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Harberton Cricket Club presents
Friday 29 April 2016 7.30pm - Gigspanner 'Big Band' - Harberton Parish Hall, Harberton, nr Totnes
Gigspanner 'Big Band' = Peter Knight, Roger Flack, Vincent Salzfas, Phillip Henry, Hannah Martin
Separately, Gigspanner (Peter Knight, fiddle; Roger Flack, guitar; Vincent Salzfas, percussion) and BBC 2014 Folk Awards Best Duo Phillip Henry (slide guitar and harmonica) & Hannah Martin (fiddle) have already built massive reputations for fantastic music, but put all five brilliant musicians together on the same stage - at the same time! – and you have an incredibly special treat in store from the Gigspanner 'Big Band'. Doors and real ale bar open at 6.45pm. Real ale bar supplied by The Bay Horse Inn, Totnes. Tickets £16.50, student/U18 £12. A fully seated event (unreserved seating). Click here for ticketing options. Presented as a fundraiser by Harberton Cricket Club, supported by Harberton Folk.

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

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I'm trying a new system in an effort to simplify compilation of the email circulars which are based on the following diary dates. Accordingly,
NEW
-  items marked thus below means that they have not yet appeared (in full) in an e-circular.
UPDATED - items marked thus means that they have been updated since an original listing in an e-circular.

NEW Thursday 11 February 2016 8pm - Singers night - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
After last month's brilliant (and very well attended) performance by Charlie & Emma the idea of putting on a long spot by talented local performance at the end of singers nights will be continued this time, To finish off the evening we have an extended spot from 2 extremely talented local performers, Susie Trezise & Martin Cornelius form the duo * Orinoco*, with Susie on harp and vocals and Martin on mandochello and guitar and vocals they certainly hit the right spot with audiences. See www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxHGH2HY-I0. Entry £2 non performers £1 performers. More information from Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

Thursday 11 February 2016 8pm - Various notable local musicians - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
Paul Rossiter continues his series of enterprising Crabshell concerts with a free evening of fine locally flavoured music from CQLO, Jane's and Gill's, The Storm UK, The Whalers and Crabshell Quay Light Orchestra. No need to book; just get yourselves seated ready for the Eight o’Clock start. Details at www.shamstrad.co.uk where you’ll also find plenty of other local music happenings.

Thursday 11 February 2016 8pm - P Town Free Folk Duo - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
The remarkable talents of young Jack Tucker and Alice Gullik at their first headline B-Bar gig. Ones to watch this year, expect a full band show from them in the summer. Not to be missed we reckon! £2 or free to B-Card holders. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Balagan Café Band
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
The Balagan Café Band is an eclectic chamber group marrying jazz, classical and related music from all over the world. Whether its the Gypsy Jazz, Medieval music, Balkan folk music or the band’s own atmospheric originals, the Balagan Café Band aim to bring keen musicianship, infectious rhythms and a sense of joy and fire to everything they play this is music for the ears, heart and feet! With Richard Jones on Violin, Christian Miller on Guitar and Shirley Smart on Cello, this event is for everyone who enjoys music, and is interested in hearing a wide variety of different styles and traditions. www.balagancafeband.org
Wednesday 10 February 2016 - South Milton Village Hall TQ7 3JG
Thursday 11 February 2016 - Cheriton Bishop Village Hall EX6 6JA
Friday 12 February 2016 - Brentor Village Hall PL19 0LZ
Saturday 13 February 2016 - Gittisham Village Hall EX14 3AU

Friday 12 February 2016 - Steve Knightley: All At Sea - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
As if being one half of the most acclaimed duo in UK folk, Show of Hands, Steve Knightley is a phenomenal solo performer and songwriter. He has now turned his attention to maritime venues around the shoreline of England and Wales. His new show is called "All at Sea" and Steve says "As a West Country songwriter I have written so many songs of Seafarers, Pirates and Smugglers. Now I'm able to sing them with sound of the sea in the distance.” Tickets £18, £5 U18s from www.theflavel.org.uk or 01803 839530.
Steve has further local 'All At Sea' dates at Topsham (Sunday 20/2), Calstock (Wednesday 24/2), Widecombe (Thursday 17/3) - details on www.steveknightley.co.uk.

Friday 12 February 2016 7.30pm - Contra Dance - St Katherine's Priory, Exeter EX4 7JY (map)
Caller: Jeremy Child. A monthly series of Contra Dances. Cost £4 per person. Beginners welcome. Using recorded music from your favourite English bands as well as some of the top American Contra Bands. Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at
www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

Friday 12 February 2016 - Café Culture - Thrive Café, Arcturus Centre, Fore Street, Totnes
Finally, for the moment, next month's Cafe Culture will be on Friday, 12th February, when we welcome a selection of the poets included in the Poets for a Liminal Age anthology, which is in aid of Medicins Sans Frontiere. Also included with be a mini launch of Graham Burchell's new poetry book, Cottage Pi, from the same publisher, and music from the exceptional blues guitarist Phil Gravett. Hosts: Simon and Susan tel. 01364 631308.

Friday 12 February 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Sam Hill - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
One of our first ever Gallery Bar Special performers back in 2010, veteran Scottish singer songwriter Sam Hill Jr is back on the road promoting his latest album. Sam’s music nods towards bluegrass and folk but is hard to put into any one box. With his rich, warm, distinctive voice, he performs from the heart. “From early on as a songwriter I was drawn towards John Prine, Neil Young, John Martyn, Paul Simon and Randy Newman, but I’ve never had the desire to write in any one genre or to sound like someone else”.
www.samhilljr.co.uk. Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to Sam please. Details www.calstockarts.org.

Sold out Friday 12 February 2016 8pm - Jim Causley - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
More details etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk.

Saturday 13 February 2016 8pm - Tom McConville - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Support: Nigel Sture & Les Noden. Tom is a father figure among folk fiddlers. Winner of BBC2’s Folk Musician of the Year, and he has worked with virtually everyone who is anyone in Folk Music. A fantastic fiddler (a major influence on Seth Lakeman), a sweet singer, and a renowned Tynesider. Nigel and Les are stalwarts of the Devon folk scene, marvellous musicians and singers, and a fine compliment to Tom. £12, adv or concs £10. For info call Hugh Diamond 01626 775517 or email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com.
Teignmouth Folk Concerts 2016 programme www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk:
12 March - Martin Carthy (+ Dick Miles)
9 April - Alistair Anderson
14 May - The Wilson Family (+ Andy Clarke)
11 June - Paul Metsers (+ Amanda Diamond & Eddie Wheaton)
13 August - Geoff Lakeman
10 September - Sally Barker
10 December - QuickSilver

Saturday 13 February 2016 8pm - Reg Meuross - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5JN (map)
After 10 album releases Reg Meuross has returned to the solo format which inspired him to write and sing in the first place. December is a collection of 10 of the most beautiful songs which go straight to the heart and we are delighted that Reg has chosen to do his first album preview gig at Hope Hall. Many will know award winner Reg for the extraordinary intimacy of his live solo performances, and it’s the countless requests at these unique events for ‘the one that sounds just like what we’ve just heard’ that have inspired the production of this distinctive and entirely solo album of new songs. www.regmeuross.com. Tickets £10. Contact sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk or 07508 169049. Tea and coffee available. BYO alcohol. No wheelchair access.

Saturday 13 February 2016 - Andy Quick & Full Band - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Doors 7pm. Andy has performed at the UK's major festivals and showcases his feisty and uplifting back catalogue with the help of his band of virtuoso performers. Expect soaring arrangements and clap your hands, feel good music from the Land of the Giants and Flying Orchestra front man. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email world.unlimited@o2.co.uk to book without a fee.

Sunday 14 February 2016 7.30pm - Fay Hield and the Hurricane Party - Tavistock Wharf (map)
A singer who seems to have been born knowing how to carry a tune but with the rarer gift of knowing how to go straight to the heart of a song. Fay has played with Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron since touring her first solo album, Looking Glass. The trio line up expanded for Orfeo in 2012 to include Andy Cutting and Roger Wilson and, for Old Adam in 2016, Ben Nicholls and Toby Kearney have been added to the mix. All the musicians sing and play a variety of instruments and they’re involved for their approach to music-making and flare for bouncing off each other as much as for what they play. Fay’s partner Jon Boden also features on the albums, and there are guest appearances from Martin Simpson. The Hurricane Party is a movable feast, seeking to reinvigorate old songs and then take them out to reach new ears.
www.fayhield.com. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2674_fay_hield.

Sunday 14 February 2016 8pm - Peter Knight's Gigspanner - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Legendary fiddle player Peter Knight joined by Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on percussion explore traditional music and song and their related themes with energy, brilliance and spontaneity. www.gigspanner.com. £14 adv/£16 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Friday 19 February 2016 7.30pm - Ceilidh with Teigny Lastic Band - Teignmouth Rugby Club, Bitton Park Road, Teignmouth TQ14 9DQ
Caller Joan Holloway. Charity fundraiser for Teignmouth Refugee Support. Tickets (include hot supper) £10 / £12 door. £5 U15s. Tickets available from Teign Hardware, Brunswick Street, Teignmouth. Further details from Fran on 01626 770318 or 07812 013488

Friday 19 February 2016 7.30pm - Small Town Jones - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Jim Jones aka Small town Jones, has in the past played support slots to Ray Davies, Ethan Johns, Damien Jurado & Sara Watkins to name a few and the title track of his last album “Freightships was played on Radio 2. “Night Full Of Ghosts” the first single of his new album “Sky down to the ground” also received airplay on BBC Radio 2, while his honest style of songwriting and soulful acoustic sound has earned him praise from the likes of Ray Davies and Ivor Novello Award winner Iain Archer. “Songs of unpretentious honesty - like a British Ron Sexsmith” - Dec 2015 – UNCUT. www.smalltownjones.com. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk.

Final night at the Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club (see below)
Friday 19 February 2016 8pm - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - Ley Arms Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter EX6 7UW (map)
Two of the British Folk scene's most accomplished performers. Miranda Sykes is known as the third member and double bass player/singer of Show Of Hands, since 2004. Apart from her excellent double bass playing she also plays guitar and has a superb soulful voice. She is a fine interpreter of many genres of music. Rex Preston is a real master of the mandolin with his flamboyant and inventive playing style. He also plays Bouzouki plus vocal accompaniment. www.sykespreston.com. Support: Nine Pound Catfish (featuring Ian Gardner, Jane Gardner & Graham Butterfield). Tickets: £11 adv; £13 door, info / ticket reservations contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family). Info / ticket enquiries contact leyarmsfolk@hotmail.co.uk or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Friday 19 February 2016 8pm - Clive Carroll - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll’s masterful compositions, coupled with his versatility and unparalleled technical virtuosity, have rendered him one of today’s most admired and respected guitarists. He is an outstanding musician and entertainer and we are thrilled to have booked him for Milverton. He has played with and collaborated with a who’s who of Acoustic guitarists both in the UK and Internationally. This will be an amazing evening. Call 01823 400416 or email milvertonmusic@f2s.com to book your tickets. Doors 7.30pm. Bar. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

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.

Friday 19 February 2016 8pm - d'Accord Exeter - Ide Memorial Hall, Fore Street, Ide, Nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
French & Breton dance and music. 8pm The Drones Club; 9pm; 9.15pm Fraich Airs with dances taught by Carrie & Jenny; 9.45pm Bal/Fest Noz with Fraich Airs. Beginners Welcome. Doors 7.45pm. Contacts: email daccordexeter9@gmail.com), tel. 01392 811593. www.daccordexeter.co.uk.

Saturday 20 February 2016 - Steve Knightley: All At Sea - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Steve's new one-man show. Online tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/335913. Tel 01392 879107 (?, The Topsham Society)
. Steve has further local 'All At Sea' dates at Calstock (Wednesday 24/2), Widecombe (sold out Thursday 17/3) - All details on www.steveknightley.co.uk.

Saturday 20 February 2016 7.45pm - Exmouth Shanty Men with Sidmouth Town Band - Manor Pavilion Theatre, Manor Road Sidmouth EX10 8RP
Tickets £10 from the Theatre Box Office Tel 01395 514413 (10-2 Mon-Sat). A shared evening concert for the Sidmouth Lions and raising funds for "Headway Devon”.

Saturday 20 February 2016 8pm - The Living Tradition - Royal Seven Stars, The Plains, Totnes TQ9 5DD
A concert celebrating Devonshire music: with Moor Music Trio, Andy Clarke, Maggie Duffy, Mariners Away, Ross Causley
Devon-born and bred Andy Clarke is a professional musician and singer who delights in the songs of his native county, particularly those collected by Dartmoor squarson and polymath, Sabine Baring-Gould. Maggie Duffy has been a well-known performer in the South Devon area for many years, her songwriting being particularly inspired by the area in which she lives. Mariners Away maritime singers come from the middle of Dartmoor, taking their name from the old track, Mariners Way, from Bideford to Dartmouth, and will be contributing shanties collected from John Perring of Dartmouth. Moor Music Trio are Mark Bazeley (melodeon & concertina), Jason Rice (piano accordion) and Rob Murch (banjo), traditional Dartmoor musicians who have been playing since they were children, inheriting the tunes and style from their family predecessors. Lively and skilled, they’re much in demand both locally and further afield. A proud Devonian from Pinhoe, Ross Causley is known at singarounds around the county for his humorous and unique interpretation of West Country songs, both traditional and contemporary. He also has a couple of quite famous relatives… So a real mixed bag to show just how vibrant our local traditions are! Tickets £8 (£5 members) available in adv from Tom & Barbara Brown on 01271 882366 or online www.wegottickets.com/event/345637.

Saturday 20 February 2016 - Jennifer Crook Trio - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Doors 7pm. ”Musically, I think ’Carnforth Station’ presents me in a more authentic way than my previous recordings” says the singer songwriter, composer and noted harpist Jennifer Crook. ”It draws on so much of my musical history and diverse influences (elements of trad Irish, bluegrass and alt country), and yet there is an overall coherence to it, as well as an honesty in both the performances and the songwriting that I feel we have really been able to capture on this record”. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email world.unlimited@o2.co.uk to book without a fee.

Saturday 20 February 2016 7.30pm - Holly Ebony and Hearth - Community Space at St John the Baptist Church, Littlehempston TQ9 6LY
Singer-songwriter Holly Ebony www.hollyebony.com hosts a cosy night out filled with solace and song to warm your cockles on a cold winter night. In addition to Holly's evocative and powerful songs, we are thrilled to introduce sensational new vocal trio Hearth, featuring Fran André, Faith Burch and Holly Ebony - all showstopping soloists in their own right whose voices combine into something sublime! With luxuriant under-floor heating, this beautiful and characterful little rural church will become our home for the evening, with chai and treats to ensure you are wholly nourished, body and soul! Doors 7pm. Entry £7 (cash only, booking advised). Info/tickets contact holly.ebony@live.co.uk. Car park.

Sunday 21 February 2016 7.45pm - John Kirkpatrick - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
An icon of English folk music, John has been a member of the Albion Band, Steeleye Span, Richard Thompson Band, Brass Monkey, etc, having featured on over 200 recordings. Best known as a squeezebox virtuoso (melodeon, anglo concertina, button accordion), he is also a songwriter, composer, choreographer and musical director.
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 21 February 2016 7.30pm - Sidmouth Acoustic Sessions: Ange Hardy - St Teresa’s Hall, Connaught Road, Sidmouth EX10 8TT (map)
Nominated for the Horizon Award for best emerging talent at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Ange Hardy is a folk singer, songwriter and recording artist from West Somerset, England. Ange performs original contemporary songs written in a traditional style with an emphasis on vocal harmony. Shortly after winning FATEA Female Vocalist of the Year award in January 2014 she was referred to by veteran folk broadcaster Mike Harding as “one of the bright stars of the new wave of folk singers” Heralded by The Telegraph as “one of Britain’s top folk musicians” for her five star Ange is currently touring with three different guitars, a bag of low whistles, a bodhrán drum, a tambourine, a 27-string Salvi Harp and a shruti box. Combined with her innovative use of live looping for vocal harmonies she’s one of the most diverse solo-artists you're likely to encounter. Licensed bar. Tickets £10 door, £8(+) advance from www.wegottickets.com/event/348215or Paragon Books, High St., Sidmouth.

Wednesday 24 February 2016 - Steve Knightley: All At Sea - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Steve's new one-man show. All details on www.steveknightley.co.uk.
Steve has further local 'All At Sea' dates at Widecombe (Thursday 17/3) - details on the website.

Wednesday 24 February 2016 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
After nearly 50 years on the road Fairport Convention, the originators of British folk-rock music, remains one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene. This year's Spring Tour presents a more intimate take on the band's repertoire. This concert will showcase brand new songs and tunes from the band's 2015 album Myths And Heroes. - however, favourites from the band's back catalogue will not be forgotten. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15507.

Thursday 25 February 2016 - Turin Brakes - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing.
Turin Brakes return to Exeter Phoenix with the release of their seventh studio album. With a UK top 5 hit to their name and over 1 million records sold worldwide, these folk rockers are a force to be reckoned with. www.turinbrakes.com. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/turin-brakes. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Thursday 25 February 2016 8pm - Austin Lucas and Adam Faucett - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
A double dose of peerless Americana from neo - bluegrass Texas punk Austin Lucas, a man for whom the phrase 'wearing your heart on your sleeve', might have been written. Expect haunted country songs emanating from the mouth of a man who knows about long nights on the road and constant heartache, but for whom the joy of redemption is only a beer away. www.austinlucasmusic.com. Compared to Gordon Lightfoot, Arkansas singer Adam Faucett has the voice of an angel that's been set on fire, and the look and soul of a feral biker. www.adamfaucett.com. Promises to be an interesting evening for sure. Tickets £12 adv from the Bridge 01392 873862, door £14.

James Findlay Trio
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
James Findlay won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2010. His amazing voice and distinctive guitar and fiddle playing stood out among a very strong group of contenders. In a short space of time James has developed a strong stage presence all of his own. He’s warmly charismatic with that sparkle of personality that draws a crowd along with him. Besides the Young Folk Award, James had also been a winner in the ‘New Roots’ national competition in 2008. James’s guitar playing style shows an obvious influence from English folk guitarist Nic Jones, whose music formed a soundtrack to the Findlay household in his formative years. Martin Carthy’s rhythmic, percussive accompanying technique became a template from which James has evolved his own unique and highly accomplished style. Likewise, Dave Swarbrick has been a formative figure in James’s fiddle playing. James is joined in his trio by the multi-instrumental talents of John Dyer and Alfie Gidley to offer an outstanding evenings entertainment. www.jamesfindlay.co.uk.
Thursday 25 February 2016 - Combeinteignhead Village Hall TQ12 4RG
Friday 26 February 2016 - Scoriton Village Hall TQ11 0JB
Saturday 27 February 2016 - Bradninch Guildhall EX5 4NN
Sunday 28 February 2016 - Throwleigh Village Hall EX20 2JA

Friday 26 February 2016 7.15pm - Crow Puppets - River Cottage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3QQ
Crow Puppets are a Devon based female duo who perform homespun folk. They sing close harmonies and blend 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 of songwriting, which cultivates memories of forgotten landscapes and rugged terrain. www.crowpuppets.com.

Friday 26 February 2016 8pm - Angel Snow and Matthew Perryman Jones - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
A special double header from two rootsy US singer-songwriters who have recently been making waves in their native country. Angel Snow toured the UK last year and knocked audiences out with her dynamite voice and her songs - two of which have been covered by bluegrass legend, Alison Krauss. Matthew Perryman Jones was described by American Songwriter magazine as having a “...voice that ensnares listeners with a rare authenticity and gritty strength”, while Performing Songwriter Magazine went even further noting Jones as a talent that follows “in the footsteps of Leonard Cohen and John Lennon.”  Tickets £12 adv from the venue tel. 01803 328290, or online www.wegottickets.com/event/347900.

Friday 26 February 2016 8pm - Luke Daniels: Revolve and Rotate - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Luke is one of the UK’s most gifted and inventive musicians, forging a reputation as front man in his own right and as a virtuoso melodeon player for Ian Anderson, De Dannan, Riverdance and The Cara Dillon Band. Luke’s latest project, Revolve and Rotate, is a suite of six new 100 second pieces played on a c1880 Polyphon machine, combined with live performance. The extraordinary music created by this perfect alignment of musical creativity and Victorian master engineering remains a vital chapter in the development of British popular music. Mass produced in varying sizes for a European market between 1880 and 1914 by the company that became Deutsche Grammophon, the Polyphon’s success owed much to traditional dance tunes that were arranged concentrically on its large steel discs for mass public consumption and represented the democratisation of British Folk music. www.lukedanielsmusic.com.

Friday 26 February 2016 - Nessi Gomes & The John Langan Band - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map).
Info, samples www.nessigomesmusic.com and www.thejohnlanganband.com. Cafe etc open 6.30pm. Tickets on sale at Sacks Wholefoods in Totnes, or on the door if still available. Online booking available, see  www.acoustichaven.co.uk. Acoustic Haven is a community music night run by volunteers.

Saturday 27 February 2016 - Martha Tilston - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Her new tour is a sparky union of folk, acoustic, trip-hop and electronica. With her longtime collaborators and musicians Matt Tweed and Matt Kelly, among others they entwine raw vocals, sparkling melodies and thoughtprovoking lyrics with filmic movements and earthy baselines. To see them live is to connect with longed-for parts of ourselves… ‘Martha Tilston has carved her niche with sharp, original songs that dissect the modern world. It is an engrossing set.. She captures both the harshness and enchantment of life, with the salt of sea air almost palpable.’ The Guardian ‘Sit down with a cup of chai tea and let her silky voice wash over you.’ The Independent. See
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email world.unlimited@o2.co.uk to book without a fee.

Saturday 27 February 2016 - Luke Daniels - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Luke Daniels’ talents as a singer-songwriter are becoming widely recognised. Immaculate acoustic guitar playing and insightful, honest lyrics exploring love, life, doubt and faith and the idea that happiness and hope spring from what we have in common, rather than what we can acquire as individuals. Currently a regular member of The Cara Dillon Band. Daniels is one of the UK’s most gifted and inventive musicians and having found a new identity as a songwriter/folk vigilante, is excited to be taking his contemporary acoustic folk in a new direction. ‘Exceptional songwriting and intricate guitar work’ Songlines; ‘Virtuoso melodeon music’ Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio 2. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/luke-daniels.
Pre-concert talk and demonstration of original Polyphon music device (c. 1880) from 6pm:.Revolve and Rotate is a suite of 6 new 100 sec pieces composed by Luke (played via six 19 5/8″ discs with live performance combined) as a unique way of augmenting his solo shows and festival appearances this year. Via a partnership with Renaissance Discs, the UK’s leading restorer of mechanical music machines, Luke has developed a new method of “programming” electronic music from midi files onto standard 19 5/8″ discs for original Polyphon machines. These concentrically arranged pieces run at 1.4 rpm and hold around one hundred seconds of music for each revolution.

Saturday 27 February 2016 7pm - Plymouth Morris Men's 46th Annual Ceilidh with Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - Woolwell Community Centre, Plymouth PL6 7TR (map)
Tickets £8 include a pasty. Booking details on www.plymouthmorrismen.org.uk.

Saturday 27 February 2016 - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - Plymouth Albion Rugby Club, Brickfields Recreation Ground, 25 Damerel Close, Plymouth PL1 4NE
Doors 7pm. A great evening's entertainment to raise funds for Plymouth Samaritans. www.bluejewel.info. Ceilidh and a hog roast. The event takes place in the Midas Marquee. Tickets £15 can be reserved by contacting Andy on 07973 442186 or by email chairman@plymouthsamaritans.org.uk.

Sunday 28 February 2016 - Will Varley - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Rambling folk singer Will Varley is gearing up for the release of his third album Postcards From Ursa Minor, a master-class in song-writing that pushes the boundaries of the ‘one man and a guitar’ format. From rowdy drinking songs with sprawling chaotic arrangements to his sparse solo performances he covers a range of subjects with his trademark sprinkling of social commentary, politics and wry humour. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/will-varley. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Sunday 28 February 2016 - Boo Hewerdine & Findlay Napier - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
The multi talented but charmingly modest Boo Hewerdine brings his wonderful songs, sweet guitar playing and singing and his self deprecating humour back to Kingskerswell along with Findlay Napier one of the most highly-regarded performers and creative forces on the Scottish music scene – thoroughly active and truly energised with a heart-warming zing. ‘Findlay Napier is one of the finest writers and performers I have ever met. We made his album VIP together. Probably the most rewarding creative experience I have had for a long time. I can promise that between us we will be almost ridiculously entertaining!’ Boo Hewerdine. See
www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email world.unlimited@o2.co.uk to book without a fee.

Monday 29 February 2016 7.15pm - Crow Puppets - Bread and Roses, 62, Ebrington Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF
Crow Puppets are a Devon based female duo who perform homespun folk. They sing close harmonies and blend 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 of songwriting, which cultivates memories of forgotten landscapes and rugged terrain. www.crowpuppets.com. Free. www.breadandrosesplymouth.co.uk/events.

NEW Only West-Country tour date
Wednesday 2 March 2016 8pm - Phil Beer Band - The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Coal Orchard, Taunton TA1 1JL
(map)
A unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil’s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock. The highly popular line up comprises Gareth Turner (Little Johnny England), Steve Crickett (Arizona Smoke Review), Nick Quarmby (Colvin Quarmby), Olivia Dunn (Mad Dog McCree) and of course, Phil Beer and promises to deliver a lively cocktail of folk, rock, country and blues once again this year. Box Office: 01823 283244. www.thebrewhouse.net.

Zulu Tradition
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Zulu Tradition is company of young Zulu singers and dancers from KwaZulu Natal, in South Africa. They deliver a heady mix of African harmonies (traditional songs as well as Afro-Gospel) and energetic, athletic dance – all traditionally costumed and supported by drum-rhythms. Zulu reaches back into the past to preserve ancient skills while stretching forward towards contemporary Africa. Their songs are both traditional and original. Imagine a youthful, mixed gender Ladysmith Black Mambazo with high kicks! Their stage shows are exciting, enthralling and hugely entertaining and they attract very enthusiastic audiences. “Powerful traditional splendour of dance sequences accompanied by pulsating Zulu drums and glorious vocal harmonies. Guaranteed to hold any audience spellbound.” www.zulutradition.com.
Wednesday 2 March 2016 - Lustleigh Village Hall TQ13 9TA

Amalthea: Flute and Harp Fantasia
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Amalthea charms the audiences with their unique programmes and ability to create a beautiful and unforgettable atmosphere. Classically trained, Klio and Siobhan draw inspiration from both the baroque and classical eras as well as from different cultures and continents thus creating a unique blend of sounds. They have performed both as soloists and ensemble players in venues such as St Jamess Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the-Fields, The Wallace Collection, St Johns Smith Square, The Royal Academy of Arts, Tate Modern, Shakespeare Music Society, The Blenheim Music Circle, The Royal Academy of Arts and Blackheath Halls in London and have recently toured Dorset as part of the Artsreach Touring Scheme. Amalthea will present works by Debussy, Mozart, Ravel and Shankar amongst others. www.amaltheaduo.com.
Wednesday 2 March 2016 - Longdown, Holcombe Burnell Church EX6 7RZ
Thursday 3 March 2016 - Ashprington, St David's ChurchTQ9 7UR
Friday 4 March 2016 - Sheepstor St. Leonard's Church PL20 6PF
Saturday 5 March 2016 - Awliscombe St. Michael's Church EX14 3AH

Thursday 3 March 2016 8pm - Theo Bard - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Inspired songwriter and live music obsessive, Theo Bard is to be found in all the most beautiful, unusual and intimate music spots across the UK, singing his own unique brand of urban folk. His expert picking on the guitar, bold beats and uplifting lyrics combine to make a sound that is both timeless and contemporary, reflecting the diversity of his beloved London. He's also the man behind the legendary Woodburner nights that bring together the wealth of talent in London's acoustic music scene in some of the most beautiful venues Hackney has to offer. £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

Red Dirt Skinners
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
The band's rule-breaking individuality has led to them being the first band in history to succeed at both the British Blues Awards and the British Country Music Awards. The band’s music has wide appeal and comfortably blends Blues, Americana, Folk and Country Music. Audiences the world over describe them as “refreshingly different”. From the first song of the show, it is immediately evident that they love performing live. The Skinners’ close vocal harmonies have been described as “sublime” and “beyond perfection”. Rob and Sarah particularly love the opportunity to interact with audiences both during and after their shows. www.reddirtskinners.com. Tickets £7 from The Red Lion or tel 01363 775468. A Villages In Action event; also appearing at the following VIA venues (see www.villagesinaction.co.uk for details):
Thursday 3 March 2016 - Buckland in the Moor Community Hall, TQ13 7EW
Friday 4 March 2016 - Highweek Village Hall, TQ12 1QA
Saturday 5 March 2016 - Talaton Parish Hall, EX5 2RJ

Friday 4 March 2016 - Leveret - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Leveret features three of England's finest folk musicians in an exciting new collaboration. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument and are involved in numerous collaborations with a huge range of artists. Together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity.  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.

Friday 4 March 2016 8.30pm - Rosa Rebecka: Travels With My Grandmother’s Guitar - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A singer-songwriter with a reputation for intimate and engaging acoustic performances, Rosa Rebecka moved from Sweden to Devon to study the English Folk tradition, sharing her Swedish musical heritage with new audiences. This one woman show tells the story of its central performer, a 110 year old guitar, through story and song, mapping out a family story spanning the generations with Rosa’s own emotionally charged songs interspersed with Swedish folk music and family favourites. Rosa’s Great Grandmother Katrina was born on a tiny island in the Swedish archipelago. When she was a girl she was given a guitar, one of the very first to be made by the famous Levin company in Gothenburg. She died tragically young, leaving five small children, who inherited her love of music and this very special instrument, passed down from mother to daughter ever since. In Travels With My Grandmother’s Guitar, Katrina’s guitar is joined by a host of other instruments, from her son-in-law’s mandolin to a Tibetan singing bowl, each with its own tale to tell. Rosa Rebecka’s haunting, clear voice tells personal stories of love and loss which are at the same time universal tales of life and hope. www.rosarebecka.com. Details www.calstockarts.org.

Saturday 5 March 2016 7pm - Ceilidh / Barn Dance with Spinach For Norman - Parish Hall, Bratton Clovelly, Okehampton EX20 4JT
Tickets adv £7.50 (£2.50 accompanied U14s), door £8.50 (£3.50). Contact: Martin Henning 01837 871498 / s4n@talk21.com. www.spinachfornorman.com. Fundraiser for Bratton Clovelly Music and Arts Festival - September 2017.

Saturday 5 March 2016 7pm - Concert and Talk: Richard III - Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Rd, Torquay TQ1 1HG
A unique musical event celebrating the life and times of the infamous King Richard III by the folk rock band The Legendary Ten Second , based on their three concept albums about the life and times of Richard III. www.thelegendary10seconds.co.uk. Ian Churchward of the band will also talk about the aspects of Richard III’s life which inspired the songs on their albums. The music is played in an English folk rock style with a strong medieval influence and has received much critical acclaim. A great idea, chronicling the life and death of King Richard and ending with the finding of his remains in a car park in Leicester. Interesting blend of rock, folk and medieval-sounding music. Local supporting act 'Renaissance Folk' will be singing traditional British folk songs and Renaissance music. Tickets adv £7.50, email enquiries@torquaymuseum.org or call 01803 293975, £8.50 door. Doors 6.15pm, refreshments available. Money raised from the concert will be used by Torquay Museum, a registered charity, to help conserve and display its extensive collection of artefacts.

Saturday 5 March 2016 - Wille And The Bandits - Studio 1, Dartington
Wille & the Bandits’ music covers a wide range of genres from rock to world music to blues and roots. With the versatility of Wille’s lap steel and guitar playing, the rhythmic diversity of percussionist Andrew Naumann and the sonic range of Matt Brooks’ upright bass and six string electric bass, they always keep audiences guessing. Details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/wille-and-the-bandits.

Tuesday 8 March 2016 8pm - Spring Session at the Brewery - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village EX5 5AE
Featuring Hanlons’ Half Hours with Roger Smith, Pennymoor Chorus. Guest MC Leith Whittington

NEW Wednesday 9 March 2016 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Colebrooke Parish Hall
Box office: 01363 84309 or sandsgraham@talktalk.net

Thursday 10 March 2016 8pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel), have joined forces as an exciting new folk/acoustic duo, with a programme of beautiful folk music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe. www.cosgraveandbanks.com. More information from Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

Thursday 10 March 2016 - Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Martin Harley is a supremely talented acoustic roots and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a burgeoning global reputation. Live at Southern Ground, his eagerly anticipated new album, is a mixture of retrospective solo and duo arrangements recorded during an afternoon at the esteemed Southern Ground studio in Nashville, Live at Southern Ground features Martin on Weissenborn… a traditional Hawaiian acoustic guitar played across the lap, resonators and archtops, and of course Daniel Kimbro on upright bass. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/martin-harley-daniel-kimbro.
Box Office: 01392 667080.

Thursday 10 March 2016 - 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, ukulele, washboard, harmonica, spoons and African drum, they'll have your feet tapping and a smile on your face from start to finish! www.rag-mama-rag.com. Full details of Otterton Mill's music listings can be found at www.ottertonmill.com/music/music-night-listings.

Jim Causley
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Jim Causley is a renowned Devon-based folk singer and musician with a range of solo show options available, including a West Country material themed show (traditional and original songs); A Charles Causley-themed show or a general evening of his own songs and traditional material. Jim became involved with traditional music from a young age via his family, the local folk scene and an historical tradition of wassailing in his home village of Whimple. After studying Jazz & Popular Music at Exeter College he went on to study Traditional Music at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee, Jim Causley is a singer/musician who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native West Country. A skilled entertainer, Jim is well-known for his natural gift for interpreting traditional song, his deep, rich voice which belies his years and his relaxed and playful stage presence. www.jimcausley.co.uk.
Thursday 10 March 2016 - Starcross St Paul's Church EX6 8QB - tickets online www.wegottickets.com/event/345111 or Alison Miles 01626 890957.
Friday 11 March 2016 - Puddington Village Hall EX16 8LP
Saturday 12 March 2016 - Peter Tavy Village Hall PL19 9NS
Saturday 19 March 2016 - Clayhidon Parish Hall EX15 3PL

Friday 11 March 2016 8pm - North East meets South West - Bogan House, 43 High St, Totnes TQ9 5NP (map)
A concert in celebration of folk music and song performed by local musicians. Traditional and contemporary folk song and music followed by a performance of Hidden Hexham, a short concert piece written by Alistair Anderson. Wine and fruit juice available. Collection for Medecins Sans Frontieres.

First concert night at the Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club
Friday 11 March 2016 8pm - Double Bill: Jenna Witts / Simon Barron -
Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Jenna Witts is a talented singer and songwriter from North Devon with an excellent voice, who has supported Show Of Hands on 5 nationwide tours, including a notable appearance at the Royal Albert Hall. She has toured and played alongside such names as Seth Lakeman, Fisherman's Friends and Elkie Brooks. She has released three critically-acclaimed albums, her latest being Hitchhiker. Jenna plays keyboards and acoustic guitar. www.jennawitts.com. 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. £10 (paid in adv); £12 (door). Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

Friday 11 March 2016 8.30pm - The Oxley-Meier Guitar Project - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
We’re delighted to welcome back guitar maestro Nicolas Meier, one of our most popular performers at Calstock Arts. This time he’s joined by Pete Oxley, with a dazzling display of contemporary fare, ranging from Turkish panache to soundscapes of Latin America and English pastoralism. Hear this played on nylon string, steel string, electric, 12 string, fretless, slide, guitar-synth, glissentar guitars and more! For their live gigs, the Oxley-Meier Guitar Project play with spontaneity and an intuitive interplay that keeps them fresh. Expect the unexpected! Nicolas is also part of guitar supremo Jeff Beck’s band and is taking time out for this short tour of the UK, to promote his new album. Pete regularly performs with some of the world’s leading jazz artists including Gilad Atzmon, Tim Whitehead, Dave O’Higgins, Bobby Wellins and John Etheridge. “Don’t fall into the trap of assuming that this is something exclusively for guitar buffs, or jazz buffs. If you love music of any kind you’ll probably fall for this”. ~ The Observer March 2015. Sample video
www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzCE0mD9Nfg.
Details www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 11 March 2016 7.15pm - Dumbo’s Feather - River Cottage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3QQ
Traditional Irish/Scottish/World folk trio comprising fiddler Alice McShane and multi-instrumentalists Mike Cosgrave and Richie Evans. Free.

Saturday 12 March 2016 - Eleanor McEvoy - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
2016 sees the release of the album Eleanor McEvoy Naked Music a further exploration of music alone in the studio , this time accompanied by Chis Gollon’s extraordinary paintings inspired by the tracks on the album. The unique first date of this tour in Gallery Different Percy St. London in January(where the paintings will on exhibion) has already sold out. "Her voice is clear and potently charged, one hundred percent believable, when her songs are bitter the acid burns your eyes, when they are sad you can taste the tears”. Sean Laffey Irish Music Magazine. 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 12 March 2016 7.30pm - Brooks Williams Returns - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
Ranked one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, singer-songwriter Brooks Williams writes groove-laden songs and delivers them with an easy-going vocal style and monstrous guitar chops. Walking the line between blues and Americana, with a bit of jazz and rockabilly thrown in for good measure, Brooks Williams is a genre defying guitarist singer. "How soulful a solo guitarist can be when he has talent, taste and astonishing technique." (Blues Revue) “Classy, tasteful, bright, and hugely enjoyable!" (Blues Matters). Details www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk/events/2016/mar-12/brooks-williams-returns.

NEW Saturday 12 March 2016 7.30pm - ‘Sing Me Her Story’ - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Wren Music celebrate International Women’s Day. Special guests join members of the Wren Band Sarah Owen and Marilyn Tucker with Amy Wilson in a celebration of the unsung heroines of women’s history. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk.

Saturday 12 March 2016 7.30pm - Fraich 'Airs French and English Dance - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Come and join 'Fraich 'Airs' for music, dancing and fun, a 4-person folk band (flute – melodeon/ concertina/ bombard/ whistles – guitar/ vocals – violin/ double bass). 'Fraich 'Airs' bring traditional dance, music and song from Brittany, France and the UK, with traditional musical instruments, playing for a wide variety of dances. French and Breton dances will be shown and led by Patricia Long and English ceilidh dances called by Gill Spence, for a fun and family friendly evening. Tickets: Adult £8, U16 £5, Family (2 adults + 2 U16) £22  www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Sunday 13 March 2016 3pm - Phil Beer - Galmpton Village Institute Hall, Greenway Road, Brixham TQ5 0LT (map)
A Sunday afternoon concert featuring the inimitable Phil Beer. Phil is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best known as a top flight fiddler and as well as Show of Hands, plays in the all-star line-up, Feast of Fiddles. But his skills don’t stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals. Book tickets by emailing info@maggieandmike.co.uk or calling Maggie on 01803 855961, or online at www.wegottickets.com/event/343068. Support: Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed.
Keep up to date with gigs Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed are organising at the southern end of the 'Riviera' by joining their e-circulation via info@maggieandmike.co.uk.

Sunday 13 March 2016 7.45pm - Steve Tilston - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
With the likes of Fairport Convention and Bruce Springsteen having covered his songs, steve is undoubtedly one of the courntry's finest singer/songwriter/guitarists. Probably best known for "Slipjigs & Reels", more recently he has contributed to the Radio Ballads and is collaborating with Jez Lowe on "Writes and Songs". An outstanding artiste.
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 13 March 2016 8pm - Martin Simpson - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Martin Simpson is widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving. www.martinsimpson.com. £15 adv/£17 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Tuesday 15 March 2016 - Yves Lambert Trio - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
After wowing audiences on his 2014 tour which included a brilliant gig at Kingskerswell Parish Church, Yves Lambert is back with his Trio in the Spring of 2016. Well known for his charismatic stage presence, he is considered a reference point when it comes to Québécois folk music. Certain critics even regard him as a guiding light on the whole subject of Québec’s cultural heritage, through his long-time association with the band La Bottine Souriante, in which he was a founding member and pillar of the group from 1976 to 2002. For the past 30 years M. Lambert has been a driving force in giving traditional music the place that it deserves beyond the Québec and Canadian borders
. 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.

Thursday 17 March 2016 - Edwina Hayes - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Yorkshire-based Edwina numbers Michael Parkinson and Bob Harris among her fans. Her beautifully written songs and charming stage presence have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-americana. www.edwinahayes.com. Full details of Otterton Mill's music listings can be found at www.ottertonmill.com/music/music-night-listings.

Sold out Thursday 17 March 2016 -  Steve Knightley: All At Sea - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Steve's new one-man show. All details on www.steveknightley.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 17 March 2016 8pm - St. Patrick's Night Ceilidh with Dumbo’s Feather - Exmouth Pavilion, Esplanade, Exmouth, EX8 2AZ (map)
Caller Martin Hodge. Free entry before 9pm The popular Devon-based traditional Irish/Scottish/World Folk trio is comprised of three vastly experienced musicians, fronted by the remarkable fiery fiddle playing of Alice McShane, and augmented by multi-instrumentalists Mike Cosgrave, who is one of the most sought-after acoustic musicians in English folk music and one of the region’s busiest multi-genre musicians, Richie Evans. For further information, please contact Exmouth Pavilion on 01395 222477 or visit www.ledleisure.co.uk/exmouth-pavilion/book-now/st-patricks-day-ceilidh.

Friday 18 March 2016 - Charlie Dore and Julian Littman - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Charlie Dore’s own music is hard to label, but eclectic, contemporary folk is the nearest-accurate description - and Julian Littman, fresh from touring with his ‘other’ band, Steeleye Span, is always up for an improvised solo or two. Charlie is a multi-award-winning writer and although she has written for the great and the good, her live show reveals that actually she keeps the best songs for herself. ‘A gift for melody, brave, poignant, entertaining, original‘ Guardian. ‘Beatific of voice, fragrant of melody and lyrically fearless’ MOJO.

Friday 18 March 2016 8pm - d'Accord Breton Music & Dance - Ide Memorial Hall, Ide, nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
We are very lucky that our invitation to Bernard Loffet to play at d'Accord in March was accepted. if you have not had the experience of dancing to Bernard's music then this is a fantastic opportunity. Bernard Loffet plays diatonic accordion (melodeon), he is out there playing for the dance alongside the dancers, he manages to play the music, sing & dance all at the same time. Rarely seen over here, but sought after in his native Brittany where he is known as the "barefoot accordionist". We have Dave Faulkner & Steve Turner as support band. The evening starts at 8pm, tea & biscuits as usual. Admission £8.
 www.daccordexeter.co.uk.
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The d'Accord boat trip has been booked for Sunday 5 June 2016 10.30am to 2.00pm from Exmouth Docks.

UPDATED Saturday 19 March 2016 7.30pm - Ceilidh with Rumpus - Cuthbert Mayne School, Trumlands Road, Torquay TQ1 4RN
Caller Allan Sutton. In aid of Torquay Operatic Society funds. Tickets (adv only) available from Pat Harding 01803 323801. Tickets (includes ploughman's supper) £10 or £25 for family of 4. Plenty of parking on site.

Saturday 19 March 2016 8pm - Martha Tilston: The Oxygen Tour - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
With her serene voice and heartfelt, provoking lyrics has an incredible way of touching and captivating everyone who hears her. Her new tour is an electric union of her traditional folk background with her passion for acoustic, trip-hop, electronica experimentation. She combines her natural gifts with great skill, entwining raw vocals and melodies with flowing trip-hop movements. As always she is lyrically and musically questioning, confirming and revealing the wonders of our humanness. www.marthatilston.co.uk. Last time she was here, in 2008, the hall was packed to the rafters so we recommend getting tickets in advance. See www.calstockhall.com for details and tickets.

Saturday 19 March 2016 - Mad Dog Mcrea - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing + balcony seating. Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. www.maddogmcrea.co.uk. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/mad-dog-mcrea-3. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Saturday 19 March 2016 7.30pm - Affinitée - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
Come to the cabaret, old chums, French style food and the wonderful Affinitée evoking Piaf and other chansonnières, with accordion and guitar accompaniment. www.lympstoneentertainments.co.uk/events/affinitee.

Saturday 19 March 2016 - BarlowCree - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (map)
The Kingston Spring Seasonal Concert: An exciting collaboration between Liam Millinship and Jonny Mathew, BarlowCree is a Cardiff based acoustic duo performing original material and adaptations of traditional and contemporary folk songs. Why BarlowCree? You’ll have to come along to find out! "Barlowcree... their original songs are powerful and their covers are... well, original." (Genevieve Tudor - BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester). Tel. 01548 810806 for details.

Sunday 20 March 2016 7.30pm  - Sidmouth Acoustic Sessions: Ewan McLennan - St Teresa’s Hall, Connaught Road, Sidmouth EX10 8TT (map)
Ewan McLennan has come to be known as a guitarist at the very forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style; a singer that can move audiences with his passion and pathos; and a songwriter for whom social justice is still a burning issue. From a BBC Horizon Award for his debut album to his recent performances on the acclaimed Transatlantic Sessions, recent years have been marked by numerous awards and accolades for his music. Ewan McLennan's new album, 'Stories Still Untold', is already attracting critical acclaim and is sure to further cement him as "one of the bright lights on the folk scene today". 'Ewan McLennan has realised his potential on a wonderful album of traditional folk.' The Telegraph. 'McLennan continues his evolution into a major figure on the folk scene...an artist whose music lives and breathes.' Songlines. 'A gorgeous, lilting voice. So moving.’ MOJO.  Licensed bar. Tickets £10 door, £8(+) advance from www.wegottickets.com or Paragon Books, High St., Sidmouth.

Friday 25 March 2016 - Fraser Anderson & Red Foot Crow - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map).
Info, samples www.fraseranderson.com and https://soundcloud.com/red-foot-crow. Cafe etc open 6.30pm. Tickets on sale at Sacks Wholefoods in Totnes, or on the door if still available. Online booking available, see  www.acoustichaven.co.uk. Acoustic Haven is a community music night run by volunteers.

Saturday 26 March 2016 8pm - The Wurzels - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Standing/seated. Formed in 1966 by Adge Cutler, the Bard of Avonmouth, this bunch of haystack-headed, cider-soaked and dung-booted, not-quite-so-young Avonside lads play good-time traditional Zummerzet Scrumpy 'n' Western music. The band has had considerable commercial success from their 1967 anthem Drink Up Thy Zider to the heights of the chart-topping Combine Harvester in 1976. Big in Nempnett Thrubwell, these guys are huge across the whole county! www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2303_the_wurzels.

NEW Namvula
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Running for a second season with VIA, Namvula creates an intrepid new musical world where the folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland combine with her Scottish heritage and Londons vibrant, eclectic music scene. Crossing boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism, Namvulas music draws you into different worlds, yet remains firmly rooted in African soil and in the storytelling traditions of folk music. One of the few Zambian artists performing in Europe, Namvula has collaborated and shared the stage with artists including legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and multi-award-winning Zambian vocalist Maureen Lilanda. Singing in Zambian languages, as well as English, Portuguese and French, Namvula speaks out on issues facing modern-day Africa, as well as exploring stories about society, life and love. She is working with some of the UKs most respected African and jazz musicians, including bassist Liran Donin (Mercury-nominated Led Bib), percussionist Mamadou Sarr (Baaba Maal), and acclaimed Ghanaian guitarist Alfred Kari Bannerman (Osibisa). Beautiful music. Namvula is a great new star poised and ready for orbit. www.namvula.com.
Thursday 31 March 2016 - Sheldon Village Hall EX14 4QU
Friday 1 April 2016 - Harbertonford Village Hall TQ9 7TY
Saturday 2 April 2016 - Stokeinteignhead Village Hall TQ12 4QS

Sunday 3 April 2016 8pm - Kris Drever with Siobhan Wilson - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Kris Drever's voice and guitar forms part of the backbone of today's contemporary roots scene. Widely admired as a solo artist, collaborator, and member of folk superstars Lau, he is a phenomenal and prolific artist. Kris is joined here by Siobhan Wilson - Echoes of great artists such as Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush and Nina Simone can be heard in Siobhan's songs. Siobhan says of her own distinct style 'I use my voice differently to many other artists, I'm not that interested in fashion and am more timeless.' www.krisdrever.com. £14 adv/£16 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Sunday 3 April 2016 8pm - Maddy Prior - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated. Some forty years from her emergence on the late sixties folk club circuit, Maddy Prior is one of the most enduring, influential and respected artists in British music. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2630_maddy_prior.

Selling strongly Tuesday 5 April 2016 - Show of Hands: Long Way Home Tour - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Performing as a duo once more, the original format that launched their careers over twenty years ago, don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness two master craftsmen at work. Phil and Steve are looking forward to presenting their unrivalled partnership of uncompromising song writing and dynamic musicianship in some more up-close and intimate venues. This is a very special gig prior to them opening their new Album tour at The Globe in London. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.
Nearest other tour venues are Dorchester, Yeovil, Bristol, and Minack Theatre (see www.showofhands.co.uk).

Wednesday 6 April 2016 7.30pm - Feast Of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Feast of Fiddles on their 23rd annual spring tour. 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. A band of musical friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. Typically, fiddlers Peter Knight (ex 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. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15613.

Friday 8 April 2016 8pm - Martyn Wyndham-Read - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Martyn has been involved with folk music for over forty-five years. He has worked with renowned singer and song collector Bert Lloyd. Over the years he has made around 24 albums and worked with many notable people in the folk world including Shirley Collins, the late Tony Rose, Pete Coe, Nic Jones, John Kirkpatrick and Jackie Oates. Also with his band, No Man's band, he teams up with Iris Bishop, Garry Holder and John Dipper. He has also led and been part of many projects including Maypoles To Mistletoe and Down The Lawson Track. Martyn has been a firm favourite in the folk venues for the last four decades or more with many songs inspired or originating from Australia, delivered with a fine voice and guitar and a relaxed manner. Support: TBC.  £10 (paid in adv); £12 (door). Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

NEW Friday 8 April 2016 - Ferocious Dog - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
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 people up and moving, or slipping into melodic passages and dub-like fusions. www.ferociousdog.co.uk. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/ferocious-dog. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Saturday 9 April 2016 - Undercover Hippy - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Billy Rowan, aka The Undercover Hippy, is definitely not your average singer songwriter. His music brings together acoustic guitar, soulful vocals, infectious reggae rhythms, and the lyrical delivery of a skilled mc. Combining intelligent, provocative lyrics with dangerously catchy hooks and a feel good groove, this is music for the thinking man to shake his arse to. Think Jason Mraz meets The Cat Empire…on a protest march…at the Edinburgh Fringe. “This is about as real as music gets!”BBC Introducing.

NEW Saturday 9 April 2016 - Sound Of The Sirens - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
A foot stomping, heart-rending, crowd engaging female folk/rock duo whose strengths lie in their passion, conviction and chemistry. www.soundofthesirens.net. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/sound-of-the-sirens. Box Office: 01392 667080.

NEW Sunday 10 April 2016 7.45pm- Louise Jordan - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A second visit for this rising star, Louise is a singer from Salisbury, rapidly making a big name for herself, having performed alongside the likes of Ralph McTell and Phil Beer. A multi-instrumentalist (guitar, piano, cello), with a fine, pure voice, Louise writes songs with honesty and intensity. "Absoltely, totally and completely brilliant" (Mike Harding).
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Dallahan: Traditional and Irish music
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
The band members established performers of various musical styles from classical and jazz to Balkan and Celtic, however their mutual love for Irish music brought them together in 2013 to create the unique sound that is Dallahan. As musicians they have been awarded with various prizes individually; Ciaran won the title of All Britain Banjo Champion in 2006, Jani won first prize at the 1st Hungarian Traditional Music Competition and Jack was recently amongst the 6 finalists of the BBC Young Traditional Musician Of The Year 2014. Dallahan create a high energy atmosphere through their interpretation of both traditional and contemporary Irish music as they create music that is as much fun to listen to as it is to play. Through unique arrangements of original music and traditional Irish tunes and songs, Dallahan brings a fresh new sound to the world of Celtic music and drive the genre forward. www.dallahanmusic.com.
Wednesday 13 April 2016 - Clayhidon Parish Hall EX15 3PL

NEW Wednesday 13 April 2016 8pm - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Both John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett remain enigmas to the vast majority of the British public, but for those who know they are amongst the top ten of favourite artists to see live. The show is a wonderful eclectic mix of bizarre humour, superb visual effects, fine guitar playing and the best use of a Theremin anywhere. Wild Willy Barrett is one of the most accomplished multi-instrumentalists working today, playing acoustic classical guitar with an original style and virtuosity few could match. His musical style is witty and his humour onstage is dry.. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15485.

NEW Friday 15 April 2016 8pm - Dovetail Trio - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
The Dovetail Trio are comprised of singer Rosie Hood, multi-instrumentalist Matt Quinn and guitarist/vocalist Jamie Roberts. Presenting England's traditional songs with a bold and fresh approach, the Dovetail Trio explore familiar narratives and modern themes with infectious energy and a passion for musical heritage. Tickets £8. More details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk.

Saturday 16 April 2016 - Lucy Ward - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Lucy Ward is a lyrical powerhouse, her beautiful words are laced with majestic imagery and meaning. Her voice is truly breath-taking, a rare beauty that shines through her authentic delivery. Her last album ‘Single Flame’ entered the official UK Independent Record Chart top 30 on release and was generally feted by the national press. It earned her a nomination for the prestigious Folk Singer of the Year Award at the 2014 BBC Folk Awards and was voted No 2 in Mojo Magazine’s Folk Album of the Year Chart.

NEW Saturday 16 April 2016 - Rusty Shackle - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Six-piece 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. They amalgamate guitars, vocal harmonies, fiddle, banjo, mandola, trumpet and percussion to create a sound that is unique to them and one that instantly fills you with emotion and energy. Rusty Shackle draw influences from folk, roots, rock, Celtic and old time blues. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Sunday 17 April 2016 2pm - Cosgrave & Banks - The Royal Oak, 5 East Street, Ashburton TQ13 7AD.
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting new folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). Free entry. Lunches available 12.30-2.30pm). Tel. 01364 652444. www.cosgraveandbanks.com.

Sunday 17 April 2016 8pm - The Acoustic Strawbs - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
The Strawbs were always an intriguing band, pushing the barriers and weaving a route that lay somewhere between Trad Folk and Spandex Rock n' Roll. It was an unlikely combination but somehow it worked, and when he wrote 'Part Of The Union' and 'Lay Down', Dave Cousins came up with a couple of classic songs, songs that sound as great now as they did way back when. With Brian Willoughby and Dave Lambert making up the gang, the Acoustic Strawbs still play with the kind of fire that leaves many of the young pretenders tripping over their squeeze boxes. Tickets £15 adv, £17 door, from Topsham Books 01392 877895.

Sunday 17 April 2016 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Two of the British folk scenes 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 eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. Full details, samples etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/kathryn-roberts-sean-lakeman. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Tuesday 19 April 2016 - Seth Lakeman - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Seth has successfully steered English folk into the musical mainstream with his high-energy performances and a series of best-selling albums. Details www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on/seth-lakeman.

NEW Friday 22 April 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Noel Prior - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Using a blend of technology and more traditional acoustic instruments, Noel presents an enveloping soundscape of layered vocal harmonies and intricate finger-picking guitar. As founder of the Noel Prior Band, he’s played support to Paolo Nutini amongst others. Now performing solo and with a new album in the pipeline, his set draws from an extensive back catalogue, new compositions and folk arrangements of music that has inspired him. “Intricate finger picking style and soft vocal harmonies shine with elements of James Taylor, John Martyn and Ben Harper.” South West Pulse 2015. https://noelprior.wordpress.com. Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to Noel please. Details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Saturday 23 April 2016 7.30pm - Ange Hardy - Churston Traditional Farm Shop Restaurant, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
details/time tbc. Nominated for the Horizon Award for best emerging talent at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Ange Hardy is a folk
singer, songwriter and recording artist from West Somerset. Ange performs original contemporary songs written in a traditional style with an emphasis on vocal harmony. Book tickets by emailing info@maggieandmike.co.uk or calling Maggie on 01803 855961, or online at www wegottickets.co.uk??? tba

NEW Saturday 23 April 2016 7.30pm - 'Songs of the Sea' - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
Brixham Rotary Club present their fourth annual charity concert - with Brixham Town Band, Brixham College Big Band and shantymen ‘Missin’ Tackle’ and will cover music fitting with Brixham’s maritime heritage. Tickets £8 (£6 U16s and seniors), available from The Box Office, Brixham Theatre tel: 01803 882717 Sats 10am-12noon. Wheelchair spaces can be booked.

NEW Sunday 24 April 2016 7.45pm - Sunjay - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Another rising star, Sunjay has been playing guitar since he was 4 and has a musical matruity way beyond his years. A finalist in the 2012 Young folk Awards, with a host of other nominations, he has gone on to support Martin Simpson and Steeleye Span with his unique blend of folk and blues. "He's a wizard on the guitar; I think I'd call it jazz-folk!" (Vin Garbutt).
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 24 April 2016 7.30pm - All Folk’d Up - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated. 5 piece band whose sound is rooted deeply in Irish folk and celtic rock music. The band consists of banjo, guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, drums and 4 vocalists all blending together to give a thick texture to the 5 piece sound. As well as being leading exponents of Irish folk songs, All Folk’d Up also delve into the the depths of traditional Irish music, American folk music, some Dance, Rock and Modern Classics with an Irish twist. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2635_all_folk_d_up.

NEW Monday 25 April 2016 8pm - Spirit of Ireland - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
The Spirit Of Ireland, now celebrating 30 years touring worldwide, was Irish dancing’s first national and international success story. The production has gone from strength to strength, evolving over time to become one of the most exciting and popular cultural, dance and music products to come out of Ireland. Featuring a cast of champion dancers and musicians, this diverse production offers the audience a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance. The Spirit of Ireland prides itself in respecting core traditions of Irish music & dance culture with a team of talented and highly respected musicians, singers & dancers, who provide a truly authentic experience. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15614.

Friday 29 April 2016 7.30pm - Gigspanner 'Big Band' - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton, Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
Gigspanner 'Big Band' = Peter Knight, Roger Flack, Vincent Salzfas, Phillip Henry, Hannah Martin
Separately, Gigspanner (Peter Knight, fiddle; Roger Flack, guitar; Vincent Salzfas, percussion) and BBC 2014 Folk Awards Best Duo Phillip Henry (slide guitar and harmonica) & Hannah Martin (fiddle) have already built massive reputations for fantastic music, but put all five brilliant musicians together on the same stage - at the same time! – and you have an incredibly special treat in store from the Gigspanner 'Big Band'. Doors and real ale bar open at 6.45pm. Real ale bar supplied by The Bay Horse Inn, Totnes. Tickets £16.50, student/U18 £12. A fully seated event (unreserved seating). Click here for ticketing options. Presented as a fundraiser by Harberton Cricket Club, supported by Harberton Folk.

NEW Saturday 30 April 2016 8pm - Nancy Kerr & James Fagan - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
BBC Radio 2’s current Folk Singer of the Year, Nancy Kerr performing with husband James Fagan. Together they have twice won Best Duo at BBC Radio 2’s Folk Awards. Nancy’s earthy fiddle playing marries perfectly with the rhythm of James’ bouzouki, and their melting vocal harmonies bring a magical quality to their evocative story telling. Tickets £14, available from 01363 82379, email mick@theheartofdevon.co.uk or via www.theheartofdevon.co.uk. Licensed bar.

Saturday 30 April 2016 - 3 Daft Monkeys - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Festival favourites 3 Daft Monkeys bring their quirky and original approach to music to Kingskerswell Church In their famously intense and dynamic live shows, the band will be performing songs from their award-winning album Of Stones and Bones (Best Album, Spiral Earth Awards 2014), a collection of old, new and fictional Cornish tales of forbidden love, murder, rebellion, witchcraft and piracy. All delivered with “panache and a wicked vein of humour”. With a new 4-piece line-up, the band weave enchanting melodies with catchy choruses, virtuoso fiddle, rhythmic 12-string guitar, solid bass, hand-percussion kit and 3-part harmonies. 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. The desire to dance is irresistible.

Friday 6 May 2016 - Sam Carter - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
‘The finest English-style finger-picking guitarist of his Generation’ Jon Boden. Since Sam Carter released his debut album ‘Keepsakes’ in 2009, there has been a mounting excitement about this songwriter, guitarist and singer. He has performed in the Middle East and UK with the British Council ’Shifting Sands project, played to thousands as part of the all-star line-up for the tour 'The Lady: A Homage To Sandy Denny’, the Sweet Liberties project and (with Jim Moray) folk rock band False Lights, & won the Horizon Award for best newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Sam’s second album ‘The No Testament’ was released in 2012, an album that saw the singer reinvent his contemporary narrative-based song-writing by infusing it with shapenote, gospel and work song influences. The release caused a wave of media and audience attention for an album that saw Sam reach new heights in his song-writing. As a result he was invited to perform on BBC 2s Later with Jools Holland in autumn 2012, was filmed for the BBC 4 special The Enigma of Nic Jones.

NEW Saturday 7 May 2016 8pm - Simon & Garfunkel: Through the Years - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Performed by Bookends. Simon and Garfunkel Through the Years’ is the world’s most authentic sounding theatre show of its kind. With moving and powerful live performances and multimedia, the show takes a chronological journey through the friendship and behind the scenes of the greatest ever folk-rock duo. Featuring interviews with Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, original movie footage and mind blowing live performances, the show features hits like Mrs Robinson, The Boxer, Homeward Bound and the incredible Bridge Over Troubled Water. Come along and relive the unforgettable music of Simon & Garfunkel in what the BBC described as ‘a must see’ show. “Not just your average tribute” - BBC Radio WM. “That could really be Simon & Garfunkel” – BBC Radio Nottingham. More details and booking information at www.theflavel.org.uk.

NEW Sunday 8 May 2016 7.45pm - Clive Gregson - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Manchester born but having lived in the USA for over 20 years, Clive is a truly international star. A gifted songwriter and guitarist, he is in constant demand as a session musician and producer, as well as supporting top names such as Richard Thompson and Eddie Reader. Clive's solo performance will leave you in no doubt as to his amazing talents.
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Monday 9 May 2016 7.30pm - The Fureys - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Legends of Irish music and song The Fureys are renowned for their hit songs ‘ When You Were Sweet Sixteen', 'The Green Fields of France', 'The Old Man', 'Red Rose Café', 'Her Father Didn't Like Me Anyway', 'Leaving Nancy' plus many more. The band was formed in 1978 literally by accident. George, Paul and Davey were playing in Denmark with their own band called the Buskers. Eddie and Finbar, while touring in Germany were involved in a road accident. When George and Paul got news of the accident they immediately travelled to Germany to be with their brothers. They then decided that they should all be playing together and this was the start of The Fureys. Their emotive songs stir many emotions.... tears and laughter, sadness and joy Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15520.

NEW Thursday 12 May 2016 - Police Dog Hogan - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
After their sellout gig in 2015 at The Beehive, we just had to get them back. With 8 members in the full line-up and instruments including guitar, accordion, banjo, mandolin, fiddle & trumpet, Police Dog Hogan draw their influences from many different wells. You could call it Americana, country-folk, folk-pop or even urban bluegrass, but it’s difficult to do justice to the range of styles this band is willing to take on and, if necessary, transform. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW 13-15 May 2016 - Dart Music Festival - Dartmouth
Multi-genre largely free festival. Advertised 'folk/country' line-up currently includes:
Cooper and Davies; The Bookshop Band; Circes Diner; Velvet and Stone; Gary Quinn; The Porter Family; The Lyers; Billy Thompson Gypsy Style; Ninebarrow; Lost Eleven; Martin & Eliza Carthy. Details www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk.

13-15 May 2016 - Riverdance - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
With an incredible two decades of global success since the show first burst into the public’s heart at the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin 1994, this is an unmissable chance for UK audiences to reconnect a show that the Irish Times rightly described as ‘the original... the best’. Details www.plymouthpavilions.com.

NEW Thursday 19 May 2016 7.30pm - Richard Digance - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated. Richard Digance is not just a singer/guitarist, and not merely one of the country’s most celebrated comedy entertainers, he is also a one man creative industry, whose achievements are acknowledged around the world. A BAFTA nominated performer, a world acclaimed poet, an author and an artist. ‘Richard Digance is simply a national treasure’ Bob Harris. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2636_richard_digance.

NEW Saturday 21 May 2016 - Richard Digance - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (map)
The Kingston Summer Seasonal Concert: Richard is a BAFTA Nominated entertainer and a Gold Award recipient from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters. He is also listed in the Virgin Anthology of Music as an influential writer of comedic songs. Not many guitarists have played a duet with Queen's Brian May, worked with Steve Martin, played an acoustic set with Status Quo or performed at The London Palladium with the late Robin Williams, Richard has. 'Richard Digance is a National Treasure' (Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2). Tel. 01548 810806 for details.

NEW Saturday 21 May 2016 8pm - Eliza Carthy & Martin Carthy - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Details tba

NEW Sunday 22 May 2016 8pm - Chris Wood - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
‘Chris Wood has managed this magical thing, writing songs on contemporary themes or putting music to Hugh Lupton’s words that absolutely fit hand in glove with traditional songs but are totally modern.’ – Ian Anderson, fRoots magazine. www.chriswoodmusic.co.uk. £14 adv/£16 door. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.

Friday 27 May 2016 evening - Party In The Town - Totnes
Dartington invites applications from local musicians and venues to take part in '2016 Party in the Town': Are you a musician? Whether you perform folk, jazz, rock, classical, world, opera, choral music, dance or something completely different, Dartington invites you to join Party in the Town, brought to you by its Summer School & Festival. Jazz legend Courtney Pine to headline free May bank holiday fun. See www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=148597 for more details.

NEW 27-30 May 2016 - 10th Bude & Stratton Folk Festival
Artists include Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll, Ange Hardy, Jim Causley, Jim Mageean and Barrie and Ingrid Temple. This friendly festival features concerts, workshops, open-mic stages, music sessions and sing arounds. The Sunday evening Music Hall is a major draw. There is Morris Dancing on the quay and Maypole Dancing on Bark House Green. Local schools enjoy free workshops from festival artists. Early bird tickets £40 until 1 April 2016. www.budefolkfest.com.

NEW Sunday 5 June 2016 10.30am - d'Accord Boat Trip - River Exe, from Exmouth Docks
Details tbc. www.daccordexeter.co.uk.

Saturday 11 June 2016 - Martyn Joseph - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Juxtaposition is a key theme in Martyn’s work. The simplicity and the complexity of the human condition and all that it encompasses is underpinned with a heady promise of hope. There is a versatility to Martyn’s music that is hard to categorise. Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn’t need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman.. Autumn 2015 marked the release of Martyn’s brand new studio album, “Sanctuary” and he’ll be showcasing these new songs, along with other familiar and much loved material. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart.

NEW Friday 17 June 2016 8pm - Moore Moss Rutter - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Tom Moore (violin), Archie Churchill-Moss (melodeon) and Jack Rutter (guitar/vocals) combine musical material, style and tradition from their home counties of Norfolk, Somerset and Yorkshire respectively. Since 2009, Moore Moss Rutter have been playing as a trio, meticulously reworking English tunes and compositions into sets and songs which have been described as "intelligently crafted musical adventures". Often praised for musical “maturity and sophistication”, it is their aim to carefully create soundscapes of mellow and precisely engineered beauty - as well as wild builds of tension and tempestuous climaxes. Tickets £8. More details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk.

NEW Friday 24 June 2016 7.30pm - Kirsty Bromley & Lucy Wise - Churston Traditional Farm Shop Restaurant, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
details/time tbc. Book tickets by emailing info@maggieandmike.co.uk or calling Maggie on 01803 855961, or online at www wegottickets.co.uk??? tba

2 July 2016 - event? - Vire Island, Totnes
tbc Harbottle & Jonas

NEW Thursday 7 July 2016 7.30pm - Iain Bruce + Ian & Moe Walker - Churston Traditional Farm Shop Restaurant, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
details/time tbc. Book tickets by emailing info@maggieandmike.co.uk or calling Maggie on 01803 855961, or online at www wegottickets.co.uk??? tba

NEW Thursday 14 July 2016 8pm - Steve Turner - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
www.steve-turner.co.uk. More information from Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

29 July to 5 August 2016 - Sidmouth Folk Week
SFW has just (14/12/15) sent its first e-newsletter about the 2016 event with details of an amazing line-up, super early bird ticket deals now available etc. Don't miss out - join the e-circulation yourself at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk.

NEW 30 July-27 August - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
One of Europe's leading music summer schools. In Week 2 (6-13 August) folk and poetry continues to be an important part of the programme: Northumbrian pipes-player and fiddler Kathryn Tickell returns to run a folk course, and Sally Davies directs our Dartington Folk Choir. The poet Jo Shapcott leads a poetry writing course. Concerts burn with a poetic intensity, from late night harpsichord music and Chopin’s complete Mazurkas, to a celebration of Kathleen Ferrier and Jane Glover’s Mozart’s Women. Operatic fireworks, Baroque brilliance – and a ceilidh too! See www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/ for details, brochure etc.

NEW 5-7 August 2016 - Dartmoor Folk Festival - South Zeal
Artists confirmed for 2016 so far include: Blazin' Fiddles; Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston; Bob Fox; Mawkin; Talisk; Bayou Seco; Tickled Pink; The Dartmoor Pixie Band (Friday night & Sunday night); Ramsley Minors; Entertainingly different... plus more to be confirmed...... www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 24 September 2016 - Ninebarrow - Downderry & Seaton Village Hall, Main Road, Downderry, Torpoint, Cornwall PL11 3LW
Details tbc www.ninebarrow.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 25 September 2016 3pm - Ninebarrow - Galmpton Village Institute Hall, Greenway Road, Brixham TQ5 0LT (map)
A Sunday afternoon concert featuring...  Details tbc www.ninebarrow.co.uk. Support: Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed.
Keep up to date with gigs Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed are organising at the southern end of the 'Riviera' by joining their e-circulation via info@maggieandmike.co.uk.

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

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

Friday ?? October 2016 - Faustus - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
tbc www.milvertonmusic.co.uk

23-26 February 2017 - Lord of the Dance 2017: Dangerous Games - Plymouth Pavilions (map)
Celebrating 20 years since he debuted Lord of the Dance, Flatley’s UK tour will star his protégés James Keegan, Morgan Comer and Mathew Smith in the role of the Lord of the Dance. The show is produced, choreographed and directed by Michael Flatley. Please note, Michael Flatley will not be performing in this production. Details www.plymouthpavilions.com. Early bird ticket offer available: All tickets for the performance on Thursday 23 February 2017 are £25, until Sunday 14 February 2016.

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