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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 24 May 2024 7.30pm - Old Baby Mackerel - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
High-energy, foot-stomping bluegrass featuring some of the UK’s best bluegrass musicians. Details www.wegottickets.com/ashburtonarts.

Friday 24 May 2024 8pm - Julie July Band - Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
British Folk-Rock band performing original music inspired by the folk, rock and blues movement of the 60s & 70s but with a contemporary 21st Century twist. With over a decade of gigging and recording experience, they make their debut performance at The Barbican Theatre, Plymouth celebrating a new album, ‘Flight of Fancy’, together with songs from earlier critically acclaimed albums plus a selection of Sandy Denny favourites.
Details www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/whats-on.

Friday 24 May 2024 9pm - The Spinozas - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
The Spinozas are a roots and folk band performing lively all original material influenced by both the Americana and Celtic traditions. £5. Details www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/whats-on.

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.

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.

Saturday 25 May 2024 9pm - The Yellabellies - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Devon's finest purveyors of Yee Haar, a Bluegrass/southern rock hi-energy mix of country/cajun with driving melodeon and twangy guitar backed up by the super tight rhythm unit of Bass and drums. £5. Details www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/whats-on.

Sunday 26 May 2024 7.30pm - Miranda Sykes - Village Hall, Silver Street, Ipplepen, Newton Abbot TQ12 5SB (map)
Playing her new album ‘Out of the Woods’ as well as some older more familiar songs no doubt. Will be a cracker! www.wegottickets.com/event/608979.

Sunday 26 May 2024 7.30pm - Simon & Garfunkel Through the Years - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
The most authentic sounding concert to the unforgettable music of Simon & Garfunkel. Made up of Dan Haynes & Pete Richards, Bookends have toured the globe extensively Performing the songs in a truly captivating way, against a backdrop of iconic imagery, their delicate recreation of the unmistakable sound of the American folk-rock duo is something of a masterpiece.
Details www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

Sunday 26 May 2024 7pm -  Sound of the Sirens - The Old Warehouse, Prince of Wales Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1DY
Sound of the Sirens are a singer-songwriting duo based in Exeter comprising of Abbe Martin & Hannah Wood. Honing their craft over the past decade, Martin & Wood have cemented themselves as firm favourites as “one of the UK’s finest folk acts” not only on the Westcountry scene, but nationally, and internationally too. Their status, and fast-growing fan-base is not only testament to the pair’s prowess as songwriters and musicians, but as people too. Details https://theoldwarehousekingsbridge.co.uk/theoldwarehouse-events. Unallocated seating and standing.

Friday 31 May 2024 10.30am-4.30pm - National Youth Folk Ensemble Open Day - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
NYFE Open Days are a great opportunity for young people between the ages of 12 to 18 who live in England and who have confidence playing their chosen instrument. The event will have music workshops with skilled professionals, a Q&A regarding the National Youth Folk Ensemble, and lots of outlets for individual and group creativity. These Open Days will allow individuals to take part in a band for a day, and to explore folk music with other young people passionate about music! Full details www.efdss.org/learning/young-people/national-youth-folk-ensemble (Open Days link). Free, but booking required.

NEW Friday 31 May 2024 -A Celebration of Devon Song - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
Totnes Pulse presents a celebration of the Centenary of two Devon folk music pioneers. The Reverend Sabine Baring Gould and Cecil Sharp. Sam Richards and Martin Scragg present an evening a songs and stories from these two fascinating and important characters. £10. Details www.totnespulse.co.uk/product/a-celebration-of-devon-song.

Friday 31 May 2024 7.30pm - Martha Tilston + Kana - Calstock Village Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
“She has the power to draw an audience into her world, leaving all those present with a smile, and afew issues to ponder, too” - Time Out. “Sharp, original songs that dissect the modern world. She captures both the harshness and enchantment of life” - The Guardian. With a pure silken voice and lyrics that inspire and captivate, Martha Tilston has developed a successful musical career with a large and loyal following. With seven female members, a raft of rousing self-penned songs and a knack for bringing fresh harmonic inspiration to traditional pieces, Kana is a band worth keeping your eye on. Details www.calstockhall.com/events.

Sunday 2 June 2024 7.45pm - Joe Topping - Folk on the Moor, Moorland Hotel, Wotter, Plymouth PL7 5HP
Described by Sir Tom Jones as a “Weaver of Dreams”, Joe is a charismatic and highly accomplished singer/songwriter/guitarist. He has an exceptionally strong social conscience, guided by kindness and love and endeavours to contribute to a better world. He has toured extensively in Europe and the USA.
For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

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.

Thursday 6 June 2024 7.30pm - Dan Whitehouse & Gustaf Ljunggren - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
'A Night Of Glass’. Singer songwriter Whitehouse has been in a transparently reflective mood making three albums all themed around the physical and metaphorical nature of glass. He is joined by Swedish multi-instrumentalist/producer Ljunggren for a simple but hypnotic live experience in which, variously behind a piano or on guitar and joined by Ljunggren performing music from his own Floreana album, Dan takes audience deep into the heart of glass in its myriad manifestations, his expressively nuanced crystalline vocals, a hint of Bowie here, a touch of Cohen there, effortlessly mining a wealth of emotions and ideas. Details www.wegottickets.com/event/605893.
Also at: Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington, Weds 5 June

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.

Friday 7 June 2024 7.30pm - Captain of the Lost Waves - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
This looks like being a real one-of-a-kind, once seen, never forgotten performer. “The Captain is a troubadour, a storyteller and so it’s said, a free thinking renegade who writes songs that are at once unusual and dreamy, sometimes powerful and rocking, at other times softer, intuitive and spirited, rife with invention. It is said that the captain, in addition to being a eccentric songwriter and a gifted singer, is a master accordionist, and plays a number of unusual stringed instruments like oud, bouzouki, Lauto, and much more, and it’s their use that contributes to the world music flavor on many of his songs.” Details www.wegottickets.com/ashburtonarts.

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.

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.

Saturday 8 June 2024 7.30pm - d'Accord French & Breton dance and music - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
With David Faulkner and Steve Turner. www.facebook.com/groups/149787688758876.

Sunday 9 June 2024 8pm - Bryony Griffiths & Alice Jones - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Well-known on the grassroots scene for multifarious adventures with different outfits, this pair pitch together their fiddle and guitar and passionate vocals with winning vitality. Songs from Yorkshire. Details
www.topshamfolkclub.org.

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.

Thursday 13 June 2024 7.30pm - Martin Simpson - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
One of England’s most revered folk performers, widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, Martin's interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His remarkable solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving. Details www.wegottickets.com/ashburtonarts.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Saturday 15 June 2024 7.30pm - Lost Songs of Scilly - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Contemporary folk music from the Isles of Scilly. Islander Piers Lewin and close friend John Patrick Elliott (The Little Unsaid) have been setting this beautiful Archipelago of granite and sand to music for many years, drawing on its rich Atlantic maritime tradition whilst exploring the challenges faced by modern island communities across a rapidly changing world. www.lostsongsofscilly.com. Details www.wegottickets.com/ashburtonarts.

Saturday 15 June 2024 7.30pm - The Lost Sound Dartmoor Folk Choir - Central Methodist Church, Castle Street, Launceston PL15 8BA
Details www.thelostsound.co.uk.

Saturday 15 June 2024 7.30pm - Hurdy Gurdy Concert - Ottery St Mary Church, Paternoster Row, Ottery St Mary EX11 1DP
An evening of history and music from medieval times with Marco Cannavò & Steve Tyler, and the Rev'd John Hall. Details here.

Sold out 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.
www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Sunday 16 June 2024 7.45pm - Anthony John Clarke - Folk on the Moor, Moorland Hotel, Wotter, Plymouth PL7 5HP
Undoubtedly one of the most complete entertainers on the folk scene. He is equally at home writing moving, sensitive lyrics as he is with hard-hitting, incisive commentary on political and social issues. Add to this a wicked sense of humour and you can be sure of a fantastic evening’s entertainment of song and laughter.
For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Tom Kitching & Marit Fält: Where There's Brass
Author and folk fiddler Tom Kitching launches his new book and album with a special storytelling and music concert tour. Documenting six months living in the London waterways community, making the long journey across England from Manchester on a traditional narrowboat built in 1937, 'Where There's Brass' tells the story of the contemporary London waterways; a floating slum at worst, a bohemian, alternative, vibrant community at best. It is a love letter to the waterways, and a rallying cry for what they can be in the future. Stories old and new interwoven with a specially composed suite of music, underpinned by Tom's long term accompanist, the brilliant Nordic mandola player Marit Fält.'
NEW Wednesday 19 June 2024 7.30pm - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Details www.wegottickets.com/ashburtonarts.
NEW Thursday 20 June 2024 7.30pm - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Details
www.wegottickets.com/cygnettheatre.

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 21 June 2024 7.30pm - Hannah Cumming & Jon Dyer - St James Church, Jacobstowe EX20 3RF
Join us for a magical midsummer concert of traditional folk music and vocal harmony from talented musicians. Our headline act is Hannah Cumming and Jon Dyer, experienced folk musicians and performers who also work with Devon's Wren Music. Full of life and enthusiasm, Hannah’s fiddle and voice, and Jon’s double bass and guitar are a duo not to be missed. They will be supported by four-part female vocal harmony group Sister Moon. Space is limited to 70 people. Details https://jcgmidsummerconcert.eventbrite.com. Free parking in Little Ellacroft field opposite the church.

NEW Friday 21 June 2024 7.30pm - Harbottle & Jonas - Saint Werburgh's Church, Wembury, Plymouth PL9 0HP
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. Details www.harbottleandjonas.com/2024.

NEW Friday 21 June 2024 - The Haar - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Traditional Irish singer Molly Donnery combined with 3 of the most exciting instrumental talents on the folk & Traditional music scene, Cormac Byrne, bodhran; Adam Summerhayes, fiddle; Murray Grainger accordian. Details www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page6.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, email info@teignmouthfolkfestival.co.uk:
• Friday 21 June 7.30pm - Concert with Granny's Attic - St. James Church, St. James Precinct, Bitton Park Road, Teignmouth, Devon, TQ14 9BT Tickets £18 adv, £20 door.
• Saturday 22 June 7.30pm - Concert with SykesMartin - St. James Church, St. James Precinct, Bitton Park Road, Teignmouth, Devon, TQ14 9BT Tickets £18 adv, £20 door.
• Sunday 23 June 5.30pm - Family Ceilidh with The Wren Music Folk Orchestra of East Devon - The Strand Centre, The Strand, Dawlish, EX7 9PT Tickets £10 adult, £5 U16 (must be accompanied). Food/drink available.
• Over 25 dance sides during the weekend in The Triangle, Teignmouth plus The Estuary Band, Teignmouth Youth Choir, Mother's Ruin, The Back Beach Boyz and Celtic Dawn - donations.

NEW Saturday 22 June 2024 7.30pm - Raíces: Rebeca Ortega Flamenco Dance Show from Spain - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Exceptional live authentic flamenco dance and music from Spain. Details www.wegottickets.com/ashburtonarts.

NEW Tuesday 25 June 2024 7.30pm - Bandoneón: A Musical Journey Through The Heart Of Tango - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
With the Argentine Bandoneón Maestro Orlando Dibelo & Ruth Rozelaar. Tango workshop for musicians' also available on Sunday 23 June 2-5pm. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/619478.

NEW 27-30 June 2024 - Song & Ale Festival - Bicton Inn, 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU (map)
Details here.

NEW Friday 28 June 2024 7.30pm - Kit Hillbillies - Calstock Village Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Rollicking bluegrass & good-time acoustic roots tunes. Vigorous.. expressive.. unvarnished! The Kit Hillbillies - rollicking bluegrass & good-time acoustic roots tunes. Vigorous.. expressive.. unvarnished! The band are waiving their fee to support this village hall fundraiser. Join us for a night of dancing and merriment. + Support. Details www.calstockhall.com/events.

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 Saturday 29 June 2024 7.30pm - The Lost Sound Dartmoor Folk Choir - The Spark Studio, 1 Metherell Avenue, Brixham TQ5 9QB
Recent audience feedback called this choir, 'Outstanding' others have said 'We were blown away with your beautiful voices' and ' I was totally entranced'. Come and see why! With songs ranging from raw Pagan sun salutations to contemporary messages that urge us to keep our land pure and sweet and green; this is a celebratory, reflective and stirring set of songs. Using full choir, both male and female ensembles, quartets and mixed ensembles, The Lost Sound bring their amazing voices and love of harmony to deliver their heartfelt 'Country Matters' set. Details www.thelostsound.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 30 June 2024 7.45pm - Steve Tilston - Folk on the Moor, Moorland Hotel, Wotter, Plymouth PL7 5HP
details tba
For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 30 June 2024 7pm -  Alex Hart - The Old Warehouse, Prince of Wales Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1DY
Described by BBC Radio 2 presenter Mark Radcliffe as “the Stevie Nicks of Folk”, singer/songwriter Alex Hart is not only a talented vocalist, but an accomplished and versatile musician too. In the last couple of years she has worked with Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre's band and Seth Lakeman. Alex will be accompanied for this show by Adam Sweet, a guitar-slidin' force of nature. Details https://theoldwarehousekingsbridge.co.uk/theoldwarehouse-events. Unallocated seating and standing.

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 Sunday 7 July 2024 7.45pm - The Crows - Folk on the Moor, Moorland Hotel, Wotter, Plymouth PL7 5HP
details tba
For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.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 Friday 12 July 2024 - The Dilly Boys Folk Band - Public Hall, Station Road, Budleigh Salterton, nr Exmouth EX9 6RJ (map)
Doors 7pm. Gather 'round, folks! Prepare for an enchanting evening as a captivating folk band takes center stage. With a harmonious blend of the banjo, accordion, violin, and guitar, they weave together traditional songs and tunes that'll transport you to a bygone era. Details www.paintitredproductions.co.uk/events.

NEW Saturday 13 July 2024 7.30pm - Harbottle & Jonas Album Launch - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
Don't miss the chance to hear Devon's dynamic duo present their new album 'Wild Goose' live in this beautiful setting. Details www.harbottleandjonas.com/2024.

NEW Saturday 13 July 2024 8pm - The Lost Sound Dartmoor Folk Choir- Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
Details www.thelostsound.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 18 July 2024 7.45pm - Great Sea Choir & Wheelhouse Folk Choir - Mutley Baptist Church, Mutley Plain, Plymouth PL4 6LB
The Great Sea Choir (Plymouth) and Wheelhouse Folk Choir (Tavistock) join forces for an epic summer concert of a cappella folk songs. This will be an evening of songs for the season, directed by Julu Irvine and Heg Brignall (Suthering). The choirs sing unique arrangements written by Julu and Heg. From traditional summer songs to folk songs by contemporary artists like Gnoss, Salt House, The Breath, Eoghan O Ceannabhain, Karine Polwart, Mipso and many more. Each choir will perform songs from their summer repertoire before coming together as a ninety-strong mega choir to perform songs from the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning Songs of Separation album, specially arranged for choirs. Details www.wegottickets.com/event/618284.

NEW Saturday 20 July 2024 - Mad Dog Mcrea - Morwellham Quay, Dukes Drive, Morwellham, Tavistock PL19 8JL
Evening concert. Saturday night camping also bookable. Details www.morwellham-quay.co.uk/mad-dog-mcrea-landing.

NEW Sunday 21 July 2024 7.45pm - Simply Dylan - Folk on the Moor, Moorland Hotel, Wotter, Plymouth PL7 5HP
details tba
For reservations please contact folkonthemoor1@gmail.com. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

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 Friday 9 August 2024 7.30pm - Rory McLeod - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
An ex-circus clown and fire eater, Rory McLeod is a one-man-soul-band and poet. He has a natural troubadour’s talent for weaving magical, musical, storytelling spells accompanied by his own bizarre solo orchestra of distinctive instruments. The spoons, finger-cymbals, bandorea, djembe drum, harmonica, guitar, trombone and tap-dancing shoes accompany the “rich, raw, deep and resonant” voice of this “singular and liberating performer.” Details www.wegottickets.com/ashburtonarts.

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.

NEW Sunday 15 September 2024 8pm - Chris Wood - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A welcome return from a genre-shaking musician and song-writer. Details
www.topshamfolkclub.org /www.wegottickets.com/TopshamFolkClub.

NEW Tuesday 17 September 2024 8pm - Jim Causley - Bradninch Folk Club, Guildhall, Fore Street, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN  
An evening with Jim Causley. £8 on door, U18 free subject so space. BYO refreshments. Facebook www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk, contact 01392 881105,

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! Tickets will be on sale at d'Accord! and from members of the committee. Despite a considerable price rise in the cost of boat hire, we have kept the early bird ticket prices at £15 each until August so please come and support this.

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 7.30pm - 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 Friday 11 October 2024 7.30pm - Sherburn.Bartley.Sanders and Phil Beer- Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Chris Sherburn (concertina) and Denny Bartly (vocals and guitar) have brought their unique sound to audiences across the globe since 1993. In 2016, they joined forces with Emily Sanders (fiddle and vocals) blending vocal harmonies and strings to their unique sound. Their soulful songs, exhilarating tunes and quick-witted banter ensures no two concerts are ever the same.
Support: Phil Beer. Charming, disarming and exceptionally talented, multi-instrumentalist Phil Phil is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic scene. His flawless musicianship and rich vocals will leave you wide-eyed and wanting more. Details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 12 October 2024 7.30pm - Peggy Seeger in conversation with Sam Richards - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Details www.wegottickets.com/ashburtonarts.

NEW Saturday 12 October 2024 7.30pm - While & Matthews - Village Hall, Silver Street, Ipplepen, Newton Abbot TQ12 5SB (map)
30th Anniversary Celebratory Tour www.whileandmatthews.com. With special guest Miranda Sykes. Details www.wegottickets.com/event/616268.

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 7.30pm - Gigspanner Big Band - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
A unique force in British folk music. Their high-energy, virtuosic performances appeal equally to traditionalists and to those looking for something more experimental, and they have garnered praise from publications as varied as fRoots, The Telegraph and The Wire, where they were described as ‘melodically folk-rooted yet open and innovative beyond the constraints of genre’ Beginning life as a trio - with legendary Steeleye Span fiddle player Peter Knight being joined by percussionist Sacha Trochet and guitarist Roger Flack - the line-up has been expanded to form the Gigspanner Big Band, with acclaimed multi-instrumental duo Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin - BBC Folk Awards 'Best Duo') and Bellowhead co-founder and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers, joining the fray.
Details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.
Also: Friday 18 October at Launceston Town Hall - details www.gigspanner.com/live.

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.

NEW Sunday 20 October 2024 8pm - Lady Maisery - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
The combined vocal and multi-instrumental talents of Rowan Rheingans, Hazel Askew and Hannah James make up the uniquely captivating band Lady Maisery who have for well over a decade enraptured audiences throughout the UK and Europe. A welcome return to Topsham Folk Club. Details www.topshamfolkclub.org /www.wegottickets.com/TopshamFolkClub.

NEW Sunday 3 November 2024 8pm - Blowzabella - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
The iconic Blowzabella return to Topsham after too many decades. Details
www.topshamfolkclub.org /www.wegottickets.com/TopshamFolkClub.

NEW Thursday 7 November 2024 7.30pm - The Budapest Cafe Orchestra - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
In 2009 Christian Garrick established the refreshingly unconventional and snappily attired Budapest Café Orchestra. The intention to present a broad range of music from all over the world in the most entertaining and fun way. One of BCO's prime directives is to take the music seriously but not so much themselves. Part of the secret formula of the BCO's show presentation is performing all the music from memory and, combined their trademark wit and charm, audiences leave tingling with warmth and delight.
Details www.beehivehoniton.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 21 November 2024 7.30pm - Christine Collister - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Touring for the first time in four years, Christine will be performing songs from the “Children of the Sea” project along with a selection of old favourites. To be released in 2024 - Children Of The Sea is a very special project of 9 original songs inspired by Manx Folklore and a magical sense of place.
Details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 1 December 2024 8pm - Eliza Carthy & The Restitution - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Eliza Carthy is one of the one of the most recognisable faces of the English folk revival and one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation. Her touring band, The Restitution, is a dynamic force of contemporary folk musicians, featuring Dave Delarre (guitars), Ben Seal (bass), Phil Alexander (piano), and Willy Molleson (drums), and together, they create an exciting and captivating musical experience. Details
www.topshamfolkclub.org /www.wegottickets.com/TopshamFolkClub.

NEW Mon/Tues 2/3 December 2024 - Oysterband - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Oysterband will be going out on a high as they bid “A Long Long Goodbye” to fans and friends with a series of unmissable shows in 2024 before they retire from touring. Details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music Very few tickets appear to be left

NEW Saturday 7 December 2024 7.30pm - An evening with Mark Chadwick - Calstock Village Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Standing. One of the UK’s most successful songwriters, Mark Chadwick has co-written 20 chart singles and 6 Top 40 albums (including a Number 1) as part of the Levellers, the band he has fronted for over 25 years. Still going strong, the Levellers are festival favourites. During this time Mark has released two solo albums and his upfront and personal solo performance will see him play a mixture of material from these albums and Levellers classics. Be warned, Mark will have you up dancing!. Details www.calstockhall.com/events.

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.

NEW Thursday 12 December 2024 7.30pm - Steve Turner - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and also plays mandolin and banjo. Details www.wegottickets.com/ashburtonarts.

John Culf
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