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

Friday 31 July 2015 - deMalebysse - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
DeMalebysse are a traditional folk band that first started out as a solo idea and which has blossomed into something a lot bigger. Now a live performing band, they are quickly moving into the folk circles and have been described as being a firm part of the third wave of folk. They are currently in the recording studio working with Mark Ellis of Propagation House studios, in Cornwall. Mark also works with Seth Lakeman, The Levellers, 3 Daft Monkeys, Steeleye Span and many others from the folk scene. http://demalebysse.wix.com/demalebysse. £3 door. www.b-bar.co.uk.

31 July to 7 August 2015 - Sidmouth Folk Week
In addition to the evening Pre-Festival Special concert on Thurs 30 July features Kate Rusby & her Band, Port Isaacs's Fisherman's Friends + support from Jim Causley are now appearing on Friday 31 July 3.15pm in the Ham Marquee. Details www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk. Join their mailing list for regular updates.

Saturday 1 August 2015 - Trembling Bells - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Often described as ‘Steeleye Span on acid’, Trembling Bells are noted for their collaborations with both Bonnie Prince Billy and Mike Heron of the incredible String Band. Their music combines a potent witches brew of acid rock, traditional folk, prog and psychedelia, synthesising traditional folk forms with the bathetic romanticism of country music, the deceptive complexity of medieval music and the swagger of classic rock. With a new album, The Sovereign Self, Trembling Bells reach new, heavier and darker depths. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/trembling-bells.

Sunday 2 August 2015 - Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
One of the hardest working bands in the UK roots circuit. They play their own brand of Western Swing, Blues, Gypsy Jazz and Country, or “North Eastern Swing” as they've coined it. Their style is more eclectic than most, influenced by early 20th century American music, with the addition of “razor-sharp” solos, great arrangements and original songs; their music harks back to a golden age whilst staying perfectly modern. See
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details, samples etc.

7-9 August 2015 - Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal
Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies; Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin; Huw Williams & Maartin Allcock; Alistair Anderson; Jeff Warner (USA), and his Jig Doll!; The Dovetail Trio; The Liam Robinson Dance Band; The Kestor Stringband; Johnny Handle; Dartmoor Pixie Band; Ramsley Minors; Tony Beard, the Wag from Widecombe; Entertainingly Different; plus more tbc. www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk.

Saturday 8 August 2015 - Jim Causley - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominee. Jim has become renowned for a natural gift for interpreting traditional song, his deep, rich voice which belies his years, and his relaxed and playful stage presence.  + support Amanda Diamond & Eddie Wheaton. See www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk for full details of this event and all forthcoming 'Teignmouth Folk Concerts'. For info call Hugh Diamond 01626 775517 or email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com.

Dartington International Summer School Folk Content - Dartington Hall Trust, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL (map)
1-7 August 2015 - Week 1
Course: Hurdy Gurdy (Stevie Wishart)
Hurdy Gurdy player, improviser, composer and Hildegarde of Bingen scholar – the multi-faceted Stevie Wishart leads a class in this extraordinary medieval instrument, as well as improvisational techniques.
8-15 August 2015 - Week 2)
Week 2 includes several folk courses and performance events. www.dartington.org/summer-school/courses#week2.
Course: Folk Choir (Sally Davies)
Sally Davies is an extremely experienced singer, composer and choir leader, and directs the Cecil Sharp House Choir with her distinctive and original arrangements of folk songs. The Folk Choir course will provide an intense and rewarding learning experience; you’ll be rehearsing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe, in spine-tingling a cappella harmony, for a concert later in the week.
Course: As I Walked Out One Morning (Kathryn Tickell & Marilyn Imrie)
The wonderful virtuoso Northumbrian pipesplayer, fiddler and singer Kathryn Tickell joins forces with the prolific Scottish theatre director and radio producer Marilyn Imrie, to lead this exciting folk course. Devoted to storytelling, song writing and instrumental tuition, the class offers the chance for poets, songwriters and players to study and rehearse traditional music and poetry, as well as collaborate and create new work. There’s a concert later in the week, shared with the Folk Choir.
Course: Arranging Folk Music (Sally Davies)
‘When you arrange a song, you are a composer. Having sung the polyphonic songs of the Caucasus and The Balkans, I felt there was a crying need for British folk songs to have something of the bite and power of these Eastern European arrangements. It’s my intention to infuse English folk songs with some of these harmonic elements!’ Sally Davies’ course is for musicians with some experience of arranging, and you’ll be looking at creating open harmonies for different-sized ensembles.
The following public concerts and ceilidh will all take place in Dartington's Great Hall:
Monday 3 August 2015 10pm - Strings, Wheel and Fingers
Stevie Wishart: hurdy gurdy and violin. Medieval music, improvisation, and guest artists. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=83602.
Sunday 9 August 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Tickell & The Side
Northumbrian pipes, accordion, cello and harp. The great Kathryn Tickell and her new band bring together folk and classical. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85197.
Monday 10 August, 7.45pm Mhairi Lawson (soprano) and Joanna MacGregor (piano)
Songs from the Scottish tradition. Programme includes Robbie Burns and Hugh MacDiarmid www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85198.
Thursday 13 August 2015 5.15pm - As I Walked Out One Morning
Folk Choir, Kathryn Tickell, Marilyn Imrie, folk students. A cappella folk choir, folk poetsy and new songs, Kathryn Tickell students. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87397.
Friday 14 August 2015 10pm - Ceilidh
Caller and folk band. Final Night Party, with dancing. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87199.

Sunday 9 August 2015 8pm - James Frost and Elise Yuill - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
Songwriters’ Evening. Part of the thriving UK alt-folk scene, James Frost often draws comparison with the romanticism of Nick Drake or the mysticism of Leonard Cohen. His intimate, left-handed guitar picking and dreamlike, pastoral lyrics are quintessentially English and reliably cast a hushed spell over chattering audiences. In the studio, elements of electronica, distortion and sampled sounds are added to his quiet folk to create something all together more modern. With a powerfully emotive voice, which time and again is likened to that of Joan Baez; Devon based Singer-songwriter Elise Yuill is fast becoming a recognised name in the folk world. Accompanied by an acoustic guitar, Elise sings a broad collection of songs from an extensive repertoire of story-telling original material. Songs with raw honest lyrics about life, dreams, people, the environment, love and making the world a better place. This year Elise appeared at Glastonbury festival for the first time on The Small World and Toad Hall stages. www.eliseyuill.com. More details www.wegottickets.com/event/325872.

Tuesday 11 August 2015 - Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Hailing from Prince Edward Island, the band serve up old-time roots music with an energy level that practically yanks you out of your seat by the collar. + support: Sound Of The Sirens, a foot stomping, heart-rending, crowd engaging female Folk/rock duo whose strengths lie in their passion, conviction and chemistry. See
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

Wednesday 12 August 2015 8pm - Beehive Folk & Acoustic - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Hosted by Sue King in the bar. Folk and acoustic unplugged. Everyone is welcome whether it is to come along, have a beer and listen or to play and sing. Free entry. Further info www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Thursday 13 August 2015 - Jane Taylor Band - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Returning by popular demand, Jane last performed at the Mill in 2012 and captured our hearts. Championed by BBC Radio 2's Johnnie Walker and Bob Harris, Somerset-based Jane is no ordinary singer-songwriter. Her sharp, witty lyrics are delivered in a sultry folk voice that has an intangible magic, soul and passion that somehow connects the audience with every word. Critically acclaimed, she has supported Jools Holland, Bill Wyman, and Paulo Nutini, and won Best Singer Songwriter Album for "Compass" in the Independent Music Awards. Expect "classic, timeless songwriting" from "a quintessentially English Gem" (Time Out). Jane is joined at the Mill by the three members of her multi-instrumental band. www.janetaylor.co.uk. Full details of Otterton Mill's music listings can be found at www.ottertonmill.com/music/music-night-listings.
Important news re Otterton Mill:
The present leaseholders and business owners at Otterton Mill have just announced through their email circulation that they will moving on to pastures new at the end of 2015. A final music gig is being planned for some time in September.
(The freehold owners of Otterton Mill are Clinton Devon Estates and enquiries about leasing the Mill should be addressed to their agent, Malcolm Williams, at Harrison-Lavers Potbury on 01395 516633. The team at the Mill are not involved in the letting process and as such will not be in a position to answer questions about the letting.)

Thursday 13 August 2015 8pm - Ian Dunlop - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
The Flying Burrito Brothers were the musical Godfathers of the whole Country Rock movement spawned on the West Coast of California. Directly and hugely influential on the Eagles, Byrds, Emmy Lou Harris et al, along with his best mate Gram Parsons, Ian formed the band. A rare solo appearance is sure to be full of not only his fine songs, but rivetting anecdotes and yarns about just how it was in the early days of Americana. Going to be a very special evening. Tickets £8 adv from The Bridge Inn tel. 01392 873862, £10 door.

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

Friday 28 August 2015 - Ceilidh with Spinach for Norman - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Caller Martin Hodge. Doors 8pm. Bar available. Tickets £7.50/6.50 (prices tbc). (Accompanied) U12s free.

Saturday 29 August 2015 - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

Sunday 30 August 2015 - Wizz Jones and Steve Tilston - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
See www.calstockhall.com for details and tickets.

Sunday 6 September 2015 - Tallulah Rendall - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

Tuesday 8 September 2015 - Widecombe Fair
music details tbc

Tuesday 8 September 2015 8pm - Autumn Folk at the Brewery - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village EX5 5AE
Second of a seasonal programme of events. Includes Hanlon's Half Hours, this time featuring Jackie Williams/Eileen Conn & Bill Murraywith guest MC Joan Holloway. Floor singers welcome. Entry £5 includes pint and pasty. Autumn craft: Corn Dollies. Further info email folk@bowstation.com, tel. 01392 82621. Other 2015 date: 8 December. Note: Disabled access pending. www.hanlonsbrewery.com.

Friday 11 September 2015 8pm - Phil Beer - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
Ticket details tba. Tickets £?? adv from 01803 328290. £?? door.

Saturday 12 September 2015 10.30am - d'Accord - Bedford Square,High Street, Exeter, opp. Lloyds bank
French & Breton dance & music. All musicians and dancers welcome.

Tuesday 15 September 2015 - Land Of The Giants - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

Friday 18 September 2015 - John Hegley – New & Old Potatoes - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

Friday 18 September 2015 8pm - Reg Meuross (plus Jess Vincent) - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
One of the most talented songwriters of our time. Reg first emerged on the acoustic music scene in the 80's with The Panic Brothers. In 1996 he released his first critically-acclaimed solo album, The Goodbye Hat and has since recorded eight albums including the highly-acclaimed Leaves And Feathers in 2012. His latest album, England Green, England Grey has been voted one of Telegraph Music's top folk albums of 2014. Mike Harding - "Possibly the best album yet from one of this country's finest singer-songwriters". Pete Townshend (The Who) - "Magnificent, powerful and moving". Martin Carthy - "A mighty songwriter and an equally fine singer". www.regmeuross.com. Reg will be supported and joined by equally talented singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Jess Vincent. www.jessvincentmusic.co.uk. Support: Graham Butterfield. Tickets: £10 adv; £12 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Friday 18 September 2015 - Gallery Bar Special: Gareth Lee & Annie Baylis - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Up and coming acoustic folk duo well known on the south west circuit, winning acclaim both locally and nationally. They’ve played support to George Ezra, Bellowhead and Sam Brookes. You may have caught them at any number of festivals – Port Eliot, Purbeck Folk Festival, Bictonfest, Looe Music Festival, to name but a few. Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to artist be very welcome. Details www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 18 September 2015 8pm - Jim Causley - Milton Abbot Folk Club, Milton Abbot Village Hall PL19 0PA (map)
Midway between Launceston and Tavistock (01822 870247)

Saturday 19 September 2015 - Phil Beer - Exminster Victory Hall
The first time Phil has played in the village of his birth in over 40 years! Tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/327447.

tbc Saturday 19 September 2015 - Trio Threlfall - Church House, South Tawton

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

Friday 25 September 2015 7.30pm - Wren/Cygnet Double Bill: Simon Mayor & Hilary James with Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
“A witty and captivating mix of folk, blues, swing and classical showstoppers, spiced with a unique brand of off-beat humour” The Guardian. With
Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson - These guys are what Pete was all about.” Peggy Seeger. www.wegottickets.com/event/326747. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk.

Saturday 26 September 2015 - Kris Drever & Ian Carr - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

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

Sunday 27 September 2015 7.30pm - Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting & Nancy Kerr - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
Comprising three of Britain’s finest musicians and interpreters of songs and tunes, each member of this trio is an acknowledged virtuoso in their own right. Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr have come together for the joy of playing and exploring the possibilities of music together, after appearing together on stages in various combinations over recent years and thoroughly enjoying it! More details and booking information at www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk or call 01803 882717.

Sunday 27 September 2015 8pm - The Dovetail Trio & Greg Russell - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
As The Dovetail Trio, Jamie Roberts, Rosie Hood and Matt Quinn present England’s traditional songs with a bold and fresh approach, infectious energy and a passion for musical heritage. www.dovetailtrio.com. Greg Russell is no stranger to Topsham folk club being a regular performer at our singers’ nights in recent times. He now has a national profile on the British folk scene. He is also half of the Greg Russell & Ciaran Alga duo who were nominated for best duo in this years Radio 2’s folk awards (having won the Horizon Award in 2014 and Young Folk Award in 2013). www.russellalgar.co.uk. £10 adv/£12 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Sunday 27 September 2015 3pm - Polperro Fishermen’s Choir - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Since their formation in 1923 the Polperro Fishermens’s Choir have provided the very best in traditional Cornish and modern choral performance. The choir’s aims and objectives are as strong as ever and a great many charities have benefited from their devotion and love of singing. Tea, coffee and cake available from 2.00pm.
Details www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 2 October 2015 8pm - Willy Porter - America Hall, De La Rue Way, Exeter EX4 8PX
Wisconsin native Willy Porter is a guitar virtuoso with an insinuating voice that sneaks past your defences and gets under your skin. The Washington Post has called him "a dazzling acoustic guitarist with a moody baritone," while the Boston Globe describes him as "an acoustic picker with the Olympian speed of Leo Kottke bolstered by rootsy vocals and twisting, offbeat lyrics." Willy has toured with Tori Amos, Paul Simon, and Jethro Tull, whose leader, Ian Anderson, said of him: "Willy Porter's music demonstrates admirably that the technical excellence of his guitar-playing will never overwhelm the essence of the song itself. In perfect symbiosis, the disciplines of performance and songwriting combine together to create the unique work for which he is admired by professional peers and audiences alike. Oh - and a damn fine singer too. Thank goodness he doesn't play the flute". Tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/320765 or call 07913 543124.

Sold out Saturday 3 October 2015 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin 3rd Album Launch - Embercombe, Higher Ashton, nr Exeter EX6 7QQ
Phillip and Hannah are launching their third studio album, Watershed, with the full Watershed band, at a stunning venue in the Haldon Hills. Come and join us at Embercombe's lovely Centre Fire barn for an evening of song, celebration, and good ale! www.philliphenryandhannahmartin.co.uk Tickets: www.wegottickets.com/event/316353.

3-8 October 2015 - Costa Del Folk - Costa Del Sol, Portugal
Why is this listed here? Because it's been recommended by a friend of Harberton Folk, and because it headlines Show of Hands and also includes (tbc) Seth Lakeman, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston and more, with principal compere Mike Harding. www.costadelfolk.co.uk

Saturday 10 October 2015 - Jackie Oates - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Her mellifluous voice and imaginatively plaintive fiddle style has won her several BBC Folk Awards during a 10-year recording career that began as a member of the nascent Unthanks and has continued with five acclaimed solo albums. Collaborations with Alasdair Roberts, Belinda O’Hooley and her brother Jim Moray on material that’s ranged from traditional ballads to eerie lullabies and rich contemporary songs, Jackie has earned fans beyond the folk scene she grew up in. Her music has featured on Lauren Laverne’s 6 Music show, alternative station XFM and even an upcoming episode of Midsomer Murders. And she was granted a rare honour by having a makeup product named after her by Lush cosmetics. To quote the illustrious Mojo magazine, “Jackie Oates enthrals.” See
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

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

Sunday 11 October 2015 - Faustus - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Nominated for the Best Group Award in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and in the wake of the latest album Broken Down Gentlemen, Faustus brings to the stage three of the leading lights of their generation: melodeon player Saul Rose (Waterson;Carthy, Whapweasel, War Horse), Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead) 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 representing the best in the current vibrant English folk scene. Rooted deeply in the English tradition, in 2007 they received a 75th Anniversary Award from the English Folk Dance and Song Society. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/faustus. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Sunday 11 October 2015 - Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers - Northcott Theatre, Exeter (map)
Thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums, mysterious masked choreography with inventive lighting, muscular synchronisation timed to perfection, post-apocalyptic martial imagery and infectious belly laugh humour - all in a spellbinding display of sheer athleticism. Feel the energy and experience the power of this unique performance. As the most successful touring taiko drum group on this continent, Mugenkyo celebrate their 21st year on the road, creating a contemporary look and sound, fusing the traditional spirit of taiko with a modern stage performance that has captivated audiences everywhere. www.taiko.co.uk. www.exeternorthcott.co.uk/mugenkyo-taiko-drummers.

Friday 16 October 2015 8pm - Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
With James Budden. Excellent young musicians and singers with songs and tunes steeped in the tradition. Tickets: £8 adv; £10 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Friday 16 October 2015 - Charlie Dore & Julian Littman - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated. Charlie's songs have been covered by the good and the great, including George Harrison, Tina Turner, Paul Carrack and Celine Dion, but her live concerts reveal that actually she keeps the best songs for herself. She will be appearing with the talented multi instrumentalist Julian Littman (Steeleye Span) at her side, constantly swapping guitars, harmonies, mandolin, ukulele and Indian harmonium between them, and creating a much bigger soundscape than would seem possible with just two players. Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!charlie-dore/cgaz. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

Saturday 17 October 2015 - Songdog - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Support: Nibs van de Spuy. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

Saturday 17 October 2015 - The Willows - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Seated. Folk band from Cambridge. Their first album Beneath Our Humble Soil was nominated for Best Debut in the Spiral Earth Awards 2014, and has been championed by the likes of Bob Harris and Mike Harding. The much anticipated follow-up Amidst Fiery Skies, co-produced with Sean Lakeman will be released on 6th October. Fronted by the breathtaking vocals of Jade Rhiannon, supported by rich vocal harmonies and dynamic acoustic musicianship the band take influence from folk traditions on both sides of the Atlantic.Full details, ticketing, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!the-willows/c1xh4. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

Sunday 18 October 2015 8pm - John Kirkpatrick - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
John Kirkpatrick is one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, performing solo, in duos, acoustic groups and electric bands. With an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso and session musician he is considered a leading interpreter of English folk music. As songwriter, composer, choreographer and musical director, he has contributed to over sixty plays in the theatre and on radio. www.johnkirkpatrick.co.uk. £10 adv/£12 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Sunday 25 October 2015 - Jon Gomm - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

Saturday 31 October 2015 8pm - Martyn Joseph - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other. He’s a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”. www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/martyn-joseph.

Tuesday 3 November 2015 8pm - Ralph McTell - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Ralph McTell celebrates 50 years as a professional musician and this quintessential English singer-songwriter-guitarist is back on tour. Ralph’s shows feature beautifully crafted narrative songs combined with dexterous, finger-style guitar playing and evocative storytelling and will of course include the Ivor Novello award winning “Streets Of London”. www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/ralph-mctell-autumn-tour-2015.

Friday 6 November 2015 - Sam Lee - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
See www.calstockhall.com for details and tickets.

Friday 6 November 2015 - Calan - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Calan bring together the remarkable talents of 5 young musicians giving a fresh and vibrant sound to traditional Welsh music. With a contemporary and lively approach, they breathe new life into the old traditions through their sparkling melodies, foot tapping tunes and spirited and energetic performances of Welsh step dancing. They blast their way through some of the old favourite reels, jigs and hornpipes with fast paced and uplifting arrangements before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs. Aside from the runaway jigs and reels, we're also treated to Bethan Rhiannon singing (in Welsh)... and creating a beautiful sound. ...A group of musicians with a bright future ahead of them." Songlines. See
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for details.

Saturday 7 November 2015 - Ruarri Joseph - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
details tba See

Sunday 8 November 2015 8pm - Mick Ryan's: A Day's Work - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Mick Ryan has written and performed many successful folk operas. This revival of A Day’s Work (first performed in 1995) shows his mastery of words, music and the spoken word. It is about the move by a group of farm workers from the land to the Western front in the first world war and features Paul Downes, Heather Bradford, Pete Morton, Matt Quinn, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar. £12 adv/£14 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Sunday 8 November 2015 - Cara Dillon - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Possessing a rare and unique voice that has been lauded since her very beginnings winning the All Ireland singing trophy aged only 14. Together with her husband and musical partner, Sam Lakeman, she has succesfully steered an eclectic musical path defying the typical pigeonholes that hinder most artists in her genre. Celebrated for entwining traditional and contemporary elements she has earned both commercial success and astonishing critical acclaim. Recent years have seen her return wholeheartedly to her Irish roots creating fresh interpretations of traditional standards with stunning results. Her reach is truly global with fans to be found all over the world with her clear, Northern Irish voice even seducing giants such as Disney who, in 2010, asked her to sing the title song to the animated movie “Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue”. She’s won countless awards and accolades including “Album Of The Year” at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Box office 01822 611166. http://www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2546_cara_dillon.

Wednesday 11 November 2015 7.30pm - Eddi Reader - Exeter Corn Exchange (map)
Eddi Reader was brought into the limelight with Fairground Attraction and their single 'Perfect' and parent album First of a Million Kisses which both topped the British charts. However, it has been her subsequent solo albums which signalled her increasing ability to assimilate different musical styles and make them all very much her own. From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings to joyous life all forms of song and what sets Reader apart is the depth and quality of the emotional performance; her ability not only to move the listener but to connect her experience to that of her audience. Her rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism combine with an astute and pragmatic nature to make her a unique and powerful figure in contemporary British music. She has effortlessly developed into one of popular music's most thrilling and affecting performers. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15416.

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

Friday 13 November 2015 - Tobias Ben Jacob - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Devon based alternative singer-songwriter whose new EP 'The St Sidwells Session' was recorded live on location at a Grade II listed church in Exeter. The EP release was followed up with a sterling performance at this years Glastonbury Festival. Recent live performances have been testament to a renewed vitality and honesty in the material, and an increasing creative mastery in the vocals and acoustic guitar work. Prior to going solo Tobias played in 'The Roots Union' alongside Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin (winners of Best Duo at the BBC Folk Awards.) More details www.wegottickets.com/event/325695. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Saturday 14 November 2015 - Bellowhead: The Farewell Tour - Princess Theatre, Torquay
Tickets may still be available at www.atgtickets.com/shows/bellowhead-the-farewell-tour/princess-theatre-torquay.

Sunday 15 November 2015 7.30pm - Gigspanner - Brixham Theatre, TQ5 8TA (map)
details tba

Sunday 15 November 2015 - Lau - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Since their debut album in 2007 Lau have picked up four Best Group awards at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and the individual members have all won multiple awards and recognition for their acclaimed solo works. Lau comprises Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) and together they continue to effortlessly bridge the seemingly diametrically opposed worlds of acoustic folk tradition and electronica. This tour follows the release of a new album. www.lau-music.co.uk. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/lau.

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

Friday 20 November 2015 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
BBC Folk Award 2013 winners for Best Duo. Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers. `Nuff said!  Tickets: £12 adv; £14 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

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

Saturday 21 November 2015 - Sharon Shannon Duo - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Sharon Shannon has music at her fingertips....literally! The accordionist from Ireland has achieved legendary status throughout the world and has made the much-maligned accordion 'cool' in her home country. Sharon has recorded and toured with a who's who of the Irish and Global Music Industry, including Bono, Adam Clayton, Sinead O’Connor, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Steve Earle, The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Willie Nelson, Nigel Kennedy, Alisson Krauss and Shane MacGowan - a list that is testament to Sharon's versatility as well as talent. The genre-defying star has had multi-platinum album sales and has had several number one albums, singles and DVDs in her home country including Diamond Mountain Sessions, Live at Dolans and the phenomenal Steve Earle penned The Galway Girl with Irish rock singer Mundy which won a Meteor Award for most downloaded track two years in succession. The album of the same name was No.1 in the Irish charts for 4 weeks and has now achieved quadruple platinum status in Ireland! Tickets etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/326362.

Monday 23 November 2015 - Steeleye Span - Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Taunton
The only West-Country date on this tour. Details www.tauntontheatre.org.uk/show-list/8-forthcoming/158-20151123-steeleye.html.

Tuesday 24 November 2015 - Lynched - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Lynched are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material. Box office 01822 611166. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2547_lynched.

Friday 27 November 2015 - Roving Crows - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Roving Crows are an original must-see act, with roots in Folk and Celtic music. Renowned for their high-energy live performance, their shows pull together funked up traditional tunes and catchy original song. Think powerful Celtic undertones and intoxicating tribal rhythms. The band comprises fiddle, guitar, bass, percussion and vocals. Band of the Year - FATEA Music Awards 2014. Best Live Act – Spiral Earth Music Awards 2014. Best Folk Act - Exposure Music Awards 2012. “Really individual Celtic folk rock group” Mike Harding. www.wegottickets.com/event/326737.

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

Saturday 28 November 2015 - 3 Daft Monkeys - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (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! So d come along and dance yourself silly in support of community radio station Phonic FM! Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/3-daft-monkeys. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Saturday 28 November 2015 - Martin Simpson - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
See www.calstockhall.com for details and tickets.

Sunday 29 November 2015 7.30pm - Martin Simpson - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
Box office: 01805 624624 www.theploughartscentre.org.uk.

Sunday 29 November 2015 - The High Kings - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
The High Kings, the true heirs of Ireland’s folk heritage, are the most exciting Irish folk group to come along in years. Comprising Brian Dunphy, Finbarr Clancy, Martin Furey and Darren Holden, they are all Internationally acclaimed singers of Irish folk songs. A quartet of accomplished musical pedigrees, the band first exploded onto the Irish folk music scene in 2008. They have sold out hundreds of shows, in Ireland, the UK, Germany and the US, made numerous TV appearances and achieved multi platinum status. The High Kings showcase their incredible versatility and skills as multi-instrumentalists, playing 13 instruments between the four of them, bringing a rousing acoustic flavour to brand new songs as well as some old favourites. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/the-high-kings. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Saturday 5 December 2015 - Martin Harley - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Martin Harley is a phenomenally talented guitarist, singer and songwriter he fronts the highly praised UK-based acoustic trio; The Martin Harley Band. Martin is a deeply important and respected voice in the evolution of popular blues and folk oriented guitar and vocals. A life long devotee of acoustic guitar music, especially the ageless blues/roots sounds, Martin has travelled the globe absorbing a plethora of diverse influences and honing his craft into the classic song-writing style he possesses today. Renowned for his prowess as a slide guitarist, he is almost unique in the UK in his playing lap slide. In other areas and styles, however, he has proved himself a master guitarist and a consistently astounding songwriter. Look for Martin’s videos “Winter Coat” and “Love In the Afternoon”, and a live version of the new single “Mojo Fix” taken from the new album of the same name. Samples www.martinharley.com/music. Details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/martin-harley.

Sunday 6 December 2015 8pm - Belshazzar’s Feast - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Belshazzar’s Feast start with traditional folk music, add a touch of classical and jazz, throw in a bit of pop and music hall, and top it off with wry humour. Singer, oboist and violinist Paul Sartin performs and records with Bellowhead and Faustus while accordionist Paul Hutchinson is well known from his work with Hoover the Dog, Karen Tweed and the Playford Liberation Front. www.belshazzarsfeast.com. £12 adv/£14 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Sunday 6 December 2015 8pm - Bookends' Tribute to Simon & Garfunkle - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Dan Haynes and Pete Richards perform the UK’s finest tribute to the music of American folk duo Simon and Garfunkel. www.tavistockwharf.com.

Monday 7 December 2015 - The Changing Room - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Five piece original folk band based in Cornwall. Heavily influenced by the industrial heritage of Cornwall, the Looe-based band are ambassadors for collaboration and social singing. Their award-winning songs feature rousing choruses and catchy hooks that will keep you swaying and humming all week. Accordion, guitar, bodhran, harp and banjo plus world-class vocals deliver a winning combination, and unique sound. The phenomenally busy Sam Kelly and Tanya Brittain will be joined on stage by Jamie Francis (Stark), Evan Carson (The Willows) and harpist Morrigan Palmer-Brown for a two week sweep of the UK this winter.
Tickets etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/325698. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Tuesday 8 December 2015 - Folk at the Brewery Winter Session - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village, Newton St Cyres EX5 5AE
Featuring Hanlons' Half Hour with local performers, guest MC, doors 7.30pm. £5 to include entry, pint and pasty. Info 01363 82621.

Details tbc Thursday 10 December 2015 - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ (map)
St Agnes Fountain are about to embark on their 15th consecutive sell-out Christmas tour. Since their first get together, to record the eponymous St Agnes Fountain album in 2001, the quartet of founder, David Hughes; Fairport Convention's Chris Leslie and 2009's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Duo, Chris While and Julie Matthews, have brought musical invention and laughter to the star-dust atmosphere of the season. "The Aggies" recorded their 8th album (12 years of Christmas) in 2012 again combining new versions of classic Christmas carols, original compositions and one or two fun surprises. Although the albums accompany the putting up of a thousand Christmas trees throughout Britain, it is, without question, their magical live performances that have endeared them to an ever-growing audience (tickets were again being sold for this year's tour as the curtain fell last year). They hope to bring you, this December in their fifteenth year, more of their sparkling musicianship, humour and heartful renditions of your favourite Christmas tunes both original and those you know so well (or thought you did). Christmas, as they say, starts with St Agnes Fountain. Tickets ?? from www.wegotticketscom. Tel. 01626 xxxxxx

Saturday 12 December 2015 7.30pm - Fotheringay - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
The line-up is the original founding members Jerry Donahue on Guitar, Gerry Conway on Drums, Pat Donaldson on bass with very special guests PJ Wright filling Trevor Lucas shoes, Kathryn Roberts and Sally Barker respectfully filling the shoes of Sandy Denny and providing silky smooth and harmonious vocals. Box office: 01805 624624 www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

Sunday 13 December 2015 - Glorious Chorus - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
This acclaimed Devon-based performance choir and its unique brand of music includes members from all over south Devon and has performed in recent years at Port Eliot, Glastonbury and Isle of Wight festivals as well as being finalists at Charles Hazlewood’s inaugural Orchestra in a Field choir competition.
Tickets etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/325701. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Saturday 19 December 2015 - Seth Lakeman & Band - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Seated. www.plymouthpavilions.com.

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

Wednesday 27 January 2016 - Oysters3 - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Oysterband as you don’t know them… Up close and personal: 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 not-entirely-discreet stories – an insight into their history, sometimes turbulent, often funny, with great songs from every era of a unique career. “The idea arose from Sidmouth and Shrewsbury Festivals recently asking us to do ‘something different’ as well as the regular Oysterband style of concert. We more or less improvised the show and it went down a storm – and we wondered how on earth we’d never thought of doing this before!”. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/oysters3. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Friday 19 February 2016 - Kodo - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Based on Sado Island in Japan, Kodo, Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble, made its debut in 1981, at the Berlin Festival. Since then, they have vigorously worked with many taiko drums in all shapes and forms as well as other traditional instruments and tour extensively across five continents. www.plymouthpavilions.com.

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

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