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Acoustic Cafe Bovey Tracey

NEW Saturday 30 April 2016 7.15pm - Bovey Tracey Acoustic Cafe - Bovey Tracey
Parish Church Rooms, East St, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9EN. Two-course, multi-choice meal with vegetarian option accompanied by talented regulars from the Devon acoustic music circuit. Tickets £12 (includes meal) from 01364 653026 or info@barnowltrust.org.uk. BYO drinks/glasses. All proceeds, including raffle, go to the Barn Owl Trust. Further details at www.barnowltrust.org.uk/acoustic-cafe.

Acoustic Haven - Bridgetown, Totnes

NEW Saturday 24 June 2017 - Martha Tilston - Acoustic Haven @ The Hillyfield, Harbourneford
'A Mid-Summer Dream' with Martha Tilston at The Hillyfield on Dartmoor. Family friendly and beautiful. Just 2 minutes from the A38. 3pm til 11pm. Live music in the afternoon, story-telling, face-painting and games, Martha Tilston and a Silent Disco with some cracking tunes. Martha Tilston live at 8pm. Adv booking highly recommended. www.wegottickets.com/event/391483.

NEW tbc Friday ?? ??? 2017 - Acoustic Haven: ??- St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
details tba
. Cafe etc open 6.30pm. Tickets on sale at Sacks Wholefoods in Totnes, or on the door if still available. Online booking available, see  www.acoustichaven.co.uk. Acoustic Haven is a community music night run by volunteers.

Acoustic Warehouse - Kingsteignton

New email address acoustic.warehouse.tq12@gmail.com

NEW Monday 29 August 2016 - Si Barron - Acoustic Warehouse, Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH
Si Barron will be our Featured Artist at the Open Mic session. ‘I think he’s a really, really fine guitarist and an even finer interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk songs.’ Mike Harding. www.sibarron.eu Entrance £1. Tel. 07989 180091 or email accoustic.warehouse@gmail.com. www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739.

NEW Monday 11 April 2016 - Josie Lloyd - Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club, Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH
Featured Artist, Josie, plays blues and ragtime from the early 1900's, along with more contemporary blues material delivered on a steel bodied National Resophonic resonator guitar. www.josielloyd.co.uk. for further information Email acoustic.warehouse@gmail.com.

Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club, Kingsteignton (Autumn/Winter 2016 Newsletter)
at the Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH.
The nights are ‘drawing in’ at the Passage House Inn and this is our latest newsletter with details of the next “Featured Artist Events". Featured artists have a ¾ hour set, at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions, finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm. All other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket. Proceeds as always are all donated to the local Rowcroft Hospice.
24 October - Clive Sheard; 21 November - Chris & Paul Woodhouse; 12 December - Blue Monday
Please visit our new web page www.facebook.com/Acoustic.Warehouse.TQ123QH and bookmark for further information. The old Facebook page will be deleted in the New Year. We meet every Monday and especially welcome visitors who are always made welcome to listen to the performances.
At the end of 2016 after 4½ years, Martin & Janet are handing over all of the running of Acoustic Warehouse Devon to Nigel & Mary. We are all very proud that the club is on target, by the end of the year, to have raised £3ooo for our local Rowcroft Hospice. Kind Regards Martin & Janet

Feature: Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (Newsletter), Kingsteignton
at the Passage House Inn, Hackney Lane, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3QH.
Dear supporter of live music: We are enjoying the lighter and warmer nights at the Passage House Inn Devon, this is our latest newsletter with details of the next “Featured Artist Events". Featured artists have a ¾ hour set, at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions, finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm. All the other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket. Proceeds as always are donated to the local Rowcroft Hospice except on 27 June proceeds will be donated to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. 6 June – Rick Lawes; 20 June – Nigel Dee; 27 June – Steve Buxton; 18 July – Graham Butterfield.

Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Music Club (Newsletter), Kingsteignton
We are still enjoying the lighter and warmer nights at the Passage House Inn Devon, this is our latest newsletter with details of the next “Featured Artist Events". Featured artists have a ¾ hour set, at the end of our Monday night Open Mic Club sessions, finishing, as we always have to, at 10.30pm. Any other Mondays are normal open mic sessions. Entrance is still just £1 which includes a raffle ticket. Proceeds as always are donated to the local Rowcroft Hospice. 22 August - The John White Band; 29 August - Si Barron; 12 September - Martin Sidebotham; 19 September - Nine Pound Catfish. Please visit www.facebook.com/pages/Acoustic-warehouse-devon/108671222622739 for further information. We meet every Monday and especially welcome visitors who come to listen to the performances.  Kind regards, Martin.

Ashburton

NEW tbc Wednesday 9 August 2017 - Gigspanner Big Band - St Andrews Church, Ashburton
Peter Knight's Gigspanner joined by Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 6 May 2017 7.30pm - Skylark - St Andrew's Church Hall, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
South Hams based band performing uplifting arrangements of traditional and contemporary songs in three part harmony with flute, fiddle, guitar, piano and mandolin,  with a bluesy twist. www.youtube.com/user/SkylarkHarmony. With poetry from Dana Littlepage Smith and Rebecca Gethin, exploring aspects of cancer. Tickets £6 door. Light refreshments available. All proceeds to the local charity 'Cancer Lifeline Southwest' www.cancer-lifeline.org.

NEW Saturday 22 April 2017 - Adrian Legg - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
A rare opportunity to see the unique fingerstyle guitar talent of Adrian Legg in Ashburtons beautiful 700 year old St. Lawrence Chapel. "To say Legg plays a good guitar is like saying Menuhin saws a fine fiddle. This man is ridiculously talented" - Music Week Voted "Guitarist of the decade" by Guitarist Magazine Guitar Players readers poll winner for Best Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitarist 1993/'94/'95/'96 www.adrianlegg.com. Tickets £12 from Ian Pickvance (01364) 653500 or email ianpickvance[at]msn.com. All profits to Macmillan Cancer Support. Doors 7.30pm.

NEW tbc Saturday 18 March 2017 - Crow Puppets - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
details tba Devon duo Cara Roxanne and Em Marshall bring their own style of homespun Folk with close harmonies and a hotchpotch of instruments, weaving mysterious imagery and tender lyrics. Both women have their own distinctive sound and working together has given rise to an exciting contrast in their songwriting, re-living memories of forgotten landscapes and rugged terrain. Well known on the south west circuit, they are currently recording their second album with Jay Darlington of Oasis. Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to the band please. www.crowpuppets.com. Tickets £8 from Ian Pickvance 01364 653500 or email ianpickvance[at]msn.com. Doors 7.30pm, refreshments available, all profits go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

NEW Friday 24 February 2017 8pm - Hummingbirds Acappella Trio - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
Hummingbirds acappella trio, Ami Lee, Emily Roblyn and Sarah Pennington have been delighting live audiences since 2013 with their extraordinary arrangements, powerful original songs and infectious sense of fun. They weave quirky rhythms around lush harmonies across an impressive spectrum of songs, some political, some sweet, some just darnright entertaining. Now they invite you to join them to celebrate the launch of their debut CD. ''These guys are amazing. If you need some soulful, smiley music for a gig look no further.''  £8/£6.

NEW Tuesday 1 November 2016 8pm - Cup O'Joe - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
Cup O’Joe is two brothers, Benjamin and Reuben and their sister Tabitha, who play an energetic style of bluegrass & gypsy jazz music. The siblings were raised on a healthy diet of music festivals and concerts from a young age and this influence is clear in their eclectic and enthusiastic performances. With Reuben on guitar and mandolin, Benjamin on upright bass, and Tabitha on banjo and fiddle, their music is a fusion of hard driving Bluegrass with a mix of Jazz, Old Time, and Swing. The trio has played at festivals and events all over Europe and are the first non US group to have been asked to play on the Youth Stage at IBMA in Raleigh North Carolina. Nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2015. Reservations and info info@ashburtonlive.co.uk. Tickets £10/£5 (U18 free) in person from Silver Lion Jewellers, North St, Ashburton or online www.wegottickets.com/event/380249.

NEW Saturday 26 November 2016 7.30pm - Si Barron - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
Si performs traditional English folk songs and has an exquisite voice, accompanying himself with beautifully played guitar and occasionally harmonium. www.sibarron.eu. This will be a great evenings entertainment in the lovely surroundings of Ashburtons 700 year old St. Lawrence Chapel. Light refreshments during interval. Tickets £8 Ian Pickvance 01364 653500 or email ianpickvance[at]msn.com All profits go to Macmillan Cancer Support. Doors 7.30pm.

On Saturday 26th November at St.Lawrence Chapel, Ashburton, TQ13 7DD we have Si Barron in concert.

NEW Saturday 22 October 2016 7.30pm - Saskia - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
Saskia is a touring folk singer from Bristol who will be singing original and traditional songs in the echoing halls of this 700 year old church. Expect a delightful and rare evening of simple and moving songs with audience participation. "Saskia's singing style has something of the old fashioned purity of early Joan Baez..." Living Tradition Magazine; "...a fine singer songwriter, wonderful voice and great guitar playing..." Johnny Coppin, BBC Radio Gloucestershire. Free donation-based event, no door tickets so booking is essential; see www.saskiaashburton.eventbrite.co.uk to reserve a free ticket.

NEW Sunday 1 May 2016 8pm - Sam Richards Freedom Songs  - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
Sam Richards solo piano, improvisation based on nine freedom songs. May Day is the peoples’ day and always has been. Unlike many public holidays it does not have a religious significance - that is unless pre-Christian religion is included. Folklorists like to trace May Day observances to pagan origins – greenery, dancing, singing special songs, baking cakes, hobby horses, seasonal games, May queens, May baskets, Morris dancing, maypoles, Robin Hood games, green men, dressing in disguise and so on. Since the late 19th century it has also been a day of labour, union banners and rallies. This concert celebrates both May Days. More details, bookings etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/358090.

Thursday 25 September 2014 2pm & 7pm - Mick Ryan's ‘A Day’s Work’ - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
A folk opera written by Mick Ryan. Using original songs, spoken verse, monologue and dialogue, ‘A Day’s Work’ tells the story of a group of farm labourers, members of a mummers’ team, who join up, or refuse to join up, and meet finally on the first day of The Somme. The show examines war, love, courage and cowardice. Originally written and performed in 1995, this revival for The Great War Centenary uses a re-written script, with some additional, newly composed, songs and a cast of well known, and highly respected, performers. Adv tickets £10 from
Silver Lion Jewellers, North St or online 2pm www.wegottickets.com/event/284862 7pm www.wegottickets.com/event/284865, door £12 - or whatever you can afford. Also by phone from LeafieB 01364 653830.

Sunday 9 August 2015 8pm - James Frost and Elise Yuill - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
Songwriters’ Evening. Part of the thriving UK alt-folk scene, James Frost often draws comparison with the romanticism of Nick Drake or the mysticism of Leonard Cohen. His intimate, left-handed guitar picking and dreamlike, pastoral lyrics are quintessentially English and reliably cast a hushed spell over chattering audiences. In the studio, elements of electronica, distortion and sampled sounds are added to his quiet folk to create something all together more modern. With a powerfully emotive voice, which time and again is likened to that of Joan Baez; Devon based Singer-songwriter Elise Yuill is fast becoming a recognised name in the folk world. Accompanied by an acoustic guitar, Elise sings a broad collection of songs from an extensive repertoire of story-telling original material. Songs with raw honest lyrics about life, dreams, people, the environment, love and making the world a better place. This year Elise appeared at Glastonbury festival for the first time on The Small World and Toad Hall stages. www.eliseyuill.com. More details www.wegottickets.com/event/325872.

Saturday 14 November 2015 7.30pm - Manos Puestas Trio - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
Folk roots music: gypsy jazz, Bossa and flamenco guitar wizardry. Tickets £10 from Ian Pickvance 01364 653500 or from Ashburton Information Centre. All profits from this event go to Macmillan Cancer Support www.macmillan.org.uk. Wear your brightest clothes and come and join the party!
Coming in January: Phil Beer!

Saturday 30 January 2016 7.30pm - Phil Beer - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
Just in time to banish those post-Christmas blues! Tickets £14 available from Ian Pickvance 01364 653500. All profits from this event go to Macmillan Cancer Support www.macmillan.org.uk.

Friday 27 November 2015 8pm - Ensemble Baklava - St Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton TQ13 7DD (map)
Songs and dances from around the Mediterranean. Music both contemporary and ancient performed on authentic traditonal instruments. Tickets on door £8. More info www.baklavamusic.com.

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

Bigbury

Saturday 5 July 2014 7.30pm - Appaloosas - Bigbury Memorial Hall, Bigbury TQ7 4HQ
Bluebell Wood Music presents a wonderful evening with this 3 piece band from Dartmoor playing Americana, old time American and Appalachian music. The band features beautiful Appalachian and old time inspired vocals from Eliza Acty, claw hammer banjo and guitar from Peter Acty and intricate melodies from virtuoso fiddle and mandolin player Stephen Potter. www.appaloosasmusic.com. Tickets £10 to include paella by Oyster Shack.

Friday 23 October 2015 8pm - Blackheart - Bigbury Memorial Hall, Bigbury TQ7 4HQ
Their music and unique sound shuns categorisation, combining acoustic instruments and the captivating voice of Chrissy Mostyn with ancient synthesisers, effects, atmospherics and electronica to create a new brand of avant-garde ethereal folk style of music. Their highly personal, haunting music is flavoured with piercing observations and penetrating lyrics. Samples www.blackheartmusic.co.uk/listen.php. Tickets £10 (U16s£6), includes light refreshments, available from Holywell Stores, St. Anne's Chapel tel 01548 810308 or Charles 01548 810023.

Bishopsteignton (Red Rock Brewery)

NEW Saturday 10 June 2016 3pm - Five Finger Eddie - Red Rock Brewery, Humber Farm, Bishopsteignton TQ14 9TD
Live music.

Blackawton

Friday 3 February 2012 - The Acoustic Strawbs - Blackawton Village Hall, nr Totnes (map)
The front line of one of Britain's most successful and enduring folk rock bands. Doors 7.30pm. Licensed bar and ample free car parking. Tickets £12 from Steve Gale 01803 712449 or 07941 611868.

Saturday 29 March 2014 8pm - howdenjones in Concert ‘No halls barred' 2014 - Blackawton Village Hall, Vicarage Road, nr Totnes TQ9 7AY
'the beautiful music in beautiful places' Tour continues... Kate Howden and Paul Jones are songwriters who are travelling all over the country playing at Village Halls and Community Venues. They write about life and their observations of it, often poignant, sometimes humorous, and gathering new material as they travel, they captivate an audience in a unique intimate atmosphere. Their show has been described as, ‘relaxed and enchanting’ and ‘an absolute delight’, ‘their joy, talent and good humour were infectious’. ‘music for all ages’. With a variety of instruments including, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, bodhran and banjo, superb harmonies and great musicianship, howdenjones will promise to give you a foot tapping and thought provoking evening with plenty of smiles! Samples at www.howdenjones.co.uk. They will be joined at this concert by Fiddler Andy Doherty, who has worked with them on numerous recording projects, and whose style directly compliments their songs and tunes. Tickets £7 from The George Inn 01803 712342 (pay by card), Blackawton Community Shop or 01803 712159.

Bovey Tracey (South Devon Music)

NEW Sunday 12 February 2017 8.15pm - Claude Bourbon - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
We are guaranteed a truly beautiful musical evening to banish the winter blues! Claude is a classically trained virtuoso guitarist and a mesmerising performer. You will find Latin, Spanish, gypsy, jazz, delta blues and mediaeval influences throughout. Samples, videos etc. www.claudebourbon.org. Tickets £10 door, or £8 adv from the Dolphin in person or online at www.southdevonmusic.co.uk. Doors 7.30pm.

NEW Saturday 3 December 2016 9pm - The O Marleys - Bell Inn, Town Hall Place, Bovey Tracey, TQ13 9AA
Irish/Roots/Country, 3 piece The O'Marleys will be entertaining with lots of Irish and Scottish music to get your feet tapping or dancing. Not to be missed, and plenty of sing along tunes if you want to exercise your voice. Plenty Plenty Crack

Tickets £10 adv, £12 door; adv bookings online at [link]www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/?????? (no booking fee). Further info from Phil on 07788 422611 or email phil.royal@btinternet.com.

NEW Friday 21 October 2016 8pm - Johnny Dowd Band - Edgemoor Hotel, Haytor Rd, nr Bovey Tracey TQ13 9LE
On tour from the USA, the amazing Johnny Dowd band (including Anna Coogan and Mike Edmondson). "There's intense and there's Johnny Dowd. He's Nick Cave with a hangover. You will not get a better chance to experience authentic, courageous, contemporary American music here on our doorstep. www.johnnydowd.com. Johnny’s first national exposure in the UK came in 2003 in the beautiful, illuminating and highly recommended BBC Arena documentary 'Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus', a musical and sociological road trip through the ‘poor white’ southern states. It’s free to view on iPlayer: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0074qfn/arena-searching-for-the-wrongeyed-jesus. Support: Park Doing. Ticketing etc. www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.

UPDATED Saturday 3 September 2016 7.30pm - Robin & Bina Williamson - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
Robin is a worldwide legend as the founder and creative force behind the Incredible String Band. He has been nominated twice for a Grammy, for his 1995 live album with John Renbourn 'Wheel Of Fortune' and for the 1968 ISB album 'The Hangman's Beautiful Daughter'. Bina is an inspired and gifted singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in her own right. A powerful endorsement comes from Robert Plant: 'What Robin and Bina do is pure beauty through simplicity'. Tickets £12, available to personal callers at the Dolphin or online from www.southdevonmusic.co.uk. More info: phil.royal@btinternet.com. South Devon Music’s mission is to bring world-class music to our doorstep in South Devon.

NEW Sunday 10 July 2016 7pm - Michael Chapman - Edgemoor Hotel, Haytor Rd, nr Bovey Tracey TQ13 9LE
Return of the magnificent guitarist/singer/songwriter. Tickets www.ticketsource.co.uk/southdevonmusic or email phil.royal@btinternet.com. South Devon Music exists to bring world class talent to our doorstep. Help us to keep on keeping on.

NEW Sunday 5 June 2016 7.30pm - Tir na nOg - Edgemoor Hotel, Haytor Rd, nr Bovey Tracey TQ13 9LE
Support: Crystal Jacqueline. Leo O’Kelly & Sonny Condell are two of the most original and influential songwriters and performers Ireland has ever produced. Their guitars wind and mesh gorgeously together, their voices likewise; nor can they be separated for the quality of their songwriting. They recorded three timeless albums for Chrysalis Records  in the early 70s. the label. John Peel championed the duo from the start, recording many Peel Sessions with them. They toured with bands as disparate as Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, The Who, Roxy Music and Steeleye Span in the 70s, as well as headlining their own theatre, college and club gigs, garnering a large cult following. 2015 saw the eagerly awaited release of a new studio album, their first since 1973! It has received glowing reviews. Samples etc. www.tirnanog-progfolk.com. More details, bookings (£12, no fee) etc. www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/FHLFMH. South Devon Music exists to bring world class talent to our doorstep. Help us to keep on keeping on.

Bow nr Crediton (Mick Richards)

NEW Saturday 18 February 2017 8pm - Steve Knightley - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
A solo appearance from the singer song-writing force behind 'Show Of Hands' described by Peter Gabriel as " One of the great English Bands".
Many of Steve's songs are are inspired by the people and landscape of his native West Country and others are inspired by contemporary issues such as 'Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed' with powerful lyrics and cracking tunes. An evening with Steve is, above all, wonderful entertainment, he captivates his audience with great songs, superb musicianship, witty and humorous anecdotes all performed with a great passion. Ticketing etc. www.theheartofdevon.co.uk.

NEW Friday 23 September 2016 8pm - Ninebarrow - Bow Village Hall, nr Crediton EX17 6HU (map)
Multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’ by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. In 2015, Ninebarrow were announced winners of Fatea Magazine’s ‘Debut Album of the Year’ 2014; their latest album ‘Releasing the Leaves’ was awarded five stars in both Maverick Magazine and the English Folk Dance and Song Society Magazine, who described it as ‘Immaculate’. Another example of how strong British folk music is at the moment.’ The Telegraph. Ticketing etc. www.theheartofdevon.co.uk. Contact tel 01363 82379, email mick@theheartofdevon.co.uk.

Friday 23rd Sept NINEBARROW at the Heart of Devon, BOW. Multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition.
Another example of how strong British folk music is at the moment.’ The Telegraph.
Tickets £9. Doors 7.30pm for 8pm. Tel 01363 82379, email mick@theheartofdevon.co.uk or via wegotttickets.com
 

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

Sunday 5 May 2013 - Heart of Devon of Festival - Bow (on A3072 Okehampton – Crediton)
This year’s festival will take place on Sunday 5th May. We already have an amazing line up confirmed including the wonderful Jim Causley, Reggae Band, Audio Razor, The Monkey Glands blues band and local groups The Love Daddies and The Thorvertones. We still have some fantastic acts to be confirmed and ill be in touch again as soon as I know more.

Bradninch

Bradninch Acoustic Music Club, Baptist Hall, Millway, Bradninch EX5 4NL
www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org. Contact Colin 01392 882036.

NEW 10-12 June 2016 - 16th Bradninch Music Festival - Bradninch
Multi-genre festival, including Roving Crows, Fish Out Of Water and much more. See www.bradninchmusicfestival.co.uk for full details.

Feature: Bradninch Folk Club
Club nights (free) 8.45pm start at the White Lion on Tuesdays 10 Jan, 7 Feb, 6 Mar. For floor spots available on guest nights phone 01392 881105.
Contact: Gerard Edwards 01392 881105.
Guest nights: £5 door, U17 free. For more information call 01392 881105 or visit the Club on Facebook www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk/?fref=ts.

NEW Tuesday 16 May 2017 8pm - Kelly Oliver - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
details tba www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk.

NEW Tuesday 18 April 2017 8pm - Kadia - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
Return visit for Kadia, a folk trio from Dorset performing traditional repertoire alongside original folk-inspired music. Chris, David and Lee blend together three-part harmony with arrangements for guitar, mandolin, and cello and driving percussion. Experience shows that you cannot watch and listen to the band without smiling. www.kadiaband.co.uk. Contact 01392 881105. Entry £5 (accompanied U17s free). www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk.

NEW Tuesday 21 March 2017 8pm - Sharon Lazibyrd - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
Sharon Lazibyrd is a striking and original performer who first performed at the club as half of the duo Lazibyrd, Winners of the South West Music Awards Best Folk Act of 2013. A talented and quirky singer- songwriter who writes striking and melodic songs she continues to surprise and delight her audience. Sharon is a multi-instrumentalist and will be accompanied by melodeon player Damon Bridge. Among her fans are Bob Harris who has recorded her and Tom Robinson of BBC Radio 6. Her work has been included in the FATEA showcase sessions and she was invited to take part in a BBC Introducing folk residential at Halsworthy. She also has had a track selected for a forthcoming album for UNICEF. 3 supports including Greg Hancock. For more information see www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk or contact 01392 881105. Entry £5 (accompanied U17s free).

NEW Wednesday 14 December 2016 8pm - Christmas Party with Brooks Williams - Bradninch Acoustic Music Club, Baptist Hall, Millway, Bradninch EX5 4NL
The amazing and very talented Brooks Williams, back by popular demand from his last brilliant Christmas Show back in 2013. Mulled wine and mince pies plus loads of nibbles will be served. BYO drinks. General club info and contact details www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.

NEW Wednesday 9 November 2016 8pm - Club Night - Bradninch Acoustic Music Club, Baptist Hall, Millway, Bradninch EX5 4NL
BYO drinks. General club info and contact details www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.

NEW Wednesday 11 October 2016 8pm - Paul Downes - Bradninch Acoustic Music Club, Baptist Hall, Millway, Bradninch EX5 4NL
The amazing Paul Downes will be honouring us with his presence, one of England's finest folk guitarists is going to give us a night to remember with his playing, wit and great songs…a night not to miss. BYO drinks. General club info and contact details www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.

NEW Wednesday 14 September 2016 8pm - My Sweet Patootie - Bradninch Acoustic Music Club, Baptist Hall, Millway, Bradninch EX5 4NL
Contemporary roots and ragtime at its best; bringing tight vocal harmonies, monstrous guitar, sizzling fiddle and percussion together in one perfect package. Founded in 2007 by Canadian Folk Music Award winners Sandra Swannell and Terry Young, the trio has a growing international reputation. From original swing to funky fiddle-tune arrangements to exquisite ballads, they deliver a must-see show that Driftwood Magazine describes as “two parts exemplary musicianship, one part vaudeville comedy”. Joining MSP on this tour is percussionist John Jackson from Devon. Tickets £5. BYO drinks. General club info and contact details www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.

Tuesday 19 July 2016 8pm - The DIY Early Music Show - Bradninch Folk Club, Castle Hotel, Bradninch, nr Cullompton EX5 4NN
Bradninch Folk Club are inviting musical performers and singers to come and join in a DIY Early Music Show. Early music is a popular movement in classical music circles which re-explores the music from the Medieval to the Baroque, it is also a time period from which many folk tunes and songs can be traced not least from the contemporary inclusion into music in the classical repertoire. The evening is intended to bring performers from the folk and classical traditions of music together to exchange music and entertain. There will be no charge for entry for performers or audience to watch and listen. Interest has been expressed by players of recorders, lutes, harp, hurdy gurdy and vocals. In keeping with our tradition of participation this is not a formal concert it is a musical gathering to share music and songs performed in the round. For more information call 01392 881105 or visit the Club on Facebook www.facebook.com/groups/Bradninchfolk/?fref=ts.

Wednesday 10 June 2015 7.45pm - Singers Night - Bradninch Acoustic Music Club, Bradninch Baptist Church
Yes....it is a singers night this month..many of us will be in recovery mode after Bradninch Musical Gardens.....however it does give us a chance for a get together and have a good old thrash on various instruments and exercise the old trottle, so if you want to come and play or sing, give me or Jerry a shout and we shall give you a spot. £2 entry.

Wednesday 9 December 2015 - Christmas party night - Bradninch Acoustic Music Club, Bradninch Baptist Church
£5 admission includes a glass of mulled wine, mince pie and clotted cream plus some festive nibbles. Hot House Four - Early American Roots Music - Western Swing Blues - Early Jazz - Hokum Gypsy Jazz Swing - Ragtime Blues. www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org. Contact Colin 01392 882036.

The 1st Tuesday of the Month is our BradFolk@The White Lion an open evening of song and music.

Feature: Bradninch
Google Earth tells me Bradninch (2 miles SW of Cullompton) is just within my fairly arbitrarily, and loosely, defined coverage area - "30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes", so here we go...
Bradninch Folk Club www.bradninchevents.org/groups/bradninch-folk-club
Bradninch Folk Club meets on 1st Tuesday (club nights) of the month at the White Lion and on the 3rd Tuesday at the Castle Hotel (guest nights). Coming up:
Tuesday 21 October 8pm - Bradninch Folk Club: Alex Kumar - Castle Hotel, Bradninch
Exceptional and special, Alex has the spirit and songbook of Dylan and his muse Woody Guthrie to back's his own original song writing. His appearance is as the result of a floor spot he did at the Club in February this year. He was spellbinding then in his performance. True to the promise “With a voice that can only be described as other-worldy, he has the rare ability to captivate and silence an entire room with his mesmeric presence.” Support: visiting and local performers. Entry £4 door. Gerard Edwards 01392 881105.
Bradninch Acoustic Music Club www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
generally has Club nights the second Wednesday of each month, plus some guest nights. Coming up:
Friday 31 October - Jamie Smith's Mabon - The Guildhall, Bradninch
A one-off Extra Special Club night at The Guildhall starring the amazing Jamie Smith's Mabon, for those of you who have seen them they need no introduction,for those who haven’t then this is a big treat to see one of Europe’s finest Festival Bands on tour and stopping off at our little club to do a show. Tickets will be around £10 with concessions to club members and supporters. More details nearer the time. www.bradninchacousticmusicclub.org.
Wednesday 12 November - Club Night - So all floor singers come along and have a good blast.
Wednesday 10 December - Phil Beer and Paul Downes - guests for Xmas Club night at The Guildhall. Tickets£10. Wow what a night.
Bradninch also holds a popular music festival in June, see what happened this year:
www.bradninchevents.org/bradninch-music-festival

Brixham

NEW Thursday 7 December 2017 - St Agnes Fountain - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
details tba. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk.

NEW Friday 21 July 2017 - Pete Morton - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
details tba. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 27 May 2017 - The O'Marleys - Brixham
The O'Marleys at Brixfest 2017, 6.00pm to 6.45pm. A great festival held in Brixham and Brixham Harbour. Mackenzie Moulton (Mac) on fiddle and vocal, John Fitzsimons on guitar and vocal, James King on Irish bodhran and vocal, Io Pughic on 4 and 5 string banjo and backing vocals will set the place alight with their fast and furious Irish music, sing along songs and foot-tapping or dance along jigs. www.brixfest.com.

NEW Wednesday 10 May 2017 8.30pm - The Moulton Brothers - Golden Lion, 65 New Road, Brixham TQ5 8NL
The Moulton Brothers, Mac on Fiddle, banjo and sometimes bagpipes, Neil on violin and sometimes mandolin, Bruce on the Irish Bodhran will be playing plenty of tunes and singing well know songs, acoustically. Good foot tapping, sing along music. that doesn't damage you ears. Promise of a great evening the emphasis being on friendly and casual with lots of brotherly banter.

NEW Friday 28 April 2017 7.30pm - Cat Weatherill with 'Lost in the Lamplight' - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
International author, raconteur and storyteller Cat Weatherill's rich and wonderful stories for world-weary adults, told after dark, by lantern light. Cat’s stories are cinematic, deeply emotional and beautifully told. She is a physical performer, with extraordinary focus and intensity, weaving in song and musical instruments to create a shimmering tapestry of tales. Cat is one of Europe’s leading performance storytellers. She works internationally, from Singapore to Swindon and everywhere in-between. She has performed solo shows at the Barbican and read her stories on Radio 4. Her shows linger long in the memory and people always want more. There will be some selected tales especially for this year’s Pirate Festival audience. www.catweatherill.co.uk. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk.

NEW 29 April-1 May 2017 - Brixham Pirate Festival
Music includes: Pirates of St Piran, Tricorn Shonkey, The O’Marleys, Old Gaffers, Gurdy Bird, Boarding Crew, Captain’s Beard, Neck, Hornswaggle, Black Friday, The Salts, The Pyrates. Programme details etc. www.brixhampirates.com.

NEW Friday 7 April 2017 7pm - Jim Payne & Wren Music - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
Part of ‘Shore to Shore Revisited’  - a lecture, recital and concert tour given by Newfoudland’s Jim Payne and Devon’s Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker of Wren Music. Jim Payne is a renowned Newfoundland folk singer who is best known for performing Newfoundland’s traditional sea shanties and plays many instruments, including the guitar, violin, accordion and mandolin. Besides being a singer, he is a storyteller, actor and writer. He also teaches Newfoundland square and step dances. Wren Music runs choirs, orchestras and youth groups throughout Devon and provides opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to make music, including those with special educational needs and disabled adults and children. In 2016, Paul and Marilyn received the prestigious Gold Badge from the English Folk Dance and Song Society for their work in general, and for their contribution as performers and song collectors, notably their work with the Baring-Gould collection. Paul is chairman of the Devonshire Association’s Music Section. Tickets £6 on door. Tel. 01803 882717. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk.

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

NEW Saturday 12 November 2016 7.30pm - Brooks Williams & Guy Davis - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
"Inside the Delta". New York blues legend Guy Davis and Georgia-born roots and Americana singer songwriter Brooks Williams explore the blues in this stunning duo combination. Tickets £15 adv or £17 door if available. Tel. 01803 882717. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 15 October 2016 7.30pm - "Ragged Union" Bluegrass - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
This six piece Colorado based ensemble, led by Geoff and Christina Union, plays hard-driving bluegrass with a tinge of the traditional and a healthy dose of blues. Tickets £12 adv or £15 door if available. Tel. 01803 882717. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk.

NEW Friday 7 October 2016 7.45pm - Paul Wilson & Marilyn Tucker - Brixham Folk Club, Brixham Theatre Lounge, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
Marilyn and Paul are renowned for their strong vocal harmonies and instrumental variety, including guitar and piano accordion. Their wide repertoire of traditional songs, including many from Devon's rich cultural history is complemented by a wealth of new songs and original compositions. “We are delighted to be dropping by to sing at Brixham” said Paul, “it will be great to re-connect with South Devon and with long standing friends”. Together Paul and Marilyn have set up Wren Music as a folk music education organization which over the last 30 years has developed an enviable reputation for delivering quality folk development work in a huge variety of settings. They have recently been awarded the gold badge, from the English Folk Dance and Song Society, the highest honour the national body can give. “The success and growth of Wren has outstripped our expectations” said Paul. “Now that’s running, we’ve got a chance to develop further what we were doing before Wren was set up” says Marilyn “that is taking work as performers in our own right.” Doors 7.30pm. Entry £6.

NEW Friday 23 September 2016 7pm - Folk Inspired - Breakwater Bistro, Brixham
Join the Friends of Brixham Library for another fantastic evening at a great venue! BBQ. Music by Folk Inspired. Tickets: £12 FOBL members, £14 others, available from Brixham Library 01803 853870 or Breakwater Bistro 01803 856738.

NEW Friday 1 July 2016 7.30pm - Mawkin - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
One of brit-folks brightest new guns, Mawkin are a blistering 5-piece band, fusing folk, blues and rock. On the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene, with all the verve and mystique of ancient folk music traditions from across the globe, they sing rousing songs of rebellion. Brothers David Delarre (Eliza Carthy, Tred) and fiddler James Delarre (Saul Rose & James Delarre, Topette) underpin the virtuoso bellowing of Nick Cooke’s melodeon (Kate Rusby, Jim Moray), with a solid rhythm section of Danny Crump on bass and Lee Richardson (Diverted, Extreme Music) on drums. www.mawkin.co.uk. “Invigorating, Highly Inventive” – Q Magazine; “ Unapologetically Energetic” – Songlines Magazine; “ Gutsy, Impressive, Exquisite“ – The Guardian; Bookings etc. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk/events/2016/jul-1/mawkin. £12 adv (£14 door if available).

Friday 2 October 2015 7.30pm - Brixham Folk Club - Brixham Theatre Lounge, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
Singers & musicians night. Entry £3/performer £2.

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Change of venue for January only
Friday 4 January 2013 7.30pm - Brixham Folk Club - Brixham Conservative Club
Adjacent to the Brixham Theatre (where the usual first Friday meets occur in the lounge bar). More details from Anne & Steve Gill 01803 290427 or John Miles 01803 858394.

Friday 16 October 2015 7.30pm - Five Finger Eddie - Brixham Library, Market Street, Brixham TQ5 8EU
The stars of the 2014 Friends of Brixham Library BBQ they are back by popular request to perform with their amazing repertoire bringing together the best in folk music with a hint of Dartmoor thrown in. Brixham’s new shanty group ‘Missin' Tackle’ will also be there to start the evening off. Limited tickets, early booking advised. Bar. Tickets £10 FoBL members, £12 non-members, are available from Brixham Library tel 01803 853870 during library opening hours.

Saturday 5 September 2015 - Fishstock Seafood & Music Festival - Brixham Harbour
Line-up includes Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed, Shuffle The Deck Appalachian Cloggers, The Roaring Trowmen, Banned From The Moor, The Old Gaffers. See www.fishstockbrixham.co.uk fpr full details and programme.

Brixham BBT

If you play, sing or listen to the blues, not the loud electric rhythm-and-blues type, but 1927 to 1942 acoustic blues, you may enjoy BBT2 (Brixham Blues Second Thursday). The launch - 8.30pm, Thursday March 12 (and then the 2nd Thursday of each month) Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham - features Delta Echoes, but with plenty of time for blues floor spots. Delta Echoes comprises acclaimed National steel guitar slide and lap-steel player Stuart Cumberpatch and Richard Scruton, well known on the London folk and blues scene for authentic interpretation of the great Delta bluesmen’s guitar picking. Contact: email stuart1929[at]btinternet.com, tel. 01803 855256.

NEW Thursday 8 June 2017 8.30pm - Graham Hine - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
Graham Hine is one of the legendary greats from the UK blues revival of the 1960s and 70s. His album “Bottleneck Blues” on the Blue Goose label was a revelation to many. For many years the front man for Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts, his solo career continues to this day. Expect some stunning slide guitar played on his collection of 1930s fiddle-edge Dobros. Free. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

NEW Thursday 11 May 2017 8.30pm - Bob Long & Lorna Franklin - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
BBT2 – Brixham Blues Second Thursday – presents an evening of authentic acoustic blues from the 1920s and 1930s, from a duo steeped in the traditional music of the Mississippi Delta, including Robert Johnson and the lesser known but captivating Tommy Johnson. Lorna provides vocals in the style of the 1920s blues divas. Free. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

NEW Thursday 13 April 2017 8.30pm - Gareth Hedges - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
Since he was road manager for many American roots musicians who were touring in Europe – Bill Monroe, banjo player Clarence Ashley, guitarist Tex Isley, Rev. Gary Davis and Mississippi Fred McDowell among others – Gareth Hedges has been entertaining people with his astonishing guitar picking. This will be his second visit to BBT2, Brixham Blues Second Thursday, where he will be performing solo and with Stuart “Marshcat” Cumberpatch, the club’s organiser. Free. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

NEW Thursday 9 March 2017 8.30pm - Kent DuChaine - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
Since going solo in 1982 and hitting the road in the United States, Kent and his National Duolian guitar 'Leadbessie' have probably clocked up over two million miles together, promoting the delta blues and blues music in general. Kent will also speak of the history of the blues, the great men and women who developed it and his incredible involvement with some of them. Free. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

NEW Thursday 9 February 2017 8.30pm - Tinmouth Jon and Norfolk Slim - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
Jon learned to play slide guitar in Hollywood, where he acquired his name by accompanying himself on rack harmonica. Expect California blues and rootsy Americana. Norfolk Slim is a Brixham Blues favourite returning to play authentic country blues in the style of the Delta greats on a series of beautiful vintage guitars. Free. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

NEW Thursday 12 January 2017 8.30pm - Bob Long & Lorna Franklin - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
A superb guitarist and harmonica player specialising in pre-World War 2 blues, jug band and ragtime, with vocals from Lorna in the style of the great 1920s blues divas. Support from Stuart “Marshcat” Cumberpatch on rare vintage National guitars. Free. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

NEW Thursday 8 December 2016 8.30pm - Bob Long & Lorna Franklin - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
Free evening of acoustic country blues. Bob Long is a superb guitarist and harmonica player specializing in pre-World War Two blues, jug band and ragtime material, particularly from the Mississippi Delta and Memphis. Lorna Franklin provides vocals in the style of the 1920s blues stars www.bobalong.co.uk. With support from resident duo Devon Delta, plus floor spots. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com, 01803 855256.

NEW Thursday 14 January 2016 8.30pm - Stuart Cumberpatch and Robert Spence - BBT2 Brixham Blues Club, Maritime Inn, King St, Brixham TQ5 9AH
Brixham Blues Second Thursday BBT2: Devon Delta (Stuart and Robert) will be joined this month by Chris Frost from London. Chris is an excellent guitar picker and bottleneck guitarist, with some superb material from the 1930s. Free admission, floor spots always welcome. Information: Stuart Cumberpatch stuart1929@btinternet.com 01803 855256.

Buckfastleigh

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NEW Saturday 10 December 2016 7.30pm - Ensemble Baklava - Jellyfish Gallery, 34 Bossell Road, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DD
Ensemble Baklava sing and play traditional Turkish, Greek, Spanish, French, Egyptian and even English music, both ancient and contemporary, on their unusual and interesting collection of instruments.
More info www.baklavamusic.com. Tickets £8 on door, or online www.wegottickets.com/event/379085, or call 01364 642662. www.jellyfishprod.com.

NEW Saturday 26 November 2016 7.30pm - The Lost Sound A Capella Chorus: Songs for Winter concert - Town Hall, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DD
The Lost Sound have performed with Show of Hands and Steve Knightley. Recently Phil Beer described them as 'The best choir in the region!' They are part of the Show of Hands live album commemorating the 19240 Shrouds of the Somme concert. Special guest: Chris Hoban, performing solo on this occasion, has written a number of songs for Show of Hands. Tickets £6 from The Seed Buckfastleigh or Emma 07760 437432.

NEW Friday 11 November 2016 7pm - The Travelling Talesman - Jellyfish Gallery, 34 Bossell Road, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DD
Performance storyteller presents 'Changed': Half-human tales of transformation, transmutation and transfiguration. Beautiful girls who become monsters by moonlight, lovers that sprout feathers and fly. Is tehre any hope of restoration for the 'Changed'? www.thetravellingtalesman.co.uk. 14 plus. Tickets £8.
Tel. 01364 642662. www.jellyfishprod.com.

NEW Saturday 29 October 2016 7.30pm - HEARTH - Jellyfish Gallery, 34 Bossell Road, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DD
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' in concert - acapella vocal trio featuring Holly Ebony, Fran Andre & Faith Burch. Support: singer/songwriter Emily Roblyn). Intimate, inspiring full evening of music - a great chance to see some top quality performances in a lovely small venue! Tickets £8, cash bar. Venue only takes 40 people so advance booking recommended at Jellyfish Studio or online www.wegottickets.com/event/378315. Tel. 01364 642662. www.jellyfishprod.com.

NEW Friday 14 October 2016 - Kevara Klezmer Ceilidh - Town Hall, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DD
Doors 7.30pm. No bar, BYO refreshments. Admission £8/£7. Come and join Si, Ami, Martin, Pam, Tim, Joel and Howard for more East European shenannigans.

NEW Friday 22 July 2016 7.30pm - Jon Pickard Classical Guitar & Harp Concert - Jellyfish Gallery, 34 Bossell Road, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DD
www.wegottickets.com/event/356295. www.jellyfishprod.com.

NEW Saturday 25 June 2016 7.30pm - Kirsty Bromley & Lucy Wise - Jellyfish Gallery, 34 Bossell Road, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0DD
Two Hemispheres Tour. A bringing together of two travelling songstresses, one from a remote seaside town in the south-western corner of Australia, and the other from Sheffield. Lucy and Kirsty's songs tell stories of love, people and places which zoom in on everyday moments of light and darkness. Their melodically rich music is steeped in the Celtic, American and English folk music traditions that surrounded them growing up. Both recognised in Australia, New Zealand and the UK for their stunning vocals and intimate and moving performance styles, Lucy and Kirsty come together to tour both Australia and the UK together in 2016. An evening not to be missed. www.wegottickets.com/event/356296.
www.jellyfishprod.com.

Budleigh Salterton

NEW Sunday 23 April 2017 2pm - Julian Piper Blues Band @ Budleigh Salterton Jazz Festival - Public Hall Public Hall, Station Road, Budleigh Salterton, nr Exmouth EX9 6RJ (map)
After years of playing and touring alongside American blues legends, performing at the New Orleans Jazz Festival, and in blues havens like Chicago and Mississippi, it's probably fair to say that Julian Piper has had a blues education second to none. Ringing the changes this time around, Julian steps out with a semi acoustic trio featuring double bassist Warwick Downes and drummer Andy Mills. Expect material from New Orleans to Chicago, featuring some of the finest slide and blues guitar this side of the Mississippi.Exe Delta. Tickets £12 box office 01395 445275.

Callington

Thursday 10 April 2014 8pm - "Under her Skin" with Debs Newbold & Laurel Swift - Callington Town Hall, New Road, Callington, PL17 7BD
Debs Newbold and Laurel Swift bring a defiantly 21st Century attitude to an ancient seatale, in a pioneering new work of performance storytelling. Under Her Skin fuses Debs Newbold's highly acclaimed and charismatic storytelling voice with the double bass, fiddle, and clog dynamism of Laurel Swift. The resulting story of loss and regret is uplifting, thoroughly modern, and belly-shakingly funny. Under Her Skin is stand-up storytelling and then some. And it is crafted especially for adults. Adult £8,U16 £6, family (2+2+) £22. Note only cash on the door. Tickets from Town Hall or Kivell in Callington High Street. Reserve by emailing caveatcallington@gmail.com. Website http://callingtoncave.weebly.com.

Callington 2017 Mayfest Pre-fest Workshops
Callington MayFest takes place on Saturday 13 May 2017
Four series of workshops taking place leading up to the big day are summarised below (all events are by voluntary donation). Full details, contact information etc. can be found at www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com.
Short reminders only will appear in Harberton Folk listings for the relevent dates.
Cornish Dance and Music workshops with Carmen Hunt - Callington Bowling Club, Liskeard Road, Callington PL17 7JE
7.00pm on Mondays March 6, March 20, April 3, April 17, May 1
A chance to pick up a selection of Cornish social/community, set and step dances just for fun, usually indoors, sometimes outdoors, always with LIVE music! Ideal for complete beginners and experienced dancers alike, and anyone who things they've got two left feet! Always taught from scratch, and tailored to the participants at each session. U14s must be accompanied by a participating adult. Musicians welcome to come and join in.
Instrumental Music Workshops Jon Dyer of Wren Music - Methodist Church, Haye Rd, Callington PL17 7JJ
10.30am Saturdays March 11, March 25, April 22, April 29, May 6
These workshops will cover learning Cornish and West Country tunes, arranged for the group, and playing for dancing. The workshops are open to all acoustic instruments. You will need to have a basic knowledge of your own instrument to join in, but tunes will be arranged for all abilities. Music reading is helpful, but not essential, as tunes will also be taught by ear.
Singing Workshops with Sarah Owen of Wren Music - Town Hall, New Road, Callington PL17 7BD
10.30am Saturdays March 11, March 25, April 22, April 29, May 6
A series of singing workshops leading up to the Callington MayFest on Saturday 13th May. These workshops will cover
techniques for singing and getting to know your voice. Cornish and West Country songs with some modern twists . The songs will be arranged for the group. The workshops are open to all comers of all abilities.
Samba Drumming Workshops with Sean Hooper Truro School of Samba - Callington Scout Hut, New Road, Callington PL17 7BE
10.30am Saturdays March 11, March 25, April 22, April 29, May 6

NEW Monday 6 March 2017 7pm - Callington MayFest Cornish Dance and Music Workshop
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

NEW Saturday 11 March 2017 10.30am - Callington MayFest Instrumental Music/Singing/Samba Drumming Workshops
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

NEW Monday 20 March 2017 7pm - Callington MayFest Cornish Dance and Music Workshop
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

NEW Saturday 25 March 2017 10.30am - Callington MayFest Instrumental Music/Singing/Samba Drumming Workshops
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

NEW Monday 3 April 2017 7pm - Callington MayFest Cornish Dance and Music Workshop
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

NEW Monday 17 April 2017 7pm - Callington MayFest Cornish Dance and Music Workshop
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

NEW Saturday 22 April 2017 10.30am - Callington MayFest Instrumental Music/Singing/Samba Drumming Workshops
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

NEW Saturday 29 April 2017 10.30am - Callington MayFest Instrumental Music/Singing/Samba Drumming Workshops
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

NEW Monday 1 May 2017 7pm - Callington MayFest Cornish Dance and Music Workshop
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

NEW Saturday 6 May 2017 10.30am - Callington MayFest Instrumental Music/Singing/Samba Drumming Workshops
See www.callingtonmayfest.weebly.com for details of this and other workshops/dates.

Callington 2016 Mayfest free pre-fest workshops
Music Workshops with Becki Driscoll from Wren Music:
10.30am March 19 Callington Town Hall; April 2 / 16 / 30 Callington Methodist Church; April 30 Callington Town Hall
Samba Drumming Workshops with Sean Hooper of Truro school of Samba (possibly trying some rhythms based on Cornish dances):
10.30am March 26, April 9 / 23, May 7 at Mustard Seed Church, Callington.
Cornish Dance Workshops with Carmen Hunt:
10.30am April 2 / 16 / 23 Callington Methodist Church; April 30 Callington Town Hall
For more info email caveatcallington@gmail.com or contact Peter on 01579 384509.

Callington MayFest events and pre-fest workshops (April 4, 18, 25)
Saturday 9 May 12.30-4.30pm 2015 - Callington MayFest - Callington Town Hall, Callington
Community groups join in Callington furry to be joined by Hevva, Plymouth maids, Tywardreath Morris, Wreckers border Morris, Callington Town band, town Criers, dancers from local schools. A collection of Cornish giants a made by local groups. Local bands in The Bulls Head.
Saturday 9 May 7.30pm - The Brim Ceili - Callington Town Hall, Callington
Tickets £4, from Kivells, Community Creations or the Town Hall, email caveat callington@gmail.com for more info.
The MayFest is preceded by free Cornish dance and music workshops at Callington Town Hall 10am-12 noon on Saturdays 4, 18 and 25 April. Come along and learn some dances and tunes, all abilities welcome.Lead by Carmen Hunt and Rosie Fierek. Promoted by CAVe in support of Callington MayFest. For information and music email caveatcallington@gmail.com.

Saturday 18 April 2015 10am-12 noon - Cornish dance and music workshop - Callington Town Hall, Callington
Free - come along and learn some dances and tunes, all abilities welcome.Lead by Carmen Hunt and Rosie Fierek. Promoted by CAVe in support of Callington MayFest. For information and music email caveatcallington@gmail.com.

Saturday 25 April 2015 10am-12 noon - Cornish dance and music workshop - Callington Town Hall, Callington
Free - come along and learn some dances and tunes, all abilities welcome.Lead by Carmen Hunt and Rosie Fierek. Promoted by CAVe in support of Callington MayFest. For information and music email caveatcallington@gmail.com.

Calstock

Session news
Cancelled Tuesday 14 February 2017 - Acoustic Session -
Boot Inn, Fore St, Calstock PL18 9RN (map)
No regular session this month due to Valentines diners. Back on Tuesday 14 March. For more information contact Mike & Tilly, email mitilmusic[at]gmail.com or call 07725 579718. The sessions start around 8.15pm and are 'around the table' with singers and acoustic musicians welcome to come along and do their stuff. We also get a few people coming along to listen, too. We usually get a mixture of folk, blues, Americana, old time and a cappella singers too. The sessions are friendly and informal.

NEW Saturday 8 October 2016 1pm - Gareth Hedges - Boot Inn, Calstock PL18 9RN
Vocalist & fingerstyle acoustic guitarist performs, delta & ragtime blues, jazz, folk, Celtic & original songs & instrumentals. With six CDs to his credit and tours in Australia, America and Europe over the years, Gareth offers a relaxed eclectic mix of styles with sensitivity & humour.

Calstock Arts

Featured venue: Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
A volunteer run arts centre in an interesting venue, overlooking the River Tamar. Calstock Arts programme a wide range of events including folk, jazz, classical music, comedy, film, theatre, talks and exhibitions. Fully licensed bar, and pre-event food is available for some events. In addition to ticketed events, Gallery Bar Specials also take place featuring live music and other events from well-known and emerging performers in the South West. Full programme details: www.calstockarts.org. The ??? programme includes:
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NEW Saturday 1 July 2017 8pm - La Moresca - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
The Lady’s Cup of Tea: Baroque and Irish music: Based on 17th century Irish harpist-composer Turleigh O´Carolan´s music, La Moresca play pieces from Ireland and Cornwall as well as English dance and court music. Breathtaking, beautiful music from this exciting ensemble on a rare trip to the UK from their native Germany, using period instruments creating sounds that are both stunning and deeply touching. Featuring music by Turleigh O’Carolan, Matthew Locke, John Playford, plus traditional folk music. Babett Niclas harp, Claudia Hoffmann baroque violin and harp, Petra Burmann baroque guitar, Ivo Nitschke percussion, Szabolcs Illes baroque violin. www.la-moresca.de. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Sunday 28 May 2017 8pm - Simone Sorini & Claudia Viviani - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Medieval and Renaissance music. A versatile interpreter of lute repertoires from the Middle Ages to the early Renaissance, Simone Sorini revives the ancient profession of the “Cantore al liuto”, typical of Italian musicians and composers from the late 1400s. Simone is a highly accomplished lutenist and singer of Mediaeval and renaissance music, appearing at Early Music festivals throughout the world. For this exclusive tour of the West Country, he is joined by Claudia Viviani, a multi-talented singer and percussionist who adds depth, rhythm and variation to their performance. www.simonesorini.it. The performance will begin with a set by harp guitarist Tony Seeger, who will then join Simone and Claudia for part of their set. Full details www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 12 May 2017 - Miranda Sykes - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Miranda, acclaimed singer and bassist with Show of Hands, is returning to her roots. After a career spanning more than twenty years, playing with many top folk musicians and singers, she will be touring as she started out: one woman, one bass and one guitar. Her new project Borrowed Places draws its inspiration primarily from the songs and landscapes of her native Lincolnshire, but seen through the eyes of someone who has lived away for many years. The themes are not specific; the land changes, it grows, it shrinks, it adapts and it resists. But most of all it lives and breathes. With her sensational voice, Miranda interprets the soul of the land and takes her audience on a journey that resonates with us all, wherever we live. www.calstockarts.org.

UPDATED Change of act
Friday 17 February 2017 8pm - Gallery Bar Special: Fly Yeti Fly - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock
PL18 9QX (map)
Devon-based acoustic duo Lorna Somerville and Darren Fisher blend sensitive vocal harmonies with intricate guitar arrangements, mandolin and harmonica. Their natural and free-spirited sound draws others into their world, telling tales of love, loss and living off the land. With a musical style that has been described as ‘dream-folk’, their melodic songs echo influences from 1960s folk musicians, modern Americana and their home in the south west of England. Sample www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj3tfV7t5Z8. Free entry, informal atmosphere, donations to the band please. www.calstockarts.org.
Please note: New times - doors 7pm, start time 8pm.

Calstock Hall

NEW Saturday 7 January 2017 8pm - Edd Bateman’s West African Trio - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
A high energy standing/dancing gig (with DJ support). www.calstockhall.org.

NEW Friday 11 November 2016 8pm - Jo Harman - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
Jo Harman is signed to V2 records (Adele, Mumfords etc), and last year toured the Netherlands with a duo show. She has a limited number of voice and piano shows in the UK, one of those being here in Calstock. The show will feature soulful, 'bare-to-the-bone' versions of her own songs along with her unique take on songs by others. The Daily Mirror called her 'the finest female soul blues vocalist in the UK' and Huey Morgan said on his Radio 2 programme 'sometimes you hear a voice that leaves you speechless...I am'. She is widely recognised as one of the finest vocalists to emerge in Europe over recent years. Full details etc. www.calstockhall.com/upcoming.

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

Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard, Cornwall

NEW Saturday 7 October 2017 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. Jiggery folkery, hokery pokery...Mad Dog Mcrea raise hands, lift feet and start parties wherever they play with their spellbinding recipe of folk, pop, rock, jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. Whisking up whistles, fiddles and mandolins to collide in a spectacular explosion of infectious fun, they demand you to dance. Full details www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

NEW Saturday 20 May 2017 8pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Winners of 2014's BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Duo. The alchemy of Martin's ever evocative songwriting, fiddle and banjo playing and the much extolled skills of Henry on dobro, harmonica and lap steel fuse into a wholly distinctive world sound. Their latest studio album, Watershed has received critical acclaim and further places the duo in the higher echelons of the roots genre. Full details www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

NEW Friday 14 July & Saturday 15 July 2017 8pm - Fisherman's Friends - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
The original buoy band, the Fisherman’s Friends are back with a vengeance, getting ready to hit the road in 2017 with full catch of new material and some old favourites as well. Full details www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

NEW Saturday 29 July 2017 8pm - Sika - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
Following his successful concert in 2016 at Carnglaze, Sika will be creating another enchanting concert within a cave, playing live his Didjeridoos, Flutes, Drums, Rattles and Stones. Primal music mixed with original electronic soundscapes composed by Sika in his studio in New Zealand’s wild South Island. Full details www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

NEW Saturday 2 September 2017 8pm - Hillbilly Moon Explosion - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
From Zurich Switzerland, one of the finest New Wave Rockabilly/Americana bands on the planet. Singer Emanuela has such enchanting vocals & to hear this in a Cavern will be one we wont forget. For fans of, Stray Cats, Imelda May & roots music. Full details, samples etc. www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

NEW Saturday 11 November 2017 8pm - The Sounds of Simon - The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)
A tribute to Simon and Garfunkel and the wonderful music of Paul Simon, through the years as one half of Simon and Garfunkel, to the enduring success of his solo career. Come on a journey and lose yourself to nostalgia as the full band play the classics. Paul and Art are played to perfection, bringing in elements of their famously fractious relationship, as well as replicating the beautiful harmonies flawlessly. With video clips, stories, and memories from the last 50+ years, this is a wonderful show filled with excellent music, nostalgia, and a genuine love for some great musicians. This is the UK’s longest running tribute to Paul Simon. Come and see why! www.soundsofsimon.co.uk. Full details, samples etc. www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts. Tel. 01579 320251.

What's Happening at the The Rum Store, Carnglaze Caverns, St Neot, Liskeard (map)?
See www.carnglaze.com/concerts-events/upcoming-events-concerts for full details. Tel. 01579 320251.
Saturday 20 May 2017 8pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
Friday 14 July & Saturday 15 July 2017 8pm - Fisherman's Friends
Saturday 29 July 2017 8pm - Sika
Saturday 2 September 2017 8pm - Hillbilly Moon Explosion

Saturday 11 November 2017 8pm - The Sounds of Simon

Chagford

Storytelling Sundays - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY
Storytelling skills are useful in many walks of life. Whether you would like more confidence in public speaking, are interested in the deeper issues brought out by stories, want to develop your creative expression, or want to tell stories but simply don’t know how to begin, the most important thing to do is start! During spring and early summer 2017 Lisa Schneidau is holding a series of Storytelling Sundays. These are one-day workshops for beginners and experienced tellers alike. Storytelling Sundays will:
– explore different aspects of story and how we connect with them, through tellings and discussion
– help you develop your storytelling skills and confidence by providing a ‘toolkit’ of techniques
– play with story and imagination through story games.
These workshops are designed for learning at your own pace, and sharing in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Lisa has used her own experience in storytelling to develop activities which are useful, practical, thought-provoking and fun.
All Storytelling Sundays are 10am-4.30pm, based in the Dartmoor town of Chagford, at Endecott House (occasionally we will venture out into the wilds as well), and cost £35 for the day (plus a small charge from the ticketing website). Discount for booking 3 or 4 workshops.
Sunday 5 March 2017 - Storytelling Start-Up
Sunday 9 April 2017 - The Heart of a Story
Sunday 14 May 2017 - Through Different Eyes
Sunday 11 June 2017 - Spirits of Place and Time
For details see www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

NEW Sunday 5 March 2017 10am-4.30pm - Storytelling Sunday: Storytelling Start-Up - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY
A workshop all about starting to tell stories. This day is for beginners to storytelling, or those with little experience. We will work with one of the Grimm’s stories (a wonder tale) to look at story structure, character, and idiosyncrasy; walk the story, considering environment and audience; and work with techniques for remembering story and gaining confidence. By the end of the day, you will have had the opportunity to tell at least one story that you can take away and make your own. 1st of a series of 4 monthly workshops. Full details, bookings etc.www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

NEW Sunday 9 April 2017 10am-4.30pm - Storytelling Sunday: The Heart of a Story - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY
Looking in detail at the narrative and structure of story, this day is for beginners and experienced storytellers alike. Arthur, Merlin, Lancelot and Guinevere will join us in an ancient British story. We will consider character, description, action and emotion, and discuss the ‘hero’s journey’ and our own experiences. We will then work through individual tales to play with, and strengthen story structure, and to explore pace and balance in telling. I hope this workshop will help you develop confidence throughout a telling. 2nd of a series of 4 monthly workshops. Full details, bookings etc.www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

NEW Sunday 14 May 2017 10am-4.30pm - Storytelling Sunday: Through Different Eyes - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY
This workshop will explore story from the perspective of different characters, and from members of the audience. It’s a day for beginners and experienced storytellers alike. We will use a Siberian wonder tale to explore how different characters might live, feel, and act, and discuss how this can enrich our telling. We will then walk individual stories from the perspective of the villain, the hero, the maiden and any number of other human and non-human characters, and share our findings! Used with care and measure, these techniques can bring empathy and integrity to a telling. I hope you’ll find different perspectives to use in your own stories. 3rd of a series of 4 monthly workshops. Full details, bookings etc.www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

NEW Sunday 11 June 2017 10am-4.30pm - Storytelling Sunday: Spirits of Place and Time - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY
This workshop considers the context of stories: the all-important small details that set the scene. It’s a day for beginners and experienced storytellers alike. All too often, stories are told from an indeterminate time and place, ‘once upon a time somewhere in the world’. How about placing your story in historical time, and actual place? What would they be? We will play with story in different times and landscapes, talk about honouring the source of a story, and discuss the ethics of telling stories from other places and traditions. We will also (weather permitting) go out into the countryside to explore how to become closer to the landscape of the story you’re telling, and look at the use of detail in storytelling. 4th of a series of 4 monthly workshops. Full details, bookings etc.www.lisaschneidau.co.uk/storytelling-sundays.

NEW Friday 28 October 2016 7.30pm - Tales From The Dark - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY
An evening of performance storytelling to usher in the dark time of the year. Spine-tingling spooky storytelling from the darker side of life. Performance storytellers Lisa Schneidau, Ronnie Conboy, Sharon Jacksties and Janet Dowling will be sharing traditional tales of ghosts and ghouls, the dead and unseen, and old Dewer himself. Be prepared to be very afraid........ Event hosted by Dartmoor Storytellers who run a regular storytelling night in Chagford. Tickets £8/£6, at Sally's newsagents in Chagford, or on door, or online https://billetto.co.uk/en/events/tales-from-the-dark. Refreshments will be available. NB this is storytelling for an adult audience - not suitable for U14s.

NEW Sunday 30 October 2016 10am-4pm - Sharing Stories - a one day storytelling workshop  - Endecott House, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AY
The art of traditional storytelling is enjoying a renaissance. Storytelling skills help to develop communication and confidence in many walks of life. Have you ever wanted to try storytelling, but not sure where to start? This is a one-day workshop for adults on starting to tell stories, without notes or prompts. We will explore the structure of some traditional stories, have fun playing with words and imagination, and by the end of the day you will have told at least one tall tale, and be looking for more.... The workshop will be run by Lisa Schneidau, a Devon-based storyteller and environmentalist with a curiosity for the connections between story and landscape, and a well developed sense of daft. (You can hear Lisa and others sharing scary stories at the Tales from the Dark event in Chagford on October 28). Tickets £25, pre-booking is essential https://billetto.co.uk/en/events/sharing-stories-a-oneday-storytelling-workshop.

Saturday 24 April 2010 from 7.30-10.30pm - Balkan and Gypsy dance - Three Crowns, Chagford
Just off the main square. Live music from Balamouk. NB Evening event. Call 01837 82001 or 01837 840165 for information.

Christow

Saturday 27 August 2011 7.30pm - Chloe Hall & Silas Palmer - Teign Valley Community Hall, Christow (map)
EX6 7LZ. Contact 01647 252863

Chudleigh

NEW Friday 17 March 2017 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Chudleigh Community Hall, Lawn Drive, Chudleigh TQ13 0LS
Licensed bar. Unreserved seating. Tickets £14 Sue, email susan.metcalfe@hotmail.co.uk or call 01626 853651.

Friday 4 December 2015 8pm - Jamie Smith’s Mabon - Chudleigh Community Hall, Lawn Drive, Chudleigh TQ13 0LS
Chudleigh Community Project welcomes the return of Jamie Smith’s Mabon on their ‘The Space Between’ Tour. Performers of original InterCeltic music, with vocals, accordion, bouzouki, bass and percussion – and lots of energy! Through songs and melodies, from thoughtful lyrics to joyful jigs, this is an InterCeltic/World roots band that the Financial Times described as ‘stratospheric’ and about whom Songlines magazine said ‘If music could fuel engines, Mabon could solve the energy crisis’. Tickets £12 from Lynn and Chris Evans 01626 852553, or from Andy at Chudleigh DIY. More information www.chudleighpool.org.uk/index.php/upcoming-events/item/jamie-smith-s-mabon.html.

Churchstow

NEW Friday 7 April 2017 - House Concert: Ruth Theodore - Hatch Court, Churchstow
East London based multi instrumentalist folk singer/songwriter who possesses a very quirky and unique style of delivery. You've only got to read the review of her last CD Cactacus in Froots to understand the impact this lass is having on the folk scene. www.ruththeodore.com. Donations on arrival. Email Mark at wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations.

Session News - Churchstow nr Kingsbridge
John Connor confirms that there will be a session at the Church House Inn, Churchstow, on Thursday 4 May.

NEW Saturday 3 June 2017 - House Concert: Sam Green - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Sam presents his one man show of highly energised slide blues guitar. www.samgreenmusic.com. With support from local lass Eleanor Jane singer/songwriter. Donations on arrival. Email Mark at wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations.

NEW Wednesday 19 July 2017 - House Concert: Kentucky Cow Tippers - Hatch Court, Churchstow
English bluegrass at its finest from these young northern lads. www.thekentuckycowtippers.com. Donations on arrival. Email Mark at wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations.

NEW Saturday 12 August 2017 - House Concert: Emily Maguire - Hatch Court, Churchstow
Emily is currently touring promoting her new album "Bit Of Blue" in far larger venues so here's your chance to see her in a small informal and relaxed setting. www.emilymaguire.com. Donations on arrival. Email Mark at wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations.

NEW Friday 7 April 2017 - House Concert: Ruth Theodore - Hatch Court, Churchstow
East London based multi instrumentalist folk singer/songwriter who possesses a very quirky and unique style of delivery. You've only got to read the review of her last CD Cactacus in Froots to understand the impact this lass is having on the folk scene. www.ruththeodore.com. Donations on arrival. Email Mark at wheelwrightmark@gmail.com for availability and reservations. House concerts coming later:
Saturday 3 June 2017 - Sam Green
Wednesday 19 July 2017 - Kentucky Cow Tippers
Saturday 12 August 2017 - Emily Maguire

Churston

NEW Friday 12 August 2016 - Devon Acoustic Collective - Lupton House, Churston Ferrers, nr Brixham TQ5 0LD
Concert featuring Folk Inspired (Chris & Paul Woodhouse), Harpingmad (Bill & Susi Trezise), Nine Pound Catfish (Graham Butterfield, Ian & Jane Gardner), Orinoco (Susi Trezise & Martyn Cornellius). Contact 01803 550153 or 07894 961010. Email: p.woodhouse47@sky.com.

Coffinswell

Friday 14 November 2014 - Martin Stephenson - St Bartholomews Church, Coffinswell, Newton Abbot TQ12 4SS (map)
'A unique voice, engaging performer and wayward genius - Martin deserves recognition as a genuine national treasure.' Tom Robinson, BBC6 Music.
'Martin's beautiful music and good vibes have been a part of my radio programmes for close to thirty years. His enthusiasm and warmth infuse everything he does. Long may he run!' Bob Harris BBC Radio 2. www.daintees.co.uk. Full details, tickets £12+ www.wegottickets.com/event/278169. No bar, BYO drinks.
www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Colyford

NEW Saturday 28 January 2017 7.30pm - Tim Edey - Colyford Memorial Hall, nr Seaton, East Devon EX24 6QJ.
The incredible Tim Edey returns to East Devon by popular demand, following three Jurassic Folk appearances in as many years. For anyone who has not experienced his performance, he is universally acknowledged as one of the finest multi-instrumental musicians worldwide in the Celtic music genre, and a double winner in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. To top it all he exudes such joie-de-vivre that it is quite impossible to be unmoved.
www.timedey.co.uk + numerous clips on YouTube. Adv tickets £10 from www.eastdevonfolk.org, Colyford Post Office Shop (in person only) or call 01297 20064. Easy onsite parking.

Friday 4 September 2015 7.30pm - Projet Brassens Trio - Colyford Memorial Hall nr Seaton
The Trio comprises Maxine Green on vocals and guitar, Charlie Hearnshaw on clarinets, and Mike Thorn on double bass. Tickets £9 available from Colyford Post Office or ring Helen or Graeme on 01297 553710 to make a booking. Doors/bar 7pm. Profits will go towards the Hall’s running and maintenance costs. Colyford Memorial Hall is a registered charity.

Wednesday 11 November 2015 7.30pm - Bob Fox - Colyford Memorial Hall nr Seaton
“One of the best voices in England” Ralph McTell (Streets of London). Bob Fox has played the role of songman in WarHorse for the past three years, both in the West End and currently in the UK/Ireland and South Africa touring production. Join him as he performs the songs from the multi award winning smash hit WarHorse, with additional material from his own personal repertoire – a number of stories and songs built up from his forty year career in the music industry. This event is a great opportunity to see one of the finest exponents of storytelling through song. Tickets £10 available from Colyford Post Office or on 01297 553710. All profits are going to The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal: Registered Charity no. 219279

NEW tbc Saturday 10 June 2017 - Jim Causley - Colyton Village Hall (Town Hall?), Market Place, Colyton EX24 6JR
details tba Colyton History Day www.colytonhistory.co.uk.

Contra dance

UPDATED Change of venue
NEW
Friday 14 April 2017 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - Countess Wear Village Hall, Exeter, EX2 6LB
Caller: Jeremy Child. A monthly series of Contra Dances to recorded music.
7.30-10.30pm. Cost £5 per person. Beginners welcome.
Tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

OLD venue Friday 14 April 2017 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - St Matthews Hall, Clifton Street, Exeter EX1 2BS (map)
 

NEW Friday 10 March 2017 7.30pm - Contra (American Barn) Dance - St Katherine's Priory, Exeter EX4 7JY (map)
Come and dance to the wonderful music of Chris Toyne’s One Man Band, with caller Jeremy Child. 7.30-10.30pm. Cost £5 per person. Beginners welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

NEW Friday 10 February 2017 7.30pm - Contra Dance - St Katherine's Priory, Exeter EX4 7JY (map)
Caller: Jeremy Child. A monthly series of Contra Dances to recorded music. 7.30-10.30pm. Cost £4 per person. Beginners welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

NEW Friday 13 January 2016 7.30pm - Contra Dance - St Katherine's Priory, Exeter EX4 7JY (map)
Caller: Jeremy Child. A monthly series of Contra Dances. 7.30-10.30pm. Cost £5 per person. Beginners welcome. This month we have live music from Chris Jewell. Tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at www.barndancecaller.net/exetercontra.html.

Friday 22 January 2016 7.30pm - Challenging Contra - St Katherine's Priory, Exeter EX4 7JY (map)
Caller: Jeremy Child. Festival workshop level contras, squares and other things guaranteed to make you think. 7:30 pm to 10:30. Cost £4 per person. Not suitable for beginners. Using recorded music from your favourite English bands as well as some of the top American Contra Bands. Soft drinks, tea, coffee and biscuits available free of charge, but no bar. Further details at
http://www.barndancecaller.net/challenging.html.

Cornelius family (Exeter)

Exeter - Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
www.streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=293187&Y=92189&A=Y&Z=110&ax=293187&ay=92189
Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club (Cornelius family)
www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub

Friday 15 September 2017 8pm - Jez Lowe
Friday 20 October 2017 8pm - Wizz Jones
Friday 10 November 2017 8pm - Jim Causley

NEW Friday 12 May 2017 8pm - Steve Tilston - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Excellent songwriter and remarkable guitarist. Some of his renowned songs have been performed and recorded by artists including Fairport Convention, Tom McConville, Delores Keane, Bob Fox and Les Barker. Steve is one of the most celebrated songsmiths in a career that has spanned 45 years so far. He is a favourite amongst his peers too, including Richard Thompson, Dave Pegg, Ralph McTell and also Jez Lowe (who he has been working with recently as a duo). He's also been the inspiration for the 2015 Hollywood movie, Danny Collins, starring Al Pacino. Steve is a multi-award winner, including winning the BBC Folk Award for Best Original Song in 2012. www.stevetilston.com. Support: tbc. Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) paid in adv £10; adv notice, paid on door £12. Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.exeterfolkclub.org, www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

UPDATED Friday 21 April 2017 8pm - Pete Morton - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
An opportunity to see one of the UK's finest songwriters of emotionally-driven songs delivered with a distinctive voice. Pete has also performed as part of Mick Ryan's folk opera, A Day's Work and in a Christmas-themed trio with Emily Sanders and Chris Parkinson - The Magical Christmas Tree. His recent solo albums have earned high critical acclaim. www.petemorton.com. Support: Pete Falloon www.facebook.com/PeteFalloonMusic, Tickets (this is an advanced ticket reservation concert only) paid in adv £10; adv notice, paid on door £12. Info / ticket enquiries contact exeterfolkclub@outlook.com or 01392 210983. www.exeterfolkclub.org, www.facebook.com/groups/exeterfolkclub.

NEW Friday 16 December 2016 8pm - Christmas Party Night - Exeter Folk & Acoustic Music Club, Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
Christmas songs are, of course, welcome and appreciated, if you feel inclined. Don't worry if you don't. As, has become a tradition for us, the evening will include our grand raffle with plenty of quality prizes to be won, including our special basket of tasty goodies. Also mince pies on offer (maybe even with cream!), homemade cakes and biscuits. All the food is free! Your friendly barman will be serving you a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks and the kitchen will be serving teas and coffees, all at the normal prices. Normal £1 entry. The Club's full 2017 programme (guests: Mick Ryan & Paul Downes; Si Barron; Pete Morton; Steve Tilston; Jez Lowe; Wizz Jones; Jim Causley) is now available to view at www.exeterfolkclub.org.

Crediton

NEW Saturday 25 February 2017 7.30pm - The Lures - Buccaneers Live Events Venue & Bar, East Street, Crediton EX17 3AZ
The Lures - led by the dual vocals of Hamish Goodwin and Maria Kontorravdis. Energetic indie stompers and heartfelt folk songs for fans of The Shins, The Smiths, The Lumineers. Support: Tin Soldiers, atmospheric indiefolk with swirling violins, warm piano, and intense light and dark dynamics. For fans
of Radiohead, Wolf Alice, Daughter. Cobby, singer-songwriter from Crediton, a stalwart of local rock and metal bands, his more laid back solo project shows off his song writing skills and lyrics. £2 entrance.

NEW Saturday 12 November 2016 7.30pm - The Travelling Talesman - London Inn, Morchard Bishop, Crediton EX17 6NW
Performance storyteller presents 'Changed': Half-human tales of transformation, transmutation and transfiguration. Beautiful girls who become monsters by moonlight, lovers that sprout feathers and fly. Is tehre any hope of restoration for the 'Changed'? www.thetravellingtalesman.co.uk. £6.50 adv, £20 table of four, £8 door.

Friday 7 November 2014 8pm - Friday Fandango: Sound of the Sirens - Buccaneers Bar, East Street, Crediton
Foot stomping, heart-rending, crowd engaging female folk/rock duo who ooze passion, conviction and chemistry. These girls know exactly how to rock a stage and make you believe every word they sing. They will take you on an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish - stealing your attention with infectious, furious paced, arms-in-the-air tunes that will be in your head for days, before silencing and entrancing audiences with melancholy melodies, spine-tingling harmonies, and moving, yet bitter-sweet lyrics. Support: Dave Treadaway & Ian Edgar. Local folk singer Dave Treadaway teams up with slide guitar extraordinaire Ian Edgar to perform a collection of mellow original songs and well-known tunes from the early 1960s Greenwich Village era. £3 adv; £4 door, www.minglemusic.co.uk/creditontickets.

Saturday 28 March 2015 8pm - Liar In The Light - Buccaneers Bar, East Street, Crediton
5-piece teenage folk band from the Crediton area who have a huge passion for music. Band members include: Raddon Stephenson (vocals, accordion, keyboard, trombone), Tom Overton (guitar and backing vocals), Louie Rew-Shaw (banjo, mandolin, harmonica, drums and backing vocals), Johnathan Bulled (double bass, bass guitar and backing vocals), Kai Dudley (violin, cello and backing vocals). Although currently focusing on their own music, they play many great covers from artists such as Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show, as well as traditional folk tunes. Samples: www.youtube.com/user/DontKeepItSecret.

d'Accord

NEW Friday 17 March 2017 8pm -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
NB Temporary alternative venue. French & Breton dance and music. The Eelgrinders (David Faulkner English bagpipes, whistles, trumpet; Steve Turner accordion; Helena Torpy violin, percussion, voice; Lawrence Morgan-Anstee English bagpipes, whistles) playing the most wonderful French & Breton tunes to dance to. Supported by TRaM. Admission £7 (includes tea/coffee and biscuits, BYO drink).
Information: Pat/Mike 01392 811593, email daccordexeter9@gmail.com, www.daccordexeter.co.uk. Free car park off Clifton Road, opp. hall (after 6pm).

NEW Friday 17 February 2017 8pm -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
NB Temporary alternative venue. French & Breton dance and music. The Andro Sisters (Richard Heacock violin, Chris Parke bagpipes, flute, percussion, Patrick Randall mandola) have performed at French Dance Stroud and Pentreffest in Wales and they visit dance clubs to promote French and Breton dance. They will play out on the floor amongst the dancers. Richard Heacock is a composer & full time musician & has appeared in several episodes of Poldark. Supported by Roger and Makiko. Admission £7 (includes tea/coffee and biscuits, BYO drink). Information: Pat/Mike 01392 811593, email daccordexeter9@gmail.com, www.daccordexeter.co.uk. free car park opposite (after 6pm).

NEW Friday 20 January 2017 8pm -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
NB Temporary alternative venue. French & Breton dance and music. Music to set your feet tapping from Levriad Light, Jonathan Shoreland pipes, pastoral oboe and Liz Nabb fiddle, supported by the Drones Club. £7 (includes tea & biscuits), BYO drink. Rousing tunes from Brittany & beyond. So dust off those dancing shoes, shake out the fancy footwork, and come down to the new venue (which has plenty of parking). Advance notice 17 February we have booked the Andro Sisters. www.daccordexeter.co.uk, email daccordexeter9@gmail.com, Pat/Mike tel. 01392 811593.

NEW Friday 16 December 2016 8pm - d'Accord Exeter - Ide Memorial Hall, Fore Street, Ide, Nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
French & Breton dance and music with an invited guest band & a local band each evening. This month: David Faulkner & Steve Turner, Roger and Makiko. Tea & biscuits. BYO drinks. Admission £5 (£7 from January). Information: Pat/Mike 01392 811593, email daccordexeter9@gmail.com, www.daccordexeter.co.uk.
Advance notification of d'Accord AGM: a short meeting in the tea break on Friday 20 January 2017. Email committee nominations and agenda items to above address.
NB: Temporary different venue for January, February & March 2017 due to partial hall refurbishment at Ide. d'Accord has booked St Mathews Hall, Summerlands Place, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ instead. Large car park opposite hall, free after 6pm.

NEW Friday 18 November 2016 8pm - d'Accord Exeter - Ide Memorial Hall, Fore Street, Ide, Nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
Musicians from 'Pentreffest' Cardiff: Jon Mills (melodeon), Kate Price (recorder), Jonathan Perry (violin). Supported by local musicians 'Fraich'Airs'. Dance workshop. Tea & biscuits. BYO drinks. Admission £5.
Information: Pat/Mike 01392 811593, email daccordexeter9@gmail.com, www.daccordexeter.co.uk.

NEW Friday 21 October 2016 8pm - d'Accord Exeter - Ide Memorial Hall, Fore Street, Ide, Nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
Local band TRaM playing a wide selection of French dance music, a dance workshop TBC, followed by Poisson Rouge playing a wonderful mix of Breton & French music to dance to. We are keeping the admission charge the same at £5.00 but we do need your support if you like to dance to superb music, so come along & dance the night away, or just sit and listen. Refreshments included. Find us on Facebook: d'Accord French and Breton dance and music in Exeter. Tel: Pat & Mike 01392 811593.

NEW Friday 16 September 2016 8pm - d'Accord Exeter - Ide Memorial Hall, Fore Street, Ide, Nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
French & Breton dance and music. Every month we are bringing you the best in local & professional bands. This Friday we have local band Le Raz a dance workshop with Carrie & Jenny, possibly circle bourree and/or circle schottische. and our main duo for the evening are Steve Tyler (hurdy gurdy) & Katy Marchant (pipes). They will be playing wonderful music whether you are dancing or just listening. Doors 7.45pm. Contacts: email daccordexeter9@gmail.com), tel. 01392 811593. www.daccordexeter.co.uk.

NEW Friday 17 June 2016 8pm - d'Accord Exeter - Ide Memorial Hall, Fore Street, Ide, Nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
French & Breton dance and music. Live bands: Le Raz, TRaM, Poisson Rouge. Note: No dance workshop this month. d'Accord takes a holiday in June & July. Next d'Accord is September 16.Doors 7.45pm. Contacts: email daccordexeter9@gmail.com), tel. 01392 811593. www.daccordexeter.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 5 June 2016 10.30am-2pm - d'Accord River Exe Boat Trip - Exmouth
Boarding from 10am from Exmouth Marina. Adult £10, child 5-16 £5, U5 free. BYO food, no catering on board . Bar available and hot drinks can be purchased. Musicians, dancers and non dancers welcome, come and dance on the boat's dance floor or just enjoy the cruise. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event. Contact Phil Jesson 07582 595694 email philipjesson1[at]gmail.com. Ticket sales deadline Friday 20 May. www.daccordexeter.co.uk.

NEW Friday 20 May 2016 8pm - d'Accord Exeter - Ide Memorial Hall, Fore Street, Ide, Nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
French & Breton dance and music. Beginners Welcome. Doors 7.45pm. Contacts: email daccordexeter9@gmail.com), tel. 01392 811593. www.daccordexeter.co.uk.
NB This is the booking cutoff date for the d'Accord River Exe Boat Trip from Exmouth on Sunday 5 June.

Saturday 16 May 2015 - d'Accord Late Spring Fest Noz/Bal - Longdown Village Hall, Chapel Hill, Longdown, nr Exeter EX6 7SN
Dance workshops 2-5pm. Bring & share supper. Fest noz/bal 7.30pm. Bar from 8pm (no drinks to be brought in). For full programme, band, contact details etc. see www.daccordexeter.co.uk.

Dartington

29 July - 26 August 2017 - Dartington International Summer School & Festival
Courses covering: Opera and Music Theatre; World Music; Chamber Music; Early Music; Electronic Music and Multimedia; Singing; Advanced Conducting; Folk; Strings; Wind and Brass; Piano and Keyboards; Composition; Talks and Lectures; Dance and Wellbeing; Poetry, History, and Creative Writing.
The Folk courses are concentrated into Week 2 (5-12 August).
www.dartington.org/whats-on/summer-school/courses/#week2courses
On a typical day you could explore links between nature and folk and create new music (Folk and the Landscape); after the coffee break, sing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe (Folk Choir), challenge artificial categories to create and exchange new music (Folk Baroque), or get specialist tuition from Paul Hutchinson (Accordion Workshop); and following lunch, improve your instrumental skills with Eliza and Martin Carthy (As I Walked Out One Morning).
Folk and the Landscape - Sally Davies and Paul Hutchinson
Two experienced and visionary folk musicians and composers, lead a creative course that explores the connections between folk music and the landscape, using the beautiful grounds of Dartington estate. We will explore the links between nature, traditional and contemporary folk music, creating some of our own music along the way, for performance later in the week.
Folk Choir - Sally Davies
Sally is a singer, instrumentalist, composer and choir leader, with a wide ranging experience of folk and world music. She directs the Cecil Sharp House Choir with her distinctive and original arrangements of folk songs. The Folk Choir course will provide an intense and rewarding learning experience; you’ll be rehearsing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe, in spine-tingling a cappella harmony, for a concert later in the week. There may well be some collaborations with the instrumental folk courses this year!
Accordion Workshop - Paul Hutchinson
The wonderful accordionist tutors at Cecil Sharp House and Folkworks in Durham. Paul’s style of teaching is relaxed and entertaining. He considers the accordion a beautiful and versatile instrument, uses block chords, drones and pedal notes, and is a master of harmony. Paul enjoys developing the potential of a group to deepen and improve their musicianship, and welcomes players at all levels.
Folk Baroque - Andy Watts
A brand new folk course for 2017! Andy Watts is associate Principal bassoon of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and founder of the folk/early music group The Carnival Band, well known for their work with Maddy Prior and currently recording the 100 most popular ballads of the 17th century. Here folk, Baroque and ‘modern’ instrumentalists can explore street ballads and dance music from the 17th and 18th centuries, challenging artificial categories to create and exchange new music. This innovative course is open to all instrumentalists and singers, using notation as well as playing by ear.
As I Walked Out One Morning - Eliza and Martin Carthy
The amazing father-and-daughter duo Martin and Eliza return to Dartington after several years to lead this exciting folk course. Devoted to instrumental tuition as well as songs, the class offers the chance for players to study and rehearse traditional tunes and arrangements, as well as collaborate and create new work. There’s a concert later in the week, shared with the Folk Choir.

NEW 22/23 July 2017 - Midsummer Dreams Festival - Dartington
Theatre, puppetry, dance, comedy and music. A small-scale festival run by an equally small but passionate team who aim to create a magical family friendly weekend. www.midsummerdreamsfestival.co.uk.

NEW Friday 4 November 2016 7.30pm - Nine Daies Wonder - Great Hall, Dartington, Totnes TQ9 6DE (map)
Presented by
Totnes Early Music Society. Nine Daies Wonder tells the story of Will Kemp, a Shakespearean actor who danced from London to Norwich as a publicity stunt in 1599. The production features dancer/actor Steve Player as Kemp with four members of the Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments - who play a dazzling array of instruments, including cornett, the wonderfully named viola bastarda, nyckelharpa, hurdy gurdy, a variety of percussion instruments and pipe and tabor. Details, tickets www.dartington.org, box office 01803 847070, or on door.

NEW Thursday 21 July 2016 8.30pm - After Dark: Secret Gig - Dartington Hall
Dartington Hall lights up its hidden, dormant and unseen spaces with a series of intimate gigs and events in secret locations. More details, bookings etc. www.dartington.org/whats-on/after-dark. Box Office: 01803 847070.

NEW Thursday 30 June 2016 8.30pm - Adem and Laura Moody - Dartington Hall
Dartington Hall lights up its hidden, dormant and unseen spaces with a series of intimate gigs and events in secret locations. Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and creator of the acclaimed album ‘Homesongs’ Adem brings his instrumental pastoral pop. Joining him will be wildly alternative cellist, vocalist and avant-singer-songwriter, and long-standing member of internationally acclaimed Elysian String Quartet, Laura Moody. www.lauramoodymusic.com, www.dominorecordco.com/artists/adem. More details, bookings etc. www.dartington.org/whats-on/after-dark. Box Office: 01803 847070.

Booking Info:
Ticket price unless otherwise stated:
£10 Advance
£12 On the Door
Box Office: 01803 847070
www.dartington.org/whats-on/after-dark/
 

Friday 4 October 2013 8pm - Jackie Oates 'Lullabies' concert - Dartington Great Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL (map)
Special concert in aid of Save the Children. Tickets £15. Box office 01803 847070.
Also a Free Workshop 2.00-2.45pm for children aged 0-4, accompanied by a parent/carer, at St Johns Church, Bridgetown, Totnes. TQ9 5AD. Based around Jackie’s new album and lullaby collecting – it’s magic! Please ring 01803 866916 to book a place. Limited places for 20 children only.

Saturday 20 September 2014 8pm - Appaloosas - Dartington Village Hall, Cott Road, Dartington TQ9 6HY (map)
Old-Time and Americana. www.appaloosasmusic.com. Support: Jaime Leigh. Bar. Tickets £7.50/£6 concs from Bluebell Wood Music, 01626 830423, bluebellwoodmusic@gmail.com.

8-15 August 2015 - Dartington International Summer School (Week 2): Folk Content - Dartington Hall Trust, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL (map)
Week 2 includes several folk courses and performance events. www.dartington.org/summer-school/courses#week2.
Course: Folk Choir (Sally Davies)
Sally Davies is an extremely experienced singer, composer and choir leader, and directs the Cecil Sharp House Choir with her distinctive and original arrangements of folk songs. The Folk Choir course will provide an intense and rewarding learning experience; you’ll be rehearsing folk songs from England and Eastern Europe, in spine-tingling a cappella harmony, for a concert later in the week.
Course: As I Walked Out One Morning (Kathryn Tickell & Marilyn Imrie)
The wonderful virtuoso Northumbrian pipesplayer, fiddler and singer Kathryn Tickell joins forces with the prolific Scottish theatre director and radio producer Marilyn Imrie, to lead this exciting folk course. Devoted to storytelling, song writing and instrumental tuition, the class offers the chance for poets, songwriters and players to study and rehearse traditional music and poetry, as well as collaborate and create new work. There’s a concert later in the week, shared with the Folk Choir.
Course: Arranging Folk Music (Sally Davies)
‘When you arrange a song, you are a composer. Having sung the polyphonic songs of the Caucasus and The Balkans, I felt there was a crying need for British folk songs to have something of the bite and power of these Eastern European arrangements. It’s my intention to infuse English folk songs with some of these harmonic elements!’ Sally Davies’ course is for musicians with some experience of arranging, and you’ll be looking at creating open harmonies for different-sized ensembles.
The following public concerts and ceilidh will all take place in Dartington's Great Hall:
Monday 3 August 2015 10pm - Strings, Wheel and Fingers
Stevie Wishart: hurdy gurdy and violin. Medieval music, improvisation, and guest artists. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=83602.
Sunday 9 August 2015 7.45pm - Kathryn Tickell & The Side
Northumbrian pipes, accordion, cello and harp. The great Kathryn Tickell and her new band bring together folk and classical. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=85197.
Thursday 13 August 2015 5.15pm - As I Walked Out One Morning
Folk Choir, Kathryn Tickell, Marilyn Imrie, folk students. A cappella folk choir, folk poetsy and new songs, Kathryn Tickell students. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87397.
Friday 14 August 2015 10pm - Ceilidh
Caller and folk band. Final Night Party, with dancing. Bookings www.dartington.org/spektrix/event?Id=87199.

Dartmouth Flavel www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Saturday 22 July 2017 8pm - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
The Folk at the Flavel Summer Concert features two rising stars of the folk scene, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar. Since meeting 5 years ago, guitarist Greg and fiddle player Ciaran have won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. They have toured constantly and appeared at prestigious events such as the Cambridge Folk Festival and have released three acclaimed albums, most recently “Silent Majority”. Greg's powerful vocals and Ciaran's superb fiddle playing is the key to their success and a great evening of the best in folk music is guaranteed. A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel. www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Saturday 1 July 2017 7.30pm - Fake Thackray - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
'The Lost Will and Testament of Jake Thackray'. A hilarious and heartfelt celebration of the life and songs of one of this country’s finest and funniest wordsmiths. Highly entertaining whether you are discovering Jake for the first time, or an ardent fan. The late Jake Thackray is being increasingly acknowledged as one of the greatest English songwriters of the twentieth century. A unique talent, whose songs are full of poetry, wit, irreverence and humanity. John Watterson is the UK’s leading performer and an authority of Jake’s songs, endorsed by Thackray’s family. He is writing the first biography on Thackray and has uncovered new songs in the process.“John Watterson celebrates the great songs of the late and much lamented Jake Thackray. He is brilliant. We can’t have Jake back but this is the next best thing – a real tribute.” Mike Harding.  www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Saturday 13 May 2017 8.30pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Twice recent winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo – 2016 & 2013 – the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as ‘Songwriters par excellence’-(fRoots), whose greatly varied original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends, and a lonely whale. Building upward from their last two highly praised albums ‘Hidden People’ & ‘Tomorrow Will Follow Today’, fans of acoustic music can only wonder where this leading couple will choose to turn next. Part of the 2017 Dart Music Festival. Ticketing details www.theflavel.org.uk/TheFlavel.dll/WhatsOn?Programme=3634784.

NEW Wednesday 15 February 2017 7.30pm - Phil Beer - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Phil Beer is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music, so this is an evening not to be missed for all folk fans. A dazzling instrumentalist with a rich singing voice, Phil is probably best known for his fiddle playing with the all-star line-up Feast of Fiddles and as one half of Show of Hands. He also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro. How many of these instruments he will be able to fit into his solo Folk at the Flavel performance remains to be seen! A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel. www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Friday 24 March 2017 7.30pm - Gigspanner - The Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth TQ6 9ND (map)
Since his departure from Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene. Whilst traditional music forms the bedrock of the trio's repertoire, it's the approach that sets it apart, leaving enough space within the arrangements to spread and stretch the music to embrace other influences. With Roger Flack on guitar and Vincent Salzfaas on percussion their innovative arrangements appeal not only to folk lovers but to anyone who has an appreciation of beautiful and inspiring music. A Dart Gig Promotion – Folk at the Flavel. www.theflavel.org.uk or call 01803 839530.

NEW Tuesday 4 April 2017 7.30pm - Hands Across the Sea - Caspar John Hall, Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth
A concert by Britannia Royal Naval College Volunteer Band: A wide variety of music from the American Continent and the United Kingdom will be performed suiting all ages and tastes. Entry by ticket only. Tickets £10, available from The Britannia Association Office, email admin@britanniaassociation.org.uk or 01803 677565. Payment can be made by debit/credit card.

Dawlish

NEW Saturday 31 December 2016 8pm - New Year's Eve Ceilidh with Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - Strand Centre, 32 The Strand, Dawlish EX7 9PT
Caller Anne Gill. Tickets £12, advance only, from Alan Brown 01626 863016 or Anne Gill 01803 290427. No bar, BYO drinks and food to share. In aid of Teignmouth Folk Festival.

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

Devonport

Thursday 14 November 2013 - Column Acoustic presents: Dick Gaughan - Devonport Guildhall, Ker Street, Plymouth, PL1 4EL (map)
An occasional big name gig at Devonport Guildhall, launching with one of the great legends of folk, Scottish guitar and vocal master. Support: Crazy Arm acoustic..

Saturday 31 January 2015 - Column Acoustic - Devonport Guildhall, Ker Street, Plymouth, PL1 4EL (map)
Guests include: 1) Cactus Rose - Column debut for this unique female duo from the Gunnislake locale, with violin, guitar and voice. Featuring Sarah Jane Howell, our long-time Official Photographer. Cactus Rose are currently appearing in the North Cross subway. It's a lucrative gig. "Worth a listen", they tell us. We believe them. 2) One night Stans - "a five piece band playing a blend of Tex-Mex, Cajun and Celtic traditional music and songs, amongst other styles. Between us, we have many years of gigging and recording experience in Plymouth, Exeter, London, festivals etc. We've just started gigging with this band (fiddle, banjo, mandolin, melodeon, guitar, bass, drums)" 3) Michael Kline - former keyboarder of Column A jazz hit Timequake, and our fab PA man, playing solo. 4) The Two Horsemen - gruff Irish folk gruffness from the gruff duo. Or are they a trio? Bar 7-11pm. Cafe 6.30-9pm. £4/£3, £2 child. www.facebook.com/pages/Column-Acoustic/210833712373509?fref=ts.

Saturday 30 November 2013 - Mad Dog Mcrea - Devonport Guildhall, Ker Street, Plymouth, PL1 4EL (map)
Join the Mad Dogs and their friends as they celebrate the end of their 2013 UK tour with a homecoming party in Plymouth. Tickets available from www.maddogmcrea.co.uk.

Exeter Barnfield

NEW Friday 10 June 2016 7.45pm - Barnfield Music Club: Showcase Event - Barnfield Theatre, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Auditorium. Featured will be a variety of local performers, who sing./play a wide range of music. Genres include folk, blues, Americana, occasionally even opera, plus some very accomplished singer/songwriters. It will be an eclectic and interesting mix. Entry £1 door, includes a raffle ticket. What's not to like! www.barnfieldmusicclub.co.uk

NEW Friday 18 March 2016 8pm - Nick Scott & Mike Cosgrave - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Clifford Room. Traditional Irish music on Uilleann pipes, whistle, guitar, keyboard and accordion. £12. www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/nick-scott-mike-cosgrave-traditional-irish-music.

Friday 9 October 2015 8pm - Devon Bird - Barnfield Theatre, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Local acclaimed folk trio Devon Bird will be launching their 2nd CD 'Turning of the year' with a concert in the Clifford Room www.devonbird.co.uk. The evening will also see performances from Exeter's Greg Hancock and Brixham-based duo Harping Mad. Tickets £5 available from www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk. Proceeds to ParkinsonsUK and Harefield Hospital.

Friday 22 April 2011 8pm - Barnfield Theatre Music Club concert - Barnfield Theatre, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
in Clifford suite. Spring concert with 4 sets of performers: John White & friends, Ian Gardner & Rob Tovey, Jaime Leigh, Marc Woodward & Steve Walker. £3 advance, £4 door, raffle £1. More info from Jerry 01626 772270. www.barnfieldmusicclub.co.uk

Friday 21 February 2014 7.30pm - Barnfield Music Club Concert - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Clifford suite. A real showcase of talent in the Southwest. The club is very grateful that the performers have agreed to take part. I am not naming performers, (as there are a lot!). But, for the £2 entry fee, (which is also a raffle ticket!), it will be a great night!! Seats are limited so phone Jerry on 01626 772270 to reserve tickets. Excellent café and bar, and free parking nearby. This concert is supporting the Barnfield Theatre music week, which is on in all parts of the theatre, day and evening, during the week beginning Tuesday 18 February, entry is free, but main theatre performances will be payable and bookable through the theatre www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk.

Wednesday 10 December 2014 8pm - A Medieval Christmas - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Clifford Room. Following on from their highly successful touring show “A Victorian Christmas”, acclaimed historical entertainment company Blast from the Past now delve further back in time to bring you “A Medieval Christmas”. Featuring long-forgotten festive songs (plus some surprisingly familiar carols!) played on authentic instruments such as cittern, bagpipes and shawm, this celebration of Yuletide Past is sure to warm the hearts of young and old. Details www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/a-medieval-christmas.

Saturday 31 October 2015 8pm - Martyn Joseph - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
Martyn Joseph is as performer like no other. He’s a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”. www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk/martyn-joseph.

Wednesday 20 January 2016 - Bully Wee Band with Phil Beer - Barnfield Theatre, Barnfield Road, Exeter EX1 1SN (map)
details tba www.barnfieldtheatre.org.uk.

Exeter Boston Tea Party

Thursday 21 April 2011 8pm - 'Silver Tree Nights' - Boston Tea Party, Exeter
A special evening’s entertainment: Laura Dugmore - bright & bluesy songstress; Steve Banks - River Dart inspiration; Glorious Chorus - soulful ensemble from Totnes choir; Shift Focus Dance Co - new choreography premiere; Kimwei Westbury - artful guitar ingenuity. £8, book early, spaces limited. Tickets/info from The Boston Tea Party, 84 Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RP. 07792 086449

Exeter Cavern Club

Sunday 11 October 2015 - Ruarri Joseph - Cavern Club, 83-84 Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RP
Ruarri Joseph is nearing the end of a long chapter in his musical career, before embarking on an exciting new one. The man which The Times describes as “One of our best songwriters and lyricists” will be playing around the country on October and November, playing a ‘best of’ set, drawing on songs from the last eight years. The ‘Farewell for now’ tour gives new and old fans a chance to enjoy the best of Ruarri Joseph before he moves on to a new project in 2016. www.ruarrijoseph.co.uk. More details, tickets etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/327994.

Exeter Corn Exchange

NEW Friday 22 September 2017 8pm  - Phil Beer Band - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
A spirited fusion of friendship and musicianship, the Phil Beer Band delve into the back catalogues of Phil’s beloved country, rock, folk and blues influences throughout the years to create their infectious and unique ‘folk n roll’ sound. Throw in Phil’s blistering guitar solos, a healthy seasoning of lively tunes and banter and a pint or three, and you know you’re in for a cracking night. Completing Phil’s lineup are Gareth Turner (melodeons), Olivia Dunn (fiddles), Emily Slade (guitar, vocals), Greg McDonald (bass, vocals) and Steve Crickett (drums). Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on/the-phil-beer-band.

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

NEW Wednesday 8 February 2017 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
To mark its fiftieth year, Fairport, the inventors of British folk rock, have released a brand new CD titled 50:50@50. The band will play a selection of tracks from the album as well as long-established favourites from their extensive repertoire. Tonight's concert will also feature an opening performance by Sally Barker,one of England's most talented singer songwriters. Sally came to prominence in the all-girl folk group The Poozies but is best known for her appearances on the BBC TV talent show The Voice where she sang on Sir Tom Jones' team. "Vigorous and confident...the music leapt around the room." - The Mirror. Full details, artist links, bookings etc. https://sites.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15716.

NEW Wednesday 18 January 2017 8pm - Billy Bragg & Joe Henry - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
In March 2016 Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, guitars in hand, boarded a Los Angeles-bound train at Chicago's Union Station looking to reconnect with the culture of railroad travel and the music it inspired. Winding along 2,728 miles of track over four days, the pair recorded classic railroad songs in waiting rooms and at trackside while the train paused to pick up passengers. On the Shine A Light 2017 tour which stops in Exeter on the 18 January, they'll be playing songs from the journey, along with favourites from their own back catalogues. Full details, artist links, bookings etc. https://sites.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15713.

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

Feature Venue: Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Exeter Corn Exchange puts on an ever-expanding range of top-class events including comedy, various music genres, various dance forms, and much more, Their recently released Spring & Summer Events Guide can be viewed and downloaded as a PDF from the website http://sites.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange. Parking tip: We invariably use the nearby Mary Arches Car Park when we go to the Corn Exchange - and usually find that the barrier is up (i.e. no need to pay) by the time we leave for home late evening. The following may be of interest to the 'folk' audience:
NEW
Wednesday 24 February - Fairport Convention
After nearly 50 years on the road Fairport Convention, the originators of British folk-rock music, remains one of the most entertaining bands on the live music scene. This year's Spring Tour presents a more intimate take on the band's repertoire. This concert will showcase brand new songs and tunes from the band's 2015 album Myths And Heroes. - however, favourites from the band's back catalogue will not be forgotten. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15507.
NEW Wednesday 13 April - John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett
Both John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett remain enigmas to the vast majority of the British public, but for those who know they are amongst the top ten of favourite artists to see live. The show is a wonderful eclectic mix of bizarre humour, superb visual effects, fine guitar playing and the best use of a Theremin anywhere. Wild Willy Barrett is one of the most accomplished multi-instrumentalists working today, playing acoustic classical guitar with an original style and virtuosity few could match. His musical style is witty and his humour onstage is dry.. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15485.
NEW Wednesday 6 April - Feast Of Fiddles
Feast of Fiddles on their 23rd annual spring tour. The band that has been variously likened to a "group of geography teachers" or ‘Bellowhead with bus passes’ doesn't seem to be slowing down. A band of musical friends that puts on a show of huge dynamic range performed with passion, joy and a liberal dose of fun. Typically, fiddlers Peter Knight (ex Steeleye Span), Chris Leslie (Fairport Convention), Phil Beer (Show of Hands), Brian McNeill (Battlefield Band), Ian Cutler (Bully Wee), Tom Leary (Lindisfarne) and Garry Blakeley (Band of Two) add the large range of fiddle playing styles to the rock back-line of guitars, keyboards, sax and accordion - all held together by legendary drummer Dave Mattacks. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15613.
NEW Monday 25 April - Spirit of Ireland
The Spirit Of Ireland, now celebrating 30 years touring worldwide, was Irish dancing’s first national and international success story. The production has gone from strength to strength, evolving over time to become one of the most exciting and popular cultural, dance and music products to come out of Ireland. Featuring a cast of champion dancers and musicians, this diverse production offers the audience a spectacular evening of Irish music, song and dance. The Spirit of Ireland prides itself in respecting core traditions of Irish music & dance culture with a team of talented and highly respected musicians, singers & dancers, who provide a truly authentic experience. Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15614.
NEW Monday 9 May - The Fureys
Legends of Irish music and song The Fureys are renowned for their hit songs ‘ When You Were Sweet Sixteen', 'The Green Fields of France', 'The Old Man', 'Red Rose Café', 'Her Father Didn't Like Me Anyway', 'Leaving Nancy' plus many more. The band was formed in 1978 literally by accident. George, Paul and Davey were playing in Denmark with their own band called the Buskers. Eddie and Finbar, while touring in Germany were involved in a road accident. When George and Paul got news of the accident they immediately travelled to Germany to be with their brothers. They then decided that they should all be playing together and this was the start of The Fureys. Their emotive songs stir many emotions.... tears and laughter, sadness and joy Full details, bookings etc. www.exeter.gov.uk/cornexchange/index.aspx?articleid=15520.
***** End of Exeter Corn Exchange feature

 

Exeter Cygnet Theatre (was 'New Theatre')

NEW Saturday 6 May 2017 7.30pm - The Green Rock River Band - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
The Green Rock River Band are a hybrid of old time sounds that universally connects with audiences all over, a sound that has echoed throughout decades of music history, in music hall, Americana, folk tradition and jazz. All this blended with a contemporary sound. Modern songwriting and original arrangements for 21st century audiences wanting to connect with a music that runs a little deeper, a little more primitive than the clean over produced sound of modern folk and pop - their refreshing grit and dirt fills up venues with excitement and atmosphere. "Quite extraordinary - I thinkj they're great" Mike Harding. Tickets £9.50+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/388407. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk
. Tel. 01392 277189.

NEW Friday 28 April 2017 7.30pm - Small Town Jones - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
There have been many comparisons for Devon based Singer Songwriter “Small Town Jones” (Jim Jones) in the music press of late. To be written into sentences likening him to such greats as John Martyn, Ron Sexsmith as well as Wilco can only be helpful, however, what is also becoming clear is that Small Town Jones is fast becoming known for his own unique trademark soundscape of honest intensity and heartfelt, emotional songwriting. “Jones has more in tune with the folk-rock of early John Martyn, Questing for hope, love and warmth rather than succumbing to despair and loss” Q. Tickets £10+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/388392. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk
. Tel. 01392 277189.

NEW Thursday 6 April 2017 7.30pm - Jim Payne & Wren Music - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Part of ‘Shore to Shore Revisited’  - a lecture, recital and concert tour given by Newfoudland’s Jim Payne and Devon’s Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker of Wren Music. Jim Payne is a renowned Newfoundland folk singer who is best known for performing Newfoundland’s traditional sea shanties and plays many instruments, including the guitar, violin, accordion and mandolin. Besides being a singer, he is a storyteller, actor and writer. He also teaches Newfoundland square and step dances. Wren Music runs choirs, orchestras and youth groups throughout Devon and provides opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to make music, including those with special educational needs and disabled adults and children. In 2016, Paul and Marilyn received the prestigious Gold Badge from the English Folk Dance and Song Society for their work in general, and for their contribution as performers and song collectors, notably their work with the Baring-Gould collection. Paul is chairman of the Devonshire Association’s Music Section. Tickets £10+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/388390. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk. Tel. 01392 277189..

NEW Friday 18 November 2016 7.30pm - Wren/Cygnet Double Bill: Nick Wyke & Becky Driscoll; Trev Munkenbeck - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Their music is described as “a joyful collision of English traditional music and contemporary bowed strings” and, joined by James Budden on Double-bass, these amazing fiddle players and singers will take you on a journey from the darker side of folk ballad to toe-tapping tunes and songs. They will be performing material from their latest album “A Handful of Sky” which has received rave reviews and international radio play, as well as some sneak previews from their upcoming “Songs of Edward Capern” album, based on the work of an 18th poet from Bideford. Becki says “We’ve played this fantastic venue on a few occasions, and we always have a great time with the audience as it’s a lovely, intimate space. It should be a great night!” Support comes from “local treasure” Trev Munkenbeck on vocals and fingerstyle guitar, interpreting a varied repertoire of songs from many different musical genres. www.wegottickets.com/event/376097.
www.cygnettheatre.co.uk. Tel. 01392 277189/665885.

NEW Friday 16 September 2016 7.30pm - Wren/Cygnet Double Bill: Jon & Alfie with Voices in Common Folk Choir - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
The opening concert in this third season of Double Bill, a collaboration between Wren Music and Cygnet Theatre, is a sparkling evening of tunes from the incomparable Jon and Alfie, with support from one of Wren’s community folk choirs: Voices in Common: East Devon. Led by Sarah Owen. Bookings etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/370292. www.wrenmusic.co.uk.
www.cygnettheatre.co.uk.

Friday 13 May 2016 7.30pm - Wren Music presents a Random Melody - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
A concert of songs selected from the great folk song collections made in Devon inspired by the photographs by James Ravilious. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk.

Exeter Hope Hall

NEW Sunday 30 October 2016 - Brooke Sharkey & Adam Beattie - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5JN (map)
Brooke Sharkey is on tour promoting her new album "Wandering Heart' and we are thrilled to invite her to Exeter for an intimate show in the setting of Hope Hall Arts. Brooke is joined by long time collaborator and fellow songwriter Adam Beattie. www.brookesharkey.co.uk. The night is hosted by Tobias ben Jacob. www.wegottickets.com/event/377547.

NEW Saturday 2 July 2016 8pm - Tony Hazzard - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5JN (map)
Not folk, but someone who wrote 60s/70s hits for the likes of Manfred Mann, The Hollies, The Tremeloes, Lulu, and Herman's Hermits and had other songs recorded by Gene Pitney, Dave Berry, Simon Dupree and The Big Sound, Nana Mouskouri, Cliff Richard, Hall & Oates, The Yardbirds, and Andy Williams might be of interest. Read much more at www.wegottickets.com/event/356486.

NEW Sunday 26 June 2016 8pm - Jess Vincent - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5JN (map)
Support: James Shead. Jess is an an extraordinary young songwriter from Wiltshire with a unique and gorgeous voice has which has been compared to many, (Kate Bush, Iris Dement and Maria Muldaur) but is so distinctive that it could only be Jess Vincent. Utterly captivating live, she delivers her songs with subtle arrangements on guitar, baritone uke & harmonium and shruti box reveal a maturity that belies her youth, yet allows her vulnerability to shine through. Full details, links etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/356483. Tickets £12. Contact sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk or 07508 169049. Tea and coffee available. BYO alcohol. No wheelchair access.

NEW Friday 17 June 2016 8pm - Charlie Dore - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5JN (map)
Support: Greg Hancock. Full details, links etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/356379. Tickets £12. Contact sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk or 07508 169049. Tea and coffee available. BYO alcohol. No wheelchair access.

NEW Saturday 7 May 2016 8pm - Daria Kulesh - Hope Hall, Hope Road, Exeter EX2 5JN (map)
Support: Steve Pledger. Singer/songwriter Daria Kulesh (aka Eternal Child) was born in Moscow, Russia. Her Russian roots are reflected in her music, intertwined with multicultural influences she has experienced on her turbulent and exciting journey through life. Her debut solo album Eternal Child was launched in 2015. www.daria-kulesh.co.uk. “A phenomenal debut album” (Eternal Child, 2015) Pete Bradley, Fatea Magazine. Tickets £10. Contact sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk or 07508 169049. Tea and coffee available. BYO alcohol. No wheelchair access.

Exeter Lemon Grove

Friday 29 November 2013 - The Wurzels - Lemon Grove, Exeter University (map)
£12.50. Bookings 01392 667080 www.exeterboxoffice.com.

Exeter Mama Stones

Thursday 7 November 2013 - Ruarri Joseph - Mama Stones, Mary Arches St., Exeter EX4 3BA
Ruarri Joseph, the indie-folk sensation, often likened to Tom Waits, Cat Stevens and even Dylan, will be releasing his much anticipated new album 'Brother'. His latest offering showcases his subtlety in a way not heard before. His rich baritone voice floating right out of the speakers and into your soul, the lyrics possessing a wisdom that wouldn’t seem out of place next to Johnny Cash or Joni Mitchell, there’s no doubt that this is a performer set to be around for years to come. www.mamastones.com. Details, tickets www.midnightmango.co.uk/listings/events/7-nov-13-ruarri-joseph-mama-stones.

Exeter New Theatre

Friday 9 November 2012 7.30pm - Simon Mayor & Hilary James - Cygnet New Theatre, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
A witty and captivating mix of folk, swing, blues and classical showstoppers spiced with Simon Mayor’s unique brand of off-beat humour and Hilary’s honey-dripping voice. There can’t be many performers who can slide easily from a beautifully evocative Irish ballad into a mandolin and guitar version of Handel’s Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and finish with everyone singing one of their own notoriously comic songs (reminiscent of Hilaire Belloc and Flanders and Swan). Simon is one of the world’s leading mandolin virtuosos as well as a fine guitarist and fiddle player. Box office 01392 277189

Exeter other

NEW Saturday 22 April 2017 8pm - Hummingbirds Acappella Trio - St Stephen's Church, High St, Exeter EX4 3LW
Hummingbirds Acappella trio, Ami Lee, Emily Roblyn and Sarah Pennington have been delighting live audiences since 2013 with their extraordinary arrangements, powerful original songs and infectious sense of fun. They weave quirky rhythms around lush harmonies across an impressive spectrum of songs, some political, some sweet, some just darnright entertaining. After their recent sell-out CD launch concert they have booked a second performance in Exeter and invite you to join them to celebrate. ''These guys are amazing. If you need some soulful, smiley music for a gig look no further.'' To book tickets Email hummingbirdsdevon@gmail.com to book tickets £8/£6. Part of proceeds will be donated to Hospicecare Exeter. https://soundcloud.com/hummingbirds-trio.

NEW Saturday 21 January 2017 - Peter James Millson - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
“Found my guitar. Wrote songs like it was going out of fashion. Played hundreds of solo pub gigs and open mics with a few choice supports (Boo Hewerdine, Martha Tilston). Started recording at home. Had some fantastic mixes done by Adrian McNally (The Unthanks).” PJM has recently recorded an album with Boo Hewerdine (working title, ‘True and False’ out 2017) and this May (2016) saw the release of the self-produced second studio album, The Red Café. https://peterjamesmillson.com. Special guests: Border Tales - Jane Newton-Yeo (vocals), Trevor Lloyd (guitars, mandolin, vocals) and Paul Ewings (guitars, bouzouki, vocals) www.bordertales.co.uk.

NEW Tuesday 25 October 2016 8pm - Gadarene - Old Timers, Little Castle Street, Exeter EX4 3PX
Three members of this band are Wren musicians. www.gadarenemusic.com. £8/£6 - 5 tickets for £25!

NEW Saturday 16 July 2016 7-9pm - Wren Music presents a Special Summer Concert - Southernhay URC Church, Southernhay East, Exeter, EX1 1QD
The concert will feature three fantastic Wren groups who will be playing both separately and together. The show will open with the premiere performance from the Fiddle Orchestra of Devon led by Becki Driscoll. There is something very special about the sound of many bowed instruments playing beautifully and in harmony with each other. Then the delights of the Mandolin Orchestra of Devon (MOoD) led by Matt Norman. The MOoD repertoire ranges from Early Music through Baroque and Classical as well as folk tunes and some fun pieces, a rare treat for us to hear them here too. The evening will close with a performance from Rough Music; around 90 musicians on diverse instruments playing together from a repertoire that will include local music collected by Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould of Lew Trenchard in West Devon, other traditional South West music in addition to 17th and 18th Century English pieces. The evening promises to be something very special. www.wrenmusic.co.uk. Free entry with a collection.

NEW Thursday 10 November 2016 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - The Chapel, Poltimore House, Exeter EX4 0AU
An evening of music with an award-winning, world renowned folk duo. Numbers limited: Booking essential: www.poltimore.org/index.php/events.

Exeter Starz Bar

Thursday 20 November 2014 8.15pm - Fabian Holland - Starz Bar, 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter EX4 3ET (map)
A remarkably fine singer, guitarist and songwriter with tremendous command of fingers and fretboard and a natural vocal technique informed by long-time exposure to, and serious consideration of, the blues masters. Stripped-bare, uncontrived and compellingly subtle, with intense conciseness of expression, this wunderkind-from-nowhere's debut audibly justifies the hype. www.fabianholland.com. More details and tickets £8+ www.wegottickets.com/event/290448. www.facebook.com/Exeterfolkproject

Thursday 11 December 2014 7.30pm - Exeter Folk Project Christmas Party - Starz Bar, 18 Lower North Steet, Exeter EX4 3ET (map)
A fun packed evening with a collection of fantastic local musicians and one special overseas guest! Tickets £10+ www.wegottickets.com/event/298743. www.facebook.com/Exeterfolkproject

Exeter University Great Hall

Sunday 17 November 2013 - Bellowhead - Exeter University Great Hall EX4 4PZ (map)
Since their formation in 2004 Bellowhead have occupied a unique place in Britain’s musical landscape: a blistering 11-piece band fusing folk, funk, rock, world, jazz, music hall and classical music, they have placed themselves at the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene while harnessing all the power and mystery of ancient English and European musical traditions. Support: Sheffield songwriter and musician Neil McSweeney. His acoustic guitar playing style combines folk, blues and country influences. Neil has just released his third studio album ‘Cargo’. www.neilmcsweeney.com. £18.50. Bookings www.exeterboxoffice.com.

Thursday 5 December 2013 - Billy Bragg - Exeter University Great Hall EX4 4PZ (map)
Doors 7.30pm. Plus support. Winner of the ‘Roots Award’ at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, singer-songwriter Billy Bragg releases his first new studio album in five years Tooth & Nail on March 18 2013 and has announced a UK tour with his band, including this date at Exeter’s Great Hall. www.billybragg.co.uk. Online tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/210478.

Exeter Northcott

Saturday 2 April 2011 7.30pm – Shore To Shore: from the West Country to the New Founde Land - Northcott Theatre, Exeter (map)
text Tickets: £12, (Conc. £6) from www.exeternorthcott.co.uk 01392 493493. Info: Wren Music 01837 53754 www.wrenmusic.co.uk

Sunday 2 June 2013 7.30pm - The Wren Band Tour 2013: "When the Moon is Full" - Northcott Theatre, Exeter (map)
Stocker Road EX4 4QB. Exploring a rich vein of myth and legend through songs, tunes and stories, with special emphasis on the tales of Dartmoor, inspired by the writings of the nineteenth century folklorist, hymn writer, novelist and folk song collector Sabine Baring-Gould, most notably The Book of Were-Wolves. Wren Band features internationally-acclaimed duo Marilyn Tucker & Paul Wilson, award-winning Border piper David Faulkner, dynamic fiddlers Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll, mandolin virtuoso Matt Norman, and the distinctive voices of Rosa Rebecka and Sarah Owen. £14/£12. Details/tickets www.exeternorthcott.co.uk/wren-band-when-the-moon-is-full or 01392 493493. www.wrenmusic.co.uk

Friday 3 July 2015 7.30pm - A Feast of Taiko - Northcott Theatre, Exeter (map)
Part of the 11th UK Taiko Festival. As has now become a tradition, the UK Taiko Festival will open with a Friday evening Feast of Taiko concert, featuring the amazing talent of the best youth taiko groups in the country, joined by some special guests. Details www.exeternorthcott.co.uk/a-feast-of-taiko-2.

Saturday 4 July 2015 8pm - Ikari Taiko - Northcott Theatre, Exeter (map)
Part of the 11th UK Taiko Festival. Festival headliners this year are Ikari Taiko. No fewer than 15 members of the group will be making a special trip to the UK Taiko Festival for their first ever performance in Europe. Established in Osaka in the 1980s, Ikari Taiko are not just a phenomenally exciting group to watch, they are a group with an important story. This story is told in a film to be shown at 5.30pm before the evening concert. Details www.exeternorthcott.co.uk/ikari-taiko.

Sunday 12 July 2015 6pm -  Music 4 Life - Northcott Theatre, Exeter (map)
The Will Pound Band, Members of the Wren Band, and performances by the Wren Music 4 Life groups from Wynstream and Forches Primary Schools. This programme is the one where Wren specially targets children who may not have the chance without our projects to make music. The groups at Forches and Wynstream are funded by BBC Children in Need. David Faulkner, who helps run the programme, suggested that as well as the usual workshops we give these kids an extra special experience by booking a theatre and a top folk band so they can experience being part of a prestigious event, so this is the result. Tickets (+booking fee): £10, concs £7 students/U18s. Details www.exeternorthcott.co.uk/music-4-life.

Sunday 11 October 2015 - Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers - Northcott Theatre, Exeter (map)
Thundering rhythms on huge taiko drums, mysterious masked choreography with inventive lighting, muscular synchronisation timed to perfection, post-apocalyptic martial imagery and infectious belly laugh humour - all in a spellbinding display of sheer athleticism. Feel the energy and experience the power of this unique performance. As the most successful touring taiko drum group on this continent, Mugenkyo celebrate their 21st year on the road, creating a contemporary look and sound, fusing the traditional spirit of taiko with a modern stage performance that has captivated audiences everywhere. www.taiko.co.uk. www.exeternorthcott.co.uk/mugenkyo-taiko-drummers.

Exeter Phoenix

NEW Thursday 23 November 2017 - Afro Celt Sound Sytem + The Dhol Foundation - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. With sales now topping one and a half million albums and two Grammy nominations to date, Afro Celt Sound System bring their exhilarating live show to venues around the country. This European and African based collective have been a ground-breaking force in music ever since they started, along the way finding kindred spirits across international talent and forging a reputation for exhilarating shows. Afro Celt Sound System Live features the core band members Simon Emmerson, Guinean vocalist, kora and balafon virtuoso N’Faly Kouyate and charismatic dhol master Johnny Kalsi, along with percussionist Robbie Harris and fiddle-player Eòghann MacEanruig, Ged Lynch on drums, Simon ‘Palmskin’ Richmond on keyboards and electronica and Val Etienne on backing vocals, with the gritty, witty rhymes of Gaelic rapper, musician and language activist Griogair. ‘A delirious mix of primal intensity, spiritual beauty and explosive rhythms…..a colossus of an album.” Froots Magazine. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Friday 26 May 2017 - Luke Sital-Singh - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Hotly-tipped songsmith Luke Sital-Singh has been described by The Guardian as a ‘British Bon Iver’. Luke takes the template of Fleet Foxes, Neil Young and Dylan, but makes his own inimitable fresh folk sound. New album to be released May 12. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Wednesday 17 May 2017 - Jon Boden - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. Painted Lady Tour.
Best known as the lead singer of the progressive folk big band Bellowhead, who split in May 2016, Jon launched his solo career in Autumn 2016, touring the UK solo for the first time. Largely presenting the self-penned songs of his debut album, Painted Lady, as well as material from his remarkable dystopian follow-up, Songs From The Floodplain, Jon’s solo show also includes material from Bellowhead, his duo partnership, Spiers & Boden and his ambitious A Folk Song A Day project, in which he recorded 365 folk songs in one year. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/jon-boden.

NEW Tuesday 16 May 2017 - Lisbee Stainton - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. Highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Lisbee Stainton will release her fifth studio album Then Up in April ahead of a nine-date headline UK tour starting right here. In 2007, when she was just 18 years-old, London-based Lisbee became the first unsigned artist to play London’s O2 Arena. Soon after, 6Music’s Tom Robinson discovered Lisbee’s song Red, and his support subsequently led to Lisbee’s music being playlisted by BBC Radio 2. Since then Lisbee has toured with such notable artists as Joan Armatrading, Paul Brady, Gretchen Peters, Paul Carrack and Seth Lakeman, who was so impressed that he invited her to join his band in 2012. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Sunday 30 April 2017 - Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
After winning the coveted title of Best Duo at the BBC Folk Awards, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker are bringing their latest tour to Exeter following the release of their latest album, Overnight, an album of wonder and depth. The classic quality of these songs, the meticulous beauty of the arrangements, the blanket-warm production and perfect pairing of exquisite vocals and virtuosic guitar is the culmination of everything these idiosyncratically talented musicians have been working towards since they first met. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Wednesday 26 April 2017 - Police Dog Hogan - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated.
A high-energy and eclectic eight-piece, combining fiddle, banjo, mandolin, accordian and guitars with knockout four-part harmonies. You could call it Americana, country-folk, folk-pop or even urban bluegrass, but it’s difficult to do justice to the sheer range of styles this band is willing to take on and, if necessary, transform. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/police-dog-hogan.

NEW Monday 24 April 2017 - Valerie June - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Standing. If Valerie June had been a roots artist in America 80 years ago, and she often sings as if she was, she might have been a principle influence on today’s myriad retro troubadours, hers a stunningly emotive amalgamation of blues, folk, gospel, soul, Appalachian and bluegrass (including irresistible banjo). Like a potent distillation bubbling on a Prohibition-era porch, Valerie June makes self-styled “organic moonshine roots music”, music for the porch parties of today, a party where she strums her guitar, plucks her banjo, opens her mouth and delta-blues-country stridently sashays out, a stunning peal somewhere between Dolly Parton and Billie Holiday. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Sunday 23 April 2017 - Keston Cobblers Club - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated.
Folk-pop 5-piece Keston Cobblers Club release their new album in March 2017. Over the last few years, the band has been steadily building a name for themselves and winning over an army of loyal fans. They’ve played some of the UK’s biggest festivals and been invited to perform live on BBC Radio by the likes of Dermot O’Leary, Steve Lamacq and Bob Harris. They openen for Bellowhead on their farewell tour. As fans will know, the Cobblers’ music isn’t just uplifting; it’s often a full-on celebration. Their live shows are displays of genuine warmth and dazzling musicianship. With brand new music on the way, the band continues to delight audiences across the country. Full details etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/keston-cobblers-club.

NEW Sunday 23 April 2017 - Maia - Voodoo Lounge, Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
A genre busting mix of sweet stunning vocal harmonies over funky blissed out grooves, punctuated by echoing banjo, guitar, shimmering mandolins, spooky brass and keyboards. Self proclaimed ‘sci-fi folk’ evangelists, Maia formed in 2009 as experimental acoustic alchemists playing whatever instruments were lying around and now have (excellent) third album Wild Waters out in April. ‘Youthful, spirited, richly atmospheric and intelligently off-centre alt.folk pop’ Time Out. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Friday 21 April 2017 - Wildwood Kin - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Acclaimed anglo/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. In 2015 the girls were shortlisted for a major BBC Radio Music Award and in 2016 their debut single Warrior Daughter spent several weeks on the Radio 2 playlist. Their tracks have notched several million streams on Spotify. They also feature on every track on Seth Lakeman’s top 2016 top 20 album Ballads of the Broken Few produced by the legendary Ethan Johns. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Thursday 20 April 2017 - Matt Gordon & Leonard Podolak - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Seated. An irresistible brew of all-singing and all-dancing Appalachian mountain music played by two genuine flatfooting, fiddle and banjo virtuosos, as seen supporting Show of Hands at the Royal Albert Hall. Together, Matt, and Leonard put on an exciting Show of Old-Time traditional fiddle and Banjo Music. They also clog, and do hambone. And there number one goal is break down the wall between them and the crowd, where everyone in the room creates the experience. In the last couple years they have played at festivals in Canada, Scotland, They have toured western Canada, and back in the winter of 2012 opened the Show for Show Of Hands, Wake The Union Tour in theatres all across the UK. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details, tickets etc. www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

7-27 March 2015 - Vibraphonic Festival - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/vibraphonic-fest

Exminster

NEW Sunday 17 September 2017 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Exminster Victory Hall, Main Road, Exminster EX6 8DF
Online tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/394554. Bar. A car park is situated on Deepway Lane at the recreation ground.

Exmouth

NEW Thursday 30 November 2017 - Show of Hands - Exmouth Pavilion, The Esplanade, Exmouth EX8 2AZ (map)
With special guest Kirsty Merryn. 'Traditional; final date on the Autumn 2017 Cathedrals Tour. Tickets on sale from May 1. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 4 November 2017 - Show of Hands - Exeter Cathedral
With special guest Kirsty Merryn. Autumn 2017 Cathedrals Tour. Tickets on sale from May 1. www.showofhands.co.uk.

NEW Friday 17 March 2017 9pm - Dumbo's Feather: St. Patrick's Day - Park Hotel, 14 Exeter Road, Exmouth EX8 1QH
As always, the band shall be performing high quality reels, polkas, jigs and airs galore to gladden even the least Irish of hearts, as well as inviting the audience to sing along to many a traditional Irish folk song. Tonia and Pete have worked wonders since taking over this venue and refurbishing it beautifully, so they'll be sure to have Guinness and whiskey a'plenty to make you feel like you're actually in the oul country.

NEW Sunday 4 December 2016 5-7pm - Austin Hill, n Bayes - Bicton Inn, 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU (map)
Dust Bowl Blues, flying by English Folk. Guthrie to Gershwin via Little Feat and Joe Brown.

NEW Friday 18 November 2016 - Dave & Laurie Ward & Friends - Bicton Inn, 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU (map)
Double bill of father and son. Popular singer/guitarist Dave will be performing some of his uplifting anthemic rock, pop and folk music whilst talented singer/songwriter son Laurie will be doing a mixture of well known rock, pop, and reggae favourites along with some of his own amazing songs. Dave and Laurie will be joined by some of his talented friends.

NEW Tuesday 29 November 2016 8pm - Paul Downes / Balcony Band- Exmouth Folk Club, Manor Hotel, The Beacon, Exmouth EX8 2AG (map)
Paul Downes is an English folk guitarist, singer and composer whose sensitive and yet fun ap-proach to his live performances puts him among the most re-spected artists on the British acous-tic music scene today. Paul has a rich musical background working with Phil Beer, The Arizona Smoke Revue, Pete Seeger and, currently, The Joyce Gang and Mick Ryan He has appeared on eight albums with bands and has three highly acclaimed solo albums to his credit.
Also! The Balcony Band, Exmouth’s one and only folk orchestra—expect a lively session of English, Irish, and World folk.

NEW 15-18 September 2016 - The Bicton West Country Beer Festival - Bicton Inn, 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU (map)
www.bictoninn.co.uk. Music includes:
Thursday 15 September 8.30pm - Becky’s Country/Folk Session
Folk/country artist Becky Brooks is again hosting her popular session where musicians of all abilities can come and perform or join in with others.
Friday 16 September 9pm - Exmouth Shanty Men
Saturday 17 September 5pm - The Balcony Band
Playing a selection of traditional tunes from all corners of the UK and further afield and ranging from pretty ballads to rousing jigs, reels, polkas etc. Their lively music is sure to have you tapping your feet or even dancing.

NEW Thursday 25 August 2016 8.30pm - Bicton Folk Night - Bicton Inn, 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU (map)
Exmouth Shanty Man Derek Brooks presents a traditional folk night. If you sing or play an instrument why not come along and join in? Otherwise enjoy listening to a selection of lively acoustic music which usually includes lots of jolly jigs, reels and airs.

NEW Saturday 20 August 2016 5pm - The Crowpuppets - The Bicton Inn, 5 Bicton Street, Exmouth EX8 2RU (map)
Devon based female duo whose music was described by Folk Radio UK as inspiring, evocative, contemporary folk. Their close harmonies and tender lyrics are complimented by a blend of various instruments to weave mysterious imagery. They have performed at numerous festivals and featured on radio stations in the UK, Europe and America. Musician and presenter Tom Robinson described the Crowpuppets as a "Great noise - look forward to hearing how this project develops in the coming months.”

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

NEW Tuesday 31 May 2016 - Jon Dyer & Alfie Gidley - Exmouth Folk Club, Manor Hotel, The Beacon, Exmouth EX8 2AG (map)
Special free concert with Jon Dyer and Alfie Gidley also Guy Somerfield and Austin Hill ‘n’ Bayes. Jon Dyer and Alfie Gidley are a Southwest guitar and flute duo of great virtuosity. Their great sense of humour guides you through foot-stamping celtic tunes, intricate self-penned melodies and ear-bending time signatures. The duo have performed at major UK folk festivals such as Sidmouth Folk week and Bromyard Folk Festival. They have supported headlining bands such as the Urban Folk Quartet and 4square and were New Roots finalists in 2015.

Tuesday 29 April 2014 - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Exmouth Folk Club, Manor Hotel, Exmouth EX8 2AG (map)
Over the last year Phil Henry & Hannah Martin's reputation has grown and their new album has had rave reviews from the music industry. Phil & Hannah won the 2013 Spiral Earth Best Duo award and have now been nominated for Best Duo in the 2014 BBC 2 Folk Awards.
www.philliphenryandhannahmartin.co.uk. Contact 01395 269232. Doors 8:15pm.

Folk on the Moor

NEW tbc Sunday 29 October 2017 7.45pm - Tom Lewis - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
details tbc/tba

NEW Sunday 11 June 2017 7.45pm - Keith Donnelly - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
If you like versatility in an artist, then this is definitely the evening for you! Keith is a very (very!) funny, globe-trotting Geordie (we can't get away from them!) tall-tale-telling-singer-songwriter-guitarist, who "could make sheep laugh!" (Jasper Carrott). Bue his is also a serious song-writer, recently working with Flossie Malavialle. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 21 May 2017 7.45pm - Paul Downes - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Taking a break tonight from touring with Mick Ryan, Paul will showcase his outstanding talent on guitar, which has led to successful collaborations with Phil Beer, the Joyce Gang, Arizona Smoke Revue, etc, etc. His relaxed style belies the quality of his musicianship (he is in great demand a a session musician). He's also a fine singer! For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 7 May 2017 7.45pm - Cloudstreet - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
It is over 6 years since we last welcomed this fabulous Australian trio to the club and this promises to be their final UK tour. Nicole, John and Emma have carved themselves a niche internationally with teriffic vocal harmonies, their arrangements of Australian classics and a repertoire that spans the Anglo-Celtic world. Not to be missed! For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 30 April 2017 7.45pm - Tom McConville - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Tynesider Tom is simply one of the the finest folk musicians of our time. Having played alongside some of the folk greats (Bob Fox, Chris Newman, etc) and at one time mentor of the young Seth Lakeman, who describes him as "... a true master", you will get not only fantasic fiddle-playing but great songs, a fine voice and dry humour. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 2 April 2017 7.45pm - Richard Grainger - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
From Teesside, Richard is a fine exponent of "the living tradition", as he has written many songs and musical plays, relating events ranging from Homer's Odyssey, the story of James Cook to the Yorkshire whaling industry! Also the artistic director of many festivals, he is a first rate singer and guitarist and has a dozen or so albums to his name. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 19 March 2017 7.45pm - Reg Meuross - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A consummate singer/songwriter, Reg has quietly perfected his art, producing deeply meaningful, moving songs. "Calling Meuross a singer-songwrter really doesn't do the man justice. Meuross doesn't write lines of lyrics. He writes short stories then sets them to some of the most captivating melodies you'll ever hear" (Pennyblack Music). For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Great Torrington

Slightly more distant venue:
Occasionally I'll list events outside my normal coverage area if these are perhaps the only West Country dates on a tour by a particular artist, so this week's venue is the Plough Arts Centre in Gt. Torrington which has upcoming The Unthanks on 27/4 and Lunasa on 18/5, the first of which is listed on www.theploughartscentre.org.uk, while the latter is not yet

Thursday 28 February 2013 - Steve Knightley - Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington
Box office 01805 624624. www.theploughartscentre.org.uk

Great Western Ceileidhs

Saturday 8 October 2011 8pm - Great Western Ceilidh with Cock & Bull - Bowhill School, Buddle Lane, Exeter (map)
Caller Michael Catovsky. It's the new ceilidh season! And we start it with the renowned The Cock & Bull Band. Although they have now been performing as a ceilidh band for over twenty years, they still give as much energy and life to their performances as when they had just begun, well deserving the high reputation built up over the years for playing brilliant, stomping dance music. £9 and concs. To book, call Alan Jones on 01392 217152 or email ceilidhs@great-western.org.uk. Further details: www.great-western.org.uk/ceilidhs

Half Moon Village

NEW Tuesday 14 March 2017 - Spring Folk at the Brewery - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village EX5 5AE
Featuring Hanlons’ Half Hours with: Barry Lister and Friends, Moira Craig / Malcolm Austen. Guest MC: Jon Shapley. Craft Theme: Stained glass (Geoff Markley). Floor singers welcome. Doors 7.30pm, Scratch Band 7.45pm, start prompt 8pm. Entry £6 includes Pint & Pasty.  Further information: www.reynardine.co.uk, email  folk@reynardine.co.uk, tel. 01363 82621. www.hanlonsbrewery.com.

NEW Tuesday 13 December 2016 8pm - Winter Folk at the Brewery - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village EX5 5AE
Featuring Hanlons’ Half Hours with: Tom & Barbara Brown and Steve Gill. Guest MC: Nicola King. Craft theme: Hand-made uguna flutes (Geoff Norman). Floor singers welcome. Doors 7.30pm, scratch band 7.45pm. Entry £6 includes Pint & Pasty. Further information: www.reynardine.co.uk, email  folk@reynardine.co.uk, tel. 01363 82621. www.hanlonsbrewery.com.

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

NEW Tuesday 14 June 2016 - Folk at the Brewery: Summer Session - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village EX5 5AE
First birthday treat! Great Western Morris dancing 7-7.45pm. Hanlons’ Half Hours with Thorn & Roses and Bill Crawford. Guest MC Gideon Barrett. Start prompt 8pm. Singers and musicians welcome. Entry includes Pint & Pasty. Tickets £6. Further information: folk@reynardine.co.uk,  01363 82621. www.reynardine.co.uk. Note: Disabled access pending. “Brilliant night”, “Fabulous event!”, “Great atmosphere”, “Resounding success”, “Great club. Great beer!”, “Friends from all points”, “Proper job! Nice pasty!”

Thursday 4 February 2016 7.30pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Hanlons Brewery, Half Moon Village EX5 5AE
After our album launch at Embercombe back in October sold out super fast, we wanted to put on another special local event to give all those who wanted to come and couldn't make it another go! Hanlons Brewery seemed like a perfect venue - what could be better - an evening of local beer, pasties (veg and gluten free options also available), and music! Phil and Hannah will be playing material new and old, as a duo. Doors 7pm.. We look forward to seeing you there. Online tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/341467. The literature advises "Please bring your own seat, and wrap up warm!".
See Phil & Hannah as part of the Gigspanner 'Big Band' in Harberton on Friday 29 April 2016.

Halsway Manor

Events at Halsway Manor, Somerset (national centre for the folk arts)
11-13 May - A celebration of  Song, Steam & Stories of the Quantocks

Taffy Thomas Tim Laycock, Barbara and Tom Brown and the Hotwells Howlers.
25-27 May - Halsway Manor, Somerset - John Kirkpatrick’s British Button Box Workshop Weekend.
Details www.halswaymanor.co.uk/courses-and-events.htm.

11-13 May 2012 - Halsway Manor, Somerset - A celebration of  Song, Steam & Stories of the Quantocks
Taffy Thomas Tim Laycock, Barbara and Tom Brown and the Hotwells Howlers. Details www.halswaymanor.co.uk/courses-and-events.htm (national centre for the folk arts).

Harberton

The 2 - on tour
First UK tour for The 2, France based virtuoso guitarists Roger Moss & Thomas Ottogalli. The pair met whilst playing at a folk festival in SW France where they’re based. A shared love of guitar led them to explore the possibilities of bringing together their diverse styles, using original songs plus heavily reworked covers from blues, bluegrass to the Beatles and more. The dynamic duo bring together acoustic and electric guitar artistry and vocals. Samples: www.soundcloud.com/the-2-1.
Saturday 22 April 2017 7.30pm - Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ (map)
Details www.sterts.co.uk/product_details.php?item_id=110.
Sunday 23 April 2017 7.30pm - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton, Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
Tickets £8/£6 from Anna Lunk 01803 762751 and on door. Bar and refreshments.

Haytor

NEW Friday 7 October 2016 - Tinpickle Sessions - Tinpickle and Rhum, Haytor, Dartmoor TQ13 9XT
Very friendly folk and acoustic tune and song session. Steady and sure from 7pm. New to seesions? Why not give us a try? From 8.30pm anything goes! www.tinpickleandrhum.com.

Honiton

Featured venue: Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
In addition to the monthly (2nd Weds, next: 11 January) 'Beehive Folk Café - a friendly, mostly acoustic session of folk, blues and roots hosted by singer Sue King in the bar, where everyone is welcome to come and perform or have a drink and listen to some very talented local musicians - the Beehive regularly promotes folk concerts, currently featuring (full details www.beehivehoniton.co.uk, tel: 01404 384050):
NEW Saturday 21 January 2017 8pm - Willie and the Bandits
Eclectic grooves from this roots, folk, rock 3-piece."One of the best Live acts in the country." The Telegraph.
NEW Friday 10 February 2017 7.30pm - Ralph McTell & Wizz Jones
Seated. Two folk legends are coming to the Beehive: It was 50 yrs ago that Wizz invited Ralph to Cornwall to play with him at the now legendary Folk Cottage. 50 yrs later Ralph invited Wizz back to record their first album together which they are now about to tour, called “About Time.”!
NEW Friday 24 February 2017 8pm - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston
Seated. One of the most sought after duos on the folk & roots scene. The striking combination of the flame headed double bass player & virtuoso mandolin player create music that is "a musical partnership made in heaven.”
NEW Saturday 25 March 2017 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Winners of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo 2016 & 2013 – the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans & an enviable reputation as “Songwriters par excellence”. Support: Kitty Macfarlane.
NEW Friday 14 April 2017 8pm - Rusty Shackle - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Standing. Regulars on the festival circuit with two albums under their belts, this exciting six-piece indie-folk band come on like a punk Bellowhead or a poppier Pogues.
NEW Saturday 29 April 2017 8pm - The Phil Beer Band - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. Fast, frenetic, 'feel-good' and leavened with a good helping of humour. While having his feet firmly in the ‘Acoustic’ camp, Phil has “kept his hand in” with electric music with an annual outing of The Phil Beer Band which performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil''s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock.

Wednesday 11 January 2017 8pm - The Beehive Folk Café - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
A lovely . www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.
This mostly acoustic session of folk, blues and roots is hosted by the lovely folk singer Sue King. .

NEW Saturday 21 January 2017 8pm - Willie and the Bandits - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Eclectic grooves from this roots, folk, rock 3-piece."One of the best Live acts in the country." The Telegraph. New album “Steal” is launched on January 2oth 2017. £10 adv, £12 door.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Friday 10 February 2017 7.30pm - Ralph McTell & Wizz Jones - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. Two folk legends are coming to the Beehive: It was 50 yrs ago that Wizz invited Ralph to Cornwall to play with him at the now legendary Folk Cottage. 50 yrs later Ralph invited Wizz back to record their first album together which they are now about to tour, called “About Time.”! £20.

NEW Friday 24 February 2017 8pm - Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. One of the most sought after duos on the folk & roots scene. The striking combination of the flame headed double bass player & virtuoso mandolin player create music that is "a musical partnership made in heaven.” £12. 
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Saturday 25 March 2017 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Winners of BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo 2016 & 2013 – the couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans & an enviable reputation as “Songwriters par excellence”. Support: Kitty Macfarlane. £12.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Friday 31 March 2017 8pm - The Noble Jacks - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
A rip-roaring alt-folk band with roof raising energy, whose warm electro-acoustic interactions fuse together a mixture of folky foot stompin’ rhythms and engaging lyricism. The band encompasses heartfelt, yet uptempo songs showcasing fiddle, blues harmonica and big anthem toplines. Definitely a favourite at 2016 Chagstock, 2017 promises to be an incredible year for this new and aspiring band! “The organic and vivid ballads Noble Jacks displayed on stage reflected a timeless sound that you can forever drink to with your lads.”– LIVAMP; "(Noble Jacks) had the whole of the audience on their feet and dancing!” Argus. Support tbc. £10 adv, £12 door, standing with some seating.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW tbc Friday 7 April 2017 8pm - Sound of the Sirens - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. Exeter-based Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood are Sound of the Sirens – a foot-stomping, crowd-engaging female folk/rock duo. These girls know how to rock a stage, and make you believe in every word they sing. Individually, their voices tell their own tale but when blended together their harmonies leave the listener wanting more, compelled by its magic. They’re witty and sincere, and it’s this very quality of down-to-earth engagement and communication during performances, that has seen their popularity rise substantially over the last few years. They will release a new studio album on DMF Records in early 2017. £10 adv, £12 door.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Friday 14 April 2017 8pm - Rusty Shackle - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Standing. Regulars on the festival circuit with two albums under their belts, this exciting six-piece indie-folk band come on like a punk Bellowhead or a poppier Pogues. South Wales based indie folk roots band Rusty Shackle have been captivating audiences with their incredible live performances since early 2010. Their shows blend well-crafted catchy tunes with stunning high-energy level performances which will make sure you'll leave exhausted with their tunes swimming around your head for days afterwards. £8 adv, £10 door.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

NEW Saturday 29 April 2017 8pm - The Phil Beer Band - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Seated. Fast, frenetic, 'feel-good' and leavened with a good helping of humour. Described by The Guardian as “where Steve Earle and Richard Thompson collide”. Phil Beer is the multi-instrumentalist half of England's foremost acoustic duo ‘Show of Hands’. His instrumental wizardry is well documented and has been utilised by countless artists over the years, the most notable being The Rolling Stones, Mike Oldfield and Steve Harley. While having his feet firmly in the ‘Acoustic’ camp, he has “kept his hand in” with electric music with an annual outing of The Phil Beer Band which performs a unique blend of folk and roll trawled from Phil''s treasure trove of traditional tunes and American country rock. £19.
Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

 

NEW Saturday 12 November 2016 8pm - Jo Harman - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Jo Harman is signed to V2 records (Adele, Mumfords etc), and last year toured the Netherlands with a duo show. She has a limited number of voice and piano shows in the UK, one of those being here in Calstock. The show will feature soulful, 'bare-to-the-bone' versions of her own songs along with her unique take on songs by others. The Daily Mirror called her 'the finest female soul blues vocalist in the UK' and Huey Morgan said on his Radio 2 programme 'sometimes you hear a voice that leaves you speechless...I am'. She is widely recognised as one of the finest vocalists to emerge in Europe over recent years. Full details etc. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Wednesday 11 January 2017 8pm - The Beehive Folk Café - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
A lovely friendly, mostly acoustic folk session hosted by singer Sue King- in the Bar. Free. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.
This mostly acoustic session of folk, blues and roots is hosted by the lovely folk singer Sue King. Everyone is welcome to come and perform or have a drink and listen to some very talented local musicians.

Saturday 21 March 2015 7.30pm - "Sassy Choir" - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
"Sassy Choir" run by Sharon Parnell, is doing its debut, informal, performance in the bar. A mixture of ballads, country, folk songs and 'golden oldies'. A different sort of choir, that sings with its hands as much as with its voices, using 'Makaton signs'. Great to watch as well as listen to. Supported with a folk/ballad/country set by 'Misty Roses' harmony duo from Sidmouth, featuring the excellent and intricate guitar playing of Peter Fung. Free entry. Collection, suggested donation £5. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Wednesday 13 May 2015 8pm - Open Mic - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
Calling all musicians to come and join in. Plugged or unplugged. Hosted by Terry Stacey. All welcome to have a drink and listen or to play and sing. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk. Tel: 01404 384050.

Ide

NEW Friday ?? 2016 - d'Accord Breton Music & Dance - Ide Memorial Hall, Ide, nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
text. Further info 01392 811593.

The new season of d'Accord starts in September 2016 and is new era for us.
Each month we aim to bring you an exciting guest band with support by one of our talented local bands.
We want to give you some wonderful music for dancing and to make a success of this we need your support.
Friday 16th September Steve Tyler & Katy Marchant
Friday 21st October Poisson Rouge
Friday 18th November Jon Mills & Kate Price
Friday 16th December Dave Faulkner & Steve Turner
We have a new Facebook group page
D'Accord French and Breton Dance and music in Exeter
We will continue to have a dance workshop during the evening.

Friday 16 October 2015 8pm - d'Accord Bal/Fest Noz - Ide Memorial Hall, Ide, nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
French and Breton dance. Doors 7.45pm.  Live music. Further info 01392 811593.

Sunday 18 October 2015 from 5pm - d'Accord Breton Music & Dance - Ide Memorial Hall, Ide, nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
Lively young band An Tri Dipop  from Brittany: Anjela Lorho-Pasco Breton singer, trumpet, guitar & double bass. 5pm informal music & dance. 6pm bring & share supper, BYO drinks. 7.30pm Fest Noz bal with dances from all over Brittany. £8 (no concs),tea /coffee included. Further info 01392 811593.

Friday 18 December 2015 - d'Accord Breton Music & Dance - Ide Memorial Hall, Ide, nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
7.50pm Le Raz; 8.30pm Dance workshop; 9pm Tea & probably Festive nibbles; 9.15pm Dave Faulkner & Steve Turner; 10pm TRaM. Festive lights by Brude to add to the party atmosphere. Further info 01392 811593.

Friday 18 March 2016 - d'Accord Breton Music & Dance - Ide Memorial Hall, Ide, nr Exeter EX2 9RQ (map)
A date for your diary in 2016: d'Accord are pleased to announce we have Bernard Loffet (diatonic accordion) from Brittany. Bernard is a master musician for Breton Dance, he plays his music on the floor amongst the dancers, dancing along with us. This is a rare treat to dance to his infectious rhythms and wonderful personality. Support musicians: Dave Faulkner & Steve Turner.

Ipplepen

NEW Saturday 17 September 2016 8pm - Victoria Klewin - Ipplepen Village Hall, Newton Abbot TQ12 5SB (map)
Not folk, but included by special request. The band's fee is being paid by a donation so all ticket monies will go to Rowcroft Hospice.
Victoria has a predominantly jazz sound to her voice and interpretation of songs, this is overlaid with a blues/soul tone. She fizzes with a passion for the songs. The band have just recorded their first CD and therefore this might be a great time to catch this up and coming band! Victoria will be singing a number of dance covers on the night with part of her True Tones band. www.victoriaklewin.com. Tickets £10 from Anna on 01803 814088.

Friday 16 August 2013 7.30pm - Howden Jones - Ipplepen Village Hall, Newton Abbot (map)
Kate Howden and Paul Jones are songwriters who have been travelling all over the country, touring village halls, small theatres and arts centres. Creating their ‘beautiful music in beautiful places’ Tour, they have been sharing their music and stories, often meeting friendly and fascinating people and visiting some wonderful, unusual venues in sometimes remote and always beautiful areas along the way. They write about life and their observations of it, often poignant, sometimes humorous, and gathering new material as they travel, they captivate an audience in a unique intimate atmosphere. www.howdenjones.co.uk Tickets £7, accompanied U16s free, available from the Ipplepen Post Office, Keith Bennett 01803 813935, Keith Gould  01803 813833 / 07725 894978. Bar, refreshments and raffle. Proceeds to village hall funds. With Café style seating arrangement, 'family friendly' evening is one not to miss. www.ipplepen-village-hall.co.uk.

Ivybridge

NEW tbc Friday 29 September 2017 8pm - Southern Tenant Folk Union - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
One of the most highly acclaimed folk/bluegrass bands in the UK today. A six piece acoustic with banjo, mandolin, fiddle & harmony vocals they perform an eclectic mix of high energy atmosphere folk and have received airplay from Bob Harris & Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 2. Full details, ticketing etc.
tbc. Box office 01752 892220.

NEW Saturday 3 June 2017 8pm - Keith James: The Music of Yusuf - Cat Stevens - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Proceeds and audience donations from this tour of concerts will go to the UNICEF UK Government matched, Syrian Children’s appeal. Keith James presents an honest and loving reflection of the timeless and insightful music of Yusuf - Cat Stevens. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Wednesday 24 May 2017 - Fairport Convention - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Just announced, tickets will be released very shortly. Full details, bookings etc. tba
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Friday 12 May 2017 7.30pm - Calan - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Fiddles, guitar, accordion, bagpipes and step dancing explode into life when Calan, the energetic young folk band from Wales, take to the stage. They breathe fire into the old traditions with their infectious rhythms and high voltage routines before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs as they explore the legends of Wales’ very own fairy realm with tales of magic, myth and mischief. They have introduced a new generation of music fans to Welsh traditional music – and continue to do so as they tour across Wales, throughout the UK, Europe, North America and beyond. Great fun, a huge sense of humour, and step-dancing from a champion dancer makes for an outstanding show. Support: singer-songwriter Dan Wilde. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Saturday 8 April 2017 - 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.

NEW Friday 31 March 2017 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Two of the British folk scene's most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises. However, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an ever evolving eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener. With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk. Winners ‘Best Duo’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2016, Winners ‘Best Duo’ Spiral Earth Awards 2015, Winners ‘Best Duo’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013. Full details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/katherineroberts-seanlakeman. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Saturday 18 March 2017 8pm - Richard Digance Golden Anniversary Tour - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Join Richard for a celebration of his 50 years of songs and stories that led to a BAFTA Nomination and The British Academy of Composers Gold Award. 31 albums, music for Bill Bryson’s audio book and over 3 million YouTube views prove it was a successful journey. He is supported by acoustic duo The Broadside Boys on their first British tour as they promote their new album Plenty More Fish In The Sea. Also art exhibition and meet and greet from 5pm prior to the show. Full details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/richarddigance. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Saturday 3 December 2016 7.30pm - The Churchfitters Christmas Cracker - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
The Churchfitters is a folk group like no other. A double bass made out of scrap metal. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stomping fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock rhythms. A mouth-watering selection of favourites from their regular repertoire interlaced with traditional and original festive songs and Christmas carols, this cracker of a show will see Christmas in with a bang and a paper hat-full of surprises, novelties – and terrible jokes as well! Full details, bookings etc. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/thechurchfitterschristmascracker. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Monday 28 November 2016 8pm - Peter Asher & Albert Lee - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Multiple GRAMMY winners Peter Asher & Albert Lee combine their talents for an acoustic evening of songs and stories. As one half of Peter & Gordon, Peter Asher’s voice “literally soared through Carnegie Hall” (Fox News), while Albert Lee has been called “the ultimate virtuoso” by Eric Clapton. Influenced from their earliest days as musicians and performers by great American artists like Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers, Peter Asher and Albert Lee bring those influences to the fore in their first series of shows together as an acoustic duo. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/peterasheralbert-lee. Tel. 01752 892220.

NEW Wednesday 25 May 2016 8pm - Fairport Convention - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Fairport Convention has been making great music for nearly fifty years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, the band has been through many changes but the current members retain a passion for live performance. Fairport Convention has attracted critical acclaim: the band has won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award; Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s groundbreaking album Liege & Lief 'The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time'; and their story has been celebrated with a major documentary on BBC Four television. www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/fairportconvention2016. Tel. 01752 892220.

Featured Venue: The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
I have sadly been neglecting this venue of late in my listings, so here are the current 'folkier' items in their menu (www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk/maddogmcrea Tel. 01752 892220):
Sold out Saturday 26 March 2016 8pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
.If you've missed this one, Mad Dog Mcrea are at the Barrel House in Totnes on Friday 20 May.
NEW Friday 15 April 2016 8pm - Benjamin Folke Thomas - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Ben from Sweden started out playing drums at the age of 12 in a skatepunk band but started listening to folk music and from there progressed to Bob Dylan and Townes van Zandt. “Sad guys with guitars have always been my involuntary preference”, says Ben, but you could hardly describe him as sad. His acoustic guitar skills astonishing, while his songs reveal depths of emotion and stories from a young life that has been lived hard. This is a man who has loved and lost and channels his feelings into his work. His uniquely engaging stage presence displays the kind of humour sadly missing in the work of so many introspective singer-songwriters. www.benfolkethomas.com.
NEW Saturday 14 May 2016 8pm - Tango Sonoro - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Noelle, Judy and Jonathan go back a long way as members of the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra and form the core of Tango Sonoro. They have been playing Argentine Tango Music since 2010. Recently joined by Laura Deignan, who also played in the Plymouth Symphony for a while and whose instrument the clarinet is not usually associated with tango music, it is related to the bandoneon as both are reed instruments. It compliments the other instruments and suits the tango very well. Argentine Tango is beautiful in its instrumental form, but when sung, it has yet more depth. www.tangoband.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 25 May 2016 8pm - Fairport Convention - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Fairport Convention has been making great music for nearly fifty years. Credited with originating British folk-rock music, the band has been through many changes but the current members retain a passion for live performance. Fairport Convention has attracted critical acclaim: the band has won a coveted BBC Lifetime Achievement Award; Radio 2 listeners voted Fairport’s groundbreaking album Liege & Lief 'The Most Influential Folk Album of All Time'; and their story has been celebrated with a major documentary on BBC Four television.
***** End of Ivybridge Watermark feature*****

Kingsbridge

NEW Sunday 30 April 2017 5pm - Fiddlers on the Green - Hermitage Inn, 8 Mill St., Kingsbridge TQ7 1ED
Folk/traditional duo featuring Phil and Mahrey on fiddles, guitars, vocals and bodhran. Fast and furious reels, foot-tapping jigs, beautiful and haunting ballads. Inspired by traditional music from the British Isles and beyond.

NEW Thursday 16 March 2017 8pm - Open Mic - Hermitage Inn, 8 Mill St., Kingsbridge TQ7 1ED
Hosted by members of Confusion. Come and play/perform or just come and watch. We did the first Confusion Open Mic last month at the Hermitage and it was brilliant! Loads of great singers and musicians and a poet, too. Everyone is welcome - all styles. Phil, Mahrey, Ash and Doug are available to accompany you, if you wish on percussion, bass, guitar, fiddle. 01548 853234.

NEW Thursday 9 March 2017 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
It’s fitting that for our tenth Crabshell “free” concert, Janet & John will be our first guests. They brought our first concert in 2015 to a stomping end and we’re so glad they’re back again. Mahrey Berthoud is an accomplished musician and singing coach. Mahrey is half of the “Songsisters” but will be solo this time to delight us with fine singing accompanied by gentle guitar with, perhaps, a fiddle tune thrown in as well. After the break, Jane & Gill will entertain. They attack all their songs with total commitment and enthusiasm. Apart from guitar, it’s just possible that Gill will wow us with her little ukulele. In November 2016, John & Tricia (“Silvington”) finished the concert with a great set. They’ve been invited back and rumour has it they may have their first CD to promote! (To hear some of Silvington and other local performers go to the Shamstrad video gallery) . No need to book; all we ask is that you will be sitting down ready for us to start at 8.00pm. To get a good seat get in early! We hope you can join us. We thank the Crabshell Inn for use of the room. Contact: Paul Rossiter 01548 852841. Details of this and more music in the southern South Hams, and Crabshell Records, at www.shamstrad.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 9 February 2017 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
We’ll start the evening with a tribute to Tom Lehrer (b1928). An extremely clever and talented songwriter/pianist his cutting satire was much needed in the 1950s/60s and boy, doesn’t the US appear to need someone like him now. Next, we’re delighted that Brenda Burnside is back to give us a full set. As she is suffering from GST* it is a pleasure to know that our friend Patrick Barton has agreed to accompany Brenda on guitar. (*guitarists sore thumb). After the interval we welcome Nick Hanbury. Nick sings well researched songs which he accompanies with a delicate, intricate classical guitar style. “The Debman Duo” (Debbie & Norman) will bring our evening to a joyous end. Can’t wait. No need to book; all we ask is that you will be sitting down ready for us to start at 8.00pm. To get a good seat get in early! We hope you can join us. We thank the Crabshell Inn for use of the room. Contact: Paul Rossiter 01548 852841. Details of this and more music in the southern South Hams, and Crabshell Records, at www.shamstrad.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 10 November 2016 8pm - Various notable local musicians - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
Continues the series of enterprising Crabshell concerts with a free evening of fine locally flavoured music from Norman Hore: was a singer at the famous "Folk Cottage" a sixties venue in Cornwall; he will perform a selection of modem, traditional and humorous songs. Chris Sullivan: a seasoned author and singer-songwriter fresh from the shores of Surrey. Silvington: singers Tricia Moore and John Connor; with trademark vocal harmonies, Silvington will be showcasing some of their self penned gems. No need to book; just get yourselves seated ready for the Eight o’Clock start. Contact: Paul Rossiter 01548 852841. Details of this and more music in the southern South Hams, and Crabshell Records, at www.shamstrad.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 13 October 2016 8pm - Various notable local musicians - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
Continues the series of enterprising Crabshell concerts with a free evening of fine locally flavoured music from ???. No need to book; just get yourselves seated ready for the Eight o’Clock start. Contact: Paul Rossiter 01548 852841. Details of this and more music in the southern South Hams, and Crabshell Records, at www.shamstrad.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 14 April 2016 8pm - Various notable local musicians - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
Paul Rossiter continues his series of enterprising Crabshell concerts with a free evening of fine locally flavoured music from Paul & Adrian, Songsisters (Nicola Gascoigne & Mahrey Berthoud), and the full Rumpus Trio (Nigel & Sarah Sture and Steve Verge). No need to book; just get yourselves seated ready for the Eight o’Clock start. Details of this and more music in the southern South Hams, and Crabshell Records, at www.shamstrad.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 10 March 2016 8pm - Various notable local musicians - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
Paul Rossiter continues his series of enterprising Crabshell concerts with a free evening of fine locally flavoured music from Romy Robbin, Patrick Barton, Phil Kennerell and Jake Feetenby. No need to book; just get yourselves seated ready for the Eight o’Clock start. Details at www.shamstrad.co.uk where you’ll also find plenty of other local music happenings.

Sunday 9 November 2014 8pm - Showcasing “Crabshell Records” - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
Line-up: Vic Wilcox with 44 Gun’s fiddle and guitar; Rumpus; The Storm UK; John Connor; The Old Gaffers; Paul Rossiter with Adrian Herring; Kate Lissauer & Johnny Whelan; IOWA(1).
“Crabshell Records” is a not-for-profit Unincorporated Association. Our cause is to support music rooted in folk traditions by offering a subsidised CD production service to unsigned musicians heard playing live in our area. This Concert will feature those we have worked with. Since 2012 we have released 8 albums, with the ninth, a sampler of these, releasing at the Concert. Your ticket will be a £10 voucher, exchangeable for any one of our CDs. You’ll also get concert entry, two complimentary compilation CDs, free bar snacks at the interval and 10% off all drinks. As a bonus, from 6pm, cod and chips for only £6 if booked with the pub in advance on 01548 852345. Reserve your vouchers - advance only - from Neil on 01548 856601, email concert@neilart.f9.co.uk. Pick up and pay on door, on the night. Or buy them from the Crabshell in advance.

Kingsand

NEW Friday 26 August 2016 8pm - Gigspanner - Maker with Rame Community Hall, Fore St., Kingsand, Cornwall PL10 1NS (map)
Brilliant trio headed by legendary  ex-Steeleye Spanfiddle player, Peter Knight. Joined by Roger Flack (guitar) and Vincent Salzfaas (congas and djembe), Peter's Gigspanner will take you on a dazzling musical world tour, that combines traditional British with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences. "Peter Knight can spin the World on his Bow" (Sir Terry Pratchett). www.gigspanner.com. Tickets from www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/peter-knights-gigspanner-tickets-25000268476, Kingsand Stores or The Honey Rooms, Millbrook..

Phil Beer is one of the most popular ambassadors for acoustic roots music. A dazzling instrumentalist, he is perhaps best-known as a top-flight fiddle player and plays in the all-star line up "Feast of Fiddles". But his skills don't stop there, he also plays slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, mandocello, viola, mandolin and South American cuatro, not to mention contributing rich vocals. This concert is being organised as a joint venture with the Maker with Rame Community Hall. Box office 01579 347483. Details www.wegottickets.com/event/263723. A 'Liskeard Concert Series' event (www.liskeardconcertseries.btck.co.uk) organised as a joint venture with the MwR Community Hall.

Friday 22 August 2014 - Gigspanner - Maker with Rame Community Hall, Fore St., Kingsand, Cornwall PL10 1NS (map)
Peter Knight’s Gigspanner has been hailed by Songlines magazine as 'another milestone in folk’s rebirth of cool', but those in the know will tell you that there is more to Gigspanner than meets the eye. Without doubt a bedrock of British traditional music is to be expected from Steeleye Span’s legendary fiddle player. But Gigspanner’s musical reach flirts audaciously with Eastern European, French, Cajun, African and even Aboriginal influences transporting audiences on a 'blistering pace of a musical world tour' (Phil Widdows, Folkcast). 'Peter Knight can spin the World on his Bow' - Sir Terry Pratchett. www.gigspanner.com. Tickets from Jane Mutch on 01752 823423 or online at www.gigspanner.com/tickets.html.

Kingskerswell -  Further info (Graham Radley) 01803 875527 or world.unlimited@o2.co.uk. www.worldunlimited.co.uk. Doors 7.00pm

All KK gigs: www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Torquay/Kingskerswell-Parish-Church

World Unlimited presents: 8 Days in May - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
After the great success of last years 'Seven Days In May' we're back with this years event '8 Days In May' which adds a night of comedy with Barbara Nice to seven exceptional nights of music, full details of which are to be found at www.worldunlimited.co.uk:
May 5 - Eleanor Mcevoy
May 7 - An Acoustic Evening with Nine Below Zero's frontmen Dennis Greaves and Mark Feltham
May 10 - Daphne’s Flight (Chris While, Christine Collister, Julie Matthews, Melanie Harold and Helen Watson)
May 12 - Steve Knightley
May 13 - Barbara Nice ‘Raffle’ 14+
May 14 - Kate Dimbleby
May 19 - Terry Reid
May 20 - Charlie Dore with Julian Littman (support from Peter James Millson & Totnes Pop Up Choir)

Feature: World Unlimited Concerts at St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
I haven't had a chance yet to include details of World Unlimited Spring concerts in my Folk listings in the Diary on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk, but you can find details of all the following at www.worldunlimited.co.uk. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee:

NEW Wednesday 10 May 2017 7.30pm - Daphne’s Flight - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
1995 and five friends, Chris While, Julie Matthews, Helen Watson, Melanie Harrold and Christine Collister found themselves at the Cambridge Festival. They decided to sing some songs together ... magic happened and Daphne's Flight took off. Now, two decades later, five of the best female singers of their generation are gathering again – older, wiser and twice as powerful. Daphne’s Flight are all contemporary songwriters who cross a huge range of topics and genres, blending folk, blues, jazz and pop whilst also dipping into new and vibrant arrangements of classic covers such as the Beach Boys' ‘God Only Knows’ and Elvis Costello’s ‘Ship Building’. All are woven together with striking harmonies and supported by a range of instrumentation and percussion.
See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Sunday 2 April 2017 7.30pm - Green Light Unplugged Showcase & CD Launch - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
This event is the final chapter of a competition for original acoustic songwriters and musicians from the Devon area, which also raises funds and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support, Devon. The 12 audition gigs were completed just before Christmas, and in January our judges chose the 13 winning acts, and the recording process is well underway. We are now eagerly awaiting this Launch where all the winning artists will play, to be hosted by James Santer of BBC Radio Devon Introducing. We have definitely found some fantastic local talent and we would love you to come along to the show. Tickets just £9 adv, and can be purchased directly from Graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com without a booking fee (payment by cheque, cash or BACS); you can also contact him on 01803 875527/07815 620402, or £10 on the door. All proceeds from the album and the launch event will go to Macmillan Cancer Support, Devon.

NEW Friday 21 April 2017 7.30pm - 3 Daft Monkeys - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
With Celtic and eastern influences, the 3 Daft Monkeys’ dynamic style of world-influenced folk music and infectious dancing rhythms will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. After experiencing the band’s notoriously energetic live performance at Glastonbury Festival last summer, Mark Radcliffe declared them as one of his “Highlights of the Festival” on BBC TV coverage, and subsequently invited them to play a session on his BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. The band have also performed a live session with Whispering Bob Harris on Radio 2. With their quirky and original approach to music, and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life, 3 Daft Monkeys have gained themselves a large and loyal cult following. Their music is hard to pigeon-hole, mixing and crossing many musical genres from Celtic, Klezmer, Gypsy, Balkan, Latin, Ska, Dub Reggae,Indie, Rock and even a hint of Shostakovich. Support: Holly Morwenna.
See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Saturday 22 April 2017 7.30pm - The Company Of Players - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Inspired by the likes of The Elizabethan Sessions and The Full English, The Company of Players is a contemporary folk supergroup set up by Jess Distill of Said The Maiden. The purpose - to write, record and perform songs inspired by the works of William Shakespeare, To help Mark the 400th anniversary of his death. With sponsorship from Looe Music festival and funding already in place for a second project, 2017 is set to be a big year for the Company. The collective features the talents of emerging folk artists Said The Maiden, Lukas Drinkwater, Kelly Oliver, Sam Kelly, Chris Cleverley, Kim Lowings, Minnie Birch, and Daria Kulesh. Having already been championed by the likes of Mike Harding, and Geoff Lakeman. The Company of Players offers a very exciting, dynamic and theatrical live show. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Tuesday 25 April 2017 7.30pm - Heg & The Wolf Chorus - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Following the hugely successful UK tour throughout the Autumn, Bristol four-piece Heg & The Wolf Chorus are back on the road in the spring 2017 performing their acclaimed debut album Raising The Fires. The band perform the album's enchanting story of a witch who was wrongfully burnt at the stake. The scorned woman casts a spell, ending the world as we know it and conjuring all the mythological creatures back to roam the Earth. A tale inspired by traditional Scottish folklore. ”Simply stunning" - Folk Radio UK. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Friday 5 May 2017 7.30pm - Eleanor McEvoy - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
One of Ireland's most accomplished contemporary singer/songwriters. McEvoy composed the song "Only A Woman's Heart", title track of A Woman's Heart, the best-selling Irish album in Irish history. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Friday 12 May 2017 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Steve Knightley will be combining material from ‘ Off the beaten Track’ and ‘All at Sea’ recordings for his solo ‘Landlocked’ tour. One half of the evening will feature original and traditional songs of the land and the second half will draw on his nautical themes. See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

NEW Saturday 20 May 2017 7.30pm - Charlie Dore with Julian Littman - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
A very special evening of eclectic, contemporary folk as multi award winner Charlie Dore, one of the UK’s most respected songwriters teams up with multi-instrumentalist Julian Littman of Steeleye Span to share her brand new album, Dark Matter. ‘A gift for melody, brave, poignant, entertaining, original ‘ Guardian Support: Peter James Millson and Totnes Pop Up Choir.See www.worldunlimited.co.uk for music samples, further information, a full programme, and online ticketing. Call 01803 875527 or email graham.worldunlimited@gmail.com to book without a fee.

Kingston, Reading Room. Kingston, Kingsbridge

Dolphin Open Mic - John O'Connor
www.facebook.com/dolphinopenmic.connor.1?fref=ts

Session News - South Hams (from John O'Connor)
The Dolphin Inn Kingston is under new management, and is beginning to flourish once more as the phoenix rises from the ashes. The new landlord, Craig Worthington, has decided to keep the open mic sessions going through the summer, so the next Dolphin Open Mic will be on Friday 1 July 8 pm onwards. 01548 810806 to book a spot, follow Facebook page Dolphin Open Mic.
In other news, - the next Church House Inn (Churchstow) session will be on Thursday 1 September, as the pub is moving into its busy summer period.

NEW Saturday 18 February 2017 7.30pm - Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman - Reading Room, Kingston, Kingsbridge TQ7 4QE (map)
Key harp virtuoso Maire with guitar legend Chris . Support from Silvington, South Devon's fast emerging duo. 10 adv from 01548 810806, £12 door.

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

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

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

Lustleigh

NEW Friday 17 March 2017 7.30pm - Film: “Dartmoor Entertainers” - Lustleigh Village Hall
Presented by The Lustleigh Society. The film will be introduced by Bill Murray. Dave Wills & Len Harvey (of the Kelly Quarry Blasters) and Jason Rice, Mark Bazeley, Rob Murch (of the Dartmoor Pixie Band) will be making personal appearances on the night. The film is being shown with the kind agreement of The South West Film Archive. In aid of the Lustleigh Community Archive. Tickets £7.50 available from The Lustleigh Dairy tel. 01647 277498 or email peter@moormasons.plus.com. Bar.

NEW 17-19 June 2016 - A Little Moor Merriment: A Dartmoor Weekend - Lustleigh
Including The Kelly Quarry Blasters and Friends on Friday evening, Family Ceilidh with Dartmoor Pixie Band on Saturday evening. Many free events Saturday afternoon: dance workshops, morris dancing, music, mummers play, photography exhibition and film. Full details www.moormerriment.wix.com/almm.

Lympstone

NEW Saturday 25 March 2017 8pm - Steve Knightley - Parish Church, Church Road, Lympstone EX8 5JU
As the songwriting force behind Show of Hands, Steve needs little introduction. He has previously won the Best Original Song category in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and, as part of Show of Hands, the categories of Best Live Act and Best Duo. Support: popular local group The Exmouth Shanty Men. Tickets £18, £10 U16, from Lympstone Entertainments Box Office on 01395 272243 (answerphone) or email at lympentsboxoffice@gmail.com. www.lympstoneentertainments.co.uk. Car parking in the village car park, and it is hoped also the nursery opposite the church. Venue is 10 minutes' walk from both Lympstone Village Station (Exeter to Exmouth line) and the number 57 bus stop (service runs between Exeter and Exmouth).

NEW Saturday 25 February 2017 - The Village Concert - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
details tba. Possible folk content.

NEW Saturday 10 September 2016 8pm - Paul Downes & Mick Ryan - Lympstone Village Hall, School Hill, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5JY (map)
In the past Paul and Mick have delighted Lympstone audiences with performances of Mick Ryan’s folk operas The Navvy’s Wife, The Pauper’s Path and A Day’s Work. Now they are about to launch their fourth album as a duo, and Lympstone will be amongst the first places where material from The Passing Hour can be heard. Tickets £10. Contact the Box Office on 01395 272243 (answerphone) or email lympentsboxoffice@gmail.com. www.lympstoneentertainments.co.uk.

Tuesday 26 April 2016 7.30pm - The Hermitage Ensemble of St Petersburg - Lympstone Parish Church
We are proud to present this highly regarded a capella group of male singers from St. Petersburg’s leading theatres and concert companies, whose programme will include Orthodox Church music as well as traditional Russian songs. Bookings etc. www.lympstoneentertainments.co.uk/drumbeat.

Wednesday 11 February 9pm - Lympstone Folk Club - Globe Inn, The Strand, Lympstone, Exmouth EX8 5EY (map)
This will be a regular listing from next month in 'Rachel's Gig Guide - the East Devon Music Dairy', (usually) available at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.

Maggie Duffy (Churston, Galmpton)

NEW Friday 12 May 2017 - Geoff Lakeman - Caroline's Kitchen, Churston Farm Shop, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
Not only is Geoff the father of Sean, Sam and Seth Lakeman, all internationally acclaimed British folk musicians, but he is an absolutely superb musician in his own right. His brand new album has swept the board with positive reviews. Music samples etc. www.geofflakeman.co.uk. Maggie and Tiggy have lots of new songs they can't wait to share. Tickets £10 from Maggie on 01803 855961 or 07770 806083 or email scotcraft@msn.com. £12 door, if available. Doors 7pm.

NEW Sunday 5 February 2017 afternoon - Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater - Galmpton Village Institute Hall, Greenway Road, Brixham TQ5 0LT (map)
Another popular Sunday afternoon concert. More details re times ticket prices will be available ASAP. The first concert of the New Year and will be run by Maggie Duffy and Tiggy Kazza (Maggie's gigging partner) who will also be providing support. Tiggy plays a mean fiddle, mandolin and guitar, and also provides vocals and harmonies. To place an interest and reserve seats etc. please email Maggie at scotcraft@msn.com or call 07770 806083 or 01803 855961.

Saturday 23 April 2016 7.30pm - Ange Hardy - Caroline's Kitchen, Churston Farm Shop, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
Nominated for the Horizon Award for best emerging talent at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Ange performs original contemporary songs written in a traditional style with an emphasis on vocal harmony. Ange currently tours with three different guitars, a bag of low whistles, a bodhrán drum, a tambourine, a 27-string Salvi Harp and a shruti box. Combined with her innovative use of live looping for vocal harmonies she’s one of the most diverse solo-artists you're likely to encounter. Samples etc. www.angehardy.com. Support: Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed.
UPDATED Post-Easter bonus offer: 'Early Bird' tickets purchased (and paid for) before 16 April will now cost just £12 (includes snacks during interval). £14 thereafter. Online tickets £12(+) until they are sold out (only 25 left!). An Easter gift without the calories was Maggie's comment! Book tickets by emailing info@maggieandmike.co.uk or calling Maggie on 01803 855961, or online at www.wegottickets.com/event/350056.

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

NEW Thursday 7 July 2016 7.30pm - Iain Bruce + Ian & Moe Walker - Churston Traditional Farm Shop Restaurant, Dartmouth Rd, Brixham TQ5 0LL (map)
Great entertainers - the two Ians and Moe packed out the venue last time they joined us. Your ticket price includes snacks during the interval.. Book tickets by emailing info@maggieandmike.co.uk or calling Maggie on 01803 855961, or online at www.wegottickets.com/event/356144.

NEW Sunday 25 September 2016 3pm - Ninebarrow - Galmpton Village Institute Hall, Greenway Road, Brixham TQ5 0LT (map)
A Sunday afternoon concert Ninebarrow www.ninebarrow.co.uk. Support: Maggie Duffy & Mike Weed. Tickets £14(+) online at www.wegottickets.com/event/350060. Keep up to date with gigs Maggie & Mike are organising at the southern end of the 'Riviera' by joining their e-circulation via info@maggieandmike.co.uk.

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

Marldon

NEW Thursday 13 April 2017 7.30pm - Folk Plus Acoustic Music Club - Ye Olde Smokey House, Vicarage Rd, Marldon, Paignton TQ3 9NN (map)
Regular 2nd Thursday session. PA provided, new and experienced performers encouraged to share their music. Starting promptly at 7.30pm, must stop at 10.45pm. Performers £2, audience £3. Hosted by Paul & Chris Woodhouse, "Folk Inspired", who encourage a wider range of music and have been delighted by the fantastic mix of styles and genres. www.facebook.com/folkplus2/?fref=ts.

NEW Thursday 9 March 2017 7.30pm - Folk Plus Acoustic Music Club - Ye Olde Smokey House, Vicarage Rd, Marldon, Paignton TQ3 9NN (map)
Despite the usual inconveniences of wintry weather, dreaded lurgies and the inevitable hiccoughs of life, we go on! In fact we were amazed how many people came to our last few sessions. £2 performers £3 audience. with us. We have a reputation for being friendly, supportive, encouraging and respectful. Hosted by Paul & Chris Woodhouse, "Folk Inspired", who encourage a wider range of music and have been delighted by the fantastic mix of styles and genres. There's never a dull night! Singer songwriters are regulars at the club. For more information call 01803 550153 or 07894 961010.

Meets second Thursday each month, offering a warm welcome to performers and audiences who enjoy sharing music that comes from and moves on from folk and singer/songwriter traditions. Entry £2 performers. £3 listeners, charged in order to maintain and improve the PA equipment. Also, we plan to add some special guest spots during the year, in addition to the open-mike format we normally operate, and it is likely that these will need subsidising from our funds. Other 2016 dates: 11 February, 10 March, 14 Apri,l 12 May, 9 June, 14 July, 11 August, 8 September, 13 October, 10 November, 8 December. Hosted by ‘Folk Inspired’ duo Paul & Chris Woodhouse, tel. 01803 550153 or 07894 961010.

Metherell

NEW Saturday 1 April 2017 8.30pm - Folk Evening - Cross House Inn, School Road, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
Playing, singing, nattering & noggins. Song and music session. All welcome, bring your instruments and voices. Another fun-filled folk evening. Pub's food is recommended. Back to the regular 1st Saturday this month.

Advance dates info for Folk Evenings at the Cross House Inn, Metherell, Cornwall PL17 8BQ (map), nr Callington
"The following are the dates agreed with the landlord for us meet, greet, eat, drink, sing, play ....."
17 Oct, 7 Nov, 5 Dec, 9 Jan, 6 Feb, 5 Mar, 2 Apr
Monthly reminders will appear in these listings.

Milton Abbot

NEW Friday 17 March 2017 8pm - Jon Heslop - Milton Abbot Folk Club, Milton Abbot Village Hall PL19 0PA (map)
£5 entry. MA's Folk Club, midway between Launceston and Tavistock (01822 870247). Club meets every 3rd Friday.

Friday 18 September 2015 8pm - Jim Causley - Milton Abbot Folk Club, Milton Abbot Village Hall PL19 0PA (map)
Midway between Launceston and Tavistock (01822 870247)

Milverton (Music Club)

NEW Friday 21 April 2017 8pm - Cara Dillon & Sam Lakeman - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
We are so pleased to have booked this extraordinary Irish singer again who makes music that transcends genres and crosses barriers. With her husband Sam Lakeman she has won every folk award going, but confesses to being no purist, making music that reaches beyond the constraints and limitations of tradition. "To me, you can go anywhere with every song. The melody and message is at the forefront of everything I do. I don't really care where the song came from, how old it is, and who did it first. It's whether it strikes a note in my heart, does it haunt me, do I need to sing it?" Support: Greg Hancock. Contact 01823 400416 or email milvertonmusic@f2s.com for tickets (selling fast). Bar.

Feature: Milverton Music Club
Somewhat distant but perhaps of interest to those in the NW of our coverage area, the Club has regular open mic sessions on the 1st Friday of every month except August, plus occasional guest nights, and meets at the Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU (N of Wellington) www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.
NB No club on first Friday in January 2017 as the Victoria Rooms is having the floor replaced.
We'll see you for our Leonard Cohen special on Feb 3rd when all of your First Fri performers will be singing a song written by 'the master of sad'. His final album 'If you want it darker' released 3 weeks before he died says it all. However, we'll still try and make it a fun evening, after all there maybe some of Tone's Christmas Cracker jokes !

Friday 17 February 2017 8pm - Cardboard Fox - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Winners of the 2015 Spiral Earth Award for Best Debut, Cardboard Fox are an exciting new four piece with a fast growing fan base. All four musicians have their roots in bluegrass music but their collective influences reach much further and this shows in their music. Formed in late 2013 in Bath, England, the band features the sibling harmonies of Charlotte and Laura Carrivick (the Carrivick Sisters) on guitar/vocals and fiddle/vocals respectively, the extraordinary talents of young mandolin player Joe Tozer and the driving and technically demanding double bass playing and harmony vocals of John Breese. Contact 01823 400416 or email milvertonmusic@f2s.com for tickets. Bar.

NEW Friday 2 December 2016 8pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Winners of 2014 BBC Radio Two Folk Award for Best Duo, and nominated best duo in 2016, have come a long way on their musical journey. They are one of the best folk duos in the country and have toured extensively in the UK (including playing the Royal Albert Hall) plus USA, Canada and Australia. With three best-selling albums to date their singing and multi-instrumental talents promise an evening to remember. Tickets £15 include an excellent supper and the famous roast potatoes plus our annual Music quiz (with prizes). Bar. Contact 01823 400416 or email milvertonmusic@f2s.com. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

NEW Friday 4 March 2016 8pm - Milverton Music -Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Regular 1st Friday open mic evening. Feature spot from Greg Hancock with Jo Hooper on cello. BYO drinks. Call 01823 400416 fro more information or visit www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

Feature: Milverton Music Club
Somewhat distant but perhaps of interest to those in the NW of our coverage area, the Club has regular open mic sessions on the 1st Friday of every month except August, plus occasional guest nights, and meets at the Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU (N of Wellington) www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html. 2014 guest nights:
Friday 21 February - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
Friday 16 May - Eliza Gilkyson
Friday 18 July - Coope, Boyes & Simpson
Friday 17 October - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Friday 18 July 2014 - Coope, Boyes & Simpson - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Possibly the best accapella trio on the acoustic music scene. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html

Friday 17 October 2014 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Popular return visit. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk/page2.html

Modbury

NEW Saturday 28 January 2017 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - Village Hall, Back Street, Modbury PL21 0RF
The 2014 ‘Grow Your Own Gig’ tour saw Steve Knightley perform at a bedrock of intimate rural venues, drawing on the English countryside. In 2015, Steve turned his attention to the sea for his ‘All At Sea’ tour. Songs from both shows were recorded and two albums, ‘Off the beaten Track’ and ‘All at Sea’, emerged.  In 2017, Steve will be combining material from both recordings for his solo ‘Landlocked’ tour. One half of the evening will feature original and traditional songs of the land and the second half will draw on his nautical themes. Box office: 01752 893051.

Moretonhampstead

NEW Friday 31 March 2017 7pm - Martin Simpson - St Andrew's Church, Moretonhampstead  TQ13 8NN
Martin Simpson is one of the finest guitar players in the world today. Equally at home playing English folk music, American folk and blues, or his own compositions, he is listed in Gibson Guitars as one of the top thirty acoustic guitarists of all time. Whether interpreting material from tradition or singing his own potent self-penned songs, he is a remarkable storyteller: captivating and profoundly moving. In his intimate solo performances he gives rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty. The fifteenth-century St Andrew's Church venue has superb acoustic qualities. The combination of Martin's music and the special qualities of this ancient venue promises an unforgettable experience. Bar in the church. Tickets www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/martin-simpson-tickets-30808940370?aff=es2. Presented by 'Music in Moretonhampstead’.

NEW Sunday 19 June 2016 Noon-midnight - Moreton Music Day - Moretonhampstead, Dartmoor (various venues)
Annual multi-genre free music event of over 20 years standing featuring nearly 50 bands/choirs/performers over 12 hours in the Horse (2 stages), Parish Church and Central Cafe. Folk performers include Jacob Riddall (BBC2 young folk musician award finalist), Demalebysse and Daisyhouse (Transatlantic collaboration), Greg Hancock, Mudskippers, Alex Kumar, Tony Bayliss (of Jiggery Pipery), Phoenix Ceilidh Band. Around these are some truly outstanding young performers, choirs, including the 80 strong Big Noise Chorus, and some of Devon’s hardest working bands of all genres. A fabulous day of music and a veritable ‘musos’ get together! All ages welcome including the very young. Free entry - fundraising on behalf of MS society. Full programme etc. www.facebook.com/MoretonMusicDay.

NEW Friday 6 May 2016 8pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - St Andrews Church, Moretonhampstead
Presented by Friends of Moretonhampstead Primary School. “Entertaining and original – The comeback continues” The Guardian; “Folk music for the modern age”  The Telegraph. All proceeds will benefit the children at the Primary School. Tickets £7.50, available at Moreton Information Centre, Moreton Newsagents, The Horse, Moreton Café/Bakery or email: becksducks@gmail.com.

Saturday 17 October 2015 8.30pm - The Coyotes- Parish Hall, 12 Fore Street, Moretonhampstead, Devon TQ13 8LL (map)
Dance the night away to The Coyotes Howling, Cajun, Tex-Mex, American sounds! Featuring local and international artists and their fiddles, guitars, accordions, drums and bass. Don't miss this fantastic night of fun, music and dance. The Coyotes include members of Jiggerypipery. Licensed bar. Tickets £6.50 adv from Green Hill Arts, £7.50 door. Box office 01647 440775. www.greenhillarts.org/what-s-on/events.html.

Saturday 24 October 2015 2.30-5.30pm - Musical Impro Workshop - Parish Hall, 12 Fore Street, Moretonhampstead, Devon TQ13 8LL (map)
FREE. Members of the Seat of the Pants Orchestra invite you to join them for a fun workshop improvising music to silent films. Starting with listening games and simple musical tasks we’ll find different ways into improvising and then make our own musical accompaniments for movies. Workshop participants are invited to join the Orchestra for the later concert. Open to all over the age of 12. Any instrument, voice or sound producing objects welcome. This workshop is funded by the Inspiring the Community Project and is free to attend. Please can you email us at admin@moretonhampstead.com and let us know you would like to attend. You then attend the evening performance to play together with SOTPO.

Saturday 24 October 2015 7.30pm - Live Music and Silent Movie Show - Parish Hall, 12 Fore Street, Moretonhampstead, Devon TQ13 8LL (map)
with Seat of the Pants Orchestra Saturday. An entertaining evening of live music to silent movies including imagery from our current exhibition 'A Portrait of Moretonhampstead' by Nicky Thompson. SOTP Orchestra players straddle and stretch over many different musical landscapes, their singers and instrumentalists are plucked from contemporary classical, new folk, old and modern jazz, urban pop, world roots, song writing, community music, experimental improvisation and West End musical theatre. Music is performed by SOTPO and musicians who have attended the earlier music workshop. Adults £6, concs/U15s £3. Bookings etc. www.greenhillarts.org/what-s-on/events.html. Bar.

Newton Abbot

Former venue was Devon Deli

Otterton Mill

Looking forward to the New Year, we have an outstanding programme of Music & Food Nights already booked for 2017. Our Music selection welcomes back some Mill favourites and a number of debutants to the Otterton experience. We start our 2017 programme with a bang on
16 March 2017 - Rag Mama Rag
23 March 2017 - Paul Lamb & Chad Strentz who are bound to get those feet tapping
6 April 2017 - Sam Lewis
27 April 2017 - Corinne West returns

Otterton Mill Music 2017 - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Tickets are now available for all the 2017 music gigs, all are on Thursdays except where shown. Phone 01395 568521 to book tickets or call into the Mill Gallery. Music nights also feature menus of seasonal food (ticket prices cover music only). Doors 6pm, food served until 7.30pm, music starts 8pm. These are all ticket events. www.ottertonmill.com.
Spring – Upstairs in our restaurant – Tickets £15
16 March – Rag Mama Rag
23 March – Paul Lamb & Chad Strentz
6 April – Sam Lewis
27 April – Corrine West
11 May – Tia McGraff
18 May – Chris Cleverly
15 June – Worry Dolls
Wednesday 28 June – Boo Hewerdine
Summer – outside courtyard – Tickets £17.50 including a glass of Mill punch
13 July – Hucklebuck
27 July – FB Pocket Orchestra
3 August – Daniel Smith Blues Band
17 August – Ragged Union
31 August – Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Autumn – Upstairs in our restaurant – Tickets £15
14 September – Edwina Hayes
28 September – Hollie Rogers
12 October – Carrivick Sisters
9 November – Vergonica Sbergia & Max de Bernhardi

NEW Thursday 6 April 2017 8pm - Sam Lewis - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
With his compelling songs, stirring melodies and preternaturally soulful voice Sam Lewis has quickly established himself as one of Nashville’s most talented new tunesmiths and is a welcome debutant here at the Mill in 2017. His 2015 album ‘ Waiting on you’ recieved a top review from Mojo and featured in the Telegraph’s list of top country albums from 2015. Full details www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Thursday 23 March 2017 8pm - Paul Lamb & Chad Strentz - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A welcome return from UK Blues legend Paul and duo partner Chad. Paul has won countless awards, sold record-breaking number of albums and performed the world over with longstanding musical compatriots The King Snakes. Inducted into the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame (alongside the likes of John Mayall and Alexis Korner), Paul is renowned globally for his infectious brand of music. Recognised as one of the best blues singers in Europe, Chad brings to his vocals and guitar playing a captivating mix of blues, soul, rockabilly and more. Full details www.ottertonmill.com.

NEW Thursday 16 March 2017 8pm - Rag Mama Rag - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
A welcome return for Mill favourites Rag Mama Rag. Husband and wife duo, Ashley and Deborah, deliver a barnstorming mix of 20’s and 30’s Mississippi Blues and ragtime, alongside original compositions. Playing everything from lapsteel and bottleneck guitar to dobro, ukelele, washboard, harmonica, spoons and African drum, they’ll have your feet tapping and a smile on your face from start to finish. Full details www.ottertonmill.com.

Plymouth B-Bar

Coming up at the B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
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Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Thursday 6 April 2017 8.30pm - Geoff Lakeman - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Geoff is an internationally recognised exponent of the rare Duet Concertina performing folk song, Americana and 1920s jazz. A stalwart of the west country folk scene and father of a virtual folk dynasty. "Let the music keep your spirits high." Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Tuesday 11 April 2017 8pm - Woody Pines Trio - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
It was on the streets as a professional busker that Woody Pines cut his teeth, drawing liberally from the lost back alley anthems and scratchy old 78s of American roots music, whether country blues, jugband, hokum, or hillbilly. Heavy rollicking street performances are the key to some of today’s best roots bands, like Old Crow Medicine Show (Woody and OCMS’ Gill Landry used to tour the country in their own jugband), and they’re the key to Woody’s intensely catchy rhythms, jumpy lyrics, and wildly delirious sense of fun. www.woodypines.com. Tickets £12 adv from www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/event-details/?eid=41626, £14 door. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Thursday April 27 April 2017 8pm - Western Centuries - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Round up a country band and an early R&B group with three lead vocalists, weave in a hefty amount of vocal harmony and witty turns-of-phrase, and let ‘em rock out like The Band. The sound of roots music mavericks Western Centuries sits at these crossroads, and their debut album Weight of the World introduces a band as skillful in their musicianship as they are innovative in their writing. Led albeit subtly by Seattle based Cahalen Morrison this 5 piece band won't be playing the small venue circuit too long. www.westerncenturies.com. Tickets £13 adv from www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/event-details/?eid=41426, £15 door. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Thursday 13 April 2017 8.30pm - Ida Wenøe - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
”It’s been a long time since I’ve heard an artist perfectly capture the distinctive sound of late ’80s/early ’90s folk-pop—that kind of glassy glaze that cuts right to your core—but Danish singer/songwriter Ida Wenøe has done just that with her emotionally-charged and uplifting new album Time Of Ghosts. (Robert Ham, Nordic Spotlight). In February 2016 Wenøe played an official showcase at Folk Alliance in Kansas City. She has received a prestigious nomination for the Danish Music Awards in the ‘Songwriter Of The Year’ category.  Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Tuesday 4 April 2017 8pm - Keith James presents the Songs of Leonard Cohen - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
The chilling announcement of Leonard's passing has marked the end of an era. His music befriended an entire generation. Within every line of his writing, he has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, think more deeply and recognise our own fragility. A man of grace. This world will miss him very much! With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. £10 adv. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Saturday 25 March 2017 - Ensemble Baklava - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
With a unique combination of instruments, Ensemble Baklava blends the sounds of the oud, bouzouki, concertina, bagpipes, Middle Eastern percussion, mandolin, baglama, spiked fiddle, guitar, tin whistle and voices to bring evocative, stirring and lively music and song from the Mediterranean region, both contemporary and ancient. Russell Harris, Nick Millington, Howard Frey and Julia Thomas perform Turkish, rembetiko, Sephardic, medieval and traditional Music melded with improvisation and original material for a memorable performance of timeless music. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 3 March 2017 9pm - Eliza Acty - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
With her unique vocal style, Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time and contemporary songs that span over a century of music. Added accompaniment from Peter Acty on clawhammer banjo and guitar. Entry £3.www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Saturday 18 March 2017 8pm - Alasdair Roberts Trio - Barbican Theatre Auditorium, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
The return of Scottish folk artist Alasdair Roberts performing in the Barbican Theatre auditorium with his trio featuring Alex Neilson (drums) and Stevie Jones (bass). Support from Sound of Yell. Alasdair Roberts is a Scottish musician, born in Germany, who was raised near Callander and has been based in Glasgow since 1995. He is primarily a songwritercomposer, singer and acoustic fingerstyle guitarist as well as an interpreterarranger of traditional songs and ballads from Scotland and beyond. £12 adv, £15 door. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Thursday 16 February 2017 8.30pm - Kate Ferguson - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Folk singer, musician and songwriter based in Devon. Classically trained in singing from a young age, she has also been greatly influenced by artists such as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins and Cara Dillon. Her wide range of musical influences come together to make a distinctive soprano vocal style, which she accompanies with fingerstyle guitar. Entry £2 or free with a B-Card. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 17 February 2017 9pm - Harbottle & Jonas - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Stunning young folk duo based in Totnes, Devon. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing and have recently been endorsed by Seasalt Clothing. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island. 'A Really Unique Sound' - Seth Lakeman. 'Thoroughly Enjoyable' - Jon Boden. www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Thursday 1 December 2016 - Fergus Tanner - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Alternative-folk singer/songwriter blending soulful lyrics with intricate guitar melodies. Thoroughly enjoyable for fans of Ben Howard, Mumford and Sons or Bears Den. Details www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 2 December 2016 - Swingology - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Swingology perform gypsy swing in the style of guitar legend Django Reinhardt. The swinging guitars and soaring clarinet solos are evocative of the soundtrack to 1940’s Paris. Details www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Thursday 15 December 2016 - Waterloo Sunset - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Waterloo Sunset are Sue White, from East Devon, and Tony Taylor, from Cornwall. Their music is an eclectic mix of 60s - including Dylan, Kinks and Rolling Stones, as well as Celtic Folk, Folk Rock, Bluegrass and their own compositions. Tony is a multi-instrumentalist, and Sue plays percussion and rhythm guitar. As well as fine musicianship they add harmony vocals into the mix, to make a rich 60s sound. Between them they have made several CDs, and gigged in Britain and Europe. Although they have been singing and playing together for 30 years, this is their debut gig at the B Bar. Details www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Friday 16 December 2016 - Annika Skoogh Latin Trio - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Annika, born in South America and raised in Sweden, is a vibrant jazz vocalist with a natural talent. Her focus is mainly jazz standards and Brazilian music but also soul and folk songs. With her love of languages, multilinguist Annika adds another dimension to her performances by singing some songs in different languages. She is with us tonight performing her special "Latin" set. Details www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Wednesday 21 December 2016 - Haunt The Woods - B-Bar, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Haunt the Woods are an exciting contemporary folk band from the shires of Cornwall and the Rame Peninsula. Haunt the Woods have a new and unique sound incorporating an eclectic blend of traditional and contemporary folk influences, with beautiful melodies and spellbinding guitar. The unique and chilling vocals combined with 4 part vocal harmonies make the heartfelt and emotional lyrics extremely powerful. Their live show really captures the energy and essence of the bands love and passion for music and the true meticulous nature of their compositions. Details www.b-bar.co.uk. Tel. 01752 242021.

NEW Thursday 15 September 2016 8pm - Whitetop Mountain Band - Barbican Theatre Auditorium, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2NJ (map)
Family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop Virginia is an area rich in the old time music tradition and the band has deep roots in mountain music,keeping alive the Whitetop region's style of old time fiddling and banjo picking by playing and teaching. Whitetop Mountain Band shows are incredibly diverse containing everything from banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues,classic country, honky tonk and mountain gospel. Video sample: www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5A9DZPyCjI. £15 + £1.50 transaction fee from 01752 242021 or www.barbicantheatre.co.uk/event-details/?eid=34626.

Plymouth Blue Peter session

NEW Sunday 21 May 2017 3-6pm - Blue Peter Music Session - Blue Peter Inn, 68 Pomphlett Road, Plymouth, PL9 7BN (map)
After 6 years at the Morley Arms, Stone Soup's Sunday Sessions moved in April to the Blue Peter. So, let us celebrate the wonderful journeys we have had thus far, and the amazing journeys that lie ahead by coming together once more to make merry with friends old and new, enjoying Ól (drink), Ceol (music) agus Craic (well, it's the Craic, isn't it) in a foot-stomping, hand-clapping, drum-banging, come-all-ye music session. You know it’s the thing to do. More details about Stone Soup's many and varied performative endeavours, of which Scraping The Barrel is the musical outpouring, can be found at www.stonesoup.eu.

NEW Sunday 19 March 2017 3-6pm - The Final Morley Music Session - Morley Arms, Billacombe Road, Plymouth PL9 7HP
After almost six fantastic years, we shall be saying farewell to this wonderful venue, as our genial hosts move on to pastures greener. And what an auspicious time to be doing so, as we approach the Spring Equinox, the ancient festival of Ostara, and the time when the days become longer than the nights, when the Light overtakes the Dark. So, let us celebrate the wonderful journeys we have had thus far, and the amazing journeys that lie ahead by coming together once more to make merry with friends old and new, enjoying fine food and drink, and wonderful music, in a foot-stomping, hand-clapping, drum-banging, come-all-ye music, in a foot-stomping, hand-clapping, drum-banging, come-all-ye music session. You know it’s the thing to do. We plan to continue the monthly Third Sunday gatherings, and will, hopefully, be able to announce the new venue at the session. More details about Stone Soup's many and varied performative endeavours, of which the trio Scraping The Barrel is the musical outpouring, can be found at www.stonesoup.eu.

Sunday 23 August 2015 7.30pm - Scraping The Barrel - Fountain Head, Branscombe EX12 3BG
Tuesday 17 March 2015 8pm - Paddy's Day: Scraping The Barrel - Seymour Arms, Seymour Street, Plymouth PL4 8DT

Saturday 20 December 2014 9pm - Scraping The Barrel - The Woodside, Gasking Street, Plymouth PL4 8DQ
The tremendous trio of Nik, Les, and David, aka Scraping The (Soggy Bottom Of The Stone Soup) Barrel, will be once again plying their trademark Americana Blue Folk Diddlyeye for the entertainment of Plymouth's weekend revellers. More details about Stone Soup's many and varied performative endeavours, of which the trio Scraping The Barrel is the musical outpouring, can be found at www.stonesoup.eu.

Plymouth misc

NEW 29 August to 15 September 2018 - War Horse - Theatre Royal, Plymouth
Including Bob Fox as 'Songman'. Following 8 record-record breaking years in London’s West End and having played in 11 countries around the world to over 7 million people, the National Theatre’s acclaimed play War Horse will tour the UK from September 2017. War Horse is an unforgettable theatrical event which takes audiences on an extraordinary journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. Full details, bookings etc.  www.theatreroyal.com/whats-on/2018-2/war-horse-2018.

NEW 27/28 May 2017 - Seth Lakeman / Royal William Yard Festival - Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3QQ
A new festival. Headlined by Seth Lakeman. www.rwyfest.co.uk. 6 stages, various genres. Line-up also includes Haunt The Woods.

NEW Saturday 25 February 2017 7pm - Plymouth Morris Men’s 47th Annual Ceilidh with Mooncoin Ceilidh Band - Woolwell Community Centre, Darklake Lane, Roborough, Plymouth PL6 7TR
Caller Anne Gill. A great evening to be had for £8, includes a pasty supper. Licensed bar. For tickets call Andy 01752 300758 or email bagman@plymouthmorrismen.org.uk,

Folk Club News - Plymouth
St. Aubyn's Devonport Folk Club (3pm, second Sunday of the month) back at the refurbished Bristol Castle Pub under new management, off Duke Street Devonport. Hosts, Kathy Dale and Tim Woods - all welcome. Bristol Castle Pub, 6 Duncan Street, Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4EP. Tel: 01752 550402

Plymouth Pavilions

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

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

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

Plymouth River Cottage (Royal William Yard)

NEW Friday 7 October 2016 - Dumbo’s Feather - River Cottage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3QQ
7.15pm and 9pm. A traditional Irish/Scottish/World Folk trio comprised of three vastly experienced musicians. Fronted by the remarkable fiery fiddle playing of Alice McShane, and augmented by multi-instrumentalists Mike Cosgrave and Richie Evans. As usual, the band shall be performing traditional Irish and Scots reels, jigs, polkas, airs and songs. www.rivercottage.net/canteens/plymouth.

NEW Sunday 28 August 6-10pm - - River Cottage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3QQ
Traditional Irish/Scottish/World folk trio comprising fiddler Alice McShane and multi-instrumentalists Mike Cosgrave and Richie Evans, BBQ, children's crafts, games and more. £15.

Plympton St Maurice (Brook Inn)

NEW Wednesday 20 December 2017 - Phil Beer - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Multi-instrumentalist - and one half of Westcountry folk duo Show Of Hands - Phil Beer performed live at The Brook Inn in January ahead of his solo tour. We're delighted that he wants to end the year at The Brook as well! www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.
Tel. 01752 297604.

NEW Wednesday 10 May 2017 8pm - Silvington - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
A free concert with Silvington (John Connor and Tricia Moore),
with the Ukulele Orchestra of Modbury, aka the Lazy Cows in support. No tickets, but let John Connor know if you'd like to come along tel. 01548 810806, email johnfconnor@aol.com.

NEW Monday 19 June 2017 - Julie Felix - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Another 'Evening with...' at The Brook Inn and folk legend Julie Felix is back with us for her third appearance at the pub. Enjoy a three course meal and then an intimate gig with plenty of audience participation and stories from Julie's rich and colourful past. Star of TV and Radio throughout the 60s and 70s, we're delighted Julie's back at The Brook once again. See www.facebook.com/events/1181754968552417.
Tel. 01752 297604. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

NEW Monday 20 March 2017 - Geoff Lakeman - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Geoff Lakeman, father of Seth, Sean and Sam, is a Cornishman who has lived on Dartmoor in Devon for almost four decades. He has been described as "a stalwart of the west country folk scene and the father of a virtual folk dynasty." It was Geoff and his wife Joy who inspired their sons' love of music. However it has taken Geoff 69 years before releasing his debut album, appropriately titled "After All These Years'. It's already getting rave reviews and national and local radio air time. Tickets £15, includes a bar meal, can be obtained from www.ticketsource.co.uk/brookinnplympton.
Tel. 01752 297604. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

NEW Tuesday 7 February 2017 - Semi-Toned - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Tight harmonies - even tighter trousers! Did you follow their progress last year on the BBC2 TV series "The Choir: Gareth's Best In Britain"?  Semi-Toned - the all male, student a cappella group from Exeter University, who went on to win the show. performing live at The Brook. Tickets £20 each include a bar meal, selling fast and can be obtained from www.ticketsource.co.uk/brookinnplympton. Semi-Toned are appearing at The Brook as part of our "Evening With" series which has already included guests such as Julie Felix, Phil Beer and Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman.
Tel. 01752 297604. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 11 January 2017 - Phil Beer - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Multi-instrumentalist - and one half of Westcountry folk duo Show Of Hands - Phil Beer will be performing live at The Brook Inn ahead of his forthcoming solo tour. Tickets are limited in number and cost £18 each which includes a choice of three bar meals. Only a few tickets left. See www.facebook.com/events/647576612090025 for full details.
Tel. 01752 297604. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.
Coming later:
Friday 10 March 2017 -The Kit Hillbillies
Monday 19 June 2017 - An evening with Julie Felix

NEW Friday 10 March 2017 -The Kit Hillbillies - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
The Kit Hillbillies are an old-timey, bluegrassy, ragtimey, toe-tappy, good-timey string band from the Deep South (of England)! They specialise in acoustic Americana that's rootsy, retro and uptempo. They place particular emphasis on old-fashioned harmony singing. Their repertoire includes traditional old-time favourites such as "Man of Constant Sorrow" and "In the Jailhouse Now" or the rattling bluegrass drive of "Duelling Banjos" and "Foggy Mountain Breakdown". Some original bluesy songs too (with many a knowing nod to the backwoods and badlands of Devon & Cornwall) alongside some modern classics by the likes of Johnny Cash & Steve Earle... in short, it's the makings of a rousing, stomping night of tunes. www.facebook.com/events/340283969671242
. Tel. 01752 297604. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 11 January 2017 - Phil Beer - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Multi-instrumentalist - and one half of Westcountry folk duo Show Of Hands - Phil Beer will be performing live at The Brook Inn ahead of his forthcoming solo tour. Tickets are limited in number and cost £18 each which includes a choice of three bar meals. See www.facebook.com/events/647576612090025 for full details.
Tel. 01752 297604. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk. Only a few tickets left

Saturday 19 September 2015 8pm - Reg Meuross & Jess Vincent - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
Call
01752 297604 for details. Pub run by former BBC Radio Plymouth presenter John Govier. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

NEW Monday 14 March 2016 - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
An exclusive, up close and personal evening for a limited number of customers with multi-award winning top British folk duo. Tickets include 3-course meal and live performance. Sean learned his trade and travelled the world for a decade with folkpopsters ‘Equation’, before going on to orchestrate the sound of his little brother ‘Seth’, producing his most successful albums and scooping many awards. In 2015 Kathryn was asked to join the iconic 70’s folk rock band Fotheringay thus stepping into the shoes of the late great Sandy Denny. To book your seat, or to find out more details, please contact The Brook Inn on 01752 297604. www.facebook.com/events/778061345672322
. Tel. 01752 297604. www.brookinnplympton.co.uk.

Sandford

NEW Friday 7 July 2017 - Reg Meuross - Lamb Inn, The Square, Sandford, Crediton EX17 4LW (map)
details tba

NEW Saturday 26 November 2016 2.30-5pm - Church Music in Devon 200 Years Ago - Lamb Inn, Sandford
A West Gallery presentation and workshop. Learn about the Devon composers of 200 years ago, how their music spread and survived to the present day. As well as listening to the Crediton West Gallery Quire there will be opportunities for participation. Presented by the Devonshire Association Music Section. £5 door, £3.50 DA members.

Scoriton

NEW Thursday 2 March 2017 8pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - Scoriton Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
details tba. Contact 01364 631288.

Finally, we have the Trade Winds Christmas Party, on Sunday 11th December in *HOLNE* (not Scoriton) village hall.

NEW Sunday 11 December 2017 7.30pm - Trade Winds Christmas Party - Holne Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh
(not Scoriton) The change of venue is to keep the costs down. It would be great to know if you can come, so we have an idea of numbers, but also if anybody can help decorate the hall from 6pm on the night, or to take down at the end of the evening, that would be great.
Two requests for the evening: Please bring food to share and whatever you want to drink -- there won't be a bar, though we can do teas and coffees. If you have anything you can donate as a prize to our raffle, that would be great. This is how we raise the £35 hire fee for the hall, so we ask you to be generous buying raffle tickets, too. Simon and Susan 01364 631308.

NEW Sunday 23 October 2016 7.30pm - Trade Winds - Tradesmans Arms, Scoriton, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
This month's Trade Winds happens under the caring compering of Jennie Osborne while Simon and Susan are away. The usual mix of poetry, song and storytelling is on offer; all are welcome to perform or to sit and applaud. Something for you to think about in advance is the Trade Winds Christmas Party, which turned into nibbles in the pub last year, when we couldn't get enough people (35-ish) to make the hire of the village hall viable. We could do the same again, or go to Holne Village Hall, which is cheaper to hire, but then we've have to decorate it from scratch. The date would be Sunday 11th December. Could people email Simon & Susan simon@farmhouse.ac to say a) whether they can come and b) which option they'd prefer. They'll take it from there.

NEW Sunday 25 September 2016 7.30pm - Trade Winds - Tradesmans Arms, Scoriton, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
Hope you've had good summers and made use of the days of good weather -- never seem to get more than two or three in a row. Trade Winds starts its 14th season. Look forward to seeing as many as can make it. The usual mix of poems, songs, stories and music. Simon and Susan 01364 631308.

NEW Sunday 22 May 2016 7.30pm - Trade Winds - Tradesmans Arms, Scoriton, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
 Open to everything, as always. Anybody with a poem, song, story or tune they'd like to share will be very welcome. Simon and Susan 01364 631308.

NEW Sunday 27 March 2016 7.30pm - Trade Winds - Tradesmans Arms, Scoriton, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
The usual mix of fine poems, songs and stories is almost inevitable, given the excellence of your performances. Simon and Susan 01364 631308.

Sunday 23 November 2014 7.30pm - Trade Winds - Tradesmans Arms, Scoriton, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
Here you’ll find all the best in poetry, song, stories and music, brought to you by… well, you. As always, this festival of fulsome frivolity and fabulous fable is brought to you by anybody who wants to take part. But don’t feel you have to perform, we value our audience just as much, so do come along just to listen, if you prefer. Simon and Susan 01364 631308.

Sunday 24 May 2015 7.30pm - Trade Winds - Tradesmans Arms, Scoriton, Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
The usual mix of poems, songs, stories and music. Simon and Susan 01364 631308.

Sunday 14 December 2014 - Trade Winds Christmas Party - Scoriton Village Hall (map)
Similar format to the regular sessions, but we also ask everybody to bring food to share and whatever drink you like (no bar). There’ll be a raffle and a guest performance we’re convinced you’ll enjoy – not letting on yet. This is always a great evening, so do come and join in the festivities. Simon and Susan 01364 631308.

Saturday 17 October 2015 7.30pm - The Shee - Scoriton Village Hall, nr Buckfastleigh TQ11 0JB (map)
Making a very rare visit to the South West. The Shee bring electro-harp, accordion, fiddles, flute, mandolin and three powerful voices together with their diverse range of individual musical influences to produce an adventurous brew of Folk, Gaelic and Bluegrass. Their third and most recent album, ‘Murmurations’ was received to great acclaim, the launch tour leading to The Shee being nominated for Best Live Act at the MG Alba Scots Trad Awards.” Samples www.theshee.com/sounds. Tickets £12 from 01364 631288 or email stephcrutchley@hotmail.com.

Seale Hayne (Hannahs)

Cancelled NEW Wednesday 10 May 2017 7.30pm - Daphne’s Flight - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ (map)
1995 and five friends, Chris While, Julie Matthews, Helen Watson, Melanie Harrold and Christine Collister found themselves at the Cambridge Festival. They decided to sing some songs together ... magic happened and Daphne's Flight took off. Now, two decades later, five of the best female singers of their generation are gathering again – older, wiser and twice as powerful. Daphne’s Flight are all contemporary songwriters who cross a huge range of topics and genres, blending folk, blues, jazz and pop whilst also dipping into new and vibrant arrangements of classic covers such as the Beach Boys' ‘God Only Knows’ and Elvis Costello’s ‘Ship Building’. All are woven together with striking harmonies and supported by a range of instrumentation and percussion. For more info see www.discoverhannahs.org/events/current/daphnes-flight or call 01626 325800 for tickets (£18).

NEW Thursday 8 December 2016 7.30pm - St. Agnes Fountain - Great Hall, Hannahs at Seale Hayne, nr Newton Abbot TQ12 6NQ (map)
St Agnes Fountain will once again be starting Christmas in tuneful style, as they visit on their 16th consecutive sell-out Christmas tour. The magical concert promises more of their sparkling musicianship, humour and heartfelt renditions of both traditional and new Christmas classics. Details, ticketing etc. www.discoverhannahs.org/events/current/st-agnes-fountain.

Seaton (Jurassic Folk & Jam)

NEW Wednesday 21 December 2016 - Jurassic Folk & Jam Christmas Evening - Eyre Court Hotel, 2 Queen Street, Seaton. EX12 2NY
We have arranged with Eyre Court to supply us with some mince pies during the evening. These have been paid for in advance, by the club. There will also be mulled wine on sale from the bar, if anyone wants to buy a glass. For details see www.jurassicfolkandjam.com or telephone Andrew or June on 01404 46451, mob 07976 533520. www.eyrecourthotel.co.uk.

NEW Wednesday 6 July 2016 8pm - Jurassic Folk & Jam - Eyre Court Hotel, 2 Queen Street, Seaton. EX12 2NY
A quick reminder for the regular Jurassic Folk & Jam evening, finishing at 10.30pm. As the hotel closes at 11pm we like to finish with enough time to have a chat, pack instruments away, and give the bar staff enough time to clear up. For details see www.jurassicfolkandjam.com or telephone Andrew or June on 01404 46451, mob 07976 533520. www.eyrecourthotel.co.uk.

East Devon: Jurassic Folk and Jam to Merge
[edited] "We have some very exciting news. Jurassic Folk started in Seaton, and later moved to Beer. There have been some problems at the Beer venue. At a recent meeting the Organising Body decided that we should move back to Seaton, where parking is more readily available, and the roads are better. The Organising Body decided that we would move to the Eyre Court Hotel in Seaton (www.eyrecourthotel.co.uk). It has an air-conditioned conservatory in which we will meet. The address is 2 Queen Street, Seaton. EX12 2NY.
It was also decided that we should merge the Jam and Folk nights together. This will make for more varied evenings. New Jurassic Folk and Jam will run on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, except in August. Do come along on Wednesday 20 January for our first night in the new venue. From this time we shall function entirely at Eyre Court in Seaton. It is hoped that the new venue will be more reliable and that being in Seaton will attract more folk, whether they be singers, instrumentalists or spectators. All are welcome. Admission is free.
If you want to know more you can either visit www.jurassicfolkandjam.com or telephone Andrew or June on 01404 46451. Mobile 07976 533520. Please tell all those whom you know, of these new developments. We hope to have a large crowd of performers and spectators. Flyers will be available on the evening for all to hand out or display.
Andrew & June"

Sidmouth

4-11 August 2017 - Sidmouth Folk Week
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NEW Friday 8 April 2016 7.30pm - Swinging the Lead - Manor Pavilion Theatre and Arts Centre, Manor Road, Sidmouth EX10 8RP
5-man shanty crew hailing from Kent, the resident shanty crew on the Cutty Sark, have appeared at major maritime festivals including Tall Ships 2014 and 2015 and Falmouth. Traditional sea shanties combined with songs of the sea are their hall mark for an entertaining evening Tickets £10 from 01395 514413.

New Concert Series - 'Sidmouth Acoustic Sessions'
at St Teresa’s Hall, Connaught Road, Sidmouth EX10 8TT
(map)
[Note that the 'official' postcode, EX10 9HG, for this venue does not appear to yield the correct location by some distance when entered in Google Maps, Google Earth, streetmap.co.uk etc. whereas EX10 8TT does. No idea if this affects satnavs]
Sunday 24 May 2015 7.30pm - Lori Campbell
Lori's sound is a blend of traditional folk, Soul and Jazz. Imagine the finger picking style of Bert Jansch decorated with the voice of Kate Bush and Louis Armstrong’s love child. Licensed bar. Tickets £10 door, or £8+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/315745.
Sunday 21 June 2015 7.30pm - India Electric Co
(Cole Stacey & Joseph O'Keefe) Sometimes folk, sometimes not. India Electric Company travel through Eastern European themes, gypsy jazz and Irish reels to end up with something "just so fresh." (Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music). Licensed bar. Tickets £10 door, or £8+ adv from www.wegottickets.com/event/315746.
Sunday 19 July 2015 7.30pm - Jim Causley
Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is a singer/musician who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native West country .Our chance to enjoy Jim before he performs at the festival with fisherman friends. Licensed bar. Tickets £10 door, or £8+ adv from
www.wegottickets.com/event/315747
Adv tickets also available via email sidmouthacoustic@outlook.com.

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

NEW Sunday 8 May 2016 7.30pm - Sidmouth Acoustic Sessions: Kirsty Bromley Duo - St Teresa’s Hall, Connaught Road, Sidmouth EX10 8TT (map)
[Note that the 'official' postcode, EX10 9HG, for this venue does not appear to yield the correct location by some distance when entered in Google Maps, Google Earth, streetmap.co.uk etc. whereas EX10 8TT does. No idea if this affects satnavs]
with Simon Dumpleton. Kirsty Bromley is a young singer, dancer, teacher and writer of folk music within the English Tradition. “Kirsty Bromley is a singer of songs of social justice, traditional songs and songs from the heart. Her voice is effortless yet stirring, at times ethereal but always earthy and with strong roots. Musical and beguiling.” Nancy Kerr – BBC2 Folk Singer of the Year 2015. She has a most disarmingly transparent voice, but also the uncanny and beautiful knack of drawing attention to the song rather than the messenger. Her debut album ‘Time Ashore’ features original songs as well as carefully curated folk gems. Licensed bar. Tickets £10 door, £8(+) advance from www.wegottickets.com/event/355206 or Paragon Books, High St., Sidmouth.

Sidmouth storytell

www.janettellsstories.co.uk

NEW Tuesday 6 December 2016 2-4pm - "FirstTuesday" Storytelling Cafe - Twyford House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NF
Come tell a story: personal, traditional, made up or family- or just listen to someone else. Max 10 mins per story, and no reading aloud allowed. Just come and have fun in a relaxed cosy, supportive setting. £3 to include refreshments. Details from Janet on 07834 194215. Also runs on January 3.

NEW Friday 18 November 2016 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
SidMouth StoryNights for GrownUps present Sharon Jacksties telling “The Grasshopper of Fate.” Who can sway the fickle hand of fate? Is love stronger than destiny? Grasshopper makes the leap of faith. Sharon has told stories in venues from bus shelters to the National Theatre, and around the world! She seeks out the stories of the landscape and gives them new meaning! Tickets £8 adv from Paragon Books, or at https://billetto.co.uk/sidmouth-storynights-with-sharon-jacksties-the-grasshopper-of-fate or £10 door. For more details call 07834 194215, email JanetTells@gmail.com.

NEW Friday 21 October 2016 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
Cellar bar. SidMouth StoryNights for GrownUps present “Fearsome Fairy Tales for Fearless Adults.” These are the dark tales of the fairy world, where everything is not as it seems… are you brave enough to listen? Be beguiled and bewitched by a shiver of Devon storytellers. Be warned, these tales are not suitable for adults of a nervous disposition. Tickets £8 adv from Paragon Books, or £10 door. For more details call 07834 194215, email JanetTells@gmail.com.

NEW Friday 22 April 2016 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
SidMouth StoryNights present storyteller and musician Mike O'Connor telling "From Prospero to Poldark- tales to bewitch and beguile. Mike is a prizewinning storyteller and musician - performing both friendly fireside tales and sagas. He is famed for his beautiful songs written for BBC TV’s ‘Poldark’. He has a lyrical way with words that takes his listeners on the most wonderful flights of fancy, but always bring them safely home. Mike is an OBE and a bard of the Cornish Gorseth. Adv tickets £8 available from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth 01395 514516, or door £10. For more details call 07834 194215, JanetTells@gmail.com.

UPDATED Friday 24 June 2016 7.30pm - SidMouth StoryNight - Sidmouth Methodist Hall, High Street, Sidmouth EX10 8LE
Spoken Word of SidMouth StoryNights present Storyteller Shonaleigh Cumbers telling “The Tower of Bagel”. In medieval Odessa, a humble Jewish baker, Lemuel, takes in a foundling who holds many secrets. He must tease out the tangled knot of riddles and track the slow emergence of a recipe for a new kind of savoury bread roll. Shonaleigh has travelled the world delighting audiences with this popular mix of story, song, riddle and seeds of wisdom. She is probably the last Drut’syla, a Jewish tradition of storytelling. Adv tickets £8 available from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth 01395 514516, or online at https://billetto.co.uk/spoken-word-of-sidmouth-present-shonaleigh-cumbers, or door £10. For more details call 07834 194215, JanetTells@gmail.com.

Tuesday 29 October 2013 7.30pm - "Fearsome Fairy Tales for Fearless Adults" - Kennaway House, Sidmouth
Janet Dowling and Clare Viner will be telling dark tales of the Fairy world where everything is not as it seems--- are you brave enough to listen? Come and beguiled by professional storytellers. Not suitable for U14s or adults of a nervous disposition. Different tales from last year! £7 / £5.

NEW Saturday 6 February 2016 9.30am-4.30pm - Storytelling for adult beginners workshop - Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG
With Janet Dowling. Do you want to feel more confident about telling stories, anecdotes, or doing presentations? Do you want to understand the structure of stories so you can put your own together to tell or write? Do you want somewhere safe to try your voice, be supported and encouraged? This is the workshop for you! You will learn:  How to learn a story to tell – how to take a story and break it down to its bones in order to tell it; How to tell a story- having found the bones of story- how to build it up again for you to make it your own work, and not a recitation; How to create a story- you can apply these tools to storytelling, writing, personal stories, making presentations- even prepping for a job interview! Janet has been running this workshop for 15 years, around the world! Tea and cake provided! BYO lunch. Not suitable for under 14s. Good disabled access. £35 (concs £30) . Tickets available from Paragon Books 01395 514516 or contact janettells@gmail.com. Brought to you by Spoken Word of SidMouth to Celebrate National Storytelling Week! For more details call 07834 194215 or our FaceBook page – Spoken Word of SidMouth.

South Brent

NEW tbc Tuesday 28 December 2017 7.30pm - Twixt Christmas and New Year Ceilidh - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
details tba One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area. www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

NEW tbc Saturday 1 July 2017 - South Brent Folk Day
details tba One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area. www.southbrentfolk.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 11 March 2017 7.30pm - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Dance off the winter blues at South Brent Folk's great annual family ceilidh. Caller Kip Pratt (fiddle); Steve Banks (fiddle); Mike Vickery (mandolin, guitar); Pat Butterly (bass). All welcome. Bar and refreshments available. Tickets from artworks: £7.50 adult, £2.50 child. FFI contact Eileen on 01364 73699 or email eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com or visit www.southbrentfolk.org.
One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area, including South Brent Folk Day on Saturday 1 July 2017 and the Annual 'Twixt' Ceilidh on Thursday 28 December 2017.

NEW Saturday 21 May 2016 7.30pm - Sing for Water - South Brent Old School Community Centre, Totnes Road TQ10 9BP
An evening of songs and music from around the world. With Viva, women's acapella choir led by Roz Walker, Young Folk from the Oak, Skylark-Bluesy songs in harmony with flute fiddle piano mandolin percussion. Refreshments. Tickets £6 adult, £3 child, available adv from Artworks 01364 649424 or Jane 07818 844346 or on the door. All proceeds from evening will go to the charity Water Aid.

NEW Saturday 9 April 2016 7.30pm - West Country Concert - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
With: Stamp and Go - from Perranporth, now metamorphosed into more than a sea shanty group they sing 5-part harmony a-capella songs about Cornwall, mining, and the sea; the Moor Music Trio - play traditional folk and dance on melodeon, accordion and 5 string banjo. Their performances also feature Dartmoor step dancing plus Sailor Jan, the dancing jig doll; duo Mick Bramich & Steve Potter - South Brent's Mick Bramich has been playing traditional anglo-concertina and reconstructing songs from the Sabine Baring Gould manuscript for well over thirty years, while Steve Potter has been playing fiddle on west country music scene and across Europe for over 35 years, playing a huge range of music, from Renaissance to rock via morris and barn dances in various lineups, most recently with Appaloosas; Andy Clarke - a fine singer, guitar and bouzouki player and workshop leader as well as an accompanist and collaborator with musicians and singers such as Jackie Oates, Steve Turner and Steve Tyler and in bands such as Mooncoin Ceilidh Band, Wistmans Wood and The Eelgrinders. Reel Ale bar. Tickets £10 adv from artworks (www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk) or £12 door. FFI: contact Eileen McKee tel. 01364 73699; email eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com. One of a number of events organised throughout the year by South Brent Folk to support folk music in the South Brent area. Others will include South Brent Folk Day on Saturday 2 July 2016.

Friday 8 May 2015 8pm - Fest Noz - Palstone Recreation Room, Exeter Road (B3372), South Brent TQ10 9JP (map)
French and Breton dance. Live music. First Friday of every month (not August). £5 on door includes tea/coffee. BYO drink. No previous dance experience necessary, we will teach you the steps as we go along. Call Louise on 01364 649227 or email louise.scammell@gmail.com for more information.

Saturday 26 April 2014 7.30pm - An evening with Matt Harvey & Jim Causley - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
A South Brent Folk Festival event: Matt Harvey is a well-known writer and poet. Devon folk singer Jim Causley has been involved with the local folk from an early age. He studied Jazz & Popular Music at Exeter College he went on to study Traditional Music at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He is renowned for his warm, rich and mature singing voice (quoted as being akin to the fruitiest of real ales!) his natural gift for interpreting song and his wry and cheeky stage presence. He has recorded a number of CDs most recently ‘Cypress Well’ - song settings of poems by his ancestor Charles Causley and has been a nominee for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Reel Ale bar. Tickets £10 adv from artworks www.artworksouthbrent.co.uk or £12 door. Information: Eileen McKee tel 01364 73699 email: eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com. One of a number of events organised throughout the year to support the South Brent Folk Festival (July 11/12 2014).

Saturday 12 December 2015 - Klezmer Ceilidh with Kevara - South Brent Village Hall, Station Approach TQ10 9AQ (map)
Caller Pam Hayes and singer Ami Lee. Doors 7.30pm. £7.50/£6.50. BYO refreshment. See www.kevara.co.uk for more details.

South Molton

NEW Friday 18 November 2016 7.30pm - Kil and Giile Radi: a Romany family's culture - George Hotel, South Molton EX36 3AB (map)
Tom Orchard talks about the living traditions that have passed through generations of the family: of song, music, dance and the Romany language, of tales and oral history. Tom will be ably assisted by his wife Jean and their sons Ashley and Richard as they explain and share a tradition that is both contemporary and historical. Presented by the Devonshire Association Music Section. Tickets £6 (£4 DA members) from George Hotel, or call 01271 882366, or on door, or online www.wegottickets.com/DAMS; proceeds to charity.

Friday 8 August 2014 - Tony McManus - George Hotel, South Molton EX36 3AB (map)
Tony is a Scottish steel-string guitarist of Irish descent, who now lives in Ontario, Canada. From early childhood his twin obsessions of traditional music and acoustic guitar have worked together to produce a startlingly original approach to this ancient art. Details www.georgehotelsouthmolton.co.uk. Tel. 01769 572514.

Saturday 7 November 2015 8.30pm - Acoustic Night - George Hotel, South Molton EX36 3AB (map)
Held in the restaurant, hosted this month only by Reg Meuross. Free entry. Tables reservations for dinner recommended. Tel. 01769 572514

South Pool

NEW Saturday 25 February 2017 7.30pm - Claude Bourbon - Village Hall, Herring Street, South Pool, nr Kingsbridge TQ7 2RP (map)
Claude is a classically trained virtuoso guitarist and a mesmerising performer. You will find Latin, Spanish, gypsy, jazz, delta blues and mediaeval influences throughout. Samples, videos etc. www.claudebourbon.org. Tickets £15, supper included. Doors open 7pm for supper at 7.30pm; concert starts 8.30pm. For more info, ring 01548 531979 or email madelinemarchand1@gmail.com. Online tickets www.reverbnation.com/show/17863442.

South Tawton Church House - ??call Andrew on 01837 840519 Full details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk, email andrew@frangleton.co.uk or call 01837 840775.

Feature Venue: Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Intimate cosy historical venue. Advanced booking highly recommended due to limited capacity. See www.liveandacoustic.co.uk for full details.
Concerts between now and the summer:
Sold out Friday 22 January - Jess and Richard Arrowsmith www.arrowsmithmusic.co.uk
Sold out Friday 12 February - Jim Causley www.jimcausley.co.uk
Friday 15 April - Dovetail Trio www.dovetailtrio.com
Friday 17 June - Moore Moss Rutter www.mooremossrutter.co.uk
All the concerts start at 8pm and all cost £8 for a ticket - it couldn’t be simpler. Book by email through the website or call 01837 840775.

NEW Friday 10 March 2017 8pm - Kitty McFarlane - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Kitty is a young singer songwriter from Somerset fresh off a tour supporting Kathryn Roberts and Sean Wakeman. Her live set showcases the clarity and gravity of her vocals and dynamic guitar accompaniment, with themes as diverse as inundated Somerset Levels, climate change, adolescence and worries about mortality, beside interpretations of traditional folk songs. "A young star whose fire is smouldering gently, not long surely off catching and taking hold...A crystal clear ringing voice and finely picked guitar providing the Macfarlane hallmark.” Tickets £8. Full details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk, email andrew@frangleton.co.uk or call 01837 840775.
Coming next: Friday 21 April 2017 8pm - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

NEW Friday 21 April 2017 8pm - Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ (map)
Two times BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar met in 2011 and have since gone from strength to strength playing at major festivals and events across the UK. Greg Russell’s strong singing and guitar and Ciaran Algar’s lyrical fiddle playing give “everything that folk music should be about. There is tradition, there is musical invention and there is evolution of the tradition. Tickets £10. Full details, bookings etc. www.liveandacoustic.co.uk, email andrew@frangleton.co.uk or call 01837 840775.

NEW The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval Music featuring Dr Ian Mortimer and The Artisans
Wednesday 20 July 2016 7.30pm - Church House, South Tawton, nr Okehampton EX20 2LQ
(map)
Thursday 21 July 2016 7.30pm - St Andrew’s Church, Moretonhampstead
A unique collaboration between London-based ensemble The Artisans (including Emily and Hazel Askew), Richard Mackenzie, Louise Duggan, and Dr Ian Mortimer, author of The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England. Old English carols, songs from French Troubadours, & footstomping dance tunes from fourteenth-century Italy. Medieval music says much about the experience of being in the past. At the same time, the history of the period allows us to understand the background to the music. Thus we are going to weave the two together in a candlelit musical performance of what it was like to live in the Middle Ages – from the Viking Age to the birth of the Renaissance. Tickets (£10) may be reserved via www.ianmortimer.com/events/appearances.htm.

South Zeal

Saturday 19 September 2015 - Trio Threlfall - Victory Hall, South Zeal, near Okehampton EX20 2JT (map)
A fantastic evening of songs and music from this amazing folk trio. Doors 7.30pm. Real ale bar & refreshments available. Tickets £9 advance only; to book call Laura Bazeley 01837 840775. Please come and support my fundraising concert - Help me reach the Himalayas!

Sunday 8 November 2015 3pm - The Lost Tales of Devon - Victory Hall, South Zeal, near Okehampton EX20 2JT (map)
Expect plenty of laughs, local legends and a bit of an adventure in this show for the whole village to enjoy. The Lost Tales of Devon has been created especially for rural communities. The Story Exchange invite you to imagine a world where the stories of Devon are in danger. Where the old fables are fading fast, the folk tales are clamming up and the great ghost yarns have gone into hiding. From the beaches of Woolacombe, to the hedgerows of South Zeal, clambering amongst the Tors and heroically swimming across the Exe, The Story Exchange’s mission is to breathe life into the fading stories of yesterday and ensure the tales of now are still being woven into the fabric of the landscape. But the team might have to share more than they expected, as their own stories are revealed and their mission is in danger of unraveling. Together with the audience, Martha, Freddie and Gertie must rediscover what it means to bring a new story to life and ensure the story of now is saved. Suitable for audiences aged 5 to 105. Don't miss out! Adv £8+/£6+ www.wegottickets.com/event/333917.

Starcross

NEW Saturday 29 April 2016 - Luke Jackson + Rebecca Loebe - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
Presented by Exeter Secret Gigs. Luke Jackson is a rising young Roots singer/songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, and 2013 saw him nominated for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and in 2014 he was named Fatea’s “Male Artist of the Year”. With a bold, show stopping voice and honed guitar skills, Luke is a confident and captivating performer demonstrating an astonishing maturity. He has been making waves on the live acoustic scene supporting such luminaries as Show of Hands, Karine Polwart, Oysterband and Martyn Joseph. www.lukepauljackson.com. Special guest: Rebecca Loebe, young US singer-songwriter, known for her distinct voice, well-crafted songs and ability to bring an audience to her journeys, introducing them to the characters she meets and observations she makes as she travels. www.rebeccaloebe.com.  Licensed bar. Tickets £10+ adv www.wegottickets.com/event/387463, door £12.

NEW Friday 21 October 2016 7.30pm - Nigel Mazlyn Jones + Greg Hancock - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
Nigel Mazlyn Jones plays 12 and 6 string acoustic guitars weaving sounds and creating atmospheres that have entranced audiences on the live and festival circuits since 1976. Well known on the UK festival scene he has often toured UK and European major venues supporting well known bands like Barclay James Harvest, Renaissance and Bob Geldof and collaborated with Steve Hillage, Banco de Gaia, Roy Harper and Guy Evans of Van Der Graaf Generator on various projects. NMJ music has also featured on many TV and radio programmes. Greg Hancock returned to live performance relatively recently after many years living overseas. Over many years he has developed a unique finger-picking guitar style that was influenced early on by players such as Nic Jones and Joni Mitchell... and of course... Nigel Mazlyn Jones! Full details, bookings, artist links etc. www.wegottickets.com/event/371982,

NEW Friday 10 June 2016 7.30pm - Hannah White - St Paul's Church, Starcross
The Sound Lounge presents singer songwriter Hannah White with special guests, Greg Hancock & Jo Hooper plus Rosa Rebecka. Tickets £7 from 01626 890957, full details and online tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/362444.

Staverton

NEW Saturday 28 January 2017 8.30pm - LOSt COYOTES - Staverton Court Room, Mill Lane, Staverton, Totnes TQ9 6PD (map)
Music, Cajun, Tex-Mex, Americana & Celtic, featuring vocals, fiddle, accordian, guitar, cittern and percussion. Tickets £6 door, or adv call 07557 002622. Licensed bar. Doors 7.45pm.

Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross nr Liskeard

NEW Saturday 16 August 2017 - Jim Causley Trio - Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ (map)
details tba www.sterts.co.uk.

The 2 - on tour
First UK tour for The 2, France based virtuoso guitarists Roger Moss & Thomas Ottogalli. The pair met whilst playing at a folk festival in SW France where they’re based. A shared love of guitar led them to explore the possibilities of bringing together their diverse styles, using original songs plus heavily reworked covers from blues, bluegrass to the Beatles and more. The dynamic duo bring together acoustic and electric guitar artistry and vocals. Samples: www.soundcloud.com/the-2-1.
Saturday 22 April 2017 7.30pm - Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ (map)
Details www.sterts.co.uk/product_details.php?item_id=110.
Sunday 23 April 2017 7.30pm - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton, Totnes TQ9 7SE (map)
Tickets £8/£6 from Anna Lunk 01803 762751 and on door. Bar and refreshments.

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

Saturday 9 November 2013 7.30pm - Clive Carroll - Sterts Theatre Studio, Upton Cross, Liskeard PL14 5AZ (map)
When the music press describes someone as an ‘Incredible acoustic talent’ and ‘Peerless – no other word for it...’ and when people like Jean-Christophe Novelli and Madonna are booking that same someone for their private parties then you know that something pretty special is going on. Welcome to the world of UK acoustic guitar phenomenon Clive Carroll.... See Youtube videos on www.clivecarroll.co.uk. Details www.sterts.co.uk

Stoke Gabriel

NEW Saturday 28 January 2017 7.30pm – Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band – Stoke Gabriel Football Club, Broadley Lane, Stoke Road, Stoke Gabriel TQ9 6RR
Hosted by Stoke Gabriel Boating Association www.sgba.org.uk. Bar, raffle and ceilidh dancing: easy steps fun for all the family. Tickets £8 adults, £3 children, available from Stoke Gabriel Stores or on the door. www.bluejewel.info.

NEW Saturday 21 January 2017 - 25th Annual Stoke Gabriel Wassail
A magical evening of tradition and merriment. Organised by the ‘Friends of Stoke Gabriel School’ (FOSS) (charity no 1132475), the Annual Wassail has become a very popular event and helps raise funds to enrich the lives of local children in school and community. Apple Wassailing is an ancient tradition performed in many villages on 'Old Twelfth Night' to bless the cider apples and orchards and encourage a good crop in the coming year. The Apple Blessing Ceremony and lantern procession take place within the village orchard with wassail songs led by Rosa Rebecka. There will also be Folk music; Morris dancing; a Mummers play; Traditional Storytelling; Children's crafts and entertainments; Local food and drinks and licensed bar. Gates open 4pm; Entry £3 adult, £1 U18.See: www.facebook.com/stokegabriel.wassail.

Saturday 4 July 2015 8pm - Cosgrave & Banks - Stoke Gabriel Village Hall, School Hill, Stoke Gabriel, TQ9 6QX (map)
First concert of exciting new Devon duo, Mike Cosgrave (accordion, guitar, whistle) and Steve Banks (fiddle, vocals, guitar). A diverse selection of beautiful music and songs, traditional and contemporary, from Britain, Europe and beyond. Tickets £8/£6 from Stoke Gabriel Post Office, www.wegottickets.com/event/319945 or on the door. www.cosgraveandbanks.com.

Taunton

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

Tavistock

NEW Friday 23 December 2016 8pm - 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. "It's always a joy to me when something jumps up and smacks you betweenthe eyes - Mad Dog Mcrea did that to me" Mike Harding. www.tavistockwharf.com.

NEW Tuesday 22 November 2016 8pm - Keith James: The Songs of Leonard Cohen - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated. Each song stripped back - desolate, naked and sensual. Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen is an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with the unspoken, forgiving human frailty with the brush of each line. His recent spectacular world tour of stadium venues has been successful beyond belief but has not, with regret, exposed the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Keith James; with a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the pure song gives you a concert of this amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable. www.tavistockwharf.com.

NEW Sunday 6 November 2016 7.30pm - Gigspanner - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Since his departure from Steeleye Span at the end of 2013, legendary fiddle player Peter Knight has turned his full attention to his trio Gigspanner, and in the process has firmly established their burgeoning reputation as one of the most innovative acts on the folk/roots scene. A glance at the band's Guestbook page offers an insight into the emotional impact their performances exert..."spellbinding" "sublime" "blown away" "inspired" and "magical" are familiar themes. As expected, British traditional music forms the bedrock of the trio's repertoire, but the approach is what sets it apart...leaving enough room with the arrangements to spread and stretch the music in the moment. Multicultural influences are fed into the mix, flirting audaciously with French, Cajun, Cuban and even Eastern European traditions. www.tavistockwharf.com.

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

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

NEW Sunday 27 November 2016 7.30pm - Sarah McQuaid - Tavistock Wharf (map)
Seated. Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). Her new album Walking Into White (2015) is her most honest and adventurous work to date, with a depth and texture of soundscape that are reflected in her beautifully crafted live shows. A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument. www.tavistockwharf.com/whats_on/live_music?event=2726_sarah_mcquaid.

NEW Session news Tuesday 24 January 2017 8pm - Acoustic Evening, Copper Penny Inn, Chipshop, Tavistock PL19 8NT
Following on from two trial sessions held last September and October: Monthly acoustic evening, 4th Tuesday of the month, starting 8pm. Held in the large skittle alley next to the bar and all acoustic musicians and singers are welcome. The format is individual or group performances and not a jam session and absolutely no amps! For more information email mitilmusic[at]gmail.com or call 07725 579718.
Note also: Mike & Tilly also a regular acoustic session on the second Tuesday of each month at the Boot Inn in Calstock. The sessions start around 8.15pm and are 'around the table' sessions with singers and acoustic musicians welcome to come along and do their stuff. We also get a few people coming along to listen, too. We usually get a mixture of folk, blues, Americana, old time and a cappella singers too. The sessions are friendly and informal.

Friday 17 October 2014 7.30pm - Bayliss, Allerfeldt & The Bassman - Bedford Hotel, 1 Plymouth Rd, Tavistock PL19 8BB
Folk night in ‘Gallery 26’, featuring: Tony Bayliss (acoustic guitar, cittern & vocals) and Carl Allerfeldt (violin) are joined by ‘The Bassman’, a fellow member of  Jiggerypipery. As well as being played on national radio, they have released two albums and we are most fortunate to have been able to secure a date with them before Tony’s forthcoming ‘Northern Tour’! The evening will be complemented by the Bedford Hotel’s Dartmoor Beef and Jail Ale Pie and Mash! (Vegetarian option available). £19.95 pp; bookable in advance from Reception 01822 613221.

Teignmouth Folk Club & others

NEW Thursday 26 January 2017 8pm - Martin Scragg - Teignmouth Folk Club, Oystercatchers Cafe, 12 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8DD (map)
Martin Scragg, active in the folk revival for over 40 years, singing mostly traditional Anglo-Irish and Scottish material, with a fair amount of more contemporary songs written within the traditional mould. Music from tough times telling of the unchanging human condition, from anonymous, long-dead voices but still resonating today.  Free admission. More details from Martyn Hillstead 01626 778071.

NEW Friday 3 February 2017 8pm - 'Tales by the Teign' - Oystercatchers Cafe, 12 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8DD (map)
An evening of storytelling. Tellers and listeners are very welcome. Free. Details from Martyn Hillstead 01626 778071.

NEW Saturday 8 October 2016 8pm - Celt; Julia Howe; Mother's Ruin - Teignmouth Folk Club, The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
Celt are the best Celtic music band in the area and comprise Sandy Mackinnon (from Skye), Steve Nolan (from Dublin), Roxinne Llewelyn-Porter (from Swansea) and Roisin Kitts (from Bishopsteignton). They play a mixture of Irish and Scottish songs and tunes and Roisin performs some terrific Irish Dances (feet of fire and body of ice stuff!). Julia Howe (Womens’ Voices) is another local, fantastic vocals, guitar, and self written songs. Mother's Ruin are an Acoustic/Electric Group making a name for themselves playing a mixture of traditional and contemporary songs. Tickets £5 adv, £6 door. Info and ticket enquiries Martyn Hillstead 01626 778071. www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

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

Thursday 26 March 2015 8pm - Teignmouth Folk Club, Oystercatchers Cafe, 12 Northumberland Place, Teignmouth TQ14 8DD (map)
Singers' & Musicians' Open Night. Free admission. All performers and listeners welcome. Details from Martyn Hillstead. 01626 778071.

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Teignmouth Folk Concerts

NEW Saturday 13 May 2017 8pm - Robb Johnson - The Alice Cross Centre, St. James Precinct, 1-3 Bitton Park Rd., Teignmouth TQ14 9BT (map)
One of the UK's top social song writers whose song cycle “Gentle Men” in collaboration with Roy Bailey was performed at the commemorative Passchendaele Peace Concert. In 2006 he was a special guest at the BBC's Folk Britannia Concert at the Barbican, and his “Gentle Men” song cycle recorded with Roy Bailey, Belgian singer Vera Coomans and Belgian Band Koen de Canter was described as “Thought Provoking and carrying great depth and weight (Living Tradition) and MOJO named the album Folk Album of the month, and the Daily Telegraph chose it as Folk Album of the year. Videos etc. www.robbjohnson.co.uk. Support: Rubato, a highly accomplished Bishopsteignton based trio. Tickets: and info 01626 775517, email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com. Full info and future concerts www.teignmouthfolkconcerts.co.uk.

NEW Friday 24 February 2017 - Sarah McQuaid - Pavilions Teignmouth, The Den Crescent, Teignmouth TQ14 8BG
Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). Her latest album is her most honest and adventurous work to date, with a depth and texture of soundscape that are reflected in her beautifully crafted live shows. A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument. www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk.

NEW Friday 18 March 2016 8.30pm - Back Beach Boyz Shanty Crew - New Quay Inn, New Quay Street, Teignmouth, Devon, TQ14 8DA
Traditional and modern shanties plus new local material by two members of the crew. Free entry, collections will be made for the Fishermen's Mission.

Throwleigh

NEW Saturday 11 June 2016 7pm - The FB Pocket Orchestra - St Mary's Church, Throwleigh, nr Whiddon Down EX20 2HU
From Village Halls to the Royal Albert Hall the FB Pocket Orchestra has been entertaining audiences since 2012 with their lively blend of hot jazz, blues and ragtime. Songs and dances from long ago. This busy trio is always in demand so please come and enjoy the evening. Tickets (including refreshments) £10, U17 £5,  from 01647 231494 or on the door. See www.throwleighchurch.org for 16-min.Youtube band video link. The Northmore Arms at Wonson can provide a pre-concert meal by pre booking with Nikki on 01647 231428.

Topsham Bridge Inn

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Tickets £10 adv from the Bridge 01392 873862 (or Julian Piper 01392 873407). www.facebook.com/thebridgeinntopsham

NEW Saturday 20 May 2017 8pm - The Lowest Pair - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
The Americana scene is littered with duos, but few cut the musical mustard quite like Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee.Reaching into the far flung past but filtering their songs through a completely modern sensibility - and all achieved with two banjos - their bare bones sparse instrumentation and heart tugging narratives put them way ahead of the pack. Tickets £10 from the Bridge Inn 01392 873862.

NEW Wednesday 26 April 2017 8pm - Jeff Lang - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
A welcome rare return visit after several years, from a man who really is in a field of one. Originally influenced by dusty blues heroes like Blind Willie Johnson alongside Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Jeff's career has seen him work alongside the late Chris Whitley and John Butler who's described him as 'the man'. A stunning slide guitarist, Celtic, Indian and African music all make up Jeff's stunning sonic pallette. Catch him while you can. Tickets £12 from the Bridge Inn 01392 873862.

NEW Wednesday 8 March 2017 - Chris Foster + Phil Beer - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Last few tickets left for a very intimate show with Chris Foster. Short opening set from Phil Beer. Tickets £10. Doors 7pm. Anyone interested please email wfear2[at]btinternet.com or phone 07867 506277.

NEW Sunday 10 July 2016 - Hillfolk Noir - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Describing themselves as playing 'Junkerdash', Hillfolk Noir hail from Boise Idaho, and last hit town two years back. Peddling an edgy, punked up acoustic hillbilly blues, the band have been likened to the kind of music John Steinbeck would have liked had he owned a speakeasy. The trio consists of Travis on guitar and suitcase drum, Alison Ward on Musical Saw, Banjo and Washboard, along with Mike Waite on double bass. Filtered through a half century of Folk, Rock n' Roll. Blues, and fed through an affinity for medicine show culture and Depression era balues, the accent's on dancing and drinking moonshine. Tickets £12 adv from the Bridge Inn 01392 873862. www.facebook.com/thebridgeinntopsham.

Sunday 28 July 2013 8pm - Malc Gibbons - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Singer and songwriter, the former voice of Strawhead. Tickets £8.50, advance only. Contact Martin Street 01395 514097.

Topsham Folk Club

Topsham Folk Club: Guest nights for early 2017
Held at Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map) - see www.topshamfolkclub.org for details, bookings etc.
NEW Sunday 19 February 2017 8pm - The Tom McConville Band
Live performances of The Tom McConville Band combine a rollercoaster of musical delights from fast, rhythmic dance tunes through beautiful slow airs and of course, great singing with fantastic harmonies; all presented with that inimitable sense of humour and style. Fronted by the incendiary fiddle playing of BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year Tom McConville, the band also features accordion player Shona Kipling, guitarist David Newey and Phil Murray – the man Mike Harding called ‘the best acoustic bass player in Britain’. ‘One of the greatest violinists I’ve ever heard and by far the biggest influence in my music – A true master’ – Seth Lakeman.
NEW Sunday 12 March 2017 8pm - Vin Garbutt
A Topsham Folk Club guest night.
Vin Garbutt’s career has spanned over 40 years of constant world wide touring which must make him some kind of elder statesman of folk. His songs were inspired by the folk tradition at the beginning of his career, they still are but have transformed into gritty social comment and life observations. He is renowned for his hilarious intros but for him his song lyrics are the crux of his performance.
NEW Sunday 9 April 2017 8pm - Faustus
A Topsham Folk Club guest night.
Faustus are three of the leading lights of their generation: Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead), Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). They have a plethora of experience between them brought together here in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone. Four years after their critically-acclaimed album ‘Broken Down Gentlemen’, the pioneering ‘bloke folk’ trio return with their third release – ‘Death and Other Animals’. Here they tackle, head-on, subjects from the Dance of Death to the plight of the common man, and sand-swallowed ships to mythical black dogs. ‘One of Britain’s outstanding folk bands.’ **** The Guardian.
NEW Sunday 21 May 2017 8pm - Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
A Topsham Folk Club guest night. Alasdair and Natalie unleash their dazzling teamwork, driving, dancing rhythms and shared passion for taking the infectious melodies and grooves of Scottish/Celtic music on an exciting new journey. ‘Fraser, one of the most respected of all exponents of the Scots fiddle, would look long and hard to find a more appropriate cellist as a partner. Haas can switch just as effortlessly as Fraser from a gentle singing tone to driving, dancing melody. A positive joy.’ – The Scotsman.

NEW Sunday 22 January 2017 8pm - Topsham Folk Club Charity Night - Globe Hotel Malthouse, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Live music, CD sale (bring along your unwanted CDs), quiz etc. Rare and specialist recordings at bargain prices available at our popular annual CD sale.  www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Sunday 19 February 2017 8pm - The Tom McConville Band - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A Topsham Folk Club guest night. Live performances of The Tom McConville Band combine a rollercoaster of musical delights from fast, rhythmic dance tunes through beautiful slow airs and of course, great singing with fantastic harmonies; all presented with that inimitable sense of humour and style. Fronted by the incendiary fiddle playing of BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year Tom McConville, the band also features accordion player Shona Kipling, guitarist David Newey and Phil Murray – the man Mike Harding called ‘the best acoustic bass player in Britain’. ‘One of the greatest violinists I’ve ever heard and by far the biggest influence in my music – A true master’ – Seth Lakeman. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Sunday 12 March 2017 8pm - Vin Garbutt - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A Topsham Folk Club guest night.
Vin Garbutt’s career has spanned over 40 years of constant world wide touring which must make him some kind of elder statesman of folk. His songs were inspired by the folk tradition at the beginning of his career, they still are but have transformed into gritty social comment and life observations. He is renowned for his hilarious intros but for him his song lyrics are the crux of his performance. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Sunday 9 April 2017 8pm - Faustus - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A Topsham Folk Club guest night.
Faustus are three of the leading lights of their generation: Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead), Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). They have a plethora of experience between them brought together here in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone. Four years after their critically-acclaimed album ‘Broken Down Gentlemen’, the pioneering ‘bloke folk’ trio return with their third release – ‘Death and Other Animals’. Here they tackle, head-on, subjects from the Dance of Death to the plight of the common man, and sand-swallowed ships to mythical black dogs. ‘One of Britain’s outstanding folk bands.’ **** The Guardian. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Sunday 21 May 2017 8pm - Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A Topsham Folk Club guest night. Alasdair and Natalie unleash their dazzling teamwork, driving, dancing rhythms and shared passion for taking the infectious melodies and grooves of Scottish/Celtic music on an exciting new journey. ‘Fraser, one of the most respected of all exponents of the Scots fiddle, would look long and hard to find a more appropriate cellist as a partner. Haas can switch just as effortlessly as Fraser from a gentle singing tone to driving, dancing melody. A positive joy.’ – The Scotsman.  Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Sunday 19 February 2017 8pm - The Tom McConville Band - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A Topsham Folk Club guest night. Live performances of The Tom McConville Band combine a rollercoaster of musical delights from fast, rhythmic dance tunes through beautiful slow airs and of course, great singing with fantastic harmonies; all presented with that inimitable sense of humour and style. Fronted by the incendiary fiddle playing of BBC Radio 2 Musician of the Year Tom McConville, the band also features accordion player Shona Kipling, guitarist David Newey and Phil Murray – the man Mike Harding called ‘the best acoustic bass player in Britain’. ‘One of the greatest violinists I’ve ever heard and by far the biggest influence in my music – A true master’ – Seth Lakeman. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Sunday 12 March 2017 8pm - Vin Garbutt - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A Topsham Folk Club guest night.
Vin Garbutt’s career has spanned over 40 years of constant world wide touring which must make him some kind of elder statesman of folk. His songs were inspired by the folk tradition at the beginning of his career, they still are but have transformed into gritty social comment and life observations. He is renowned for his hilarious intros but for him his song lyrics are the crux of his performance. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Sunday 9 April 2017 8pm - Faustus - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A Topsham Folk Club guest night.
Faustus are three of the leading lights of their generation: Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead), Saul Rose (Waterson:Carthy, Whapweazel) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). They have a plethora of experience between them brought together here in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone. Four years after their critically-acclaimed album ‘Broken Down Gentlemen’, the pioneering ‘bloke folk’ trio return with their third release – ‘Death and Other Animals’. Here they tackle, head-on, subjects from the Dance of Death to the plight of the common man, and sand-swallowed ships to mythical black dogs. ‘One of Britain’s outstanding folk bands.’ **** The Guardian. Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Sunday 21 May 2017 8pm - Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas - Matthews Hall, Topsham EX3 0HF (map)
A Topsham Folk Club guest night. Alasdair and Natalie unleash their dazzling teamwork, driving, dancing rhythms and shared passion for taking the infectious melodies and grooves of Scottish/Celtic music on an exciting new journey. ‘Fraser, one of the most respected of all exponents of the Scots fiddle, would look long and hard to find a more appropriate cellist as a partner. Haas can switch just as effortlessly as Fraser from a gentle singing tone to driving, dancing melody. A positive joy.’ – The Scotsman.  Details, bookings etc. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Sunday 17 July 2016 8pm - Free feature spot: Downes, Bradley & Downes - Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Topsham Folk Club singers' night at The Globe Hotel Malthouse has a free one-hour feature spot: Warwick Downes and Paul Downes join forces with concertina supremo Martyn Bradley www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Sunday 17 April 2016 8pm - Free feature spot: Winter Wilson - Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Topsham Folk Club singers' night at The Globe Hotel Malthouse features an hour with Winter Wilson. Winter Wilson’s latest tour showcases their latest album Ashes and Dust. Having honed their craft during many years as semi-professional musicians, the duo went full time in 2012 and haven’t looked back since. They have a fine repertoire of self-penned songs, telling stories of everyday life which often reflect the bigger picture of this life we lead. ‘Kip Winter and Dave Wilson have a lively chemistry and it’s easy to see why they are a popular pair on the folk circuit’ - Daily Telegraph. www.winterwilson.com. www.topshamfolkclub.org.

If you would like to sing or play on one of these nights, come along and make yourself known to the evening’s compère. People normally perform two songs or tunes within a 10 minute slot. Don't worry,  it's not compulsory to perform! You’re welcome just to come along and listen. Call John Stephens on 01392 875332 to reserve tickets. www.topshamfolkclub.co.uk.
Please note that we will be closed for August. The last singers night before our summer break is Sunday 24 July. We start again on Sunday 4 September.
Apart from concert nights all other Sunday nights are singers nights starting at 8.30pm and held in the dining room. Admission is free. Instrumental session nights featuring mainly English tunes are held on the first Thursday of each month 8pm. Club closed for August.
Autumn guest nights just announced: 25/9 Hannah James & Sam Sweeney; 30/10 Coope Boyes & Simpson; 20/11 Bob Fox

Topsham Other

NEW Monday 13 February 2017 8pm - Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin - The Pig & Pallet, Topsham Quay EX3 0JB
Monday Night Live @ The Pig & Pallet, the home where fine food & drink mix with good music. Tickets £15, Call Kevin 07771 558914, email kevin@lodgemusicpro.co.uk. Doors 7.15pm.

NEW Saturday 3 June 2017 8.30pm - Michael Chapman - Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Almost the last man standing, after five decades of touring and recording, with the release of his latest album '50' and a glowing double page spread in Mojo magazine,, Michael Chapman's glory days are clearly far from over. Arguably the most distinctive acoustic stylist of the Renbourn/ Jansch/ McTell era, his uncompromising take on life, like the beauty of his music, has never waivered. Tickets £15 from Topsham Books 01392 877895.

NEW Saturday 13 May 2017 7.30pm - Louisiana Gumbo with Larry Garner, The Norman Beaker Band and Junkyard Angels - Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
The opportunity to catch an artist of Larry Garner's status in the 'intimate' arena of a gig like the Globe, just doesn't come along too often. Hailing from Baton Rouge, Larry Garner grew up around the city's legendary juke joint heroes Silas Hogan, Tabby Thomas and Guitar Kelly, but these days his highly individual material, seamlessly uses soul and gospel influences alongside the blues of his heritage. Coupled with the Norman Beaker band and Julian Piper's gang of desperadoes, this promises to be a highly entertaing and rare opportunity to kick up the rugs ! Tickets £15 from Topsham Books 01392 877895.

NEW Monday 27 March 2017 8pm - Bill Kirchen Band with Austin De Lone - Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
This Telecaster wizard along with his sidekick Mr De Lone - a man who wrote that anthemic piece of advice 'I'm gonna put a bar in the boot of my car, and drive myself to drink' - supplied the musical gristle to that bunch of '70's desperadoes, Commander Cody & The Lost Planet Airmen. Since that time he's added his guitar genius to albums by Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Link Wray, Gene Vincent, and fronts arguably the most kicking, entertaining outfit you'll see this side of the Tamar for a long time; last time around jaws were dropping ! Sure to be a sell out, get in gear quickly, this kind of feral delight doesn't come around often. Tickets £15 adv from Topsham Books 01392 877895.

NEW Sunday 16 April 2017 8pm - Woody Pines - Pebblebed Vineyard, Clyst St. George EX3 0NZ
Hailing from Asheville North Carolina, Woody and his gang peddle an infectious brand of floorboard stripping downhome swing, the kind of mess up music you'd want to hear in a dirt floor Alabama juke joint around midnight. Hillbilly, jug band, hokum, blues and ragtime are all part of the guy's sonic mix, which'll be just about right for a night in the funky stable of Devon's finest vineyard. Tickets £15 adv (includes glass of wine) from Topsham Books 01392 877895.

Topsham Storytelling

NEW Friday 17 June 2016 - Topsham Storytelling: Extraordinary Birds - Topsham Museum
Stories for a Summer's Evening. Three lyrical storytellers: Sharon Jacksties, Lisa Schneidau and Katy Cawkwell with tales to take you on the wing to a world of trickster ravens, savage eagles and shape-shifting swans. Regular monthly storytelling events in Topsham (different venues). Full details www.storytellingintopsham.moonfruit.com. Aimed at adults, unsuitable for children under 10.

Torquay Artizan

NEW Monday 17 April 2017 7.30pm - Open Mic - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
Simon Coverdale, the Totnes Troubador, will occupy the guest spot tonight. He is a very fine songwriter and musician and has supported Artizan Acoustic Nights since last August. Please note the earlier April date (Easter Monday) and not the usual last Monday in the month, due to other commitments in the gallery. Doors 7pm. Entry £2 performers, £5 non-performers (£4 if pre-booked). Refreshments available. Contact: 01803 428626 or 01803 613647.

NEW Monday 27 February 2017 7.30pm - Open Mic - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
Our special guest in the second half of our unique open-mic is Michall Baker, a multi-faceted songwriting talent, well worth coming to see. www.michaelbakerofficial.com. Plus some fine music from local and not-so local singer/songwriters. Doors 7pm. Entry £2 performers,£5 non-performers (£4 if pre-booked). Refreshments available. Contact: 01803 428626 or 01803 613647.

NEW Monday 30 January 2017 7.30pm - Open Mic - Artizan Gallery, Lucius Street, Torquay TQ2 5UW
In 2017 the open-mic at Artizan Gallery is switching from the first Monday of each month to the last Monday of each month. So this is the first 'edition' for 2017 and we will have Prez Hotlas, a talented young guitarist, as our special guest in the second half of the evening. Entry £2 performers,£5 non-performers (£4 if pre-booked). Refreshments available. Contact: 01803 428626 or 01803 613647.

Torquay Babbacombe Theatre

NEW Saturday 3 December 2016 - Show of Hands - Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay (map)
Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes return with ‘Walk with Me - The Big Autumn Tour’ (last 3 nights) with special guest Megan Henwood. Featuring songs from 25 years at the top and reunited with the exceptionally talented Miranda Sykes once more, big sounds, uncompromising songs and stunning production make for a evening to remember. www.babbacombe-theatre.com,

Saturday 3 December 2011 8pm - Steeleye Span - Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay (map)
Since their debut in 1969, Steeleye Span have been one of the most influential names in British roots music. Pioneers of folk-rock, Steeleye Span changed the face of folk music forever, taking it from small clubs into the world of gold discs and international tours. Members have come and gone over the years, with past and present line-ups virtually a who’s who of the British folk scene, but Steeleye has always remained an institution, at the forefront of the genre they helped define. For the 2011 tour, the line-up has the voice of Steeleye for 37 years, Maddy Prior. Back at the helm band stalwart and fiddler extraordinaire Peter Knight (violin, piano, vocals), Rick Kemp (bass, vocals), Pete Zorn (guitar), Julian Littman (guitar) and Liam Genockey (drums and percussion), and draws on past and current Steeleye Span repertoire. www.babbacombe-theatre.com/bookonline/show-details.php?id=142

Torquay Blue Walnut

The Blue Walnut Cafe, Chelston, Torquay TQ2 6HS (map)
The Blue Walnut is a very small and intimate venue putting on a great selection of acoustic music: Fri 12/3 - The Big Potato Storytelling; Sat 13/3 - Nicky Swann; Fri 2/4 - Dan Crary ; Sat 10/4 - Jane Taylor; Sat 17/4 - Wizz Jones; Sat 24/4 - Kirsty McGee & Mat Martin; Sat 15/5 - Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart; Fri 21/5 - Cam Penner; Sat 19/6 - Sarah McQuaid. Call 01803 394113 for info and bookings. See www.bluewalnuttorquay.co.uk for full details and more events.

NEW Friday 9 September 2016 - Crow Puppets - Blue Walnut Cafe, Walnut Road, Chelston TQ2 6HS (map)
Devon based female duo who perform homespun folk. They sing close harmonies and blend a hotchpotch of instruments, weaving mysterious imagery and tender lyrics. Since forming in the winter of 2012, they have performed extensively throughout the Westcountry and have had airtime on UK, European and American radio. Both women have their own distinctive sound and working together has given rise to an exciting contrast of songwriting, which cultivates memories of forgotten landscapes and rugged terrain. More details, ticketing, sample etc. www.bluewalnuttorquay.co.uk/blog/?p=344.

Torquay - Crown & Sceptre

UPDATED Friday 31 March 2017 8pm - David Celia and Marla - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
Canadian David Celia is an innovative singer/songwriter and astonishing guitar player, known for his spontaneously driven live performances. David has played with Canadian folk legends Ian & Sylvia and Gordon Lightfoot is a fan. On this tour he is playing with Marla (Hedelberg) a German-Spanish singer songwriter and recorded her debut album. Tickets £10(+) available from www.wegottickets.com/event/389589 or directly from the pub 01803 328290.

NEW Friday 2 December 2016 8pm - Danni Nicholls and Robert Vincent - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
Two new British emerging singer-songwriters playing in a special double header. Danni Nicholls has made two albums with some of Nashville's finest musicians and armed with her trusty, 'weathered and worn' Tanglewood guitar, Danni has been touring relentlessly far and wide, honing her craft and wooing audiences. Q magazine described her music as. "Smoky soul, folk-pop and heart-wrenching alt-country, all in a rich voice". Robert Vincent is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Liverpool. Mojo magazine awarded his debut album four stars writing: "Vincent mixes Folk, Rock and Country, employing piano, strings and howling pedal steel against a gravel washed Richard Hawley vocal. A young man filled with dreams, regret and shocking talent, giving his all. Now is his time".  More details, tickets £11 adv from the venue, tel. 01803 328290, or online www.wegottickets.com/event/371816.

NEW Friday 4 November 2016 8pm - Tim Easton - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
American songwriter Tim Easton was raised in Akron, Ohio. Travelling early and often, he learned the ways of the road and rails and spent 7 years as a bona fide troubadour, making his way around Europe, playing the streets and clubs, and living in Paris, London, Prague, Dublin, or wherever he laid his hat. It was this period of time when he developed his songwriting style-folk based storytelling and personal travelling tales, often peppered with bold confessions or "tell it as is" reality. Rolling Stone Magazine praised him as "having a novelist's sense of humanity.” Returning to his roots in North America, New West Records released five solo albums and iInvitations from Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt, and Steve Earle as a support act followed. More details, tickets £11 adv from the venue, tel. 01803 328290, or online www.wegottickets.com/event/371379.

NEW Friday 21 October 2016 8pm - Kelley McRae - Upstairs at The Crown and Sceptre, 2 Petitor Road, St Marychurch, Torquay TQ1 4QA (map)
Based out of Austin, TX, Kelley McRae called Brooklyn home for years before teaming up with guitarist Matt Castelein in 2011, when the duo traded in their NYC apartment for a VW camper van and hit the road full time. Thousands of miles and hundreds of shows later, they’ve toured coast to coast in the US, played to packed rooms across Europe, sold-out the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, and continue to build a passionate and dedicated following on the strength of their live show - great folk-country-tinged songs, pure harmonies and an empathetic understanding of each other's music. More details, tickets £10 adv from the venue, tel. 01803 328290, or online www.wegottickets.com/event/371376.

Torquay - Museum

NEW Saturday 25 March 2017 7.30pm - English Folk Rock & Folk Music Night - Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Rd, Torquay TQ1 1HG
The Legendary Ten Seconds, Mothers Ruin and The Renaissance Folk. The Legendary Ten Seconds have released four albums on the life and times of Richard III, and their music has received much critical acclaim and play in an English folk rock style with a strong medieval influence. Mother’s Ruin is a band of five friends who share a love of folk and folk rock. They play a range of traditional and contemporary upbeat songs, including covers from top bands and some of their own compositions. Support: 'Renaissance Folk' singing traditional British folk songs and Renaissance music. Plus special guest author Philip Phoutiou talking about his latest book and signing copies. Tickets £10 adv, £11 door, email enquiries@torquaymuseum.org or call 01803 293975, Refreshments available. Money raised from the concert will be used by Torquay Museum, a registered charity, to help conserve and display its extensive collection of artefacts.

NEW Saturday 5 March 2016 7pm - Concert and Talk: Richard III - Torquay Museum, 529 Babbacombe Rd, Torquay TQ1 1HG
A unique musical event celebrating the life and times of the infamous King Richard III by the folk rock band The Legendary Ten Second , based on their three concept albums about the life and times of Richard III. www.thelegendary10seconds.co.uk. Ian Churchward of the band will also talk about the aspects of Richard III’s life which inspired the songs on their albums. The music is played in an English folk rock style with a strong medieval influence and has received much critical acclaim. A great idea, chronicling the life and death of King Richard and ending with the finding of his remains in a car park in Leicester. Interesting blend of rock, folk and medieval-sounding music. Local supporting act 'Renaissance Folk' will be singing traditional British folk songs and Renaissance music.

Torquay - Ryan's Bar

Saturday 30 July 2011 - Robert Brown - Ryan's Bar, Torquay (map)
www.myspace.com/robertbrownmusic1 25-27 Abbey Road, Torquay TQ2 5NF 01803 292520 www.myspace.com/ryansirishbar

Torquay - United FC

NEW Friday 2 December 2017 - The Wurzels - Boots & Laces, Plainmoor, Torquay
Tickets £18 which includes a free pint of Strongbow Cloudy Apple or a soft drink. Tickets from Boots & Laces on 01803 313377 or for card bookings 01626 872340.

Friday 21 November 2014 - The Wurzels - Plainmoor, Torquay
The Somerset-based band is best known by many people for their 1976 number one hit "Combine Harvester",and number three hit "I Am A Cider Drinker". Doors 7pm. Meal deal available. Tickets £20. Contact Sharon Cox 07837 708406 or email sharoncox@torquayunited.com.

Torrington

NEW Friday 13 May 2016 8.30pm - Blowzabella - Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington
Blowzabella is Andy Cutting – diatonic button accordion; Jo Freya – vocals, saxophone, clarinet; Paul James – bagpipes, saxophones; Gregory Jolivet – hurdy-gurdy; David Shepherd – violin; Barn Stradling – bass guitar; Jon Swayne – bagpipes, saxophone. Blowzabella is a genuinely unique band that makes an inimitable, driving, drone-based sound played with a fabulous sense of melody, rhythmic expertise and sheer feeling. They compose their own music which is influenced by English and European traditional dance music. Details, bookigns etc. www.theploughartscentre.org.uk/event/blowzabella.

Feature: Plough Arts Centre, Gt. Torrington www.theploughartscentre.org.uk
Out of our usual coverage area, but with a programme always worth a mention:
Sunday 21 October - Maddy Prior
Saturday 3 November - Urban Folk Quartet
Friday 9 November - O'Hooley & Tidow
Friday 30 November - Mad Dog Mcrea
Saturday 1 December - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Totnes

NEW tbc Thursday 14 September 2017 8pm - Geoff Lakeman - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
details tbc/tba www.geofflakeman.co.uk.

NEW tbc Thursday 13 July 2017 8pm - Jim Causley - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
details tbc/tba

NEW Thursday 11 May 2017 8pm - Paul Downes & Mick Ryan - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
details tbc/tba

NEW Thursday 13 April 2017 8pm - Singers night - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
"We have another of our *famous* local troubadour nights: To finish the evening we have Mrs Crotty’s main man himself and Mr Barn Owl Trust MBE no less! - *Paddy Reardon & Owly Dave*, a fine pair of performers." £2 non performers £1 performers. More information from Andy Clarke 01803 732312. Coming next:
11 May - Paul Downes & Mick Ryan; 13 July - Jim Causley

NEW Tuesday 4 April 2017 7pm - 'The Centenary of the Death of Edward Thomas' - Totnes Library, The Mansion, 36 Fore St, Totnes TQ9 5RP
A performance by The Totnes Poetry Group with music provided by Mick Bramich. The piece is based on his war diaries, letters and poetry with a slice of traditional song and music which interested Thomas very much.

NEW Thursday 9 March 2017 8pm - Judy Cook - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Judy lifts the spirit and entertains with splendid traditional ballads and songs from a huge and varied Anglo-American repertoire. Her clear and engaging unaccompanied presentation combine with her joy of singing to delight all listeners. 'One of at the finest exponents of ballad singing that the current American folk music revival have produced .... Louis Killen'. Fresh insight into old songs - plenty of choruses - vast and varied repertoire. Video samples udner 'L:ive' at www.judycook.net. £5 performers, £6 non-performers. More information from Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

NEW Thursday 9 February 2017 8pm - Singers night - Totnes Folk Song Club, Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
"We have local troubadours Kevin & Louise to round the evening off for us with a long spot. So get yer shanty boots on and yer stripey jumpers." £2 non performers £1 performers. More information from Andy Clarke 01803 732312.

Saturday 13 June 2015 7.30pm - Songs & Stories Celebrating the Victory at Waterloo - The Guildhall, Totnes
Clive Fairweather, Andy Clarke, Steve Gill and Sam Richards are performing an evening of songs and stories to celebrate the victory at Waterloo. Entrance £6, £2 child. Please ring Clive to reserve tickets on 01803 732209.

NEW Friday 25 March 2015 -
A unique combination of traditional instruments blended with voices to bring stirring music and song from the Mediterranean, contemporary and ancient.

NEW Tuesday 13 December 2016 7.45pm - Harbottle & Jonas - The Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5SP (map)
Totnes-based traditional folk duo of guitarist David and concertina player Freya.
www.harbottleandjonas.com. Second of 3 Tuesdays of late-night Christmas shopping and street market in Totnes. Full details www.bayhorsetotnes.com/flyer.

NEW Saturday 4 June 2016 2.30pm - Totnes Story Workshop - Upstairs at Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
Performance storytelling is enjoying a revival. Have you always wanted to try storytelling, but don't know where to start? Join Lisa Schneidau and Ronnie Conboy for an informal half-day workshop on how to start traditional storytelling. Aimed at adult beginners, this workshop will give you some pointers on what makes a good story, some inspiration on where to find stories, how to remember them, and some experience of telling (without notes!). We will have some fun playing with various story types, and discover how storytelling lies very close to the surface of our everyday lives. Tickets £5. You can buy tickets online at https://billetto.co.uk/storytelling-workshop-totnes. Places limited so please book early.
NEW Saturday 4 June 2016 7.30pm - Story Slam! - Upstairs at Dartmouth Inn, 28 Warland, Totnes TQ9 5EL (map)
A story slam is an informal and lighthearted story-spinning contest. 8 tellers will tell their finest tales, each lasting no more than 10 minutes. The audience chooses the winner! It’s a great opportunity to hear a variety of tales from experienced and new tellers, curated by an MC. There will be time for an interval, and refreshments available at the bar. Please note this is storytelling for an adult audience - not suitable for children under 10. Tickets £5/£3. You can buy tickets online at https://billetto.co.uk/totnes-story-slam.
These events are hosted by South Devon Storytellers, who run a regular storytelling night in Totnes. They're part of the Summerlands Storytelling Festival www.summerlandsfestival.co.uk, funded by Arts Council England.

NEW Saturday 18 June 2016 7.30pm - South Devon Big Band - Ariel Centre, KEVICC, Ashburton Road, Totnes TQ9 5JX (map)
Not folk, but one of our occasional forays into other musics for crossover interest (and involving a Harberton resident): The Big Band play a wide range of Jazz styles including Swing, Latin, and Contemporary. The musicians come from all parts of the South West of England and are led by Neil Maya. www.southdevonbigband.co.uk.

NEW Saturday 3 September 2016 8pm - Ensemble Baklava - St John's Church, Bridgetown, Totnes TQ9 5AD (map)
Songs and dances from around the Mediterranean both contemporary and ancient on a selection of unusual traditional instruments. Tickets £8 door. More info 01803 864674 and www.baklavamusic.com.

NEW Saturday 18 March 2017 7.30pm - Grace & Fire: The Brewery Band - St Mary's Church, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5NN
From the Wigmore Hall to the windswept islands of Shetland, The Brewery Band are the vibrant new approach to historical performance. Performing mainly from memory, folk musician fiddle player turned baroque violinist Morag Johnston and internationally acclaimed lutenist Matthew Wadsworth, here playing a theorbo, breathe new energy into an exciting programme drawing on both the baroque and folk music traditions. Matthew Wadsworth has performed at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room as well as at festivals from Beverley and Budapest, to Vancouver and York. Morag Johnston grew up in Shetland steeped in the folk music tradition, before taking up the baroque violin, and remains a principal member of the groups Northern Lights and Tappit Hens! NB Morag and Matthew are not part of the Somerset based ceilidh band of the same name. Tickets £12, young people £5 available from www.dartington.org/whats-on/event/?id=179599, box office 01803 847070, or on the door.

Totnes Barrel House

NEW Friday 19 May 2017 - 3 Daft Monkeys - Barrel House, 59 High St, Totnes TQ9 5PB (map)
Cornish gypsy-folk band 3 Daft Monkeys’ 4-piece line-up features Athene on fiddle, Tim on 12-string guitar & vocals, Lukas on bass guitar and Richie on percussion, adding a fuller and richer sound. The band weave world music influences around classic folk melodies and their passion, intensity and sheer joy of life mixed with their infectious dancing rhythms will leave you breathless, enthralled and exhilarated. The desire to dance at one of their live shows is irresistible! Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 18 December 2016 - Martin Carthy - Barrel House, Totnes (map)
Martin Carthy is a ground-breaking acoustic and electric-guitarist, He's a ballad singer and an authoritative interpreter of newly composed material. He always prefers to follow an insatiable musical curiosity rather than cash in on his unrivalled position. Perhaps, most significant of all, are his settings of traditional songs with guitar, which have influenced a generation of artists, including Bob Dylan and Paul Simon, on both sides of the Atlantic. Full details etc. www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/whats-on.

Totnes Bogan House

UPDATED Wednesday 26 October 2016 8pm - Totnes Storytell+ - Bogan House, 43 High St, Totnes TQ9 5NP (map)
Opposite the Civic Hall / Market Square. Open evening of stories; poems; music & song with local performers. New performers welcome. Performers £2, non-performers 3. BYO drinks. Contacts: Mavis 01364 72972, Ruth 01803 732312 or Lin 01803 863558.

NEW Wednesday 30 March 2016 8pm - Totnes Storytell+ - Bogan House, 43 High St, Totnes TQ9 5NP (map)
Opposite the Civic Hall / Market Square. Open evening of stories; poems; music & song with local performers (new performers welcome). Performers £2, non-performers £3. BYO drinks. Contact Ruth 01803 732312 / Mavis 01364 72972 / Lin 01803 863558.

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

Sunday 22 November 2015 7pm - True Moon Tales - Bogan House, 43 High St, Totnes TQ9 5NP (map)
Opposite the Civic Hall. A story concert with Will Benzies / Iwan Kushka / Adrian Freedman. Two stories with music. One light, the other dark. “The Transposed Heads” – An Indian legend in B Flat Major seven! “The Glassblower’s Daughter” – A young Celtic woman falls in love just as her world is coming to an end. Price: you decide (after the show).

Totnes Civic Hall

Saturday 6 May 2017 6.15pm for 7.30pm - Leon Rosselson & Robb Johnson - Civic Hall, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5SF (map)
Two of Britain’s greatest singer-songwriters, Robb Johnson and Leon Rosselson, whose songs pull no political punches and have tracked our society over the last 50 years. They are re-united to perform The Liberty Tree, their tribute to Tom Paine, for the first time since 2011. They interweave some of their most-loved songs (including The World Turned Upside Down and Red and Green) with readings by and about Tom Paine. Doors 6pm for bread, soup and the chance to discuss Tom Paine’s ideas about land ownership (all you need is an interest in land, peace and social justice). No fixed charge, donations on the night, but please reserve a place in advance at http://earthsharingdevon.net/gigs.

Totnes Thrive Café

NEW Friday 17 February 2017 8pm - Café Culture: Robert Garnham / Raise The Roof - Unit 23 Live, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
After our first, successful Cafe Culture in Unit 23we have another one planned starring the inimitable Robert Garnham, performing his performance poetry show Static, which he took to the Edinburgh fringe last year, and Raise the Roof, an award-winning women's barber-shop quartet from Plymouth. It will be a fun evening for all and only £6/£5 on door.

NEW Friday 13 January 2017 - Café Culture: Ken Parsons - Unit 23 Live, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
Ken Parsons from Amsterdam is an amazingly multi-talented performer who really and truly covers the whole Trade Winds spectrum: "Celtic harper, singer, writer, poet and all round entertainer. What can you expect? Beautiful harp songs, deadly witty short poems and crafted original songs in every possible style, funny, moving, thought provoking” review from The Troubadour, legendary London folk club. He also plays many traditional songs, chansons and covers from an extensive and diverse repertoire. From folk through crooners and pop to gothic punk and comedy songs. Tickets £6/£5 on door. Supports, both from Totnes: Katie Whitehouse, songwriter and Jonathan Mason, performance poet.

UPDATED Friday 9 December 2016 7.30pm - Café Culture: Reg Meuross - Thrive Café, Arcturus Centre, Fore Street, Totnes
A Midwinter Special and we've pushed the boat out a bit on this one and are having singer songwriter Reg Meuross (www.regmeuross.com) and poet Julie Mullen as headline guests, along with singing from members of the Lost Sound Chorus. To cover costs, we're having to charge £8 on door or £7.50 adv from the Cafe or Susan's site www.susantaylor.co.uk. We need to sell 40 tickets to break even on this one, so we hope as many as possible will join us for a great evening of poetry and song. Simon and Susan tel. 01364 631308.

NEW Friday 13 May 2016 7.30pm - Café Culture - Thrive Café, Arcturus Centre, Fore Street, Totnes
Guests for the night are Ian Chamberlain, Virginia Griem and Adelia, all of whom have been Trade Winds regulars, but here given a bit more freedom, with full sets. It'll be a great evening, so don't miss it. £5 door. Watch out for the re-established straight up the hill traffic system, which may be in place by then. Hosts: Simon and Susan tel. 01364 631308.

Totnes Unit 23 Live (formerly South Devon Arts Centre SDAC)

UPDATED Saturday 25 March 2017 8pm - Tir Na Nog - Unit 23 Live, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
Leo O’Kelly & Sonny Condell are two of the most original and influential songwriters and performers Ireland has ever produced. Their guitars wind and mesh gorgeously together, their voices likewise; nor can they be separated for the quality of their songwriting. Songs like Condell’s ‘Our Love Will Not Decay’, ‘Eyelids Into Snow’ and ‘Two White Horses’, and O’Kelly’s ‘Piccadilly’, ‘So Freely’ and ‘Looking Up’ are as good as anything Ireland’s produced in the past four decades. John Peel championed the duo from the start, recording many Peel Sessions with them. They toured with bands as disparate as Jethro Tull, Procol Harum, The Who, Roxy Music and Steeleye Span in the 70s, as well as headlining their own theatre, college and club gigs, garnering a large cult following, which to this day still grows. www.tirnanog-progfolk.com. Support: Crystal Jacqueline.
Tickets £12 adv from www.southdevonmusic.co.uk, £15 door (if available). Enquiries to: phil.royal@btinternet.com.

UPDATED Saturday 18 February 2017 - Lewis and Leigh - Unit 23 Live, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
Three well received EPs have built a growing following and
Lewis & Leigh have just walked away with Best Song and Best Album at the UK Americana Awards. www.lewisandleigh.com. Support: Local duo ‘Out Of Nowhere’. www.unit23live.co.uk Tel. 01803 864130.

NEW Friday 27 January 2017 - Reg Meuross + Geoff Lakeman - Unit 23 Live, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
A very special night at Unit 23 in Totnes with Reg Meuross, described by BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show as ‘sensitive and socially aware’ Somerset singer-songwriter, and his special guest, legendary folk singer and duet concertina player, Geoff Lakeman whose debut album ‘After All These Years’ comes out in January. Geoff’s powerful album includes one of Reg's acclaimed songs, England Green & England Grey, so no doubt they will be playing this, and hopefully more, together, as well as solo sets. Opening the night will be Totnes’ own Keith Jones. www.unit23live.co.uk Tel. 01803 864130.

NEW Friday 18 November 2016 - Sam Fearon - Unit 23, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
23yr old singer/songwriter, gifted and accomplished guitarist with a soulful voice and great stage presence. Sam makes a point of connecting and interacting with his audience. Sam uses his loop pedal to create a wall of sound to make his performance varied and eclectic appealing to a wide range of audiences. He also plays very unique covers in his set, putting his own style on some classics. Sam writes a lot of his own material and has recently been played on radio 2! www.samfearon.com. www.unit23live.co.uk Tel. 01803 864130.

NEW Thursday 22 December 2016 - Mad Dog Mcrea - Unit 23, Ford Road Ind Est, Totnes TQ9 5LE (map)
Mad Dog 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. www.unit23.uk. Tel. 01803 864130.

South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Multi-genre not-for-profit arts venue. Full programme at www.southdevonarts.co.uk. Online booking, or tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons). Current programme includes:

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

NEW Wednesday 18 May 2016 - Calan - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
Calan brearhes fire into the old traditions with their infectious rhythms and high voltage routines before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs. "A diverse ride between giddy Welsh reeling, healthy acoustic folk-pop with upfront attitude and brashness of youth" fRoots. Calan play fiddles, whistles, guitar and bagpipes and a traditional reed instrument from Wales called a pibgorn made from a wooden pipe and the horns of a bull. Great fun, a sense of humour and step dancing from a champion dancer makes for a great show. Details, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!calan/eqgup. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

NEW Friday 6 May 2016 - The Little Unsaid - South Devon Arts Centre, The Stables, Ford Road, Totnes, TQ9 5LE (map)
The Little Unsaid is the pseudonym of John Elliott, Yorkshire-born multi-instrumentalist, producer and writer who records and performs a unique blend of folk, electronica, poetic lyricism and lavish orchestration, tonight with a full band. Details, samples etc. www.southdevonarts.co.uk/#!the-little-unsaid/c21xz. Tickets also available on 0844 888 0435 or direct from Totnes Tourist Information Centre (by Morrisons).

Tradewinds Scoriton - two phones nos. 631506 on their email (also 631308)

NEW Sunday 29 January 2017 7.30pm - Trade Winds - Tradesmans Arms, Scoriton, nr Buckfastleigh (map)
A Dartmoor Come-All-Ye session for singers, storytellers, poets, musicians and everybody else. Trade a poem for a song for a story for music for fine company. Call Simon or Sue Williams 01364 631506 for information or email susan@farmhouse.ac.
NB:
From now on, Trade Winds will always be on the last Sunday of the month, not the fourth as before. Hopefully, the change should make it easier to remember in the coming months

Sunday 13 December 2015 7pm - Trade Winds Christmas Party - Scoriton Village Hall, near Buckfastleigh (map)
More Trade Winds goodies, with a festive flourish and a buffet supper to get you in the mood for the 25th. As every year, we ask people to bring food to share, so we can have a grand buffet in the middle of the evening. Also, there will be a raffle to cover the cost of hiring the hall, so we ask anybody who can to bring a prize to bolster the raffle table. Simon and Susan, tel. 01364 631308.
A Dartmoor Come-All-Ye session for singers, storytellers, poets, musicians and everybody else.

Sunday 23 October 2011 7.30pm - Tradewinds - Tradesmans Arms, Scoriton nr Buckfastleigh (map)
A Dartmoor Come-All-Ye session for singers, storytellers, poets, musicians and everybody else. Trade a poem for a song for a story for music for fine company. Call Simon or Sue Williams 01364 631506 for information or email susan@farmhouse.ac.

Sunday 28 October 2012 7.30pm - Trade Winds - Tradesmans Arms, Scoriton (map) nr Buckfastleigh
It's that time of the month again when we all gather for another evening of poems, songs, stories and music, collectively known as Trade Winds. It would be great to see anybody who would like to contribute or just to sit and listen. All are very welcome.
Call Simon or Sue Williams for information on 01364 631506 or email susan@farmhouse.ac

Twiggs Gigs

Tickets £10. Contact Twigg's Gigs on 07508 169049 or email sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk. Soft drinks and cake available. BYO alcohol. No wheelchair access. Doors 7.30pm.
Tickets £8. Bookings, web link for samples etc. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com. Tea and coffee available. BYO alcohol. No wheelchair access. Contact sstwigg@blueyonder.co.uk, tel. 07508 169049.

NEW Saturday 10 June 2017 - Mudskippers - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.mudskippermusic.info. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Saturday 1 July 2017 - Jess Vincent - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Saturday 22 July 2017 - Ben Morgan-Brown - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.benmorganbrown.co.uk. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

NEW Saturday 23 September 2017 - Tennyson’s Twin - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
details tba www.tennysonstwin.co.uk. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

UPDATED Saturday 27 May 2017 - Reg Meuross - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
2017 heralds a new solo album from Reg Meuross. Faraway People is a fresh collection of songs which comment bravely on life as he sees it, bringing wide ranging stories, from the ravages of austerity and the injustice of the plight of refugees, to some of most beautifully disarming lyrics ever written. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. www.regmeuross.com. Reg will be joined by a very special guest – his daughter Lily, who also writes and sings her own songs. Tickets £12(+)  www.wegottickets.com/event/388831.. Doors 7.30pm. Hot drinks and cake available. BYO alcohol.www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

UPDATED Saturday 13 May 2017 - Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Porter Nickerson are a duo that embody the best of what live music has to offer: heart, grit, and the kind of raw musicianship that transforms listeners into long-time fans. Willy Porter’s seering finger-picking guitar style deftly blends with Carmen Nickerson’s lush vocals to create an unforgettable sound that resonates long after the last chord fades. www.willyporter.com. Tickets £12(+) www.wegottickets.com/event/391433. Doors 7.30pm. Hot drinks and cake available. BYO alcohol. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

UPDATED Saturday 8 April 2017 - Sam Carter - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Sam’s third solo album How The City Sings captures this fervently admired singer, songwriter and guitarist at his most passionate and moving. Recorded live to tape in the studio, the album was produced by Dom Monks (who worked with Ethan Johns on records by Laura Marling, Paolo Nutini and The Staves) and keyboardist Neil Cowley (Neil Cowley Trio, best known for his contributions to Adele’s 19 and 21 albums). In addition to Neil, whose emotive piano lines were often improvised, the band includes fiddler Sam Sweeney (Bellowhead, Leveret and BBC Folk Musician of the Year) drummer Evan Jenkins (Neil Cowley Trio) and Sam’s longstanding bassist Matt Ridley. www.samcartermusic.co.uk. Tickets £10(+) www.wegottickets.com/event/388828. Doors 7.30pm. Hot drinks and cake available. BYO alcohol. www.twiggsgigs.wordpress.com.

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

Widecombe

NEW Thursday 12 October 2017 - Fake Thackray - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
John Watterson has performed the songs of Jake Thackray at festivals, concerts, clubs, after dinner venues and most specially to members of Jake’s family. Jake’s songs are exquisitely funny, satirical, incisive, irreverent, witty and gloriously un-PC – and sometimes all of these at the same time. Jake was a one off, his poetry broke the rules yet worked beautifully. He was a true craftsman of the English language, and his legacy of scores of songs continues to delight audiences of all ages today. www.fakethackray.com. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Wednesday 9 August 2017 - Gigspanner Big Band - St Andrews Church, Ashburton
Peter Knight's Gigspanner joined by Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Tickets £17. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Saturday 8 July 2017 - Lost Sound Chorus - St Pancras Church, Widecombe in the Moor
With special guest, Chris Hoban. Buckfastleigh-based choir run by Sandra Smith. They perform throughout the year in their own right and also support Show of Hands at several of their gigs (including the big one – the Royal Albert Hall on Easter Sunday this year). Chris Hoban is the composer of some of Show of Hands' most lyrical songs. Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Wednesday 28 June 2017 - Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Ange sings beautifully and plays an array of instruments, harmonizing with herself by creating loops of her voice on the spot. Everyone who's seen her is blown away. Accompanied by the brilliant Lukas Drinkwater. www.angehardy.com. Sumptuous buffet & gig.  Presented by Widecombe Sailing Club. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Sunday 14 May 2017 - The Ruggle Regatta - Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe in the Moor
Free event. Various performers. Mainly nautical material! Reprise of last year's successful afternoon, with, we hope, equally successful weather. Contact Daf Edwards: dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

UPDATED Just a few tickets left - and future programme
Wednesday 22 March 2017 - Jackie Oates & Mike Cosgrave - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Presented by the Widecombe Sailing Club. Jackie Oates is synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk. Her mellifluous voice, plaintive fiddle and tantalizing approach to traditional songs gained her several BBC Folk Awards in a career that’s seen her perform as a member of the nascent Unthanks, collaborate with Alasdair Roberts and Belinda O’Hooley, and release five acclaimed solo albums. Mike Cosgrave started out with renowned late 90s Celtic/World music crossover band Sin é and he has gone on to work with artists as diverse as the late “Celtic Soul” singer Jackie Leven and – of course - current star of the English scene Jackie Oates. He recently formed a duo with virtuoso fiddler and guitarist Steve Banks, touring as Cosgrave & Banks. Tickets for sumptuous dinner and gig £24 or gig only £14. Doors 6.30pm for supper. Contact Daf Edwards on dafedwards53@gmail.com or 07957 280129 or see www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk. Coming later:
Sunday 14 May 2017 - The Ruggle Regatta - Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe in the Moor
Wednesday 28 June 2017 - Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Saturday 8 July 2017 - Lost Sound Chorus - St Pancras Church, Widecombe in the Moor
Wednesday 9 August 2017 - Gigspanner Big Band - St Andrews Church, Ashburton
Thursday 12 October 2017 - Fake Thackray - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor

UPDATED Thursday 1 December 2016 -  Jim Causley - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is a singer/musician passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Westcountry. He became involved with traditional music at a young age via his family, the local folk scene and an historical tradition of wassailing in his home village of Whimple, East Devon. Doors 6.30pm for sumptuous buffet, or 7.30pm for non-diners. £20 for buffet & gig (Comestibles with Causley) or £10 gig only. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

NEW Thursday 13 October 2016 -  Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston - The Cafe on the Green, Widecombe in the Moor
In the space of a few short years, Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston have emerged to become one of the most sought after duos on the English folk & roots scene. The striking combination of the flame headed double bass player & virtuoso mandolin player create music that Folk Roots say is: “A musical partnership made in heaven. Scintillating, sensitive and brilliant!” www.sykespreston.com. Buffet & gig £22 or gig only £12. See www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk for full details.

NEW Sunday 15 May 2016 3pm (until we stop) - The Ruggle Regatta - Rugglestone Inn, Widecombe in the Moor
An afternoon and evening of a range of performances from local musicians and singers, notably Mariners Away shantymen from South Zeal, singer-songwriter Adelia, Denbury Folk and JAR. JAR describe themselves as "Three musicians and a banjo player who came 7th on 'Britain's Got Desperate'. And they like to play on Tor." Admission free, come along and enjoy the music in the open moorland air (or in a marquee if wet). See www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk/the-ruggle-regatta.html for further information, contact etc.

Wren misc

NEW Thursday 6 April 2017 7.30pm - Jim Payne & Wren Music - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Part of ‘Shore to Shore Revisited’  - a lecture, recital and concert tour given by Newfoudland’s Jim Payne and Devon’s Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker of Wren Music. Jim Payne is a renowned Newfoundland folk singer who is best known for performing Newfoundland’s traditional sea shanties and plays many instruments, including the guitar, violin, accordion and mandolin. Besides being a singer, he is a storyteller, actor and writer. He also teaches Newfoundland square and step dances. Wren Music runs choirs, orchestras and youth groups throughout Devon and provides opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to make music, including those with special educational needs and disabled adults and children. In 2016, Paul and Marilyn received the prestigious Gold Badge from the English Folk Dance and Song Society for their work in general, and for their contribution as performers and song collectors, notably their work with the Baring-Gould collection. Paul is chairman of the Devonshire Association’s Music Section. Tickets £10+ from www.wegottickets.com/event/388390. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk. Tel. 01392 277189..

NEW Friday 7 April 2017 7pm - Jim Payne & Wren Music - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map)
Part of ‘Shore to Shore Revisited’  - a lecture, recital and concert tour given by Newfoudland’s Jim Payne and Devon’s Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker of Wren Music. Jim Payne is a renowned Newfoundland folk singer who is best known for performing Newfoundland’s traditional sea shanties and plays many instruments, including the guitar, violin, accordion and mandolin. Besides being a singer, he is a storyteller, actor and writer. He also teaches Newfoundland square and step dances. Wren Music runs choirs, orchestras and youth groups throughout Devon and provides opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to make music, including those with special educational needs and disabled adults and children. Paul is chairman of the Devonshire Association’s Music Section. Tickets £6 on door. Tel. 01803 882717. www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk.

NEW Shore to Shore revisited: Jim Payne & Wren Music
Paul Wilson and Marilyn Tucker will be joined by Jim Payne for a project that is linked to the Devonshire Association’s ‘Devon Newfoundland Story’. Shore to Shore Revisited picks up the 30-year relationship between Wren Music and SingSong Inc. that celebrates the cultural and folk song links between Devon and Newfoundland.
Jim Payne is a renowned Newfoundland folk singer who is best known for performing Newfoundland’s traditional sea shanties and plays many instruments, including the guitar, violin, accordion and mandolin. Besides being a singer, he is a storyteller, actor and writer. He also teaches Newfoundland square and step dances. In 2016, Paul and Marilyn received the prestigious Gold Badge from the English Folk Dance and Song Society for their work in general, and for their contribution as performers and song collectors, notably their work with the Baring-Gould collection.
Lecture recitals: Free entry, with a collection for Wren Music
Wednesday 5 April 2017 1pm - Newton Abbot Museum
Thursday 6 April 2017 3pm - Exeter Central Library
Wednesday 12 April 2017 1pm - Sidmouth Library
Concerts:
Thursday 6 April 2017 7.30pm - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map). Tickets £10 from Cygnet Theatre 01392 277189
Friday 7 April 2017 7.30pm - Brixham Theatre, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA (map). £6 on the door. No adv tickets
Wednesday 12 April 2017 7.30pm - Salem Chapel, East Budleigh EX9 7EF. Tickets £10 www.wrenmusic.co.uk 01837 52754

NEW Baring-Gould Folk Weekend & Song School - Okehampton
Song School:· 22-27 October 2017 - Guest Tutor: John Kirkpatrick
Folk Weekend: 27-29 October 2017
Please note that the fourth Saturday in October falls on the second Saturday of the half term holiday, so it feels as if it is later this year.
Full artist list out soon but we can confirm first UK appearance of Tuscan Folk trio Vincanto www.vincantomusica.it.

Saturday 28 June 2014 - Wren Music Fiddle Day (workshops & concert) - Fairplace Church (Hall), Okehampton EX20 1DT
The Wren Music Fiddle Day on 28th June is a chance for experienced players and complete beginners to develop their playing and their knowledge of the instrument. This year's tutors are fiddle-and-viola-player Miranda Rutter from the Methera Quartet (intermediate/advanced) and Becki Driscoll (beginners). They will be joined in the afternoon by concertina maestro Rob Harbron (English Acoustic Collective) and Nick Wyke on guitar and fiddle, when the day is opened to other acoustic instrument players to create a massed folk orchestra. In the evening, the tutors will give a concert at Fairplace Church in Okehampton, a beautiful venue with amazing acoustics. Details, ticketing etc. at www.wrenmusic.co.uk or phone 01837 53754.

NEW Saturday 16 July 2016 7-9pm - Wren Music presents a Special Summer Concert - Southernhay URC Church, Southernhay East, Exeter, EX1 1QD
The concert will feature three fantastic Wren groups who will be playing both separately and together. The show will open with the premiere performance from the Fiddle Orchestra of Devon led by Becki Driscoll. There is something very special about the sound of many bowed instruments playing beautifully and in harmony with each other. Then the delights of the Mandolin Orchestra of Devon (MOoD) led by Matt Norman. The MOoD repertoire ranges from Early Music through Baroque and Classical as well as folk tunes and some fun pieces, a rare treat for us to hear them here too. The evening will close with a performance from Rough Music; around 90 musicians on diverse instruments playing together from a repertoire that will include local music collected by Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould of Lew Trenchard in West Devon, other traditional South West music in addition to 17th and 18th Century English pieces. The evening promises to be something very special. www.wrenmusic.co.uk. Free entry with a collection.

NEW Saturday 25 June 2016 - Wren Music Fiddle Day (workshops & concert) - Fairplace Church (Hall), Okehampton EX20 1DT
Fiddle and violin players from across the South West are invited to an exciting day of music-making led by expert tutors (world-renowned fiddle player Tom McConville and Wren Music tutor Becki Driscoll) in Okehampton. Fiddle Day is a chance for experienced players and complete beginners to develop their playing and their knowledge of the instrument. The day focuses on learning new skills and techniques as well as repertoire development, with a chance for other acoustic instruments to join in the afternoon. Full details, bookings etc. www.wrenmusic.co.uk. For more information, email: becki@wrenmusic.co.uk or phone 01837 53754.
Winner of the BBC Folk Musician of the Year in 2009, Tom is truly the most original fiddle player in the UK. Blending traditional music from his home town of Newcastle with Irish, American and Scottish influences, he creates a sound that has jazz, folk, bluegrass and classical influence. Tom’s workshops will look at tunes and techniques from the North of England.
Becki will run workshops suitable for beginners focussing on basic technique and learning simple tunes. There will be something for everyone to play. Instruments can be loaned to complete beginners, but please book these in advance from Wren Music.
The afternoon workshops will be opened to all other acoustic instrument players to create a massed folk orchestra, using repertoire from the far North to the deep South West of England.
In the evening, the tutors will give a concert at Fairplace Church in Okehampton, a beautiful venue with wonderful acoustics. This concert will feature Tom as a show-stopping solo artist. Becki will be joined by fellow fiddle player Nick Wyke to form their hugely popular duo. The concert will also feature the debut performance of the Fiddle Orchestra of Devon, a fabulous new group run by Wren Music.
This annual event, now in its 8th year, has brought internationally recognised fiddle players and tutors to the heart of Devon. Event organiser Becki Driscoll of Wren Music says: "This day really has something for everyone. Even if you've never played before, you can come along and try it out. You don't need to be able to read music, but we will provide sheet music. And the best bit is: you get to spend all day playing the fiddle!" The Wren Fiddle Day is a great day out for anyone with an interest in fiddle music in particular or folk music in general, and will send you home with new skills and a great sense of achievement and fun!
Morning fiddle workshops - 10am-1pm
Afternoon all-instrument workshops 2pm-5pm
Evening concert 7.30pm-9.30pm
Tickets available online from www.wrenfiddleday2016.eventbrite.co.uk.

Saturday 5 July 2014 10am-5pm - Bagpipe Day Workshops - Fairplace Church Hall, Okehampton EX20 1DT
All day bagpipe workshop with Andy Letcher and David Faulkner £40/£30 concs). Absolute beginners session led by Phil Williams 2-5pm, bagpipes provided, limited spaces available, bookings preferred, £18/£13 concs). Prices include ticket to evening dance. Details, ticketing etc. at www.wrenmusic.co.uk or phone 01837 53754.

Saturday 5 July 2014 7pm - French & Breton Folk Workshop & Dance - Charter Hall, Market Street, Okehampton EX20 1AA
with WOD and The Eelgrinders. Dance workshop 7pm led by Carrie Atkinson and Jenny Dodwell with music from Possion Rouge - Dance 8pm with bar by Ale and Cake. Tickets £8/£6 concs), dance workshop included. Contact 01837 53754, www.wrenmusic.co.uk.

Saturday 12 July 2014 7.30pm - Phil Beer - Fairplace Church, Okehampton EX20 1DT
Phil Beer is the multi-instrumental half of the West Country‘s award winning acoustic duo Show of Hands and is Patron of Wren Music’s Baring-Gould Folk weekend and as such donates proceeds of one concert per year to help support the event. Online ticketing www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/phil-beer-in-concert-tickets-11842367841?aff=es2&rank=0. www.wrenmusic.co.uk or phone 01837 53754.

Saturday 19 July 2014 7.30pm - Folk Comes to Town: Folk Café - All Saints Church Hall, Market Street, Okehampton
Visiting artists, Wren musicians and local support singers: Anne Lister, Rosa Rebecka, Jenny Norman. Floor spots: sign up at the door. £5, teas & coffees available: BYO alcohol

Friday 23 May 2014 7.30pm - Wren presents: James Findlay with Solarference - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
James comes from a family of folk singers and his enthusiasm lies firmly within the English tradition. He is particularly passionate about songs from his home counties of Dorset, Somerset and Devon. He couples this with an extensive repertoire and love for song that shows through his knowledge and understanding of the material. "Bl**dy h*ll, what a voice! This was my first thought as he launched into his songs. He’s warmly charismatic with that sparkle of personality that draws a crowd along with him." - Jon Boden. Award-winning folktronica duo Solarference: a genre-defying mix of electronics and traditional folk song, a warm yet spiky sound with an intense live energy - powerful resonant songs come to life in epic and intimate sonic worlds.
Ticketing details etc. www.cygnettheatre.co.uk/blog/2011/02/01/james-findley.

24-26 October 2014 - Baring Gould Folk Weekend - Okehampton
Held in a range of comfortable venues all in the centre of the old market town. Artists include: Tickled Pink, Phil Beer, James Findlay, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, Jon & Alfie, Lester Simpson and the Wren Band. As well as the strong programme of concerts and dances, you can sing with the Festival Choir or play with Festival Orchestra. On the Saturday night there is a Feast with hog roast or vegetarian options and even more music and song, and Sunday features the annual Prize Conker Competition. Weekend tickets £30 buy, 3 get 1 free! www.baring-gould.co.uk or call 01837 53754.

27-31 October 2014 - Baring-Gould Folk Song School - Okehampton
Led by Wren Music's Director Paul Wilson with the Wren team of Sarah Owen and Rosa Rebecka, Marilyn Tucker and David Faulkner; visiting tutor Janet Russell . Tuition in large and small groups, as well as one-to-one. You will have the opportunity to plan your own week, balancing your own programme from the three main strands: 1. Developing Technique warming up; finding your own voice; breathing; pitching; phrasing; ornamentation; creating your own harmonies. 2. Developing Repertoire searching the archive; collation of text and tunes; putting tunes to words (and vice versa); arranging; using harmony; accompaniment. 3. Developing Performance Skills opportunities to sing away from the clubs; using PA systems; building confidence; overcoming nerves; relaxation; telling the story. The 2014 fee is £300 if paid in full before 30 September, £350 thereafter (if any places still available). www.baring-gould.co.uk 01837 53754.

Wren Groups Christmas Events:
Sunday 6 December 2015 2-4pm - Concert - The Chapel at Killerton Estate
With East Devon Folk Choir and East Devon Roots Choir. Collection.

Friday 11 December 2015 7.30-9pm - Concert - Parish Church of St. Margaret, Topsham
With Folk Orchestra of East Devon: Rough Music and the WESC Soundwaves Choir. Hamper raffle and refreshments. Entry by donation (£5 suggested). Details www.wrenmusic.co.uk.

Saturday 12 December 2015 7.30-9.30pm - Concert & Ceilidh - Holy Trinity Church, Barnstaple
With Folk Orchestra of North Devon, North Devon Folk Choir, North Devon Roots Band and Roots Acoustic. Mulled wine, mince pies, Raffle. Entry by donation (£5 suggested). Details www.wrenmusic.co.uk.

Monday 14 December 2015 8-9pm - Concert - The Music Room, Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth EX10 8UJ
With Folk Orchestra of East Devon: Rough Music. Free entry. Donations welcomed in aid of the Organ Restoration Fund. Details www.wrenmusic.co.uk.

Tuesday 15 December 2015 7-9pm - Concert - All Saints Church, Okehampton EX20 1LW
With West Devon Voices in Common, West Devon Roots Group., Mandolin Orchestra of Devon. Bring and share, tea, coffee, and cakes. Entry by donation (£5 suggested). Details www.wrenmusic.co.uk.

Thursday 17 December 2015 7-9pm - Concert - Palace Theatre, Paignton
With: Folk Orchestra of Torbay, Torbay Folk Choir and the Acorn Choir. Craft stall, hamper raffle and refreshments. Entry by donation (£5 suggested). Details www.wrenmusic.co.uk.

Saturday 19 December 2015 7.30pm- Concert - St Davids Church, Queen’s Terrace, Exeter
Five Voices in Common Choirs from all over Devon with Roots A cappella and Singing Roots. Mulled wine and mince pies. Entry by donation (suggested £5).

Misc

Monday 26 April 2010 2.30pm - Dartington's Soundart Radio 102.5 FM
also webstreaming at www.soundartradio.org.uk, has a folk show on alternate Mondays 2.30-3pm.

 

Friday 5 March 2010 8-11pm - Fest Noz French and Breton Music and Dance - Palstone Recreation Room, South Brent (map)
Regular first Friday event at the sports field on the eastern edge of South Brent. No previous experience necessary. £3.50. Contact louise.scammell[at]gmail.com.

 

Saturday 10 December 2011 8.30pm - Martin Harley - Devonport Guildhall (map)
Performances at Glastonbury’s Acoustic and Avalon stages have cemented his popularity as part of the UK’s acoustic scene and the home grown, hard touring approach he's employed over the last eight years has built a strong fan base worldwide. The 'British Americana' sound is influenced by Delta Blues and Gypsy Jazz and has produced a road worn style of balladry that feels as comfortable and real as an old pair of shoes you just can’t throw away. www.myspace.com/martinharleyband Tickets £8 adv (01752 395028) /£10 door www.realideas.org/devonportguildhall

Meanwhile Steve Knightley is doing this:
Steve Knightley's 'Grow Your Own Gig' - see www.growyourowngig.co.uk for details, and Steve's solo dates which currently include (again, box office contacts are generally given there, but tickets may not be on sale yet):
Thursday 9 January 2014 - Steve Knightley - Ley Arms, Kenn nr Exeter
Contact 01392 210983

Wednesday 29 January 2014 - Steve Knightley - Kingsand Village Hall
Contact 01579 347483

Saturday 1 February 2014 - Steve Knightley - Modbury Village Hall
Contact 01752 893051 email johnbower@btinternet.com

Friday 28 February 2014 - Steve Knightley - Bow Village Hall
Contact 01363 82379

Sunday 18 May 2014 - Steve Knightley - Lympstone Village Hall
Contact 07771 558914

Thursday 15 May 2014 6.30-11.30pm - Steve Knightley - River Cottage, Trinity Hill Road, Axminster
Songs and food from the English Countryside. This intimate concert will be complimented by a delicious seasonal meal cooked up by the River Cottage chefs. Tickets £75. Details www.rivercottage.net/shop/product/steve_knightley_at_river_cottage

Thursday 3 July 2014 - Steve Knightley - Otterton Mill nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map)
Ticket availability not known (gig date gleaned from Steve's website). www.ottertonmill.com

 

Saturday 1 February 2014 8pm - Blackheart - Stokeinteignhead Village Hall (map)
Folk duo Chrissy Mostyn and Richard Pilkington, samples www.blackheartmusic.co.uk. Tickets 01803 316993.

Friday 7 February 2014 - Blackheart - Willand Village Hall nr Cullompton
Folk duo Chrissy Mostyn and Richard Pilkington, samples www.blackheartmusic.co.uk. No further details available.

Friday 21 February 2014 8pm - Blackheart - Buckland-in-the-Moor Village Hall (map)
Folk duo Chrissy Mostyn and Richard Pilkington, samples www.blackheartmusic.co.uk. Tickets £7.50 adv / £8.50 door. Limited seats. Tickets from Jayne Hartley 01364 654008 or email timandjayne2[at]gmail.com.

Sunday 23 February 2014 8pm - Blackheart - Whipton Community Hall, Exeter
Samples www.blackheartmusic.co.uk. Contact 01392 468319.

Saturday 13 September 2014 8pm - Blackheart - Landscove Victory Hall, nr Ashburton
Samples www.blackheartmusic.co.uk. details tba

Saturday 20 September 2014 8pm - Blackheart - Tipton St John Hall, nr Sidmouth
Samples www.blackheartmusic.co.uk. details tba

Friday 26 September 2014 8pm - Blackheart - Broadwoodkelly Hall, N of Okehampton
Samples www.blackheartmusic.co.uk. Contact 01837 83625.

Saturday 22 November 2014 8pm - Blackheart - Bickington Hall, nr Newton Abbot
Samples www.blackheartmusic.co.uk. details tba

 

Saturday 12 April 2014 - Steve Tilston Trio - South Pool Village Hall, Herring Street, South Pool, nr Kingsbridge TQ7 2RP (map)
Stuart and Keith are this talented, happy bunch who bring you a wonderful mix of trad folk with US Blues. They make great music, combining the fiddle and harmonica with vocals. The trio brings out the jauntier side of Steve’s writing. They have been praised by Mark Radcliffe, Radio 2 and had an award from Mike Harding, so they are very much in demand. www.stevetilston.com. 7.00pm for 7.30pm prompt supper, followed by our guest musicians. Raffle and bar. Tickets £18, available from Maddie Marchand email madelinemarchand1[at]gmail.com, te. 01548 531979.

 

Friday 25/26 April 2014 - 24 Hour Music Marathon - Live At Plainmoor, Torquay United Football Ground
A Charity Event in conjuction with Imprezza. Tickets £5, U12s £1.
Covers entrance for the 24 hours so you can come and go as you please. A wide range of music from rock to folk so for a full listing contact Sharon on 07837 708406 or email sharoncox@torquayunited.com.Food and drinks available. Doors open Fri 25th at noon and close Sat 26th at noon.

Friday 23 May 2014 - Acoustic Strawbs - Live At Plainmoor, Torquay United Football Ground
Support: Janet Ventre. Details www.torquayunited.com/news/article/live-at-plainmoor-the-strawbs-1421224.aspx. Tickets £15 concert only; two course pre dinner £5 / £7 to be booked in advance. Ticket and meal offer £2 discount. Contact Sharon on 07837 708406 or email sharoncox@torquayunited.com.

 

Friday 6 June 2014 8pm - Ben & Alfie - Littlehempston Community Space (church), nr Totnes TQ9 6LY
Ben and Alfie are a talented duo of young musicians, winners of the Musicians Union Ensemble Award. They play 5-string violin and double bass and sing. Their repertoire is original, some inspired by time in Senegal where they spent 2 months living with the Seckou Keita. Classically trained but then began playing/arranging old folk tunes. Their diverse musical influences include Western and Eastern European Folk, Jazz, Classical, West African and South American influences. Their music has a strong folky feel, yet the textures of classical music are also evident in their stylish and atmospheric compositions. Call 01803 865458 to secure a ticket, or just turn up. Adult £7.50, child £5.50, family £23 (2+2). Drinks in the church and the Tally Ho Inn is now open and thriving.

Sunday 25 May 2014 2-9pm - The Heart Of Devon Festival - Bow, on A3072 between Copplestone & Okehampton
A free, family friendly festival, which takes place in Bow Village Field (EX17 6HU), with music , over 30 Craft, plant & food stalls and a display of Vintage Vehicles. Hot food available using local produce along with a fully licensed bar. All at non-inflated prices. We have an amazing line up this year which includes, David Harbottle & Freya Jonas, Street Heat Samba Band, India Electric Co (Cole Stacey & Joseph O Keefe), Michael Tinker, Reggae Band (Surface Festival finalist's) Audio Razor, Sitting Pretty and Eat The Rich. Please feel free to bring along a picnic but we do ask that all alcohol consumed is purchased from our licensed bar. See www.theheartofdevon.co.uk for more details.

 

29 July - 4 August 2014 - 'Dance by the Sea' International Folk Dance Course - Livermead House Hotel, Torquay
Residential summer folk dance holiday with Turgay Onatli teaching Turkish folk dance and Dimitar Petrov ('Mitko') teaching Bulgarian folk dance. Dance course, Music Making with Maya Buckley, singing with Turgay and Mitko, and further opportunities to share dances, songs, music etc. in the free time Comfortable ensuite hotel accommodation, DB&B plus lunch, award winning chef, heated outdoor pool. £460 /£495 residential 6-night dance course; £370 for non-dancing friends & family. Options to stay for the 1st part (Tues - Fri) or the weekend (Fri - Mon). More information www.balkanfolkdance.org.

Wednesday 30 July 2014 - Balkan Instrumental Day Course - Livermead House Hotel, Torquay
10am-5pm. £30 (this is running alongside the "Dance by the Sea" course). Led by musician Maya Buckley. All instruments welcome. Instrumentalists are invited to play for part of the social dance on Wednesday evening. Course includes an optional session Tuesday 29 July from 3pm, and an opportunity to attend the Turkish and Bulgarian "Culture Corners" on Tues and Weds evenings. More information www.balkanfolkdance.org.

 

www.philliphenryandhannahmartin.co.uk/shows.php
04/09 Exeter Phoenix Exeter www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/
26/09 The Barrel House Totnes www.barrelhousetotnes.co.uk/
23/10 River Cottage www.rivercottage.net/shop/product/phillip_henry_hannah_martin_at_river_cottage/
We are SO excited to be part of this unique evening of music and fine food at River Cottage HQ itself! Enjoy a three course meal amidst the beautiful and famous surroundings, and then be serenaded! Only a small number of these exclusive tickets are availab
21/11 Brixham Library

 

Thursday 16 October 2014 8pm - Cole Stacey & Joseph O'Keefe - Exeter Golf & Country Club, Countess Wear, Topsham Road, Exeter EX2 7AE
Support: Sarah Yeo. In aid of Hospiscare, the Exeter-based cancer charity, and chosen charity for the year of the club's president. Tickets £14 may be obtained by calling the Club on 01392 874139 or by contacting info@exetergcc.co.uk.

 

Wednesday 10 September 2014 8pm - Acoustic Cafe - The Honiton Beehive
A new club: This will be a "Come All Ye" but with a couple of booked local acts doing slightly longer spots.. Hope all the Jurassic Folk gang will come along and support Wendy & David's new club To listen and/or perform? Sue King is running the first one and anyone wanting to do a couple of numbers is asked to email her in advance at cornishsinger2[at]btinternet.com.

 

Sunday 23 November 2014 - Scraping The Barrel - The Crown & Anchor, The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2LS
The tremendous trio of Nik, Les, and David, aka Scraping The (Soggy Bottom Of The Stone Soup) Barrel, will be once again plying their trademark Americana Blue Folk Diddlyeye for the entertainment of Plymouth's weekend revellers.

Friday 28 November 2014 7.30pm - Wren Band: When the Moon is Full - Stowford Community Centre, Sidmouth EX10 9YL
When the Moon is Full A programme about Werewolves! Inspired by Sabine Baring-Gould’s Book of Werewolves, The Wren Music musicians are doing a mini tour of Devon during November, with a touch of Gothic. Devon’s eccentric clergyman, Sabine Baring-Gould, famous for his hymn ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ is well-known as a Folklorist, but perhaps less well-known for giving classes with a bat on his shoulder and for his interest in Werewolves! Champions of local folk song and legend, the Wren Band bring a programme of rich harmonies and top-class musicianship, which will appeal to Harry Potter fans and lovers of Dartmoor legend alike. Tickets £12 (U18 £10). More details online ticketing see www.wrenmusic.co.uk/wrenband.

 

Saturday 27 December 2014 - An Evening of Breton and French Dance - Cadeleigh Village Hall, NW of Crediton
with Stilouen, Poisson Rouge, John Mills & Kate Price. £10 on door. Bar. Food.
Sunday 28 December 2014 - Free For All - Chez Phil and Tania, Postcode for satnav EX16 8HU
Metheglin ~ Le Raz ~ Pete & Karen - Stilouen Friends. Bring and share food etc. Camping, barn camping & camper vans welcome. Further details ring 01884 242752.

 

 

Saturday 26 September 2015 8pm - Exmouth Shanty Men - Cromwell Arms, Bovey Tracey
Part of an all-day fundraising event for Macmillan Nurses. In amongst other events and entertainments to be held during the day, The Exmouth Shanty Men will be giving their all from 8pm. For all further info, enquiries, etc, please see www.thecromwellarms.co.uk.

Tuesday 15 December 2015 8pm - Exmouth Shanty Men - Bay Horse Inn, Totnes
In association with Skinners Brewery. The second of this year’s late-night shopping evenings in the town. Expect the pub to be busy! www.bayhorsetotnes.com.

Tuesday 26 January 2016 8pm - Exmouth Shanty Men - Clovelly Bay Inn, Turnchapel, Plymouth
In association with Sinners Brewery. from 20.00 hrs. This delightful venue overlooking the river Plym last hosted the ‘buoys’ two years ago and a fabulous evening was had by all. The food at the Inn is superb! www.clovellybayinn.co.uk.

 

Wednesday 14 October 2015 8pm - Red Dirt Skinners - The Red Lion, Shobrooke
The band's rule-breaking individuality has led to them being the first band in history to succeed at both the British Blues Awards and the British Country Music Awards. The band’s music has wide appeal and comfortably blends Blues, Americana, Folk and Country Music. Audiences the world over describe them as “refreshingly different”. From the first song of the show, it is immediately evident that they love performing live. The Skinners’ close vocal harmonies have been described as “sublime” and “beyond perfection”. Rob and Sarah particularly love the opportunity to interact with audiences both during and after their shows. www.reddirtskinners.com. Tickets £7 from The Red Lion or tel 01363 775468.

 

Sunday 15 November 2015 70pm - Rosa Rebecka: EP Launch 'Home' - Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter EX4 3AT
Singer-songwriter and folk performer Rosa Rebecka launches her latest EP Home with Folkstock records. Known for her arresting acoustic performances, Rosa will use the Bike Shed’s intimate space to full effect, combining emotional intensity with vocal virtuosity, and using a host of instruments to create a journey for the listener, filled with joy, warmth and sorrow. “A lyrical, sun-dappled and golden voice, tinged with a hint of steely moonlight that brings to mind Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell” BBC Music. Tickets £8/£10 on 01392 434169 www.bikeshedtheatre.co.uk.

VIA

Feature: The New 'Villages In Action' Programme
VIA's latest programme of arts events of many genres for rural communities through to April 2016 has recently appeared on their website. See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for the full programme (including theatre, puppet theatre, flamenco music, magic, comedy, jazz, gypsy jazz and more besides, The following descriptions have been taken, (mostly) unedited, from the VIA website; dates/times compiled by me from that (some venues may be outside our normal coverage area) so I hope they're all correct; booking/contact details can be found on the website.
Scan through the listings below and make your diary notes now - The individual event blocks will appear again in Harberton Folk e-circulars nearer the show dates.
The (generally) 'folkier' events include:
*****
If the River was Whiskey
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Join Gypsy folk band Holy Moly & The Crackers for an evening of lively music, tall tales and hard liquor. The perfect collision of rowdy music, dancing, storytelling and drinking, the wrangling folk band lead you through the tale of Willie OConnell whose love affair with whiskey leads him away from home and into the path of malt soaked Scots, wild women and old American moonshiners. Part gig and part story, this medley of original songs and old time drinking tunes is best enjoyed with a wee dram in hand. A visceral blend of searing folk/blues sounds wound with a classic and tragic tale of a young man looking for his place in the world. If The River Was Whiskey is an evening filled with singing, laughing dancing and drinking as the high-energy six piece band take you on a thrilling and hilarious journey. Stylistically dazzling and the ‘circus-folk flavour means that the group really does stand out from the crowd. www.holymolyandthecrackers.com.
Thursday 26 November 2015 - Combeinteignhead Village Hall TQ12 4RG
Saturday 28 November 2015 - Stockland Hall EX14 9EF
*****
Clive Carroll – A Thousand Years in Music
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Born into a family of musicians in 1975, Clive has been immersed in an eclectic range of music ever since. He gained a 1st Class Honours Degree in Composition & Guitar from Trinity College in 1998 and has toured extensively throughout Europe, the USA and Australia with legends John Renbourn and Tommy Emmanuel. In 1999, Clive was given his first record deal and since then his three solo albums have established him as one of the top virtuosi of today, prompting Acoustic magazine to declare him Probably the Best and Most Original Young Acoustic Guitar Player and Composer in Britain. Clive Carroll’s – A Thousand Years of Music- is a show that demonstrates the versatility of the instrument to its fullest extent. For the last 7 years audiences all over the world have been kept in a constant state of awe and amazement at his virtuosity and skill. With his breathtaking mastery of techniques and antecedents from Benjamin Britten to Nick Drake and from Renbourn through Gordon Giltrap to Pat Metheny, join this stunningly versatile guitarist on a joyful fairground ride of instrumental styles spanning the fields of traditional, classical and jazz with inspirations running from newgrass and fusion jazz to Irish stylings. www.clivecaroll.co.uk.
Wednesday 3 February 2016 - Clyst Hydon Village Hall EX15 2NP
Thursday 4 February 2016 - Brampford Speke Village Hall EX5 5HG
Friday 5 February 2016 - Sheldon Village Hall EX14 4QU
Saturday 6 February 2016 - Ilsington Village Hall TQ13 9RG
*****
Zulu Tradition
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Zulu Tradition is company of young Zulu singers and dancers from KwaZulu Natal, in South Africa. They deliver a heady mix of African harmonies (traditional songs as well as Afro-Gospel) and energetic, athletic dance – all traditionally costumed and supported by drum-rhythms. Zulu reaches back into the past to preserve ancient skills while stretching forward towards contemporary Africa. Their songs are both traditional and original. Imagine a youthful, mixed gender Ladysmith Black Mambazo with high kicks! Their stage shows are exciting, enthralling and hugely entertaining and they attract very enthusiastic audiences. “Powerful traditional splendour of dance sequences accompanied by pulsating Zulu drums and glorious vocal harmonies. Guaranteed to hold any audience spellbound.” www.zulutradition.com.
Saturday 6 February 2016 - South Brent Village Hall TQ10 9PJ
Wednesday 2 March 2016 - Lustleigh Village Hall TQ13 9TA
*****
Balagan Café Band
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
The Balagan Café Band is an eclectic chamber group marrying jazz, classical and related music from all over the world. Whether its the Gypsy Jazz, Medieval music, Balkan folk music or the band’s own atmospheric originals, the Balagan Café Band aim to bring keen musicianship, infectious rhythms and a sense of joy and fire to everything they play this is music for the ears, heart and feet! With Richard Jones on Violin, Christian Miller on Guitar and Shirley Smart on Cello, this event is for everyone who enjoys music, and is interested in hearing a wide variety of different styles and traditions. www.balagancafeband.org
Wednesday 10 February 2016 - South Milton Village Hall TQ7 3JG
Thursday 11 February 2016 - Cheriton Bishop Village Hall EX6 6JA
Friday 12 February 2016 - Brentor Village Hall PL19 0LZ
Saturday 13 February 2016 - Gittisham Village Hall EX14 3AU
*****
James Findlay Trio
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
James Findlay won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2010. His amazing voice and distinctive guitar and fiddle playing stood out among a very strong group of contenders. In a short space of time James has developed a strong stage presence all of his own. He’s warmly charismatic with that sparkle of personality that draws a crowd along with him. Besides the Young Folk Award, James had also been a winner in the ‘New Roots’ national competition in 2008. James’s guitar playing style shows an obvious influence from English folk guitarist Nic Jones, whose music formed a soundtrack to the Findlay household in his formative years. Martin Carthy’s rhythmic, percussive accompanying technique became a template from which James has evolved his own unique and highly accomplished style. Likewise, Dave Swarbrick has been a formative figure in James’s fiddle playing. James is joined in his trio by the multi-instrumental talents of John Dyer and Alfie Gidley to offer an outstanding evenings entertainment. www.jamesfindlay.co.uk.
Thursday 25 February 2016 - Combeinteignhead Village Hall TQ12 4RG
Friday 26 February 2016 - Scoriton Village Hall TQ11 0JB
Saturday 27 February 2016 - Bradninch Guildhall EX5 4NN
Sunday 28 February 2016 - Throwleigh Village Hall EX20 2JA
*****
Amalthea: Flute and Harp Fantasia
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Amalthea charms the audiences with their unique programmes and ability to create a beautiful and unforgettable atmosphere. Classically trained, Klio and Siobhan draw inspiration from both the baroque and classical eras as well as from different cultures and continents thus creating a unique blend of sounds. They have performed both as soloists and ensemble players in venues such as St Jamess Piccadilly, St Martin-in-the-Fields, The Wallace Collection, St Johns Smith Square, The Royal Academy of Arts, Tate Modern, Shakespeare Music Society, The Blenheim Music Circle, The Royal Academy of Arts and Blackheath Halls in London and have recently toured Dorset as part of the Artsreach Touring Scheme. Amalthea will present works by Debussy, Mozart, Ravel and Shankar amongst others. www.amaltheaduo.com.
Wednesday 2 March 2016 - Longdown, Holcombe Burnell Church EX6 7RZ
Thursday 3 March 2016 - Ashprington, St David's ChurchTQ9 7UR
Friday 4 March 2016 - Sheepstor St. Leonard's Church PL20 6PF
Saturday 5 March 2016 - Awliscombe St. Michael's Church EX14 3AH
*****
Jim Causley
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Jim Causley is a renowned Devon-based folk singer and musician with a range of solo show options available, including a West Country material themed show (traditional and original songs); A Charles Causley-themed show or a general evening of his own songs and traditional material. Jim became involved with traditional music from a young age via his family, the local folk scene and an historical tradition of wassailing in his home village of Whimple. After studying Jazz & Popular Music at Exeter College he went on to study Traditional Music at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee, Jim Causley is a singer/musician who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native West Country. A skilled entertainer, Jim is well-known for his natural gift for interpreting traditional song, his deep, rich voice which belies his years and his relaxed and playful stage presence. www.jimcausley.co.uk.
Thursday 10 March 2016 - Starcross St Paul's Church EX6 8QB
Friday 11 March 2016 - Puddington Village Hall EX16 8LP
Saturday 12 March 2016 - Peter Tavy Village Hall PL19 9NS
Saturday 19 March 2016 - Clayhidon Parish Hall EX15 3PL
*****
Namvula
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Running for a second season with VIA, Namvula creates an intrepid new musical world where the folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland combine with her Scottish heritage and Londons vibrant, eclectic music scene. Crossing boundaries with a refreshing honesty and evocative lyricism, Namvulas music draws you into different worlds, yet remains firmly rooted in African soil and in the storytelling traditions of folk music. One of the few Zambian artists performing in Europe, Namvula has collaborated and shared the stage with artists including legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela and multi-award-winning Zambian vocalist Maureen Lilanda. Singing in Zambian languages, as well as English, Portuguese and French, Namvula speaks out on issues facing modern-day Africa, as well as exploring stories about society, life and love. She is working with some of the UKs most respected African and jazz musicians, including bassist Liran Donin (Mercury-nominated Led Bib), percussionist Mamadou Sarr (Baaba Maal), and acclaimed Ghanaian guitarist Alfred Kari Bannerman (Osibisa). Beautiful music. Namvula is a great new star poised and ready for orbit. www.namvula.com.
Thursday 31 March 2016 - Sheldon Village Hall EX14 4QU
Friday 1 April 2016 - Harbertonford Village Hall TQ9 7TY
Saturday 2 April 2016 - Stokeinteignhead Village Hall TQ12 4QS
*****
Dallahan: Traditional and Irish music
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
The band members established performers of various musical styles from classical and jazz to Balkan and Celtic, however their mutual love for Irish music brought them together in 2013 to create the unique sound that is Dallahan. As musicians they have been awarded with various prizes individually; Ciaran won the title of All Britain Banjo Champion in 2006, Jani won first prize at the 1st Hungarian Traditional Music Competition and Jack was recently amongst the 6 finalists of the BBC Young Traditional Musician Of The Year 2014. Dallahan create a high energy atmosphere through their interpretation of both traditional and contemporary Irish music as they create music that is as much fun to listen to as it is to play. Through unique arrangements of original music and traditional Irish tunes and songs, Dallahan brings a fresh new sound to the world of Celtic music and drive the genre forward. www.dallahanmusic.com.
Wednesday 13 April 2016 - Clayhidon Parish Hall EX15 3PL
***** End of VIA feature *****

NEW Sunday 23 April 2017 2.30pm - Paddy’s Whiskers - The Boathouse, Preston Sands, Paignton
Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band playing a mixture of fiddle led Irish jigs and reels for dancing, banjo driven bluegrass numbers, and Scottish tunes on border bagpipes. The whole band sing and at a Whiskers gig you’ll hear well known favourites from the folk tradition, together with a few original songs and tunes written by the band. Live music starts at 2.30pm and entrance is free. Tables may be booked on 01803 665066. More information from www.paddyswhiskers.co.uk or ring Andrew on 01803 520798.

NEW Friday 17 March 2017 9pm - Paddy’s Whiskers - The Snooty Fox, St. Marychurch, Torquay
St.Patrick’s Day Party with Paignton based Irish/Celtic/American band Paddy’s Whiskers. Banjos, fiddles, mandolins, border bagpipes, percussion, harmonica. Fast and furious jigs and reels, and - for St. Patrick’s Day - a night of Irish singalong favourites together with a scattering of bluegrass and original songs and tunes written by the band. Live music starts at 9pm and entrance is free. Venue can be contacted on 01803 323312. More information from www.paddyswhiskers.co.uk or ring Andrew on 01803 520798.

 

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

 

Thursday 3 December 2015 9pm - CoCo and the Butterfields - Voodoo Lounge, 1 The Money Centre, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL1 1QH
Described on their web site as a "band of buskers from Canterbury, playing a mix of folk, pop and rap with touches of country, rock and blues". Samples etc. www.cocoandthebutterfields.com.

Saturday 12 December 2015 8pm - The Churchfitters Christmas Cracker - Luppitt Village Hall, nr Honiton
Info Robin 01404 892785 or Steve 01404 891268. www.facebook.com/Luppitt-Events-1589492987990744/timeline

 

Saturday 16 January 2016 7.30pm - Dances with a Difference - Pinhoe Road Baptist Church, 157-165 Pinhoe Road, Polsloe Bridge, Exeter EX4 7HZ
Dance with Richard Mason and Abacus. After the success of our first two dances we have released two more dates for the spring. Dances with a Difference is chance to do dances that you wouldn't normally do at a Ceilidh or Social dance. The dances will generally be 'different' enough to confuse complete beginners, and to make experienced dancers think twice. Some are new contra dances, some are dances for unusual numbers or in unusual formations - all are fun to do! Tickets £5, please call 01392 411434.

 

NEW Monday 5 December 2016 7pm - The Folk Dimension - Upper Lecture Theatre, Sherwell Centre, Plymouth University
Plymouth University Music BA students with Alice Perrot and Sam Richards perform music by Vaughan Williams, Bartok and other 20th century composers. Ever since the 19th century, composers and arrangers have transformed roots folk music in various ways, referring to classical and popular styles. This presentation covers a number of these approaches and provides an introduction to the evening’s folksong session. This event is part of Plymouth University Music Week. Find out about related events here www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/plymouth-university-music-week-soundings. Free admission, booking is advised.

NEW Monday 24 April 2017 8pm - Eliza Acty - Bread and Roses, 62 Ebrington Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF
Devon-based singer and musician. With her unique vocal style, Eliza performs a wide range of folk, blues, American old-time and contemporary songs that spans over a century of music. Previously performing with the successful old-time band ‘Appaloosas’. She recorded two albums with Appaloosas, as the lead vocalist and guitarist. Eliza has been seen in folk clubs, festivals and music venues all over the South West including appearances on BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Cornwall. Recently, Eliza released her first solo EP " Enough Time". Added accompaniment from Peter Acty on clawhammer banjo and guitar. www.elizaacty.com.

NEW Tuesday 29 November 2016 8.30pm - Crow Puppets - Bread and Roses, 62 Ebrington Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF
Crow Puppets are a Devon based female duo who perform homespun folk. They sing close harmonies and blend a hotchpotch of instruments, weaving mysterious imagery and tender lyrics. Since forming in the winter of 2012, they have performed extensively throughout the Westcountry and have had airtime on UK, European and American radio. Both women have their own distinctive sound and working together has given rise to an exciting contrast of songwriting, which cultivates memories of forgotten landscapes and rugged terrain. Free entry.

NEW Tuesday 2 February 2016 9pm - Ensemble Baklava - Bread and Roses, 62, Ebrington Street, Plymouth PL4 9AF
Songs and dance music from around the Mediterranean. Come along to enjoy a drink in the convivial atmosphere of this community pub and listen to the rhythmic groove and haunting timeless melodies from the Mediterranean region played on unusual traditional instruments. For more info about the band see www.baklavamusic.com and for more info about the pub see www.breadandrosesplymouth.co.uk. Free. www.breadandrosesplymouth.co.uk/events.

NEW Saturday 13 February 2016 7.15pm - Crow Puppets - The Highwayman Inn, Okehampton EX20 4HN
Crow Puppets are a Devon based female duo who perform homespun folk. They sing close harmonies and blend a hotchpotch of instruments, weaving mysterious imagery and tender lyrics. Both women have their own distinctive sound and working together has given rise to an exciting contrast of songwriting, which cultivates memories of forgotten landscapes and rugged terrain. www.crowpuppets.com.

 

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Feature: 2016 Spring Programme from the 'Folk on the Moor' Club, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
The club meets weekly every Sunday evening (except August), starting at 7.45pm prompt. Always a great guest list - see below.
Optional membership fee gives £2 reduction for guest nights. Sundays not specified are open nights. For further information or to reserve a seat visit www.moorfolk.co.uk:
Sunday 7 February - Brooks Williams
Plays fiery guitar (blues/Americana),commands a rich and silky voice, and writes hook-laden songs. From Statesboro, Georgia USA, he has 20 albums to his name and is ranked one of the world's top 100 Acousitc guitarists. In February 2014 he was nominated best male vocalist by the UK's Spiral Earth and is a favourite at festivals worldwide.
Sunday 21 February - John Kirkpatrick
An icon of English folk music, John has been a member of the Albion Band, Steeleye Span, Richard Thompson Band, Brass Monkey, etc, having featured on over 200 recordings. Best known as a squeezebox virtuoso (melodeon, anglo concertina, button accordion), he is also a songwriter, composer, choreographer and musical director.
NEW Sunday 13 March - Steve Tilston
With the likes of Fairport Convention and Bruce Springsteen having covered his songs, steve is undoubtedly one of the courntry's finest singer/songwriter/guitarists. Probably best known for "Slipjigs & Reels", more recently he has contributed to the Radio Ballads and is collaborating with Jez Lowe on "Writes and Songs". An outstanding artiste
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Sunday 10 April - Louise Jordan
A second visit for this rising star, Louise is a singer from Salisbury, rapidly making a big name for herself, having performed alongside the likes of Ralph McTell and Phil Beer. A multi-instrumentalist (guitar, piano, cello), with a fine, pure voice, Louise writes songs with honesty and intensity. "Absoltely, totally and completely brilliant" (Mike Harding).
NEW Sunday 24 April - Sunjay
Another rising star, Sunjay has been playing guitar since he was 4 and has a musical matruity way beyond his years. A finalist in the 2012 Young folk Awards, with a host of other nominations, he has gone on to support Martin Simpson and Steeleye Span with his unique blend of folk and blues. "He's a wizard on the guitar; I think I'd call it jazz-folk!" (Vin Garbutt).
NEW Sunday 8 May - Clive Gregson - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
Manchester born but having lived in the USA for over 20 years, Clive is a truly international star. A gifted songwriter and guitarist, he is in constant demand as a session musician and producer, as well as supporting top names such as Richard Thompson and Eddie Reader. Clive's solo performance will leave you in no doubt as to his amazing talents.

 

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

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

 

NEW Friday 4 November 2016 8pm - Sea Shanty Evening - BFS Club, Bristol Row, Bere Ferrers PL20 7JL
Sea Shanty evening with the Tavy Tars. After successful fundraising the Tars are using this occasion to donate to several local causes, cheques will be presented during this celebratory evening. They have invited friends 'The Press Gang' from Mevagissey to join in a 'Shanty Special', sets from the Tars and the Press Gang, with a 'singalong' session, from both crews and audience, at the end of the evening! Free entry.

NEW Friday 4 March 2016 7.30pm - A Grand Musical Extravaganze - St Andrews Church, Bere Ferrers
Humanitarian Crisis Concern presents 3 acts: 1) Bere Alston Junior School Drummers, most enthusiastic young percussionists; 2) Crow Puppets bringing their own unique style of homespun folk. This Devon based female duo sing and play various instruments, weaving mysterious imagery and tender lyrics. Their harmonies provide absolutely spine tingling moments. 3) Gypsy Train klezmer band, playing clarinet, saxophone, double-bass, guitar, fiddle and accordion. Prepare to be intoxicated by the fast, foot-tapping arrangements of Balkan dance tunes, soulful improvisation and gypsy passion. Book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets £7.50, child 12+ £4, from Margaret Willmott 01822 840380, Bere Alston Pharmacy 01822 830234. Proceeds will go to help ‘Doctors of the World’’ a totally voluntary organisation which does the most invaluable work in refugee camps all over Europe. The Olde Plough will be serving pre-theatre suppers from 6pm for £10 (£2of which will go to the charity). It will help the chef to serve you quickly if you could book the meal in good time (01822 840358).

 

 

Sheelanagig have become something of a West Country institution for the past decade. A quintet with a well-stocked armoury of stringed instruments – banjo, fiddle, double bass etc – and a bagful of joint-jumping tunes, these boys sure know how to get a party started. Putting both stomp and skank into gypsy-flavoured tunes from the Balkans and beyond, it’s difficult – nay, impossible – for your limbs to remain stationary when you’re within earshot of them in full flight. Five showmen with a touch of the circus about them, the fact that they’ve often played with a knowing wink shouldn’t obscure their impeccable technique, virtuoso-standard ability that raises the roof in every place they perform!

 

NEW Saturday 21 May 2016 7.30pm - Lute Concert - St. Winifred's Church, Branscombe
Renaissance to Baroque. Lutes, songs and tunes spanning 300 years. Steve Graham (playing a selection of lutes, including Elizabethan guitar, Renaissance and Baroque lutes, and the fabulous Theorbo), Liz Pannell (playing a selection of Baroque Irish (Carolan) tunes on violin and viola), Susan King (singing songs by Dowland, Purcell, Handel, as well as Renaissance music from Italy and France, and a couple of Elizabethan folk songs too). Tickets £10 available from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth or 01297 680297 / 01395 513345. Free glass of wine and Baroque nibbles. Free parking at the village hall,  some disabled parking. In aid of Amnesty International.

Wednesday 20 July 2016 - Switchback - Fountain Inn, Branscombe
Brian FitzGerald and Martin McCormack of the duo Switchback from the USA have been playing their brand of eclectic Celtic and Americana music at sold-out concert halls, performing arts centers and festivals around the world for over twenty years. Switchback concerts feature a mix of Irish music and original songs from their catalog of over 300 tunes. www.waygoodmusic.com.

 

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

 

NEW Saturday 16 April 2016 8pm - Dallahan - Black Dog Memorial Hall
Tickets £8 (child £3, conc £5.50) from 01363 866434 & Kennerleigh Community Stores. Licensed bar

NEW Wednesday 27 April 2016 7.30pm - Concert of Russian Folk Music  - St Michael's, Chagford
Acappella concert of Russian folk music and sacred music. £8 entry.

NEW Saturday 7 May 2016 7.30pm - The Lost Sound Acappella Chorus - Nicholas Hall, Lydford
In concert, including the debut of a short film inspired by an original song 'The Old Lych Way' composed by Chris Hoban. This folk infused choir is known for the depth and clarity of its tone and it's varied and beautiful arrangements. They recently provided choral backing for several songs on the last date of the recent Show of Hands tour. Tickets £5 available from Mary Barkell 01822 820272 or email the.barkells[at]btopenworld.com.

NEW Friday 20 May 2016 7.30pm - Right Song and Dance - The Institute, Yonder Street, Ottery Saint Mary EX11 1HD
A proper ceilidh evening with music, dancing and song from local Wren Music groups: Rough Music (the Folk Orchestra of East Devon) and the East Devon Folk Choir. Young singers, the East Devon Roots Choir, part of the Devon Music Education Hub, will also be performing on the night. Expect toe tapping tunes from Rough Music, and the dancing will be led by experienced caller David Faulkner. It will be great fun - no experience needed. Sarah Owen, a professional voice coach, says it is certain to be a memorable evening: "The youngsters really do make a powerful sound and are a joy to watch - their enthusiasm for singing is infectious!" says Sarah, who leads both of the choirs performing on the evening, "and the East Devon Folk Choir is delighted to be bringing an exciting range of songs from around the world from Newfoundland sea shanties to songs from right here in Devon. There truly will be something for everyone!" Wren Music, is Devon's folk music education charity, and runs a range of choirs and orchestras around the county for people of all ages. Wren works with thousands of people across Devon and beyond each year, in settings as diverse as the family centres, community projects, care homes, special schools, and youth clubs. For more information, please contact Sarah Owen on 01836 53754 or email.sarah@wrenmusic.co.uk

 

NEW Sunday 3 July 2016 7.30pm - Jim Causley - Victory Hall, Whimple
Jim Causley celebrates over a decade as an acclaimed solo artist and performer with his new album Forgotten Kingdom, his first album of entirely self-penned material. Forgotten Kingdom is a broad collection of songs inspired by Causley’s native Westcountry, mixing ancient history with the songwriter’s own personal history and experience of the world. Themes range from the Saxon invasion of the area, the Celtic diaspora, to very personal explorations of love and geographical identity. This is certainly Causley’s most musically ambitious work to date. Support: Exmoor's Martyn Babb - singer, songwriter, wit and raconteur (allegedly!). More details, ticketing etc. www.handsomedicksrecords.co.uk/onawhim.

 

17-19 June 2016 - 18th Teignmouth Folk Festival
Jeff Warner, Malinky, The James Brothers, Magpie Lane, The Claque, The Roaring Trowmen, CELT, City of Plymouth Pipe Band, dance sides. Details www.teignmouthfolk.co.uk.

17-19 June 2016 - A Little Moor Merriment: A Dartmoor Weekend - Lustleigh
Unfortunately Kelly Quarry Blasters are not now able to perform at the concert on Friday evening as previously advertised; instead this will now feature Jim Causley and Friends (Becki Driscoll and Nick Wyke) and be compered by Dave Wills and Len Harvey of the KQB’s. Family Ceilidh with Dartmoor Pixie Band on Saturday evening. Many free events Saturday afternoon: dance workshops, morris dancing, music, mummers play, photography exhibition and film. Full details www.moormerriment.wix.com/almm.

Saturday 2 July 2016 - South Brent Folk Day
Singing, music, dancing, workshops and concerts. Morris dance displays. Evening concert with Sunjay (guitar picking wizardry, one of the rising stars on the folk, blues and acoustic circuit) and Devonbird (Kath: Lead Singer, penny whistle and guitar; Rob: Guitar; Sophia: Fiddle) are an Exeter based band who were Southwest Music Awards' 'Best Folk Act' finalists in 2013 and have brought an exciting new sound to the Devon folk scene and beyond. The trio combine foot stomping jigs and reels with haunting ballads and songs. See www.southbrentfolk.org.uk/index.php/events/36-2016-events for details.

22/23 July 2016 - Chagstock Festival - Chagford
Multi-genre festival; line-up includes Donovan, The Strangers, The Blockheads, Ferocious Dog, Danny & The Champions Of The World, Cattle & Cane, Marc O’Reilly, and many more. www.chagstock.info.

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

29 July to 5 August 2016 - Sidmouth Folk Week
See full details, and join the the festival's e-circulation, at www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk.

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

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

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

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

16-18 September 2016 - Lostinfolk Festival - Lostwithiel Community Centre
New in 2016, and not too far away from us. The festival will offer four concerts over the three days plus a late-night ceilidh after the Saturday evening concert. The line-up includes well known folk and acoustic artists who will be familiar to many of the county’s folk club audiences including Jez Lowe & the Bad Pennies, Richard Digance, Johnny Coppin & Mike Silver, Sally Barker, Exeter’s Wildwood Kin, Gerry Colvin Band, mandolinist Daniel Nestlerode, Spikedrivers, Suffolk’s Broadside Boys, Roving Crows, and last not least, the folk rock dance masters of experimentation (yes you can folk dance to Kraftwerk!) Tickled Pink for the ceilidh. www.deckchairproductions.co.uk.

NEW Thursday 16 June 2016 8pm - Paul Metsers - Lamb Inn, Sandford, nr Crediton EX17 4LW
Paul came to England in the 1980s and quickly gained a following in this country due to the quality of his songs and perhaps in particular the song “Farewell to the Gold” which was picked up by Nic Jones and used on his CD “Penguins Eggs”. Support, two local duos: SagaLouts and Dick & Mel Henrywood. £8 / £5. Information: Hugh Diamond 01626 775517 or email hugh.teignmouthfolkconcerts@gmail.com.

NEW Sunday 3 July 2016 7.30pm - Mike Hatchard / Three Pilgrims - Broadhempston Church
Virtuoso pianist, singer/songwriter and raconteur, Mike Hatchard is cycling from Lands End to John o’Groats with a piano, performing approximately 40 gigs to raise money for Children in Need. Once described in The Scotsman as being “like Victor Borge - on acid” he combines great music with plenty of humour. Three Pilgrims - blues guitarist Paul Wassif, singer-songwriter Mark Abis and ac-claimed producer/vocalist David Watson - received a rapturous reception when they performed in the Church last summer. Their rootsy acoustic guitar styles and three part harmonies have been charming audiences in and outside London. Bluesy with raw edges, amazing harmonies, tuneful music with some heartbreaking words - and they're a lot of fun too. Licensed bar and light food throughout the evening. Space limited so please book early by contacting Anna on 01803 812426 or email annabeadel[at]yahoo.co.uk . Tickets £12. Proceeds will be split between Children in Need and the fund for the upkeep of the fabric of Broadhempston Church. [Ed.: not folk, but included by special request]

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

NEW Saturday 2 July 2016 8.30pm - The Coyotes - Fingle Bridge, nr Drewsteignton
A four piece comprising including. Carl Allerfedt (fiddle) and Tony Bayliss (cittern, guitar, vocals) from Jiggerypipery, plus the legendary Flaky Jake on accordion and vocals, plus Fifi LaFevre on percussion. A mix of Cajun, TexMex, and Irish. £5 door.

 

NEW Sunday 19 June 2016 8pm - Free feature spot: Hooper & Mills - Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Topsham Folk Club singers' night at The Globe Hotel Malthouse has a feature spot with spirited acoustic delta blues from popular harmonica/guitar duo Alan Hooper and Andy Mills.
Topsham Folk Club's autumn programme (full details on  www.topshamfolkclub.org):
Sunday 11 September - Leveret - Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron

Sunday 9 October - Nancy Kerr & The Sweet Visitor Band
Sunday 6 November - Jim Causley

Sunday 4 December - The Magical Christmas Tree Tour - Pete Morton, Emily Sanders, Chris Parkinson - and a tree

 

NEW Sunday 19 June 2016 1-3pm - Dumbo's Feather - Fountain Head, Branscombe EX12 3BG
At the annual beer festival.

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

'Villages In Action' Autumn Programme Announced
VIA has just announced its full autumn programme of a wide range of top-class performance arts events. On the folk front these include Cosgrave & Banks and Ninebarrow. For simplicity's sake I have included all dates, although a few may be outside my normal coverage area. Full descriptions, booking details, venue locations etc. can be found at www.villagesinaction.co.uk/events.

Cosgrave & Banks
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting new folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com:
Friday 9 September 2016 7.30pm - Meavy Parish Hall PL20 6PJ
Thursday 22 September 2016 8pm - Brampford Speke Village Hall EX5 5HW
Thursday 6 October 2016 7.30pm - Mary Tavy Coronation Hall PL19 9PA
Thursday 13 October 2016 7.30pm - Clyst Hydon Village Hall EX15 2ND
Friday 14 October 2016 7.30pm - Stockleigh Pomeroy Village Hall EX17 4AU
Friday 21 October 2016 7.30pm - Highweek Village Hall TQ12 1QQ
Friday 4 November 2016 7.30pm - Ilsington Village Hall TQ13 9RG
Friday 11 November 2016 7.30pm - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8PA
Saturday 19 November 2016 7.30pm - Milton Combe Village Hall PL20 6HP
Friday 25 November 2016 7.30pm - Bigbury Memorial Hall TQ7 4HQ

Ninebarrow
Multi-award-winning folk duo, who are impressing audiences across the country with their innovative and captivating take on the folk tradition. Described by Mike Harding as sounding ‘damn fine’ by Seth Lakeman as ‘a fantastic duo’ and by Kate Rusby as ‘absolutely amazing’, Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere combine breath taking vocal harmonies and melodies, delivering songs that are inspired and rooted in the landscape and history of the British Isles. In 2015, Ninebarrow were announced winners of Fatea Magazine’s ‘Debut Album of the Year’ 2014; their latest album ‘Releasing the Leaves’ was awarded five stars in both Maverick Magazine and the English Folk Dance and Song Society Magazine, who described it as ‘Immaculate’. Another example of how strong British folk music is at the moment.’ The Telegraph.
www.ninebarrow.co.uk.
Tuesday 8 November 2016 7pm - Sheepstor St. Leonard’s Church, nr Yelverton PL20 6PF
Wednesday 9 November 2016 7.30pm - Clayhidon Village Hall EX15 3PL
Thursday 10 November 2016 7.30pm - Buckland in the Moor Community Hall TQ13 7HP
Friday 11 November 2016 8pm - Cadeleigh Parish Hall EX16 8HW
Saturday 12 November 2016 8pm - Chudleigh Community School Hall TQ13 0LS
Sunday 13 November 2016 7.30pm - Denbury Village Hall TQ12 6DY

NEW Saturday 26 November 2016 8pm - Crow Puppets - Drewe Arms, Drewsteignton
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NEW Thursday 22 September 2016 8.30pm - Seth Lakeman and Wildwood Kin - St Peter & Holy Apostles, Wyndham Square, Plymouth PL1 5EG
Tickets www.seetickets.com/event/seth-lakeman-ft-wildwood-kin/st-peter-and-the-holy-apostles/1006792.

Great Western Ceilidhs, Exeter

There are no GW Ceilidhs planned at the present time.

The GW ceilidh season used to run from autumn through to March or April, but has recently become much more sporadic.

Unless shown otherwise, GW ceilidhs are held at Bowhill School (map), Buddle Lane, Exeter EX4 1JT - 8.00-11.30pm.
Friendly atmosphere, sprung floor, safe (patrolled) car park, separate bar area.
See details at www.great-western.org.uk/ceilidhs/index.htm
To book in advance email ceilidhs@great-western.org.uk or call Alan on 01392 217152.

These non-profitmaking ceilidhs are essentially run by members of Exeter-based Great Western Morris, who also recommend their local favourite ceilidh bands Flash Co (www.flash-co.co.uk), Red Shed ( www.redshed.co), Mrs Midnight's (www.mrsmidnights.co.uk), Beggars Description (www.beggars-description.co.uk).

NEW Saturday 15 April 2017 8pm - Harbottle & Jonas - Harbour Lights, Anchor Cottages, Hope Cove, Kingsbridge TQ7 3HQ
Harbottle & Jonas are a stunning young folk duo based in Totnes, Devon. Their music is eclectic and is always accompanied with a great story. They have received plaudits from folk royalty including Seth Lakeman, Jon Boden, Rod Clements, Declan Sinnott, BBC Introducing and have recently been endorsed by Seasalt Clothing. Playing over 100 gigs each year, these troubadours are to be found far and wide across our beautiful island.

NEW Saturday 18 March 2017 7.30pm - Reg Meuross - St Andrew’s Church, Market Place, Colyton, nr Seaton EX24 6JS
Reg Meuross is a true modern troubadour, representing contemporary English folk writing at its best. 2017 heralds a new solo album to be released in the Spring, a fresh collection of songs from Reg Meuross which comment bravely on life as he sees it, bringing wide ranging stories, from the ravages of austerity and the injustice of the plight of refugees, to some of most beautifully disarming love songs ever written. Reg will preview songs from this new album at Colyton, as well as performing a selection of old favourites from the Meuross catalogue. “A mighty songwriter and an equally fine singer” Martin Carthy. Details www.regmeuross.com/event/reg-meuross-live-colyton-devon.

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Feature: The New 'Villages In Action' Programme
VIA's latest programme of arts events of many genres for rural communities through to the end of March has recently appeared on their website. See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for the full programme (including theatre, puppet theatre, opera, poetry and more besides), The following descriptions have been taken, (mostly) unedited, from the VIA website (some venues may be outside our normal coverage area).
Scan through the listings below and make your diary notes now - The individual event blocks will appear again in Harberton Folk e-circulars nearer the show dates.
From the programme I've listed below the folk events and other music events of possible interest
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NEW Moscow Drug Club
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
…is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few to drink and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an after hours jam with the local Tziganes. Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits & Bertolt Brecht, Moscow Drug Club provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience. Early gigs in the bars and clubs of Bristol provided evidence that Moscow Drug Club made a noise that made people happy. Since that time, they have continued to purvey their interpretations of highly fashionable gypsy swing and leftfield cult classics along side beautifully written original material that are pleasing crowds and critics alike. You are cordially invited to share a wry smile with us as you enter the darkly comic world of Moscow Drug Club…..this way please & mind the stairs! www.moscowdrugclub.com.
Friday 3 February 2017 - Clyst Hydon Village Hall
Saturday 4 February 2017 - Chudleigh Community School Hall

NEW Iain Thomson & Marc Duff
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Iain’s compositions are sensitively written and his songs and tunes about the changing face of rural Argyll move the hearts and souls of his audience. ‘A contemporary folk singer and songwriter, whose work I happen to think has a very special edge to it.’ Mike Harding BBC Radio 2. ‘He proves himself to be a very talented writer and a strong performer.’ Paul Kerr – Blabber and Smoke. Marc is best known as one of the founder members of the Celtic supergroup Capercaillie. Since leaving the group in 1995 to pursue his own career, he has worked with many prominent artists, playing low D whistle, Bodhran, bouzouki, wind synthesizer and now with the uilleann pipes bringing a whole new dimension to the music. Along with Iain’s guitar, piano and vocals, the duo produce a unique and touching sound. Contemporary, but with a traditional twist. www.iainthomsonband.co.uk.
Thursday 9 February 2017 - Sheepstor St. Leonard's Church
Friday 10 February 2017 - Colyford Memorial Hall
Saturday 11 February 2017 - Dunkeswell Village Hall

NEW DLM
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
DLM are a 3 piece acoustic trio based in the West Country. Andrew Cresswell Davis has honed his superb song writing skills over many years, and DLM are a vehicle for some of the finest songs Andy has ever written. Fans of Stackridge and The Korgis will be delighted that Andrew is back on the road with this fabulous semi-acoustic trio! Andrew is accompanied by Clare Lindley and Brian Mullan and between them they play a variety of instruments – guitar, violin, cello and ukulele and more. With the addition of three fine voices, they create rich textures and intimate moods, which breathe life into songs of love, loss and squirrels!
‘The amazingly talented DLM are undoubtedly one of the very best live acts you will see and hear if you like songs that hit the nail on the head in under 5 minutes. Joyful and thought provoking stuff!’ www.dlm3.co.uk, www.andrewcresswelldavis.com, www.stackridge.net.
Friday 24 February 2017 - Cheriton Bishop Village Hall
Saturday 25 February 2017 - Black Dog Village Hall

NEW Kit Holmes with Al Greenwood
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Enjoy an uplifting evening of gorgeous guitar, poignant lyrics and feisty fiddle paying, all with Kit’s incredible sense of fun! Kit’s trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso playing have wowed audiences across the UK through extensive touring with John Etheridge. The Observer described her music as “Macy Gray meets Nick Drake” and both Bob Harris and Andy Kershaw have featured her on their BBC shows. Kit’s recent concerts include the Anne Frank Awards at the BBC, Paul McCartney’s LIPA, a performance for Bill Bryson and Andy Kershaw and a headline show at the International Guitar Festival. Kit’s eagerly anticipated third album, Driving into the Blue, which features the legendary double bass player Danny Thompson, received high critical acclaim. Expect an enthralling and energetic live performance of ‘blues-driven roots with a soul sensibility.’ ‘Full of warmth…an absolute delight.’ The Observer. ‘Impressive…a new British guitar heroine.’ **** The Guardian. www.kitholmes.co.uk.
Friday 10 March 2017 - Clayhidon Parish Hall
Saturday 11 March 2017 - Hockworthy Village Hall
Sunday 12 March 2017 - Brentor Village Hall

NEW FB Pocket Orchestra
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
Blues, ragtime, hot jazz, songs & dances from long ago. Working backwards from the 1930s, the FB Pocket Orchestra explores repertoire that formed the embryo of what is now known as popular music. The members originally began playing together simply as an exercise in exploring heritage repertoire – taking on a few informal performances and recording dates as schedules allowed. The FBPO became an ‘official’ project in the spring of 2012 and released its first album in the October. The aims of the Pocket Orchestra are to present a contemporary slant on popular acoustic music from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. ‘Atmospheric, yet vibrant, this charming collection of songs will make you wish you had been born some 100 years ago. The style, glamour and ‘fabulousness’ of this era is captured beautifully on the album.’ Jazz FM. www.fbpocketorchestra.co.uk.
Friday 17 March 2017 - Lympstone Village Hall
Sunday 19 March 2017 - Cheriton Fitzpaine Parish Hall

NEW Mambo Jambo
'Villages In Action' events - See www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue locations etc.
This friendly and talented acoustic roots duo will take you on an exciting and joyous musical journey, bringing together sounds from world, roots, folk and jazz, plus their own compositions. They can happily transport listeners on a musical tour around many of the world’s musical hotspots with a repertoire that draws in a wide range of styles that might include Bluegrass, Latin & Caribbean New Orleans, Balkan and more. Blending all these influences, they create an upbeat rhythmic and rootsy sound all of their own – uniquely diverse as well as hugely enjoyable. Frankie plays sax, vocals, clarinet, flute, guitar and percussion and Pete’s on guitar, vocal, banjo, ukulele, tres (traditional Cuban guitar) accordion and suitcase. To describe their music as ’feel-good’ is an understatement - it’s the sort of music that will send you home with a smile on your face and spring in your step at the end of the night! ”A fabulous musical treat Creative Arts East An upbeat, feel-good concert.” Live And Local. “Musical sunshine from a multi-talented and multi-instrumental duo.” Leeds Gig Guide. www.mambojambo.co.uk.
Wednesday 22 March 2017 - Kingston Reading Room TQ7 4QE
Thursday 23 March 2017 - Milton Combe Village Hall
Friday 24 March 2017 - Peter Tavy Village Hall
Saturday 25 March 2017 - Talaton Parish Hall

 

NEW Joe Stead presents his lecture ‘The Life and Times of Paul Robeson’
Thursday 23 February 2017 - The Swan Inn, Lympstone EX8 5ET, tel. 01395 272644
Friday 24 February 2017 - Brixham Theatre, Town Hall, New Road, Brixham TQ5 8TA
Tuesday 28 February 2017 - Oddfellows Inn, 60 New North Road, (B3183) Exeter EX4 4EP, tel. 01392 209050
Pub venues £5 first come first served; Brixham bookings (and fuller event description) www.brixhamtheatre.org.uk/event-listing.
Joe is known to many in the South West as the former lead performer with the Kimbers Men shanty crew but is an expert on singer Paul Robeson, with whom he sang once at a private event. The son of a slave, Robeson rose from ‘white man’s lackey’ to become a belligerent, forceful spokesman for black human rights. He had a scholar’s ability to summon up wide ranging points of reference, a linguists ability to communicate in several languages, had had an outstanding career as an athlete, and a degree in law. But by 1960 his career and his health had been broken, his image converted by a now hostile establishment from public hero to public enemy. This extraordinary turnabout in what had been one of the great twentieth-century careers is a singularly American story emblematic of its times yet transcending them, encompassing not merely Cold War hysteria but racial symbolism and racial consciousness throughout the history of the United States. That a man so deeply loved all over the world could evoke in his own country such an outpouring of fear and anger is in itself a tragedy. The tragedy that was Paul Robeson’s life is brought to reality in this workshop/lecture by Joe Stead, in which you are invited to join in songs and listen to the resonant, changing voice of Robeson himself, learning about one of the most remarkable men in American musical and theatrical history. 2-hour show (20-min interval) including a lot of singing and talking by Robeson himself.

 

NEW Saturday 4 February 2017 10.30am-4.30pm - South West Sacred Harp Singing Day - Baptist Church, High St., Cullompton EX15 1AB
Bring & Share lunch. Donations to cover costs. Details from Stevie 01884 563138 /07976 605692 or Martin 07721 451406.

 

NEW Friday 10 February 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Lydford Nicholls Hall, Lydford, EX20 4BH
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. A 'Villages In Action' event, see www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue location etc. Tickets from 01822 820345.

NEW Friday 3 March 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Rattery Village Hall, nr Totnes TQ10 9LD
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. A 'Villages In Action' event, see www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue location etc. Tickets from 01364 643741.

NEW Tuesday 7 March 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Longdown, Holcombe Burnell Church
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. A 'Villages In Action' event, see www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue location etc. Tickets from 01392 811246.

NEW Saturday 18 March 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Manaton Parish Hall TQ13 9UJ
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. A 'Villages In Action' event, see www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue location etc. Tickets from 01647 221600.

NEW Friday 24 March 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Sheldon Village Hall EX14 4QU
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. A 'Villages In Action' event, see www.villagesinaction.co.uk for booking details, venue location etc. Tickets from 01404 841367.

NEW Saturday 8 April 2017 7pm - Cosgrave & Banks - St Matthew’s Church, Cheriton Fitzpaine EX17 4JB
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Tickets £11 (including delicious light supper served during interval at 7.45pm) adv from 01363 866082 or on door. Proceeds in aid of The Friends of St Matthew’s Church. Doors and bar 6.30pm.

NEW Saturday 6 May 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Community Hall, Lamerton, nr Tavistock PL19 8QP
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Tickets £10. BYO drinks. Ticketing tba

NEW Friday 9 June 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Bovey Tracey Craft Fair
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Ticketing tba

NEW Saturday 2 September 2017 - Cosgrave & Banks - Nourish Festival, Bovey Tracey
Mike Cosgrave (Sin é, Jackie Leven, Jackie Oates) and Steve Banks (Maddy Prior & the Carnival Band, Blue Jewel) have pooled their considerable musical talents and experience to form an exciting folk/acoustic duo, performing a smörgåsbord of beautiful music, traditional and contemporary, from Britain and Europe (mainly France, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe). "Steve Banks and Mike Cosgrave are superb musicians bringing unexpected gems for our delight. Soulful and fun. What more could you want?" Maddy Prior; "Superb playing and singing, all with a great sense of style and fun"  Tom McConville www.cosgraveandbanks.com. Ticketing tba www.nourishfestival.org.

 

NEW Saturday 18 March 2017 7.30pm - Ceilidh Evening - St James Church Hall, Mount Pleasant Road, Exeter EX4 7AH (map)
Live band and licensed bar. Tickets £7 from Tim Bayton: tim@timbayton.co.uk, 07743 066225. St James’ Church Exeter, sharing God’s love through worship, fellowship and service. www.stjamesexeter.org.

 

NEW Thursday 16 March 2017 7.30pm - Blackheart Orchestra - Poltimore House, nr Exeter EX4 0AU
Come and enjoy the eclectic music of the world renowned, award winning British singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist duo. Licensed bar. Snacks available to purchase. Tickets £13, see www.poltimore.org for full details.

 

NEW Wednesday 22 February 2017 8.30pm - La Vie En Rose - Toorak Hotel, Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5JS
Gypsy Jazz & Swing. The band, featuring David Jones (gtr), Laurie Light (guitar), Rebecca Willson (vlolin), Nick White (clarinet) and Mitch Humphrys (double bass). has a collective, wide-ranging background in classical, traditional jazz, rock, Western swing, blues and roots but brought together by a shared love of gypsy jazz. The fiery swing, romantic waltzes, Latin beats and lilting melodies of Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and The Quintette du Hot Club de France are still as engaging now, as when they first burst onto the stage in the 1930’s and ‘40’s. A duet of guitars, a hot fiddle, soulful clarinet and slaptastic upright bass come together to play music inspired by those ‘hot jazz’ musician, but of course, with a few surprises from the band thrown in. Tickets £7/£6 adv from Torbay Bookshop, Paignton or online from www.speakeasytorquay.com/upcoming-gigs (no booking fee), £8 door.
Speakeasy Torquay, not just live jazz but an eclectic mix of stimulating live music, all with a jazz influence. Jazz,world music, blues, funk, soul, folk.

NEW Saturday 11 March 2017 7.30pm - Barn Dance (& Supper) with Rumpus Ceilidh Band - St Matthias Church Hall, Babbacombe Road, Torquay TQ1 1HW (map)
Licensed bar. Tickets £10, family (2+2) £25, from Pat on 01803 323801. Proceeds to TOPS Musical Productions to enable them to continue producing full-scale musical in Torbay.

 

NEW Saturday 25 March 2017 - Les Barker - Function Room, Dolphin Hotel, Fore St,. Beer EX12 3EQ
Come and enjoy the hilarious performance of Les Barker who writes strange poems and comes originally from Manchester, but he's now Welsh. He's written 77 books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people don't quite believe what they've just heard. His poems have spawned a number of folk heroes: Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive and Spot of the Antarctic. Tickets £10 from the Dolphin (01297 20068) or by post (cheque payable to Richard Scott, with SAE): Richard Scott, 23 Underleys, Beer, Devon EX12 3LX.

 

NEW Sunday 26 February 2017 5pm - Words for Voices - St. Paul’s Church, Devon Square, Newton Abbot TQ12 2HN
'Time of our Lives' - A light-hearted look at the journey through life with words and music, compiled and performed by Words for Voices with music from Devon Close Harmony Quartet (DCHQ). Words for Voices are 4 actors who have worked together for decades and produce very slick, brilliantly presented sketches on a particular theme. “Time of our Lives” is a very humorous look at the Seven ages of Man and gives us lots of scope to remind you of infancy, empathise with you through adolescence, flirt with you through the wooing years, have a crisis with you in midlife and then learn to forget about how it will all end! DCHQ have a great selection of songs to fit the theme, mostly a cappella and ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous. "Although it’s not exactly a folk concert (with the acting) the quartet are singing Foreign Lander and Mike Harding's "Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls" amongst others." Tickets £10 (U16 free) available from Torbay Hospital Main Reception, or St. Paul’s Church. (League of Friends 01803 654520). Proceeds will benefit Rowcroft Hospice and Torbay Hospital League of Friends.

 

NEW Friday 28 April 2017 - Klezmer Ceilidh with Kevara - St Matthews Church Hall, Lower Summerlands, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
Come and join Si, Ami, Martin, Pam, Tim, Joel and Howard for more East European shenanigans. www.kevara.co.uk. No bar, BYO refreshments. £8.50/£7. Doors 6.30pm, Music 7-10.15pm..

NEW Friday 23 June 2017 7.30pm - John Connor - Village Hall, West Charleton, nr Kingsbridge TQ7 2AG (map)
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We are delighted to have secured the very talented and able musician and singer/songwriter John Connor to perform a charity concert in aid of The Children's Society. A former member of 'Fairfield', the resident band of Bromsgrove Folk Club, John has fast become a firm favourite in the South Hams. He now forms half of the duo 'Silvington' with Tricia Moore and yet is still able to delight an audience as a solo artist. His repertoire of ballads, protest and comic songs, with a liberal injection of topical social comment, amply displays his expertise as a lyricist, singer and guitarist. The Children's Society supports many children in the UK who are suffering extreme hardship, abuse and neglect. Through their extensive network of frontline services, supported by an army of volunteers, they tackle child poverty and neglect head on, from helping families trapped in debt, child runaways and young carers, to stopping child sexual exploitation. Through their ambitious campaigns they seek to challenge misconceptions, change attitudes and influence government policy. Please support this concert for a very worthwhile cause. Tickets £8 from Jane Saunders 07443 830483, email jadsaunders[at]outlook com; or John Connor 01548 810806, email johnfconnor@aol.com; or Kingsbridge Information Centre. Raffle. No bar, BYO.
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We are delighted to have secured the very talented and able musician and singer/songwriter John Connor to perform a charity concert in aid of The Children's Society (which supports many children in the UK who are suffering extreme hardship, abuse and neglect). A former member of 'Fairfield', the resident band of Bromsgrove Folk Club, John has fast become a firm favourite in the South Hams. He now forms half of the duo 'Silvington' with Tricia Moore and yet is still able to delight an audience as a solo artist. His repertoire of ballads, protest and comic songs, with a liberal injection of topical social comment, amply displays his expertise as a lyricist, singer and guitarist. Tickets £8 from Jane Saunders 07443 830483, email jadsaunders[at]outlook com; or John Connor 01548 810806, email johnfconnor@aol.com; or Kingsbridge Information Centre. Raffle. No bar, BYO.

NEW Tuesday 2 May 2017 8pm - 'Join the band' session with Amber Fire Ceilidh Band - Tally Ho, Littlehempston, Totnes TQ9 6LY
Amber Fire Ceilidh Band will be hosting a 'join the band' session at the Tally Ho on the first Tuesday of every month starting 2 May, 8pm. The full band comprising Les Thompson, accordion, Mike Cosgrave guitar/mandolin and Tiggy Saint, fiddle, have pledged to make Littlehempston great again. Bring an instrument and sit in with one of the most experienced ceilidh bands in Devon.

 

NEW Saturday 13 May 2017 8pm - Special Spring Concert - Southernhay URC, Southernhay East Exeter EX1 1QD
Wren Music presents a concert with the Melodissimo Choir from Henvic in Brittany and the Rough Music Folk Orchestra from East Devon. Melodissimo boasts more than 65 singers. They will sing songs from their own Breton culture; contemporary French song; songs from around the world, and songs with the call to freedom. It will be their second visit to Devon hosted by Wren’s Rough Music who will play music from their home in East Devon and explore repertoire from across the county much much further afield! Rough Music’s conductor David Faulkner says, “It is going to be a fabulous evening, I can’t wait to hear our friends from Brittany sing again. It was fantastic when we visited them in Henvic and I am sure it will be a repeat performance here! Rough Music is always great – they are a joy to listen to and so much fun!”. For more information, please contact David Faulkner on 01836 53754 or email david@wrenmusic.co.uk. Free entry with a collection. Light refreshments available.