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

Wednesday 2 September 2015 8pm - The Carpenters Story - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
Widely regarded as the first ever 'tribute' show back in its 1989 incarnation, The Carpenters Story brings the show bang up to date - Phil Aldridge's lavish arrangements, stunning vocal harmonies and Claire Furley's uncanny representation of Karen Carpenter combine to bring back memories of pop's most melodic duo. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15326.

Thursday 3 September 2015 - John Otway - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Madcap mayhem and scintillating stunts from a man old enough to know better. Details www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 4 September 2015 - Brixham Folk Club - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
We are delighted to welcome Martin Scragg and Sam Richards to run the folk club and be the featured guests on that night. Sam and Martin have worked and recorded together many times over the years and both have a wealth of traditional material. Entry £3/performer £2.
Another date for the diary as an extra event in Brixham Theatre – Thursday 15 October – Sam Richards, Martin Scragg, Steve Verge and friends will be in concert presenting their show to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Ewan MacColl. More details to follow.
For more information contact Anne & Steve Gill 01803 290427 or John Miles 01803 858394.

Saturday 5 September 2015 - Fishstock Seafood & Music Festival - Brixham Harbour
Line-up includes Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed, Shuffle The Deck Appalachian Cloggers, The Roaring Trowmen, Banned From The Moor, The Old Gaffers. See www.fishstockbrixham.co.uk fpr full details and programme.

Saturday 5 September 2015 8pm - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
Fully seated. Miranda Sykes is well known as the third member of Show of Hands. She is one of the few female double bassists in England and is an accomplished singer in her own right. Rex Preston has a reputation as a fine & imaginative mandolin player and is a leading light in a new wave of British Bluegrass musicians. The rare fusion of double bass & mandolin makes for one of the most exciting new pairings on the acoustic roots scene.
Tickets £10, available from 01363 82379, email mick@theheartofdevon.co.uk or via www.theheartofdevon.co.uk. Licensed bar.

Sunday 6 September 2015 - Tallulah Rendall - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
To date she has written and co produced three solo crowd funded albums (Libellus 2009, Alive 2011 & The Banshee And The Moon 2014), all of which have been presented within beautiful hardback books that include individual pieces of artwork for each of the songs as well as the stories that inspired them. It is also worth mentioning that throughout this journey she has remained a truly independent artist, never having had management or a label behind her yet she has still managed to not only produce a strong body of work but she has toured worldwide. “A hit on the summer festival circuit over the past couple of years, this sultry, spellbinding singer also boasts the rare accolade of being invited to play Dame Shirely Bassey’s 70th party as the only music entertainment.” Port Elliot Festival.  See
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for more details and sample.+ support Jimmy Ireland: Jimmy Ireland is an Exeter based singer/songwriter blending smooth vocals and acoustic guitar to create unique pop/rock, folk originals'.

Tuesday 8 September 2015 9am 'til late - Widecombe Fair
Folk at the Fair on The Rugglestone Stage in the beer tent: 10am Uncle Tom’s Band; 11am Bollards; noon Friggin’ Riggin’; 1pm Banned From The Moor!; 2pm Jim Causley & Bill Murray; 3pm Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed; 4pm Piping Hot; 5pm Widecombe Singers; 5.20pm Hope Deam; 6pm Lazy Divide; 7pm John Henry Lambert and Wild Goose; 8pm The Kelly Quarry Blasters; 9pm JAR and Tom; 10pm Geoff Lakeman; 11pm Last Man Standing Rugglestone Big Band.

Tuesday 8 September 2015 8pm - Autumn Folk at the Brewery - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village EX5 5AE
Second of a seasonal programme of events. Includes Hanlon's Half Hours, this time featuring Jackie Williams/Eileen Conn & Bill Murraywith guest MC Joan Holloway. Floor singers welcome. Entry £5 includes pint and pasty. Autumn craft: Corn Dollies. Further info email folk@bowstation.com, tel. 01392 82621. Other 2015 date: 8 December. Note: Disabled access pending. www.hanlonsbrewery.com.

Thursday 10 September 2015 8pm - Stanley Accrington - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Very funny man. Great lines such as “Keep your tongue in your mouth, cus I’m kissing you goodbye”. Sample www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEC4OW7wcBs. More information from Andy Clarke 01803 732312. Entrance £? performers, £? non-performers.

Otterton Mill's Farewell Gig
Sold out Thursday 10 September 2015 - Steve Knightley
As Mill business owners Caroline and Simon prepare to move on at the end of 2015 after 8 years at the helm, this gig marks their "farewell". And it's only fitting that local hero Steve, who has had such a long musical association with the Mill, plays this last gig. Deemed "One of England's greatest songwriters" by Mike Harding, Steve is the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England. He is renowned for his strong, trademark narrative songs, which reflect the escapades, hopes and fears not only of people in his native West Country but beyond, and he pulls no punches when writing highly literate songs about bigger, global issues. Steve will perform from his rich song writing catalogue. This is an outdoor gig, although there will be indoor seating for meals before the gig. Tickets £20 (price covers the music only), limited to 2 per person. Contact 01395 568521.

Friday 11 September 2015 8pm - Phil Beer - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
Phil Beer is the multi-instrumental half of the West Countryʼs award winning acoustic duo, Show of Hands, described as a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer. With a professional career of nearly four decades, Phil has a great deal of material to draw on for his solo appearances. All are songs and music of memory and significance sung in the subtle and melodic Phil Beer style. Tickets £12 adv from 01803 328290. £?? door.

Friday 11 September 2015 6.30pm - Charity Barn Dance with Blue Jewel - Tavistock Town Hall PL19 0AU
Held by Westmoor Veterinary Hospital to raise funds/awareness for Margaret Green Animal Rescue Centre. Tickets £8, child/OAP £4, family (2+2) £20, available from WVH (01822 612561) or MGARC (01822 810215). :Licensed bar. Raffle/auction with prizes donated by local businesses. Cake//pasty stands, /tea/coffee. Lots of family entertainment. For more information call WVH or email westmoorvets@hotmail.com.

Friday 11 September 2015 7pm - The Old Gaffers- Breakwater Bistro Cafe, Berry Head Road, Brixham TQ5 9AF
Friends of Brixham Library BBQ with music provided by ’The Old Gaffers’. For those who wish to enjoy a convivial supper followed by music and sea shanties, tickets are available from Brixham Library tel 01803 853870 during library opening hours (or from the Bistro tel 01803 856738). £12 for FoBL members, £14 non-members. Once again FoBL has exclusive use of the Cafe and all are welcome.

Friday 11 September 2015 7.30pm - Contra Dance - St Katherine's Priory, Exeter EX4 7JY (map)
Caller: Jeremy Child. A monthly series of Contra Dances. Beginners' tuition at 7.30pm, main dance 800-10:30pm. Cost £4 per person. Using recorded music from your favourite English bands as well as some of the top American Contra Bands. Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

Saturday 12 September 2015 8pm - Si Barron + Les Noden & Nigel Sture - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
A big welcome to half of the Barron/Brady Duo. Certain to give us an excellent evening of song and music. Sharing the concert this evening with two old friends and stalwarts of the South Devon folk scene, Les and Nigel. £10 door, £8 adv/conc. See www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk for full details of this event and all forthcoming 'Teignmouth Folk Concerts'. For info call Hugh Diamond 01626 775517 or email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com.

Saturday 12 September 2015 10.30am - d'Accord - Bedford Square, High Street, Exeter, opp. Lloyds bank
Promoting French & Breton dance & music. All musicians and dancers welcome. Followed by a booked marquee appearance at St Thomas Community Festival at St Thomas Pleasure Grounds, opp. St Thomas Parish Church, Cowick Street, probably around 3pm.
d'Accord are currently seeking a treasurer for their constituted club, and also a webmaster. Email daccordexeter9@gmail.com for further details. www.daccordexeter.co.uk.

12-26 September 2015 - St Ives September Festival - St Ives, Cornwall
Massive multi-genre festival www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk. Includes Show of Hands and Steve Knightley (both sold out), Miranda & Rex, Kate Rusby, Acoustic Strawbs, Dervish, Gordon Giltrap and much more. For a quick overview see www.crbo.co.uk/events.php?evGrp=195.

Tuesday 15 September 2015 - Land Of The Giants - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

Wednesday 16 September 2015 8pm - Haunt The Woods - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
After the success of their first sold out ticketed event at The B Bar, we are excited to welcome the band back for the next in their monthly residency. With interest from the music industry growing, a slew of successful support slots with Dry The River and Sunset Sons, a new album in planning, and confirmation they are playing main stage at Boardmasters, 2015 is becoming a huge year for the south-west's Haunt the Woods. Expect special guests in support and the usual excellent standard of self-penned folk-rock pop. £2 door. www.b-bar.co.uk.

Friday 18 September 2015 - John Hegley – New & Old Potatoes - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

Friday 18 September 2015 8pm - Reg Meuross (plus Jess Vincent) - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
One of the most talented songwriters of our time. Reg first emerged on the acoustic music scene in the 80's with The Panic Brothers. In 1996 he released his first critically-acclaimed solo album, The Goodbye Hat and has since recorded eight albums including the highly-acclaimed Leaves And Feathers in 2012. His latest album, England Green, England Grey has been voted one of Telegraph Music's top folk albums of 2014. Mike Harding - "Possibly the best album yet from one of this country's finest singer-songwriters". Pete Townshend (The Who) - "Magnificent, powerful and moving". Martin Carthy - "A mighty songwriter and an equally fine singer". www.regmeuross.com. Reg will be supported and joined by equally talented singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Jess Vincent. www.jessvincentmusic.co.uk. Support: Graham Butterfield. Tickets: £10 adv; £12 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Friday 18 September 2015 - Gallery Bar Special: Gareth Lee & Annie Baylis - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Up and coming acoustic folk duo well known on the south west circuit, winning acclaim both locally and nationally. They’ve played support to George Ezra, Bellowhead and Sam Brookes. You may have caught them at any number of festivals – Port Eliot, Purbeck Folk Festival, Bictonfest, Looe Music Festival, to name but a few. Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to artist be very welcome. Details www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 18 September 2015 8pm - Jim Causley - Milton Abbot Folk Club, Milton Abbot Village Hall PL19 0PA (map)
Midway between Launceston and Tavistock (01822 870247)

18-20 September 2015 - Cornish Bluegrass Festival - Hendra Holiday Park

Saturday 19 September 2015 - Phil Beer - Exminster Victory Hall
The first time Phil has played in the village of his birth in over 40 years! Tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/327447.

tbc Saturday 19 September 2015 - Trio Threlfall - Church House, South Tawton

Saturday 19 September 2015 8pm - Will McNicol, Chris Woods Groove, Elliott Morris - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
We are incredibly proud to be bringing back Will McNicol, one of our favourite guitarists and a B-Bar regular with visionary guitar player Chris Woods and Elliott Morris in a season defining performance. We will be using the unique and intimate space of the Barbican Theatre to present these three fantastic artists on what promises to be a very special evening. Guitar mayhem from three of the UK's most in-demand acoustic artists. Chris Woods, Elliott Morris and Will McNicol are joining forces to create a night of "guitar mayhem" which sees them each performing a solo set, along with a few numbers together. £10. www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/event-details/?eid=20026.

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

Saturday 19 September 2015  - Martin Barre Band - Exeter Phoenix EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Performing songs from Jethro Tull's staggering back catalogue, guitarist Martin Barre's solo in 'Locomotive Breath' was nominated by Rolling Stone magazine, as one of the greatest guitar solos of all time! Backed by a cracking band, and with two strong Exeter outfits Junkyard Angels, The Mocking Birds in support, this promises to be a real treat. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/the-martin-barre-band. Box office 01392 667080.

Thursday 23 September 2015 - Matt Gordon & Leonard Podolak - Topsham Rugby Club
The mountain men are back. Supported Show of Hands in Exeter in 2012 www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzxSV71Susw. Contact 01392 873651.

tbc 24-26 September 2015 - Acoustica Festaival - Exeter Phoenix and other Exeter venues
Festival of alt-folk, folktronica and Americana; Current line-up: Bert Miller & the Animal Folk; Moon Brother; Matt Woosey; The Little Unsaid; Lightvessel; The Grenawaysl; Sadie Horler; Crow Puppets; Rapha Ghetti; Alex Gregory... More to be announced! www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/acoustica-festival.

Friday 25 September 2015 7.30pm - Wren/Cygnet Double Bill: Simon Mayor & Hilary James with Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
“A witty and captivating mix of folk, blues, swing and classical showstoppers, spiced with a unique brand of off-beat humour” The Guardian. With
Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson - These guys are what Pete was all about.” Peggy Seeger. www.wegottickets.com/event/326747. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk.

Friday 25 September 2015 - Acoustic Haven: The Adventurists and Adam Scriven - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
Acoustic Haven is Back!  The Adventurists - are not a band - they offer a 6piece musical foray into 100% improvisation & 100% inspiration. Adam Scriven - back from 7 years in Oz - talented multi-instrumentalist song-writer - great on slide and guitar, didgeridoo, harmonica and vocals. Samples www.adamscriven.com. Doors, Cafe etc open 6.30pm. More details, online booking www.wegottickets.com/event/330613. Tickets also on sale at Sacks Wholefoods in Totnes, or on the door if still available. Acoustic Haven is a community music night run entirely by volunteers. www.acoustichaven.co.uk.

Saturday 26 September 2015 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
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. Booking details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Saturday 26 September 2015 - Kris Drever & Ian Carr - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

Saturday 26 September 2015 - Fishermans Friends - Plymouth Pavilions (map)

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

Sunday 27 September 2015 8pm - The Dovetail Trio & Greg Russell - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
As The Dovetail Trio, Jamie Roberts, Rosie Hood and Matt Quinn present England’s traditional songs with a bold and fresh approach, infectious energy and a passion for musical heritage. www.dovetailtrio.com. Greg Russell is no stranger to Topsham folk club being a regular performer at our singers’ nights in recent times. He now has a national profile on the British folk scene. He is also half of the Greg Russell & Ciaran Alga duo who were nominated for best duo in this years Radio 2’s folk awards (having won the Horizon Award in 2014 and Young Folk Award in 2013). www.russellalgar.co.uk. £10 adv/£12 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Sunday 27 September 2015 3pm - Polperro Fishermen’s Choir - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Calstock Arts' new Sunday afternoon series launches with the very best of traditional Cornish and modern choral performance. Since their formation in 1923 the Polperro Fishermens’s Choir have provided the very best in traditional Cornish and modern choral performance. The choir’s aims and objectives are as strong as ever and a great many charities have benefited from their devotion and love of singing. Tea, coffee and cake available from 2.00pm.
Details www.calstockarts.org.

Wednesday 30 September 2015 8pm - Lady Maisery - Exeter Phoenix EX4 3LS (map)
Inspired by folk singing traditions of the UK and northern Europe, Lady Maisery sing songs and ballads both unaccompanied, and with backing from accordion, harp and fiddle. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/lady-maisery-2. Box office 01392 667080.

Friday 2 October 2015 7.30pm - Chris Millington, Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed - Churston Traditional Farm Shop Restaurant, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
"An Evening with Travelling John" - Tickets will include snacks during the interval. Licensed bar. Plenty of free on-site parking; venue is on the local bus route. A new venture in a new, 60-seat venue for Maggie and Mike whose first guest is Chris Millington, see www.youtube.com/watch?v=f72ayoJel8E. Maggie and Chris have worked together in the past and Chris was the inspiration behind Maggie's song, Travelling John and is the consummate performer. Tickets £12. With this venue, the hire / catering cost has to be paid up front and so we will need you to pay for your tickets when you book. There will be a facility to book online (subject to a small booking fee). You can book tickets by calling Maggie on 01803 855961, or online at www.wegottickets.com/event/330302. Tickets already selling strongly.

Friday 2 October 2015 8pm - Willy Porter - America Hall, De La Rue Way, Exeter EX4 8PX
Wisconsin native 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." Willy has toured with Tori Amos, Paul Simon, and Jethro Tull, whose leader, Ian Anderson, said of him: "Willy Porter's music demonstrates admirably that the technical excellence of his guitar-playing will never overwhelm the essence of the song itself. In perfect symbiosis, the disciplines of performance and songwriting combine together to create the unique work for which he is admired by professional peers and audiences alike. Oh - and a damn fine singer too. Thank goodness he doesn't play the flute". Tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/320765 or call 07913 543124.

Saturday 3 October 2015 7.30pm - Helen Torpy & Steve Turner - St Mary's Church, Throwleigh, nr Whiddon Down EX20 2HU
Presented by the Friends of Throwleigh Church. Helen (violin) and Steve (accordion) have been playing together for nearly twenty years and this is apparent in the blending of their instruments into one sumptuous sound. Drawing together elements from British and European traditions and traditional and original pieces they create a warm and satisfying sound. Further information, tickets £12 from 01647 231494. The Northmoor Arms at Wonson can provide a pre-concert meal by pre booking with Nikki on 01647 231428.

Sold out Saturday 3 October 2015 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin 3rd Album Launch - Embercombe, Higher Ashton, nr Exeter EX6 7QQ
Phillip and Hannah are launching their third studio album, Watershed, with the full Watershed band, at a stunning venue in the Haldon Hills. Come and join us at Embercombe's lovely Centre Fire barn for an evening of song, celebration, and good ale! www.philliphenryandhannahmartin.co.uk Tickets: www.wegottickets.com/event/316353.

Saturday 3 October 2015 8pm - Richard Digance - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Richard is a BAFTA Nominated entertainer and a Gold Award recipient from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. He is also listed in the Virgin Anthology of Music as an influential writer of comedic songs. Not many guitarists have played a duet with Queen's Brian May, worked with Steve Martin, played an acoustic set with Status Quo or performed at The London Palladium with the late Robin Williams, Richard has. Richard will also be exhibiting his art at The Watermark from 1pm on Saturday afternoon. There will be an opportunity to meet Richard from 5pm until the start of the concert with a chance to purchase Richard's work. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/richardd. Tel. 01752 892220.

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

Friday 9 October 2015 8pm - Stephen Fearing - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
Canadian singer-songwriter, Stephen Fearing, is a particularly fine singer and guitarist, while his songs display a masterful faculty for nailing down a sense of place or exposing the character nuances of his songs' characters. When you couple this to a gift for telling stories between songs and a wry sense of humour, it all adds up to an excellent night's entertainment. Tickets £12 adv from 01803 328290. £?? door.

Friday 9 October 2015 - Gallery Bar Special: Ensemble Baklava - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
With a unique combination of instruments, Ensemble Baklava bring evocative, stirring and lively music and song from the Mediterranean region, both contemporary and ancient.
Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to artist be very welcome. Details www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 10 October 2015 - Jackie Oates - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Her mellifluous voice and imaginatively plaintive fiddle style has won her several BBC Folk Awards during a 10-year recording career that began as a member of the nascent Unthanks and has continued with five acclaimed solo albums. Collaborations with Alasdair Roberts, Belinda O’Hooley and her brother Jim Moray on material that’s ranged from traditional ballads to eerie lullabies and rich contemporary songs, Jackie has earned fans beyond the folk scene she grew up in. Her music has featured on Lauren Laverne’s 6 Music show, alternative station XFM and even an upcoming episode of Midsomer Murders. And she was granted a rare honour by having a makeup product named after her by Lush cosmetics. To quote the illustrious Mojo magazine, “Jackie Oates enthrals.” See
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

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

Sunday 11 October 2015 - Faustus - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Nominated for the Best Group Award in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and in the wake of the latest album Broken Down Gentlemen, Faustus brings to the stage three of the leading lights of their generation: melodeon player Saul Rose (Waterson;Carthy, Whapweasel, War Horse), Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). They have a plethora of experience between them, brought together here in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone representing the best in the current vibrant English folk scene. Rooted deeply in the English tradition, in 2007 they received a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/faustus. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Sunday 11 October 2015 - Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers - Northcott Theatre, Exeter (map)
Thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums, mysterious masked choreography with inventive lighting, muscular synchronisation timed to perfection, post-apocalyptic martial imagery and infectious belly laugh humour - all in a spellbinding display of sheer athleticism. Feel the energy and experience the power of this unique performance. As the most successful touring taiko drum group on this continent, Mugenkyo celebrate their 21st year on the road, creating a contemporary look and sound, fusing the traditional spirit of taiko with a modern stage performance that has captivated audiences everywhere. www.taiko.co.uk. www.exeternorthcott.co.uk/mugenkyo-taiko-drummers.

Sunday 11 October 2015 - Ruarri Joseph - Cavern Club, 83-84 Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RP
Ruarri Joseph is nearing the end of a long chapter in his musical career, before embarking on an exciting new one. The man which The Times describes as “One of our best songwriters and lyricists” will be playing around the country on October and November, playing a ‘best of’ set, drawing on songs from the last eight years. The ‘Farewell for now’ tour gives new and old fans a chance to enjoy the best of Ruarri Joseph before he moves on to a new project in 2016. www.ruarrijoseph.co.uk. More details, tickets etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/327994.

Wednesday 14 October 2015 - Bill Kirchen Band - Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
When Bill Kirchen hit the Globe Hotel in March, the capacity audience left jaws dropping and shell shocked ! One of the finest Telecaster players on the planet, Bill's claim to fame first happened when he was a member of the legendary Commander Cody And The Lost Planet Airmen, since which time he's played regularly with Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, and Rockabilly greats Gene Vincent, Link Wray, Danny Gatton, Roy Buchanan and too many to name. His current killer band includes keyboards man Austin De Lone, part of Bonnie Raitts band and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Tickets from Topsham Books 01392 877895 or online www.seetickets.com/event/bill-kirchen/the-globe/903571.

Friday 16 October 2015 8pm - Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll (with James Budden) - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
Excellent young musicians and singers with songs and tunes steeped in the tradition. Nick and Becki are highly respected musicians, composers and workshop leaders from North Devon. The combination of violin and viola creates a captivating sound. www.englishfiddle.com. They also run the popular Folk Orchestra of North Devon for Wren Music. Nick and Becki will be joined by double-bass player, James Budden.  Tickets: £8 adv; £10 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Friday 16 October 2015 - Charlie Dore & Julian Littman - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated. Charlie's songs have been covered by the good and the great, including George Harrison, Tina Turner, Paul Carrack and Celine Dion, but her live concerts reveal that actually she keeps the best songs for herself. She will be appearing with the talented multi instrumentalist Julian Littman (Steeleye Span) at her side, constantly swapping guitars, harmonies, mandolin, ukulele and Indian harmonium between them, and creating a much bigger soundscape than would seem possible with just two players. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!charlie-dore/cgaz. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

Friday 16 October 2015 7.30pm - Five Finger Eddie - Brixham Library, Market Street, Brixham TQ5 8EU.
The stars of the 2014 Friends of Brixham Library BBQ they are back by popular request to perform with their amazing repertoire bringing together the best in folk music with a hint of Dartmoor thrown in. Brixham’s new shanty group ‘Missin' Tackle’ will also be there to start the evening off. Limited tickets, early booking advised. Bar. Tickets £10 FoBL members, £12 non-members, are available from Brixham Library tel 01803 853870 during library opening hours.

Saturday 17 October 2015 7.30pm - The Shee - Scoriton Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
Making a very rare visit to the South West. The Shee bring electro-harp, accordion, fiddles, flute, mandolin and three powerful voices together with their diverse range of individual musical influences to produce an adventurous brew of Folk, Gaelic and Bluegrass. Their third and most recent album, ‘Murmurations’ was received to great acclaim, the launch tour leading to The Shee being nominated for Best Live Act at the MG Alba Scots Trad Awards.” Samples www.theshee.com/sounds. Tickets £12 from 01364 631288 or email stephcrutchley@hotmail.com.
[Ed.: The band includes accordionist (and step-clogger) Amy Thatcher who is also a member of Kathryn Tickell's brilliant band The Side.]

Advance dates info for Folk Evenings at the Cross House Inn, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
"The following are the dates agreed with the landlord for us meet, greet, eat, drink, sing, play ....."
17 Oct, 7 Nov, 5 Dec, 9 Jan, 6 Feb, 5 Mar, 2 Apr
Monthly reminders will appear in these listings.

Saturday 17 October 2015 - Songdog - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Support: Nibs van de Spuy. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

Saturday 17 October 2015 - The Willows - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated. Folk band from Cambridge. Their first album Beneath Our Humble Soil was nominated for Best Debut in the Spiral Earth Awards 2014, and has been championed by the likes of Bob Harris and Mike Harding. The much anticipated follow-up Amidst Fiery Skies, co-produced with Sean Lakeman will be released on 6th October. Fronted by the breathtaking vocals of Jade Rhiannon, supported by rich vocal harmonies and dynamic acoustic musicianship the band take influence from folk traditions on both sides of the Atlantic.Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!the-willows/c1xh4. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

Sunday 18 October 2015 8pm - John Kirkpatrick - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
John Kirkpatrick is one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, performing solo, in duos, acoustic groups and electric bands. With an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso and session musician he is considered a leading interpreter of English folk music. As songwriter, composer, choreographer and musical director, he has contributed to over sixty plays in the theatre and on radio. www.johnkirkpatrick.co.uk. £10 adv/£12 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Sunday 18 October 2015 from 5pm - d'Accord Breton Music & Dance - Ide Memorial Hall, Ide, nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
Lively young band An Tri Dipop  from Brittany: Anjela Lorho-Pasco Breton singer, trumpet, guitar & double bass. 5pm informal music & dance. 6pm bring & share supper, BYO drinks. 7.30pm Fest Noz bal with dances from all over Brittany. £8 (no concs),tea /coffee included. Further info 01392 811593.

Friday 23 October 2015 - Femi Temowo - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A fusion of Nigerian folk sounds and rhythms combined with lush jazz harmonies from award winning guitarist and singer Femi Temowo. Plus Ernesto Simpson on drums, Karl Rasheed Abel on bass and Jonathan Idiagbonya on piano.
Details www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 24 October 2015 8pm - The Printmakers, featuring Norma Winstone - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Crossing the boundaries that traditionally separate jazz, folk and the contemporary music world, The Printmakers are united by a love of song. Praise from Jazzwise for their new CD Westerly - “an album of varicoloured delights” showcasing “the sextet’s collective storytelling gift”.
Details www.calstockarts.org.

Sunday 25 October 2015 - Jon Gomm - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

Wednesday 28 October 2015 -  Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Doors open 6.30pm for a hot supper before the performance. Tickets £12 for gig only, or £20 including supper. If you decide to buy supper on the night it's still available, at £10. Food at the cafe is good value, tasty and made from locally sourced ingredients. Phillip & Hannah are well-known around the circuit and probably need no introduction. Tickets from Daf Edwards, email dafedwards53@gmail.com or call 01364 621242 or 07957 280129.

Thursday 29 October 2015 - Chris Smither - Matthews Hall, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF (map)
If you've ever been held mesmerised by Chris Smither's throbbing guitar and deep earthy vocals, he will need no introduction.One of America's greatest singer/songwriters, Chris's songs draw on his deep New Orleans roots mixed in with inspiration taken from American folk and blues singers, poets and philosophers. To have him perform in Topsham is a mjor coup and tickets will sell out quickly. Tickets from Topsham Books 01392 877895 or online  www.seetickets.com/event/chris-smither/the-matthews-hall/903566.

Friday 30 October 2015 - Acoustic Haven: Martha Tilston & The Woods - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map).
The exquisite Martha Tilston and the Woods is back on tour with a new album. www.marthatilston.com. Plus Kuki and the Bard, local brother and sister duo from an off-grid community in Devon who are wowing critics with their light reggae tilted modern folk and have recently released their first single 'Dalai Lama'. Kuki's voice is sure to send shivers up your spine and the easy guitar riffs of brother Izzy light a smile. www.kukiandthebard.com. Doors, Cafe etc open 6.30pm. More details, online booking www.wegottickets.com/event/330616. Tickets also on sale at Sacks Wholefoods in Totnes, or on the door if still available. Acoustic Haven is a community music night run entirely by volunteers. www.acoustichaven.co.uk.

Saturday 31 October 2015 8pm - Martyn Joseph - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other. He’s 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”. www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/martyn-joseph.

Tuesday 3 November 2015 8pm - Ralph McTell - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Ralph McTell celebrates 50 years as a professional musician and this quintessential English singer-songwriter-guitarist is back on tour. Ralph’s shows feature beautifully crafted narrative songs combined with dexterous, finger-style guitar playing and evocative storytelling and will of course include the Ivor Novello award winning “Streets Of London”. www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/ralph-mctell-autumn-tour-2015.

Friday 6 November 2015 - Sam Lee - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
See www.calstockhall.com for details and tickets.

Friday 6 November 2015 - Calan - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Calan bring together the remarkable talents of 5 young musicians giving a fresh and vibrant sound to traditional Welsh music. With a contemporary and lively approach, they breathe new life into the old traditions through their sparkling melodies, foot tapping tunes and spirited and energetic performances of Welsh step dancing. They blast their way through some of the old favourite reels, jigs and hornpipes with fast paced and uplifting arrangements before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs. Aside from the runaway jigs and reels, we're also treated to Bethan Rhiannon singing (in Welsh)... and creating a beautiful sound. ...A group of musicians with a bright future ahead of them." Songlines. See
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

Saturday 7 November 2015 8pm - Churchfitters - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A double bass made out of a saucepan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms. And traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax.
The three virtuoso musicians from England and France strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with instruments - adding flute, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, electric hub-cap bass-bouzouki and a sackful of percussion to their ensemble. And let’s not forget the unique ‘bing-bong’ machine made out of hack-saw blades. Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs and a few jokes that create instant rapport and you’ve got a high energy show that always leaves audiences cheering. How do you adequately describe such a musically diverse, uplifting band? You leave it to Mike Harding, a self-confessed ‘huge, huge fan’. He calls their music 'totally brilliant and beautiful'. More details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/churchfitters. Tel. 01752 892220.

Saturday 7 November 2015 - Ruarri Joseph - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
details tba See

Sunday 8 November 2015 8pm - Mick Ryan's: A Day's Work - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Mick Ryan has written and performed many successful folk operas. This revival of A Day’s Work (first performed in 1995) shows his mastery of words, music and the spoken word. It is about the move by a group of farm workers from the land to the Western front in the first world war and features Paul Downes, Heather Bradford, Pete Morton, Matt Quinn, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar. £12 adv/£14 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Sunday 8 November 2015 - Cara Dillon - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Possessing a rare and unique voice that has been lauded since her very beginnings winning the All Ireland singing trophy aged only 14. Together with her husband and musical partner, Sam Lakeman, she has succesfully steered an eclectic musical path defying the typical pigeonholes that hinder most artists in her genre. Celebrated for entwining traditional and contemporary elements she has earned both commercial success and astonishing critical acclaim. Recent years have seen her return wholeheartedly to her Irish roots creating fresh interpretations of traditional standards with stunning results. Her reach is truly global with fans to be found all over the world with her clear, Northern Irish voice even seducing giants such as Disney who, in 2010, asked her to sing the title song to the animated movie “Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue”. She’s won countless awards and accolades including “Album Of The Year” at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Box office 01822 611166. http://www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2546_cara_dillon.

Wednesday 11 November 2015 7.30pm - Eddi Reader - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
Eddi Reader was brought into the limelight with Fairground Attraction and their single 'Perfect' and parent album First of a Million Kisses which both topped the British charts. However, it has been her subsequent solo albums which signalled her increasing ability to assimilate different musical styles and make them all very much her own. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings to joyous life all forms of song and what sets Reader apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance; her ability not only to move the listener but to connect her experience to that of her audience. Her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music. She has effortlessly developed into one of popular music's most thrilling and affecting performers. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15416.

Wednesday 11 November 2015 8pm - Sarah McQuaid - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Tickets £10 adv from the Bridge 01392 873862, £12 door. This will be Sarah's fourth visit to this beautiful 16th century inn in Devon, run by the same family since 1897 and serving a fabulous selection of real ales.

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

Friday 13 November 2015 - Tobias Ben Jacob - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Devon based alternative singer-songwriter whose new EP 'The St Sidwells Session' was recorded live on location at a Grade II listed church in Exeter. The EP release was followed up with a sterling performance at this years Glastonbury Festival. Recent live performances have been testament to a renewed vitality and honesty in the material, and an increasing creative mastery in the vocals and acoustic guitar work. Prior to going solo Tobias played in 'The Roots Union' alongside Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin (winners of Best Duo at the BBC Folk Awards.) More details www.wegottickets.com/event/325695. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Friday 13 November 2015 7.30pm - Donovan - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
Legendary folk-rock troubadour Donovan came to prominence over 50 years ago. His eclectic and distinctive style which drew from jazz, pop, psychedelia and world music were displayed on hits like 'Catch The Wind' (for which he won an Ivor Novello Award), 'Colours', 'Sunshine Superman' and 'Mellow Yellow', among others. He famously taught John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison to finger pick the guitar on their famous trip to India to study Transcendental Meditation, while other artists who have cited him as an influence include Led Zepplin and Belle and Sebastian. Donovan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2014. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15541.
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Saturday 14 November 2015 - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)

Saturday 14 November 2015 - Bellowhead: The Farewell Tour - Princess Theatre, Torquay
Tickets may still be available at www.atgtickets.com/shows/bellowhead-the-farewell-tour/princess-theatre-torquay.

Sunday 15 November 2015 7.30pm - Gigspanner - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
Since leaving Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player, Peter Knight, has focused on his trio Gigspanner, firmly establishing their burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk-roots scene. Met with critical acclaim, Gigspanner’s riveting new album ‘Layers of Ages’ has been added to the Telegraph’s ‘Best Folk Albums of 2015’ list for its authentic moments of staggering originality and great beauty, Gigspanner will be presenting an evening of material that goes way beyond the folk genres usual boundaries. Modern in interpretation, yet classical in its virtuosity, it is music that continues to inspire audiences of all leanings, bringing them back for more. Peter is joined by Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on percussion. Online tickets £14+ www.wegottickets.com/event/331356.

Sunday 15 November 2015 - Lau - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Since their debut album in 2007 Lau have picked up four Best Group awards at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and the individual members have all won multiple awards and recognition for their acclaimed solo works. Lau comprises Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) and together they continue to effortlessly bridge the seemingly diametrically opposed worlds of acoustic folk tradition and electronica. This tour follows the release of a new album. www.lau-music.co.uk. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/lau.

Sunday 15 November 2015 - The Waterboys - Plymouth Pavilions (map)

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

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

20-22 November 2015 - Folk Roots & World Music Festival - Ilfracombe
Includes Fairport Convention, Barbara Dickson, three founding members of Oysterband Ian Teller, John Jones and Alan Prosser performing under the name "Oysters 3", and Julie Felix. www.johnfowlerholidays.com/entertainment/ilfracombe-folk. Earlybird residential tickets available.
[Oysters3 are coming to Exeter Phoenix on Wednesday 27 January 2016]

Saturday 21 November 2015 - Sharon Shannon Duo - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Sharon Shannon has music at her fingertips....literally! The accordionist from Ireland has achieved legendary status throughout the world and has made the much-maligned accordion 'cool' in her home country. Sharon has recorded and toured with a who's who of the Irish and Global Music Industry, including Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinead O’Connor, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Steve Earle, The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Nigel Kennedy, Alisson Krauss and Shane MacGowan - a list that is testament to Sharon's versatility as well as talent. The genre-defying star has had multi-platinum album sales and has had several number one albums, singles and DVDs in her home country including Diamond Mountain Sessions, Live at Dolans and the phenomenal Steve Earle penned The Galway Girl with Irish rock singer Mundy which won a Meteor Award for most downloaded track two years in succession. The album of the same name was No.1 in the Irish charts for 4 weeks and has now achieved quadruple platinum status in Ireland! Tickets etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/326362.

Monday 23 November 2015 - Steeleye Span - Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Taunton
The only West-Country date on this tour. Details www.tauntontheatre.org.uk/show-list/8-forthcoming/158-20151123-steeleye.html.

Tuesday 24 November 2015 - Lynched - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Lynched are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material. Box office 01822 611166. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2547_lynched.

Friday 27 November 2015 - Roving Crows - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Roving Crows are an original must-see act, with roots in Folk and Celtic music. Renowned for their high-energy live performance, their shows pull together funked up traditional tunes and catchy original song. Think powerful Celtic undertones and intoxicating tribal rhythms. The band comprises fiddle, guitar, bass, percussion and vocals. Band of the Year - FATEA Music Awards 2014. Best Live Act – Spiral Earth Music Awards 2014. Best Folk Act - Exposure Music Awards 2012. “Really individual Celtic folk rock group” Mike Harding. www.wegottickets.com/event/326737.

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

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

Saturday 28 November 2015 - Martin Simpson - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
See www.calstockhall.com for details and tickets.

Sunday 29 November 2015 7.30pm - Martin Simpson - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
Box office: 01805 624624 www.theploughartscentre.org.uk.

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

Friday 4 December 2015 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Two of the British folk scenes most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. Now after nearly two decades in music, Kathryn's sublime vocals merge seamlessly with Sean's deft and inventive live guitar work on stage and his award-winning sonic skills in the studio. In addition to his chart topping hit records for brother Seth Lakeman, Sean has this year alone produced albums or tracks with The Levellers, Billy Bragg, Frank Turner, Imelda May and Bellowhead .....as well as a string of other folk/acoustic acts. More details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/kathrynroberts-seanlakeman. Tel. 01752 892220.

Saturday 5 December 2015 - Martin Harley - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Martin Harley is a phenomenally talented guitarist, singer and songwriter he fronts the highly praised UK-based acoustic trio; The Martin Harley Band. Martin is a deeply important and respected voice in the evolution of popular blues and folk oriented guitar and vocals. A life long devotee of acoustic guitar music, especially the ageless blues/roots sounds, Martin has travelled the globe absorbing a plethora of diverse influences and honing his craft into the classic song-writing style he possesses today. Renowned for his prowess as a slide guitarist, he is almost unique in the UK in his playing lap slide. In other areas and styles, however, he has proved himself a master guitarist and a consistently astounding songwriter. Look for Martin’s videos “Winter Coat” and “Love In the Afternoon”, and a live version of the new single “Mojo Fix” taken from the new album of the same name. Samples www.martinharley.com/music. Details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/martin-harley.

Sunday 6 December 2015 8pm - Belshazzar’s Feast - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Belshazzar’s Feast start with traditional folk music, add a touch of classical and jazz, throw in a bit of pop and music hall, and top it off with wry humour. Singer, oboist and violinist Paul Sartin performs and records with Bellowhead and Faustus while accordionist Paul Hutchinson is well known from his work with Hoover the Dog, Karen Tweed and the Playford Liberation Front. www.belshazzarsfeast.com. £12 adv/£14 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Sunday 6 December 2015 8pm - Bookends' Tribute to Simon & Garfunkle - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Dan Haynes and Pete Richards perform the UK’s finest tribute to the music of American folk duo Simon and Garfunkel. www.tavistockwharf.com.

Monday 7 December 2015 - The Changing Room - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Five piece original folk band based in Cornwall. Heavily influenced by the industrial heritage of Cornwall, the Looe-based band are ambassadors for collaboration and social singing. Their award-winning songs feature rousing choruses and catchy hooks that will keep you swaying and humming all week. Accordion, guitar, bodhran, harp and banjo plus world-class vocals deliver a winning combination, and unique sound. The phenomenally busy Sam Kelly and Tanya Brittain will be joined on stage by Jamie Francis (Stark), Evan Carson (The Willows) and harpist Morrigan Palmer-Brown for a two week sweep of the UK this winter.
Tickets etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/325698. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

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

Details tbc Thursday 10 December 2015 - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ (map)
St Agnes Fountain are about to embark on their 15th consecutive sell-out Christmas tour. Since their first get together, to record the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album 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. "The Aggies" recorded their 8th album (12 years of Christmas) in 2012 again combining new versions of classic Christmas carols, original compositions and one or two fun surprises. Although the 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 (tickets were again being sold for this year's tour as the curtain fell last year). They hope to bring you, this December in their fifteenth year, more of their sparkling musicianship, humour and heartful renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes both original and those you know so well (or thought you did). Christmas, as they say, starts with St Agnes Fountain. Tickets ?? from www.wegotticketscom. Tel. 01626 xxxxxx

Saturday 12 December 2015 7.30pm - Fotheringay - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
The line-up is the original founding members Jerry Donahue on Guitar, Gerry Conway on Drums, Pat Donaldson on bass with very special guests PJ Wright filling Trevor Lucas shoes, Kathryn Roberts and Sally Barker respectfully filling the shoes of Sandy Denny and providing silky smooth and harmonious vocals. Box office: 01805 624624 www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

Sunday 13 December 2015 - Glorious Chorus - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
This acclaimed Devon-based performance choir and its unique brand of music includes members from all over south Devon and has performed in recent years at Port Eliot, Glastonbury and Isle of Wight festivals as well as being finalists at Charles Hazlewood’s inaugural Orchestra in a Field choir competition.
Tickets etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/325701. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Saturday 19 December 2015 - Seth Lakeman & Band - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Seated. www.plymouthpavilions.com.

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

Friday 15 January 2016 - Gallery Bar Special: Appaloosas - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
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Friday 22 January 2016 - An Evening with Bob Fox, WarHorse Songman - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
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Saturday 23 January 2016 7.30pm - Elkie Brooks - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
Elkie Brooks will be celebrating her 70th birthday with a UK tour. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15428.

Wednesday 27 January 2016 - Oysters3 - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Oysterband as you don’t know them… Up close and personal: John Jones, Alan Prosser and Ian Telfer, the three founder members and creative heart of folk-rock legends Oysterband, invite you to an evening of fresh acoustic performance and not-entirely-discreet stories – an insight into their history, sometimes turbulent, often funny, with great songs from every era of a unique career. “The idea arose from Sidmouth and Shrewsbury Festivals recently asking us to do ‘something different’ as well as the regular Oysterband style of concert. We more or less improvised the show and it went down a storm – and we wondered how on earth we’d never thought of doing this before!”. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/oysters3. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Friday 19 February 2016 - Kodo - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Based on Sado Island in Japan, Kodo, Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble, made its debut in 1981, at the Berlin Festival. Since then, they have vigorously worked with many taiko drums in all shapes and forms as well as other traditional instruments and tour extensively across five continents. www.plymouthpavilions.com.

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

Wednesday 24 February 2016 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
After nearly 50 years on the road Fairport Convention, the originators of British folk-rock music, remains one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene. This year's Spring Tour presents a more intimate take on the band's repertoire. This concert will showcase brand new songs and tunes from the band's 2015 album Myths And Heroes. - however, favourites from the band's back catalogue will not be forgotten. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15507.

Wednesday 13 April 2016 8pm - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
After nearly 50 years on the road Fairport Convention, the originators of British folk-rock music, remains one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene. This year's Spring Tour presents a more intimate take on the band's repertoire. This concert will showcase brand new songs and tunes from the band's 2015 album Myths And Heroes. - however, favourites from the band's back catalogue will not be forgotten. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15485.

Monday 9 May 2016 7.30pm - The Fureys - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
Legends of Irish music and song, renowned for their hit songs 'I will love you', 'When you were sweet 16', 'The Green fields of France', 'The old man', 'Red rose café', 'From Clare to here', 'Her father didn't like me anyway', 'Leaving Nancy', 'Steal away' etc return to the Corn Exchange. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15520.

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