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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.

Sunday 19 November 2017 - Harbottle & Jonas Tamar - Rising Sun Inn, Gunnislake
Stunning young folk duo based in Totnes. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island. www.harbottleandjonas.com.

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.

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.

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.

Thursday 23 November 2017 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
Our winter concert series gets off to s rousing start from Rumpus. Then guests Owly Dave and Whistling Paddy: Environmentalist turned songwriter meets Ceilidh Band Leader turned whistle player, what could possibly go wrong? This dynamic duo perform a slightly strange and definitely unpredictable mix of traditionally rendered folk tunes along with original songs that range from the sublime to the hilarious. Paddy’s whistle playing is a joy to behold and Owly’s songs are beautifully crafted. Don’t miss them! After the interval: The Orchard Family (Tom, Jean and Ashley) are Romany Gypsies “from the Moor” with a long and strong family tradition of singing, playing and stepdancing. They bring together songs and music from a variety of sources choosing material which they have enjoyed within their family, and like to share. Tom and Ashley are melodeon players. Their playing is both robust and melodic and a good driver for stepdancing at which Tom excels. Jean sings strongly and clearly giving her delivery an immediacy and intimacy. Finish 10pm-ish. No need to book; but please be seated by 8.00pm. To get a good seat get in early! We thank the Crabshell Inn for use of the room.

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.

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.

Friday 24 November 2017 9pm - LOSt COYOTES - Rising Sun, Woodland, Ashburton TQ13 7JT
Mostly a Devon-based 4-piece band (some Jiggerypipery members) 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. From up-beat Cajun rhythms and Celtic jigs and reels, to more soulful songs and airs, and with themes of land, migration and borders running through much of their repertoire. www.lostcoyotes.co.uk/home-page. More info 07557 002622.

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.

Friday 24 November 2017 7.30pm - Geoff Lakeman - Parish Hall, Meavy PL20 6PJ
Geoff is a leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet concertina. He performs self-written and West Country songs, English, Irish and Scottish folk and other music as varied as Jimmie Rodgers, the Louvin Brothers, Richard Thompson and Randy Newman. He's also one of the few to play 1920's/30's jazz on an authentic 1920's instrument. His smooth tenor vocals and unique concertina accompaniment have won him plaudits and fans over the years but it has only been since retiring from a long career as a Fleet Street Journalist that Geoff has truly spread his wings musically. www.geofflakeman.co.uk. £8. Licensed bar. www.meavy.org.uk/events.htm.

Friday 24 November 2017 - The Final Acoustic Haven: Velvet & Stone and Jakob Calladine - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
Velvet & Stone: Maverick Music Magazine UK, brilliant band weaving a rich tapestry of keyboards, bass, guitar and violin, led by excellent vocalist Lara Snowdon. Jakob Calladine & Band, exquisite songwriter and singer. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/420066.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Saturday 25 November 2017 7.30pm - Charles Causley Film Evening (with Jim Causley) - Lustleigh Village Hall
Film evening with live music set from Jim Causley. 2017 is the centenary of the birth of the poet Charles Causley. The artist and film maker, Jane Darke, has made a feature length film about his life. The film will be introduced by Jane Darke and Jim Causley, who appears in the film, will also be present to sing some of his settings of Charles’ poems. Lustleigh has been chosen for this special event because of the Lustleigh connection with the Causley family – the name is a derivative of Caseley and they are a family with long connections to this area. Charles Causley worked for most of his life as a school teacher in Launceston. The film features many of his best poems, some set to music by his distant relation Jim Causley on his successful CD Cyprus Well. There is archive footage of Causley and interviews with poets who respect his work such as Simon Armitage, Roger McGough and Andrew Motion. Tickets £8.50 available from The Lustleigh Dairy tel. 01647 277498 or email peter@moormasons.plus.com. Bar.

Sunday 26 November 2017 2.30pm - Paddy’s Whiskers - The Boathouse, Preston Sands, Paignton
Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band playing upbeat footstomping folk in a contemporary style - a mixture of fiddle led Irish jigs and reels for dancing, banjo driven bluegrass numbers, and Scottish tunes on border bagpipes. The whole band sing and at a Whiskers gig you’ll hear well known favourites from the folk tradition, together with a few original songs and tunes. Live music starts at 2.30pm and entrance is free. Tables to eat may be booked on 01803 665066. More information from www.paddyswhiskers.co.uk or ring Andrew on 01803 520798.

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.

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.

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.

Monday 27 November 2017 7.30pm - Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Having already recorded and produced over 10 acclaimed records, had multiple live sessions and airplay on BBC Radio 2 and 3, and his music regularly featured on Sky Arts and Sky Sports, it’s hard to believe that 24-year-old Cornwall-based folk singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Kelly has only been performing live for 4 years. As a child, Sam spent many a night enraptured, listening to his Irish grandfather tell folk tales, sing songs, and play tunes on his melodeon. This awe and passion for Celtic music, coupled with a love for the heavy riffs of classic rock and blues, and a voice described by Mike Harding as ‘one of my favourite voices ever' has led Sam on to produce some of the most exciting music on the British folk scene in recent years. With folk luminaries such as Kate Rusby, Seth Lakeman, and Cara Dillon waxing lyrical about Sam’s live set, it seemed fitting when he was awarded the prestigious Horizon Award for emerging artists at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016. Full band line-up: Ciaran Algar (fiddle, tenor guitar, bouzouki), Jamie Francis (banjo), Toby Shaer (flutes, pipes, whistles, fiddle, cittern), Graham Coe (cello), Archie Moss (melodeon) and Evan Carson (percussion). See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, music samples and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Friday 1 December 2017 7.30pm - Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman - Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ (map)
Celtic Christmas Strings Christmas Show. The virtuoso partnership of England’s premier flatpicking guitarist and “the greatest Celtic harper of our age” (Live Ireland) has by now brought its unique musical vision to twenty-two countries on five continents. Together they have created one of the most distinctive voices in modern acoustic music. www.sterts.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

Sold out 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.

Saturday 2 December 2017 8pm - Jess Morgan & Kitty Macfarlane - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
Jess Morgan from Norwich and Kitty Macfarlane from Somerset, are touring together in December 2017. Jess Morgan is a songwriter’s songwriter. A cerebral storyteller – she takes her cue from roots music and contemporary and upfront British voices like Billy Bragg and storytellers from across the Atlantic like Rod Picot and Gretchen Peters. www.jessmorgan.co.uk. Kitty Macfarlane is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Somerset. Her lyrics combine honest snapshots of humanity with the bigger questions that have connected minds and voices for centuries. www.kitty-macfarlane.com. Tickets £12.50. Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.

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.

Monday 4 December 2017 7.30pm - Rosa Rebecka with Jo Hooper and the Exeter Lucia Singers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Acclaimed Swedish singer/songwriter Rosa Rebecka with an evening of acoustic music and scandi folk to delight the ears. Drawing together such diverse influences as medieval troubadours, traditional Jewish and Swedish music, and the singers and songwriters of the sixties folk revival, her thoughtful and emotional lyrics are sung with a spine-tinglingly clear voice that often draws comparisons to Joni Mitchell or Joan Baez. Her haunting vocals are paired with the lush harmonies of Jo Hooper’s cello, performing a plethora of sensitively composed and passionately performed original songs. Support: Exeter Lucia singers, who will treat the audience to a candle-lit Scandinavian St Lucia procession. This magical winter tradition sees white robed singers perform seasonal Swedish songs, bringing light, hope and harmony to the midwinter gloom. “A lyrical, sundappled and golden voice, tinged with a hint of steely moonlight” BBC Music. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, a full programme, music samples and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

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.

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.

Friday 8 December 2017 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
Caller: Jeremy Child. Music: Recorded. 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.

Saturday 9 December 2017 - Martin Harley - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

Four one-day Storytelling Sunday workshops in Totnes during autumn 2017 with Lisa Schneidau:
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 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.

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.

Thursday 14 December 2017 8.30pm - 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". Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Thursday 14 December 2017 7.30pm - Folk Plus Acoustic Music Club on Election Night - Ye Olde Smokey House, Vicarage Rd, Marldon, Paignton TQ3 9NN (map)
Recently celebrated our 2nd birthday and still attracting performers / music lovers from far and near. Folk Plus is a a friendly, welcoming place for enthusiasts of Folk and acoustic music. We offer a basic PA (which many people seem to like a lot - but performers don't have to use it). Folk (traditional and contemporary) is where we started and indeed flavours a lot of the music played. But not exclusively so. There is room and the opportunity to try something different. We have often been wowed by the unexpected. Tell Chris as soon as you arrive so she can ensure everyone that wants to gets a chance to play and/or sing. Performers £2, audience £3. If you haven't yet been to Folk Plus, give yourself a treat - there is such a superb depth of talent locally. www.facebook.com/folkplus2/?fref=ts
Change of regular dates in 2018:
We are moving to the 3rd Friday of each month, starting in January: Friday 19 January 2018. This will avoid the several unfortunate clashes with other local clubs that occur at present.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Tuesday 19 December 2017 - Mad Dog Mcrea - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Wednesday 20 December 2017 Sold out

Due to popular demand Mad Dog have added a second Totnes date this year! So fear not if you missed out on tickets for Wednesday... Because you can now see them a whole day before your friends on the Tuesday (the last late night shopping!). Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

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.

Wednesday 20 December 2018 8pm - Woodwose & The Radial Band - Church of St Michael the Archangel, Chagford TQ13 8BN
Five local musicians with an international reputation join forces with their exotic instruments presenting ancient songs from Mediaeval Europe to the driving rhythms of the Middle East and beyond. These five accomplished multi-instrumentalists play traditional and original pieces rooted in centuries-old traditions featuring: Steve Tyler - hurdy-gurdy, Katy Marchant - bagpipes & shawm, Louis Bingham - cittern & tambura, Ricardo de Noronha - percussion & fujara, Griselda Sanderson - nyckelharpa. “Dance music and gem-like listening pieces with an earthy, ethereal ambience” Songlines Magazine. “Exquisite and exceptionally expressive” Angel Romero, World Music Central. “An exceptional concert; full of interest, surprises, and ravishing harmony.” Frank Lee. Info: gris_sanderson@hotmail.com. £10/£8. Tickets available from Sally’s Newsagent, Chagford.
Also: Thursday 21 December 2017 - Details of a house concert in the South Hams to follow.

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.

Friday 22 December 2017 7.30pm - Christmas Special: Harbottle & Jonas - Parish Hall, Meavy PL20 6PJ
Stunning young folk duo based in Totnes. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island. www.harbottleandjonas.com. £8. Licensed bar. www.meavy.org.uk/events.htm.

Sold out Saturday 23 December 2017 - Mad Dog Mcrea - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated + standing. www.tavistockwharf.com.

Tuesday 28 December 2017 7.30pm - Twixt Christmas and New Year Ceilidh - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Chill out and enjoy the music after the Christmas festivities or dance your (new) socks off with 'Buttoned up' with caller Kate Fincham-Powell. Reel Ale bar. Tickets (which might make good Christmas presents) £7.50 from 'artworks', Station Road, South Brent. Entry includes one free non alcoholic spiced berry drink. 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 a concert with Jackie Oates on Saturday 10 March 2018, South Brent Folk Day on Saturday 7 July 2018 and the Annual 'Twixt' Céilidh again on Thursday 27 December 2018.

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 Saturday 20 January 2018 - Annual Stoke Gabriel Wassail
A magical evening of tradition and merriment, organised by the ‘Friends of Stoke Gabriel School’ (FOSS), the Annual Wassail has become a very popular event and helps raise funds to enrich the lives of local children in school and community. Apple Wassailing is an ancient tradition performed in many villages on 'Old Twelfth Night' to bless the cider apples and orchards and encourage a good crop in the coming year. The Apple Blessing Ceremony and lantern procession take place within the village orchard with wassail songs led by Rosa Rebecka. There will also be Folk music; Morris dancing; a Mummers play; Traditional Storytelling; Children's crafts and entertainments; Local food and drinks and licensed bar. tbc Gates open 4pm; Entry £3 adult, £1 U18.See: www.facebook.com/stokegabriel.wassail.

NEW Friday 26 January 2018 7.30pm - Tamar - Royal Oak Inn, Meavy PL20 6PJ
Multi-instrumental folk and roots duo Oliver Wheeldon and Barney Kenny from Devon. Tamar's music covers folk, bluegrass, traditional. www.facebook.com/tamarband. £8. Licensed bar. www.meavy.org.uk/events.htm.

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 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 Friday 23 February 2018 - Rebecca Loebe - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
Rebecca Loebe is an Austin-based singer/songwriter who has spent the past decade on the road performing in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. Along the way she has honed her voice as one of the Americana music scene’s most exciting new songwriters and earned a place on Alternate Root Magazine’s annual listing of The Top 10 Female Singers in America. She is touring all around the world to celebrate the release of her fourth full length studio album which has been described by NPR’s Art of the Song as “Rebecca coming into full stride as a sleek, polished, rough-edged woman…The word seminal comes to mind.” www.rebeccaloebe.com. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

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

NEW Wednesday 28 February 2018 - Steve Knightley - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. In his highly anticipated 2018 solo tour Songs & Stories, multi-award-winning songwriter Steve Knightley invites his audience on a musical journey, charting the winding roads of his unrivalled career. The Show of Hands frontman (“One of the great English bands” – Peter Gabriel) showcases a set list peppered with classic gems such as ‘Cousin Jack’, ‘AIG’ and ‘Country Life’ with his inimitable passion and flair. And in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead. ‘One of England’s greatest singer songwriters’ Mike Harding.  Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

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 Tuesday 13 March 2018 - Steve Knightley - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Second date added at Widecombe, tickets available
In his highly anticipated 2018 solo tour Songs & Stories, multi-award-winning songwriter Steve Knightley invites his audience on a musical journey, charting the winding roads of his unrivalled career. The Show of Hands frontman (“One of the great English bands” – Peter Gabriel) showcases a set list peppered with classic gems such as ‘Cousin Jack’, ‘AIG’ and ‘Country Life’ with his inimitable passion and flair. And in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead. ‘One of England’s greatest singer songwriters’ Mike Harding. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Gig only, or gig + delicious meal. Contact Daf Edwards dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129 for details, bookings etc. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Wednesday 21 March 2018 - Steve Knightley - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
First date at Widecombe, possibly sold out, but check with Daf
In his highly anticipated 2018 solo tour Songs & Stories, multi-award-winning songwriter Steve Knightley invites his audience on a musical journey, charting the winding roads of his unrivalled career. The Show of Hands frontman (“One of the great English bands” – Peter Gabriel) showcases a set list peppered with classic gems such as ‘Cousin Jack’, ‘AIG’ and ‘Country Life’ with his inimitable passion and flair. And in a rare glimpse into the personal playlist of a songwriting legend, Knightley also pays tribute to some of his influences along the way, from Dylan to Radiohead. ‘One of England’s greatest singer songwriters’ Mike Harding. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Gig only, or gig + delicious meal. Contact Daf Edwards dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129 for details, bookings etc. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

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

NEW Friday 30 March 2018 - Edgelarks - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Formerly Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin. Edgelarks fly in on the tailwind of BBC award winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. The pair's new project takes the roots of their previous work, from the traditional musics of the British Isles to Indian classical slide guitar to the stomping roots party of Phil's beatbox harmonica; adds a strong stem of original writing; and runs wilder with each repeat play. Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

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.

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.

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. Tickets £18. Full details www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/gbb180427.htm. We will be arranging an early evening pre-concert dining option at Harberton's Church House Inn a short walk from the Hall in due course.

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

NEW Saturday 5 May 2018 - Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. The former lead-singer of Bellowhead heads out on the second leg of his Afterglow album tour. His first new release since leaving Bellowhead in May 2016 features the newly extended Remnant Kings, including the talents of former Bellowhead band-mates Sam Sweeney and Paul Sartin, plus Leveret’s Rob Harbron and along with Ben Nicholls and Richard Warren (King of The South Seas) the band will be joined by string and brass sections to bring the album to the stage. ‘Vivid lyrics, striking imagery, fascinating ideas, challenging arrangements and Boden’s characteristically striking vocals…it has to be considered a Major Work.’ FROOTS review of Afterglow. ‘Resurrects the brassy swagger of Bellowhead.’ Financial Times. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Sunday 3 June 2018 8pm - Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A chance meeting at their local Black Fen Folk Club in Cambridge uncovered Hannah and Ben’s shared musical passions and sympathies that over time has developed into a unique show of American roots and English folk music. Singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar, Hannah and Ben are a folk duo that look and sound classically timeless. ‘Spellbinding... Hannah and Ben were born to play and sing together.’ - fRoots Magazine. www.hannahbenmusic.com. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

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
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