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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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Four one-day Storytelling Sunday workshops in Totnes during autumn 2017 with Lisa Schneidau:
4) Spirits of Place and Time: 10 December: exploring environment and historical time, and honouring story sources, for beginners and improvers
For full details see www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

Sunday 10 December 2017 7.30pm - An Albion Christmas - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. Indulge in a traditional Christmas treat. Founder of Fairport , Steeleye and The Albion Band, Ashley Hutchings is joined on stage by Kellie While, Simon Care and Simon Nicol, for an evening of traditional English Christmas music, dancing and celebration. Kellie takes time out from working with her mum, Chris While. Folk enthusiasts will know Kellie from her work with The Albion Band. Simon Care is currently working with Edward II and has always had a passion for Traditional English dance and song. Simon also works with Whapweasel, Tickled Pink and the Lark Rise Band. Simon Nicol, founder member of Fairport finishes the line-up to make this a truly festive treat. He is regarded as one of the finest acoustic guitarists in the world. His voice is pretty special too! The Albion Christmas Band will also be playing tracks from their new album ‘Magic Touch.’ Specially formed for the festive period, this evening will be 'The perfect antidote to the corporate Christmas' (The Guardian). 'The Albion Christmas Band take the audience deep into Britain's winter festival with visions of frosty mornings, a rejoicing Earth, burning logs and berries' (Reuters). With sell-out tours including venues such as Buxton Opera House, The New Vic Stoke and The Sage, Gateshead, The Albion Xmas Show is a very popular show appealing to all ages. £19. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Monday 11 December 2017 7.30pm - Artizan Acoustic Night / Open Mic / Silvington - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
An unplugged, open-mic evening of laidback music and melody featuring talented local performers and exciting guest sets! This month we're excited to welcome Silvington to the gallery! "Silvington is made up of John Connor and Tricia Moore, and the duo are becoming well known in the South of England and further afield for their modern style of folk singing." - Kingsbridge and Salcombe Gazette. Curated by Robert Spence, 01803 613647.
Note: Artizan Acoustic Nights will move to the third Monday of each month in 2018.

Thursday 14 December 2017 8.30pm - Geoff Lakeman - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
B-Bar regular, dad to famous folk stars Seth, Sean and Sam -plays for us again! His debut solo album "After All These Years" launched earlier this year to critical acclaim: the CD has had national five and four--star reviews and been played on BBC Radio 2 by Mark Radcliffe, by Tom Robinson on his BBC Radio Six show, on BBC Radio 3 and just about every local radio station in the country. Come and hear the singer and concertina master's musical take on the west country, American and Irish folk, Americana and even 20's/30's jazz". Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Thursday 14 December 2017 7.30pm - Folk Plus Acoustic Music Club on Election Night - Ye Olde Smokey House, Vicarage Rd, Marldon, Paignton TQ3 9NN (map)
Recently celebrated our 2nd birthday and still attracting performers / music lovers from far and near. Folk Plus is a a friendly, welcoming place for enthusiasts of Folk and acoustic music. We offer a basic PA (which many people seem to like a lot - but performers don't have to use it). Folk (traditional and contemporary) is where we started and indeed flavours a lot of the music played. But not exclusively so. There is room and the opportunity to try something different. We have often been wowed by the unexpected. Tell Chris as soon as you arrive so she can ensure everyone that wants to gets a chance to play and/or sing. Performers £2, audience £3. If you haven't yet been to Folk Plus, give yourself a treat - there is such a superb depth of talent locally. www.facebook.com/folkplus2/?fref=ts
Change of regular dates in 2018:
We are moving to the 3rd Friday of each month, starting in January: Friday 19 January 2018. This will avoid the several unfortunate clashes with other local clubs that occur at present.

Friday 15 December 2017 7.30pm - India Electric Company - St Michael & All Angels Church, Stockland, nr Honiton EX14 9BP (map)
Cole Stacey & Joseph O'Keefe return to Devon for a special one-off candlelit concert. Sometimes folk, sometimes not, they use traditional instruments in contemporary styles to explore diverse themes from Eastern Europe, Irish traditions and urban alienation to end up with something “quirky and glittery - a veritable musical magpie’s nest.” - Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3. “Bursting with invention and full of surprises.” - The Telegraph. “Their reeling, spinning sound corroborates the content of their songs which appear to be describing a life alive with motion. They are altogether a good thing, busy as rush hour but full of light.” - The Independent on Sunday. www.indiaelectricco.com. Contact: 01404 881207. £8(+) adv from Wendy 01404 881207 or www.wegottickets.com/event/402669. £10 door. Basic bar. Funds raised will go towards the tower repairs. Park in pub car park.

Friday 15 December 2017 9pm - Dr Thud's Remedy - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
A happy, up for it, five piece Irish folk band, driven by fiddle, mandolin, bodhran, guitar and brotherly harmonies. Admission £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 15 December 2017 8pm -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
details tba/tbc French & Breton dance and music. Guest: Dave Faulkner & SteveTurner / The Hot Snails.

NEW Saturday 16 December 2018 7pm - Christmas Concert - The Spanish Barn, Torre Abbey, Torquay
Part of 'Christmas by the Sea' at Torre Abbey. The Unidentified Family Orchestra & the Choral Engineers with special guests Dean Brodrick, Ben McCabe and Jackie Oates will perform Christmas songs by Sufjan Stevens. Then the second half will be traditional Christmas songs for everyone to join in with. This concert is also supported by Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Wrap up warm, bring a blanket and enjoy a mulled wine at this festive concert in the beautiful Spanish Barn. Booking advised. Cost: £5. See http://christmasbythesea.moonfruit.com/christmas-by-the-sea-events/4594105805 for full details.

Saturday 16 December 2017 - The Lost Sound with Chris Hoban - Lustleigh Village Hall
The Lost Sound and Chris Hoban present Folk Carols and Songs for Winter from around the world. Dartmoor Folk Choir 'The Lost Sound' are a mixed voice chorus based in Buckfastleigh. They perform regularly and have recently been supporting 'Show of Hands' at various gigs including their 25 year anniversary concert at the Royal Albert Hall. The Lost Sound sings a wide range of folk material from ancient melodies with contemporary arrangements to punchy pop and angular Indie songs. They have a unique relationship with composer, Chris Hoban who has written specifically for the chorus and he also writes and arranges for Show of Hands. Tickets www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-lost-sound-in-concert-with-chris-hoban-tickets-38537366300.

Sold out Saturday 16 December 2017 6.30pm - FOS Brothers - Drewe Arms, The Square, Drewsteignton EX6 6QN
Dave and Sam McCrory from East Belfast, together they create a unique soundscape of acoustic music heavily influenced by their Irish roots. They have been performing for over 25 years www.fosbrothers.com. Support: Adam Sweet www.adamsweetmusic.com. The night includes a 3-course Christmas dinner (veggie option). Tickets £25 limited to 60 people (10% discount for table of 10) so book now if interested. Pay with credit/debit card by ringing the pub. www.thedrewearmsinn.co.uk.

Sold out Sunday 17 December 2017 7.45pm - Belshazzar's Feast - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
For further information visit www.moorfolk.co.uk. Please don't turn up if you haven't booked - you won't get in.

NEW Sunday 17 December 2018 7.30pm - Johnny Coppin - Tedburn St Mary Methodist Church, School Lane, Exeter EX6 6AA
"All on a Winter's Night" tour, with Paul Burgess and Dik Cadbury. Carols, songs, and stories. Tickets  07837 532704, tsmtickets@btinternet.com.

Tuesday 19 December 2017 - Belshazzar's Feast - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
On tour with a Christmas-themed show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, added to their usual touch of classical and jazz, with a bit of pop and music hall, all topped off with lashings of wry humour. Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Hoover The Dog) together wow audiences across the UK with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat that always sends audiences home with smiles on their faces. ‘Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.’ Mike Harding. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Tuesday 19 December 2017 - Mad Dog Mcrea - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Wednesday 20 December 2017 Sold out

Due to popular demand Mad Dog have added a second Totnes date this year! So fear not if you missed out on tickets for Wednesday... Because you can now see them a whole day before your friends on the Tuesday (the last late night shopping!). Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

Wednesday 20 December 2017 - Another Evening With Phil Beer - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Part seated/ part standing. One half of Westcountry folk duo Show Of Hands, Phil Beer is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler and plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don’t stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals. Phil performed a very successful gig at The Brook Inn ahead of his solo tour of the country at the beginning of 2017. It was so popular that Phil asked to end his year of touring here too. Ticket price includes a pre-performance bar snack. Numbers are limited. Meals will be served from 7pm - 8pm and Phil will take to the stage around 9pm. www.ticketsource.co.uk/brookinnplympton. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.
Tel. 01752 297604.

Wednesday 20 December 2018 8pm - Woodwose & The Radial Band - Church of St Michael the Archangel, Chagford TQ13 8BN
Five local musicians with an international reputation join forces with their exotic instruments presenting ancient songs from Mediaeval Europe to the driving rhythms of the Middle East and beyond. These five accomplished multi-instrumentalists play traditional and original pieces rooted in centuries-old traditions featuring: Steve Tyler - hurdy-gurdy, Katy Marchant - bagpipes & shawm, Louis Bingham - cittern & tambura, Ricardo de Noronha - percussion & fujara, Griselda Sanderson - nyckelharpa. “Dance music and gem-like listening pieces with an earthy, ethereal ambience” Songlines Magazine. “Exquisite and exceptionally expressive” Angel Romero, World Music Central. “An exceptional concert; full of interest, surprises, and ravishing harmony.” Frank Lee. Info: gris_sanderson@hotmail.com. £10/£8. Tickets available from Sally’s Newsagent, Chagford.

Thursday 21 December 2017 8pm - House Concert: Woodwose & The Radial Band - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Five local musicians with an international reputation join forces with their exotic instruments presenting ancient songs from Mediaeval Europe to the driving rhythms of the Middle East and beyond. These five accomplished multi-instrumentalists play traditional and original pieces rooted in centuries-old traditions featuring: Steve Tyler - hurdy-gurdy, Katy Marchant - bagpipes & shawm, Louis Bingham - cittern & tambura, Ricardo de Noronha - percussion & fujara, Griselda Sanderson - nyckelharpa. “Dance music and gem-like listening pieces with an earthy, ethereal ambience” Songlines Magazine. “Exquisite and exceptionally expressive” Angel Romero, World Music Central. “An exceptional concert; full of interest, surprises, and ravishing harmony.” Frank Lee. Info: gris_sanderson@hotmail.com. Donations on arrival. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations.
Coming later: Friday 9 February 2018 8.30pm - House Concert: Sam Green - slide blues guitarist. www.samgreenmusic.com

UPDATED Selling fast
Thursday 21 December
2017 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Standing. Plus special guests. 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. “It’s always a joy to me when something jumps up and smacks you between the eyes – Mad Dog Mcrea did that to me” - Mike Harding. £15 adv, £17 door. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Thursday 21 December 2017 8.30pm - Alex Hart - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Alex Hart is a young country/folk singer from Devon. Since releasing her first studio album ‘On This Day’ she has embarked on European and UK tours both supporting and playing in the band of Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre, and held her own on a UK tour and Festivals through the South West. Alex is now working with Grammy award winner Terry Britten (famous for Tina Turner’s ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’) on new material for release in 2017, with a new band line-up that brings vocal harmony more to the foreground! www.alexhart.com. Admission £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 22 December 2017 7.30pm - Christmas Special: Harbottle & Jonas - Parish Hall, Meavy PL20 6PJ
Stunning young folk duo based in Totnes. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island. www.harbottleandjonas.com. £8. Licensed bar. www.meavy.org.uk/events.htm.

Sold out Saturday 23 December 2017 - Mad Dog Mcrea - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated + standing. www.tavistockwharf.com.

Tuesday 28 December 2017 7.30pm - Twixt Christmas and New Year Ceilidh - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Chill out and enjoy the music after the Christmas festivities or dance your (new) socks off with 'Buttoned up': Mick Bramich and Steve Verge, with caller Ken Hudson. Reel Ale bar. Tickets (which might make good Christmas presents) £7.50 adv 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; 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 www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

Sunday 31 December 2017 8pm-12.15am - New Year's Eve Ceilidh with Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish EX7 9PT
Caller Anne Gill. Tickets £12.50, advance only, from Alan Brown 01626 863016 or Anne Gill 01803 290427. No bar, BYO drinks and food to share. In aid of Teignmouth Folk Festival.

Sunday 31 December 2017 8pm - LOSt COYOTES / Auld Lang Syne - Bedford Hotel, 1 Plymouth Road, Tavistock PL19 8BB
Devon-based 4-piece band (2 of the band, the guitar/cittern and fiddle players, are former Jiggerypipery members, plus a very talented and entertaining accordionist/lead singer Flaky Jake, and finally Kate on various hand percussion and vocals) who play a bewitching mix of Americana, Cajun, Latin-American, and Celtic songs and tunes, finding a natural chemistry between these musical genres in a melodious blend of their instruments and voices. www.lostcoyotes.co.uk/home-page.

Tuesday 9 January 2018 8pm - Shanty Workshop with The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
The first in 2018 of our increasingly popular and free shanty workshops. Why not come along and learn a few historic shanties, from a few historic (or at least ancient) shanty men?? www.exmouthshantymen.com.

Thursday 11 January 2018 8.30pm - Harbottle & Jonas - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Stunning young folk duo based in Totnes. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island. www.harbottleandjonas.com. Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 12 January 2018 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
Caller: Jeremy Child. Music: Stick the Fiddle. A monthly series of Contra Dances. 7.30-10.30pm. Cost £5 per person. Beginners welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

Friday 12 January 2018 - The Transports - Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
The Transports tells the incredible tale of a family destroyed by poverty and crime, but resurrected by exile to the new colony in Australia. With fresh script and musical arrangement, this famous show re-emerges within a modern context of mass migration. The stellar line-up for this exciting new production includes The Young’uns, Faustus Saul Rose, Benji Kirkpatrick & Paul Sartin), Nancy Kerr, Rachael McShane, Greg Russell and Matthew Crampton. In 1977 Peter Bellamy released The Transports on record with The Watersons, Martin Carthy, Nic Jones, AL Lloyd, June Tabor, Cyril Tawney, Dave Swarbrick and others. Several times since, further generations of folk musicians have gathered to re-create the piece. Full details, tickets etc. www.octagon-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/music/the-transports-a-tale-of-exile-and-migration/2385.
This is well outside Harberton Folk's coverage area, but Jan and I saw this stunning show at Exeter Phoenix in 2017 and Yeovil is the closest the 2018 tour is coming.

Friday 19 January 2018 8pm - Gallery Bar Special: The Countrymen - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
6-piece Cornish folk group based in Launceston. They perform songs about Cornwall – its heritage as a mining and fishing community and what it’s like to live there now. The songs are usually in close, four part harmony with guitars and bass in support, but the accent is on fun and celebrating Cornwall. They favour more modern contemporary songs as well as some original material written by the band. There’s also some pop classics thrown in to up the tempo. This gives the performance a fresh and lively feel, as seen at Newlyn Fish Festival, Falmouth Shanty Festival, Boscastle Music Festival and The World Pasty Championships at The Eden Project, as well as an appearance on the BBC Radio Cornwall stage at the 2017 Royal Cornwall Show.
Free entry, informal atmosphere. Donations to the band please . Doors 7pm. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 20 January 2018 - Annual Stoke Gabriel Wassail
A magical evening of tradition and merriment, organised by the ‘Friends of Stoke Gabriel School’ (FOSS), the Annual Wassail has become a very popular event and helps raise funds to enrich the lives of local children in school and community. Apple Wassailing is an ancient tradition performed in many villages on 'Old Twelfth Night' to bless the cider apples and orchards and encourage a good crop in the coming year. The Apple Blessing Ceremony and lantern procession take place within the village orchard with wassail songs led by Rosa Rebecka. There will also be Folk music; Morris dancing; a Mummers play; Traditional Storytelling; Children's crafts and entertainments; Local food and drinks and licensed bar. tbc Gates open 4pm; Entry £3 adult, £1 U18.See: www.facebook.com/stokegabriel.wassail.

Sunday 21 January 2018 8pm - Topsham Folk Club Annual Charity Night - Globe Hotel Malthouse, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
CD sale (bring along your unwanted CDs). www.topshamfolkclub.org.

Friday 26 January 2018 7.30pm - Tamar - Royal Oak Inn, Meavy PL20 6PJ
Multi-instrumental folk and roots duo Oliver Wheeldon and Barney Kenny from Devon. Tamar's music covers folk, bluegrass, traditional. www.facebook.com/tamarband. £8. Licensed bar. www.meavy.org.uk/events.htm.

Saturday 27 January 2018 8pm - Windjammer EP Launch - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
details tbc Folk trio Windjammer present the launch of their brand new EP with the help of some very special guests. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 2 February 2018 7.30pm - Phil Beer - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
details tba Admission £15. Tickets tbc 01626 890957 or www.wegottickets.com.

NEW Friday 9 February 2018 8.30pm - House Concert: Sam Green - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Return visit from slide blues guitarist Sam Green. Go to www.samgreenmusic.com for his story and his music. Donations on arrival. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations.

NEW Saturday 10 February 2018 9pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Pigs Nose Inn Hall, East Prawle, Kingsbridge TQ7 2BY (map)
Mad Dog 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. Early bookers can also book return shuttle bus from Kingsbridge via East/West Charleton or Frogmore. Full details www.pigsnoseinn.co.uk.

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

NEW Thursday 15 February 2018 7.30pm - Red Rocks Story Open Mic - Upstairs at the Anchor, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LP
Come tell or read aloud your own work. Slots are 8 mins (about 1600-ish words.) Storytellers arrive at 7pm, first come, first tell. £3, £2 storytellers. Contact 07834 194215, email JanetTells@gmail.com. This event repeats on 19 April, 21 June.

NEW Monday 19 February 2018 - Richard Digance - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
The cost is £37.50 per person including a three course meal. The Not Bad For His Age Tour. www.facebook.com/events/1560526640627044. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.
Tel. 01752 297604.

NEW Wednesday 21 February 2018 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Fairport Convention has been making great music for over fifty years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, the band has been through many changes but the current members retain a passion for live performance. This year’s Winter Tour will feature a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and new material from their most recent studio album 50:50@50 celebrating their Golden anniversary. The concerts will also feature an opening performance by the wonderful singer / songwriter duo Winter Wilson, who have become favourites on the folk scene in the UK and as far away as Australia. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Thursday 22 & (sold out) Friday 23 February 2018 - Miranda Sykes - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
The acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ is returning to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar. Borrowed Places is a project that draws its inspiration primarily from the songs and landscapes of her native Lincolnshire but seen through the eyes of someone who has lived away for many years. The themes are not specific; the land changes, it grows, it shrinks, it adapts and it resists but most of all it lives and breathes. With her sensational voice, and accompanying herself, Miranda interprets the soul of the land and takes her audience on a journey that resonates with us all, wherever we live and it is one you won’t want to miss. www.mirandasykes.com. Tickets £10. Full details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk, email andrew@frangleton.co.uk or call 01837 840775.

NEW Friday 23 February 2018 - Rebecca Loebe - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
Rebecca Loebe is an Austin-based singer/songwriter who has spent the past decade on the road performing in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. Along the way she has honed her voice as one of the Americana music scene’s most exciting new songwriters and earned a place on Alternate Root Magazine’s annual listing of The Top 10 Female Singers in America. She is touring all around the world to celebrate the release of her fourth full length studio album which has been described by NPR’s Art of the Song as “Rebecca coming into full stride as a sleek, polished, rough-edged woman…The word seminal comes to mind.” www.rebeccaloebe.com. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Sunday 25 February 2018 8pm - Martin & Eliza Carthy - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
The good Doctor Martin Carthy and daughter Eliza join forces to perform songs from their first duo album ever. Martin is a legendary ballad singer and guitarist who has influenced a generation of artists including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon while Eliza has been twice-nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and is a multiple-award winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk awards. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Wednesday 28 February 2018 - Steve Knightley - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. In his highly anticipated 2018 solo tour Songs & Stories, multi-award-winning songwriter Steve Knightley invites his audience on a musical journey, charting the winding roads of his unrivalled career. The Show of Hands frontman (“One of the great English bands” – Peter Gabriel) showcases a set list peppered with classic gems such as ‘Cousin Jack’, ‘AIG’ and ‘Country Life’ with his inimitable passion and flair. And in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead. ‘One of England’s greatest singer songwriters’ Mike Harding.  Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Friday & Saturday 2 & 3 March 2018 8pm - Cara Dillon - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and attracting exceptional acclaim for over twenty years. She has (according to Mojo magazine) “quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice”. Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will perform material from her new album Wanderer, a collection of beautiful and moving songs, accompanied by her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman. Every note and word is sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life singing traditional songs. Legions of fans attest to their impassioned performances with Cara’s warm and natural stage presence something to savour. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Thursday 8 March 2018 - Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Always engaging and far from predictable these ‘Two musicians at the top of their game’ (MUSIC RIOT) seek to push the boundaries of blues, folk and American roots music. Original compositions on slide guitar, double bass, harmony vocals and good humoured banter are cornerstones of their live shows. Between them they are very much on the world stage and have performed at Glastonbury, The Royal Albert hall, the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, Bonnaroo, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, MerleFest, Bottle Rock,The Edmonton Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, The Blue Note Tokyo, Cognac Blues festival, Cayamo and many more. Most recently Daniel toured the US with the Transatlantic Sessions. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Saturday 10 March 2018 - Jackie Oates - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
www.jackieoates.co.uk. FFI: contact Eileen McKee on 01364 73699; 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 www.southbrentfolk.org.uk. In 2018 they will include South Brent Folk Day on Saturday 7 July 2018 and the Annual 'Twixt' Céilidh again on Thursday 27 December 2018.

NEW Saturday 10 March 2018 7.30pm - Passamezzo - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
Music from the Restoration. An evening of music, words and song from Restoration England to partner a lecture by top historian Ian Mortimer on 8th March (see www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk for more information). Accounts of the period come from Pepys, Evelyn and anonymous ballads describing momentous events, including the Great Fire of 1666 and Frost Fair in 1683. With theatre songs, tavern rounds, dance music and solos for the viol and cittern, and music by Wilson, Lawes, Locke and Purcell. Passamezzo gave us a hugely enjoyable concert in 2012, and TEMS is delighted to welcome them back. The fifth of six concerts from Totnes Early Music Society. Tickets for non members £14, U18s £5, available from Dartington Box Office (01803 847070), website (www.dartington.org) and on the door.

NEW tbc Saturday 10 March 2018 8pm - Dick Miles - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Support: The Old Gaffers shanty crew. Information: Hugh 01626 775517, email: hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com.

NEW Tuesday 13 March 2018 - Steve Knightley - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Second date added at Widecombe, tickets available
In his highly anticipated 2018 solo tour Songs & Stories, multi-award-winning songwriter Steve Knightley invites his audience on a musical journey, charting the winding roads of his unrivalled career. The Show of Hands frontman (“One of the great English bands” – Peter Gabriel) showcases a set list peppered with classic gems such as ‘Cousin Jack’, ‘AIG’ and ‘Country Life’ with his inimitable passion and flair. And in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead. ‘One of England’s greatest singer songwriters’ Mike Harding. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Gig only, or gig + delicious meal. Contact Daf Edwards dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129 for details, bookings etc. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Wednesday 21 March 2018 - Steve Knightley - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
First date at Widecombe, possibly sold out, but check with Daf
In his highly anticipated 2018 solo tour Songs & Stories, multi-award-winning songwriter Steve Knightley invites his audience on a musical journey, charting the winding roads of his unrivalled career. The Show of Hands frontman (“One of the great English bands” – Peter Gabriel) showcases a set list peppered with classic gems such as ‘Cousin Jack’, ‘AIG’ and ‘Country Life’ with his inimitable passion and flair. And in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead. ‘One of England’s greatest singer songwriters’ Mike Harding. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Gig only, or gig + delicious meal. Contact Daf Edwards dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129 for details, bookings etc. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Sunday 25 March 2018 8pm - Peter Knight & John Spiers - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
The organisers of the 2016 Folkeast Festival had the grand idea of pairing legendary fiddle player Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span) and melodeon player extraordinaire John Spiers (ex-Bellowhead) for a special one-off concert at that year’s festival. It ended up being a festival highlight. This then is the debut tour of two of the finest musicians in their respective fields. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Friday 30 March 2018 - Edgelarks - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Formerly Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin. Edgelarks fly in on the tailwind of BBC award winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. The pair's new project takes the roots of their previous work, from the traditional musics of the British Isles to Indian classical slide guitar to the stomping roots party of Phil's beatbox harmonica; adds a strong stem of original writing; and runs wilder with each repeat play. Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 11 April 2018 7.30pm - Feast of Fiddles 25th Annual Tour - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Little did the band think it would be setting off on its 25th annual spring tour in 2018 but what started as an idea in a folk club has become a national folk-rock institution. Feast of Fiddles has been variously likened to a “group of geography teachers” or “Bellowhead with bus passes!” but doesn’t seem to be slowing down any. A band of friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. Typically, fiddlers Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle playing styles to the rock back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion – all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. A live music entertainment like no other on the circuit which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by even the most doubting of friends dragged along! Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Friday 13 April 2018 8pm - The Fureys 40th Anniverary Tour - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
After three previous shows, Legends of Irish music & song The FUREYS, 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 for another night of music and song.  Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Sunday 15 April 2018 5.30pm - Miranda Sykes - Salem Chapel, 4 Vicarage Rd, East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton EX9 7EF
The acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ is returning to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar. Borrowed Places is a project that draws its inspiration primarily from the songs and landscapes of her native Lincolnshire but seen through the eyes of someone who has lived away for many years. The themes are not specific; the land changes, it grows, it shrinks, it adapts and it resists but most of all it lives and breathes. With her sensational voice, and accompanying herself, Miranda interprets the soul of the land and takes her audience on a journey that resonates with us all, wherever we live and it is one you won’t want to miss. www.mirandasykes.com. Tickets davidvash@btinternet.com.

NEW Thursday 19 April 2018 7.30pm - Red Rocks Story Open Mic - Upstairs at the Anchor, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LP
Come tell or read aloud your own work. Slots are 8 mins (about 1600-ish words.) Storytellers arrive at 7pm, first come, first tell. £3, £2 storytellers. Contact 07834 194215, email JanetTells@gmail.com. This event repeats on 21 June.

NEW Friday 27 Aril 2018 8pm - Gigspanner Big Band - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
Harberton Folk is delighted to be presenting one of the few concerts that the Gigspanner Big Band will be performing together in 2018: a very special event featuring the Gigspanner trio of Peter Knight, guitarist Roger Flack and percussionist Sacha Trochet, augmented by Philip Henry and Hannah Martin. This is a rare occasion where these two sets of dazzling performers get together and you can guarantee that sparks will fly. Expect a jaw dropping musical extravaganza. Free on-site parking. Doors / licensed bar open 7.15pm. Tickets £18. Full details www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/gbb180427.htm. We will be arranging an early evening pre-concert dining option at Harberton's Church House Inn a short walk from the Hall in due course.

NEW Sunday 29 Aril 2018 8pm - Jez Lowe & Steve Tilston - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Two of the UK acoustic/folk scene’s finest songwriters join forces for a series of concerts filled with songs and music, chat and banter and intimate insights into their approach to their craft. Listen in as they rekindle the spontaneity of their late-night living-room song swaps. Questions, answers, anecdotes and anarchy and a very special evening of music. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Saturday 5 May 2018 - Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. The former lead-singer of Bellowhead heads out on the second leg of his Afterglow album tour. His first new release since leaving Bellowhead in May 2016 features the newly extended Remnant Kings, including the talents of former Bellowhead band-mates Sam Sweeney and Paul Sartin, plus Leveret’s Rob Harbron and along with Ben Nicholls and Richard Warren (King of The South Seas) the band will be joined by string and brass sections to bring the album to the stage. ‘Vivid lyrics, striking imagery, fascinating ideas, challenging arrangements and Boden’s characteristically striking vocals…it has to be considered a Major Work.’ FROOTS review of Afterglow. ‘Resurrects the brassy swagger of Bellowhead.’ Financial Times. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW 5/6 May 2018 - Topsham Folk Club 40th Anniversary
Come and help us celebrate. Details tba www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW 11-13 May 2018 - Dart Music Festival - Dartmouth
Latest (23/11) line-up announcements for folk and country acts: www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk/news/latest-line-up-announcements-for-folk-and-country-acts.

NEW Sunday 3 June 2018 8pm - Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A chance meeting at their local Black Fen Folk Club in Cambridge uncovered Hannah and Ben’s shared musical passions and sympathies that over time has developed into a unique show of American roots and English folk music. Singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar, Hannah and Ben are a folk duo that look and sound classically timeless. ‘Spellbinding... Hannah and Ben were born to play and sing together.’ - fRoots Magazine. www.hannahbenmusic.com. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Friday 15 June 2018 7.30pm - 6 Hands: John Williams, John Etheridge & Gary Ryan, Guitars - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. After many years of playing together John Williams and John Etheridge are joined by classical guitarist and composer Gary Ryan in a wonderful, varied programme of solos, duos and trios. All pieces will be introduced by the players.
Legendary classical guitar maestro John Williams, whose repertoire ranges from the standard Baroque and Spanish classics to more innovative contemporary works has appeared regularly on radio and television - and his music is familiar to many film-goers, most notably The Deerhunter (Cavatina). He has collaborated with many outstanding musicians, including Julian Bream, Itzhak Perlman, Andre Previn, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth. The complete collection of his 58 CD’s (and one DVD) for Sony/CBS was issued in 2016. In 2007 he was presented with an Edison lifetime achievement award. 'John Williams is the undisputed king of the classical guitar' (The Times).
One of the world's most respected guitarists, John Etheridge's music spans a myriad of styles and influences. The guitarist for the celebrated jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli, Etheridge has performed as one half of a duo with the eminent classical guitarist, John Williams and has also performed with Soft Machine, Pat Metheny, Andy Summers and Nigel Kennedy. 'I never wanted to be a star, just a highly respected musician like John Etheridge' (Sting in The Guardian).
Gary Ryan is one of the world’s leading exponents of the guitar and has performed to international critical acclaim for over twenty years, winning praise for his formidable technique, outstanding musicianship and entertainingly diverse programmes. In 2013 he became the first guitarist since John Williams in 1983 to be awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Music in recognition of his contribution to the instrument, and only the fourth guitarist ever to receive this honour - other recipients being Andrés Segovia and Julian Bream. £25. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 21 June 2018 7.30pm - Red Rocks Story Open Mic - Upstairs at the Anchor, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LP
Come tell or read aloud your own work. Slots are 8 mins (about 1600-ish words.) Storytellers arrive at 7pm, first come, first tell. £3, £2 storytellers. Contact 07834 194215, email JanetTells@gmail.com.

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

John Culf
johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk
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