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Friday 17 January 2020 9pm - Geoff Lakeman & Rob Murch - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
The "Titan of Twang" and the "Concertina Crooner" team up in a dynamic new duo. Geoff on his unique duet concertina and Rob on banjo. Expect self-written and West Country songs, rattling folk tunes and foot-stomping ragtime and cakewalk riffs. £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 17 January 2020 - Flash Jack - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
A night of sea songs, shanties, ballads and much more. Doors 7.30pm. Tickets available from Calstock and Gunnislake Post Office, on the door, or at www.ents24.com.

Saturday 18 January 2020 - The 28th Annual Stoke Gabriel Wassail
A magical evening of ‘Cider, Culture & Cheer’ organised by the ‘Friends of Stoke Gabriel School’ (FOSS), the Annual Wassail has become a very popular event 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 lantern procession led by the Wassail King and Queen and the apple blessing Wassail Ceremony will take place around 6pm within the village community orchard with wassail singing led by Rosa Rebecka. There will be other events in the village centre from 4pm into the evening.

Saturday 18 January 2020 7.30pm - Music at The Farm - Marldon Christmas Tree Farm, Totnes Road, Marldon TQ3 1RR
Three great bands for the price of one! Drive away those January blues with happy upbeat music from the Salty River Band, Zelkova and the Mother’s Ruin Band!
Mother’s Ruin are a popular local folk-rock band who play upbeat, foot tapping music by the likes of The Old Crow Medicine Show, Oyster Band, Strawbs, Lindisfarne, Jez Lowe, Richard Thompson as well as many upbeat renditions of traditional songs. Zelkova are a highly skilled duo playing eastern European violin and rhythm. Their performances are full of distinctive and compelling sounds exploring both Eastern European and Klezmer sources. A delight of minor keys and unusual rhythms! The Salty River Band merge fabulous harmonies with guitar, double bass, accordion, and ukulele. Their distinctive sound is upbeat and happy covering a wide repertoire of Americana and folk covers. “The Farm” is a medium sized venue at the Marldon Christmas Tree site with seating for about 165 people. Bar and ample parking. Full details www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on?q=music%20at%20the%20farm&date=2020-01-18.

Sunday 19 January 2020 7.45pm - Wainwright Williams - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
The fabulous Brooks Williams teams up here with the equally talented Sloan Wainwright, sister of Louden Wainwright and aunt to Rufus. Brooks has been rated in the top 100 acoustic guitarists and is also a highly acclaimed singer/songwriter. Also a powerful songwriter, Sloan has a rich, contralto voice, that can shift with apparent ease between pop, folk, jazz and blues. www.brookswilliams.com, www.sloanwainwright.com. £10/£12. Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Monday 20 January 2020 - Acoustic Warehouse Music & Performance Club, Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH
From January 2020 the club will run twice a month on the 1st & 3rd Mondays only. 7.15pm to 10.15pm. £2 entrance including a raffle ticket, raising funds for Rowcroft Hospice.
Also please note: the club will be closed from 9 December 2019, returning back on 20 January 2020.
Further information from Nigel Dee 07989 180091 www.facebook.com/Acoustic.Warehouse.TQ123QH.

Tuesday 21 January 2020 - Tobias Ben Jacob - Bradninch Folk Club, Guildhall, Fore Street, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
Tobias, playing a solo gig, Tobias has been called ‘uniquely captivating’ by BBC6 Music and ‘inventive and thrilling’ by R2 Magazine. His songs are dynamic, poetic and emotionally charged. His live shows are ‘intense and spellbinding’ and deliver ‘many a spine-tingling moment.’ BBC Introducing in Devon have called him ‘one of our best artists’ making him upload of the week four times. Doors 7.45pm. Entry £6, accompanied U18 free (space permitting). For more information call 01392 881105. www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk/?fref=ts. BYO refreshments.

Thursday 23 January 2020 7pm - Harbottle & Jonas - Staverton Court Room, Mill Lane, Staverton, Totnes TQ9 6PD (map)
Harbottle & Jonas will be storytelling and performing ‘Songs and Stories of The Sea’ including the woeful story of the lost village of Hall Sands and other historic happenings. £5 admission on door (no adv tickets), includes slice of cake and a drink (free admission for school age children). Net proceeds to the upkeep of the village hall and playing fields.

Thursday 23 January 2020 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
James Montague is an up and coming singer-songwriter based in South Devon. His arrangements of his own songs and covers are powerfully delivered with strong vocals and acoustic guitar accompaniments. Dust Devils have been playing together in various guises for more than a decade and will be familiar faces to Kingsbridge regulars. United by a love of American music. their set will be wide a mix of old and new. "Banned from the Moor" is total entertainment. This band produces lively, toe tapping music that urges you to lose your inhibitions.No need to book; but please be seated by 8pm. To get a good seat get in early! We thank the Crabshell Inn for use of the room. www.shamstrad.co.uk.

Friday 24 January 2020 8pm - Geoff Lakeman & Rob Murch - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
The “ Titan of Twang “ and the “ Concertina Crooner” team up in a dynamic new duo. Geoff has a rich, melodic voice and teases English and Irish folk, Americana and jazz songs out of his rare vintage Crane duet concertina. Rob brings the “ wow factor” to the banjo, with his unique, punchy fingerstyle playing. Both live on Dartmoor, so it was inevitable they’d gang-up musically. Expect self-written and West Country songs, rattling folk tunes and foot-stomping ragtime and cakewalk riffs. Rob’s percussive finger-ballet up and down the fret board of his 100 year-old instrument is mesmerising. He’s revered throughout the UK for his long-time work with the renowned Dartmoor Pixie Band and The Watch trio. The duo’s relaxed yet sparkling stage presence together is bubbling with the “feel -good” factor. Full details etc. www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 24 January 2020 7.30pm - Aeriallists - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
The Aerialists meld their ferociously creative harmonic sensibilities and deep love for folk traditions into a jazz-rock coloured sound called prog-trad. Featuring Scottish harpist Màiri Chaimbeul (Darol Anger & The Furies, Brìghde Chaimbeul), and Canadian neo-folk innovators Adam Iredale-Gray (Fish & Bird) on guitar and Elise Boeur (Jenny Ritter) on fiddle with a stellar rhythm section, the group draws from the wells of Nordic and Gaelic music, adding expansive textures and meticulously sculpted arrangements to create captivating, genre-defying new music. “A veritable (prog-trad) folk super-group whose next moves promise to be extraordinary” David Morrison, FRUK.  Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Saturday 25 January 2020 9pm - The Kit Hillbillies - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Live bluegrass in a great community pub with an impressive stage set-up - It's very like a small arts centre, if you've never been there. Support (8pm): Local musician Liam Ferguson. www.facebook.com/pg/BrookInnPlympton/events.
www.brookinnplympton.co.uk. Tel. 01752 297604 for further details.

Saturday 25 January 2020 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Dartmoor Pixie Band - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller:
Sarah Bazeley. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

Saturday 25 January 2020 - Stephen Fearing (Solo) - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Stephen Fearing’s music is a mesmerising blend of roots, folk, and pop. Co-founder of Canadian roots-rock supergroup Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, he is a beguiling teller of tales and master guitarist who delights audiences throughout North America, the UK, and Europe. A multi JUNO and Canadian Folk Music award winner, his ninth solo album, Every Soul’s a Sailor, was named 2017 Worldwide Album of the Year by Blues & Roots Radio. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Friday 31 January 2020 - Widecombe Sailing Club Winter Regatta - The Old Inn, Widecombe in the Moor
A lovely cosy evening of good food followed by singing, playing, recitations - whatever you want to do! It's a non-scary occasion to try out any skills that haven't been showcased before among old shanties, silly songs and quite a lot of laughter. Menu: 2 courses for £16.50 (beef goulash, fish bouillibaise, lentil & coconut curry, plus a hot pud - fruit crumble or similar - or cheese & biccies). You don't have to choose in advance and there's nothing stopping you opting for a spoonful of each on your plate, if that's what you want. Contact Daf Edwards on 07957 280129 or dafedwards53@gmail.com to book.

Saturday 1 February 2020 7.30pm - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - Stoke Gabriel Football Club, Broadley Lane, Stoke Gabriel, Totnes, TQ9 6RR
Hosted by Stoke Gabriel Boating Association. Tickets £8 adults, £3 children, available from Roz’s, Stoke Gabriel Stores.

Saturday 1 February 2020 7.30pm - Harbottle & Jonas - St Petroc`s Church, South Brent
Husband and wife duo who combine the rich traditions of folk music with original and contemporary interpretations through a blend of closely intertwined vocal harmonies and compelling and authentic musical arrangements, blending concertina, harmonium, banjo, cittern, stomp box and acoustic guitar. Having become national names on the folk scene, they are now South Brent residents. Playing on this occasion as a trio, with Annie Baylis-Gray bringing an extra dimension with beautiful vocal harmonies and fiddle playing. In aid of church funds. Ticketing etc. www.southbrent.org.uk/whats-on-diary/icalrepeat.detail/2020/02/01/23517/-/concert-with-harbottle-and-jonas.

Saturday 1 February 2020 7.30pm - Tom McConville - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Award winning fiddle player and singer Tom McConville is internationally renowned for his fiery, heart-stopping performances. Winner of the BBC Folk Musician of the Year in 2009, he is truly the most original fiddle player in the UK. Blending traditional music from his home town of Newcastle with Irish, American and Scottish influences, he creates a sound that has jazz, folk, bluegrass and classical influence. His live performances are a roller coaster of musical delights; fast rhythmic dance tunes through beautiful slow airs and of course great singing – all presented with his inimitable sense of humour and style. Tom will be joined on stage by Michael Biggins Pianist from the Glasgow Royal Academy. Box office 01392 277189/665885. Online:
www.wegottickets.com/cygnettheatre.

Saturday 1 February 2020 8pm - Sarah McQuaid - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
This will be Sarah's seventh visit to this beautiful 16th century inn in Devon. Her award-winning musicianship, distinctive chocolatey vocals and mastery of the songwriting craft have led reviewers to describe Sarah McQuaid as a “triple threat”. Add to that a warm, charismatic stage presence, five critically acclaimed solo albums and a battery of instruments including acoustic and electric guitars, drum and piano — and you’ve got a one-woman powerhouse who defies categorisation because there simply isn’t anyone else out there quite like her. Not to be missed!Music etc. www.sarahmcquaid.com. Tickets £10 adv from the Bridge Inn 01392 873862, £12 door. www.facebook.com/thebridgeinntopsham.

Saturday 1 February 2020 7.30pm - Storytelling: The Frog Princess Punked - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Told by Sally Pomme Clayton. See www.artemis-storytelling.co.uk for link to information. Not an Artemis event, but recommended.

Sunday 2 February 2020 7.45pm - Tom McConville - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Tynesider Tom is simply one of the finest folk violinists of our time. He combines technical brilliance with an easy approach to his audience and has played alongside many of the folk greats (Bob Fox, Chris Newman, etc). He was one time mentor of the young Seth Lakeman, who describes him as his biggest influence and "a tme master". You will get not only fantastic fiddle-playing but great songs, a fine voice and dry humour. £8/£10.Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 2 February 2020 - Phillip Henry - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Following the success of his critically acclaimed 2018 solo album, True North, Phillip Henry returns to the road in February 2020. His new show, Solo, continues to explore the virtuosic limits of his many instruments, from the 22-string Indian chatturangui, to the Dobro and National guitars that made his name. He will also bring his showstopping skill on the harmonica, with train impressions, boogie blues, and his trademark beatbox harmonica that never fails to get the party started. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Thursday 6 February 2020 - Sam Lee - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Sam Lee plays a unique role in the British music scene. A highly inventive and original singer, folk song interpreter, a passionate conservationist, committed song collector and a successful creator of live events. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Thursday 6 February 2020 - Gets/z Loose - First Thursday Club at The Hourglass, 21 Melbourne Street, Exeter EX2 4AU
Fronted by Rob Brown, Gets/z Loose is a high-energy ensemble of amplified acoustic slide guitar, bass, harmonica and congas. Playing old blues tunes in their own way, the band has given getting on for 1,000 gigs in London and across the UK. The Hourglass is an indie gastropub just above Exeter Quay. Hosted by singer and TV voiceover Rob Brown, the club presents blues, roots and folk bands in the pub’s welcoming basement room. Think Paris in the sixties without the smoke. www.robbrownvoice.com, www.hourglassexeter.co.uk. £5 entry. Doors 8pm.

Friday 7 February 2020 8pm - Phillip Henry - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Following the success of his critically acclaimed 2018 solo album, Phillip Henry returns to the road. His new show, Solo, continues to explore the virtuosic limits of his many instruments, from the 22-string Indian chatturangui, to the Dobro and National guitars that made his name. He will also bring his showstopping skill on the harmonica, with train impressions, boogie blues, and his trademark beatbox harmonica that never fails to get the party started. “Remarkable... the sound of a virtuoso and a master of his instrument. An absolutely splendid recording of uncommonly deep and textured music that feels utterly spellbinding throughout” - Folk Radio UK. Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

Friday 7 February 2020 - Storytelling: The Wounded King, Fragments of Arthur for Our Times - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Told by Lisa Schneidau, Katy Cawkwell and Ronnie Conboy. Part of Library Lates at Exeter Library. See www.artemis-storytelling.co.uk for link to information. Not an Artemis event, but recommended.

Saturday 8 February 2020 7.30pm - Flats and Sharps - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Delivering energetic, enthusiastic and spirited Bluegrass to audiences all around the world, Flats and Sharps have been performing their unique take on this music for over eight years. Their shows include a wide variety of influences, from a fresh and modern outlook on foot-stomping Bluegrass material through to their powerful and well-crafted original songs, with beautiful moments everywhere in between. Their music perfectly blends strong harmonies and stonking solos, their incredible stage presence and energy create an evening that’ll have you dancing, laughing and singing along in no time.
Box office 01404 384050. Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Sunday 9 February 2020 8pm - Sam Kelly & Jamie Francis - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Sam Kelly is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning Bristol-based singer, song-writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. As a young child Sam spent many a night enraptured, listening to his Irish grandfather tell folk tales, sing folk songs, and play folk tunes on his melodeon. Having caught the bug, Sam has dedicated his life to rediscovering and renewing the sounds of his gaelic heritage, and creating exciting new music that transcends the boundaries of traditional and popular music. Sam is joined here by Jamie Francis. www.samkelly.org. £10 adv, £12 door, tickets available at www.topshamfolkclub.org.

Sunday 9 February 2020 - Ben Morgan-Brown and Minnie Birch - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Two acclaimed singer songwriters come together for a special evening in Exeter. Ben Morgan-Brown is a singer/songwriter and accomplished finger style guitarist. www.benmorganbrown.co.uk. Minnie Birch writes dark, plaintive, beautiful music about life, love, adventures and fairy tales. Full details see https://twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

Sold out Sunday 9 February 2020 - Fishermans Friends - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
www.theatreroyal.com.

Thursday 13 February 2020 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Fairport Convention has been entertaining music lovers for over half a century. During that time the band that launched British folk-rock has seen many changes. But one thing has remained the same - Fairport’s passion for performance. The Winter Tour concert will present a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and some surprises from albums old and new including Full House which was released 50 years ago this year. The band skilfully interprets traditional ballads and the repertoire also includes plenty of contemporary compositions. The concert will start with a set by special guests Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer. They are famed for their close harmony singing and guitar virtuosity. Ben and Jimmy have showcased in Nashville, supported Ralph McTell on tour, and played Fairport’s Cropredy Convention and Cambridge Folk Festival. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

Thursday 13 February 2020 8pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) with a delightful smorgasbord of tunes and songs from Britain and Europe. “One of Devon’s multi-instrumental treasures” Topsham Folk Club. “Superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun.” Maddy Prior. There will be some floor spots as well. Hope you can join us. www.cosgraveandbanks.com. More info from Anne & Steve Gill 01803 290427 or Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

Friday 14 February 2020 8pm - Gilmour & Roberts - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in 2008. Since then, the duo have toured Canada and mainland Europe, played some of the UK’s biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work. Tickets £10.
Call 01837 840775 or email andrew@frangleton.co.uk.

Seth Lakeman
Seth will be playing songs from his brand new album 'A Pilgrim's Tale' live in 10 towns and cities associated with the voyage, including the last two dates.
Sold out
Friday 14 February 2020 - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth
Saturday 15 February 2020 - Minster Church of St Andrew, Plymouth
Tickets www.sethlakeman.co.uk.

Friday 21 February 2020 7.30pm - Flats and Sharps - Village Hall, Buckland-in-the-Moor TQ13 7HP (map)
Flats and Sharps are a four-piece Bluegrass outfit originally from Penzance, Cornwall. Delivering energetic, enthusiastic and spirited performances, their shows are a fresh and modern outlook on foot-stomping Bluegrass with powerful and well-crafted original songs. Their music blends strong harmonies and stonking solos, and their incredible stage presence and energy will have you dancing, laughing and singing along in no time! Call 01364 653525 or book online at www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

Sold out Friday 21 February 2020 8pm - Kitty Macfarlane - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Full details www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

Sunday 23 February 2020 - Harbottle & Jonas - The Thirsty Farmer, Whimple EX5 2QQ
Husband and wife duo who combine the rich traditions of folk music with original and contemporary interpretations through a blend of closely intertwined vocal harmonies and compelling and authentic musical arrangements, blending concertina, harmonium, banjo, cittern, stomp box and acoustic guitar. www.thirstyfarmer.co.uk.

Sunday 23 February 2020 7.30pm - Track Dogs - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Track Dogs have been barnstorming the UK with some major festival appearances and collaborations. It has been a pivotal year including playing to a heaving, rocking Trafalgar Square and surprise on-stage participation of Show of Hands’ Steve Knightley and Seth Lakeman at Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Well-established in Spain where they are based, they are surprising UK music lovers with “Sun-shiny songs thriving on dark themes behind irresistible rhythms.” Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Monday 24 February 2020 7.30pm - Ciaran Algar & Jamie Francis - M&D Room, Devonshire House, Exeter University, Stocker Rd, Exeter EX4 4PZ
Acclaimed folk musicians Ciaran and Jamie will be performing a variety of tunes and songs. Tickets £12 (£6 Exeter Folk Society members). Details www.facebook.com/events/570597930354344.

Monday 24 February 2020 7.30pm - The Fureys - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Legends of Irish music and song The Fureys, renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc make their first visit to Tavistock.
www.tavistockwharf.com.

Wednesday 26 February 2020 8pm - The Fureys - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Legends of Irish music and song The Fureys, renowned for numerous hit songs including ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘From Clare to here’ have been entertaining audiences worldwide for 42 years. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

Thursday 27 February 2020 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
details tba www.shamstrad.co.uk.

Thursday 27 February 2020 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
On Reflection Tour: 2020 marks 25 years of making music together for this popular wife and husband duo. Kathryn & Sean have long established themselves as one of the UK Folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships. To celebrate and acknowledge this milestone, the couple will revisit and reinterpret songs which span their career. From the early days of folk supergroup ‘Equation‘ through to the current release ‘Personae‘ with a nod or two along the way to their extra-curricular musical adventures, the evening promises a whistle-stop tour through their artistic journey to date. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Friday 28 February 2020 8pm - Miranda Sykes: Behind the Wall - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour, Miranda is back with a completely new project: Behind The Wall. Where Borrowed Places opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been, physically & spiritually, Behind The Wall is a roller coaster ride exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. What does it mean to be human today, living in our communities and societies and where will our actions lead us? Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant and beautiful, this show gives us all a chance to reflect and maybe even empower us. www.mirandasykes.com. Contact 01392 879107. (will be) www.wegottickets.com.

Friday 28 February 2020 - Reg Meuross - St Katherine’s Priory, St Katherine’s Road, Exeter EX4 7JY
A true troubadour and constantly on the road, Meuross has the gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, painting pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. Masterfully accompanying himself on guitar, harmonica, banjo and dulcimer and captivating audiences with his beautiful tenor voice, witnessing a Reg Meuross performance is to experience a journey into the heart, soul and songs of one of England’s finest writers. www.regmeuross.com. Full details see https://twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

Friday 28 February 2020 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Pass Notes – The stories behind the songs. Following the success of last year’s intimate one man show, Steve’s latest outing is intended for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing. Exploring his extensive back catalogue and introducing unheard, new material he explores the themes and stories that inspire him and shows how music and words can become lyrics and chords and notes can meld to create songs that acquire a life of their own! Full details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

Saturday 29 February 2020 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Barnfield Theatre, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Pass Notes – The stories behind the songs. Following the success of last year’s intimate one man show, Steve’s latest outing is intended for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing. Exploring his extensive back catalogue and introducing unheard, new material he explores the themes and stories that inspire him and shows how music and words can become lyrics and chords and notes can meld to create songs that acquire a life of their own! www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/steve-knightley-pass-notes.

Saturday 29 February 2020 - Reg Meuross - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
12 Silk Handkerchiefs solo special with special guests Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall. www.regmeuross.com. Box office 01803 415987 10-12 Mon-Sat. www.brixhamtheatre.uk

Saturday 29 February 2019 - Silvington - Slapton Village Hall
Purveyors of both traditional and contemporary songs, multi-instrumentalist John Connor and Tricia Moore with her delicate guitar playing and clear voice are also prolific songwriters in their own right, and their repertoire rightly showcases some self-penned gems. Enjoy Silvington’s trademark vocal harmonies. Their latest album, Heva Heva, is curently available on Apple Music and iTunes, YouTube Music, Spotify Google Play and Believe Live. Samples etc. www.silvington.org. Tickets £10 to include supper. Details from Sue Staines 01548 581148.

Saturday 29 February 2020 7.30pm - Phil Beer Band - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
The Phil Beer Band performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock. The highly popular line up comprises Gareth Turner, Steve Crickett, Greg McDonald, Olivia Dunn and of course, Phil Beer and promises to deliver a lively cocktail of folk, rock, country and blues. Basically, over a long period of time, it has evolved into a ‘Folk n Roll’ band with country rock overtones. It is the vehicle for Phil to return to the electric guitar and to have a good time with his mates. They look forward to seeing you! Full details, bookings etc.
www.ledleisure.co.uk/exmouth-pavilion/book-now/the-phil-beer-band.

Saturday 29 February 2020 7pm - Plymouth Morris' 50th Annual Ceilidh, with Dartmoor Pixie Band - Woolwell Community Centre, Darklake Lane, Roborough, Plymouth PL6 7TR
Tickets £10 (includes a pasty supper), available through www.plymouthmorrismen.org.uk (scroll down!). Bar supported by Summerskills (Plymouth’s oldest brewery).

Saturday 29 February 2020 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Home Brew - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller:
Simon Maplesden. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

Saturday 29 February / Sunday 1 March 2020 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Two nights. 2020 marks 25 years of making music together for Calstock Arts favourites Kathryn and Sean, one of the UK Folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships. To celebrate this milestone, the couple will revisit and reinterpret songs which span their career. From the early days of folk supergroup Equation, to their current release Personae, with a nod or two along the way to their extra-curricular musical adventures, the evening promises a whistle-stop tour through their artistic journey to date. Two times winners of the Best Duo Award in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 29 February 2020 7.30pm - 3 Daft Monkeys - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
20 Years Wild...
3 Daft Monkeys will be celebrating an unbelievable 20 years of musical adventures, and would love to celebrate with you. With a fiery helter-skelter blend of influences from East and West, 3 Daft Monkeys inject a unique wildness into their music, producing a symphonious cacophony of styles, Silvery vocal melodies soar above percussive global beats and rhythms, while passionate fiddle-driven tunes weave around animated guitar and bass, all presented with outstanding musicianship in their famously theatrical live performances. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 1 March 2020 7.30pm - Elles Bailey - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
2019 saw the super-smoky-voiced, hard-working, far-touring chanteuse Elles Bailey release her eagerly-anticipated second album to rave reviews, with the album charting in the Official UK Country Charts and Americana charts, and reaching No.1 on the Amazon Blues Bestseller chart. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 1 March 2020 - The Simon & Garfunkel Story - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Direct from a week-long run in London’s West End, a sold out worldwide tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! Featuring huge projection photos, original film footage and a full live band. www.theatreroyal.com.

NEW Saturday 7 March 2020 - Phil Beer - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
details tba. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 7 March 2020 7.30pm - Sisters of Science (Wren Music) - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Singing the hidden stories of women scientists. Three professional singers from Wren have recruited a women’s choir especially for this performance. In 2020 the show will tell the stories of women involved in science, technology, engineering and maths. Those involved in the project have found existing and traditional songs which follow this theme and have also written new songs to share the lives of women from history - and from contemporary society - who have stories that you may not have heard before. Tickets £10(+). Box Office 01392 277189.
www.wegottickets.com/cygnettheatre.

NEW Saturday 7 March 2020 7pm - Rag Mama Rag - Membury Village Hall, nr Axminster EX13 7AF
Rag Mama Rag (Ashley & Deborah Dow) are a country blues duo whose repertoire of 1920s and 30s American music is wonderfully varied. Originally from the UK and now based in France, Rag Mama Rag have built a reputation as one of Europe’s finest Country Blues acts and regularly perform at major festivals in France, Belgium and Germany. The show is a feast for the eyes as well as ears; the stage will be full of great instruments including a variety of impressive guitars, ukulele, harmonica and washboard. When Ashley and Deborah pick up those instruments – boy, what a sound! Ticketing see www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 7 March 2020 7.30pm - Leylines - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
With a fiercely loyal and ever-growing fan base, The Leylines guarantee to have their audiences up on their feet – and they will be having as much fun as their audience while they’re doing it! Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Wassail Theatre – Horses! Horses!
Johnny’s putting on a Big Fun fundraiser tonight at the Nags Head, though he’s not in the mood for fun… Horses! Horses! is the darkly comical tale of a stolen horse, wild west-country soul and the mess we make of relationships. Landlord Johnny is desperately trying to save his pub, while his wife Susie is hiding out on Ted’s farm. A show performed in the midst of the local boozer with pub games, pints, crisps, heartbreak and laughter, country music, lots of karaoke and a few surprises.
Sunday 8 March - Calstock Hall www.calstockhall.com.
tbc Wednesday 11 March - Church House Inn, Harberton TQ10 9LD
Thursday 12 March - King's Arms, Stockland www.villagesinaction.co.uk.
Friday 13 March - Tradesman's Arms, Scoriton www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

NEW Tuesday 10 March 2020 7.30pm - Edgelarks - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Born from the work of the duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Edgelarks combine exquisite folk with influences as diverse as the blues and Indian classical slide guitar, to create a sound that is “Subtle, atmospheric and bravely original” (The Guardian). The BBC Folk Award winners take their strong roots sound, mixing original songwriting with stomping beatbox harmonica, soaring fiddle and vocal harmonies, running wilder with each repeat play. A busy collaborative period has included work as part of the Gigspanner Big Band; and performing at BBC Radio Two’s Festival In A Day to a Hyde Park crowd of 50,000 – supporting Kylie Minogue! Now they are back on the road with their formidable live show, making much more noise than only two people should be able to, taking audiences on a story telling journey around a new musical landscape. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Friday 13 March 2020 7.30pm - Peter Knight & John Spiers - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
In 2016, the organisers of Folk East Festival masterminded one of the most intriguing and exciting collaborations on today's folk scene. Peter Knight, legendary violinist and ex-member of folk-rock band Steeleye Span was paired with leading melodeon player and ex-Bellowhead member, John Spiers. With a standing ovation and roars for more, and much to the delight of folk fans everywhere, Knight and Spiers decided not to leave things there and made their collaboration more permanent. They now have a regular touring schedule and we are delighted that this will include an evening at the Flavel. A Folk at The Flavel Event. www.theflavel.org.uk, tel. 01803 839530.

NEW Friday 13 March 2020 7.30pm - Billy Mitchell & Bob Fox - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
5 Star B&B Tour - from Waters of Tyne to Fog on the Tyne. Two of the UK’s best known and loved singers - Billy Mitchell (Lindisfarne, Jack the Lad, Pitmen Poets) and Bob Fox (Warhorse Songman, Fox and Luckley, Pitmen Poets) are taking to the road together for their first tour as a duo was back in 2010 when their sold out performances earned glowing reviews. The duo’s ability to connect with the audience is immediately evident as they lead you through some of their favourite songs including original Lindisfarne classics and traditional folk arrangements of songs such as Sally Wheatley, Meet me on the Corner, Dance to your Daddy, Collier Laddie’s Wife, Big River, Galway Shawl and many more.
Box office 01404 384050. Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Friday 13 March 2020 7.30pm - Storytelling: Frankenstein - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Told by Ben Haggarty with musician Sianed Jones. See www.artemis-storytelling.co.uk for further information. Aimed at adults - see more detailed age guidance on the performance page.

NEW Saturday 14 March 2020 8pm - FOS Brothers - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
We are so excited to have FOS back with their wonderful Irish tones to celebrate St. Patrick's day 2020 after such an amazing night last year. Growing up in Belfast in the 70's the FOS brothers fuse an eclectic mix of their own original songs with traditional Irish sensibilities flavoured liberally with Floydian/Genesis/Horslipian spices. Their mix of drums, percussion loops and samples and soaring guitars and bass, delight Festival and Venue audiences and that ís even before they start singing! FOS Brothers will be performing as a 4 piece band during 2020 (with occasional guests). www.fosbrothers.comTickets £10 adv from the Bridge Inn 01392 873862 or https://tickets.ents24.com/event/tickets/eventid/1484006?inf=32587b8e5b73b44c. www.facebook.com/thebridgeinntopsham.

NEW Sunday 15 March 2020 7.30pm - Billy Mitchell & Bob Fox - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
5 Star B&B Tour - from Waters of Tyne to Fog on the Tyne. Two of the UK’s best known and loved singers - Billy Mitchell (Lindisfarne, Jack the Lad, Pitmen Poets) and Bob Fox (Warhorse Songman, Fox and Luckley, Pitmen Poets) are taking to the road together for their first tour as a duo was back in 2010 when their sold out performances earned glowing reviews. The duo’s ability to connect with the audience is immediately evident as they lead you through some of their favourite songs including original Lindisfarne classics and traditional folk arrangements of songs such as Sally Wheatley, Meet me on the Corner, Dance to your Daddy, Collier Laddie’s Wife, Big River, Galway Shawl and many more.
Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 19 March 2020 - Chris Wood - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
In a world of soundbites and distractions Chris Wood is a truth seeker. His writing is permeated with love and wry intelligence, uplifting and challenging as he celebrates the sheer one-thing-after-anotherness of life. Tom Robinson and Chris Difford are fans while Stick In The Wheel and The Unthanks look to him as an influence. Winner of 6 BBC Folk Awards, he’s played with The Royal Shakespeare Company and was a key member of The Imagined Village along with Billy Bragg and Martin Carthy. A wise and soulful craftsman, his concerts are a cliche free zone. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Friday 20 March 2020 8pm - Chris Wood - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
In a world of soundbites and distractions, Chris Wood is a truth seeker. His writing is permeated with love and wry intelligence, uplifting and challenging as he celebrates the sheer one-thing-after-anotherness of life. Tom Robinson and Chris Difford are fans while Stick In The Wheel and The Unthanks look to him as an influence. Winner of six BBC Folk Awards, he’s played with The Royal Shakespeare Company and was a key member of The Imagined Village along with Billy Bragg and Martin Carthy. A wise and soulful craftsman, his concerts are a cliché-free zone. Full details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 20 March 2020 8pm - Ian Bruce - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Ian is a very fine singer and songwriter from Scotland. Turned professional in 1991 and toured with Steeleye Span. He has made many fine albums. As well as composing his own material, Ian is a fine interpreter of Robert Burns' songs. Ian formed a duo with Ian Walker in recent years and went under out under the name, The Two Ians. Don't miss the opportunity to see a performer with a great voice and great songs. www.ianbruce.org. Support: TBC. Info / ticket enquiries contact: exeterfolkclub@outlook.com, 01392 210983,  www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub. www.exeterfolkclub.org.

NEW Saturday 21 March 2020 - Richard Digance - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (map)
Tickets now on sale and already selling quickly. It's likely to be a popular event, so book early to avoid disappointment. Support: Silvington and Emily-Paige Worthington. Call 01548 810806 or 07939 411985 for full details. £10 adv, £12 door.

NEW Sunday 22 March 2020 7.30pm - The Trials of Cato - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
The remarkable rise of award winning trio The Trials of Cato on the UK folk-scene has been the subject of massive critical attention. Dubbed “The Sex Pistols of folk,” (J Davis) they pay clear homage to the tradition whilst twisting old bones into something febrile and modern, with stomping tunes and captivating stories, a combination that has taken them in three years from busking out of the back of their Transit van to a BBC Folk Award. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 26 March 2020 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
details tba www.shamstrad.co.uk.

NEW Friday 27 March 2020 - Phil Beer Band - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
The Phil Beer Band performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock. The highly popular line up comprises Gareth Turner, Steve Crickett, Greg McDonald, Olivia Dunn and of course, Phil Beer and promises to deliver a lively cocktail of folk, rock, country and blues. Basically, over a long period of time, it has evolved into a ‘Folk n Roll’ band with country rock overtones. It is the vehicle for Phil to return to the electric guitar and to have a good time with his mates. They look forward to seeing you!
www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 28 March 2020 7.30pm - Kirsty Merryn - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
One of the most unique singer songwriters on the UK folk roots scene, performing original and traditional songs on piano and voice. Kirsty’s music is heavily anchored in the folk tradition, with jazz and classical influences. She weaves a spell over the audience as she tells stories via piano-based songs with sharply observed lyrics, and delivered in crystal clear, soaring vocals. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 28 March 2020 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Chris Toyne's Big Band - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller:
Sarah Clough. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Wednesday 1 April 2020 - Hayseed Dixie - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. The undisputed creators of the musical genre Rockgrass. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Friday 3 April 2020 8.30pm - The Trials of Cato - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Winner of Best Album Award at the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Originally from North Wales and Yorkshire, The Trials of Cato formed whilst living in Beirut and spent a year boiling down the roots of their sound into a hybrid of traditional influences that intrigued Lebanese audiences in the country’s biggest venues. Returning home from Beirut in the winter of 2016, they have since torn a shape very much their own into the canvas of the UK folk scene. Back in the UK, they set too performing tirelessly up and down the country, leading to BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe hailing them as “one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times.” Full details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Sunday 5 April 2020 - Jackie Oates & John Spiers - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Multi award winning contemporary folk duo Jackie Oates and John Spiers meld together their love of English traditional folk tunes and songs with their voices and acoustic instruments, resulting in a fresh sound that is uplifting, joyful and poignant. John and Jackie, already admiring of each others’ work, met through the vibrant folk scene of Oxford and its surrounding villages, after Jackie moved to the area in 2011. They began playing music together shortly after, through regular appearances at Nettlebed Folk Club, special festival sets, a live set for BBC Radio 3 and Johns contribution to Jackie’s 7th album ‘The Joy of Living‘. Jackie and John are looking forward to introducing their new music to audiences beyond Oxfordshire and recording a full length album during early 2020. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Monday 6 April 2020 7.30pm - Feast of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Feast of Fiddles was born in Nettlebed on Valentine’s Day 1994 as a one off special concert. Since then the band has done 26 spring tours, 25 festivals and has 7 CDs to its name. Not bad for a bunch of old folk-rockers! This is a group of friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun: Fiddlers Peter Knight (Gigspanner, Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), 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 back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion – all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Tuesday 7 April 2020 7.30pm - Calan - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
We’re delighted to welcome Welsh folk supergroup Calan with their trademark brand of high-energy routines,verve and raw excitement. Already voted ‘Best Band’ at the inaugural Wales Folk Awards (2019) and ‘Best International Band’ at France’s gigantic Lorient Festival (often thought of as the World Cup of folk music!), they arrive with us fresh from a barnstorming tour of the USA. This brand new show includes numbers from their 6th and latest studio album. Expect stunning playing, beautiful songs and soaring harmonies...with added virtuoso step dancing! Check them out at www.calan-band.com then come and help us raise the roof. Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW 9-11 April 2020 - Mad Dog Mcrea's Gypsy Caravan Weekender - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Mad Dog Mcrea are pleased to announce the headliners for their inaugural Gypsy Caravan Weekender. Thursday sees sassy alt rock/grunge pop band Hands Off Gretel headline, Friday sees a return to Exeter Phoenix for high-energy, fiddle leading, footstompin’ Noble Jacks and Saturday will be headlined by none other than Mad Dog Mcrea themselves. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Friday 10 April 2020 7.30pm - India Electric Co. - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Album Launch Tour. We are delighted to welcome back Joe and Cole to the Beehive, their hometown venue! This eagerly anticipated show will be their only Devon gig to launch the new album. Sure to be another sell out so get your tickets early. Sometimes folk, sometimes not, India Electric Co. use traditional instruments in contemporary styles to explore diverse themes from Eastern Europe, Irish traditions and modern urban alienation to end up with something “quirky and glittery – a veritable musical magpie’s nest.” – BBC Radio 3. Box office 01404 384050. Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Friday 17 April 2020 8pm - Geoff Lakeman & Rob Murch - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
The “ Titan of Twang “ and the “ Concertina Crooner” team up in a dynamic new duo. Geoff Lakeman teases English and Irish folk, Americana and jazz songs out of his vintage duet concertina. Rob Murch brings the “ wow factor” to the banjo, with his unique, punchy fingerstyle playing. Both live on Dartmoor, so it was inevitable they’d gang-up musically. Expect self-written and West Country songs, rattling folk tunes and foot-stomping ragtime and cakewalk riffs. Rob’s percussive finger-ballet up and down the fret board of his 100 year-old instrument is mesmerising. He’s revered throughout the UK for his long-time work with the renowned Dartmoor Pixie Band and The Watch trio. Tickets £10.
Call 01837 840775 or email andrew@frangleton.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 18 April 2020 8.30pm - Steve Knightley - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Pass Notes – The stories behind the songs. Following the success of last year’s intimate one man show, Steve’s latest outing is intended for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing. Exploring his extensive back catalogue and introducing unheard, new material he explores the themes and stories that inspire him and shows how music and words can become lyrics and chords and notes can meld to create songs that acquire a life of their own! www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 18 April 2020 7.30pm - Joglaresa: The Enchantress of Seville - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
Totnes Early Music Society: A welcome return for one of our most popular ensembles! Joglaresa explore the roots of Iberian song - from the motets from the convent of Las Huelgas, and Arab-Andalusian ballads, to Judeo-Spanish romanzas. With medieval and traditional instruments from Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Joglaresa perform songs, kept alive through centuries of tradition - a colourful and timeless kaleidoscope of Occident and Orient connecting the Occident to the Orient, and the 11th to the 21st century. Full details www.totnesearlymusic.org.

NEW Saturday 18 April 2020 7.30pm - Zulu Tradition - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
NEW Sunday 19 April 2020 3.30pm - Zulu Tradition - Parish Hall, Bary Lane, Cheriton Fitzpaine, Crediton EX17 4BB
Zulu Tradition is rekindling the spark of Zulu culture and heritage through song, dance, and drums. Imagine a youthful, mixed gender Ladysmith Black Mambazo with high-energy dance! Zulu Tradition is a company of genuine young Zulu singers and dancers who deliver a heady mix of traditional African harmonies and high-energy, athletic dance – all traditionally costumed – and supported by drum-rhythms. Their stage shows are exciting, enthralling and hugely entertaining and they attract enthusiastic audiences.
Ticketing see www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 19 April 2020 8pm - Gigspanner Big Band - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A unique force in British folk music. Their high-energy, virtuosic performances appeal equally to traditionalists and to those looking for something more experimental, and they have garnered praise from publications as varied as fRoots, The Telegraph and The Wire, where they were described as ‘melodically folk-rooted yet open and innovative beyond the constraints of genre’. Beginning life as a trio - with fiddle player Peter Knight being joined by percussionist Sacha Trochet and guitarist Roger Flack - the line-up has been expanded to form the Gigspanner Big Band, with acclaimed multi-instrumental duo Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin - BBC Folk Awards 'Best Duo') and Bellowhead co-founder and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers, joining the fray. As collaborations go, it doesn't get much more mouth-watering than this. www.gigspanner.com. £20 adv, £22 door, tickets available at www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Saturday 25 April 2020 7.30pm - Cara Dillon - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Cara Dillon, one of the most outstanding performers on the UK folk scene, continues the Folk at the Flavel series. Born in County Derry, Cara has risen to be one of the finest exponents of Irish song as well as, with husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman, steering an eclectic musical path combining the traditional with the contemporary. She has won countless awards and accolades including “Album of the Year” at the BBC Radio 2 folk awards, the Meteor Music award for “Best Irish Female”, and Tatler’s “Woman of the Year in Music”. This will be Cara’s third appearance at the Flavel following two sold out shows ion 2015 and 2017. www.theflavel.org.uk, tel. 01803 839530.

NEW Saturday 25 April 2020 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Mischief and Mayhem - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller:
Gill Spence. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Saturday 2 May 2020 - Anthony John Clarke - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (map)
Call 01548 810806 for full details. Support: Silvington. £10 adv, £12 door.

NEW 2/3 May 2020 - Brixham Pirate Festival
Pirates, shanties, sea songs and more www.brixhampirates.com.

tbc Sunday 3 May 2020 7.30pm - Miranda Sykes - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
details tba Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour, Miranda is back with a completely new project: Behind The Wall. Where Borrowed Places opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been, physically & spiritually, Behind The Wall is a roller coaster ride exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. What does it mean to be human today, living in our communities and societies and where will our actions lead us? Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant and beautiful, this show gives us all a chance to reflect and maybe even empower us. www.mirandasykes.com.
Tickets and info 01803 875527. www.wegottickets.com/worldunlimited. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Monday 4 May 2020 8pm - The Simon & Garfunkel Story - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Direct from its success at London’s Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, a sold out worldwide tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is back! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits. Get your tickets fast as this is an evening not to be missed! "Fantastic” - Elaine Paige, BBC Radio 2. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Thursday 7 May 2020 - The Red Hot Chilli Pipers - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing, but a few balcony seats are still available. There has never been anything quite like The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, from their formation in 2002 and a cameo appearance at T in the Park in 2004 with the Darkness to opening the main stage in their own right in 2014. The past fifteen years has seen the Red Hot Chilli Pipers become the most famous bagpipe band on the planet..ever! Bagpipes with attitude, drums with a Scottish accent and a show that carries its own health warning. The bands achievements have reached incredible heights with their groundbreaking fusion of traditional Scottish music and rock/pop Anthems which they proudly call “Bagrock”. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are a genuinely unique experience. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Friday 8 May 2020 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Exeter Cathedral
On sale soon. 'Sea and Stone' - Show of Hands band reunites for four amazing shows in May 2020: "We couldn't resist returning to some of our favourite venues from the Cathedrals Tour!". Following an overwhelmingly positive audience reaction to the Autumn tour, this May ‘Show of Hands are returning with a special Spring preview to four of the most iconic and atmospheric venues on the touring circuit (Minack Theatre; Exeter, Wells & Salisbury Cathedrals). The four piece line-up will be presenting specially arranged, stripped back or reworked versions of many of the bands classic tracks. Steve, Phil, Miranda and Cormac will also feature material from the critically acclaimed album ’Battlefield Dancefloor’ as well as the famous ‘Duos’ opening set. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 9 May 2020 - Davis Lindley Mullan - Abbotskerswell Village Hall, Slade Lane, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 5YF (map)
DLM are Andrew Cresswell Davis guitar, ukelele and vocals, Clare Lindley violin, guitar, ukelele and vocals, and Brian Mullan cello and vocals. They employ a number of styles in their repertoire reflecting a desire to entertain audiences of all ages and musical tastes. A typical DLM set list will contain original material and some carefully chosen covers. Clare Lindley learned classical viola at school and joined Stackridge in 2009. In addition to his work as freelance concert cellist, Brian Mullan has recorded for radio and television and has been involved in projects over a wide range of musical styles. Support: Mutter Slater (front man and flute player for 70’s cult band Stackridge) playing stripped down RnB with Clive Ashley on saxophone. Doors 7pm. DJ Dave. Real ale, cider & wine. Tickets £12.50. 01626 363640. mikewebb1420@btinternet.com.

NEW Friday 15 May 2020 7.30pm - Ninebarrow - St Michael’s Church, Shute, Axminster
Ninebarrow are a multi-award-winning folk duo, entertaining audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Combining breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, they deliver songs and stories inspired by the landscape and history of the British Isles. An evening with the duo isn’t just a concert with superb music – it’s also a night of folklore and storytelling at its very best. Ticketing see www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

NEW 15-17 May 2020 - Dart Music Festival - Dartmouth
Mostly free, largely outdoor, many types of music www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 17 May 2020 7.30pm - Julie July Band: The Fotheringay Tour 2020 - Barnfield Theatre, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
The British folk-rock group have built a substantial reputation with reinterpretations and arrangements of the work of singer-songwriter Sandy Denny. The Fotheringay Tour 2020 features new songs to the repertoire from 1970 Album;- ‘Pond and the Stream, Nothing More, The Sea, The Way I Feel, Winter Winds, Late November, Gypsy Davey plus some old favourites. The band will also include tracks from their own self-penned Album ‘Lady of the First Light’ Inspired by Sandy’s work and the wider folk, rock and blues movements of the Sixties and Seventies. British Folk Rock at its best!
www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/the-fotheringay-tour.

NEW Saturday/Sunday 23/24 May 2020 10am-4pm - Green Man Event - Mount Edgcumbe
The giant figure of the Green Man returns to Mount Edgcumbe as a centre piece looming over the event sitting on his throne of leaves and bark – he will be presiding over stalls, entertainment (including Harbottle & Jonas), refreshments and lots of activities. Entry to the event is free of charge- all day parking £5 per vehicle. www.mountedgcumbe.gov.uk.

NEW Saturday 30 May 2020 - Carus Thompson - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Australian folk-rock songwriter and storyteller Carus Thompson returns to the UK to launch his seventh studio album, recorded in Dartmoor, with Mercury nominated producer Sean Lakeman. Thompson moved his family to Dartmoor to write and record with a new approach that delved further down the folk path, spurred by his connection with good friend and folk-star Seth Lakeman. Thompson has opened for Seth on four UK tours across the years. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Sunday 31 May 2020 8pm - Lau Unplugged - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
For the first time in over a decade, Lau present an entirely acoustic tour. The pioneering Scottish folk trio has always experimented with sound and form; the results have been complex and thrilling. Already acknowledged as phenomenal live performers, Lau arrived at a new creative peak with 2019’s Midnight and Closedown. Their 2020 Unplugged concert tour sees traditional music’s most celebrated innovators strip away their banks of electronics, loops and wild effects. The trio of Kris Drever (guitar, vocals), Martin Green (accordion) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) feel drawn to a more raw and plain-speaking aesthetic. The approach is subtler, less about spectacle, more about close listening. In brash and polarised political times, here is the poetry of real instruments and considerate music making. Full details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 30 May 2020 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Stick the Fiddle - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller:
Jeremy Child. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Friday 5 June 2020 - Jim Causley - Boniface Centre, Church Lane, Crediton EX17 2AH
details tba Saint Boniface Day concert.
www.jimcausley.co.uk.

NEW Tuesday 9 June 2020 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Folk at the Flavel are proud to welcome to the Flavel the band credited with launching folk rock in the UK and one of the most iconic bands of any genre, Fairport Convention. Fairport have been entertaining music lovers for over half a century but one thing has remained the same - their passion for performance. Their performance will present a mix of long-established Fairport favourites and some surprises from albums old and new including their latest album ‘Shuffle & Go’, released in February 2020. The band features the long established line up of founding member Simon Nicol, Dave Pegg (celebrating his fiftieth year in Fairport), Ric Sanders, Chris Leslie and Gerry Conway. "Stuffing their set with a surprising amount of new material, Fairport are still clearly having fun and brought the house down." The Guardian. www.theflavel.org.uk, tel. 01803 839530.

NEW Friday 12 June 2020 8pm - Granny's Attic - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Granny’s Attic are a fantastic folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians and fine singers and play English traditional and original music. Formed in 2009, they have since played at clubs and festivals up and down the country, and have been heralded for their lively performances and maturity beyond their years in their delivery and selection of traditional songs.
Call 01837 840775 or email andrew@frangleton.co.uk.

NEW 12-14 June 2020 - Craft Festival - Bovey Tracey
tba Music includes... www.craftfestival.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 13 June 2020 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
So Much to Choose From 2020 Tour. "At the time of writing this (August 2019) I will have been busily engaged in finishing a large number of recordings to make up a definitive Box Set of songs and music encapsulating everything I do or have done in the last 40 years. There will be archive material as well as copious new recordings all in one package. The solo shows for 2020, which will be the last time I undertake such a large number of performances, will reflect this body of work. In addition, there will be a solo album entirely featuring instruments built by the late David Oddy. Very old songs, very new songs. So much to choose from after all this time.. " Phil. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 13 June 2020 - The Kit Hillbillies - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Old-timey, good-timey bluegrass. With rousing vocal harmonies that smuggle in some highly inappropriate local references. We love classic old-time songs like Man of Constant Sorrow, and In the Jailhouse Now; and the rattling instrumental drive of Duelling Banjos and Foggy Mountain Breakdown. Tasting notes: vigorous, expressive and unvarnished, with a crisp percussive finish. Think Betty Stogs rather than Harvey’s Bristol Cream. www.calstockhall.com.

NEW 16-20 June 2020 - This Land - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
With text by Nick Stimson and songs written and performed by Seth Lakeman. Theatre Royal Plymouth's first ever international community production. This Land is an epic theatrical event marking the 400 year anniversary of the Mayflower’s journey and its impact upon arrival in America. Created and performed by 120 citizens of Plymouth, UK and 30 members of the Native American Wampanoag Tribe from Massachusetts, USA, This Land is the story of what happened then and what it means to us now. Witness the making of history with this unique and vital piece of theatre, which brings together communities from both sides of the Atlantic. www.theatreroyal.com.

NEW Monday 22 June 2020 - An Evening with Jim Causley - 1922 Social Club, Church St, Sidmouth EX10 8LY
possibly not a public event
East Devon Grecians Supporters. More than simply a folk-singer, multi award winning singer-songwriter and musician Jim Causley is an all-round entertainer and his ‘Evening with’ concerts give a full night of beautiful singing, moving ballads, hilarious ditties and everything in between. Drawing equally from traditional repertoire, modern songs as well as his own compositions and settings of poems by his relative, the celebrated Cornish poet Charles Causley. All accompanied on piano and various accordions and served with a gurt dollop of Westcountry humour, an evening with Jim is an evening not to be missed! www.jimcausley.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 27 June 2020 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Amber Fire - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Caller:
Chris Jewell. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW 31 July - 7 August 2020 - Sidmouth Folk Festival
First line-up announcements. Super early bird tickets available. Sign up for regular e-newsletters at www.sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk.

21-23 August 2020 - Escot Park near Exeter
Tickets on sale now. Ticket prices and capacity are the same as 2019.
www.beautifuldays.org.

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

NEW Thursday 10 September 2020 - An Evening with Jim Causley - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
More than simply a folk-singer, multi award winning singer-songwriter and musician Jim Causley is an all-round entertainer and his ‘Evening with’ concerts give a full night of beautiful singing, moving ballads, hilarious ditties and everything in between. Drawing equally from traditional repertoire, modern songs as well as his own compositions and settings of poems by his relative, the celebrated Cornish poet Charles Causley. All accompanied on piano and various accordions and served with a gurt dollop of Westcountry humour, an evening with Jim is an evening not to be missed! www.jimcausley.co.uk.
Contact: Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

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

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

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

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