Harberton Folk's Information Service
for traditional music, song & dance in Southern Devon

Site updated 24 March 2017

Southern Devon: Folk diary   Regular folk updates by email   Latest e-circulars   Folk song clubs   Folk (pub) sessions   Folk dance clubs   Ceilidhs/barn dances   Storytelling   Venue database
General: Links   East Devon Music Diaries    West Country festivals   Devon Folk   Display dance teams (Morris etc)   French dance & music   Other acoustic music   Folk on (internet) radio: local & national   Mike Harding Folk Show   Harberton Folk history   Disclaimer
Flaxey Green: Resource for local live music, musicians, groups, ceilidh bands, secondhand instruments and much more
Contact Harberton Folk

Click here to Join our Email Circulation for Regular Diary Updates covering southern Devon
Recent e-circulars:   23/3/17   15/3/17

Harberton Folk is 'powered by' and recommends:

Great value Unlimited Broadband from an award winning provider

Anyone viewing this website is dependent to some extent on their computer and we thank Harberton computer specialist Andrew Hockings for supporting our voluntary activities. We recommend Harberton technology specialist Andrew Hockings for your Computer, Smartphone, tablet, broadband, backup, email, web and virus advice and support needs (South Hams, Torbay, Newton Abbot, Bovey Tracey, Ashburton, South Brent and Ivybridge areas). Click logo for his website or call 01803 862847 or 07973 155913.


Folk Diary coverage:
events mostly within an approx. 30 mile radius of Totnes as the crow flies, i.e. including Exeter and Plymouth, and covering Tavistock, Okehampton and Sidmouth for example. It is the main reference for compilation of the Harberton Folk email circulars. Map links (streetmap.co.uk): yield a fully zoomable map. I'm increasingly including postcodes in the venue information for those of you who rely on satnavs.
To submit new Diary entries: many new Diary entries come from you, our readers. If you know of a folk event not listed below, please contact us by email giving concise details of the event, performer(s) etc., using the format below so that your item can be copied and pasted with minimal editing. Please note that no flyers, posters or images are used - send only text, no graphics. Thanks!
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey.

Southern Devon Folk Diary

See also www.flaxey-green.co.uk which may include events not listed below.

NEW -  items marked thus below means that they have not yet appeared (in full) in an e-circular.
UPDATED - items marked thus means that they have been updated since an original listing in an e-circular.

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 a new percussionist - 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.

Friday 24 March 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Sheldon Village Hall EX14 4QU
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. A 'Villages In Action' event, see www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue location etc. Tickets from 01404 841367.

Mambo Jambo
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
This friendly and talented acoustic roots duo will take you on an exciting and joyous musical journey, bringing together sounds from world, roots, folk and jazz, plus their own compositions. They can happily transport listeners on a musical tour around many of the world’s musical hotspots with a repertoire that draws in a wide range of styles that might include Bluegrass, Latin & Caribbean New Orleans, Balkan and more. Blending all these influences, they create an upbeat rhythmic and rootsy sound all of their own – uniquely diverse as well as hugely enjoyable. Frankie plays sax, vocals, clarinet, flute, guitar and percussion and Pete’s on guitar, vocal, banjo, ukulele, tres (traditional Cuban guitar) accordion and suitcase. To describe their music as ’feel-good’ is an understatement - it’s the sort of music that will send you home with a smile on your face and spring in your step at the end of the night! ”A fabulous musical treat Creative Arts East An upbeat, feel-good concert.” Live And Local. “Musical sunshine from a multi-talented and multi-instrumental duo.” Leeds Gig Guide. www.mambojambo.co.uk.
Friday 24 March 2017 - Peter Tavy Village Hall
Saturday 25 March 2017 - Talaton Parish Hall

Saturday 25 March 2017 10.30am - Callington MayFest Instrumental Music/Singing/Samba Drumming Workshops
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

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).

Saturday 25 March 2017 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Winners of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo 2016 & 2013 – the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans & an enviable reputation as “Songwriters par excellence”. Support: Kitty Macfarlane. £12.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Saturday 25 March 2017 8pm - Tir Na Nog - Unit 23 Live, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
Leo O’Kelly & Sonny Condell are two of the most original and influential songwriters and performers Ireland has ever produced. Their guitars wind and mesh gorgeously together, their voices likewise; nor can they be separated for the quality of their songwriting. Songs like Condell’s ‘Our Love Will Not Decay’, ‘Eyelids Into Snow’ and ‘Two White Horses’, and O’Kelly’s ‘Piccadilly’, ‘So Freely’ and ‘Looking Up’ are as good as anything Ireland’s produced in the past four decades. John Peel championed the duo from the start, recording many Peel Sessions with them. They toured with bands as disparate as Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, The Who, Roxy Music and Steeleye Span in the 70s, as well as headlining their own theatre, college and club gigs, garnering a large cult following, which to this day still grows. www.tirnanog-progfolk.com. Support: Crystal Jacqueline.
Tickets £12 adv from www.southdevonmusic.co.uk, £15 door (if available). Enquiries to: phil.royal@btinternet.com.

Saturday 25 March 2017 7.30pm - Les Barker - Function Room, Dolphin Hotel, Fore St., Beer EX12 3EQ
Come and enjoy the hilarious performance of Les Barker who writes strange poems and comes originally from Manchester, but he's now Welsh. He's written 77 books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people don't quite believe what they've just heard. His poems have spawned a number of folk heroes: Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive and Spot of the Antarctic. Tickets £10 from the Dolphin (01297 20068) or by post (cheque payable to Richard Scott, with SAE): Richard Scott, 23 Underleys, Beer, Devon EX12 3LX.

Saturday 25 March 2017 7.30pm - Henhouse Prowlers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
We’re really pleased to welcome back Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers who have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting. 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.

Postponed Saturday 25 March 2017 7.30pm - English Folk Rock & Folk Music Night - Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Rd, Torquay TQ1 1HG
The Legendary Ten Seconds, Mothers Ruin and The Renaissance Folk. The Legendary Ten Seconds have released four albums on the life and times of Richard III, and their music has received much critical acclaim and play in an English folk rock style with a strong medieval influence. Mother’s Ruin is a band of five friends who share a love of folk and folk rock. They play a range of traditional and contemporary upbeat songs, including covers from top bands and some of their own compositions. Support: 'Renaissance Folk' singing traditional British folk songs and Renaissance music. Plus special guest author Philip Phoutiou talking about his latest book and signing copies. Tickets £10 adv, £11 door, email enquiries@torquaymuseum.org or call 01803 293975, Refreshments available. Money raised from the concert will be used by Torquay Museum, a registered charity, to help conserve and display its extensive collection of artefacts. www.torquaymuseum.org/events/details/149/folk-rock-music-night.

Saturday 25 March 2017 - Ensemble Baklava - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
With a unique combination of instruments, Ensemble Baklava blends the sounds of the oud, bouzouki, concertina, bagpipes, Middle Eastern percussion, mandolin, baglama, spiked fiddle, guitar, tin whistle and voices to bring evocative, stirring and lively music and song from the Mediterranean region, both contemporary and ancient. Russell Harris, Nick Millington, Howard Frey and Julia Thomas perform Turkish, rembetiko, Sephardic, medieval and traditional Music melded with improvisation and original material for a memorable performance of timeless music. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Monday 27 March 2017 8pm - Bill Kirchen Band with Austin De Lone - Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
This Telecaster wizard along with his sidekick Mr De Lone - a man who wrote that anthemic piece of advice 'I'm gonna put a bar in the boot of my car, and drive myself to drink' - supplied the musical gristle to that bunch of '70's desperadoes, Commander Cody & The Lost Planet Airmen. Since that time he's added his guitar genius to albums by Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Link Wray, Gene Vincent, and fronts arguably the most kicking, entertaining outfit you'll see this side of the Tamar for a long time; last time around jaws were dropping ! Sure to be a sell out, get in gear quickly, this kind of feral delight doesn't come around often. Tickets £15 adv from Topsham Books 01392 877895.

Tuesday 28 March 2017 - Daoirí Farrell & The Damien O’Kane Trio - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated.
This double headliner gig brings two Irish musicians at the top of their game to Exeter. Damien O’Kane is a Northern Irish musician of many talents and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nomination to boot. Teamed up with master guitarist Steven Byrnes (Treacherous Orchestra / Kate Rusby) and Steven Iveson’s sublime and exhilarating electric guitar playing, this is a trio that take traditional Irish music and song and, in the words of The Telegraph, turn it into ‘Folk-Pop that is Irish music for the 21st century’. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/daoiri-farrell-the-damien-okane-trio.

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.

Friday 31 March 2017 7pm - Martin Simpson - St Andrew's Church, Moretonhampstead  TQ13 8NN
Martin Simpson is one of the finest guitar players in the world today. Equally at home playing English folk music, American folk and blues, or his own compositions, he is listed in Gibson Guitars as one of the top thirty acoustic guitarists of all time. Whether interpreting material from tradition or singing his own potent self-penned songs, he is a remarkable storyteller: captivating and profoundly moving. In his intimate solo performances he gives rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty. The fifteenth-century St Andrew's Church venue has superb acoustic qualities. The combination of Martin's music and the special qualities of this ancient venue promises an unforgettable experience. Bar in the church. Tickets www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/martin-simpson-tickets-30808940370?aff=es2. Presented by 'Music in Moretonhampstead’.

Friday 31 March 2017 8pm - The Noble Jacks - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
A rip-roaring alt-folk band with roof raising energy, whose warm electro-acoustic interactions fuse together a mixture of folky foot stompin’ rhythms and engaging lyricism. The band encompasses heartfelt, yet uptempo songs showcasing fiddle, blues harmonica and big anthem toplines. Definitely a favourite at 2016 Chagstock, 2017 promises to be an incredible year for this new and aspiring band! “The organic and vivid ballads Noble Jacks displayed on stage reflected a timeless sound that you can forever drink to with your lads.”– LIVAMP; "(Noble Jacks) had the whole of the audience on their feet and dancing!” Argus. Support tbc. £10 adv, £12 door, standing with some seating.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Friday 31 March 2017 8pm - David Celia and Marla - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
UPDATED Canadian David Celia is an innovative singer/songwriter and astonishing guitar player, known for his spontaneously driven live performances. David has played with Canadian folk legends Ian & Sylvia and Gordon Lightfoot is a fan. On this tour he is playing with Marla (Hedelberg) a German-Spanish singer songwriter and recorded her debut album.
David is an innovative singer/songwriter and astonishing guitar player, known for his spontaneously driven live performances. His songs have an open alt/folk style that’s also been described as “Beatlesque”. On this tour he is accompanied with German/Spanish singer Marla, who he has also produced. He tours frequently across Canada and to Europe where he has played festivals such as Glastonbury (UK), Blue Balls (CH), Le Rock (FRA) and more. David has played with Canadian folk legends Ian & Sylvia and Gordon Lightfoot is a fan. As a result of playing sideman to Emiliana Torrini, he was invited to be one of the headliners at Braedslan Festival 2016 in Iceland. More details, tickets from the venue, tel. 01803 328290, or online www.wegottickets.com/event/389589.

Saturday 1 April 2017 8pm - Ceilidh with Pigs Might Fly - Voodoo Lounge, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Caller: Jeremy Child. An LGBTQ+ friendly Barn Dance open to all. £7/£5. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/genderfree/ceilidh.html.

Sunday 2 April 2017 7.45pm - Richard Grainger - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
From Teesside, Richard is a fine exponent of "the living tradition", as he has written many songs and musical plays, relating events ranging from Homer's Odyssey, the story of James Cook to the Yorkshire whaling industry! Also the artistic director of many festivals, he is a first rate singer and guitarist and has a dozen or so albums to his name. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.
Coming soon: 30/
4 Tom McConville; 7/5 Cloudstreet; 21/5 Paul Downes; 11/6 Keith Donnelly

Sunday 2 April 2017 7.30pm - Green Light Unplugged Showcase & CD Launch - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
This event is the final chapter of a competition for original acoustic songwriters and musicians from the Devon area, which also raises funds and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support, Devon. The 12 audition gigs were completed just before Christmas, and in January our judges chose the 13 winning acts, and the recording process is well underway. We are now eagerly awaiting this Launch where all the winning artists will play, to be hosted by James Santer of BBC Radio Devon Introducing. We have definitely found some fantastic local talent and we would love you to come along to the show. Tickets just £9 adv, and can be purchased directly from Graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com without a booking fee (payment by cheque, cash or BACS); you can also contact him on 01803 875527/07815 620402, or £10 on the door. All proceeds from the album and the launch event will go to Macmillan Cancer Support, Devon.

Monday 3 April 2017 7pm - Callington MayFest Cornish Dance and Music Workshop
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

Tuesday 4 April 2017 7pm - 'The Centenary of the Death of Edward Thomas' - Totnes Library, The Mansion, 36 Fore St, Totnes TQ9 5RP
A performance by The Totnes Poetry Group with music provided by Mick Bramich. The piece is based on his war diaries, letters and poetry with a slice of traditional song and music which interested Thomas very much.

Tuesday 4 April 2017 8pm - Keith James presents the Songs of Leonard Cohen - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
The chilling announcement of Leonard's passing has marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognise our own fragility. A man of grace. This world will miss him very much! With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. £10 adv. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Tuesday 4 April 2017 7.30pm - Hands Across the Sea - Caspar John Hall, Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
A concert by Britannia Royal Naval College Volunteer Band: A wide variety of music from the American Continent and the United Kingdom will be performed suiting all ages and tastes. Entry by ticket only. Tickets £10, available from The Britannia Association Office, email admin@britanniaassociation.org.uk or 01803 677565. Payment can be made by debit/credit card.

Shore to Shore revisited: Jim Payne & Wren Music
Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker will be joined by Jim Payne for a project that is linked to the Devonshire Association’s ‘Devon Newfoundland Story’. Shore to Shore Revisited picks up the 30-year relationship between Wren Music and SingSong Inc. that celebrates the cultural and folk song links between Devon and Newfoundland.
Jim Payne is a renowned Newfoundland folk singer who is best known for performing Newfoundland’s traditional sea shanties and plays many instruments, including the guitar, violin, accordion and mandolin. Besides being a singer, he is a storyteller, actor and writer. He also teaches Newfoundland square and step dances. In 2016, Paul and Marilyn received the prestigious Gold Badge from the English Folk Dance and Song Society for their work in general, and for their contribution as performers and song collectors, notably their work with the Baring-Gould collection.
Lecture recitals: Free entry, with a collection for Wren Music
Wednesday 5 April 2017 1pm - Newton Abbot Museum
Thursday 6 April 2017 3pm - Exeter Central Library
Wednesday 12 April 2017 1pm - Sidmouth Library
Concerts:
Thursday 6 April 2017 7.30pm - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map). Tickets £10 from Cygnet Theatre 01392 277189
Friday 7 April 2017 7.30pm - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map). £6 on the door. No adv tickets
Wednesday 12 April 2017 7.30pm - Salem Chapel, East Budleigh EX9 7EF. Tickets £10 www.wrenmusic.co.uk 01837 52754

Thursday 6 April 2017 8.30pm - Geoff Lakeman - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Geoff is an internationally recognised exponent of the rare Duet Concertina performing folk song, Americana and 1920s jazz. A stalwart of the west country folk scene and father of a virtual folk dynasty. "Let the music keep your spirits high." Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Thursday 6 April 2017 8pm - Sam Lewis - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
With his compelling songs, stirring melodies and preternaturally soulful voice Sam Lewis has quickly established himself as one of Nashville’s most talented new tunesmiths and is a welcome debutant here at the Mill in 2017. His 2015 album ‘ Waiting on you’ recieved a top review from Mojo and featured in the Telegraph’s list of top country albums from 2015. Full details www.ottertonmill.com.

Friday 7 April 2017 - House Concert: Ruth Theodore - Hatch Court, Churchstow
East London based multi instrumentalist folk singer/songwriter who possesses a very quirky and unique style of delivery. You've only got to read the review of her last CD Cactacus in Froots to understand the impact this lass is having on the folk scene. www.ruththeodore.com. Donations on arrival. Email Mark at wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations.

7-9 April 2017 - Grinagog Festival - Torquay
"A weekend of mudless festival mischief by the sea" www.grinagogfestival.com A huge range of musics in many indoor venues. As far as I can tell, the folk content can be seen at www.grinagogfestival.com/acoustic-blues-jazz: Sam Lee's Nest Collective presents Unamplifire; Philip Henry & Hannah Martin, The Carrivick Sisters, Jim Causley, Young Waters, Cynefin, Thom Ashworth, Jack Cookson, Bill Murray.

Saturday 8 April 2017 8pm - Janet Russell - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Janet Russell has been one of Hugh's long time favourite Scottish singers. Her own songs often have a hard edged humour about issues affecting women. At the start of her career she partnered Christine Kydd and their work together received critical acclaim. She has worked with the likes of Sandra Kerr, Rosie Davis, Peta Webb as well as Christine Kydd.She is a member of the Natural Voice Practioners’ Workshop and is a Director of Yorkshire Dales Workshops promoting participation in folk arts. She was musical director for Mikron Theatre for ten years and is recognised as an accomplished vocal harmony leader. She produced the first English performances of “The Christmas Truce” and “Hearts of Coal” with Coope, Boyce and Simpson. “The most striking feature of Janet Russell’s arresting voice is a lower register whose distinctive power and edge make dramatic listening” Tony Rose, The Guardian. Tickets: and info 01626 775517, email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com. Full info and future concerts www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

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.

UPDATED Saturday 8 April 2017 - Sam Carter - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Sam’s third solo album How The City Sings captures this fervently admired singer, songwriter and guitarist at his most passionate and moving. Recorded live to tape in the studio, the album was produced by Dom Monks (who worked with Ethan Johns on records by Laura Marling, Paolo Nutini and The Staves) and keyboardist Neil Cowley (Neil Cowley Trio, best known for his contributions to Adele’s 19 and 21 albums). In addition to Neil, whose emotive piano lines were often improvised, the band includes fiddler Sam Sweeney (Bellowhead, Leveret and BBC Folk Musician of the Year) drummer Evan Jenkins (Neil Cowley Trio) and Sam’s longstanding bassist Matt Ridley. www.samcartermusic.co.uk. Tickets £10(+) www.wegottickets.com/event/388828. Doors 7.30pm. Hot drinks and cake available. BYO alcohol. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

Saturday 8 April 2017 7pm - Cosgrave & Banks - St Matthew’s Church, Cheriton Fitzpaine EX17 4JB
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Tickets £11 (including delicious light supper served during interval at 7.45pm) adv from 01363 866082 or on door. Proceeds in aid of The Friends of St Matthew’s Church. Doors and bar 6.30pm.

Sunday 9 April 2017 10am-4.30pm - Storytelling Sunday: The Heart of a Story - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY
Looking in detail at the narrative and structure of story, this day is for beginners and experienced storytellers alike. Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot and Guinevere will join us in an ancient British story. We will consider character, description, action and emotion, and discuss the ‘hero’s journey’ and our own experiences. We will then work through individual tales to play with, and strengthen story structure, and to explore pace and balance in telling. I hope this workshop will help you develop confidence throughout a telling. 2nd of a series of 4 monthly workshops. Full details, bookings etc.www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

Saturday 8 April 2017 - Wild Willy Barrett’s French Connection - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
You won’t find another band like them - from a Parisian café via a Dublin hooley to a New Orleans party with rip-roaring fiddle & banjo. Imagine stumbling across a smoky back street bar, late night jam: Django Reinhardt and The Pogues; Robert Johnson accompanies Edith Piaf; Bob Marley’s jammin’ with Stéphane Grappelli; Tom Waits joins in. Multi-instrumentalist and erstwhile Godfather of grunge folk, Wild Willy Barrett is the driver, as the versatile and heartrending vocals of French singer Aurora Colson take centre stage. Well known for his partnership with John Otway, he’s had a long and varied career, recording with Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Gordon Giltrap and Ralph McTell, as well as being considered as Brian Jones’s replacement in the Rolling Stones! Changing gear between almost every number, the quartet perform stunning original compositions and arrangements on guitar, cello, harmonium, whistle, fiddle, banjo and Irish pipes. Enjoy a wonderful evening of unique musical entertainment overlaid with a large dose of dry humour!
www.calstockarts.org.

Sunday 9 April 2017 8pm - Faustus - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A Topsham Folk Club guest night.
Faustus are three of the leading lights of their generation: Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead), Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). They have a plethora of experience between them brought together here in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone. Four years after their critically-acclaimed album ‘Broken Down Gentlemen’, the pioneering ‘bloke folk’ trio return with their third release – ‘Death and Other Animals’. Here they tackle, head-on, subjects from the Dance of Death to the plight of the common man, and sand-swallowed ships to mythical black dogs. ‘One of Britain’s outstanding folk bands.’ **** The Guardian. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

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. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/feast-of-fiddles.

Tuesday 11 April 2017 8pm - Woody Pines Trio - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
It was on the streets as a professional busker that Woody Pines cut his teeth, drawing liberally from the lost back alley anthems and scratchy old 78s of American roots music, whether country blues, jugband, hokum, or hillbilly. Heavy rollicking street performances are the key to some of today’s best roots bands, like Old Crow Medicine Show (Woody and OCMS’ Gill Landry used to tour the country in their own jugband), and they’re the key to Woody’s intensely catchy rhythms, jumpy lyrics, and wildly delirious sense of fun. www.woodypines.com. Tickets £12 adv from www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/event-details/?eid=41626, £14 door. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Thursday 13 April 2017 8.30pm - Gareth Hedges - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
Since he was road manager for many American roots musicians who were touring in Europe – Bill Monroe, banjo player Clarence Ashley, guitarist Tex Isley, Rev. Gary Davis and Mississippi Fred McDowell among others – Gareth Hedges has been entertaining people with his astonishing guitar picking. This will be his second visit to BBT2, Brixham Blues Second Thursday, where he will be performing solo and with Stuart “Marshcat” Cumberpatch, the club’s organiser. Free. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

Thursday 13 April 2017 8.30pm - Ida Wenøe - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
”It’s been a long time since I’ve heard an artist perfectly capture the distinctive sound of late ’80s/early ’90s folk-pop—that kind of glassy glaze that cuts right to your core—but Danish singer/songwriter Ida Wenøe has done just that with her emotionally-charged and uplifting new album Time Of Ghosts. (Robert Ham, Nordic Spotlight). In February 2016 Wenøe played an official showcase at Folk Alliance in Kansas City. She has received a prestigious nomination for the Danish Music Awards in the ‘Songwriter Of The Year’ category.  Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 14 April 2017 8pm - Rusty Shackle - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Standing. Regulars on the festival circuit with two albums under their belts, this exciting six-piece indie-folk band come on like a punk Bellowhead or a poppier Pogues. South Wales based indie folk roots band Rusty Shackle have been captivating audiences with their incredible live performances since early 2010. Their shows blend well-crafted catchy tunes with stunning high-energy level performances which will make sure you'll leave exhausted with their tunes swimming around your head for days afterwards. £8 adv, £10 door.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

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.

UPDATED Change of venue
Friday 14 April 2017 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
Caller: Jeremy Child. A monthly series of Contra Dances to recorded music.
7.30-10.30pm. Cost £5 per person. Beginners welcome.
Tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

Saturday 15 April 2017 8pm - Harbottle & Jonas - Harbour Lights, Anchor Cottages, Hope Cove, Kingsbridge TQ7 3HQ
Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes, Devon. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing and have recently been endorsed by Seasalt Clothing. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island.

Sunday 16 April 2017 8pm - Woody Pines - Pebblebed Vineyard, Clyst St. George EX3 0NZ
Hailing from Asheville North Carolina, Woody and his gang peddle an infectious brand of floorboard stripping downhome swing, the kind of mess up music you'd want to hear in a dirt floor Alabama juke joint around midnight. Hillbilly, jug band, hokum, blues and ragtime are all part of the guy's sonic mix, which'll be just about right for a night in the funky stable of Devon's finest vineyard. Tickets £15 adv (includes glass of wine) from Topsham Books 01392 877895.

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

Monday 17 April 2017 7pm - Callington MayFest Cornish Dance and Music Workshop
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

NEW Tuesday 18 April 2017 8pm - Kadia - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
details tba www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk.

Thursday 20 April 2017 - Matt Gordon & Leonard Podolak - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. An irresistible brew of all-singing and all-dancing Appalachian mountain music played by two genuine flatfooting, fiddle and banjo virtuosos, as seen supporting Show of Hands at the Royal Albert Hall. Together, Matt, and Leonard put on an exciting Show of Old-Time traditional fiddle and Banjo Music. They also clog, and do hambone. And there number one goal is break down the wall between them and the crowd, where everyone in the room creates the experience. In the last couple years they have played at festivals in Canada, Scotland, They have toured western Canada, and back in the winter of 2012 opened the Show for Show Of Hands, Wake The Union Tour in theatres all across the UK. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Friday 21 April 2017 - Wildwood Kin - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Acclaimed anglo/americana trio from Exeter in Devon comprising of two sisters, Beth and Emillie Key and their cousin Meghann Loney. The music is a mix of their own beautiful and thought provoking original songs with a few stunning arrangements of some better known covers. Their voices meld perfectly in effortless and sublime close harmony and they accompany themselves on a range of acoustic instruments. In 2015 the girls were shortlisted for a major BBC Radio Music Award and in 2016 their debut single Warrior Daughter spent several weeks on the Radio 2 playlist. Their tracks have notched several million streams on Spotify. They also feature on every track on Seth Lakeman’s top 2016 top 20 album Ballads of the Broken Few produced by the legendary Ethan Johns. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Friday 21 April 2017 8pm - Pete Morton - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
An opportunity to see one of the UK's finest songwriters of emotionally-driven songs delivered with a distinctive voice. Pete has also performed as part of Mick Ryan's folk opera, A Day's Work and in a Christmas-themed trio with Emily Sanders and Chris Parkinson - The Magical Christmas Tree. His recent solo albums have earned high critical acclaim. www.petemorton.com. Support: TBC. Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) paid in adv £10; adv notice, paid on door £12. Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.exeterfolkclub.org, www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

Friday 21 April 2017 8pm - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Two times BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar met in 2011 and have since gone from strength to strength playing at major festivals and events across the UK. Greg Russell’s strong singing and guitar and Ciaran Algar’s lyrical fiddle playing give “everything that folk music should be about. There is tradition, there is musical invention and there is evolution of the tradition. Tickets £10. Full details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk, email andrew@frangleton.co.uk or call 01837 840775.

Friday 21 April 2017 7.30pm - 3 Daft Monkeys - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
With Celtic and eastern influences, the 3 Daft Monkeys’ dynamic style of world-influenced folk music and infectious dancing rhythms will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. After experiencing the band’s notoriously energetic live performance at Glastonbury Festival last summer, Mark Radcliffe declared them as one of his “Highlights of the Festival” on BBC TV coverage, and subsequently invited them to play a session on his BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. The band have also performed a live session with Whispering Bob Harris on Radio 2. With their quirky and original approach to music, and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life, 3 Daft Monkeys have gained themselves a large and loyal cult following. Their music is hard to pigeon-hole, mixing and crossing many musical genres from Celtic, Klezmer, Gypsy, Balkan, Latin, Ska, Dub Reggae,Indie, Rock and even a hint of Shostakovich. Support: Holly Morwenna.
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 21 April 2017 8pm - Cara Dillon & Sam Lakeman - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
We are so pleased to have booked this extraordinary Irish singer again who makes music that transcends genres and crosses barriers. With her husband Sam Lakeman she has won every folk award going, but confesses to being no purist, making music that reaches beyond the constraints and limitations of tradition. "To me, you can go anywhere with every song. The melody and message is at the forefront of everything I do. I don't really care where the song came from, how old it is, and who did it first. It's whether it strikes a note in my heart, does it haunt me, do I need to sing it?" Support: Greg Hancock. Contact 01823 400416 or email milvertonmusic@f2s.com for tickets (selling fast). Bar.

Saturday 22 April 2017 8pm - Hummingbirds Acappella Trio - St Stephen's Church, High St, Exeter EX4 3LW
Hummingbirds Acappella trio, Ami Lee, Emily Roblyn and Sarah Pennington have been delighting live audiences since 2013 with their extraordinary arrangements, powerful original songs and infectious sense of fun. They weave quirky rhythms around lush harmonies across an impressive spectrum of songs, some political, some sweet, some just darnright entertaining. After their recent sell-out CD launch concert they have booked a second performance in Exeter and invite you to join them to celebrate. ''These guys are amazing. If you need some soulful, smiley music for a gig look no further.'' To book tickets Email hummingbirdsdevon@gmail.com to book tickets £8/£6. Part of proceeds will be donated to Hospicecare Exeter. https://soundcloud.com/hummingbirds-trio.

Saturday 22 April 2017 7.30pm - The Company Of Players - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Inspired by the likes of The Elizabethan Sessions and The Full English, The Company of Players is a contemporary folk supergroup set up by Jess Distill of Said The Maiden. The purpose - to write, record and perform songs inspired by the works of William Shakespeare, To help Mark the 400th anniversary of his death. With sponsorship from Looe Music festival and funding already in place for a second project, 2017 is set to be a big year for the Company. The collective features the talents of emerging folk artists Said The Maiden, Lukas Drinkwater, Kelly Oliver, Sam Kelly, Chris Cleverley, Kim Lowings, Minnie Birch, and Daria Kulesh. Having already been championed by the likes of Mike Harding, and Geoff Lakeman. The Company of Players offers a very exciting, dynamic and theatrical live show. 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.

Saturday 22 April 2017 10.30am - Callington MayFest Instrumental Music/Singing/Samba Drumming Workshops
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

Saturday 22 April 2017 - Adrian Legg - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
A rare opportunity to see the unique fingerstyle guitar talent of Adrian Legg in Ashburtons beautiful 700 year old St. Lawrence Chapel. "To say Legg plays a good guitar is like saying Menuhin saws a fine fiddle. This man is ridiculously talented" - Music Week Voted "Guitarist of the decade" by Guitarist Magazine Guitar Players readers poll winner for Best Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitarist 1993/'94/'95/'96 www.adrianlegg.com. Tickets £12 from Ian Pickvance (01364) 653500 or email ianpickvance[at]msn.com. All profits to Macmillan Cancer Support. Doors 7.30pm.

The 2 - on tour
First UK tour for The 2, France based virtuoso guitarists Roger Moss & Thomas Ottogalli. The pair met whilst playing at a folk festival in SW France where they’re based. A shared love of guitar led them to explore the possibilities of bringing together their diverse styles, using original songs plus heavily reworked covers from blues, bluegrass to the Beatles and more. The dynamic duo bring together acoustic and electric guitar artistry and vocals. Samples: https://soundcloud.com/the-2-1.
Saturday 22 April 2017 7.30pm - Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ (map)
Details www.sterts.co.uk/product_details.php?item_id=110.
Sunday 23 April 2017 7.30pm - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton, Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
Tickets £8/£6 from Anna Lunk 01803 762751 and on door. Bar and refreshments.

Sunday 23 April 2017 - Keston Cobblers Club - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated.
Folk-pop 5-piece Keston Cobblers Club release their new album in March 2017. Over the last few years, the band has been steadily building a name for themselves and winning over an army of loyal fans. They’ve played some of the UK’s biggest festivals and been invited to perform live on BBC Radio by the likes of Dermot O’Leary, Steve Lamacq and Bob Harris. They openen for Bellowhead on their farewell tour. As fans will know, the Cobblers’ music isn’t just uplifting; it’s often a full-on celebration. Their live shows are displays of genuine warmth and dazzling musicianship. With brand new music on the way, the band continues to delight audiences across the country. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/keston-cobblers-club.

Sunday 23 April 2017 - Maia - Voodoo Lounge, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
A genre busting mix of sweet stunning vocal harmonies over funky blissed out grooves, punctuated by echoing banjo, guitar, shimmering mandolins, spooky brass and keyboards. Self proclaimed ‘sci-fi folk’ evangelists, Maia formed in 2009 as experimental acoustic alchemists playing whatever instruments were lying around and now have (excellent) third album Wild Waters out in April. ‘Youthful, spirited, richly atmospheric and intelligently off-centre alt.folk pop’ Time Out. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Monday 24 April 2017 - Valerie June - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. If Valerie June had been a roots artist in America 80 years ago, and she often sings as if she was, she might have been a principle influence on today’s myriad retro troubadours, hers a stunningly emotive amalgamation of blues, folk, gospel, soul, Appalachian and bluegrass (including irresistible banjo). Like a potent distillation bubbling on a Prohibition-era porch, Valerie June makes self-styled “organic moonshine roots music”, music for the porch parties of today, a party where she strums her guitar, plucks her banjo, opens her mouth and delta-blues-country stridently sashays out, a stunning peal somewhere between Dolly Parton and Billie Holiday.

Tuesday 25 April 2017 7.30pm - Heg & The Wolf Chorus - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Following the hugely successful UK tour throughout the Autumn, Bristol four-piece Heg & The Wolf Chorus are back on the road in the spring 2017 performing their acclaimed debut album Raising The Fires. The band perform the album's enchanting story of a witch who was wrongfully burnt at the stake. The scorned woman casts a spell, ending the world as we know it and conjuring all the mythological creatures back to roam the Earth. A tale inspired by traditional Scottish folklore. ”Simply stunning" - Folk Radio UK. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Wednesday 26 April 2017 - 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. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

25 April - 1 May 2017 - Costa Del Folk Ibiza
Details www.costadelfolk.co.uk.

Cancelled Thursday 27 April 2017 8pm - Western Centuries - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 28 April 2017 mostly from 6pm - Party In The Town - Totnes, various venues
A huge range of free (except one headline act) events, including: Jamie Leigh, Harbottle & Jonas, Rapunzel Waits, Nicky Swann, Sam Fearon, Matthew Gordon Price, Ben Morgan Brown, Ensemble Baklava, Nick Walters, Glorious Chorus, Dartington Morris Men, and much much more. See www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/party-town-2017/lineup for full lineup and times.

Friday 28 April 2017 7.30pm - Small Town Jones - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
There have been many comparisons for Devon based Singer Songwriter “Small Town Jones” (Jim Jones) in the music press of late. To be written into sentences likening him to such greats as John Martyn, Ron Sexsmith as well as Wilco can only be helpful, however, what is also becoming clear is that Small Town Jones is fast becoming known for his own unique trademark soundscape of honest intensity and heartfelt, emotional songwriting. “Jones has more in tune with the folk-rock of early John Martyn, Questing for hope, love and warmth rather than succumbing to despair and loss” Q. Tickets £10+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/388392. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk
. Tel. 01392 277189.

NEW tbc Friday 28 April 2017 - Reg Meuross - ??? South Molton
tba tbc

Saturday 29 April 2017 10.30am - Callington MayFest Instrumental Music/Singing/Samba Drumming Workshops
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

Saturday 29 April 2017 8pm - The Phil Beer Band - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. Fast, frenetic, 'feel-good' and leavened with a good helping of humour. Described by The Guardian as “where Steve Earle and Richard Thompson collide”. Phil Beer is the multi-instrumentalist half of England's foremost acoustic duo ‘Show of Hands’. His instrumental wizardry is well documented and has been utilised by countless artists over the years, the most notable being The Rolling Stones, Mike Oldfield and Steve Harley. While having his feet firmly in the ‘Acoustic’ camp, he has “kept his hand in” with electric music with an annual outing of The Phil Beer Band which performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil''s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock. £19.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Saturday 29 April 2017 - Luke Jackson + Rebecca Loebe - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
Presented by Exeter Secret Gigs. 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. www.lukepauljackson.com. Special guest: Rebecca Loebe, young US singer-songwriter, known for her distinct voice, well-crafted songs and ability to bring an audience to her journeys, introducing them to the characters she meets and observations she makes as she travels. www.rebeccaloebe.com.  Licensed bar. Tickets £10+ adv www.wegottickets.com/event/387463, door £12.

Sunday 30 April 2017 7.45pm - Tom McConville - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Tynesider Tom is simply one of the the finest folk musicians of our time. Having played alongside some of the folk greats (Bob Fox, Chris Newman, etc) and at one time mentor of the young Seth Lakeman, who describes him as "... a true master", you will get not only fantasic fiddle-playing but great songs, a fine voice and dry humour. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 30 April 2017 - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
After winning the coveted title of Best Duo at the BBC Folk Awards, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker are bringing their latest tour to Exeter following the release of their latest album, Overnight, an album of wonder and depth. The classic quality of these songs, the meticulous beauty of the arrangements, the blanket-warm production and perfect pairing of exquisite vocals and virtuosic guitar is the culmination of everything these idiosyncratically talented musicians have been working towards since they first met. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Monday 1 May 2017 7pm - Callington MayFest Cornish Dance and Music Workshop
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

NEW Friday 5 May 2017 7.30pm - Eleanor McEvoy - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
One of Ireland's most accomplished contemporary singer/songwriters. McEvoy composed the song "Only A Woman's Heart", title track of A Woman's Heart, the best-selling Irish album in Irish history. 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.

NEW 5-7 May 2017 - Society for Storytelling: The Gathering - Plymouth
The annual Gathering of the Society for Storytelling - at Plymouth University’s iconic Roland Levinsky Building in Plymouth City Centre. See www.sfs.org.uk/content/gathering for full details, tickets etc.

NEW Saturday 6 May 2017 10.30am - Callington MayFest Instrumental Music/Singing/Samba Drumming Workshops
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

NEW Saturday 6 May 2017 8pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Community Hall, Lamerton, nr Tavistock PL19 8QP
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. BYO drinks. Tickets £10, include bread, cheese and nibbles, from 01822 615464 or 01822 612961. Licensed bar. Doors 7.30pm.

NEW Saturday 6 May 2017 7.30pm - The Green Rock River Band - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
The Green Rock River Band are a hybrid of old time sounds that universally connects with audiences all over, a sound that has echoed throughout decades of music history, in music hall, Americana, folk tradition and jazz. All this blended with a contemporary sound. Modern songwriting and original arrangements for 21st century audiences wanting to connect with a music that runs a little deeper, a little more primitive than the clean over produced sound of modern folk and pop - their refreshing grit and dirt fills up venues with excitement and atmosphere. "Quite extraordinary - I thinkj they're great" Mike Harding. Tickets £9.50+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/388407. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk
. Tel. 01392 277189.

Saturday 6 May 2017 6.15pm for 7.30pm - Leon Rosselson & Robb Johnson - Civic Hall, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5SF (map)
Two of Britain’s greatest singer-songwriters, Robb Johnson and Leon Rosselson, whose songs pull no political punches and have tracked our society over the last 50 years. They are re-united to perform The Liberty Tree, their tribute to Tom Paine, for the first time since 2011. They interweave some of their most-loved songs (including The World Turned Upside Down and Red and Green) with readings by and about Tom Paine. Doors 6pm for bread, soup and the chance to discuss Tom Paine’s ideas about land ownership (all you need is an interest in land, peace and social justice). No fixed charge, donations on the night, but please reserve a place in advance at http://earthsharingdevon.net/gigs.

NEW Sunday 7 May 2017 7.45pm - Cloudstreet - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
It is over 6 years since we last welcomed this fabulous Australian trio to the club and this promises to be their final UK tour. Nicole, John and Emma have carved themselves a niche internationally with teriffic vocal harmonies, their arrangements of Australian classics and a repertoire that spans the Anglo-Celtic world. Not to be missed! For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Cancelled Wednesday 10 May 2017 7.30pm - Daphne’s Flight - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot
Contact 01626 325800.

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 Thursday 11 May 2017 8.30pm - Bob Long & Lorna Franklin - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
BBT2 – Brixham Blues Second Thursday – presents an evening of authentic acoustic blues from the 1920s and 1930s, from a duo steeped in the traditional music of the Mississippi Delta, including Robert Johnson and the lesser known but captivating Tommy Johnson. Lorna provides vocals in the style of the 1920s blues divas. Free. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

NEW Friday 12 May 2017 7.30pm - Calan - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Fiddles, guitar, accordion, bagpipes and step dancing explode into life when Calan, the energetic young folk band from Wales, take to the stage. They breathe fire into the old traditions with their infectious rhythms and high voltage routines before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs as they explore the legends of Wales’ very own fairy realm with tales of magic, myth and mischief. They have introduced a new generation of music fans to Welsh traditional music – and continue to do so as they tour across Wales, throughout the UK, Europe, North America and beyond. Great fun, a huge sense of humour, and step-dancing from a champion dancer makes for an outstanding show. Support: singer-songwriter Dan Wilde. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Friday 12 May 2017 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Steve Knightley will be combining material from ‘ Off the beaten Track’ and ‘All at Sea’ recordings for his solo ‘Landlocked’ tour. One half of the evening will feature original and traditional songs of the land and the second half will draw on his nautical themes. 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.

NEW Friday 12 May 2017 - Miranda Sykes - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Miranda, acclaimed singer and bassist with Show of Hands, is returning to her roots. After a career spanning more than twenty years, playing with many top folk musicians and singers, she will be touring as she started out: one woman, one bass and one guitar. Her new project Borrowed Places draws its inspiration primarily from the songs and landscapes of her native Lincolnshire, but seen through the eyes of someone who has lived away for many years. The themes are not specific; the land changes, it grows, it shrinks, it adapts and it resists. But most of all it lives and breathes. With her sensational voice, Miranda interprets the soul of the land and takes her audience on a journey that resonates with us all, wherever we live. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 12 May 2017 8pm - Steve Tilston - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Excellent songwriter and remarkable guitarist. Some of his renowned songs have been performed and recorded by artists including Fairport Convention, Tom McConville, Delores Keane, Bob Fox and Les Barker. Steve is one of the most celebrated songsmiths in a career that has spanned 45 years so far. He is a favourite amongst his peers too, including Richard Thompson, Dave Pegg, Ralph McTell and also Jez Lowe (who he has been working with recently as a duo). He's also been the inspiration for the 2015 Hollywood movie, Danny Collins, starring Al Pacino. Steve is a multi-award winner, including winning the BBC Folk Award for Best Original Song in 2012. www.stevetilston.com. Support: tbc. Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) paid in adv £10; adv notice, paid on door £12. Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.exeterfolkclub.org, www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

NEW Saturday 13 May 2017 - Geoff Lakeman - Holbeton Village Hall
with Steve Jenner as support. www.geofflakeman.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 13 May 2017 - Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Porter Nickerson are a duo that embody the best of what live music has to offer: heart, grit, and the kind of raw musicianship that transforms listeners into long-time fans. Willy Porter’s seering finger-picking guitar style deftly blends with Carmen Nickerson’s lush vocals to create an unforgettable sound that resonates long after the last chord fades. www.willyporter.com. Tickets £12(+) www.wegottickets.com/event/391433. Doors 7.30pm. Hot drinks and cake available. BYO alcohol. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Sunday 14 May 2017 - The Ruggle Regatta - Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe in the Moor
Free event. Various performers. Mainly nautical material! Reprise of last year's successful afternoon, with, we hope, equally successful weather. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Sunday 14 May 2017 10am-4.30pm - Storytelling Sunday: Through Different Eyes - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY
This workshop will explore story from the perspective of different characters, and from members of the audience. It’s a day for beginners and experienced storytellers alike. We will use a Siberian wonder tale to explore how different characters might live, feel, and act, and discuss how this can enrich our telling. We will then walk individual stories from the perspective of the villain, the hero, the maiden and any number of other human and non-human characters, and share our findings! Used with care and measure, these techniques can bring empathy and integrity to a telling. I hope you’ll find different perspectives to use in your own stories. 3rd of a series of 4 monthly workshops. Full details www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

NEW Tuesday 16 May 2017 - Lisbee Stainton - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Lisbee Stainton will release her fifth studio album Then Up in April ahead of a nine-date headline UK tour starting right here. In 2007, when she was just 18 years-old, London-based Lisbee became the first unsigned artist to play London’s O2 Arena. Soon after, 6Music’s Tom Robinson discovered Lisbee’s song Red, and his support subsequently led to Lisbee’s music being playlisted by BBC Radio 2. Since then Lisbee has toured with such notable artists as Joan Armatrading, Paul Brady, Gretchen Peters, Paul Carrack and Seth Lakeman, who was so impressed that he invited her to join his band in 2012. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Tuesday 16 May 2017 8pm - Kelly Oliver - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
details tba www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk.

NEW Wednesday 17 May 2017 - Jon Boden - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Painted Lady Tour.
Best known as the lead singer of the progressive folk big band Bellowhead, who split in May 2016, Jon launched his solo career in Autumn 2016, touring the UK solo for the first time. Largely presenting the self-penned songs of his debut album, Painted Lady, as well as material from his remarkable dystopian follow-up, Songs From The Floodplain, Jon’s solo show also includes material from Bellowhead, his duo partnership, Spiers & Boden and his ambitious A Folk Song A Day project, in which he recorded 365 folk songs in one year. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/jon-boden.

NEW Friday 19 May 2017 - 3 Daft Monkeys - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Cornish gypsy-folk band 3 Daft Monkeys’ 4-piece line-up features Athene on fiddle, Tim on 12-string guitar & vocals, Lukas on bass guitar and Richie on percussion, adding a fuller and richer sound. The band weave world music influences around classic folk melodies and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life mixed with their infectious dancing rhythms will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. The desire to dance at one of their live shows is irresistible! Full details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 20 May 2017 8pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Winners of 2014's BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Duo. The alchemy of Martin's ever evocative songwriting, fiddle and banjo playing and the much extolled skills of Henry on dobro, harmonica and lap steel fuse into a wholly distinctive world sound. Their latest studio album, Watershed has received critical acclaim and further places the duo in the higher echelons of the roots genre. Full details www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

NEW Saturday 20 May 2017 7.30pm - Charlie Dore with Julian Littman - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
A very special evening of eclectic, contemporary folk as multi award winner Charlie Dore, one of the UK’s most respected songwriters teams up with multi-instrumentalist Julian Littman of Steeleye Span to share her brand new album, Dark Matter. ‘A gift for melody, brave, poignant, entertaining, original ‘ Guardian Support: Peter James Millson and Totnes Pop Up Choir.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.

NEW Saturday 20 May 2017 7.30pm - Contra Ceilidh with Abacus - Pinhoe Road Baptist Church, 157-165 Pinhoe Road, Polsloe Bridge, Exeter EX4 7HZ
New contra ceilidh dance series, with Abacus and Richard Mason. £5 pp, ticket reservations for all dances call 01392 411434. All of the dances will have live music. Abacus will be playing for some of the dances and we have other exciting national bands booked too. Dances will be a mix of contra and ceilidh dances. Newcomers to contra dancing are welcome. Dancing is done with a partner in company with many other couples to form longways sets. If you are new and inexperienced try to arrive at the beginning and mention to Richard that you are new and nervous and he will ensure the caller is aware of your concern so he can keep his eye on you. It's best to get up near the band end if you can, to make it easier for the caller.

NEW Sunday 21 May 2017 8pm - Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A Topsham Folk Club guest night. Alasdair and Natalie unleash their dazzling teamwork, driving, dancing rhythms and shared passion for taking the infectious melodies and grooves of Scottish/Celtic music on an exciting new journey. ‘Fraser, one of the most respected of all exponents of the Scots fiddle, would look long and hard to find a more appropriate cellist as a partner. Haas can switch just as effortlessly as Fraser from a gentle singing tone to driving, dancing melody. A positive joy.’ – The Scotsman.  Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Sunday 21 May 2017 7.45pm - Paul Downes - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Taking a break tonight from touring with Mick Ryan, Paul will showcase his outstanding talent on guitar, which has led to successful collaborations with Phil Beer, the Joyce Gang, Arizona Smoke Revue, etc, etc. His relaxed style belies the quality of his musicianship (he is in great demand a a session musician). He's also a fine singer! For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 24 May 2017 - Fairport Convention - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Enjoy an evening of musical celebration with Fairport Convention at this golden anniversary concert. Credited with originating British folk-rock, Fairport first took to the stage in 1967’s summer of love. Throughout the intervening five decades (and numerous changes of line-up) the band’s passion for live performance has never wavered. To mark its 50th year, Fairport has 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. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Friday 26 May 2017 - Luke Sital-Singh - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Hotly-tipped songsmith Luke Sital-Singh has been described by The Guardian as a ‘British Bon Iver’. Luke takes the template of Fleet Foxes, Neil Young and Dylan, but makes his own inimitable fresh folk sound. New album to be released May 12. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

UPDATED Saturday 27 May 2017 - Reg Meuross - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
2017 heralds a new solo album from Reg Meuross. Faraway People is a fresh collection of songs which comment bravely on life as he sees it, bringing wide ranging stories, from the ravages of austerity and the injustice of the plight of refugees, to some of most beautifully disarming lyrics ever written. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. www.regmeuross.com. Reg will be joined by a very special guest – his daughter Lily, who also writes and sings her own songs. Tickets £12(+)  www.wegottickets.com/event/388831.. Doors 7.30pm. Hot drinks and cake available. BYO alcohol.www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW 27/28 May 2017 - Seth Lakeman / Royal William Yard Festival - Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3QQ
A new festival. Headlined by Seth Lakeman. www.rwyfest.co.uk. 6 stages, various genres. Line-up also includes Haunt The Woods.

NEW Thursday 1 June 2017 - Shanty Cruise - from Exmouth
Join the Exmouth Shantymen onboard a Stuart Line vessel entertaining passengers and crew alike with songs and stories nautical. For further details of Exmouth Festival see www.exmouthfestival.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 3 June 2017 - West Country Traditions Day - Exmouth
The 3rd West Country Traditions Day, run alongside Exmouth Festival. The Exmouth Shantymen will be performing alongside a host of other shanty groups, other singers and morris dancers. Also many entertaining side stalls, workshops and displays. For further details of Exmouth Festival see www.exmouthfestival.org.uk.

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 Saturday 3 June 2017 - House Concert: Sam Green - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Sam presents his one man show of highly energised slide blues guitar. www.samgreenmusic.com. With support from local lass Eleanor Jane singer/songwriter. Donations on arrival. Email Mark at wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations.

NEW tbc Sunday 4 June 2017 - Jim Causley - Launceston, Cornwall
details tba The Charles Causley Festival. www.charlescausleyfestival.co.uk. Launch of new Charles Causley CD with special guests: The Keith Kendrick Band

NEW Thursday 8 June 2017 8.30pm - Graham Hine - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
Graham Hine is one of the legendary greats from the UK blues revival of the 1960s and 70s. His album “Bottleneck Blues” on the Blue Goose label was a revelation to many. For many years the front man for Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts, his solo career continues to this day. Expect some stunning slide guitar played on his collection of 1930s fiddle-edge Dobros. Free. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

NEW Friday 9 June 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Bovey Tracey Craft Fair
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Ticketing tba

NEW Saturday 10 June 2017 - Mudskippers - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.mudskippermusic.info. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW tbc Saturday 10 June 2017 - Jim Causley - Colyton Village Hall (Town Hall?), Market Place, Colyton EX24 6JR
details tba Colyton History Day www.colytonhistory.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 11 June 2017 10am-4.30pm - Storytelling Sunday: Spirits of Place and Time - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY
This workshop considers the context of stories: the all-important small details that set the scene. It’s a day for beginners and experienced storytellers alike. All too often, stories are told from an indeterminate time and place, ‘once upon a time somewhere in the world’. How about placing your story in historical time, and actual place? What would they be? We will play with story in different times and landscapes, talk about honouring the source of a story, and discuss the ethics of telling stories from other places and traditions. We will also (weather permitting) go out into the countryside to explore how to become closer to the landscape of the story you’re telling, and look at the use of detail in storytelling. 4th of a series of 4 monthly workshops. Full details, bookings etc.www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

NEW Sunday 11 June 2017 7.45pm - Keith Donnelly - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
If you like versatility in an artist, then this is definitely the evening for you! Keith is a very (very!) funny, globe-trotting Geordie (we can't get away from them!) tall-tale-telling-singer-songwriter-guitarist, who "could make sheep laugh!" (Jasper Carrott). Bue his is also a serious song-writer, recently working with Flossie Malavialle. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW 16-18 June 2017 - Teignmouth Folk Festival
Acts booked include: Chris Wood, Barron Brady, Eat The Rich, Ewan McClennan, Andy Clarke & James Dumbleton, Mooncoin Ceilidh Band, Canaan's Land & Celt. Plus 10 (and counting!) morris sides. www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk.

NEW tbc Sunday 18 June 2017 - Moreton Music Day - Moretonhampstead
details tba Day of music.

NEW Monday 19 June 2017 - Julie Felix - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Another 'Evening with...' at The Brook Inn and folk legend Julie Felix is back with us for her third appearance at the pub. Enjoy a three course meal and then an intimate gig with plenty of audience participation and stories from Julie's rich and colourful past. Star of TV and Radio throughout the 60s and 70s, we're delighted Julie's back at The Brook once again. See www.facebook.com/events/1181754968552417.
Tel. 01752 297604. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 24 June 2017 - Martha Tilston - Acoustic Haven @ The Hillyfield, Harbourneford
'A Mid-Summer Dream' with Martha Tilston at The Hillyfield on Dartmoor. Family friendly and beautiful. Just 2 minutes from the A38. 3pm til 11pm. Live music in the afternoon, story-telling, face-painting and games, Martha Tilston and a Silent Disco with some cracking tunes. Martha Tilston live at 8pm. Adv booking highly recommended. www.wegottickets.com/event/391483. Early bird prices until 1 April.

NEW Wednesday 28 June 2017 - Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Ange sings beautifully and plays an array of instruments, harmonizing with herself by creating loops of her voice on the spot. Everyone who's seen her is blown away. Accompanied by the brilliant Lukas Drinkwater. www.angehardy.com. Sumptuous buffet & gig.  Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

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

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

NEW Saturday 1 July 2017 - Jess Vincent - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

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

NEW Saturday 8 July 2017 - Lost Sound Chorus - St Pancras Church, Widecombe in the Moor
With special guest, Chris Hoban. Buckfastleigh-based choir run by Sandra Smith. They perform throughout the year in their own right and also support Show of Hands at several of their gigs (including the big one – the Royal Albert Hall on Easter Sunday this year). Chris Hoban is the composer of some of Show of Hands' most lyrical songs. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW Saturday 29 July 2017 8pm - Sika - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Following his successful concert in 2016 at Carnglaze, Sika will be creating another enchanting concert within a cave, playing live his Didjeridoos, Flutes, Drums, Rattles and Stones. Primal music mixed with original electronic soundscapes composed by Sika in his studio in New Zealand’s wild South Island. Full details www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

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

NEW 4-11 August 2017 - Sidmouth Folk Week
Last few Super Early Bird tickets available. Sign up to receive regular festival email updates at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk

NEW Wednesday 9 August 2017 - Gigspanner Big Band - St Andrews Church, Ashburton
Peter Knight's Gigspanner joined by Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Tickets £17. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW 11-13 August 2017 - Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal nr Okehampton
details tba Includes Jim Causley Trio. www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk

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

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

UPDATED 18-20 August 2017 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park near Exeter
Line-up has been announced. Here's an extract from the blurb: "Headlining The Big Top stage is one of Britain’s finest recording artists, Grammy-nominated Alison Moyet, plus one of the most creative and individualistic bands of their generation Therapy? performing an acoustic set and the creators of Rockgrass Hayseed Dixie. Joining them on the bill are folk super-group Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band fronted by traditional folk powerhouse Eliza Carthy, Irish folk group Kila, punk rock legend Glen Matlock, Ireland's preeminent singer songwriter Damien Dempsey, pioneering contemporary folk trio Lau, plus Gaz Brookfield & The Company of Thieves, Lankum (Lynched), Manchester's finest ethio-trad, folk-hop band Honeyfeet, Sean McGowan , American horn-and-percussion trio Moon Hooch and Levellers who open the show on the Friday with an acoustic set." Tickets on sale. www.beautifuldays.org.

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

NEW Saturday 2 September 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Nourish Festival, Bovey Tracey
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Ticketing tba www.nourishfestival.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW Thursday 23 November 2017 - Afro Celt Sound Sytem + The Dhol Foundation - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. With sales now topping one and a half million albums and two Grammy nominations to date, Afro Celt Sound System bring their exhilarating live show to venues around the country. This European and African based collective have been a ground-breaking force in music ever since they started, along the way finding kindred spirits across international talent and forging a reputation for exhilarating shows. Afro Celt Sound System Live features the core band members Simon Emmerson, Guinean vocalist, kora and balafon virtuoso N’Faly Kouyate and charismatic dhol master Johnny Kalsi, along with percussionist Robbie Harris and fiddle-player Eòghann MacEanruig, Ged Lynch on drums, Simon ‘Palmskin’ Richmond on keyboards and electronica and Val Etienne on backing vocals, with the gritty, witty rhymes of Gaelic rapper, musician and language activist Griogair. ‘A delirious mix of primal intensity, spiritual beauty and explosive rhythms…..a colossus of an album.” Froots Magazine. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

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

John Culf
johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertonfolk.co.uk
'Harberton Folk' recommends Plusnet:
Great value Unlimited Broadband from an award winning provider

Top

 

[page counter last reset 29/8/06]