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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.

Joe Stead presents his lecture ‘The Life and Times of Paul Robeson’
Friday 24 February 2017 - Brixham Theatre, Town Hall, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA
Tuesday 28 February 2017 - Oddfellows Inn, 60 New North Road, (B3183) Exeter EX4 4EP, tel. 01392 209050
Pub venues £5 first come first served; Brixham bookings (and fuller event description) www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk/event-listing.
Joe is known to many in the South West as the former lead performer with the Kimbers Men shanty crew but is an expert on singer Paul Robeson, with whom he sang once at a private event. The son of a slave, Robeson rose from ‘white man’s lackey’ to become a belligerent, forceful spokesman for black human rights. He had a scholar’s ability to summon up wide ranging points of reference, a linguists ability to communicate in several languages, had had an outstanding career as an athlete, and a degree in law. But by 1960 his career and his health had been broken, his image converted by a now hostile establishment from public hero to public enemy. This extraordinary turnabout in what had been one of the great twentieth-century careers is a singularly American story emblematic of its times yet transcending them, encompassing not merely Cold War hysteria but racial symbolism and racial consciousness throughout the history of the United States. That a man so deeply loved all over the world could evoke in his own country such an outpouring of fear and anger is in itself a tragedy. The tragedy that was Paul Robeson’s life is brought to reality in this workshop/lecture by Joe Stead, in which you are invited to join in songs and listen to the resonant, changing voice of Robeson himself, learning about one of the most remarkable men in American musical and theatrical history. 2-hour show (20-min interval) including a lot of singing and talking by Robeson himself.

Friday 24 February 2017 - Sarah McQuaid - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den Crescent, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). Her latest album is her most honest and adventurous work to date, with 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.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

Friday 24 February 2017 8pm - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. One of the most sought after duos on the folk & roots scene. The striking combination of the flame headed double bass player & virtuoso mandolin player create music that is "a musical partnership made in heaven.” £12. 
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Friday 24 February 2017 7.30pm - Marry Waterson & David A. Jaycock - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Inheriting the legacy of one of British folk's most revered families, it took a long time for Marry to step centre stage. David had been struck by the character and warmth of Marry’s singing “It was earthy, dreamlike, warm, powerful and jagged. It had the capacity to be both melancholic and joyful, and could tell a story - of course Marry Waterson could tell a story!”. “Perfectly balances traditional & contemporary [folk]…echoes of Nick Drake, Vashti Bunyan and Sandy Denny while Woolgathering Girl is more reminiscent of latter-day Kate Bush.” ****METRO. 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.

Sold out Friday 24 February 2017 8pm - Hummingbirds Acappella Trio - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
Hummingbirds acappella trio, Ami Lee, Emily Roblyn and Sarah Pennington have been delighting live audiences since 2013 with their extraordinary arrangements, powerful original songs and infectious sense of fun. They weave quirky rhythms around lush harmonies across an impressive spectrum of songs, some political, some sweet, some just darnright entertaining. Now they invite you to join them to celebrate the launch of their debut CD. ''These guys are amazing. If you need some soulful, smiley music for a gig look no further.''  £8/£6.

DLM
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
DLM are a 3 piece acoustic trio based in the West Country. Andrew Cresswell Davis has honed his superb song writing skills over many years, and DLM are a vehicle for some of the finest songs Andy has ever written. Fans of Stackridge and The Korgis will be delighted that Andrew is back on the road with this fabulous semi-acoustic trio! Andrew is accompanied by Clare Lindley and Brian Mullan and between them they play a variety of instruments – guitar, violin, cello and ukulele and more. With the addition of three fine voices, they create rich textures and intimate moods, which breathe life into songs of love, loss and squirrels!
‘The amazingly talented DLM are undoubtedly one of the very best live acts you will see and hear if you like songs that hit the nail on the head in under 5 minutes. Joyful and thought provoking stuff!’ www.dlm3.co.uk, www.andrewcresswelldavis.com, www.stackridge.net.
Friday 24 February 2017 - Cheriton Bishop Village Hall - Call 01647 24789 for tickets
Saturday 25 February 2017 - Black Dog Village Hall

Saturday 25 February 2017 7pm - Plymouth Morris Men’s 47th Annual Ceilidh with Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - Woolwell Community Centre, Darklake Lane, Roborough, Plymouth PL6 7TR
Caller Anne Gill. A great evening to be had for £8, includes a pasty supper. Licensed bar. For tickets call Andy 01752 300758 or email bagman@plymouthmorrismen.org.uk,

Saturday 25 February 2017 - The Boys from Melbourne Street - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
The Boys are easily at home playing at large and small Festivals, in Clubs, Bistros, Concert Halls, Pubs, Beer Fests and Art Centres; they have headlined many a venue as well as supported national and international artists. They have produced a large body of original material, eclectic in style and genre covering almost any topic or subject. Their music will touch sensitive nerves, stand hairs up on the back of your neck, get your feet tapping, have you smiling and joining in the fun of singing along with their unusual and original brand of sound and music. They will have you captivated on the night, especially Dave’s percussion and Ukulele skills, Colin’s full guitar sound and mellifluous vocals and Keith’s fabulous fretless bass. “They’re a jovial bunch whose friendship shines through. "...it was impossible to categorise their music other than to say it was a mixture of acoustic folk, rock, jazz and originality. Their lead singer, who was not only a very accomplished guitarist, but had a voice not unlike Peter Gabriel, If you get a chance to see them, do, you won’t be disappointed.” The Note. Hot drinks and cake available at our gig café. BYO alcohol. Tickets £10(+) www.wegottickets.com/event/380689. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

Saturday 25 February 2017 7.30pm - Claude Bourbon - Village Hall, Herring Street, South Pool, nr Kingsbridge TQ7 2RP (map)
Claude is a classically trained virtuoso guitarist and a mesmerising performer. You will find Latin, Spanish, gypsy, jazz, delta blues and mediaeval influences throughout. Samples, videos etc. www.claudebourbon.org. Tickets £15, supper included. Doors open 7pm for supper at 7.30pm; concert starts 8.30pm. For more info, ring 01548 531979 or email madelinemarchand1@gmail.com. Online tickets www.reverbnation.com/show/17863442.

Saturday 25 February 2017 7.30pm - The Lures - Buccaneers Live Events Venue & Bar, East Street, Crediton EX17 3AZ
The Lures - led by the dual vocals of Hamish Goodwin and Maria Kontorravdis. Energetic indie stompers and heartfelt folk songs for fans of The Shins, The Smiths, The Lumineers. Support: Tin Soldiers, atmospheric indiefolk with swirling violins, warm piano, and intense light and dark dynamics. For fans of Radiohead, Wolf Alice, Daughter. Cobby, singer-songwriter from Crediton, a stalwart of local rock and metal bands, his more laid back solo project shows off his song writing skills and lyrics. £2 entrance.

Sunday 26 February 2017 2.30pm - Paddy’s Whiskers - The Boathouse, Preston Sands, Paignton
Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band playing a mixture of fiddle led Irish jigs and reels for dancing, banjo driven bluegrass numbers, and Scottish tunes on border bagpipes. The whole band sing and at a Whiskers gig you’ll hear well known favourites from the folk tradition, together with a few original songs and tunes written by the band. Live music starts at 2.30pm and entrance is free. Tables may be booked on 01803 665066. More information from www.paddyswhiskers.co.uk or ring Andrew on 01803 520798.

Sunday 26 February 2017 3-6pm - Martin Hodge Memorial Ceilidh with Spinach for Norman - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
With Pam Hayes. Entrance: Give a donation that will go towards Hospice Care. Martin Hodge, popular Phonic FM radio show presenter, Exeter Pride supporter and dance caller passed away suddenly several weeks ago.

Sunday 26 February 2017 5pm - 'Time of our Lives' - St. Paul’s Church, Devon Square, Newton Abbot TQ12 2HN
With words and music, compiled and performed by Words for Voices with music from Devon Close Harmony Quartet (DCHQ), 'Time of our Lives' is a very humorous  look at the Seven ages of Man and gives us lots of scope to remind you of infancy, empathise with you through adolescence, flirt with you through the wooing years, have a crisis with you in midlife and then learn to forget about how it will all end! Words for Voices are 4 actors who have worked together for decades and produce very slick, brilliantly presented sketches on a particular theme. DCHQ have a great selection of songs to fit the theme, mostly a cappella and ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. "Although it’s not exactly a folk concert (with the acting) the quartet are singing Foreign Lander and Mike Harding's "Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls" amongst others." Tickets £10 (U16 free) available from Torbay Hospital Main Reception, or St. Paul’s Church. (League of Friends 01803 654520). Proceeds will benefit Rowcroft Hospice and Torbay Hospital League of Friends.

Sunday 26 February 2017 7.45pm - Geoff Lakeman - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Having produced and nurtured the incredible musical talents of the 3 Lakeman brothers, and performed in a number of excellent bands, Geoff now has created a successful solo career, demonstrating superb ability on a duet concertina and his smooth, easy singing-style. He has supported this Club for decades - do not miss him! Geoff has recently released his debut album, aptly entitled 'After All These Years'. www.geofflakeman,co.uk. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Monday 27 February 2017 7.30pm - Siobhan Miller - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
One of Scotland's foremost traditional singers, and twice winner of the prestigious Scots Singer of the Year title at the Scots Trad Music Awards, Siobhan Miller has carved out a reputation as “one of the finest voices on the Scottish folk scene” (The Scotsman). Her soulful and stirring renewal of traditional song effortlessly stills and silences all spaces, from the most vast concert halls to the bar sessions afterwards. 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.

Monday 27 February 2017 7.30pm - Open Mic - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
Our special guest in the second half of our unique open-mic is Michael Baker, a multi-faceted songwriting talent, well worth coming to see. www.michaelbakerofficial.com. Plus some fine music from local and not-so local singer/songwriters. Doors 7pm. Entry £2 performers,£5 non-performers (£4 if pre-booked). Refreshments available. Contact: 01803 428626 or 01803 613647.

Joe Stead presents his lecture ‘The Life and Times of Paul Robeson’
Tuesday 28 February 2017 - Oddfellows Inn, 60 New North Road, (B3183) Exeter EX4 4EP, tel. 01392 209050
See details above 23/24 February entries for Lympstone and Brixham venues.

Wednesday 1 March 2017 - Broadside Ballads - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. With Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp & Nathaniel Mann.
Three of the UK’s most innovative folk artists collaborate for the first time to reinvent a collection of British broadsides – low cost daily song sheets sold for pence – giving a rare insight into Britain’s music, literary and political history. Delving into the collection of broadsides at the Bodleian Libraries and beyond, Sam, Lisa and Nathaniel lead a five-piece band, bringing broadside ballads to life for a new generation. A broadside (also known as a broadsheet) is a single sheet of inexpensive paper printed on one side, often with a ballad, rhyme, news and sometimes with woodcut illustrations. Broadside ballads, from the 16th to 20thcenturies, contain words and images once displayed and sung daily in Britain’s streets and inns. Although part of living traditions of folksong, popular art and literature, these illustrated printed sheets are now rare and preserved in only a few libraries. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/broadside-ballads.

Thursday 2 March 2017 8pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Scoriton Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
Winners of 2014's BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Duo. The alchemy of Martin's ever evocative songwriting, fiddle and banjo playing and the much extolled skills of Henry on dobro, harmonica and lap steel fuse into a wholly distinctive world sound. Their latest studio album, Watershed has received critical acclaim and further places the duo in the higher echelons of the roots genre. Tickets £13 from 01364 631288. Licensed bar.

Sold out Friday 3 March 2017 8pm - Oysters3 - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
Oysterband from a different angle… By popular demand, Oysters3 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 as a fundraiser by Harberton Cricket Club, supported by Harberton Folk. Real ale bar supplied by the Bay Horse Inn Totnes. Details see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/oysters3.htm. Seated concert, unreserved seating.

Friday 3 March 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Rattery Village Hall, nr Totnes TQ10 9LD
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. A 'Villages In Action' event, see www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue location etc. Tickets from 01364 643741.

Friday 3 March 2017 9pm - Eliza Acty - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
With her unique vocal style, Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time and contemporary songs that span over a century of music. Added accompaniment from Peter Acty on clawhammer banjo and guitar. Entry £3.www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Saturday 4 March 2017 - Leveret - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument and involved in numerous collaborations with a huge range of artists. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity. Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new, with original settings of ancient tunes sitting alongside new compositions by some of today’s finest tunesmiths. Their music is not arranged at all in the conventional sense: instead it is played entirely in the moment, combining consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity in a sound which feels both timeless and contemporary. Awarded Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016 – the third time he has won this award – Andy Cutting is a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon practitioner with an ear for a fine tune. Andy takes the title from Sam Sweeney, who bagged the same award in 2015, thanks to his work with Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy’s Wayward Band and The Full English. Concertina wizard Rob Harbron is known for his work with The Full English, Fay Hield, Jon Boden and more. “Three of England’s finest traditional players weaving exquisite tapestries out of old and new tunes. Just sublime. I can’t recommend seeing them live enough. ” Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3. www.leveretband.com. www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 4 March 2017 7.30pm - Scott Matthews - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Scott has garnered serious critical acclaim across his ten-year career and has taken this time to nurture his craft. He was always deliberate in his actions - witnessed in the time he originally spent as a guitarist, before becoming the singer songwriter whose vocal style has been much referenced in ethereal terms of "ghostly", "haunting", "eerie" and "hypnotic". 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.

Sunday 5 March 2017 10am-4.30pm - Storytelling Sunday: Storytelling Start-Up - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY
A workshop all about starting to tell stories. This day is for beginners to storytelling, or those with little experience. We will work with one of the Grimm’s stories (a wonder tale) to look at story structure, character, and idiosyncrasy; walk the story, considering environment and audience; and work with techniques for remembering story and gaining confidence. By the end of the day, you will have had the opportunity to tell at least one story that you can take away and make your own. 1st of a series of 4 monthly workshops. Full details, bookings etc.www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

Sunday 5 March 2017 7.45pm - Stanley Accrington - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Stanley has written hundreds of songs in a range of styles on a vast rake of subjects. There are old-style songs on current happenings and modern style songs on ancient events. There are poems, pastiches, parodies, and apart from the silly and very silly material, Stanley has been writing serious songs to confuse the situation further! For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Monday 6 March 2017 7pm - Callington MayFest Cornish Dance and Music Workshop
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

Tuesday 7 March 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Longdown, Holcombe Burnell Church
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. A 'Villages In Action' event, see www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue location etc. Tickets from 01392 811246.

Thursday 9 March 2017 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
It’s fitting that for our tenth Crabshell “free” concert, Janet & John will be our first guests. They brought our first concert in 2015 to a stomping end and we’re so glad they’re back again. Mahrey Berthoud is an accomplished musician and singing coach. Mahrey is half of the “Songsisters” but will be solo this time to delight us with fine singing accompanied by gentle guitar with, perhaps, a fiddle tune thrown in as well. After the break, Jane & Gill will entertain. They attack all their songs with total commitment and enthusiasm. Apart from guitar, it’s just possible that Gill will wow us with her little ukulele. In November 2016, John & Tricia (“Silvington”) finished the concert with a great set. They’ve been invited back and rumour has it they may have their first CD to promote! (To hear some of Silvington and other local performers go to the Shamstrad video gallery) . No need to book; all we ask is that you will be sitting down ready for us to start at 8.00pm. To get a good seat get in early! We hope you can join us. We thank the Crabshell Inn for use of the room. Contact: Paul Rossiter 01548 852841. Details of this and more music in the southern South Hams, and Crabshell Records, at www.shamstrad.co.uk.

Thursday 9 March 2017 - Kris Drever - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. To simply call Kris Drever ‘a folksinger’ 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. Helping Kris to realise his latest album (his first for 6 years) are the renowned guitar genius Ian Carr, ace bassist Euan Burton and Admiral Fallow frontman Louis Abbott on drums and vocals. Support: Kaia Kater. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/kris-drever.

Thursday 9 March 2017 - Daria Kulesh - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
With special guests Velvet and Stone. details tba www.daria-kulesh.co.uk. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

Thursday 9 March 2017 8.30pm - Kent DuChaine - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
Since going solo in 1982 and hitting the road in the United States, Kent and his National Duolian guitar 'Leadbessie' have probably clocked up over two million miles together, promoting the delta blues and blues music in general. Kent will also speak of the history of the blues, the great men and women who developed it and his incredible involvement with some of them. Free. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

Friday 10 March 2017 -The Kit Hillbillies - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
The Kit Hillbillies are an old-timey, bluegrassy, ragtimey, toe-tappy, good-timey string band from the Deep South (of England)! They specialise in acoustic Americana that's rootsy, retro and uptempo. They place particular emphasis on old-fashioned harmony singing. Their repertoire includes traditional old-time favourites such as "Man of Constant Sorrow" and "In the Jailhouse Now" or the rattling bluegrass drive of "Duelling Banjos" and "Foggy Mountain Breakdown". Some original bluesy songs too (with many a knowing nod to the backwoods and badlands of Devon & Cornwall) alongside some modern classics by the likes of Johnny Cash & Steve Earle... in short, it's the makings of a rousing, stomping night of tunes. www.facebook.com/events/340283969671242
. Tel. 01752 297604. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

Friday 10 March 2017 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - St Katherine's Priory, Exeter EX4 7JY (map)
Come and dance to the wonderful music of Chris Toyne’s One Man Band, with caller Jeremy Child. 7.30-10.30pm. Cost £5 per person. Beginners welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

Friday 10 March 2017 8pm - Kitty McFarlane - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Kitty is a young singer songwriter from Somerset fresh off a tour supporting Kathryn Roberts and Sean Wakeman. Her live set showcases the clarity and gravity of her vocals and dynamic guitar accompaniment, with themes as diverse as inundated Somerset Levels, climate change, adolescence and worries about mortality, beside interpretations of traditional folk songs. "A young star whose fire is smouldering gently, not long surely off catching and taking hold...A crystal clear ringing voice and finely picked guitar providing the Macfarlane hallmark.” Tickets £8. Full details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk, email andrew@frangleton.co.uk or call 01837 840775.
Coming next: Friday 21 April 2017 8pm - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

Kit Holmes with Al Greenwood
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Enjoy an uplifting evening of gorgeous guitar, poignant lyrics and feisty fiddle paying, all with Kit’s incredible sense of fun! Kit’s trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso playing have wowed audiences across the UK through extensive touring with John Etheridge. The Observer described her music as “Macy Gray meets Nick Drake” and both Bob Harris and Andy Kershaw have featured her on their BBC shows. Kit’s recent concerts include the Anne Frank Awards at the BBC, Paul McCartney’s LIPA, a performance for Bill Bryson and Andy Kershaw and a headline show at the International Guitar Festival. Kit’s eagerly anticipated third album, Driving into the Blue, which features the legendary double bass player Danny Thompson, received high critical acclaim. Expect an enthralling and energetic live performance of ‘blues-driven roots with a soul sensibility.’ ‘Full of warmth…an absolute delight.’ The Observer. ‘Impressive…a new British guitar heroine.’ **** The Guardian. www.kitholmes.co.uk.
Friday 10 March 2017 - Clayhidon Parish Hall
Saturday 11 March 2017 - Hockworthy Village Hall
Sunday 12 March 2017 - Brentor Village Hall

NEW Saturday 11 March 2017 10.30am - Callington MayFest Instrumental Music/Singing/Samba Drumming Workshops
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

Saturday 11 March 2017 7.30pm - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Dance off the winter blues at South Brent Folk's great annual family ceilidh. Caller Kip Pratt (fiddle); Steve Banks (fiddle); Mike Vickery (mandolin, guitar); Pat Butterly (bass). All welcome. Bar and refreshments available. Tickets from artworks: £7.50 adult, £2.50 child. FFI contact Eileen on 01364 73699 or email eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com or visit www.southbrentfolk.org.
One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area, including South Brent Folk Day on Saturday 1 July 2017 and the Annual 'Twixt' Ceilidh on Thursday 28 December 2017.

Saturday 11 March 2017 7.30pm - Barn Dance (& Supper) with Rumpus Ceilidh Band - St Matthias Church Hall, Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HW (map)
Licensed bar. Tickets £10, family (2+2) £25, from Pat on 01803 323801. Proceeds to TOPS Musical Productions to enable them to continue producing full-scale musical in Torbay.

Saturday 11 March 2017 8pm - Dipper Malkin - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Dipper Malkin is the “potent combination” (Folk Radio UK) of two musicians that have spent their careers to date involved in groundbreaking projects. John Dipper (viola d’amore) was one third of The English Acoustic Collective alongside Chris Wood and Robert Harbron and currently works with string quartet Methera, while Dave Malkin (guitar, voice) was a founding member of trio Tandem, stylishly combining traditionally informed compositions with live electronics. Support is Reuben Lenkiewicz, a local Teignmouth classical fuitarist. A night for music lovers. Tickets: and info 01626 775517, email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com. Full info and future concerts www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

Saturday 11 March 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.
NB This regular monthly event normally takes place on the first Saturday, but unavoidably had to be changed for March.

Saturday 11 March 2017 - Mad Dog Mcrea - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
+ Noble Jacks + Biere De Luxe. Standing Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/mad-dog-mcrea,

Saturday 11 March 2017 7.30pm - Duotone - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Duotone is the alias of songwriter Barney Morse-Brown, cellist with multi-platinum artist Birdy and BBC Folk Award winners the Imagined Village, Chris Wood, Eliza Carthy and Jackie Oates.Duotone’s new album Let’s Get Low, written at home on his narrowboat, reveals a songwriter who is unafraid to explore real-life experiences that are often hidden from view after two years in the making, presents a new perspective on his experiences and explores the meaning of home and his sense of place. 'This is some of the most amazing music you'll witness' BBC Radio 4. 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.

Sunday 12 March 2017 7.30pm - Bob Fox - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
For over 40 years Bob Fox has toured extensively throughout the UK, Europe, USA, New Zealand and Australia, performing mostly solo but also alongside such musical heavyweights as Ralph McTell, Richard Thompson, and Fairport Convention. Twice nominated as Best Folk Singer in the BBC Folk Awards Bob has long been a favourite on the live circuit. Don’t miss a chance to experience Bob's warm, rich voice, virtuoso guitar style and newly acquired melodeon playing skill as he performs some the songs from WarHorse along with additional material from the newly written BBC Radio Ballads and old favourites from his many recordings. This event is a great opportunity to see one of the finest exponents of storytelling through song. 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.

Sunday 12 March 2017 8pm - Vin Garbutt - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A Topsham Folk Club guest night.
Vin Garbutt’s career has spanned over 40 years of constant world wide touring which must make him some kind of elder statesman of folk. His songs were inspired by the folk tradition at the beginning of his career, they still are but have transformed into gritty social comment and life observations. He is renowned for his hilarious intros but for him his song lyrics are the crux of his performance. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

Tuesday 14 March 2017 - Spring Folk at the Brewery - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village EX5 5AE
Featuring Hanlons’ Half Hours with: Barry Lister and Friends, Moira Craig / Malcolm Austen. Guest MC: Jon Shapley. Craft Theme: Stained glass (Geoff Markley). Floor singers welcome. Doors 7.30pm, Scratch Band 7.45pm, start prompt 8pm. Entry £6 includes Pint & Pasty.  Further information: www.reynardine.co.uk, email  folk@reynardine.co.uk, tel. 01363 82621. www.hanlonsbrewery.com.

Thursday 16 March 2017 7.30pm - Blackheart Orchestra - Poltimore House, nr Exeter EX4 0AU
Come and enjoy the eclectic music of the world renowned, award winning British singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist duo. Licensed bar. Snacks available to purchase. Tickets £13, see www.poltimore.org for full details.

NEW Thursday 16 March 2017 8pm - Rag Mama Rag - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A welcome return for Mill favourites Rag Mama Rag. Husband and wife duo, Ashley and Deborah, deliver a barnstorming mix of 20’s and 30’s Mississippi Blues and ragtime, alongside original compositions. Playing everything from lapsteel and bottleneck guitar to dobro, ukelele, washboard, harmonica, spoons and African drum, they’ll have your feet tapping and a smile on your face from start to finish. Full details www.ottertonmill.com.

Friday 17 March 2017 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Chudleigh Community Hall, Lawn Drive, Chudleigh TQ13 0LS
Licensed bar. Unreserved seating. Tickets £14 Sue, email susan.metcalfe@hotmail.co.uk or call 01626 853651.

Friday 17 March 2017 7.30pm - Film: “Dartmoor Entertainers” - Lustleigh Village Hall
Presented by The Lustleigh Society. The film will be introduced by Bill Murray. Dave Wills & Len Harvey (of the Kelly Quarry Blasters) and Jason Rice, Mark Bazeley, Rob Murch (of the Dartmoor Pixie Band) will be making personal appearances on the night. The film is being shown with the kind agreement of The South West Film Archive. In aid of the Lustleigh Community Archive. Tickets £7.50 available from The Lustleigh Dairy tel. 01647 277498 or email peter@moormasons.plus.com. Bar.

Friday 17 March 2017 8pm - Si Barron - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Simon Barron is a brilliant rich-voiced singer, guitarist and songwriter performing songs based in the tradition. He "communicates an infectious love of English music through his exciting and relaxed renditions of the tradition and his own strongly narrative songs" on acoustic guitar, dulcimer and pedal-organ. www.sibarron.eu, www.barronbrady.com. Support: tbc. Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) paid in adv £8; adv notice, paid on door £10. Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.exeterfolkclub.org, www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

NEW Friday 17 March 2017 8pm - Jon Heslop - Milton Abbot Folk Club, Milton Abbot Village Hall PL19 0PA (map)
£5 entry. MA's Folk Club, midway between Launceston and Tavistock (01822 870247). Club meets every 3rd Friday.

Friday 17 March 2017 9pm - Paddy’s Whiskers - The Snooty Fox, St. Marychurch, Torquay
St.Patrick’s Day Party with Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band Paddy’s Whiskers. Banjos, fiddles, mandolins, border bagpipes, percussion, harmonica. Fast and furious jigs and reels, and - for St. Patrick’s Day - a night of Irish singalong favourites together with a scattering of bluegrass and original songs and tunes written by the band. Live music starts at 9pm and entrance is free. Venue can be contacted on 01803 323312. More information from www.paddyswhiskers.co.uk or ring Andrew on 01803 520798.

Friday/Saturday 17/18 March 2017 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Not just one, but two nights with Kathryn and Sean, one of the UK Folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships and big favourites with our Calstock Arts audience. Twice winners of the Best Duo prize at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as ‘songwriters par excellence’ (fRoots), whose original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends and a lonely whale. After twenty years collaboration with Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn and Sean have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British Folk. “Kathryn Roberts smoky, assertive vocals are a tasty feast for listeners craving music that requires a sharp mind and an open heart.” Billboard Magazine. “As a guitarist, producer and co-songwriter, Sean Lakeman is one of the unsung heroes of modern British folk.” MOJO. www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com. www.calstockarts.org.

FB Pocket Orchestra
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Blues, ragtime, hot jazz, songs & dances from long ago. Working backwards from the 1930s, the FB Pocket Orchestra explores repertoire that formed the embryo of what is now known as popular music. The members originally began playing together simply as an exercise in exploring heritage repertoire – taking on a few informal performances and recording dates as schedules allowed. The FBPO became an ‘official’ project in the spring of 2012 and released its first album in the October. The aims of the Pocket Orchestra are to present a contemporary slant on popular acoustic music from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. ‘Atmospheric, yet vibrant, this charming collection of songs will make you wish you had been born some 100 years ago. The style, glamour and ‘fabulousness’ of this era is captured beautifully on the album.’ Jazz FM. www.fbpocketorchestra.co.uk.
Friday 17 March 2017 - Lympstone Village Hall
Sunday 19 March 2017 - Cheriton Fitzpaine Parish Hall

Saturday 18 March 2017 3pm - Harbottle & Jonas + Velvet & Stone - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes, Devon. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing and have recently been endorsed by Seasalt Clothing. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island. Velvet & Stone are an indie-folk band from Devon, UK. They combine rich vocals, acoustic guitar and violin, to give an original take on a traditional genre. 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 18 March 2017 7.30pm - William the Conqueror - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
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, be sure to keep a close eye on William’s endeavours in 2017. 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 18 March 2017 7.30pm - Ceilidh Evening with JAMAS - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Live band and licensed bar. Tickets £7 from Tim Bayton: tim@timbayton.co.uk, 07743 066225. St James’ Church Exeter, sharing God’s love through worship, fellowship and service. www.stjamesexeter.org.

Saturday 18 March 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Manaton Parish Hall TQ13 9UJ
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. A 'Villages In Action' event, see www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue location etc. Tickets from 01647 221600.

Saturday 18 March 2017 8pm - Alasdair Roberts Trio - Barbican Theatre Auditorium, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
The return of Scottish folk artist Alasdair Roberts performing in the Barbican Theatre auditorium with his trio featuring Alex Neilson (drums) and Stevie Jones (bass). Support from Sound of Yell. Alasdair Roberts is a Scottish musician, born in Germany, who was raised near Callander and has been based in Glasgow since 1995. He is primarily a songwritercomposer, singer and acoustic fingerstyle guitarist as well as an interpreterarranger of traditional songs and ballads from Scotland and beyond. £12 adv, £15 door. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

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.

Saturday 18 March 2017 - Crow Puppets - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
Devon duo Cara Roxanne and Em Marshall bring their own style of homespun Folk with close harmonies and a hotchpotch of instruments, weaving mysterious imagery and tender lyrics. Both women have their own distinctive sound and working together has given rise to an exciting contrast in their songwriting, re-living memories of forgotten landscapes and rugged terrain. Well known on the south west circuit, they are currently recording their second album with Jay Darlington of Oasis. www.crowpuppets.com. Tickets £8 from Ian Pickvance 01364 653500 or email ianpickvance@msn.com. Doors 7:30pm, refreshments available, proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support

Saturday 18 March 2017 7.30pm - Reg Meuross - St Andrew’s Church, Market Place, Colyton, nr Seaton EX24 6JS
Reg Meuross is a true modern troubadour, representing contemporary English folk writing at its best. 2017 heralds a new solo album to be released in the Spring, a fresh collection of songs from Reg Meuross which comment bravely on life as he sees it, bringing wide ranging stories, from the ravages of austerity and the injustice of the plight of refugees, to some of most beautifully disarming love songs ever written. Reg will preview songs from this new album at Colyton, as well as performing a selection of old favourites from the Meuross catalogue. “A mighty songwriter and an equally fine singer” Martin Carthy. Details www.regmeuross.com/event/reg-meuross-live-colyton-devon.

Sunday 19 March 2017 7.45pm - Reg Meuross - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A consummate singer/songwriter, Reg has quietly perfected his art, producing deeply meaningful, moving songs. "Calling Meuross a singer-songwrter really doesn't do the man justice. Meuross doesn't write lines of lyrics. He writes short stories then sets them to some of the most captivating melodies you'll ever hear" (Pennyblack Music). For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Monday 20 March 2017 7pm - Callington MayFest Cornish Dance and Music Workshop
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

Monday 20 March 2017 - Geoff Lakeman - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Geoff Lakeman, father of Seth, Sean and Sam, is a Cornishman who has lived on Dartmoor in Devon for almost four decades. He has been described as "a stalwart of the west country folk scene and the father of a virtual folk dynasty." It was Geoff and his wife Joy who inspired their sons' love of music. However it has taken Geoff 69 years before releasing his debut album, appropriately titled "After All These Years'. It's already getting rave reviews and national and local radio air time. Tickets £15, includes a bar meal, can be obtained from www.ticketsource.co.uk/brookinnplympton.
Tel. 01752 297604. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

Wednesday 22 March 2017 - Jackie Oates & Mike Cosgrave - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Presented by the Widecombe Sailing Club. Jackie Oates is synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk. Her mellifluous voice, plaintive fiddle and tantalizing approach to traditional songs gained her several BBC Folk Awards in a career that’s seen her perform as a member of the nascent Unthanks, collaborate with Alasdair Roberts and Belinda O’Hooley, and release five acclaimed solo albums. Mike Cosgrave started out with renowned late 90s Celtic/World music crossover band Sin é and he has gone on to work with artists as diverse as the late “Celtic Soul” singer Jackie Leven and – of course - current star of the English scene Jackie Oates, as well as bluegrass virtuosos Daily Planet and highly regarded singer-songwriters Jenny Crook and Reg Meuross. He recently formed a duo with virtuoso fiddler and guitarist Steve Banks, touring as Cosgrave & Banks. Tickets for sumptuous dinner and gig £24 or gig only £14. Doors 6.30pm for supper. Contact Daf Edwards on dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129 or see www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

Mambo Jambo
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
This friendly and talented acoustic roots duo will take you on an exciting and joyous musical journey, bringing together sounds from world, roots, folk and jazz, plus their own compositions. They can happily transport listeners on a musical tour around many of the world’s musical hotspots with a repertoire that draws in a wide range of styles that might include Bluegrass, Latin & Caribbean New Orleans, Balkan and more. Blending all these influences, they create an upbeat rhythmic and rootsy sound all of their own – uniquely diverse as well as hugely enjoyable. Frankie plays sax, vocals, clarinet, flute, guitar and percussion and Pete’s on guitar, vocal, banjo, ukulele, tres (traditional Cuban guitar) accordion and suitcase. To describe their music as ’feel-good’ is an understatement - it’s the sort of music that will send you home with a smile on your face and spring in your step at the end of the night! ”A fabulous musical treat Creative Arts East An upbeat, feel-good concert.” Live And Local. “Musical sunshine from a multi-talented and multi-instrumental duo.” Leeds Gig Guide. www.mambojambo.co.uk.
Wednesday 22 March 2017 - Kingston Reading Room TQ7 4QE
Thursday 23 March 2017 - Milton Combe Village Hall
Friday 24 March 2017 - Peter Tavy Village Hall
Saturday 25 March 2017 - Talaton Parish Hall

NEW Thursday 23 March 2017 8pm - Paul Lamb & Chad Strentz - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A welcome return from UK Blues legend Paul and duo partner Chad. Paul has won countless awards, sold record-breaking number of albums and performed the world over with longstanding musical compatriots The King Snakes. Inducted into the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame (alongside the likes of John Mayall and Alexis Korner), Paul is renowned globally for his infectious brand of music. Recognised as one of the best blues singers in Europe, Chad brings to his vocals and guitar playing a captivating mix of blues, soul, rockabilly and more. Full details www.ottertonmill.com.

Friday 24 March 2017 7.30pm - Gigspanner - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Since his departure from Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene. Whilst traditional music forms the bedrock of the trio's repertoire, it's the approach that sets it apart, leaving enough space within the arrangements to spread and stretch the music to embrace other influences. With Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on percussion their innovative arrangements appeal not only to folk lovers but to anyone who has an appreciation of beautiful and inspiring music. A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel. www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

Friday 24 March 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Sheldon Village Hall EX14 4QU
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. A 'Villages In Action' event, see www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue location etc. Tickets from 01404 841367.

Saturday 25 March 2017 10.30am - Callington MayFest Instrumental Music/Singing/Samba Drumming Workshops
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

Saturday 25 March 2017 8pm - Steve Knightley - Parish Church, Church Road, Lympstone EX8 5JU
As the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, Steve needs little introduction. He has previously won the Best Original Song category in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and, as part of Show of Hands, the categories of Best Live Act and Best Duo. Support: popular local group The Exmouth Shanty Men. Tickets £18, £10 U16, from Lympstone Entertainments Box Office on 01395 272243 (answerphone) or email at lympentsboxoffice@gmail.com. www.lympstoneentertainments.co.uk. Car parking in the village car park, and it is hoped also the nursery opposite the church. Venue is 10 minutes' walk from both Lympstone Village Station (Exeter to Exmouth line) and the number 57 bus stop (service runs between Exeter and Exmouth).

Saturday 25 March 2017 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Winners of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo 2016 & 2013 – the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans & an enviable reputation as “Songwriters par excellence”. Support: Kitty Macfarlane. £12.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Saturday 25 March 2017 - Tir Na Nog - Unit 23 Live, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
Leo O’Kelly & Sonny Condell are two of the most original and influential songwriters and performers Ireland has ever produced. Their guitars wind and mesh gorgeously together, their voices likewise; nor can they be separated for the quality of their songwriting. Songs like Condell’s ‘Our Love Will Not Decay’, ‘Eyelids Into Snow’ and ‘Two White Horses’, and O’Kelly’s ‘Piccadilly’, ‘So Freely’ and ‘Looking Up’ are as good as anything Ireland’s produced in the past four decades. John Peel championed the duo from the start, recording many Peel Sessions with them. They toured with bands as disparate as Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, The Who, Roxy Music and Steeleye Span in the 70s, as well as headlining their own theatre, college and club gigs, garnering a large cult following, which to this day still grows. www.tirnanog-progfolk.com. Support: Crystal Jacqueline. www.unit23live.co.uk. Tel. 01803 864130. Tickets www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/306462.

Saturday 25 March 2017 7.30pm - Les Barker - Function Room, Dolphin Hotel, Fore St., Beer EX12 3EQ
Come and enjoy the hilarious performance of Les Barker who writes strange poems and comes originally from Manchester, but he's now Welsh. He's written 77 books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people don't quite believe what they've just heard. His poems have spawned a number of folk heroes: Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive and Spot of the Antarctic. Tickets £10 from the Dolphin (01297 20068) or by post (cheque payable to Richard Scott, with SAE): Richard Scott, 23 Underleys, Beer, Devon EX12 3LX.

Saturday 25 March 2017 7.30pm - Henhouse Prowlers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
We’re really pleased to welcome back Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers who have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting. 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.

NEW Monday 27 March 2017 8pm - Bill Kirchen Band with Austin De Lone - Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
This Telecaster wizard along with his sidekick Mr De Lone - a man who wrote that anthemic piece of advice 'I'm gonna put a bar in the boot of my car, and drive myself to drink' - supplied the musical gristle to that bunch of '70's desperadoes, Commander Cody & The Lost Planet Airmen. Since that time he's added his guitar genius to albums by Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Link Wray, Gene Vincent, and fronts arguably the most kicking, entertaining outfit you'll see this side of the Tamar for a long time; last time around jaws were dropping ! Sure to be a sell out, get in gear quickly, this kind of feral delight doesn't come around often. Tickets £15 adv from Topsham Books 01392 877895.

Tuesday 28 March 2017 - Daoirí Farrell & The Damien O’Kane Trio - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
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This double headliner gig brings two Irish musicians at the top of their game to Exeter. Damien O’Kane is a Northern Irish musician of many talents and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nomination to boot. Teamed up with master guitarist Steven Byrnes (Treacherous Orchestra / Kate Rusby) and Steven Iveson’s sublime and exhilarating electric guitar playing, this is a trio that take traditional Irish music and song and, in the words of The Telegraph, turn it into ‘Folk-Pop that is Irish music for the 21st century’. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/daoiri-farrell-the-damien-okane-trio.

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.

Friday 31 March 2017 7pm - Martin Simpson - St Andrew's Church, Moretonhampstead  TQ13 8NN
Martin Simpson is one of the finest guitar players in the world today. Equally at home playing English folk music, American folk and blues, or his own compositions, he is listed in Gibson Guitars as one of the top thirty acoustic guitarists of all time. Whether interpreting material from tradition or singing his own potent self-penned songs, he is a remarkable storyteller: captivating and profoundly moving. In his intimate solo performances he gives rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty. The fifteenth-century St Andrew's Church venue has superb acoustic qualities. The combination of Martin's music and the special qualities of this ancient venue promises an unforgettable experience. Bar in the church. Tickets www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/martin-simpson-tickets-30808940370?aff=es2. Presented by 'Music in Moretonhampstead’.

Friday 31 March 2017 8pm - The Noble Jacks - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
A rip-roaring alt-folk band with roof raising energy, whose warm electro-acoustic interactions fuse together a mixture of folky foot stompin’ rhythms and engaging lyricism. The band encompasses heartfelt, yet uptempo songs showcasing fiddle, blues harmonica and big anthem toplines. Definitely a favourite at 2016 Chagstock, 2017 promises to be an incredible year for this new and aspiring band! “The organic and vivid ballads Noble Jacks displayed on stage reflected a timeless sound that you can forever drink to with your lads.”– LIVAMP; "(Noble Jacks) had the whole of the audience on their feet and dancing!” Argus. Support tbc. £10 adv, £12 door, standing with some seating.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Friday 31 March 2017 8pm - David Celia and Marla - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
David is an innovative singer/songwriter and astonishing guitar player, known for his spontaneously driven live performances. His songs have an open alt/folk style that’s also been described as “Beatlesque”. On this tour he is accompanied with German/Spanish singer Marla, who he has also produced. He tours frequently across Canada and to Europe where he has played festivals such as Glastonbury (UK), Blue Balls (CH), Le Rock (FRA) and more. David has played with Canadian folk legends Ian & Sylvia and Gordon Lightfoot is a fan. As a result of playing sideman to Emiliana Torrini, he was invited to be one of the headliners at Braedslan Festival 2016 in Iceland. More details, tickets from the venue, tel. 01803 328290, or online www.wegottickets.com/event/389589.

NEW Sunday 2 April 2017 7.30pm - Green Light Unplugged Showcase & CD Launch - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
This event is the final chapter of a competition for original acoustic songwriters and musicians from the Devon area, which also raises funds and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support, Devon. The 12 audition gigs were completed just before Christmas, and in January our judges chose the 13 winning acts, and the recording process is well underway. We are now eagerly awaiting this Launch where all the winning artists will play, to be hosted by James Santer of BBC Radio Devon Introducing. We have definitely found some fantastic local talent and we would love you to come along to the show. Tickets just £9 adv, and can be purchased directly from Graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com without a booking fee (payment by cheque, cash or BACS); you can also contact him on 01803 875527/07815 620402, or £10 on the door. All proceeds from the album and the launch event will go to Macmillan Cancer Support, Devon.

NEW Monday 3 April 2017 7pm - Callington MayFest Cornish Dance and Music Workshop
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

NEW Tuesday 4 April 2017 8pm - Keith James presents the Songs of Leonard Cohen - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
The chilling announcement of Leonard's passing has marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognise our own fragility. A man of grace. This world will miss him very much! With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ 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. £10 adv. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Thursday 6 April 2017 7.30pm - Jim Payne & Wren Music - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Tickets £10+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/388390. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk. Tel. 01392 277189.
NEW Friday 7 April 2017 7pm - Jim Payne & Wren Music - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
Tickets £6 on door. Tel. 01803 882717. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk.
Part of ‘Shore to Shore Revisited’  - a lecture, recital and concert tour given by Newfoundland’s Jim Payne and Devon’s Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker of Wren Music. Jim Payne is a renowned Newfoundland folk singer who is best known for performing Newfoundland’s traditional sea shanties and plays many instruments, including the guitar, violin, accordion and mandolin. Besides being a singer, he is a storyteller, actor and writer. He also teaches Newfoundland square and step dances. Wren Music runs choirs, orchestras and youth groups throughout Devon and provides opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to make music, including those with special educational needs and disabled adults and children. In 2016, Paul and Marilyn received the prestigious Gold Badge from the English Folk Dance and Song Society for their work in general, and for their contribution as performers and song collectors, notably their work with the Baring-Gould collection. Paul is chairman of the Devonshire Association’s Music Section.

NEW Thursday 6 April 2017 8pm - Sam Lewis - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
With his compelling songs, stirring melodies and preternaturally soulful voice Sam Lewis has quickly established himself as one of Nashville’s most talented new tunesmiths and is a welcome debutant here at the Mill in 2017. His 2015 album ‘ Waiting on you’ recieved a top review from Mojo and featured in the Telegraph’s list of top country albums from 2015. Full details www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Saturday 8 April 2017 8pm - Janet Russell - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
details tba  Tickets: and info 01626 775517, email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com. Full info and future concerts www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 8 April 2017 - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (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.
Full details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Saturday 8 April 2017 - Sam Carter - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.samcartermusic.co.uk. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Saturday 8 April 2017 7pm - Cosgrave & Banks - St Matthew’s Church, Cheriton Fitzpaine EX17 4JB
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. Tickets £11 (including delicious light supper served during interval at 7.45pm) adv from 01363 866082 or on door. Proceeds in aid of The Friends of St Matthew’s Church. Doors and bar 6.30pm.

NEW Sunday 9 April 2017 10am-4.30pm - Storytelling Sunday: The Heart of a Story - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY
Looking in detail at the narrative and structure of story, this day is for beginners and experienced storytellers alike. Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot and Guinevere will join us in an ancient British story. We will consider character, description, action and emotion, and discuss the ‘hero’s journey’ and our own experiences. We will then work through individual tales to play with, and strengthen story structure, and to explore pace and balance in telling. I hope this workshop will help you develop confidence throughout a telling. 2nd of a series of 4 monthly workshops. Full details, bookings etc.www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

NEW Sunday 9 April 2017 8pm - Faustus - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A Topsham Folk Club guest night.
Faustus are three of the leading lights of their generation: Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead), Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). They have a plethora of experience between them brought together here in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone. Four years after their critically-acclaimed album ‘Broken Down Gentlemen’, the pioneering ‘bloke folk’ trio return with their third release – ‘Death and Other Animals’. Here they tackle, head-on, subjects from the Dance of Death to the plight of the common man, and sand-swallowed ships to mythical black dogs. ‘One of Britain’s outstanding folk bands.’ **** The Guardian. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

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. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/feast-of-fiddles.

NEW Thursday 13 April 2017 8.30pm - Gareth Hedges - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
Since he was road manager for many American roots musicians who were touring in Europe – Bill Monroe, banjo player Clarence Ashley, guitarist Tex Isley, Rev. Gary Davis and Mississippi Fred McDowell among others – Gareth Hedges has been entertaining people with his astonishing guitar picking. This will be his second visit to BBT2, Brixham Blues Second Thursday, where he will be performing solo and with Stuart “Marshcat” Cumberpatch, the club’s organiser. Free. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

NEW Thursday 13 April 2017 8.30pm - Ida Wenøe - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
”It’s been a long time since I’ve heard an artist perfectly capture the distinctive sound of late ’80s/early ’90s folk-pop—that kind of glassy glaze that cuts right to your core—but Danish singer/songwriter Ida Wenøe has done just that with her emotionally-charged and uplifting new album Time Of Ghosts. (Robert Ham, Nordic Spotlight). In February 2016 Wenøe played an official showcase at Folk Alliance in Kansas City. She has received a prestigious nomination for the Danish Music Awards in the ‘Songwriter Of The Year’ category.  Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 14 April 2017 8pm - Rusty Shackle - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Standing. Regulars on the festival circuit with two albums under their belts, this exciting six-piece indie-folk band come on like a punk Bellowhead or a poppier Pogues. South Wales based indie folk roots band Rusty Shackle have been captivating audiences with their incredible live performances since early 2010. Their shows blend well-crafted catchy tunes with stunning high-energy level performances which will make sure you'll leave exhausted with their tunes swimming around your head for days afterwards. £8 adv, £10 door.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Friday 14 April 2016 - Ferocious Dog - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Ferocious Dog offer a full-on six-piece sound that encompasses folk infused with rock, reggae and Celtic vibrations. The combination of instruments creates a palette of sound that offers infinite variations: going in hard to get the audience up and moving, or slipping into melodic passages and dub-like fusions. Full details, samples etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/ferocious-dog.

NEW Saturday 15 April 2017 8pm - Harbottle & Jonas - Harbour Lights, Anchor Cottages, Hope Cove, Kingsbridge TQ7 3HQ
Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes, Devon. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing and have recently been endorsed by Seasalt Clothing. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island.

NEW Sunday 16 April 2017 8pm - Woody Pines - Pebblebed Vineyard, Clyst St. George EX3 0NZ
Hailing from Asheville North Carolina, Woody and his gang peddle an infectious brand of floorboard stripping downhome swing, the kind of mess up music you'd want to hear in a dirt floor Alabama juke joint around midnight. Hillbilly, jug band, hokum, blues and ragtime are all part of the guy's sonic mix, which'll be just about right for a night in the funky stable of Devon's finest vineyard. Tickets £15 adv (includes glass of wine) from Topsham Books 01392 877895.

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

NEW Monday 17 April 2017 7pm - Callington MayFest Cornish Dance and Music Workshop
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

NEW tbc Tuesday 18 April 2017 8pm - Kadia - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
details tba www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk.

NEW Thursday 20 April 2017 - Matt Gordon & Leonard Podolak - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. An irresistible brew of all-singing and all-dancing Appalachian mountain music played by two genuine flatfooting, fiddle and banjo virtuosos, as seen supporting Show of Hands at the Royal Albert Hall. Together, Matt, and Leonard put on an exciting Show of Old-Time traditional fiddle and Banjo Music. They also clog, and do hambone. And there number one goal is break down the wall between them and the crowd, where everyone in the room creates the experience. In the last couple years they have played at festivals in Canada, Scotland, They have toured western Canada, and back in the winter of 2012 opened the Show for Show Of Hands, Wake The Union Tour in theatres all across the UK. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Friday 21 April 2017 - Wildwood Kin - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Acclaimed anglo/americana trio from Exeter in Devon comprising of two sisters, Beth and Emillie Key and their cousin Meghann Loney. The music is a mix of their own beautiful and thought provoking original songs with a few stunning arrangements of some better known covers. Their voices meld perfectly in effortless and sublime close harmony and they accompany themselves on a range of acoustic instruments. In 2015 the girls were shortlisted for a major BBC Radio Music Award and in 2016 their debut single Warrior Daughter spent several weeks on the Radio 2 playlist. Their tracks have notched several million streams on Spotify. They also feature on every track on Seth Lakeman’s top 2016 top 20 album Ballads of the Broken Few produced by the legendary Ethan Johns. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Friday 21 April 2017 8pm - Pete Morton - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
An opportunity to see one of the UK's finest songwriters of emotionally-driven songs delivered with a distinctive voice. Pete has also performed as part of Mick Ryan's folk opera, A Day's Work and in a Christmas-themed trio with Emily Sanders and Chris Parkinson - The Magical Christmas Tree. His recent solo albums have earned high critical acclaim. www.petemorton.com. Support: TBC. 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.

NEW Friday 21 April 2017 8pm - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Two times BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar met in 2011 and have since gone from strength to strength playing at major festivals and events across the UK. Greg Russell’s strong singing and guitar and Ciaran Algar’s lyrical fiddle playing give “everything that folk music should be about. There is tradition, there is musical invention and there is evolution of the tradition. Tickets £10. Full details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk, email andrew@frangleton.co.uk or call 01837 840775.

NEW Friday 21 April 2017 7.30pm - 3 Daft Monkeys - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
With Celtic and eastern influences, the 3 Daft Monkeys’ dynamic style of world-influenced folk music and infectious dancing rhythms will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. After experiencing the band’s notoriously energetic live performance at Glastonbury Festival last summer, Mark Radcliffe declared them as one of his “Highlights of the Festival” on BBC TV coverage, and subsequently invited them to play a session on his BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. The band have also performed a live session with Whispering Bob Harris on Radio 2. With their quirky and original approach to music, and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life, 3 Daft Monkeys have gained themselves a large and loyal cult following. Their music is hard to pigeon-hole, mixing and crossing many musical genres from Celtic, Klezmer, Gypsy, Balkan, Latin, Ska, Dub Reggae,Indie, Rock and even a hint of Shostakovich. Support: Holly Morwenna.
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.

NEW Saturday 22 April 2017 7.30pm - The Company Of Players - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Inspired by the likes of The Elizabethan Sessions and The Full English, The Company of Players is a contemporary folk supergroup set up by Jess Distill of Said The Maiden. The purpose - to write, record and perform songs inspired by the works of William Shakespeare, To help Mark the 400th anniversary of his death. With sponsorship from Looe Music festival and funding already in place for a second project, 2017 is set to be a big year for the Company. The collective features the talents of emerging folk artists Said The Maiden, Lukas Drinkwater, Kelly Oliver, Sam Kelly, Chris Cleverley, Kim Lowings, Minnie Birch, and Daria Kulesh. Having already been championed by the likes of Mike Harding, and Geoff Lakeman. The Company of Players offers a very exciting, dynamic and theatrical live show. 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.

NEW Saturday 22 April 2017 10.30am - Callington MayFest Instrumental Music/Singing/Samba Drumming Workshops
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

NEW Saturday 22 April 2017 - Adrian Legg - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
A rare opportunity to see the unique fingerstyle guitar talent of Adrian Legg in Ashburtons beautiful 700 year old St. Lawrence Chapel. "To say Legg plays a good guitar is like saying Menuhin saws a fine fiddle. This man is ridiculously talented" - Music Week Voted "Guitarist of the decade" by Guitarist Magazine Guitar Players readers poll winner for Best Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitarist 1993/'94/'95/'96 www.adrianlegg.com. Tickets £12 from Ian Pickvance (01364) 653500 or email ianpickvance[at]msn.com. All profits to Macmillan Cancer Support. Doors 7.30pm.

NEW Sunday 23 April 2017 - Keston Cobblers Club - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated.
Folk-pop 5-piece Keston Cobblers Club release their new album in March 2017. Over the last few years, the band has 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 been invited to perform live on BBC Radio by the likes of Dermot O’Leary, Steve Lamacq and Bob Harris. They openen for Bellowhead on their farewell tour. As fans will know, the Cobblers’ music isn’t just uplifting; it’s often a full-on celebration. Their live shows are displays of genuine warmth and dazzling musicianship. With brand new music on the way, the band continues to delight audiences across the country. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/keston-cobblers-club.

NEW Sunday 23 April 2017 - Maia - Voodoo Lounge, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
A genre busting mix of sweet stunning vocal harmonies over funky blissed out grooves, punctuated by echoing banjo, guitar, shimmering mandolins, spooky brass and keyboards. Self proclaimed ‘sci-fi folk’ evangelists, Maia formed in 2009 as experimental acoustic alchemists playing whatever instruments were lying around and now have (excellent) third album Wild Waters out in April. ‘Youthful, spirited, richly atmospheric and intelligently off-centre alt.folk pop’ Time Out. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Monday 24 April 2017 - Valerie June - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. If Valerie June had been a roots artist in America 80 years ago, and she often sings as if she was, she might have been a principle influence on today’s myriad retro troubadours, hers a stunningly emotive amalgamation of blues, folk, gospel, soul, Appalachian and bluegrass (including irresistible banjo). Like a potent distillation bubbling on a Prohibition-era porch, Valerie June makes self-styled “organic moonshine roots music”, music for the porch parties of today, a party where she strums her guitar, plucks her banjo, opens her mouth and delta-blues-country stridently sashays out, a stunning peal somewhere between Dolly Parton and Billie Holiday.

NEW Tuesday 25 April 2017 7.30pm - Heg & The Wolf Chorus - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Following the hugely successful UK tour throughout the Autumn, Bristol four-piece Heg & The Wolf Chorus are back on the road in the spring 2017 performing their acclaimed debut album Raising The Fires. The band perform the album's enchanting story of a witch who was wrongfully burnt at the stake. The scorned woman casts a spell, ending the world as we know it and conjuring all the mythological creatures back to roam the Earth. A tale inspired by traditional Scottish folklore. ”Simply stunning" - Folk Radio UK. 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.

NEW Wednesday 26 April 2017 - Police Dog Hogan - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated.
A high-energy and eclectic eight-piece, combining fiddle, banjo, mandolin, accordian and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies. You could call it Americana, country-folk, folk-pop or even urban bluegrass, but it’s difficult to do justice to the sheer range of styles this band is willing to take on and, if necessary, transform. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

25 April - 1 May 2017 - Costa Del Folk Ibiza
Details www.costadelfolk.co.uk.

NEW Friday 28 April 2017 7.30pm - Small Town Jones - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
There have been many comparisons for Devon based Singer Songwriter “Small Town Jones” (Jim Jones) in the music press of late. To be written into sentences likening him to such greats as John Martyn, Ron Sexsmith as well as Wilco can only be helpful, however, what is also becoming clear is that Small Town Jones is fast becoming known for his own unique trademark soundscape of honest intensity and heartfelt, emotional songwriting. “Jones has more in tune with the folk-rock of early John Martyn, Questing for hope, love and warmth rather than succumbing to despair and loss” Q. Tickets £10+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/388392. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk
. Tel. 01392 277189.

NEW tbc Friday 28 April 2017 - Reg Meuross - ??? South Molton
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NEW Saturday 29 April 2017 10.30am - Callington MayFest Instrumental Music/Singing/Samba Drumming Workshops
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

NEW Saturday 29 April 2017 8pm - The Phil Beer Band - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. Fast, frenetic, 'feel-good' and leavened with a good helping of humour. Described by The Guardian as “where Steve Earle and Richard Thompson collide”. Phil Beer is the multi-instrumentalist half of England's foremost acoustic duo ‘Show of Hands’. His instrumental wizardry is well documented and has been utilised by countless artists over the years, the most notable being The Rolling Stones, Mike Oldfield and Steve Harley. While having his feet firmly in the ‘Acoustic’ camp, he has “kept his hand in” with electric music with an annual outing of The Phil Beer Band which performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil''s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock. £19.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Saturday 29 April 2016 - Luke Jackson + Rebecca Loebe - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
Presented by Exeter Secret Gigs. Luke Jackson is a rising young Roots singer/songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, and 2013 saw him nominated for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and in 2014 he was named Fatea’s “Male Artist of the Year”. With a bold, show stopping voice and honed guitar skills, Luke is a confident and captivating performer demonstrating an astonishing maturity. He has been making waves on the live acoustic scene supporting such luminaries as Show of Hands, Karine Polwart, Oysterband and Martyn Joseph. www.lukepauljackson.com. Special guest: Rebecca Loebe, young US singer-songwriter, known for her distinct voice, well-crafted songs and ability to bring an audience to her journeys, introducing them to the characters she meets and observations she makes as she travels. www.rebeccaloebe.com.  Licensed bar. Tickets £10+ adv www.wegottickets.com/event/387463, door £12.

NEW Sunday 30 April 2017 - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
After winning the coveted title of Best Duo at the BBC Folk Awards, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker are bringing their latest tour to Exeter following the release of their latest album, Overnight, an album of wonder and depth. The classic quality of these songs, the meticulous beauty of the arrangements, the blanket-warm production and perfect pairing of exquisite vocals and virtuosic guitar is the culmination of everything these idiosyncratically talented musicians have been working towards since they first met. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Monday 1 May 2017 7pm - Callington MayFest Cornish Dance and Music Workshop
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

NEW Friday 5 May 2017 7.30pm - Eleanor McEvoy - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
One of Ireland's most accomplished contemporary singer/songwriters. McEvoy composed the song "Only A Woman's Heart", title track of A Woman's Heart, the best-selling Irish album in Irish history. 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.

NEW 5-7 May 2017 - Society for Storytelling: The Gathering - Plymouth
The annual Gathering of the Society for Storytelling - at Plymouth University’s iconic Roland Levinsky Building in Plymouth City Centre. See www.sfs.org.uk/content/gathering for full details, tickets etc.

NEW Saturday 6 May 2017 10.30am - Callington MayFest Instrumental Music/Singing/Samba Drumming Workshops
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

NEW Saturday 6 May 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Community Hall, Lamerton, nr Tavistock PL19 8QP
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. Tickets £10. BYO drinks. Ticketing tba

NEW Saturday 6 May 2017 7.30pm - The Green Rock River Band - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
The Green Rock River Band are a hybrid of old time sounds that universally connects with audiences all over, a sound that has echoed throughout decades of music history, in music hall, Americana, folk tradition and jazz. All this blended with a contemporary sound. Modern songwriting and original arrangements for 21st century audiences wanting to connect with a music that runs a little deeper, a little more primitive than the clean over produced sound of modern folk and pop - their refreshing grit and dirt fills up venues with excitement and atmosphere. "Quite extraordinary - I thinkj they're great" Mike Harding. Tickets £9.50+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/388407. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk
. Tel. 01392 277189.

Saturday 6 May 2017 6.15pm for 7.30pm - Leon Rosselson & Robb Johnson - Civic Hall, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5SF (map)
Two of Britain’s greatest singer-songwriters, Robb Johnson and Leon Rosselson, whose songs pull no political punches and have tracked our society over the last 50 years. They are re-united to perform The Liberty Tree, their tribute to Tom Paine, for the first time since 2011. They interweave some of their most-loved songs (including The World Turned Upside Down and Red and Green) with readings by and about Tom Paine. Doors 6pm for bread, soup and the chance to discuss Tom Paine’s ideas about land ownership (all you need is an interest in land, peace and social justice). No fixed charge, donations on the night, but please reserve a place in advance at http://earthsharingdevon.net/gigs.

NEW Wednesday 10 May 2017 7.30pm - Daphne’s Flight - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ (map)
1995 and five friends, Chris While, Julie Matthews, Helen Watson, Melanie Harrold and Christine Collister found themselves at the Cambridge Festival. They decided to sing some songs together ... magic happened and Daphne's Flight took off. Now, two decades later, five of the best female singers of their generation are gathering again – older, wiser and twice as powerful. Daphne’s Flight are all contemporary songwriters who cross a huge range of topics and genres, blending folk, blues, jazz and pop whilst also dipping into new and vibrant arrangements of classic covers such as the Beach Boys' ‘God Only Knows’ and Elvis Costello’s ‘Ship Building’. All are woven together with striking harmonies and supported by a range of instrumentation and percussion. For more info see www.discoverhannahs.org/events/current/daphnes-flight or call 01626 325800 for tickets (£18).

NEW Thursday 11 May 2017 8pm - Paul Downes & Mick Ryan - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
details tbc/tba

NEW Thursday 11 May 2017 8.30pm - Bob Long & Lorna Franklin - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
BBT2 – Brixham Blues Second Thursday – presents an evening of authentic acoustic blues from the 1920s and 1930s, from a duo steeped in the traditional music of the Mississippi Delta, including Robert Johnson and the lesser known but captivating Tommy Johnson. Lorna provides vocals in the style of the 1920s blues divas. Free. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

NEW Friday 12 May 2017 7.30pm - Calan - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Fiddles, guitar, accordion, bagpipes and step dancing explode into life when Calan, the energetic young folk band from Wales, take to the stage. They breathe fire into the old traditions with their infectious rhythms and high voltage routines before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs as they explore the legends of Wales’ very own fairy realm with tales of magic, myth and mischief. They have introduced a new generation of music fans to Welsh traditional music – and continue to do so as they tour across Wales, throughout the UK, Europe, North America and beyond. Great fun, a huge sense of humour, and step-dancing from a champion dancer makes for an outstanding show. Support: singer-songwriter Dan Wilde. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Friday 12 May 2017 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Steve Knightley will be combining material from ‘ Off the beaten Track’ and ‘All at Sea’ recordings for his solo ‘Landlocked’ tour. One half of the evening will feature original and traditional songs of the land and the second half will draw on his nautical themes. 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.

NEW Friday 12 May 2017 - Miranda Sykes - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
details tba www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 13 May 2017 - Geoff Lakeman - Holbeton Village Hall
with Steve Jenner as support. www.geofflakeman.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 13 May 2017 - Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.willyporter.com. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Sunday 14 May 2017 - The Ruggle Regatta - Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe in the Moor
details tba  Reprise of last year's successful afternoon, with, we hope, equally successful weather. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Sunday 14 May 2017 10am-4.30pm - Storytelling Sunday: Through Different Eyes - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY
This workshop will explore story from the perspective of different characters, and from members of the audience. It’s a day for beginners and experienced storytellers alike. We will use a Siberian wonder tale to explore how different characters might live, feel, and act, and discuss how this can enrich our telling. We will then walk individual stories from the perspective of the villain, the hero, the maiden and any number of other human and non-human characters, and share our findings! Used with care and measure, these techniques can bring empathy and integrity to a telling. I hope you’ll find different perspectives to use in your own stories. 3rd of a series of 4 monthly workshops. Full details www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

NEW Tuesday 16 May 2017 - Lisbee Stainton - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Lisbee Stainton will release her fifth studio album Then Up in April ahead of a nine-date headline UK tour starting right here. In 2007, when she was just 18 years-old, London-based Lisbee became the first unsigned artist to play London’s O2 Arena. Soon after, 6Music’s Tom Robinson discovered Lisbee’s song Red, and his support subsequently led to Lisbee’s music being playlisted by BBC Radio 2. Since then Lisbee has toured with such notable artists as Joan Armatrading, Paul Brady, Gretchen Peters, Paul Carrack and Seth Lakeman, who was so impressed that he invited her to join his band in 2012. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Wednesday 17 May 2017 - Jon Boden - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Painted Lady Tour.
Best known as the lead singer of the progressive folk big band Bellowhead, who split in May 2016, Jon launched his solo career in Autumn 2016, touring the UK solo for the first time. Largely presenting the self-penned songs of his debut album, Painted Lady, as well as material from his remarkable dystopian follow-up, Songs From The Floodplain, Jon’s solo show also includes material from Bellowhead, his duo partnership, Spiers & Boden and his ambitious A Folk Song A Day project, in which he recorded 365 folk songs in one year. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/jon-boden.

NEW Friday 19 May 2017 - 3 Daft Monkeys - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Cornish gypsy-folk band 3 Daft Monkeys’ 4-piece line-up features Athene on fiddle, Tim on 12-string guitar & vocals, Lukas on bass guitar and Richie on percussion, adding a fuller and richer sound. The band weave world music influences around classic folk melodies and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life mixed with their infectious dancing rhythms will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. The desire to dance at one of their live shows is irresistible! Full details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 20 May 2017 8pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Winners of 2014's BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Duo. The alchemy of Martin's ever evocative songwriting, fiddle and banjo playing and the much extolled skills of Henry on dobro, harmonica and lap steel fuse into a wholly distinctive world sound. Their latest studio album, Watershed has received critical acclaim and further places the duo in the higher echelons of the roots genre. Full details www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

NEW Saturday 20 May 2017 7.30pm - Charlie Dore with Julian Littman - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
A very special evening of eclectic, contemporary folk as multi award winner Charlie Dore, one of the UK’s most respected songwriters teams up with multi-instrumentalist Julian Littman of Steeleye Span to share her brand new album, Dark Matter. ‘A gift for melody, brave, poignant, entertaining, original ‘ Guardian Support: Peter James Millson and Totnes Pop Up Choir.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.

NEW Sunday 21 May 2017 8pm - Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A Topsham Folk Club guest night. Alasdair and Natalie unleash their dazzling teamwork, driving, dancing rhythms and shared passion for taking the infectious melodies and grooves of Scottish/Celtic music on an exciting new journey. ‘Fraser, one of the most respected of all exponents of the Scots fiddle, would look long and hard to find a more appropriate cellist as a partner. Haas can switch just as effortlessly as Fraser from a gentle singing tone to driving, dancing melody. A positive joy.’ – The Scotsman.  Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW tbc Sunday 21 May 2017 7.45pm - Paul Downes - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tbc/tba

NEW Wednesday 24 May 2017 - Fairport Convention - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Enjoy an evening of musical celebration with Fairport Convention at this golden anniversary concert. Credited with originating British folk-rock, Fairport first took to the stage in 1967’s summer of love. Throughout the intervening five decades (and numerous changes of line-up) the band’s passion for live performance has never wavered. To mark its 50th year, Fairport has 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. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Friday 26 May 2017 - Luke Sital-Singh - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Hotly-tipped songsmith Luke Sital-Singh has been described by The Guardian as a ‘British Bon Iver’. Luke takes the template of Fleet Foxes, Neil Young and Dylan, but makes his own inimitable fresh folk sound. New album to be released May 12. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Saturday 27 May 2017 - Reg Meuross - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
With special guest Lily Meuross. details tba www.regmeuross.com. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Thursday 1 June 2017 - Shanty Cruise - from Exmouth
Join the Exmouth Shantymen onboard a Stuart Line vessel entertaining passengers and crew alike with songs and stories nautical. For further details of Exmouth Festival see www.exmouthfestival.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 3 June 2017 - West Country Traditions Day - Exmouth
The 3rd West Country Traditions Day, run alongside Exmouth Festival. The Exmouth Shantymen will be performing alongside a host of other shanty groups, other singers and morris dancers. Also many entertaining side stalls, workshops and displays. For further details of Exmouth Festival see www.exmouthfestival.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 3 June 2017 8pm - Keith James: The Music of Yusuf - Cat Stevens - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Proceeds and audience donations from this tour of concerts will go to the UNICEF UK Government matched, Syrian Children’s appeal. Keith James presents an honest and loving reflection of the timeless and insightful music of Yusuf - Cat Stevens. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW tbc Sunday 4 June 2017 - Jim Causley - Launceston, Cornwall
details tba The Charles Causley Festival. www.charlescausleyfestival.co.uk. Launch of new Charles Causley CD with special guests: The Keith Kendrick Band

NEW Thursday 8 June 2017 8.30pm - Graham Hine - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
Graham Hine is one of the legendary greats from the UK blues revival of the 1960s and 70s. His album “Bottleneck Blues” on the Blue Goose label was a revelation to many. For many years the front man for Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts, his solo career continues to this day. Expect some stunning slide guitar played on his collection of 1930s fiddle-edge Dobros. Free. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

NEW Friday 9 June 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Bovey Tracey Craft Fair
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. Ticketing tba

NEW Saturday 10 June 2017 - Mudskippers - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.mudskippermusic.info. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW tbc Saturday 10 June 2017 - Jim Causley - Colyton Village Hall (Town Hall?), Market Place, Colyton EX24 6JR
details tba Colyton History Day www.colytonhistory.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 11 June 2017 10am-4.30pm - Storytelling Sunday: Spirits of Place and Time - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY
This workshop considers the context of stories: the all-important small details that set the scene. It’s a day for beginners and experienced storytellers alike. All too often, stories are told from an indeterminate time and place, ‘once upon a time somewhere in the world’. How about placing your story in historical time, and actual place? What would they be? We will play with story in different times and landscapes, talk about honouring the source of a story, and discuss the ethics of telling stories from other places and traditions. We will also (weather permitting) go out into the countryside to explore how to become closer to the landscape of the story you’re telling, and look at the use of detail in storytelling. 4th of a series of 4 monthly workshops. Full details, bookings etc.www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

NEW 16-18 June 2017 - Teignmouth Folk Festival
Acts booked include: Chris Wood, Barron Brady, Eat The Rich, Ewan McClennan, Andy Clarke & James Dumbleton, Mooncoin Ceilidh Band, Canaan's Land & Celt. Plus 10 (and counting!) morris sides. www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk.

NEW tbc Sunday 18 June 2017 - Moreton Music Day - Moretonhampstead
details tba Day of music.

NEW Monday 19 June 2017 - Julie Felix - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Another 'Evening with...' at The Brook Inn and folk legend Julie Felix is back with us for her third appearance at the pub. Enjoy a three course meal and then an intimate gig with plenty of audience participation and stories from Julie's rich and colourful past. Star of TV and Radio throughout the 60s and 70s, we're delighted Julie's back at The Brook once again. See www.facebook.com/events/1181754968552417.
Tel. 01752 297604. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 24 June 2017 - Martha Tilston - Acoustic Haven @ The Hillyfield, Harbourneford
'A Mid-Summer Dream' with Martha Tilston at The Hillyfield on Dartmoor. Family friendly and beautiful. Just 2 minutes from the A38. 3pm til 11pm. Live music in the afternoon, story-telling, face-painting and games, Martha Tilston and a Silent Disco with some cracking tunes. Martha Tilston live at 8pm. Adv booking highly recommended. www.wegottickets.com/event/391483.

NEW Wednesday 28 June 2017 - Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
details tba Sumptuous buffet & gig. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 1 July 2017 - South Brent Folk Day
Singing, music, dancing, workshops and concerts around the village. Poetry competition, around the theme of 'Moorland Water'; entry £2.50 per poem or £1 for Junior (under 15) section; closing date Saturday 14 June 2017, to be judged by 'Moor Poets' Susan Taylor and Simon Williams. If you would like to enter, download the form from the website.
Evening Folk Concert at 7.30pm (with Reel Ale bar) in the Village Hall with singer, dancer, multi instrumentalist, Pete Coe the 'One Man Folk Industry'; Flash Jack crew from Plymouth singing sea songs, shanties & songs of love, lust & loose living and South Brent's own Emily Roblyn singing songs from the heart with a voice of 'pure nectar'.
For more information contact Eileen McKee telephone 01364 73699 or eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com or John Rawlinson telephone 01364 73117.

One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area. www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 1 July 2017 - Jess Vincent - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Friday 7 July 2017 - Reg Meuross - Lamb Inn, The Square, Sandford, Crediton EX17 4LW (map)
details tba

NEW tbc Thursday 13 July 2017 8pm - Jim Causley - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
details tbc/tba

NEW Friday 14 July & Saturday 15 July 2017 8pm - Fisherman's Friends - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
The original buoy band, the Fisherman’s Friends are back with a vengeance, getting ready to hit the road in 2017 with full catch of new material and some old favourites as well. Full details www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

NEW 21/22 July 2017 - Chagstock Festival
11th anniversary, various genres: British Funk & Soul legends Soul II Soul headline Friday night! Indian singer-songwriter extraordinaire Raghu Dixit (Raghu Dixit's music is a seamless weaving of Indian ethnic folk, Sufi and classical with other traditional and contemporary influences from across the globe), the inimitable Dub Pistols. www.chagstock.info. Early bird weekend camping tickets available.

NEW Saturday 22 July 2017 - Ben Morgan-Brown - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.benmorganbrown.co.uk. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW 22/23 July 2017 - Midsummer Dreams Festival - Dartington
Theatre, puppetry, dance, comedy and music. Music includes Crow Puppets (tbc). A small-scale festival run by an equally small but passionate team who aim to create a magical family friendly weekend. www.midsummerdreamsfestival.co.uk.

NEW 4-11 August 2017 - Sidmouth Folk Week
Last few Super Early Bird tickets available. Sign up to receive regular festival email updates at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk

NEW Saturday 29 July 2017 8pm - Sika - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Following his successful concert in 2016 at Carnglaze, Sika will be creating another enchanting concert within a cave, playing live his Didjeridoos, Flutes, Drums, Rattles and Stones. Primal music mixed with original electronic soundscapes composed by Sika in his studio in New Zealand’s wild South Island. Full details www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

29 July - 26 August 2017 - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
Courses covering: Opera and Music Theatre; World Music; Chamber Music; Early Music; Electronic Music and Multimedia; Singing; Advanced Conducting; Folk; Strings; Wind and Brass; Piano and Keyboards; Composition; Talks and Lectures; Dance and Wellbeing; Poetry, History, and Creative Writing.
The Folk courses are concentrated into Week 2 (5-12 August).
www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/courses/#week2courses
On a typical day you could explore links between nature and folk and create new music (Folk and the Landscape); after the coffee break, sing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe (Folk Choir), challenge artificial categories to create and exchange new music (Folk Baroque), or get specialist tuition from Paul Hutchinson (Accordion Workshop); and following lunch, improve your instrumental skills with Eliza and Martin Carthy (As I Walked Out One Morning).
Folk and the Landscape - Sally Davies and Paul Hutchinson
Two experienced and visionary folk musicians and composers, lead a creative course that explores the connections between folk music and the landscape, using the beautiful grounds of Dartington estate. We will explore the links between nature, traditional and contemporary folk music, creating some of our own music along the way, for performance later in the week.
Folk Choir - Sally Davies
Sally is a singer, instrumentalist, composer and choir leader, with a wide ranging experience of folk and world music. She directs the Cecil Sharp House Choir with her distinctive and original arrangements of folk songs. The Folk Choir course will provide an intense and rewarding learning experience; you’ll be rehearsing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe, in spine-tingling a cappella harmony, for a concert later in the week. There may well be some collaborations with the instrumental folk courses this year!
Accordion Workshop - Paul Hutchinson
The wonderful accordionist tutors at Cecil Sharp House and Folkworks in Durham. Paul’s style of teaching is relaxed and entertaining. He considers the accordion a beautiful and versatile instrument, uses block chords, drones and pedal notes, and is a master of harmony. Paul enjoys developing the potential of a group to deepen and improve their musicianship, and welcomes players at all levels.
Folk Baroque - Andy Watts
A brand new folk course for 2017! Andy Watts is associate Principal bassoon of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and founder of the folk/early music group The Carnival Band, well known for their work with Maddy Prior and currently recording the 100 most popular ballads of the 17th century. Here folk, Baroque and ‘modern’ instrumentalists can explore street ballads and dance music from the 17th and 18th centuries, challenging artificial categories to create and exchange new music. This innovative course is open to all instrumentalists and singers, using notation as well as playing by ear.
As I Walked Out One Morning - Eliza and Martin Carthy
The amazing father-and-daughter duo Martin and Eliza return to Dartington after several years to lead this exciting folk course. Devoted to instrumental tuition as well as songs, the class offers the chance for players to study and rehearse traditional tunes and arrangements, as well as collaborate and create new work. There’s a concert later in the week, shared with the Folk Choir.

NEW tbc Wednesday 9 August 2017 - Gigspanner Big Band - St Andrews Church, Ashburton
Peter Knight's Gigspanner joined by Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW 11-13 August 2017 - Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal nr Okehampton
details tba Includes Jim Causley Trio. www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk

NEW Saturday 16 August 2017 - Jim Causley Trio - Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ (map)
details tba www.sterts.co.uk.

18-20 August 2017 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park near Exeter
Tickets released Friday 3 February 10am, line-up to be announced Friday 3 March. www.beautifuldays.org.

NEW Saturday 2 September 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Nourish Festival, Bovey Tracey
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. Ticketing tba www.nourishfestival.org.

NEW Saturday 2 September 2017 8pm - Hillbilly Moon Explosion - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
From Zurich Switzerland, one of the finest New Wave Rockabilly/Americana bands on the planet. Singer Emanuela has such enchanting vocals & to hear this in a Cavern will be one we wont forget. For fans of, Stray Cats, Imelda May & roots music. Full details, samples etc. www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

NEW tbc Thursday 14 September 2017 8pm - Geoff Lakeman - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
details tbc/tba www.geofflakeman.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 23 September 2017 - Tennyson’s Twin - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.tennysonstwin.co.uk. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW tbc 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.
tbc.

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

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

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 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.

John Culf
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