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Harberton Folk presents @ Harberton Parish Hall (near Totnes):
Gigspanner Big Band - Friday 27 April 2018 -
Sold out!
Belshazzar's Feast - Saturday 1 December 2018
- Ticketing details coming shortly
Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham - Saturday 23 March 2019
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Friday 27 April 2018 7.30pm - Jamie Yost - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Debut EP launch of alternative folk musician Jamie Yost. The singer songwriter will be accompanied by his 5 piece backing band with support from an array of local talent. On the night expect four of Plymouth's finest artists, soulful vocals from Roz Birch. Folk, blues and rock from the harmonic duo Calvin Thomas & Jack Cookson. Ambience and heart melting vocals from the Olly Parker Trio and finally a truly powerful yet intimate performance from Jamie Yost and his band. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk/2018/02/friday-27th-april-jamie-yost.html.

Sold out Friday 27 April 2018 8pm - Gigspanner Big Band - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
Harberton Folk is delighted to be presenting one of the few concerts that the Gigspanner Big Band will be performing together in 2018: a very special event featuring the Gigspanner trio of Peter Knight, guitarist Roger Flack and percussionist Sacha Trochet, augmented by Philip Henry and Hannah Martin. Free on-site parking. Doors / licensed bar open 7.15pm. Tickets £18. For waiting list details see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/gbb180427waitlist.htm.

Saturday 28 April 2018 - Green Man Spring Festival – Bovey Tracey town centre
Free. A community celebration of music, dance, food and drink. 18 morris dance sides participating. Street stalls. Live music. Stage events provided by local schools. Official opening at 10am. Green man procession 11am. Dance finale at 4pm. All times approximate. www.boveytracey.gov.uk/Green-Man-Spring-Festival/Bovey-Events.

Saturday 28 April 2018 5.30pm - Mother's Ruin - Bell Inn, Town Hall Place, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AA
Folk rock an’ roots band Mother’s Ruin take inspiration for their music from traditional and modern folk-rock, roots and originals. A novel treatment of a strong song are the foundations of their repertoire. Part of the Green Man Festival.

Saturday 28 April 2018 7.30pm - Spring Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Caller Kip Pratt (bodhran, fiddle), with Mike Vickery (mandolin, guitar) and Aaron Aldred (melodeon). All welcome: Reel Ale bar and nibbles available. Tickets
at £7.50 on the door or from artworks (Station Rd, South Brent www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk). FFI contact Eileen on 01364 73699 or email eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com or visit websitewww.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

Saturday 28 April 2018 7pm - Shanty Evening with The Exmouth Shanty Men - Parish Hall, Bary Lane, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Crediton EX17 4BB
£10 adv (from Gordon Leigh 01884 855368 or Sheila Jefferies 01884 855634), £12 door. Bar. Fund raising event for the re-hanging of Cadbury's church bells.

Saturday 28 April 2018 8pm - Miranda Sykes - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ is returning to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar. Borrowed Places is a project that draws its inspiration primarily from the songs and landscapes of her native Lincolnshire but seen through the eyes of someone who has lived away for many years. The themes are not specific; the land changes, it grows, it shrinks, it adapts and it resists but most of all it lives and breathes. With her sensational voice, and accompanying herself, Miranda interprets the soul of the land and takes her audience on a journey that resonates with us all, wherever we live and it is one you won’t want to miss. Tickets £10 from The Bridge Inn tel. 01392 873862.

Saturday 28 April 2018 8pm - Mark Chadwick (Levellers) - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
One of the UK’s most successful songwriters, Mark Chadwick has co-written 20 chart singles and 6 Top 40 albums (including a Number 1) as part of The Levellers, the band he has fronted for over 20 years. All The Pieces is however, not a Levellers album. Whilst the voice may be familiar, that is where the similarities end. Instead, this is an intensely personal collection of folk-tinged acoustic pop tracks, written and refined over the course of the last two decades. Brought to life by award-winning producer Sean Lakeman. Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

Saturday 28 April 2018 8pm - Velvet & Stone - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
With special guest Ben Morgan-Brown. Velvet & Stone’s brand of indie-folk combines haunting soundscapes with catchy pop hooks and great songs – giving an original and beautiful take on a traditional genre. Crafting their live set with performances at Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections and Somersault, they take their audiences on a journey from stunning melodies to foot-stomping folk-rock. Ben Morgan-Brown writes intimate & reflective songs featuring open-tuned guitar, ethereal vocals & obliquely personal lyrics that tip the hat to Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Michael Chapman et al whilst still maintaining a unique musical style and identity. www.wegottickets.com/event/433134.

Saturday 28 April  2018 7pm - Charity Acoustic Band Night - War Memorial Hall, Meavy Ln, Yelverton PL20 6AL
Performances by Charlie Harris www.facebook.com/charlieharrisofficial, Eliza Acty www.elizaacty.com, Duo & Pony Pony www.ponyponymusic.com. In aid of South West Equine Protection. Tickets £7 adv from Office or call 01822 854823, £10 door. Licensed bar. Raffle.

Sunday 29 April 2018 2.30pm - Paddy’s Whiskers - The Boathouse, Preston Sands, Paignton
Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band Paddy’s Whiskers playing a mixture of fiddle led Irish jigs and reels for dancing, banjo driven bluegrass numbers, and Scottish tunes on border bagpipes. The whole band sing and at a Whiskers gig you’ll hear well known favourites from the folk tradition, together with a few original songs and tunes written by the band. Live music starts at 2:30pm and entrance is free. Free entry. Tables may be booked on 01803 665066. More information from www.paddyswhiskers.co.uk or ring Andrew on 07514 064558.

Sunday 29 April 2018 8pm - Jez Lowe & Steve Tilston - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Two of the UK acoustic/folk scene’s finest songwriters join forces for a series of concerts filled with songs and music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their approach to their craft. Listen in as they rekindle the spontaneity of their late-night living-room song swaps. Questions, answers, anecdotes and anarchy and a very special evening of music. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.
20/5 Feature night: Sarah Morgan. Next Club Guest nights at Matthews Hall: 3/6 Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage; 9/9 Narthen (Barry Coope, Lester Simpson, Jo Freya, Fi Fraser); 14/10 Martin Simpson

Sunday 29 April 2018 - Eric Bibb - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
A gifted story teller and songwriter, as he effortlessly pulls out his Gospel and Blues songs, the feel good factor is never far away at an Eric Bibb show; he's one of those artists who unfailingly leave his audiences with a smile on their faces. Blessed with a remarkable deep warm voice, Eric first came to this country almost 25 years back - some may recall him performing at the defunct Lanterns at Ashburton - and during a career which ha s seen him come up with 37 albums, has never shirked from tackling thorny issues head on; his latest album Migration Blues, contrasting the problems of modern immigrants with those of previous history, is a typically powerful testament. An opportunity to hear a master of his craft at work. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Sold out Sunday 29 April 2018 7.30pm - Budapest Cafe Orchestra - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
"The finest purveyors of Balkan music this side of a Lada scrap heap." We possibly need say no more! Don't be fooled, the Budapest Café Orchestra isn't really an orchestra and nor are they from Budapest - just four spectacularly talented and entertaining musicians playing Balkan, Jewish and Russian traditional gypsy and folk music - prepare to be energized...and thoroughly entertained! See https://lympstone-entertainments.net.

Sunday 29 April 2018 5pm - Rosa Rebecka + DCHQ - Ipplepen Village Hall, Newton Abbot TQ12 5SB (map)
Swedish/American folk singer Rosa Rebecka (www.rosarebecka.com) with her backing group The Resonance; sharing the bill is an a cappella singing quartet (DCHQ) singing an eclectic mix from folk to Elvis. www.dchq4.wordpress.com. Tickets £8 reserved adv, £10 door: Contact d.chq@btinternet.com.

NEW Sunday 29 April 2018 7.30pm - Trade Winds - Tradesmans Arms, Scoriton, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
The usual mix of poems, songs, stories and music. M/C for the evening will be Trade Winds stalwart Jennie Osborne and it will, we’re sure, be a great mix of fine poetry and good music, as usual. Do come along to take part or to enjoy the evening as audience. Simon and Susan 01364 631308.

Thursday 3 May 2018 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Support: Sunjay. Seated. With their landmark 5th album, ‘Personae’, husband and wife duo introduce us to a host of new characters and stories from their fertile and energetic musical imaginations. Drawing upon the British folk tradition’s natural backdrops whilst weaving in their own distinct and eclectic flavours, self-penned songs sit comfortably alongside traditional ballads to provide a hugely entertaining and varied evening of music and song. Listen out for stories of Knights, grizzly murder, giants and even an ancient tortoise! Twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for ‘Best Duo’ 2016 & 2013, an evening in the company of this much-loved and highly respected couple is intimate, inclusive, warm and inspiring. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Thursday 3 May 2018 8pm - Jo Harman Duo - Otterton Mill (Restaurant), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A first visit to the Mill for Jo a super talented performer whose rise to stardom is assured, hailing from the southwest we are delighted to welcome her to the Mill. “ On course to be the finest UK female blues soul voice” – Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Thursday 3 May 2018 8.30pm - Elani Evangelou & Martha Nash - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
T
wo members of The Trees bring to The B-Bar an evening of interwoven guitar playing and harmony rich music incorporating sounds of country, 70s folk, and blues. With influences of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Crosby Stills Nash & Young and Laura Marling, expect a heady combination of delicate folk harmonies and sunny psychedelic sounds. Entry £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 4 May 2018 9pm - Matthew Gordon Price - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
An alternative folk musician who provides an emotional narrative with which many can relate. His sound has been compared to artists such as Glenn Hansard, Damien Rice, Marcus Mumford and Paolo Nutini.  Entry £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 4 May 2018 7.30pm - Dartmoor folk choir The Lost Sound - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Dartmoor folk choir The Lost Sound start their summer season with a fundraiser concert, for the community owned Ashburton Arts Centre. 'In this heart' is a beautiful collection of songs of love, joy and bravery from England, Appalachia, Haiti and more. TLS will be ending their tour at Sidmouth Folk week on Sunday 5 August in the Manor Garden pavilion theatre. With a newly expanded choir, a strong, natural and powerful sound, they are earning a well deserved reputation for exciting singing. " Best choir in the region" Phil Beer. Tickets £9.50, email boxoffice@ashburtonarts.org.uk, call 01364 652781 or online www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/in-this-heart-the-lost-sound-summer-tour-tickets-44456831580?aff=es2.

Friday 4 May 2018 7.30pm - Lisa Knapp - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Till April is Dead – A Garland of Ritual & Love songs in the Month of May. One of the most inventive and creative artists around, Lisa Knapp pushes boundaries with her radiant interpretation of traditional folk music. Her vocals reel you in, “cool and pure like iced water, edged with a menace and strength” (The Guardian). Her most recent album Till April is Dead gathered many five-star reviews. The month of May is the focal point for an eruption of traditions, rituals and celebrations across the Northern Hemisphere: summer is coming, the weather is warmer and the promise of long, light evenings provide a perfect excuse to sing, dance and celebrate. Melding together some of the most beautiful, strange and beguiling ‘May’ songs inspired by weird and wonderful happenings across Britain, as well as folklore hailing from here and distant shores, and beautiful folk songs of love and loss. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Friday 4 May 2018 - Peter Donegan - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
The son of skiffle legend, Lonnie Donegan, now performing his father's songs and keeping alive the memory of one of the first stars of the hit parade. Tickets £3, available adv at the bar (free to restaurant diners that evening). www.facebook.com/events/1926312494365575. Any money raised from ticket sales will go towards Peter's fundraising campaign to help fund treatment for his three year old "Little Man", Eric, who has just been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. www.gofundme.com/littlemanfund. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk
. Tel. 01752 297604.

Saturday 5 May 2018 - Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. The former lead-singer of Bellowhead heads out on the second leg of his Afterglow album tour. His first new release since leaving Bellowhead in May 2016 features the newly extended Remnant Kings, including the talents of former Bellowhead band-mates Sam Sweeney and Paul Sartin, plus Leveret’s Rob Harbron and along with Ben Nicholls and Richard Warren (King of The South Seas) the band will be joined by string and brass sections to bring the album to the stage. ‘Vivid lyrics, striking imagery, fascinating ideas, challenging arrangements and Boden’s characteristically striking vocals…it has to be considered a Major Work.’ FROOTS review of Afterglow. ‘Resurrects the brassy swagger of Bellowhead.’ Financial Times. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Saturday 5 May 2018 9pm - Alex Hart & Band - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Alex Hart is a young country/folk singer from Devon. Since releasing her first studio album ‘On This Day’ she has embarked on European and UK tours both supporting and playing in the band of Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre, and held her own on a UK tour and Festivals through the South West. www.alexhart.com.Entry £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

5/6 May 2018 - Topsham Folk Club 40th Anniversary - Come and help us celebrate. Details www.topshamfolkclub.org.
Saturday 5 May midday-3pm - The Globe Malthouse - A lunchtime instrumental session of mainly English tunes. This one-off event celebrates our monthly tune session. Free admission
Saturday 5 May 7-10.30pm - The Globe Malthouse - A reunion concert with invited guests who have been associated with the club over the years in all of its venues. A showcase of the wide range of musical styles that have given the club its unique identity. Tickets £5 – available at club nights but not online
Sunday 6 May midday-3pm - The Globe Malthouse - An open lunchtime singaround with folk club regulars as well as other invitees. Ask the compère if you would like to perform. Free admission.
Sunday 6 May 7-10.30pm - Matthews Hall, Topsham - A lively evening with Mrs Midnight’s ceilidh band.Come and enjoy dancing, special song spots and other attractions throughout the evening. Licensed bar. Tickets £5 – available online www.wegottickets.com/event/433703 and at club nights

Sunday 6 May 2018 7.30pm - Ceilidh with Mrs Midnight’s - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
A lively evening with Mrs Midnight’s ceilidh band. Come and enjoy dancing, special song spots and other attractions throughout the evening. Licensed bar. Tickets £5(+), available at club nights at Topsham Folk Club www.topshamfolkclub.org and online www.wegottickets.com/event/433703.

Sunday 6 May 2018 7.45pm - Gerry Colvin Band - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Putting together a few words to give a flavour of an act is sometimes a bit tricky but in the case of Gerry Colvin, it is well-nigh impossible! The 4-piece band blend superb musicianship (acoustic and electric guitars, accordion, double bass) with astonishing songs and unique presentation style of Gerry, a writer of great poingnancy, humour and sensitivity. You will laugh, be deeply moved and leave uplifted and happy! £12.
Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 6 May 2018 7.30pm - Keith James: The songs of Leonard Cohen - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the stroke of each line. With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’, 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. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert across the UK, giving almost 400 concerts to over 100,000 people.
www.tavistockwharf.com.

Wednesday 9 May 2018 8pm - FOS Brothers - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Growing up in Belfast in the 70's the FOS brothers fuse an eclectic mix of their own original songs with traditional Irish sensibilities flavoured liberally with Floydian/Genesis/Horslipian spices. Their mix drums, percussion Loops and samples and soaring guitars and bass delight Festival audiences and that’s even before they start singing! – New CD Clear Again was mastered by Simon Heyworth of Mike Oldfield’s famed production. – Don’t Miss them. Bucolic folk has a psychedelic head-fit. www.fosbrothers.com. www.youtube.com/user/FOSbrothers. Tickets £10 from The Bridge Inn tel. 01392 873862.

Wednesday 9 May 2018 - Sam Lee: Singing with Nightingales - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
+ special guest Chartwell Dutiro & Adrian Freedman. Folk music star Sam Lee brings his unique experience of starlit walks in the English woods for outdoor concerts with wild nightingales and special guest musicians to venues across the UK. Singing With Nightingales: Live sees the nightingales’ courtship song broadcast live into venues across the UK, where Sam and guest musicians will collaborate in this unique performance from the comfort of the auditorium. Sam Lee’s spoken and sung narrative, creates a guided imaginatory forest walk, drawing audiences into the lore of the woods with transporting folk songs and guest musicians. This meditative journey is accompanied by immersive lighting and a live audio feed of the evening chorus as it fades to silence, followed by the signature duet as performers join with the birds’ after-dark song. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Thursday 10 May 2018 8pm - Si Barron - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
"I think he's a really, really fine guitarist and an even finer interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk songs. Mike Harding." www.sibarron.eu. Entrance £5 for performers £6 non performers. Information: Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

Friday 11 May 2018 - Hannah White & Band - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
Another opportunity to hear the wonderful voice of Hannah White from the Sound Lounge in London. Hannah is a singer songwriter with an eclectic mix of music.  Tickets £7(+) from 01626 890957, www.wegottickets.com/event/424812. The Starcross concerts aim to raise some money to keep the church going and make it a more viable community building.

Friday 11 May 2018 8pm - Greg Russell - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Greg is one of the many young performers on the current folk scene making a huge impression. He is now firmly established as a soloist and as well as performing with Ciaran Algar among others. He is an excellent songwriter and interpreter of songs with a very rich, mature voice beyond his years and a very fine musician indeed playing Guitar and Bouzouki, amongst other instruments. Recently toured with the very popular new interpretation of the Transports production and in recent times has worked with Mick Ryan in his folk operas, as well as Peggy Seeger and Martin Simpson. BBC 2 Radio Young Folk award and the Horizon award winner, alongside Ciaran Algar in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Support: tbc Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) paid in adv £10; adv notice, paid on door £12. Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

Friday 11 May 2018 - Honey & The Bear - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Suffolk songwriters Jon Hart and Lucy Sampson are bringing their own brand of folk Americana to The Brook as part of their spring tour. Check out www.facebook.com/honeyandthebear. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk
. Tel. 01752 297604.

Friday 11 May 2018 7.30pm - Noble Jacks - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Noble Jacks are a rip-roaring Alt-Folk band with roof raising energy, whose warm electro-acoustic interactions fuse together a mixture of folky footstompin’ rhythms and engaging lyricism. The band encompasses heartfelt, yet uptempo songs showcasing fiddle, blues harmonica and big anthem toplines. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Friday 11 May 2018 8pm - Birds of Chicago - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Alli Russell (Po’Girl) and JT Nero (JT & the Clouds) returning after 5 years to the Tamar Valley as a four piece band. Birds of Chicago began in 2012 when Nero started writing for his vocal star-muse, Russell. Both were accomplished singer/songwriters with projects of their own, Nero with JT and the Clouds and Russell with the acclaimed Canadian roots outfit Po’ Girl, but together there was an unmistakable chemistry. Stark, elemental imagery that feels like scripture, or a lost folk song recovered; the Birds draw heavily on the gospel tradition and the music feels like a new, secular gospel of sorts. www.birdsofchicago.com.
 Adv tickets £12 (door £13) at www.calstockhall.org.

Friday 11 May 2018 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
Caller: Jeremy Child. Music: 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.

11-13 May 2018 - Dart Music Festival - Dartmouth
Huge multi-genre festival. Line-up includes Gigspanner. www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk

Saturday 12 May 2018 7.30pm - Jez Lowe - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (map)
Sony award winning songwriter from Durham Jez received a double nomination in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards – for best singer and best new song – was a timely reminder of Jez Lowe’s standing in the UK folk and acoustic music scene. Not only he is one of the busiest live performers in the country, but his songs are among the most widely sung by other performers. www.jezlowe.com. Tickets £10 adv, £12 door, book on 01548 810806. Supported by Silvington, fresh from the launch of their second album “Down the Line” (www.silvington.org).

Saturday 12 May 2018 7.30pm - Ninebarrow - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’ by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Most recently, the duo were nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the ‘Horizon’ category for Best Emerging Artist. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Saturday 12 May 2018 - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
The advent of Gigspanner has introduced a whole new audience to the extraordinary musicianship of Peter Knight, a violinist whom many consider to be in a league of his own. The late author Sir Terry Pratchett in praising Peter's great gift wrote with typical lyricism "Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow". Peter is joined by Roger Flack on guitar and Sacha Trochet on percussion, both powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right. The captivating nature of their set stems not only from their creative ability and vision, but the eclectic nature of the material chosen. There are eddies and undercurrents drawn from a whole palette of influences which engage and enthral audiences to the closing notes. Part of the Dart Music Festival www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk.

Sunday 13 May 2018 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Maker Church, nr Torpoint, Cornwall (map)
The advent of Gigspanner has introduced a whole new audience to the extraordinary musicianship of Peter Knight, a violinist whom many consider to be in a league of his own. The late author Sir Terry Pratchett in praising Peter's great gift wrote with typical lyricism "Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow". Peter is joined by Roger Flack on guitar and Sacha Trochet on percussion, both powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right. The captivating nature of their set stems not only from their creative ability and vision, but the eclectic nature of the material chosen. There are eddies and undercurrents drawn from a whole palette of influences which engage and enthral audiences to the closing notes. Ticketing see www.gigspanner.com/live.html.

Tuesday 15 May 2018 7.30pm - Hans Theessink & Brooks Williams ‘Steady Rolling Blues’ - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Hans Theessink, is one of the fiercest acoustic players in Europe and one of the top acoustic blues stars worldwide, a man who has played with the best and is one of the best, American or European, black & white, old and young, since The 1960s.This guy is the real deal, just a bluesmaster who is as good as it gets on every level. He is literally an international blues treasure. Brooks Williams has been Voted in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists of all time. “Pan-Americana Roots ‘n Blues, doused in Moonshine alt-Billy and delicious Dixie” Net Rhythms. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Tuesday 15 May 2018 8pm - Chris Cleverley - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
Chris has created a reputation as a songwriter of singular ability with characteristic original and traditional material that has resonated deeply with audiences. The raw and at times unsettling honesty of his lyricism sits curiously over the delicate intricacy of his fingerstyle guitar and banjo. Chris is fast gaining the accolade of being among the most masterful players on the scene. Continuing the legacy of his heroes such as Nic Jones and John Renbourn his playing style faithfully captures the essence of the folk revival and its musical heavyweights. http://chriscleverley.com. For more information call 01392 881105 or visit the Club on www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk/?fref=ts.

Friday 18 May 2018 7.30pm - Mitchell & Vincent - Parish Hall, Meavy PL20 6PJ
Acoustic duo with guitars and fiddles, who make their own instruments. And the music they play? Take a listen at https://mitchellandvincent.com/audio. £8. Licensed bar. www.meavy.org.uk/events.htm.

Friday 18 May 2018 7.30pm - Cara Dillon - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated, some tickets left,. Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will be performing material from her new album "Wanderer" which is a collection of beautiful and moving songs recorded in an intimate setting with her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman. Support: Singer, songwriter Adam Sweet. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Irish Set Dancing - St Thomas Church Hall, Exeter EX4 1AP
No experience or partner needed. Friday evenings: May 18, June 15, July 20 7.45 to 10pm. £5 door. For further information, contact John on 07903 125606 or email johnzealleyis@hotmail.com.

Saturday 19 May 2018 7pm - Medieval & Traditional Folk Concert - St Mary’s Church, Market Road, Plympton PL7 1QW
Musicians Devnent (Steve Tyler, Katy Merchant and Jim Causley) and dancers from the Age of Chivalry. Devnent are an exhilarating trio comprising international Medieval musicians Steve Tyler and Katy Merchant with award winning local folk singer Jim Causley. They’ll be bringing you a delightfully rich evening of song and instrumental music from Devon, Dartmoor and beyond, with music and song from Medieval Europe, traditional sources and recently written pieces, performed on hurdy gurdy, bagpipes and other exotic early traditional instruments. Age of Chivalry will perform a medley of Medieval dances based on the Festival themes of War, Health and Enlightenment. This event is part of the Historic Plympton Festival (14–20 May). Tickets £10. See https://historyfestival2018.wordpress.com/music-and-performance for booking details.

Saturday 19 May 2018 -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
Doors 7.15pm. Guests Poisson Rouge http://www.poissonrougeband.com. Dance workshop 7.30pm prompt. Admission £9 includes tea & biscuits. BYO drinks. Free parking opposite. Info Pat / Mike 01392 811593, email daccordexeter9@gmail.com. https://frenchdancedevon.wordpress.com.
Sunday 10 June 2018 11am -
d'Accord Boat Trip - Exmouth
Music & dancing afloat. BYO picnic. Tickets £12 available at d'Accord club nights.

Sunday 20 May 2018 7.45pm - Flossie Malavialle - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Charming French singer, firmly embedded in the British folk scene, as she has been based in the North-East for over 15 years. She is great fun and immensely prolific and has released 12 albums with an incredibly wide-ranging repertoire: songs ranging from Edith Piaf to Sinatra, Jacques Brel to McCartney, Colum Sands to Carol King, all accompanied by her gutsy guitar style and franglais patter! £10.
Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 20 May 2018 8pm - Feature night: Sarah Morgan - Topsham Folk Club, Globe Hotel Malthouse, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
www.topshamfolkclub.org. Next Club Guest nights at Matthews Hall: 3/6 Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage; 9/9 Narthen (Barry Coope, Lester Simpson, Jo Freya, Fi Fraser); 14/10 Martin Simpson

Sunday 20 May 2018 7.30pm - Lankum - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Named after the the child-murdering villain from the classic ballad, Lankum are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material. Formerly known as Lynched, the band decided that they would no longer continue with the name due to the unavoidable implications that it has in regards to acts of racist violence. Their new name comes from the ballad ‘False Lankum’, as sung by the Irish Traveller John Reilly Jr.

NEW Monday 21 May 2018 7.30pm - Artizan Acoustic Night / Open Mic / Paul Lloyd Nicholas - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
Paul Lloyd Nicholas
is an exceptional songwriter and guitarist, well worth seeing. Monday 21 May will see coming all the way from Wales, Plus other talented performers in the first half of the evening. Refreshments available. Curated by Robert Spence, 01803 613647. Greg Hancock will be our special guest on Monday 18 June.

NEW Tuesday 22 May 2018 8pm - Shanty Workshop with The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
Another of our ever popular Shanty Workshops at our 'home' of the Beach Pub, Exmouth (adjacent to the marina). www.exmouthshantymen.com.

NEW Thursday 24 May 2018 8.30pm - The Silken Same - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
‘If we’re talking about being firmly rooted between the traditional and the modern, then no-one embodies that more perfectly'. Silken Same are Galway duo Mossy Nolan and Colm McGowan. With rip-roaring tunes and delicately played compositions, their music takes inspiration both from their native Ireland and all over Europe. Having supported a formidable roll call of artists in their native Ireland (This is the Kit, LAU, Luka Bloom, Seamus Fogarty) they are making their UK debut. Entry £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 25 May 2018 9pm - Kitty Macfarlane - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Somerset-based singer and songwriter. Her lyrics combine honest snapshots of everyday humanity with the bigger questions that have connected minds and voices for centuries, driven by her own fingerpicked guitar "This young Somerset-based singer-songwriter's blessed with a strong identity: a confident singing voice and a compelling writing style deriving inspiration from growing up in the south-west, allied to a talent for finding wider significance in everyday experiences"​ - fRoots Magazine. www.kittymacfarlane.com.  Entry £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 25 May 2018 8pm - Gallery Bar Special: Tamar - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Multi-instrumental duo with original music inspired by the West Country and some of its most prominent historical figures and events. Featuring local boys Oliver Wheeldon and Barney Kenny playing Fiddle, Slide Guitar and 12 String Acoustic Guitar with a foot-stomping Celtic/Anglo crossover style of music. The boys regularly play alongside Mad Dog McRea and are now touring their second album A Letter From The West. A great local live act not to be missed! Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to the band please. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 26 May 2018 7.30pm - Ensemble Baklava and Radial Band - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
(change of venue - originally listed as at St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes)
Second attempt (first date was snow-struck) for St John’s to host this exciting evening of music from two first rate folk/world local bands who are raising money for St John’s Windows of Opportunity Fund. Both bands combine improvisation and original material into their performances of songs and dance tunes drawn from the peoples and cultures of Europe - from the music of Medieval Spain to the rich musical heritage of the lands around the Eastern Mediterranean, from the dances of Scandinavia to the rhythms of eastern Europe- all performed on many exotic instruments. More info on websites www.baklavamusic.com and www.facebook.com/radialband. Tickets £8 door, refreshments.

NEW Saturday 26 May 2018 8pm - Reg Meuross & Anna Tanvir - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
A captivating musical evening with multi-award winning Somerset singer-songwriter Reg Meuross, with very special guest the harpist Anna Tanvir. Anna will perform a solo opening set, and will join Reg for part of his headline set. The combination of these two musicians is magical. Reg is a true modern troubadour, from gigging in village halls and folk clubs to playing the Royal Albert Hall and intimate as well as huge festival stages in the UK and abroad, he consistently entrances his audiences with songs of life, love and injustice, soulfully delivered with melodic tenor vocals and exemplary guitar playing. He has that rare gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, on a really human level, with words and music painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. Anna Tanvir is an exceptional singer and Celtic harp player of Indian/Irish origin. She has performed all over Europe, India and Madagascar combining a classical technique with a traditional sound. Her repertoire is a mix of traditional melodies and her own compositions reflecting her mixed cultural heritage and transcending the barriers of nation and language by recounting universally relevant stories of life and love. Tickets £12(+) from www.wegottickets.com/event/427168 or call 01363 82379.

NEW Sunday 27 May 2018 8pm - Kitty Macfarlane - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
With special guest, Victoria Pearce. Kitty Macfarlane is a Somerset-based singer and songwriter. Her lyrics combine honest snapshots of everyday humanity with the bigger questions that have connected minds and voices for centuries, driven by her own fingerpicked guitar. As well as the release of her debut EP Tide & Time - featuring Sam Kelly (co-producer), Jamie Francis, Lukas Drinkwater, Maya McCourt and Ciaran Algar, and gaining her first national airplay on the BBC Radio 2 folk show with Mark Radcliffe, and Tom Robinson's show on BBC 6Music. www.wegottickets.com/event/434832.

NEW Sunday 27 May 2018 7.30pm - Gilmore & Roberts - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in 2008. Since then, the duo have toured Canada and mainland Europe, played some of the UK’s biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention, and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Monday 28 May 2018 8.30pm - Eliza Acty - Bread and Roses, 62 Ebrington Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF
With her unique vocal style, singer and musician Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time and contemporary songs that spans over a century of music. www.elizaacty.com.

NEW Tuesday 29 May 2018 8.30pm - Devon Bird / Andy Clarke Solo - Exmouth Folk Night, Manor Hotel, The Beacon, Exmouth EX8 2AG (map)
Free entry.

NEW Tuesday 29 May 2018 7.30pm - Robyn Hitchcock - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
+ support from The Left Outsides. Robyn Hitchcock is one of England’s most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician’s musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock’s father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration). Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as ‘paintings you can listen to’. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 30 May 2018 8pm - Fairport Convention - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Fairport Convention has been making great music for over fifty years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, the band has been through many changes but the current members retain a passion for live performance. The band has won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award; Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s groundbreaking album Liege & Lief 'The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time'; and their story has been celebrated with a major documentary on BBC Four television. Fairport Convention features Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220. Selling strongly!

NEW Thursday 31 May 2018 - Fairport Convention - St Petroc's Church, Bodmin
A bit outside our usual coverage area, but probably a first for Bodmin! Doors 7pm. Tickets £20. Details www.intobodmin.co.uk/the-st-petroc-s-sessions.

NEW Thursday 31 May 2018 8pm - Edwina Hayes’ Mile Roses Trio - Otterton Mill (Courtyard), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Edwina is a firm Mill favourite and regular performer and we are delighted to welcome the Mile Roses Trio to Devon. Described as Contemporary British Folk music with a nod to Nashville, Edwina, Kate Bramley and Simon Haworth are sure to enchant. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 1 June 2018 7.30pm - Reg Meuross - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
With special guest harpist Anna Tanvir. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW 1-3 June 2018 - West Country Traditions Weekend - Exmouth
Presented by Exmouth Festival, featuring some of the finest acts from the South West. Located on the Imperial Grounds Exmouth, our main stage will be a Big Top.
Friday 1 June 7.30pm - Dartmoor Night, featuring Bill Murray, Jim Causley, The Dartmoor Pixie Band and more - Free entry
Saturday 2 June 7.30pm - Edgelarks and Tobias Ben Jacob - Tickets £10
Sunday 3 June 7.30pm - Steve Knightley, supported by The Exmouth Shanty Men, Alan Whitbread - Tickets £18
Tickets available from www.exmouthshantymen.com.
Plus Saturday and Sunday, free entertainment both days, including local folk artists, such as Devonbird, Rosie Eade, Shanty Groups from across the South West, Morris and Clog Dancers, singing and musicians sessions, craft stalls, steam engines and much more. Further details soon on the Exmouth Festival website www.exmouthfestival.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 2 June 2018 8pm - Glorious Chorus - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Acclaimed Devon-based performance choir Glorious Chorus returns to Calstock for another roof-raising performance. A highlight of the 2015 Calstock Jazz and Blues Festival, the choir has gone from strength to strength. With prestigious festival shows behind them – including an appearance at the Voices Now Festival at London’s Roundhouse in 2017 – this choir is as exciting to watch as to hear. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 2 June 2018 7.30pm - Lost Sound Chorus + Gaudeamus Chamber Choir - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
Dartmoor folk choir The Lost Sound: "We are excited to be singing with this superb chamber choir from Essex as part of their Devon tour. We first sang together in London, as part of the Brandenburg concert series in 2015 and have remained in touch ever since. What a wonderful sound they make! Our two choirs make for an unusual and highly compatable mix of styles. Come and join us for some heartfelt and inspiring singing." Tickets £9.50 www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/joint-concert-with-gaudeamus-chamber-choir-from-essex-tickets-44483269657?aff=erelpanelorg.

NEW Saturday 2 June 2018 - Youth Folk Sampler Day - Ebenezer Hall, North Street, Okehampton EX20 1AR
Aged 14–18 on 1 September 2018? Play an instrument confidently? Want to take part in an inspiring day of music making? Sign up for a free place on this Sampler Day. Explore English folk music, learn from inspiring tutors and play with other young musicians from your region. Take part in a day of creative folk music workshops and, if you want to, audition for the 2018–19 National Youth Folk Ensemble. Each Sampler Day features: music workshops with Sam Sweeney, Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter, Q&A with Ensemble staff, optional short audition. Sampler Days are open to players of any instrument. All playing and learning will be done by ear. These free Sampler Days have a positive and welcoming atmosphere. If you’re interested in joining the National Youth Folk Ensemble, you’ll need to attend one of them to start the audition process. Book your free place now, go to www.efdss.org/efdss-education/national-youth-folk-ensemble/sampler-days.

NEW Saturday 2 June 2018 7.30pm - Clive Carroll - St Matthew’s Church, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Crediton
'A Thousand Years of Music' is a show that demonstrates the versatility of the guitar to its fullest extent. For the last decade, audiences all over the world have been kept in a constant state of awe and amazement at his virtuosity and skill. With his breath-taking mastery of techniques and antecedents from Benjamin Britten to Nick Drake and from Renbourn through Gordon Giltrap to Pat Metheny, join this stunningly versatile guitarist on a joyful fairground ride of instrumental styles spanning the fields of traditional, classical and jazz with inspirations running from newgrass and fusion jazz to Irish stylings. www.clivecarroll.co.uk. Licensed bar. Tickets from 01363 866082.

NEW Sunday 3 June 2018 4pm - Eliza Acty - Seven Stars Inn, Seven Stars Lane, Plymouth PL5 4NN
With her unique vocal style, singer and musician Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time and contemporary songs that spans over a century of music. www.elizaacty.com.

NEW Sunday 3 June 2018 8pm - Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Support: Jack Harris. A chance meeting at their local Black Fen Folk Club in Cambridge uncovered Hannah and Ben’s shared musical passions and sympathies that over time has developed into a unique show of American roots and English folk music. Singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar, Hannah and Ben are a folk duo that look and sound classically timeless. ‘Spellbinding... Hannah and Ben were born to play and sing together.’ - fRoots Magazine. www.hannahbenmusic.com. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Friday 8 June 2018 7.30pm - Fake Thackray - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
A hilarious and heartfelt celebration of the life and songs of one of this country’s finest and funniest wordsmiths, Jake Thackray. 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 Jake’s biographer and the UK’s leading performer of Jake’s songs. As Fake Thackray he has toured with Fairport Convention, played at many festivals, theatres, clubs and on national radio. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW 8-10 June 2018 - Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Festival
Under the heading "Live music and festival food", musicians include La Vie En Rose gypsy jazz, Baron Brady folk duo, Cosgrave & Banks contemporary folk, Annika Skoogh & Matt Carter Jazz duo, Harbottle & Jonas, Dan Fraser, Louise Parker Jazz Duo, Becky Brine Duo, The Liberty Sisters, Kindred Spirit & Bovey Tracey School. www.craftsatboveytracey.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 9 June 2018 - Keith James: The songs of Leonard Cohen - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen was an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the stroke of each line. With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’, 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. Keith has performed an extensive tour of this concert across the UK, giving almost 400 concerts to over 100,000 people. www.theflavel.org.uk.

NEW Sunday 10 June 2018 11am - d'Accord Boat Trip - Exmouth
Music & dancing afloat. BYO picnic. Tickets £12 available at d'Accord club nights. Email daccordexeter9@gmail.com for details and bookings Call: 01392 811593.

NEW Sunday 10 June 2018 7.45pm - O'Hooley & Tiddow - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Describing their songwriting as "exceptional", the national press labelled Belinda O'Hooley and Heidi Tidow as "England's answer to the McGarrigles". They are among this year's BBC Folk Award nominees for "Best Duo" and their fine harmony singing is beautifully accompanied by Belinda on piano. After a 5 year absence from the Club, they return with songs that are "defiant, robust, northern, poetical, political". £10.
Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Friday 15 June 2018 7.30pm - 6 Hands: John Williams, John Etheridge & Gary Ryan, Guitars - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. After many years of playing together John Williams and John Etheridge are joined by classical guitarist and composer Gary Ryan in a wonderful, varied programme of solos, duos and trios. All pieces will be introduced by the players.
Legendary classical guitar maestro John Williams, whose repertoire ranges from the standard Baroque and Spanish classics to more innovative contemporary works has appeared regularly on radio and television - and his music is familiar to many film-goers, most notably The Deerhunter (Cavatina). He has collaborated with many outstanding musicians, including Julian Bream, Itzhak Perlman, Andre Previn, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth. The complete collection of his 58 CD’s (and one DVD) for Sony/CBS was issued in 2016. In 2007 he was presented with an Edison lifetime achievement award. 'John Williams is the undisputed king of the classical guitar' (The Times).
One of the world's most respected guitarists, John Etheridge's music spans a myriad of styles and influences. The guitarist for the celebrated jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli, Etheridge has performed as one half of a duo with the eminent classical guitarist, John Williams and has also performed with Soft Machine, Pat Metheny, Andy Summers and Nigel Kennedy. 'I never wanted to be a star, just a highly respected musician like John Etheridge' (Sting in The Guardian).
Gary Ryan is one of the world’s leading exponents of the guitar and has performed to international critical acclaim for over twenty years, winning praise for his formidable technique, outstanding musicianship and entertainingly diverse programmes. In 2013 he became the first guitarist since John Williams in 1983 to be awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music in recognition of his contribution to the instrument, and only the fourth guitarist ever to receive this honour - other recipients being Andrés Segovia and Julian Bream. £25. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 16 June 2018 8pm - Rachael McShane and The Cartographers - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
An original member of folk big band Bellowhead, singer, cellist, fiddle and viola player Rachael McShane toured internationally with them as well as winning eight BBC Folk Awards in their twelve years together. Rachael has gone on to appear in the musical theatre production The Transports alongside The Young’uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr, Greg Russell and Matthew Crampton. Rachael’s new set of traditional songs is performed with her brand new band, featuring guitarist Matthew Ord (Assembly Lane) and melodeon player Julian Sutton (Kathryn Tickell, Sting). ‘You’re in the presence of something very special…what a voice’. Sid Smith, BBC Music. www.rachaelmcshane.co.uk. Full details, music etc. www.calstockarts.org. Coming later:
Friday 31 August 2018 - Luke Daniels & Nancy Kerr

NEW Monday 18 June 2018 7.30pm - Artizan Acoustic Night / Open Mic / Greg Hancock - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
Plus other talented performers in the first half of the evening. Refreshments available. Curated by Robert Spence, 01803 613647.

NEW Thursday 21 June 2018 7.30pm - Red Rocks Story Open Mic - Upstairs at the Anchor, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LP
Come tell or read aloud your own work. Slots are 8 mins (about 1600-ish words.) Storytellers arrive at 7pm, first come, first tell. £3, £2 storytellers. Contact 07834 194215, email JanetTells@gmail.com.

NEW Friday 22 June 2018 - Megson - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards, Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of music. The husband & wife duo, Debs and Stu Hanna, bring together Piano, Guitar, Mandola and Banjo with exquisite vocals to create lush harmonies mixed in with expert musicianship. Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their terrific live performances and northern humour. Megson have released a number of well received albums since first recording in 2004 the most recent in 2016 being Good Times Will Come Again which gained much critical acclaim. Megson guarantee an evening of thought provoking and expertly performed modern folk music. www.theflavel.org.uk. A 'Folk at the Flavel' event.

NEW Friday 22 June 2018 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks -Village Hall, Chapple Lane, Sampford Courtenay, Okehampton EX20 2SY
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have built a reputation for top quality musicianship and entertainment. “An eclectic mix of material, underpinned by top quality musicianship; a varied and highly entertaining programme” – Folk On The Moor Folk Club. “A sublime concert, complete with quirky intros; a sumptuous musical journey far and wide across the UK and Europe.” – Cheriton Fitzpaine Village Hall. "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun" – Tom McConville. Doors 7pm. Tickets £8 from Marilyn Weeks: 01837 851269, Deborah Taylor-Morris: 01837 82743, Terry Bullworthy: 01837 89168. Or on door. www.sampfordcourtenay-pc.gov.uk/node/301.

NEW Sunday 24 June 2018 7.45pm - Claude Bourbon - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Claude Bourbon is an enigma. He is a classically trained musician, who fuses every conceivable genre of acoustic guitar music into a master-class of a stage performance. Known throughout Europe and America for amazing performances that take Delta blues, Latin, Spanish, and Middle Eastern stylings into uncharted territories within one seamless stream of perfection, Claude is a real treat for music-lovers. £10.
Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 27 June 2018 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Details tba. Sumptuous dinner (optional) and gig. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Thursday 28 June 2018 8pm - Goat Roper Rodeo Band - Otterton Mill (Courtyard), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Hold onto your hats this will be something completely different, a personal choice of Chris,’s these three lads are preaching Country Blues like you’ve not heard before. Other fans include Bob Harris who describes the trio as “ Amazing”, so be sure to head on down for this one. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Saturday 30 June 2018 - Wildwood Kin - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Wildwood Kin’s extraordinary Top 40 album Turning Tides mixes folk, hypnotic three-part harmonies, electric and acoustic instruments layered with inventive electronics and spectral atmospherics. Inspired by the likes of Fleet Foxes, Mumford & Sons and Fleetwood Mac, the Exeter-based trio have become one of Britain’s most exciting and intriguing new bands. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Thursday 12 July 2018 8pm - Paul Lamb & The King Snakes - Otterton Mill (Courtyard), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Welcoming Paul Lamb back to the Mill, this time with his band, with a promise of a wonderful equilibrium of real blues, boogie, swing and a good time jump, Paul Lamb & the King Snakes will definitely be blowing up a storm. ‘Simply better than the opposition from whatever side of the Atlantic they come “Blues Print Magazine. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 13 July 2018 8pm - Gallery Bar Special: Kit Hillbillies - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
The return of the Kit Hillbillies with old-timey, good-timey bluegrass. With rousing vocal harmonies that smuggle in some darkly humorous local references. Some instrumental tasting notes: Banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, double bass. Vigorous, expressive & unvarnished, with a crisp percussive finish. Think Betty Stogs rather than Harvey’s Bristol Cream. Their music has been described as the sound of Woody Guthrie chasing Earl Scruggs in a stolen hay lorry. It was summed up more simply by the Guardian journalist Tim Dowling, who often writes about music: “The Kit Hillbillies: Excellent. See them soon.” Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 13 & Saturday 14 July 2018 6.30pm - Phil Beer in Concert by Candlelight - St Petrock’s Church, Clannaboroough, nr Crediton EX17 6DA
A rare opportunity to experience a performance by the multi talented musician Phil Beer at this very special venue by candlelight. An audience with Phil Beer has been described as a glimpse into his world where folk, blues, hymns, the sea, the West Country and a life spent in music combine to make a true show. A Phil Beer gig is one spent in the company of a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer. Set within the grounds of Clannaborough Barton Farm and on the Two Moors walk, St Petrock’s is one of only a few remaining Churches not to have electricity. This beautiful building will only accommodate an intimate audience (max 60). All profits will go towards The Church Wall fund. Sadly, due to restrictions on site, there is no wheel chair access. Please telephone 01363 82379 for more details. Tickets £15+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/431842 (for 13 July), www.wegottickets.com/event/431843 (for 14 July), or email richardsmik1@gmail.com.

NEW Tuesday 17 July 2018 8pm - Shanty Workshop with The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
Another of our ever popular Shanty Workshops at our 'home' of the Beach Pub, Exmouth (adjacent to the marina). www.exmouthshantymen.com.

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

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

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

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

3-10 August 2018 - Sidmouth Folk Week
Sign up at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk to receive regular e-newsletters. The first line-up announcements for 2018 have been made.

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

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

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

NEW 17-19 August 2018 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park near Exeter
Line-up includes Richard Thompson, Oysterband, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, 3 Daft Moneys. See www.beautifuldays.org for full details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW (rescheduled from snowbound March dates)
Friday & Saturday 21 & 22 September 2018 8pm - Cara Dillon - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and attracting exceptional acclaim for over twenty years. She has (according to Mojo magazine) “quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice”. Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will perform material from her new album Wanderer, a collection of beautiful and moving songs, accompanied by her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman. Every note and word is sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life singing traditional songs. Legions of fans attest to their impassioned performances with Cara’s warm and natural stage presence something to savour. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW Sunday 11 November 2018 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
With Miranda Sykes and special guest Cormac Byrne. www.showofhands.co.uk.

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

NEW Saturday 1 December 2018 8pm - Belshazzar's Feast - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
One of the best-loved duos in folk music, previous BBC Folk Awards Best Duo nominees Belshazzar’s Feast start with traditional folk music, add a touch of classical and jazz, throw in a bit of pop and music hall, and top it off with a wry humour that has won them fans across the world. Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Pagoda Project) have together wowed audiences with their eclectic and eccentric mix of songs and tunes and their between-songs chat guaranteed to send audiences home with smiles on their faces. ‘Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.’ Mike Harding. Ticketing details will appear soon on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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

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

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

NEW Saturday 23 March 2019 2018 8pm - Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
Another of the best-loved duos in folk music. Ticketing details will appear soon on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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