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

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Monday 25 July 2016 - The East Pointers - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Three young men from Canada whose talent and penchant for traditional Celtic tunes of decades past greatly belie their respective ages. Formed in 2014, each member of The East Pointers – banjoist/vocalist/step-dancer Koady Chaisson, fiddle player/vocalist Tim Chaisson, and guitarist/vocalist Jake Charron – is an accomplished musician in his own right, and their union produces a blend of Celtic tunes, songs and step-dances molded into something uniquely Canadian through a history which goes back generations. Winners of Music PEI Awards for New Artist of the Year 2015, Roots Traditional Recording of the Year 2015 and nominees in Canada’s East Coast Music Awards 2016. "Furiously energetic yet organic, celebratory yet cool, this is an impressive calling-card for a band who are soon likely to be making waves around the world" Songlines. Full details, samples etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/the-east-pointers. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Wednesday 27 July 2016 - Flats and Sharps - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Hailing from Cornwall this five piece band blur the lines of Bluegrass, Folk, Country & Pop, playing highly original songs as well as their renditions of Blugrass classics. They can already list the Country 2 Country Festival at the O2 , The Proms at Hyde Park amongst an incredible list of live performances. " effortlessly entertaining....sublime five part harmonies...the pace of their performance is breathtaking" Mark Ellen - R2 Magazine. www.flatsandsharps.co.uk. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Wednesday 27 July 2016 - Hayseed Dixie - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
The band was formed in the summer of 2000 on the front porch of a cabin in the Appalachian Mountains of East Tennessee, when after drinking enough whiskey to float a battleship across the Sahara Desert, it became suddenly obvious to the boys that the "Lost Highway" of Hank Williams and the "Highway To Hell" of AC/DC were the same damned road. The rest of the world first got a taste of the boys on April 17, 2001 with the release of their first album, titled "A Hillbilly Tribute To AC/DC".  This gig will sell out. Details, samples, bookings etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!hayseed-dixie/o0qza. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

Thursday 28 July 2016 8.30pm - Roisin & Jamie Yost - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Roisin is a young singer/songwriter from the highlands of Scotland. Her celtic background has influenced her music and has created a delicate folky sound. Jamie Yost is a young singer songwriter from Devon. “Combining sharp chords and timely plucking with a voice that is both strong and gentle simultaneously, Jamie creates the kind of easy-listening songs that you can repeat time and time again and only appreciate them more every time.” – Noah Winters. £2. www.facebook.com/TheBBar/events. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

29/30 July 2016 - Tashi Lhunpo Tibetan Monks workshops/performance - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
See www.theflavel.org.uk for details. Art, costumes, music, dance...

29 July to 5 August 2016 - Sidmouth Folk Week
See www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk.

Saturday 30 July 2016 - Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Rajasthan – the land of royalty – a glittering jewel set in the golden sands of the barren Thar Desert,with a wealth of rich culture, tradition and heritage. The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band is a living embodiment of this landscape, a spectacular celebration of its vibrant and colourful lifestyle, their music and dance a heady, exciting and hypnotic reflection of this enchanting region. With a diverse repertoire spanning Rajasthani folk songs, Bollywood hits, spiritual qawwali and Bhangra beats these ten vividly costumed artists cover the full spectrum of the evocative and joyous music that governs life in Rajasthan. Full details, samples etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/rajasthan-heritage-brass-band. Box Office: 01392 667080.

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.

Monday 1 August 2016 - Reg Meuross - Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ (map)
Award winning singer songwriter Reg Meuross is touring solo with new album “December”. Reg is a true modern day troubadour – commenting on life as he sees it, with some of the most beautifully disarming songs and lyrics ever written. As FolkWords says, his songs are ‘the hinges upon which swing the doors of perceptive English folk’. In this tour Reg will be playing all 10 songs from the new album as well as unfolding stories and characters from his 10 highly acclaimed previous albums. www.regmeuross.com. "…sounds like a forgotten, American 60s classic with echoes of Dylan, Tom Paxton & Leonard Cohen" Robin Denselow, The Guardian. www.sterts.co.uk/product_details.php?item_id=87.

Thursday 4 August 2016 5pm - Reg Meuross - Parish Church, Church Lane, Sidmouth EX10 8LG
Award winning singer songwriter Reg Meuross is touring solo with new album “December”. Reg is a true modern day troubadour – commenting on life as he sees it, with some of the most beautifully disarming songs and lyrics ever written. As FolkWords says, his songs are ‘the hinges upon which swing the doors of perceptive English folk’. In this tour Reg will be playing all 10 songs from the new album as well as unfolding stories and characters from his 10 highly acclaimed previous albums. www.regmeuross.com. "…sounds like a forgotten, American 60s classic with echoes of Dylan, Tom Paxton & Leonard Cohen" Robin Denselow, The Guardian. www.wegottickets.com/event/360367.

Thursday 4 August 2016 - Cooper & Davies - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Shropshire duo Rob Cooper and Simon Davies. Drawn together by a desire to play rootsy Americana, they developed their own style and sound which draws on the traditions of country, blues and bluegrass et al. Having recently played at Country 2 Country at the O2 these guys are gauranteed to leave audiences with toes tapping and faces smiling. www.cooperanddavies.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

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.
UPDATED Friday 5 August 2016 - Blazin Fiddles concert + Dartmoor Pixie Band ceilidh - Dartmoor Folk Festival, South Zeal
Blazin’ Fiddles concert 8.00-9.30pm. Friday evening ticket £20 (child half price) includes a ceilidh 10.00pm-midnight with the Dartmoor Pixie Band. Licensed bar. Part of the Dartmoor Folk Festival www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk.

Saturday 6 August 2016 - The Rheingans Sisters - Athenaeum Theatre, Plymouth
At Gingers Gathering 2016 www.facebook.com/gingersthegathering. Fiddle-singers Rowan and Anna, nominated twice in the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - for the 'Horizon' award and for 'Best Original Track'. www.rheinganssisters.co.uk. 'The Rheingans Sisters are delicate and skilled musicians who refresh their traditions by embellishing known themes in their own particular style, creating sounds that are recognisably grounded in the earth of folk music and song, yet flying to new destinations.' Nancy Kerr, 2015 BBC Folk Singer of the Year; '[new album] is unhurried music of heart and ease and lyricism, with gorgeous new songs that sound already timeless, that reek of earthly human connection and longing; a warm hug of an album.' Karine Polwart.

Tuesday 9 August 2016 7pm - Land Of The Giants - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Yes the full band live and unplugged. After six months of studio time, the Southwest band are hitting the country with a new lease of life and a brand new set ready to fill your ears with upbeat, feel-good sounds and your soul with cheery, uplifting vibes. With ideas too big to be pigeon-holed, the Giants fuse many a musical style and are quite frankly genre-defying. Expect inspired songwriting, pumping drum and bass licks, scorching guitar, soulful yet commanding vocals and a jumpin' brass section. 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 11 August 2016 - Tipitina - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
The trio's music is a life-enhancing blend of swing, boogie, jive, gospel and blues in the New Orleans tradition. Championed by BBC Radio 2's Paul Jones, the band will have you dancing in the aisles. Vocalist Debbie Jones is as sultry as a night downtown and Justin Randall's piano boogies like there's no tomorrow. Their performances are full of energy, versatility and sheer ‘joie de vivre' - no wonder they're one of our most popular acts! www.myspace.com/tipitinaartist/music/songs. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Thursday 11 August 2016 - Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate offer a fusion of world, afrobeat, hip-hop, folk and reggae, which has charted in the World Music iTunes top ten. It defies description but demands attention. They have been nominated for multiple music awards including Best Act and Best Cross Cultural Collaboration. Box Office: 01392 667080. Full details, samples etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/joe-driscoll-sekou-kouyate.

tbc Thursday 11 August 2016 7.30pm - Folk Plus Acoustic Music Club - Ye Olde Smokey House, Vicarage Rd, Marldon, Paignton TQ3 9NN (map)
Lively and friendly monthly (2nd Thursday) open mike club. Folk features strongly, but not exclusively. Beginners and more experienced all welcome. Every night has been busy, with a tremendous range of music. Contact Paul on 07894 961010 or email p.woodhouse47@sky.com. Facebook: Folk Plus Acoustic Music Club Paignton. Next sessions will be Thursdays 14 April and 12 May.

Friday 12 August 2016 - Widecombe Sailing Club Barn Dance - Langworthy Farm, Widecombe
Barn dance (in a barn) with a nautical theme. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk

Friday 12 August 7.15-9pm - Harbottle & Jonas - River Cottage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3QQ
Totnes-based traditional folk duo of guitarist David and concertina player Freya.
www.harbottleandjonas.com.

Friday 12 August 2016 7pm - Transylvania - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
With a blast of fresh air comes Transylvania a band quite unlike anything that comes before it, genuinely from Transylvania (Romania), the band centres around the dual talents of Konstantin Zgomot and Vlad Damien whose deep roots in Transylvania are best explored separately. Their repertoire with an array of awesome acoustic musicians draws on their roots but with red hot beats and samples provided by ultra producer Konstantin, you’ll be driven along a Balkan highway to the dance floor and will find them quite irresistible. 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 12 August 2016 - Devon Acoustic Collective - Lupton House, Churston Ferrers, nr Brixham TQ5 0LD
Concert featuring Folk Inspired (Chris & Paul Woodhouse), Harpingmad (Bill & Susi Trezise), Nine Pound Catfish (Graham Butterfield, Ian & Jane Gardner), Orinoco (Susi Trezise & Martyn Cornellius). Contact 01803 550153 or 07894 961010. Email: p.woodhouse47@sky.com. £10 adv, £12 door. Tickets available from June.

Saturday 13 August 2016 7.30pm - Dawlish Carnival Ceilidh with Mrs Midnight's - Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish EX7 9PT
Caller Mike Boston. Tickets £8. Information from Alan Brown 01626 863016. No bar, BYO drinks.

Saturday 13 August 2016 - Barn Dance with Fox Amongst the Chickens - Tithe Barn, Buckland Abbey
For contact details or to book tickets see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/e9e8c61f-e425-49da-bb2e-656c651dea79/pages/details.

Saturday 13 August 2016 8pm – Geoff Lakeman, George Papavgeris - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Geoff is a father figure in the folk world and master of the Crane Duet Concertina, an ex-resident of Herga Folk Club, he was a prime culprit in my getting involved with folk music some forty years ago, and double billed this evening with George Papavgeris, a current resident of Herga Folk Club. There is little to say about Geoff that isn’t known, but for those unfamiliar with George he is a brilliant songwriter and singer guitarist, his songs have been covered over a dozen times by artists including Vin Garbutt, Andy Irvine and Roy Bailey. Tickets: £12/£10. For info call Hugh Diamond 01626 775517 or email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com. Full info and future concerts www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

Monday 15 August 2016 - Hayseed Dixie - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Is there really such a thing as a hillbilly band covering rock classics? You betcha. They are called Hayseed Dixie and they play Rockgrass. Songs by artists such as Kiss, Outkast, Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith get the Rockgrass treatment, but the band play original songs too. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/hayseed-dixie. £16. Box Office: 01392 667080.

Thursday 18 August 2016 - Brooks Williams & Lightning Express - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Georgia born Brooks, ranked one of the Top 100 Acoustic guitarists, along with bassist Andy Seward and drummer Keith Angel who make up Lightning Express. Singer-songwriter Brooks writes groove-laden songs and delivers them with an easy-going vocal style and monstrous guitar chops. Walking the line between blues and Americana, Williams has worked stages worldwide for over 25 years and now returns with the band, amassing a staggering back-catalogue of songs, recordings and tales of life on the road. www.brookswilliams.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

Thursday 18 August 2016 - Ethan Johns - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
A man of several hats, record producer and sideman Ethan Johns' incredible career, has seen him produce albums for the likes of Ryan Adams, The Kings Of Leon, Emmy Lou Harris, Tom Jones, Paul Mc Cartney and Laura Marling, in between playing guitar/keyboards/drums with Crosby, Stills and Nash, Tom Jones and the aforementioned Ms Harris. On his latest album 'Silver Liner', he treads an intriguing route between the Americana of Neil Young's sun kissed California, and the darker sides of English folk. A rare gig in this intimate setting promises to be a very special evening. Support: Sam Piper. Tickets £12.50 adv £15 Door from the Bridge Inn 01392 873862, £15 door.

19-21 August 2016 - Beautiful Days Festival - Escot Park near Exeter
Multi-genre. Details www.beautifuldays.org.

NEW Saturday 20 August 2016 7.30pm - Ceilidh with Rumpus - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton, Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
Adv tickets only (non-refundable), £10, includes light quiche, salad and traybakes supper. Organised by Totnes WI - so the traybakes will be good! BYO drinks. Bookings: email totneswi@gmail.com or tel. 01803 369918.

NEW Thursday 25 August 2016 - Gigspanner - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
We end our summer courtyard sessions with a welcome return visit from this brilliant trio headed by legendary  ex-Steeleye Spanfiddle player, Peter Knight. Joined by Roger Flack (guitar) and Vincent Salzfaas (congas and djembe), Peter's Gigspanner will take you on a dazzling musical world tour, that combines traditional British with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences. "Peter Knight can spin the World on his Bow" (Sir Terry Pratchett). www.gigspanner.com. Booking details etc. www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Friday 26 August 2016 9pm - Crow Puppets - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Bringing their own unique style of homespun folk, Crow Puppets are a Devon based female folk duo; Cara Roxanne and Em Marshall. Singing close harmonies and blending a hotchpotch of instruments, they weave mysterious imagery and tender lyrics into their warm and heartfelt performances. Both have their own distinctive sound and working together has caused an exciting contrast of song writing which cultivates memories of forgotten landscape and rugged terrain. Since forming in the winter of 2012, they have played extensively throughout England and have had airtime on UK, European and American Radio and are currently recording their second album. From folk infused moorland whistle refrains to banjo busting solos, this is an evening not to be missed! www.crowpuppets.com. £3.www.facebook.com/TheBBar/events. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

26-29 August 2016 - Cornwall Folk Festival - Wadebridge
Ralph McTell and Martin Simpson headlining. www.cornwallfolkfestival.com.

NEW 26/27 August 2016 - Sea Change Festival - Totnes
New multi-genre festival, curated by the Drift Record Shop.Some folk content. See www.seachangefestival.co.uk/line-up.

NEW Sunday 28 August 2016 2.30pm - Paddy’s Whiskers - The Boathouse, Preston Sands, Paignton
Paignton based Irish-American band playing a mixture of fiddle and mandolin led Irish jigs and reels for dancing, banjo driven bluegrass numbers, and Scottish tunes on border bagpipes. The whole band sing and at a Whiskers gig you’ll hear well known favourites from the folk tradition, together with a few original songs and tunes written by the band. Live music starts at 2:30pm.  Free entry, but booking advised if you want to eat (01803 665066). More information from www.paddyswhiskers.co.uk or ring Andrew on 01803 520798. The venue is very family friendly - and if the sun is shining the gig will be on the beautiful terrace overlooking Preston Beach.

NEW Sunday 28 August 2016 from 3.30pm - The Great Celebration (with Martha Tilston, Nathan Ball) - The Hillyfield, Harbourneford
A fundraiser for The Hillyfield Appeal. www.thehillyfield.co.uk. Music: Martha Tilston, Nathan Ball & more; storytelling: legendary bard Martin Shaw and friends (SchoolofMyth.com); stargazing: with astronomers Dartmoor Skies. Details, tickets £50(+) / £40(+) etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/366932.

NEW Saturday 3 September 2016 - Fishstock Seafood & Music Festival - Brixham
www.fishstockbrixham.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 3 September 2016 7.30pm - Robin & Bina Williamson - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
Robin (ex-Incredible String Band!) and Bina Williamson.  Tickets www.ticketsource.co.uk/southdevonmusic or email phil.royal@btinternet.com. South Devon Music exists to bring world class talent to our doorstep. Help us to keep on keeping on.

Saturday 3 September 2016 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Jiggery folkery, hokery pokery... Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music and raise hands, lift feet and start parties wherever they play. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies - they never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Whisking up whistles, fiddles and mandolins to collide in a spectacular explosion of infectious fun, they demand you to dance. www.carnglaze.com/mad-dog-mcrea-saturday-3rd-september-2016. Tel. 01579 320251.

NEW Sunday 4 September 2016 7pm - Lauren Housely - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Lauren’s debut album ‘Sweet Surrender’ is an all killer, no filler, affair with a number of tracks already either playlisted or on prime spot play at Radio 2 by the likes of Chris Evans, Jeremy Vine, Bob Harris, Robert Elms etc, all of whom know a good tune when they hear one. Lauren will continue to attract a legion of supporters, by dint of her emotive vocals, steeped in gospel/blues/soul phrasing, and her honest, sincere and personal song writing. Singing and songwriting of such standard that will, in fact, be equally appealing to mainstream audiences too, as indeed proved by her current Radio support. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Thursday 8 September 2016 1.15pm - "Folk Inspired" - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
1.15-1.45pm. Paul & Chris Woodhouse perform traditional and contemporary folk music as well as straying into other genres. One of a series of short recitals (lunchtime monthly concert series) given by local musicians. Proceeds from all Flavel Recitals go directly to support the Classical Series. Thursdays monthly Tickets: Freewith a retiring collection.

Saturday 10 September 2016 - India Electric Co. - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Cole Stacey and Joseph O'Keefe. WBursting with invention and full of surprises" - The Telegraph; "Sometimes folk, sometimes not. India Electric Company travel through Eastern European themes, gypsy jazz and Irish reels to end up with something "quirky and glittery - a veritable musical magpie's nest" - Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3. They've recently found themselves performing live sessions on BBC Radio 2, 6 Music, and Glastonbury Festival. www.indiaelectricco.com. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Saturday 10 September 2016 7pm - Noëlle et les Papillons - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Noëlle et les Papillons in concert playing songs from Noëlle Rollings' debut album, "French Exchange". Noëlle is joined by Gaëlle Hammond on backing vocals, melodica and percussion, Alex Worsley on guitars, Tom Unwin on keyboards, Steve Crossen on drums and percussion, Graham Hutton on trumpet as well as acoustic and electric bass. "...jazz singer still might be felt to be her foundation, but her strong artistic identity and range of references takes us way beyond jazz into the fascinating world of her own songs and arrangements". See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Sunday 11 September 2016 8pm - Leveret - Topsham Folk Club, Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Leveret's music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new with original settings of ancient tunes sitting alongside new compositions by some of today's finest tunesmiths in the folk field. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument. £12 adv/£14 door. www.topshamfolkclub.org. www.wegottickets.com/event/363160.

NEW Sunday 11 September 2016 7.45pm - Dana & Susan Robinson - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
American couple, who thoroughly charmed us on their last visit and who provide a unique blend of traditional Appalachian music together with fine contemporary songwriting, accompanied on banjo, fiddle and guitars. "Many songwriters have been heralded as modern day Woody Guthries…but that mantle might be better entrusted to Dana Robinson."
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 11 September 2016 7.30pm  - Show of Hands - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Show of Hands & Friends invite you to a concert in memory of Lily Partridge in support of local charities. Full details, bookings etc. https://sites.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15701.

NEW Tuesday 13 September 2016 8pm - Autumn Folk at the Brewery - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village EX5 5AE
Exmouth Shanty Men - Guest MC Mike Warman. Craft Theme: Country Pottery from Harry Juniper (including Harvest jugs) - Half Moon Village, EX5 5AE. Entry includes Pint & Pasty. Tickets £6. Further information: folk@reynardine.co.uk,  01363 82621. www.reynardine.co.uk. Note: Disabled access pending

tbc NEW Thursday 13 September 2016 8pm - Draught Of Ale - Teignmouth Folk Club, Oystercatchers Cafe, 12 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8DD (map)
Guest night with the folk band comprising Maggie Duffy, Mike Weed, Tiggy ?? and Les Noden.  Free admission. More details from Martyn Hillstead 01626 778071.

NEW 16-18 September 2016 - Lostinfolk Festival - Lostwithiel Community Centre
New in 2016, and not too far away from us. The festival will offer four concerts over the three days plus a late-night ceilidh after the Saturday evening concert. The line-up includes well known folk and acoustic artists who will be familiar to many of the county’s folk club audiences including Jez Lowe & the Bad Pennies, Richard Digance, Johnny Coppin & Mike Silver, Sally Barker, and Exeter’s Wildwood Kin. Audiences will also have the opportunity to enjoy exploring the effervescent Gerry Colvin Band, world folk music rhythms of the Hut People, and Cambridgeshire mandolinist Daniel Nestlerode. Add to this impressive list the Americana and rocky blues of the Spikedrivers, Suffolk’s Broadside Boys with their tales of local characters, the full on fiddle led Celtic fusion of the Roving Crows, and last but certainly not least, the folk rock dance masters of experimentation (yes you can folk dance to Kraftwerk!) Tickled Pink for the ceilidh, and there is certainly a diverse mix of musical genres to appeal to everyone! www.deckchairproductions.co.uk.

Saturday 17 September 2016 - Murphys Law - where?

NEW Saturday 17 September 2016 - Tim Fitzhigham as Will Kempe Shakespeare’s Stand-up - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Having created the great comedy parts of Falstaff, Bottom and Dogberry, in 1600 Will Kempe the comedian and William Shakespeare the writer fell out over Kempe's ideas for a comedy part in Hamlet. To show Shakespeare the true nature of comedy Kempe walked out of his office in the globe and Morris Danced from London to Norwich in nine days. Just over 400 years later multi-award winning comedian Tim FitzHigham read about this argument in the footnote of a long forgotten book. To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare join Tim for wild Morris dancing, near death, arrest and injury as he takes on the challenge of the greatest stand up the world ever saw - Will Kempe. 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. [Not folk (or is it?, but sounds interesting]

NEW Sunday 18 September 2016 7.45pm - Gerry Colvin Band - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
(formerly Colvin Quarmby) A supremely entertaining act, underpinned by Gerry’s ability to write deeply moving songs and to involve an audience with his warmth and humour. Add to that great musicians on lead and bass guitars, fiddle, accordion and percussion and you have the perfect combination: great lyrics, fine voices and the tightest accompaniment.
For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Friday 23 September 2016 8pm - Pete Coe - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).
Friday 21 October - Les Barker
Friday 18 November - Jim Moray

NEW Friday 23 September 2016 8.30pm - Gallery Bar Special: Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll, with James Budden - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Two of the West Country’s finest fiddle-players join forces in this fabulous duo with a stunning new take on English traditional music and song. Melodic, emotive violin and viola blend with driving fiddle chords and powerful vocals to create a rich, captivating sound. Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll have worked and recorded with many of the leading lights of the folk world and currently perform in the Jim Causley trio. They are joined by James Budden on double bass for an evening that will take you on a journey from the dark side of English ballad to light-hearted country dance tunes interspersed with their own compositions and anecdotes of fiddling adventures! See the trio here www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fh1Eq5lFwY. Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to the trio please.
www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 23 September 2016 - Home Service - The David Hall, South Petherton
Quite a trek (1½ hours' drive from Totnes), but if you're keen to see the first gig by the new line-up of Home Service with John Kirkpatrik as lead vocalist (and on squeezeboxes of course) following the retirement of John Tams, you might want to make the journey. www.homeserviceband.co.uk.  The David Hall has an ongoing programme of top-class folk gigs. www.thedavidhall.org.uk.

NEW Friday 23 September 2016 - Acoustic Haven: tba - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map).
tba www.acoustichaven.co.uk. Acoustic Haven is a community music night run by volunteers.

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 Ninebarrow www.ninebarrow.co.uk. Support: Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed. Tickets £14(+) online at www.wegottickets.com/event/350060. Keep up to date with gigs Maggie & Mike 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.

UPDATED Rescheduled from 25 April 2016
Sunday 25 September 2016 ???pm - 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.

NEW Friday 30 September 2016 7pm - Phil Beer - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
An audience with Phil Beer has been described as a glimpse into his world where folk, blues, hymns, the sea, the West Country and a life spent in music combine to make a true show. A Phil Beer gig is one spent in the company of a true craftsman, a master musician and consummate performer. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

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

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

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

NEW Saturday 8 October 2016 7.30pm - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Josienne and Ben's profile has risen steeply since they received major accolades for the 2013 Album, Fire and Fortune. This was followed by their equally successful 2015 release, Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour. The popularity of their live performances and quality of their recordings climaxed in the award of best duo at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The Independent described them as extremely compelling. A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel. www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

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.

NEW Saturday 8 October 2016 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Details tba. www.calstockarts.org.

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

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

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

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

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

NEW Friday 21 October  2016 8pm - Les Barker - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983 (The Cornelius Family).

NEW Friday 21 October 2016 - Faustus - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
more details tba Tour launching the new album (only their third) from the brilliant trio of Saul Rose, Paul Sartin and Benji Kirkpatrick. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk

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

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

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

NEW Saturday 29 October 2016 - Steve Ashley - Manor Inn, Galmpton
Details tbc. Support from Maggie and Mike. Buy tickets by emailing info@maggieandmike.co.uk or calling Maggie on 01803 855961.

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

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

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

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

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

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

NEW Friday 18 November 2016 - Martyn Joseph - America Hall, De La Rue Way, Pinhoe, Exeter EX4 8PX (map)
Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other, a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”, but there are also shades of John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be – but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman.
 www.martynjoseph.net. More details, bookings etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/366898.

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

NEW tbc Monday 21 November 2016 - The Demon Barbers - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
The Lock In 'Christmas Carol' Tour. Box Office: 01392 667080. Full details, samples etc. tba

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Culf
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