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

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UPDATED - items marked thus means that they have been updated since an original listing in an e-circular.

Sunday 28 August 6-10pm - Dumbo’s Feather / The Old Gaffers - River Cottage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3QQ
Traditional Irish/Scottish/World folk trio comprising fiddler Alice McShane and multi-instrumentalists Mike Cosgrave and Richie Evans, Plus The Old Gaffers shanty crew. BBQ, children's crafts, games and more. £15.

Sunday 28 August 2016 2.30pm - Paddy’s Whiskers - The Boathouse, Preston Sands, Paignton
Paignton based Irish-American band playing a mixture of fiddle and mandolin led Irish jigs and reels for dancing, banjo driven bluegrass numbers, and Scottish tunes on border bagpipes. The whole band sing and at a Whiskers gig you’ll hear well known favourites from the folk tradition, together with a few original songs and tunes written by the band. Live music starts at 2:30pm.  Free entry, but booking advised if you want to eat (01803 665066). More information from www.paddyswhiskers.co.uk or ring Andrew on 01803 520798. The venue is very family friendly - and if the sun is shining the gig will be on the beautiful terrace overlooking Preston Beach.

Sunday 28 August 2016 from 3.30pm - The Great Celebration (with Martha Tilston, Nathan Ball) - The Hillyfield, Harbourneford
A fundraiser for The Hillyfield Appeal. www.thehillyfield.co.uk. Music: Martha Tilston, Nathan Ball & more; storytelling: legendary bard Martin Shaw and friends (SchoolofMyth.com); stargazing: with astronomers Dartmoor Skies. Details, tickets £50(+) / £40(+) etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/366932.

Monday 29 August 2016 - Si Barron - Acoustic Warehouse, Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH
Si Barron will be our Featured Artist at the Open Mic session. ‘I think he’s a really, really fine guitarist and an even finer interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk songs.’ Mike Harding. www.sibarron.eu Entrance £1. Tel. 07989 180091 or email accoustic.warehouse@gmail.com. www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739.

Thursday 1 September 2016 8pm - Rod Picott - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Out of Nashville it's been 15 years and something like 8 albums since Rod hung up his construction tools and started playing music full time. One of the hardest working players on the Americana scene Rod's latest CD "Fortune" sees him turning the focus inwards using himself and not the people round him as the album's main character. Video sample: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Xh_NHG0U_w. Tickets:£10 +transaction fee from 01752 242021 or www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/event-details/?eid=34627. £12 door.

Saturday 3 September 2016 7.30pm - Robin & Bina Williamson - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
Robin (ex-Incredible String Band!) and Bina Williamson.  Tickets www.ticketsource.co.uk/southdevonmusic or email phil.royal@btinternet.com. South Devon Music exists to bring world class talent to our doorstep. Help us to keep on keeping on.

Saturday 3 September 2016 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Jiggery folkery, hokery pokery... Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music and raise hands, lift feet and start parties wherever they play. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies - they never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Whisking up whistles, fiddles and mandolins to collide in a spectacular explosion of infectious fun, they demand you to dance. www.carnglaze.com/mad-dog-mcrea-saturday-3rd-september-2016. Tel. 01579 320251.

Saturday 3 September 2016 8pm - Ensemble Baklava - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
Songs and dances from around the Mediterranean both contemporary and ancient on a selection of unusual traditional instruments. Tickets £8 door. More info 01803 864674 and www.baklavamusic.com.

Sunday 4 September 2016 7pm - Lauren Housely - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Lauren’s debut album ‘Sweet Surrender’ is an all killer, no filler, affair with a number of tracks already either playlisted or on prime spot play at Radio 2 by the likes of Chris Evans, Jeremy Vine, Bob Harris, Robert Elms etc, all of whom know a good tune when they hear one. Lauren will continue to attract a legion of supporters, by dint of her emotive vocals, steeped in gospel/blues/soul phrasing, and her honest, sincere and personal song writing. Singing and songwriting of such standard that will, in fact, be equally appealing to mainstream audiences too, as indeed proved by her current Radio support. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Thursday 8 September 2016 1.15pm - "Folk Inspired" - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
1.15-1.45pm. Paul & Chris Woodhouse perform traditional and contemporary folk music as well as straying into other genres. One of a series of short recitals (lunchtime monthly concert series) given by local musicians. Proceeds from all Flavel Recitals go directly to support the Classical Series. Thursdays monthly Tickets: Freewith a retiring collection.

Thursday 8 September 2016 8pm - Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
A very funny duo with great harmonies and a relaxed stage presence. A lovely evening will be had by all I’m sure. www.lynneandpat.co.uk. More information from Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

Friday 9 September 2016 - Crow Puppets - Blue Walnut Cafe, Walnut Road, Chelston TQ2 6HS (map)
Devon based female duo who perform homespun folk. They sing close harmonies and blend a hotchpotch of instruments, weaving mysterious imagery and tender lyrics. Since forming in the winter of 2012, they have performed extensively throughout the Westcountry and have had airtime on UK, European and American radio. Both women have their own distinctive sound and working together has given rise to an exciting contrast of songwriting, which cultivates memories of forgotten landscapes and rugged terrain. More details, ticketing, sample etc. www.bluewalnuttorquay.co.uk/blog/?p=344.

Friday 9 September 2016 7.30pm - Contra Dance - St Katherine's Priory, Exeter EX4 7JY (map)
Caller: Jeremy Child. A monthly series of Contra Dances. 7.30-10.30pm. Cost £4 per person. Beginners welcome.  Using recorded music from your favourite English bands as well as some of the top American Contra Bands. Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

UPDATED Saturday 10 September 2016 - Fishstock Seafood & Music Festival - Brixham
The O'Marleys on stage 5.30-6.15pm, - lots of Irish music with a few sea shanties thrown in. The O'Marleys can be checked out on their new website www.irish-band-the-o-marleys.com. www.fishstockbrixham.co.uk.

Saturday 10 September 2016 8pm - Paul Downes & Mick Ryan - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
In the past Paul and Mick have delighted Lympstone audiences with performances of Mick Ryan’s folk operas The Navvy’s Wife, The Pauper’s Path and A Day’s Work. Now they are about to launch their fourth album as a duo, and Lympstone will be amongst the first places where material from The Passing Hour can be heard. Tickets £10. Contact the Box Office on 01395 272243 (answerphone) or email lympentsboxoffice@gmail.com. www.lympstoneentertainments.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 10 September 2016 - Sally Barker, Saskia Griffiths-Moore - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Sally has been at the top of the Folk Music scene as a member of Fotheringay and the Poozies as well as being a well established solo artist, she was also a Finalist on “The Voice” in 2014, when she was on Tom Jones’s team. Saskia Griffiths-Moore is a young singer from the Bristol area who is rapidly establishing her reputation as a singer/songwriter. "...her pensive and positive original songs exhibit a clarity of both thought and expression..." Living Tradition – 2016, “…a fine singer-songwriter…wonderful voice and great guitar playing...” Johnny Coppin, BBC Radio Gloucestershire. Tickets: and info 01626 775517, email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com. Full info and future concerts www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

Saturday 10 September 2016 - India Electric Co. - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Cole Stacey and Joseph O'Keefe. WBursting with invention and full of surprises" - The Telegraph; "Sometimes folk, sometimes not. India Electric Company travel through Eastern European themes, gypsy jazz and Irish reels to end up with something "quirky and glittery - a veritable musical magpie's nest" - Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3. They've recently found themselves performing live sessions on BBC Radio 2, 6 Music, and Glastonbury Festival. www.indiaelectricco.com. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Saturday 10 September 2016 7pm - Noëlle et les Papillons - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Noëlle et les Papillons in concert playing songs from Noëlle Rollings' debut album, "French Exchange". Noëlle is joined by Gaëlle Hammond on backing vocals, melodica and percussion, Alex Worsley on guitars, Tom Unwin on keyboards, Steve Crossen on drums and percussion, Graham Hutton on trumpet as well as acoustic and electric bass. "...jazz singer still might be felt to be her foundation, but her strong artistic identity and range of references takes us way beyond jazz into the fascinating world of her own songs and arrangements". See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Sunday 11 September 2016 3pm - Sunday Sessions: Siobhán Owen - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A classically trained singer from the age of nine, Siobhan started performing Celtic songs aged twelve and added harp to the mix three years later. She has won international awards for both her Classical and Celtic singing. Now based in Australia, Siobhan travelled to Europe in 2015 to embark on her Celtic Roots European Tour, as well as appearing on BBC 1’s Songs of Praise. In 2012 Siobhan proudly represented her birth country by singing the Welsh Anthem at the Australia vs Wales Rugby Test Match to a packed Sydney stadium and televised to millions worldwide! Siobhan returns to the UK in Autumn 2016 as part of a European tour promoting her latest album Entwined, featuring original contemporary pieces entwined with traditional Celtic songs.
Details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

Sunday 11 September 2016 8pm - Leveret - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Leveret's music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new with original settings of ancient tunes sitting alongside new compositions by some of today's finest tunesmiths in the folk field. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument. £12 adv/£14 door. www.topshamfolkclub.org. www.wegottickets.com/event/363160.

Sunday 11 September 2016 7.45pm - Dana & Susan Robinson - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
American couple, who thoroughly charmed us on their last visit and who provide a unique blend of traditional Appalachian music together with fine contemporary songwriting, accompanied on banjo, fiddle and guitars. "Many songwriters have been heralded as modern day Woody Guthries…but that mantle might be better entrusted to Dana Robinson."
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 11 September 2016 7.30pm  - Show of Hands - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Show of Hands & Friends invite you to a concert in memory of Lily Partridge in support of local charities. Full details, bookings etc. https://sites.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15701.

Tuesday 13 September 2016 8pm - Autumn Folk at the Brewery - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village EX5 5AE
Exmouth Shanty Men - Guest MC Mike Warman. Craft Theme: Country Pottery from Harry Juniper (including Harvest jugs) - Half Moon Village, EX5 5AE. Entry includes Pint & Pasty. Tickets £6. Further information: folk@reynardine.co.uk,  01363 82621. www.reynardine.co.uk. Note: Disabled access pending

Thursday 15 September 2016 8pm - Whitetop Mountain Band - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop Virginia is an area rich in the old time music tradition and the band has deep roots in mountain music,keeping alive the Whitetop region's style of old time fiddling and banjo picking by playing and teaching. Whitetop Mountain Band shows are incredibly diverse containing everything from banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues,classic country, honky tonk and mountain gospel. Video sample: www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5A9DZPyCjI. £15 + £1.50 transaction fee from 01752 242021 or www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/event-details/?eid=34626.

tbc NEW Thursday 15 September 2016 8pm - Draught Of Ale - Teignmouth Folk Club, Oystercatchers Cafe, 12 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8DD (map)
Guest night with the folk band comprising Maggie Duffy, Mike Weed, Tiggy ?? and Les Noden.  Free admission. More details from Martyn Hillstead 01626 778071.

Friday 16 September 2016 7.30pm - Wren/Cygnet Double Bill: Jon & Alfie with Voices in Common Folk Choir - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
The opening concert in this third season of Double Bill, a collaboration between Wren Music and Cygnet Theatre, is a sparkling evening of tunes from the incomparable Jon and Alfie, with support from one of Wren’s community folk choirs: Voices in Common: East Devon. Led by Sarah Owen. Bookings etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/370292. www.wrenmusic.co.uk.
www.cygnettheatre.co.uk.

16-18 September 2016 - Lostinfolk Festival - Lostwithiel Community Centre
New in 2016, and not too far away from us. The festival will offer four concerts over the three days plus a late-night ceilidh after the Saturday evening concert. The line-up includes well known folk and acoustic artists who will be familiar to many of the county’s folk club audiences including Jez Lowe & the Bad Pennies, Richard Digance, Johnny Coppin & Mike Silver, Sally Barker, and Exeter’s Wildwood Kin. Audiences will also have the opportunity to enjoy exploring the effervescent Gerry Colvin Band, world folk music rhythms of the Hut People, and Cambridgeshire mandolinist Daniel Nestlerode. Add to this impressive list the Americana and rocky blues of the Spikedrivers, Suffolk’s Broadside Boys with their tales of local characters, the full on fiddle led Celtic fusion of the Roving Crows, and last but certainly not least, the folk rock dance masters of experimentation (yes you can folk dance to Kraftwerk!) Tickled Pink for the ceilidh, and there is certainly a diverse mix of musical genres to appeal to everyone! www.deckchairproductions.co.uk.

Saturday 17 September 2016 - Murphys Law - where?

Saturday 17 September 2016 8pm - Victoria Klewin - Ipplepen Village Hall, Newton Abbot TQ12 5SB (map)
Not folk, but included by special request. The band's fee is being paid by a donation so all ticket monies will go to Rowcroft Hospice.
Victoria has a predominantly jazz sound to her voice and interpretation of songs, this is overlaid with a blues/soul tone. She fizzes with a passion for the songs. The band have just recorded their first CD and therefore this might be a great time to catch this up and coming band! Victoria will be singing a number of dance covers on the night with part of her True Tones band. www.victoriaklewin.com. Tickets £10 from Anna on 01803 814088.

Saturday 17 September 2016 - Tim Fitzhigham as Will Kempe Shakespeare’s Stand-up - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Having created the great comedy parts of Falstaff, Bottom and Dogberry, in 1600 Will Kempe the comedian and William Shakespeare the writer fell out over Kempe's ideas for a comedy part in Hamlet. To show Shakespeare the true nature of comedy Kempe walked out of his office in the globe and Morris Danced from London to Norwich in nine days. Just over 400 years later multi-award winning comedian Tim FitzHigham read about this argument in the footnote of a long forgotten book. To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare join Tim for wild Morris dancing, near death, arrest and injury as he takes on the challenge of the greatest stand up the world ever saw - Will Kempe. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee. [Not folk (or is it?, but sounds interesting]

Sunday 18 September 2016 7.45pm - Gerry Colvin Band - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
(formerly Colvin Quarmby) A supremely entertaining act, underpinned by Gerry’s ability to write deeply moving songs and to involve an audience with his warmth and humour. Add to that great musicians on lead and bass guitars, fiddle, accordion and percussion and you have the perfect combination: great lyrics, fine voices and the tightest accompaniment.
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Friday 23 September 2016 8pm - Pete Coe - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Pete has been a mainstay of the folk scene for several decades and has been a professional musician and singer since 1971, performing at festivals, folk clubs, village halls and dances throughout Britain, Europe and many other countries around the world. Pete sings narrative folk songs rooted in English traditions, drawing from classic ballads, songs of love, loss, industrial protest and the comical. He's an excellent performer and storyteller and a multi-instrumentalist, switching from Bouzouki and Melodeon to Banjo and Dulcimer and is also a good clog dancer. www.backshift.demon.co.uk. Tickets (this is an advanced notice concert only) paid in adv £10; adv notice without pre-payment £12. Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.exeterfolkclub.org, www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

Friday 23 September 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll, with James Budden - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Two of the West Country’s finest fiddle-players join forces in this fabulous duo with a stunning new take on English traditional music and song. Melodic, emotive violin and viola blend with driving fiddle chords and powerful vocals to create a rich, captivating sound. Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll have worked and recorded with many of the leading lights of the folk world and currently perform in the Jim Causley trio. They are joined by James Budden on double bass for an evening that will take you on a journey from the dark side of English ballad to light-hearted country dance tunes interspersed with their own compositions and anecdotes of fiddling adventures! See the trio here www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fh1Eq5lFwY. Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to the trio please.
www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 23 September 2016 - Home Service - The David Hall, South Petherton
Quite a trek (1½ hours' drive from Totnes), but if you're keen to see the first gig by the new line-up of Home Service with John Kirkpatrik as lead vocalist (and on squeezeboxes of course) following the retirement of John Tams, you might want to make the journey. www.homeserviceband.co.uk.  The David Hall has an ongoing programme of top-class folk gigs. www.thedavidhall.org.uk.

NEW Friday 23 September 2016 - Ninebarrow - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
Multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’ by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. In 2015, Ninebarrow were announced winners of Fatea Magazine’s ‘Debut Album of the Year’ 2014; their latest album ‘Releasing the Leaves’ was awarded five stars in both Maverick Magazine and the English Folk Dance and Song Society Magazine, who described it as ‘Immaculate’. Another example of how strong British folk music is at the moment.’ The Telegraph.
www.ninebarrow.co.uk. Ticketing etc. www.theheartofdevon.co.uk.

UPDATED Saturday 24 September 2016 - Ninebarrow - Downderry & Seaton Village Hall, Main Road, Downderry, Torpoint, Cornwall PL11 3LW
Multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’ by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. In 2015, Ninebarrow were announced winners of Fatea Magazine’s ‘Debut Album of the Year’ 2014; their latest album ‘Releasing the Leaves’ was awarded five stars in both Maverick Magazine and the English Folk Dance and Song Society Magazine, who described it as ‘Immaculate’. Another example of how strong British folk music is at the moment.’ The Telegraph. www.ninebarrow.co.uk.

Saturday 24 September 2016 - Steve Pledger - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Steve Pledger has an enviable reputation as a talented and dynamic performer. BBC Introducing have called his music "beautiful, authentic, unblemished and wonderful”. With writing that ranges from fragile reflections on love and loss to blistering commentaries on present circumstances. His songs pack an emotional punch, both on record and on stage. www.stevepledger.co.uk. Support: Ben Morgan-Brown, Exeter-based singer/songwriter/guitarist, influenced by Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Ryley Walker, The Beatles, and John Martyn amongst others His melodic songs incorporate fingerstyle guitar, altered tunings, warm vocals and honest lyrics. www.benmorganbrown.co.uk. Full details and online booking at www.wegottickets.com/event/369796.

UPDATED
Sunday 25 September 2016 2.30pm - Ninebarrow - Galmpton Village Institute Hall, Greenway Road, Brixham TQ5 0LT
(map)
A Sunday afternoon concert with this exceptionally talented award winning duo from Dorset. www.ninebarrow.co.uk. Support: Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed. Tickets £14(+) online at www.wegottickets.com/event/350060. Keep up to date with gigs Maggie & Mike are organising at the southern end of the 'Riviera' by joining their e-circulation via info@maggieandmike.co.uk.

Sunday 25 September 2016 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Exminster Victory Hall, Main Road, Exminster EX6 8DF
Online tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/341547. A car park is situated on Deepway Lane at the recreation ground.

Sunday 25 September 2016 8pm - Spirit of Ireland - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
The Spirit Of Ireland, now celebrating 30 years touring worldwide, was Irish dancing’s first national and international success story. The production has gone from strength to strength, evolving over time to become one of the most exciting and popular cultural, dance and music products to come out of Ireland. Featuring a cast of champion dancers and musicians, this diverse production offers the audience a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance. The Spirit of Ireland prides itself in respecting core traditions of Irish music & dance culture with a team of talented and highly respected musicians, singers & dancers, who provide a truly authentic experience. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15614.

Friday 30 September 2016 7pm - Phil Beer - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
An audience with Phil Beer has been described as a glimpse into his world where folk, blues, hymns, the sea, the West Country and a life spent in music combine to make a true show. A Phil Beer gig is one spent in the company of a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Friday 30 September 2016 - Acoustic Haven: Teyr - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
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We combine fiddle, pipes, accordion, whistles, guitar and voices in every innovative way we can muster. Heavily influenced by the great Irish, Scottish, English and Cornish musicians who've come before us, we have honed our craft and thrived on weaving our diverse threads together. Folk music, with its mix of fidelity to tradition and freedom of expression, beautifully allows this." www.teyr.co.uk. Cafe etc open 6.30pm. Tickets on sale at Sacks Wholefoods in Totnes, or on the door if still available. Online booking available, see  www.acoustichaven.co.uk. Acoustic Haven is a community music night run by volunteers.

NEW Saturday 1 October 2016 7pm - Sarah Deere-Jones - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Sarah Deere-Jones is one of the UK’s most talented and versatile harpists, she was classically trained but soon turned her focus onto medieval and traditional music, with her ground-breaking compositions and arrangements, that are now in demand around the world and have been placed on UK harp grade-exam lists. She regularly appears at major music and harp festivals in America and Australia performing solo concerts and holding workshops for student harpists. As well as performing haunting songs and dazzling instrumentals from the English traditional and Celtic genres she also includes jazz and world music. Her work using the Aeolian harp (wind blown) has lead to her music being broadcast on national TV and Radio where it has been widely acclaimed. Sarah’s own research on the medieval harp has shown how it is truly a traditional English, as well as Celtic musical instrument, and her concerts, which are full of dry humour, present the harp and it’s image, in an entirely different light. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Sunday 2 October 2016 7.30pm - James Findlay - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated. James Findlay first came into the public eye after winning the 2010 BBC Young Folk Award. "Bl**dy hell, what a voice! This was my first thought as he launched into his songs. He’s warmly charismatic with that sparkle of personality that draws a crowd along with him.” Jon Boden. "He’s got an appositely brilliant voice that lad. It’s not just soft and mellow but it has got a lot of depth and a lot of passion to it. Love his stuff!” Mike Harding. James comes from a family of folk singers & his enthusiasm lies firmly within the English tradition. He is particularly passionate about songs from his home counties of Dorset, Somerset and Devon. He has an extensive repertoire and love for song and this really shows through his knowledge and understanding of the material. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2740_james_findlay.

NEW Saturday 8 October 2016 7.30pm - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Josienne and Ben's profile has risen steeply since they received major accolades for the 2013 Album, Fire and Fortune. This was followed by their equally successful 2015 release, Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour. The popularity of their live performances and quality of their recordings climaxed in the award of best duo at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The Independent described them as extremely compelling. A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel. www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Saturday 8 October 2016 - Quicksilver - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (map)
The Kingston Autumn Seasonal Concert: Hilary Spencer and Grant Baynham. Hilary’s powerful vocals and Grant’s virtuoso guitar playing combine to provide a memorable experience for the audience. Grant’s song writing, honed during a four year stint on the BBC’s “That’s Life”, ranges from the poignant to the purely comic. Entertainment guaranteed! “Comic song touched with gold.” (Ned Sherrin, Presenter, BBC TV).  Tel. 01548 810806 for details.

NEW Saturday 8 October 2016 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin form one of the most exciting and innovative duos to appear on the folk/roots/acoustic scene in recent years – a journey that resulted in their winning Best Duo in the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. They make a welcome return to Calstock Arts promoting their latest album Watershed, an exceptional record that marks a huge step forward both in terms of musicality and in the breadth and depth of the material. The alchemy of Martin’s evocative songwriting, rich vocals and fiddle and banjo playing combined with Henry on dobro, harmonica, lap steel and more fuse into a wholly distinctive sound bridging blues, folk, country and Americana. “Authentic, haunting roots music from a first class duo”, Seth Lakeman. Details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 8 October 2016 - Flats And Sharps - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Flats and Sharps blur the lines between Bluegrass, Folk, Country & Pop.  www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Saturday 8 October 2016 - Cosgrave & Banks - Bratton Clovelly Parish Hall EX20 4JT
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting new folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Bar. www.brattonclovellyfestival.com.

NEW Saturday 8 October 2016 - Sam Green with Michael Sykes - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Combining foot percussion, harmonicas and voice with various acoustic and slide guitars; Sam Green is an eclectic, modern roots artist from Devon. Sam’s music is alternative indie folk blues. His intimate, conversational vocal style and virtuosic, radical approach to the guitar come together as a vehicle in which he is free to explore lyrical topics of travel, social injustice and anti-capitalism all the while telling stories of love, hurt and redemption. Full details, samples etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/sam-green-with-michael-sykes.

NEW Sunday 9 October 2016 8pm - Nancy Kerr & The Sweet Visitor Band - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Influential singer-violinist Nancy Kerr plays tracks from her forthcoming follow up album to her solo debut Sweet Visitor backed by a stellar lineup. As a singer- songwriter Nancy has been gaining countless new fans in addition to those who have followed her career with partner James Fagan for the last two decades. Nancy is joined here by Greg Russell, Tom Wright, Rowan Rheingans and Tim Yates. £14 adv/£16 door. www.topshamfolkclub.org. www.wegottickets.com/event/364200.

NEW Sunday 9 October 2016 7.30pm - Hannah James Jig Doll - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated. Jig Doll is a new project created by Hannah James. A rarity in folk music, Hannah is a singer, musician and innovative clog dancer. Jig Doll combines all of these disciplines in a beautiful new show exploring the life of the travelling player: sometimes exotic, sometimes frightening, it’s a world where home changes daily, and the only touchstones are the skills you carry with you, and the people you meet on the way. Jig Doll is the culmination of Hannah’s career thus far, allowing her to combine all of the disciplines for which she’s become known and take them to exciting new places. Much more than a concert, Jig Doll features newly-composed music in a magical setting woven around percussive dance. More details www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2760_hannah_james_jig_doll.

NEW Thursday 13 October 2016 -  Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
In the space of a few short years, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston have emerged to become one of the most sought after duos on the English folk & roots scene. The striking combination of the flame headed double bass player & virtuoso mandolin player create music that Folk Roots say is: “A musical partnership made in heaven. Scintillating, sensitive and brilliant!” www.sykespreston.com. Buffet & gig £22 or gig only £12. See www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk for full details.

NEW Thursday 13 October 2016 - Martha Tilston - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Martha is a captivating performer, an enchanting young singer-songwriter blessed with a gloriously clear and seductive voice. Her songs are exquisitely melodic and rooted in environmental, human and social issues as well as celebrating love, inner peace and the natural world. Full details, samples etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/martha-tilston.

NEW Wednesday 19 October 2016 - Lynched - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Lynched are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/lynched. Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW Friday 21 October  2016 8pm - Les Barker - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

NEW Friday 21 October 2016 - Faustus - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
more details tba Tour launching the new album (only their third) from the brilliant trio of Saul Rose, Paul Sartin and Benji Kirkpatrick. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk

NEW 21-23 October 2016 - Baring-Gould Folk Weekend - Okehampton
Gavin Davenport, Sam Lee, Tom Kitching, Janet Russell, Sandra Kerr, Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson. Run by Wren Music. www.baring-gould.co.uk

NEW 24-28 October 2016 - Baring-Gould Song School - Okehampton
Run by Wren Music www.baring-gould.co.uk/index.php/song-school.

NEW Friday 28 October 2016 7.30pm - Steve Ashley - Jellyfish Gallery, 34 Bossell Road, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DD
www.jellyfishprod.com.

NEW Saturday 29 October 2016 - Steve Ashley - Manor Inn, Galmpton
Details tbc. Support from Maggie and Mike. Buy tickets by emailing info@maggieandmike.co.uk or calling Maggie on 01803 855961.

NEW Friday 4 November 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Kit Hillbillies - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Details tba. Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations ??? . www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Sunday 6 November 2016 8pm - Jim Causley - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Jim Causley celebrates over a decade as an acclaimed solo artist and performer with a brand new studio album Forgotten Kingdom, a broad collection of songs inspired by Causley’s native Westcountry mixing ancient history with the songwriter’s own personal history and experience of the world. Jim is joined here by Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll. £10 adv/£12 door. www.topshamfolkclub.org. www.wegottickets.com/event/364201.

NEW Monday 7 November 2016 - Jon Boden solo - Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
Nearest tour date to our patch. 01935 422884 / www.octagon-theatre.co.uk.

NEW Friday 11 November 2016 - Jody Kruskal vs Geoff Lakeman: Duelling Concertinas - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A unique musical "play-off"” between two masters of the concertina from both sides of the Atlantic. Both are supreme entertainers who play a wide range of material. Possibly the best anglo concertina player in America, New Yorker Jody plays original compositions, vintage American variety songs, old timey tunes and tales of train wrecks, cow wranglers, mermaids, lovers and losers – ” everything from the ridiculous to the sublime.” Our very own local - yet internationally recognised - exponent of the rare Crane duet concertina, Geoff is a stalwart of the west country folk and acoustic scene, as well as the patriarch of a folk dynasty (Seth, Sean and Sam Lakeman and their partners Kathryn Roberts and Cara Dillon). Geoff specialises in West Country songs, Americana (Jimmie Rodgers, Louvin Bros, Randy Newman, Buddy Miller) and 1920s/1930s jazz. Expect squeezebox fireworks at this one-off international double-bill. Details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 12 November 2016 - Clive Carroll: 1000 years of music - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
An inspirational evening of medieval lute music, Spanish guitar classics, Delta Blues and hints of Chet Atkins and Django Reinhardt, through to the Beatles. All played by this world-class guitarist. Clive has established himself as one of the leading acoustic guitar players in the world along with John Renbourn and Tommy Emmanuel with whom he has toured. His three albums illustrate his impeccable technique combined with an eclectic mix of musical influences ranging from early classical to contemporary jazz. If you’ve seen him at Calstock Arts as part of Four Parts Guitar you’ll know how accomplished he is – as well as being a great storyteller. Samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 12 November 2016 - Afro Celt Sound System - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing.
This European and African based collective features the core band members Simon Emmerson, Guinean vocalist, kora and balafon virtuoso N’Faly Kouyate and charismatic dhol master Johnny Kalsi, along with percussionist Robbie Harris and fiddle-player Eòghann MacEanruig, Ged Lynch on drums, Simon ‘Palmskin’ Richmond on keyboards and electronica and Val Etienne on backing vocals, with the gritty, witty rhymes of Gaelic rapper, musician and language activist Griogair. On some shows, the band will be joined by the hauntingly soulful Armagh-born vocalist and flautist Rioghnach Connolly and the devotional harmonies of the Guinean female quintet Les Griottes. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/afro-celt-sound-system. £23.50. Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW Thursday 17 November 2016 7.30pm - Martin Simpson - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
We are delighted to welcome back Martin who started our series in April 2014. Martin is regarded as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitarists in the world. His career includes collaborations on stage and record with among many of the UK's finest musicians. Martin has been nominated an astounding 27 times in the fifteen years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and was voted Musician of the Year on two occasions. He has had a long recording career with some 14 successful albums to his name. A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel. www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Friday 18 November 2016 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Brixham Library, Market Street, Brixham TQ5 8EU
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Bar.

NEW Friday 18 November 2016 8pm - Jim Moray - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

NEW Friday 18 November 2016 - Martyn Joseph - America Hall, De La Rue Way, Pinhoe, Exeter EX4 8PX (map)
Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other, a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”, but there are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be – but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman.
 www.martynjoseph.net. More details, bookings etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/366898.

NEW tba 18-20 November 2016 - West Country Christmas Carols Weekend - Sidmouth
details tbc With John Kirkpatrick. www.folksw.org.uk/events.html (no info yet).

NEW Monday 21 November 2016 - The Demon Barbers - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Half gig, half dance show and half panto! Join the BBC award winning team of musicians & dancers for 150% of the very best festive live music, song and dance! It’s Christmas Eve and the regulars of Ye Olde Fighting Cocks are excited about the night ahead, it’s going to be the folk & hip hop party of the year! To their dismay the landlady, Jasmineezer Scrooge, has more profitable ambitions and is preparing to launch her new business, ‘Jazzles’ nightclub. Cheap alco-pops, seedy lighting and mind-numbing bass beats are all in danger of alienating the local community and ruining Christmas! Fortunately, some insightful souls are at hand to lead her back to her senses. Featuring ‘folk powerhouse’ The Demon Barbers; artists from Breaking Tradition Dance Company; a new seasonal repertoire and a ‘slightly unhinged’ approach to their family friendly stage shows, they are ‘guaranteed to raise weary spirits and send an audience home smiling’! - The Telegraph; ‘Some shows demonstrate great skill and technique, some offer strong musicianship, and some create the kind of atmosphere and energy that leaves you high on life. The Lock In does all three’ - The List (Edinburgh Fringe); ‘A full-on show of such blazing energy and joyous ingenuity you scarcely ponder on the apparent madness of trying to marry folk dance and hip hop’ - The Independent; ‘The Lock In is infectious and gets under your skin to the extent you stop analysing and start just enjoying. Certainly the best night out in town’ - Whatsonstage.com. www.thelockindanceshow.co.uk. Box Office: 01392 667080. Full details, samples etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/the-lock-in-christmas-carol.

NEW Wednesday 23 November 2016 - Cara Dillon - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Cara Dillon has one of those rare talents you only come across a handful times in your life. Her crystalline, angelic voice has the ability to reach inside the soul of a song with profound sweetness, poignancy and depth. Come and join the exceptional Cara Dillon for a night of Christmas songs in what will undoubtedly be a magical and memorable festive experience. Having recorded her highly anticipated Christmas album Upon A Winter’s Night Cara and her band will be performing classic carols, Celtic hymns and other Christmas songs to celebrate and share in the Christmas spirit. A tradition in the making. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/cara-dillon. £20. Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW Friday 25 November 2016 - The Levellers - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Celebrating 25 years of 'Levelling The Land', The Levellers will play their classic album in full plus other hits on a mammoth UK tour supported by Ferocious Dog to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of their second full-length, and now classic, album. www.plymouthpavilions.com.

NEW tbc Friday 25 November 2016 - Acoustic Haven: Hang Massive - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
Full band. tba
. www.hangmusic.com. Cafe etc open 6.30pm. Tickets on sale at Sacks Wholefoods in Totnes, or on the door if still available. Online booking available, see  www.acoustichaven.co.uk. Acoustic Haven is a community music night run by volunteers.

NEW Sunday 27 November 2016 7.30pm - Sarah McQuaid - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated. Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and "honey poured into wine". Her latest album offers a depth and texture of soundscape that are reflected in her beautifully crafted live shows. A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument. www.sarahmcquaid.com.  www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2726_sarah_mcquaid.

NEW tbc Tuesday 29 November 2016 - Sarah McQuaid - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Seated. Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and "honey poured into wine". Her latest album offers a depth and texture of soundscape that are reflected in her beautifully crafted live shows. A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument. www.sarahmcquaid.com.  Tickets ??? from the Bridge Inn 01392 873862. www.facebook.com/thebridgeinntopsham.

NEW Thursday 1 December 2016 -  Jim Causley Trio - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
details tba. Buffet & gig £?? or gig only £??. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 3 December 2016 3pm - Clive Carroll Guitar Workshop - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Ragtime & Percussive Guitar Workshop. Two of the most popular acoustic guitar styles! Come along and learn how to play a classic Ragtime bass line and melody, at the same time. We will also have some fun discovering the percussive possibilities of the acoustic guitar which have been made famous by such artists as Newton Faulkner and Tommy Emmanuel! This is not suitable for beginners but would be of maximum benefit to those who have a minimum of two years experience. Bring  your guitar!! Tickets: £15 and £10 for students. Numbers will be limited to 15. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Saturday 3 December 2016 - Clive Carroll - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
"Probably the best and most original acoustic guitar player and composer in Great Britain" - Acoustic Magazine USA. Guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll’s masterful compositions and arrangements, coupled with his versatility and unparalleled technical virtuosity, have rendered him one of today’s most admired and respected guitarists. This will be an inspirational evening of Spanish guitar classics, Originals, Medieval lute music, Delta blues & hints of Chet Atkins and Django Reinhardt all played by the World-Class guitarist. www.clivecarroll.co.uk. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Sunday 4 December 2016 8pm - The Magical Christmas Tree Tour - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
The Magical Christmas Tree Tour is Pete Morton, Emily Sanders, Chris Parkinson and a tree. Not just any old Christmas tree but a very magical one. After five successful seasons touring the UK this show is a festive treat where the audience pick scrolls from the tree and make every night a unique occasion. Pete, Emily and Chris are a high-flying combination. Together they deliver a richly textured collection of vibrant new songs, beautiful old carols and stunning instrumentals. £10 adv/£12 door. www.topshamfolkclub.org. www.wegottickets.com/event/364202.

NEW Thursday 8 December 2016 - St Agnes Fountain - local venue tba
details tba

NEW Thursday 8 December 2016 8pm - Martin Harley - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Supremely talented Roots and Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. He’s a devotee to the music that came out of the Mississippi Delta, the slide guitar, and many other forms of roots music. Though Harley’s sound is rooted in the blues it seeks to tell his own story and draws on the ruminations of a musician who has spent much of his life on the road. “Harley offers the listener a masterclass in taste, style and roots blues” - Guitarist Magazine. “Harley has it all – voice, guitar artistry and the songs” - Total Music. “No doubt that he is a slide guitar master. He is the business” - Roots Magazine. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2686_martin_harley.

NEW Thursday/Friday/Saturday 8/9/10 December 2016 - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes return with ‘Walk with Me - The Big Autumn Tour’ (last 3 nights) with special guest Megan Henwood. Featuring songs from 25 years at the top and reunited with the exceptionally talented Miranda Sykes once more, big sounds, uncompromising songs and stunning production make for a evening to remember. This will be the last chance to see them together before their 2017 Albert Hall concert. www.ledleisure.co.uk. Box office 01395 222477.

NEW Friday 9 December 2016 8pm - Lindisfarne - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated+Standing. Classic British folk rock. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2725_lindisfarne.

NEW Saturday 17 December 2016 7.30pm - Seth Lakeman - Exeter Cathedral, 1 The Cloisters, Exeter EX1 1HS
Award-winning folk-singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman will release new album ‘Ballads of the Broken Few’ in Autumn 2016 and is touring the UK in November & December with his band and special guests Wildwood Kin. Few reserved tickets remaining. www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk. Tickets: www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/Seth-Lakeman. Box office 01392 667080. [Ed. Sorry Seth fans, only just found out about this one.]

NEW Sunday 12 February 2017 7.45pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 18 February 2017 8pm - Steve Knightley - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
A solo appearance from the singer song-writing force behind 'Show Of Hands' described by Peter Gabriel as " One of the great English Bands".
Many of Steve's songs are are inspired by the people and landscape of his native West Country and others are inspired by contemporary issues such as 'Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed' with powerful lyrics and cracking tunes. An evening with Steve is, above all, wonderful entertainment, he captivates his audience with great songs, superb musicianship, witty and humorous anecdotes all performed with a great passion. Ticketing etc. www.theheartofdevon.co.uk.

23-26 February 2017 - Lord of the Dance 2017: Dangerous Games - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Celebrating 20 years since he debuted Lord of the Dance, Flatley’s UK tour will star his protégés James Keegan, Morgan Comer and Mathew Smith in the role of the Lord of the Dance. The show is produced, choreographed and directed by Michael Flatley. Please note, Michael Flatley will not be performing in this production. Details www.plymouthpavilions.com.

NEW Thursday 9 March 2017 - Kris Drever - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. To simply call Kris Drever ‘a folk singer’ would be like saying that Lau, the acclaimed band in which he also sings and plays, is ‘a Scottish folk trio’. Both true descriptions but reductive ones that only hint at the progressive joys contained in the music of each. Drever’s voice and guitar now form a part of the backbone of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene. Hugely admired as a solo artist, collaborator, and member of folk superstars Lau, he is a phenomenal and prolific artist. Drever has already played alongside Jack Bruce, Bela Fleck, Tinariwen, Joan As Police Woman, Jerry Douglas, Danny Thompson, Tim O’Brien, Sarah Jarosz, Shawn Colvin, Phil Cunningham, Rosanne Cash, Roddy Woomble, Eddi Reader, Adem, Kate Rusby, Julie Fowlis, Karine Polwart and many more. Support: Kaia Kater. Full details, samples etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/kris-drever.

NEW Friday 17 March 2017 - Harbottle & Jonas - Ring O'Bells, Chagford
St Patrick's Day. Totnes-based traditional folk duo of guitarist David and concertina player Freya.
www.harbottleandjonas.com.

NEW Saturday 25 March 2017 - Steve Knightley - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
Details tba. Support: Exmouth Shanty Men. Tickets not yet available £?? www.lympstoneentertainments.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 9 April 2017 7.30pm  - Feast of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Feast of Fiddles embarks on its 24th annual tour and the band that has been variously likened to a "group of geography teachers" or "Bellowhead with bus passes!" doesn't seem to be slowing down any. A band of musical friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. It all started at a folk club but has become a folk-rock institution with six CDs to their name, several festival appearances and sell out shows up and down the UK. Typically, fiddlers Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Phil Beer (Show of Hands), 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 which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by even the most doubting of friends dragged along! "Britain's fiddling supergroup" - Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2. "The best fiddle players of a generation" - fRoots. www.feastoffiddles.com. Full details, bookings etc. https://sites.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15702.

Sunday 16 April 2017 - Show of Hands at the Royal Albert Hall
Show of Hands present the fifth 'Live at The Albert Hall' show. Tickets on sale from 1 July 2016. www.showofhands.co.uk

John Culf
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