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Thursday 18 October 2018 8.30pm - Sam Brothers - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
A massive talent - a remarkable guitarist and unique song-writer, blessed with an astonishing voice that recalls the gentle sensitivity of Nick Drake, but underscored by the screaming power and swooping range of Jeff Buckley. And with something more, an honesty and intensity that is purely Sam Brothers. His songs reflect the truths that his single-minded lifestyle and tough choices have delivered. Rooted in the raw passion of the early protest singers and touching on the beauty of the firstwave of folksters – Sam’s songs are invested with echoes of Dylan, Buckley, Drake, Van Zandt, and all the stops along the long, old, lonely road that those illustrious names illuminate.' £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 19 October 2018 8pm - FOS Brothers - Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
"FOS Brothers are looking forward to playing at the Dartmouth Inn. We had a fantastic time this year at Shrewsbury Folk Festival and are hoping to return in 2019 with our full band. We consider ourselves a Folk music act and want our performance to be laid back and comfortable upstairs at the Dartmouth. If any of you venture out on a Friday night your support would be appreciated. You can check us out on all the usual web spaces - Cheers, Dave McCrory".  More info, ticketing etc. www.fosbrothers.com.

Friday 19 October 2018 8pm - Gadarene - Ashburton Town Hall, North St, Ashburton TQ13 7QQ
Ultra modern ancient tunes; lively innovative folk band: Nick Wyke fiddle, Matt Norman mandolin, John Dyer flute, Laurel Swift double bass, Si Paull drums. Adv tickets £10/£8. More info, ticketing etc. www.gadarenemusic.com.

Friday 19 October 2018 - 3 Daft Monkeys - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
With Celtic and eastern influences, the 3 Daft Monkeys’ dynamic 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 will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. Doors 8pm. Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

Friday 19 October 2018 - Clive Carroll - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Possibly one of the best guitarists in the country. A true legend and fantastic performer. We predict a sell out on this one so please book your tickets at £10. There will also be a bar. Call
01823 400416 or email milvertonmusic@f2s.com. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

Friday 19 October 2018 9pm - Mitchell & Vincent - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
The Westcountry duo’s fiddle and guitar playing has been described by Acoustic magazine as “Stunning”, while Bright Young Folk praised their music for "Providing skilled arrangements and expert delivery of tunes and songs which showcase the vibrancy, and variety, of folk music across Britain. A thoroughly engaging and enjoyable experience.” £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Saturday 20 October 2018 7.30pm - Roots Night: FOS Brothers, Spin 2 - Bradninch Guildhall, Fore Street, EX5 4NN
2 of the West Country's best Roots/Folk/crossover bands share the stage at the beautiful Guildhall in Bradninch. FOS Brothers: Growing up in Belfast in the 70’s the FOS brothers fuse an eclectic mix of their own original songs with traditional Irish sensibilities flavoured liberally with Floydian/Genesis/Horslipian spices. Their mix of drums, percussion loops and samples, soaring guitars and bass delight festival and venue audiences and that’s before they start singing! Bucolic folk has a psychedelic head-fit. Spin 2:
Spin 2 ‘lite’ are Ali Jones on fiddle, Chris Rudd on bouzouki, guitar and voice and Jamie Jones Rudd on mandolin, guitar and voice. They perform tunes and songs written with flavours of folk, bossa, eastern, jazz. More info, ticketing etc. www.fosbrothers.com.

Saturday 20 October 2018 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Holcombe Burnell Church, Longdown, near Exeter, EX6 7RZ
We are delighted to be having a return visit from Mike and Steve, bringing their captivating smorgasbord of European folk music, together with their light hearted banter, to our beautiful church. It was an evening to remember last time, with candles giving adding to a very special atmosphere, and the church packed with enthusiastic music lovers. If you haven’t heard this wonderful duo yet, come! You won’t be disappointed. 7.30pm. There will be a bar. Tickets , including wine and cheese, £10 from Jane: 01392 811246 and Sue : 01392 811816. A Villages in Action Event. www.cosgraveandbanks.com.

Saturday 20 October 2018 7.30pm - Autumn Céilidh with Half Moon Ceilidh Band - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
With caller Anne Gill, Andy Clarke (guitar, bouzouki) and Steve Gill (melodeons). All welcome: Reel Ale bar and nibbles available. Tickets £8 on door or from artworks. FFI contact Eileen on 01364 73699 or email eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com or visit
www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area, including the Annual 'Twixt' Céilidh on Thursday 27 December 2018.

Saturday 20 October 2018 - Lvov Affair / Amber Fire Ceilidh Band - Shaugh Prior Apple Day, Shaugh Recreation Hall, PL7 5HG
Activities during the day in and around the Hall. Bring your own apples for pressing. Free entrance. Various events and music throughout the afternoon, including music from Lvov Affair. Lvov in the Ukraine is where accordionist Basil Bunelik lived and learned his music. A town where Russians, Ukrainians, Poles, Moldavians, Romanians, Jews and Gypsies mingled over the centuries, their music has been absorbed by Basil and now with Lisa Rowe on fiddle and Dmitry Babichev on guitar and vocals they are captivating audiences in Devon. https://bunelik.wixsite.com/lvov.
Amber Fire Ceilidh Band with Chris Jewell calling (and fiddling) playing for the evening barn dance. http://bunelik.wix.com/amber-fire. Doors 7pm. Tickets £10, including pasty supper, from David Compton compton.dr@gmail.com.

Saturday 20 October 2018 7.30pm - Double Bill: Kadia & Said The Maiden - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Both Said the Maiden and Kadia have gathered strong followings through with their interpretations of traditional material and original writing, blending three part harmonies and unique instrumental arrangements within their respective trios. Since a chance collaboration at an icy Wassail, the two bands have been eager to come together to pour their six voices and small orchestra of instruments into a joint project. Finally the moment has arrived, and alongside songs showcasing the strengths of the two trios individually, they have developed a series of arrangements specially for this ensemble. Duelling guitars, mandolins, flute and cello all come together to provide a shimmering backdrop for the rich harmony of six singers. Featuring songs with a wintry flavour, this tour is the perfect way to greet the long frosty nights. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Saturday 20 October 2018 9pm - Alex Hart Band - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
23 year old Alex Hart released her first album in 2014 and has just finished her UK Tour with her band. Alex performs all over the country with her Taylor guitar and her west country - country sound and is picking up rave reviews across the country with regular air play from Radio 2 and national BBC radio shows. She was lucky enough to have supported Turin Brakes at the Lyme Regis Folk Festival where she managed to pick up two record deals. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Saturday 20 October 2018 7.30pm - The Leisure Society - St Peter & St Paul Church, Broadhempston, nr Totnes TQ9 6BN
The 6-piece folk influenced rock band enjoys a loyal following. This promises to be an exceptional and intimate performance as part of their UK tour. In receipt of two consecutive Ivor Novello nominations the band enjoys endorsements of everyone from Guy Garvey to Brain Eno. Now putting the finishing touches to their long awaited fifth album, expect to hear brand new Nick Hemming masterpieces. “Warm, colourful, literate songs that reach into the heart and head” (The Independent). Tickets £13 from Anna on 01803 812426 or email annabeadel[at]yahoo.co.uk.

Saturday 20 October 2018 7.30pm - Moscow Drug Club - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Moscow Drug Club Is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few to drink and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an after hours jam with the local Tziganes. Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leornard Cohen, Tom Waits & Bertolt Brecht, Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience. More details, ticketing etc. www.ashburtonarts.org.uk/whats-on.

Saturday 20 October 2018 9pm - Maddy and the Chaps - The Bowling Green, 29-30 Blackboy Road, Exeter EX4 6ST
An eclectic mix of folk/country/Celtic acoustic music on guitars, ukelele, banjolele, banjo, acoustic bass, accordion, mandolin and bits and pieces of percussion. All five of band sing, allowing a range of singing styles and harmonies. Think Beatles and Mumford and Sons, John Denver and REM, Dolly Parton and Vance Joy, The Pogues and Buddy Holly.

Saturday 20 October 2018 8.30pm - House Concert: Elise Yuill Cohen - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Support: Matthew Birch. Donations on arrival. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations. No bar so BYO.

Sunday 21 October 2018 8pm - Trafalgar Night - Bicton Inn, 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU (map)
A night of shanties, sea songs and stories, celebrating The Battle of Trafalgar. Led by Derek Brooks, and members of the Exmouth Shanty Men. Join us, sing a song, tell a story, or read a poem and drink some beer...

Sunday 21 October 2018 7.45pm - Brian Willoughby & Cathryn Craig - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Another brilliant guitarist with an understated style that demonstrates perfectly the art of good accompaniment, ex-Strawbs man Brian is the perfect foil for the powerful voice and songs of his wife, Cathryn. Hailing from Richmond, Virginia she cut her musical teeth working alongside the likes of Chet Atkins, Garth Brooks and the Righteous Brothers and, with Brian, creates an unmissable blend of vocal and musical harmony. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 21 October 2018 7.30pm - Martin Carthy - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Martin Carthy is a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist, He's a ballad singer and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic. Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

Sunday 21 October 2018 - Karine Polwart - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Karine Polwart is a multi-award-winning songwriter and musician, a theatre maker, storyteller, spoken-word performer, essayist, and published writer. Karine will be touring in 2018 with her trio – long-term collaborators brother Steven Polwart (guitars) & Inge Thomson (accordion, percussion) – and releasing new studio album Laws of Motion in Autumn 2018. www.karinepolwart.com. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

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Monday 22 October 2018 - Acoustic Warehouse: Rebecca Hosking (featured artist) -  - Newton Abbot RFC, Rackerhayes, Newton Road, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3SJ
Singer/songwriter from Nashville, returning for a 3rd visit to our club www.reverbnation.com/rebeccahosking. Entry only £2, with open mic from 7.15pm to 10.15pm. Rebecca is our featured artist. Further information from Nigel Dee 07989 180091. www.facebook.com/Acoustic.Warehouse.TQ123QH.

22-26 October 2018 - Baring-Gould Folk Song School - Ebenezer Hall, North Street, Okehampton EX20 1AR
Dedicated to local folk song collector Revd Sabine Baring-Gould the annual Folk Song School gives you time out to concentrate on your own singing: your voice, your performance, your repertoire. Due to unforeseen circumstances Chris Coe is unable to join us this year, and we are pleased to say that James Findlay will be this year's guest tutor. As well as sharing his love of folk song, James will bring his skill as an actor to honing performing skills. The Song School is held at Wren Music’s headquarters in Okehampton. A converted chapel in the delightful moorland town of Okehampton. The Wren team is led Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker, who will have spent most of this summer taking English folk song to other parts of Europe as far apart as Iceland and Sardinia. The week is suitable for first time singers through to professionals – and the emphasis is on learner led activities, one-to-one and/or small group working with individual tutors and peer support. Cost: £300, plus an option on a £25 Baring-Gould Folk Weekend ticket (26-28 October). For more details email or telephone 01837 53754, www.wrenmusic.co.uk/Baring-Gould.

Tuesday 23 October 2018 7.30pm - Adam Holmes & The Embers + Baskery - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
27-year-old Edinburgh-born singer/songwriter Adam Holmes is one of the brightest rising stars on the UK roots music scene, with influences from either side of the Atlantic mixing traditional and contemporary folk with his own brand of soul and Americana. Twice nominated for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, his first two albums were also nominated for Scottish Album of the Year in 2014 and 2017, and there is much anticipation as to whether he can make it three in a row this year with hia latest released in September 2017. Live, he and his band the Embers combine the rhythm and blues, country and folk music textures of classic artists such as The Band, Tom Petty and The Heartbeakers and Ryan Adams and The Cardinals with their own hint of Scotland. Baskery: The three sisters can’t recall when or why they started playing, the music’s always just been there. In their late teens, the sisters joined forces with their dad, who for decades was a one man band playing old blues and country tunes for a living. This foundation of classic “roots music and Americana” settled in their hearts, but also awoke the urge of breaking the rules of traditional music. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Wednesday 24 October 2018 - Ninebarrow - St Leonard's Church, Sheepstor, Plymouth
Doors 7pm. Tickets 01822 853186

Thursday 25 October 2018 - Phillip Henry - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Guitar workshop 4-6pm / Evening concert.
In the autumn of 2018, Phillip Henry will celebrate the release of his long awaited solo album True North with a national tour. Commemorating ten years since his journey to Kolkata to study under the great slide guitarist Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, True North charts a life spent travelling the globe, collecting tunes, stories, and instruments. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Thursday 25 October 2018 8pm - Rag Mama Rag - Otterton Mill (Restaurant), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Rag Mama Rag create an exceptionally full and hard driving rhythmic sound which soon as audiences feet tapping. Their repertoire is 20’s and 30’s blues based but extremely varied including many regional styles of the period. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Thursday 25 October 2018 8.30pm - Flor Amargo - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
In her homeland of Mexico Flor Amargo is a HUGE artist, attracting millions of views of her youtube performances, selling countless albums, appearing on TV and selling out live gigs. Flor makes passionate performances of traditional songs and blends elements of rock, pop and jazz to create a truly compelling live show. It is an absolute honour to invite her to play at the B-Bar and a once in a lifetime opportunity to see such a revered performer in such an intimate setting. Don't miss it! www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMoufkGH0dk. £2. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

26-28 October 2018 - Baring-Gould Folk Festival - Okehampton
The Folk Weekend is dedicated to Revd. Sabine Baring-Gould, 19th century folk song collector based here in West Devon, and so our festival takes a special interest in song, and we evoke the spirit of Harvest Festival. Okehampton is a delightful former market town on the northern slopes of Dartmoor. We make use of community and church halls for the Festival Weekend, and the town offers a range of accommodation to suit most pockets - making the Baring-Gould Folk Weekend a perfect autumn break. This year’s artists include Phil Beer, Polly Bolton, Georgia Lewis, Hannah Cumming, Martin and Shan Graebe, Trev Munkenbeck, Bill Murray, Matt Quinn, Kevin Sessions and the festival ceilidh will be led by the eclectic Banter. For more details email or telephone 01837 53754, www.wrenmusic.co.uk/Baring-Gould.

Friday 26 October 2018 - Ninebarrow - Downderry and Seaton Village Hall, Torpoint
Doors 6.30pm. Tickets: val@glastonbury-engineering.co.uk or 01503 250536

Friday 26 October 2018 7.30pm - Kirsty Meryn - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Singer-songwriter Kirsty Merryn on her first ever solo tour of the UK, following Kirsty’s show-stopping performances opening for Show of Hands on their 22-night tour of UK cathedrals, playing to nearly 14,000 people along the way. Kirsty’s debut album “She & I” is a collection of stories about women from history, from local legend Admiral Nelson’s mistress Emma Lady Hamilton, to Annie Edson Taylor, the first person to go over Niagara falls in a barrel. “She & I” released in November 2017 and received a fantastic reception, reaching Number 3 in the Amazon Folk Bestsellers download chart, garnering national and local airplay, winning awards, and receiving reviews in the Guardian, the Sunday Express and many more. Beguiling and mercurial, Kirsty’s music is heavily anchored in the folk tradition with jazz and classical backwaters. But her influences have a much wider reach, ranging from Cara Dillon to Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush - emphatic piano-based songs with sharply observed lyrics - packaged with panache in elegant - beautifully balanced settings and delivered with crystal clear, assured vocals. www.kirstymerryn.com. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details, samples, online bookings, full programme; or call 01803 875527 / 07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Friday 26 October 2018 9pm - Megs Emry Band - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Folk-rock with a latin twist. Soaring folk-rock band bringing tender, starry moments through to mountainous and epic electric guitar solos. Expect powerful stories with bluesy and latin rhythms, taking you on a journey back to 70’s psychedelia via the sea. After the successful release of their debut EP last year the band appeared on official line-ups for festivals like Glastonbury and Shambala. They have just released their new EP. Come dance, come dream. "Imagine if Kate Bush and Jeff Buckley were farming Goat and Lamb on a hillside in Peru..." The Nod, Passion Radio Bristol. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 26 October 2018 - Ralph McTell - Falmouth Pavilion

Saturday 27 October 2018 - Silvington - Village Hall, West Charleton, nr Kingsbridge TQ7 2AG (map)
Silvington is a collaboration between two established performers, Tricia Moore and John Connor. They play folk, traditional and contemporary acoustic music. www.silvington.org. Tickets £10 including pasty supper from 01548 531241 / 531562 in aid of St Mary's West Charleton.

Saturday 27 October 2018 7.30pm - Harbottle & Jonas - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
The husband and wife duo combine the rich traditions of folk music with original and contemporary interpretations through a blend of closely intertwined vocal harmonies. The two teachers turned road hardened folk troubadours have plenty of new tales to tell. Each song has been carefully written and researched, and is always accompanied with a great story and a good degree of humour; however macabre the content may be. The songs cover a range of social, political and historical issues. They also sing about family, the Devil, Malcolm and Grimsby. Their music is original and unique. It is performed with integrity and on instruments that include the concertina, harmonium, banjo, stompbox, acoustic guitar and dobra. Each performance establishes a warm rapport, engagement and interaction with the audience. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Saturday 27 October 2018 - Ninebarrow - Denbury Village Hall, Newton Abbot
Multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mark Radcliffe as sounding like ‘two halves of one voice’, by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. Most recently, the duo were nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the ‘Horizon’ category for Best Emerging Artist; their latest album was awarded 5-stars in both The Morning Star and the EFDSS’s EDS Magazine, and has received airplay on BBC Radios 2, 3, 6 Music, Wales and Scotland. Folk luminary, Mike Harding, has hailed it as ‘absolutely monumental’. Tickets: Clare Head 01803 813149 & Union Inn, Denbury

Saturday 27 October 2018 7.30pm - 3 Daft Monkeys - Parish Hall, Bary Lane, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Crediton EX17 4BB
With Celtic and eastern influences, the 3 Daft Monkeys’ dynamic 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 will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/449812.

Saturday 27 October 2018 7-10pm - Devon Air Ambulance charity ceilidh with Worts'n'All - Broadhempston Village Hall, Kings Close Field, Broadhempston TQ9 6BJ
Tickets £7.50 (includes raffle), available from Kay on 01803 361829. Light refreshments available. No bar, BYO drinks.

Saturday 27 October 2018 8pm - Willy Porter - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Willy Porter is a guitar virtuoso with an insinuating voice that sneaks past your defences and gets under your skin. The Washington Post has called him “a dazzling acoustic guitarist with a moody baritone,” while the Boston Globe describes him as “an acoustic picker with the Olympian speed of Leo Kottke bolstered by rootsy vocals and twisting, offbeat lyrics.” www.willyporter.com. Tickets £12+. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/436490. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

Saturday 27 October 2018 - Sam Green and The Midnight Heist - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Sam Green and the Midnight Heist are a Americana, Roots-Rock band from the North Devon Coast, in the southwest of England. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cRn5NTp6NCM. Tickets available from The Bridge Inn, £10, call 01392 873862.

NEW Saturday 27 October 2018 8.30pm - House Concert: Jamie Yost + Matthew Gordon Price - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Jamie Yost is an alternative folk, singer-songwriter, based in the southwest. His sound has been compared to artists such as Noah Gundersen, Matt Corby and Daughter. The last few years have proved to be a successful period for the singer-songwriter finding himself supporting Brit Award Nominee Beth Rowley, the legendary Martha Reeves and the incredible Country Folk Duo Ward Thomas. Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU2PV8Ahicg. Matthew Gordon Price is an alternative folk musician who provides an emotional narrative of which many can relate. His sound has been compared to artists such as Damien Rice, Marcus Mumford and Glenn Hansard. www.matthewgordonprice.com. Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=r17n1S2NWTE. Donations on arrival. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations. No bar so BYO.

Wednesday 31 October 2018 8pm - Stephen Fearing - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Canada's long had a reputation for coming up with division one talent and singer/songwriter and ferociously talented guitarist Stephen Fearing , has become one of the country's most revered musical exports. Along the way he's also found time to be a founder member of Blackie And The Rodeo Kings, a band he founded with Colin Linden of 'Oh Brother Where Art Thou ?' fame. Tickets £12.50 from the Bridge Inn 01392 876382.

2-4 November 2018 - Exploring Folklore: Focus on Dartmoor - Halsway Manor, Halsway Lane, near Crowcombe, Somerset, TA4 4BD
For Halsway’s second Exploring Folklore weekend, the focus is that extraordinary wealth of folklore that was, and still is, found on Dartmoor. All our guest contributors come from the area and, between them, demonstrate not only how we live within our own folklore, but how closely all the different aspects of folklore combine to define a culture by drawing on the past, living in the here and now, and shaping the future. The team includes Dartmoor tradition bearer Bill Murray, Dartmoor step dance champion (and singer, musician & composer) Matt Norman, plus Tom Pearce’s Old Grey Mare will be travelling up from Dartymoor! Doc Rowe returns along with weekend host Tom Brown, for an enjoyable weekend of talks, presentations, practical workshops and performances exploring folklore, folklorismus and fakelore. For full details and ticket see https://halswaymanor.org.uk/event/exploring-folklore-dartmoor/.

Saturday 3 November 2018 8pm - Phillip Henry - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
In the autumn of 2018, Phillip Henry will celebrate the release of his long awaited solo album True North with a national tour. Commemorating ten years since his journey to Kolkata to study under the great slide guitarist Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, True North charts a life spent travelling the globe, collecting tunes, stories and instruments. Phillip Henry is an in demand performer whose collaborations with fellow musicians Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Steve Knightley (Show of Hands) and Hannah Martin (Edgelarks) have led to the evolution of a unique instrumental style that has wowed audiences around the world. Now he is preparing to take his solo show on the road with a very special series of concerts. As well as his collection of slide guitars, his show-stopping beatbox harmonica, a great favourite with audiences, is sure to make an appearance. Featuring old favourites, and material from True North, this will be an evening to inspire the mind and lighten the soul. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 3 November 2018 - Lucy Farrell - Village Hall, The Parade, Millbrook, Cornwall PL10 1AX
A Millbrook Folk Club Event - all welcome. Doors 7.30pm. Multi-instrumentalist and singer Lucy is a 2017 BBC R2 folk award winner, a member of the highly acclaimed Furrow Collective, a member of Eliza Carthy's Wayward Band and Her early work collaborating with Jonny Kierney brought her to immediate public attention when they were invited to be the regular opening act for the Unthanks. Lucy is now embarking on a solo career alongside her highly critically acclaimed collaborations offering audiences her exquisite renditions of traditional ballads and quietly moving original songs. Tickets £8 online: www.facebook.com/events/293643941237896/?ti=ia or email millbrookfolk@gmail.com.

Sunday 4 November 2018 7.45pm - Stephen Fearing - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Canadian born but raised in Dublin, Stephen's music is a mesmerizing blend of folk, roots, and pop. He is a gifted story-teller, guitarist and a fine singer/songwriter, with a clear voice that commands immediate attention. He has released nine albums as a solo artist, the latest of which "Every Soul's a Sailor" was preceded by the single "Blowhard Nation", an anti-Trump protest song, released before the US presidential election. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Wednesday 7 November 2018 - Fisherman’s Friends - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Bound together by lifelong friendship and shared experience for more than 25 years the Fisherman’s Friends have met on the Platt (harbour) in their native Port Isaac to raise money for charity, singing the traditional songs of the sea handed down to them by their forefathers. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Thursday 8 November 2018 7.30pm - Gingang - The Horse, Moretonhampstead
Multi-instrumental trio Gingang present an evening of traditional music and song, including material from the new EP Dwarka: A Journey. This collection of music was inspired by the story of the horse Dwarka, ancestor of many of today’s Dartmoor ponies. Born in the Arabian desert, taken by the British army to India, and finally to Dartmoor and the Prince of Wales’ stud at Tor Royal, his story is told in Ginnie Pope’s book Hooves in the Heather. Through songs of departure and belonging, and original instrumentals evoking the landscapes of desert dunes and windswept moorlands, Dwarka: A Journey charts this unique story. Featuring: Tony Bayliss (cittern, guitar, vocals), Louis Bingham (cittern, guitar, vocals), Peter Bingham (bass guitar, whistles, vocals). Tickets £8.  Contact Tony Bayliss for booking info. Phone: 07876 788988, email: baylissringford@gmail.com.

Friday 9 November 2018 7.30pm - Gingang - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Multi-instrumental trio Gingang present an evening of traditional music and song, including material from the new EP Dwarka: A Journey. This collection of music was inspired by the story of the horse Dwarka, ancestor of many of today’s Dartmoor ponies. Born in the Arabian desert, taken by the British army to India, and finally to Dartmoor and the Prince of Wales’ stud at Tor Royal, his story is told in Ginnie Pope’s book Hooves in the Heather. Through songs of departure and belonging, and original instrumentals evoking the landscapes of desert dunes and windswept moorlands, Dwarka: A Journey charts this unique story. Featuring: Tony Bayliss (cittern, guitar, vocals), Louis Bingham (cittern, guitar, vocals), Peter Bingham (bass guitar, whistles, vocals). Tickets £8.  Contact Tony Bayliss for booking info. Phone: 07876 788988, email: baylissringford@gmail.com.

Friday 9 November 2018 8pm - Clive Gregson - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
The only concert Clive is doing in the South-West on his current tour, so a great opportunity to see this exceptional songwriter, singer and guitarist in a relaxed and informal venue. Clive first came to prominence with his cult band, Any Trouble, in the early 80's. From 1985 for several years he and Christine Collister were the foremost acoustic duo in the country. He has toured solo over the world and become a very successful performer. He has also worked with Richard Thompson, Nanci Griffith, Eddie Reader, Boo Hewerdine and has been a member of Plainsong. His songs have been covered by the likes of Fairport Convention, Nanci Griffith, Kim Carnes and Norma Waterson, among others. 13 solo albums to his credit, plus many more with Christine Collister and Any Trouble. www.clivegregson.com/index.html. Early booking advised. Support: TBC. Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) paid in adv £12; adv notice, paid on door £14. Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

Friday 9 November 2018 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
Caller: Jeremy Child. Band: Stick the Fiddle. A monthly series of Contra Dances. 7.30-10pm. 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 10 November 2018 8pm - Martyn Joseph - America Hall, De La Rue Way, Pinhoe, Exeter EX4 8PX (map)
Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other, a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”, but there are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be – but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman. www.martynjoseph.net. Tickets £17+. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/443338. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

Saturday 10 November 2018 8pm - RSVP Bhangra Band - RatteryVillage Hall, South Brent TQ10 9LD (map)
RSVP is a Bhangra band that blends traditional Punjabi celebratory folk music with Western musical influences to create a sound that is unusual when heard by mainstream listeners, but none of that matters, because their ability to perform to a crowd is perfect. Their stage personalities are lovable, the Asian drumbeats are infectious, and the Western slant gives the crowd something unique to enjoy. With musicians drawn from one family, wholly rooted in an authentic living tradition, yet unafraid to innovate, this is the ultimate celebratory Indian music. RSVP will be bringing their Big Bhangra Beats and engaging, interactive vibe so be prepared to learn some Bhangra grooves and moves and get ready to party. Tickets from 01364 72597 / 07879 438769. More details, online booking... www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

Saturday 10 November 2018 - William the Conqueror - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Cornwall trio William the Conqueror have been picking up praise from far flung corners ever since Ruarri Joseph took the step to go public with his erstwhile secret alter-ego. Debut album, Proud Disturber of the Peace, was released in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim, and their shows have been steadily winning over fans up and down the country. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Saturday 10 November 2018 8.30pm - The Eskies - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Standing. Hailing from Dublin, The Eskies bring their unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze houses far and wide. Last year saw them play over 40 festivals in 5 countries, tour Ireland, UK, Netherlands and Switzerland as well as being invited to the influential new music festival Eurosonic Festival. Other notable festival performances included Glastonbury Main Stage Avalon, Main Stage Cambridge and Bestival. Support: Black Water County, Smashing their way into the UK folk punk scene since 2013, Black Water County bring an energetic live show of stout quaffing, banjo breaking and tin whistle mangling original music, along with trads and shanties that have been given a good kick up the **** and a slap around the face. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Saturday 10 November 2018 8pm - Steve James - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
A man who's become something of a legend around these parts, Steve James is a peerless songsmith, a dynamic performer and with a sponsorship with the National Guitar Co. - validation were it needed - widely acknowledged as being one of the finest slide guitarists on the planet. Unlike many of his contemporaries, Steve transcends the limitations of traditional blues music, transforming the genre into something far removed from any suggestion of a museum like ambience ! Tickets £12 from the Bridge Inn 01392 873862.

Saturday 10 November 2018 8.30pm - House Concert: Harbottle & Jonas - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Donations on arrival. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations. No bar so BYO.

Saturday 10 November 2018 - John Smith - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
“The future of folk music” - John Renbourn; “He’s a magician” - Ben Howard; “Spellbinding” - Time Out. John Smith has gained a reputation through relentless touring as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and singer-songwriters. Compared as a singer to John Martyn and Ray Lamontagne, Smith has evolved his own transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide techniques, switching between acoustic and electric guitars in various tunings. 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, made up of people willing to take part in the communion of a song. £16.50. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Sunday 11 November 2018 7.30pm - John Smith - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Folk at the Flavel's final concert of 2018.
John Smith may have what is often said to be the most common name in the UK but he is a far from common musician and performer, having gained a reputation through relentless touring as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and singer-songwriters. Once described by the legendary John Renbourn as the “future of folk music” his reputation now extends far beyond the UK folk scene, as reflected by sideman credits which include Joan Baez, David Gray and Lisa Hannigan. He has supported among others John Martyn and Gil Scott Heron. John has evolved his own blend of fingerstyle and slide techniques. His most recent, fifth album was produced by Sam Lakeman. He has been described in a Time Out review as “Spellbinding” and as the “Guitarists Guitarist” in The Sunday Times. Support: Maz O'Connor, described by the Guardian as "one of folk's brightest young talents", is known for her stunning voice and captivating stage presence. £15, U18 £5. Book at www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

Sunday 11 November 2018 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
It’s been quite a 12 months for Show of Hands, featuring an extraordinary reaction to their haunting cathedral tour ‘Sanctuary’, sell-out shows at eminent venues like Shakespeare’s Globe and the Cutty Sark - and Harberton's St Andrew's Church! -  solo tours, duo tours and Steve’s writing for the upcoming studio album. Miranda and husband Dan are embarking on their own adventure with their first baby due in November, and so Cormac Byrne (legendary percussionist of Seth Lakeman Band fame) steps into the breach with his spectacular talents to complete the Show of Hands autumn trio. Together, Steve and Phil will deliver the festival favourites that fans know and love, with Cormac adding a new twist. They’ll also showcase the results of Steve’s recent songwriting. www.showofhands.co.uk. www.theatreroyal.com/whats-on/2018/show-of-hands.

Sunday 11 November 2018 7.30pm - Gingang - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Multi-instrumental trio Gingang present an evening of traditional music and song, including material from the new EP Dwarka: A Journey. This collection of music was inspired by the story of the horse Dwarka, ancestor of many of today’s Dartmoor ponies. Born in the Arabian desert, taken by the British army to India, and finally to Dartmoor and the Prince of Wales’ stud at Tor Royal, his story is told in Ginnie Pope’s book Hooves in the Heather. Through songs of departure and belonging, and original instrumentals evoking the landscapes of desert dunes and windswept moorlands, Dwarka: A Journey charts this unique story. Featuring: Tony Bayliss (cittern, guitar, vocals), Louis Bingham (cittern, guitar, vocals), Peter Bingham (bass guitar, whistles, vocals). Tickets £16, £10 or £6.  Contact Tony Bayliss for booking info. Phone: 07876 788988, email: baylissringford@gmail.com.

NEW Monday 12 November 2018 - John Smith - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. “The future of folk music” - John Renbourn; “He’s a magician” - Ben Howard; “Spellbinding” - Time Out. John Smith has gained a reputation through relentless touring as one of the UK’s finest guitarists and singer-songwriters. Compared as a singer to John Martyn and Ray Lamontagne, Smith has evolved his own transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide techniques, switching between acoustic and electric guitars in various tunings. 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, made up of people willing to take part in the communion of a song. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Wednesday 14 November 2018 - Afro Celt Sound System - Princess Theatre, Torquay
Formed by Grammy-nominated musician and record producer Simon Emmerson, Afro Celt Sound System are a European and African based collective who’ve been a ground-breaking force in music ever since they started. Their acclaimed live performances are energetic and captivating and innovatively combine folk traditions of different cultures to breath-taking effect. They won Best Group in the 2017 Songlines Music Awards. Simon Emmerson is joined by long-term members’ vocalist, kora and balafon player N’Faly Kouyaté and Dhol drummer Johnny Kalsi. Their live show features contributions from a host of other outstanding musicians including Armagh-born vocalist and flautist Rioghnach Connolly and bodhrán player and percussionist Robbie Harris. They will also be joined by special guests Peter Tickell on fiddle, Ged Lynch on drums, Simon Richmond on keyboards and Lottie Cullen on pipes and whistle. https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/an-evening-with-afro-celt-sound-system/princess-theatre-torquay.

NEW Wednesday 14 November 2018 7.30pm – ‘Tales and Songs of the Dart’ – Stoke Gabriel Church, Church Walk, Stoke Gabriel TQ9 6SD
Join John Risdon, renowned local historian, and Cosgrave & Banks, superb folk duo, for a magical tour of the extraordinary history and beauty of the Dart estuary, through tales, images, and music. John Risdon’s love of our local history, and ability to convey it in fascinating and vivid tales, is legendary. The tales are accompanied with his beautiful images of local scenes and historical paintings. Steve Banks of duo Cosgrave & Banks (www.cosgraveandbanks.com) lives in Stoke Gabriel, on the Dart, and wrote or arranged the songs and tunes for the CD 'Dart Songs'. The amazing tales you will hear, in prose and in song, include: the Battle of Blackpool Sands (1402); Madre de Dios – Portuguese galleon captured and brought to Dartmouth in 1592 with £1million of treasure aboard; Memory Tree – US troops preparing for the D-Day landings in 1942. £8.50 on door, includes wine in interval. All proceeds to Totnes Drop-In Centre, helping the homeless and needy in Totnes and surrounding areas.

NEW Friday 16 November 2018 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Brixham Library, Market Street, Brixham TQ5 8EU
The Friends on Brixham Library are delighted to welcome back Cosgrave & Banks for our annual concert. They first performed in 2016 and there has been an overwhelming demand for their return. They have been described as ‘one of Devon’s multi-instrumental treasures’ whose music takes you ‘on a sumptuous journey far and wide across the UK and Europe’. Their last concert was a magical evening and we are looking forward to the same superb quality of music delights. Doors 7pm. Members £10; non-members £12, available in advance from Brixham Library, tel: 01803 853870; ticket includes a free drink.

NEW Friday 16 November 2018 7.30pm - Reg Meuross + Harbottle & Jonas - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
The Whitehouse Sessions presents Reg Meuross, described as a "brilliant singer-songwriter and true troubadour with a social conscience" by Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2's Folk Show. With special guests Harbottle & Jonas, a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. Full details www.regmeuross.com.

NEW Friday 16 November 2018 7.30pm - Kit Holmes with Alan Greenwood - Scoriton Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
A fun entertaining evening to get your music taste buds tingling! Kit’s trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso guitar playing have wowed audiences across the UK through extensive touring with the guitar hero, John Etheridge. The Observer described her music as "Macy Gray meets Nick Drake", and both Bob Harris and Andy Kershaw have featured her on their BBC shows. Recent gigs include: Paul McCartney’s LIPA; the Anne Frank Awards at the BBC; a performance for Bill Bryson and Andy Kershaw and a headline show at the International Guitar Festival of Great Britain. Licensed bar. Tickets £10 adult / £5 child / £25 family available from Steph on 01364 631288 or www.ticketsource.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 17 November 2018 - Autumn Ceilidh with Spinach for Norman - Blackawton Village Hall, Vicarage Road, nr Totnes TQ9 7AY
Doors and bar 7.15pm. Music 8-11pm with a short interval. ‘Reel Ale’ bar throughout. Tickets £10 adult, £5 U16, from Blackawton Community Shop, The George Inn 01803 712 159 or villagehall@blackawtoncommunity.com; also available on the door if space permits, tickets are limited to 100 so door availability can’t be guaranteed.

NEW Saturday 17 November 2018 8pm - Kitty Macfarlane - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
Stunning voice, brilliant guitarist, great songwriter. Doesn't sing about how she's feeling (much)! Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 17 November 2018 7.30pm - Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
A unique concert which celebrates the unforgettable music of Simon & Garfunkel. Fronted by the duo Bookends, the concert has toured the globe extensively being described as ‘simply breathtaking’. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 17 November 2018 8.30pm - House Concert: Daria Kulesh & Marina Osman - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Russian folk duo. Donations on arrival. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations. No bar so BYO.

NEW Sunday 18 November 2018 7.45pm - Jody Kruskal - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A NewYorker, who plays the Anglo concertina, Jody's concerts offer a warm and engaging presentation of traditional and popular American songs. From witty and humorous ditties to songs that explore the depths of the human condition, his singing tells stories that are hilarious, gritty and true... stories of train wrecks, wrecked marriages, death row, lonesome lovers, heroes, losers, swaggering braggarts, lazy slackers and slapstick fools! Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Monday 19 November 2018 7.30pm - Artizan Acoustic Night / Open Mic / Daria Kulesh - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
With Daria Kulesh as guest performer from 9pm. Refreshments available, both alcoholic and soft drinks. Doors open 7pm, open mic 7.30pm to 9pm. Curated by Robert Spence, 01803 613647.

NEW Thursday 22 November 2018 8pm - Free Concert: Simon Barron + Acorn Shakers - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
Simon Barron has been singing and playing English traditional songs nationally for 15 years, first with the duo Barron Brady and now solo . Simon is a self-taught guitarist and keeps the accompaniment out of the way of the words and melody, it’s the songs that matter. Simon confesses to be a folk fanatic and says “folk is exciting, moving and relevant music, hallowed by time - the only kind of music that never gets old. I celebrate that and hope I demonstrate my love for this powerful music every time I sing.” Mike Harding said “...Simon’s a really, really fine guitarist and an even finer interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk songs". Acorn Shakers (Andrew, Emily, Nick and Claire) draw on their long-term musical experiences to play, sing and dance an exciting and varied repertoire from American Old Time’s golden era: the 1920s and ‘30s - from mountain ballads to string band songs, reels, rags and waltzes - and anything in between! Between them they play fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, tenor guitar, dulcimer, banjo bass, ukulele and washboard. They also throw in vocal harmonies and percussive feet! 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. www.shamstrad.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 22 November 2018 7.30pm - The Newgrass Cutters - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Pete Brown, son of Rock'n'Roll veteran Joe, has formed a new and wonderfully talented Bluegrass band, featuring the superb musicians who tour with Joe Brown. These are the incredible Nashville recording artist and banjo/mandolin virtuoso Richard Collins, Mike Nichols on bass, legendary drummer and singer Phil Capaldi, plus Pete Brown on guitar, lap steel and mandolin. Collectively they’ve worked with some of the biggest names in the business including George Harrison, Deep Purple, Dave Gilmour and Steve Winwood. They wow the audiences with their stunning new arrangements of rock and pop classics, brilliant interpretations, and acclaimed vocal and instrumental performances they call ‘NewGrass’. £14. Book at www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Friday 23 November 2018 8pm - Rosie Hood and Lucy Huzzard - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
A folk singer/songwriter from Wiltshire, Rosie Hood is known for her strong, pure voice and captivating performances. A BBC Performing Arts Fellow in 2015 and a 2016 Horizon Award nominee, Rosie has become more than purely a traditional singer. Having learnt folk songs from an early age, Rosie has a keen interest in the history of traditional songs, particularly those of her native Wiltshire, where she has spent time researching in the local archives and developing a broad repertoire of local songs. June 2017 saw Rosie release her first solo album, a collection of old and new folk songs, described by The Guardian as “a classy arrival”. Melodeon player Lucy Huzzard is perhaps best-known for her clog dancing in the Demon Barbers' Lock In show and her work with Third Beat Dance Collective. Lucy studied on Newcastle University's Folk Degree. Email bookings@liveandacoustic.co.uk or call 01837 840775 for tickets £8. www.churchhouseconcerts.co.uk.

NEW Friday 23 November 2018 - Silvington and Friends - Royal Western Yacht Club, Queen Anne's Battery, Plymouth
Featuring Ben Campbell, Anton Horwich, Keith Fennell and Claire Fielding.
Silvington is a collaboration between two established performers, Tricia Moore and John Connor. They play folk, traditional and contemporary acoustic music. www.silvington.org. Tickets £10 from 01548 810806, email johnfconnor@aol.com, or via Folk on the Moor. In aid of Navy Wings, Fleet Air Arm charity.

NEW Friday 23 November 2018 8pm - Sheelanagig - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Delivering intricate, rhythmically complex arrangements of original and traditional works in a Balkan style, the band who formed in early 2005 had an instant chemistry, gained a considerable following and quickly earned a reputation for their exhilarating and intense live performances. This group of incredible players force you to dance your socks off and have a great time. Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 24 November 2018 8pm - Worry Dolls - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
“Worry Dolls combine a great sensibility of American Country music with their own English folk influences to create a warm and infectious sound” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2. “London duo Worry Dolls lit up the main stage with their harmony driven indie-pop in their most prestigious performance to date” – Rob Bridge (Folk Radio UK), Cambridge Folk Festival. “Worry Dolls are going places” – The Bluegrass Situation. Special guest: Jake Morrell. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

tbc NEW Saturday 24 November 2018 7.30pm - Simon Mayor & Hilary James - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
tbc details tba ‘A witty and captivating mix of folk, blues, swing and classical showstoppers, spiced with a unique brand of off-beat humour’ The Guardian. www.mayorandjames.com. More details, ticketing etc. www.ashburtonarts.org.uk/whats-on.

tbc NEW Sunday 25 November 2018 4pm - Simon Mayor & Hilary James - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
tbc details tba A special family oriented / children's concert. www.mayorandjames.com. More details, ticketing etc. www.ashburtonarts.org.uk/whats-on.

NEW Saturday 1 December 2018 10.30am-3.30pm - Music for Morris Dancing – Community Hall Primary School, Lawn Drive, Chudleigh TQ13 0LS
Cotswold - North West - Border - Molly - Rapper - Longsword. Led by Steve Gill and Mary Marker. A Devon Folk event. Music available/by ear. £10. Details, application form see www.devonfolk.org.uk/Pages/Activities.html.

NEW Saturday 1 December 2018 8pm - Belshazzar's Feast: Two Wise Men Tour - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
On tour with their celebrated Christmas show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, stirring in classical, pop and music hall, all topped off with audience participation and lashings of wry humour, Paul Sartin (Bellowhead / Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (Hoover The Dog) together wow audiences across the UK, USA and Australia with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat, always sending 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. www.belshazzarsfeast.com. Tickets £15, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.

NEW Saturday 1 December 2018 8pm - Sarah McQuaid - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument. www.sarahmcquaid.com. Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 1 December 2018 - Ceilidh with Spinach for Norman - The Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free).

NEW Sunday 2 December 2018 7.45pm - Jigantics - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tba  Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Tuesday 4 December 2018 - Thea Gilmore - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Since releasing her debut as a teenager nearly 20 years ago, the Oxfordshire-raised, Cheshire-based singer and songwriter Thea Gilmore has gained global acclaim for making music not only of extraordinary beauty, but of rare honesty and insight. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Thursday 6 December 2018 - St Agnes Fountain - Hannahs at Seale Hayne, Howton Lane, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ
The band that gives Christmas songs a good, if respectful, kicking. They bring sparkling musicianship, humour and heartful 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 and 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. Full details, ticketing etc. www.discoverhannahs.org/whats-on/st-agnes-fountain. Tel. 01626 325800.

NEW 6-8 December 2018 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
It’s been quite a 12 months for Show of Hands, featuring an extraordinary reaction to their haunting cathedral tour ‘Sanctuary’, sell-out shows at eminent venues like Shakespeare’s Globe and the Cutty Sark - and Harberton's St Andrew's Church! -  solo tours, duo tours and Steve’s writing for the upcoming studio album. Miranda and husband Dan are embarking on their own adventure with their first baby due in November, and so Cormac Byrne (legendary percussionist of Seth Lakeman Band fame) steps into the breach with his spectacular talents to complete the Show of Hands autumn trio. Together, Steve and Phil will deliver the festival favourites that fans know and love, with Cormac adding a new twist. They’ll also showcase the results of Steve’s recent songwriting. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Friday 7 December 2018 8pm - O’Hooley & Tidow - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
One of British Folk’s mightiest combinations, O’Hooley & Tidow return for an evening of beautifully performed, original, contemporary and traditional Winter songs from their latest album ‘WinterFolk Vol 1’, produced with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Ben Walker. Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (their time will come!) and described by The Guardian as ‘exceptional songwriters’, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving and soulful performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that went down a storm at their last appearance with us. ‘They sing together in the way families do…like The Coppers or The Watersons’. Tom Robinson, 6 Music. www.ohooleyandtidow.com. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 7 December 2018 8.30pm - House Concert: Meridianum Ensemble - Hatch Court, Churchstow
This large world music group features musicians from the UK (inc Griselda Sanderson, Louis Bingham, Steve Tyler and Katy Marchant) and Portugal. Fascinating sounds. See www.meridianum.eu for more about the band. Donations on arrival. Contact Mark on 07730 921192 or by email wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations. No bar so BYO.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 7.30pm - Barn Dance - Longdown Village Hall, nr Exeter EX6 7SN
Caller: Jeremy Child. Band: Chris Jewell. £7, including pasty.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 - Folk Orchestra of Torbay Christmas Concert - Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
details tba www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk. Box office 01803 665800.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 8pm - The Dylan Project - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Take four of Britain's most talented folk-rock musicians and a unique singer, add the repertoire of a genius, and you've got the recipe for a dream band. The musicians in question are PJ Wright (slide and electric guitars, pedal steel) Gerry Conway (drums and percussion) Phil Bond (keys) Dave Pegg (bass) and the singer is Steve Gibbons. As The Dylan Project, they present an exhilarating tribute to the work of arguably the greatest postwar songwriter in the English language. The Dylan Project's repertoire spans the whole of Dylan's oeuvre – everything from Highway 61 to Mississippi – and new material is frequently brought into the setlist. Whether you are a diehard Dylan fan or just enjoy great songs performed with flair and brio, The Dylan Project will take your breath away. Go and see them or buy one of the albums – you won't be disappointed. £20. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 8pm - 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.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 8pm - Maddy and the Chaps - Atmospheric Railway Inn, The Strand, Starcross, Exeter EX6 8PA
An eclectic mix of folk/country/Celtic acoustic music on guitars, ukelele, banjolele, banjo, acoustic bass, accordion, mandolin and bits and pieces of percussion. All five of band sing, allowing a range of singing styles and harmonies. Think Beatles and Mumford and Sons, John Denver and REM, Dolly Parton and Vance Joy, The Pogues and Buddy Holly.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 - Meridianum Ensemble - Church of St. Michaels the Archangel, Chagford TQ13 8BN
This large world music group features musicians from the UK (inc Griselda Sanderson, Louis Bingham, Steve Tyler and Katy Marchant) and Portugal. Fascinating sounds. See www.meridianum.eu for more about the band.

NEW Sunday 9 December 2018 7.30pm - Meridianum Ensemble - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
This large world music group features musicians from the UK (inc Griselda Sanderson, Louis Bingham, Steve Tyler and Katy Marchant) and Portugal. Fascinating sounds. See www.meridianum.eu for more about the band. More details, ticketing etc. www.ashburtonarts.org.uk/whats-on.

NEW Saturday 15 December 2018 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Jiggery folkery, hokery pokery...Mad Dog raise hands, lift feet and start parties wherever they play with their spellbinding recipe of folk, pop, rock, jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. Whisking up whistles, fiddles and mandolins to collide in a spectacular explosion of infectious fun, they demand you to dance. www.carnglaze.com.

NEW Sunday 16 December 2018 7.45pm - Johnny Coppin - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tba  Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 19 December 2018 8pm - Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto too! If you are feeling a little dismayed with the over-commercialisation of “Christmas present” then join Jim for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit! £13. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Wednesday 19 December 2018 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Standing. Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. The famous purple happy bus is fired up and ready for action, and there’s room for you – jump aboard! Doors 7.30pm. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Thursday 20 December 2018 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Standing. Here to get your Christmas off to a great start. 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. “This is music that transcends the run-of-the-mill Irish Wannabes and leaves them standing.” – Acoustic Magazine. “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. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Friday 21 December 2018 8pm - Maddy and the Chaps - Welcome Inn, Mount Pleasant Rd, Dawlish Warren EX7 0NE
An eclectic mix of folk/country/Celtic acoustic music on guitars, ukelele, banjolele, banjo, acoustic bass, accordion, mandolin and bits and pieces of percussion. All five of band sing, allowing a range of singing styles and harmonies. Think Beatles and Mumford and Sons, John Denver and REM, Dolly Parton and Vance Joy, The Pogues and Buddy Holly.

NEW Sunday 23 December 2018 7.30pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Standing. Here to get your Christmas off to a great start. 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. “This is music that transcends the run-of-the-mill Irish Wannabes and leaves them standing.” – Acoustic Magazine. “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.
www.tavistockwharf.com.

NEW Thursday 27 December 2018 7.30pm - Twixt Christmas and New Year Céilidh - 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'. Reel Ale bar. Tickets (which might make good Christmas presents) £7.50 from artworks. Entry includes one free non-alcoholic spiced berry drink. FFI: contact Eileen McKee on 01364 73699 or email: eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com.

NEW Friday 25 January 2019 - Jim Causley - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
More than simply a folk-singer, multi award winning singer-songwriter and musician Jim Causley is an all-round entertainer and his 'Evening with' concerts give a full night of beautiful singing, moving ballads, hilarious ditties and everything in between. Drawing equally from traditional repertoire, modern songs as well as his own compositions and settings of poems by his relative, the celebrated Charles Causley. All accompanied on piano and various accordions and served with a gurt dollop of Westcountry humour, an evening with Jim is an evening not to be missed. www.wegottickets.com/event/450530.

NEW Friday 25 January 2019 - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
details tba www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 26 January 2019 - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - Stoke Gabriel Football Club
Hosted by Stoke Gabriel Boating Association. "We have played a number of ceilidhs for the SGBA over recent years, and they have all been great evenings". A few miles south of Totnes on the river Dart. Ticket details to follow www.sgbahost.co.uk/social_programme.htm.

NEW Friday 1 February 2019 - Phil Beer - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
details tba www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 2 February 2019 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic roots duo Show of Hands as well as a fine singer and musician. From a rock background, Knightley is known for his strong narrative songs (many inspired by people and places in his native West Country) and cogent, inventive lyrics. His rock style rant Country Life and anthemic rally call Roots were both nominated for Best Original Song in the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards, whilst Show of Hands have won the categories Best Live Act and Best Duo. At the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Steve won the coveted Best Original Song category with his topical and widely acclaimed song aimed at bankers and MPs – Arrogance Ignorance and Greed. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Saturday 2 February 2019 8pm - Bob Cheevers - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
We say hello once again to the wonderful songwriter Bob Cheevers. Long recognized by peers as being blessed with the acute vision of a master painter coupled with the precision attention to detail of a great novelist, Cheevers has written over 3,000 songs in his five decade career. Along the way he has rightfully earned the mantle of master songwriter as well as the respect of his many songwriting pals, including Texas icon Ray Wiley Hubbard, who recently said, “Bob is one cool scarecrow gypsy poet who writes and sings the romantic beautiful truth. When he releases a record, I listen.”  Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Friday 15 February 2019 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
After more than fifty years on the road Fairport Convention’s passion for live performance has never wavered. This concert will showcase the band’s musical sophistication and instrumental virtuosity during a fascinating journey through their inspiring and extensive repertoire. Renowned as the founding fathers of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention has maintained consistently high standards for over five decades and remains as entertaining as ever. Still bold, still vigorous and still willing to take musical chances, an evening with Fairport never fails to dazzle and delight audiences. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Friday 15 February 2019 - Jackie Oates - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
Jackie is a singer and fiddle player hailing from Staffordshire. Her unique treatment of English ballads and songs and pure, haunting singing style has established her at the forefront of the new English folk revival. www.wegottickets.com/event/450407. The Starcross concerts aim to raise some money to keep the church going and make it a more viable community building.

NEW Saturday 16 February 2019 8pm - Claude Bourbon - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
A true virtuoso guitarist. One reviewer said “What came next I find hard to describe, an almost endless amalgam of different influences, melting into each other as we moved from classical openings, across a whole continent of cultural roots, from the Balearics to the Balkans, and then across to the Mississippi Delta, and shoehorned into all that was music that would not have been amiss in the courts of emperors and kings… It’s not easy to begin to describe the breadth or mastery of the music you will hear if fortunate to catch one of Claude’s gigs. Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Tuesday 26 February 2019 7pm - ‘Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways’ - Brixham Library, Market Street, Brixham TQ5 8EU
This double bill includes story, poetry and music to whisk you back to the days of WWII when a shortage of crews to keep the working boats going brought a new breed of boater to the canal. Young women, later nicknamed idle women took on the challenge and this is their story. Performed by the Alarum Theatre Company, this is a first for Brixham. Ticketing details tba.

NEW Sunday 3 March 2019 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
details tba
www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

NEW Friday/Saturday 8/9 March 2019 - Mad Dog McRea - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
+special guests. Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Saturday 9 March 2019 - Jon Boden & The Remnant Strings - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
details tba www.jonboden.com. www.theploughartscentre.org.uk.

NEW Thursday 14 March 2019 8pm - Nick Harper - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
Just ask anybody who's seen him! Remarkable performer. As it happens, he's the son of the legendary Roy Harper. Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 23 March 2019 8pm - Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
A rare opportunity in the South-West to catch two of the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear. Having toured together since 1986 to packed concert halls all over the world, multi-award-winning Aly & Phil continue to charm audiences with their stunning music, and on-stage charisma that defies description. Witty and humorous banter sits alongside tunes that tug the heartstrings, and joyous reels and melodies that have feet tapping along. Aly (MBE and Doctor of Music), a founder member of Boys of the Lough, is rightly regarded as Scotland's supreme fiddler- arguably the finest of all time. Aly launched the popular BBC TV series ‘Transatlantic Sessions’ in which he and Phil appear. Phil (MBE) is a world famous accordion player and composer. In recent years Phil's work-load has included many commissions for TV and film and an increasing amount of work as musical director for television and theatrical events. Tickets available now, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.

NEW Thursday 28 March 2019 7.30pm - Feast of Fiddles Silver Jubilee Tour - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
The Feast of Fiddles band-waggon trundles merrily on in its Silver Jubilee year. Born in Nettlebed on Valentine’s Day 1994 as a one off special concert, Feast of Fiddles has done 25 spring tours, 24 festivals and has 7 CDs to its name. Not bad for a bunch of old folk-rockers! This is a band of friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. Fiddlers Peter Knight (Gigspanner, 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 Saturday 13 April 2019 7.30pm - Phil Beer - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
details tba www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 2 May 2019 7.30pm - Flook - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Folk at the Flavel welcomes Flook, recently reformed after a hiatus of 10 years. After forming in 1997, Flook had a remarkably successful performing and recording career. The sheer enjoyment of playing together shined through their albums but was also a key factor in their very successful live shows. Three studio albums were all critically applauded and they won the accolade of Best Group at the BBC Folk Awards in 2006 having previously been nominated for Best Album. Owing to overwhelming popular demand they are back together to play a limited tour of Europe so catch these rare shows while you can. Flook are flutists Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, guitarist Ed Boyd and bodhran maestro, John Joe Kelly. £19, U18 £5. Book at www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Wednesday 22 May 2019 - BF - venue tba
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16-18 August 2019 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park near Exeter
Tickets on sale from 9am Friday 12 October 2018. www.beautifuldays.org.

John Culf
johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk
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