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

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Friday 28 April 2017 mostly from 6pm - Party In The Town - Totnes, various venues
A huge range of free (except one headline act) events, including: Jamie Leigh, Harbottle & Jonas, Rapunzel Waits, Nicky Swann, Sam Fearon, Matthew Gordon Price, Ben Morgan Brown, Ensemble Baklava, Nick Walters, Glorious Chorus, Dartington Morris Men, and much much more. See www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/party-town-2017/lineup for full lineup and times.

Friday 28 April 2017 7.30pm - Small Town Jones - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
There have been many comparisons for Devon based Singer Songwriter “Small Town Jones” (Jim Jones) in the music press of late. To be written into sentences likening him to such greats as John Martyn, Ron Sexsmith as well as Wilco can only be helpful, however, what is also becoming clear is that Small Town Jones is fast becoming known for his own unique trademark soundscape of honest intensity and heartfelt, emotional songwriting. “Jones has more in tune with the folk-rock of early John Martyn, Questing for hope, love and warmth rather than succumbing to despair and loss” Q. Tickets £10+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/388392. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk
. Tel. 01392 277189.

Friday 28 April 2017 - Klezmer Ceilidh with Kevara - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
Come and join Si, Ami, Martin, Pam, Tim, Joel and Howard for more East European shenanigans. www.kevara.co.uk. No bar, BYO refreshments. £8.50/£7. Doors 6.30pm, Music 7-10.15pm..

Saturday 29 April 2017 10.30am - Callington MayFest Instrumental Music/Singing/Samba Drumming Workshops
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

Friday 28 April 2017 7.30pm - Cat Weatherill with 'Lost in the Lamplight' - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
International author, raconteur and storyteller Cat Weatherill's rich and wonderful stories for world-weary adults, told after dark, by lantern light. Cat’s stories are cinematic, deeply emotional and beautifully told. She is a physical performer, with extraordinary focus and intensity, weaving in song and musical instruments to create a shimmering tapestry of tales. Cat is one of Europe’s leading performance storytellers. She works internationally, from Singapore to Swindon and everywhere in-between. She has performed solo shows at the Barbican and read her stories on Radio 4. Her shows linger long in the memory and people always want more. There will be some selected tales especially for this year’s Pirate Festival audience. www.catweatherill.co.uk. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk.

29 April-1 May 2017 - Brixham Pirate Festival
Music includes: Pirates of St Piran, Tricorn Shonkey, The O’Marleys, Old Gaffers, Gurdy Bird, Boarding Crew, Captain’s Beard, Neck, Hornswaggle, Black Friday, The Salts, The Pyrates. Programme details etc. www.brixhampirates.com.

Saturday 29 April 2017 8pm - The Phil Beer Band - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. Fast, frenetic, 'feel-good' and leavened with a good helping of humour. Described by The Guardian as “where Steve Earle and Richard Thompson collide”. Phil Beer is the multi-instrumentalist half of England's foremost acoustic duo ‘Show of Hands’. His instrumental wizardry is well documented and has been utilised by countless artists over the years, the most notable being The Rolling Stones, Mike Oldfield and Steve Harley. While having his feet firmly in the ‘Acoustic’ camp, he has “kept his hand in” with electric music with an annual outing of The Phil Beer Band which performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil''s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock. £19.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Saturday 29 April 2017 - Luke Jackson + Rebecca Loebe - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
Presented by Exeter Secret Gigs. Luke Jackson is a rising young Roots singer/songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, and 2013 saw him nominated for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and in 2014 he was named Fatea’s “Male Artist of the Year”. With a bold, show stopping voice and honed guitar skills, Luke is a confident and captivating performer demonstrating an astonishing maturity. He has been making waves on the live acoustic scene supporting such luminaries as Show of Hands, Karine Polwart, Oysterband and Martyn Joseph. www.lukepauljackson.com. Special guest: Rebecca Loebe, young US singer-songwriter, known for her distinct voice, well-crafted songs and ability to bring an audience to her journeys, introducing them to the characters she meets and observations she makes as she travels. www.rebeccaloebe.com.  Licensed bar. Tickets £10+ adv www.wegottickets.com/event/387463, door £12.

Sunday 30 April 2017 5pm - Fiddlers on the Green - Hermitage Inn, 8 Mill St., Kingsbridge TQ7 1ED
Folk/traditional duo featuring Phil and Mahrey on fiddles, guitars, vocals and bodhran. Fast and furious reels, foot-tapping jigs, beautiful and haunting ballads. Inspired by traditional music from the British Isles and beyond.

Sunday 30 April 2017 7.45pm - Tom McConville - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Tynesider Tom is simply one of the the finest folk musicians of our time. Having played alongside some of the folk greats (Bob Fox, Chris Newman, etc) and at one time mentor of the young Seth Lakeman, who describes him as "... a true master", you will get not only fantasic fiddle-playing but great songs, a fine voice and dry humour. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 30 April 2017 - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
After winning the coveted title of Best Duo at the BBC Folk Awards, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker are bringing their latest tour to Exeter following the release of their latest album, Overnight, an album of wonder and depth. The classic quality of these songs, the meticulous beauty of the arrangements, the blanket-warm production and perfect pairing of exquisite vocals and virtuosic guitar is the culmination of everything these idiosyncratically talented musicians have been working towards since they first met. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Monday 1 May 2017 7pm - Callington MayFest Cornish Dance and Music Workshop
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

Tuesday 2 May 2017 8pm - 'Join the band' session with Amber Fire Ceilidh Band - Tally Ho, Littlehempston, Totnes TQ9 6LY
Amber Fire Ceilidh Band will be hosting a 'join the band' session at the Tally Ho on the first Tuesday of every month starting 2 May, 8pm. The full band comprising Les Thompson, accordion, Mike Cosgrave guitar/mandolin and Tiggy Saint, fiddle, have pledged to make Littlehempston great again. Bring an instrument and sit in with one of the most experienced ceilidh bands in Devon.
Friday 5 May, from 8pm - The Dartington Morris Men will be visiting the Tally Ho for the usual dancing and the après-morris music & singing session.

Friday 5 May 2017 7.30pm - Eleanor McEvoy - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
One of Ireland's most accomplished contemporary singer/songwriters. McEvoy composed the song "Only A Woman's Heart", title track of A Woman's Heart, the best-selling Irish album in Irish history. 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.

5-7 May 2017 - Society for Storytelling: The Gathering - Plymouth
The annual Gathering of the Society for Storytelling - at Plymouth University’s iconic Roland Levinsky Building in Plymouth City Centre. See www.sfs.org.uk/content/gathering for full details, tickets etc.

Saturday 6 May 2017 7.30pm - Skylark - St Andrew's Church Hall, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
South Hams based band performing uplifting arrangements of traditional and contemporary songs in three part harmony with flute, fiddle, guitar, piano and mandolin,  with a bluesy twist. www.youtube.com/user/SkylarkHarmony. With poetry from Dana Littlepage Smith and Rebecca Gethin, exploring aspects of cancer. Tickets £6 door. Light refreshments available. All proceeds to the local charity 'Cancer Lifeline Southwest' www.cancer-lifeline.org.

Saturday 6 May 2017 10.30am - Callington MayFest Instrumental Music/Singing/Samba Drumming Workshops
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

Saturday 6 May 2017 8pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Community Hall, Lamerton, nr Tavistock PL19 8QP
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. BYO drinks. Tickets £10, include bread, cheese and nibbles, from 01822 615464 or 01822 612961. Licensed bar. Doors 7.30pm.

Saturday 6 May 2017 7.30pm - The Green Rock River Band - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
The Green Rock River Band are a hybrid of old time sounds that universally connects with audiences all over, a sound that has echoed throughout decades of music history, in music hall, Americana, folk tradition and jazz. All this blended with a contemporary sound. Modern songwriting and original arrangements for 21st century audiences wanting to connect with a music that runs a little deeper, a little more primitive than the clean over produced sound of modern folk and pop - their refreshing grit and dirt fills up venues with excitement and atmosphere. "Quite extraordinary - I thinkj they're great" Mike Harding. Tickets £9.50+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/388407. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk
. Tel. 01392 277189.

Saturday 6 May 2017 6.15pm for 7.30pm - Leon Rosselson & Robb Johnson - Civic Hall, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5SF (map)
Two of Britain’s greatest singer-songwriters, Robb Johnson and Leon Rosselson, whose songs pull no political punches and have tracked our society over the last 50 years. They are re-united to perform The Liberty Tree, their tribute to Tom Paine, for the first time since 2011. They interweave some of their most-loved songs (including The World Turned Upside Down and Red and Green) with readings by and about Tom Paine. Doors 6pm for bread, soup and the chance to discuss Tom Paine’s ideas about land ownership (all you need is an interest in land, peace and social justice). No fixed charge, donations on the night, but please reserve a place in advance at http://earthsharingdevon.net/gigs.

Sunday 7 May 2017 7.45pm - Cloudstreet - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
It is over 6 years since we last welcomed this fabulous Australian trio to the club and this promises to be their final UK tour. Nicole, John and Emma have carved themselves a niche internationally with teriffic vocal harmonies, their arrangements of Australian classics and a repertoire that spans the Anglo-Celtic world. Not to be missed! For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Wednesday 10 May 2017 8.30pm - The Moulton Brothers - Golden Lion, 65 New Road, Brixham TQ5 8NL
The Moulton Brothers, Mac on Fiddle, banjo and sometimes bagpipes, Neil on violin and sometimes mandolin, Bruce on the Irish Bodhran will be playing plenty of tunes and singing well know songs, acoustically. Good foot tapping, sing along music. that doesn't damage you ears. Promise of a great evening the emphasis being on friendly and casual with lots of brotherly banter.

Wednesday 10 May 2017 8pm - Silvington - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
A free concert with Silvington (John Connor and Tricia Moore),
with the Ukulele Orchestra of Modbury, aka the Lazy Cows in support. No tickets, but let John Connor know if you'd like to come along tel. 01548 810806, email johnfconnor@aol.com.

Wednesday 10 May 2017 7.30pm - Daphne’s Flight - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
1995 and five friends, Chris While, Julie Matthews, Helen Watson, Melanie Harrold and Christine Collister found themselves at the Cambridge Festival. They decided to sing some songs together ... magic happened and Daphne's Flight took off. Now, two decades later, five of the best female singers of their generation are gathering again – older, wiser and twice as powerful. Daphne’s Flight are all contemporary songwriters who cross a huge range of topics and genres, blending folk, blues, jazz and pop whilst also dipping into new and vibrant arrangements of classic covers such as the Beach Boys' ‘God Only Knows’ and Elvis Costello’s ‘Ship Building’. All are woven together with striking harmonies and supported by a range of instrumentation and percussion.
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 11 May 2017 8pm - Paul Downes & Mick Ryan - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
details tbc/tba

Thursday 11 May 2017 8.30pm - Bob Long & Lorna Franklin - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
BBT2 – Brixham Blues Second Thursday – presents an evening of authentic acoustic blues from the 1920s and 1930s, from a duo steeped in the traditional music of the Mississippi Delta, including Robert Johnson and the lesser known but captivating Tommy Johnson. Lorna provides vocals in the style of the 1920s blues divas. Free. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

Wednesday 17 May 2017 - Geoff Lakeman - Caroline's Kitchen, Churston Farm Shop, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
Not only is Geoff the father of Sean, Sam and Seth Lakeman, all internationally acclaimed British folk musicians, but he is an absolutely superb musician in his own right. His brand new album has swept the board with positive reviews. Music samples etc. www.geofflakeman.co.uk. Maggie and Tiggy have lots of new songs they can't wait to share. Tickets £10 from Maggie on 01803 855961 or 07770 806083 or email scotcraft@msn.com. £12 door, if available. Doors 7pm. Online tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/398931.

Friday 12 May 2017 7.30pm - Calan - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Fiddles, guitar, accordion, bagpipes and step dancing explode into life when Calan, the energetic young folk band from Wales, take to the stage. They breathe fire into the old traditions with their infectious rhythms and high voltage routines before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs as they explore the legends of Wales’ very own fairy realm with tales of magic, myth and mischief. They have introduced a new generation of music fans to Welsh traditional music – and continue to do so as they tour across Wales, throughout the UK, Europe, North America and beyond. Great fun, a huge sense of humour, and step-dancing from a champion dancer makes for an outstanding show. Support: singer-songwriter Dan Wilde. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

Friday 12 May 2017 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Steve Knightley will be combining material from ‘ Off the beaten Track’ and ‘All at Sea’ recordings for his solo ‘Landlocked’ tour. One half of the evening will feature original and traditional songs of the land and the second half will draw on his nautical themes. 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 12 May 2017 - Miranda Sykes - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Miranda, acclaimed singer and bassist with Show of Hands, is returning to her roots. After a career spanning more than twenty years, playing with many top folk musicians and singers, she will be touring as she started out: one woman, one bass and one guitar. Her new project Borrowed Places draws its inspiration primarily from the songs and landscapes of her native Lincolnshire, but seen through the eyes of someone who has lived away for many years. The themes are not specific; the land changes, it grows, it shrinks, it adapts and it resists. But most of all it lives and breathes. With her sensational voice, Miranda interprets the soul of the land and takes her audience on a journey that resonates with us all, wherever we live. www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 12 May 2017 8pm - Steve Tilston - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Excellent songwriter and remarkable guitarist. Some of his renowned songs have been performed and recorded by artists including Fairport Convention, Tom McConville, Delores Keane, Bob Fox and Les Barker. Steve is one of the most celebrated songsmiths in a career that has spanned 45 years so far. He is a favourite amongst his peers too, including Richard Thompson, Dave Pegg, Ralph McTell and also Jez Lowe (who he has been working with recently as a duo). He's also been the inspiration for the 2015 Hollywood movie, Danny Collins, starring Al Pacino. Steve is a multi-award winner, including winning the BBC Folk Award for Best Original Song in 2012. www.stevetilston.com. Support: tbc. Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) paid in adv £10; adv notice, paid on door £12. Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.exeterfolkclub.org, www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

Friday 12 May 2017 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
Caller: Jeremy Child. A monthly series of Contra Dances to recorded and/or live music.
7.30-10.30pm. Cost £5 per person. Beginners welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

12-14 May 2017 - 20th Dart Music Festival - Dartmouth
Folk/country lineup includes: Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman; Louise Jordan; Harbottle & Jonas; Boudica Boogaloo; Recovering Satellites; The Southern Companion; Harping Mad; Cooper and Davies; Circe’s Diner; The Grenaways; The Porter Family. www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk.

Saturday 13 May 2017 8pm - Robb Johnson - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
One of the UK's top social song writers whose song cycle “Gentle Men” in collaboration with Roy Bailey was performed at the commemorative Passchendaele Peace Concert. In 2006 he was a special guest at the BBC's Folk Britannia Concert at the Barbican, and his “Gentle Men” song cycle recorded with Roy Bailey, Belgian singer Vera Coomans and Belgian Band Koen de Canter was described as “Thought Provoking and carrying great depth and weight (Living Tradition) and MOJO named the album Folk Album of the month, and the Daily Telegraph chose it as Folk Album of the year. Videos etc. www.robbjohnson.co.uk. Support: Rubato, a highly accomplished Bishopsteignton based trio. Tickets: and info 01626 775517, email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com. Full info and future concerts www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

Saturday 13 May 2017 8pm - Special Spring Concert - Southernhay URC, Southernhay East Exeter EX1 1QD
Wren Music presents a concert with the Melodissimo Choir from Henvic in Brittany and the Rough Music Folk Orchestra from East Devon. Melodissimo boasts more than 65 singers. They will sing songs from their own Breton culture; contemporary French song; songs from around the world, and songs with the call to freedom. It will be their second visit to Devon hosted by Wren’s Rough Music who will play music from their home in East Devon and explore repertoire from across the county much much further afield! Rough Music’s conductor David Faulkner says, “It is going to be a fabulous evening, I can’t wait to hear our friends from Brittany sing again. It was fantastic when we visited them in Henvic and I am sure it will be a repeat performance here! Rough Music is always great – they are a joy to listen to and so much fun!”. For more information, please contact David Faulkner on 01836 53754 or email david@wrenmusic.co.uk. Free entry with a collection. Light refreshments available.

Saturday 13 May 2017 8.30pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Twice recent winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo – 2016 & 2013 – the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as ‘Songwriters par excellence’-(fRoots), whose greatly varied original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends, and a lonely whale. Building upward from their last two highly praised albums ‘Hidden People’ & ‘Tomorrow Will Follow Today’, fans of acoustic music can only wonder where this leading couple will choose to turn next. Part of the 2017 Dart Music Festival. Ticketing details www.theflavel.org.uk/TheFlavel.dll/WhatsOn?Programme=3634784.

Saturday 13 May 2017 - Geoff Lakeman - Holbeton Village Hall
with Steve Jenner as support. www.geofflakeman.co.uk.

Saturday 13 May 2017 - Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Porter Nickerson are a duo that embody the best of what live music has to offer: heart, grit, and the kind of raw musicianship that transforms listeners into long-time fans. Willy Porter’s seering finger-picking guitar style deftly blends with Carmen Nickerson’s lush vocals to create an unforgettable sound that resonates long after the last chord fades. www.willyporter.com. Tickets £12(+) www.wegottickets.com/event/391433. Doors 7.30pm. Hot drinks and cake available. BYO alcohol. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

Saturday 13 May 2017 7.30pm - Louisiana Gumbo with Larry Garner, The Norman Beaker Band and Junkyard Angels - Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
The opportunity to catch an artist of Larry Garner's status in the 'intimate' arena of a gig like the Globe, just doesn't come along too often. Hailing from Baton Rouge, Larry Garner grew up around the city's legendary juke joint heroes Silas Hogan, Tabby Thomas and Guitar Kelly, but these days his highly individual material, seamlessly uses soul and gospel influences alongside the blues of his heritage. Coupled with the Norman Beaker band and Julian Piper's gang of desperadoes, this promises to be a highly entertaing and rare opportunity to kick up the rugs ! Tickets £15 from Topsham Books 01392 877895.

Sunday 14 May 2017 afternoon - The Ruggle Regatta - Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe in the Moor
Free event. Various performers. Mainly nautical material! Reprise of last year's successful afternoon, with, we hope, equally successful weather. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

Sunday 14 May 2017 10am-4.30pm - Storytelling Sunday: Through Different Eyes - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY
This workshop will explore story from the perspective of different characters, and from members of the audience. It’s a day for beginners and experienced storytellers alike. We will use a Siberian wonder tale to explore how different characters might live, feel, and act, and discuss how this can enrich our telling. We will then walk individual stories from the perspective of the villain, the hero, the maiden and any number of other human and non-human characters, and share our findings! Used with care and measure, these techniques can bring empathy and integrity to a telling. I hope you’ll find different perspectives to use in your own stories. 3rd of a series of 4 monthly workshops. Full details www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

Tuesday 16 May 2017 - Lisbee Stainton - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Lisbee Stainton will release her fifth studio album Then Up in April ahead of a nine-date headline UK tour starting right here. In 2007, when she was just 18 years-old, London-based Lisbee became the first unsigned artist to play London’s O2 Arena. Soon after, 6Music’s Tom Robinson discovered Lisbee’s song Red, and his support subsequently led to Lisbee’s music being playlisted by BBC Radio 2. Since then Lisbee has toured with such notable artists as Joan Armatrading, Paul Brady, Gretchen Peters, Paul Carrack and Seth Lakeman, who was so impressed that he invited her to join his band in 2012. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Tuesday 16 May 2017 8pm - Kelly Oliver - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
details tba www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk.

Wednesday 17 May 2017 - Jon Boden - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Painted Lady Tour.
Best known as the lead singer of the progressive folk big band Bellowhead, who split in May 2016, Jon launched his solo career in Autumn 2016, touring the UK solo for the first time. Largely presenting the self-penned songs of his debut album, Painted Lady, as well as material from his remarkable dystopian follow-up, Songs From The Floodplain, Jon’s solo show also includes material from Bellowhead, his duo partnership, Spiers & Boden and his ambitious A Folk Song A Day project, in which he recorded 365 folk songs in one year. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/jon-boden.

Friday 19 May 2017 - 3 Daft Monkeys - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Cornish gypsy-folk band 3 Daft Monkeys’ 4-piece line-up features Athene on fiddle, Tim on 12-string guitar & vocals, Lukas on bass guitar and Richie on percussion, adding a fuller and richer sound. The band weave world music influences around classic folk melodies and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life mixed with their infectious dancing rhythms will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. The desire to dance at one of their live shows is irresistible! Full details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

Saturday 20 May 2017 8pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Winners of 2014's BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Duo. The alchemy of Martin's ever evocative songwriting, fiddle and banjo playing and the much extolled skills of Henry on dobro, harmonica and lap steel fuse into a wholly distinctive world sound. Their latest studio album, Watershed has received critical acclaim and further places the duo in the higher echelons of the roots genre. Full details www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

Saturday 20 May 2017 7.30pm - Charlie Dore with Julian Littman - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
A very special evening of eclectic, contemporary folk as multi award winner Charlie Dore, one of the UK’s most respected songwriters teams up with multi-instrumentalist Julian Littman of Steeleye Span to share her brand new album, Dark Matter. ‘A gift for melody, brave, poignant, entertaining, original ‘ Guardian Support: Peter James Millson and Totnes Pop Up Choir.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.

Saturday 20 May 2017 7.30pm - Contra Ceilidh with Abacus - Pinhoe Road Baptist Church, 157-165 Pinhoe Road, Polsloe Bridge, Exeter EX4 7HZ
New contra ceilidh dance series, with Abacus and Richard Mason. £5 pp, ticket reservations for all dances call 01392 411434. All of the dances will have live music. Abacus will be playing for some of the dances and we have other exciting national bands booked too. Dances will be a mix of contra and ceilidh dances. Newcomers to contra dancing are welcome. Dancing is done with a partner in company with many other couples to form longways sets. If you are new and inexperienced try to arrive at the beginning and mention to Richard that you are new and nervous and he will ensure the caller is aware of your concern so he can keep his eye on you. It's best to get up near the band end if you can, to make it easier for the caller.

Saturday 20 May 2017 8pm - The Lowest Pair - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
The Americana scene is littered with duos, but few cut the musical mustard quite like Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee. Reaching into the far flung past but filtering their songs through a completely modern sensibility - and all achieved with two banjos - their bare bones sparse instrumentation and heart tugging narratives put them way ahead of the pack. Tickets £10 from the Bridge Inn 01392 873862.

Sunday 21 May 2017 8pm - Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A Topsham Folk Club guest night. Alasdair and Natalie unleash their dazzling teamwork, driving, dancing rhythms and shared passion for taking the infectious melodies and grooves of Scottish/Celtic music on an exciting new journey. ‘Fraser, one of the most respected of all exponents of the Scots fiddle, would look long and hard to find a more appropriate cellist as a partner. Haas can switch just as effortlessly as Fraser from a gentle singing tone to driving, dancing melody. A positive joy.’ – The Scotsman.  Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

Sunday 21 May 2017 7.45pm - Paul Downes - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Taking a break tonight from touring with Mick Ryan, Paul will showcase his outstanding talent on guitar, which has led to successful collaborations with Phil Beer, the Joyce Gang, Arizona Smoke Revue, etc, etc. His relaxed style belies the quality of his musicianship (he is in great demand a a session musician). He's also a fine singer! For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Wednesday 24 May 2017 - Fairport Convention - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Enjoy an evening of musical celebration with Fairport Convention at this golden anniversary concert. Credited with originating British folk-rock, Fairport first took to the stage in 1967’s summer of love. Throughout the intervening five decades (and numerous changes of line-up) the band’s passion for live performance has never wavered. To mark its 50th year, Fairport has released a brand new CD titled 50:50@50. The band will play a selection of tracks from the album as well as long-established favourites from their extensive repertoire. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

Friday 26 May 2017 - Luke Sital-Singh - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Hotly-tipped songsmith Luke Sital-Singh has been described by The Guardian as a ‘British Bon Iver’. Luke takes the template of Fleet Foxes, Neil Young and Dylan, but makes his own inimitable fresh folk sound. New album to be released May 12. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Saturday 27 May 2017 - The O'Marleys - Brixham
The O'Marleys at Brixfest 2017, 6.00pm to 6.45pm. A great festival held in Brixham and Brixham Harbour. Mackenzie Moulton (Mac) on fiddle and vocal, John Fitzsimons on guitar and vocal, James King on Irish bodhran and vocal, Io Pughic on 4 and 5 string banjo and backing vocals will set the place alight with their fast and furious Irish music, sing along songs and foot-tapping or dance along jigs. www.brixfest.com.

Saturday 27 May 2017 - Reg Meuross - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
2017 heralds a new solo album from Reg Meuross. Faraway People is a fresh collection of songs which comment bravely on life as he sees it, bringing wide ranging stories, from the ravages of austerity and the injustice of the plight of refugees, to some of most beautifully disarming lyrics ever written. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. www.regmeuross.com. Reg will be joined by a very special guest – his daughter Lily, who also writes and sings her own songs. Tickets £12(+)  www.wegottickets.com/event/388831.. Doors 7.30pm. Hot drinks and cake available. BYO alcohol.www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

27/28 May 2017 - Seth Lakeman / Royal William Yard Festival - Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3QQ
A new festival. Headlined by Seth Lakeman. www.rwyfest.co.uk. 6 stages, various genres. Line-up also includes Haunt The Woods.

NEW Sunday 28 May 2017 8pm - Simone Sorini & Claudia Viviani - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Medieval and Renaissance music. A versatile interpreter of lute repertoires from the Middle Ages to the early Renaissance, Simone Sorini revives the ancient profession of the “Cantore al liuto”, typical of Italian musicians and composers from the late 1400s. Simone is a highly accomplished lutenist and singer of Mediaeval and renaissance music, appearing at Early Music festivals throughout the world. For this exclusive tour of the West Country, he is joined by Claudia Viviani, a multi-talented singer and percussionist who adds depth, rhythm and variation to their performance. www.simonesorini.it. The performance will begin with a set by harp guitarist Tony Seeger, who will then join Simone and Claudia for part of their set. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Thursday 1 June 2017 - Shanty Cruise - from Exmouth
Join the Exmouth Shantymen onboard a Stuart Line vessel entertaining passengers and crew alike with songs and stories nautical. For further details of Exmouth Festival see www.exmouthfestival.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 3 June 2017 - West Country Traditions Day - Exmouth
The 3rd West Country Traditions Day, run alongside Exmouth Festival. The Exmouth Shantymen will be performing alongside a host of other shanty groups, other singers and morris dancers. Also many entertaining side stalls, workshops and displays. For further details of Exmouth Festival see www.exmouthfestival.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 3 June 2017 8pm - Keith James: The Music of Yusuf - Cat Stevens - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Proceeds and audience donations from this tour of concerts will go to the UNICEF UK Government matched, Syrian Children’s appeal. Keith James presents an honest and loving reflection of the timeless and insightful music of Yusuf - Cat Stevens. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Saturday 3 June 2017 - House Concert: Sam Green - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Sam presents his one man show of highly energised slide blues guitar. www.samgreenmusic.com. With support from local lass Eleanor Jane singer/songwriter. Donations on arrival. Email Mark at wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations.

NEW Saturday 3 June 2017 8.30pm - Michael Chapman - Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Almost the last man standing, after five decades of touring and recording, with the release of his latest album '50' and a glowing double page spread in Mojo magazine,, Michael Chapman's glory days are clearly far from over. Arguably the most distinctive acoustic stylist of the Renbourn/ Jansch/ McTell era, his uncompromising take on life, like the beauty of his music, has never waivered. Tickets £15 from Topsham Books 01392 877895.

NEW tbc Sunday 4 June 2017 - Jim Causley - Launceston, Cornwall
details tba The Charles Causley Festival. www.charlescausleyfestival.co.uk. Launch of new Charles Causley CD with special guests: The Keith Kendrick Band

NEW Thursday 8 June 2017 8.30pm - Graham Hine - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
Graham Hine is one of the legendary greats from the UK blues revival of the 1960s and 70s. His album “Bottleneck Blues” on the Blue Goose label was a revelation to many. For many years the front man for Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts, his solo career continues to this day. Expect some stunning slide guitar played on his collection of 1930s fiddle-edge Dobros. Free. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

NEW Friday 9 June 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Bovey Tracey Craft Fair
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. Ticketing tba

NEW Saturday 10 June 2017 - Mudskippers - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.mudskippermusic.info. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW tbc Saturday 10 June 2017 - Jim Causley - Colyton Village Hall (Town Hall?), Market Place, Colyton EX24 6JR
details tba Colyton History Day www.colytonhistory.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 11 June 2017 10am-4.30pm - Storytelling Sunday: Spirits of Place and Time - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY
This workshop considers the context of stories: the all-important small details that set the scene. It’s a day for beginners and experienced storytellers alike. All too often, stories are told from an indeterminate time and place, ‘once upon a time somewhere in the world’. How about placing your story in historical time, and actual place? What would they be? We will play with story in different times and landscapes, talk about honouring the source of a story, and discuss the ethics of telling stories from other places and traditions. We will also (weather permitting) go out into the countryside to explore how to become closer to the landscape of the story you’re telling, and look at the use of detail in storytelling. 4th of a series of 4 monthly workshops. Full details, bookings etc.www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

NEW Sunday 11 June 2017 7.45pm - Keith Donnelly - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
If you like versatility in an artist, then this is definitely the evening for you! Keith is a very (very!) funny, globe-trotting Geordie (we can't get away from them!) tall-tale-telling-singer-songwriter-guitarist, who "could make sheep laugh!" (Jasper Carrott). Bue his is also a serious song-writer, recently working with Flossie Malavialle. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW 16-18 June 2017 - Teignmouth Folk Festival
Acts booked include: Chris Wood, Barron Brady, Eat The Rich, Ewan McClennan, Andy Clarke & James Dumbleton, Mooncoin Ceilidh Band, Canaan's Land & Celt. Plus 10 (and counting!) morris sides. www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk.

NEW tbc Sunday 18 June 2017 - Moreton Music Day - Moretonhampstead
details tba Day of music.

NEW Monday 19 June 2017 - Julie Felix - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Another 'Evening with...' at The Brook Inn and folk legend Julie Felix is back with us for her third appearance at the pub. Enjoy a three course meal and then an intimate gig with plenty of audience participation and stories from Julie's rich and colourful past. Star of TV and Radio throughout the 60s and 70s, we're delighted Julie's back at The Brook once again. See www.facebook.com/events/1181754968552417.
Tel. 01752 297604. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

NEW Friday 23 June 2017 7.30pm - John Connor - Village Hall, West Charleton, nr Kingsbridge TQ7 2AG (map)
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We are delighted to have secured the very talented and able musician and singer/songwriter John Connor to perform a charity concert in aid of The Children's Society. A former member of 'Fairfield', the resident band of Bromsgrove Folk Club, John has fast become a firm favourite in the South Hams. He now forms half of the duo 'Silvington' with Tricia Moore and yet is still able to delight an audience as a solo artist. His repertoire of ballads, protest and comic songs, with a liberal injection of topical social comment, amply displays his expertise as a lyricist, singer and guitarist. The Children's Society supports many children in the UK who are suffering extreme hardship, abuse and neglect. Through their extensive network of frontline services, supported by an army of volunteers, they tackle child poverty and neglect head on, from helping families trapped in debt, child runaways and young carers, to stopping child sexual exploitation. Through their ambitious campaigns they seek to challenge misconceptions, change attitudes and influence government policy. Please support this concert for a very worthwhile cause. Tickets £8 from Jane Saunders 07443 830483, email jadsaunders[at]outlook com; or John Connor 01548 810806, email johnfconnor@aol.com; or Kingsbridge Information Centre. Raffle. No bar, BYO.
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We are delighted to have secured the very talented and able musician and singer/songwriter John Connor to perform a charity concert in aid of The Children's Society (which supports many children in the UK who are suffering extreme hardship, abuse and neglect). A former member of 'Fairfield', the resident band of Bromsgrove Folk Club, John has fast become a firm favourite in the South Hams. He now forms half of the duo 'Silvington' with Tricia Moore and yet is still able to delight an audience as a solo artist. His repertoire of ballads, protest and comic songs, with a liberal injection of topical social comment, amply displays his expertise as a lyricist, singer and guitarist. Tickets £8 from Jane Saunders 07443 830483, email jadsaunders[at]outlook com; or John Connor 01548 810806, email johnfconnor@aol.com; or Kingsbridge Information Centre. Raffle. No bar, BYO.

NEW Saturday 24 June 2017 - Martha Tilston - Acoustic Haven @ The Hillyfield, Harbourneford
'A Mid-Summer Dream' with Martha Tilston at The Hillyfield on Dartmoor. Plus Kiera Osment, Rob Carney, Voices of Freedom & more. A family friendly and beautifully intimate gig. Just 2 minutes from the A38. 3pm til 11pm. Live music in the afternoon, story-telling, face-painting and games, Martha Tilston and a Silent Disco with some cracking tunes. Martha Tilston live at 8pm. Adv booking highly recommended.  www.wegottickets.com/event/391483. Limited early bird tickets.

NEW Wednesday 28 June 2017 - Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Ange sings beautifully and plays an array of instruments, harmonizing with herself by creating loops of her voice on the spot. Everyone who's seen her is blown away. Accompanied by the brilliant Lukas Drinkwater. www.angehardy.com. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. Dinner & gig £24, gig only £12.  www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 1 July 2017 - South Brent Folk Day
Singing, music, dancing, workshops and concerts around the village. Poetry competition, around the theme of 'Moorland Water'; entry £2.50 per poem or £1 for Junior (under 15) section; closing date Saturday 14 June 2017, to be judged by 'Moor Poets' Susan Taylor and Simon Williams. If you would like to enter, download the form from the website.
Evening Folk Concert at 7.30pm (with Reel Ale bar) in the Village Hall with singer, dancer, multi instrumentalist, Pete Coe the 'One Man Folk Industry'; Flash Jack crew from Plymouth singing sea songs, shanties & songs of love, lust & loose living and South Brent's own Emily Roblyn singing songs from the heart with a voice of 'pure nectar'.
For more information contact Eileen McKee telephone 01364 73699 or eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com or John Rawlinson telephone 01364 73117.

One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area. www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.
Followed by South Brent Folk Breakfast Café on Sunday 2 July.

NEW Saturday 1 July 2017 - Jess Vincent - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Saturday 1 July 2017 7.30pm - Fake Thackray - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
'The Lost Will and Testament of Jake Thackray'. A hilarious and heartfelt celebration of the life and songs of one of this country’s finest and funniest wordsmiths. Highly entertaining whether you are discovering Jake for the first time, or an ardent fan. The late Jake Thackray is being increasingly acknowledged as one of the greatest English songwriters of the twentieth century. A unique talent, whose songs are full of poetry, wit, irreverence and humanity. John Watterson is the UK’s leading performer and an authority of Jake’s songs, endorsed by Thackray’s family. He is writing the first biography on Thackray and has uncovered new songs in the process.“John Watterson celebrates the great songs of the late and much lamented Jake Thackray. He is brilliant. We can’t have Jake back but this is the next best thing – a real tribute.” Mike Harding.  www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Saturday 1 July 2017 8pm - La Moresca - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
The Lady’s Cup of Tea: Baroque and Irish music: Based on 17th century Irish harpist-composer Turleigh O´Carolan´s music, La Moresca play pieces from Ireland and Cornwall as well as English dance and court music. Breathtaking, beautiful music from this exciting ensemble on a rare trip to the UK from their native Germany, using period instruments creating sounds that are both stunning and deeply touching. Featuring music by Turleigh O’Carolan, Matthew Locke, John Playford, plus traditional folk music. Babett Niclas harp, Claudia Hoffmann baroque violin and harp, Petra Burmann baroque guitar, Ivo Nitschke percussion, Szabolcs Illes baroque violin. www.la-moresca.de. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 7 July 2017 - Reg Meuross - Lamb Inn, The Square, Sandford, Crediton EX17 4LW (map)
details tba

NEW Saturday 8 July 2017 - Lost Sound Chorus - St Pancras Church, Widecombe in the Moor
With special guest, Chris Hoban. Buckfastleigh-based choir run by Sandra Smith. They perform throughout the year in their own right and also support Show of Hands at several of their gigs (including the big one – the Royal Albert Hall on Easter Sunday this year). Chris Hoban is the composer of some of Show of Hands' most lyrical songs. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW tbc Thursday 13 July 2017 8pm - Jim Causley - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
details tbc/tba

NEW Friday 14 July & Saturday 15 July 2017 8pm - Fisherman's Friends - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
The original buoy band, the Fisherman’s Friends are back with a vengeance, getting ready to hit the road in 2017 with full catch of new material and some old favourites as well. Full details www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

NEW Wednesday 19 July 2017 - House Concert: Kentucky Cow Tippers - Hatch Court, Churchstow
English bluegrass at its finest from these young northern lads. www.thekentuckycowtippers.com. Donations on arrival. Email Mark at wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations.

NEW Friday 21 July 2017 - Pete Morton - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
details tba. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk.

NEW 21/22 July 2017 - Chagstock Festival
11th anniversary, various genres: British Funk & Soul legends Soul II Soul headline Friday night! Indian singer-songwriter extraordinaire Raghu Dixit (Raghu Dixit's music is a seamless weaving of Indian ethnic folk, Sufi and classical with other traditional and contemporary influences from across the globe), the inimitable Dub Pistols. www.chagstock.info. Early bird weekend camping tickets available.

NEW Saturday 22 July 2017 8pm - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
The Folk at the Flavel Summer Concert features two rising stars of the folk scene, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar. Since meeting 5 years ago, guitarist Greg and fiddle player Ciaran have won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. They have toured constantly and appeared at prestigious events such as the Cambridge Folk Festival and have released three acclaimed albums, most recently “Silent Majority”. Greg's powerful vocals and Ciaran's superb fiddle playing is the key to their success and a great evening of the best in folk music is guaranteed. A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel. www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Saturday 22 July 2017 - Ben Morgan-Brown - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.benmorganbrown.co.uk. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW 22/23 July 2017 - Midsummer Dreams Festival - Dartington
Theatre, puppetry, dance, comedy and music. Music includes Crow Puppets (tbc). A small-scale festival run by an equally small but passionate team who aim to create a magical family friendly weekend. www.midsummerdreamsfestival.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 29 July 2017 8pm - Sika - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Following his successful concert in 2016 at Carnglaze, Sika will be creating another enchanting concert within a cave, playing live his Didjeridoos, Flutes, Drums, Rattles and Stones. Primal music mixed with original electronic soundscapes composed by Sika in his studio in New Zealand’s wild South Island. Full details www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

29 July - 26 August 2017 - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
Courses covering: Opera and Music Theatre; World Music; Chamber Music; Early Music; Electronic Music and Multimedia; Singing; Advanced Conducting; Folk; Strings; Wind and Brass; Piano and Keyboards; Composition; Talks and Lectures; Dance and Wellbeing; Poetry, History, and Creative Writing.
The Folk courses are concentrated into Week 2 (5-12 August).
www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/courses/#week2courses
On a typical day you could explore links between nature and folk and create new music (Folk and the Landscape); after the coffee break, sing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe (Folk Choir), challenge artificial categories to create and exchange new music (Folk Baroque), or get specialist tuition from Paul Hutchinson (Accordion Workshop); and following lunch, improve your instrumental skills with Eliza and Martin Carthy (As I Walked Out One Morning).
Folk and the Landscape - Sally Davies and Paul Hutchinson
Two experienced and visionary folk musicians and composers, lead a creative course that explores the connections between folk music and the landscape, using the beautiful grounds of Dartington estate. We will explore the links between nature, traditional and contemporary folk music, creating some of our own music along the way, for performance later in the week.
Folk Choir - Sally Davies
Sally is a singer, instrumentalist, composer and choir leader, with a wide ranging experience of folk and world music. She directs the Cecil Sharp House Choir with her distinctive and original arrangements of folk songs. The Folk Choir course will provide an intense and rewarding learning experience; you’ll be rehearsing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe, in spine-tingling a cappella harmony, for a concert later in the week. There may well be some collaborations with the instrumental folk courses this year!
Accordion Workshop - Paul Hutchinson
The wonderful accordionist tutors at Cecil Sharp House and Folkworks in Durham. Paul’s style of teaching is relaxed and entertaining. He considers the accordion a beautiful and versatile instrument, uses block chords, drones and pedal notes, and is a master of harmony. Paul enjoys developing the potential of a group to deepen and improve their musicianship, and welcomes players at all levels.
Folk Baroque - Andy Watts
A brand new folk course for 2017! Andy Watts is associate Principal bassoon of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and founder of the folk/early music group The Carnival Band, well known for their work with Maddy Prior and currently recording the 100 most popular ballads of the 17th century. Here folk, Baroque and ‘modern’ instrumentalists can explore street ballads and dance music from the 17th and 18th centuries, challenging artificial categories to create and exchange new music. This innovative course is open to all instrumentalists and singers, using notation as well as playing by ear.
As I Walked Out One Morning - Eliza and Martin Carthy
The amazing father-and-daughter duo Martin and Eliza return to Dartington after several years to lead this exciting folk course. Devoted to instrumental tuition as well as songs, the class offers the chance for players to study and rehearse traditional tunes and arrangements, as well as collaborate and create new work. There’s a concert later in the week, shared with the Folk Choir.

4-11 August 2017 - Sidmouth Folk Week
Sign up to receive regular festival email updates at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk

NEW Wednesday 9 August 2017 - Gigspanner Big Band - St Andrews Church, Ashburton
Peter Knight's Gigspanner joined by Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Tickets £17. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk. A special show prior to the Big Band's appearance at Fairport's Cropredy Festival.

NEW 11-13 August 2017 - Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal nr Okehampton
details tba Includes Jim Causley Trio. www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk

NEW Saturday 12 August 2017 - House Concert: Emily Maguire - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Emily is currently touring promoting her new album "Bit Of Blue" in far larger venues so here's your chance to see her in a small informal and relaxed setting. www.emilymaguire.com. Donations on arrival. Email Mark at wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations.

NEW Saturday 16 August 2017 - Jim Causley Trio - Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ (map)
details tba www.sterts.co.uk.

UPDATED 18-20 August 2017 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park near Exeter
Line-up has been announced. Here's an extract from the blurb: "Headlining The Big Top stage is one of Britain’s finest recording artists, Grammy-nominated Alison Moyet, plus one of the most creative and individualistic bands of their generation Therapy? performing an acoustic set and the creators of Rockgrass Hayseed Dixie. Joining them on the bill are folk super-group Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band fronted by traditional folk powerhouse Eliza Carthy, Irish folk group Kila, punk rock legend Glen Matlock, Ireland's preeminent singer songwriter Damien Dempsey, pioneering contemporary folk trio Lau, plus Gaz Brookfield & The Company of Thieves, Lankum (Lynched), Manchester's finest ethio-trad, folk-hop band Honeyfeet, Sean McGowan , American horn-and-percussion trio Moon Hooch and Levellers who open the show on the Friday with an acoustic set." Tickets on sale. www.beautifuldays.org.

NEW 25/26 August 2017 - Sea Change Festival - Totnes
Various venues, various genres. Line-up includes Michael Chapman. www.seachangefestival.co.uk. Tickets www.wegottickets.com/f/10662.

NEW Saturday 2 September 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Nourish Festival, Bovey Tracey
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. Ticketing tba www.nourishfestival.org.

NEW Saturday 2 September 2017 8pm - Hillbilly Moon Explosion - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
From Zurich Switzerland, one of the finest New Wave Rockabilly/Americana bands on the planet. Singer Emanuela has such enchanting vocals & to hear this in a Cavern will be one we wont forget. For fans of, Stray Cats, Imelda May & roots music. Full details, samples etc. www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

NEW tbc Thursday 14 September 2017 8pm - Geoff Lakeman - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
details tbc/tba www.geofflakeman.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 17 September 2017 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Exminster Victory Hall, Main Road, Exminster EX6 8DF
Online tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/394554. Bar. A car park is situated on Deepway Lane at the recreation ground.

NEW Friday 22 September 2017 8pm  - Phil Beer Band - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
A spirited fusion of friendship and musicianship, the Phil Beer Band delve into the back catalogues of Phil’s beloved country, rock, folk and blues influences throughout the years to create their infectious and unique ‘folk n roll’ sound. Throw in Phil’s blistering guitar solos, a healthy seasoning of lively tunes and banter and a pint or three, and you know you’re in for a cracking night. Completing Phil’s lineup are Gareth Turner (melodeons), Olivia Dunn (fiddles), Emily Slade (guitar, vocals), Greg McDonald (bass, vocals) and Steve Crickett (drums). Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/the-phil-beer-band.

NEW Saturday 23 September 2017 - Tennyson’s Twin - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.tennysonstwin.co.uk. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW tbc Friday 29 September 2017 8pm - Southern Tenant Folk Union - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
One of the most highly acclaimed folk/bluegrass bands in the UK today. A six piece acoustic with banjo, mandolin, fiddle & harmony vocals they perform an eclectic mix of high energy atmosphere folk and have received airplay from Bob Harris & Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 2. Full details, ticketing etc.
tbc.

NEW Saturday 7 October 2017 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
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. Jiggery folkery, hokery pokery...Mad Dog Mcrea raise hands, lift feet and start parties wherever they play with their spellbinding recipe of folk, pop, rock, jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. Whisking up whistles, fiddles and mandolins to collide in a spectacular explosion of infectious fun, they demand you to dance. Full details www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

9-15 October 2017 - Costa Del Folk Portugal
Details www.costadelfolk.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 12 October 2017 - Fake Thackray - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
John Watterson has performed the songs of Jake Thackray at festivals, concerts, clubs, after dinner venues and most specially to members of Jake’s family. Jake’s songs are exquisitely funny, satirical, incisive, irreverent, witty and gloriously un-PC – and sometimes all of these at the same time. Jake was a one off, his poetry broke the rules yet worked beautifully. He was a true craftsman of the English language, and his legacy of scores of songs continues to delight audiences of all ages today. www.fakethackray.com. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Baring-Gould Folk Weekend & Song School - Okehampton
Song School:· 22-27 October 2017 - Guest Tutor: John Kirkpatrick
Folk Weekend: 27-29 October 2017
Please note that the fourth Saturday in October falls on the second Saturday of the half term holiday, so it feels as if it is later this year.
Full artist list out soon but we can confirm first UK appearance of Tuscan Folk trio Vincanto www.vincantomusica.it.

NEW tbc Sunday 29 October 2017 7.45pm - Tom Lewis - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tbc/tba

NEW Saturday 4 November 2017 - Show of Hands - Exeter Cathedral
With special guest Kirsty Merryn. Autumn 2017 Cathedrals Tour. Tickets on sale from May 1. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 11 November 2017 8pm - The Sounds of Simon - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
A tribute to Simon and Garfunkel and the wonderful music of Paul Simon, through the years as one half of Simon and Garfunkel, to the enduring success of his solo career. Come on a journey and lose yourself to nostalgia as the full band play the classics. Paul and Art are played to perfection, bringing in elements of their famously fractious relationship, as well as replicating the beautiful harmonies flawlessly. With video clips, stories, and memories from the last 50+ years, this is a wonderful show filled with excellent music, nostalgia, and a genuine love for some great musicians. This is the UK’s longest running tribute to Paul Simon. Come and see why! www.soundsofsimon.co.uk. Full details, samples etc. www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

NEW Thursday 23 November 2017 - Afro Celt Sound Sytem + The Dhol Foundation - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. With sales now topping one and a half million albums and two Grammy nominations to date, Afro Celt Sound System bring their exhilarating live show to venues around the country. This European and African based collective have been a ground-breaking force in music ever since they started, along the way finding kindred spirits across international talent and forging a reputation for exhilarating shows. Afro Celt Sound System Live 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. ‘A delirious mix of primal intensity, spiritual beauty and explosive rhythms…..a colossus of an album.” Froots Magazine. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Thursday 30 November 2017 - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
With special guest Kirsty Merryn. 'Traditional; final date on the Autumn 2017 Cathedrals Tour. Tickets on sale from May 1. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 7 December 2017 - St Agnes Fountain - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
details tba. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk.

NEW Wednesday 20 December 2017 - Phil Beer - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Multi-instrumentalist - and one half of Westcountry folk duo Show Of Hands - Phil Beer performed live at The Brook Inn in January ahead of his solo tour. We're delighted that he wants to end the year at The Brook as well! www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.
Tel. 01752 297604.

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

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