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Saturday 7 December 2019 11am - Bitesize Bhangra Folk Dance Workshop - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Have you ever wanted to try dances of India? Now is your chance, join us for a taster Bhangra session. 11am-12noon; £5 donation. Full details
www.ashburtonarts.org.uk.

Saturday 7 December 2019 2.30pm - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
Specially added matinee on last day of the autumn ' Now We Are Four' tour. Show of Hands fans rejoice as Steve Knightley and Phil Beer reunite with long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes, and the trio is expanding to include master percussionist Cormac Byrne. www.showofhands.co.uk. Tickets www.ledleisure.co.uk/exmouth-pavilion/book-now/show-of-hands-now-we-are-four. (Fri and Sat evenings are both sold out)

Saturday 7 December 2019 7.30pm - Glorious Chorus - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
The much-loved local choir Glorious Chorus return with what has become a Christmas tradition! This acclaimed a-capella choir blazes a trail of uplifting seasonal anthems, cleverly crafted arrangements and original songs by award-winning director/composer Helen Yeomans. Expect an eclectic mix of music and ensembles chosen from within the choir. Soloists add the dazzle. Not to be missed!’ Starting the evening will be the Swedish Lucia singers’ candlelit winter tradition - a beautiful celebration of light, hope and love. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Saturday 7 December 2019 7.30pm - 3 Daft Monkeys - Village Hall, Buckland-in-the-Moor TQ13 7HP (map)
Bringing vibrant and sparkling new songs from their recently released album Year of the Clown, festival favourites 3 Daft Monkeys perform a brand new set of their quirky, original and upbeat fiddle-driven tunes. Now with a 4 piece line up, the band is taking their famously dynamic live show to new danceable dizzy heights. With Celtic and eastern influences, the 3 Daft Monkeys style of world folk music reflects the global village in which we now live. Their infectious dancing rhythms lead you through a musical journey of the senses and emotions, and will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. Call 01364 653525 or book online at www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

Saturday 7 December 2019 7.45pm - Whinwhistle Hill: Midwinter Concert - Littlehempston Community Space, St John the Baptist Church, Grattons Lane, Littlehempston, Totnes TQ9 6LY
Doors 7.30pm. A midwinter celebration of traditional music and song. Ancient melodies and uplifting lyrics to warm us through the long nights, performed in the atmospheric setting of Littlehempston's 15th Century village church. Festive treats, mulled apple juice, tea and coffee will be available during the break.
Combining strong vocals and resonant instrumentation the Whinwhistle Hill dynamic trio will take you on a winding journey across oceans, along rivers and over snowy peaks, including some wintery repertoire put together especially for this concert. Featuring: Louis Bingham (cittern, guitar & voice), Phil Hogg (piano & voice) and Griselda Sanderson (nyckelharpa, hardanger & fiddle). Adult £10+, U16 £5+, family 2+2 (U16) £25+, online: www.wegottickets.com/event/488218. Contact email: tunelinksouthwest@gmail.com, phone 01803 864286. Parking outside church.

Saturday 7 December 2019 7.30pm - The Travelling People - St. Clement's Church, Church Road, Dartmouth. TQ6 9SN
Folk trio from the Derby area who have been entertaining audiences in folk clubs, churches and cathedrals for nigh on 50 years, mainly in the Midlands, but have also performed in France, Ireland and the Isle of Man. But their ‘travelling’ days are over and their farewell tour will finish at the end of this year. So this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this very talented trio who perform a wide variety of music including three-part harmonies, ballads, chorus singing and monologues, on instruments including double bass, guitars, mandolin, ukulele and washboard. Their performances are liberally enhanced with comedy, anecdotes and the history of their songs. They provide entertainment that all the family can enjoy. Tickets £12.50 (includes a buffet supper). Call 01803 361379 or email: robert.boyle7@btinternet.com. BYO drinks.

Saturday 7 December 2019 - 3rd Folk Plus in Concert - Marldon Christmas Tree Farm Cafe, Totnes Road, Marldon TQ3 1RR
Doors 7.30pm. Programme of music across a wide range of genres. Featuring Folk Plus Club regulars and, special guests, terrific 4 part harmony group One Accord. Cosy Log cabin. Good parking and access. Contact Paul 07894 961010 or email p.woodhouse47@sky.com. Tickets £8.50 adv, £10 door.

Sold out Saturday 7 December 2019 8pm - Seth Lakeman - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Box office 01404 384050. Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Sunday 8 December 2019 4pm - The Lost Sound - Dartmoor Folk Choir - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
Directed by Sandra Smith, an afternoon concert of winter songs, organised and sponsored by Heart and Soul Funerals. Tickets £8:50 adv, £10 door. See: www.thelostsound.co.uk. Doors 3.30pm.

Sunday 8 December 2019 7.45pm - Gerry Colvin Band - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
There are no words to describe accurately a Gerry Colvin gig, apart from different to anything else you’ve ever seen. Gerry is known for his ability to engage the audience right from the very start and leave them uplifted, questioning, but always grinning inside and out. A real tonic for the soul. Definitely a concert you shouldn't miss! www.gerrycolvin.co.uk.
£10/£12. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.
Sunday 15 December - Christmas Party - anything can happen (and it probably will!)
Sundays 22 & 29 December 15 December  - Club closed - Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you all!

UPDATED Very few tickets left (at 4/12)
Monday 9 December 2019 8pm - Steeleye Span - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
50th Anniversary Tour. Steeleye Span are marking this incredible milestone with a new album and a tour that will celebrate a band that are as creative and vital now as ever. Led by the iconic Maddy Prior, the seven-piece line-up will draw on the group’s incredible history to provide a night of favourites and surprises from down the decades. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW FOLK CLUB Tuesday 10 December 2019 7.30pm - Sidmouth Acoustic Folk Club - Sidholme Hotel Lounge, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth EX10 8UJ
First night for this new folk club, meeting every 2nd Tuesday of the month except August. Entry £2 for all. Ends 10.30-pm. For information or queries, please call 07850 163241.

Tuesday 10 December 2019 8pm - Haunt the Woods - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
An exciting prog rock/folk band from Cornwall, with a new and unique sound incorporating an eclectic blend of soaring vocals, beautiful melodies and spellbinding guitar, combined with 4 part vocal harmonies making the heartfelt and emotional lyrics extremely powerful. £8. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Storytelling events in East Devon for ages 8 - 108 years old
Jenny Moon will be telling stories from her new book 'Folk Tales of Rock at Stone' and signing any copies that people might want to buy at Seaton Library on Wednesday 11 December 2.30pm.

Wednesday 11 December 2019 7.30pm - A Winter Concert with Wren Music - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Performances from Voices in Common Folk Choir, MenSing Male Vocal Group & Singing Roots Youth Choir. Songs to warm the heart and lift the spirit. Tickets £6(+). Box Office 01392 277189.
www.wegottickets.com/cygnettheatre.

Thursday 12 December 2019 8,30pm - The Boal Weevils and Friends - Brixham Blues Club, The Old Coaching Inn, Fore Street, Brixham TQ5 8AG
The Boal Weevils - Stuart ‘Marshcat’ Cumberpatch on slide and lap steel guitar and harmonica and Andy Boal on vocals and guitar - and friends provide authentic Delta blues, Hokum, Hawaiian and Gospel in the 1930s idiom on vintage instruments from the same decade.  Free. Contact: stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

Friday 13 December 2019 7.30pm - Peter Knight & John Spiers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
+ support Estuary Bells. Knight & Spiers ~ A Concert of Seasonal Music from the English Tradition…and Beyond. These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing, and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time. This very special concert will feature lesser known carols, tunes and wassails from the English tradition and beyond. The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. Together they have created a musical document that resonates with history, but also something that should inspire future generations of musicians to engage with Britain’s folk dancing heritage, and the beautiful, mysterious tunes that can be found within that heritage.
Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Friday 13 December 2019 7.30pm - Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir - St Peter’s Church, Ugborough
A Candlelight Christmas Concert. Tickets: adults £10 (includes a glass of mulled wine/cider and a mince pie), U12 £5, in support of St. Peter’s Church Funds. Tickets available from Stafford & Susan Williams 01752 896528 or Jeremy Wells 01364 72180, or on door.

Saturday 14 December 2019 7.30pm - A Brief History of Christmas - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Acclaimed musicians GreenMatthews (with special guest Jude Rees of Pilgrims’ Way) present a festive romp through 600 Years of Yuletide Songs, Carols, Tunes and Tales, beginning in the Middle Ages and ending in the 20th century, a whistle-stop tour of the origins of our midwinter festivities. Featuring long-forgotten songs and tales as well as some familiar and well-loved carols, the show features music and songs played on archaic instruments such as cittern, shawm and rauschpfeife, as well as more familiar instruments such as guitar, flute, oboe and accordion - all helped along by GreenMatthews‘ trademark wit and humour. Box office: 01404 384050, www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Saturday 14 December 2019 -  d'Accord Exeter: The Eelgrinders - St Matthews Church Hall, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
To round off our 25th anniversary year we are delighted to welcome back the Eelgrinders. The band - David Faulkner (on bagpipes & whistles), Helena Torpy (on violin), Laurence Morgan-Anstey (on bagpipes) and Steve Turner (on piano accordion) - need little introduction as they have played their wonderful music for us on many previous occasions. They were also involved at the start of d'Accord! so their presence on this occasion is particularly fitting. Support will be provided by TRaM. Free parking opposite after 6pm. Doors 7.15pm, dance tuition starts at 7.30pm. No partner needed for many of the dances and beginners always welcome. Admission £9, includes tea and biscuits.
We will be having another boat trip from Exmouth on Sunday 17 May 2020 - more details to follow.

Saturday 14 December 2019 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
After a sell out concert in 2018 Mad Dog Mcrea return to The Rum Store with their own captivating music performed to give a night to remember
. www.carnglaze.com.

Saturday 14 December 2019 7.30pm - Ian Bruce - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Scottish singer songwriter with a wonderful voice and great guitar style, known for his own beautifully crafted compositions, his renditions of Robert Burns’ songs and other folk classics, presented with raw emotion and backed up by a joyful and interactive relationship with his audience. One of the best-known faces on the Scottish folk scene and a fine ambassador for the Scottish singer/songwriter genre in Europe and beyond. www.ianbruce.org. Support: established local duo ‘Silvington’ (Tricia Moore and John Connor). Tickets £12 door, £10 adv from artworks
(Station Rd, South Brent www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk). FFI contact Elaine on 07834 439219.

Saturday 14 December 2019 7.30pm - Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments: The Longest Night - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
Totnes Early Music Society: In Norway, the Lussinatten festival celebrates the longest night of the year. Legend has it that Lussi, a feared enchantress, punishes anyone who dares to work and, from Lussinatten until Christmas, spirits, gnomes and trolls roam the earth. Celebrate The Longest Night with devilish tunes, ancient Norwegian and English folk carols and other festive musical treats! Award-winning Norwegian Hardanger fiddle player and singer, Benedicte Maurseth, SSAI’s director, Clare Salaman and harpist Jean Kelly, play hardanger fiddles, Swedish nyckelharpa, and clarsach (celtic harp). Their collaboration has resulted in a enchanting repertoire of songs, dances and instrumental pieces from Purcell and Playford to traditional Norwegian Hardanger fiddle tunes and ancient songs. Full details www.totnesearlymusic.org.

Sunday 15 December 2019 7.30pm - Trade Winds - Tradesmans Arms, Scoriton, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
Trade Winds Christmas Special . Usual poetry, song, story and music fare, but with a Christmas/Yule/Solstice flavour if you want to give it one. As always, whatever you would like to contribute will be very welcome. Please invite any friends, particularly if they might be persuaded to sing or play. There will be Festive Nibbles! Simon and Susan 01364 631308.

Sunday 15 December 2019 8pm - Peter Knight & John Spiers - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of folk-rock band Steeleye Span pairs up with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, now part of the Gigspanner Big Band. The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. Together they have created a musical document that resonates with history, but also something that should inspire future generations of musicians to engage with Britain’s folk dancing heritage, and the beautiful, mysterious tunes that can be found within that heritage. These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time. This very special concert will feature lesser known carols, tunes and wassails from the English tradition and beyond. Full details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

Tuesday 17 December 2019 7.30pm - A Winter's Evening with Reg Meuross - Dartington Great Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
A true troubadour and constantly on the road, Meuross has the gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. Masterfully accompanying himself on guitar, harmonica, banjo and dulcimer and captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice, witnessing a Reg Meuross performance is to experience a journey into the heart, soul and songs of one of England’s finest writers. Full details, bookings etc.
www.dartington.org/event/a-winters-evening-with-reg-meuross.

Wednesday 18 December 2019 7:30pm – Christmas Harpist Simon Ellis - The Methodist Hall, Lympstone Village, 3 Chapel Road, Lympstone EX8 5ER
All Christmas Folk Favourites (lyric sheet provided) with guests + mince pies! Tickets £5 from 01395 223804 (proceeds :- The Sam Banks Memorial Fund).

Wednesday 18 December 2019 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Standing. 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. The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard! Doors 7.30pm. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

Wednesday 18 December 2019 8pm - Ukulele Extravaganza - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Charity fundraiser, donations welcome. 4 top ukulele groups (The Ukeabillies; Plymouth Ukes; Dukers; Queens Dock Ukes) in a charity fundraising spectacular, rasing money for Help For Heroes and The Snowdrop Appeal. Call 01752 242021 to book a table. www.b-bar.co.uk.

Thursday 19 December 2019 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Standing.
Well, it wouldn't be Christmas without them! 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. Support tba. Box office 01404 384050. Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Saturday 21 December 2019 8pm - Show Of Hands Christmas Special - Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY
Yes, it's outside our area, but not too far away - Selling rapidly!
Show of Hands fans rejoice as Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, two undisputed kings of the folk, roots and acoustic scene reunite with long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes for a brand-new album and tour. And there’s more, because the trio is expanding to include master percussionist Cormac Byrne who returns with his infectious rhythms by popular demand.  With new songs, new sounds, heartbeats and harmonies, the quartet’s first secret gig last year at The Electric Palace sold out overnight. Join us for this very special Christmas show. £28.50 adv / £30 door. www.electricpalace.org.uk/events/event/show-of-hand-christmas-special.

Sat/Sun 21/22 December 2019 8.30pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated+Standing.
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. Mad Dog Mcrea are, in every sense of the word, a live, band. www.tavistockwharf.com.

Friday 27 December 2019 7.30pm - Twixt Christmas and New Year Céilidh with Buttoned Up - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Chill out and enjoy the music after the Christmas festivities or dance your (new) socks off - with caller Tom Addision, Mick Bramich (melodeon) and Les Noden (guitar). Doors open 7.00pm; Reel Ale bar. Tickets (which might make good Christmas presents) £8 from  artworks (Station Rd, South Brent www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk). Entry includes one free non-alcoholic spiced berry drink. FFI: contact Eileen McKee on 01364 73699 or email: eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com. One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area, including in 2020, the 9th annual South Brent Folk Day on Saturday 4 July 2020 and Ceilidhs on Saturday 4 April 2020; Saturday 17 October 2020 and Sunday 27 December 2020. See:  www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

Tuesday 31 December 2019 8pm-12.15am - New Year's Eve Ceilidh with Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish EX7 9PT
Caller Anne Gill. Ticket £12.50, advance only, from Anne Gill 01803 290427. No bar, BYO drinks and food to share. In aid of Teignmouth Folk Festival.

Saturday 4 January 2020 - Kagemusha Taiko: Shadow Warrior - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
An exciting new show. Taiko is drum theatre. Using taiko, Kagemusha Taiko create moods, explore the tension between space and time, and tell stories. ‘Shadow Warrior‘ is the English translation of the Japanese ‘Kagemusha’ and under the artistic direction of Jonathan Kirby, this show is about Western European myths, legends and magick. Incorporating bass guitar and vocals, the second half of the show represents a departure from conventional taiko drumming, including guest artist Tim Kirby who is currently leading Bristol-based band Brutal Wounds. Brothers Jonathan and Tim were once known as Diatribe (John Peel favourites, back in the day). ‘Art should comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable‘. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Sunday 5 January 2020 2.30pm - Exmouth Shanty Men - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
Lympstone Entertainments are delighted to be bringing you an event which is guaranteed to cheer you up once more when the Christmas period is very nearly over. What’s more, we are not even suggesting that you turn out on a cold January evening; this is an afternoon event and promises to round off the festive season in an enjoyable and convivial way. You can join the Exmouth Shanty Men for their “Tall Ships and Tavern Tales” concert. Doors 1.45 pm for ticket holders, 2pm for non-ticket holders. Bar. Tickets £10 available from Demelza on 01395 272243, or by emailing boxoffice@lympstone-entertainments.net.

Sunday 5 January 2020 7.45pm - Flash Jack - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Some familiar faces appear in this excellent shanty crew, comprising previous members of "Hanging Johnny" (who formed at the Club in the days of the "Who'd Have Thought It") plus other locally based singers and musicians. You won't just hear shanties but also ballads and work songs from the land, comic songs and songs from a woman's perspective, all sung with great zest £8/£10. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Saturday 18 January 2020 - The 28th Annual Stoke Gabriel Wassail
A magical evening of ‘Cider, Culture & Cheer’ organised by the ‘Friends of Stoke Gabriel School’ (FOSS), the Annual Wassail has become a very popular event Apple Wassailing is an ancient tradition performed in many villages on 'Old Twelfth Night' to bless the cider apples and orchards and encourage a good crop in the coming year. The lantern procession led by the Wassail King and Queen and the apple blessing Wassail Ceremony will take place around 6pm within the village community orchard with wassail singing led by Rosa Rebecka. There will be other events in the village centre from 4pm into the evening.

Sunday 19 January 2020 7.45pm - Wainwright Williams - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
The fabulous Brooks Williams teams up here with the equally talented Sloan Wainwright, sister of Louden Wainwright and aunt to Rufus. Brooks has been rated in the top 100 acoustic guitarists and is also a highly acclaimed singer/songwriter. Also a powerful songwriter, Sloan has a rich, contralto voice, that can shift with apparent ease between pop, folk, jazz and blues. £10/£12. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Monday 20 January 2020 - Acoustic Warehouse Music & Performance Club, Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH
From January 2020 the club will run twice a month on the 1st & 3rd Mondays only. 7.15pm to 10.15pm. £2 entrance including a raffle ticket, raising funds for Rowcroft Hospice.
Also please note: the club will be closed from 9 December 2019, returning back on 20 January 2020.
Further information from Nigel Dee 07989 180091 www.facebook.com/Acoustic.Warehouse.TQ123QH.

Thursday 23 January 2020 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
details tba www.shamstrad.co.uk.

Friday 24 January 2020 8pm - Geoff Lakeman & Rob Murch - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
The “ Titan of Twang “ and the “ Concertina Crooner” team up in a dynamic new duo. Geoff has a rich, melodic voice and teases English and Irish folk, Americana and jazz songs out of his rare vintage Crane duet concertina. Rob brings the “ wow factor” to the banjo, with his unique, punchy fingerstyle playing. Both live on Dartmoor, so it was inevitable they’d gang-up musically. Expect self-written and West Country songs, rattling folk tunes and foot-stomping ragtime and cakewalk riffs. Rob’s percussive finger-ballet up and down the fret board of his 100 year-old instrument is mesmerising. He’s revered throughout the UK for his long-time work with the renowned Dartmoor Pixie Band and The Watch trio. The duo’s relaxed yet sparkling stage presence together is bubbling with the “feel -good” factor. Full details etc. www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 25 January 2020 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Dartmoor Pixie Band - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller:
Sarah Bazeley. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Saturday 1 February 2020 7.30pm - Tom McConville - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Award winning fiddle player and singer Tom McConville is internationally renowned for his fiery, heart-stopping performances. Winner of the BBC Folk Musician of the Year in 2009, he is truly the most original fiddle player in the UK. Blending traditional music from his home town of Newcastle with Irish, American and Scottish influences, he creates a sound that has jazz, folk, bluegrass and classical influence. His live performances are a roller coaster of musical delights; fast rhythmic dance tunes through beautiful slow airs and of course great singing – all presented with his inimitable sense of humour and style. Tom will be joined on stage by Michael Biggins Pianist from the Glasgow Royal Academy. Box office 01392 277189/665885. Online:
www.wegottickets.com/cygnettheatre.

NEW Saturday 1 February 2020 8pm - Sarah McQuaid - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
details tbc Music etc. www.sarahmcquaid.com. Tickets £?? adv from the Bridge Inn 01392 873862, £?? door. www.facebook.com/thebridgeinntopsham.

NEW Sunday 2 February 2020 7.45pm - Tom McConville - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Tynesider Tom is simply one of the finest folk violinists of our time. He combines technical brilliance with an easy approach to his audience and has played alongside many of the folk greats (Bob Fox, Chris Newman, etc). He was one time mentor of the young Seth Lakeman, who describes him as his biggest influence and "a tme master". You will get not only fantastic fiddle-playing but great songs, a fine voice and dry humour. £8/£10.Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 2 February 2020 - Phillip Henry - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Following the success of his critically acclaimed 2018 solo album, True North, Phillip Henry returns to the road in February 2020. His new show, Solo, continues to explore the virtuosic limits of his many instruments, from the 22-string Indian chatturangui, to the Dobro and National guitars that made his name. He will also bring his showstopping skill on the harmonica, with train impressions, boogie blues, and his trademark beatbox harmonica that never fails to get the party started. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Thursday 6 February 2020 - Sam Lee - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Sam Lee plays a unique role in the British music scene. A highly inventive and original singer, folk song interpreter, a passionate conservationist, committed song collector and a successful creator of live events. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Saturday 8 February 2020 7.30pm - Flats and Sharps - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Delivering energetic, enthusiastic and spirited Bluegrass to audiences all around the world, Flats and Sharps have been performing their unique take on this music for over eight years. Their shows include a wide variety of influences, from a fresh and modern outlook on foot-stomping Bluegrass material through to their powerful and well-crafted original songs, with beautiful moments everywhere in between. Their music perfectly blends strong harmonies and stonking solos, their incredible stage presence and energy create an evening that’ll have you dancing, laughing and singing along in no time.
Box office 01404 384050. Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 9 February 2020 8pm - Sam Kelly & Jamie Francis - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Sam Kelly is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning Bristol-based singer, song-writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. As a young child Sam spent many a night enraptured, listening to his Irish grandfather tell folk tales, sing folk songs, and play folk tunes on his melodeon. Having caught the bug, Sam has dedicated his life to rediscovering and renewing the sounds of his gaelic heritage, and creating exciting new music that transcends the boundaries of traditional and popular music. Sam is joined here by Jamie Francis. www.samkelly.org. £10 adv, £12 door, tickets available at www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Sunday 9 February 2020 - Ben Morgan-Brown and Minnie Birch - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Two acclaimed singer songwriters come together for a special evening in Exeter. Ben Morgan-Brown is a singer/songwriter and accomplished finger style guitarist. www.benmorganbrown.co.uk. Minnie Birch writes dark, plaintive, beautiful music about life, love, adventures and fairy tales. Full details see https://twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Thursday 13 February 2020 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Fairport Convention has been entertaining music lovers for over half a century. During that time the band that launched British folk-rock has seen many changes. But one thing has remained the same - Fairport’s passion for performance. The Winter Tour concert will present a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and some surprises from albums old and new including Full House which was released 50 years ago this year. The band skilfully interprets traditional ballads and the repertoire also includes plenty of contemporary compositions. The concert will start with a set by special guests Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer. They are famed for their close harmony singing and guitar virtuosity. Ben and Jimmy have showcased in Nashville, supported Ralph McTell on tour, and played Fairport’s Cropredy Convention and Cambridge Folk Festival. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

Seth Lakeman local dates
"I am delighted to announce the release of my brand new album 'A Pilgrim's Tale' on 7 February 2020! Telling the epic tale of the Pilgrim Fathers on the 400th anniversary of the historic Mayflower voyage. A Pilgrim’s Tale’ features contributions from Ben Nicholls, Cara Dillon, Geoff Lakeman and Benji Kirkpatrick. To supplement the recordings, a between-song narration was written by associate director of Plymouth’s Theatre Royal, Nick Stimson, and read by actor Paul McGann."
SIGNED copies of the album on CD & Vinyl can be pre-ordered now: https://listnin.co/SethLakeman-APilgrimsTale.
Seth will be playing songs from the album live in 10 towns and cities associated with the voyage, including the last two dates.
NEW
Friday 14 February 2020 - Seth Lakeman - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND
NEW Saturday 15 February 2020 - Seth Lakeman - Minster Church of St Andrew, Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2AD
Tickets www.sethlakeman.co.uk.

NEW Monday 24 February 2020 7.30pm - The Fureys - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Legends of Irish music and song The Fureys, renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc make their first visit to Tavistock.
www.tavistockwharf.com.

NEW Wednesday 26 February 2020 8pm - The Fureys - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Legends of Irish music and song The Fureys, renowned for numerous hit songs including ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘From Clare to here’ have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 42 years. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Thursday 27 February 2020 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
details tba www.shamstrad.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 27 February 2020 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
On Reflection Tour: 2020 marks 25 years of making music together for this popular wife and husband duo. Kathryn & Sean have long established themselves as one of the UK Folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships. To celebrate and acknowledge this milestone, the couple will revisit and reinterpret songs which span their career. From the early days of folk supergroup ‘Equation‘ through to the current release ‘Personae‘ with a nod or two along the way to their extra-curricular musical adventures, the evening promises a whistle-stop tour through their artistic journey to date. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Friday 28 February 2020 8pm - Miranda Sykes: Behind the Wall - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour, Miranda is back with a completely new project: Behind The Wall. Where Borrowed Places opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been, physically & spiritually, Behind The Wall is a roller coaster ride exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. What does it mean to be human today, living in our communities and societies and where will our actions lead us? Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant and beautiful, this show gives us all a chance to reflect and maybe even empower us. www.mirandasykes.com. Contact 01392 879107. (will be) www.wegottickets.com.

NEW Friday 28 February 2020 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Pass Notes – The stories behind the songs. Following the success of last year’s intimate one man show, Steve’s latest outing is intended for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing. Exploring his extensive back catalogue and introducing unheard, new material he explores the themes and stories that inspire him and shows how music and words can become lyrics and chords and notes can meld to create songs that acquire a life of their own! Full details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Friday 28 February 2020 - Reg Meuross - St Katherine’s Priory, St Katherine’s Road, Exeter EX4 7JY
A true troubadour and constantly on the road, Meuross has the gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. Masterfully accompanying himself on guitar, harmonica, banjo and dulcimer and captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice, witnessing a Reg Meuross performance is to experience a journey into the heart, soul and songs of one of England’s finest writers. www.regmeuross.com. Full details see https://twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

tbc Saturday 29 February 2020 - Reg Meuross - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
details tba A true troubadour and constantly on the road, Meuross has the gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. Masterfully accompanying himself on guitar, harmonica, banjo and dulcimer and captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice, witnessing a Reg Meuross performance is to experience a journey into the heart, soul and songs of one of England’s finest writers. www.regmeuross.com. Box office 01803 415987 10-12 Mon-Sat. www.brixhamtheatre.uk

NEW Saturday 29 February 2019 - Silvington - Slapton Village Hall
Purveyors of both traditional and contemporary songs, multi-instrumentalist John Connor and Tricia Moore with her delicate guitar playing and clear voice are also prolific songwriters in their own right, and their repertoire rightly showcases some self-penned gems. Enjoy Silvington’s trademark vocal harmonies. Their latest album, Heva Heva, is curently available on Apple Music and iTunes, YouTube Music, Spotify Google Play and Believe Live. Samples etc. www.silvington.org. Tickets £10 to include supper. Details from Sue Staines 01548 581148.

NEW Saturday 29 February 2020 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Barnfield Theatre, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Pass Notes – The stories behind the songs. Following the success of last year’s intimate one man show, Steve’s latest outing is intended for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing. Exploring his extensive back catalogue and introducing unheard, new material he explores the themes and stories that inspire him and shows how music and words can become lyrics and chords and notes can meld to create songs that acquire a life of their own! www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/steve-knightley-pass-notes.

NEW Saturday 29 February 2020 7.30pm - Phil Beer Band - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
The Phil Beer Band performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock. The highly popular line up comprises Gareth Turner, Steve Crickett, Greg McDonald, Olivia Dunn and of course, Phil Beer and promises to deliver a lively cocktail of folk, rock, country and blues. Basically, over a long period of time, it has evolved into a ‘Folk n Roll’ band with country rock overtones. It is the vehicle for Phil to return to the electric guitar and to have a good time with his mates. They look forward to seeing you! Full details, bookings etc.
www.ledleisure.co.uk/exmouth-pavilion/book-now/the-phil-beer-band.

NEW Saturday 29 February 2020 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Home Brew - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller:
Simon Maplesden. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Saturday 29 February / Sunday 1 March 2020 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Two nights. 2020 marks 25 years of making music together for Calstock Arts favourites Kathryn and Sean, one of the UK Folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships. To celebrate this milestone, the couple will revisit and reinterpret songs which span their career. From the early days of folk supergroup Equation, to their current release Personae, with a nod or two along the way to their extra-curricular musical adventures, the evening promises a whistle-stop tour through their artistic journey to date. Two times winners of the Best Duo Award in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 7 March 2020 - Phil Beer - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
details tba. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 7 March 2020 7.30pm - Sisters of Science (Wren Music) - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Singing the hidden stories of women scientists. Three professional singers from Wren have recruited a women’s choir especially for this performance. In 2020 the show will tell the stories of women involved in science, technology, engineering and maths. Those involved in the project have found existing and traditional songs which follow this theme and have also written new songs to share the lives of women from history - and from contemporary society - who have stories that you may not have heard before. Tickets £10(+). Box Office 01392 277189.
www.wegottickets.com/cygnettheatre.

NEW Friday 13 March 2020 - Peter Knight & John Spiers - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
details tba www.theflavel.org.uk, tel. 01803 839530.

NEW Friday 13 March 2020 7.30pm - Billy Mitchell & Bob Fox - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
5 Star B&B Tour - from Waters of Tyne to Fog on the Tyne. Two of the UK’s best known and loved singers - Billy Mitchell (Lindisfarne, Jack the Lad, Pitmen Poets) and Bob Fox (Warhorse Songman, Fox and Luckley, Pitmen Poets) are taking to the road together for their first tour as a duo was back in 2010 when their sold out performances earned glowing reviews. The duo’s ability to connect with the audience is immediately evident as they lead you through some of their favourite songs including original Lindisfarne classics and traditional folk arrangements of songs such as Sally Wheatley, Meet me on the Corner, Dance to your Daddy, Collier Laddie’s Wife, Big River, Galway Shawl and many more.
Box office 01404 384050. Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 15 March 2020 7.30pm - Billy Mitchell & Bob Fox - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
5 Star B&B Tour - from Waters of Tyne to Fog on the Tyne. Two of the UK’s best known and loved singers - Billy Mitchell (Lindisfarne, Jack the Lad, Pitmen Poets) and Bob Fox (Warhorse Songman, Fox and Luckley, Pitmen Poets) are taking to the road together for their first tour as a duo was back in 2010 when their sold out performances earned glowing reviews. The duo’s ability to connect with the audience is immediately evident as they lead you through some of their favourite songs including original Lindisfarne classics and traditional folk arrangements of songs such as Sally Wheatley, Meet me on the Corner, Dance to your Daddy, Collier Laddie’s Wife, Big River, Galway Shawl and many more.
Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Friday 20 March 2020 8pm - Chris Wood - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
In a world of soundbites and distractions, Chris Wood is a truth seeker. His writing is permeated with love and wry intelligence, uplifting and challenging as he celebrates the sheer one-thing-after-anotherness of life. Tom Robinson and Chris Difford are fans while Stick In The Wheel and The Unthanks look to him as an influence. Winner of six BBC Folk Awards, he’s played with The Royal Shakespeare Company and was a key member of The Imagined Village along with Billy Bragg and Martin Carthy. A wise and soulful craftsman, his concerts are a cliché-free zone. Full details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 21 March 2020 - Richard Digance - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (map)
Call 01548 810806 for full details. Support: Silvington. £10 adv, £12 door.

NEW Thursday 26 March 2020 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
details tba www.shamstrad.co.uk.

NEW Friday 27 March 2020 - Phil Beer Band - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
The Phil Beer Band performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock. The highly popular line up comprises Gareth Turner, Steve Crickett, Greg McDonald, Olivia Dunn and of course, Phil Beer and promises to deliver a lively cocktail of folk, rock, country and blues. Basically, over a long period of time, it has evolved into a ‘Folk n Roll’ band with country rock overtones. It is the vehicle for Phil to return to the electric guitar and to have a good time with his mates. They look forward to seeing you!
www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 28 March 2020 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Chris Toyne's Big Band - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller:
Sarah Clough. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Friday 3 April 2020 8.30pm - The Trials of Cato - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Winner of Best Album Award at the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Originally from North Wales and Yorkshire, The Trials of Cato formed whilst living in Beirut and spent a year boiling down the roots of their sound into a hybrid of traditional influences that intrigued Lebanese audiences in the country’s biggest venues. Returning home from Beirut in the winter of 2016, they have since torn a shape very much their own into the canvas of the UK folk scene. Back in the UK, they set too performing tirelessly up and down the country, leading to BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe hailing them as “one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times.” Full details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Sunday 5 April 2020 - Jackie Oates & John Spiers - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Multi award winning contemporary folk duo Jackie Oates and John Spiers meld together their love of English traditional folk tunes and songs with their voices and acoustic instruments, resulting in a fresh sound that is uplifting, joyful and poignant. John and Jackie, already admiring of each others’ work, met through the vibrant folk scene of Oxford and its surrounding villages, after Jackie moved to the area in 2011. They began playing music together shortly after, through regular appearances at Nettlebed Folk Club, special festival sets, a live set for BBC Radio 3 and Johns contribution to Jackie’s 7th album ‘The Joy of Living‘. Jackie and John are looking forward to introducing their new music to audiences beyond Oxfordshire and recording a full length album during early 2020. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Monday 6 April 2020 7.30pm - Feast of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Feast of Fiddles was born in Nettlebed on Valentine’s Day 1994 as a one off special concert. Since then the band has done 26 spring tours, 25 festivals and has 7 CDs to its name. Not bad for a bunch of old folk-rockers! This is a group of friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun: Fiddlers Peter Knight (Gigspanner, Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle playing styles to the back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion – all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW 9-11 April 2020 - Mad Dog Mcrea's Gypsy Caravan Weekender - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Mad Dog Mcrea are pleased to announce the headliners for their inaugural Gypsy Caravan Weekender. Thursday sees sassy alt rock/grunge pop band Hands Off Gretel headline, Friday sees a return to Exeter Phoenix for high-energy, fiddle leading, footstompin’ Noble Jacks and Saturday will be headlined by none other than Mad Dog Mcrea themselves. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Friday 10 April 2020 7.30pm - India Electric Co. - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Album Launch Tour. We are delighted to welcome back Joe and Cole to the Beehive, their hometown venue! This eagerly anticipated show will be their only Devon gig to launch the new album. Sure to be another sell out so get your tickets early. Sometimes folk, sometimes not, India Electric Co. use traditional instruments in contemporary styles to explore diverse themes from Eastern Europe, Irish traditions and modern urban alienation to end up with something “quirky and glittery – a veritable musical magpie’s nest.” – BBC Radio 3. Box office 01404 384050. Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 18 April 2020 8.30pm - Steve Knightley - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Pass Notes – The stories behind the songs. Following the success of last year’s intimate one man show, Steve’s latest outing is intended for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing. Exploring his extensive back catalogue and introducing unheard, new material he explores the themes and stories that inspire him and shows how music and words can become lyrics and chords and notes can meld to create songs that acquire a life of their own! www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 18 April 2020 7.30pm - Joglaresa: The Enchantress of Seville - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
Totnes Early Music Society: A welcome return for one of our most popular ensembles! Joglaresa explore the roots of Iberian song - from the motets from the convent of Las Huelgas, and Arab-Andalusian ballads, to Judeo-Spanish romanzas. With medieval and traditional instruments from Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Joglaresa perform songs, kept alive through centuries of tradition - a colourful and timeless kaleidoscope of Occident and Orient connecting the Occident to the Orient, and the 11th to the 21st century. Full details www.totnesearlymusic.org.

NEW Sunday 19 April 2020 8pm - Gigspanner Big Band - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A unique force in British folk music. Their high-energy, virtuosic performances appeal equally to traditionalists and to those looking for something more experimental, and they have garnered praise from publications as varied as fRoots, The Telegraph and The Wire, where they were described as ‘melodically folk-rooted yet open and innovative beyond the constraints of genre’. Beginning life as a trio - with fiddle player Peter Knight being joined by percussionist Sacha Trochet and guitarist Roger Flack - the line-up has been expanded to form the Gigspanner Big Band, with acclaimed multi-instrumental duo Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin - BBC Folk Awards 'Best Duo') and Bellowhead co-founder and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers, joining the fray. As collaborations go, it doesn't get much more mouth-watering than this. www.gigspanner.com. £20 adv, £22 door, tickets available at www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Saturday 25 April 2020 - Cara Dillon - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
details tba www.theflavel.org.uk, tel. 01803 839530.

NEW Saturday 25 April 2020 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Mischief and Mayhem - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller:
Gill Spence. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Saturday 2 May 2020 - Anthony John Clarke - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (map)
Call 01548 810806 for full details. Support: Silvington. £10 adv, £12 door.

tbc Sunday 3 May 2020 7.30pm - Miranda Sykes - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
details tba Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour, Miranda is back with a completely new project: Behind The Wall. Where Borrowed Places opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been, physically & spiritually, Behind The Wall is a roller coaster ride exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. What does it mean to be human today, living in our communities and societies and where will our actions lead us? Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant and beautiful, this show gives us all a chance to reflect and maybe even empower us. www.mirandasykes.com.
Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Monday 4 May 2020 8pm - The Simon & Garfunkel Story - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Direct from its success at London’s Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, a sold out worldwide tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits. Get your tickets fast as this is an evening not to be missed! "Fantastic” - Elaine Paige, BBC Radio 2. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Thursday 7 May 2020 - The Red Hot Chilli Pipers - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing, but a few balcony seats are still available. There has never been anything quite like The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, from their formation in 2002 and a cameo appearance at T in the Park in 2004 with the Darkness to opening the main stage in their own right in 2014. The past fifteen years has seen the Red Hot Chilli Pipers become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet..ever! Bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a show that carries its own health warning. The bands achievements have reached incredible heights with their groundbreaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and rock/pop Anthems which they proudly call “Bagrock”. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are a genuinely unique experience. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Sunday 17 May 2020 7.30pm - Julie July Band: The Fotheringay Tour 2020 - Barnfield Theatre, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
The British folk-rock group have built a substantial reputation with reinterpretations and arrangements of the work of singer-songwriter Sandy Denny. The Fotheringay Tour 2020 features new songs to the repertoire from 1970 Album;- ‘Pond and the Stream, Nothing More, The Sea, The Way I Feel, Winter Winds, Late November, Gypsy Davey plus some old favourites. The band will also include tracks from their own self-penned Album ‘Lady of the First Light’ Inspired by Sandy’s work and the wider folk, rock and blues movements of the Sixties and Seventies. British Folk Rock at its best!
www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/the-fotheringay-tour.

NEW Saturday 30 May 2020 - Carus Thompson - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Australian folk-rock songwriter and storyteller Carus Thompson returns to the UK to launch his seventh studio album, recorded in Dartmoor, with Mercury nominated producer Sean Lakeman. Thompson moved his family to Dartmoor to write and record with a new approach that delved further down the folk path, spurred by his connection with good friend and folk-star Seth Lakeman. Thompson has opened for Seth on four UK tours across the years. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Sunday 31 May 2020 8pm - Lau Unplugged - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
For the first time in over a decade, Lau present an entirely acoustic tour. The pioneering Scottish folk trio has always experimented with sound and form; the results have been complex and thrilling. Already acknowledged as phenomenal live performers, Lau arrived at a new creative peak with 2019’s Midnight and Closedown. Their 2020 Unplugged concert tour sees traditional music’s most celebrated innovators strip away their banks of electronics, loops and wild effects. The trio of Kris Drever (guitar, vocals), Martin Green (accordion) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) feel drawn to a more raw and plain-speaking aesthetic. The approach is subtler, less about spectacle, more about close listening. In brash and polarised political times, here is the poetry of real instruments and considerate music making. Full details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 30 May 2020 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Stick the Fiddle - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller:
Jeremy Child. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Friday 5 June 2020 - Jim Causley - Boniface Centre, Church Lane, Crediton EX17 2AH
details tba Saint Boniface Day concert.
www.jimcausley.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 13 June 2020 - Phil Beer - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
details tba. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Monday 22 June 2020 - An Evening with Jim Causley - 1922 Social Club, Church St, Sidmouth EX10 8LY
possibly not a public event
East Devon Grecians Supporters. More than simply a folk-singer, multi award winning singer-songwriter and musician Jim Causley is an all-round entertainer and his ‘Evening with’ concerts give a full night of beautiful singing, moving ballads, hilarious ditties and everything in between. Drawing equally from traditional repertoire, modern songs as well as his own compositions and settings of poems by his relative, the celebrated Cornish poet Charles Causley. All accompanied on piano and various accordions and served with a gurt dollop of Westcountry humour, an evening with Jim is an evening not to be missed! www.jimcausley.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 27 June 2020 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Amber Fire - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller:
Chris Jewell. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

21-23 August 2020 - Escot Park near Exeter
Tickets on sale now. Ticket prices and capacity are the same as 2019.
www.beautifuldays.org.

NEW Thursday 10 September 2020 - An Evening with Jim Causley - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
More than simply a folk-singer, multi award winning singer-songwriter and musician Jim Causley is an all-round entertainer and his ‘Evening with’ concerts give a full night of beautiful singing, moving ballads, hilarious ditties and everything in between. Drawing equally from traditional repertoire, modern songs as well as his own compositions and settings of poems by his relative, the celebrated Cornish poet Charles Causley. All accompanied on piano and various accordions and served with a gurt dollop of Westcountry humour, an evening with Jim is an evening not to be missed! www.jimcausley.co.uk.
Contact: Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

NEW Friday 18 September 2020 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
Pass Notes – The stories behind the songs. Following the success of last year’s intimate one man show, Steve’s latest outing is intended for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing. Exploring his extensive back catalogue and introducing unheard, new material he explores the themes and stories that inspire him and shows how music and words can become lyrics and chords and notes can meld to create songs that acquire a life of their own! www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

tbc Sunday 6 December 2020 - A Causley Christmas - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Join Jim Causley in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known carols from the West Country and around the British Isles. Jim takes you for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit! 'A natural gift for entertainment’ The Guardian.
Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 16 December 2020 - Belshazzar's Feast - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (map)
Their final Christmas tour, with seasonal material. £15 adv, £18 door. Support: Silvington. Call 01548 810806 for full details.

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