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

Thursday 2 October 2014 - Lizanne Knott with Bill Reveles - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A first Mill visit from this Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter. Longtime fan Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2 says: Absolutely gorgeous music. Weve rarely had as big a reaction to any artist in recent years than weve had for Lizanne Knott. Her seductive almost hypnotic vocals, intelligent poetic lyrics and natural warmth combine to make her a captivating performer, and a rare talent. Playing with Bill Reveles on guitar. www.lizanneknott.com. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Thursday 2 October 2014 9pm - Warren James - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
An evening of acoustic-roots, country, skiffle and blues. The Warren James brand of turbo-charged acoustic-roots, country and blues, a genre that he calls skiffle, is proving an exciting act at global music events where the rousing and addictively exuberant folk-rocker sends the best Americana music soaring. A talented young guitar and banjo player who knows how to excite crowds across the nation, Warren has toured Europe, performed in the USA and shared billing with some iconic names in the music business. If you enjoyed the fun roots music in the George Clooney film Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? or the heart wrenching work songs in Twelve Years a Slave then this concert is for you. “Keep your eyes open for Warren James, you won’t be disappointed” BBC Radio 2. www.warrenjamesmusic.wordpress.com. Entry £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Thursday 2 October 2014 8.30pm - Dave Wood & Claire Anstee - Casa Maroc, The Old Malthouse, Bartholomew Street East, Exeter EX4 3BG (map)
Three separate sets from the wonderful Dave Wood & friends. A solo set by Dave will be followed by a duet with the marvellous Claire Anstee on flute and accompanying vocals, under the moniker "Pair O' Dice Found". The evening will then be topped off with a headline set by Dave's much-loved and recently resurrected band, Rifiki. Dave Wood is highly regarded for his ability to re-interpret traditional songs and tunes as well as classics from The Beatles and Motown era. His own songs are particularly popular and his song May the Kindness has been recorded by the well known folk singer and musician Jackie Oates. His versatile use of open-tuned guitar and subtle bottleneck provide a backdrop for his rich, emotive voice. Whether on solo acoustic or electric guitar, or in combination with percussion and bass on original songs, Dave's highly individual guitar style shines. See www.facebook.com/events/543583502431150/?fref=ts for info/advance tickets (recommended).

Friday 3 October 2014 - The Little Unsaid - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
The Little Unsaid is the pseudonym of John Elliott, Yorkshire-born multi-instrumentalist, producer and writer who records and performs a unique blend of folk, electronica, poetic lyricism and lavish orchestration. www.thelittleunsaid.com. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!the-little-unsaid/c21xz. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

Friday 3 October 2014 8pm - Harbottle & Jonas with Devonbird - Buccaneers Bar, East Street, Crediton EX17 3AZ
Friday Fandango - a monthly showcase night featuring artists from the Mingle Music roster www.minglemusic.co.uk. Supported by CRAMP and Exeter Local Records. Harbottle & Jonas: A folk outfit based in Totnes, hardworking songsmiths that breathe new life into traditional English folk songs, with a nautical twist, promoting the release of their recently released debut album 'Cutthorpe Hill' www.harbottleandjonas.com. Devonbird: A Devon-based trio who perform original and traditional folk tunes, many of which are inspired by their passion for local folklore, rural landscapes and singer/songwriters such as John Martyn and Martin Carthy.

Saturday 4 October 2014 7.30pm - Jackie Oates - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Jackie Oates is a singer and fiddle player who has become one of the top names in the national folk scene including winning two BBC Folk Awards. Her CDs ‘Jackie Oates’; ‘The Violet Hour’; ‘Hyperboreans’; ‘Saturnine’ and ‘Lullabies’ have attracted wide critical acclaim as well as collaborative work with various other projects including ‘The Imagined Village’ and ‘The Cecil Sharp Project’. Jackie headlined the sell out concert during the 2012 South Brent Folk Festival and as she now lives in Oxford this will be a welcome return for her to Devon. Jackie will be accompanied by multi instrumentalist Mike Cosgrave from the Jackie Oates Band. With local support. Reel Ale bar. Tickets £10 adv (available now) from artworks www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk or £12 door. IFFI: contact Eileen McKee: (01364 73699 / eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com) or John Rawlinson (01364 73117 / j.rawlinson@plymouth.ac.uk). One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support the South Brent Folk Festival in July.

Saturday 4 October 2014 8.30pm - Folk Evening - Cross House Inn, School Road, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
Song and music session. All welcome, bring your instruments and voices. Another fun-filled folk evening.
Further dates: 8 November; 6 December

Saturday 4 October 2014 8pm - Julian Piper & Sam Piper - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Sam Piper was indoctrinated with music from five years old, at the heady age of twelve, was seen at the Exeter Phoenix playing with Junkyard Angels and Howling Wolf's guitarist Hubert Sumlin, later leading his own bands on nationwide tours and major festivals. But tonight he dons and acoustic guitar to present his original material, which although blues inflected, retains more of the imagery and guitar playing of Nic Drake and John Martyn. And his Dad ? Lurking underneath the hoary blues image, are a clutch of fine self penned songs which he promises to mix with his usual blues. Promises to be an intriguing night. Tickets £6 from the Bridge tel 01392 873862.

Change of venue
Sunday 5 October 2014 8pm - The Will Pound Band - Topsham Folk Club, The Malthouse, Globe Hotel, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR
(map)
The Will Pound Band plays a mix of English, Irish and Northumbrian tunes with jazz, bluegrass, blues, rock and funk rhythms. Its lineup is BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Musician nominee, harmonica player Will Pound, with Chris Sarjeant on guitar/vocals, Henry Webster on fiddle and John Parker on double bass. "...this is English music that really is a cut above" - The Daily Telegraph; "A flat out genius harmonica player" Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2. www.willpound.com £10 adv /£12 door. Tickets available online at www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk. All enquiries 01392 875332.

Sunday 5 October 2014 8pm - Kathryn Tickell & The Side - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Kathryn Tickell & The Side features Kathryn Tickell on Northumbrian pipes, fiddle and voice; Louisa Tuck (Royal Northern Sinfonia) cello; Amy Thatcher, accordion and voice and Ruth Wall, harps (lever, bray, wire-strung) and voice. When world-renowned Northumbrian piping virtuoso Kathryn Tickell decided to put a new band together, she wasn’t going to let a mere 600 mile round trip for rehearsals stand in her way (Ruth, the harpist, lives in Cornwall, the rest of the band are in Northumberland) nor was she daunted by the fact that cellist Louisa already had a full-time job with Royal Northern Sinfonia. “These are the musicians I wanted to work with” she says “and the best things in life are not always the easiest!” Eighteen months later, that determination and focus has paid dividends with the release of the ensemble’s eponymous debut album ‘Kathryn Tickell & The Side’ which will be released on 29th September, followed by a UK tour in October / November. 'Kathryn Tickell & The Side' is a tour de force of lush soundscapes, stark lines and rich textures and, of course, stunning musicianship. The album also showcases Kathryn’s skill as a composer: she’s always been able to write a great tune, but here she truly raises the bar. Kathryn Tickell & The Side also features two special guests from the Royal Northern Sinfonia - percussionist Marney O'Sullivan and violinist (and leader of the orchestra) Bradley Creswick, as well as some tasty guitar work from Sting’s long-time guitarist Dominic Miller. £15 adv, £17 door.
Box office 01822 611166. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2264_kathryn_tickell_and_the_side.

Sold out Wednesday 8 October 2014 - Show Of Hands - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Undeniably one of the strongest current forces in acoustic music – England’s finest and most popular roots duo and something of a ‘people’s band’. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/show-of-hands. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Thursday 9 October 2014 - Dana Gillespie Trio - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A first Mill visit from this multi-award winning blues diva. With over 60 albums to her credit and a career spanning 45 years, Dana has played support to Bob Dylan, runs her own music festival in Mustique (graced by the likes of Mick Jagger among others), had lead roles in hit West End shows (most notably as the original Mary Magdalene in the 1st London production of Jesus Christ Superstar), and enjoys a worldwide following. This international blues legend will play with Jake & Artie Zaitz on guitar and double bass respectively. www.dana-gillespie.com. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Thursday 9 October 2014 8pm - Eric Taylor - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
Eric Taylor is a giant in Texas songwriting circles. He played and toured with Townes Van Zandt, mentored Steve Earle in the 70's and has had songs covered by Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith and Joan Baez amongst others. Even though he has a lifetime's experience in the music business he's still producing great albums and playing wonderful gigs. Reference his last two albums "Live At The Red Shack" (2011) and "Studio 10" ( 2013) and his brilliant show here last October. Check him out on this video featuring the making of "Live At The Red Shack www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx-QnL15Kn0. Tickets £10+ adv from 01752 242021 or online www.wegotickets.com/event/287613, £12 door.

Thursday 9 October 2014 8pm - Brigette DeMeyer & Will Kimbrough - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Brigette DeMeyer is as Southern as the feeling you get when you’re sitting on the porch on a warm summer night sipping sweet tea, the haunting comfort that envelops you when you drive the dusty wooded back roads, the cicadas rustling in the trees. It’s the salt, grease and love that goes into every plate of grits served. And the South is everywhere in the stories told by Brigitte DeMeyer’s music. The woods are full of pretty girl singer/songwriters in Nashville, but this lady is head and shoulders above the rest - check her out. www.brigettedemeyer.com. Plus with Brigette on guitar will be Will Kimbrough, himself a bit of a legend amongst the cogniscenti. Tickets £12 from The Bridge tel 01392 873862
Also coming : 2 November Steve James, 19 November Wild Ponies

Friday 10 October 2014 8pm - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Those who have been following the Folk revival movement will already know about Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker. Both classically trained, Josienne’s voice and style has been compared to June Tabor, and Ben’s vintage guitar and mandolin lends the perfect musical tact. Nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Newcomers and Best Duo this year, Josienne and Ben infuse ageless stories of love and loss with their exquisite command of many instruments. Whether interpreting words centuries old or singing her own authentic lyrics, Josienne’s jewel-like voice finds the nuance in the simplest phrase. Ben’sflair for arrangement provides the perfect setting, allowing the song centre-stage. Their live performances have received fantastic reviews. “Becoming one of the hottest tickets in Folk” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. www.calstockarts.org/friday-10-october-josienne-clarke-and-ben-walker. Box office 01726 879500.

Friday 10 October 2014 - Steve Knightley - George Hotel, South Molton (map)
'Grow Your Own Gig' tour. www.georgehotelsouthmolton.co.uk. Tel. 01769 572514.

Saturday 11 October 2014 7.30pm – The Carrivick Sisters – Charleton Village Hall, West Charleton, nr Kingsbridge TQ7 2AF (map)
Identical twin sisters Charlotte and Laura have grown up playing and writing music together. Their unique style shows their strong bluegrass influences without obscuring their English roots. With tight harmonies that only siblings can achieve, they perform their original songs on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dobro and clawhammer banjo. They have performed both in the UK and internationally. Tickets £15 (including 2 course supper) on sale from beginning of September. Contact Jane Payne 01548 531885, email jane[at]paynes.org.uk. 7pm for 7.30pm. Bar/Raffle. In Aid of National Coastwatch Prawle Point.

Saturday 11 October 2014 - Chris Woods, Elliott Morris & Will McNicol - Globe Inn, 39 Clifton Road, Newton, Exeter EX1 2BL (map)
The three solo artists are joining forces to create a night of ‘guitar mayhem’ which sees them each performing a solo set, along with a few numbers together. Adv tickets £5+ www.wegottickets.com/event/289381.

Saturday 11 October 2014 - Steve Pledger - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5HS
Somerset singer songwriter, playing an acoustic set of his songs in the beautiful Hope Hall in the heart of Exeter. Steve has enjoyed a busy summer playing at festivals including The Village Pump, and has toured with the likes of Ange Hardy and Luke Jackson. www.stevepledger.co.uk. "Steve's music is beautiful: authentic, unblemished, wonderful." BBC Introducing. Soft drinks and home baked cakes served on the night. BYO alcohol for your candlelit table if you wish. Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £7 from Simon Twigg on 01392 669704 or 07913 543124 to reserve your place. www.hopehallarts.com.

Sunday 12 October 2014 7.45pm - Ben Sands - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A member of the famous "Sands" family from county Down, Ben is a talented and highly accomplished songwriter, singer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist (piano, fiddle guitar, pipes, whistle, banjo, bouzouki and mandolin). Warm Irish humour also features widely! £10/£8. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 12 October 2014 - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 Nominated for Best Duo & for Emerging Talent Josienne’s jewel-like voice finds the nuance and melancholy in the simplest phrase and effortlessly sends it straight to your heart. Ben’s musical tact and mastery of the guitar provide the perfect setting and allow the song centre-stage.Their work together combines an exquisite command of their instruments with lyrics steeped in the tradition of English songwriting, and in ageless stories of love and loss. “One of the hottest tickets in folk” Mark Radcliffe. Tickets £8+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/285740. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/josandbendevon.htm. Support: Chris Cleverley. Home made cakes and refreshments in the interval; BYO alcohol, glasses available.

Sunday 12 October 2014 - Sam Brookes - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing.
Sam Brookes has become part of the burgeoning acoustic music scene, gigging around the UK on his own and with his contempories to an ever-increasing audience of enthusiasts. His songs are, fundamentally, beautifully crafted stories about familiar subject matters that captivate the listener. www.sambrookes.com. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/sam-brookes. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Wednesday 15 October 2014 - Lúnasa - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Ireland's premier traditional acoustic band. The line-up for this tour will feature Kevin Crawford, and Cillian Vallely on traditional Irish instrumentation of low whistle, uilleann pipes, tin whistles, Tula Custy on fiddle, augmented by Trevor Hutchinson on double bass and Shane McGowan on guitar. Although there is no new album available for the October tour audiences will have a chance to enjoy some of the band's most popular back catalogue as well as hearing some new material for the first time which is destined for the band's next studio album. Booking details tba. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Thursday 16 October 2014 8pm - Cole Stacey & Joseph O'Keefe - Exeter Golf & Country Club, Countess Wear, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 7AE
Support: Sarah Yeo. In aid of Hospiscare, the Exeter-based cancer charity, and chosen charity for the year of the club's president. Tickets £14 may be obtained by calling the Club on 01392 874139 or by contacting info@exetergcc.co.uk.

Thursday 16 October 2014 9pm - Theo Bard - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
Inspired songwriter, avid one-man-band busker, and live music obsessive, Theo is to be found in all the most beautiful, unusual and intimate music spots in his own London Town; singing his own uplifting songs, expertly fingerpicking on guitar, while striking out bold beats with his feet. His album The Springtime Fool, recorded with band Bard, was Top of the World in Songlines magazine and received widespread radio play across the UK. He is currently working on recordings for a new album. “The actual quality of the songwriting is exceptional, it really belies Theo’s young years” - Bruce MacGregor, Travelling Folk, BBC Radio Scotland. www.soundcloud.com/theobard. Entry £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 17 October 2014 7.30pm- Appaloosas - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
From way out in the Wild West - of Dartmoor - come Appaloosas, playing Old-Time and Appalachian, the music that became American music. Rooted in songs and tunes carried by settlers from the British Isles, it was familiar musical home comforts for generations of emigrants. Music from tough times telling of the unchanging human condition, from anonymous, long-dead voices but still resonating today. Supported by Martin Scragg, active in the folk revival for over 40 years, singing mostly traditional Anglo- Irish and Scottish material, with a fair amount of more contemporary songs written within the traditional mould. www.batsweb.org.uk. Online booking www.wegottickets.com/event/286298.

Friday 17 October 2014 - Maz O'Connor - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Maz 's recently released album, 'This Willowed Light' has been produced by multi-folk-award-winning Jim Moray. The Observer described it as 'the perfect blend of youthfulness and gravitas' and tipped it as 'the folk album of the year thus far'. Tickets £9+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/285738. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/mazdevon.htm. Support: Harbottle & Jonas. Home made cakes and refreshments in the interval; BYO alcohol, glasses available.

Friday 17 October 2014 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Popular return visit. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html

Friday 17 October 2014 8pm - Blues Night with Rick & Steve Payne - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Rick and Steve return for an evening of acoustic roots and blues music. Heralded as two of the best acoustic players in the UK, Rick and Steve are not related but share a passion for guitar as well as a surname. They have played together many times as well as individually and are no strangers to the concert stage. Individually they are wizards on the guitar; together they are totally spell binding. Flavel box office on 01803 839530. www.theflavel.org.uk.

Clive Carroll - Guitar Music
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Born into a family of musicians in 1975, Clive has been immersed in an eclectic range of music ever since. He gained a 1st Class Honours Degree in Composition & Guitar from Trinity College in 1998 and has toured extensively throughout Europe, the USA and Australia with legends John Renbourn and Tommy Emmanuel. In 1999, Clive was given his first record deal and since then his three solo albums have established him as one of the top virtuosi of today, prompting Acoustic magazine to declare him Probably the Best and Most Original Young Acoustic Guitar Player and Composer in Britain. Clive Carroll's - A Thousand Years of Music- is a show that demonstrates the versatility of the instrument to its fullest extent. For the last 7 years audiences all over the world have been kept in a constant state of awe and amazement at his virtuosity and skill. With his breathtaking mastery of techniques and antecedents from Benjamin Britten to Nick Drake and from Renbourn through Gordon Giltrap to Pat Metheny, join this stunningly versatile guitarist on a joyful fairground ride of instrumental styles spanning the fields of traditional, classical and jazz with inspirations running from newgrass and fusion jazz to Irish stylings. www.clivecaroll.co.uk
17 October 2014 8pm - Clearbrook Village Hall
18 October 2014 7.30pm - Northleigh Village Hall
26 March 2015 7.30pm - Ashprington Village Hall
27 March 2015 7.30pm - Clayhidon Parish Hall
28 March 2015 7.30pm - Hockworthy Village Hall
29 March 2015 ??pm - Milton Abbot Village Hall

Ian Sherwood - Folk/Pop Music
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Ian Sherwood is a musician, raconteur and a constant creator. He has penned tunes for many other artists as well as theatre, film and television, but his passion remains primarily for his unique brand of folk/pop music. His ability to charm the audience and his considerable talents as a musician and songwriter ensure an unforgettable evening. Ian was nominated for a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award, was named Male Artist of the Year by the 2012 International Acoustic Music Awards and was the 2008 and 2010 Music Nova Scotia Musician Of The Year. Bob Mersereau of CBC Radio, Fredericton described him as - a natural performer who entertains as much with his wit and stories as with his songs-. With impressive guitar work amid catchy hook lines galore, surely the main thought in the room was, 'Yep. It’s only a matter of time before he's a household name' Todd MacLean, Charlottetown Guardian www.iansherwood.com
17 October 2014 7.30pm - Dunkeswell Village Hall, Dunkeswell
19 October 2014 7pm - Buckland in the Moor Community Hall
23 October 2014 8pm - Brampford Speke Village Hall
25 October 2014 7.30pm - Milton Abbot Village Hall
26 October 2014 7.30pm - Plymtree Village Hall

Saturday 18 October 2014 - Nicky Swann - Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ (map)
details tba www.sterts.co.uk

Saturday 18 October 2014 - Kate Rusby - Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
Closest venue to our area on this tour. www.octagon-theatre.co.uk

Tuesday 21 October 2014 - Baskery - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
A Swedish alternative americana folk rock band comprising three sisters. The sound is all about turning music on its head, blending the straight forwardness of punk with the subtlety of roots and Americana. The music is not to be confused with country or bluegrass just because they play a double bass, a six string banjo and acoustic guitar. The high energy level on stage hails from a pure and reckless love of the art of performing music. www.baskery.com. Tickets £8.50+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/286019. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/baskerydevon.htm. Support: Crow Puppets. Home made cakes and refreshments in the interval; BYO alcohol, glasses available.

Thursday 23 October 2014 - 8.15pm - Gilmore & Roberts - Starz Bar, 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter EX4 3ET (map)
Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Katriona Gilmore (The Albion Band) and Jamie Roberts (Kerfuffle) combine award-winning songwriting with astounding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies, creating a powerful wall of sound. Their third album The Innocent Left explores many and varied topics but remains consistently bound by their passion for stories and has delivered a fresh haul of accolades, including a 'Best Duo' nomination at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, a 'Song of the Year' FATEA Award, first prize in the Acoustic/Folk category of the UK Songwriting Contest, a Horizon Award nomination at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and a tour supporting Fairport Convention. More details and tickets £8+ www.wegottickets.com/event/285582. www.facebook.com/Exeterfolkproject

Thursday 23 October 2014 - House of Hats & Carrie Tree - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated. The Best Of Brighton Folk. House of Hats with a style likened to Crosby, Stills and Nash - Fleet Foxes and Mumford and Sons. “Your set was stunning, such harmonies, stayed with me.” Zoe Ball - Radio 2. They deliver a textured and pure sound with male and female figures sharing the lead. www.houseofhatsmusic.com. Carrie Tree has been a well known name on the UK alternative/green festival scene for several years with regular appearances at Glastonbury and Green gathering. "Bjork, with English folk sensibilities!” www.carrietree.co.uk. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!house-of-hats-and-carrie-tree/csb7. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

Sold out Thursday 23 October 2014 - James Keelaghan with Hugh McMillan - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A long-awaited return for one of Canada's finest singer/songwriters. Multi-award-winning James has a devoted worldwide following for his masterful storytelling, faultless guitar, coffee-rich baritone voice, and passionate live performances. A wordsmith par-excellence, James writes intelligent songs that touch on universal emotions and leave his audiences spellbound. James is playing with multi-instrumentalist Hugh who plays mandolin, bass, fretless bass, 8 string bass, pedal steel, lap steel, and more! www.keelaghan.com. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Thursday 23 October 2014 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - River Cottage, Axminster
An evening of live music with Phillip and Hannah, and River Cottage food. Winners of Best Duo at the recent 2014 BBC Folk Awards, Phillip and Hannah will amaze you with their astonishing instrumental virtuosity. www.rivercottage.net/shop/product/phillip_henry_hannah_martin_at_river_cottage.

24-26 October 2014 - Baring Gould Folk Weekend - Okehampton
Held in a range of comfortable venues all in the centre of the old market town. Artists include: Tickled Pink, Phil Beer, James Findlay, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Jon & Alfie, Lester Simpson and the Wren Band. As well as the strong programme of concerts and dances, you can sing with the Festival Choir or play with Festival Orchestra. On the Saturday night there is a Feast with hog roast or vegetarian options and even more music and song, and Sunday features the annual Prize Conker Competition. Weekend tickets £30 buy, 3 get 1 free! www.baring-gould.co.uk or call 01837 53754.

Friday 24 October 2014 8pm - Johnny Coppin - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
Brilliant songwriter. Former member of folk / rock band, Decameron and part of current duo with Mike Silver and occasionally with Phil Beer. Johnny has a wonderful clear voice and accompanies himself on guitar and keyboard. www.johnnycoppin.co.uk. Support: Harping Mad (Susie & Bill Tresize) www.harpingmad.co.uk. Tickets: £10 adv; £12 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Friday 24 October 2014 - Lady Maisery - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Unreserved seating. Forged from the voices of Hannah James, Hazel Askew and Rowan Rheingans, Lady Maisery explore vocal harmony to breathtaking effect, through their fresh interpretations of songs and ballads. As well as enchanting audiences with innovative re-workings of old songs and ballads, Lady Maisery break new ground as one of the first UK groups to explore the tradition of diddling or tune singing, which has nearly died out in England, but is still prevalent in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe. Whether singing unaccompanied, or with backing from their combined instrumental talents on accordion, harp and fiddle, be prepared to be enchanted by rich harmonies and sumptuous clashes. www.ladymaisery.com. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!lady-maisery/cn80. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

Friday 24 October 2014 9pm - Sound of the Sirens - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
'Sound Of The Sirens' are a foot stomping, heart-rending, crowd engaging female folk/rock duo whose strengths lie in their passion, conviction and chemistry. These girls know exactly how to rock a stage and make you believe every word they are singing. Individually their voices tell their own tale, and, when blended together in harmony, they will regularly have your spine tingling and leave you wanting for much more. Entry £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Saturday 25 October 2014 - Seth Lakeman - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Support: Zervas and Pepper. Folk singer, songwriter and virtuoso fiddler Seth Lakeman unearthed hidden histories and unsung everyday heroes to commemorate in song for his new album Word of Mouth which stormed into the charts on its release in February this year. The album includes 12 brand new songs including the BBC Radio 2 playlisted single The Courier. Seth will be joined by his multi-instrumental band on his October tour playing songs from Word of Mouth and other live favourites. Details, bookings etc. www.theatreroyal.com/whats-on/2014/seth-lakeman-2014/#.
May already be sold out

Saturday 25 October 2014 8pm - Old Gaffers Shanty Crew - Victoria Inn, Salcombe
The South Hams shanty crew on a regular visit to their 'local' in Salcombe www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

Saturday 25 October 2014 7.30pm - Barn Dance with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - Stoke Gabriel
Stoke Gabriel Boating Association (SGBA) invites you to join the ceilidh for their end of season celebration. Venue/ticket details etc. see
www.bluejewel.info.

Sunday 26 October 2014 7.45pm - David Newey & Shona - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
First rate singer/songwriter/guitarist David, a former finalist in the BBC Young Folk Musician awards and who has accompanied the great Tom McConville on many gigs, now teams up with former all-Ireland champion accordion player and vocalist Shona Kipling £10/£8. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

27-31 October 2014 - Baring-Gould Folk Song School - Okehampton
Led by Wren Music's Director Paul Wilson with the Wren team of Sarah Owen and Rosa Rebecka, Marilyn Tucker and David Faulkner; visiting tutor Janet Russell . Tuition in large and small groups, as well as one-to-one. You will have the opportunity to plan your own week, balancing your own programme from the three main strands: 1. Developing Technique warming up; finding your own voice; breathing; pitching; phrasing; ornamentation; creating your own harmonies. 2. Developing Repertoire searching the archive; collation of text and tunes; putting tunes to words (and vice versa); arranging; using harmony; accompaniment. 3. Developing Performance Skills opportunities to sing away from the clubs; using PA systems; building confidence; overcoming nerves; relaxation; telling the story. The 2014 fee is £300 if paid in full before 30 September, £350 thereafter (if any places still available). www.baring-gould.co.uk 01837 53754.

Wednesday 29 October 2014 8pm - Steve James - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
If Steve James is well known in the world of contemporary folk, blues and roots music, it's not because he has a high-power publicist. He has toured internationally and extensively, performing at festivals, concert venues and clubs and offering a variety of music workshops for the sizable "hands-on" contingent in his ferociously loyal audience. In addition, he's created numerous instruction books, print lessons and articles, DVDs and on-line tutorials for guitar, slide guitar and mandolin for Acoustic Guitar and Homespun. £10 adv, £12 door. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 31 October 2014 9pm - Dr Thud’s Remedy - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
Five-piece band playing music of Irish/celtic origin. They play pretty much anything that gets feet tapping and lots of happy people dancing with instrumentation including vocals, guitar, harmonica, occasional Irish whistle, mandolin, fiddle, tea-chest bass, bodhran and percussion. Entry £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 31 October 2014 - Acoustic Haven: Fraser Anderson / Bob Hillary & the Massive Mellow - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
Fraser Anderson - singer-songwriter and guitarist, spell-binding music www.fraseranderson.com. 'Truly beautiful' says Bob Harris Radio2. Bob Hillary & the Massive Mellow - sunshine tunes that make you smile inside www.bobhillarymellow.com.
Organic soup, cakes & chai and beers from the local brewery at the Albert or New Lion Brewery in upstairs cafe/bar space. Doors 6.30pm (music from about 8pm). Adv online tickets £8+ www.wegottickets.com/event/291372.

Saturday 1 November 2014 - Tarras Minor - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Normally a six-piece band with drums, Tarras have launched an all-venue friendly acoustic trio version (Tarras Minor) using the core of the group - singer/songwriters Ben Murray, Rory Connor and Michael Woodward. Piano and accordion player Ben Murray has worked extensively in the music industry, recording and touring all over the world with artists including Seth Lakeman, The Imagined Village and Renzo Spiteri, he has been performing in the West End production of War Horse playing The Songman. Ben also performed in a duo with life-long friend Rosie Doonan, and their debut album gained them a nomination for the horizon award at the Radio 2 Folk Awards. Guitarist Rory Connor, whilst new to the line-up, has an extensive musical background and is an accomplished singer and songwriter in his own right. Tickets £10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/277195. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/Tarrasdevon.htm.

Thursday 6 November 2014 8pm - Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
The ones to watch on the UK's growing Americana scene. As a six piece band (featuring guitars, mandolin, harmonica, accordion, double bass and drums) they play an eclectic mix of Western Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Hokum Blues, Ragtime, Cajun, and Country, all with similar themes of debauchery, disasters, drink and debt. With a set comprised of original songs and old blues gems, they are sure to make your feet tap and your booty shake. www.teapadorchestra.co.uk. www.batsweb.org.uk. Online booking www.wegottickets.com/event/286306.

tbc Saturday 8 November 2014 - Wren Music: Simon Mayor & Hilary James (workshop & concert) - Fairplace Church, Okehampton EX20 1DT
Simon Mayor - afternoon mandolin workshop; evening: Simon Mayor & Hilary James present 'The Art Of Mandolin'. Wren Music 01837 53754

Saturday 8 November 2014 8.30pm - Folk Evening - Cross House Inn, School Road, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
Song and music session. All welcome, bring your instruments and voices. Another fun-filled folk evening.
Further date: 6 December

Saturday 8 November 2014 8pm - Robin & Bina Williamson - Hazelwood House nr Loddiswell TQ7 4EB (map)
An exotic mix of Celtic Indian & Old Timey Roots - Robin & Bina work so well together because they create a wonderful balance of voices in their acoustic concerts of song-story & music. They draw on a wide variety of original, traditional, spiritual & mystical folk roots. This concert is also part of the Robin Williamson Bardic workshop held over this weekend. If you are interested in joining the workshop please call Robin directly on: 02920 231731. Tickets £15/£13.
Bookable pre-concert buffet available. See www.hazelwoodhouse.com for details. Tel. 01548 821232.

Saturday 8 November 2014 8pm - Harbottle & Jonas - Globe Inn, Crediton, EX1 2BL
A folk outfit based in Totnes, hardworking songsmiths that breathe new life into traditional English folk songs, with a nautical twist, promoting the release of their recently released debut album 'Cutthorpe Hill' www.harbottleandjonas.com.

Sunday 9 November 2014 7.45pm - Vin Garbutt - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
One of the most complete entertainers on the folk scene. Vin's ability to move an audience in seconds from side-splitting laughter to tears of emotion is unrivalled. Poignant songs, skilled delivery and the occasional, dazzling whistle tune make for unrivalled entertainment. £12/£10. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

James Hickman & Dan Cassidy - Traditional Music
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
A transatlantic duo inspired by the traditions of America and Britain. Hickman's emotive, soaring vocals and driving guitar is complemented by Cassidy's ingenious and virtuosic fiddling for a truly impressive evening of high quality music. Their sound flows from the connection between British and American folk and is bursting with all the humour, heartbreak and excitement of these genres. The lively English wit of Hickman is set against Cassidy's bone-dry irony and American drawl as they take audiences on a dynamic and unforgettable transatlantic journey. Since forming their partnership in 2008, their successive tours have grown steadily in size and they now perform throughout the UK, enjoying concerts from the Scottish Highlands to the Isle of Wight. And yes, Dan is the brother of the late Eva Cassidy! www.hickmanandcassidy.co.uk
13 November 2014 8pm - Combeinteignhead Village Hall
14 November 2014 8pm - Clearbrook Village Hall
15 November 2014 8pm - Gidleigh Village Hall

Friday 14 November 2014 - Martin Stephenson - St Bartholomews Church, Coffinswell, Newton Abbot TQ12 4SS (map)
'A unique voice, engaging performer and wayward genius - Martin deserves recognition as a genuine national treasure.' Tom Robinson, BBC6 Music.
'Martin's beautiful music and good vibes have been a part of my radio programmes for close to thirty years. His enthusiasm and warmth infuse everything he does. Long may he run!' Bob Harris BBC Radio 2. www.daintees.co.uk. Full details, tickets £12+ www.wegottickets.com/event/278169. No bar, BYO drinks.
www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Sunday 16 November 2014 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Peter Knight’s Gigspanner has been hailed by Songlines magazine as 'another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool', but those in the know will tell you that there is more to Gigspanner than meets the eye. Without doubt a bedrock of British traditional music is to be expected from Steeleye Span’s legendary fiddle player. But Gigspanner’s musical reach flirts audaciously with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences transporting audiences on a 'blistering pace of a musical world tour' (Phil Widdows, Folkcast). 'Peter Knight can spin the World on his Bow' - Sir Terry Pratchett. www.gigspanner.com. £12 adv /£14 door.  www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk

Sunday 16 November 2014 8pm – Reg Meuross – Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club, Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH
Reg’s imaginative and finely crafted songs have earned him the title of Master Storyteller (Pennyblack Music), and prompted Mike Harding to introduce him as ‘One of the finest singer-songwriters this country has produced.’ www.regmeuross.com. Tickets £8 adv or £10 door are available until 1 September and from 13 October, on any club night, email acoustic.warehouse@gmail.com or call 01626 362528. www.myspace.com/acoustic_warehouse.

Sunday 16 November 2014 7pm - Bellowhead - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
After their special sell-out 10th Anniversary shows at The Royal Albert Hall and Manchester Bridgewater Hall, award-winning big band Bellowhead are delighted to continue the celebrations with the announcement of their biggest ever UK tour. Details www.plymouthpavilions.com.

Sunday 16 November 2014 - The Fisherman's Friends - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated.
Shanty singers from Port Isaac who have delighted visitors and locals there for more than 15 years, with almost 300 live performances under their belts. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/the-fishermans-friends. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Monday 17 November 2014 8pm - Keith James: Time Let Me Play (Songs from the poetry of Dylan Thomas) - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
A dynamic and emotional collection of Dylan Thomas' most cherished poems, meticulously set to music by one of this country’s most singular and critically acclaimed performers. Keith James is well known for his emotive performances. Also included are Keith’s unique and passionate settings of Poems by Pablo Neruda, William Blake, Federico Garcia Lorca, Isabel Allende and Leonard Cohen. ‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent. www.timeletmeplay.co.uk / www.keith-james.com. Tickets £10 adv from 01752 242021 or www.wegottickets.com/event/288069. www.b-bar.co.uk.

Tuesday 18 November 2014 - Boo Hewerdine - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Much loved English songwriter Boo Hewerdine releases his first career retrospective My Name In Brackets (The Best of) on November 3rd 2014 via Reveal Records. Featuring many of his greatest songs from Boo’s time leading The Bible in the mid-eighties and his subsequent solo career, the compilation spans over 25 years worth of recordings and also includes some brand new songs written specifically for My Name In Brackets. Boo Hewerdine will tour the UK in November 2014 where audiences can expect to hear plenty of their favourite Boo songs alongside a clutch of newer songs as yet unreleased. His shows are famous for his bone dry between song banter, he appears to have an endless supply of anecdotes about his brushes with ‘almost, nearly, not quite fame’! Tickets £12+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/282968. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/boo.htm. Support: Emily Howard.

Thursday 20 November 2014 8pm - Phil Henry & Hannah Martin - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
Winners of 2014 BBC Best Duo Folk Award. Acclaimed duo bringing an exciting blend of blues, world and traditional folk music on slide guitar, harmonica, fiddle, banjo and vocals. Tickets: £8 adv; £10 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Jimmy Livingstone - Folk/Rock/Blues Music
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Jimmy Livingstone is an emerging British singer/songwriter with a rapidly growing reputation. He supported Lucinda Williams on her summer tour following the release of his acclaimed debut album, One eye open, one eye closed. Earlier this year, he undertook his first solo UK tour. Jimmy's music comes with a splash of Americana and a sliver of soul. He sings and plays piano and guitar and is also known as an entertaining storyteller between songs. Folkwords. Aside from the indelible richness of voice, alluring melodies and sharply discerning lyrics this album offers tales of life told with terrifying truth - and damn fine it is too. Music Week. A refreshingly down-to-earth, beautifully crafted and soulfully uplifting listen, One eye open, one eye closed is most definitely one to have in your collection. www.jimmylivingstone.com
20 November 2014 7.30pm - Highweek Village Hall
21 November 2014 7.30pm - Mary Tavy Coronation Hall

Friday 21 November 2014 7.30pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin + special guests - Brixham Library
Phil and Hannah curate an evening of songs from some of Devon’s finest musicians. Bringing together instruments from Dobro (slide guitar), fiddle, banjo, and viola, to beatbox harmonica, Phil and Hannah combine influences from India to America; but remain firmly rooted in the traditional musics of the British Isles. Having released two acclaimed albums that draw much inspiration from their south west home, the duo look forward to bringing together a wonderful group of musicians for a unique collaborative evening, celebrating the music, history and landscape of the area in support of Brixham Library. Tickets £10 members (Friends of Brixham Library), £12 non-members, from Brixham Library 01803 853870. Limited seating (some standing), early booking advised.

Friday 21 November 2014 7.30pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman – The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
This duo has established themselves as pillars of modern British folk. Their professional and personal partnership has yielded several successful albums and recognition as one of the top duos around culminating in being recognised as Best Duo at the 2013 BBC2 Folk Awards. Tickets available from the Flavel box office on 01803 839530 or www.theflavel.org.uk. Part of the Folk at the Flavel series.

Sold out Friday 21 November 2014 8pm - Joan Armatrading - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
"I will never retire but this will be the last major tour that I will undertake. For the first time these concerts will be me solo on stage playing the guitar, piano and singing. I want these concerts to be a special lively interactive one to one experience. I have absolutely enjoyed the last 42 years of performances but now, with my final major tour, I want to capture a unique memory for both myself and the audience." Box office 01392 665938 or online www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=14892.

Friday 21 November 2014 - The Wurzels - Plainmoor, Torquay
The Somerset-based band is best known by many people for their 1976 number one hit "Combine Harvester",and number three hit "I Am A Cider Drinker". Doors 7pm. Meal deal available. Tickets £20. Contact Sharon Cox 07837 708406 or email sharoncox@torquayunited.com.

21-23 November 2014 - West Country Christmas Carols -
Folk South West's ever-popular weekend of workshops and concerts. Tutors will be Helen Coombs, John Kirkpatrick, Tim Laycock, Carolyn Robson, Eddie Upton and Peter Wilton. Book your accommodation now for a stimulating and enjoyable weekend of workshops and concerts.

Saturday 22 November 2014 - Lisbee Stainton Duo - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
When multi-instrumentalist Lisbee isn’t writing and recording her own work she tours as a special guest with Seth Lakeman’s band, with the folk star describing her as, “a fantastic singer songwriter.” “Bound for glory…an exquisite slice of traditional songwriting” – The Times. Tickets £10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/273768. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/lisbeedevon.htm. Support: Peter Crawford.

Sunday 23 November 2014 7.45pm - Tom Lewis - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Long overdue return (after 6 years!) for this ex-RN submariner. Accompanying himself on button accordion or ukelele, Tom's wealth of maritime-influenced, self-penned songs feature "A consistently strong set that packs a wallop. Fine stuff with real bite" (Living Tradition Mag) £10/£8. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Namvula Rennie - World Music
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Namvula creates an intrepid new musical world where the folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland combine with her Scottish heritage and Londons vibrant, eclectic music scene. Crossing boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism, Namvulas music draws you into different worlds, yet remains firmly rooted in African soil and in the storytelling traditions of folk music. One of the few Zambian artists performing in Europe, Namvula has collaborated and shared the stage with artists including legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and multi-award-winning Zambian vocalist Maureen Lilanda. Singing in Zambian languages, as well as English, Portuguese and French, Namvula speaks out on issues facing modern-day Africa, as well as exploring stories about society, life and love. She is working with some of the UK's most respected African and jazz musicians, including bassist Liran Donin (Mercury-nominated Led Bib), percussionist Mamadou Sarr (Baaba Maal), and acclaimed Ghanaian guitarist Alfred 'Kari' Bannerman (Osibisa). Beautiful music. Namvula is a great new star poised and ready for orbit. WOMaTT www.namvula.com
26 November 2014 8pm - The Red Lion, Shobrooke
27 November 2014 7.45pm - Cove Village Hall
28 November 2014 7.30pm - Talaton Parish Hall
29 November 2014 7.30pm - Bere Ferrers Church Hall

Roberts & Lakeman - Traditional music
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
An evening of traditional and self-penned songs, performed on vocals, guitar, keyboard and woodwind from the winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2013 for Best Duo. Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers, Dartmoor-based Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire, ensures a rare treat for any listener. With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com
26 November 2014 7.30pm - St Marys Church, Abbotskerswell
27 November 2014 8pm - Whimple Victory Hall
28 November 2014 8pm - Chudleigh Community School Hall
29 November 2014 7.30pm - Scoriton Village Hall
(NB also: 7 March 2015 7.30pm - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes)

Friday 28 November 2014 8pm - The Carrivick Sisters - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
One of the UK's top young bluegrass and folk acts. Twins Laura and Charlotte perform their original songs and instrumentals along with a few carefully chosen covers on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobra, and claw hammer banjo. They have built a reputation for engaging and entertaining live performances with tight sibling vocal harmonies and multi-instrumental virtuosity. Having grown up in South Devon, an area rich in folk lore and legends, much of their original material is inspired by their local surroundings and history. Tickets £7, call Andrew on 01837 840519. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk.

Friday 28 November 2014 - Sheelanagig - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Sheelanagig deliver intricate, rhythmically complex arrangements of original and traditional works in a Balkan style. Formed in early 2005 the band had an instant chemistry, gained a considerable following and quickly earned a reputation for their exhilarating and intense live performances. This group of incredible players force you to dance your socks off and have a great time. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/sheelanagig.

Friday 28 November 2014 - Acoustic Haven: Sam Walker / Truffleshack - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
Sam Walker -
songwriter, one man band sensation who will lift the roof. Truffleshack - brilliant accordion and violin duo from Bristol, very good musicianship and performance. Organic soup, cakes & chai and beers from the local brewery at the Albert or New Lion Brewery in upstairs cafe/bar space. Doors 6.30pm (music from about 8pm). Adv online tickets £8+ www.wegottickets.com/event/291373.

Saturday 29 November 2014 7.30pm - Wren Music: When The Moon Is Full - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Inspired by Sabine Baring-Gould’s ‘Book of Werewolves’. Wren Band presents a concert that touches on the Gothic within English folk song, connecting with the influences of folklore found in contemporary popular culture such as Harry Potter. The band has sifted through archives of traditional folk songs to find those that fitted with the stories in the Book of Werewolves and penned new songs about some of Dartmoor’s best-known folklore stories. Wren Music Presents: A series of concerts promoted by Wren Music with Cygnet Theatre. Tickets £12+ www.wegottickets.com/event/288197.

Friday 5 December 2014 - Winter Mountain - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Hailing from the shores of Cornwall and Donegal, Winter Mountain blend melodic folk songs, heartfelt lyrics and two voices in a sound reminiscent of a time before digital recording when the emphasis fell on the importance of live performance, the power of harmony and the essence of the song. The duo share song-writing duties, their individual styles, like their voices juxtaposing yet beautifully complimenting the other. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/winter-mountain.

Friday 5 December 2014 - Martyn Joseph - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
One of acoustic music’s most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters” Q Magazine. “Springsteen-indebted Americana, suspended folk chords glistening beneath troubadour tales, his lyrical eloquence still inspired almost 30 years on from his debut” - MOJO. Tickets £16+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/277196. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/martynjosephdevon.htm.

Fri/Sat 5/6 December 2014 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ
The only tour of the year, last two dates, and the only gigs in our coverage area (nearest other Barnstaple and Yeovil). Enjoy a full evening of Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes - two sets with no support. See www.showofhands.co.uk for details.

Saturday 6 December 2014 - Martin Harley - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Support from Sam Lewis. Martin Harley is a phenomenally talented guitarist, singer and songwriter who fronts the highly praised UK-based acoustic trio The Martin Harley Band. Full details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/martin-harley--support-from-sam-lewis.

Saturday 6 December 2014 8.30pm - Folk Evening - Cross House Inn, School Road, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
Song and music session. All welcome, bring your instruments and voices. Another fun-filled folk evening.

Sunday 7 December 2014 7.30pm - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ (map)
Since their first get together in 2001, the quartet of founder, David Hughes; Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie and 2009's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo, Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season. Although their 8 albums accompany the putting up of a thousand Christmas trees throughout Britain, it is without question their magical live performances that have endeared them to an ever-growing audience. The magical concert promises more of their sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of both traditional and new Christmas classics. Christmas, as they say, starts with St Agnes Fountain. Tickets £15+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/288251.

Tuesday 9 December 2014 - Bella Hardy - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated.
BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year Award. Bella's captivating voice inhabits her characters and spins her stories with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity. With fiddle in hand, she presents folk songs in the best tradition; not as antiquated museum pieces, but as relevant and very human artworks. www.bellahardy.com. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!bella-hardy/c217f. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

Tuesday 9 December 2014 - Luke Daniels - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose talents are becoming widely recognised. Immaculate acoustic guitar playing and insightful, honest lyrics exploring love, life, doubt and faith and the idea that happiness and hope spring from what we have in common, rather than what we can acquire as individuals. Over the course of a twenty-year career Daniels has already earned his place on the UK Folk scene as a virtuoso melodeon player with the likes of Riverdance, De Dannan and Ian Anderson, whilst performing with his own band at The London Jazz Festival, The Royal Festival Hall and credible folk festivals in the UK and internationally. Luke also worked alongside Howard Shore and The London Philharmonic Orchestra as a soloist on the movie soundtracks for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and is currently a regular member of The Cara Dillon Band. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/luke-daniels. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Wednesday 10 December 2014 8pm - A Medieval Christmas - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Clifford Room. Following on from their highly successful touring show “A Victorian Christmas”, acclaimed historical entertainment company Blast from the Past now delve further back in time to bring you “A Medieval Christmas”. Featuring long-forgotten festive songs (plus some surprisingly familiar carols!) played on authentic instruments such as cittern, bagpipes and shawm, this celebration of Yuletide Past is sure to warm the hearts of young and old. Details www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/a-medieval-christmas.

tbc Friday 12 December 2014 - Ceilidh with Random - local venue tba
One of the top national ceilidh bands, featuring brilliant melodeon player Saul Rose from Waterson Carthy, Faustus, Whapweasel... Details tba

Saturday 13 December 2014 8pm - Phil Beer - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
One of the finest performers on the folk scene. Multi-instrumentalist and one-half of duo Show Of Hands. Brilliant! Nuff said! Tickets: £12 adv, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Saturday 13 December 2014 - Gerry Colvin Band - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
From 1995 Gerry worked with Nick Quarmby in the five piece folk band Colvin Quarmby. They released six critically acclaimed albums and were voted best band at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropredy Festival in 2009. For 2014 there's a modified line up and a change of name following the amicable departure of Nick Quarmby, but the sound and songs still remain the brain child of the amazing Gerry Colvin. Tickets £10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/285716. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/gerrycolvinband.htm. Support: Ella Janes. Home made cakes and refreshments in the interval; BYO alcohol, glasses available.

Friday 19 December 2014 - Mad Dog Mcrea - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
tba Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.facebook.com/southdevonarts/app_203279979821689. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

Wednesday 31 December 2014 8pm - Old Gaffers Shanty Crew - Victoria Inn, Salcombe
See the New Year in with the South Hams shanty crew at their 'local' in Salcombe www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

Friday 23 January 2015 - Gallery Bar Special: Tavy Tars - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
details tba

Lady Maisery - Traditional Music
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Forged from the voices of Hannah James (Kerfuffle, duo with Sam Sweeney), Hazel Askew (The Askew Sisters, The Artisans) and Rowan Rheingans (Fidola), Lady Maisery explore vocal harmony to breathtaking effect, through their fresh interpretations of songs and ballads. They released their debut album Weave & Spin in 2012 and as a result they were nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. 2013 sees the release of their second album. All three members are musicians as much as singers, which can be seen not just in their tune singing, but also in their intelligent, striking arrangements on fiddle, harp and accordion. Be prepared to be enchanted by rich harmonies and sumptuous clashes as Lady Maisery emerge as one of the most original new groups on the UK folk scene. ..there's no escaping the mesmerising brilliance of this album - it's a sparkling and intriguing debut by any standards, and something impressively different. And yes, a certain contender for this year's best-of list. David Kidman, fRoots Magazine www.ladymaisery.com
18 February 2015 7.30pm - St Marys Church, Abbotskerswell
19 February 2015 7.30pm - St Mary's Church, Cheriton Bishop
20 February 2015 7.30pm - Clayhidon Parish Hall
21 February 2015 7.30pm - Lustleigh Village Hall

Sunday 22 February 2015 7.45pm - The Unthanks - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
The Unthanks is a family affair for Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank, with Rachel married to pianist, producer, arranger and composer, Adrian McNally. Using the traditional music of the North East of England as a starting point, the influence of Steve Reich, Miles Davis, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Wyatt, Antony & The Johnsons, King Crimson and Tom Waits can be heard in the band's 7 albums to date. Since releasing three project albums in one year back in 2012, The Unthanks have been hiding away in Northumberland, quietly working away on an ambitious follow-up to 2011's Last. Who knows how rich, imaginative and groundbreaking their new album will be, released to coincide with this tour, and to be brought to life on stage with a talented 10 piece band. Definable only by their restless, peerless eccentricity, The Unthanks see folk music less as a style of music and more as a oral history that offers perspective on our own time. Their unique approach to storytelling straddles the complex relationship between modernism and learning from the past. Staunch traditionalism and sonic adventure may seem like polar opposites, yet they are easy bedfellows in the gentle hands of The Unthanks. www.the-unthanks.com. £19.50. Box office 01392 665938. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15168

JT Collective - Bluegrass music
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JT Collective bring a mixture of original and traditional songs and tunes played in an acoustic style with a heavy emphasis on Bluegrass, Irish and Americana. From blisteringly fast tunes to slow ballads, this versatile line-up are sure to impress. The band is led by superb bluegrass guitarist Jason Titley. He is arguably the UK's finest Bluegrass guitarist and his flair for improvisation and deep understanding of rhythm (he also plays drums) always makes his playing unpredictable and exciting. Jason will be familiar to those of you who have seen Leon Hunt's N-tet. The trio is completed by bassist/vocalist Ben Somers and Leanne Thorose on violin & vocals. Their debut album is released in May 2014. www.jtcollective.com
26 February 2015 7.30pm - Lydford Nicholls Hall
27 February 2015 8pm - Combeinteignhead Village Hall
28 February 2015 8pm - Gidleigh Village Hall

Roberts & Lakeman - Traditional music
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An evening of traditional and self-penned songs, performed on vocals, guitar, keyboard and woodwind from the winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2013 for Best Duo. Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers, Dartmoor-based Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire, ensures a rare treat for any listener. With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com
4 March 2015 7.30pm - Meavy Parish Hall, Meavy
5 March 2015 7.30pm - Sampford Courtenay Village Hall
6 March 2015 7.30pm - Highweek Village Hall, Highweek
7 March 2015 7.30pm - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes

Clive Carroll - Guitar Music
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Born into a family of musicians in 1975, Clive has been immersed in an eclectic range of music ever since. He gained a 1st Class Honours Degree in Composition & Guitar from Trinity College in 1998 and has toured extensively throughout Europe, the USA and Australia with legends John Renbourn and Tommy Emmanuel. In 1999, Clive was given his first record deal and since then his three solo albums have established him as one of the top virtuosi of today, prompting Acoustic magazine to declare him Probably the Best and Most Original Young Acoustic Guitar Player and Composer in Britain. Clive Carroll's - A Thousand Years of Music- is a show that demonstrates the versatility of the instrument to its fullest extent. For the last 7 years audiences all over the world have been kept in a constant state of awe and amazement at his virtuosity and skill. With his breathtaking mastery of techniques and antecedents from Benjamin Britten to Nick Drake and from Renbourn through Gordon Giltrap to Pat Metheny, join this stunningly versatile guitarist on a joyful fairground ride of instrumental styles spanning the fields of traditional, classical and jazz with inspirations running from newgrass and fusion jazz to Irish stylings. www.clivecaroll.co.uk
26 March 2015 7.30pm - Ashprington Village Hall
27 March 2015 7.30pm - Clayhidon Parish Hall
28 March 2015 7.30pm - Hockworthy Village Hall
29 March 2015 ??pm - Milton Abbot Village Hall

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

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

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