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Tuesday 18 September 2018 8pm - Shanty Workshop with The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
Another one of our ever popular Free Shanty Workshops at the Beach Pub - next to the Marina on Exmouth Seafront. Why not come along and learn a shanty to two - or just sit back and enjoy a rousing sing-song with your pint! www.exmouthshantymen.com.

Tuesday 18 September 2018 8pm - Harbottle & Jonas - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
This innovative couple will be bringing their dynamic charm, original music built on solid British folk roots and without doubt some new surprises. If you have seen them before you know what a treat the evening will be with strong singing and a joyous sound from their many instruments which drive along music and song. For more information call 01392 881105. www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk/?fref=ts.

Friday 21 September 2018 7.30pm - Geoff Lakeman - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
The Whitehouse Sessions are hosting a fantastic evening of songs and music starring Geoff Lakeman, a "stalwart of the West Country Folk scene and the father of a virtual folk dynasty". Geoff is the dad of Sean, Sam and Seth Lakeman, who are all internationally renowned folk musicians. Em is a Devon based singer-songwriter and guitarist performing her own material alongside arrangements of traditional songs. Plus special guest, local singer-songwriter Em Marshall, formerly of the Dark Lanterns. Tickets £10/£8 adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/443998 or call Katie Whitehouse 07832 200980; £12 door.

Friday 21 September 2018 9pm - Eliza Acty - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Devon based singer and musician. With her unique vocal style, Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time, original and contemporary songs that span over a century of music. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Both dates sold out Friday & Saturday 21 & 22 September 2018 8pm - Cara Dillon - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Full details www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 22 September 2018 7.30pm - Gris Sanderson & Louis Bingham - Upstairs at Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
An evening of dance tunes and songs with two of the UK’s top traditional musicians. Inspired by the many rich traditions of Europe, Gris and Louis present a musical experience reaching from Galicia to Norway, from Donegal to Piedmont, and many more places in between. Tickets on door: £8, £6 U16s. For more information call 07708 298146 or email music.bingham@gmail.com.

Saturday 22 September 2018 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Bratton Clovelly Parish Hall, EX20 4JT
Mike Cosgrave and Steve Banks are both highly skilled and experienced musicians. They write their own material as well as interpreting folk classics from across Europe. Their banter and chat and the cafe-style setting make for a relaxed evening of great music. The bar will open at 7pm and you can book by the seat or by the table, so come along with family and friends. £8/£4 16yrs and under. To book, email: brattonclovellyfestivalp@gmail.com. Phone: 01837 871696.
http://brattonclovellyfestival.com/events/. www.cosgraveandbanks.com.

Saturday 22 September 2018 8.30pm - Lindisfarne - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated/standing. As Ray Laidlaw once said, ‘Lindisfarne is more than any one individual’; and though members have come and gone, Rod Clements' return maintains continuity with Lindisfarne’s beginnings and reinforces their shared commitment to keeping alive the unique legacy of one of British rock’s great bands.
www.tavistockwharf.com.

Saturday 22 September 2018 7.30pm - Son Of Town Hall - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
“Nothing short of stunning” – Lisa Schwartz, Director Philadelphia Folk Festival. Imagine if Simon and Garfunkel were lost at sea, salt in their beards, wind at their backs, and whiskey in their bottles. What songs would they sing whilst stomping like melodious madmen on the boards of their boat? Or set yourself adrift for a piece, untether yourself from your daily affairs, bring only fresh water, a large writing pad and plenty of pencils. With only the endless sky above and the winedark waters below, what half-crazed tales would pour out of you? Welcome to the mythic world of Son of Town Hall, the unusual union of Ben Parker of London, England, and David Berkeley of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Parker, a highly sought-after London-based songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist, and Berkeley, a celebrated singer/songwriter/guitarist/author have imagined a world that transcends time and space, complete with Victorian-era outfits, meditations about the sea and songs that beg you to sing along. The show is three-parts concert, one-part theatre. It will leave you transformed, with your heart full of laughter and tears, drunk on adventure and the tragic beauty of the human condition. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details, samples, online bookings, full programme; or call 01803 875527 / 07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Phil Beer Band on tour
Friday
21 September 2018 -  Plough Arts, Torrington - www.theploughartscentre.org.uk
Saturday 22 September 2018 -  Lee Moor Public Hall, nr Plymouth - www.wegottickets.com/event/446619
Sunday 23 September 2018 7.30pm - Exeter Corn Exchange - www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on
A unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock. The highly popular line up comprises Gareth Turner, Steve Crickett, Greg McDonald, Olivia Dunn and of course, Phil Beer and promises to deliver a lively cocktail of folk, rock, country and blues. The Band evolved organically in the early to mid 90s at Maisemore in Gloucesteshire. It was a loose federation consisting of Phil Beer, Nick Quarmby and Steve Crickett, all of whom lived close to each other, and melodeon player Gareth Turner from Northamptonshire. There was a need in the community for a band to play local events and ceilidhs and, following in the tradition set by the Albion Band (of which both Gareth and Phil were former members) the band always interspersed the dances with the odd song. Basically, over a long period of time, it has evolved into a ‘Folk n Roll’ band with country rock overtones. It is the vehicle for Phil to return to the electric guitar and to have a good time with his mates. Support: Velvet & Stone. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

Sunday 23 September 2018 7.45pm - Colum Sands - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Colum Sands is a universal storyteller who draws on a long Irish tradition of poetic musicality to weave songs for the world. He has performed in over 30 countries confirming the universal appeal of the songs and stories with which he observes the minute and humorous details of life. He's never afraid to quietly point out the absurdities and results of historical and political happenings throughout the world, from Northern Ireland itself to Berlin and Israel. A member of the internationally renowned Sands Family from County Down, Colum established his reputation as a songwriter with the release of his first solo album, Unapproved Road in 1981. Songs like Whatever You Say, Say Nothing, and Almost Every Circumstance were soon in the repertoire of artists from Billy Connolly to Maddy Prior and June Tabor. Colum's gift is of breaking down cultural barriers through choice words and eloquent music. (John O'Regan, Rock 'n' Reel). www.columsands.com. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Acoustic Warehouse - Ten Tors Inn, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3NP- Every Monday 7.15pm to 10.15pm. £2 entrance including raffle, raising money for Rowcroft Hospice. Featured artist events: 24 September - Rick Lawes; 8 October - Chris & Paul Woodhouse (Folk Inspired); 22 October - Rebecca Hoskins (from Nashville).

Tuesday 25 September 2018 7.30pm - QUEST with Breaking Tradition and the Demon Barbers - Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
The Demon Barbers, winners of the `Best Live Act' in the Radio 2 Folk Awards, together with Breaking Tradition, the UK's leading folk and hip hop dance company. QUEST is a spectacularly entertaining show where dazzling dance and stomping tunes combining to turn a rousing story into a family show full of blazing energy and joy. It's a real Folk and Hip-Hop dance extravaganza and if you're not sure what to expect then we say - come along, you'll love it! Tickets £7 - £14.
www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk. Box office 01803 665800.

Wednesday 26 September 2018 7.30pm - Lvov Affair - Chagford Inn, 7 Mill Street, Chagford TQ13 8AW
"Every few weeks in the autumn Wednesday night in the Chagford Inn becomes a whole lot more fun thanks to Lvov Affair playing their wonderfully evocative folk and gypsy music". https://bunelik.wixsite.com/lvov./ www.thechagfordinn.com.

Thursday 27 September 2018 8pm - Lisa Mills - Otterton Mill (Restaurant), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Lisa returns with her southern soul Americana gospel and blues and her exceptional guitar mastery and mighty breathtaking voice to delight us. “Lisa Mills is one of the ten killer songwriters you need to hear right now ... her many styles of southern music come through in her powerful delivery.” Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Thursday 27 September 2018 8pm - Geoff Lakeman - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
B-Bar regular Geoff Lakeman - dad to famous folk stars Seth,Sean and Sam -plays for us again including tracks from his lauded album "After All These Years." The CD has had national five and four--star reviews and been played on BBC Radio 2 by Mark Radcliffe, by Tom Robinson on his BBC Radio Six show, on BBC Radio 3 and just about every local radio station in the country. Come and hear the singer and concertina master's musical take on the west country,American and Irish folk, Americana and even 20's/30's jazz. £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 28 September 2018 7.30pm - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
A partnership that blends Walker's intricate guitar playing and arrangements with Clarke's compelling songwriting. Everything they've released has met with rave reviews and one of their heroes, Richard Thompson, selected them to support him on tour in 2017.
www.josienneandben.com. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.
+ 4pm Ben Walker guitar workshop: An experienced teacher, performer, producer, composer and arranger, Ben has been voted one of the best acoustic guitarists in the world today. Drawing favourable comparison with the likes of Martin Simpson, Pierre Bensusan and John Renbourn he is a phenomenal technician with a gentle approach to a wide range of styles and tunings.

Friday 28 September 2018 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
Steve reprises his highly popular 'Songs and Stories' Tour in 2019 with 'Part 2 - Roadworks'. www.showofhands.co.uk/steve-knightley-tour-dates.

Saturday 29 September 2018 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - St Johns Church, North Bovey, nr Moretonhampstead TQ13 8QZ
Steve reprises his highly popular 'Songs and Stories' Tour in 2019 with 'Part 2 - Roadworks'. Tickets tel: 07887 932212, email: wendymkeeson@gmail.com.

Saturday 29 September 2018 - Folk Evening - Church House Inn, Linkinhorne, Callington PL17 7LY (map)
First of the former Cross House Inn  regular first Saturday of the month evenings at its new venue. Playing, singing, nattering & noggins. Song and music session. All welcome, bring your instruments and voices. Another fun-filled folk evening. Pub tel 01579 363711.

Saturday 29 September 2018 7.30pm - Tim Jones & The Dark Lanterns - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Already well established on the London folk scene, the band have been playing together in one form or another since 2013. For their second album Tim Jones is joined by Ted Kemp (Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp) on Concertina, Karen Phillips on fiddle, Em Marshall (Crow Puppets) on vocals and guitar, and Robin Timmis (Kibitz) on viola. The lineup bring a wide range of influences to their playing – from klezmer to psychedelia to Morris tunes – and while respectful of what makes traditional music great, have no problem blending and twisting its melodies and words to be part of an evolving and diverse tradition. www.timjonesmusic.com. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Saturday 29 September 2018 9pm - Johnny Mac & Co - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Johnny Mac and Co make a welcome return to the B-Bar to promote their new CD. Featuring guitar, vocals, saxophone, mandolin and percussion, they have their own unique blend of classic jazz and folk tunes, plus Johnny's own songs of East Cornwall life. Come along and let this acoustic four piece catch your ears and get your feet tapping. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

29/30 September 2018 - Teign Shanty Festival - Teignmouth
Following their experience of other sea shanty festivals, the Back Beach Boyz are organising the first ever Sea Shanty Festival in Teignmouth aiming to celebrate our maritime traditions, plus local food and drink with sixteen shanty crews from across the South West. www.facebook.com/TeignShantyFestival.

Sunday 30 September 2018 8pm - Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Always engaging and far from predictable these 'Two musicians at the top of their game' (Music Riot) seek to push the boundaries of blues, folk and American roots music. Original compositions on Slide guitar, double bass, harmony vocals and good humoured banter are cornerstones of their live shows. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Sunday 30 September 2018 - Luca Stricagnoli - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Prepare yourself for a World Class Acoustic Experience! With his music videos having internet views exceeding 100 million and bookings in every corner of the globe, Luca Stricagnoli will be here as part of this eagerly anticipated full UK and Ireland Tour. With very special guest on the night Meg Pfeiffer. ‘When it comes to crazy guitar skills Luca Stricagnoli is one of the absolute best’ NME. www.lucastricagnoli.com. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Thursday 4 October 2018 - John Kirkpatrick - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
John is one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, performing solo, in duos, acoustic groups and electric bands, and has established an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso (melodeon, Anglo concertina and button accordion), as well as a leading interpreter of English folk music. He has been a member of the Albion Country Band, Magic Lantern, The Richard Thompson Band, Umps and Dumps, Steeleye Span, Brass Monkey, Trans-Europe Diatonique, and Band of Hope, as well as numerous ceilidh bands. As songwriter, composer, choreographer, and musical director, he has contributed to over sixty plays in the theatre and on radio. And as featured artiste, band member, or session player, his music can be heard on over 200 different commercial recordings. Optional pre-booked dinner available for £12 (Confit Duck with Garlic Mash, Seasonal Veg and Salsa Verde, or Beetroot Risotto with Roasted Beetroot, Crumbled Feta and Pea-shoots). Concert only tickets £14. Contact Daf Edwards dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129 for details, bookings etc.  www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

Thursday 4 October 2018 - Ralph McTell - The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Coal Orchard, Taunton TA1 1JL (map)
Box Office: 01823 283244. www.thebrewhouse.net.
Also at: Falmouth Pavilion on Friday 26 October 2018

Friday 5 October 2018 8pm - Kris Drever and Boo Hewerdine - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
An exclusive south west gig for two of the UK’s finest and most prolific songwriters – Kris Drever (Lau) and Boo Hewerdine (The Bible/Eddi Reader). 2018 finds both artists on top form, Kris having won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Singer 2017, Boo releasing his critically acclaimed Swimming In Mercury album and Letter To My Younger Self EP. Kris and Boo will perform as a duo, two sets no support, playing their favourite songs along with new material. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 5 October 2018 8pm - Albert Lee & his Band - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Albert Lee is one of the most respected and renowned guitarists in music history having worked with The Everly Brothers, Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris and The Cricketts over his long and illustrious career. Albert is a Grammy award-winning musician whose talents continue to be in demand by fellow performers throughout the world. The ultimate virtuoso. His skill is extraordinary, his ear is extraordinary and he’s gifted on just about every level.” - Eric Clapton. “A brilliant guitar player. His sound is unmistakable - often emulated, never equalled.” - Emmylou Harris. Friday 5th Oct 8pm.Tickets £24.  Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Friday 5 October 2018 7.30pm - Scott Matthews - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Scott Matthews’ new record is a career-defining masterpiece. It features sparse production. Recorded at home and in acoustically resonant rural churches, instrumentation has been jettisoned. His ten-song cycle is the sound of a man comfortable in his own skin, putting his neck on the line with a collection of otherworldly songs.
www.scottmatthews.uk. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Saturday 6 October 2018 7.30pm - Jess Vincent - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Singer-songwriter Jess moved from Wiltshire to Bulgaria a year ago and is touring the UK with partner and producer Jozeph Chowles with her fourth release. We hear a thread of the people, stories, colours, flavours and instruments from Jess’s new life there, including Joe’s arrangements and musical contribution. "This album and these songs are a true reflection of where I am now.” This new sound takes Jess’s extraordinary talent in an exciting new direction without losing the trademark subtle arrangements on guitar, baritone uke and harmonium, and uniquely soaring vocal which have established her reputation as a highly original artist with a growing following in the alt folk/indie/Americana acoustic scene. Jess will of course be playing old favourites from her previous three albums on tour.
www.jessvincentsings.com. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Saturday 6 October 2018 9pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Pigs Nose Inn Hall, East Prawle, Kingsbridge TQ7 2BY (map)
Mad Dog 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. Early bookers can also book return shuttle bus from Kingsbridge via East/West Charleton or Frogmore. Doors 8pm. Full details www.pigsnoseinn.co.uk.

Saturday 6 October 2018 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Ilsington Village Hall, TQ13 9RG
We are very happy to have Mike and Steve playing a return gig in Ilsington. We loved their sound, their fantastic musicianship, and their entertaining banter. And a great variety of beautiful folk music from different parts of Europe. Altogether, a wonderful evening. Do come and hear them if you haven’t already. 7.30pm, doors 7pm. There will be light refreshments, but no bar – please bring your own beverages. Tickets £8 from Ilsington Village Shop or call Sue on 07779 981660. www.cosgraveandbanks.com.

Cancelled Saturday 6 October 2018 - Ange Hardy - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
Celebrated by The Telegraph as “one of Britain’s top folk musicians” for her five star 2014 album “The Lament of The Black Sheep” Ange Hardy has grabbed the attention of the traditional folk music world (a feat which saw her nominated at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and winning 4 consecutive FATEA awards) by writing new material and embracing modern technologies whilst maintaining a traditional feel. Ange is currently touring with three different guitars, a 27-string Salvi Harp, a bag of low whistles, a 16" floor drum, a tambourine and a shruti box. Combined with her innovative use of live looping for vocal harmonies she’s one of the most diverse, entertaining and spellbinding solo-artists you're likely to encounter. www.wegottickets.com/event/427976. With Greg Hancock.

Saturday 6 October 2018 7.30pm - The Drystones - The Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
The Drystones are a duo whose arrival on the UK folk scene is making waves. Combining traditional music’s timeless instrumental union of fiddle and guitar with technical mastery, a ‘brave experimental bent’, and an unexpectedly large sound when playing live, it’s no wonder they’ve been described as ‘indecently talented'. Tickets from 01392 833583. More details http://villagesinaction.co.uk/events/the-drystones.

Saturday 6 October 2018 8pm - Dave Peabody & Regina Mudrich - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
It may not be an obvious pairing, but last time around the unlikely combination of this grizzled veteran of the UK blues scene, and the Classically trained vivacious German violinist Ms Mudrich, proved to be a sensation. Expect a night of musical wonder that fuses blues, jazz and the odd oddity interrupted by Peabody's peerless stories - mostly long and tall ! Tickets £10 from the Bridge Inn 01392 876382.

Sunday 7 October 2018 7.45pm - Kevin Dempsey - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
An outstanding and highly versatile guitarist/singer/songwriter, Kevin is a much sought-after musician in the folk world, both at home and abroad. He was a member of Whippersnapper and subsequently in duos with each of (amongst others!) Chris Leslie, Dave Swarbrick and Joe Broughton, who calls him, "the best guitarist on the planet". He accompanied Mary Black on a tour in America and holds summer workshops in both France and the UK. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Thursday 11 October 2018 - Noble Jacks - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing/balcony seating.
With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners as they come on with their high-energy footstompin’ rhythms which have taken crowds by storm across the UK and beyond! The band have been relentlessly touring through 2017, stompin’ their way round the British folk scene with sold out headline shows promoting their debut album ‘What the Hammer’. As well as this, Noble Jacks have appeared at major festivals including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, and main stage Beautiful Days – to name but a few! The band headed to Costa Del Folk in Portugal in October 2017. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Friday 12 October 2018 7.30pm - Alaw - Sheldon Village Hall, Church Lane, Honiton EX14 4QU
Described by Songlines magazine as a “Welsh supergroup”, Alaw is three leading musicians who bring a wealth of experience to a shared passion – the traditional music of Wales. Whether unearthing rare gems or reimagining a well-loved melody, they treat their music with a deftness and sensitivity that is thoroughly absorbing. Combined with powerful song writing and original tunes, this makes for a musical experience that will stay with the listener long after the concert has ended. More details http://villagesinaction.co.uk/events/alaw.

Friday 12 October 2018 8pm - Greg Russell & Jack Rutter - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
You may know them individually as one half of the duo Ciaren Algar and Greg Russell or one third of the trio Moore, Moss, Rutter - but now Greg Russell & Jack Rutter are back for an evening with a difference: two mini concerts with solo spots from Jack and Greg, ending the evening together for a few final tunes and songs. Greg Russell: Possessed of an extraordinary voice that’s ‘full of character’ (The Telegraph), over the last 5 years Greg Russell has established himself as one of the most significant players on the U.K. folk scene. Playing guitar, bouzouki and singing, in 2013 he won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and in 2014 won the Horizon Award from the same source alongside Ciaran Algar. Jack Rutter: Still in his mid 20s, Jack Rutter (Moore Moss Rutter, Seth Lakeman band, Jackie Oates band) is a highly respected singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist playing within the British folk tradition. His new solo set features a range of well known and rare traditional songs from a variety of sources, delivered with guitar, bouzouki or duet concertina accompaniment that complement his signature ‘honest, unaffected vocals’ (Yorkshire Evening Post). Email andrew@frangleton.co.uk or call 01837 840775 for tickets £10.

Friday 12 October 2018 8pm - BarronBrady - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
An opportunity to see what has become a rare appearance together, BarronBrady, are an exciting duo comprising of popular performer Si Barron and partner Ros Brady. They are both lively and enthusiastic and gentle and sympathetic towards their interesting mix of traditional song arrangements and own compositions. The duo have released three acclaimed albums. With brilliant vocals, striking harmonies and excellent instrumentation on guitar, whistles, harmonium and shruti box, not to mention an easy-going engagement with their audiences, they are always guaranteed to provide an impressive performance. http://barronbrady.com/index.html. Support: TBC. Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) paid in adv £10; adv notice, paid on door £12. Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

Friday 12 October 2018 7.30pm - Lake Poets - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
“Somewhere between Bright Eyes and John Martyn. Something Special” – Mojo. The Lake Poets is Martin Longstaff, a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Sunderland. Inspired by artists such as Carole King, Villagers, and Neil Young, Martin’s output as The Lake Poets is as haunting as it is beautiful. Lead single ‘Your Face’ has received over 4 million Spotify plays as well steady airplay on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music. Support: Pete Falloon. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Saturday 13 October 2018 9pm - The O Marleys - Rising Sun, Woodland, Ashburton TQ13 7JT
Irish band The O'Marleys (Irish / Roots / Country, 4 piece) will be playing lots of lively Irish and Scottish music to dance and sing along to. Not to be missed. With you favourites like lack Velvet Band, Whisky in the Jar, Rocky Road To Dublin, Liverpool, and many more uniquely arranged The O'Marleys way, a bit of Folk/Rock, and Reggae mix. Plus our latest single Nancy Mulligan by Ed sheeran with an Irish feel. The O'Marleys will be setting The Rising Sun alight with plenty of Irish Music and Craic. Free entry.

Saturday 13 October 2018 7.30pm - Ceilidh with Dawntreader Ceilidh Band - Ipplepen Village Hall, Newton Abbot TQ12 5SB (map)
Ipplepen Community Hub are holding another ceilidh with all proceeds going to the Hub redevelopment fund. Tickets £10 to include a light supper. Bar available. To reserve tickets contact Steve 01803 812084 or stevemajor4@gmail.com.

Saturday 13 October 2018 7.30pm - Spinach for Norman: Autumn Ceilidh - Victory Hall, Broadclyst, Exeter EX5 3EE
This festive knees-up is an open invitation to everyone to come and enjoy a great night of music and dancing with a caller. Ploughman’s supper included, BYO drinks. Spinach for Norman, the acclaimed all string Ceilidh band, has just celebrated its 33rd year playing traditional dance music from England, Ireland and Scotland. "We’ll also add dances from other parts of Europe into the mix, including France and even Transylvania”, says Joel Segal, the band’s lead violinist. www.spinachfornorman.com. Proceeds to the Broadclyst Twinning Association. Tickets £10 adult, £5 child, U5s free available from TicketSource (no booking fee) or email jonathan.m.croley[at]googlemail.com. Adv booking recommended!

Saturday 13 October 2018 8pm - Gallery Bar Special: Snob Hill - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Since forming five years ago, four part a capella folk group Snob Hill has become a regular fixture on Cornwall’s folk club and festival circuit. Using a range of close harmonies, the group’s repertoire extends from medieval to modern, delivered in style by family members Chris, Claire and Alex Richards, together with singer-songwriter Jim Flanders. Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to the performers please.
Full details www.calstockarts.org.
There’s a special bonus at our events over the weekend of Friday 12 and Saturday 13 October. Our Gallery Bar will host a beer tasting by Devon based Bere Brewery before Histories of the Unexpected and Snob Hill.

Sunday 14 October 2018 8pm - Martin Simpson - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
There is no doubt that after 45 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving. Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

Sunday 14 October 2018 8pm - Reg Meuross - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Somerset singer-songwriter Reg Meuross represents contemporary folk writing at its best. Described by Mark Radcliffe live in session on BBC Radio 2 Folk Show as “a brilliant singer songwriter with a social conscience”, Reg has a rare gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. www.regmeuross.com. With special guest Sadie Horler. www.sadiehorler.com. Tickets £12. www.wegottickets.com/event/435728. Hot drinks available. BYO alcohol.

Sunday 14 October 2018 7.30pm - Blue Rose Code - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
“Blue Rose Code is as slippery as an eel; a genre dodger; a mess of influences and contradictions. This rare display of soul and emotion will not be boxed, a sign of something special.” Spiral Earth. Previous albums have featured such luminaries as Ewan McGregor, Danny Thompson, Karine Palwort and the late John Wetton and this album will be no exception, featuring Julie Fowlis, Kathleen McInnes and the incredible vocal talents of Beth Nielsen Chapman. Centred around Wilson’s own homecoming to his native Scotland, the album explores the variety of journeys that life has to offer. Support: Wez Richmond. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Monday 15 October 2018 7.30pm - Artizan Acoustic Night / Open Mic / Rob Force - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
Our
guest performer tonight from 9pm is Rob Force, a Plymouth-based musician/songwriter equally at home in all genres, acoustic and electric. Expect a soulful voice accompanied by top-class guitar-playing. Refreshments available, both alcoholic and soft drinks. Doors open 7pm, open mic 7.30pm to 9pm. Curated by Robert Spence, 01803 613647.

Friday 19 October 2018 - 3 Daft Monkeys - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
With Celtic and eastern influences, the 3 Daft Monkeys’ dynamic style of world folk music reflects the global village in which we now live. Their infectious dancing rhythms lead you through a musical journey of the senses and emotions, and will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. Doors 8pm. Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

Friday 19 October 2018 8pm - FOS Brothers - Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
"FOS Brothers play an intimate gig with their 4 piece band upstairs at the Dartmouth Inn. Limited tickets to provide a comfortable space for you the audience. Highly recommended to lovers of folk with a progressive world music twist. In full flow this band is phenomenal without losing touch of their folk root." Info provided by the event organiser. More info, ticketing etc. www.fosbrothers.com.

Friday 19 October 2018 - Clive Carroll - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Possibly one of the best guitarists in the country. A true legend and fantastic performer. We predict a sell out on this one so please book your tickets at £10. There will also be a bar. Call
01823 400416 or email milvertonmusic@f2s.com. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 20 October 2018 7.30pm - Roots Night: FOS Brothers, Spin 2 - Bradninch Guildhall, Fore Street, EX5 4NN
2 of the West Country's best Roots/Folk/crossover bands share the stage at the beautiful Guildhall in Bradninch. FOS Brothers: Growing up in Belfast in the 70’s the FOS brothers fuse an eclectic mix of their own original songs with traditional Irish sensibilities flavoured liberally with Floydian/Genesis/Horslipian spices. Their mix of drums, percussion loops and samples, soaring guitars and bass delight festival and venue audiences and that’s before they start singing! Bucolic folk has a psychedelic head-fit. Spin 2: Top Southwest contemporary folk band, comprising of Curved Air and the Huckleberries fiddle player: Paul Saxosnovitch and Ex- Lost T-Shirts Of Atlantis front man Chris Rudd. With a rock-solid rhythm section and all-original material, Spin 2 play a tight set of original songs and tunes, expertly delivered and with a sense of humour and fun. More info, ticketing etc. www.fosbrothers.com.

NEW Saturday 20 October 2018 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Holcombe Burnell Church, Longdown, near Exeter, EX6 7RZ
We are delighted to be having a return visit from Mike and Steve, bringing their captivating smorgasbord of European folk music, together with their light hearted banter, to our beautiful church. It was an evening to remember last time, with candles giving adding to a very special atmosphere, and the church packed with enthusiastic music lovers. If you haven’t heard this wonderful duo yet, come! You won’t be disappointed. 7.30pm. There will be a bar. Tickets , including wine and cheese, £10 from Jane: 01392 811246 and Sue : 01392 811816. A Villages in Action Event. www.cosgraveandbanks.com.

NEW Saturday 20 October 2018 7.30pm - Autumn Céilidh with Half Moon Ceilidh Band - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
With caller Anne Gill, Andy Clarke (guitar, bouzouki) and Steve Gill (melodeons). All welcome: Reel Ale bar and nibbles available. Tickets £8 on door or from artworks. FFI contact Eileen on 01364 73699 or email eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com or visit
www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area, including the Annual 'Twixt' Céilidh on Thursday 27 December 2018.

NEW Saturday 20 October 2018 9pm - Maddy and the Chaps - The Bowling Green, 29-30 Blackboy Road, Exeter EX4 6ST
Playing their foot tapping acoustic sound

NEW Saturday 20 October 2018 - Lvov Affair / Amber Fire Ceilidh Band - Shaugh Prior Apple Day, Shaugh Recreation Hall, PL7 5HG
Activities during the day in and around the Hall. Bring your own apples for pressing. Free entrance. Various events and music throughout the afternoon, including music from Lvov Affair. Lvov in the Ukraine is where accordionist Basil Bunelik lived and learned his music. A town where Russians, Ukrainians, Poles, Moldavians, Romanians, Jews and Gypsies mingled over the centuries, their music has been absorbed by Basil and now with Lisa Rowe on fiddle and Dmitry Babichev on guitar and vocals they are captivating audiences in Devon. https://bunelik.wixsite.com/lvov.
Amber Fire Ceilidh Band with Chris Jewell calling (and fiddling) playing for the evening barn dance. http://bunelik.wix.com/amber-fire. Doors 7pm. Tickets £10, including pasty supper, from David Compton compton.dr@gmail.com.

NEW Saturday 20 October 2018 7.30pm - Double Bill: Kadia & Said The Maiden - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Both Said the Maiden and Kadia have gathered strong followings through with their interpretations of traditional material and original writing, blending three part harmonies and unique instrumental arrangements within their respective trios. Since a chance collaboration at an icy Wassail, the two bands have been eager to come together to pour their six voices and small orchestra of instruments into a joint project. Finally the moment has arrived, and alongside songs showcasing the strengths of the two trios individually, they have developed a series of arrangements specially for this ensemble. Duelling guitars, mandolins, flute and cello all come together to provide a shimmering backdrop for the rich harmony of six singers. Featuring songs with a wintry flavour, this tour is the perfect way to greet the long frosty nights. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 21 October 2018 7.45pm - Brian Willoughby & Cathryn Craig - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Another brilliant guitarist with an understated style that demonstrates perfectly the art of good accompaniment, ex-Strawbs man Brian is the perfect foil for the powerful voice and songs of his wife, Cathryn. Hailing from Richmond, Virginia she cut her musical teeth working alongside the likes of Chet Atkins, Garth Brooks and the Righteous Brothers and, with Brian, creates an unmissable blend of vocal and musical harmony. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 21 October 2018 7.30pm - Martin Carthy - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Martin Carthy is a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist, He's a ballad singer and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic. Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 21 October 2018 - Karine Polwart - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Karine Polwart is a multi-award-winning songwriter and musician, a theatre maker, storyteller, spoken-word performer, essayist, and published writer. Karine will be touring in 2018 with her trio – long-term collaborators brother Steven Polwart (guitars) & Inge Thomson (accordion, percussion) – and releasing new studio album Laws of Motion in Autumn 2018. www.karinepolwart.com. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Monday 22 October 2018 - Rebecca Hosking - Acoustic Warehouse: Graham Butterfield - Ten Tors Inn, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3NP
Singer/songwriter from Nashville, returning for a 3rd visit to our club www.reverbnation.com/rebeccahosking. Entry only £2 with open mic from 7.15pm to 10.15pm. Rebecca is our featured artist. Further information from Nigel Dee 07989 180091.

NEW Tuesday 23 October 2018 7.30pm - Adam Holmes & The Embers + Baskery - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
27-year-old Edinburgh-born singer/songwriter Adam Holmes is one of the brightest rising stars on the UK roots music scene, with influences from either side of the Atlantic mixing traditional and contemporary folk with his own brand of soul and Americana. Twice nominated for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, his first two albums were also nominated for Scottish Album of the Year in 2014 and 2017, and there is much anticipation as to whether he can make it three in a row this year with hia latest released in September 2017. Live, he and his band the Embers combine the rhythm and blues, country and folk music textures of classic artists such as The Band, Tom Petty and The Heartbeakers and Ryan Adams and The Cardinals with their own hint of Scotland. Baskery: The three sisters can’t recall when or why they started playing, the music’s always just been there. In their late teens, the sisters joined forces with their dad, who for decades was a one man band playing old blues and country tunes for a living. This foundation of classic “roots music and Americana” settled in their hearts, but also awoke the urge of breaking the rules of traditional music. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 24 October 2018 - Ninebarrow - St Leonard's Church, Sheepstor, Plymouth
Doors 7pm. Tickets 01822 853186

NEW Thursday 25 October 2018 - Phillip Henry - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Guitar workshop 4-6pm / Evening concert.
In the autumn of 2018, Phillip Henry will celebrate the release of his long awaited solo album True North with a national tour. Commemorating ten years since his journey to Kolkata to study under the great slide guitarist Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, True North charts a life spent travelling the globe, collecting tunes, stories, and instruments. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Thursday 25 October 2018 8pm - Rag Mama Rag - Otterton Mill (Restaurant), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Rag Mama Rag create an exceptionally full and hard driving rhythmic sound which soon as audiences feet tapping. Their repertoire is 20’s and 30’s blues based but extremely varied including many regional styles of the period. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 26 October 2018 - Ninebarrow - Downderry and Seaton Village Hall, Torpoint
Doors 6.30pm. Tickets: val@glastonbury-engineering.co.uk or 01503 250536

NEW Friday 26 October 2018 7.30pm - Kirsty Meryn - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Singer-songwriter Kirsty Merryn on her first ever solo tour of the UK, following Kirsty’s show-stopping performances opening for Show of Hands on their 22-night tour of UK cathedrals, playing to nearly 14,000 people along the way. Kirsty’s debut album “She & I” is a collection of stories about women from history, from local legend Admiral Nelson’s mistress Emma Lady Hamilton, to Annie Edson Taylor, the first person to go over Niagara falls in a barrel. “She & I” released in November 2017 and received a fantastic reception, reaching Number 3 in the Amazon Folk Bestsellers download chart, garnering national and local airplay, winning awards, and receiving reviews in the Guardian, the Sunday Express and many more. Beguiling and mercurial, Kirsty’s music is heavily anchored in the folk tradition with jazz and classical backwaters. But her influences have a much wider reach, ranging from Cara Dillon to Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush - emphatic piano-based songs with sharply observed lyrics - packaged with panache in elegant - beautifully balanced settings and delivered with crystal clear, assured vocals. www.kirstymerryn.com. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details, samples, online bookings, full programme; or call 01803 875527 / 07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Saturday 27 October 2018 7.30pm - Harbottle & Jonas - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
The husband and wife duo combine the rich traditions of folk music with original and contemporary interpretations through a blend of closely intertwined vocal harmonies. The two teachers turned road hardened folk troubadours have plenty of new tales to tell. Each song has been carefully written and researched, and is always accompanied with a great story and a good degree of humour; however macabre the content may be. The songs cover a range of social, political and historical issues. They also sing about family, the Devil, Malcolm and Grimsby. Their music is original and unique. It is performed with integrity and on instruments that include the concertina, harmonium, banjo, stompbox, acoustic guitar and dobra. Each performance establishes a warm rapport, engagement and interaction with the audience. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 27 October 2018 - Ninebarrow - Denbury Village Hall, Newton Abbot
Multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Most recently, the duo were nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the ‘Horizon’ category for Best Emerging Artist; their latest album was awarded 5-stars in both The Morning Star and the EFDSS’s EDS Magazine, and has received airplay on BBC Radios 2, 3, 6 Music, Wales and Scotland. Folk luminary, Mike Harding, has hailed it as ‘absolutely monumental’. Tickets: Clare Head 01803 813149 & Union Inn, Denbury

NEW Saturday 27 October 2018 7.30pm - 3 Daft Monkey - Parish Hall, Bary Lane, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Crediton EX17 4BB
With Celtic and eastern influences, the 3 Daft Monkeys’ dynamic style of world folk music reflects the global village in which we now live. Their infectious dancing rhythms lead you through a musical journey of the senses and emotions, and will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/449812.

NEW Saturday 27 October 2018 7-10pm - Devon Air Ambulance charity ceilidh with Worts'n'All - Broadhempston Village Hall, Kings Close Field, Broadhempston TQ9 6BJ
Tickets £7.50 (includes raffle), available from Kay on 01803 361829. Light refreshments available. No bar, BYO drinks.

NEW Saturday 27 October 2018 8pm - Willy Porter - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Willy Porter is a guitar virtuoso with an insinuating voice that sneaks past your defences and gets under your skin. The Washington Post has called him “a dazzling acoustic guitarist with a moody baritone,” while the Boston Globe describes him as “an acoustic picker with the Olympian speed of Leo Kottke bolstered by rootsy vocals and twisting, offbeat lyrics.” www.willyporter.com. Tickets £12+. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/436490. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Wednesday 31 October 2018 8pm - Stephen Fearing - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Canada's long had a reputation for coming up with division one talent and singer/songwriter and ferociously talented guitarist Stephen Fearing , has become one of the country's most revered musical exports. Along the way he's also found time to be a founder member of Blackie And The Rodeo Kings, a band he founded with Colin Linden of 'Oh Brother Where Art Thou ?' fame. Tickets £12.50 from the Bridge Inn 01392 876382.

NEW 2-4 November 2018 - Exploring Folklore: Focus on Dartmoor - Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe, Somerset, TA4 4BD
For Halsway’s second Exploring Folklore weekend, the focus is that extraordinary wealth of folklore that was, and still is, found on Dartmoor. All our guest contributors come from the area and, between them, demonstrate not only how we live within our own folklore, but how closely all the different aspects of folklore combine to define a culture by drawing on the past, living in the here and now, and shaping the future. The team includes Dartmoor tradition bearer Bill Murray, Dartmoor step dance champion (and singer, musician & composer) Matt Norman, plus Tom Pearce’s Old Grey Mare will be travelling up from Dartymoor! Doc Rowe returns along with weekend host Tom Brown, for an enjoyable weekend of talks, presentations, practical workshops and performances exploring folklore, folklorismus and fakelore. For full details and ticket see https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/exploring-folklore-dartmoor/.

NEW Saturday 3 November 2018 8pm - Phillip Henry - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
In the autumn of 2018, Phillip Henry will celebrate the release of his long awaited solo album True North with a national tour. Commemorating ten years since his journey to Kolkata to study under the great slide guitarist Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, True North charts a life spent travelling the globe, collecting tunes, stories and instruments. Phillip Henry is an in demand performer whose collaborations with fellow musicians Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Steve Knightley (Show of Hands) and Hannah Martin (Edgelarks) have led to the evolution of a unique instrumental style that has wowed audiences around the world. Now he is preparing to take his solo show on the road with a very special series of concerts. As well as his collection of slide guitars, his show-stopping beatbox harmonica, a great favourite with audiences, is sure to make an appearance. Featuring old favourites, and material from True North, this will be an evening to inspire the mind and lighten the soul. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Sunday 4 November 2018 7.45pm - Stephen Fearing - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Canadian born but raised in Dublin, Stephen's music is a mesmerizing blend of folk, roots, and pop. He is a gifted story-teller, guitarist and a fine singer/songwriter, with a clear voice that commands immediate attention. He has released nine albums as a solo artist, the latest of which "Every Soul's a Sailor" was preceded by the single "Blowhard Nation", an anti-Trump protest song, released before the US presidential election. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 7 November 2018 - Fisherman’s Friends - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Bound together by lifelong friendship and shared experience for more than 25 years the Fisherman’s Friends have met on the Platt (harbour) in their native Port Isaac to raise money for charity, singing the traditional songs of the sea handed down to them by their forefathers. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Friday 9 November 2018 8pm - Clive Gregson - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
The only concert Clive is doing in the South-West on his current tour, so a great opportunity to see this exceptional songwriter, singer and guitarist in a relaxed and informal venue. Clive first came to prominence with his cult band, Any Trouble, in the early 80's. From 1985 for several years he and Christine Collister were the foremost acoustic duo in the country. He has toured solo over the world and become a very successful performer. He has also worked with Richard Thompson, Nanci Griffith, Eddie Reader, Boo Hewerdine and has been a member of Plainsong. His songs have been covered by the likes of Fairport Convention, Nanci Griffith, Kim Carnes and Norma Waterson, among others. 13 solo albums to his credit, plus many more with Christine Collister and Any Trouble. www.clivegregson.com/index.html. Early booking advised. Support: TBC. Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) paid in adv £12; adv notice, paid on door £14. Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

NEW Saturday 10 November 2018 8pm - Martyn Joseph - America Hall, De La Rue Way, Pinhoe, Exeter EX4 8PX (map)
Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other, a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”, but there are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be – but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman. www.martynjoseph.net. Tickets £17+. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/443338. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Saturday 10 November 2018 - John Smith - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
“The future of folk music” - John Renbourn; “He’s a magician” - Ben Howard; “Spellbinding” - Time Out. John Smith has gained a reputation through relentless touring as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and singer-songwriters. Compared as a singer to John Martyn and Ray Lamontagne, Smith has evolved his own transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide techniques, switching between acoustic and electric guitars in various tunings. His uniquely intimate take on love, loss or even a mythic murder ballad, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following, made up of people willing to take part in the communion of a song. £16.50. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Saturday 10 November 2018 8pm - RSVP Bhangra Band - RatteryVillage Hall, South Brent TQ10 9LD (map)
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. Tickets from 01364 72597 / 07879 438769. More details, online booking... www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 10 November 2018 - William the Conqueror - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Cornwall trio William the Conqueror have been picking up praise from far flung corners ever since Ruarri Joseph took the step to go public with his erstwhile secret alter-ego. Debut album, Proud Disturber of the Peace, was released in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim, and their shows have been steadily winning over fans up and down the country. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Saturday 10 November 2018 8.30pm - The Eskies - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Standing. Hailing from Dublin, The Eskies bring their unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze houses far and wide. Last year saw them play over 40 festivals in 5 countries, tour Ireland, UK, Netherlands and Switzerland as well as being invited to the influential new music festival Eurosonic Festival. Other notable festival performances included Glastonbury Main Stage Avalon, Main Stage Cambridge and Bestival. Support: Black Water County, Smashing their way into the UK folk punk scene since 2013, Black Water County bring an energetic live show of stout quaffing, banjo breaking and tin whistle mangling original music, along with trads and shanties that have been given a good kick up the **** and a slap around the face. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 10 November 2018 8pm - Steve James - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
A man who's become something of a legend around these parts, Steve James is a peerless songsmith, a dynamic performer and with a sponsorship with the National Guitar Co. - validation were it needed - widely acknowledged as being one of the finest slide guitarists on the planet. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Steve transcends the limitations of traditional blues music, transforming the genre into something far removed from any suggestion of a museum like ambience ! Tickets £12 from the Bridge Inn 01392 873862.

NEW Sunday 11 November 2018 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
It’s been quite a 12 months for Show of Hands, featuring an extraordinary reaction to their haunting cathedral tour ‘Sanctuary’, sell-out shows at eminent venues like Shakespeare’s Globe and the Cutty Sark - and Harberton's St Andrew's Church! -  solo tours, duo tours and Steve’s writing for the upcoming studio album. Miranda and husband Dan are embarking on their own adventure with their first baby due in November, and so Cormac Byrne (legendary percussionist of Seth Lakeman Band fame) steps into the breach with his spectacular talents to complete the Show of Hands autumn trio. Together, Steve and Phil will deliver the festival favourites that fans know and love, with Cormac adding a new twist. They’ll also showcase the results of Steve’s recent songwriting. www.showofhands.co.uk. www.theatreroyal.com/whats-on/2018/show-of-hands.

NEW Monday 12 November 2018 - John Smith - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. “The future of folk music” - John Renbourn; “He’s a magician” - Ben Howard; “Spellbinding” - Time Out. John Smith has gained a reputation through relentless touring as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and singer-songwriters. Compared as a singer to John Martyn and Ray Lamontagne, Smith has evolved his own transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide techniques, switching between acoustic and electric guitars in various tunings. His uniquely intimate take on love, loss or even a mythic murder ballad, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following, made up of people willing to take part in the communion of a song. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Wednesday 14 November 2018 - Afro Celt Sound System - Princess Theatre, Torquay
Formed by Grammy-nominated musician and record producer Simon Emmerson, Afro Celt Sound System are a European and African based collective who’ve been a ground-breaking force in music ever since they started. Their acclaimed live performances are energetic and captivating and innovatively combine folk traditions of different cultures to breath-taking effect. They won Best Group in the 2017 Songlines Music Awards. Simon Emmerson is joined by long-term members’ vocalist, kora and balafon player N’Faly Kouyaté and Dhol drummer Johnny Kalsi. Their live show features contributions from a host of other outstanding musicians including Armagh-born vocalist and flautist Rioghnach Connolly and bodhrán player and percussionist Robbie Harris. They will also be joined by special guests Peter Tickell on fiddle, Ged Lynch on drums, Simon Richmond on keyboards and Lottie Cullen on pipes and whistle. https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/an-evening-with-afro-celt-sound-system/princess-theatre-torquay.

NEW Friday 16 November 2018 7.30pm - Reg Meuross + Harbottle & Jonas - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
The Whitehouse Sessions presents Reg Meuross, described as a "brilliant singer-songwriter and true troubadour with a social conscience" by Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2's Folk Show. With special guests Harbottle & Jonas, a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. Full details www.regmeuross.com.

NEW Friday 16 November 2018 7.30pm - Kit Holmes with Alan Greenwood - Scoriton Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
A fun entertaining evening to get your music taste buds tingling! Kit’s trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso guitar playing have wowed audiences across the UK through extensive touring with the guitar hero, John Etheridge. The Observer described her music as "Macy Gray meets Nick Drake", and both Bob Harris and Andy Kershaw have featured her on their BBC shows. Recent gigs include: Paul McCartney’s LIPA; the Anne Frank Awards at the BBC; a performance for Bill Bryson and Andy Kershaw and a headline show at the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain. Licensed bar. Tickets £10 adult / £5 child / £25 family available from Steph on 01364 631288 or www.ticketsource.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 17 November 2018 7.30pm - Ceilidh with Spinach for Norman - Blackawton Village Hall, Vicarage Road, nr Totnes TQ9 7AY
details tba

NEW Saturday 17 November 2018 8pm - Kitty Macfarlane - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
Stunning voice, brilliant guitarist, great songwriter. Doesn't sing about how she's feeling (much)! Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 17 November 2018 7.30pm - Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
A unique concert which celebrates the unforgettable music of Simon & Garfunkel. Fronted by the duo Bookends, the concert has toured the globe extensively being described as ‘simply breathtaking’. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 18 November 2018 7.45pm - Jody Kruskal - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A NewYorker, who plays the Anglo concertina, Jody's concerts offer a warm and engaging presentation of traditional and popular American songs. From witty and humorous ditties to songs that explore the depths of the human condition, his singing tells stories that are hilarious, gritty and true... stories of train wrecks, wrecked marriages, death row, lonesome lovers, heroes, losers, swaggering braggarts, lazy slackers and slapstick fools! Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Monday 19 November 2018 7.30pm - Artizan Acoustic Night / Open Mic / Daria Kulesh - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
With Daria Kulesh as guest performer from 9pm. Refreshments available, both alcoholic and soft drinks. Doors open 7pm, open mic 7.30pm to 9pm. Curated by Robert Spence, 01803 613647.

NEW Friday 23 November 2018 8pm - Sheelanagig - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Delivering intricate, rhythmically complex arrangements of original and traditional works in a Balkan style, the band who formed in early 2005 had an instant chemistry, gained a considerable following and quickly earned a reputation for their exhilarating and intense live performances. This group of incredible players force you to dance your socks off and have a great time. Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 24 November 2018 8pm - Worry Dolls - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
“Worry Dolls combine a great sensibility of American Country music with their own English folk influences to create a warm and infectious sound” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2. “London duo Worry Dolls lit up the main stage with their harmony driven indie-pop in their most prestigious performance to date” – Rob Bridge (Folk Radio UK), Cambridge Folk Festival. “Worry Dolls are going places” – The Bluegrass Situation. Special guest: Jake Morrell. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 1 December 2018 8pm - Belshazzar's Feast: Two Wise Men Tour - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
On tour with their celebrated Christmas show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, stirring in classical, pop and music hall, all topped off with audience participation and lashings of wry humour, Paul Sartin (Bellowhead / Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (Hoover The Dog) together wow audiences across the UK, USA and Australia with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat, always sending audiences home with smiles on their faces. ‘Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.’ Mike Harding, previously of BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. www.belshazzarsfeast.com. Tickets available now, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.

NEW Saturday 1 December 2018 8pm - Sarah McQuaid - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument. www.sarahmcquaid.com. Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 1 December 2018 - Ceilidh with Spinach for Norman - The Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free).

NEW Sunday 2 December 2018 7.45pm - Jigantics - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tba  Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Tuesday 4 December 2018 - Thea Gilmore - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Since releasing her debut as a teenager nearly 20 years ago, the Oxfordshire-raised, Cheshire-based singer and songwriter Thea Gilmore has gained global acclaim for making music not only of extraordinary beauty, but of rare honesty and insight. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Thursday 6 December 2018 - St Agnes Fountain - Hannahs at Seale Hayne, Howton Lane, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ
details tba. www.discoverhannahs.org. Tel. 01626 325800.

NEW 6-8 December 2018 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
It’s been quite a 12 months for Show of Hands, featuring an extraordinary reaction to their haunting cathedral tour ‘Sanctuary’, sell-out shows at eminent venues like Shakespeare’s Globe and the Cutty Sark - and Harberton's St Andrew's Church! -  solo tours, duo tours and Steve’s writing for the upcoming studio album. Miranda and husband Dan are embarking on their own adventure with their first baby due in November, and so Cormac Byrne (legendary percussionist of Seth Lakeman Band fame) steps into the breach with his spectacular talents to complete the Show of Hands autumn trio. Together, Steve and Phil will deliver the festival favourites that fans know and love, with Cormac adding a new twist. They’ll also showcase the results of Steve’s recent songwriting. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Friday 7 December 2018 8pm - O’Hooley & Tidow - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
One of British Folk’s mightiest combinations, O’Hooley & Tidow return for an evening of beautifully performed, original, contemporary and traditional Winter songs from their latest album ‘WinterFolk Vol 1’, produced with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Ben Walker. Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (their time will come!) and described by The Guardian as ‘exceptional songwriters’, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving and soulful performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that went down a storm at their last appearance with us. ‘They sing together in the way families do…like The Coppers or The Watersons’. Tom Robinson, 6 Music. www.ohooleyandtidow.com. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 - Folk Orchestra of Torbay Christmas Concert - Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
details tba www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk. Box office 01803 665800.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 8pm - The Dylan Project - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Take four of Britain's most talented folk-rock musicians and a unique singer, add the repertoire of a genius, and you've got the recipe for a dream band. The musicians in question are PJ Wright (slide and electric guitars, pedal steel) Gerry Conway (drums and percussion) Phil Bond (keys) Dave Pegg (bass) and the singer is Steve Gibbons. As The Dylan Project, they present an exhilarating tribute to the work of arguably the greatest postwar songwriter in the English language. The Dylan Project's repertoire spans the whole of Dylan's oeuvre – everything from Highway 61 to Mississippi – and new material is frequently brought into the setlist. Whether you are a diehard Dylan fan or just enjoy great songs performed with flair and brio, The Dylan Project will take your breath away. Go and see them or buy one of the albums – you won't be disappointed. £20. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 8pm - Martin Harley - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 15 December 2018 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
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. Jiggery folkery, hokery pokery...Mad Dog raise hands, lift feet and start parties wherever they play with their spellbinding recipe of folk, pop, rock, jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. Whisking up whistles, fiddles and mandolins to collide in a spectacular explosion of infectious fun, they demand you to dance. www.carnglaze.com.

NEW Sunday 16 December 2018 7.45pm - Johnny Coppin - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tba  Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 19 December 2018 8pm - Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
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! £13. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW 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.

NEW Thursday 20 December 2018 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Standing. 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.

NEW Sunday 23 December 2018 7.30pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Standing. 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.
www.tavistockwharf.com.

NEW 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) £7.50 from artworks. Entry includes one free non-alcoholic spiced berry drink. FFI: contact Eileen McKee on 01364 73699 or email: eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com.

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 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.

NEW 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.

NEW Friday 15 February 2019 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
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.

NEW 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 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 - Jon Boden & The Remnant Strings - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
details tba www.jonboden.com. www.theploughartscentre.org.uk.

NEW 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.

NEW 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. Tickets available now, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.

NEW Thursday 28 March 2019 7.30pm - Feast of Fiddles Silver Jubilee Tour - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
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.

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