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Southern Devon Folk Diary

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Tuesday 3 May 2016 2-4pm - "FirstTuesday" Storytelling Cafe - Twyford House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NF
Come tell a story: personal, traditional, made up or family, or just listen to someone else. Max 10 mins per story, and no reading aloud allowed. Just come and have fun in a relaxed cosy, supportive setting. £3 to include refreshments. Details from Janet on 07834 194215.

Friday 6 May 2016 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - St Andrews Church, Moretonhampstead
Presented by Friends of Moretonhampstead Primary School. “Entertaining and original – The comeback continues” The Guardian; “Folk music for the modern age”  The Telegraph. All proceeds will benefit the children at the Primary School. Tickets £7.50, available at Moreton Information Centre, Moreton Newsagents, The Horse, Moreton Café/Bakery or email: becksducks@gmail.com.

Friday 6 May 2016 - Sam Carter - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
‘The finest English-style finger-picking guitarist of his Generation’ Jon Boden. Since Sam Carter released his debut album ‘Keepsakes’ in 2009, there has been a mounting excitement about this songwriter, guitarist and singer. He has performed in the Middle East and UK with the British Council ’Shifting Sands project, played to thousands as part of the all-star line-up for the tour 'The Lady: A Homage To Sandy Denny’, the Sweet Liberties project and (with Jim Moray) folk rock band False Lights, & won the Horizon Award for best newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Sam’s second album ‘The No Testament’ was released in 2012, an album that saw the singer reinvent his contemporary narrative-based song-writing by infusing it with shapenote, gospel and work song influences. The release caused a wave of media and audience attention for an album that saw Sam reach new heights in his song-writing. As a result he was invited to perform on BBC 2s Later with Jools Holland in autumn 2012, was filmed for the BBC 4 special The Enigma of Nic Jones.

Friday 6 May 2016 8pm - Basco - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den Crescent, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
Top Danish folk roots band Basco’s infectious energy, virtuosity and inventiveness have gained the hearts and minds of audiences all over Europe. Basco were the first folk string band ever to be Short-listed for the prestigious Nordic Music Prize in 2014 for their latest album 'The Remarkable Return of Old Man Basco' and have also taken home several Danish Music Awards, including Artist of the Year 2013 and Vocalist of the Year 2012. Basco's music, is varied, full of nuance and beauty, of temperament and drive, of grand sweeping landscapes, delicate, fractal detail, and of good, old fashioned, raw, foot-stomping power. With influences ranging from American, Nordic, English, Scottish, Swedish and Danish folk music Basco will have people of all ages up and dancing. www.bascoband.com. Tickets £10 adv (£12 door) from 01626 249049 or www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

Saturday 7 May 2016 8pm - The Moulton Brothers - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
After a very successful evening last month, with guest banjo player Gavin joining us later in the evening, The Moulton Brothers are back at The Bridge Inn. Lots of fun and music, and plenty drinking of ale. They do it for free, so fel free to show your appreciation in the form of a drink or two. Casual is the word, Fun is what we have.

Saturday 7 May 2016 8pm - Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Performed by Bookends. Simon and Garfunkel Through the Years’ is the world’s most authentic sounding theatre show of its kind. With moving and powerful live performances and multimedia, the show takes a chronological journey through the friendship and behind the scenes of the greatest ever folk-rock duo. Featuring interviews with Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, original movie footage and mind blowing live performances, the show features hits like Mrs Robinson, The Boxer, Homeward Bound and the incredible Bridge Over Troubled Water. Come along and relive the unforgettable music of Simon & Garfunkel in what the BBC described as ‘a must see’ show. “Not just your average tribute” - BBC Radio WM. “That could really be Simon & Garfunkel” – BBC Radio Nottingham. More details and booking information at www.theflavel.org.uk.

Saturday 7 May 2016 8pm - Daria Kulesh - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5JN (map)
Support: Steve Pledger. Singer/songwriter Daria Kulesh (aka Eternal Child) was born in Moscow, Russia. Her Russian roots are reflected in her music, intertwined with multicultural influences she has experienced on her turbulent and exciting journey through life. Her debut solo album Eternal Child was launched in 2015. www.daria-kulesh.co.uk. “A phenomenal debut album” (Eternal Child, 2015) Pete Bradley, Fatea Magazine. Tickets £10. Contact sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk or 07508 169049. Tea and coffee available. BYO alcohol. No wheelchair access.

Saturday 7 May 2016 7.30pm - The Lost Sound Acappella Chorus - Nicholas Hall, Lydford
In concert, including the debut of a short film inspired by an original song 'The Old Lych Way' composed by Chris Hoban. This folk infused choir is known for the depth and clarity of its tone and it's varied and beautiful arrangements. They recently provided choral backing for several songs on the last date of the recent Show of Hands tour. Tickets £5 available from Mary Barkell 01822 820272 or email the.barkells[at]btopenworld.com.

Sunday 8 May 2016 7.45pm - Clive Gregson - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Manchester born but having lived in the USA for over 20 years, Clive is a truly international star. A gifted songwriter and guitarist, he is in constant demand as a session musician and producer, as well as supporting top names such as Richard Thompson and Eddie Reader. Clive's solo performance will leave you in no doubt as to his amazing talents.
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 8 May 2016 7.30pm - Sidmouth Acoustic Sessions: Kirsty Bromley Duo - St Teresa’s Hall, Connaught Road, Sidmouth EX10 8TT (map)
[Note that the 'official' postcode, EX10 9HG, for this venue does not appear to yield the correct location by some distance when entered in Google Maps, Google Earth, streetmap.co.uk etc. whereas EX10 8TT does. No idea if this affects satnavs]
with Simon Dumpleton. Kirsty Bromley is a young singer, dancer, teacher and writer of folk music within the English Tradition. “Kirsty Bromley is a singer of songs of social justice, traditional songs and songs from the heart. Her voice is effortless yet stirring, at times ethereal but always earthy and with strong roots. Musical and beguiling.” Nancy Kerr – BBC2 Folk Singer of the Year 2015. She has a most disarmingly transparent voice, but also the uncanny and beautiful knack of drawing attention to the song rather than the messenger. Her debut album ‘Time Ashore’ features original songs as well as carefully curated folk gems. Licensed bar. Tickets £10 door, £8(+) advance from www.wegottickets.com/event/355206 or Parag7on Books, High St., Sidmouth.

Monday 9 May 2016 7.30pm - The Fureys - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Legends of Irish music and song The Fureys are renowned for their hit songs ‘ When You Were Sweet Sixteen', 'The Green Fields of France', 'The Old Man', 'Red Rose Café', 'Her Father Didn't Like Me Anyway', 'Leaving Nancy' plus many more. The band was formed in 1978 literally by accident. George, Paul and Davey were playing in Denmark with their own band called the Buskers. Eddie and Finbar, while touring in Germany were involved in a road accident. When George and Paul got news of the accident they immediately travelled to Germany to be with their brothers. They then decided that they should all be playing together and this was the start of The Fureys. Their emotive songs stir many emotions.... tears and laughter, sadness and joy Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15520.

Monday 9 May 2016 7.30pm - "A Sense of Place (talk by Steve Knightley)" - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
A talk by one of the West Country's leading songwriters. Steve will give an illustrated talk about his approach to songwriting using songs reflecting a sense of place in Devon. Steve is the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, described by no less than Peter Gabriel as 'one of the great English bands'. He has just completed a 150-date project, 'Grown your own gig', has taken hard-hitting songs from Cornwall to The Borders and back again. Steve says, "As a West Country songwriter I have written so many songs of seafarers and wreckers, travellers and traders, pirates and smugglers." Knightley, who won the Best Original Song category at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for his biting, banker-baiting 'Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed', has a prolific back catalogue of inspired songs including the anthemic, award-nominated 'Country Life (about the demise of rural living) to 'Tall Ships' (set in a West Country fishing village) and 'Roots'. Now he's taking a night off from the busy touring schedule to drop in on a favourite local venue, unpack the songwriting process a little, and talk us through the creation of a few of the Devon-inspired favourites. Tickets on door (if any left): Devonshire Association members £5, non-members £8, or adv online www.wegottickets.com/DAMS, or contact: Tom & Barbara Brown 01271 882366, email tomandbarbara.brown@btinternet.com.

Tuesday 10 May 2016 8pm - Keith James presents Yusuf / Cat Stevens - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Keith James presents an honest and loving reflection on the insightful and timeless music of Yusuf - Cat Stevens. Proceeds and audience donations from this tour of concerts will go to the UNICEF UK Government matched, Syrian Children’s appeal. www.keith-james.com. www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/event-details/?eid=27426. Tel. 01752 242021.

Wednesday 11 May 2016 7.30pm - Scott Matthews - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
We cannot think of a better way to start '7 Days In May' than with Scott Matthews, Scott has garnered serious critical acclaim in his 10 year career to date and has taken this time to nurture his craft. He was always deliberate in his actions as witnessed in the time he originally spent as a guitarist before becoming the singer songwriter behind the groundbreaking debut album ‘Passing Stranger’. Scott keeps moving on and exploring to bring forth gems of songs that seem to gestate over time and then “arrive” as if he was a conduit to some magical power. His vocal style has been much referenced in ethereal terms of "ghostly", "haunting", "eerie" and "hypnotic", so perhaps there is magic afoot. 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. Part of '7 Days In May'.

Wednesday 11 May 2016 8pm - Malcolm Holcombe - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
The ability to glorify the mundane, the every day struggles and heart breaks of the common man, has long been the mark of a truly great songwriter, and with his rasping vocals and edgy songs - many from the darker sides of life - Nashville's Malcolm Holcombe does it better than most. Quite why he's not in the first division is a mystery, his peers like Steve Earle and Emmy Lou Harris queue up to sing his praises, and in performance he's startling, unlike anyone else on the block. www.malcolmholcombe.com. Accompanied by his long time Dobro player Jared Tyler, this will be a night you won't forget. And that's a promise. Tickets £13 from the Bridge Inn 01392 873862.

Thursday 12 May 2016 8pm - Malcolm Holcombe B Bar Plymouth - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Acclaimed North Carolina songwriter Malcolm Holcombe returns to The B Bar to promote his 14th album "Another Black Hole"which he released on February 12th.The album features Jared Tyler on dobro and banjo who will be touring with Malcolm and playing a few of his own songs during the set. Malcolm Holcombe is the personification of American roots music with a level of authenticity and integrity which has gained him fans like Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle. Album sample video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AYhwNeI0A0. Tickets £10 +£1.50 fee from www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/event-details/?eid=26826.

Thursday 12 May 2016 - Police Dog Hogan - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
After their sellout gig in 2015 at The Beehive, we just had to get them back. With 8 members in the full line-up and instruments including guitar, accordion, banjo, mandolin, fiddle & trumpet, Police Dog Hogan draw their influences from many different wells. You could call it Americana, country-folk, folk-pop or even urban bluegrass, but it’s difficult to do justice to the range of styles this band is willing to take on and, if necessary, transform. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Thursday 12 May 2016 7.30pm - Josie Lloyd - Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
Brixham Blues Second Thursday BBT2 welcomes back Josie from Hatherleigh with her outstanding blues & ragtime played on National Resophonic guitars www.josielloyd.co.uk. Plus resident duo Devon Delta (Stuart Cumberpatch, slide & lap guitar. Robert Spence, harp & vocals). Floor spots for blues players/singers. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

Thursday 12 May 2016 7.30pm - Folk Plus Acoustic Music Club - Ye Olde Smokey House, Vicarage Rd, Marldon, Paignton TQ3 9NN (map)
Lively and friendly monthly (2nd Thursday) open mike club. Locals to Torbay and music lovers from further afield have tried it and come back for more! Folk features strongly, but not exclusively. Beginners and more experienced all welcome. Every night has been busy, with a tremendous range of music - performed on more different instruments than we thought existed! Contact Paul on 07894 961010 or email p.woodhouse47@sky.com. Facebook: Folk Plus Acoustic Music Club Paignton.

Thursday 12 May 2016 8.30pm - Oh Pep! & Fiona Bevan - Dartington Hall
Dartington Hall lights up its hidden, dormant and unseen spaces with a series of intimate gigs and events in secret locations. Foot-stomping, somewhat heart-breaking, multi-award-winning, instrumental duo Oh Pep! perform an evening of contemporary original and unconventional folk/pop/country sounds. Joining them will be Suffolk-born singer and multi-platinum, chart-topping, bewitching “pop in disguise” lyricist, Fiona Bevan. https://ohpep.squarespace.com, http://fionabevan.co.uk. More details, bookings etc. www.dartington.org/whats-on/after-dark.

Friday 13 May 2016 7.30pm - Wren Music presents a Random Melody - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
A concert of songs selected from the great folk song collections made in Devon inspired by the photographs by James Ravilious. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk.

Friday 13 May 2016 7.30pm - Roving Crows - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Roving Crows are an original must-see act, with roots in Folk and Celtic music. Renowned for their high-energy live performance, their shows pull together funked up traditional tunes and catchy original song. Think powerful Celtic undertones and intoxicating tribal rhythms. Band of the Year - FATEA Music Awards 2014. Best Live Act – Spiral Earth Music Awards 2014. 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. Part of '7 Days In May'.

Friday 13 May 2016 8pm - Chakarera - Tiverton
An exciting native folk music group from Argentina. The group’s exciting music blends traditional folk music with jazz and Latin-rock. Songs will be in English and Spanish. The group has extended its tour of Spain to take part in the Halberton Festival! www.tivertontheatre.com/events/chakarera-halberton-festival

Friday 13 May 2016 7.30pm - Café Culture - Thrive Café, Arcturus Centre, Fore Street, Totnes
Guests for the night are Ian Chamberlain, Virginia Griem and Adelia, all of whom have been Trade Winds regulars, but here given a bit more freedom, with full sets. It'll be a great evening, so don't miss it. £5 door. Watch out for the re-established straight up the hill traffic system, which may be in place by then. Hosts: Simon and Susan tel. 01364 631308.

13-15 May 2016 - Riverdance - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
With an incredible two decades of global success since the show first burst into the public’s heart at the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin 1994, this is an unmissable chance for UK audiences to reconnect a show that the Irish Times rightly described as ‘the original... the best’. Details www.plymouthpavilions.com.

13-15 May 2016 - Dart Music Festival - Dartmouth
Multi-genre largely free festival. Advertised 'folk/country' line-up currently includes:
Cooper and Davies; The Bookshop Band; Circes Diner; Velvet and Stone; Gary Quinn; The Porter Family; The Lyers; Billy Thompson Gypsy Style; Ninebarrow; Lost Eleven; Martin & Eliza Carthy. Details www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk.

Saturday 14 May 2016 8.30pm - Martin & Eliza Carthy - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
It’s nearly 50 years since Martin Carthy recorded his iconic, eponymous first album, and more than 20 years since his daughter Eliza Carthy’s recording debut. Throughout their respective careers, both have toured and recorded with many others (Eliza shared the bill with her acclaimed mother, Norma Waterson, On their award-winning ‘Gift’ Album in 2010). But finally, this trail-blazing father and daughter have made their first ever duo album, ‘The Moral Of The Elephant’ (Topic Records, 2nd June 2014). Part of the Dart Music Festival. www.theflavel.org.uk.

Saturday 14 May 2016 8pm - The Wilson Family - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Very little needs to be said, it’s The Wilson Family and Andy Clarke. If you like your harmonies strong and lusty then these are the lads. From Teesside and favourites at clubs and festivals throughout the UK. Definitely singer’s singers. Fresh from performing with Sting in his musical “The Last Ship” in New York. Support by Devon’s very own Andy Clarke, “an excellent singer and instrumentalist who performs with the skill and taste of a master craftsman” - Pete Coe. Tickets £14, adv (until 7 May) or concs £12. For info call Hugh Diamond 01626 775517 or email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com. Full info and future concerts www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 14 May 2016 - Community Ceilidh - Sandford Parish Hall, nr Crediton
£4 entry, £12 family. Doors 6.30pm. BYO drinks etc. All ages. Non-dancing OAPs welcome for £1 entrance so the fun atmosphere can be shared by all. The band donate their fee to Second Sight charity. all extra donations welcome for their charity.

Saturday 14 May 2016 3.30pm - Harbottle & Jonas and Friends - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Support: Will Hawkins. Harbottle and Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based in the wilderness of Totnes. Together they paint pictures with their words and share stories of folk auld and new. They are hardworking songsmiths that place an emphasis on musical independence, originality and breathe new life into Traditional English Folk songs. They have already received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott, Jon Boden and BBC Introducing. Following on from the release of their debut album 'Cutthorpe Hill', they are now embarking on a new adventure with new songs and a new album to be launched at this gig. They will be joined by other musicians including trumpet and cello. 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. Part of '7 Days In May'.

Saturday 14 May 2016 7.30pm - Ruarri Joseph presents William The Conqueror Solo Show - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Once a treasure of the folk circuit, Ruarri Joseph had been leading a double existence, 4 studio albums in under his own name the singer created an alter-ego, William the Conqueror, as a way of being able to play live music away from the obligatory promotional touring, and hit a vein of creativity recording 3 albums of new music in his garage and finally deciding to switch things round, bringing William to the forefront and sending Joseph (at least the persona of him!) back into the shadows. Bursting with retro-infused energy, there are a myriad influences, underpinned by a taste for good, old-fashioned roots. One minute it’s a hushed JJ Cale that somehow finds its way to an angry Jim Morrison or a 60's Dylan; the next it’s a grunge era Pearl Jam via Leonard Cohen and a nod to Tom Waits. What is undoubtedly unique is the rich, earnest voice and the poetic nuance of a man clearly wise to the complexities and hardships of love and life. 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. Part of '7 Days In May'.

Saturday 14 May 2016 8pm - Tango Sonoro - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Noelle, Judy and Jonathan go back a long way as members of the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra and form the core of Tango Sonoro. They have been playing Argentine Tango Music since 2010. Recently joined by Laura Deignan, who also played in the Plymouth Symphony for a while and whose instrument the clarinet is not usually associated with tango music, it is related to the bandoneon as both are reed instruments. It compliments the other instruments and suits the tango very well. Argentine Tango is beautiful in its instrumental form, but when sung, it has yet more depth. www.tangoband.co.uk. Bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/tangosonoro. Tel. 01752 892220.

Saturday 14 May 2016 - Haunt The Woods / Hein Cooper / Ten Tonnes - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Haunt the Woods are an alternative folk rock band hailing from Devon and Cornwall. With a new and unique sound that combines their love of traditional and modern folk music along with gorgeous harmonies and spellbinding guitar, their live show really captures the energy and essence of the bands love and passion for music. Joining Haunt the Woods is one of the fastest up & coming Australian talents indie musician & songwriter Hein Cooper. Joining Hein will be 19 year old singer songwriter Ethan Barnett (Ten Tonnes) whose blues and alternative influences can be clearly heard through his music. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/haunt-the-woods-hein-cooper-and-ten-tonnes. £4 adv, £5 door. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Saturday 14 May 2016 - The Travelling Talesman - London Inn, Morchard Bishop, nr Crediton
"Nectar of the Gods". Time honoured tales of mythological brewings, legendary fermentations and deities drinking divine beer. The Travelling Talesman has been hard at work researching another set of enthralling and amusing stories to engage your ears and minds. This spring he brings you "The Nectar Of The Gods": time honoured tales of mythological brewings, legendary fermentations and deities drinking divine beer. In the skittle alley/function room. £6 adv, £7.50 door, or book a table for 4 in advance for £20.

14-21 May - Buckfastleigh Storytelling Festival - Jellyfish Studios
Performances and workshops for all ages, with
Mark Bedford, Agata Krajweska, Helen Raphael Sands, Steph Bradley (alias WynnAlice). For full details see www.wonderstory.co.uk.

Sunday 15 May 2016 3pm (until we stop) - The Ruggle Regatta - Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe in the Moor
An afternoon and evening of a range of performances from local musicians and singers, notably Mariners Away shantymen from South Zeal, singer-songwriter Adelia, Denbury Folk and JAR. JAR describe themselves as "Three musicians and a banjo player who came 7th on 'Britain's Got Desperate'. And they like to play on Tor." Admission free, come along and enjoy the music in the open moorland air (or in a marquee if wet). See www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk/the-ruggle-regatta.html for further information, contact etc.
Coming next: Thursday 30 June - Nancy Kerr & James Fagan at The Cafe on the Green. Usual format of buffet and performance, sharing tables and making friends. Buffet and gig are £26 or gig only is £16. Details www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk/nancy-kerr--james-fagan.html.

Sunday 15 May 2016 7.30pm - John Etheridge & Vimala Rowe - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Legendary guitarist John Etheridge has had substantial relationships during his 45 year career with some of the most famous names of 20th century music including Stephane Grappelli, Nigel Kennedy, John Williams, Yehudi Menuhin and Soft Machine. For the Festival, he joins forces with sensational vocal star Vimala Rowe, who has been gaining plaudits wherever she goes. Together John and Vimala weave a magical spell, effortlessly travelling musically from India to Africa, Middle East and the USA. Part of the Dart Music Festival. www.theflavel.org.uk.

Sunday 15 May 2016 - Martin & Eliza Carthy - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Martin Carthy and daughter Eliza join forces to perform songs from their first duo album of traditional material. For more than forty years Martin has been one of Folk music’s greatest innovators, enjoying musical partnerships with Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick, Norma Waterson and many more. Eliza Carthy is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation, performing with a diverse array of artists including Paul Weller and Rufus Wainwright. She has revitalised modern folk music with her intelligent, charismatic and boundary-crossing performances. Eliza Carthy was nominated Best Singer in the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/martin-eliza-carthy. £16. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Sunday 15 May 2016 7.30pm - Recreations (Sam Duckworth) - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
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. Part of '7 Days In May'.

Wednesday 18 May 2016 - Calan - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Calan breathes fire into the old traditions with their infectious rhythms and high voltage routines before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs. "A diverse ride between giddy Welsh reeling, healthy acoustic folk-pop with upfront attitude and brashness of youth" fRoots. Calan play fiddles, whistles, guitar and bagpipes and a traditional reed instrument from Wales called a pibgorn made from a wooden pipe and the horns of a bull. Great fun, a sense of humour and step dancing from a champion dancer makes for a great show. Details, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!calan/eqgup. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

Wednesday 18 May 2016 8.30pm - The Nightjar - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Nominally, The Nightjar are a folk band, or at least inspired by various traditional musics, but their sound has developed to include free improvisation, field recordings and live electronics. The Nightjar use close 3-part harmony, interlocking sparse guitars and live electronics. Their sound and the intensity of lead singer Mo Kirby's vocals will lure the listener into a dreamlike world, that is often eerie and haunting. The band consists of Mo Kirby on lead vocals, Pete Thomas on acoustic guitar, electronics and vocals, Sarah Ricketts on double bass and vocals and Jez Anderson on electric guitar. www.thenightjarmusic.com. £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Thursday 19 May 2016 7.30pm - Richard Digance - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated. Richard Digance is not just a singer/guitarist, and not merely one of the country’s most celebrated comedy entertainers, he is also a one man creative industry, whose achievements are acknowledged around the world. A BAFTA nominated performer, a world acclaimed poet, an author and an artist. ‘Richard Digance is simply a national treasure’ Bob Harris. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2636_richard_digance.

Thursday 19 May 2016 - Corinne West - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A long overdue return from this Californian born singer-songwriter has been touring and performing since the age of 15, when she left home with guitar in hand to travel across America in a converted school bus. Whisky poets & angels, cowgirls & bluebirds, West’s characters chart the tides, test the winds, and weather severe storms; all given life by her compelling stage-presence and luscious voice. West's deep Americana sound, informed by nomadic-roads traveled, continues to radiate her respected reputation within the roots scene around the world (Bob Harris is a “massive fan”). www.corinnewest.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Friday 20 May 2016 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Barrel House, Totnes (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. Details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/mad-dog-mcrea.

Friday 20 May 2016 7.30pm - Jim Moray - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Jim Moray is one of the most consistently inventive musicians working in English traditional music today. Winner of five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, after five ground-breaking albums he now finds himself at the forefront of a new folk revival in the UK, and hailed as a pivotal influence by a new generation of folk musicians. In 2013 he celebrated both 10 years since his landmark debut album Sweet England and the success of his 2012 career best Skulk. Now he brings material from his forthcoming album of traditional ballads out on the road for an evening of storytelling music at its best. 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. Part of '7 Days In May'.

Friday 20 May 2016 8pm - d'Accord Exeter - Ide Memorial Hall, Fore Street, Ide, Nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
French & Breton dance and music. Beginners Welcome. Doors 7.45pm. Contacts: email daccordexeter9@gmail.com), tel. 01392 811593. www.daccordexeter.co.uk.
NB This is the booking cutoff date for the d'Accord River Exe Boat Trip from Exmouth on Sunday 5 June.

Saturday 21 May 2016 11.30am - Open access singing workshop with Rosa Rebecka - Coffee Room, Kingskerswell Parish Centre (map)
A friendly and inclusive singing workshop for beginners and experienced singers alike. Explore your voice with joyful sounds and rounds, harmonisation and singing technique tips. Rosa Rebecka is a Swedish singer/songwriter and folk performer, and has been running music workshops and teaching singing across Devon since 2001. “Wonderful... She woke our voices up. Her voice is superb – She made sure we were doing our very best.” Peggy Seeger, after a singing workshop led by Rosa Rebecka. £10. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee. Part of '7 Days In May'.

Saturday 21 May 2016 7.30pm - Rory Mcleod & The Familiar Strangers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Rory McLeod is an enduring and internationally popular performer who has now chosen to work with other musicians of quality who are successful in other genres, but sympathetic to his vision. 'The Familiar Strangers' bring a musical depth and range to compliment Rory's outstanding talents as wordsmith and to match his engaging and earthy performing qualities, the band is: Diego La Verde Rojas - Columbian harp, cuatro; Bob Morgan - clarinet, saxophone; Richard Sadler - double bass. 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. Part of '7 Days In May'.

UPDATED Limited tickets remain available
Saturday 21 May 2016 - Richard Digance - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE
The Kingston Summer Seasonal Concert: Richard is a BAFTA Nominated entertainer and a Gold Award recipient from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. He is also listed in the Virgin Anthology of Music as an influential writer of comedic songs. Not many guitarists have played a duet with Queen's Brian May, worked with Steve Martin, played an acoustic set with Status Quo or performed at The London Palladium with the late Robin Williams, Richard has. 'Richard Digance is a National Treasure' (Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2). Tickets £10 adv available from John Connor tel. 01548 810806.

Sold out Saturday 21 May 2016 8pm - Martin & Eliza Carthy - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)

Saturday 21 May 2016 7.30pm - Lute Concert - St. Winifred's Church, Branscombe
Renaissance to Baroque. Lutes, songs and tunes spanning 300 years. Steve Graham (playing a selection of lutes, including Elizabethan guitar, Renaissance and Baroque lutes, and the fabulous Theorbo), Liz Pannell (playing a selection of Baroque Irish (Carolan) tunes on violin and viola), Susan King (singing songs by Dowland, Purcell, Handel, as well as Renaissance music from Italy and France, and a couple of Elizabethan folk songs too). Tickets £10 available from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth or 01297 680297 / 01395 513345. Free glass of wine and Baroque nibbles. Free parking at the village hall,  some disabled parking. In aid of Amnesty International.

Saturday 21 May 2016 7.30pm - Sing for Water - South Brent Old School Community Centre, Totnes Road TQ10 9BP
An evening of songs and music from around the world. With Viva, women's acapella choir led by Roz Walker, Young Folk from the Oak, Skylark-Bluesy songs in harmony with flute fiddle piano mandolin percussion. Refreshments. Tickets £6 adult, £3 child, available adv from Artworks 01364 649424 or Jane 07818 844346 or on the door. All proceeds from evening will go to the charity Water Aid.

Sunday 22 May 2016 8pm - Chris Wood - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
‘Chris Wood has managed this magical thing, writing songs on contemporary themes or putting music to Hugh Lupton’s words that absolutely fit hand in glove with traditional songs but are totally modern.’ – Ian Anderson, fRoots magazine. www.chriswoodmusic.co.uk. £14 adv/£16 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Sunday 22 May 2016 7.45pm - LanderMason - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A Third visit for this immensely talendted duo, so ask anyone from the Club who has seen them and you will find universal praise. fiona Lander is a multi-instrumentalist (vocals, piano, whistles, saxes, clarinet and recorder) and Paul Mason a fne guitarist / vocalist and they combine a multitude of musical styles in original compositions. Quality and versatility!
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 22 May 2016 11.30am - Intermediate to Advanced guitar workshop - Coffee Room, Kingskerswell Parish Centre (map)
With Ben Walker. £10 (limited availability). Workshop for people wishing to look at DADGAD guitar and arrangements of traditional material. Pre-requisites would be knowing how to tune the guitar, experience in playing (some) fingerstyle, ability to read guitar TAB, enthusiasm and patience! Attendees would also be expected to bring their own guitar. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee. Part of '7 Days In May'.

Sunday 22 May 2016 3.30pm - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
2015 BBC Folk Award winners Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker cite Sandy Denny and Nic Jones as influences but have captivated audiences with their own intricate guitar style and Josienne’s emotionally affecting voice. Exquisite songs of love and loss, both original and traditional are contrasted by a self deprecating onstage humour that’s seen them become the most acclaimed new artists on the English folk scene. 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. Part of '7 Days In May'.

Sunday 22 May 2016 7.30pm - Bruce Molsky - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
One of the most influential old-time fiddlers around, Bruce Molsky is also a remarkable guitarist, banjoist and singer. His high-spirited music melds the archaic mountain sounds of Appalachia, the power of blues and the rhythmic intricacies of traditional African music. The Washington Post says Bruce's music "set[s] into motion melodies that radiate enormous spirit and momentum," and Sing Out! says his fiddling "combines precision and abandon so perfectly that it raises the hairs on the back of your neck." America's Association for Independent Music chose his Poor Man's Troubles as Traditional Folk section winner in their annual album awards. 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. Part of '7 Days In May'.

UPDATED Wednesday 25 May 2016 8pm - Fairport Convention - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Fairport Convention has been making great music for nearly fifty years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, the band has been through many changes but the current members retain a passion for live performance. Fairport Convention has attracted critical acclaim: the band has won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award; Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s groundbreaking album Liege & Lief 'The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time'; and their story has been celebrated with a major documentary on BBC Four television. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/fairportconvention2016. Tel. 01752 892220. Almost three-quarters sold.

Friday 27 May 2016 6pm 'til late - Party In The Town - Totnes, various venues
[Thanks to John Summerscales and his Plymouth Music Diary www.summerscales.me.uk/music.htm for the summary information below.]
A multigenre, free event. "Welcome to Party in the Town! I’m delighted to introduce this exciting event in Totnes. Party in the Town springs out of Dartington International Summer School & Festival as part of the new year-round Arts programme at Dartington; we hope it will become an annual event. This year more than 400 performers are taking part, in over 25 venues." (Full details at www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/party-in-the-town)
6:00-6:30 pm - St Mary’s Church - Party in the Town Schools’ Commission
6:30-7:00 pm - Barrel House Ball Room - Sam Fearon
6:30-7:00 pm - Royal Seven Stars Hotel - The Q-dettes
6:30-7:00 pm - Totnes Civic Hall - Jamming Station
6:30-7:00 pm - Totnes Library - Trio of Men
6:30-8:00 pm - Devon Harp Centre - Jordi Francis, Hana Caley & Misuzu Matsumoto
6:40-7:00 pm - St Mary’s Church - BIG Noise Chorus
7:00-7:30 pm - The Nautilus Rooms - Singing Heart
7:10-7:30 pm - St Mary’s Church - Global Harmony
7:15-7:45 pm - Barrel House Ball Room - Lanky and the Beard
7:15-7:45 pm - Royal Seven Stars Hotel - Anna Hamill
7:15-7:45 pm - Totnes Library - The Plymouth Mayflower Chorus
7:30-8:05 pm - Totnes Civic Hall - Gabriel Collins Combo
7:40-8:00 pm - St Mary’s Church - The Choral Engineers
7:45-8:00 pm - The Nautilus Rooms - Amber Sky Higginson
7:45-8:00 pm - Totnes Guildhall - Lola Lovatt-Elson
8:00-8:15 pm - The Nautilus Rooms - Kuki and the Bard
8:00-8:30 pm - Barrel House Ball Room - Harbottle and Jonas
8:00-8:30 pm - Royal Seven Stars Hotel - ROxIRcLE
8:00-8:30 pm - Totnes Library - Dawn Fallon
8:00-9:30 pm - Thrive Café - Adjusting the Contrast
8:05-8:20 pm - Totnes Guildhall - Anna Bennett
8:10-8:55 pm - St Mary’s Church - South West Music School
8:15-8:30 pm - The Nautilus Rooms - Finn Bognuda
8:15-8:50 pm - Totnes Civic Hall - The Ronnie Jones Quartet
8:25-8:40 pm - Totnes Guildhall - A cappella Trio
8:40-9:00 pm - The Nautilus Rooms - Lisa and Libby
8:45-9:15 pm - Barrel House Ball Room - Arizona Law
8:45-9:15 pm - Totnes Guildhall - Tommy Hodgkins Khosla
8:45-9:20 pm - Royal Seven Stars Hotel - Desperate Measures
9:05-9:25 pm - St Mary’s Church - Ensemble Baklava
9:30-11:00pm - Totnes Civic Hall - Courtney Pine’s ‘House of Legends’ (ticketed event, see website for details)

Friday 27 May 2016 8pm - Adjusting the Contrast - Thrive Café, Arcturus Centre, Fore Street, Totnes
Later that month, but still before the next Trade Winds, Susan and Simon are joining our musical mates Katie Whitehouse and Peter Farrie for a newly revived and rebuilt Adjusting the Contrast, our show of words and music on all aspects of love and relationships. Free entry. Contact: Simon and Susan tel. 01364 631308.

27-30 May 2016 - 10th Bude & Stratton Folk Festival
Artists include Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll, Ange Hardy, Jim Causley, Jim Mageean and Barrie and Ingrid Temple. This friendly festival features concerts, workshops, open-mic stages, music sessions and sing arounds. The Sunday evening Music Hall is a major draw. There is Morris Dancing on the quay and Maypole Dancing on Bark House Green. Local schools enjoy free workshops from festival artists. Early bird tickets £40 until 1 April 2016. www.budefolkfest.com.

Wednesday 1 June 2016 6.30pm - Moulettes - Dartington Hall
Dartington Hall lights up its hidden, dormant and unseen spaces with a series of intimate gigs and events in secret locations. After enthralling crowds at Bestival, Glastonbury, End of the Road and Cropredy, psychedelic neo-classical folk rock collective, Moulettes bring their charismatic and idiosyncratic music style to Dartington’s famous annual event, Community Day. www.moulettes.co.uk. Free event. More details etc. www.dartington.org/whats-on/after-dark.

Nationwide search for members of new National Youth Folk Ensemble
The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) has launched a nationwide search for talented young musicians to become the first members of the new National Youth Folk Ensemble. A series of Sampler Days will be held throughout England during May and June to audition musicians aged 14 to 18 for up to 25 places in the Ensemble, which is supported by Arts Council England.
The nearest sampler day in our region is at Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre on Thursday 2 June 2016 10.30am-4pm.
Led by the Ensemble’s Artistic Director, BBC Radio 2’s Folk Musician of the Year 2015 Sam Sweeney, each Sampler Day will include creative workshops with a team of professional folk artists, individual auditions, and a question and answer session with Ensemble staff. Selected musicians will be invited to a final audition in London in July. To register for a Sampler Day, musicians have to be aged between 14 and 18 on 1 September 2016, live in England, be able to play confidently on any instrument and have an interest in folk music.
Full details can be found at www.efdss.org/efdss-education/national-youth-folk-ensemble. An early application is essential.

Friday 3 June 2016 7.30pm - Gilmore & Roberts - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2013 nominees for best duo, Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts (brother of Kathryn) , combine astounding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies with considerable songwriting talent to make a truly distinctive sound. Conflict Tourism is their fourth. Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts noticed a common thread running through their latest crop of original songs. Conflict, whether an internal struggle between positive and negative, or a healthy body and a disease, is an everyday phenomenon captured perfectly by these 11 tracks. 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 4 June 2016 8pm - Gilmore & Roberts - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Nominated Best Duo in the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning song writing with astounding musicianship and trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Twice nominated at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (vocals, fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (vocals, guitar) have played some of the UK’s biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work. “Katriona and Jamie maintain their place at the forefront of contemporary roots-folk songwriting.” fRoots.
Details, sample etc. www.calstockarts.org.

Sunday 5 June 2016 7.45pm - Quicksilver - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
When you combine the outtstanding musicianship of Grant Baynham (remember "That's LIfe") on guitar with the sublime voice of HIlary Spencer (Artisan, Mrs Ackroyd), then you suspect you are in for a nice concert with some humour. What you get is an hilarious evening of, well, outstanding musicianship and superb singing. It's a treat, so don't miss it!
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 5 June 2016 10.30am-2pm - d'Accord River Exe Boat Trip - Exmouth
Boarding from 10am from Exmouth Marina. Adult £10, child 5-16 £5, U5 free. BYO food, no catering on board . Bar available and hot drinks can be purchased. Musicians, dancers and non dancers welcome, come and dance on the boat's dance floor or just enjoy the cruise. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event. Contact Phil Jesson 07582 595694 email philipjesson1[at]gmail.com. Ticket sales deadline Friday 20 May. www.daccordexeter.co.uk.

Sunday 5 June 2016 7.30pm - Tir na nOg - Edgemoor Hotel, Haytor Rd, nr Bovey Tracey TQ13 9LE
Support: Crystal Jacqueline. Leo O’Kelly & Sonny Condell are two of the most original and influential songwriters and performers Ireland has ever produced. Their guitars wind and mesh gorgeously together, their voices likewise; nor can they be separated for the quality of their songwriting. They recorded three timeless albums for Chrysalis Records  in the early 70s. the label. John Peel championed the duo from the start, recording many Peel Sessions with them. They toured with bands as disparate as Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, The Who, Roxy Music and Steeleye Span in the 70s, as well as headlining their own theatre, college and club gigs, garnering a large cult following. 2015 saw the eagerly awaited release of a new studio album, their first since 1973! It has received glowing reviews. Samples etc. www.tirnanog-progfolk.com. More details, bookings (£12, no fee) etc. www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/FHLFMH.
Coming next: 10 July 2016 – the return of the magnificent Michael Chapman.

Sunday 5 June 2016 7.30pm - Harry Harris - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Since signing to Wild Sound Recordings in 2013, Harry Harris has been building a reputation as one of the UK’s most original and formidable singer/songwriters. A ruthless guitar player with a voice that moves from the explosive to the intimate, he writes songs that grab you by the scruff of the neck and refuse to let go.His last album Songs About Other People was named Folk Album of the Year by The Telegraph, and song The Ballad of Ronnie Radford was named Song of the Year by FATEA Magazine. Support: Kitty Macfarlane; Kitty's songs are charged with a sense of place – more often than not her home of Somerset. Mankind's transactions with the planet, whether those of small French fishing communities, or colossal nuclear power stations, work their way into her songs, alongside a deep interest in shared human experience. 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.

Tuesday 7 June 2016 2-4pm - "FirstTuesday" Storytelling Cafe - Twyford House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NF
Come tell a story: personal, traditional, made up or family, or just listen to someone else. Max 10 mins per story, and no reading aloud allowed. Just come and have fun in a relaxed cosy, supportive setting. £3 to include refreshments. Details from Janet on 07834 194215.

Friday 10 June 2016 8pm - John Kirkpatrick - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Probably the finest button-accordian, melodeon and concertina player in the country, with an excellent powerful voice, and a very influential and prolific artist. He was a member of The Albion Band, Steeleye Span, Umps & Dumps, Brass Monkey, Band Of Hope, as well as his own band in the late 1990's. He has worked with the likes of Chris Parkinson (Sultans Of Squeeze), Martin Carthy, Ashley Hutchings, Richard & Linda Thompson, Roy Bailey, Nic Jones, Martyn Wyndham-Read... and has also been involved in various projects including Morris On, The Compleat Dancing Master and Lark Rise To Candleford. He is still heavily involved in the morris dancing scene, having formed The Shropshire Bedlams in 1975. John has also contributed to over sixty plays in the theatre and radio. £10 (paid in adv); £12 (door). Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family). www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.
JK Updates
1) John has recently joined The Home Service as lead vocalist, replacing John Tams who has retired.
2) The new Kirkpatrick family ceilidh band (replacing Mr Gubbin's Bicycle), 'Kirkophany' (JK with his four sons Jobie, Benji, George and Fergus - five Kirkpatricks, five Shropshire Bedlams - you have been warned!) is playing the Bulverton Marquee Ceilidh at Sidmouth on Friday 29 July.

Friday 10 June 2016 8pm - William The Conqueror - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
William The Conqueror are three passionate musicians (Ruarri Joseph, Harry Harding & Naomi Holmes) hell bent on staying in love with what they do. They make music for the love of music. The inevitable obstacles of life will close doors as we roll, but for now they are all open and there is nothing more exciting or freeing. William the Conqueror is what happens when you do what you love for a living but work so hard to make that living that you start to resent it. It's an outlet for all the ideas that never get the space to blossom because needs must. Details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/william-the-conqueror.

Saturday 11 June 2016 8pm - John Kennaby’s 70th Birthday Ceilidh Party - Clyst St Mary Village Hall, Clyst St Mary, Exeter EX5 1BG
All Welcome to join in this high energy dance night to celebrate John's '3 score & 10'. The ceilidh band is Captain Swing with caller Mike Griffiths www.captainswing.org.uk. Lots of dancing to great music. Soft drinks, snacks and bar available. On the dance agenda : Ceilidh + Irish Set + Salsa + spots. Irish Set Dancing lead by Maggie Daniel. Salsa spot lead by Kevan Kennedy www.lemonfrog.org. Venue is just off Junction 30 on the M5 heading towards Sidmouth. £4 contribution towards cost appreciated. Please email RSVP to jkennaby[at]btinternet.com.

Saturday 11 June 2016 - Martyn Joseph - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Juxtaposition is a key theme in Martyn’s work. The simplicity and the complexity of the human condition and all that it encompasses is underpinned with a heady promise of hope. There is a versatility to Martyn’s music that is hard to categorise. Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn’t need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, 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.. Autumn 2015 marked the release of Martyn’s brand new studio album, “Sanctuary” and he’ll be showcasing these new songs, along with other familiar and much loved material. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart. 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.

Tuesday 14 June 2016 - Simpson, Cutting & Kerr - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Three leading lights of British folk regroup as a new trio made up of guitar hero Martin Simpson, singer and fiddle-player Nancy Kerr and squeezebox star Andy Cutting. Their debut album Murmurs will be released in June 2016. Murmurs was recorded in January this year and captures all the excitement of three master musicians having musical fun together. It’s a collection of songs that communicate to the listener a sense of bonded musicianship, a real feeling and empathy for each others’ playing and a collective love and innate understanding of the music.
Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/simpson-cutting-kerr. £15. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Thursday 16 June 2016 - Tom McConville - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Musician of the Year (2009), Tom is a singer and fiddle player extraordinaire. Drawing on traditional music from his Newcastle home with Irish, American and Scottish influences, he creates a truly original sound combining jazz, folk, bluegrass and classical roots. Expect a heart-stopping, virtuosic performance, punctuated by Tom's inimitable Geordie wit. www.tommcconville.co.uk. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Friday 17 June 2016 8pm - Moore Moss Rutter - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Tom Moore (violin), Archie Churchill-Moss (melodeon) and Jack Rutter (guitar/vocals) combine musical material, style and tradition from their home counties of Norfolk, Somerset and Yorkshire respectively. Since 2009, Moore Moss Rutter have been playing as a trio, meticulously reworking English tunes and compositions into sets and songs which have been described as "intelligently crafted musical adventures". Often praised for musical “maturity and sophistication”, it is their aim to carefully create soundscapes of mellow and precisely engineered beauty - as well as wild builds of tension and tempestuous climaxes. Tickets £8. More details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk.

Friday 17 June 2016 8pm - Charlie Dore - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5JN (map)
Support: Greg Hancock. Full details, links etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/356379. Tickets £12. Contact sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk or 07508 169049. Tea and coffee available. BYO alcohol. No wheelchair access.

NEW Friday 17 June 2016 - Topsham Storytelling: Extraordinary Birds - Topsham Museum
Stories for a Summer's Evening. Three lyrical storytellers: Sharon Jacksties, Lisa Schneidau and Katy Cawkwell with tales to take you on the wing to a world of trickster ravens, savage eagles and shape-shifting swans. Regular monthly storytelling events in Topsham (different venues). Full details www.storytellingintopsham.moonfruit.com. Aimed at adults, unsuitable for children under 10.

NEW 17-19 June 2016 - 18th Teignmouth Folk Festival
Jeff Warner, Malinky, The James Brothers, Magpie Lane, The Claque, The Roaring Trowmen, CELT, City of Plymouth Pipe Band, dance sides. Details www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk.

NEW 17-19 June 2016 - A Little Moor Merriment: A Dartmoor Weekend - Lustleigh
Including The Kelly Quarry Blasters and Friends on Friday evening, Family Ceilidh with Dartmoor Pixie Band on Saturday evening. Many free events Saturday afternoon: dance workshops, morris dancing, music, mummers play, photography exhibition and film. Full details www.moormerriment.wix.com/almm.

Saturday 18 June 2016 8pm - Charlie Dore & Julian Littman - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Charlie Dore’s music is hard to label, but eclectic, contemporary Folk is the closest to it – and Julian Littman, fresh from touring with his ‘other’ band, Steeleye Span, is always up for an improvised solo or two. Charlie is a multi-award-winning writer and although she has written for the great and the good, her live show reveals that she keeps the best songs for herself. With eight albums’ worth of songs to mine, no two nights are the same. The array of instruments – guitars, piano, mandolin, harmonium, autoharp and ukulele, is constantly swapped as they dip into their latest album, Milk Roulette. There may be a new version of Charlie’s first ever single, Fear of Flying (covered by George Harrison) and even a new take on her chart-topping hit Pilot of the Airwaves – still a BBC Radio 2 favourite. Samples https://soundcloud.com/charlie-dore-songs/sets/charlie-dore-songs. Details www.calstockarts.org.

UPDATED Website link corrected
Tuesday 21 June 2016 7.30pm - Faustus - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Folk at the Flavel continues with one of the best bands in the UK. Formed in 2008 Faustus features three prominent UK folk musicians. Multi-instrumentalist Benji Kirkpatrick (guitar, bouzouki and banjo) is a member of the legendary Bellowhead and has featured in Seth Lakeman and Maddy Prior's bands. Saul Rose, regarded as one of the best melodeon players in the UK, is the front man of ceilidh band Whapweasel and recently had a year playing Songman in War Horse. He is . Fiddle player Paul Sartin is also a member of Bellowhead and is one half of the BBC Radio 2 Folk awards nominees Belshazzars Feast. Faustus promise a great evening of music rooted in the English tradition with great storytelling but presented in a modern and exciting way including fantastic three part harmonies. www.theflavel.org.uk/TheFlavel.dll/WhatsOn.

Thursday 23 June 2016 - Kent Duchaine - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
The master of blues returns! For almost 40 years, Kent and his beloved Leadbessie, a beaten up 1934 National Steel Guitar, have wowed audiences worldwide. His exceptional guitar playing and deep, intriguing voice combine to set the old style delta blues alight. Kent's life stories of friendships and loves, the history of blues music, the men who developed it, and his incredible involvement with some of them characterise his shows and have his audiences laughing and crying in equal measure. "One of the best five concerts nationwide (across all genres)" Sunday Times. www.kentduchaine.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Friday 24 June 2016 7.30pm - Kirsty Bromley & Lucy Wise - Churston Traditional Farm Shop Restaurant, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
details/time tbc. Book tickets by emailing info@maggieandmike.co.uk or calling Maggie on 01803 855961, or online at www wegottickets.co.uk??? tba

Friday 24 June 2016 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Sidmouth Methodist Hall, High Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LE
Spoken Word of SidMouth StoryNights present Storyteller Shonaleigh Cumbers telling “The Tower of Bagel”. In medieval Odessa, a humble Jewish baker, Lemuel, takes in a foundling who holds many secrets. He must tease out the tangled knot of riddles and track the slow emergence of a recipe for a new kind of savoury bread roll. Shonaleigh has travelled the world delighting audiences with this popular mix of story, song, riddle and seeds of wisdom. She is probably the last Drut’syla, a Jewish tradition of storytelling. Adv tickets £8 available from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth 01395 514516, or door £10. For more details call 07834 194215, JanetTells@gmail.com.

Saturday 25 June 2016 7.30pm - Sultans of String - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
JUNO (Canada’s Grammy) nominees and SiriusXM winners Sultans of String create “Energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burn!” (Maverick Magazine, UK). Thrilling audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, Flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, and South Asian rhythms, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar, while sitar serves up shimmering grooves. Throughout, acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound. They will be showcasing their new release, Subcontinental Drift, a blend of ragas, reels and rumbas with special guest/sitar master Anwar Khurshid (featured in the Oscar winning Life of Pi, The Love Guru). Since forming 8 years ago, Sultans of String have hit #1 across Canada on Top 10 national radio charts, and received multiple awards and accolades, including 2 JUNO nominations, 1st place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries), 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards, plus invitations to perform and record with such luminaries as The Chieftains and David Bromberg. 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 26 June 2016 8pm - Jess Vincent - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5JN (map)
Support: James Shead. Jess is an an extraordinary young songwriter from Wiltshire with a unique and gorgeous voice has which has been compared to many, (Kate Bush, Iris Dement and Maria Muldaur) but is so distinctive that it could only be Jess Vincent. Utterly captivating live, she delivers her songs with subtle arrangements on guitar, baritone uke & harmonium and shruti box reveal a maturity that belies her youth, yet allows her vulnerability to shine through. Full details, links etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/356483. Tickets £12. Contact sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk or 07508 169049. Tea and coffee available. BYO alcohol. No wheelchair access.

Tuesday 28 June 2016 7.30pm - Martin Carthy - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums. 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 30 June 2016 - Pete Oxley & Nicolas Meier - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A welcome return on their second visit from jazz guitar maestro Pete Oxley, with Nicolas Meier closing out our spring season at the Mill. The blend of Metheny-esque jazz with Turkish-inspired music to create his utterly unique style. Stalwarts of Ronnie Scott's and Wigmore Hall, Pete and Nicolas regularly perform with some of the world's leading jazz artists, including Chris Garrick, Tim Whitehead, John Etheridge, Bill Evans and Brad Mehldau. As a duo, these wonderful guitarists perform with a spontaneity and intuitive interplay that is truly dazzling. Expect a contemporary soundscape that ranges from Latin American to Turkish to Hungarian gypsy, Middle Eastern and more. www.peteoxley.com, www.meiergroup.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Thursday 30 June 2016 8.30pm - Adem and Laura Moody - Dartington Hall
Dartington Hall lights up its hidden, dormant and unseen spaces with a series of intimate gigs and events in secret locations. Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and creator of the acclaimed album ‘Homesongs’ Adem brings his instrumental pastoral pop. Joining him will be wildly alternative cellist, vocalist and avant-singer-songwriter, and long-standing member of internationally acclaimed Elysian String Quartet, Laura Moody. www.lauramoodymusic.com, www.dominorecordco.com/artists/adem. More details, bookings etc. www.dartington.org/whats-on/after-dark.

Friday 1 July 2016 7.30pm - Mawkin - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
One of brit-folks brightest new guns, Mawkin are a blistering 5-piece band, fusing folk, blues and rock. On the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene, with all the verve and mystique of ancient folk music traditions from across the globe, they sing rousing songs of rebellion. Brothers David Delarre (Eliza Carthy, Tred) and fiddler James Delarre (Saul Rose & James Delarre, Topette) underpin the virtuoso bellowing of Nick Cooke’s melodeon (Kate Rusby, Jim Moray), with a solid rhythm section of Danny Crump on bass and Lee Richardson (Diverted, Extreme Music) on drums. www.mawkin.co.uk. “Invigorating, Highly Inventive” – Q Magazine; “ Unapologetically Energetic” – Songlines Magazine; “ Gutsy, Impressive, Exquisite“ – The Guardian; Bookings etc. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk/events/2016/jul-1/mawkin. £12 adv (£14 door if available).

NEW Friday 1 July 2016 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Exeter Cathedral
Support: The Lost Sound Chorus. Show of Hands are performing a special World War 1 Centenary concert at Exeter Cathedral to commemorate the 19240 Allied servicemen who lost their lives on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. The concert will feature songs from Show of Hands’ acclaimed album, Centenary and will raise funds for ‘Shrouds of the Somme’ the West Country project remembering each one of the 19240 men who fell that day 100 years ago. All profits will be donated to The Exeter Foundation and SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity. More details www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk/event/all-events/concert-show-of-hands.ashx.

Saturday 2 July 2016 - South Brent Folk Day
See www.southbrentfolk.org.uk/index.php/events/36-2016-events for provisional details.

Saturday 2 July 2016 8pm - Tony Hazzard - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5JN (map)
Not folk, but someone who wrote 60s/70s hits for the likes of Manfred Mann, The Hollies, The Tremeloes, Lulu, and Herman's Hermits and had other songs recorded by Gene Pitney, Dave Berry, Simon Dupree and The Big Sound, Nana Mouskouri, Cliff Richard, Hall & Oates, The Yardbirds, and Andy Williams might be of interest. Read much more at www.wegottickets.com/event/356486.

2 July 2016 - event? - Vire Island, Totnes
tbc Harbottle & Jonas

NEW Sunday 3 July 2016 ?? - Cosgrave & Banks - Sharpham
Performing at Sharpham Open Day. 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). Tel. 01364 652444. www.cosgraveandbanks.com.

NEW Tuesday 5 July 2016 2-4pm - "FirstTuesday" Storytelling Cafe - Twyford House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NF
Come tell a story: personal, traditional, made up or family, or just listen to someone else. Max 10 mins per story, and no reading aloud allowed. Just come and have fun in a relaxed cosy, supportive setting. £3 to include refreshments. Details from Janet on 07834 194215.

Thursday 7 July 2016 7.30pm - Iain Bruce + Ian & Moe Walker - Churston Traditional Farm Shop Restaurant, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
Great entertainers - the two Ians and Moe packed out the venue last time they joined us. Your ticket price includes snacks during the interval.. Book tickets by emailing info@maggieandmike.co.uk or calling Maggie on 01803 855961, or online at

NEW Sunday 10 July 2016 - Michael Chapman - venue tbc Bovey Tracey
details tbc

NEW Thursday 14 July 2016 8pm - Steve Turner - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
www.steve-turner.co.uk. More information from Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

NEW Thursday 14 July 2016 7.30pm - Nine Pound Catfish - Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
Ian Gardner's Nine Pound Catfish return to perform more of their footstompin’ good-time blues www.ninepoundcatfish.co.uk. Plus resident duo Devon Delta (Stuart Cumberpatch, slide and lap guitar; Robert Spence, harp & vocals). Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

NEW Friday 15 July 2016 - Eve Selis Band - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Kicking off our Summer Courtyard season is The Eve Selis Band on their three week UK tour. San Diego-based Eve converts country, R&B, blues, folk and rock n'roll into a musical force that stops you in your tracks. This gifted writer and electrifying singer has been likened to Bonnie Raitt, Joan Osborne and Melissa Etheridge, and numbers Bob Harris among her fans "One of the best shows I've ever seen in the UK". She returns with her stellar band with fire in her bones and new songs in her heart. www.eveselis.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 22 July 2016 - Eduardo Niebla - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Hailed by the Guardian for his "exquisite guitar" playing and lyrical, poignantly poetic style, Eduardo Niebla is one of the truly outstanding guitarists of today; technically brilliant, fantastically creative and full of passion and verve. An evening of stunning flamenco jazz, in a " truly breathtaking" performance (Scotsman) that draws on the influences from across the world. www.eduardoniebla.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

22/23 July 2016 - Chagstock Festival - Chagford
Multi-genre festival; line-up includes Donovan, The Strangers, The Blockheads, Ferocious Dog, Danny & The Champions Of The World, Cattle & Cane, Marc O’Reilly, and many more. www.chagstock.info.

NEW Saturday 23 July 2016 8pm - Will McNicol & Luke Selby - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Details tba. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Wednesday 27 July 2016 - Flats and Sharps - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Hailing from Cornwall this five piece band blur the lines of Bluegrass, Folk, Country & Pop, playing highly original songs as well as their renditions of Blugrass classics. They can already list the Country 2 Country Festival at the O2 , The Proms at Hyde Park amongst an incredible list of live performances. " effortlessly entertaining....sublime five part harmonies...the pace of their performance is breathtaking" Mark Ellen - R2 Magazine. www.flatsandsharps.co.uk. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Wednesday 27 July 2016 - Hayseed Dixie - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
The band was formed in the summer of 2000 on the front porch of a cabin in the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee, when after drinking enough whiskey to float a battleship across the Sahara Desert, it became suddenly obvious to the boys that the "Lost Highway" of Hank Williams and the "Highway To Hell" of AC/DC were the same damned road. The rest of the world first got a taste of the boys on April 17, 2001 with the release of their first album, titled "A Hillbilly Tribute To AC/DC".  This gig will sell out. Details, samples, bookings etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!hayseed-dixie/o0qza. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

NEW 29/30 July 2016 - Tashi Lhunpo Tibetan Monks workshops/performance - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
See www.theflavel.org.uk/TheFlavel.dll/WhatsOn for details. Art, costumes, music, dance...

UPDATED 29 July to 5 August 2016 - Sidmouth Folk Week
See full details, and join the the festival's e-circulation, at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk. Last day for Early Bird tickets is Friday 30 April.

I don't normally give details on any individual Sidmouth events (because there's just too much - and it's all on their website), but I am making one special exception:
29 July-5 August 2016 - Sidmouth Festival Ceilidhs
See details at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk, with a special mention for a very good friend of Harberton Folk and his brand new family ceilidh band:
Friday 29 July 2016 - Kirkophany - Bulverton Marquee, Sidmouth Festival
John Kirkpatrick's new family band, featuring JK calling the dances and playing button accordion along with his 4 sons: Jobie on bass guitar; Benji on guitars, bouzouki, banjo, mandolin;  George on melodeons, selected percussion; Fergus on drums - Five Kirkpatricks, five Shropshire Bedlams - you have been warned!

30 July-27 August - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
One of Europe's leading music summer schools. In Week 2 (6-13 August) folk and poetry continues to be an important part of the programme: Northumbrian pipes-player and fiddler Kathryn Tickell returns to run a folk course, and Sally Davies directs our Dartington Folk Choir. The poet Jo Shapcott leads a poetry writing course. Concerts burn with a poetic intensity, from late night harpsichord music and Chopin’s complete Mazurkas, to a celebration of Kathleen Ferrier and Jane Glover’s Mozart’s Women. Operatic fireworks, Baroque brilliance – and a ceilidh too! See www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/ for details, brochure etc.

NEW Thursday 4 August 2016 - Cooper & Davies - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Shropshire duo Rob Cooper and Simon Davies. Drawn together by a desire to play rootsy Americana, they developed their own style and sound which draws on the traditions of country, blues and bluegrass et al. Having recently played at Country 2 Country at the O2 these guys are gauranteed to leave audiences with toes tapping and faces smiling. www.cooperanddavies.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

5-7 August 2016 - Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal
Artists confirmed for 2016 so far include: Blazin' Fiddles; Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston; Bob Fox; Mawkin; Talisk; Bayou Seco; Tickled Pink; The Dartmoor Pixie Band (Friday night & Sunday night); Ramsley Minors; Entertainingly different... plus more to be confirmed...... www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 6 August 2016 - The Rheingans Sisters - Athenaeum Theatre, Plymouth
At Gingers Gathering 2016 www.facebook.com/gingersthegathering. Fiddle-singers Rowan and Anna, nominated twice in the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - for the 'Horizon' award and for 'Best Original Track'. www.rheinganssisters.co.uk. 'The Rheingans Sisters are delicate and skilled musicians who refresh their traditions by embellishing known themes in their own particular style, creating sounds that are recognisably grounded in the earth of folk music and song, yet flying to new destinations.' Nancy Kerr, 2015 BBC Folk Singer of the Year; '[new album] is unhurried music of heart and ease and lyricism, with gorgeous new songs that sound already timeless, that reek of earthly human connection and longing; a warm hug of an album.' Karine Polwart.

NEW Thursday 11 August 2016 - Tipitina - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
The trio's music is a life-enhancing blend of swing, boogie, jive, gospel and blues in the New Orleans tradition. Championed by BBC Radio 2's Paul Jones, the band will have you dancing in the aisles. Vocalist Debbie Jones is as sultry as a night downtown and Justin Randall's piano boogies like there's no tomorrow. Their performances are full of energy, versatility and sheer ‘joie de vivre' - no wonder they're one of our most popular acts! www.myspace.com/tipitinaartist/music/songs. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 12 August 2016 - Devon Acoustic Collective - Lupton House, Churston Ferrers, nr Brixham TQ5 0LD
Concert featuring Folk Inspired (Chris & Paul Woodhouse), Harpingmad (Bill & Susi Trezise), Nine Pound Catfish (Graham Butterfield, Ian & Jane Gardner), Orinoco (Susi Trezise & Martyn Cornellius). Contact 01803 550153 or 07894 961010. Email: p.woodhouse47@sky.com.

Monday 15 August 2016 - Hayseed Dixie - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Is there really such a thing as a hillbilly band covering rock classics? You betcha. They are called Hayseed Dixie and they play Rockgrass. Songs by artists such as Kiss, Outkast, Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith get the Rockgrass treatment, but the band play original songs too. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/hayseed-dixie. £16. Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW Thursday 18 August 2016 - Brooks Williams & Lightning Express - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Georgia born Brooks, ranked one of the Top 100 Acoustic guitarists, along with bassist Andy Seward and drummer Keith Angel who make up Lightning Express. Singer-songwriter Brooks writes groove-laden songs and delivers them with an easy-going vocal style and monstrous guitar chops. Walking the line between blues and Americana, Williams has worked stages worldwide for over 25 years and now returns with the band, amassing a staggering back-catalogue of songs, recordings and tales of life on the road. www.brookswilliams.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Thursday 25 August 2016 - Gigspanner - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
We end our summer courtyard sessions with a welcome return visit from this brilliant trio headed by legendary  ex-Steeleye Spanfiddle player, Peter Knight. Joined by Roger Flack (guitar) and Vincent Salzfaas (congas and djembe), Peter's Gigspanner will take you on a dazzling musical world tour, that combines traditional British with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences. "Peter Knight can spin the World on his Bow" (Sir Terry Pratchett). www.gigspanner.com.  Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

26-29 August 2016 - Cornwall Folk Festival - Wadebridge
Ralph McTell and Martin Simpson headlining. www.cornwallfolkfestival.com.

Saturday 3 September 2016 - Fishstock Seafood & Music Festival - Brixham

NEW 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?

NEW Friday 23 September 2016 8pm - Pete Coe - 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).
Friday 21 October - Les Barker
Friday 18 November - Jim Moray

NEW 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)
Details tba. Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations ??? . www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 24 September 2016 - Ninebarrow - Downderry & Seaton Village Hall, Main Road, Downderry, Torpoint, Cornwall PL11 3LW
Details tbc www.ninebarrow.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 25 September 2016 3pm - Ninebarrow - Galmpton Village Institute Hall, Greenway Road, Brixham TQ5 0LT (map)
A Sunday afternoon concert Ninebarrow 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.

NEW 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.

UPDATED Rescheduled from 25 April 2016
Sunday 25 September 2016 ???pm - 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.

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 - 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 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 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).

Friday ?? October 2016 - Faustus - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
tbc www.milvertonmusic.co.uk

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

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.

Saturday 12 November 2016 - Afro Celt Sound System - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
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 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 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 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” (Minor 7th). Her new album Walking Into White (2015) is her most honest and adventurous work to date, with 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.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2726_sarah_mcquaid.

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 with Miranda Sykes - Exmouth Pavilion
Show of Hands 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.

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.

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