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Saturday 7 March 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

At Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map).
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Tickets will also be available on the door, £10. U18/student £8.

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events mostly within an approx. 30 mile radius of Totnes as the crow flies, i.e. including Exeter and Plymouth, and covering Tavistock, Okehampton and Sidmouth for example. It is the main reference for compilation of the Harberton Folk email circulars. Map links (streetmap.co.uk): yield a fully zoomable map. I'm increasingly including postcodes in the venue information for those of you who rely on satnavs.
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Southern Devon Folk Diary

Wednesday 4 March 2015 7.30pm - The Classic Legends of Rock & Folk 'Super Tour' 2015 - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
From Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Carl Palmer & his Band performing ELP and more... From Wishbone Ash, original founding member Martin Turner & his Band plays the music of Wishbone Ash. And the classic line-up of legendary folk band The Strawbs with David Cousins, Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk, who together formed the front-line of the classic 1970s line-up of the band. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15296.

Roberts & Lakeman - Traditional music
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
An evening of traditional and self-penned songs, performed on vocals, guitar, keyboard and woodwind from the winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2013 for Best Duo. Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers, Dartmoor-based Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire, ensures a rare treat for any listener. With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com
Wednesday 4 March 2015 7.30pm - Meavy Parish Hall, Meavy
Thursday 5 March 2015 7.30pm - Sampford Courtenay Village Hall
Friday 6 March 2015 7.30pm - Highweek Village Hall, Highweek
Saturday 7 March 2015 7.30pm - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes

SeriousKitchen -The Whispering Road (storytelling and music)
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
This new show combines dark Scandinavian tales with brooding folk music performed by the international touring group seriouskitchen. Bubbling with vivid imagery and thrilling music, The Whispering Road is a story youll never forget. Leaping between song, music and the spoken word, seriouskitchen deliver an electrifying performance leading the audience on a fantastical journey to a land where every bird and beast has power and every encounter a deeper purpose. The Whispering Road is brought to life with accompaniment of traditional Scandinavian music on the Swedish nyckelharpa (keyed fiddle), kohorn (cow horn), accordion, guitar and three-part close harmony singing. Seriouskitchen draws on the rich heritage of Scandinavian myths and stories to bring you a show blending Nick Hennessey’s spellbinding storytelling with Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer’s renowned musicianship and their collective wealth of experience of Nordic traditional folk culture. www.seriouskitchen.co.uk
Friday 6 March 2015 7.30pm - Stokeinteignhead Village Hall
Saturday 7 March 2015 8pm - Harbertonford Village Hall
Sunday 8 March 2015 7.30pm - South Brent Village Hall

Thursday 5 March 2015 - Martin Harley Band - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
The Martin Harley band - the powerhouse trio of slide guitar master Martin Harley (vocals, guitar, Weissenborn), Pete Swatton (drums, percussion, balalaika, backing vocals) and Jay Carter (double bass, guitar, backing vocals) - are an internationally acclaimed three piece act. Their ‘British Americana’ sound, influenced by Delta Blues and Gypsy Swing has produced a road worn style of song writing. Performances at Glastonbury’s Acoustic and Avalon stages have cemented their popularity as part of UK’s acoustic scene and the home grown, hard touring approach they’ve employed over the last eight years has built them a strong fan base worldwide. www.martinharley.com. Box Office: 01392 667080.
Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/martin-harley.

Friday 6 March 2015 8pm - Police Dog Hogan - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Their live shows are exuberant, accomplished, stirring and funny, mixing country-fried heartbreakers, belting anthems and foot-stomping sing-alongs. Great songs, great musicians & their live shows are really, really good fun! Tickets £10. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Friday 6 March 2015 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Support: folk rock duo Sounds of the Sirens. Full details www.carnglaze.com/mad-dog-mcrea-plus-sounds-sirens-rum-store-carnglaze-caverns-friday-6th-march-2015-8pm. Tel. 01579 320251

Saturday 7 March 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
An evening of traditional and self-penned songs, performed on vocals, guitar, keyboard and woodwind from the winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2013 for Best Duo. Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers, Dartmoor-based Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire, ensures a rare treat for any listener. With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com. Tickets £10/£8. See here for full local ticketing details (Barry Goldsmith from HCC [cheque+SAE], and The Bay Horse Inn Totnes [cheque/cash for personal visitors]). Online tickets £10+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/301040. Licensed bar (real ale). A Villages In Action event www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

Saturday 7 March 2015 7.30pm - Spring Ceilidh with Rough Music - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Devon’s folk arts charity Wren Music presents a family ceilidh with live music from the folk orchestra Rough Music. Rough Music was established by Wren Music 15 years ago. It has grown to over 30 members playing a wide range of instruments. Their repertoire ranges from Devon step dances, through Breton airs, to Swedish polkas and much more. Tickets £8 adult, £5 child. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Saturday 7 March 2015 - The Boys from Melbourne Street - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Launching their new CD “Ship of Fools”. Doors 8pm. Donations on the night. Featuring guest musician Chris Billings on lap slide guitar and Helen Wilson on harmony vocals.

Saturday 7 March 2015 - Jim Causley (solo) - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is singer/accordionist who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Devon. 2015 sees the release of a new album for Jim, somewhat of a departure and a new beginning; this is Jim’s first album of entirely self-penned material. It is being recorded and produced by Phil Beer and will mark exactly ten years since the release of Causley’s debut album. Full details www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/jimandlukasdevon.htm.

Saturday 7 March 2015 - Jamie Smith's Mabon - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
Full details
www.theploughartscentre.org.uk/event.php?dd=7&mm=3&yy=15&ev=Jamie+Smith+Mabon. Box office 01805 624624.

7-27 March 2015 - Vibraphonic Festival - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)

Sunday 8 March 2015 7.45pm - Dan Walsh - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Whilst jokes about the banjo are commonplace and (usually!) funny, if you're one who simply joins in the banter, then come along and see what a master-technician can do. Dan is a member of The Urban Folk Quartet and a rare talent - a demon banjo picker and fine singer/songwriter.  For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 8 March 2015 - Topsham Folk Club feature spot: The Dukes of Jook  - The Malthouse, Globe Hotel, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Occasional feature on a singers night: An hour with The Dukes of Jook - Chris Billings and Julian Piper. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk

Sunday 8 March 2015 - Marta Tilston - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Martha is a captivating performer, an enchanting young singer-songwriter blessed with a gloriously clear and seductive voice. Her songs are exquisitely melodic and rooted in environmental, human and social issues as well as celebrating love, inner peace and the natural world. www.marthatilston.co.uk. Box Office: 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/martha-tilston.

Wednesday 11 March 2015 8pm - Beehive Folk & Acoustic - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Hosted by Terry Stacey in the bar. Free entry. All styles of music. Plugged and unplugged. Special guests "Sid Vale Folk". All welcome to have a beer and listen or play and sing. Further info www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Thursday 12 March 2015 - Sheelanagig - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Standing. Sheelanagig deliver intricate, rhythmically complex arrangements of original and traditional works in a Balkan style. Formed in early 2005 the band had an instant chemistry, gained a considerable following and quickly earned a reputation for their exhilarating and intense live performances. This group of incredible players force you to dance your socks off and have a great time. Sheelanagig’s live shows have grown to incorporate aspects of street theatre, elements of storytelling and even acrobatics, it can provoke a frenzied reaction – flying drinks, mosh pits and stage invasions are hazards on a really good night. In short, expect mayhem, a lot of laughs and some great music. www.sheelanagig.co.uk. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!sheelanagig/cjwm.
Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

Thursday 12 March 2015 8pm - John Renbourn & Wizz Jones - Matthews Hall, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF (map)
A long way down the road from their beatnik days in St. Ives, two of the greatest folk guitar heroes of our generation, join up for an evening of classic folk and blues, tall tales and reminiscence. John and Wizz will perform together as well as playing solo. A rare opportunity to catch these two legends weaving their unique magic. Tickets £16.50 from Topsham Books 01392 877895 or 01392 873407.

Thursday 12 March 2015 - New Acoustic Blues Club for Brixham
If you play, sing or listen to the blues, not the loud electric rhythm-and-blues type, but 1927 to 1942 acoustic blues, you may enjoy BBT2 (Brixham Blues Second Thursday). The launch - 8.30pm, Thursday March 12 (and then the 2nd Thursday of each month) Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham - features Delta Echoes, but with plenty of time for blues floor spots. Delta Echoes comprises acclaimed National steel guitar slide and lap-steel player Stuart Cumberpatch and Richard Scruton, well known on the London folk and blues scene for authentic interpretation of the great Delta bluesmen’s guitar picking. Contact: email stuart1929[at]btinternet.com, tel. 01803 855256.

Sold out Thursday 12 March 2015  - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
In the space of 2 short years, Miranda and Rex have become one of the most sought after duos on the English folk & roots scene. The striking instrumental combination of Miranda's double bass and Rex's mandolin creates what Folk Roots calls: "A musical partnership made in heaven. Scintillating, sensitive and brilliant!" Well known as the third band member of folk icons Show of Hands, Miranda has an exquisite and spine-tingling voice, whilst Rex, with his exuberant and flamboyant playing sytle, has emerged as one of the UK's finest mandolin players. The duo will feature material from their recent 2nd album "Sing a Full Song". www.sykespreston.com/#home. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Friday 13 March 2015 8pm - Bill Kirchen - Globe Hotel, Topsham EX3 0HR
One of the fortunate few who can step onto any stage, play those trademark licks that drove his seminal Commander Cody classic Hot Rod Lincoln into the Top Ten, and elicit instant recognition for a career that has spanned over 40 years and includes guitar work with Nick Lowe, Emmylou Harris, Doug Sahm, Elvis Costello and many more. Named “A Titan of the Telecaster” by Guitar Player Magazine, he celebrates an American musical tradition where rock 'n' roll and country music draws upon its origins in blues and bluegrass, Western swing from Texas and California honky-tonk. What more is there to be said ? Tickets £12.50 from Topsham Books (01392) 877895.

Friday 13 March 2015 - Jess Morgan - Blue Walnut Cafe, Walnut Road, Chelston TQ2 6HS (map)
Jess is busy making a name for herself as a force to be reckoned with in contemporary indie-folk music. Expect bold, inventive songs which are peppered with influence from British and American Folk as well as country, blues and world music. More details 01803 394113. www.bluewalnuttorquay.co.uk.

Saturday 14 March 2015 8pm - The Old Gaffers - Victoria Inn, Fore Street, Salcombe TQ8 8BU (map)
The popular South Devon shanty crew on a regular visit to one of their favourite haunts.

Saturday 14 March 2015 8pm - The Hut People - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, The Hut People have proved to be one of the most unique, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today. Tickets £8 adv / £10 door. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Saturday 14 March 2015 7.30pm - A West Country Concert - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
with Mike O'Connor & Barbara Griggs, Martin & Shan Graebe and Si Barron.
Mike O'Connor & Barbara Griggs www.lyngham.co.uk/mike&barbara.html with a unique, mainly Cornish song repertoire and beautiful music on harp, violin, octave violin and viol. Mike is well-known for his song writing and storytelling and his knowledge of Cornish legends and folk tales and Barbara is an early music specialist. A relaxed, highly entertaining evening – a blend of fact, fiction, and music: ‘Balm for the soul'.
Martin & Shan Graebe www.martinandshan.net singing together in harmony, drawing from a repertoire of English songs, particularly those collected by Sabine Baring-Gould in Devon and Cornwall – plus a few of the songs that Martin has written. They are acknowledged authorities on the Sabine Baring-Gould folk song collection.
And Si Barron www.sibarron.eu/index.html of Barron Brady - a very fine singer and guitarist and interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk songs.
Reel Ale bar. Tickets £10 adv from artworks www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk or £12 on the door. FFI: contact Eileen McKee: Tel: 01364 73699; email: eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com. One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area. Others will include South Brent Folk Day on Saturday 4 July 2015 and another 'Twixt Christmas and New Year Céilidh' on Sunday 27 December 2015. See www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

Saturday 14 March 2015 - French & Breton Dance - Newton St Cyres Parish Hall, New Town Lane, EX5 5BL
Live music by 2 bands Fraîch'Airs and Truffetête. Dance workshop 5.15-7pm led by Pat Long and Jenny Dodwell. 7-7.45pm bring-and-share supper. 8-11pm dance. Dance incl. workshops £10 (unwaged £8); U14 £4.50; dance only £8 (unwaged £6), U14 £4. Further info contact Chris email chrisplanel[at]hotmail.com or call Mike/Pat on 01392 811593.

Saturday 14 March 2015 - Mad Dog Mcrea - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. www.maddogmcrae.com.+ support.  Box Office: 01392 667080.
Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/mad-dog-mcrea-2.

Saturday 14 March 2015 7.30pm - South Devon Big Band - Ariel Centre, King Edward VI Community College, Ashburton Road, Totnes TQ9 5JX (map)
With KEVICC Folk Club. Experience the sounds of Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and similar big bands from that wonderful era. Raising money for Totnes Rotary. Tickets £10, child £5 from Totnes TIC 01803 863168 or call the lovely Glenyce on 01803 863920.

Sunday 15 March 2015 - Gretchen Peters - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Hailed by many as one of Nashville’s best contemporary songwriters, Gretchen Peters’ intelligent and introspective songs have been covered by pop, country, blues and folk artists all over the world. She possesses a rare ability to drive a strong point, yet capture it eloquently in song. That ability has won Peters two Grammy nominations and sold her millions of records worldwide. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/gretchen-peters
. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Sunday 15 March 2015 8pm - Alasdair Roberts - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
In support of his new record, Alasdair will be taking to the road, playing solo at the B-Bar with support from Sound of Yell and Gareth & Annie. “Few, if any, artists are pushing the boundaries of traditional music further.” Uncut 910. “To describe Alasdair Roberts as a singer-songwriter is akin to saying Stephen Hawking is quite interested in physics.” Mojo. www.alasdairroberts.com. Tickets £10. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Tuesday 17 March 2015 - St Patricks Night with the FOS Brothers - Colebrook Village Hall, nr Crediton
You need to book (call Steve Graham 01363 84309) as tickets are limited. Tickets £15 inc supper, veggie option available. 7.30pm doors. Food and bar.

Tuesday 17 March 2015 - Eleanor McEvoy - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Eleanor McEvoy is one of Irelands biggest stars – she sang the lead track on the album “A Woman’s Heart”, the third biggest selling album of all time in Ireland (behind David Gray’s White Ladder and Abba Gold!). Full details www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/eleanor.htm.

Thursday 19 March 2015 7.30pm - Phil Beer Returns - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
in concert with Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed. 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. www.philbeer.co.uk. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/306862.
[Ed.: I recently heard a delightful track from Maggie Duffy's forthcoming new CD so that will be a real treat for all her fans old and new.]

Sold out Thursday 19 March 2015  - Barb Jungr - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
The internationally acclaimed, award-winning artist returns with her new show "This Wheel's on Fire". Extending the repertoire of her highly acclaimed CD, "Hard Rain - The songs of Bob Dylan & Leonard Cohen", Barb interprets new material by Dylan, Cohen, plus Springsteen, Steely Dan, Jagger & Richards, Richard Thompson and more. Long acknowledged as a unique interpreter of song, Barb's passionate delivery, subtle interpretation, artistry and humour conveyed in a musical prism of soul, blues and jazz have earned her cult status in Europe, the US and Australia. "Simply heartstopping" (The Sunday Times) and utterly "sensational" (The New York Times). With pianist Simon Wallace. www.barbjungr.com. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Friday 20 March 2015 8pm - Barron Brady - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn, nr Exeter EX6 7UW
Exciting and talented duo blending traditional and self-penned material and combining Simon Barron's songwriting and Ros Brady's poetry. Their material is largely based on rural-Devon legends and stories beautifully sung against the backdrop of Simon's excellent guitar playing as well as atmospheric whistles and harmonium from Ros. They always give a very professional and polished show that is both lively and heartfelt.
http://barronbrady.com/home.html Support: Harping Mad (Susie & Bill Tresize). Info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family). £8 adv, £10 door.

Friday 20 March 2015 8pm - Harbottle & Jonas and Wildwood Kin - The Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5SP (map)
Harbottle & Jonas www.harbottleandjonas.com are a young and upcoming folk duo that already have plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden and BBC Introducing Devon. Sample www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_GmU22smWQ. Wildwood Kin have recently been nominated for the illustrious BBC Radio 2 'Young Folk Award' 2015. They are the future of folk music. www.facebook.com/wildwoodkin. Free entry. All donations go towards Ukes for Uganda www.gofundme.com/harbottlecycles.

Saturday 21 March 2015 8.30pm - Jiggerypipery - Buccaneers Bar, East St. Crediton EX17 3AZ
Celtic Rock & Roll. Jiggerypipery will perform music from their astounding repertoire of original material. If you want to have a “wild old time” and be enthralled by the dynamic arrangements and skilful renditions of great dance-tunes, then Jiggerypipery are the band for you. Tickets £7.50 on the door.

Saturday 21 March 2015 7.30pm - Tom McConville - Cygnet Theatre Exeter
Few contemporary Fiddle players can conjure a sound as diverse and thrilling as Tom McConville. As if aged like a fine whiskey, the traditional sounds of Newcastle, Scotland, Ireland and America are fused with Classical, Jazz, Bluegrass and folk influences, and the results are timeless. Tom’s playing and singing acts like a history lesson of traditional folk music and storytelling shared with an inimitable sense of humour and style. “One of the greatest violinists I’ve ever heard and by far the biggest influence in my music. A true master” Seth Lakeman. Winner of the BBC folk musician of the year 2009, Tom is internationally renowned for his impassioned and dynamic performances. Tom’s ground breaking fiddle playing has led him to be a huge influence on his contemporaries, and an indispensable collaborator, consistently in high demand. Wren & Cygnet Double Bill event. Box Office 01392 277189

Saturday 21 March 2015 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin – The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Winners of the 2014 BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Duo, one of the most exciting duos to appear on the folk scene in recent years. Now regulars at all the major folk festivals and performed a stunning set at the 2014 Dart Music Festival. Phillip Henry, who comes from Lancashire, is one of the UK's top slide guitar players. Hannah Martin is a local girl from Brixham and a first rate singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. More details www.theflavel.org.uk/TheFlavel.dll/WhatsOn?Programme=1891209. Box office 01803 839530. www.theflavel.org.uk. Part of the Folk at the Flavel series.

Sunday 22 March 2015 7.45pm - Tom McConville - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A truly outstanding fiddler, Tynesider Tom has built a reputation as one of the finest folk musicians of our time. Combined with a dry sense of humour, great songs, a super voice and the bonus of champion Scottish accordion player, Leonard Brown, it's a recipe for a great evening!  For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Thursday 26 March 2015 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Lee Moor Public Hall, PL7 5JR
Doors 7pm. Another Grow Your Own Gig solo tour date. Profits from the concert will go to Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team, Plymouth. Full details, bookings etc. at

Sold out Thursday 26 March 2015  - Michael Messer & Ed Genis - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Michael and Ed are quite simply one of the "best blues & roots duos in the world" (Time Out). Michael is a slide guitar virtuoso who has numbered Johnny Cash among his fans, while Ed is a master rhythm guitarist. Accompanied by Michael's superb vocals, they perform a mesmerising show of original material, blues classics, roots and world musical styles, drawing on their intuitive, musical rapport. Prepare to be blown away by two musicians at the top of their game! www.michaelmesser.co.uk. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Clive Carroll - Guitar Music
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Born into a family of musicians in 1975, Clive has been immersed in an eclectic range of music ever since. He gained a 1st Class Honours Degree in Composition & Guitar from Trinity College in 1998 and has toured extensively throughout Europe, the USA and Australia with legends John Renbourn and Tommy Emmanuel. In 1999, Clive was given his first record deal and since then his three solo albums have established him as one of the top virtuosi of today, prompting Acoustic magazine to declare him Probably the Best and Most Original Young Acoustic Guitar Player and Composer in Britain. Clive Carroll's - A Thousand Years of Music- is a show that demonstrates the versatility of the instrument to its fullest extent. For the last 7 years audiences all over the world have been kept in a constant state of awe and amazement at his virtuosity and skill. With his breathtaking mastery of techniques and antecedents from Benjamin Britten to Nick Drake and from Renbourn through Gordon Giltrap to Pat Metheny, join this stunningly versatile guitarist on a joyful fairground ride of instrumental styles spanning the fields of traditional, classical and jazz with inspirations running from newgrass and fusion jazz to Irish stylings. www.clivecaroll.co.uk
26 March 2015 7.30pm - Ashprington Village Hall
27 March 2015 7.30pm - Clayhidon Parish Hall
28 March 2015 7.30pm - Hockworthy Village Hall
29 March 2015 ??pm - Milton Abbot Village Hall

Friday 27 March 2015 8pm - Plymouth Soroptimists' Charity Barn Dance - Derriford Leisure Centre, Derriford Hospital, Derriford Road, Plymouth, Devon PL6 8DH
Caller Martin Dowling. Tickets £7.50 to include Ploughman's supper, from Lynda on 01752 769070. In aid of Dame Hannah's.

Friday 27 March 2015 - Gallery Bar Special: Nicky Swann & The Freethinkers - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A welcome return for Nicky with a new line-up (Paul Caddick on keyboard and Ryan Fincham on bass) showcasing new material from her forthcoming album, inspired by the wartime exploits of her uncle who served in the RAF in Burma during the Second World War. Free entry, chatty atmosphere, donations to the band would be very welcome. Details www.calstockarts.org.
Coming soon:
Saturday 4 April: Andy Cutting
Friday 17 April: Gallery Bar Special with Geoff Lakeman
Saturday 25 April: Four Parts Guitar – Gordon Giltrap, John Etheridge, Clive Carroll, Raymond Burley

Friday 27 March 2015 9pm - Dr Thud’s Remedy - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Five-piece band playing music of Irish/celtic origin. They play pretty much anything that gets feet tapping and lots of happy people dancing with instrumentation including vocals, guitar, harmonica, occasional Irish whistle, mandolin, fiddle, tea-chest bass, bodhran and percussion. Tickets £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 27 March 2015 - Acoustic Haven: The John Langan Band & Bach'n Beats - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map) ().
The final Acoustic Haven with The John Langan Band! Legendary gypsy swing folk trip www.thejohnlanganband.com. Plus world class organist Ian Curror with beat boxing pixie Treva Who set to lift off the roof. An amazing night to end what has been a fantastic season of community inspired music gatherings in Totnes. Tickets available from Sacks Wholefoods, Totnes. Details and tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/308088.

Saturday 28 March 2015 - Lucy Ward - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Lucy She plays guitar, ukulele and concertina but considers her voice to be her first instrument. After winning the Best Newcomer Horizon Award at the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Lucy’s career has gone from strength to strength establishing herself as one of the hottest performers on the UK Folk scene, pulling a capacity audience on her Cambridge Folk Festival debut and gracing the mighty Acoustic Stage at Glastonbury 2013 and the Left Field stage at Glastonbury 2014. 2014 BBC Nominee for Folk Singer of the Year. £10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/299344. Home made cakes and refreshments in the interval; BYO alcohol, glasses available.

Saturday 28 March 2015 - Phil Beer Band - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
Full details
www.theploughartscentre.org.uk/event.php?dd=28&mm=3&yy=15&ev=Phil+Beer+Band. Box office 01805 624624.

Saturday 28 March 2015 8pm - Liar In The Light - Buccaneers Bar, East Street, Crediton
5-piece teenage folk band from the Crediton area who have a huge passion for music. Band members include: Raddon Stephenson (vocals, accordion, keyboard, trombone), Tom Overton (guitar and backing vocals), Louie Rew-Shaw (banjo, mandolin, harmonica, drums and backing vocals), Johnathan Bulled (double bass, bass guitar and backing vocals), Kai Dudley (violin, cello and backing vocals). Although currently focusing on their own music, they play many great covers from artists such as Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show, as well as traditional folk tunes. Samples: www.youtube.com/user/DontKeepItSecret.

Saturday 28 March 2015 8pm - Moscow Drug Club - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Musicians of great provenance (see www.moscowdrugclub.com) with a great show of Hot Club, Nuevo Tango and East European Gypsy all reminiscent of a Berlin cabaret; more information and tickets www.calstockhall.com.

Sunday 29 March 2015 8pm - Andy Cutting - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Andy Cutting is a rarity. A musician's musician (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner Best Musician 2009 and 2011): a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon practitioner with an ear for a fine tune. Many of his tunes have been purloined along the way: some considered contemporary classics on the folk scene. But then, Andy is also a warm and emotive performer, modestly engaging his audiences with his self-deprecating wit and then flooring them with downright staggering musicianship. www.andy-cutting.co.uk. £10 adv/£12 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Sunday 29 March 2015 - Martin Carthy - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Martin Carthy is a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist. He's a ballad singer and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic. Martin is also been an integral collaborator and vocalist as part of Simon Emmerson’s project, ‘The Imagined Village. “For four decades, Martin Carthy's work has immeasurably enriched the British folk heritage. He is regarded as one of the finest singers and interpreters of traditional music of the British Isles, as well as a highly influential and much-imitated guitarist. Awarded the MBE for services to English folk music in 1998, his drive and enthusiasm are undiminished and he continues to be one of folk music's great innovators” - The BBC. `Arguably the greatest English folk song performer, writer, collector and editor of them all' Q Magazine. Bookings etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/martin-carthy. Tel. 01803 849290.

Thursday 2 April 2015 8pm - The Wurzels - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated+standing. Scrumpy and Western. Formed in 1966 by Adge Cutler, the Bard of Avonmouth, this bunch of haystack-headed, cider-soaked and dung-booted, not-quite-so-young Avonside lads play good-time traditional Zummerzet Scrumpy 'n' Western music. The band has had considerable commercial success from their 1967 anthem Drink Up Thy Zider to the heights of the chart-topping Combine Harvester in 1976. Big in Nempnett Thrubwell, these guys are huge across the whole county! The Wurzels shows regularly sell out so book early to avoid disappointment. Bar and barbecue from 7pm. Seats bookable for £2 more. £16.50 adv, £20 door. Box office 01822 611166. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2303_the_wurzels.

Saturday 4 April 2015 8pm - India Electric Co. - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Sometimes folk, sometimes not. India Electric Company travel through Eastern European themes, gypsy jazz and Irish reels to end up with something "just so fresh." (Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music). Tickets £10. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Saturday 4 April 2015 - Andy Cutting - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX
BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner for Best Musician in 2008 and 2011, Andy is a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon player with an ear for a fine tune. Many of his compositions have become contemporary Folk classics delivered by a warm and emotive performer, engaging his audiences with self-deprecating wit and staggering musicianship. As well as a thorough grounding in the English tradition, Andy’s influences extend to the music of Central France and to the storming Quebecois tradition. Details www.calstockarts.org/saturday-4-april-andy-cutting.

Sunday 5 April 2015 7.45pm - Brian Willoughby & Cathryn Craig - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Our season of phenomenal musicianship continues with the brilliant guitar work of Brian Willoughby (ex-Strawbs), which beautifully complements Cathryn's terrific voice and their carefully crafted songs. Together they create an evening of variety and warmth.  For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Wednesday 8 April 2015 7.30pm - Feast Of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
Feast of Fiddles reach 21 years old in 2015 and this group of musical friends take to the road again to entertain their growing legion of fans with a show of huge dynamic range, passionate and joyful playing and a liberal dose of fun. What started as a daft idea for a folk club night has grown into a folk-rock institution with six CDs to their name, several festival appearances and sell out shows up and down the UK. Typically, fiddlers Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Phil Beer (Show of Hands), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Zeus) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle playing styles to the rock back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion - all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. It's a feast by nature and a feast by name which is guaranteed to be enjoyed even by the most doubting of friends dragged along! Be prepared for laughter, tears, dancing and an all round evening of fabulously entertaining live music. www.feastoffiddles.com. Bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15213.

Wednesday 8 April 7.30 pm - Beehive Folk & Acoustic - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Hosted by Sue King in the bar. Folk and acoustic unplugged. Everyone is welcome whether it is to come along, have a beer and listen or to play and sing. Free Further info www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Thursday 9 April 2015 - Steve Knightley - June’s Barn, West Hele Farm, Hennock, Bovey Tracey
Front man of Show of Hands. Food and a bar will be onsite in this beautiful setting with views across the valley to the moors. Profits from the night will be benefiting Farm Africa, and Friends of Blackpool School. For tickets call Richard Tomlinson on 07974 742216, or email warmhill@live.co.uk.

Friday 10 April 2015  - Veronica Sbergia & Max de Bernhardi - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
We loved their first Mill visit in 2014, so invited them back for more! Winners of The European Blues Challenge 2013, exciting Italian duo Veronica and Max return with their new show "From Blues to Vaudeville" - an overview of American popular music from the early years of the last century. Using ukulele, washboard, kazoo, guitars and mandolin, they sing and play with passion and humour, keeping a precious musical heritage alive by faithfully reproducing its original sound, but with a modern twist. Expect songs from Big Bill Broonzy, Memphis Minnie, Jimmie Rodgers, Sidney Bechet, Lucille Bogan, Bo Carter, the Delmore Brothers and more. www.redwineserenaders.it. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

14-16 April 2015 - Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
A spectacular staging of Michael Flatley's master piece. Details

Wednesday 15 April 2015 - Phil Beer - Lustleigh Village Hall
£16. Tickets and enquiries Daf Edwards, 01364 621242, 07957 280129, enquiries@langworthyfarm.co.uk. For details of a 2-day 'Dartmoor break' available in association with this concert see www.langworthyfarm.co.uk / contact Daf.

Alaw Trio - Traditional Music
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
'Alaw' is Welsh for melody, and it is a love of melody that is at the heart of this group. The band unites the talents of three exceptional musicians whose subtle interplay is a joy to watch. Drawing on a wealth of experience, they take their audiences on a musical journey - a tune brought back from a tour in Bulgaria or collaboration in India - but at the heart of their set is a passion for the old tunes of Wales. From sublime slow airs to dazzling dance tunes and storming songs, Alaw promise a performance of joyful and life-affirming music. Alaw's remarkable empathy and playful repartee comes from many years of working together. Dylan and Oli have performed in Szapora and The Ian McMillan Orchestra. Oli and Jamie are well known throughout the folk world as the frontline of Jamie Smithâ's Mabon. A top band led by one hell of an accordion player. Mike Harding. www.alaw-band.com
16 April 2015 7.30pm - Holcombe Burnell Church, Longdown
17 April 2015 7.30pm - Bere Ferrers Church Hall
18 April 2015 7.30pm - Whimple Victory Hall
19 April 2015 8pm - King's Arms, Okehampton

Friday 17 April 2015 - Gallery Bar Special: Geoff Lakeman - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Stalwart of the West Country Folk scene and father of a virtual folk dynasty, Geoff has performed previously at Calstock Arts to great acclaim as front man for Tin Pan Alley jazz trio Speakeasy and Unstrung Heroes folk trio. Now appearing solo, Geoff is a leading exponent of the rare Crane Duet concertina. He performs his own songs as well as English, Irish, Scottish and West Country Folk as well as tunes by Jimmie Rodgers, the Louvin Brothers, Richard Thompson and Randy Newman. He’s also one of the few to play 1920s and 1930s jazz on an authentic 1920′s instrument. “The time has come for the ‘ old man ‘ of this renowned folk dynasty to fight back and reclaim his rightful place as a performer.” Western Morning News. Free entry, chatty atmosphere, donations to Geoff would be very welcome. Details www.calstockarts.org.

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Friday 17 April 2015 - Lisbee Stainton Duo - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD
When multi-instrumentalist Lisbee isn’t writing and recording her own work she tours as a special guest with Seth Lakeman’s band, with the folk star describing her as, “a fantastic singer songwriter.” “Bound for glory…an exquisite slice of traditional songwriting” – The Times. Tickets £10+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/273768. www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/lisbeedevon.htm. Support: Peter Crawford.

Saturday 18 April 2015 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Part of his 'Grow Your Own Gig' tour. 'Show of Hands' acclaimed front man and BBC award winning singer-songwriter, is returning to his roots and taking his solo show to village halls the length and breadth of England. Licensed bar. All tickets £16. Bookings, enquiries contact Peter Hopwood 01364 72056, email hopwoodclan[at[yahoo.co.uk, or Mandy Haley 01364 73809, or email on mandy[at]timman.co.uk.

Saturday 18 April 2015 8pm - Whiskey in the Jar - Tiverton Arts Theatre, Bolham Road, Tiverton EX15 5SQ
Sean Cannon leadman with the recently formed Dublin Legends (formerly the iconic Dubliners) is joined by his 2 talented sons James and Robert to present a wonderful evening of Irish songs, jigs, soft ballads and fine Celtic music all played with the usual Irish charm and passion. Enjoy the Craic! Reserved seats £12.50. Box office 9.00am-5.30pm Mon-Sat, phone 01884 233741 or www.wegottickets.com/289960. A donation will be made to Twyford Disability Soccer.

Sunday 19 April 2015 7.45pm - Tom Kitching & Gavin Davenport - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Previously a guest at the Club with Gren Bartley, ace fiddler Tom now teams up with multi-award-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist Gavin Davenport (Albion Band, etc). Together they promise a rich and varied blend of traditional and contemporary songs and tunes.  For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 19 April 2015 8pm -  Keith James plays the songs of Nick Drake - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Nick Drake is the most revered and truly loved of all of this Country’s singersongwriters. He recorded three cherished Albums between 1969 and 1972 but was almost entirely unknown in his day. After his tragic death in 1974 aged only 26 his music almost disappeared into obscurity. Now, thanks to a massive resurgence of interest on a worldwide scale, re-evaluating his Life and his genius, Nick Drake has become a National treasure. This new concert will have, as far as can be possible, a fresh and rewarding set list. ‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent; ‘Keith James has become a pillar of trust. A sublimely intimate and engaging voice’ Sunday Times; ‘an absolute must’ Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio. Tickets £10. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Sunday 19 April 2015 - Bellowhead - Hall For Cornwall, Truro
The only West-Country date on this tour. See www.hallforcornwall.co.uk.

Thursday 23 April 2015  - Tia McGraff - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Touring her new 2015 CD, Tia is back! This Canadian singer/songwriter first stepped into the international spotlight on a CBCTV special with Johnny Cash and June Carter, and has since, over a 15 year career, become one of the most respected performers in roots and Americana circles. With a voice described as "stolen from angels", coupled with exquisite songwriting and impassioned delivery, Bob Harris favourite Tia has the ability to capture her audience and hold them spellbound until the last haunting note has faded. Tia is joined by husband and co-writer Tommy Parham. www.tiamcgraff.com. Bookings 01395 568521. www.ottertonmill.com

Saturday 25 April 2015 - Four Parts Guitar - Gordon Giltrap, John Etheridge, Raymond Burley, Clive Carroll - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Four of the most influential guitarists in Britain return to Calstock Arts to showcase their brand new album, following last year’s highly successful sell out concert. Interweaving magical playing and a shared love of music, their sound is spontaneous, exciting and technically brilliant with all four bringing their individual styles to the mix. The concert consists of a mix of solo, duo, and quartet pieces.
Details www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 25 April 2015 8pm - Great Western Ceilidh with English String Band - Bowhill School, Buddle Lane, Exeter EX4 1JT (map)
A belated celebration for St George's Day. Using a combination of fiddles, cellos and double bass the English String Band create a full and exciting sound playing traditional English tunes from around the country, with both unison fiddle playing and harmonies to add further interest and enjoyment.
To book in advance email ceilidhs@great-western.org.uk or call Alan on 01392 217152.

Saturday 25 April 2015 - Benjamin Folke Thomas - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Enjoy an evening of great music and highly original songs from Swedish singer/songwriter Benjamin Folke Thomas. Ben's explosive take on alt-country and country-rock (with emphasis on the rock) has been impressing British audiences since he arrived in London five years ago. Ben recently travelled to Nashville with legendary radio presenter Bob Harris as part of the 'BBC Introducing' presence at the 2014 Americanas. "Ben's instrumental virtuosity, sophisticated songwriting, and powerful passionate vocals add up to Americana at its very best," says Bob. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/299404.

Saturday 25 April 2015 7.30pm - Reg Meuross & Jess Vincent - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5JN (map)
[NB This postcode is correct but interestingly gives a totally wrong location in Google Maps/Earth and, I'm told, satnav. Streetmap.co.uk which I use for my map links does however point to the correct location. Contact Simon below for details.]
Reg brings to the stage a collection of extremely beautiful songs, performed with humour and depth, and sung with the voice of an angel. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people, through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. His special guest will be Jess Vincent. A beautiful and unique voice matched by an extraordinary songwriting talent. Support from Exeter band, Velvet and Stone. £8 adv from Simon 01392 669704 / 07935 543124 / email sstwigg[at]blueyonder.co.uk, £10 door. www.facebook.com/events/1536537343261503

Sunday 26 April 2015 8pm - Gavin Davenport Band - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Gavin Davenport's bold, distinctive vocals, multi-instrumental skills wrapped around a unique percussive guitar style and a knack for stark, contemporary songwriting unite the best of the oral tradition with a modern relevance. He is a winner of the John Birmingham cup for newly composed song and as a member of the Albion Band was nominated for Songlines and Fatea awards in 2013 as well as winning a Spiral Earth award. www.gavindavenport.com. £8 adv/£10 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Friday 1 May 2015 - The James Brothers - James Fagan & Jamie McClennan - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
The James Brothers are not really outlaws, neither are they brothers and only one of them is called James. They come from the lands down under – Australia and New Zealand; lands in which the traditional songs and tunes of the British Isles have evolved their own unique characteristics, like musical marsupials. And it’s these songs and tunes, and several of their own making, that The James Brothers have united to play. Sydney-born James Fagan – best known as one half of Nancy Kerr & James Fagan (musically and maritally), but also spotted playing guitar and bouzouki in The Cara Dillon Band and the live circus that is Bellowhead. Jamie McClennan from New Zealand found himself in a duo with Scotland’s BBC-award-winning Emily Smith (whom he also married). Jamie has been sighted on fiddle, whistle and guitar next to the likes of The Waifs, Beth Nielson Chapman, Brian Finnegan and John McCusker. For Fagan and McClennan this is about bringing their distinct Antipodean-steeped folk to a new audience, with songs and tunes brought to life by a fraternal bond between two very silly, but captivatingly gifted musicians.
www.thejamesbrothers.co.uk. Details www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 1 May 2015 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated+standing. Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and 'shake your ass' music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies - Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Seats bookable for £2 more. Box office 01822 611166. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2330_mad_dog_mcrea.

Saturday 9 May 2015 7.30pm - Exmouth Shanty Men - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
The Exmouth Shanty Men will be making a long-awaited return to play in the refurbished hall of this, their 'next door' village. They will be performing a full concert and hope to see the hall packed to the rafters with folks willing to sing along and join in with as much gusto as will be given on the stage. www.exmouthshantymen.com. Tickets £8. Bookings: www.lympstoneentertainments.co.uk.

Saturday 9 May 2015 8pm - Robin & Bina Williamson - Hazelwood House nr Loddiswell TQ7 4EB (map)
An exotic mix of Celtic Indian & Old Timey Roots - Robin & Bina work so well together because they create a wonderful balance of voices in their acoustic concerts of song-story & music. They draw on a wide variety of original, traditional, spiritual & mystical folk roots. This concert is also part of the Robin Williamson Bardic workshop held over this weekend. If you are interested in joining the workshop please call Robin directly on: 02920 231731. Tickets £15/£13.
Bookable pre-concert buffet available. See www.hazelwoodhouse.com for details. Tel. 01548 821232.

Friday 15 May 2015 7.30pm - Bob Fox: An Evening with the Warhorse Songman - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
After completing 18 months in the West End production of ‘WarHorse’, folk singer extraordinaire Bob Fox returned to his roots. Join him as he performs the songs from the multi award winning smash hit WarHorse, with additional material from his own personal repertoire, a number of stories and songs built up from his forty year career in the music industry, developing his skills in the performance of folk song in all its various forms. Hailing from County Durham in the North East of England, his music is deeply influenced by the working class culture and industrial folk song from that area. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/306941.

Sunday 17 May 2015 8pm - Lady Maisery - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Forged from the voices of Hannah James (Kerfuffle, duo with Sam Sweeney), Hazel Askew (The Askew Sisters, The Artisans) and Rowan Rheingans (Fidola), Lady Maisery explore vocal harmony to breathtaking effect, through their fresh interpretations of songs and ballads. The trio burst onto the scene in summer 2011 and their live performances during the festival season created a real buzz. They were nominated for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 and for Best Debut at the 2012 Spiral Awards. www.ladymaisery.com. £8 adv/£10 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Sunday 17 May 2015 - Worry Dolls - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Humorous and charming folk songwriting combined with sublime harmonies. Full details www.worldunlimited.co.uk/events/worrydolls.htm.

Wednesday 20 May 2015 8pm - Fairport Convention - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Fairport Convention are an English folk rock and electric folk band. Formed in 1967, they are widely regarded as the most important group in the English folk rock movement. Bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/fairportconvention. Tel. 01752 892220.

Thursday 21 May 2015 - Bella Hardy - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated. Bella Hardy is at the top of the folk ladder right now. This year's winner of the Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year Award, she's touring her most musically expansive and lyrically personal album to date. Don't miss this incredible chance to see a genuine folk star up close and personal.
BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year Award. With fiddle in hand, she presents folk songs in the best tradition; not as antiquated museum pieces, but as relevant and very human artworks. www.bellahardy.com. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!bella-hardy/c217f.  Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

Thursday 21 May 2015 8pm - An Evening with Slaid Cleaves - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist’s eye and a poet’s heart. “Normally when I start writing a new batch, a theme starts to emerge after three or four songs,” says Cleaves. “This time around I thought, I’m just gonna write where the muse takes me and each song will be its own thing. So I ended up with a CD that has a bit more variety on it compared to my previous releases. Half the songs are about struggle and perseverance and half are all over the place, some tongue-in-cheek stuff, a gospel song, a Texas pride song.” www.slaidcleaves.com. Tickets £10. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Saturday 23 May 2015 - West Country Traditions Day - The Strand, Exmouth and surrounding venues
Hosted by The Exmouth Shanty Men. Free. A day of shanties and sea songs from The Exmouth Shanty Men and other shanty crews alongside dancing, musicians and entertainment for all the family. This is part of the Exmouth Festival which is supported by donations from those attending. For further details please visit www.exmouthfestival.org.uk (later) or phone Exmouth Town Hall on 01395 276167. For information about The Exmouth Shanty Men: www.exmouthshantymen.com.

Tuesday 26 May 2015 7pm - Shanty Cruise - River Exe, Exmouth
With The Exmouth Shanty Men. An evening cruise up the fabulous Exe estuary with shanties being sung as she goes. A very popular event within the Exmouth Festival, it has sold out in previous years so please book early to avoid disappointment. All proceeds from ticket sales are given in support of Exmouth Festival. www.exmouthfestival.org.uk.  £10. For further details see www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk or phone 01395 222144/279693. For information about The Exmouth Shanty Men: www.exmouthshantymen.com.

Friday 29 May 2015 7pm - The Wurzels - Imperial Recreation Ground, Exmouth
An Exmouth Rotary's Kite Festival event. For full details, ticketing etc. see www.exmouthrotaryclub.co.uk/kite-festival/ticket-shop.

Sunday 31 May 2015 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Recently described as, "Authentic, haunting roots music from a first class duo" (Seth Lakeman), Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are one of the most exciting and innovative duos to appear on the folk/roots/acoustic scene in recent years – a journey that has resulted in their winning the 'Best Duo' in the 2014 BBC Folk Awards. With a rapidly expanding following and a truly unique sound that effortlessly spans many genres, the duo have been touring constantly for the past three years, winning new fans of all ages wherever they go. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/307024.

Saturday 6 June 2015 8pm - Simon and Garfunkel: Through the Years performed by Bookends - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, receiving 4 stars from Broadway Baby, Bookends are back on tour with their moving and powerful live performance and multimedia show, taking a chronological journey through the friendship and career of Simon & Garfunkel. Following a BBC Radio tour the show was described as a "must see" with Bookends being labeled as the most authentic sounding tribute to the music of Simon Garfunkel. With ever expanding visuals the show opens at the start of their career and ends at the much publicised breakup. Features hits such as The Sound of Silence, Mrs. Robinson, The Boxer and the unforgettable Bridge over Trouble Water, the show is a must see for any music lover. www.thebookendsshow.co.uk. Bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/bookends. Tel. 01752 892220.

Wednesday 10 June 2015 - Peter Knight’s Gigspanner - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
It’s been a long time in the works, but Gigspanner’s riveting new album Layers of Ages sees the band blowing the dust from a collection of well-worn traditional music and song, to reveal authentic moments of staggering originality and great beauty. Hailed by Songlines magazine as “another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool”, Gigspanner present carefully curated and skilfully narrated material that goes beyond the folk genre. Modern in interpretation yet classical in its virtuosity, the music continues to inspire audiences of all leanings, bringing them back for more. Legendary fiddle player Peter Knight (ex Steeleye Span) is joined by Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on percussion. This short album launch tour takes place in some of Gigspanner’s favourite venues – we are delighted to be one of them. “Peter Knight Can Spin the World on His Bow” Sir Terry Pratchett.
www.gigspanner.com. Details www.calstockarts.org.

Thursday 11 June 2015 - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - The Bancourt Hotel, Avenue Road Torquay TQ2 5LG
details tbc

Sunday 28 June 2015 8pm - Martyn Joseph - Matthews Hall, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF (map)
Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music. Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerising live performer. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many. Bookings, more info www.wegottickets.com/event/311390.

Saturday 4 July 2015 - South Brent Folk Day - Evening concert with Hattie Briggs Trio and Steve Turner
Singing, music, morris and clog dancing, drop in concert and workshops (including Concertina / Song accompaniment), throughout the day in the Old School Centre. There will be a poetry competition around the theme of 'Tree life': entry £2.50 per poem - closing date Saturday 20th June 2015.
Food during the day from 'Two Good Cooks' (Anna Stewart & Tara Vaughan-Hughes).
Evening: Folk Concert at 7.30pm in the Village Hall with:
Hattie Briggs Trio; Hattie is a Gloucestershire based singer-songwriter and BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominee in 2014. Having had 3 singles in the iTunes singer-songwriter chart, she will be releasing her debut album ‘Red & Gold’ on 6th April. www.hattiebriggs.co.uk. Steve Turner began his career on the Manchester folk scene at the end of the 1960s. He is a multi-instrumentalist, with one of the best voices in the business who accompanies himself on the concertina and cittern and also plays mandolin and banjo. His 5th album 'The Whirligig of Time' was long listed for the BBC folk awards in 2008 and his latest 'Rim of the Wheel' was released in 2012 to rave reviews. www.steve-turner.co.uk. Reel Ale Bar; Doors 7pm; tickets £10 adv by post (contact Eileen McKee on 01364 73699 or email southbrentfolk@gmail.com), £12 door.
Further details to be announced Visit South Brent Folk website www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

17/18 July 2015 - Chagstock Festival - Chagford
Multi-genre line-up includes Mad Dog Mcrea, Martha Tilston, Police Dog Hogan, Rusty Shackle, Roving Crows. www.chagstock.info. The festival has sold out the last 3 years.

Saturday 18 July 2015 - New Rope String Band - Harberton Parish Hall, nr Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
Details tba/tbc. In their final year of touring before retirement this halloween the three masters of music and mirth return to the scene of numerous past hilarious escapades and stunning performances for one last time You cannot possibly miss this. You won't have another chance. Presented by Harberton Cricket Club, supported by Harberton Folk.

31 July to 7 August 2015 - Sidmouth Folk Week
This year's Pre-Festival Special concert on Thurs 30 July features Kate Rusby & her Band. Super Early Bird tickets now sold out, Early Bird now available until 30 April at latest. Details www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk. Join their mailing list for regular updates.

8-15 August 2015 - Dartington International Summer School (Week 2): Folk Content - Dartington Hall Trust, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL (map)
Week 2 includes several folk courses and performance events. www.dartington.org/summer-school/courses#week2.
Course: Folk Choir (Sally Davies)
Sally Davies is an extremely experienced singer, composer and choir leader, and directs the Cecil Sharp House Choir with her distinctive and original arrangements of folk songs. The Folk Choir course will provide an intense and rewarding learning experience; you’ll be rehearsing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe, in spine-tingling a cappella harmony, for a concert later in the week.
Course: As I Walked Out One Morning (Kathryn Tickell & Marilyn Imrie)
The wonderful virtuoso Northumbrian pipesplayer, fiddler and singer Kathryn Tickell joins forces with the prolific Scottish theatre director and radio producer Marilyn Imrie, to lead this exciting folk course. Devoted to storytelling, song writing and instrumental tuition, the class offers the chance for poets, songwriters and players to study and rehearse traditional music and poetry, as well as collaborate and create new work. There’s a concert later in the week, shared with the Folk Choir.
Course: Arranging Folk Music (Sally Davies)
‘When you arrange a song, you are a composer. Having sung the polyphonic songs of the Caucasus and The Balkans, I felt there was a crying need for British folk songs to have something of the bite and power of these Eastern European arrangements. It’s my intention to infuse English folk songs with some of these harmonic elements!’ Sally Davies’ course is for musicians with some experience of arranging, and you’ll be looking at creating open harmonies for different-sized ensembles.
The following public concerts and ceilidh will all take place in Dartington's Great Hall:
Monday 3 August 2015 10pm - Strings, Wheel and Fingers
Stevie Wishart: hurdy gurdy and violin. Medieval music, improvisation, and guest artists. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=83602.
Sunday 9 August 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Tickell & The Side
Northumbrian pipes, accordion, cello and harp. The great Kathryn Tickell and her new band bring together folk and classical. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85197.
Thursday 13 August 2015 5.15pm - As I Walked Out One Morning
Folk Choir, Kathryn Tickell, Marilyn Imrie, folk students. A cappella folk choir, folk poetsy and new songs, Kathryn Tickell students. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87397.
Friday 14 August 2015 10pm - Ceilidh
Caller and folk band. Final Night Party, with dancing. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87199.

10-14 August 2015 - Folkworld - Rattery Village Hall nr Totnes TQ10 9LD
Full details of Joe Broughton's Folkworld course for 10 to 21 yr olds are now available at www.folkworld.org - and bookings are open.

21-23 August 2015 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park, Devon
Tickets went on sale on 6 Feb. Usually sells out way in advance. www.beautifuldays.org

Saturday 19 September 2015 2pm & 7.30pm - The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - 30 Plucking Years - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
NB two performances. Eight Ukuleles, sixteen hands, thirty two strings, sixteen million minutes, one billion seconds, thirty years. In June 2015 the Orchestra had clocked up sixteen million minutes of ukulele action. By September 2016 they will have been active for one billion seconds. They play ukuleles, they sing, they say funny things, they whistle, but they bring a lot more to the table than that. 'Pure entertainment', 'Magisterial', 'The best musical entertainment in the country', 'A much loved national institution' - just some of the things audience members and reviewers have said in attempting to encapsulate the indefinable magic and atmosphere of all round good humour, light heartedness, well being and joy which permeate the live concerts. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15328.

Saturday 26 September 2015 - Fishermans Friends - Plymouth Pavilions (map)

Sunday 27 September 2015 7.30pm - Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
Comprising three of Britain’s finest musicians and interpreters of songs and tunes, each member of this trio is an acknowledged virtuoso in their own right. Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr have come together for the joy of playing and exploring the possibilities of music, after appearing on stages in various combinations over recent years, and thoroughly enjoying it! Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/306945.

Saturday 10 October 2015 - Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer. Highly impressive Washington State duo who recently opened for Kelly Joe Phelps and have worked with Birds of Chicago and Po' Girl. www.calstockhall.com.

Thursday 12 November 2015 8pm - Sarah McQuaid - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
details tba. More information from Anne & Steve Gill 01803 290427 or Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

Sunday 15 November 2015 - The Waterboys - Plymouth Pavilions (map)

20-22 November 2015 - West Country Christmas Carols - Sidmouth
Folk South West's ever-popular weekend of workshops and concerts. Tutors will be Helen Coombs, John Kirkpatrick, Tim Laycock, Matt Norman, Carolyn Robson, Eddie Upton and Peter Wilton. Book your accommodation now for a stimulating and enjoyable weekend of workshops and concerts and book your place for the weekend for just £70.
We are delighted that John Kirkpatrick will perform his Tunes from the Trenches programme on Friday 20 November at 8pm in the Methodist Church Hall, High Street, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8LE. This concert is included in the weekend fee but tickets for the concert only are £8 from Folk South West 01935 873889.

Saturday 28 November 2015 - Martin Simpson - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
details tbc/tba www.calstockhall.com.

Saturday 28 November 2015 8pm - Sounds of Simon - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
"The definitive Simon & Garfunkel tribute". Full details www.carnglaze.com/sounds-simon-rum-store-carnglaze-caverns-saturday-november-28th-2015-8pm. Tel. 01579 320251.

Sunday 27 December 2015 7.30pm - Twixt Christmas & New Year Ceilidh with ??? - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
details tba One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support the South Brent Folk Festival in July.

Sunday 21 February 2016 7.45pm - John Kirkpatrick - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tba/tbc www.moorfolk.co.uk.

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