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events mostly within an approx. 30 mile radius of Totnes as the crow flies, i.e. including Exeter and Plymouth, and covering Tavistock, Okehampton and Sidmouth for example. It is the main reference for compilation of the Harberton Folk email circulars. Map links (streetmap.co.uk): yield a fully zoomable map. I'm increasing including postcodes in the venue information for those of you who rely on satnavs.
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Southern Devon Folk Diary

Wednesday 17 September2014 8pm - Jim Causley & Lukas Drinkwater - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
Two exceptionally talented and renowned performers grace the B-Bar this month. Jim Causley is an award winning Devon folk singer as likely to be found in a village hall leading a Wassail as at a gig. A truly wonderful singer and interpreter of traditional material Jim is also an accomplished writer of original music and lyrics. Lukas is an experienced session musician and most famous for his band 3 Daft Monkeys, but recently he has been carving out a reputation for himself as a solo artist of some distinction. £5. Call or www.wegottickets.com/event/287173. Full details at www.b-bar.co.uk.

Wednesday 17 September 2014 - Jurassic Folk Acoustic Come All Ye - Dolphin Hotel, Beer EX12 3EQ (map)
Several changes under the 'new management' - see www.eastdevonfolk.org for details and contacts.

Thursday 18 September 2014 - Matthew & Me - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Standing with VIP gallery seating. One of the region's biggest names, Matthew & Me have taken their carefully crafted brand of alt-folk across the UK and beyond, and have packed houses in cities up and down the nation. Crowds are regularly surprised by their live show, never knowing quite what to expect. The five-piece band create huge waves of sound, unexpected chaos, haunting vocals, light and shade, with moments of stark contemplative hush. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!matthew--me/c1p5p. + Special guests. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

Thursday 18 September 2014 - Doug MacLeod - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A first Mill visit from this US blues genius. Winner of the 2014 Blues Music Awards for Acoustic Artist of the Year and Acoustic Album of the Year (There's a Time), Doug is a master of original blues in the American tradition. Known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry (bottleneck and finger-style), warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances, Doug is also a storyteller, bringing characters alive through his music. Dont miss! www.doug-macleod.com.  Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Friday 19 September 2014 - The Wurzels - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Standing with VIP gallery seating. The Wurzels head to South Devon at the perfect time of year, when the combine harvesters are out in the fields, and the cider apples are freshly squeezed! + Special guests Skimmity Hitchers. Full details, ticketing, samples etc.
www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!the-wurzels/cyj8. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

Friday 19 September 2014 -  d'Accord! - Ide Village Hall, Fore Street, Ide, Nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
French and Breton dancing. Live music. Beginners dance workshop 7.15-7.45pm. Dance starts 8pm. £5 waged £3.50 unwaged. Details tel. 01392 811593, email daccordexeter9@gmail.com. Third Friday of the month September to June.

Friday 19 September 2014 - Blackheart - Combeinteignhead Village Hall, nr Newton Abbot
Details www.blackheartmusic.co.uk.

Saturday 20 September 2014 - Blackheart - Tipton St John Hall, nr Sidmouth
Details www.blackheartmusic.co.uk.

Saturday 20 September 2014 8pm - Appaloosas - Dartington Village Hall, Cott Road, Dartington TQ9 6HY (map)
Old-Time and Americana. www.appaloosasmusic.com. Support: Jaime Leigh. Bar. Tickets £7.50/£6 concs from Bluebell Wood Music, 01626 830423, bluebellwoodmusic@gmail.com.

Sold out Saturday 20 September 2014 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Kathryn and Sean won the Best Duo Award in the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, as well as being nominated in the Best Original Song category. They have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion they show as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com. Details www.calstockarts.org/saturday-20th-september-kathryn-roberts-and-sean-lakeman.

Sunday 21 September 2014 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (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 timing is right for a return to form from the Dartmoor based couple. Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. ‘Classy return for Devon based husband and wife duo’ – Q Magazine. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com £10 adv /£12 door.  www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk

Thursday 25 September 2014 2pm & 7pm - Mick Ryan's ‘A Day’s Work’ - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
A folk opera written by Mick Ryan. Using original songs, spoken verse, monologue and dialogue, ‘A Day’s Work’ tells the story of a group of farm labourers, members of a mummers’ team, who join up, or refuse to join up, and meet finally on the first day of The Somme. The show examines war, love, courage and cowardice. Originally written and performed in 1995, this revival for The Great War Centenary uses a re-written script, with some additional, newly composed, songs and a cast comprising: Mick Ryan, Paul Downes, Maggie Boyle, Pete Morton, Greg Russell, Matt Quinn and Heather Bradford. Adv tickets £10 from
Silver Lion Jewellers, North St or online 2pm www.wegottickets.com/event/284862 7pm www.wegottickets.com/event/284865, door £12 - or whatever you can afford. Also by phone from LeafieB 01364 653830.

Thursday 25 September 2014 - Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Songwriter Huw and multi-instrumentalist Maart first met on a Fairport Convention tour bus in 1995. Huw went on to conquer the British folk scene with previous singing partner Tony Williams, and is now a regular BBC Radio 4 contributor. Over a 30 year career, Maart has toured and recorded with everyone from Fairport, Jethro Tull, The Mission, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Mike Harding, Robert Plant, Midge Ure and many more. Together, Huw and Maart deliver an evening of warmth, humour, beautiful songs, foot-tapping tunes, and stories that will captivate and enthral. www.maartinallcock.com/Huw&Maart. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Thursday 25 September 2014 8.15pm - Jim Causley & Lukas Drinkwater - Starz Bar, 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter EX4 3ET (map)
Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is a singer/accordionist who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Devon. Jim recorded an album of the poems of his distant relative, Charles Causley to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of this celebrated Cornish poet. Jim has set to music a diverse selection of Causley’s poems to give the audience a taster of the poet’s great body of work. Jim is joined by guitarist Lukas Drinkwater. Lukas is best known as the bassist with festival favourites 3 Daft Monkeys, and for his solo work. Jim & Lukas have been working together since 2013. More details and tickets £9+ www.wegottickets.com/event/287431. www.facebook.com/Exeterfolkproject

Thursday 25 September 2014 8pm - Teignmouth Folk Club, Oystercatchers Cafe, 12 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8DD (map)
Singers' & Musicians' Open NightFree admission. All performers and listeners welcome. Further details from Martyn Hillstead. 01626 778071.

Friday 26 September 2014 8pm - Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Singer songwriter Huw is well known individually and also for his work with Tony Willams, Maart has played in a variety of bands including Fairport Convention and is a very well know and respected multi instrumentalist. Having met on a Fairport convention tour bus in 1995 the two have come together with a performance of stories about life on the road, soundchecks and how and why some of the songs were written. A concert of foot tapping tunes and beautiful songs with anecdotes that will both captivate and make you laugh. To reserve tickets call Andrew on 01837 840519.

Friday 26 September 2014 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
One of the most exciting and innovative duos to appear on the folk/roots/acoustic scene in recent years. 'Best Duo' winners in the 2014 BBC Folk Awards. With a rapidly expanding following and a truly unique sound that effortlessly spans many genres, the duo have been touring constantly for the past three years, winning new fans of all ages wherever they go at major festivals across the country. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/phillip-henry-and-hannah-martin. Tel. 01803 849290

Friday 26 September 2014 - The Willows - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated. A folk roots family band from Cambridge, fronted by the breathtaking voice of Jade Rhiannon. Supported by rich vocal harmonies and sensitive acoustic musicianship the band draw inspiration from the Americana and British folk traditions in equal quantity. Standout festival performances at the likes of Cambridge Folk Festival, Folk By The Oak, FolkEast and Secret Garden Party are helping build a reputation as a compelling live act.
www.thewillowsband.co.uk. "Absolutely gorgeous sound" Bob Harris. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!the-willows/cnjc. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

Friday 26 September 2014 - Acoustic Haven: Martha Tilston - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
Martha Tilston returns to launch her new album tour at Acoustic Haven, a community music night run by volunteers and raising funds to help care for ancient woodland on Dartmoor. Doors 6.30pm (music from about 8pm) - bar and hot soup available - arrive early to avoid disappointment as this event is likely to sell out. Door price £10, U12 half price (door only), adv online £8+ www.wegottickets.com/event/278631.

Friday 26 September 2014 8pm - Albert Lee and Hogan's Heroes - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Details, booking etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/what-s-on/albert-lee.

Friday 26 September 2014 9pm - Big Joe Bone - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
"Big Joe Bone" (A.K.A. Danny Wilson) plays what he calls "Blues-Grass" music.....a mix of Delta Blues, Bluegrass, Oldtime, Gospel and Hillbilly music utilizing his raspy vocals, hard driving harmonica rhythms, bottleneck slide guitar playing (on steel bodied resonator guitars) and finger-picking skills on 5 string banjos.....all held together by a very heavy stomping boot! £3. Details at www.b-bar.co.uk.

Friday 26 September 2014 6.45pm - Barn Dance with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - Lower Sharpham Barton Farm, Ashprington, nr Totnes, TQ9 7DX
Barn Dance and BBQ raising money for Lower Sharpham Barton Farm’s charity work. Adv tickets £5, see www.bluejewel.info for details; £6 door. U12 free.

Saturday 27 September 2014 8pm - Paul Downes - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
Brought to you by Lympstone Entertainments, a rare chance to see Paul Downes. Tickets £10 from 2 Brookfield Cottages, The Strand,  tel 01395 272243 or 07516 322853, or email tickets@lympstoneentertainments.co.uk.

Saturday 27 September 2014 - Rue Royale - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (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. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!rue-royale/c9sx. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

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.

Saturday 27 September 2014 - Steve Knightley - Doug's Shed, Splatthayes, Buckerell, nr Honiton
Box office: 01404 850637. www.growyourowngig.co.uk.

Sunday 28 September 2014 7.45pm - Jigantics - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Are an absolutely terrific 5 piece band with some familiar faces from the much-loved Colvin Quarmby, thus ensuring top quality musical and vocal excellence. Their programme is a mix of blues, roots, trad and country: foot-tapping songs and fine ballads. £10/£8. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 28 September 2014 8pm - Steve Knightley - Buckfastleigh Town Hall, Bossell Road TQ11 0DD
In 2010 Steve won BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Best Original Song category and as the songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic roots duo, Show of Hands won the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards, categories Best Live Act and Best Duo. From a rock background, Steve is known for his strong narrative songs, many inspired by people and places in his native West Country. Tickets £14 from 07779 640355, email jax.sprat[at]hotmail.co.uk or online via www.thelostsoundchorus.co.uk/concerts. With guests The Lost Sound Chorus. www.growyourowngig.co.uk/gigs.

Assumed cancelled as Wegottickets listing no longer available and Dervish are now booked elsewhere
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)

Sunday 28 September 2014 7.30-10pm - Balkan and Gypsy Dance - Moose Hall, Bowden Hill, Crediton EX17 3EJ
Dance to Balkan & Gypsy music, with Steve Tyler & Katy Marchant playing: hurdy gurdy, cittern, bagpipes, shawm, voice and whistle and with dances led by Kushuma Holyoak (01837 82001) and Fiona Parr (01626 821110). Cost £7. BYO refreshments.

Thursday 2 October 2014 - Lizanne Knott with Bill Reveles - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A first Mill visit from this Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter. Longtime fan Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2 says: Absolutely gorgeous music. Weve rarely had as big a reaction to any artist in recent years than weve had for Lizanne Knott. Her seductive almost hypnotic vocals, intelligent poetic lyrics and natural warmth combine to make her a captivating performer, and a rare talent. Playing with Bill Reveles on guitar. www.lizanneknott.com. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Friday 3 October 2014 - The Little Unsaid - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
The Little Unsaid is the pseudonym of John Elliott, Yorkshire-born multi-instrumentalist, producer and writer who records and performs a unique blend of folk, electronica, poetic lyricism and lavish orchestration. www.thelittleunsaid.com. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!the-little-unsaid/c21xz. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

Friday 3 October 2014 - Friday Fandango: Devonbird + Harbottle & Jonas - Buccaneers Bar, East Street, Crediton
A monthly showcase night featuring artists from the Mingle Music roster www.minglemusic.co.uk. Supported by CRAMP and Exeter Local Records. Devonbird: A Devon-based trio who perform original and traditional folk tunes, many of which are inspired by their passion for local folklore, rural landscapes and singer/songwriters such as John Martyn and Martin Carthy. Harbottle & Jonas: "Very Sufjan Stevens with a little Belle & Sebastian" (Rumblefish).

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. Jackie will be accompanied by multi instrumentalist Mike Cosgrave from the Jackie Oates Band. With local support. Reel Ale bar. Tickets £10 adv (available now) from artworks www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk or £12 door. IFFI: contact Eileen McKee: (01364 73699 / eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com) or John Rawlinson (01364 73117 / j.rawlinson@plymouth.ac.uk). One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support the South Brent Folk Festival in July.

Saturday 4 October 2014 8.30pm - Folk Evening - Cross House Inn, School Road, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
Song and music session. All welcome, bring your instruments and voices. Another fun-filled folk evening.
Further dates: 8 November; 6 December

Sunday 5 October 2014 8pm - The Will Pound Band - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
The Will Pound Band plays a mix of English, Irish and Northumbrian tunes with jazz, bluegrass, blues, rock and funk rhythms. Its lineup is BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Musician nominee, harmonica player Will Pound, with Chris Sarjeant on guitar/vocals, Henry Webster on fiddle and John Parker on double bass. A flat out genius harmonica player' - Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2. www.willpound.com £10 adv /£12 door.  www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk

Sunday 5 October 2014 8pm - Kathryn Tickell & The Side - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Kathryn Tickell & The Side features Kathryn Tickell on Northumbrian pipes, fiddle and voice; Louisa Tuck (Royal Northern Sinfonia) cello; Amy Thatcher, accordion and voice and Ruth Wall, harps (lever, bray, wire-strung) and voice. When world-renowned Northumbrian piping virtuoso Kathryn Tickell decided to put a new band together, she wasn’t going to let a mere 600 mile round trip for rehearsals stand in her way (Ruth, the harpist, lives in Cornwall, the rest of the band are in Northumberland) nor was she daunted by the fact that cellist Louisa already had a full-time job with Royal Northern Sinfonia. “These are the musicians I wanted to work with” she says “and the best things in life are not always the easiest!” Eighteen months later, that determination and focus has paid dividends with the release of the ensemble’s eponymous debut album ‘Kathryn Tickell & The Side’ which will be released on 29th September, followed by a UK tour in October / November. 'Kathryn Tickell & The Side' is a tour de force of lush soundscapes, stark lines and rich textures and, of course, stunning musicianship. The album also showcases Kathryn’s skill as a composer: she’s always been able to write a great tune, but here she truly raises the bar. Kathryn Tickell & The Side also features two special guests from the Royal Northern Sinfonia - percussionist Marney O'Sullivan and violinist (and leader of the orchestra) Bradley Creswick, as well as some tasty guitar work from Sting’s long-time guitarist Dominic Miller. £15 adv, £17 door.
Box office 01822 611166. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2264_kathryn_tickell_and_the_side.

Wednesday 8 October 2014 - Show Of Hands - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Undeniably one of the strongest current forces in acoustic music – England’s finest and most popular roots duo and something of a ‘people’s band’. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/show-of-hands. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Thursday 9 October 2014 - Dana Gillespie Trio - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A first Mill visit from this multi-award winning blues diva. With over 60 albums to her credit and a career spanning 45 years, Dana has played support to Bob Dylan, runs her own music festival in Mustique (graced by the likes of Mick Jagger among others), had lead roles in hit West End shows (most notably as the original Mary Magdalene in the 1st London production of Jesus Christ Superstar), and enjoys a worldwide following. This international blues legend will play with Jake & Artie Zaitz on guitar and double bass respectively. www.dana-gillespie.com. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Friday 10 October 2014 8pm - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Those who have been following the Folk revival movement will already know about Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker. Both classically trained, Josienne’s voice and style has been compared to June Tabor, and Ben’s vintage guitar and mandolin lends the perfect musical tact. Nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Newcomers and Best Duo this year, Josienne and Ben infuse ageless stories of love and loss with their exquisite command of many instruments. Whether interpreting words centuries old or singing her own authentic lyrics, Josienne’s jewel-like voice finds the nuance in the simplest phrase. Ben’sflair for arrangement provides the perfect setting, allowing the song centre-stage. Their live performances have received fantastic reviews. “Becoming one of the hottest tickets in Folk” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. www.calstockarts.org/friday-10-october-josienne-clarke-and-ben-walker. Box office 01726 879500.

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, West Charleton, nr Kingsbridge TQ7 2AF (map)
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. Tickets £15 (including 2 course supper) on sale from beginning of September. Contact Jane Payne 01548 531885, email jane[at]paynes.org.uk. 7pm for 7.30pm. Bar/Raffle. In Aid of National Coastwatch Prawle Point.

Saturday 11 October 2014 - Chris Woods, Elliott Morris & Will McNicol - Globe Inn, 39 Clifton Road, Newton, Exeter EX1 2BL (map)
The three solo artists are joining forces to create a night of ‘guitar mayhem’ which sees them each performing a solo set, along with a few numbers together. Adv tickets £5+ www.wegottickets.com/event/289381.

Sunday 12 October 2014 7.45pm - Ben Sands - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A member of the famous "Sands" family from county Down, Ben is a talented and highly accomplished songwriter, singer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist (piano, fiddle guitar, pipes, whistle, banjo, bouzouki and mandolin). Warm Irish humour also features widely! £10/£8. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 12 October 2014 - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 Nominated for Best Duo & for Emerging Talent 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. “One of the hottest tickets in folk” Mark Radcliffe. Tickets £8+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/285740. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/josandbendevon.htm. Support: Chris Cleverley. Home made cakes and refreshments in the interval; BYO alcohol, glasses available.

Wednesday 15 October 2014 - Lúnasa - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Ireland's premier traditional acoustic band. The line-up for this tour will feature Kevin Crawford, and Cillian Vallely on traditional Irish instrumentation of low whistle, uilleann pipes, tin whistles, Tula Custy on fiddle, augmented by Trevor Hutchinson on double bass and Shane McGowan on guitar. Although there is no new album available for the October tour audiences will have a chance to enjoy some of the band's most popular back catalogue as well as hearing some new material for the first time which is destined for the band's next studio album. Booking details tba. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Thursday 16 October 2014 8pm - Cole Stacey & Joseph O'Keefe - Exeter Golf & Country Club, Countess Wear, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 7AE
Support: Sarah Yeo. In aid of Hospiscare, the Exeter-based cancer charity, and chosen charity for the year of the club's president. Tickets £14 may be obtained by calling the Club on 01392 874139 or by contacting info@exetergcc.co.uk.

Friday 17 October 2014 7.30pm- Appaloosas - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
From way out in the Wild West - of Dartmoor - come Appaloosas, playing Old-Time and Appalachian, the music that became American music. Rooted in songs and tunes carried by settlers from the British Isles, it was familiar musical home comforts for generations of emigrants. Music from tough times telling of the unchanging human condition, from anonymous, long-dead voices but still resonating today. Supported by Martin Scragg, active in the folk revival for over 40 years, singing mostly traditional Anglo- Irish and Scottish material, with a fair amount of more contemporary songs written within the traditional mould. www.batsweb.org.uk. Online booking www.wegottickets.com/event/286298.

Friday 17 October 2014 - Maz O'Connor - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Maz 's recently released album, 'This Willowed Light' has been produced by multi-folk-award-winning Jim Moray. The Observer described it as 'the perfect blend of youthfulness and gravitas' and tipped it as 'the folk album of the year thus far'. Tickets £9+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/285738. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/mazdevon.htm. Support: Harbottle & Jonas. Home made cakes and refreshments in the interval; BYO alcohol, glasses available.

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

Friday 17 October 2014 8pm - Blues Night with Rick & Steve Payne - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Rick and Steve return for an evening of acoustic roots and blues music. Heralded as two of the best acoustic players in the UK, Rick and Steve are not related but share a passion for guitar as well as a surname. They have played together many times as well as individually and are no strangers to the concert stage. Individually they are wizards on the guitar; together they are totally spell binding. Flavel box office on 01803 839530. www.theflavel.org.uk.

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

Tuesday 21 October 2014 - Baskery - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
A Swedish alternative americana folk rock band comprising three sisters. The sound is all about turning music on its head, blending the straight forwardness of punk with the subtlety of roots and Americana. The music is not to be confused with country or bluegrass just because they play a double bass, a six string banjo and acoustic guitar. The high energy level on stage hails from a pure and reckless love of the art of performing music. www.baskery.com. Tickets £8.50+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/286019. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/baskerydevon.htm. Support: Crow Puppets. Home made cakes and refreshments in the interval; BYO alcohol, glasses available.

Thursday 23 October 2014 - 8.15pm - Gilmore & Roberts - Starz Bar, 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter EX4 3ET (map)
Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Katriona Gilmore (The Albion Band) and Jamie Roberts (Kerfuffle) combine award-winning songwriting with astounding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies, creating a powerful wall of sound. Their third album The Innocent Left explores many and varied topics but remains consistently bound by their passion for stories and has delivered a fresh haul of accolades, including a 'Best Duo' nomination at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, a 'Song of the Year' FATEA Award, first prize in the Acoustic/Folk category of the UK Songwriting Contest, a Horizon Award nomination at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and a tour supporting Fairport Convention. More details and tickets £8+ www.wegottickets.com/event/285582. www.facebook.com/Exeterfolkproject

Thursday 23 October 2014 - House of Hats & Carrie Tree - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated. The Best Of Brighton Folk. House of Hats with a style likened to Crosby, Stills and Nash - Fleet Foxes and Mumford and Sons. “Your set was stunning, such harmonies, stayed with me.” Zoe Ball - Radio 2. They deliver a textured and pure sound with male and female figures sharing the lead. www.houseofhatsmusic.com. Carrie Tree has been a well known name on the UK alternative/green festival scene for several years with regular appearances at Glastonbury and Green gathering. "Bjork, with English folk sensibilities!” www.carrietree.co.uk. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!house-of-hats-and-carrie-tree/csb7. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

Thursday 23 October 2014 - James Keelaghan with Hugh McMillan - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A long-awaited return for one of Canada's finest singer/songwriters. Multi-award-winning James has a devoted worldwide following for his masterful storytelling, faultless guitar, coffee-rich baritone voice, and passionate live performances. A wordsmith par-excellence, James writes intelligent songs that touch on universal emotions and leave his audiences spellbound. James is playing with multi-instrumentalist Hugh who plays mandolin, bass, fretless bass, 8 string bass, pedal steel, lap steel, and more! www.keelaghan.com. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Thursday 23 October 2014 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - River Cottage, Axminster
An evening of live music with Phillip and Hannah, and River Cottage food. Winners of Best Duo at the recent 2014 BBC Folk Awards, Phillip and Hannah will amaze you with their astonishing instrumental virtuosity. www.rivercottage.net/shop/product/phillip_henry_hannah_martin_at_river_cottage.

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.

Friday 24 October 2014 8pm - Johnny Coppin - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
Brilliant songwriter. Former member of folk / rock band, Decameron and part of current duo with Mike Silver and occasionally with Phil Beer. Johnny has a wonderful clear voice and accompanies himself on guitar and keyboard. www.johnnycoppin.co.uk. Support: Harping Mad (Susie & Bill Tresize) www.harpingmad.co.uk. Tickets: £10 adv; £12 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Friday 24 October 2014 - Lady Maisery - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Unreserved seating. Forged from the voices of Hannah James, Hazel Askew and Rowan Rheingans, Lady Maisery explore vocal harmony to breathtaking effect, through their fresh interpretations of songs and ballads. As well as enchanting audiences with innovative re-workings of old songs and ballads, Lady Maisery break new ground as one of the first UK groups to explore the tradition of diddling or tune singing, which has nearly died out in England, but is still prevalent in Scandinavia and other parts of Europe. Whether singing unaccompanied, or with backing from their combined instrumental talents on accordion, harp and fiddle, be prepared to be enchanted by rich harmonies and sumptuous clashes. www.ladymaisery.com. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!lady-maisery/cn80. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

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!

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.

Saturday 25 October 2014 7.30pm - Barn Dance with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - Stoke Gabriel
Stoke Gabriel Boating Association (SGBA) invites you to join the ceilidh for their end of season celebration. Venue/ticket details etc. see

Sunday 26 October 2014 7.45pm - David Newey & Shona - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
First rate singer/songwriter/guitarist David, a former finalist in the BBC Young Folk Musician awards and who has accompanied the great Tom McConville on many gigs, now teams up with former all-Ireland champion accordion player and vocalist Shona Kipling £10/£8. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.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.

Saturday 1 November 2014 - Tarras Minor - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Normally a six-piece band with drums, Tarras have launched an all-venue friendly acoustic trio version (Tarras Minor) using the core of the group - singer/songwriters Ben Murray, Rory Connor and Michael Woodward. Piano and accordion player Ben Murray has worked extensively in the music industry, recording and touring all over the world with artists including Seth Lakeman, The Imagined Village and Renzo Spiteri, he has been performing in the West End production of War Horse playing The Songman. Ben also performed in a duo with life-long friend Rosie Doonan, and their debut album gained them a nomination for the horizon award at the Radio 2 Folk Awards. Guitarist Rory Connor, whilst new to the line-up, has an extensive musical background and is an accomplished singer and songwriter in his own right. Tickets £10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/277195. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/Tarrasdevon.htm.

Thursday 6 November 2014 8pm - Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
The ones to watch on the UK's growing Americana scene. As a six piece band (featuring guitars, mandolin, harmonica, accordion, double bass and drums) they play an eclectic mix of Western Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Hokum Blues, Ragtime, Cajun, and Country, all with similar themes of debauchery, disasters, drink and debt. With a set comprised of original songs and old blues gems, they are sure to make your feet tap and your booty shake. www.teapadorchestra.co.uk. www.batsweb.org.uk. Online booking www.wegottickets.com/event/286306.

Saturday 8 November 2014 8.30pm - Folk Evening - Cross House Inn, School Road, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
Song and music session. All welcome, bring your instruments and voices. Another fun-filled folk evening.
Further date: 6 December

Saturday 8 November 2014 8pm - Robin & Bina Williamson - Hazelwood House nr Loddiswell TQ7 4EB (map)
An exotic mix of Celtic Indian & Old Timey Roots - Robin & Bina work so well together because they create a wonderful balance of voices in their acoustic concerts of song-story & music. They draw on a wide variety of original, traditional, spiritual & mystical folk roots. This concert is also part of the Robin Williamson Bardic workshop held over this weekend. If you are interested in joining the workshop please call Robin directly on: 02920 231731. Tickets £15/£13.
Bookable pre-concert buffet available. See www.hazelwoodhouse.com for details. Tel. 01548 821232.

Sunday 9 November 2014 7.45pm - Vin Garbutt - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
One of the most complete entertainers on the folk scene. Vin's ability to move an audience in seconds from side-splitting laughter to tears of emotion is unrivalled. Poignant songs, skilled delivery and the occasional, dazzling whistle tune make for unrivalled entertainment. £12/£10. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Friday 14 November 2014 - Martin Stephenson - St Bartholomews Church, Coffinswell, Newton Abbot TQ12 4SS (map)
'A unique voice, engaging performer and wayward genius - Martin deserves recognition as a genuine national treasure.' Tom Robinson, BBC6 Music.
'Martin's beautiful music and good vibes have been a part of my radio programmes for close to thirty years. His enthusiasm and warmth infuse everything he does. Long may he run!' Bob Harris BBC Radio 2. www.daintees.co.uk. Full details, tickets £12+ www.wegottickets.com/event/278169. No bar, BYO drinks.

Sunday 16 November 2014 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Peter Knight’s Gigspanner has been hailed by Songlines magazine as 'another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool', but those in the know will tell you that there is more to Gigspanner than meets the eye. Without doubt a bedrock of British traditional music is to be expected from Steeleye Span’s legendary fiddle player. But Gigspanner’s musical reach flirts audaciously with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences transporting audiences on a 'blistering pace of a musical world tour' (Phil Widdows, Folkcast). 'Peter Knight can spin the World on his Bow' - Sir Terry Pratchett. www.gigspanner.com. £12 adv /£14 door.  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
Reg’s imaginative and finely crafted songs have earned him the title of Master Storyteller (Pennyblack Music), and prompted Mike Harding to introduce him as ‘One of the finest singer-songwriters this country has produced.’ www.regmeuross.com. Tickets £8 adv or £10 door are available until 1 September and from 13 October, on any club night, email acoustic.warehouse@gmail.com or call 01626 362528. www.myspace.com/acoustic_warehouse.

Sunday 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.

Sunday 16 November 2014 - The Fisherman's Friends - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Shanty singers from Port Isaac who have delighted visitors and locals there for more than 15 years, with almost 300 live performances under their belts. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/the-fishermans-friends. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Monday 17 November 2014 8pm - Keith James: Time Let Me Play (Songs from the poetry of Dylan Thomas) - B-Bar, Barbican Theatre, Plymouth (map)
A dynamic and emotional collection of Dylan Thomas' most cherished poems, meticulously set to music by one of this country’s most singular and critically acclaimed performers. Keith James is well known for his emotive performances. Also included are Keith’s unique and passionate settings of Poems by Pablo Neruda, William Blake, Federico Garcia Lorca, Isabel Allende and Leonard Cohen. ‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent. www.timeletmeplay.co.uk / www.keith-james.com. Tickets £10 adv from 01752 242021 or www.wegottickets.com/event/288069. www.b-bar.co.uk.

Tuesday 18 November 2014 - Boo Hewerdine - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Much loved English songwriter Boo Hewerdine releases his first career retrospective My Name In Brackets (The Best of) on November 3rd 2014 via Reveal Records. Featuring many of his greatest songs from Boo’s time leading The Bible in the mid-eighties and his subsequent solo career, the compilation spans over 25 years worth of recordings and also includes some brand new songs written specifically for My Name In Brackets. Boo Hewerdine will tour the UK in November 2014 where audiences can expect to hear plenty of their favourite Boo songs alongside a clutch of newer songs as yet unreleased. His shows are famous for his bone dry between song banter, he appears to have an endless supply of anecdotes about his brushes with ‘almost, nearly, not quite fame’! Tickets £12+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/282968. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/boo.htm. Support: Emily Howard.

Thursday 20 November 2014 8pm - Phil Henry & Hannah Martin - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
Winners of 2014 BBC Best Duo Folk Award. Acclaimed duo bringing an exciting blend of blues, world and traditional folk music on slide guitar, harmonica, fiddle, banjo and vocals. Tickets: £8 adv; £10 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Friday 21 November 2014 7.30pm Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin + special guests - Brixham Library
Phil and Hannah curate an evening of songs from some of Devon’s finest musicians. Bringing together instruments from Dobro (slide guitar), fiddle, banjo, and viola, to beatbox harmonica, Phil and Hannah combine influences from India to America; but remain firmly rooted in the traditional musics of the British Isles. Having released two acclaimed albums that draw much inspiration from their south west home, the duo look forward to bringing together a wonderful group of musicians for a unique collaborative evening, celebrating the music, history and landscape of the area in support of Brixham Library. £10. http://friendsofbrixhamlibrary.wordpress.com/forthcoming-events/2014-events-programme.

Friday 21 November 2014 7.30pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman – The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
This duo has established themselves as pillars of modern British folk. Their professional and personal partnership has yielded several successful albums and recognition as one of the top duos around culminating in being recognised as Best Duo at the 2013 BBC2 Folk Awards. Tickets available from the Flavel box office on 01803 839530 or www.theflavel.org.uk. Part of the Folk at the Flavel series.

Sold out 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.

Friday 21 November 2014 - The Wurzels - Plainmoor, Torquay
The Somerset-based band is best known by many people for their 1976 number one hit "Combine Harvester",and number three hit "I Am A Cider Drinker". Doors 7pm. Meal deal available. Tickets £20. Contact Sharon Cox 07837 708406 or email sharoncox@torquayunited.com.

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 - Lisbee Stainton Duo - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
When multi-instrumentalist Lisbee isn’t writing and recording her own work she tours as a special guest with Seth Lakeman’s band, with the folk star describing her as, “a fantastic singer songwriter.” “Bound for glory…an exquisite slice of traditional songwriting” – The Times. Tickets £10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/273768. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/lisbeedevon.htm. Support: Peter Crawford.

Sunday 23 November 2014 7.45pm - Tom Lewis - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Long overdue return (after 6 years!) for this ex-RN submariner. Accompanying himself on button accordion or ukelele, Tom's wealth of maritime-influenced, self-penned songs feature "A consistently strong set that packs a wallop. Fine stuff with real bite" (Living Tradition Mag) £10/£8. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Friday 28 November 2014 - Sheelanagig - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Sheelanagig deliver intricate, rhythmically complex arrangements of original and traditional works in a Balkan style. Formed in early 2005 the band 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. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/sheelanagig.

Saturday 29 November 2014 7.30pm - Wren Music: When The Moon Is Full - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Inspired by Sabine Baring-Gould’s ‘Book of Werewolves’. Wren Band presents a concert that touches on the Gothic within English folk song, connecting with the influences of folklore found in contemporary popular culture such as Harry Potter. The band has sifted through archives of traditional folk songs to find those that fitted with the stories in the Book of Werewolves and penned new songs about some of Dartmoor’s best-known folklore stories. Wren Music Presents: A series of concerts promoted by Wren Music with Cygnet Theatre. Tickets £12+ www.wegottickets.com/event/288197.

Friday 5 December 2014 - Winter Mountain - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Hailing from the shores of Cornwall and Donegal, Winter Mountain blend melodic folk songs, heartfelt lyrics and two voices in a sound reminiscent of a time before digital recording when the emphasis fell on the importance of live performance, the power of harmony and the essence of the song. The duo share song-writing duties, their individual styles, like their voices juxtaposing yet beautifully complimenting the other. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/winter-mountain.

Friday 5 December 2014 - Martyn Joseph - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
One of acoustic music’s most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters” Q Magazine. “Springsteen-indebted Americana, suspended folk chords glistening beneath troubadour tales, his lyrical eloquence still inspired almost 30 years on from his debut” - MOJO. Tickets £16+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/277196. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/martynjosephdevon.htm.

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.

Saturday 6 December 2014 - Martin Harley - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Support from Sam Lewis. Martin Harley is a phenomenally talented guitarist, singer and songwriter who fronts the highly praised UK-based acoustic trio The Martin Harley Band. Full details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/martin-harley--support-from-sam-lewis.

Saturday 6 December 2014 8.30pm - Folk Evening - Cross House Inn, School Road, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
Song and music session. All welcome, bring your instruments and voices. Another fun-filled folk evening.

Sunday 7 December 2014 7.30pm - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ (map)
Since their first get together in 2001, the quartet of founder, David Hughes; Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie and 2009's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo, Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season. Although their 8 albums accompany the putting up of a thousand Christmas trees throughout Britain, it is without question their magical live performances that have endeared them to an ever-growing audience. The magical concert promises more of their sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of both traditional and new Christmas classics. Christmas, as they say, starts with St Agnes Fountain. Tickets £15+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/288251.

Tuesday 9 December 2014 - Bella Hardy - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year Award. Bella's captivating voice inhabits her characters and spins her stories with an equal balance of strength and sensitivity. With fiddle in hand, she presents folk songs in the best tradition; not as antiquated museum pieces, but as relevant and very human artworks. www.bellahardy.com. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!bella-hardy/c217f. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

Tuesday 9 December 2014 - Luke Daniels - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose talents are becoming widely recognised. Immaculate acoustic guitar playing and insightful, honest lyrics exploring love, life, doubt and faith and the idea that happiness and hope spring from what we have in common, rather than what we can acquire as individuals. Over the course of a twenty-year career Daniels has already earned his place on the UK Folk scene as a virtuoso melodeon player with the likes of Riverdance, De Dannan and Ian Anderson, whilst performing with his own band at The London Jazz Festival, The Royal Festival Hall and credible folk festivals in the UK and internationally. Luke also worked alongside Howard Shore and The London Philharmonic Orchestra as a soloist on the movie soundtracks for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and is currently a regular member of The Cara Dillon Band. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/luke-daniels. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Wednesday 10 December 2014 8pm - A Medieval Christmas - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Clifford Room. Following on from their highly successful touring show “A Victorian Christmas”, acclaimed historical entertainment company Blast from the Past now delve further back in time to bring you “A Medieval Christmas”. Featuring long-forgotten festive songs (plus some surprisingly familiar carols!) played on authentic instruments such as cittern, bagpipes and shawm, this celebration of Yuletide Past is sure to warm the hearts of young and old. Details www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/a-medieval-christmas.

tbc Friday 12 December 2014 - Ceilidh with Random - local venue tba
One of the top national ceilidh bands, featuring brilliant melodeon player Saul Rose from Waterson Carthy, Faustus, Whapweasel... Details tba

Saturday 13 December 2014 8pm - Phil Beer - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
One of the finest performers on the folk scene. Multi-instrumentalist and one-half of duo Show Of Hands. Brilliant! Nuff said! Tickets: £12 adv, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Saturday 13 December 2014 - Gerry Colvin Band - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
From 1995 Gerry worked with Nick Quarmby in the five piece folk band Colvin Quarmby. They released six critically acclaimed albums and were voted best band at the prestigious Fairport Convention Cropredy Festival in 2009. For 2014 there's a modified line up and a change of name following the amicable departure of Nick Quarmby, but the sound and songs still remain the brain child of the amazing Gerry Colvin. Tickets £10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/285716. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/gerrycolvinband.htm. Support: Ella Janes. Home made cakes and refreshments in the interval; BYO alcohol, glasses available.

Friday 19 December 2014 - Mad Dog Mcrea - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
tba Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.facebook.com/southdevonarts/app_203279979821689. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre.

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.

Friday 23 January 2015 - Gallery Bar Special: Tavy Tars - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
details tba

Sunday 22 February 2015 7.45pm - The Unthanks - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
The Unthanks is a family affair for Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky Unthank, with Rachel married to pianist, producer, arranger and composer, Adrian McNally. Using the traditional music of the North East of England as a starting point, the influence of Steve Reich, Miles Davis, Sufjan Stevens, Robert Wyatt, Antony & The Johnsons, King Crimson and Tom Waits can be heard in the band's 7 albums to date. Since releasing three project albums in one year back in 2012, The Unthanks have been hiding away in Northumberland, quietly working away on an ambitious follow-up to 2011's Last. Who knows how rich, imaginative and groundbreaking their new album will be, released to coincide with this tour, and to be brought to life on stage with a talented 10 piece band. Definable only by their restless, peerless eccentricity, The Unthanks see folk music less as a style of music and more as a oral history that offers perspective on our own time. Their unique approach to storytelling straddles the complex relationship between modernism and learning from the past. Staunch traditionalism and sonic adventure may seem like polar opposites, yet they are easy bedfellows in the gentle hands of The Unthanks. www.the-unthanks.com. £19.50. Box office 01392 665938. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15168

Wednesday 8 April 2015 - Feast Of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
details tba/tbc

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