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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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Thursday 19 October 2017 7.30pm - Red Rocks Story Open Mic - Upstairs at the Anchor, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LP
Come tell or read aloud your own work. Slots are 8 mins (about 1600-ish words.) Storytellers arrive at 7pm, first come, first tell. £3, £2 storytellers. Contact 07834 194215, email JanetTells@gmail.com. This event repeats in 2018: 15 February, 19 April, 21 June.

Friday 20 October 2017 7.30pm - Martin Carthy - St Andrew’s Parish Church, Moretonhampstead TQ13 8NN
"Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all" Q Magazine - performing in the Medieval acoustic marvel of Moreton’s parish church. An experience not to be missed! Tickets £14 from Moretonhampstead Information Centre, or online www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/martin-carthy-tickets-36542344135?aff=es2.

Friday 20 October 2017 8pm - Red Dirt Skinners - Cadeleigh Parish Hall, nr Tiverton EX16 8HW
Sublime genre-crossing musicianship from a multi-award winning folk/roots duo who blend exceptional harmonies with unique instrumentation to create a full band sound - the internationally acclaimed Skinners sound. www.reddirtskinners.com. Tickets £10 adv from Catherine telephone 01884 855311, online www.wegottickets.com/event/413622, £12 door.

Friday 20 October 2017 7.30pm - Cara Dillon - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Cara Dillon, one of the most outstanding performers on the UK folk scene, returns for a second visit as part of the Folk at The Flavel series. Cara, along with musical partner Sam Lakeman, has become one of the finest exponents of Irish song whilst steering an eclectic musical path, combining the traditional and contemporary. Her many awards include BBC Radio 2 Folk Album of the Year. Support: Local singer songwriter Sam Fearon. www.theflavel.org.uk. 01803 839530.

Friday 20 October 2017 8pm - Wizz Jones - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Folk/Blues legend, Wizz Jones, has been a performer for many decades and is considered one of the finest blues/ragtime guitarists in the country, as well as being a fine entertainer. From busking in the early days with Rod Stewart, Wizz has gone on to work with the likes of fellow guitarist, Pete Berryman, banjo-picker, Pete Stanley and Ralph McTell, with whom he has recently rekindled a duo partership and subsequently recorded an album. www.wizzjones.com/index.html. Support: Nine Pound Catfish. 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 20 October 2017 8pm -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
details tba/tbc French & Breton dance and music. Guest: Venn: Mike Smith, hurdy gurdies, cittern, guitar; Julian Scott, bagpipes, flutes, pastoral oboe; Marcus Scott, diatonic accordions; Ken Rush, electric basses, mandocello. Support band "The Drones Club". Doors 7.45pm, main band 8pm, tea break, 9pm support, main band 9.45pm. Admission £7 includes tea & biscuits. No Bar, BYO.
Information: Pat/Mike 01392 811593, email daccordexeter9@gmail.com, www.daccordexeter.co.uk.

Friday 20 October 2017 8pm - State of the Union 2017 - Milverton Music Club, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Blues man Brookes Williams on tour from USA in a duo with Boo Hewerdine. Tickets £10. BYO drinks. Call 01823 400416 for more information or visit www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

Friday 20 October 2017 8pm - Tankus The Henge - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Support: Funke and the Two Tone Baby. Tankus the Henge is uplifting and wild, dark and heartfelt. A six-piece powerhouse of a band drawing visual and musical influences from old time fairgrounds to modern day circus; The Beatles to Tom Waits and Gogol Bordello to Radiohead, they embody a look and a sound that lies somewhere between their South East London home and the carnival town of New Orleans.A unique mix of reggae, ska, and funk to ragtime gypsy punk! Front-man Jaz Delorean wows with his voice and ragtime piano skills. £10 adv, £12 door. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

20-22 October 2017 - Ilfracombe Folk, Roots & World Music Festival
3 days of live music, 18 acts, accommodation. Lineup: 1 headline tba; Papillon; Luke Daniels; Kezia; Folklaw; Alice Gullick; Fairport Convention; Richard Digance; Wille & The Bandits; Galley Beggar; The Broadside Boys; Lindisfarne; Emi McDade; Gilmore & Roberts; Said The Maiden; Mia and the Moon; Linda Em; Crumbling Ghost. Details www.ilfracombefolkfestival.co.uk. Early bird tickets available.

Friday 20 October 2017 7.30pm - Sam Green & The Midnight Heist - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
A must see for fans of the John Butler Trio, Gomez, Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsy's and Nirvana; Sam's virtuoso Lap slide, Electric and acoustic guitar playing are now partnered into a rock solid 4 piece line up with powerful songwriting and soulful, raspy vocals delivering the message of social equality, anti-capitalism and love in the turbulent year of 2017. There are as always, observational stories with in the songs tackling current affairs and making sense of personal troubles and triumphs told with humour, satire and positivity. ‘Hill-Billy Beats and catchy choruses‘ Rapture Magazine. ‘A classic retro sound. Kicking out the folk blues jams!! " BBC Introducing. www.samgreenandthemidnightheist.com. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, and online ticketing www.wegottickets.com/event/415065. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Saturday 21 October 2017 5-11pm - Trafalgar Night - Bicton Inn, 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU (map)
Led by Derek Brooks of the Exmouth Shanty Men. Guests Inc The Chantry Bouys. Becky Brooks and local Shanty Men. Come and sing and celebrate Trafalgar Day (We won, but lost Nelson) raising funds for the RNLI.

Saturday 21 October 2017 7.30pm - Andreas Tophøj & Rune Barslund - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Witness two leading folk musicians perform an array of captivating tunes. Andreas Tophøj and Rune Barslund perform with violin, accordion and viola. The two Danes emerged from the folk scene formed arond the Academy of Music in Odense, and their sound is closely linked to Danish folk tradition. The duo combine their roots with the inspiration collected from residing in Ireland and the US, and from encounter with Celtic and Nordic musicians and cultures.
Their repertoire is based on a compelling musical melting pot and mainly features original compositions, such as their track 'The Danish Immigrant', winner of track of the year at the Danish Music Awards Folk. www.andreasrune.dk. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, and online ticketing www.wegottickets.com/event/415066. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Saturday 21 October 2017 - Bicton Street Blues - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Back for their fourth annual concert Dave Gwilliam and Olly Davey bring their unique take on classic blues and country plus their own original songs. Plus support from Eliza Acty: Singer and musician with a unique vocal style. She performs a wide range of folk, Americana, old-time, blues, original and contemporary songs. Added accompaniment from Peter Acty on fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo. Not to be missed! Tickets £7 from the pub (01392 873862) or phone 01395 271780, and include a free 5 track CD of original songs.

Saturday 21 October 2017 7.30pm - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - St George's Hall, Dartmouth Road, Paignton TQ4 6NY
Come and join us for a boisterous evening of dancing. Presented as a fundraiser by the Friends of Froward Point, National Coastwatch, for the watch station there. BYO alcohol. Crisps etc. and soft drinks will be on sale. Tickets £10, available from (all phone codes 01803) Paddy Jewry 842481, Linda Lister 391058, Hilary Bussell 752365. Please include SAE with payment. £12 door (check availability).

Saturday 21 October 2017 8pm - LBGTQ+ & Friends Ceilidh with Pigs Might Fly - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Voodoo Lounge. Caller: Jeremy Child. £10 (£5 concs). More details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/lgbtq-friends-ceilidh, www.barndancecaller.net/genderfree/ceilidh.html.

Saturday 21 October 2017 9pm - Threaded - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Following rave reviews from the release of their second album the ‘super talented’ (Bright Young Folk) trio Threaded are taking their live show around the UK! Prepare to be blown away by ‘creative, clever and captivating music of instant allure and appeal’! (The Living Tradition). Described by FATEA as ‘atmospheric heaven’ and by Folk Radio UK as an ‘impressive talent’, Threaded will take you on a journey through a roller coaster of emotions and musical imagery, with copious amounts of reflection and participation, and you will be left ‘feeling fresh, elated and eager for more.’ (Folk Radio UK). Admission £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Sunday 22 October 2017 7.30pm - John Smith - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Support Tobias ben Jacob. John Smith has played to audiences all over the world, he tours relentlessly with his guitars, looking to communicate through a song and to share something intangible with those willing to listen. His uniquely intimate take on love, loss or even a mythic murder ballad, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following. John plays a rumbling acoustic fingerstyle but sometimes uses a slide or plays the guitar on his lap. His playing and honey-on-gravel vocals have brought crowds the world over to pin-drop silence and rapturous applause. John has self-released four albums. “He’s a magician”-Ben Howard, “Spellbinding”-Time Out. www.johnsmithjohnsmith.com. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, and online ticketing www.wegottickets.com/event/412496. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Sunday 22 October 2017 - Heidi Talbot - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Recipient of 2008’s Indie Acoustic award and the multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee, Heidi Talbot is exploring the idea of jumping, whether it’s into new musical territories, new bands, new studio, new label, new family... Heidi’s fifth solo album crosses the ages, jumps into the unknown, traverses oceans and musical styles – from folk, through Americana, to classic pop, and back again. The County Kildare singer-songwriter, who now resides in Scotland with her musical partner and husband John McCusker, is joined by a host of musicians and co-writers on the album, including Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow), Duke Special, Adam Holmes and Boo Hewerdine. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Baring-Gould Folk Weekend & Song School - Okehampton
Song School:· 22-27 October 2017 - Guest Tutor: John Kirkpatrick www.baring-gould.co.uk.
Folk Weekend: 27-29 October 2017 - This year we are very pleased to be able to welcome from Florence the trio Vincanto, a group of singers we met as part of our European project. They have a great store of traditional Tuscan and Italian folk songs and work in ways very similar to Wren with community projects. www.vincantomusica.it. Other artists booked so far include John Kirkpatrick, Polly Bolton, Hannah Cummings and of course the full Wren team will be there to showcase highlights from this year’s busy Wren programme. www.wrenmusic.co.uk.

Thursday 26 October 2017 8pm - Rodney Branigan - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Texas-raised Londoner Rodney Branigan learned to play in Austin, perform in Los Angeles, craft songs in Nashville and put it all together in London.
He masterfully combines extraordinary multi-instrumental skills with heartfelt lyrics and a rich soulful voice (often compared to Jeff Buckley). A passion for musical diversity has seen Rodney travel the world with his own inimitable style of musicianship. Having toured his native America coast-to-coast. Rodney’s desire to share his fusion of organic progressive folk with undertones of rock, flamenco, classical, bluegrass and jazz have also seen him play China as well as France, Germany and Switzerland, earning him love from fans and respect from established musicians alike. Full details www.ottertonmill.com.

Friday 27 October 2017 - Steve Ashley - Caroline's Kitchen, Churston Farm Shop, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
An intimate concert with Steve Ashley  who has been described as one of the finest singer/songwriters in Britain, if not the entire English speaking world. If you have heard Phil Beer sing Fire and Wine and wondered who wrote it, look no further as it was written by Steve. www.steveashley.co.uk. Adv tickets £12. To book please call Maggie on 01803 855961 / 07770 806083 or email scotcraft@msn.com, online www.wegottickets.com/event/416761. Support from Maggie and Tiggy = 'Milliner's Daughter' who have some new songs from uncharted territory, and they would love your feed back on their new ideas. To judge, of course, you will have to come along. www.facebook.com/maggieandtiggymusic.

Friday 27 October 2017 - Richard Digance Golden Anniversary Tour - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Richard celebrates fifty years of performing by embarking on a special tour of the UK. Thirty one albums, fourteen books, an audio book with Bill Bryson, three million YouTube hits, a Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and a BAFTA Nomination have all happened along the way. Plus support by acoustic duo The Broadside Boys, embarking on their first tour, just like Richard did all those years ago. www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 27 October 2017 7.30pm - Noble Jacks - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
A rip-roaring Alt-Folk band with roof raising energy, whose warm electro-acoustic interactions fuse together a mixture of folky footstompin’ rhythms and engaging lyricism. The band encompasses heartfelt, yet uptempo songs showcasing fiddle, blues harmonica and big anthem toplines. Noble Jacks have a relentless gigging schedule around the the British folk scene and recorded their debut album with Union Music Store at The Metway studio in Brighton. 2017 promises to be an incredible year for this new and aspiring band. www.noblejacks.com. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, and online ticketing www.wegottickets.com/event/413415. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Friday 27 October 2017 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Cellar Bar, Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
SidMouth StoryNights for GrownUps presents: Janet Dowling and friends bring you The Return of Fearsome Fairy Tales for Fearless Adults- the Fairies Fight Back! These are the dark tales of the fairy world, where everything is not as it seems… are you brave enough to listen? Be beguiled and bewitched by a shiver of Devon storytellers telling new tales of old fears. Be warned- these tales are not suitable for Adults of a nervous disposition. Tickets £8 adv from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth, or on door. Bar available, Good disabled access. Not suitable for U14s. For more details call 07834 194215 or email JanetTells@gmail.com.

Friday 27 October 2017 7.30pm - Kevara Klezmer Ceilidh - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Come and dance to more East Euro musical offerings from Kevara. £8.50/7 concs. BYO refreshments.

Saturday 28 October 2017 7.30pm - Chris While & Julie Matthews - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Winners in the Best Duo category at the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and nine times nominated since 2001 in the Best Duo, Best Song & Best Live Act categories. Their songs have been covered by a range of artists including Mary Black, Barbara Dickson, Christine Collister and Fairport Convention. Both multi-instrumentalists, Julie plays guitar, piano, ukulele, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica and accordion while Chris plays guitar, bodhran, banjo, dulcimer and percussion. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, and online ticketing www.wegottickets.com/event/416078. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Saturday 28 October 2017 7.30pm - ‘Tangled Up in Dylan’ - Crediton Arts Centre, East St, Crediton EX17 3AX
Steve Page, from the band Open Secrets, delivers a virtuoso one man performance of songs spanning the career from possibly the world’s most influential songwriter, Bob Dylan. www.creditonartscentre.org.

Saturday 28 October 2017 8pm - Ceilidh with Pigs Might Fly - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
Caller Jeremy Child. All are welcome to this public ceilidh for family fun, no experience needed! Free parking available opposite at the Triangle Car Park. £6 entry, £4 students, £4 members (membership £7 from October, at least 5 dances in the series); contact exeterfolkdance@gmail.com for more info.

Sunday 29 October 2017 7.45pm - Tom Lewis - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Tom is a 24-year veteran of Her Majesty's Royal Naval diesel submarines; although now he's comfortably located on dry land. His songs cover a wide range of nautical topics, from life on board H.M. ships, through the loneliness and lure of the sea, to traditional shanties and classic nautical poetry, set to his own, and others' melodies. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 29 October 2016 8pm - Free feature spot: Ewan McLennan - Globe Hotel Malthouse, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Ewan McLennan is a guitarist at the forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style; a singer that can move audiences with his passion and pathos and a songwriter for whom social justice is still a burning issue.  Info at www.topshamfolkclub.org.
Next Club Guest night: Sunday 26 November 2017 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner
Coming in 2018: Martin & Eliza Carthy 25/2; Peter Knight & John Spiers 25/3; Jez Lowe & Steve Tilston 29/4; Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage 3/6.

31 October-3 November, 7-11 November 2017 7.30pm - Fire at the Clarence - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Cygnet Theatre with Wren Music are proud to celebrate the history of Exeter’s much loved Royal Clarence Hotel with a large-scale community production to coincide with the first anniversary of the fire which destroyed the hotel. Mark Carey’s new play brings vivid life to the famous, infamous and little known characters who lived, worked, played and died at the Royal Clarence Hotel. Box Office: 01392 277819/665885 or www.wegottickets.com/cygnettheatre.

Thursday 2 November 2017 8pm - Urban Folk Quartet - Unit 23 Live, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigás, Tom Chapman and Dan Walsh are Urban Folk Quartet. The award-winning UFQ have ignited international audiences with their high-energy, genre-defying acoustic music since 2009.
UFQ's distinguishing features have much less to do with the traditional idea of genre. Yes, this is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on in it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard. Just as English country dance unassumingly met with big band jazz musicianship in the mid 20th century, The UFQ’s approach to the folk ethos is to embrace any and every influence that genuinely makes sense of their time and place and makes sense in their music. From funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, afrobeat to north Indian rhythms. www.theufq.com. www.unit23live.co.uk.

Thursday 2 November 2017 8pm - Wild Ponies - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
For their latest album Wild Ponies' Doug and Telisha Williams travelled back to their roots in rural Virginia to be inspired by that rugged landscape and its' powerful musical heritage.With the help of local musicians including Kilby Spencer-brother of The Whitetop Mountain Band's Martha-the result is Galax a stripped-back album that nods to the band's history whilst still pushing forward. www.wildponies.net. £12 adv, £15 door. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 3 November 2017 7.30pm - FolkLaw - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Exhilarating songs and music that guarantees to get your feet tapping, your face smiling and your festival-feet jumping! Acrobatic fiddling and earthy vocals are interwoven with distinctive vocal harmonies, mandola and guitars, as FolkLaw deliver a subtle reflective social commentary within a patchwork of inspirational songs and melodies. FolkLaw are well known for their crowd-surfing fiddle antics, engaging on-stage banter, and an energized stage performance is guaranteed. In the words of Banbury Folk Festival "One of the most exciting acts to grace the stage"! www.folklaw.co.uk. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, and online ticketing www.wegottickets.com/event/416078. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Friday 3 November 2017 9pm - Alex Hart & Her Band - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Alex Hart is a young country/folk singer from Devon. Since releasing her first studio album ‘On This Day’ she has embarked on European and UK tours both supporting and playing in the band of Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre, and held her own on a UK tour and Festivals through the South West. Alex is now working with Grammy award winner Terry Britten (famous for Tina Turner’s ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’) on new material for release in 2017, with a new band lineup that brings vocal harmony more to the foreground! www.alexhart.com.  Admission £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 3 November 2017 8pm - The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
The Ukes have become a global sensation and nothing short of a UK national treasure. 'Heresy II Heritage', their new tour, charts the Uke's rise from curiosity to virtuosity, from village hall to the Royal Albert Hall. The Ukes of GB have performed for the British Royal Family, the BBC Proms, Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall, but heretics they remain, poking fun at the cultural elite, defying you to believe their own hype, bemused by all the hot air. On an ongoing "hand-luggage only" world tour, the Ukes provide pure entertainment, dead-pan British humour and irresistible foot-tapping music. They are masters of the unexpected, whether re-imagining folk songs, twisting classical music favourites, uncovering quirky versions of rock covers, or playing the performers' own all-original compositions. “Iconoclastic. Unabashed genre crashing antics. Nothing is spoof proof." Sunday Times. “Most people have to die before they become immortal. These ukulele superstars have no such worries.” New Musical Express. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/ukulele-orchastra-of-great-britain-heresy-ii-heritage.

NEW Friday 3 November 2017 8pm - The Paperboys - Plough Arts Centre, 9-11 Fore St, Great Torrington EX38 8HQ
For two decades, Canadian band The Paperboys have been touring the world and lighting up stages with their free-wheeling blend of influences from Celtic and bluegrass, to Mexican son jarocho, brass bands, and Canadian roots. “One of the most exciting bands to come out of the folk-roots corner...the most exuberant record I've heard in ages...breathtaking." fRoots; "Astonishing eclectic folk-rock from acclaimed Canadian quintet." Mojo; “A place where Irish, Mexican and Roots music collide.” The Seattle Weekly. www.theploughartscentre.org.uk/event/paperboys. Out of our usual coverage area, but the only West-Country tour date.

Saturday 4 November 2017 - Show of Hands - Exeter Cathedral
With special guest Kirsty Merryn. Autumn 2017 Cathedrals Tour. Also featuring Dartmoor Folk Choir ‘The Lost Sound’. www.showofhands.co.uk.

Saturday 4 November 2017 8pm - 3 Daft Monkeys - Chudleigh Community School Hall, Lawn Drive, Chudleigh TQ13 0LS
Bringing vibrant and sparkling new songs from their latest album, festival favourites 3DM perform a brand new set of the quirky, original and upbeat fiddle driven tunes. Now with a 4 piece line-up, the band are taking their famously dynamic live show to new danceable dizzy heights. With Celtic and eastern influences, their style of world folk music reflects the global village in which we now live. Their infectious dancing rhythms lead you through a musical journey of the senses and emotions and leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. www.3daftmonkeys.co.uk. Tickets from 01626 852553, £11 adult, £7 child. Seated, but with room to get up and dance.

Tuesday 7 November 2017 8pm - Lady Maisery - Tavistock Wharf (map)
In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative folk music, vocal trio Lady Maisery shine brightly. With their unique approach to harmony singing, intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice. Whether unearthing a feminist twist hidden in a traditional tale, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad, or showcasing their immense multi-instrumental talents in original compositions that draw on a myriad of musical influences, Lady Maisery are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of song. Underpinning every performance are Lady Maisery’s distinctive harmonies: sometimes lush and rich, sometimes dark and invigorating, they intertwine with assured precision. £10 adv, £12 after 6pm on night. www.tavistockwharf.com.

Thursday 9 November 2017 8pm - Veronica Sbergia & Max De Bernardi - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
We are delighted to welcome back to the Mill, this exciting Italian duo Veronica and Max, winners of The European Blues Challenge 2013. Using ukulele, washboard, kazoo, guitars and mandolin, they sing and play with passion and humour, keeping a precious musical heritage alive by faithfully reproducing its original sound, but with a modern twist. Expect songs from Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie, Jimmie Rodgers, Sidney Bechet, Lucille Bogan, Bo Carter, the Delmore Brothers and more. Full details www.ottertonmill.com.

Friday 10 November 2017 8pm - Cardboard Fox - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Winners of the 2015 Spiral Earth Award for Best Debut, Cardboard Fox are an exciting four piece with a fast growing fan base. This May the band are following up on the success of their EP by releasing their first full album, ‘Out of Mind’. All four musicians have their roots in bluegrass music but their collective influences reach much further and this shows in their music. Formed in late 2013 in Bath, England, the band features the sibling harmonies of Charlotte and Laura Carrivick (the Carrivick Sisters) on guitar/vocals and fiddle/vocals respectively, the extraordinary talents of young mandolin player Joe Tozer and the driving and technically demanding double bass playing and harmony vocals of John Breese. With a focus on original songs with a strong pop sensibility and energetic live shows, this is a group of musicians who are very, very excited about what this line up can create and that’s what makes this acoustic quartet so special. Tickets £8. Full details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk, email andrew@frangleton.co.uk or call 01837 840775.

Friday 10 November 2017 - Martyn Joseph - America Hall, De La Rue Way, Pinhoe, Exeter EX4 8PX (map)
Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other, a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”, but there are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be – but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/407581. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

Friday 10 November 2017 8pm - Jim Causley - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Locally-based singer Jim is known for his mature velvet voice and fine interpretations of traditional songs and in recent years has developed into a fine songwriter. Accompanied by sympathetic accordion and with a healthy dose of cheeky wit, Jim is one of the most engaging performers on the folk scene.
A six-time BBC Folk Award nominee, he has also recorded and toured with Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll and has been involved in many other collaborations and song projects, including ones of Charles Causley poems. Jim's latest albums include Forgotten Kingdom and I am The Song, the latter a selection of Charles Causley Children's poems. www.jimcausley.co.uk. Support: Alison Bloomer & Paul Holden. 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 10 November 2017 9pm - Ash Height - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Virtuoso guitarist and innovative songwriter Ashley Height is not only the driving force behind the Cornwall based band Red Foot Crow but also a world class solo performer. Think John Martyn meets King Sunny Ade with West-African and contemporary Jazz elements effortlessly incorporated within both his acoustic guitar and lap-steel guitar driven compositions. His music has gained much recognition and he has featured on major releases alongside artists such as Bonobo and The XX, as well as playing live alongside such greats as Wizz Jones, Palinka, Martha Tilston, Jez Hellard and many more. Admission £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 10 November 2017 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
Caller: Jeremy Child. Music: Jackie, Ian and Sarah from Pigs Might Fly. A monthly series of Contra Dances. 7.30-10.30pm. Cost £5 per person. Beginners welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

Friday 10 November 2017 7.30pm - Mervyn Stutter - Nicholls Hall, Lydford
An evening of fun, laughter and song. www.mervynstutterK.com. Tickets £9 from 01822 820589 or on door. BYO drink and nibbles.

Saturday 11 November 2017 9pm - Jack Cookson & Calvin Thomas - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Jack Cookson is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter from the South West. He has shared the stage with the likes of Franz Nicolay, Cory Branan and Austin Lucas, and in early 2016 he was announced as one of the final four nominees for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Calvin Thomas has been described as honest and poetic, with a voice that has been noted as one that transcends generations. Calvin’s influences range throughout many genres including Folk, Blues and Punk but maintains a universal audience from all backgrounds. Admission £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

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.

Saturday 11 November 2017 - d'Accord Day Of Dance with Kantref - Newton St Cyres Village Hall
From 2pm with bring food to share for 6pm. Evening dance at 7.30pm. Support band Poisson Rouge. £18 door (all inclusive), £16 early bird (all inclusive) from September, £12 evening Bal only (from 7.30pm), £8 workshop only.

Four one-day Storytelling Sunday workshops in Totnes during autumn 2017 with Lisa Schneidau:
3) Through Different Eyes: 12 November: exploring character in story, for beginners and improvers
4) Spirits of Place and Time: 10 December: exploring environment and historical time, and honouring story sources, for beginners and improvers
For full details see www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

Sunday 12 November 2017 7.45pm - James Keelaghan - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
James Keelaghan is a Canadian folk singer-songwriter. Born in Calgary, Alberta, Keelaghan is now based in Perth, Ontario. Many of the lyrics in his songs display a concern about social problems and justice in society. His masterful story telling has, over the course of eleven recordings, have been part of the bedrock of his success, earning Keelaghan nominations and awards - including a Juno. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 12 November 2017 3pm - Crows - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
The popular 80s folk band favourite “Crows” have returned with a new line-up. Local folk performer Paul Downes now joins Mick Ryan, James Patterson and Dave Bordewey. Lympstone Entertainments are pleased to have managed to book the band following a busy summer which has seen them performing to great acclaim at folk venues and festivals across the country. Tickets £12.50 go on sale at the end of September and can be obtained from Demelza on 01395 272243, or by email boxoffice@lympstone-entertainments.net.

Sunday 12 November 2017 7.30pm - Said The Maiden - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Said The Maiden are Jess Distill, Hannah Elizabeth and Kathy Pilkinton. Their second studio album is a showcase of the trio’s ever-developing yet distinctive and unique sound, featuring their trademark soaring acapella harmonies and fresh new arrangements of traditional songs. However this new release also displays a more diverse collection of material from the trio including a few covers of more modern folk songs, as well as original compositions inspired by their love of the folk tradition. Expect intricate three-part harmonies both acapella and interweaved with beautiful simplistic instrumentation. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, and online ticketing www.wegottickets.com/event/416081. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Sunday 12 November 2017 7.30pm - Keith James: The Songs of Nick Drake - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated. A haunting and immaculately crafted concert which begins with an introductory set of timeless songs by brilliant songwriters – all contemporary with Nick Drake. Richard Thompson, Roy Harper, Sandy Denny, Al Stewart, Vashti Bunyan, John Martyn, Bridget St John and Bert Jansch. Also featured are two poems by William Blake which Keith has set to guitar arrangements based on Nick’s unique style. Nick Drake recorded three cherished albums between 1969 and 1972 but was almost entirely unknown in his day. After his tragic death in 1974, aged only 26, his music almost disappeared into obscurity. Now, thanks to a massive resurgence of interest and a worldwide re-evaluation of his genius, Nick Drake has become a National treasure. At the beginning of the project in 2001 Keith James was the first artist ever to bring this fragile and intriguing music to theatres across the UK in its pure live concert form. The end result was over a decade of highly acclaimed concerts amounting to over 1500 shows in venues in the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy and Spain. ‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent. £14 adv, £16 after 6pm on night. www.tavistockwharf.com.

Monday 13 November 2017 7.30pm - Eduardo Niebla with Daniel Martinez Lopez  - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
If you don't know the stunning guitar playing of Eduardo Niebla, you're in for a treat. If you are already among his admirers around the world, you know you have something quite extraordinary in store. The virtuoso Spanish guitarist makes music that transcends genres and crosses barriers; brilliant flamenco jazz fusion full of passion and verve. Eduardo's impressive list of collaborations includes Nishat Khan (sitar), Lol Coxhill (sax), the Dante String Quartet, and George Michael, as well and concert tours around the globe. He takes to the stage brilliantly accompanied by guitarist Daniel Martinez Lopez: an amazing opportunity to hear world class guitar playing at its very best. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, and online ticketing www.wegottickets.com/event/415684. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Wednesday 15 November 2017 8.30pm - Tamar - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
West Country Nu-Folk duo writing new songs about traditional life and English heritage. Their style is akin to the likes of Seth Lakeman, Show Of Hands, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin and Union Station. They specialise in Fiddle, Slide Guitar and 12 String Acoustic Guitar providing a foot-stomping Celtic/Anglo cross over style of music. The boys have played alongside Mad Dog McRea several times and are an emerging part of the Folk Music scene across the South of England. Admission £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Sold out Thursday 16 November 2017 7.30pm - Wildwood Kin - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Turning Tides Tour. Standing only gig. They have recently wowed the crowds at Glastonbury and have the ear of national radio stations. Wildwood Kin formed four years ago while in their mid to late teens. They borrow heavily from early folk influences, not least in their hypnotic three-part harmonies. But their extraordinary debut album delves deeply in to other genres, featuring both electric and acoustic instruments and it boasts inventive electronics and spectral atmospherics. Guitarist Emillie Key, her bouzouki/keyboard-playing sister Beth and their drumming cousin Meghann Loney all sing, swapping leads on songs they write themselves, and joining forces on harmonies that have remained their trademark. Their sound has matured at speed and their confidence caught up with their talent. More details, bookings etc. www.facebook.com/pg/BrookInnPlympton/events. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk. Tel. 01752 297604.

Sold out Thursday 16 November 2017 - Seth Lakeman supporting and playing with Robert Plant - Plymouth Pavilions
Sorry I didn't tell you about this one earlier - I knew nothing about it until it was too late. If you know of relevant gigs I don't have in my listings, please tell me. Thanks. Read the story of how this came about here www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41220247. JC

Friday 17 November 2017 7.30pm - ‘Missin’ Tackle’ Shanty Crew & Friends - Brixham Library, Market Street, Brixham TQ5 8EU
Come and join the fabulous Brixham Shanty crew for an enjoyable concert in the library. The lads will be singing from their growing repertoire of songs and will be joined by guest performers Susie & Bill Trezise along with Steve Gill and his friend Charlie. Ticket includes free drink, £8 FOBL members, £10 non-members, available from Brixham Library tel: 01803 853870.

Friday 17 November 2017 8pm - Wren Music: Blackberries & Bandages - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Songs that tell the story of Devon’s Home Front in WW1 Featuring singers and players from Wren Music’s Voices in Common Choirs & Rough Music. Tickets £10.
 Box Office: 01392 277819/665885. www.wegottickets.com/event/412443.

Friday 17 November 2017 7.30pm - Soroptimist International Plymouth Barn Dance - Derriford Hospital Leisure Centre
Caller Martin Dowling. Tickets £10 to include ploughmans supper (adv booking appreciated for catering purposes). Contact Margaret Luscombe 01752 774401 or 07523 131129.

Friday 17 November 2017 8pm -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
details tba/tbc French & Breton dance and music. Guest: Jon Mills & Kate Price / Fraich 'Airs.

Saturday 18 November 2017 - Jim Moray - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
For fifteen years Jim Moray has been at the forefront of a new movement in English traditional music. His debut album Sweet England changed the sound of Folk and won a brace of awards for its innovative melding of orchestration and electronica. Subsequent albums embraced everything from grime to Johnny Marr-esque guitar pop, but at their heart was Jim’s unmistakeable soulful and yearning voice; singing old songs in a new way. His latest album Upcetera heralds a new chapter, receiving the best reviews of his career, including five stars from Mojo, fRoots and R2 magazines. www.jimmoray.co.uk/upcetera. www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 18 November 2017 7.30pm - Flanders & Swann Recaptured - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Join us for a very special evening of fabulous nostalgia and hilarity. The mood and events of the 1950s and 60s are revisited with the songs of Flanders & Swann. Two Blokes and a Piano, acknowledged as leading exponents of Flanders & Swann, bring you such favourites as The Hippopotamus Song, The London Omnibus, The Gnu and many others. With additional songs by Stilgoe and Skellern plus Kit and the Widow. £10 includes a glass of fizz. This event is a fundraiser for Honiton Dementia Action Alliance. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Sunday 19 November 2017 7.30pm - Oysterband 40th Celebration Special - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Classic songs from every era of a long and mighty career. Oysterband, the multi-award-winning outfit that brought passion, power and not a little poetry to folk and roots music, enter their 40th year as vital and creative as ever. Oysterband still play with that spirit of the punk ceilidh band that roared through people’s lives all those years ago. But the growing depth and sensitivity of their songwriting, coupled with the strength of John Jones’ voice and their remarkable musicianship, have lifted their music into a richer, more acoustic era. Oysterband are: John Jones voice, melodeon; Alan Prosser  guitars, voice; Ian Telfer violin, voice; Al Scott bass, mandolin, voice; Adrian Oxaal cello, voice; and the newest member, formerly of Bellowhead, Pete Flood  drums, voice. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/oysterband-40th-celebration-special.

Sunday 19 November 2017 7.30pm - Jim Moray - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
For 15 years Jim Moray has been at the forefront of a new movement in English traditional music. His debut album Sweet England changed the sound of folk song and won a brace of awards for its innovative melding of orchestration and electronica. Subsequent albums embraced everything from grime to Johnny Marr-esque guitar pop, but at their heart was always Jim’s unmistakeable soulful and yearning voice; singing old songs in a new way. His sixth album Upcetera heralds a new chapter for the producer and has received the best reviews of his career, including five stars from Mojo, fRoots and R2 magazines. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, and online ticketing www.wegottickets.com/event/416964. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Monday 20 November 2017 7.30pm - Winter Mountain - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Hailing from the wild and beautiful northern shores of Cornwall, UK Winter Mountain blends powerful melodies, an extraordinary voice and heartfelt lyrics in a sound reminiscent of a time before digital recording, when the emphasis fell on the importance of the live performance and the essence of the song. Recently, Winter Mountain have toured as support with Cara Dillon, Seth Lakeman and many more. The spring '17 full band headline tour was received incredibly well all over the UK with MusicRiot.com calling Winter Mountains London show 'a night of exceptional music from a blistering, shimmering 4 piece comprised of exemplary musicians who recreate and re-energise the soulful, folk-rock songs from the extraordinary albums that have won Winter Mountain so much acclaim'. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, and online ticketing www.wegottickets.com/event/415628. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Monday 20 November 2017 - Skerryvore - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing: Multi-award winning Scottish folk rockers. As the band have developed, rock, pop, jazz, cajun and country influences on their sound have all emerged, but the traditional Celtic roots and instrumentation have remained. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Tuesday 21 November 2017 7.30pm - Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Guy Davis has spent his musical life carrying his message of the blues around the world, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle, earning him the title “An ambassador of the blues”. His work as an actor, author, and music teacher earmark him as a renaissance man of the blues. What music and acting have in common, he explains, “is that I don’t like people to see the hard work and the sweat that goes into what I do. I want them to hear me and be uplifted.” Guy and Fabrizio have a relationship going back a decade in which they’ve performed together on tour in Europe and in the United States. ‘Fab’ also performs on Guy’s last album, ‘Kokomo Kidd. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, and online ticketing www.wegottickets.com/event/416912. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Wednesday 22 November 2017 8pm - Steeleye Span - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span are touring with a new live show. Maddy Prior - the voice of the band - leads a line-up featuring faces old and new. . Having just released the album “Dodgy Bastards” to great critical acclaim . Their 2016 performances will see them perform new gems alongside classics that have made them one of the most successful British Folk Rock bands ever. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/steeleye-span.

NEW Thursday 23 November 2017 8.30pm - Eliza Acty - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
With her unique vocal style, Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time, contemporary and original songs that span over a century of music. Added accompaniment from Peter Acty - accomplished American-style clawhammer and frailing banjo player and a classic, percussive finger-pick guitarist. “She has the perfect Americana Voice.” - Kenn Clarke, Folk in the Mearns. Admission £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

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 Friday 24 November 2017 8pm - Mawkin - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. Down Among The Dead Men Tour. Support: Nick Hart - English folk singer, guitarist, melodeon and concertina player. Mawkin is one of brit-folks brightest new guns: 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. Rousing songs of rebellion are sung by brothers David Delarre (Eliza Carthy, Tred) and fiddler James Delarre (Saul Rose & James Delarre, Topette) all underpinned by the virtuosic bellowing of Nick Cooke’s melodeon (Kate Rusby, Jim Moray) and a solid rhythm section with Danny Crump on Bass and Lee Richardson (Diverted, Extreme Music) on Drums. **** Gutsy, Impressive, Exquisite – The Guardian. £10 adv, £12 door. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW tbc Friday 24 November 2017 - Geoff Lakeman - Parish Hall, Meavy PL20 6PJ
details tba.

NEW Saturday 25 November 2017 - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
details tba www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 25 November 2017 8pm - LOSt COYOTES - Buccaneers Live Music Venue and Bar, East Street, Crediton EX17 3AZ
Devon-based 4-piece band (2 of the band, the guitar/cittern and fiddle players, are former Jiggerypipery members, plus a very talented and entertaining accordionist/lead singer Flaky Jake, and finally Kate on various hand percussion and vocals) who play a bewitching mix of Americana, Cajun, Latin-American, and Celtic songs and tunes, finding a natural chemistry between these musical genres in a melodious blend of their instruments and voices. www.lostcoyotes.co.uk/home-page.

NEW Saturday 25 November 2017 7.30pm - The Lost Sound - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
With special guest Chris Hoban. The Lost Sound, a cappella, mixed voice chorus, is gaining a much deserved reputation among Devon's folk community. They perform a varied programme of trad and new folk music in rich 4 – 8 part harmony. Songs that have inspired centuries of singers, have re- inspired new harmonies, textures and interpretations. Using the best choral skills and exquisite contemporary arrangements, the chorus breathes new life into traditional songs. The commitment, joy and sheer passion in their singing, have deeply moved both audiences and fellow performers alike. “The best choir in the region” Phil Beer. ‘The Lost Sound - sound gorgeous!’ Steve Knightley. www.thelostsoundchorus.co.uk. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, and online ticketing www.wegottickets.com/event/415598. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Saturday 25 November 2017 7.30pm - Public Ceilidh - Longdown Village Hall, Longdown, nr Exeter EX6 7SN
With music from Ian, Sarah and Jacqui from Pigs Might Fly. Caller: Jeremy Child. £7, includes pasty. More details: Terry Bastyan on 01392 811523.

NEW Saturday 25 November 2017 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner -  Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
His departure from folk-rock pioneers Steeleye Span has enabled fiddle player Peter Knight to turn his full attention to his trio Gigspanner. In the process he has established their reputation as one of the most genuinely ground-breaking forces on the British folk scene. Gigspanner has introduced a whole new audience to the extraordinary musicianship of Peter Knight, a violinist whom many consider to be in a league of his own. The late author Sir Terry Pratchett in praising Peter’s great gift wrote with typical lyricism “Peter Knight can spin the world on his Bow”. One of our most popular acts at Calstock Arts, their 2017 visit celebrates the launch of their brand new studio album, The Wife of Urban Law. Peter is joined by Roger Flack on guitar and Sacha Trochet on percussion, both powerful and intelligent musicians in their own right.  www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Sunday 26 November 2017 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Legendary fiddle player Peter Knight along with Roger Flack on guitar and Sacha Trochet on percussion explore traditional music and song and their related themes with energy, brilliance and spontaneity. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.
Coming in 2018: Martin & Eliza Carthy 25/2; Peter Knight & John Spiers 25/3; Jez Lowe & Steve Tilston 29/4; Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage 3/6.

NEW Sunday 26 November 2017 7.45pm - George Papavgeris - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tba For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 26 November 2017 - William The Conqueror - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Bluesy indie-Americana. 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. Bursting with retro-infused energy, there are a myriad influences, underpinned by a taste for good, old-fashioned roots. An invite to Nashville and a nomination for an Americana award already under the belt. . Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Wednesday 29 November 2017 - Lau - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. The pioneering contemporary folk trio comprising three of the UK’s finest traditional musicians: Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle). Lau has garnered four awards for ‘Best Group’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and also appeared on the Later… With Jools Holland TV show. Individual members have all won multiple awards and recognition for their solo work. Kris Drever is shortlisted for Folk Singer of The Year 2017 & Best Original Track 2017, Martin Green nominated for Best Album 2017 & Best Original Track 2017 at this years BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Box office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/lau.

NEW Thursday 30 November 2017 8pm - Boo Hewerdine - The Whitehouse Sessions: Upstairs at Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
We are very excited to welcome a big favourite: Boo Hewerdine, acclaimed Ivor Novello Award nominated English singer-songwriter returns to Totnes with new album “Swimming in Mercury” As a recording artist, Boo’s first tentative steps came with the band, The Great Divide before the formation of his much-loved eighties group “The Bible” and a career that subsequently bloomed such that he is now in constant demand as a musician, songwriter, producer, teacher and live concert performer. Early booking recommended. Support tbc. More info www.fromthewhitehouse.com. Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £10 from 07832 200980, katie@fromthewhitehouse.com or online www.wegottickets.com/event/417077. The Whitehouse Sessions are intimate musical evenings with some of the best singer-songwriters around.

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

NEW Friday 1 December 2017 - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
With special guest Kirsty Merryn. 'Traditional; final two dates on the Autumn 2017 Cathedrals Tour. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Friday 1 December 2017 7.30pm - Rosafresca - United Free Church, Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5RP
Music from the Time of Ferdinand and Isabella. Travel back to Spain in c1520 as Rosafresca perform songs and dances from the Palace Song book, the magnificent collection of over 400 songs known as El Cancionero de Palacio complied for Queen Isabella of Spain. From the political, religious and pastoral to the amorous and downright bawdy, most are known as villancicos and would have been performed originally by peasants in village festivities. Singer Hayley Guest joins the three members of Rosafresca who play an array of period instruments, including vihuela, recorders, percussion and cello. The third of six concerts from Totnes Early Music Society. Tickets for non members £12, U18s £5, available from Dartington Box Office (01803 847070), website (www.dartington.org) and on the door. www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk

NEW Friday 1 December 2017 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Milverton Music Club, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Thrilled to welcome Kathryn & Sean back to the club. Plus Tones music quiz, fabulous food including the famous roasties. Every year is a sell-out. Tickets £15, from 1 November. BYO drinks. Call 01823 400416 for more information or visit www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 3 December 2017 7.45pm - Mrs Ackroyd - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tba Les Barker. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 7 December 2017 - St Agnes Fountain - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
‘The Christmas Concert’. The band that gives Christmas songs a respectful kicking. They bring sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes both original and those you know so well (or thought you did). Great musical talent, wit and invention in the form of founder member, David Hughes, Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention) and Chris While & Julie Matthews (Radio 2 Folk Award Winners). They have brought joy, laughter and a few tears to every concert performance for the last 16 years. Christmas, as they say, starts with St Agnes Fountain. www.whileandmatthews.co.uk/aggie.php. £18 adv, £25 door (if available). www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk.

NEW Friday 8 December 2017 8pm - Police Dog Hogan - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. Firm favourites at The Beehive, Police Dog Hogan has evolved over the years into a tight-knit eight-piece band combining guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, accordion, trumpet, keyboards, bass and drums to create an exuberant fusing of country, pop, folk and rocking bluegrass. The band regularly plays to sell-out audiences up and down the country. After more than 300 live shows they’ve become a serious and ambitious musical venture that marries a devotion to touring and the presentation of consummate live performances with an utter dedication to song writing and recording. “One of my bands to watch – great songs, great musicians, and their live shows are really, really good fun.” DJ Johnnie Walker. £15. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Four one-day Storytelling Sunday workshops in Totnes during autumn 2017 with Lisa Schneidau:
Storytelling Start-up: 17 September: starting to tell stories, for beginners or those with little experience
The Heart of a Story: 15 October: improving narrative and story structure, for beginners and improvers
Through Different Eyes: 12 November: exploring character in story, for beginners and improvers
Spirits of Place and Time: 10 December: exploring environment and historical time, and honouring story sources, for beginners and improvers
For full details see www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

NEW Sunday 10 December 2017 7.30pm - The Albion Christmas Band - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. Specially formed for the festive period and featuring the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band) Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guvnor himself, Ashley Hutchings (Fairport Convention), this show takes you on a guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain: an evening of traditional English Christmas music, dancing and celebration. 'The perfect antidote to the corporate Christmas' (The Guardian). £19. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

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

NEW Thursday 14 December 2017 tbc8.30pm - Geoff Lakeman - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
B-Bar regular, dad to famous folk stars Seth, Sean and Sam -plays for us again! His debut solo album "After All These Years" launched earlier this year to critical acclaim: the CD has had national five and four--star reviews and been played on BBC Radio 2 by Mark Radcliffe, by Tom Robinson on his BBC Radio Six show, on BBC Radio 3 and just about every local radio station in the country. Come and hear the singer and concertina master's musical take on the west country, American and Irish folk, Americana and even 20's/30's jazz".  tbcEntry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 15 December 2017 7.30pm - India Electric Company - St Michael & All Angels Church, Stockland, nr Honiton EX14 9BP (map)
Cole Stacey & Joseph O'Keefe return to Devon for a one-off candlelit concert. Sometimes folk, sometimes not, they use traditional instruments in contemporary styles to explore diverse themes from Eastern Europe, Irish traditions and urban alienation to end up with something “quirky and glittery - a veritable musical magpie’s nest.” - Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3. After releasing their debut debut album in 2015 they began extensively supporting and accompanying Midge Ure throughout Europe. www.indiaelectricco.com. Contact: 01404 881207. www.wegottickets.com/event/402669.

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

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

NEW Saturday 16 December 2017 - The Lost Sound - Lustleigh Village Hall
With special guest Chris Hoban. The Lost Sound, a cappella, mixed voice chorus, is gaining a much deserved reputation among Devon's folk community. They perform a varied programme of trad and new folk music in rich 4 – 8 part harmony. Songs that have inspired centuries of singers, have re- inspired new harmonies, textures and interpretations. Using the best choral skills and exquisite contemporary arrangements, the chorus breathes new life into traditional songs. The commitment, joy and sheer passion in their singing, have deeply moved both audiences and fellow performers alike. “The best choir in the region” Phil Beer. ‘The Lost Sound - sound gorgeous!’ Steve Knightley. www.thelostsoundchorus.co.uk. Ticket details to follow

NEW Sunday 17 December 2017 7.45pm - Belshazzar's Feast - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tba For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

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

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

NEW Thursday 21 December 2017 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Standing. Plus special guests. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. “It’s always a joy to me when something jumps up and smacks you between the eyes – Mad Dog Mcrea did that to me” - Mike Harding. £15 adv, £17 door. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

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

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

NEW Monday 19 February 2018 - Richard Digance - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
This event is already ⅓ full, so get your reservation in now. The cost is £37.50 per person including a three course meal. The Not Bad For His Age Tour. www.facebook.com/events/1560526640627044. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.
Tel. 01752 297604.

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

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

NEW tbc Sunday 25 February 2018 8pm - Martin & Eliza Carthy - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
details tba

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

NEW Saturday 10 March 2018 - Jackie Oates - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
www.jackieoates.co.uk. FFI: contact Eileen McKee on 01364 73699; email: eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com.
One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area www.southbrentfolk.org.uk. In 2018 they will include South Brent Folk Day on Saturday 7 July 2018 and the Annual 'Twixt' Céilidh again on Thursday 27 December 2018.

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

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

NEW tbc Sunday 25 March 2018 8pm - Peter Knight & John Spiers - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
details tba

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

NEW Friday 13 April 2018 8pm - The Fureys 40th Anniverary Tour - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
After three previous shows, Legends of Irish music & song The FUREYS, renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc return for another night of music and song.  Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/the-fureys.

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

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

NEW tbc Sunday 29 Aril 2018 8pm - Jez Lowe & Steve Tilston - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
details tba

NEW tbc Sunday 3 June 2018 8pm - Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
details tba

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

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

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

John Culf
johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk
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