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

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Friday 28 January 2022 8pm - Jim Causley: Songs of Devon - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Drawing from the collections of Victorian folksong collectors such as Sabine Baring-Gould and Cecil Sharp as well as more modern collectors and writers including Cyril Tawney and Tony Rose, living singers as well as a few of his own self-penned hits, Jim presents an evening jam-packed with Devonshire delights that richly bring to life the distinct flavour of music-making from this unique corner of the British Isles. Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

Saturday 29 January 2022 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Dartmoor Pixies - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See
www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

Saturday 29 January 2022 - John Francis Flynn - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
John Francis Flynn is a singer and multi-instrumentalist whose work centres around traditional and folk material from Ireland. He is a founding member of the band, Skipper’s Alley, with whom he has toured extensively throughout Europe and America. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Saturday 29 January 2022 7.30pm - Suthering with Harbottle & Jonas - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
Suthering: The musical alias of Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall, have taken the folk scene by storm with their unusual and fresh approach to folk music. Suthering bring an exciting take on folk storytelling with their evocative and distinctive sound. Partners in life and music, dynamic Devon based folk duo Harbottle & Jonas are one of the most exciting acts on the UK circuit today, combining a love of the richness of traditional folk with their own original and powerful songwriting. Full details www.brixhamtheatre.co.uk.

Thursday 3 February 2022 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
The band features founding member Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Ric Sanders on violin, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion. Special Guest for the Tour is Singer / Songwriter - Luke Jackson. Luke is a wonderful performer gaining much recognition for his recorded work as well as touring the UK, Europe, and America relentlessly. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on

Thursday 3 February 2022 - Seth Lakeman with Benji Kirkpatrick - Old Bakery Studios, Blewett’s Wharf, Malpas Road, Truro TR1 1QH
For details see www.sethlakeman.co.uk/live-dates.

NEW Thursday 3 February 2022 8pm - Keith James ~ Fruit Tree: The Songs of Nick Drake - New Lion Brewery Taproom, Meadowbrook, Dartington, Totnes TQ9 6JD
Keith James masterful interpretation of one of Britain's greatest ever song writers music offers a rare opportunity to hear the late Nick Drake's beautiful, transfixing songs played live. In 2001 Keith James was the first artist ever to bring this immaculate and intriguingly fragile music to Theatres across the UK in its pure live concert form. The result was six years of highly acclaimed tours amounting to over 1000 concerts in venues across the UK and Europe. "Musicians brave enough to make the music they really believe in. Keith James is one of these" Bob Harris BBC Radio 2. "An absolute must” Mark Radcliffe - BBC Radio 2. Full details
www.wegottickets.com/event/532860.

Friday 4 February 2022 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
'Pass Notes - The Stories Behind the Songs' Tour. Following the success of Steve’s intimate 2019 one man show, his latest outing is intended for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing. Exploring his extensive back catalogue and introducing unheard, new material he explores the themes and stories that inspire him and shows how music and words can become lyrics and chords and notes can meld to create songs that acquire a life of their own! www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk

Saturday 5 February 2022 8pm - Steve Knightley - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
The Stories Behind The Songs - Following the success of his intimate one man show, Steve’s latest outing is for anyone fascinated by the art and craft of song writing. Exploring his extensive back catalogue and introducing unheard new material, Steve explores the themes and stories that inspire him. He’ll show how music and words can become lyrics and chords, and notes can meld to create songs that acquire a life of their own. www.calstockarts.org

Saturday 5 February 2022 - Flats & Sharps - St Mary the Virgin Church, Abbotsbury, Newton Abbot
‘One of the hottest new up-and-coming bluegrass bands.’ Flats and Sharps are a four-piece bluegrass outfit from Penzance, Cornwall. Delivering energetic, enthusiastic and spirited Bluegrass to audiences all around the world, Flats and Sharps have been performing their unique take on this music for over eight years. Their shows include a wide variety of influences, from a fresh and modern outlook on foot-stomping Bluegrass material through to their powerful and well-crafted original songs, with beautiful moments everywhere in between. Full details www.worldunlimited.co.uk/whats-on.

Sunday 6 February 2022 8pm - Nick Hart - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Nick's love of the nuances of traditional singing informs his minimal guitar accompaniment and his songs are delivered with a great emphasis on storytelling. His repertoire of songs drawn largely from his native East Anglia - ‘Uncluttered, great singing that reminds me of the very best English roots singers... this is the real deal’. - Mike Harding. www.nickhartmusic.com.
Full details www.topshamfolkclub.org.

Monday 7 February 2022 8pm - Teignmouth Folk Club, The Brass, Hollands Road, Teignmouth TQ14 8SR
Singers' & Musicians' Open Night. Free. Free admission. More details from Martyn Hillstead 01626 778071. Club Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/233792233306152.

Friday 11 February 2022 8pm - Suthering - Tavistock Wharf (map)
A word meaning the noise of the wind through the leaves or under a bird's wings, it sums up the ethos of rising stars, Julu Irvine and Heg Brignall. with this connection to nature, they have garnered a reputation as "joyful, life-affirming and even a bit kick-ass feminists". They harmonise beautifully on self-penned songs, accompanying themselves on guitar and keyboards, and also bring a fresh approach to traditional music. www.tavistockwharf.com.

tbc Saturday 12 February 2022 7.30pm - d'Accord French & Breton dance and music - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
tbc For more information on d'Accord (and other related events in the area) see www.facebook.com/groups/149787688758876.

UPDATED Sunday 13 February 2022 7.45pm - Phil Beer - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
Perhaps best known as one half of "Show of Hands" and a top-flight fiddler, Phil is not just a stunning musician, capable of playing just about any stringed instrument, but is also a talented singer and producer (also on Ben Campbell's latest CD). He has a countless list of musical collaborations, award nominations and recording credits and is in constant demand as a composer/session musician. A musical genius!
This concert is already heavily booked; email us at folkonthemoor1@gmail.com to book your seat(s). www.moorfolk.co.uk.
Coming later:
Sundays 13/3 John Ward Trio, 27/3 Johnny Coppin, 10/4 Idiot & Friend (aka Les Barker & Keith Donnelly)

Sunday 13 February 2022 - Seth Lakeman with Benji Kirkpatrick - The Box, Tavistock Place, Plymouth PL4 8AX
For details see www.sethlakeman.co.uk/live-dates.

Sunday 13 February 2022 - Martha Tilston - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
With a voice like spider-webbed hollows and lyrics that inspire and captivate, Martha has carved her niche in the English modern folk scene with sharp, original songs that dissect the modern world

NEW Tuesday 15 February 2022 - Martin Carthy - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Ballad singer, ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist, for more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

Friday 18 February 2022 - Flats & Sharps - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Flats and Sharps have been performing their unique take on this music for over eight years. Their shows include a wide variety of influences, from a fresh and modern outlook on foot-stomping Bluegrass material through to their powerful and well-crafted original songs, with beautiful moments everywhere in between. Details www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page7.html.

Saturday 19 February 2022 7.30pm - Sam Sweeney - Dartington Great Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
Nominated four times, and winner in 2015, of Musician Of The Year BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Sam is a veteran of the mighty Bellowhead, former and inaugural artistic director of the National Youth Folk Ensemble, founder member of the acclaimed instrumental trio Leveret, and “one of the defining English fiddle players of his generation” (Mark Radcliffe) at the forefront of the revival in English traditional music. After the release of his two critically acclaimed albums, Sam is taking to the road for a few exclusive, intimate, totally acoustic solo performances, playing some of his favourite tunes. Full detail see www.dartington.org/event/sam-sweeney.

Sunday 20 February 2022 8pm - Lau Unplugged - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
For the first time in over a decade, Lau present an entirely acoustic tour. The pioneering Scottish folk trio has always experimented with sound and form; the results have been complex and thrilling. Their Unplugged concert tour sees traditional music’s most celebrated innovators strip away their banks of electronics, loops and wild effects. The trio of Kris Drever (guitar, vocals), Martin Green (accordion) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) feel drawn to a more raw and plain-speaking aesthetic. The approach is subtler, less about spectacle, more about close listening. In brash and polarised political times, here is the poetry of real instruments and considerate music making. www.calstockarts.org

NEW Wednesday 23 February 2022 7.30pm - Spirit of the Dance - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
Seen by more than 20 million people worldwide, the blockbuster hit show is Irish in origin and bursting with raw energy. One of the most exciting dance shows ever, this high octane extravaganza takes dance to the next level, in an explosive fusion of heart pounding Irish Dance combined with dance styles from round the world. Full details www.ledleisure.co.uk/exmouth-pavilion/whats-on.

UPDATED Saturday 26 February 2022 - Paul Downes & Phil Beer - Exminster Victory Hall, Main Road, Exminster EX6 8DF
Special event presented by Exeter Folk Club. A rare opportunity to see these local legends together, as they haven't performed in this area for many years. Phil, of course, is a member of folk titans, Show Of Hands and Paul is rated as one of the finest folk guitarists in the U.K., being utilised by Mick Ryan, as a duo and featured in several of Mick Ryan's folk operas. Covid safety measures will be in place. A car park is situated on Deepway Lane at the recreation ground (approx 100 yards away), plus a limited car park by the hall and street parking. Advance notice required for attendance for this event. Info / ticket enquiries contact: exeterfolkclub@outlook.com, 01392 210983, www.exeterfolkclub.org.

Saturday 26 February 2022 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Mischief & Mayhem - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See
www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

Sunday 27 February 2022 7.45pm - Suthering - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
A word meaning the noise of the wind through the leaves or under a bird's wings, it sums up the ethos of rising stars, Julu Irvine and Heg Brignall. with this connection to nature, they have garnered a reputation as "joyful, life-affirming and even a bit kick-ass feminists". They harmonise beautifully on self-penned songs, accompanying themselves on guitar and keyboards, and also bring a fresh approach to traditional music. Please email us at folkonthemoor1@gmail.com to let us know you are coming along. www.moorfolk.co.uk

NEW Tuesday 1 March 2022 7.30pm - The Fureys - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
Legends of Irish music and song. Full details www.ledleisure.co.uk/exmouth-pavilion/whats-on
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NEW Wednesday 2 March 2022 - Faustus - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Playing music for our times, Faustus take traditional English music, rip it up, put it together again and move it on. A vigorous rhythmic impetus and rock/prog rock influence propels the sound into the here and now and a range of instruments deployed in unconventional ways gives a unique texture, depth and variety to the band’s sound. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Thursday 3 March 2022 - This Is The Kit - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing, balcony seating.
The folk icons visit Exeter Phoenix next March for a very special one-off intimate headline performance. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Saturday 5 March 2022 7.30pm - Cara Dillon - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Cara Dillon, one of the most outstanding performers on the UK folk scene, continues the Folk at the Flavel series. www.theflavel.org.uk

NEW Sunday 6 March 2022 8pm - Leveret - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting -button accordion, Sam Sweeney - fiddle and Rob Harbron - concertina. Together they combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity. Leveret’s music is firmly rooted in the English tradition but sounds fresh and new.
www.leveretband.com. Full details www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Friday 11 March 2022 8pm - Chris Wood - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
In a world of soundbites and distractions, Chris Wood is a truth seeker. His writing is permeated with love and wry intelligence, uplifting and challenging as he celebrates the sheer one-thing-after-anotherness of life. Tom Robinson and Chris Difford are fans while Stick In The Wheel and The Unthanks look to him as an influence. Winner of six BBC Folk Awards, he’s played with The Royal Shakespeare Company and was a key member of The Imagined Village along with Billy Bragg and Martin Carthy. A wise and soulful craftsman, his concerts are a cliché-free zone. www.calstockarts.org

NEW Friday 11 March 2022 7.30pm - Miranda Sykes - St Mary the Virgin Church, Abbotsbury, Newton Abbot TQ12 2ND
details tba Miranda, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’, is returning to her roots. She will be touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar. With her sensational voice, and accompanying herself, this show is powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant & beautiful, giving us all a chance to reflect and maybe even empower us.

NEW Friday 11 March 2022 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Kathryn & Sean have long established themselves as one of the UK folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships. To celebrate and acknowledge this milestone, the couple will revisit and reinterpret songs which span their career. From the early days of folk supergroup 'Equation', the evening promises a whistle-stop tour through their artistic journey to date. Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 13 March 2022 7.45pm - John Ward Trio - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
Suffolk-born singer/songwriter John performs his own and traditional songs with wife Lynne and Les Woodley and they accompany on guitar, double bass, mandolin, harmonica, whistles and bodhran. After their 2019 visit, Anton wrote, “The John Ward Trio gave us powerful songs, fine harmonies, skilled accompaniment and a breathtaking bodhran solo. The audience loved it, gave one of the most enthusiastic responses the Club has ever seen and demanded they be rebooked.” Please email us at folkonthemoor1@gmail.com to let us know you are coming along. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 17 March 2022 - Mad Dog Mcrea St Patrick's Day Special - Plymouth Pavilions
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. In constant demand and having played just about every festival and two-bit, jibe-arsed dive in Christendom, Mad Dog Mcrea are, in every sense of the word, a live, band. Support from special guests tba.
Full details www.plymouthpavilions.com.

NEW Friday 18 March 2022 7pm - Penguin Cafe - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
Penguin Cafe was founded by Arthur Jeffes, bringing together a talented group of musicians from Suede, Gorillaz, and Razorlight, to perform his father Simon Jeffes’ legacy of world renowned Penguin Cafe Orchestra music, ten years after his untimely death in 1997. Full details www.cabaretvoltaireevents.com.

NEW Saturday 19 March 2022 8pm - Peter Knight & John Spiers - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, Improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. Together they have created a musical document that resonates with history, but also something that should inspire future generations of musicians to engage with Britain’s folk dancing heritage, and the beautiful, mysterious tunes that can be found within that heritage. These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing, and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time. www.peterknight.net/knight-and-spiers. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Sunday 20 March 2022 7.30pm - Peter Knight & John Spiers - St Mary's and St Julian's Church, Maker with Rame, nr Torpoint, Cornwall PL10 1JB (map)
The pairing of violin and melodeon is not a new one, but in the hands of Knight and Spiers, Improvisation and invention meet the listener at every turn. Together they have created a musical document that resonates with history, but also something that should inspire future generations of musicians to engage with Britain’s folk dancing heritage, and the beautiful, mysterious tunes that can be found within that heritage. These uniquely gifted musicians make a sublime pairing, and create a live performance to be remembered for a long time. www.peterknight.net/knight-and-spiers. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/530882.

NEW Sunday 20 March 2022 - Phil Beer Band - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
The Phil Beer Band performs 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, Steve Crickett, Greg McDonald, Olivia Dunn and of course, Phil Beer and promises to deliver a lively cocktail of folk, rock, country and blues. Basically, over a long period of time, it has evolved into a ‘Folk n Roll’ band with country rock overtones. It is the vehicle for Phil to return to the electric guitar and to have a good time with his mates. They look forward to seeing you!
www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 26 March 2022 7.30pm - Kathryn Tickell & Amy Thatcher - Dartington Great Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
A vibrant synthesis of folk song, music and dance. The intuitive musical interplay between Kathryn and Amy is born out of a long-standing creative friendship. Kathryn’s sparkling pipes marry beautifully with Amy’s exquisite accordion playing. A cascade of jigs, reels, heart-wrenching airs, together with percussive clog dancing makes for an irresistible mix. Full details www.dartington.org/whats-on.

NEW Saturday 26 March 2022 7.30pm - John Smith - St Mary the Virgin Church, Abbotsbury, Newton Abbot TQ12 2ND
Steeped in the lineage of British folk, taking his cue from Richard Thompson and John Martyn, Smith has evolved a transatlantic blend of fingerstyle and slide guitar techniques. John’s intimate takes on love, loss and the journey we make, combined with his innovative guitar work, have won him a loyal following. His honey-on-gravel voice and mesmerizing fingerstyle guitar are undeniable. Full details www.worldunlimited.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Saturday 26 March 2022 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Blue Jewel - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See
www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Sunday 27 March 2022 7.45pm - Johnny Coppin - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
After performing in public for around 60 years, Johnny’s fine voice is undiminished and he remains one of he most lyrical singer/songwriters on the folk scene. His sensitive guitar and keyboard accompaniment superbly complements his carefully-crafted lyrics and his material draws heavily on his love of the British countryside. He has countless musical collaborations, albums, festival appearances to his name. Please email us at folkonthemoor1@gmail.com to let us know you are coming along. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 27 March 2022 - Peggy Seeger & Calum MacColl - Studio 1, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Rescheduled ‘First Farewell Tour’: The charismatic Peggy Seeger – singer, songwriter, feminist, icon, Ewan MacColl’s partner and muse – is the undisputed queen of folk and political song. Join Peggy and her son Calum MacColl, an exceptional musician in his own right, for a glorious evening of up-close performance by these two world class musicians. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Wednesday 30 March 2022 7.30pm - Feast of Fiddles - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Feast of Fiddles was born in Nettlebed on Valentine’s Day 1994 as a one off special concert. Since then the band has done 26 spring tours, 25 festivals and has 7 CDs to its name. Not bad for a bunch of old folk-rockers! This is a group of friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. Fiddlers Peter Knight (Gigspanner, Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle playing styles to the back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion – all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on

NEW Friday/Saturday 1/2 April 2022 8pm - Cara Dillon - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and achieving exceptional acclaim for over twenty years. She has (according to Mojo magazine) “quite possibly the world’s most beautiful female voice”. Alongside a selection of favourites from her previous releases, Cara will be performing material from her latest album “Wanderer”, a collection of beautiful and moving songs recorded in an intimate setting with her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman. Every note and word is sung with a passion and confidence earned through a life of experience singing traditional songs. Legions of fans will attest to their impassioned performances with Cara’s warm and natural stage presence something to savour. www.calstockarts.org

NEW Saturday 2 April 2022 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Northcott Theatre, Exeter (map)
‘Follow me Down’ Songs from the West. A constant throughout Steve’s work is his ability to root his songs in time and place, notably the West Country where he was raised. Details www.showofhands.co.uk/steve-knightley-tour-dates, www.exeternorthcott.co.uk.

NEW Tuesday 5 April 2022 - Hannah & Toby - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Hannah James and Toby Kuhn are a dazzling combination. Hannah is an award-winning musician, dancer, songwriter and singer, a creative force renowned for her work with Lady Maisery, Seasick Steve, Maddy Prior and Songs of Separation with Eliza Carthy, Karine Polwart and others. Toby is a globetrotting French cellist whose post-classical, inventive, improvisational playing combines beautifully with Hannah to create a charismatic, playful chemistry. If you’re looking for warmth, honesty and musical excellence, look no further. This folk is full of soul. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Saturday 9 April 2022 8pm - Flats & Sharps - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Four-piece outfit from Penzance delivering energetic, enthusiastic, and spirited bluegrass to audiences all around the world. Flats & Sharps have been performing their unique take on this music for over ten years. Support: fellow Cornish musicians True Foxes, Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 10 April 2022 7.45pm - Idiot & Friend (aka Les Barker & Keith Donnelly) - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
Les is a very, very funny poet. Keith is a very, very funny comedian/singer/guitarist. Together, they somehow combine their talents on stage to create….mayhem! None of this can disguise the inspired, alternative take Les creates on often familiar titles/themes (eg, Up the Creek without a Poodle, Spot of the Antarctic). You are guaranteed an evening of unbridled hilarity tonight. Please email us at folkonthemoor1@gmail.com to let us know you are coming along. www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Friday 22 April 2022 8pm - Cluve Carroll - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Clive Carroll’s masterful compositions, coupled with his versatility and unparalleled technical virtuosity, make him one of today’s most admired and respected guitarists. Full details www.wegottickets.com/event/530866. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Thursday 22 April 2022 - Flook - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Another fantastic booking for us which will sell-out. Flook are probably the best folk band on the scene. A mixture of traditional and their own music. We are so privileged to have them. Details www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 23 April 2022 7.30pm - Flook - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Flook are: flautists Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, guitarist Ed Boyd and bodhran maestro, John Joe Kelly. They weave and spin traditionally rooted tunes into an enthralling sound, with agile but tight rhythms and virtuoso improvisation. www.theflavel.org.uk

NEW Saturday 23 April 2022 8pm - Eliza Carthy Trio - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
If there is one musician who embodies the dynamism and vitality of the current English folk revival, it’s Eliza Carthy. Beloved of staunch traditionalists and iconoclasts alike, Eliza’s music effortlessly crosses boundaries of genre and style. Whether performing a centuries-old ballad or a self-written song, her powerful, nuanced voice, fiercely beautiful fiddle playing and mesmerizing live performances have influenced a whole generation of young musicians. Joining Eliza from her Wayward Band is guitarist David Delarre and melodian player Saul Rose. www.calstockarts.org

NEW Saturday 23 April 2022 8pm - Noble Jacks - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners with their high-energy footstompin’ rhythms. Hailed as the finest purveyors of folk-influenced Americana, the band were invited to showcase at last years Americana Fest in Nashville where they went down a storm! Full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Tuesday 26 April 2022 - The Longest Johns - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Bristol based, acapella folk music band, born out of a mutual love of traditional folk songs and shanties. They rock maritime songs alongside the more unusual and less traditional folk tunes. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Wednesday 27 April 2022 7.30pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
Bonded by an unseen alchemy, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have entwined their professional and personal relationship into an enviable class act of imaginative songwriting and musicianship. Over two decades of performance they have never been trapped in a groove – always bold and innovative, mixing traditional song arrangements with their self-penned material which reels from the bitter to the sweet, the wry to the sad, the political to the passive. BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo – 2016 & 2013. Full details www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

NEW Wednesday 27 April 2022 7.30pm - Seven Drunken Nights: The Story of The Dubliners - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
Direct from the West End and having sold out venues worldwide, Seven Drunken Nights - The Story of the Dubliners returns to theatres in 2021 with a brand new production for its incredible 5th Anniversary tour. This hugely talented cast of musicians and singers bring the music of this iconic group back to life and will have you singing and dancing in the aisles. Full details www.ledleisure.co.uk/exmouth-pavilion/whats-on
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NEW Thursday 28 April 2022 8pm - Oysterband - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Oysterband, the 5-times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winning outfit that brought passion, power and not a little poetry to folk and roots music, enter their fifth decade as vital and creative as ever, with some of the finest songs in the modern folk canon to their name: Put Out The Lights; When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down); Blood Wedding; Everywhere I Go; The Oxford Girl; Granite Years; Native Son; A River Runs… Theirs has been a unique and fiercely independent career. Oysterband still play with that spirit of the punk ceilidh band that roared through people’s lives all those years ago. But the growing depth and sensitivity of their songwriting, coupled with the strength of John Jones’ voice and their remarkable musicianship, have lifted their music into a richer, more acoustic era. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on

NEW Saturday 30 April 2022 7.30pm - Calan - St Mary the Virgin Church, Abbotsbury, Newton Abbot TQ12 2ND
We’re delighted to welcome back Welsh folk supergroup Calan with their trademark brand of high-energy routines, verve and raw excitement. Folk Wales describes Calan as ‘A storming juggernaut of cool-cymru-with-attitude power folk with a jaw-dropping repertoire. Full details www.worldunlimited.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Saturday 30 April 2022 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Amber Fire - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See
www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Sunday 8 May 2022 7.30pm - Kate Rusby - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Of all the stars in Folk Music’s wondrous firmament few shine as brightly as Yorkshire’s Kate Rusby. A remarkable interpretive singer, Kate’s soulful vocals resonate with the wistful beauty of an earthbound angel. Inhabiting a lyric with unforced conviction – no matter how old or how modern – she has that rare ability to transport her audience, touching them emotionally and making each tune live vividly within their experience and imagination. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on

NEW Friday 13 May 2022 7.30pm - Keston Cobblers Club - St Mary the Virgin Church, Abbotsbury, Newton Abbot TQ12 2ND
The band returns with their brand new album, ‘Alchemy’; the theme is based on an old folklore from their home town. Just like the practice of alchemy, siblings Matthew and Julia fuse different styles genres to create their own distinctive sound. Each track is a different remedy to an obstacle, continuing to emanate the hook-laden melodies and rousing arrangements that have already won them an army of loyal fans. With intricate instrumentation and honest, accessible lyrics, the Cobblers ensure an immediate familiarity with audiences far and wide. Full details www.worldunlimited.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Saturday 14 May 2022 8pm - Sound of the Sirens - Calstock Village Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Acoustic singer-songwriting duo based in Exeter, Abbe Martin & Hannah Wood. Without being pigeonholed into any stereotypical genre, the instrumentation is vast and varied. Martin plays acoustic and high-strung (Nashville tuning) guitar, mandolin, and bass drum, while Wood plays acoustic and electric guitar, tambourine, snare drum, and the piano. Their musical and vocal dexterity dovetail beautifully on the co-written songs, which range from beautiful, emotive ballads, to up-beat, foot stomping, hands in the air, sing-along anthems. Doors 7.30pm. Full details www.calstockhall.com.

NEW Sunday 15 May 2022 7.30pm - Sam Sweeney - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019 Musician Of The Year nominee. Sam and his new band are putting something into English music that has never been there before. This album has the swagger and groove of traditional English music with the huge sound, flare, energy and festival spirit of bands coming out of the Celtic and Scandinavian music scenes. Sam is a veteran of the mighty Bellowhead, former artistic director of the National Folk Youth Ensemble, founder member of the acclaimed instrumental trio Leveret, and a superb instrumentalist at the forefront of the revival in English traditional music. www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk

NEW Wednesday 18 May 2022 7.30pm - Martin Simpson & Andy Cutting - Dartington Great Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
Sensational, multitalented musicians in their own right, Andy Cutting and Martin Simpson will be uniting in a spirited duo performance at Dartington. Full details www.dartington.org/whats-on.

NEW Thursday 19 May 2022 7.30pm - Steeleye Span - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
The band, led as ever by the iconic vocals of Maddy Prior and with a seven piece line-up featuring some of the most skilled musicians on the UK folk scene. Full details www.ledleisure.co.uk/exmouth-pavilion/whats-on.

NEW Saturday 21 May 2022 7.30pm - Old Baby Mackerel - St Mary the Virgin Church, Abbotsbury, Newton Abbot TQ12 2ND
Old Baby Mackerel play high-energy, foot-stomping Bluegrass featuring a dizzying line-up of renowned musicians from some of the UK’s best folk, Americana and festival bands. Their music uses the rhythmic sounds of fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar and double bass to get knees bouncing and elbows swinging to the virtuosic sound of blistering solos and sweet harmonies. Full details www.worldunlimited.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW Sunday 22 May 2022 8pm - Gigspanner Big Band - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A unique force in British folk music. Beginning life as a trio with fiddle player Peter Knight being joined by percussionist Sacha Trochet and guitarist Roger Flack - the line-up has been expanded to form the Gigspanner Big Band with acclaimed multi-instrumental duo Edgelarks - Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin and Bellowhead co-founder and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers joining the fray.
www.gigspanner.com. Full details www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Monday 23 May 2022 - The Sikmon & Garfunkel Story - Princess Theatre, Torquay
Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band performing all the hits including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Homeward Bound and many more. www.atgtickets.com/venues/princess-theatre-torquay.

NEW Saturday 28 May 2022 - Red Hot Chilli Pipers - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
The most famous bagpipe band on the planet are famed for their infectious style of feel good music. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Saturday 28 May 2022 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Chris Toyne's Big Band - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See
www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Sunday 5 June 2022 - Chris Smither - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Honing his synthesis of folk and blues for over 50 years, Chris Smither, truly an American original, returns to the UK to perform music from his vast song catalogue. Support: Zak Trojano. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Sunday 19 June 2022 7.30pm - Cara Dillon - Dartington Great Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
Cara occupies an enviable position at the very top of her genre. This extraordinary Irish singer has been captivating audiences and achieving exceptional acclaim for over 20 years. Full details www.dartington.org/whats-on.

NEW Thursday 23 June 2022 - Laura Veirs - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Exquisite country/folk singer from the US
. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Saturday 25 June 2022 8pm - Exeter Ceilidh: with Home Brew - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See
www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net.

NEW Sunday 26 June 2022 8pm - Spiers & Boden - Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
Spiers & Boden first rocketed onto the music scene in 2001 quickly winning a clutch of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and went on to become one of the best loved duos on the English folk scene and beyond. John and Jon were also founding members of the pioneering and hugely successful folk big band Bellowhead whose stellar career increasingly came to dominate their time. But now after exploring solo projects the duo is back with a brand new 13 track album ‘Fallow Ground’ and UK tour.
www.spiersandboden.com. Full details www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Tuesday 28 June 2022 7.30pm - Henhouse Prowlers - St Mary the Virgin Church, Abbotsbury, Newton Abbot TQ12 2ND
The Henhouse Prowlers are Bluegrass Ambassadors. Founded over 16 years ago with the simple desire to play original and powerful bluegrass, this quartet now finds themselves at the intersection of performance, diplomacy and education. Full details www.worldunlimited.co.uk/whats-on.

29 July to 5 August 2022 - Sidmouth Folk Festival
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NEW Sunday 11 September 2022 - Rowan Rheingans - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
'Dispatches on the Red Dress' is an intimate and courageous new solo show by the twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning songwriter. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Friday 30 September 2022 - Wildwood Kin - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Acclaimed indie/americana trio from Exeter in Devon comprising of two sisters, Beth and Emillie Key and their cousin Meghann Loney. The music is a mix of their own beautiful and thought provoking original songs with a few stunning arrangements of some better known covers. Their voices meld perfectly in effortless and sublime close harmony and they accompany themselves on a range of acoustic instruments. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Thursday 13 October 2022 - Leveret - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
A unique collaboration between three of England’s finest folk musicians, Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

NEW Saturday 19 November 2022 - Bellowhead - Plymouth Pavilions
Back together for a one-off tour to celebrate Broadside 10th Anniversary. Full details www.plymouthpavilions.com.

NEW Friday 9 December 2022 7.30pm - Awake Arise: A Christmas Show For Our Times - Dartington Great Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
Celebrating the riches of our varied winter traditions and reflecting upon the hope and resilience in music and song that can bring joy to us all. With Lady Maisery, Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith. Featuring traditional songs, folk carols, spoken word and newly written music to galvanise and brighten this darkest season, Awake Arise is a warm gift to the wintertime. True to the reputations of both acts as outspoken voices on the folk scene, this collection is also a rallying cry to embrace the power of collective endeavour as a vital support during times of hardship and loneliness. Full details www.dartington.org/whats-on.

John Culf
johnculf@harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertondevon.co.uk
www.harbertonfolk.co.uk
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