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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.
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Southern Devon Folk Diary

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Postponed Thursday 26 March 2020 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
With "Rhillig" and "Dust Devils". www.shamstrad.co.uk.

Cancelled Thursday 26 March 2020 7.30pm - Gypsy Dreamers - Village Hall, Buckland-in-the-Moor TQ13 7HP (map)
Bringing together 4 successful multi-instrumentalist singers who have performed all over the world, from Sidney Opera House to the Glastonbury Festival, Gypsy Dreamers presents a sophisticated and hugely entertaining mix of pop songs, Latin and jazz tunes, French chansons and originals in their unique style. “dynamic hybrid jazz-meets-classical project that explores tango, bossa nova, pop, jazz and world sounds via violin, cello and percussion.” Time Out. www.gypsydreamers.com. Call or text 07818 225511 or email davidburke9@icloud.com to book. £9 adult, £5 child.

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

Postponed Friday 27 March 2020 8.30pm - House Concert: The Carrivick Sisters - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Old timey and bluegrass music embellished with lyrics from local Devon tales and folklore. Donations on the door. Doors 7.30pm. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability, reservations, directions. No bar so BYO.

Postponed Friday 27 March 2020 8pm - Gallery Bar Special: Julu and Heg - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Julu and Heg have fast made their name as a fresh new duo on the south west Folk scene. Their harmony-rich songs, inspired by strong female characters, create evocative stories using vocal harmonies, guitar, flute and piano. As well as their captivating original Folk music, Julu and Heg play unique arrangements of traditional songs, all with humour and two beautifully matched voices. Free entry, donations to the band please. Full details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

Closed Friday 27 March 2020 - Ninebarrow Band - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, 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. For the first time the duo will not only be joined by cellist and long term collaborator, Lee MacKenzie, but also the extraordinary talent of John Parker on double bass and Evan Carson on percussion. Full details www.theploughartscentre.org.uk/event/ninebarrow-1.

Postponed Saturday 28 March 2020 7.30pm - Kirsty Merryn - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
One of the most unique singer songwriters on the UK folk roots scene, performing original and traditional songs on piano and voice. Kirsty’s music is heavily anchored in the folk tradition, with jazz and classical influences. She weaves a spell over the audience as she tells stories via piano-based songs with sharply observed lyrics, and delivered in crystal clear, soaring vocals. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

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

Cancelled Sunday 29 March 2020 7.45pm - Louise Jordan - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A third visit for this rising star, Louise is a singer from Salisbury, who has made a big name for herself, having performed alongside the likes of Ralph McTell and Phil Beer. A multi-instrumentalist (guitar, piano, cello), with a fine pure voice and a Masters in Human Rights, Louise has worked with such organisations as the National Trust and the University of Oxford to share hidden women's histories through song. £10. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Closed Sunday 29 March 2020 7.30pm - The Stillhouse Junkies - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
American roots/bluegrass trio comprising Alissa Wolf (violin), Cody Tinnin (double bass) and Fred Cosak (Guitar). This talented trio combines a wide range of influences including bluegrass, Western Swing, blues and more, to create an attractive groove-filled blend of American roots music. Full details
www.ashburtonarts.org.uk.

Closed Tuesday 31 March 2020 7.30pm - The Ciderhouse Rebellion - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Whitehouse Sessions brings an exciting new duo to Ashburton Arts. Violinist Adam Summerhayes and master accordionist Murray Grainger present their debut album 'Untold'. "Gorgeous stuff" says BBC Radio 3 of this unique three track 50 minute improvisation recorded live in a single take. Live performances on the album tour will be a mix of pure, magical, improvisation alongside the duo's take on traditional folk tunes (particularly from the North-East) and their own original material. “Grainger’s accordion with Summerhayes’s fiddle is especially beautiful” (Songlines). Adam Summerhayes has been described as a "Paganini of the traditional violin" (fRoots).
www.wegottickets.com/event/495959.

Postponed Wednesday 1 April 2020 - Hayseed Dixie - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
For latest Exeter Phoenix news see www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/updates-on-upcoming-events. Box Office 01392 667080.

Postponed Friday 3 April 2020 8pm - The Trials of Cato - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Winner of Best Album Award at the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Originally from North Wales and Yorkshire, The Trials of Cato formed whilst living in Beirut and spent a year boiling down the roots of their sound into a hybrid of traditional influences that intrigued Lebanese audiences in the country’s biggest venues. Returning home from Beirut in the winter of 2016, they have since torn a shape very much their own into the canvas of the UK folk scene. Back in the UK, they set too performing tirelessly up and down the country, leading to BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe hailing them as “one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times.” Full details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

Closed Friday 3 April 2020 9pm - Lost Revellers - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Folk-fusion band playing original compositions and creative arrangements of world folk and jazz tunes, drawing on Gypsy jazz, tango, Eastern-European folk music and classical repertoire. Performed on violin, accordion, drums/percussion and bass, Lost Revellers' live set combines a high octane performance, masterful musicianship and musical creativity. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Postponed Saturday 4 April 2020 7.30pm - Spring Céilidh with Spinach for Norman - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
FFI contact Eileen on 01364 73699 or email eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com or visit www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

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

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

Postponed Tuesday 7 April 2020 7.30pm - Calan - St Mary the Virgin, Abbotsbury, Newton Abbot TQ12 2ND
We’re delighted to welcome Welsh folk supergroup Calan with their trademark brand of high-energy routines,verve and raw excitement. Already voted ‘Best Band’ at the inaugural Wales Folk Awards (2019) and ‘Best International Band’ at France’s gigantic Lorient Festival (often thought of as the World Cup of folk music!), they arrive with us fresh from a barnstorming tour of the USA. This brand new show includes numbers from their 6th and latest studio album. Expect stunning playing, beautiful songs and soaring harmonies...with added virtuoso step dancing! Check them out at www.calan-band.com then come and help us raise the roof. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Closed Thursday 9 April 2020 7.30pm - The Askew Sisters - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
‘Gifted multi-instrumentalists, singers and writers’
Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2. ‘Beautiful, uncanny and subtly political songs’ 
The Guardian. ‘This mixture of the homegrown and the exotic, the old and the new, is revealing. It helps to explain just why the Askew Sisters are one of the most refreshing and exciting acts in folk music, and why Enclosure is set to be one of the albums of the year’ 
Folk Radio UK. Details www.wegottickets.com/event/496420.

Closed Thursday 9 April 2020 8pm - Widows Peak - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Plymouth based acoustic duo powered by raw folk-punk song writing, bringing together the threads of their indie rock appreciation and trad folk culture. Soaring vocals and dexterity in their musicianship make for a powerful combination. £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

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

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

Closed Friday 10 April 2020 9pm - Geoff Lakeman & Rob Murch - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
The "Titan of Twang" and the "Concertina Crooner" team up in a dynamic new duo. Geoff Lakeman teases English and Irish folk, Americana and jazz songs out of his vintage duet concertina.. Rob Murch brings the "wow factor" to the banjo, with his unique, punchy finger-style playing. The duo’s relaxed yet sparkling stage presence together is bubbling with the "feel -good" factor. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Cancelled Friday 10 April 2020 - Tunelink Spring Ceilidh - Dartington Village Hall, Cott Road, Dartington TQ9 6HY (map)
Called dances will be led by the Bear's Den Dance Band featuring Louis Bingham (cittern, banjo and calling), Gris Sanderson (fiddle), Zingo Warde (uilleann pipes) Chris Brady (guitar) and Ricardo Nunes de Noronha Lopes (percussion). There will also be dances from across Europe and beyond, from Cornish five-steps to Bulgarian circle dances, with live music from the Tunelink Players to kick the evening off. Doors 7pm, called Ceilidh dances starting around 8pm, last dance around 10pm. Family friendly event, all welcome. No bar, BYO drinks and snacks to enjoy. Tickets/details www.wegottickets.com/event/499874. Enquiries email music.bingham@gmail.com or call 01803 864286.

Closed Thursday 16 April 2020 7.30pm - Sarah McQuaid - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Her award-winning musicianship, distinctive chocolatey vocals and mastery of the songwriting craft have led reviewers to describe Sarah McQuaid as a “triple threat”. Add to that a warm, charismatic stage presence, five critically acclaimed solo albums and a battery of instruments including acoustic and electric guitars, drum and piano — and you’ve got a one-woman powerhouse who defies categorisation because there simply isn’t anyone else out there quite like her. Not to be missed! Details www.wegottickets.com/event/493447.

Cancelled Friday 17 April 2020 8pm - Mike Silver - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
After 50 years on the road, Mike remains better than ever with his superb voice, guitar playing and songwriting. Many of his songs have been covered by other famous artists, including Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues) and his songs receive regular radio airplay globally. Aside from performing solo, Mike, has become known for touring and recording as a duo with Johnny Coppin. www.mikesilver.co.uk. Support: Rosie Eade. We hope that this concert goes ahead, as planned, as we have sold a number of tickets already. Keep an eye online www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub. www.exeterfolkclub.org for updates. Info / ticket enquiries contact: exeterfolkclub@outlook.com, 01392 210983.

Cancelled Friday 17 April 2020 7.30pm - Belinda O'Hooley: Inversions Tour - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
‘Inversions’ showcases Belinda’s abilities as a composer and pianist with many of the piano pieces inspired by the songs and tunes her father inherited from a long line of male musicians in the hills of the West coast of rural Ireland. With the passing of her father in 2017, Belinda; the first woman to be handed the tradition, has found the freedom to express the music of her ancestors in her very own, unconventional way, evolving and migrating into something you could describe as an inversion: a reversal of the norm. The venue is 700+ years old and in a narrow lane with very restricted parking. Please use the Town Centre car park (free after 6pm). The venue is a couple of minutes walk. For disabled access, please contact Ian Pickvance iin advance to make arrangements. Details www.wegottickets.com/event/494667. All profits from this event go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Friday 17 April 2020 8pm - Geoff Lakeman & Rob Murch - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
The “ Titan of Twang “ and the “ Concertina Crooner” team up in a dynamic new duo. Geoff Lakeman teases English and Irish folk, Americana and jazz songs out of his vintage duet concertina. Rob Murch brings the “ wow factor” to the banjo, with his unique, punchy fingerstyle playing. Both live on Dartmoor, so it was inevitable they’d gang-up musically. Expect self-written and West Country songs, rattling folk tunes and foot-stomping ragtime and cakewalk riffs. Rob’s percussive finger-ballet up and down the fret board of his 100 year-old instrument is mesmerising. He’s revered throughout the UK for his long-time work with the renowned Dartmoor Pixie Band and The Watch trio. Tickets £10.
Call 01837 840775 or email andrew@frangleton.co.uk.

Postponed Friday 17 April 2020 - Rebecca Loebe - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
Rebecca celebrates the 10-year anniversary of her breakthrough album “Mystery Prize.” On this intimate, acoustic concert tour she’ll re-visit songs and stories from the album that spent ten weeks on the Americana Top 40 chart and launched her international touring career with a European record deal and an invitation to appear on the first season of NBC’s “The Voice.”
www.rebeccaloebe.com. Support: Exeter's Greg Hancock. www.greghancockmusic.com. Full details see https://twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

Closed Friday 17 April 2020 9pm - Engel and the Mountain People - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
One day, whilst hiking through the Alpine wilderness, Indie/Folk singer Luke Engel happened across a feral mountain tribe. After careful tuition and many a battle...Engel and the Mountain People marched down the slopes towards civilisation. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Closed Saturday 18 April 2020 8pm - Steve Knightley - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Pass Notes – The stories behind the songs. Following the success of last year’s intimate one man show, Steve’s latest outing is intended for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing. Exploring his extensive back catalogue and introducing unheard, new material he explores the themes and stories that inspire him and shows how music and words can become lyrics and chords and notes can meld to create songs that acquire a life of their own! www.calstockarts.org.

Closed Saturday 18 April 2020 8pm - The Strawbs Acoustic: 50th Anniversary Tour - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
The Acoustic Strawbs of the 21st century consist of the founder, constant guiding force, originator and lead vocalist Dave Cousins, described by Rolling Stone Magazine as the best Dylan influenced songwriter to come out of the UK. Alongside him longtime band members lead guitarist Dave Lambert and the astonishingly versatile Chas Cronk, who together formed the front line of the classic 1970s Strawbs. www.carnglaze.com.

Closed Saturday 18 April 2020 8pm - Sarah Yeo - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Top Devonian singer songwriter Sarah Yeo's CD releases to date have racked up amazing reviews from the leading critics in the Country Folk Americana world. “ Beautiful Voice” BBC Introducing.“A touch of Mary Chapin Carpenter and Miranda Lambert. Silky smooth. Her raw emotion pours out”  RnR Magazine. Details www.wegottickets.com/event/495813.

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

Closed Saturday 18 April 2020 9pm - Anairda & The Anarkistas - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
World folk-rock/fusion band with international roots who believe in the power of music to inspire change
. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Postponed Saturday 18 April 2020 7.30pm - Zulu Tradition - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
Postponed Sunday 19 April 2020 3.30pm - Zulu Tradition - Parish Hall, Bary Lane, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Crediton EX17 4BB
Zulu Tradition is rekindling the spark of Zulu culture and heritage through song, dance, and drums. Imagine a youthful, mixed gender Ladysmith Black Mambazo with high-energy dance! Zulu Tradition is a company of genuine young Zulu singers and dancers who deliver a heady mix of traditional African harmonies and high-energy, athletic dance – all traditionally costumed – and supported by drum-rhythms. Their stage shows are exciting, enthralling and hugely entertaining and they attract enthusiastic audiences.
Ticketing see www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

Cancelled Sunday 19 April 2020 7.45pm - Lander Mason - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
An immensely talented duo - ask anyone from the Club who has seen them and you will find universal praise. Fiona Lander is a multi-instrumentalist (vocals, piano, whistles, saxes, clarinet and recorder) and Paul Mason a fine guitarist/vocalist and they combine a multitude of musical styles, both traditional and contemporary folk with jazz and other styles in original compositions. Quality and versatility! £10. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

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

Closed Sunday 19 April 2020 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Barnfield Theatre, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Pass Notes – The stories behind the songs. Following the success of last year’s intimate one man show, Steve’s latest outing is intended for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing. Exploring his extensive back catalogue and introducing unheard, new material he explores the themes and stories that inspire him and shows how music and words can become lyrics and chords and notes can meld to create songs that acquire a life of their own! www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/steve-knightley-pass-notes.

Closed Sunday 19 April 2020 - Faustus - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Playing music for our times, Faustus take traditional English music, rip it up, put it together again and move it on. A vigorous rhythmic impetus and rock/prog rock influence propels the sound into the here and now and a range of instruments deployed in unconventional ways gives a unique texture, depth and variety to the band’s sound. Driving rhythms on bouzouki and guitar are reinforced by the melodeon, fiddle, oboe and cor anglais, creating arrangements that are intriguing and subtle, boisterous or punchy. Setting the band apart are the distinctive individual voices of Benji Kirkpatrick, Paul Sartin and Saul Rose. Their close harmonies are faultless and well-crafted and all three members trade lead vocals to great effect. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Closed Monday 20 April 2020 - Leveret - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting (button accordion), Sam Sweeney (fiddle) and Rob Harbron (concertina) are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity. Leveret’s music is not arranged in the conventional sense and the trio rely on mutual trust and musical interaction to create new settings of their repertoire in the moment, with no two performances alike. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Closed Saturday 25 April 2020 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, continues the Folk at the Flavel series. Born in County Derry, Cara has risen to be one of the finest exponents of Irish song as well as, with husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman, steering an eclectic musical path combining the traditional with the contemporary. She has won countless awards and accolades including “Album of the Year” at the BBC Radio 2 folk awards, the Meteor Music award for “Best Irish Female”, and Tatler’s “Woman of the Year in Music”. This will be Cara’s third appearance at the Flavel following two sold out shows ion 2015 and 2017. www.theflavel.org.uk, tel. 01803 839530.

Postponed Saturday 25 April 2020 7.30pm - Greg Harper - Lustleigh Village Hall, TQ13 9TA
Rescheduled to Saturday 3 October 2020 7.30pm

Performing original songs, accompanied by Nigel Ratcliffe (keyboard) & Chris Denman (bass). "Penetratingly powerful songs, with lyrics that cut hard, wide and deep" FolkWords, "Great songs" Steve Knightley. www.gregharpermusic.com. Warm welcome, candlelit tables, tea & homemade cakes, or BYO. Tickets £10 available from 01363 772769, or in person from Lustleigh Dairy & Post Office. Fundraiser in aid of Brain Tumour Research.

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

Closed Sunday 26 April 2020 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, usually with an industrial, maritime or environmental theme. His varied material features events ranging from Homer's Odyssey, the story of James Cook to the Yorkshire whaling industry! He is a first rate singer and guitarist and his latest album "Hard Road to Prospect Hill" made the FRUK "Best Albums of the Year". £10. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Wednesday 29 April 2020 8pm - Brooks Williams with Aaron Catlow - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Work My Claim Tour. Brought to you by The Whitehouse Sessions, much loved Americana, blues and folk singer-songwriter and guitarist Brookes Williams is celebrating 30 years on the road by touring with a new album of favourite songs from his back catalogue, Work My Claim. On stage at the Barrel House Brooks will be accompanied by master fiddle player Aaron Catlow. More details www.wegottickets.com/event/495553.

Closed Wednesday 29 April 2020 8pm - Grace Lightman & Elani Evangelou - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Two enchanting musicians join forces and conjure an atmospheric twist of indie folk & alt. For fans of Lucius, Big Thief, Sharon Van Etten. £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Cancelled Friday 1 May 2020 7.30pm - 'Strike The Bell' Theatre Benefit Concert - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
Line-up includes Harping Mad (well known local harpists Susie & Bill Trezise and friends); new local band The ContraBand, and Missin’ Tackle Shanty Crew. This is the start of Pirate Weekend and we are hoping for full theatre; tickets are on sale at £8/£7, available from the box office 01803 415987 10-12 Mon-Sat, or online. www.brixhamtheatre.uk.

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

NEW 2/3 May 2020 - Brixham Pirate Festival
Pirates, shanties, sea songs and more www.brixhampirates.com.

tbc Sunday 3 May 2020 7.30pm - Miranda Sykes - St Mary the Virgin, Abbotsbury, Newton Abbot TQ12 2ND
details tba Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour, Miranda is back with a completely new project: Behind The Wall. Where Borrowed Places opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been, physically & spiritually, Behind The Wall is a roller coaster ride exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. What does it mean to be human today, living in our communities and societies and where will our actions lead us? Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant and beautiful, this show gives us all a chance to reflect and maybe even empower us. www.mirandasykes.com.
Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

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

NEW Wednesday 6 May 2020 7.30pm - Sam Sweeney - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019 Musician Of The Year nominee. Sam and his new band are putting something into English music that has never been there before. This album has the swagger and groove of traditional English music with the huge sound, flare, energy and festival spirit of bands coming out of the Celtic and Scandinavian music scenes. Sam is a veteran of the mighty Bellowhead, former artistic director of the National Folk Youth Ensemble, founder member of the acclaimed instrumental trio Leveret, and a superb instrumentalist at the forefront of the revival in English traditional music. Full details www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

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

NEW Friday 8 May 2020 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Exeter Cathedral
On sale soon. 'Sea and Stone' - Show of Hands band reunites for four amazing shows in May 2020: "We couldn't resist returning to some of our favourite venues from the Cathedrals Tour!". Following an overwhelmingly positive audience reaction to the Autumn tour, this May ‘Show of Hands are returning with a special Spring preview to four of the most iconic and atmospheric venues on the touring circuit (Minack Theatre; Exeter, Wells & Salisbury Cathedrals). The four piece line-up will be presenting specially arranged, stripped back or reworked versions of many of the bands classic tracks. Steve, Phil, Miranda and Cormac will also feature material from the critically acclaimed album ’Battlefield Dancefloor’ as well as the famous ‘Duos’ opening set. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Friday/Saturday 8/9 May 2020 8pm - Cara Dillon - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and achieving exceptional acclaim for over twenty years. She has (according to Mojo magazine) “quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice”. Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will be performing material from her latest album “Wanderer”, a collection of beautiful and moving songs recorded in an intimate setting with her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman. Every note and word is sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs. Legions of fans will attest to their impassioned performances with Cara’s warm and natural stage presence something to savour. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 9 May 2020 8pm - Edgelarks: "Out Of The Ordinary II" - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin) embark on another tour of the unusual and adventurous. Combining exquisite folk with influences as diverse as blues, Indian classical, and beatboxing, the BBC Folk Award winners are taking their show to some equally special places. The pair take their strong roots sound, mixing original songwriting with stomping beatbox harmonica, soaring fiddle and vocal harmonies, running wilder with each repeat play. www.carnglaze.com.

NEW Saturday 9 May 2020 - Davis Lindley Mullan - Abbotskerswell Village Hall, Slade Lane, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 5YF (map)
DLM are Andrew Cresswell Davis guitar, ukelele and vocals, Clare Lindley violin, guitar, ukelele and vocals, and Brian Mullan cello and vocals. They employ a number of styles in their repertoire reflecting a desire to entertain audiences of all ages and musical tastes. A typical DLM set list will contain original material and some carefully chosen covers. Clare Lindley learned classical viola at school and joined Stackridge in 2009. In addition to his work as freelance concert cellist, Brian Mullan has recorded for radio and television and has been involved in projects over a wide range of musical styles. Support: Mutter Slater (front man and flute player for 70’s cult band Stackridge) playing stripped down RnB with Clive Ashley on saxophone. Doors 7pm. DJ Dave. Real ale, cider & wine. Tickets £12.50. 01626 363640. mikewebb1420@btinternet.com.

NEW Tuesday 12 May 2020 - Sam Carter - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
In the ten years since winning Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Sam Carter has earned a reputation for vivid, narrative-driven songwriting and captivating live performances. Having made a spell-binding appearance on Later… with Jools Holland in 2012, Sam has gone on to tour the world, sharing stages with some of the finest guitarists and songwriters, including Nic Jones, Martin Simpson, Richard Thompson, and Chris Wood. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Friday 15 May 2020 7.30pm - Ninebarrow - St Michael’s Church, Shute, Axminster
Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, entertaining audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Combining breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, they deliver songs and stories inspired by the landscape and history of the British Isles. An evening with the duo isn’t just a concert with superb music – it’s also a night of folklore and storytelling at its very best. Ticketing see www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

NEW Friday 15 May 2020 7.30pm - Simon Blake’s Startling Songs - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Featuring ‘The Simaphone’, The first new musical instrument for over 100 yrs. Simon’s songs are gleaned from gossip, ghosts and absurdities found in Devon and nearby counties and, set to a fast fingerstyle acc, present folk from this area at its most distilled. Tickets £5 adv from the Bridge Inn 01392 873862

NEW 15-17 May 2020 - Dart Music Festival - Dartmouth
Mostly free, largely outdoor, many types of music www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 16 May 2020 8pm - Velvet & Stone, Jenna Witts, Emily Davies - Evangelical Church, School Road, Silverton, EX5 4JH
A special evening of live music. Velvet & Stone: "Dark and haunting folk-noir” Folk & Tumble; “Sonic bliss” Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music; “Haunting” Clare Balding, BBC Radio 2. Jenna Witts: "Staggering maturity, winning delivery, and an abundance of natural talent. An irresistible example of superior acoustic music" Daily Telegraph. Emily Davies: "A pure and supremely talented songwriter: spend a little time in her presence and drift away somewhere else entirely." Green Man Festival. www.velvetstonemusic.com, www.jennawitts.com, www.emilydavies.co.uk. £10+. www.wegottickets.com/event/500790.

NEW Sunday 17 May 2020 11am - d'Accord Boat Trip - Exmouth
The biennial d'Accord boat trip on the Exe estuary will depart from Exmouth at 11am and return by 2pm. Bring an instrument, dancing shoes, lunch, binoculars, camera or just yourselves for a leisurely cruise on the Pride of Exmouth. Tickets: £13 early bird (until 18 April), then £15.00, £6 U12, on sale at d'Accord club nights. Email daccordexeter9@gmail.com.

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

Postponed Sunday 17 May 2020 8pm - The Bob Dylan Story - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
A stunning and definitive tribute to a songwriting genius who spoke for an entranced a generation. This special solo acoustic show lovingly and authentically recreates all the classic songs that makes Dylan the living legend he is today. With backdrop projection showing rare footage of the great man himself further illuminating the performance and fascinating insight into the stories behind the songs, make for a memorable and unforgettable trip down memory lane! www.wegottickets.com/event/499180.

NEW Thursday 21 May 2020 - Broadside Ballads - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Three of the UK’s most innovative, award-winning folk artists reinvent a collection of broadsides – daily song sheets sold for pence – giving a rare insight into Britain’s history. Delving into the collection at the Bodleian Libraries and beyond, Lisa Knapp, Marry Waterson and Nathaniel Mann lead a five-piece band, bringing broadside ballads to life for a new generation. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Friday 22 May 2020 8pm - Gallery Bar Special: Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Nick and Becki are exceptional fiddle players, singers and composers, with an innovative take on English folk. Their unique sound blends bewitching melodies, driving fiddle chords and powerful vocals, interspersed with anecdotes of adventures and stories from the road. “Cold Light” reaches into the heart of the English tradition and brings to life old tunes from the archives, alongside the duo’s compositions and newly written songs, with influences drawn from across the globe. This is the very essence of folk music; allowing the past to inspire the future. Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to the band please. Full details, samples etc.
www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 23 May 2020 - Songwriters Circle with Tennyson's Twin - St Katherine’s Priory, St Katherine’s Road, Exeter EX4 7JY
Songwriters Circle www.circletour.co.uk is Greg Hancock and Alex Seel who round off their UK tour with a home gig for Greg in Exeter hosted by Twigg’s Gigs. For this Songriters Circle Greg and Alex will be joined by Tennyson’s Twin - the performance name of Sarah Hayes, who moved from Somerset to Cornwall some years ago. Sarah plays both keyboards and guitar which adds another dimension to the music on offer and her deeply emotionally charged songs contrast beautifully with the other performers. Sarah has a new album that has been long anticipated. She will be performing songs from the new album and from earlier. www.tennysonstwin.co.uk. Full details see https://twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Saturday/Sunday 23/24 May 2020 10am-4pm - Green Man Event - Mount Edgcumbe
The giant figure of the Green Man returns to Mount Edgcumbe as a centre piece looming over the event sitting on his throne of leaves and bark – he will be presiding over stalls, entertainment (including Harbottle & Jonas), refreshments and lots of activities. Entry to the event is free of charge- all day parking £5 per vehicle. www.mountedgcumbe.gov.uk.

NEW Tuesday 26 May 2020 8.30pm - House Concert: David Starr - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Fine country/folk singer from Colorado. Donations on the door. Doors 7.30pm. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability, reservations, directions. No bar so BYO.

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

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

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

Cancelled Sunday 31 May 2020 8pm - Asleep At The Wheel - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Standing gig with some seats. Direct from Austin, Texas, 10 time Grammy award winning Country/Western Swing legends. 'Coming right at ya!' - 50th Anniversary World Tour, one of only 8 UK dates! This is a huge coup for the Beehive in booking one of the great Americana bands. An incredible 8 piece line up on stage featuring pedal steel guitar, fiddles and horns fronted by founder, leading light and lead vocalist Ray Benson, standing 6 foot 7 inches tall and taking into account his ten gallon hat and cowboy boots reaching nearly 7 foot! A big presence and a big voice to match. Such is the stature and popularity of the band, Bob Harris will be featuring an unprecedented 8 tracks from them on his Radio 2 Country Show in the lead up to the tour. Box office 01404 384050. Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 3 June 2020 7.30pm - Tir na nOg - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Tir na nOg have been described as Alt Folk, Prog Folk, Psych Folk, and even Space Folk! But the duo, formed by Leo O’Kelly & Sonny Condell in 1970, transcends all these categories. What is not in doubt is that they 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. Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk/event_detail.cfm?id=87.

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

NEW Tuesday 9 June 2020 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Folk at the Flavel are proud to welcome to the Flavel the band credited with launching folk rock in the UK and one of the most iconic bands of any genre, Fairport Convention. Fairport have been entertaining music lovers for over half a century but one thing has remained the same - their passion for performance. Their performance will present a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and some surprises from albums old and new including their latest album ‘Shuffle & Go’, released in February 2020. The band features the long established line up of founding member Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg (celebrating his fiftieth year in Fairport), Ric Sanders, Chris Leslie and Gerry Conway. "Stuffing their set with a surprising amount of new material, Fairport are still clearly having fun and brought the house down." The Guardian. www.theflavel.org.uk, tel. 01803 839530.

NEW Friday 12 June 2020 8pm - Granny's Attic - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Granny’s Attic are a fantastic folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians and fine singers and play English traditional and original music. 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.
Call 01837 840775 or email andrew@frangleton.co.uk.

NEW Friday 12 June 2020 8.30pm - House Concert: Keith Christmas - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Local folk singer with a long history in the folk scene. Donations on the door. Doors 7.30pm. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability, reservations, directions. No bar so BYO.

NEW 12-14 June 2020 - Craft Festival - Bovey Tracey
tba Music includes... www.craftfestival.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 13 June 2020 7.30pm - Phil Beer / Sound ot the Sirens - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Phil Beer together with Sound of the Sirens in a Special Double Header event. When given the opportunity to be together for this unique evening of music Phil, Abbe and Hannah leapt at the opportunity and they are all very much looking forward to it. Phil Beer will open the show and comes to the Beehive as part of the 'So Much to Choose From' 2020 Tour. The solo shows for 2020, which will be the last time Phil undertakes such a large number of performances, reflect the body of work encapsulating the last 40 years of his songs and music. He will then be joined on stage by Sound of the Sirens and part of the show will be them making music together. The last part of the evening will be Sound of the Sirens on their own. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 13 June 2020 - The Kit Hillbillies - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Old-timey, good-timey bluegrass. With rousing vocal harmonies that smuggle in some highly inappropriate local references. We love classic old-time songs like Man of Constant Sorrow, and In the Jailhouse Now; and the rattling instrumental drive of Duelling Banjos and Foggy Mountain Breakdown. Tasting notes: vigorous, expressive and unvarnished, with a crisp percussive finish. Think Betty Stogs rather than Harvey’s Bristol Cream. www.calstockhall.com.

NEW Saturday 13 June 2020 - Gadarene - Studio 1, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Alternative-folk pioneers Gadarene play their uplifting brand of dance-influenced grooves. If you fancy dancing your socks off to one of the most innovative groups around, this is definitely the gig for you! Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW 16-20 June 2020 - This Land - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
With text by Nick Stimson and songs written and performed by Seth Lakeman. Theatre Royal Plymouth's first ever international community production. This Land is an epic theatrical event marking the 400 year anniversary of the Mayflower’s journey and its impact upon arrival in America. Created and performed by 120 citizens of Plymouth, UK and 30 members of the Native American Wampanoag Tribe from Massachusetts, USA, This Land is the story of what happened then and what it means to us now. Witness the making of history with this unique and vital piece of theatre, which brings together communities from both sides of the Atlantic. www.theatreroyal.com.

NEW Friday 19 June 2020 8pm - Flook - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Another fantastic booking for us which will sell-out. Flook are probably the best folk band on the scene. A mixture of traditional and their own music. We are so privileged to have them. Details www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Friday 19 June 2020 7.30pm - Keith James: Concert for a Changing World - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
Anthems of vision, hope and change. Words that reverberate with the tenacity of human spirit in these current times of brooding disquiet, fractured societies and civil unrest. Songs that have changed history and moved millions of people to do things they never thought possible. Included in this concert are songs by Joan Baez, Labi Siffre, Nina Simone, Cat Stevens, Billy Holiday, Woody Guthrie, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Billy Bragg, Leonard Cohen and many more… Full details www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

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

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

NEW Saturday 4 July 2020 - 9th Annual South Brent Folk Day
With singing; music; dancing; workshops; and concerts in the Old School Community Centre, and a headline evening concert in the Village Hall
with guests Martin Carthy and Harbottle & Jonas.
For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. Awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2014, he has had trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick, Norma Waterson (his award-winning wife) and his daughter Eliza Carthy which have resulted in more than 40 albums. He’s a ballad singer, a ground-breaking guitarist and an authoritative interpreter of contemporary material and his settings of traditional songs with guitar, have influenced a generation of artists on both sides of the Atlantic including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon.
Harbottle & Jonas is a dynamic Devon (now South Brent) duo becoming increasingly popular at clubs and festivals up and down the country. Dave and Freya are partners in life and music who combine the rich traditions of folk music with original songwriting and contemporary interpretations as demonstrated on their fourth and most ambitious album, ‘The Sea Is My Brother’, which has a maritime theme maintained across political, historical, and personal stories and songs. They blend their closely intertwined vocal harmonies with concertina, harmonium, banjo, cittern, stomp box and acoustic guitar accompaniment.
The annual Folk Day is one of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area; still to come are an Autumn Ceilidh with ‘Mooncoin Ceilidh Band on Saturday 17 October 2020 and the Annual ‘Twixt’ Ceilidh on Sunday 27 December 2020 with ‘Buttoned up’.
See:
www.southbrentfolk.org.uk and Facebook: www.facebook.com/SouthBrentFolkDay.

NEW Saturday 4 July 2020 8pm - Luna the Harp - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Nothing quite compares to the magical sound of the harp. Don’t miss this opportunity to be mesmerised and enchanted in the unique candlelit setting of the underground crystal clear blue lake! Based in mid-Cornwall, Alison Presswell performs as a solo harpist at concerts, weddings, public events and private functions. She also is a singer/harpist with folk trio Fable, & co-founder of Singalong, a singing for wellbeing community group. In addition to a wide range of traditional, popular and classical songs, her repertoire also includes several haunting self-penned compositions. www.carnglaze.com.

NEW Saturday 11 July 2020 - Ninebarrow - St Andrew's Church, Market Place, Colyton EX24 6JS
Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, 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. Full details www.ninebarrow.co.uk/colyton.

NEW 31 July - 7 August 2020 - Sidmouth Folk Festival
First line-up announcements. Super early bird tickets available. Sign up for regular e-newsletters at www.sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk.

NEW Tuesday 4 August 2020 8pm - Eliza Carthy & David Delarre - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
If there is one musician who embodies the dynamism and vitality of the current English folk revival, it’s Eliza Carthy. Beloved of staunch traditionalists and iconoclasts alike, Eliza’s music effortlessly crosses boundaries of genre and style. Whether performing a centuries-old ballad or a self-written song, her powerful, nuanced voice, fiercely beautiful fiddle playing and mesmerizing live performances have influenced a whole generation of young musicians. Joining Eliza from her Wayward Band is guitarist David Delarre, also part of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees Mawkin. Full details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org/tuesday-4-august-eliza-carthy-and-dave-delarre.

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

NEW Thursday 3 September 2020 7.30pm - Martin Simpson - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
details tba

NEW Saturday 5 September 2020 8pm - Steve Pledger - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
Steve's musical influences are many, varied and not always obvious. They include - in no particular order - Graham Parker, Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam, Rush, Sam Cooke, Martyn Joseph, Van Morrison, Don McLean, Elvis (both of them) and Bruce Springsteen. Add to this a liking for most musical styles and he has a wide spectrum of influences informing his own distinct style and approach. As well as his highly regarded solo shows, Steve has also had many opportunities of late to work with and open for artists such as Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, Martyn Joseph, Luke Jackson, Willy Porter, and particularly with award-winning folk star Ange Hardy. Note that gig will be held on the first floor of the building, with a stair lift available for visitors who require support with mobility. Twigg's Gigs 07508 169049, sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk. www.wegottickets.com/event/496600.

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

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

NEW Sunday 27 September 2020 7.30pm - Nick Harper - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Always a favourite and sure to be a sell-out, Nick's amazing guitar prowess is matched by his soulful, distinctive voice and passionate songs. Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk/event_detail.cfm?id=89.

NEW Saturday 3 October 2020 7.30pm - Greg Harper - Lustleigh Village Hall, TQ13 9TA
Rescheduled from 25 April - Performing original songs, accompanied by Nigel Ratcliffe (keyboard) & Chris Denman (bass). "Penetratingly powerful songs, with lyrics that cut hard, wide and deep" FolkWords, "Great songs" Steve Knightley. www.gregharpermusic.com. Warm welcome, candlelit tables, tea & homemade cakes, or BYO. Tickets £10 available from 01363 772769, or in person from Lustleigh Dairy & Post Office. Fundraiser in aid of Brain Tumour Research.

NEW Sunday 11 October 2020 2-11pm - Julian Piper Memorial Festival - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
An all day festival of Blues & Roots to celebrate and remember the extraordinary life of Topsham born British blues guitarist, writer, promoter and record producer Julian Piper. Full line up and stage times TBA. All proceeds after costs donated to Delta Blues Foundation, Clarksdale, MS. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Friday 16 October 2020 8pm - Cara Dillon - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
It is a pleasure to welcome Cara Dillon and Sean Lakeman back to Milverton. Her wonderful voice coupled with Sean's brilliant musicianship is a joy. Another sell-out, this one. Details www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 17 October 2020 7.30pm - Autumn Céilidh with The Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
details tba www.southbrentfolk.org.uk. One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area.

NEW rescheduled Sunday 22 November 2020 - Refuge: Tobias ben Jacob with John Elliott - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
The Refuge album and tour project from songwriter Tobias Ben-Jacob (Jacob & Drinkwater) sees him team up with producer and multi- instrumentalist John Elliott (The Little Unsaid) for a song-centred gig that weaves in acoustic and electronic sounds, samples, field recordings, interviews, collaborations and co-writes. The tour aims to shed light on the ongoing refugee crisis. The opening set will be a solo performance from each artist. Full details see https://twiggsgigs.wordpress.com. www.wegottickets.com/event/493455.

NEW Friday 4 December 2020 8pm - Moscow Drug Club - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
We welcome back this brilliant and much requested band. Tones music quiz, fabulous food including the famous roasties. Every year is a sell-out, so book your tickets early. Details www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

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

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

NEW Sunday 27 December 2019 7.30pm - Twixt Christmas and New Year Céilidh with Buttoned Up - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
details tba www.southbrentfolk.org.uk. One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area.

John Culf
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