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Saturday 18 July 2015 7.30pm - New Rope String Band

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

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Folk Diary coverage:
events mostly within an approx. 30 mile radius of Totnes as the crow flies, i.e. including Exeter and Plymouth, and covering Tavistock, Okehampton and Sidmouth for example. It is the main reference for compilation of the Harberton Folk email circulars. Map links (streetmap.co.uk): yield a fully zoomable map. I'm increasingly including postcodes in the venue information for those of you who rely on satnavs.
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Southern Devon Folk Diary

Alaw Trio - Traditional Music
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
'Alaw' is Welsh for melody, and it is a love of melody that is at the heart of this group. The band unites the talents of three exceptional musicians whose subtle interplay is a joy to watch. Drawing on a wealth of experience, they take their audiences on a musical journey - a tune brought back from a tour in Bulgaria or collaboration in India - but at the heart of their set is a passion for the old tunes of Wales. From sublime slow airs to dazzling dance tunes and storming songs, Alaw promise a performance of joyful and life-affirming music. Alaw's remarkable empathy and playful repartee comes from many years of working together. Dylan and Oli have performed in Szapora and The Ian McMillan Orchestra. Oli and Jamie are well known throughout the folk world as the frontline of Jamie Smithâ's Mabon. A top band led by one hell of an accordion player. Mike Harding. www.alaw-band.com
18 April 2015 7.30pm - Whimple Victory Hall
19 April 2015 8pm - King's Arms, Okehampton

Saturday 18 April 2015 - Ferocious Dog - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Creating their own take on Traditional Celtic folk, Ferocious Dog takes the traditional instruments; fiddles, whistles, mandolins and mixes them up with a bit of, raw, buzz saw rock n’ roll attitude. Unique, aggressive yet feel-good music. ‘As someone who has played with the Levellers, Oysterband and Wonderstuff… Ferocious Dog are carrying on the tradition of folk rock the way it was meant to be done’ Dan Donnelly. Support from Emily Howard & The Leylines. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/ferocious-dog. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Saturday 18 April 2015 - Hat Fitz & Cara - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Voodoo Lounge. Aussie mountain man meets beautiful Irish Coleen. Yes, it’s all been said before, but the combination of Hat Fitz’s reconstructed Delta Blues brought to you via a battered National Steel guitar, and Cara’s inventive drumming, soulful vocals, frantic washboard and haunting Irish whistle playing, makes this pair one of the most sensational duos around. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/hat-fitz-cara. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Saturday 18 April 2015 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Part of his 'Grow Your Own Gig' tour. 'Show of Hands' acclaimed front man and BBC award winning singer-songwriter, is returning to his roots and taking his solo show to village halls the length and breadth of England. Licensed bar. All tickets £16. Bookings, enquiries contact Peter Hopwood 01364 72056, email hopwoodclan[at[yahoo.co.uk, or Mandy Haley 01364 73809, or email on mandy[at]timman.co.uk.

Saturday 18 April 2015 8pm - Whiskey in the Jar - Tiverton Arts Theatre, Bolham Road, Tiverton EX15 5SQ
Sean Cannon leadman with the recently formed Dublin Legends (formerly the iconic Dubliners) is joined by his 2 talented sons James and Robert to present a wonderful evening of Irish songs, jigs, soft ballads and fine Celtic music all played with the usual Irish charm and passion. Enjoy the Craic! Reserved seats £12.50. Box office 9.00am-5.30pm Mon-Sat, phone 01884 233741 or www.wegottickets.com/289960. A donation will be made to Twyford Disability Soccer.

Saturday 18 April 2015 8.15pm - Keith James plays the songs of Nick Drake - Blue Walnut Cafe, Walnut Road, Chelston TQ2 6HS (map)
Nick Drake is the most revered and truly loved of all of this Country’s singersongwriters. He recorded three cherished Albums between 1969 and 1972 but was almost entirely unknown in his day. After his tragic death in 1974 aged only 26 his music almost disappeared into obscurity. Now, thanks to a massive resurgence of interest on a worldwide scale, re-evaluating his Life and his genius, Nick Drake has become a National treasure. This new concert will have, as far as can be possible, a fresh and rewarding set list. ‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent; ‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’ Sunday Times; ‘an absolute must’ Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio. More details 01803 394113. www.bluewalnuttorquay.co.uk.

Saturday 18 April 2015 10am-12 noon - Cornish dance and music workshop - Callington Town Hall, Callington
Free - come along and learn some dances and tunes, all abilities welcome.Lead by Carmen Hunt and Rosie Fierek. Promoted by CAVe in support of Callington MayFest. For information and music email caveatcallington@gmail.com.

Sunday 19 April 2015 8pm -  Keith James plays the songs of Nick Drake - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Nick Drake is the most revered and truly loved of all of this Country’s singersongwriters. He recorded three cherished Albums between 1969 and 1972 but was almost entirely unknown in his day. After his tragic death in 1974 aged only 26 his music almost disappeared into obscurity. Now, thanks to a massive resurgence of interest on a worldwide scale, re-evaluating his Life and his genius, Nick Drake has become a National treasure. This new concert will have, as far as can be possible, a fresh and rewarding set list. ‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent; ‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’ Sunday Times; ‘an absolute must’ Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio. Tickets £10. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Sunday 19 April 2015 7.45pm - Tom Kitching & Gavin Davenport - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Previously a guest at the Club with Gren Bartley, ace fiddler Tom now teams up with multi-award-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist Gavin Davenport (Albion Band, etc). Together they promise a rich and varied blend of traditional and contemporary songs and tunes.  For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 19 April 2015 2.30pm - Paddy’s Whiskers - The Boathouse, Preston Sands, Paignton
South Devon based three-piece Paddy’s Whiskers play a footstomping mix of Irish, Celtic and American traditional music in their own contemporary style on fiddle, banjo, mandolin, border bagpipes, guitar, harmonica and percussion. "We've been locked away working on new material for the past couple of months - and we'll be showcasing new songs and tunes. Listen out for "The Ballad of Popcorn Sutton"...an original bluegrass style number about a wild and magical old hillbilly brewing moonshine in the Appalachian mountains - written by Marcus from the Whiskers. Our new set includes more banjo, more bagpipes....and plenty of old favourites and Irish dance tunes to get everybody up and jigging around." Free entry. See
www.paddyswhiskers.co.uk for more information, or call Andrew 07514 064558.

Sunday 19 April 2015 2.20pm to 5pm - Friendly Circle - Ebenezer Hall, Okehampton EX20 1AR
Facilitated by Marilyn Tucker. Wren Music's Frendly Circle provides a chance to perform to other people who are in the same situation and together we can overcome nerves, help you to get inside that troublesome song, or to try out a new song for the first time. £5.

Sunday 19 April 2015 - Bellowhead - Hall For Cornwall, Truro
The only West-Country date on this tour. See www.hallforcornwall.co.uk.

Tuesday 21 April 2015 8pm - Johnny Campbell - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, 2mls SW of Cullompton
Johnny has a fast, ruthless, uncompromising sound which draws it's influences from traditional music and the likes of Ewan MacColl, The Pogues and Billy Bragg. Sometimes he engages frantic Bluegrass style picking and shows the influence of punk. Passion is his hallmark; for a cause, lust for life and a deep feeling for songs from the likes of Robbie Burns to Woody Guthrie. Support: Bournemouth band Kadi; local support: Folk Pixie – Rosie Eade and Amanda Porteous. £4 door. Contact Gerard Edwards 01392 881105.

Thursday 23 April 2015  - Tia McGraff - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Touring her new 2015 CD, Tia is back! This Canadian singer/songwriter first stepped into the international spotlight on a CBCTV special with Johnny Cash and June Carter, and has since, over a 15 year career, become one of the most respected performers in roots and Americana circles. With a voice described as "stolen from angels", coupled with exquisite songwriting and impassioned delivery, Bob Harris favourite Tia has the ability to capture her audience and hold them spellbound until the last haunting note has faded. Tia is joined by husband and co-writer Tommy Parham. www.tiamcgraff.com. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Friday 24 April 2015 9pm - Appaloosas - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Appaloosas are a three-piece band from Dartmoor, Devon, who perform music from the Appalachian region of the eastern United States, music rooted in traditional folk ballads and tunes brought over by immigrants from the British Isles which in turn influenced the popular old-time music and recordings of the 20s and 30s. The band is built around the outstanding Appalachian and old-time inspired vocals of Eliza Acty, clawhammer banjo and guitar from Peter Acty and decorated by intricate melodies from virtuoso fiddle player Stephen Potter. www.appaloosasmusic.com. Tickets £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 24 April 2015 7.30pm - Appel Direct - Willow Restaurant, The Narrows, Totnes
Gypsy swing band in the Manouche style, playing the music of the European gypsies, made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli. www.appeldirect.co.uk

Saturday 25 April 2015 10am-12 noon - Cornish dance and music workshop - Callington Town Hall, Callington
Free - come along and learn some dances and tunes, all abilities welcome.Lead by Carmen Hunt and Rosie Fierek. Promoted by CAVe in support of Callington MayFest. For information and music email caveatcallington@gmail.com.

Saturday 25 April 2015 10am-5pm - Wren Music's Acoustic Guitar Day - Octagon Theatre, Okehampton College
Tutors: Paul Wilson and Nick Wyke. Choosing chords, melody playing and ornaments, finger style techniques and much more. This course is open to all, with workshops for many levels of experience from beginners through to more advanced players. (Instruments can be provided for complete beginners, please book in advance.) Contact: Wren Music, Ebenezer Hall, North Street, Okehampton, EX20 1AR. Tel: 01837 53754, email: paulo@wrenmusic.co.uk. £30 (includes Folk Café concert). www.wrenmusic.co.uk.

Saturday 25 April 2015 7.30pm - Wren Music's Folk Café - All Saints Church Hall, Okehampton
An intimate cabaret style concert hosted by Marilyn Tucker and Paul Wilson. Guests include: Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll, Trev Munkenbeck and the massed guitars from the guitar day (see separate publicity). Spaces for floor singers/players. Tea and coffee available, BYO alcohol/food. £5. www.wrenmusic.co.uk.

Saturday 25 April 2015 - Four Parts Guitar - Gordon Giltrap, John Etheridge, Raymond Burley, Clive Carroll - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Four of the most influential guitarists in Britain return to Calstock Arts to showcase their brand new album, following last year’s highly successful sell out concert. Interweaving magical playing and a shared love of music, their sound is spontaneous, exciting and technically brilliant with all four bringing their individual styles to the mix. The concert consists of a mix of solo, duo, and quartet pieces.
Details www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 25 April 2015 8pm - Great Western Ceilidh with English String Band - Bowhill School, Buddle Lane, Exeter EX4 1JT (map)
A belated celebration for St George's Day. Using a combination of fiddles, cellos and double bass the English String Band create a full and exciting sound playing traditional English tunes from around the country, with both unison fiddle playing and harmonies to add further interest and enjoyment.
To book in advance email ceilidhs@great-western.org.uk or call Alan on 01392 217152.

Saturday 25 April 2015 - Benjamin Folke Thomas - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Enjoy an evening of great music and highly original songs from Swedish singer/songwriter Benjamin Folke Thomas. Ben's explosive take on alt-country and country-rock (with emphasis on the rock) has been impressing British audiences since he arrived in London five years ago. Ben recently travelled to Nashville with legendary radio presenter Bob Harris as part of the 'BBC Introducing' presence at the 2014 Americanas. "Ben's instrumental virtuosity, sophisticated songwriting, and powerful passionate vocals add up to Americana at its very best," says Bob. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/299404.

Saturday 25 April 2015 7.30pm - Reg Meuross & Jess Vincent - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5JN (map)
[NB This postcode is correct but interestingly gives a totally wrong location in Google Maps/Earth and, I'm told, satnav. Streetmap.co.uk which I use for my map links does however point to the correct location. Contact Simon below for details.]
Reg brings to the stage a collection of extremely beautiful songs, performed with humour and depth, and sung with the voice of an angel. Reg has that 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. His special guest will be Jess Vincent. A beautiful and unique voice matched by an extraordinary songwriting talent. Support from Exeter band, Velvet and Stone. £8 adv from Simon 01392 669704 / 07935 543124 / email sstwigg[at]blueyonder.co.uk, £10 door. www.facebook.com/events/1536537343261503

Sunday 26 April 2015 8pm - Gavin Davenport Band - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Gavin Davenport's bold, distinctive vocals, multi-instrumental skills wrapped around a unique percussive guitar style and a knack for stark, contemporary songwriting unite the best of the oral tradition with a modern relevance. He is a winner of the John Birmingham cup for newly composed song and as a member of the Albion Band was nominated for Songlines and Fatea awards in 2013 as well as winning a Spiral Earth award. www.gavindavenport.com. £8 adv/£10 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Sunday 26 April 2015 7.30-9.30pm - Balkan and Gypsy Dance - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Exeter EX1 2LJ
Located in Newtown - free parking opposite the hall. Cost £7. For more information call Fiona Parr 01626 821110 or Kushuma Holyoak 01837 82001.

Tuesday 28 April 2015 - Sam Lee & Friends - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Sam Lee, Mercury Prize nominated folk singer, promoter and animateur will release his debut album Ground Of Its Own in June 2012. Having abandoned his work as a trained visual artist, teacher of wilderness survival and moonlighting as a burlesque dancer and embarking on a journey into the old songs of The British Isles, Sam is fast becoming accepted as a new pioneer, defining the sound, sight and texture of contemporary folksong. He was given the 2011 Arts Foundation Award, which for the first time, honoured folk music amongst the art forms. Likewise his live band, Sam Lee and Friends, carve a new acoustic with their homemade and mongrelised instrumentation using unconventional and contemporary arrangements that challenging preconceptions of what ʻtraditional folkʼ should sound like. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/sam-lee-friends. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Wednesday 29 April 2015 8pm - Cale Tyson - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
If George Jones style country is your thing then you won't want to miss out on Cale Tyson.Included in Rolling Stone's 2014's"10 Country artists you need to know" Cale hails originally from Fort Worth Texas the home of Townes Van Zandt and the place where he first heard the classic country sounds which have inspired and enriched his gentle,melancholy and undenaibly whiskey-soaked sound. Cale will be accompanied on stage by Pete Lindberg. Check him out at www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYb4Tr2V_6I. Tickets: £10 adv from www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/b-bar-booking, £12 door.

Thursday 30 April 2015 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Two of the British folk scenes most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. Support from Hattie Briggs. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/kathryn-roberts-sean-lakeman. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Friday 1 May 2015 - The James Brothers - James Fagan & Jamie McClennan - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
The James Brothers are not really outlaws, neither are they brothers and only one of them is called James. They come from the lands down under – Australia and New Zealand; lands in which the traditional songs and tunes of the British Isles have evolved their own unique characteristics, like musical marsupials. And it’s these songs and tunes, and several of their own making, that The James Brothers have united to play. Sydney-born James Fagan – best known as one half of Nancy Kerr & James Fagan (musically and maritally), but also spotted playing guitar and bouzouki in The Cara Dillon Band and the live circus that is Bellowhead. Jamie McClennan from New Zealand found himself in a duo with Scotland’s BBC-award-winning Emily Smith (whom he also married). Jamie has been sighted on fiddle, whistle and guitar next to the likes of The Waifs, Beth Nielson Chapman, Brian Finnegan and John McCusker. For Fagan and McClennan this is about bringing their distinct Antipodean-steeped folk to a new audience, with songs and tunes brought to life by a fraternal bond between two very silly, but captivatingly gifted musicians.
www.thejamesbrothers.co.uk. Details www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 1 May 2015 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated+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. Seats bookable for £2 more. Box office 01822 611166. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2330_mad_dog_mcrea.

1/2 May 2015 - Bovey Tracey Ceilidh and May Fayre
Friday 1 May 7.30pm - Ceilidh - Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey
£5 on the door.
Saturday 2 May 10.30am-4.40pm - May Fayre with Folk Dancing & Dance Workshops - Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey

Saturday 2 May 2015 8pm - The Kennedys - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Yet another top flight act in sleepy Topsham ! The Kennedys are about as drenched in Americana as you can get without slamming down a bottle of Jack Daniels. Pete Kennedy rules as one of the scene's finest guitarists and has played with all the greats, and singer/guitarist Maura Kennedy - along with Pete - has been a long term member of Nancy Griffith's stage band. Tickets £12 from The Bridge 01392 873862.

Sunday 3 May 2015 - Blackawton International Festival of Wormcharming (5 miles from Dartmouth)
Live music all afternoon from 2pm in the George Inn, Blackawton garden. Beer festival and 5 bands including: Harbottle and Jonas - inspirational duo causing a great deal of interest; The Boys from Melbourne Street - including Phil Beer's former stage partner, the formidable Colin Wilson; The Nauti Buoys - the unbelievable (well, we can't believe them) shanty band. Full details from Steve Gale 01803 712449. www.wormcharming.co.uk

Monday 4 May 2015 7pm - Sam Lee: A Talk on Collecting Songs - Embercombe, nr Higher Ashton on Haldon EX6 7QQ
Mercury Prize nominee Sam Lee has blazed a trail as an outstanding singer and song collector. Sam Lee is a 21st-century artist, collecting new versions of old songs on his iPhone and laptop, but his repertoire is steeped in the reek and smoke of folk history and lore, its tales of love, parting, exile and murder bound by a sympathetic magic still resonant today, parting the veil on vivid scenes from our islands’ deep history. Taking a short break from his UK tour, Sam joins us to tell tales of his music collecting and share some songs along the way. £10. Details, directions, bookings etc. http://embercombe.org/events-and-news/sam-lee.

Wednesday 6 May 2015 - Bella Hardy - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Singer of the Year 2014 tours her eagerly anticipated new album With The Dawn; a heartfelt collection of self-composed songs which tell a story of travel, of choices, of lessons unlearned, and also of hope. One of the most creative, prolific and original singers in the UK, her captivating voice inhabits her music and spins her narratives with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity. The With The Dawn Band compliment Bella’s breath-taking vocals and narrative fiddle with a powerful and evocative mix of banjo, piano, electronics and drums. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/bella-hardy. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Thursday 7 May 2015 - 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 new 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. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Saturday 9 May 2015 - Artisan - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Britain's foremost acapella trio on their re-union tour. Support: Andy Clarke. For info call Hugh Diamond 01626 775517 or see www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

Saturday 9 May 12.30-4.30pm 2015 - Callington MayFest - Callington Town Hall, Callington
Community groups join in Callington furry to be joined by Hevva, Plymouth maids, Tywardreath Morris, Wreckers border Morris, Callington Town band, town Criers, dancers from local schools. A collection of Cornish giants a made by local groups. Local bands in The Bulls Head.
Saturday 9 May 7.30pm 2015 - The Brim Ceili - Callington Town Hall, Callington
Tickets £4, from Kivells, Community Creations or the Town Hall, email caveat callington@gmail.com for more info.

Saturday 9 May 2015 7.30pm - Exmouth Shanty Men - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
The Exmouth Shanty Men will be making a long-awaited return to play in the refurbished hall of this, their 'next door' village. They will be performing a full concert and hope to see the hall packed to the rafters with folks willing to sing along and join in with as much gusto as will be given on the stage. www.exmouthshantymen.com. Tickets £8. Bookings: www.lympstoneentertainments.co.uk.

Saturday 9 May 2015 8pm - Klezmer Ceilidh with Kevara - Matthews Hall, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF (map)
Come and dance to more Klezmer and European dances with live music and caller Pam Hayes. No bar, BYO refreshments. £7.50 / £6.50 entry.

Saturday 9 May 2015 8pm - Robin & Bina Williamson - Hazelwood House nr Loddiswell TQ7 4EB (map)
An exotic mix of Celtic Indian & Old Timey Roots - Robin & Bina work so well together because they create a wonderful balance of voices in their acoustic concerts of song-story & music. They draw on a wide variety of original, traditional, spiritual & mystical folk roots. This concert is also part of the Robin Williamson Bardic workshop held over this weekend. If you are interested in joining the workshop please call Robin directly on: 02920 231731. Tickets £15/£13.
Bookable pre-concert buffet available. See www.hazelwoodhouse.com for details. Tel. 01548 821232.

Saturday 9 May 2015 - Yellowfest - Torquay United's Plainmoor Ground
[Ed.: Not folk, but I've specifically been asked to give this a (one-off) mention:] Music festival with headliners 10cc and Tilbrook and Difford of Squeeze, and lots of local bands. Details www.torquayunited.com/news/article/a-music-festival-at-torquay-united-2216429.aspx.

Sunday 10 May 2015 - Rory McLeod - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Voodoo Louonge.
One of the UK’s very best live roots musicians and songwriters, his sets combine virtuoso harmonica and spoon playing, poetic lyrics, rhythm generated by the use of the tap board and a percussive guitar style which at times echoes reggae and blues and other times folk and South American Music. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/rory-mcleod. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Sunday 10 May 2015 - The Demon Barbers XL - Octagon Yeovil
The only West-Country date on this tour.

Thursday 14 May 2015 - Bob Fox - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Over a 45 year career, Bob has become one of the most highly regarded and beloved singer/guitarists in the UK and beyond. Blessed with one of the best voices in British folk music, and coupled with astonishing guitar technique, he performs pure and unadulterated folk music at its finest. His masterful interpretation of traditional and contemporary songs has twice earned him nominations as Best Folk Singer in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Fresh from his celebrated role as Songman in the National Theatre's multi-award winning West End production of Warhorse, Bob now returns to his solo roots, performing material from Warhorse, new songs from the Radio Ballads, plus old favourites from his many previous recordings. www.bobfoxmusic.com. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Friday 15 May 2015 7.30pm - Bob Fox: An Evening with the Warhorse Songman - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
After completing 18 months in the West End production of ‘WarHorse’, folk singer extraordinaire Bob Fox returned to his roots. Join him as he performs the songs from the multi award winning smash hit WarHorse, with additional material from his own personal repertoire, a number of stories and songs built up from his forty year career in the music industry, developing his skills in the performance of folk song in all its various forms. Hailing from County Durham in the North East of England, his music is deeply influenced by the working class culture and industrial folk song from that area. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/306941.

Friday 15 May 2015 7.15pm-  d'Accord Exeter - Ide Memorial Hall, Fore Street, Ide, Nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
d'Accord is a French & Breton dance and music club meeting on the 3rd Friday of the month between September and June (live music from up to 3 bands each time, workshop session + bal), with further special events during the year. For full programme, band, contact details etc. see www.daccordexeter.co.uk.

Saturday 16 May 2015 - d'Accord Late Spring Fest Noz/Bal - Longdown Village Hall, Chapel Hill, Longdown, nr Exeter EX6 7SN
Dance workshops 2-5pm. Bring & share supper. Fest noz/bal 7.30pm. Bar from 8pm (no drinks to be brought in). For full programme, band, contact details etc. see www.daccordexeter.co.uk.

Saturday 16 May 2015 - India Electric Co (Cole Stacey & Joseph O'Keefe) - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
Returning to Bow in between their dates supporting Midge Ure, on his ‘Breathe Again” tour. “One of the best albums from young songwriters this year.” - Steve Knightley (Show of Hands). "So fresh! A big sound for a duo.”… ”The hardest working acoustic duo in the UK…arguably.” Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music. Licensed bar. Tickets £10 from 01363 82379, email heartofdevon1@gmail.com or via www.theheartofdevon.co.uk.

Saturday 16 May 2015 4.30pm - Exeter Pride Ceilidh with Going Steady - Exeter Phoenix
Band led by Jason Rice of the Dartmoor Pixie Band; caller Martin Hodge. Free entry. An Exeter Pride event open to all.

Sunday 17 May 2015 8pm - Lady Maisery - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Forged from the voices of Hannah James (Kerfuffle, duo with Sam Sweeney), Hazel Askew (The Askew Sisters, The Artisans) and Rowan Rheingans (Fidola), Lady Maisery explore vocal harmony to breathtaking effect, through their fresh interpretations of songs and ballads. The trio burst onto the scene in summer 2011 and their live performances during the festival season created a real buzz. They were nominated for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 and for Best Debut at the 2012 Spiral Awards. www.ladymaisery.com. £8 adv/£10 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Sunday 17 May 2015 - Worry Dolls - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Humorous and charming folk songwriting combined with sublime harmonies. Full details www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/worrydolls.htm.

Tuesday 19 May 2015 - Fairport Convention - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated.
A rare chance to see the seminal folk rock band in an intimate setting. Touring to a passionate fan-base since their inception in 1967, these legends of folk are due to release a new album this year, Myths and Heroes. ‘Fairport Convention have survived not only because they are all impressive musicians with a great back catalogue, but because they occasionally take chances, and still clearly enjoy themselves.’ The Guardian. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/fairport-convention. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Wednesday 20 May 2015 8pm - Fairport Convention - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Fairport Convention are an English folk rock and electric folk band. Formed in 1967, they are widely regarded as the most important group in the English folk rock movement. Bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/fairportconvention. Tel. 01752 892220.

Wednesday 20 May 2015 8pm - Haunt The Woods - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Haunt the Woods are a folk band from the Shires of Devon and Cornwall who effortlessly blend classic folk-rock with a more modern and unique sound. Superb songwriting is elucidated by thoughtful harmonies and spot-on guitar licks. With special guest musicians in support.. Entry £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Thursday 21 May 2015 - Bella Hardy - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated. Bella Hardy is at the top of the folk ladder right now. This year's winner of the Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year Award, she's touring her most musically expansive and lyrically personal album to date. Don't miss this incredible chance to see a genuine folk star up close and personal.
BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year Award. With fiddle in hand, she presents folk songs in the best tradition; not as antiquated museum pieces, but as relevant and very human artworks. www.bellahardy.com. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!bella-hardy/c217f.  Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

Thursday 21 May 2015 8pm - An Evening with Slaid Cleaves - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. “Normally when I start writing a new batch, a theme starts to emerge after three or four songs,” says Cleaves. “This time around I thought, I’m just gonna write where the muse takes me and each song will be its own thing. So I ended up with a CD that has a bit more variety on it compared to my previous releases. Half the songs are about struggle and perseverance and half are all over the place, some tongue-in-cheek stuff, a gospel song, a Texas pride song.” www.slaidcleaves.com. Tickets £12 adv, £14 door. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

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

Saturday 23 May 2015 - West Country Traditions Day - The Strand, Exmouth and surrounding venues
Hosted by The Exmouth Shanty Men. Free. A day of shanties and sea songs from The Exmouth Shanty Men and other shanty crews alongside dancing, musicians and entertainment for all the family. This is part of the Exmouth Festival which is supported by donations from those attending. For further details please visit www.exmouthfestival.org.uk (later) or phone Exmouth Town Hall on 01395 276167. For information about The Exmouth Shanty Men: www.exmouthshantymen.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 19 June 2015 7.30pm - Cara Dillon with Sam Lakeman - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Cara Dillon, one of the most outstanding performers on the UK folk scene, continues the Folk at the Flavel series. Already the recipient of many awards Cara is nominated this year in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Singer category. Born in County Derry, Cara has risen to be one of the finest exponents of Irish song as well as, with husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman, steering an eclectic musical path combining the traditional with the contemporary. More details and booking information at www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10-14 August 2015 - Folkworld - Rattery Village Hall nr Totnes TQ10 9LD
Full details of Joe Broughton's Folkworld course for 10 to 21 yr olds are now available at www.folkworld.org - and bookings are open.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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