Harberton Folk's Information Service
for traditional music, song & dance in Southern Devon
Site updated 21 August 2018
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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
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.
Southern Devon Folk Diary
See also www.flaxey-green.co.uk which may include events not listed below.
that they have not yet appeared in full in an e-circular.
UPDATED - items marked thus means that they have been updated since an initial listing in an e-circular.
Wednesday 22 August 2018 7pm - Vic Shepherd
& John Bowden - Church of Our Lady, Upton Pyne nr Exeter EX5 5JA
A rare chance in the South West to hear Sheffield musicians John Bowden & Vic Shepherd who have a long connection with the Grenoside Sword Dancers and traditional music in Ecclesfield and Grenoside. They sing English songs as well as North American and Canadian variants, either in unaccompanied harmony or with Anglo concertina, melodeon and jew's harp. For many years they had a dance band, Nine Daies Wonder, and were members of Sheafknot, Sheffield's one and only shanty and maritime group. Their two CDs, A Motty Down and Still Waters, have been receiving enthusiastic reviews. John’s family used to farm near Upton Pyne and two relatives are named on the village war memorial. They were lads who looked after the war horses in WW1 and John will be singing Home Lads Home!, a 1916 poem put to music, in their memory. Bar, delicious interval refreshments. All proceeds to the maintenance of the beautiful Grade 1 listed village church. Tickets: £7.50 from Linda Findlay 01392 841402 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday 23 August 2018 8pm - Flats & Sharps
- Otterton Mill (Courtyard), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Following on from their highly successful first appearance, Flats and Sharps will again be blurring the lines between Bluegrass, Folk, Country & Pop, performing their own highly original songs as well as their renditions of Bluegrass classics. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.
23 August 2018 8.30pm - House Concert: The Corn Potato String Band - Hatch Court, Churchstow
All the way from the USA, the Corn Potato String Band has achieved high praise in traditional American music, keeping old time fiddle and banjo music from a one-way trip to the dustbins of history. Theirs is a story of struggle, hard knocks and triumph. Essentially unable to cope with modern life, the members of this band are outcasts of society who survive by playing the lost music of the flatlands where they were raised. https://cornpotato.com. No tickets, just donations on the door. To reserve seats call 07730 921192 or email email@example.com. No bar so BYO. Doors 7pm.
24 August 2018 7.30pm - The Corn Potato String Band -
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
All the way from the USA, the Corn Potato String Band has achieved high praise in traditional American music, keeping old time fiddle and banjo music from a one-way trip to the dustbins of history. Theirs is a story of struggle, hard knocks and triumph. Essentially unable to cope with modern life, the members of this band are outcasts of society who survive by playing the lost music of the flatlands where they were raised. https://cornpotato.com. Tickets, depending on what you can afford, £13+ or £10+ at www.wegottickets.com/ashburtonarts, or £6 on the door. www.ashburtonarts.org.uk.
Saturday 25 August 2018 9pm - Waterloo Sunset - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
Devon/Cornwall based duo playing guitars, banjo, percussion and singing harmony vocals. With a combined musical heritage of nearly a century, they have been gigging together for nearly 30 years. They sing & play 60s - Kinks, Beatles, Stones, Dylan, Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel - and Bluegrass, plus Celtic Folk Rock and their own material. And your requests. Between them, Tony and Sue will know most of them... and they are crazy enough to give any song a try! Entry £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.
Sunday 26 August 2018 2.30pm - Paddy’s Whiskers - The Boathouse,
Preston Sands, Paignton
Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band Paddy’s Whiskers playing a mixture of fiddle led Irish jigs and reels for dancing, banjo driven bluegrass numbers, and Scottish tunes on border bagpipes. The whole band sing and at a Whiskers gig you’ll hear well known favourites from the folk tradition, together with a few original songs and tunes written by the band. If it’s not raining, then the gig will be on the beautiful terrace overlooking Preston Beach. The venue is very family friendly. Live music starts at 2.30pm. Free entry. More information from www.paddyswhiskers.co.uk or ring Andrew on 07514064558.
Sunday 26 August 2018 3-6pm - Ensemble Baklava - The Bay Horse Inn, 8
Cistern Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5SP
Mediterranean Music in the garden with Ensemble Baklava. A Bay Horse Beer and Cider Festival event. Great atmosphere, drink, food, music and free entry.
26 August 2018 7.30pm - The Corn Potato String Band - Calstock Hall,
The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA
See descriptions above. https://cornpotato.com. Doors 7.30pm. Full details www.calstockhall.org.
Sunday 26 August 2018 - Eddi Reader - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Known for her work with Fairground Attraction and her enduring solo career, what sets this three-time BRIT Awards winner apart is the depth of her emotional live performances. Constant touring with her band has created a magical organic chemistry between Eddi and her players, and the results of this relationship can be found on her most recent release. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings joyous life to all forms of song. Her taste in co-writers, writers, songs and players is impeccable and anything with her name on it is a guaranteed musical treasure.. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.
Wednesday 29 August 2018 8.30pm - Ellie
B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
Hailing from the centre of England, Ellie is embarking on her fist tour down south to share her music in a place very close to her heart. At 21, Ellie yields powerful songs with thought-provoking themes. Embedding heavy lyrical inspiration from the early greats like Joni Mitchell, Ellie has produced her own folk-driven contemporary style. Fans of Laura Marling and John Martyn will enjoy listening. 2017 was a great year for Ellie with lots of support from BBC Introducing and the release of her debut EP. Entry £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.
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.
Friday 31 August
8pm - Luke Daniels & Nancy Kerr - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Two of the British Folk scene’s top performers team up for a limited number of exclusive shows to perform their own and each other’s music. Since Daniels’ landmark solo statement What’s Here What’s Gone in 2014, he’s put down several more markers on the musical map. Revolve and Rotate had him transporting the 19th century’s closest thing to hi-fi, the giant steel discs of the polyphon, to modern transcription, in what was a fascinating evening at Calstock Arts. All of this, in the context of a career playing melodeon for acts like Jethro Tull and Riverdance. Nancy Kerr is one of the most celebrated Folk musicians of her generation. To date she has won no less than six BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards including Folk Singer of the Year in 2015. This new duo show promises to be a stunning mix of contemporary Folk music and inspired instrumental virtuosity. Full details, music etc. www.calstockarts.org.
Friday 31 August 2018 8pm - Rory McLeod
(solo) - America Hall, De La Rue Way, Pinhoe, Exeter EX4 8PX (map)
Rhythmic storyteller, multi-instrumentalist, …telling unpalatable truths about broken hearts…social injustice…in songs, that are percussive, bold, lyrical, deeply personal …and have an unexpected edge to them, accompanied by spoons, harmonica, guitar, trombone and-tap-dancing shoes. Tickets £15 door or £12+/£10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/438975. WeGotTickets. Ticket enquiries 07903 125606 or email johnzeallyis[at]hotmail.com. Bar and free car parking.
Saturday 1 September 2018 7.30pm - Paul Field - Methodist Church, East Street,
Ipplepen TQ12 5SX
Paul has been a professional singer/songwriter since 1976 and has won several awards. More details www.paulfield.com, sound clips at www.paulfield.bandcamp.com. Tickets £8 adv from Ipplepen Hub, Post Office or contact firstname.lastname@example.org, £10 door, proceeds to the Community Hub building fund.
Saturday 1 September 2018 - Three Acres and a Cow: A History of Land Rights and
Protest in Folk Song and Story - Totnes United Free Church, Fore Street, Totnes,
Featuring Katherine Hallewell and Roo Bramley. ‘Three Acres And A Cow’ connects the Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with Brexit, fracking and our housing crisis via the Enclosures, English Civil War, Irish Land League and Industrial Revolution. The show draws a compelling narrative through the people’s history of England in folk song, story and poem. Part TED talk, part history lecture, part folk club sing-a-long, part poetry slam, part storytelling session… Come and share in these tales as they have been shared for generations. Doors 6.30pm. Tickets £10/£8. Full details, bookings etc. https://threeacresandacow.co.uk.
Saturday 1 September 2018 7pm - Sound Mind
Sessions: Harbottle & Jonas - All Saints Church, Kenton, nr Exeter EX6 8LU
Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based near Totnes, Devon. Their music is eclectic in style and always accompanied by a story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth and Geoff Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, and Declan Sinnott BBC Introducing have described their music as “phenomenal” and a review by Americana UK said “stunning songwriting and heart-rending arrangements - 9/10”. Support from two unique, very different acoustic artists: Local singer-songwriter Holly Morwenna, known for her purity and clarity of her vocals and folk-blues singer-songwriter and 12 string guitarist Ollie Dixon. Tickets £10+/£9+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/445676, or call 07974 213030 (no booking fee); includes tea/coffee, BYO otherwise. Sound Mind Sessions aim to raise awareness and funds to support mental health in the creative industries.
September 2018 7.30pm - Bob Fox - Caroline's Kitchen, Churston Farm Shop, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
Bob Fox, Warhorse Songman, back by popular demand. Bob has received many accolades on his warm rich voice and superb guitar style. His stories peppered with good humour make him an engaging and popular guest. www.bobfoxmusic.com. Support will be provided by Maggie Duffy and Bob Thomson. Tickets £14 available from Maggie on 01803 855961 / 07770 806083 or email email@example.com, or monies may be left at Caroline's Kitchen, in an envelope marked Bob Fox Concert. Extensive ranges of ales, wines and soft drinks plus teas and coffees, snacks and cakes available.
Monday 3 September 2018 -
Bridget St John
- Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Mention of the legendary Bridget St John often seems to induce a misty-eyed, faraway look; many a student room in the 60s and 70s would have echoed to her distinctive voice. Bridget’s impressive voice is deep and resonant. It’s a voice made for melancholy, and you can’t argue with her musical ability, whether it is singing Dylan, a tribute to her friend John Martyn, or her own work. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.
Saturday 8 September 2018
- Fishstock Food & Music Festival - Brixham
The English Riviera’s renowned urban music and seafood festival. On the Folk, Roots & Acoustic stage 11am-9.45pm: Old Gaffers, Double A & The Bay, Devon Bird, Torbay Ukelele Band, Maggie Duffy & Bob Thomson, Don't Fret, Harbottle & Jonas, Rio, Riviera Ukelele Band, Leighe J Hall, Windslide; also Banned From The Moor. See www.fishstock-brixham.com for timings.
Sunday 9 September 2018 8pm - Narthen -
Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Narthen are Barry Coope and Lester Simpson of Coope Boyes and Simpson, Jo Freya of Blowzabella/Moirai and Fi Fraser of The Old Fashioned/ Polka Works. They have decided to become a group featuring songs that will touch your heart, engage your intellect and wow your ears. They are known for four part harmony, but they are all also instrumentalists and augment some of the repertoire with accompaniment. They play, piano, accordion, fiddle, soprano sax, ukulele and whistles. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.
9 September 2018 7.45pm -
Winter Wilson - Folk on
the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee
Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Kip Winter is a versatile singer, having sung everything from opera to soul and jazz, but she is happiest singing folk and blues. dave Wilson is recognised as a leading lyricist and togethr they produce first-class songs and beautiful harmonies, expertly accompanied on a variety of instruments: guitar, accordion, flute and banjo. They recently toured with the Fairports and were runners-up in the Folking.com awards for Top Duo. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.
Tuesday 11 September 2018 - Leveret - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting (button accordion), Sam Sweeney (fiddle) and Rob Harbron (concertina) are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity. Leveret’s music is not arranged in the conventional sense and the trio rely on mutual trust and musical interaction to create new settings of their repertoire in the moment, with no two performances alike. Their playing is relaxed and natural, drawing audiences in and inviting them to share in music making that is truly spontaneous and yet deeply timeless. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.
Thursday 13 September 2018 8pm - Harbottle &
Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Information: Andy Clarke 01803 732312.
Friday 14 September 2018 8pm - Paul Downes - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club,
Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Paul Downes is one of the finest folk and acoustic performers, not just locally but in the UK. He is an incredible multi-instrumentalist, particularly known for his superb guitar playing and is also a very fine singer and a fabulous entertainer. As well as performing solo Paul is known as one half of the renowned duo with Mick Ryan, as well as appearing in and arranging the music for most of Mick's folk operas. He has also performed and recorded with the late Maggie Boyle, The Joyce Gang, Pete Seegar, Arizona Smoke Revue, and Show Of Hands. Recently, he has been involved in the reformation of the band Crows (featuring Mick Ryan), which has become a popular folk club and festival act. His solo album, The Boatman's Cure, was released to great acclaim. www.pauldownes.com. Support: tba. Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) paid in adv £10; adv notice, paid on door £12. Info / ticket enquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01392 210983. www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.
Friday 14 September 2018 - Maggie Duffy with
the band Street Spirit - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
Details tba/tbc. Maggie, Simon Lane and Ryan Fyncham.
14 September 2018
7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance -
Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
Caller: Jeremy Child. Band: Stick the Fiddle. A monthly series of Contra Dances. 7.30-10pm. Cost £5 per person. Beginners welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.
- Leveret - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England's finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. Fiddler Sam Sweeney was the 2015 BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year, and is known for his work in Bellowhead and Eliza Carthy Melodeon genius Andy Cutting, a three-time BBC Folk Awards Best Musician, is a compelling solo performer and currently works with Blowzabella, June Tabor, and Roger Daltry. Concertina wizard Rob Harbron is best known for his work with The Full English and Jon Boden. Leveret's music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new. With their albums New Anything, In The Round and Inventions and over a long string of sell-out gigs, the trio have built a strong reputation as consummate musicians and captivating performers. www.theflavel.org.uk. A 'Folk at the Flavel' event.
Saturday 15 September 2018 7.30pm - The Emily Askew Band: Alchemy - St
Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
Top folk singer Emily Askew and her band kick off the new Totnes Early Music season with a programme based on Alchemy, their first album together which was hailed by The Times as "one of the albums of the year". The band fuses medieval and renaissance songs with modern folk styles, and comprises singer/guitarist/fiddler Jamie Roberts, fiddler/viola d'amore player John Dipper and percussionist Simon Whittaker alongside Emily herself. Multi-instrumentalist Emily moves effortlessly between the folk and early music worlds, and plays vielle, shawm, bagpipes, recorders and medieval harp. She has performed with The Artisans, The Dufay Collective, Joglaresa, and the Medieval Babes as well as The Askew Sisters of course.. A Totnes Early Music Society event. Advance tickets from Dartington Box Office 01803 847070, www.dartington.org/event/alchemy-the-emily-askew-band or email email@example.com £13, U18s £5. Door £14/£5
September 2018 7.30pm - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett -
Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
This will be one of the last ever shows from the legendary duo after over 40 years on the road together. Combine John's superb songwriting skills with Willy's incredible musicianship - he plays virtually every stringed known to man along with a few hybrids of his own - and you have the recipe for a memorable gig. The contrast between Barrett's deadpan humour and Otway's amazing antics make every show a totally unique experience. Expect the unexpected as they jump from one hit and 40 near misses in an irreverent and highly entertaining show from two master performers. www.wegottickets.com/event/442385.
NEW Tuesday 18 September 2018 8pm - Shanty
Workshop with The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
Another one of our ever popular Free Shanty Workshops at the Beach Pub - next to the Marina on Exmouth Seafront. Why not come along and learn a shanty to two - or just sit back and enjoy a rousing sing-song with your pint! www.exmouthshantymen.com.
Tuesday 18 September 2018 8pm - Harbottle &
Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
For more information call 01392 881105. www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk/?fref=ts.
NEW Friday 21 September 2018 7.30pm - Geoff
Lakeman - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
The Whitehouse Sessions are hosting a fantastic evening of songs and music starring Geoff Lakeman, a "stalwart of the West Country Folk scene and the father of a virtual folk dynasty". Geoff is the dad of Sean, Sam and Seth Lakeman, who are all internationally renowned folk musicians. Em is a Devon based singer-songwriter and guitarist performing her own material alongside arrangements of traditional songs. Plus special guest, local singer-songwriter Em Marshall, formerly of the Dark Lanterns. Tickets £10/£8 adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/443998 or call Katie Whitehouse 07832 200980; £12 door.
Both dates sold out Friday & Saturday 21 & 22
8pm - Cara Dillon - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
Full details www.calstockarts.org.
NEW Saturday 22
8.30pm - Lindisfarne - Tavistock Wharf
Seated/standing. As Ray Laidlaw once said, ‘Lindisfarne is more than any one individual’; and though members have come and gone, Rod Clements' return maintains continuity with Lindisfarne’s beginnings and reinforces their shared commitment to keeping alive the unique legacy of one of British rock’s great bands. www.tavistockwharf.com.
22 September 2018 7.30pm - Son Of Town Hall - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
“Nothing short of stunning” – Lisa Schwartz, Director Philadelphia Folk Festival. Imagine if Simon and Garfunkel were lost at sea, salt in their beards, wind at their backs, and whiskey in their bottles. What songs would they sing whilst stomping like melodious madmen on the boards of their boat? Or set yourself adrift for a piece, untether yourself from your daily affairs, bring only fresh water, a large writing pad and plenty of pencils. With only the endless sky above and the winedark waters below, what half-crazed tales would pour out of you? Welcome to the mythic world of Son of Town Hall, the unusual union of Ben Parker of London, England, and David Berkeley of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Parker, a highly sought-after London-based songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist, and Berkeley, a celebrated singer/songwriter/guitarist/author have imagined a world that transcends time and space, complete with Victorian-era outfits, meditations about the sea and songs that beg you to sing along. The show is three-parts concert, one-part theatre. It will leave you transformed, with your heart full of laughter and tears, drunk on adventure and the tragic beauty of the human condition. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details, samples, online bookings, full programme; or call 01803 875527 / 07815 620402 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book without a fee.
Phil Beer Band on tour
Friday 21 September 2018 - Plough Arts, Torrington - www.theploughartscentre.org.uk
Saturday 22 September 2018 - Lee Moor Public Hall, nr Plymouth - www.wegottickets.com/event/446619
Sunday 23 September 2018 7.30pm - Exeter Corn Exchange - www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on
A unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock. The highly popular line up comprises Gareth Turner, Steve Crickett, Greg McDonald, Olivia Dunn and of course, Phil Beer and promises to deliver a lively cocktail of folk, rock, country and blues. The Band evolved organically in the early to mid 90s at Maisemore in Gloucesteshire. It was a loose federation consisting of Phil Beer, Nick Quarmby and Steve Crickett, all of whom lived close to each other, and melodeon player Gareth Turner from Northamptonshire. There was a need in the community for a band to play local events and ceilidhs and, following in the tradition set by the Albion Band (of which both Gareth and Phil were former members) the band always interspersed the dances with the odd song. Basically, over a long period of time, it has evolved into a ‘Folk n Roll’ band with country rock overtones. It is the vehicle for Phil to return to the electric guitar and to have a good time with his mates. Support: Velvet & Stone. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.
23 September 2018 7.45pm
- Colum Sands - Folk on
the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee
Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A brilliant observer of minute and often humourous details of life, Colum's last gig at the Club 5 years ago was, according to Anton "One of the most complete evening's entertainment I've ever had. I was deeply moved by his poignant songs, charmed by his warmth, laughed until it hurt at his hilarious banter and was simply enthralled by the man's sheer ability to hold an audience in the palm of his hand. A truly memorable evening." Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.
Tuesday 25 September 2018 7.30pm - QUEST with
Breaking Tradition and the Demon Barbers - Palace
Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
The Demon Barbers, winners of the `Best Live Act' in the Radio 2 Folk Awards, together with Breaking Tradition, the UK's leading folk and hip hop dance company. QUEST is a spectacularly entertaining show where dazzling dance and stomping tunes combining to turn a rousing story into a family show full of blazing energy and joy. It's a real Folk and Hip-Hop dance extravaganza and if you're not sure what to expect then we say - come along, you'll love it! Tickets £7 - £14. www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk. Box office 01803 665800.
NEW Thursday 27 September 2018 8pm - Lisa Mills - Otterton Mill
(Restaurant), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Lisa returns with her southern soul Americana gospel and blues and her exceptional guitar mastery and mighty breathtaking voice to delight us. “Lisa Mills is one of the ten killer songwriters you need to hear right now ... her many styles of southern music come through in her powerful delivery.” Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.
NEW Friday 28 September 2018
7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
Steve reprises his highly popular 'Songs and Stories' Tour in 2019 with 'Part 2 - Roadworks'. www.showofhands.co.uk/steve-knightley-tour-dates.
NEW Saturday 29 September 2018
7.30pm - Steve Knightley - St Johns Church, North Bovey, nr Moretonhampstead
Steve reprises his highly popular 'Songs and Stories' Tour in 2019 with 'Part 2 - Roadworks'. Tickets tel: 07887 932212, email: email@example.com.
NEW Saturday 29 September 2018 -
Folk Evening - Church House Inn, Linkinhorne, Callington PL17 7LY
First of the former Cross House Inn regular first Saturday of the month evenings at its new venue. Playing, singing, nattering & noggins. Song and music session. All welcome, bring your instruments and voices. Another fun-filled folk evening. Pub tel 01579 363711.
NEW 29/30 September 2018 - Teign Shanty Festival
Following their experience of other sea shanty festivals, the Back Beach Boyz are organising the first ever Sea Shanty Festival in Teignmouth aiming to celebrate our maritime traditions, plus local food and drink with sixteen shanty crews from across the South West. www.facebook.com/TeignShantyFestival.
NEW Sunday 30
September 2018 8pm - Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street,
Honiton EX14 1LZ
Always engaging and far from predictable these 'Two musicians at the top of their game' (Music Riot) seek to push the boundaries of blues, folk and American roots music. Original compositions on Slide guitar, double bass, harmony vocals and good humoured banter are cornerstones of their live shows. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.
NEW Sunday 30 September 2018 - Luca Stricagnoli - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Prepare yourself for a World Class Acoustic Experience! With his music videos having internet views exceeding 100 million and bookings in every corner of the globe, Luca Stricagnoli will be here as part of this eagerly anticipated full UK and Ireland Tour. With very special guest on the night Meg Pfeiffer. ‘When it comes to crazy guitar skills Luca Stricagnoli is one of the absolute best’ NME. www.lucastricagnoli.com. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.
NEW Thursday 4 October 2018 - John Kirkpatrick -
The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Details tba. Sumptuous dinner (optional) and gig. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.
NEW Thursday 4 October 2018 - Ralph McTell -
The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Coal Orchard, Taunton TA1 1JL
Box Office: 01823 283244. www.thebrewhouse.net.
Also at: Falmouth Pavilion on Friday 26 October 2018
Friday 5 October
8pm - Kris Drever and Boo Hewerdine - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
An exclusive south west gig for two of the UK’s finest and most prolific songwriters – Kris Drever (Lau) and Boo Hewerdine (The Bible/Eddi Reader). 2018 finds both artists on top form, Kris having won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Singer 2017, Boo releasing his critically acclaimed Swimming In Mercury album and Letter To My Younger Self EP. Kris and Boo will perform as a duo, two sets no support, playing their favourite songs along with new material. Full details www.calstockarts.org.
NEW Saturday 6 October 2018 -
Ange Hardy - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
With Greg Hancock. www.wegottickets.com/event/427976.
NEW Thursday 11 October 2018 - Noble Jacks - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing/balcony seating. With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners as they come on with their high-energy footstompin’ rhythms which have taken crowds by storm across the UK and beyond! The band have been relentlessly touring through 2017, stompin’ their way round the British folk scene with sold out headline shows promoting their debut album ‘What the Hammer’. As well as this, Noble Jacks have appeared at major festivals including Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, and main stage Beautiful Days – to name but a few! The band headed to Costa Del Folk in Portugal in October 2017. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.
Sunday 14 October 2018 8pm - Martin Simpson
- Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
There is no doubt that after 45 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving. Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.
Saturday 20 October 2018
- Autumn Céilidh with Half Moon Ceilidh Band - South Brent
With caller Anne Gill, Andy Clarke (guitar, bouzouki) and Steve Gill (melodeons). See www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.
NEW Sunday 21 October 2018 - Karine Polwart - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Karine Polwart is a multi-award-winning songwriter and musician, a theatre maker, storyteller, spoken-word performer, essayist, and published writer. Karine will be touring in 2018 with her trio – long-term collaborators brother Steven Polwart (guitars) & Inge Thomson (accordion, percussion) – and releasing new studio album Laws of Motion in Autumn 2018. www.karinepolwart.com. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.
NEW Wednesday 24 October 2018 - Ninebarrow - St Leonard's Church, Sheepstor,
Doors 7pm. Tickets 01822 853186
NEW Thursday 25 October 2018 - Phillip Henry - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Guitar workshop 4-6pm / Evening concert.
In the autumn of 2018, Phillip Henry will celebrate the release of his long awaited solo album True North with a national tour. Commemorating ten years since his journey to Kolkata to study under the great slide guitarist Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, True North charts a life spent travelling the globe, collecting tunes, stories, and instruments. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.
NEW Thursday 25 October 2018 8pm - Rag Mama Rag - Otterton Mill
(Restaurant), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Rag Mama Rag create an exceptionally full and hard driving rhythmic sound which soon as audiences feet tapping. Their repertoire is 20’s and 30’s blues based but extremely varied including many regional styles of the period. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.
NEW Friday 26 October 2018 - Ninebarrow - Downderry and Seaton Village Hall,
Doors 6.30pm. Tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01503 250536
26 October 2018 7.30pm - Kirsty Meryn - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
Singer-songwriter Kirsty Merryn on her first ever solo tour of the UK, following Kirsty’s show-stopping performances opening for Show of Hands on their 22-night tour of UK cathedrals, playing to nearly 14,000 people along the way. Kirsty’s debut album “She & I” is a collection of stories about women from history, from local legend Admiral Nelson’s mistress Emma Lady Hamilton, to Annie Edson Taylor, the first person to go over Niagara falls in a barrel. “She & I” released in November 2017 and received a fantastic reception, reaching Number 3 in the Amazon Folk Bestsellers download chart, garnering national and local airplay, winning awards, and receiving reviews in the Guardian, the Sunday Express and many more. Beguiling and mercurial, Kirsty’s music is heavily anchored in the folk tradition with jazz and classical backwaters. But her influences have a much wider reach, ranging from Cara Dillon to Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush - emphatic piano-based songs with sharply observed lyrics - packaged with panache in elegant - beautifully balanced settings and delivered with crystal clear, assured vocals. www.kirstymerryn.com. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details, samples, online bookings, full programme; or call 01803 875527 / 07815 620402 or email email@example.com to book without a fee.
NEW Saturday 27 October 2018 - Ninebarrow - Denbury Village Hall,
Multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Most recently, the duo were nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the ‘Horizon’ category for Best Emerging Artist; their latest album was awarded 5-stars in both The Morning Star and the EFDSS’s EDS Magazine, and has received airplay on BBC Radios 2, 3, 6 Music, Wales and Scotland. Folk luminary, Mike Harding, has hailed it as ‘absolutely monumental’. Tickets: Clare Head 01803 813149 & Union Inn, Denbury
NEW Saturday 27 October 2018 8pm - Willy Porter - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH
Willy Porter is a guitar virtuoso with an insinuating voice that sneaks past your defences and gets under your skin. The Washington Post has called him “a dazzling acoustic guitarist with a moody baritone,” while the Boston Globe describes him as “an acoustic picker with the Olympian speed of Leo Kottke bolstered by rootsy vocals and twisting, offbeat lyrics.” www.willyporter.com. Tickets £12+. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/436490. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.
Saturday 3 November
8pm - Phillip Henry - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
In the autumn of 2018, Phillip Henry will celebrate the release of his long awaited solo album True North with a national tour. Commemorating ten years since his journey to Kolkata to study under the great slide guitarist Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, True North charts a life spent travelling the globe, collecting tunes, stories and instruments. Phillip Henry is an in demand performer whose collaborations with fellow musicians Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Steve Knightley (Show of Hands) and Hannah Martin (Edgelarks) have led to the evolution of a unique instrumental style that has wowed audiences around the world. Now he is preparing to take his solo show on the road with a very special series of concerts. As well as his collection of slide guitars, his show-stopping beatbox harmonica, a great favourite with audiences, is sure to make an appearance. Featuring old favourites, and material from True North, this will be an evening to inspire the mind and lighten the soul. Full details www.calstockarts.org.
NEW Wednesday 7 November 2018 - Fisherman’s
Friends - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Bound together by lifelong friendship and shared experience for more than 25 years the Fisherman’s Friends have met on the Platt (harbour) in their native Port Isaac to raise money for charity, singing the traditional songs of the sea handed down to them by their forefathers. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.
NEW Saturday 10 November 2018 8pm - Martyn Joseph - America Hall, De La
Rue Way, Pinhoe, Exeter EX4 8PX (map)
Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other, a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”, but there are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be – but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman. www.martynjoseph.net. Tickets £17+. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/443338. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.
Saturday 10 November 2018 - John Smith - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
“The future of folk music” - John Renbourn; “He’s a magician” - Ben Howard; “Spellbinding” - Time Out. John Smith has gained a reputation through relentless touring as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and singer-songwriters. Compared as a singer to John Martyn and Ray Lamontagne, Smith has evolved his own transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide techniques, switching between acoustic and electric guitars in various tunings. His uniquely intimate take on love, loss or even a mythic murder ballad, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following, made up of people willing to take part in the communion of a song. £16.50. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.
NEW Saturday 10 November 2018 - William the
Conqueror - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Cornwall trio William the Conqueror have been picking up praise from far flung corners ever since Ruarri Joseph took the step to go public with his erstwhile secret alter-ego. Debut album, Proud Disturber of the Peace, was released in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim, and their shows have been steadily winning over fans up and down the country. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.
NEW Saturday 10
November 2018 8.30pm - The Eskies - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street,
Honiton EX14 1LZ
Standing. Hailing from Dublin, The Eskies bring their unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze houses far and wide. Last year saw them play over 40 festivals in 5 countries, tour Ireland, UK, Netherlands and Switzerland as well as being invited to the influential new music festival Eurosonic Festival. Other notable festival performances included Glastonbury Main Stage Avalon, Main Stage Cambridge and Bestival. Support: Black Water County, Smashing their way into the UK folk punk scene since 2013, Black Water County bring an energetic live show of stout quaffing, banjo breaking and tin whistle mangling original music, along with trads and shanties that have been given a good kick up the **** and a slap around the face. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.
NEW Sunday 11
November 2018 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
It’s been quite a 12 months for Show of Hands, featuring an extraordinary reaction to their haunting cathedral tour ‘Sanctuary’, sell-out shows at eminent venues like Shakespeare’s Globe and the Cutty Sark - and Harberton's St Andrew's Church! - solo tours, duo tours and Steve’s writing for the upcoming studio album. Miranda and husband Dan are embarking on their own adventure with their first baby due in November, and so Cormac Byrne (legendary percussionist of Seth Lakeman Band fame) steps into the breach with his spectacular talents to complete the Show of Hands autumn trio. Together, Steve and Phil will deliver the festival favourites that fans know and love, with Cormac adding a new twist. They’ll also showcase the results of Steve’s recent songwriting. www.showofhands.co.uk. www.theatreroyal.com/whats-on/2018/show-of-hands.
NEW Monday 12 November 2018 - John Smith - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. “The future of folk music” - John Renbourn; “He’s a magician” - Ben Howard; “Spellbinding” - Time Out. John Smith has gained a reputation through relentless touring as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and singer-songwriters. Compared as a singer to John Martyn and Ray Lamontagne, Smith has evolved his own transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide techniques, switching between acoustic and electric guitars in various tunings. His uniquely intimate take on love, loss or even a mythic murder ballad, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following, made up of people willing to take part in the communion of a song. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.
NEW Wednesday 14 November 2018 - Afro Celt Sound
Princess Theatre, Torquay
Formed by Grammy-nominated musician and record producer Simon Emmerson, Afro Celt Sound System are a European and African based collective who’ve been a ground-breaking force in music ever since they started. Their acclaimed live performances are energetic and captivating and innovatively combine folk traditions of different cultures to breath-taking effect. They won Best Group in the 2017 Songlines Music Awards. Simon Emmerson is joined by long-term members’ vocalist, kora and balafon player N’Faly Kouyaté and Dhol drummer Johnny Kalsi. Their live show features contributions from a host of other outstanding musicians including Armagh-born vocalist and flautist Rioghnach Connolly and bodhrán player and percussionist Robbie Harris. They will also be joined by special guests Peter Tickell on fiddle, Ged Lynch on drums, Simon Richmond on keyboards and Lottie Cullen on pipes and whistle. https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/an-evening-with-afro-celt-sound-system/princess-theatre-torquay.
16 November 2018 7.30pm - Reg Meuross +
Harbottle & Jonas -
Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
The Whitehouse Sessions presents Reg Meuross, described as a "brilliant singer-songwriter and true troubadour with a social conscience" by Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2's Folk Show. With special guests Harbottle & Jonas, a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. Full details www.regmeuross.com.
NEW Saturday 17
November 2018 7.30pm - Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street,
Honiton EX14 1LZ
A unique concert which celebrates the unforgettable music of Simon & Garfunkel. Fronted by the duo Bookends, the concert has toured the globe extensively being described as ‘simply breathtaking’. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.
NEW Saturday 24
November 2018 8pm - Worry Dolls - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street,
Honiton EX14 1LZ
“Worry Dolls combine a great sensibility of American Country music with their own English folk influences to create a warm and infectious sound” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2. “London duo Worry Dolls lit up the main stage with their harmony driven indie-pop in their most prestigious performance to date” – Rob Bridge (Folk Radio UK), Cambridge Folk Festival. “Worry Dolls are going places” – The Bluegrass Situation. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.
NEW Saturday 1 December 2018 8pm - Belshazzar's
Feast: Two Wise Men Tour - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road,
Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
On tour with their celebrated Christmas show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, stirring in classical, pop and music hall, all topped off with audience participation and lashings of wry humour, Paul Sartin (Bellowhead / Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (Hoover The Dog) together wow audiences across the UK, USA and Australia with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat, always sending audiences home with smiles on their faces. ‘Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.’ Mike Harding, previously of BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. www.belshazzarsfeast.com. Tickets available now, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.
NEW Tuesday 4 December 2018 - Thea Gilmore - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Since releasing her debut as a teenager nearly 20 years ago, the Oxfordshire-raised, Cheshire-based singer and songwriter Thea Gilmore has gained global acclaim for making music not only of extraordinary beauty, but of rare honesty and insight. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.
NEW Thursday 6 December 2018 - St Agnes Fountain -
Hannahs at Seale Hayne, Howton Lane, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ
details tba. www.discoverhannahs.org. Tel. 01626 325800.
NEW 6-8 December
2018 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
It’s been quite a 12 months for Show of Hands, featuring an extraordinary reaction to their haunting cathedral tour ‘Sanctuary’, sell-out shows at eminent venues like Shakespeare’s Globe and the Cutty Sark - and Harberton's St Andrew's Church! - solo tours, duo tours and Steve’s writing for the upcoming studio album. Miranda and husband Dan are embarking on their own adventure with their first baby due in November, and so Cormac Byrne (legendary percussionist of Seth Lakeman Band fame) steps into the breach with his spectacular talents to complete the Show of Hands autumn trio. Together, Steve and Phil will deliver the festival favourites that fans know and love, with Cormac adding a new twist. They’ll also showcase the results of Steve’s recent songwriting. www.showofhands.co.uk.
Saturday 8 December 2018 - Folk Orchestra of Torbay Christmas Concert - Palace
Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
details tba www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk. Box office 01803 665800.
Saturday 8 December 2018 8pm - The Dylan Project - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
Take four of Britain's most talented folk-rock musicians and a unique singer, add the repertoire of a genius, and you've got the recipe for a dream band. The musicians in question are PJ Wright (slide and electric guitars, pedal steel) Gerry Conway (drums and percussion) Phil Bond (keys) Dave Pegg (bass) and the singer is Steve Gibbons. As The Dylan Project, they present an exhilarating tribute to the work of arguably the greatest postwar songwriter in the English language. The Dylan Project's repertoire spans the whole of Dylan's oeuvre – everything from Highway 61 to Mississippi – and new material is frequently brought into the setlist. Whether you are a diehard Dylan fan or just enjoy great songs performed with flair and brio, The Dylan Project will take your breath away. Go and see them or buy one of the albums – you won't be disappointed. £20. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.
NEW Saturday 15
December 2018 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea
- The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Jiggery folkery, hokery pokery...Mad Dog raise hands, lift feet and start parties wherever they play with their spellbinding recipe of folk, pop, rock, jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. Whisking up whistles, fiddles and mandolins to collide in a spectacular explosion of infectious fun, they demand you to dance. www.carnglaze.com.
NEW Thursday 20
December 2018 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street,
Honiton EX14 1LZ
Standing. Here to get your Christmas off to a great start. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. “This is music that transcends the run-of-the-mill Irish Wannabes and leaves them standing.” – Acoustic Magazine. “It’s always a joy to me when something jumps up and smacks you between the eyes – Mad Dog Mcrea did that to me” - Mike Harding. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.
Wednesday 19 December 2018 8pm - Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas -
Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ
Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto too! If you are feeling a little dismayed with the over-commercialisation of “Christmas present” then join Jim for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit! £13. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.
Wednesday 19 December 2018 8pm - Mad Dog
Mcrea - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Standing. Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard! Doors 7.30pm. Full details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.
Saturday 2 February 2019 7.30pm - Steve
Knightley - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic roots duo Show of Hands as well as a fine singer and musician. From a rock background, Knightley is known for his strong narrative songs (many inspired by people and places in his native West Country) and cogent, inventive lyrics. His rock style rant Country Life and anthemic rally call Roots were both nominated for Best Original Song in the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards, whilst Show of Hands have won the categories Best Live Act and Best Duo. At the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Steve won the coveted Best Original Song category with his topical and widely acclaimed song aimed at bankers and MPs – Arrogance Ignorance and Greed. Full details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.
Friday 15 February 2019 7.30pm -
Fairport Convention -
Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU
After more than fifty years on the road Fairport Convention’s passion for live performance has never wavered. This concert will showcase the band’s musical sophistication and instrumental virtuosity during a fascinating journey through their inspiring and extensive repertoire. Renowned as the founding fathers of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention has maintained consistently high standards for over five decades and remains as entertaining as ever. Still bold, still vigorous and still willing to take musical chances, an evening with Fairport never fails to dazzle and delight audiences. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.
NEW Friday/Saturday 8/9 March 2019 - Mad Dog
McRea - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
+special guests. Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.
NEW Saturday 9 March 2019 - Jon Boden & The
Remnant Strings -
Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
details tba www.jonboden.com. www.theploughartscentre.org.uk.
NEW Saturday 23 March 2019 8pm - Aly Bain &
Phil Cunningham - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road,
Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
A rare opportunity in the South-West to catch two of the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear. Having toured together since 1986 to packed concert halls all over the world, multi-award-winning Aly & Phil continue to charm audiences with their stunning music, and on-stage charisma that defies description. Witty and humorous banter sits alongside tunes that tug the heartstrings, and joyous reels and melodies that have feet tapping along. Aly (MBE and Doctor of Music), a founder member of Boys of the Lough, is rightly regarded as Scotland's supreme fiddler- arguably the finest of all time. Aly launched the popular BBC TV series ‘Transatlantic Sessions’ in which he and Phil appear. Phil (MBE) is a world famous accordion player and composer. In recent years Phil's work-load has included many commissions for TV and film and an increasing amount of work as musical director for television and theatrical events. Tickets available now, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.
Thursday 28 March 2019 7.30pm - Feast of
Fiddles Silver Jubilee Tour
Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU
The Feast of Fiddles band-waggon trundles merrily on in its Silver Jubilee year. Born in Nettlebed on Valentine’s Day 1994 as a one off special concert, Feast of Fiddles has done 25 spring tours, 24 festivals and has 7 CDs to its name. Not bad for a bunch of old folk-rockers! This is a band of friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. Fiddlers Peter Knight (Gigspanner, Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle playing styles to the rock back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion – all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. A live music entertainment like no other on the circuit which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by even the most doubting of friends dragged along! Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.
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