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Sunday 28 November 2021 7.30pm - Johnny Coppin: ‘All on a Winter’s Night’ - St Mary Methodist Chapel, School Lane, Tedburn St Mary EX6 6AA
With Paul Burgess & Dik Cadbury Drawing on material from five Christmas albums, Johnny will present a rich mix of carols and songs old and new, together with stories and folklore. Tickets available from www.wegottickets.com/event/519553, or contact Pete Privett direct for more details or non-web bookings - tsmtickets@btinternet.com or 07837 532704.

Sunday 28 November 2021 3pm - Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas! - St Mary's Church, Sticklepath EX20 2NL
Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto too! www.jimcausley.co.uk/concerts. Tickets available from early November. Call Carol on 01837 840822 or email carolandmikey@gmail.com.

Sunday 28 November 2021 7.30pm - Sarah McQuaid - Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ (map)
“She reached parts other singers fail to do ... There is emotion, beauty, passion and musically great arrangements and fab playing. ” - Rob Bozas, Bozas International (Publisher, Peter Gabriel/Real World); “Captivating, unorthodox songwriting … layered satin vocals ... enthralling, harrowing arrangements … a gateway into a true innovator’s soul.” - PopMatters; “Her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever.” - Huffington Post. www.sterts.co.uk/copy-of-2021-season

Sunday 28 November 2021 7.30pm - Max ZT and Dan Whitehouse - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Max ZT is an innovator of his instrument. His unorthodox playing and bold experimental style have led him to be described as the “Jimi Hendrix of hammered dulcimer”. This, his first solo UK tour, sees him pushing the boundaries even further as he embraces the spoken word, soulful singing, and “lyrics that avert your gaze to the sky” (BBC Radio 6) of award-winning Black Country singer-songwriter Dan Whitehouse. Alongside joint compositions, both artists will also perform solo material. Full details see
www.ashburtonarts.org.uk/whats-on.

Sunday-Tuesday 28-30 November 2021 - Riverdance 25 - Plymouth Pavilions
The new 25th Anniversary show. Mon/Tues also matinees. www.plymouthpavilions.com

Wednesday 1 December 2021 - Chris Wood - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Winner of 6 BBC Folk Awards, Chris Wood is a wise and soulful craftsman. Full details see www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

Thursday 2 December 2021 - Hayseed Dixie - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Moonshine-inspired re-imaginings of guilty-pleasures songs from the Golden Age of pop-rock.  Full details see www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

Friday 3 December 2021 8pm - Sam Sweeney Band - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
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. Sam and his new band are putting something into English music that has never been there before. Their new project 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. www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 3 December 2021 - Moscow Drug Club - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Christmas Bash.
Music from 1930's Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire plus Leonard Cohen & Tom Waits. Please BYO evening meal or snack. Details www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page6.html.

Friday/Saturday 3/4 December 2021 7.30pm - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
See www.showofhands.co.uk/soh-news for information about the change of line-up for the Autumn Tour 2021 - 'The Best One Yet'. Music legends Phil Beer and Steve Knightley will return as Show of Hands to captivate audiences with live renditions of their award-winning hits and festival favourites, two years since their concerts were cancelled due to Covid-19. The evening will feature a set of iconic signature tracks from the last 25 years, encapsulated on their soon to be released new album Singled Out, whilst the second set will bring together new material and classic Show of Hands tracks. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk

Saturday 4 December 2021 - Fisherman's Friends - Plymouth Pavilions
Britain’s oldest boy band emerge from lockdown and hit the road - combined age 401 (and three-quarters) - with their Unlocked & Unleashed tour. www.plymouthpavilions.com.

Saturday 4 December 2021 - The Lost Sound - The Sundial, Plymouth City Centre Christmas Markets
Two sets: 1-1.40pm; 2.30-3.10pm: The Lost Sound will sing a rousing selection of medieval tunes, new arrangements of modern Folk tunes and some wild and wintery themed songs. All sessions are free and TLS will be collecting for local charities. If you like what you hear - please give generously!

Sunday 5 December 2021 7.45pm - Gerry Colvin Band - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
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 a unique, zany presentation style, a band of supreme musicians (acoustic/electric guitars, fiddle, accordion, double bass), strong harmonies, and you can expect to leave uplifted! www.gerrycolvin.co.uk. Please email us at folkonthemoor1@gmail.com to let us know you are coming along. www.moorfolk.co.uk

Wednesday 8 December 2021 - John Kirkpatrick: Carolling & Crumpets - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Taking its title from John’s unforgettable song telling the Nativity story from the point of view of the animals in the stable, this show is a heart-warming look at the timeless rituals found in the folklore and folk music of England at Midwinter. Full details see www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

Wednesday 8 December 2021 8pm - Carols & Capers ~ Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
A unique celebratory show of Christmas music on renaissance and modern instruments. Maddy and the Carnival Band put their inimitable stamp on familiar and not-so-familiar festive fare with a refreshing cavalier attitude and plenty of humour. Carols & Capers will guarantee to be a Christmas Party to remember. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/?p=3&c=Music

Wednesday 8 December 2021 7.30pm - Seth Lakeman - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Charismatic singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Seth Lakeman has announced a handful of intimate dates in December accompanied by fellow Devon singer and musician Alex Hart. Support comes from Cornish singer-songwriter Joe Francis aka Winter Mountain. Full details see www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

9-11 December 2021 - Folk Orchestra Residential Course - Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster, Minehead TA24 6SF
4-piece professional band Moonrakers www.moonrakers.net will be running a Folk Orchestra (2 days) in Dunster followed by a concert at The Regal Theatre, Minehead. Anyone who wishes to find out more can call Jon on 01865 769206.
Arriving Thursday evening, then two full days of multi-instrumental group arrangements, playing and tuition for intermediate players. Limited to 20 participants. Three nights full board + the course : £300-£345 depending on accommodation. Bookings/enquiries 01643 821425.
11 December The Regal Theatre, Minehead TA24 5AY. Evening concert at 7.30pm. Tickets £15. Tickets/enquiries: 01643 706430.

Friday 10 December 7.30pm 2021 - The Great Sea Choir: Songs for Winter - Stoke Damerel Church, Paradise Road, Stoke, Plymouth PL1 5QL
Join Plymouth’s contemporary folk choir for their long awaited in-person winter concert. Festive folk songs for the winter season with mulled wine and mince pies. Full of atmosphere and carefully selected songs to reflect the season and our current times. This year's diverse and varied set includes a selection of the finest contemporary folk and traditional music from the UK and beyond. www.thegreatseachoir.co.uk. www.wegottickets.com/event/529168.

Saturday 11 December 2021 7.30pm - Flats and Sharps - Membury Village Hall, nr Axminster EX13 7AF
Four-piece bluegrass outfit from Penzance. Delivering energetic, enthusiastic and spirited music to audiences all around the world. 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. Their music perfectly blends strong harmonies and stonking solo, and their incredible stage presence will have you dancing, laughing and singing all evening. Full details see www.villagesinaction.co.uk/event-listings.

Saturday 11 December 2021 7pm - A Winters Evening with Harbottle & Jonas Trio - St Petroc`s Church, South Brent
Support: Katie Whitehouse. Partners in life as well as music, Harbottle & Jonas have established themselves as one of the most exciting prospects on the folk circuit today, combining a love of the richness of traditional folk with their own original and powerful songwriting. Dave Harbottle and Freya Jonas have evolved a compelling live signature sound blending concertina, harmonium, banjo, stomp box, acoustic guitar, piano and cittern with their powerful close vocal harmonies. Full details see www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-winters-evening-with-harbottle-jonas-tickets-182321888677.

Saturday 11 December 2021 - The Lost Sound - The Sundial, Plymouth City Centre Christmas Markets
Two sets: 1-1.40pm; 2.30-3.10pm: The Lost Sound will sing a rousing selection of medieval tunes, new arrangements of modern Folk tunes and some wild and wintery themed songs. All sessions are free and TLS will be collecting for local charities. If you like what you hear - please give generously!

Saturday 11 December 2021 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. 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. www.carnglaze.com.

NEW Saturday 11 December 2021 7.30pm - d'Accord French & Breton dance and music - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
For the final club night of the year we welcome back Poisson Groove - Liz Nabb (violin + other instruments!), Martin Henning (guitar, bass) and Phil Wilson (cittern, guitar). Support will be provided by TRaM, who will include a workshop on the 3 time bourree during their set. For more information on d'Accord (and other related events in the area) see www.facebook.com/groups/149787688758876.

Sunday 12 December 2021 7.45pm - Jim Causley - Folk on the Moor, The Exchange, 1 Fore Street, Ivybridge PL21 9AB
join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of Christmas poems by his relative, the late Charles Causley as well a dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto! www.jimcausley.co.uk. Please email us at folkonthemoor1@gmail.com to let us know you are coming along. www.moorfolk.co.uk

Tuesday 14 December 2021 8-9pm - The Exmouth Shanty Men - The Beach Pub, Exmouth EX8 1DR
Saved from the Rocks www.exmouthshantymen.com.

Tuesday 14 December 2021 - The Magic Lantern - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
The Magic Lantern is the musical moniker of singer-songwriter and composer Jamie Doe, an artist blurring the boundaries between folk, jazz and contemporary music. Performing with a full band drawn from London’s genre-bending jazz scene, The Magic Lantern’s live show is a rich, cathartic and moving experience dedicated to addressing the fear and anxiety present in us all. Support: Hearing Aid Beige. www.the-magic-lantern.co.uk, www.hearingaidbeige.com. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk

Wednesday 15 December 2021 - Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas! - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto too! Full details see www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

Thursday 16 December 2021 - Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas! - Doug's Shed, Splatthayes, Buckerell, Honiton EX14 3ER
Join Jim in celebrating the Christmas season as he entertains you with lesser known West Country carols, medieval and secular carols from around the British Isles, his own settings of moving Christmas poems by his relative, the late Cornish poet Charles Causley as well a gurt dollop of festive fun with songs of over-indulgence and even a spot of panto too! www.jimcausley.co.uk.

Friday 17 December 2021 7.30pm - Wheelhouse Folk Choir Winter Concert - Tavistock United Reform Church, Russell St, Tavistock PL19 8BD
Presented by: Dartmoor Folk Collective. Join Tavistock’s 45 strong folk choir for an evening of exciting a cappella music for the festive season. With mulled apple juice and mince pies. Proceeds to a local charity.
www.facebook.com/wheelhousefolkchoir.

Saturday 18 December 2021 7.30pm - Maddy and the Chaps - Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish EX7 9PT
Final additional 10 tickets were released (on 11/11) for this show, £7.50. Email maddyandthechaps@gmail.com. All proceeds to the Strand Centre. Come on down for some Country, Folk and Celtic Tunes.

Sold out Saturday 18 December 2021 - Mad Dog Mcrea - Gateway Theatre, Fore Street, Seaton EX12 2LD
www.thegatewayseaton.co.uk

Sunday 19 December 2021 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Full details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

Sat/Sun 20/21 December 2019 8.30pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated+Standing.
Mad Dog Mcrea blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. 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. www.tavistockwharf.com

Wednesday 22 December 2021 7.30pm - Lady Maisery & Friends: Awake Arise - Dartington Great Hall, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
'A Christmas Show For Our Times'.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 from five of the most engaging and celebrated performers on the English folk scene. 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 see www.dartington.org/event/awake-arise-a-christmas-show-for-our-times.

Friday 7 January 2022 - Spirit of the Drum - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Spirit of the Drum is a title that reflects the fact that taiko is about much more than just drumming. There’s a depth of meaning that makes a taiko concert a great experience on many different levels. Full details see www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

Saturday 8 January 2022 - Jim Causley with Bill Murray - Provident Methodist Chapel, Throwleigh, Okehampton EX20 2HZ
Songs of Devon. See www.jimcausley.co.uk for contact details.

Sunday 16 January 2022 8pm - The Simon & Garfunkel Story - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Direct from it’s success at London’s Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, a sold-out worldwide tour and standing ovations at every performance. 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.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on

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.

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

NEW 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 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.

NEW 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

NEW 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

NEW Saturday 5 February 2022 - Flats & Sharps - St Mary the Virgin Church, Abbotsbury, Newton Abbot TQ12 2ND
‘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 see www.worldunlimited.co.uk/whats-on.

NEW 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 see www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW 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.

NEW 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 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.

NEW 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.

NEW 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 Saturday 26 February 2022 - Paul Downes & Phil Beer - Exminster Victory Hall, Main Road, Exminster EX6 8DF
details tba. Organised by Exeter Folk Club. A car park is situated on Deepway Lane at the recreation ground.

NEW 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.

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 see 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 see 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 see www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

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 see 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 - Steve Knightley - Barnfield Theatre, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Pass Notes – The stories behind the songs. Following the success Steve's intimate 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.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/steve-knightley-pass-notes

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 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 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 see 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. Full details see www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

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 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 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 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 see www.topshamfolkclub.org.

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 see 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 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 see www.topshamfolkclub.org.

29 July to 5 August 2022 - Sidmouth Folk Festival
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NEW Friday 30 September 2022 - Willdwood 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. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/wildwood-kin.

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 see www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/genre/music.

John Culf
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