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Southern Devon Folk Diary

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Thursday 18 April 2019 8pm - The Askew Sisters - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Two fine performers and interpreters of English folk music, Hazel and Emily’s live performances brim with the depth and connection of musicians who have been immersed in folk music all their lives. Together they reinterpret songs and balladry, creating breathtaking arrangements, allowing words that are hundreds of years old to resonate profoundly with contemporary audiences. Both women are also skilled multi-instrumentalists and expert players of dance music, using fiddles, melodeons, concertina and cello to bring old dance music to life. Since winning the 2015 Spiral Earth Award for Best Traditional Album, the sisters have been busy with a number of other innovative projects. Emily has been touring with her vibrant fiddle band Alma, as well as releasing her first solo album, exploring the crossover between folk and early music which was critically acclaimed by the national press. Hazel has been busy working with her groundbreaking trio Lady Maisery, as well as folk supergroups Coven and Songs of Separation, the latter winning Best Album at the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Stirred by these new musical experiences, the sisters now return to their duo with a fresh vision. They spent 2018 deep in rehearsal, reconstructing and re-exploring their sound, unearthing old songs, as well as composing and creating new music. www.askewsisters.co.uk. www.calstockarts.org.

Thursday 18 April 2019 8.30pm - House Concert: Music from the compass points - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Dance tunes and songs from across a continent with five top traditional musicians bringing together material from the Celtic fringes of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Iberia, to Greece and the Balkans, from Norway to Piedmont and many more places in between. Featuring Scottish duo Morag Brown & Lewis Powell-Reid (fiddle, accordion, guitar) alongside three members of the Meridianum Ensemble Griselda Sanderson (nyckelharpa, fiddle), Louis Bingham (cittern, guitar, vocals), and Ricardo de Noronha (percussion, flutes). Donations on arrival. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations. No bar so BYO.

Friday 19 April 2019 - Tunelink Spring Ceilidh with Jiginaboot Ceilidh Band - Dartington Village Hall, Cott Road, Dartington TQ9 6HY (map)
Dance in the spring with our guest ceilidh band Jiginaboot, complete with caller and all the way from the Scottish Borders! Plus Celtic circle dances to start the night with music from the Tunelink Players. Tickets: £8 adult, £4 U16, £20 family (2+2). Available online: search www.eventbee.com for "Tunelink Ceilidh". Or contact Louis and Gris to book tickets in person and pick up local to Totnes: 01803 864286 / 07708 298146 / 07792 319809, tunelinksouthwest@gmail.com. Doors 7pm. BYO refreshments.

Friday 19 April 2019 7.30pm - The Drystones - Black Dog Memorial Hall, Black Dog, nr Crediton EX17 4QS
The Drystones are a young duo making big waves on the UK folk scene. Combining traditional music’s timeless instrumental union of fiddle and guitar with technical mastery, an unexpectedly large live sound, it’s no wonder they’ve been described as ‘indecently talented’ (Mike Harding) and earned themselves a nomination for the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Since forming in 2011 to play at their local folk festival in Priddy, Somerset, they have played festivals across the country, including Glastonbury and Sidmouth Folk Week, have supported Seth Lakeman and Steeleye Span, produced two albums and, somehow, squeezed in their music degrees. Tickets: adult £9, child £7, benefits £7, family £20. Call 01363 877417 to book.

Friday 19 April 2019 - Phil Beer - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Contact
01823 400416 or email milvertonmusic@f2s.com. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

Saturday 20 April 2019 - Windjammer - Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, TQ9 5SP (map)
An exciting young folk three-piece from Plymouth some of whom cut their teeth at Bay Horse Folk Sessions! Self-penned songs and modern arrangements of traditional material. Jake Sonny Rowlinson (vocals, synth, concertina), Jeremy Bunting (fingerstyle guitar, percussion, vocals) Fran Rowney (accordion, low whistle, vocals). Part of the pub's Easter Beer & Cider Festival. See www.bayhorsetotnes.com/whats-on for details of other music genres, regular sessions etc. happening at the pub.

Saturday 20 April 2019 - Davis Lindley Mullan - Abbotskerswell Village Hall, Slade Lane, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 5YF (map)
DLM are Andrew Cresswell Davis guitar, ukelele and vocals, Clare Lindley violin, guitar, ukelele and vocals, and Brian Mullan cello and vocals. They employ a number of styles in their repertoire reflecting a desire to entertain audiences of all ages and musical tastes. A typical DLM set list will contain original material and a few covers by Steve Earle, Guy Clark, Bob Dylan, Lennon and McCartney, Bessie Smith and Blue Nile. Clare Lindley learned classical viola at school and joined Stackridge in 2009. In addition to his work as freelance concert cellist, Brian Mullan has recorded for radio and television and has been involved in projects over a wide range of musical styles. www.dlm3.co.uk. Support: Mutter Slater (front man and flute player for 70’s cult band Stackridge) with Clive Ashley on saxophone. Doors 7pm. Tickets £10 from 01626 363640.

Sunday 21 April 2019 8pm - Leo Rondeau & Ags Connolly - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Two stunning country artists, Ags Connolly from Oxfordshire and Leo Rondeau from Austin TX, in a double headliner of solo acoustic performances. £8 adv, £10 door. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Thursday 25 April 2019 8pm - Teignmouth Folk Club: Back Beach Boyz - Oystercatchers Cafe, 12 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8DD (map)
The Teignmouth shanty crew, a "drinking club with a singing problem". Free admission. Further details from martyngh@aol.com. Club Facebook page
www.facebook.com/groups/233792233306152.

Thursday 25 April 2019 - Steve Tilston - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
After 40 impressive years in the business, Steve goes from strength to strength. One of this country’s greatest singer/songwriters and a fine guitarist, many of his songs have become modern folk-song classics, covered by the likes of Fairport Convention, Dolores Keane and others. Steve will perform from his brilliant recent album Ziggurat, plus brand new material and old favourites. www.stevetilston.com. www.ottertonmill.com.

Friday 26 April 2019 8pm - Spring Ceilidh with Mrs Midnights - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A compulsively move-your-feet band. Based in Exeter playing traditional English dance tunes with acoustic instruments; alongside that crucial stomp factor, they rejoice in irresistibly rich sound textures of riff and harmony. www.mrsmidnights.co.uk.  Tickets: £8 door, or £6 adv by contacting info@mrsmidnights.co.uk or topshampta@outlook.com, or 07920 537200. Proceeds in aid of The Topsham School PTA (FOTTS) charity number 1043458.

Friday 26 April 2019 7.30pm - James Hickman & Dan Cassidy - Scoriton Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
James Hickman and Dan Cassidy are Britain’s premiere transatlantic folk and roots duo. Hickman’s emotive, soaring vocals and driving guitar is complemented by Cassidy’s ingenious and virtuosic fiddling. Their sound flows from the connection between British and American folk and is bursting with all the humour, heartbreak and excitement of these genres. The lively English wit of Hickman is set against Cassidy’s bone-dry irony and American drawl as they take audiences on a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey. Tickets: adult £9, child £7, family £25. Call 01364 631288 to book.  www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

Friday 26 April 2019 7.30pm - Jess Klein - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Over a career that spans more than a decade and a half and has won her a devoted worldwide fan base, Jess Klein—who possesses what Mojo magazine calls “one of those voices you want to crawl up close to the speakers to listen to” has pursued a remarkable creative evolution that’s seen her dig ever deeper for resonant emotional insights, while continuing to refine her eloquently melodic, effortlessly accessible songcraft. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Saturday 27 April 2019 8pm - Ceilidh with Dumbo's Feather - 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.

Saturday 27 April 2019 -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
Levriad (Jonathan Shorland and Liz Nabb) return with their fabulous mix of Breton and French music and instruments. No partner is needed for many of the dances and beginners are always welcome. Doors 7.15pm. Dance tuition 7.30pm. First band around 8pm. Admission £9 includes tea and biscuits. BYO drinks. Free parking opposite.

Saturday 27 April 2019 9pm - Matthew Gordon Price - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Matthew Gordon Price is an alternative folk musician who provides an emotional narrative, with an honest and heartfelt performance, hinting at comparisons to Damien Rice, Marcus Mumford and Glenn Hansard.
£3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Sunday 28 April 2019 7.45pm - Ian Bruce - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Star of countless festivals, at home and abroad, Ian is renowned as a stirring songwriter. He also covers traditional Scottish pieces and is rightly proud of his work on the Burns' repertoire. His voice has strength and accuracy, his guitar playing is excellent and his songs are beautifully crafted. He presents his material with raw emotion, backed by a joyful and interactive relationship with his audience. £8/£10. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 28 April 2019 - Jim Causley - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Traditional Songs of Devon. A proud Devonian, Jim Causley has dedicated much of his career to researching and reviving the forgotten gems of songs from his county. Drawing from the collections of Victorian folksong collectors such as Sabine Baring-Gould and Cecil Sharp as well as more modern collectors and writers including Cyril Tawney and Tony Rose, living singers as well as a few of his own self-penned hits. Jim presents an evening jam-packed with Devonshire delights that richly bring to life the distinct flavour of music-making from this unique corner of the British Isles. From Arscott of Tetcott to Widecombe Fair and everything in between, this show is a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to Devon’s rich musical culture. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Monday 29 April 2019 - Mother’s Ruin - Acoustic Warehouse Music & Performance Club, Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH
Mother’s Ruin play happy upbeat renditions of traditional and modern folk music. Their eclectic mix of foot tapping music is a hit wherever they play! www.facebook.com/Mothers-Ruin-1586911594916030. Entry is (as for a normal night) only £2 with Open Mic from 7.15-9.15pm. Further information from Nigel Dee 07989 180091 www.facebook.com/Acoustic.Warehouse.TQ123QH.

Tuesday 30 April 2019 8pm - Sam Lee’s Singing With Nightingales - Dartington Great Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
Wild nightingales make music with folk star Sam Lee in unique springtime concert. Wild nightingales will be among the guest artists when the Mercury Prize-nominated folk star Sam Lee brings his acclaimed event to Dartington, combining music and storytelling with a live streamed link to the woods, where the male birds sing their courtship song. For this special event, Sam Lee will be joined on stage by guest musicians and will communicate, via a live link, with an ornithologist who’ll guide us through the woodland, into one of the UK’s last remaining strongholds of the fast-disappearing bird, said to possess one of Nature’s finest voices. www.singingwithnightingales.com. Full details see www.dartington.org/event/sam-lees-singing-with-nightingales.

Thursday 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.

Thursday 2 May 2019 - Amber Cross - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Originally from Maine, USA, Amber spent her early years surrounded by gospel music in a small town church where her father preached and her mother played piano. In 2013 Amber released her debut album ‘You Can Come In’ and Country Music People Magazine/UK discovered the album and gave it a 5 Star Review and CD Of The Month, saying: “Every now and again a debut CD arrives and you know about 30 seconds in that you are experiencing something a bit special... it’s appeal is likely to be broad, from bluegrass, rootsy Appalachian, to country or honky-tonk.” www.ambercrossmusic.com. www.ottertonmill.com.

Cancelled Thursday 2 May 2019 8pm - Shemekia Copeland - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS.

Friday 3 May 2019 - Grace Petrie - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Grace’s unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered, have won over an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes. Grace has toured with Billy Bragg and Frank Turner, supported comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long, and collaborated with Leon Rosselson and Peggy Seeger. Her new album ‘Queer As Folk’ was released Sept ’18. ‘She’s the urgent, pulsing, compassionate talent this world desperately needs.’ The Observer. www.gracepetrie.com. Presented by The Whitehouse Sessions. www.facebook.com/pg/ashburtonarts/events. www.ashburtonarts.org.uk. More details www.wegottickets.com/event/457172.

Sold out Friday 3 May 2019 8pm - Eliza Carthy & Martin Carthy - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 4 May 2019 7pm - Ben Osborn / The Diamond Family Archive - Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Channelling Leonard Cohen-esque balladry, Ben’s penetrating poetic lyrics are set against ethereal string arrangements, skittering, Bjork-like beats and drifting Erik Satie inspired piano chords. Ben is joined on stage by the live electronics and violin of Alex Stolze and delicate vocal harmonies from Bethany Roberts (Hands of the Heron).
www.ben-osborn.com. Devon's The Diamond Family Archive are a unique English lo-fi, psych-folk, multiinstrumentalist roving ensemble led by the song writing of Laurence Collyer. Expect a mesmeric live-show of drums, acoustic guitars, effects pedals, keyboards set to drone, tape delay, loops and bellows, bows, harmonicas, cosmic harps, toys and broken cymbals. All coming together to create music which holds echos of postrock, traditional folk, spiritual soul music, psychedelic rock and lo-fi. www.thediamondfamilyarchive.bandcamp.com.

Sunday 5 May 2019 - Gigspanner - Maker with Rame Community Hall, Fore St., Kingsand, Cornwall PL10 1NS (map)
tbc details tba Tickets will be available from Mac's Village Store, Kingsand and Millbrook News, Millbrook.

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.

Thursday 9 May 2019 - Sharon Shannon & Seckou Keita: Sacred Earth - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Sacred Earth is the groundbreaking 10th album from Sharon Shannon. Produced by Justin Adams, this album mixes Irish music with African and blues and features celebrated African Musicians Abass Dodoo and Seikou Keita as well as special guests including Finbar Furey and Alyra Rose. Sacred Earth was inspired by a visit to New Mexico in early 2015, where Sharon performed with Native American musicians Arvel Bird and Steve Rushingwind. Sharon was the first non- Native American artiste to perform at Acoma Pueblo , outside of Albuquerque. Sharon Shannon is a musician who likes to surprise. While she is known for her arrangements of traditional Irish tunes and Irish-influenced compositions, she has always been eager to explore new styles, and to meet and work with other musicians. Seckou Keita has arguably become the most influential and inspiring Kora player of his generation, an exceptional and charismatic musician and a modern global citizen, with seven centuries of tradition and heritage expressed through his music. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Thursday 9 May 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.

NEW Thursday 9 May 2019 8pm - Gaz Brookfield - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Since winning Acoustic Magazine's singer/songwriter of the year award in 2010 Bristol based Gaz Brookfield has enjoyed the kind of career the envy of many, tours with the Levellers, Seth Lakeman, Newton Faulkner and more major festival appearances than you can shake a stick at. One of those rare acoustic performers able to mesmerise an audience with the poser of his songs and their delivery, his stock in trade a repertoire of quirky songs that have seen him the first unsigned artist to sell out Bristol's Fleece And Firkin, no mean feat. Tickets £10.00 from the Bridge 01392 873862.

Thursday 9 May 2019 - Kirsty McGee - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Somewhere between jazz, folk, gospel and americana, there’s an area of music that doesn’t have a name. With a cartographer’s attention to detail, Kirsty McGee – a wandering maverick and spellbinding live performer with a voice that has been described as having the texture of smoke & velvet – has spent the past15 years and seven albums mapping this place, tracking the common origins of song. www.kirstymcgee.com. www.ottertonmill.com.

Friday 10 May 2019 8pm - Reg Meuross - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Singer, songwriter and storyteller of excellence. His songs are superbly crafted and delivered with great feeling with guitar, delving into both historical events and current topics and issues. Reg emerged in the 1980's with the duo - The Panic Brothers. Beginning in 1996 with The Goodbye Hat, Reg has released 12 solo albums, many of which have been highly-acclaimed and award-winning. He is currently touring his latest solo album, 12 Silk Hankerchiefs. Reg's career has seen him perform from folk clubs and village halls to festivals and the Royal Albert Hall as well as record at Abbey Road Studios. His effortless performance and gentle manner hooks the audience in and ensures a relaxing, thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining evening. www.regmeuross.com. Support: TBA. Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) - Paid in advance £10; advanced notice without pre-payment £12 (paid on door). Info / ticket enquiries contact: exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub. www.exeterfolkclub.org.

10-12-May 2019 - Dart Music Festival - Dartmouth
Multi-genre free festival. See line-up announcements and sign up for regular emails at www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 11 May 2019 8pm - Ian Bruce - Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Ian Bruce is one of the great singer/song-writers of the Scottish Folk Movement with a powerful voice and passionate character. Ian has been influenced by the likes of McGuiness Flint, Gallagher & Lyle, Stan Rogers among others. He was one of the artists involved in Linn Records “The Complete Songs of Robert Burns”, and his songwriting has included Child On The Green, Too Far From She, Gone For The Day and the recent haunting and compassionate Sweet Fallen Angel and Brown Eyed Baby. Support: Harping Mad, Susie & Bill Trezise, a beautiful blend of Celtic harps, whistle, recorder, cello, mandolin and guitar playing traditional, classical, and popular music. Tickets £12 door. Information and ticket reservations from Hugh on 01626 775517 or email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com.

NEW Saturday 11 May 2019 7.30pm - Wild Goose / Skylark - Ashburton Town Hall
Wild Goose is 'Wild, eclectic and dangerous... Pink Floyd, Kenny Rogers, Bryan Adams channelled by Woodie Guthrie. Guitar, violin, banjo, mandolin, piano, percussion.' Skylark is 'Beautiful arrangements of traditional and contemporary songs with vocal harmonies, fiddle, flute, guitar and mandolin'. Bar and raffle. Tickets £7, U15 free, from Jane 07818 844346 or Ashburton Information Centre. All proceeds to Cancer Lifeline South West, a wonderful charity providing residential therapeutic breaks for cancer sufferers and their carers.

NEW Saturday 11 May 2019 8pm - Kirsty Merryn - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Kirsty Merryn is one of the most arresting and unconventional new young singer songwriters on the UK folk roots scene, with a style uniquely her own. Kirsty has been championed by Show of Hands’ frontman Steve Knightley after he met her while teaching at an EFDSS songwriting retreat for upcoming folk singer songwriters and she went on to support them over the 22 nights of their Cathedral’s tour at the end of 2017. “Making some very big waves…I think she has an amazing voice, and writes some truly interesting songs” Mike Harding.  www.kirstymerryn.com. Tickets £10 adv, £12 door.  www.wegottickets.com/event/456839. Hot drinks at the Twigg's Gigs café. BYO alcohol.

NEW Sunday 12 May 2019 7.45pm - Dick Miles - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A singer and musician since the age of 13, Dick's main interests lie in traditional music and the concertina. Having lived in Suffolk and East Anglia, he now lives in Co Cork in Ireland and incorporates influences from each of these areas in his material. He has written two concertina tutorial books and a book of his own songs, many illustrating the hardships of fishermen's lives and the more frivolous Sailor's Dream. £8/£10. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 12 May 2019 7.30pm - Will Kaufmann: Woody Guthrie and "Old Man Trump" - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
A new live documentary performance. In December 1950, Woody Guthrie moved his family into a new apartment in Brooklyn’s Beach Haven. His new landlord, it turned out, was none other than Fred Trump, father of the US president. ‘Will presents this exhilarating show in the fastest hour and a half you are likely to witness when you consider the breadth and depth of his subject. He performs Woody’s songs with great skill and understanding, playing the guitar, banjo and fiddle with enviable panache and brio. His presentation is accomplished with great musicality, wit, honesty, and compassion. - Ralph McTell; ‘I so appreciate all of your efforts to take his legacy further. Who knows where he'll end up! - Nora Guthrie. See websites for full description. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Monday 13 May 2019 - Jim Moray Trio - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Jim Moray is amongst England’s finest interpreters of traditional song. His relentlessly innovative recordings can truly be said to have changed the sound of folk music since the early 2000s, and he has won fans and admirers far outside of the folk scene without ever betraying his traditional roots. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Wednesday 15 May 2019 - Show of Hands: ‘Special Relationship’ Tour - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
For their ‘Special Relationship’ Spring tour Steve and Phil will be joined by acclaimed US singer songwriter, Richard Shindell. Hailing from New Jersey but now a resident of Buenos Aries his songs ‘You Stay Here’, ‘Reunion Hill’ and ‘Next Best Western’ are already firmly part of the Show of Hands repertoire. From the Great War to the Civil War, from Bristol to Baltimore, expect an Anglo/American exchange of songs of the road, history and romance. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.
Also at RHS Rosemoor, Torrington, on Sunday 19 May.

NEW Friday 17 May 2019 6.45pm - Sid Valley Memory Cafe Barn Dance with "A Bit of Rough" - Donkey Sanctuary, Slade House Farm, Sidmouth EX10 0NU
Caller Jeremy Child. Tickets £12.50 (includes a ploughman's meal). available from Paragon Books, 38 High Street, Sidmouth, EX10 8EJ tel. 01395 514516. For more information and tickets contact Colin Campbell telephone 01395 568343. Cash bar. In aid of our Admiral Nurse Appeal.

NEW Friday 17 May 2019 8pm - The Little Unsaid - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Fronted by songwriter John Elliott, The Little Unsaid is a band with an original sound and international outlook. The band has spent the last year touring Europe, leaving audiences emotionally rapt with a live show that’s been described as ‘a thumping depth of passion’. Their sound is all their own but echoes the intensity and melancholic overtones of greats such as Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen. The Little Unsaid embraces elements of rock, folk, electronica, jazz and alt-pop. One of the UK’s must-see rising live acts and recent winners of the Steve Reid award for Innovation. ‘Extraordinary music. This is an amazing act’ – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 17 May 2019 7.30pm - Toby Marks & Andrew Heath - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Soundscape artists. See websites for full description. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 18 May 2019 7.30pm - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
The Nearly Free Tour - This magnetic bond still holds after more than 40 years of attempted escapes and still loved for their total in-yer-face originality, the contrast between the dead pan humour of Barrett and mad onstage antics of Otway are hilarious to watch. John’s lyrical genius and Willy’s outstanding musicianship (he seems to play almost every stringed instrument known to man, plus a few hybrids of his own making!). Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 18 May 2019 8pm - Show of Hands: ‘Special Relationship’ Tour - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, aka the award-winning acoustic roots duo Show of Hands, are back on the road again, and they’re bringing a friend! For their 2019 spring tour, Knightley and Beer are joined by long-term friend and collaborator Richard Shindell to celebrate their very own transatlantic ‘Special Relationship’. This is a rare chance to sit back and enjoy the sounds of three sublime musical innovators,each at the top of their game. www.carnglaze.com.

NEW Saturday 18 May 2019 -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
Philippe Plard and Mark Prescott - special guests to help us celebrate our 25th anniversary year - look out for more details coming soon. No partner is needed for many of the dances and beginners are always welcome. Doors 7.15pm. Dance tuition 7.30pm. First band around 8pm. Admission £9 includes tea and biscuits. BYO drinks. Free parking opposite.

NEW 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 Sunday 19 May 2019 7.45pm - Linde Nuland & Bert Ridderbos - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
This Dutch duo combine the "silky weaving vocals" of Linde with classically trained Bert's varied multi-instrumental skills on guitars, banjo, cittern and accordion. Linde was half of the popular duo "Ygdrassil" and gained fame as a top class interpreter of Sandy Denny's songs. She has sung them in concert with Fairport as well as producing, amongst her 10 albums, "Linde Nijland sings Sandy Denny". £8/£10. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 19 May 2019 8pm - Show of Hands: ‘Special Relationship’ Tour - RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington
Bookings etc. www.theploughartscentre.org.uk.

NEW Wednesday 22 May 2019 - Belshazzar's Feast - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Paul Sartin and Paul Hutchinson bring their own brand of fun and music to the Cafe. (details tba) £?? for dinner, pud, cheese, cuppa. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Wednesday 22 May 2019 7.30pm - Sara Grey & Kieron Means - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Sara Grey, a fine American singer, banjo player and song collector, and son Kieron Means, singer and guitar player of great merit, and a fine performer of traditional and contemporary songs. "We perform from a wide range of American traditions including old-time songs and ballads from the Appalachians, Ozarks, New England and the West, blues and gospel music as well as a few of our favourite written songs. The passage of songs from Great Britain and Ireland to America is of particular interest to us. A good deal of our material is the American versions that have travelled, though a song or two from Britain will no doubt be sung. It is our aim during the evening to encourage our audience to join us in singing the chorus of many of our songs." Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 22 May 2019 7pm - An Evening with Geoff Lakeman - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Following the release of his 2017 debut solo album at the age of 69 Geoff has firmly established himself as a performer on the folk and acoustic circuit. His album received four and five-star reviews and national radio airplay. He’s been described as "the father of a virtual folk dynasty", as dad of Seth, Sean and Sam and father-in-law of Cara Dillon and Kathryn Roberts 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 an authentic 1926 instrument. The evening starts with a Ploughman's Supper at 7pm, with Geoff taking to the stage at around 8pm. Tickets £10 each. Bookings essential. www.facebook.com/pg/BrookInnPlympton/events. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk. Tel. 01752 297604 for further details.

NEW Saturday 25 May 2019 8pm - Ceilidh with Phoenix - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Callers: Mary Howells & 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.

tbc Sunday 26 May 2019 2.30pm - Paddy’s Whiskers - The Boathouse, Preston Sands, Paignton
Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band Paddy’s Whiskers playing a mixture of fiddle led Irish jigs and reels for dancing, banjo driven bluegrass numbers, and Scottish tunes on border bagpipes. The whole band sing and at a Whiskers gig you’ll hear well known favourites from the folk tradition, together with a few original songs and tunes written by the band. The venue is very family friendly. Live music starts at 2.30pm and entrance is free. Free entry. More information from www.paddyswhiskers.co.uk or ring Andrew on 07514 064558.

NEW Thursday 30 May 2019 8pm - The Murphy Beds - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements for bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin. Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary have been performing together since first meeting at Irish music sessions in New York City. Both had a love of collecting, arranging and performing songs from Irish, American, Scottish and English traditions. Whatever the source – songs of Irish travellers, Arkansas spirituals or their own compositions – their arrangements feature the same carefully wrought interplay of voice and strings. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Thursday 30 May 2019 7.30pm - Steve Turner - Tavistock Wharf (map)
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 31 May 2019 8pm - Luke Jackson Trio - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
"Very powerful-impressive songs, individual playing and the singing-oh man the singing!" – Folkcast. "A sumptuous voice loaded with maturity and a melodically blessed guitar style" – Spiral Earth. "Luke Jackson sings with an extraordinarily rich voice and possesses a guitar technique astonishing for one so young. I first heard him sing four years ago and even then his songwriting suggested a performer of rare promise” – Steve Knightley, Show of Hands. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/463799. Hot drinks available at the Twigg's Gigs café.

NEW Friday 31 May 2019 7.30pm - Maddy and the Chaps - Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish EX7 9PT
Maddy and the Chaps first gig of the year, at Dawlish Arts Festival. Come on down for some Country, Folk and Celtic Tunes. The Rock Choir will be warming us up.

NEW Saturday 1 June 2019 7.30pm - Edgelarks - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Folk at the Flavel are delighted to welcome back Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin with their new band, Edgelarks. They are now well established as one of the leading acts on the folk music scene and their track record of terrific live performances and superb albums was recognised at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards where they won Best Duo in 2014 and were nominated in both 2016 and 2018. Edgelarks is both the name of their new band but also their 4th album released in 2017. Their 2019 tour will feature material from a new album to be released in May which builds on their previous work taking elements of the traditional music of the British Isles all the way to the stomping roots of Phillip’s beatbox. Book at www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Saturday 1 June 2019 - Songwriters Circle - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Greg Hancock, Em Marshall & Ben Morgan-Brown. A perfect opportunity to enjoy, compare and contrast two top singer songwriters who approach the art of songwriting in very different ways, and with very different backgrounds and influences. www.greghancockmusic.com, www.emmarshall.com, www.benmorganbrown.co.uk. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/462494 Tickets £8 from the Bridge 01392 873862.

NEW Friday 7 June 2019 8pm - Edgelarks - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
In April 2018, Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin) retreated to a remote cottage in western Cumbria. Tired of the navel-gazing tendencies of sad song writing, and the terrible events frequently depicted in the folk ballad tradition, they decided to turn their attention to an oft overlooked but vital facet of our lives: hope. Swiftly, a set of songs and tunes emerged. Stories of wonder from the natural world; tales of rejoicing and long lost returns; and simple thanksgiving for their own surroundings and place in the landscape. Informed by world rhythms, British folk roots, and the duo's penchant for making as much noise as possible with only two people, the album is an upbeat celebration, an incitement to hope. Tickets £14 (seated). Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Friday 7 June 2019 7.30pm  - Ninebarrow - Church of St. Michaels the Archangel, Chagford TQ13 8BN
Multi-award-winning folk duo (and walkers!) who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Most recently, the duo were nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the ‘Horizon’ category for Best Emerging Artist. Tickets £10, child £7, available from Sally’s Newsagents, Chagford, or call 01363 85370, or online from www.ninebarrow.co.uk.

NEW Friday 7 June 2019 - Jim Causley - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Award-winning singer-songwriter, musician and proud Devonian Jim Causley is an all-round entertainer and during the past decade has been nominated no less than six times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. Last year he was also nominated as “Singer of the Year” at the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. In 2014 he won the Spiral Earth Singer of the Year award and presented his own folk music show on BBC Radio Devon. The following year he worked with BBC TV historian Dr Sam Willis to create the music for his show ‘Highwaymen, Outlaws and Villains’. www.jimcausley.co.uk. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 7 June 2019 7.30pm - Richard Durrant - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Guitarist and composer Richard Durrant returns with a musical celebration of midsummer and another classic series of gigs on the folk/classical cusp. As the solstice approaches Durrant reveals a collection of brand new pieces, old favourites, tales from the road and the occasional song inspired by the summer solstice. "My new favourite guitarist…Richard Durrant sits completely outside the accepted genres. He has a peculiar and wonderful mind" Tom Robinson BBC6 Music.  Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW 7-9 June 2019 - Contemporary Craft Festival - Bovey Tracey
Musical entertainment includes Harbottle & Jonas on 8/6. www.craftsatboveytracey.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 8 June 2019 - Lost Sound Chorus - venue tba
tbc tba Dartmoor folk choir.

NEW Sunday 9 June 2019  - The Ruggle Regatta - Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe in the Moor
Free event. Various performers. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Thursday 13 June 2019 8pm - Singers night - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
'Local troubadors' shanty crew The Old Gaffers to finish the evening for us. Information: Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

NEW Friday 14 June 2019 8pm - Gallery Bar Special: Windjammer - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Plymouth band, an exciting three-piece combining bold and engaging original compositions and self-penned songs, with modern arrangements of traditional material. Jake Sonny Rowlinson (vocals, synth, concertina), Jeremy Bunting (fingerstyle guitar, percussion, vocals) and Fran Rowney (piano accordion, low whistle, vocals), began playing together in 2015 and now combine their individual approaches into a diverse and captivating whole. Their debut EP was released at a sold-out launch event in 2018 at Plymouth’s Barbican Theatre. “Improbably mature vocals and a bold, contemporary approach” – Geoff Lakeman. Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to the band please. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 15 June 2019 8pm  -Edgelarks Album Launch Party! - West Town Farm, Ide, Exeter EX2 9TG
Join Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin to launch their new album, Feather, with a party at beautiful West Town Farm. In April 2018, Edgelarks retreated to a remote cottage in Ulpha, western Cumbria. They breathed in the mountain view, banked up the fire, and took their instruments out of their cases. Then they sat down, and wrote. Tired of the navel-gazing tendencies of sad song writing, and the terrible events frequently depicted in the folk ballad tradition, they decided to turn their attention to an oft overlooked but vital facet of our lives: hope. Swiftly, a set of songs and tunes emerged. Stories of wonder from the natural world; tales of rejoicing and long lost returns; and simple thanksgiving for their own surroundings and place in the landscape. Informed by world rhythms, British folk roots, and the duo's penchant for making as much noise as possible with only two people, the album is an upbeat celebration, an incitement to hope. Full details
www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/exeter/west-town-farm/edgelarks-album-launch-party.

NEW Sunday 16 June 2019 7.30pm - Ninebarrow in concert with Glorious Chorus - Crediton Congregational Church
The Glorious Chorus choir is collaborating with BBC Radio 2 nominated folk duo ‘Ninebarrow’ with two concerts in June and July (13/7 in Totnes). Helen Yeomans will be writing new arrangements for the choir to sing with Ninebarrow on some of their songs. Check out Ninebarrow's exquisite music at
www.ninebarrow.co.uk. More details www.gloriouschorus.co.uk.

NEW 21-23 June 2019 - Teignmouth Folk Festival
Geoff Lakeman, Jim Causley, Paul Wilson & Marilyn Tucker, Peter & Barbara Snape, Old Gaffers, Jim Payne, Mrs Midnight's Ceilidh Band, City of Plymouth Pipe Band... www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk

NEW Saturday 22 June 2019 -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
Truffetete, our friends from N. Devon, who are 10 years old in 2019 so more birthday celebrations to enjoy! No partner is needed for many of the dances and beginners are always welcome. Doors 7.15pm. Dance tuition 7.30pm. First band around 8pm. Admission £9 includes tea and biscuits. BYO drinks. Free parking opposite.

NEW Thursday 27 June 2019 8pm - The Blues Band - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
2019 sees The Blues Band Celebrate their 40th year together, Paul Jones, Dave Kelly, Tom McGuinness, Rob Townsend and Gary Fletcher. Many of the Blues Band’s 21st century fans weren’t even born when these five virtuosos, already music industry veterans, decided to fly in the face of musical fashion in 1979 and form a band ‘just to play the blues’. No one could have predicted that, 40 years on, they’d still be dazzling audiences with their showmanship and virtuosity. About 20 albums and thousands of gigs later, they’ve earned a reputation around the world as one of the finest exponents of the blues tradition in all its forms. With this line-up, it’s hardly surprising. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Friday 28 June 2019 7.30pm - Keith James: The Songs of Nick Drake - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
A haunting and immaculately crafted concert which begins with an introductory set of timeless songs by brilliant songwriters – all contemporary with Nick Drake. Richard Thompson, Roy Harper, Sandy Denny, Al Stewart, Vashti Bunyan, John Martyn and Bert Jansch. Also featured are poems by William Blake which Keith has set to guitar arrangements based on Nick’s unique style. A number of years have now passed since singer/guitarist Keith James paralysed the whole country with his stunningly beautiful series of concerts entitled The Songs of Nick Drake. At the beginning of the project in 2001 he was the first artist ever to bring this fragile and intriguing music to theatres across the UK in its pure live concert form.
www.keith-james.com. Book at www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Friday 28 June 2019 - Veronica Sbergia & Max de Bernadi - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Winners of The European Blues Challenge 2013, exciting Italian duo Veronica and Max play country blues and ragtime, hokum, jug band and rural music from the 20’s and 30’s in their own unique style. Using ukulele, washboard, kazoo, guitars and mandolin, they sing and play with passion and humour, as they keep a precious musical heritage alive by faithfully reproducing its original sound, updated with a modern twist. Expect songs from Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie, Jimmie Rodgers, Sidney Bechet, Lucille Bogan, Bo Carter and the Delmore Brothers. www.maxandveronica.com. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Sunday 30 June 2019 - Cosgrave & Banks - Sharpham Trust Open Day, Ashprington TQ9 7UT
We are delighted to welcome Mike and Steve back to the beautiful setting of Sharpham on the river Dart. Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have built a reputation for top quality musicianship and entertainment. www.cosgraveandbanks.com. “One of Devon’s multi-instrumental treasures.” – Topsham Folk Club. "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun" - Tom McConville. Free entry. Small fee for parking. www.sharphamtrust.org.

NEW Saturday 6 July 2019 - 8th Annual South Brent Folk Day
Singing, music, dancing, workshops and concerts around the village. The headline evening concert is at 7.30pm in the Village Hall (with Reel Ale bar) featuring: • Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman: Dartmoor-based husband and wife duo who have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships. An enviable class act of imaginative song-writing and musicianship, they have twice won the coveted Best Duo title at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (2016 & 2013); Granny’s Attic: Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (melodeon, concertina, vocals), George Sansome (guitar, vocals) and Lewis Wood (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) – a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. Three exceptional musicians and fine singers, who have been heralded for their lively performances playing English traditional and original music and their delivery and selection of traditional songs. FFI: Contact Eileen McKee: email eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com or call 01364 73699 or John Rawlinson: email john.rawlinson@southbrent.gov.uk or call 01364 73117. Organised by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area:
www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.
Sunday 7 July 2019: South Brent Folk Breakfast Buffet 9.30-11.30am in the Old School Community Centre. After the concerts and activities of the Folk Day, enjoy our Self Service Breakfast Buffet with more music and good company.

NEW Thursday 11 July 2019 - Eve Selis - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Eve’s previous visits to the Mill have brought the house down! San Diegobased Eve converts country, R&B, blues, folk and rock ’n’roll into a musical force that stops you in your tracks. This gifted writer and electrifying singer has been likened to Bonnie Raitt, Joan Osborne and Melissa Etheridge, and numbers Bob Harris among her fans – “One of the best shows I’ve ever seen in the UK”. www.eveselis.com. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Saturday 13 July 2019 7.30pm - Ninebarrow in concert with Glorious Chorus - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
The Glorious Chorus choir is collaborating with BBC Radio 2 nominated folk duo ‘Ninebarrow’ with two concerts in June and July. Helen Yeomans will be writing new arrangements for the choir to sing with Ninebarrow on some of their songs. Check out Ninebarrow's exquisite music at
www.ninebarrow.co.uk. More details www.gloriouschorus.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 14 July 2019 8pm - Gigspanner Big Band - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Two of our most popular bands come together for one exceptional performance. Gigspanner, formed by multi-award winning fiddle player Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span), has established a reputation as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British folk scene. BBC Folk Award winners (Best Duo), Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are also well known at Calstock Arts. Their appearances together as the Gigspanner Big Band are a rare, but highly sought after affair, thanks to performances of dazzling musicianship and arresting on stage chemistry. Taking self-penned material along with music rooted in the British Isles and beyond, with the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, they produce richly atmospheric arrangements layered within a wealth of subliminal musical influences. “They don’t play together very often, but when they do it’s spectacular” 5***** R2 Magazine. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Fri/Sat 19/20 July 2019 - Chagstock Festival - Whiddon Down, nr Chagford
More acts announced. Limited number of Early Bird tickets are now on sale at cheaper than 2018 prices! See www.chagstock.info.

NEW Thursday 25 July 2019 - Tipitina - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Another return visit to the Mill from this wonderful trio. Their music is a life-enhancing blend of swing, boogie woogie, jive and blues in the New Orleans tradition. Championed by BBC Radio 2’s Paul Jones, the band had us dancing in the aisles on previous visits. “Vocalist Debbie Jones is as sultry as a night downtown, Justin Randall’s piano boogies like there’s no tomorrow... Glorious”(The Mail). www.bigbearmusic.com/tipitina. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW 27 July-24 August 2019 - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
Folk during week 2, 3-10 August. Courses: T
hree Hundred Years: Music from Northumberland and the Borders (Alistair Anderson) - Creative Writing: Poetry of Place (Katrina Porteous with Alexis Bennett) - Folk Choir (Harbottle & Jonas) - Playing for Dancing (Alistair Anderson) - Folk Collective (Emily Portman, Alexis Bennett, Harbottle & Jonas) - Folk Surgery (Alexis Bennett) - Creative Conversations (James Runcie). Full details www.dartington.org/whats-on/programme/summer-school. Concert/ceilidh information tba

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 3-7 August 2019 - Sidmouth Fringe Sessions - Salcombe Regis
Coincides with (but independent of) the long-established Sidmouth Folk Festival. The Sessions celebrate the very best in emerging acts, breaking artists and under-the-radar musicians - not just locally but from across the whole UK. The Fringe has been supported by BBC Introducing (Devon & Cornwall) over recent years who host the shows. Plus occasional international touring artists. A fantastic mini festival of live music. An eclectic mix of many genres - and has included folk/roots, bluegrass, stomp, blues, acoustic, jazzfusion, world and indie rock/pop - plus everything in-between. Full details www.sidmouthfringe.co.uk.

NEW 16-18 August 2019 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park near Exeter
Tickets are on sale. Line-up includes: Levellers, The Stranglers, Steeleye Span, Kate Rusby, Seth Lakeman, Ferocious Dog, Cara Dillon, Tom Robinson, Fisherman’s Friends, Karine Polwart, Grace Petriem Sound of the Sirens. See www.beautifuldays.org for more.

NEW 22-26 August 2019 - Cornwall Folk Festival - Wadebridge
5 evening concerts: Steve Knightley; Wizz Jones at 80 Celebration + Midnight Skyracer; The Unthanks and Krelys; Flats and Sharps + Mick Ryan’s ‘Here at the Fair’ folk opera; Noble Jacks + Granny’s Attic. Plus local and regional musicians, workshops etc. www.cornwallfolkfestival.com. Early bird tickets now on sale.

NEW Thursday 29 August 2019 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A return visit from Best Duo winners in the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, with their recent album “Tomorrow Will Follow Today”. Kathryn and Sean are widely recognised as two of the folk scene’s most accomplished musicians. Musical collaborators with the likes of Seth Lakeman (Sean’s younger brother), Cara Dillon, the Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, this husband and wife duo deliver an intimacy and strength of passion in their music. Kathryn’s sublime voice and effortless delivery, combined with Sean’s gifted guitar playing and masterly arrangements make for a captivating live performance. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Thursday 12 September 2019 7.30pm - Martin Simpson - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Folk at the Flavel welcomes back a true Flavel favourite, one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, Martin Simpson. Martin will be featuring new tracks from an album being recorded for release over the summer. The sell-out audiences at Martin’s previous visits to the Flavel have seen that whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material he is a guitarist of immense subtlety. Martin has been nominated an astounding 31 times in the 16 years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer. There is no doubt that, after 45 years as a professional musician, Martin is better than ever. Book at www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Friday 13 September 2019 8pm - India Electric Co. - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
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. Their 2015 debut album release was followed by a world tour with Midge Ure, with whom they’ve worked extensively. With live sessions on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, performances at Glastonbury and Cambridge Folk Festival, the duo are now embarking on their own headline tour. “Exceptional talents.” Songlines Magazine. “Fresh and gobsmacking!” Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music. “Two of the most extraordinary musicians, a phenomenal duo” BBC Radio 2. Full details, samples etc.  www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 20 September 2019 7.30pm - Claude Bourbon - Downderry and Seaton Village Hall, Main Road, Torpoint, Cornwall PL11 3JY
Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories. Each year Bourbon plays more than 100 shows around the world. Born in France in the early 60’s, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained for many years.

NEW Saturday 21 September 2019 - Crabstock - Kingsbridge
details tba On the banks of the sunny Kingsbridge Estuary at the Crabshell Inn Kingsbridge an all day celebration of folk music in all its forms. Full programme to follow but there will be concerts, sessions and an evening ceilidh. Not to be missed. Booking details soon.

NEW Sunday 22 September 2019 8pm - Midnight Skyracer - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Midnight Skyracer has been tearing up the UK bluegrass and folk scene since its inception less than two years ago. The all-star lineup and exciting live performances have sent the band racing skywards at an astounding pace right from the start, with Leanne Thorose’s powerhouse vocals and driving mandolin, Tabitha Agnew’s sweet voice and virtuosic banjo playing, Eleanor Wilkie’s rock solid bass grooves, Laura Carrivick’s flair - being equally adept on both fiddle and dobro - and her twin sister Charlotte’s agility on the guitar, with both sisters filling in the vocal harmonies. tba: [Full details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.]

NEW Friday 27 September 2019 - Rory McLeod - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
Rhythmic storyteller, multi-instrumentalist, ex-circus clown and fire eater, is a one-man-soul-band, and poet. He has a natural troubadour's talent for weaving magical, musical, storytelling spells accompanied by his own bizarre solo orchestra of distinctive instruments. www.rorymcleod.com. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/463486.

NEW Rescheduled from Thursday 14 March
Saturday 28 September 2019
8pm - Nick Harper - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
Son of the legendary Roy Harper, with 10 albums behind him Nick is a highly accomplished singer and songwriter. Nick can coax the most glorious of sounds from the humblest of guitars. He has been called at various times 'the acoustic Hendrix', the 'English Jeff Buckley' and 'the new Jeff Beck' but he is definitely his own man and according to the Times "has so much musicianship in him that it just leaks out all over the place." Come on out for an unforgettable evening! Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Rescheduled from Friday 1 February
Saturday 12 October 2018 7.30pm - Wren Music: Gothic Dartmoor - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ
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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.

NEW Wednesday 30 October 2019 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
First night 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.

NEW Saturday 9 November 2019 8pm - The Sounds of Simon - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
A tribute to the wonderful music of Paul Simon, through the years as one half of Simon and Garfunkel, to the enduring success of his solo career. Come on a journey as the full band take you through the early Simon and Garfunkel albums, through the massive success of Bridge Over Troubled Water and on to the Grammy award winning success of Still Crazy After All These Years and Graceland. Paul and Art are played to perfection, bringing in elements of their famously fractious relationship, as well as replicating the beautiful harmonies flawlessly. With video clips, stories, and memories from the last 50+ years, this is a wonderful show filled with excellent music, nostalgia, and a genuine love for some great musicians. This is the UK’s longest running tribute to Paul Simon. Come and see why! www.soundsofsimon.co.uk. www.carnglaze.com.

NEW 9/10 November 2019 - West Gallery Music Association, Singing/Instrumental Workshops - Sidmouth
Both day workshops and residential places are open to non members. Saturday: Local psalms, hymns and short anthems (optional afternoon workshop: 19th century glees/dance & militia band tunes); Sunday: Local carols. Full details www.wgma.org.uk/Sidholme%20A4%20flyer.pdf.

NEW 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.

NEW 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.

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