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Saturday 30 September 2017 8pm - Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes - St Andrew's Church, Harberton TQ9 7SF nr Totnes
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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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Friday 22 September 2017 8pm  - Phil Beer Band - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
A spirited fusion of friendship and musicianship, the Phil Beer Band delve into the back catalogues of Phil’s beloved country, rock, folk and blues influences throughout the years to create their infectious and unique ‘folk n roll’ sound. Throw in Phil’s blistering guitar solos, a healthy seasoning of lively tunes and banter and a pint or three, and you know you’re in for a cracking night. Completing Phil’s lineup are Gareth Turner (melodeons), Olivia Dunn (fiddles), Emily Slade (guitar, vocals), Greg McDonald (bass, vocals) and Steve Crickett (drums). Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/the-phil-beer-band.

Friday 22 September 2017 9pm - Mae Karthauser - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
British singer songwriter with a rich and acrobatic voice and a distinctive folk-pop-circus piano style. She studied at Dartington College of Arts and California Institute of the Arts in LA. She is trained both classically, and in vocal world music spanning as far as Eastern Europe, Bulgaria, Africa, North India and Java as well as in jazz, folk and more popular modern styles. Entry £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Friday 22 September 2017 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Cellar Bar, Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
SidMouth StoryNights for GrownUps presents: Storyteller Graham Langley with musician Pam Bishop tell 50 Shades of Graham. Follow him as he touches the deepest levels of your emotions, at one moment bright and breezy bringing colour and sunlight into his stories, then dark and mysterious the next. Tonight his storytelling is taken to a new dimension as he is joined by Pam Bishop, who enriches the tales with her unique blend of music. He is described by The Times as a 'storyteller for the 21st century'. Tickets £8 adv from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth, or on door. Bar available, Good disabled access. Not suitable for U14s. For more details call 07834 194215 or email JanetTells@gmail.com.

Friday 22 September 2017 7.30pm - Hannah White - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
Incredibly compelling London based Americana/Country on tour promoting her forthcoming release 'Elephant Eye'. the latest album from this fiercely independent and distinctly political singer-songwriter. The album embodies Hannah's characteristically catchy, sunny melodies which dance above greyer areas and cloudier depths. Her music has been played on national and regional radio. Her music videos have been featured on the Phil Mack Country Show and she has had the honour of performing live alongside multi-Grammy award winner Tim O'Brien, Thea Gilmore, Judie Tzuke and other to glowing reviews as well as being invited personally by BBC Radio2's Whispering Bob Harris to perform on his under the Apple Tree Sessions. Tickets 01626 890957 or www.wegottickets.com/event/411496. £10(+) adv, £12 door, £6 U16's.

Friday 22 September 2017 8.30pm - Sarah McQuaid - Edgemoor Hotel, Haytor Road, Newton Abbot TQ13 9LE
Sarah's s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). 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. Born in Spain, raised in Chicago and now living in rural England, Sarah refuses to be pigeonholed, segueing easily from one of her emotive originals into a 1930s Cuban jazz number, a 16th century lute piece or an unexpected contemporary cover. Tickets £12.50. www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.

Friday 22 September 2017 8pm - Spinach for Norman 30th Birthday Ceilidh - Matthews Hall, Fore St, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HF
Main callers Pam Hayes and Allan Sutton. Spinach For Norman was born out of the wish to form an all-string, fiddle led band . 30 years on . Still superb. Come and dance to Ben Van Weede, Joel Segal, Martin Henning and Howard Harrison (plus original member and regular dep Steve Verge). The band will be joined by various callers and dep musicians that they have also worked with over the years. Doors 7.30pm. Tickets £6 on door (+ concs).

Friday 22 September 2017 7.30pm - Winter Wilson - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
Duo comprising Kip Winter (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute), one of the finest singers on the folk circuit, expressing power and emotion in equal measure “from melting to belting”, and Dave Wilson (vocals, guitar and banjo) who is amongst the top tier of British song writers, with his songs covered by some of folk’s ‘greats’. It’s in live performance that Winter Wilson really excel, bringing a sense of intimacy to every stage, welcoming audiences into their world, mixing songs with stories of life on the road. Tight harmonies, killer songs and a lot of fun. Stop press: Winter Wilson have been invited along as special guests of Fairport Convention to play 28 shows across England on their 2018 winter tour between 25/1 and 25/2. Full details www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk/events/2017/sep-22/winter-wilson-in-concert.

NEW 22-24 September 2017 - Abbfest Food, Beer & Music Festival - Ipplepen
Great local festival. No folk, but Fab Beatles, jazz and other music - and plenty of food and beer of course! www.abbfest.org.

The Steps & Stories of Dartmoor Stepdancing Workshops & Events this Summer
The Taking Steps project is researching the Dartmoor stepdancing tradition and bringing it to a wider audience through music and dance workshops and community events.
Community Stepdance Worshops - Open to all ages, all levels, all abilities
Fri 22nd Sept - 7.30-9.00pm - Ashburton, The Town Hall FREE
The Taking Steps Finale
Saturday 30th September 2017 2.30pm - 4.30pm - Chagford Jubilee Hall
An afternoon of traditional Dartmoor entertainment! Stepdancing, broom dancing, jig dolls, and a taste of the old-time fairs that Stepdancing would have been a part of. £3.00/£1.00 concessions - Cream teas available
www.dartmoorstepdance.org.uk This is the year we invite you to join in the fun! dartmoorstepdancing@gmail.com tel. 07971 148531.

Cancelled Saturday 23 September 2017 7.30pm - Winter Wilson - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (map)
Contact: John Connor 01548 810806.

Saturday 23 September 2017 7.30pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Village Hall, Holbeton PL8 1LW
Acclaimed folk musicians from Dartmoor. Winners of ' Best Duo' BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016 + 2013. "An absolute masterclass in how to do it right." Support: Steve Jenner. Tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/407326.

Saturday 23 September 2017 7.30pm - Keith James: The Songs of Leonard Cohen - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Amongst a concert of such songs as; Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah, are also Poems by Lorca that Keith has set to music; Cohen’s greatest influence. There will also be songs from ‘You want it Darker’ released just weeks before his death – produced by his Son, Adam. ‘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. Tickets £14. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Box office 01404 384050.

Saturday 23 September 2017 - Tennyson’s Twin - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Tennyson’s Twin is the performance name of singer-songwriter, Sarah Hayes. Her songs cover a range of different genres, including singer-songwriter, folk, ballads, blues, Americana and pop. With a vocal style often described as ‘haunting’ and ‘sensual’, her emotive lyrics deal with subjects ranging from love and loss, to historical tales and the landscapes of the West Country. Special guest: Katie Whitehouse. www.tennysonstwin.co.uk. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

Saturday 23 September 2017 7.30pm - Blondel - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
A History of Dance in Music. Enjoy the foot-tapping rhythms and the rich sound world of shawms, recorders, percussion, curtals and bagpipes in this fascinating journey of ‘Strictly – Medieval to Renaissance’. Top wind band Blondel lead us through music from Gace Brulé (c.1205) via Margaret of Austria’s dance book (c.1510), and on from Henry Vlll and William Byrd to Playford’s Dancing Master (1651) with many anonymous masters along the way. The four members of Blondel have played with many major early music ensembles including Joglaresa, The York Waits and The City Musick. This is the first in a new season of six concerts presented by Totnes Early Music Society (TEMS). Membership of TEMS saves at least one third off ticket prices (see www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk for details). Tickets for non members £14, U18s £5, available from Dartington Box Office (01803 847070), website (www.dartington.org) and on the door.

Saturday 23 September 2017 8.30pm - Folk Evening - Cross House Inn, School Road, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
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 24 September 2017 7.30pm - Trade Winds - Tradesmans Arms, Scoriton, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
Trade Winds starts its 15th season with the usual mix of poems, songs, stories and music. Plus a 15-minute guest slot from Hazel Hammond, down from Bristol, launching her new book. Simon and Susan 01364 631308.

Sunday 24 September 2017 8pm - Melrose Quartet - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Melrose Quartet are truly an all-round folk act with both tight a capella harmony and energy-packed instrumentals. Nancy Kerr (2015 BBC Folk Singer of the Year), James Fagan, Jess & Richard Arrowsmith present a bold take on old and new English songs and tunes with a powerful treatment of traditional material alongside some of the best modern song-writing in the folk world. Tickets: £12 adv/£14 door - details & booking at www.topshamfolkclub.org.

Sunday 24 September 2017 - Martin & Eliza Carthy - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Martin and Eliza join forces to perform songs from their first duo album of traditional material. Martin is a legendary ballad singer and guitarist who has influenced a generations of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, while Eliza has been twice-nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and a multiple-award winner at the BBC Radio Two Folk awards. Eliza is undoubtedly one of the most impressive and engaging performers of her generation. Twice nominated for the Mercury Prize and winner of innumerable other accolades over a 20 year career, More than most, Eliza has revitalised folk music and captured the most hardened of dissenters with intelligent, charismatic and boundary-crossing performance and was nominated Best Singer in the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Sunday 24 September 2017 7.30pm - State of the Union - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
Combining songwriting legend Boo Hewerdine and acclaimed American Blues guitarist and songwriter Brooks Williams, ‘State of the Union’ create a magical, stripped back, and enthralling musical atmosphere. Their performances are consistently brilliant, equal parts emotive and entertaining. ‘Beautiful, classy playing and
great songs’ - Acoustic Magazine. ‘Americana at its finest!’- fRoots. The original songs that Brooks and Boo play are infused by a multitude of influences, from Willie Nelson to Johnny Cash, from the wide open Fenlands to the frenetic buzz of the city. The sound this amazing acoustic duo capture is rich and expertly executed.. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk. Venue phone: 01803 882717.

Thursday 28 September 2017 8pm - Hollie Rogers - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
This young singer/songwriter has raw talent that belies her years. Blessed with an incredibly powerful voice and songwriting ability, outstanding reviews abound. From her home county of Cornwall to London she has wowed audiences. “A magnificent and powerful voice” – Suzanne Vega. “Reminiscent of Carole King and Joni Mitchell, amazing voice… I can’t believe she’s so young” – Nick Mason Pink Floyd . A first for the Mill but certainly we hope a regular venue on Hollie’s travels. Full details www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 29 September 2017 2pm - LOSt COYOTES - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
In the Phoenix Cafe. LOSt COYOTES are a Devon-based 4-piece band who play an exciting mix of Cajun, Americana, Latin-American and Celtic songs & tunes, finding a natural chemistry between these musical genres in a melodious blend of their instruments and voices. From up-beat Cajun rhythms and Celtic jigs and reels, to more soulful songs and airs, and with themes of land, migration & borders running though much of their repertoire, LOSt COYOTES take their audience on a journey across the Americas and back to their Celtic roots. Part of Exeter University's Translation! Festival 2017 http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/modernlanguages/translationfestival.

Friday 29 September 2017 - Eliza Acty - Parish Hall, Meavy PL20 6PJ
An evening of folk, blues,, American old-time and contemporary songs from Eliza Acty, accompanied by Peter Acty on clawhammer banjo and fingerstyle guitar. Online tickets £8+ www.wegottickets.com/event/416650.

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

Friday 29 September 2017 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - The Ocean, Queens Drive, Exmouth EX8 2AY
Supported by the Exmouth Shanty Men. Tickets available at www.exmouthshantymen.com. Tickets also available at the RNLI Exmouth Lifeboat Station Shop by cash or cheque.

Friday 29 September 2017 7.30pm - Wren/Cygnet Double Bill: Solarference & Rosa Rebecca - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Singers and sound artists Nick Janaway and Sarah Owen perform a genre-defying mix of live sampling and traditional folk song, with voice at the heart of the music. “Arresting, atmospheric and thrilling – Dolarference are one of the most original acts playing English folk music” –froots magazine. Rosa Rebecka: Not only an outstanding vocalist but also a truly original songwriter, Rosa Rebecka produces finely crafted songs which mix haunting narrative storytelling with sublime musicality. www.wegottickets.com/cygnettheatre.
Box Office: 01392 277819/665885.

Friday 29 September 2017 8pm - Gallery Bar Special: Katie Kirk & Rick Williams - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Katie and Rick share a love of early music with an ear for the timeless quality behind contemporary songs. With songs of life, loss and the Cornish landscape, their performances show compelling warmth and authenticity. Free entry, informal atmosphere. Donations please to Katie and Rick. Doors 7pm. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 30 September 2017 8pm - Show of Hands - St Andrew's Church, Harberton TQ9 7SF nr Totnes (map)
Harberton Folk is delighted that Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes (www.showofhands.co.uk) and featuring special guest Kirsty Merryn will be previewing The Cathedrals Tour 2017 at St Andrew's Church, Harberton, a fine example of medieval architecture. We look forward to experiencing the lighting and sound system especially designed to enhance the ambience and acoustics of these grand old ecclesiastical buildings. All concert proceeds to the newly formed Harberton Church Community Fund (reg. charity 1172549) for the upkeep of this impressive 14th C building and the promotion of its use for community purposes in the future. Full details at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/soh170930.htm. Only a handful of Restricted View tickets left

Saturday 30 September 2017 - O'Hooley &Tidow - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
This BBC Folk Awards nominated duo are coming to Ashburton! There's bound to be laughs, anecdotes and some fabulous music! www.ohooleyandtidow.com. Tickets £12 from Ian Pickvance 01364 653500 or email ianpickvance[at]msn.com. Doors 7.30pm. Light refreshments available, including lots of CAKE! All profits to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Saturday 30 September 2017 8pm - Tim Jones - Drewe Arms, The Square, Drewsteignton EX6 6QN
Tim Jones is one of the most distinctive voices on the English folk scene. Able to alternate between mass singalongs and powerful stripped back ballads, his songwriting and delivery of traditional material has been likened to that of Peter Bellamy, Nic Jones and Fairport Convention. 'Blossom & Fruit', his second album with band The Dark Lanterns, is released on 25th September and has already been attracting extensive radio play in the UK and US. To celebrate its release he will be performing an intimate acoustic show accompanied by Em Marshall (Crow Puppets). www.timjonesmusic.com.

Saturday 30 September 2017 9pm - Windjammer - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Contemporary folk trio based in Plymouth. Blending voice, guitar, accordion and percussion, they mix original compositions with reinterpretations of traditional material. Joined tonight by Kate Ferguson in support. Entry £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Saturday 30 September 2017 6pm - Barn Dance in a real Barn - West Hele, Hennock,  nr Bovey Tracey TQ13 9PP
With Amber Fire Ceilidh Band and caller. Bar, BBQ, Draw, Children’s Movie, Family Fun. Adults £5, U16s free. Proceeds to Hennock School (only 46 pupils in the whole school, so an important fundraiser). Tickets from Alison 01626 833266, or for email contact see www.hennock.org.uk.

Saturday 30 September 2017 7pm - Brentathon Ceilidh - Old School Community Centre, South Brent
The South Brent Ceilidh Band comprising members of the Cotton Mill Ceilidh Band and 'Children's Folk at The Oak' will have you on your feet and the callers will lead you through the dance moves to jigs and reels. £5 per person or £10 for family ticket. BYO drinks. Part of the Old School Community Centre's 'Brentathon-20 - Raising the Roof' 20th Anniversary programme.

Music Performance Weekend Workshop at Harbour House, Kingsbridge
Saturday 30 September 9.30am-4pm and Sunday 1 October 10am-4pm.
With Mahrey and Phil Berthoud. Would you like to perform in public but nerves get the better of you? Would you like to improve your performance skills? Have you had little/no experience performing in public, or some experience and wish to extend your performance skills? If so, come and join Mahrey and Phil for an unpressurised, friendly and fun weekend workshop. Cost £90 for the weekend. More details on www.fiddlersonthegreen.com.or phone Mahrey or Phil on 01548 853593.

Saturday 30 September 2017 7.30pm - Richard Durrant 'Stringhenge' - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Acoustic Music Inspired by the British Isles. Richard Durrant’s latest musical adventure will feature the Uffington Tenor Guitar, built in Sussex, and a six string Concert Guitar, built in Lincolnshire and made from 5,000 year old bog oak. This show is a uniquely British exploration of unplugged, acoustic music on the folk/classical cusp. Stringhenge is as beautifully produced and richly visual as any of Durrant’s tours of recent years. It’s also unplugged allowing you to hear and feel the vibrations of the wood in these incredible guitars. Durrant plays them brilliantly and is a clever weaver of intriguing tales. It's real roots music linking the mesolithic to the 21st century. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for further information, music samples and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Sunday 1 October 2017 7.30pm - Luke Daniels 'Revolve & Rotate' - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Described by Songlines as “a future classic” and by Acoustic Magazine as “an enchanting delight” ★★★★ award-winning singer and composer brings his solo show which uses an original 19thcentury Polyphon machine as part of the performance. Live, clockwork and sampled sound beautifully crafted into modern morality tales and intriguing instrumental music. Luke’s work as a member of the Cara Dillon Band or Riverdance Orchestra sets his pedigree at the very highest level and promises a night of outstanding acoustic songs and music. Online booking www.wegottickets.com/event/410837. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Sunday 1 October 2017 7.45pm - Real Time - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
4-piece band based in the Scottish borders and comprising Kenny Speirs on guitar and vocals, Tom Roseburgh on keyboards (both ex-John Wright Band), Elidh Grant on vocals and bodhran and Danny Hart on fiddle, Their repertoire includes many songs and tunes from both sides of the border but also contemporary and self-penned material. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 1 October 2016 8pm - Free feature spot: The Georgia Lewis Trio - Globe Hotel Malthouse, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Georgia Lewis is a Wiltshire based singer and accordionist who embodies a glorious cocktail of folk influences. She has been hailed as the best voice to emerge from the English folk scene in recent years. Info at www.topshamfolkclub.org.
Next Club Guest night: Sunday 26 November 2017 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner
Coming in 2018: Martin & Eliza Carthy 25/2; Peter Knight & John Spiers 25/3; Jez Lowe & Steve Tilston 29/4; Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage 3/6.

Thursday 5 October 2017 7.30pm - Budapest Cafe Orchestra - Cheriton Bishop Village Hall
For entertainment and superlative musicianship, you can't beat this foursome playing a range of East European folk-based music from Gypsy jazz, klezmer, 'Moldavian melodies, Jewish laments, Russian songs and Hungarian dances, with a bit of Grieg and Rachmaninov thrown in for good measure'. 'Exciting inspiring and uplifting', 'thrillingly inventive', 'magnificent'. More reviews at http://www.budapestcafeorchestra.co.uk/review.shtml. Bar and refreshments. Adults £9 children £4.50. Book early to be sure of a seat tel 01647 24789.

Friday 6 October 2017 - Jim Causley - Harbertonford Village Hall, Woodcourt Road. Harbertonford, Totnes TQ9 7TR
Tickets £6.50. Please email valeriebelsey@gmail.com or call 07759 513036 for more information..

Friday 6 October 2017 8pm - Edgelarks Launch Tour - Dartington Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
New album - and new band name.  Edgelarks fly in on the tailwind of BBC award winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. The pair's new project takes the roots of their previous work, from the traditional musics of the British Isles to Indian classical slide guitar to the stomping roots party of Phil's beatbox harmonica; adds a strong stem of original writing; and runs wilder with each repeat play. More details, tickets etc. www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=260198.With very special guest The Little Unsaid.

Friday 6 October 2017 8pm - Sheelanagig - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Sheelanagig have become something of a West Country institution Putting both groove and stomp into a selection of traditional and original European folk music dating from the medieval times to present day, it’s difficult – nay, impossible – for your limbs to remain stationary when you’re within earshot of them in full flight. £12.50 adv, £15 door. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Friday 6 October 2017 9pm - The Trees - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Together, four incredibly talented women (Becca Langsford, Alex Hart, Elani Evangelou, Martha Nash) have come together to share their influences and experience to create a collective of musicians and form one of the only current all female bands in Plymouth. The Trees introduce a new meaning to the term “girl band”, fusing intense vocal polyphony with rootsy strings, beats and buckets of passion. Be sure not to miss out on this new folk/soul/roots project! Entry £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Saturday 7 October 2017 8pm - Jess Morgan & Dan Whitehouse - Unit 23 Live, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
Two of the UK’s most talked about emerging songwriters touring together, featuring sets from both artists as well as collaboration. Theirs is a striking musical partnership that started when the pair wrote and recorded songs for Dan Whitehouse’s Reveal Records debut‘ That’s Where I Belong (2016). In the same year Jess Morgan released her gorgeous new album‘ Edison Gloriette’ to widespread acclaim. These shows are a chance to hear fresh new songs along with favourites from both artists’ catalogues and promises to be something really special. More info, samples etc. https://unit23.ticketlight.co.uk.

Saturday 7 October 2017 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Jiggery folkery, hokery pokery...Mad Dog Mcrea raise hands, lift feet and start parties wherever they play with their spellbinding recipe of folk, pop, rock, jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. Whisking up whistles, fiddles and mandolins to collide in a spectacular explosion of infectious fun, they demand you to dance. Full details www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

Sunday 8 October 2017 7.30pm - Sheelanagig - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Sheelanagig have become something of a West Country institution for the past decade. A quintet with a well stocked armoury of stringed instruments, guitar, fiddle, double bass and a bagful of joint jumping tunes, these boys sure know how to get a party started. Putting both groove and stomp into a selection of traditional and original European folk music dating from the medieval times to present day, it’s difficult nay, impossible for your limbs to remain stationary when you’re within earshot of them in full flight. The fact that they’ve often play with a knowing wink shouldn’t obscure their impeccable technique, virtuoso standard ability that raises the roof in every place they play. Expect fun, a lot of laughs and some great music. ‘A completely top night out.’ Mike Harding;‘The musicianship is tight and intense’ Songlines. Online booking www.wegottickets.com/event/410836. Call 01803 875527/07815 620402 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Sunday 8 October 2017 7.30pm - Ralph McTell - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Best known for his international hit, Streets of London, Ralph McTell has been a stalwart of the British acoustic music scene for over 50 years. A career that has spanned street busking across Europe, to solo shows at the Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall and The Sydney Opera House, McTell has a fifty year, 350 song career. Known for his virtuoso guitar style, he is primarily a prolific and gifted songwriter. With a style that invites you into a unique world, he weaves a narrative that is both significant and poignant. Ralph made his debut in 1968 with the album ‘Eight Frames a Second’ and in 1974 the release of ‘Streets of London’ earned him an Ivor Novello Award. In 2002 he was presented with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/ralph-mctell.

Monday 9 October 2017 - Alden, Patterson & Dashwood - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Norwich based folk / Americana trio weave rich vocal harmonies, fiddle, dobro, guitar and mandolin around beautifully written original songs and melodies. The independently-released debut album ‘Call Me Home’ was written and produced at home in Norwich and is lovingly presented in attractive handmade covers, designed and hand-printed by the band. Their music takes influence from folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic with uplifting instrumentals and self-penned songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home. www.aldenpattersonanddashwood.com. Bridge Inn 01392 873862.

9-15 October 2017 - Costa Del Folk Portugal
Details www.costadelfolk.co.uk.

Thursday 12 October 2017 - Fake Thackray - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
John Watterson has performed the songs of Jake Thackray at festivals, concerts, clubs, after dinner venues and most specially to members of Jake’s family. Jake’s songs are exquisitely funny, satirical, incisive, irreverent, witty and gloriously un-PC – and sometimes all of these at the same time. Jake was a one off, his poetry broke the rules yet worked beautifully. He was a true craftsman of the English language, and his legacy of scores of songs continues to delight audiences of all ages today. www.fakethackray.com. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

Thursday 12 October 2017 8pm - Carrivick Sisters - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A long-awaited return from one of the country’s top young bluegrass/folk duos who enjoy a loyal following throughout the UK, Canada and Europe. Twins Laura and Charlotte hail from South Devon, and much of their original material is inspired by the rich folk lore, history and surroundings of their home county and it’s these English influences that give their music a unique sound. Their tight sibling vocal harmonies and multi-instrumental virtuosity on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and clawhammer banjo create music that is lush, elegant, graceful and utterly engaging. Full details www.ottertonmill.com.

Friday 13 October 2017 - State of the Union - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Combining the mercurial talents of English songwriting legend Boo Hewerdine and acclaimed American Blues guitarist and songwriter Brooks Williams, State of the Union create a magical, stripped back and enthralling musical atmosphere, their performances consistently brilliant, equal parts emotive and entertaining. Their original songs are infused by a multitude of influences, from Willie Nelson to Johnny Cash, from the wide open Fenlands to the frenetic buzz of the city. Their recordings are made quickly, in most instances first take, live in the studio, but the sound this amazing acoustic duo capture is rich and expertly executed. www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 13 October 2017 8pm - Churchfitters - Village Hall, Luppitt, Honiton EX14 4RT
Doors 7pm. £12 adv from Steve, 01404 891268 or 07796 021639, £15 door. Bar, with coffee, tea and snacks also available. www.churchfitters.com.
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Friday 13 October 2017 8pm - Ferocious Dog - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
One of the best bands on the UK punk folk circuit. Music with passion & rich storytelling that collides with punk rebellion. Support: Black Water County. £15 adv, £17 door. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Saturday 14 October 2017 7.30pm - Ninebarrow - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
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. Most recently, the duo were nominated in the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the ‘Horizon' category for Best Emerging Artist; their latest album was awarded five stars in both Maverick Magazine and the English Folk Dance and Song Society Magazine, who described it as ‘Immaculate’. It was listed in The Telegraph’s Top Folk Albums of 2016. Tickets 01626 890957 or www.wegottickets.com/event/410521. £10(+) adv, £12 door, £6 U16's.

Saturday 14 October 2017 7.30pm - Fake Thackray - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
The late Jake Thackray is being increasingly acknowledged as one of the greatest English songwriters of the twentieth century, a unique talent, whose songs are full of poetry, wit, irreverence and humanity. This evening of hilarious and heartfelt celebration of the life and songs of one of this country’s finest and funniest wordsmiths, will be highly entertaining, whether you are discovering Jake for the first time, or an ardent fan. John Watterson is the UK’s leading performer of Jake’s songs. As Fake Thackray he has toured with Fairport. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk. Venue phone: 01803 882717.

Four one-day Storytelling Sunday workshops in Totnes during autumn 2017 with Lisa Schneidau:
2) The Heart of a Story: 15 October: improving narrative and story structure, for beginners and improvers
3) Through Different Eyes: 12 November: exploring character in story, for beginners and improvers
4) Spirits of Place and Time: 10 December: exploring environment and historical time, and honouring story sources, for beginners and improvers
For full details see www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

NEW Sunday 15 October 2017 7.45pm - Sam Carter - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tba www.samcartermusic.co.uk

Tuesday 17 October 2017 7.30pm - Kate Rusby - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
A special 25 year celebration! Come and join in this exclusive, intimate evening of stories, songs, and silver tinged laughter. “One of the most affecting voices in British folk” – Q Magazine. “Her voice remains a thing of extraordinary beauty.” – MOJO. One of the finest interpreters of traditional folk song and one of our most emotive original songwriters - melding old and new so you can barely see the join. Mercury Prize Winner. Folk Singer of the Year, Best Live Act, Best Album and Best Original Song winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Inveterate Yorkshire Tea drinker. Freeman of Barnsley. Darling of British folk. Kate will continue to showcase tracks from her 14th studio album alongside carefully selected much loved classics from her back catalogue spanning the 25years. Joining her will be the fabulous British folk musicians who form her band: Damien O’Kane on guitar, electric tenor guitar and banjo, Duncan Lyall on double bass and moog, Nick Cooke on diatonic accordion, Steve Byrnes on bouzouki and guitar. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/kate-rusby.

Tuesday 17 October 2017 - Martin Simpson - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, Martin Simpson’s interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving. His own songwriting has produced some real gems and his career includes collaborations on stage and record with June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon and many more. Simpson is a very regular nominee in the BBC Folk Awards and received Musician of the Year in 2002 and 2005. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Thursday 19 October 2017 7.30pm - Red Rocks Story Open Mic - Upstairs at the Anchor, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LP
Come tell or read aloud your own work. Slots are 8 mins (about 1600-ish words.) Storytellers arrive at 7pm, first come, first tell. £3, £2 storytellers. Contact 07834 194215, email JanetTells@gmail.com. This event repeats in 2018: 15 February, 19 April, 21 June.

Friday 20 October 2017 7.30pm - Cara Dillon - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Cara Dillon, one of the most outstanding performers on the UK folk scene, returns for a second visit as part of the Folk at The Flavel series. Cara, along with musical partner Sam Lakeman, has become one of the finest exponents of Irish song whilst steering an eclectic musical path, combining the traditional and contemporary. Her many awards include BBC Radio 2 Folk Album of the Year. Support: Local singer songwriter Sam Fearon. www.theflavel.org.uk. 01803 839530.

Friday 20 October 2017 8pm - Wizz Jones - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Folk/Blues legend, Wizz Jones, has been a performer for many decades and is considered one of the finest blues/ragtime guitarists in the country, as well as being a fine entertainer. From busking in the early days with Rod Stewart, Wizz has gone on to work with the likes of fellow guitarist, Pete Berryman, banjo-picker, Pete Stanley and Ralph McTell, with whom he has recently rekindled a duo partership and subsequently recorded an album. www.wizzjones.com/index.html. Support: TBA Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) paid in adv £10; adv notice, paid on door £12. Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.exeterfolkclub.org, www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

Friday 20 October 2017 8pm -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
details tba/tbc French & Breton dance and music. Guest: Venn.

Friday 20 October 2017 8pm - State of the Union 2017 - Milverton Music Club, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Blues man Brookes Williams on tour from USA in a duo with Boo Hewerdine. Tickets £10. BYO drinks. Call 01823 400416 for more information or visit www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

20-22 October 2017 - Ilfracombe Folk, Roots & World Music Festival
3 days of live music, 18 acts, accommodation. Lineup: 1 headline tba; Papillon; Luke Daniels; Kezia; Folklaw; Alice Gullick; Fairport Convention; Richard Digance; Wille & The Bandits; Galley Beggar; The Broadside Boys; Lindisfarne; Emi McDade; Gilmore & Roberts; Said The Maiden; Mia and the Moon; Linda Em; Crumbling Ghost. Details www.ilfracombefolkfestival.co.uk. Early bird tickets available.

Saturday 21 October 2017 7.30pm - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - St George's Hall, Dartmouth Road, Paignton TQ4 6NY
Come and join us for a boisterous evening of dancing. Presented as a fundraiser by the Friends of Froward Point, National Coastwatch, for the watch station there. BYO alcohol. Crisps etc. and soft drinks will be on sale. Tickets £10, available from (all phone codes 01803) Paddy Jewry 842481, Linda Lister 391058, Hilary Bussell 752365. Please include SAE with payment. £12 door (check availability).

Saturday 21 October 2017 8pm - Ceilidh with Pigs Might Fly - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Voodoo Lounge. Caller: Jeremy Child. £10 (£5 concs). More details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/lgbtq-friends-ceilidh, www.barndancecaller.net/genderfree/ceilidh.html.

Saturday 21 October 2017 9pm - Threaded - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Following rave reviews from the release of their second album the ‘super talented’ (Bright Young Folk) trio Threaded are taking their live show around the UK! Prepare to be blown away by ‘creative, clever and captivating music of instant allure and appeal’! (The Living Tradition). Described by FATEA as ‘atmospheric heaven’ and by Folk Radio UK as an ‘impressive talent’, Threaded will take you on a journey through a roller coaster of emotions and musical imagery, with copious amounts of reflection and participation, and you will be left ‘feeling fresh, elated and eager for more.’ (Folk Radio UK). Admission £3. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Sunday 22 October 2017 - Heidi Talbot - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Recipient of 2008’s Indie Acoustic award and the multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee, Heidi Talbot is exploring the idea of jumping, whether it’s into new musical territories, new bands, new studio, new label, new family... Heidi’s fifth solo album crosses the ages, jumps into the unknown, traverses oceans and musical styles – from folk, through Americana, to classic pop, and back again. The County Kildare singer-songwriter, who now resides in Scotland with her musical partner and husband John McCusker, is joined by a host of musicians and co-writers on the album, including Louis Abbott (Admiral Fallow), Duke Special, Adam Holmes and Boo Hewerdine. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

Baring-Gould Folk Weekend & Song School - Okehampton
Song School:· 22-27 October 2017 - Guest Tutor: John Kirkpatrick
Folk Weekend: 27-29 October 2017
Please note that the fourth Saturday in October falls on the second Saturday of the half term holiday, so it feels as if it is later this year.
Full artist list out soon but we can confirm first UK appearance of Tuscan Folk trio Vincanto www.vincantomusica.it.

Thursday 26 October 2017 8pm - Rodney Branigan - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Texas-raised Londoner Rodney Branigan learned to play in Austin, perform in Los Angeles, craft songs in Nashville and put it all together in London.
He masterfully combines extraordinary multi-instrumental skills with heartfelt lyrics and a rich soulful voice (often compared to Jeff Buckley). A passion for musical diversity has seen Rodney travel the world with his own inimitable style of musicianship. Having toured his native America coast-to-coast. Rodney’s desire to share his fusion of organic progressive folk with undertones of rock, flamenco, classical, bluegrass and jazz have also seen him play China as well as France, Germany and Switzerland, earning him love from fans and respect from established musicians alike. Full details www.ottertonmill.com.

Friday 27 October 2017 - Steve Ashley - Caroline's Kitchen, Churston Farm Shop, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
An intimate concert with Steve Ashley  who has been described as one of the finest singer/songwriters in Britain, if not the entire English speaking world. If you have heard Phil Beer sing Fire and Wine and wondered who wrote it, look no further as it was written by Steve. www.steveashley.co.uk. Adv tickets £12. To book please call Maggie on 01803 855961 / 07770 806083 or email scotcraft@msn.com, online www.wegottickets.com/event/416761.

Friday 27 October 2017 - Richard Digance Golden Anniversary Tour - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Richard celebrates fifty years of performing by embarking on a special tour of the UK. Thirty one albums, fourteen books, an audio book with Bill Bryson, three million YouTube hits, a Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and a BAFTA Nomination have all happened along the way. Plus support by acoustic duo The Broadside Boys, embarking on their first tour, just like Richard did all those years ago. www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 27 October 2017 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Cellar Bar, Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
SidMouth StoryNights for GrownUps presents: Janet Dowling and friends bring you The Return of Fearsome Fairy Tales for Fearless Adults- the Fairies Fight Back! These are the dark tales of the fairy world, where everything is not as it seems… are you brave enough to listen? Be beguiled and bewitched by a shiver of Devon storytellers telling new tales of old fears. Be warned- these tales are not suitable for Adults of a nervous disposition. Tickets £8 adv from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth, or on door. Bar available, Good disabled access. Not suitable for U14s. For more details call 07834 194215 or email JanetTells@gmail.com.

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

Sunday 29 October 2016 8pm - Free feature spot: Ewan McLennan - Globe Hotel Malthouse, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Ewan McLennan is a guitarist at the forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style; a singer that can move audiences with his passion and pathos and a songwriter for whom social justice is still a burning issue.  Info at www.topshamfolkclub.org.
Next Club Guest night: Sunday 26 November 2017 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner
Coming in 2018: Martin & Eliza Carthy 25/2; Peter Knight & John Spiers 25/3; Jez Lowe & Steve Tilston 29/4; Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage 3/6.

31 October-3 November, 7-11 November 2017 7.30pm - Fire at the Clarence - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Cygnet Theatre with Wren Music are proud to celebrate the history of Exeter’s much loved Royal Clarence Hotel with a large-scale community production to coincide with the first anniversary of the fire which destroyed the hotel. Mark Carey’s new play brings vivid life to the famous, infamous and little known characters who lived, worked, played and died at the Royal Clarence Hotel. Box Office: 01392 277819/665885 or www.wegottickets.com/cygnettheatre.

NEW Thursday 2 November 2017 8pm - Urban Folk Quartet - Unit 23 Live, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigás, Tom Chapman and Dan Walsh are Urban Folk Quartet. The award-winning UFQ have ignited international audiences with their high-energy, genre-defying acoustic music since 2009.
UFQ's distinguishing features have much less to do with the traditional idea of genre. Yes, this is fiddle-led music that draws heavily from celtic dance forms and traditional song but from there on in it is unlike any folk band you have ever heard. Just as English country dance unassumingly met with big band jazz musicianship in the mid 20th century, The UFQ’s approach to the folk ethos is to embrace any and every influence that genuinely makes sense of their time and place and makes sense in their music. From funk grooves to middle-eastern melodies, afrobeat to north Indian rhythms. www.theufq.com. www.unit23live.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 2 November 2017 8pm - Wild Ponies - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Although they're based in Nashville, Wild Ponies have always looked to Southwest Virginia where bandmates Doug and Telisha Williams were both born and raised for inspiration. There, in mountain towns like Galax, old-time American music continues to thrive, supported by a community of fiddlers, flat-pickers, and fans. The result is a broad, bold approach to Appalachian music, created by a multi-cultural band whose members span several generations. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 3 November 2017 8pm - The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
The Ukes have become a global sensation and nothing short of a UK national treasure. 'Heresy II Heritage', their new tour, charts the Uke's rise from curiosity to virtuosity, from village hall to the Royal Albert Hall. The Ukes of GB have performed for the British Royal Family, the BBC Proms, Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall, but heretics they remain, poking fun at the cultural elite, defying you to believe their own hype, bemused by all the hot air. On an ongoing "hand-luggage only" world tour, the Ukes provide pure entertainment, dead-pan British humour and irresistible foot-tapping music. They are masters of the unexpected, whether re-imagining folk songs, twisting classical music favourites, uncovering quirky versions of rock covers, or playing the performers' own all-original compositions. “Iconoclastic. Unabashed genre crashing antics. Nothing is spoof proof." Sunday Times. “Most people have to die before they become immortal. These ukulele superstars have no such worries.” New Musical Express. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/ukulele-orchastra-of-great-britain-heresy-ii-heritage.

NEW Saturday 4 November 2017 - Show of Hands - Exeter Cathedral
With special guest Kirsty Merryn. Autumn 2017 Cathedrals Tour. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 4 November 2017 8pm - 3 Daft Monkeys - Chudleigh Community School Hall, Lawn Drive, Chudleigh TQ13 0LS
Bringing vibrant and sparkling new songs from their latest album, festival favourites 3DM perform a brand new set of the quirky, original and upbeat fiddle driven tunes. Now with a 4 piece line-up, the band are taking their famously dynamic live show to new danceable dizzy heights. With Celtic and eastern influences, their style of world folk music reflects the global village in which we now live. Their infectious dancing rhythms lead you through a musical journey of the senses and emotions and leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. www.3daftmonkeys.co.uk. Tickets from 01626 852553, £11 adult, £7 child. Seated, but with room to get up and dance.

NEW Tuesday 7 November 2017 8pm - Lady Maisery - Tavistock Wharf (map)
In an English folk scene currently bursting with bold and innovative folk music, vocal trio Lady Maisery shine brightly. With their unique approach to harmony singing, intelligent and thoughtful arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Rowan Rheingans harness and celebrate their united voice. Whether unearthing a feminist twist hidden in a traditional tale, delivering a poignant anti-war ballad, or showcasing their immense multi-instrumental talents in original compositions that draw on a myriad of musical influences, Lady Maisery are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of song. Underpinning every performance are Lady Maisery’s distinctive harmonies: sometimes lush and rich, sometimes dark and invigorating, they intertwine with assured precision. £10 adv, £12 after 6pm on night. www.tavistockwharf.com.

NEW Thursday 9 November 2017 8pm - Veronica Sbergia & Max De Bernardi - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
We are delighted to welcome back to the Mill, this exciting Italian duo Veronica and Max, winners of The European Blues Challenge 2013. 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. Full details www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 10 November 2017 8pm - Cardboard Fox - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Winners of the 2015 Spiral Earth Award for Best Debut, Cardboard Fox are an exciting four piece with a fast growing fan base. This May the band are following up on the success of their EP by releasing their first full album, ‘Out of Mind’. All four musicians have their roots in bluegrass music but their collective influences reach much further and this shows in their music. Formed in late 2013 in Bath, England, the band features the sibling harmonies of Charlotte and Laura Carrivick (the Carrivick Sisters) on guitar/vocals and fiddle/vocals respectively, the extraordinary talents of young mandolin player Joe Tozer and the driving and technically demanding double bass playing and harmony vocals of John Breese. With a focus on original songs with a strong pop sensibility and energetic live shows, this is a group of musicians who are very, very excited about what this line up can create and that’s what makes this acoustic quartet so special. Tickets £8. Full details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk, email andrew@frangleton.co.uk or call 01837 840775.

NEW Friday 10 November 2017 - 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 details www.wegottickets.com/event/407581. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Saturday 11 November 2017 8pm - The Sounds of Simon - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
A tribute to Simon and Garfunkel and the wonderful music of Paul Simon, through the years as one half of Simon and Garfunkel, to the enduring success of his solo career. Come on a journey and lose yourself to nostalgia as the full band play the classics. Paul and Art are played to perfection, bringing in elements of their famously fractious relationship, as well as replicating the beautiful harmonies flawlessly. With video clips, stories, and memories from the last 50+ years, this is a wonderful show filled with excellent music, nostalgia, and a genuine love for some great musicians. This is the UK’s longest running tribute to Paul Simon. Come and see why! www.soundsofsimon.co.uk. Full details, samples etc. www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

NEW Saturday 11 November 2017 - d'Accord Day Of Dance with Kantref - Newton St Cyres Village Hall
From 2pm with bring food to share for 6pm. Evening dance at 7.30pm. Support band Poisson Rouge. £18 door (all inclusive), £16 early bird (all inclusive) from September, £12 evening Bal only (from 7.30pm), £8 workshop only.

NEW Four one-day Storytelling Sunday workshops in Totnes during autumn 2017 with Lisa Schneidau:
Storytelling Start-up: 17 September: starting to tell stories, for beginners or those with little experience
The Heart of a Story: 15 October: improving narrative and story structure, for beginners and improvers
Through Different Eyes: 12 November: exploring character in story, for beginners and improvers
Spirits of Place and Time: 10 December: exploring environment and historical time, and honouring story sources, for beginners and improvers
For full details see www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

NEW Sunday 12 November 2017 3pm - Crows - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
The popular 80s folk band favourite “Crows” have returned with a new line-up. Local folk performer Paul Downes now joins Mick Ryan, James Patterson and Dave Bordewey. Lympstone Entertainments are pleased to have managed to book the band following a busy summer which has seen them performing to great acclaim at folk venues and festivals across the country. Tickets £12.50 go on sale at the end of September and can be obtained from Demelza on 01395 272243, or by email boxoffice@lympstone-entertainments.net.

NEW Sunday 12 November 2017 7.30pm - Keith James: The Songs of Nick Drake - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated. A haunting and immaculately crafted concert which begins with an introductory set of timeless songs by brilliant songwriters – all contemporary with Nick Drake. Richard Thompson, Roy Harper, Sandy Denny, Al Stewart, Vashti Bunyan, John Martyn, Bridget St John and Bert Jansch. Also featured are two poems by William Blake which Keith has set to guitar arrangements based on Nick’s unique style. Nick Drake 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 and a worldwide re-evaluation of his genius, Nick Drake has become a National treasure. At the beginning of the project in 2001 Keith James was the first artist ever to bring this fragile and intriguing music to theatres across the UK in its pure live concert form. The end result was over a decade of highly acclaimed concerts amounting to over 1500 shows in venues in the UK, Ireland, Holland, France, Italy and Spain. ‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’ The Independent. £14 adv, £16 after 6pm on night. www.tavistockwharf.com.

Sold out Thursday 16 November 2017 7.30pm - Wildwood Kin - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Turning Tides Tour. Standing only gig. They have recently wowed the crowds at Glastonbury and have the ear of national radio stations. Wildwood Kin formed four years ago while in their mid to late teens. They borrow heavily from early folk influences, not least in their hypnotic three-part harmonies. But their extraordinary debut album delves deeply in to other genres, featuring both electric and acoustic instruments and it boasts inventive electronics and spectral atmospherics. Guitarist Emillie Key, her bouzouki/keyboard-playing sister Beth and their drumming cousin Meghann Loney all sing, swapping leads on songs they write themselves, and joining forces on harmonies that have remained their trademark. Their sound has matured at speed and their confidence caught up with their talent. More details, bookings etc. www.facebook.com/pg/BrookInnPlympton/events. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk. Tel. 01752 297604.

Sold out Thursday 16 November 2017 - Seth Lakeman supporting and playing with Robert Plant - Plymouth Pavilions
Sorry I didn't tell you about this one earlier - I knew nothing about it until it was too late. If you know of relevant gigs I don't have in my listings, please tell me. Thanks. Read the story of how this came about here www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-41220247. JC

NEW Friday 17 November 2017 7.30pm - ‘Missin’ Tackle’ Shanty Crew & Friends - Brixham Library, Market Street, Brixham TQ5 8EU
Come and join the fabulous Brixham Shanty crew for an enjoyable concert in the library. The lads will be singing from their growing repertoire of songs and will be joined by guest performers Susie & Bill Trezise along with Steve Gill and his friend Charlie. Ticket includes free drink, £8 FOBL members, £10 non-members, available from Brixham Library tel: 01803 853870.

NEW Friday 17 November 2017 8pm - Wren Music: Blackberries & Bandages - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Songs that tell the story of Devon’s Home Front in WW1 Featuring singers and players from Wren Music’s Voices in Common Choirs & Rough Music. Tickets £10.
 Box Office: 01392 277819/665885. www.wegottickets.com/event/412443.

NEW Friday 17 November 2017 7.30pm - Soroptimist International Plymouth Barn Dance - Derriford Hospital Leisure Centre
Caller Martin Dowling. Tickets £10 to include ploughmans supper (adv booking appreciated for catering purposes). Contact Margaret Luscombe 01752 774401 or 07523 131129.

NEW Friday 17 November 2017 8pm -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
details tba/tbc French & Breton dance and music. Guest: John Mills.

NEW Saturday 18 November 2017 - Jim Moray - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
details tba www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Sunday 19 November 2017 7.30pm - Oysterband 40th Celebration Special - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Classic songs from every era of a long and mighty career. Oysterband, the multi-award-winning outfit that brought passion, power and not a little poetry to folk and roots music, enter their 40th year as vital and creative as ever. Oysterband still play with that spirit of the punk ceilidh band that roared through people’s lives all those years ago. But the growing depth and sensitivity of their songwriting, coupled with the strength of John Jones’ voice and their remarkable musicianship, have lifted their music into a richer, more acoustic era. Oysterband are: John Jones voice, melodeon; Alan Prosser  guitars, voice; Ian Telfer violin, voice; Al Scott bass, mandolin, voice; Adrian Oxaal cello, voice; and the newest member, formerly of Bellowhead, Pete Flood  drums, voice. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/oysterband-40th-celebration-special.

NEW Monday 20 November 2017 - Skerryvore - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing: Multi-award winning Scottish folk rockers. As the band have developed, rock, pop, jazz, cajun and country influences on their sound have all emerged, but the traditional Celtic roots and instrumentation have remained. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Wednesday 22 November 2017 8pm - Steeleye Span - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Folk rock pioneers Steeleye Span are touring with a new live show. Maddy Prior - the voice of the band - leads a line-up featuring faces old and new. . Having just released the album “Dodgy Bastards” to great critical acclaim . Their 2016 performances will see them perform new gems alongside classics that have made them one of the most successful British Folk Rock bands ever. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/steeleye-span.

NEW Thursday 23 November 2017 - Afro Celt Sound Sytem + The Dhol Foundation - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. With sales now topping one and a half million albums and two Grammy nominations to date, Afro Celt Sound System bring their exhilarating live show to venues around the country. This European and African based collective have been a ground-breaking force in music ever since they started, along the way finding kindred spirits across international talent and forging a reputation for exhilarating shows. Afro Celt Sound System Live 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. ‘A delirious mix of primal intensity, spiritual beauty and explosive rhythms…..a colossus of an album.” Froots Magazine. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW tbc Friday 24 November 2017 - Geoff Lakeman - Parish Hall, Meavy PL20 6PJ
details tba.

NEW Saturday 25 November 2017 - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
details tba www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 25 November 2017 8pm - LOSt COYOTES - Buccaneers Live Music Venue and Bar, East Street, Crediton EX17 3AZ
Devon-based 4-piece band (2 of the band, the guitar/cittern and fiddle players, are former Jiggerypipery members, plus a very talented and entertaining accordionist/lead singer Flaky Jake, and finally Kate on various hand percussion and vocals) who play a bewitching mix of Americana, Cajun, Latin-American, and Celtic songs and tunes, finding a natural chemistry between these musical genres in a melodious blend of their instruments and voices. www.lostcoyotes.co.uk/home-page.

NEW Sunday 26 November 2017 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Legendary fiddle player Peter Knight along with Roger Flack on guitar and Sacha Trochet on percussion explore traditional music and song and their related themes with energy, brilliance and spontaneity. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.
Coming in 2018: Martin & Eliza Carthy 25/2; Peter Knight & John Spiers 25/3; Jez Lowe & Steve Tilston 29/4; Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage 3/6.

NEW Sunday 26 November 2017 - William The Conqueror - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Bluesy indie-Americana. Once a treasure of the folk circuit, Ruarri Joseph had been leading a double existence, 4 studio albums in under his own name the singer created an alter-ego, William the Conqueror, as a way of being able to play live music away from the obligatory promotional touring. Bursting with retro-infused energy, there are a myriad influences, underpinned by a taste for good, old-fashioned roots. An invite to Nashville and a nomination for an Americana award already under the belt. . Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Wednesday 29 November 2017 - Lau - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. The pioneering contemporary folk trio comprising three of the UK’s finest traditional musicians: Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle). Lau has garnered four awards for ‘Best Group’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and also appeared on the Later… With Jools Holland TV show. Individual members have all won multiple awards and recognition for their solo work. Kris Drever is shortlisted for Folk Singer of The Year 2017 & Best Original Track 2017, Martin Green nominated for Best Album 2017 & Best Original Track 2017 at this years BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Box office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/lau.

NEW Thursday 30 November 2017 8pm - Boo Hewerdine - Unit 23 Live, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
We all at times look back at our past to a specific event such as a new relationship, or the starting point of our career and cherish those memories. How though do we view those times? Acclaimed Ivor Novello Award nominated English singer-songwriter Boo Hewerdine’s new album “Swimming in Mercury” (Reveal Records April 28th 2017) gives us a personal insight as he takes us on that journey back in time. It’s a trip furnished with a glisten and a glint in his eye as he applies style and shapes to his autobiographical memories. More info see https://unit23.ticketlight.co.uk. Licensed bar.

NEW Thursday 30 November 2017 - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
With special guest Kirsty Merryn. 'Traditional; final two dates on the Autumn 2017 Cathedrals Tour. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Friday 1 December 2017 - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
With special guest Kirsty Merryn. 'Traditional; final two dates on the Autumn 2017 Cathedrals Tour. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Friday 1 December 2017 7.30pm - Rosafresca - United Free Church, Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5RP
Music from the Time of Ferdinand and Isabella. Travel back to Spain in c1520 as Rosafresca perform songs and dances from the Palace Song book, the magnificent collection of over 400 songs known as El Cancionero de Palacio complied for Queen Isabella of Spain. From the political, religious and pastoral to the amorous and downright bawdy, most are known as villancicos and would have been performed originally by peasants in village festivities. Singer Hayley Guest joins the three members of Rosafresca who play an array of period instruments, including vihuela, recorders, percussion and cello. The third of six concerts from Totnes Early Music Society. Tickets for non members £12, U18s £5, available from Dartington Box Office (01803 847070), website (www.dartington.org) and on the door. www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk

NEW Friday 1 December 2017 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Milverton Music Club, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Thrilled to welcome Kathryn & Sean back to the club. Plus Tones music quiz, fabulous food including the famous roasties. Every year is a sell-out. Tickets £15, from 1 November. BYO drinks. Call 01823 400416 for more information or visit www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 7 December 2017 - St Agnes Fountain - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
details tba. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk.

NEW Four one-day Storytelling Sunday workshops in Totnes during autumn 2017 with Lisa Schneidau:
Storytelling Start-up: 17 September: starting to tell stories, for beginners or those with little experience
The Heart of a Story: 15 October: improving narrative and story structure, for beginners and improvers
Through Different Eyes: 12 November: exploring character in story, for beginners and improvers
Spirits of Place and Time: 10 December: exploring environment and historical time, and honouring story sources, for beginners and improvers
For full details see www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

NEW Monday 11 December 2017 7.30pm - Artizan Acoustic Night / Open Mic - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
Curated by Robert Spence, the Artizan Acoustic Nights are, an unplugged, open-mic evening of laidback music and melody featuring talented local performers and exciting guest sets! This month we're excited to welcome Silvington to the gallery! "Silvington is made up of John Connor and Tricia Moore, and the duo are becoming well known in the South of England and further afield for their modern style of folk singing." - Kingsbridge and Salcombe Gazette.

NEW Thurday 14 December 2017 tbc8.30pm - Geoff Lakeman - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
B-Bar regular, dad to famous folk stars Seth, Sean and Sam -plays for us again! His debut solo album "After All These Years" launched earlier this year to critical acclaim: the CD has had national five and four--star reviews and been played on BBC Radio 2 by Mark Radcliffe, by Tom Robinson on his BBC Radio Six show, on BBC Radio 3 and just about every local radio station in the country. Come and hear the singer and concertina master's musical take on the west country, American and Irish folk, Americana and even 20's/30's jazz".  tbcEntry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 15 December 2017 8pm -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
details tba/tbc French & Breton dance and music. Guest: Dave Faulkner & Steve Turner.

NEW Tuesday 19 December 2017 - Belshazzar's Feast - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
On tour with a Christmas-themed show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, added to their usual touch of classical and jazz, with a bit of pop and music hall, all topped off with lashings of wry humour. Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Hoover The Dog) together wow audiences across the UK with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat that always sends audiences home with smiles on their faces. ‘Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.’ Mike Harding. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Wednesday 20 December 2017 - Another Evening With Phil Beer - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Part seated/ part standing. One half of Westcountry folk duo Show Of Hands, Phil Beer is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler and plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don’t stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals. Phil performed a very successful gig at The Brook Inn ahead of his solo tour of the country at the beginning of 2017. It was so popular that Phil asked to end his year of touring here too. Ticket price includes a pre-performance bar snack. Numbers are limited. Meals will be served from 7pm - 8pm and Phil will take to the stage around 9pm. www.ticketsource.co.uk/brookinnplympton. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.
Tel. 01752 297604.

NEW Sunday 31 December 2017 8pm - LOSt COYOTES / Auld Lang Syne - Bedford Hotel, 1 Plymouth Road, Tavistock PL19 8BB
Devon-based 4-piece band (2 of the band, the guitar/cittern and fiddle players, are former Jiggerypipery members, plus a very talented and entertaining accordionist/lead singer Flaky Jake, and finally Kate on various hand percussion and vocals) who play a bewitching mix of Americana, Cajun, Latin-American, and Celtic songs and tunes, finding a natural chemistry between these musical genres in a melodious blend of their instruments and voices. www.lostcoyotes.co.uk/home-page.

NEW Friday 12 January 2018 - The Transports - Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
The Transports tells the incredible tale of a family destroyed by poverty and crime, but resurrected by exile to the new colony in Australia. With fresh script and musical arrangement, this famous show re-emerges within a modern context of mass migration. The stellar line-up for this exciting new production includes The Young’uns, Faustus Saul Rose, Benji Kirkpatrick & Paul Sartin), Nancy Kerr, Rachael McShane, Greg Russell and Matthew Crampton. In 1977 Peter Bellamy released The Transports on record with The Watersons, Martin Carthy, Nic Jones, AL Lloyd, June Tabor, Cyril Tawney, Dave Swarbrick and others. Several times since, further generations of folk musicians have gathered to re-create the piece. Full details, tickets etc. www.octagon-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/music/the-transports-a-tale-of-exile-and-migration/2385.
This is well outside Harberton Folk's coverage area, but Jan and I saw this stunning show at Exeter Phoenix in 2017 and Yeovil is the closest the 2018 tour is coming.

NEW Monday 19 February 2018 - Richard Digance - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
This event is already ⅓ full, so get your reservation in now. The cost is £37.50 per person including a three course meal. The Not Bad For His Age Tour. www.facebook.com/events/1560526640627044. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.
Tel. 01752 297604.

NEW Sunday 11 February 2018 - Tannahill Weavers - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
 one of Scotland 's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that. www.theploughartscentre.org.uk. www.wegottickets.com/event/405416.

NEW Thursday 15 February 2018 7.30pm - Red Rocks Story Open Mic - Upstairs at the Anchor, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LP
Come tell or read aloud your own work. Slots are 8 mins (about 1600-ish words.) Storytellers arrive at 7pm, first come, first tell. £3, £2 storytellers. Contact 07834 194215, email JanetTells@gmail.com. This event repeats on 19 April, 21 June.

NEW tbc Sunday 25 February 2018 8pm - Martin & Eliza Carthy - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
details tba

NEW Thursday 8 March 2018 - Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Always engaging and far from predictable these ‘Two musicians at the top of their game’ (MUSIC RIOT) seek to push the boundaries of blues, folk and American roots music. Original compositions on slide guitar, double bass, harmony vocals and good humoured banter are cornerstones of their live shows. Between them they are very much on the world stage and have performed at Glastonbury, The Royal Albert hall, the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, Bonnaroo, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, MerleFest, Bottle Rock,The Edmonton Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz Fest, The Blue Note Tokyo, Cognac Blues festival, Cayamo and many more. Most recently Daniel toured the US with the Transatlantic Sessions. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Saturday 10 March 2018 7.30pm - Passamezzo - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
Music from the Restoration. An evening of music, words and song from Restoration England to partner a lecture by top historian Ian Mortimer on 8th March (see www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk for more information). Accounts of the period come from Pepys, Evelyn and anonymous ballads describing momentous events, including the Great Fire of 1666 and Frost Fair in 1683. With theatre songs, tavern rounds, dance music and solos for the viol and cittern, and music by Wilson, Lawes, Locke and Purcell. Passamezzo gave us a hugely enjoyable concert in 2012, and TEMS is delighted to welcome them back. The fifth of six concerts from Totnes Early Music Society. Tickets for non members £14, U18s £5, available from Dartington Box Office (01803 847070), website (www.dartington.org) and on the door.

NEW tbc Saturday 10 March 2018 8pm - Dick Miles - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Support: The Old Gaffers shanty crew. Information: Hugh 01626 775517, email: hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com.

NEW tbc Sunday 25 March 2018 8pm - Peter Knight & John Spiers - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
details tba

NEW Wednesday 11 April 2018 7.30pm - Feast of Fiddles 25th Annual Tour - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Little did the band think it would be setting off on its 25th annual spring tour in 2018 but what started as an idea in a folk club has become a national folk-rock institution. Feast of Fiddles has been variously likened to a “group of geography teachers” or “Bellowhead with bus passes!” but doesn’t seem to be slowing down any. A band of friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. Typically, fiddlers Peter Knight (Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle playing styles to the rock back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion – all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. A live music entertainment like no other on the circuit which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by even the most doubting of friends dragged along! Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/feast-of-fiddles.

NEW Friday 13 April 2018 8pm - The Fureys 40th Anniverary Tour - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
After three previous shows, Legends of Irish music & song The FUREYS, renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc return for another night of music and song.  Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/the-fureys.

NEW Thursday 19 April 2018 7.30pm - Red Rocks Story Open Mic - Upstairs at the Anchor, Old Fore Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LP
Come tell or read aloud your own work. Slots are 8 mins (about 1600-ish words.) Storytellers arrive at 7pm, first come, first tell. £3, £2 storytellers. Contact 07834 194215, email JanetTells@gmail.com. This event repeats on 21 June.

NEW tbc Sunday 29 Aril 2018 8pm - Jez Lowe & Steve Tilston - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
details tba

NEW tbc Sunday 3 June 2018 8pm - Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
details tba

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

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

John Culf
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