggerypipery members) who play a bewitching mix of Americana, Cajun, Latin-American, and Celtic songs and tunes, finding a natural chemistry between these musical genres in a melodious blend of their instruments and voices. From up-beat Cajun rhythms and Celtic jigs and reels, to more soulful songs and airs, and with themes of land, migration and borders running through much of their repertoire. www.lostcoyotes.co.uk/home-page. £6 door.

Sold out Friday 30 June 2017 7.30pm - Silvington + Friends (Folk on the Moor) - Village Hall, Milton Combe, nr Yelverton PL20 6HP
"Silvington" (Tricia Moore and John Connor) are creating quite a storm in the area with their original songs and fine interpretations of others and have recently launched their first CD. See videos on www.facebook.com/silvington. Popular singer/guitarist Ben Campbell, well known and highly respected in the area for his superb voice and varied repertoire, will also perform, as will expert guitarist/singer/banjo player Keith Fennell and longtime host at the "Folk on the Moor" Club, Anton Horwich. Advance booking advised: Tickets £6 available from Healthy Pulses, 45 Ridgeway, Plympton PL7 2AW or can be reserved by ringing Anton on 01822 853620 or emailing antonhorwich@aol.com. All proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support and the concert is an additional fundraiser to Anton's 22 mile "Jurassic Coast Mighty Hike" for Macmillan in July. You can also sponsor Anton at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Anton-Horwich.

Friday 30 June 2017 7.30pm - Carmina - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Bristol-based Carmina have toured worldwide and recorded with the celebrated producer Donal Lunny. An intoxicating blend of Celtic-inspired themes and jazz improvisation, in powerful original songs, often creating a deeply spiritual audience reaction. www.carmina.co.uk. 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.

Friday 30 June 2017 7pm - Cosgrave & Banks - St Matthew’s Church, Cheriton Fitzpaine EX17 4JB
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 folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. . Tickets £11 (including delicious light supper served in the interval at 7.45pm) adv from 01363 866082 or on door. Proceeds in aid of The Friends of St Matthew’s Church. Doors/bar 6.30pm.

Friday 30 June 2017 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Cellar Bar, Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
SidMouth StoryNights for GrownUps presents: Storyteller Michael Dacre and Spanish guitarist Steve Yates tell The Haunted Inn and other tales from the Saragossa Manuscript. Spanish tales within tales, interwoven with the magical strings of the guitar. Meet Moorish princesses, hanged men and a host of ghosts, ghouls, vampires, gypsies and wizards as well as lovely senoritas, bewitching serenades and foot tapping Spanish dances. “A fantastic duet of wicked words and virtuoso guitar playing.” Tickets £8 adv from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth, or on door. Bar available, Good disabled access. Not suitable for U14s. For more details call 07834 194215 or email JanetTells@gmail.com.

Saturday 1 July 2017 - South Brent Folk Day
Singing, music, dancing, workshops and concerts around the village. Poetry competition, around the theme of 'Moorland Water'; entry £2.50 per poem or £1 for Junior (under 15) section; closing date Saturday 14 June 2017, to be judged by 'Moor Poets' Susan Taylor and Simon Williams. If you would like to enter, download the form from the website.
Evening Folk Concert at 7.30pm (with Reel Ale bar) in the Village Hall with singer, dancer, multi instrumentalist, Pete Coe the 'One Man Folk Industry'; Flash Jack crew from Plymouth singing sea songs, shanties & songs of love, lust & loose living and South Brent's own Emily Roblyn singing songs from the heart with a voice of 'pure nectar'.
For more information contact Eileen McKee telephone 01364 73699 or eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com or John Rawlinson telephone 01364 73117.

One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area. www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.
Followed by South Brent Folk Breakfast Café on Sunday 2 July.

NEW Wren Music ~ Blackberries and Bandages: A Concert for Devon Remembers Heritage Project
Saturday 1 July 2017 7.30pm - Palace Theatre, Paignton - for tickets, contact 01803 665800
Saturday 8 July 2017 7.30pm - Beehive, Honiton - for tickets, contact 01404 384050
Devon Remembers is a four-year project to look at the effect of the Great War on the people of Devon. Wren Music was awarded the music commission. Our brief was the Home Front in Devon. The first half of each concert features Wren’s community choirs and orchestras local to that area; the second half is Blackberries and Bandages, bringing together the 20 members from across the groups who have worked on the concert. Tickets £5, U16s £3

Saturday 1 July 2017 - Jess Vincent - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Vibrant singer songwriter Jess touring with a collection of strong, new and infectiously catchy songs from her fourth ablum which will be released in September.
Jess's trademark subtle arrangements on guitar, baritone uke and harmonium, along with her uniquely soaring vocal have established her reputation as a highly original artist with a growing following in the folk/indie/Americana acoustic scene. The new release, recorded in her new home studio in Bulgaria, will bring with it a thread of the people, colours, flavours and instruments from her new life. Jess will also be playing old favourites from her previous three albums. www.jessvincentsings.com. More details, bookings etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/402293. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

Saturday 1 July 2017 7.30pm - Fake Thackray - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
'The Lost Will and Testament of Jake Thackray'. A hilarious and heartfelt celebration of the life and songs of one of this country’s finest and funniest wordsmiths. Highly entertaining whether you are discovering Jake for the first time, or an ardent fan. The late Jake Thackray is being increasingly acknowledged as one of the greatest English songwriters of the twentieth century. A unique talent, whose songs are full of poetry, wit, irreverence and humanity. John Watterson is the UK’s leading performer and an authority of Jake’s songs, endorsed by Thackray’s family. He is writing the first biography on Thackray and has uncovered new songs in the process.“John Watterson celebrates the great songs of the late and much lamented Jake Thackray. He is brilliant. We can’t have Jake back but this is the next best thing – a real tribute.” Mike Harding.  www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

Saturday 1 July 2017 8pm - La Moresca - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
The Lady’s Cup of Tea: Baroque and Irish music: Based on 17th century Irish harpist-composer Turleigh O´Carolan´s music, La Moresca play pieces from Ireland and Cornwall as well as English dance and court music. Breathtaking, beautiful music from this exciting ensemble on a rare trip to the UK from their native Germany, using period instruments creating sounds that are both stunning and deeply touching. Featuring music by Turleigh O’Carolan, Matthew Locke, John Playford, plus traditional folk music. Babett Niclas harp, Claudia Hoffmann baroque violin and harp, Petra Burmann baroque guitar, Ivo Nitschke percussion, Szabolcs Illes baroque violin. www.la-moresca.de. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

Tuesday 4 July 2017 8pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Chudfest, Chudleigh
with support from Maggie Duffy & Tiggy Kazza. Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have formed an exciting folk duo, performing a highly entertaining smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain, Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe) and beyond with superb musicianship. "Steve and Mike are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior.
www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Maggie and Tiggy have supported Ange Hardy and opening this year for Geoff Lakeman, Bob Fox and Phil Beer and Sarah McQuaid. “Maggie's voice has a rare and haunting quality which is just amazing” Judi Spiers. www.maggieduffy.co.uk. Concert in marquee on playpark behind St Martin & St Mary Church, Fore St., Chudleigh, TQ13 0HZ. Licensed bar. Tickets £10. Full info and booking www.chudfest.co.uk/folk-night.

Thursday 6 July 2017 8.30pm - Saskia Griffiths-Moore - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Saskia is a 24 year old independent English singer-songwriter, known for her pure, clear voice and her nu-folk style repertoire - blending the classical simplicity of folk songs with contemporary moods, meanings and melodies. Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 7 July 2017 9pm - Frozen Houses and Ash Height - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Ash: Virtuoso guitarist and innovative songwriter Ashley Height is not only the driving force behind the Cornwall based band Red Foot Crow but also a world
class solo performer. Think John Martyn meets Neil Young with West-African and contemporary Jazz elements effortlessly incorporated within both his acoustic guitar and lap-steel guitar driven compositions. Frozen Houses: Singer songwriter based in Cornwall, "Insightful, moving and genuinely meaningful music... Entry £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 7 July 2017 - Reg Meuross - Lamb Inn, The Square, Sandford, Crediton EX17 4LW (map)
details tba

Saturday 8 July 2017 - Lost Sound Chorus (with Chris Hoban) - St Pancras Church, Widecombe in the Moor
The Lost Sound chorus performing in the wonderful acoustic arena that is Widecombe (St Pancras) Church. Coming with them is the fabulous Chris Hoban who really is a secret weapon. He doesn't perform very often but has a wonderful tenor voice and has written lots of beautiful songs with interesting stories. Chris is the composer of some of Show of Hands' most lyrical songs. Tickets £8.50. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 8 July 2017 8pm - Ian Bruce - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
One of the great singer/songwriters of the Scottish folk movement with a powerful voice and passionate character. Ian has been influenced by the likes of McGuiness Flint, Gallagher & Lyle, and Stan Rogers among others. He was one of the artists involved in Linn Records “The Complete Songs of Robert Burns”. On stage he brings a huge presence and he has perennial return bookings at festivals such as Towersey, Warwick, and Bromyard. Support: CELT, the top Celtic music group in the area combining superb musicianship and vocals in material that ranges from the passionate to the up tempo and energetic. Tickets £12/£10. Full details from Hugh 01626 775517, email: hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com. www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

NEW Wren Music ~ Blackberries and Bandages: A Concert for Devon Remembers Heritage Project
Saturday 8 July 2017 7.30pm - Beehive, Honiton - for tickets, contact 01404 384050
Devon Remembers is a four-year project to look at the effect of the Great War on the people of Devon. Wren Music was awarded the music commission. Our brief was the Home Front in Devon. The first half of each concert features Wren’s community choirs and orchestras local to that area; the second half is Blackberries and Bandages, bringing together the 20 members from across the groups who have worked on the concert. Tickets £5, U16s £3

NEW Sunday 9 July 2017 7.45pm - Robb Johnson - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A prolific and widely acclaimed songwriter, Robb says, of his 2016 five-CD career retrospective, “it does have quite a lot of politics and protest, lots of songs doing what folk song is supposed to do ….But there are also interpersonal songs about relationships…what you have here is part journal, part diary, part testament.” £10.

Sunday 9 July 2017 3pm - Sunday Sessions: K'antu - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Songs and Dances of the Renaissance. This popular ensemble returns to Calstock Arts, exploring the less-trodden territories of early music. Combining elements of folk and world music with historically-informed techniques, the music of Spain and South America seems like the obvious starting place – hence the name K’antu, referring to an ancient style of Peruvian and Bolivian music and dance. The ensemble features an array of beautiful replicas of historic instruments, including Renaissance Recorders and Drum, Baroque Violin and Guitar, and a Peruvian Charango. “Terrifically interesting and enjoyable…their performances are joyously individual”. Early Music Today magazine. Full details, video etc. www.calstockarts.org.
Bar, tea, coffee and cake from 2pm.

NEW Thursday 13 July 2017 8.30pm - Nine Pound Catfish - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
A fun evening with this talented trio - Ian and Jane Gardner and Graham Butterfield - featuring some upbeat 1930s hokum numbers which you have probably never heard before. Support from Stuart “Marshcat” Cumberpatch on rare vintage National guitars. Floor spots welcome. Free. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

tbc Thursday 13 July 2017 8pm - Jim Causley - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
details tbc/tba

Friday 14 July 2017 9pm - Eliza Acty - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
With her unique vocal style, Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time and contemporary songs that span over a century of music. Added accompaniment from Peter Acty on clawhammer banjo and guitar. Entry £3.www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 14 July 2017 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
Caller: Jeremy Child. Music: Iain Bryden from Jigs for Gigs. A monthly series of Contra Dances.
7.30-10.30pm. Cost £5 per person. Beginners welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

Friday 14 July & Saturday 15 July 2017 8pm - Fisherman's Friends - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
The original buoy band, the Fisherman’s Friends are back with a vengeance, getting ready to hit the road in 2017 with full catch of new material and some old favourites as well. Full details www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

NEW Saturday 15 July 2017 6-11.30pm - Barn Dance with Red Shed - West Town Farm, Ide EX2 9TG
Caller Rosie Baines. Family activities and Exeter Street Band 6-8pm. Barn dance starts 8pm. BBQ until 8.30pm. Bar. £10 adult; £5 child. BBQ not included..50% of proceeds to charity. www.organicarts.org.uk. Phone 01392 811257 or email grace@westtownfarm.co.uk for tickets; numbers are limited so book by 2 July to assure yourself of a ticket.

Saturday 15 July 2017 - John Etheridge & Vimala Rowe - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
In a 45 year career, legendary guitarist John Etheridge has played alongside some of the most famous names in C20th music including Stephane Grappelli, Nigel Kennedy, John Williams, Yehudi Menuhin and Soft Machine. For this new project, he joins forces with sensational vocal star Vimala Rowe. Together John and Vimala weave a magical spell, effortlessly travelling musically from India to Africa, Middle East and the USA. There will also be solos from John, taken from his celebrated show that he has performed for ten years across Europe. This is a unique pairing that satisfies on so many levels. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

Wednesday 19 July 2017 - House Concert: Kentucky Cow Tippers - Hatch Court, Churchstow
English bluegrass at its finest from these young northern lads. www.thekentuckycowtippers.com. Donations on arrival. Email Mark at wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations.

Wednesday 19 July 2017 8pm - Don Gallardo & Band - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Don Gallardo was raised in a small town in Northern California, where he spent years building his songwriting career on the west coast before relocating to Nashville in 2008. Now based in Nashville, Tennessee, he walks the line between folk, Americana and roots-rock, mining the influence of classic 1970s singer-songwriters while creating a sound that nods to the past while still pushing ahead toward something new. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 21 July 2017 - Pete Morton - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
Pete is a songwriter, singer and ‘folk rapper’ with a wealth of great songs and stage presence. He sings from the heart, delivering songs telling compelling stories and speaking of the human condition in a totally original style and his stage shows are good humoured, intense and dynamic. He also includes traditional folk songs, performed with all the power that these dramatic tales demand. Support: Kadia, three-piece band from Dorset, perform a mix of traditional and original contemporary folk songs, combining cello, fingerstyle guitar, and mandolin, with three part harmony to create rich and uplifting music interspersed with history and storytelling. As well as many folk festivals, they have supported national acts such as Jim Moray, Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Jackie Oates, The Willows, and Ninebarrow. More details, bookings etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/399263. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk.

21/22 July 2017 - Chagstock Festival
11th anniversary, various genres: British Funk & Soul legends Soul II Soul headline Friday night! Indian singer-songwriter extraordinaire Raghu Dixit (Raghu Dixit's music is a seamless weaving of Indian ethnic folk, Sufi and classical with other traditional and contemporary influences from across the globe), the inimitable Dub Pistols. www.chagstock.info. Early bird weekend camping tickets available.

Saturday 22 July 2017 8pm - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
The Folk at the Flavel Summer Concert features two rising stars of the folk scene, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar. Since meeting 5 years ago, guitarist Greg and fiddle player Ciaran have won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. They have toured constantly and appeared at prestigious events such as the Cambridge Folk Festival and have released three acclaimed albums, most recently “Silent Majority”. Greg's powerful vocals and Ciaran's superb fiddle playing is the key to their success and a great evening of the best in folk music is guaranteed. A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel. www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

Saturday 22 July 2017 - Ben Morgan-Brown - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.benmorganbrown.co.uk. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

22/23 July 2017 - Midsummer Dreams Festival - Dartington
Theatre, puppetry, dance, comedy and music. Music includes Crow Puppets (tbc). A small-scale festival run by an equally small but passionate team who aim to create a magical family friendly weekend. www.midsummerdreamsfestival.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 23 July 2017 7.45pm - Robin Laing - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A unique, charismatic performer, Edinburgh-born Robin now has 12 albums to his credit.…and 6 of them are about Scotch whisky! But even if you are not a fan of that particular tipple, you will certainly be charmed by Robin’s clever, often hilarious lyrics on that topic and many others. Add in some traditional songs and a mellow voice and it’s the perfect blend! £10. The Club is closed for the month of August.

Saturday 29 July 2017 8pm - Sika - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Following his successful concert in 2016 at Carnglaze, 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. Full details www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

29 July - 26 August 2017 - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
Courses covering: Opera and Music Theatre; World Music; Chamber Music; Early Music; Electronic Music and Multimedia; Singing; Advanced Conducting; Folk; Strings; Wind and Brass; Piano and Keyboards; Composition; Talks and Lectures; Dance and Wellbeing; Poetry, History, and Creative Writing.
The Folk courses are concentrated into Week 2 (5-12 August).
www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/courses/#week2courses
On a typical day you could explore links between nature and folk and create new music (Folk and the Landscape); after the coffee break, sing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe (Folk Choir), challenge artificial categories to create and exchange new music (Folk Baroque), or get specialist tuition from Paul Hutchinson (Accordion Workshop); and following lunch, improve your instrumental skills with Eliza and Martin Carthy (As I Walked Out One Morning).
Folk and the Landscape - Sally Davies and Paul Hutchinson
Two experienced and visionary folk musicians and composers, lead a creative course that explores the connections between folk music and the landscape, using the beautiful grounds of Dartington estate. We will explore the links between nature, traditional and contemporary folk music, creating some of our own music along the way, for performance later in the week.
Folk Choir - Sally Davies
Sally is a singer, instrumentalist, composer and choir leader, with a wide ranging experience of folk and world music. She directs the Cecil Sharp House Choir with her distinctive and original arrangements of folk songs. The Folk Choir course will provide an intense and rewarding learning experience; you’ll be rehearsing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe, in spine-tingling a cappella harmony, for a concert later in the week. There may well be some collaborations with the instrumental folk courses this year!
Accordion Workshop - Paul Hutchinson
The wonderful accordionist tutors at Cecil Sharp House and Folkworks in Durham. Paul’s style of teaching is relaxed and entertaining. He considers the accordion a beautiful and versatile instrument, uses block chords, drones and pedal notes, and is a master of harmony. Paul enjoys developing the potential of a group to deepen and improve their musicianship, and welcomes players at all levels.
Folk Baroque - Andy Watts
A brand new folk course for 2017! Andy Watts is associate Principal bassoon of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and founder of the folk/early music group The Carnival Band, well known for their work with Maddy Prior and currently recording the 100 most popular ballads of the 17th century. Here folk, Baroque and ‘modern’ instrumentalists can explore street ballads and dance music from the 17th and 18th centuries, challenging artificial categories to create and exchange new music. This innovative course is open to all instrumentalists and singers, using notation as well as playing by ear.
As I Walked Out One Morning - Eliza and Martin Carthy
The amazing father-and-daughter duo Martin and Eliza return to Dartington after several years to lead this exciting folk course. Devoted to instrumental tuition as well as songs, the class offers the chance for players to study and rehearse traditional tunes and arrangements, as well as collaborate and create new work. There’s a concert later in the week, shared with the Folk Choir.

Sold out Wednesday 2 August 2017 - Faith, Folk and Anarchy - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
In 2002 Steve Knightley, Tom Robinson and Martyn Joseph formed a temporary ‘acoustic power’ trio entitled Faith, Folk and Anarchy. A sell out-tour and live album soon followed. Now fifteen years later the guys have decided to get together once again. They have a headline set at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival in late August and their only other reunion gig will be here at Exeter Phoenix. Don’t miss this chance to come along and enjoy three master craftsmen at the height of their performing and songwriting powers. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/faith-folk-anarchy.

UPDATED 4-11 August 2017 - Sidmouth Folk Week
Event tickets and taster programme have been launched (8 May). See details and sign up to receive regular festival email updates at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk

NEW Wednesday 9 August 2017 8pm - Gigspanner Big Band - St Andrews Church, Ashburton
Peter Knight's Gigspanner joined by Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Tickets £17. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk. A special show prior to the Big Band's appearance at Fairport's Cropredy Festival.

NEW 11-13 August 2017 - Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal nr Okehampton
Artists confirmed for 2017 so far include: Fay Hield and the Hurricane Party (Friday), Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra, Jim Causley Trio, Siobhan Miller Trio, Keith Donnelly, Jackie Oates, Gadarene (Sunday), Geoff Lakeman, The Valiant Dance Band (Friday), The Dartmoor Pixie Band (Saturday night & Sunday night), Ramsley Minors, Entertainingly different, plus more to be confirmed. www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk

NEW Saturday 12 August 2017 - House Concert: Emily Maguire - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Emily is currently touring promoting her new album "Bit Of Blue" in far larger venues so here's your chance to see her in a small informal and relaxed setting. www.emilymaguire.com. Donations on arrival. Email Mark at wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations.

NEW Saturday 16 August 2017 - Jim Causley Trio - Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ (map)
details tba www.sterts.co.uk.

UPDATED  Nearly sold out
18-20 August 2017 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park near Exeter

Full details www.beautifuldays.org.

NEW Saturday 19 August 2017 8pm - Wizz Jones & Pete Berryman - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Trails and Tribulations Tour.Tickets £10 at www.calstockhall.org, or 01726 879500 or Limekiln Gallery.

NEW 25/26 August 2017 - Sea Change Festival - Totnes
Various venues, various genres. Line-up includes Michael Chapman. www.seachangefestival.co.uk. Tickets www.wegottickets.com/f/10662.

NEW Saturday 2 September 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Nourish Festival, Bovey Tracey
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 folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Ticketing tba www.nourishfestival.org.

NEW Saturday 2 September 2017 8pm - Hillbilly Moon Explosion - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
From Zurich Switzerland, one of the finest New Wave Rockabilly/Americana bands on the planet. Singer Emanuela has such enchanting vocals & to hear this in a Cavern will be one we wont forget. For fans of, Stray Cats, Imelda May & roots music. Full details, samples etc. www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

NEW Thursday 7 September 2017 - Phil Beer - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Best known for his multi-instrumental wizardry as one half of England’s top acoustic / roots duo Show of Hands, Phil makes a solo visit to Calstock Arts. With a career spanning 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, interjected with musings and amusings. A feast of past and current favourites from one of the most popular musicians on the acoustic circuit. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW tbc Thursday 14 September 2017 8pm - Geoff Lakeman - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
details tbc/tba www.geofflakeman.co.uk.

NEW Friday 15 September 2017 8pm - Granny’s Attic - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Granny’s Attic – Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (melodeon, concertina, vocals), George Sansome (guitar, vocals) and Lewis Wood (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) – are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians, fine singers and play a range of English, Irish and Scottish traditional music as well as their own compositions. Formed in 2009, they have since played at clubs and festivals up and down the country, and have been heralded for their lively performances and maturity beyond their years in their delivery and selection of traditional songs. Tickets £8. Full details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk, email andrew@frangleton.co.uk or call 01837 840775.

NEW Saturday 16 September 2017 8pm - Martin Simpson - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Trails and Tribulations Tour. Adv tickets £15 (door £16) at www.calstockhall.org, or 01726 879500 or Limekiln Gallery.

NEW Sunday 17 September 2017 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Exminster Victory Hall, Main Road, Exminster EX6 8DF
Online tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/394554. Bar. A car park is situated on Deepway Lane at the recreation ground.

NEW Friday 22 September 2017 8pm  - Phil Beer Band - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
A spirited fusion of friendship and musicianship, the Phil Beer Band delve into the back catalogues of Phil’s beloved country, rock, folk and blues influences throughout the years to create their infectious and unique ‘folk n roll’ sound. Throw in Phil’s blistering guitar solos, a healthy seasoning of lively tunes and banter and a pint or three, and you know you’re in for a cracking night. Completing Phil’s lineup are Gareth Turner (melodeons), Olivia Dunn (fiddles), Emily Slade (guitar, vocals), Greg McDonald (bass, vocals) and Steve Crickett (drums). Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/the-phil-beer-band.

NEW Friday 22 September 2017 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Cellar Bar, Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
SidMouth StoryNights for GrownUps presents: Storyteller Graham Langley with musician Pam Bishop tell 50 Shades of Graham. Follow him as he touches the deepest levels of your emotions, at one moment bright and breezy bringing colour and sunlight into his stories, then dark and mysterious the next. Tonight his storytelling is taken to a new dimension as he is joined by Pam Bishop, who enriches the tales with her unique blend of music. He is described by The Times as a 'storyteller for the 21st century'. Tickets £8 adv from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth, or on door. Bar available, Good disabled access. Not suitable for U14s. For more details call 07834 194215 or email JanetTells@gmail.com.

NEW Saturday 23 September 2017 7.30pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Village Hall, Holbeton PL8 1LW
Acclaimed folk musicians from Dartmoor. winners of ' Best Duo' BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016 + 2013. "An absolute masterclass in how to do it right." Support: Steve Jenner. Tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/407326.

NEW Saturday 23 September 2017 7.30pm - Keith James: The Songs of Leonard Cohen - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Amongst a concert of such songs as; Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah, are also Poems by Lorca that Keith has set to music; Cohen’s greatest influence. There will also be songs from ‘You want it Darker’ released just weeks before his death – produced by his Son, Adam. ‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent. ‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’ Sunday Times. Tickets £14. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Box office 01404 384050.

NEW Saturday 23 September 2017 - Tennyson’s Twin - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.tennysonstwin.co.uk. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW tbc Friday 29 September 2017 8pm - Southern Tenant Folk Union - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
One of the most highly acclaimed folk/bluegrass bands in the UK today. A six piece acoustic with banjo, mandolin, fiddle & harmony vocals they perform an eclectic mix of high energy atmosphere folk and have received airplay from Bob Harris & Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 2. Full details, ticketing etc.
tbc.

NEW Friday 6 October 2017 - Edgelarks Launch Tour - Dartington Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
New album - and new band name - for Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin. With special guest The Little Unsaid. details tba

NEW Saturday 7 October 2017 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 Mcrea 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. Full details www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

NEW Sunday 8 October 2017 7.30pm - Ralph McTell - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Best known for his international hit, Streets of London, Ralph McTell has been a stalwart of the British acoustic music scene for over 50 years. A career that has spanned street busking across Europe, to solo shows at the Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall and The Sydney Opera House, McTell has a fifty year, 350 song career. Known for his virtuoso guitar style, he is primarily a prolific and gifted songwriter. With a style that invites you into a unique world, he weaves a narrative that is both significant and poignant. Ralph made his debut in 1968 with the album ‘Eight Frames a Second’ and in 1974 the release of ‘Streets of London’ earned him an Ivor Novello Award. In 2002 he was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/ralph-mctell.

9-15 October 2017 - Costa Del Folk Portugal
Details www.costadelfolk.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 12 October 2017 - Fake Thackray - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
John Watterson has performed the songs of Jake Thackray at festivals, concerts, clubs, after dinner venues and most specially to members of Jake’s family. Jake’s songs are exquisitely funny, satirical, incisive, irreverent, witty and gloriously un-PC – and sometimes all of these at the same time. Jake was a one off, his poetry broke the rules yet worked beautifully. He was a true craftsman of the English language, and his legacy of scores of songs continues to delight audiences of all ages today. www.fakethackray.com. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Friday 13 October 2017 - Boo Hewerdine and Brooks Williams - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
details tba www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Sunday 15 October 2017 8pm - Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Gordie MacKeeman exemplifies the term natural showman. An ace fiddle player nicknamed “crazy legs” for his frenetic loose-limbed step- dancing, he just loves to perform. Combine that exuberance and onstage dynamism with the stellar musicianship of his multi-instrumentalist comrades His Rhythm Boys, and you have an unstoppable roots music force. That potent combination has made the group highly sought-after performers on the international roots music circuit, thrilling audiences from Adelaide, Australia, to Edinburgh, Scotland. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org. www.wegottickets.com/event/403541.

NEW Tuesday 17 October 2017 7.30pm - Kate Rusby - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
A special 25 year celebration! Come and join in this exclusive, intimate evening of stories, songs, and silver tinged laughter. “One of the most affecting voices in British folk” – Q Magazine. “Her voice remains a thing of extraordinary beauty.” – MOJO. One of the finest interpreters of traditional folk song and one of our most emotive original songwriters - melding old and new so you can barely see the join. Mercury Prize Winner. Folk Singer of the Year, Best Live Act, Best Album and Best Original Song winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Inveterate Yorkshire Tea drinker. Freeman of Barnsley. Darling of British folk. Kate will continue to showcase tracks from her 14th studio album alongside carefully selected much loved classics from her back catalogue spanning the 25years. Joining her will be the fabulous British folk musicians who form her band: Damien O’Kane on guitar, electric tenor guitar and banjo, Duncan Lyall on double bass and moog, Nick Cooke on diatonic accordion, Steve Byrnes on bouzouki and guitar. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/kate-rusby.

NEW Saturday 21 October 2017 7.30pm - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - St George's Hall, Dartmouth Road, Paignton TQ4 6NY
Come and join us for a boisterous evening of dancing. Presented as a fundraiser by the Friends of Froward Point, National Coastwatch, for the watch station there. BYO alcohol. Crisps etc. and soft drinks will be on sale. Tickets £10, available from (all phone codes 01803) Paddy Jewry 842481, Linda Lister 391058, Hilary Bussell 752365. Please include SAE with payment. £12 door (check availability).

NEW Baring-Gould Folk Weekend & Song School - Okehampton
Song School:· 22-27 October 2017 - Guest Tutor: John Kirkpatrick
Folk Weekend: 27-29 October 2017
Please note that the fourth Saturday in October falls on the second Saturday of the half term holiday, so it feels as if it is later this year.
Full artist list out soon but we can confirm first UK appearance of Tuscan Folk trio Vincanto www.vincantomusica.it.

NEW Friday 27 October 2017 - Richard Digance Golden Anniversary Tour - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
details tba www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 27 October 2017 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Cellar Bar, Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
SidMouth StoryNights for GrownUps presents: Janet Dowling and friends bring you The Return of Fearsome Fairy Tales for Fearless Adults- the Fairies Fight Back! These are the dark tales of the fairy world, where everything is not as it seems… are you brave enough to listen? Be beguiled and bewitched by a shiver of Devon storytellers telling new tales of old fears. Be warned- these tales are not suitable for Adults of a nervous disposition. Tickets £8 adv from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth, or on door. Bar available, Good disabled access. Not suitable for U14s. For more details call 07834 194215 or email JanetTells@gmail.com.

NEW tbc Sunday 29 October 2017 7.45pm - Tom Lewis - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tbc/tba

NEW Friday 3 November 2017 8pm - The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
The Ukes have become a global sensation and nothing short of a UK national treasure. 'Heresy II Heritage', their new tour, charts the Uke's rise from curiosity to virtuosity, from village hall to the Royal Albert Hall. The Ukes of GB have performed for the British Royal Family, the BBC Proms, Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall, but heretics they remain, poking fun at the cultural elite, defying you to believe their own hype, bemused by all the hot air. On an ongoing "hand-luggage only" world tour, the Ukes provide pure entertainment, dead-pan British humour and irresistible foot-tapping music. They are masters of the unexpected, whether re-imagining folk songs, twisting classical music favourites, uncovering quirky versions of rock covers, or playing the performers' own all-original compositions. “Iconoclastic. Unabashed genre crashing antics. Nothing is spoof proof." Sunday Times. “Most people have to die before they become immortal. These ukulele superstars have no such worries.” New Musical Express. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/ukulele-orchastra-of-great-britain-heresy-ii-heritage.

NEW Saturday 4 November 2017 - Show of Hands - Exeter Cathedral
With special guest Kirsty Merryn. Autumn 2017 Cathedrals Tour. Tickets on sale from May 1. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Friday 10 November 2017 8pm - Cardboard Fox - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Winners of the 2015 Spiral Earth Award for Best Debut, Cardboard Fox are an exciting four piece with a fast growing fan base. This May the band are following up on the success of their EP by releasing their first full album, ‘Out of Mind’. All four musicians have their roots in bluegrass music but their collective influences reach much further and this shows in their music. Formed in late 2013 in Bath, England, the band features the sibling harmonies of Charlotte and Laura Carrivick (the Carrivick Sisters) on guitar/vocals and fiddle/vocals respectively, the extraordinary talents of young mandolin player Joe Tozer and the driving and technically demanding double bass playing and harmony vocals of John Breese. With a focus on original songs with a strong pop sensibility and energetic live shows, this is a group of musicians who are very, very excited about what this line up can create and that’s what makes this acoustic quartet so special. Tickets £8. Full details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk, email andrew@frangleton.co.uk or call 01837 840775.

NEW Friday 10 November 2017 - Martyn Joseph - America Hall, De La Rue Way, Pinhoe, Exeter EX4 8PX (map)
Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other, a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”, but there are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be – but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. 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. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/407581. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Saturday 11 November 2017 8pm - The Sounds of Simon - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
A tribute to Simon and Garfunkel and the wonderful music of Paul Simon, through the years as one half of Simon and Garfunkel, to the enduring success of his solo career. Come on a journey and lose yourself to nostalgia as the full band play the classics. Paul and Art are played to perfection, bringing in elements of their famously fractious relationship, as well as replicating the beautiful harmonies flawlessly. With video clips, stories, and memories from the last 50+ years, this is a wonderful show filled with excellent music, nostalgia, and a genuine love for some great musicians. This is the UK’s longest running tribute to Paul Simon. Come and see why! www.soundsofsimon.co.uk. Full details, samples etc. www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

NEW Friday 17 November 2017 7.30pm - ‘Missin’ Tackle’ Shanty Crew & Friends - Brixham Library, Market Street, Brixham TQ5 8EU
Come and join the fabulous Brixham Shanty crew for an enjoyable concert in the library. The lads will be singing from their growing repertoire of songs and will be joined by guest performers Susie & Bill Trezise along with Steve Gill and his friend Charlie. Ticket includes free drink, £8 FOBL members, £10 non-members, available from Brixham Library tel: 01803 853870.

NEW Sunday 19 November 2017 7.30pm - Oysterband 40th Celebration Special - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Classic songs from every era of a long and mighty career. Oysterband, the multi-award-winning outfit that brought passion, power and not a little poetry to folk and roots music, enter their 40th year as vital and creative as ever. Oysterband still play with that spirit of the punk ceilidh band that roared through people’s lives all those years ago. But the growing depth and sensitivity of their songwriting, coupled with the strength of John Jones’ voice and their remarkable musicianship, have lifted their music into a richer, more acoustic era. Oysterband are: John Jones voice, melodeon; Alan Prosser  guitars, voice; Ian Telfer violin, voice; Al Scott bass, mandolin, voice; Adrian Oxaal cello, voice; and the newest member, formerly of Bellowhead, Pete Flood  drums, voice. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/oysterband-40th-celebration-special.

NEW Wednesday 22 November 2017 8pm - Steeleye Span - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span are touring with a new live show. Maddy Prior - the voice of the band - leads a line-up featuring faces old and new. . Having just released the album “Dodgy Bastards” to great critical acclaim . Their 2016 performances will see them perform new gems alongside classics that have made them one of the most successful British Folk Rock bands ever. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/steeleye-span.

NEW Thursday 23 November 2017 - Afro Celt Sound Sytem + The Dhol Foundation - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. With sales now topping one and a half million albums and two Grammy nominations to date, Afro Celt Sound System bring their exhilarating live show to venues around the country. This European and African based collective have been a ground-breaking force in music ever since they started, along the way finding kindred spirits across international talent and forging a reputation for exhilarating shows. Afro Celt Sound System Live 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. ‘A delirious mix of primal intensity, spiritual beauty and explosive rhythms…..a colossus of an album.” Froots Magazine. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Sunday 26 November 2017 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
With his trio, Peter Knight breaks new ground and is second to absolutely nobody...ground-breaking, engaging, frequently astonishing,
Gigspanner deliver a quite simply superb set **** Maverick Magazine. "Gigspanner work together in musical genius...there is no track that won't rope you in and buzz you like drinking a barrel of coffee **** EFDSS Magazine. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org. www.wegottickets.com/event/403541.

NEW Wednesday 29 November 2017 - Lau - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. The pioneering contemporary folk trio comprising three of the UK’s finest traditional musicians: Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle). Lau has garnered four awards for ‘Best Group’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and also appeared on the Later… With Jools Holland TV show. Individual members have all won multiple awards and recognition for their solo work. Kris Drever is shortlisted for Folk Singer of The Year 2017 & Best Original Track 2017, Martin Green nominated for Best Album 2017 & Best Original Track 2017 at this years BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Box office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/lau.

NEW Thursday 30 November 2017 - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
With special guest Kirsty Merryn. 'Traditional; final two dates on the Autumn 2017 Cathedrals Tour. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Friday 1 December 2017 - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
With special guest Kirsty Merryn. 'Traditional; final two dates on the Autumn 2017 Cathedrals Tour. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 7 December 2017 - St Agnes Fountain - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
details tba. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk.

NEW Wednesday 20 December 2017 - Phil Beer - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Multi-instrumentalist - and one half of Westcountry folk duo Show Of Hands - Phil Beer performed live at The Brook Inn in January ahead of his solo tour. We're delighted that he wants to end the year at The Brook as well! www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.
Tel. 01752 297604.

NEW Sunday 11 February 2018 - Tannahill Weavers - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
 one of Scotland 's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that. www.theploughartscentre.org.uk. www.wegottickets.com/event/405416.

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.

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