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events mostly within an approx. 30 mile radius of Totnes as the crow flies, i.e. including Exeter and Plymouth, and covering Tavistock, Okehampton and Sidmouth for example. It is the main reference for compilation of the Harberton Folk email circulars. Map links (streetmap.co.uk): yield a fully zoomable map. I'm increasingly including postcodes in the venue information for those of you who rely on satnavs.
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Saturday 3 December 2016 3pm - Clive Carroll Guitar Workshop - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
& Percussive Guitar Workshop. Two of the most popular acoustic guitar styles! Come along and learn how to play a classic Ragtime bass line and melody, at the same time. We will also have some fun discovering the percussive possibilities of the acoustic guitar which have been made famous by such artists as Newton Faulkner and Tommy Emmanuel! This is not suitable for beginners but would be of maximum benefit to those who have a minimum of two years experience. Bring  your guitar!! Tickets: £15 and £10 for students. Numbers will be limited to 15. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Saturday 3 December 2016 - Clive Carroll - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
"Probably the best and most original acoustic guitar player and composer in Great Britain" - Acoustic Magazine USA. Guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll’s masterful compositions and arrangements, coupled with his versatility and unparalleled technical virtuosity, have rendered him one of today’s most admired and respected guitarists. This will be an inspirational evening of Spanish guitar classics, Originals, Medieval lute music, Delta blues & hints of Chet Atkins and Django Reinhardt all played by the World-Class guitarist. www.clivecarroll.co.uk. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Saturday 3 December 2016 7.30pm - The Churchfitters Christmas Cracker - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
The Churchfitters is a folk group like no other. A double bass made out of scrap metal. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stomping fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms. A mouth-watering selection of favourites from their regular repertoire interlaced with traditional and original festive songs and Christmas carols, this cracker of a show will see Christmas in with a bang and a paper hat-full of surprises, novelties – and terrible jokes as well! Full details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/thechurchfitterschristmascracker. Tel. 01752 892220.

Saturday 3 December 2016 - Show of Hands - Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay (map)
Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes return with ‘Walk with Me - The Big Autumn Tour’ (last 3 nights) with special guest Megan Henwood. Featuring songs from 25 years at the top and reunited with the exceptionally talented Miranda Sykes once more, big sounds, uncompromising songs and stunning production make for a evening to remember. www.babbacombe-theatre.com,

Saturday 3 December 2016 9pm - The O Marleys - Bell Inn, Town Hall Place, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AA
Irish/Roots/Country, 3 piece The O'Marleys will be entertaining with lots of Irish and Scottish music to get your feet tapping or dancing. Not to be missed, and plenty of sing along tunes if you want to exercise your voice. Plenty Plenty Crack

Sunday 4 December 2016 5-7pm - Austin Hill, n Bayes - Bicton Inn, 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU (map)
Dust Bowl Blues, flying by English Folk. Guthrie to Gershwin via Little Feat and Joe Brown.

Sunday 4 December 2016 3pm - Mother's Ruin - Ye Olde Cider Bar, East Street, Newton Abbot
5 piece folk-rock band playing 3-4 pm. Free admission.

Sunday 4 December 2016 7.45pm - Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Two of our most revered guests. The subtlety of their performance is quite amazing, please don't miss this one. Cathryn Craig is from Richmond, Virginia and has built a strong reputation as both singer and songwriter. She is no stranger to Tennessee's Nashville recording studios, working with Chet Atkins, The Righteous Brothers, Shel Silverstein and Jorma Kaukonen. Brian Willoughby is best known for his virtuoso performances on electric and acoustic guitar, with progressive folk/rock band Strawbs. He has also played with Mary Hopkin, Joe Brown, New World, Roger Whittaker, Bridget St.John, Jim Diamond and Monty Python. www.craigandwilloughby.com. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 4 December 2016 8pm - The Magical Christmas Tree Tour - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
The Magical Christmas Tree Tour is Pete Morton, Emily Sanders, Chris Parkinson and a tree. Not just any old Christmas tree but a very magical one. After five successful seasons touring the UK this show is a festive treat where the audience pick scrolls from the tree and make every night a unique occasion. Pete, Emily and Chris are a high-flying combination. Together they deliver a richly textured collection of vibrant new songs, beautiful old carols and stunning instrumentals. £10 adv/£12 door. www.topshamfolkclub.org. www.wegottickets.com/event/364202.

Sunday 4 December 2016 - Marissa Nadler - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Voodoo Lounge. A sultry chanteuse from New York, whose captivating voice will transport you to another time and place as she accompanies herself on guitar, ukulele and five-string banjo. Her music is rooted in old-school country and folk but brings in elements of experimental and black metal. www.marissanadler.com. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/marissa-nadler.

Monday 5 December 2016 7.30pm - Open Mic - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
First Monday of the month in an art gallery with fabulous acoustics, so no need for PA or amps. All genres of acoustic music. Miss Irenie Rose from the Outer Hebrides will be our featured artist in the second half of the evening . Not to be missed! Entry £for musicians,£5 non-performers. Refreshments available. Contact: 01803 428626 or 01803 613647.

Monday 5 December 2016 7pm - The Folk Dimension - Upper Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University
Plymouth University Music BA students with Alice Perrot and Sam Richards perform music by Vaughan Williams, Bartok and other 20th century composers. Ever since the 19th century, composers and arrangers have transformed roots folk music in various ways, referring to classical and popular styles. This presentation covers a number of these approaches and provides an introduction to the evening’s folksong session. This event is part of Plymouth University Music Week. Find out about related events here www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/plymouth-university-music-week-soundings. Free admission, booking is advised.

Monday 5 December 2016 - Jake Sonny Rowlinson - Bread and Roses, 62 Ebrington Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF
Originally from Staffordshire, graduated from Plymouth University in 2011. His interest in folksong was sparked by leading folk revivalists. He has been singing since his teens and for some years has been interested in ‘carrying a story with only the use of your voice’. He runs the monthly session at The Dolphin and will host this session in an informal and inclusive style. Anyone wanting to sing or play will be given a spot. This event is part of Plymouth University Music Week. Find out about this and related events here www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/plymouth-university-music-week-soundings.

Tuesday 6 December 2016 2-4pm - "FirstTuesday" Storytelling Cafe - Twyford House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NF
Come tell a story: personal, traditional, made up or family- or just listen to someone else. Max 10 mins per story, and no reading aloud allowed. Just come and have fun in a relaxed cosy, supportive setting. £3 to include refreshments. Details from Janet on 07834 194215. Also runs on January 3.

Thursday 8 December 2016 7.30pm - Folk Plus Acoustic Music Club - Ye Olde Smokey House, Vicarage Rd, Marldon, Paignton TQ3 9NN (map)
Our sessions are usually pretty busy. We like to encourage people new to performing as well as those more experienced. The range of music we hear is fantastic! We depend on people letting us know as soon as they arrive if they want to perform or just listen, so that we can plan for as smooth an evening as possible. Occasionally we get asked about our charges. As you know, we provide a pretty effective pa system, which needs regular upkeep, checking and occasionally bits need replacing (i.e. we have just ordered new speaker stands). It all costs. Starting promptly at 7.30pm, must stop at 10.45pm. Performers £2, audience £3. We are on Facebook: www.facebook.com/folkplus2/?fref=ts.

Thursday 8 December 2016 7.30pm - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ (map)
St Agnes Fountain will once again be starting Christmas in tuneful style, as they visit on their 16th consecutive sell-out Christmas tour. The magical concert promises more of their sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of both traditional and new Christmas classics. Details, ticketing etc. www.discoverhannahs.org/events/current/st-agnes-fountain.

Thursday 8 December 2016 8pm - Martin Harley - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Supremely talented Roots and Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. He’s a devotee to the music that came out of the Mississippi Delta, the slide guitar, and many other forms of roots music. Though Harley’s sound is rooted in the blues it seeks to tell his own story and draws on the ruminations of a musician who has spent much of his life on the road. “Harley offers the listener a masterclass in taste, style and roots blues” - Guitarist Magazine. “Harley has it all – voice, guitar artistry and the songs” - Total Music. “No doubt that he is a slide guitar master. He is the business” - Roots Magazine. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2686_martin_harley.

Thursday 8 December 2016 8.30pm - Bob Long & Lorna Franklin - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
Free evening of acoustic country blues. Bob Long is a superb guitarist and harmonica player specializing in pre-World War Two blues, jug band and ragtime material, particularly from the Mississippi Delta and Memphis. Lorna Franklin provides vocals in the style of the 1920s blues stars www.bobalong.co.uk. With support from resident duo Devon Delta, plus floor spots. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

Thursday/Friday/Saturday 8/9/10 December 2016 - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes return with ‘Walk with Me - The Big Autumn Tour’ (last 3 nights) with special guest Megan Henwood. Featuring songs from 25 years at the top and reunited with the exceptionally talented Miranda Sykes once more, big sounds, uncompromising songs and stunning production make for a evening to remember. This will be the last chance to see them together before their 2017 Albert Hall concert. www.ledleisure.co.uk. Box office 01395 222477.

Friday 9 December 2016 7.30pm - Café Culture: Reg Meuross - Thrive Café, Arcturus Centre, Fore Street, Totnes
A Midwinter Special and we've pushed the boat out a bit on this one and are having singer songwriter Reg Meuross (www.regmeuross.com) and poet Julie Mullen as headline guests, along with singing from members of the Lost Sound Chorus. To cover costs, we're having to charge £8 on door or £7.50 adv from the Cafe or Susan's site www.susantaylor.co.uk. We need to sell 40 tickets to break even on this one, so we hope as many as possible will join us for a great evening of poetry and song. Simon and Susan tel. 01364 631308.

Friday 9 December 2016 7.30pm - YuleTide Special Revue - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
with Tobias ben Jacob, Jess McAllister and guests. Devon based alt -folk singer songwriter Tobias ben Jacob has been called ‘stand out new Folk’ by BBC6 Music and ‘inventive and thrilling' by R2 Magazine. The live show is a dynamic and emotionally charged affair; its energy and spontaneity balanced with more reflective moments. Jacob's sweeping vocals never fail to captivate, delivering many a spine-tingling moment underpinned by the fluidity and precision of his finger-picking. “stand out new Folk... superb.. excellent" Chris Hawkins. BBC Radio 6. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Friday 9 December 2016 8pm - Lindisfarne - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated+Standing. Classic British folk rock. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2725_lindisfarne.

Friday 9 December 2016 - Gallery Bar Special: Out to Grass - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Acclaimed local band playing bluegrass versions of songs you know and love. A great evening of fun and good music is guaranteed! Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to the band please.
Doors 7.30pm, music from 8.30pm. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 9 December 2016 8pm - Klezmer Ceilidh with Kevara - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
Come and join Si, Ami, Martin, Pam, Tim, Joel and Howard for more East European shenannigans. Entry £8.50/£7. BYO refreshments.

Friday 9 December 2016 7.30pm - Contra Dance - St Katherine's Priory, Exeter EX4 7JY (map)
Caller: Jeremy Child. A monthly series of Contra Dances. 7.30-10.30pm. Cost £4 per person. Beginners welcome.  Using recorded music from your favourite English bands as well as some of the top American Contra Bands. Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

NEW Saturday 10 December 2016 8pm - QuickSilver - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Spellbinding duo comprising Hilary Spencer and Grant Baynham. Hilary is member of Artisan and has been a professional singer for twenty years. She is also a member of Les Barker's “Mrs. Ackroyd Band”. Grant Baynham is a fantastic singer-songwriter who took over Jake Thackray's duties on the BBC show “That's Life” wher Ned Sherrin described him as writing comic songs touched by gold. They are supported in the concert by Teignmouth's very own shanty crew The Back Beach Boyz, only recently formed and rapidly getting a reputation. Come along if you're looking for an evening of pre-Christmas fun. Tickets £10 adv (tel. 01626 775517, email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com) £12 door. Full info and future concerts www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

Saturday 10 December 2016 - Martin Harley - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. Live at Southern Ground, his eagerly anticipated new album was recorded in Nashville in collaboration with Daniel Kimbro (Jerry Douglas, Larkin Poe) on upright bass. Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on.

Saturday 10 December 2016 7.30pm - Ensemble Baklava - Jellyfish Gallery, 34 Bossell Road, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DD
Ensemble Baklava sing and play traditional Turkish, Greek, Spanish, French, Egyptian and even English music, both ancient and contemporary, on their unusual and interesting collection of instruments.
More info www.baklavamusic.com. Tickets £8 on door, or online www.wegottickets.com/event/379085, or call 01364 642662. www.jellyfishprod.com.

Saturday 10 December 2016 7.30pm - Glorious Chorus - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Glorious Chorus returns to Kingskerswell for an uplifting and soulful offering of seasonal song. Expect clever arrangements of Christmas favourites and exquisite original songs by award-winning director/composer Helen Yeomans, delivered with passion and polish. This acclaimed choir is a must-see!’ See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Sunday 11 December 2016 7.30pm - Jo Harman - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Jo has recently recorded second studio album in Nashville, due for release early 2017, working with producer Fred Mollin (Carole King, Barbra Streisand, Billy Joel, BB King etc) with Michael McDonald making a guest appearance on the track 'When We Were Young’. At this intimate voice and piano duo show, Jo will perform her own compositions, as well as classic songs that mean a lot to her, stripped back in a way that has most direct emotional impact and connection with the audience. Not to be missed.See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Sunday 11 December 2017 7.30pm - Trade Winds Christmas Party - Holne Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh
(not Scoriton) The change of venue is to keep the costs down. It would be great to know if you can come, so we have an idea of numbers, but also if anybody can help decorate the hall from 6pm on the night, or to take down at the end of the evening, that would be great.
Two requests for the evening: Please bring food to share and whatever you want to drink -- there won't be a bar, though we can do teas and coffees. If you have anything you can donate as a prize to our raffle, that would be great. This is how we raise the £35 hire fee for the hall, so we ask you to be generous buying raffle tickets, too. Simon and Susan 01364 631308.

Tuesday 13 December 2016 8pm - Winter Folk at the Brewery - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village EX5 5AE
Featuring Hanlons’ Half Hours with: Tom & Barbara Brown and Steve Gill. Guest MC: Nicola King. Craft theme: Hand-made uguna flutes (Geoff Norman). Floor singers welcome. Doors 7.30pm, scratch band 7.45pm. Entry £6 includes Pint & Pasty. Further information: www.reynardine.co.uk, email  folk@reynardine.co.uk, tel. 01363 82621. www.hanlonsbrewery.com.

Wednesday 14 December 2016 8pm - Christmas Party with Brooks Williams - Bradninch Acoustic Music Club, Baptist Hall, Millway, Bradninch EX5 4NL
The amazing and very talented Brooks Williams, back by popular demand from his last brilliant Christmas Show back in 2013. Mulled wine and mince pies plus loads of nibbles will be served. BYO drinks. General club info and contact details www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.

Thursday 15 December 2016 - Waterloo Sunset - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Waterloo Sunset are Sue White, from East Devon, and Tony Taylor, from Cornwall. Their music is an eclectic mix of 60s - including Dylan, Kinks and Rolling Stones, as well as Celtic Folk, Folk Rock, Bluegrass and their own compositions. Tony is a multi-instrumentalist, and Sue plays percussion and rhythm guitar. As well as fine musicianship they add harmony vocals into the mix, to make a rich 60s sound. Between them they have made several CDs, and gigged in Britain and Europe. Although they have been singing and playing together for 30 years, this is their debut gig at the B Bar. Details www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 16 December 2016 - Annika Skoogh Latin Trio - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Annika, born in South America and raised in Sweden, is a vibrant jazz vocalist with a natural talent. Her focus is mainly jazz standards and Brazilian music but also soul and folk songs. With her love of languages, multilinguist Annika adds another dimension to her performances by singing some songs in different languages. She is with us tonight performing her special "Latin" set. Details www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Sold out Saturday 17 December 2016 7.30pm - Seth Lakeman - Exeter Cathedral, 1 The Cloisters, Exeter EX1 1HS
Award-winning folk-singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman will release new album ‘Ballads of the Broken Few’ in Autumn 2016 and is touring the UK in November & December with his band and special guests Wildwood Kin. Few reserved tickets remaining. www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk. Tickets: www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/Seth-Lakeman. Box office 01392 667080.

Sold out Sunday 18 December 2016 7.45pm - Christmas Party, with Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
For further information or to join the waiting list visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 18 December 2016 - Martin Carthy - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Martin Carthy is a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist, He's a ballad singer and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic. Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on.

Wednesday 21 December 2016 - Haunt The Woods - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Haunt the Woods are an exciting contemporary folk band from the shires of Cornwall and the Rame Peninsula. Haunt the Woods have a new and unique sound incorporating an eclectic blend of traditional and contemporary folk influences, with beautiful melodies and spellbinding guitar. The unique and chilling vocals combined with 4 part vocal harmonies make the heartfelt and emotional lyrics extremely powerful. Their live show really captures the energy and essence of the bands love and passion for music and the true meticulous nature of their compositions. Details www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Thursday 22 December 2016 - Mad Dog Mcrea - Unit 23, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
Mad Dog 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. www.unit23.uk. Tel. 01803 864130.

Friday 23 December 2016 8pm - 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. "It's always a joy to me when something jumps up and smacks you betweenthe eyes - Mad Dog Mcrea did that to me" Mike Harding. www.tavistockwharf.com.

Tuesday 27 December 2016 7.30pm - Twixt Christmas and New Year Ceilidh - 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 'Buttoned up' with caller Kate Fincham-Powell. Reel Ale bar. Tickets (which might make good Christmas presents) £7.50 from 'artworks' (www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk). Entry includes one free non alcoholic drink. FFI contact Eileen McKee: 01364 73699, 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. www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

Saturday 31 December 2016 8pm - New Year's Eve Ceilidh with Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish EX7 9PT
Caller Anne Gill. Tickets £12, advance only, from Alan Brown 01626 863016 or Anne Gill 01803 290427. No bar, BYO drinks and food to share. In aid of Teignmouth Folk Festival.

NEW Tuesday 3 January 2017 2-4pm - "FirstTuesday" Storytelling Cafe - Twyford House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NF
Come tell a story: personal, traditional, made up or family- or just listen to someone else. Max 10 mins per story, and no reading aloud allowed. Just come and have fun in a relaxed cosy, supportive setting. £3 to include refreshments. Details from Janet on 07834 194215.

NEW Sunday 8 January 2016 7.30pm - John Vincent's 70th Ceilidh with Red Shed - Tedburn St. Mary Village Hall  EX6 6DZ
Caller Pete Langley. Bar and bring & share supper. A public event with no charge but voluntary donations to Devon Refugee Support.

NEW Saturday 14 January 2017 8pm - Tom Lewis; The Old Gaffers - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
details tba  Tickets: and info 01626 775517, email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com. Full info and future concerts www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 15 January 2017 7.45pm - Barron Brady - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
tbc details tba For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 18 January 2017 8pm - Billy Bragg & Joe Henry - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
In March 2016 Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, guitars in hand, boarded a Los Angeles-bound train at Chicago's Union Station looking to reconnect with the culture of railroad travel and the music it inspired. Winding along 2,728 miles of track over four days, the pair recorded classic railroad songs in waiting rooms and at trackside while the train paused to pick up passengers. On the Shine A Light 2017 tour which stops in Exeter on the 18 January, they'll be playing songs from the journey, along with favourites from their own back catalogues. Full details, artist links, bookings etc. https://sites.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15713.

NEW Friday 20 January 2017 8pm - Dipper Malkin - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Dipper Malkin are a captivating new duo, whose beginning was but a whisper. That whisper has steadily grown to become a clamour over the last year. Dipper Malkin are rapidly earning a reputation for elevating traditional music to new heights of sturdy beauty and sophistication. Dipper Malkin is the “potent combination” (Folk Radio UK) of two musicians that have spent their careers to date involved in groundbreaking projects. John Dipper (viola d’amore) was one third of The English Acoustic Collective alongside Chris Wood and Robert Harbron and currently works with string quartet Methera, while Dave Malkin (guitar, voice) was a founding member of trio Tandem, stylishly combining traditionally informed compositions with live electronics. Tickets £8. Full details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk.

NEW Friday 20 January 2017 8pm - The Changing Room - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Heavily influenced by the industrial heritage of Cornwall, this Looe-based band are ambassadors for collaboration and social singing. Their songs feature rousing choruses and catchy hooks that will keep you swaying and humming all week! Sam Kelly and Tanya Brittain will be joined on stage by Jamie Francis (Stark), Evan Carson (The Willows) and harpist Morrigan Palmer-Brown. Winners of Kan rag Kernow 2015 and the International Pan Celtic Song Contest 2015. Sam won the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016. “A brilliantly recognised slice of modern folk music.” Bright Young Folk. Details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW tbc Friday 20 January 2017 - Winter Regatta - Widecombe Sailing Club, Old Inn, Widecombe in the Moor
details tba We're thinking two course dinner, even more singing and dusting off those shoulder parrots, particularly those who couldn't come to the Barn Dance. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 21 January 2017 - Phil Beer - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den Crescent, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
details tba/tbc www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 21 January 2017 - Peter James Millson - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
“Found my guitar. Wrote songs like it was going out of fashion. Played hundreds of solo pub gigs and open mics with a few choice supports (Boo Hewerdine, Martha Tilston). Started recording at home. Had some fantastic mixes done by Adrian McNally (The Unthanks).” PJM has recently recorded an album with Boo Hewerdine (working title, ‘True and False’ out 2017) and this May (2016) saw the release of the self-produced second studio album, The Red Café. https://peterjamesmillson.com. Special guests: Border Tales - Jane Newton-Yeo (vocals), Trevor Lloyd (guitars, mandolin, vocals) and Paul Ewings (guitars, bouzouki, vocals) www.bordertales.co.uk.

NEW Bully Wee Band - annual tour, closest venues to us (details see www.bullyweeband.com)
Saturday 21 January 2017 - Devoran Village Hall, nr Truro
Friday 27 January 2017 - David Hall, South Petherton

NEW Session news Tuesday 24 January 2017 8pm - Acoustic Evening, Copper Penny Inn, Chipshop, Tavistock PL19 8NT
Following on from two trial sessions held last September and October: Monthly acoustic evening, 4th Tuesday of the month, starting 8pm. Held in the large skittle alley next to the bar and all acoustic musicians and singers are welcome. The format is individual or group performances and not a jam session and absolutely no amps! For more information email mitilmusic[at]gmail.com or call 07725 579718.
Note also: Mike & Tilly also a regular acoustic session on the second Tuesday of each month at the Boot Inn in Calstock. The sessions start around 8.15pm and are 'around the table' sessions with singers and acoustic musicians welcome to come along and do their stuff. We also get a few people coming along to listen, too. We usually get a mixture of folk, blues, Americana, old time and a cappella singers too. The sessions are friendly and informal.

NEW tbc Friday 27 January 2017 - Acoustic Haven: Reg Meuross - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
details tba
. Cafe etc open 6.30pm. Tickets on sale at Sacks Wholefoods in Totnes, or on the door if still available. Online booking available, see  www.acoustichaven.co.uk. Acoustic Haven is a community music night run by volunteers.

NEW Friday 27 January 2017 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Kit Hillbillies - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
An acoustic string band playing a lively mix of bluegrass and old-time folk Americana. The sound is built around banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin and double bass, topped off with old-fashioned vocal harmonies. The core of the material is divided between fast instrumentals from the Flatt & Scruggs golden age of bluegrass and old-time songs from the Carter Family era. The band also covers an eclectic range of modern artists from Steve Earle to Radiohead. The band’s original songs include many a knowing nod to the backwoods of Devon and Cornwall. “We usually avoid causing too much offence because happily people don’t always listen to the words,” comments banjo player, Calstock’s own Neil Gallacher. “Not always though – one song about Calstock, The Green Movement Blues, was offered in person to George Melly some years ago, and turned down flat on taste grounds. It’s still a staple of our set.” Free entry, informal atmosphere. Donations to the band please.
www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 28 January 2017 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Village Hall, Back Street, Modbury PL21 0RF
Box office: 01752 893051.

NEW Saturday 28 January 2017 8pm - Mrs Midnights Midwinter Marine Ceilidh - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
Caller Mike Boston. Theme is 'Marine'. Bar and raffle. £8 door, £6 conc/adv. Email info@mrsmidnights.co.uk or call 07789 714498 to book.

NEW Sunday 29 January 2017 - Amy Wadge & Luke Jackson - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
A pairing of two generations of captivating singer songwriters, Amy Wadge and Luke Jackson, touring together again across the UK. Grammy winner Amy Wadge is widely regarded as one of the country's most successful female singer/songwriters. Over the course of five solo albums, two collaborations, numerous compositions for other artists and hundreds of live performances all over the globe, she has established an outstanding body of work. Her voice is simply amazing with a breathtaking range and emotional impact while her songwriting continues to surpass most of her contemporaries. www.amywadge.com.
"An irresistible, riveting performer" – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2. Luke Jackson is a rising young Roots singer/songwriter from Canterbury, Kent , and 2013 saw him nominated for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and in 2014 he was named Fatea’s “Male Artist of the Year”. With a bold, show stopping voice and honed guitar skills, Luke is a confident and captivating performer demonstrating an astonishing maturity. He has been making waves on the live acoustic scene supporting such luminaries as Show of Hands, Karine Polwart, Oysterband and Martyn Joseph and he has delivered startling performances on the UK festival scene. www.lukepauljackson.com. “A great singer, a great songwriter and a really commanding presence…..I watch everything this young chap does with a considerable amount of interest and an equal measure of amazement.” – Mike Harding. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com. Tel. 07508 169049. Email: sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk.

Monday 30 January 2017 - The Transports - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. A tale of exile and migration. Join some of Britain’s leading folk musicians for a timely re-telling of Peter Bellamy’s legendary folk ballads The Transports. Here is a rare chance to see BBC award winners The Young’uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr and members of Bellowhead together on stage. This new production combines The Transports’ incredible music with spell-binding story-telling. At a time when migration makes headlines daily, this tale of past migration shows how little has changed in the global movement of desperate people. The accompanying project Parallel Lives charts – town by town – those who once left Britain with those who have recently arrived. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/the-transports.

NEW Saturday 4 February 2017 8pm - Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Ange and Lukas have rapidly gained a reputation as a phenomenon on the indie and folk music circuit. If you’ve not yet heard them perform live then don’t miss this opportunity you’re in for a treat. Since she burst onto the scene in 2013 Ange Hardy has racked up an impressive array of awards including a nomination at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and winning three consecutive FATEA awards: Female Vocalist of the Year (2013), Album of the Year (2014) and The Tradition Award (2015). Lukas Drinkwater’s previous visit to Calstock Arts was a cracking gig with Jim Causley, and he’s also to be found playing with festival favourites Three Daft Monkeys. Ange and Lukas perform live with a staggering array of ever-changing instruments and equipment: a 27-string harp, 4 different guitars, a double bass, an array of traditional whistles, an Indian shruti box, two loop pedals, a stomp box and anything else they’ve decided to bring with them to keep their sound engineer on his toes! It’s Ange’s innovative and spellbinding use of loop pedals to build layers of vocal harmony live from the stage that have gained her the most attention as a live performer – the dexterity of timing and skill required to harmonise with herself is almost as impressive as her ability to seemingly never perform the same set list twice. “A quality duo. There’s frankly so much to admire, but the main thing is it sounds beautiful!” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2.
Details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

Wednesday 8 February 2017 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
To mark its fiftieth year, Fairport, the inventors of British folk rock, have released a brand new CD titled 50:50@50. The band will play a selection of tracks from the album as well as long-established favourites from their extensive repertoire. Tonight's concert will also feature an opening performance by Sally Barker,one of England's most talented singer songwriters. Sally came to prominence in the all-girl folk group The Poozies but is best known for her appearances on the BBC TV talent show The Voice where she sang on Sir Tom Jones' team. "Vigorous and confident...the music leapt around the room." - The Mirror. Full details, artist links, bookings etc. https://sites.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15716.

NEW Saturday 11 February 2017 8pm - Jez Lowe; Steve Turner - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
details tba  Tickets: and info 01626 775517, email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com. Full info and future concerts www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 12 February 2017 7.45pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 15 February 2017 7.30pm - Phil Beer - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Phil Beer is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music, so this is an evening not to be missed for all folk fans. A dazzling instrumentalist with a rich singing voice, Phil is probably best known for his fiddle playing with the all-star line-up Feast of Fiddles and as one half of Show of Hands. He also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro. How many of these instruments he will be able to fit into his solo Folk at the Flavel performance remains to be seen! A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel. www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.
Coming soon: Friday 24 March 2017 7.30pm - Gigspanner

NEW Friday 17 February 2017 8pm - Mick Ryan & Paul Downes - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
One of the finest duos on the folk scene. Mick Ryan – one of folk's finest voices and writer of many highly-acclaimed folk operas, including The Navvy's Wife, The Pauper's Path and A Day's Work. Paul Downes – one of the UK's finest guitarists and multi-instrumentalists. Paul's solo album, The Boatman's Cure, has been highly praised. He has been involved, as musical director and participant in all of the above folk operas. www.wildgoose.co.uk/displayArtist.asp?ARTIST_ID=134, www.pauldownes.com. Support: tba. Tickets (this is an advanced notice concert only) paid in adv £10; adv notice, paid on door £12. Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.exeterfolkclub.org, www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

NEW tbc Friday 17 February 2017 - Crow Puppets - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
details tba

NEW Saturday 18 February 2017 8pm - Steve Knightley - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
A solo appearance from the singer song-writing force behind 'Show Of Hands' described by Peter Gabriel as " One of the great English Bands".
Many of Steve's songs are are inspired by the people and landscape of his native West Country and others are inspired by contemporary issues such as 'Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed' with powerful lyrics and cracking tunes. An evening with Steve is, above all, wonderful entertainment, he captivates his audience with great songs, superb musicianship, witty and humorous anecdotes all performed with a great passion. Ticketing etc. www.theheartofdevon.co.uk.

23-26 February 2017 - Lord of the Dance 2017: Dangerous Games - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Celebrating 20 years since he debuted Lord of the Dance, Flatley’s UK tour will star his protégés James Keegan, Morgan Comer and Mathew Smith in the role of the Lord of the Dance. The show is produced, choreographed and directed by Michael Flatley. Please note, Michael Flatley will not be performing in this production. Details www.plymouthpavilions.com.

NEW Saturday 25 February 2017 - The Village Concert - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
details tba. Possible folk content.

NEW Thursday 2 March 2017 8pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Scoriton Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
details tba. Contact 01364 631288.

NEW Friday 3 March 2017 8pm - Oysters3 - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
Oysterband from a different angle… By popular demand, Oysters3 take to the road again in 2017. John Jones, Alan Prosser and Ian Telfer, the three founder members and creative heart of folk-rock legends Oysterband, invite you to an evening of fresh acoustic performance and off-the-wall stories - an insight into their history, sometimes turbulent, often funny, with great songs from every era of a unique career. “The very first time we did this, we more or less improvised the show. We were astonished when it went down a storm - and we wondered why on earth we’d never thought of doing it before!” Presented by Harberton Cricket Club, supported by Harberton Folk. Real ale bar supplied by the Bay Horse Inn Totnes. All tickets: £16. See full ticketing details here www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/oysters3.htm. Seated concert, unreserved seating.

NEW Saturday 4 March 2017 - Leveret - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument and involved in numerous collaborations with a huge range of artists. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity. Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new, with original settings of ancient tunes sitting alongside new compositions by some of today’s finest tunesmiths. Their music is not arranged at all in the conventional sense: instead it is played entirely in the moment, combining consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity in a sound which feels both timeless and contemporary. Awarded Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016 – the third time he has won this award – Andy Cutting is a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon practitioner with an ear for a fine tune. Andy takes the title from Sam Sweeney, who bagged the same award in 2015, thanks to his work with Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy’s Wayward Band and The Full English. Concertina wizard Rob Harbron is known for his work with The Full English, Fay Hield, Jon Boden and more. “Three of England’s finest traditional players weaving exquisite tapestries out of old and new tunes. Just sublime. I can’t recommend seeing them live enough. ” Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3. www.leveretband.com. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Thursday 9 March 2017 - Kris Drever - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. To simply call Kris Drever ‘a folk singer’ would be like saying that Lau, the acclaimed band in which he also sings and plays, is ‘a Scottish folk trio’. Both true descriptions but reductive ones that only hint at the progressive joys contained in the music of each. Drever’s voice and guitar now form a part of the backbone of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene. Hugely admired as a solo artist, collaborator, and member of folk superstars Lau, he is a phenomenal and prolific artist. Drever has already played alongside Jack Bruce, Bela Fleck, Tinariwen, Joan As Police Woman, Jerry Douglas, Danny Thompson, Tim O’Brien, Sarah Jarosz, Shawn Colvin, Phil Cunningham, Rosanne Cash, Roddy Woomble, Eddi Reader, Adem, Kate Rusby, Julie Fowlis, Karine Polwart and many more. Support: Kaia Kater. Full details, samples etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/kris-drever.

NEW Saturday 11 March 2017 8pm - The Askew Sisters - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
details tba  Tickets: and info 01626 775517, email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com. Full info and future concerts www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

NEW Friday 17 March 2017 - Harbottle & Jonas - Ring O'Bells, Chagford
St Patrick's Day. Totnes-based traditional folk duo of guitarist David and concertina player Freya.
www.harbottleandjonas.com.

NEW Friday/Saturday 17/18 March 2017 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Not just one, but two nights with Kathryn and Sean, one of the UK Folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships and big favourites with our Calstock Arts audience. Twice winners of the Best Duo prize at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as ‘songwriters par excellence’ (fRoots), whose original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends and a lonely whale. After twenty years collaboration with Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn and Sean have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British Folk. “Kathryn Roberts smoky, assertive vocals are a tasty feast for listeners craving music that requires a sharp mind and an open heart.” Billboard Magazine. “As a guitarist, producer and co-songwriter, Sean Lakeman is one of the unsung heroes of modern British folk.” MOJO. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 18 March 2017 8pm - Richard Digance Golden Anniversary Tour - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Join Richard for a celebration of his 50 years of songs and stories that led to a BAFTA Nomination and The British Academy of Composers Gold Award. 31 albums, music for Bill Bryson’s audio book and over 3 million YouTube views prove it was a successful journey. He is supported by acoustic duo The Broadside Boys on their first British tour as they promote their new album Plenty More Fish In The Sea. Also art exhibition and meet and greet from 5pm prior to the show. Full details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/richarddigance. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW tbc Wednesday March 22 2017 - Jackie Oates & Mike Cosgrave - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
details tba Sumptuous buffet & gig. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Friday 24 March 2017 7.30pm - Gigspanner - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Since his departure from Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene. Whilst traditional music forms the bedrock of the trio's repertoire, it's the approach that sets it apart, leaving enough space within the arrangements to spread and stretch the music to embrace other influences. With Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on percussion their innovative arrangements appeal not only to folk lovers but to anyone who has an appreciation of beautiful and inspiring music. A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel. www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Saturday 25 March 2017 8pm - Steve Knightley - Parish Church, Church Road, Lympstone EX8 5JU
As the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, Steve needs little introduction. He has previously won the Best Original Song category in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and, as part of Show of Hands, the categories of Best Live Act and Best Duo. Support: popular local group The Exmouth Shanty Men. Tickets £18, £10 U16, from Lympstone Entertainments Box Office on 01395 272243 (answerphone) or email at lympentsboxoffice@gmail.com. www.lympstoneentertainments.co.uk. Car parking in the village car park, and it is hoped also the nursery opposite the church. Venue is 10 minutes' walk from both Lympstone Village Station (Exeter to Exmouth line) and the number 57 bus stop (service runs between Exeter and Exmouth).

NEW tbc Saturday 25 March 2017 - Tir Na Nog - Civic Hall, Totnes??
Unit 23, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
www.tirnanog-progfolk.com details tba
www.unit23.uk. Tel. 01803 864130.

NEW Friday 31 March 2017 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an ever evolving eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk. Winners ‘Best Duo’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016, Winners ‘Best Duo’ Spiral Earth Awards 2015, Winners ‘Best Duo’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013. Full details, bookings etc. /www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/katherineroberts-seanlakeman. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Saturday 8 April 2017 8pm - Janet Russell - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
details tba  Tickets: and info 01626 775517, email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com. Full info and future concerts www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 8 April 2017 - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (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.
Full details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Sunday 9 April 2017 7.30pm  - Feast of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Feast of Fiddles embarks on its 24th annual tour and the band that has been variously likened to a "group of geography teachers" or "Bellowhead with bus passes!" doesn't seem to be slowing down any. A band of musical friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. It all started at a folk club but has become a folk-rock institution with six CDs to their name, several festival appearances and sell out shows up and down the UK. Typically, fiddlers Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Phil Beer (Show of Hands), 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 rock back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion - all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. A live music entertainment like no other which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by even the most doubting of friends dragged along! "Britain's fiddling supergroup" - Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2. "The best fiddle players of a generation" - fRoots. www.feastoffiddles.com. Full details, bookings etc. https://sites.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15702.

NEW Friday 14 April 2016 - Ferocious Dog - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Ferocious Dog offer a full-on six-piece sound that encompasses folk infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations. The combination of instruments creates a palette of sound that offers infinite variations: going in hard to get the audience up and moving, or slipping into melodic passages and dub-like fusions. Full details, samples etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/ferocious-dog.

Sunday 16 April 2017 - Show of Hands at the Royal Albert Hall
Show of Hands present the fifth 'Live at The Albert Hall' show. Tickets on sale from 1 July 2016. www.showofhands.co.uk

NEW Wednesday 26 April 2016 - Police Dog Hogan - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. A high-energy and eclectic eight-piece, combining fiddle, banjo, mandolin, accordian and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies. You could call it Americana, country-folk, folk-pop or even urban bluegrass, but it’s difficult to do justice to the sheer range of styles this band is willing to take on and, if necessary, transform. Full details, samples etc.

26-30 April 2017 - Costa Del Folk Ibiza
Details www.costadelfolk.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 11 May 2017 8pm - Paul Downes & Mick Ryan - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
details tbc/tba

NEW tbc Friday 12 May 2017 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
www.steveknightley.co.uk

NEW tbc Sunday 14 May 2017 - The Ruggle Regatta - Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe in the Moor
details tba  Reprise of last year's successful afternoon, with, we hope, equally successful weather. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Sunday 21 May 2017 7.45pm - Paul Downes - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tbc/tba

NEW Saturday 3 June 2017 8pm - Keith James: The Music of Yusuf - Cat Stevens - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Proceeds and audience donations from this tour of concerts will go to the UNICEF UK Government matched, Syrian Children’s appeal. Keith James presents an honest and loving reflection of the timeless and insightful music of Yusuf - Cat Stevens. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW tbc Wednesday 28 June 2017 - Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
details tba Sumptuous buffet & gig. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW 21/22 July 2017 - Chagstock Festival
11th anniversary, various genres, (probably) including some folk www.chagstock.info. Early bird weekend camping tickets available from 28.10.16

John Culf
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