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Folk Diary coverage:
events mostly within an approx. 30 mile radius of Totnes as the crow flies, i.e. including Exeter and Plymouth, and covering Tavistock, Okehampton and Sidmouth for example. It is the main reference for compilation of the Harberton Folk email circulars. Map links (streetmap.co.uk): yield a fully zoomable map. I'm increasing including postcodes in the venue information for those of you who rely on satnavs.
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24-26 April 2014 - Tuckers Maltings Beer Festival - Newton Abbot
Entertainment includes Nicky Swann (Sat 26th afternoon) and State Of Undress (Sat 26th early evening). Details www.edwintucker.co.uk/beer-festival/2014-22/#.Ux8Jec7zv6d.

Cancelled 25-27 April 2014 - Budleigh Guitar Festival - Budleigh Salterton
Contact: 01395 443419 or 07891 663044. Email: info@gypsymusicpromotions.co.uk.

Friday 25 April 2014 8pm - Urban Folk Quartet - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Four highly accomplished musicians (
Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigás, Dan Walsh and Tom Chapman), a dozen instruments and four voices coming together to craft a knockout show of globally–influenced, electrifying acoustic music that has been taking the international folk scene by storm. Hitting the ground running in 2009, The UFQ’s trail has blazed across ten countries, igniting audiences worldwide with their high octane, genre-bending take on folk. 2014 brings further new direction as founding member Frank Moon steps out of touring life, passing the torch to banjo virtuoso, singer and guitarist Dan Walsh for what is set to be the band’s most adventurous year so far. Details www.calstockhall.com.

Friday 25 April 2014 9pm - Will McNicol - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
Will began playing guitar at the age of six, and since then has gone on to become UK Acoustic Guitarist of the Year (2011) and a Fellow of Trinity College London for his playing and compositions. Will's music is influenced by styles from all over the world, and he has developed his own unique sound, with Celtic folk being the underlying inspiration behind a large majority of his own pieces. www.willmcnicol.co.uk. Tickets £4 adv from 01752 242021 or www.wegottickets.com/event/259361.

Friday 25 April 2014 - Geoff Lakeman - George Hotel, South Molton (map)
A bit out of our usual coverage area, but a rare solo appearance by an old friend of Harberton Folk. Details www.georgehotelsouthmolton.co.uk. Tel. 01769 572514.

Friday 25 April 2014 - Acoustic Haven: Le Juki , Cakes & Ale - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
Le Juki - “Multi-instrumentalist trio, serving up a wonderfully diverse set featuring top-notch playing and idiosyncratic yet never less than intriguing songwriting across a range of genres, swapping effortlessly between guitar, percussion, brass and electronics” - Norman Miller, Bearded Magazine'. www.lejuki.co.uk. Cakes & Ale - a fantastic folk band, starting off the night, gravelly harmonies, fiddle, double bass, accordion and so much heart they will help jump-start the spring. Plus Kuki & the Bard. Tickets £8 adv (available from Sacks Wholefoods Totnes) or online www.wegottickets.com/event/269948, door £10. Doors 6.30pm, music from about 8pm.

Friday 25/26 April 2014 - 24 Hour Music Marathon - Live At Plainmoor, Torquay United Football Ground
A Charity Event in conjuction with Imprezza. Tickets £5, U12s £1.
Covers entrance for the 24 hours so you can come and go as you please. A wide range of music from rock to folk so for a full listing contact Sharon on 07837 708406 or email sharoncox@torquayunited.com.Food and drinks available. Doors open Fri 25th at noon and close Sat 26th at noon. More details www.torquayunited.com/news/article/music-around-the-clock-1440821.aspx.

Saturday 26 April 2014 8pm - Old Gaffers Shanty Crew - Victoria Inn, Salcombe
The South Hams shanty crew's first regular visit of the year to Salcombe www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

Saturday 26 April 2014 7.30pm - Folk Comes to Town: Folk Café - All Saints Church Hall, Market Street, Okehampton
Visiting artists, Wren Music musicians and local support singers: Stew Simpson, David Faulkner, Moor Reason. Floor spots: sign up at the door. £5, teas & coffees available: BYO alcohol

Dates & times changed
Saturdays 26 April, 3 May 2014 10am - Callington Furry Dance & Cornish Dance Workshops - Callington Town Hall, New Road, Callington, PL17 7BD

(2nd of 3) Prepare for Callington MayFest. If you are a musician come and play some Cornish music for dancing. Come and learn some Cornish dances. Rather like a do it yourself Nos Lowen. Dances lead by Carmen Hunt, music lead by Rosie Fierek. For more information email caveatcallington@gmail.com. Free adjacent car parking.

Saturday 26 April 2014 - Jenna Witts & Amy Newton - George Hotel, South Molton (map)
Jenna Witts & Amy Newton have performed together on several occasions and are always well received!! They are local girls with an international reputation. Their songwriting is sensational and their voices blend to perfection. Details www.georgehotelsouthmolton.co.uk. Tel. 01769 572514.

Saturday 26 April 2014 - Great Western Ceilidh with Bedlam - Bowhill School, Buddle Lane, Exeter EX4 1JT (map)
To finish the season with a bang, a visit by some old friends. A vibrant and pulsating sound, blending traditional British, French and self-penned tunes with driving rhythms and powerful harmonies. Don't miss it! . Tickets £9 and concs. To book in advance email ceilidhs@great-western.org.uk or call 01392 217152. www.great-western.org.uk/ceilidhs/index.htm.

Saturday 26 April 2014 7.30pm - Ceilidh/Barn Dance with Mrs Crotty's Rumpus - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
Caller Ken Hudson. Harberton Cricket Club fundraiser towards a more reliable water supply to their new pavilion. Tickets £8 adult, £4 U18. Licensed bar and BBQ. Tickets from Angus Ogilvy-Stuart 01803 411620.

Saturday 26 April 2014 7.30pm - An evening with Matt Harvey & Jim Causley - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
A South Brent Folk Festival event: Matt Harvey is a well-known writer and poet. Devon folk singer Jim Causley has been involved with the local folk from an early age. He studied Jazz & Popular Music at Exeter College he went on to study Traditional Music at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He is renowned for his warm, rich and mature singing voice (quoted as being akin to the fruitiest of real ales!) his natural gift for interpreting song and his wry and cheeky stage presence. He has recorded a number of CDs most recently ‘Cypress Well’ - song settings of poems by his ancestor Charles Causley and has been a nominee for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Reel Ale bar. Tickets £10 adv from artworks www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk or £12 door. Information: Eileen McKee tel 01364 73699 email: eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com. One of a number of events organised throughout the year to support the South Brent Folk Festival (July 11/12 2014).

Saturday 26 April 2014 2-5pm - Sing Out Saturday - St Matthew’s Hall, Lower Summerlands, Exeter
We will be singing Pop, Folk, Jazz, Gospel and World Music / Global Harmonies! Male and female, all ages welcome. Come and meet new friends. A great way to beat stress! Experienced and non-experienced singers equally welcome. All songs taught by ear. Simply have fun! Classes led by experienced vocal leader £12 and concs. Claire Anstee, call 01398 332781 or 07849 067724.

Sunday 27 April 2014 7.45pm - Sarah McQuaid - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill PL21 9EE (map)
A superbly polished performer, Sarah is a wonderful singer whose material reflects her cosmopolitan background (Spanish father, American mother, dual Irish/American citizenship). She is a highly accomplished songwriter/guitarist, who interprets an eclectic mix of songs and powerful, original material. Book by email folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk

Sunday 27 April 2014 7pm - Coco & The Butterfields - St Bartholomews Church, Coffinswell, Newton Abbot TQ12 4SS (map)
A truly colourful, energetic and crowd-stamping act to be reckoned with, featuring beatboxer EupheX and performing their own unique fusion of Folk, Pop and Hip Hop, or “Fip Fok” to their fans. Within a year CATB had earnt themselves the title of the UK’s best unsigned act, (winners of Live and Unsigned 2012) collecting several more song writing awards, 250,000 YouTube hits and shared a stage with internationally renowned artists King Charles, Bastille and The Pogues. The ultimate eclectic collective, CATB find extraordinary musical integrity and balance in an ensemble of exquisite charm and quirk. Tickets £8+ www.wegottickets.com/event/257696. No bar, BYO drinks.

Monday 28 April 2014 8pm - The Fureys & Davey Arthur - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
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, the Fureys & Davey Arthur have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 36 years. They are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Their folk / middle of the road based songs and music has received standing ovations in some of the biggest concert halls in the world. Their emotive songs stir many emotions....tears and laughter, sadness and joy. A Fureys concert is always a night to remember. £18. Box office 01392 665938. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=14592

Monday 28 April 2014 8pm - Jim Moray Band - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Jim Moray is one of the most consistently inventive musicians working in English traditional music today. Winner of five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, after five ground-breaking albums he now finds himself at the forefront of a new folk revival in the UK, and hailed as a pivotal influence by a new generation of folk musicians. In 2013 he celebrated both 10 years since his landmark debut album Sweet England and the success of his 2012 career best Skulk. Now he brings material from his forthcoming album of traditional ballads out on the road for an evening of storytelling music at its best. “This new set shows him moving towards the mainstream, relying on his fine, distinctive voice rather than shock tactics… One of the folk scenes great originals” The Guardian. Booking details www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/jim-moray.

Tuesday 29 April 2014 8pm - Mick Ryan's WW1 Folk Opera: A Day's Work - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
Come and hear this folk opera set one hundred years ago to commemorate the Great War. With Mick Ryan, Paul Downes, Maggie Boyle, Heather Bradford, Matt Quinn, Greg Russell and Pete Morton. This is another opportunity to hear the team which takes the opera on UK tour following this preview. Currently they are in the studio making the final recording. £10, U16 £5. Tickets available from April 1 (yes really!). Phone 01395 272243 or 07516 322853. Full details www.lympstoneentertainments.co.uk/events/2014/a-days-work.php.

Tuesday 29 April 2014 8pm - Folk Club Extra: Chris Foster (tbc) - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
This will be the third visit to the club from one of the English traditions finest guitar players and singers. Chris is a master of the art. See www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWtRpESIv30. More information from Anne & Steve Gill 01803 290427 or Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

Tuesday 29 April 2014 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Exmouth Folk Club, Manor Hotel, Exmouth EX8 2AG (map)
Over the last year Phil Henry & Hannah Martin's reputation has grown and their new album has had rave reviews from the music industry. Phil & Hannah won the 2013 Spiral Earth Best Duo award and have now been nominated for Best Duo in the 2014 BBC 2 Folk Awards. www.philliphenryandhannahmartin.co.uk. Contact 01395 269232. Doors 8:15pm.

Friday 2 May 2014 8pm - Martyn Joseph - Village Hall, Station Road, Bow, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
Martyn Joseph has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”, with shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews as well – but he stands in his own right, with a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. Full details, ticketing etc. www.theheartofdevon.co.uk.

Friday 2 May 2014 7.30pm - Ceilidh with WoRTS 'N ALL - Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey
Caller Tom Addison. Tickets £5 on the door. Part of Grimspound Border Morris' third annual May Fest 2-4 May when Border Morris, Cotswold Morris and Clog dance sides  from around Devon and the south converge on Bovey Tracey for a weekend of Music, Dancing, and Fun. Saturday: Dancing 10.30am-4pm, at Riverside Inn, Cromwell Arms, Dolphin Hotel and Mill Marsh Park; May Fest Market: many stalls situated at Mill Marsh Park Bovey Tracey, Craft stalls, food stalls, even a beer tent, bigger and better every year 10.30am-4pm. Saturday night: Cromwell Arms all sides get together for a combined music session. Musicians welcome to come, young and old, all levels of ability. Great atmosphere last year, let’s make it even better. Sunday: Dancing from 11am at Cromwell Arms, Riverside Inn and Dolphin Hotel. 1.30-3.30pm all sides come together to dance at the Riverside Inn.

Friday 2 May 2014 - Mad Dog Mcrea - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Mad Dog Mcrea raise hands, lift feet and start parties wherever they play with their dance-demanding recipe of folk, pop, rock, jazz and bluegrass. Whisking up whistles, fiddles and mandolins to spectacular and infectious effect, these musical magicians are synonymous not only with a damn good party but also with quality musicianship and the odd surprise. More details, bookings etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/mad-dog-mcrea.

Friday 2 May 2014 8pm - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker – Upstairs @ Crown & Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
Nominated in two categories in the 2014 Radio 2 Folk Awards. Josienne’s jewel-like voice finds the nuance and melancholy in the simplest phrase and effortlessly sends it straight to your heart. Ben’s musical tact and mastery of the guitar provide the perfect setting and allow the song centre-stage. Their work together combines an exquisite command of their instruments with lyrics steeped in the tradition of English songwriting, and in ageless stories of love and loss. Expect spine-tingling vocals, great guitar work, quirky humour and a Sandy Denny tune or two. Tickets £10 adv from 01803 328290.

Saturday 3 May 2014 10am - Callington Furry Dance & Cornish Dance Workshops - Callington Town Hall, New Road, Callington, PL17 7BD
(3rd of 3) Prepare for Callington MayFest. If you are a musician come and play some Cornish music for dancing. Come and learn some Cornish dances. Rather like a do it yourself Nos Lowen. Dances lead by Carmen Hunt, music lead by Rosie Fierek. For more information email caveatcallington@gmail.com. Free adjacent car parking.

Saturday 3 May 2014 8pm - Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain - Riverside Leisure Centre, Exeter
Exeter Corn Exchange goes big! Due to the high demand for tickets for previous shows we're moving to the Riverside Leisure Centre for this concert. UKoGB is warm, entertaining and funny. This all-strumming, all-plucking, all singing ensemble is an unforgettable musical force. You may never think about music in the same way once you've been exposed to the Ukes. With their vast repertoire the players believe all genres of music are available for reinterpretation - as long as they are played on the ukulele. From Charlie Parker to the Sex Pistols through Johann Sebastian Bach, the Orchestra take you on a world tour with only hand luggage.... Box office 01392 665938. Details www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=14928.

Saturday 3 May 2014 7.30pm - Nick Harper - St Bartholomews Church, Coffinswell, Newton Abbot TQ12 4SS (map)
Nick recently released his 8th studio album 'Riven'. An epic recording with legendary producer Tchad Blake at the helm. Nick has also found time to play on new recordings with Lana Del Rey, Newton Faulkner and Steven Wilson. "One of the finest guitarists of his generation, his soaring vocal range and propensity for epic song place him somewhere between Rufus Wainright and Jeff Buckley. Tickets £10+ www.wegottickets.com/event/256919. No bar, BYO drinks.

Saturday 3 May 2014 7.30pm - The Simon & Garfunkel Story - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Direct from London’s West End, award winning actor Dean Elliott (Buddy Holly in “Buddy -The Musical”) and a full cast of performers tell the compelling story of the greatest music duo of all time in this 50th Anniversary Celebration. Using both original photos and film footage, ‘The Simon and Garfunkel Story’ also features a full live band performing all their hits including ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Cecilia’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Homeward Bound’ and many more. If you’re a fan of beautiful music then this is an evening not to be missed! www.thesimonandgarfunkelstory.com Booking details www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/the-simon-and-garfunkel-story.

Sunday 4 May 2014 - Blackawton Festival of Wormcharming, Blackawton Beer Festival & Blackawton Music Festival
All free. Music will be in the grounds of the George Inn, only 5 miles from Dartmouth; various acts including Merrymouth  (three piece folk-orientated band featuring Ocean Colour Scene songwriter and vocalist Simon Fowler (guitar/vocals), Dan Sealey (guitar/vocals) & Adam Barry (piano/organ/vocals), about to tour the UK and release a new album www.merrymouth.net; Crooked Tempo - samba band; Nauti Buoys - local shanty band; plus Swamp Hogs, Phil Hickin. Wormcharming/Beer Festivals from noon (earlier if you want to worm charm!), music 1.45pm-6.15pm approx. Fancy dress (theme is the Great War) welcome. Admission free – collections in support of Devon Air Ambulance and other local charities.

Sold out Friday 9 May 2014 - Chris Wood - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A 1st Mill visit from one of the UK’s most original singer/songwriters. Winner of Singer of the Year in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, as well as Best Album and Best Original Song, Chris is widely acknowledged as a brilliant exponent of the topical troubadour form. Originally trained as a chorister, Chris draws on classical influences as well as his deep love for English folk, and is a master at melding traditional song with contemporary themes. Chris plays the guitar, fiddle and viola, and will showcase his latest critically acclaimed CD None The Wiser. www.chriswoodmusic.co.uk. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Friday 9 May 2014 9pm - Rue Royale - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
Anglo-American indie folk duo playing "hypnotic indie-folk-pop influenced by American and British folk, soul and rock", inspired by the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Radiohead, Grandaddy, John Martyn, Jose Gonzalez and Elbow www.rueroyalemusic.com. Support: Tobias Ben Jacob. Tickets £3 adv from 01752 242021 or www.wegottickets.com/event/262094

Cancelled 9-11 May 2014 - Crediton Folk Weekend: Early Spring Festival, Cheriton Fitzpaine, near Crediton
The organisers are sorry to announce that this year's Crediton Folk Weekend has been cancelled due to various unforseen circumstances www.poppyrecords.co.uk/crediton/cred.htm.

Saturday 10 May 2014 7.30pm - Sea Shanty Evening with The Old Gaffers - Thurlestone Parish Hall TQ7 3LY
The Kingsbridge-based shanty crew will be in fine voice for this concert in support of The Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund. BYO supper and drink. Raffle. Coming with friends? Why not reserve a table. Tickets £12. Contact Vida Alexander 01548 561182.

Saturday 10 May 2014 7.30pm - Ian Bruce & Ian Walker - Smugglers Story, Brixham Harbourside
Featuring the internationally acclaimed and hugely talented Scottish duo, with special guests Maggie Duffy and Mike Weed. Concert takes place in the new inhouse chapel - an intimate space holding just 45 people. Some tickets have already been reserved so please do book early. Cafe / restaurant will be open before concert and during interval for soft drinks and snacks. The two Ian's don't often get this far south so this is likely to be the last time you get to see them for a while, in fact Maggie and Mike were special guests the last time Ian Bruce came to the south west and that was 5 years ago! Tickets £9 each, only available from Maggie on 01803 855961. Doors 7pm. A few tickets left, none available on the door.

Saturday 10 May 2014 7-10pm - Piece of Rough Ceilidh - St Thomas Church Hall, Cowick St, Exeter, Devon, EX2 9BQ (map)
Car parking available. £5 adults £2.50 child. Pasty and soft drink included, BYO alcoholic drink. Tickets available from Georgina 07950 989916.

Sunday 11 May 2014 8pm - Paul Downes & Phil Beer - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A rare reunion concert for Paul and Phil - not to be missed. Paul's sensitive and yet fun approach to his live performances puts him among the most respected artists on the British acoustic music scene today. He has played on around 250 albums in bands (Arizona Smoke Review, Joyce Gang, Brighton Taverners) duos, (with Phil Beer, Mick Ryan, Maggie Boyle) and as a session musician and has just released his fifth solo album. "…central to the texture is the unflinchingly expert guitar of Paul Downes" -fRoots magazine www.pauldownes.com Phil is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler 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 is a multi instrumentalist of extraordinary talent who can also produce and engineer a recording to a high standard." -Living Tradition magazine www.philbeer.co.uk £12 adv /£147 door, booking details  www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Sunday 11 May 2014 7.30pm - Spring Dance - Moose Hall, Bowden Hill, Crediton EX17 3EJ
Dance to Balkan & Gypsy music with Steve Tyler & Katie Marchant playing: hurdy gurdy, mandolin,bagpipes, shawm, voice etc. Dances led by Kushuma Holyoak and Fiona Parr. Cost: £7. BYO drink for the break. More information from Fiona 01626 821110 or Kushuma 01837 82001.

Thursday 15 May 2014 7.30pm - Jim Causley & Lukas Drinkwater - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
Jim (male singer of the year, Spiral Earth Awards, 2014. Top 10 Folk Album of 2013. The Telegraph) and Lukas present 'The Poetry of Charles Causley '. Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the death of Jim's relation, the famous Cornish poet. All tickets £12. Call 01803 858394. www.batsweb.org.uk.

Thursday 15 May 2014 6.30-11.30pm - Steve Knightley - River Cottage, Trinity Hill Road, Axminster
Songs and food from the English Countryside. This intimate concert will be complimented by a delicious seasonal meal cooked up by the River Cottage chefs. Tickets £75. Details www.rivercottage.net/shop/product/steve_knightley_at_river_cottage

Friday 16 May 2014 - Ruarri Joseph - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Indie-folk sensation often likened to Tom Waits, Cat Stevens and even Dylan, His rich baritone voice floating right out of the speakers and into your soul, the lyrics possessing a wisdom that wouldn’t seem out of place next to Johnny Cash or Joni Mitchell, there’s no doubt that this is a performer set to be around for years to come. More details, bookings etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/ruarri-joseph.

Friday 16 May 2014 - Eliza Gilkyson - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Our most requested guest ever is over on tour from the USA. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html

16-18 May 2014 - Dart Music Festival - Dartmouth
Mostly free, largely outdoor, multi-genre festival www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk. Line-up includes Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin 17/5. Martha Tilston, Taiko Journey, Torbay Folk Choir, Wren Music, Nauti Bouys. Download the full programme for £4 from the website.

16-18 May and 13-15 June 2014 - In the Woods with John Kirkpatrick - nr Sherborne, Dorset
Two songwriting weekends with the celebrated writer of English folk songs. Each will explore the art and craft of writing traditional English songs, and will use the woodland and outdoor environment and the culture and heritage of the area as inspiration. The weekends can be viewed as progressive but it is possible to come to either as individual events. Cost: £95 per weekend to include lunch and refreshments but does not include overnight accommodation. A Folk South West event. www.folksw.org.uk

Saturday 17 May 2014 - Urban Folk Quartet - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
+ special guests. The Quartet: Joe Broughton (fiddle/mandolin), Paloma Trigas (fiddle), Frank Moon (guitar/oud) and Tom Chapman (cajon). In an age where the word “folk” encompasses everything from Laura Marling to hardcore traditional music, the use of such labels to distinguish one musical experience from another, whilst still useful, has arguably been stretched farther than ever. The Urban Folk Quartet’s distinguishing features have much less to do with the traditional idea of genre. Yes, this is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on in it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard. Just as English country dance unassumingly met with big band jazz musicianship in the mid 20th century, The UFQ’s approach to the folk ethos is to embrace any and every influence that genuinely makes sense of their time and place and makes sense in their music. From funk grooves to middle eastern melodies, afrobeat to north Indian rhythms. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!urban-folk-quartet/c1zyq.

Saturday 17 May 2014 7.30pm - Two A Cappella Choirs in Concert - St Mathias Church, Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HW
The 'Lost Sound Chorus' bring you beautiful harmonies and an innovative programme with a strong folk emphasis www.thelostsoundchorus.co.uk. 'Yours in Harmony' are a sensational all female Barbershop choir twice winners of the Torbay festival www.yoursinharmony.co.uk. Together they will provide a memorable evening's entertainment. Tickets £8 on door, or adv from www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/55973.

Saturday 17 May 2014 10.45am-1.45pm - Sing Out Saturday - St Matthew’s Hall, Lower Summerlands, Exeter
We will be singing Pop, Folk, Jazz, Gospel and World Music / Global Harmonies! Male and female, all ages welcome. Come and meet new friends. A great way to beat stress! Experienced and non-experienced singers equally welcome. All songs taught by ear. Simply have fun! Classes led by experienced vocal leader £12 and concs. Claire Anstee, call 01398 332781 or 07849 067724.

Sunday 18 May 2014 4pm - Steve Knightley - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
This year
Steve is turning his back on large theatres and major concert venues in order to bring his songs to village halls and community venues throughout the land. The ' Grow your Own gig ' tour will find him in out-of-the-way locations from Cornwall to the Borders and he sees this very much as a return to the rural roots of his music. "With so many songs about people who live and work in the countryside and the day to day issues they face -it will be great to actually perform them in their spiritual homes." Send your cheque (£16) payable to Kevin Henderson, Lodge Music Promotions, Woodbury Business Park, Woodbury, Exeter EX5 1AY. Please enclose SAE and contact email address and phone no. Contact 07771 558914, email kevin@lodgemusicpro.co.uk. Doors 3.15pm.

Sunday 18 May 2014 8pm – New Rope String Band - The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton EX9 6RJ (map)
Once seen, never forgotten: an indefinable confusion of superb musicianship and side-splitting comic genius, the New Rope String Band are truly unique entertainers. Elements of circus, clowning, vaudeville, slapstick and sheer inspired silliness are spliced with beautiful acoustic music from various world traditions, in precision-honed yet uproarious performance. These three maniac minstrels mix up long-time favourite routines with ever-evolving new material. Expect the hilariously unexpected. Doors, bar and food from 6.30pm. Box office and details 07891 663044 or 01395 443419 (cards accepted), or www.wegottickets.com/event/254579.

Thursday 22 May 2014 - Luke Jackson - Starz Bar, 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter EX4 3ET (map)
Luke is a rising 19 year old Roots singer/songwriter from Canterbury, Kent , and 2013 sees him nominated for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. With a bold, show stopping voice and honed guitar skills, Luke is a confident and captivating performer demonstrating an astonishing maturity. He has been making ripples on the live acoustic scene supporting such luminaries as Show of Hands, Paul Brady, Chris Wood, Steve Knightley, Lucy Ward and Boo Hewerdine and playing Sidmouth, Bristol and Trowbridge festivals. www.lukepauljackson.com. More details and tickets £8+ www.wegottickets.com/event/258808. www.facebook.com/Exeterfolkproject

Friday 23 May 2014 7.30pm - Wren presents: James Findlay with Solarference - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
James comes from a family of folk singers and his enthusiasm lies firmly within the English tradition. He is particularly passionate about songs from his home counties of Dorset, Somerset and Devon. He couples this with an extensive repertoire and love for song that shows through his knowledge and understanding of the material. "Bl**dy h*ll, what a voice! This was my first thought as he launched into his songs. He’s warmly charismatic with that sparkle of personality that draws a crowd along with him." - Jon Boden. Award-winning folktronica duo Solarference: a genre-defying mix of electronics and traditional folk song, a warm yet spiky sound with an intense live energy - powerful resonant songs come to life in epic and intimate sonic worlds.
Ticketing details etc. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk/blog/2011/02/01/james-findley.

Friday 23 May 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Live At Plainmoor, Torquay United Football Ground
Support: Janet Ventre. Details www.torquayunited.com/news/article/live-at-plainmoor-the-strawbs-1421224.aspx. Tickets £15 concert only; two course pre dinner £5 / £7 to be booked in advance. Ticket and meal offer £2 discount. Contact Sharon on 07837 708406 or email sharoncox@torquayunited.com.

23-30 May 2014 - Exmouth Festival
Multi-genre festival including a significant folk element (including David Harbottle & Freya Jonas, The Billycocks, The O'Marleys, Sma Green & The Midnight Heist, Jim Causley, Fiddler's Folly, Jess McAllister, Lazibyrd, Martin Weller, Plastic Paddys. See www.exmouthfestival.org.uk for programme details in a page viewer, or click here to download a full festival programme (15MB PDF), or click here to download a 2-page summary programme (1MB PDF).

Saturday 24 May 2014 - West Country Traditions Day - The Strand, Exmouth
As a new addition to the Exmouth Festival programme, The Exmouth Shanty Men are hosting a packed afternoon (until 6pm) of shanties, dancing, military music and other traditional activities in The Strand. After the Town Criers' Competition at 11am by shanty crews including The Old Gaffers, Wareham Whalers, Mariners Away and Castletown. Beltane Border Morris side will be dancing and also contributing are the Royal Marines Band & Exmouth Folk Dance Club. Plus all the fun of the fair. All free of charge but buckets for donations in support of the Exmouth Festival will be in evidence. www.exmouthfestival.org.uk. Added venues, The Grapevine and Spoken, which will feature, folk groups, accordion group, bell ringers. After show party, for those left standing at The Bicton Inn, music jam and shanties.

Saturday 24 May 2014 7.30pm - Malborough 2014 Scarecrow Trail Family Ceilidh - Malborough Village Hall nr Kingsbridge
With the Dawntreader Ceilidh Band. Evening starts 7pm, with food at 8pm. Tickets: adult £8, U16 £5, family (2+2) £20 available from Malborough Post Office or call 01548 562058.

Saturday 24 May 2014 7.30pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - St Bartholomews Church, Coffinswell, Newton Abbot TQ12 4SS (map)
2014 BBC Folk Awards Best Duo Nominees. "On hearing the first notes of the first track I knew that I was listening to a modern classic. One of the most exciting albums I've heard in years" Mike Harding. "Subtle, atmospheric, bravely original" The Guardian. Tickets £10+ www.wegottickets.com/event/256922. No bar, BYO drinks.

Saturday 24 May 2014 - Baka Beyond - Exeter Phoenix (map)
Standing. After 20 years of mixing African and Celtic music in equal measures Baka Beyond has become one of the finest danceable bands around, creating the sound of the global village. Box office 01392 667080. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/baka-beyond

25-31 May 2014 - John Jones & The Reluctant Ramblers: Two Moors, Two Seas
The latest in the acclaimed series of walking tours with Oysterband's John Jones: a week of music and walks, open to all. Full details, ticketing where applicable etc. www.j-rr.org/two-moors-two-seas-2014-walking-tour-2. Some great lunchtime pub locations too. Summary:
Sunday 25 May: Exmoor walk, then on stage at Barnstaple's North Devon Beer Festival
Monday 26 May: Barnstaple - Bideford - Gt. Torrington, show at Plough Arts Centre
Tuesday 27 May: Tarka Trail, evening gig at Tally Ho Inn, Hatherleigh
Wednesday 28 May: Tarka Trail, then set from the band plus session and ceilidh at Drewe Arms, Drewsteignton
Thursday 29 May: Two Moors Way to Holne, evening show at Barrel House, Totnes
Friday 30 May: Holne to Ivybridge, whole day on the Moor, weather permitting, evening show at The Watermark, Ivybridge
Saturday 31 May: Erme-Plym Trail and SW Coast Path to Noss Mayo, with a closing session at The Swan Inn, Noss Mayo.

Tuesday 27 May 2014 7pm - Shanty Cruise - River Exe from Exmouth
With thanks to the generosity of Stuart Line Cruises who give all the ticket money received to the Exmouth Festival of which this cruise is a part, The Exmouth Shanty Men will once again be gliding gently on 'The Pride of Exmouth' up the stunning Exe estuary and singing as we go. Departing Exmouth Docks 7pm, returning around 9.30pm. Always popular so book early! Bookings and details: www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk/timetable or phone 01395 222144. Festival information: www.exmouthfestival.org.uk.

Wednesday 28 May 2014 8pm - Folk Club Extra: Jeff Warner - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
From dancing dolls to concertina to guitar to frailing banjo Jeff sings songs collected by his parents in the Appalachian mountains of New England. See www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Jeff%20Warner%20folk&sm=3. More information from Anne & Steve Gill 01803 290427 or Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

Saturday 31 May 2014 7.30pm - Belshazzar’s Feast - St Mary's Church, Throwleigh, NE Dartmoor EX20 2HU (area map)
The Friends of Throwleigh Church are pleased to announce that the folk duo Paul Hutchinson (accordion) and Paul Sartin (oboe, violin and vocals) will be making use of the wonderful acoustics of the ancient church building (zoomed-in map). “They play like no-one else you've ever heard. Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.” BBC Radio 2 Mike Harding. www.belshazzarsfeast.com. Book tickets in advance, £12 adult, £6 U17, call 01647 231051 or email: enquiries[at]dhatton.plus.com

Sunday 1 June 2014 7pm - Blair Dunlop - St Bartholomews Church, Coffinswell, Newton Abbot TQ12 4SS (map)
Blair Dunlop is a 21-year old captivating vocalist, phenomenal guitarist and over the past year has emerged as one of the UK’s finest singer-songwriters. Blight & Blossom is a truly stunning debut album from an artist who has firmly established himself in a very short time. Following the release of the album in Autumn 2012 Blair won the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Tickets £8+ www.wegottickets.com/event/257498. No bar, BYO drinks.

Thursday 5 June 2014 - Tia McGraff - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
This Canadian singer/songwriter first stepped into the international spotlight on a CBC TV special with Johnny Cash and June Carter, and has since, over a 15 year career, become one of the most respected performers in roots and Americana circles. With a voice described as “stolen from angels”, coupled with exquisite songwriting and impassioned delivery, Tia has the ability to capture her audience and hold them spellbound until the last haunting note has faded. Playing from her latest album Break These Chains, Tia is joined by husband and co-writer Tommy Parham. www.tiamcgraff.com.  Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

tbc Friday 6 June 2014 8pm - Phil Beer solo - The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Details tba www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 6 June 2014 - Martin Harley Band - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Martin Harley is a phenomenally talented guitarist, singer and songwriter he fronts the highly praised UK-based acoustic trio; The Martin Harley Band. Martin is a deeply important and respected voice in the evolution of popular blues and folk oriented guitar and vocals. He is now expanding on his international success with recent time spent in the US recording and touring. A life long devotee of acoustic guitar music, especially the ageless blues/roots sounds, Martin has travelled the globe absorbing a plethora of diverse influences and honing his craft into the classic song-writing style he possesses today. More details, bookings etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/martin-harley-band.

6-8 June 2014 - 14th Bradninch Music Festival - Bradninch
This wonderfully eclectic festival combines original community arts, theatre and music in a fun mix. Some of the best, brightest and newest acts of local, regional and national level will be in town. Two main events at the Guildhall: Friday (£10) features 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Duo, Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, plus singer-songwriter Emily Howard and 2013 Larmer Tree Breakthrough Music Award duo Ninebarrow; Saturday is a dance event (£7) with the popular Rosie Eade Band and Spin2. Plus much more over the weekend. www.bradninchevents.org/bradninch-music-festival

Thursday 12 June 2014 8pm - Pete Coe - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
If you have never seen the one man folk festival that is Pete Coe you will be in for a rare treat. Pete is a true star of the folk stage. See www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuJt6lbt0_g. More information from Anne & Steve Gill 01803 290427 or Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

Thursday 12 June 2014 (?)7.30pm - Rory Mcleod - St Bartholomews Church, Coffinswell, Newton Abbot TQ12 4SS (map)
Rory Mcleod - ex-circus clown and fire eater. A one man soulband, poet and storyteller, singing his own unique upbeat dance stories. A modern travelling troubadour using tap shoes, acappella, harmonica, guitar, trombone, spoons, finger cymbals, bandorea, djembe and various percussion instruments! "You don't listen to McLeod you travel with him" City Hub, Sydney (Australia). Tickets £10+ www.wegottickets.com/event/256930. No bar, BYO drinks.

13-15 June 2014 - Moor Merriment: A Weekend of Dartmoor Music & Dance - Lustleigh
Friday evening concert with Jim Causley, Martin & Shan Graebe. Saturday: Day of Dance with Beltane, Cogs and Wheels, Heather and Gorse, and Tinners. Dartmoor Broom and Step Dancing; evening ceilidh with the Dartmoor Pixie Band. Sunday: early evening concert. 'The Dartmoor Cantata' and 'Giant Bolster of Haytor' Lustleigh Village Choir, Westerleigh Orchestra, children's choirs from Bovey Tracey and Moretonhampstead. Tickets available now, see www.moormerriment.info. Further information from Alexa Mason 01647 277498.

Friday 13 June 2014 7.30pm - Wren presents: Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer and Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
details tba

Friday 13 June 2014 - Ken Nicol & Becky Mills - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Lancashire’s Ken Nicol and Yorkshire’s Becky Mills visit us on their “Tour of the Roses”. Having recently combined their considerable musical talents, this new duo are well known individually to folk and folk-rock audiences. Becky was one of the four female stars of the genre-busting acoustic group Waking The Witch, and has performed since her mid-teens. Multi-instrumentalist Ken is widely recognized as one of the folk world’s finest acoustic guitarists, finding fame with iconic bands Steeleye Span and The Albion Band, as well as working with music greats such as Al Stewart and Phil Cool. www.kennicolmusic.com www.beckymills.co.uk.  Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

13-15 June 2014 -  In the Woods with John Kirkpatrick - nr Sherborne, Dorset
Second of two songwriting weekends with the celebrated writer of English folk songs. Each will explore the art and craft of writing traditional English songs, and will use the woodland and outdoor environment and the culture and heritage of the area as inspiration. The weekends can be viewed as progressive but it is possible to come to either as individual events. Cost: £95 per weekend to include lunch and refreshments but does not include overnight accommodation. A Folk South West event. www.folksw.org.uk

Sunday 15 June 2014 10.15am-2pm - d'Accord River Exe Boat Trip - dep. Exmouth
A superb trip on the River Exe with the very best French music and dance. With a session on the top deck and music and dancing on the lower deck together with superb scenery all around this is an event not to be missed. Previous trips have been full! All musicians and dancers/ non-dancers welcome. Adult £15, child £8 (adv tickets only, deadline 1 June, tickets non-refundable). Includes a fantastic buffet lunch (veggie option). For information or tickets contact Russell 01297 551195 or Mike 01392 811593, or email daccordexeter9@gmail.com.

Wednesday 18 June 2014 - Thea Gilmore - Exeter Phoenix (map)
Standing. Thea's razor sharp lyrics, melodic flair and honey toned voice have been admired by wide ranging contemporaries including Bruce Springsteen and William Boyd. After famously refusing to sign to a major record label, she has built an impressive body of work including the song 'Londonn' which was used extensively by the BBC during the 2012 Olympics.  Box office 01392 667080. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/jamie-smiths-mabon-maz-oconnor

Thursday 19 June 2014 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Starz Bar, 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter EX4 3ET (map)
One of the most exciting and innovative duos to appear on the folk/roots/acoustic scene in recent years. They have been nominated for 'Best Duo' in the 2014 BBC Folk Awards. Phillip Henry is one of the UK's top slide guitarists and harmonica players. Over the past decade he has immersed himself in the music of the Deep South of America, traditional music of the British Isles, and Indian classical music. Specializing in lap slide techniques, his masterful Dobro playing draws together these diverse influences to create a truly unique voice that has been described as "Stunningly good" (Dick Gaughan), and "utterly captivating" (Steve Knightley). His innovative harmonica style combines country blues and folk styles with beat-boxing to create a jaw dropping and much coveted 21st century harmonica sound heavily steeped in tradition. Hannah Martin writing mainly on fiddle, viola, and banjo, and drawing on the traditions of the British Isles is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Devon. Her songs weave folklore and legend old and new with beautiful melodies, creating haunting compositions delivered with "a bold and beautiful singing style all her own" (BBC Radio Two).
www.philliphenryandhannahmartin.co.uk More details and tickets £8+ www.wegottickets.com/event/258808. www.facebook.com/Exeterfolkproject

20-22 June 2014 - 16th Teignmouth Folk Festival
Tickets now on sale, see www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk for a booking form or contact Anne Gill 01803 290427 or email annemgill@tiscali.co.uk.
Festival concerts at the Carlton Theatre: Friday night - Vin Garbutt with support Skyhook; Saturday night - The Gavin Davenport Band with support Paul Downes; Sunday afternoon - The Martyn Wyndham-Read Band with support Barron & Brady. Other artists appearing at the festival - The City of Plymouth Pipe Band, The Old Gaffers, Halfway Harmony, Flash Company, Mrs. Midnight, Clive Sheard, Leggy Blonde and numerous dance sides.

Friday 20 June 2014 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Twin daughters and a folk-rock whirlwind forced Kathryn Roberts (vocals / piano / woodwind), and Sean Lakeman (guitar), to sideline their popular duo performances in the mid noughties. Now the Dartmoor based couple have enjoyed a noteworthy return to the fray with their highly acclaimed album, ‘Hidden People’, bringing their own mix of traditional, self-penned songs and covers to the stage. More details, bookings etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/kathryn-roberts-and-sean-lakeman-1.

Saturday 21 June 2014 6pm - Celebrating Cicely - Bow Congregational Church, nr Crediton
A folk concert celebrating Cicely Fox Smith using her poems/words set to music. Starring. Martyn Wyndham-Read, Moira Craig, Tom Lewis, Mike Warman, Di Franklin, Jackie Williams, Jim Saville, Peter & Barbara Snape, Chris Mason, Chris & Bev Arscott, Hilary Bix, Liz Crow & Shake a Leg, Danny & Joyce McLeod, Nigel Chapman & Gideon Barrett, Bill Wilkes, Barrie Mathers, Jim Glover & Chris Skinner. More details
www.cicelyfoxsmith.org.uk. Online ticketing www.wegottickets.com/event/262780.

Wednesday 25 June 2014 8pm - Steve Knightley - Exeter Golf & Country Club, Countess Wear, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 7AE
In aid of Hospiscare, the Exeter-based cancer charity, and chosen charity for the year of the club's president. Tickets £16 (may be collected at the Club’s Reception, or posted). Contact 01392 874139 or info@exetergcc.co.uk.

Thursday 26 June 2014 7.30pm - Folk at the Flavel: Richard Digance - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Richard Digance started out in the folk clubs but by the early 1980’s he was a television regular and for several years he had his own ITV series and his unique blend of humour and music led to a BAFTA Nomination and Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. With over 30 albums to his name, Richard has in recent years built a terrific following in the folk clubs and on the summer festival circuit. He is also a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival earning a coveted ‘Pick of the Fringe’ accolade. Tickets £16, £5 U18. Box office 01803 839530 or book online at www.theflavel.org.uk.

Thursday 26 June 2014 - Veronica Sbergia & Max de Bernhardi - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Winners of The European Blues Challenge 2013, exciting Italian duo Veronica and Max play country blues and ragtime, hokum, jug band and rural music from the 20’s and 30’s in their own unique style. Using ukulele, washboard, kazoo, guitars and mandolin, they sing and play with passion and humour, as they keep a precious musical heritage alive by faithfully reproducing its original sound, updated with a modern twist. Expect songs from Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie, Jimmie Rodgers, Sidney Bechet, Lucille Bogan, Bo Carter and the Delmore Brothers. www.redwineserenaders.it.  Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Saturday 28 June 2014 - Wren Fiddle Day (workshops & concert) - Fairplace Church, Okehampton EX20 1DT
with Rob Harbron & Miranda Rutter (who lead the English Acoustic Collective Summer School and are fine performers, composers and interpreters of traditional music) and Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll (highly respected musicians and workshop leaders from North Devon). Workshops for fiddle and viola 10am-1pm, workshops all acoustic instruments 2-5pm. Evening concert 7.30-9.30pm. This day devoted to fiddle playing will challenge and inspire you! Learn new techniques and repertoire with expert tuition and advice from renowned musicians. A separate beginners group is also held for those new to the instrument. We can even lend you an instrument if you'd like to try one for the first time (please book in advance). Full ticketing details at www.wrenmusic.co.uk or phone 01837 53754, early bird prices before June 14.

Saturday 28 June 2014 8pm - Old Gaffers Shanty Crew - Victoria Inn, Salcombe
The South Hams shanty crew on a regular visit to their 'local' in Salcombe www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

Thursday 3 July 2014 - Steve Knightley - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Ticket availability not known (gig date gleaned from Steve's website). www.ottertonmill.com

Sunday 6 July 2014 8pm – The Home Service - The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton EX9 6RJ (map)
Plus special guest 'War Horse' song man Bob Fox. The brilliant 8-piece Home Service featuring vocalist John Tams, songwriter for the hit stage production of 'War Horse' now touring to packed houses everywhere, plus the fabulous guitar of Graeme Taylor. BBC Best 'Live' Band.  www.homeserviceband.co.uk; www.bobfoxmusic.com Standing with limited bookable seating. Box office and details 07891 663044 or 01395 443419 (cards accepted), or www.wegottickets.com/event/245987.

11-12 July 2014 - South Brent Folk Festival
www.southbrentfolk.org Provisional programme:
Friday 11 July: Family ceilidh
Saturday 12 July: Singing, music, dancing and workshops throughout the day in various village venues focusing on the Old School Centre.
Saturday 12 July: Evening headline concert at 7.30pm in the Village Hall with ‘Pilgrims Way’ (Four piece band comprising Edwin Beasant (melodeons, guitar, bass), Lucy Wright (vocals, fiddle); Tom Kitching (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) and Jon Loomes (Cittern, Guitar, Hurdy-Gurdy, Concertina)) and the Will Pound Band led by harmonica player and multi-instrumentalist Will Pound, who was nominated for ‘Musician of the Year’ in this year’s BBC Folk Awards.

Sunday 13 July 2014 7.45pm - Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill PL21 9EE (map)
details tba www.maggieandmike.co.uk Book by email folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 13 July 2014 8pm – Paul Downes – Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club, Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH
One of the most able and talented yet underrated singer/guitarists on the folk scene. (The Folk Diary) Always an incisive guitarist and, over time, has developed a smoothness and depth in his singing voice together with estimable songwriting skills. (Folk Roots) www.pauldownes.com. Tickets £6 adv (£8 door), available on any club night, telephone 01626 362528 or email acoustic.warehouse@gmail.com. www.myspace.com/acoustic_warehouse.

Friday 18 July 2014 - Coope, Boyes & Simpson - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Possibly the best accapella trio on the acoustic music scene. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html

Saturday 19 July 2014 7.30pm - Folk Comes to Town: Folk Café - All Saints Church Hall, Market Street, Okehampton
Visiting artists, Wren musicians and local support singers: Anne Lister, Rosa Rebecka, Jenny Norman. Floor spots: sign up at the door. £5, teas & coffees available: BYO alcohol

Saturday 19 July  2014 8pm - Old Gaffers Shanty Crew - Victoria Inn, Salcombe
The South Hams shanty crew on a regular visit to their 'local' in Salcombe www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

Thursday 24 July 2014 - Gigspanner - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
details tba Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Sunday 27 July 2014 - Phil Beer - Kingsand Community Hall, Kingsand, Cornwall PL10 1NS
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 fiddle player 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. This concert is being organised as a joint venture with the Maker with Rame Community Hall. Details www.wegottickets.com/event/263723.

1-8 August 2014 - Sidmouth Folk Week
Tickets are now on sale, with early bird discounts. Join the Sidmouth emailing list for regular updates throughout the year. www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk

8-10 August 2014 - Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal
Artists announced, to date, include: New Rope String Band (Friday), Lady Maisery, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar (winners of the BBC Young Folk Awards 2013), Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer, The Old Fashioned, Bill Whaley and Dave Fletcher, Chalktown and Pete White's Suitcase Circus.
Other artists attending include Trevor Organ's Cracking Crockery, The Dartmoor Pixie Band, Tony Beard, Entertainingly Different, Dave Wills, various morris and dance teams, plus more to be confirmed.
The festival will include a packed programme of concerts, a ramble on Dartmoor, a ceilidh, folk service, craft displays, dances, a Children's Festival, a Dartmoor Fayre, music hall, pub sessions and music, song and dance workshops. Competitions include the Dartmoor Broom Dance championships and Dartmoor Stepdance Championships.
It was 37 years ago that the festival was founded by the late Bob Cann, who lived in the parish of South Zeal. He had the dream of a folk event on his doorstep that would help to revive and preserve the traditions of Dartmoor.It was the traditional music, dance, song and crafts of the area that formed the basis for the first festival and they still remain for the association which runs the festival today. Since it was founded it has grown so that it can invite some of the best folk artists around, whilst maintaining its reputation for being a relaxed, friendly and traditional festival. For further details about the Festival, or to enquire about booking tickets, telephone 01837 840102 or visit the website: www.dartmoorfolkfestival.co.uk

Saturday 9 August 2014 8pm - Old Gaffers Shanty Crew - Victoria Inn, Salcombe
The South Hams shanty crew on a regular visit to their 'local' in Salcombe www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

Sunday 10 August 2014 pm - Old Gaffers Shanty Crew - Brixham Lifeboat Stataion
The South Hams shanty crew sing at an RNLI fundraiser www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

15-17 August 2014 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park, east of Exeter
First announcement of acts was made recently, including Seasick Steve, Levellers, Bellowhead, Steeleye Span, Seth Lakeman, Fisherman's Friends, The Bad Shepherds, 3 Daft Monkeys... Weekend tickets on sale now (no day tickets). www.beautifuldays.org

Sunday 17 August 2014 pm - Old Gaffers Shanty Crew - Dittisham
The South Hams shanty crew sing at Dittisham Regatta www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

18-22 August 2014 - Joe Broughton's 7th Annual Folkworld Course - Rattery Village Hall nr Totnes TQ10 9LD
We do hope that you will join us for another fantastic Folkworld week. Last year the course was full and this year we will be limiting the places further as Paloma will only be able to be with us part time (due to having an 8 week old baby at that point!). Course Director: Joe Broughton. Student age range: 10-21 years. Cost: £220 total. Deposit £50 payable on booking (non-refundable), balance £170 paid on 18th August. For more information please don't hesitate to contact Joe direct: joebroughton@talktalk.net. To book please send a cheque for your non-refundable deposit to Joe Broughton, 19 Loxley Road, Birmingham, B67 5BL and clearly state your name and name of student(s) and your email address. Course sessions: 18/1 10am-4pm, 19/8 1.30-4.15pm (no morning session), 20/8 10am-4.15pm, 21/8 10am-4.15pm, 22/8 10am-5pm (3pm concert - all welcome)

Saturday 23 August 2014 8pm - Old Gaffers Shanty Crew - Victoria Inn, Salcombe
The South Hams shanty crew on a regular visit to their 'local' in Salcombe www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

Monday 25 August 2014 pm - Old Gaffers Shanty Crew - Staverton
The South Hams shanty crew sing at Staverton Elizabethan Fayre www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

Saturday 30 August 2014 8pm - Old Gaffers Shanty Crew - Victoria Inn, Salcombe
The South Hams shanty crew on a regular visit to their 'local' in Salcombe www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

Friday 5 September 2014 7.30pm - James Taylor - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Legendary five-time Grammy Award winner James Taylor. Details www.plymouthpavilions.com/prod-productions_details.asp?pid=879. Tickets only available - if still available - from the box office 0845 146 1460.

Thursday 11 September 2014 8pm - Bob & Gill Berry - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
A Wiltshire duo with great voices and wicked sense of humour. Great chorus songs from these two. See www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YJiZokL0ts

Saturday 13 September 2014 8pm - Phil Beer solo - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
As one half of Show Of Hands Phil has gained a huge following and 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. Contact 01363 82379. Full details, ticketing etc. www.theheartofdevon.co.uk.

Saturday 13 September 2014 8pm - Blackheart - Landscove Victory Hall, nr Ashburton
Samples www.blackheartmusic.co.uk. details tba

Sunday 14 September 2014 8pm - Altan - The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton EX9 6RJ (map)
With very special guests guitar supremo Chris Newman and on the Irish harp Máire Ní Chathasaigh. Budleigh Assorted Tunes are absolutely delighted to welcome one of the all-time, top flight traditional Irish bands …a fabulous repertoire of Irish language songs and all the reels and jigs, the craic, the blarney and all the joy that only the unique heritage that is Irish traditional music can bring to the concert stage. In the course of their long and distinguished career, they have worked with musicians as diverse as Dolly Parton, Enya, The Chieftains, Bonnie Raitt and Alison Krauss. Standing with limited bookable seating. Box office and details 07891 663044 or 01395 443419 (cards accepted), or www.wegottickets.com/event/254565, earlybird tickets until 17 August. Doors and bar (and food - call for details) open 6.30pm.

Saturday 20 September 2014 8pm - Blackheart - Tipton St John Hall, nr Sidmouth
Samples www.blackheartmusic.co.uk. details tba

Friday 26 September 2014 8pm - Blackheart - Broadwoodkelly Hall, N of Okehampton
Samples www.blackheartmusic.co.uk. Contact 01837 83625.

Friday 26 September 2014 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
details tba www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk. Tel. 01803 849290

Saturday 27 September 2014 8pm - Old Gaffers Shanty Crew - Victoria Inn, Salcombe
The South Hams shanty crew on a regular visit to their 'local' in Salcombe www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

Sunday 28 September 2014 8pm - Dervish - The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton EX9 6RJ (map)
With special guest Paul Metsers. Box office and details 07891 663044 or 01395 443419 (cards accepted)

Saturday 4 October 2014 7.30pm - Jackie Oates - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Jackie Oates is a singer and fiddle player who has become one of the top names in the national folk scene including winning two BBC Folk Awards. Her CDs ‘Jackie Oates’; ‘The Violet Hour’; ‘Hyperboreans’; ‘Saturnine’ and ‘Lullabies’ have attracted wide critical acclaim as well as collaborative work with various other projects including ‘The Imagined Village’ and ‘The Cecil Sharp Project’. Jackie headlined the sell out concert during the 2012 South Brent Folk Festival and as she now lives in Oxford this will be a welcome return for her to Devon. [tbc: Jackie will be accompanied by Tristan Seume from the Jackie Oates Band.] Reel Ale bar. Tickets £10 adv from artworks www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk or £12 door. Information: Eileen McKee tel 01364 73699 email: eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com. One of a number of events organised throughout the year to support the South Brent Folk Festival (July 11/12 2014).

Friday 10 October 2014 - Steve Knightley - George Hotel, South Molton (map)
'Grow Your Own Gig' tour. www.georgehotelsouthmolton.co.uk. Tel. 01769 572514.

Saturday 11 October 2014 7.30pm – The Carrivick Sisters – Charleton Village Hall, Kingsbridge TQ7 2AJ
Identical twin sisters Charlotte and Laura have grown up playing and writing music together. Their unique style shows their strong bluegrass influences without obscuring their English roots. With tight harmonies that only siblings can achieve, they perform their original songs on guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dobro and clawhammer banjo. They have performed both in the UK and internationally. Fundraiser by Friends of Prawle Point for National Coastwatch. Tickets available later in the year. Contact: Jane Payne email jane[at]paynes.org.uk.

Friday 17 October 2014 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Popular return visit. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html

Saturday 18 October 2014 - Nicky Swann - Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ (map)
details tba www.sterts.co.uk

Saturday 25 October 2014 - Seth Lakeman - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Folk singer, songwriter and virtuoso fiddler Seth Lakeman unearthed hidden histories and unsung everyday heroes to commemorate in song for his new album Word of Mouth which stormed into the charts on its release in February this year. The album includes 12 brand new songs including the BBC Radio 2 playlisted single The Courier. Seth will be joined by his multi-instrumental band on his October tour playing songs from Word of Mouth and other live favourites. Details, bookigns etc. www.theatreroyal.com/whats-on/2014/seth-lakeman-2014/#. Selling strongly already!

24-26 October 2014 - Baring Gould Folk Weekend - Okehampton
Held in a range of comfortable venues all in the centre of the old market town. Artists include: Tickled Pink, Phil Beer, James Findlay, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Jon & Alfie, Lester Simpson and the Wren Band. As well as the strong programme of concerts and dances, you can sing with the Festival Choir or play with Festival Orchestra. On the Saturday night there is a Feast with hog roast or vegetarian options and even more music and song, and Sunday features the annual Prize Conker Competition. Weekend tickets £30 buy, 3 get 1 free! www.baring-gould.co.uk or call 01837 53754.

Saturday 25 October 2014 8pm - Old Gaffers Shanty Crew - Victoria Inn, Salcombe
The South Hams shanty crew on a regular visit to their 'local' in Salcombe www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

27-31 October 2014 - Baring-Gould Folk Song School - Okehampton
Led by Wren Music's Director Paul Wilson with the Wren team of Sarah Owen and Rosa Rebecka, Marilyn Tucker and David Faulkner; visiting tutor Janet Russell . Tuition in large and small groups, as well as one-to-one. You will have the opportunity to plan your own week, balancing your own programme from the three main strands: 1. Developing Technique warming up; finding your own voice; breathing; pitching; phrasing; ornamentation; creating your own harmonies. 2. Developing Repertoire searching the archive; collation of text and tunes; putting tunes to words (and vice versa); arranging; using harmony; accompaniment. 3. Developing Performance Skills opportunities to sing away from the clubs; using PA systems; building confidence; overcoming nerves; relaxation; telling the story. The 2014 fee is £300 if paid in full before 30 September, £350 thereafter (if any places still available). www.baring-gould.co.uk 01837 53754.

?? November 2014 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Brixham Library
date/details tba With Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed, Les Noden and Mick Bramich

Sunday 16 November 2014 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A bedrock of British traditional music is to be expected from Steeleye Span’s legendary fiddle player Peter Knight, but 'Gigspanner’s' musical reach also draws on Eastern European, French, African and Aboriginal influences. Peter is joined by two equally talented musicians, guitarist Roger Flack and afro-percussionist Vincent Salzfaas. Samples at ???. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk

Sunday 16 November 2014 8pm – Reg Meuross – Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club, Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH
details tba www.regmeuross.com Tickets available on any club night, telephone 01626 362528 or email acoustic.warehouse@gmail.com. www.myspace.com/acoustic_warehouse.

Saturday 16 November 2014 7pm - Bellowhead - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
After their special sell-out 10th Anniversary shows at The Royal Albert Hall and Manchester Bridgewater Hall, award-winning big band Bellowhead are delighted to continue the celebrations with the announcement of their biggest ever UK tour. Details www.plymouthpavilions.com/prod-productions_details.asp?pid=905

Friday 21 November 2014 8pm - Joan Armatrading - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
"I will never retire but this will be the last major tour that I will undertake. For the first time these concerts will be me solo on stage playing the guitar, piano and singing. I want these concerts to be a special lively interactive one to one experience. I have absolutely enjoyed the last 42 years of performances but now, with my final major tour, I want to capture a unique memory for both myself and the audience." Box office 01392 665938 or online www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=14892.

21-23 November 2014 - West Country Christmas Carols -
Folk South West's ever-popular weekend of workshops and concerts. Tutors will be Helen Coombs, John Kirkpatrick, Tim Laycock, Carolyn Robson, Eddie Upton and Peter Wilton. Book your accommodation now for a stimulating and enjoyable weekend of workshops and concerts.

Saturday 22 November 2014 8pm - Blackheart - Bickington Hall, nr Newton Abbot
Samples www.blackheartmusic.co.uk. details tba

Fri/Sat 5/6 December 2014 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ
The only tour of the year, last two dates, and the only gigs in our coverage area (nearest other Barnstaple and Yeovil). Enjoy a full evening of Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes - two sets with no support. See www.showofhands.co.uk for details.

tbc Sunday 7 December 2014 - St Agnes Fountain - local venue tba
details tba

Sunday 14 December 2014 8pm - All On A Winter's Night - The Public Hall, Budleigh Salterton EX9 6RJ (map)
A feast of songs, carols, stories & folklore presented by Johnny Coppin (vocals, keyboards and guitar), Paul Burgess (violin and recorders) and Mick Dolan (guitars). Full details, ticketing etc. see www.wegottickets.com/event/264983.

Wednesday 31 December 2014 8pm - Old Gaffers Shanty Crew - Victoria Inn, Salcombe
See the New Year in with the South Hams shanty crew at their 'local' in Salcombe www.oldgaffers.co.uk.

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