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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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Sold out Wednesday 24 May 2017 - Fairport Convention - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Enjoy an evening of musical celebration with Fairport Convention at this golden anniversary concert. Credited with originating British folk-rock, Fairport first took to the stage in 1967’s summer of love. Throughout the intervening five decades (and numerous changes of line-up) the band’s passion for live performance has never wavered. To mark its 50th year, Fairport has released a brand new CD titled 50:50@50. The band will play a selection of tracks from the album as well as long-established favourites from their extensive repertoire. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

Friday 26 May 2017 7.30pm - John Doyle - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Irish guitarist singer songwriter. One of the most versatile, creative and prolific voices in folk and traditional Irish music. Founding member of Irish super group Solas. "Doyle on guitar has risen to a level occupied by him alone. No one in Irish traditional music is a better guitarist than him right now." (The Wall Street Journal).) £10 adv, £13 door. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Box office 01404 384050.

Friday 26 May 2017 - Luke Sital-Singh - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Hotly-tipped songsmith Luke Sital-Singh has been described by The Guardian as a ‘British Bon Iver’. Luke takes the template of Fleet Foxes, Neil Young and Dylan, but makes his own inimitable fresh folk sound. New album to be released May 12. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

26 May-3 June 2017 - Exmouth Festival
Full lineup includes Toyah, Talisman, Mad Dog Mcrea, Noble Jacks, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Semi-Toned, Belshazzar's Feast, Joey The Lips, The Barefoot Bandit, The Locked Horns, Stevie Nimmo Trio - plus a full day's entertainment from The Exmouth Shanty Men and friends on West Country Traditions Day on Saturday 3 June - see below. Full festival details at www.exmouthfestival.org.uk.

Friday 26 May 2017 - The Little Unsaid - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
A seriously amazing night of live music (with support: Tobias Ben Jacob and Lux Harmonium). Led by Yorkshire-born songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Elliott, the band have just completed their forthcoming album, 'Imagined Hymns & Chaingang Mantras', recorded with Radiohead engineer and acclaimed film score producer Graeme Stewart. ‘Extraordinary music. This is an amazing act’ Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2. 'A giddying conflation of folk, electronica and lavish orchestration...one of the supposed genre’s grandest successes thus far' - Dots and Dashes. ‘Recalling the willful wistful folk of Jim White and the melancholic overtones of messers Cave and Cohen…Elliott is an enigmatic and unique talent’ - Birmingham Wire. Video sample www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Qi3zrZv2WY. www.unit23live.co.uk.

Saturday 27 May 2017 - Keith James: The Songs of Leonard Cohen - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
This wonderful Tower of Songs - stripped back, desolate, naked and sensual. www.unit23live.co.uk.

Saturday 27 May 2017 - The O'Marleys - Brixham
The O'Marleys at Brixfest 2017, 6.00pm to 6.45pm. A great festival held in Brixham and Brixham Harbour. Mackenzie Moulton (Mac) on fiddle and vocal, John Fitzsimons on guitar and vocal, James King on Irish bodhran and vocal, Io Pughic on 4 and 5 string banjo and backing vocals will set the place alight with their fast and furious Irish music, sing along songs and foot-tapping or dance along jigs. www.brixfest.com.

Saturday 27 May 2017 - Reg Meuross - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
2017 heralds a new solo album from Reg Meuross. Faraway People is a fresh collection of songs which comment bravely on life as he sees it, bringing wide ranging stories, from the ravages of austerity and the injustice of the plight of refugees, to some of most beautifully disarming lyrics ever written. 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. www.regmeuross.com. Reg will be joined by a very special guest – his daughter Lily, who also writes and sings her own songs. Tickets £12(+)  www.wegottickets.com/event/388831.. Doors 7.30pm. Hot drinks and cake available. BYO alcohol.www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

27/28 May 2017 - Seth Lakeman / Royal William Yard Festival - Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3QQ
A new festival. Headlined by Seth Lakeman. www.rwyfest.co.uk. 6 stages, various genres. Line-up also includes Haunt The Woods.

Sunday 28 May 2017 8pm - Simone Sorini & Claudia Viviani - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Medieval and Renaissance music. A versatile interpreter of lute repertoires from the Middle Ages to the early Renaissance, Simone Sorini revives the ancient profession of the “Cantore al liuto”, typical of Italian musicians and composers from the late 1400s. Simone is a highly accomplished lutenist and singer of Mediaeval and renaissance music, appearing at Early Music festivals throughout the world. For this exclusive tour of the West Country, he is joined by Claudia Viviani, a multi-talented singer and percussionist who adds depth, rhythm and variation to their performance. www.simonesorini.it. The performance will begin with a set by harp guitarist Tony Seeger, who will then join Simone and Claudia for part of their set. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

Monday 29 May 2017 7.30pm - Open Mic - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
The Boys From Melbourne Street
will occupy the guest spot tonight. A trio of seasoned musicians from East Devon with fine observational songs and warm humour, not to be missed. Doors 7.30pm and we welcome musicians and non-musicians at this unique open-mic.. Entry £2 performers, £5 non-performers (£4 if pre-booked). Refreshments available. Contact: 01803 428626 or 01803 613647.

Thursday 1 June 2017 8pm - Carrie Elkin (with Danny Schmidt) - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Austin Texas based Carrie Elkin is one of those rare artists with a tidal wave singing voice, and a stage whisper writing voice that brings you to the edge of your seat, emotionally. Like Patty Griffin or Brandi Carlile, she straddles the Americana, Folk, and Indie Rock worlds, where meaningful songs meet the fierce-yet- fragile voices of powerful women. Carrie is promoting a recently released album, her first CD in 6 years. The show will also feature her husband Danny Schmidt who will play an opening set before joining Carrie on stage for hers. Sample video www.youtube.com/watch?v=aC1nPrRn6J4. Tickets £10 adv from 01752 242021 or www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/event-details/?eid=43626, £12 door.

Thursday 1 June 2017 - Shanty Cruise - from Exmouth
Join the Exmouth Shantymen onboard a Stuart Line vessel entertaining passengers and crew alike with songs and stories nautical. For further details of Exmouth Festival see www.exmouthfestival.org.uk.

Saturday 3 June 2017 10am to 7pm- West Country Traditions Day - The Strand, Exmouth
Exmouth Festival presents "West Country Traditions Day" featuring The Exmouth Shanty Men, The Old Gaffers, Back Beach Boyz and The Barnacle Buoys. Town Crier Competition, Morris Dancers, Steam Engines, Folk Singers and Shanty Sessions, Craft Demonstrations and Stalls. We are pleased to announce Davey Dodds, singer/ songwriter, formerly of the Prog Rock Band "Red Jasper" and writer of "Magpie" which has been recorded by several artist including "The Unthanks", will perform on the main stage at 3pm. We look forward to seeing friends old and new. www.exmouthfestival.org.uk.

Saturday 3 June 2017 7.30pm - The Lost Sound with Mariners Away - Tavistock Town Hall
Dartmoor folk choir The Lost Sound with Mariners Away Shanty Singers.Strong and vibrant harmonies from 2 different styles of folk from rousing Shanties to heartrending calls to the land! A boisterous and warming evening of harmony singing. Tickets £8.50. Details see www.thelostsoundchorus.co.uk.

Saturday 3 June 2017 8pm - Keith James: The Music of Yusuf - Cat Stevens - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Proceeds and audience donations from this tour of concerts will go to the UNICEF UK Government matched, Syrian Children’s appeal. Keith James presents an honest and loving reflection of the timeless and insightful music of Yusuf - Cat Stevens. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

Saturday 3 June 2017 - House Concert: Sam Green - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Sam presents his one man show of highly energised slide blues guitar. www.samgreenmusic.com. With support from local lass Eleanor Jane singer/songwriter. Donations on arrival. Email Mark at wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations.

Saturday 3 June 2017 9pm - Jamie Yost & Jack Cookson - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Two simmering South-West talents on show, Jack is a recent nominee for BBC's Young Folk Artist of the Year and Jamie is a sublime guitar talent and songwriter. Entry £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Saturday 3 June 2017 8.30pm - Michael Chapman - Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Currently riding the crest of a new wave of admirers, thanks in no small part to articles in the Guardian, Mojo and appearing on the Jools Holland show, the world has finally woken up it seems, to Michael Chapman. With the loss of John Renbourn and Bert Jansh, Michael is almost the last man standing, the last of the legendary class of  '66, and his latest album , recorded to celebrate the 50 years since he first launched his career in Cornish folk clubs, is widely regarded as his masterpiece. Michael has long regarded the West Country as his second home and without doubt this will be a night to remember. Tickets £15 from Topsham Books 01392 877895.

Sunday 4 June 2017 5.30pm - The O'Marleys - Exeter Respect Festival, Belmont Park, Exeter EX4 6SS
Headline act on the Diversity Stage at 5.30pm for 40 minutes. With John on Guitar, Mac on Violin, James on Bodhran and Iowerth on 4 and 5 string Banjo there will be plenty of Irish, Scottish and American music to dance to and sing along. Plenty of Irish crack. The O'Marleys will be playing to finish the Festival with a bang.

Sunday 4 June 2017 5pm - Show Of Hands - New 'Garden Room', RHS Garden Rosemoor, Gt. Torrington
Box Office 01805 624624. www.theploughartscentre.org.uk/event/show-hands.

Sunday 4 June 2017 - Fisherman's Friends / Jim Causley - Charles Causley Festival, Launceston, Cornwall
Details www.charlescausleyfestival.co.uk.

Tuesday 6 June 2017 8pm - 'Join the band' session with Amber Fire Ceilidh Band - Tally Ho, Littlehempston, Totnes TQ9 6LY
Amber Fire Ceilidh Band hosting a regular 'join the band' session at the Tally Ho on the first Tuesday of every month. The full band comprising Les Thompson, accordion, Mike Cosgrave guitar/mandolin and Tiggy Saint, fiddle, have pledged to make Littlehempston great again. Bring an instrument and sit in with one of the most experienced ceilidh bands in Devon.

Thursday 8 June 2017 8.30pm - Elani Evangelou - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Singer-songwriter and guitarist from Devon. Born into a family of musicians, her influences span across countless genres and styles – making Elani’s sound something rather unique. The jazzy tones of Amy Winehouse covers, combined with her blues and folk original songs and even occasionally rapping – An eclectic performance not to be missed. Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Thursday 8 June 2017 - My Sweet Patootie - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
Contemporary roots and ragtime at its best; bringing tight vocal harmonies, monstrous guitar, sizzling fiddle and percussion in one perfect package; sassy Vaudeville. Founded in 2007 by Canadian Folk Music Award winners, Sandra Swannell (violin/vocals) and Terry Young (guitar/vocals), together with UK percussionist John Jackson, the trio has a growing international reputation. From original swing to funky fiddle-tune arrangements to exquisite ballads, they deliver a must-see show that Driftwood Magazine describes as “two parts exemplary musicianship, one part vaudeville comedy”. combining exemplary musicianship and humour in an uplifting vaudeville-style show. More details, bookings etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/399257.

Thursday 8 June 2017 8.30pm - Graham Hine - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
Graham Hine is one of the legendary greats from the UK blues revival of the 1960s and 70s. His album “Bottleneck Blues” on the Blue Goose label was a revelation to many. For many years the front man for Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts, his solo career continues to this day. Expect some stunning slide guitar played on his collection of 1930s fiddle-edge Dobros. Free. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

Friday 9 June 2017 12-1pm - Cosgrave & Banks - at The Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Ticketing (festival entry) www.craftsatboveytracey.co.uk.
[Festival runs 9-11 June, "Musicians include La Vie En Rose gypsy jazz, Circe's Diner, Baron Brady folk duo, Cosgrave & Banks contemporary folk, Annika Skoogh & Matt Carter Jazz duo, Harbottle & Jonas, Dan Fraser, Louise Parker Jazz Duo, Becky Brine Duo, The Liberty Sisters & Bovey Tracey School" - but I have no further information re who when]

Friday 9 June 2017 7.30pm - The Jigantics - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. 5-piece, Americana influenced, folk and roots band; foot-tapping, feel good and totally convincing tear-jerkers makes for a remarkable and spellbinding evenings’ entertainment. £8 adv, £10 door. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Box office 01404 384050.

Friday 9 June 2017 8pm - Gallery Bar Special: Matt Taylor - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Matt has released his first solo album, returning to his roots as an acoustic finger style guitarist. The album is a collection of original tunes for solo guitar which demonstrate Matt’s engaging compositional work and skill as a player. The album reflects not only the tranquil beauty of his surroundings in Cornwall but also a more personal journey with traces of African influence after working in Kenya for several years. Matt’s live performances are intimate and compelling, showcasing his unique style of highly accomplished guitar playing. You will go a long way to find another acoustic guitarist with the ability to engage and entertain an audience
. Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to Matt please. Full details www.calstockarts.org. Doors 7pm.

Friday 9 June 2017 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
Caller: Jeremy Child. A monthly series of Contra Dances to recorded and/or live music.
7.30-10.30pm. Cost £5 per person. Beginners welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

UPDATED Saturday 10 June 2017 8pm - Saskia Griffiths-Moore & Ciaran Algar - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
A return for Saskia who was our support guest for Sally Barker last year and gave us a highly impressive performance. “Her pensive and positive songs exhibit a clarity of both thought and expression” - Living Tradition Magazine. She is accompanied by Ciaran Algar, one of our best young musicians, an All Ireland Champion and a winner of two BBC Radio 2 Awards with Greg Russell. “Exudes a life experience of skills honed from a myriad music sessions” - Living Tradition Magazine. Support: Mother's Ruin, a group of fine local musician who joined together because of their love of music and folk music in particular. They bring a sense of fun and enjoyment to their performances, Tickets £12/£10. Full details from Hugh 01626 775517, email: hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com. www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

Saturday 10 June 2017 - Mudskippers - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Acoustic-ish trio from the Exe Estuary and Exeter area. Known to compose beautifully rich songs influenced by many of the modern English folk legends as well as indie, progressive folk/rock, punk, pop and world music. Described as "warm, wonderful, thoughtful music" and "a band you would really enjoy listening to at a festival with a beer", Mudskipper's absorbing compositions will take you through a dynamic musical journey. In their softer numbers, the unusual but perfect combination of Clarinet and Cello provide a backdrop of beautiful harmonies that weave through Bully's ethereal singing. Likened to Nick Drake, their influences of contemporary/progressive folk come through strongly. Indie pop, punk and progressive rock influences often entail a switch to saxophone, accordion or penny whistle, percussive cello chops, strummed guitar and emotional vocal explosion for more lively songs that will get your foot tapping. www.mudskippermusic.info. More details, bookings etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/39743. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

Saturday 10 June 2017 8pm - Martyn Joseph - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
A jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, with a powerful show stopping voice, nicknamed “The Welsh Springsteen”! Fully seated. Licensed bar. Ticketing etc. www.theheartofdevon.co.uk. Tel 01363 82379.

NEW tbc Saturday 10 June 2017 - Jim Causley - Colyton Village Hall (Town Hall?), Market Place, Colyton EX24 6JR
details tba Colyton History Day www.colytonhistory.co.uk.

Sunday 11 June 2017 10am-4.30pm - Storytelling Sunday: Spirits of Place and Time - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY
This workshop considers the context of stories: the all-important small details that set the scene. It’s a day for beginners and experienced storytellers alike. All too often, stories are told from an indeterminate time and place, ‘once upon a time somewhere in the world’. How about placing your story in historical time, and actual place? What would they be? We will play with story in different times and landscapes, talk about honouring the source of a story, and discuss the ethics of telling stories from other places and traditions. We will also (weather permitting) go out into the countryside to explore how to become closer to the landscape of the story you’re telling, and look at the use of detail in storytelling. 4th of a series of 4 monthly workshops. Full details, bookings etc.www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

Sunday 11 June 2017 7.45pm - Cloudstreet - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
It is over 6 years since we last welcomed this fabulous Australian trio to the club and this promises to be their final UK tour. Nicole, John and Emma have carved themselves a niche internationally with teriffic vocal harmonies, their arrangements of Australian classics and a repertoire that spans the Anglo-Celtic world. Not to be missed! For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk. Rescheduled from 7 May; Keith Donnelly will now visit the Club in 2018.

Friday 16 June 2017 8pm - Gaz Brookfield & Ben Wain - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Standing +some seating. Gaz Brookfield, acoustic folk singer/songwriter and contemporary balladeer featuring Ben Wain on fiddle. Since winning Acoustic magazine’s 2010 Singer Songwriter of the year, Bristol based Gaz Brookfield has spent his time on the road, touring the UK and Europe he remains the only unsigned solo artist to sell out The Fleece, Bristol several times. £6 adv, £8 door. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Box office 01404 384050.

Friday 16 June 2014 - Hearth Vocal Trio - Littlehempston Community Space (church), nr Totnes TQ9 6LY
'Hearth' (Faith Burch, Fran André & Holly Ebony) will be joined in harmony by the voices of Emily Roblyn and Toni Spencer for some uplifting arrangements of heartfelt songs. Emily's angelic vocals will resonate in the sublime acoustic of this characterful venue in a set of her own songs and Toni will share her thoughtful and evocative poetry. Delicious range of light snacks and drinks available (cash only). Doors 7pm. Limited capacity, booking (and cushion for added comfort) advised. £10 adv from www.brownpaperticket.com/event/2940211. £12 door. Inquiries fyandre@gmail.com. Full details www.facebook.com/events/1119220864849786.

Friday 16 June 2017 8pm - Blair Dunlop - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Blair Dunlop, award-winning British singer, songwriter and guitarist, brings an air of tenacity while displaying a fine repertoire of well-crafted songs spanning traditional and contemporary. He's determinedly taking the traditions of folk in his own direction" The Independent (live review). www.blairdunlop.com. Support: excellent singer songwriter Kitty Macfarlane. Contact 01823 400416 or email milvertonmusic@f2s.com. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.
(Milverton Music also has a regular first Friday open mic night - see website for details).

NEW tbc Friday 16 June 2017 8pm -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
NB Temporary alternative venue. French & Breton dance and music. Dave Sherherd (violin) and Anna Pack (diatonic button accordion). Admission £7 (includes tea/coffee and biscuits, BYO drink).
Information: Pat/Mike 01392 811593, email daccordexeter9@gmail.com, www.daccordexeter.co.uk. Free car park off Clifton Road, opp. hall (after 6pm).

16-18 June 2017 - Teignmouth Folk Festival
Acts booked include: Chris Wood, Barron Brady, Eat The Rich, Ewan McClennan, Andy Clarke & James Dumbleton, Mooncoin Ceilidh Band, Canaan's Land & Celt. Plus 10 (and counting!) morris sides. www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk.

Saturday 17 June 2017 9pm - Alex Hart & Band - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Alex Hart is a young country/folk singer from Devon. Since releasing her first studio album ‘On This Day’ she has embarked on European and UK tours both supporting and playing in the band of Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre, and held her own on a UK tour and Festivals through the South West. Alex is now working with Grammy award winner Terry Britten (famous for Tina Turner’s ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’) on new material for release in 2017, with a new band lineup that brings Vocal Harmony more to the foreground! Entry £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Saturday 17 June 2017 2pm-late - Heart of Devon of Festival - Bow (on A3072 Okehampton – Crediton)
A free family festival in the true Heart of Devon. 2017 lineup includes: The Leylines, Lionstar, Delta 88, Eliza Acty, Locked Horns and the Samba Marcianas. Plenty of off-site parking £3all day. www.theheartofdevon.co.uk.

Saturday 17 June 2017 7.30pm EP Launch: Singing Stories, Weaving Tales - Friends Meeting House, off Magdalen Street, Wynards Lane, Exeter EX2 4HU
First EP launch by Ulrika-Igraine who has been singing and performing locally for a number of years. Launch night features a full-length performance with singing, storytelling and a variety of instruments. Prepare to dive into the fantastical world of story and song with Ulrika. Her music has been likened to Scandinavian apocalyptic folk; haunting and hypnotic with a beautiful depth and timbre. Ulrika's background in drama is evident as you find yourself captured by her emotive, animated and theatrical performance. Accompanying her will be the atmospheric Grey Chorus with haunting harmonies, not forgetting the gripping local storyteller Dave Oliver who always has something up his sleeve! More details, bookings etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/400960.

NEW tbc Sunday 18 June 2017 - Moreton Music Day - Moretonhampstead
details tba Day of music.

Monday 19 June 2017 - Julie Felix - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Another 'Evening with...' at The Brook Inn and folk legend Julie Felix is back with us for her third appearance at the pub. Enjoy a three course meal and then an intimate gig with plenty of audience participation and stories from Julie's rich and colourful past. Star of TV and Radio throughout the 60s and 70s, we're delighted Julie's back at The Brook once again. See www.facebook.com/events/1181754968552417.
Tel. 01752 297604. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 22 June 2017 - Bob Fox - Caroline's Kitchen, Churston Farm Shop, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
Bob is a superb musician with an extensive collection of traditional and contemporary songs he is a fine raconteur with stories as long as the Tyne from his native North East. To quote Ralph McTell: "As soon as I heard Bob Fox sing I realised he must have one of the best voices in England. I have always regarded him as an artist of great ability and integrity." Bob has been the Songman for the extremely popular stage show Warhorse and songs from the show are included in his repertoire. Tickets £12 adv available from Maggie Duffy 01803 855961 / 07770 806083/ email scotcraft@msn.com. Early booking advised. See www.bobfoxmusic.com for more info and a listen if any encouragement was needed!

NEW Friday 23 June 2017 7.30pm - John Connor - Village Hall, West Charleton, nr Kingsbridge TQ7 2AG (map)
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We are delighted to have secured the very talented and able musician and singer/songwriter John Connor to perform a charity concert in aid of The Children's Society. A former member of 'Fairfield', the resident band of Bromsgrove Folk Club, John has fast become a firm favourite in the South Hams. He now forms half of the duo 'Silvington' with Tricia Moore and yet is still able to delight an audience as a solo artist. His repertoire of ballads, protest and comic songs, with a liberal injection of topical social comment, amply displays his expertise as a lyricist, singer and guitarist. The Children's Society supports many children in the UK who are suffering extreme hardship, abuse and neglect. Through their extensive network of frontline services, supported by an army of volunteers, they tackle child poverty and neglect head on, from helping families trapped in debt, child runaways and young carers, to stopping child sexual exploitation. Through their ambitious campaigns they seek to challenge misconceptions, change attitudes and influence government policy. Please support this concert for a very worthwhile cause. Tickets £8 from Jane Saunders 07443 830483, email jadsaunders[at]outlook com; or John Connor 01548 810806, email johnfconnor@aol.com; or Kingsbridge Information Centre. Raffle. No bar, BYO.
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We are delighted to have secured the very talented and able musician and singer/songwriter John Connor to perform a charity concert in aid of The Children's Society (which supports many children in the UK who are suffering extreme hardship, abuse and neglect). A former member of 'Fairfield', the resident band of Bromsgrove Folk Club, John has fast become a firm favourite in the South Hams. He now forms half of the duo 'Silvington' with Tricia Moore and yet is still able to delight an audience as a solo artist. His repertoire of ballads, protest and comic songs, with a liberal injection of topical social comment, amply displays his expertise as a lyricist, singer and guitarist. Tickets £8 from Jane Saunders 07443 830483, email jadsaunders[at]outlook com; or John Connor 01548 810806, email johnfconnor@aol.com; or Kingsbridge Information Centre. Raffle. No bar, BYO.

NEW Friday 23 June 2017 9pm - The Yellabellies - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
The Yellabellies are a high-energy four-piece band playing an infectious mix of alt-country, bluegrass and Cajun with a range of influences from Johnny Cash to the Legendary Shack Shakers and from Flaco Jimenez to the Velvet Underground all mixed up in a gumbo of Tex-Mex and cowpunk. Entry £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Saturday 24 June 2017 7.30pm - Paul Hutchinson & Karen Wimhurst as "Pagoda Project" - St Mary's Church, Throwleigh, NE Dartmoor EX20 2HU (map)
The Friends of Throwleigh Church are pleased to announce the return of Paul Hutchinson (accordion), with Karen Wimhurst (clarinets), currently touring as Pagoda Project www.pagodaproject.co.uk. Paul (one half of Belshazzar's Feast) has asked to come and make use of the wonderful acoustics of the ancient church building. Their music is described as bringing together a unique blend of traditional folk music with jazz improvisation to create a warm and dynamic sound. Please book in advance, £10 adult, £6 U17, call 01647 231051 or email: pagoda[at]dhatton.plus.com. More details see www.throwleighchurch.org/Pagoda%20project2.jpg.

NEW Saturday 24 June 2017 - Martha Tilston - Acoustic Haven @ The Hillyfield, Harbourneford
'A Mid-Summer Dream' with Martha Tilston at The Hillyfield on Dartmoor. Plus Kiera Osment, Rob Carney, Voices of Freedom & more. A family friendly and beautifully intimate gig. Just 2 minutes from the A38. 3pm til 11pm. Live music in the afternoon, story-telling, face-painting and games, Martha Tilston and a Silent Disco with some cracking tunes. Martha Tilston live at 8pm. Adv booking highly recommended.  www.wegottickets.com/event/391483. Limited early bird tickets.

NEW tbc Sunday 25 June 2017 8pm - Free feature spot: Cosgrave & Banks - Globe Hotel Malthouse, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Free one-hour feature spot at Topsham Folk Club singers' night:
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Tuesday 27 June 2017 7.30pm - Sally Barker & Brooks Williams - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
details tba See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Wednesday 28 June 2017 - Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Ange sings beautifully and plays an array of instruments, harmonizing with herself by creating loops of her voice on the spot. Everyone who's seen her is blown away. Accompanied by the brilliant Lukas Drinkwater. www.angehardy.com. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. Dinner & gig £24, gig only £12.  www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Thursday 29 June 2017 8.30pm - Kate Ferguson & Olly Wheeldon - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Kate Ferguson and Oliver Wheeldon team up for a night of traditional and contemporary folk and acoustic music. Kate is a Soprano singer-songwriter who plays both original songs and folk classics. Oliver is a Dartmoor based multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter and member of the westcountry folk duo ""Tamar"". Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 30 June 2017 7.30pm - Silvington + Friends (Folk on the Moor) - Village Hall, Milton Combe, nr Yelverton PL20 6HP
"Silvington" (Tricia Moore and John Connor) are creating quite a storm in the area with their original songs and fine interpretations of others and have recently launched their first CD. See videos on www.facebook.com/silvington. Popular singer/guitarist Ben Campbell, well known and highly respected in the area for his superb voice and varied repertoire, will also perform, as will expert guitarist/singer/banjo player Keith Fennell and longtime host at the "Folk on the Moor" Club, Anton Horwich. Advance booking advised: Tickets £6 available from Healthy Pulses, 45 Ridgeway, Plympton PL7 2AW or can be reserved by ringing Anton on 01822 853620 or emailing antonhorwich@aol.com. All proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support and the concert is an additional fundraiser to Anton's 22 mile "Jurassic Coast Mighty Hike" for Macmillan in July. You can also sponsor Anton at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Anton-Horwich.

NEW Friday 30 June 2017 7.30pm - Carmina - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Bristol-based Carmina have toured worldwide and recorded with the celebrated producer Donal Lunny. An intoxicating blend of Celtic-inspired themes and jazz improvisation, in powerful original songs, often creating a deeply spiritual audience reaction. www.carmina.co.uk. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Friday 30 June 2017 7pm - Cosgrave & Banks - St Matthew’s Church, Cheriton Fitzpaine EX17 4JB
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. . Tickets £11 (including delicious light supper served in the interval at 7.45pm) adv from 01363 866082 or on door. Proceeds in aid of The Friends of St Matthew’s Church. Doors/bar 6.30pm.

NEW Friday 30 June 2017 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Cellar Bar, Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
SidMouth StoryNights for GrownUps presents: Storyteller Michael Dacre and Spanish guitarist Steve Yates tell The Haunted Inn and other tales from the Saragossa Manuscript. Spanish tales within tales, interwoven with the magical strings of the guitar. Meet Moorish princesses, hanged men and a host of ghosts, ghouls, vampires, gypsies and wizards as well as lovely senoritas, bewitching serenades and foot tapping Spanish dances. “A fantastic duet of wicked words and virtuoso guitar playing.” Tickets £8 adv from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth, or on door. Bar available, Good disabled access. Not suitable for U14s. For more details call 07834 194215 or email JanetTells@gmail.com.

NEW Saturday 1 July 2017 - South Brent Folk Day
Singing, music, dancing, workshops and concerts around the village. Poetry competition, around the theme of 'Moorland Water'; entry £2.50 per poem or £1 for Junior (under 15) section; closing date Saturday 14 June 2017, to be judged by 'Moor Poets' Susan Taylor and Simon Williams. If you would like to enter, download the form from the website.
Evening Folk Concert at 7.30pm (with Reel Ale bar) in the Village Hall with singer, dancer, multi instrumentalist, Pete Coe the 'One Man Folk Industry'; Flash Jack crew from Plymouth singing sea songs, shanties & songs of love, lust & loose living and South Brent's own Emily Roblyn singing songs from the heart with a voice of 'pure nectar'.
For more information contact Eileen McKee telephone 01364 73699 or eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com or John Rawlinson telephone 01364 73117.

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.
Followed by South Brent Folk Breakfast Café on Sunday 2 July.

NEW Saturday 1 July 2017 - Jess Vincent - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Vibrant singer songwriter Jess touring with a collection of strong, new and infectiously catchy songs from her fourth ablum which will be released in September.
Jess's trademark subtle arrangements on guitar, baritone uke and harmonium, along with her uniquely soaring vocal have established her reputation as a highly original artist with a growing following in the folk/indie/Americana acoustic scene. The new release, recorded in her new home studio in Bulgaria, will bring with it a thread of the people, colours, flavours and instruments from her new life. Jess will also be playing old favourites from her previous three albums. www.jessvincentsings.com. More details, bookings etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/402293. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Saturday 1 July 2017 7.30pm - Fake Thackray - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
'The Lost Will and Testament of Jake Thackray'. A hilarious and heartfelt celebration of the life and songs of one of this country’s finest and funniest wordsmiths. Highly entertaining whether you are discovering Jake for the first time, or an ardent fan. The late Jake Thackray is being increasingly acknowledged as one of the greatest English songwriters of the twentieth century. A unique talent, whose songs are full of poetry, wit, irreverence and humanity. John Watterson is the UK’s leading performer and an authority of Jake’s songs, endorsed by Thackray’s family. He is writing the first biography on Thackray and has uncovered new songs in the process.“John Watterson celebrates the great songs of the late and much lamented Jake Thackray. He is brilliant. We can’t have Jake back but this is the next best thing – a real tribute.” Mike Harding.  www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Saturday 1 July 2017 8pm - La Moresca - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
The Lady’s Cup of Tea: Baroque and Irish music: Based on 17th century Irish harpist-composer Turleigh O´Carolan´s music, La Moresca play pieces from Ireland and Cornwall as well as English dance and court music. Breathtaking, beautiful music from this exciting ensemble on a rare trip to the UK from their native Germany, using period instruments creating sounds that are both stunning and deeply touching. Featuring music by Turleigh O’Carolan, Matthew Locke, John Playford, plus traditional folk music. Babett Niclas harp, Claudia Hoffmann baroque violin and harp, Petra Burmann baroque guitar, Ivo Nitschke percussion, Szabolcs Illes baroque violin. www.la-moresca.de. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Tuesday 4 July 2017 8pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Chudfest, Chudleigh
with support from Maggie Duffy & Tiggy Kazza. Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have formed an exciting folk duo, performing a highly entertaining smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain, Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe) and beyond with superb musicianship. "Steve and Mike are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior.
www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Maggie and Tiggy have supported Ange Hardy and opening this year for Geoff Lakeman, Bob Fox and Phil Beer and Sarah McQuaid. “Maggie's voice has a rare and haunting quality which is just amazing” Judi Spiers. www.maggieduffy.co.uk. Concert in marquee on playpark behind St Martin & St Mary Church, Fore St., Chudleigh, TQ13 0HZ. Licensed bar. Tickets £10. Full info and booking www.chudfest.co.uk/folk-night.

NEW Friday 7 July 2017 - Reg Meuross - Lamb Inn, The Square, Sandford, Crediton EX17 4LW (map)
details tba

NEW Saturday 8 July 2017 - Lost Sound Chorus - St Pancras Church, Widecombe in the Moor
With special guest, Chris Hoban. Buckfastleigh-based choir run by Sandra Smith. They perform throughout the year in their own right and also support Show of Hands at several of their gigs (including the big one – the Royal Albert Hall on Easter Sunday this year). Chris Hoban is the composer of some of Show of Hands' most lyrical songs. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Sunday 9 July 2017 3pm - Sunday Sessions: K'antu - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Songs and Dances of the Renaissance. This popular ensemble returns to Calstock Arts, exploring the less-trodden territories of early music. Combining elements of folk and world music with historically-informed techniques, the music of Spain and South America seems like the obvious starting place – hence the name K’antu, referring to an ancient style of Peruvian and Bolivian music and dance. The ensemble features an array of beautiful replicas of historic instruments, including Renaissance Recorders and Drum, Baroque Violin and Guitar, and a Peruvian Charango. “Terrifically interesting and enjoyable…their performances are joyously individual”. Early Music Today magazine. Full details, video etc. www.calstockarts.org.
Bar, tea, coffee and cake from 2pm.

NEW tbc Thursday 13 July 2017 8pm - Jim Causley - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
details tbc/tba

NEW Friday 14 July & Saturday 15 July 2017 8pm - Fisherman's Friends - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
The original buoy band, the Fisherman’s Friends are back with a vengeance, getting ready to hit the road in 2017 with full catch of new material and some old favourites as well. Full details www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

NEW Wednesday 19 July 2017 - House Concert: Kentucky Cow Tippers - Hatch Court, Churchstow
English bluegrass at its finest from these young northern lads. www.thekentuckycowtippers.com. Donations on arrival. Email Mark at wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations.

NEW Friday 21 July 2017 - Pete Morton - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
Pete is a songwriter, singer and ‘folk rapper’ with a wealth of great songs and stage presence. He sings from the heart, delivering songs telling compelling stories and speaking of the human condition in a totally original style and his stage shows are good humoured, intense and dynamic. He also includes traditional folk songs, performed with all the power that these dramatic tales demand. Support: Kadia, three-piece band from Dorset, perform a mix of traditional and original contemporary folk songs, combining cello, fingerstyle guitar, and mandolin, with three part harmony to create rich and uplifting music interspersed with history and storytelling. As well as many folk festivals, they have supported national acts such as Jim Moray, Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Jackie Oates, The Willows, and Ninebarrow. More details, bookings etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/399263. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk.

NEW 21/22 July 2017 - Chagstock Festival
11th anniversary, various genres: British Funk & Soul legends Soul II Soul headline Friday night! Indian singer-songwriter extraordinaire Raghu Dixit (Raghu Dixit's music is a seamless weaving of Indian ethnic folk, Sufi and classical with other traditional and contemporary influences from across the globe), the inimitable Dub Pistols. www.chagstock.info. Early bird weekend camping tickets available.

NEW Saturday 22 July 2017 8pm - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
The Folk at the Flavel Summer Concert features two rising stars of the folk scene, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar. Since meeting 5 years ago, guitarist Greg and fiddle player Ciaran have won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. They have toured constantly and appeared at prestigious events such as the Cambridge Folk Festival and have released three acclaimed albums, most recently “Silent Majority”. Greg's powerful vocals and Ciaran's superb fiddle playing is the key to their success and a great evening of the best in folk music is guaranteed. A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel. www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Saturday 22 July 2017 - Ben Morgan-Brown - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.benmorganbrown.co.uk. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW 22/23 July 2017 - Midsummer Dreams Festival - Dartington
Theatre, puppetry, dance, comedy and music. Music includes Crow Puppets (tbc). A small-scale festival run by an equally small but passionate team who aim to create a magical family friendly weekend. www.midsummerdreamsfestival.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 29 July 2017 8pm - Sika - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Following his successful concert in 2016 at Carnglaze, Sika will be creating another enchanting concert within a cave, playing live his Didjeridoos, Flutes, Drums, Rattles and Stones. Primal music mixed with original electronic soundscapes composed by Sika in his studio in New Zealand’s wild South Island. Full details www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

29 July - 26 August 2017 - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
Courses covering: Opera and Music Theatre; World Music; Chamber Music; Early Music; Electronic Music and Multimedia; Singing; Advanced Conducting; Folk; Strings; Wind and Brass; Piano and Keyboards; Composition; Talks and Lectures; Dance and Wellbeing; Poetry, History, and Creative Writing.
The Folk courses are concentrated into Week 2 (5-12 August).
www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/courses/#week2courses
On a typical day you could explore links between nature and folk and create new music (Folk and the Landscape); after the coffee break, sing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe (Folk Choir), challenge artificial categories to create and exchange new music (Folk Baroque), or get specialist tuition from Paul Hutchinson (Accordion Workshop); and following lunch, improve your instrumental skills with Eliza and Martin Carthy (As I Walked Out One Morning).
Folk and the Landscape - Sally Davies and Paul Hutchinson
Two experienced and visionary folk musicians and composers, lead a creative course that explores the connections between folk music and the landscape, using the beautiful grounds of Dartington estate. We will explore the links between nature, traditional and contemporary folk music, creating some of our own music along the way, for performance later in the week.
Folk Choir - Sally Davies
Sally is a singer, instrumentalist, composer and choir leader, with a wide ranging experience of folk and world music. She 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. There may well be some collaborations with the instrumental folk courses this year!
Accordion Workshop - Paul Hutchinson
The wonderful accordionist tutors at Cecil Sharp House and Folkworks in Durham. Paul’s style of teaching is relaxed and entertaining. He considers the accordion a beautiful and versatile instrument, uses block chords, drones and pedal notes, and is a master of harmony. Paul enjoys developing the potential of a group to deepen and improve their musicianship, and welcomes players at all levels.
Folk Baroque - Andy Watts
A brand new folk course for 2017! Andy Watts is associate Principal bassoon of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and founder of the folk/early music group The Carnival Band, well known for their work with Maddy Prior and currently recording the 100 most popular ballads of the 17th century. Here folk, Baroque and ‘modern’ instrumentalists can explore street ballads and dance music from the 17th and 18th centuries, challenging artificial categories to create and exchange new music. This innovative course is open to all instrumentalists and singers, using notation as well as playing by ear.
As I Walked Out One Morning - Eliza and Martin Carthy
The amazing father-and-daughter duo Martin and Eliza return to Dartington after several years to lead this exciting folk course. Devoted to instrumental tuition as well as songs, the class offers the chance for players to study and rehearse traditional tunes and arrangements, as well as collaborate and create new work. There’s a concert later in the week, shared with the Folk Choir.

NEW Very few ticket left
Wednesday 2 August 2017 - Faith, Folk and Anarchy - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS
(map)
In 2002 Steve Knightley, Tom Robinson and Martyn Joseph formed a temporary ‘acoustic power’ trio entitled Faith, Folk and Anarchy. A sell out-tour and live album soon followed. Now fifteen years later the guys have decided to get together once again. They have a headline set at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival in late August and their only other reunion gig will be here at Exeter Phoenix. Don’t miss this chance to come along and enjoy three master craftsmen at the height of their performing and songwriting powers. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/faith-folk-anarchy.

UPDATED 4-11 August 2017 - Sidmouth Folk Week
Event tickets and taster programme have just been launched (8 May). See details and sign up to receive regular festival email updates at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk

NEW Wednesday 9 August 2017 - Gigspanner Big Band - St Andrews Church, Ashburton
Peter Knight's Gigspanner joined by Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Tickets £17. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk. A special show prior to the Big Band's appearance at Fairport's Cropredy Festival.

NEW 11-13 August 2017 - Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal nr Okehampton
Artists confirmed for 2017 so far include: Fay Hield and the Hurricane Party (Friday), Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra, Jim Causley Trio, Siobhan Miller Trio, Keith Donnelly, Jackie Oates, Gadarene (Sunday), Geoff Lakeman, The Valiant Dance Band (Friday), The Dartmoor Pixie Band (Saturday night & Sunday night), Ramsley Minors, Entertainingly different, plus more to be confirmed. www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk

NEW Saturday 12 August 2017 - House Concert: Emily Maguire - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Emily is currently touring promoting her new album "Bit Of Blue" in far larger venues so here's your chance to see her in a small informal and relaxed setting. www.emilymaguire.com. Donations on arrival. Email Mark at wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations.

NEW Saturday 16 August 2017 - Jim Causley Trio - Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ (map)
details tba www.sterts.co.uk.

UPDATED 18-20 August 2017 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park near Exeter
Line-up has been announced. Here's an extract from the blurb: "Headlining The Big Top stage is one of Britain’s finest recording artists, Grammy-nominated Alison Moyet, plus one of the most creative and individualistic bands of their generation Therapy? performing an acoustic set and the creators of Rockgrass Hayseed Dixie. Joining them on the bill are folk super-group Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band fronted by traditional folk powerhouse Eliza Carthy, Irish folk group Kila, punk rock legend Glen Matlock, Ireland's preeminent singer songwriter Damien Dempsey, pioneering contemporary folk trio Lau, plus Gaz Brookfield & The Company of Thieves, Lankum (Lynched), Manchester's finest ethio-trad, folk-hop band Honeyfeet, Sean McGowan , American horn-and-percussion trio Moon Hooch and Levellers who open the show on the Friday with an acoustic set." www.beautifuldays.org.

NEW 25/26 August 2017 - Sea Change Festival - Totnes
Various venues, various genres. Line-up includes Michael Chapman. www.seachangefestival.co.uk. Tickets www.wegottickets.com/f/10662.

NEW Saturday 2 September 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Nourish Festival, Bovey Tracey
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Ticketing tba www.nourishfestival.org.

NEW Saturday 2 September 2017 8pm - Hillbilly Moon Explosion - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
From Zurich Switzerland, one of the finest New Wave Rockabilly/Americana bands on the planet. Singer Emanuela has such enchanting vocals & to hear this in a Cavern will be one we wont forget. For fans of, Stray Cats, Imelda May & roots music. Full details, samples etc. www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

NEW tbc Thursday 14 September 2017 8pm - Geoff Lakeman - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
details tbc/tba www.geofflakeman.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 17 September 2017 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Exminster Victory Hall, Main Road, Exminster EX6 8DF
Online tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/394554. Bar. A car park is situated on Deepway Lane at the recreation ground.

NEW Friday 22 September 2017 8pm  - Phil Beer Band - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
A spirited fusion of friendship and musicianship, the Phil Beer Band delve into the back catalogues of Phil’s beloved country, rock, folk and blues influences throughout the years to create their infectious and unique ‘folk n roll’ sound. Throw in Phil’s blistering guitar solos, a healthy seasoning of lively tunes and banter and a pint or three, and you know you’re in for a cracking night. Completing Phil’s lineup are Gareth Turner (melodeons), Olivia Dunn (fiddles), Emily Slade (guitar, vocals), Greg McDonald (bass, vocals) and Steve Crickett (drums). Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/the-phil-beer-band.

NEW Friday 22 September 2017 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Cellar Bar, Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
SidMouth StoryNights for GrownUps presents: Storyteller Graham Langley with musician Pam Bishop tell 50 Shades of Graham. Follow him as he touches the deepest levels of your emotions, at one moment bright and breezy bringing colour and sunlight into his stories, then dark and mysterious the next. Tonight his storytelling is taken to a new dimension as he is joined by Pam Bishop, who enriches the tales with her unique blend of music. He is described by The Times as a 'storyteller for the 21st century'. Tickets £8 adv from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth, or on door. Bar available, Good disabled access. Not suitable for U14s. For more details call 07834 194215 or email JanetTells@gmail.com.

NEW Saturday 23 September 2017 - Tennyson’s Twin - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.tennysonstwin.co.uk. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW tbc Friday 29 September 2017 8pm - Southern Tenant Folk Union - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
One of the most highly acclaimed folk/bluegrass bands in the UK today. A six piece acoustic with banjo, mandolin, fiddle & harmony vocals they perform an eclectic mix of high energy atmosphere folk and have received airplay from Bob Harris & Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 2. Full details, ticketing etc.
tbc.

NEW Saturday 7 October 2017 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 Mcrea 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. Full details www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

NEW Sunday 8 October 2017 7.30pm - Ralph McTell - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Best known for his international hit, Streets of London, Ralph McTell has been a stalwart of the British acoustic music scene for over 50 years. A career that has spanned street busking across Europe, to solo shows at the Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall and The Sydney Opera House, McTell has a fifty year, 350 song career. Known for his virtuoso guitar style, he is primarily a prolific and gifted songwriter. With a style that invites you into a unique world, he weaves a narrative that is both significant and poignant. Ralph made his debut in 1968 with the album ‘Eight Frames a Second’ and in 1974 the release of ‘Streets of London’ earned him an Ivor Novello Award. In 2002 he was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/ralph-mctell.

9-15 October 2017 - Costa Del Folk Portugal
Details www.costadelfolk.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 12 October 2017 - Fake Thackray - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
John Watterson has performed the songs of Jake Thackray at festivals, concerts, clubs, after dinner venues and most specially to members of Jake’s family. Jake’s songs are exquisitely funny, satirical, incisive, irreverent, witty and gloriously un-PC – and sometimes all of these at the same time. Jake was a one off, his poetry broke the rules yet worked beautifully. He was a true craftsman of the English language, and his legacy of scores of songs continues to delight audiences of all ages today. www.fakethackray.com. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Sunday 15 October 2017 8pm - Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Gordie MacKeeman exemplifies the term natural showman. An ace fiddle player nicknamed “crazy legs” for his frenetic loose-limbed step- dancing, he just loves to perform. Combine that exuberance and onstage dynamism with the stellar musicianship of his multi-instrumentalist comrades His Rhythm Boys, and you have an unstoppable roots music force. That potent combination has made the group highly sought-after performers on the international roots music circuit, thrilling audiences from Adelaide, Australia, to Edinburgh, Scotland. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org. www.wegottickets.com/event/403541.

NEW Tuesday 17 October 2017 7.30pm - Kate Rusby - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
A special 25 year celebration! Come and join in this exclusive, intimate evening of stories, songs, and silver tinged laughter. “One of the most affecting voices in British folk” – Q Magazine. “Her voice remains a thing of extraordinary beauty.” – MOJO. One of the finest interpreters of traditional folk song and one of our most emotive original songwriters - melding old and new so you can barely see the join. Mercury Prize Winner. Folk Singer of the Year, Best Live Act, Best Album and Best Original Song winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Inveterate Yorkshire Tea drinker. Freeman of Barnsley. Darling of British folk. Kate will continue to showcase tracks from her 14th studio album alongside carefully selected much loved classics from her back catalogue spanning the 25years. Joining her will be the fabulous British folk musicians who form her band: Damien O’Kane on guitar, electric tenor guitar and banjo, Duncan Lyall on double bass and moog, Nick Cooke on diatonic accordion, Steve Byrnes on bouzouki and guitar. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/kate-rusby.

NEW Saturday 21 October 2017 - Ceilidh with tba - St George's Hall, Dartmouth Road, Paignton
details tba Presented as a fundraiser by the Friends of Froward Point, National Coastwatch, for the watch station there.

NEW Baring-Gould Folk Weekend & Song School - Okehampton
Song School:· 22-27 October 2017 - Guest Tutor: John Kirkpatrick
Folk Weekend: 27-29 October 2017
Please note that the fourth Saturday in October falls on the second Saturday of the half term holiday, so it feels as if it is later this year.
Full artist list out soon but we can confirm first UK appearance of Tuscan Folk trio Vincanto www.vincantomusica.it.

NEW Friday 27 October 2017 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Cellar Bar, Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
SidMouth StoryNights for GrownUps presents: Janet Dowling and friends bring you The Return of Fearsome Fairy Tales for Fearless Adults- the Fairies Fight Back! These are the dark tales of the fairy world, where everything is not as it seems… are you brave enough to listen? Be beguiled and bewitched by a shiver of Devon storytellers telling new tales of old fears. Be warned- these tales are not suitable for Adults of a nervous disposition. Tickets £8 adv from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth, or on door. Bar available, Good disabled access. Not suitable for U14s. For more details call 07834 194215 or email JanetTells@gmail.com.

NEW tbc Sunday 29 October 2017 7.45pm - Tom Lewis - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tbc/tba

NEW Friday 3 November 2017 8pm - The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
The Ukes have become a global sensation and nothing short of a UK national treasure. 'Heresy II Heritage', their new tour, charts the Uke's rise from curiosity to virtuosity, from village hall to the Royal Albert Hall. The Ukes of GB have performed for the British Royal Family, the BBC Proms, Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall, but heretics they remain, poking fun at the cultural elite, defying you to believe their own hype, bemused by all the hot air. On an ongoing "hand-luggage only" world tour, the Ukes provide pure entertainment, dead-pan British humour and irresistible foot-tapping music. They are masters of the unexpected, whether re-imagining folk songs, twisting classical music favourites, uncovering quirky versions of rock covers, or playing the performers' own all-original compositions. “Iconoclastic. Unabashed genre crashing antics. Nothing is spoof proof." Sunday Times. “Most people have to die before they become immortal. These ukulele superstars have no such worries.” New Musical Express. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/ukulele-orchastra-of-great-britain-heresy-ii-heritage.

NEW Saturday 4 November 2017 - Show of Hands - Exeter Cathedral
With special guest Kirsty Merryn. Autumn 2017 Cathedrals Tour. Tickets on sale from May 1. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 11 November 2017 8pm - The Sounds of Simon - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
A tribute to Simon and Garfunkel and the wonderful music of Paul Simon, through the years as one half of Simon and Garfunkel, to the enduring success of his solo career. Come on a journey and lose yourself to nostalgia as the full band play the classics. Paul and Art are played to perfection, bringing in elements of their famously fractious relationship, as well as replicating the beautiful harmonies flawlessly. With video clips, stories, and memories from the last 50+ years, this is a wonderful show filled with excellent music, nostalgia, and a genuine love for some great musicians. This is the UK’s longest running tribute to Paul Simon. Come and see why! www.soundsofsimon.co.uk. Full details, samples etc. www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

NEW Sunday 19 November 2017 7.30pm - Oysterband 40th Celebration Special - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Classic songs from every era of a long and mighty career. Oysterband, the multi-award-winning outfit that brought passion, power and not a little poetry to folk and roots music, enter their 40th year as vital and creative as ever. Oysterband still play with that spirit of the punk ceilidh band that roared through people’s lives all those years ago. But the growing depth and sensitivity of their songwriting, coupled with the strength of John Jones’ voice and their remarkable musicianship, have lifted their music into a richer, more acoustic era. Oysterband are: John Jones voice, melodeon; Alan Prosser  guitars, voice; Ian Telfer violin, voice; Al Scott bass, mandolin, voice; Adrian Oxaal cello, voice; and the newest member, formerly of Bellowhead, Pete Flood  drums, voice. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/oysterband-40th-celebration-special.

NEW Wednesday 22 November 2017 8pm - Steeleye Span - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span are touring with a new live show. Maddy Prior - the voice of the band - leads a line-up featuring faces old and new. . Having just released the album “Dodgy Bastards” to great critical acclaim . Their 2016 performances will see them perform new gems alongside classics that have made them one of the most successful British Folk Rock bands ever. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/steeleye-span.

NEW Thursday 23 November 2017 - Afro Celt Sound Sytem + The Dhol Foundation - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. With sales now topping one and a half million albums and two Grammy nominations to date, Afro Celt Sound System bring their exhilarating live show to venues around the country. This European and African based collective have been a ground-breaking force in music ever since they started, along the way finding kindred spirits across international talent and forging a reputation for exhilarating shows. Afro Celt Sound System Live features the core band members Simon Emmerson, Guinean vocalist, kora and balafon virtuoso N’Faly Kouyate and charismatic dhol master Johnny Kalsi, along with percussionist Robbie Harris and fiddle-player Eòghann MacEanruig, Ged Lynch on drums, Simon ‘Palmskin’ Richmond on keyboards and electronica and Val Etienne on backing vocals, with the gritty, witty rhymes of Gaelic rapper, musician and language activist Griogair. ‘A delirious mix of primal intensity, spiritual beauty and explosive rhythms…..a colossus of an album.” Froots Magazine. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Sunday 26 November 2017 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
With his trio, Peter Knight breaks new ground and is second to absolutely nobody...ground-breaking, engaging, frequently astonishing,
Gigspanner deliver a quite simply superb set **** Maverick Magazine. "Gigspanner work together in musical genius...there is no track that won't rope you in and buzz you like drinking a barrel of coffee **** EFDSS Magazine. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org. www.wegottickets.com/event/403541.

NEW Wednesday 29 November 2017 - Lau - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. The pioneering contemporary folk trio comprising three of the UK’s finest traditional musicians: Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle). Lau has garnered four awards for ‘Best Group’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and also appeared on the Later… With Jools Holland TV show. Individual members have all won multiple awards and recognition for their solo work. Kris Drever is shortlisted for Folk Singer of The Year 2017 & Best Original Track 2017, Martin Green nominated for Best Album 2017 & Best Original Track 2017 at this years BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Box office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/lau.

NEW Thursday 30 November 2017 - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
With special guest Kirsty Merryn. 'Traditional; final two dates on the Autumn 2017 Cathedrals Tour. Tickets on sale from May 1. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Friday 1 December 2017 - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
With special guest Kirsty Merryn. 'Traditional; final two dates on the Autumn 2017 Cathedrals Tour. Tickets on sale from May 1. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 7 December 2017 - St Agnes Fountain - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
details tba. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk.

NEW Wednesday 20 December 2017 - Phil Beer - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Multi-instrumentalist - and one half of Westcountry folk duo Show Of Hands - Phil Beer performed live at The Brook Inn in January ahead of his solo tour. We're delighted that he wants to end the year at The Brook as well! www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.
Tel. 01752 297604.

NEW Sunday 11 February 2018 - Tannahill Weavers - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
 one of Scotland 's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that. www.theploughartscentre.org.uk. www.wegottickets.com/event/405416.

NEW 29 August to 15 September 2018 - War Horse - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Including Bob Fox as 'Songman'. Following 8 record-record breaking years in London’s West End and having played in 11 countries around the world to over 7 million people, the National Theatre’s acclaimed play War Horse will tour the UK from September 2017. War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Full details, bookings etc.  www.theatreroyal.com/whats-on/2018-2/war-horse-2018.

John Culf
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