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In the present situation it is impossible for me to maintain accurate and meaningful listings in the Diary so I have removed all listings until such time as things improve and live events can resume.

Difficult times too for all the wonderful performers! Some are using an online subscription content service such as Patreon to get their music out there and generate some income. Some are streaming live shows from their living rooms on Facebook, with online tip boxes or other payment facilities set up. Check out what your favourite performers are doing.

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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 increasingly including postcodes in the venue information for those of you who rely on satnavs.
To submit new Diary entries: many new Diary entries come from you, our readers. If you know of a folk event not listed below, please contact us by email giving concise details of the event, performer(s) etc., using the format below so that your item can be copied and pasted with minimal editing. Please note that no flyers, posters or images are used - send only text, no graphics. Thanks!
All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey.

Southern Devon Folk Diary

See also www.flaxey-green.co.uk which may include events not listed below.

NEW -  items marked thus below means that they have not yet appeared in full in an e-circular.
UPDATED - items marked thus means that they have been updated since an initial listing in an e-circular.

For the time being I have removed all events previously listed up to the end of August 2020.
I will resume listings at the earliest possible opportunity when the situation improves.
Any dates below should also be regarded as provisional, at best, at present.

NEW Thursday 3 September 2020 7.30pm - Martin Simpson - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
details tba

NEW Saturday 5 September 2020 8pm - Steve Pledger - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
Steve's musical influences are many, varied and not always obvious. They include - in no particular order - Graham Parker, Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam, Rush, Sam Cooke, Martyn Joseph, Van Morrison, Don McLean, Elvis (both of them) and Bruce Springsteen. Add to this a liking for most musical styles and he has a wide spectrum of influences informing his own distinct style and approach. As well as his highly regarded solo shows, Steve has also had many opportunities of late to work with and open for artists such as Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, Martyn Joseph, Luke Jackson, Willy Porter, and particularly with award-winning folk star Ange Hardy. Note that gig will be held on the first floor of the building, with a stair lift available for visitors who require support with mobility. Twigg's Gigs 07508 169049, sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk. www.wegottickets.com/event/496600.

NEW Thursday 10 September 2020 - An Evening with Jim Causley - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
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 Cornish poet 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.jimcausley.co.uk.
Contact: Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

NEW Friday 18 September 2020 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
Pass Notes – The stories behind the songs. Following the success of last year’s intimate one man show, Steve’s latest outing is intended for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing. Exploring his extensive back catalogue and introducing unheard, new material he explores the themes and stories that inspire him and shows how music and words can become lyrics and chords and notes can meld to create songs that acquire a life of their own! www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

NEW Sunday 27 September 2020 7.30pm - Nick Harper - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Always a favourite and sure to be a sell-out, Nick's amazing guitar prowess is matched by his soulful, distinctive voice and passionate songs. Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk/event_detail.cfm?id=89.

NEW Saturday 3 October 2020 7.30pm - Greg Harper - Lustleigh Village Hall, TQ13 9TA
Rescheduled from 25 April - Performing original songs, accompanied by Nigel Ratcliffe (keyboard) & Chris Denman (bass). "Penetratingly powerful songs, with lyrics that cut hard, wide and deep" FolkWords, "Great songs" Steve Knightley. www.gregharpermusic.com. Warm welcome, candlelit tables, tea & homemade cakes, or BYO. Tickets £10 available from 01363 772769, or in person from Lustleigh Dairy & Post Office. Fundraiser in aid of Brain Tumour Research.

NEW Sunday 11 October 2020 2-11pm - Julian Piper Memorial Festival - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
An all day festival of Blues & Roots to celebrate and remember the extraordinary life of Topsham born British blues guitarist, writer, promoter and record producer Julian Piper. Full line up and stage times TBA. All proceeds after costs donated to Delta Blues Foundation, Clarksdale, MS. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Friday 16 October 2020 8pm - Cara Dillon - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
It is a pleasure to welcome Cara Dillon and Sean Lakeman back to Milverton. Her wonderful voice coupled with Sean's brilliant musicianship is a joy. Another sell-out, this one. Details www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 17 October 2020 7.30pm - Autumn Céilidh with The Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
details tba 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.

NEW rescheduled Sunday 22 November 2020 - Refuge: Tobias ben Jacob with John Elliott - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
The Refuge album and tour project from songwriter Tobias Ben-Jacob (Jacob & Drinkwater) sees him team up with producer and multi- instrumentalist John Elliott (The Little Unsaid) for a song-centred gig that weaves in acoustic and electronic sounds, samples, field recordings, interviews, collaborations and co-writes. The tour aims to shed light on the ongoing refugee crisis. The opening set will be a solo performance from each artist. Full details see https://twiggsgigs.wordpress.com. www.wegottickets.com/event/493455.

NEW Friday 4 December 2020 8pm - Moscow Drug Club - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
We welcome back this brilliant and much requested band. Tones music quiz, fabulous food including the famous roasties. Every year is a sell-out, so book your tickets early. Details www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

tbc Sunday 6 December 2020 - A Causley Christmas - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Join Jim Causley in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known carols from the West Country and around the British Isles. Jim takes you for a journey through Christmas past that will be guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit! 'A natural gift for entertainment’ The Guardian.
Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 16 December 2020 - Belshazzar's Feast - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (map)
Their final Christmas tour, with seasonal material. £15 adv, £18 door. Support: Silvington. Call 01548 810806 for full details.

NEW Sunday 27 December 2020 7.30pm - Twixt Christmas and New Year Céilidh with Buttoned Up - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
details tba 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.

NEW Friday 18 June 2021 8pm - Flook - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Another fantastic booking for us which will sell-out. Flook are probably the best folk band on the scene. A mixture of traditional and their own music. We are so privileged to have them. Details www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

John Culf
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