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Saturday 18 July 2015 7.30pm - New Rope String Band

At Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map).
After more than 25 years of side-splitting mirth and music-making, NRSB are retiring. Don't miss what is probably the final chance to see them in South Devon. Click here for full ticketing details.

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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

Friday 22 May 2015 8pm - Mike Silver - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
One of the UK's foremost singer-songwriters with a very fine warm voice and he is also a superb guitarist. Mike's live shows cover many cross-over styles of roots music including folk, blues and country and a fair share of chorus songs that you won't be able to resist singing along with. In the past he has toured with the likes of Chris De Burgh and Ralph McTell and his songs have been recorded by many people including Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues). www.mikesilver.co.uk. Support: My Black Hat www.myblackhat.net. Tickets: £8 adv; £10 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Friday 22 May 2015 - Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies - Blue Walnut Cafe, Walnut Road, Chelston TQ2 6HS (map)
Travelling folksters Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies present their intimate cabaret of joyful sing-a-long choruses and general participatory fun. Pirates, lizards, cracks in the wall and Basque cyclists all inhabit the songscape. And a beard snood…. “One of my favourite bands of recent years” – Mike Harding. See www.bluewalnuttorquay.co.uk/blog/?p=103.

22-28 May 2015 - Exmouth Festival
Seven days of multi-genre music in Manor Gardens supported by literature events, visual arts projects and theatre performances across the town, and also including West Country Traditions Day (shanty crews and more) on Sat 23rd in the Strand Gardens. www.exmouthfestival.org.uk.

Saturday 23 May 2015 - West Country Traditions Day - The Strand, Exmouth and surrounding venues
Hosted by The Exmouth Shanty Men. Free. A day of shanties and sea songs from The Exmouth Shanty Men and other shanty crews alongside dancing, musicians and entertainment for all the family. This is part of the Exmouth Festival which is supported by donations from those attending. For programme and full details see http://fringe.exmouthfestival.org.uk/?page_id=9.

Sunday 24 May 2015 7.30pm - Trade Winds - Tradesmans Arms, Scoriton, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map) nr Buckfastleigh
The usual mix of poems, songs, stories and music. Simon and Susan 01364 631308.

Sunday 24 May 2015 7.45pm - Jez Lowe - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A high-quality and immensely prolific songwriter, Jez is a longstanding contributor to the BBC Radio Ballads, including the 2012 "Ballad of the (Olympic) Games" and last year's centennial commemoration of the 1st World War. He has a gentle, mellow voice and fine technique on guitar & cittern. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 24 May 2015 7.30pm - Sidmouth Acoustic Sessions: Lori Campbell - St Teresa’s Hall, Connaught Road, Sidmouth EX10 8TT (map)
Lori's sound is a blend of traditional folk, Soul and Jazz. Imagine the finger picking style of Bert Jansch decorated with the voice of Kate Bush and Louis Armstrong’s love child. Licensed bar. Tickets £10 door, or £8 adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/315745 or email sidmouthacoustic@outlook.com.

Monday 25 May 2015 12.45pm - Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed - Brixham Fisk Quay
Part of Brixfest.

Tuesday 26 May 2015 - Jackie Oates - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
A name synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk music, beguiling audiences with a delicate balance of tradition and reinvention. Her mellifluous voice and imaginatively plaintive fiddle style has won her several BBC Folk Awards during a 10-year recording career that began as a member of the nascent Unthanks and has continued with five acclaimed solo albums. Collaborations with Alasdair Roberts, Belinda O’Hooley and her brother Jim Moray on material that’s ranged from traditional ballads to eerie lullabies and rich contemporary songs, Jackie has earned fans beyond the folk scene she grew up in. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/jackie-oates-lullabies. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Tuesday 26 May 2015 7pm - Shanty Cruise - River Exe, Exmouth
With The Exmouth Shanty Men. An evening cruise up the fabulous Exe estuary with shanties being sung as she goes. A very popular event within the Exmouth Festival, it has sold out in previous years so please book early to avoid disappointment. All proceeds from ticket sales are given in support of Exmouth Festival. www.exmouthfestival.org.uk.  £10. For further details see www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk or phone 01395 222144/279693. For information about The Exmouth Shanty Men: www.exmouthshantymen.com.

Thursday 28 May 2015 8pm - The Old Gaffers - Victoria Inn, Fore Street, Salcombe TQ8 8BU (map)
The popular South Devon shanty crew on a regular visit to one of their favourite haunts. www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

Friday 29 May 2015 8pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
One of the most exciting and innovative duos to appear on the folk/roots/acoustic scene in recent years. Sometimes mournful, often haunting and always compelling each Henry and Martin song is a fresh journey of discovery – twisting, curling melodies and eclectic rhythms wrapping themselves around perceptive lyrics. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Friday 29 May 2015 7pm - The Wurzels - Imperial Recreation Ground, Exmouth
An Exmouth Rotary's Kite Festival event. For full details, ticketing etc. see www.exmouthrotaryclub.co.uk/kite-festival/ticket-shop.

Friday 29 May 2015 6.30pm - Hussy Hicks - Devon Deli, 80/82 Queen Street, Newton Abbot TQ12 2ET
Pop-up musical evening dinner and fine music. The Australian ladies the Hussy Hicks will entertain and amaze you with their personalities and musicianship. They are also bringing along a friend of theirs from London Jimmi Nolan, Close and intimate in the Deli café Samples: www.hussyhicks.com/en/videos. Dinner 6.30pm, artiste performance 8.30pm, carriages 10.30pm. Tickets £24.99. Email for details info@thedevondeli.co.uk. Tel. 01626 204136, or pop in. Booking essential.

Saturday 30 May 2015 8.30pm - The Park Sessions - The Park, Exeter Road, Exmouth EX8 1QH
An evening of country, blues and folk, featuring Chris Austin guitar and vocals & Chris Hill mandolin, vocals and lap slide guitar with a selection of traditional and contemorary songs to lift your soul; Hannah and Gabriel - Exmouth's best kept secret. This duo will impress you a beautiful sound from two young voices; The Balcony Band - Exmouth's one and only folk orchestra. Expect a lively set of English, Irish and world folk.

Sunday 31 May 2015 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Recently described as, "Authentic, haunting roots music from a first class duo" (Seth Lakeman), Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are one of the most exciting and innovative duos to appear on the folk/roots/acoustic scene in recent years – a journey that has resulted in their winning the 'Best Duo' in the 2014 BBC Folk Awards. With a rapidly expanding following and a truly unique sound that effortlessly spans many genres, the duo have been touring constantly for the past three years, winning new fans of all ages wherever they go. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/307024.

Wednesday 3 June 2015 - The Ballad of Ewan MacColl - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Ewan MacColl – singer, songwriter, radio artist, actor, playwright – would have been 100 in 2015. Some of his songs are amongst the 20th century’s best known – The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Dirty Old Town, The Travelling People. Sam Richards, improviser and composer, will discuss MacColl’s approaches to songwriting. He is joined by folk musician Steve Verge on concertina, to sing songs performed or written by MacColl. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/the-ballad-of-ewan-maccoll. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Wednesday 3 June 2015 - Boo Hewerdine - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated. Support: Jess Vincent. Boo Hewerdine's work includes lead singer and creative force behind The Bible, formed in the 1980s, and reformed in 1994, as well as solo recordings and work for film. He has also produced records by several artists, including a long association with Eddi Reader. He has been described as "one of Britain's most consistently accomplished songwriters". Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!boo-hewerdine/c1g0u. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

Sold out Thursday 4 June 2015 - Boo Hewerdine - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
An intimate performance from the big man with a voice as smooth as vintage port! A songwriting legend, Boo's hit songs stretch back over two decades and many genres. Former leader of the great 80's band The Bible, Boo's had his songs recorded by kd lang, Paul Young, Natalie Imbruglia and even Mel C. Critically acclaimed, he's been described as "One of the best ...", "Consistently accomplised ..." and "Amongst the finest we have ...". Expect an evening of brilliant words, catchy tunes, and Boo's laid-back, dry delivery. http://boohewerdine.net. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Friday 5 June 2015 - Barb Jungr: Hard Rain Tour - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated. The songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. The UK's finest interpreter of song, Barb Jungr, brings her band to south Devon for a superlative set of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen classics as featured on her latest album, the acclaimed ‘Hard Rain’. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!barb-jungr/c19mt. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

5-7 June 2015 - Pennymoor Song & Ale - London Inn, Morchard Bishop, Crediton EX17 6NW
Advance bookings only. Details www.users.waitrose.com/~pennymoor/page6.htm.

Saturday 6 June 2015 8pm - Julie Felix - Hazelwood House nr Loddiswell TQ7 4EB (map)
The legendary Julie Felix is back once again to bring joy to Hazelwood and share her stories and enchanting guitar playing.
£15 / £13. Bookable pre-concert buffet available. See www.hazelwoodhouse.com for details. Tel. 01548 821232.

Saturday 6 June 2015 - Kieran Goss & Annie Kinsella - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
Kieran is a Irish singer songwriter of international acclaim. In 1994 he topped the charts with his version of ‘Reach Out (I’ll be there)’ His album ‘Worse Than Pride’ achieved double platinum status and included the top ten single ‘Out of My Head’. With many dates selling out, Kieran finishes his Irish/UK tour in Bow! Kieran is joined by fellow Irish singer Annie Kinsella. “Individually they are both gifted singers, but when they sing together, magic happens… the harmonies, the chemistry… just sublime” The Irish Times. Licensed bar. Tickets £10 from 01363 82379, email heartofdevon1@gmail.com or via www.theheartofdevon.co.uk.

Saturday 6 June 2015 8pm - Simon and Garfunkel: Through the Years performed by Bookends - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, receiving 4 stars from Broadway Baby, Bookends are back on tour with their moving and powerful live performance and multimedia show, taking a chronological journey through the friendship and career of Simon & Garfunkel. Following a BBC Radio tour the show was described as a "must see" with Bookends being labeled as the most authentic sounding tribute to the music of Simon Garfunkel. With ever expanding visuals the show opens at the start of their career and ends at the much publicised breakup. Features hits such as The Sound of Silence, Mrs. Robinson, The Boxer and the unforgettable Bridge over Trouble Water, the show is a must see for any music lover. www.thebookendsshow.co.uk. Bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/bookends. Tel. 01752 892220.

Saturday 6 June 2015 - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village, Newton St Cyres EX5 5AE
Details tba. www.hanlonsbrewery.com/news.
A flyer picked up at a Topsham Folk Club concert recently announces 'Folk at the Brewery' (info 01363 82621): Summer Session Tues 9 June; Autumn Session Tues 8 September; Winter Session Tues 8 December - featuring Hanlons' Half Hour with local performers, guest MC, doors 7.30pm. £5 to include entry, pint and pasty.

Monday 8 June 2015 - The East Pointers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
+ support Wildwood Kin. The East Pointers’ slew of tunes carries a diverse mix of influence, but regardless of their age or origin, what they all share in common is the undeniable ability to get hands clapping, feet stomping, and bodies of all ages bouncing in harmony. Part of the sixth generation of a heralded legacy of fiddlers and folk musicians from Canada’s Prince Edward Island. They mix traditional and original tunes some with an Irish influence - some Scottish, others rooted in the Canadian Maritimes. Support: Wildwood Kin are an alt-folk, family trio from Devon, comprising of vocal harmonies, acoustic instruments and thought provoking songwriting. The girls have recently been nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2015, with their music being played on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Devon. In 2013/14 they competed in the National Open Mic UK competition, coming away with 1st prize for their age category. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/312762.

Tuesday 9 June 2015 8pm - Summer Folk at the Brewery - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village EX5 5AE
First of a new seasonal programme of events. Includes Hanlon's Half Hours, this time featuring Steve Thomason and Flash Jack with guest MC Martyn Babb. Floor singers welcome. Entry £5 includes pint and pasty. Further info email folk@bowstation.com, tel. 01392 82621. Other 2015 dates: 8 September, 8 December. Note: Disabled access pending. www.hanlonsbrewery.com.

Wednesday 10 June 2015 - Peter Knight’s Gigspanner - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
It’s been a long time in the works, but Gigspanner’s riveting new album Layers of Ages sees the band blowing the dust from a collection of well-worn traditional music and song, to reveal authentic moments of staggering originality and great beauty. Hailed by Songlines magazine as “another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool”, Gigspanner present carefully curated and skilfully narrated material that goes beyond the folk genre. Modern in interpretation yet classical in its virtuosity, the music continues to inspire audiences of all leanings, bringing them back for more. Legendary fiddle player Peter Knight (ex Steeleye Span) is joined by Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on percussion. This short album launch tour takes place in some of Gigspanner’s favourite venues – we are delighted to be one of them. “Peter Knight Can Spin the World on His Bow” Sir Terry Pratchett.
www.gigspanner.com. Details www.calstockarts.org.

Wednesday 10 June 2015 8pm - Simpson, Cutting & Kerr - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Comprising three of Britain’s finest musicians and interpreters of songs and tunes, each member of this trio is an acknowledged virtuoso in their own right. Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr have come together for the joy of playing and exploring the possibilities of music together, after appearing together on stages in various combinations over recent years and thoroughly enjoying it! More details, bookings etc. www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/simpson-cutting-kerr.

Wednesday 10 June 2015 7.45pm - Singers Night - Bradninch Acoustic Music Club, Bradninch Baptist Church
Yes....it is a singers night this month..many of us will be in recovery mode after Bradninch Musical Gardens.....however it does give us a chance for a get together and have a good old thrash on various instruments and exercise the old trottle, so if you want to come and play or sing, give me or Jerry a shout and we shall give you a spot. £2 entry. www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org. Contact Colin 01392 882036.

Thursday 11 June 2015 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - The Bancourt Hotel, Avenue Road Torquay TQ2 5LG
It’s been a long time in the works, but Gigspanner’s riveting new album Layers of Ages sees the band blowing the dust from a collection of well-worn traditional music and song, to reveal authentic moments of staggering originality and great beauty. Hailed by Songlines magazine as “another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool”, Gigspanner present carefully curated and skilfully narrated material that goes beyond the folk genre. Modern in interpretation yet classical in its virtuosity, the music continues to inspire audiences of all leanings, bringing them back for more. Legendary fiddle player Peter Knight (ex Steeleye Span) is joined by Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on percussion. This short album launch tour takes place in some of Gigspanner’s favourite venues – we are delighted to be one of them. “Peter Knight Can Spin the World on His Bow” Sir Terry Pratchett. www.gigspanner.com. Tickets £10+ online from www.wegottickets.com/event/311807.

Sold out Thursday 11 June 2015 - Mike Chapman & Bridget St John - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Bridget is a true 60's folk icon with a voice, distinctively deep and somewhat melancholic, that once heard is never forgotten. Championed by the late John Peel, she's played with dozens of top musicians, becoming close friends with Nick Drake, John Martyn, Al Stewart and many others. She returned to performance in 2009 after years of semi-retirement. Mike is her longtime friend and, without doubt, one of our finest and most emotive guitarists in the folk-blues tradition. Their last Mill performance in 2010 brought the house down, and we're delighted to welcome them back. www.myspace.com/bridgetstjohn and www.michaelchapman.co.uk. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Friday 12 June 2015 7.30pm - Wren/Cygnet Double Bill: Gavin Davenport & Tom Kitching with Solarference - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Gutsy trad folk music with eclectic influences from English traditional to the weirder realms of rock their set bristles with energy adn intelligence. Solarference: Wren's Sarah Owen is joined by Nick Janaway in this exciting electro folk duo. A genre-defying mix of live electronics and traditional folk music. Full details, bookings etc. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk/theatre-exeter-arts-entertainment-whats-on.

Friday 12 June 2015 - Declan Sinnott with Vickie Keating - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Declan Sinnott has been touring the UK for a number of years alongside Christy Moore, playing to huge audiences at some of the country’s most prestigious venues, always billed as Christy Moore and Declan Sinnott. However, until he released his first solo album in 2013 he had not seized the opportunity to tour solo. Support: Harbottle & Jonas - David Harbottle & Freya Jonas are based in the wilderness of Totnes. They paint pictures with their words and share stories of folk, auld and new. They are hardworking songsmiths who place emphasis on musical independence and originality, and they breathe new life into traditional English Folk songs. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/312764.

Friday 12 June 2015 7.30pm - Café Culture - Thrive Café, Arcturus Centre, Fore Street, Totnes
A cabaret of spoken word, song and music. Tonight features Andy Brown and Marc Woodward, both reading poems and singing songs. Support: poets Miriam Darlington and Lucy Lepchani. Open mic with Susam Taylor, Simon Williams and friends. Email susan[at]farmhouse.ac to request an open mic slot. Entry £3 on door. Simon and Susan tel. 01364 631308.

Saturday 13 June 2015 7pm - Barn Dance with Dawntreader Ceilidh Band - Ide Memorial Hall, Ide, nr Exeter EX2 9RS (map)
Annual dance of the Devon Wildfowling Conservation Association. Caller: Debbie. Bar available serving real ale and cider. Tickets £10, including hog roast. Advance booking desirable. Contact John 07760 206882.

UPDATED Saturday 13 June 2015 8pm - Archie Fisher (MBE) - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
One of Scotland's foremost folk singer/guitarists, Archie is a member of the legendary Fisher Family. He was inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall Of Fame and in 2006 was awarded an MBE. Archie has worked with many top performers including Barbara Dickson, John Renbourn and Bert Jansch, and of course being a part of The Fisher Family. His song, The Final Trawl and many others have been recorded by artists, such as The Tannahill Weavers, Emily Smith and Barbara Dickson. www.redhouserecords.com/afisher.html. Support: Charlie & Emma Wilson. Tickets: £9 adv; £11 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Sunday 14 June 2015 7.45pm - Archie Fisher - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Undoubtedly, one of Scotland's foremost singers and songwriters, Glasgow born Archie combines a wonderfully rich voice with superb guitar work to deliver an intriguing mix of traditional and self-penned songs, all influenced by a family upbringing steeped in different musical styles. He was awarded an MBE in 2006. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Friday 19 June 2015 7.30pm - Cara Dillon with Sam Lakeman - 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. Already the recipient of many awards Cara is nominated this year in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Singer category. 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. More details and booking information at www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

Friday 19 June 2015 - Jim Causley: How The West Was Sung - Newton Ferrers and Noss Mayo WI Community Hall, Newton Ferrers PL8 1AR (map)
With special guests Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed. A concert of West Country songs and stories (and no doubt there will be some humour involved!). This promises to be a great evening. Maggie and Jim both have new albums recorded by and featuring Phil Beer. Doors 7pm. Tickets £10, either email or call Maggie scotcraft@msn.com / 01803 855961. Please book in advance if possible to assist seating arrangements.

Friday 19 June 2015 8pm - Ange Hardy - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
Nominated for the Horizon Award for best emerging talent at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Ange Hardy is a folk singer, songwriter and recording artist from West Somerset, England. Ange performs original contemporary songs written in a traditional style with an emphasis on vocal harmony. Tickets £10 adv from 01803 328290. £12 door.

19-21 June 2015 - 17th Annual Teignmouth Folk Festival
A great line-up including The Young 'Uns, John Kirkpatrick, The New Scorpion Band, Nick Dow, Baldrick's Plan, Mrs Midnight's, Old Gaffers, City of Plymouth Pipe Band. See www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk for programme, ticketing etc.

Saturday 20 June 2015 - Wren Fiddle Day - Okehampton
The annual Wren Fiddle Day is back again, this time with a European flavour! See www.wrenmusic.co.uk/index.php/whats-on for details.

Saturday 20 June 2015 - Heart of Devon Festival - Bow nr Crediton
Multi-genre festival. See www.theheartofdevon.co.uk/festival for details.

Sunday 21 June 2015 7.30pm - Sidmouth Acoustic Sessions: India Electric Co - St Teresa’s Hall, Connaught Road, Sidmouth EX10 8TT (map)
(Cole Stacey & Joseph O'Keefe) Sometimes folk, sometimes not. India Electric Company travel through Eastern European themes, gypsy jazz and Irish reels to end up with something "just so fresh." (Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music). Licensed bar. Tickets £10 door, or £8 adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/315746 or email sidmouthacoustic@outlook.com.

Thursday 25 June 2015 - Steve Tilston - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
After almost 45 impressive years in the business, Steve goes from strength to strength. One of this country's greatest singer/songwriters, many of his songs have become modern folk-song classics, covered by the likes of Fairport Convention and Dolores Keane, among many others. Widely celebrated in the world of folk and contemporary music for his words, arrangements and subtle, superb guitar style, Steve will perform from his soon-to-be-released new album, as well as his extensive back catalogue. Says Bob Harris (BBC Radio 2) of Steve's music "The more you listen, the more there is to discover." www.stevetilston.com. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Saturday 27 June 2015 8pm - The Old Gaffers - Victoria Inn, Fore Street, Salcombe TQ8 8BU (map)
The popular South Devon shanty crew on a regular visit to one of their favourite haunts. www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

Saturday 27 June 2015 - Chris Wood - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Self-taught on guitar and violin, Chris’s independent streak shines through in his composition and studio work. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its clarity. His work is typified by his trust in the space music can create and a gift for lyrical understatement. Throughout Chris’s career, independence has been balanced by collaboration. The artists he has worked with include Billy Bragg, Andy Gangadeen, Andy Cutting and Hugh Lupton. Most recently he has worked alongside Martin and Eliza Carthy and others in The Imagined Village. Cold Haily Rainy Night, performed by Wood and Eliza Carthy, took the prize for Best Traditional Song at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Details www.calstockarts.org.

Sunday 28 June 2015 Midday to Midnight - Moretonhampstead Music Day - The Horse and St Andrews Parish Church
Moretonhampstead’s annual day of music sees 38 acts lined up for 12 hours of wonderful music on 3 stages. All genres of music are catered for from electric rock to classical but this year sees a strong Folk line up including - Wildwood Kin, Mudskippers, DeMalebysse, Tony Bayliss, Hazaar, Kesseni, Phoenix Ceilidh Band, Alex Kumar. Incredibly this event is all FREE entry but we will be fundraising on behalf of MS Society. See www.facebook.com/MoretonMusicDay for details and soon to be published schedule.

Sunday 28 June 2015 7.45pm - Joe Topping - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Described as a cross between Ry Cooder, Woody Guthrie and Paul Brady, Joe has developed his own unique bottleneck guitar style, which he employs in many of his original songs, and has a voice that can move from velvet soft to steely and powerful. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 28 June 2015 - Chris Wood - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Criticised by an art school lecturer as having “a remarkable eye for trivia”, Chris Wood’s love of small things has made him one of England’s most vivid and arresting song writers. Joan Armatrading presented Chris with the 2011 BBC Radio Two Folk Singer Of The Year award before inviting him as special guest onto her Autumn 2012 tour. ‘The finest and most original singer-songwriter to have emerged from the British folk scene since Richard Thompson’ The Guardian. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/chris-wood. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Sunday 28 June 2015 8pm - Martyn Joseph - Matthews Hall, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF (map)
Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music. Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerising live performer. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many. Bookings, more info www.wegottickets.com/event/311390.

Sold out Thursday 2 July 2015 - Paul Lamb & Chad Strentz - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A welcome return from UK Blues legend Paul and duo partner Chad. Paul has won countless awards, sold record-breaking numbers of albums, and performed the world over with longstanding musical compatriots The King Snakes. Inducted into the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame (alongside the likes of John Mayall and Alexis Korner), Paul is renowned globally for his infectious brand of music. Recognised as one of the best blues singers in Europe, Chad brings to his vocals and guitar playing a captivating mix of blues, soul, rockabilly and more. www.paullamb.com. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Friday 3 July 2015 7.30pm - Charity Ceilidh with Dawntreader Ceilidh Band - Richard Newton Hall, Higher Buckeridge Rd, Teignmouth TQ14 8QP
Bar and light food available plus a raffle. Free car park and on-street parking nearby. Tickets £7 adv from John 07891 299928 and from Teignmouth Rowcroft Shop, or £8 door

Friday 3 July 2015 8pm - Wizz Jones - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
A true legend of British folk/blues, John Renbourn, Eric Clapton and Keith Richard have all named Wizz as an important early influence. After more than 50 years on the road, Wizz continues to amaze with his unique guitar style, eclectic repertoire and “right hand worthy of Broonzy”. With a background in folk, acoustic blues & bluegrass, Wizz encompasses all of these elements into his live act, together with some lovely self-penned material and more. Tickets £10 adv from 01803 328290. £12 door.

Saturday 4 July 2015 8pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Stoke Gabriel Village Hall, School Hill, Stoke Gabriel, TQ9 6QX (map)
First concert of exciting new Devon duo, Mike Cosgrave (accordion, guitar, whistle) and Steve Banks (fiddle, vocals, guitar). A diverse selection of beautiful music and songs, traditional and contemporary, from Britain, Europe and beyond. Tickets £8/£6 from Stoke Gabriel Post Office, www.wegottickets.com/event/319945 or on the door. www.cosgraveandbanks.com.

Saturday 4 July 2015 - South Brent Folk Day - Evening concert with Hattie Briggs Trio, Steve Turner and The Claque
Singing, music, morris and clog dancing, afternoon Americana concert including Skylark and Appaloosas; Workshops (including Concertina / Song accompaniment, Hammer Dulcimer and Mountain Dulcimer; Appalachian Dance), throughout the day in the Old School Centre. Poetry competition around the theme of 'Tree life': entry £2.50 per poem - closing date Saturday 20 June.
Evening: Folk Concert at 7.30pm in the Village Hall with: Hattie Briggs Trio; Hattie is a Gloucestershire based singer-songwriter and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominee in 2014. Having had 3 singles in the iTunes singer-songwriter chart, she will be releasing her debut album ‘Red & Gold’ on 6th April. www.hattiebriggs.co.uk. Steve Turner is a multi-instrumentalist, with one of the best voices in the business who accompanies himself on the concertina and cittern and also plays mandolin and banjo. His 5th album 'The Whirligig of Time' was long listed for the BBC folk awards in 2008 and his latest 'Rim of the Wheel' was released in 2012 to rave reviews. www.steve-turner.co.uk. The Claque (Dave Lowry, Sean O'Shea, Tom Addison, Barry Lister) have four voices of depth and maturity blended to give warmth and harmony to the English tradition. Distilled from legendary groups of old, they formed as a group together in 2006 having known each other for the best part of forty years. They also combine to run the Exeter and Sidmouth folk clubs.Reel Ale Bar; Doors 7pm; tickets £10 adv by post (contact Eileen McKee on 01364 73699 or email southbrentfolk@gmail.com), £12 door. Further details to be announced . One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area. www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

Sunday 5 July 2015 - Dulcimer Day - South Brent
Following the previous day's South Brent Folk Day (www.southbrentfolk.org.uk) which included dulcimer workshops, concert items and a dulcimer stall there will be a 'Dulcimer Day' organised jointly by South Brent Folk and the Nonsuch Dulcimer Club in memory of virtuoso Hammer Dulcimer player and teacher Ian Hay, who lived at South Brent towards the end of his life. The day will start with a South Brent Breakfast Café from 9.30-11.30am in the Old School Centre, featuring good food, good company and ….. Dulcimer music. In the afternoon from 2-4pm in The Oak pub there will be a session with the South West group of the Nonsuch Dulcimer Club. FFI contact John on 01364 73117 / email john.rawlinson@southbrent.gov.uk or Geoff Black at reeve-black_revells@msn.com.

Saturday 4 July 2015 7pm - Paddy’s Whiskers Big Barn Dance - Occombe Farm, Paignton
Family-friendly barn dance fundraiser for Cockington Green Heart Appeal. South Devon based three-piece Paddy’s Whiskers play a footstomping mix of Irish, Celtic and American traditional music in
their own contemporary style on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, border bagpipes, guitar, harmonica and percussion. There will be a couple of dance callers in the team on the night to help everybody get swinging! No experience needed! Besides live music and dancing, there will be plenty of activities for children to enjoy, including clowns, games, kids dancing, coconut shy etc. Great food and drink will be available. For more information on Paddy’s Whiskers ceilidhs and barn dances in Devon visit www.devonbarndances.co.uk or call Andrew on 07514 064558. Tickets
www.countryside-trust.org.uk/events/details/253/green-heart-appeal-barn-dance.

4/5 July 2015 - 11th UK Taiko Festival - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
The Eleventh UK Taiko Festival is taking over the Exeter Phoenix with two exciting concerts. Taiko Beats is the Saturday lunchtime concert featuring performances by Taiko groups from all over the world. Sunday Beats is the Festival’s final concert featuring some very special guests. To find out more and to book your tickets please go to www.taikofestival.org.uk. Details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/taiko-beats-and-sunday-beats.

10-12 July 2015 - 1st South West American Old Time Music Gathering - Burrator Reservoir
Limited tickets, advance booking essential. See poster under these dates in the Events Calendar on www.foaotmad.org.uk for full details.

Saturday 11 July 2015 8pm - The Old Gaffers - Victoria Inn, Fore Street, Salcombe TQ8 8BU (map)
The popular South Devon shanty crew on a regular visit to one of their favourite haunts. www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

Sunday 12 July 2015 7.45pm - Vin Garbutt - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Surely one of the most complete performers on the scene, Vin's ability to move an audience in seconds from side-splitting laughter to tears of emotion is unrivalled. Poignant songs, highly skilled delivery and the occasional, dazzling whistle tune make for 100% entertainment. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

17/18 July 2015 - Chagstock Festival - Chagford
Multi-genre line-up includes Seth Lakeman, Mad Dog Mcrea, Martha Tilston, Police Dog Hogan, Rusty Shackle, Roving Crows. www.chagstock.info. The festival has sold out the last 3 years.

Saturday 18 July 2015 7.30pm - New Rope String Band - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
The final year of the New Rope String Band - and probably their last ever gig in South Devon! The New Rope String Band have come to the end of their tether. The sheer strain of spreading joy around the world for more than 25 years as Old and New Rope has proved too much. Audiences' laughter muscles have been stretched and twanged and they, too, need a rest. But, before these ageing folk-cabaret artistes go their separate ways, heading for new and exciting theatrical and musical horizons, they have decided to do a farewell lap of honour, a celebratory extravaganza of their finest routines with some specially-created final flourishes. Expect fish tanks, boiled eggs, fiddles, banjos, cardboard guitars, theremins, explosions, interactive films, drainpipes, mermaids, pink y-fronts, thrills, spills, tears and hilarity. For diehard audiences it's a chance to come along, laugh once more and say goodbye. For those who've never seen them, wake up, this is your last chance! The tour will culminate in a final gig and party weekend on Halloween 2015. Presented by Harberton Cricket Club, supported by Harberton Folk. Book early before it sells out. Tickets £12, U18/student £8. Click here for full ticketing details.

The three masters of music and mirth return to the scene of numerous past hilarious escapades and stunning performances for one last time You cannot possibly miss this. You won't have another chance. Presented by Harberton Cricket Club, supported by Harberton Folk. Book early before it sells out. Tickets £12, U18/student £8. Click here for full ticketing details.

Saturday 18 July 2015 7.30pm - An Evening with Anthony John Clarke - Kingston Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge, TQ7 4QE
Anthony John is a brilliant entertainer, writing songs which range from the deeply poignant to the comical, effortlessly delivered in soft Northern Irish brogue. Come and laugh, cry and be royally entertained by one of the premier talents on the folk scene. Support: local singer-songwriter John Connor. Tickets £7 adv, email johnfconnor[at]aol.com or tel 01548 810806, £8 door.

Sunday 19 July 2015 7.30pm - Sidmouth Acoustic Sessions: Jim Causley - St Teresa’s Hall, Connaught Road, Sidmouth EX10 8TT (map)
Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is a singer/musician who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native West country. Our chance to enjoy Jim before he performs at the festival with Fisherman's Friends. Licensed bar. Tickets £10 door, or £8 adv from
www.wegottickets.com/event/315747 or email sidmouthacoustic@outlook.com.

Saturday 25 July 2015 8pm - The Old Gaffers - Victoria Inn, Fore Street, Salcombe TQ8 8BU (map)
The popular South Devon shanty crew on a regular visit to one of their favourite haunts. www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

Sunday 26 July 2015 7.45pm - Carrivick Sisters - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Originally from Devon, where much inspiration for their own songs emanates, Charlotte and Laura made a big impact on the folk scene in a short time after leaving school and have since won a host of awards. The write, sing and play beautifully (guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and clawhammer banjo). For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

31 July to 7 August 2015 - Sidmouth Folk Week
In addition to the evening Pre-Festival Special concert on Thurs 30 July features Kate Rusby & her Band, Port Isaacs's Fisherman's Friends + support from Jim Causley are now appearing on Friday 31 July 3.15pm in the Ham Marquee. Early Bird tickets available until 30 April at latest. Details www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk. Join their mailing list for regular updates.

Saturday 1 August 2015 8pm - The Old Gaffers - Victoria Inn, Fore Street, Salcombe TQ8 8BU (map)
The popular South Devon shanty crew on a regular visit to one of their favourite haunts. www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

7-9 August 2015 - Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal
Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies; Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin; Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock; Alistair Anderson; Jeff Warner (USA), and his Jig Doll!; The Dovetail Trio; The Liam Robinson Dance Band; The Kestor Stringband; Johnny Handle; Dartmoor Pixie Band; Ramsley Minors; Tony Beard, the Wag from Widecombe; Entertainingly Different; plus more tbc. www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk.

Dartington International Summer School Folk Content - Dartington Hall Trust, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL (map)
1-7 August 2015 - Week 1
Course: Hurdy Gurdy (Stevie Wishart)
Hurdy Gurdy player, improviser, composer and Hildegarde of Bingen scholar – the multi-faceted Stevie Wishart leads a class in this extraordinary medieval instrument, as well as improvisational techniques.
8-15 August 2015 - Week 2)
Week 2 includes several folk courses and performance events. www.dartington.org/summer-school/courses#week2.
Course: Folk Choir (Sally Davies)
Sally Davies is an extremely experienced singer, composer and choir leader, and 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.
Course: As I Walked Out One Morning (Kathryn Tickell & Marilyn Imrie)
The wonderful virtuoso Northumbrian pipesplayer, fiddler and singer Kathryn Tickell joins forces with the prolific Scottish theatre director and radio producer Marilyn Imrie, to lead this exciting folk course. Devoted to storytelling, song writing and instrumental tuition, the class offers the chance for poets, songwriters and players to study and rehearse traditional music and poetry, as well as collaborate and create new work. There’s a concert later in the week, shared with the Folk Choir.
Course: Arranging Folk Music (Sally Davies)
‘When you arrange a song, you are a composer. Having sung the polyphonic songs of the Caucasus and The Balkans, I felt there was a crying need for British folk songs to have something of the bite and power of these Eastern European arrangements. It’s my intention to infuse English folk songs with some of these harmonic elements!’ Sally Davies’ course is for musicians with some experience of arranging, and you’ll be looking at creating open harmonies for different-sized ensembles.
The following public concerts and ceilidh will all take place in Dartington's Great Hall:
Monday 3 August 2015 10pm - Strings, Wheel and Fingers
Stevie Wishart: hurdy gurdy and violin. Medieval music, improvisation, and guest artists. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=83602.
Sunday 9 August 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Tickell & The Side
Northumbrian pipes, accordion, cello and harp. The great Kathryn Tickell and her new band bring together folk and classical. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85197.
Monday 10 August, 7.45pm Mhairi Lawson (soprano) and Joanna MacGregor (piano)
Songs from the Scottish tradition. Programme includes Robbie Burns and Hugh MacDiarmid www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85198.
Thursday 13 August 2015 5.15pm - As I Walked Out One Morning
Folk Choir, Kathryn Tickell, Marilyn Imrie, folk students. A cappella folk choir, folk poetsy and new songs, Kathryn Tickell students. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87397.
Friday 14 August 2015 10pm - Ceilidh
Caller and folk band. Final Night Party, with dancing. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87199.

August 2015 - Folkworld - Rattery Village Hall nr Totnes TQ10 9LD
Now no Folkworld in 2015, Joe Broughton hopes to be back in 2016.

Saturday 15 August 2015 8pm - The Old Gaffers - Victoria Inn, Fore Street, Salcombe TQ8 8BU (map)
The popular South Devon shanty crew on a regular visit to one of their favourite haunts. www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

Thursday 20 August 2015 8pm - The Old Gaffers - Victoria Inn, Fore Street, Salcombe TQ8 8BU (map)
The popular South Devon shanty crew on a regular visit to one of their favourite haunts. www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

21-23 August 2015 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park, Devon
Tickets went on sale on 6 Feb. Usually sells out way in advance. www.beautifuldays.org

Saturday 29 August 2015 8pm - The Old Gaffers - Victoria Inn, Fore Street, Salcombe TQ8 8BU (map)
The popular South Devon shanty crew on a regular visit to one of their favourite haunts. www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

Tuesday 8 September 2015 - Folk at the Brewery Autumn Session - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village, Newton St Cyres EX5 5AE
Featuring Hanlons' Half Hour with local performers, guest MC, doors 7.30pm. £5 to include entry, pint and pasty. Info 01363 82621.

Friday 18 September 2015 8pm - Reg Meuross - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
One of the country's most talented songwriters and a very fine guitarist. Tickets: £8 adv; £10 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

tbc Saturday 19 September 2015 - Trio Threlfall - Church House, South Tawton

Saturday 19 September 2015 2pm & 7.30pm - The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - 30 Plucking Years - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
NB two performances. Eight Ukuleles, sixteen hands, thirty two strings, sixteen million minutes, one billion seconds, thirty years. In June 2015 the Orchestra had clocked up sixteen million minutes of ukulele action. By September 2016 they will have been active for one billion seconds. They play ukuleles, they sing, they say funny things, they whistle, but they bring a lot more to the table than that. 'Pure entertainment', 'Magisterial', 'The best musical entertainment in the country', 'A much loved national institution' - just some of the things audience members and reviewers have said in attempting to encapsulate the indefinable magic and atmosphere of all round good humour, light heartedness, well being and joy which permeate the live concerts. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15328.

Saturday 26 September 2015 8pm - The Old Gaffers - Victoria Inn, Fore Street, Salcombe TQ8 8BU (map)
The popular South Devon shanty crew on a regular visit to one of their favourite haunts. www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

Saturday 26 September 2015 - Fishermans Friends - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Details
www.plymouthpavilions.com.

Sunday 27 September 2015 7.30pm - Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
Comprising three of Britain’s finest musicians and interpreters of songs and tunes, each member of this trio is an acknowledged virtuoso in their own right. Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr have come together for the joy of playing and exploring the possibilities of music together, after appearing together on stages in various combinations over recent years and thoroughly enjoying it! More details and booking information at www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk or call 01803 882717.

Saturday 3 October 2015 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin 3rd Album Launch - Embercombe, Higher Ashton, nr Exeter EX6 7QQ
Phillip and Hannah are launching their third studio album, Watershed, with the full Watershed band, at a stunning venue in the Haldon Hills. Come and join us at Embercombe's lovely Centre Fire barn for an evening of song, celebration, and good ale! www.philliphenryandhannahmartin.co.uk Tickets: www.wegottickets.com/event/316353.

3-8 October 2015 - Costa Del Folk - Costa Del Sol, Portugal
Why is this listed here? Because it's been recommended by a friend of Harberton Folk, and because it headlines Show of Hands and also includes (tbc) Seth Lakeman, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston and more, with principal compere Mike Harding. www.costadelfolk.co.uk

Saturday 10 October 2015 - Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer. Highly impressive Washington State duo who recently opened for Kelly Joe Phelps and have worked with Birds of Chicago and Po' Girl. www.calstockhall.com.

Friday 16 October 2015 8pm - Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
With James Budden. Excellent young musicians and singers with songs and tunes steeped in the tradition. Tickets: £8 adv; £10 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Friday 16 October 2015 - Charlie Dore & Julian Littman - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated. Charlie's songs have been covered by the good and the great, including George Harrison, Tina Turner, Paul Carrack and Celine Dion, but her live concerts reveal that actually she keeps the best songs for herself. She will be appearing with the talented multi instrumentalist Julian Littman (Steeleye Span) at her side, constantly swapping guitars, harmonies, mandolin, ukulele and Indian harmonium between them, and creating a much bigger soundscape than would seem possible with just two players. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!charlie-dore/cgaz. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

Saturday 17 October 2015 - The Willows - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated. Folk band from Cambridge. Their first album Beneath Our Humble Soil was nominated for Best Debut in the Spiral Earth Awards 2014, and has been championed by the likes of Bob Harris and Mike Harding. The much anticipated follow-up Amidst Fiery Skies, co-produced with Sean Lakeman will be released on 6th October. Fronted by the breathtaking vocals of Jade Rhiannon, supported by rich vocal harmonies and dynamic acoustic musicianship the band take influence from folk traditions on both sides of the Atlantic.Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!the-willows/c1xh4. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

Saturday 24 October 2015 8pm - The Old Gaffers - Victoria Inn, Fore Street, Salcombe TQ8 8BU (map)
The popular South Devon shanty crew on a regular visit to one of their favourite haunts. www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

Wednesday 11 November 2015 7.30pm - Eddi Reader - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
Eddi Reader was brought into the limelight with Fairground Attraction and their single 'Perfect' and parent album First of a Million Kisses which both topped the British charts. However, it has been her subsequent solo albums which signalled her increasing ability to assimilate different musical styles and make them all very much her own. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings to joyous life all forms of song and what sets Reader apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance; her ability not only to move the listener but to connect her experience to that of her audience. Her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music. She has effortlessly developed into one of popular music's most thrilling and affecting performers. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15416.

Thursday 12 November 2015 8pm - Sarah McQuaid - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
details tba. More information from Anne & Steve Gill 01803 290427 or Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

Sunday 15 November 2015 - The Waterboys - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Details
www.plymouthpavilions.com.

Friday 20 November 2015 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
BBC Folk Award 2013 winners for Best Duo. Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers. `Nuff said!  Tickets: £12 adv; £14 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

20-22 November 2015 - West Country Christmas Carols - Sidmouth
Folk South West's ever-popular weekend of workshops and concerts. Tutors will be Helen Coombs, John Kirkpatrick, Tim Laycock, Matt Norman, Carolyn Robson, Eddie Upton and Peter Wilton. Book your accommodation now for a stimulating and enjoyable weekend of workshops and concerts and book your place for the weekend for just £70.
We are delighted that John Kirkpatrick will perform his Tunes from the Trenches programme on Friday 20 November at 8pm in the Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8LE. This concert is included in the weekend fee but tickets for the concert only are £8 from Folk South West 01935 873889.
www.folksw.org.uk

Saturday 28 November 2015 - Martin Simpson - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
details tbc/tba www.calstockhall.com.

Saturday 28 November 2015 8pm - Sounds of Simon - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
"The definitive Simon & Garfunkel tribute". Full details www.carnglaze.com/sounds-simon-rum-store-carnglaze-caverns-saturday-november-28th-2015-8pm. Tel. 01579 320251.

Saturday 28 November 2015 - 3 Daft Monkeys - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Cornish gypsy-folk band 3 Daft Monkeys’ 4-piece line-up features Athene on fiddle, Tim on 12-string guitar & vocals, Lukas on bass guitar and Richie on percussion, adding a fuller and richer sound. The band weave world music influences around classic folk melodies and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life mixed with their infectious dancing rhythms will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. The desire to dance at one of their live shows is irresistible! So d come along and dance yourself silly in support of community radio station Phonic FM! Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/3-daft-monkeys. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Sunday 29 November 2015 - The High Kings - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
The High Kings, the true heirs of Ireland’s folk heritage, are the most exciting Irish folk group to come along in years. Comprising Brian Dunphy, Finbarr Clancy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden, they are all Internationally acclaimed singers of Irish folk songs. A quartet of accomplished musical pedigrees, the band first exploded onto the Irish folk music scene in 2008. They have sold out hundreds of shows, in Ireland, the UK, Germany and the US, made numerous TV appearances and achieved multi platinum status. The High Kings showcase their incredible versatility and skills as multi-instrumentalists, playing 13 instruments between the four of them, bringing a rousing acoustic flavour to brand new songs as well as some old favourites. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/the-high-kings. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Tuesday 8 December 2015 - Folk at the Brewery Winter Session - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village, Newton St Cyres EX5 5AE
Featuring Hanlons' Half Hour with local performers, guest MC, doors 7.30pm. £5 to include entry, pint and pasty. Info 01363 82621.

Sunday 27 December 2015 7.30pm - Twixt Christmas & New Year Ceilidh with ??? - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
details tba One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support the South Brent Folk Festival in July.

Sunday 21 February 2016 7.45pm - John Kirkpatrick - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tba/tbc www.moorfolk.co.uk.

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