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Live events happening in Harberton Folk's coverage area (essentially the southern half of Devon, and occasionally a little beyond) that I hear about will appear in the Diary listings below.

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Folk Diary coverage: events mostly taking place in the southern half of Devon and/or 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.
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Southern Devon Folk Diary

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.

Friday 23 February 2024 7pm - Folk Music of East Europe - Winkleigh Village Hall, Castle Street, Winkleigh EX19 8HU
Folk Music of East Europe from the Klezmer Band of Devon. Traditional Klezmer and Gypsy music from the heart of East Europe played with passion from the soul. Details http://devonfolk.org/latest-news/posts/folk-music-of-east-europe.

Saturday 24 February 2024 7.30pm - Sea Shanty & Folk Night - Village Hall, Cornworthy, nr Totnes TQ9 7ES
Stoke Gabriel’s Shanty Crew “All Hands On Deck” plus guest performers and folk music. Traditional & modern sea shanties, songs of the sea & sailors, tall ships & tall stories, sing along to songs that make you laugh & smile. Click here for full details.

Saturday 24 February 2024 8pm - Ceilidh with Amber Fire - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. www.devon-ceilidhs.com. BYO water / alcohol. There is a voluntary pricing system (£15 supporter / £10 standard / £8 reduced); U16 £4; U10 free -
see www.exeterceilidhs.net for details and full programme. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

Saturday 24 February 2024 7pm - Plymouth Morris Annual Ceilidh - Woolwell Community Centre, Darklake Lane, Roborough, Plymouth PL6 7TR
Tickets £8. No pasty, but there is a full bar and you can bring your own snacks. The Ceilidh band are formed from our own musicians, listed as “The PM Ceilidh Band”. Details, tickets etc. http://plymouthmorris.uk.

Saturday 24 February 2024 7pm - Harbottle & Jonas - The Old School, Stoke Climsland PL17 8NY
Partners in life and music, dynamic Devon based folk duo Harbottle & Jonas are one of the most exciting acts on the UK circuit today, combining a love of the richness of traditional folk with their own original and powerful songwriting. Dave and Freya have developed a distinct and compelling signature sound, blending concertina, harmonium, cittern, stomp box, acoustic guitar and banjo with their beautiful and closely intertwined vocal harmonies. www.harbottleandjonas.com.

Saturday 24 February 2024 8pm - Craig Joiner - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
All the tunes have thoughtful and intelligent lyrics... a really classy affair" - Unicorn. "His songs are never less than melodically catchy with audience-friendly hooks and choruses... there's not a skip button track here" - Fatea Magazine. "This a self-produced album beautifully put together... let's hope there's another one on the way soon" - Shire Folk. £18.
Details www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/whats-on.

Saturday 24 February 2024 - The Big Yellow Tambourine Man Band - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
A tribute to the songs of Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. Details www.wegottickets.com/event/605081.

Sunday 25 February 2024 7.45pm - Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow - Folk on the Moor, Moorland Hotel, Wotter, Plymouth PL7 5HP
Using folk music of the British Isles as a catalyst, Kit and Aaron create dynamic interpretations of centuries-old material as well as original compositions, whilst celebrating the timeless aural quality of a guitar, fiddle and vocals diet. Such dexterity, energy and passion… mightily impressive" (R2 magazine). For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 25 February 2024 7.45pm - Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow - Folk on the Moor, Moorland Hotel, Wotter, Plymouth PL7 5HP
details tba For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 25 February 2024 8pm - Ben Walker & Kirsty Merryn - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Amazing guitarist Ben Walker (“one of ‘the best acoustic guitarists in the world right now” – Total Guitar magazine) combined with fabulous singer Kirsty Merryn who you may know from work with Show of Hands. Details
www.topshamfolkclub.org.

Sunday 25 February 2024 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Since their formation
in 1967. During that time the band that launched British folk-rock has seen many changes, but one thing has remained the same - Fairport’s passion for performance. The band features founding member Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Ric Sanders on violin, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals. Fairport will be joined on stage by former member Dave Mattacks on drums. Details www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

Tuesday 27 February 2024 8pm -  "Every Folkin’ Tuesday" at The Old Warehouse, Prince of Wales Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1DY
Featuring King Colobus - solo, a generous dose of carefully selected and re-invented covers, plus original material. Details www.theoldwarehousekingsbridge.co.uk/theoldwarehouse-events. Free entry. "2-4-1" Burger Night: 5-8.30pm.

Thursday 29 February 2024 8pm - Daisy Mae - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Singer/songwriter and guitarist from Plymouth whose music is a fusion of acoustic Jazz, Folk and Pop. She takes inspiration from a range of artists including Bob Dylan, Greentea Peng, Ella Fitzgerald, and Bob Marley for their truthful lyrics and soulful melodies. Free.
Details www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/whats-on.

Friday 1 March 2024 - Gaz Brookfield - Calstock Village Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Anti-folk artist and winner of Acoustic Magazines's UK singer-songwriter competition. His songs are instantly accessible, everyman tales of life, love and everything else in between. Played in a folk-ish style with occasional use of the guitar as a percussive tool, as well as some two handed venturing around the fretboard, Gaz's simple yet poignant songwriting captures the imagination of the listener. Details www.calstockhall.com/events.

Saturday 2 March 2024 7.30pm - Barn Dance with Banned from the Moor - St Mary the Virgin Church, Waverley Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 2ND
Details here.

Saturday 2 March 20248pm - Callum Gilligan - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Calum is a songwriter and guitarist from Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland, now based in the beating heart of British music, Liverpool. Influenced by the likes of Christie Moore, Paul Brady, Paul Simon, Joan Baez and Woody Guthrie, he plays a subtle blend of Scottish, Irish and American folk music with captivating imagery and the lyrical maturity of a much more experienced songwriter. His guitar playing provides enough intricate melodic accompaniment to his singing that he can easily command a stage and captivate an audience on his own. £13.50.
Details www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/whats-on.

Saturday 2 March 2024 7.30pm - Keith James: Yusuf / Cat Stevens - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Keith James presents an honest and loving reflection of the timeless and insightful music of Yusuf - Cat Stevens. Details www.theflavel.org.uk.

Tuesday 5 March 2024 8pm - The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
A free event at ESM's home port. The Beach serves great food and drink - so why not come along and make a night of it! www.exmouthshantymen.com.

Tuesday 5 March 2024 8pm -  "Every Folkin’ Tuesday" at The Old Warehouse, Prince of Wales Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1DY
Featuring Amber Smith, an eclectic mix of material ranging from 80’s hits to popular modern-day tunes. Details www.theoldwarehousekingsbridge.co.uk/theoldwarehouse-events. Free entry.

Friday 8 March 2024 7.30pm - The Exmouth Shanty Men - Alphington Village Hall, Exeter EX2 8UP
A welcome return to the lovely village hall in Alphington, where you can join us for an evening of seafaring shanty fun as we perform our ever popular - and never the same twice - Tall Ships and Tavern Tales Concert. Tickets are priced at £10, and you can even take your own booze to liven up the evening - not that is should need it. www.exmouthshantymen.com.

Friday 8 March 2024 7.30pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
‘Almost A Sunset‘, their latest album, is a collection of thoughtful, varied songs that range from re-worked traditional ballads to the off-piste storytelling style that has become their trademark. Recorded in their studio on Dartmoor, at Devon pace over the course of a year, the couple explore favourite characters, childhood memories and deep emotion to pull together a collection of songs that demonstrate their musical versatility, a sharp interest in the world around them and their own unique perspective on the folk genre. Details www.wegottickets.com/event/598429.

Friday 8 March 2024 7.30pm - Silvington - West Alvington Village Hall, Townsend Rd, West Alvington, Kingsbridge TQ7 3PZ
£5 adv, £7 door. Book with John 07939 411985 or johnfconnor@aol.com.

Friday 8 March 2024 8pm - The Countrymen - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Celebrate St Piran’s weekend with The Countrymen, five local seasoned musicians from Launceston, with tight four-part harmony vocals and a token Cornishman. Returning to the Old Chapel, with their ‘Cornish Folk Rock Harmony’. Details www.calstockarts.org
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Friday 8 March 2024 6pm - Raymond Wylie Band - White Hart Sessions, Dartington Trust, Totnes TQ9 6EL (map)
Duo Justin Wylie and Joey Raymond based in Exeter. They’ve being playing and making music together for the last couple of years and draw together a mix of harmonies, roots, country, shanties and originals. Free live music in the medieval feasting hall; booking advised for food. www.dartington.org/event/white-hart-sessions.

Saturday 9 March 2024 9pm - The Busketeers - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
A band like no other, known for their raw energy and diverse shows. Comprised of four talented musicians who are all singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, they captivate audiences with their ability to harmonise and seamlessly swap instruments while delivering a unique sound that blends genres from all over the musical spectrum. Their passion for music is evident in every note they play. £5.
Details www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/whats-on.

Saturday 9 March 2024 7.30pm - d'Accord French & Breton dance and music - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
With Poisson Groove. www.facebook.com/groups/149787688758876.

Sunday 10 March 2024 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
‘Almost A Sunset‘, their latest album, is a collection of thoughtful, varied songs that range from re-worked traditional ballads to the off-piste storytelling style that has become their trademark. Recorded in their studio on Dartmoor, at Devon pace over the course of a year, the couple explore favourite characters, childhood memories and deep emotion to pull together a collection of songs that demonstrate their musical versatility, a sharp interest in the world around them and their own unique perspective on the folk genre. Details www.wegottickets.com/event/599624.

Sunday 10 March 2024 7.45pm - Johnny Coppin - Folk on the Moor, Moorland Hotel, Wotter, Plymouth PL7 5HP
Singer/songwriter, composer and poetry anthologist. Those with long memories will remember Johnny's work with Decameron in the 1970s, With a string of top musical collaborations to his name, he is also a highly accomplished solo artiste, who demonstrates 'Strong clear vocals, and songs of substance" (Daily Telegraph). For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 10 March 2024 7.30pm - Cerys Hafana - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Triple harpist/multi-instrumentalist and singer from Machynlleth in mid Wales, Cerys mangles, mutates and transforms traditional music to forge a new, unique modern Welsh sound all of her own. She will be playing songs from her latest album Edyf (The Guardian Folk Album Of The Year), alongside some brand new material. Cerys has won over audiences from Green Man to the Eisteddfod and from BBC 6 Music Festival to Celtic Connections with her magical, progressive sound. Details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

Wednesday 13 March 2024 7.30pm - Spiers & Boden - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
The much-loved, award-winning pair, described by The Guardian as ‘the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene’, are back on the road with a few select dates in 2024. Details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

Thursday 14 March 2024 6pm - Anna Anise - White Hart Sessions, Dartington Trust, Totnes TQ9 6EL (map)
Anna writes feel-good folky songs filled with lyrical storytelling and energetic melodies. Anna is passionate about community through music and loves to bring a room together with a sing-a-long section, and those goosepimple-inducing music feels. Anna plays in various formats, normally some combination of guitar, fiddle, percussion, whistles and those oh-so-sweet vocal harmonies. Free live music in the medieval feasting hall; booking advised for food. www.dartington.org/event/white-hart-sessions.

Thursday 14 March 2024 8pm - Baskery - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Baskery is a Swedish alternative Americana folk rock trio comprising sisters Greta (banjo, drums, vocals), Stella (double bass, vocals) and Sunniva (guitar, vocals) Bondesson. Spinning outlander folk and angrily countrified stateside traditions through an original emotion storm of turbulent energy and magnificent, Euro-refined artistry Baskery have been expanding minds around the globe with ear-splitting, explosive live performances. Details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

Friday 15 March 2024 8pm - John Kirkpatrick - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
John has been on the folk scene since the early 1970's. He is probably the finest button-accordion, melodeon and concertina player in the country with an excellent powerful voice and is a very influential artist. From his early years, teaming up with Sue Harris, he went on to perform with The Albion Band, Steeleye Span, Umps & Dumps, Brass Monkey, Band Of Hope, Home Service, as well as his own band. His numerous folk projects include the Morris On series, The Compleat Dancing Master and Lark Rise To Candleford. He is heavily involved in the morris dancing scene and has contributed to over sixty plays in the theatre and radio. Tickets (must be reserved in advance): Paid in advance - £12; reserved, pay on door - £14.  Info / ticket enquiries contact: exeterfolkclub@outlook.com, 01392 210983, www.exeterfolkclub.org, www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

Friday 15 March 2024 7.30pm - SykesMartin - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
SykesMartin is the new collaboration from two of the UK’s finest folk singers. Miranda Sykes  (Show of Hands) and Hannah Martin (Edgelarks, Gigspanner Big Band, Saltlines) draw on the tradition to form a set of songs that celebrate the power of two voices singing in harmony. Double bass, fiddle, banjo and guitars all come together around the duo’s vocal arrangements, taking their deep knowledge of roots music, adding a contemporary twist, and then singing these old songs back to their heart. Delivering beautiful ballads and rousing chorus songs, this set showcases two mesmerising storytellers joining voices to create a spine tingling testimonial to our shared musical heritage. Details www.theflavel.org.uk.

Saturday 16 March 2024 7.30pm - St Patrick's Day Ceilidh with Piping Hot - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with South Devon ceilidh band, ‘Piping Hot’ playing an upbeat mix of Scottish, Irish, Celtic and English dance music.
A caller will guide you through the steps while the band play driving jigs and reels, polkas and waltzes – with a rousing end of evening finale with Highland pipes, Fiddle, Melodeon, Flute, Cajon (drum) and Guitar – keep your feet still if you can. Making mistakes is all part of the fun and guests of all ages and abilities are welcome for what promises to be a fun and lively night! Details www.theflavel.org.uk.

Saturday 16 March 2024 7pm -  St. Patrick's Party - The Old Warehouse, Prince of Wales Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1DY
Our first St.Patrick's Party will be held on the eve of the famous Irish Saint's Day...to be sure! The evening will start from 7.00pm with a superb 3-course Irish-themed dinner, an Irish stout promotion and whiskey cocktails for the brave amongst you! This will followed by a rousing set of fiddle-driven ceilidhs and toe-tapping Irish tunes from festival-favourites "Banned From The Moor". £25. Details here.

Saturday 16 March 2024 - Noble Jacks - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing.
With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners with their high-energy footstompin’ rhythms, which have taken crowds by storm across the UK and beyond. Nominated Live Act Of The Year 2023 by the Americana Music Association UK, Noble Jacks are considered by many to be the finest purveyors of folk-influenced americana. Details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

Saturday 16 March 2024 7pm - Mad Dog Mcrea St Patrick's - Plymouth Pavilions
Balcony seating and standing. Featuring Flanagan's School of Irish Dance. Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs.
Details www.plymouthpavilions.com.

Saturday 16 March 2024 7.30pm - Barron Brady - Marldon Christmas Tree Farm, Totnes Rd, Marldon, Paignton TQ3 1RR
Nationally acclaimed and locally revered dynamic folk duo comprising Ros Brady and Si Barron who blend traditional English folk songs with their own poignant compositions. Their acoustic style is a testament to a decade of nationwide touring, showcasing a synergy of Si's renowned finger-style guitar work and Ros' emotive vocals, accompanied by the Appalachian dulcimer, harmonium, and whistles. Support: Time & Tide. Tickets £12 adv from Paul on 07894 961010; £14 door. Cafe/bar. Ample free parking. A Folk Plus Promotions (www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063679143279) presentation.

Saturday 16 March 2024 7.30pm - Baskery - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Baskery is a Swedish alternative Americana folk rock trio comprising sisters Greta (banjo, drums, vocals), Stella (double bass, vocals) and Sunniva (guitar, vocals) Bondesson. Spinning outlander folk and angrily countrified stateside traditions through an original emotion storm of turbulent energy and magnificent, Euro-refined artistry Baskery have been expanding minds around the globe with ear-splitting, explosive live performances. Details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Sunday 17 March 2024 2pm - Cobbler’s Child - St Mary's Church, South St, Denbury, Newton Abbot TQ12 6DH
4 piece band from Gloucestershire with Melodeons, Northumbrian Pipes, various whistles, voices and guitar. For tickets and more information contact Rachel Belringer on 07751 804007.

Sunday 17 March 2024 - LaZy Divide - Old Plough Inn, Bere Ferrers Yelverton, PL20 7JL
Live mixed folk music from trad to a bit of folk rock, with a few jigs and reels … bring your singing voice and dancing feet and join us from 8 pm to celebrate Paddy's Night. Details Facebook.

tbc Sunday 17 March 2024 - Baskery - Kings, Pixon Lane, Tavistock PL19 9AZ
Fundraiser for Whitchurch Primary School. Baskery is a Swedish alternative Americana folk rock trio comprising sisters Greta (banjo, drums, vocals), Stella (double bass, vocals) and Sunniva (guitar, vocals) Bondesson. Spinning outlander folk and angrily countrified stateside traditions through an original emotion storm of turbulent energy and magnificent, Euro-refined artistry Baskery have been expanding minds around the globe with ear-splitting, explosive live performances. www.baskeryband.com/tour-dates.

Tuesday 19 March 2024 8pm -  "Every Folkin’ Tuesday" at The Old Warehouse, Prince of Wales Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1DY
Featuring With Nell & I, an all-original duo-set punctuated with acoustic grooves and head-turning harmonies. Details www.theoldwarehousekingsbridge.co.uk/theoldwarehouse-events. Free entry.

Friday 22 March 2024 8pm - Barrett’s Privateers - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard, Cornwall (map)
Based on the Cornish side of the beautiful Tamar Valley, Barrett’s Privateers formed with the desire to maintain their tradition of singing in pubs, whilst creating more polished performances to bring their entertaining brand of acapella singing to brand new audiences. Since forming in 2019, the group have been honoured to perform at a range of events from the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival, to singing under the Christmas garland at Cotehele, to the highly acclaimed Rock Oyster Festival. Details www.carnglaze.com.

Friday 22 March 2024 8pm - SykesMartin - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Miranda Sykes, a renowned singer and bass player, has a 20-year career with notable collaborations in the folk and roots world. Hannah Martin, known for her work in the BBC Folk Award-winning duo Edgelarks, is praised for her exceptional voice and versatility on various instruments. Together, they form a remarkable musical duo with impressive backgrounds in the folk music scene. Details www.thelittleboxoffice.com/liveandacoustic.

Friday 22 March 2024 - Grace Petrie - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
The songwriter is back – stronger, older and a whole lot angrier than ever before with a brand new album, produced by folk-punk legend Frank Turner. Details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Saturday 23 March 2024 - Devon Folk Day - Morchard Bishop
Devon Folk invite you to a full day of mostly participatory workshops to choose from: Dartmoor Step Dancing; The Baring-Gould Collection; The Spoken Word; A Taste of Morris; Devon Songs; Devon Folklore; Mumming in Devon; Devon Tunes; Songwriter’s Circle. ~ Devon Folk AGM open to all. ~ Evening: Concert with Gadarene, or Ceilidh with The Mooncoin Ceilidh Band. Click here for full details and Booking Form (PDF). www.devonfolk.org.

Saturday 23 March 2024 7.30pm - Contra Dance to live music - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
BYO water / alcohol. There is a voluntary pricing system (£15 supporter / £10 standard / £8 reduced); U16 £4; U10 free. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

Saturday/Sunday 23/24 March 2024 - Cockwood Shanty Festival - Cockwood, Starcross
Various venues in and around Cockwood. www.facebook.com/p/Cockwood-Shanty-Festival-100088723793738.

Saturday 23 March 2024 8pm - Tom McConville & Michael Biggins - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Tom and Michael are amongst the best traditional musicians around today. Between them, these virtuoso musicians have won BBC Musician of the Year prizes in both England and Scotland. Tom‘s fiddle and Michael’s piano and accordion playing are amongst the finest there is - powerful and exciting with a range of songs performed in great style. They play a variety of music including Irish, Scottish, bluegrass and jazz, all performed with a great sense of style, verve and humour! Details www.calstockarts.org
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Sunday 24 March 2024 8pm - Tom McConville & Michael Biggins - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Tom and Michael are amongst the best traditional musicians around today. Between them, these virtuoso musicians have won BBC Musician of the Year prizes in both England and Scotland. Tom‘s fiddle and Michael’s piano and accordion playing are amongst the finest there is - powerful and exciting with a range of songs performed in great style. They play a variety of music including Irish, Scottish, bluegrass and jazz, all performed with a great sense of style, verve and humour! Details
www.topshamfolkclub.org.

Sunday 24 March 2024 7.45pm - Lost Trades - Folk on the Moor, Moorland Hotel, Wotter, Plymouth PL7 5HP
A folk/Americana trio, based in the West County, with a sound that is reminiscent of the California folk scene of the late 60s/early 70s Their three-part harmonies have been described as flawless", "spine tingling° and magical' and all three members seamlessly swap between guitar, bass and percussion. For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 24 March 2024 - Spirit of the Drum - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Matching rhythmic delicacy with gut-wrenching power and stylised choreography that makes it as much a spectacle for the eyes as the ears, Kagemusha Taiko present “Spirit of the Drum”, a show themed on courage, and which is an uplifting celebration of the human spirit. Doors 7.30pm.  Details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Tuesday 26 March 2024 8pm -  "Every Folkin’ Tuesday" at The Old Warehouse, Prince of Wales Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1DY
Locals Night featuring Charlie Blackwood & others tbc, a great opportunity to see and support up-and-coming local artists. Details www.theoldwarehousekingsbridge.co.uk/theoldwarehouse-events. Free entry.

NEW Wednesday 27 March 2024 7.30pm - James Dixon - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
With a sound that is both raw and intimate, James Dixon engages his audiences across the country with heartfelt lyrics, soulful vocals and a guitar style described as “red in tooth and claw” (Americana-UK) Dixon is heavily inspired by the likes of Chris Whitley and John Martyn to name a few. Tickets £13 from The Bridge Inn event website: https://thelittleboxoffice.com/thebridgeinn. Presented by Blues South West.

NEW Saturday 30 March 2024 8pm - Ceilidh with Chris Toyne - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. BYO water / alcohol. There is a voluntary pricing system (£15 supporter / £10 standard / £8 reduced); U16 £4; U10 free -
see www.exeterceilidhs.net for details and full programme. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW 30 March - 5 April 2024 - "All Folkin’ Week Beer & Music Festival" - The Old Warehouse, Prince of Wales Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1DY
7 days of live music (plus great local beer, cider and mead!), including Rodney ‘One Man Two Guitars’ Branigan, Grumpy O Sheep, The Zaffiros and Winter Mountain. All shows free entry except Rodney Branigan (on Weds 3 April, £8.50). Further details www.theoldwarehousekingsbridge.co.uk/theoldwarehouse-events.

NEW Friday 5 April 2024 8pm - Sam Lee - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
Join us in this beautiful setting for a concert from this Mercury-nominated singer, folksong collector, and conservationist who has helped shake up the music scene and injected life back into the folk trad and world acoustic scenes. Details www.cabaretvoltaireevents.com. Early bird tickets available.

NEW Friday 5 April 2024 7.30pm - The Longest Johns - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
The Longest Johns have been singing shanties and folk songs together for years, having bonded over sea shanties in their native Bristol a decade ago. Details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Friday 5 April 2024 8pm - Steve Turner - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Steve Turner is known as an excellent multi-instrumentalist but particularly known as a pioneer of concertina accompaniment. He became prominent on the scene over four decades ago, then prior to 2005, took a 13-year gap to pursue a stringed-instrument building business. His material is largely traditional or based in the tradition with a sprinkling of his own tunes and songs. www.steve-turner.co.uk. Tickets (must be reserved in advance): Paid in advance - £10; reserved, pay on door - £12.  Info / ticket enquiries contact: exeterfolkclub@outlook.com, 01392 210983, www.exeterfolkclub.org,

NEW Saturday 6 April 2024 7pm - Fisherman's Friends - Plymouth Pavilions
Details www.plymouthpavilions.com.

NEW Saturday 6 April 2024 - Ian Bruce & Silvington - Bickleigh Suite, Woolwell Community Centre, Darklake Lane, Roborough, Plymouth PL6 7TR
£10 adv, £12 door. Book with John 07939 411985 or johnfconnor@aol.com.

NEW Sunday 7 April 2024 8pm - Gilmore and Roberts - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Details
www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Monday 8 April 2024 7.30pm - Feast of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Born in Nettlebed on Valentine’s Day 1994 as a one-off special concert, Feast of Fiddles has done 28 spring tours, 26 festivals and has 7 CDs to its name. Not bad for a bunch of old folk-rockers! A band of friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. Typically, Fiddlers Garry Blakeley (Band of Two), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Marion Fleetwood (Trad Arr, Sandy Denny Project), Peter Knight (Gigspanner, Steeleye Span), Tom Leary (Joe Brown), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band) bring a large range of fiddle playing styles to the rock back-line – all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. As this is the 30th anniversary of the band you may see and hear past member special guests along the way. A live music entertainment like no other on the circuit, guaranteed to be enjoyed by even the most doubting of friends dragged along! Exact line up subject to change/confirmation but currently expected to be: Blakeley, Crabtree, Cutler, Fleetwood, Harding, Leary, Mattacks, McNeill, Swarbrick and Vincent (with special guest Phil Beer appearing in Exeter). Keep an eye open for tour news on the website: www.feastoffiddles.co.uk/news-update. Details www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Friday 12 April 2024 - Old Time Sailors - Calstock Village Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
A musical show designed to take make the audience feel like they have been taken back in time through an unforgettable trip to the 19th century. Our crew is composed of 17 musicians playing fully unplugged to ensure the most authentic experience. The show will be 3 hours with plenty of time for replenishing your glass. Over 30 songs and tunes where the audience will sing and dance surrounded by drunken Sailors, witnessing an astounding show unmatched in this music genre. Everything will take place within our magnificent stage set, designed to give the audience the sensation of being inside a 19th century vessel. Details www.calstockhall.com/events.

NEW Friday 12 April 2024 7.30pm - India Electric Co. - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Described as “A veritable musical magpie’s nest” by BBCRadio 3, India Electric Co. blend traditional melodies and subtle electronic influences. After live sessions with BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music and Glastonbury appearances they released The Gap in 2020 with FRUK calling them “one of the truly pioneering acts in folk music”.  By a strange quirk they are also Midge Ure's backing band - but not really like him when playing their own material! “Bursting with invention and full of surprises.” The Telegraph. Details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Friday 12 April 2024 8pm - Anna Anise + boci - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Anna Anise is a warm summer breeze of feel-good folk, captivating audiences with her lyrical storytelling and glorious melodies. Anna’s passion for community through music is evident in her infectious energy onstage and ability to bring a whole room together with a hooky chorus. Genres: trad folk, alt folk, singer-songwriter, acoustic. For fans of: The Staves, Joni Mitchell, First Aid Kit, Laura Marling. boci is an innovative violinist and songwriter creating alt-folk songs and instrumentals. Genres: alt folk, prog folk, singer-songwriter, alt pop. Details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 13 Aril 2024 7.30pm - Tarren - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Tarren is a collaboration between three forward thinking interpreters and writers of English folk music: Bristol-based artists Sid Goldsmith, Alex Garden and Danny Pedler. They combine cittern and concertina, fiddle, and accordion to create new, dynamic folk music. The trio produces rich, joyous music that draws the listener in, weaving intricate themes throughout tunes and songs that have the pulse of traditional dance at its heart. Details www.wegottickets.com/event/606746.

NEW Saturday 13 April 2024 7.30pm - Sound of the Sirens - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Singer-songwriting duo based in Exeter, who have cemented themselves as firm favourites as “one of the UK’s finest folk acts”. Details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Saturday 13 April 2024 8pm - Jake Leg Jug Band - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)  
The Jake Leg Jug Band bring you the authentic sounds of 1920's and 30's America - Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Ragtime - and put their own twist on it. Songs of murder, betrayal, gambling, liquor and redemption. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Sunday 14 April 2024 7.45pm - Mick Ryan & Paul Downes - Folk on the Moor, Moorland Hotel, Wotter, Plymouth PL7 5HP
Best known for his sublime voice and for the myriad of fist class folk musicals he has written (e.g. The Voyage, A Day's Work, The Navvy's Wife), Mick has found a consummate musical partner in Paul Downes, a truly outstanding guitarist and singer, who has twice appeared with Show of Hands at The Albert Hall. For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 14 April 2024 2pm - Mike Bosworth - St Mary's Church, South St, Denbury, Newton Abbot TQ12 6DH
Second of four concerts by Mike Bosworth on the continuing story and songs of Sabine Baring-Gould. Sabine’s two friends, who were fellow parsons and skilled musicians helped transcribe the tunes and with their help and encouragement a collection of over 90 songs from local singers were garnered between September and December of 1888. For tickets and more information contact Rachel Belringer on 07751 804007.

NEW Thursday 18 April 2024 8pm - John Smith - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Steeped in the lineage of British folk and American guitar music, taking his cue from Richard Thompson, John Martyn and Ry Cooder, Smith has evolved and pioneered a transatlantic blend of guitar techniques. His deeply romantic and vivid songwriting, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following. Details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music. Tickets on sale 18 or 19 October.

NEW Thursday 18 April 2024 7.30pm - Reg Meuross - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Reg Meuross was introduced onto the stage of the Royal Albert Hall by Mike Harding as “one of this country’s finest” and is a true modern troubadour, representing contemporary English folk writing at its best, captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice, and with breadth and depth of material that is unparalleled. After 15 critically-acclaimed albums, Reg continues to prove how highly relevant his songs are, whilst reaching new audiences with consistently spellbinding performances. Reg is currently touring with song cycle Stolen From God, focusing on the transatlantic slave trade – uncovering its hidden history from a South West England perspective. Details www.theflavel.org.uk.

NEW Friday 19 Aril 2024 7.30pm - Reg Meuross - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Details www.wegottickets.com/event/604315.

NEW Friday 19 April 2024 7.30pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Crediton Parish Church, Church St, Crediton EX17 2AH
A new partnership between the Arts Centre, Crediton Heart Project and Holy Cross Parish Church enables us to attract prestigious artists to a larger venue, the beautiful setting of the Parish Church in Crediton. Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman are nothing less than folk royalty. The Dartmoor-based husband and wife team have twice won the coveted Best Duo title at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, consistently delivering assured, distinctive performances whether live or recorded. Details
www.creditonartscentre.org.

NEW Saturday 20 April 2024 8pm - Gittisham Folk Dance Club Spring Barn Dance with Fresh Aire - Victory Hall, Broadclyst, Exeter EX5 3EE
Caller: Simon Maplesden. A fun evening with free
light refreshments. £10 on door, or call 01404 758128 to book. Full club details see www.gittishamfolkdanceclub.org.

NEW Saturday 20 April 2024 8pm - Martin Simpson - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)  
The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength – every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing. Martin is known as a guitarist of formidable talent. Equally at home playing English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions, he is consistently named as one of the very finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world. Details www.calstockarts.org/whats-on.

NEW Saturday 20 April 2024 8pm - Martha Tilston - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Martha has constantly experimented with her musical parameters. From folk songs she has known since childhood to piano ballads, electronica and trip-hop. Details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 25 April 2024 7.30pm - Kate Rusby: Est. 1973 Tour - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Forever proud to call herself a folk singer, Kate Rusby’s vocals never fail to connect the heart of a song to that of her audience. Details www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Friday 26 April 2024 7.30pm - Blackheart Orchestra - Crediton Arts Centre, East St, Crediton EX17 3AX
Multi-award winning, multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington. They comprise a two person ‘orchestra’ playing up to 13 instruments in their unique live show. They combine their folk and rock roots with electronica and classical with Genesis founder Steve Hackett calling their music “Powerful and inspiring”. www.theblackheartorchestra.com. Tickets from www.ticketsource.co.uk/creditonartscentre.

NEW Saturday 27 April  2024 8pm - Ceilidh with Banned From The Moor - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. www.moormusic.co.uk/dartmoorpixieband.html.  BYO water / alcohol. There is a voluntary pricing system (£15 supporter / £10 standard / £8 reduced); U16 £4; U10 free -
see www.exeterceilidhs.net for details and full programme. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Saturday 27 April 2024 7.30pm - Peggy Seeger in Conversation - Church Hall, 4 Market Street, Okehampton EX20 1HN
An intimate conversation with a unique artist who has carved a special place in the folk music of both the UK and the USA. Come to hear Peggy talk about her formative years, her experiences in a musically rich family, and her collaborations with major figures in the folk scene. Now in her late 80s, Peggy’s light burns as brightly as ever. This is an unmissable event for fans of folk music, and anyone inspired by the power of art to drive social change. Admission £12 (£9 concessions). Contact Wren Music on 01837 53754; info@wrenmusic.co.uk; www.wrenmusic.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 27 April 2024 7.30pm  - Seven Drunken Nights - Princess Theatre, Torquay
A hugely talented cast of musicians and singers bring the music of The Dubliners back to life and will have you singing and dancing in the aisles. Direct from the West End and having sold out venues worldwide, Seven Drunken Nights - The Story of the Dubliners returns to theatres with a brand new production for its incredible 5th Anniversary tour. Details www.atgtickets.com/venues/princess-theatre-torquay.

NEW Wednesday 1 May 2024 8pm - Old Baby Mackerel - Livermead Cliff Hotel, Torbay Road, Torquay TQ2 6RQ
Old Baby Mackerel play high-energy, foot-stomping Bluegrass featuring a dizzying line-up of renowned UK Bluegrass musicians. Their music uses the rhythmic sounds of banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle and double bass. Details & tickets: https://fougoumusic.com/fougoufolk.

NEW Thursday 2 May 2024 - Kathryn Priddy - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Over the past three years, Priddy has quietly been building a growing following, captivating audiences around the UK with her haunting vocals, rich harmonies, distinctive finger picking guitar style and enchanting songs whose lyrics celebrate her life-long love affair with literature and poetry. She has been championed by BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music and her debut EP 'Wolf' was chosen by Richard Thompson as his Best Thing I've Heard All Year in MOJO Magazine in 2018. Details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW 3-5 May 2024 - Mad Dog Mcrea Weekender - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Mad Dog Mcrea are pleased to announce the headliners for the third Mad Dog Mcrea Weekender at Exeter Phoenix. Friday: dub-reggae group The Barefoot Bandit will make you want to dance; Saturday: Ríoghnach Connolly & Honeyfeet will bring everything from big-band swing to Alabama blues-tinged folk; Sunday: headlined by Mad Dog Mcrea themselves. Plus more tba. Details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Friday 3 May 2024 8pm - Keith James: The Songs of Leonard Cohen - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Keith James brings you an evening of Leonard Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Details www.calstockarts.org/whats-on.

NEW Saturday 4 May 2024 - Elephant Sessions - Pigs Nose Inn, East Prawle, Kingsbridge TQ7 2BY (map)
Multi award winning Neo-trad quintet from the Highlands of Scotland. MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards: Up and Coming Act of the Year 2014, Album of the Year 2017, Live Act of the Year 2018. Details www.pigsnoseinn.co.uk/events/elephantsessions.

NEW Monday 6 May 2024 7.30pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
One of the UK’s favourite folk duos, husband and wife Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman understand the importance of coming together as they live in a small village themselves. They bring a variety of songs and stories, based in tradition, presented in an intimate, friendly style. With a simple setup of guitar, piano and vocals they present an evening of pure emotion, shared experience and sheer joy in what they do. Details www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

NEW Wednesday 8 May 2024 - Hayseed Dixie - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing/limited seats. Hayseed Dixie are back – with their own unique genre, Rockgrass. Details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Thursday 9 May 2024 7.30pm - Good Habits - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
‘Quarter Life’ Album Release Tour. One of the most exciting new folk duos to come out of the UK, Good Habits’ award-winning, genre-fusing sound has received international critical acclaim and opportunities to play at Glastonbury, WOMAD, and more in the short 4 years they have been performing. “English folk musicianship at its 21st century best.” – Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6. Composed of Bonnie Schwarz (cello + vocals) and Pete Shaw (accordion), the pair mix virtuosic musicianship and vocal harmony with vivid storytelling, drawing on their diverse musical tastes and weaving them into an action-packed narrative of folky goodness. Details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 11 May 2024 8pm - Lady Maisery - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard, Cornwall (map)
Slowly, steadily, Lady Maisery have become giants of the modern folk world and are, very simply, jaw-droppingly magnificent. They are, undoubtedly, going to sound amazing in the caverns. The combined vocal and multi-instrumental talents of Rowan Rheingans, Hazel Askew and Hannah James make up the uniquely captivating band Lady Maisery. Details www.carnglaze.com.

NEW Sunday 12 May 2024 7.30pm - The Fureys - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
Details www.exmouthpavilion.co.uk/whats-on/the-fureys.

NEW Monday 13 May 2024 7.30pm - Steeleye Span - Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
The 55th Anniversary Tour 2024 - Steeleye Span changed the face of folk music forever by taking it into the world of gold discs and international tours. New album the Green Man Collection brings together tracks from their recent releases with new versions of three classics (including a reworking of ‘Hard Times’ featuring Status Quo’s Francis Rossi), a cover of Elvis Costello’s ‘Shipbuilding’ and the title track, a previously lost Bob Johnson song from the 1980s. The band will be joined by new violinist Athena Octavia. Details www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Wednesday 15 May 2024 7.30pm - Lon Dubh - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Lon Dubh are a three part harmony trio singing hypnotic original songs inspired by landscapes of Ireland and its ancient folklore. Expect carefully crafted songs for three voices that sound like they’ve always existed. Details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 15 May 2024 7.30pm - Gigspanner Trio - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
Gigsapanner: Peter Knight, Roger Flack, Sacha Trochet. “With the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, Gigspanner produce richly atmospheric arrangements with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator” - Spiral Earth. “Gigspanner are marking out a distinctive zone of their own, melodically folk-rooted yet open and inventive beyond constraints of genre. It is Intelligent, multi-lingual music making" The Wire. Details www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

NEW Thursday 16 May 2024 - Gigspanner Trio - Maker with Rame Community Hall, Fore St., Kingsand, Cornwall PL10 1NS (map)
Gigsapanner: Peter Knight, Roger Flack, Sacha Trochet. “With the flick of a bow, a finely chosen chord or slip of a beat, Gigspanner produce richly atmospheric arrangements with notes seemingly plucked from the stars and rhythms from the equator” - Spiral Earth. “Gigspanner are marking out a distinctive zone of their own, melodically folk-rooted yet open and inventive beyond constraints of genre. It is Intelligent, multi-lingual music making" The Wire. ticketing details tba

NEW Friday 17 May 2024 7.30pm - Show of Hands: Full Circle Part II - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard, Cornwall (map)
details tba www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 18 May 2024 7.30pm - Show of Hands: Full Circle Part II - Exeter Cathedral
After 30 years of non-stop touring, fans across the nation are in for a treat as Steve Knightley and Phil Beer return to where it all began, in village halls, folk clubs, small arts centres, and community venues. This gig promises to be a true celebration of their dedication to their roots, their music, and the communities that have supported them. Steve and Phil will then be taking a well-deserved break. They plan to pursue solo projects, explore new creative horizons, and recharge their artistic batteries. This marks the end of an era, but it also heralds exciting new beginnings for two of the folk world’s best loved musicians, Show of Hands. Details www.exeternorthcott.co.uk/events/show-of-hands-full-circle-tour, www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 18 May 2024 8pm - Saltlines: Gigspanner Big Band & Raynor Winn - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard, Cornwall (map)
Taking audiences by storm, Saltlines is a Prose and Music collaboration between bestselling author Raynor Winn and folk-roots supergroup The Gigspanner Big Band, which features some of the most celebrated names on the British folk scene. Together they have created an emotional odyssey which explores the beauty, stories and traditions of the South West Coast Path. The vibrant and thought-provoking compositions by Raynor have been especially written for Saltlines and artfully wrapped around songs and tunes that were originally gathered from the route of the South West Coast Path by the great song collectors Cecil Sharp and Sabine Baring-Gould. Details www.carnglaze.com.

NEW Saturday 18 May 2024 8pm - River Roots - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Free-spirited singer-songwriters River Roots are a good-vibe, acoustic folk-roots duo from the UK. A powerful symbiosis of soulful male/female harmonies. River Roots have a playful uplifting vibe that will nourish your soul as they seamlessly weave between soothing melodies to funky upbeat feel-good songs. Their music is majorly influenced by a nomadic lifestyle and the profound experiences and connections made on their travels. Details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 19 May 2024 7.30pm - Saltlines: Gigspanner Big Band & Raynor Winn - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
Taking audiences by storm, Saltlines is a Prose and Music collaboration between bestselling author Raynor Winn and folk-roots supergroup The Gigspanner Big Band, which features some of the most celebrated names on the British folk scene. Together they have created an emotional odyssey which explores the beauty, stories and traditions of the South West Coast Path. The vibrant and thought-provoking compositions by Raynor have been especially written for Saltlines and artfully wrapped around songs and tunes that were originally gathered from the route of the South West Coast Path by the great song collectors Cecil Sharp and Sabine Baring-Gould. Details www.exmouthpavilion.co.uk/whats-on/saltlines-the-gigspanner-big-band.

NEW Sunday 19 May 2024 2pm (tbc) - Maggie Duffy & Bob Thompson - St Mary's Church, South St, Denbury, Newton Abbot TQ12 6DH
Local singer/songwriter, Maggie leaves the audience to entertain us along with Bob. Always a crowd pleaser. For tickets and more information contact Rachel Belringer on 07751 804007.

NEW Monday 20 May 2024 - Ferocious Dog - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. The collective plays folk, with distinct influences from traditional Celtic music, ska, rock and pop. Details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Tuesday 21 May 2024 7.30pm - The Irish House Party - Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
The original show was set up in Dublin by a group of musicians who wanted visitors to the city to experience what a real Irish house party is like. It’s all presented in a fun and humorous way resulting in a fabulous theatre going experience. Incredibly talented musicians and dancers who simply want to bring you the sound and fun of Ireland in an intimate and homely setting. The live music, Irish dancing and banter is infectious and enters the psyche in seconds. The show itself features All Ireland champion musicians and dancers who combine a unique blend of light hearted audience interaction with fascinating stories about the music and the instruments themselves. Details www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Saturday 25 May 2024 8pm - Sherburn Bartley Sanders - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Since 1993, Chris Sherburn (concertina) and Denny Bartley (vocals, guitar) have been bringing their unique sound to audiences. Their obvious rapport made them one of the busiest acts on the folk scene, both as a duo and with their well-loved band, Last Night’s Fun. In 2016, Chris and Denny joined forces with Emily Sanders (fiddle/viola and vocals) and have since become a well-established trio, blending vocal harmonies, and strings to underpin Chris and Denny’s unique sound, as well as providing a female vocal for some songs, and bringing a repertoire of English folk songs to complement the band's more Celtic roots. Details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 25 May 2024 8pm - Ceilidh with Phoenix - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. www.phoenixbarndance.co.uk. BYO water / alcohol. There is a voluntary pricing system (£15 supporter / £10 standard / £8 reduced); U16 £4; U10 free -
see www.exeterceilidhs.net for details and full programme. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Sunday 26 May 2024 7.30pm - Miranda Sykes - Village Hall, Silver Street, Ipplepen, Newton Abbot TQ12 5SB (map)
“Out of the woods” new album tour. www.wegottickets.com/event/608979.

NEW Thursday 6 June 2024 8pm - Guy Tortora - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A guitar player of some accomplishment and a distinctive songwriter. On both acoustic and electric guitars, he plays finger style and is a fine bottleneck and slide player. His playing is not the flashy guitar-slinger beloved of bluesrockers everywhere but understated and leaves room for the songs to make or impact, whether his own or the ‘covers’ he performs that include many old standards and traditional tunes as well as songs by more recent American writers such as Eric Bibb or Kreig Viesselman. Details www.ottertonmill.com/live-music.html.

NEW 7-9 June 2024 - Craft Festival - Bovey Tracey
Enjoy great music whilst you eat and drink the wide variety of locally sourced, imaginative food and ales... Musicians include Si Barron (8/6). More music to be announced. www.craftfestival.co.uk/Whats-on-BoveyTracey.

NEW Friday 7 June 2024 8pm - Jacob & Drinkwater - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
UK alt-folk duo. Jacob's sweeping vocals never fail to captivate, delivering many a spine-tingling moment; the fluidity and precision of his finger-picking underpinned by Drinkwater's nimbly rhythmic double bass; at times sweetly soaring, haunting, percussive and driving, the layers of depth a perfect counterfoil. Details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 8 June 2024 7.30pm - Jacob & Drinkwater - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
UK alt-folk duo. Jacob's sweeping vocals never fail to captivate, delivering many a spine-tingling moment; the fluidity and precision of his finger-picking underpinned by Drinkwater's nimbly rhythmic double bass; at times sweetly soaring, haunting, percussive and driving, the layers of depth a perfect counterfoil. Details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 9 June 2024 3.30pm - Rolling Harmony - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A vibrant vocal group of choir leaders and singers from the South West. They delight audiences with their lively and eclectic performances. Glorious music and gorgeous vocal harmonies, rooted in English and American harmony singing traditions. Songs with captivating rhythms, compelling lyrics and interweaving vocal lines. A rich blend of voices with instrumentals for some songs – violin and guitar. There’s something for everyone… Details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Thursday 13 June 2024 - Charm of Finches - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Australian sister duo delivers intricate folk-pop that is simultaneously graceful and darkly bewitching. Their seamless blood harmonies traverse melancholy and wonder in equal measure. Winners of the Australian Folk Music Awards Best Folk Album (2022) and Music Victoria Best Contemporary Folk Act (2021), their music has been nominated twice for the prestigious Australian Music Prize. Details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Friday 14 June 2024 8pm - Topette!! 10th Anniversary Tour - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
In January 2014, Barn Stradling invited his Blowzabella bandmate Andy Cutting, East Anglian fiddler James Delarre and two French musical friends, Tania Buisse and Julien Cartonnet to his home in Bristol, to see what would happen. After three days of playing music, eating, drinking and a great deal of laughter, a new band called Topette!! happened... Details www.wegottickets.com/event/603681.

NEW Friday 14 June 2024 8pm - Old Time Sailors - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard, Cornwall (map)
A musical show designed to take make the audience feel like they have been taken back in time through an unforgettable trip to the 19th century. Our crew is composed of 17 musicians playing fully unplugged to ensure the most authentic experience. The show will be 3 hours with plenty of time for replenishing your glass. Over 30 songs and tunes where the audience will sing and dance surrounded by drunken Sailors, witnessing an astounding show unmatched in this music genre. Everything will take place within our magnificent stage set, designed to give the audience the sensation of being inside a 19th century vessel. Details www.carnglaze.com.

NEW Friday 14 June 2024 7.30pm - Cara Dillon - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)  
Cara Dillon, an extraordinary, multiple award-winning Irish folk singer, and acclaimed musician and producer Sam Lakeman, will captivate listeners once again with their exquisite and enthralling live performance. Every note and word sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs. Details www.theflavel.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 15 June 2024 7.30pm - The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
British comedy folk and parody band from Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Formed in 2006, they claim to be the hardest working comedy band in the UK, having played over 1250 shows throughout the UK.
Details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 20 June 2024 8pm - The Rigmarollers - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
The Rigmarollers are filling bars, halls and dance floors with their joyous, original and vintage music. They jump effortlessly from barrelhouse blues, to ragtime, jazz, swing, gospel and infectious zydeco grooves. Hitch a ride with them through uplifting roots music, all driven along by syncopated sousaphone, blistering blues harp, sizzling string picking, and whiplash washboard rhythms. Details www.ottertonmill.com/live-music.html.

NEW Friday/Saturday 21/22 June 2024 8pm - Cara Dillon - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)  
Cara Dillon, an extraordinary, multiple award-winning Irish folk singer, and acclaimed musician and producer Sam Lakeman, will captivate listeners once again with their exquisite and enthralling live performance. Every note and word sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs. Details www.calstockarts.org/whats-on.

NEW 21/23 June 2024 - Teignmouth Folk Festival
A weekend of dance and music in the Triangle and around the town. www.teignmouthfolkfestival.co.uk, www.facebook.com/TeignmouthFolkFestival. Lineup includes (tbc) SykesMartin.

NEW Saturday 29 June 2024 8pm - Ceilidh with Red Shed - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. www.redshed.co. BYO water / alcohol. There is a voluntary pricing system (£15 supporter / £10 standard / £8 reduced); U16 £4; U10 free -
see www.exeterceilidhs.net for details and full programme. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Friday 5 July 2024 7.30pm - Bookends: Simon & Garfunkel Through The Years - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Critically acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest tribute shows, Through the Years continues to delight audiences across the globe. Featuring stunning vocal harmonies from world-class musicians, this spectacular concert transports you on a journey through the epic songs and history of the much-loved duo. Collectively known as Bookends, Dan Haynes and Pete Richards have been fronting Simon & Garfunkel Through the Years since its creation in 2011. Much like their idols, they became friends at school and could not resist singing together from a tender age.
Details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 11 July 2024 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
The couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as songwriters par excellence (Froots) whose greatly varied original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends and a lonely whale. With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, the Levellers, Fotheringay, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk. Details www.ottertonmill.com/live-music.html.

NEW Thursday 25 July 2024 8pm - Martin Harley Trio - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Martin Harley has been making music and touring the world for over two decades. His sound has never been more down to earth. Exploring roots, blues and slide guitar in a style The Guardian referred to as ‘Spellbinding’, Harley has released nine albums to date, four recorded on home soil and four across the Atlantic in Texas and Nashville. Details www.ottertonmill.com/live-music.html.

NEW 2-9 August 2024 - 70th Anniversary Sidmouth Folk Festival
It’s the season of glad tidings! Super Early Bird Tickets are now available. See
www.sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk and join the festival mailing list for regular updates.

NEW Thursday 15 August 2024 8pm - Mark Harrison Band - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Singer-songwriter Mark Harrison combines with Charles Benfield on double bass and percussionist Ben Welburn to create wonderful early acoustic blues with folk influences. Modern lyrics, contagious energy and good humour provide a unique and highly enjoyable experience. Mark is an excellent and expressive vocalist and a tremendous resonator guitar player as well as being a terrific songwriter and entertainer. Details www.ottertonmill.com/live-music.html.

NEW 16-18 August 2024 - Beautiful Days 21st Festival - Escot Park nr Exeter
Beautiful Days is the Levellers’ family music festival organised by DMF Music since its inception in 2003. Proudly independent, Beautiful Days has no sponsorship or funding. In 2023 we celebrated our 20th Anniversary with tickets selling out in April for the 17,500 capacity event – the capacity remains the same for 2024. www.beautifuldays.org

NEW Thursday 29 August 2024 8pm - Edwina Hayes - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
One of the finest female singer/songwriters this country has produced in years. Edwina brings together English folk, Americana and the rich Northern singer/songwriter tradition to create a sound that’s truly her own. Details www.ottertonmill.com/live-music.html.

NEW Thursday 5 September 2024 8pm - Veronica Sbergia & Max de Bernhardi - Otterton Mill, nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
"When it comes to knowing about Americana these two are right up there! Country blues, ragtime, vaudeville and even a little old time C&W. Max is a very accomplished guitarist and a strong vocalist, whilst Veronica plays a mean washboard, ukulele and possesses a strong vocal styling. Very uplifting music! So if you get the chance to see this duo in concert, take it!” Mike Vernon. Details www.ottertonmill.com/live-music.html.

tbc Saturday 14 September 2024 7.30pm - Harbottle & Jonas - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)  
Details (tba) www.theflavel.org.uk.

NEW Friday 20 September 2024 8pm - Martin & Eliza Carthy - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
The good Doctor Martin Carthy and his twice Mercury nominated daughter Eliza Carthy, join forces to perform an eclectic range of songs and tunes from their vast family repertoire, drawing from the traditional canon as well as selections from a more contemporary songbook. Details www.cabaretvoltaireevents.com.
Also: Thursday 19 September at Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

NEW Saturday 21 September 2024 8pm - The FOS Brothers - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Brought up in Belfast during the height of the troubles, Dave and Sam McCrory's sensibilities derive from hard schooling on the streets and strict Northern Irish parents. The line up is: Sam McCrory - Vocals, Guitar; Dave McCrory - Acoustic and Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals; Rom Dobbs - Drums, percussion, samples and loops; Pete Bingham – Bass, Vocals. The band move seamlessly from tear jerking Irish ballads to full on Floydian space rock. The FOS Brothers treat their audience to a shared experience and are equally suited to pin drop silence Arts Centres or packed Festival Marquees.
Details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 22 September 2024 2-5pm - d'Accord Boat Trip - Exmouth
details tba d'Accord French & Breton dance and music. The d'Accord! boat trip from Exmouth returns!

NEW Friday 27 September 2024 8pm - Old Time Sailors - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard, Cornwall (map)
A musical show designed to take make the audience feel like they have been taken back in time through an unforgettable trip to the 19th century. Our crew is composed of 17 musicians playing fully unplugged to ensure the most authentic experience. The show will be 3 hours with plenty of time for replenishing your glass. Over 30 songs and tunes where the audience will sing and dance surrounded by drunken Sailors, witnessing an astounding show unmatched in this music genre. Everything will take place within our magnificent stage set, designed to give the audience the sensation of being inside a 19th century vessel. Details www.carnglaze.com.

NEW Saturday 28 September 2024 - Mad Dog Mcrea - Calstock Village Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. Details www.calstockhall.com/events.

NEW/tbc Saturday 12 October 2024 8pm - While & Matthews - Village Hall, Silver Street, Ipplepen, Newton Abbot TQ12 5SB (map)
30th Anniversary Celebratory Tour www.whileandmatthews.com

NEW/tbc Sunday 13 October 2024 7.4pm - While & Matthews - Folk on the Moor, Moorland Hotel, Wotter, Plymouth PL7 5HP
30th Anniversary Celebratory Tour www.whileandmatthews.com For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 19 October 2024 8pm - 3 Daft Monkeys - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
3 Daft Monkeys are a dynamic live music sensation, seamlessly blending folk music traditions with an infectious energy that defines them as the ultimate festival band. Details
www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

tbc Saturday 9 November 2024 7.30pm - Harbottle & Jonas - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Details (tba)
www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 13 November 2024 - Steve Knightley - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
As a long-serving troubadour of the folk and acoustic music scene, master songwriter and storyteller Steve Knightley has spent much of his life on the road, collecting songs, stories, anecdotes and observations with the odd disaster along the way. Details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music

NEW Tuesday 19 November 2024 7pm - Bellowhead - Plymouth Pavilions
In 2004, Bellowhead burst onto the British folk scene like nothing before or since. Famously conjured up by duo Spiers & Boden whilst sitting in a traffic jam, they roped in friends, and friends of friends until the big band was born. 2024 marks Bellowhead’s 20th Anniversary.
Details www.plymouthpavilions.com. Book early!

NEW Thursday 12 December 2024 8pm - St Agnes Fountain - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Chris Leslie, Chris While, Julie Matthews) Affectionately known as 'The Aggies' and 'The Christmas Band'. The beloved 'St Agnes Fountain' have toured every December since 2001 bar one, and we all know which one that was! Now they are ready to tread the tinsel boards once more this December, bringing Christmas to the nation. Christmas, as they say, starts with St. Agnes Fountain. Presenting carols with a curve. Details
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk.

John Culf
johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertonfolk.co.uk
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