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Monday 18 June 2018 7.30pm - Artizan Acoustic Night / Open Mic / Greg Hancock - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
Plus other talented performers in the first half of the evening. Refreshments available. Curated by Robert Spence, 01803 613647.

Wednesday 20 June 2018 8.30pm - Geoff Lakeman - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
B-Bar regular Geoff Lakeman - dad to famous folk stars Seth,Sean and Sam -plays for us again including tracks from his lauded album "After All These Years." The CD has had national five and four--star reviews and been played on BBC Radio 2 by Mark Radcliffe, by Tom Robinson on his BBC Radio Six show, on BBC Radio 3 and just about every local radio station in the country. Come and hear the singer and concertina master's musical take on the west country, American and Irish folk, Americana and even 20's/30's jazz. Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Thursday 21 June 2018 7.30pm - Red Rocks Story Open Mic - Upstairs at the Anchor, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LP
Come tell or read aloud your own work. Slots are 8 mins (about 1600-ish words.) Storytellers arrive at 7pm, first come, first tell. £3, £2 storytellers. Contact 07834 194215, email JanetTells@gmail.com.

Thursday 21 June 2018 - Anda Union - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Anda Union’s thoroughly addictive combination of Mongolian musical styles is a reflection of their roots. Hailing from differing ethnic nomadic cultures the nine strong band unite tribal and music traditions from all over Inner Mongolia. Anda Union bring a wide range of musical instruments and vocal styles together in a fusion that Genghis Khan himself would have been proud of. Keenly aware of the threat to the Grasslands and their age old Mongolian culture, Anda Union are driven by their fight for the survival of this endangered way of life, by keeping the essence of the music alive.  Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Friday 22 June 2018 7.30pm - Barn Dance in aid of W.O.R.K. - Dodbrooke Parish Hall, Church Street, Kingsbridge TQ7 1NW
W.O.R.K.: Widows and Orphans in Rural Kenya, www.work-kenya.org). With live music from Phil & Mahrey Berthoud of Fiddlers on the Green and Ken Hudson calling. Tickets £8 (U12s free). Bring food to share. Drinks available for the young and not so young. All proceeds go directly to W.O.R.K. For tickets contact Mary-Jane Butler on 01548 01548 852670 or email mjbutler6[at]yahoo.com.

Friday 22 June 2018 - Megson - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards, Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of music. The husband & wife duo, Debs and Stu Hanna, bring together Piano, Guitar, Mandola and Banjo with exquisite vocals to create lush harmonies mixed in with expert musicianship. Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their terrific live performances and northern humour. Megson have released a number of well received albums since first recording in 2004 the most recent in 2016 being Good Times Will Come Again which gained much critical acclaim. Megson guarantee an evening of thought provoking and expertly performed modern folk music. www.theflavel.org.uk. A 'Folk at the Flavel' event.

Friday 22 June 2018 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks -Village Hall, Chapple Lane, Sampford Courtenay, Okehampton EX20 2SY
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have built a reputation for top quality musicianship and entertainment. “An eclectic mix of material, underpinned by top quality musicianship; a varied and highly entertaining programme” – Folk On The Moor Folk Club. “A sublime concert, complete with quirky intros; a sumptuous musical journey far and wide across the UK and Europe.” – Cheriton Fitzpaine Village Hall. "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun" – Tom McConville. Doors 7pm. Tickets £8 from Marilyn Weeks: 01837 851269, Deborah Taylor-Morris: 01837 82743, Terry Bullworthy: 01837 89168. Or on door. www.sampfordcourtenay-pc.gov.uk/node/301.

Dartington - Friday 22 June - New regular monthly Acoustic Folk Nights at Meadowbrook Community Centre, Shinners Bridge, Dartington TQ9 6JD. All musicians welcome, all styles; songs; tunes. Fridays: June 22; July 20. Start 8.30pm.

22-24 June 2018 - Teignmouth Folk Festival www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk.
Friday evening concert 8pm - The Crows, support: Maggie Duffy - Bitton House
The Crows are Mick Ryan, James Patterson and Dave Bordewey now joined by Paul Downes.
Tickets £13. To book in advance call 01803 290427 or download a booking form from website. Licensed bar, tea, coffee. Limited parking at the venue - nearest Quay Car Park.
Saturday evening concert 8pm - Ian Bruce, support: Windjammer - Ice Factory
Tickets £13. To book in advance call 01803 290427 or download a booking form from website. Licensed bar.
Saturday night ceilidh 8pm - with Spinach For Norman - Richard Newton Hall
Caller Pam Hayes. Tickets £8 door. Licensed bar.
Also happening:
Friday night - Clive Sheard hosts a blues session - Ice Factory
Saturday 2-5pm - Heritage Centre (opposite station): Festival Folk Club.
Saturday 2-2.45pm & 3.30-4.15pm - Triangle Stage: Celt
Sunday time TBA - Triangle Stage: Paddy’s Whiskers
Sunday afternoon concert – United Reformed Church
Saturday/Sunday sessions 2-5pm - Oystercatchers Café
Sunday storytelling: 5.30-7pm – Oystercatchers Café
Other appearances: City of Plymouth Pipe Band; Morris Sides
Note various (new) festival venue addresses in Teignmouth:
Bitton House Council Chambers, Bitton Park Road TQ14 9DF
Ice Factory, 13 Somerset Place (upstairs 50-seater theatre, regret no disabled access), TQ14 8EN
Richard Newton Hall, Higher Buckeridge Road TQ14 8EN
Oystercatchers Café, 12 Northumberland Place TQ14 8DD

Saturday 23 June 2018 7.30pm - Family Ceilidh - Exwick Parish Hall, Station Road, Exeter EX4 2AB
Join us for a fun-filled night of wild dancing, good music and great company! No experience necessary, everyone can take part, all ages, all abilities. £6 door, U16s free. Free on-site car park. Refreshments provided. Non-alcohol event. Contact: John 07903 125606, email johnzealleyis@hotmail.com. http://barndancecaller.net/publicgigs.html.

Saturday 23 June 2018 - Katey Brooks - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Singer-songwriter Katey Brooksʼ unique sound epitomizes the culturally diverse environment in which she grew up. Born and raised between Bristol, London and Arizona to musical parents, the Indie Award nominee is best described as Joni Mitchell meets a female Hozier, with all the haunting intensity and every bit of the soul. Full details www.calstockhall.org.

Sunday 24 June 2018 7.45pm - Claude Bourbon - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Claude Bourbon is an enigma. He is a classically trained musician, who fuses every conceivable genre of acoustic guitar music into a master-class of a stage performance. Known throughout Europe and America for amazing performances that take Delta blues, Latin, Spanish, and Middle Eastern stylings into uncharted territories within one seamless stream of perfection, Claude is a real treat for music-lovers. £10.
Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 24 June 2018 7.30pm - Najma Akhtar: ‘Five Rivers’ - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
British born, Najma’s music encompasses World Jazz, Asian Underground, Delta Blues, Psychedelia, Rock, Western Folk, Celtic, Sufi, North African Blues, Irish Celtic nuances and more. Her bi-lingual Indian vocals create a beautiful marriage between the East and the West that is utterly compelling. She has received universal critical acclaim. “Five Rivers” is a musical journey that starts in India with the Ganges, to Africa’s River Niger, to the UK’s River Thames, on to Ireland with the River Shannon and finally ending at the Mississippi Delta. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Monday 25 June 2018 8.30pm - Eliza Acty - Bread and Roses, 62 Ebrington Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF
With her unique vocal style, singer and musician Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time and contemporary songs that spans over a century of music. Her early influence started close to home with her father Peter Acty who is an accomplished American-style claw hammer and frailing banjo player, he is also a classic, percussive finger-pick guitarist and will be accompanying Eliza. www.elizaacty.com.

Wednesday 27 June 2018 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Possibly a few tickets left (sorry, no dining places left). www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

Thursday 28 June 2018 - The East Pointers - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. There’s a reason, beyond their dazzling musicianship and wildly entertaining live shows, that The East Pointers have connected with audiences right across the globe, making new, original roots music the hippest, most vibrant thing going. The reason? The East Pointers – fiddler/singer Tim Chaisson, banjoist Koady Chaisson and guitarist Jake Charron – write about real life, sketching out its joys and sorrows in vivid strokes. That palpable authenticity makes their instrumental tunes practically cartwheel and infuses their lyric-driven songs with poignancy. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Thursday 28 June 2018 8pm - Goat Roper Rodeo Band - Otterton Mill (Courtyard), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Hold onto your hats this will be something completely different, a personal choice of Chris,’s these three lads are preaching Country Blues like you’ve not heard before. Other fans include Bob Harris who describes the trio as “ Amazing”, so be sure to head on down for this one. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Saturday 30 June 2018 - Wildwood Kin - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing (plus a few balcony seats). Wildwood Kin’s extraordinary Top 40 album Turning Tides mixes folk, hypnotic three-part harmonies, electric and acoustic instruments layered with inventive electronics and spectral atmospherics. Inspired by the likes of Fleet Foxes, Mumford & Sons and Fleetwood Mac, the Exeter-based trio have become one of Britain’s most exciting and intriguing new bands. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Thursday 5 July 2018 7.30pm - Sarah McQuaid - Parish Hall, The Green, Manaton, nr Bovey Tracey TQ13 9UJ
Sarah's second visit to Manaton. Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah’s also drawn critical praise for her voice (which has been variously likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport with audiences: “One voice, one guitar, and the wondrous reminder of the magic of music. Sarah has the gift.” – The Huffington Post. Music etc. www.sarahmcquaid.com. Tickets £8. Call to reserve: Jenny 01647 221600 or Rie 01647 221671.

NEW Friday 6 July 2018 8pm - Maddy and the Chaps - Welcome Inn, Mount Pleasant Road, Dawlish Warren EX7 0NE
Maddy and the Chaps will be playing their foot tapping acoustic sound, and kicking off the summer in style down at Dawlish Warren.

Saturday 7 July 2018 7.30pm - "Folk and More" - Kingskerswell Village Hall, School Road, Kingskerswell TQ12 5DJ
On the bill are Harpingmad, the Cornelius Family, Graham Butterfield and Folk Inspired (Chris & Paul Woodhouse). Tickets are now on sale from Chris & Paul 07894 961010, email p.woodhouse47@sky.com and at the Garden Gate (the wool & knitting shop) in the main street Kingskerswell, tel 01803 873534.

NEW Saturday 7 July 2018 8pm - Edd Donovan - St James' Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Stoke Hill, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Edd Donovan is a highly distinctive singer and songwriter with a rare, original talent. His sound is heartfelt – comforting, yet challenging – wise.
His album Making Mountains (Vol. 1) is a remarkable piece of originality; a collection of thought provoking, (sometimes) challenging, yet beautiful songs that shine a light on modern life. Tracks have been played on BBC6 Music, various BBC folk shows, Baylen Leonard's Front Porch show, BBC Introducing and many folk and Americana radio shows internationally. Tickets £10. Call Twigg's Gigs on 07508 169049 to reserve tickets. Hot drinks available. BYO alcohol. www.wegottickets.com/event/437354.

Thursday 12 July 2018 8pm - Phil Beer - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Entrance £10. Information: Andy Clarke 01803 732312.
Contact Anne Gill on 01803 290427 or annemgill@tiscali.co.uk to reserve seats.

NEW Thursday 12 July 2018 8pm - Paul Lamb & The King Snakes - Otterton Mill (Courtyard), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Welcoming Paul Lamb back to the Mill, this time with his band, with a promise of a wonderful equilibrium of real blues, boogie, swing and a good time jump, Paul Lamb & the King Snakes will definitely be blowing up a storm. ‘Simply better than the opposition from whatever side of the Atlantic they come “Blues Print Magazine. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 13 July 2018 8pm - Gallery Bar Special: Kit Hillbillies - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
The return of the Kit Hillbillies with old-timey, good-timey bluegrass. With rousing vocal harmonies that smuggle in some darkly humorous local references. Some instrumental tasting notes: Banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, double bass. Vigorous, expressive & unvarnished, with a crisp percussive finish. Think Betty Stogs rather than Harvey’s Bristol Cream. Their music has been described as the sound of Woody Guthrie chasing Earl Scruggs in a stolen hay lorry. It was summed up more simply by the Guardian journalist Tim Dowling, who often writes about music: “The Kit Hillbillies: Excellent. See them soon.” Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 13 & Saturday 14 July 2018 6.30pm - Phil Beer in Concert by Candlelight - St Petrock’s Church, Clannaboroough, nr Crediton EX17 6DA
A rare opportunity to experience a performance by the multi talented musician Phil Beer at this very special venue by candlelight. An audience with Phil Beer has been described as a glimpse into his world where folk, blues, hymns, the sea, the West Country and a life spent in music combine to make a true show. A Phil Beer gig is one spent in the company of a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer. Set within the grounds of Clannaborough Barton Farm and on the Two Moors walk, St Petrock’s is one of only a few remaining Churches not to have electricity. This beautiful building will only accommodate an intimate audience (max 60). All profits will go towards The Church Wall fund. Sadly, due to restrictions on site, there is no wheel chair access. Please telephone 01363 82379 for more details. Tickets £15+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/431842 (for 13 July), www.wegottickets.com/event/431843 (for 14 July), or email richardsmik1@gmail.com.

NEW Saturday 14 July 2018 9.30pm - The O'Marleys - Bowling Green Pub, 29-30 Blackboy Rd, Exeter EX4 6ST
4 piece band with guitar, fiddle, bodhran and banjo.

NEW Sunday 15 July 2018 7.30-9.30pm - LOSt COYOTES - Church House Inn, Harberton, Totnes TQ9 7SF
Mostly a Devon-based 4-piece band (some Jiggerypipery members) who play a bewitching mix of Americana, Cajun, Latin-American, and Celtic songs and tunes, finding a natural chemistry between these musical genres in a melodious blend of their instruments and voices. From up-beat Cajun rhythms and Celtic jigs and reels, to more soulful songs and airs, and with themes of land, migration and borders running through much of their repertoire. Free entry. Info: 07557 002622. Sunday night is pizza night at the CHurch House Inn.

NEW Tuesday 17 July 2018 8pm - Shanty Workshop with The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
Another of our ever popular Shanty Workshops at our 'home' of the Beach Pub, Exmouth (adjacent to the marina). www.exmouthshantymen.com.

NEW Wednesday 18 July 2018 8pm - Sika - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
On tour from New Zealand. In conjunction with Suara Sound Academy. Following his successful concert here in 2016 , Sika will be creating another enchanting concert within a cave, playing live his Didjeridoos, Flutes, Drums, Rattles and Stones. Primal music mixed with original electronic soundscapes composed by Sika in his studio in New Zealand’s wild South Island. Although this is a seated concert, you will have room to move around, toe tapping or moving to the primal sounds, feeling the beat within your heart and Soul. The dynamic performance of music will move you to the core and get you dancing on your feet. www.carnglaze.com.

NEW 20/21 July 2018 - 12th anniversary Chagstock Festival
Various genres, line-up includes Show of Hands. www.chagstock.info.

NEW Sunday 22 July 2018 - Paddy’s Whiskers - The Spinning Wheel Inn, Paignton Seafront
details tba www.paddyswhiskers.co.uk

NEW Monday 23 July 2018 - Julie Felix - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Julie's back for her fourth performance at The Brook Inn. This folk legend of the 60s and 70s will be entertaining a small, select audience and the evening includes a three course meal. The cost is just £35 per person and numbers are limited so that everyone can enjoy a very special evening in the company of Julie Felix. Tel. 01752 297604 for further details. www.facebook.com/events/1998278277124715. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 25 July 2018 7.30pm - Hank Wangford & Brad Breath - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
If Daniel O’Donnell is the brightly scrubbed face of British country music then Hank Wangford is its guilty conscience, its dark and troubled grubby soul. Hank has picked at the miserable underbelly of country music for twenty eight years, inspiring others like Billy Bragg, the Alabama Three and other alt.country musicians. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 26 July 2018 8pm - Boo Hewerdine - Otterton Mill (Courtyard), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
After a sell out 2017 gig at the Mill, we are delighted to welcome back acclaimed Ivor Novello Award nominated English singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine who, this year will be performing outside in our courtyard. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Saturday 28 July 2018 - Jeff Lang - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Voodoo Lounge. John Butler has said 'Seeing Jeff Lang was like being in church for three hours - a totally sacred event, and certainly when considering Jeff Lang's music, it's easy to run out of superlatives. Influenced in equal parts by the elemental blues of Blind Willie Johnson and Skip James, the songwriting of Bob Dylan and Richard Thompson, and the guitar of Ry Cooder and Jimi Hendrix, the Australian Weissenborn magician explores a sonic palette as eclectic as it's stunning. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Tuesday 31 July 2018 7.30pm - Damien O’Kane & Ron Block - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Damien and Ron will embark on their first tour together in July and August 2018. They will be joined by a band of wonderful musicians and together will play material from their debut album, due for release July 2018, as well as a few signature pieces of their own. These incredible musicians will amaze audience members with their finger lickin’ pickin’ and they are mighty fine gentlemen to go along with it. Having collaborated and shared the stage in the past with none other than Kate Rusby, they are gearing up for a special tour together. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

3-10 August 2018 - Sidmouth Folk Week
Sign up at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk to receive regular e-newsletters. The first line-up announcements for 2018 have been made.

28 July - 25 August 2018 - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
For details of the Folk Courses taking place during Week 2 (4-11 August): Folk Surgery (Sally Davies & Paul Hutchinson); Folk Choir (Sally Davies); Accordion Workshop (Paul Hutchinson); Folk Baroque (Andy Watts [Carnival Band]; As I Walked Out One Morning (David Harbottle & Freya Jonas), see www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/week2courses.
The following Public Concerts and Ceilidh will all take place in Dartington's Great Hall:
Friday 3 August 10pm - Tavern Night: Medieval Partying
The City Musick, singers and students. Celebrate the end of the week in rousing style, with medieval songs and dances, washed down with mead, ale or wine! FREE tickets from the box office in advance.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=307799.
Sunday 5 August 5.15pm - Poetry & Folk
Katrina Porteous spoken poetry with Alexis Bennett folk fiddle.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=305198.
Sunday 5 August 7.45pm - Harbottle & Jonas
Freya Jonas voice and melodeon, David Harbottle voice and guitar.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=304999
Thursday 9 August 5.15pm - As I Walked Out One Morning
Tickets are FREE but please book. David Harbottle and Freya Jonas directors, Sally Davies conductor, Paul Hutchinson accordion, Alexis Bennett fiddle, Dartington Folk Choir and Instrumentalists. Some of the most exciting musicians working in folk music and folk poetry present this concert of specially created work for singers and instrumentalists.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=306801
Thursday 9 August 10pm - Pagoda Project
Created by Paul Hutchinson (piano accordion) and Karen Wimhurst (clarinets) to evolve their fusion sound, Pagoda Project brings together a unique blend of traditional folk music with jazz improvisation to create a warm and dynamic sound.
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=306803
Friday 10 August 10.30pm - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band
The final night party celebrating this week's folk themes, with caller Alexis Bennett and the Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band. Bring your dancing shoes!
Details www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=306804
Plus: Late sessions in the White Hart bar on 7 and 9 August.

NEW Thursday 9 August 2018 8pm - Fred’s House - Otterton Mill (Courtyard), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Fred’s House, winners of the Syd Barrett Pride of Cambridge Award 2017, are an award winning band based in Cambridge. They make summery, 70's West Coast inspired folk/rock but have their own distinctively fresh sound that is very much part of now. Maverick Magazine “Harmonies soar like a nightingale recalling the very best of Poco and CSN, but this music belongs to Fred’s House ... terrific.” Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW 10-12 August 2018 - 41st Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal nr Okehampton
Line-up includes: Jamie Smith’s Mabon (Friday), Melrose Quartet (Saturday), Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan (Sunday), Granny’s Attic, Melrose Ceilidh Band, Cardboard Fox, Flash Jack and Pete White’s Suitcase Circus. Other artists attending will be The Dartmoor Pixie Band, Ramsley Minors, Entertainingly Different, Dave Wills and various morris and dance teams. For further details about the Festival, telephone 01837 840102, visit www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk.

NEW 17-19 August 2018 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park near Exeter
Line-up includes Richard Thompson, Oysterband, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, 3 Daft Moneys. See www.beautifuldays.org for full details.

NEW Monday 20 August 2018 - Hayseed Dixie - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing/seated. Is there really such a thing as a hillbilly band covering rock classics? You betcha. They are called Hayseed Dixie and they play Rockgrass. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Thursday 23 August 2018 8pm - Flats & Sharps - Otterton Mill (Courtyard), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Following on from their highly successful first appearance, Flats and Sharps will again be blurring the lines between Bluegrass, Folk, Country & Pop, performing their own highly original songs as well as their renditions of Bluegrass classics. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW 29 August to 15 September 2018 - War Horse - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Including Bob Fox as 'Songman'. Following 8 record-record breaking years in London’s West End and having played in 11 countries around the world to over 7 million people, the National Theatre’s acclaimed play War Horse will tour the UK from September 2017. War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Full details, bookings etc.  www.theatreroyal.com/whats-on/2018-2/war-horse-2018.

NEW Friday 31 August 2018 8pm - Luke Daniels & Nancy Kerr - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Two of the British Folk scene’s top performers team up for a limited number of exclusive shows to perform their own and each other’s music. Since Daniels’ landmark solo statement What’s Here What’s Gone in 2014, he’s put down several more markers on the musical map. Revolve and Rotate had him transporting the 19th century’s closest thing to hi-fi, the giant steel discs of the polyphon, to modern transcription, in what was a fascinating evening at Calstock Arts. All of this, in the context of a career playing melodeon for acts like Jethro Tull and Riverdance. Nancy Kerr is one of the most celebrated Folk musicians of her generation. To date she has won no less than six BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards including Folk Singer of the Year in 2015. This new duo show promises to be a stunning mix of contemporary Folk music and inspired instrumental virtuosity. Full details, music etc. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Sunday 9 September 2018 8pm - Narthen - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Narthen are Barry Coope and Lester Simpson of Coope Boyes and Simpson, Jo Freya of Blowzabella/Moirai and Fi Fraser of The Old Fashioned/ Polka Works. They have decided to become a group featuring songs that will touch your heart, engage your intellect and wow your ears. They are known for four part harmony, but they are all also instrumentalists and augment some of the repertoire with accompaniment. They play, piano, accordion, fiddle, soprano sax, ukulele and whistles. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Saturday 15 September 2018 - Leveret - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England's finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as exceptional performers and masters of their instruments. Fiddler Sam Sweeney was the 2015 BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year, and is known for his work in Bellowhead and Eliza Carthy Melodeon genius Andy Cutting, a three-time BBC Folk Awards Best Musician, is a compelling solo performer and currently works with Blowzabella, June Tabor, and Roger Daltry. Concertina wizard Rob Harbron is best known for his work with The Full English and Jon Boden. Leveret's music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new. With their albums New Anything, In The Round and Inventions and over a long string of sell-out gigs, the trio have built a strong reputation as consummate musicians and captivating performers. www.theflavel.org.uk. A 'Folk at the Flavel' event.

NEW Tuesday 18 September 2018 8pm - Shanty Workshop with The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
Another of our ever popular Shanty Workshops at our 'home' of the Beach Pub, Exmouth (adjacent to the marina). www.exmouthshantymen.com.

Both dates old out Friday & Saturday 21 & 22 September 2018 8pm - Cara Dillon - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 22 September 2018 8.30pm - Lindisfarne - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated/standing. As Ray Laidlaw once said, ‘Lindisfarne is more than any one individual’; and though members have come and gone, Rod Clements' return maintains continuity with Lindisfarne’s beginnings and reinforces their shared commitment to keeping alive the unique legacy of one of British rock’s great bands.

NEW Sunday 23 September 2018 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Phil Beer is the multi-instrumental half of the west countryʼs award winning acoustic duo, Show of Hands, described as a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer. With a professional career of over 36 years, Phil has a great deal of material to draw on for his solo appearances. All are songs and music of memory and significance sung in the subtle and melodic Phil Beer style and interjected with musings and amusings to an almost personal audience. It is a treat of past and current favourites from one of the most popular musicians on the acoustic circuit. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Tuesday 25 September 2018 7.30pm - QUEST with Breaking Tradition and the Demon Barbers - Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
The Demon Barbers, winners of the `Best Live Act' in the Radio 2 Folk Awards, together with Breaking Tradition, the UK's leading folk and hip hop dance company. QUEST is a spectacularly entertaining show where dazzling dance and stomping tunes combining to turn a rousing story into a family show full of blazing energy and joy. It's a real Folk and Hip-Hop dance extravaganza and if you're not sure what to expect then we say - come along, you'll love it! Tickets £7 - £14.
www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk. Box office 01803 665800.

NEW Thursday 27 September 2018 8pm - Lisa Mills - Otterton Mill (Restaurant), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Lisa returns with her southern soul Americana gospel and blues and her exceptional guitar mastery and mighty breathtaking voice to delight us. “Lisa Mills is one of the ten killer songwriters you need to hear right now ... her many styles of southern music come through in her powerful delivery.” Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 28 September 2018 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter
'Songs & Stories' tour. www.showofhands.co.uk/steve-knightley-songs-stories-tour-2018.

NEW Saturday 29 September 2018 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - St Johns Church, North Bovey, nr Moretonhampstead TQ13 8QZ
'Songs & Stories' tour. Tickets: 07887 932212, email wendymkeeson@gmail.com.

NEW Saturday 29 September 2018 - Folk Evening - Church House Inn, Linkinhorne, Callington PL17 7LY (map)
First of the former Cross House Inn  regular first Saturday of the month evenings at its new venue. Playing, singing, nattering & noggins. Song and music session. All welcome, bring your instruments and voices. Another fun-filled folk evening. Pub tel 01579 363711.

NEW 29/30 September 2018 - Teign Shanty Festival - Teignmouth
Following their experience of other sea shanty festivals, the Back Beach Boyz are organising the first ever Sea Shanty Festival in Teignmouth aiming to celebrate our maritime traditions, plus local food and drink with sixteen shanty crews from across the South West. www.facebook.com/TeignShantyFestival.

NEW Sunday 30 September 2018 - Luca Stricagnoli - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Prepare yourself for a World Class Acoustic Experience! With his music videos having internet views exceeding 100 million and bookings in every corner of the globe, Luca Stricagnoli will be here as part of this eagerly anticipated full UK and Ireland Tour. With very special guest on the night Meg Pfeiffer. ‘When it comes to crazy guitar skills Luca Stricagnoli is one of the absolute best’ NME. www.lucastricagnoli.com. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Thursday 4 October 2018 - John Kirkpatrick - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Details tba. Sumptuous dinner (optional) and gig. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Friday 5 October 2018 8pm - Kris Drever and Boo Hewerdine - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
An exclusive south west gig for two of the UK’s finest and most prolific songwriters – Kris Drever (Lau) and Boo Hewerdine (The Bible/Eddi Reader). 2018 finds both artists on top form, Kris having won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Singer 2017, Boo releasing his critically acclaimed Swimming In Mercury album and Letter To My Younger Self EP. Kris and Boo will perform as a duo, two sets no support, playing their favourite songs along with new material. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 6 October 2018 - Ange Hardy - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
With Greg Hancock. www.wegottickets.com/event/427976.

NEW Sunday 14 October 2018 8pm - Martin Simpson - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
There is no doubt that after 45 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving. Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Sunday 21 October 2018 - Karine Polwart - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Karine Polwart is a multi-award-winning songwriter and musician, a theatre maker, storyteller, spoken-word performer, essayist, and published writer. Karine will be touring in 2018 with her trio – long-term collaborators brother Steven Polwart (guitars) & Inge Thomson (accordion, percussion) – and releasing new studio album Laws of Motion in Autumn 2018. www.karinepolwart.com. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Thursday 25 October 2018 8pm - Rag Mama Rag - Otterton Mill (Restaurant), nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Rag Mama Rag create an exceptionally full and hard driving rhythmic sound which soon as audiences feet tapping. Their repertoire is 20’s and 30’s blues based but extremely varied including many regional styles of the period. Ticketing details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Saturday 3 November 2018 8pm - Phillip Henry - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
In the autumn of 2018, Phillip Henry will celebrate the release of his long awaited solo album True North with a national tour. Commemorating ten years since his journey to Kolkata to study under the great slide guitarist Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya, True North charts a life spent travelling the globe, collecting tunes, stories and instruments. Phillip Henry is an in demand performer whose collaborations with fellow musicians Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Steve Knightley (Show of Hands) and Hannah Martin (Edgelarks) have led to the evolution of a unique instrumental style that has wowed audiences around the world. Now he is preparing to take his solo show on the road with a very special series of concerts. As well as his collection of slide guitars, his show-stopping beatbox harmonica, a great favourite with audiences, is sure to make an appearance. Featuring old favourites, and material from True North, this will be an evening to inspire the mind and lighten the soul. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Wednesday 7 November 2018 - Fisherman’s Friends - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Bound together by lifelong friendship and shared experience for more than 25 years the Fisherman’s Friends have met on the Platt (harbour) in their native Port Isaac to raise money for charity, singing the traditional songs of the sea handed down to them by their forefathers. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Sunday 11 November 2018 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
With Miranda Sykes. Following the extraordinary reaction to their haunting cathedral tour ‘Sanctuary’, Show of Hands return to the theatre and concert circuit on a quest to reveal a fuller sound for the trio’s bold new studio album. ‘Joint Venture’ features intriguing collaborations with the likes of Afro Celt Sound System’s Johnny Kalsi, and folk/reggae band Edward the Second. Steve, Miranda and Phil will each play an opening set of three solo spots before being joined by special guest Cormac Byrne, legendary percussionist of Seth Lakeman Band fame. www.showofhands.co.uk. www.theatreroyal.com/whats-on/2018/show-of-hands.

NEW Tuesday 13 November 2018 8pm - Shanty Workshop with The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
Another of our ever popular Shanty Workshops at our 'home' of the Beach Pub, Exmouth (adjacent to the marina). www.exmouthshantymen.com.

NEW Saturday 1 December 2018 8pm - Belshazzar's Feast - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
Catch the special seasonal tour by one of the best-loved duos in folk music, previous BBC Folk Awards Best Duo nominees Belshazzar’s Feast start with traditional folk music, add a touch of classical and jazz, throw in a bit of pop and music hall, and top it off with a wry humour that has won them fans across the world. Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Pagoda Project) have together wowed audiences with their eclectic and eccentric mix of songs and tunes and their between-songs chat guaranteed to send audiences home with smiles on their faces. ‘Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.’ Mike Harding. www.belshazzarsfeast.com. Tickets available now, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.

NEW Thursday 6 December 2018 - St Agnes Fountain - Hannahs at Seale Hayne, Howton Lane, Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ
details tba. www.discoverhannahs.org. Tel. 01626 325800.

NEW 6-8 December 2018 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
Last 3 nights of the autumn tour. With Miranda Sykes and special guest Cormac Byrne. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 8 December 2018 - Folk Orchestra of Torbay Christmas Concert - Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
details tba www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk. Box office 01803 665800.

NEW Saturday 15 December 2018 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (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. Jiggery folkery, hokery pokery...Mad Dog raise hands, lift feet and start parties wherever they play with their spellbinding recipe of folk, pop, rock, jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. Whisking up whistles, fiddles and mandolins to collide in a spectacular explosion of infectious fun, they demand you to dance. www.carnglaze.com.

NEW Friday/Saturday 8/9 March 2019 - Mad Dog McRea - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
+special guests. 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. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Saturday 23 March 2019 8pm - Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
A rare opportunity in the South-West to catch two of the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear. Having toured together since 1986 to packed concert halls all over the world, multi-award-winning Aly & Phil continue to charm audiences with their stunning music, and on-stage charisma that defies description. Witty and humorous banter sits alongside tunes that tug the heartstrings, and joyous reels and melodies that have feet tapping along. Aly (MBE and Doctor of Music), a founder member of Boys of the Lough, is rightly regarded as Scotland's supreme fiddler- arguably the finest of all time. Aly launched the popular BBC TV series ‘Transatlantic Sessions’ in which he and Phil appear. Phil (MBE) is a world famous accordion player and composer. In recent years Phil's work-load has included many commissions for TV and film and an increasing amount of work as musical director for television and theatrical events. Tickets available now, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.

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