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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

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Saturday 24 September 2016 - Ninebarrow - Downderry & Seaton Village Hall, Main Road, Downderry, Torpoint, Cornwall PL11 3LW
Multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’ by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. In 2015, Ninebarrow were announced winners of Fatea Magazine’s ‘Debut Album of the Year’ 2014; their latest album ‘Releasing the Leaves’ was awarded five stars in both Maverick Magazine and the English Folk Dance and Song Society Magazine, who described it as ‘Immaculate’. Another example of how strong British folk music is at the moment.’ The Telegraph. www.ninebarrow.co.uk.

Saturday 24 September 2016 - Steve Pledger - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Steve Pledger has an enviable reputation as a talented and dynamic performer. BBC Introducing have called his music "beautiful, authentic, unblemished and wonderful”. With writing that ranges from fragile reflections on love and loss to blistering commentaries on present circumstances. His songs pack an emotional punch, both on record and on stage. www.stevepledger.co.uk. Support: Ben Morgan-Brown, Exeter-based singer/songwriter/guitarist, influenced by Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Ryley Walker, The Beatles, and John Martyn amongst others His melodic songs incorporate fingerstyle guitar, altered tunings, warm vocals and honest lyrics. www.benmorganbrown.co.uk. Full details and online booking at www.wegottickets.com/event/369796.

Saturday 24 September 2016 2.30-5pm - Devonshire Bellringing Event - St Mary's Church, Ottery St. Mary
'The Art of Devon Call Change Ringing', run by the Devonshire Association Music Section in association with the Devon Association of Ringers. A talk on the history and tradition of Devon call change ringing. A demonstration peal by members of the Devon Association of Ringers. A selection of bellringing songs. An opportunity to have a go and pull a rope. Followed by a Devon cream tea (£3.50). Admission by donation. For more information and numbers for cream teas please contact Alan Rosevear 01392 277271 or email rosevear1[at]aol.com.

Sunday 25 September 2016 2.30pm - Ninebarrow - Galmpton Village Institute Hall, Greenway Road, Brixham TQ5 0LT (map)
Multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’ by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. www.ninebarrow.co.uk. Support: Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed. Tickets £12(+) online at www.wegottickets.com/event/350060. A few tickets will be available on the door.

Sunday 25 September 2016 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Exminster Victory Hall, Main Road, Exminster EX6 8DF
Online tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/341547. A car park is situated on Deepway Lane at the recreation ground.

Cancelled Sunday 25 September 2016 8pm - Spirit of Ireland - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15614.

Sunday 25 September 2016 7.45pm - Pete Coe - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Pete has been a professional musician since 1971, playing at festivals concerts,clubs, dances & schools throughout Britain, Europe, Asia, New Zealand & USA . During the ‘70s he toured and recorded with Chris Coe, was a member of the legendary New Victory Band with Nic Jones, and Tony Rose. In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s he toured and recorded with Red Shift but since 1985 he's mainly worked as a soloist & earned an enviable reputation. His strong, distinctive voice is enhanced by his instrumental versatility. An accomplished player of the bouzouki, mountain dulcimer, banjo & melodeon,h e's also a country dance caller, creator & band musician. He sings, plays & step dances, sometimes all at once! "It may be easier and quicker to list the talents that Pete Coe doesn’t have."........Andy Kershaw, BBCworld. Pete has recently been awarded a Gold Badge from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) for unique or outstanding contributions to folk music, dance or song, distinguished service to EFDSS and/or exceptional contributions to EFDSS’ work. http://petecoe.co.uk.
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 25 September 2016 7.30pm - Trade Winds - Tradesmans Arms, Scoriton, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
Hope you've had good summers and made use of the days of good weather -- never seem to get more than two or three in a row. Trade Winds starts its 14th season. Look forward to seeing as many as can make it. The usual mix of poems, songs, stories and music. Simon and Susan 01364 631308.

Thursday 29 September 2016 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Awarded the best duo in the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk awards we are delighted to welcome Kathryn and Sean back to the Mill. Two of the most accomplished performers on the British Folk scene whose passion and ever evolving repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. Both are acknowledged as ‘Songwriters par excellence’ and with over 20 years of making music this is an act not to be missed. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Friday 30 September 2016 7pm - Phil Beer - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
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. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Saturday 30 September 2016 - Ceilidh with Mrs Midnights - Jubilee Hall, High Street, Stoke Canon, Exeter EX5 4AR
Caller Mike Boston. Details and tickets from the Stoke Canon Inn 01392 840063.

Friday 30 September 2016 8pm - Otis Gibbs - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
The first gig back at the Crown & Sceptre after our sabbatical sees the singer-songwriter, brilliant raconteur, Indiana native, ace photographer and general all-round renaissance man Otis Gibbs playing here. His songs feature stories about every day life. He has been compared to Woody Guthrie, Tom T. Hall, Kris Kristofferson, and Townes Van Zandt. The website Saving Country Music describes him as Gibbs a "storyteller’s storyteller" with an "independent spirit." Andy Gill of the The Independent wrote that there is a "authenticity and dedication in Gibbs' delivery which is somehow cleansing in its purity". Tickets £11 adv from the venue, tel. 01803 328290, or online www.wegottickets.com/event/364842. More details by ringing the venue on 01803 328290.

Friday 30 September 2016 - Acoustic Haven: Teyr - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
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We combine fiddle, pipes, accordion, whistles, guitar and voices in every innovative way we can muster. Heavily influenced by the great Irish, Scottish, English and Cornish musicians who've come before us, we have honed our craft and thrived on weaving our diverse threads together. Folk music, with its mix of fidelity to tradition and freedom of expression, beautifully allows this." www.teyr.co.uk. Cafe etc open 6.30pm. Tickets on sale at Sacks Wholefoods in Totnes, or on the door if still available. Online booking available, see  www.acoustichaven.co.uk. Acoustic Haven is a community music night run by volunteers.

Friday 30 September 2016 7pm - The Wurzels - Great Barn, Buckland Abbey, nr Yelverton
An evening of scrumpy and western. Booking essential. Details/tickets see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/buckland-abbey/whats-on.

Saturday 1 October 2016 7pm - Sarah Deere-Jones - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Sarah Deere-Jones is one of the UK’s most talented and versatile harpists, she was classically trained but soon turned her focus onto medieval and traditional music, with her ground-breaking compositions and arrangements, that are now in demand around the world and have been placed on UK harp grade-exam lists. She regularly appears at major music and harp festivals in America and Australia performing solo concerts and holding workshops for student harpists. As well as performing haunting songs and dazzling instrumentals from the English traditional and Celtic genres she also includes jazz and world music. Her work using the Aeolian harp (wind blown) has lead to her music being broadcast on national TV and Radio where it has been widely acclaimed. Sarah’s own research on the medieval harp has shown how it is truly a traditional English, as well as Celtic musical instrument, and her concerts, which are full of dry humour, present the harp and it’s image, in an entirely different light. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Saturday 1 October 2016 8.30pm - Folk Evening - Cross House Inn, School Road, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
Back for another season. Playing, singing, nattering & noggins. Song and music session. All welcome, bring your instruments and voices. Another fun-filled folk evening. Pub's food is recommended.

Sunday 2 October 2016 7.30pm - James Findlay - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated. James Findlay first came into the public eye after winning the 2010 BBC Young Folk Award. "Bl**dy hell, what a voice! This was my first thought as he launched into his songs. He’s warmly charismatic with that sparkle of personality that draws a crowd along with him.” Jon Boden. "He’s got an appositely brilliant voice that lad. It’s not just soft and mellow but it has got a lot of depth and a lot of passion to it. Love his stuff!” Mike Harding. James comes from a family of folk singers & his enthusiasm lies firmly within the English tradition. He is particularly passionate about songs from his home counties of Dorset, Somerset and Devon. He has an extensive repertoire and love for song and this really shows through his knowledge and understanding of the material. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2740_james_findlay.

Thursday 6 October 2016 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Mary Tavy Coronation Hall PL19 9PA
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting new folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Full descriptions, booking details, venue locations etc. should be available at www.villagesinaction.co.uk/events.

Friday 7 October 2016 7.45pm - Paul Wilson & Marilyn Tucker - Brixham Folk Club, Brixham Theatre Lounge, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
Marilyn and Paul are renowned for their strong vocal harmonies and instrumental variety, including guitar and piano accordion. Their wide repertoire of traditional songs, including many from Devon's rich cultural history is complemented by a wealth of new songs and original compositions. “We are delighted to be dropping by to sing at Brixham” said Paul, “it will be great to re-connect with South Devon and with long standing friends”. Together Paul and Marilyn have set up Wren Music as a folk music education organization which over the last 30 years has developed an enviable reputation for delivering quality folk development work in a huge variety of settings. They have recently been awarded the gold badge, from the English Folk Dance and Song Society, the highest honour the national body can give. “The success and growth of Wren has outstripped our expectations” said Paul. “Now that’s running, we’ve got a chance to develop further what we were doing before Wren was set up” says Marilyn “that is taking work as performers in our own right.” Doors 7.30pm. Entry £6.

Friday 7 October 2016 7pm - Keston Cobblers Club - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
“Crossover potential written all over it” 4 Stars - MOJO. “Rambunctious folk and joyous elemental pop” The Guardian. “Furiously contagious….uniquely, charmingly British” Clash. “Ear-worm melodies” 4 Stars - Financial Times. “Wondrous….hugely accomplished” fRoots. “Could this 5-piece be your new favourite folk-pop group?” Digital Spy. Over the last few years, Keston Cobblers Club have been steadily building a name for themselves and winning over an army of loyal fans. They’ve played some of the UK’s biggest festivals and were invited to open for Bellowhead on their farewell tour. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Saturday 8 October 2016 7.30pm - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
BBC Radio 2’s Folk Duo of the Year 2016, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker bring their epic stories of love and loss to life with soaring vocals and exquisite guitar playing. Their performances have been described as ‘shimmering cathedrals of sound’. Whether interpreting words centuries old or singing her own authentic lyrics, Josienne’s jewel-like voice goes straight to the heart and Ben’s musical integrity and flair for arrangement are a perfect match, always allowing the songs themselves to be centre-stage. A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel. www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

Saturday 8 October 2016 - Quicksilver - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (map)
The Kingston Autumn Seasonal Concert: Hilary Spencer and Grant Baynham. Hilary’s powerful vocals and Grant’s virtuoso guitar playing combine to provide a memorable experience for the audience. Grant’s song writing, honed during a four year stint on the BBC’s “That’s Life”, ranges from the poignant to the purely comic. Entertainment guaranteed! “Comic song touched with gold.” (Ned Sherrin, Presenter, BBC TV).  Tel. 01548 810806 for details.

Saturday 8 October 2016 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin form one of the most exciting and innovative duos to appear on the folk/roots/acoustic scene in recent years – a journey that resulted in their winning Best Duo in the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. They make a welcome return to Calstock Arts promoting their latest album Watershed, an exceptional record that marks a huge step forward both in terms of musicality and in the breadth and depth of the material. The alchemy of Martin’s evocative songwriting, rich vocals and fiddle and banjo playing combined with Henry on dobro, harmonica, lap steel and more fuse into a wholly distinctive sound bridging blues, folk, country and Americana. “Authentic, haunting roots music from a first class duo”, Seth Lakeman. Details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 8 October 2016 - Flats And Sharps - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Flats and Sharps blur the lines between Bluegrass, Folk, Country & Pop.  www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Saturday 8 October 2016 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Bratton Clovelly Parish Hall EX20 4JT
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting new folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Bar. www.brattonclovellyfestival.com.

Saturday 8 October 2016 - Sam Green with Michael Sykes - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Combining foot percussion, harmonicas and voice with various acoustic and slide guitars; Sam Green is an eclectic, modern roots artist from Devon. Sam’s music is alternative indie folk blues. His intimate, conversational vocal style and virtuosic, radical approach to the guitar come together as a vehicle in which he is free to explore lyrical topics of travel, social injustice and anti-capitalism all the while telling stories of love, hurt and redemption. Full details, samples etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/sam-green-with-michael-sykes.

Saturday 8 October 2016 8pm - Dave Peabody with Regina Mudrich, and Julian Piper - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
A champion of the genre for almost half a century, if there was any justice, Dave Peabody would be revered on the same hallowed throne as his transatlantic blues contemporaries. A performer known for not only his sizzling performances of Mississippi Delta standards and sardonic wit, this time around sees him with the accomplished German violinist Regina Mudrich in tow, an unusual but enteraining pairing if ever there was one. Expect dashes of Jazz amongst the blues. Kicking the evening off will be our own resident blues legend Julian Piper, so a feast  of great American roots music is guaranteed. Tickets £10 adv from the Bridge tel 01392 873862, £12 door.

NEW Sunday 9 October 2016 7.45pm - Kim Lowings & The Greenwood - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A first visit for this Midlands-base group, established in 2011 and providing an energetic blend of original compositions and traditional songs. their latest album Histonia (2015) was heralded as "beautiful and enchanting" by Living tradition and "Absolutely captivating" by R2 Magazine.
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 9 October 2016 8pm - Nancy Kerr & The Sweet Visitor Band - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Influential singer-violinist Nancy Kerr plays tracks from her forthcoming follow up album to her solo debut Sweet Visitor backed by a stellar lineup. As a singer- songwriter Nancy has been gaining countless new fans in addition to those who have followed her career with partner James Fagan for the last two decades. Nancy is joined here by Greg Russell, Tom Wright, Rowan Rheingans and Tim Yates. £14 adv/£16 door. www.topshamfolkclub.org. www.wegottickets.com/event/364200.

Sunday 9 October 2016 7.30pm - Hannah James Jig Doll - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated. Jig Doll is a new project created by Hannah James. A rarity in folk music, Hannah is a singer, musician and innovative clog dancer. Jig Doll combines all of these disciplines in a beautiful new show exploring the life of the travelling player: sometimes exotic, sometimes frightening, it’s a world where home changes daily, and the only touchstones are the skills you carry with you, and the people you meet on the way. Jig Doll is the culmination of Hannah’s career thus far, allowing her to combine all of the disciplines for which she’s become known and take them to exciting new places. Much more than a concert, Jig Doll features newly-composed music in a magical setting woven around percussive dance. More details www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2760_hannah_james_jig_doll.

Monday 10 October 2016 9pm - Eliza Acty - Bread and Roses, 62 Ebrington Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF
Eliza Acty is a singer and musician based in Devon. With her unique vocal style, Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time and contemporary songs that spans over a century of music. Previously performing with the successful old-time band ‘Appaloosas’, Eliza has been seen in folk clubs, festivals and music venues all over the South West including appearances on BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Cornwall. She has also recorded two albums with Appaloosas, as the lead vocalist and guitarist. Added accompaniment from Peter Acty on clawhammer banjo and guitar. www.facebook.com/elizaactymusic.

Wednesday 11 October 2016 8pm - Paul Downes - Bradninch Acoustic Music Club, Baptist Hall, Millway, Bradninch EX5 4NL
The amazing Paul Downes will be honouring us with his presence, one of England's finest folk guitarists is going to give us a night to remember with his playing, wit and great songs…a night not to miss. BYO drinks. General club info and contact details www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.

Thursday 13 October 2016 -  Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
In the space of a few short years, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston have emerged to become one of the most sought after duos on the English folk & roots scene. The striking combination of the flame headed double bass player & virtuoso mandolin player create music that Folk Roots say is: “A musical partnership made in heaven. Scintillating, sensitive and brilliant!” www.sykespreston.com. Buffet & gig £22 or gig only £12. See www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk for full details.

Thursday 13 October 2016 - Martha 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. Full details, samples etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/martha-tilston.

Thursday 13 October 2016 8pm - Lisa Mills - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Mississippi native now Alabama resident Lisa Mills could be called a blues singer, or a gospel singer or a torch singer or an R&B singer and each label would be accurate. Her 2015 tour was a rousing success and her emotional, sophisticated performances won many plaudits. ‘Lisa Mills- one of the finest blues singers you’ve probably not heard but will demand more of’ Blues all Over the place. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Thursday 13 October 2016 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Clyst Hydon Village Hall EX15 2ND
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting new folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Full descriptions, booking details, venue locations etc. should be available at www.villagesinaction.co.uk/events.

Thursday 13 October 2016 8pm - Various notable local musicians - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
Continues the series of enterprising Crabshell concerts with a free evening of fine locally flavoured music from ???. No need to book; just get yourselves seated ready for the Eight o’Clock start. Contact: Paul Rossiter 01548 852841. Details of this and more music in the southern South Hams, and Crabshell Records, at www.shamstrad.co.uk.

Friday 14 October 2016 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Stockleigh Pomeroy Village Hall EX17 4AU
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting new folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Full descriptions, booking details, venue locations etc. should be available at www.villagesinaction.co.uk/events.

Friday 14 October 2016 8pm - Soroptimist International Plymouth Barn Dance - Derriford Hospital Leisure Centre
Caller Martin Dowling. Tickets £8 to include ploughmans supper. Further information Margaret Luscombe 01752 774401 or 07523 131129.

Friday 14 October 2016 7.30pm - Contra Dance - St Katherine's Priory, Exeter EX4 7JY (map)
Caller: Jeremy Child. A monthly series of Contra Dances. 7.30-10.30pm. Cost £4 per person. Beginners welcome.  Using recorded music from your favourite English bands as well as some of the top American Contra Bands. Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

Friday 14 October 2016 - Kevara Klezmer Ceilidh - Town Hall, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DD
Doors 7.30pm. No bar, BYO refreshments. Admission £8/£7. Come and join Si, Ami, Martin, Pam, Tim, Joel and Howard for more East European shenannigans.

Wednesday 19 October 2016 - Lynched - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Lynched are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/lynched. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Thursday 20 October 2016 8pm - Eddie Martin - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Eddie is quite simply “ the most remarkable bluesman of a generation” (Bob Harris BBC R2) and makes a welcome return to the Mill. He is widely regarded as one of the most respected blues musicians in the UK, and on his last visit to the Mill sold out in just hours. His performances are highly entertaining, his energy infectious and his soulful vocals a treat. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 21 October 2016 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Highweek Village Hall TQ12 1QQ
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting new folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Full descriptions, booking details, venue locations etc. should be available at www.villagesinaction.co.uk/events.

Friday 21 October 2016 8pm - Les Barker - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Les is one of the funniest and most unique people on the planet and probably one of the wittiest writers of poems and parodies you will ever see and hear. Many of his comic poems have become very renowned, including Jason And The Arguments, Cosmos The Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower and Have You Got Any News Of The Iceberg? Most of his poetry is available in print form and he has published over 80 books. Come along and be reduced to tears of laughter! Support: tbc. Tickets (this is an advanced notice concert only) paid in adv £10; adv notice without pre-payment £12. Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.exeterfolkclub.org, www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

NEW Friday 21 October 2016 - Gallery Bar Special: Esperanto - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A welcome return to Calstock Arts for Jon Boyes and Mark Barnwell, two of the south west’s finest and most popular Spanish guitarists. Esperanto presents a showcase of traditional Spanish/Latin melodies whilst putting their own unique stamp on music by The Eagles and Madonna. Infectious rhythms interlaced with sparkling harmonies and dazzling fretwork, Esperanto take you on a journey: from the sun kissed beaches of southern Spain to the Americas… and back again. Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to Mark and Jon please. Doors 7.30pm, music from 8.30pm. Full details, samples etc.www.calstockarts.org.

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Friday 21 October 2016 - Faustus - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU

Tour launching only their third album, fantastic trio comprising Benji Kirkpatrick (ex Bellowhead, Seth Lakeman Band, and now a distinguished solo performer), Saul Rose (Waterson Carthy, duo with Eliza Carthy, Whapweasel, in 2011 took the part of Songman in the West End play War Horse, and much much more), Paul Sartin (Belshazzar’s Feast duo, ex Bellowhead, and much much more too). www.faustusband.com. Doors 7.30pm. Bar [Ed. I assume].  www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

Friday 21 October 2016 7.30pm - Nigel Mazlyn Jones + Greg Hancock - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
Nigel Mazlyn Jones plays 12 and 6 string acoustic guitars weaving sounds and creating atmospheres that have entranced audiences on the live and festival circuits since 1976. Well known on the UK festival scene he has often toured UK and European major venues supporting well known bands like Barclay James Harvest, Renaissance and Bob Geldof and collaborated with Steve Hillage, Banco de Gaia, Roy Harper and Guy Evans of Van Der Graaf Generator on various projects. NMJ music has also featured on many TV and radio programmes. Greg Hancock returned to live performance relatively recently after many years living overseas. Over many years he has developed a unique finger-picking guitar style that was influenced early on by players such as Nic Jones and Joni Mitchell... and of course... Nigel Mazlyn Jones! Full details, bookings, artist links etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/371982,

21-23 October 2016 - Baring-Gould Folk Weekend - Okehampton
Gavin Davenport, Sam Lee, Tom Kitching, Janet Russell, Sandra Kerr, Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson. Run by Wren Music. www.baring-gould.co.uk

Saturday 22 October 2016 6pm - Barn Dance with Fox Amongst the Chickens - Great Barn, Buckland Abbey, nr Yelverton
Join us for a raucous evening of dancing and making merry. £5, child 5-16 £3. Booking essential. Details/tickets see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/buckland-abbey/whats-on.

NEW Sunday 23 October 2016 7.45pm - Jigantics - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
an absolutely terrific 5 piece band with some familiar faces from the much-loved Colvin Quarmby, thus ensuring top quality musical and vocal excellence. Their programme is a mix of blues, roots, trad and country; foot-tapping songs and fine ballads variously accompanied on guitars, bass, violin, mandolin, harmonica, squeezeboxes and percussion.
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

24-28 October 2016 - Baring-Gould Song School - Okehampton
Run by Wren Music www.baring-gould.co.uk/index.php/song-school.

Thursday 27 October 2016 8pm - The James Brothers - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Performing sets fuelled by flat white coffee, the antipodean pair James Fagan and Jamie McClennan combine the virtuosity for which they're renowned with the gusto and spontaneity of a pub session. Drawing from the folk, blues and bluegrass that inspired them, the James Brothers repertoire includes such songs as The Voyage Of The Buffalo (an up-tempo NZ ballad written in the 1800s about a convict transporting timber ship), Poison Train (a song by Mick O'Rourke about the closure of Australia's rural railways, that James learned from his father), along with self-penned tunes like I Wallaby Free (inspired by a true-life attempt to catch the bouncing beast; its title the best of a groan-inducing bunch suggested by a concert audience). 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.  Tickets £8. Full details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk.

Thursday 27 October 2016 8pm - Emily Maguire - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
details tba www.ottertonmill.com.

Friday 28 October 2016 7.30pm - Steve Ashley - Jellyfish Gallery, 34 Bossell Road, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DD
www.jellyfishprod.com.

Saturday 29 October 2016 7.30pm - Steve Ashley - Manor Inn, Galmpton
An ‘up close and personal’ concert with Steve Ashley (a big favourite of Phil Beer). Limited tickets are available for this intimate concert and we would advise you arrange your ticket early by calling Maggie Duffy on 01803 855961 or emailing info@maggieandmike.co.uk..

Saturday 29 October 2016 - Ryn - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Singer songwriter, Ryn, launches her new EP "Collide". Ticket price includes a free copy of the EP. Ryn offers expressive female vocals leading melodically driven, haunting and insightful acoustic songs. Special guest: Thomas Silver. "Ryn, a beautiful soul with a gorgeous guitar sound, honest and thought provoking lyrics combined with warm mature sounding vocals.........and a helluva funny performer live " - Abbe Martin, Sound of the Sirens. Full description, booking, sample link etc. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com. Tickets £10/£8. Tel. 07508 169049. Email: sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 30 October 2016 7.30pm - Mawkin - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
One of brit-folks brightest new guns: a blistering 5-piece band fusing folk, blues and rock. On the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene with all the verve and mystique of ancient folk music traditions from across the globe. Rousing songs of rebellion are sung by brothers David Delarre (Eliza Carthy, Tred) and fiddler James Delarre (Saul Rose & James Delarre, Topette) all underpinned by the virtuosic bellowing of Nick Cooke’s melodeon (Kate Rusby, Jim Moray) and a solid rhythm section with Danny Crump on Bass and Lee Richardson (Diverted, Extreme Music) on Drums. www.mawkin.co.uk. 'Invigorating, highly inventive' Q Magazine; 'Unapologetically energetic' Songlines Magazine; 'Gutsy, impressive, exquisite' The Guardian. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Friday 4 November 2016 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Ilsington Village Hall TQ13 9RG
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting new folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Full descriptions, booking details, venue locations etc. should be available at www.villagesinaction.co.uk/events.

NEW Friday 4 November 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Kit Hillbillies - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Details tba. Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations ??? . www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Sunday 6 November 2016 7.45pm - Sara Grey & Kieron Means - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Originally from North Carolina, Sara lived in the UK for over 40 years before returning to the USA. With a lovely voice, she has a particular interest in songs that have travelled across the Atlantic to North America and accompanies them on frailing banjo. Her son Kieron is a fine singer/guitarist and together the deliver their material with true passion.
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 6 November 2016 8pm - Jim Causley - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Jim Causley celebrates over a decade as an acclaimed solo artist and performer with a brand new studio album Forgotten Kingdom, a broad collection of songs inspired by Causley’s native Westcountry mixing ancient history with the songwriter’s own personal history and experience of the world. Jim is joined here by Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll. £10 adv/£12 door. www.topshamfolkclub.org. www.wegottickets.com/event/364201.

Monday 7 November 2016 - Jon Boden solo - Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
Nearest tour date to our patch. 01935 422884 / www.octagon-theatre.co.uk.

NEW Ninebarrow
On tour through Villages In Action - see www.villagesinaction.co.uk for full details, ticketing, venue locations etc.
Multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’ by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. In 2015, Ninebarrow were announced winners of Fatea Magazine’s ‘Debut Album of the Year’ 2014; their latest album ‘Releasing the Leaves’ was awarded five stars in both Maverick Magazine and the English Folk Dance and Song Society Magazine, who described it as ‘Immaculate’. Another example of how strong British folk music is at the moment.’ The Telegraph.
www.ninebarrow.co.uk.
Tuesday 8 November 2016 7pm - Sheepstor St. Leonard’s Church, nr Yelverton PL20 6PF
Wednesday 9 November 2016 7.30pm - Clayhidon Village Hall EX15 3PL
Thursday 10 November 2016 7.30pm - Buckland in the Moor Community Hall TQ13 7HP - Contact tel. 01364 653525
Friday 11 November 2016 8pm - Cadeleigh Parish Hall EX16 8HW
Saturday 12 November 2016 8pm - Chudleigh Community School Hall TQ13 0LS - Contact tel. 01626 852553
Sunday 13 November 2016 7.30pm - Denbury Village Hall TQ12 6DY

NEW Thursday 10 November 2016 8pm - Various notable local musicians - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
Continues the series of enterprising Crabshell concerts with a free evening of fine locally flavoured music from ???. No need to book; just get yourselves seated ready for the Eight o’Clock start. Contact: Paul Rossiter 01548 852841. Details of this and more music in the southern South Hams, and Crabshell Records, at www.shamstrad.co.uk.

NEW Friday 11 November 2016 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8PA
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting new folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Full descriptions, booking details, venue locations etc. should be available at www.villagesinaction.co.uk/events.

NEW Friday 11 November 2016 - Jody Kruskal vs Geoff Lakeman: Duelling Concertinas - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A unique musical "play-off"” between two masters of the concertina from both sides of the Atlantic. Both are supreme entertainers who play a wide range of material. Possibly the best anglo concertina player in America, New Yorker Jody plays original compositions, vintage American variety songs, old timey tunes and tales of train wrecks, cow wranglers, mermaids, lovers and losers – ” everything from the ridiculous to the sublime.” Our very own local - yet internationally recognised - exponent of the rare Crane duet concertina, Geoff is a stalwart of the west country folk and acoustic scene, as well as the patriarch of a folk dynasty (Seth, Sean and Sam Lakeman and their partners Kathryn Roberts and Cara Dillon). Geoff specialises in West Country songs, Americana (Jimmie Rodgers, Louvin Bros, Randy Newman, Buddy Miller) and 1920s/1930s jazz. Expect squeezebox fireworks at this one-off international double-bill. Details, samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 12 November 2016 8pm - Red Shed's 25th Birthday Ceilidh - Newton St Cyres Village Hall EX5 5BW
Red Shed - a Devon Barn Dance / Ceilidh Band who will make you want to dance. http://redshed.co/25th/index.htm. Plenty of music and dancing, together with special spots from old friends and some other surprises. Come along and join in the fun! And ... as the band is only functioning thanks to two heart bypasses, we felt that the British Heart Foundation would be a very worthy cause! Tickets £6 - all profits to the BHF. Tickets may be available on the door, but best reserve by calling Julian on 01363 774339 or email info@redshed.co.

NEW Saturday 12 November 2016 - Clive Carroll: 1000 years of music - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
An inspirational evening of medieval lute music, Spanish guitar classics, Delta Blues and hints of Chet Atkins and Django Reinhardt, through to the Beatles. All played by this world-class guitarist. Clive has established himself as one of the leading acoustic guitar players in the world along with John Renbourn and Tommy Emmanuel with whom he has toured. His three albums illustrate his impeccable technique combined with an eclectic mix of musical influences ranging from early classical to contemporary jazz. If you’ve seen him at Calstock Arts as part of Four Parts Guitar you’ll know how accomplished he is – as well as being a great storyteller. Samples etc. www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 12 November 2016 - Afro Celt Sound System - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing.
This European and African based collective features the core band members Simon Emmerson, Guinean vocalist, kora and balafon virtuoso N’Faly Kouyate and charismatic dhol master Johnny Kalsi, along with percussionist Robbie Harris and fiddle-player Eòghann MacEanruig, Ged Lynch on drums, Simon ‘Palmskin’ Richmond on keyboards and electronica and Val Etienne on backing vocals, with the gritty, witty rhymes of Gaelic rapper, musician and language activist Griogair. On some shows, the band will be joined by the hauntingly soulful Armagh-born vocalist and flautist Rioghnach Connolly and the devotional harmonies of the Guinean female quintet Les Griottes. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/afro-celt-sound-system. £23.50. Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW Sunday 13 November 2016 8pm - Terry Reid - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
As legends go Terry Reid has more claim than most. After the release of his album 'Superlungs' he was in line to be singer with Led Zeppelin - he passed - as he did when invited to join Deep Purple. Instead he relocated - at the instigation of Atlantic Records - to California, where he recorded 'The River', widely regarded as a quiet masterpiece. In the intervening years he's toured with the Rolling Stones, and his songs have been covered by a myriad of artists including Jack White. A superb singer/songwriter, and a unique event for downtown Topsham. Support: Chris Stuckey. Tickets £13.50 adv from Topsham Books 01392 877895, £15 door.

Thursday 17 November 2016 7.30pm - Martin Simpson - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
We are delighted to welcome back Martin who started our series in April 2014. Martin is regarded as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitarists in the world. His career includes collaborations on stage and record with among many of the UK's finest musicians. Martin has been nominated an astounding 27 times in the fifteen years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and was voted Musician of the Year on two occasions. He has had a long recording career with some 14 successful albums to his name. A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel. www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Friday 18 November 2016 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Brixham Library, Market Street, Brixham TQ5 8EU
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Bar.

NEW Friday 18 November 2016 8pm - Jim Moray - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

NEW Friday 18 November 2016 - Martyn Joseph - America Hall, De La Rue Way, Pinhoe, Exeter EX4 8PX (map)
Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other, a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”, but there are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be – but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman. Full description, booking, sample link etc. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Friday 18 November 2016 7.30pm - Wren/Cygnet Double Bill: Nick Wyke & Becky Driscoll; Trev Munkenbeck - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Nick & Becky with James Budden on double bass. “A joyful collision of English traditional music and contemporary bowed strings.” These amazing fiddle players will take you on a journey from the darker side of fok ballad to toe-tapping tunes and songs. Innovative and exceptional” – Folkworld. Trev Munkenbeck sings from a varied repertoire of songs taking inspiration from many genres of music. His fingerstyle guitar accompaniments add the harmonies and rythyms to reflect the mood of the songs.
www.cygnettheatre.co.uk.

NEW tba 18-20 November 2016 - West Country Christmas Carols Weekend - Sidmouth
details tbc With John Kirkpatrick. www.folksw.org.uk/events.html (no info yet).

NEW Saturday 19 November 2016 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Milton Combe Village Hall PL20 6HP
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting new folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Full descriptions, booking details, venue locations etc. should be available at www.villagesinaction.co.uk/events.

NEW Saturday 19 November 2016 7.30pm - Gender Free Ceilidh with Pigs Might Fly - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
Caller Jeremy Child. A ceilidh (barn dance) for members of the LGBTQ+ community and their friends. No bar, BYO drinks. £7 / £5. http://barndancecaller.net/genderfree/ceilidh.html.

NEW Sunday 20 November 2016 7.45pm - Mike Silver & Johnny Coppin - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Both started their musical careers in the 1970s and rapidly bcame two of the finest exponents of the singer/songwriter genre. When they link up, you can expect great things ... and you will not be disappointed! Johnny's sensitive piano and Mike's melodious guitar perfectly complement the outstanding lyrics that both these artistes produce. Sheer magic - do not miss!
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Monday 21 November 2016 - The Demon Barbers - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Half gig, half dance show and half panto! Join the BBC award winning team of musicians & dancers for 150% of the very best festive live music, song and dance! It’s Christmas Eve and the regulars of Ye Olde Fighting Cocks are excited about the night ahead, it’s going to be the folk & hip hop party of the year! To their dismay the landlady, Jasmineezer Scrooge, has more profitable ambitions and is preparing to launch her new business, ‘Jazzles’ nightclub. Cheap alco-pops, seedy lighting and mind-numbing bass beats are all in danger of alienating the local community and ruining Christmas! Fortunately, some insightful souls are at hand to lead her back to her senses. Featuring ‘folk powerhouse’ The Demon Barbers; artists from Breaking Tradition Dance Company; a new seasonal repertoire and a ‘slightly unhinged’ approach to their family friendly stage shows, they are ‘guaranteed to raise weary spirits and send an audience home smiling’! - The Telegraph; ‘Some shows demonstrate great skill and technique, some offer strong musicianship, and some create the kind of atmosphere and energy that leaves you high on life. The Lock In does all three’ - The List (Edinburgh Fringe); ‘A full-on show of such blazing energy and joyous ingenuity you scarcely ponder on the apparent madness of trying to marry folk dance and hip hop’ - The Independent; ‘The Lock In is infectious and gets under your skin to the extent you stop analysing and start just enjoying. Certainly the best night out in town’ - Whatsonstage.com. www.thelockindanceshow.co.uk. Box Office: 01392 667080. Full details, samples etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/the-lock-in-christmas-carol.

NEW Wednesday 23 November 2016 - Cara Dillon - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Cara Dillon has one of those rare talents you only come across a handful times in your life. Her crystalline, angelic voice has the ability to reach inside the soul of a song with profound sweetness, poignancy and depth. Come and join the exceptional Cara Dillon for a night of Christmas songs in what will undoubtedly be a magical and memorable festive experience. Having recorded her highly anticipated Christmas album Upon A Winter’s Night Cara and her band will be performing classic carols, Celtic hymns and other Christmas songs to celebrate and share in the Christmas spirit. A tradition in the making. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/cara-dillon. £20. Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW Friday 25 November 2016 7.30pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Bigbury Memorial Hall TQ7 4HQ
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting new folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Full descriptions, booking details, venue locations etc. should be available at www.villagesinaction.co.uk/events.

Friday 25 November 2016 - The Levellers - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Celebrating 25 years of 'Levelling The Land', The Levellers will play their classic album in full plus other hits on a mammoth UK tour supported by Ferocious Dog to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of their second full-length, and now classic, album. www.plymouthpavilions.com.

NEW Friday 25 November 2016 - Heg & The Wolf Chorus - Unit 23, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
Hailing from Bristol, Heg & The Wolf Chorus has been born out of Heg Brignall's story-inspired songwriting. In 2014 the band was nominated for Bristol Folk Festival's Isambard Folk Award and their trilogy of EP's (produced by Gareth James Bailey). www.unit23.uk. Tel. 01803 864130.

NEW tbc Friday 25 November 2016 - Acoustic Haven: Hang Massive - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
Full band. tba
. www.hangmusic.com. Cafe etc open 6.30pm. Tickets on sale at Sacks Wholefoods in Totnes, or on the door if still available. Online booking available, see  www.acoustichaven.co.uk. Acoustic Haven is a community music night run by volunteers.

NEW Saturday 26 November 2016 8pm - Crow Puppets - Drewe Arms, Drewsteignton
tba

NEW Sunday 27 November 2016 7.30pm - Sarah McQuaid - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated. Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and "honey poured into wine". Her latest album offers a depth and texture of soundscape that are reflected in her beautifully crafted live shows. A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument. www.sarahmcquaid.com.  www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2726_sarah_mcquaid.

NEW Monday 28 November 2016 8pm - Peter Asher & Albert Lee - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Multiple GRAMMY winners Peter Asher & Albert Lee combine their talents for an acoustic evening of songs and stories. As one half of Peter & Gordon, Peter Asher’s voice “literally soared through Carnegie Hall” (Fox News), while Albert Lee has been called “the ultimate virtuoso” by Eric Clapton. Influenced from their earliest days as musicians and performers by great American artists like Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers, Peter Asher and Albert Lee bring those influences to the fore in their first series of shows together as an acoustic duo. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/peterasheralbert-lee. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW tbc Tuesday 29 November 2016 - Sarah McQuaid - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Seated. Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and "honey poured into wine". Her latest album offers a depth and texture of soundscape that are reflected in her beautifully crafted live shows. A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument. www.sarahmcquaid.com.  Tickets ??? from the Bridge Inn 01392 873862. www.facebook.com/thebridgeinntopsham.

NEW Thursday 1 December 2016 -  Jim Causley Trio - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
details tba. Buffet & gig £?? or gig only £??. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 3 December 2016 7.30pm - The Churchfitters Christmas Cracker - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
The Churchfitters is a folk group like no other. A double bass made out of scrap metal. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stomping fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms. A mouth-watering selection of favourites from their regular repertoire interlaced with traditional and original festive songs and Christmas carols, this cracker of a show will see Christmas in with a bang and a paper hat-full of surprises, novelties – and terrible jokes as well! Full details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/thechurchfitterschristmascracker. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Saturday 3 December 2016 3pm - Clive Carroll Guitar Workshop - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Ragtime & Percussive Guitar Workshop. Two of the most popular acoustic guitar styles! Come along and learn how to play a classic Ragtime bass line and melody, at the same time. We will also have some fun discovering the percussive possibilities of the acoustic guitar which have been made famous by such artists as Newton Faulkner and Tommy Emmanuel! This is not suitable for beginners but would be of maximum benefit to those who have a minimum of two years experience. Bring  your guitar!! Tickets: £15 and £10 for students. Numbers will be limited to 15. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Saturday 3 December 2016 - Clive Carroll - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
"Probably the best and most original acoustic guitar player and composer in Great Britain" - Acoustic Magazine USA. Guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll’s masterful compositions and arrangements, coupled with his versatility and unparalleled technical virtuosity, have rendered him one of today’s most admired and respected guitarists. This will be an inspirational evening of Spanish guitar classics, Originals, Medieval lute music, Delta blues & hints of Chet Atkins and Django Reinhardt all played by the World-Class guitarist. www.clivecarroll.co.uk. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Sunday 4 December 2016 7.45pm - Cathryn Craig & Brian Willoughby - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
"Combine a consummate singer and songwriter, with an outstandingly brilliant guitarist and you have pure magic. Their performances leave audiences spellbound." "One of Nashville's finest voices and one of the worlds greatest acoustic guitarists.......stunning." "A superb selection of material, together with many humorous stories of travels on the road of life."
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 4 December 2016 8pm - The Magical Christmas Tree Tour - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
The Magical Christmas Tree Tour is Pete Morton, Emily Sanders, Chris Parkinson and a tree. Not just any old Christmas tree but a very magical one. After five successful seasons touring the UK this show is a festive treat where the audience pick scrolls from the tree and make every night a unique occasion. Pete, Emily and Chris are a high-flying combination. Together they deliver a richly textured collection of vibrant new songs, beautiful old carols and stunning instrumentals. £10 adv/£12 door. www.topshamfolkclub.org. www.wegottickets.com/event/364202.

NEW Thursday 8 December 2016 ??7.30pm - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ (map)
details tbc Since their first get together in 2001, the quartet of founder, David Hughes; Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie and 2009's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo, Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season. Although their 8 albums accompany the putting up of a thousand Christmas trees throughout Britain, it is without question their magical live performances that have endeared them to an ever-growing audience. The magical concert promises more of their sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of both traditional and new Christmas classics. Christmas, as they say, starts with St Agnes Fountain. Tickets ??? . Tel. 01626 325825  /325800??.

NEW Thursday 8 December 2016 8pm - Martin Harley - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Supremely talented Roots and Blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. He’s a devotee to the music that came out of the Mississippi Delta, the slide guitar, and many other forms of roots music. Though Harley’s sound is rooted in the blues it seeks to tell his own story and draws on the ruminations of a musician who has spent much of his life on the road. “Harley offers the listener a masterclass in taste, style and roots blues” - Guitarist Magazine. “Harley has it all – voice, guitar artistry and the songs” - Total Music. “No doubt that he is a slide guitar master. He is the business” - Roots Magazine. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2686_martin_harley.

NEW Thursday/Friday/Saturday 8/9/10 December 2016 - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes return with ‘Walk with Me - The Big Autumn Tour’ (last 3 nights) with special guest Megan Henwood. Featuring songs from 25 years at the top and reunited with the exceptionally talented Miranda Sykes once more, big sounds, uncompromising songs and stunning production make for a evening to remember. This will be the last chance to see them together before their 2017 Albert Hall concert. www.ledleisure.co.uk. Box office 01395 222477.

NEW Friday 9 December 2016 8pm - Lindisfarne - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated+Standing. Classic British folk rock. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2725_lindisfarne.

NEW Wednesday 14 December 2016 8pm - Christmas Party with Brooks Williams - Bradninch Acoustic Music Club, Baptist Hall, Millway, Bradninch EX5 4NL
The amazing and very talented Brooks Williams, back by popular demand from his last brilliant Christmas Show back in 2013. Mulled wine and mince pies plus loads of nibbles will be served. BYO drinks. General club info and contact details www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.

Sold out Saturday 17 December 2016 7.30pm - Seth Lakeman - Exeter Cathedral, 1 The Cloisters, Exeter EX1 1HS
Award-winning folk-singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman will release new album ‘Ballads of the Broken Few’ in Autumn 2016 and is touring the UK in November & December with his band and special guests Wildwood Kin. Few reserved tickets remaining. www.exeter-cathedral.org.uk. Tickets: www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/Seth-Lakeman. Box office 01392 667080.

NEW Thursday 22 December 2016 - Mad Dog Mcrea - Unit 23, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
Mad Dog 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. www.unit23.uk. Tel. 01803 864130.

NEW Sunday 8 January 2016 7.30pm - John Vincent's 70th Ceilidh with Red Shed - Tedburn St. Mary Village Hall  EX6 6DZ
Caller Pete Langley. Bar and bring & share supper. A public event with no charge but voluntary donations to Devon Refugee Support.

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

NEW Saturday 28 January 2017 - Mrs Midnights Midwinter Ceilidh - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
Caller Mike Boston. details tba

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

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

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

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

NEW Friday 24 February 2017 - Crow Puppets - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
details tba

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

NEW Thursday 9 March 2017 - Kris Drever - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. To simply call Kris Drever ‘a folk singer’ would be like saying that Lau, the acclaimed band in which he also sings and plays, is ‘a Scottish folk trio’. Both true descriptions but reductive ones that only hint at the progressive joys contained in the music of each. Drever’s voice and guitar now form a part of the backbone of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene. Hugely admired as a solo artist, collaborator, and member of folk superstars Lau, he is a phenomenal and prolific artist. Drever has already played alongside Jack Bruce, Bela Fleck, Tinariwen, Joan As Police Woman, Jerry Douglas, Danny Thompson, Tim O’Brien, Sarah Jarosz, Shawn Colvin, Phil Cunningham, Rosanne Cash, Roddy Woomble, Eddi Reader, Adem, Kate Rusby, Julie Fowlis, Karine Polwart and many more. Support: Kaia Kater. Full details, samples etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/kris-drever.

NEW Friday 17 March 2017 - Harbottle & Jonas - Ring O'Bells, Chagford
St Patrick's Day. Totnes-based traditional folk duo of guitarist David and concertina player Freya.
www.harbottleandjonas.com.

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

NEW Saturday 25 March 2017 - Steve Knightley - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
Details tba. Support: Exmouth Shanty Men. Tickets not yet available £?? www.lympstoneentertainments.co.uk.

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

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

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

John Culf
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