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events mostly within an approx. 30 mile radius of Totnes as the crow flies, i.e. including Exeter and Plymouth, and covering Tavistock, Okehampton and Sidmouth for example. It is the main reference for compilation of the Harberton Folk email circulars. Map links (streetmap.co.uk): yield a fully zoomable map. I'm increasingly including postcodes in the venue information for those of you who rely on satnavs.
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Southern Devon Folk Diary

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Friday 28 July 2017 7.45pm - Buncrana - Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish EX7 9PT
An evening of relaxed acoustic Irish Folk music. All proceeds to the Strand Community Trust. Tickets only £3, in advance from the centre or email bookingsstrandcentre@gmail.com.

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.

Saturday 29 July 2017 8pm - The Thatchers - Buccaneers Bar, East Street, Crediton EX17 3AZ
Dirty blues and folk with an attitude! Highly influenced by the Southern americana folk scene The Thatchers blend a heavier side of the genre with their signatured, well balanced three part  harmonies and have been quoted by many as 'festival favourites' duo to their on-stage charisma. www.teamthatchers.com.

Saturday 29 July 2017 7.30pm - Fridolijn - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
A first west Country date for exciting new Dutch singer Fridolijn (pronounced 'Freedo-Line') whose Fridolijn's 'recorded music blurs the boundaries between cinematic folk, singer-songwriter, jazz, electronica, and broken beats, which blend to produce compellingly beautiful and haunting songs. 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.

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.

Monday 31 July 2017 7.30pm - Artizan Acoustic Night / Open Mic - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
The next Artizan acoustic night will revert to its usual last Monday, featuring Prez Hotlas. a bit of a guitar wizz, this young man!And of course, open mic in the first half of the evening, featuring local and not-so-local musicians of all genres. Entry £2 performers, £5 non-performers (£4 if pre-booked). Refreshments available. Contact: 01803 428626 or 01803 613647.

Sold out Wednesday 2 August 2017 - Faith, Folk and Anarchy - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
In 2002 Steve Knightley, Tom Robinson and Martyn Joseph formed a temporary ‘acoustic power’ trio entitled Faith, Folk and Anarchy. A sell out-tour and live album soon followed. Now fifteen years later the guys have decided to get together once again. They have a headline set at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival in late August and their only other reunion gig will be here at Exeter Phoenix. Don’t miss this chance to come along and enjoy three master craftsmen at the height of their performing and songwriting powers. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/faith-folk-anarchy.

Thursday 3 August 2017 8pm - Daniel Smith Blues Band - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A long overdue return to the Mill for this 5 piece band and the talented fingers of Daniel Smith. Featuring boogie-woogie, hard bop, soul-jazz, blues, New Orleans and several other genres besides. Full details www.ottertonmill.com.

Thursday 3 August 2017 7.30pm - Silvington - RNLI Boathouse, East Looe
Guests of Polperro Fishermen's Choir

4-11 August 2017 - Sidmouth Folk Week
Full programme available now at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk. Also sign up to receive regular email updates all year round.

Saturday 5 August 2017 7pm - Old Gaffers Shanty Crew - The Bear & Blacksmith, Chillington
The Salcombe Fish Wife & Her Crew are hosting a charity event raising money for the NCI Prawle Point and Fisherman's Mission Brixham. Booking essential, call 01548 581171. £3 on the door. Raffle/auction. Entertainment by The Old Gaffers.

Saturday 5 August 2017 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Church of St Mary & St Julian, Maker, nr Torpoint, Cornwall PL10 1JB
With his trio, Peter Knight breaks new ground and is second to absolutely nobody...ground-breaking, engaging, frequently astonishing, Gigspanner deliver a quite simply superb set **** Maverick Magazine. "Gigspanner work together in musical genius...there is no track that won't rope you in and buzz you like drinking a barrel of coffee **** EFDSS Magazine. Details, online bookings etc. www.gigspanner.com/live.html.

Saturday 5 August 2017 7.30pm - Hymn for Her - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
This American duo have a strong folk, country and Americana vibe with enchanting harmonies and untempered angst and energy. Lucy’s chanteuse-like vocals are both beautiful and dark, while Waynes’s soulful tenor provides a solid foundation for the duo’s stripped-down yet evocative tunes. 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.

5-11 August - A week of Folk Music at Dartington Estate - Courses/Concerts
The annual Dartington International Summer School and Festival (29 July-26 August) features 4 weeks of music and fun on the beautiful Dartington estate. Public events include the following concerts and a ceilidh (plus much more) in Week 2:
Sunday 6 August: Martin Carthy
Thursday 10 August: accordionist Paul Hutchinson
Friday 11 August: a high-energy ceilidh
For more information or to book call 01803 847070, www.dartington.org/summerconcerts.
Folk courses during Week 2.
Folk and the Landscape - Sally Davies and Paul Hutchinson
Folk Choir - Sally Davies
Accordion Workshop - Paul Hutchinson
Folk Baroque - Andy Watts
As I Walked Out One Morning - Eliza and Martin Carthy
Full details: www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/courses/#week2courses

Sunday 6 August 2017 7.30pm - Jimmy Ireland - Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
Palace Theatre Summer Sessions presents Acoustic Singer-songwriters: Jimmy Ireland supported by Sam Westaway & Otto. Exeter-based Jimmy Ireland is a singer-songwriter with a voice that can switch from delicate and fragile to rich and powerful with ease. His songs cover themes from family relationships, love and self-reflection. www.jimmyirelandacoustic.com. Kingskerswell-based singer-songwriter Sam Westaway writes and performs catchy, meaningful and honest original acoustic folk songs. www.samwestaway.co.uk. Otto is a singer-songwriter now living in Bristol writing and performing his powerful original music of the acoustic/blues/folk genre. www.facebook.com/OttoMusicUK. www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk. Box office 01803 665800.

Wednesday 9 August 2017 8pm - 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. A special show prior to the Big Band's appearance at Fairport's Cropredy Festival.

Thursday 10 August 2017 8.30pm - Brixmouth Blues - Maritime Inn, King Street, Brixham TQ5 9AH
BBT2 - Brixham Blues Second Thursday - hosts a visit from Teignmouth Blues Club's first team, including centre forward Clive Sheard, supported by a plethora of Teignmouth acoustic blues talent. Brixham Blues will be putting up their own team led by Stuart "Marshcat" Cumberpatch and Andy Boal. A cutting contest in the early Mississippi tradition! Contact: stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

11-13 August 2017 - Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal nr Okehampton
Artists confirmed for 2017 so far include: Fay Hield and the Hurricane Party (Friday), Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra, Jim Causley Trio, Siobhan Miller Trio, Keith Donnelly, Jackie Oates, Gadarene (Sunday), Geoff Lakeman, The Valiant Dance Band (Friday), The Dartmoor Pixie Band (Saturday night & Sunday night), Ramsley Minors, Entertainingly different, plus more to be confirmed. www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk

Saturday 12 August 2017 8pm - Ceilidh with Mrs Midnight’s Ceilidh Band - Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish EX7 9PT
Dawlish celebrates Carnival with a ceilidh, caller Mike Boston. Tickets £8 available on door, No bar, BYO.

Saturday 12 August 2017 8pm - Come-all-ye at Teignmouth Folk Concerts - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Teignmouth Folk Concerts are not having a concert in August but will be hosting a come-all-ye. No bar so bring you own drinks. If your near Teignmouth on the night do come along and join in or just enjoy the evening, we’d love to see you. Information: Hugh 01626 775517, email: hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com.

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.

Thursday 17 August 2017 8pm - Ragged Union - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Formed in the winter of 2014 and hailing from Colorado, the band became a fixture on the Bluegrass scene earning fans among both young and older audiences. This all star line up of some of the state’s finest pickers and the dynamic front duo of husband and wife, Geoff and Christina Union captivate from the off. Full details www.ottertonmill.com.

Thursday 17 August 2017 8.30pm - Olly Parker - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
An artist inspired by soul, blues and folk music that effortlessly blends them together in his original style. Support: Luke Engel, contemporary folk musician who started singing in an alleyway near Bristol and is now playing Nick Drake and Dylan inspired original songs in big stages around the UK. Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 18 August 2017 9pm - Crow Puppets - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Bringing their own unique style of homespun folk, Crow Puppets are a Devon based female folk duo; Cara Roxanne and Em Marshall. Singing close harmonies and blending a hotpotch of instruments, they weave mysterious imagery and tender lyrics into their warm and heartfelt performances. Entry £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Sold out 18-20 August 2017 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park near Exeter
Full details www.beautifuldays.org.

Saturday 19 August 2017 8pm - Wizz Jones & Pete Berryman - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
For over 50 years Wizz Jones has been coming to Cornwall with his intimate style of folk blues and dry humour. Keith Richards quotes Wizz as a key influence on his own development and introducing him to Cocaine (the song) but Wizz doesn't remember ever meeting him! Wizz is part of a diminishing band of traditional finger-picking guitarists and describes himself as a 'travelling troubadour', his rendition of songs by others always adding another layer of understanding while his own songs delivered with a deceptively light touch take you straight to the heart of the man. He will be joined by fine singer/songwriter/guitarist Pete Berryman. Pete and Wizz have recently recorded 'Come What May' with Simeon Jones on saxophone: they will be featuring songs from that album as well as drawing on the vast repertoire, collected during their illustrious careers.
Tickets £10 at www.calstockhall.org, or 01726 879500 or Limekiln Gallery.

Saturday 19 August 2017 - Jim Causley Trio - Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ (map)
Remarkably, given the prominence of his native West County in his music, Forgotten Kingdom is the first occasion Jim has actually recorded an album in his home county of Devon. Working alongside award-winning co-producer Mark Tucker, this was a project Causley has long dreamt of creating. For this decennary celebration, Jim has invited some of his closest musical friends to join him as guests. Among them are long-time collaborators James Dumbelton, Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll, all three members of Show of Hands on whose label (Hands On Music) the album is being released; contemporaries Seth Lakeman, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston, Kathryn Roberts, Lukas Drinkwater and Jackie Oates. www.sterts.co.uk.

Tuesday 22 August 2017 8pm - Shanty Workshop with The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
Exmouth Shanty Men are now hosting regular “come all ye” Shanty Workshops on assorted Tuesdays. Come one and all, lead a shanty, join in or just enjoy the shenanigans. www.exmouthshantymen.com.

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.

Thursday 31 August 2017 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A return visit from Best Duo winners in the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Kathryn and Sean are widely recognised as two of the folk scene’s most accomplished musicians. Musical collaborators with the likes of Seth Lakeman (Sean’s younger brother), Cara Dillon, the Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, this husband and wife duo deliver an intimacy and strength of passion in their music. Kathryn’s sublime voice and effortless delivery, combined with Sean’s gifted guitar playing and masterly arrangements make for a captivating live performance. Full details www.ottertonmill.com.

Friday 1 September 2017 7.30pm - The Demon Barbers: The Lock In Remixed - Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
Fresh from their sell out performances of The Lock In ‘Christmas Carol’, The Demon Barbers and Breaking Tradition Dance Company return to Ye Olde Fighting Cocks for a comical new take on their 5-star Live Music & Dance Extravaganza! With ‘maverick & compelling’ live music by BBC Radio 2 award-winning powerhouse – The Demon Barbers, some of the UK’s oldest forms of dance are brought bang up to date with some of the youngest, in this charismatic, family friendly, celebration of dance culture. A group of hip hop dancers arrive at an apparently deserted pub but local rumour has it that this tumble-down inn is frequented by other worldly characters and as the regulars arrive, a clash of cultures soon turns into a dance floor stand-off. The skill, speed and athleticism of the dancers on both sides wins the others over as old and new are brought together in this quintessential folk & hip hop dance spectacular. With sword dancers wielding pool-cues, bboys dancing the morris and hip hoppers battling with clog girls, The Lock In is “guaranteed to raise weary spirits and send an audience home smiling” The Times. Meanwhile house band, The Demon Barbers, takes English Folk music on a new journey with Hip Hop, House, Funk, Disco and even says hello to Drum & Bass and Ska along the way! www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk/shows/the-lock-in-remixed. Box office 01803 665800.

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 Sunday 3 September 2017 7.45pm - Jimmy & Sid - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
From the far side of the country (East Anglia, from where much of their musical influence stems), Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith are both excellent multi-instrumentalists and singers.Sensitive instrumentation and fine harmonies led Mike Harding to comment "Every now and then an act jumps out at you and knocks you back. You're in for a treat." For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 7 September 2017 - Phil Beer - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Best known for his multi-instrumental wizardry as one half of England’s top acoustic / roots duo Show of Hands, Phil makes a solo visit to Calstock Arts. With a career spanning 36 years, Phil has a great deal of material to draw on for his solo appearances. All are songs and music of memory and significance sung in the subtle and melodic Phil Beer style, interjected with musings and amusings. A feast of past and current favourites from one of the most popular musicians on the acoustic circuit. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 8 September 2017 - Silvington - Parish Hall, Meavy PL20 6PJ
Concert in aid of The Friends of St Peter's Church, Meavy. Silvington is a collaboration between two established performers, Tricia Moore and John Connor. They play folk, traditional and contemporary acoustic music. Licensed bar. See Silvington on www.facebook.com/silvington. Online tickets £6+ www.wegottickets.com/event/411033.

NEW tbc Saturday 9 September 2017 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
details tba
www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk

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 Friday 15 September 2017 8pm - Jez Lowe - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
One of the UK's best songwriters, his songs have been covered by the likes of Fairport Convention, The Dubliners, Bob Fox, The Young Uns and The Unthanks, etc. Jez was double-nominated in the 2015 BBC Folk Awards for Best Singer and Best Song. Jez is supported by his band, The Bad Pennies, for larger venues and festivals and has also collaborated with Bob Fox, Billy Mitchell and Benny Graham as The Pitman Poets. He is currently working as a duo with Steve Tilston. He has made many acclaimed albums. He is a very fine entertainer and guaranteed to get you singing along with his chorus songs. www.jezlowe.com. Support: Joe While (superb singer/pianist). 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.
Coming late: Friday 20 October - Wizz Jones; Friday 10 November - Jim Causley

NEW Friday 15 September 2017 8pm - Granny’s Attic - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Granny’s Attic – Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (melodeon, concertina, vocals), George Sansome (guitar, vocals) and Lewis Wood (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) – are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians, fine singers and play a range of English, Irish and Scottish traditional music as well as their own compositions. Formed in 2009, they have since played at clubs and festivals up and down the country, and have been heralded for their lively performances and maturity beyond their years in their delivery and selection of traditional songs. Tickets £8. Full details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk, email andrew@frangleton.co.uk or call 01837 840775.

NEW tbc Friday 15 September 2017 8pm -  d'Accord Exeter - venue tbc
details tba/tbc French & Breton dance and music. The Andro Sisters.

NEW Saturday 16 September 2017 8pm - Martin Simpson - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Trails and Tribulations Tour. Adv tickets £15 (door £16) at www.calstockhall.org, or 01726 879500 or Limekiln Gallery.

NEW tbc Saturday 16 September 2017 - LOSt COYOTES - Dartington Village Hall, Cott Road, Dartington TQ9 6HY (map)
contact etc. tba Mostly a Devon-based 4-piece band (some Jiggerypipery members) who play a bewitching mix of Americana, Cajun, Latin-American, and Celtic songs and tunes, finding a natural chemistry between these musical genres in a melodious blend of their instruments and voices. From up-beat Cajun rhythms and Celtic jigs and reels, to more soulful songs and airs, and with themes of land, migration and borders running through much of their repertoire. www.lostcoyotes.co.uk/home-page.

NEW Sunday 17 September 2017 7.45pm - Dan Walsh - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
An outstanding young banjo player and guitarist, nominate for best musician at last year's BBC Folk Awards. Touring extensively internationally, he recently taught at the Midwest Banjo Camp in the USA, amongst some of the best players in the world. Expect bluegrass with Scottish and Irish influences thrown in and some fine songs and humour too. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.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 Tuesday 19 September 2017 8pm - Shanty Workshop with The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
Exmouth Shanty Men are now hosting regular “come all ye” Shanty Workshops on assorted Tuesdays. Come one and all, lead a shanty, join in or just enjoy the shenanigans. www.exmouthshantymen.com.

NEW Friday 22 September 2017 8pm  - Phil Beer Band - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
A spirited fusion of friendship and musicianship, the Phil Beer Band delve into the back catalogues of Phil’s beloved country, rock, folk and blues influences throughout the years to create their infectious and unique ‘folk n roll’ sound. Throw in Phil’s blistering guitar solos, a healthy seasoning of lively tunes and banter and a pint or three, and you know you’re in for a cracking night. Completing Phil’s lineup are Gareth Turner (melodeons), Olivia Dunn (fiddles), Emily Slade (guitar, vocals), Greg McDonald (bass, vocals) and Steve Crickett (drums). Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/the-phil-beer-band.

NEW Friday 22 September 2017 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Cellar Bar, Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
SidMouth StoryNights for GrownUps presents: Storyteller Graham Langley with musician Pam Bishop tell 50 Shades of Graham. Follow him as he touches the deepest levels of your emotions, at one moment bright and breezy bringing colour and sunlight into his stories, then dark and mysterious the next. Tonight his storytelling is taken to a new dimension as he is joined by Pam Bishop, who enriches the tales with her unique blend of music. He is described by The Times as a 'storyteller for the 21st century'. Tickets £8 adv from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth, or on door. Bar available, Good disabled access. Not suitable for U14s. For more details call 07834 194215 or email JanetTells@gmail.com.

NEW Friday 22 September 2017 7.30pm - Hannah White - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
Incredibly compelling London based Americana/Country on tour promoting her forthcoming release 'Elephant Eye'. the latest album from this fiercely independent and distinctly political singer-songwriter. The album embodies Hannah's characteristically catchy, sunny melodies which dance above greyer areas and cloudier depths. Her music has been played on national and regional radio. Her music videos have been featured on the Phil Mack Country Show and she has had the honour of performing live alongside multi-Grammy award winner Tim O'Brien, Thea Gilmore, Judie Tzuke and other to glowing reviews as well as being invited personally by BBC Radio2's Whispering Bob Harris to perform on his under the Apple Tree Sessions. Tickets 01626 890957 or www.wegottickets.com/event/411496. £10(+) adv, £12 door, £6 U16's.

NEW Saturday 23 September 2017 7.30pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Village Hall, Holbeton PL8 1LW
Acclaimed folk musicians from Dartmoor. winners of ' Best Duo' BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016 + 2013. "An absolute masterclass in how to do it right." Support: Steve Jenner. Tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/407326.

NEW Saturday 23 September 2017 7.30pm - Keith James: The Songs of Leonard Cohen - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
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. Amongst a concert of such songs as; Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah, are also Poems by Lorca that Keith has set to music; Cohen’s greatest influence. There will also be songs from ‘You want it Darker’ released just weeks before his death – produced by his Son, Adam. ‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent. ‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’ Sunday Times. Tickets £14. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Box office 01404 384050.

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 Sunday 24 September 2017 7.30pm - State of the Union - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
Boo Hewerdine & Brooks Williams. details tba. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk. Venue phone: 01803 882717.

NEW 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. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/stfu.

NEW tbc Friday 29 September 2017 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - The Ocean, Queens Drive, Exmouth EX8 2AY
details tba Supported by the Exmouth Shanty Men. Tickets available at www.exmouthshantymen.com. Tickets will also be available at the RNLI Exmouth Lifeboat Station Shop by cash or cheque.

NEW Saturday 30 September 2017 - O'Hooley &Tidow - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
This BBC Folk Awards nominated duo are coming to Ashburton! There's bound to be laughs, anecdotes and some fabulous music! www.ohooleyandtidow.com. Tickets £12 from Ian Pickvance 01364 653500 or email ianpickvance[at]msn.com. Doors 7.30pm. Light refreshments available, including lots of CAKE! All profits to Macmillan Cancer Support.

NEW Sunday 1 October 2017 7.45pm - Real Time - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
4-piece band based in the Scottish borders and comprising Kenny Speirs on guitar and vocals, Tom Roseburgh on keyboards (both ex-John Wright Band), Elidh Grant on vocals and bodhran and Danny Hart on fiddle, Their repertoire includes many songs and tunes from both sides of the border but also contemporary and self-penned material. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Friday 6 October 2017 - Edgelarks Launch Tour - Dartington Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
New album - and new band name - for Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin. With special guest The Little Unsaid. details tba

NEW tbc Saturday 7 October 2017 - Jess Morgan & Dan Whitehouse - Unit 23 Live, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
details tba

NEW Saturday 7 October 2017 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Jiggery folkery, hokery pokery...Mad Dog Mcrea raise hands, lift feet and start parties wherever they play with their spellbinding recipe of folk, pop, rock, jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. Whisking up whistles, fiddles and mandolins to collide in a spectacular explosion of infectious fun, they demand you to dance. Full details www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

NEW Sunday 8 October 2017 7.30pm - Ralph McTell - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Best known for his international hit, Streets of London, Ralph McTell has been a stalwart of the British acoustic music scene for over 50 years. A career that has spanned street busking across Europe, to solo shows at the Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall and The Sydney Opera House, McTell has a fifty year, 350 song career. Known for his virtuoso guitar style, he is primarily a prolific and gifted songwriter. With a style that invites you into a unique world, he weaves a narrative that is both significant and poignant. Ralph made his debut in 1968 with the album ‘Eight Frames a Second’ and in 1974 the release of ‘Streets of London’ earned him an Ivor Novello Award. In 2002 he was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/ralph-mctell.

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 Friday 13 October 2017 - State of the Union - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Combining the mercurial talents of English songwriting legend Boo Hewerdine and acclaimed American Blues guitarist and songwriter Brooks Williams, State of the Union create a magical, stripped back and enthralling musical atmosphere, their performances consistently brilliant, equal parts emotive and entertaining. Their original songs are infused by a multitude of influences, from Willie Nelson to Johnny Cash, from the wide open Fenlands to the frenetic buzz of the city. Their recordings are made quickly, in most instances first take, live in the studio, but the sound this amazing acoustic duo capture is rich and expertly executed. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 14 October 2017 7.30pm - Ninebarrow - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
Multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’ by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Most recently, the duo were nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the ‘Horizon' category for Best Emerging Artist; their latest album was awarded five stars in both Maverick Magazine and the English Folk Dance and Song Society Magazine, who described it as ‘Immaculate’. It was listed in The Telegraph’s Top Folk Albums of 2016. Tickets 01626 890957 or www.wegottickets.com/event/410521. £10(+) adv, £12 door, £6 U16's.

NEW Sunday 15 October 2017 7.45pm - Sam Carter - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tba www.samcartermusic.co.uk

NEW Sunday 15 October 2017 8pm - Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Gordie MacKeeman exemplifies the term natural showman. An ace fiddle player nicknamed “crazy legs” for his frenetic loose-limbed step- dancing, he just loves to perform. Combine that exuberance and onstage dynamism with the stellar musicianship of his multi-instrumentalist comrades His Rhythm Boys, and you have an unstoppable roots music force. That potent combination has made the group highly sought-after performers on the international roots music circuit, thrilling audiences from Adelaide, Australia, to Edinburgh, Scotland. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org. www.wegottickets.com/event/403541.

NEW Tuesday 17 October 2017 7.30pm - Kate Rusby - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
A special 25 year celebration! Come and join in this exclusive, intimate evening of stories, songs, and silver tinged laughter. “One of the most affecting voices in British folk” – Q Magazine. “Her voice remains a thing of extraordinary beauty.” – MOJO. One of the finest interpreters of traditional folk song and one of our most emotive original songwriters - melding old and new so you can barely see the join. Mercury Prize Winner. Folk Singer of the Year, Best Live Act, Best Album and Best Original Song winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Inveterate Yorkshire Tea drinker. Freeman of Barnsley. Darling of British folk. Kate will continue to showcase tracks from her 14th studio album alongside carefully selected much loved classics from her back catalogue spanning the 25years. Joining her will be the fabulous British folk musicians who form her band: Damien O’Kane on guitar, electric tenor guitar and banjo, Duncan Lyall on double bass and moog, Nick Cooke on diatonic accordion, Steve Byrnes on bouzouki and guitar. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/kate-rusby.

NEW Friday 20 October 2017 7.30pm - Cara Dillon - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Cara Dillon, one of the most outstanding performers on the UK folk scene, returns for a second visit as part of the Folk at The Flavel series. Cara, along with musical partner Sam Lakeman, has become one of the finest exponents of Irish song whilst steering an eclectic musical path, combining the traditional and contemporary. Her many awards include BBC Radio 2 Folk Album of the Year. Support: Local singer songwriter Sam Fearon. www.theflavel.org.uk. 01803 839530.

NEW 20-22 October 2017 - Ilfracombe Folk, Roots & World Music Festival
3 days of live music, 18 acts, accommodation. Lineup: 1 headline tba; Papillon; Luke Daniels; Kezia; Folklaw; Alice Gullick; Fairport Convention; Richard Digance; Wille & The Bandits; Galley Beggar; The Broadside Boys; Lindisfarne; Emi McDade; Gilmore & Roberts; Said The Maiden; Mia and the Moon; Linda Em; Crumbling Ghost. Details www.ilfracombefolkfestival.co.uk. Early bird tickets available.

NEW Saturday 21 October 2017 7.30pm - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - St George's Hall, Dartmouth Road, Paignton TQ4 6NY
Come and join us for a boisterous evening of dancing. Presented as a fundraiser by the Friends of Froward Point, National Coastwatch, for the watch station there. BYO alcohol. Crisps etc. and soft drinks will be on sale. Tickets £10, available from (all phone codes 01803) Paddy Jewry 842481, Linda Lister 391058, Hilary Bussell 752365. Please include SAE with payment. £12 door (check availability).

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 Friday 27 October 2017 - Richard Digance Golden Anniversary Tour - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Richard celebrates fifty years of performing by embarking on a special tour of the UK. Thirty one albums, fourteen books, an audio book with Bill Bryson, three million YouTube hits, a Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and a BAFTA Nomination have all happened along the way. Plus support by acoustic duo The Broadside Boys, embarking on their first tour, just like Richard did all those years ago. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 27 October 2017 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Cellar Bar, Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
SidMouth StoryNights for GrownUps presents: Janet Dowling and friends bring you The Return of Fearsome Fairy Tales for Fearless Adults- the Fairies Fight Back! These are the dark tales of the fairy world, where everything is not as it seems… are you brave enough to listen? Be beguiled and bewitched by a shiver of Devon storytellers telling new tales of old fears. Be warned- these tales are not suitable for Adults of a nervous disposition. Tickets £8 adv from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth, or on door. Bar available, Good disabled access. Not suitable for U14s. For more details call 07834 194215 or email JanetTells@gmail.com.

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 Friday 3 November 2017 8pm - The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
The Ukes have become a global sensation and nothing short of a UK national treasure. 'Heresy II Heritage', their new tour, charts the Uke's rise from curiosity to virtuosity, from village hall to the Royal Albert Hall. The Ukes of GB have performed for the British Royal Family, the BBC Proms, Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall, but heretics they remain, poking fun at the cultural elite, defying you to believe their own hype, bemused by all the hot air. On an ongoing "hand-luggage only" world tour, the Ukes provide pure entertainment, dead-pan British humour and irresistible foot-tapping music. They are masters of the unexpected, whether re-imagining folk songs, twisting classical music favourites, uncovering quirky versions of rock covers, or playing the performers' own all-original compositions. “Iconoclastic. Unabashed genre crashing antics. Nothing is spoof proof." Sunday Times. “Most people have to die before they become immortal. These ukulele superstars have no such worries.” New Musical Express. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/ukulele-orchastra-of-great-britain-heresy-ii-heritage.

NEW Saturday 4 November 2017 - Show of Hands - Exeter Cathedral
With special guest Kirsty Merryn. Autumn 2017 Cathedrals Tour. Tickets on sale from May 1. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Friday 10 November 2017 8pm - Cardboard Fox - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Winners of the 2015 Spiral Earth Award for Best Debut, Cardboard Fox are an exciting four piece with a fast growing fan base. This May the band are following up on the success of their EP by releasing their first full album, ‘Out of Mind’. All four musicians have their roots in bluegrass music but their collective influences reach much further and this shows in their music. Formed in late 2013 in Bath, England, the band features the sibling harmonies of Charlotte and Laura Carrivick (the Carrivick Sisters) on guitar/vocals and fiddle/vocals respectively, the extraordinary talents of young mandolin player Joe Tozer and the driving and technically demanding double bass playing and harmony vocals of John Breese. With a focus on original songs with a strong pop sensibility and energetic live shows, this is a group of musicians who are very, very excited about what this line up can create and that’s what makes this acoustic quartet so special. Tickets £8. Full details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk, email andrew@frangleton.co.uk or call 01837 840775.

NEW Friday 10 November 2017 - Martyn Joseph - America Hall, De La Rue Way, Pinhoe, Exeter EX4 8PX (map)
Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other, a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”, but there are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be – but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/407581. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

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 16 November 2017 7.30pm - Wildwood Kin - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Turning Tides Tour. Standing only gig. They have recently wowed the crowds at Glastonbury and have the ear of national radio stations. Wildwood Kin formed four years ago while in their mid to late teens. They borrow heavily from early folk influences, not least in their hypnotic three-part harmonies. But their extraordinary debut album delves deeply in to other genres, featuring both electric and acoustic instruments and it boasts inventive electronics and spectral atmospherics. Guitarist Emillie Key, her bouzouki/keyboard-playing sister Beth and their drumming cousin Meghann Loney all sing, swapping leads on songs they write themselves, and joining forces on harmonies that have remained their trademark. Their sound has matured at speed and their confidence caught up with their talent. More details, bookings etc. www.facebook.com/pg/BrookInnPlympton/events. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk. Tel. 01752 297604.

NEW Friday 17 November 2017 7.30pm - ‘Missin’ Tackle’ Shanty Crew & Friends - Brixham Library, Market Street, Brixham TQ5 8EU
Come and join the fabulous Brixham Shanty crew for an enjoyable concert in the library. The lads will be singing from their growing repertoire of songs and will be joined by guest performers Susie & Bill Trezise along with Steve Gill and his friend Charlie. Ticket includes free drink, £8 FOBL members, £10 non-members, available from Brixham Library tel: 01803 853870.

NEW Saturday 18 November 2017 - Jim Moray - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
details tba www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Sunday 19 November 2017 7.30pm - Oysterband 40th Celebration Special - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Classic songs from every era of a long and mighty career. Oysterband, the multi-award-winning outfit that brought passion, power and not a little poetry to folk and roots music, enter their 40th year as vital and creative as ever. Oysterband still play with that spirit of the punk ceilidh band that roared through people’s lives all those years ago. But the growing depth and sensitivity of their songwriting, coupled with the strength of John Jones’ voice and their remarkable musicianship, have lifted their music into a richer, more acoustic era. Oysterband are: John Jones voice, melodeon; Alan Prosser  guitars, voice; Ian Telfer violin, voice; Al Scott bass, mandolin, voice; Adrian Oxaal cello, voice; and the newest member, formerly of Bellowhead, Pete Flood  drums, voice. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/oysterband-40th-celebration-special.

NEW Wednesday 22 November 2017 8pm - Steeleye Span - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span are touring with a new live show. Maddy Prior - the voice of the band - leads a line-up featuring faces old and new. . Having just released the album “Dodgy Bastards” to great critical acclaim . Their 2016 performances will see them perform new gems alongside classics that have made them one of the most successful British Folk Rock bands ever. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/steeleye-span.

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 Saturday 25 November 2017 - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
details tba www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Sunday 26 November 2017 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
With his trio, Peter Knight breaks new ground and is second to absolutely nobody...ground-breaking, engaging, frequently astonishing, Gigspanner deliver a quite simply superb set **** Maverick Magazine. "Gigspanner work together in musical genius...there is no track that won't rope you in and buzz you like drinking a barrel of coffee **** EFDSS Magazine. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org. www.wegottickets.com/event/403541.

NEW Wednesday 29 November 2017 - Lau - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. The pioneering contemporary folk trio comprising three of the UK’s finest traditional musicians: Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle). Lau has garnered four awards for ‘Best Group’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and also appeared on the Later… With Jools Holland TV show. Individual members have all won multiple awards and recognition for their solo work. Kris Drever is shortlisted for Folk Singer of The Year 2017 & Best Original Track 2017, Martin Green nominated for Best Album 2017 & Best Original Track 2017 at this years BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Box office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/lau.

NEW Thursday 30 November 2017 8pm - Boo Hewerdine - Unit 23 Live, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
We all at times look back at our past to a specific event such as a new relationship, or the starting point of our career and cherish those memories. How though do we view those times? Acclaimed Ivor Novello Award nominated English singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine’s new album “Swimming in Mercury” (Reveal Records April 28th 2017) gives us a personal insight as he takes us on that journey back in time. It’s a trip furnished with a glisten and a glint in his eye as he applies style and shapes to his autobiographical memories. More info see https://unit23.ticketlight.co.uk. Licensed bar.

NEW Thursday 30 November 2017 - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
With special guest Kirsty Merryn. 'Traditional; final two dates on the Autumn 2017 Cathedrals Tour. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Friday 1 December 2017 - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
With special guest Kirsty Merryn. 'Traditional; final two dates on the Autumn 2017 Cathedrals Tour. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 7 December 2017 - St Agnes Fountain - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
details tba. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk.

NEW Wednesday 20 December 2017 - Phil Beer - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Multi-instrumentalist - and one half of Westcountry folk duo Show Of Hands - Phil Beer performed live at The Brook Inn in January ahead of his solo tour. We're delighted that he wants to end the year at The Brook as well! www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.
Tel. 01752 297604.

NEW date tba February 2018 - Richard Digance - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
details tba The Not Bad For His Age Tour www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.
Tel. 01752 297604.

NEW Sunday 11 February 2018 - Tannahill Weavers - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
 one of Scotland 's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that. www.theploughartscentre.org.uk. www.wegottickets.com/event/405416.

NEW Wednesday 11 April 2018 7.30pm - Feast of Fiddles 25th Annual Tour - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Little did the band think it would be setting off on its 25th annual spring tour in 2018 but what started as an idea in a folk club has become a national folk-rock institution. Feast of Fiddles has been variously likened to a “group of geography teachers” or “Bellowhead with bus passes!” but doesn’t seem to be slowing down any. A band of friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. Typically, fiddlers Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle playing styles to the rock back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion – all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. A live music entertainment like no other on the circuit which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by even the most doubting of friends dragged along! Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/feast-of-fiddles.

NEW Friday 13 April 2018 8pm - The Fureys 40th Anniverary Tour - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
After three previous shows, Legends of Irish music & song The FUREYS, renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc return for another night of music and song.  Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/the-fureys.

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
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