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Saturday 19 October 2019 7.30pm - Millbrook Folk Club: Edgelarks - Village Hall, The Parade, Millbrook PL10 1AX
One of the UK's finest acoustic music acts, Edgelarks are Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin: multi-instrumentalists and songsmiths. Details http://tiny.cc/izojcz.

Saturday 19 October 2019 7.30pm - Autumn Céilidh with The Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Dance into the longer nights with caller Anne Gill ; Steve Gill (melodeons); Sophis Colkin (fiddle); Nick Scott (Uillean pipes/Bodhran), Andy Clarke (guitar/bouzouki) - all welcome: Reel Ale bar and nibbles available. Tickets £8 on door or from artworks (Station Road). FFI contact Eileen on 01364 73699 or email eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com or visit www.southbrentfolk.org.uk. One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area.

Saturday 19 October 2019 7.30pm - Zulu Tradition - Callington Town Hall, New Road, Callington, PL17 7BD
From Kwa-Zulu Natal to the world’s stage, rekindling the spark of Zulu culture and heritage, through song, dance, and drums. Zulu Tradition is a company of genuine young Zulu singers and dancers who deliver a heady mix of traditional African harmonies and high-energy, athletic dance – all traditionally costumed – and supported by drum-rhythms. Full details
www.carntocove.co.uk/event/zulu-tradition.

Saturday 19 October 2019 7.30pm - Wild Goose and Skylark - Ashburton Town Hall
Wild Goose is 'Wild, eclectic and dangerous... Pink Floyd, Kenny Rogers, Bryan Adams channelled by Woodie Guthrie. Guitar, violin, banjo, mandolin, piano, percussion.' Skylark is 'Beautiful arrangements of traditional and contemporary songs with vocal harmonies, fiddle, flute, guitar and mandolin'. Bar and raffle. Tickets £7/U15 free, from Jane 07818 844346 & Ashburton Information Centre. All proceeds to the Bank Youth Project, a youth centre for all young people aged 9-19 who live in and around Ashburton. www.bankyouthproject.org.uk.

Saturday 19 October 2019 5pm - Darren Lucas & Dave Hare - Bicton Inn, 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU (map)
Don’t miss talented Exmouth songster/guitarist Darren Lucas and violin virtuoso Dave Hare when they put their unique interpretations on a selection of popular and interesting, lesser known songs from 1920’s to the present day.

Sunday 20 October 2019 8pm - Trafalgar Day Celebration - Bicton Inn, 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU (map)
Shanty Man Derek Brooks invites you to an evening of evocative sea songs and shanties to commemorate Trafalgar Day. On the 21st October 1805 the Royal Navy commanded by Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, defeated the combined French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar, which prevented the invasion of Britain. The evening will feature sea songs and shanties, sung and performed by a variety of local shanty singers and musicians. If you would like to sing a song tell a story or read a poem, please join us. There will be a collection for the RNLI.

Sunday 20 October 2019 7.30pm - Kitty Macfarlane - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
A beautiful voice, captivating lyrics and excellent musicianship. With a voice as clear as a mountain stream, Kitty is a songwriter whose music is rich with visual imagery. Her voice was the first heard on Tuesday's live BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and last year's debut album Namer Of Clouds was one of The Guardian's Best Folk Albums of 2018. Tickets £12 from www.ticketsource.co.uk/southdevonmusic/t-rgmlxg.

Sunday 20 October 2019 - John Smith - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing+balcony seating. Steeped in the lineage of British folk, taking his cue from Richard Thompson and John Martyn, Smith has evolved a transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide guitar techniques. John’s intimate takes on love, loss and the journey we make, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

21-25 October 2019 - Baring-Gould Song School - Okehampton
Dedicated to local folk song collector Revd Sabine Baring-Gould the annual Folk Song School gives you time out to concentrate on your own singing: your voice, your performance, your repertoire. The regular tutors from the Wren team are Sarah Owen, Marilyn Tucker and Paul Wilson and they will be joined by Tim van Eyken (photo inset). Tim is folk singer/actor (War Horse) and he is an advocate for the Linklater Voice technique, an actor’s approach to the natural voice, which Tim applies to singing. www.wrenmusic.co.uk/Events-2019.

Sold out Tuesday 22 October 2019 - Willy Porter - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Willy Porter has been turning first time listeners into die hard fans for more than two decades. Willy blurs the line between indie-folk and rock with his searing signature finger-picking guitar sound, absorbing lyrics, and playful, high-energy live performance style. He has shared world stages with music icons Jeff Beck, Tori Amos, and Paul Simon, carving out a successful solo career as an artist who makes music that resonates long after the last guitar chord fades. This gig marks the fifth anniversary of Twigg's Gigs and Simon says "I'm so pleased it will be in the company of Willy Porter as part of his UK tour.
www.facebook.com/thebridgeinntopsham. Twigg’s Gigs, 07508 169049, sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk.

Tuesday 22 October 2019 7.30pm - Budapest Café Orchestra - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
"Their virtuistic skill, hilarious sense of humour and undoubted sensitivity kept the packed audience spellbound. amazing ....unlike any other band that I have every heard." Ely Standard Newspaper - Rosemary Westall. Led by leading violinist and composer, Christian Garrick, the Budapest Café Orchestra play traditional folk & gypsy flavoured music from across the world. Raucous, toe-tapping Balkan and Russian numbers are combined with jazz and swing inflections whilst Klezmer, Romanian Doinas and Hungarian Czardas are awarded fresh treatments. Check them out on YouTube!
Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Wednesday 23 October 2019 7.30pm - Boo Hewerdine - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
A Whitehouse Session.
Boo Hewerdine is one of the greatest songwriter performers in the business and a unique talent. Support: Ben Morgan-Brown, singer/songwriter and accomplished finger style guitarist. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/462991.

Thursday 24 October 2019 - The Eskies - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing.
Hailing from Dublin, The Eskies bring their unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze houses far and wide. The release of their second album ‘And Don’t Spare The Horses‘ on Absolute Record has cemented their position of one of the best emerging artists from Ireland. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Thursday 24 October 2019 - Budapest Café Orchestra - Jubilee Hall, Chagford TQ13 8DP (map)
Led by British composer and violinist Christian Garrick the BCO play a blistering barrage of traditional folk and gypsy-flavoured music from across the Balkans and Russia, Klezmer laments, Romanian Doinas, Hungarian Czardas and their own unique re-imaginings of some of the biggest pieces ever written by the greats. They have won legions of fans through their magical and infectious performances. Evoking vivid images of Tzigane fiddle maestros, Budapest café life and gypsy campfires - plus a few surprises along the way - hugely entertaining, immense skill and profound musicianship. Check them out on YouTube! Tickets £10, call 01647 24789 to reserve.

Friday 25 October 2019 7pm - Exmouth Shanty Men: RNLI Fundraiser - Point Bar and Grill, Exmouth Dock
An annual fundraising event for ESM's chosen charity RNLI - why not come along and raise some funds for a great cause, and listen to some rousing sea shanties at the same time!

Friday 25 October 2019 7pm - Tunelink Autumn Ceilidh and Circle Dance - Dartington Village Hall, Cott Road, Dartington TQ9 6HY (map)
Called dances with The Bear’s Den Dance Band. Clare Lindley: Calling/Fiddle. Mike Cosgrave: Guitar/Accordion. Gris Sanderson: Fiddle/Nyckelharpa. Louis Bingham: Banjo/Mandolin/Bodhran. Adult £10, child £5, family (2+2) £25. Tickets from Shinners Bridge Garage, Dartington, or call 01803 864286, email tunelinksouthwest@gmail.com, or online www.wegottickets.com/event/485157. No bar, BYO refreshments.

Friday 25 October 2019 9pm - Eliza Acty - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
With her unique vocal style, Eliza performs a wide range of Folk, Americana and Old-time music. She performs as a duo alongside her father, Peter Acty, accomplished American-style clawhammer banjo player and classic, percussive finger-pick guitarist. The duo have a strong dynamic acoustic sound tied together with traditional banjo songs and tunes and Eliza's own original songs inspired by artists such as Bob Dylan and Gillian Welch, whilst also taking great inspiration from nature and her surroundings in Dartmoor, Devon. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 25 October 2019 8pm - Track Dogs - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Joyful folk, Latino, Americana fusion. Sun-shiny songs thriving on dark themes behind irresistible rhythms. £12 adv, £15 door. Box office 01404 384050. Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

25-27 October 2019 - Baring-Gould Folk Weekend - Okehampton
We have an international line-up that includes the singers from Sardinia Sos Cantores (whose leader Angel Pisanu made a surprise visit this year), Dandari from Latvia and our friends from Iceland Chris Foster and Bara Grimsdottir. Full line-up tba. www.wrenmusic.co.uk/Events-2019

Saturday 26 October 2019 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Spinach for Norman - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller:
Pam Hayes. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

Saturday 26 October 2019 -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
We welcome back the Andro Sisters, supported by Hot Snails. The Andro Sisters are Richard Heacock (violin), Chris Park (flute, bagpipes, bodhran), and Patrick Randall (mandola.) They play without amplification, standing in the middle of the dance floor. They have played at Horsley, Pentreffest, D'Accord, Frome, Faringdon and Woodborough French dance clubs, and at the Alliance Française, Oxford. Richard also plays with Paul Hutchinson (accordion) for the Halsway Manor French dance courses, and has played in Boldwood and the Warleggan Village Band (for BBC’s Poldark). We're in for a treat!
No partner is needed for many of the dances and beginners are always welcome. Doors 7.15pm. Dance tuition 7.30pm. Admission £9 includes tea and biscuits. BYO drinks. Free parking opposite.

Sunday 27 October 2019 8pm - Haunt the Woods - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
An exciting prog rock/folk band from Cornwall, with a new and unique sound incorporating an eclectic blend of soaring vocals, beautiful melodies and spellbinding guitar, combined with 4 part vocal harmonies making the heartfelt and emotional lyrics extremely powerful. £8, advanced booking essential. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Sunday 27 October 2019 7.30pm - Marry Waterson & Emily Barker - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
What happens when two critically acclaimed folk and roots artists collaborate on songwriting for the first time and then employ the eclectic production skills of Adem and the multi-instrumentalist skills of Lukas Drinkwater to record a full album of original songs? After a fortuitous meeting on a songwriting retreat at the invitation of Kathryn Williams, the pair reconvened to continue their writing partnership, creating a set of songs on new album A Window to Other Ways that are a fly-on-the-wall observation of the contradictions and disconnections of modern life. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Sunday 27 October 2019 7.30pm - Budapest Café Orchestra - Harrowbarrow & Metherell Village Hall, School Road, Harrowbarrow, Callington PL17 8BQ
The Budapest Cafe Orchestra is a music-driven phenomenon, a specialist performance-entertainment outfit, certified to enthral audiences everywhere. The infectious energy of the BCO will sweep you off your feet and stay in your heart forever. You will journey from one emotional pole to another: from a desperately tragic evocative heart-rending ancient Jewish melody to a dance from Romania or Russia and all the fiery exuberance that goes with it. Check them out on YouTube! Tickets £14(+) from Harrowbarrow Post Office, or email hmvillageorchard@hotmail.co.uk, or online from www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/budapest-cafe-orchestra-tickets-67928200075?aff=ebdssbeac. Proceeds to Harrowbarrow & Metherell Community Orchard. Cash bar.

Monday 28 October 2019 - Acoustic Warehouse Music & Performance Club, Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH
Featured Artist: Folk Inspired (Chris & Paul Woodhouse) 9.30pm. Very talented artists, playing a variety of styles of popular music www.woodhousepmusic.co.uk.  Entry is (as for a normal night) only £2 with Open Mic from 7.15-9.15pm. Further information from Nigel Dee 07989 180091 www.facebook.com/Acoustic.Warehouse.TQ123QH.

Monday 28 October 2019 - Grace Petrie - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Protest singer Grace Petrie’s unique takes on life, love and politics, delivered with the warmth and wit which have won over an army of loyal fans across the alternative, folk, political and comedy scenes. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Sold out Wednesday 30 October 2019 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
First night of the autumn ' Now We Are Four' tour. www.showofhands.co.uk.

Wednesday 30 October 2019 8.30pm - Elani Evangelou & Grace Lightman - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Two enchanting musicians join forces and conjure an atmospheric twist of indie folk & alt. For fans of Lucius, Big Thief, Sharon Van Etten. £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Thursday 31 October 2019 8.30pm - Alex Hart & Becca Langsford - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Two of Plymouth’s beloved supergroup The Trees perform a special duo night showcasing their songwriting skills and a few of their favourite classics. £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Thursday 31 October 2019 8pm - Andy Fairweather Low - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Not folk, but a rare visit to the SW by the former lead singer in Amen Corner, now following a solo path. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.
Also at: Plough Arts, Gt. Torrington on Friday 22 November.

Friday 1 November 2019 8pm - Sarah McQuaid - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah’s also drawn critical praise for her voice (which has been variously likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport with audiences. www.sarahmcquaid.com. Further information www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

Saturday 2 November 2019 - Martha Tilston - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Martha Tilston returns to Calstock to share her wonderful and beautiful folk songs again. Tickets £13 adv (£15 door), available online from www.ents24.com, Calstock Hall during office hours, Lime Kiln Gallery or Gunnislake Post Office. Doors 7.30pm.www.calstockhall.com.

Sunday 3 November 2019 7.45pm - Sarah McQuaid - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A highly polished performer, Sarah is a singer whose material reflects her cosmopolitan background (Spanish father, American mother, dual Irish/American citizenship). A songwriter/guitarist of note, she interprets an eclectic mix of songs and her latest album was dubbed "A consummate artistic triumph that marks a new phase in McQuaid's career." (Folk Radio UK). www.sarahmcquaid.com. £10. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 3 November 2019 5.15pm - Harp Concert by Fionnuala Kirby - St Peter’s Church, Meavy
Fionnuala Kirby is a Celtic Harpist based near Plymouth in Devon, with wide repertoire of traditional, classical, popular and religious tunes, and some Paraguayan harp music. She plays a 36-string Yew Clarsach made by Tim Hampson of Bere Ferrers. Inspiration for her ever-expanding repertoire comes from many sources, such as her English and Irish roots and love of folk music, her classical and religious upbringing, and her love of rhythm and world music. £7. Full details etc. www.meavy.org.uk/events.htm. In aid of essential fabric repairs of St Peter’s.

Sunday 3 November 2019 - Paul Simon's Graceland - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Performed by
The London African Gospel Choir which has received extremely positive testimony from not only the public but also internationally renowned artists including Annie Lennox of Eurythmics and Paul Simon himself. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Sunday 3 November 2019 7.30pm - Simon & Garfunkel Through The Years - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated.
Critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest tribute shows, featuring a full live band and stunning vocal harmonies. This spectacular concert takes audiences on a journey through songs and history of the much loved Simon and Garfunkel. www.tavistockwharf.com.

Sunday 3 November 2019 8pm - Kiki Dee & Carmello Luggeri - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
She doesn't shout about it, but as the first UK artist to be signed by Tamla Motown, Kiki Dee's formidable track record goes well before her. For almost two decades, Kiki and Carmelo Luggeri have been touring their spellbinding acoustic live show across the UK and Europe, taking an acoustic journey of stories and song which include unique covers of songs by artists such as Kate Bush and Frank Sinatra and of course Kiki’s own hits “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart”, “I Got The Music In Me” and the stunning “Amoureuse”. An intimate audience with one of the great British singers of all time. Tickets £20 from Topsham Books 01392 877895.

Friday 8 November 2019 8pm - Pete Morton - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
An opportunity to see one of the UK's finest songwriters of emotionally-driven songs delivered with a distinctive voice. Pete has also performed as part of Mick Ryan's folk operas, A Day's Work and and most recently, Here At The Fair. He is also part of a Christmas-themed trio with Emily Sanders and Chris Parkinson - The Magical Christmas Tree. His recent solo albums have earned high critical acclaim. www.petemorton.com. Support: TBC. Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) - Paid in advance £10; advanced notice without pre-payment £12 (paid on door). Info / ticket enquiries contact: exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub. www.exeterfolkclub.org.

Friday 8 November 2019 8pm - Clive Carroll - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Acclaimed guitarist and composer Clive Carroll has created a sound world all his own, with a signature blend of warmth and humour that belies his dazzling technical skill. Clive’s masterful compositions feature influences mined from the delicate cadences of Elizabethan lute classics, the imaginative eccentricity of Frank Zappa, visionary classical composers such as Bartok and Ligeti, and hints of jazz and Delta blues! Full details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 8 November 2019 8pm - Faeland - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Songs for the spirit, folk-pop with a mystical Celtic edge. Contemporary folk band from Bristol, fusing deep folk tradition and acoustic instrumentation, Faeland bring their innovative and subtly experimental approach to contemporary music. The band features some of the South’s finest folk musicians, with singer Rebecca Nelson and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Jacob Morrison at its songwriting and musical core. Songs will be performed on an all acoustic line up of violins, lush vocals, banjo, charango, acoustic guitars, double bass, accordion and Celtic harp. £7 adv, £10 door. Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

Friday 8 November 2019 9pm - Crow Puppets - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Crow Puppets are Cara Roxanne and Em Marshall, a Devon based female duo who perform homespun folk with a curiously ramshackle rockish edge. They sing close harmonies and blend a hotchpotch of instruments, weaving mysterious imagery and tender lyrics. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 8 November 2019 7.30pm - Soroptimist International Plymouth Charity Barn Dance - Derriford Hospital Leisure Centre, Plymouth
Caller Martin Dowling, recorded music. Tickets £10 to include ploughmans supper. FFI contact Margaret Luscombe 01752 774401 or 07523 131129. Numbers needed for catering purposes so please call to confirm attendance.

Saturday 9 November 2019 8pm - The Sounds of Simon - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
A tribute to the wonderful music of Paul Simon, through the years as one half of Simon and Garfunkel, to the enduring success of his solo career. Come on a journey as the full band take you through the early Simon and Garfunkel albums, through the massive success of Bridge Over Troubled Water and on to the Grammy award winning success of Still Crazy After All These Years and Graceland. Paul and Art are played to perfection, bringing in elements of their famously fractious relationship, as well as replicating the beautiful harmonies flawlessly. With video clips, stories, and memories from the last 50+ years, this is a wonderful show filled with excellent music, nostalgia, and a genuine love for some great musicians. This is the UK’s longest running tribute to Paul Simon. Come and see why! www.soundsofsimon.co.uk. www.carnglaze.com.

9/10 November 2019 - West Gallery Music Association, Singing/Instrumental Workshops - Sidmouth
Both day workshops and residential places are open to non members. Saturday: Local psalms, hymns and short anthems (optional afternoon workshop: 19th century glees/dance & militia band tunes); Sunday: Local carols. Full details www.wgma.org.uk/Sidholme%20A4%20flyer.pdf.

Sold out Sunday 10 November 2019 7.45pm - Daoiri Farrell - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Undoubtedly, one of the leading exponents of Irish traditional music, Daoiri won the 2013 All Ireland Singer award as well as 2 BBC Folk Awards in 2017. He has accompanied such luminaries as Christy Moore on bouzouki and in 2018 toured with the Transatlantic Sessions. Mark Radcliffe described him as "effortless, instinctive, natural ... the real deal". £12. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 10 November 2019 8pm - Jim Moray - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Jim Moray is amongst England’s finest interpreters of traditional song. His relentlessly innovative recordings can truly be said to have changed the sound of folk music since the early 2000s, and he has won fans and admirers far outside of the folk scene without ever betraying his traditional roots. A five-times BBC Folk Award winner, his songs have been featured in a season finale of Grey’s Anatomy, and he has presented documentaries on traditional music for BBC Radio 3. www.jimmoray.co.uk. £12 adv/£14 door. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

Sunday 10 November 2019 7.30pm - Keith James: The Songs of Nick Drake - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
A haunting and immaculately crafted concert which begins with an introductory set of timeless songs by brilliant songwriters – all contemporary with Nick Drake: Richard Thompson, Roy Harper, Sandy Denny, Al Stewart, Vashti Bunyan, John Martyn and Bert Jansch. Also featured are poems by William Blake (one of Nick’s most noticeable influences) which Keith has set to guitar arrangements based on Nick’s unique style. At the beginning of the project The Songs of Nick Drake in 2001 he was the first artist ever to bring this fragile and intriguing music to theatres across the UK in its pure live concert form. Full details
www.wegottickets.com/event/483197.

Monday 11 November 2019 7.30pm - Julu and Heg - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
A Whitehouse Session.
After less than a year playing music together, Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall have taken the folk scene by storm with their unusual and fresh approach to folk music. Based in South West England, their songs, which are a mixture of traditional and original, follow themes of love and loss; dreams and reflections and struggle and triumph against all odds. Alongside their captivating original folk music, the duo create unique arrangements of traditional songs, often changing the endings to songs where the female characters are less fortunate, allowing the poor heart-broken maids to rise into triumphant heroes. The pair perform their songs with humour and charisma, showcasing their accomplished musicianship and fine artistry. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/480403.

tbc Tuesday 12 November 2019 8pm - Shanty Workshop with The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
Another of the ever-popular Free Shanty Workshops at the crew's home base (adjacent to the marina). Why not come along and learn a few shanties - or just sit and listen?

Not many tickets left Wednesday 13 November 2019 8pm - Oysterband & June Tabor - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
'Fire and Fleet' Tour. One of the most exciting collaborations in folk music, June Tabor & Oysterband, resumes this autumn for a major tour. With separate distinguished careers to pursue, their appearances together are necessarily rare, so this is a must-see opportunity to catch them live. The majesty and control of June’s voice combine with the passion of John Jones’ singing and the dynamic drive of Oysterband to illuminate dark traditional ballads and contemporary classics alike - witness their moving duet version of Joy Division’s 'Love Will Tear Us Apart', widely regarded as the best-ever reinterpretation of that much-covered track. Songs from their seminal 1990 album 'Freedom & Rain' and their multi-award-winning 2011 follow-up 'Ragged Kingdom' will of course be featured, plus exciting new material. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

Possibly sold out Thursday 14 November 2019 8pm - Martyn Joseph - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
A completely unique and mind blowing artist. Take everything you think you know about singer songwriters….and rip it up. For one man and a guitar he creates a performance with a huge far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling and passionate. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, 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.martynjoseph.net. Hot drinks and cake at the Twigg’s Gigs café. BYO alcohol. Profits from the café will be donated to Martyn’s Let Yourself Trust. Twigg’s Gigs, 07508 169049, sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk.

Thursday 14 November 2019 8.30pm - Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Combining storytelling, folklore and exquisite vocal harmonies, Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall fuse their spell-binding sounds to create this new duo. Their songs follow themes of love and loss; dreams and reflections and struggle and triumph against all odds. Taking inspiration from history, mythology and personal experience, Julu and Heg create evocative songs with a deeply moving and pure sound. £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 15 November 2019 8pm - Elkie Brooks - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Long before the end of a live show and the frequent standing ovations that accompany it, there comes a point where Elkie does something so amazing that it leaves her audience almost spellbound. It could be a particularly emotional rendition of one of her ballads, a powerhouse blues vocal or one of her trademark impossibly long notes that leaves the audience mesmerised. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

Friday 15 November 2019 7.30pm - Chris Cleverley - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Chris Cleverley constantly innovates and re-imagines his unique interpretation of 21st Century Alt-folk music. Autumn 2019 sees Chris hit the road armed with a brand-new album. With a visceral lyrical style, inspired by the American Greats Elliott Smith and Paul Simon, Chris shines a light on diverse, arresting themes from deteriorating anxious minds, via damaging gender constructs, to mystical tales of the occult. Possessing a guitar fingerstyle steeped in the lore of the UK Folk Revival, the essence of John Martyn and Nic Jones pulses through his veins. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Saturday 16 November 2019 8pm - Keating, Dyer & Davey - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Join Will Keating and Davey & Dyer for a special evening of Cornish Folk and other fine music to remember. Will is a member of popular Cornish male vocal group The Oggymen and in 2016, took the decision to also try his luck at gigging alone with acoustic guitar and stomp box. Davey & Dyer are two of the leading proponents of Cornish traditional Celtic music and former members of the internationally acclaimed Cornish band Dalla. As a duo they continue to delight and inspire audiences at concerts, festivals, dance nights and feasts. Expect to be taken on a Cornish Celtic ride with bouzouki, fiddle and viola!
Full details, bookings etc. www.crbo.co.uk/event/keating-dyer-davey/18490. www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 16 November 2019 7.45pm - Acoustic Strawbs - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
The Acoustic Strawbs of the 21st century consist of the founder, constant guiding force, originator and lead vocalist Dave Cousins, described by Rolling Stone Magazine as the best Dylan influenced songwriter to come out of the UK. Alongside him longtime band members lead guitarist Dave Lambert and the astonishingly versatile Chas Cronk, who together formed the front line of the classic 1970s Strawbs. Box office 01404 384050. Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Saturday 16 November 2019 7.30-9.30pm - Barn Dance/Ceilidh with The Classic Ceilidh Band - Chaddlewood Farm Community Centre, 80 Glen Road, Plympton PL7 2XS
Come along with a group of friends for a lot of fun and laughter and a bit of exercise while dancing. Adult £7, U12 £2, includes a pasty. Contact Janet: (text) 07742 983311; 01752 342373; email janet[at]copperjob.com. Or pay on door. BYO drinks. Other light refreshments will be on offer. A Plympton Team Ministry Registered Charity Fund Raiser for St Maurice Church.

Saturday 16 November 2019 7.30pm - TwoManTing - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
TwoManTing was formed in 2004 when Sierra Leonean drummer Jah-man Aggrey, and guitarist Jon Lewis were playing together as part of dance band, Le Cod Afrique, at venues such as Montreux Jazz Festival and WOMAD. The duo immediately became a hit on the UK festival circuit with their brand of bouncy “Sunshine Afro-roots”. Using guitar, live loops and percussion the duo creates a highly danceable full band sound and their reputation has earned them recent support slots with the likes of Tinariwen, The Oyster Band, Edward 2 and Dub Colossus. www.twomanting.co.uk. Full details, tickets etc. www.wegottickets.com/ashburtonarts.

Saturday 16 November 2019 8.30pm - Son Yambu - Village Hall, Ley Close, Liverton, Newton Abbot TQ12 6HW
Doors 7pm, dance class 7.30pm, band 8.30pm. Son Yambu play authentic ‘Son Cubano’ or Cuban son – the essential Afro-Cuban music that originated in the streets of eastern Cuba at the turn of the last century. The root of all salsa music, Son is a fusion of Spanish and African rhythms. Son Yambu feature a new generation of mainly Cuban musicians who are passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre, continuing the Buena Vista legacy that put Cuban music back on the map. £12 adult, £10 U18. Full details www.livertonvillagehall.co.uk.

Monday 18 November 2019 7pm - Julie Felix - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
We are absolutely delighted that Julie is returning to The Brook again this year - it's becoming an annual event now! Julie is an absolute folk legend who has hosted her own TV show and appeared at venues around the world. She's performed with a huge list of the great and the good of the music world and has a host of stories to share. An Evening With Julie Felix costs £20 each and includes a two course meal prior to the performance. (Trip to the zoo not included!!). www.facebook.com/pg/BrookInnPlympton/events.
www.brookinnplympton.co.uk. Tel. 01752 297604 for further details.

Tuesday 19 November 2019 - Moya Brennan - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
The Voice of Clannad.
Following successful tours in the last two years, Moya Brennan, with her band, returns to the UK in Autumn 2019, bringing the distinctive wild Atlantic atmosphere of Northwest Ireland to her unique voice and sound. Moya draws audiences into her world of rhythm, atmosphere and vibrant harmony; a journey where spells of rousing Irish tunes give way to moments of exquisite, fragile stillness. With Clannad and in her solo shows, Moya has delivered pioneering Celtic harmonies and music rooted in her Irish heritage and inspired by the powerful elements of ocean, mountains and endless skies that surrounded her growing up in her native Donegal. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Wednesday 20 November 2019 7.30pm - Gigspanner Big Band - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
The Big Band, comprising the Gigspanner trio led by Peter Knight with Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, now has a new sixth member - melodeon supremo John Spiers, whose duo performances with Peter Knight have met with enthusiastic acclaim from audiences. £19. Box office 01803 415987 10-12 Mon-Sat. www.brixhamtheatre.uk, also online booking.

Thursday 21 November 2019 - Wildwood Kin - Lemon Grove, Exeter University, St German's Road, Exeter EX4 6TG (map)
Standing. Wildwood Kin are a family trio whose sound is characterised by extraordinary harmonies. Their brilliant debut album, while influenced by their early folk leanings, delved deeply into other genres, featuring both electric and acoustic instruments, and boasted inventive sonics and spectral atmospherics alongside their hypnotic three-part harmonies. Guitarist Emillie Key, her bouzouki/keyboard-playing sister Beth and their drumming cousin Meghann Loney, all sing, swapping leads and joining on harmonies. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Thursday 21 November 2019 8.30pm - Mark J Lee - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Devon born songwriter and performing musician. Steeped in traditional country and old time sensibilities. Resonant, raw tenor vocals and Appalachian Folk and Country style guitar over sparsely arranged around cinematic, haunting yet humorous lyrics. £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 22 November 2019 9pm - Tom Moore & Archie Moss - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Widely regarded as two of the best players, innovators and performers in traditional folk amongst a precociously gifted generation, their finely-crafted arrangements wield a rare potency. Now, having toured with with some of the biggest and brightest acts in the British folk scene, they reconvene to perform as duo. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Saturday 23 November 2019 - Autumn Ceilidh with Spinach for Norman - Blackawton Village Hall, Vicarage Road, nr Totnes TQ9 7AY
Doors and bar 7.15pm. Music 8-11pm with a short interval. Tickets £10 adult, £5 U16, from Blackawton Community Shop, phone 01803 712159 (George Inn) or email villagehall@blackawtoncommunity.com.

Sunday 24 November 2019 8pm - Lady Maisery - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative music, Lady Maisery shines brightly.With their unique approach to harmony singing, intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, multi-instrumentalists and singers Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice. Whether unearthing a feminist twist hidden in a traditional tale, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad or showcasing their immense multi-instrumental talents in original compositions that draw on a myriad of musical influences, Hazel, Hannah and Rowan are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of song. “Some of the most exquisite, thrilling vocal harmony work in the English folk scene – an impressive blend of ease and sophistication”. The Guardian.
Full details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

Sunday 24 November 2019 - The Little Unsaid - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
The Little Unsaid have a rigorous work ethic and a genre-spanning approach to song-writing that embraces elements of electronica, folk, jazz and alt-rock. Their live shows are highly emotive unique experiences, a world class band not to be missed. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Wednesday 27 November 2019 7.30pm - The Little Unsaid - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
The Little Unsaid spent 2017/2018 travelling the UK and Europe, leaving audiences emotionally rapt with a live show that’s been described as “a thumping depth of passion, recalling the intensity and melancholic overtones of Nick Cave and Leonard Cohen.” Full details, tickets etc. www.wegottickets.com/ashburtonarts.

Thursday 28 November 2019 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
details tba www.shamstrad.co.uk.

Thursday 28 November 2019 8.30pm - Will McNicol - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Having picked up his first guitar at the age of six, Will has gone on to become Guitarist Magazine’s UK Acoustic Guitarist of the Year (2011) and one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s 30 Great Guitarists Under 30 from around the world (2014). £8. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 29 November 2019 7.30pm - The Hut People - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have firmly established themselves as one of the best loved and entertaining acts on the UK folk scene today. Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage – and it works so well! This is a show like nothing you’ve ever seen before – expect feel-good dancing tunes, audience participation, step dancing, Quebecois foot-percussion (whilst playing the accordion!) and humour aplenty. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

Friday 29 November 2019 8pm - Holy Moly & The Crackers - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Riotous party music that has drawn comparisons to The Gossip, Arctic Monkeys, the B52s & Gogol Bordello. Aphenomenal gypsy, folk, beautiful, bonkers band, with just the most infectious feel good vibe. £10 adv, £12 door.
Box office 01404 384050. Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Friday 29 November 2019 7.30pm - Sound of the Sirens - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Westcountry folk-rock duo Sound of the Sirens aka Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood have recently released a brand new album which continues to showcase an evident gift for crafting unique, vivid and enduring melodies with 15 catchy and heartfelt self-penned songs and voices harmonising beautifully throughout the album. Their live shows combine a natural facility for connecting with their audiences and unforgettable performances with warmth, humour and real conviction. Support: Sadie Horler.  Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Saturday 30 November 2019 8pm - The Lost Sound Chorus - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Described as ‘a compelling and powerful folk choir’ at Sidmouth Folk Festival, The Lost Sound Chorus is building a strong reputation for exciting songs and performances in Devon – and now Cornwall! They’ve supported Show Of Hands at this year’s St Ives Festival and are lined up for more dates with them in 2020. This 35 strong choir chooses songs from the unaccompanied singing traditions, finding beautifully crafted arrangements of traditional songs, as well as original works from inspiring new composers. From majestic Medieval through a spectacular choral Blues to tender Scottish lilts and Georgian calling songs, it is an arresting and hearty winter programme.
Full details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 30 November 2019 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Flash Co - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller:
Pete Langley. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

Saturday 30 November 2019 8pm - Sheelanagig - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Delivering intricate, rhythmically complex arrangements of original and traditional works in a Balkan style, the band who formed in early 2005 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. £14 adv, £16 door. Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 1 December 2019 7.30pm - Johnny Coppin ‘All on a Winter’s Night’ - Tedburn St Mary Methodist Church, School Lane, Exeter EX6 6AA
Carols, songs and stories with Johnny Coppin, accompanied by Paul Burgess and Dik Cadbury.
‘Unquestionably at the top of his game’ Acoustic Magazine. Information from Pete Privett on 07837 532704 or tsmtickets@btinternet.com. Tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/484603.

NEW Thursday 5 December 2019 8pm - St. Agnes Fountain - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
The band's 18th Christmas tour. Since their first recording of the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album in 2001, founder member David Hughes, Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie and BBC Folk Awards Best Duo 2009, Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season. They have now released twelve treasured albums; eight studio albums and two live CDs as well as a couple of ‘Best Of’ albums, but it is, without question their magical live performances that have endeared them to an ever-growing audience. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Friday 6 December 2019 - Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto too! If you are feeling a little dismayed with the over-commercialisation of “Christmas present” then join Jim for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit! www.theheartofdevon.co.uk (details not yet web-available).

NEW Friday 6 December 2019 8pm - Tom Moore & Archie Moss - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Widely regarded as two of the best players, innovators and performers in traditional folk amongst a gifted generation, Archie (accordion) and Tom’s (fiddle) finely-crafted arrangements wield a rare potency. Whilst borrowing from English and other European traditional dance music, Moore and Moss have their heads firmly in the present, understanding the values of contemporary music. The distinct pulse, energy and group intuition of traditional music haunts their playing as they continue to push the creative boundaries for English instrumental music; listening and responding to the world around them as much as their musical ancestors. Full details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

Both evening shows have sold out - a Saturday afternoon 2.30pm matinee has been added
Friday 6 / Saturday 7 December 2019 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
Last 2 nights of the autumn ' Now We Are Four' tour. Show of Hands fans rejoice as Steve Knightley and Phil Beer, two undisputed kings of the folk, roots and acoustic scene reunite with long-term collaborator Miranda Sykes for a brand-new album and tour. And there’s more, because the trio is expanding to include master percussionist Cormac Byrne who returns with his infectious rhythms by popular demand. There are no support acts on this tour, and instead during the opening set each musician will introduce themselves and play in six unique duo combinations where literally anything could happen! This will be an evening spent immersed in the talents of some of the most accomplished musicians of their time, and is not to be missed. Steve says, “With the heartbeat and harmonies that Cormac and Miranda add, we are at last creating a sound we’ve dreamed of making for twenty-five years!”. The album and tour promise infectious new songs and a sound with more depth and intensity than ever before. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 7 December 2019 7.30pm - The Travelling People - St. Clement's Church, Church Road, Dartmouth. TQ6 9SN
Folk trio from the Derby area who have been entertaining audiences in folk clubs, churches and cathedrals for nigh on 50 years, mainly in the Midlands, but have also performed in France, Ireland and the Isle of Man. But their ‘travelling’ days are over and their farewell tour will finish at the end of this year. So this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see this very talented trio who perform a wide variety of music including three-part harmonies, ballads, chorus singing and monologues, on instruments including double bass, guitars, mandolin, ukulele and washboard. Their performances are liberally enhanced with comedy, anecdotes and the history of their songs. They provide entertainment that all the family can enjoy. Tickets £12.50 (includes a buffet supper). Call 01803 361370 or email: robert.boyle7@btinternet.com. BYO drinks.

NEW Monday 9 December 2019 8pm - Steeleye Span - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
50th Anniversary Tour. Steeleye Span are marking this incredible milestone with a new album and a tour that will celebrate a band that are as creative and vital now as ever. Led by the iconic Maddy Prior, the seven-piece line-up will draw on the group’s incredible history to provide a night of favourites and surprises from down the decades. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Tuesday 10 December 2019 8pm - Haunt the Woods - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
An exciting prog rock/folk band from Cornwall, with a new and unique sound incorporating an eclectic blend of soaring vocals, beautiful melodies and spellbinding guitar, combined with 4 part vocal harmonies making the heartfelt and emotional lyrics extremely powerful. £8. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Saturday 14 December 2019 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
After a sell out concert in 2018 Mad Dog Mcrea return to The Rum Store with their own captivating music performed to give a night to remember
. www.carnglaze.com.

NEW Saturday 14 December 2019 7.30pm - Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments: The Longest Night - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
Totnes Early Music Society: In Norway, the Lussinatten festival celebrates the longest night of the year. Legend has it that Lussi, a feared enchantress, punishes anyone who dares to work and, from Lussinatten until Christmas, spirits, gnomes and trolls roam the earth. Celebrate The Longest Night with devilish tunes, ancient Norwegian and English folk carols and other festive musical treats! Award-winning Norwegian Hardanger fiddle player and singer, Benedicte Maurseth, SSAI’s director, Clare Salaman and harpist Jean Kelly, play hardanger fiddles, Swedish nyckelharpa, and clarsach (celtic harp). Their collaboration has resulted in a enchanting repertoire of songs, dances and instrumental pieces from Purcell and Playford to traditional Norwegian Hardanger fiddle tunes and ancient songs. Full details www.totnesearlymusic.org.

NEW Sunday 15 December 2019 8pm - Knight and Spiers - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A welcome return for the inspiring duo that is Peter Knight and John Spiers. Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of folk-rock band Steeleye Span pairs up with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers, now part of the Gigspanner Big Band. The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. Together they have created a musical document that resonates with history, but also something that should inspire future generations of musicians to engage with Britain’s folk dancing heritage, and the beautiful, mysterious tunes that can be found within that heritage. These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time. This very special concert will feature lesser known carols, tunes and wassails from the English tradition and beyond. Full details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Tuesday 17 December 2019 7.30pm - Reg Meuross - Dartington Great Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
further details tba The acclaimed singer-songwriter and Folking.com Soloist of the Year 2019 will be performing new material as well as songs of history, protest, love, loss and legend from thirteen previous albums. He has the gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. Masterfully accompanying himself on guitar, harmonica, banjo and dulcimer and captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice, witnessing a Reg Meuross performance is to experience a journey into the heart, soul and songs of one of England’s finest writers.

NEW Wednesday 18 December 2019 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Standing. Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard! Doors 7.30pm. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Thursday 19 December 2019 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Standing.
Well, it wouldn't be Christmas without them! Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Support tba. Box office 01404 384050. Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Sat/Sun 21/22 December 2019 8.30pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated+Standing.
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Mad Dog Mcrea are, in every sense of the word, a live, band. www.tavistockwharf.com.

NEW Friday 27 December 2019 - Twixt Christmas and New Year Céilidh with Buttoned Up - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
details tba Chill out and enjoy the music after the Christmas festivities or dance your (new) socks off - with caller Kate Fincham-Powell, Mick Bramich (melodeon) and Les Noden (guitar). Doors open 7.00pm; Reel Ale bar. Tickets (which might make good Christmas presents) £8 from  artworks (Station Rd, South Brent www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk). Entry includes one free non-alcoholic spiced berry drink. FFI: contact Eileen McKee on 01364 73699 or email: eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com. One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area. See: www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

NEW Sunday 5 January 2020 - Lympstone Village Concert with Exmouth Shanty Men - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
details tba A welcome return to North Exmouth (as Lympstone is known to some), to put on one of our every popular Tall Ships and Tall Tales concerts. More details nearer the date.

NEW Thursday 23 January 2020 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
details tba www.shamstrad.co.uk.

NEW Friday 24 January 2020 8pm - Geoff Lakeman & Rob Murch - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
The “ Titan of Twang “ and the “ Concertina Crooner” team up in a dynamic new duo. Geoff has a rich, melodic voice and teases English and Irish folk, Americana and jazz songs out of his rare vintage Crane duet concertina. Rob brings the “ wow factor” to the banjo, with his unique, punchy fingerstyle playing. Both live on Dartmoor, so it was inevitable they’d gang-up musically. Expect self-written and West Country songs, rattling folk tunes and foot-stomping ragtime and cakewalk riffs. Rob’s percussive finger-ballet up and down the fret board of his 100 year-old instrument is mesmerising. He’s revered throughout the UK for his long-time work with the renowned Dartmoor Pixie Band and The Watch trio. The duo’s relaxed yet sparkling stage presence together is bubbling with the “feel -good” factor. Full details etc. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 25 January 2020 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Dartmoor Pixie Band - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller:
Sarah Bazeley. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Saturday 1 February 2020 8pm - Sarah McQuaid - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
details tbc Music etc. www.sarahmcquaid.com. Tickets £?? adv from the Bridge Inn 01392 873862, £?? door. www.facebook.com/thebridgeinntopsham.

NEW Thursday 13 February 2020 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Fairport Convention has been entertaining music lovers for over half a century. During that time the band that launched British folk-rock has seen many changes. But one thing has remained the same - Fairport’s passion for performance. The Winter Tour concert will present a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and some surprises from albums old and new including Full House which was released 50 years ago this year. The band skilfully interprets traditional ballads and the repertoire also includes plenty of contemporary compositions. The concert will start with a set by special guests Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer. They are famed for their close harmony singing and guitar virtuosity. Ben and Jimmy have showcased in Nashville, supported Ralph McTell on tour, and played Fairport’s Cropredy Convention and Cambridge Folk Festival. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Wednesday 26 February 2020 8pm - The Fureys - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Legends of Irish music and song The Fureys, renowned for numerous hit songs including ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘From Clare to here’ have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 42 years. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Thursday 27 February 2020 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
details tba www.shamstrad.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 29 February 2020 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Home Brew - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller:
Simon Maplesden. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Saturday 29 February / Sunday 1 March 2020 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
details tbc. Two nights. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 13 March 2020 - Peter Knight & John Spiers - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
details tba www.theflavel.org.uk, tel. 01803 839530.

NEW Friday 20 March 2020 8pm - Chris Wood - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
details tbc. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Thursday 26 March 2020 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
details tba www.shamstrad.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 28 March 2020 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Chris Toyne's Big Band - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller:
Sarah Clough. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Monday 6 April 2020 7.30pm - Feast of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Feast of Fiddles was born in Nettlebed on Valentine’s Day 1994 as a one off special concert. Since then the band has done 26 spring tours, 25 festivals and has 7 CDs to its name. Not bad for a bunch of old folk-rockers! This is a group of friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun: Fiddlers Peter Knight (Gigspanner, Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle playing styles to the back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion – all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Saturday 18 April 2020 7.30pm - Joglaresa: The Enchantress of Seville - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
Totnes Early Music Society: A welcome return for one of our most popular ensembles! Joglaresa explore the roots of Iberian song - from the motets from the convent of Las Huelgas, and Arab-Andalusian ballads, to Judeo-Spanish romanzas. With medieval and traditional instruments from Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Joglaresa perform songs, kept alive through centuries of tradition - a colourful and timeless kaleidoscope of Occident and Orient connecting the Occident to the Orient, and the 11th to the 21st century. Full details www.totnesearlymusic.org.

NEW Saturday 25 April 2020 - Cara Dillon - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
details tba www.theflavel.org.uk, tel. 01803 839530.

NEW Saturday 25 April 2020 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Mischief and Mayhem - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller:
Gill Spence. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Monday 4 May 2020 8pm - The Simon & Garfunkel Story - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Direct from its success at London’s Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, a sold out worldwide tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits. Get your tickets fast as this is an evening not to be missed! "Fantastic” - Elaine Paige, BBC Radio 2. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Saturday 30 May 2020 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Stick the Fiddle - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller:
Jeremy Child. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Saturday 27 June 2020 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Amber Fire - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller:
Chris Jewell. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

21-23 August 2020 - Escot Park near Exeter
Tickets on sale now. Ticket prices and capacity are the same as 2019.
www.beautifuldays.org.

John Culf
johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertonfolk.co.uk
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