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Sold out Wednesday 13 November 2019 8pm - Oysterband & June Tabor - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
'Fire and Fleet' Tour. Call 01392 665938 on join the waiting list. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Storytelling events in East Devon for ages 8 - 108 years old
Jenny Moon will be telling stories from her new book 'Folk Tales of Rock at Stone' and signing any copies that people might want to buy at Sidmouth Library (Wednesday 13 November, 3.45pm), Budleigh Library (Saturday 23 November 11am), Exmouth Library (Monday 25 November 4pm), Colyton Library (Tuesday 3 December 1pm), Seaton Library (Wednesday 11 December 2.30pm ).

NEW Thursday 14 November 2019 8pm - Patterson Dipper - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
James Patterson and John Dipper are two of the most experienced professionals on the folk scene. James voice is fantastic. Rich and strong and John baroque fiddle playing is absolutely beautiful. Together they present a rich tapestry of tunes and songs garnered from a wide range of sources and all infused with a musicality and thoughtfulness that only comes with long experience. https://pattersondipper.wordpress.com. Floor singers as usual will be included. £7 non performers. £6 performers. Contact: Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

Sold out Thursday 14 November 2019 8pm - Martyn Joseph - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
Twigg’s Gigs, 07508 169049, sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk.

Thursday 14 November 2019 8.30pm - Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Combining storytelling, folklore and exquisite vocal harmonies, Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall fuse their spell-binding sounds to create this new duo. Their songs follow themes of love and loss; dreams and reflections and struggle and triumph against all odds. Taking inspiration from history, mythology and personal experience, Julu and Heg create evocative songs with a deeply moving and pure sound. £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 15 November 2019 7.30pm - The Black Feathers - Talaton Parish Hall, Talaton, nr Whimple EX5 2RF
The Black Feathers are Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler, whose perfectly paired voices intertwine effortlessly to create a genre defying sound. Combining elements of folk, roots, Americana, and southern rock, the duo have been touring all over the world, winning over new fans of all ages everywhere they go. Full details www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

Friday 15 November 2019 7.30pm - Julu and Heg - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
A Whitehouse Session.
After less than a year playing music together, Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall have taken the folk scene by storm with their unusual and fresh approach to folk music. Based in South West England, their songs, which are a mixture of traditional and original, follow themes of love and loss; dreams and reflections and struggle and triumph against all odds. Alongside their captivating original folk music, the duo create unique arrangements of traditional songs, often changing the endings to songs where the female characters are less fortunate, allowing the poor heart-broken maids to rise into triumphant heroes. The pair perform their songs with humour and charisma, showcasing their accomplished musicianship and fine artistry. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/480403.

Friday 15 November 2019 8pm - Elkie Brooks - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Long before the end of a live show and the frequent standing ovations that accompany it, there comes a point where Elkie does something so amazing that it leaves her audience almost spellbound. It could be a particularly emotional rendition of one of her ballads, a powerhouse blues vocal or one of her trademark impossibly long notes that leaves the audience mesmerised. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

Friday 15 November 2019 7.30pm - Chris Cleverley - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Chris Cleverley constantly innovates and re-imagines his unique interpretation of 21st Century Alt-folk music. Autumn 2019 sees Chris hit the road armed with a brand-new album. With a visceral lyrical style, inspired by the American Greats Elliott Smith and Paul Simon, Chris shines a light on diverse, arresting themes from deteriorating anxious minds, via damaging gender constructs, to mystical tales of the occult. Possessing a guitar fingerstyle steeped in the lore of the UK Folk Revival, the essence of John Martyn and Nic Jones pulses through his veins. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Saturday 16 November 2019 - Rejig - Lustleigh Village Hall
Highly danceable trad tunes and songs from Scotland and Ireland. Featuring Tony Bayliss: cittern, vocals - Louis Bingham: tenor banjo, mandolin - Carl Allerfeldt: fiddle - Pete Bingham: bass guitar - Simon Crowe: drums. https://soundcloud.com/louisbingham. Tickets £8 adv, £10 door, U16 £5. Available from The Dairy, Lustleigh, and from Moretonhampstead Information Centre. Contact: 07876 788988. Doors 7.45pm.

Saturday 16 November 2019 7.30pm - The Lost Sound Chorus - Heart of Devon, Crediton Congregational Church EX17 3LB
The Lost Sound Dartmoor Folk Choir sing traditional songs with contemporary arrangements in a unique style that has audiences captivated. Their partnership with Show of Hands has taken them to Exeter Cathedral, the Royal Albert Hall and more recently headlining the St Ives Festival. ‘The gang are the real deal. If you are into choral singing they are an exciting and innovative bunch and their leader Sandra has a contemporary approach which makes people sit up and listen’. Geoff Lakeman. Licensed bar. Tickets £8.50 adv, £10 door, online www.wegottickets.com/event/481455, or Olivia James, High Street, Crediton or call 01363 82379.

Saturday 16 November 2019 8pm - Keating, Dyer & Davey - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Join Will Keating and Davey & Dyer for a special evening of Cornish Folk and other fine music to remember. Will is a member of popular Cornish male vocal group The Oggymen and in 2016, took the decision to also try his luck at gigging alone with acoustic guitar and stomp box. Davey & Dyer are two of the leading proponents of Cornish traditional Celtic music and former members of the internationally acclaimed Cornish band Dalla. As a duo they continue to delight and inspire audiences at concerts, festivals, dance nights and feasts. Expect to be taken on a Cornish Celtic ride with bouzouki, fiddle and viola!
Full details, bookings etc. www.crbo.co.uk/event/keating-dyer-davey/18490. www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 16 November 2019 7.45pm - Acoustic Strawbs - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
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. Box office 01404 384050. Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Saturday 16 November 2019 7.30-9.30pm - Barn Dance/Ceilidh with The Classic Ceilidh Band - Chaddlewood Farm Community Centre, 80 Glen Road, Plympton PL7 2XS
Come along with a group of friends for a lot of fun and laughter and a bit of exercise while dancing. Adult £7, U12 £2, includes a pasty. Contact Janet: (text) 07742 983311; 01752 342373; email janet[at]copperjob.com. Or pay on door. BYO drinks. Other light refreshments will be on offer. A Plympton Team Ministry Registered Charity Fund Raiser for St Maurice Church.

Saturday 16 November 2019 7.30pm - TwoManTing - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
TwoManTing was formed in 2004 when Sierra Leonean drummer Jah-man Aggrey, and guitarist Jon Lewis were playing together as part of dance band, Le Cod Afrique, at venues such as Montreux Jazz Festival and WOMAD. The duo immediately became a hit on the UK festival circuit with their brand of bouncy “Sunshine Afro-roots”. Using guitar, live loops and percussion the duo creates a highly danceable full band sound and their reputation has earned them recent support slots with the likes of Tinariwen, The Oyster Band, Edward 2 and Dub Colossus. www.twomanting.co.uk. Full details, tickets etc. www.wegottickets.com/ashburtonarts.

Saturday 16 November 2019 8.30pm - Son Yambu - Village Hall, Ley Close, Liverton, Newton Abbot TQ12 6HW
Doors 7pm, dance class 7.30pm, band 8.30pm. Son Yambu play authentic ‘Son Cubano’ or Cuban son – the essential Afro-Cuban music that originated in the streets of eastern Cuba at the turn of the last century. The root of all salsa music, Son is a fusion of Spanish and African rhythms. Son Yambu feature a new generation of mainly Cuban musicians who are passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre, continuing the Buena Vista legacy that put Cuban music back on the map. £12 adult, £10 U18. Full details www.livertonvillagehall.co.uk.

Saturday 16 November 2019 8pm - Bicton Street Blues - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Former Laughing Gravy and Fourbeats frontman Dave Gwilliam joins forces with multi-instrumentalist Olly Davey to create their own unique take on blues and country. With Chris Billings and Steve Ewart: Members of a variety of line-ups, two hugely versatile and talented musicians bring more multiinstrumental wizardry to American roots and traditional music and song. Plus special guest Andy Mills. Tickets £5 from the pub, or 01395 271780.

Monday 18 November 2019 7pm - Julie Felix - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
We are absolutely delighted that Julie is returning to The Brook again this year - it's becoming an annual event now! Julie is an absolute folk legend who has hosted her own TV show and appeared at venues around the world. She's performed with a huge list of the great and the good of the music world and has a host of stories to share. An Evening With Julie Felix costs £20 each and includes a two course meal prior to the performance. (Trip to the zoo not included!!). www.facebook.com/pg/BrookInnPlympton/events.
www.brookinnplympton.co.uk. Tel. 01752 297604 for further details.

Tuesday 19 November 2019 - Moya Brennan - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
The Voice of Clannad.
Following successful tours in the last two years, Moya Brennan, with her band, returns to the UK in Autumn 2019, bringing the distinctive wild Atlantic atmosphere of Northwest Ireland to her unique voice and sound. Moya draws audiences into her world of rhythm, atmosphere and vibrant harmony; a journey where spells of rousing Irish tunes give way to moments of exquisite, fragile stillness. With Clannad and in her solo shows, Moya has delivered pioneering Celtic harmonies and music rooted in her Irish heritage and inspired by the powerful elements of ocean, mountains and endless skies that surrounded her growing up in her native Donegal. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Wednesday 20 November 2019 7.30pm - Gigspanner Big Band - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
The Big Band, comprising the Gigspanner trio led by Peter Knight with Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, now has a new sixth member - melodeon supremo John Spiers, whose duo performances with Peter Knight have met with enthusiastic acclaim from audiences. £19. Box office 01803 415987 10-12 Mon-Sat. www.brixhamtheatre.uk, also online booking.

Thursday 21 November 2019 - Wildwood Kin - Lemon Grove, Exeter University, St German's Road, Exeter EX4 6TG (map)
Standing. Wildwood Kin are a family trio whose sound is characterised by extraordinary harmonies. Their brilliant debut album, while influenced by their early folk leanings, delved deeply into other genres, featuring both electric and acoustic instruments, and boasted inventive sonics and spectral atmospherics alongside their hypnotic three-part harmonies. Guitarist Emillie Key, her bouzouki/keyboard-playing sister Beth and their drumming cousin Meghann Loney, all sing, swapping leads and joining on harmonies. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Thursday 21 November 2019 8.30pm - Mark J Lee - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Devon born songwriter and performing musician. Steeped in traditional country and old time sensibilities. Resonant, raw tenor vocals and Appalachian Folk and Country style guitar over sparsely arranged around cinematic, haunting yet humorous lyrics. £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 22 November 2019 7.30pm - Harbottle & Jonas - Bigbury Memorial Hall, Bigbury TQ7 4HQ
Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes. Together the husband and wife duo combine the rich traditions of folk music with original and contemporary interpretations through a blend of closely intertwined vocal harmonies. Harbottle & Jonas sing about family, villages swept into the sea, polar expeditions, historical characters and peculiar narratives. Their music is original and unique. It is performed with integrity and on instruments that include the concertina, harmonium, banjo, stompbox, and acoustic guitar. Details www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

Friday 22 November 2019 8pm - Chris Wood - Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
In a world of soundbites and distractions Chris Wood is a truth seeker. His writing is permeated with love and wry intelligence, uplifting and challenging as he celebrates the sheer one-thing-after-anotherness of life. Winner of six BBC Folk Awards, he’s played with The Royal Shakespeare Company and was a key member of The Imagined Village along with Billy Bragg and Martin Carthy. A wise and soulful craftsman, his concerts are a cliche free zone. Tickets are available at The Topsham Bookshop, 27 Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HD tel. 01392 877895 and are now also available online at seetickets.com.

Friday 22 November 2019 9pm - Tom Moore & Archie Moss - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Widely regarded as two of the best players, innovators and performers in traditional folk amongst a precociously gifted generation, their finely-crafted arrangements wield a rare potency. Now, having toured with with some of the biggest and brightest acts in the British folk scene, they reconvene to perform as duo. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 22 November 2019 7.30pm - Twelfth Day - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Join Twelfth Day and their band as they take you on a journey through their unique, genre-bending music. With violin, harp and two voices, as well as their band of double bass and drums they use elements of folk, jazz, pop and classical to create something entirely individual.
www.wegottickets.com/event/487040.

Saturday 23 November 2019 - Autumn Ceilidh with Spinach for Norman - Blackawton Village Hall, Vicarage Road, nr Totnes TQ9 7AY
Doors and bar 7.15pm. Music 8-11pm with a short interval. Tickets £10 adult, £5 U16, from Blackawton Community Shop, phone 01803 712159 (George Inn) or email villagehall@blackawtoncommunity.com.

NEW Sunday 24 November 2019 11am-2pm - Vocal Workshop - Follaton Community Hall, 47 Whiteley Avenue, Totnes TQ9 5FQ
Exploring Sound & Song: with Yvonne Napper, a classically trained vocalist with years of singing experience across many styles and traditions, from opera to jazz, folk, gospel and world music. A joyful workshop exploring the power of sound and music through that most magical and marvellous of all instruments: the human voice. Come and discover why singing is so good for heart and mind, body and soul, with this perfect autumn~winter warmer! We will be diving into the delicious colours and textures of vocal sound, learning more about the voice and how it works, and singing some gorgeous songs from different traditions in a relaxed environment. All you need is yourself and a readiness to play with some gentle yet powerful exercises to stretch and awaken your physical and energetic bodies and to fully engage with your voice. You don’t need to be able to read music, all vocal work and songs will be taught by ear and any lyric sheets will be provided. Teas, coffee, cake/biscuits available for the breaks, or BYO snacks. Please bring water for yourself. Free parking. Cost: £30, spaces limited, book to avoid disappointment. FFI/bookings contact Yvonne 07919 550790, email wildmuse@rocketmail.com.

Sunday 24 November 2019 8pm - Lady Maisery - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative music, Lady Maisery shines brightly.With their unique approach to harmony singing, intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, multi-instrumentalists and singers Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice. Whether unearthing a feminist twist hidden in a traditional tale, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad or showcasing their immense multi-instrumental talents in original compositions that draw on a myriad of musical influences, Hazel, Hannah and Rowan are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of song. “Some of the most exquisite, thrilling vocal harmony work in the English folk scene – an impressive blend of ease and sophistication”. The Guardian.
Full details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

Sunday 24 November 2019 - The Little Unsaid - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
The Little Unsaid have a rigorous work ethic and a genre-spanning approach to song-writing that embraces elements of electronica, folk, jazz and alt-rock. Their live shows are highly emotive unique experiences, a world class band not to be missed. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Tuesday 26 November 2019 8pm - Story Blaze - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Local storytellers give us their best around the fire in the Maltings at the wonderfully atmospheric Bridge Inn. Hosted by Katy Cawkwell and featuring Hilary Ackland, Sue Clarke, Robin Eastoe, Jules Ford, Elaine Mendoza, Tricia St Clair and Victoria Woodward. £3 door. Contact:: katycawkwell@gmail.com. www.artemis-storytelling.co.uk.

Wednesday 27 November 2019 7.30pm - The Little Unsaid - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
The Little Unsaid spent 2017/2018 travelling the UK and Europe, leaving audiences emotionally rapt with a live show that’s been described as “a thumping depth of passion, recalling the intensity and melancholic overtones of Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen.” Full details, tickets etc. www.wegottickets.com/ashburtonarts.

Thursday 28 November 2019 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
details tba www.shamstrad.co.uk.

Thursday 28 November 2019 8.30pm - Will McNicol - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Having picked up his first guitar at the age of six, Will has gone on to become Guitarist Magazine’s UK Acoustic Guitarist of the Year (2011) and one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s 30 Great Guitarists Under 30 from around the world (2014). £8. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 29 November 2019 7.30pm - The Hut People - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have firmly established themselves as one of the best loved and entertaining acts on the UK folk scene today. Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage – and it works so well! This is a show like nothing you’ve ever seen before – expect feel-good dancing tunes, audience participation, step dancing, Quebecois foot-percussion (whilst playing the accordion!) and humour aplenty. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

Friday 29 November 2019 8pm - Holy Moly & The Crackers - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Riotous party music that has drawn comparisons to The Gossip, Arctic Monkeys, the B52s & Gogol Bordello. Aphenomenal gypsy, folk, beautiful, bonkers band, with just the most infectious feel good vibe. £10 adv, £12 door.
Box office 01404 384050. Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Friday 29 November 2019 7.30pm - Sound of the Sirens - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Westcountry folk-rock duo Sound of the Sirens aka Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood have recently released a brand new album which continues to showcase an evident gift for crafting unique, vivid and enduring melodies with 15 catchy and heartfelt self-penned songs and voices harmonising beautifully throughout the album. Their live shows combine a natural facility for connecting with their audiences and unforgettable performances with warmth, humour and real conviction. Support: Sadie Horler.  Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Saturday 30 November 2019 7.30pm - Harbottle & Jonas - Bigbury Memorial Hall, Bigbury TQ7 4HQ
Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes. Together the husband and wife duo combine the rich traditions of folk music with original and contemporary interpretations through a blend of closely intertwined vocal harmonies. Harbottle & Jonas sing about family, villages swept into the sea, polar expeditions, historical characters and peculiar narratives. Their music is original and unique. It is performed with integrity and on instruments that include the concertina, harmonium, banjo, stompbox, and acoustic guitar. Details www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

Saturday 30 November 2019 8pm - The Lost Sound Chorus - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Described as ‘a compelling and powerful folk choir’ at Sidmouth Folk Festival, The Lost Sound Chorus is building a strong reputation for exciting songs and performances in Devon – and now Cornwall! They’ve supported Show Of Hands at this year’s St Ives Festival and are lined up for more dates with them in 2020. This 35 strong choir chooses songs from the unaccompanied singing traditions, finding beautifully crafted arrangements of traditional songs, as well as original works from inspiring new composers. From majestic Medieval through a spectacular choral Blues to tender Scottish lilts and Georgian calling songs, it is an arresting and hearty winter programme.
Full details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 30 November 2019 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Flash Co - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller:
Pete Langley. 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.

Saturday 30 November 2019 8pm - Sheelanagig - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Delivering intricate, rhythmically complex arrangements of original and traditional works in a Balkan style, the band who formed in early 2005 had an instant chemistry, gained a considerable following and quickly earned a reputation for their exhilarating and intense live performances. This group of incredible players force you to dance your socks off and have a great time. £14 adv, £16 door. Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

Sunday 1 December 2019 7.30pm - Johnny Coppin ‘All on a Winter’s Night’ - Tedburn St Mary Methodist Church, School Lane, Exeter EX6 6AA
Carols, songs and stories with Johnny Coppin, accompanied by Paul Burgess and Dik Cadbury.
‘Unquestionably at the top of his game’ Acoustic Magazine. Information from Pete Privett on 07837 532704 or tsmtickets@btinternet.com. Tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/484603.

¾ sold already Thursday 5 December 2019 8pm - St. Agnes Fountain - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
The band's 18th Christmas tour. Since their first recording of the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album in 2001, founder member David Hughes, Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie and BBC Folk Awards Best Duo 2009, Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season. They have now released twelve treasured albums; eight studio albums and two live CDs as well as a couple of ‘Best Of’ albums, but it is, without question their magical live performances that have endeared them to an ever-growing audience. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

 Friday 6 December 2019 - A Causley Christmas - The Heart of Devon, Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (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. Tickets £10. Booking essential. available online www.wegottickets.com/event/485369 or call 01363 82379. www.theheartofdevon.co.uk

Friday 6 December 2019 8pm - Tom Moore & Archie Moss - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Widely regarded as two of the best players, innovators and performers in traditional folk amongst a gifted generation, Archie (accordion) and Tom’s (fiddle) finely-crafted arrangements wield a rare potency. Whilst borrowing from English and other European traditional dance music, Moore and Moss have their heads firmly in the present, understanding the values of contemporary music. The distinct pulse, energy and group intuition of traditional music haunts their playing as they continue to push the creative boundaries for English instrumental music; listening and responding to the world around them as much as their musical ancestors. Full details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

Both evening shows have sold out - a Saturday afternoon 2.30pm matinee has been added
Friday 6 / Saturday 7 December 2019 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
Last 2 nights of the autumn ' Now We Are Four' tour. Show of Hands fans rejoice as Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, two undisputed kings of the folk, roots and acoustic scene reunite with long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes for a brand-new album and tour. And there’s more, because the trio is expanding to include master percussionist Cormac Byrne who returns with his infectious rhythms by popular demand. There are no support acts on this tour, and instead during the opening set each musician will introduce themselves and play in six unique duo combinations where literally anything could happen! This will be an evening spent immersed in the talents of some of the most accomplished musicians of their time, and is not to be missed. Steve says, “With the heartbeat and harmonies that Cormac and Miranda add, we are at last creating a sound we’ve dreamed of making for twenty-five years!”. The album and tour promise infectious new songs and a sound with more depth and intensity than ever before. www.showofhands.co.uk. Tickets www.ledleisure.co.uk/exmouth-pavilion/book-now/show-of-hands-now-we-are-four.

Saturday 7 December 2019 7.30pm - 3 Daft Monkeys - Village Hall, Buckland-in-the-Moor TQ13 7HP (map)
Bringing vibrant and sparkling new songs from their recently released album Year of the Clown, festival favourites 3 Daft Monkeys perform a brand new set of their quirky, original and upbeat fiddle-driven tunes. Now with a 4 piece line up, the band is taking their famously dynamic live show to new danceable dizzy heights. With Celtic and eastern influences, the 3 Daft Monkeys style of world folk music reflects the global village in which we now live. Their infectious dancing rhythms lead you through a musical journey of the senses and emotions, and will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. Call 01364 653525 or book online at www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

UPDATED Tickets selling rapidly Saturday 7 December 2019 8pm - Seth Lakeman - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Having spent the summer continuing his tour with Robert Plant and playing a number of festivals with his band Seth is now embarking on a solo tour and choosing to play these shows in intimate art centres in towns that he has not visited for a long time. We are delighted to welcome him to the Beehive with this solo show.
Special guest: Cornish singer/songwriter Winter Mountain. Box office 01404 384050. Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

UPDATED Contact phone no. corrected Saturday 7 December 2019 7.30pm - The Travelling People - St. Clement's Church, Church Road, Dartmouth. TQ6 9SN
Folk trio from the Derby area who have been entertaining audiences in folk clubs, churches and cathedrals for nigh on 50 years, mainly in the Midlands, but have also performed in France, Ireland and the Isle of Man. But their ‘travelling’ days are over and their farewell tour will finish at the end of this year. So this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this very talented trio who perform a wide variety of music including three-part harmonies, ballads, chorus singing and monologues, on instruments including double bass, guitars, mandolin, ukulele and washboard. Their performances are liberally enhanced with comedy, anecdotes and the history of their songs. They provide entertainment that all the family can enjoy. Tickets £12.50 (includes a buffet supper). Call 01803 361379 or email: robert.boyle7@btinternet.com. BYO drinks.

NEW Monday 9 December 2019 8pm - Steeleye Span - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
50th Anniversary Tour. Steeleye Span are marking this incredible milestone with a new album and a tour that will celebrate a band that are as creative and vital now as ever. Led by the iconic Maddy Prior, the seven-piece line-up will draw on the group’s incredible history to provide a night of favourites and surprises from down the decades. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW FOLK CLUB Tuesday 10 December 2019 7.30pm - Sidmouth Acoustic Folk Club - Sidholme Hotel Lounge, Elysian Fields, Sidmouth EX10 8UJ
First night for this new folk club, meeting every 2nd Tuesday of the month except August. Entry £2 for all. Ends 10.30-pm. For information or queries, please call 07850 163241.

NEW Tuesday 10 December 2019 8pm - Haunt the Woods - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
An exciting prog rock/folk band from Cornwall, with a new and unique sound incorporating an eclectic blend of soaring vocals, beautiful melodies and spellbinding guitar, combined with 4 part vocal harmonies making the heartfelt and emotional lyrics extremely powerful. £8. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 13 December 2019 7.30pm - Knight and Spiers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
+ support Estuary Bells. Knight & Spiers ~ A Concert of Seasonal Music from the English Tradition…and Beyond. These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing, and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time. This very special concert will feature lesser known carols, tunes and wassails from the English tradition and beyond. The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. Together they have created a musical document that resonates with history, but also something that should inspire future generations of musicians to engage with Britain’s folk dancing heritage, and the beautiful, mysterious tunes that can be found within that heritage.
Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Friday 13 December 2019 7.30pm - Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir - St Peter’s Church, Ugborough
A Candlelight Christmas Concert. Tickets: adults £10 (includes a glass of mulled wine/cider and a mince pie), U12 £5, in support of St. Peter’s Church Funds. Tickets available from Stafford & Susan Williams 01752 896528 or Jeremy Wells 01364 72180, or on door.

NEW Saturday 14 December 2019 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
After a sell out concert in 2018 Mad Dog Mcrea return to The Rum Store with their own captivating music performed to give a night to remember
. www.carnglaze.com.

NEW Saturday 14 December 2019 7.30pm - Ian Bruce - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Scottish singer songwriter with a wonderful voice and great guitar style, known for his own beautifully crafted compositions, his renditions of Robert Burns’ songs and other folk classics, presented with raw emotion and backed up by a joyful and interactive relationship with his audience. One of the best-known faces on the Scottish folk scene and a fine ambassador for the Scottish singer/songwriter genre in Europe and beyond. www.ianbruce.org. Support: established local duo ‘Silvington’ (Tricia Moore and John Connor). Tickets £12 door, £10 adv from artworks
(Station Rd, South Brent www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk). FFI contact Elaine on 07834 439219.

NEW Saturday 14 December 2019 7.30pm - Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments: The Longest Night - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
Totnes Early Music Society: In Norway, the Lussinatten festival celebrates the longest night of the year. Legend has it that Lussi, a feared enchantress, punishes anyone who dares to work and, from Lussinatten until Christmas, spirits, gnomes and trolls roam the earth. Celebrate The Longest Night with devilish tunes, ancient Norwegian and English folk carols and other festive musical treats! Award-winning Norwegian Hardanger fiddle player and singer, Benedicte Maurseth, SSAI’s director, Clare Salaman and harpist Jean Kelly, play hardanger fiddles, Swedish nyckelharpa, and clarsach (celtic harp). Their collaboration has resulted in a enchanting repertoire of songs, dances and instrumental pieces from Purcell and Playford to traditional Norwegian Hardanger fiddle tunes and ancient songs. Full details www.totnesearlymusic.org.

NEW Sunday 15 December 2019 8pm - Knight and Spiers - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A welcome return for the inspiring duo that is Peter Knight and John Spiers. Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of folk-rock band Steeleye Span pairs up with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, now part of the Gigspanner Big Band. The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. Together they have created a musical document that resonates with history, but also something that should inspire future generations of musicians to engage with Britain’s folk dancing heritage, and the beautiful, mysterious tunes that can be found within that heritage. These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time. This very special concert will feature lesser known carols, tunes and wassails from the English tradition and beyond. Full details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Tuesday 17 December 2019 7.30pm - Reg Meuross - Dartington Great Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
further details tba The acclaimed singer-songwriter and Folking.com Soloist of the Year 2019 will be performing new material as well as songs of history, protest, love, loss and legend from thirteen previous albums. He has the gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. Masterfully accompanying himself on guitar, harmonica, banjo and dulcimer and captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice, witnessing a Reg Meuross performance is to experience a journey into the heart, soul and songs of one of England’s finest writers.

NEW Wednesday 18 December 2019 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Standing. Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard! Doors 7.30pm. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Thursday 19 December 2019 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
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Well, it wouldn't be Christmas without them! Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Support tba. Box office 01404 384050. Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Sat/Sun 21/22 December 2019 8.30pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Tavistock Wharf (map)
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Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Mad Dog Mcrea are, in every sense of the word, a live, band. www.tavistockwharf.com.

NEW Friday 27 December 2019 - Twixt Christmas and New Year Céilidh with Buttoned Up - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
details tba Chill out and enjoy the music after the Christmas festivities or dance your (new) socks off - with caller Kate Fincham-Powell, Mick Bramich (melodeon) and Les Noden (guitar). Doors open 7.00pm; Reel Ale bar. Tickets (which might make good Christmas presents) £8 from  artworks (Station Rd, South Brent www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk). Entry includes one free non-alcoholic spiced berry drink. FFI: contact Eileen McKee on 01364 73699 or email: eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com. One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area. See: www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

NEW Tuesday 31 December 2019 8pm-12.15am - New Year's Eve Ceilidh with Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish EX7 9PT
Caller Anne Gill. Ticket £12.50, advance only, from Anne Gill 01803 290427. No bar, BYO drinks and food to share. In aid of Teignmouth Folk Festival.

NEW Saturday 4 January 2020 - Kagemusha Taiko: Shadow Warrior - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
An exciting new show. Taiko is drum theatre. Using taiko, Kagemusha Taiko create moods, explore the tension between space and time, and tell stories. ‘Shadow Warrior‘ is the English translation of the Japanese ‘Kagemusha’ and under the artistic direction of Jonathan Kirby, this show is about Western European myths, legends and magick. Incorporating bass guitar and vocals, the second half of the show represents a departure from conventional taiko drumming, including guest artist Tim Kirby who is currently leading Bristol-based band Brutal Wounds. Brothers Jonathan and Tim were once known as Diatribe (John Peel favourites, back in the day). ‘Art should comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable‘. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Sunday 5 January 2020 2.30pm - Exmouth Shanty Men - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
Lympstone Entertainments are delighted to be bringing you an event which is guaranteed to cheer you up once more when the Christmas period is very nearly over. What’s more, we are not even suggesting that you turn out on a cold January evening; this is an afternoon event and promises to round off the festive season in an enjoyable and convivial way. You can join the Exmouth Shanty Men for their “Tall Ships and Tavern Tales” concert. Doors 1.45 pm for ticket holders, 2pm for non-ticket holders. Bar. Tickets £10 available from Demelza on 01395 272243, or by emailing boxoffice@lympstone-entertainments.net.

NEW Thursday 23 January 2020 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
details tba www.shamstrad.co.uk.

NEW Friday 24 January 2020 8pm - Geoff Lakeman & Rob Murch - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
The “ Titan of Twang “ and the “ Concertina Crooner” team up in a dynamic new duo. Geoff has a rich, melodic voice and teases English and Irish folk, Americana and jazz songs out of his rare vintage Crane duet concertina. Rob 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. The duo’s relaxed yet sparkling stage presence together is bubbling with the “feel -good” factor. Full details etc. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 25 January 2020 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Dartmoor Pixie Band - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller:
Sarah Bazeley. 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 1 February 2020 7.30pm - Tom McConville - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Award winning fiddle player and singer Tom McConville is internationally renowned for his fiery, heart-stopping performances. Winner of the BBC Folk Musician of the Year in 2009, he is truly the most original fiddle player in the UK. Blending traditional music from his home town of Newcastle with Irish, American and Scottish influences, he creates a sound that has jazz, folk, bluegrass and classical influence. His live performances are a roller coaster of musical delights; fast rhythmic dance tunes through beautiful slow airs and of course great singing – all presented with his inimitable sense of humour and style. Tom will be joined on stage by Michael Biggins Pianist from the Glasgow Royal Academy. Box office 01392 277189/665885. Online:
www.wegottickets.com/cygnettheatre.

NEW Saturday 1 February 2020 8pm - Sarah McQuaid - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
details tbc Music etc. www.sarahmcquaid.com. Tickets £?? adv from the Bridge Inn 01392 873862, £?? door. www.facebook.com/thebridgeinntopsham.

NEW Sunday 2 February 2020 - Phillip Henry - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Following the success of his critically acclaimed 2018 solo album, True North, Phillip Henry returns to the road in February 2020. His new show, Solo, continues to explore the virtuosic limits of his many instruments, from the 22-string Indian chatturangui, to the Dobro and National guitars that made his name. He will also bring his showstopping skill on the harmonica, with train impressions, boogie blues, and his trademark beatbox harmonica that never fails to get the party started. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Thursday 6 February 2020 - Sam Lee - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Sam Lee plays a unique role in the British music scene. A highly inventive and original singer, folk song interpreter, a passionate conservationist, committed song collector and a successful creator of live events. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Saturday 8 February 2020 7.30pm - Flats and Sharps - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Delivering energetic, enthusiastic and spirited Bluegrass to audiences all around the world, Flats and Sharps have been performing their unique take on this music for over eight years. Their shows include a wide variety of influences, from a fresh and modern outlook on foot-stomping Bluegrass material through to their powerful and well-crafted original songs, with beautiful moments everywhere in between. Their music perfectly blends strong harmonies and stonking solos, their incredible stage presence and energy create an evening that’ll have you dancing, laughing and singing along in no time.
Box office 01404 384050. Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 13 February 2020 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Fairport Convention has been entertaining music lovers for over half a century. During that time the band that launched British folk-rock has seen many changes. But one thing has remained the same - Fairport’s passion for performance. The Winter Tour concert will present a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and some surprises from albums old and new including Full House which was released 50 years ago this year. The band skilfully interprets traditional ballads and the repertoire also includes plenty of contemporary compositions. The concert will start with a set by special guests Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer. They are famed for their close harmony singing and guitar virtuosity. Ben and Jimmy have showcased in Nashville, supported Ralph McTell on tour, and played Fairport’s Cropredy Convention and Cambridge Folk Festival. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

Seth Lakeman local dates
"I am delighted to announce the release of my brand new album 'A Pilgrim's Tale' on 7 February 2020! Telling the epic tale of the Pilgrim Fathers on the 400th anniversary of the historic Mayflower voyage. A Pilgrim’s Tale’ features contributions from Ben Nicholls, Cara Dillon, Geoff Lakeman and Benji Kirkpatrick. To supplement the recordings, a between-song narration was written by associate director of Plymouth’s Theatre Royal, Nick Stimson, and read by actor Paul McGann."
SIGNED copies of the album on CD & Vinyl can be pre-ordered now: https://listnin.co/SethLakeman-APilgrimsTale.
Seth will be playing songs from the album live in 10 towns and cities associated with the voyage, including the last two dates.
NEW
Friday 14 February 2020 - Seth Lakeman - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND
NEW Saturday 15 February 2020 - Seth Lakeman - Minster Church of St Andrew, Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2AD
Tickets www.sethlakeman.co.uk.

NEW Monday 24 February 2020 7.30pm - The Fureys - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Legends of Irish music and song The Fureys, renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc make their first visit to Tavistock.
www.tavistockwharf.com.

NEW Wednesday 26 February 2020 8pm - The Fureys - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Legends of Irish music and song The Fureys, renowned for numerous hit songs including ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘From Clare to here’ have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 42 years. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Thursday 27 February 2020 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
details tba www.shamstrad.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 27 February 2020 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
On Reflection Tour: 2020 marks 25 years of making music together for this popular wife and husband duo. Kathryn & Sean have long established themselves as one of the UK Folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships. To celebrate and acknowledge this milestone, the couple will revisit and reinterpret songs which span their career. From the early days of folk supergroup ‘Equation‘ through to the current release ‘Personae‘ with a nod or two along the way to their extra-curricular musical adventures, the evening promises a whistle-stop tour through their artistic journey to date. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Friday 28 February 2020 8pm - Miranda Sykes: Behind the Wall - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
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. Contact 01392 879107. (will be) www.wegottickets.com.

NEW Friday 28 February 2020 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (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! Full details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Saturday 29 February 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.

NEW Saturday 29 February 2020 7.30pm - Phil Beer Band - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
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! Full details, bookings etc.
www.ledleisure.co.uk/exmouth-pavilion/book-now/the-phil-beer-band.

NEW Saturday 29 February 2020 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Home Brew - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller:
Simon Maplesden. 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 29 February / Sunday 1 March 2020 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Two nights. 2020 marks 25 years of making music together for Calstock Arts favourites Kathryn and Sean, one of the UK Folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships. To celebrate this milestone, the couple will revisit and reinterpret songs which span their career. From the early days of folk supergroup Equation, to their current release Personae, with a nod or two along the way to their extra-curricular musical adventures, the evening promises a whistle-stop tour through their artistic journey to date. Two times winners of the Best Duo Award in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 7 March 2020 - Phil Beer - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
details tba. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Friday 13 March 2020 - Peter Knight & John Spiers - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
details tba www.theflavel.org.uk, tel. 01803 839530.

NEW Friday 13 March 2020 7.30pm - Billy Mitchell & Bob Fox - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
5 Star B&B Tour - from Waters of Tyne to Fog on the Tyne. Two of the UK’s best known and loved singers - Billy Mitchell (Lindisfarne, Jack the Lad, Pitmen Poets) and Bob Fox (Warhorse Songman, Fox and Luckley, Pitmen Poets) are taking to the road together for their first tour as a duo was back in 2010 when their sold out performances earned glowing reviews. The duo’s ability to connect with the audience is immediately evident as they lead you through some of their favourite songs including original Lindisfarne classics and traditional folk arrangements of songs such as Sally Wheatley, Meet me on the Corner, Dance to your Daddy, Collier Laddie’s Wife, Big River, Galway Shawl and many more.
Box office 01404 384050. Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 15 March 2020 7.30pm - Billy Mitchell & Bob Fox - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
5 Star B&B Tour - from Waters of Tyne to Fog on the Tyne. Two of the UK’s best known and loved singers - Billy Mitchell (Lindisfarne, Jack the Lad, Pitmen Poets) and Bob Fox (Warhorse Songman, Fox and Luckley, Pitmen Poets) are taking to the road together for their first tour as a duo was back in 2010 when their sold out performances earned glowing reviews. The duo’s ability to connect with the audience is immediately evident as they lead you through some of their favourite songs including original Lindisfarne classics and traditional folk arrangements of songs such as Sally Wheatley, Meet me on the Corner, Dance to your Daddy, Collier Laddie’s Wife, Big River, Galway Shawl and many more.
Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Friday 20 March 2020 8pm - Chris Wood - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
details tbc. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Thursday 26 March 2020 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
details tba www.shamstrad.co.uk.

NEW 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.

NEW 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.

NEW Friday 3 April 2020 8.30pm - 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.

NEW 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.

NEW 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.

NEW 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.

NEW 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.

NEW 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. Full details www.totnesearlymusic.org.

NEW Saturday 25 April 2020 - Cara Dillon - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
details tba www.theflavel.org.uk, tel. 01803 839530.

NEW 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.

tbc Sunday 3 May 2020 7.30pm - Miranda Sykes - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
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 Thursday 7 May 2020 - The Red Hot Chilli Pipers - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing, but a few balcony seats are still available. 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 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.

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 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.

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 Saturday 13 June 2020 - Phil Beer - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
details tba. www.beehivehoniton.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.

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 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.

John Culf
johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertonfolk.co.uk
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