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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 increasing including postcodes in the venue information for those of you who rely on satnavs.
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Southern Devon Folk Diary

Thursday 28 August 2014 9pm - Jeff Horsey & Gareth Hedges - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
Two incredibly accomplished musicians with impressive histories come together to play a special evening of traditional music. Drawing primarily on the blues but effortlessly nodding to aspects of jazz, folk and roots music expect a perfect rendition of styles long passed as well as some unique and insightful anecdotes. £2. Full details at www.b-bar.co.uk.

Friday 29 August 2014 9pm - Adam Piggott & Jayne Freeman - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
Described by NetRythms as “Genuinely uplifting” with “Intensely adept acoustic guitar styling” this guitar/ukulele duo showcase their song writing alongside fresh interpretations of often unexpected classic songs. With strong influences from country, folk, blues and jazz their sound has been described as a mix of Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, Debbie Harry and Ry Cooder with a modern Nouvelle Vague twist. £3. Full details at www.b-bar.co.uk.

Saturday 30 August 2014 8pm - Old Gaffers Shanty Crew - Victoria Inn, Salcombe
The South Hams shanty crew on a regular visit to their 'local' in Salcombe www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

Thursday 4 September 2014 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Community Hall, Lawn Drive, Chudleigh TQ13 0JJ (map)
(at Chudleigh CE Community Primary School) Fundraiser for the Youth Centre. Tickets £14 available from Sue Metcalfe on 01626 853651 or email susan.metcalfe[at]hotmail.co.uk.

Friday 5 September 2014 7.30pm - Pete Morton - Brixham Folk Club, Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
Pete is a songwriter, singer and ‘folk rapper’ with a wealth of great songs and stage presence. His live shows are dynamic and thought provoking, while remaining approachable and fun loving. Ticketing details see www.batsweb.org.uk/folkclub.htm. Discounted advance tickets.

Sold out Friday 5 September 2014 7.30pm - James Taylor - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Legendary five-time Grammy Award winner James Taylor.

Saturday 6 September 2014 8pm - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
Winners of both the 2013 BBC Young Folk Award and 2014 BBC Horizon Award. Exciting and dynamic young duo with musical abilities, vocal maturity and professionalism beyond their years. Growing festival favourites, the duo have appeared at prestigious venues as Cropredy Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival. Their new album, The Call, is now available. www.russellalgar.co.uk. Support: Martyn Cornelius. Tickets: £9 adv; £11 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Saturday 6 September 2014 - Kent DuChaine - Blue Walnut Cafe, Walnut Road, Chelston TQ2 6HS (map)
Blues legend. Tickets £10 adv from 01803 394113, £12 door. www.bluewalnuttorquay.co.uk

Sunday 7 September 2014 7.30-10pm - Balkan and Gypsy Dance - Moose Hall, Bowden Hill, Crediton EX17 3EJ
Dance to Balkan & Gypsy music, with Steve Tyler & Katy Marchant playing: hurdy gurdy, cittern, bagpipes, shawm, voice and whistle and with dances led by Kushuma Holyoak (01837 82001) and Fiona Parr (01626 821110). Cost £7. BYO refreshments.

Tuesday 9 September 2014 - Widecombe Fair
"We are expecting at least 15 different Folk Bands to be playing in the beer tent all day and into the night" (including Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed at 3.00pm, Piping Hot Ceilidh Band at 4pm) www.widecombefair.com

Thursday 11 September 2014 - Dana & Susan Robinson - Blue Walnut Cafe, Walnut Road, Chelston TQ2 6HS (map)
New songs of rural America and old time mountain music. www.robinsongs.com. Details 01803 394113. www.bluewalnuttorquay.co.uk

Thursday 11 September 2014 8pm - Bob & Gill Berry - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
A Wiltshire duo with great voices and wicked sense of humour. Great chorus songs from these two. See www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YJiZokL0ts

Thursday 11 September 2014 - Sam Sweeney’s Fiddle: Made In The Great War - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Six years ago Sam Sweeney, fiddle player with Bellowhead, bought a violin in Oxford. It had all the appearance of a new instrument but the label inside gave the date 1915 and the name Richard S Howard. Research revealed that the violin had been made – but never finished – by a luthier and some-time music hall performer from Leeds called Richard Spencer Howard. He had been conscripted in 1915 at the age of 35 and two years later was killed during the battle of Messines Ridge. His violin had been left unfinished in his workshop. The pieces were given to his daughter Rose in a manila envelope, as a memory of her father. She kept them all her life. On her death they were sent to an auction house. The parts were bought and the violin was finally finished by luthier Roger Claridge in 2007. The fiddle was then placed in the window of an Oxford music shop where it was spotted by Sam. Discovery of the history behind the fiddle has inspired Sam to create a multi-media performance telling the incredible story of the fiddle which took nearly 100 years to complete, to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. Collaborating with award-winning story-teller Hugh Lupton, fellow Bellowhead band mate Paul Sartin and acclaimed concertina player Rob Harbron, as well as Bellowhead lighting designer Emma Thompson who has developed set, projections and lighting for the show. Made In The Great War will bring the reality of World War I into 2014, as Sam performs the show with the actual fiddle made by non-returning World War I soldier Richard Howard. Box office 01392 667080. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/sam-sweeneys-fiddle-made-in-the-great-war.

Thursday 11 September 2014 8pm - Whitetop Mountain Band - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
From the highest mountains of Virginia USA come The Whitetop Mountain Band. Some call it Bluegrass, some Old Time and others Mountain Music.Whatever it is this 5-piece band provide a live music experience which is truly extraordinary. It's Americana at its most authentic. Check them out at www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSIF9s17yW8 but be warned no available video could ever do justice to the Whitetop's joyous playing. Tickets £12 adv from 01752 242021 or www.wegotickets.com/event/279295. Full details at www.b-bar.co.uk.

Friday 12 September 2014 - Gallery Bar Special: Rum and Shrub - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Our film festival weekend celebrating the River Tamar gets off to a fine start with the Rum and Shrub Shantymen, a group of traditional singers from Cornwall with a worldwide reputation for lively singing of shanties, sea songs and folk songs. Their unusual name is taken from one of Cornwall’s best kept secrets and is the band’s favourite throat ‘medicine’ – Shrub being an alcoholic cordial reputed to have been enjoyed by smugglers to disguise the salty taste of their contraband, and rum being rum. Free entry, chatty atmosphere, donations to the band would be very welcome. Full details www.calstockarts.org/friday-12th-september-gallery-bar-special-with-rum-and-shrub.

Friday 12 September 2014 8pm - Steve Knightley - Ilsington Village Hall, Ilsington TQ13 9RG
In 2010 Steve won BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Best Original Song category and as the songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic roots duo, Show of Hands won the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards, categories Best Live Act and Best Duo. From a rock background, Steve is known for his strong narrative songs, many inspired by people and places in his native West Country. Booking details etc. www.ilsingtongigs.co.uk.

12-14 September 2014 - Acoustica Festival - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map) +partner venues
This year’s festival of alt-folk, folktronica and Americana – music of acoustic origin – takes place at six venues and across eleven stages.
Friday: Bands from 6pm and into the early hours at Exeter Phoenix and from 10.30pm at Bikeshed Theatre and the Old Firehouse – including Josienne Clark & Ben Walker, Winter Mountain, Death & Treason, Rhyme & Reason (a dark musical cabaret), Black Feathers, Kezia, Grice, Tom Hickox, Jess McAllister, Bite The Buffalo, Sam Fearon, Richard O’Hara, the pick of student singer songwriters from the Academy of Music.
Saturday: Bands at Exeter Phoenix from 6pm at Exeter Phoenix and from 10.30pm at Bikeshed Theatre and the Old Firehouse – including Blair Dunlop, Hannah Lou Clark, Arhai, Nick Harper, Count To Fire, David Harbottle, Woodford Green, Moor Reason, Sunday Skyclub, Wildwood Kin, Polly Money, young singer songwriters from Exeter Phoenix plus many more.
More details, booking etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/acoustica-festival-2014

12-14 September 2014 - Cornish Bluegrass Festival - Hendra Holiday Park, Newquay
Details www.cornishbluegrass.co.uk.

Saturday 13 September 2014 - French & Breton Music & Dancing - Exeter
10.30am-12.30pm - Bedford Square  middle of High Street); 2.00pm-3.00pm - Fete at St Thomas Pleasure Ground, Cowick Street. All musicians & dancers welcome, Contact Pat or Mike 01392 811593 or Tim 01392 207739 for info.

Saturday 13 September 2014 - Fishstock Festival - Brixham
Full line-up on the Acoustic Stage 11am to 10.45pm (see www.fishstockbrixham.co.uk/2014lineup.html for timings): Southern Comfort; Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed; Ian Hunt (solo guitarist); Torbay Ukulele Band; Emily Howard (solo); Chris Thomas (solo); Devon Bird; Swashbuckle; The Seagalls; The Fish Wives Choir; Banned from the Moor; The Old Gaffers; Tricorn Shonkey

Saturday 13 September 2014 - Altan - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Unreserved seating.
Over 25 years of playing together, Altan have established themselves as one of the most important live acts to play traditional Irish music in Ireland and on the World stage.+ Special guests. Full details and bookings www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!altan/c11xf. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

Saturday 13 September 2014 8pm - Coope, Boyes & Simpson: In Flanders Field - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Barry Coope, Jim Boyes and Lester Simpson with their mix of powerful a cappella singing and distinctive songwriting perform this highly acclaimed show. Having participated in five Passendaele Peace Concerts the trio were inspired to put together “In Flanders Field” which combines their own writing with the biting humour of the Tommies’ wartime observations and music. Tickets available from the Flavel box office on 01803 839530 or www.theflavel.org.uk. Part of the Folk at the Flavel series.

Saturday 13 September 2014 8pm - Phil Beer solo - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
As one half of Show Of Hands Phil has gained a huge following and is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler and plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. 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. www.theheartofdevon.co.uk. Tickets £12 from
Mick 01363 82379 email mick@heartofdevon.co.uk or online from www.wegottickets.com/event/259071.

Saturday 13 September 2014 8pm - Blackheart - Landscove Victory Hall, nr Ashburton
Samples www.blackheartmusic.co.uk. details tba

Sunday 14 September 2014 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
Steve sees his 'Grow your Own gig ' tour very much as a return to the rural roots of his music. "With so many songs about people who live and work in the countryside and the day to day issues they face -it will be great to actually perform them in their spiritual homes." Send your cheque (£16) payable to Kevin Henderson, Lodge Music Promotions, Woodbury Business Park, Woodbury, Exeter EX5 1AY. Please enclose SAE and contact email address and phone no. Contact 07771 558914, email kevin@lodgemusicpro.co.uk. Doors 6.15pm. Limited tickets may still be available - check first!

Sunday 14 September 2014 8pm - Altan - The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton EX9 6RJ (map)
With very special guests guitar supremo Chris Newman and on the Irish harp Máire Ní Chathasaigh. Budleigh Assorted Tunes are absolutely delighted to welcome one of the all-time, top flight traditional Irish bands …a fabulous repertoire of Irish language songs and all the reels and jigs, the craic, the blarney and all the joy that only the unique heritage that is Irish traditional music can bring to the concert stage. In the course of their long and distinguished career, they have worked with musicians as diverse as Dolly Parton, Enya, The Chieftains, Bonnie Raitt and Alison Krauss. Standing with limited bookable seating. Box office and details 07891 663044 or 01395 443419 (cards accepted), or www.wegottickets.com/event/254565, earlybird tickets until 17 August. Doors and bar (and food - call for details) open 6.30pm.

Wednesday 17 September2014 8pm - Jim Causley & Lukas Drinkwater - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
Two exceptionally talented and renowned performers grace the B-Bar this month. Jim Causley is an award winning Devon folk singer as likely to be found in a village hall leading a Wassail as at a gig. A truly wonderful singer and interpreter of traditional material Jim is also an accomplished writer of original music and lyrics. Lukas is an experienced session musician and most famous for his band 3 Daft Monkeys, but recently he has been carving out a reputation for himself as a solo artist of some distinction. £5. Call or www.wegottickets.com/event/287173. Full details at www.b-bar.co.uk.

Thursday 18 September 2014 - Matthew & Me - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Standing with VIP gallery seating. One of the region's biggest names, Matthew & Me have taken their carefully crafted brand of alt-folk across the UK and beyond, and have packed houses in cities up and down the nation. Crowds are regularly surprised by their live show, never knowing quite what to expect. The five-piece band create huge waves of sound, unexpected chaos, haunting vocals, light and shade, with moments of stark contemplative hush. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!matthew--me/c1p5p. + Special guests. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

Thursday 18 September 2014 - Doug MacLeod - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A first Mill visit from this US blues genius. Winner of the 2014 Blues Music Awards for Acoustic Artist of the Year and Acoustic Album of the Year (There's a Time), Doug is a master of original blues in the American tradition. Known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry (bottleneck and finger-style), warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances, Doug is also a storyteller, bringing characters alive through his music. Dont miss! www.doug-macleod.com.  Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Friday 19 September 2014 - The Wurzels - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Standing with VIP gallery seating. The Wurzels head to South Devon at the perfect time of year, when the combine harvesters are out in the fields, and the cider apples are freshly squeezed! + Special guests Skimmity Hitchers. Full details, ticketing, samples etc.
www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!the-wurzels/cyj8. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

Saturday 20 September 2014 8pm - Appaloosas - Dartington Village Hall, Cott Road, Dartington TQ9 6HY (map)
Old-Time and Americana. www.appaloosasmusic.com. Support: Jaime Leigh. Bar. Tickets £7.50/£6 concs from Bluebell Wood Music, 01626 830423, bluebellwoodmusic@gmail.com.

Saturday 20 September 2014 8pm - Blackheart - Tipton St John Hall, nr Sidmouth
Samples www.blackheartmusic.co.uk. details tba

Saturday 20 September 2014 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Kathryn and Sean won the Best Duo Award in the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, as well as being nominated in the Best Original Song category. They have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion they show as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com. Details www.calstockarts.org/saturday-20th-september-kathryn-roberts-and-sean-lakeman.

Sunday 21 September 2014 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Twin daughters and a folk-rock whirlwind forced Kathryn Roberts (vocals /piano /woodwind) and Sean Lakeman (guitar) to sideline their popular duo performances in the mid noughties. Now the timing is right for a return to form from the Dartmoor based couple. Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. ‘Classy return for Devon based husband and wife duo’ – Q Magazine. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com £10 adv /£12 door.  www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk

Thursday 25 September 2014 2pm & 7pm - Mick Ryan's ‘A Day’s Work’ - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
A folk opera written by Mick Ryan. Using original songs, spoken verse, monologue and dialogue, ‘A Day’s Work’ tells the story of a group of farm labourers, members of a mummers’ team, who join up, or refuse to join up, and meet finally on the first day of The Somme. The show examines war, love, courage and cowardice. Originally written and performed in 1995, this revival for The Great War Centenary uses a re-written script, with some additional, newly composed, songs and a cast comprising: Mick Ryan, Paul Downes, Maggie Boyle, Pete Morton, Greg Russell, Matt Quinn and Heather Bradford. Adv tickets £10 from
Silver Lion Jewellers, North St or online 2pm www.wegottickets.com/event/284862 7pm www.wegottickets.com/event/284865, door £12 - or whatever you can afford. Also by phone from LeafieB 01364 653830.

Thursday 25 September 2014 - Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Songwriter Huw and multi-instrumentalist Maart first met on a Fairport Convention tour bus in 1995. Huw went on to conquer the British folk scene with previous singing partner Tony Williams, and is now a regular BBC Radio 4 contributor. Over a 30 year career, Maart has toured and recorded with everyone from Fairport, Jethro Tull, The Mission, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Mike Harding, Robert Plant, Midge Ure and many more. Together, Huw and Maart deliver an evening of warmth, humour, beautiful songs, foot-tapping tunes, and stories that will captivate and enthral. www.maartinallcock.com/Huw&Maart. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Thursday 25 September 2014 8.15pm - Jim Causley & Lukas Drinkwater - Starz Bar, 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter EX4 3ET (map)
Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is a singer/accordionist who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Devon. Jim recorded an album of the poems of his distant relative, Charles Causley to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of this celebrated Cornish poet. Jim has set to music a diverse selection of Causley’s poems to give the audience a taster of the poet’s great body of work. Jim is joined by guitarist Lukas Drinkwater. Lukas is best known as the bassist with festival favourites 3 Daft Monkeys, and for his solo work. Jim & Lukas have been working together since 2013. More details and tickets £9+ www.wegottickets.com/event/287431. www.facebook.com/Exeterfolkproject

Friday 26 September 2014 8pm - Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Singer songwriter Huw is well known individually and also for his work with Tony Willams, Maart has played in a variety of bands including Fairport Convention and is a very well know and respected multi instrumentalist. Having met on a Fairport convention tour bus in 1995 the two have come together with a performance of stories about life on the road, soundchecks and how and why some of the songs were written. A concert of foot tapping tunes and beautiful songs with anecdotes that will both captivate and make you laugh. To reserve tickets call Andrew on 01837 840519.

Friday 26 September 2014 8pm - Blackheart - Broadwoodkelly Hall, N of Okehampton
Samples www.blackheartmusic.co.uk. Contact 01837 83625.

Friday 26 September 2014 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
details tba www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk. Tel. 01803 849290

Friday 26 September 2014 - The Willows - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated. A folk roots family band from Cambridge, fronted by the breathtaking voice of Jade Rhiannon. Supported by rich vocal harmonies and sensitive acoustic musicianship the band draw inspiration from the Americana and British folk traditions in equal quantity. Standout festival performances at the likes of Cambridge Folk Festival, Folk By The Oak, FolkEast and Secret Garden Party are helping build a reputation as a compelling live act.
www.thewillowsband.co.uk. "Absolutely gorgeous sound" Bob Harris. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!the-willows/cnjc. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

Friday 26 September 2014 8pm - Albert Lee and Hogan's Heroes - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Details, booking etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/what-s-on/albert-lee.

Friday 26 September 2014 9pm - Big Joe Bone - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
"Big Joe Bone" (A.K.A. Danny Wilson) plays what he calls "Blues-Grass" music.....a mix of Delta Blues, Bluegrass, Oldtime, Gospel and Hillbilly music utilizing his raspy vocals, hard driving harmonica rhythms, bottleneck slide guitar playing (on steel bodied resonator guitars) and finger-picking skills on 5 string banjos.....all held together by a very heavy stomping boot! £3. Details at www.b-bar.co.uk.

Saturday 27 September 2014 - Rue Royale - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated.
Anglo-American indie folk duo playing "hypnotic indie-folk-pop influenced by American and British folk, soul and rock", inspired by the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Radiohead, Grandaddy, John Martyn, Jose Gonzalez and Elbow. www.rueroyalemusic.com. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!rue-royale/c9sx. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

Saturday 27 September 2014 8pm - Old Gaffers Shanty Crew - Victoria Inn, Salcombe
The South Hams shanty crew on a regular visit to their 'local' in Salcombe www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

Saturday 27 September 2014 - Steve Knightley - Doug's Shed, Splatthayes, Buckerell, nr Honiton
Box office: 01404 850637. www.growyourowngig.co.uk.

Sunday 28 September 2014 8pm - Steve Knightley - Buckfastleigh Town Hall, Bossell Road TQ11 0DD
In 2010 Steve won BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Best Original Song category and as the songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic roots duo, Show of Hands won the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards, categories Best Live Act and Best Duo. From a rock background, Steve is known for his strong narrative songs, many inspired by people and places in his native West Country. Tickets £14 from 07779 640355, email jax.sprat[at]hotmail.co.uk or online via www.thelostsoundchorus.co.uk/concerts. With guests The Lost Sound Chorus. www.growyourowngig.co.uk/gigs.

Sunday 28 September 2014 8pm - Dervish - The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton EX9 6RJ (map)
With special guest Paul Metsers. Box office and details 07891 663044 or 01395 443419 (cards accepted)

Sunday 28 September 2014 7.30-10pm - Balkan and Gypsy Dance - Moose Hall, Bowden Hill, Crediton EX17 3EJ
Dance to Balkan & Gypsy music, with Steve Tyler & Katy Marchant playing: hurdy gurdy, cittern, bagpipes, shawm, voice and whistle and with dances led by Kushuma Holyoak (01837 82001) and Fiona Parr (01626 821110). Cost £7. BYO refreshments.

Thursday 2 October 2014 - Lizanne Knott with Bill Reveles - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A first Mill visit from this Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter. Longtime fan Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2 says: Absolutely gorgeous music. Weve rarely had as big a reaction to any artist in recent years than weve had for Lizanne Knott. Her seductive almost hypnotic vocals, intelligent poetic lyrics and natural warmth combine to make her a captivating performer, and a rare talent. Playing with Bill Reveles on guitar. www.lizanneknott.com. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Saturday 4 October 2014 7.30pm - Jackie Oates - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Jackie Oates is a singer and fiddle player who has become one of the top names in the national folk scene including winning two BBC Folk Awards. Her CDs ‘Jackie Oates’; ‘The Violet Hour’; ‘Hyperboreans’; ‘Saturnine’ and ‘Lullabies’ have attracted wide critical acclaim as well as collaborative work with various other projects including ‘The Imagined Village’ and ‘The Cecil Sharp Project’. Jackie headlined the sell out concert during the 2012 South Brent Folk Festival and as she now lives in Oxford this will be a welcome return for her to Devon. Jackie will be accompanied by multi instrumentalist Mike Cosgrave from the Jackie Oates Band. With local support. Reel Ale bar. Tickets £10 adv (available now) from artworks www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk or £12 door. IFFI: contact Eileen McKee: (01364 73699 / eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com) or John Rawlinson (01364 73117 / j.rawlinson@plymouth.ac.uk). One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support the South Brent Folk Festival in July.

Sunday 5 October 2014 8pm - The Will Pound Band - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
The Will Pound Band plays a mix of English, Irish and Northumbrian tunes with jazz, bluegrass, blues, rock and funk rhythms. Its lineup is BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Musician nominee, harmonica player Will Pound, with Chris Sarjeant on guitar/vocals, Henry Webster on fiddle and John Parker on double bass. A flat out genius harmonica player' - Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2. www.willpound.com £10 adv /£12 door.  www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk

Sunday 5 October 2014 8pm - Kathryn Tickell & The Side - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Kathryn Tickell & The Side features Kathryn Tickell on Northumbrian pipes, fiddle and voice; Louisa Tuck (Royal Northern Sinfonia) cello; Amy Thatcher, accordion and voice and Ruth Wall, harps (lever, bray, wire-strung) and voice. When world-renowned Northumbrian piping virtuoso Kathryn Tickell decided to put a new band together, she wasn’t going to let a mere 600 mile round trip for rehearsals stand in her way (Ruth, the harpist, lives in Cornwall, the rest of the band are in Northumberland) nor was she daunted by the fact that cellist Louisa already had a full-time job with Royal Northern Sinfonia. “These are the musicians I wanted to work with” she says “and the best things in life are not always the easiest!” Eighteen months later, that determination and focus has paid dividends with the release of the ensemble’s eponymous debut album ‘Kathryn Tickell & The Side’ which will be released on 29th September, followed by a UK tour in October / November. 'Kathryn Tickell & The Side' is a tour de force of lush soundscapes, stark lines and rich textures and, of course, stunning musicianship. The album also showcases Kathryn’s skill as a composer: she’s always been able to write a great tune, but here she truly raises the bar. Kathryn Tickell & The Side also features two special guests from the Royal Northern Sinfonia - percussionist Marney O'Sullivan and violinist (and leader of the orchestra) Bradley Creswick, as well as some tasty guitar work from Sting’s long-time guitarist Dominic Miller. £15 adv, £17 door.
Box office 01822 611166. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2264_kathryn_tickell_and_the_side.

Wednesday 8 October 2014 - Show Of Hands - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Undeniably one of the strongest current forces in acoustic music – England’s finest and most popular roots duo and something of a ‘people’s band’. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/show-of-hands. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Thursday 9 October 2014 - Dana Gillespie Trio - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A first Mill visit from this multi-award winning blues diva. With over 60 albums to her credit and a career spanning 45 years, Dana has played support to Bob Dylan, runs her own music festival in Mustique (graced by the likes of Mick Jagger among others), had lead roles in hit West End shows (most notably as the original Mary Magdalene in the 1st London production of Jesus Christ Superstar), and enjoys a worldwide following. This international blues legend will play with Jake & Artie Zaitz on guitar and double bass respectively. www.dana-gillespie.com. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Friday 10 October 2014 8pm - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Those who have been following the Folk revival movement will already know about Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker. Both classically trained, Josienne’s voice and style has been compared to June Tabor, and Ben’s vintage guitar and mandolin lends the perfect musical tact. Nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Newcomers and Best Duo this year, Josienne and Ben infuse ageless stories of love and loss with their exquisite command of many instruments. Whether interpreting words centuries old or singing her own authentic lyrics, Josienne’s jewel-like voice finds the nuance in the simplest phrase. Ben’sflair for arrangement provides the perfect setting, allowing the song centre-stage. Their live performances have received fantastic reviews. “Becoming one of the hottest tickets in Folk” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. www.calstockarts.org/friday-10-october-josienne-clarke-and-ben-walker. Box office 01726 879500.

Friday 10 October 2014 - Steve Knightley - George Hotel, South Molton (map)
'Grow Your Own Gig' tour. www.georgehotelsouthmolton.co.uk. Tel. 01769 572514.

Saturday 11 October 2014 7.30pm – The Carrivick Sisters – Charleton Village Hall, West Charleton, nr Kingsbridge TQ7 2AF (map)
Identical twin sisters Charlotte and Laura have grown up playing and writing music together. Their unique style shows their strong bluegrass influences without obscuring their English roots. With tight harmonies that only siblings can achieve, they perform their original songs on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dobro and clawhammer banjo. They have performed both in the UK and internationally. Tickets £15 (including 2 course supper) on sale from beginning of September. Contact Jane Payne 01548 531885, email jane[at]paynes.org.uk. 7pm for 7.30pm. Bar/Raffle. In Aid of National Coastwatch Prawle Point/

Wednesday 15 October 2014 - Lúnasa - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Ireland's premier traditional acoustic band. The line-up for this tour will feature Kevin Crawford, and Cillian Vallely on traditional Irish instrumentation of low whistle, uilleann pipes, tin whistles, Tula Custy on fiddle, augmented by Trevor Hutchinson on double bass and Shane McGowan on guitar. Although there is no new album available for the October tour audiences will have a chance to enjoy some of the band's most popular back catalogue as well as hearing some new material for the first time which is destined for the band's next studio album. Booking details tba. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Thursday 16 October 2014 8pm - Cole Stacey & Joseph O'Keefe - Exeter Golf & Country Club, Countess Wear, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 7AE
Support: Sarah Yeo. In aid of Hospiscare, the Exeter-based cancer charity, and chosen charity for the year of the club's president. Tickets £14 may be obtained by calling the Club on 01392 874139 or by contacting info@exetergcc.co.uk.

Friday 17 October 2014 7.30pm- Appaloosas - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
From way out in the Wild West - of Dartmoor - come Appaloosas, playing Old-Time and Appalachian, the music that became American music. Rooted in songs and tunes carried by settlers from the British Isles, it was familiar musical home comforts for generations of emigrants. Music from tough times telling of the unchanging human condition, from anonymous, long-dead voices but still resonating today. Supported by Martin Scragg, active in the folk revival for over 40 years, singing mostly traditional Anglo- Irish and Scottish material, with a fair amount of more contemporary songs written within the traditional mould. www.batsweb.org.uk. Online booking www.wegottickets.com/event/286298.

Friday 17 October 2014 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Popular return visit. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html

Saturday 18 October 2014 - Nicky Swann - Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ (map)
details tba www.sterts.co.uk

Thursday 23 October 2014 - 8.15pm - Gilmore & Roberts - Starz Bar, 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter EX4 3ET (map)
Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Katriona Gilmore (The Albion Band) and Jamie Roberts (Kerfuffle) combine award-winning songwriting with astounding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies, creating a powerful wall of sound. Their third album The Innocent Left explores many and varied topics but remains consistently bound by their passion for stories and has delivered a fresh haul of accolades, including a 'Best Duo' nomination at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, a 'Song of the Year' FATEA Award, first prize in the Acoustic/Folk category of the UK Songwriting Contest, a Horizon Award nomination at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and a tour supporting Fairport Convention. More details and tickets £8+ www.wegottickets.com/event/285582. www.facebook.com/Exeterfolkproject

Thursday 23 October 2014 - House of Hats & Carrie Tree - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated. The Best Of Brighton Folk. House of Hats with a style likened to Crosby, Stills and Nash - Fleet Foxes and Mumford and Sons. “Your set was stunning, such harmonies, stayed with me.” Zoe Ball - Radio 2. They deliver a textured and pure sound with male and female figures sharing the lead. www.houseofhatsmusic.com. Carrie Tree has been a well known name on the UK alternative/green festival scene for several years with regular appearances at Glastonbury and Green gathering. "Bjork, with English folk sensibilities!” www.carrietree.co.uk. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!house-of-hats-and-carrie-tree/csb7. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

Thursday 23 October 2014 - James Keelaghan with Hugh McMillan - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A long-awaited return for one of Canada's finest singer/songwriters. Multi-award-winning James has a devoted worldwide following for his masterful storytelling, faultless guitar, coffee-rich baritone voice, and passionate live performances. A wordsmith par-excellence, James writes intelligent songs that touch on universal emotions and leave his audiences spellbound. James is playing with multi-instrumentalist Hugh who plays mandolin, bass, fretless bass, 8 string bass, pedal steel, lap steel, and more! www.keelaghan.com. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

24-26 October 2014 - Baring Gould Folk Weekend - Okehampton
Held in a range of comfortable venues all in the centre of the old market town. Artists include: Tickled Pink, Phil Beer, James Findlay, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Jon & Alfie, Lester Simpson and the Wren Band. As well as the strong programme of concerts and dances, you can sing with the Festival Choir or play with Festival Orchestra. On the Saturday night there is a Feast with hog roast or vegetarian options and even more music and song, and Sunday features the annual Prize Conker Competition. Weekend tickets £30 buy, 3 get 1 free! www.baring-gould.co.uk or call 01837 53754.

Friday 24 October 2014 8pm - Johnny Coppin - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
Brilliant songwriter. Former member of folk / rock band, Decameron and part of current duo with Mike Silver and occasionally with Phil Beer. Johnny has a wonderful clear voice and accompanies himself on guitar and keyboard. www.johnnycoppin.co.uk. Support: Harping Mad (Susie & Bill Tresize) www.harpingmad.co.uk. Tickets: £10 adv; £12 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Saturday 25 October 2014 - Seth Lakeman - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Folk singer, songwriter and virtuoso fiddler Seth Lakeman unearthed hidden histories and unsung everyday heroes to commemorate in song for his new album Word of Mouth which stormed into the charts on its release in February this year. The album includes 12 brand new songs including the BBC Radio 2 playlisted single The Courier. Seth will be joined by his multi-instrumental band on his October tour playing songs from Word of Mouth and other live favourites. Details, bookigns etc. www.theatreroyal.com/whats-on/2014/seth-lakeman-2014/#. Selling strongly already!

Saturday 25 October 2014 8pm - Old Gaffers Shanty Crew - Victoria Inn, Salcombe
The South Hams shanty crew on a regular visit to their 'local' in Salcombe www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

27-31 October 2014 - Baring-Gould Folk Song School - Okehampton
Led by Wren Music's Director Paul Wilson with the Wren team of Sarah Owen and Rosa Rebecka, Marilyn Tucker and David Faulkner; visiting tutor Janet Russell . Tuition in large and small groups, as well as one-to-one. You will have the opportunity to plan your own week, balancing your own programme from the three main strands: 1. Developing Technique warming up; finding your own voice; breathing; pitching; phrasing; ornamentation; creating your own harmonies. 2. Developing Repertoire searching the archive; collation of text and tunes; putting tunes to words (and vice versa); arranging; using harmony; accompaniment. 3. Developing Performance Skills opportunities to sing away from the clubs; using PA systems; building confidence; overcoming nerves; relaxation; telling the story. The 2014 fee is £300 if paid in full before 30 September, £350 thereafter (if any places still available). www.baring-gould.co.uk 01837 53754.

Thursday 6 November 2014 8pm - Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
The ones to watch on the UK's growing Americana scene. As a six piece band (featuring guitars, mandolin, harmonica, accordion, double bass and drums) they play an eclectic mix of Western Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Hokum Blues, Ragtime, Cajun, and Country, all with similar themes of debauchery, disasters, drink and debt. With a set comprised of original songs and old blues gems, they are sure to make your feet tap and your booty shake. www.teapadorchestra.co.uk. www.batsweb.org.uk. Online booking www.wegottickets.com/event/286306.

Saturday 8 November 2014 8pm - Robin & Bina Williamson - Hazelwood House nr Loddiswell TQ7 4EB (map)
An exotic mix of Celtic Indian & Old Timey Roots - Robin & Bina work so well together because they create a wonderful balance of voices in their acoustic concerts of song-story & music. They draw on a wide variety of original, traditional, spiritual & mystical folk roots. This concert is also part of the Robin Williamson Bardic workshop held over this weekend. If you are interested in joining the workshop please call Robin directly on: 02920 231731. Tickets £15/£13.
Bookable pre-concert buffet available. See www.hazelwoodhouse.com for details. Tel. 01548 821232.

Sunday 16 November 2014 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Peter Knight’s Gigspanner has been hailed by Songlines magazine as 'another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool', but those in the know will tell you that there is more to Gigspanner than meets the eye. Without doubt a bedrock of British traditional music is to be expected from Steeleye Span’s legendary fiddle player. But Gigspanner’s musical reach flirts audaciously with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences transporting audiences on a 'blistering pace of a musical world tour' (Phil Widdows, Folkcast). 'Peter Knight can spin the World on his Bow' - Sir Terry Pratchett. www.gigspanner.com. £12 adv /£14 door.  www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk

Sunday 16 November 2014 8pm – Reg Meuross – Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club, Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH
Reg’s imaginative and finely crafted songs have earned him the title of Master Storyteller (Pennyblack Music), and prompted Mike Harding to introduce him as ‘One of the finest singer-songwriters this country has produced.’ www.regmeuross.com. Tickets £8 adv or £10 door are available until 1 September and from 13 October, on any club night, email acoustic.warehouse@gmail.com or call 01626 362528. www.myspace.com/acoustic_warehouse.

Sunday 16 November 2014 7pm - Bellowhead - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
After their special sell-out 10th Anniversary shows at The Royal Albert Hall and Manchester Bridgewater Hall, award-winning big band Bellowhead are delighted to continue the celebrations with the announcement of their biggest ever UK tour. Details www.plymouthpavilions.com.

Sunday 16 November 2014 - The Fisherman's Friends - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated.
Shanty singers from Port Isaac who have delighted visitors and locals there for more than 15 years, with almost 300 live performances under their belts. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/the-fishermans-friends. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Tuesday 18 November 2014 - Boo Hewerdine - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Much loved English songwriter Boo Hewerdine releases his first career retrospective My Name In Brackets (The Best of) on November 3rd 2014 via Reveal Records. Featuring many of his greatest songs from Boo’s time leading The Bible in the mid-eighties and his subsequent solo career, the compilation spans over 25 years worth of recordings and also includes some brand new songs written specifically for My Name In Brackets. Boo Hewerdine will tour the UK in November 2014 where audiences can expect to hear plenty of their favourite Boo songs alongside a clutch of newer songs as yet unreleased. His shows are famous for his bone dry between song banter, he appears to have an endless supply of anecdotes about his brushes with ‘almost, nearly, not quite fame’! Tickets £12+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/282968. Further info 01803 875527 or world.unlimited@o2.co.uk. www.worldunlimited.co.uk. Doors 7.00pm

Thursday 20 November 2014 8pm - Phil Henry & Hannah Martin - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
Winners of 2014 BBC Best Duo Folk Award. Acclaimed duo bringing an exciting blend of blues, world and traditional folk music on slide guitar, harmonica, fiddle, banjo and vocals. Tickets: £8 adv; £10 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Friday 21 November 2014 7.30pm Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin + special guests - Brixham Library
Phil and Hannah curate an evening of songs from some of Devon’s finest musicians. Bringing together instruments from Dobro (slide guitar), fiddle, banjo, and viola, to beatbox harmonica, Phil and Hannah combine influences from India to America; but remain firmly rooted in the traditional musics of the British Isles. Having released two acclaimed albums that draw much inspiration from their south west home, the duo look forward to bringing together a wonderful group of musicians for a unique collaborative evening, celebrating the music, history and landscape of the area in support of Brixham Library. £10. http://friendsofbrixhamlibrary.wordpress.com/forthcoming-events/2014-events-programme.

Friday 21 November 2014 7.30pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman – The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
This duo has established themselves as pillars of modern British folk. Their professional and personal partnership has yielded several successful albums and recognition as one of the top duos around culminating in being recognised as Best Duo at the 2013 BBC2 Folk Awards. Tickets available from the Flavel box office on 01803 839530 or www.theflavel.org.uk. Part of the Folk at the Flavel series.

Sold out Friday 21 November 2014 8pm - Joan Armatrading - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
"I will never retire but this will be the last major tour that I will undertake. For the first time these concerts will be me solo on stage playing the guitar, piano and singing. I want these concerts to be a special lively interactive one to one experience. I have absolutely enjoyed the last 42 years of performances but now, with my final major tour, I want to capture a unique memory for both myself and the audience." Box office 01392 665938 or online www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=14892.

Friday 21 November 2014 - The Wurzels - Plainmoor, Torquay
The Somerset-based band is best known by many people for their 1976 number one hit "Combine Harvester",and number three hit "I Am A Cider Drinker". Doors 7pm. Meal deal available. Tickets £20. Contact Sharon Cox 07837 708406 or email sharoncox@torquayunited.com.

21-23 November 2014 - West Country Christmas Carols -
Folk South West's ever-popular weekend of workshops and concerts. Tutors will be Helen Coombs, John Kirkpatrick, Tim Laycock, Carolyn Robson, Eddie Upton and Peter Wilton. Book your accommodation now for a stimulating and enjoyable weekend of workshops and concerts.

Saturday 22 November 2014 - Lisbee Stainton Duo - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell
When multi-instrumentalist Lisbee isn’t writing and recording her own work she tours as a special guest with Seth Lakeman’s band, with the folk star describing her as, “a fantastic singer songwriter.” “Bound for glory…an exquisite slice of traditional songwriting” – The Times. Online tickets £10+ www.wegottickets.com/event/273768. Doors 7pm.

Saturday 22 November 2014 8pm - Blackheart - Bickington Hall, nr Newton Abbot
Samples www.blackheartmusic.co.uk. details tba

Fri/Sat 5/6 December 2014 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ
The only tour of the year, last two dates, and the only gigs in our coverage area (nearest other Barnstaple and Yeovil). Enjoy a full evening of Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes - two sets with no support. See www.showofhands.co.uk for details.

tbc Sunday 7 December 2014 - St Agnes Fountain - local venue tba
details tba

Tuesday 9 December 2014 - Bella Hardy - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated.
BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year Award. Bella's captivating voice inhabits her characters and spins her stories with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity. With fiddle in hand, she presents folk songs in the best tradition; not as antiquated museum pieces, but as relevant and very human artworks. www.bellahardy.com. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!bella-hardy/c217f. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

Tuesday 9 December 2014 - Luke Daniels - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose talents are becoming widely recognised. Immaculate acoustic guitar playing and insightful, honest lyrics exploring love, life, doubt and faith and the idea that happiness and hope spring from what we have in common, rather than what we can acquire as individuals. Over the course of a twenty-year career Daniels has already earned his place on the UK Folk scene as a virtuoso melodeon player with the likes of Riverdance, De Dannan and Ian Anderson, whilst performing with his own band at The London Jazz Festival, The Royal Festival Hall and credible folk festivals in the UK and internationally. Luke also worked alongside Howard Shore and The London Philharmonic Orchestra as a soloist on the movie soundtracks for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and is currently a regular member of The Cara Dillon Band. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/luke-daniels. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Wednesday 10 December 2014 8pm - A Medieval Christmas - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Clifford Room. Following on from their highly successful touring show “A Victorian Christmas”, acclaimed historical entertainment company Blast from the Past now delve further back in time to bring you “A Medieval Christmas”. Featuring long-forgotten festive songs (plus some surprisingly familiar carols!) played on authentic instruments such as cittern, bagpipes and shawm, this celebration of Yuletide Past is sure to warm the hearts of young and old. Details www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/a-medieval-christmas.

tbc Friday 12 December 2014 - Ceilidh with Random - local venue tba
One of the top national ceilidh bands, featuring brilliant melodeon player Saul Rose from Waterson Carthy, Faustus, Whapweasel... Details tba

Saturday 13 December 2014 8pm - Phil Beer - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
One of the finest performers on the folk scene. Multi-instrumentalist and one-half of duo Show Of Hands. Brilliant! Nuff said! Tickets: £12 adv, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Friday 19 December 2014 - Mad Dog Mcrea - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
tba Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.facebook.com/southdevonarts/app_203279979821689. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

Wednesday 31 December 2014 8pm - Old Gaffers Shanty Crew - Victoria Inn, Salcombe
See the New Year in with the South Hams shanty crew at their 'local' in Salcombe www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

Sunday 22 February 2015 7.45pm - The Unthanks - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
The Unthanks is a family affair for Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank, with Rachel married to pianist, producer, arranger and composer, Adrian McNally. Using the traditional music of the North East of England as a starting point, the influence of Steve Reich, Miles Davis, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Wyatt, Antony & The Johnsons, King Crimson and Tom Waits can be heard in the band's 7 albums to date. Since releasing three project albums in one year back in 2012, The Unthanks have been hiding away in Northumberland, quietly working away on an ambitious follow-up to 2011's Last. Who knows how rich, imaginative and groundbreaking their new album will be, released to coincide with this tour, and to be brought to life on stage with a talented 10 piece band. Definable only by their restless, peerless eccentricity, The Unthanks see folk music less as a style of music and more as a oral history that offers perspective on our own time. Their unique approach to storytelling straddles the complex relationship between modernism and learning from the past. Staunch traditionalism and sonic adventure may seem like polar opposites, yet they are easy bedfellows in the gentle hands of The Unthanks. www.the-unthanks.com. £19.50. Box office 01392 665938. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15168

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