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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 increasing including postcodes in the venue information for those of you who rely on satnavs.
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Southern Devon Folk Diary

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

Tuesday 21 October 2014 8pm - Alex Kumar - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel
Exceptional and special, Alex has the spirit and songbook of Dylan and his muse Woody Guthrie to back's his own original song writing. His appearance is as the result of a floor spot he did at the Club in February this year. He was spellbinding then in his performance. True to the promise “With a voice that can only be described as other-worldy, he has the rare ability to captivate and silence an entire room with his mesmeric presence.” Support: visiting and local performers. Entry £4 door. Gerard Edwards 01392 881105. www.bradninchevents.org/groups/bradninch-folk-club

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday 29 October 2014 8pm - Steve James - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
Austin Texas based guitar wizard Steve James returns on his annual European tour to showcase his usual enthralling mix of virtuoso guitar work, encylopaedic knowledge of country blues and wry kinetic stage presence. Check him out at www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX1kom2fPVM. £10 adv from 01752 242021 or www.wegotickets.com/event/292212, £12 door. www.b-bar.co.uk.

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

Friday 31 October 2014 8pm - Halloween dance with a difference: Jamie Smith's Mabon - The Guildhall, Bradninch
A one-off Extra Special Bradninch Acoustic Music Club night at The Guildhall starring the amazing Jamie Smith's Mabon, for those of you who have seen them they need no introduction, for those who haven’t then this is a big treat to see one of Europe’s finest Festival Bands on tour and stopping off at our little club to do a show. A celebration of original Celtic music. Bar. Call 01392 882036 for tickets £10, family (2+2) £18. www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
Wednesday 12 November - Club Night - So all floor singers come along and have a good blast.
Wednesday 10 December - Phil Beer and Paul Downes - guests for Xmas Club night at The Guildhall. Tickets£10. Wow, what a night.

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

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

Saturday 1 November 2014 7.30pm - A Hollantide Phantasmagoria - Jubilee Hall, Chagford, Devon TQ13 8AH
Steve Tyler - hurdy gurdy, gothic harp, cittern, percussion. Katy Marchant - bagpipes, shawm, recorder. Jake Slocombe - percussion, voice, guitar. Nick Parker-Groom - stories and frightfulness. The night descends, mist falls, and an eerie music rises. A cloaked figure is silhouetted against unearthly lights, and begins a spine-tingling tale from long, long ago…. Come and celebrate this mysterious time of the year with Gothic stories, mediaeval music, swirling fogs, an unforgettable reading from the most dangerous book in the world, traditional soul-cakes, and a Victorian Magic Lantern Show of demons and witches. Traditional drinks and seasonal soul-cakes will be available. Tickets £8, from www.woodwosemusic.com, medievalmusicians@virgin.net, Sally’s Newsagent, or 01837 840824. Expect the unexpected at the Hollantide Phantasmagoria….

Saturday 1 November 2014 8pm - Steve James - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
He's been hanging out in the Bridge for more years than he has fingers, and it's always a delight to have this Austin Texas based slide virtuoso back again. A peerless raconteur with a store of stories that never fail to enthrall almost as much as his stellar playing, Steve describes his music as 'Retro- post modern roots balladry' - a real treat in store. www.youtube.com/watch?v=wX1kom2fPVM. Tickets £12 adv from the Bridge 01392 873862 or Julian Piper 01392 873407.

Sunday 2 November 2014 4-8pm - Exeter Folk Project with Oxjam Exeter present... - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5JN
A unforgettable evening of music from some of the finest acoustic artists around. The event is a fundraiser for the OXJAM festival to raise funds for OXFAM. 90% of the ticket price will be donated to the charity. 10% will help with the logisitcs of putting on this event. All artists are generously donating their time and talents without a fee. The great Nic Jones will be joining us for a special guest appearance and to collaborate with the other artists. The line up includes Ange Hardy; Greg Russell, the singing/guitar half of Russell and Agar, winners of 2 BBC folk awards; Lukas Drinkwater, virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and one of the 3 Daft Monkeys; Jemima Farey, a fantastic upcoming singer/songwriter from Somerset; The Appaloosas, a wonderful band from Tavistock who play Old Time Appalachian songs; Greg Hancock, singer songwriter from Devon accompanied by his new string trio; Emily Howard, silver-voiced singer/songwriter from Devon and Devonbird, a trio specialising in traditional and new folk music embued with a love of the region. Adv tickets £15+ www.wegottickets.com/event/292674.

Sunday 2 November 2014 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Twin daughters and a folk-rock whirlwind forced Kathryn Roberts (vocals / piano / woodwind), and Sean Lakeman (guitar), to sideline their popular duo performances in the mid noughties. Now the Dartmoor based couple have enjoyed a noteworthy return to the fray with their highly acclaimed album, ‘Hidden People’, bringing their own mix of traditional, self-penned songs and covers to the stage. Two of the British folk scene’s most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat. With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk. On latest album “Hidden People” Kathryn says; “These are stories, first and foremost,” but she warns: “My home-life is so ‘roses round the cottage door’, that I tend to prefer music with an edginess, so some of the tracks on the album are quite dark and brooding, to say the least.” The messages and meanings behind these songs belong to the “hidden people”. Winner: Best Duo BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013. £10. Box office
01822 611166. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2282_kathryn_roberts_sean_lakeman.

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday 9 November 2014 8pm - Simon Mayor & Hilary James - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
Simon is one of the world's leading mandolin virtuosos as well as a fine guitarist, fiddle player and humourist. He has had his own series on Radio 2 and an album in the Classic FM Top Ten chart, but his most thrilling moment was a journey through the square window on BBC’s Playschool! Hilary, described on BBC Radio 4 as "one of Britain's finest voices", is also famed for an unusual taste in bass instruments (she may turn up with her giant mandobass or slimline acoustic bass) and she might even manage a step-dance. There can’t be many performers who can slide easily from a beautifully evocative Irish ballad into a mandolin and guitar version of Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and finish with everyone singing one of their own notorious children's comic songs (reminiscent of Hilaire Belloc and Flanders and Swan). www.mandolin.co.uk. Online tickets £10+/£5+ concs to anyone who needs one  www.wegottickets.com/event/293565.

Sunday 9 November 2014 7.45pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
replacing previously advertised Vin Garbutt
who has cancelled due to illness
One of the most complete entertainers on the folk scene. Vin's ability to move an audience in seconds from side-splitting laughter to tears of emotion is unrivalled. Poignant songs, skilled delivery and the occasional, dazzling whistle tune make for unrivalled entertainment. £10/£8. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 9 November 2014 8pm - Showcasing “Crabshell Records” - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
Line-up: Vic Wilcox with 44 Gun’s fiddle and guitar; Rumpus; The Storm UK; John Connor; The Old Gaffers; Paul Rossiter with Adrian Herring; Kate Lissauer & Johnny Whelan; IOWA(1).
“Crabshell Records” is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Our cause is to support music rooted in folk traditions by offering a subsidised CD production service to unsigned musicians heard playing live in our area. This Concert will feature those we have worked with. Since 2012 we have released 8 albums, with the ninth, a sampler of these, releasing at the Concert. Your ticket will be a £10 voucher, exchangeable for any one of our CDs. You’ll also get concert entry, two complimentary compilation CDs, free bar snacks at the interval and 10% off all drinks. As a bonus, from 6pm, cod and chips for only £6 if booked with the pub in advance on 01548 852345. Reserve your vouchers - advance only - from Neil on 01548 856601, email concert@neilart.f9.co.uk. Pick up and pay on door, on the night. Or buy them from the Crabshell in advance.

Sunday 9 November 2014 8pm - The Old Dance School - Tavistock Wharf (map)
The Old Dance School's expansive landscapes of ear-bending contemporary folk place them as true innovators of the music. Duelling fiddles, soaring brass crescendos, and irresistible grooves, their live show charts their remarkable journey from ballet school basement jam sessions and cowshed rehearsals, to remote lighthouses, to headline appearances at international festivals. The Old Dance School takes it's name from the old Betty Fox School of Ballet in Birmingham, then legendary jam session venue, where the band first formed in 2007. Championed by BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris, the septet's provocative songs and cinematic sound has received plaudits throughout the country, from press and audiences alike, including Songlines Top Of The World 2010, and The Scotsman's Album of the Year. The seven members of The Old Dance School may seem fresh faced, but don't let them fool you, the diversity and scale of each one's musical journey is quite remarkable. From international jazz festivals to European opera tours, film score commissions to classical recitals, green festivals to tattoo conventions, members of The Old Dance School have performed, recorded and toured with artists such as Martha Wainwright, Cerys Matthews, Graham Coxon, Zoe Rahman, Michael McGoldrick, Neil Yates, Jim Perrin, The Destroyers, Kevin Dempsey, and Chris While. £11 adv, £12 door. Box office
01822 611166. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2281_the_old_dance_school.

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

Friday 14 November 2014 8pm - Ceilidh with Signs Of Life - Harbertonford Village Hall, Woodcourt Road (nr Totnes) TQ9 7TR (map)
An evening of lively music and dancing with caller and band, playing a mixture of eastern European, Celtic fringe, Romany, Yiddish and Cajun French that gets everyone's feet tapping. Buffet interval. Bar. Tickets on door £6.

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

Saturday 15 November 2014 - Clive Gregson - Blue Walnut Cafe, Walnut Road, Chelston TQ2 6HS (map)
With his new solo album 'This is Now'. Beneath a quirky sense of humour is one of the most talented songwriters to emerge from the British Isles. Mary Chapin Carpenter named Clive as one of her favourite songwriters. According to Guitar Player he is one of the 1000 great guitarists. Clive has toured & recorded with Richard Thompson, Nanci Griffith, Eddi Reader and Boo Hewerdine. 'The songs always seem more perceptive, more penetrating and more emotional than most.' New Musical Express. 'One of Britian's most cultured singer-songwriters.' The Times. Tickets £10 adv, £12 door. Details 01803 394113. www.bluewalnuttorquay.co.uk

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

Sunday 16 November 2014 8pm – Reg Meuross – Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club, Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH
Reg’s imaginative and finely crafted songs have earned him the title of Master Storyteller (Pennyblack Music), and prompted Mike Harding to introduce him as ‘One of the finest singer-songwriters this country has produced.’ ‘Intelligent and thought-provoking songs, beautifully made and skilfully delivered’” The Times. Reg has also been receiving high praise for his new album 'England Green and England Grey'. www.regmeuross.com. Tickets £8 adv or £10 door are available on any Monday club night, email acoustic.warehouse@gmail.com or call 01626 362528. www.myspace.com/acoustic_warehouse.
The next two invited Featured Artist Events during our regular Monday sessions are
20 October - My Black Hat www.myblackhat.net/index.html
10 November - Cross Border www.crossbordermusic.co.uk
As the Featured Artist Events have proved so successful next year we intend to continue with this series. In the frame so far, we have Tricia Moore (Mon 9th Feb 2015), Anne Darby (Mon 20th April 2015), The Cornelius Family, Owly Dave and Josie Lloyd.
Please visit our Facebook web page www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739?ref_type=bookmark for further information and performance videos.

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

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

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

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

Wednesday 19 November 2014 8pm - Wild Ponies - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Hailing from Nashville, the Wild Ponies Doug & Telisha Williams have old-time, pre-70s country, mountain & honky-tonk road house music all blended together into their own whiskey - open the jar and have a pull ! One of Americana's fastest rising outfits, Telisha's singing has been likened to the second coming of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lyn, and her badass double bass playing combined with Doug's guitar picking, is the kind of thing guaranteed to knock your socks off ! Tickets £10 adv from the Bridge 01392 873862 or Julian Piper 01392 873407.

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

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

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

Friday 21 November 2014 9pm - Appaloosas - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Three-piece band from Dartmoor, Devon playing Americana, Old-time American and Appalachian music. The band features Appalachian and Old-time inspired vocals from Eliza Acty, clawhammer banjo and guitar from Peter Acty and intricate melodies from virtuoso fiddle and mandolin player Stephen Potter. £3 entry. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 21 November 2014 7.30pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman – The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
[short] This duo has established themselves as pillars of modern British folk. Their professional and personal partnership has yielded several successful albums and recognition as one of the top duos around culminating in being recognised as Best Duo at the 2013 BBC2 Folk Awards. Tickets available from the Flavel box office on 01803 839530 or www.theflavel.org.uk. Part of the Folk at the Flavel series.
[long] Folk at the Flavel continues with two of the British folk scenes most accomplished performers, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman.
They have graced stages the world over in a number of guises and the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. Their professional and personal partnership has yielded several successful albums and recognition as one of the top duos around culminating in being recognised as Best Duo at the 2013 BBC2 Folk Awards. Kathryn hails from Barnsley and a love of folk music was instilled in her by her musical parents.
She was in an early duo with Kate Rusby and later fronted folk/pop band Equation which included the three Lakeman Brothers. Dartmoor born Sean is a member of brother Seth’s touring band and has produced his most successful albums. He has also produced albums for the likes of Show of Hands. Thoughtful ballads to stomping acoustic rock, an impressive and entertaining set’ – The Guardian.

Friday 21 November 2014 8.30pm - Bayliss, Allerfeldt with The Bassman - Bedford Hotel, 1 Plymouth Rd, Tavistock PL19 8BB
Folk night in ‘Gallery 26’, featuring: Tony Bayliss (acoustic guitar, cittern & vocals) and Carl Allerfeldt (violin) are joined by ‘The Bassman’, a fellow member of  Jiggerypipery. As well as being played on national radio, they have released two albums and we are most fortunate to have been able to secure a date with them before Tony’s forthcoming ‘Northern Tour’! £6 adv from Reception 01822 613221, £7.50 door.

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

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

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

Saturday 22 November 2014 7.30pm - Wren Band: When the Moon is Full - Ipplepen Village Hall, Newton Abbot TQ12 5SB (map)
When the Moon is Full A programme about Werewolves! Inspired by Sabine Baring-Gould’s Book of Werewolves, The Wren Music musicians are doing a mini tour of Devon during November, with a touch of Gothic. Devon’s eccentric clergyman, Sabine Baring-Gould, famous for his hymn ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ is well-known as a Folklorist, but perhaps less well-known for giving classes with a bat on his shoulder and for his interest in Werewolves! Champions of local folk song and legend, the Wren Band bring a programme of rich harmonies and top-class musicianship, which will appeal to Harry Potter fans and lovers of Dartmoor legend alike. Tickets £12 (U18 £10). More details and online ticketing see www.wrenmusic.co.uk/wrenband.

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 28 November 2014 7.30pm - Wren Band: When the Moon is Full - Stowford Community Centre, Sidmouth EX10 9YL
When the Moon is Full A programme about Werewolves! Inspired by Sabine Baring-Gould’s Book of Werewolves, The Wren Music musicians are doing a mini tour of Devon during November, with a touch of Gothic. Devon’s eccentric clergyman, Sabine Baring-Gould, famous for his hymn ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ is well-known as a Folklorist, but perhaps less well-known for giving classes with a bat on his shoulder and for his interest in Werewolves! Champions of local folk song and legend, the Wren Band bring a programme of rich harmonies and top-class musicianship, which will appeal to Harry Potter fans and lovers of Dartmoor legend alike. Tickets £12 (U18 £10). More details online ticketing see www.wrenmusic.co.uk/wrenband.

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

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

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

Thursday 4 December 2014 8pm - Winter Mountain - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Hailing from the shores of Cornwall and Donegal, Winter Mountain blend melodic folk songs, heartfelt lyrics and two voices in a sound reminiscent of a time before digital recording when the emphasis fell on the importance of live performance, the power of harmony and the essence of the song.
After support tours with Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon and Rosanne Cash, and festival appearances too many to mention here the band will embark on their second tour of 2014 in November. £8 adv, £10 door. Box office
01822 611166. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2285_winter_mountain.

Friday 5 December 2014 - Roving Crows - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
With fiery fiddle playing, trumpet, guitar, drums, bass and vocals, the Roving Crows weave together a rich tapestry of sounds taking the audience across musical boundaries into the world of Folk, Celtic and Country-Rock. Indefinable, unique and completely absorbing. www.rovingcrows.com Winners of Band of the Year at the FATEA Music Awards 2014. Winners of Best Folk Act at the Exposure Music Awards 2012. Winners of Top Celtic Rock Band and Top Fiddle Player at The Irish Music Awards 2012. “Really individual Celtic folk rock group" Mike Harding. "One the best Celtic folk/rock bands of the decade" Alan Tattersall, Cropredy. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!roving-crows/c6we.  ickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

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

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

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

Saturday 6 December 2014 8pm - Great Western Ceilidh with The Diatonics - Bowhill School, Buddle Lane, Exeter EX4 1JT (map)
A new band but forged from many years of playing music for ceilidh’s and events and festivals across the UK and Europe. An eclectic fusion of folk dance music creating a distinct style that will ensure that the dancing will be at its best. Give yourself an early Christmas treat.
To book in advance email ceilidhs@great-western.org.uk or call Alan on 01392 217152.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday 10 December 2014 - Phil Beer & Paul Downes - The Guildhall, Bradninch
Special guests for Bradninch Acoustic Music Club's Xmas club night. Tickets£10. Wow what a night. www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.

Harberton Folk Favourites - highly recommended
Friday
12 December 2014 7.30pm - Ceilidh with RANDOM - Studio 1, Space, Dartington Hall (directions to venue)
'Electric ceilidh music with guts'. The six musicians who are RANDOM, bring their vast experience of all kinds of folk and dance music to this well-established band. Their gutsy, melodic, folk-rock interpretation of tunes with traditional roots creates scintillating but subtle ceilidh music that will make you want to dance. Saul Rose who also plays with Whapweasel, and Faustus, amongst many others, joins up with Paul Nye to bring two very exciting melodeon-playing talents together. Add the classy bass guitar of Keith Holloway, the guitar rhythms of Ian Woledge and the rock-solid drumming of Roger Smith and you’ve got the unique RANDOM sound. Now the supremely-talented Maclaine Colston has added his wonderful hammered dulcimer to the band's sound with great success. The caller for the evening is Rosie Longhurst, who will be well known to ceilidh-goers locally. Tickets £10 from www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=74197 or box office 01803 847070 12.30-7.30pm daily.

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

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

Tuesday 16 December 2014 8pm - The Old Gaffers - Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern St, Totnes TQ9 5SP
The popular South Hams shanty crew perform at this great pub for the second of Totnes' three late night Christmas shopping Tuesdays. Followed at approx. 9.30pm by more music and song from Beltane Border.

Wednesday 17 December 2014 7.30pm - Mick Groves - Parish Church Rooms, Bradley Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9EP
with special guests The Cornelius Family & Alan Howlett. An evening of seasonal carols, songs and stories with Mick Groves (formerly of legendary folk group, The Spinners) and friends. Expect a mix of Spinners songs, traditional carols, stories and plenty of humour!! Mick is supported and joined by Exeter-based family folk band with their individual approach to Christmas songs. www.mickgroves.co.uk. Info / ticket reservations £6 adv (£8 door) contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

OK, not folk, but great for Christmas...
Wednesday 17 December 2014 7.30pm - Newton Abbot Orchestra and Military Wives - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ
(map)
Sit back and soak up a seasonal selection of light classics and festive favourites, as well as a carol or two. We are delighted that The Military Wives Choir – Plymouth will again be our special guests. Bar open for light refreshments and mince pies. Advance booking recommended  Tickets £12+. www.wegottickets.com/event/292318. Tel. 01626 325825.

Friday 19 December 2014 - Mad Dog Mcrea - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Jiggery folkery, hokery pokery . . . 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.Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!mad-dog-mcrea/c7u8. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

Saturday 27 December 2014 7.30pm - Twixt Christmas & New Year Ceilidh with Buttoned Up - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Caller: Tom Addison. Chill out and enjoy the music after the Christmas festivities or dance your (new) socks off with Mick Bramich (melodeon/anglo concertina) and Les Noden (guitar and vocals). Reel Ale bar. Tickets (which might make good Christmas presents) £7.50 from artworks. Entry includes one free non alcoholic drink. FFI: contact Eileen McKee: Tel: 01364 73699; email: eileen.southbrentfolk[at]gmail.com. One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support the South Brent Folk Festival in July.

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

Friday 9 January 2015 - Sally Barker - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Singer-songwriter Sally Barker, fresh from her flawless performances on prime time TV (including a duet with her mentor Sir Tom Jones) in concert. The Poozies lead singer Sally, who has supported Bob Dylan and Robert Plant, presents songs from her repertoire including her album 'Another Train' and YouTube favourites 'Dear Darlin' and 'Walk on By'. "I have to say you sound amazing" (Will.i.am). "Sally changes the atmosphere in a room when she sings" (BBC Radio 2's Chris Evans). "You sang so beautiful that it got to me" (Sir Tom Jones). www.sallybarker.co.uk. £15+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/293473. Home made cakes and refreshments in the interval; BYO alcohol, glasses available.

Saturday 17 January 2015 - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
In just a few years, Miranda & Rex have emerged to become one of the most sought after duos on the English folk and roots scene. The pair will be touring intensively throughout 2015, during which will see the release of their 3rd album following on from their spine tingling album ‘Sing A Full Song’. Do not miss them! £10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/294587. Home made cakes and refreshments in the interval; BYO alcohol, glasses available.

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

Sunday 25 January 2015 - Hayseed Dixie - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Standing.
Appalachian tributeers, back by popular demand. Inventors of the unofficial but internationally adored genre ‘rockgrass’. Growing up playing the traditional music of their forefathers on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, acoustic guitar and acoustic bass, the then very youthful Hayseed lads suddenly discovered the sounds of AC/DC (the myth goes that they found some of the band’s vinyl releases in a car wreck!), which they immediately loved. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!hayseed-dixie/c1ucr. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

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

Sunday 22 February 2015 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
Steve makes a sentimental return to Harberton for this date on his Grow Your Own Gig solo tour. Online tickets £16+ available from 6/10/14 at www.wegottickets.com/event/292287. A Harberton Cricket Club (HCC) promotion, supported by Harberton Folk. Local ticketing details will appear here in due course (Barry Goldsmith from HCC, and The Bay Horse Inn Totnes).

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

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

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

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

Thursday 2 April 2015 8pm - The Wurzels - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated+standing. Scrumpy and Western. Formed in 1966 by Adge Cutler, the Bard of Avonmouth, this bunch of haystack-headed, cider-soaked and dung-booted, not-quite-so-young Avonside lads play good-time traditional Zummerzet Scrumpy 'n' Western music. The band has had considerable commercial success from their 1967 anthem Drink Up Thy Zider to the heights of the chart-topping Combine Harvester in 1976. Big in Nempnett Thrubwell, these guys are huge across the whole county! The Wurzels shows regularly sell out so book early to avoid disappointment. Bar and barbecue from 7pm. Seats bookable for £2 more. £16.50 adv, £20 door. Box office 01822 611166. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2303_the_wurzels.

Wednesday 8 April 2015 - Feast Of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
details tba/tbc

Wednesday 15 April 2015 - Phil Beer - Lustleigh Village Hall
£16. Tickets and enquiries Daf Edwards, 01364 621242, 07957 280129, enquiries@langworthyfarm.co.uk.

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

Saturday 25 April 2015 8pm - Great Western Ceilidh with English String Band - Bowhill School, Buddle Lane, Exeter EX4 1JT (map)
A belated celebration for St George's Day. Using a combination of fiddles, cellos and double bass the English String Band create a full and exciting sound playing traditional English tunes from around the country, with both unison fiddle playing and harmonies to add further interest and enjoyment.
To book in advance email ceilidhs@great-western.org.uk or call Alan on 01392 217152.

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

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