Harberton Folk's Information Service
for traditional music, song & dance in Southern Devon
Site updated 18 December 2018
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Southern Devon Folk Diary
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that they have not yet appeared in full in an e-circular.
UPDATED - items marked thus means that they have been updated since an initial listing in an e-circular.
NEW Tuesday 18 December 2018 8pm - Shanty
Session with The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
Led by the Exmouth Shanty Men. Lead a song, join in or sit and listen. www.exmouthshantymen.com.
Tuesday 18 December 2018 8pm - Geoff Lakeman - Bradninch
Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
Expect self-written and West Country songs from Geoff, plus English and Irish folk, Americana like Jimmie Rodgers, the Louvin Brothers, Buddy Miller and Randy Newman and even 20/30’s jazz on his authentic 1926 concertina. The esteem in which he is held is reflected in the all-star line-up of family and friends who played on his album. And to add the icing on top of the cake we have popular performer Eliza Acty returning with her father Peter Acty in a support spot. Eliza has a unique vocal style suited to a wide range of folk, Americana, old-time, blues, original and contemporary songs. Singer songwriter Greg Hancock will be there with new songs from his next album. Early arrival recommended, doors 7.45pm. For more information call 01392 881105. www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk/?fref=ts.
Wednesday 19 December 2018 8pm - Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas -
Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto too! If you are feeling a little dismayed with the over-commercialisation of “Christmas present” then join Jim for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit! www.jimcausley.co.uk. £13. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.
Sold out Wednesday 19 December 2018 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.
Sold out Thursday 20
December 2018 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street,
Honiton EX14 1LZ
Standing. Support: Beans On Toast. Here to get your Christmas off to a great start. 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. “This is music that transcends the run-of-the-mill Irish Wannabes and leaves them standing.” – Acoustic Magazine. “It’s always a joy to me when something jumps up and smacks you between the eyes – Mad Dog Mcrea did that to me” - Mike Harding. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.
Thursday 20 December 2018 7.30pm - Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas - St
Nicholas Priory, Mint Lane, off Fore street, Exeter EX4 3BL
Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto too! If you are feeling a little dismayed with the over-commercialisation of “Christmas present” then join Jim for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit! www.jimcausley.co.uk. www.wanderingtiger.com (details coming soon, evening is shared with 'Humbug' production). Doors 7pm.
Friday 21 December 2018 8pm - Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas -
Lustleigh Village Hall
Jim presents his seasonal, winter-warming show. With West-Country carols, seasonal songs and a dollop of panto thrown in! www.jimcausley.co.uk. This will be preceded by the Lustleigh Mummers Play of St George and the Dragon, outside the hall at 7.30 pm. Tickets £10 adult (£8 U18) www.ticketsource.co.uk or call 01647 277498.
21 December 2018 7.30pm - Tobias ben Jacob and friends - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Songspaces Winter Revue featuring Tobias Ben Jacob, Jess Mcallister & Ben Morgan-Brown. Devon based alt -folk singer songwriter Tobias ben Jacob has been called ‘stand out new Folk’ by BBC6 Music and ‘inventive and thrilling’ by R2 Magazine. Jacob's sweeping vocals never fail to captivate, delivering many a spine-tingling moment underpinned by the fluidity and precision of his finger-picking. The music of Jess McAllister spans from free-spirited, nostalgic folk, through to rhythmic, gutsy blues, rock and pop. She blends her craft of songwriting with live performances filled with spontaneity, passion and pure heart. Switching effortlessly on stage between electric guitar, banjo and piano, her honey dipped vocals “leap from fragility to soaring strength that will send all your hairs heavenwards” FRUK. Benn Morgan-Brown writes intimate songs featuring open-tuned guitar, ethereal vo-cals & obliquely personal lyrics that tip the hat to Nick Drake, Bert Jansch Michael Chapman etc whilst maintaining a unique musical style & identity. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.
NEW Friday 21 December 2018 7.30pm -
Folk Plus Acoustic Music Club - Ye Olde Smokey House,
Vicarage Rd, Marldon, Paignton TQ3 9NN (map)
Please let Chris know by 7.30pm if you want to sing/perform. Finish by 10.45pm. Entry £2 (audience and performers). Basic p.a. available for those that wish to use it. New and experienced performers made very welcome. Further details www.facebook.com/folkplus2/?fref=ts or from Paul and Chris (Folk Inspired) who run the club, 07894 961010. email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Club dates have been agreed with the pub and again we will be meeting on 3rd Fridays of each month (except February as there will be no Folk Plus meeting that month). An exciting new development in a larger local performance area: We have arranged a "Folk Plus in Concert" special evening on Saturday 23 February with 4 well-known, popular local acts. News and booking arrangements to follow.
December 2018 8pm - Maddy and the Chaps -
Welcome Inn, Mount Pleasant Rd, Dawlish
Warren EX7 0NE
An eclectic mix of folk/country/Celtic acoustic music on guitars, ukelele, banjolele, banjo, acoustic bass, accordion, mandolin and bits and pieces of percussion. All five of band sing, allowing a range of singing styles and harmonies. Think Beatles and Mumford and Sons, John Denver and REM, Dolly Parton and Vance Joy, The Pogues and Buddy Holly.
Friday 21 December 2018 8pm - Christmas Harpist Simon Ellis - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Simon Ellis, North Devon's only Christmas Harpist appears live with the annual Celtic Yuletide Show in the wonderful surroundings of the Bridge Inn's legendary Malthouse. Complete with traditional songsheets!
Sold out Friday 21 December 2018 8pm - Show of Hands Christmas Special with
Miranda Sykes - Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NY
”We thought it would be great to reunite the band for Christmas so we’re delighted to present a surprise gig for the Bridport Midwinter Solstice Festival. Come and see the band playing for the first time as a four piece featuring the show-stopping performance from legendary Irish percussionist Cormac Byrne together with Miranda’s haunting vocals”. Certain to sell out, so book soon. www.electricpalace.org.uk.
Out of our normal coverage area, but a first chance not too far away to see a 4-piece Show of Hands!
22 December 2018 7.30pm - The Lost Sound, Dartmoor
Folk Choir -
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
'Stormy Weather' – Sandra Smith, Director of the Lost Sound writes: “Our finale concert of the year and our 10th anniversary! Let us kick start your festive holidays with some fantastic Winter songs from around the world and from around the ages! From Medieval to Blues, from Folk to Gospel – a programme packed with atmosphere, character and stunning original arrangements of old songs. Hear those chilly winter winds a blowing, celebrate the howling stormy weather and let us warm you up for a wonderful Yule! More details, ticketing etc. www.ashburtonarts.org.uk/whats-on.
22 December 2018 8.30pm - James Hollingsworth - Albert Inn, 32 Bridgetown,
Totnes TQ9 5AD
13 Moons" Ale 'n' Album Launch Gig! Announcing 13 Moons, a Lightly Hopped Ale, in collaboration with Bridgetown Brewery. To commemorate the worldwide release of James' 2013 album "13 Moons" on i-Tunes, CD Baby etc, The Albert Inn landlord Giles' very own micro-brewery is using hops grown by James in Frome, Somerset - sourced from the nearby Agroforestry Research Trust in Dartington, to brew a delicious batch of ale in time for James' album launch gig at The Albert Inn. "James has an amazing voice and is a superb songwriter, guitarist and performer" CICCIC, Taunton.
Sold out Saturday 22
December 2018 7.30pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Tavistock Wharf
Support: Beans on Toast
Sold out Sunday 23 December 2018 7.30pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Support: The Trees
Thursday 27 December 2018 7.30pm - Twixt
Christmas and New Year Céilidh
South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Chill out and enjoy the music after the Christmas festivities or dance your (new) socks off with 'Buttoned Up'. Reel Ale bar. Tickets (which might make good Christmas presents) £8 from artworks. Entry includes one free non-alcoholic spiced berry drink. FFI: contact Eileen McKee on 01364 73699 or email: email@example.com.
NOT Sold out
- YET Monday 31 December 2018 8pm-12.15am - New Year's
Eve Ceilidh with Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish EX7
Caller Anne Gill. Tickets £12.50, advance only, from Alan 01626 863016 or Anne 01803 290427. No bar, BYO drinks and food to share. In aid of Teignmouth Folk Festival.
NEW Saturday 5 January 2019 -
Folk Evening - Church House Inn, Linkinhorne, Callington PL17 7LY
Regular first Saturday of the month folk evenings (formerly at the Cross House Inn, Metherell). Playing, singing, nattering and noggins. Song and music session. All welcome, bring your instruments and voices. Pub contact David Farwig 01579 363711, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday 6 January 2019 12.30pm - In Praise of Cider - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
A musical entertainment celebrating Devon’s most famous drink will be performed by Paul Downes, Heather Redding and Graham Bankson Twelfth Night – but at lunchtime! It features cider songs and sketches which tell the story of cider making in the county, and champions real farm cider as opposed to the fizzy commercial version. Originally devised and written by actors of the Orchard Theatre Company in 1979, it toured the pubs of North Devon and beyond. Directed then, as now, by Harland Walshaw, it was a popular success for the Beaford Centre’s professional touring theatre. Accompanying the 45-minute show will be a Cider Lunch, served at café tables, and included in the ticket price £12, available from Demelza on 01395 272243 or at email@example.com. Presented by Lympstone Entertainments.
6 January 2019 7.45pm
- Geoff Lakeman - Folk on
the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee
Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Having produced and nurtured the incredible musical talents of the 3 Lakeman brothers and performed in a number of excellent bands, geoff now has created a successful solo career, demonstrating superb ability on duet concdertina and his smooth, easy singing style. "A brilliant performer who drew the crow in with his love and knowledge of the music" Spiral Earth. £10. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.
Friday 11 January 2019 7.30pm - Contra
(American Barn) Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
Caller: Jeremy Child. Band: Stick the Fiddle. A monthly series of Contra Dances. 7.30-10pm. Cost £5 per person. Beginners welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.
NEW Saturday 19 January 2019 - Annual Stoke
A magical evening of ‘Cider, Culture & Cheer’, organised by the ‘Friends of Stoke Gabriel School’ (FOSS), the Annual Wassail has become a very popular event and helps raise funds to enrich the lives of local children in school and community. Apple Wassailing is an ancient tradition performed in many villages on 'Old Twelfth Night' to bless the cider apples and orchards and encourage a good crop in the coming year. The lantern procession and apple blessing Wassail Ceremony take place around 6pm within the village community orchard with wassail songs led by Rosa Rebecka. There will be other events in the village centre from 4pm into the evening, including a Mummers Play, Morris Dancing, storytelling, folk music; local food and drinks and licensed bar.
20 January 2019 7.45pm
- Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Folk on
the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee
Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Eldest Lakeman son and exceptional guitarist Sean is joined by his wife Kathryn for a welcome return. These local and international folk heroes are two times winners of the "Best Duo" award at the BBC Folk awards. their inventive and sensitive interpretations of traditional songs are well known and now their songwriting ability has attracted further plaudits. Book early to reserve your seat! £10. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.
NEW Friday 25 January 2019 - Widecombe Sailing
Club Winter Regatta - The Old Inn, Widecombe in the Moor
This is 'Burns' Night, particularly up there, over the border. However, as this is a sailing club we thought it more appropriate that is should be called 'Drowns' Night. Unless anyone wishes to do a rendition of 'The boy stood on the burning deck'. Judging from the last two years, a great social evening in prospect, with excellent food, and great entertainment. No pressure on anyone to perform, just come along and enjoy yourselves. (details tba) £?? for dinner, pud, cheese, cuppa. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.
NEW Friday 25 January 2019 - Jim
Causley - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
More than simply a folk-singer, multi award winning singer-songwriter and musician Jim Causley is an all-round entertainer and his 'Evening with' concerts give a full night of beautiful singing, moving ballads, hilarious ditties and everything in between. Drawing equally from traditional repertoire, modern songs as well as his own compositions and settings of poems by his relative, the celebrated Charles Causley. All accompanied on piano and various accordions and served with a gurt dollop of Westcountry humour, an evening with Jim is an evening not to be missed. www.wegottickets.com/event/450530.
NEW Friday 25 January 2019 8pm - Burns Night Ceilidh with Blue
Jewel Ceilidh Band - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Blue Jewel is one of the most sought after ceilidh bands in the south west, playing mostly Irish tunes (on fiddles and bouzouki) for English country dances, with a sprinkling of great dances from elsewhere in Europe. Caller Kip is relaxed and clear, making it all easy and fun. From novice dancers to the more experienced, children to the silver-haired, you’re guaranteed to have a great time! “The Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band is absolutely fantastic! They stand out not only because of the quality of the musicians but also because the caller gives the ceilidh such a fun atmosphere. I couldn’t recommend them more highly.” Lindsay Braga. www.calstockarts.org.
NEW Saturday 26 January 2019 - Ceilidh with Blue
Jewel Ceilidh Band - Stoke Gabriel Football Club
Hosted by Stoke Gabriel Boating Association. "We have played a number of ceilidhs for the SGBA over recent years, and they have all been great evenings". A few miles south of Totnes on the river Dart. Ticket details to follow www.sgbahost.co.uk/social_programme.htm.
26 January 2019
- RSVP Bhangra Band - Oakford Village
Hall, nr Tiverton
RSVP is a Bhangra band that blends traditional Punjabi celebratory folk music with Western musical influences to create a sound that is unusual when heard by mainstream listeners, but none of that matters, because their ability to perform to a crowd is perfect. Their stage personalities are lovable, the Asian drumbeats are infectious, and the Western slant gives the crowd something unique to enjoy. With musicians drawn from one family, wholly rooted in an authentic living tradition, yet unafraid to innovate, this is the ultimate celebratory Indian music. RSVP will be bringing their Big Bhangra Beats and engaging, interactive vibe so be prepared to learn some Bhangra grooves and moves and get ready to party. More details, bookings etc. www.villagesinaction.co.uk.
29 January 2019 7.30pm - Ben Ottewell - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Demonstrating Ben’s potent and ongoing love-affair with Americana - and flecked with trace elements of what you might loosely call Derbyshire folk - A Man Apart is the first solo album he has made without some kind of Gomez project lurking in the background. As such, he found the process both liberating and ever-so-slightly daunting. “I still love my Americana and my JJ Cale”, says Ben in summary, “but I think this is quite an English-sounding record. I feel like I’m really finding my feet as a writer, and I notice that the people who are coming to my shows these days aren’t necessarily Gomez fans.” Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.
NEW Wednesday 30 January 1028 -
Phil Beer - Uffculme Village Hall, nr Cullompton
NEW Friday 1 February 2019 8pm - Phil Beer - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
String Theory Tour. Charming, disarming and exceptionally talented, multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic scene. One-half of award-winning powerhouse Show of Hands, Phil is equally in demand for his solo shows. In early 2019 Phil sets out to share some of his most loved songs at carefully selected venues across the UK – we’re delighted to be one of them. With the odd laugh thrown in for good measure, Beer’s flawless musicianship and rich vocals will leave you wanting more. www.calstockarts.org.
NEW Friday 1 February 2018 7.30pm - Wren Music:
Gothic Dartmoor - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
The Gothic Dartmoor concert explores a rich vein of myth and legend through the tales of Dartmoor. The songs are selected from the folk song collection made at the end of the C19th by Squire and Parson Revd. Sabine Baring-Gould, and inspired by his other writings, including The Book of Dartmoor and The Book of Were-Wolves. Wren Music has put together an impressive company to bring you ‘Gothic Dartmoor’ – Marilyn Tucker: Singer and storyteller, Paul Wilson: Multi-instrumentalist and singer, Jon Dyer: Experienced performer and a fabulous flautist and Hannah Cumming: Fiddle player and singer, plus a specially formed Gothic Dartmoor Choir. Tickets £12. Box Office 01392 277189/665885. www.wegottickets.com/cygnettheatre. www.wrenmusic.co.uk.
Saturday 2 February 2019 7.30pm - Steve
Knightley - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic roots duo Show of Hands as well as a fine singer and musician. From a rock background, Knightley is known for his strong narrative songs (many inspired by people and places in his native West Country) and cogent, inventive lyrics. His rock style rant Country Life and anthemic rally call Roots were both nominated for Best Original Song in the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards, whilst Show of Hands have won the categories Best Live Act and Best Duo. At the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Steve won the coveted Best Original Song category with his topical and widely acclaimed song aimed at bankers and MPs – Arrogance Ignorance and Greed. Full details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.
Saturday 2 February 2019 8pm - Bob Cheevers
- Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
We say hello once again to the wonderful songwriter Bob Cheevers. Long recognized by peers as being blessed with the acute vision of a master painter coupled with the precision attention to detail of a great novelist, Cheevers has written over 3,000 songs in his five decade career. Along the way he has rightfully earned the mantle of master songwriter as well as the respect of his many songwriting pals, including Texas icon Ray Wiley Hubbard, who recently said, “Bob is one cool scarecrow gypsy poet who writes and sings the romantic beautiful truth. When he releases a record, I listen.” Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.
Saturday 2 February 2019 7.30pm - Velvet &
Stone: Sound Mind Sessions - St. John in the Wilderness, St John's Road, Exmouth
Sound Mind Sessions is a venture providing spine-tingling original live acoustic music in beautiful Devon venues, while raising awareness and funds for Mental Health issues in the creative industries. Show headlined by stunning alt-folk group Velvet & Stone whose brand of contemporary folk combines wide-open soundscapes with catchy pop hooks and great songs, and has been described as “haunting” by BBC Radio 2, and “superb” by BBC Introducing. Led by the ethereal combination of Lara’s vocals, and Kathryn’s violin;Velvet & Stone’s music draws upon personal stories, melancholy tales and rugged landscapes, taking their audiences on an unforgettable journey through stunning melodies and soundscapes to foot-stomping folk-rock.. Support: two brilliant and unique acts, Georgia Omarah and Ben Morgan-Brown. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/455337.
2 February 2019 7.30pm - David Ford - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Having gained a reputation as one of Britain’s finest songwriters and one of the very few with the willingness and expertise to tackle matters of politics and current affairs, Ford presents a new collection of songs, his most ambitious to date, regarding economics and the part it plays in 21st Century life. Ford has managed to seize this important, but admittedly dry, complex subject and deliver an album of accessible, emotive and engaging songs that try to make sense of an increasingly confounding world. A multi-instrumentalist and master of the loop pedal. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.
NEW Sunday 3
February 2019 - Jim Causley - Tavistock Wharf
details tba/tbc Traditional songs of Devon. www.jimcausley.co.uk. www.tavistockwharf.com.
Saturday 9 February 2019 8pm - Mrs Midnight’s Midwinter Musical
Madness Ceilidh - Newton St Cyres Parish Hall, West Town Rd, Exeter EX5 5BW
Come dressed as ANYTHING to do with music, song or harmony - a tune, or a song from a show, or a show itself!, or an opera or a musical note or an instrument. There are prizes of great worth to be won, and good dancing to be had, whether in costume or no! Bar, Raffle & Pasties as is now traditional, and a spot from Glory of the West. If you haven’t been there before, it's just off the A377 main Exeter to Crediton Road. Tickets £8 door / £7 conc. or in advance Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07789 714498 to book a place.
Friday 15 February 2019 7.30pm -
Fairport Convention -
Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU
After more than fifty years on the road Fairport Convention’s passion for live performance has never wavered. This concert will showcase the band’s musical sophistication and instrumental virtuosity during a fascinating journey through their inspiring and extensive repertoire. Renowned as the founding fathers of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention has maintained consistently high standards for over five decades and remains as entertaining as ever. Still bold, still vigorous and still willing to take musical chances, an evening with Fairport never fails to dazzle and delight audiences. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.
NEW Friday 15 February 2019 -
Jackie Oates - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
Jackie is a singer and fiddle player hailing from Staffordshire. Her unique treatment of English ballads and songs and pure, haunting singing style has established her at the forefront of the new English folk revival. www.wegottickets.com/event/450407. The Starcross concerts aim to raise some money to keep the church going and make it a more viable community building.
Saturday 16 February 2019 8pm - Claude Bourbon
- Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
A true virtuoso guitarist. One reviewer said “What came next I find hard to describe, an almost endless amalgam of different influences, melting into each other as we moved from classical openings, across a whole continent of cultural roots, from the Balearics to the Balkans, and then across to the Mississippi Delta, and shoehorned into all that was music that would not have been amiss in the courts of emperors and kings… It’s not easy to begin to describe the breadth or mastery of the music you will hear if fortunate to catch one of Claude’s gigs. Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.
NEW Wednesday 20 February 2019 - Beans On Toast - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Cult folk legend, Beans on Toast is coming to town to promote his new album 'A Bird in The Hand’ and he’s bringing a full band with him. Over the course of his huge career Beans has become something of a cult national treasure. What seemed like a throwaway festival act has evolved into something much more important, a voice of truth and honesty, cutting through the b*llsh*t. A consistent and reliable modern-day troubadour, not afraid to speak his mind; always touring, always writing, recording and releasing music. Playing every festival under the sun and always, always, telling it like it is. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.
NEW Tuesday 26
2019 7pm - ‘Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways’
Brixham Library, Market Street, Brixham TQ5 8EU
This double bill includes story, poetry and music to whisk you back to the days of WWII when a shortage of crews to keep the working boats going brought a new breed of boater to the canal. Young women, later nicknamed idle women took on the challenge and this is their story. Performed by the Alarum Theatre Company, this is a first for Brixham. Ticketing details tba.
Thursday 28 February 2019 7.30pm - Seth Lakeman & band - Exeter Cathedral
Seth Lakeman takes a break from the Robert Plant musical juggernaut in Autumn 2018 to release his ninth studio album. The charismatic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist found time at the beginning of the year, in between charging around the globe with Robert Plant to record the new studio album. It’s a return to a no-nonsense, organic, classic folk-rock approach with hints of Fairport Convention, Neil Young, Nick Cave and Billy Bragg – plus Lakeman’s trademark foot-stomping, fiddle bow-shredding and soaring vocals. Seth brought in top producer Ben Hillier and along with long-time collaborator Ben Nicholls on upright and electric bass, he was joined by new boys Kit Hawes on electric and acoustic guitar and drummer Evan Jenkins. Full details, ticketing etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/seth-lakeman-2.
Friday 1 March 2019 - Jacob &
Drinkwater - The Exeter Brewery, Cowley Bridge Road, Exeter EX4 4NX
'This Old River' tour. UK alt -folk duo Jacob & Drinkwater have been called ‘stand out new Folk’ by BBC6 Music and ‘inventive and thrilling’ by R2 Magazine. Jacob's sweeping vocals never fail to captivate, delivering many a spine-tingling moment; the fluidity and precision of his finger-picking underpinned by Drinkwater's nimbly rhythmic double bass; at times sweetly soaring, haunting, percussive and driving, the layers of depth a perfect counterfoil. Featured numerous times on BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music and lauded by their musical peers as one of the most accomplished acts touring the circuit today. www.jacobanddrinkwater.com. More details www.wegottickets.com/event/456398.
NEW Sunday 3 March
2019 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
details tba www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.
NEW Thursday 7 March 2019 8pm - Leveret - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
A unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians, Andy Cutting (button accordion), Sam Sweeney (fiddle) and Rob Harbron (concertina) are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity. Leveret’s music is not arranged in the conventional sense and the trio rely on mutual trust and musical interaction to create new settings of their repertoire in the moment, with no two performances alike. Their playing is relaxed and natural, drawing audiences in and inviting them to share in music making that is truly spontaneous and timeless. www.calstockarts.org.
Fiddler Sam Sweeney was the 2015 BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year, directs the National Youth Folk Ensemble and is known for his work in Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, The Full English and his own Made In The Great War project. Melodeon genius Andy Cutting, a four-time BBC Folk Awards Best Musician, is a compelling solo performer and currently works with Blowzabella, Topette, June Tabor and Roger Daltry. Concertina wizard Rob Harbron leads the English Acoustic Collective summer school and is known for his work with The Full English (Best Group and Best Album BBC Folk Awards 2014) and Jon Boden.
Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new. Their most recent album Inventions features entirely original material that brings Leveret’s trademark groove, energy and intuitive playing to bear on a set of new tunes composed by the trio, three of today’s finest tunesmiths in the folk field.
NEW Thursday 7
March 2019 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street,
Honiton EX14 1LZ
As the frontman and songwriter of British folk heavyweights Show of Hands, Steve boasts an impressive back catalogue. He’s regularly cited by emerging artists as a source of inspiration. But who has ignited and fuelled Knightley’s creative spark throughout his decades of craftsmanship? His solo tour seeks to answer that question. Of course the set list will be peppered with his now-classic gems such as ‘Cousin Jack’, ‘AIG’ and ‘Country Life’. But in a rare glimpse into his personal playlist, Knightley will also be paying tribute to artists such as Dylan, Carthy, Bowie, Springsteen, Tull and Radiohead, all of whom have influenced him greatly along the way. Steve Knightley’s enduring appeal is perhaps in some part due to the fact that he is as at home in a folk club in East Devon as he is gracing the stage of a sell-out Royal Albert Hall concert. The Show of Hands fan base extends to luminaries such as Peter Gabriel, who has described them as ‘one of the great English bands’. With his song-writing and commentary more razor-sharp and relevant than ever, Knightley continues to remain at the cutting-edge of folk, roots and acoustic music. Steve says, “The solo tour gives me an excuse to bring out songs from some of my favourite artists, and also to share plenty stories of life on the road – both usually reserved for late nights around a campfire.” Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.
NEW Friday 8 March 2018 7.30pm - Wren Music: Her
Story ‘Thread the Needle, Prove the Point’ - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter
EX2 4AZ (map)
Marilyn Tucker, Sarah Owen and Amy Wilson (of Wren Music) return to the Cygnet for their fourth annual celebration for International Women’s Day. In 2019, the professional singers and community choir will share the unsung stories of women’s lives by exploring fabrics, with traditional songs of wool, lace and linen and contemporary works on factory life and community banners. Wren Music is an artist-led folk arts organisation based in Okehampton. The mission is to work with music and culture in order to educate, inspire creativity, promote inclusion, and celebrate identity. Wren works with all ages, from early years to older adults, in a variety of settings, from schools to theatres and from the street to residential homes. Tickets £10. Box Office 01392 277189/665885. www.wegottickets.com/cygnettheatre. www.wrenmusic.co.uk.
NEW Friday/Saturday 8/9 March 2019 - Mad Dog
McRea - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
+special guests. 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. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.
NEW Saturday 9
March 2019 - Jim Causley - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
details tba/tbc An evening with Jim Causley. www.jimcausley.co.uk. www.ashburtonarts.org.uk.
NEW Saturday 9 March 2019 - Jon Boden & The
Remnant Strings -
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
details tba www.jonboden.com. www.theploughartscentre.org.uk.
Thursday 14 March 2019 8pm - Nick Harper - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
Just ask anybody who's seen him! Remarkable performer. As it happens, he's the son of the legendary Roy Harper. Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.
Monday 18 March 2019 8.30pm - Eliza Acty - Bread and Roses, 62 Ebrington
Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF
With her unique vocal style, singer and musician Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time and contemporary songs that spans over a century of music. www.elizaacty.com.
NEW Friday 22 March 2019 - Jim Causley & Bill
Murray - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Traditional Songs of Devon. Jim Causley makes a welcome return, bringing Bill Murray with him, all the way from South Zeal, with lots of songs of Devon and Dartymoor. (details tba) £?? for dinner, pud, cheese, cuppa. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.
NEW Friday 22 March 2019 -
Mae Karthauser Trio - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Mae is a British songwriter with a rich, acrobatic voice and a distinctive circusesque piano style. Raised in a musical family and one of seven children, she began learning piano, violin and singing as a child, before going on to study at Dartington College of Arts and California Institute of the Arts in LA. Her training began classically, but quickly spread to music spanning Eastern Europe, Bulgaria, Africa, North India and Java as well as in jazz, folk and more popular modern styles. Support: brilliant Bert Miller! Presented by The Whitehouse Sessions. www.ashburtonarts.org.uk. More details www.wegottickets.com/event/455339.
Saturday 23 March 2019 8pm - Aly Bain &
Phil Cunningham - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road,
Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
A rare opportunity in the South-West to catch two of the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear. Having toured together since 1986 to packed concert halls all over the world, multi-award-winning Aly & Phil continue to charm audiences with their stunning music, and on-stage charisma that defies description. Witty and humorous banter sits alongside tunes that tug the heartstrings, and joyous reels and melodies that have feet tapping along. Aly (MBE and Doctor of Music), a founder member of Boys of the Lough, is rightly regarded as Scotland's supreme fiddler- arguably the finest of all time. Aly launched the popular BBC TV series ‘Transatlantic Sessions’ in which he and Phil appear. Phil (MBE) is a world famous accordion player and composer. In recent years Phil's work-load has included many commissions for TV and film and an increasing amount of work as musical director for television and theatrical events. See www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/sellout.htm for waiting list details.
Sunday 24 March 2019 8pm - Crows - Globe
Hotel Malthouse, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Mick Ryan, James Patterson, Dave Bordewey, and Paul Downes have reunited to reform the hugely popular 1980s group Crows. Featuring two of the finest male voices in the english folk tradition; Mick Ryan and James Patterson together with masterly musicianship from James on guitar, Paul on guitar, mandocello, mandolin and banjo and Dave on fiddle and mandola. £12(+) adv/£14 door, tickets available online at www.topshamfolkclub.org or at Sunday night folk evenings at the Globe, Topsham. All enquiries 01392 875332.
Thursday 28 March 2019 7.30pm - Feast of
Fiddles Silver Jubilee Tour
Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU
The Feast of Fiddles band-waggon trundles merrily on in its Silver Jubilee year. Born in Nettlebed on Valentine’s Day 1994 as a one off special concert, Feast of Fiddles has done 25 spring tours, 24 festivals and has 7 CDs to its name. Not bad for a bunch of old folk-rockers! This is a band 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 rock back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion – all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. A live music entertainment like no other on the circuit which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by even the most doubting of friends dragged along! Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.
Sunday 7 April 2019 8pm - Daoirí Farrell
- Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Dublin-born traditional singer and bouzouki player Daoirí (pronounced ‘Derry’) Farrell is being described by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music as one of the most important singers to come out of Ireland in recent years. Winner of the Horizon Award and Best Traditional Track at the BBC Folk Awards 2017.. ‘Effortless, instinctive, natural…the real deal.’ – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. www.daoiri.com. £12(+) adv/£14 door, tickets available online at www.topshamfolkclub.org or at Sunday night folk evenings at the Globe, Topsham. All enquiries 01392 875332.
NEW Monday 8 April 2019 - Blue Rose Code - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
A nomad both geographically and musically, Ross Wilson (Blue Rose Code) writes from the heart – eschewing any specific genre – and the twelve new songs on The Water Of Leith, addressing themes of love, loss, travel, home, accepting the past and embracing the future, are painted with colours of soul, jazz, folk and pop – an eclecticism that has become a hallmark of Blue Rose Code and has seen him compared to John Martyn, Van Morrison and Tom Waits. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.
13 April 2019 7.30pm - Phil Beer - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
details tba www.worldunlimited.co.uk.
28 April 2019 7.45pm
- Ian Bruce - Folk on
the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee
Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tba Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.
NEW Sunday 28 April 2019 - Jim Causley - Exeter
Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
details tba/tbc Traditional Songs of Devon.
2 May 2019 7.30pm -
Flook - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Folk at the Flavel welcomes Flook, recently reformed after a hiatus of 10 years. After forming in 1997, Flook had a remarkably successful performing and recording career. The sheer enjoyment of playing together shined through their albums but was also a key factor in their very successful live shows. Three studio albums were all critically applauded and they won the accolade of Best Group at the BBC Folk Awards in 2006 having previously been nominated for Best Album. Owing to overwhelming popular demand they are back together to play a limited tour of Europe so catch these rare shows while you can. Flook are flutists Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, guitarist Ed Boyd and bodhran maestro, John Joe Kelly. £19, U18 £5. Book at www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.
NEW Monday 6 May 2019 - Kris Drever - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Scottish songwriter Kris Drever (Lau) celebrated a decade of critical and commercial success by winning both BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of The Year 2017 and Best Original Track 2017 (for his song If Wishes Were Horses) at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. For his 2018 concerts Kris will be performing a ‘best of’ set featuring all the key songs from his first decade and some new material played live for the first time. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.
Sunday 19 May 2019 8pm - RANT
- Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
RANT is the meeting of four of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, two from the Shetland Islands and two from the Highlands. Nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 for Best Traditional track, they tour their unique brand of ‘chamber-folk’ far and wide. Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Lauren MacColl and Anna Massie join forces to create a sound which is both rich and lush, yet retaining all the bite and spark synonymous with a Scottish fiddle player. www.rantfiddles.com
‘This is dignified, deep and profound music.’ fRoots magazine. www.rantfiddles.com. £12(+) adv/£14 door, tickets available online at www.topshamfolkclub.org or at Sunday night folk evenings at the Globe, Topsham. All enquiries 01392 875332.
NEW Wednesday 22 May 2019
- venue tba
NEW Thursday 30 May 2019
7.30pm - Steve Turner - Tavistock Wharf
Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and also plays mandolin and banjo. www.steve-turner.co.uk/index.htm. www.tavistockwharf.com.
NEW Friday 7 June 2019 - Jim Causley - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
details tba/tbc An Evening with Jim Causley
NEW 2-9 August 2019
- Sidmouth Folk Festival
Early line-up announcements, website launched, tickets on sale (Super Early Bird). The Sidmouth Folk Festival goes back to its roots in 2019 and reclaims its title for its 65th edition. www.sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk. Join the festival mailing list for regular updates (which have already started): www.sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk/mailing-list.
NEW 16-18 August
2019 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park near Exeter
Tickets are on sale. www.beautifuldays.org.
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