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events mostly within an approx. 30 mile radius of Totnes as the crow flies, i.e. including Exeter and Plymouth, and covering Tavistock, Okehampton and Sidmouth for example. It is the main reference for compilation of the Harberton Folk email circulars. Map links (streetmap.co.uk): yield a fully zoomable map. I'm increasingly including postcodes in the venue information for those of you who rely on satnavs.
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Tuesday 17 January 2017 8pm - Devonbird - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
An amazing start to our 2017 season with stomping tunes and haunting ballads from a favourite band Devonbird. Great support from singer songwriter Peter Falloon bringing songs from his latest album, more stomping, literally to American old time music and kicking the evening melodeon player and composer Nigel Barker. www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk.

Wednesday 18 January 2017 8pm - Billy Bragg & Joe Henry - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
In March 2016 Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, guitars in hand, boarded a Los Angeles-bound train at Chicago's Union Station looking to reconnect with the culture of railroad travel and the music it inspired. Winding along 2,728 miles of track over four days, the pair recorded classic railroad songs in waiting rooms and at trackside while the train paused to pick up passengers. On the Shine A Light 2017 tour which stops in Exeter on the 18 January, they'll be playing songs from the journey, along with favourites from their own back catalogues. Full details, artist links, bookings etc. https://sites.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15713.

Friday 20 January 2017 8pm - Dipper Malkin - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Dipper Malkin are a captivating new duo, whose beginning was but a whisper. That whisper has steadily grown to become a clamour over the last year. Dipper Malkin are rapidly earning a reputation for elevating traditional music to new heights of sturdy beauty and sophistication. Dipper Malkin is the “potent combination” (Folk Radio UK) of two musicians that have spent their careers to date involved in groundbreaking projects. John Dipper (viola d’amore) was one third of The English Acoustic Collective alongside Chris Wood and Robert Harbron and currently works with string quartet Methera, while Dave Malkin (guitar, voice) was a founding member of trio Tandem, stylishly combining traditionally informed compositions with live electronics. Tickets £8. Full details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk, email andrew@frangleton.co.uk or call 01837 840775.

Friday 20 January 2017 8pm - The Changing Room - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Heavily influenced by the industrial heritage of Cornwall, this Looe-based band are ambassadors for collaboration and social singing. Their songs feature rousing choruses and catchy hooks that will keep you swaying and humming all week! Sam Kelly and Tanya Brittain will be joined on stage by Jamie Francis (Stark), Evan Carson (The Willows) and harpist Morrigan Palmer-Brown. Winners of Kan rag Kernow 2015 and the International Pan Celtic Song Contest 2015. Sam won the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016. “A brilliantly recognised slice of modern folk music.” Bright Young Folk. Details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 20 January 2017 8pm -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
NB New (temporary) venue. French & Breton dance and music. Music to set your feet tapping from Levriad Light, Jonathan Shoreland pipes, pastoral oboe and Liz Nabb fiddle, supported by the Drones Club. £7 (includes tea & biscuits), BYO drink. Rousing tunes from Brittany & beyond. So dust off those dancing shoes, shake out the fancy footwork, and come down to the new venue (which has plenty of parking). Advance notice 17 February we have booked the Andro Sisters. www.daccordexeter.co.uk, email daccordexeter9@gmail.com, Pat/Mike tel. 01392 811593.

Friday 20 January 2017 - Widecombe Sailing Club's Winter Regatta - Old Inn, Widecombe in the Moor
7pm for 7.30pm. £16 for 2 course dinner (venison goulash and/or coconut pumpkin & chickpea curry and/or fish pie plus a choice of pud). It is hoped most people will be dressed as pirates/sailors/trawlermen/Admiral Nelson, and some will be prepared to sing, recite poetry or tell a joke, but it's not obligatory. Booking essential, for contact details see www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk/contact.html.

Friday 20 January 2017 - Phil Beer - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den Crescent, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
Phil Beer is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler and plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don’t stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals. Born in Exminster, Devon, he started to play fiddle, guitar and mandolin while still at school in Teignmouth and habitually credits Davey Graham’s Folk, Blues & Beyond as his inspiration for acoustic music. www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

Saturday 21 January 2017 - 25th Annual Stoke Gabriel Wassail
A magical evening of tradition and merriment. Organised by the ‘Friends of Stoke Gabriel School’ (FOSS) (charity no 1132475), the Annual Wassail has become a very popular event and helps raise funds to enrich the lives of local children in school and community. Apple Wassailing is an ancient tradition performed in many villages on 'Old Twelfth Night' to bless the cider apples and orchards and encourage a good crop in the coming year. The Apple Blessing Ceremony and lantern procession take place within the village orchard with wassail songs led by Rosa Rebecka. There will also be Folk music; Morris dancing; a Mummers play; Traditional Storytelling; Children's crafts and entertainments; Local food and drinks and licensed bar. Gates open 4pm; Entry £3 adult, £1 U18.See: www.facebook.com/stokegabriel.wassail.

Saturday 21 January 2017 8pm - Wille and the Bandits - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Eclectic grooves from this roots, folk, rock 3-piece."One of the best Live acts in the country." The Telegraph. New album “Steal” is launched on January 2oth 2017. £10 adv, £12 door.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Saturday 21 January 2017 - Peter James Millson - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
“Found my guitar. Wrote songs like it was going out of fashion. Played hundreds of solo pub gigs and open mics with a few choice supports (Boo Hewerdine, Martha Tilston). Started recording at home. Had some fantastic mixes done by Adrian McNally (The Unthanks).” PJM has recently recorded an album with Boo Hewerdine (working title, ‘True and False’ out 2017) and this May (2016) saw the release of the self-produced second studio album, The Red Café. https://peterjamesmillson.com. Special guests: Border Tales - Jane Newton-Yeo (vocals), Trevor Lloyd (guitars, mandolin, vocals) and Paul Ewings (guitars, bouzouki, vocals) www.bordertales.co.uk.

Bully Wee Band - annual tour, closest venues to us (details see www.bullyweeband.com)
Saturday 21 January 2017 - Devoran Village Hall, nr Truro
Friday 27 January 2017 - David Hall, South Petherton

Saturday 21 January 2017 7.30pm - Jane Taylor - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Award winning songwriter Jane Taylor sent our spines tingling and our hearts leaping after last years performance, so much so that we’ve asked her to return! She’ll be be sharing songs from her album Compass that won ‘ Best Album’ at the Independent Music Awards, as well as brand new songs and will be joined by the phenomenally talented, gypsy-esque John Holmes on double bass. This is a unique opportunity to catch an intimate performance with an award winning, critically acclaimed artist, right on your doorstep! See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Sunday 22 January 2017 7.30pm - Emily Barker - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Emily Barker's forthcoming new album has been recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis with Grammy winner Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price) and an all-star cast of Memphis session players. For Emily’s fans, it will be a new sound; for Emily herself, it’s a return to where her love of music started: far away from Memphis or London, singing her heart out to Aretha Franklin records in her bedroom in sleepy Bridgetown, Western Australia.
See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Sunday 22 January 2017 8pm - Topsham Folk Club Charity Night - Globe Hotel Malthouse, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Live music, CD sale (bring along your unwanted CDs), quiz etc. Rare and specialist recordings at bargain prices available at our popular annual CD sale.  www.topshamfolkclub.org.

Sunday 22 January 2017 - Jim Moray - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Multi-award winning folk musician Jim Moray presents a live performance of his acclaimed album Upcetera. Accompanied by a 9-piece ensemble including strings, woodwind, piano, double bass and drums, he reimagines traditional ballads as dramatically orchestrated torch songs or a sort of English Fado. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/jim-moray.

Tuesday 24 January 2017 8pm - Acoustic Evening, Copper Penny Inn, Chipshop, Tavistock PL19 8NT
Following on from two trial sessions held last September and October: A regular monthly acoustic evening, 4th Tuesday of the month. Held in the large skittle alley next to the bar and all acoustic musicians and singers are welcome. The format is individual or group performances and not a jam session and absolutely no amps! For more information email mitilmusic@gmail.com or call 07725 579718.

Wednesday 25 January 2017 - Steve Knightley - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, widely acclaimed as the finest acoustic roots duo in England, with three Royal Albert Hall sell-outs to their name. He is renowned for his strong, trademark narrative songs which reflect the escapades, hopes and fears not only of people in his native West Country but beyond and he pulls no punches when writing highly literate songs about bigger, global issues. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/steve-knightley.

Thursday 26 January 2017 8pm - Martin Scragg - Teignmouth Folk Club, Oystercatchers Cafe, 12 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8DD (map)
Martin Scragg, active in the folk revival for over 40 years, singing mostly traditional Anglo-Irish and Scottish material, with a fair amount of more contemporary songs written within the traditional mould. Music from tough times telling of the unchanging human condition, from anonymous, long-dead voices but still resonating today.  Free admission. More details from Martyn Hillstead 01626 778071.

Friday 27 January 2017 - Reg Meuross + Geoff Lakeman - Unit 23 Live, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
A very special night at Unit 23 in Totnes with Reg Meuross, described by BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show as ‘sensitive and socially aware’ Somerset singer-songwriter, and his special guest, legendary folk singer and duet concertina player, Geoff Lakeman whose debut album ‘After All These Years’ comes out in January. Geoff’s powerful album includes one of Reg's acclaimed songs, England Green & England Grey, so no doubt they will be playing this, and hopefully more, together, as well as solo sets. Opening the night will be Totnes’ own Keith Jones. www.unit23live.co.uk Tel. 01803 864130.

Friday 27 January 2017 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Kit Hillbillies - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
An acoustic string band playing a lively mix of bluegrass and old-time folk Americana. The sound is built around banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin and double bass, topped off with old-fashioned vocal harmonies. The core of the material is divided between fast instrumentals from the Flatt & Scruggs golden age of bluegrass and old-time songs from the Carter Family era. The band also covers an eclectic range of modern artists from Steve Earle to Radiohead. The band’s original songs include many a knowing nod to the backwoods of Devon and Cornwall. “We usually avoid causing too much offence because happily people don’t always listen to the words,” comments banjo player, Calstock’s own Neil Gallacher. “Not always though – one song about Calstock, The Green Movement Blues, was offered in person to George Melly some years ago, and turned down flat on taste grounds. It’s still a staple of our set.” Free entry, informal atmosphere. Donations to the band please.
www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 28 January 2017 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Village Hall, Back Street, Modbury PL21 0RF
Box office: 01752 893051.

Saturday 28 January 2017 8pm - Mrs Midnights Midwinter Marine Ceilidh - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
Caller Mike Boston. Theme is 'Marine'. Bar and raffle. £8 door, £6 conc/adv. Email info@mrsmidnights.co.uk or call 07789 714498 to book.

Saturday 28 January 2017 7.30pm – Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band – Stoke Gabriel Football Club, Broadley Lane, Stoke Road, Stoke Gabriel TQ9 6RR
Hosted by Stoke Gabriel Boating Association www.sgba.org.uk. Bar, raffle and ceilidh dancing: easy steps fun for all the family. Tickets £8 adults, £3 children, available from Stoke Gabriel Stores or on the door. www.bluejewel.info.

Saturday 28 January 2017 7.30pm - Tim Edey - Colyford Memorial Hall, nr Seaton, East Devon EX24 6QJ.
The incredible Tim Edey returns to East Devon by popular demand, following three Jurassic Folk appearances in as many years. For anyone who has not experienced his performance, he is universally acknowledged as one of the finest multi-instrumental musicians worldwide in the Celtic music genre, and a double winner in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. To top it all he exudes such joie-de-vivre that it is quite impossible to be unmoved.
www.timedey.co.uk + numerous clips on YouTube. Adv tickets £10 from www.eastdevonfolk.org, Colyford Post Office Shop (in person only) or call 01297 20064. Easy onsite parking.

Saturday 28 January 2017 8.30pm - LOSt COYOTES - Staverton Court Room, Mill Lane, Staverton, Totnes TQ9 6PD (map)
Music, Cajun, Tex-Mex, Americana & Celtic, featuring vocals, fiddle, accordian, guitar, cittern and percussion. Tickets £6 door, or adv call 07557 002622. Licensed bar. Doors 7.45pm.

Sunday 29 January 2017 7.45pm - Carrivick Sisters - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Originally from Devon, where much inspiration for their own songs emanates, twins Charlotte and Laura made a big impact on the folk scene in a short time after leaving school and have since won a host of awards for their bluegrass-style material. The write, sing and play beautifully (guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and clawhammer banjo). www.thecarrivicksisters.co.uk. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 29 January 2017 - Amy Wadge & Luke Jackson - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
A pairing of two generations of captivating singer songwriters, Amy Wadge and Luke Jackson, touring together again across the UK. Grammy winner Amy Wadge is widely regarded as one of the country's most successful female singer/songwriters. Over the course of five solo albums, two collaborations, numerous compositions for other artists and hundreds of live performances all over the globe, she has established an outstanding body of work. Her voice is simply amazing with a breathtaking range and emotional impact while her songwriting continues to surpass most of her contemporaries. www.amywadge.com. "An irresistible, riveting performer" – Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2. 2013 saw Luke Jackson nominated for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and in 2014 he was named Fatea’s “Male Artist of the Year”. With a bold, show stopping voice and honed guitar skills, Luke is a confident and captivating performer demonstrating an astonishing maturity. He has been making waves on the live acoustic scene supporting such luminaries as Show of Hands, Karine Polwart, Oysterband and Martyn Joseph and he has delivered startling performances on the UK festival scene. www.lukepauljackson.com. “A great singer, a great songwriter and a really commanding presence…..I watch everything this young chap does with a considerable amount of interest and an equal measure of amazement” Mike Harding. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com. Tel. 07508 169049. Email: sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk.

Sunday 29 January 2017 - Grateful Dead Live Dead 69 - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
A band that will need no introduction, since the death of founder member Jerry Garcia, under the stewardship of the band's keyboard player Tom Constantine and Mark Karen, the godfathers of instrumental jams have continued to tour the world, Joined by members of Jefferson Starship, the all star lineup will perform the whole of the Live Dead album, an evening that will make you want to break out the headbands and wish you hadn't sold the flares. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Sold out Monday 30 January 2017 - The Transports - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. A tale of exile and migration. Join some of Britain’s leading folk musicians for a timely re-telling of Peter Bellamy’s legendary folk ballads The Transports. Here is a rare chance to see BBC award winners The Young’uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr and members of Bellowhead together on stage. This new production combines The Transports’ incredible music with spell-binding story-telling. At a time when migration makes headlines daily, this tale of past migration shows how little has changed in the global movement of desperate people. The accompanying project Parallel Lives charts – town by town – those who once left Britain with those who have recently arrived. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/the-transports.

Monday 30 January 2017 7.30pm - Open Mic - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
In 2017 the open-mic at Artizan Gallery is switching from the first Monday of each month to the last Monday of each month. So this is the first 'edition' for 2017 and we will have Prez Hotlas, a talented young guitarist, as our special guest in the second half of the evening. Entry £2 performers,£5 non-performers (£4 if pre-booked). Refreshments available. Contact: 01803 428626 or 01803 613647.

Thursday 2 February 2017 8pm - Ben Hunter, Joe Seamons & Phil Wiggins - Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
One of those rare collaborations that just don't come around too often, and heck you miss them at your peril, we invite you to jump into the creek and take an invigorating swim with banjo player Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons, purveyors of a swirling musical whirlpool of pre-war American music. Kicking up the dust on banjo, guitar and fiddle, and performing material that emerges from rough-and-tumble collisions of all manner of inspirations from the early 20th Century, joining them is legendary harmonica player Phil Wiggins, arguably the greatest Piedmont stylist on the planet. Veterans of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis , Tennessee, Hunter and Seamons emerged triumphant winners (from 94 acts) for their superb blend of a cappella field hollers, fiddle & banjo breakdowns and distillations of early Dixieland and ragtime.Tickets £12.50 from Topsham Books 01392 877895.

Friday 3 February 2017 8pm - 'Tales by the Teign' - Oystercatchers Cafe, 12 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8DD (map)
An evening of storytelling. Tellers and listeners are very welcome. Free. Details from Martyn Hillstead 01626 778071.

Moscow Drug Club
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
…is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few to drink and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an after hours jam with the local Tziganes. Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits & Bertolt Brecht, Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience. Early gigs in the bars and clubs of Bristol provided evidence that Moscow Drug Club made a noise that made people happy. Since that time, they have continued to purvey their interpretations of highly fashionable gypsy swing and leftfield cult classics along side beautifully written original material that are pleasing crowds and critics alike. You are cordially invited to share a wry smile with us as you enter the darkly comic world of Moscow Drug Club…..this way please & mind the stairs! www.moscowdrugclub.com.
Friday 3 February 2017 - Clyst Hydon Village Hall
Saturday 4 February 2017 - Chudleigh Community School Hall - Tickets from 01626 852553, £12 adult, child £8

Saturday 4 February 2017 8.30pm - Folk Evening - Cross House Inn, School Road, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
Back for another seasons. Playing, singing, nattering & noggins. Song and music session. All welcome, bring your instruments and voices. Another fun-filled folk evening. Pub's food is recommended.

Saturday 4 February 2017 8pm - Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Ange and Lukas have rapidly gained a reputation as a phenomenon on the indie and folk music circuit. If you’ve not yet heard them perform live then don’t miss this opportunity you’re in for a treat. Since she burst onto the scene in 2013 Ange Hardy has racked up an impressive array of awards including a nomination at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and winning three consecutive FATEA awards: Female Vocalist of the Year (2013), Album of the Year (2014) and The Tradition Award (2015). Lukas Drinkwater’s previous visit to Calstock Arts was a cracking gig with Jim Causley, and he’s also to be found playing with festival favourites Three Daft Monkeys. Ange and Lukas perform live with a staggering array of ever-changing instruments and equipment: a 27-string harp, 4 different guitars, a double bass, an array of traditional whistles, an Indian shruti box, two loop pedals, a stomp box and anything else they’ve decided to bring with them to keep their sound engineer on his toes! “A quality duo. There’s frankly so much to admire, but the main thing is it sounds beautiful!” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2.
Details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 4 February 2017 7.30pm - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Miranda and Rex are as dazzling as ever on their respective instruments double bass and mandolin/bouzouki. The duo has kept things as honest as they dare to reflect their live performances. There are no guests; no four part harmonies; no grand multitracked opuses; no bells and definitely no whistles. The songs shout very loudly for them-selves with only a smattering of sharp and contemporary production gloss. "From the first few notes you know that this is something special." Folking.com. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Sunday 5 February 2017 doors 2pm - Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater - Galmpton Village Institute Hall, Greenway Road, Brixham TQ5 0LT (map)
Nominated at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and celebrated by The Telegraph as “one of Britain’s top folk musicians”, Ange Hardy has grabbed the attention of the traditional folk music world by writing new material and embracing modern technologies whilst maintaining a traditional feel. Alongside a staggering list of other accolades Ange was awarded FATEA Magazine’s “Female Vocalist of the Year” in 2013, “Album of the Year” in 2014 and “The Tradition Award” in 2015. As a solo artist Ange performs with a 27-string Salvi Harp, three different guitars, a variety of low whistles, a bodhrán drum, a tambourine, and an Indian shruti box. Combined with her innovative and subtle use of live looping to build layers up vocal harmonies she’s one of the most diverse solo-artists you're likely to encounter. www.angehardy.com. Ange will be accompanied this time by the equally brilliant Lukas Drinkwater. Support: Maggie Duffy & Tiggy Kazza (Tiggy plays a mean fiddle, mandolin and guitar, and also provides vocals and harmonies). Tickets £12 adv from Maggie, email  scotcraft@msn.com or call 07770 806083 or 01803 855961. £14 door. /www.wegottickets.com/event/386449.

Wednesday 8 February 2017 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
To mark its fiftieth year, Fairport, the inventors of British folk rock, have released a brand new CD titled 50:50@50. The band will play a selection of tracks from the album as well as long-established favourites from their extensive repertoire. Tonight's concert will also feature an opening performance by Sally Barker,one of England's most talented singer songwriters. Sally came to prominence in the all-girl folk group The Poozies but is best known for her appearances on the BBC TV talent show The Voice where she sang on Sir Tom Jones' team. "Vigorous and confident...the music leapt around the room." - The Mirror. Full details, artist links, bookings etc. https://sites.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15716.

Thursday 9 February 2017 8pm - Jeff Finlin - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Based in Fort Collins Colorado Jeff Finlin is probably the best American songwriter you've never heard of. With half a dozen albums released since the turn of the century Finlin has garnished rave reviews from critics from both sides of the Atlantic. With a new album due out soon his fan base - one of whom is known to be Bruce Springsteen - is very likely to increase. Jeff will be joined on stage by Irish guitarist Clive Barnes who has played with Eric Bibb, Taj Mahal and The Blind Boys of Alabama. Clive will open the show with a short set of his own. Check Jeff out at www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdP1hWDTAJ0&t=2s. ADv £12, door £10. Full details, bookings etc. www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/event-details/?eid=40026.

Iain Thomson & Marc Duff
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Iain’s compositions are sensitively written and his songs and tunes about the changing face of rural Argyll move the hearts and souls of his audience. ‘A contemporary folk singer and songwriter, whose work I happen to think has a very special edge to it.’ Mike Harding BBC Radio 2. ‘He proves himself to be a very talented writer and a strong performer.’ Paul Kerr – Blabber and Smoke. Marc is best known as one of the founder members of the Celtic supergroup Capercaillie. Since leaving the group in 1995 to pursue his own career, he has worked with many prominent artists, playing low D whistle, Bodhran, bouzouki, wind synthesizer and now with the uilleann pipes bringing a whole new dimension to the music. Along with Iain’s guitar, piano and vocals, the duo produce a unique and touching sound. Contemporary, but with a traditional twist. www.iainthomsonband.co.uk.
Thursday 9 February 2017 - Sheepstor St. Leonard's Church
Friday 10 February 2017 - Colyford Memorial Hall
Saturday 11 February 2017 - Dunkeswell Village Hall

Friday 10 February 2017 7.30pm - Ralph McTell & Wizz Jones - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. Two folk legends are coming to the Beehive: It was 50 yrs ago that Wizz invited Ralph to Cornwall to play with him at the now legendary Folk Cottage. 50 yrs later Ralph invited Wizz back to record their first album together which they are now about to tour, called “About Time.”! £20.

Friday 10 February 2016 7.30pm - Contra Dance - St Katherine's Priory, Exeter EX4 7JY (map)
Caller: Jeremy Child. A monthly series of Contra Dances to recorded music. 7.30-10.30pm. Cost £4 per person. Beginners welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

Saturday 11 February 2017 8pm - Jez Lowe; Steve Turner - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
details tba  Tickets: and info 01626 775517, email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com. Full info and future concerts www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

Saturday 11 February 2017 7.30pm - Jackie Oates & Megan Hegwood - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Megan Henwood and Jackie Oates sparked a friendship at Nettlebed Folk Club and discovered how effortlessly their vocals blended. In their solo careers they have both worked closely with Oxfordshire based bass player Pete Thomas, so he was the natural choice when they decided to put the band together. He accompanies them, combining their vocal harmonies, viola, guitar with double bass. This multi award winning contemporary folk duo meld together their love of storytelling, songwriting and melody with their voices and acoustic instruments, resulting in a fresh sound that combines both reworked traditional folk song with original and contemporary material. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Saturday 11 February 2017 7.45pm - Ceilidh with Cotton Mill Ceilidh Band - Totnes Civic Hall
By popular request, our second ceilidh with this great band. Also featuring Jamming Session and MC Matt Harvey! Doors open 7.15pm bands start 7.45. Ticket prices to follow. Details www.facebook.com/events/992404237558848. Proceeds to Totnes Area Green Party and Totnes homeless shelter. Use town centre car parks.

NEW Folk Club News - Plymouth
St. Aubyn's Devonport Folk Club (3pm, second Sunday of the month) back at the refurbished Bristol Castle Pub under new management, off Duke Street Devonport. Hosts, Kathy Dale and Tim Woods - all welcome. Bristol Castle Pub, 6 Duncan Street, Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4EP. Tel: 01752 550402

Sunday 12 February 2017 7.45pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Monday 13 February 2017 8pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - The Pig & Pallet, Topsham Quay EX3 0JB
Monday Night Live @ The Pig & Pallet, the home where fine food & drink mix with good music. Tickets £15, Call Kevin 07771 558914, email kevin@lodgemusicpro.co.uk. Doors 7.15pm.

Session news
Cancelled Tuesday 14 February 2017 - Acoustic Session -
Boot Inn, Fore St, Calstock PL18 9RN (map)
No regular session this month due to Valentines diners. Back on Tuesday 14 March. For more information contact Mike & Tilly, email mitilmusic@gmail.com or call 07725 579718. The sessions start around 8.15pm and are 'around the table' with singers and acoustic musicians welcome to come along and do their stuff. We also get a few people coming along to listen, too. We usually get a mixture of folk, blues, Americana, old time and a cappella singers too. The sessions are friendly and informal.

Wednesday 15 February 2017 7.30pm - Phil Beer - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Phil Beer is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music, so this is an evening not to be missed for all folk fans. A dazzling instrumentalist with a rich singing voice, Phil is probably best known for his fiddle playing with the all-star line-up Feast of Fiddles and as one half of Show of Hands. He also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro. How many of these instruments he will be able to fit into his solo Folk at the Flavel performance remains to be seen! A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel. www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.
Coming soon: Friday 24 March 2017 7.30pm - Gigspanner

Friday 17 February 2017 8pm - Mick Ryan & Paul Downes - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
One of the finest duos on the folk scene. Mick Ryan – one of folk's finest voices and writer of many highly-acclaimed folk operas, including The Navvy's Wife, The Pauper's Path and A Day's Work. Paul Downes – one of the UK's finest guitarists and multi-instrumentalists. Paul's solo album, The Boatman's Cure, has been highly praised. He has been involved, as musical director and participant in all of the above folk operas. www.wildgoose.co.uk/displayArtist.asp?ARTIST_ID=134, www.pauldownes.com. Support: tba. Tickets (this is an advanced notice concert only) paid in adv £10; adv notice, paid on door £12. Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.exeterfolkclub.org, www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

NEW Friday 17 February 2017 8pm - Cardboard Fox - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Winners of the 2015 Spiral Earth Award for Best Debut, Cardboard Fox are an exciting new four piece with a fast growing fan base. All four musicians have their roots in bluegrass music but their collective influences reach much further and this shows in their music. Formed in late 2013 in Bath, England, the band features the sibling harmonies of Charlotte and Laura Carrivick (the Carrivick Sisters) on guitar/vocals and fiddle/vocals respectively, the extraordinary talents of young mandolin player Joe Tozer and the driving and technically demanding double bass playing and harmony vocals of John Breese. Contact 01823 400416 or email milvertonmusic@f2s.com for tickets. Bar.

UPDATED date to be rearranged
Friday 17 February 2017 8pm - Gallery Bar Special: Crow Puppets - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
PL18 9QX (map)
Devon duo Cara Roxanne and Em Marshall bring their own style of homespun Folk with close harmonies and a hotchpotch of instruments, weaving mysterious imagery and tender lyrics. Both women have their own distinctive sound and working together has given rise to an exciting contrast in their songwriting, re-living memories of forgotten landscapes and rugged terrain. Well known on the south west circuit, they are currently recording their second album with Jay Darlington of Oasis. Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to the band please.
Details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org. Note start time, doors 7pm..

Saturday 18 February 2017 7.30pm - Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (map)
Key harp virtuoso Maire with guitar legend Chris. Support from Silvington, South Devon's fast emerging duo. £10 adv from 01548 810806, £12 door.

Saturday 18 February 2017 8pm - Steve Knightley - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
A solo appearance from the singer song-writing force behind 'Show Of Hands' described by Peter Gabriel as " One of the great English Bands".
Many of Steve's songs are are inspired by the people and landscape of his native West Country and others are inspired by contemporary issues such as 'Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed' with powerful lyrics and cracking tunes. An evening with Steve is, above all, wonderful entertainment, he captivates his audience with great songs, superb musicianship, witty and humorous anecdotes all performed with a great passion. Ticketing etc. www.theheartofdevon.co.uk.

Saturday 18 February 2017 - Lewis and Leigh - Unit 23 Live, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
Three well received EPs have built a growing following and Lewis & Leigh received two nominations (Best UK Song & Best UK Act) at the inaugural UK Americana Awards earlier this year.
www.unit23live.co.uk Tel. 01803 864130.

Sunday 19 February 2017 7.45pm - Geoff Lakeman - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Having produced and nurtured the incredible musical talents of the 3 Lakeman brothers, and performed in a number of excellent bands, Geoff now has created a successful solo career, demonstrating superb ability on a duet concertina and his smooth, easy singing-style. He has supported this Club for decades - do not miss him! For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 19 February 2017 8pm - The Tom McConville Band - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A Topsham Folk Club guest night. Live performances of The Tom McConville Band combine a rollercoaster of musical delights from fast, rhythmic dance tunes through beautiful slow airs and of course, great singing with fantastic harmonies; all presented with that inimitable sense of humour and style. Fronted by the incendiary fiddle playing of BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year Tom McConville, the band also features accordion player Shona Kipling, guitarist David Newey and Phil Murray – the man Mike Harding called ‘the best acoustic bass player in Britain’. ‘One of the greatest violinists I’ve ever heard and by far the biggest influence in my music – A true master’ – Seth Lakeman. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW tbc Tuesday 21 February 2017 8pm - Ollie King - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
details tba Diffractions tour. www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk.

23-26 February 2017 - Lord of the Dance 2017: Dangerous Games - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Celebrating 20 years since he debuted Lord of the Dance, Flatley’s UK tour will star his protégés James Keegan, Morgan Comer and Mathew Smith in the role of the Lord of the Dance. The show is produced, choreographed and directed by Michael Flatley. Please note, Michael Flatley will not be performing in this production. Details www.plymouthpavilions.com.

NEW Joe Stead presents his lecture ‘The Life and Times of Paul Robeson’
Thursday 23 February 2017 - The Swan Inn, Lympstone EX8 5ET, tel. 01395 272644
Friday 24 February 2017 - Brixham Theatre, Town Hall, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA
Tuesday 28 February 2017 - Oddfellows Inn, 60 New North Road, (B3183) Exeter EX4 4EP, tel. 01392 209050
Pub venues £5 first come first served; Brixham bookings (and fuller event description) www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk/event-listing.
Joe is known to many in the South West as the former lead performer with the Kimbers Men shanty crew but is an expert on singer Paul Robeson, with whom he sang once at a private event. The son of a slave, Robeson rose from ‘white man’s lackey’ to become a belligerent, forceful spokesman for black human rights. He had a scholar’s ability to summon up wide ranging points of reference, a linguists ability to communicate in several languages, had had an outstanding career as an athlete, and a degree in law. But by 1960 his career and his health had been broken, his image converted by a now hostile establishment from public hero to public enemy. This extraordinary turnabout in what had been one of the great twentieth-century careers is a singularly American story emblematic of its times yet transcending them, encompassing not merely Cold War hysteria but racial symbolism and racial consciousness throughout the history of the United States. That a man so deeply loved all over the world could evoke in his own country such an outpouring of fear and anger is in itself a tragedy. The tragedy that was Paul Robeson’s life is brought to reality in this workshop/lecture by Joe Stead, in which you are invited to join in songs and listen to the resonant, changing voice of Robeson himself, learning about one of the most remarkable men in American musical and theatrical history. 2-hour show (20-min interval) including a lot of singing and talking by Robeson himself.

Friday 24 February 2017 - Sarah McQuaid - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den Crescent, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). Her latest album is her most honest and adventurous work to date, with a depth and texture of soundscape that are reflected in her beautifully crafted live shows. A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument. www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

Friday 24 February 2017 8pm - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. One of the most sought after duos on the folk & roots scene. The striking combination of the flame headed double bass player & virtuoso mandolin player create music that is "a musical partnership made in heaven.” £12. 
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Friday 24 February 2017 7.30pm - Marry Waterson & David A. Jaycock - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Inheriting the legacy of one of British folk's most revered families, it took a long time for Marry to step centre stage. David had been struck by the character and warmth of Marry’s singing “It was earthy, dreamlike, warm, powerful and jagged. It had the capacity to be both melancholic and joyful, and could tell a story - of course Marry Waterson could tell a story!”. “Perfectly balances traditional & contemporary [folk]…echoes of Nick Drake, Vashti Bunyan and Sandy Denny while Woolgathering Girl is more reminiscent of latter-day Kate Bush.” ****METRO. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Friday 24 February 2017 8pm - Hummingbirds Acappella Trio - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
Hummingbirds acappella trio, Ami Lee, Emily Roblyn and Sarah Pennington have been delighting live audiences since 2013 with their extraordinary arrangements, powerful original songs and infectious sense of fun. They weave quirky rhythms around lush harmonies across an impressive spectrum of songs, some political, some sweet, some just darnright entertaining. Now they invite you to join them to celebrate the launch of their debut CD. ''These guys are amazing. If you need some soulful, smiley music for a gig look no further.''  £8/£6.

NEW DLM
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
DLM are a 3 piece acoustic trio based in the West Country. Andrew Cresswell Davis has honed his superb song writing skills over many years, and DLM are a vehicle for some of the finest songs Andy has ever written. Fans of Stackridge and The Korgis will be delighted that Andrew is back on the road with this fabulous semi-acoustic trio! Andrew is accompanied by Clare Lindley and Brian Mullan and between them they play a variety of instruments – guitar, violin, cello and ukulele and more. With the addition of three fine voices, they create rich textures and intimate moods, which breathe life into songs of love, loss and squirrels!
‘The amazingly talented DLM are undoubtedly one of the very best live acts you will see and hear if you like songs that hit the nail on the head in under 5 minutes. Joyful and thought provoking stuff!’ www.dlm3.co.uk, www.andrewcresswelldavis.com, www.stackridge.net.
Friday 24 February 2017 - Cheriton Bishop Village Hall
Saturday 25 February 2017 - Black Dog Village Hall

NEW Saturday 25 February 2017 7pm - Plymouth Morris Men’s 47th Annual Ceilidh with Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - Woolwell Community Centre, Darklake Lane, Roborough, Plymouth PL6 7TR
Caller Anne Gill. A great evening to be had for £8, includes a pasty supper. Licensed bar. For tickets call Andy 01752 300758 or email bagman@plymouthmorrismen.org.uk,

Saturday 25 February 2017 - The Boys from Melbourne Street - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
The Boys are easily at home playing at large and small Festivals, in Clubs, Bistros, Concert Halls, Pubs, Beer Fests and Art Centres; they have headlined many a venue as well as supported national and international artists. They have produced a large body of original material, eclectic in style and genre covering almost any topic or subject. Their music will touch sensitive nerves, stand hairs up on the back of your neck, get your feet tapping, have you smiling and joining in the fun of singing along with their unusual and original brand of sound and music. They will have you captivated on the night, especially Dave’s percussion and Ukulele skills, Colin’s full guitar sound and mellifluous vocals and Keith’s fabulous fretless bass. “They’re a jovial bunch whose friendship shines through. "...it was impossible to categorise their music other than to say it was a mixture of acoustic folk, rock, jazz and originality. Their lead singer, who was not only a very accomplished guitarist, but had a voice not unlike Peter Gabriel, If you get a chance to see them, do, you won’t be disappointed.” The Note. Hot drinks and cake available at our gig café. BYO alcohol. Tickets £10(+) www.wegottickets.com/event/380689. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Saturday 25 February 2017 - The Village Concert - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
details tba. Possible folk content.

NEW Monday 27 February 2017 7.30pm - Siobhan Miller - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
One of Scotland's foremost traditional singers, and twice winner of the prestigious Scots Singer of the Year title at the Scots Trad Music Awards, Siobhan Miller has carved out a reputation as “one of the finest voices on the Scottish folk scene” (The Scotsman). Her soulful and stirring renewal of traditional song effortlessly stills and silences all spaces, from the most vast concert halls to the bar sessions afterwards. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Joe Stead presents his lecture ‘The Life and Times of Paul Robeson’
Tuesday 28 February 2017 - Oddfellows Inn, 60 New North Road, (B3183) Exeter EX4 4EP, tel. 01392 209050
See details above 23/24 February entries for Lympstone and Brixham venues.

Wednesday 1 March 2017 - Broadside Ballads - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. With Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp & Nathaniel Mann.
Three of the UK’s most innovative folk artists collaborate for the first time to reinvent a collection of British broadsides – low cost daily song sheets sold for pence – giving a rare insight into Britain’s music, literary and political history. Delving into the collection of broadsides at the Bodleian Libraries and beyond, Sam, Lisa and Nathaniel lead a five-piece band, bringing broadside ballads to life for a new generation. A broadside (also known as a broadsheet) is a single sheet of inexpensive paper printed on one side, often with a ballad, rhyme, news and sometimes with woodcut illustrations. Broadside ballads, from the 16th to 20thcenturies, contain words and images once displayed and sung daily in Britain’s streets and inns. Although part of living traditions of folksong, popular art and literature, these illustrated printed sheets are now rare and preserved in only a few libraries. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/broadside-ballads.

Thursday 2 March 2017 8pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Scoriton Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
Winners of 2014's BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Duo. The alchemy of Martin's ever evocative songwriting, fiddle and banjo playing and the much extolled skills of Henry on dobro, harmonica and lap steel fuse into a wholly distinctive world sound. Their latest studio album, Watershed has received critical acclaim and further places the duo in the higher echelons of the roots genre. Tickets £13 from 01364 631288. Licensed bar.

Friday 3 March 2017 8pm - Oysters3 - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
Oysterband from a different angle… By popular demand, Oysters3 take to the road again in 2017. John Jones, Alan Prosser and Ian Telfer, the three founder members and creative heart of folk-rock legends Oysterband, invite you to an evening of fresh acoustic performance and off-the-wall stories - an insight into their history, sometimes turbulent, often funny, with great songs from every era of a unique career. “The very first time we did this, we more or less improvised the show. We were astonished when it went down a storm - and we wondered why on earth we’d never thought of doing it before!” Presented as a fundraiser by Harberton Cricket Club, supported by Harberton Folk. Real ale bar supplied by the Bay Horse Inn Totnes. All tickets: £16. See full ticketing details here www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/oysters3.htm. Seated concert, unreserved seating.

NEW Saturday 4 March 2017 - Leveret - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument and involved in numerous collaborations with a huge range of artists. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity. Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new, with original settings of ancient tunes sitting alongside new compositions by some of today’s finest tunesmiths. Their music is not arranged at all in the conventional sense: instead it is played entirely in the moment, combining consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity in a sound which feels both timeless and contemporary. Awarded Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016 – the third time he has won this award – Andy Cutting is a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon practitioner with an ear for a fine tune. Andy takes the title from Sam Sweeney, who bagged the same award in 2015, thanks to his work with Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy’s Wayward Band and The Full English. Concertina wizard Rob Harbron is known for his work with The Full English, Fay Hield, Jon Boden and more. “Three of England’s finest traditional players weaving exquisite tapestries out of old and new tunes. Just sublime. I can’t recommend seeing them live enough. ” Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3. www.leveretband.com. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 4 March 2017 7.30pm - Scott Matthews - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Scott has garnered serious critical acclaim across his ten-year career and has taken this time to nurture his craft. He was always deliberate in his actions - witnessed in the time he originally spent as a guitarist, before becoming the singer songwriter whose vocal style has been much referenced in ethereal terms of "ghostly", "haunting", "eerie" and "hypnotic". See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Sunday 5 March 2017 7.45pm - Stanley Accrington - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Stanley has written hundreds of songs in a range of styles on a vast rake of subjects. There are old-style songs on current happenings and modern style songs on ancient events. There are poems, pastiches, parodies, and apart from the silly and very silly material, Stanley has been writing serious songs to confuse the situation further! For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 9 March 2017 - Kris Drever - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. To simply call Kris Drever ‘a folksinger’ would be like saying that Lau, the acclaimed band in which he also sings and plays, is ‘a Scottish folk trio’. Both true descriptions but reductive ones that only hint at the progressive joys contained in the music of each. Helping Kris to realise his latest album (his first for 6 years) are the renowned guitar genius Ian Carr, ace bassist Euan Burton and Admiral Fallow frontman Louis Abbott on drums and vocals. Support: Kaia Kater. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/kris-drever.

NEW Thursday 9 March 2017 - Daria Kulesh - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
With special guests Velvet and Stone. details tba www.daria-kulesh.co.uk. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Friday 10 March 2017 -The Kit Hillbillies - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
The Kit Hillbillies are an old-timey, bluegrassy, ragtimey, toe-tappy, good-timey string band from the Deep South (of England)! They specialise in acoustic Americana that's rootsy, retro and uptempo. They place particular emphasis on old-fashioned harmony singing. Their repertoire includes traditional old-time favourites such as "Man of Constant Sorrow" and "In the Jailhouse Now" or the rattling bluegrass drive of "Duelling Banjos" and "Foggy Mountain Breakdown". Some original bluesy songs too (with many a knowing nod to the backwoods and badlands of Devon & Cornwall) alongside some modern classics by the likes of Johnny Cash & Steve Earle... in short, it's the makings of a rousing, stomping night of tunes. www.facebook.com/events/340283969671242
. Tel. 01752 297604. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

NEW Kit Holmes with Al Greenwood
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Enjoy an uplifting evening of gorgeous guitar, poignant lyrics and feisty fiddle paying, all with Kit’s incredible sense of fun! Kit’s trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso playing have wowed audiences across the UK through extensive touring with John Etheridge. The Observer described her music as “Macy Gray meets Nick Drake” and both Bob Harris and Andy Kershaw have featured her on their BBC shows. Kit’s recent concerts include the Anne Frank Awards at the BBC, Paul McCartney’s LIPA, a performance for Bill Bryson and Andy Kershaw and a headline show at the International Guitar Festival. Kit’s eagerly anticipated third album, Driving into the Blue, which features the legendary double bass player Danny Thompson, received high critical acclaim. Expect an enthralling and energetic live performance of ‘blues-driven roots with a soul sensibility.’ ‘Full of warmth…an absolute delight.’ The Observer. ‘Impressive…a new British guitar heroine.’ **** The Guardian. www.kitholmes.co.uk.
Friday 10 March 2017 - Clayhidon Parish Hall
Saturday 11 March 2017 - Hockworthy Village Hall
Sunday 12 March 2017 - Brentor Village Hall

NEW Saturday 11 March 2017 7.30pm - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Dance off the winter blues at South Brent Folk's great annual family ceilidh. Caller Kip Pratt (fiddle); Steve Banks (fiddle); Mike Vickery (mandolin, guitar); Pat Butterly (bass). All welcome. Bar and refreshments available. Tickets from artworks: £7.50 adult, £2.50 child. FFI contact Eileen on 01364 73699 or email eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com or visit www.southbrentfolk.org.
One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area, including South Brent Folk Day on Saturday 1 July 2017 and the Annual 'Twixt' Ceilidh on Thursday 28 December 2017.

NEW Saturday 11 March 2017 8pm - The Askew Sisters - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
details tba  Tickets: and info 01626 775517, email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com. Full info and future concerts www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 11 March 2017 - Mad Dog Mcrea - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
+ Noble Jacks + Biere De Luxe. Standing 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. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/mad-dog-mcrea,

NEW Saturday 11 March 2017 7.30pm - Duotone - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Duotone is the alias of songwriter Barney Morse-Brown, cellist with multi-platinum artist Birdy and BBC Folk Award winners the Imagined Village, Chris Wood, Eliza Carthy and Jackie Oates.Duotone’s new album Let’s Get Low, written at home on his narrowboat, reveals a songwriter who is unafraid to explore real-life experiences that are often hidden from view after two years in the making, presents a new perspective on his experiences and explores the meaning of home and his sense of place. 'This is some of the most amazing music you'll witness' BBC Radio 4. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Sunday 12 March 2017 7.30pm - Bob Fox - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
For over 40 years Bob Fox has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand and Australia, performing mostly solo but also alongside such musical heavyweights as Ralph McTell, Richard Thompson, and Fairport Convention. Twice nominated as Best Folk Singer in the BBC Folk Awards Bob has long been a favourite on the live circuit. Don’t miss a chance to experience Bob's warm, rich voice, virtuoso guitar style and newly acquired melodeon playing skill as he performs some the songs from WarHorse along with additional material from the newly written BBC Radio Ballads and old favourites from his many recordings. This event is a great opportunity to see one of the finest exponents of storytelling through song. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Sunday 12 March 2017 8pm - Vin Garbutt - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A Topsham Folk Club guest night.
Vin Garbutt’s career has spanned over 40 years of constant world wide touring which must make him some kind of elder statesman of folk. His songs were inspired by the folk tradition at the beginning of his career, they still are but have transformed into gritty social comment and life observations. He is renowned for his hilarious intros but for him his song lyrics are the crux of his performance. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Friday 17 March 2017 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Chudleigh Community Hall, Lawn Drive, Chudleigh TQ13 0LS
Licensed bar. Unreserved seating. Tickets £14 Sue, email susan.metcalfe@hotmail.co.uk or call 01626 853651.

NEW Friday 17 March 2017 7.30pm - Film: “Dartmoor Entertainers” - Lustleigh Village Hall
Presented by The Lustleigh Society. The film will be introduced by Bill Murray. Dave Wills & Len Harvey (of the Kelly Quarry Blasters) and Jason Rice, Mark Bazeley, Rob Murch (of the Dartmoor Pixie Band) will be making personal appearances on the night. The film is being shown with the kind agreement of The South West Film Archive. In aid of the Lustleigh Community Archive. Tickets £7.50 available from The Lustleigh Dairy tel. 01647 277498 or email peter@moormasons.plus.com. Bar.

NEW Friday/Saturday 17/18 March 2017 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Not just one, but two nights with Kathryn and Sean, one of the UK Folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships and big favourites with our Calstock Arts audience. Twice winners of the Best Duo prize at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, 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 original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends and a lonely whale. After twenty years collaboration with Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn and Sean have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British Folk. “Kathryn Roberts smoky, assertive vocals are a tasty feast for listeners craving music that requires a sharp mind and an open heart.” Billboard Magazine. “As a guitarist, producer and co-songwriter, Sean Lakeman is one of the unsung heroes of modern British folk.” MOJO. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW FB Pocket Orchestra
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Blues, ragtime, hot jazz, songs & dances from long ago. Working backwards from the 1930s, the FB Pocket Orchestra explores repertoire that formed the embryo of what is now known as popular music. The members originally began playing together simply as an exercise in exploring heritage repertoire – taking on a few informal performances and recording dates as schedules allowed. The FBPO became an ‘official’ project in the spring of 2012 and released its first album in the October. The aims of the Pocket Orchestra are to present a contemporary slant on popular acoustic music from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. ‘Atmospheric, yet vibrant, this charming collection of songs will make you wish you had been born some 100 years ago. The style, glamour and ‘fabulousness’ of this era is captured beautifully on the album.’ Jazz FM. www.fbpocketorchestra.co.uk.
Friday 17 March 2017 - Lympstone Village Hall
Sunday 19 March 2017 - Cheriton Fitzpaine Parish Hall

NEW Saturday 18 March 2017 8pm - Richard Digance Golden Anniversary Tour - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Join Richard for a celebration of his 50 years of songs and stories that led to a BAFTA Nomination and The British Academy of Composers Gold Award. 31 albums, music for Bill Bryson’s audio book and over 3 million YouTube views prove it was a successful journey. He is supported by acoustic duo The Broadside Boys on their first British tour as they promote their new album Plenty More Fish In The Sea. Also art exhibition and meet and greet from 5pm prior to the show. Full details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/richarddigance. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Saturday 18 March 2017 - Crow Puppets - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
Devon duo Cara Roxanne and Em Marshall bring their own style of homespun Folk with close harmonies and a hotchpotch of instruments, weaving mysterious imagery and tender lyrics. Both women have their own distinctive sound and working together has given rise to an exciting contrast in their songwriting, re-living memories of forgotten landscapes and rugged terrain. Well known on the south west circuit, they are currently recording their second album with Jay Darlington of Oasis. www.crowpuppets.com. Tickets £8 from Ian Pickvance 01364 653500 or email ianpickvance@msn.com. Doors 7:30pm, refreshments available, proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support

NEW Saturday 18 March 2017 7.30pm - Reg Meuross - St Andrew’s Church, Market Place, Colyton, nr Seaton EX24 6JS
Reg Meuross is a true modern troubadour, representing contemporary English folk writing at its best. 2017 heralds a new solo album to be released in the Spring, a fresh collection of songs from Reg Meuross which comment bravely on life as he sees it, bringing wide ranging stories, from the ravages of austerity and the injustice of the plight of refugees, to some of most beautifully disarming love songs ever written. Reg will preview songs from this new album at Colyton, as well as performing a selection of old favourites from the Meuross catalogue. “A mighty songwriter and an equally fine singer” Martin Carthy. Details www.regmeuross.com/event/reg-meuross-live-colyton-devon.

NEW Sunday 19 March 2017 7.45pm - Reg Meuross - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A consummate singer/songwriter, Reg has quietly perfected his art, producing deeply meaningful, moving songs. "Calling Meuross a singer-songwrter really doesn't do the man justice. Meuross doesn't write lines of lyrics. He writes short stories then sets them to some of the most captivating melodies you'll ever hear" (Pennyblack Music). For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW tbc Wednesday March 22 2017 - Jackie Oates & Mike Cosgrave - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
details tba Sumptuous buffet & gig. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Mambo Jambo
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
This friendly and talented acoustic roots duo will take you on an exciting and joyous musical journey, bringing together sounds from world, roots, folk and jazz, plus their own compositions. They can happily transport listeners on a musical tour around many of the world’s musical hotspots with a repertoire that draws in a wide range of styles that might include Bluegrass, Latin & Caribbean New Orleans, Balkan and more. Blending all these influences, they create an upbeat rhythmic and rootsy sound all of their own – uniquely diverse as well as hugely enjoyable. Frankie plays sax, vocals, clarinet, flute, guitar and percussion and Pete’s on guitar, vocal, banjo, ukulele, tres (traditional Cuban guitar) accordion and suitcase. To describe their music as ’feel-good’ is an understatement - it’s the sort of music that will send you home with a smile on your face and spring in your step at the end of the night! ”A fabulous musical treat Creative Arts East An upbeat, feel-good concert.” Live And Local. “Musical sunshine from a multi-talented and multi-instrumental duo.” Leeds Gig Guide. www.mambojambo.co.uk.
Wednesday 22 March 2017 - Kingston Reading Room TQ7 4QE
Thursday 23 March 2017 - Milton Combe Village Hall
Friday 24 March 2017 - Peter Tavy Village Hall
Saturday 25 March 2017 - Talaton Parish Hall

NEW Friday 24 March 2017 7.30pm - Gigspanner - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Since his departure from Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene. Whilst traditional music forms the bedrock of the trio's repertoire, it's the approach that sets it apart, leaving enough space within the arrangements to spread and stretch the music to embrace other influences. With Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on percussion their innovative arrangements appeal not only to folk lovers but to anyone who has an appreciation of beautiful and inspiring music. A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel. www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Saturday 25 March 2017 8pm - Steve Knightley - Parish Church, Church Road, Lympstone EX8 5JU
As the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, Steve needs little introduction. He has previously won the Best Original Song category in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and, as part of Show of Hands, the categories of Best Live Act and Best Duo. Support: popular local group The Exmouth Shanty Men. Tickets £18, £10 U16, from Lympstone Entertainments Box Office on 01395 272243 (answerphone) or email at lympentsboxoffice@gmail.com. www.lympstoneentertainments.co.uk. Car parking in the village car park, and it is hoped also the nursery opposite the church. Venue is 10 minutes' walk from both Lympstone Village Station (Exeter to Exmouth line) and the number 57 bus stop (service runs between Exeter and Exmouth).

NEW Saturday 25 March 2017 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Winners of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo 2016 & 2013 – the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans & an enviable reputation as “Songwriters par excellence”. Support: Kitty Macfarlane. £12.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Saturday 25 March 2017 - Tir Na Nog - Unit 23 Live, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
Leo O’Kelly & Sonny Condell are two of the most original and influential songwriters and performers Ireland has ever produced. Their guitars wind and mesh gorgeously together, their voices likewise; nor can they be separated for the quality of their songwriting. Songs like Condell’s ‘Our Love Will Not Decay’, ‘Eyelids Into Snow’ and ‘Two White Horses’, and O’Kelly’s ‘Piccadilly’, ‘So Freely’ and ‘Looking Up’ are as good as anything Ireland’s produced in the past four decades. John Peel championed the duo from the start, recording many Peel Sessions with them. They toured with bands as disparate as Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, The Who, Roxy Music and Steeleye Span in the 70s, as well as headlining their own theatre, college and club gigs, garnering a large cult following, which to this day still grows. www.tirnanog-progfolk.com. Support: Crystal Jacqueline. www.unit23live.co.uk. Tel. 01803 864130. Tickets www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/306462.

NEW Saturday 25 March 2017 7.30pm - Henhouse Prowlers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
We’re really pleased to welcome back Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers who have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Tuesday 28 March 2017 - Daoirí Farrell & The Damien O’Kane Trio - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated.
This double headliner gig brings two Irish musicians at the top of their game to Exeter. Damien O’Kane is a Northern Irish musician of many talents and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nomination to boot. Teamed up with master guitarist Steven Byrnes (Treacherous Orchestra / Kate Rusby) and Steven Iveson’s sublime and exhilarating electric guitar playing, this is a trio that take traditional Irish music and song and, in the words of The Telegraph, turn it into ‘Folk-Pop that is Irish music for the 21st century’. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/daoiri-farrell-the-damien-okane-trio.

NEW Friday 31 March 2017 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an ever evolving eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk. Winners ‘Best Duo’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016, Winners ‘Best Duo’ Spiral Earth Awards 2015, Winners ‘Best Duo’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013. Full details, bookings etc. /www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/katherineroberts-seanlakeman. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Friday 31 March 2017 7pm - Martin Simpson - St Andrew's Church, Moretonhampstead  TQ13 8NN
Martin Simpson is one of the finest guitar players in the world today. Equally at home playing English folk music, American folk and blues, or his own compositions, he is listed in Gibson Guitars as one of the top thirty acoustic guitarists of all time. Whether interpreting material from tradition or singing his own potent self-penned songs, he is a remarkable storyteller: captivating and profoundly moving. In his intimate solo performances he gives rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty. The fifteenth-century St Andrew's Church venue has superb acoustic qualities. The combination of Martin's music and the special qualities of this ancient venue promises an unforgettable experience. Bar in the church. Tickets www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/martin-simpson-tickets-30808940370?aff=es2. Presented by 'Music in Moretonhampstead’.

NEW Friday 31 March 2017 8pm - The Noble Jacks - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
A rip-roaring alt-folk band with roof raising energy, whose warm electro-acoustic interactions fuse together a mixture of folky foot stompin’ rhythms and engaging lyricism. The band encompasses heartfelt, yet uptempo songs showcasing fiddle, blues harmonica and big anthem toplines. Definitely a favourite at 2016 Chagstock, 2017 promises to be an incredible year for this new and aspiring band! “The organic and vivid ballads Noble Jacks displayed on stage reflected a timeless sound that you can forever drink to with your lads.”– LIVAMP; "(Noble Jacks) had the whole of the audience on their feet and dancing!” Argus. Support tbc. £10 adv, £12 door, standing with some seating.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Saturday 8 April 2017 8pm - Janet Russell - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
details tba  Tickets: and info 01626 775517, email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com. Full info and future concerts www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 8 April 2017 - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
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.
Full details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Saturday 8 April 2017 - Sam Carter - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.samcartermusic.co.uk. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Sunday 9 April 2017 8pm - Faustus - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A Topsham Folk Club guest night.
Faustus are three of the leading lights of their generation: Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead), Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). They have a plethora of experience between them brought together here in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone. Four years after their critically-acclaimed album ‘Broken Down Gentlemen’, the pioneering ‘bloke folk’ trio return with their third release – ‘Death and Other Animals’. Here they tackle, head-on, subjects from the Dance of Death to the plight of the common man, and sand-swallowed ships to mythical black dogs. ‘One of Britain’s outstanding folk bands.’ **** The Guardian. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Sunday 9 April 2017 7.30pm  - Feast of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Feast of Fiddles embarks on its 24th annual tour and the band that has been variously likened to a "group of geography teachers" or "Bellowhead with bus passes!" doesn't seem to be slowing down any. A band of musical friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. It all started at a folk club but has become a folk-rock institution with six CDs to their name, several festival appearances and sell out shows up and down the UK. Typically, fiddlers Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Phil Beer (Show of Hands), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle playing styles to the rock back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion - all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. A live music entertainment like no other which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by even the most doubting of friends dragged along! "Britain's fiddling supergroup" - Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2. "The best fiddle players of a generation" - fRoots. www.feastoffiddles.com. Full details, bookings etc. https://sites.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15702.

NEW Friday 14 April 2017 8pm - Rusty Shackle - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Standing. Regulars on the festival circuit with two albums under their belts, this exciting six-piece indie-folk band come on like a punk Bellowhead or a poppier Pogues. South Wales based indie folk roots band Rusty Shackle have been captivating audiences with their incredible live performances since early 2010. Their shows blend well-crafted catchy tunes with stunning high-energy level performances which will make sure you'll leave exhausted with their tunes swimming around your head for days afterwards. £8 adv, £10 door.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Friday 14 April 2016 - Ferocious Dog - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Ferocious Dog offer a full-on six-piece sound that encompasses folk infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations. The combination of instruments creates a palette of sound that offers infinite variations: going in hard to get the audience up and moving, or slipping into melodic passages and dub-like fusions. Full details, samples etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/ferocious-dog.

NEW Saturday 15 April 2017 8pm - Harbottle & Jonas - Harbour Lights, Anchor Cottages, Hope Cove, Kingsbridge TQ7 3HQ
Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes, Devon. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing and have recently been endorsed by Seasalt Clothing. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island.

Sunday 16 April 2017 - Show of Hands at the Royal Albert Hall
Show of Hands present the fifth 'Live at The Albert Hall' show. Tickets on sale from 1 July 2016. www.showofhands.co.uk

NEW tbc Tuesday 18 April 2017 8pm - Kadia - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
details tba www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk.

NEW Sunday 23 April 2017 - Keston Cobblers Club - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated.
Folk-pop 5-piece Keston Cobblers Club release their new album in March 2017. Over the last few years, the band has been steadily building a name for themselves and winning over an army of loyal fans. They’ve played some of the UK’s biggest festivals and been invited to perform live on BBC Radio by the likes of Dermot O’Leary, Steve Lamacq and Bob Harris. They openen for Bellowhead on their farewell tour. As fans will know, the Cobblers’ music isn’t just uplifting; it’s often a full-on celebration. Their live shows are displays of genuine warmth and dazzling musicianship. With brand new music on the way, the band continues to delight audiences across the country. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/keston-cobblers-club.

NEW Wednesday 26 April 2017 - Police Dog Hogan - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated
A high-energy and eclectic eight-piece, combining fiddle, banjo, mandolin, accordian and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies. You could call it Americana, country-folk, folk-pop or even urban bluegrass, but it’s difficult to do justice to the sheer range of styles this band is willing to take on and, if necessary, transform. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/police-dog-hogan.

26-30 April 2017 - Costa Del Folk Ibiza
Details www.costadelfolk.co.uk.

NEW tbc Friday 28 April 2017 - Small Town Jones - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
tba tbc
www.cygnettheatre.co.uk. Tel. 01392 277189/665885.

NEW tbc Friday 28 April 2017 - Reg Meuross - ??? South Molton
tba tbc

NEW Saturday 29 April 2017 8pm - The Phil Beer Band - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. Fast, frenetic, 'feel-good' and leavened with a good helping of humour. Described by The Guardian as “where Steve Earle and Richard Thompson collide”. Phil Beer is the multi-instrumentalist half of England's foremost acoustic duo ‘Show of Hands’. His instrumental wizardry is well documented and has been utilised by countless artists over the years, the most notable being The Rolling Stones, Mike Oldfield and Steve Harley. While having his feet firmly in the ‘Acoustic’ camp, he has “kept his hand in” with electric music with an annual outing of The Phil Beer Band which performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil''s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock. £19.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Thursday 11 May 2017 8pm - Paul Downes & Mick Ryan - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
details tbc/tba

NEW Friday 12 May 2017 7.30pm - Calan - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Fiddles, guitar, accordion, bagpipes and step dancing explode into life when Calan, the energetic young folk band from Wales, take to the stage. They breathe fire into the old traditions with their infectious rhythms and high voltage routines before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs as they explore the legends of Wales’ very own fairy realm with tales of magic, myth and mischief. They have introduced a new generation of music fans to Welsh traditional music – and continue to do so as they tour across Wales, throughout the UK, Europe, North America and beyond. Great fun, a huge sense of humour, and step-dancing from a champion dancer makes for an outstanding show. Support: singer-songwriter Dan Wilde. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW tbc Friday 12 May 2017 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
www.steveknightley.co.uk

NEW Saturday 13 May 2017 - Geoff Lakeman - Holbeton Village Hall
with Steve Jenner as support. www.geofflakeman.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 13 May 2017 - Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.willyporter.com. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW tbc Sunday 14 May 2017 - The Ruggle Regatta - Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe in the Moor
details tba  Reprise of last year's successful afternoon, with, we hope, equally successful weather. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Wednesday 17 May 2017 - Jon Boden - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Painted Lady Tour.
Best known as the lead singer of the progressive folk big band Bellowhead, who split in May 2016, Jon launched his solo career in Autumn 2016, touring the UK solo for the first time. Largely presenting the self-penned songs of his debut album, Painted Lady, as well as material from his remarkable dystopian follow-up, Songs From The Floodplain, Jon’s solo show also includes material from Bellowhead, his duo partnership, Spiers & Boden and his ambitious A Folk Song A Day project, in which he recorded 365 folk songs in one year. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/jon-boden.

NEW Friday 19 May 2017 - 3 Daft Monkeys - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Cornish gypsy-folk band 3 Daft Monkeys’ 4-piece line-up features Athene on fiddle, Tim on 12-string guitar & vocals, Lukas on bass guitar and Richie on percussion, adding a fuller and richer sound. The band weave world music influences around classic folk melodies and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life mixed with their infectious dancing rhythms will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. The desire to dance at one of their live shows is irresistible! Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 21 May 2017 8pm - Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A Topsham Folk Club guest night. Alasdair and Natalie unleash their dazzling teamwork, driving, dancing rhythms and shared passion for taking the infectious melodies and grooves of Scottish/Celtic music on an exciting new journey. ‘Fraser, one of the most respected of all exponents of the Scots fiddle, would look long and hard to find a more appropriate cellist as a partner. Haas can switch just as effortlessly as Fraser from a gentle singing tone to driving, dancing melody. A positive joy.’ – The Scotsman.  Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW tbc Sunday 21 May 2017 7.45pm - Paul Downes - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tbc/tba

NEW Wednesday 24 May 2017 - Fairport Convention - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Enjoy an evening of musical celebration with Fairport Convention at this golden anniversary concert. Credited with originating British folk-rock, Fairport first took to the stage in 1967’s summer of love. Throughout the intervening five decades (and numerous changes of line-up) the band’s passion for live performance has never wavered. To mark its 50th year, Fairport has released a brand new CD titled 50:50@50. The band will play a selection of tracks from the album as well as long-established favourites from their extensive repertoire. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Saturday 27 May 2017 - Reg Meuross - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
With special guest Lily Meuross. details tba www.regmeuross.com. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Saturday 3 June 2017 8pm - Keith James: The Music of Yusuf - Cat Stevens - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Proceeds and audience donations from this tour of concerts will go to the UNICEF UK Government matched, Syrian Children’s appeal. Keith James presents an honest and loving reflection of the timeless and insightful music of Yusuf - Cat Stevens. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW tbc Sunday 4 June 2017 - Jim Causley - Launceston, Cornwall
details tba The Charles Causley Festival. www.charlescausleyfestival.co.uk. Launch of new Charles Causley CD with special guests: The Keith Kendrick Band

NEW Saturday 10 June 2017 - Mudskippers - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.mudskippermusic.info. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW tbc Saturday 10 June 2017 - Jim Causley - Colyton Village Hall (Town Hall?), Market Place, Colyton EX24 6JR
details tba Colyton History Day www.colytonhistory.co.uk.

NEW tbc Sunday 18 June 2017 - Moreton Music Day - Moretonhampstead
details tba Day of music.

NEW Monday 19 June 2017 - Julie Felix - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Another 'Evening with...' at The Brook Inn and folk legend Julie Felix is back with us for her third appearance at the pub. Enjoy a three course meal and then an intimate gig with plenty of audience participation and stories from Julie's rich and colourful past. Star of TV and Radio throughout the 60s and 70s, we're delighted Julie's back at The Brook once again. See www.facebook.com/events/1181754968552417.
Tel. 01752 297604. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

NEW tbc Wednesday 28 June 2017 - Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
details tba Sumptuous buffet & gig. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW tbc Saturday 1 July 2017 - South Brent Folk Day
details tba One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area. www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 1 July 2017 - Jess Vincent - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW tbc Thursday 13 July 2017 8pm - Jim Causley - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
details tbc/tba

NEW 21/22 July 2017 - Chagstock Festival
11th anniversary, various genres, (probably) including some folk www.chagstock.info. Early bird weekend camping tickets available from 28.10.16

NEW Saturday 22 July 2017 - Ben Morgan-Brown - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.benmorganbrown.co.uk. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW 22/23 July 2017 - Midsummer Dreams Festival - Dartington
Theatre, puppetry, dance, comedy and music. Music includes Crow Puppets (tbc). A small-scale festival run by an equally small but passionate team who aim to create a magical family friendly weekend. www.midsummerdreamsfestival.co.uk.

NEW 4-11 August 2017 - Sidmouth Folk Week
Super Early Bird tickets now available, while stock last. Sign up to receive regular festival email updates at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk

NEW tbc Wednesday 9 August 2017 - Gigspanner Big Band - St Andrews Church, Ashburton
Peter Knight's Gigspanner joined by Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW 11-13 August 2017 - Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal nr Okehampton
details tba Includes Jim Causley Trio. www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk

NEW Saturday 16 August 2017 - Jim Causley Trio - Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ (map)
details tba www.sterts.co.uk.

NEW tbc Thursday 14 September 2017 8pm - Geoff Lakeman - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
details tbc/tba www.geofflakeman.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 23 September 2017 - Tennyson’s Twin - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.tennysonstwin.co.uk. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW tbc Friday 29 September 2017 8pm - Southern Tenant Folk Union - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
One of the most highly acclaimed folk/bluegrass bands in the UK today. A six piece acoustic with banjo, mandolin, fiddle & harmony vocals they perform an eclectic mix of high energy atmosphere folk and have received airplay from Bob Harris & Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 2. Full details, ticketing etc.
tbc.

NEW tbc Sunday 29 October 2017 7.45pm - Tom Lewis - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tbc/tba

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