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Folk & music links for South Devon (and beyond)

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South(ern) Devon
(this page is work in progress - gradually being re-formatted)

Flaxey Green

Information service www.flaxey-green.co.uk Information on local artistes, folk clubs, regular sessions in many South Devon pubs and much more

Devon Folk Information service www.devonfolk.co.uk County-wide folk diary listings, folk song/dance club contacts etc. from Devon Folk Committee
Phoenix Arts Centre Exeter www.exeterphoenix.org.uk 's Arts Centre has a wide range of musical events, including top folk acts (192 seats, 450 standing)

Folk on the Moor Folk Club

Lee Mill nr Ivybridge, Westward Inn www.moorfolk.co.uk Providing a fine programme of traditional folk evenings on Sundays

Topsham Folk Club Topsham nr Exeter www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk Another thriving folk club with regular guest nights
Corn Exchange Exeter www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=13927 Formerly St George's Hall - Central Exeter venue (500 seats or standing), with a 200+-seat rake
Otterton Mill Otterton nr Budleigh Salterton www.ottertonmill.com Wide range of musical events, some folk, near Budleigh Salterton, East Devon (50 seats indoors, 100 outdoors for summer 'courtyard concerts')
Beehive Arts Centre Honiton www.beehivehoniton.co.uk Arts centre with a wide and expending range of quality arts events including folk (concerts and less formal events).
Calstock Arts Calstock www.calstockarts.org An old chapel, now a community venue with a mixed event programme including occasional folk
South Devon Arts Centre Totnes www.southdevonarts.co.uk New (2013) arts centre in Totnes offering a wide range of arts (music, comedy etc.) events including some folk. Max. capacity 200 standing ground floor + 80 seated balcony, or 190 all seated.
Barnfield Theatre Exeter www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk Another Exeter venue catering for wide ranging tastes, including folk events (289 seats)
Barnfield Music Club Exeter www.barnfieldmusicclub.co.uk Regular monthly event at the Barnfield Theatre in Exeter: "An opportunity for singers with instrumental or harmony accompaniment to display and improve their talents and abilities before an audience in an amplified theatre setting"
Cygnet Theatre Exeter www.cygnettheatre.co.uk
Calstock Hall Calstock www.calstockhall.com (email admin@calstockhall.com) Community venue with a mixed event programme including occasional folk
B-Bar Plymouth www.b-bar.co.uk At the Barbican Theatre in Plymouth
Church House - South Tawton Church House Concerts www.liveandacoustic.co.uk Wonderful intimate 50-seat venue in the beautifully restored church house (not a pub)
Blue Walnut Cafe 14 Walnut Road, Chelston, Torquay - (very) intimate venue (30 seats) www.bluewalnuttorquay.co.uk
Great Western Ceilidhs Great ceilidhs with top-line bands in the Exeter area www.great-western.org.uk/ceilidhs/index.htm
Tavistock Wharf (Very) occasional folk events www.tavistockwharf.com
The Watermark Arts Centre in Ivybridge, (very) occasional folk events, close to the A38 between Exeter and Plymouth (200 seats) www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk
Plymouth Pavilions Range of large-scale musical events - no folk normally, but well worth a look
Exmouth Pavilion 500-seat venue in East Devon
The Flavel Dartmouth's Arts Centre, (very) occasional folk events (180 seats, 159 on rake, rest loose in front)
Lympstone events www.lympstoneentertainments.co.uk/drumbeat Lympstone events (various genres) in 'Drumbeat'
Exeter Box Office (Exeter University) Tickets for public concerts at Exeter Uni's Great Hall and Lemon Grove venues
Northcott Theatre At Exeter University (477 seats)
Barbican Theatre Small theatre in Plymouth, (very) occasional folk events
Babbacombe Theatre www.babbacombe-theatre.com 600-seat venue in Torquay, various event types, very occasional major folk
Arts at Dartington All Arts at Dartington activities, (very) occasional folk events www.dartington.org/spektrix/events-by-type
CRAMP Crediton Rural Arts & Music Project - various arts events in the Crediton area, including some folk
Villages in Action Rural touring scheme bringing quality professional performances and participatory workshops at affordable prices to communities through a network of local promoters
Bonny Green Folk dance band(s) and caller / folk music and song (Exeter based), publications, tuition and instruction
Dartington Morris Men Dancing programme and much more (OK, I admit personal bias here!)
Plymouth Music Diary What it says - covering all genres including folk
South Hams Traditional Music www.shamstrad.co.uk Details of what's happening at the Crabshell in Kingsbridge (concerts/regular session) and the sessions at the Globe Inn in Frogmore and the Royal Oak in Malborough
Devon Village Halls www.devonvillagehalls.co.uk Descriptions of and contact details for many of these community facilities across the county of Devon


...and beyond

Folk Club Map www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zV_JF5o4YYCs.k5CBvD6DMEsI - An interesting item gleaned from Steve Cunio's latest 'Sadfolk' (Somerset & Dorset Folk) email circular - see www.sadfolk.co.uk to sign up.
Folkwaves / UK Folk Music www.ukfolkmusic.co.uk Folk music website that now offers an online version of the popular long-running radio programme www.ukfolkmusic.co.uk/magazine/folkwaves formerly broadcast on BBC Radio Derby, hosted by Mick Peat and Lester Simpson
Martin Nail's list www.englishfolkinfo.org.uk (linked updated 15/1/11) English folk and traditional music on the Internet - A guide to resources - well worth a look
Umber Music www.shammickacoustic.org.uk Shammick Acoustic, North Devon folk information
Wren Devon’s specialist folk and community arts development organisation, based in Okehampton
BeafordArts Operating a rural touring scheme with some folk events in the north of Devon
Bude Folk Club www.budefolk.com "The home of folk music, song and dance in N Cornwall." (2011: Bude & Stratton Folk Festival)

FolkNews Kernow

Folk news for Cornwall; appears to have moved to www.dreamersfolk.co.uk.

Bodmin Folk Club www.bodminfolk.co.uk Excellent club west of the Tamar meeting Fridays, regular top guests
Carn to Cove Cornwall’s performing arts touring scheme, bringing quality professional artists into rural areas, part of Cornwall Arts Centre Trust ACT
Liskeard Concert Series www.liskeardconcertseries.btck.co.uk (some folk content) "We aim to provide Liskeard and the surrounding area with a series of concerts using international musicians and the best local talent. Visit the "about us" page to learn more about our aims. Currently we are fundraising toward our first series so check back regularly for details of forthcoming fundraising concerts and events."
Folk in Somerset & Dorset SADFOLK - site giving access to regular emailed information about folk events across Somerset and Dorset
SCOFF South Counties Folk Federation - a wealth of information about folk clubs and much more across southern England
Milverton Music Club Regular monthly club with guest nights, west of Taunton
Folk Around Bristol What it says on the label
Take Art! Arts development agency for Somerset (like Villages in Action in South Devon)
Artsreach Arts development agency for rural Dorset (like Villages in Action in South Devon)
Halsway Manor Halsway Manor Folk Music Centre, Crowcombe, off A358 between Taunton and Minehead
Folk South West Folk arts development agency for the South West Arts region, running various workshops and projects
Mr Red's Mid West Venue lists, dance dates & festivals in Gloucestershire and adjacent counties
EFDSS English Folk Dance and Song Society
The Music Well An online resource for folk music: songs tunes and stories, ancient and modern, from all the British islands, with an extensive billboard and new releases section (formerly called Radio Britfolk)


www.webfeet.org National ceilidh listings

Set and Turn Single www.setandturnsingle.org.uk The listing magazine for folk dancers
www.musicevents.co.uk Listings of Devon based artists and venues for various musical genres


Other South-West Venues with some Folk Events

North Devon  
Landmark Theatre www.northdevontheatres.org.uk Ilfracombe (483 seats)
Plough Arts Centre www.theploughartscentre.org.uk Great Torrington (132 raked seats plus 100 chairs)
Queen's Theatre www.northdevontheatres.org.uk Barnstaple (688 seats)
Acorn Arts Centre www.theacornpenzance.com Penzance (150 seats approx.)
Princess Pavilion www.carrickleisureservices.org.uk Falmouth (87 miles from Totnes)
The Rum Store www.carnglaze.com Interesting underground venue in old slate workings (Carnglaze Caverns) near Liskeard, offering occasional folk events (400-450 seats, 45 miles from Totnes)
Sterts Theatre www.sterts.co.uk Upton Cross, Liskeard (400+ seats, 43 miles from Totnes) Covered outdoor venue. Possibly take a cushion, and a blanket for cool summer evenings. Performances finish by 10pm due to location.
The Brewhouse www.thebrewhouse.net Taunton - theatre and arts centre (354 seats)
Bridgwater Arts Centre www.bridgwaterartscentre.co.uk Bridgwater - includes regular folk events (66 miles from Totnes)
Cheese and Grain www.cheeseandgrain.co.uk Frome - occasional major folk events (101 miles from Totnes)
Merlin Theatre www.merlintheatre.co.uk Frome - various interesting arts events
David Hall Arts Centre www.thedavidhall.org.uk South Petherton 01460 240340, programme includes regular folk events (71 miles from Totnes). See also www.sadfolk.co.uk for events at David Hall
Octagon Theatre www.octagon-theatre.co.uk Yeovil
Electric Palace, Bridport www.electricpalace.org.uk Bridport: (400 seated incl. balcony; 500+ standing) Former cinema; mixed arts programme including big folk names
Bridport Arts Centre www.bridport-arts.com Bridport: 70 miles from Totnes
Marine Theatre www.marinetheatre.com Lyme Regis: 50 miles from Totnes


West Country festivals

While some of the following information may be out of date at the time of reading, the links should at least give a point of contact. Folk content ranges from 100% to minimal. Chronological order. No current information found for entries not in bold.

Exefest No festival in 2015 12 April 2014 - 2nd year, Exeter Canalside Folk Festival at the Double Locks pub www.exefest.com
Brixham Pirate Festival 2-4 May 2015 - Pirates and shanties www.brixhampiratefestival.co.uk
Crediton Folk Weekend Cancelled in 2014 9-11 May 2014 - 'Early Spring Festival', Cheriton Fitzpaine, near Crediton www.poppyrecords.co.uk/crediton/cred.htm (NB change of usual dates)
Tivvyfest Community Festival 1-31 May 2013 - Huge range of events including some folk www.tivvyfest.com
Heart of Devon Festival 25 May 2014 - Bow nr Crediton www.theheartofdevon.co.uk/festival
Dart Music Festival 15-17 May 2015 - Dartmouth, mostly free, largely outdoor, many types of music www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk
Exmouth Festival 22-28 May 2015 - various genres, including some folk www.exmouthfestival.org.uk
Bradninch Festival 6-8 June 2014 - various musics www.bradninchevents.org/bradninch-music-festival
Teignmouth Folk Festival 19-21 June 2015 - www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk
Chagstock Festival 17/18 July 2015 - various genres, including some folk www.chagstock.info
Sidmouth Folk Week 1 July -7 August 2015 - www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk
Dartmoor Folk Festival 7-9 August 2015 - always the weekend after Sidmouth, at South Zeal near Okehampton www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk
Beautiful Days 21-23 August 2015 - Escot Park near Exeter www.beautifuldays.org
Lyme Folk Weekend 21-23 August 2015 - Lyme Regis www.lymefolk.com
Cornwall Folk Festival 28-31 August 2015 - www.cornwallfolkfestival.com
Folkfest 3-6 September 2015 - Burnham-on-Sea www.folkfest.co.uk
Cornish Bluegrass Festival 12-14 September 2014 - Newquay, what it says on the tin www.cornishbluegrass.co.uk
St Ives September Festival 13-27 September 2014 - lots of big folk and much more www.stivesseptemberfestival.co.uk
Baring-Gould Folk Weekend 24-26 October 2014 - Okehampton, run by Wren Music www.baring-gould.co.uk
Baring-Gould Song School 27-31 October 2014 - www.baring-gould.co.uk/index.php/song-school.html run by Wren Music
fROOTS/Spiral Earth fROOTS/Spiral Earth comprehensive listing of all festivals in Britain - www.spiralearth.co.uk/festivals
UK Folk Festivals Site listing all UK folk festivals www.ukfolkfestivals.co.uk


Previous Harberton Folk performers (including local supports)

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham THE top two traditional Scottish musicians

Albion Band

The legendary folk rock band led by Ashley Hutchings, ceased touring 2002, except for a Christmas show

Albion Band Xmas Tight Squeeze Music's website includes the Albion Band Christmas Show
Ashley Hutchings The 'Guvnor'
Barron Brady Superbly talented local duo Simon Barron and Ros Brady, Harberton Folk support
Battlefield Band Legendary Scottish band

Phil Beer

Folk and world music performer extraordinaire (many further folk links)

Phil Beer Band Another face of multi-talented Phil Beer
Blazin' Fiddles 7-piece Scottish fiddle brilliance
Boscastle Busker Wonderful unaccompanied singing
Joe Broughton (and his brother Ben Broughton) Fiddle brilliance, not to mention unicycling!
Tom & Barbara Brown West Country specialists, Umber Music, Shammick Acoustic and more
The Carrivick Sisters Young South Devon twins, BBC Young Folk Award 2010 finalists, bluegrass style, Harberton Folk support

Martin / Eliza Carthy


Chanter 4-piece band playing traditional and contemporary Celtic music
Fairport Convention Do they need any description? Always superb!
Kevin Dempsey & Joe Broughton Ex-Whippersnapper guitar brilliance and ex-Albion Band fiddle wizard combination
Margaret Duffy Lovely lady, beautiful voice, good friend of Harberton Folk. www.maggieduffy.co.uk and in the company of another Harberton Folk friend Mike weed www.maggieandmike.co.uk
Tim van Eyken Member of Waterson:Carthy and former BBC Young Folk Award winner

(Dr.) Faustus

Tim van Eyken, Paul Sartin, Rob Harbron and Benji Kirkpatrick - disbanded 2005.
See Faustus Band (Paul and Benji plus Saul Rose) www.myspace.com/faustustrio and www.faustusband.com.

Vin Garbutt

Vin is back on the road after heart surgery in 2005

Gigspanner Steeleye's fiddler Peter Knight's trio
Hanging Johnny Popular West Country shanty crew based in Plymouth and East Cornwall
Hoover the Dog Welsh borders trio - classical, European and jazz influences dominate Celtic-ish repertoire with a few English traditional tunes thrown in
Jiggerypipery Local band playing Celtic Funk 'n Roll dance music
Sid Kipper Brilliant folk humorist
John Kirkpatrick The squeezebox and singing wizard who started off the whole Harberton Folk programme
John Richards Band Another superb Harberton Folk support
Maddy Prior Maddy's various activities are to be found on the Park Records site
Mayor & James Simon Mayor, mandolin maestro, and the beautiful voice of Hilary James
Moor Music Mark Bazeley, Jason Rice and Rob Murch (from Dartmoor Pixie Band) continuing the Dartmoor tradition
New Rope String Band Taking over where Old Rope String Band left off following the sad loss of Joe Scurfield
New Scorpion Band Tim Laycock, Brian Gulland, Robin Jeffrey, Sharon Lindo and Bob White - musical excellence!
Oysterband One of the great folk rock bands performed a superb 'acoustic' show for Harberton Folk
Random Top-line 6-piece nationally touring ceilidh band
Saul Rose Waterson Carthy melodeon player, member of Faustus trio and Random ceilidh band

Show of Hands

Steve Knightley & Phil Beer

Spiers & Boden John Spiers & Jon Boden, BBC Folk Awards Best Duo 2004. Fantastic duo, also part of Bellowhead and Eliza Carthy's Ratcatchers
St Agnes Fountain Chris While, Julie Matthews, Chris Leslie and David Hughes with their hugely popular Christmas special. See also www.whileandmatthews.co.uk
Dave Swarbick Ex-Fairport legend (had double lung transplant in 2004)
Kathryn Tickell Band Enormously popular 4-piece line-up featuring Kathryn Tickell (Northumbrian pipes and fiddle), with Julian Sutton (melodeon).


Artiste management agencies etc

Adastra Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham and many more
Alan Bearman Music contact for booking Martin Carthy, Waterson Carthy and more
Routes Music (formerly Speaking Volumes) John Kirkpatrick, Vin Garbutt, Phil Beer Band, Acoustic Strawbs and more
Across The Pond http://web.ukonline.co.uk/pdcmusic/folk-acoustic-music-agents.html Listing of many agencies handling UK folk performers


Miscellaneous, requested and 'other music' links

Concertinas UK www.concertinas-uk.co.uk The home of free reed instrument repairs and concertina sales. Nigel and Sarah Sture. Based in the South Hams.
Devon Squeezebox Foundation Regular workshops and other items of interest for squeezebox players
Totnes Jazz Collective Modern, contemporary and cutting edge jazz in the south-west of England, with a series of gigs in Totnes and Dartmouth
Ellingtonia South Devon band devoted to the music of Duke Ellington
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth. Also includes some Jazz and Folk
Plymouth Music Accord Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues
Eccleshall Guitars Local, internationally renowned instrument maker, craftsman Chris Eccleshall
Brad Waters Plymouth-based freelance graphic designer specialising in CD artwork for folk musicians. Clients include Show of Hands, Seth Lakeman, Eliza Carthy and John Tams
SWAM South West Arts Marketing - Arts Council England funded charity, offering wide range of valuable free advice on both a wide and a local scale
South Devon CAMRA The local branch of the CAMpaign for Real Ale
Nettlebed Folk Club Award-winning folk club near Henley in Oxfordshire